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  1. Novel Synthesis of Cellulose-Based Diblock Copolymer of Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) by Mechanochemical Reaction

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    Ohura, Takeshi; Tsutaki, Yusaku; Sakaguchi, Masato

    2014-01-01

    The mechanical fracture of polymer produces polymeric free radical chain-ends, by which liner block copolymers have been synthesized. A diblock copolymer of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and poly 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (pHEMA) was produced by the mechanochemical polymerization under vacuum and room temperature. The fraction of pHEMA in MCC-block-pHEMA produced by the mechanochemical polymerization increased up to 21 mol% with increasing fracture time (~6 h). Then, the tacticities of H...

  2. Sulfate-based anionic diblock copolymer nanoparticles for efficient occlusion within zinc oxide

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    Ning, Y.; Fielding, L. A.; Andrews, T. S.; Growney, D. J.; Armes, S. P.

    2015-04-01

    Occlusion of copolymer particles within inorganic crystalline hosts not only provides a model for understanding the crystallisation process, but also may offer a direct route for the preparation of novel nanocomposite materials with emergent properties. In the present paper, a series of new well-defined anionic diblock copolymer nanoparticles are synthesised by polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous emulsion polymerisation and then evaluated as crystal habit modifiers for the in situ formation of ZnO in aqueous solution. Systematic studies indicate that both the chemical nature (i.e. whether sulfate-based or carboxylate-based) and the mean degree of polymerisation (DP) of the anionic stabiliser block play vital roles in determining the crystal morphology. In particular, sulfate-functionalised nanoparticles are efficiently incorporated within the ZnO crystals whereas carboxylate-functionalised nanoparticles are excluded, thus anionic character is a necessary but not sufficient condition for successful occlusion. Moreover, the extent of nanoparticle occlusion within the ZnO phase can be as high as 23% by mass depending on the sulfate-based nanoparticle concentration. The optical properties, chemical composition and crystal structure of the resulting nanocomposite crystals are evaluated and an occlusion mechanism is proposed based on the observed evolution of the ZnO morphology in the presence of sulfate-based anionic nanoparticles. Finally, controlled deposition of a 5 nm gold sol onto porous ZnO particles (produced after calcination of the organic nanoparticles) significantly enhances the rate of photocatalytic decomposition of a model rhodamine B dye on exposure to a relatively weak UV source.Occlusion of copolymer particles within inorganic crystalline hosts not only provides a model for understanding the crystallisation process, but also may offer a direct route for the preparation of novel

  3. High-Performance Field-Effect Transistors Based on Polystyrene-b-Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Diblock Copolymers

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    Geohegan, David B [ORNL; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Hong, Kunlun [ORNL; Xiao, Kai [ORNL; Lavrik, Nickolay V [ORNL; Yu, Xiang [ORNL; Chen, Jihua [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Polystyrene-b-poly(3-hexylthiophene) (PS-b-P3HT) block copolymers with fixed PS block length have been synthesized by combined atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and Grignard metathesis (GRIM) polymerization. The self-assembled structures of these diblock copolymer thin films based on PS-b-P3HT have been studied by TEM, SAED, GIXD, AFM, and additionally by first principles modeling and simulation. These block copolymers undergo microphase separation and form nanostructured spheres, lamellae, nanofibers, or nanoribbons in the films dictated by the molecular weight of the P3HT block. Within the diblock copolymer thin film, PS blocks segregate to form amorphous domains, and the covalently bonded conjugated P3HT blocks exist as highly ordered crystalline domains through intermolecular packing with their alkyl side chains aligned normal to the substrate while the thiophene rings align parallel to the substrate through stacking. The conjugated PS-b-P3HT block copolymers exhibited significant improvements in organic field-effect transistor (OFET) performance and environmental stability as compared to P3HT homopolymers, with up to a factor of 2 increase in measured mobility (0.08 cm2/(V 3 s)) for the P4 (85 wt % P3HT). Overall, this work demonstrates that the high degree of molecular order induced by block copolymer phase separation can improve the transport properties and stability of conjugating polymers, which are critical for high-performance OFETs and other organic electronics.

  4. Novel synthesis of cellulose-based diblock copolymer of poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) by mechanochemical reaction.

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    Ohura, Takeshi; Tsutaki, Yusaku; Sakaguchi, Masato

    2014-01-01

    The mechanical fracture of polymer produces polymeric free radical chain-ends, by which liner block copolymers have been synthesized. A diblock copolymer of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and poly 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (pHEMA) was produced by the mechanochemical polymerization under vacuum and room temperature. The fraction of pHEMA in MCC-block-pHEMA produced by the mechanochemical polymerization increased up to 21 mol% with increasing fracture time (~6 h). Then, the tacticities of HEMA sequences in MCC-block-pHEMA varied according to the reaction time. In the process of mechanochemical polymerization, cellulose could play the role of a radical polymerization initiator capable of controlling stereoregularity.

  5. Novel Synthesis of Cellulose-Based Diblock Copolymer of Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate by Mechanochemical Reaction

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    Takeshi Ohura

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical fracture of polymer produces polymeric free radical chain-ends, by which liner block copolymers have been synthesized. A diblock copolymer of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC and poly 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (pHEMA was produced by the mechanochemical polymerization under vacuum and room temperature. The fraction of pHEMA in MCC-block-pHEMA produced by the mechanochemical polymerization increased up to 21 mol% with increasing fracture time (~6 h. Then, the tacticities of HEMA sequences in MCC-block-pHEMA varied according to the reaction time. In the process of mechanochemical polymerization, cellulose could play the role of a radical polymerization initiator capable of controlling stereoregularity.

  6. Morphologies of poly(cyclohexadiene) diblock copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev [ORNL; Mays, Jimmy [ORNL; Sides, Scott [ORNL; Goswami, Monojoy [ORNL; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Hong, Kunlun [ORNL; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos [University of Athens, Athens, Greece; Russell, Thomas P [ORNL; Gido, Samuel [University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tsoukatos, Thodoris [University of Athens, Athens, Greece; Beyer, Fredrick [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

    2012-01-01

    Concerted experimental and theoretical investigations have been carried out to understand the micro-phase separation in diblock copolymer melts containing poly (1,3-cyclohexadiene), PCHD, as one of the constituents. In particular, we have studied diblock copolymer melts containing polystyrene (PS), polybutadiene (PB), and polyisoprene (PI) as the second block. We have systematically varied the ratio of 1,2- /1,4-microstructures of poly (1,3-cyclohexadiene) to tune the conformational asymmetry between the two blocks and characterized the effects of these changes on the morphologies using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Our experimental investigations reveal that the melts of PCHD-b-PB, PCHD-b-PS and PCHD-b-PI containing nearly equal fractions of each component and high percentage of 1,4-microstructures in the PCHD block form cylindrical rather than lamellar morphologies as expected in symmetric diblock copolymers. In contrast, the morphologies of PCHD-b-PB, PCHD-b-PS and PCHD-b-PI containing PCHD block with higher 1,2-microstructure are found to be disordered at 110 C. The change in the morphological behavior is in good agreement with our numerical calculations using the random phase approximation and self-consistent field theory for conformationally asymmetric diblock copolymer melts. Also, the effects of composition fluctuations are studied by extending the Brazovskii-Leibler-Fredrickson-Helfand (J. Chem. Phys. 87, 697 (1987)) theory to conformationally asymmetric diblock copolymer melts. These results allow the understanding of the underlying self-assembly process that highlights the importance of the conformational asymmetry in tuning the morphologies in block copolymers.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of diblock copolymer templated iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Akcora, Pinar

    2005-07-01

    Templating ordered assemblies of magnetic oxide nanoparticles within self-assembled diblock copolymers of varying morphologies is an important problem with a wide applicability such as in electromagnetics, optical devices, metal catalysts, medicine and biology. In this thesis, the effects of different polymer structures on particle ordering and resultant magnetic properties have been investigated using various microstructure and magnetic characterization tools. Ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of norbornene and functionalized norbornene monomers has been used to synthesize diblock copolymers of narrow polydispersities using Grubbs' catalyst. These block copolymers can be used as templates to form inorganic nanoparticles. In this research, the structural and physical understanding of the inorganic-copolymer system was studied by small-angle neutron and x-ray scattering techniques and transmission electron microscopy. Synthesis of gamma-Fe2O3 nanoparticles has been achieved within novel block copolymers of (norbornene)-b-(deuterated norbornene dicarboxylic) acid and (norbornene methanol-(norbornene dicarboxylic acid). The polymer morphologies were controlled by varying the volume fractions of the constituent blocks. The pure norbornene based diblock copolymer morphologies were demonstrated by electron microscopy for the first tune. Spherical, cylindrical and lamellar morphologies of these novel diblock copolymers were reported. The block ratios of the synthesized polymers were determined using gel permeation chromatography-light scattering, elemental analysis and UV-VIS spectroscopy. Solution phase doping and submersion of thin films in metal salt solutions were employed as metal doping methods and the observed nanoparticle structures were compared to those of the undoped copolymer morphologies. This project reports on the types of templating structures and dispersion of the nanoparticles. The effects of particle, interactions on the microphase

  8. Morphology of diblock copolymers in porous media

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    Maniadis, Panagiotis; Tsimpanogiannis, I. N.; Kober, E.M.; Lookman, T.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 112, č. 17 (2014), s. 2297-2309 ISSN 0026-8976 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0068; GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.20.0214 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : confinement * diblock copolymers * porous media * self-assembly * self-consistent field theory Subject RIV: BE - Theoretical Physics Impact factor: 1.720, year: 2014

  9. Micellar structure of amphiphilic poly(2-oxazoline) diblock copolymers

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    Papadakis, C.M.; Ivanova, R.; Lüdtke, K.

    2007-01-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers from poly(2-oxazoline)s in aqueous solution can form micelles. By means of small-angle neutron scattering, we have found that poly[(n-nonyl-2-oxazoline)-b-(methyl-2-oxazoline)] {P[(NOx)-b-(MOx)]} diblock copolymers in aqueous solution form micelles of core-shell typ...

  10. Comparison of complex coacervate core micelles from two diblock copolymers or a single diblock copolymer with a polyelectrolyte.

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    Hofs, P.S.; Voets, I.K.; Keizer, de A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2006-01-01

    With light scattering titrations, we show that complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) form from a diblock copolymer with a polyelectrolyte block and either an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte, a diblock copolymer with an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte or a mixture of the two. The effect of

  11. Comparative analysis of nanostructured diblock copolymer films

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    Mueller-Buschbaum, P.; Hermsdorf, N.; Roth, S.V.; Wiedersich, J.; Cunis, S.; Gehrke, R.

    2004-01-01

    Nanostructured polymer films of poly(styrene-block-paramethylstyrene) diblock copolymers P(Sd-b-pMS) on silicon substrates with a native oxide layer are investigated. Resulting from a storage under toluene vapor, a surface structure is installed. The early stages, characterized by the creation of a host structure out of an initially continuous film, are addressed. Grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) experiments were performed as a function of exposure time. Results are compared to modelling of the scattering pattern and other experimental techniques, such as grazing incidence small-angle neutron scattering (GISANS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) data. Possibilities and limits of the techniques are discussed

  12. Polymer Semiflexibility Induces Nonuniversal Phase Transitions in Diblock Copolymers

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    Mao, Shifan; MacPherson, Quinn; Spakowitz, Andrew J.

    2018-02-01

    The order-disorder phase transition and the associated phase diagrams of semiflexible diblock copolymers are investigated using the wormlike chain model, incorporating concentration fluctuations. The free energy up to quartic order in concentration fluctuations is developed with chain-rigidity-dependent coefficients, evaluated using our exact results for the wormlike chain model, and a one-loop renormalization treatment is used to account for fluctuation effects. The chain length N and the monomer aspect ratio α directly control the strength of immiscibility (defined by the Flory-Huggins parameter χ ) at the order-disorder transition and the resulting microstructures at different chemical compositions fA. When monomers are infinitely thin (i.e., large aspect ratio α ), the finite chain length N lowers the χ N at the phase transition. However, fluctuation effects become important when chains have a finite radius, and a decrease in the chain length N elevates the χ N at the phase transition. Phase diagrams of diblock copolymers over a wide range of N and α are calculated based on our fluctuation theory. We find that both finite N and α enhance the stability of the lamellar phase above the order-disorder transition. Our results demonstrate that polymer semiflexibility plays a dramatic role in the phase behavior, even for large chain lengths (e.g., N ≈100 ).

  13. Amphiphilic PEO-b-PBLG diblock and PBLG-b-PEO-b-PBLG triblock copolymer based nanoparticles: doxorubicin loading and in vitro evaluation.

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    Kakkar, Dipti; Mazzaferro, Silvia; Thevenot, Julie; Schatz, Christophe; Bhatt, Anant; Dwarakanath, Bilikere S; Singh, Harpal; Mishra, Anil K; Lecommandoux, Sebastien

    2015-01-01

    Huisgen's 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition ("Click Chemestry") has been used to prepare amphiphilic PEO-b-PBLG diblock and PBLG-b-PEO-b-PBLG triblock copolymers as potential carriers of anticancer drugs. Spherical and flower shaped micelles (D ≈ 100 nm) were obtained from diblock and triblock copolymers respectively. DOX was effectively encapsulated up to 18 wt.% and 50-60% of it was steadily released from the micelles over a period of 7 d. Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy confirmed the effective intracellular uptake as well as the sustained release of DOX from micelles. These results suggest that the diblock as well as triblock copolymers are promising carriers for intra-cellular drug delivery. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Relaxation processes in a lower disorder order transition diblock copolymer

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    Sanz, Alejandro; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.; Nogales, Aurora; Hernández, Rebeca; Sprung, Michael

    2015-01-01

    The dynamics of lower disorder-order temperature diblock copolymer leading to phase separation has been observed by X ray photon correlation spectroscopy. Two different modes have been characterized. A non-diffusive mode appears at temperatures below the disorder to order transition, which can be associated to compositional fluctuations, that becomes slower as the interaction parameter increases, in a similar way to the one observed for diblock copolymers exhibiting phase separation upon cooling. At temperatures above the disorder to order transition T ODT , the dynamics becomes diffusive, indicating that after phase separation in Lower Disorder-Order Transition (LDOT) diblock copolymers, the diffusion of chain segments across the interface is the governing dynamics. As the segregation is stronger, the diffusive process becomes slower. Both observed modes have been predicted by the theory describing upper order-disorder transition systems, assuming incompressibility. However, the present results indicate that the existence of these two modes is more universal as they are present also in compressible diblock copolymers exhibiting a lower disorder-order transition. No such a theory describing the dynamics in LDOT block copolymers is available, and these experimental results may offer some hints to understanding the dynamics in these systems. The dynamics has also been studied in the ordered state, and for the present system, the non-diffusive mode disappears and only a diffusive mode is observed. This mode is related to the transport of segment in the interphase, due to the weak segregation on this system

  15. Relaxation processes in a lower disorder order transition diblock copolymer

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    Sanz, Alejandro; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.; Nogales, Aurora, E-mail: aurora.nogales@csic.es [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, IEM-CSIC. C/ Serrano 121, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Hernández, Rebeca [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros, ICTP-CSIC. C/ Juan de la Cierva 3, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Sprung, Michael [Petra III at DESY, Notkestr. 85, 22607 Hamburg (Germany)

    2015-02-14

    The dynamics of lower disorder-order temperature diblock copolymer leading to phase separation has been observed by X ray photon correlation spectroscopy. Two different modes have been characterized. A non-diffusive mode appears at temperatures below the disorder to order transition, which can be associated to compositional fluctuations, that becomes slower as the interaction parameter increases, in a similar way to the one observed for diblock copolymers exhibiting phase separation upon cooling. At temperatures above the disorder to order transition T{sub ODT}, the dynamics becomes diffusive, indicating that after phase separation in Lower Disorder-Order Transition (LDOT) diblock copolymers, the diffusion of chain segments across the interface is the governing dynamics. As the segregation is stronger, the diffusive process becomes slower. Both observed modes have been predicted by the theory describing upper order-disorder transition systems, assuming incompressibility. However, the present results indicate that the existence of these two modes is more universal as they are present also in compressible diblock copolymers exhibiting a lower disorder-order transition. No such a theory describing the dynamics in LDOT block copolymers is available, and these experimental results may offer some hints to understanding the dynamics in these systems. The dynamics has also been studied in the ordered state, and for the present system, the non-diffusive mode disappears and only a diffusive mode is observed. This mode is related to the transport of segment in the interphase, due to the weak segregation on this system.

  16. Pressure and temperature effects in homopolymer blends and diblock copolymers

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    Frielinghaus, H.; Schwahn, D.; Mortensen, K.

    1997-01-01

    Thermal composition fluctuations in homopolymer mer blends and diblock copolymers were studied with SANS in varying pressure and temperature fields. For homopolymers we find a quite consistent behavior: The dominating effect of compressibility or packing leads to a reduction of the entropic...

  17. Morphology diagram of a diblock copolymer - aluminosilicate nanoparticle system

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    Garcia, B.C.; Kamperman, M.M.G.; Ulrich, R.; Jain, A.; Gruner, S.M.; Wiesner, U.

    2009-01-01

    We explore the morphology space of nanocomposites prepared from poly(isoprene-block-ethylene oxide) (PI-b-PEO) diblock copolymers as structure directing agents for aluminosilicate nanoparticles prepared from (3-glycidyloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (GLYMO) and aluminum(III) sec-butoxide. The results of

  18. Tough, semiconducting polyethylene-poly(3-hexylthiophene) diblock copolymers

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    Müller, C.; Goffri, S.; Breiby, Dag Werner

    2007-01-01

    Semiconducting diblock copolymers of polyethylene (PE) and regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) are demonstrated to exhibit a rich phase behaviour, judicious use of which permitted us to fabricate field-effect transistors that show saturated charge carrier mobilities, mu(FET), as high as 2 x...

  19. Self-Assembly of Globular Protein-Polymer Diblock Copolymers

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    Thomas, C. S.; Olsen, B. D.

    2011-03-01

    The self-assembly of globular protein-polymer diblock copolymers into nanostructured phases is demonstrated as an elegant and simple method for structural control in biocatalysis or bioelectronics. In order to fundamentally investigate self-assembly in these complex block copolymer systems, a red fluorescent protein was expressed in E. coli and site-specifically conjugated to a low polydispersity poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) block using thiol-maleimide coupling to form a well-defined model globular protein-polymer diblock. Functional protein materials are obtained by solvent evaporation and solvent annealing above and below the lower critical solution temperature of PNIPAM in order to access different pathways toward self-assembly. Small angle x-ray scattering and microscopy are used to show that the diblock forms lamellar nanostructures and to explore dependence of nanostructure formation on processing conditions. Circular dichroism and UV-vis show that a large fraction of the protein remains in its folded state after conjugation, and wide angle x-ray scattering demonstrates that diblock copolymer self-assembly changes the protein packing symmetry.

  20. Self-oscillating AB diblock copolymer developed by post modification strategy

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    Ueki, Takeshi, E-mail: ueki@cross.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp, E-mail: ryo@cross.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Onoda, Michika; Tamate, Ryota; Yoshida, Ryo, E-mail: ueki@cross.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp, E-mail: ryo@cross.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Shibayama, Mitsuhiro [Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwano-ha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan)

    2015-06-15

    We prepared AB diblock copolymer composed of hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) segment and self-oscillating polymer segment. In the latter segment, ruthenium tris(2,2′-bipyridine) (Ru(bpy){sub 3}), a catalyst of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, is introduced into the polymer architecture based on N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). The Ru(bpy){sub 3} was introduced into the polymer segment by two methods; (i) direct random copolymerization (DP) of NIPAAm and Ru(bpy){sub 3} vinyl monomer and (ii) post modification (PM) of Ru(bpy){sub 3} with random copolymer of NIPAAm and N-3-aminopropylmethacrylamide. For both the diblock copolymers, a bistable temperature region (the temperature range; ΔT{sub m}), where the block copolymer self-assembles into micelle at reduced Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} state whereas it breaks-up into individual polymer chain at oxidized Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 3+} state, monotonically extends as the composition of the Ru(bpy){sub 3} increases. The ΔT{sub m} of the block copolymer prepared by PM is larger than that by DP. The difference in ΔT{sub m} is rationalized from the statistical analysis of the arrangement of the Ru(bpy){sub 3} moiety along the self-oscillating segments. By using the PM method, the well-defined AB diblock copolymer having ΔT{sub m} (ca. 25 °C) large enough to cause stable self-oscillation can be prepared. The periodic structural transition of the diblock copolymer in a dilute solution ([Polymer] = 0.1 wt. %) is closely investigated in terms of the time-resolved dynamic light scattering technique at constant temperature in the bistable region. A macroscopic viscosity oscillation of a concentrated polymer solution (15 wt. %) coupled with the periodic microphase separation is also demonstrated.

  1. Influence of diblock copolymer on the morphology and properties of polystyrene/poly(dimethylsiloxane) blends

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    Chuai, Chengzhi; Li, Shu; Almdal, Kristoffer

    2004-01-01

    , the observed morphology of the melt-blended PS/PDMS pair unambiguously supported the interfacial activity of the diblock copolymers. When a few percent of the diblock copolymers blended together with the PS and PDMS homopolymers, the phase size was reduced and the phase dispersion was firmly stabilized against...

  2. Synthesis of Diblock Copolymer Consisting of Poly(4-butyltriphenylamine and Morphological Control in Photovoltaic Application

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    Malee Songeun

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The diblock copolymer PTPA-b-PS consisting of poly(4-butyltripheneylamine (PTPA and polystyrene was prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization followed by C–N coupling polymerization. Three types of block copolymers with different contents of polystyrene segment were prepared. The formation of block copolymer was confirmed by 1H NMR spectra and gel permeation chromatography (GPC profiles. Time of flight (TOF measurement revealed that the block copolymer showed higher hole mobility up to 1.3 × 10−4 cm2/Vs compared with PTPA homopolymer. The surface morphology of block copolymer films blended with [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM was investigated by Atomic force microscopy (AFM. Introduction of polystyrene segment provided microphase-separated structures with domain sizes of around 20 nm. The photovoltaic device based on PTPA-b-PS, PTPA, and PCBM exhibited higher efficiency than that of homopolymer blend system.

  3. Neutron reflectivity study of adsorbed diblock copolymers

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    Smith, G.S.; Baker, S.M.; Wages, S.; Hamilton, W.; Toprakcioglu, C.; Field, J.B.; Dai, L.

    1994-01-01

    This paper summarizes our cumulative work on neutron reflectivity studies of polystyrene-poly(vinyl-2-pyridine) (PS-PVP) and polystyrenepolyethylene oxide (PS-PEO) adsorbed at a quartz-solvent interface. Deuterated toluene was chosen as the solvent since it is a good solvent for PS and a poor one for either of the other two blocks. In this case, the polystyrene dangles into the solvent while the other block acts as an anchor. The neutron reflectivity studies reveal that the form of the polymer density profile normal to the substrate may be varied from an extended ''brush'' to a condensed ''mushroom'' conformation by manipulating the ratio of the molecular weights of the two blocks. In addition, we present new data on the PS-PEO system in a poor solvent, deuterated cyclohexane, under conditions of shear flow in Poiseuille geometry. We find that when the PS-PEO diblock is absorbed from cyclohexane and is allowed to relax, the PS chain takes on a ''mushroom'' conformation. However, when the shear is applied, the layer shear thickens due to the PS chains extended to nearly twice their original lengths

  4. Microelectrode Arrays and the Use of PEG-Functionalized Diblock Copolymer Coatings

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    Sakshi Uppal

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available PEG-modified diblock copolymer surfaces have been examined for their compatibility with microelectrode array based analytical methods. The use of PEG-modified polymer surfaces on the arrays was initially problematic because the redox couples used in the experiments were adsorbed by the polymer. This led the current measured by cyclic voltammetry for the redox couple to be unstable and increase with time. However, two key findings allow the experiments to be successful. First, after multiple cyclic voltammograms the current associated with the redox couple does stabilize so that a good baseline current can be established. Second, the rate at which the current stabilizes is consistent every time a particular coated array is used. Hence, multiple analytical experiments can be conducted on an array coated with a PEG-modified diblock copolymer and the data obtained is comparable as long as the data for each experiment is collected at a consistent time point.

  5. Unexpected phase behavior of an asymmetric diblock copolymer

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    Papadakis, Christine Maria; Almdal, Kristoffer; Mortensen, Kell

    1999-01-01

    We report on measurements of the transmitted depolarized light intensity and on small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements on a compositionally asymmetric poly(ethylene propylene)-poly(dimethylsiloxane) diblock copolymer studied in the bulk. SANS measurements were made both on isotropic...... and on shear oriented samples. Apart from the disordered phase, three different ordered morphologies were identified as a function of temperature: the body-centered cubic structure at the lowest temperature, a noncubic, slightly birefringent intermediate phase, and a cubic high-temperature structure which may...

  6. Considerations in binding diblock copolymers on hydrophilic alginate beads for providing an immunoprotective membrane

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    Spasojevic, Milica; Bhujbal, Swapnil; Paredes, Genaro; de Haan, Bart J; Schouten, Arend J; de Vos, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Alginate-based microcapsules are being proposed for treatment of many types of diseases. A major obstacle however in the successes is that these capsules are having large lab-to-lab variations. To make the process more reproducible, we propose to cover the surface of alginate capsules with diblock polymers that can form polymer brushes. In the present study, we describe the stepwise considerations for successful application of diblock copolymer of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and poly-l-lysine (PLL) on the surface of alginate beads. Special procedures had to be designed as alginate beads are hydrophilic and most protocols are designed for hydrophobic biomaterials. The successful attachment of diblock copolymer and the presence of PEG blocks on the surface of the capsules were studied by fluorescence microscopy. Longer time periods, that is, 30–60 min, are required to achieve saturation of the surface. The block lengths influenced the strength of the capsules. Shorter PLL blocks resulted in less stable capsules. Adequate permeability of the capsules was achieved with poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(l-lysine hydrochloride) (PEG454-b-PLL100) diblock copolymers. The capsules were a barrier for immunoglobulin G. The PEG454-b-PLL100 capsules have similar mechanical properties as PLL capsules. Minor immune activation of nuclear factor κB in THP-1 monocytes was observed with both PLL and PEG454-b-PLL100 capsules prepared from purified alginate. Our results show that we can successfully apply block copolymers on the surface of hydrophilic alginate beads without interfering with the physicochemical properties. PMID:23853069

  7. Synthesis of amphiphilic diblock copolymer for surface modification of Ethylene-Norbornene copolymers

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    Levinsen, Simon; Svendsen, Winnie Edith; Horsewell, Andy

    2014-01-01

    -norbornene copolymer TOPAS. Through matching of the radius of gyration for the model polymer and TOPAS the miscibility was achieved. The poly(ethylene-1-butene) polymer was synthesized from a hydrogenated anionic polymerized polybutadiene polymer. As hydrophilic block poly(ethylene oxide) was subsequently added also...... consisting of a bulk material compatible block and a hydrophilic block. To utilize the possibility of incorporating diblock copolymers into ethylenenorbornene copolymers, we have in this work developed a model poly(ethylene-1-butene) polymer compatible with the commercial available ethylene...

  8. Structure and dynamics of diblock copolymers in selective incompatible solvents

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    Stepanek, Petr

    2004-03-01

    When a diblock copolymer A-B is dissolved in a partially miscible mixture of two solvents, where one solvent is selective for block A and the other solvent is selective for block B, periodic multilayered anisotropic nanostructures are formed consisting of periodically arranged domains of the two solvents, stabilized by the block copolymer. We studied diblock copolymers where one block is polystyrene and the second is a polydiene or aliphatic chain, in mixtures of dimethylformamide (DMF), a selectively good solvent for polystyrene, and cyclohexane, a selectively good solvent for the other block. The coexistence curve of the solvent mixture has an upper critical temperature at 48 ^oC. We found that the copolymers formed macroscopically homogeneous, ordered or disordered solutions in a wide range of solvent compositions (2-40 concentrations (up to 20 We have investigated these systems using small angle neutron scattering, dynamic light scattering and pulsed-field gradient NMR. Depending on the composition of the mixed solvent the ordered phases formed below the coexistence curve of the neat solvents had a hexagonal or cubic structure. For selected systems validity of dilution laws has been examined. Analysis of the scattered intensity at large wave vectors q shows that the chains at the interface of the two solvents are not stretched. The dynamics of the ordered systems can be followed over 10 orders of magnitude and include these processes: solvent diffusion, internal relaxations, cooperative diffusion, self-diffusion, and viscoelastic relaxation. We acknowledge support of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (203/01/536).

  9. Diblock Copolymer/Layered Silicate Nanocomposite Thin Film Stability

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    Limary, Ratchana; Green, Peter

    2000-03-01

    The stability of thin film symmetric diblock copolymers blended with layered silicate nanocomposites were examined using a combination of optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Two cases were examined PS-b-PMMA (polystyrene-b-polymethylacrylate) blended with montmorillonite stoichiometrically loaded with alkyl ammonium ions, OLS(S), and PS-b-PMMA blended with montmorillonite loaded with excess alkyl ammonium ions, OLS(E). XRD spectra show an increase in the gallery spacing of the OLSs, indicating that the copolymer chains have intercalated the layered silicates. AFM images reveal a distinct difference between the two nanocomposite thin films: regions in the vicinity of OLS(S) aggregates were depleted of material, while in the vicinity of OLS(E) aggregates, dewetting of the substrate occurred. We show that the stability of the copolymer/OLS nanocomposite films is determined by the enthalpic driving force associated with intercalation of the copolymer chains into the galleries of the modified OLS layers and by the substrate/organic modifier interactions.

  10. Mechanical properties of a waterborne pressure-sensitive adhesive with a percolating poly(acrylic acid)-based diblock copolymer network: effect of pH.

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    Gurney, Robert S; Morse, Andrew; Siband, Elodie; Dupin, Damien; Armes, Steven P; Keddie, Joseph L

    2015-06-15

    Copolymerizing an acrylic acid comonomer is often beneficial for the adhesive properties of waterborne pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs). Here, we demonstrate a new strategy in which poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is distributed as a percolating network within a PSA film formed from a polymer colloid. A diblock copolymer composed of PAA and poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA) blocks was synthesized using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and adsorbed onto soft acrylic latex particles prior to their film formation. The thin adsorbed shells on the particles create a percolating network that raises the elastic modulus, creep resistance and tensile strength of the final film. When the film formation occurs at pH 10, ionomeric crosslinking occurs, and high tack adhesion is obtained in combination with high creep resistance. The results show that the addition of an amphiphilic PAA-b-PBA diblock copolymer (2.0 wt.%) to a soft latex provides a simple yet effective means of adjusting the mechanical and adhesive properties of the resulting composite film. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Nanoscale protein arrays of rich morphologies via self-assembly on chemically treated diblock copolymer surfaces

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    Song Sheng; Milchak, Marissa; Zhou Hebing; Lee, Thomas; Hanscom, Mark; Hahm, Jong-in

    2013-01-01

    Well-controlled assembly of proteins on supramolecular templates of block copolymers can be extremely useful for high-throughput biodetection. We report the adsorption and assembly characteristics of a model antibody protein to various polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) templates whose distinctive nanoscale structures are obtained through time-regulated exposure to chloroform vapor. The strong adsorption preference of the protein to the polystyrene segment in the diblock copolymer templates leads to an easily predictable, controllable, rich set of nanoscale protein morphologies through self-assembly. We also demonstrate that the chemical identities of various subareas within individual nanostructures can be readily elucidated by investigating the corresponding protein adsorption behavior on each chemically distinct area of the template. In our approach, a rich set of intricate nanoscale morphologies of protein arrays that cannot be easily attained through other means can be generated straightforwardly via self-assembly of proteins on chemically treated diblock copolymer surfaces, without the use of clean-room-based fabrication tools. Our approach provides much-needed flexibility and versatility for the use of block copolymer-based protein arrays in biodetection. The ease of fabrication in producing well-defined and self-assembled templates can contribute to a high degree of versatility and simplicity in acquiring an intricate nanoscale geometry and spatial distribution of proteins in arrays. These advantages can be extremely beneficial both for fundamental research and biomedical detection, especially in the areas of solid-state-based, high-throughput protein sensing. (paper)

  12. Synthesis of fluorescent diblock copolymer nanoparticle supported ...

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    2017-06-09

    Jun 9, 2017 ... PCL is reviewed in this paper. In 2005, PCL-based liquid crys- talline DBC was synthesized and characterized thoroughly. [3]. A RAFT technique was adopted for the synthesis of PCL- based DBC [4]. A DBC between PCL and MMA was prepared by living ring opening polymerization (ROP) method [5].

  13. Molecular Interaction Control in Diblock Copolymer Blends and Multiblock Copolymers with Opposite Phase Behaviors

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    Cho, Junhan

    2014-03-01

    Here we show how to control molecular interactions via mixing AB and AC diblock copolymers, where one copolymer exhibits upper order-disorder transition and the other does lower disorder-order transition. Linear ABC triblock copolymers possessing both barotropic and baroplastic pairs are also taken into account. A recently developed random-phase approximation (RPA) theory and the self-consistent field theory (SCFT) for general compressible mixtures are used to analyze stability criteria and morphologies for the given systems. It is demonstrated that the copolymer systems can yield a variety of phase behaviors in their temperature and pressure dependence upon proper mixing conditions and compositions, which is caused by the delicate force fields generated in the systems. We acknowledge the financial support from National Research Foundation of Korea and Center for Photofunctional Energy Materials.

  14. A theoretical and simulation study of the self-assembly of a binary blend of diblock copolymers

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    Padmanabhan, Poornima

    2012-01-01

    Pure diblock copolymer melts exhibit a narrow range of conditions at which bicontinuous and cocontinuous phases are stable; such conditions and the morphology of such phases can be tuned by the use of additives. In this work, we have studied a bidisperse system of diblock copolymers using theory and simulation. In particular, we elucidated how a short, lamellar-forming diblock copolymer modifies the phase behavior of a longer, cylinder-forming diblock copolymer. In a narrow range of intermediate compositions, self-consistent field theory predicts the formation of a gyroid phase although particle-based simulations show that three phases compete: the gyroid phase, a disordered cocontinuous phase, and the cylinder phase, all having free energies within error bars of each other. Former experimental studies of a similar system have yielded an unidentified, partially irregular bicontinuous phase, and our simulations suggest that at such conditions the formation of a partially transformed network phase is indeed plausible. Close examination of the spatial distribution of chains reveals that packing frustration (manifested by chain stretching and low density spots) occurs in the majority-block domains of the three competing phases simulated. In all cases, a double interface around the minority-block domains is also detected with the outer one formed by the short chains, and the inner one formed by the longer chains. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

  15. Monte Carlo simulation of diblock copolymer microphases by means of a 'fast' off-lattice model

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    Besold, Gerhard; Hassager, O.; Mouritsen, Ole G.

    1999-01-01

    We present a mesoscopic off-lattice model for the simulation of diblock copolymer melts by Monte Carlo techniques. A single copolymer molecule is modeled as a discrete Edwards chain consisting of two blocks with vertices of type A and B, respectively. The volume interaction is formulated in terms...

  16. Adsorption kinetics of diblock copolymers from a micellar solution on silica and titania.

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    Bijsterbosch, H.D.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Fleer, G.J.

    1998-01-01

    The solution and adsorption behavior of a series of diblock copolymers of hydrophobic poly(dimethyl siloxane) and hydrophilic poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) was studied. These block copolymers formed large polydisperse micelles in an aqueous solution. The critical micelle concentration was lower than 2

  17. Poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(N-acryloylpiperidine) diblock copolymers: synthesis, self-assembly and interaction

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    Hofman, Anton H.; Alberda van Ekenstein, Gerhard; Woortman, Albert; ten Brinke, Gerrit; Loos, Katja

    2015-01-01

    Controlled radical polymerization of 4-vinylpyridine (4VP) and N-acryloylpiperidine (API) by the RAFT process allowed preparation of well-defined double hydrogen bond accepting P4VP-b-PAPI diblock copolymers. The miscibility of this new monomer pair was studied via a random copolymer blend approach

  18. Mode-coupling theory of self-diffusion in diblock copolymers. II. Model calculations and experimental comparisons

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    Guenza, M.; Schweizer, K.S.

    1998-01-01

    The predictions of polymer-mode-coupling theory for self-diffusion in entangled structurally and interaction symmetric diblock copolymer fluids are illustrated by explicit numerical calculations. We find that retardation of translational motion emerges near and somewhat below the order endash disorder transition (ODT) in an approximately exponential and/or thermally activated manner. At fixed reduced temperature, suppression of diffusion is enhanced with increasing diblock molecular weight, compositional symmetry, and/or copolymer concentration. At very low temperatures, a new entropic-like regime of mobility suppression is predicted based on an isotropic supercooled liquid description of the copolymer structure. Preliminary generalization of the theory to treat diblock tracer diffusion is also presented. Quantitative applications to recent self and tracer diffusion measurements on compositionally symmetric polyolefin diblock materials have been carried out, and very good agreement between theory and experiment is found. Asymmetry in block local friction constants is predicted to significantly influence mobility suppression, with the largest effects occurring when the minority block is also the high friction species. New experiments to further test the predictions of the theory are suggested. copyright 1998 American Institute of Physics

  19. Self-assemblies of magnetic nanoparticles and di-block copolymers: Magnetic micelles and vesicles

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    Lecommandoux, S.; Sandre, O.; Checot, F.; Rodriguez-Hernandez, J.; Perzynski, R.

    2006-01-01

    Magnetic nanocomposites are obtained by the self-assembly in water of polypeptide-based di-block copolymers polybutadiene-b-poly(glutamic acid) combined with hydrophobic γ-Fe 2 O 3 nanoparticles. These hybrid supramolecular objects are either-(3D) spherical micelles filled with a hydrophobic ferrofluid at a concentration as high as 45 vol% or-hollow vesicles with a (2D) magnetic membrane. In this last case, the organic amphiphile copolymers are able to confine the hydrophobic nanoparticles within the thin layer of polybutadiene blocks. We probe these objects by atomic force microscopy, by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and by light scattering. Furthermore, anisotropic SANS data bring the experimental evidence of the capability to modify the shape of the mineralized membranes in response to a magnetic field intensity as low as 290 G

  20. Structural study of symmetric diblock copolymer thin films

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    Gadegaard, Nikolaj

    2000-01-01

    Thin diblock copolymer film have been investigated by x-ray and neutron reflectivity as well as small angle x-ray and neutron scattering. Two model systems have been investigated. PS-PDMS (25 kg/mol-25 kg/mol), which has a glass transition temperature ofca. 100 deg.C for the PS-block. This means...... that the structure can be frozen below that temperature, thus the development of the lamella structure may be follow by reflectivity. It was, however, not possible to reach the expected equilibrium structure. Hence the second model system, deuterateted PEP-PDMS (4.4 kg/mol-4.4 kg/mol) was chosen for its low glass...... transition temperature -56 deg.C. This means that the system spontaneously should form lammela ordered structures at room temperature. This orderingwas studied by neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering in the temperature range from -140 deg.C(below PDMS’ glass transition temperature, -127...

  1. Bionanocomposites: differential effects of cellulose nanocrystals on protein diblock copolymers.

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    Haghpanah, Jennifer S; Tu, Raymond; Da Silva, Sandra; Yan, Deng; Mueller, Silvana; Weder, Christoph; Foster, E Johan; Sacui, Iulia; Gilman, Jeffery W; Montclare, Jin Kim

    2013-12-09

    We investigate the effects of mixing a colloidal suspension of tunicate-derived cellulose nanocrystals (t-CNCs) with aqueous colloidal suspensions of two protein diblock copolymers, EC and CE, which bear two different self-assembling domains (SADs) derived from elastin (E) and the coiled-coil region of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (C). The resulting aqueous mixtures reveal improved mechanical integrity for the CE+t-CNC mixture, which exhibits an elastic gel network. This is in contrast to EC+t-CNC, which does not form a gel, indicating that block orientation influences the ability to interact with t-CNCs. Surface analysis and interfacial characterization indicate that the differential mechanical properties of the two samples are due to the prevalent display of the E domain by CE, which interacts more with t-CNCs leading to a stronger network with t-CNCs. On the other hand, EC, which is predominantly C-rich on its surface, does not interact as much with t-CNCs. This suggests that the surface characteristics of the protein polymers, due to folding and self-assembly, are important factors for the interactions with t-CNCs, and a significant influence on the overall mechanical properties. These results have interesting implications for the understanding of cellulose hydrophobic interactions, natural biomaterials and the development of artificially assembled bionanocomposites.

  2. 'Smart' Diblock Copolymers as Templates for Magnetic-Core Gold-Shell Nanoparticle Synthesis

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    Nash, Michael A.; Lai, James J.; Hoffman, Allan S.; Yager, Paul; Stayton, Partick S.

    2010-01-01

    We report a new strategy for synthesizing temperature-responsive γ-Fe 2 O 3 -core/Au-shell nanoparticles (Au-mNPs) from diblock copolymer micelles. The amphiphilic diblock copolymer chains were synthesized using reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) with a thermally responsive 'smart' poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAAm) block and an amine-containing poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethylacrylamide) (DMAEAm) block that acted as a reducing agent during gold shell formation. The Au-mNPs reversibly aggregated upon heating the solution above the transition temperature of pNIPAAm, resulting in a red-shifted localized surface plasmon resonance.

  3. Shear Alignment of Diblock Copolymers for Patterning Nanowire Meshes

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    Gustafson, Kyle T. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2016-09-08

    Metallic nanowire meshes are useful as cheap, flexible alternatives to indium tin oxide – an expensive, brittle material used in transparent conductive electrodes. We have fabricated nanowire meshes over areas up to 2.5 cm2 by: 1) mechanically aligning parallel rows of diblock copolymer (diBCP) microdomains; 2) selectively infiltrating those domains with metallic ions; 3) etching away the diBCP template; 4) sintering to reduce ions to metal nanowires; and, 5) repeating steps 1 – 4 on the same sample at a 90° offset. We aligned parallel rows of polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) [PS(48.5 kDa)-b-P2VP(14.5 kDa)] microdomains by heating above its glass transition temperature (Tg ≈ 100°C), applying mechanical shear pressure (33 kPa) and normal force (13.7 N), and cooling below Tg. DiBCP samples were submerged in aqueous solutions of metallic ions (15 – 40 mM ions; 0.1 – 0.5 M HCl) for 30 – 90 minutes, which coordinate to nitrogen in P2VP. Subsequent ozone-etching and sintering steps yielded parallel nanowires. We aimed to optimize alignment parameters (e.g. shear and normal pressures, alignment duration, and PDMS thickness) to improve the quality, reproducibility, and scalability of meshes. We also investigated metals other than Pt and Au that may be patterned using this technique (Cu, Ag).

  4. Investigating self-assembly and metal nanoclusters in aqueous di-block copolymers solutions

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    Lo Celso, F; Triolo, R; Triolo, A; Strunz, P; Bronstein, L; Zwanziger, J; Lin, J S

    2002-01-01

    Self-assembling properties of di-block copolymers/ surfactant hybrids in aqueous solution can be exploited to obtain metal nanoparticles stable dispersion. Results will be presented here for polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) solutions. A SANS structural investigation has been performed over different molecular weights of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic block, by varying temperature and concentration of the copolymer. A SAXS characterization of micellar systems containing Pt nanoparticles is reported. (orig.)

  5. Crystallization in diblock copolymer thin films at different degrees of supercooling

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    Darko, C.; Botiz, I.; Reiter, G.

    2009-01-01

    The crystalline structures in thin films of polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) diblock copolymers were studied in dependence on the degree of supercooling. Atomic force microscopy showed that the crystalline domains (lamellae) consist of grains, which are macroscopic at low...

  6. Preparation of polystyrene-poly(ethylene glycol) diblock copolymer by "living" free radical polymerization

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    Chen, Xianyi; Gao, Bo; Kops, Jørgen

    1998-01-01

    terminated with a TEMPO unit (MPEG-TEMPO), which was further used to prepare the diblock copolymer PS-b-PEG by 'living' free radical polymerisation of styrene. The product was purified and identified by H-1 n.m.r. and GPC. However, large amounts of homopolystyrene was also formed by simultaneous thermal...

  7. Polyion Complex Vesicles with Solvated Phosphobetaine Shells Formed from Oppositely Charged Diblock Copolymers

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    Keita Nakai

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Diblock copolymers consisting of a hydrophilic poly(2-(methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (PMPC block and either a cationic or anionic block were prepared from (3-(methacrylamidopropyltrimethylammonium chloride (MAPTAC or sodium 2-(acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonate (AMPS. Polymers were synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT radical polymerization using a PMPC macro-chain transfer agent. The degree of polymerization for PMPC, cationic PMAPTAC, and anionic PAMPS blocks was 20, 190, and 196, respectively. Combining two solutions of oppositely charged diblock copolymers, PMPC-b-PMAPTAC and PMPC-b-PAMPS, led to the spontaneous formation of polyion complex vesicles (PICsomes. The PICsomes were characterized using 1H NMR, static abd dynamic light scattering, transmittance electron microscopy (TEM, and atomic force microscopy. Maximum hydrodynamic radius (Rh for the PICsome was observed at a neutral charge balance of the cationic and anionic diblock copolymers. The Rh value and aggregation number (Nagg of PICsomes in 0.1 M NaCl was 78.0 nm and 7770, respectively. A spherical hollow vesicle structure was observed in TEM images. The hydrodynamic size of the PICsomes increased with concentration of the diblock copolymer solutions before mixing. Thus, the size of the PICsomes can be controlled by selecting an appropriate preparation method.

  8. Anisotropic Lithium Ion Conductivity in Single-Ion Diblock Copolymer Electrolyte Thin Films

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    Aissou, Karim; Mumtaz, Muhammad; Usluer, Özlem; Pécastaings, Gilles; Portale, Giuseppe; Fleury, Guillaume; Cloutet, Eric; Hadziioannou, Georges

    Well-defined single-ion diblock copolymers consisting of a Li-ion conductive poly(styrenesulfonyllithium(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) (PSLiTFSI) block associated with a glassy polystyrene (PS) block have been synthesized via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization.

  9. Synthesis and solution properties of PCL-b-PHPMA diblock copolymers containing stable nitroxyl radicals

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    Petrova, Svetlana; Klepac, Damir; Konefal, Rafal; Kereiche, S.; Kováčik, L.; Filippov, Sergey K.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 49, č. 15 (2016), s. 5407-5417 ISSN 0024-9297 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LH15213 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : PCL-b-PHPMA diblock copolymers * TEMPO * EPR spectroscodpy Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 5.835, year: 2016

  10. Dilute solutions and phase behavior of polydisperse A-b-(A-co-B) diblock copolymers

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    Gromadzki, Daniel; Lokaj, Jan; Šlouf, Miroslav; Štěpánek, Petr

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 50, č. 11 (2009), s. 2451-2459 ISSN 0032-3861 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : diblock copolymer * dilute solution properties * microphase separation Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.573, year: 2009

  11. NEUTRON REFLECTIVITY STUDY OF END-ADSORBED DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS - CROSS-OVER FROM MUSHROOMS TO BRUSHES

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    FIELD, JB; TOPRAKCIOGLU, C; DAI, L; HADZIIOANNOU, G; SMITH, G; HAMILTON, W

    1992-01-01

    We report neutron reflectivity data on polystyrene-poly(vinyl-2-pyridine) (PS-PVP) diblock copolymers adsorbed onto quartz from the selective solvent toluene (a good solvent for PS, but a poor one for PVP). The PVP > block adsorbs strongly to form a thin layer on the quartz substrate, while the PS

  12. The lamellar period in symmetric diblock copolymer thin films studied by neutron reflectivity and AFM

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    Gadegaard, N.; Almdal, K.; Larsen, N.B.

    1999-01-01

    The lamellar structure of a symmetric diblock copolymer was studied as a function of temperature. We used dPEP-PDMS with a molecular weight of 8.3 kg/mol as model system. The polymer was dissolved in chloroform and spin-casted on silicon wafers into thin uniform films. The degree and direction...

  13. Associative diblock copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) and coiled-coil peptides

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    Pechar, Michal; Kopečková, P.; Joss, L.; Kopeček, J.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 2, č. 5 (2002), s. 199-206 ISSN 1616-5187 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4050111 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : coiled -coil peptides * diblock copolymers * poly(ethylene glycol) Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.792, year: 2002

  14. Effect of the Molecular Weight of AB Diblock Copolymers on the Lamellar Orientation in Thin Films

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    Potemkin, Igor I.; Busch, Peter; Smilgies, Detlef-M

    2007-01-01

    We propose a theoretical explanation of the parallel and perpendicular lamellar orientations in free surface films of symmetric polystyrene-block-polybutadiene diblock copolymers on silicon substrates (with a native SiOx layer). Two approaches are developed: A correction to the strong segregation...

  15. Toward an equilibrium structure in lamellar diblock copolymer thin films using solvent vapor annealing

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    Sepe, Alessandro; Zhang, Jianqi; Perlich, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Solvent vapor annealing (SVA) is frequently used to improve the ordering in diblock copolymer thin films. An important question is which SVA protocol should be chosen to ensure thermodynamic equilibrium. Here, we investigate two thin films from a low molar-mass, lamellae-forming polystyrene-block-polybutadiene...

  16. Small angle neutron scattering study on star di-block copolymers

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    Ertugrul, O.

    2006-01-01

    Determining structural properties, phase transitions and stability of polymer mixtures is very important to produce new materials with desired and interesting properties. Small Angle Neutron Scattering Technique (SANS) has been one of the most powerful and intensely used methods for the characterization of polymers for last decades, m this study, we use a model based on Gaussian Random Phase Approximation (RPA) to describe Star Di-block Copolymers (SDC) mixtures with homo-polymers. We could able to predict the miscibility and phase transitions of the various mixtures along with their structure factors, producing a thermodynamic picture of the system. Also the results suggest that scattering intensity will be dictated by the structure factor of the core or shell parts of star polymer only, which depends on the homo-polymer type of the mixture

  17. Mechanical properties of weakly segregated block copolymers : 1. Synergism on tensile properties of poly(styrene-b-n-butylmethacrylate) diblock copolymers

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    Weidisch, R.; Michler, G.H.; Fischer, H.; Arnold, M.; Hofmann, S.; Stamm, M.

    1999-01-01

    Mechanical properties of poly(styrene-b-n-butylmethacrylate) diblock copolymers, PS-b-PBMA, with different lengths of the polystyrene block were investigated. The copolymers display a composition range where the tensile strength of the block copolymers exceeds the values of the corresponding

  18. SANS, SAXS, rheology and birefringence-strengths and weaknesses in probing phase behaviour of a diblock copolymer

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    Vigild, Martin Etchells; Eskimergen, Rüya; Mortensen, Kell

    2004-01-01

    Asymmetrically composed diblock copolymers exhibit multiphase behaviour and transit the lamellae, gyroid and hexagonal cylindrical phases before reaching the order–disorder temperature, TODT. During a heating experiment towards TODT we observe that birefringence measurements are more sensitive th...

  19. Complex Macrophase-Separated Nanostructure Induced by Microphase Separation in Binary Blends of Lamellar Diblock Copolymer Thin Films

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    Zhang, Jianqi; Posselt, Dorthe; Smilgies, Detlef-M.

    2014-01-01

    in a one-phase state, indicating that the higher molar mass diblock copolymer dominates the lamellar orientation. The lamellar thickness decreases linearly with increasing volume fraction of the low molar mass diblock copolymer. After SVA, well-defined macrophase-separated nanostructures appear, which......The nanostructures of thin films spin-coated from binary blends of compositionally symmetric polystyrene-b-polybutadiene (PS-b-PB) diblock copolymer having different molar masses are investigated by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS......) after spin-coating and after subsequent solvent vapor annealing (SVA). In thin films of the pure diblock copolymers having high or low molar mass, the lamellae are perpendicular or parallel to the substrate, respectively. The as-prepared binary blend thin films feature mainly perpendicular lamellae...

  20. Effect of sequence dispersity on morphology of tapered diblock copolymers from molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Levine, William G; Seo, Youngmi; Brown, Jonathan R; Hall, Lisa M

    2016-12-21

    Tapered diblock copolymers are similar to typical AB diblock copolymers but have an added transition region between the two blocks which changes gradually in composition from pure A to pure B. This tapered region can be varied from 0% (true diblock) to 100% (gradient copolymer) of the polymer length, and this allows some control over the microphase separated domain spacing and other material properties. We perform molecular dynamics simulations of linearly tapered block copolymers with tapers of various lengths, initialized from fluids density functional theory predictions. To investigate the effect of sequence dispersity, we compare systems composed of identical polymers, whose taper has a fixed sequence that most closely approximates a linear gradient, with sequentially disperse polymers, whose sequences are created statistically to yield the appropriate ensemble average linear gradient. Especially at high segregation strength, we find clear differences in polymer conformations and microstructures between these systems. Importantly, the statistical polymers are able to find more favorable conformations given their sequence, for instance, a statistical polymer with a larger fraction of A than the median will tend towards the A lamellae. The conformations of the statistically different polymers can thus be less stretched, and these systems have higher overall density. Consequently, the lamellae formed by statistical polymers have smaller domain spacing with sharper interfaces.

  1. Synthesis, Characterization and Photoinduction of Optical Anisotropy in Liquid Crystalline Diblock Azo-Copolymers

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    Forcén, P; Oriol, L; Sánchez, C

    2007-01-01

    Diblock copolymers with polymethyl methacrylate and side chain liquid crystalline WC) azopolymethacrylate blocks were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The azobeazene content in these copolymers ranges from 52 to 7 wt %. For an azo conteat dowri to 20% they exhibit a LC...... anisotropy induced in these films by illumination with linearly polarized 488 nm light was studied and the resuits compared with those of the azo homopolymer and of a random copolymer with a similar composition. The formation of azo aggregates inside the azo blocks is strongly reduced in going from...... the homopolymer to the copolymers. Photoinduced azo orientation perpendicular to the 488 nm light polarization was found in aH the polymers. The orientational order parameter is very similar in the homopolymer and in the block copolymers with an azo content down to 20 wt %, while it is much lower in the random...

  2. Investigation of Universal Behavior in Symmetric Diblock Copolymer Melts

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    Medapuram, Pavani

    Coarse-grained theories of dense polymer liquids such as block copolymer melts predict a universal dependence of equilibrium properties on a few dimensionless parameters. For symmetric diblock copolymer melts, such theories predict a universal dependence on only chieN and N¯, where chie is an effective interaction parameter, N is the degree of polymerization, and N¯ is a measure of overlap. This thesis focuses on testing the universal behavior hypothesis by comparing results for various properties obtained from different coarse-grained simulation models to each other. Specifically, results from pairs of simulations of different models that have been designed to have matched values of N¯ are compared over a range of values of chiN. The use of vastly different simulation models allows us to cover a vast range of chi eN ≃ 200 - 8000 that includes most of the experimentally relevant range. Properties studied here include collective and single-chain correlations in the disordered phase, block and chain radii of gyration in the disordered phase, the value of chieN at the order-disorder transition (ODT), the free energy per chain, the latent heat of transition, the layer spacing, the composition profile, and compression modulus in the ordered phase. All results strongly support the universal scaling hypothesis, even for rather short chains, confirming that it is indeed possible to give an accurate universal description of simulation models that differ in many details. The underlying universality becomes apparent, however, only if data are analyzed using an adequate estimate of chie, which we obtained by fitting the structure factor S( q) in the disordered state to predictions of the recently developed renormalized one-loop (ROL) theory. The ROL theory is shown to provide an excellent description of the dependence of S(q on chain length and thermodynamic conditions for all models, even for very short chains, if we allow for the existence of a nonlinear dependence of

  3. USANS investigations of solutions of diblock copolymers in partially miscible solvents

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    Ryukhtin, Vasyl [Nuclear Physics Institute, 25068, Rez (Czech Republic)]. E-mail: Ryukhtin@ujf.cas.cz; Stepanek, Petr [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Heyrovsky Sq. 2, 16206, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Tuzar, Zdenek [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Heyrovsky Sq. 2, 16206, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Pranzas, Klaus [GKSS Research Centre, D-21494 Geesthacht (Germany); Bellmann, Dieter [GKSS Research Centre, D-21494 Geesthacht (Germany)

    2006-11-15

    We report the results of ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (USANS) experiments from diblock copolymers A-B dissolved in a mixture of partially compatible solvents a and b. Solvent a is dimethylformamide, which is a good solvent for block A (polystyrene) and a bad solvent for block B poly(ethylene-co-propylene), and vice versa for solvent b, namely, cyclohexan. Such samples are microphase-segragated into a-rich and b-rich domains separated by interfaces covered with diblock copolymer. Our USANS measurements have shown that a long-range periodic structure of these segregations is limited in extend, it consists of grains with mean radius of several microns. Structural characteristics of these grains and kinetics of their formation depending on the temperature were studied by means of USANS for various chemical compositions of the samples.

  4. Dynamics and order-disorder transitions in bidisperse diblock copolymer blends

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    Wang Yueqiang; Li Xuan; Tang Ping; Yang Yuliang

    2011-01-01

    We employ the dynamic extension of self-consistent field theory (DSCFT) to study dynamics and order-disorder transitions (ODT) in AB diblock copolymer binary mixtures of two different monodisperse chain lengths by imitating the dynamic storage modulus G' corresponding to any given morphology in the oscillatory shear measurements. The different polydispersity index (PDI) is introduced by binary blending AB diblock copolymers with variations in chain lengths and chain number fractions. The simulation results show that the increase of polydispersity in the minority or symmetric block introduces a decrease in the segregation strength at the ODT, (χN) ODT , whereas the increase of polydispersity in the majority block results in a decrease, then increase and final decrease again in (χN) ODT . To the best of our knowledge, our DSCFT simulations, for the first time, predict an increase in (χN) ODT with the PDI in the majority block, which produces the experimental results. The simulations by previous SCFT, which generally speaking, is capable of describing equilibrium morphologies, however, contradict the experimental data. The polydispersity acquired by properly tuning the chain lengths and number fractions of binary diblock copolymer blends should be a convenient and efficient way to control the microphase separation strength at the ODT. -- Research highlights: → Order-disorder transition in AB diblock copolymer mixtures is investigated using DSCFT. → Microphase separation strength at the ODT increases with PDI in the majority block. → Microphase separation strength at the ODT decreases with PDI in the minority block. → Introduction of polydispersity is efficient to control microphase separation strength at the ODT.

  5. USANS investigations of solutions of diblock copolymers in partially miscible solvents

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    Ryukhtin, Vasyl; Štěpánek, Petr; Tuzar, Zdeněk; Pranzas, K.; Bellmann, D.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 385-386, SI-Part 1 (2006), s. 762-765 ISSN 0921-4526 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4050403 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505; CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : Ultra - small - angle neutron scattering (USANS) * Diblock copolymer solutions Subject RIV: BE - Theoretical Physics Impact factor: 0.872, year: 2006

  6. Small-angle neutron scattering from solutions of diblock copolymers in partially miscible solvents

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    Štěpánek, Petr; Tuzar, Zdeněk; Nallet, F.; Noirez, L.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 38, č. 8 (2005), s. 3426-3431 ISSN 0024-9297 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/04/0490; GA ČR GA203/02/1262; GA ČR GESON/03/E001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : diblock copolymers * small angle neutron scattering * solvents Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 4.024, year: 2005

  7. Mesomorphic phase behaviour of low molar mass PEP-PDMS diblock copolymers synthesized by anionic polymerization

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    Vigild, M.E.

    1997-10-01

    The phase behaviour of low molar mass poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) -poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PEP-PDMS) is investigated in this thesis by the combination of dynamical mechanical spectroscopy (rheology) to measure phase transition temperatures, and small-angle x-ray scattering to identify the morphology of encountered phases. Samples of PEP-PDMS in the range of 0.2-0.7 in volume fraction of PEP are studied. This diblock copolymer system exhibits the three classical phases of lamellar sandwich structure (LAM), hexagonally packed cylinders (HEX), and spheres arranged on a body centered cubic lattice (BCC). Furthermore the gyroid phase (Ia3d symmetry) of two interpenetrating networks was also identified as a stable phase of the PEP-PDMS system. Time resolved measurements of small-angle neutron scattering in tandem with simultaneous in-situ rheological measurements are performed on samples showing transitions between different ordered phases. The identification of especially the BCC and gyroid phases from scattering experiments is treated. By performing mesoscopic crystallographic measurements using a custom built goniometer it was unambiguously shown that the application of shear to an unoriented powder-like sample introduces uniaxial orientation of the gyroid phase. The orientation of the ordered phase is otherwise random, causing a two-dimensional powder. Finally this dissertation presents a discussion of relevant parameters for the description of diblock copolymer phase behaviour together with descriptions of anionic polymerization for the synthesis of copolymers, and various experimental techniques for the characterization of diblocks. (au)

  8. Synthesis and interfacial behavior of polystyrene-polysaccharide diblock copolymers

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    Bosker, W.T.E.; Ágoston, K.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Norde, W.; Timmermans, J.W.; Slaghek, T.M.

    2003-01-01

    Linear block copolymers of polystyrene and polysaccharide were synthesized using a block synthesis method with amino-terminated polystyrene and sodium cyanoborohydride as reducing agent. Different types of polysaccharides, dextrans, and maltodextrins with various molecular weights were used. IR

  9. Micelles of a diblock copolymer of styrene and ethylene oxide in mixtures of 2,6-lutidine and water

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    Tuzar, Zdeněk; Kadlec, Petr; Štěpánek, Petr; Kříž, Jaroslav; Nallet, F.; Noirez, L.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 24, č. 24 (2008), s. 13863-13865 ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4050403 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : diblock copolymers * amphiphilic copolymers * light scattering * micellization Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 4.097, year: 2008

  10. Micelle Formation of Diblock Copolymers in Thin Film Homopolymers and Homopolymer Blends

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    Chen, Chelsea; Green, Peter

    2010-03-01

    A-b-B diblock copolymers, at very small concentrations, form micelles in a melt of homopolymer chains of type A or B. In the bulk, the critical micelle concentration, φcmc, is a function of the symmetry of the copolymer chain and exhibits a strong dependence on χN, where χ is the interaction parameter and N is the degree of polymerization of the copolymer. We examined micelle formation in thin film mixtures of: (1) polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-PVP)/polystyrene (PS); (2) PS-b-PVP/ blend of PS and tetramethyl bisphenol-A polycarbonate (TMPC); and (3) polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA)/PS. The critical micelle concentration is found to be orders of magnitude larger than the bulk; it is a strong function of film thickness, the substrate/chain segment interactions and the interactions between the different polymeric segments in the system.

  11. Adsorption and Aqueous Lubricating Properties of Charged and Neutral Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers at a Compliant, Hydrophobic Interface

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    Røn, Troels; Javakhishvili, Irakli; Jankova Atanasova, Katja

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated the adsorption and lubricating properties of neutral and charged amphiphilic diblock copolymers at a hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) interface in an aqueous environment. The diblock copolymers consist of a hydrophilic block of either neutral poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG......) or negatively charged poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and of a hydrophobic block of polystyrene (PS) or poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (PMEA), thus generating PEG-b-X or PAA-b-X, where X block is either PS or PMEA. The molecular weight ratios were roughly 1:1 with each block ca. 5 kDa. Comparing the neutral PEG...... effective adsorption only when PMEA was employed as the anchoring block. For PAA-b-PS, the poor adsorption properties are chiefly attributed to micellization due to the high interfacial tension between the PS core and water. The poor lubricating properties of PAA-b-PS diblock copolymer for a PDMS...

