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Synthetic myelin figures immobilized in polymer gels

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Myelin-like instabilities usually form from the interface of amphiphilic lamellar phases and solvent, and resemble the neuron-like structures in nerve systems. However, these myelin structures are thermodynamically unstable. We herein present our first success in synthesizing stable myelin figures via separated organized-polymerization. Myelin figures formed with a polymerizable nonionic surfactant have been immobilized in polymer gels. The results obtained from confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), small angle X-ray scattering (SASX) and freeze fracture transmission electron microscopy (FF-TEM) clearly prove that the myelin structures have been well immobilized without any structural change. The immobilized myelin structures in polymer gels were kept for 6 months and no obvious change was observed in their structures and/or shapes. The success in stabilizing these unstable myelin structures provides some potential for applications, such as anisotropic gels, electrophoresis mediums for the separation of hydrophobic materials and so on.

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31 Jan 2007
21 Mar 2007
First published
16 Apr 2007

Soft Matter, 2007,3, 852-856
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Synthetic myelin figures immobilized in polymer gels

X. Chen and K. Tsujii, Soft Matter, 2007, 3, 852
DOI: 10.1039/B701455D

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