Block Copolymers

The ability of block copolymers to undergo microphase separation has generated significant interest in their application for forming ordered morphologies at equilibrium. These morphologies can be micelles, spheres, cylinders, lamellae, or surface patterning.1-3 Block copolymers that have broader distributions of chain lengths also have the traditional use as a surfactant/detergent, and can be useful in sol-gel chemistry.

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