Smart azobenzene-containing tubular polymersomes: fabrication and multiple morphological tuning
Lishan Li a, Songbo Cui b, An Hu a, Wei Zhang a, Yiwen Li*c（李乙文）, Nianchen Zhou*a（周年琛）, Zhengbiao Zhang a and Xiulin Zhu a
a State and Local Joint Engineering Laboratory for Novel Functional Polymeric Materials, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Polymer Design and Application, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123, P. R. China.
b Department of Chemical Engineering, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo N2L 3G1, Ontario, Canada
c College of Polymer Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610065, P. R. China.
Chem. Commun., 2020, 56, 6237--6240
A fundamental challenge in nanomaterial science is to facilely fabricate nonspherical polymersomes. Here, several kinds of novel tubular polymersomes were fabricated via self-assembly of amphiphilic azobenzene-containing block copolymers. Besides, their shape could be tuned by multiple approaches including changes in the chemical structure, self-assembly conditions and external stimuli.