Simon Holder and Nico Sommerdijk summarise recent approaches to controlling the self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers.
The review particularly focuses on methods to obtain novel micellar morphologies from amphiphilic block copolymers. Of special interest is the control of the overall shape of micelles, which increase the variety of available shapes from simple, such as cylinders and spheres etc., to more complex morphologies, such as disks, toroids and bicontinuous micelles.
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