Double-faced micelles from water-soluble polymers

I.K. Voets, A. de Keizer, P. de Waard, P.M. Frederik, P.H.H. Bomans, H. Schmalz, A. Walther, S.M. King, F.A.M. Leermakers, M.A. Cohen Stuart

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Asymmetric disk-shaped Janus micelles form spontaneously and reversibly when simple water-soluble diblock copolymers in aqueous solutions are mixed. The combination of associative and segregative phase separation within one nanostructure results in a disk-shaped micelle with a complex coacervate core and an asymmetric water-swollen corona which is microphase-separated into two distinct domains or faces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6673-6676
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • multicompartment micelles
  • block-copolymers
  • aqueous-solution
  • complexes
  • salt
  • interpolyelectrolyte
  • delivery


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