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Polymers, Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 2017)
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Cover Story This cover image schematically illustrates the thermoresponsive copolymers investigated in the [...] Read more. This cover image schematically illustrates the thermoresponsive copolymers investigated in the present study. Dissolution of these terpolymers in aqueous solutions promotes the self-assembling of the block-based terpolymers into spherical micelles of different sizes. On the other hand, the statistical copolymer does not form any micellar structures; this reveals the importance of the block architecture. The self-assembly behaviour, i.e. the formation of micelles or random coil, as well as the size of the micelles, affects the gelation of the aqueous terpolymer solutions. This is critical for biological applications in which gelation is required at body temperature. The temperatures and the concentrations at which a stable gel is formed were visually determined. This study reveals an architectural effect according to which the gelation is strongly affected by the architecture of the terpolymers. By Theoni K. Georgiou. View this paper.