Volume 88 Issue 35 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 23, 2010

Crystallite Seeds Shape Up Micelles

ACS Meeting News: Templated self-assembly process produces highly uniform cylindrical nanomaterials
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE
Keywords: self-assembly, living polymerization, nanomaterials, block copolymer

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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