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Special Issue "Polymer Micelles"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
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Interests: controlled/living radical polymerization; RAFT; TERP; water-soluble polymer; self-organization; polymer micelle; bioconjugate polymer
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Interests: surface; colloid; nano and polymer science; surfactant; block copolymer
Interests: polymer surfactant; amphiphilic polymer; polymer micelle; polymer monolayer; polymer brush; polymer partile; ionic polymer
Block and graft copolymers show microdomain formations in the solid state and self-assemble to core-shell nanoaggregates in selective solvents. Classically, amphiphilic polymers form polymer micelles and vesicular structures in aqueous solution, primarily due to the hydrophobic interaction in analogy to surfactants. Practically, polymer micelles have been applied as nanocarriers in drug delivery systems, solubilizers, associative thickeners, and so on. In recent years, various other interactions, such as electrostatic, hydrogen bonds, coordination bonds, and so on, have been found to play a role in polymer self-assembly. Additionally, unimolecular micelles may form by intramolecular association within a single polymer chain. Non-surface active polymers have also been found to form micelles. Furthermore, micelles from stimuli-responsive polymers and from mixtures of oppositely charged copolymers have been reported. Due to the advances in polymerization techniques leading to tailormade copolymers from a variety of monomers, characterization/solution behavior using a variety of modern instrumental techniques, theoretical approaches, and emerging areas of applications, polymer self-assembly has gained a great deal of interest in recent years and we need to constantly update the information and knowledge on polymer micelles. This Special Issue covers the synthesis, characterization, solution properties, association behavior, simulation, and application of polymer micelles, as well as polymer aggregates. The aim of this Special Issue is to expand our knowledge of polymer micelles by accumulating the latest basic and applicable information.
Dr. Shin-ichi Yusa
Prof. Takahiro Sato
Prof. Pratap Bahadur
Dr. Hideki Matsuoka
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- Polymer micelles
- Polymer self-assembly in aqueous solvents
- Polymer self-assembly in non-aqueous solvents
- Polymer vesicles
- Unimolecular micelles
- Self-assembly by non-surface active polymers
- Amphiphilic polymers
- Drug delivery