Table of Contents
Polymers, Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 2017)
- Issues are regarded as officially published after their release is announced to the table of contents alert mailing list.
- You may sign up for e-mail alerts to receive table of contents of newly released issues.
- PDF is the official format for papers published in both, html and pdf forms. To view the papers in pdf format, click on the "PDF Full-text" link, and use the free Adobe Reader to open them.
Cover Story (view full-size image) This cover image schematically illustrates the thermoresponsive copolymers investigated in the [...] Read more. This cover image schematically illustrates the thermoresponsive copolymers investigated in the present study. Dissolution of these terpolymers in aqueous solutions promotes the self-assembling of the block-based terpolymers into spherical micelles of different sizes. On the other hand, the statistical copolymer does not form any micellar structures; this reveals the importance of the block architecture. The self-assembly behaviour, i.e. the formation of micelles or random coil, as well as the size of the micelles, affects the gelation of the aqueous terpolymer solutions. This is critical for biological applications in which gelation is required at body temperature. The temperatures and the concentrations at which a stable gel is formed were visually determined. This study reveals an architectural effect according to which the gelation is strongly affected by the architecture of the terpolymers. By Theoni K. Georgiou. View this paper.