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Title: Porous Vesicles with Extrusion-Tunable Permeability and Pore Size from Mixed Solutions of PEO-PPO-PEO Triblock Copolymers
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1946392 1552571
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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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