The copolymer blending method: a new approach for targeted assembly of micellar nanoparticles
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Colleges, School and Institutes
Polymer self-assembly in solution is a simple strategy for the preparation of elegant yet complex nanomaterials. However, exhaustive synthesis of the copolymer synthons is often required to access specific assemblies. In this work we show that the blending of just two diblock copolymers with identical block lengths but varying hydrophobic monomer incorporations can be used to access a range of assemblies of intermediate hydrophobic composition. Indeed, the nanostructures produced from blending are identical to those formed with the directly synthesized copolymer of the same composition. This new approach presents researchers with a more efficient and accessible methodology to access precision self-assembled nanostructures, and we highlight its potential by applying it to a demonstrator catalytically active system.
|Number of pages||7|
|Early online date||31 Aug 2015|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Sep 2015|