Spontaneous Assembly of Miktoarm Stars into Vesicular Interpolyelectrolyte Complexes (pages 855–860)
Felix A. Plamper, Arjan P. Gelissen, Jan Timper, Andrea Wolf, Alexander B. Zezin, Walter Richtering, Heikki Tenhu, Ulrich Simon, Joachim Mayer, Oleg V. Borisov and Dmitry V. Pergushov
Version of Record online: 19 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300053
“Live” observation of soft matter by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in liquid water: a star-shaped bis- hydrophilic cationic copolymer co-assembles with linear anionic polyelectrolytes into polymersomes as evidenced by cryo-TEM and in situ TEM in a native environment. Conditions for the formation of vesicular interpolyelectrolyte complexes are derived theoretically: the star-shaped architecture widens the range of the vesicular morphology.