ABC Triblock Copolymer Micelles: Spherical Versus Worm-Like Micelles Depending on the Preparation Method
Macromolecular rapid communications | 27 Jan 2015
N Ghasdian, DM Buzza, PD Fletcher and TK Georgiou
Well-defined ABC triblock copolymers based on two hydrophilic blocks, A and C, and a hydrophobic block B are synthesized and their self-assembly behavior is investigated. Interestingly, at the same solvent, concentration, pH, and temperature, different shape micelles are observed, spherical and worm-like micelles, depending on the preparation method. Specifically, spherical micelles are observed with bulk rehydration while both spherical and worm-like micelles are observed with film rehydration.
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