Block copolymers consist of two or more chemically distinct polymer segments, or blocks, connected by a covalent link. In a selective solvent for one of the blocks, core–corona micelle structures are formed. We demonstrate that living polymerizations driven by the epitaxial crystallization of a core-forming metalloblock represent a synthetic tool that can be used to generate complex and hierarchical micelle architectures from diblock copolymers. The use of platelet micelles as initiators enables the formation of scarf-like architectures in which cylindrical micelle tassels of controlled length are grown from specific crystal faces. A similar process enables the fabrication of brushes of cylindrical micelles on a crystalline homopolymer substrate. Living polymerizations driven by heteroepitaxial growth can also be accomplished and are illustrated by the formation of tri- and pentablock and scarf architectures with cylinder–cylinder and platelet–cylinder connections, respectively, that involve different core-forming metalloblocks.
|Translated title of the contribution||Complex and hierarchical micelle architectures from diblock copolymers using living, crystallization-driven polymerizations|
|Pages (from-to)||144 - 150|
|Number of pages||7|
|Early online date||11 Jan 2009|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2009|