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Simulation-Assisted Self-Assembly of Multicomponent Polymers into Hierarchical Assemblies with Varied Morphologies

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  • Chunhua Cai,

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Polymeric Materials, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)
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  • Yongliang Li,

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Polymeric Materials, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)
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  • Prof. Jiaping Lin,

    Corresponding author
    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Polymeric Materials, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)
    • Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Polymeric Materials, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)
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  • Liquan Wang,

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Polymeric Materials, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)
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  • Shaoliang Lin,

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Polymeric Materials, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)
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  • Dr. Xiao-Song Wang,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, N2L 3G1 (Canada)
    • Department of Chemistry, Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, N2L 3G1 (Canada)
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  • Tao Jiang

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Polymeric Materials, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)
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  • This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (50925308 and 21234002), Key Grant Project of the Ministry of Education (313020), and the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2012CB933600). Support from projects of Shanghai municipality (10GG15 and 12ZR1442500) is also appreciated. X.-S.W. thanks the NSERC and the University of Waterloo for financial support.

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As you like it: The synthesis of supramolecular hierarchical nanostructures with designed morphologies has been realized through computer-simulation-guided multicomponent assembly of polypeptide-based block copolymers and homopolymers. By adjusting the attraction between hydrophobic polypeptide rods, as well as other parameters such as the molar ratio of copolymers and the rigidity of polymers, a variety of morphologies were obtained.

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