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Tunable Supermicelle Architectures from the Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Cylindrical B–A–B Triblock Co-Micelles


  • We thank the European Research Council for funding this work. H.Q. and P.A.R. also thank the EU for Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships. M.A.W. thanks the NSERC for support.


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Crossing the block: Amphiphilic cylindrical B–A–B triblock co-micelles, micelle analogues of bolaamphiphiles, can be prepared by the crystallization-driven living self-assembly of diblock copolymers with core-forming polyferrocenylsilane blocks. These novel co-micelle building blocks form regular crossed or spherical supermicelles or elongated networks in polar media depending on the relative lengths of the A and B segments (see picture).

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