Li X1, Jin B2, Gao Y3, Hayward DW4, Winnik MA5, Luo Y6, Manners I7.
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2016 Sep 12;55(38):11392-6. doi: 10.1002/anie.201604551. Epub 2016 Aug 11.Precise control over the morphology and dimensions of block copolymer (BCP) micelles has attracted interest due to the potential of this approach to generate functional nanostructures. Incorporation of liquid crystalline (LC) block can provide additional ways to vary micellar morphologies, but the formation of uniform micelles with controllable dimensions from LC BCPs has not yet been realized. Herein, we report the preparation of monodisperse cylindrical micelles with a LC poly(2-(perfluorooctyl)ethyl methacrylate (PFMA) core via a fragmentation-thermal annealing (F-TA) process, resembling the "self-seeding" process of crystalline BCP micelles. Read More