Figure 7: Summary of micelle size evolution. | Nature Communications

Figure 7: Summary of micelle size evolution.

From: Size evolution of highly amphiphilic macromolecular solution assemblies via a distinct bimodal pathway

Figure 7

Schematic representation of changes in micelle size after cosolvent addition and removal. (a) Poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (PB-PEO) micelles self-assemble in pure water, decrease in size following THF cosolvent addition (<10% by volume) and remain kinetically trapped after solvent transfer to pure water. Micelles prepared in solutions containing low THF contents are not perturbed far from their equilibrium size and therefore do not undergo significant size relaxation. (b) Increasing the THF content (for example, 40% by volume) and subsequently removing the cosolvent perturbs the micelles far from their equilibrium size in water, leading to size relaxation through a bimodal pathway.

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