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Issue 17, 2013
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Shape-changing polymer assemblies

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A panoply of stimuli-sensitive polymorphic polymer assemblies has been constructed through the intentional synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers comprising hydrophilic, stimulus-responsive, and hydrophobic blocks. Transformations among canonical micellar forms of polymer assemblies—spherical micelles, wormlike micelles, and vesicles (polymersomes)—have been demonstrated with a number of synthetic systems. This review discusses recent progress in the development and understanding of these systems with a focus on open questions about kinetics of shape change, effects of block copolymer architecture on the rate and nature of the transformation, and potential applications.

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26 Feb 2013
First published
26 Jun 2013

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 7436-7445
Article type
Review Article

Shape-changing polymer assemblies

R. B. Grubbs and Z. Sun, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 7436
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60079C

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