Cornucopian cylindrical aggregate morphologies from self-assembly of amphiphilic triblock copolymer in selective media.
ABSTRACT We have investigated, both experimentally and theoretically, the aggregation of ABA amphiphilic triblock copolymers in dilute solution. We observed a number of complex architectures having toroidal and network structures, including some novel ones. The computational analyses of these systems offer some insight into the origins of the self-assembly of these amphiphiles. The results we obtained using real-space self-consistent field theory reveal that the formation of network and toroidal structures from the block copolymers occurs as the result of the breaking of "inhomogeneous vesicles"; the observed polymorphism results from the existence of multiple metastable states.
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ABSTRACT: The self-assembled microstructures of amphiphilic block copolymers depend on the selectivity of solvents for each block. By changing the selectivity of solvents, defined in terms of the repulsive interactions between the solvent and the hydrophilic/hydrophobic particles, an extensive simulation study on the spontaneous formation of complex micelles from amphiphilic triblock copolymers in a dilute solution is presented. The dynamic pathways in the formation of these assemblies have been investigated using a particle-based dissipative particle dynamics approach. In addition, the potential mechanism behind the formation of these microstructures has also been studied, which may be helpful in explaining how these aggregates are formed and in understanding the general principle of amphiphilic molecules.The Journal of chemical physics 05/2010; 132(20):204905. · 3.09 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Block copolymers built on a dendritic block having fixed molecular weight but different number of peripheral PEG chains were synthesised. At a fixed block ratio, these block copolymers exhibited topological transition of cylindrical micelles depending on the number of PEG chains.Chemical Communications 01/2012; 48(30):3590-2. · 6.38 Impact Factor
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