Cover Picture: Cryo Electron Tomography Reveals Confined Complex Morphologies of Tripeptide-Containing Amphiphilic Double-Comb Diblock Copolymers (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 46/2008)

Authors

  • Alison L. Parry Dr.,

    1. Functional Materials Group, Chemical Laboratory, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NR (UK), Fax: (+44) 1227-827-558
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Paul H. H. Bomans,

    1. Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry and Soft Matter Cryo-TEM Research Unit, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, 5600 MB, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Simon J. Holder Dr.,

    1. Functional Materials Group, Chemical Laboratory, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NR (UK), Fax: (+44) 1227-827-558
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Nico A. J. M. Sommerdijk Dr.,

    1. Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry and Soft Matter Cryo-TEM Research Unit, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, 5600 MB, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Stefano C. G. Biagini Dr.

    1. Functional Materials Group, Chemical Laboratory, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NR (UK), Fax: (+44) 1227-827-558
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

original image

The anatomy of a copolymer is presented by N. A. J. M. Sommerdijk et al. in their Communication on page 8859 ff. The amphiphilic double-comb diblock polymer with oligo(ethylene oxide) and peptide chains aggregates to form complex shapes in aqueous solution. From cryo electron tomograms, 3D volumes were reconstructed (shown as a set of slices). Further visualization highlights branches and loops in a folded wormlike micelle (purple) and the channel structure inside a bicontinuous morphology (yellow).

Ancillary