  12. Pressure induced structure formation in Langmuir monolayers of amphiphilic metallocene diblock copolymers.

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    Kraska, Martin; Gallei, Markus; Stühn, Bernd; Rehahn, Matthias

    2013-07-02

    We present in situ structural investigations of a metal-containing diblock copolymer on a water surface. Monolayers of poly(vinylferrocene-b-(2-vinylpyridine)) (PVFc-b-P2VP) block copolymers are studied in a wide range of compositions by varying molar masses of P2VP with two different molecular weights of PVFc. We focus on the role of the respective block partners, PVFc and P2VP, when compressing the layer on the water surface. Compression isotherms are presented and interpreted in terms of the classical gaseous, expanded, and condensed phases. We calculate isothermal compressibilities, which reveal a minimum value independent of the molar masses of the respective block partners. We find the isotherms to be dominated by P2VP while PVFc barely contribute to the compression behavior due to its rather compact coil structure. We consider the diblock copolymer monolayers as a two-dimensional model system, which is reflected by two-dimensional scaling behavior in the semi dilute and condensed regime. By X-ray reflectometry (XR), we monitor in situ the monolayer structure change with increasing surface pressure Π and observe the PVFc-b-P2VP separation at high Π.

  13. Multiple patterns of diblock copolymer confined in irregular geometries with soft surface

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    Li, Ying; Sun, Min-Na; Zhang, Jin-Jun; Pan, Jun-Xing; Guo, Yu-Qi; Wang, Bao-Feng; Wu, Hai-Shun

    2015-12-01

    The different confinement shapes can induce the formation of various interesting and novel morphologies, which might inspire potential applications of materials. In this paper, we study the directed self-assembly of diblock copolymer confined in irregular geometries with a soft surface by using self-consistent field theory. Two types of confinement geometries are considered, namely, one is the concave pore with one groove and the other is the concave pore with two grooves. We obtain more novel and different structures which could not be produced in other two-dimensional (2D) confinements. Comparing these new structures with those obtained in regular square confinement, we find that the range of ordered lamellae is enlarged and the range of disordered structure is narrowed down under the concave pore confinement. We also compare the different structures obtained under the two types of confinement geometries, the results show that the effect of confinement would increase, which might induce the diblock copolymer to form novel structures. We construct the phase diagram as a function of the fraction of B block and the ratio of h/L of the groove. The simulation reveals that the wetting effect of brushes and the shape of confinement geometries play important roles in determining the morphologies of the system. Our results improve the applications in the directed self-assembly of diblock copolymer for fabricating the irregular structures. Project supported by the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20121404110004), the Research Foundation for Excellent Talents of Shanxi Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security, China, and the Scientific and Technological Innovation Programs of Higher Education Institutions in Shanxi Province, China.

  14. Mesomorphic phase behaviour of low molar mass PEP-PDMS diblock copolymers synthesized by anionic polymerization

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    Vigild, M.E.

    1997-10-01

    The phase behaviour of low molar mass poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) -poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PEP-PDMS) is investigated in this thesis by the combination of dynamical mechanical spectroscopy (rheology) to measure phase transition temperatures, and small-angle x-ray scattering to identify the morphology of encountered phases. Samples of PEP-PDMS in the range of 0.2-0.7 in volume fraction of PEP are studied. This diblock copolymer system exhibits the three classical phases of lamellar sandwich structure (LAM), hexagonally packed cylinders (HEX), and spheres arranged on a body centered cubic lattice (BCC). Furthermore the gyroid phase (Ia3d symmetry) of two interpenetrating networks was also identified as a stable phase of the PEP-PDMS system. Time resolved measurements of small-angle neutron scattering in tandem with simultaneous in-situ rheological measurements are performed on samples showing transitions between different ordered phases. The identification of especially the BCC and gyroid phases from scattering experiments is treated. By performing mesoscopic crystallographic measurements using a custom built goniometer it was unambiguously shown that the application of shear to an unoriented powder-like sample introduces uniaxial orientation of the gyroid phase. The orientation of the ordered phase is otherwise random, causing a two-dimensional powder. Finally this dissertation presents a discussion of relevant parameters for the description of diblock copolymer phase behaviour together with descriptions of anionic polymerization for the synthesis of copolymers, and various experimental techniques for the characterization of diblocks. (au). 9 tabs., 40 ills., 81 refs.

  15. Durability and performance of polystyrene- b -poly(vinylbenzyl trimethylammonium) diblock copolymer and equivalent blend anion exchange membranes

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    Vandiver, Melissa A. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado 80401; Caire, Benjamin R. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado 80401; Poskin, Zach [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado 80401; Li, Yifan [Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado 80401; Seifert, Sönke [X-Ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne Illinois 60439; Knauss, Daniel M. [Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado 80401; Herring, Andrew M. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado 80401; Liberatore, Matthew W. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado 80401

    2014-11-01

    Anion exchange membranes (AEM) are solid polymer electrolytes that facilitate ion transport in fuel cells. In this study, a polystyrene-b-poly(vinylbenzyl trimethylammonium) diblock copolymer was evaluated as potential AEM and compared with the equivalent homopolymer blend. The diblock had a 92% conversion of reactive sites with an IEC of 1.72 ± 0.05 mmol g-1, while the blend had a 43% conversion for an IEC of 0.80 ± 0.03 mmol g-1. At 50°C and 95% relative humidity, the chloride conductivity of the diblock was higher, 24–33 mS cm-1, compared with the blend, 1–6 mS cm-1. The diblock displayed phase separation on the length scale of 100 nm, while the blend displayed microphase separation (~10 μm). Mechanical characterization of films from 40 to 90 microns thick found that elasticity and elongation decreased with the addition of cations to the films. At humidified conditions, water acted as a plasticizer to increase film elasticity and elongation. While the polystyrene-based diblock displayed sufficient ionic conductivity, the films' mechanical properties require improvement, i.e., greater elasticity and strength, before use in fuel cells. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41596.

  16. Diblock Polyelectrolytic Copolymers Containing Cationic Iron and Cobalt Sandwich Complexes: Living ROMP Synthesis and Redox Properties.

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    Gu, Haibin; Ciganda, Roberto; Hernandez, Ricardo; Castel, Patricia; Zhao, Pengxiang; Ruiz, Jaime; Astruc, Didier

    2016-04-01

    Diblock metallopolymer polyelectrolytes containing the two redox-robust cationic sandwich units [CoCp'Cp](+) and [FeCp'(η(6)-C6 Me6)](+) (Cp = η(5)-C5 H5; Cp' = η(5)-C5H4-) as hexafluorophosphate ([PF6](-)) salts are synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization using Grubbs' third generation catalyst. Their electrochemical properties show full chemical and electrochemical reversibilities allowing fine determination of the copolymer molecular weight using Bard-Anson's electrochemical method by cyclic voltammetry. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Separation of parent homopolymers from diblock copolymers by liquid chromatography under limiting conditions of desorption 4. Role of eluent and temperature.

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    Berek, Dušan

    2010-11-01

    Liquid chromatography under limiting conditions of desorption (LC LCD) enables fast, base-line discrimination of both parent homopolymers from various diblock copolymers in one single step. The low molecular admixtures are fully separated, as well. General rules are discussed in detail for selection of mobile phases and temperature applied in LC LCD of block copolymers. Typical practical separation examples are presented. It is shown that both the composition of the well-selected LC LCD mobile phase and the temperature of experiment may vary in a broad range without affecting the basics of method. This implies that the method is robust and user friendly.

  18. Complex and hierarchical micelle architectures from diblock copolymers using living, crystallization-driven polymerizations

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    Gädt, Torben; Ieong, Nga Sze; Cambridge, Graeme; Winnik, Mitchell A.; Manners, Ian

    2009-02-01

    Block copolymers consist of two or more chemically distinct polymer segments, or blocks, connected by a covalent link. In a selective solvent for one of the blocks, core-corona micelle structures are formed. We demonstrate that living polymerizations driven by the epitaxial crystallization of a core-forming metalloblock represent a synthetic tool that can be used to generate complex and hierarchical micelle architectures from diblock copolymers. The use of platelet micelles as initiators enables the formation of scarf-like architectures in which cylindrical micelle tassels of controlled length are grown from specific crystal faces. A similar process enables the fabrication of brushes of cylindrical micelles on a crystalline homopolymer substrate. Living polymerizations driven by heteroepitaxial growth can also be accomplished and are illustrated by the formation of tri- and pentablock and scarf architectures with cylinder-cylinder and platelet-cylinder connections, respectively, that involve different core-forming metalloblocks.

  19. A self-consistent field study of diblock copolymer/charged particle system morphologies for nanofiltration membranes

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    Zhang, Bo; Ye, Xianggui; Edwards, Brian J.

    2013-01-01

    A combination of self-consistent field theory and density functional theory was used to examine the stable, 3-dimensional equilibrium morphologies formed by diblock copolymers with a tethered nanoparticle attached either between the two blocks or at the end of one of the blocks. Both neutral and interacting particles were examined, with and without favorable/unfavorable energetic potentials between the particles and the block segments. The phase diagrams of the various systems were constructed, allowing the identification of three types of ordered mesophases composed of lamellae, hexagonally packed cylinders, and spheroids. In particular, we examined the conditions under which the mesophases could be generated wherein the tethered particles were primarily located within the interface between the two blocks of the copolymer. Key factors influencing these properties were determined to be the particle position along the diblock chain, the interaction potentials of the blocks and particles, the block copolymer composition, and molecular weight of the copolymer

  20. Numerical investigation of the contraction of neutral-charged diblock copolymer brushes in electric fields

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    Chen, Yuwei; Li, Haiming; Zhu, Yuejin; Tong, Chaohui

    2016-01-01

    Using self-consistent field theory (SCFT), the contraction of neutral-charged A-B diblock copolymer brushes in electric fields generated by opposite surface charges on two parallel electrodes has been numerically investigated. The diblock copolymer chains were grafted with the free end of the neutral block to one electrode and immersed in a salt-free solution sandwiched between the two electrodes. The numerical results reveal that the charged monomers, A-B joint segment and the tail exhibit bimodal distributions under external electric fields, which are absent for homopolymer polyelectrolyte brushes. The dependences of the relative populations and peak positions of the two modes on various parameters such as block ratio, grafting density, chain length and strength of the applied electric field were systematically examined and the underlining mechanisms were elucidated. It was found in this study that, if the total amount of surface charges on the grafting electrode is no more than that of the counter-ions in the system, overall charge neutrality is generally maintained inside the brushes when including the contribution of surface charges on the grafting electrode. In such a case, the counter-ions expelled from the brushes are highly enriched in the immediate vicinity of the second electrode and an approximate charge balance between these expelled counter-ions and the opposite surface charges on the second electrode is achieved. (paper)

  1. Molecular Dynamics Study of Polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) Asymmetric Diblock Copolymer Systems.

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    Dobies, M; Makrocka-Rydzyk, M; Jenczyk, J; Jarek, M; Spontak, R J; Jurga, S

    2017-09-12

    Two polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) diblock copolymers differing in molecular mass (49 and 78 kDa) but possessing the same PEO cylindrical morphology are examined to elucidate their molecular dynamics. Of particular interest here is the molecular motion of the PEO blocks involved in the rigid amorphous fraction (RAF). An analysis of complementary thermal calorimetry and X-ray scattering data confirms the presence of microphase-separated morphology as well as semicrystalline structure in each copolymer. Molecular motion within the copolymer systems is monitored by dielectric and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies. The results reported herein reveal the existence of two local Arrhenius-type processes attributed to the noncooperative local motion of PEO segments involved in fully amorphous and rigid amorphous PEO microphases. In both systems, two structural relaxations governed by glass-transition phenomena are identified and assigned to cooperative segmental motion in the fully amorphous phase (the α process) and the RAF (the α c process). We measure the temperature dependence of the dynamics associated with all of the processes mentioned above and propose that these local processes are associated with corresponding cooperative segmental motion in both copolymer systems. In marked contrast to the thermal activation of the α process as discerned in both copolymers, the α c process appears to be a sensitive probe of the copolymer nanostructure. That is, the copolymer with shorter PEO blocks exhibits more highly restricted cooperative dynamics of PEO segments in the RAF, which can be explained in terms of the greater constraint imposed by the glassy PS matrix on the PEO blocks comprising smaller cylindrical microdomains.

  2. Bicontinuous Phases in Diblock Copolymer/Homopolymer Blends: Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory

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    Martínez-Veracoechea, Francisco J.

    2009-03-10

    A combination of particle-based simulations and self-consistent field theory (SCFT) is used to study the stabilization of multiple ordered bicontinuous phases in blends of a diblock copolymer (DBC) and a homopolymer. The double-diamond phase (DD) and plumber\\'s nightmare phase (P) were spontaneously formed in the range of homopolymer volume fraction simulated via coarse-grained molecular dynamics. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that such phases have been obtained in continuum-space molecular simulations of DBC systems. Though tentative phase boundaries were delineated via free-energy calculations, macrophase separation could not be satisfactorily assessed within the framework of particle-based simulations. Therefore, SCFT was used to explore the DBC/homopolymer phase diagram in more detail, showing that although in many cases two-phase coexistence of a DBC-rich phase and a homopolymer-rich phase does precede the stability of complex bicontinuous phases the DD phase can be stable in a relatively wide region of the phase diagram. Whereas the P phase was always metastable with respect to macrophase separation under the thermodynamic conditions explored with SCFT, it was sometimes nearly stable, suggesting that full stability could be achieved in other unexplored regions of parameter space. Moreover, even the predicted DD- and P-phase metastability regions were located significantly far from the spinodal line, suggesting that these phases could be observed in experiments as "long-lived" metastable phases under those conditions. This conjecture is also consistent with large-system molecular dynamics simulations that showed that the time scale of mesophase formation is much faster than that of macrophase separation. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  3. Aggregation behavior or amphiphilic poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline) diblock copolymers in aqueous solution studied by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

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    Bonné, T. B.; Lüdtke, K.; Jordan, R.; Štěpánek, Petr; Papadakis, C. M.

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 282, č. 12 (2004), s. 833-843 ISSN 0303-402X R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4050403 Keywords : self-diffusion * fluorescence correlation spectroscopy * amphiphilic diblock copolymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.110, year: 2004

  4. Collective dynamics and self-diffusion in a diblock copolymer melt in the body-centered cubic phase

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    Papadakis, C.; Rittig, F.; Almdal, K.; Mortensen, K.; Štěpánek, Petr

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 15, č. 4 (2004), s. 359-370 ISSN 1292-8941 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/02/1262 Keywords : diblock copolymer * small-angle neutron scattering * dynamic light scattering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.903, year: 2004

  5. Crossover from 3D ising to isotropic Lifshitz critical behavior in a mixture of a homopolymer blend and diblock copolymer

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    Schwahn, D.; Mortensen, K.; Frielinghaus, H.

    1999-01-01

    Thermal composition fluctuations and the associated crossover from the 3D Ising to the isotropic Lifshitz universality class have been studied in a three component mixture made of a critical polymer blend and the corresponding diblock copolymer. The critical exponents were found to be appreciably...

  6. 3D-ising and Lifshitz critical behavior in a mixture of a polymer blend and a corresponding diblock copolymer

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    Schwahn, D.; Mortensen, K.; Frielinghaus, H.

    2000-01-01

    Thermal composition fluctuations and the associated crossover from the 3D-Ising to the isotropic Lifshitz universality class have been studied in a three-component mixture made of a critical polymer blend and the corresponding diblock copolymer. The rather complex phase diagram and the critical...

  7. A pulsed field gradient NMR study of a ternary homopolymer/diblock copolymer blend in the bicontinuous microemulsion phase

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    Gröger, S.; Rittig, F.; Stallmach, F.; Almdal, K.; Štěpánek, Petr; Papadakis, C. M.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 117, č. 1 (2002), s. 396-406 ISSN 0021-9606 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1050902 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : polymer blend s * diblock copolymer * dynamic light scattering Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.998, year: 2002

  8. Durability and Performance of Polystyrene-b-Poly(vinylbenzyl trimethylammonium) Diblock Copolymer and Equivalent Blend Anion Exchange Membranes

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    2015-01-01

    PS/PVBC, as the diblock copolymer. Film Formation The polymers in a powder form, or beads for PS, were mixed with toluene at a concentration of 0.3 g...mem- branes in 1M sodium bicarbonate solutions for 48 h. Standar- dized silver nitrate solution, 0.0235M, was used to titrate the membrane solutions

  9. Ordered, microphase-separated, noncharged-charged diblock copolymers via the sequential ATRP of styrene and styrenic imidazolium monomers

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    Shi, ZX; Newell, BS; Bailey, TS; Gin, DL

    2014-12-15

    A series of imidazolium-based noncharged-charged diblock copolymers (1) was synthesized by the direct, sequential ATRP of styrene and styrenic imidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl)sulfonamide monomers with methyl, n-butyl, and n-decyl side-chains. Small-angle X-ray scattering studies on initial examples of 1 with a total of 50 repeat units and styrene:imidazolium-styrene repeat unit ratios of 25:25, 20:30, and 15:35 showed that their ability to form ordered nanostructures (i.e., sphere and cylinder phases) in their neat states depends on both the block ratio and the length of the alkyl side-chain on the imidazolium monomer. To our knowledge, the synthesis of imidazolium-based BCPs that form ordered, phase-separated nanostructures via direct ATRP of immiscible co-monomers is unprecedented. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Sequentially Different AB Diblock and ABA Triblock Copolymers as P3HT:PCBM Interfacial Compatibilizers for Bulk-Heterojunction Photovoltaics.

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    Fujita, Hiroyuki; Michinobu, Tsuyoshi; Fukuta, Seijiro; Koganezawa, Tomoyuki; Higashihara, Tomoya

    2016-03-02

    The P3HT:PCBM (P3HT = poly(3-hexylthiophene, PCBM = phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells using the AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers (A = polystyrene derivative with donor-acceptor units (PTCNE) and B = P3HT) as compatibilizers were fabricated. Under the optimized blend ratio of the block copolymer, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) was enhanced. This PCE enhancement was clearly related to the increased short-circuit current (J(sc)) and fill factor (FF). The incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE) measurement suggested that the P3HT crystallinity was improved upon addition of the block copolymers. The increased P3HT crystallinity was consistent with the increased photovoltaic parameters, such as J(sc), FF, and consequently the PCE. The surface energies of these block copolymers suggested their thermodynamically stable location at the interface of P3HT:PCBM, showing the efficient compatibilizing performance, resulting in enlarging and fixing the interfacial area and suppressing the recombination of the generated carriers. Grazing incidence X-ray scattering (GIXS) results confirmed the superior compatibilizing performance of the ABA triblock copolymer when compared to the AB diblock copolymer by the fact that, after blending the ABA triblock copolymer in the P3HT:PCBM system, the enhanced crystallinity of matrix P3HT was observed in the excluded areas of the less-aggregated PCBM domains, changing the P3HT crystalline domain orientation from "edge-on" to "isotropic". This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first sequential effect (AB vs ABA) of the block copolymers on the compatibilizing performances based on BHJ OPV device systems.

  11. Lyotropic Phase Behavior of Polybutadiene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymers in Ionic Liquids

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    Simone, Peter M.; Lodge, Timothy P. (UMM)

    2008-08-26

    The lyotropic phase behavior of three poly(1,2-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers (PB-PEO) with different monomer volume fractions has been studied in two different ionic liquids, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMI][TFSI]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMI][PF{sub 6}]), across the complete concentration range. The ordered microstructures present in the solutions were characterized via small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The phase diagrams for the PB-PEO/ionic liquid solutions include regions corresponding to the classical copolymer microstructures: body-centered-cubic lattices of spheres, hexagonally ordered cylinders, and lamellae. Additionally, the phase diagrams also include wide regions of coexisting microstructures and regions apparently corresponding to a disordered network microstructure. The phase behavior of the PB-PEO copolymers in both ionic liquids was comparable to their previously reported aqueous solution behavior. The temperature dependence of the phase diagrams was very modest, indicative of a highly segregated system. The level of solvent selectivity was also investigated via cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) on dilute solutions. On the basis of the morphology of the dilute solution copolymer aggregate structures in the ionic liquid solvents, and on the structural length scales of the concentrated solutions, it was concluded that for PB-PEO [BMI][PF{sub 6}] behaves as a more selective solvent than [EMI][TFSI].

  12. Bimetallic PdAg nanoparticle arrays from monolayer films of diblock copolymer micelles

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    Ehret, E.; Beyou, E.; Mamontov, G. V.; Bugrova, T. A.; Prakash, S.; Aouine, M.; Domenichini, B.; Cadete Santos Aires, F. J.

    2015-07-01

    The self-assembly technique provides a highly efficient route to generate well-ordered structures on a nanometer scale. In this paper, well-ordered arrays of PdAg alloy nanoparticles on flat substrates with narrow distributions of particle size (6-7 nm) and interparticle spacing (about 60 nm) were synthesized by the block copolymer micelle approach. A home-made PS-b-P4VP diblock copolymer was prepared to obtain a micellar structure in toluene. Pd and Ag salts were then successfully loaded in the micellar core of the PS-b-P4VP copolymer. A self-assembled monolayer of the loaded micelles was obtained by dipping the flat substrate in the solution. At this stage, the core of the micelles was still loaded with the metal precursor rather than with a metal. Physical and chemical reducing methods were used to reduce the metal salts embedded in the P4VP core into PdAg nanoparticles. HRTEM and EDX indicated that Pd-rich PdAg alloy nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical or physical reduction; UV-visible spectroscopy observations confirmed that metallic PdAg nanoparticles were quickly formed after chemical reduction; XPS measurements revealed that the PdAg alloy nanoparticles were in a metallic state after a short time of exposure to O2 plasma and after hydrazine reduction.

  13. Incorporation of Amphipathic Diblock Copolymer in Lipid Bilayer for Improving pH Responsiveness

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    Full Text Available Diblock copolymers (mPEG-b-PDPA, which were designed to possess pH-sensitivity as well as amphipathy, were used as an intelligent lock in the liposomal membrane. The so-called pH-sensitive liposomes were prepared by simple mixing of the synthesized mPEG-b-PDPA with phospholipids and cholesterol. Fluorescence polarization at pH 7.4 showed that the membrane stability of the hybrid liposome was significantly increased compared with the pure liposome. Therefore, in the neutral environment, the leakage of doxorubicin (DOX was inhibited. However, when pH decreased to 6.0, DOX release rate increased by 60% due to the escape of copolymer. The effects of the membrane composition and the PDPA segment length on bilayer membrane functions were investigated. These results revealed that the synthesized copolymers increased the difference in DOX cumulative release between pH 7.4 and 6.0, that is, improved the pH-controllability of the drug release from hybrid liposomes.

  14. Nanopatterning of diblock copolymer directed self-assembly lithography with wet development

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    Muramatsu, Makoto; Iwashita, Mitsuaki; Kitano, Takahiro; Toshima, Takayuki; Seino, Yuriko; Kawamura, Daisuke; Kanno, Masahiro; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi; Azuma, Tsukasa

    2011-04-01

    We report wet development technique for directed self-assembly lithography pattern. For typical diblock copolymer, poly (styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA), the PMMA area is removed by O2 plasma. However, O2 plasma attack also etches off PS area simultaneously. As a result, the thickness of residual PS pattern is thinner and it causes degradation of PS mask performance. PS thickness loss in the device integration is not desirable as etching mask role. In this work, we applied wet development technique which could be higher selectivity to keep PS film thickness after pattern formation. Especially, we propose the method using low pressure mercury lamp and conventional TMAH (2.38%) as developer. It is expected to accomplish pattern formation in one track with coating, baking, exposure and development.

  15. Selective Solvent Induced Reversible Surface Reconstruction of Diblock Copolymer Thin Films

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    Xu, T.; Misner, M.J.; Kim, S.; Sievert, J.D.; Gang, O.; Ocko, B.; Russell, T.P. (UMASS, Amherst); (BNL)

    2006-03-08

    Through the use of a selective solvent a reversible surface reconstruction of diblock copolymer thin films was observed. The solvent selectivity and solubility of the minor component block were found to be crucial to generate nanoporous films with pores that penetrate through entire film thickness. The process was shown to be reversible by thermal annealing and was easily monitored using in-situ grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering and scanning force microscopy. At temperatures of 60-90 C, only a small fraction of the nanopores relaxed to regenerate the original nanotemplate. However, by heating to 90-100 C, the original nanotemplate was completely regenerated. Even though the bulk mobility of PS and PMMA is low at these temperatures, the local mobility required to regenerate the template was sufficient.

  16. A Quantitative Study of Tethered Chains in Various Solution Conditions Using Langmuir Diblock Copolymer Monolayers

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    Kent, Michael S.

    1999-08-13

    This article summarizes our investigations of tethered chain systems using Langmuir monolayer of polydimethysiloxane-poly styrene (PDMS-PS) diblock copolymers on organic liquids. In this system, the PDMS block adsorbs to the air surface while the PS block dangles into the subphase liquid. The air surface can be made either repulsive or attractive for the tethered PS chain segments by choosing a subphase liquid which has a surface tension lower or greater than that of PS, respectively. The segment profile of the PS block is determined by neutron reflection as a function of the surface density, the molecular weights of the PS and PDMS blocks, and the solution conditions. We cover the range of reduced surface density (SIGMA) characteristic of the large body of data in the literature for systems of chains tethered onto solid surfaces from dilute solution in good or theta solvent conditions (SIGMA < 12). We emphasize quantitative comparisons with analytical profile forms and scaling predictions. We find that the strong-stretching limit invoked in analytical SCF and scaling theories is not valid over this Z range. On the other hand, over a large portion of this range (SIGMA < 5) tethered layers are well described by a renormalization group theory addressing weakly interacting or noninteracting chains. Simultaneous with the study of the profile form, the free energy of the chains is examined through the surface tension. A strong increase in the surface pressure is observed with increasing surface density which determines the maximum surface density which can be achieved. This apparently nonequilibrium effect is attributed to steric interactions and limited lateral interpenetration. This effect may explain several outstanding discrepancies regarding the adsorption of end-functionalized chains and diblock copolymers onto solid surfaces.

  17. TOPICAL REVIEW: Nanofabrication of III-V semiconductors employing diblock copolymer lithography

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    Kuech, Thomas F.; Mawst, Luke J.

    2010-05-01

    To fully exploit the potential advantages of ideal quantum dots (QDs) (i.e. full 3D carrier confinement), elimination of the wetting layer and a uniform monomodal QD size distribution is needed. Nanopatterning with selective metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) QD growth has potential for achieving a higher degree of control over the QD formation, compared with the conventional Stranski-Krastanov (SK) self-assembly growth process. QD formation employing large surface area patterning prepared by dense nano-scale (20-30 nm diameter) diblock copolymer lithography is described. The resulting pattern consists of perpendicularly ordered cylindrical domain formed as part of a self-organizing diblock copolymer, such as polystyrene-block-poly(methylmethacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA). This pattern can be transferred to an underlying substrate or dielectric layer. Selective MOCVD growth of the QDs is achieved by employing the nanopatterned template mask. The resulting QD densities of 5 × 1010 cm-2 are comparable to densities achieved using the SK self-assembly growth mode. Nanopatterned growth yields a nearly monomodal QD size distribution. Variable temperature photoluminescence has been used to characterize the optical properties of capped InGaAs QDs on GaAs (λ ~ 1.1 µm) and InP (λ ~ 1.5 µm) substrates and preliminary results on the incorporation of such materials into diode laser structures are discussed. The extension of nanopatterned growth, beyond the pseudomorphic limit in the case of growth of strained-layer epitaxy, can lead to defect reduction and an improved morphology when compared with non-patterned growth.

  18. Lyotropic Phase Behavior of Poly(ethylene oxide)-Poly(butadiene) Diblock Copolymers: Evolution of the Random Network Morphology

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    Jain, Sumeet; Dyrdahl, Mitchell H.E.; Gong, Xiaobo; Scriven, L.E.; Bates, Frank S. (UMM)

    2008-10-24

    The phase behavior of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butadiene) (PEO-PB) diblock copolymers mixed with water was studied using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM), cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy. Two sets of diblocks were synthesized by adding different lengths of PEO to hydroxy terminated PB with degrees of polymerization N{sub PB} = 46 and 170. Two-component mixtures were investigated as a function of block composition and copolymer molecular weight, between 1 and 100 wt % polymer content. Melt phase behavior is consistent with established theory and known experimental behavior for diblock copolymers. Various lyotropic liquid crystalline structures, notably lamellae (L), hexagonally packed cylinders (H), and spheres (S) arranged on cubic (body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic) lattices, were documented as a function of water content. At the higher molecular weights (N{sub PB} = 170), a random network phase (N) was identified over a sizable portion of the phase portrait, located between hexagonally ordered cylinders and ordered lamellae. This new structure, along with branching of cylindrical micelles in the dilute limit, bear a striking similarity to experimentally observed and theoretically predicted phase behavior in certain ternary water/oil/surfactant systems. These findings demonstrate that block copolymer surfactants are characterized by at least four structural building blocks -- spheres, cylinders, bilayers, and branched cylinders -- above a threshold molecular weight.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of a novel water-soluble cationic diblock copolymer with star conformation by ATRP

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    Li, Shuzhao [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3 (Canada); School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Xiao, Miaomiao [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3 (Canada); Zheng, Anna [School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Xiao, Huining, E-mail: hxiao@unb.ca [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3 (Canada)

    2014-10-01

    A water-soluble cationic diblock copolymer, CD-PAM-b-PMeDMA, was synthesized through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from a β-cyclodextrin (CD) macroinitiator with 10-active sites (10Br-β-CD). In order to reduce the cytotoxicity of the CD-PAM-b-PMeDMA, biocompatible polyacrylamide (PAM) was first introduced onto the surface of β-CD as a scaffold structure by ATRP using the 10Br-β-CD as a macroinitiator. The reaction conditions of AM were explored and optimized. The ATRP of [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl] trimethyl ammonium chloride (MeDMA) was also performed to synthesize the second cationic block using the resulting CD-PAM as a macroinitiator. The resulting diblock copolymer shows an increased hydrodynamic radius in aqueous solution with a pretty low concentration compared with β-CD. In addition, it appears a near-uniform coniform after being deposited on mica ascribed to the presence of an asymmetric 10-arm structure. - Highlights: • A 10-arm diblock polymer was prepared by ATRP for the potential use as a non-viral gene delivery. • PAM was first synthesized in a controlled manner considering its biocompatibility. • The hydrodynamic radius of the copolymer in aqueous solution increase to 130 nm from 7.5 nm of CD. • The copolymer appears coniform after deposited on mica surface due to the charge attraction.

  20. Tetragonal phase of cylinders self-assembled from binary blends of AB diblock and (A'B)nstar copolymers.

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    Jiang, Wenbo; Qiang, Yicheng; Liu, Meijiao; Li, Weihua; Qiu, Feng; Shi, An-Chang

    2017-09-27

    The phase behavior of binary blends composed of AB diblock and (A'B) n star copolymers is studied using the polymeric self-consistent field theory, focusing on the formation and stability of the stable tetragonal phase of cylinders. In general, cylindrical domains self-assembled from AB-type block copolymers are packed into a hexagonal array, although a tetragonal array of cylinders could be more favourable for lithography applications in microelectronics. The polymer blends are designed such that there is an attractive interaction between the A and A' blocks, which increases the compatibility between the two copolymers and thus suppresses the macroscopic phase separation of the blends. With an appropriate choice of system parameters, a considerable stability window for the targeted tetragonal phase is identified in the blends. Importantly, the transition mechanism between the hexagonal and tetragonal phases is elucidated by examining the distribution of the two types of copolymers in the unit cell of the structure. The results reveal that the short (A'B) n star copolymers are preferentially located in the bonding area connecting two neighboring domains in order to reduce extra stretching, whereas the long AB diblock copolymers are extended to further space of the unit cell.

  1. Magnetic field alignment of coil-coil diblock copolymers and blends via intrinsic chain anisotropy

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    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Majewski, Pawel; Larson, Steven; Yager, Kevin; Gopalan, Padma; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Chan, Edwin; Osuji, Chinedum

    Magnetic fields can control alignment of self-assembled soft materials such as block copolymers provided there is a suitably large magnetic susceptibility anisotropy present in the system. Recent results have highlighted the existence of a non-trivial intrinsic anisotropy in coil-coil diblock copolymers, specifically in lamellar-forming PS-b-P4VP, which enables alignment at field strengths of a few tesla in systems lacking mesogenic components. Alignment is predicated on correlation in the orientation of end-end vectors implied by the localization of block junctions at the microdomain interface and is observed on cooling across the order-disorder transition in the presence of the field. For appropriate combinations of field strength and grain size, we can leverage intrinsic chain anisotropy to magnetically direct self-assembly of many non-mesogenic systems, including other coil-coil BCPs like PS-b-PDMS and PS-b-PMMA, blends of BCPs of disparate morphologies and MWs, and blends of BCPs with homopolymers. This is noteworthy as blends of PS-b-P4VP with PEO provide a route to form functional materials such as nanoporous films by dissolution of PEO, or aligned ion conduction materials. We survey these various systems using TEM and in-situ X-ray scattering to study the phase behavior and temperature-, time- and field- dependent dynamics of alignment.

  2. Structural Evolution of Low-Molecular-Weight Poly(ethylene oxide-block-polystyrene Diblock Copolymer Thin Film

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    Hui Wu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The structural evolution of low-molecular-weight poly(ethylene oxide-block-polystyrene (PEO-b-PS diblock copolymer thin film with various initial film thicknesses on silicon substrate under thermal annealing was investigated by atomic force microscopy, optical microscopy, and contact angle measurement. At film thickness below half of the interlamellar spacing of the diblock copolymer (6.2 nm, the entire silicon is covered by a polymer brush with PEO blocks anchored on the Si substrate due to the substrate-induced effect. When the film is thicker than 6.2 nm, a dense polymer brush which is equal to half of an interlamellar layer was formed on the silicon, while the excess material dewet this layer to form droplets. The droplet surface was rich with PS block and the PEO block crystallized inside the bigger droplet to form spherulite.

  3. The effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block length on the rheology of amphiphilic diblock Polystyrene-b-Poly(sodium methacrylate) copolymers prepared by ATRP.

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    Raffa, Patrizio; Stuart, Marc C A; Broekhuis, Antonius A; Picchioni, Francesco

    2014-08-15

    Following our previous investigation on the effect of molecular architecture on the rheology of Polystyrene-b-Poly(sodium methacrylate) copolymers (PS-b-PMAA), we consider here diblock PS-b-PMAA copolymers characterized by a different length of either the hydrophilic or the hydrophobic block. Various copolymers characterized by different PS or PMAA block length have been prepared by ATRP (kinetics is also discussed) and studied from the point of view of their rheological behaviour in water. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first systematic investigation concerning the effect of block length on the rheology of diblock polyelectrolytes. We found that the hydrophobic block length has small influence on the rheology. Surprisingly, the polymers with shortest PMAA blocks yield the strongest gels at high concentration. A simple model based on the classical theories of self-assembly and percolation of amphiphilic polymers has been here developed in order to explain the observed data. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Highly-Ordered Magnetic Nanostructures on Self-Assembled α-Al2O3 and Diblock Copolymer Templates

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    Erb, Denise

    2015-08-01

    This thesis shows the preparation of nanostructured systems with a high degree of morphological uniformity and regularity employing exclusively selfassembly processes, and documents the investigation of these systems by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM), grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), and nuclear resonant scattering of synchrotron radiation (NRS). Whenever possible, the X-ray scattering methods are applied in-situ and simultaneously in order to monitor and correlate the evolution of structural and magnetic properties of the nanostructured systems. The following systems are discussed, where highly-ordered magnetic nanostructures are grown on α-Al 2 O 3 substrates with topographical surface patterning and on diblock copolymer templates with chemical surface patterning: - Nanofaceted surfaces of α-Al 2 O 3 - Magnetic nanostructures on nanofaceted α-Al 2 O 3 substrates - Thin films of microphase separated diblock copolymers - Magnetic nanostructures on diblock copolymer thin film templates The fact that the underlying self-assembly processes can be steered by external factors is utilized to optimize the degree of structural order in the nanostructured systems. The highly-ordered systems are well-suited for investigations with X-ray scattering methods, since due to their uniformity the inherently averaged scattered signal of a sample yields meaningful information on the properties of the contained nanostructures: By means of an in-situ GISAXS experiment at temperatures above 1000 C, details on the facet formation on α-Al 2 O 3 surfaces are determined. A novel method, merging in-situ GISAXS and NRS, shows the evolution of magnetic states in a system with correlated structural and magnetic inhomogeneity with lateral resolution. The temperature-dependence of the shape of Fe nanodots growing on diblock copolymer templates is revealed by in-situ GISAXS during sputter deposition of Fe. Combining in-situ GISAXS and NRS, the magnetization

  5. A Molecular Simulation Approach to the Prediction of the Morphology of Self-Assembled Nanoparticles in Diblock Copolymers

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    Posocco, P.; Posel, Z.; Fermeglia, M.; Lísal, Martin; Pricl, S.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 46 (2010), s. 10511-10520 ISSN 0959-9428 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/08/0094; GA AV ČR KAN400720701 Grant - others:EC(XE) TD0802/OC10053 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : diblock copolymers * nanoparticles * computer simulation Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.101, year: 2010

  6. Micellar Structures of Hydrophilic/Lipophilic and Hydrophilic/Fluorophilic Poly(2-oxazoline) Diblock Copolymers in Water

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    Ivanova, Ruzha; Komenda, Thomas; Bonné, Tune B.

    2008-01-01

    Amphiphilic poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline) diblock copolymers of 2-methyl-2-oxazoline (MOx) building the hydrophilic block and either 2-nonyl-2-oxazoline (NOx) for the hydrophobic or 2-(1H,1H',2H,2H'-perfluorohexyl)-2-oxazoline (FOx) for the fluorophilic block were synthesized by sequential living cat......, as observed by SANS and TEM. In water, the micelles with fluorophilic and lipophilic cores do not mix, but coexist....

  7. Mesoscale Simulation of Polymer Reaction Equilibrium: Combining Dissipative Particle Dynamics with Reaction Ensemble Monte Carlo. II. Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers

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    Lísal, Martin; Brennan, J.K.; Smith, W.R.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 130, č. 10 (2009), 104902-1-104902-15 ISSN 0021-9606 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/08/0094; GA AV ČR 1ET400720507; GA AV ČR KAN400720701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : mesoscale simulation s * supramolecular diblock copolymers * reaction equilibrium Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.093, year: 2009

  8. Diblock copolymers of polystyrene-b-poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) exhibiting unique three-phase microdomain morphologies

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    Misichronis, Konstantinos

    2016-03-31

    The synthesis and molecular characterization of a series of conformationally asymmetric polystyrene-block-poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) (PS-b-PCHD) diblock copolymers (PCHD: ∼90% 1,4 and ∼10% 1,2), by sequential anionic copolymerization high vacuum techniques, is reported. A wide range of volume fractions (0.27≤ϕPS≤0.91) was studied by transmission electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering in order to explore in detail the microphase separation behavior of these flexible/semiflexible diblock copolymers. Unusual morphologies, consisting of PCHD core(PCHD-1,4)-shell(PCHD-1,2) cylinders in PS matrix and three-phase (PS, PCHD-1,4, PCHD-1,2) four-layer lamellae, were observed suggesting that the chain stiffness of the PCHD block and the strong dependence of the interaction parameter χ on the PCHD microstructures are important factors for the formation of this unusual microphase separation behavior in PS-b-PCHD diblock copolymers. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Atomic force microscopy assessment of mechanically induced scratch damage in polypropylenes and ethylene-propylene di-block copolymers

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    Dasari, A.; Rohrmann, J.; Misra, R.D.K.

    2003-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) in tapping mode has been used to determine the extent of surface damage induced during a scratch test in different grades of polypropylenes (PPs) and ethylene-propylene (EP) di-block copolymers. The surface damage is examined for long chain polymeric materials and their respective short chains. The extent of surface damage is evaluated in terms of average surface height of the plastically deformed region, depth of the scratch tracks, and thickness and density of the scratch tracks. The ability of the polymeric materials to resist scratch deformation under identical conditions of scratch test follows the sequence (from maximum resistance to minimum resistance): high crystallinity PPs>low crystallinity PPs>EP di-block copolymers. Also, short chain polymeric materials have greater resistance to scratch deformation than their respective long chain polymers. The scratch tracks are zigzag in PPs and parabolic in EP di-block copolymers with localized plastic flow involving voids. It is interpreted that modulus and yield strength are the determining factors that dictate the scratch resistance of polymeric materials

  10. Study of structural morphologies of thermoresponsive diblock AB and triblock BAB copolymers (A = poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), B = polystyrene)

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    Rodríguez-Hidalgo, María del Rosario; Soto-Figueroa, César; Vicente, Luis

    2018-03-01

    Structural morphologies of diblock AB and triblock BAB copolymers (A = poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), B = polystyrene) in aqueous environment have been investigated by dissipative particle dynamics (DPD). In triblock copolymers insoluble PS blocks contract while soluble pNIPAM blocks stay at the periphery forming looped chains as corona. As the temperature is increased there is a continuous morphological transition and micelles form ellipsoidal structures with segregated polymer zones. The phase transition of looped pNIPAM chains occurs at lower temperature than for linear chains and within broader temperature range. It is discussed how the chain topology of pNIPAM affects the phase transition.

  11. The effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block length on the rheology of amphiphilic diblock Polystyrene-b-Poly(sodium methacrylate) copolymers prepared by ATRP

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    Raffa, Patrizio; Stuart, Marc C.A.; Broekhuis, Antonius A.; Picchioni, Francesco

    2014-01-01

    Following our previous investigation on the effect of molecular architecture on the rheology of Polystyrene-b-Poly(sodium methacrylate) copolymers (PS-b-PMAA), we consider here diblock PS-b-PMAA copolymers characterized by a different length of either the hydrophilic or the hydrophobic block.

  12. Morphological transformations of diblock copolymers in binary solvents: A simulation study

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    Wang, Zheng; Yin, Yuhua; Jiang, Run; Li, Baohui

    2017-12-01

    Morphological transformations of amphiphilic AB diblock copolymers in mixtures of a common solvent (S1) and a selective solvent (S2) for the B block are studied using the simulated annealing method. We focus on the morphological transformation depending on the fraction of the selective solvent C S2, the concentration of the polymer C p , and the polymer-solvent interactions ɛ ij ( i = A, B; j = S1, S2). Morphology diagrams are constructed as functions of C p , C S2, and/or ɛ AS2. The copolymer morphological sequence from dissolved → sphere → rod → ring/cage → vesicle is obtained upon increasing C S2 at a fixed C p . This morphology sequence is consistent with previous experimental observations. It is found that the selectivity of the selective solvent affects the self-assembled microstructure significantly. In particular, when the interaction ɛ BS2 is negative, aggregates of stacked lamellae dominate the diagram. The mechanisms of aggregate transformation and the formation of stacked lamellar aggregates are discussed by analyzing variations of the average contact numbers of the A or B monomers with monomers and with molecules of the two types of solvent, as well as the mean square end-to-end distances of chains. It is found that the basic morphological sequence of spheres to rods to vesicles and the stacked lamellar aggregates result from competition between the interfacial energy and the chain conformational entropy. Analysis of the vesicle structure reveals that the vesicle size increases with increasing C p or with decreasing C S2, but remains almost unchanged with variations in ɛ AS2.

  13. Effects of amphiphilic diblock copolymer on drug nanoparticle formation and stability

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    Zhu, Zhengxi

    2013-01-01

    This study systematically compares the effects of amphiphilic diblock copolymer (di-BCP) on stabilizing hydrophobic drug nanoparticles formed by flash nanoprecipitation (FNP), and provides a guideline on choosing suitable di-BCPs. Four widely used di-BCPs, i.e., polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PS-b-PEG), polycaprolactone-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG), polylactide-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-b-PEG), and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-b-PEG), and β-carotene as a model drug were used. The study showed that PLGA-b-PEG was the most suitable one, whose hydrophobic block was biodegradable and noncrystallizable as well as had relatively high glass transition temperature (Tg) and a right solubility parameter (δ). The molecular weight of PLGA block over the range from 5k to 15k showed an insignificant effect on controlling the particle size. Amorphous drug particles with a high drug loading of over 83 wt% can be achieved. Much remarkable evidence supported the nanoparticles with kinetically frozen and nonequilibrium packing structures of polymer chains rather than either the micelles or micellar nanoparticles with two well segregated polymer blocks. The thermodynamic effects of the drug and BCP on the particle stability, size and structures were discussed by using solubility parameters. PMID:24070569

  14. Immunotheranostic Polymersomes Modularly Assembled from Tetrablock and Diblock Copolymers with Oxidation-Responsive Fluorescence.

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    Du, Fanfan; Liu, Yu-Gang; Scott, Evan Alexander

    2017-10-01

    Intracellular delivery is a key step for many applications in medicine and for investigations into cellular function. This is particularly true for immunotherapy, which often requires controlled delivery of antigen and adjuvants to the cytoplasm of immune cells. Due to the complex responses generated by the stimulation of diverse immune cell populations, it is critical to monitor which cells are targeted during treatment. To address this issue, we have engineered an immunotheranostic polymersome delivery system that fluorescently marks immune cells following intracellular delivery. N -(3-bromopropyl)phthalimide end-capped poly(ethylene glycol)-bl-poly(propylene sulfide) (PEG-PPS-PI) was synthesized by anionic ring opening polymerization and linked with PEG-PPS-NH 2 via a perylene bisimide (PBI) bridge to form a tetrablock copolymer (PEG-PPS-PBI-PPS-PEG). Block copolymers were assembled into polymersomes by thin film hydration in phosphate buffered saline and characterized by dynamic light scattering, cryogenic electron microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. Polymersomes were injected subcutaneously into the backs of mice, and draining lymph nodes were extracted for flow cytometric analysis of cellular uptake and disassembly. Modular self-assembly of tetrablock / diblock copolymers in aqueous solutions induced π-π stacking of the PBI linker that both red-shifted and quenched the PBI fluorescence. Reactive oxygen species within the endosomes of phagocytic immune cell populations oxidized the PPS blocks, which disassembled the polymersomes for dequenching and shifting of the PBI fluorescence from 640 nm to 550 nm emission. Lymph node resident macrophages and dendritic cells were found to increase in 550 nm emission over the course of 3 days by flow cytometry. Immunotheranostic polymersomes present a versatile platform to probe the contributions of specific cell populations during the elicitation of controlled immune responses. Flanking PBI with two oxidation

  15. The effect of particle size on the morphology and thermodynamics of diblock copolymer/tethered-particle membranes

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    Zhang, Bo; Edwards, Brian J.

    2015-01-01

    A combination of self-consistent field theory and density functional theory was used to examine the effect of particle size on the stable, 3-dimensional equilibrium morphologies formed by diblock copolymers with a tethered nanoparticle attached either between the two blocks or at the end of one of the blocks. Particle size was varied between one and four tenths of the radius of gyration of the diblock polymer chain for neutral particles as well as those either favoring or disfavoring segments of the copolymer blocks. Phase diagrams were constructed and analyzed in terms of thermodynamic diagrams to understand the physics associated with the molecular-level self-assembly processes. Typical morphologies were observed, such as lamellar, spheroidal, cylindrical, gyroidal, and perforated lamellar, with the primary concentration region of the tethered particles being influenced heavily by particle size and tethering location, strength of the particle-segment energetic interactions, chain length, and copolymer radius of gyration. The effect of the simulation box size on the observed morphology and system thermodynamics was also investigated, indicating possible effects of confinement upon the system self-assembly processes

  16. Ordering of anisotropic nanoparticles in diblock copolymer lamellae: Simulations with dissipative particle dynamics and a molecular theory.

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    Berezkin, Anatoly V; Kudryavtsev, Yaroslav V; Gorkunov, Maxim V; Osipov, Mikhail A

    2017-04-14

    Local distribution and orientation of anisotropic nanoparticles in microphase-separated symmetric diblock copolymers has been simulated using dissipative particle dynamics and analyzed with a molecular theory. It has been demonstrated that nanoparticles are characterized by a non-trivial orientational ordering in the lamellar phase due to their anisotropic interactions with isotropic monomer units. In the simulations, the maximum concentration and degree of ordering are attained for non-selective nanorods near the domain boundary. In this case, the nanorods have a certain tendency to align parallel to the interface in the boundary region and perpendicular to it inside the domains. Similar orientation ordering of nanoparticles located at the lamellar interface is predicted by the molecular theory which takes into account that the nanoparticles interact with monomer units via both isotropic and anisotropic potentials. Computer simulations enable one to study the effects of the nanorod concentration, length, stiffness, and selectivity of their interactions with the copolymer components on the phase stability and orientational order of nanoparticles. If the volume fraction of the nanorods is lower than 0.1, they have no effect on the copolymer transition from the disordered state into a lamellar microstructure. Increasing nanorod concentration or nanorod length results in clustering of the nanorods and eventually leads to a macrophase separation, whereas the copolymer preserves its lamellar morphology. Segregated nanorods of length close to the width of the diblock copolymer domains are stacked side by side into smectic layers that fill the domain space. Thus, spontaneous organization and orientation of nanorods leads to a spatial modulation of anisotropic composite properties which may be important for various applications.

  17. On the relationship between the local segmental dynamics and the tagged monomer dynamics in lamellar phases of diblock copolymers

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    Sethuraman, Vaidyanathan; Ganesan, Venkat

    2017-09-01

    In this brief article, we present results from coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations which probed the relationship between the local segmental dynamics and the tagged monomer dynamics in lamellar phases of diblock copolymers. Our results demonstrate that monomer relaxation times do not provide directly a quantitatively accurate measure of the spatial variations in segmental dynamics. However, a convolution of the monomer density distributions with their corresponding relaxation times is shown to provide an approximate, but accurate, quantitative characterization of the average local segmental dynamics.

  18. Collective dynamics and self-diffusion in a diblock copolymer melt in the body-centered cubic phase

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    Papadakis, C.M.; Rittig, F.; Almdal, K.

    2004-01-01

    The structure and dynamics of a strongly asymmetric poly(ethylene propylene)poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PEP-PDMS) diblock copolymer in the melt have been studied over a wide temperature range. Small-angle neutron scattering reveals that the sample exhibits two stable phases in this temperature range......: Above the order-to-disorder transition temperature, it is disordered, whereas the domain structure is body-centered cubic (bcc) below, being stable down to the lowest temperatures measured. In the disordered state, dynamic light scattering (DLS) in the polarized geometry reveals the heterogeneity mode...

  19. Morphology and mechanical behavior of blends and diblock copolymers of 1,2 and 1,4 polybutadiene

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    Cohen, R.E.; Wilfong, D.E.

    1981-02-25

    The structure and mechanical properties of a series of polymer blends and block copolymers comprised of medium cis 1,4-polybutadiene and 99% 1,2-polybutadiene have been investigated. Thermal properties (DSC) were determined at two levels of radiation crosslinking and for various sample preparation procedures (solvent and thermal history). Dynamic mechanical spectra (3.5 Hz) were measured over temperature range from 180 to 310K. Transmission electron microscopy was also used for establishing the number phases and the domain size and geometry in the heterogeneous materials. Stress-strain curves were determined for the various samples as a function of crosslink density and casting solvent. Equilibrium swelling ratios were measured for each specimen at the same radiation dose in a good solvent. Swelling values were also obtained in a series of solvents for the parent homopolymers and for a diblock copolymer containing 45% 1,2 polybutadiene.

  20. pH-responsive diblock copolymers with two different fluorescent labels for simultaneous monitoring of micellar self-assembly and degree of protonation

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    Madsen, Jeppe; Madden, George; Themistou, Efrosyni

    2018-01-01

    be correlated to changes in PDPA protonation. Diblock copolymer self-assembly to form PDPA-core aggregates occurs under these conditions, leading to pyrene fluorescence at an excitation wavelength of 405 nm. This allows direct measurement of chain aggregation, whereas using pH-responsive dyes is simply ameasure...

  1. Temperature and pressure dependence of the order parameter fluctuations, conformational compressibility, and the phase diagram of the PEP-PDMS diblock copolymer

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    Schwahn, D.; Frielinghaus, H.; Mortensen, K.

    1996-01-01

    The structure factor of a poly(ethylene-propylene)-poly(dimethylsiloxane) diblock copolymer has been measured by small-angle neutron scattering as a function of temperature and pressure. The conformational compressibility exhibits a pronounced maximum at the order-disorder phase transition. The p...

  2. Micelle formation of amphiphilic polystyrene-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) diblock copolymer in methanol and water-methanol binary mixtures.

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    Hussain, H; Tan, B H; Gudipati, C S; He, C B; Liu, Y; Davis, Thomas P

    2009-05-19

    The micelle formation by the amphiphilic polystyrene-block-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PS48-b-PNVP99) copolymer is investigated in methanol and water-methanol binary mixtures of various compositions using 1H NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, static/dynamic light scattering (SLS/DLS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Critical micelle concentrations (cmc) are determined by employing fluorescence spectroscopy and DLS measurements. The cmc of the PS48-b-PNVP99 block copolymer increases with increasing methanol content in the water-methanol binary mixtures, suggesting that methanol is a better solvent for the PS48-b-PNVP99 block copolymer than water-methanol mixtures or pure water. The amphiphilic PS48-b-PNVP99 diblock copolymer forms spherical micelles of Rh approximately 16 nm in pure methanol solution as revealed by DLS measurements. In contrast, significantly larger micelles having higher aggregation numbers are formed in water-methanol binary mixtures. Temperature dependent data reveal an increase in aggregation number and radius of gyration (Rg) concomitantly with temperature (10-40 degrees C). In contrast, the overall size (Rh) of the micelles remains almost constant over the same temperature range. An explanation is tendered that PNVP coronas dehydrate/desolvate at higher temperatures counteracting the increase in micelle size (Rh) caused by increased aggregation numbers (Nagg).

  3. Nanostructure of polyplexes formed between cationic diblock copolymer and antisense oligodeoxynucleotide and its influence on cell transfection efficiency.

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    Zhao, Xiubo; Pan, Fang; Zhang, ZhuoQi; Grant, Colin; Ma, YingHua; Armes, Steven P; Tang, YiQing; Lewis, Andrew L; Waigh, Thomas; Lu, Jian R

    2007-11-01

    Although various cationic polymers have been used to condense anionically charged DNA to improve their transfection efficiency, there is still a lack of fundamental understanding about how to control the nanostructure and charge of the polyplexes formed and how to relate such information to cell transfection efficiency. In this work, we have synthesized a weak cationic and phosphorylcholine-containing diblock copolymer and used it as a model vector to deliver an antisense oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) into HeLa cells. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) was used to determine the copolymer/ODN polyplex structure. The SANS data revealed the formation of polyplex nanocylinders at high copolymer (N)/ODN (P) charge ratios, where N symbolizes the amine groups on the copolymer and P symbolizes the phosphate groups. However, the cylindrical lengths remained constant, indicating that the ODN binding over this region did not alter the cylindrical shape of the copolymer in solution. As the N/P ratio decreased and became close to unity the polyplex diameters remained constant, but their lengths increased substantially, suggesting the end-to-end bridging by ODN binding between copolymer cylinders. As the N/P ratios went below unity (with ODN in excess), the polyplex diameters increased substantially, indicating different ODN bridging to bundle the small polyplexes together. Transfection studies from HeLa cells indicated a steady increase in transfection efficiency with increasing cationic charge and decreasing polyplex size. Cell growth inhibition assay showed significant growth inhibition by the polyplexes coupled with weak cytotoxicity, indicating effective ODN delivery. While this study has confirmed the overall charge effect, it has also revealed progressive structural changes of the polyplexes against varying charge ratio, thereby providing useful insight into the mechanistic process behind the ODN delivery.

  4. Phase Behavior and Ionic Conductivity of Concentrated Solutions of Polystyrene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymers in an Ionic Liquid

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    Simone, Peter M.; Lodge, Timothy P.; (UMM)

    2010-03-16

    Concentrated solutions of poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) diblock copolymers were prepared using the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [EMI][TFSI] as the solvent. The self-assembled microstructures adopted by the copolymer solutions have been characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering. Lyotropic mesophase transitions were observed, with a progression from hexagonally packed cylinders of PEO, to lamellae, to hexagonally packed cylinders of PS upon increasing [EMI][TFSI] content. The change in lamellar domain spacing with ionic liquid concentration was found to be comparable to that reported for other block copolymers in strongly selective solvents. The ionic conductivity of the concentrated PS-PEO/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was measured via impedance spectroscopy, and ranged from 1 x 10{sup -7} to 1 x 10{sup -3} S/cm at temperatures from 25-100 C. Additionally, the ionic conductivity of the solutions was found to increase with both ionic liquid concentration and molecular weight of the PEO blocks. The ionic conductivity of PEO homopolymer/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was also measured in order to compare the conductivity of the PS-PEO solutions to the expected limit for a lamellar sample with randomly oriented microstructure grains.

  5. The Plumber’s Nightmare Phase in Diblock Copolymer/Homopolymer Blends. A Self-Consistent Field Theory Study.

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    Martinez-Veracoechea, Francisco J.

    2009-11-24

    Using self-consistent field theory, the Plumber\\'s Nightmare and the double diamond phases are predicted to be stable in a finite region of phase diagrams for blends of AB diblock copolymer (DBC) and A-component homopolymer. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the P phase has been predicted to be stable using self-consistent field theory. The stabilization is achieved by tuning the composition or conformational asymmetry of the DBC chain, and the architecture or length of the homopolymer. The basic features of the phase diagrams are the same in all cases studied, suggesting a general type of behavior for these systems. Finally, it is noted that the homopolymer length should be a convenient variable to stabilize bicontinuous phases in experiments. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  6. Effect of solvent quality and chain density on normal and frictional forces between electrostatically anchored thermoresponsive diblock copolymer layers

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    An, Junxue; Liu, Xiaoyan; Dedinaite, Andra

    2017-01-01

    and a thermoresponsive block of poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline), PIPOZ. We find that at a given temperature different polymer chain densities at the silica surface are achieved depending on the previous temperature history. We explore how this affects surface and friction forces between such layers using the atomic force......Equilibration in adsorbing polymer systems can be very slow, leading to different physical properties at a given condition depending on the pathway that was used to reach this state. Here we explore this phenomenon using a diblock copolymer consisting of a cationic anchor block....... The friction forces decrease in the cooling stage due to rehydration of the PIPOZ chain. A consequence of the adsorption hysteresis is that the friction forces measured at 25 °C are significantly lower after exposure to a temperature of 40 °C than prior to heating, which is due to higher polymer chain density...

  7. Mechanical Properties of Weakly Segregated Block Copolymers. 3. Influence of Strain Rate and Temperature on Tensile Properties of Poly(styrene-b-butyl methacrylate) Diblock Copolymers with Different Morphologies

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    Weidisch, R.; Stamm, M.; Michler, G.H.; Fischer, H.R.; Jérôme, R.

    1999-01-01

    Poly(styrene-b-butyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers, PS-6-PBMA, with different morphologies are investigated with respect to the influence of strain rate and temperature on tensile properties. In the first part the mechanical properties of bicontinuous and perforated lamellar structure are

  8. Di-block co-polymer derived nanoporous polymer liquid core waveguides

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Gopalakrishnan, Nimi; Sagar, Kaushal Shashikant

    2010-01-01

    Nanoporous liquid core waveguides are fabricated by selectively UV modifying a nanoporous polymer. The starting point is a diblock polymer where 1,2-polybutadiene (PB) molecules are bound to PDMS. When the PB is cross linked it self-assembles into PB with a network of 14 nm diameter PDMS filled...

  9. Self-Assembly of Charged Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers with Insoluble Blocks of Decreasing Hydrophobicity: From Kinetically Frozen Colloids to Macrosurfactants

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    M Jacquin; P Muller; H Cottet; O Theodoly

    2011-12-31

    We have investigated the self-assembly properties in aqueous solution of amphiphilic diblock copolymers with insoluble blocks of different hydrophobicity and demonstrated that the condition to obtain dynamic micelles is to design samples with insoluble blocks of low enough hydrophobicity. We focus here on results with new water-soluble amphiphilic diblock copolymers poly(diethyleneglycol ethylether acrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid), or PDEGA-b-PAA. The physical characteristics of PDEGA-b-PAA micelles at high ionization have been determined by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). We show that PDEGA-b-PAA samples form micelles at thermodynamic equilibrium. The critical micelle concentrations (CMCs) decrease strongly with ionic strength and temperature due to a solvent quality decrease for, respectively, the corona and the core. This behavior of reversible aggregation is remarkable as compared to the behavior of kinetically frozen aggregation that has been widely observed with samples of similar architecture and different hydrophobic blocks, for example, poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid), PS-b-PAA, and poly(butyl acrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid), PBA-b-PAA. We have measured the interfacial tension between water and the homopolymers PDEGA and PBA at, respectively, 3 and 20 mN/m at room temperature, which permits one to estimate the energy cost to extract a unimer from a micelle. The results are consistent with a micelle association that is fast for PDEGA-b-PAA and kinetically frozen PBA-b-PAA. Hence, PDEGA-b-PAA samples form a new system of synthetic charged macrosurfactant with unique properties of fast dynamic association, tunable charge, and water solubility even at temperatures and NaCl concentrations as high as 65 C and 1 M.

  10. Pressure jump kinetics of disorder to BCC ordering in diblock copolymer micelles in a selective solvent

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    Liu, Y.; Spring, J. D.; Steinhart, Miloš; Bansil, R.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 45, č. 22 (2012), s. 9147-9154 ISSN 0024-9297 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : X-ray-scattering * block-copolymer * triblock copolymer Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 5.521, year: 2012

  11. Novel poly(ethylene oxide monomethyl ether)-b-poly(.epsilon.-caprolactone) diblock copolymers containing a pH-acid labile ketal group as a block linkage

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    Petrova, Svetlana; Jäger, Eliezer; Konefal, Rafal; Jäger, Alessandro; Venturini, Cristina Garcia; Spěváček, Jiří; Pavlova, Ewa; Štěpánek, Petr

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 5, č. 12 (2014), s. 3884-3893 ISSN 1759-9954 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP208/10/1600; GA TA ČR TE01020118 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : MPOE-b-PCL diblock copolymers * ring-opening polymerization * "click" chemistry Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.520, year: 2014

  12. Effect of temperature on the interfacial behavior of a polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymer at the air/water interface.

