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Spontaneous assembly of hierarchical phases

The self-assembly of a triblock bottlebrush polymer at one length scale controls the ordering of the self-assembly at a smaller scale, forming a hierarchical unit cell.

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Fig. 1: Chain architecture for hierarchical morphologies.


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Yager, K.G. Spontaneous assembly of hierarchical phases. Nat. Nanotechnol. 18, 223–224 (2023).

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