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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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.