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    Seo, Yongsok; Cho, Chung Yeon; Hwangbo, Minyoung; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Hong, Soon Man

    2008-03-18

    Monolayers of a polystyrene-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) diblock copolymer at the air-water interface were studied by measuring the surface pressure-area isotherms at several temperatures. Langmuir film balance experiments and atomic force microscopy showed that the diblock copolymer molecules formed surface micelles. In the plot of the surface pressure versus surface area per repeating unit, the monolayer changed from the gas phase to the liquid expanded phase at lower surface pressure for systems at low temperature compared to those at high temperature. In addition, a plateau, corresponding to the transition from the liquid expanded to liquid condensed phase, appeared in that plot at lower surface pressure for systems with a higher subphase (water) temperature. Hysteresis was observed in the compression-expansion cycle process. Increasing the subphase temperature alleviated this hyteresis gap, especially at low surface pressures. The minimum in the plot of the surface pressure versus surface area per repeating unit in the expansion process (which arises from the transition) and the transition plateau appeared more vividly at higher water temperature. These dynamic experimental results show that PS-PMMA diblock copolymers, in which both blocks are insoluble in water, do not form complicated entanglements in two-dimensional space. Although higher water temperature provided more entropy to the chains, and thus more conformational freedom, it did not change the surface morphology of the condensed film because both blocks of PS-PMMA are insoluble in water.

  13. Synthesis of Diblock copolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate -block-poly-3-hydroxyhexanoate [PHB-b-PHHx] by a β-oxidation weakened Pseudomonas putida KT2442

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    Tripathi, Lakshmi; Wu, Lin-Ping; Chen, Jinchun

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Block polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) were reported to be resistant against polymer aging that negatively affects polymer properties. Recently, more and more attempts have been directed to make PHA block copolymers. Diblock copolymers PHB-b-PHHx consisting of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB...... structural related mechanical properties.......) block covalently bonded with poly-3-hydroxyhexanoate (PHHx) block were for the first time produced successfully by a recombinant Pseudomonas putida KT2442 with its β-oxidation cycle deleted to its maximum. RESULTS: The chloroform extracted polymers were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR...

  14. Synthesis, Thermodynamics and Processing of Block Copolymer Based Nanocomposites

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    Bates, Frank

    1999-01-01

    Two sets of model diblock copolymers were synthesized using anionic polymerization and heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation: Poly(ethylene)-poly(ethylenepropylene) (PE-PEP) and poly(ethyleneoxide)-poly(alkane) (PEO-PA...

  15. Spatial Position Control of CdS Nanoclusters using a Self-Assembled Diblock Copolymer Template

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    Yeh, Siao-Wei; Wu, Tsung-Lun; Wei, Kung-Hwa

    2004-01-01

    ...s. For controlling the spatial position of nanoparticles with block copolymers, it was found that the mercapto-ethanol modified CdS nanoparticles have a preferential binding to the poly(ethylene oxide...

  16. Activated Porous Carbon Spheres with Customized Mesopores through Assembly of Diblock Copolymers for Electrochemical Capacitor.

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    Tang, Jing; Wang, Jie; Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Hossain, Md Shahriar A; Alothman, Zeid Abdullah; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2017-06-07

    A series of porous carbon spheres with precisely adjustable mesopores (4-16 nm), high specific surface area (SSA, ∼2000 m 2 g -1 ), and submicrometer particle size (∼300 nm) was synthesized through a facile coassembly of diblock polymer micelles with a nontoxic dopamine source and a common postactivation process. The mesopore size can be controlled by the diblock polymer, polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) templates, and has an almost linear dependence on the square root of the degree of polymerization of the PS blocks. These advantageous structural properties make the product a promising electrode material for electrochemical capacitors. The electrochemical capacitive performance was studied carefully by using symmetrical cells in a typical organic electrolyte of 1 M tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate/acetonitrile (TEA BF 4 /AN) or in an ionic liquid electrolyte of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (EMIMBF 4 ), displaying a high specific capacitance of 111 and 170 F g -1 at 1 A g -1 , respectively. The impacts of pore size distribution on the capacitance performance were thoroughly investigated. It was revealed that large mesopores and a relatively low ratio of micropores are ideal for realizing high SSA-normalized capacitance. These results provide us with a simple and reliable way to screen future porous carbon materials for electrochemical capacitors and encourage researchers to design porous carbon with high specific surface area, large mesopores, and a moderate proportion of micropores.

  17. Synthesis of Diblock copolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate -block-poly-3-hydroxyhexanoate [PHB-b-PHHx] by a β-oxidation weakened Pseudomonas putida KT2442.

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    Tripathi, Lakshmi; Wu, Lin-Ping; Chen, Jinchun; Chen, Guo-Qiang

    2012-04-05

    Block polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) were reported to be resistant against polymer aging that negatively affects polymer properties. Recently, more and more attempts have been directed to make PHA block copolymers. Diblock copolymers PHB-b-PHHx consisting of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) block covalently bonded with poly-3-hydroxyhexanoate (PHHx) block were for the first time produced successfully by a recombinant Pseudomonas putida KT2442 with its β-oxidation cycle deleted to its maximum. The chloroform extracted polymers were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), thermo- and mechanical analysis. NMR confirmed the existence of diblock copolymers consisting of 58 mol% PHB as the short chain length block with 42 mol% PHHx as the medium chain length block. The block copolymers had two glass transition temperatures (Tg) at 2.7°C and -16.4°C, one melting temperature (Tm) at 172.1°C and one cool crystallization temperature (Tc) at 69.1°C as revealed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. This is the first microbial short-chain-length (scl) and medium-chain-length (mcl) PHA block copolymer reported. It is possible to produce PHA block copolymers of various kinds using the recombinant Pseudomonas putida KT2442 with its β-oxidation cycle deleted to its maximum. In comparison to a random copolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate (P(HB-co-HHx)) and a blend sample of PHB and PHHx, the PHB-b-PHHx showed improved structural related mechanical properties.

  18. Thermoresponsive self-assembly of nanostructures from a collagen-like peptide-containing diblock copolymer.

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    Luo, Tianzhi; He, Lirong; Theato, Patrick; Kiick, Kristi L

    2015-01-01

    Temperature-triggered formation of nanostructures with distinct biological activity offers opportunities in selective modification of matrices and in drug delivery. Toward these ends, diblock polymers comprising poly(diethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PDEGMEMA) conjugated to a triple helix-forming collagen-like peptide were produced. Triggered by the collapse of the thermoresponsive domain above its LCST, the conjugate undergoes a reversible transition in aqueous solution to form well-defined nanovesicles with diameters of approximately 100 nm, with a transition temperature of 37 °C. The incorporation of CLP domains in these nanostructures may offer opportunities for the selective targeting of collagen-containing matrices. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Supramolecular Assemblies from Poly(styrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine Diblock Copolymers Mixed with 6-Hydroxy-2-naphthoic Acid

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    Jean-François Gohy

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Supramolecular assemblies involving interaction of a small organic molecule, 2-hydroxy-6-Naphthoic acid (HNA, with poly(styrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine (PS-b-P4VP diblock copolymers are utilized to obtain micellar structures in solution, nanostructured thin films on flat substrates and, finally, nanoporous thin films. The formation of hydrogen bonds between HNA and the poly(4-vinylpyridine (P4VP blocks is confirmed by spectroscopic measurements. The accordingly P4VP/HNA hydrogen-bonded complexes are poorly soluble in 1,4-dioxane, resulting in the formation of micellar structures with a P4VP/HNA core and a polystyrene (PS corona. Those micelles have been spin-coated onto silicon wafers, resulting in nanostructured thin films consisting of P4VP/HNA dot-like features embedded in a PS matrix. The morphology of those films has been tuned by solvent annealing. Selective dissolution of HNA by methanol results in the formation of a nanoporous thin film. The P4VP/HNA nanodomains have been also cross-linked by borax, and the thin films have been further dissolved in a good solvent for PS, leading to micelles with a structure reminiscent of the thin films.

  20. Functionalization of Cellulose Nanocrystals with PEG-Metal-Chelating Diblock Copolymers via Controlled Conjugation in Aqueous Medium

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    Guo, Melinda

    The surface of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) was successfully functionalized with metal chelating diblock copolymers via HyNic-4FB conjugation. Two types of PEG-metal-chelating block polymers with hydrazinonicotinate acetone hydrazine (HyNic) end groups were synthesized: mPEG-PGlu(DTPA) 18-HyNic and mPEG-PGlu(DTPA)25-HyNic. These two polymers both had a methoxy PEG (M ˜ 2000 Da) block that differed in the mean degree of polymerization of the metal-chelating block. They were characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy and gel-permeation chromatography (GPC). 4-Formylbenzamide (4FB) groups were introduced onto the surface of CNCs and quantified through their reaction with 2-hydrazinopyridine. The polymers were grafted onto the surface of CNCs via bis-aryl hydrazone bond formation, and the kinetics of this reaction was explored by UV/Vis spectroscopy. The CNCs were also labeled with rhodamine and Alexa FluorRTM 488 dyes. Students in our collaborator's group in Pharmacy are examining applications of these materials as radiotherapeutic agents for cancer treatment.

  1. Conformation and structural changes of diblock copolymers with octopus-like micelle formation in the presence of external stimuli

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    Dammertz, K.; Saier, A. M.; Marti, O.; Amirkhani, M.

    2014-04-01

    External stimuli such as vapours and electric fields can be used to manipulate the formation of AB-diblock copolymers on surfaces. We study the conformational variation of PS-b-PMMA (polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate)), PS and PMMA adsorbed on mica and their response to saturated water or chloroform atmospheres. Using specimens with only partial polymer coverage, new unanticipated effects were observed. Water vapour, a non-solvent for all three polymers, was found to cause high surface mobility. In contrast, chloroform vapour (a solvent for all three polymers) proved to be less efficient. Furthermore, the influence of an additional applied electric field was investigated. A dc field oriented parallel to the sample surface induces the formation of polymer islands which assemble into wormlike chains. Moreover, PS-b-PMMA forms octopus-like micelles (OLMs) on mica. Under the external stimuli mentioned above, the wormlike formations of OLMs are able to align in the direction of the external electric field. In the absence of an electric field, the OLMs disaggregate and exhibit phase separated structures under chloroform vapour.

  2. Conformation and structural changes of diblock copolymers with octopus-like micelle formation in the presence of external stimuli

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    Dammertz, K; Saier, A M; Marti, O; Amirkhani, M

    2014-01-01

    External stimuli such as vapours and electric fields can be used to manipulate the formation of AB-diblock copolymers on surfaces. We study the conformational variation of PS-b-PMMA (polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate)), PS and PMMA adsorbed on mica and their response to saturated water or chloroform atmospheres. Using specimens with only partial polymer coverage, new unanticipated effects were observed. Water vapour, a non-solvent for all three polymers, was found to cause high surface mobility. In contrast, chloroform vapour (a solvent for all three polymers) proved to be less efficient. Furthermore, the influence of an additional applied electric field was investigated. A dc field oriented parallel to the sample surface induces the formation of polymer islands which assemble into wormlike chains. Moreover, PS-b-PMMA forms octopus-like micelles (OLMs) on mica. Under the external stimuli mentioned above, the wormlike formations of OLMs are able to align in the direction of the external electric field. In the absence of an electric field, the OLMs disaggregate and exhibit phase separated structures under chloroform vapour. (paper)

  3. „Schizophrenic” micelles from doubly thermoresponsive polysulfobetaine-b-poly(N-isopropylmethacrylamide) diblock copolymers

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    Vishnevetskaya, N. S.; Hildebrand, V.; Niebuur, B.-J.; Grillo, I.; Filippov, Sergey K.; Laschewsky, A.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.; Papadakis, C. M.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 50, č. 10 (2017), s. 3985-3999 ISSN 0024-9297 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GC15-10527J Keywords : self-assembly * block copolymers * UCST Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry OBOR OECD: Physical chemistry Impact factor: 5.835, year: 2016

  4. Aggregation behavior of doubly thermoresponsive polysulfobetaine-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) diblock copolymers

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    Vishnevetskaya, N. S.; Hildebrand, V.; Niebuur, B.-J.; Grillo, I.; Filippov, Sergey K.; Laschewsky, A.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.; Papadakis, C. M.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 49, č. 17 (2016), s. 6655-6668 ISSN 0024-9297 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GC15-10527J Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : polymer * thermoresponsive * block copolymer Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.835, year: 2016

  5. Self-Assembly of Nanoparticle Mixtures in Diblock Copolymers: Multiscale Molecular Modeling

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    Malý, Marek; Posocco, P.; Pricl, S.; Fermeglia, M.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 15 (2008), s. 5023-5038 ISSN 0888-5885 Grant - others:NMP3(XE) CT/2006/033304 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : copolymers * nanoparticles * dissipative particle dynamics Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.895, year: 2008

  6. Synthesis of photoactuating acrylic thermoplastic elastomers containing diblock copolymer-grafted carbon nanotubes

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    Ilčíková, M.; Mrlík, M.; Sedláček, T.; Šlouf, Miroslav; Zhigunov, Alexander; Koynov, K.; Mosnáček, J.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 3, č. 10 (2014), s. 999-1003 ISSN 2161-1653 R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TE01020118 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : photoactuating nanocomposite * carbon nanotubes * copolymer Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 5.764, year: 2014

  7. Development of Fully Degradable Phosphonium-Functionalized Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers for Nucleic Acids Delivery.

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    Borguet, Yannick P; Khan, Sarosh; Noel, Amandine; Gunsten, Sean P; Brody, Steven L; Elsabahy, Mahmoud; Wooley, Karen L

    2018-03-11

    To expand the range of functional polymer materials to include fully hydrolytically degradable systems that bear bioinspired phosphorus-containing linkages both along the backbone and as cationic side chain moieties for packaging and delivery of nucleic acids, phosphonium-functionalized polyphosphoester- block-poly(l-lactide) copolymers of various compositions were synthesized, fully characterized, and their self-assembly into nanoparticles were studied. First, an alkyne-functionalized polyphosphoester- block-poly(l-lactide) copolymer was synthesized via a one pot sequential ring opening polymerization of an alkyne-functionalized phospholane monomer, followed by the addition of l-lactide to grow the second block. Second, the alkynyl side groups of the polyphosphoester block were functionalized via photoinitiated thiol-yne radical addition of a phosphonium-functionalized free thiol. The polymers of varying phosphonium substitution degrees were self-assembled in aqueous buffers to afford formation of well-defined core-shell assemblies with an average size ranging between 30 and 50 nm, as determined by dynamic light scattering. Intracellular delivery of the nanoparticles and their effects on cell viability and capability at enhancing transfection efficiency of nucleic acids (e.g., siRNA) were investigated. Cell viability assays demonstrated limited toxicity of the assembly to RAW 264.7 mouse macrophages, except at high polymer concentrations, where the polymer of high degree of phosphonium functionalization induced relatively higher cytotoxicity. Transfection efficiency was strongly affected by the phosphonium-to-phosphate (P + /P - ) ratios of the polymers and siRNA, respectively. The AllStars Hs Cell Death siRNA complexed to the various copolymers at a P + /P - ratio of 10:1 induced comparable cell death to Lipofectamine. These fully degradable nanoparticles might provide biocompatible nanocarriers for therapeutic nucleic acid delivery.

  8. Nano-porous Materials from Diblock Copolymers and its Membrane Application

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    Szewczykowski, Piotr Przemyslaw

    diblok copolymerer, som kan syntetiseres ved levende anionisk polymerisation. Majoritetsblokken af den benyttede blok copolymer bestod af enten polyisopren eller 1,2-polybutadien, mens minoritetsblokken bestod af polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Afhængigt af blokkomposititionen blev to forskellige...... kollapsede porer i tør tilstand. En prøve af et sådant materiale blev placeret i deutereret toluen og analyseret ved hjælp af småvinkel neutron spredning, som viste interessante aspekter af gendannelse af den oprindelige morfologi. . Nano-porøse prøver fremstillet af 1,2-polybutadien-b-polydimetylsiloxan med...

  9. Rapid and systematic access to quasi-diblock copolymer libraries covering a comprehensive composition range by sequential RAFT polymerization in an Automated synthesizer.

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    Haven, Joris J; Guerrero-Sanchez, Carlos; Keddie, Daniel J; Moad, Graeme

    2014-02-01

    A versatile, cost-effective approach to the rapid, fully unattended preparation of systematic quasi-diblock copolymer libraries via sequential RAFT polymerization in an automated synthesizer is reported. The procedure is demonstrated with the synthesis of a 23 member library of low dispersity poly(butyl methacrylate)-quasiblock-poly(methyl methacrylate) covering a wide (fivefold) range of molar mass for the second block in a one-pot, sequential, RAFT polymerization. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Electric field effects on alignment of lamellar structures in diblock copolymer thin films studied by neutron scattering

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    Jiang, Xiuli

    2006-12-07

    We investigated the lamellar orientation in thin films of a diblock copolymer P(S-b-MMA), under competing effects of surface interactions and an electric field applied perpendicular to the substrate. The surface effects tend to align the lamellae parallel to the substrate while the electric field tends to align the lamellae perpendicular to the substrate. Using neutron reflectivity, neutron diffuse scattering, and neutron small-angle scattering, we achieved a quantitative analysis of the internal structure of the films. Film thickness was found to play a non-trivial role in determining the structure of the films. A complete alignment by the surface effects was observed in the thinner films by annealing. The parallel orientation remains stable even if an electric field as strong as 40 V/{mu}m is applied. In the thicker films, a mixed orientation with boundary layers parallel and the central part partially perpendicular to the substrate was observed after annealing. The mixed orientation becomes unstable under a small compressive stress, and will be converted into a completely parallel orientation. The parallel orientation induced by the compressive stress remains stable as long as the electric field is weaker than several ten V/{mu}m. Only a field of about 40 V/{mu}m is able to stabilize the above mentioned mixed orientation. A fully perpendicular orientation was never observed in our experiments. Diffuse scattering shows a mosaic structure in the absence of an electric field, whose mosaicity will be increased by the torque exerted by an electric field. The lateral correlation length of the lamellar domains is estimated as 1-2 {mu}m. Limited by the small q{sub x}-range we have used, a clear statement on the existence of the electric-field-induced structural undulations predicted by the Onuki's theory cannot be made from our experiments. (orig.)

  11. Electric field effects on alignment of lamellar structures in diblock copolymer thin films studied by neutron scattering

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    Jiang, Xiuli

    2006-01-01

    We investigated the lamellar orientation in thin films of a diblock copolymer P(S-b-MMA), under competing effects of surface interactions and an electric field applied perpendicular to the substrate. The surface effects tend to align the lamellae parallel to the substrate while the electric field tends to align the lamellae perpendicular to the substrate. Using neutron reflectivity, neutron diffuse scattering, and neutron small-angle scattering, we achieved a quantitative analysis of the internal structure of the films. Film thickness was found to play a non-trivial role in determining the structure of the films. A complete alignment by the surface effects was observed in the thinner films by annealing. The parallel orientation remains stable even if an electric field as strong as 40 V/μm is applied. In the thicker films, a mixed orientation with boundary layers parallel and the central part partially perpendicular to the substrate was observed after annealing. The mixed orientation becomes unstable under a small compressive stress, and will be converted into a completely parallel orientation. The parallel orientation induced by the compressive stress remains stable as long as the electric field is weaker than several ten V/μm. Only a field of about 40 V/μm is able to stabilize the above mentioned mixed orientation. A fully perpendicular orientation was never observed in our experiments. Diffuse scattering shows a mosaic structure in the absence of an electric field, whose mosaicity will be increased by the torque exerted by an electric field. The lateral correlation length of the lamellar domains is estimated as 1-2 μm. Limited by the small q x -range we have used, a clear statement on the existence of the electric-field-induced structural undulations predicted by the Onuki's theory cannot be made from our experiments. (orig.)

  12. Comparison of the pharmacological and biological properties of HPMA copolymer-pirarubicin conjugates: A single-chain copolymer conjugate and its biodegradable tandem-diblock copolymer conjugate

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    Etrych, Tomáš; Tsukigawa, K.; Nakamura, H.; Chytil, Petr; Fang, J.; Ulbrich, Karel; Otagiri, M.; Maeda, H.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 106, 30 August (2017), s. 10-19 ISSN 0928-0987 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-02986S; GA MŠk(CZ) LQ1604; GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0109 Grant - others:AV ČR,Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(CZ) JSPS-16-05 Program:Bilaterální spolupráce Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : pirarubicin * PHPMA conjugate * tandem-diblock PHPMA conjugate Subject RIV: FR - Pharmacology ; Medidal Chemistry OBOR OECD: Pharmacology and pharmacy Impact factor: 3.756, year: 2016

  13. Protein adsorption and complement activation for di-block copolymer nanoparticles.

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    Vauthier, Christine; Persson, Bjorn; Lindner, Peter; Cabane, Bernard

    2011-02-01

    Four types of nanoparticles with core-diffuse shell structures have been synthesized through self-assembly of PICBA-Dextran block copolymers. These nanoparticles are designed to carry pharmaceutically active molecules into the human body through injection into the blood stream. In this work, we have determined how the characteristics of the diffuse shell influence the adsorption of three types of proteins: Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA), fibrinogen, and a protein from the complement system that triggers recognition and elimination by macrophages. We have determined the structural characteristics of the diffuse shells using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) and Quasi-Elastic Light Scattering (QELS). We have measured the adsorption of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) through Immunodiffusion methods, and found that it adsorbed in substantial amounts even when the distance between dextran chains at the core-diffuse shell interface is quite short. We have observed the aggregation of the nanoparticles induced by fibrinogen, and found that it was prevented when the density of dextran chains protruding from the core surface was sufficiently high. Finally we have measured the activation of the complement system by the nanoparticles, and found that it was also limited by the surface density of dextran chains that protrude from the core and by their mesh size within the diffuse shell. 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Broadband pH-Sensing Organic Transistors with Polymeric Sensing Layers Featuring Liquid Crystal Microdomains Encapsulated by Di-Block Copolymer Chains.

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    Seo, Jooyeok; Song, Myeonghun; Jeong, Jaehoon; Nam, Sungho; Heo, Inseok; Park, Soo-Young; Kang, Inn-Kyu; Lee, Joon-Hyung; Kim, Hwajeong; Kim, Youngkyoo

    2016-09-14

    We report broadband pH-sensing organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) with the polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) sensing layers. The PDLC layers are prepared by spin-coating using ethanol solutions containing 4-cyano-4'-pentyl-biphenyl (5CB) and a diblock copolymer (PAA-b-PCBOA) that consists of LC-philic block [poly(4-cyano-biphenyl-4-oxyundecyl acrylate) (PCBOA)] and acrylic acid block [poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)]. The spin-coated sensing layers feature of 5CB microdomains (OFETs (PDLC-i-OFETs) can detect precisely and reproducibly a wide range of pH with only small amounts (10-40 μL) of analyte solutions in both static and dynamic perfusion modes. The positive drain current change is measured for acidic solutions (pH 7) result in the negative change of drain current. The drain current trend in the present PDLC-i-OFET devices is explained by the shrinking-expanding mechanism of the PAA chains in the diblock copolymer layers.

  15. Effect of Small Molecule Osmolytes on the Self-Assembly and Functionality of Globular Protein-Polymer Diblock Copolymers

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    Thomas, Carla S.; Xu, Liza; Olsen, Bradley D. [MIT

    2013-12-05

    Blending the small molecule osmolytes glycerol and trehalose with the model globular protein–polymer block copolymer mCherry-b-poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (mCherry-b-PNIPAM) is demonstrated to improve protein functionality in self-assembled nanostructures. The incorporation of either additive into block copolymers results in functionality retention in the solid state of 80 and 100% for PNIPAM volume fractions of 40 and 55%, respectively. This represents a large improvement over the 50–60% functionality observed in the absence of any additive. Furthermore, glycerol decreases the thermal stability of block copolymer films by 15–20 °C, while trehalose results in an improvement in the thermal stability by 15–20 °C. These results suggest that hydrogen bond replacement is responsible for the retention of protein function but suppression or enhancement of thermal motion based on the glass transition of the osmolyte primarily determines thermal stability. While both osmolytes are observed to have a disordering effect on the nanostructure morphology with increasing concentration, this effect is less pronounced in materials with a larger polymer volume fraction. Glycerol preferentially localizes in the protein domains and swells the nanostructures, inducing disordering or a change in morphology depending on the PNIPAM coil fraction. In contrast, trehalose is observed to macrophase separate from the block copolymer, which results in nanodomains becoming more disordered without changing significantly in size.

  16. Synthesis and self-assembly behavior of amphiphilic diblock copolymer dextran-block-poly(ε-caprolactone (DEX-b-PCL in aqueous media

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available An amphiphilic diblock copolymer, dextran-block-poly(ε-caprolactone (DEX-b-PCL, with a series of welldefined chain lengths of each block was prepared by conjugating a dextran chain with a PCL block via aza-Michael addition reaction under mild conditions. For the dextran block, samples with relatively uniform molecular weight, 3.5 and 6.0 kDa, were used, and the PCL blocks were prepared via ring-opening polymerization at defined ratios of ε-caprolactone to initiator in order to give copolymers with mass fraction of dextran (fDEX ranging from 0.16 to 0.45. When these copolymers were allowed to self-assemble in aqueous solution, the morphology of assembled aggregates varied as a function of fDEX when characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM, fluorescence microscope (FM and dynamic laser scattering (DLS. As fDEX decreases gradually from 0.45 to 0.16, the morphology of the copolymer assembly changes from spherical micelles to worm-like micelles and eventually to polymersomes, together with an increase in particle sizes.

  17. A new formulation of curcumin using poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid)—polyethylene glycol diblock copolymer as carrier material

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    Tuyen Dao, Thi Phuong; Nguyen, To Hoai; To, Van Vinh; Ho, Thanh Ha; Nguyen, Tuan Anh; Dang, Mau Chien

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study is to fabricate a nanoparticle formulation of curcumin using a relatively new vehicle as the matrix polymer: poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)- polyethylene glycol (PEG) diblock copolymer, and to investigate the effects of the various processing parameters on the characteristics of nanoparticles (NPs). We successfully synthesized the matrix polymer of PLGA-PEG by conjugation of PLGA copolymer with a carboxylate end group to a heterobifunctional amine-PEG-methoxy using N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N’-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride and N-hydroxysuccinimide as conjugation crosslinkers. The composition of the formed product (PLGA-PEG) was characterized with 500 MHz 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The conjugation of PLGA-PEG was confirmed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum study. This diblock copolymer was then used to prepare the curcumin-loaded NPs through nanoprecipitation technique. With this method, we found that the size distribution depends on the type of solvent, the concentration of polymer and the concentration of surfactant. The particle size and size distribution were measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS). Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to confirm the size, structure and morphology of the successfully prepared NPs. All of our results showed that they are spherical and quite homologous with mean diameter around of 100–300 nm. Further, we evaluated encapsulation efficiency and some characteristics of NPs through high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyses, zeta-potential measurements and x-ray diffraction studies. The HPLC analyses were performed to determine the amount of curcumin entrapped in NPs. The zeta-potential measurements confirmed the stability of NPs and the successful encapsulation of curcumin within NPs and the x-ray diffraction patterns showed the disordered-crystalline phase of curcumin inside the polymeric matrix. (paper)

  18. Self-assembling of poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers in aqueous solution and at the silica-water interface

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    Leyh, B.; Vangeyte, P.; Heinrich, M.; Auvray, L.; De Clercq, C.; Jerome, R.

    2004-01-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering is used to investigate the self-assembling behaviour of poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers with various block lengths (i) in aqueous solution, (ii) in aqueous solution with the addition of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and (iii) at the silica-water interface. Micelles are observed under our experimental conditions due to the very small critical micellar concentration of these copolymers (0.01 g/l). The poly(ε-caprolactone) core is surrounded by a poly(ethylene oxide) corona. The micellar form factors have been measured at low copolymer concentrations (0.2 wt%) under selected contrast matching conditions. The data have been fitted to various analytical models to extract the micellar core and corona sizes. SDS is shown to induce partial micelle disruption together with an increase of the poly(ethylene oxide) corona extension from 25% (without SDS) to 70% (with SDS) of a completely extended PEO 114 chain. Our data at the silica-water interface are compatible with the adsorption of micelles

  19. Polyethylene-Based Tadpole Copolymers

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    Alkayal, Nazeeha

    2017-02-15

    Novel well-defined polyethylene-based tadpole copolymers ((c-PE)-b-PS, PE: polyethylene, PS: polystyrene) with ring PE head and linear PS tail are synthesized by combining polyhomologation, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), and Glaser coupling reaction. The -OH groups of the 3-miktoarm star copolymers (PE-OH)-b-PS, synthesized by polyhomologation and ATRP, are transformed to alkyne groups by esterification with propiolic acid, followed by Glaser cyclization and removal of the unreacted linear with Merrifield\\'s resin-azide. The characterization results of intermediates and final products by high-temperature size exclusion chromatography, H NMR spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry confirm the tadpole topology.

  20. Diblock copolymer of bacterial cellulose and poly(methyl methacrylate) initiated by chain-end-type radicals produced by mechanical scission of glycosidic linkages of bacterial cellulose.

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    Sakaguchi, Masato; Ohura, Takeshi; Iwata, Tadahisa; Takahashi, Shuhei; Akai, Shuji; Kan, Toshiyuki; Murai, Hisao; Fujiwara, Motoyasu; Watanabe, Osamu; Narita, Mamiko

    2010-11-08

    Bacterial cellulose (BC) was mechanically fractured in vacuum at 77 K; this resulted in the scission of the β-1,4 glycosidic linkages of BC. The chain-end-type radicals (mechanoradicals) generated from the scissions were assigned by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectral analyses. A diblock copolymer of BC and poly(methyl methacrylate) (BC-block-PMMA) was produced by the mechanical fracture of BC with MMA (methyl methacrylate) in vacuum at 77 K. Radical polymerization of MMA was initiated by the mechanoradicals located on the BC surface. The BC surface was fully covered with the PMMA chains of the BC-block-PMMA. Novel modification of the BC surface with the BC-block-PMMA was confirmed by spectral analyses of ESR, Fourier-transform infrared, (1)H NMR, and gel permeation chromatography.

  1. Reduction of the Inflammatory Responses against Alginate-Poly-L-Lysine Microcapsules by Anti-Biofouling Surfaces of PEG-b-PLL Diblock Copolymers

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    Spasojevic, Milica; Paredes-Juarez, Genaro A.; Vorenkamp, Joop; de Haan, Bart J.; Schouten, Arend Jan; de Vos, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Large-scale application of alginate-poly-L-lysine (alginate-PLL) capsules used for microencapsulation of living cells is hampered by varying degrees of success, caused by tissue responses against the capsules in the host. A major cause is proinflammatory PLL which is applied at the surface to provide semipermeable properties and immunoprotection. In this study, we investigated whether application of poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(L-lysine hydrochloride) diblock copolymers (PEG-b-PLL) can reduce the responses against PLL on alginate-matrices. The application of PEG-b-PLL was studied in two manners: (i) as a substitute for PLL or (ii) as an anti-biofouling layer on top of a proinflammatory, but immunoprotective, semipermeable alginate-PLL100 membrane. Transmission FTIR was applied to monitor the binding of PEG-b-PLL. When applied as a substitute for PLL, strong host responses in mice were observed. These responses were caused by insufficient binding of the PLL block of the diblock copolymers confirmed by FTIR. When PEG-b-PLL was applied as an anti-biofouling layer on top of PLL100 the responses in mice were severely reduced. Building an effective anti-biofouling layer required 50 hours as confirmed by FTIR, immunocytochemistry and XPS. Our study provides new insight in the binding requirements of polyamino acids necessary to provide an immunoprotective membrane. Furthermore, we present a relatively simple method to mask proinflammatory components on the surface of microcapsules to reduce host responses. Finally, but most importantly, our study illustrates the importance of combining physicochemical and biological methods to understand the complex interactions at the capsules' surface that determine the success or failure of microcapsules applicable for cell-encapsulation. PMID:25347191

  2. High-Pressure Micellar Solutions of Symmetric and Asymmetric Styrene?Diene Diblocks in Compressible Near Critical Solvents: Micellization Pressures and Cloud Pressures Respond but Micellar Cloud Pressures Insensitive to Copolymer Molecular Weight, Concentration, and Block Ratio Changes

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    Winoto, Winoto [University of Wyoming, Laramie; Tan, Sugata [University of Wyoming, Laramie; Shen, Youqin [University of Wyoming, Laramie; Radosz, Maciej [University of Wyoming, Laramie; Hong, Kunlun [ORNL; Mays, Jimmy [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    Micellar solutions of polystyrene-block-polybutadiene and polystyrene-block-polyisoprene in propane are found to exhibit significantly lower cloud pressures than the corresponding hypothetical nonmicellar solutions. Such a cloud-pressure reduction indicates the extent to which micelle formation enhances the apparent diblock solubility in near-critical and hence compressible propane. Concentration-dependent pressure-temperature points beyond which no micelles can be formed, referred to as the micellization end points, are found to depend on the block type, size, and ratio. The cloud-pressure reduction and the micellization end point measured for styrene-diene diblocks in propane should be characteristic of all amphiphilic diblock copolymer solutions that form micelles in compressible solvents.

  3. Exploring Poly(ethylene glycol-Polyzwitterion Diblock Copolymers as Biocompatible Smart Macrosurfactants Featuring UCST-Phase Behavior in Normal Saline Solution

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    Noverra M. Nizardo

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available Nonionic-zwitterionic diblock copolymers are designed to feature a coil-to-globule collapse transition with an upper critical solution temperature (UCST in aqueous media, including physiological saline solution. The block copolymers that combine presumably highly biocompatible blocks are synthesized by chain extension of a poly(ethylene glycol (PEG macroinitiator via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP of sulfobetaine and sulfabetaine methacrylates. Their thermoresponsive behavior is studied by variable temperature turbidimetry and 1H NMR spectroscopy. While the polymers with polysulfobetaine blocks exhibit phase transitions in the physiologically interesting window of 30–50 °C only in pure aqueous solution, the polymers bearing polysulfabetaine blocks enabled phase transitions only in physiological saline solution. By copolymerizing a pair of structurally closely related sulfo- and sulfabetaine monomers, thermoresponsive behavior can be implemented in aqueous solutions of both low and high salinity. Surprisingly, the presence of the PEG blocks can affect the UCST-transitions of the polyzwitterions notably. In specific cases, this results in “schizophrenic” thermoresponsive behavior displaying simultaneously an UCST and an LCST (lower critical solution temperature transition. Exploratory experiments on the UCST-transition triggered the encapsulation and release of various solvatochromic fluorescent dyes as model “cargos” failed, apparently due to the poor affinity even of charged organic compounds to the collapsed state of the polyzwitterions.

  4. Synthesis and quaternization of nitroxide-terminated poly(4-vinylpyridine-co-acrylonitrile) macroinitiators and related diblock copolymers

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    Poláková, Lenka; Lokaj, Jan; Holler, Petr; Starovoytova, Larisa; Pekárek, Michal; Štěpánek, Petr

    -, 065 (2010), s. 1-10 ISSN 1618-7229 R&D Projects: GA ČR GESON/06/E005; GA ČR GA203/07/0659 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : 4-vinylpyridine-acrylonitrile copolymers * block copolymers * nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.574, year: 2010 http://www.e-polymers.org/journal/papers/lpolakova_240710.pdf

  5. Monolithic route to efficient dye-sensitized solar cells employing diblock copolymers for mesoporous TiO 2

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    Nedelcu, Mihaela

    2010-01-01

    We present a material and device based study on the fabrication of mesoporous TiO2 and its integration into dye-sensitized solar cells. Poly(isoprene-block-ethyleneoxide) (PI-b-PEO) copolymers were used as structure directing agents for the sol-gel based synthesis of nanoporous monolithic TiO2 which was subsequently ground down to small particles and processed into a paste. The TiO2 synthesis and the formation of tens of micrometre thick films from the paste is a scalable approach for the manufacture of dye sensitised solar cells (DSCs). In this study, we followed the self-assembly of the material through the various processing stages of DSC manufacture. Since this approach enables high annealing temperatures while maintaining porosity, excellent crystallinity was achieved. Internal TiO 2 structures ranging from the nanometre to micrometre scale combine a high internal surface area with the strong scattering of light, which results in high light absorption and an excellent full-sun power conversion efficiency of up to 6.4% in a robust, 3 μm thick dye-sensitized solar cell. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  6. Micelles and gels of oxyethylene-oxybutylene diblock copolymers in aqueous solution: The effect of oxyethylene-block length

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    Derici, L.; Ledger, S.; Mai, S.M.

    1999-01-01

    and in aqueous 0.2 mol dm(-3) K(2)SO(4)), yielding the micellar association numbers, the hydrodynamic and thermodynamic radii, and related expansion factors. Micellar parameters were also obtained by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) for solutions of a similar copolymer, E(86)B(10), in water, i......Block copolymer E(90)B(10) (E = oxyethylene, B = oxybutylene) was synthesised and characterised by gel permeation chromatography and (13)C NMR spectroscopy. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS) were used to characterise the micelles in solution (both in water...... of water in the micelle core. Moderately concentrated solutions of copolymer E(90)B(10) were studied in the gel state by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) in tandem with rheology (oscillatory shear). Values for the dynamic elastic modulus (G') of the gels significantly exceeded 10(4) Pa across the range...

  7. Barriers to defect melting in chemo-epitaxial directed self-assembly of lamellar-forming diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends

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    Izumi, Kenichi; Kim, Bongkeun; Laachi, Nabil; Delaney, Kris T.; Carilli, Michael; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2015-03-01

    We investigate energy barriers and minimum energy paths (MEPs) for transitions from dislocation-pair defects to perfect lamellae in self-assembly of AB-diblock copolymer plus A- or B-homopolymer blends using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and the numerical string method. For neutral substrates, all minimum energy paths discovered by the string method show two successive energy barriers. The two-barrier qualitative nature of the MEPs appears not to depend on the presence or absence of small amounts of homopolymer. For the first energy barrier, the barrier height shows pronounced increase with addition of A-homopolymer due to localization of A-homopolymer on the T-junction core of the dislocation. For chemo-epitaxially patterned substrates (stripes of A-attractive substrate alternating with neutral substrate), the presence of A-attractive stripes helps draw the system towards a perfect lamellar configuration, and energy barriers along the MEP are reduced, in some cases disappearing entirely. Our findings provide guidance on how the presence of homopolymer and chemo-epitaxial prepatterns affect the stability of defective morphologies.

  8. Tailored Design of Bicontinuous Gyroid Mesoporous Carbon and Nitrogen-Doped Carbon from Poly(ethylene oxide-b-caprolactone) Diblock Copolymers.

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    Chu, Wei-Cheng; Bastakoti, Bishnu Prasad; Kaneti, Yusuf Valentino; Li, Jheng-Guang; Alamri, Hatem R; Alothman, Zeid A; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Kuo, Shiao-Wei

    2017-10-04

    Highly ordered mesoporous resol-type phenolic resin and the corresponding mesoporous carbon materials were synthesized by using poly(ethylene oxide-b-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL) diblock copolymer as a soft template. The self-assembled mesoporous phenolic resin was found to form only in a specific resol concentration range of 40-70 wt % due to an intriguing balance of hydrogen-bonding interactions in the resol/PEO-b-PCL mixtures. Furthermore, morphological transitions of the mesostructures from disordered to gyroid to cylindrical and finally to disordered micelle structure were observed with increasing resol concentration. By calcination under nitrogen atmosphere at 800 °C, the bicontinuous mesostructured gyroid phenolic resin could be converted to mesoporous carbon with large pore size without collapse of the original mesostructure. Furthermore, post-treatment of the mesoporous gyroid phenolic resin with melamine gave rise to N-doped mesoporous carbon with unique electronic properties for realizing high CO 2 adsorption capacity (6.72 mmol g -1 at 0 °C). © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Nanopatterning via Self-Assembly of a Lamellar-Forming Polystyrene-block-Poly(dimethylsiloxane Diblock Copolymer on Topographical Substrates Fabricated by Nanoimprint Lithography

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    Dipu Borah

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The self-assembly of a lamellar-forming polystyrene-block-poly(dimethylsiloxane (PS-b-PDMS diblock copolymer (DBCP was studied herein for surface nanopatterning. The DBCP was synthesized by sequential living anionic polymerization of styrene and hexamethylcyclotrisiloxane (D3. The number average molecular weight (Mn, polydispersity index (Mw/Mn and PS volume fraction (φps of the DBCP were MnPS = 23.0 kg mol−1, MnPDMS = 15.0 kg mol−1, Mw/Mn = 1.06 and φps = 0.6. Thin films of the DBCP were cast and solvent annealed on topographically patterned polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS substrates. The lamellae repeat distance or pitch (λL and the width of the PDMS features (dL are ~35 nm and ~17 nm, respectively, as determined by SEM. The chemistry of the POSS substrates was tuned, and the effects on the self-assembly of the DBCP noted. The PDMS nanopatterns were used as etching mask in order to transfer the DBCP pattern to underlying silicon substrate by a complex plasma etch process yielding sub-15 nm silicon features.

  10. Antimicrobial activity of poly(acrylic acid) block copolymers

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    Gratzl, Günther; Paulik, Christian; Hild, Sabine; Guggenbichler, Josef P.; Lackner, Maximilian

    2014-01-01

    The increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains has developed into a major health problem. In particular, biofilms are the main reason for hospital-acquired infections and diseases. Once formed, biofilms are difficult to remove as they have specific defense mechanisms against antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial surfaces must therefore kill or repel bacteria before they can settle to form a biofilm. In this study, we describe that poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) containing diblock copolymers can kill bacteria and prevent from biofilm formation. The PAA diblock copolymers with poly(styrene) and poly(methyl methacrylate) were synthesized via anionic polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate with styrene or methyl methacrylate and subsequent acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the tert-butyl ester. The copolymers were characterized via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), elemental analysis, and acid–base titrations. Copolymer films with a variety of acrylic acid contents were produced by solvent casting, characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and tested for their antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The antimicrobial activity of the acidic diblock copolymers increased with increasing acrylic acid content, independent of the copolymer-partner, the chain length and the nanostructure. - Highlights: • Acrylic acid diblock copolymers are antimicrobially active. • The antimicrobial activity depends on the acrylic acid content in the copolymer. • No salts, metals or other antimicrobial agents are needed

  11. Antimicrobial activity of poly(acrylic acid) block copolymers

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    Gratzl, Günther, E-mail: guenther.gratzl@jku.at [Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute for Chemical Technology of Organic Materials, Altenberger Str. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria); Paulik, Christian [Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute for Chemical Technology of Organic Materials, Altenberger Str. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria); Hild, Sabine [Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute of Polymer Science, Altenberger Str. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria); Guggenbichler, Josef P.; Lackner, Maximilian [AMiSTec GmbH and Co. KG, Leitweg 13, 6345 Kössen, Tirol (Austria)

    2014-05-01

    The increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains has developed into a major health problem. In particular, biofilms are the main reason for hospital-acquired infections and diseases. Once formed, biofilms are difficult to remove as they have specific defense mechanisms against antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial surfaces must therefore kill or repel bacteria before they can settle to form a biofilm. In this study, we describe that poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) containing diblock copolymers can kill bacteria and prevent from biofilm formation. The PAA diblock copolymers with poly(styrene) and poly(methyl methacrylate) were synthesized via anionic polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate with styrene or methyl methacrylate and subsequent acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the tert-butyl ester. The copolymers were characterized via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), elemental analysis, and acid–base titrations. Copolymer films with a variety of acrylic acid contents were produced by solvent casting, characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and tested for their antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The antimicrobial activity of the acidic diblock copolymers increased with increasing acrylic acid content, independent of the copolymer-partner, the chain length and the nanostructure. - Highlights: • Acrylic acid diblock copolymers are antimicrobially active. • The antimicrobial activity depends on the acrylic acid content in the copolymer. • No salts, metals or other antimicrobial agents are needed.

  12. Synthesis of diblock copolymers comprising poly(2-vinylpyridine-co-acrylonitrile) and polystyrene blocks by nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization

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    Lokaj, Jan; Poláková, Lenka; Holler, Petr; Starovoytova, Larisa; Štěpánek, Petr; Diat, O.

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 105, č. 3 (2007), s. 1616-1622 ISSN 0021-8995 R&D Projects: GA ČR GESON/03/E001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : 2-vinylpyridine-acrylonitrile copolymers * nitroxide-mediated radical copolymerization * chain extension Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.008, year: 2007

  13. Synthesis of defined polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane-containing diblock and triblock methacrylate copolymers by atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Janata, Miroslav; Sikora, Antonín; Látalová, Petra; Čadová, Eva; Raus, Vladimír; Matějka, Libor; Vlček, Petr

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 128, č. 6 (2013), s. 4294-4301 ISSN 0021-8995 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/12/0844; GA ČR GAP108/12/1459 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : copolymers * nanostructured polymers * radical polymerization Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.640, year: 2013

  14. Biosynthesis and characterization of diblock copolymer of p(3-hydroxypropionate)-block-p(4-hydroxybutyrate) from recombinant Escherichia coli

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    Tripathi, Lakshmi; Wu, Linping; Meng, Dechuan

    2013-01-01

    Poly(4-hydroxybutyrate) (P4HB) is a highly elastic polymer, whereas poly(3-hydroxypropionate) (P3HP) is a polymer with enormous tensile strength. This study aimed to biosynthesize a block copolymer consisting of soft P4HB block with a strong P3HP block to gain unique and excellent material...... properties. A recombinant Escherichia coli strain that produces homopolymers of P3HP and P4HB was employed for the block copolymer synthesis. When the strain was grown in the presence of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) as a 4HB precursor, P4HB block was formed. Sequential supplementation of 1,3-propanediol (PDO) as a 3......HP precursor allowed the strain to produce P3HP block. Thermal, NMR, fractionation, and mechanical characterizations confirmed the resulting polymer as a block copolymer of P3HP-b-P4HB. Two block copolymers were formed from this study, including the P3HP-b-29% P4HB and P3HP-b-37% P4HB, they showed...

  15. Comparing blends and blocks: Synthesis of partially fluorinated diblock polythiophene copolymers to investigate the thermal stability of optical and morphological properties

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    Pierre Boufflet

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure of the active blend layer has been shown to be a critically important factor in the performance of organic solar devices. Block copolymers provide a potentially interesting avenue for controlling this active layer microstructure in solar cell blends. Here we explore the impact of backbone fluorination in block copolymers of poly(3-octyl-4-fluorothiophenes and poly(3-octylthiophene (F-P3OT-b-P3OT. Two block co-polymers with varying block lengths were prepared via sequential monomer addition under Kumada catalyst transfer polymerisation (KCTP conditions. We compare the behavior of the block copolymer to that of the corresponding homopolymer blends. In both types of system, we find the fluorinated segments tend to dominate the UV–visible absorption and molecular vibrational spectral features, as well as the thermal behavior. In the block copolymer case, non-fluorinated segments appear to slightly frustrate the aggregation of the more fluorinated block. However, in situ temperature dependent Raman spectroscopy shows that the intramolecular order is more thermally stable in the block copolymer than in the corresponding blend, suggesting that such materials may be interesting for enhanced thermal stability of organic photovoltaic active layers based on similar systems.

  16. Tuning of thermally induced sol-to-gel transitions of moderately concentrated aqueous solutions of doubly thermosensitive hydrophilic diblock copolymers poly(methoxytri(ethylene glycol) acrylate)-b-poly(ethoxydi(ethylene glycol) acrylate-co-acrylic acid).

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    Jin, Naixiong; Zhang, Hao; Jin, Shi; Dadmun, Mark D; Zhao, Bin

    2012-03-15

    We report in this article a method to tune the sol-to-gel transitions of moderately concentrated aqueous solutions of doubly thermosensitive hydrophilic diblock copolymers that consist of two blocks exhibiting distinct lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) in water. A small amount of weak acid groups is statistically incorporated into the lower LCST block so that its LCST can be tuned by varying solution pH. Well-defined diblock copolymers, poly(methoxytri(ethylene glycol) acrylate)-b-poly(ethoxydi(ethylene glycol) acrylate-co-acrylic acid) (PTEGMA-b-P(DEGEA-co-AA)), were prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and postpolymerization modification. PTEGMA and PDEGEA are thermosensitive water-soluble polymers with LCSTs of 58 and 9 °C, respectively, in water. A 25 wt % aqueous solution of PTEGMA-b-P(DEGEA-co-AA) with a molar ratio of DEGEA to AA units of 100:5.2 at pH = 3.24 underwent multiple phase transitions upon heating, from a clear, free-flowing liquid (sol-to-gel transition temperature (T(sol-gel)) shifted to higher values, while the gel-to-sol transition (T(gel-sol)) and the clouding temperature (T(clouding)) of the sample remained essentially the same. These transitions and the tunability of T(sol-gel) originated from the thermosensitive properties of two blocks of the diblock copolymer and the pH dependence of the LCST of P(DEGEA-co-AA), which were confirmed by dynamic light scattering and differential scanning calorimetry studies. Using the vial inversion test method, we mapped out the C-shaped sol-gel phase diagrams of the diblock copolymer in aqueous buffers in the moderate concentration range at three different pH values (3.24, 5.58, and 5.82, all measured at ~0 °C). While the upper temperature boundaries overlapped, the lower temperature boundary shifted upward and the critical gelation concentration increased with the increase of pH. The AA content in PTEGMA-b-P(DEGEA-co-AA) was found to have a significant

  17. PEG-b-PPS diblock copolymer aggregates for hydrophobic drug solubilization and release: cyclosporin A as an example.

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    Velluto, Diana; Demurtas, Davide; Hubbell, Jeffrey A

    2008-01-01

    Micelles formed from amphiphilic block copolymers have been explored in recent years as carriers for hydrophobic drugs. In an aqueous environment, the hydrophobic blocks form the core of the micelle, which can host lipophilic drugs, while the hydrophilic blocks form the corona or outer shell and stabilize the interface between the hydrophobic core and the external medium. In the present work, mesophase behavior and drug encapsulation were explored in the AB block copolymeric amphiphile composed of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a hydrophile and poly(propylene sulfide) PPS as a hydrophobe, using the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporin A (CsA) as an example of a highly hydrophobic drug. Block copolymers with a degree of polymerization of 44 on the PEG and of 10, 20 and 40 on the PPS respectively (abbreviated as PEG44-b-PPS10, PEG44-b-PPS20, PEG44-b-PPS40) were synthesized and characterized. Drug-loaded polymeric micelles were obtained by the cosolvent displacement method as well as the remarkably simple method of dispersing the warm polymer melt, with drug dissolved therein, in warm water. Effective drug solubility up to 2 mg/mL in aqueous media was facilitated by the PEG- b-PPS micelles, with loading levels up to 19% w/w being achieved. Release was burst-free and sustained over periods of 9-12 days. These micelles demonstrate interesting solubilization characteristics, due to the low glass transition temperature, highly hydrophobic nature, and good solvent properties of the PPS block.

  18. Self-assembly of block copolymer-based ionic supramolecules based upon multi-tail amphiphiles

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    Asad Ayoubi, M.; Almdal, Kristoffer; Zhu, K.

    2015-01-01

    Utilising simple acid-base titration chemistry, a new family of Linear-b-Amphiphilic Comb (L-b-AC) ionic supramolecules [Soft Matter 2013, 9, 1540-1555] featuring multi-tail side-chains have been synthesized and examined by synchrotron SAXS. To three different parent diblock copolymers of poly......(styrene)-b-poly(methacrylic acid) PS-b-PMAA multi-tail ammonium side-chains of (C8)2-, (C8)4- or (C12)2-type were attached at various side-chain grafting densities (X), making it possible to separate effects of the details of the AC-block architecture from effects of the overall volume fraction of the AC block. The micro...

  19. A novel diblock copolymer of (monomethoxy poly [ethylene glycol]-oleate with a small hydrophobic fraction to make stable micelles/polymersomes for curcumin delivery to cancer cells

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    Erfani-Moghadam V

    2014-11-01

    effect of the prepared nanostructures. Apoptosis induction was observed in a dose-dependent manner after curcumin-loaded mPEG-OA treatments. Two common self-assembling structures, micelles and polymersomes, were observed by atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering, and the abundance of each structure was dependent on the concentration of the diblock copolymer. The mPEG-OA micelles had a very low CMC (13.24 µM or 0.03 g/L. Moreover, atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering showed that the curcumin-loaded mPEG-OA polymersomes had very stable structures, and at concentrations 1,000 times less than the CMC, at which the micelles disappear, polymersomes were the dominant structures in the dispersion with a reduced size distribution below 150 nm. Overall, the results from these tests revealed that this nanocarrier can be considered as an appropriate drug delivery system for delivering curcumin to cancer cells. Keywords: anticancer agent, nanocarrier, encapsulation, bioavailability, apoptosis, critical micelle concentration

  20. Antimicrobial activity of poly(acrylic acid) block copolymers.

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    Gratzl, Günther; Paulik, Christian; Hild, Sabine; Guggenbichler, Josef P; Lackner, Maximilian

    2014-05-01

    The increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains has developed into a major health problem. In particular, biofilms are the main reason for hospital-acquired infections and diseases. Once formed, biofilms are difficult to remove as they have specific defense mechanisms against antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial surfaces must therefore kill or repel bacteria before they can settle to form a biofilm. In this study, we describe that poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) containing diblock copolymers can kill bacteria and prevent from biofilm formation. The PAA diblock copolymers with poly(styrene) and poly(methyl methacrylate) were synthesized via anionic polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate with styrene or methyl methacrylate and subsequent acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the tert-butyl ester. The copolymers were characterized via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), elemental analysis, and acid-base titrations. Copolymer films with a variety of acrylic acid contents were produced by solvent casting, characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and tested for their antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The antimicrobial activity of the acidic diblock copolymers increased with increasing acrylic acid content, independent of the copolymer-partner, the chain length and the nanostructure. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. "Non-equilibrium" block copolymer micelles with glassy cores: a predictive approach based on theory of equilibrium micelles.

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    Nagarajan, Ramanathan

    2015-07-01

    Micelles generated in water from most amphiphilic block copolymers are widely recognized to be non-equilibrium structures. Typically, the micelles are prepared by a kinetic process, first allowing molecular scale dissolution of the block copolymer in a common solvent that likes both the blocks and then gradually replacing the common solvent by water to promote the hydrophobic blocks to aggregate and create the micelles. The non-equilibrium nature of the micelle originates from the fact that dynamic exchange between the block copolymer molecules in the micelle and the singly dispersed block copolymer molecules in water is suppressed, because of the glassy nature of the core forming polymer block and/or its very large hydrophobicity. Although most amphiphilic block copolymers generate such non-equilibrium micelles, no theoretical approach to a priori predict the micelle characteristics currently exists. In this work, we propose a predictive approach for non-equilibrium micelles with glassy cores by applying the equilibrium theory of micelles in two steps. In the first, we calculate the properties of micelles formed in the mixed solvent while true equilibrium prevails, until the micelle core becomes glassy. In the second step, we freeze the micelle aggregation number at this glassy state and calculate the corona dimension from the equilibrium theory of micelles. The condition when the micelle core becomes glassy is independently determined from a statistical thermodynamic treatment of diluent effect on polymer glass transition temperature. The predictions based on this "non-equilibrium" model compare reasonably well with experimental data for polystyrene-polyethylene oxide diblock copolymer, which is the most extensively studied system in the literature. In contrast, the application of the equilibrium model to describe such a system significantly overpredicts the micelle core and corona dimensions and the aggregation number. The non-equilibrium model suggests ways to

  2. Inner Stucture of Thin Films of Lamellar Poly(styrene-b-butadiene) Diblock Copolymers as revealed by Grazing-Incidence Small-Angle Scattering

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    Busch, Peter; Posselt, Dorthe; Smilgies, Detlef-Matthias

    2007-01-01

    The lamellar orientation in supported, thin films of poly(styrene-b-butadiene) (P(S-b-B)) depends on block copolymer molar mass. We have studied films from nine block copolymer samples with molar masses between 13.9 and 183 kg/mol using grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS...

  3. Nanostructured Polysulfone-Based Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Xie, Yihui

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this work is to fabricate nanostructured membranes from polysulfone-based block copolymers through self-assembly and non-solvent induced phase separation. Block copolymers containing polysulfone are novel materials for this purpose providing better mechanical and thermal stability to membranes than polystyrene-based copolymers, which have been exclusively used now. Firstly, we synthesized a triblock copolymer, poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-b-polsulfone-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate) through polycondensation and reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization. The obtained membrane has a highly porous interconnected skin layer composed of elongated micelles with a flower-like arrangement, on top of the graded finger-like macrovoids. Membrane surface hydrolysis was carried out in a combination with metal complexation to obtain metal-chelated membranes. The copper-containing membrane showed improved antibacterial capability. Secondly, a poly(acrylic acid)-b-polysulfone-b-poly(acrylic acid) triblock copolymer obtained by hydrolyzing poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-b-polsulfone-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate) formed a thin film with cylindrical poly(acrylic acid) microdomains in polysulfone matrix through thermal annealing. A phase inversion membrane was prepared from the same polymer via self-assembly and chelation-assisted non-solvent induced phase separation. The spherical micelles pre-formed in a selective solvent mixture packed into an ordered lattice in aid of metal-poly(acrylic acid) complexation. The space between micelles was filled with poly(acrylic acid)-metal complexes acting as potential water channels. The silver0 nanoparticle-decorated membrane was obtained by surface reduction, having three distinct layers with different particle sizes. Other amphiphilic copolymers containing polysulfone and water-soluble segments such as poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) were also synthesized through coupling reaction and copper0-mediated

  4. First detection of lamella-gyroid-cylinder phase transition of neat polyethylene-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers on the basis of synchrotron WAXD/SAXS and infrared/Raman spectral measurements

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    Weiyu, Cao; Tashiro, Kohji; Hanesaka, Makoto; Takeda, Shinichi [Department of Future Industry-oriented Basic Science and Materials, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya 468-8511 (Japan); Masunaga, Hiroyasu; Sasaki, Sono; Takata, Masaki, E-mail: ktashiro@toyota-ti.ac.j [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), Kouto, Sayo-gun, Hyogo, 679-5198 (Japan)

    2009-08-01

    The phase transition behaviour of polyethylene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PE-b-PEO) diblock copolymer with relatively short chain lengths has been studied on the basis of temperature dependent infrared and Raman spectral measurements and synchrotron WAXD/SAXS simultaneous measurements, from which the concrete structural changes were deduced successfully from the various levels of molecular chain conformation, chain packing mode and higher-order structure. The higher-order structure has been found to transform between lamella, perforated lamella, gyroid, cylinder and sphere structures. The inner structural changes occurring in the polyethylene and poly(ethylene oxide) parts have been related with these morphological changes. The morphological transition from lamella to gyroid occurs with keeping the crystalline state of polyethylene parts. This apparently curious transition can be interpreted reasonably by assuming the thermally-activated chain motion in the crystal lattice, which may play an important role as a trigger to induce the morphological change from lamella to gyroid. This idea was supported by the measurement of half-width of Raman anti-symmetric CH{sub 2} stretching band sensitive to the thermal mobility of alkyl chains.

  5. First detection of lamella-gyroid-cylinder phase transition of neat polyethylene-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers on the basis of synchrotron WAXD/SAXS and infrared/Raman spectral measurements

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    Weiyu, Cao; Tashiro, Kohji; Hanesaka, Makoto; Takeda, Shinichi; Masunaga, Hiroyasu; Sasaki, Sono; Takata, Masaki

    2009-01-01

    The phase transition behaviour of polyethylene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PE-b-PEO) diblock copolymer with relatively short chain lengths has been studied on the basis of temperature dependent infrared and Raman spectral measurements and synchrotron WAXD/SAXS simultaneous measurements, from which the concrete structural changes were deduced successfully from the various levels of molecular chain conformation, chain packing mode and higher-order structure. The higher-order structure has been found to transform between lamella, perforated lamella, gyroid, cylinder and sphere structures. The inner structural changes occurring in the polyethylene and poly(ethylene oxide) parts have been related with these morphological changes. The morphological transition from lamella to gyroid occurs with keeping the crystalline state of polyethylene parts. This apparently curious transition can be interpreted reasonably by assuming the thermally-activated chain motion in the crystal lattice, which may play an important role as a trigger to induce the morphological change from lamella to gyroid. This idea was supported by the measurement of half-width of Raman anti-symmetric CH 2 stretching band sensitive to the thermal mobility of alkyl chains.

  6. Dynamics of chain exchange between self-assembled diblock copolymer micelles of poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polylactide studied by direct nonradiative excitation energy transfer

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    Popelka, Štěpán; Machová, Luďka; Rypáček, František; Špírková, Milena; Štěpánek, M.; Matějíček, P.; Procházka, K.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 70, č. 11 (2005), s. 1811-1828 ISSN 0010-0765 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4050202; GA AV ČR IAA400500505 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : block copolymers * self-assembly * micelles Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.949, year: 2005

  7. Langmuir monolayers of non-ionic polymers: Equilibrium of metastability? Case study of PEO and its PPO-PEO diblock copolymers

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    Deschenes, L.; Saint-Germain, F.; Lyklema, J.

    2015-01-01

    Stability and reorganization in Langmuir films of PEO in PEO homopolymers and PPO–PEO block copolymers were investigated using film balance measurements. The apparent fractional losses of EO segments transferred into the subphase resulting from successive compression–expansion cycles have been

  8. Thermo-responsive diblock and triblock cationic copolymers at the silica/aqueous interface: A QCM-D and AFM study

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    Moghaddam, Saeed Zajforoushan; Zhu, Kaizheng; Nyström, Bo

    2017-01-01

    are investigated using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Moreover, dynamic light scattering is employed to assess the copolymers in terms of the hydrodynamic size and interchain aggregation. Although viscoelastic Voigt modeling of the QCM-D data...

  9. Vertical Conducting Nanodomains Self-Assembled from Poly(3-hexylthiophene)-Based Diblock Copolymer Thin Films

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    Y Lee; S Kim; H Yang; M Jang; S Hwang; H Lee; K Baek

    2011-12-31

    We have synthesized {pi}-conjugated poly(3-hexyl thiophene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (P3HT-b-PMMA) with a P3HT molecular weight of 11 kDa and a PMMA volume fraction of 0.53, which potentially has several organic electronic applications. Its phase-separation behavior was investigated for various thicknesses cast from organic solvents. When cast onto 300 nm thick SiO{sub 2} dielectrics from toluene, in which the P3HT segments have limited solubility, the P3HT-b-PMMA films consist of nanofibrillar self-assemblies of laterally {pi}-stacked P3HT chains. In contrast, the P3HT segments were found to be highly mobile in chlorobenzene, generating a typical phase-separation morphology consisting of vertically conducting P3HT nanodomains on these dielectrics. As the thickness of the cast films increased, however, the topmost surface becomes covered with {pi}-conjugated nanofibrils that are laterally oriented with respect to the surface. Due to the anisotropic domain orientations of P3HT, top-gate organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) containing the P3HT-b-PMMA films exhibited enhanced electrical performance compared to bottom-gate OFETs.

