Design of block copolymer micelles via crystallization

This Feature Article provides an overview of the progress made over the last few years in the design of diblock copolymer micelles based on crystallization-driven self-assembly (CDSA) towards the development of novel and fascinating morphologies with crystalline-cores. Here, we describe the different approaches employed in order to engineer a large variety of semicrystalline micellar architectures. We highlight kinetic strategies that have been employed to direct morphological transitions, which can then be further tuned thus increasing the range of possible micellar structures. We then emphasize the development of complex hybrid assemblies generated by taking advantage of the self-assembly process of crystalline-corona di-BCP micelles with colloidal particles. Each section introduces and emphasizes the potential applications of this class of nanomaterials.

This paper was originally published in Polymer 62 (2015) Pages A1–A13.

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