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Morphologies of block copolymers composed of charged and neutral blocks

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Abstract

This article reviews current experimental observations and theoretical calculations devoted towards understanding micro-phase separation in charged block copolymer systems. We discuss bulk morphologies in melt and in solution, as well as some of the new emerging research directions. Overall, a comprehensive picture is beginning to emerge on the fundamental role of electrostatics in the micro-phase separation of charged block copolymers. This understanding provides exciting new insight that may be used to direct targeted structures that endow the materials with desired properties that can have tremendous potential in technological applications.

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The article was received on 20 Nov 2011, accepted on 23 Jan 2012 and first published on 08 Feb 2012


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07223H
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 3036-3052
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    Morphologies of block copolymers composed of charged and neutral blocks

    X. Wang, M. Goswami, R. Kumar, B. G. Sumpter and J. Mays, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 3036
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07223H

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