Issue Date: August 23, 2010
Crystallite Seeds Shape Up Micelles
By coupling organic, inorganic, and polymer chemistries, Ian Manners of the University of Bristol, in England, and coworkers have created a "crystalline-driven living self-assembly" process to more precisely control the dimensions of cylindrical micelles.
The fiberlike materials formed by the process are block copolymers consisting of a crystalline polymer core surrounded by a corona of pendant chains of a second polymer. They have potential applications as reinforcement additives for epoxy resins, as templating . . .
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