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Light-induced evolution of microaggregates: transformation to vesicles, cyclic growth and collapse and vesicle fusion

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Abstract

A kind of microaggregates was synthesized in one pot via polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA). By illuminating with visible light in the absence or presence of fluorescent molecules, these self-assembled dynamic microaggregates underwent intriguing evolution behaviors, including transformation to vesicles, cyclic growth and collapse and vesicle fusion. This work offers a new perspective of the facile and versatile PISA technology, and these self-organized micro-object materials with specific evolution behaviors provide a promising platform that can be used as tools to mimic the origin and evolution of protocells.

Graphical abstract: Light-induced evolution of microaggregates: transformation to vesicles, cyclic growth and collapse and vesicle fusion

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The article was received on 10 Apr 2018, accepted on 26 Apr 2018 and first published on 27 Apr 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00546J
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2018, Advance Article
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    Light-induced evolution of microaggregates: transformation to vesicles, cyclic growth and collapse and vesicle fusion

    K. Ren and J. Perez-Mercader, Polym. Chem., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00546J

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