Marle Vleugels

The accessibility of versatile and stable nanostructures of controllable size and morphology by self-assembly of block copolymers in solution is essential for biomedical applications. However, an intrinsic property of polymers is their dispersity while in nature polymers are discrete and sequence controlled. These highly controlled natural polymers, such as DNA and peptides, have a very well-defined three-dimensional structure and corresponding function. Drawing inspiration from nature, we investigate the effect of full discreteness on the self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers to achieve precise control over the formed nanostructures.