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Asymmetrical self-assembly from fluorinated and sulfonated block copolymers in aqueous media

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Abstract

Block copolymers of fluorinated isoprene and partially sulfonated styrene form novel tapered rods and ribbon-like micelles in aqueous media due to a distribution of sulfonation sites and a large Flory–Huggins interaction parameter. A combination of microscopy, light scattering, and simulation demonstrates the presence of these unique nanostructures. This study sheds light on the micellization behavior of amphiphilic block polymers by revealing a new mechanism of self-assembly.

Graphical abstract: Asymmetrical self-assembly from fluorinated and sulfonated block copolymers in aqueous media

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The article was received on 04 Jun 2011, accepted on 07 Jul 2011 and first published on 26 Jul 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06040F
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 7960-7964
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    Asymmetrical self-assembly from fluorinated and sulfonated block copolymers in aqueous media

    X. Wang, K. Hong, D. Baskaran, M. Goswami, B. Sumpter and J. Mays, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 7960
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06040F

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