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Nanoshells and nanotubes from block copolymers

Hamley, I.W. (2005) Nanoshells and nanotubes from block copolymers. Soft Matter, 1 (1). pp. 36-43. ISSN 1744-683X

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1039/b418226j

Abstract/Summary

Recent work exploring the use of block copolymer vesicles and tubules is reviewed. The stability and toughness of block copolymer vesicles are enhanced compared to those formed by low molar mass amphiphiles. Functionality can also readily be introduced through the polymer chemistry or by incorporating additional components (for example pore-forming membrane proteins). This design flexibility leads to numerous potential applications in encapsulation, in targeted drug delivery, templating of inorganic materials and many others.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:11303
Uncontrolled Keywords:DILUTE AQUEOUS-SOLUTION, TRIBLOCK COPOLYMER, DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS, POLYMERIC VESICLES, HOLLOW NANOSPHERES, LIPID BILAYERS, GIANT VESICLES, TERNARY-SYSTEM, MEMBRANES, METHACRYLATE)

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