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Spontaneous formation of polymer nanoparticles with inner micro-phase separation structures

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Abstract

We demonstrate the preparation of particles with a variety of inner structures from block-copolymers and polymer blends by using a simple solvent evaporation process. One-directionally stacked or onion-like lamellar structures were formed from symmetric block-copolymers. Asymmetric block-copolymers formed cylindrical phase in nanoparticles. “Janus”-type particles were prepared from homopolymer blends. A network structure was formed in the homopolymer blend particles containing block-copolymers, which work as compatibilizers for homopolymer blends.

Graphical abstract: Spontaneous formation of polymer nanoparticles with inner micro-phase separation structures

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The article was received on 18 Jan 2008, accepted on 04 Mar 2008 and first published on 01 Apr 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B800904J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 1302-1305

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    Spontaneous formation of polymer nanoparticles with inner micro-phase separation structures

    T. Higuchi, A. Tajima, H. Yabu and M. Shimomura, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 1302
    DOI: 10.1039/B800904J

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