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We investigated, both experimentally and theoretically, the self-assembly behaviors of pH- and thermosensitive poly(L-glutamic acid)- b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(L-glutamic acid) (PLGA-b-PPO-b-PLGA) triblock copolymers in aqueous solution by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), dynamic light scattering(More)
Recently, increasing attention has been given to the self-assembly behavior of polypeptide-based copolymers. Polypeptides can serve as either shell-forming or core-forming blocks in the formation of various aggregates. The solubility and rigidity of polypeptide blocks have been found to have a profound effect on the self-assembly behavior of(More)
Hybrid polymeric micelles self-assembled from a mixture containing poly(γ-benzyl-L-glutamate)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PBLG-b-PEG) block copolymer and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were prepared. The effect of AuNPs on the self-assembly behavior of PBLG-b-PEG was studied both experimentally by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy,(More)
Using dissipative particle dynamics simulation, structural evolution from concentric multicompartment micelles to raspberry-like multicompartment micelles self-assembled from linear ABC triblock copolymers in selective solvents was investigated. The structural transformation from concentric micelles to raspberry-like micelles can be controlled by changing(More)
A dual-drug-loaded micelle is designed and constructed from a mixture of poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(γ-benzyl-l-glutamate)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PPO-b-PBLG-b-PEG) triblock terpolymers and two model drugs, doxorubicin (DOX) and naproxen (Nap). In the micelles, the DOX is chemically linked to the PBLG backbones through an acid-cleavable hydrazone bond,(More)
One of the main differences of ordered structures constrained on curved surfaces is the nature of topological defects. We here explore the defect structures and ordering behaviours of both lamellar and cylindrical phases of block copolymers confined on spherical substrates by the Landau-Brazovskii theory, which is numerically solved by a highly accurate(More)
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(More)
Using the real-space implemented self-consistent field theory, we undertook an investigation on the hierarchical self-assembly behaviors of comb-coil block copolymers. The comb-coil block copolymers can self-assemble into hierarchical microstructures with two different length scales. Various structure-within-structure morphologies, such as parallel and(More)
Self-assembly behavior of mixture systems containing poly(γ-benzyl-L-glutamate)-poly(ethylene glycol) graft (PBLG-g-PEG) and block (PBLG-b-PEG) copolymers in aqueous solution was investigated by both experiments and computer simulations. Pure graft copolymers self-assembled into vesicles, and pure block copolymers aggregated into spherical micelles or(More)
The self-assembly behavior of AB/AC amphiphilic diblock copolymer mixtures in dilute solution was studied by a real-space-implemented self-consistent field theory in three dimensions. The AB and AC copolymers have a common hydrophobic block A but different hydrophilic blocks B and C. Two cases were studied: one in which copolymers AB and AC have same(More)