Block Copolymers in Solution: Fundamentals and Applications
Ian W. Hamley
Hardcover 300 pp ISBN 9780470015575
This unique text discusses the solution self-assembly of block copolymers and covers all aspects from
basic physical chemistry to applications in soft nanotechnology. Recent advances have enabled the
preparation of new materials with novel self-assembling structures, functionality and responsiveness
and there have also been concomitant advances in theory and
The present text covers the principles of self-assembly in both dilute and concentrated solution,
for example micellization and mesophase formation, etc., in chapters 2 and 3 respectively. Chapter
4 covers polyelectrolyte block copolymers - these materials are attracting significant attention from researchers
and a solid basis for understanding their physical chemistry is emerging, and this is discussed. The next chapter
discusses adsorption of block copolymers from solution at liquid and solid interfaces. The concluding chapter
presents a discussion of selected applications, focussing on several important new concepts.
The book is aimed at researchers in polymer science as well as industrial scientists involved in the polymer
and coatings industries. It will also be of interest to scientists working in soft matter self-assembly and
2. Neutral Block Copolymers in Dilute Solution.
2.2 Techniques for Studying Micellization.
2.3 Micellization in PEO-based Block Copolymers.
2.4 Micellization in Styrenic Block Copolymers.
2.5 Determination of cmc.
2.6 Thermodynamics of Micellization.
2.7 Micellization and Micelle Dimensions: Theory and Simulation.
2.8 Micelle Dimensions: Comparison Between Experiment and Theory.
2.9 Interaction between Micelles.
2.10 Dynamics of Micellization.
2.11 Dynamic Modes.
2.12 Specific Types of Micelles.
2.13 Micellization in Mixed solvents.
2.14 Mixed micelles.
2.15 Block Copolymer/Surfactant complexes.
2.16 Complex Morphologies.
2.18 Crystallization in Micelles.