  10. Dissipative Particle Dynamics Study of the pH-Dependent Behavior of Poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymer in Aqueous Buffers

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    Posel, Zbyšek; Limpouchová, Z.; Šindelka, K.; Lísal, Martin; Procházka, K.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 7 (2014), s. 2503-2514 ISSN 0024-9297 R&D Projects: GA ČR GCP205/11/J043 Grant - others:GA ČR(CZ) GAP106/12/0143 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : monte-carlo simulations * union-type micelles * block-copolymer Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.800, year: 2014

  11. Structure of micelles formed by highly asymmetric polystyrene-b-polydimethylsiloxane and polystyrene-b-poly[5-(N,N-diethylamino)isoprene] diblock copolymers

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    Giacomelli, F. C.; Riegel, I. C.; Štěpánek, Petr; Petzhold, C. L.; Ninago, M. D.; Satti, A. J.; Ciolino, A. E.; Villar, M. A.; Schmidt, V.; Giacomelli, C.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 26, č. 18 (2010), s. 14494-14501 ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/2078 Grant - others:AV ČR(CZ) ASCR/CONICET 2012CZ006 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : dynamic light-scattering * block-copolymers * selective solvent Subject RIV: BO - Biophysics Impact factor: 4.269, year: 2010

  12. Bespoke contrast-matched diblock copolymer nanoparticles enable the rational design of highly transparent Pickering double emulsions† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: GPC chromatograms, additional transmission electron micrographs, digital photographs, visible absorption spectra and laser diffraction data, further optical and fluorescence micrographs. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03856e Click here for additional data file.

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    Thompson, Kate L.; Derry, Matthew J.; Warren, Nicholas J.; Ratcliffe, Liam P. D.; Williams, Clive N.; Brown, Steven L.

    2016-01-01

    We report the preparation of highly transparent oil-in-water Pickering emulsions using contrast-matched organic nanoparticles. This is achieved via addition of judicious amounts of either sucrose or glycerol to an aqueous dispersion of poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)56–poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate)500 [PGMA–PTFEMA] diblock copolymer nanoparticles prior to high shear homogenization with an equal volume of n-dodecane. The resulting Pickering emulsions comprise polydisperse n-dodecane droplets of 20–100 μm diameter and exhibit up to 96% transmittance across the visible spectrum. In contrast, control experiments using non-contrast-matched poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)56–poly(benzyl methacrylate)300 [PGMA56–PBzMA300] diblock copolymer nanoparticles as a Pickering emulsifier only produced conventional highly turbid emulsions. Thus contrast-matching of the two immiscible phases is a necessary but not sufficient condition for the preparation of highly transparent Pickering emulsions: it is essential to use isorefractive nanoparticles in order to minimize light scattering. Furthermore, highly transparent oil-in-water-in-oil Pickering double emulsions can be obtained by homogenizing the contrast-matched oil-in-water Pickering emulsion prepared using the PGMA56–PTFEMA500 nanoparticles with a contrast-matched dispersion of hydrophobic poly(lauryl methacrylate)39–poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate)800 [PLMA39–PTFEMA800] diblock copolymer nanoparticles in n-dodecane. Finally, we show that an isorefractive oil-in-water Pickering emulsion enables fluorescence spectroscopy to be used to monitor the transport of water-insoluble small molecules (pyrene and benzophenone) between n-dodecane droplets. Such transport is significantly less efficient than that observed for the equivalent isorefractive surfactant-stabilized emulsion. Conventional turbid emulsions do not enable such a comparison to be made because the intense light scattering leads to

  13. Imidazolium-based Block Copolymers as Solid-State Separators for Alkaline Fuel Cells and Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Nykaza, Jacob Richard

    In this study, polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) diblock copolymers were explored as solid-state polymer separators as an anion exchange membrane (AEM) for alkaline fuel cells AFCs and as a solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) for lithium-ion batteries. Polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) block copolymers are a distinct set of block copolymers that combine the properties of both ionic liquids (e.g., high conductivity, high electrochemical stability) and block copolymers (e.g., self-assembly into various nanostructures), which provides the opportunity to design highly conductive robust solid-state electrolytes that can be tuned for various applications including AFCs and lithium-ion batteries via simple anion exchange. A series of bromide conducting PIL diblock copolymers with an undecyl alkyl side chain between the polymer backbone and the imidazolium moiety were first synthesized at various compositions comprising of a PIL component and a non-ionic component. Synthesis was achieved by post-functionalization from its non-ionic precursor PIL diblock copolymer, which was synthesized via the reverse addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) technique. This PIL diblock copolymer with long alkyl side chains resulted in flexible, transparent films with high mechanical strength and high bromide ion conductivity. The conductivity of the PIL diblock copolymer was three times higher than its analogous PIL homopolymer and an order of magnitude higher than a similar PIL diblock copolymer with shorter alkyl side chain length, which was due to the microphase separated morphology, more specifically, water/ion clusters within the PIL microdomains in the hydrated state. Due to the high conductivity and mechanical robustness of this novel PIL block copolymer, its application as both the ionomer and AEM in an AFC was investigated via anion exchange to hydroxide (OH-), where a maximum power density of 29.3 mW cm-1 (60 °C with H2/O2 at 25 psig (172 kPa) backpressure) was achieved. Rotating disk

  14. Lamellar Microdomains of Block-Copolymer-Based Ionic Supramolecules Exhibiting a Hierarchical Self-Assembly

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    Ayoubi, Mehran Asad; Almdal, Kristoffer; Zhu, Kaizheng

    2014-01-01

    (Cn; n = 8, 12, and 16) trimethylammonium counterions (i.e., side chains) at various ion (pair) fractions X [i.e., counterion/side-chain grafting density; X = number of alkyl counterions (i.e., side chains) per acidic group of the parent PMAA block] these L-b-AC ionic supramolecules exhibit...... a spherical-in-lamellar hierarchical self-assembly. For these systems, (1) the effective Flory-Huggins interaction parameter between L- and AC-blocks chi'(Cn/x) was extracted, and (2) analysis of the lamellar microdomains showed that when there is an increase in X, alkyl counterion (i.e., side chain) length l......Based on a parent diblock copolymer of poly(styrene)-b-poly(methacrylic acid), PS-b-PMAA, linear-b-amphiphilic comb (L-b-AC) ionic supramolecules [Soft Matter 2013, 9, 1540-1555] are synthesized in which the poly(methacrylate) backbone of the ionic supramolecular AC-block is neutralized by alkyl...

  15. Polymers and block copolymers of fluorostyrenes by ATRP

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    Hvilsted, Søren; Borkar, Sachin; Abildgaard, Lillian

    2002-01-01

    Fully or partly fluorinated polymers have many desirable and intriguing properties. In the framework of a larger program on design and control of new functional block copolymers we recently employed the Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) protocol on 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorostyrene (FS). We...... materials based on 2,3,5,6-tetrafiuoro-4-methoxy-styrene (TFMS). TFMS homopolymers as well as diblock copolymers with FS are produced by ATRP. Both types of novel polymers were subsequently demethylated and different side chains introduced on the resulting hydroxy sites....

  16. Formulation of Diblock Polymeric Nanoparticles through Nanoprecipitation Technique

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    Karve, Shrirang; Werner, Michael E.; Cummings, Natalie D.; Sukumar, Rohit; Wang, Edina C.; Zhang, Ying-Ao; Wang, Andrew Z.

    2011-01-01

    Nanotechnology is a relatively new branch of science that involves harnessing the unique properties of particles that are nanometers in scale (nanoparticles). Nanoparticles can be engineered in a precise fashion where their size, composition and surface chemistry can be carefully controlled. This enables unprecedented freedom to modify some of the fundamental properties of their cargo, such as solubility, diffusivity, biodistribution, release characteristics and immunogenicity. Since their inception, nanoparticles have been utilized in many areas of science and medicine, including drug delivery, imaging, and cell biology1-4. However, it has not been fully utilized outside of "nanotechnology laboratories" due to perceived technical barrier. In this article, we describe a simple method to synthesize a polymer based nanoparticle platform that has a wide range of potential applications. The first step is to synthesize a diblock co-polymer that has both a hydrophobic domain and hydrophilic domain. Using PLGA and PEG as model polymers, we described a conjugation reaction using EDC/NHS chemistry5 (Fig 1). We also discuss the polymer purification process. The synthesized diblock co-polymer can self-assemble into nanoparticles in the nanoprecipitation process through hydrophobic-hydrophilic interactions. The described polymer nanoparticle is very versatile. The hydrophobic core of the nanoparticle can be utilized to carry poorly soluble drugs for drug delivery experiments6. Furthermore, the nanoparticles can overcome the problem of toxic solvents for poorly soluble molecular biology reagents, such as wortmannin, which requires a solvent like DMSO. However, DMSO can be toxic to cells and interfere with the experiment. These poorly soluble drugs and reagents can be effectively delivered using polymer nanoparticles with minimal toxicity. Polymer nanoparticles can also be loaded with fluorescent dye and utilized for intracellular trafficking studies. Lastly, these polymer

  17. Patchy micelles based on coassembly of block copolymer chains and block copolymer brushes on silica particles.

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    Zhu, Shuzhe; Li, Zhan-Wei; Zhao, Hanying

    2015-04-14

    Patchy particles are a type of colloidal particles with one or more well-defined patches on the surfaces. The patchy particles with multiple compositions and functionalities have found wide applications from the fundamental studies to practical uses. In this research patchy micelles with thiol groups in the patches were prepared based on coassembly of free block copolymer chains and block copolymer brushes on silica particles. Thiol-terminated and cyanoisopropyl-capped polystyrene-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) block copolymers (PS-b-PNIPAM-SH and PS-b-PNIPAM-CIP) were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and chemical modifications. Pyridyl disulfide-functionalized silica particles (SiO2-SS-Py) were prepared by four-step surface chemical reactions. PS-b-PNIPAM brushes on silica particles were prepared by thiol-disulfide exchange reaction between PS-b-PNIPAM-SH and SiO2-SS-Py. Surface micelles on silica particles were prepared by coassembly of PS-b-PNIPAM-CIP and block copolymer brushes. Upon cleavage of the surface micelles from silica particles, patchy micelles with thiol groups in the patches were obtained. Dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and zeta-potential measurements demonstrate the preparation of patchy micelles. Gold nanoparticles can be anchored onto the patchy micelles through S-Au bonds, and asymmetric hybrid structures are formed. The thiol groups can be oxidized to disulfides, which results in directional assembly of the patchy micelles. The self-assembly behavior of the patchy micelles was studied experimentally and by computer simulation.

  18. Poly(phenylene ether Based Amphiphilic Block Copolymers

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    Edward N. Peters

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Polyphenylene ether (PPE telechelic macromonomers are unique hydrophobic polyols which have been used to prepare amphiphilic block copolymers. Various polymer compositions have been synthesized with hydrophilic blocks. Their macromolecular nature affords a range of structures including random, alternating, and di- and triblock copolymers. New macromolecular architectures can offer tailored property profiles for optimum performance. Besides reducing moisture uptake and making the polymer surface more hydrophobic, the PPE hydrophobic segment has good compatibility with polystyrene (polystyrene-philic. In general, the PPE contributes to the toughness, strength, and thermal performance. Hydrophilic segments go beyond their affinity for water. Improvements in the interfacial adhesion between polymers and polar substrates via hydrogen bonding and good compatibility with polyesters (polyester-philic have been exhibited. The heterogeneity of domains in these PPE based block copolymer offers important contributions to diverse applications.

  19. Vertical vs Lateral Macrophase Separation in Thin Films of Block Copolymer Mixtures

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    Berezkin, Anatoly V.; Jung, Florian; Posselt, Dorthe

    2017-01-01

    Mixtures of two diblock copolymers of very different lengths may feature both macro- and microphase separation; however, not much is known about the mechanisms of separation in diblock copolymer thin films. In the present work, we study thin films of mixtures of two compositionally symmetric bloc...

  20. Crosslinkable surfactants based on linoleic acid-functionalized block copolymers of ethylene oxide and e-caprolactone for the preparation of stable PMMA latices

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    Tan, B.H.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Nabuurs, Tijs; Feijen, Jan

    2005-01-01

    Amphiphilic diblock and triblock copolymers consisting of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) as (central) hydrophilic segment and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) as hydrophobic segment(s) were prepared by ring opening polymerization. The length of the PEO segment was kept constant View the MathML source, whereas

  1. Self-assembled Block Copolymers with Various Architectures Designed by ATRP

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    Jankova Atanasova, Katja

    of the macromolecular building blocks they self assemble in attractive morphologies and exhibit interesting rheology. The designed at the Danish Polymer Centre by ATRP self-assembling block copolymers will be demonstrated by several examples: i. Diblock copolymers of PMMA with side chain liquid crystalline (LC......Exploring Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, ATRP, and using the basic concepts to construct a particular advanced material, a number of novel block copolymers has been designed (1-3). Additionally the properties of new macromolecular architectures have been utilized (4-5). Below are presented...... the principal block copolymer architectures based on pentafluorostyrene (FS), synthesized from us (1, 4). They can be applied for any other monomers polymerizing under ATRP conditions too. Block copolymers display a very interesting phase behavior. Depending on the chemical nature and the size...

  2. Copolymers at the solid - liquid interface

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    Wijmans, C.M.

    1994-01-01

    Copolymers consisting of both adsorbing and nonadsorbing segments can show an adsorption behaviour which is very different from that of homopolymers. We have mainly investigated the adsorption of AB diblock copolymers, which have one adsorbing block (anchor) and one nonadsorbing block

  3. Synthesis of fluorescent diblock copolymer nanoparticle supported ...

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    2017-06-09

    Jun 9, 2017 ... This motivated us to do the present investigation. The lit- erature review indicated that the .... DBC nanoparticles start to act as a homogeneous catalyst. So, after the addition of DBCNC, the kapp ..... [46] Deshpande P A, Aruna S T and Madras G 2011 Clean Soil Air. Water 39 259. [47] Deshpande P A and ...

  4. Synthesis of fluorescent diblock copolymer nanoparticle supported ...

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    visible spectroscopy fluorescenceemission spectroscopy, DSC, TGA and FESEM. The catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol (NiP), Cr(VI) and R6G was carried out in the presence of DBCNC as a catalyst with the help of UV–visible spectrophotometer.

  5. Gyroid Nickel Nanostructures from Diblock Copolymer Supramolecules

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    Vukovic, Ivana; Punzhin, Sergey; Voet, Vincent S. D.; Vukovic, Zorica; de Hosson, Jeff Th. M.; ten Brinke, Gerrit; Loos, Katja

    Nanoporous metal foams possess a unique combination of properties - they are catalytically active, thermally and electrically conductive, and furthermore, have high porosity, high surface-to-volume and strength-to-weight ratio. Unfortunately, common approaches for preparation of metallic

  6. Styrene-Based Copolymer for Polymer Membrane Modifications

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    Harsha Srivastava

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF was modified with a styrene-based copolymer. The crystalline behavior, phase, thermal stability, and surface morphology of the modified membranes were analyzed. The membrane surface roughness showed a strong dependence on the styrene-acrylonitrile content and was reduced to 34% for a PVDF/styrene-acrylonitrile blend membrane with a 40/60 ratio. The thermal and crystalline behavior confirmed the blend miscibility of both polymers. It was observed in X-ray diffraction (XRD experiments that the modified PVDF membranes show a drastic reduction in their crystallinity. The neat PVDF membrane has the highest degradation rate, which decreased with the addition of the styrene-based copolymer.

  7. Styrene-Based Copolymer for Polymer Membrane Modifications

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    Harsha Srivastava; Harshad Lade; Diby Paul; G. Arthanareeswaran; Ji Hyang Kweon

    2016-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) was modified with a styrene-based copolymer. The crystalline behavior, phase, thermal stability, and surface morphology of the modified membranes were analyzed. The membrane surface roughness showed a strong dependence on the styrene-acrylonitrile content and was reduced to 34% for a PVDF/styrene-acrylonitrile blend membrane with a 40/60 ratio. The thermal and crystalline behavior confirmed the blend miscibility of both polymers. It was observed in X-ray diffr...

  8. Self-consistent field theory of block copolymers on a general curved surface.

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    Li, Jianfeng; Zhang, Hongdong; Qiu, Feng

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we propose a theoretical framework based on the self-consistent field theory (SCFT) for the study of self-assembling block copolymers on a general curved surface. Relevant numerical algorithms are also developed. To demonstrate the power of the approach, we calculate the self-assembled patterns of diblock copolymers on three distinct curved surfaces with different genus. We specially study the geometrical effects of curved surfaces on the conformation of polymer chains as well as on the pattern formation of block copolymers. By carefully examining the diffusion equation of the propagator on curved surfaces, it is predicted that Gaussian chains are completely unaware of the extrinsic curvature but that they will respond to the intrinsic curvature of the surface. This theoretical assertion is consistent with our SCFT simulations of block copolymers on general curved surfaces.

  9. Comb-like amphiphilic polypeptide-based copolymer nanomicelles for co-delivery of doxorubicin and P-gp siRNA into MCF-7 cells

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    Suo, Aili, E-mail: ailisuo@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710061 (China); Qian, Junmin, E-mail: jmqian@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Zhang, Yaping; Liu, Rongrong; Xu, Weijun [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Wang, Hejing [Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710061 (China)

    2016-05-01

    A comb-like amphiphilic copolymer methoxypolyethylene glycol-graft-poly(L-lysine)-block-poly(L-phenylalanine) (mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe) was successfully synthesized. To synthesize mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe, diblock copolymer PLL-b-Phe was first synthesized by successive ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides followed by the removal of benzyloxycarbonyl protecting groups, and then mPEG was grafted onto PLL-b-Phe by reductive amination via Schiff's base formation. The chemical structures of the copolymers were identified by {sup 1}H NMR. mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe copolymer had a critical micelle concentration of 6.0 mg/L and could self-assemble in an aqueous solution into multicompartment nanomicelles with a mean diameter of approximately 78 nm. The nanomicelles could encapsulate doxorubicin (DOX) through hydrophobic and π–π stacking interactions between DOX molecules and Phe blocks and simultaneously complex P-gp siRNA with cationic PLL blocks via electrostatic interactions. The DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles showed spherical morphology, possessed narrow particle size distribution and had a mean particle size of 120 nm. The DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles exhibited pH-responsive release behaviors and displayed accelerated release under acidic conditions. The DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles were efficiently internalized into MCF-7 cells, and DOX released could successfully reach nuclei. In vitro cytotoxicity assay demonstrated that the DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles showed a much higher cytotoxicity in MCF-7 cells than DOX-loaded nanomicelles due to their synergistic killing effect and that the blank nanomicelles had good biocompatibility. Thus, the novel comb-like mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe nanomicelles could be a promising vehicle for co-delivery of chemotherapeutic drug and genetic material. - Highlights: • Comb-like amphiphilic copolymer mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe was successfully synthesized. • Polypeptide-based copolymer could self-assemble into

  10. Thermoplastic Adhesives based on polyolefin and olefinic copolymers

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    Paul, Rituparna

    2014-03-01

    H.B. Fuller has been a leading global industrial adhesive manufacturer for over 125 years. It is a company with a rich history of consistently delivering adhesive innovations for enhancing product performance in the market place. H.B. Fuller technologies/products find application in several markets including packaging, personal hygiene and nonwovens, durable assembly and electronics. In this presentation, H. B. Fuller's technology innovation journey will be shared with emphasis on groundbreaking technologies/products based on polyolefin and olefin copolymers.

  11. Preparation of dual-sensitive graft copolymer hydrogel based on N ...

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    acrylamide) (NMCS-g-PNIPAAm) copolymer hydrogel was prepared via free radical polymerization by elec- tron beam (EB) irradiation. ... terized N-maleamic acid-chitosan-g-poly(butyl acrylate) polymers. Don and Chen (2005) prepared MA-CS-g-. PNIPAAm copolymers based on water-soluble maleoyl chitosan and ...

  12. Polyether based segmented copolymers with uniform aramid units

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    Niesten, M.C.E.J.

    2000-01-01

    Segmented copolymers with short, glassy or crystalline hard segments and long, amorphous soft segments (multi-block copolymers) are thermoplastic elastomers (TPE’s). The hard segments form physical crosslinks for the amorphous (rubbery) soft segments. As a result, this type of materials combines

  13. Novel blue emitters based on {pi}-conjugated block copolymers

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    Peres, L.O. [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo - Campus Diadema, Rua Prof. Artur Riedel, 275, Cep 09972-270 - Jd Eldorado - Diadema - SP (Brazil)], E-mail: laura_peres@hotmail.com; Wang, S.H. [Departamento de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais, Escola Politecnica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Mello Moraes 2463, 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)], E-mail: wangshui@usp.br; Wery, J.; Froyer, G. [Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel, 2 Rue de la Houssiniere, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 03 (France); Faulques, E. [Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel, 2 Rue de la Houssiniere, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 03 (France)], E-mail: eric.faulques@cnrs-imn.fr

    2009-03-01

    A series of new phenyl-based conjugated copolymers has been synthesized and investigated by vibrational and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The materials are: poly(1,4-phenylene-alt-3,6-pyridazine) (COP-PIR), poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene)-co-quaterphenylene (COP-PPP) and poly[(1,4-phenylene-alt-3,6-pyridazine)-co-(1,4-phenylene-alt-9, 9-dioctylfluorene)] (COP-PIR-FLUOR), with 3.5% of fluorene. COP-PPP and COP-PIR-FLUOR have high fluorescence quantum yields in solution. Infrared and Raman spectra were used to check the chemical structure of the compounds. The copolymers exhibit blue emission ranging from 2.8 to 3.6 eV when excited at E{sub exc} = 4.13 eV. Stokes-shift values were estimated on pristine samples in their condensed state from steady-state PL-emission and PL-excitation spectra. They suggest a difference in the torsional angle between the molecular configuration of the polymer blocks at the absorption and PL transitions and also in the photoexcitation diffusion. Additionally, the time-resolved PL of these materials has been investigated by using 100 fs laser pulses at E{sub exc} = 4.64 eV and a streak camera. Results show very fast biexponential kinetics for the two fluorene-based polymers with decay times below 300 ps indicating both intramolecular, fast radiative recombination and migration of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. By contrast, the PL of COP-PIR is less intense and longer lived, indicating that excitons are confined to the chains in this polymer.

  14. Dual hydrophilic and salt responsive schizophrenic block copolymers – synthesis and study of self-assembly

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    Vasantha, Vivek Arjunan; Jana, Satyasankar; Lee, Serina Siew Chen; Lim, Chin-Sing; Teo, Serena Lay Ming; Parthiban, Anbanandam; Vancso, Gyula J.

    2015-01-01

    A new class of dual hydrophilic diblock copolymers (BCPs) possessing poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and zwitterionic polysulfabetaine (PSB) was synthesized by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. These BCPs formed schizophrenic micelles undergoing core–shell

  15. Design of block copolymer membranes using segregation strength trend lines

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    Sutisna, Burhannudin

    2016-05-18

    Block copolymer self-assembly and non-solvent induced phase separation are now being combined to fabricate membranes with narrow pore size distribution and high porosity. The method has the potential to be used with a broad range of tailor-made block copolymers to control functionality and selectivity for specific separations. However, the extension of this process to any new copolymer is challenging and time consuming, due to the complex interplay of influencing parameters, such as solvent composition, polymer molecular weights, casting solution concentration, and evaporation time. We propose here an effective method for designing new block copolymer membranes. The method consists of predetermining a trend line for the preparation of isoporous membranes, obtained by computing solvent properties, interactions and copolymer block sizes for a set of successful systems and using it as a guide to select the preparation conditions for new membranes. We applied the method to membranes based on poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) diblocks and extended it to newly synthesized poly(styrene-b-2-vinyl pyridine-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO) terpolymers. The trend line method can be generally applied to other new systems and is expected to dramatically shorten the path of isoporous membrane manufacture. The PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO membrane formation was investigated by in situ Grazing Incident Small Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS), which revealed a hexagonal micelle order with domain spacing clearly correlated to the membrane interpore distances.

  16. Monte Carlo simulation of AB-copolymers with saturating bonds

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    Chertovich, A V; Khokhlov, A R; Bohr, J

    2003-01-01

    Structural transitions in a single AB-copolymer chain where saturating bonds can be formed between A-and B-units are studied by means of Monte Carlo computer simulations using the bond fluctuation model. Three transitions are found, coil-globule, coil-hairpin and globule-hairpin, depending on the nature of a particular AB-sequence: statistical random sequence, diblock sequence and 'random-complementary' sequence (one-half of such an AB-sequence is random with Bernoulli statistics while the other half is complementary to the first one). The properties of random-complementary sequences are closer to those of diblock sequences than to the properties of random sequences. The model (although quite rough) is expected to represent some basic features of real RNA molecules, i.e. the formation of secondary structure of RNA due to hydrogen bonding of corresponding bases and stacking interactions of the base pairs in helixes. We introduce the notation of RNA-like copolymers and discuss in what sense the sequences studie...

  17. The effect of heat treatment on the internal structure of nanostructured block copolymer films

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    Sepe, Alessandro; Hoppe, E T; Jaksch, S

    2011-01-01

    We report on the temperature dependence of the nanostructure of thin block copolymer films, as studied using in situ grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS). We focus on spin-coated poly(styrene-b-butadiene) diblock copolymer thin films featuring lamellae perpendicular to the subs......We report on the temperature dependence of the nanostructure of thin block copolymer films, as studied using in situ grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS). We focus on spin-coated poly(styrene-b-butadiene) diblock copolymer thin films featuring lamellae perpendicular...

  18. Synthesis of polyether-based block copolymers based on poly(propylene oxide) and terephthalates

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    van der Schuur, J.M.; Feijen, Jan; Gaymans, R.J.

    2005-01-01

    Poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) is a low reactive telechelic polyether and the synthesis of high molecular weight poly(propylene oxide)-based block copolymers was studied. The poly(propylene oxide) used was end capped with 20 wt % ethylene oxide and had a molecular weight of 2300 g/mol (ultra-low monol

  19. Blending of Diblocks and Triblocks with identical hydrophilic block for multicompartment and multigeometry nanostructures

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    Zeng, Zheng; Zhu, Jiahua; Chen, Yingchao; Zhang, Shiyi; Pochan, Darrin; Wooley, Karen

    2012-02-01

    Unique micellar morphologies, such as toroids, disks, and helices, have been obtained from a single triblock copolymer PAA-PMA-PS poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(methyl acrylate)-b-poly(styrene) (PAA-PMA-PS) through a self-assembly process in dilute water/THF(tetrahydrofuran) solvent mixtures in the presense of organic multiamine molecules. Aiming to better understand their formation and explore novel structures, diblock copolymers, e.g. PAA-PMA and PAA-PS, were mixed with PAA-PMA-PS to co-assemble at desired solution conditions to produce known nanostructures (e.g. toroid, disk, helix fomations). By taking advantage of the kinetic pathway of assembly and mulitamine-PAA complexation, the additional diblock copolymers can be trapped in the same micelle with the triblock PAA-PMA-PS. Interesting transitions were found in toroid/disk/helix fomations by changing the amount of the added diblock copolymers. The morphologies of the blended nanoparticles was characterized with cryogenic and conventional transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and small angle neutron scattering.

  20. Lysozyme release and polymer erosion behavior of injectable implants prepared from PLGA-PEG block copolymers and PLGA/PLGA-PEG blends

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    Milacic, Vesna; Schwendeman, Steven P.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose We evaluated the controlled release lysozyme from various poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) 50/50-polyethylene glycol (PEG) block copolymers relative to PLGA 50/50. Methods Lysozyme was encapsulated in cylindrical implants (0.8 mm diameter) by a solvent extrusion method. Release studies were conducted in phosphate buffered saline + 0.02 % Tween 80 (PBST) at 37°C. Lysozyme activity was measured by a fluorescence-based assay. Implant erosion was evaluated by kinetics of polymer molecular weight decline, water uptake, and mass loss. Results Lysozyme release from an AB15 di-block copolymer (15% 5 kDa PEG, PLGA 28 kDa) was very fast, whereas an AB10 di-block copolymer (with 10% 5 kDa PEG, PLGA 45 kDa) and ABA10 tri-block copolymer (with 10% 6 kDa PEG, PLGA 27kDa) showed release profiles similar to PLGA. We achieved continuous lysozyme release for up to 4 weeks from AB10 and ABA10 by lysozyme co-encapsulation with the pore- forming and acid-neutralizing MgCO3, and from AB15 by co-encapsulation of MgCO3 and blending AB15 with PLGA. Lysozyme activity was mostly recovered during four weeks. Conclusions These block co-polymers may have utility either alone or as PLGA blends for the controlled release of proteins. PMID:23959854

  1. Lysozyme release and polymer erosion behavior of injectable implants prepared from PLGA-PEG block copolymers and PLGA/PLGA-PEG blends.

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    Vesna Milacic, Vesna Milacic; Schwendeman, Steven P

    2014-02-01

    We evaluated the controlled release of lysozyme from various poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) 50/50-polyethylene glycol (PEG) block copolymers relative to PLGA 50/50. Lysozyme was encapsulated in cylindrical implants (0.8 mm diameter) by a solvent extrusion method. Release studies were conducted in phosphate buffered saline +0.02% Tween 80 (PBST) at 37°C. Lysozyme activity was measured by a fluorescence-based assay. Implant erosion was evaluated by kinetics of polymer molecular weight decline, water uptake, and mass loss. Lysozyme release from an AB15 di-block copolymer (15% 5 kDa PEG, PLGA 28 kDa) was very fast, whereas an AB10 di-block copolymer (with 10% 5 kDa PEG, PLGA 45 kDa) and ABA10 tri-block copolymer (with 10% 6 kDa PEG, PLGA 27 kDa) showed release profiles similar to PLGA. We achieved continuous lysozyme release for up to 4 weeks from AB10 and ABA10 by lysozyme co-encapsulation with the pore-forming and acid-neutralizing MgCO3, and from AB15 by co-encapsulation of MgCO3 and blending AB15 with PLGA. Lysozyme activity was mostly recovered during 4 weeks. These block co-polymers may have utility either alone or as PLGA blends for the controlled release of proteins.

  2. Annealing-Induced Changes in Double-Brush Langmuir-Blodgett Films of alpha-Helical Diblock Copolypeptides

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    Nguyen, Le-Thu T.; Musser, Andrew J.; Vorenkamp, Eltjo J.; Polushkin, Evgeny; ten Brinke, Gerrit; Schouten, Arend J.

    2010-01-01

    The effect of annealing on the structure and the helix orientation in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of diblock copolymers (PLGA-b-PMLGSLGs) of poly(alpha-L-glutamic acid) (PLGA) and poly(gamma-methyl-L-glutamate-ran-gamma-stearyl-L-glutamate) with 30 mol % of stearyl substituents (PMLGSLG) with

  3. Acetal-Linked Paclitaxel Polymeric Prodrug Based on Functionalized mPEG-PCL Diblock Polymer for pH-Triggered Drug Delivery

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    Yinglei Zhai

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The differences in micro-environment between cancer cells and the normal ones offer the possibility to develop stimuli-responsive drug-delivery systems for overcoming the drawbacks in the clinical use of anticancer drugs, such as paclitaxel, doxorubicin, and etc. Hence, we developed a novel endosomal pH-sensitive paclitaxel (PTX prodrug micelles based on functionalized poly(ethylene glycol-poly(ε-caprolactone (mPEG-PCL diblock polymer with an acid-cleavable acetal (Ace linkage (mPEG-PCL-Ace-PTX. The mPEG-PCL-Ace-PTX5 with a high drug content of 23.5 wt % was self-assembled in phosphate buffer (pH 7.4, 10 mM into nanosized micelles with an average diameter of 68.5 nm. The in vitro release studies demonstrated that mPEG-PCL-Ace-PTX5 micelles was highly pH-sensitive, in which 16.8%, 32.8%, and 48.2% of parent free PTX was released from mPEG-PCL-Ace-PTX5 micelles in 48 h at pH 7.4, 6.0, and 5.0, respectively. Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide (MTT assays suggested that the pH-sensitive PTX prodrug micelles displayed higher therapeutic efficacy against MCF-7 cells compared with free PTX. Therefore, the PTX prodrug micelles with acetal bond may offer a promising strategy for cancer therapy.

  4. Rheological characterization of nanostructured material based on Polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene-butylene)-b-polystyrene (SEBS) block copolymer: Effect of block copolymer composition and nanoparticle geometry

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    Hasanabadi, Noushin; Nazockdast, Hossein; Balog, Sandor; Lattuada, Marco

    2017-01-01

    Block copolymer (BCP) nanocomposite systems are of broad interest; however, reports on the role of nanoparticles on microphase separation behavior are rare. The goal of present study is to investigate the preparation of composite nanostructured materials containing Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) or graphene nanoplates. BCP nanocomposites based on the linear triblock copolymer, Polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene-butylene)-b-polystyrene (SEBS), with different morphological structure were...

  5. Precision design of ethylene- and polar-monomer-based copolymers by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization

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    Kermagoret, Anthony; Debuigne, Antoine; Jérôme, Christine; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2014-03-01

    The copolymerization of ethylene with polar monomers is a major challenge when it comes to the manufacture of materials with potential for a wide range of commercial applications. In the chemical industry, free-radical polymerization is used to make a large proportion of such copolymers, but the forcing conditions result in a lack of fine control over the architecture of the products. Herein we introduce a synthetic tool, effective under mild experimental conditions, for the precision design of unprecedented ethylene- and polar-monomer-based copolymers. We demonstrate how an organocobalt species can control the growth of the copolymer chains, their composition and the monomer distribution throughout the chain. By fine tuning the ethylene pressure during polymerization and by exploiting a unique reactive mode of the end of the organometallic chain, novel block-like copolymer structures can be prepared. This highly versatile synthetic platform provides access to a diverse range of polymer materials.

  6. Diketopyrrolopyrrole-diketopyrrolopyrrole-based conjugated copolymer for high-mobility organic field-effect transistors

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    Kanimozhi, Catherine K.

    2012-10-10

    In this communication, we report the synthesis of a novel diketopyrrolopyrrole-diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP-DPP)-based conjugated copolymer and its application in high-mobility organic field-effect transistors. Copolymerization of DPP with DPP yields a copolymer with exceptional properties such as extended absorption characteristics (up to ∼1100 nm) and field-effect electron mobility values of >1 cm 2 V -1 s -1. The synthesis of this novel DPP-DPP copolymer in combination with the demonstration of transistors with extremely high electron mobility makes this work an important step toward a new family of DPP-DPP copolymers for application in the general area of organic optoelectronics. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  7. Morphologies of precise polyethylene-based acid copolymers and ionomers

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    Buitrago, C. Francisco

    Acid copolymers and ionomers are polymers that contain a small fraction of covalently bound acidic or ionic groups, respectively. For the specific case of polyethylene (PE), acid and ionic pendants enhance many of the physical properties such as toughness, adhesion and rheological properties. These improved properties result from microphase separated aggregates of the polar pendants in the non-polar PE matrix. Despite the widespread industrial use of these materials, rigorous chemical structure---morphology---property relationships remain elusive due to the inevitable structural heterogeneities in the historically-available acid copolymers and ionomers. Recently, precise acid copolymers and ionomers were successfully synthesized by acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization. These precise materials are linear, high molecular weight PEs with pendant acid or ionic functional groups separated by a precisely controlled number of carbon atoms. The morphologies of nine precise acid copolymers and eleven precise ionomers were investigated by X-ray scattering, solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). For comparison, the morphologies of linear PEs with pseudo-random placement of the pendant groups were also studied. Previous studies of precise copolymers with acrylic acid (AA) found that the microstructural precision produces a new morphology in which PE crystals drive the acid aggregates into layers perpendicular to the chain axes and presumably at the interface between crystalline and amorphous phases. In this dissertation, a second new morphology for acid copolymers is identified in which the aggregates arrange on cubic lattices. The fist report of a cubic morphology was observed at room and elevated temperatures for a copolymer functionalized with two phosphonic acid (PA) groups on every 21st carbon atom. The cubic lattice has been identified as face-centered cubic (FCC). Overall, three morphology types have been

  8. Block copolymer-nanoparticle hybrid self-assembly

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    Hoheisel, Tobias N.

    2015-01-01

    © 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Polymer-inorganic hybrid materials provide exciting opportunities as they may display favorable properties from both constituents that are desired in applications including catalysis and energy conversion and storage. For the preparation of hybrid materials with well-defined morphologies, block copolymer-directed nanoparticle hybrids present a particularly promising approach. As will be described in this review, once the fundamental characteristics for successful nanostructure formation at or close to the thermodynamic equilibrium of these nanocomposites are identified, the approach can be generalized to various materials classes. In addition to the discussion of recent materials developments based on the use of AB diblock copolymers as well as ABC triblock terpolymers, this review will therefore emphasize progress in the fundamental understanding of the underlying formation mechanisms of such hybrid materials. To this end, critical experiments for, as well as theoretical progress in the description of these nanostructured block copolymer-based hybrid materials will be discussed. Rather than providing a comprehensive overview, the review will emphasize work by the Wiesner group at Cornell University, US, on block copolymer-directed nanoparticle assemblies as well as their use in first potential application areas. The results provide powerful design criteria for wet-chemical synthesis methodologies for the generation of functional nanomaterials for applications ranging from microelectronics to catalysis to energy conversion and storage.

  9. Ionic Liquids As Self-Assembly Guide for the Formation of Nanostructured Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Madhavan, Poornima

    2015-04-30

    Nanostructured block copolymer membranes were manufactured by water induced phase inversion, using ionic liquids (ILs) as cosolvents. The effect of ionic liquids on the morphology was investigated, by using polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-PV4P) diblock as membrane copolymer matrix and imidazolium and pyridinium based ILs. The effect of IL concentration and chemical composition was evident with particular interaction with P4VP blocks. The order of block copolymer/ILs solutions previous to the membrane casting was confirmed by cryo scanning electron microscopy and the morphologies of the manufactured nanostructured membranes were characterized by transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Non-protic ionic liquids facilitate the formation of hexagonal nanoporous block copolymer structure, while protic ILs led to a lamella-structured membrane. The rheology of the IL/block copolymer solutions was investigated, evaluating the storage and loss moduli. Most membranes prepared with ionic liquid had higher water flux than pure block copolymer membranes without additives.

  10. Sprayable Elastic Conductors Based on Block Copolymer Silver Nanoparticle Composites

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    Vural, Mert; Behrens, Adam M.; Ayyub, Omar B.; Ayoub, Joseph J.; Kofinas, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Block copolymer silver nanoparticle composite elastic conductors were fabricated through solution blow spinning and subsequent nanoparticle nucleation. The reported technique allows for conformal deposition onto nonplanar substrates. We additionally demonstrated the ability to tune the strain dependence of the electrical properties by adjusting nanoparticle precursor concentration or localized nanoparticle nucleation. The stretchable fiber mats were able to display electrical conductivity val...

  11. Hydrophilic segmented block copolymers based on poly(ethylene oxide)

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    Husken, D.

    2006-01-01

    Segmented block copolymers consist of alternating flexible segments and crystallisable rigid segments. The flexible segments have a low glass transition temperature and are used to obtain flexible materials. The rigid segments can crystallise and act as thermal-reversible physical crosslinks, giving

  12. Synthesis and characterization of sugar-based methacrylates and their random copolymers by ATRP

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    G. Acik

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Various sugar-based methacrylate monomers have been prepared and randomly copolymerized with methyl methacrylate (MMA using classical atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP. Firstly, four different sugar-based methacrylates are synthesized by two-step method: (i etherification of protected monosaccharides with epichlorohydrin and (ii following ring-opening reaction of obtained epoxides with methacrylic acid (MAA in the presence of triethylamine. Next, these monomers are copolymerized with MMA via ATRP at 90 °C to obtain corresponding random copolymers. The molecular weights of the copolymers are determined by both GPC (gel permeation chromatography and 1H-NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy analyses and found as 10600~16800 and 12200~18500 g/mol, respectively. Moreover, the copolymer compositions are also determined by 1H-NMR analysis using characteristic signals of the monomers and found as about 94.1~97.8%, which are good agreement with feeding ratio. In addition, the glass transition temperatures of copolymers are found as 101.2~102.9 °C by changing type and composition of sugar-based methacrylate monomers. Overall, a series of well-defined random copolymers comprising different sugar-based methacrylates and methyl methacrylates were successfully synthesized by classical ATRP method.

  13. Characterization of nanoparticles based on block copolymer micelles

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    Pleštil, Josef; Pospíšil, Herman; Kříž, Jaroslav; Kadlec, Petr; Tuzar, Zdeněk; Cubitt, R.

    2001-01-01

    Roč. 17, č. 21 (2001), s. 6699-6704 ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4050111; GA ČR GA203/00/1317; GA ČR GA203/01/0536 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : block copolymer micelles * nanoparticles * small - angle neutron scattering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.963, year: 2001

  14. Block copolymer adsorption from a homopolymer melt to an amine-terminated surface

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    Costa, A. C.; Composto, R. J.; Vlček, Petr; Geoghegan, M.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 18, č. 2 (2005), s. 159-166 ISSN 1292-8941 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/01/0513 Grant - others:Americal Chemical Society, The Petroleum Research Fund(US) 38027/34081 Keywords : copolymer adsorption * neutron reflectometry * diblock copolymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.503, year: 2005

  15. Cellulose-based graft copolymers prepared by simplified electrochemically mediated ATRP

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    P. Chmielarz

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    Full Text Available Brush-shaped block copolymer with a dual hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid-block-poly(oligo(ethylene glycol acrylate (PAA-b-POEGA arms was synthesized for the first time via a simplified electrochemically mediated ATRP (seATRP under both constant potential electrolysis and constant current electrolysis conditions, utilizing only 30 ppm of catalyst complex. The polymerization conditions were optimized to provide fast reactions while employing low catalyst concentrations and preparation of cellulose-based brush-like copolymers with narrow molecular weight distributions. The results from proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR spectral studies support the formation of cellulose-based graft (copolymers. It is expected that these new polymer brushes may find application as pH- and thermo-sensitive drug delivery systems.

  16. Hierarchical self-assembly of two-length-scale multiblock copolymers

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    Brinke, Gerrit ten; Loos, Katja; Vukovic, Ivana; Du Sart, Gerrit Gobius

    2011-01-01

    The self-assembly in diblock copolymer-based supramolecules, obtained by hydrogen bonding short side chains to one of the blocks, as well as in two-length-scale linear terpolymers results in hierarchical structure formation. The orientation of the different domains, e.g. layers in the case of a lamellar-in-lamellar structure, is determined by the molecular architecture, graft-like versus linear, and the relative magnitude of the interactions involved. In both cases parallel and perpendicular arrangements have been observed. The comb-shaped supramolecules approach is ideally suited for the preparation of nanoporous structures. A bicontinuous morphology with the supramolecular comb block forming the channels was finally achieved by extending the original approach to suitable triblock copolymer-based supramolecules.

  17. In vitro evaluation of anticancer nanomedicines based on doxorubicin and amphiphilic Y-shaped copolymers

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    Li, Di; Ding, Jian Xun; Tang, Zhao Hui; Sun, Hai; Zhuang, Xiu Li; Xu, Jing Zhe; Chen, Xue Si

    2012-01-01

    Four monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide)2 (mPEG-P( LA-co-GA)2) copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of L-lactide and glycolide with double hydroxyl functionalized mPEG (mPEG-(OH)2) as macroinitiator and stannous octoate as catalyst. The copolymers self-assembled into nanoscale micellar/vesicular aggregations in phosphate buffer at pH 7.4. Doxorubicin (DOX), an anthracycline anticancer drug, was loaded into the micellar/vesicular nanoparticles, yielding micellar/vesicular nanomedicines. The in vitro release behaviors could be adjusted by content of hydrophobic polyester and pH of the release medium. In vitro cell experiments showed that the intracellular DOX release could be adjusted by content of P(LA-co-GA), and the nanomedicines displayed effective proliferation inhibition against Henrietta Lacks’s cells with different culture times. Hemolysis tests indicated that the copolymers were hemocompatible, and the presence of copolymers could reduce the hemolysis ratio of DOX significantly. These results suggested that the novel anticancer nanomedicines based on DOX and amphiphilic Y-shaped copolymers were attractive candidates as tumor tissular and intracellular targeting drug delivery systems in vivo, with enhanced stability during circulation and accelerated drug release at the target sites. PMID:22701317

  18. Segmented block copolymers based on poltbutylene terephthalate and telechelic polyesters and polyamides of dimirized fatty acids

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    Manuel, H.J.; Manuel, H.J.; Gaymans, R.J.

    1993-01-01

    Segmented block copolymers (SBCs) based on poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) and telechelics based on dimerized fatty acids have been synthesized in the melt. The dimerized fatty acids were coupled with diols or diamines to synthesize polyesters and polyamides of low molar mass. With these

  19. Radiation-chemical synthesis of thermosensitive copolymers based on the vinylbutyl ether and their complexing and emulgating abilities

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    Zhunuspayev, D. E.; Mun, G. A.; Dubolazov, A. V.; Nurkeeva, Z. S.; Güven, O.

    2007-12-01

    Novel water-soluble thermosensitive copolymers of vinyl butyl ether (VBE) with vinyl ether of ethyleneglycol (VEEG) and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and ternary copolymers based on VBE, 2-hydroxyethylacrylate (HEA) and acrylic acid (AA) were synthesized by γ-induced radiation copolymerization. The composition of copolymers and average molecular weight of copolymers were determined using NMR 13C-spectroscopy and gel-permeation chromatography. It was shown that aqueous solutions of VBE-VEEG, VBE-NVP, VBE-HEA-AA have lower critical solution temperature (LCST) depending on copolymer composition. The complexation of copolymers with polyacrylic acid (PAA) was studied by turbidimetry method. Critical pH value of complexation (pH crit.) was used as the criterion of complexing ability. The effect of composition and concentration of copolymers, as well as pH of medium on the formation of IPC was investigated. The effect of VBE-VEEG copolymers of different compositions on the stability of model hexane-water emulsions was studied. It was determined that the regulation of hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance of macrochains and copolymer concentration allows effectively influence on the stability of hexane-water emulsions.

  20. Radiation-chemical synthesis of thermosensitive copolymers based on the vinylbutyl ether and their complexing and emulgating abilities

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    Zhunuspayev, D.E. [Kazakh National University, Department of Chemical Physics and Macromolecular Chemistry, 95a Karasai Batyr Street, Almaty (Kazakhstan); Mun, G.A. [Kazakh National University, Department of Chemical Physics and Macromolecular Chemistry, 95a Karasai Batyr Street, Almaty (Kazakhstan)], E-mail: gamun@nursat.kz; Dubolazov, A.V.; Nurkeeva, Z.S. [Kazakh National University, Department of Chemical Physics and Macromolecular Chemistry, 95a Karasai Batyr Street, Almaty (Kazakhstan); Gueven, O. [Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, 06532 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey)

    2007-12-15

    Novel water-soluble thermosensitive copolymers of vinyl butyl ether (VBE) with vinyl ether of ethyleneglycol (VEEG) and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and ternary copolymers based on VBE, 2-hydroxyethylacrylate (HEA) and acrylic acid (AA) were synthesized by {gamma}-induced radiation copolymerization. The composition of copolymers and average molecular weight of copolymers were determined using NMR {sup 13}C-spectroscopy and gel-permeation chromatography. It was shown that aqueous solutions of VBE-VEEG, VBE-NVP, VBE-HEA-AA have lower critical solution temperature (LCST) depending on copolymer composition. The complexation of copolymers with polyacrylic acid (PAA) was studied by turbidimetry method. Critical pH value of complexation (pH{sub crit.}) was used as the criterion of complexing ability. The effect of composition and concentration of copolymers, as well as pH of medium on the formation of IPC was investigated. The effect of VBE-VEEG copolymers of different compositions on the stability of model hexane-water emulsions was studied. It was determined that the regulation of hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance of macrochains and copolymer concentration allows effectively influence on the stability of hexane-water emulsions.

  1. PCL-PDMS-PCL copolymer-based microspheres mediate cardiovascular differentiation from embryonic stem cells

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    Song, Liqing

    Poly-epsilon-caprolactone (PCL) based copolymers have received much attention as drug or growth factor delivery carriers and tissue engineering scaffolds due to their biocompatibility, biodegradability, and tunable biophysical properties. Copolymers of PCL and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) also have shape memory behaviors and can be made into thermoresponsive shape memory polymers for various biomedical applications such as smart sutures and vascular stents. However, the influence of biophysical properties of PCL-PDMS-PCL copolymers on stem cell lineage commitment is not well understood. In this study, PDMS was used as soft segments of varying length to tailor the biophysical properties of PCL-based co-polymers. While low elastic modulus (embryonic stem cells, the range of 60-100 MPa PCL-PDMS-PCL showed little influence on the differentiation. Then different size (30-140 mum) of microspheres were fabricated from PCL-PDMS-PCL copolymers and incorporated within embryoid bodies (EBs). Mesoderm differentiation was induced using bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-4 for cardiovascular differentiation. Differential expressions of mesoderm progenitor marker KDR and vascular markers CD31 and VE-cadherin were observed for the cells differentiated from EBs incorporated with microspheres of different size, while little difference was observed for cardiac marker alpha-actinin expression. Small size of microspheres (30 mum) resulted in higher expression of KDR while medium size of microspheres (94 mum) resulted in higher CD31 and VE-cadherin expression. This study indicated that the biophysical properties of PCL-based copolymers impacted stem cell lineage commitment, which should be considered for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications.

  2. Solid radiation curable polyene compositions containing liquid polythiols and solid styrene-allyl copolymer based polyenes

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    Morgan, C.R.

    1977-01-01

    Novel styrene-allyl alcohol copolymer based solid polyene compositions which when mixed with liquid polythiols can form solid curable polyene-polythiol systems are claimed. These solid polyenes, containing at least two reactive carbon-to-carbon unsaturated bonds, are urethane or ester derivatives of styrene-allyl alcohol copolymers. The solid polyenes are prepared by treating the hydroxyl groups of a styrene-allyl alcohol copolymer with a reactive unsaturated isocyanate, e.g., allyl isocyanate or a reactive unsaturated carboxylic acid, e.g., acrylic acid. Upon exposure to a free radical generator, e.g., actinic radiation, the solid polyene-polythiol compositions cure to solid, insoluble, chemically resistant, cross-linked polythioether products. Since the solid polyene-liquid polythiol composition can be cured in a solid state, such a curable system finds particular use in preparation of coatings, imaged surfaces such as photoresists, particularly solder-resistant photoresists, printing plates, etc

  3. Synthesis and evaluation of copolymer based on cardanol and styrene on the stability of asphaltenes

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    Loureiro, Tatiana S.; Spinelli, Luciana S.

    2015-01-01

    The destabilization of asphaltenes in crude oil mainly happens due to variations in pressure, temperature and oil composition, causing significant losses. Polymers containing specific groups can be used as asphaltenes stabilizers and thus, avoid your precipitation, or as asphaltenes flocculants to assist the removal of suspended particles in a particular oil. The monitoring of asphaltenes precipitation is usually evaluated by tests with variation in stability of asphaltenes in function of adding a flocculant solvent. In this work, it was evaluated the influence of a synthesized copolymer based on cardanol and styrene on the stability of asphaltenes. The stability of asphaltenes was monitored by precipitation tests induced by a flocculant agent (n-heptane), using an ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrometer. The structural characterization of copolymer was performed by FTIR and 1 H NMR. The results showed that copolymer can act as asphaltene flocculant. (author)

  4. Amphiphilic copolymers based on PEG-acrylate as surface active water viscosifiers : Towards new potential systems for enhanced oil recovery

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    Raffa, Patrizio; Broekhuis, Antonius A.; Picchioni, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    With the purpose of investigating new potential candidates for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), amphiphilic copolymers based on Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether acrylate (PEGA) have been prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP). A P(PEGA) homopolymer, a block copolymer with styrene

  5. Blue Light Emitting Diodes based on a partially conjugated Si-containing PPV-copolymer in a multilayer configuration

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    Garten, F; Hilberer, A; Cacialli, F.; Esselink, F.J; van Dam, Y.; Schlatmann, A.R.; Friend, R.H.; Klapwijk, T.M; Hadziioannou, G

    1997-01-01

    Efficient blue Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) based on a novel partially conjugated co-polymer (SiPPV) have been realized by a combination of techniques known to enhance the quantum efficiency of organic devices. The copolymer is homogeneously blended in a PVK-matrix to reduce the number of

  6. Triblock copolymers based on ε-caprolactone and trimethylene carbonate for the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds

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    Güney, Aysun; Malda, Jos; Dhert, Wouter J.A.; Grijpma, Dirk W.

    2017-01-01

    Background: Biodegradable PCL-b-PTMC-b-PCL triblock copolymers based on trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and ε-caprolactone (CL) were prepared and used in the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds. Triblock copolymers of various molecular weights containing equal amounts of TMC and CL were

  7. Triblock copolymers based on ε-caprolactone and trimethylene carbonate for the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds

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    Güney, Aysun; Malda, Jos; Dhert, Wouter J A; Grijpma, Dirk W

    BACKGROUND: Biodegradable PCL-b-PTMC-b-PCL triblock copolymers based on trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and ε-caprolactone (CL) were prepared and used in the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds. Triblock copolymers of various molecular weights containing equal amounts of TMC and CL were

  8. Triblock copolymers based on epsilon-caprolactone and trimethylene carbonate for the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds

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    Guney, Aysun; Malda, Jos; Dhert, Wouter J. A.; Grijpma, Dirk W.

    Background: Biodegradable PCL-b-PTMC-b-PCL triblock copolymers based on trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and epsilon-caprolactone (CL) were prepared and used in the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds. Triblock copolymers of various molecular weights containing equal amounts of TMC and CL were

  9. Removable polytetrafluoroethylene template based epitaxy of ferroelectric copolymer thin films

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    Xia, Wei; Chen, Qiusong; Zhang, Jian; Wang, Hui; Cheng, Qian; Jiang, Yulong; Zhu, Guodong

    2018-04-01

    In recent years ferroelectric polymers have shown their great potentials in organic and flexible electronics. To meet the requirements of high-performance and low energy consumption of novel electronic devices and systems, structural and electrical properties of ferroelectric polymer thin films are expected to be further optimized. One possible way is to realize epitaxial growth of ferroelectric thin films via removable high-ordered polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) templates. Here two key parameters in epitaxy process, annealing temperature and applied pressure, are systematically studied and thus optimized through structural and electrical measurements of ferroelectric copolymer thin films. Experimental results indicate that controlled epitaxial growth is realized via suitable combination of both parameters. Annealing temperature above the melting point of ferroelectric copolymer films is required, and simultaneously moderate pressure (around 2.0 MPa here) should be applied. Over-low pressure (around 1.0 MPa here) usually results in the failure of epitaxy process, while over-high pressure (around 3.0 MPa here) often results in residual of PTFE templates on ferroelectric thin films.

  10. Methacrylate-Based Copolymers for Polymer Optical Fibers

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Waveguides made of poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA play a major role in the homogeneous distribution of display backlights as a matrix for solid-state dye lasers and polymer optical fibers (POFs. PMMA is favored because of its transparency in the visible spectrum, low price, and well-controlled processability. Nevertheless, technical drawbacks, such as its limited temperature stability, call for new materials. In this work, the copolymerization technique is used to modify the properties of the corresponding homopolymers. The analytical investigation of fourteen copolymers made of methyl-methacrylate (MMA or ethyl-methacrylate (EMA as the basis monomer is summarized. Their polymerization behaviors are examined by NMR spectroscopy with subsequent copolymerization parameter evaluation according to Fineman-Ross and Kelen-Tüdös. Therefore, some r-parameter sets are shown to be capable of copolymerizations with very high conversions. The first applications as high-temperature resistant (HT materials for HT-POFs are presented. Copolymers containing isobornyl-methacrylate (IBMA as the comonomer are well-suited for this demanding application.

  11. In vitro evaluation of anticancer nanomedicines based on doxorubicin and amphiphilic Y-shaped copolymers

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Di Li,1,2,* Jian Xun Ding,1,3,* Zhao Hui Tang,1 Hai Sun,1 Xiu Li Zhuang,1 Jing Zhe Xu,2 Xue Si Chen1 1Key Laboratory of Polymer Ecomaterials, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, 2Department of Chemistry, Yanbian University, Yanji, 3Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China *These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Four monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol-poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide2 (mPEG-P(LA-co-GA2 copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of L-lactide and glycolide with double hydroxyl functionalized mPEG (mPEG-(OH2 as macroinitiator and stannous octoate as catalyst. The copolymers self-assembled into nanoscale micellar/vesicular aggregations in phosphate buffer at pH 7.4. Doxorubicin (DOX, an anthracycline anticancer drug, was loaded into the micellar/vesicular nanoparticles, yielding micellar/vesicular nanomedicines. The in vitro release behaviors could be adjusted by content of hydrophobic polyester and pH of the release medium. In vitro cell experiments showed that the intracellular DOX release could be adjusted by content of P(LA-co-GA, and the nanomedicines displayed effective proliferation inhibition against Henrietta Lacks’s cells with different culture times. Hemolysis tests indicated that the copolymers were hemocompatible, and the presence of copolymers could reduce the hemolysis ratio of DOX significantly. These results suggested that the novel anticancer nanomedicines based on DOX and amphiphilic Y-shaped copolymers were attractive candidates as tumor tissular and intracellular targeting drug delivery systems in vivo, with enhanced stability during circulation and accelerated drug release at the target sites.Keywords: amphiphilic Y-shaped copolymer, anticancer nanomedicine, cellular proliferation inhibition, doxorubicin

  12. Preparation, characterization, and in vitro activity evaluation of triblock copolymer-based polymersomes for drugs delivery

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    Besada, Lucas N.; Peruzzo, Pablo; Cortizo, Ana M.; Cortizo, M. Susana

    2018-03-01

    Polymersomes are polymer-based vesicles that form upon hydration of amphiphilic block copolymers and display high stability and durability, due to their mechanical and physical properties. They have hydrophilic reservoirs as well as thick hydrophobic membranes; allowing to encapsulate both water-soluble bioactive agent and hydrophobic drugs. In this study, poly ethylene glycol (PEG3350 and PEG6000) were used as hydrophilic part and poly(vinyl benzoate) (PVBz) as hydrophobic block to synthesize amphiphilic triblock copolymers (PVBz- b-PEG- b-PVBz). Different proportions of hydrophilic/hydrophobic part were assayed in order to obtain polymersomes by solvent injection method. For the synthesis of the copolymers, the initial block of PEG was derived to obtain a macroinitiator through a xanthate functional group (PEGX3 or PEGX6) and the polymerization of vinyl benzoate was carried out through reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT). The structure of PEGX and copolymers was confirmed by Infrared, 1H-NMR and UV-Vis spectrometry, while the average molecular weight (Mw) and polydispersity index (PI) were determined by size exclusion chromatography (SEC). The structures adopted by the copolymers in aqueous solution by self-assembly were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Both techniques confirm that polymersomes were obtained for a fraction of hydrophilic block ( f) ≈ 35 ± 10%, with a diameter of 38.3 ± 0.3 nm or 22.5 ± 0.7 nm, as determined by TEM and according to the M w of the precursor block copolymer. In addition, we analyzed the possible cytotoxicity in view of its potential application as biomedical nanocarrier. The results suggest that polymersomes seem not induce cytotoxicity during the periods of time tested.

  13. Ibuprofen-loaded microspheres based on a co-polymer of Eudragit ...

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    The objective of this study was to encapsulate ibuprofen in microspheres based on a co-polymer of Eudragit® RS100 and RL100 with a view to achieving a controlled release of the incorporated drug. The microparticles were prepared by an o/o emulsion-solvent evaporation method using varying polymer ratios and ...

  14. Poly(ethylene oxide)–Poly(propylene oxide)-Based Copolymers for ...

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    Amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide)–poly(propylene oxide) (PEO–PPO)-based copolymers are thermoresponsive materials having aggregation properties in aqueous medium. As hydrosolubilizers of poorly water-soluble drugs and improved stability of sensitive agents, these materials have been investigated for improvement ...

  15. CO2 permeation properties of poly(ethylene oxide)-based segmented block copolymers

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    Husken, D.; Visser, Tymen; Wessling, Matthias; Gaymans, R.J.

    2010-01-01

    This paper discusses the gas permeation properties of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based segmented block copolymers containing monodisperse amide segments. These monodisperse segments give rise to a well phase-separated morphology, comprising a continuous PEO phase with dispersed crystallised amide

  16. Polymer PCF Bragg grating sensors based on poly(methyl methacrylate) and TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer

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    Johnson, Ian P; Webb, David J; Kalli, Kyriacos

    2011-01-01

    mode PCF with a core diameter of 6μm based on TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer. Bragg grating inscription was achieved using a 30mW continuous wave 325nm helium cadmium laser. Both TOPAS and PMMA fibre have a large attenuation of around 1dB/cm in the 1550nm spectral region, limiting fibre lengths...

  17. Synthesis of Polystyrene-Based Random Copolymers with Balanced Number of Basic or Acidic Functional Groups

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    Dimitrov, Ivaylo; Jankova Atanasova, Katja; Hvilsted, Søren

    2010-01-01

    Pairs of polystyrene-based random copolymers with balanced number of pendant basic or acidic groups were synthesized utilizing the template strategy. The same poly[(4-hydroxystyrene)-ran-styrene] was used as a template backbone for modification. Two different synthetic approaches...

  18. Anionic polymerization and polyhomologation: An ideal combination to synthesize polyethylene-based block copolymers

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    Zhang, H.

    2013-08-07

    A novel one-pot methodology combining anionic polymerization and polyhomologation, through a "bridge" molecule (BF3OEt 2), was developed for the synthesis of polyethylene (PE)-based block copolymers. The anionically synthesized macroanion reacts with the "bridge" molecule to afford a 3-arm star (trimacromolecular borane) which serves as an initiator for the polyhomologation. 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of ferrocene containing block copolymers

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    Chernyy, Sergey; Wang, Zhongli; Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain

    2017-01-01

    Narrowly dispersed diblock copolymers containing poly(methyl methacrylate) [PMMA] or poly(nonafluorohexyl methacrylate) [PF9MA] as the first block and poly(ferrocenylmethyl methacrylate) [PFMMA] as the second block, were prepared by anionic polymerization for the first time. Disordered bulk morph...... of the solvent and without the need for preliminary surface modification, for example by means of grafted brush layer....

  20. Sprayable elastic conductors based on block copolymer silver nanoparticle composites.

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    Vural, Mert; Behrens, Adam M; Ayyub, Omar B; Ayoub, Joseph J; Kofinas, Peter

    2015-01-27

    Block copolymer silver nanoparticle composite elastic conductors were fabricated through solution blow spinning and subsequent nanoparticle nucleation. The reported technique allows for conformal deposition onto nonplanar substrates. We additionally demonstrated the ability to tune the strain dependence of the electrical properties by adjusting nanoparticle precursor concentration or localized nanoparticle nucleation. The stretchable fiber mats were able to display electrical conductivity values as high as 2000 ± 200 S/cm with only a 12% increase in resistance after 400 cycles of 150% strain. Stretchable elastic conductors with similar and higher bulk conductivity have not achieved comparable stability of electrical properties. These unique electromechanical characteristics are primarily the result of structural changes during mechanical deformation. The versatility of this approach was demonstrated by constructing a stretchable light emitting diode circuit and a strain sensor on planar and nonplanar substrates.

