Toward 'smart' nano-objects by self-assembly of block copolymers in solution

J. Rodríguez-Hernández, F. Chécot, Y. Gnanou, S. Lecommandoux*

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In recent years, the synthesis and analysis of novel copolymer-based nanomaterials in solution have been extensively pursued. The interest in such structures lies in the fact that their dimensions, in the mesoscopic range (<100 nm), and factors such as composition or structure lead to materials with singular properties and applications. In this article, we report the most significant developments in the preparation and characterization of nano-objects, presenting an organized and detailed overview of the state of the art. First, the basic principles of self-assembly and micellization of block copolymers in dilute solution will be discussed. A review of the methods for stabilization of the macromolecular aggregates will be then given, including selected recent examples. Finally, we will concentrate on stabilized nano-particles, so-called 'smart materials' that show responses to environmental changes (pH, temperature, ionic-strength, among others), focusing on their applications principally in the biomedical field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-724
Number of pages34
JournalProgress in Polymer Science (Oxford)
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Block copolymers
  • Cross-linking
  • Micelle
  • Nano-objects
  • Self-assembly
  • Smart
  • Stabilization
  • Stimulus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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