Controlled shape transformation of polymersome stomatocytes

S.A. Meeuwissen, Kyoung Taek Kim, Yingchao Chen, Darrin J. Pochan, J.C.M. Hest, van

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Shape up your polymersome: Polymeric vesicles composed of block-copolymers with a glassy hydrophobic segment are no longer merely destined to take on the morphology obtained right after self-assembly. Gradual introduction of plasticizing solvents creates a permeable vesicular membrane, which together with osmotic pressure differences leads to shape transformation (see scheme).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7070-7073
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • morphology
  • nanotechnology
  • polymersomes
  • self-assembly
  • shape transformation


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