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Multifunctional Nanoparticle-Loaded Spherical and Wormlike Micelles Formed by Interfacial Instabilities



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Hybrid spherical and wormlike amphiphilic block copolymer micelles are formed through evaporation-induced interfacial instabilities of emulsion droplets, allowing the incorporation of pre-synthesized hydrophobic inorganic nanoparticles within the micelle cores, as well as co-encapsulation of different nanoparticles. This encapsulation behavior is largely insensitive to particle surface chemistry, shape, and size, thus providing a versatile route to fabricate multifunctional micelles.