  1. Surface properties of ionomers based on styrene-b-acrylic acid copolymers obtained by copolymerization in emulsion

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    Kowalonek, Jolanta; Suchocka-Galas, Kazimiera

    2009-01-01

    Surface properties of styrene-b-acrylic acid copolymers obtained in emulsion and suitable ionomers before and after UV-irradiation were studied by measurements of contact angles and FTIR-ATR spectroscopy. The research focused on the influence of different content of carboxylic acid groups in copolymers, of various types and contents of alkali metal salts in ionomers and of cesium acrylate or methacrylate in ionomers on hydrophilicity of the surfaces of these samples and the course of photodegradation in them. Hydrophilicity of initial copolymer surfaces was higher than this of polystyrene as a result of presence of carboxylic acid groups, which also made the surfaces of these copolymers more sensitive to UV-irradiation. Hydrophilicity of the surfaces of ionomers containing cesium acrylates depended on the content of cesium salt in the samples. The course of ionomer photooxidation was also dependent on the content of this salt. The surface of ionomer containing cesium methacrylate was more polar than this of ionomer containing cesium acrylate. Styrene-based ionomers containing 3.7 mol% of various alkali metal acrylates had less polar surfaces than initial copolymer and they were also more resistant to UV-irradiation in comparison to the initial copolymer. Copolymers obtained in emulsion and suitable ionomers had more polar surfaces and they were more sensitive to UV-light compared to copolymers obtained in bulk and their ionomers.

  2. Surface properties of ionomers based on styrene-b-acrylic acid copolymers obtained by copolymerization in emulsion

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    Kowalonek, Jolanta; Suchocka-Gałaś, Kazimiera

    2009-08-01

    Surface properties of styrene-b-acrylic acid copolymers obtained in emulsion and suitable ionomers before and after UV-irradiation were studied by measurements of contact angles and FTIR-ATR spectroscopy. The research focused on the influence of different content of carboxylic acid groups in copolymers, of various types and contents of alkali metal salts in ionomers and of cesium acrylate or methacrylate in ionomers on hydrophilicity of the surfaces of these samples and the course of photodegradation in them. Hydrophilicity of initial copolymer surfaces was higher than this of polystyrene as a result of presence of carboxylic acid groups, which also made the surfaces of these copolymers more sensitive to UV-irradiation. Hydrophilicity of the surfaces of ionomers containing cesium acrylates depended on the content of cesium salt in the samples. The course of ionomer photooxidation was also dependent on the content of this salt. The surface of ionomer containing cesium methacrylate was more polar than this of ionomer containing cesium acrylate. Styrene-based ionomers containing 3.7 mol% of various alkali metal acrylates had less polar surfaces than initial copolymer and they were also more resistant to UV-irradiation in comparison to the initial copolymer. Copolymers obtained in emulsion and suitable ionomers had more polar surfaces and they were more sensitive to UV-light compared to copolymers obtained in bulk and their ionomers.

  3. Controlling electrostatic co-assembly using ion-containing copolymers : from surfactants to nanoparticles

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    Berret, J. -F.

    2011-01-01

    In this review, we address the issue of the electrostatic complexation between charged-neutral diblock copolymers and oppositely charged nanocolloids. We show that nanocolloids such as surfactant micelles and iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles share similar properties when mixed with charged-neutral diblocks. Above a critical charge ratio, core-shell hierarchical structures form spontaneously under direct mixing conditions. The core-shell structures are identified by a combination of small-ang...

  4. Metallopolymer-Based Block Copolymers for the Preparation of Porous and Redox-Responsive Materials.

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    Rüttiger, Christian; Hübner, Hanna; Schöttner, Sebastian; Winter, Tamara; Cherkashinin, Gennady; Kuttich, Björn; Stühn, Bernd; Gallei, Markus

    2018-01-31

    Metallopolymers are a unique class of functional materials because of their redox-mediated optoelectronic and catalytic switching capabilities and, as recently shown, their outstanding structure formation and separation capabilities. Within the present study, (tri)block copolymers of poly(isoprene) (PI) and poly(ferrocenylmethyl methacrylate) having different block compositions and overall molar masses up to 328 kg mol -1 are synthesized by anionic polymerization. The composition and thermal properties of the metallopolymers are investigated by state-of-the-art polymer analytical methods comprising size exclusion chromatography, 1 H NMR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetric analysis. As a focus of this work, excellent microphase separation of the synthesized (tri)block copolymers is proven by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microcopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering measurements showing spherical, cylindrical, and lamellae morphologies. As a highlight, the PI domains are subjected to ozonolysis for selective domain removal while maintaining the block copolymer morphology. In addition, the novel metalloblock copolymers can undergo microphase separation on cellulose-based substrates, again preserving the domain order after ozonolysis. The resulting nanoporous structures reveal an intriguing switching capability after oxidation, which is of interest for controlling the size and polarity of the nanoporous architecture.

  5. Self-assembled structures of amphiphilic ionic block copolymers: Theory, self-consistent field modeling and experiment

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    Borisov, O.V.; Zhulina, E.B.; Leermakers, F.A.M.; Muller, A.H.E.

    2011-01-01

    We present an overview of statistical thermodynamic theories that describe the self-assembly of amphiphilic ionic/hydrophobic diblock copolymers in dilute solution. Block copolymers with both strongly and weakly dissociating (pH-sensitive) ionic blocks are considered. We focus mostly on structural

  6. The melt rheological behavior of AB, ABA, BAB, and (AB)n block copolymers with monodisperse aramide segments

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    Araichimani, A.; Dullaert, Konraad; Gaymans, R.J.

    2009-01-01

    The melt rheological behavior of segmented block copolymers with high melting diamide (A) hard segments (HS) and polyether (B) soft segments was studied. The block copolymers can be classified as B (monoblock), AB (diblock), ABA (triblock, diamide end segment), BAB (triblock, diamide mid-segment)

  7. Gyroid Membranes made from Nanoporous Blck Copolymers

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    Szewczykowski, Piotr Plzemystaw; Vigild, Martin Etchells; Ndoni, Sokol

    2007-01-01

    Nanoporous materials are interesting and exciting materials in view of their many potential applications, especially as ultrafiltration membranes. One way of preparing nanoporous polymeric materials is to use block copolymers. Block copolymers have the great advantage that they organize them......-selves into different morphologies on the nano scale. Block copolymer synthesis controls the molecular weight and volume fraction of blocks, which determine the resulting nano-structures. From a membrane application point of view one very suitable morphology is the bicontinuous gyroid. Mechanical stability...... of the membrane and its nanoporosity is e.g. obtained by cross-linking the majority blocks and selectively etching the minority blocks. Here we report on ultrafiltration membranes prepared from a 1,2-polybutadiene-b-polydimethylsiloxane diblock copolymer with gyroid structure. Different experimental methods...

  8. A Urea Potentiometric Biosensor Based on a Thiophene Copolymer

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    Cheng-Yuan (Kevin Lai

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available A potentiometric enzyme biosensor is a convenient detector for quantification of urea concentrations in industrial processes, or for monitoring patients with diabetes, kidney damage or liver malfunction. In this work, poly(3-hexylthiophene-co-3-thiopheneacetic acid (P(3HT-co-3TAA was chemically synthesized, characterized and spin-coated onto conductive indium tin oxide (ITO glass electrodes. Urease (Urs was covalently attached to the smooth surface of this copolymer via carbodiimide coupling. The electrochemical behavior and stability of the modified Urs/P(3HT-co-3TAA/ITO glass electrode were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, and the bound enzyme activity was confirmed by spectrophotometry. Potentiometric response studies indicated that this electrode could determine the concentration of urea in aqueous solutions, with a quasi-Nernstian response up to about 5 mM. No attempt was made to optimize the response speed; full equilibration occurred after 10 min, but the half-time for response was typically <1 min.

  9. Characteristic of natural rubber latex-methyl metha-crylate copolymer in mineral lubricant base oil

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    Meri Suhartini; Rahmawati

    2010-01-01

    Natural rubber latex-methyl methacrylate copolymer was diluted in xylene, then diluted in four types of lubricant base oil with concentrations of 0.25%, 1%, 5%, and 10%. The mixed solutions were analyzed to obtain kinematics viscosity, viscosity index, density, ash content, metal content, flash point, shear stability and total alkali number. The viscosity index of sample, increased by adding the copolymer solution. The results showed that lubricant base oil of High Viscosity index (HVI) 60 and mixed HVI 60: HVI 650 gave optimum viscosity index. The higher concentration of polymer added into base lubricant oil, the higher viscosity index obtained. The shear stability test showed that the kinematics viscosity of sample decreased 6.5% after 60 minutes of treatment test. (author)

  10. Photoconductivity enhancement and charge transport properties in ruthenium-containing block copolymer/carbon nanotube hybrids.

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    Lo, Kin Cheung; Hau, King In; Chan, Wai Kin

    2018-04-05

    Functional polymer/carbon nanotube (CNT) hybrid materials can serve as a good model for light harvesting systems based on CNTs. This paper presents the synthesis of block copolymer/CNT hybrids and the characterization of their photocurrent responses by both experimental and computational approaches. A series of functional diblock copolymers was synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerizations for the dispersion and functionalization of CNTs. The block copolymers contain photosensitizing ruthenium complexes and modified pyrene-based anchoring units. The photocurrent responses of the polymer/CNT hybrids were measured by photoconductive atomic force microscopy (PCAFM), from which the experimental data were analyzed by vigorous statistical models. The difference in photocurrent response among different hybrids was correlated to the conformations of the hybrids, which were elucidated by molecular dynamics simulations, and the electronic properties of polymers. The photoresponse of the block copolymer/CNT hybrids can be enhanced by introducing an electron-accepting block between the photosensitizing block and the CNT. We have demonstrated that the application of a rigorous statistical methodology can unravel the charge transport properties of these hybrid materials and provide general guidelines for the design of molecular light harvesting systems.

  11. Optofluidic Applications of Diblock Copolymer Derived Nanoporous Polymers

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    Gopalakrishnan, Nimi

    To confine light in a liquid and thereby form a liquid core waveguide, the surrounding cladding materials must have a lower refractive index than the liquid core. In the context of biosensing, it is a challenge to obtain the right cladding material, as most of the relevant liquids are aqueous and...... waveguiding particle filters can be a promising platform for optofluidic and biosensing applications....

  12. Encapsulation of Curcumin in Diblock Copolymer Micelles for Cancer Therapy

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    Ali Mohammad Alizadeh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Application of nanoparticles has recently promising results for water insoluble agents like curcumin. In this study, we synthesized polymeric nanoparticle-curcumin (PNPC and then showed its efficiency, drug loading, stability, and safety. Therapeutic effects of PNPC were also assessed on two cell lines and in an animal model of breast cancer. PNPC remarkably suppressed mammary and hepatocellular carcinoma cells proliferation (P<0.05. Under the dosing procedure, PNPC was safe at 31.25 mg/kg and lower doses. Higher doses demonstrated minimal hepatocellular and renal toxicity in paraclinical and histopathological examinations. Tumor take rate in PNPC-treated group was 37.5% compared with 87.5% in control (P<0.05. Average tumor size and weight were significantly lower in PNPC group than control (P<0.05. PNPC increased proapoptotic Bax protein expression (P<0.05. Antiapoptotic Bcl-2 protein expression, however, was lower in PNPC-treated animals than the control ones (P<0.05. In addition, proliferative and angiogenic parameters were statistically decreased in PNPC-treated animals (P<0.05. These results highlight the suppressing role for PNPC in in vitro and in vivo tumor growth models. Our findings provide credible evidence for superior biocompatibility of the polymeric nanocarrier in pharmacological arena together with an excellent tumor-suppressing response.

  13. Comicellization of diblock and triblock copolymers in selective solvents

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    Koňák, Čestmír; Helmstedt, M.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 36, č. 12 (2003), s. 4603-4608 ISSN 0024-9297 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1050201; GA AV ČR IAA4050305; GA ČR GA203/03/0600 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : static and dynamic light scattering * polystyrene-block hydrogenated polyisoprene * selective solvents Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.621, year: 2003

  14. A new method to analyze copolymer based superplasticizer traces in cement leachates.

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    Guérandel, Cyril; Vernex-Loset, Lionel; Krier, Gabriel; De Lanève, Michel; Guillot, Xavier; Pierre, Christian; Muller, Jean François

    2011-03-15

    Enhancing the flowing properties of fresh concrete is a crucial step for cement based materials users. This is done by adding polymeric admixtures. Such additives have enabled to improve final mechanicals properties and the development of new materials like high performance or self compacting concrete. Like this, the superplasticizers are used in almost cement based materials, in particular for concrete structures that can have a potential interaction with drinking water. It is then essential to have suitable detection techniques to assess whether these organic compounds are dissolved in water after a leaching process or not. The main constituent of the last generation superplasticizer is a PolyCarboxylate-Ester copolymer (PCE), in addition this organic admixture contains polyethylene oxide (free PEO) which constitutes a synthesis residue. Numerous analytical methods are available to characterize superplasticizer content. Although these techniques work well, they do not bring suitable detection threshold to analyze superplasticizer traces in solution with high mineral content such as leachates of hardened cement based materials formulated with superplasticizers. Moreover those techniques do not enable to distinguish free PEO from PCE in the superplasticizer. Here we discuss two highly sensitive analytical methods based on mass spectrometry suitable to perform a rapid detection of superplasticizer compounds traces in CEM I cement paste leachates: MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, is used to determine the free PEO content in the leachate. However, industrial copolymers (such as PCE) are characterized by high molecular weight and polymolecular index. These two parameters lead to limitation concerning analysis of copolymers by MALDI-TOFMS. In this study, we demonstrate how pyrolysis and a Thermally assisted Hydrolysis/Methylation coupled with a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, provides good results for the detection of PCE copolymer traces in CEM I cement paste

  15. Data on glycerol/tartaric acid-based copolymer containing ciprofloxacin for wound healing applications

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    E. De Giglio

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This data article is related to our recently published research paper “Exploiting a new glycerol-based copolymer as a route to wound healing: synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility assessment", De Giglio et al. (Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 136 (2015 600–611 [1]. The latter described a new copolymer derived from glycerol and tartaric acid (PGT. Herein, an investigation about the PGT-ciprofloxacin (CIP interactions by means of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR acquired in Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR mode and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC was reported. Moreover, CIP release experiments on CIP-PGT patches were performed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC at different pH values.

  16. Improvements of fill factor in solar cells based on blends of polyfluorene copolymers as electron donors

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    Gadisa, Abay; Zhang, Fengling; Sharma, Deepak; Svensson, Mattias; Andersson, Mats R.; Inganaes, Olle

    2007-01-01

    The photovoltaic characteristics of solar cells based on alternating polyfluorene copolymers, poly(2,7-(9,9-dioctyl-fluorene)-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3' -benzothia diazole)) (APFO-3), and poly(2,7-(9,9-didodecyl-fluorene)-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3' -benzothiadiazole)) (APFO-4), blended with an electron acceptor fullerene molecule [6,6]-phenyl-C 61 -butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), have been investigated and compared. The two copolymers have the same aromatic backbone structure but differ by the length of their alkyl side chain. The overall photovoltaic performance of the solar cells is comparable irrespective of the copolymer used in the active layer. However, the fill factor (FF) values of the devices are strongly affected by the copolymer type. Higher FF values were realized in solar cells with APFO-4 (with longer alkyl side chain)/PCBM bulk heterojunction active layer. On the other hand, devices with blends of APFO-3/APFO-4/PCBM were found to render fill factor values that are intermediate between the values obtained in solar cells with APFO-3/PCBM and APFO-4/PCBM active film. Upon using APFO-3/APFO-4 blends as electron donors, the cell efficiency can be enhanced by about 16% as compared to cells with either APFO-3 or APFO-4. The transport of holes in each polymer obeys the model of hopping transport in disordered media. However, the degree of energetic barrier against hopping was found to be larger in APFO-3. The tuning of the photovoltaic parameters will be discussed based on studies of hole transport in the pure polymer films, and morphology of blend layers. The effect of bipolar transport in PCBM will also be discussed

  17. Micro- and nanophase separations in hierarchical self-assembly of strongly amphiphilic block copolymer-based ionic supramolecules

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    Ayoubi, Mehran Asad; Zhu, Kaizheng; Nyström, Bo

    2013-01-01

    By a selective complexation between different alkyltrimethylammonium amphiphiles (C8, C12 and C16) and three different diblock copolymer systems of poly(styrene)-b-poly(methacrylic acid) at various grafting densities X (X = number of alkyl chains per acidic group of the poly(methacrylic acid) PMAA...... block), a class of ionic supramolecules are successfully synthesized whose molecular architecture consists of a poly(styrene) PS block (Linear block) covalently connected to a strongly amphiphilic comb-like block (AmphComb block), i.e. Linear-b-AmphComb. In the melt state, these ionic supramolecules can...... show simultaneous microphase (between Linear and AmphComb blocks) and nanophase (within the AmphComb blocks) separations. This leads to the formation of various structure-in-structure two-scale hierarchical self-assemblies, including S-in-SLL, S-in-SBCC, S-in-C, S-in-L and C-in-L, where S, SLL, SBCC, C...

  18. Bicomponent Block Copolymers Derived from One or More Random Copolymers as an Alternative Route to Controllable Phase Behavior

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    Ashraf, Arman R. [Corporate Research and Development, The Procter and Gamble Company, Cincinnati OH 45224 USA; Ryan, Justin J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695 USA; Satkowski, Michael M. [Corporate Research and Development, The Procter and Gamble Company, Cincinnati OH 45224 USA; Lee, Byeongdu [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL 60439 USA; Smith, Steven D. [Corporate Research and Development, The Procter and Gamble Company, Cincinnati OH 45224 USA; Spontak, Richard J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695 USA; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695 USA

    2017-06-29

    Block copolymers have been extensively studied due to their ability to spontaneously self-organize into a wide variety of morphologies that are valuable in energy-, medical- and conservation-related (nano)technologies. While the phase behavior of bicomponent diblock and triblock copolymers is conventionally governed by temperature and individual block masses, we demonstrate that their phase behavior can alternatively be controlled through the use of blocks with random monomer sequencing. Block random copolymers (BRCs), i.e., diblock copolymers wherein one or both blocks is a random copolymer comprised of A and B repeat units, have been synthesized, and their phase behavior, expressed in terms of the order-disorder transition (ODT), has been investigated. Our results establish that, depending on the block composition contrast and molecular weight, BRCs can microphase-separate. We also report that the predicted ODT can be generated at relatively constant molecular weight and temperature with these new soft materials. This sequence-controlled synthetic strategy is extended to thermoplastic elastomeric triblock copolymers differing in chemistry and possessing a random-copolymer midblock.

  19. Rapid Ordering in "Wet Brush" Block Copolymer/Homopolymer Ternary Blends.

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    Doerk, Gregory S; Yager, Kevin G

    2017-12-26

    The ubiquitous presence of thermodynamically unfavored but kinetically trapped topological defects in nanopatterns formed via self-assembly of block copolymer thin films may prevent their use for many envisioned applications. Here, we demonstrate that lamellae patterns formed by symmetric polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers self-assemble and order extremely rapidly when the diblock copolymers are blended with low molecular weight homopolymers of the constituent blocks. Being in the "wet brush" regime, the homopolymers uniformly distribute within their respective self-assembled microdomains, preventing increases in domain widths. An order-of-magnitude increase in topological grain size in blends over the neat (unblended) diblock copolymer is achieved within minutes of thermal annealing as a result of the significantly higher power law exponent for ordering kinetics in the blends. Moreover, the blends are demonstrated to be capable of rapid and robust domain alignment within micrometer-scale trenches, in contrast to the corresponding neat diblock copolymer. These results can be attributed to the lowering of energy barriers associated with domain boundaries by bringing the system closer to an order-disorder transition through low molecular weight homopolymer blending.

  20. Influence of copolymer architectures on adhesion and compatibilization of polymers at interfaces

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    Guo, Lantao

    Adhesion and compatibilization of immiscible homopolymers by a variety of copolymer architectures were studied. The work is arranged into 5 chapters: In Chapter 1, an introduction to recent studies on improvement of adhesion and compatibilization of polymer blends using copolymers was made including the advantages and shortcomings of interfacial reinforcement by a diblock copolymer architecture. Emphasis is on the novel ways to improve adhesion at polymer interfaces by a variety of copolymer architectures, including physical entanglement and chemical modification and chemical bonding. In Chapter 2, a series of Polystyrene-Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) graft copolymers were introduced to modify the PS and PMMA homopolymer interface and was found to increase the interfacial fracture toughness to a large extent, depending on the detailed architectural variables such as the graft number per chain, the lengths of the backbone and the grafts, and the total molecular weights of the graft copolymers. It was also found that there was an optimal number of grafts per chain which can be interpreted based on the graft length and inter-branch length of the backbone of the copolymer. Effect of in-situ grafting via a chemical reaction between Polystyrene-Poly(vinyl phenol) (PS-PSOH) and oxazoline containing Styrene-Acrylonitril (SAN) was also discussed compared with the physical grafting of a graft copolymer of different structural parameters. In Chapter 3, hydrogen bonding was utilized to toughen the interface between PS and PAA poly(acrylic acid)) or PMMA using a random copolymer architecture of Polystyrene-Poly(vinyl pyridine) (PS-PVP). It was shown that random copolymer architecture is not only economically feasible due to its low cost of producing but also very effective on adhesion because it not only overcomes the issue of micelle formation which is an unavoidable situation in the diblock and graft cases but the enhancement of adhesion is much higher utilizing a H

  1. Order-Disorder Transitions in Cross-Linked Block Copolymer Solids

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    Das, J.

    2005-01-12

    With a view toward creating solid block copolymers wherein the order-disorder transition can be accessed many times they investigated the nature of order-disorder transitions in cross-linked diblock copolymer melts using synergistic theory and experiment. A mean-field theory based on a coarse grained free-energy and the Random Phase Approximation (RPA) is developed for the system of interest. The quenched distribution of cross-links is averaged using the replica method. The phase behavior of a particular A-B block copolymer melt with a randomly cross-linked B-Block is determined as a function of the Florry-Huggins interaction parameter ({chi}) and the average number of cross-links per chain N{sub c}. They find for a cross-link density greater than N*{sub c} the B monomers are localized within a region of size {zeta} {approx} (N{sub c} - N*{sub c}){sup -1/2}. The cross-links strongly oppose ordering in the system as {zeta} becomes comparable to the radius of gyration of the block copolymer chain. As such the order-disorder transition temperature T{sub ODT} decreases precipitously when N{sub c} > N*{sub c}. When N{sub c} < N*{sub c}, T{sub ODT} increases weakly with N{sub c}. Experiments were conducted on cross-linked polystyrene-block-polyisoprene copolymer samples wherein the polyisoprene block was selectively cross-linked at a temperature well above the order-disorder transition temperature of the pure block copolymer. Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and birefringence measurements on the cross-linked samples are consistent with the theoretical prediction. T{sub ODT} decreases rapidly when the cross-linking density exceeds the critical cross-linking density.

  2. Highly Efficient One-Pot Synthesis of COS-Based Block Copolymers by Using Organic Lewis Pairs.

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    Yang, Jia-Liang; Cao, Xiao-Han; Zhang, Cheng-Jian; Wu, Hai-Lin; Zhang, Xing-Hong

    2018-01-31

    A one-pot synthesis of block copolymer with regioregular poly(monothiocarbonate) block is described via metal-free catalysis. Lewis bases such as guanidine, quaternary onium salts, and Lewis acid triethyl borane (TEB) were equivalently combined and used as the catalysts. By using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as the macromolecular chain transfer agent (CTA), narrow polydispersity block copolymers were obtained from the copolymerization of carbonyl sulfide (COS) and propylene oxide (PO). The block copolymers had a poly(monothiocarbonate) block with perfect alternating degree and regioregularity. Unexpectedly, the addition of CTA to COS/PO copolymerization system could dramatically improve the turnover frequency (TOF) of PO (up to 240 h -1 ), higher than that of the copolymerization without CTA. In addition, the conversion of CTA could be up to 100% in most cases, as revealed by ¹H NMR spectra. Of consequence, the number-average molecular weights ( M n s) of the resultant block copolymers could be regulated by varying the feed ratio of CTA to PO. Oxygen-sulfur exchange reaction (O/S ER), which can generate randomly distributed thiocarbonate and carbonate units, was effectively suppressed in all of the cases in the presence of CTA, even at 80 °C. This work presents a versatile method for synthesizing sulfur-containing block copolymers through a metal-free route, providing an array of new block copolymers.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(ethylene glycol)-block-Poly(Nα-Boc-L-tryptophan) copolymers

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    Voda, Andreea S.; Guo, Qipeng

    2010-06-01

    Amphiphilic diblock and triblock copolymers were synthesized from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and Nα-Boc-L-tryptophan. A number of reaction conditions were investigated in order to achieve optimum yield and maximum chain extension for the newly formed block copolymers. Characterization of the novel copolymers was evaluated by means of 1D and 2D solution state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared (IR) spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography (SEC). The 2D NMR investigation of the block copolymers provided evidence to suggest that protonation of the nitrogen atoms present along the newly formed peptide back bone was occurring when the solvent environment was under acidic conditions.

  4. Block Copolymer Metastability: Scientific Nightmare or Engineering Dream?

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    Bates, Frank S.

    1997-03-01

    Most experimental studies and almost all theories that deal with block copolymers, or mixtures of block copolymers and homopolymers, have been designed from an equilibrium perspective. Yet a myriad of factors conspire to retard approach to equilibrium in these systems, including: subtle features in the free energy surface that are controlled by ordered state symmetry; a coupling between microphase separation and entanglement dynamics; complex molecular architectures such as multiblock, starblock, and miktoarm. Even unentangled low molecular weight diblock copolymers, the simplest and dynamically least encumbered materials, exhibit long-lived metastable states that confound attempts to validate equilibrium theories. However, this apparent dilemma can be exploited through clever processing strategies. This lecture will address two opposing consequences of block copolymer metastability. The first is a potential nightmare: Can we ever establish universal block copolymer phase diagrams? The second is the stuff of dreams: Self-assembled thermoset nanocomposites.

  5. Silicon containing copolymers

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    Amiri, Sahar; Amiri, Sanam

    2014-01-01

    Silicones have unique properties including thermal oxidative stability, low temperature flow, high compressibility, low surface tension, hydrophobicity and electric properties. These special properties have encouraged the exploration of alternative synthetic routes of well defined controlled microstructures of silicone copolymers, the subject of this Springer Brief. The authors explore the synthesis and characterization of notable block copolymers. Recent advances in controlled radical polymerization techniques leading to the facile synthesis of well-defined silicon based thermo reversible block copolymers?are described along with atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a technique utilized to develop well-defined functional thermo reversible block copolymers. The brief also focuses on Polyrotaxanes and their great potential as stimulus-responsive materials which produce poly (dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) based thermo reversible block copolymers.

  6. Synthetic lubricants based on copolymers of n-butyl methacrylate and α-olefins

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    Đakov Tatjana A.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Synthetic fluids obtained by the copolymerization of α -olefins with alkyl esters of unsaturated carboxylic acids have a unique combination of properties of non-polar poly-a-olefins (PAOs and polar esters in a single molecule. These compounds are characterized by superior thermal, oxidative and hydrolytic stability, miscibility with mineral and synthetic base oils solubility of additives and neutral elastomer behavior. Depending on the molar masses and comonomer ratios in the copolymer molecule, synthetic fluids with a wide range of properties are obtained. These compounds are valuable components in lubricating oil formulations for different applications.

  7. Chlorine resistant desalination membranes based on directly sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone) copolymers

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    McGrath, James E [Blacksburg, VA; Park, Ho Bum [Austin, TX; Freeman, Benny D [Austin, TX

    2011-10-04

    The present invention provides a membrane, kit, and method of making a hydrophilic-hydrophobic random copolymer membrane. The hydrophilic-hydrophobic random copolymer membrane includes a hydrophilic-hydrophobic random copolymer. The hydrophilic-hydrophobic random copolymer includes one or more hydrophilic monomers having a sulfonated polyarylsulfone monomer and a second monomer and one or more hydrophobic monomers having a non-sulfonated third monomer and a fourth monomer. The sulfonated polyarylsulfone monomer introduces a sulfonate into the hydrophilic-hydrophobic random copolymer prior to polymerization.

  8. Graphene oxide-enhanced sol-gel transition sensitivity and drug release performance of an amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite

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    Hu, Huawen; Wang, Xiaowen; Lee, Ka I; Ma, Kaikai; Hu, Hong; Xin, John H.

    2016-01-01

    We report the fabrication of a highly sensitive amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite incorporating with graphene oxide (GO), which exhibited a low-intensity UV light-triggered sol-gel transition. Non-cytotoxicity was observed for the composite gels after the GO incorporation. Of particular interest were the microchannels that were formed spontaneously within the GO-incorporated UV-gel, which expedited sustained drug release. Therefore, the present highly UV-sensitive, non-cytotoxic amphiphilic copolymer-based composites is expected to provide enhanced photothermal therapy and chemotherapy by means of GO’s unique photothermal properties, as well as through efficient passive targeting resulting from the sol-gel transition characteristic of the copolymer-based system with improved sensitivity, which thus promises the enhanced treatment of patients with cancer and other diseases. PMID:27539298

  9. Silicon-containing soybean-oil-based copolymers. Synthesis and properties.

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    Sacristán, Marta; Ronda, Joan C; Galià, Marina; Cádiz, Virginia

    2009-09-14

    New silicon-containing soybean-oil-based copolymers were prepared from soybean oil, styrene, divinylbenzene, and p-trimethylsilylstyrene by cationic polymerization using boron trifluoride etherate as initiator. Soxhlet extraction and NMR spectroscopy indicate that the copolymers consist of a cross-linked network plasticized with varying amounts of oligomers and unreacted oil. This soluble fraction increases when the SiST content in the feed increases, according to a lower reactivity of this monomer. The thermal, dynamomechanical, and flame-retardant properties of these materials were examined. Thermosets with glass transition temperatures ranging from 50 to 62 degrees C, which are thermally stable below 350 degrees C, and with LOI values from 22.6 to 29.7 were obtained. Their properties suggest that these materials may prove to be useful alternatives for current non-renewable-based thermosets and that the flame-retardant properties of vegetable-oil-based thermosets can be improved by adding covalently bonded silicon to the polymer.

  10. Microphase Separation in Thin Films of Block Copolymer Supramolecular Assemblies: Composition Dependent Morphological Transitions and Molecular Architecture Effect

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    Nandan, Bhanu; Stamm, Manfred

    2010-03-01

    Block copolymer based supramolecular assemblies (SMAs) recently have attracted lot of attention because of their potential application as nanotemplates. These SMAs are prepared by attaching small molecules selectively to one of the blocks of the copolymer through physical interactions. In the present study, the phase behavior of SMAs formed by polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) with 2-(4'-hydroxybenzeneazo)benzoic acid (HABA) was investigated with respect to the molar ratio (X) between HABA and 4VP monomer unit in bulk as well as in thin films. It will be shown that these SMAs show some interesting composition dependent and solvent induced pathway dependent phase transitions. Moreover, the orientation of cylindrical or lamellar microdomains of P4VP(HABA) depends on the selectivity of the solvent as well as on the degree of swelling of the thin film. Furthermore, it will be shown that the molecular architecture of the block copolymer influences the orientation and ordering of microdomains in the SMA. Hence, whereas, the cylindrical and lamellar microdomains of SMA composed of a P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP triblock copolymer were perpendicular to the substrate, those composed from a PS-b-P4VP diblock of similar composition had in-plane orientation of the microdomains.

  11. Assessment of Physical Stability and Antioxidant Activity of Polysiloxane Polyalkyl Polyether Copolymer-Based Creams

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    Atif Ali

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present work was to investigate the changes on physical stability (color, creaming, liquefaction, pH, conductivity, centrifugation, viscosity and rheological parameters by non-ionic surfactant polysiloxane polyalkyl polyether copolymer based creams following inclusion of plant extract containing phenolic compounds. The antioxidant activity of the plant extract alone and after addition in the cream was assessed using the stable free radical 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH assay. Physical stability was assessed by submitting the creams to storage at 8°C, 25°C, 40°C, and at 40°C with 70% RH (relative humidity for a period of two months. Physical characteristics of polysiloxane polyalkyl polyether copolymer based creams, that is, color, creaming, liquefaction, centrifugation and pH were noted at various intervals for 2 months. The viscosities and rheological behavior of creams were determined using a rotational rheometer. Data were analyzed by using Brookfield Software Rheocalc version (2.6 with IPC Paste and Power Law (PL math models. Cream with plant extract showed pseudo plastic behaviour with decreasing on viscosity. The Acacia nilotica (AN extract alone and the cream containing this extract showed great antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities. Power Law and IPC analysis were found to fit all the rheograms.

  12. Epitaxial relationships for hexagonal-to-cubic phase transition in a block copolymer mixture

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    Schulz, M.F.; Bates, F.S.; Almdal, K.

    1994-01-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering experiments have revealed an epitaxial relationship between the hexagonal cylinder phase, and a bicontinuous cubic phase with Ia3dBAR space group symmetry, in a poly(styrene)-poly(2-vinylpyridine) diblock copolymer mixture. Proximity to the order-disorder transition...

  13. Mesoscopic multiphase structures and the interfaces of block and graft copolymers in bulk

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    Matsushita, Yushu

    1996-01-01

    Microphase-separated structures of copolymers with various architectures and their polymer/polymer interfaces were studied. They are SP diblock, PSP triblock, and SPP graft copolymers, where S and P denote polystyrene and poly(2-vinylpyridine), respectively. Morphological observations were carried out by means of transmission electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. Chain dimensions of component polymers were measured by small-angle neutron scattering and microphase-separated interfaces were observed by neutron reflectivity measurements using deuterium-labeled samples. It was clarified that morphological phase transitions among thermodynamically equilibrium structures for SP diblock and PSP triblock copolymers occur at almost the same compositions; however, those of SPP graft copolymers tend to occur at higher volume fraction of polystyrene, φ s , than those for block copolymers. As for alternating lamellar structures it turned out to be clear that lamellar domain spacings, D's, were scaled as the 2/3 power of the molecular weight of polymers irrespective of their architectures. S block chains of SP diblock and PSP triblock copolymers in lamellar structures were both confirmed to be deformed toward the direction perpendicular to the lamellar interfaces, but it revealed that their volumes were preserved. Further, S/P interfacial thicknesses of SP and PSP were essentially the same to each other and the values defined as the FWHM of the error functions which express the segment density distributions of the interfaces were determined to be about 4 nm. (author)

  14. Synthesis of Fluorinated Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Based on PEGMA, HEMA, and MMA via ATRP and CuAAC Click Chemistry

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of fluorinated amphiphilic block copolymers via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP and Cu(I catalyzed Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition (CuAAC was demonstrated. First, a PEGMA and MMA based block copolymer carrying multiple side-chain acetylene moieties on the hydrophobic segment for postfunctionalization was carried out. This involves the synthesis of a series of P(HEMA-co-MMA random copolymers to be employed as macroinitiators in the controlled synthesis of P(HEMA-co-MMA-block-PPEGMA block copolymers by using ATRP, followed by a modification step on the hydroxyl side groups of HEMA via Steglich esterification to afford propargyl side-functional polymer, alkyne-P(HEMA-co-MMA-block-PPEGMA. Finally, click coupling between side-chain acetylene functionalities and 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl azide yielded fluorinated amphiphilic block copolymers. The obtained polymers were structurally characterized by 1H-NMR, 19F-NMR, FT-IR, and GPC. Their thermal characterizations were performed using DSC and TGA.

  15. Physical tuning of cellulose-polymer interactions utilizing cationic block copolymers based on PCL and quaternized PDMAEMA.

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    Utsel, Simon; Bruce, Carl; Pettersson, Torbjörn; Fogelström, Linda; Carlmark, Anna; Malmström, Eva; Wågberg, Lars

    2012-12-01

    In this work, the objective was to synthesize and evaluate the properties of a compatibilizer based on poly(ε-caprolactone) aimed at tuning the surface properties of cellulose fibers used in fiber-reinforced biocomposites. The compatibilizer is an amphiphilic block copolymer consisting of two different blocks which have different functions. One block is cationic, quaternized poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and can therefore electrostatically attach to anionic reinforcing materials such as cellulose-based fibers/fibrils under mild conditions in water. The other block consists of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) which can decrease the surface energy of a cellulose surface and also has the ability to form physical entanglements with a PCL surface thereby improving the interfacial adhesion. Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) and Ring-Opening Polymerization (ROP) were used to synthesize three block copolymers with the same length of the cationic PDMAEMA block but with different lengths of the PCL blocks. The block copolymers form cationic micelles in water which can adsorb to anionic surfaces such as silicon oxide and cellulose-model surfaces. After heat treatment, the contact angles of water on the treated surfaces increased significantly, and contact angles close to those of pure PCL were obtained for the block copolymers with longer PCL blocks. AFM force measurements showed a clear entangling behavior between the block copolymers and a PCL surface at about 60 °C, which is important for the formation of an adhesive interface in the final biocomposites. This demonstrates that this type of amphiphilic block copolymer can be used to improve interactions in biocomposites between anionic reinforcing materials such as cellulose-based fibers/fibrils and less polar matrices such as PCL.

  16. Novel Injectable Pentablock Copolymer Based Thermoresponsive Hydrogels for Sustained Release Vaccines.

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    Bobbala, Sharan; Tamboli, Viral; McDowell, Arlene; Mitra, Ashim K; Hook, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    The need for multiple vaccinations to enhance the immunogenicity of subunit vaccines may be reduced by delivering the vaccine over an extended period of time. Here, we report two novel injectable pentablock copolymer based thermoresponsive hydrogels made of polyethyleneglycol-polycaprolactone-polylactide-polycaprolactone-polyethyleneglycol (PEG-PCL-PLA-PCL-PEG) with varying ratios of polycaprolactone (PCL) and polylactide (PLA), as single shot sustained release vaccines. Pentablock copolymer hydrogels were loaded with vaccine-encapsulated poly lactic-co-glycolic acid nanoparticles (PLGA-NP) or with the soluble vaccine components. Incorporation of PLGA-NP into the thermoresponsive hydrogels increased the complex viscosity of the gels, lowered the gelation temperature, and minimized the burst release of antigen and adjuvants. The two pentablock hydrogels stimulated both cellular and humoral responses. The addition of PLGA-NP to the hydrogels sustained immune responses for up to 49 days. The polymer with a higher ratio of PCL to PLA formed a more rigid gel, induced stronger immune responses, and stimulated effective anti-tumor responses in a prophylactic melanoma tumor model.

  17. Block Copolymer-Based Supramolecular Elastomers with High Extensibility and Large Stress Generation Capability

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    Noro, Atsushi; Hayashi, Mikihiro

    We prepared block copolymer-based supramolecular elastomers with high extensibility and large stress generation capability. Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerizations were conducted under normal pressure and high pressure to synthesize several large molecular weight polystyrene-b-[poly(butyl acrylate)-co-polyacrylamide]-b-polystyrene (S-Ba-S) block copolymers. Tensile tests revealed that the largest S-Ba-S with middle block molecular weight of 3140k achieved a breaking elongation of over 2000% with a maximum tensile stress of 3.6 MPa and a toughness of 28 MJ/m3 while the reference sample without any middle block hydrogen bonds, polystyrene-b-poly(butyl acrylate)-b-polystyrene with almost the same molecular weight, was merely viscous and not self-standing. Hence, incorporation of hydrogen bonds into a long soft middle block was found to be beneficial to attain high extensibility and large stress generation capability probably due to concerted combination of entropic changes and internal potential energy changes originaing from the dissociation of multiple hydrogen bonds by elongation. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 13J02357, 24685035, 15K13785, and 23655213 for M.H. and A.N. A.N. also expresses his gratitude for Tanaka Rubber Science & Technology Award by Enokagaku-Shinko Foundation, Japan.

  18. Quasi-Block Copolymers Based on a General Polymeric Chain Stopper.

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    Sanguramath, Rajashekharayya A; Nealey, Paul F; Shenhar, Roy

    2016-07-11

    Quasi-block copolymers (q-BCPs) are block copolymers consisting of conventional and supramolecular blocks, in which the conventional block is end-terminated by a functionality that interacts with the supramolecular monomer (a "chain stopper" functionality). A new design of q-BCPs based on a general polymeric chain stopper, which consists of polystyrene end-terminated with a sulfonate group (PS-SO3 Li), is described. Through viscosity measurements and a detailed diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy study, it is shown that PS-SO3 Li can effectively cap two types of model supramolecular monomers to form q-BCPs in solution. Furthermore, differential scanning calorimetry data and structural characterization of thin films by scanning force microscopy suggests the existence of the q-BCP architecture in the melt. The new design considerably simplifies the synthesis of polymeric chain stoppers; thus promoting the utilization of q-BCPs as smart, nanostructured materials. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Biocompatible fluorinated polyglycerols for droplet microfluidics as an alternative to PEG-based copolymer surfactants.

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    Wagner, Olaf; Thiele, Julian; Weinhart, Marie; Mazutis, Linas; Weitz, David A; Huck, Wilhelm T S; Haag, Rainer

    2016-01-07

    In droplet-based microfluidics, non-ionic, high-molecular weight surfactants are required to stabilize droplet interfaces. One of the most common structures that imparts stability as well as biocompatibility to water-in-oil droplets is a triblock copolymer surfactant composed of perfluoropolyether (PFPE) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) blocks. However, the fast growing applications of microdroplets in biology would benefit from a larger choice of specialized surfactants. PEG as a hydrophilic moiety, however, is a very limited tool in surfactant modification as one can only vary the molecular weight and chain-end functionalization. In contrast, linear polyglycerol offers further side-chain functionalization to create custom-tailored, biocompatible droplet interfaces. Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of polyglycerol-based triblock surfactants with tailored side-chain composition, and exemplify their application in cell encapsulation and in vitro gene expression studies in droplet-based microfluidics.

  20. Solid polymer electrolytes based on alternating copolymers of vinyl ethers with methoxy oligo(ethyleneoxy)ethyl groups and vinylene carbonate

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    Itoh, Takahito; Fujita, Katsuhito; Inoue, Kentaro; Iwama, Hiroki; Kondoh, Kensaku; Uno, Takahiro; Kubo, Masataka

    2013-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Synthesis of alternating copolymers of vinyl ethers and vinylene carbonate. • Preparation of polymer electrolytes based on the alternating copolymers with LiTFSI. • Structure-property relationship for alternating copolymers-based electrolytes. • Interfacial stability between polymer electrolytes with lithium metal electrode. - Abstract: Alternating copolymers (poly(1a-g-alt-VC)) of vinyl ethers with various methoxy oligo(ethyleneoxy)ethyl groups and vinylene carbonate (VC) were prepared, and the thermal and electrochemical properties of their polymer electrolytes with LiTFSI and interfacial stability between the polymer electrolyte and Li metal electrode were investigated. T g 's increased linearly with salt contents, and decreased with an increase in the chain length of methoxy oligo(ethyleneoxy)ethyl groups in the vinyl ethers at constant salt concentration. The slopes of T g vs. [Li]/[O] were identical, independent of the polymer structure. The ionic conductivities of the polymer electrolytes increased with increasing the side-chain ethyleneoxy (EO) unit length of the vinyl ether unit in the alternating copolymers, and also their temperature dependences became relatively smaller in the polymer electrolytes having longer EO units in the vinyl ethers. The highest ionic conductivity, 1.2 × 10 −4 S/cm at 30 °C, was obtained in the alternating copolymer with a side-chain EO unit length of 23.5 in the vinyl ether unit. Ion transport coupled with the segmental motion of the polymer is dominant in these polymer electrolytes. Interfacial resistance increased gradually with contact time, indicative of the formation of passivation films on the Li metal electrode. These polymer electrolytes are thermally stable and have large electrochemical windows of use

  1. Facile phase transfer of gold nanorods and nanospheres stabilized with block copolymers.

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    Derikov, Yaroslav I; Shandryuk, Georgiy A; Talroze, Raisa V; Ezhov, Alexander A; Kudryavtsev, Yaroslav V

    2018-01-01

    A fast route to transfer Au nanoparticles from aqueous to organic media is proposed based on the use of a high molecular mass diblock copolymer of styrene and 2-vinylpyridine for ligand exchange at the nanoparticle surface. The method enables the preparation of stable sols of Au nanorods with sizes of up to tens of nanometers or Au nanospheres in various organic solvents. By comparing the optical absorbance spectra of Au hydro- and organosols with the data of numerical simulations of the surface plasmon resonance, we find that nanoparticles do not aggregate and confirm the transmission electron microscopy data regarding their shape and size. The proposed approach can be effective in preparing hybrid composites without the use of strong thiol and amine surfactants.

  2. Fabrication of Hyperbranched Block-Statistical Copolymer-Based Prodrug with Dual Sensitivities for Controlled Release.

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    Zheng, Luping; Wang, Yunfei; Zhang, Xianshuo; Ma, Liwei; Wang, Baoyan; Ji, Xiangling; Wei, Hua

    2018-01-17

    Dendrimer with hyperbranched structure and multivalent surface is regarded as one of the most promising candidates close to the ideal drug delivery systems, but the clinical translation and scale-up production of dendrimer has been hampered significantly by the synthetic difficulties. Therefore, there is considerable scope for the development of novel hyperbranched polymer that can not only address the drawbacks of dendrimer but maintain its advantages. The reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer self-condensing vinyl polymerization (RAFT-SCVP) technique has enabled facile preparation of segmented hyperbranched polymer (SHP) by using chain transfer monomer (CTM)-based double-head agent during the past decade. Meanwhile, the design and development of block-statistical copolymers has been proven in our recent studies to be a simple yet effective way to address the extracellular stability vs intracellular high delivery efficacy dilemma. To integrate the advantages of both hyperbranched and block-statistical structures, we herein reported the fabrication of hyperbranched block-statistical copolymer-based prodrug with pH and reduction dual sensitivities using RAFT-SCVP and post-polymerization click coupling. The external homo oligo(ethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (OEGMA) block provides sufficient extracellularly colloidal stability for the nanocarriers by steric hindrance, and the interior OEGMA units incorporated by the statistical copolymerization promote intracellular drug release by facilitating the permeation of GSH and H + for the cleavage of the reduction-responsive disulfide bond and pH-liable carbonate link as well as weakening the hydrophobic encapsulation of drug molecules. The delivery efficacy of the target hyperbranched block-statistical copolymer-based prodrug was evaluated in terms of in vitro drug release and cytotoxicity studies, which confirms both acidic pH and reduction-triggered drug release for inhibiting proliferation of He

  3. Fouling release nanostructured coatings based on PDMS-polyurea segmented copolymers

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    Fang, Jason

    2010-05-01

    The bulk and surface characteristics of a series of coatings based on PDMS-polyurea segmented copolymers were correlated to their fouling release performance. Incorporation of polyurea segments to PDMS backbone gives rise to phase separation with the extensively hydrogen bonded hard domains creating an interconnected network that imparts mechanical rigidity. Increasing the compositional complexity of the system by including fluorinated or POSS-functionalized chain extenders or through nanoclay intercalation, confers further thermomechanical improvements. In analogy to the bulk morphology, the surface topography also reflects the compositional complexity of the materials, displaying a wide range of motifs. Investigations on settlement and subsequent removal of Ulva sporelings on those nanostructured surfaces indicate that the work required to remove the microorganisms is significantly lower compared to coatings based on standard PDMS homopolymer. All in all, the series of materials considered in this study demonstrate advanced fouling release properties, while exhibiting superior mechanical properties and, thus, long term durability. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

  4. A controlled release system for proteins based on poly(ether ester) block-copolymers: polymer network characterization

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    Bezemer, J.M.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Dijkstra, Pieter J.; van Blitterswijk, Clemens; Feijen, Jan

    1999-01-01

    The properties of a series of multiblock copolymers, based on hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and hydrophobic poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) blocks were investigated with respect to their application as a matrix for controlled release of proteins. The degree of swelling, Q, of the

  5. Formation of nanophases in epoxy thermosets containing amphiphilic block copolymers with linear and star-like topologies.

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    Wang, Lei; Zhang, Chongyin; Cong, Houluo; Li, Lei; Zheng, Sixun; Li, Xiuhong; Wang, Jie

    2013-07-11

    In this work, we investigated the effect of topological structures of block copolymers on the formation of the nanophase in epoxy thermosets containing amphiphilic block copolymers. Two block copolymers composed of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl acrylate) (PTFEA) blocks were synthesized to possess linear and star-shaped topologies. The star-shaped block copolymer composed a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) core and eight poly(ε-caprolactone)-block-poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl acrylate) (PCL-b-PTFEA) diblock copolymer arms. Both block copolymers were synthesized via the combination of ring-opening polymerization and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer/macromolecular design via the interchange of xanthate (RAFT/MADIX) process; they were controlled to have identical compositions of copolymerization and lengths of blocks. Upon incorporating both block copolymers into epoxy thermosets, the spherical PTFEA nanophases were formed in all the cases. However, the sizes of PTFEA nanophases from the star-like block copolymer were significantly lower than those from the linear diblock copolymer. The difference in the nanostructures gave rise to the different glass transition behavior of the nanostructured thermosets. The dependence of PTFEA nanophases on the topologies of block copolymers is interpreted in terms of the conformation of the miscible subchain (viz. PCL) at the surface of PTFEA microdomains and the restriction of POSS cages on the demixing of the thermoset-philic block (viz. PCL).

  6. One-step routes from di- and triblock copolymer precursors to hydrophilic nanoporous poly(acrylic acid)-b-polystyrene

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    Guo, Fengxiao; Jankova Atanasova, Katja; Schulte, Lars

    2008-01-01

    Nanoporous polystyrene with hydrophilic pores was prepared from di- and triblock copolymer precursors. The precursor material was either a poly(tert-butyl acryl ate)-b-polystyrene (PtBA-b-PS) diblock copolymer synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) or a polydimethylsiloxane......-b-poly(tertbutyl acrylate)-b-polystyrene (PDMS-b-PtBA-b-PS) triblock copolymer synthesized by a combination of living anionic polymerization and ATRP. In the latter copolymer, PS was the matrix and mechanically stable component, PtBA was converted by acidic deprotection to hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) providing...

  7. Plastic solar cells based on fluorenone-containing oligomers and regioregular alternate copolymers

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    Demadrille, R.; Rannou, P.; Pron, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Metaux Synthetiques, UMR5819-SPrAM (CEA-CNRS-Univ.Grenoble I), DRFMC CEA-Grenoble, 17 rue des Martyrs F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Firon, M.; Leroy, J. [Laboratoire Cellules et Composants, DRT-LITEN, CEA-Saclay, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France)

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    Oligomers and regioregular copolymers based on fluorenone subunits are synthesized and used in bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic cells. These are 2,7-bis(5-[(E)-1,2-bis(3-octylthien-2-yl)ethylene])-fluoren-9-one (TVF), the product of its oxidative polymerization, that is, poly[(5,5'-(bis-(E)-1,2-bis(3-octylthien-2-yl)ethylene)-alt-(2,7-fluoren-9-one)]) (PTVF), and an alternate copolymer of fluoren-9-one and di-n-alkylbithiophene, namely poly[(5,5'-(3,3'-di-n-octyl-2,2'-bithiophene))-alt-(2,7-fluoren-9-one)] (PDOBTF). The interpenetrating networks of active layers consisting of these new compounds as electron donors and of methanofullerene [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as an acceptor exhibit an extended absorption band in the visible part of the spectrum with an absorption edge close to 700 nm. The external power conversion efficiencies (EPCEs) and the external quantum efficiency of the various TVF-, PTVF-, and PDOBTF-based photovoltaic cells have been determined. EPCE values of up to 1 % have been achieved, which demonstrate the potential of fluorenone-based materials in solar cells. It has also been demonstrated that fluorenone subunits are efficient photon absorbers for the conversion. Interestingly, some cell parameters such as, for example, the fill factor, have been improved as compared to photovoltaic cells with a ''classical'' poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]/PCBM active layer, fabricated and studied under the same experimental conditions. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  8. Preparation of dual-sensitive graft copolymer hydrogel based on N ...

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    The copolymer obtained was analysed by FT–IR, XRD and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). It was found that the grafting yield and grafting efficiency increased with increasing radiation absorbed dose and monomer amount, and then decreased. The swelling ratio of the copolymer hydrogel was low at pH 4–5, and LCST ...

  9. Visualization of the distribution of surface-active block copolymers in PDMS-based coatings

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    Noguer, A. Camós; Latipov, R.; Madsen, F. B.

    2018-01-01

    and added to a PDMS coating for visualization purposes. The surface-activity and biofouling resistance of the synthesized copolymer was confirmed by water contact angle measurements and seawater immersion experiments. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) images showed that the triblock copolymer...

  10. Preparation of composite materials based on hydroxyapatite and lactide and glycolide copolymer

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    Lytkina, Darya; Berezovskaya, Anna; Korotchenko, Natalya; Kurzina, Irina; Kozik, Vladimir

    2017-11-01

    Composite materials for the restoration of bone tissues based on hydroxyapatite and a copolymer of lactide and glycolide were obtained. The composition of materials at different stages of production is estimated by X-Ray diffraction method. It has been established that during the production of materials a new phase of chlorine-substituted hydroxyapatite (Ca9.7(P6O23.81)Cl2.35(OH)2.01) was formed, which promoted an increase of hydroxyapatite solubility in the composition of materials. The quantitative estimation of micro- and macroporosity of materials is given. It was found that the use of sodium chloride as the pore-forming agent delivers porosity of the composites required for use as bone substitutes.

  11. Influence of the content of hard segments on the properties of novel urethane-siloxane copolymers based on a poly(ε-caprolactone-b-poly(dimethylsiloxane-b-poly(ε- caprolactone triblock copolymer

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    Antić Vesna V.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of novel thermoplastic urethane-siloxane copolymers (TPUSs based on a α,ω-dihydroxy-[poly(ε-caprolactone-bpoly( dimethylsiloxane-b-poly(ε-caprolactone] (α,ω-dihydroxy-PCLPDMS- PCL triblock copolymer, 4,4?-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI and 1,4-butanediol (BD was synthesized. The effects of the content (9-63 wt. % of hard urethane segments and their degree of polymerization on the properties of the segmented TPUSs were investigated. The structure, composition and hard segment degree of polymerization of the hard segments were examined using 1H- and quantitative 13C-NMR spectroscopy. The degree of crystallinity of the synthesized copolymers was determined using wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS. The surface properties were evaluated by measuring the water contact angle and water absorption. In the series of the TPUSs, the average degree of polymerization of the hard segments was varied from 1.2 to 14.4 MDI-BD units. It was found that average values from 3.8 to 14.4 MDI-BD units were effective segment lengths for crystallization of hard segments, which resulted in an increase in the degree of microphase separation of the copolymers. Spherulite-like superstructures were observed in copolymer films by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, which are believed to arise from the crystallization of the hard segments and/or PCL segments, depending on the content of the hard segments. The surface of the copolymers became more hydrophobic with increasing weight fraction of PDMS. The synthesized copolymers based on a PCL-PDMS-PCL segment showed good thermal stability, which increased with increasing content of soft PDMS segments, as was confirmed by the value of the starting temperature of thermal degradation.

  12. Bismaleimide Copolymer Matrix Resins

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    Parker, John A.; Heimbuch, Alvin H.; Hsu, Ming-Ta S.; Chen, Timothy S.

    1987-01-01

    Graphite composites, prepared from 1:1 copolymer of two new bismaleimides based on N,N'-m-phenylene-bis(m-amino-benzamide) structure have mechanical properties superior to those prepared from other bismaleimide-type resins. New heat-resistant composites replace metal in some structural applications. Monomers used to form copolymers with superior mechanical properties prepared by reaction of MMAB with maleic or citraconic anhydride.

  13. On the Use of Self-Assembling Block Copolymers to Toughen A Model Epoxy

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    Chen, Yilin

    Block copolymers have been receiving considerable attention in toughening epoxy due to their ability to form a wide variety of nanostructures. This study focuses on using both triblock and diblock copolymers to improve the fracture toughness of an aromatic-amine cured epoxy system. The curing system consisted of 1,3- phenylenediamine (mPDA) as curing agent and aniline as a chain extender. Three triblock copolymers and three diblock copolymers were incorporated in the same lightly crosslinked model epoxy system, which was chosen to mimic an underfill material in flip-chip packaging for the microelectronics industry. In this research, rubber particles were formed in situ using self-assembling block copolymers. Mechanical, thermal and microscopic studies were conducted with the main goal to study the relationship between the block parameters and the final morphologies and their effects on static and dynamic mechanical properties of the toughened resin, especially fracture toughness. In these block-copolymer-modified epoxies, spherical micelles and wormlike micelles were obtained by varying block lengths, molecular weight, polarities and compositions. It was found that miscibility of the epoxy-miscible block played a crucial role in the formation of different types of morphologies. At a low loading level, diblock copolymers were able to toughen the model epoxy as effectively as triblock copolymers. The fracture toughness was improved to almost three times with respect to that of the neat resin with addition of 10 phr AM*-27. At the same time, other mechanical properties, such as yield strength and modulus, were well retained. Incorporation of block copolymers did not have a significant effect on glass transition temperature but caused an increase in coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the modified epoxy. Particle cavitation and matrix void growth were proved to be the toughening mechanisms for SBM-Modified epoxies. However, these typical toughening mechanisms for

  14. Morphology-properties relationship on nanocomposite films based on poly(styrene-block-diene-block-styrene copolymers and silver nanoparticles

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    Full Text Available A comparative study on the self-assembled nanostructured morphology and the rheological and mechanical properties of four different triblock copolymers, based on poly(styrene-block-diene-block-styrene and poly(styrene-block-diene-block-styrene matrices, and of their respective nanocomposites with 1 wt% silver nanoparticles, is reported in this work. In order to obtain well-dispersed nanoparticles in the block copolymer matrix, dodecanethiol was used as surfactant, showing good affinity with both nanoparticles and the polystyrene phase of the matrices as predicted by the solubility parameters calculated based on Hoftyzer and Van Krevelen theory. The block copolymer with the highest PS content shows the highest tensile modulus and tensile strength, but also the smallest elongation at break. When silver nanoparticles treated with surfactant were added to the block copolymer matrices, each system studied shows higher mechanical properties due to the good dispersion and the good interface of Ag nanoparticles in the matrices. Furthermore, it has been shown that semiempirical models such as Guth and Gold equation and Halpin-Tsai model can be used to predict the tensile modulus of the analyzed nanocomposites.

  15. Ferroelectric polymer scaffolds based on a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene with vinylidene fluoride: Fabrication and properties

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    Bolbasov, E.N.; Anissimov, Y.G.; Pustovoytov, A.V.; Khlusov, I.A.; Zaitsev, A.A.; Zaitsev, K.V.; Lapin, I.N.; Tverdokhlebov, S.I.

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    A solution blow spinning technique is a method developed recently for making nonwoven webs of micro- and nanofibres. The principal advantage of this method compared to a more traditional electrospinning process is its significantly higher production rate. In this work, the solution blow spinning method was further developed to produce nonwoven polymeric scaffolds based on a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene with vinylidene fluoride solution in acetone. A crucial feature of the proposed method is that high-voltage equipment is not required, which further improves the method's economics. Scanning electron microscopy analysis of the samples demonstrated that the surface morphology of the nonwoven materials is dependent on the polymer concentration in the spinning solution. It was concluded that an optimum morphology of the nonwoven scaffolds for medical applications is achieved by using a 5% solution of the copolymer. It was established that the scaffolds produced from the 5% solution have a fractal structure and anisotropic mechanical properties. X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry demonstrated that the fabricated nonwoven materials have crystal structures that exhibit ferroelectric properties. Gas chromatography has shown that the amount of acetone in the nonwoven material does not exceed the maximum allowable concentration of 0.5%. In vitro analysis, using the culture of motile cells, confirmed that the nonwoven material is non-toxic and does not alter the morpho-functional status of stem cells for short-term cultivation, and therefore can potentially be used in medical applications. - Highlights: • Solution blow spinning was used to fabricate nonwoven material based on VDF-TeFE. • The nonwoven material has complex spatial organization and high porosity. • It was established that the nonwoven material exhibits ferroelectric properties. • In vitro testing demonstrated that the material is non

  16. Ferroelectric polymer scaffolds based on a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene with vinylidene fluoride: Fabrication and properties

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    Bolbasov, E.N., E-mail: ebolbasov@gmail.com [Tomsk Polytechnic University, 634050, 30, Lenin Avenue, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Anissimov, Y.G., E-mail: Y.Anissimov@Griffith.edu.au [Griffith University, School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Brisbane, QLD (Australia); Pustovoytov, A.V., E-mail: andrius_222@mail.ru [Tomsk Polytechnic University, 634050, 30, Lenin Avenue, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Khlusov, I.A., E-mail: khlusov63@mail.ru [Tomsk Polytechnic University, 634050, 30, Lenin Avenue, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Tomsk Scientific Research Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Zaitsev, A.A., E-mail: prim@niikf.tomsk.ru [Tomsk Scientific Research Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Zaitsev, K.V., E-mail: zaitsev-kv@mail.ru [Tomsk Scientific Research Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Lapin, I.N., E-mail: 201kiop@mail.ru [Tomsk State University, 634050, 36, Lenin Avenue, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Tverdokhlebov, S.I., E-mail: tverd@tpu.ru [Tomsk Polytechnic University, 634050, 30, Lenin Avenue, Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    A solution blow spinning technique is a method developed recently for making nonwoven webs of micro- and nanofibres. The principal advantage of this method compared to a more traditional electrospinning process is its significantly higher production rate. In this work, the solution blow spinning method was further developed to produce nonwoven polymeric scaffolds based on a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene with vinylidene fluoride solution in acetone. A crucial feature of the proposed method is that high-voltage equipment is not required, which further improves the method's economics. Scanning electron microscopy analysis of the samples demonstrated that the surface morphology of the nonwoven materials is dependent on the polymer concentration in the spinning solution. It was concluded that an optimum morphology of the nonwoven scaffolds for medical applications is achieved by using a 5% solution of the copolymer. It was established that the scaffolds produced from the 5% solution have a fractal structure and anisotropic mechanical properties. X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry demonstrated that the fabricated nonwoven materials have crystal structures that exhibit ferroelectric properties. Gas chromatography has shown that the amount of acetone in the nonwoven material does not exceed the maximum allowable concentration of 0.5%. In vitro analysis, using the culture of motile cells, confirmed that the nonwoven material is non-toxic and does not alter the morpho-functional status of stem cells for short-term cultivation, and therefore can potentially be used in medical applications. - Highlights: • Solution blow spinning was used to fabricate nonwoven material based on VDF-TeFE. • The nonwoven material has complex spatial organization and high porosity. • It was established that the nonwoven material exhibits ferroelectric properties. • In vitro testing demonstrated that the material is non

  17. Melt-processable hydrophobic acrylonitrile-based copolymer systems with adjustable elastic properties designed for biomedical applications.

