Cross-linked block copolymer micelles: functional nanostructures of great potential and versatility.

graphical abstract
O'Reilly, R.K.; Hawker, C.J.; Wooley, K.L.;
Chem. Soc. Rev.,
2006
35, 1068-1083.

Supramolecular self assembly techniques have provided a versatile means by which to selectively assemble polymer molecules into well-defined three dimensional core–shell nanostructures. The covalent stabilisation and tailoring of these dynamic nanostructures can be achieved using a range of chemistries within the assembly to afford robust functional nanoparticles. Many examples of the stabilisation, functionalisation and decoration of these nanoparticles have been reported in the literature and this tutorial review will focus on these recent developments and highlight their potential applications.