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Keywords:

  • biological applications of polymers;
  • diblock copolymers;
  • drug delivery systems;
  • enzymes;
  • self-assembly

Abstract

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The ability of amphiphilic block copolymers to self-assemble in selective solvents has been widely studied in academia and utilized for various commercial products. The self-assembled polymer vesicle is at the forefront of this nanotechnological revolution with seemingly endless possible uses, ranging from biomedical to nanometer-scale enzymatic reactors. This review is focused on the inherent advantages in using polymer vesicles over their small molecule lipid counterparts and the potential applications in biology for both drug delivery and synthetic cellular reactors.