Science, Vol.283, No.5404, 960-963, 1999
Giant wormlike rubber micelles
A Low molecular weight poly(ethyleneoxide)-poly(butadiene) (PEO-PB) diblock copolymer containing 50 weight percent PEO forms gigantic wormlike micelles at Low concentrations (<5 percent by weight) in water. Subsequent generation of free radicals with a conventional water-based redox reaction Leads: to chemical cross-linking of the PB cores without disruption of the cylindrical morphology, as evidenced by cryotransmission electron microscopy and small-angle neutron scattering experiments. These wormlike rubber micelles exhibit unusual viscoelastic properties in water.