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    Cui, J; Trescher, K; Kratz, K; Jung, F; Hiebl, B; Lendlein, A

    2010-01-01

    Acrylonitrile-based polymer systems (PAN) are comprehensively explored as versatile biomaterials having various potential biomedical applications, such as membranes for extra corporal devices or matrixes for guided skin reconstruction. The surface properties (e.g. hydrophilicity or charges) of such materials can be tailored over a wide range by variation of molecular parameters such as different co-monomers or their sequence structure. Some of these materials show interesting biofunctionalities such as capability for selective cell cultivation. So far, the majority of AN-based copolymers, which were investigated in physiological environments, were processed from the solution (e.g. membranes), as these materials are thermo-sensitive and might degrade when heated. In this work we aimed at the synthesis of hydrophobic, melt-processable AN-based copolymers with adjustable elastic properties for preparation of model scaffolds with controlled pore geometry and size. For this purpose a series of copolymers from acrylonitrile and n-butyl acrylate (nBA) was synthesized via free radical copolymerisation technique. The content of nBA in the copolymer varied from 45 wt% to 70 wt%, which was confirmed by 1H-NMR spectroscopy. The glass transition temperatures (Tg) of the P(AN-co-nBA) copolymers determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) decreased from 58 degrees C to 20 degrees C with increasing nBA-content, which was in excellent agreement with the prediction of the Gordon-Taylor equation based on the Tgs of the homopolymers. The Young's modulus obtained in tensile tests was found to decrease significantly with rising nBA-content from 1062 MPa to 1.2 MPa. All copolymers could be successfully processed from the melt with processing temperatures ranging from 50 degrees C to 170 degrees C, whereby thermally induced decomposition was only observed at temperatures higher than 320 degrees C in thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Finally, the melt processed P

  18. Topology and Shape Control for Assemblies of Block Copolymer Blends in Solution

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    Moreno Chaparro, Nicolas

    2015-10-27

    We study binary blends of asymmetric diblock copolymers (AB/AC) in selective solvents with a mesoscale model. We investigate the morphological transitions induced by the concentration of the AC block copolymer and the difference in molecular weight between the AB and AC copolymers, when segments B and C exhibit hydrogen-bonding interactions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work modeling mixtures of block copolymers with large differences in molecular weight. The coassembly mechanism localizes the AC molecules at the interface of A and B domains and induces the swelling of the B-rich domains. The coil size of the large molecular weight block copolymer depends only on the concentration of the short block copolymer (AC or AB), regardless of the B–C interactions. However, the B–C interactions control the morphological transitions that occur in these blends.

  19. Synthesis of an amphiphilic dendrimer-like block copolymer and its application on drug delivery

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    Wang, Shuaipeng

    2014-10-27

    Dendrimer-like amphiphilic copolymer is a kind of three-dimensional spherical structure polymer. An amphiphilic dendrimer-like diblock copolymer, PEEGE-G2-b-PEO(OH)12, constituted of a hydrophobic poly(ethoxyethyl glycidol ether) inner core and a hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) outer layer, has been successfully synthesized by the living anionic ring-opening polymerization method. The intermediates and targeted products were characterized with 1H NMR spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography. The application on drug delivery of dendrimer-like diblock copolymer PEEGE-G2-b-PEO(OH)12 using DOX as a model drug was also studied. The drug loading content and encapsulation efficiency were found at 13.07% and 45.75%, respectively. In vitro release experiment results indicated that the drug-loaded micelles exhibited a sustained release behavior under acidic media.

  20. Triblock copolymers based on ε-caprolactone and trimethylene carbonate for the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds.

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    Güney, Aysun; Malda, Jos; Dhert, Wouter J A; Grijpma, Dirk W

    2017-05-09

    Biodegradable PCL-b-PTMC-b-PCL triblock copolymers based on trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and ε-caprolactone (CL) were prepared and used in the 3D printing of tissue engineering scaffolds. Triblock copolymers of various molecular weights containing equal amounts of TMC and CL were prepared. These block copolymers combine the low glass transition temperature of amorphous PTMC (approximately -20°C) and the semi-crystallinity of PCL (glass transition approximately -60°C and melting temperature approximately 60°C). PCL-b-PTMC-b-PCL triblock copolymers were synthesized by sequential ring opening polymerization (ROP) of TMC and ε-CL. From these materials, films were prepared by solvent casting and porous structures were prepared by extrusion-based 3D printing. Films prepared from a polymer with a relatively high molecular weight of 62 kg/mol had a melting temperature of 58°C and showed tough and resilient behavior, with values of the elastic modulus, tensile strength and elongation at break of approximately 120 MPa, 16 MPa and 620%, respectively. Porous structures were prepared by 3D printing. Ethylene carbonate was used as a crystalizable and water-extractable solvent to prepare structures with microporous strands. Solutions, containing 25 wt% of the triblock copolymer, were extruded at 50°C then cooled at different temperatures. Slow cooling at room temperature resulted in pores with widths of 18 ± 6 μm and lengths of 221 ± 77 μm, rapid cooling with dry ice resulted in pores with widths of 13 ± 3 μm and lengths of 58 ± 12 μm. These PCL-b-PTMC-b-PCL triblock copolymers processed into porous structures at relatively low temperatures may find wide application as designed degradable tissue engineering scaffolds. In this preliminary study we prepared biodegradable triblock copolymers based on 1,3-trimethylene carbonate and ε-caprolactone and assessed their physical characteristics. Furthermore, we evaluated their potential as melt-processable thermoplastic

  1. Renewable poly(δ-decalactone) based block copolymer micelles as drug delivery vehicle:in vitroandin vivoevaluation.

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    Bansal, Kuldeep K; Gupta, Jitendra; Rosling, Ari; Rosenholm, Jessica M

    2018-03-01

    Polymers from natural resources are attracting much attention in various fields including drug delivery as green alternatives to fossil fuel based polymers. In this quest, novel block copolymers based on renewable poly(δ-decalactone) (PDL) were evaluated for their drug delivery capabilities and compared with a fossil fuel based polymer i.e. methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-b-PCL). Using curcumin as a hydrophobic drug model, micelles of PDL block copolymers with different orientation i.e. AB (mPEG-b-PDL), ABA (PDL-b-PEG-b-PDL), ABC (mPEG-b-PDL-b-poly(pentadecalactone) and (mPEG-b-PCL) were prepared by nanoprecipitation method. The size, drug loading and curcumin stability studies results indicated that mPEG-b-PDL micelles was comparable to its counterpart mPEG-b-PCL micelles towards improved delivery of curcumin. Therefore, mixed micelles using these two copolymers were also evaluated to see any change in size, loading and drug release. Drug release studies proposed that sustained release can be obtained using poly(pentadecalactone) as crystalline core whereas rapid release can be achieved using amorphous PDL core. Further, mPEG-b-PDL micelles were found to be non-haemolytic, up to the concentration of 40 mg/mL. In vivo toxicity studies on rats advised low-toxic behaviour of these micelles up to 400 mg/kg dose, as evident by histopathological and biochemical analysis. In summary, it is anticipated that mPEG-b-PDL block copolymer micelles could serve as a renewable alternative for mPEG-b-PCL copolymers in drug delivery applications.

  2. Gamma radiation effects on random copolymers based on poly(butylene succinate) for packaging applications

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    Negrin, M.; Macerata, E.; Consolati, G.; Quasso, F.; Genovese, L.; Soccio, M.; Giola, M.; Lotti, N.; Munari, A.; Mariani, M.

    2018-01-01

    Within the context of new bioplastic materials, poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) and four novel poly(butylene/thiodiethylene succinate) random copolymers (PBS-PTDGS), in sheets as well as in films, were exposed to gamma radiation, in air and in water, and their behavior along with the effect on their biodegradability was investigated. The molecular weight data obtained from gel permeation chromatography indicate that the sensibility to radiation increases with the amount of sulfur-containing co-unit (TDGS). At 200 kGy the average molecular weight of PBS film halves, while for P(BS60TDGS40) the residual molecular weight is about 20%. The calculated intermolecular crosslink Gx and scissioning Gs yields confirmed that degradation is predominant over crosslink for all the aliphatic systems. As shown by thermal analyses, gamma radiation affects the thermal properties, leading to an increased crystallinity of the systems, remarkable for PBS, and lower decomposition temperatures. Variations of crystallinity with the increasing absorbed dose were confirmed also by PALS analyses. Water contact angle measurements revealed post-irradiation wettability alterations that could positively affect polymer biodegradability. In particular, when irradiated in water at 100 kGy PBS film exhibits a water contact angle decrease of about 17%, indicating an enhanced wettability. After degradation in compost, changes in the surface morphology were observed by means of SEM and sample weight losses were determined, at different extent, according to the irradiation environment. Interestingly, after 52 days in compost PBS films, both pristine and irradiated in air at 25 kGy, showed a residual weight of about 60%, while the ones irradiated in water at 25 kGy of about 44%. Experimental data confirmed that gamma irradiation could represent a viable treatment to enhance biodegradation in compost of PBS and PBS-based copolymers.

  3. Equilibrium and kinetics study on hexavalent chromium adsorption onto diethylene triamine grafted glycidyl methacrylate based copolymers

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    Maksin, Danijela D.; Nastasović, Aleksandra B.; Milutinović-Nikolić, Aleksandra D.; Suručić, Ljiljana T.; Sandić, Zvjezdana P.; Hercigonja, Radmila V.; Onjia, Antonije E.

    2012-01-01

    Highlights: ► Methacrylate based copolymers grafted with diethylene triamine as Cr(VI) sorbents. ► Chemisorption and pore diffusion are characteristics of this sorption system. ► Langmuir isotherm provided best fit and maximum adsorption capacity was 143 mg g −1 . ► Cr(VI) sorption onto amino-functionalized copolymer was endothermic and spontaneous. ► A simple, efficient and cost-effective hexavalent chromium removal method. - Abstract: Two porous and one non-porous crosslinked poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) [abbreviated PGME] were prepared by suspension copolymerization and functionalized with diethylene triamine [abbreviated PGME-deta]. Samples were characterized by elemental analysis, mercury porosimetry, scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Kinetics of Cr(VI) sorption by PGME-deta were investigated in batch static experiments, in the temperature range 25–70 °C. Sorption was rapid, with the uptake capacity higher than 80% after 30 min. Sorption behavior and rate-controlling mechanisms were analyzed using five kinetic models (pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order, Elovich, intraparticle diffusion and Bangham model). Kinetic studies showed that Cr(VI) adsorption adhered to the pseudo-second-order model, with definite influence of pore diffusion. Equilibrium data was tested with Langmuir, Freundlich and Tempkin adsorption isotherm models. Langmuir model was the most suitable indicating homogeneous distribution of active sites on PGME-deta and monolayer sorption. The maximum adsorption capacity from the Langmuir model, Q max , at pH 1.8 and 25 °C was 143 mg g −1 for PGME2-deta (sample with the highest amino group concentration) while at 70 °C Q max reached the high value of 198 mg g −1 . Thermodynamic parameters revealed spontaneous and endothermic nature of Cr(VI) adsorption onto PGME-deta.

  4. Self-assembled structures in blends of disordered and lamellar block copolymers: SAXS, SANS and TEM study

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    Holoubek, Jaroslav; Baldrian, Josef; Lednický, František; Lal, J.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 58, č. 1 (2009), s. 81-87 ISSN 0959-8103 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100500501; GA ČR GESON/06/E005 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : diblock copolymers * copolymer blends * SANS * SAXS * self-assembly Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.137, year: 2009

  5. PS-b-P3HT Copolymers as P3HT/PCBM Interfacial Compatibilizers for High Efficiency Photovoltaics

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    Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2011-01-01

    A conducting diblock copolymer of PS-b-P3HT was added to serve as a compatibilizer in a P3HT/PCBM blend, which improved the power-conversion efficiency from 3.3% to 4.1% due to the enhanced crystallinity, morphology, interface interaction, and depth profile of PCBM.

  6. Sulfonated amphiphilic block copolymers : synthesis, self-assembly in water, and application as stabilizer in emulsion polymerization

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    Jiguang Zhang; Matthew R. Dubay; Carl J. Houtman; Steven J. Severtson

    2009-01-01

    Described is the synthesis of diblock copolymers generated via sequential atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PnBA) followed by chain augmentation with either sulfonated poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) or poly(2-hydroxyethyl acrylate) (PHEA) blocks. ATRP of PHEMA or PHEA from PnBA macroinitiator was conducted in acetone/...

  7. Study the effect of synthesized graft copolymer on the inhibitive water based drilling fluid system

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    Rajat Jain

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available This research paper consists of the synthesis of carboxymethyl-graft-polyacrylamide copolymer by free radical polymerization technique and its characterization using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM and thermogravimetric analysis. This graft copolymer was used as a drilling fluid additive and its effect on the Indian reactive shale sample was analyzed. The characterization of the shale sample used in this study was done by X-ray diffraction technique (XRD, FTIR, FESEM, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX to determine the presence of various clay minerals. Experimental investigations revealed that the synthesized graft copolymer has a significant effect on the rheological and filtration properties of the inhibitive drilling fluid system and has high shale recovery performance. Hence, inhibitive drilling fluid system using synthesized graft copolymer may be used for the drilling of water sensitive shale formations.

  8. Source-based nomenclature for single-strand homopolymers and copolymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2016)

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    Jones, R. G.; Kitayama, T.; Hellwich, K. H.; Hess, M.; Jenkins, A. D.; Kahovec, Jaroslav; Kratochvíl, Pavel; Mita, I.; Mormann, W.; Ober, C. K.; Penczek, S.; Stepto, R. F. T.; Thurlow, K.; Vohlídal, J.; Wilks, E. S.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 88, 10-11 (2016), s. 1073-1100 ISSN 0033-4545 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : apparent monomer * copolymer * end-groups Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.626, year: 2016

  9. Nanocomposite photoactuators based on an ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer filled with carbon nanotubes

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    Czaniková, K.; Torras, N.; Esteve, J.; Krupa, I.; Kasák, P.; Pavlova, Ewa; Račko, D.; Chodák, I.; Omastová, M.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 186, September (2013), s. 701-710 ISSN 0925-4005 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : actuator * carbon nanotubes * ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.840, year: 2013

  10. Block copolymer morphologies confined by square-shaped particle: Hard and soft confinement

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    Zhang Qiyi; Yang Wenyan; Hu Kaiyan

    2016-01-01

    The self-assembly of diblock copolymers confined around one square-shaped particle is studied systematically within two-dimensional self-consistent field theory (SCFT). In this model, we assume that the thin block copolymer film is confined in the vicinity of a square-shaped particle by a homopolymer melt, which is equivalent to the poor solvents. Multiple sequences of square-shaped particle-induced copolymer aggregates with different shapes and self-assembled internal morphologies are predicted as functions of the particle size, the structural portion of the copolymer, and the volume fraction of the copolymer. A rich variety of aggregates are found with complex internal self-assembled morphologies including complex structures of the vesicle, with one or several inverted micelle surrounded by the outer monolayer with the particle confined in the core. These results demonstrate that the assemblies of diblock copolymers formed around the square-shaped particle in poor solvents are of immediate interest to the assembly of copolymer and the morphology of biomembrane in the confined environment, as well as to the transitions of vesicles to micelles. (paper)

  11. Nanoscale battery materials based on the self-assembly of block copolymers

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    Bullock, Steven E.; Kofinas, Peter

    An ionically conducting block copolymer was used as a template for the synthesis and confinement of lithium manganese oxide nanoparticles. The block copolymer functions as a polyelectrolyte and as a composite anode in a lithium battery system. Impedance spectroscopy and galvanostatic testing, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the anode and polyelectrolyte. Galvanostatic testing indicates 300 or more cycles were possible without appreciable capacity fade.

  12. Engineering of Syndiotactic and Isotactic Polystyrene-Based Copolymers via Stereoselective Catalytic Polymerization

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    Eva Laur

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available This contribution presents an updated overview of the different copolymers containing stereoregular polystyrene blocks. Special emphasis is placed on syndiospecific and isospecific copolymerization of styrene with co-monomers (ethylene and α-olefins, conjugated and non-conjugated dienes, styrene derivatives, etc.. The catalytic systems involved are described and the polymerization mechanisms are discussed. Alternative approaches (simultaneous, living, chain-transfer and graft copolymerization and the resulting detailed structures and characteristics of the copolymers are also reported.

  13. Self-assembly of crystalline nanotubes from monodisperse amphiphilic diblock copolypeptoid tiles.

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    Sun, Jing; Jiang, Xi; Lund, Reidar; Downing, Kenneth H; Balsara, Nitash P; Zuckermann, Ronald N

    2016-04-12

    The folding and assembly of sequence-defined polymers into precisely ordered nanostructures promises a class of well-defined biomimetic architectures with specific function. Amphiphilic diblock copolymers are known to self-assemble in water to form a variety of nanostructured morphologies including spheres, disks, cylinders, and vesicles. In all of these cases, the predominant driving force for assembly is the formation of a hydrophobic core that excludes water, whereas the hydrophilic blocks are solvated and extend into the aqueous phase. However, such polymer systems typically have broad molar mass distributions and lack the purity and sequence-defined structure often associated with biologically derived polymers. Here, we demonstrate that purified, monodisperse amphiphilic diblock copolypeptoids, with chemically distinct domains that are congruent in size and shape, can behave like molecular tile units that spontaneously assemble into hollow, crystalline nanotubes in water. The nanotubes consist of stacked, porous crystalline rings, and are held together primarily by side-chain van der Waals interactions. The peptoid nanotubes form without a central hydrophobic core, chirality, a hydrogen bond network, and electrostatic or π-π interactions. These results demonstrate the remarkable structure-directing influence of n-alkane and ethyleneoxy side chains in polymer self-assembly. More broadly, this work suggests that flexible, low-molecular-weight sequence-defined polymers can serve as molecular tile units that can assemble into precision supramolecular architectures.

  14. Effect of Acetate Group Content in Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymer on Properties of Composite Based on Low Density Polyethylene and Polyamide-6

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    Nhi Dinh Bui; Ngo Dinh Vu; Thao Thi Minh; Huong Thi Thanh Dam; Regina Romanovna Spiridonova; Semenovich Alexandr Sirotkin

    2016-01-01

    The effect of the content of vinyl acetate groups in ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer on the properties of polymer composite based on low density polyethylene and polyamide-6 was studied. Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer containing less vinyl acetate groups (10–14 wt.%) has a positive compatibility effect on polymer composite than ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer containing 21–30 wt.% vinyl acetate groups. The polymer composites of LDPE, PA-6, and EVA containing 10–14 wt.% vinyl acetate group...

  15. Facile Synthesis of Magnetic Copolymer Microspheres Based on Poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-N-isopropylacrylamide/Fe3O4 by Suspension Photopolymerization

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    Siti Zulaikha Mazlan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic copolymer based on poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-N-isopropylacrylamide microspheres was prepared by 2,2-dimethoxy-2-phenylacetophenone- (DMPP- photo initiated and poly(vinyl alcohol- (PVA- stabilized single step suspension photopolymerization. The effect of chemical interaction, morphology, and thermal properties by adding 0.1% w/v Fe3O4 in the copolymer was investigated. Infrared analysis (FTIR showed that (C=C band disappeared after copolymerization, indicating that the magnetic copolymer microspheres were successfully synthesized and two important bands at 908 cm−1 and 1550 cm−1 appear. These are associated with the epoxy group stretching of GMA and secondary amide (N–H/C–H deformation vibration of NIPAAm in magnetic microspheres. The X-ray diffraction (XRD result proved the incorporation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles with copolymer microspheres as peak of Fe3O4 was observed. Morphology study revealed that magnetic copolymer exhibited uniform spheres and smoother appearance when entrapped with Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The lowest percentage of Fe3O4 nanoparticles leached from the copolymer microspheres was obtained at pH 7. Finally, thermal property of the copolymer microspheres was improved by adding a small amount of Fe3O4 nanoparticles that has been shown from the thermogram.

  16. Dynamic photoinduced realignment processes in photoresponsive block copolymer films: effects of the chain length and block copolymer architecture.

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    Sano, Masami; Shan, Feng; Hara, Mitsuo; Nagano, Shusaku; Shinohara, Yuya; Amemiya, Yoshiyuki; Seki, Takahiro

    2015-08-07

    A series of block copolymers composed of an amorphous poly(butyl methacrylate) (PBMA) block connected with an azobenzene (Az)-containing liquid crystalline (PAz) block were synthesized by changing the chain length and polymer architecture. With these block copolymer films, the dynamic realignment process of microphase separated (MPS) cylinder arrays of PBMA in the PAz matrix induced by irradiation with linearly polarized light was studied by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, and time-resolved grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GI-SAXS) measurements using a synchrotron beam. Unexpectedly, the change in the chain length hardly affected the realignment rate. In contrast, the architecture of the AB-type diblock or the ABA-type triblock essentially altered the realignment feature. The strongly cooperative motion with an induction period before realignment was characteristic only for the diblock copolymer series, and the LPL-induced alignment change immediately started for triblock copolymers and the PAz homopolymer. Additionally, a marked acceleration in the photoinduced dynamic motions was unveiled in comparison with a thermal randomization process.

  17. Fabrication and Characterization of Magnetoresponsive Electrospun Nanocomposite Membranes Based on Methacrylic Random Copolymers and Magnetite Nanoparticles

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    Ioanna Savva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetoresponsive polymer-based fibrous nanocomposites belonging to the broad category of stimuli-responsive materials, is a relatively new class of “soft” composite materials, consisting of magnetic nanoparticles embedded within a polymeric fibrous matrix. The presence of an externally applied magnetic field influences the properties of these materials rendering them useful in numerous technological and biomedical applications including sensing, magnetic separation, catalysis and magnetic drug delivery. This study deals with the fabrication and characterization of magnetoresponsive nanocomposite fibrous membranes consisting of methacrylic random copolymers based on methyl methacrylate (MMA and 2-(acetoacetoxyethyl methacrylate (AEMA (MMA-co-AEMA and oleic acid-coated magnetite (OA·Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The AEMA moieties containing β-ketoester side-chain functionalities were introduced for the first time in this type of materials, because of their inherent ability to bind effectively onto inorganic surfaces providing an improved stabilization. For membrane fabrication the electrospinning technique was employed and a series of nanocomposite membranes was prepared in which the polymer content was kept constant and only the inorganic (OA·Fe3O4 content varied. Further to the characterization of these materials in regards to their morphology, composition and thermal properties, assessment of their magnetic characteristics disclosed tunable superparamagnetic behaviour at ambient temperature.

  18. Synthesis of Well-Defined Polyethylene-Based 3-Miktoarm Star Copolymers and Terpolymers

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    Zhang, Zhen

    2016-03-25

    Novel polyethylene (PE)-based 3-miktoarm star copolymers A2B, (AB)2B and terpolymers (AC)2(BC) [A: PE; B, C: polystyrene (PS) or poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)] were synthesized by combining boron chemistry, polyhomologation, and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). 1,4-Pentadiene-3-yl 2-bromo-2-methylpropanoate was first synthesized followed by hydroboration with thexylborane to afford B-thexylboracyclanes, a multi-heterofunctional initiator with two initiating sites for polyhomologation and one for ATRP. After polyhomologation of dimethylsulfoxonium methylide the α,ω-dihydroxyl polyethylene (PE-OH)2-Br produced served as macroinitiator for the ATRP of styrene to afford (PE-OH)2-(PS-Br). Both (PE-OH)2-Br and (PE-OH)2-(PS-Br) were transformed to two new trifunctional macroinitiators (PE-Br)2-Br and (PE-Br)2-(PS-Br) through esterification reactions and used for the synthesis of (AB)2B and (AC)2(BC) 3-miktoarm star co/terpolymers. All intermediates and final products were characterized by 1H NMR, high temperature gel permeation chromatography (HT-GPC), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The synthetic method is a general one and can be used for the synthesis of complex PE-based architectures by combination with other living/living-controlled polymerization techniques. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  19. Molecular architectures based on π-conjugated block copolymers for global quantum computation

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    Mujica Martinez, C A; Arce, J C; Reina, J H; Thorwart, M

    2009-01-01

    We propose a molecular setup for the physical implementation of a barrier global quantum computation scheme based on the electron-doped π-conjugated copolymer architecture of nine blocks PPP-PDA-PPP-PA-(CCH-acene)-PA-PPP-PDA-PPP (where each block is an oligomer). The physical carriers of information are electrons coupled through the Coulomb interaction, and the building block of the computing architecture is composed by three adjacent qubit systems in a quasi-linear arrangement, each of them allowing qubit storage, but with the central qubit exhibiting a third accessible state of electronic energy far away from that of the qubits' transition energy. The third state is reached from one of the computational states by means of an on-resonance coherent laser field, and acts as a barrier mechanism for the direct control of qubit entanglement. Initial estimations of the spontaneous emission decay rates associated to the energy level structure allow us to compute a damping rate of order 10 -7 s, which suggest a not so strong coupling to the environment. Our results offer an all-optical, scalable, proposal for global quantum computing based on semiconducting π-conjugated polymers.

  20. An amphiphilic graft copolymer-based nanoparticle platform for reduction-responsive anticancer and antimalarial drug delivery

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    Najer, Adrian; Wu, Dalin; Nussbaumer, Martin G.; Schwertz, Geoffrey; Schwab, Anatol; Witschel, Matthias C.; Schäfer, Anja; Diederich, François; Rottmann, Matthias; Palivan, Cornelia G.; Beck, Hans-Peter; Meier, Wolfgang

    2016-08-01

    Medical applications of anticancer and antimalarial drugs often suffer from low aqueous solubility, high systemic toxicity, and metabolic instability. Smart nanocarrier-based drug delivery systems provide means of solving these problems at once. Herein, we present such a smart nanoparticle platform based on self-assembled, reduction-responsive amphiphilic graft copolymers, which were successfully synthesized through thiol-disulfide exchange reaction between thiolated hydrophilic block and pyridyl disulfide functionalized hydrophobic block. These amphiphilic graft copolymers self-assembled into nanoparticles with mean diameters of about 30-50 nm and readily incorporated hydrophobic guest molecules. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) was used to study nanoparticle stability and triggered release of a model compound in detail. Long-term colloidal stability and model compound retention within the nanoparticles was found when analyzed in cell media at body temperature. In contrast, rapid, complete reduction-triggered disassembly and model compound release was achieved within a physiological reducing environment. The synthesized copolymers revealed no intrinsic cellular toxicity up to 1 mg mL-1. Drug-loaded reduction-sensitive nanoparticles delivered a hydrophobic model anticancer drug (doxorubicin, DOX) to cancer cells (HeLa cells) and an experimental, metabolically unstable antimalarial drug (the serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) inhibitor (+/-)-1) to Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells (iRBCs), with higher efficacy compared to similar, non-sensitive drug-loaded nanoparticles. These responsive copolymer-based nanoparticles represent a promising candidate as smart nanocarrier platform for various drugs to be applied to different diseases, due to the biocompatibility and biodegradability of the hydrophobic block, and the protein-repellent hydrophilic block.Medical applications of anticancer and antimalarial drugs often suffer from low aqueous

  1. Phase Structure and Properties of a Biodegradable Block Copolymer Coalesced from It's Crystalline Inclusion Compound Formed with alpha-Cyclodextrin

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    Shuai, Xintao; Wei, Min; Probeni, Francis; Bullions, Todd A.; Shin, I. Daniel; Tonelli, Alan E.

    2002-03-01

    A well-defined biodegradable block copolymer of poly(epsilon caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) was synthesized and characterized and then included as a guest in an inclusion compound (IC) formed with the host alpha-cyclodextrin (CD). The PCL-b-PLLA block copolymer was subsequently coalesced from it's CD-IC crystals by either treatment with hot water (50 C) or an aqueous amylase solution at 25 C. The coalesced PCL-b-PLLA was examined by FTIR, DSC, TGA, and WAXD and was found to be much more homogeneosly organized, with much less segregation and crystallinity of the PCL and PLLA microphases. The morpholgy, crystallization kinetics, thermal behavior, and biodegradability of the coalesced PCL-b-PLLA block copolymer was studied by comparison to similar observations made on as-synthesized PCL-b-PLLA, PCL and PLLA homopolymers, and their solution-cast blend. The PCL and PLLA blocks are found to be more intimately mixed, with less phase segregation, in the coalesced diblock copolymer, and this leads to homogeneous bulk crystallization, which is not observed for the as-synthesized diblock copolymer. The coalesced PCL-b-PLLA was also found to be more quickly biodegraded (lipase from Rhizopus arrhizus)than the as-synthesized PCL-b-PLLA or the physical blend of PCL and PLLA homopolymers. Overall, the coalescence of the inherently phase segregated diblock copolymer PCL-b-PLLA results in a small amount of compact, chain-extended PCL and PLLA crystals embedded in an amorphous phase, largely consisting of well-mixed PCL and PLLA blocks. Thus, we have demonstrated that it is possible to control the morpholgy of a biodegradable diblock copolymer, thereby significantly modifying it's properties, by coalescence from it's CD-IC crystals.

  2. Effects of Blockiness on the phase behavior of random copolymers

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    Vanderwoude, Gordon; Shi, An-Chang

    Theoretical study of random block copolymers remains a challenging topic due in part to the sheer enormity of their phase space. In this study we use the self-consistent field theory to investigate the phase behaviour of linear (AB)n-type and (AB)n-C-type multiblock copolymers with randomly distributed A and B blocks. In particular, we examine the effect of ``blockiness'' of the random copolymers on the formation of ordered phases. The blockiness can be quantified by the average length of individual A or B blocks, which can be taken as a measure of the heterogeneity of the random copolymers. We observed that the critical value of the χ parameter, at which the order-disorder transition occurs, decreases with increasing blockiness in the (AB)n copolymers. We also observed that the phase behaviour of the (AB)n-C copolymers depends strongly on the blockiness of the random chain. In particular, the blockiness governs whether or not the A/B blocks can phase separate within the A/B domains, thus dictating whether the (AB)n-C behaves as A/B-C diblock copolymers or as ABC terpolymers. The theoretical phase diagrams will be compared with available experiments.

  3. Microencapsulated n-octadecane with different methylmethacrylate-based copolymer shells as phase change materials for thermal energy storage

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    Qiu, Xiaolin; Li, Wei; Song, Guolin; Chu, Xiaodong; Tang, Guoyi

    2012-01-01

    Microcapsules containing n-octadecane with different methylmethacrylate (MMA (methyl methacrylate))-based copolymer shells were fabricated by a suspension-like polymerization. Butyl acrylate (BA), butyl methacrylate (BMA), lauryl methacrylate (LMA) and stearyl methacrylate (SMA) were employed as monomers to copolymerize with MMA. Pentaerythritol tetraacrylate (PETRA) was employed as a crosslinking agent. The (microencapsulted phase change materials) MicroPCMs were characterized using Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Thermal properties and thermal resistances of MicroPCMs were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), respectively. Phase change enthalpies and PCM contents of MicroPCMs increased with the length decreasing of the side chain of the monomers. The n-octadecane content of as much as 77.3% can be obtained in the crosslinked MicroPCMs with P(MMA-co-BMA) as shell, and accompanied by the highest melting enthalpy (173.7 J/g) and crystallization enthalpy (174.4 J/g). Heat capacities of crosslinked MicroPCMs are higher than those of their uncrosslinked counterparts. The crosslinked MicroPCMs exhibit significantly greater thermal stabilities compared with their uncrosslinked counterparts and the n-ontadecane bulk. The crosslinked MicroPCMs with P(MMA-co-SMA) displays the highest thermal resistance temperature up to 255 °C. Therefore, MicroPCMs with MMA-based copolymer as shells, especially crosslinked copolymer shells, show excellent potentials for thermal energy storage. -- Highlights: ► n-Octadecane was encapsulated with methylmethacrylate(MMA)-based copolymer shells. ► n-Octadecane content of Microcapsules increased with length decreasing of side chain of monomers. ► Microcapsule with P(MMA-co-butyl methacrylate) has the highest latent heat. ► Microcapsule with P(MMA-co-stearyl methacrylate) has the greatest thermal stability.

  4. Novel Random PBS-Based Copolymers Containing Aliphatic Side Chains for Sustainable Flexible Food Packaging

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    Giulia Guidotti

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available In the last decade, there has been an increased interest from the food packaging industry toward the development and application of biodegradable and biobased plastics, to contribute to the sustainable economy and to reduce the huge environmental problem afflicting the planet. In this framework, the present paper describes the synthesis of novel PBS (poly(butylene succinate-based random copolymers with different composition containing glycol sub-units characterized by alkyl pendant groups of different length. The prepared samples were subjected to molecular, thermal, diffractometric and mechanical characterization. The barrier performances to O2, CO2 and N2 gases were also evaluated, envisioning for these new materials an application in food packaging. The presence of the side alkyl groups did not alter the thermal stability, whereas it significantly reduced the sample crystallinity degree, making these materials more flexible. The barrier properties were found to be worse than PBS; however, some of them were comparable to, or even better than, those of Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE, widely employed for flexible food packaging. The entity of variations in the final properties due to copolymerization were more modest in the case of the co-unit with short side methyl groups, which, when included in the PBS crystal lattice, causes a more modest decrement of crystallinity degree.

  5. Processing Effects on Block-Copolymer Based Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives

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    O'Connor, A. E.; Macosko, C. W.

    2000-03-01

    The goal of this work is to investigate how the variables in the hot-melt coating process affect the microstructure and properties of pressure-sensitive adhesives based on a styrene isoprene styrene triblock copolymer. This polymer is a thermoplastic elastomer, able to be coated at high temperatures and physically crosslinked at lower temperatures. Adhesive tape samples have been made through hot-melt and solvent coating methods. Hot-melt coatings are prepared at speeds up to 110 feet/minute. Materials with the same thermal history have been coated using both methods and then tested for comparison of properties. PSA properties are strongly dependent on the time scale of application and debonding, as revealed by shear rheology data, and three types of performance tests (tack, peel, and shear holding power) are used to capture the various responses. Solvent-coated tape has superior shear strength, while hot-melt-coated tape performs better in peel tests. It is expected that the varying flow and deformation histories of the samples will lead to distinct chain orientations, while the rate of cooling of hot-melt-coated samples may influence the degree of phase separation achieved. These factors will cause the adhesive coatings to have different microstructures and therefore different properties.

  6. Effects of Molecular Structure on Intramolecular Charge Carrier Transport in Dithieno [3,2-b: 2,3-d] Pyrrole-Based Conjugated Copolymers

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    Yoshihito Honsho

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Intramolecular mobility of positive charge carriers in conjugated polymer films based on dithieno [2,3-b: 2,3-d] pyrrole (DTP is studied by time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC. A series of DTP homopolymer and copolymers combined with phenyl, 2,2-biphenyl, thiophene, 2,2-bithiophene, and 9,9-dioctylfluorene were synthesized by Suzuki-Miyaura and Yamamoto coupling reactions. Polymers containing DTP unit are reported to show high value of hole mobility measured by FET method, and this type of polymers is expected to have stable HOMO orbitals which are important for hole transportation. Among these copolymers, DTP coupled with 9,9-dioctylfluorene copolymer showed the highest charge carrier mobility as high as 1.7 cm2/Vs, demonstrating an excellent electrical property on rigid copolymer backbones.

  7. Ionization of amphiphilic acidic block copolymers.

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    Colombani, Olivier; Lejeune, Elise; Charbonneau, Céline; Chassenieux, Christophe; Nicolai, Taco

    2012-06-28

    The ionization behavior of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer poly(n-butyl acrylate(50%)-stat-acrylic acid(50%))(100)-block-poly(acrylic acid)(100) (P(nBA(50%)-stat-AA(50%))(100)-b-PAA(100), DH50) and of its equivalent triblock copolymer P(nBA(50%)-stat-AA(50%))(100)-b-PAA(200)-b-P(nBA(50%)-stat-AA(50%))(100) (TH50) were studied by potentiometric titration either in pure water or in 0.5 M NaCl. These polymers consist of a hydrophilic acidic block (PAA) connected to a hydrophobic block, P(nBA(50%)-stat-AA(50%))(100), whose hydrophobic character has been mitigated by copolymerization with hydrophilic units. We show that all AA units, even those in the hydrophobic block could be ionized. However, the AA units within the hydrophobic block were less acidic than those in the hydrophilic block, resulting in the preferential ionization of the latter block. The preferential ionization of PAA over that of P(nBA(50%)-stat-AA(50%))(100) was stronger at higher ionic strength. Remarkably, the covalent bonds between the PAA and P(nBA(50%)-stat-AA(50%))(100) blocks in the diblock or the triblock did not affect the ionization of each block, although the self-association of the block copolymers into spherical aggregates modified the environment of the PAA blocks compared to when PAA was molecularly dispersed.

  8. Optimisation of Silicone-based Dielectric Elastomer Transducers by Means of Block Copolymers - Synthesis and Compounding

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    A Razak, Aliff Hisyam

    have been studied. Their actuation occurs when Maxwell stress exceeds elastic stress in the presence of an electrical field, resulting in contraction in thickness and planar expansion in the area. As well as an actuator, dielectric elastomers can be used as generators and sensors. As a dielectric...... enhancing the electrical breakdown strength of silicone by using an aromatic voltage stabiliser. Here, polyphenylmethylsiloxane (PPMS), which contained aromatic voltage stabilisers, was bonded covalently to PDMS through a hydrosilylation reaction obtaining PDMS-PPMS copolymers. The synthesised copolymers...

  9. Thermoresponsive behavior of block copolymers of PEO and PNIPAm with different architecture in aqueous solutions: a study by NMR, FTIR, DSC and quantum-chemical calculations

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Konefal, Rafal; Dybal, Jiří; Čadová, Eva; Kovářová, Jana

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 94, September (2017), s. 471-483 ISSN 0014-3057 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-13853S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : thermoresponsive polymer * diblock copolymer PEO-b-PNIPAm * y-shape triblock copolymer PEO-b-(PNIPAm)2 Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry OBOR OECD: Polymer science Impact factor: 3.531, year: 2016

  10. Self-assembled structures in blends of block copolymer A-block-B with homopolymer A:SAXS and SANS study

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    Holoubek, Jaroslav; Baldrian, Josef; Lednický, František; Málková, Š.; Lal, J.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 207, č. 20 (2006), s. 1834-1841 ISSN 1022-1352 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100500501; GA ČR GESON/03/E001 Grant - others:U.S. Department of Energy, BES -Materials Science(US) W-31-109-Eng-38 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : diblock copolymers * homopolymer/copolymer blends * SANS Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.021, year: 2006

  11. Synthesis and self-assembling of responsive polysaccharide-based copolymers in aqueous media

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    Marques, Nivia do N.; Balaban, Rosangela de C. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil); Halila, Sami; Borsali, Redouane, E-mail: borsali@cermav.cnrs.fr, E-mail: halila@cermav.cnrs.fr [Centre de Recherche sur les Macromolecules Vegetales (CERMAV), Grenoble (France)

    2015-07-01

    This work reports the synthesis and the thermoresponsive self-assembly behavior of carboxymethylcellulose-g-JeffamineM2070 and carboxymethylcellulose-g-JeffamineM600 copolymers in aqueous media. They were prepared through the grafting of two different types of amino-terminated poly(ethylene oxide-co-propylene oxide) chains onto the carboxylate groups of carboxymethylcellulose, by using water-soluble carbodiimide derivative and N-hydroxysuccinimide as coupling reagents. The grafting efficiency was confirmed by infrared and the degree of substitution by {sup 1}H NMR integrations. The salt effect on cloud point temperature was evaluated into different solvents (Milli-Q water, 0.5M NaCl, synthetic sea water (SSW) and 0.5M K{sub 2}CO{sub 3}) by UV-Vis and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. Both copolymers showed lower cloud point temperature in 0.5M K2CO3 than in 0.5M NaCl and in SSW, which was attributed to the higher ionic strength for K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} combined to the ability of CO{sub 3}{sup 2-} to decrease polymer-water interactions. Copolymers chains displayed higher hydrodynamic radii than CMC precursor at 25 and 60 °C in saline solutions, and self-associations changed as a function of the environment and copolymer composition. (author)

  12. Segmented block copolymers based on polyamide-4,6 and poly(propylene oxide)

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    van Hutten, P.F.; Walch, E.; Veeken, A.H.M.; Gaymans, R.J.

    1990-01-01

    Segmented copolymers were obtained through copolymerization of polyamide-4,6 and poly(propylene oxide) (PPOx). An amine-terminated PPOx (‘soft’) segment of molar mass 430 was reacted with nylon-4,6 salt in an autoclave (30 min, 210°C, 7 bar). In this reaction a prepolymer was prepared, which was

  13. Synthesis of a gamma irradiation grafted polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based olefinic copolymer

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    Ferreto, Helio Fernando Rodrigues

    2006-01-01

    The extrusion of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is limited by a process related defect known as 'melt fracture' or 'sharkskin', which is a surface defect of the extruded polymer. This defect results in a product with a rough surface that lacks luster and in alterations of specific surface properties. The aim of this study was to obtain a recycled polytetrafluoroethylene polymer with an olefin that could improve the extrudability of the LLDPE. The copolymer was obtained by irradiating recycled PTFE in an inert atmosphere followed by the addition of an olefinic monomer to graft the latter in the polymeric matrix (PTFE). After a certain time of contact, the copolymer was heat treated to permit recombination and elimination of the radicals, both in a reactive and/or inert atmosphere. Three olefinic monomers were used, namely; acetylene, ethylene and 1,3-butadiene. The 1,3-butadiene monomer was found to be more effective with respect to grafting. The specimens were studied using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermogravimetry (DTG). 0.2-2.0 wt% of the copolymer that was obtained was mixed with LLDPE. The rheological properties of the mixture were determined with a torque rheometer. The results indicated that the process used rendered a copolymer which when added to LLDPE, improved the extrusion process and eliminated the defect 'melt fracture'. (author)

  14. Synthesis and self-assembling of responsive polysaccharide-based copolymers in aqueous media

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    Marques, Nivia do N.; Balaban, Rosangela de C.; Halila, Sami; Borsali, Redouane

    2015-01-01

    This work reports the synthesis and the thermoresponsive self-assembly behavior of carboxymethylcellulose-g-JeffamineM2070 and carboxymethylcellulose-g-JeffamineM600 copolymers in aqueous media. They were prepared through the grafting of two different types of amino-terminated poly(ethylene oxide-co-propylene oxide) chains onto the carboxylate groups of carboxymethylcellulose, by using water-soluble carbodiimide derivative and N-hydroxysuccinimide as coupling reagents. The grafting efficiency was confirmed by infrared and the degree of substitution by 1 H NMR integrations. The salt effect on cloud point temperature was evaluated into different solvents (Milli-Q water, 0.5M NaCl, synthetic sea water (SSW) and 0.5M K 2 CO 3 ) by UV-Vis and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. Both copolymers showed lower cloud point temperature in 0.5M K2CO3 than in 0.5M NaCl and in SSW, which was attributed to the higher ionic strength for K 2 CO 3 combined to the ability of CO 3 2- to decrease polymer-water interactions. Copolymers chains displayed higher hydrodynamic radii than CMC precursor at 25 and 60 °C in saline solutions, and self-associations changed as a function of the environment and copolymer composition. (author)

  15. Thiophene-Thiazole-Based Semiconducting Copolymers for High-Performance Polymer Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Chung, Jong Won; Park, Won-Tae; Park, Jeong-Il; Yun, Youngjun; Gu, Xiaodan; Lee, Jiyoul; Noh, Yong-Young

    2017-11-08

    We report a newly synthesized donor (D)-acceptor (A)type semiconducting copolymer, consisting of thiophene as an electron-donating unit and thiazole as an electron-accepting unit (PQTBTz-TT-C8) for the active layer of the organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). Specifically, this study investigates the structure and electrical property relationships of PQTBTz-TT-C8 with comprehensive analyses on the charge-transporting properties corresponding to the spin rate of the spin coater during the formation of the PQTBTz-TT-C8 film. The crystallinity of PQTBTz-TT-C8 films is examined with grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. Temperature-dependent transfer measurements of the OFETs are conducted to extract the density of states (DOS) and characterize the charge-transport properties. Comparative analyses on charge transports within the framework of the physical model, based on polaron hopping and Gaussian DOS, reveal that the prefactors of both physical charge-transport models are independent of the spin-coating condition for the films. For staggered structural transistors, however, the thickness of the PQTBTz-TT-C8 films, which strongly affect the series resistance along the charge-transfer path in a vertical direction, is changed in accordance with the spin-coating rate. In other words, the spin-coating rate of the PQTBTz-TT-C8 films influences the thickness of the polymer films, yet any significant changes in the crystallinity of the film or electronic coupling between the neighboring molecules upon the spin-coating condition were barely noticeable. Because the PQTBTz-TT-C8 backbone chains inside the thin film are stacked up with the edge-on, the series resistances are changed according to the thickness of the film and thus the performance of the device varies depending on the thickness.

  16. Hierarchically porous bio-inspired films prepared by combining "breath figure" templating and selectively degradable block copolymer directed self-assembly.

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    Bertrand, Arthur; Bousquet, Antoine; Lartigau-Dagron, Christine; Billon, Laurent

    2016-07-21

    Polymer films with hierarchical micro- and nano-porosities were prepared by combining the fast solvent evaporation "Breath Figure" (BF) method, exhibiting a highly regular honeycomb micro-porous texture, with the additional nanoscale self-assembly of polylactide-block-polystyrene (PLA-b-PS) diblock copolymers, PLA being used thereafter as a sacrificial component for nano-porosity.

  17. Influence of 1,2-PB matrix cross-linking on structure and properties of selectively etched 1,2-PB-b-PDMS block copolymers

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    Guo, Fengxiao; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Vigild, Martin Etchells

    2007-01-01

    A series of samples with varying cross-linking degree were prepared from the same 1,2-polybutadiene-b-polydimethylsiloxane (1,2-PB-b-PDMS) diblock copolymer precursor. The stability of nanopores generated after PDMS cleaving depends on the cross-linking degree of 1,2-PB. The swelling ratio...

  18. The Self-Assembly of Copolymers with One Hydrophobic and One Polyelectrolyte Block in Aqueous Media: A Dissipative Particle Dynamics Study.

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    Lísal, Martin; Limpouchová, Z.; Procházka, K.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 18, č. 24 (2016), s. 16127-16136 ISSN 1463-9076 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-02938S Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : amphiphilic diblock copolymers * hybrid olymeric micelles * simulations Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.123, year: 2016

  19. Polystyrene-Poly(sodium methacrylate) Amphiphilic Block Copolymers by ATRP : Effect of Structure, pH, and Ionic Strength on Rheology of Aqueous Solutions

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    Raffa, Patrizio; Brandenburg, Piter; Wever, Diego A. Z.; Broekhuis, Antonius A.; Picchioni, Francesco

    2013-01-01

    Three well-defined polystyrene-poly(sodium methacrylate) amphiphilic block copolymers characterized by different molecular architecture (diblock, triblock, and four-arm star) have been synthesized by ATRP. The rheology of their water solutions has been evaluated by measuring dynamic moduli and shear

  20. Simulations of spatial DSA morphology, DSA-aware assist features and block copolymer-homopolymer blends

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    Latypov, Azat; Coskun, Tamer H.; Garner, Grant; Preil, Moshe; Schmid, Gerard; Xu, Ji; Zou, Yi

    2014-03-01

    Further enhancements to Monte Carlo and Self-Consistent Field Theory Directed Self-Assembly (DSA) simulation capabilities implemented in GLOBALFOUNDRIES are presented and discussed, along with the results of their applications. We present the simulation studies of DSA in graphoepitaxy confinement wells, where the DSA process parameters are varied in order to determine the optimal set of parameters resulting in a robust and etch transferrable phase morphology. A novel concept of DSA-aware assist features for the optical lithography process is presented and demonstrated in simulations. The results of the DSA simulations and studies for the DSA process using a blend of homopolymers and diblock copolymers are also presented and compared with the simulated diblock copolymer systems.

  1. Electrochemically controlled self-assembly of block copolymer nanostructures

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    Eitouni, Hany Basam

    Organometallic block copolymers, wherein one block is composed of alternating ferrocene and dialkylsilane units in the main chain, undergo self-assembly to form microphase-separated ordered structures similarly to typical organic block copolymers. The 1,1'-dimethylsilylferrocenophane monomer was synthesized and polymerized anionically with other monomers to make a variety of different organometallic block copolymers. The phase behavior and thermodynamic interactions of anionically synthesized poly(styrene-block-ferrocenyldimethylsilane) (SF) and poly(isoprene-block-ferrocenyldimethylsilane) (IF) copolymers were examined using depolarized light scattering, small angle x-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS and SANS), and transmission electron microscopy. The temperature-dependence of the Flory-Huggins parameter, chi, and the statistical segment lengths of SF and IF copolymers were determined by SAXS and SANS using the random phase approximation. The thermodynamic interactions in poly(ferrocenyldimethylsilane) diblock copolymers were systematically adjusted by oxidizing the ferrocene moieties with silver salts and examined using SAXS and depolarized light scattering. The polymers retained microphase separated ordered structures upon oxidation and showed systematic changes in the location of the order-disorder transition as a function of extent of oxidation. By controlling the redox properties of the ferrocene moiety in the backbone of the polymer, we present a method for controlling the self-assembled microstructure and hence bulk material properties. Using electrochemical techniques, a novel means of controlling the order-disorder transition of block copolymers was discovered. By applying very small electrical potentials to disordered solutions of organometallic block copolymers, oriented ordered grains were formed near one electrode, the result of electrochemical reactions. After reversing the electrical bias on the system, the ordered grains disappeared and new

  2. A pH- and temperature-responsive bioresorbable injectable hydrogel based on polypeptide block copolymers for the sustained delivery of proteins in vivo.

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    Turabee, Md Hasan; Thambi, Thavasyappan; Duong, Huu Thuy Trang; Jeong, Ji Hoon; Lee, Doo Sung

    2018-02-27

    Sustained delivery of protein therapeutics is limited owing to the fragile nature of proteins. Despite its great potential, delivery of proteins without any loss of bioactivity remains a challenge in the use of protein therapeutics in the clinic. To surmount this shortcoming, we report a pH- and temperature-responsive in situ-forming injectable hydrogel based on comb-type polypeptide block copolymers for the controlled delivery of proteins. Polypeptide block copolymers, composed of hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG), temperature-responsive poly(γ-benzyl-l-glutamate) (PBLG), and pH-responsive oligo(sulfamethazine) (OSM), exhibit pH- and temperature-induced sol-to-gel transition behavior in aqueous solutions. Polypeptide block copolymers were synthesized by combining N-carboxyanhydride-based ring-opening polymerization and post-functionalization of the chain-end using N-hydroxy succinimide ester activated OSM. The physical properties of polypeptide-based hydrogels were tuned by varying the composition of temperature- and pH-responsive PBLG and OSM in block copolymers. Polypeptide block copolymers were non-toxic to human embryonic kidney cells at high concentrations (2000 μg mL -1 ). Subcutaneous administration of polypeptide block copolymer sols formed viscoelastic gel instantly at the back of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The in vivo gels exhibited sustained degradation and were found to be bioresorbable in 6 weeks without any noticeable inflammation at the injection site. Anionic characteristics of hydrogels allow efficient loading of a cationic model protein, lysozyme, through electrostatic interaction. Lysozyme-loaded polypeptide block copolymer sols readily formed a viscoelastic gel in vivo and sustained lysozyme release for at least a week. Overall, the results demonstrate an elegant approach to control the release of certain charged proteins and open a myriad of therapeutic possibilities in protein therapeutics.

  3. Metallocene-Containing Homopolymers and Heterobimetallic Block Copolymers via Photoinduced RAFT Polymerization.

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    Yang, Peng; Pageni, Parasmani; Kabir, Mohammad Pabel; Zhu, Tianyu; Tang, Chuanbing

    2016-11-15

    We report the synthesis of cationic cobaltocenium and neutral ferrocene containing homopolymers mediated by photoinduced reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization with a photocatalyst fac-[Ir(ppy) 3 ]. The homopolymers were further used as macromolecular chain transfer agents to synthesize diblock copolymers via chain extension. Controlled/"living" feature of photoinduced RAFT polymerization was confirmed by kinetic studies even without prior deoxygenation. A light switch between ON and OFF provided a spatiotemporal control of polymerization.

  4. Electrical characterization of fluorinated benzothiadiazole based conjugated copolymer – a promising material for high-performance solar cells

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    Toušek, J., E-mail: jiri.tousek@mff.cuni.cz; Toušková, J.; Chomutová, R. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holešovičkách 2, 182 00 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Remeš, Z.; Čermák, J. [Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences, Cukrovarnická 10, 162 53 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Helgesen, M.; Carlé, J. E.; Krebs, F. C. [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark)

    2015-12-15

    Measurements of electrical conductivity, electron work function, carrier mobility of holes and the diffusion length of excitons were performed on samples of conjugated polymers relevant to polymer solar cells. A state of the art fluorinated benzothiadiazole based conjugated copolymer (PBDT{sub THD} − DTBTff) was studied and benchmarked against the reference polymer poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT). We employed, respectively, four electrode conductivity measurements, Kelvin probe work function measurements, carrier mobility using charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (CELIV) measurements and diffusion length determinaton using surface photovoltage measurements.

  5. Electrical characterization of fluorinated benzothiadiazole based conjugated copolymer – a promising material for high-performance solar cells

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    J. Toušek

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Measurements of electrical conductivity, electron work function, carrier mobility of holes and the diffusion length of excitons were performed on samples of conjugated polymers relevant to polymer solar cells. A state of the art fluorinated benzothiadiazole based conjugated copolymer (PBDTTHD − DTBTff was studied and benchmarked against the reference polymer poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT. We employed, respectively, four electrode conductivity measurements, Kelvin probe work function measurements, carrier mobility using charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (CELIV measurements and diffusion length determinaton using surface photovoltage measurements.

  6. Dual-stimuli responsive copolymers based on N-vinylcaprolactam/chitosan

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    Jose Angel Montes; Alejandra Ortega; Guillermina Burillo

    2015-01-01

    N-vinylcaprolactam was grafted onto chitosan by a mutual irradiation grafting method in acetic acid solution using 60 Co gamma rays. The effects of dose and monomer concentration on the graft yield were studied. The degree of grafting can be controlled by adjusting these parameters. The chemical structure of CS before and after grafting was characterized using infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR) and thermal analysis (DSC and TGA). The graft copolymer (CS-g-NVCL) was less thermally stable than PNVCL and CS. The pH and thermo-responsive properties of the CS-g-NVCL copolymers were evaluated. It is expected that synthesized system could be used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical preparations with controlled release of bioactive compounds. (author)

  7. Copolymers based on N-acryloyl-L-leucine and urea methacrylate with pyridine moieties

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    Buruiana Emil C.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available By using free radical polymerization of (N-methacryloyloxyethyl-N′-4-picolyl-urea (MAcPU and N-acryloyl-L-leucine (AcLeu, an optically active copolymer, poly[(N-methacryloyloxyethyl-N′-4-picolyl-urea-co-N-acryloyl-L-leucine], MAcPU-co-AcLeu (1.86:1 molar ratio was prepared and subsequently functionalized at the pyridine-N with (1R/S-(−/+-10-camphorsulfonic acid (R/S-CSA and at carboxyl group with (R-(+-α-ethylbenzylamine (R-EBA or trans-4-stilbene methanol (t-StM. The structures, chemical composition and chiroptical activity of the monomers and the copolymers were characterized by spectral analysis (FTIR, 1H (13C-NMR, 1H,1H-COSY, UV/vis, thermal methods (TGA, DSC, fluorescence spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography and specific rotation measurements. Influence of the optical activity of monomer and modifier on modified copolymers suggested a good correlation between the experimental data obtained (23[α]589=+12.5° for AcLeu and MAcPU-co-AcLeu, 23[α]589=0°+27.5° for (MAcPU-co-AcLeu-R/S-CSA, 23[α]589=+25° for (MAcPU-co-AcLeu-R-EBA, and 23[α]589 = 0° for (MAcPU-co-AcLeu-St. In addition, the photobehavior of the stilbene copolymer (MAcPU-co-AcLeu-St in film was investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy. The fluorescence quenching of the stilbene species in the presence of aliphatic/aromatic amine in DMF solution was evaluated, more efficiently being 4,4′−dipyridyl (detection limit: 7.2 x 10-6 mol/L.

  8. Temperature-induced phase transition in aqueous solutions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-based block copolymer

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Konefal, Rafal; Dybal, Jiří

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 369, č. 1 (2016), s. 92-96 ISSN 1022-1360. [International IUPAC Conference on Polymer-Solvent Complexes and Intercalates /11./ - POLYSOLVAT-11. Kolkata, 27.01.2016-30.01.2016] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-13853S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : aqueous solutions * block copolymers * micelles Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  9. Cellulose-based graft copolymers with controlled architecture prepared in a homogeneous phase

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    Raus, Vladimír; Štěpánek, M.; Uchman, M.; Šlouf, Miroslav; Látalová, Petra; Čadová, Eva; Netopilík, Miloš; Kříž, Jaroslav; Dybal, Jiří; Vlček, Petr

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 49, č. 20 (2011), s. 4353-4367 ISSN 0887-624X R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/1348; GA ČR GAP208/10/0353 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) * cellulose * graft copolymers Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials Impact factor: 3.919, year: 2011

  10. Ion Correlation Effects in Salt-Doped Block Copolymers

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    Brown, Jonathan R.; Seo, Youngmi; Hall, Lisa M.

    2018-03-01

    We apply classical density functional theory to study how salt changes the microphase morphology of diblock copolymers. Polymers are freely jointed and one monomer type favorably interacts with ions, to account for the selective solvation that arises from different dielectric constants of the microphases. By including correlations from liquid state theory of an unbound reference fluid, the theory can treat chain behavior, microphase separation, ion correlations, and preferential solvation, at the same coarse-grained level. We show good agreement with molecular dynamics simulations.

  11. Development of Graft Copolymer Flocculant Based on Acrylamide and Acrylic Acid for the dewatering of coal

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    Mahmoud, G.A.; Abdel Khalek, M.A

    2012-01-01

    Most coal preparation processes were carried out in water medium. The water content of coal product has a negative impact on handling and specific energy value. The moisture content may be attributed to the proportion of fine coal, which presents the greatest dewatering problem. A novel polymeric flocculant has been developed by graft copolymerization of acrylamide (AAm) with acrylic acid (AAc) using gamma irradiation technique. The grafted copol621621ymer P(AAm/AAc) was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). The effects of reaction parameters, such as total absorbed dose, and monomer concentration on grafting yield were investigated. The flocculation performance of the graft copolymer P(AAm/AAc) was investigated in coal suspension. It was observed that the grafting ratio was one of the key factors for the flocculating effects. The copolymers with various grafting ratios showed different flocculating properties. It was found that as the grafting ratio increased, the flocculating effect also increased. The flocculation performance of the grafted copolymer was better than that of the commercial flocculant, poly-acrylamide (Magnafloc 1011).

  12. Synthesis and Use of Amphoteric Carboxymethylcellulose Graft Copolymers in the Environmentally-acceptable Water-based DrillingFluids as a Water-sensitive Shale Stabilizer

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    M. Abdollahi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Water soluble amphoteric graft copolymers of polysaccharide were synthesized via grafting of cationic monomer onto the sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC( and then used as a shale stabilizer in the water-based drilling fluids. Accordingly, five types of CMC-graft copolymers with different ratios of acrylamide AM( and diallyldimethylammonium chloride DADMAC( were synthesized. Grafting of monomer(s( onto the CMC was verified by FT-IR spectroscopy. Results showed that grafting percentage is strongly affected by the monomer type as well as the weight ratio of monomers. Synthesized CMC-graft copolymers were used in the formulation of water-based drilling fluid. Drilling fluid was then subjected to the rheological, fluid loss and shale recovery tests. It was found that ability of CMC in the shale stability enhances by grafting of cationic monomer onto CMC. Fluid loss is also controlled in the acceptable region in the presence of CMC-graft copolymers. Among graft copolymers, CMC-grafted with pure cationic monomer exhibited higher efficiency in the fluid loss control and more important in the shale stability.

  13. Assessment of Polyacrylamide Based Co-Polymers Enhanced by Functional Group Modifications with Regards to Salinity and Hardness

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    Saeed Akbari

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available This research aims to test four new polymers for their stability under high salinity/high hardness conditions for their possible use in polymer flooding to improve oil recovery from hydrocarbon reservoirs. The four sulfonated based polyacrylamide co-polymers were FLOCOMB C7035; SUPERPUSHER SAV55; THERMOASSOCIATIF; and AN132 VHM which are basically sulfonated polyacrylamide copolymers of AM (acrylamide with AMPS (2-Acrylamido-2-Methylpropane Sulfonate. AN132 VHM has a molecular weight of 9–11 million Daltons with 32 mol % degree of sulfonation. SUPERPUSHER SAV55 mainly has about 35 mol % sulfonation degree and a molecular weight of 9–11 million Daltons. FLOCOMB C7035, in addition, has undergone post-hydrolysis step to increase polydispersity and molecular weight above 18 million Daltons but it has a sulfonation degree much lower than 32 mol %. THERMOASSOCIATIF has a molecular weight lower than 12 million Daltons and a medium sulfonation degree of around 32 mol %, and also contains LCST (lower critical solution temperature type block, which is responsible for its thermoassociative characteristics. This paper discusses the rheological behavior of these polymers in aqueous solutions (100–4500 ppm with NaCl (0.1–10 wt % measured at 25 °C. The effect of hardness was investigated by preparing a CaCl2-NaCl solution of same ionic strength as the 5 wt % of NaCl. In summary, it can be concluded that the rheological behavior of the newly modified co-polymers was in general agreement to the existing polymers, except that THERMOASSOCIATIF polymers showed unique behavior, which could possibly make them a better candidate for enhanced oil recovery (EOR application in high salinity conditions. The other three polymers, on the other hand, are better candidates for EOR applications in reservoirs containing high divalent ions. These results are expected to be helpful in selecting and screening the polymers for an EOR application.

  14. Zwitterionic Silane Copolymer for Ultra-Stable and Bright Biomolecular Probes Based on Fluorescent Quantum Dot Nanoclusters.

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    Dembele, Fatimata; Tasso, Mariana; Trapiella-Alfonso, Laura; Xu, Xiangzhen; Hanafi, Mohamed; Lequeux, Nicolas; Pons, Thomas

    2017-05-31

    Fluorescent semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) exhibit several unique properties that make them suitable candidates for biomolecular sensing, including high brightness, photostability, broad excitation, and narrow emission spectra. Assembling these QDs into robust and functionalizable nanosized clusters (QD-NSCs) can provide fluorescent probes that are several orders of magnitude brighter than individual QDs, thus allowing an even greater sensitivity of detection with simplified instrumentation. However, the formation of compact, antifouling, functionalizable, and stable QD-NSCs remains a challenging task, especially for a use at ultralow concentrations for single-molecule detection. Here, we describe the development of fluorescent QD-NSCs envisioned as a tool for fast and sensitive biomolecular recognition. First, QDs were assembled into very compact 100-150 nm diameter spherical aggregates; the final QD-NSCs were obtained by growing a cross-linked silica shell around these aggregates. Hydrolytic stability in several concentration and pH conditions is a key requirement for a potential and efficient single-molecule detection tool. However, the hydrolysis of Si-O-Si bonds leads to desorption of monosilane-based surface groups at very low silica concentrations or in a slightly basic medium. Thus, we designed a novel multidentate copolymer composed of multiple silane as well as zwitterionic monomers. Coating silica beads with this multidentate copolymer provided a robust surface chemistry that was demonstrated to be stable against hydrolysis, even at low concentrations. Copolymer-coated silica beads also showed low fouling properties and high colloidal stability in saline solutions. Furthermore, incorporation of additional azido-monomers enabled easy functionalization of QD-NSCs using copper-free bio-orthogonal cyclooctyne-azide click chemistry, as demonstrated by a biotin-streptavidin affinity test.

