Transformer-Induced Metamorphosis of Polymeric Nanoparticle Shape at Room Temperature

Kostas Parkatzidis, Nghia P. Truong, Manon Rolland, Viviane Lutz-Bueno, Emily H. Pilkington, Raffaele Mezzenga, Athina Anastasaki

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Controlled polymerizations have enabled the production of nanostructured materials with different shapes, each exhibiting distinct properties. Despite the importance of shape, current morphological transformation strategies are limited in polymer scope, alter the chemical structure, require high temperatures, and are fairly tedious. Herein we present a rapid and versatile morphological transformation strategy that operates at room temperature and does not impair the chemical structure of the constituent polymers. By simply adding a molecular transformer to an aqueous dispersion of polymeric nanoparticles, a rapid evolution to the next higher-order morphology was observed, yielding a range of morphologies from a single starting material. Significantly, this approach can be applied to nanoparticles produced by disparate block copolymers obtained by various synthetic techniques including emulsion polymerization, polymerization-induced self-assembly and traditional solution self-assembly.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202113424
Number of pages7
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2022

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