Multidimensional hierarchical self-assembly of amphiphilic cylindrical block comicelles

Huibin Qiu, Zachary M Hudson, Mitchell Winnik, Ian Manners

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Self-assembly of molecular and block copolymer amphiphiles represents a well-established route to micelles with a wide variety of shapes and gel-like phases.We demonstrate an analogous process, but on a longer length scale, in which amphiphilic P-H-P and H-P-H cylindrical triblock comicelles with hydrophobic (H) or polar (P) segments that are monodisperse in length are able to self-assemble side by side or end to end in nonsolvents for the central or terminal segments, respectively. This allows the formation of cylindrical
supermicelles and one-dimensional (1D) or 3D superstructures that persist in both solution and the solid state. These assemblies possess multiple levels of structural hierarchy in combination with existence on a multimicrometer-length scale, features that are generally only found in natural materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1329-1332
Number of pages4
Issue number6228
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2015


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