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Patchy Micelles with a Crystalline Core: Self-Assembly Concepts, Properties, and Applications

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Macromolecular Chemistry II, University of Bayreuth, Universitätsstraße 30, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada
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Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, Geiselbergstraße 69, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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Bavarian Polymer Institute (BPI), University of Bayreuth, Universitätsstraße 30, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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Polymers 2021, 13(9), 1481; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13091481
Received: 8 April 2021 / Revised: 30 April 2021 / Accepted: 1 May 2021 / Published: 4 May 2021
Crystallization-driven self-assembly (CDSA) of block copolymers bearing one crystallizable block has emerged to be a powerful and highly relevant method for the production of one- and two-dimensional micellar assemblies with controlled length, shape, and corona chemistries. This gives access to a multitude of potential applications, from hierarchical self-assembly to complex superstructures, catalysis, sensing, nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, and surface functionalization. Related to these applications, patchy crystalline-core micelles, with their unique, nanometer-sized, alternating corona segmentation, are highly interesting, as this feature provides striking advantages concerning interfacial activity, functionalization, and confinement effects. Hence, this review aims to provide an overview of the current state of the art with respect to self-assembly concepts, properties, and applications of patchy micelles with crystalline cores formed by CDSA. We have also included a more general discussion on the CDSA process and highlight block-type co-micelles as a special type of patchy micelle, due to similarities of the corona structure if the size of the blocks is well below 100 nm. View Full-Text
Keywords: crystallization-driven self-assembly (CDSA); crystalline-core micelles; patchy micelles; block copolymers crystallization-driven self-assembly (CDSA); crystalline-core micelles; patchy micelles; block copolymers
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Hils, C.; Manners, I.; Schöbel, J.; Schmalz, H. Patchy Micelles with a Crystalline Core: Self-Assembly Concepts, Properties, and Applications. Polymers 2021, 13, 1481. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13091481

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Hils C, Manners I, Schöbel J, Schmalz H. Patchy Micelles with a Crystalline Core: Self-Assembly Concepts, Properties, and Applications. Polymers. 2021; 13(9):1481. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13091481

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Hils, Christian, Ian Manners, Judith Schöbel, and Holger Schmalz. 2021. "Patchy Micelles with a Crystalline Core: Self-Assembly Concepts, Properties, and Applications" Polymers 13, no. 9: 1481. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13091481

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