  15. Distributions of chain ends and junction points in ordered block copolymers

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    Mayes, A.M.; Johnson, R.D.; Russell, T.P.; Smith, S.D.; Satija, S.K.; Majkrzak, C.F.

    1993-01-01

    Chain configurations in ordered symmetric poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers were examined by neutron reflectively. In a thin-film geometry the copolymers organize into lamellar microdomains oriented parallel to the substrate surface. The copolymers organize into lamellar microdomains oriented parallel to the substrate surface. The copolymers were synthesized with small fractions of deuterated segments at either the chain ends or centers. This selective labeling permitted characterization of the spatial distribution of chain ends and junction points normal to the plane of the film. From the reflectivity analysis, the junction points are found to be confined to the PS/PMMA interfacial regions. The chain ends, however, are well distributed through their respective domains, exhibiting only a weak maximum in concentration at the center of the domains

  16. Synthesis of diketopyrrolopyrrole based copolymers via the direct arylation method for p-channel and ambipolar OFETs.

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    Sonar, Prashant; Foong, Thelese Ru Bao; Dodabalapur, Ananth

    2014-03-07

    In this paper, we have synthesized two novel diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) based donor–acceptor (D–A) copolymers poly{3,6-dithiophene-2-yl-2,5-di(2-octyl)-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione-alt-1,5-bis(dodecyloxy)naphthalene} (PDPPT-NAP) and poly{3,6-dithiophene-2-yl-2,5-di(2-butyldecyl)-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione-alt-2-dodecyl-2H-benzo[d][1,2,3]triazole} (PDPPT-BTRZ) via direct arylation organometallic coupling. Both copolymers contain a common electron withdrawing DPP building block which is combined with electron donating alkoxy naphthalene and electron withdrawing alkyl-triazole comonomers. The number average molecular weight (M(n)) determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) for polymer PDPPT-NAP is around 23400 g mol(−1) whereas for polymer PDPPT-BTRZ it is 18600 g mol(−1). The solid state absorption spectra of these copolymers show a wide range of absorption from 400 nm to 1000 nm with optical band gaps calculated from absorption cut off values in the range of 1.45–1.30 eV. The HOMO values determined for PDPPT-NAP and PDPPT-BTRZ copolymers from photoelectron spectroscopy in air (PESA) data are 5.15 eV and 5.25 eV respectively. These polymers exhibit promising p-channel and ambipolar behaviour when used as an active layer in organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) devices. The highest hole mobility measured for polymer PDPPT-NAP is around 0.0046 cm(2) V(−1) s(−1) whereas the best ambipolar performance was calculated for PDPPT-BTRZ with a hole and electron mobility of 0.01 cm(2) V(−1) s(−1) and 0.006 cm(2) V(−1) s(−1) .

  17. Transparent nanostructured cellulose acetate films based on the self assembly of PEO-b-PPO-b-PEO block copolymer.

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    Gutierrez, Junkal; Carrasco-Hernandez, Sheyla; Barud, Hernane S; Oliveira, Rafael L; Carvalho, Renata A; Amaral, André C; Tercjak, Agnieszka

    2017-06-01

    In this study fabrication and characterization of transparent nanostructured composite films based on cellulose triacetate (CTA) and poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (EPE) triblock copolymer were presented. The effect of the addition of EPE triblock copolymer on the thermal stability, morphology, and mechanical properties of cellulose triacetate films was investigated. The triblock EPE was chosen since PEO blocks interact favorably with CTA, whereas, PPO blocks remain immiscible which provokes a microphase separation. This allows to obtain EPE/CTA composite films with ordered microphase-separated structures where PPO spherical microdomains are well-dispersed in PEO/CTA matrix by simple solvent-evaporation process. During this process, PEO block chains selectively interact with CTA by strong interpolymer hydrogen-bonding while PPO block microseparated. The addition even 40wt% of EPE leads to nanostructured EPE/CTA composite. The cytotoxicity assay of CTA and EPE/CTA composite films confirm non-toxic character of designed transparent nanostructured composites based on sustainable matrices. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Formation and structural properties of multi-block copolymer vesicles

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    Wang, Rong; Ma, Shiying

    2014-03-01

    Due to the unique structure, vesicles have attracted considerable attention for their potential applications, such as gene and drug delivery, microcapsules, nanoreactors, cell membrane mimetic, synthetic organelles, etc. By using dissipative particle dynamics, we studied the self-assembly of amphiphilic multi-block copolymer. The phase diagram was constructed by varying the interaction parameters and the composition of the block copolymers. The results show that the vesicles are stable in a large region which is different from the diblock copolymer or triblock copolymer. The structural properties of vesicles can be controlled by varying the interaction parameters and the length of the hydrophobic block. The relationship between the hydrophilic and hydrophobic block length vs the aqueous cavity size and vesicle size are revealed. The copolymers with shorter hydrophobic blocks length or the higher hydrophilicity are more likely to form vesicles with larger aqueous cavity size and vesicle size as well as thinner wall thickness. However, the increase in hydrophobic-block length results to form vesicles with smaller aqueous cavity size and larger vesicle size. Acknowledgments. This work has been supported by NNSFC (No. 21074053) and NBRPC (No. 2010CB923303).

  19. SANS and SAXS study of block copolymer/homopolymer mixtures

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    Hasegawa, Hirokazu; Tanaka, Hideaki; Hashimoto, Takeji; Han, C.C.

    1991-01-01

    The lateral and vertical components of the radius of gyration for a single block copolymer chain and those of a single homopolymer chain in the lamellar microdomain space formed by a mixture of diblock copolymers and homopolymers were investigated by means of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and the microdomain structures by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The homopolymers whose molecular weights are much smaller than that of the corresponding chains of the block copolymers were used so that the homopolymers were uniformly solubilized in the corresponding microdomains. The SANS result suggests that the homopolymer chains in the microdomain space as well as the block copolymer chains are more compressed in the direction parallel to the interface and more stretched in the direction perpendicular to the interface than the corresponding unperturbed polymer chains with the same molecular weight. On increasing the volume fraction of the homopolymers the thickness of the lamellar microdomains increases. The block copolymer chains were found to undergo an isochoric affine deformation on addition of the homopolymers or with the change of the thickness of the lamellar microdomains. (orig.)

  20. Cationic nanoparticles with quaternary ammonium-functionalized PLGA-PEG-based copolymers for potent gene transfection

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    Wang, Yan-Hsung; Fu, Yin-Chih; Chiu, Hui-Chi; Wang, Chau-Zen; Lo, Shao-Ping; Ho, Mei-Ling; Liu, Po-Len; Wang, Chih-Kuang

    2013-11-01

    The objective of the present work was to develop new cationic nanoparticles (cNPs) with amphiphilic cationic copolymers for the delivery of plasmid DNA (pDNA). Cationic copolymers were built on the synthesis of quaternary ammonium salt compounds from diethylenetriamine (DETA) to include the positively charged head group and amphiphilic multi-grafts. PLGA- phe-PEG- qDETA (PPD), phe-PEG- qDETA-PLGA (PDP), and PLGA- phe-PEG- qDETA-PLGA (PPDP) cationic copolymers were created by this moiety of DETA quaternary ammonium, heterobifunctional polyethylene glycol (COOH-PEG-NH2), phenylalanine ( phe), and poly(lactic- co-glycolic acid) (PLGA). These new cNPs were prepared by the water miscible solvent displacement method. They exhibit good pDNA binding ability, as shown in a retardation assay that occurred at a particle size of 217 nm. The zeta potential was approximately +21 mV when the cNP concentration was 25 mg/ml. The new cNPs also have a better buffering capacity than PLGA NPs. However, the pDNA binding ability was demonstrated starting at a weight ratio of approximately 6.25 cNPs/pDNA. Gene transfection results showed that these cNPs had transfection effects similar to those of Lipofectamine 2000 in 293T cells. Furthermore, cNPs can also transfect human adipose-derived stem cells. The results indicate that the newly developed cNP is a promising candidate for a novel gene delivery vehicle.

  1. Cationic nanoparticles with quaternary ammonium-functionalized PLGA–PEG-based copolymers for potent gene transfection

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    Wang, Yan-Hsung; Fu, Yin-Chih; Chiu, Hui-Chi; Wang, Chau-Zen; Lo, Shao-Ping; Ho, Mei-Ling; Liu, Po-Len; Wang, Chih-Kuang

    2013-01-01

    The objective of the present work was to develop new cationic nanoparticles (cNPs) with amphiphilic cationic copolymers for the delivery of plasmid DNA (pDNA). Cationic copolymers were built on the synthesis of quaternary ammonium salt compounds from diethylenetriamine (DETA) to include the positively charged head group and amphiphilic multi-grafts. PLGA-phe-PEG-qDETA (PPD), phe-PEG-qDETA-PLGA (PDP), and PLGA-phe-PEG-qDETA-PLGA (PPDP) cationic copolymers were created by this moiety of DETA quaternary ammonium, heterobifunctional polyethylene glycol (COOH-PEG-NH 2 ), phenylalanine (phe), and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA). These new cNPs were prepared by the water miscible solvent displacement method. They exhibit good pDNA binding ability, as shown in a retardation assay that occurred at a particle size of ∼217 nm. The zeta potential was approximately +21 mV when the cNP concentration was 25 mg/ml. The new cNPs also have a better buffering capacity than PLGA NPs. However, the pDNA binding ability was demonstrated starting at a weight ratio of approximately 6.25 cNPs/pDNA. Gene transfection results showed that these cNPs had transfection effects similar to those of Lipofectamine 2000 in 293T cells. Furthermore, cNPs can also transfect human adipose-derived stem cells. The results indicate that the newly developed cNP is a promising candidate for a novel gene delivery vehicle

  2. Synthesis of β-cyclodextrin-Based Star Block Copolymers with Thermo-Responsive Behavior

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Star polymers are one example of three-dimensional macromolecules containing several arms with similar molecular weight connected to a central core. Due to their compact structure and their enhanced segment density in comparison to linear polymers of the same molecular weight, they have attracted significant attention during recent years. The preparation of block-arm star copolymers with a permanently hydrophilic block and an “environmentally” sensitive block, which can change its nature from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, leads to nanometer-sized responsive materials with unique properties. These polymers are able to undergo a conformational change or phase transition as a reply to an external stimulus resulting in the formation of core–shell nanoparticles, which further tend to aggregate. Star-shaped copolymers with different cores were synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP. The core-first method chosen as synthetic strategy allows good control over the polymer architecture. First of all the multifunctional initiators were prepared by esterification reaction of the hydroxyl groups with 2-chloropropionyl chloride. Using β-cyclodextrin as core molecules, which possess a well-defined number of functional groups up to 21, allows defining the number of arms per star polymer. In order to prepare stimuli-responsive multi-arm copolymers, containing a stimuli-responsive (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAm and a non-responsive block (poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide (PDMAAm, consecutive ATRP was carried out. The polymers were characterized intensively using NMR spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography (SEC, whereas the temperature-depending aggregation behavior in aqueous solution was determined via turbidimetry and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC.

  3. Vegetable-Oil-Based Hyperbranched Polyester-Styrene Copolymer Containing Silver Nanoparticle as Antimicrobial and Corrosion-Resistant Coating Materials

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    Manawwer Alam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Pongamia oil (PO was converted to Pongamia oil hydroxyl (POH via epoxidation process. The esterification of POH with linolenic acid was carried out to form hyperbranched polyester (HBPE, and further styrenation was performed at the conjugated double bond in the chain of linolenic acid. After styrenation, silver nanoparticle was added in different weight percentages (0.1–0.4 wt%. The structural elucidation of POH, HBPE, and HBPE-St was carried out by FT-IR, 1H-NMR, and 13C-NMR spectroscopic techniques. Physicochemical and physicomechanical analyses were performed by standard method. Thermal behavior of the HBPE-St was analyzed by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The coatings of HBPE-St were prepared on mild steel strips. The anticorrosive behavior of HBPE-St resin-based coatings in acid, saline, and tap water was evaluated, and the molecular weight of HBPE-St was determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC. The antibacterial activities of the HBPE-St copolymers were tested in vitro against bacteria and fungi by disc diffusion method. The HBPE-St copolymers exhibited good antibacterial activities and can be used as antimicrobial and corrosion-resistant coating materials.

  4. Restricted lithium ion dynamics in PEO-based block copolymer electrolytes measured by high-field nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation

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    Huynh, Tan Vu; Messinger, Robert J.; Sarou-Kanian, Vincent; Fayon, Franck; Bouchet, Renaud; Deschamps, Michaël

    2017-10-01

    The intrinsic ionic conductivity of polyethylene oxide (PEO)-based block copolymer electrolytes is often assumed to be identical to the conductivity of the PEO homopolymer. Here, we use high-field 7Li nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation and pulsed-field-gradient (PFG) NMR diffusion measurements to probe lithium ion dynamics over nanosecond and millisecond time scales in PEO and polystyrene (PS)-b-PEO-b-PS electrolytes containing the lithium salt LiTFSI. Variable-temperature longitudinal (T1) and transverse (T2) 7Li NMR relaxation rates were acquired at three magnetic field strengths and quantitatively analyzed for the first time at such fields, enabling us to distinguish two characteristic time scales that describe fluctuations of the 7Li nuclear electric quadrupolar interaction. Fast lithium motions [up to O (ns)] are essentially identical between the two polymer electrolytes, including sub-nanosecond vibrations and local fluctuations of the coordination polyhedra between lithium and nearby oxygen atoms. However, lithium dynamics over longer time scales [O (10 ns) and greater] are slower in the block copolymer compared to the homopolymer, as manifested experimentally by their different transverse 7Li NMR relaxation rates. Restricted dynamics and altered thermodynamic behavior of PEO chains anchored near PS domains likely explain these results.

  5. Effect of Acetate Group Content in Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymer on Properties of Composite Based on Low Density Polyethylene and Polyamide-6

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    Nhi Dinh Bui

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the content of vinyl acetate groups in ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer on the properties of polymer composite based on low density polyethylene and polyamide-6 was studied. Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer containing less vinyl acetate groups (10–14 wt.% has a positive compatibility effect on polymer composite than ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer containing 21–30 wt.% vinyl acetate groups. The polymer composites of LDPE, PA-6, and EVA containing 10–14 wt.% vinyl acetate groups possess the ability of biodegradation. The physical-mechanical properties of sample and molecular mass reduce after 28 days of incubation.

  6. Dependency of Anion and Chain Length of Imidazolium Based Ionic Liquid on Micellization of the Block Copolymer F127 in Aqueous Solution: An Experimental Deep Insight

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    Jignesh Lunagariya

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available The non-ionic triblock copolymer, Pluronic® F127, has been selected to observe its interaction with ionic liquids (ILs in aqueous solutions by using DLS, surface tension, and viscosity measurements. The Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC of F127 increased with the addition of ILs, which appeared logical since it increases the solubility of PPO (and PEO moiety, making it behaves more like a hydrophilic block copolymer that is micellized at a higher copolymer concentration. The results from DLS data showed good agreement with those obtained from the surface tension measurements. Upon the addition of ILs, the tendency in micellar size reduction was demonstrated by viscosity results, and therefore, intrinsic viscosity decreased compared to pure F127 in aqueous solution. The results were discussed as a function of alkyl chain length and anions of imidazolium based ILs.

  7. Structural analysis on a block copolymer thin film by in-situ neutron and x-ray grazing-incidence scattering techniques

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    Torikai, Naoya; Yamada, Norifumi L.; Kawaguchi, Daisuke

    2011-01-01

    Structural change of a phase-separated block copolymer thin film with polystyrene (PS) and poly(2-vinylpyridine)(P2VP) in contact with different solvents was observed by in-situ neutron reflectometry using a conventional cell for a solid/liquid interface, and time evolution of phase-separated structure after a temperature jump to 200degC was observed for diblock and triblock copolymer thin films of PS and P2VP by grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). When PS-P2VP diblock copolymer thin film was contacted with methanol and water, the structural change was induced by penetration of small amount of the solvent into the film, and the original structure was almost recovered after drying it. Also, the diblock copolymer thin film was easily dissolved into toluene, and the original structure was never recovered after the solvent contact. After the temperature jump the lateral correlation spots were evolved with a time in the GISAXS pattern similarly for either block copolymer thin film with spherical structure, though their as-spun states were different. (author)

  8. Tunable Mesoporous Bragg Reflectors Based on Block-Copolymer Self-Assembly

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    Guldin, Stefan

    2011-07-06

    Mesoporous Bragg reflectors are a promising materials platform for photovoltaics, light emission, and sensing. A fast and versatile fabrication route that relies on the self-assembly of the block copolymer poly(isoprene-b-ethylene oxide) in combination with simple sol-gel chemistry is reported. The method allows extended control over porosity and pore size in the resulting inorganic material and results in high-quality optical elements. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Design of 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering testing a tough polylactide-based graft copolymer

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    Dorati, R.; Colonna, C.; Tomasi, C.; Genta, I.; Bruni, G.; Conti, B.

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this research was to investigate a tough polymer to develop 3D scaffolds and 2D films for tissue engineering applications, in particular to repair urethral strictures or defects. The polymer tested was a graft copolymer of polylactic acid (PLA) synthesized with the rationale to improve the toughness of the related PLA homopolymer. The LMP-3055 graft copolymer (in bulk) demonstrated to have negligible cytotoxicity (bioavailability > 85%, MTT test). Moreover, the LMP-3055 sterilized through gamma rays resulted to be cytocompatible and non-toxic, and it has a positive effect on cell biofunctionality, promoting the cell growth. 3D scaffolds and 2D film were prepared using different LMP-3055 polymer concentrations (7.5, 10, 12.5 and 15%, w/v), and the effect of polymer concentration on pore size, porosity and interconnectivity of the 3D scaffolds and 2D film was investigated. 3D scaffolds got better results for fulfilling structural and biofunctional requirements: porosity, pore size and interconnectivity, cell attachment and proliferation. 3D scaffolds obtained with 10 and 12.5% polymer solutions (3D-2 and 3D-3, respectively) were identified as the most suitable construct for the cell attachment and proliferation presenting pore size ranged between 100 and 400 μm, high porosity (77–78%) and well interconnected pores. In vitro cell studies demonstrated that all the selected scaffolds were able to support the cell proliferation, the cell attachment and growth resulting to their dependency on the polymer concentration and structural features. The degradation test revealed that the degradation of polymer matrix (ΔMw) and water uptake of 3D scaffolds exceed those of 2D film and raw polymer (used as control reference), while the mass loss of samples (3D scaffold and 2D film) resulted to be controlled, they showed good stability and capacity to maintain the physical integrity during the incubation time. - Highlights: • Tough PLA graft copolymer was proposed

  10. Design of 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering testing a tough polylactide-based graft copolymer

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    Dorati, R., E-mail: rossella.dorati@unipv.it [Department of Drug Sciences, University of Pavia, V.le Taramelli 12, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Center for Tissue Engineering (CIT), University of Pavia, Via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Colonna, C. [Department of Drug Sciences, University of Pavia, V.le Taramelli 12, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Center for Tissue Engineering (CIT), University of Pavia, Via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Tomasi, C. [C.S.G.I., Department of Chemistry, Division of Physical Chemistry, University of Pavia, V.le Taramelli 16 I, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Genta, I. [Department of Drug Sciences, University of Pavia, V.le Taramelli 12, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Center for Tissue Engineering (CIT), University of Pavia, Via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Bruni, G. [C.S.G.I., Department of Chemistry, Division of Physical Chemistry, University of Pavia, V.le Taramelli 16 I, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Conti, B. [Department of Drug Sciences, University of Pavia, V.le Taramelli 12, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Center for Tissue Engineering (CIT), University of Pavia, Via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia (Italy)

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this research was to investigate a tough polymer to develop 3D scaffolds and 2D films for tissue engineering applications, in particular to repair urethral strictures or defects. The polymer tested was a graft copolymer of polylactic acid (PLA) synthesized with the rationale to improve the toughness of the related PLA homopolymer. The LMP-3055 graft copolymer (in bulk) demonstrated to have negligible cytotoxicity (bioavailability > 85%, MTT test). Moreover, the LMP-3055 sterilized through gamma rays resulted to be cytocompatible and non-toxic, and it has a positive effect on cell biofunctionality, promoting the cell growth. 3D scaffolds and 2D film were prepared using different LMP-3055 polymer concentrations (7.5, 10, 12.5 and 15%, w/v), and the effect of polymer concentration on pore size, porosity and interconnectivity of the 3D scaffolds and 2D film was investigated. 3D scaffolds got better results for fulfilling structural and biofunctional requirements: porosity, pore size and interconnectivity, cell attachment and proliferation. 3D scaffolds obtained with 10 and 12.5% polymer solutions (3D-2 and 3D-3, respectively) were identified as the most suitable construct for the cell attachment and proliferation presenting pore size ranged between 100 and 400 μm, high porosity (77–78%) and well interconnected pores. In vitro cell studies demonstrated that all the selected scaffolds were able to support the cell proliferation, the cell attachment and growth resulting to their dependency on the polymer concentration and structural features. The degradation test revealed that the degradation of polymer matrix (ΔMw) and water uptake of 3D scaffolds exceed those of 2D film and raw polymer (used as control reference), while the mass loss of samples (3D scaffold and 2D film) resulted to be controlled, they showed good stability and capacity to maintain the physical integrity during the incubation time. - Highlights: • Tough PLA graft copolymer was proposed

  11. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Polymethylene-Based 3-Miktoarm Star Copolymers by Combining Polyhomologation with Other Living Polymerizations

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    Altaher, Maryam

    2015-05-01

    Polyethylene (PE) is produced in a huge scale globally and has plenty of desirable properties. It is used in coating, packaging, and artificial joint replacements. The growing need for high performance polyethylene led to the development of new catalysts, monomers and polymerizations. The synthesis of polymethylene (equivalent to polyethylene) by living polyhomologation opened the way to well-defined polymethylenes-based polymeric materials with controlled structure, molecular weight and narrow polydispersity. Such model polymers are substantial to study the structure-properties relationships. This research presents a new strategy based on the in situ formation of B-thexyl-silaboracyclic serving as initiating sites for the polyhomologation of dimethylsulfoxonium methylide. Combination with metal-free ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of ɛ-caprolactone (CL) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of styrene led to three polymethylene-based 3-miktoarm stars copolymers PCL(PM-OH)2, Br-PCL(PM-OH)2 and PS(PM-OH)2.

  12. Side-chain amino-acid-based pH-responsive self-assembled block copolymers for drug delivery and gene transfer.

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    Kumar, Sonu; Acharya, Rituparna; Chatterji, Urmi; De, Priyadarsi

    2013-12-10

    Developing safe and effective nanocarriers for multitype of delivery system is advantageous for several kinds of successful biomedicinal therapy with the same carrier. In the present study, we have designed amino acid biomolecules derived hybrid block copolymers which can act as a promising vehicle for both drug delivery and gene transfer. Two representative natural chiral amino acid-containing (l-phenylalanine and l-alanine) vinyl monomers were polymerized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) process in the presence of monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol) based macro-chain transfer agents (mPEGn-CTA) for the synthesis of well-defined side-chain amino-acid-based amphiphilic block copolymers, monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(Boc-amino acid methacryloyloxyethyl ester) (mPEGn-b-P(Boc-AA-EMA)). The self-assembled micellar aggregation of these amphiphilic block copolymers were studied by fluorescence spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Potential applications of these hybrid polymers as drug carrier have been demonstrated in vitro by encapsulation of nile red dye or doxorubicin drug into the core of the micellar nanoaggregates. Deprotection of side-chain Boc- groups in the amphiphilic block copolymers subsequently transformed them into double hydrophilic pH-responsive cationic block copolymers having primary amino groups in the side-chain terminal. The DNA binding ability of these cationic block copolymers were further investigated by using agarose gel retardation assay and AFM. The in vitro cytotoxicity assay demonstrated their biocompatible nature and these polymers can serve as "smart" materials for promising bioapplications.

  13. Thermosensitive Self-Assembling Block Copolymers as Drug Delivery Systems

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    Giovanni Filippo Palmieri

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Self-assembling block copolymers (poloxamers, PEG/PLA and PEG/PLGA diblock and triblock copolymers, PEG/polycaprolactone, polyether modified poly(Acrylic Acid with large solubility difference between hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties have the property of forming temperature dependent micellar aggregates and, after a further temperature increase, of gellifying due to micelle aggregation or packing. This property enables drugs to be mixed in the sol state at room temperature then the solution can be injected into a target tissue, forming a gel depot in-situ at body temperature with the goal of providing drug release control. The presence of micellar structures that give rise to thermoreversible gels, characterized by low toxicity and mucomimetic properties, makes this delivery system capable of solubilizing water-insoluble or poorly soluble drugs and of protecting labile molecules such as proteins and peptide drugs.

  14. Quantum chemistry investigation of secondary reaction kinetics in acrylate-based copolymers.

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    Cuccato, Danilo; Mavroudakis, Evangelos; Moscatelli, Davide

    2013-05-30

    Recently, a growing amount of attention has been focused on the influence of secondary reactions on the free radical polymerization features and the properties and microstructure of the final polymer, particularly in the context of acrylate copolymers. One of the most challenging aspects of this research is the accurate determination of the corresponding reaction kinetics. In this paper, this problem is addressed using quantum chemistry. The reaction rate coefficients of various backbiting, propagation, and β-scission steps are estimated considering different chain configurations of a terpolymer system composed of methyl acrylate, styrene, and methyl methacrylate. The replacement of methyl acrylate radical units with styrene and methyl methacrylate globally decreases the backbiting probability and shifts the equilibrium toward the reactants, while the effect of replacing adjacent units is weaker and more dependent upon the specific substituting monomer. Propagation kinetics is affected primarily by the replacement of the radical units, while this effect appears to be particularly effective on midchain radical reactivity. The overall results clarify the different physicochemical behavior of chain-end, midchain, and short-branch radicals as a function of copolymer composition, providing new insights into free radical polymerization kinetics.

  15. Lithium battery with solid polymer electrolyte based on comb-like copolymers

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    Daigle, Jean-Christophe; Vijh, Ashok; Hovington, Pierre; Gagnon, Catherine; Hamel-Pâquet, Julie; Verreault, Serge; Turcotte, Nancy; Clément, Daniel; Guerfi, Abdelbast; Zaghib, Karim

    2015-04-01

    In this paper we report on the synthesis of comb-like copolymers as solid polymer electrolytes (SPE). The synthesis involved anionic polymerization of styrene (St) and 4-vinylanisole (VA) as the followed by grafting of poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP). The comb-like copolymer's structure was analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The membranes were made by solvent casting and the morphologies were analyzed by atomic forces microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We observed that a nano and micro phase separation occurs which improves ionic conductivity. The ionic conductivities were determined by AC Impedance, which showed that the SPEs have good conductivities (10-5 Scm-1) at room temperature owing to the negligible values (<10 kJ mol-1) of the activation energies for conductivity. The batteries with these polymers exhibit a capacity of 146 mAh g-1 at C/24, and no evidence of degradation after intense cycling was observed. However, poor cycle life was observed at C/6 and C/3, which is a consequence of several factors. We partially explain that behavior by arguing that whereas PEO lightly "solvates" Li+ thus slowing Li-ion mobility, and PEGMA chains "solvate" Li ions too strongly, trapping and inhibiting their mobility.

  16. Design, synthesis, morphology and properties of semiconducting block copolymers for photonic applications

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    De Boer, B.

    2001-09-24

    morphology can be obtained. Morphological observations of the solid films can provide information on the local order of polymers and the influence of order on the device performance. Ultimately, this should lead to the establishment of relationships between thin-film structure/ordering and opto-electronic properties. Chapter 2 describes the design and synthesis of a series of novel diblock copolymers, in which one block is PPV and the other is a C60-functionalized polystyrene. During casting of soluble, semiconducting polymers, both the temperature and the quality of the solvent are strongly affected due to rapid evaporation of the solvent and the increasing concentration of the semiconducting polymer. The influence of the solvent temperature and the solvent quality on the chain conformation and the aggregation of semiconducting block copolymers is described in Chapter 3. In Chapter 4 the thermotropic properties and the solid-state morphology of PPV-based block copolymers are studied. As demonstrated in Chapter 5, the covalent incorporation of C60 in the PPV-based block copolymer results in a strong quenching of the photoluminescence from the PPV block, which is indicative of an efficient electron transfer at the donor-acceptor interface. Furthermore, photovoltaic devices based on thin films of donor and acceptor moieties, either a blend of donor and acceptor homopolymers or a donor-acceptor block copolymer, were prepared. In Chapter 6, the formation of highly ordered honeycomb structures upon dropcasting a solution of PPV-b-PS in CS{sub 2} is described. Chapter 7 describes a novel method to modify the surface properties of inorganic substrates by chemically grafting an initiator for Iiving free radical photopolymerizations. The design, synthesis, characterization and properties of regioregular, amphiphilic polythiophenes is described in Chapter 8. refs.

  17. Synthesis, characterizations and biocompatibility of novel biodegradable star block copolymers based on poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] and poly(epsilon-caprolactone)

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    Wu, Linping; Wang, Liang; Wang, Xiaojuan

    2010-01-01

    Star block copolymers based on poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), termed SPHBCL, were successfully synthesized with structural variation on arm numbers and lengths via coupling reactions and ring opening polymerizations. Arm numbers 3, 4 and 6 of SPHBCL were s...

  18. Amphiphilic copolymers based on polyoxazoline and grape seed vegetable oil derivatives: self-assemblies and dynamic light scattering

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    Travelet, Christophe, E-mail: Christophe.Travelet@cermav.cnrs.fr [Universite Joseph Fourier (UJF), Institut de Chimie Moleculaire de Grenoble (ICMG-FR 2607 CNRS), PolyNat Carnot institute, Arcane LabEx, domaine universitaire de Grenoble, Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolecules Vegetales - CERMAV-UPR 5301 CNRS (France); Stemmelen, Mylene; Lapinte, Vincent [Universite de Montpellier II, Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (UMR 5253 CNRS-UM2-UM1-ENSCM), equipe ingenierie et architectures macromoleculaires (France); Dubreuil, Frederic [Universite Joseph Fourier (UJF), Institut de Chimie Moleculaire de Grenoble (ICMG-FR 2607 CNRS), PolyNat Carnot institute, Arcane LabEx, domaine universitaire de Grenoble, Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolecules Vegetales - CERMAV-UPR 5301 CNRS (France); Robin, Jean-Jacques [Universite de Montpellier II, Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (UMR 5253 CNRS-UM2-UM1-ENSCM), equipe ingenierie et architectures macromoleculaires (France); and others

    2013-06-15

    The self-assembly in solution of original structures of amphiphilic partially natural copolymers based on polyoxazoline [more precisely poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline) (POx)] and grape seed vegetable oil derivatives (linear, T-, and trident-structure) is investigated. The results show that such systems are found, using dynamic light scattering (DLS), to spontaneously self-organize into monomodal, narrow-size, and stable nanoparticles in aqueous medium. The obtained hydrodynamic diameters (D{sub h}) range from 8.6 to 32.5 nm. Specifically, such size increases strongly with increasing natural block (i.e., lipophilic species) length due to higher hydrophobic interactions (from 10.1 nm for C{sub 19} to 19.2 nm for C{sub 57}). Furthermore, increasing the polyoxazoline (i.e., hydrophilic block) length leads to a moderate linear increase of the D{sub h}-values. Therefore, the first-order size effect comes from the natural lipophilic block, whereas the characteristic size can be tuned more finely (i.e., in a second-order) by choosing appropriately the polyoxazoline length. The DLS results in terms of characteristic size are corroborated using nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), and also by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging where well-defined spherical and individual nanoparticles exhibit a very good mechanical resistance upon drying. Moreover, changing the lipophilic block architecture from linear to T-shape, while keeping the same molar mass, generates a branching and thus a shrinking by a factor of 2 of the nanoparticle volume, as observed by DLS. In this paper, it is clearly shown that the self-assemblies of amphiphilic block copolymer obtained from grape seed vegetable oil derivatives (sustainable renewable resources) as well as their tunability are of great interest for biomass valorization at the nanoscale level [continuation of the article by Stemmelen et al. (Polym Chem 4:1445-1458, 2013)].Graphical Abstract

  19. Polymerization Induced Self-Assembly of Alginate Based Amphiphilic Graft Copolymers Synthesized by Single Electron Transfer Living Radical Polymerization.

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    Kapishon, Vitaliy; Whitney, Ralph A; Champagne, Pascale; Cunningham, Michael F; Neufeld, Ronald J

    2015-07-13

    Alginate-based amphiphilic graft copolymers were synthesized by single electron transfer living radical polymerization (SET-LRP), forming stable micelles during polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA). First, alginate macroinitiator was prepared by partial depolymerization of native alginate, solubility modification and attachment of initiator. Depolymerized low molecular weight alginate (∼12 000 g/mol) was modified with tetrabutylammonium, enabling miscibility in anhydrous organic solvents, followed by initiator attachment via esterification yielding a macroinitiator with a degree of substitution of 0.02, or 1-2 initiator groups per alginate chain. Then, methyl methacrylate was polymerized from the alginate macroinitiator in mixtures of water and methanol, forming poly(methyl methacrylate) grafts, prior to self-assembly, of ∼75 000 g/mol and polydispersity of 1.2. PISA of the amphiphilic graft-copolymer resulted in the formation of micelles with diameters of 50-300 nm characterized by light scattering and electron microscopy. As the first reported case of LRP from alginate, this work introduces a synthetic route to a preparation of alginate-based hybrid polymers with a precise macromolecular architecture and desired functionalities. The intended application is the preparation of micelles for drug delivery; however, LRP from alginate can also be applied in the field of biomaterials to the improvement of alginate-based hydrogel systems such as nano- and microhydrogel particles, islet encapsulation materials, hydrogel implants, and topical applications. Such modified alginates can also improve the function and application of native alginates in food and agricultural applications.

  20. Synthesis of polyisobutylene-polycaprolactone block copolymers using enzyme catalysis

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    M. Castano

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of poly(isobutylene-b-ε-caprolactone diblock and poly(ε-caprolactone-b-isobutylene-b-ε-caprolactone triblock copolymers was accomplished using a combination of living carbocationic polymerization of isobutylene (IB with the ring-opening polymerization (ROP of ε-caprolactone (ε-CL. OH-PIB-allyl was prepared by living carbocationic polymerization of IB initiated with 1,2-propylene oxide/TiCl4 followed by termination with allyltrimethylsilane. Hydroxyl telechelic HO-PIB-OH was obtained by living IB polymerization initiated by 2,4,4,6-tetramethyl-heptane-2,6-diol/TiCl4, termination with allyltrimethylsilane and subsequent thiol-ene click reaction with mercaptoethanol. The structure of the hydroxyl PIBs was confirmed by 1H NMR (proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. OH-PIB-allyl and HO-PIB-OH were then successfully used as macroinitiators for the polymerization of ε-CL catalyzed by Candida antarctica Lipase B (CALB, yielding poly(ε-caprolactone-b-isobutylene diblock and poly(ε-caprolactone-b-isobutylene-b-ε-caprolactone triblock copolymers, respectively. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC, Transition Electron Microscopy (TEM and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM demonstrated that the amorphous PIB and the semicrystalline PCL block segments phase separated, creating nanostructured phase morphology.

  1. Schottky Diodes and Thin Films Based on Copolymer: Poly(aniline-co-toluidine

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    A. Elmansouri

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Poly(aniline-co-o-toluidine (PANI-co-POT thin films were deposited on indium tin oxide- (ITO- coated glass substrates by electrochemical polymerization under cyclic voltammetric conditions from aniline-co-o-toluidine monomer in an aqueous solution of HCl as a supporting electrolyte. These measurements showed that the optical band gap of the copolymer films is on the order of 2.65 eV. On the other hand, ITO/PANI-co-POT/Al devices were fabricated by thermal evaporation of Aluminum circular electrodes on the as-deposited PANI-co-POT films. The Current-Voltage characteristics of these devices are nonlinear. The diode parameters were calculated from I-V characteristics using the modified Shockley equation. The C-F characteristics were also measured.

  2. On the formation of porous structure during the synthesis of macroporous copolymers based on glycidyl methacrylate

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    Jovanović Slobodan M.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The results obtained during the investigation of the influence of the inert component composition and the type of copolymerization reaction on the porosity parameters of the macroporous copolymer of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGMA [abbreviated poly(GMA-co-EG-DMA] are presented. A mixture of cyclohexanol and aliphatic alcohol or non-ionic surfactants with hydrophilic-lipophilic balance values (HLB of 5 or 9 was used as the inert component. The copolymerization was performed in suspension and in a cast. It was shown that poly(GMA-co-EGDMA samples with enhanced porosity were obtained in the case of copolymerization in a cast, compared with samples obtained by suspension copolymerization. Also, it was concluded that the inert component solubility parameter cannot be used as the only criterium which determines the formation of the macro porous structure in poly(GMA-co-EGDMA.

  3. From blood dialysis to desalination: A one-size fits all block copolymer based membrane system

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    Sanna Kotrappanavar, Nataraj; Zavala-Rivera, Paul; Chonnon, Kevin; Almuhtaseb, Shaheen S. A.; Sivaniah, Easan; University of Cambridge Team; Qatar University Collaboration

    2011-03-01

    Asymmetric membrane with ultrahigh selective self-assembled nanoporous block copolymer layer were developed successfully on polyimide (PI) support, which demonstrated excellent thermal, chemical and mechanical stability. Membranes with specific nano- structural architectures and optimized cascades of block assemblies on the top selective skin have been used largely for separation of colour from aqueous streams, wastewater treatment, desalination, blood filtration and gas separation with dense layer transformation. A consistent and reliable method of membrane preparation and measuring separation performance has been adopted. A homologous series of ethylene oxide oligomers covering a large range was used to characterise MWCO of Membrane and were able to provide many points to give a comprehensive description of the membrane performance in the nanofiltration range.

  4. Rapid shear alignment of sub-10 nm cylinder-forming block copolymer films based on thermal expansion mismatch

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    Nicaise, Samuel M.; Gadelrab, Karim R.; G, Amir Tavakkoli K.; Ross, Caroline A.; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Berggren, Karl K.

    2018-01-01

    Directed self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) provided by shear-stress can produce aligned sub-10 nm structures over large areas for applications in integrated circuits, next-generation data storage, and plasmonic structures. In this work, we present a fast, versatile BCP shear-alignment process based on coefficient of thermal expansion mismatch of the BCP film, a rigid top coat and a substrate. Monolayer and bilayer cylindrical microdomains of poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) aligned preferentially in-plane and orthogonal to naturally-forming or engineered cracks in the top coat film, allowing for orientation control over 1 cm2 substrates. Annealing temperatures, up to 275 °C, provided low-defect alignment up to 2 mm away from cracks for rapid (thermal annealing was critical for the observed microdomain alignment.

  5. The effect of film thickness and molecular structure on order and disorder in thin films of compositionally asymmetric block copolymers

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    Mishra, Vindhya

    Directed self-assembly of thin film block copolymers offer a high throughput-low cost route to produce next generation lithographic devices, if one can bring the defect densities in the self assembled patterns below tolerance limits. However, the ability to control the nanoscale structure or morphology in thin film block copolymers presents challenges due to confinement effects on equilibrium behavior. Using structure characterization techniques such as grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), transmission electron and atomic force microscopy as well as self-consistent field theory, we have investigated how film thickness, annealing temperature and block copolymer structure affects the equilibrium behavior of asymmetric block copolymer films. Our studies have revealed the complicated dependence of order-disorder transitions, order-order transitions and symmetry transitions on film thickness. We found that the thickness dependent transition in the packing symmetry of spherical morphology diblock copolymers can be suppressed by blending with a small amount of majority block homopolymer, which allowed us to resolve the driving force behind this transition. Defect densities in, and the order-disorder transition temperature of, thin films of graphoepitaxially aligned diblock copolymer cylinders showed surprising sensitivity to the microdomain spacing. Methods to mitigate defect formation in thin films have been identified. The challenge of quantification of structural order in these systems was overcome using GISAXS, which allowed us to study the phenomena of disordering in two and three dimensions. Through studies on block copolymers which exhibit an order-order transition in bulk, we found that that subtle differences in the packing frustration of the spherical and cylindrical phases as well as the higher configurational entropy of free chain ends at the surface can drive the equilibrium configuration in thin films away from the stable bulk structure

  6. Applications of Tris(4-(thiophen-2-ylphenylamine- and Dithienylpyrrole-based Conjugated Copolymers in High-Contrast Electrochromic Devices

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    Tzi-Yi Wu

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Tris(4-(thiophen-2-ylphenylamine- and dithienylpyrrole-based copolymers (P(TTPA-co-DIT and P(TTPA-co-BDTA were electropolymerized on ITO electrode by applying constant potentials of 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 V. Spectroelectrochemical investigations revealed that P(TTPA-co-DIT film displayed more color changes than P(TTPA-co-BDTA film. The P(TTPA-co-DIT film is yellow in the neutral state, yellowish-green and green in the intermediate state, and blue (1.2 V in highly oxidized state. The ∆Tmax of the P(TTPA-co-DIT and P(TTPA-co-BDTA films were measured as 60.3% at 1042 nm and 47.1% at 1096 nm, respectively, and the maximum coloration efficiency (η of P(TTPA-co-DIT and P(TTPA-co-BDTA films were calculated to be 181.9 cm2·C−1 at 1042 nm and 217.8 cm2·C−1 at 1096 nm, respectively, in an ionic liquid solution. Dual type electrochromic devices (ECDs consisting of P(TTPA-co-DIT (or P(TTPA-co-BDTA anodic copolymer, ionic liquid-based electrolyte, and poly(3,4-(2,2-diethylpropylenedioxythiophene (PProDOT-Et2 cathodic polymer were constructed. P(TTPA-co-BDTA/PProDOT-Et2 ECD showed high ΔTmax (48.1% and high coloration efficiency (649.4 cm2·C−1 at 588 nm. Moreover, P(TTPA-co-DIT/PProDOT-Et2 and P(TTPA-co-BDTA/PProDOT-Et2 ECDs displayed satisfactory optical memory and long term switching stability.

  7. Poly(L-histidine) based copolymers: Effect of the chemically substituted L-histidine on the physio-chemical properties of the micelles and in vivo biodistribution.

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    Zhang, Xiaojun; Chen, Dawei; Ba, Shuang; Chang, Jing; Zhou, Jiaying; Zhao, Haixia; Zhu, Jia; Zhao, Xiuli; Hu, Haiyang; Qiao, Mingxi

    2016-04-01

    Even though the Poly(l-histidine) (PHis) based copolymers have been well studied, the effect of the chemically substituted l-histidine on the physio-chemical and biological properties of the micelles has never been elucidated to date. To address this issue, triblock copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(D,L-lactide)-poly(2,4-dinitrophenol-L-histidine)(mPEG-b-PLA-b-DNP-PHis) with DNP group substituted to the saturated nitrogen of l-histidine were synthesized. The pH sensitive properties of the copolymer micelles were characterized using an acid-base titration method, fluorescene probe technique, DLS observation, in vitro drug release and cytotoxicity against MCF-7 cells under different pH conditions, respectively. The results suggest that mPEG-b-PLA-b-DNP-PHis copolymers showed similar micellar stability for DOX loaded micelles, increased particle size, and similar pH responsive properties with mPEG-b-PLA-b-PHis copolymers. The subcellular distribution observation demonstrated that mPEG-b-PLA-b-DNP-PHis micelles showed a slightly compromised endo-lysosmal escape of doxorubicin as compared to mPEG-b-PLA-b-PHis micelles. The mPEG-b-PLA-b-DNP-PHis micelles showed higher cellular uptake by MCF-7 cells than mPEG-b-PLA-b-PHis micelles due to the different uptake pathways. Effect of DNP substitution on the in vivo distribution of the copolymer micelles was studied using non-invasive near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging with mPEG-b-PLA-b-PHis micelles as control. The results indicate that the mPEG-b-PLA-b-DNP-PHis micelles showed a reduced passive targeting to the tumor due to the larger particle size. These results suggest that saturated nitrogen of PHis may serve as a valuable site for chemical modification of the PHis based copolymers because of the little effect on the pH responsive properties. However, selection of the substitution group needs to be considered due to the possible increase of micellar particle size of the micelles, leading to compromised passive

  8. Supramolecular micellar nanoaggregates based on a novel chitosan/vitamin E succinate copolymer for paclitaxel selective delivery

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    Lian H

    2011-12-01

    experiments, conducted by confocal laser scanning microscopy, showed an enhanced cellular uptake efficiency of the CS-VES micelles in MCF-7 cells compared with Taxol. The PTX-micelles exhibited a comparable but delayed cytotoxic effect compared with Taxol against MCF-7 cells, due to the sustained-release characteristics of the nanomicelles. More interestingly, blank nanomicelles based on CS-VES copolymer demonstrated significant cytotoxicity against MCF-7 cells.Conclusion: The supramolecular micellar aggregates based on CS-VES copolymer is a promising nanocarrier and efficacy enhancer when used as an anticancer drug-delivery system.Keywords: nanomicelles, cellular uptake, cytotoxicity

  9. ESR investigation of radicals formed in γ-irradiated vinylidene fluoride based copolymer: P(VDF-co-HFP)

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    Dumas, Ludovic; Albela, Belén; Bonneviot, Laurent; Portinha, Daniel; Fleury, Etienne

    2013-01-01

    Samples of copolymer based on vinylidene fluoride and hexafluoropropene P(VDF-co-HFP) were exposed to γ-radiation performed under an inert atmosphere and the total amount of radicals was quantified by electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR). An in-depth study of recorded ESR spectra allowed the identification of several types of radical species formed during radiolysis. Starting from an ESR simulation model established for irradiated PVDF, seven radical species have been identified in the case of P(VDF-co-HFP): five of them are related to the VDF units while the two others are derived from the HFP unit. The model used to simulate the complex superimposed ESR signals is presented. The proportions of each species are discussed and correlated to the amount of HFP units contained in the copolymer, and to the stability of each species depending on their local environment. Furthermore, the evolution of radical density with radiation dose and the decay resulting from annealing at a given temperature are presented. Corresponding spectral evolution shows the progressive predominance of most stable species. - Highlights: ► ESR signal of γ-irradiated P(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene) containing 6 wt% of hexafluoropropene is modeled. ► The formation of seven major radical species is proposed for the first time. ► Despite a low comonomer content, 43% of radicals are localized on hexafluoropropene. ► Effect of dose and annealing highlight radical stability. ► Radical stability is found to depend on both chemical environment and chain location

  10. Amphiphilic copolymers for fouling-release coatings

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    Noguer, Albert Camós; Olsen, Stefan Møller; Hvilsted, Søren

    of the coatings [9,10,11]. This work shows the effect of an amphiphilic copolymer that induces hydrophilicity on the surface of the silicone-based fouling release coatings. The behaviour of these copolymers within the coating upon immersion and the interaction of these surface-active additives with other...

  11. PEO-related block copolymer surfactants

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    Mortensen, K.

    2001-01-01

    Non-ionic block copolymer systems based on hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) and more hydrophobic co-polymer blocks are used intensively in a variety of industrial and personal applications. A brief description on the applications is presented. The physical properties of more simple model systems ...

  12. Copolymers Based on 1,3-Bis(carbazol-9-ylbenzene and Three 3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene Derivatives as Potential Anodically Coloring Copolymers in High-Contrast Electrochromic Devices

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    Chung-Wen Kuo

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, copolymers based on 1,3-bis(carbazol-9-ylbenzene (BCz and three 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene derivatives (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT, 3,4-(2,2-dimethylpropylenedioxythiophene (ProDOT-Me2, and 3,4-ethylenedithiathiophene (EDTT were electrochemically synthesized and their electrochemical and electrochromic properties were characterized. The anodic copolymer P(BCz-co-ProDOT with BCz/ProDOT-Me2 = 1/1 feed molar ratio showed high optical contrast (ΔT% and coloring efficiency (η, measured as 52.5% and 153.5 cm2∙C−1 at 748 nm, respectively. Electrochromic devices (ECDs based on P(BCz-co-EDOT, P(BCz-co-ProDOT, and P(BCz-co-EDTT as anodic polymer layers, and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene-poly(styrene sulfonic acid (PEDOT-PSS as cathodic polymer layer were fabricated. P(BCz-co-ProDOT/triple-layer PEDOT-PSS ECD showed three different colors (light yellow, yellowish-blue, and dark blue at different applied potentials. In addition, the highest optical contrast (ΔT% of P(BCz-co-ProDOT/triple-layer PEDOT-PSS ECD was found to be 41% at 642 nm and the coloration efficiency was calculated to be 416.5 cm2∙C−1 at 642 nm. All ECDs showed satisfactory optical memories and electrochemical cyclic stability.

  13. Evidence of structural order recovery in LDPE based copolymers prepared by gamma irradiation

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    Ferreira, L. M.; Leal, J. P.; Casimiro, M. H.; Cruz, C.; Lancastre, J. J. H.; Falcão, A. N.

    2014-01-01

    PE-g-HEMA films prepared by the mutual gamma irradiation method were prepared to be used as catalyst support in catalytic membrane reactors (CMR). These copolymeric films showed good structural stability, even the high grafted ones, with a consistent correlation between their grafting degree and crystallinity. However, it was observed that above a certain radiation dose threshold, the structural changes induced in polyethylene (PE) backbone do not depend only on the extend of poly(HEMA) graft but also in what seems to be the reorganization of the amorphous regions in the PE matrix. The recovery of some crystallinity (up to 8%) in the copolymeric films was attested by DSC data. FTIR analysis confirmed this observation, revealing a slight increase in intensity and definition of the characteristic peak indicator of high crystalline regions in PE. This process seems to result from a radiation protective effect on copolymers matrix carried out by grafted poly(HEMA) which give to PE the ability to recover some of the lost structural order.

  14. Highly CO2-Selective Gas Separation Membranes Based on Segmented Copolymers of Poly(Ethylene oxide) Reinforced with Pentiptycene-Containing Polyimide Hard Segments.

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    Luo, Shuangjiang; Stevens, Kevin A; Park, Jae Sung; Moon, Joshua D; Liu, Qiang; Freeman, Benny D; Guo, Ruilan

    2016-01-27

    Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-containing polymer membranes are attractive for CO2-related gas separations due to their high selectivity toward CO2. However, the development of PEO-rich membranes is frequently challenged by weak mechanical properties and a high crystallization tendency of PEO that hinders gas transport. Here we report a new series of highly CO2-selective, amorphous PEO-containing segmented copolymers prepared from commercial Jeffamine polyetheramines and pentiptycene-based polyimide. The copolymers are much more mechanically robust than the nonpentiptycene containing counterparts due to the molecular reinforcement mechanism of supramolecular chain threading and interlocking interactions induced by the pentiptycene structures, which also effectively suppresses PEO crystallization leading to a completely amorphous structure even at 60% PEO weight content. Membrane transport properties are sensitively affected by both PEO weight content and PEO chain length. A nonlinear correlation between CO2 permeability with PEO weight content was observed due to the competition between solubility and diffusivity contributions, whereby the copolymers change from being size-selective to solubility-selective when PEO content reaches 40%. CO2 selectivities over H2 and N2 increase monotonically with both PEO content and chain length, indicating strong CO2-philicity of the copolymers. The copolymer film with the longest PEO sequence (PEO2000) and highest PEO weight content (60%) showed a measured CO2 pure gas permeability of 39 Barrer, and ideal CO2/H2 and CO2/N2 selectivities of 4.1 and 46, respectively, at 35 °C and 3 atm, making them attractive for hydrogen purification and carbon capture.

  15. Quantitative study of temperature-dependent order in thin films of cylindrical morphology block copolymer

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    Mishra, Vindhya; Kramer, Edward

    2010-03-01

    Disordering and defect generation in block copolymer systems at high temperatures is of significance to get a better understanding of the physics governing these systems, which can also direct efforts to minimize them. We have studied the smectic-nematic-isotropic transition in confined monolayers and bilayers of cylindrical morphology poly (styrene-b-2vinyl pyridine) diblock copolymer. Previous studies of melting phenomena in block copolymer thin films have relied on quantitative AFM studies alone. We have supplemented AFM studies with grazing incidence small angle X-ray diffraction lineshape analysis to quantify the decay of translational and orientational order with increasing temperature. The results have been interpreted in the context of the Toner-Nelson theory of melting for layered systems.

  16. Transiently responsive block copolymer micelles based on N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide engineered with hydrolyzable ethylcarbonate side chains

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    Kasmi, Sabah; Louage, Benoit; Nuhn, Lutz; Van Driessche, Alexandra; Van Deun, Jan; Karalic, Izet; Risseeuw, Martijn; Van Calenbergh, Serge; Hoogenboom, Richard; De Rycke, Riet; De Wever, Olivier; Hennink, Wim E.; de Geest, B.G.

    2016-01-01

    The lack of selectivity and low solubility of many chemotherapeutics impels the development of different biocompatible nanosized drug carriers. Amphiphilic block copolymers, composed of a hydrophilic and hydrophobic domain, show great potential because of their small size, large solubilizing power

  17. Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers for High Breakdown Strength Polymer Film Capacitors.

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    Samant, Saumil P; Grabowski, Christopher A; Kisslinger, Kim; Yager, Kevin G; Yuan, Guangcui; Satija, Sushil K; Durstock, Michael F; Raghavan, Dharmaraj; Karim, Alamgir

    2016-03-01

    Emerging needs for fast charge/discharge yet high-power, lightweight, and flexible electronics requires the use of polymer-film-based solid-state capacitors with high energy densities. Fast charge/discharge rates of film capacitors on the order of microseconds are not achievable with slower charging conventional batteries, supercapacitors and related hybrid technologies. However, the current energy densities of polymer film capacitors fall short of rising demand, and could be significantly enhanced by increasing the breakdown strength (EBD) and dielectric permittivity (εr) of the polymer films. Co-extruded two-homopolymer component multilayered films have demonstrated much promise in this regard showing higher EBD over that of component polymers. Multilayered films can also help incorporate functional features besides energy storage, such as enhanced optical, mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In this work, we report accomplishing multilayer, multicomponent block copolymer dielectric films (BCDF) with soft-shear driven highly oriented self-assembled lamellar diblock copolymers (BCP) as a novel application of this important class of self-assembling materials. Results of a model PS-b-PMMA system show ∼50% enhancement in EBD of self-assembled multilayer lamellar BCP films compared to unordered as-cast films, indicating that the breakdown is highly sensitive to the nanostructure of the BCP. The enhancement in EBD is attributed to the "barrier effect", where the multiple interfaces between the lamellae block components act as barriers to the dielectric breakdown through the film. The increase in EBD corresponds to more than doubling the energy storage capacity using a straightforward directed self-assembly strategy. This approach opens a new nanomaterial paradigm for designing high energy density dielectric materials.

  18. Dynamics of Block Copolymer Nanocomposites

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    Mochrie, Simon G. J.

    2014-09-09

    A detailed study of the dynamics of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles suspended in polystyrene homopolymer matrices was carried out using X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy for temperatures between 120 and 180 °C. For low molecular weight polystyrene homopolymers, the observed dynamics show a crossover from diffusive to hyper-diffusive behavior with decreasing temperatures. For higher molecular weight polystyrene, the nanoparticle dynamics appear hyper-diffusive at all temperatures studied. The relaxation time and characteristic velocity determined from the measured hyper-diffusive dynamics reveal that the activation energy and underlying forces determined are on the order of 2.14 × 10-19 J and 87 pN, respectively. We also carried out a detailed X-ray scattering study of the static and dynamic behavior of a styrene– isoprene diblock copolymer melt with a styrene volume fraction of 0.3468. At 115 and 120 °C, we observe splitting of the principal Bragg peak, which we attribute to phase coexistence of hexagonal cylindrical and cubic double- gyroid structure. In the disordered phase, above 130 °C, we have characterized the dynamics of composition fluctuations via X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy. Near the peak of the static structure factor, these fluctuations show stretched-exponential relaxations, characterized by a stretching exponent of about 0.36 for a range of temperatures immediately above the MST. The corresponding characteristic relaxation times vary exponentially with temperature, changing by a factor of 2 for each 2 °C change in temperature. At low wavevectors, the measured relaxations are diffusive with relaxation times that change by a factor of 2 for each 8 °C change in temperature.

  19. Simulation of free energies of bicontinuous morphologies formed through block copolymer/homopolymer self-assembly

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    Padmanabhan, Poornima; Martinez-Veracoechea, Francisco; Escobedo, Fernando

    Different types of bicontinuous phases can be formed from A-B diblock copolymers by the addition of A-type homopolymers over a range of compositions and relative chain lengths. Particle-based molecular simulations were used to study three bicontinuous phases - double gyroid (G), double diamond (D) and plumber's nightmare (P) - near their triple point of coexistence. For 3-D ordered phases, the stability of the morphology formed in simulation is highly sensitive to box size whose exact size is unknown a-priori. Accurate free energy estimates are required to ascertain the stable phase, particularly when multiple competing phases spontaneously form at the conditions of interest. A variant of thermodynamic integration was implemented to obtain free energies and hence identify the stable phases and their optimal box sizes by tracing a reversible path that connects the ordered and disordered phases. Clear evidence was found of D-G and D-P phase coexistence, consistent with previous predictions for the same blend using Self-consistent field theory. Our simulations also allowed us to examine the microscopic details of these coexisting bicontinuous phases and detect key differences between the microstructure of their nodes and struts.

  20. Biological materials: Part A. tuning LCST of raft copolymers and gold/copolymer hybrid nanoparticles and Part B. Biobased nanomaterials

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    Chen, Ning

    The research described in this dissertation is comprised of two major parts. The first part studied the effects of asymmetric amphiphilic end groups on the thermo-response of diblock copolymers of (oligo/di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether (meth)acrylates, OEGA/DEGMA) and the hybrid nanoparticles of these copolymers with a gold nanoparticle core. Placing the more hydrophilic end group on the more hydrophilic block significantly increased the cloud point compared to a similar copolymer composition with the end group placement reversed. For a given composition, the cloud point was shifted by as much as 28 °C depending on the placement of end groups. This is a much stronger effect than either changing the hydrophilic/hydrophobic block ratio or replacing the hydrophilic acrylate monomer with the equivalent methacrylate monomer. The temperature range of the coil-globule transition was also altered. Binding these diblock copolymers to a gold core decreased the cloud point by 5-15 °C and narrowed the temperature range of the coil-globule transition. The effects were more pronounced when the gold core was bound to the less hydrophilic block. Given the limited numbers of monomers that are approved safe for in vivo use, employing amphiphilic end group placement is a useful tool to tune a thermo-response without otherwise changing the copolymer composition. The second part of the dissertation investigated the production of value-added nanomaterials from two biorefinery "wastes": lignin and peptidoglycan. Different solvents and spinning methods (melt-, wet-, and electro-spinning) were tested to make lignin/cellulose blended and carbonized fibers. Only electro-spinning yielded fibers having a small enough diameter for efficient carbonization (≤ 5-10 μm), but it was concluded that cellulose was not a suitable binder. Cellulose lignin fibers before carbonization showed up to 90% decrease in moisture uptake compared to pure cellulose. Peptidoglycan (a bacterial cell wall

  1. Reducing Trap-Assisted Recombination in Small Organic Molecule-Based Photovoltaics by the Addition of a Conjugated Block Copolymer.

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    Cho, Kyuwan; Kim, Jinseck; Yoon, So Yeon; Ryu, Ka Yeon; Jang, Song-Rim; Lim, Bogyu; Kim, Kyungkon

    2018-03-01

    The performance of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) based on the small-molecule organic semiconductor p-DTS(FBTTh 2 ) 2 is greatly improved by the addition of a conjugated block copolymer composed of difluoroquinoxaline and thienopyrrolodione blocks (D130). The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the p-DTS(FBTTh 2 ) 2 -based OPV is improved from 5.08% to 6.75% by the addition of 5 wt% D130 to the photoactive layer, which is composed of p-DTS(FBTTh 2 ) 2 and a fullerene derivative. Current-voltage and grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering analyses revealed that the addition of D130 significantly reduces the trap density of the device and changes the packing orientation of p-DTS(FBTTh 2 ) 2 from mostly edge-on to partially face-on. These changes greatly improve the charge carrier mobility of the OPV, indicating that D130 is highly compatible with p-DTS(FBTTh 2 ) 2 . Furthermore, the addition of D130 improve the photostability of the OPV by reducing the burn-in loss under a light soaking intensity of 1 sun. The D130-based OPV maintained 34% of its initial PCE after a light soaking test for 858 h. In contrast, the PCE of the OPV without D130 reduced to 14% of its initial efficiency in the same time period. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Enhanced n-Doping Efficiency of a Naphthalenediimide-Based Copolymer through Polar Side Chains for Organic Thermoelectrics

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    Kiefer, David

    2018-01-05

    N-doping of conjugated polymers either requires a high dopant fraction or yields a low electrical conductivity because of their poor compatibility with molecular dopants. We explore n-doping of the polar naphthalenediimide–bithiophene copolymer p(gNDI-gT2) that carries oligoethylene glycol-based side chains and show that the polymer displays superior miscibility with the benzimidazole–dimethylbenzenamine-based n-dopant N-DMBI. The good compatibility of p(gNDI-gT2) and N-DMBI results in a relatively high doping efficiency of 13% for n-dopants, which leads to a high electrical conductivity of more than 10–1 S cm–1 for a dopant concentration of only 10 mol % when measured in an inert atmosphere. We find that the doped polymer is able to maintain its electrical conductivity for about 20 min when exposed to air and recovers rapidly when returned to a nitrogen atmosphere. Overall, solution coprocessing of p(gNDI-gT2) and N-DMBI results in a larger thermoelectric power factor of up to 0.4 μW K–2 m–1 compared to other NDI-based polymers.

  3. Insight into the energy loss in organic solar cells based on benzotrithiophene copolymers: A dark current analysis at low temperature

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    Al-Naamani, Eman; Ide, Marina; Gopal, Anesh; Saeki, Akinori

    2016-02-01

    Owing to the formation of the charge transfer (CT) state, the open-circuit voltage (Voc) of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices commonly suffers an energy loss of 0.8-1.3 eV from the effective bandgap. Benzotrithiophene (BTT)-based low-bandgap polymers that we have recently reported showed deep HOMO levels (-5.4 to -5.6 eV) and moderate optical bandgaps of 1.7-1.8 eV, which resulted in high Voc’s of 0.78-0.98 V and relatively low energy losses when blended with methano[60]fullerene (PCBM). Here, we report the temperature-dependent dark current analysis of organic solar cells of BTT copolymers:PCBM blends. Shockley diode analyses revealed the dominant contribution of CT energy and concomitant pre-exponential factor of dark saturation current density associated with charge recombination. The findings could establish a fundamental aspect to draw a design rule in BTT-based polymers towards their evolutions in OPV devices.

