Using the self-consistent field treatment, we investigate the structures and the phase behavior of micelles formed in symmetric and asymmetric triblock copolymer solutions. We find that the asymmetry of the block copolymer lowers the critical micelle concentration due to the gain of the conformational entropy. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
- Critical micelle concentration
- Triblock copolymer
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