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Issue 12, 2012
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Control of mesostructure in self-assembled polymer/surfactant films by rational micelle design

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Abstract

Micron-thick hydrogel films with ordered 3D mesostructures form spontaneously at the interface of polyelectrolyte–surfactant solutions. Here we demonstrate that by rationally designing the micelle shapes it is possible to predict and so tailor the nanostructure formed within surfactant–polyelectrolyte films. Using quaternary ammonium surfactants with a range of packing parameters, we demonstrate that micelle shape in solution governs the ordered liquid crystalline phase found in the polymer-surfactant composite films. Such structural control allows modification of film properties to potentially enhance their effectiveness for applications such as inorganic templating, encapsulation and molecular sensing.

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The article was received on 01 Nov 2011, accepted on 01 Feb 2012 and first published on 13 Feb 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07086C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 3357-3362
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    Control of mesostructure in self-assembled polymer/surfactant films by rational micelle design

    M. J. Wasbrough, K. J. Edler, A. M. Hawley, J. A. Holdaway and G. J. Price, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 3357
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07086C

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