Self-Assembly of Polymers into Soft Nanoparticles and Nanocapsules
Published Online: 15 MAR 2012
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Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials
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Tang, J., Zhu, D. and Shen, Y. 2012. Self-Assembly of Polymers into Soft Nanoparticles and Nanocapsules. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .
- Published Online: 15 MAR 2012
The self-assembly mechanisms of copolymers into nanostructures and their applications in nanomedicines have attracted increasing attention recently. The basis of the various aspects of this research area is the correlation of the polymer structures to the type and structural parameters of the nanostructures formed, which are the keys for researchers to design needed nanostructures for applications such as drug delivery. Along this line, this chapter briefly summarizes the principles of formation, theoretical predications of structural parameters, and the basic experimental aspects in preparation and characterization, as well as recent progress and applications of polymer micelles and vesicles in nanomedicine.
- polymer micelles;
- polymer vesicles;