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Self-Assembly of Polymers into Soft Nanoparticles and Nanocapsules

Soft Matter

  1. Jianbin Tang,
  2. Dingcheng Zhu,
  3. Youqing Shen

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc152

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

Tang, J., Zhu, D. and Shen, Y. 2012. Self-Assembly of Polymers into Soft Nanoparticles and Nanocapsules. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

Author Information

  1. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

  • self-assembly;
  • polymer micelles;
  • polymer vesicles;
  • nanomedicines