Block copolymer hierarchical structures from the interplay of multiple assembly pathways

Alessandro Ianiro (Corresponding author), Meng Chi, Marco M.R.M. Hendrix, Ali Vala Koç, E. Deniz Eren, Michael Sztucki, Andrei V. Petukhov, Gijsbertus de With, A. Catarina C. Esteves, Remco Tuinier (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Structurally complex hierarchical block copolymer assemblies can be formed in solution via the interplay of multiple assembly pathways. Crystallizable block copolymers can undergo self-assembly, crystallization or phase separation in solution. By selecting appropriate solvency conditions (solvent and temperature) it is possible to induce an interplay between these processes resulting in a complex association behavior. This leads to the formation of assemblies with up to four levels of hierarchical organization. Furthermore, varying the copolymer composition enables to tune the formation mechanism and the morphology of the aggregates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2305-2311
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Volume11
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2020

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