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Cylindrical crystalline-core micelles: pushing the limits of solution self-assembly

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Abstract

Within the last few years, crystallisation-induced self-assembly of block copolymers (BCs) in solution has become more and more attractive for the production of well-defined cylindrical crystalline-core micelles (cCCMs). The “livingness” of this process has been shown for a number of crystallisable blocks and allows fine tuning of the length as well as the length distribution of such structures. This unprecedented control is hardly achievable in the self-assembly of purely amorphous BCs. Furthermore, in an analogy to living/controlled polymerisation methods, the epitaxial growth of different BCs onto preformed cCCMs allows for the preparation of complex micellar architectures, e.g., cylindrical block co-micelles. This highlight tries to provide an overview over recent developments in crystallisation-induced self-assembly of BCs with a particular focus on one-dimensional (1D) micellar nanostructures.

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Submitted
01 Oct 2012
Accepted
06 Dec 2012
First published
19 Dec 2012

Soft Matter, 2013,9, 2101-2107
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Cylindrical crystalline-core micelles: pushing the limits of solution self-assembly

J. Schmelz, F. H. Schacher and H. Schmalz, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 2101 DOI: 10.1039/C2SM27259H

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