Cylindrical crystalline-core micelles: Pushing the limits of solution self-assembly

  • Schmelz J
  • Schacher F
  • Schmalz H
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Within the last few years{,} crystallisation-induced self-assembly
of block copolymers (BCs) in solution has become more and more attractive
for the production of well-defined cylindrical crystalline-core micelles
(cCCMs). The {"}livingness{"} of this process has been shown for
a number of crystallisable blocks and allows fine tuning of the length
as well as the length distribution of such structures. This unprecedented
control is hardly achievable in the self-assembly of purely amorphous
BCs. Furthermore{,} in an analogy to living/controlled polymerisation
methods{,} the epitaxial growth of different BCs onto preformed cCCMs
allows for the preparation of complex micellar architectures{,} e.g.{,}
cylindrical block co-micelles. This highlight tries to provide an
overview over recent developments in crystallisation-induced self-assembly
of BCs with a particular focus on one-dimensional (1D) micellar nanostructures.

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  • Joachim Schmelz

  • Felix H. Schacher

  • Holger Schmalz

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