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Issue 3, 2017
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Fabrication of convex lens-shaped polymer particles by tuning the interfacial interaction

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Abstract

In this communication, we report a facile yet effective approach to fabricate polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) convex lens (CL)-like microparticles with hexagonally stacked cylindrical P4VP domains via three-dimensional confined assembly. Addition of a hydrogen bonding agent, 3-n-pentadecylphenol (PDP), not only changes the volume fraction of the P4VP domain, but also alters the interfacial interactions between the blocks and the surfactant. A neutral interface could be created by tuning the content of PDP, resulting in the formation of CL-like microparticles. Selective swelling and then deswelling of these particles offers us a convenient way to synthesize isoporous particles with tunable pore size, potentially useful in ultrafiltration with high selectivity.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of convex lens-shaped polymer particles by tuning the interfacial interaction

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The article was received on 30 May 2016, accepted on 27 Aug 2016 and first published on 05 Sep 2016


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00072J
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 507-511
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    Fabrication of convex lens-shaped polymer particles by tuning the interfacial interaction

    J. Xu, Y. Yang, K. Wang, Y. Wu and J. Zhu, Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 507
    DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00072J

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