  4. Thermally reactive Thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole based copolymers for high photochemical stability in polymer solar cells

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    Helgesen, Martin; Vesterager Madsen, Morten; Andreasen, Birgitta

    2011-01-01

    New thermally reactive copolymers based on dithienylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole (DTZ) and silolodithiophene (SDT) have been synthesized and explored in bulk heterojunction solar cells as mixtures with [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). In thin films the polymers had optical band gaps...... in the range of 1.64-1.80 eV. For solubility the polymers have incorporated alkyl groups on the SDT unit and thermally removable ester groups on the DTZ unit that can be eliminated around 200 °C for improved photochemical stability in thin films. The bulkiness of the alkyl chains on the SDT unit proved...... to be very significant in terms of photovoltaic performance of the polymer:PCBM solar cells. Polymers based on 4,4-dihexyl-4H-silolo[3,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene reached power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) up to 1.45% but changing the alkyl groups to more bulky ethylhexyl chains reduced the PCE to 1.17%. More...

  5. MANUFACTURING BIODEGRADABLE COMPOSITE MATERIALS BASED ON POLYETHYLENE AND FUNCTIONALIZED BY ALCOHOLYSIS OF ETHYLENE-VINYL ACETATE COPOLYMER

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    Aleksandr A. Shabarin

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The continuous growth of production and consumption of plastic packaging creates a serious problem of disposal of package. This problem has ecological character, because the contents of the landfills decompose for decades, emit toxic com¬pounds and pollute the environment. The work is devoted to obtaining and investigation mechanical and rheological properties of biodegradable composite materials based on polyethylene and starch. Materials and Methods. In this work the author used polyethylene grade HDPE 273- 83 (GOST 16338-85, Sevilen brand 12206-007 (TU 6-05-1636-97 and potato starch (GOST 53876-2010 as a filler. Functionalization of sevilen was carried in the 30 % ethanol solution KOH at a temperature 80 °C during 3 hours. Compounding components was carried out at the laboratory of the two rotary mixer HAAKE PolyLab Rheomix 600 OS with rotors Banbury. Formation of plates for elastic strength and rheological studies were carried out on a hydraulic press Gibitre. Elastic and strength tests were carried out on the tensile machine the UAI-7000 M. Rheology tests were carried out on the rheometer Haake MARS III. The humidity filler (starch authors determined by the thermogravimetric method on the analyzer of moisture “Evlas-2M”. Results. It is shown, that the filler should not contain more than 7% moisture. Functionalization of ethylene with vinyl acetate copolymer (sevilen has performed by the method of alkaline alcoholysis. By the method of IC – spectroscopy the authors confirmed the presence of hydroxyl groups in the polymer. Using as a compatibilizer functionalized by the method of alcoholises has greatly ( significantly improved physical, mechanical and rheological properties of composite materials. Optimal content of sevilen (F in the compound according to the results of experiments amount 10 %. Discussion and Conclusions. Using of functionalized by the method of alcoholysis ethy-lene-vinyl acetate copolymer as a

  6. Development of corn starch based green composites reinforced with Saccharum spontaneum L fiber and graft copolymers--evaluation of thermal, physico-chemical and mechanical properties.

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    Kaith, B S; Jindal, R; Jana, A K; Maiti, M

    2010-09-01

    In this paper, corn starch based green composites reinforced with graft copolymers of Saccharum spontaneum L. (Ss) fiber and methyl methacrylates (MMA) and its mixture with acrylamide (AAm), acrylonitrile (AN), acrylic acid (AA) were prepared. Resorcinol-formaldehyde (Rf) was used as the cross-linking agent in corn starch matrix and different physico-chemical, thermal and mechanical properties were evaluated. The matrix and composites were found to be thermally more stable than the natural corn starch backbone. Further the matrix and composites were subjected for biodegradation studies through soil composting method. Different stages of biodegradation were evaluated through FT-IR and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) techniques. S. spontaneum L fiber-reinforced composites were found to exhibit better tensile strength. On the other hand Ss-g-poly (MMA) reinforced composites showed maximum compressive strength and wear resistance than other graft copolymers reinforced composite and the basic matrix. (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Preparation and properties of BSA-loaded microspheres based on multi-(amino acid) copolymer for protein delivery

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    Chen, Xingtao; Lv, Guoyu; Zhang, Jue; Tang, Songchao; Yan, Yonggang; Wu, Zhaoying; Su, Jiacan; Wei, Jie

    2014-01-01

    A multi-(amino acid) copolymer (MAC) based on ω-aminocaproic acid, γ-aminobutyric acid, L-alanine, L-lysine, L-glutamate, and hydroxyproline was synthetized, and MAC microspheres encapsulating bovine serum albumin (BSA) were prepared by a double-emulsion solvent extraction method. The experimental results show that various preparation parameters including surfactant ratio of Tween 80 to Span 80, surfactant concentration, benzyl alcohol in the external water phase, and polymer concentration had obvious effects on the particle size, morphology, and encapsulation efficiency of the BSA-loaded microspheres. The sizes of BSA-loaded microspheres ranged from 60.2 μm to 79.7 μm, showing different degrees of porous structure. The encapsulation efficiency of BSA-loaded microspheres also ranged from 38.8% to 50.8%. BSA release from microspheres showed the classic biphasic profile, which was governed by diffusion and polymer erosion. The initial burst release of BSA from microspheres at the first week followed by constant slow release for the next 7 weeks were observed. BSA-loaded microspheres could degrade gradually in phosphate buffered saline buffer with pH value maintained at around 7.1 during 8 weeks incubation, suggesting that microsphere degradation did not cause a dramatic pH drop in phosphate buffered saline buffer because no acidic degradation products were released from the microspheres. Therefore, the MAC microspheres might have great potential as carriers for protein delivery. PMID:24855351

  8. Synthesis of Bio-Based Poly(lactic acid-co-10-hydroxy decanoate Copolymers with High Thermal Stability and Ductility

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    Dongjian Shi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Novel bio-based aliphatic copolyesters, poly(lactic acid-co-10-hydroxy decanoate (P(LA-co-HDA, PLH, were successfully synthesized from lactic acid (LA and 10-hydroxycapric acid (HDA by a thermal polycondensation process, in the presence of p-toluenesulfonic acid (p-TSA and SnCl2·2H2O as co-catalyst. The copolymer structure was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR. The weight average molecular weights (Mw of PLH, from gel permeation chromatography (GPC measurements, were controlled from 18,500 to 37,900 by changing the molar ratios of LA and HDA. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA results showed that PLH had excellent thermal stability, and the decomposition temperature at the maximum rate was above 280 °C. The glass transition temperature (Tg and melting temperature (Tm of PLH decreased continuously with increasing the HDA composition by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC measurements. PLH showed high ductility, and the breaking elongation increased significantly by the increment of the HDA composition. Moreover, the PLH copolymer could degrade in buffer solution. The cell adhesion results showed that PLH had good biocompatibility with NIH/3T3 cells. The bio-based PLH copolymers have potential applications as thermoplastics, elastomers or impact modifiers in the biomedical, industrial and agricultural fields.

  9. NEUTRON REFLECTIVITY OF LINEAR-DENDRITIC DIBLOCK COPOLYMER MONOLAYERS. (R825224)

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  10. Phase Behavior of Semiflexible-Flexible Diblock Copolymer Melt: Insight from Mesoscale Modeling.

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    Beránek, P.; Posel, Zbyšek

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 16, č. 8 (2016), s. 7832-7835 ISSN 1533-4880 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LH12020 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : conformational asymmetry * dissipative particle dynamics * mesoscale modeling Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.483, year: 2016

  11. Stability of the perforated layer (PL) phase in diblock copolymer melts

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    Hajduk, Damian A; Takenouchi, Hiroshi; Hillmyer, Marc A

    1997-01-01

    are long-lived nonequilibrium states which convert to the bicontinuous gyroid (G) morphology upon isothermal annealing. Comparison of phase transition kinetics across chemically distinct systems spanning a wide range of molecular weights and monomeric friction coefficients reveals a composition dependence...

  12. Lamellar Diblock Copolymer Thin Films during Solvent Vapor Annealing Studied by GISAXS

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    Zhang, Jianqi; Posselt, Dorthe; Smilgies, Detlef-M.

    2014-01-01

    -ray scattering (GISAXS). A thin film of lamellae-forming poly(styrene-b-butadiene) prepared by spin-coating features lamellae of different orientations with the lamellar spacing depending on orientation. During annealing with ethyl acetate (EAC) vapor, it is found that perpendicular lamellae behave differently...

  13. Spatial Position Control of CdS Nanoclusters using a Self-Assembled Diblock Copolymer Template

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    Yeh, Siao-Wei; Wu, Tsung-Lun; Wei, Kung-Hwa

    2004-01-01

    Core-shell structured quantum dots (QDs) such as CdSe/ZnS and Au/CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles are synthesized, and enhanced photoluminescent properties are observed in these nanoparticles as compared to that of bare core nanoparticle...

  14. Structure of self-organized diblock copolymer solutions in partially miscible solvents

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    Štěpánek, Petr; Tuzar, Zdeněk; Kadlec, Petr; Nallet, F.; da Silveira, N. P.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 12, č. 12 (2010), s. 2944-2949 ISSN 1463-9076 R&D Projects: GA ČR GESON/06/E005 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : small - angle neutron scattering * body-centered-cubic phase * shear Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.454, year: 2010

  15. Electrostatically driven coassembly of a diblock copolymer and an oppositely charged homopolymer in aqueous solutions

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    Voets, I.K.; Burgh, van der S.; Farago, B.; Fokkink, R.G.; Kovacevic, D.; Hellweg, T.; Keizer, de A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2007-01-01

    Electrostatically driven coassembly of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(acrylamide), PAA-b-PAAm, and poly(2-methylvinylpyridinium iodide), P2MVP, leads to formation of micelles in aqueous solutions. Light scattering and small angle neutron scattering experiments have been performed to study the effect

  16. Morphological studies and ionic transport properties of partially sulfonated diblock copolymers

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    Gromadzki, D.; Černoch, Peter; Janata, Miroslav; Kůdela, Vlastimil; Nallet, F.; Diat, O.; Štěpánek, Petr

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 42, č. 10 (2006), s. 2486-2496 ISSN 0014-3057 R&D Projects: GA ČR GESON/03/E001 Grant - others:Marie Curie Research and Training Network(XE) HPMT-CT-2001-00396 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : sulfonated polystyrene-block-hydrogenated polyisoprene * ionomer * morphology Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.113, year: 2006

  17. Neutral, anionic, cationic, and zwitterionic diblock copolymers featuring poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) hydrophobic segments

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    Javakhishvili, Irakli; Jankova Atanasova, Katja; Hvilsted, Søren

    2013-01-01

    ), and zwitterionic poly(3-(N-(2-methacryloyloxyethyl)-N,N- dimethylammonio)propane sulfonate) (PDMAPS) blocks are constructed. mPEG, poly(tert-butyl acrylate) (PtBA), and poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) (PtBMA) macroinitiators are chain extended with 2-methoxyethyl acrylate (MEA) employing copper-mediated atom...

  18. Formation of nanoscale networks: selectively swelling amphiphilic block copolymers with CO2-expanded liquids.

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    Gong, Jianliang; Zhang, Aijuan; Bai, Hua; Zhang, Qingkun; Du, Can; Li, Lei; Hong, Yanzhen; Li, Jun

    2013-02-07

    Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO(2)-expanded liquid (CXL), CO(2)-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO(2)-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO(2), forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO(2)-methanol system, the spin cast compact PS-b-P4VP film was transformed into a network with interconnected pores, in a pressure range of 12-20 MPa and a temperature range of 45-60 °C. The formation mechanism of the network, involving plasticization of PS and selective swelling of P4VP, was proposed. Because the diblock copolymer diffusion process is controlled by the activated hopping of individual block copolymer chains with the thermodynamic barrier for moving PVP segments from one to another, the formation of the network structures is achieved in a short time scale and shows "thermodynamically restricted" character. Furthermore, the resulting polymer networks were employed as templates, for the preparation of polypyrrole networks, by an electrochemical polymerization process. The prepared porous polypyrrole film was used to fabricate a chemoresistor-type gas sensor which showed high sensitivity towards ammonia.

  19. Poly(L-lysine)-based star-block copolymers as pH-responsive nanocarriers for anionic drugs.

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    Yan, Yunsong; Li, Jiayan; Zheng, Jinhong; Pan, Ying; Wang, Jinzhi; He, Xiaoying; Zhang, Lumian; Liu, Daojun

    2012-06-15

    Star-block copolymers PEI-g-(PLL-b-PEG) with a branched polyethylenimine (PEI) core, a poly(l-lysine) (PLL) inner shell, and a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) outer shell have been synthesised and evaluated as potential nanocarriers for anionic drugs. The star-block copolymers were synthesised by a ring-opening polymerisation of ɛ-benzyloxycarbonyl-L-lysine N-carboxyanhydride initiated by the peripheral primary amino groups of PEI, surface modification with activated PEG 4-nitrophenyl carbonate, and subsequent deprotection of benzyl groups on the side chains of the PLL inner shell. The synthesised star-block copolymers were characterised by (1)H NMR, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The encapsulation properties of these star-block copolymers were characterised by spectrophotometric titration and dialysis. These techniques demonstrated that anionic model dyes, such as methyl orange and rose Bengal, and the model drug diclofenac sodium can be encapsulated efficiently by PEI-g-(PLL-b-PEG) at physiological pH. The entrapped model compounds demonstrated sustained release at physiological pH and accelerated release when the pH was either increased to 10.0-11.0 or decreased to 2.0-3.0. The efficient encapsulation as well as the pH-responsive releasing properties of these star-block copolymers could be potentially used in the controlled release of anionic drugs. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Microwave based synthesis and spectral characterization of thermo-sensitive poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) grafted pectin copolymer.

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    Işıklan, Nuran; Tokmak, Şeyma

    2018-07-01

    The functionalization of polysaccharides with synthetic polymers has attracted great attention owing to its application in many industrial fields. The aim of this work was to study the impact of pectin functionalization with N,N-diethylacrylamide (DEAAm). Pectin was modified via microwave-induced graft copolymerization of DEAAm using ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN) and N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (TEMED). FTIR, 13 C NMR, DSC/TGA, XRD, and SEM techniques were used to verify the structure of graft copolymers. Various reaction conditions such as microwave irradiation time, temperature, microwave power, monomer, initiator, and TEMED concentrations were investigated to get a maximum grafting yield of 192%. Lower critical solution temperatures (LCST) of graft copolymers were determined by UV spectroscopy. Graft copolymers were found to be thermo-sensitive, with LCST of 31°C and high thermal resistance. Biocompatibility test of copolymers showed that copolymers were not cytotoxic to L929 fibroblasts cells and can be used as a biomaterial. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. The Influence of Charged Species on the Phase Behavior, Self-Assembly, and Electrochemical Performance of Block Copolymer Electrolytes

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    Thelen, Jacob Lloyd

    lithium metal anode. The increase in the specific energy of a battery upon replacing a graphite anode with lithium metal can offset the losses in performance due to the poor ion conduction of SPEs. However, BCEs that enable the use of a lithium anode and have improved performance would represent a major breakthrough for the development of high capacity batteries. The electrochemical performance of BCEs has a complex relationship with the nature of the microphase separated domains, which is not well-understood. The objective of this dissertation is to provide fundamental insight into the nature of microphase separation and self-assembly of block copolymer electrolytes. Specifically, I will focus on how the ion-polymer interactions within a diverse set of BCEs dictate nanostructure. Combining such insight with knowledge of how nanostructure influences ion motion will enable the rational design of new BCEs with enhanced performance and functionality. In order to facilitate the study of BCE nanostructure, synchrotron-based X-ray scattering techniques were used to study samples over a wide range of length-scales under conditions relevant to the battery environment. The development of the experimental aspects of the X-ray scattering techniques, as well as an improved treatment of scattering data, played a pivotal role in the success of this work. The dissemination of those developments will be the focus of the first section. The thermodynamic impact of adding salt to a neutral diblock copolymer was studied in a model BCE composed of a low molecular weight SEO diblock copolymer mixed with lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI), a common salt used in lithium batteries. In neutral block copolymers (BCPs), self-assembly is a thermodynamically driven process governed by a balance between unfavorable monomer contacts and the entropy of mixing. When the enthalpic and entropic contributions to free energy are similar in magnitude, a block copolymer can undergo a thermally

  2. Synthesis and evaluation of copolymer based on cardanol and styrene on the stability of asphaltenes; Sintese e avaliacao de copolimero a base de cardanol e estireno sobre a estabilidade dos asfaltenos

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    Loureiro, Tatiana S.; Spinelli, Luciana S., E-mail: tatianaloureiro@ima.ufrj.br [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Macromoleculas

    2015-07-01

    The destabilization of asphaltenes in crude oil mainly happens due to variations in pressure, temperature and oil composition, causing significant losses. Polymers containing specific groups can be used as asphaltenes stabilizers and thus, avoid your precipitation, or as asphaltenes flocculants to assist the removal of suspended particles in a particular oil. The monitoring of asphaltenes precipitation is usually evaluated by tests with variation in stability of asphaltenes in function of adding a flocculant solvent. In this work, it was evaluated the influence of a synthesized copolymer based on cardanol and styrene on the stability of asphaltenes. The stability of asphaltenes was monitored by precipitation tests induced by a flocculant agent (n-heptane), using an ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrometer. The structural characterization of copolymer was performed by FTIR and {sup 1}H NMR. The results showed that copolymer can act as asphaltene flocculant. (author)

  3. Adsorption of Polymeric Additives Based on Vinyl Acetate Copolymers as Wax Dispersant and Its Relevance to Polymer Crystallization Mechanisms

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    Ayman M. Atta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work has main target to study the effect of additives molecular weight and composition on the flow characteristics of wax crude oil at low temperature below pour point temperature. In this respect, maleic anhydride ester-co-vinyl acetate copolymers with varied monomers feed ratios and different alkyl ester lengths, namely, dodecyl, stearyl, and behenyl alkyl chains, were prepared. These polymeric materials were characterized by FTIR, 1HNMR, and GPC. The performance of these additives as pour point depressants and flow improver for Egyptian waxy crude oil was evaluated through measurements of pour point and rheological parameters (viscosity and yield stress. It was observed that stearyl maleate-vinyl acetate copolymer with 1 : 2 feed ratio shows the best efficiency as pour point depressant even at low concentration while octadecyl maleate-vinyl acetate copolymers with 2 : 1 feed ratio are effective as flow improver.

  4. Preparation of Water-soluble Polyion Complex (PIC Micelles Covered with Amphoteric Random Copolymer Shells with Pendant Sulfonate and Quaternary Amino Groups

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    Rina Nakahata

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available An amphoteric random copolymer (P(SA91 composed of anionic sodium 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonate (AMPS, S and cationic 3-acrylamidopropyl trimethylammonium chloride (APTAC, A was prepared via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT radical polymerization. The subscripts in the abbreviations indicate the degree of polymerization (DP. Furthermore, AMPS and APTAC were polymerized using a P(SA91 macro-chain transfer agent to prepare an anionic diblock copolymer (P(SA91S67 and a cationic diblock copolymer (P(SA91A88, respectively. The DP was estimated from quantitative 13C NMR measurements. A stoichiometrically charge neutralized mixture of the aqueous P(SA91S67 and P(SA91A88 formed water-soluble polyion complex (PIC micelles comprising PIC cores and amphoteric random copolymer shells. The PIC micelles were in a dynamic equilibrium state between PIC micelles and charge neutralized small aggregates composed of a P(SA91S67/P(SA91A88 pair. Interactions between PIC micelles and fetal bovine serum (FBS in phosphate buffered saline (PBS were evaluated by changing the hydrodynamic radius (Rh and light scattering intensity (LSI. Increases in Rh and LSI were not observed for the mixture of PIC micelles and FBS in PBS for one day. This observation suggests that there is no interaction between PIC micelles and proteins, because the PIC micelle surfaces were covered with amphoteric random copolymer shells. However, with increasing time, the diblock copolymer chains that were dissociated from PIC micelles interacted with proteins.

  5. Donor-Acceptor Copolymers Based on Thermally Cleavable Indigo, Isoindigo, and DPP Units: Synthesis, Field Effect Transistors, and Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Chunchen; Dong, Sheng; Cai, Ping; Liu, Peng; Liu, Shengjian; Chen, Junwu; Liu, Feng; Ying, Lei; Russell, Thomas P; Huang, Fei; Cao, Yong

    2015-05-06

    A series of donor-acceptor type of π-conjugated copolymers based on tert-butoxycarbonyl (t-Boc) substituted indigo, isoindigo or diketopyrrolopyrrole as the acceptor unit and a benzodithiophene derivative as the donor unit was designed and synthesized. These copolymers can be readily dissolved in organic solvents and can produce uniform films by solution deposition. Thermal treatment of copolymer films at 200 °C for 10 min resulted in elimination of t-Boc side groups in nearly quantitative yield as suggested by thermogravimetric analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The elimination of the bulky t-Boc side groups resulted in the emergence of N-H···O═C hydrogen bonding interactions by virtue of the lactam structures of the indigo, isoindigo and diketopyrrolopyrrole units. Of particular interests is the distinctly increased field-effect mobility of these copolymers after thermal treatment, which may arise from the enhanced coplanarity and intermolecular ordering of the indigo, isoindigo or diketopyrrolopyrrole units after elimination of the bulky t-Boc side groups. These results demonstrate that the incorporation of latent side groups provides a viable strategy to construct conjugated polymers that can attain more ordered intermolecular stacking by simple thermal treatments. On the other hand, despite the thermal cleavage of t-Boc groups can also lead to increased ordering of polymer chains when blending with [6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester, the photovoltaic performances of the resulting bulk heterojunction solar cells did not obviously increase due to the serious phase separation and coarsening of the film morphology.

  6. Investigations on the Phase Diagram and Interaction Parameter of Poly(styrene-b-1,3-cyclohexadiene) Copolymers

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    Misichronis, Konstantinos

    2017-03-15

    A series of linear diblock copolymers containing polystyrene (PS) and poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) (PCHD) with high 1,4-microstructure (>87%) was synthesized by anionic polymerization and high vacuum techniques. Microphase separation in the bulk was examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and compared to computational analysis of the predicted morphological phase diagram for this system. Because of the high conformational asymmetry between PS and PCHD, these materials self-assemble into typical morphologies expected for linear diblock copolymer systems and atypical structures. Rheological measurements were conducted and revealed order–disorder transition temperatures (TODT), for the first time for PS-b-PCHD copolymers, resulting in a working expression for the effective interaction parameter χeff = 32/T – 0.016. Furthermore, we performed computational studies that coincide with the experimental results. These copolymers exhibit well-ordered structures even at high temperatures (∼260 °C) therefore providing a better insight concerning their microphase separation at the nanoscale which is important for their potential use in nanotechnology and/or nanolithography applications.

  7. Furan Substituted Diketopyrrolopyrrole and Thienylenevinylene Based Low Band Gap Copolymer for High Mobility Organic Thin Film Transistors

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    Sonar, Prashant [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology, and Research; Zhuo, Jing-Mei [National University of Singapore (NUS); Zhao, Li-Hong [National University of Singapore; Lim, Kai-Ming [National University of Singapore (NUS); Chen, Jihua [ORNL; Rondinone, Adam Justin [ORNL; Singh, Samarendra [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology, and Research; Chua, Lay-Lay [National University of Singapore; Ho, Peter [National University of Singapore; Dodabalapur, Ananth [National University of Singapore

    2012-01-01

    A novel solution processable donor-acceptor (D-A) based low band gap polymer semiconductor poly{l_brace}3,6-difuran-2-yl-2,5-di(2-octyldodecyl)-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione-alt-thienylenevinylene{r_brace} (PDPPF-TVT), was designed and synthesized by a Pd-catalyzed Stille coupling route. An electron deficient furan based diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) block and electron rich thienylenevinylene (TVT) donor moiety were attached alternately in the polymer backbone. The polymer exhibited good solubility, film forming ability and thermal stability. The polymer exhibits wide absorption bands from 400 nm to 950 nm (UV-vis-NIR region) with absorption maximum centered at 782 nm in thin film. The optical band gap (E{sub g}{sup opt}) calculated from the polymer film absorption onset is around 1.37 eV. The {pi}-energy band level (ionization potential) calculated by photoelectron spectroscopy in air (PESA) for PDPPF-TVT is around 5.22 eV. AFM and TEM analyses of the polymer reveal nodular terrace morphology with optimized crystallinity after 200 C thermal annealing. This polymer exhibits p-channel charge transport characteristics when used as the active semiconductor in organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) devices. The highest hole mobility of 0.13 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} is achieved in bottom gate and top-contact OTFT devices with on/off ratios in the range of 10{sup 6}-10{sup 7}. This work reveals that the replacement of thiophene by furan in DPP copolymers exhibits such a high mobility, which makes DPP furan a promising block for making a wide range of promising polymer semiconductors for broad applications in organic electronics.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of sulfonated polymers for ionomeric membranes based on styrene copolymers; Sintese e caracterizacao de precursores sulfonados para membranas polimericas a base de copolimeros estirenicos

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    Becker, C.M.; Forte, M.M.C.; Amico, S.C. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia. Lab. de Materiais Polimericos (LAPOL)], e-mail: crismbecker@yahoo.com.br, e-mail: mmcforte@ufrgs.br, e-mail: amico@ufrgs.br; Vargas, J.V.C. [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica], e-mail: jvargas@demec.ufpr.br

    2006-07-01

    Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) have emerged strongly as a viable alternative for power source owing to their high energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Currently, Nafion is the most frequently used membrane even though it has a high cost. The objective of this work is to synthesize sulfonated polymers, based on styrene copolymers, with different sulfonation degrees as an alternative material for fuel cell membranes. Acetyl sulfate was used to carry out the sulfonation and the resulting polymers were characterized by Fourier Transform Infra-red (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and degree of substitution or sulfonation (DS). The polyelectrolytes were evaluated regarding their ion exchange capacity (IEC) and conductivity. The results demonstrated that increasing the sulfonic acid content of the polymer results in higher IEC, conductivity and water uptake. (author)

  9. Copolymer coatings consisting of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine and 3-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxysilane via ATRP to improve cellulose biocompatibility.

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    Yuan, Bo; Chen, Qiang; Ding, Wen-Quan; Liu, Ping-Sheng; Wu, Shi-Shan; Lin, Si-Cong; Shen, Jian; Gai, Yue

    2012-08-01

    AB diblock copolymers comprised of poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) and poly(3-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxysilane) (PMTSi) segments, which are used for biocompatible coatings, were investigated. Block copolymers with various compositions were synthesized by atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The obtained copolymers were dissolved in an ethanol solution, and dynamic light scattering showed that all block copolymers were capable of existing as micelles. After a convenient "one-step" reaction, the cellulose membranes could be covalently modified by these copolymers with stable chemical bonds (C-O-Si and Si-O-Si). Block copolymers with different PMPC chain length were applied to surface modification to find the most suitable copolymer. The functional MPC density can be controlled by adjusting the ratio of the two monomers (MPC and MTSi), which also affect surface properties, including the surface contact angle, surface morphology, and number of functional PC groups. The low-fouling properties were measured by protein adsorption, platelet adhesion and activation, and cell adhesion. Protein adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA), fibrinogen, and human plasma were also tested and a moderate monomer composite was attained. The protein adsorption behavior on the novel interfaces depends both on MPC density and PMPC chain length. Platelet adhesion and activation were reduced on all the modified surfaces. The adhesion of Human Embryonic Kidney 293 (293T) cells on the coated surfaces also decreased.

  10. Olefin–Styrene Copolymers

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    Nunzia Galdi

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In this review are reported some of the most relevant achievements in the chemistry of the ethylene–styrene copolymerization and in the characterization of the copolymer materials. Focus is put on the relationship between the structure of the catalyst and that of the obtained copolymer. On the other hand, the wide variety of copolymer architecture is related to the properties of the material and to the potential utility.

  11. Unusual Emission of Polystyrene-Based Alternating Copolymers Incorporating Aminobutyl Maleimide Fluorophore-Containing Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Nanoparticles

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    Mohamed Gamal Mohamed

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we synthesized an unusual 2-aminobutyl maleimide isobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (MIPOSS-NHBu monomer lacking conventional fluorescent groups. We then prepared poly(styrene-alt-2-aminobutyl maleimide isobutyl POSS [poly(S-alt-MIPOSS-NHBu] and poly(4-acetoxystyrene-alt-2-aminobutyl maleimide isobutyl POSS [poly(AS-alt-MIPOSS-NHBu] copolymers through facile free radical copolymerizations using azobisisobutyronitrile as the initiator and tetrahydrofuran as the solvent. A poly(4-hydroxystyrene-alt-2-aminobutyl maleimide isobutyl POSS [poly(HS-alt-MIPOSS-NHBu] copolymer was prepared through acetoxyl hydrazinolysis of poly(AS-alt-MIPOSS-NHBu. We employed 1H, 13C, and 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; differential scanning calorimetry; and photoluminescence spectroscopy to investigate the structures and the thermal and optical properties of the monomers and novel POSS-containing alternating copolymers. Intramolecular hydrogen bonding between the amino and dihydrofuran-2,5-dione group and clustering of the locked C=O groups from the POSS nanoparticles in the MIPOSS-NHBu units restricted the intramolecular motion of the polymer chain, causing it to exhibit strong light emission. As a result, the MIPOSS-NHBu monomer and the poly(AS-alt-MIPOSS-NHBu copolymer both have potential applicability in the detection of metal ions with good selectivity.

  12. Thermoplastic elastomers based on poly(lactide)-poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-caprolactone)-poly(lactide) triblock copolymers and their stereocomplexes

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    Zhang Zheng, Z.Z.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Feijen, Jan

    2006-01-01

    Triblock copolymers of poly(l-lactide)–poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-caprolactone)–poly(l-lactide) and poly(d-lactide)–poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-caprolactone)–poly(d-lactide) were prepared by sequential ring-opening polymerizations. These polymers are thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) with good

  13. Intradomain Textures in Block Copolymers: Multizone Alignment and Biaxiality

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    Prasad, Ishan; Seo, Youngmi; Hall, Lisa M.; Grason, Gregory M.

    2017-06-01

    Block copolymer (BCP) melt assembly has been studied for decades, focusing largely on self-organized spatial patterns of periodically ordered segment density. Here, we demonstrate that underlying the well-known composition profiles (i.e., ordered lamella, cylinders, spheres, and networks) are generic and heterogeneous patterns of segment orientation that couple strongly to morphology, even in the absence of specific factors that promote intra or interchain segment alignment. We employ both self-consistent field theory and coarse-grained simulation methods to measure polar and nematic order parameters of segments in a freely jointed chain model of diblock melts. We show that BCP morphologies have a multizone texture, with segments predominantly aligned normal and parallel to interdomain interfaces in the respective brush and interfacial regions of the microdomain. Further, morphologies with anisotropically curved interfaces (i.e., cylinders and networks) exhibit biaxial order that is aligned to the principal curvature axes of the interface.

  14. Flame-retardant copolymers of dialkyl (meth)acryloyloxyalkyl phosphate or dialkyl (meth)acryloyloxyalkyl phosphonate monomers and polymer foams based made therefrom

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    Qi, Yudong; Li, Yan; Bunker, Shana P.; Costeux, Stephane; Morgan, Ted A.

    2017-12-12

    Polymer foam bodies are made from phosphorus-containing thermoplastic random copolymers of a dialkyl (meth)acryloyloxyalkyl phosph(on)ate. Foam bodies made from these copolymers exhibit increased limiting oxygen indices and surprisingly have good properties. In certain embodiments, the phosphorus-containing thermoplastic copolymer is blended with one or more other polymers and formed into nanofoams.

  15. Associative, thermodynamic and thermo-kinetics behavior of di- and triblock copolymers of oxyethylene and oxybutylene in aqueous media

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    Khan, Abbas [Department of Chemistry, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan 23200 (Pakistan); Department of Chemistry, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Siddiq, Mohammad, E-mail: m_sidiq12@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan)

    2014-11-10

    Highlights: • Associative, thermodynamic and thermo-kinetics behavior was investigated. • Micellization of these copolymer is spontaneous, endothermic and entropy driven. • Micelles are spherical in shape and their nature depends on temperature. • Fusion/fission mechanism dominates over unimer entry/expulsion for micellar dynamics. • Micellar parameters depend on temperature and on the delicate hydrophobic–hydrophilic balance of the blocks. - Abstract: The associative, thermodynamic and thermo-kinetics properties of a diblock E{sub 90}B{sub 10} and three triblock copolymers based on polyoxyethylene and polyoxybutylene of the type E{sub m}B{sub 10}E{sub m} water have been studied by surface tensiometry, light scattering and temperature-jump stopped-flow techniques. The data from surface tension was helpful to detect the critical micelle concentration (CMC) as well as to calculate the thermodynamic parameters of micellization. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) was employed to obtain the values of hydrodynamic radii (R{sub h}), volume (υ{sub h}) and hydrodynamic expansion parameter (δ{sub h}) of the micelle at different temperatures. Similarly, static light scattering (SLS) measurements made us enable to find out various micellar parameters such as; weight-average molar (M{sub w}), association number (N{sub w}), thermodynamic radius (R{sub t}), thermodynamic volume (υ{sub t}), anhydrous volume (υ{sub a}) and thermodynamic expansion parameter (δ{sub t}) of the micelles. Likewise, the kinetics of micellar aggregation/dynamic was also investigated by using temperature-jump stopped-flow technique in the temperature range of 20–50 °C.

  16. Amphiphilic block copolymer/poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) blends and nanocomposites for improved fouling-release.

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    Martinelli, Elisa; Suffredini, Marianna; Galli, Giancarlo; Glisenti, Antonella; Pettitt, Michala E; Callow, Maureen E; Callow, James A; Williams, David; Lyall, Graeme

    2011-05-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers, Sz6 and Sz12, consisting of a poly(dimethylsiloxane) block (average degree of polymerisation = 132) and a PEGylated-fluoroalkyl modified polystyrene block (Sz, average degree of polymerisation = 6, 12) were prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Coatings were obtained from blends of either block copolymer (1-10 wt%) with a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) matrix. The coating surface presented a simultaneous hydrophobic and lipophobic character, owing to the strong surface segregation of the lowest surface energy fluoroalkyl chains of the block copolymer. Surface chemical composition and wettability of the films were affected by exposure to water. Block copolymer Sz6 was also blended with PDMS and a 0.1 wt% amount of multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNT). The excellent fouling-release (FR) properties of these new coatings against the macroalga Ulva linza essentially resulted from the inclusion of the amphiphilic block copolymer, while the addition of CNT did not appear to improve the FR properties.

  17. Sub-10-nm patterning process using directed self-assembly with high χ block copolymers

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    Kihara, Naoko; Seino, Yuriko; Sato, Hironobu; Kasahara, Yusuke; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi; Miyagi, Ken; Minegishi, Shinya; Yatsuda, Koichi; Fujiwara, Tomoharu; Hirayanagi, Noriyuki; Kanai, Hideki; Kawamonzen, Yoshiaki; Kodera, Katsuyoshi; Azuma, Tsukasa; Hayakawa, Teruaki

    2015-04-01

    The perpendicularly orientated lamellar structure of the self-organized diblock copolymer is an attractive template for sub-10-nm line-and-space pattern formation. We propose a method of evaluating the neutral layer (NL) whose performance has an important bearing on the perpendicular orientation of the lamellar structure. The random copolymer of methyl methacrylate and i-butyl POSS methacrylate (MAIBPOSS) has been investigated as an NL for a polymethylmethacrylate-b-polymethacrylethylPOSS (PMMA-b-PMAIBPOSS) lamellar structure. PMMA-b-PMAIBPOSS material has the potential to form sub-10 nm line-and-space pattern, in addition to high etch selectivity due to its POSS structure. Under the free surface, PMMA-b-PMAIBPOSS film on the random copolymer layer showed horizontal orientation. However, a half-pitch of a 7-nm finger pattern structure was observed by peeling off the horizontally oriented layer. The upper portion of the PMMA-b-PMAIBPOSS film was eliminated till proximity of the random copolymer layer by CF4 gas etching. From the result, it was revealed that the PMMA-r-PMAIBPOSS works as an NL. It was confirmed that the contact angle analysis using an appropriate polymer is a suitable method for evaluation of the surface energy performance of the copolymer with the attribute of high segregation energy.

  18. Dielectric properties of composite based on ferroelectric copolymer of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene and ferroelectric ceramics of barium lead zirconate titanate

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    A. V. Solnyshkin

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available A study of dielectric properties of composite films on the base of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene copolymer P(VDF-TrFE and ferroelectric ceramics of barium lead zirconate titanate (BPZT solid solution is presented in this work. The composite films containing up to 50 vol.% of BPZT grains with size ∼1μm were prepared by the solvent cast method. Frequency dependences of real and imaginary components of the complex permittivity were determined. The concentration dependence of the dielectric constant was discussed.

  19. TiO2 nanorods/PMMA copolymer-based nanocomposites: highly homogeneous linear and nonlinear optical material

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    Sciancalepore, C; Agostiano, A; Cassano, T; Valentini, A; Curri, M L; Striccoli, M; Mecerreyes, D; Tommasi, R

    2008-01-01

    Original nanocomposites have been obtained by direct incorporation of pre-synthesized oleic acid capped TiO 2 nanorods into properly functionalized poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymers, carrying carboxylic acid groups on the repeating polymer unit. The presence of carboxylic groups on the alkyl chain of the host functionalized copolymer allows an highly homogeneous dispersion of the nanorods in the organic matrix. The prepared TiO 2 /PMMA-co-MA nanocomposites show high optical transparency in the visible region, even at high TiO 2 nanorod content, and tunable linear refractive index depending on the nanoparticle concentration. Finally measurements of nonlinear optical properties of TiO 2 polymer nanocomposites demonstrate a negligible two-photon absorption and a negative value of nonlinear refractive index, highlighting the potential of the nanocomposite for efficient optical devices operating in the visible region

  20. TiO2 nanorods/PMMA copolymer-based nanocomposites: highly homogeneous linear and nonlinear optical material

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    Sciancalepore, C.; Cassano, T.; Curri, M. L.; Mecerreyes, D.; Valentini, A.; Agostiano, A.; Tommasi, R.; Striccoli, M.

    2008-05-01

    Original nanocomposites have been obtained by direct incorporation of pre-synthesized oleic acid capped TiO2 nanorods into properly functionalized poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymers, carrying carboxylic acid groups on the repeating polymer unit. The presence of carboxylic groups on the alkyl chain of the host functionalized copolymer allows an highly homogeneous dispersion of the nanorods in the organic matrix. The prepared TiO2/PMMA-co-MA nanocomposites show high optical transparency in the visible region, even at high TiO2 nanorod content, and tunable linear refractive index depending on the nanoparticle concentration. Finally measurements of nonlinear optical properties of TiO2 polymer nanocomposites demonstrate a negligible two-photon absorption and a negative value of nonlinear refractive index, highlighting the potential of the nanocomposite for efficient optical devices operating in the visible region.

  1. Flexible microstrip antenna based on carbon nanotubes/(ethylene-octene copolymer) thin composite layer deposited on PET substrate

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    Matyas, J.; Olejnik, R.; Slobodian, P.

    2017-12-01

    A most of portable devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, uses antennas made of cupper. In this paper we demonstrate possible use of electrically conductive polymer composite material for such antenna application. Here we describe the method of preparation and properties of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs)/(ethylene-octene copolymer) as flexible microstrip antenna. Carbon nanotubes dispersion in (ethylene-octene copolymer) toluene solution was prepared by ultrasound finally coating PET substrate by method of dip-coating. Main advantages of PET substrate are low weight and also flexibility. The final size of flexible microstrip antenna was 5 x 50 mm with thickness of 0.48 mm (PET substrate 0.25 mm) with the weight of only 0.402 g. Antenna operates at three frequencies 1.66 GHz (-6.51 dB), 2.3 GHz (-13 dB) and 2.98 GHz (-33.59 dB).

  2. Deformation Behaviour During Cold Drawing of Nanocomposites Based on Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes and Poly(ether ester) Copolymers

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    Hernandez, J.; Garcia-Gutierrez, M.; Nogales, A.; Rueda, D.; Sanz, A.; Sics, I.; Hsiao, B.; Roslaniec, Z.; Broza, G.; Ezquerra, T.

    2007-01-01

    Relationships between the macroscopic deformation behaviour and microstructure of a pure (PBT-b-PTMO) block copolymer and a polymer nanocomposite (PBT-b-PTMO + 0.2 wt% SWCNT) were investigated by simultaneous small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS) during tensile deformation using synchrotron radiation. The Young's modulus was found to be 15% higher for the nanocomposite than for the pure block copolymer as well as the yield strength, while the elongation-to-break was less than a half. This different behaviour can be explained by taking into account the different structural features revealed by SAXS and WAXS and thus considering that SWCNT act as anchors in the nanocomposite, sharing the applied stress with the PBT crystals and partially preventing the flexible, non-crystallisable PTMO chains to elongate

  3. Recording medium based on the films of azobenzene copolymer with free surface and in sandwich-structures for polarization holography

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    Davidenko, N. A.; Davidenko, I. I.; Pavlov, V. A.; Chuprina, N. G.; Mokrinskaya, E. V.; Tarasenko, V. V.; Tonkopieva, L. S.; Kravchenko, V. V.

    2018-02-01

    Peculiarities of the polarization holographic recording in the samples with the films of copolymer poly[4-((2-nitrophenyl)diazenyl)phenylmethacrylate-co-octylmethacrylate] with free surface and in the sandwich-structures with solid covering layer are investigated. Time of the holographic recording and its storage is less in the sandwich-structures. It was concluded, that in the sandwich-structures, geometric relief of the film surface does not appear during the recording.

  4. Enhanced conductivity of novel star branched liquid crystalline copolymer based on poly(ethylene oxide) for solid polymer electrolytes

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    Tong Yongfen [Institute of Polymers/Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, 999 Xuefu Avenue, Nanchang 330031 (China); School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, 696 Fenghe South Avenue, Nanchang 330063 (China); Chen Lie, E-mail: chenlienc@163.com [Institute of Polymers/Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, 999 Xuefu Avenue, Nanchang 330031 (China); Chen Yiwang, E-mail: ywchen@ncu.edu.cn [Institute of Polymers/Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, 999 Xuefu Avenue, Nanchang 330031 (China); He Xiaohui [Institute of Polymers/Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, 999 Xuefu Avenue, Nanchang 330031 (China)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Novel star branched amphiphilic liquid crystalline copolymers are prepared by atom-transfer radical polymerization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lamellar structures are achieved by cooperative assembly of hydrophobic mesogen-containing polymethacrylate and the amorphous hydrophilic TPEO nanoscale aggregation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ionic conductivity has been improved greatly by incorporation of the mesogens. - Abstract: Novel star branched amphiphilic liquid crystalline (LC) copolymers, namely, 4-Arm poly(ethylene oxide)-co-x-[(4-cyano-4 Prime -biphenyl)oxy]alkyl methacrylate (TPEO-MAxLC-{Phi}) (x = 6, {Phi} = 20, 30; x = 9, {Phi} = 10, 19) containing cyanobiphenyl mesogenic pendants (MAxLC) are prepared by atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The effects of structural variations on the properties, and the relationship between morphology and the ionic conductivity of the copolymer electrolytes are studied. The strong assembly of cyanobiphenyl mesogens induces the copolymers with enantiotropic mesophase, even after doped with LiClO{sub 4}. And lamellar structures are also achieved by cooperative assembly of hydrophobic mesogen-containing polymethacrylate groups and the hydrophilic TPEO nanoscale aggregation, especially after LC thermal annealing. The ionic conductivity has been improved greatly by incorporation of the cyanobiphenyl mesogens. This is because the mesogens not only favor the ordered morphology to provide the efficient ion transportation pathway, but also suppress TPEO crystallization to offer the movement of TPEO chains. Among all of the electrolyte films, TPEO-MA9LC-19 shows the best ion conductivity of 2.24 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} S cm{sup -1} at 25 Degree-Sign C and even reaches to 5.39 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} S cm{sup -1} after annealed at LC states.

  5. Tuning the properties of an anthracene-based PPE-PPV copolymer by fine variation of its macromolecular parameters

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    Tinti, F.; Sabir, F. K.; Gazzano, M.; Righi, S.; Ulbricht, C.; Usluer, Ö.; Pokorná, Veronika; Cimrová, Věra; Yohannes, T.; Egbe, D. A. M.; Camaioni, N.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 3, č. 19 (2013), s. 6972-6980 ISSN 2046-2069 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/12/0827; GA ČR(CZ) GA13-26542S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : anthracene-containing PPE-PPV copolymer * macromolecular parameters * structural and transport properties Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.708, year: 2013

  6. Electrical characterization of fluorinated benzothiadiazole based conjugated copolymer – a promising material for high-performance solar cells

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    Toušek, J.; Toušková, J.; Remeš, Z.

    2015-01-01

    Measurements of electrical conductivity, electron work function, carrier mobility ofholes and the diffusion length of excitons were performed on samples of conjugatedpolymers relevant to polymer solar cells. A state of the art fluorinated benzothiadiazolebased conjugated copolymer (PBDTTHD − DTBTff......) was studied and benchmarkedagainst the reference polymer poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT).We employed,respectively, four electrode conductivity measurements, Kelvin probe work functionmeasurements, carrier mobility using charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage(CELIV) measurements and diffusion length...

  7. Synthesis and Properties of 1,8-Carbazole-Based Conjugated Copolymers

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    Tsuyoshi Michinobu

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available A new series of conjugated carbazole polymers based on the 1,8-carbazolylene unit was synthesized by the Pd-catalyzed polycondensation between the 1,8-diiodocarbazole derivative and various bifunctional counter comonomers. An alkyne spacer was found to be a key to increasing the molecular weight of the resulting polymers. All the obtained polymers showed good solubilities in the common organic solvents, and they were fully characterized by Gel permeation chromatography (GPC, and 1H NMR and infrared (IR spectroscopies. The UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectra revealed the relationship between the chemical structure and effective conjugation length. The efficiency order of the carbazole connectivity was 2,7-carbazolylene > 1,8-carbazolylene > 3,6-carbazolylene. The electrochemical properties of these polymers suggested the relatively facile oxidation at ca. +0.5–0.7 V vs. Fc/Fc+ or a high potential as p-type semiconductors. The combination of the electrochemical oxidation potentials and the optical band gaps allowed us to estimate the HOMO and LUMO levels of the polymers. It was shown that the energy levels of the 1,8-carbazole-based conjugated polymers can be tunable by selecting the appropriate comonomer structures.

  8. Model Amphiphilic Block Copolymers with Tailored Molecular Weight and Composition in PDMS-Based Films to Limit Soft Biofouling

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    Wenning, Brandon M. [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Pisa, Pisa 56124, Italy; Martinelli, Elisa [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Pisa, Pisa 56124, Italy; Mieszkin, Sophie [School of Biosciences, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 5TT, U.K.; Finlay, John A. [School of Biosciences, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 5TT, U.K.; Fischer, Daniel [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899, United States; Callow, James A. [School of Biosciences, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 5TT, U.K.; Callow, Maureen E. [School of Biosciences, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 5TT, U.K.; Leonardi, Amanda K.; Ober, Christopher K.; Galli, Giancarlo [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Pisa, Pisa 56124, Italy

    2017-05-02

    A set of controlled surface composition films was produced utilizing amphiphilic block copolymers dispersed in a cross-linked poly(dimethylsiloxane) network. These block copolymers contained oligo(ethylene glycol) (PEGMA) and fluoroalkyl (AF6) side chains in selected ratios and molecular weights to control surface chemistry including antifouling and fouling-release performance. Such properties were assessed by carrying out assays using two algae, the green macroalga Ulva linza (favors attachment to polar surfaces) and the unicellular diatom Navicula incerta (favors attachment to nonpolar surfaces). All films performed well against U. linza and exhibited high removal of attached sporelings (young plants) under an applied shear stress, with the lower molecular weight block copolymers being the best performing in the set. The composition ratios from 50:50 to 60:40 of the AF6/PEGMA side groups were shown to be more effective, with several films exhibiting spontaneous removal of the sporelings. The cells of N. incerta were also removed from several coating compositions. All films were characterized by surface techniques including captive bubble contact angle, atomic force microscopy, and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy to correlate surface chemistry and morphology with biological performance.

  9. Biomineralization behavior of a vinylphosphonic acid-based copolymer added with polymerization accelerator in simulated body fluid

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    Ryo Hamai

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Apatite-polymer composites have been evaluated in terms of its potential application as bone substitutes. Biomimetic processes using simulated body fluid (SBF are well-known methods for preparation of such composites. They are reliant on specific functional groups to induce the heterogeneous apatite nucleation and phosphate groups possess good apatite-forming ability in SBF. Improving the degree of polymerization is important for obtaining phosphate-containing polymers, because the release of significant quantities of monomer or low molecular weight polymers can lead to suppression of the apatite formation. To date, there have been very few studies pertaining to the effect of adding a polymerization accelerator to the polymerization reaction involved in the formation of these composite materials under physiological conditions. In this study, we have prepared a copolymer from triethylene glycol dimethacrylate and vinylphosphonic acid (VPA in the presence of different amounts of sodium p-toluenesulfinate (p-TSS as a polymerization accelerator. The effects of p-TSS on the chemical durability and apatite formation of the copolymers were investigated in SBF. The addition of 0.1–1.0 wt% of p-TSS was effective for suppressing the dissolution of the copolymers in SBF, whereas larger amount had a detrimental effect. A calcium polyvinylphosphate instead of the apatite was precipitated in SBF.

  10. Synthesis, rheological behavior and swelling properties of copolymer hydrogels based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide with hydrophilic monomers

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    D. Aliouche

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, hydrogels of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylamide and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid having a thermoresponsive character were prepared by aqueous free-radical co-polymerization using the ammonium persulfate/N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (APS/TEMED redox-pair initiator system in the presence of N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MBAAm crosslinker. (NIPAAm-co-AAm and (NIPAAm-co-AAc hydrogels with different thermoresponsive properties were obtained by fixing the initial NIPAAm/AAm mole ratio and and (NIPAAm-co-AAc mole ratio to 80/20 and changing the crosslinker concentration. The copolymers were characterized with infrared spectroscopy (IR and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC techniques. The swelling response of the copolymers networks as a function of time, temperature and swelling environment has been observed to be dependent on both structural aspects of the polymers and swelling environment. The swelling has been observed to be decrease with increase in MBAAm in the copolypolymers networks. Rheological behavior was studies in oscillatory module. All copolymers have a viscoelastic behaviour. We note that the elastic modulus G' increases with increasing hydrophilic monomers.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/bcse.v27i3.14

  11. Synthesis of nanocomposites based on carbon nanotube/smart copolymer with nonlinear optical properties

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    Sousani, Abbas; Motiei, Hamideh; Najafimoghadam, Peyman; Hasanzade, Reza

    2017-05-01

    In this study new nanocompoites based on polyglycidylmethacrylate grafted 4-[(4-methoxyphenyl) diazenyl] phenol (Azo-PGMA) and Carboxylicacid functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-COOH) were prepared. The nanocomposites structure was characterized by FT-IR, TGA and SEM. The Z-scan technique was applied for measuring the nonlinear parameters of nanocomposites. The samples after solving in AWM solution (equal ratio of acetone, deionized water and methanol) were investigated by using closed aperture Z-scan technique and a diode-pumped laser at the line 532 nm. All the nonlinear refractive index of the samples at three concentrations of carbon nanotubes in three different intensities of the laser beam were investigated and the nonlinear optical response of them are compared under the same condition. Because of high order of nonlinear refractive coefficient and good nonlinearity, these compounds are suitable candidate for optical switching, optical limiting and electro-optical devices.

  12. Carbon nanotubes and carbon onions for modification of styrene-acrylate copolymer based nanocomposites

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    Merijs-Meri, Remo; Zicans, Janis; Ivanova, Tatjana; Bitenieks, Juris; Kuzhir, Polina; Maksimenko, Sergey; Kuznetsov, Vladimir; Moseenkov, Sergey

    2014-01-01

    Styrene acrylate polymer (SAC) nanocomposites with various carbon nanofillers (multiwalled carbon nanotubes MWCNTs and onion like carbon OLC) are manufactured by means of latex based routes. Concentration of the carbon nanofillers is changed in a broad interval starting from 0.01 up to 10 wt. %. Elastic, dielectric and electromagnetic properties of SAC nanocomposites are investigated. Elastic modulus, electrical conductivity and electromagnetic radiation absorption of the investigated SAC nanocomposites increase along with rising nanofiller content. The effect of the addition of anisometric MWCNTs on the elastic properties of the composite is higher than in the case of the addition of OLC. Higher electrical conductivity of the OLC containing nanocomposites is explained with the fact that reasonable agglomeration of the nanofiller can promote the development of electrically conductive network. Efficiency of the absorption of electromagnetic radiation depends on the development of conductive network within the SAC matrix

  13. Synthesis and Photovoltaic Properties of a Copolymer based on thieno [2, 3-f] benzofuran and thienopyrroledione

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    Gao, Yueyue; Yang, Yulin; Zhang, Yong

    2017-12-01

    A novel donor-acceptor type conjugated polymer PTBFTPD based on two-dimensional (2D) conjugated alkylthienyl substituted thieno[2,3-f]benzofuran (TBF) and thienopyrroledione (TPD) unit, was synthesized and applied as donor material for bulk heterojunction solar cells. The novol polymer possesses a narrow bandgap of 1.83 eV, a deep HOMO energy level (-5.64 eV) and a closer π-π stacking. After conventional devices were fabricated using PTBFTPD as donor blending with PC70BM as acceptor, a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.33% with a high open circuit voltage (Voc) of 1.09 V was obtained. The result indicates the promising potential of thieno [2, 3-f] benzofuran unit for high efficient polymer solar cells with a high voltage.

  14. Linear-g-hyperbranched and cyclodextrin-based amphiphilic block copolymer as a multifunctional nanocarrier

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    Yamei Zhao

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a novel, multifunctional polymer nanocarrier was designed to provide adequate volume for high drug loading, to afford a multiregion encapsulation ability, and to achieve controlled drug release. An amphiphilic, triblock polymer (ABC with hyperbranched polycarbonsilane (HBPCSi and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD moieties were first synthesized by the combination of a two-step reversible addition-fragmentation transfer polymerization into a pseudo-one-step hydrosilylation and quaternization reaction. The ABC then self-assembled into stable micelles with a core–shell structure in aqueous solution. These resulting micelles are multifunctional nanocarriers which possess higher drug loading capability due to the introduction of HBPCSi segments and β-CD moieties, and exhibit controlled drug release based on the diffusion release mechanism. The novel multifunctional nanocarrier may be applicable to produce highly efficient and specialized delivery systems for drugs, genes, and diagnostic agents.

  15. Predicting inhomogeneous water absorption in an ionic diblock polymer membrane

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    Herbst, Daniel; Witten, Thomas

    2013-03-01

    Fuel cells convert fuel directly into electrical power. Their performance depends on a permeable (yet strong) membrane to allow ion conduction (while preventing combustion). Anion-exchange membrane fuel-cells are especially economical to produce, but technological hurdles currently limit durability and OH- conductivity of the membrane. One solution to these problems is a diblock morphology. Layers of stiff hydrophobic polymer provide structure, while interspersed layers of polyelectrolyte provide avenues for conduction. Previously, little was known about the structure within the conducting layer. We adapted Scheutjens-Fleer polymer-brush theory to a lamellar geometry. The calculation tells where the polyelectrolytes congregate within a lamella, and hence how conduction occurs. This talk focuses on a new diblock material, PMB-PVBTMA. We show how the features of the material determine the intra-lamellar structure. We conclude that at low humidity, the bulkiness of PVBTMA causes it to adopt a near-uniform distribution within the conducting block. At high humidity, however, a phase separation may induce abrupt water channels. Understanding the architecture within the conducting layer will help guide research into better anion-exchange membranes materials. The authors would like to thank the Army Research Office for support of this research under the MURI #W911NF-10-1-0520.

  16. Superabsorbent hydrogel composite based on copolymer cellulose/poly (vinyl alcohol)/CNT

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    Khoerunnisa, Fitri, E-mail: fitri.khoerunnisa@gmail.com; Hendrawan,; Sonjaya, Yaya; Putri, Oceu Dwi [Department of Chemistry, Indonesia University of Education, Setiabudi 229 Bandung, West Java, Indonesia 40154 (Indonesia)

    2016-04-19

    Superabsorbent hydrogels are cross-linked hydrophilic polymers that can absorb and retain a large volume of water, saline solution, or physiological fluids. A distinctive superabsorbent hydrogel composite based on cellulose/ poly (vinyl alcohol)/ carbon nanotubes was successfully synthesized via the graft bio-copolymerization in an aqueous medium with glutaraldehide as a crosslinking agent. The effect of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on water absorption capacity and mechanical properties of superabsorbent composite were particularly investigated. The Fourier transform infrared spectra showed the evidence of copolymerization of hydrogel precursors as well as the interaction of CNT filler with the hydrogel matrices, as indicated by the shifting of peak intensity and position of several functional groups (O-H, C-H sp{sup 3}, C=O, C-N, C-O). The modification of hydrogel surface morphology and porosity owing to CNT insertion was also confirmed by scanning electron microscopy images. The CNT insertion improved the mechanical strength of superabsorbent hydrogel composites. Moreover, insertion of CNT into hydrogel matrix remarkably increased the swelling capacity of superabsorbent composites up to 840%. This huge water absorption capacity of hydrogel composites offers promising applications in development of superabsorbent polymers.

  17. Hybrid nanocomposites of CdSe nanocrystals distributed in complexing thiophene-based copolymers.

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    Aldakov, Dmitry; Jiu, Tonggang; Zagorska, Malgorzata; de Bettignies, Rémi; Jouneau, Pierre-Henri; Pron, Adam; Chandezon, Frédéric

    2010-07-21

    Two types of conjugated polymers were prepared with the goal to blend them with rod-like CdSe nanocrystals. The polymers of the first type were synthesized through copolymerization of 3-octylthiophene and 3-methylene-ethylcarboxylate-thiophene to give polythiophene with solubilizing alkyl groups and methylene ester functional groups (PE series). Post-polymerization hydrolysis of the ester type polymers yielded acid-type ones (PA series). Photoluminescence (PL) quenching in these polymers induced by their titration with nanocrystals solution was chosen as a measure of the polymer-nanocrystal interactions. PL of polyacids turned out to be more efficiently quenched as compared to the case of polymers with ester groups which was interpreted as an indication of better electronic communication between the hybrid components. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy confirmed efficient coordination of the carboxylic groups to CdSe. Voltammetric studies combined with UV-vis spectroelectrochemistry enabled the determination of energy levels alignment of the molecular composite components which turned out to be of staggered type-appropriate for photovoltaic applications. The obtained blends of polyacids with CdSe nanocrystals, when studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), revealed the presence of an interpenetrating network in which nanorods were homogeneously distributed within the polymer matrix without any indication of agglomerates formation both on the film surface and in the cross-section. Blends with polymers containing ester groups were less homogeneous which could be explained by weaker polymer-nanocrystals interactions. Photovoltaic cells based on these hybrid materials are also discussed.

  18. Effective removal of toxic metal ions from aqueous solutions: 2-Bifunctional magnetic nanocomposite base on novel reactive PGMA-MAn copolymer@Fe3O4nanoparticles.

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    Hasanzadeh, Reza; Moghadam, Peyman Najafi; Bahri-Laleh, Naeimeh; Sillanpää, Mika

    2017-03-15

    In this study, effective novel magnetic nanocomposite particles (MNCPs) were prepared based on iminodiacetic acid grafted poly (glycidylmethacrylate-maleicanhydride) (PGMA-MAn) copolymer. For this purpose, firstly Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles reacted with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane for the production of magnetite nanoparticles containing amine groups (MNPs-NH 2 ). Then iminodiacetic acid reacted with PGMA-MAn copolymer to produce iminodiacetic acid grafted PGMA-MAn copolymer (ID-g-PGMA-MAn). Finally, the MNPs-NH 2 reacted with the ID-g-PGMA-MAn and the reaction was completed by propylenediamine (PDA) to produce MNCPs. Structure, magnetic property, size, and porosity of the prepared magnetic nanocomposite were investigated by FT-IR, XRD, VSM, EDX, SEM and BET analyses. The ability of these MNCPs for removing Pb(II) and Cd(II) from water and wastewater was studied, and the effects of different parameters (pH, adsorbent dosage, metal ion concentration, contact time and agitation) on the adsorption process were investigated. The isotherm models were used to describe adsorption equilibrium. The results showed that the best fit was achieved with the Langmuir isotherm equation, yielding maximum adsorption capacities of 53.33 and 48.53mg/g for Pb(II) and Cd(II), respectively. The kinetics equations were used for modeling of adsorption data and it was shown that pseudo-second-order kinetic equation could best describe the adsorption kinetics. Furthermore, phenol pollutant can be removed effectively by metal ions of the nanocomposite-metal complex; therefore, the synthesized adsorbent was useful not only in recovering toxic metal ions but also in the treating phenol pollutants in wastewater. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. A temperature-regulating fiber made of PEG-based smart copolymer

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    Meng, Qinghao; Hu, Jinlian [Shape Memory Textile Center, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China)

    2008-10-15

    A poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based thermoplastic shape memory polyurethane was synthesized via bulk polymerization. The corresponding fiber, as a temperature-regulating fiber, was fabricated via melt spinning. The prepared 100-dtex fiber had a tenacity of 0.7 cN/dtex and breaking elongation of about 488%. The fiber's phase change behaviors, crystalline morphology, dynamic mechanical properties, and temperature-resistant performance were investigated using polarizing optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, and thermogravimetry. The PEG soft segment phase transfer between crystalline and amorphous states resulted in heat storage and release. The hydrogen-bonded hard segment phase, serving as 'physical cross-links,' restricted the free movement of soft segments, hence at temperatures above the PEG phase melting transition, the fiber still possessed certain mechanical strength. The differential scanning calorimetry results indicated that the fiber had large latent heat-storage capacity of about 100 J/g with a crystallizing temperature of 20.9 C and a melting temperature of 44.7 C. The dynamic mechanical analysis results showed that the fiber has a plateau elastic modulus in the region above the PEG phase melting transition and below 160 C. The thermogravimetry results suggested that the fiber had a much broader applicable temperature range compared to pure PEG. The thermo-mechanical cyclic tensile testing results showed that the fiber had good shape memory effect with the shape fixity ratio more than 85.8% and the recovery ratio above 95.4%. (author)

  20. Synthesis and characterization of novel amphiphilic copolymer stearic acid-coupled F127 nanoparticles for nano-technology based drug delivery system.

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    Gao, Qihe; Liang, Qing; Yu, Fei; Xu, Jian; Zhao, Qihua; Sun, Baiwang

    2011-12-01

    Pluronic, F127, amphiphilic block copolymers, are used for several applications, including drug delivery systems. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of F127 is about 0.26-0.8 wt% so that the utility of F127 in nano-technology based drug delivery system is limited since the nano-sized micelles could dissociate upon dilution. Herein, stearic acid (SA) was simply coupled to F127 between the carboxyl group of SA and the hydroxyl group of F127, which formed a novel copolymer named as SA-coupled F127, with significantly lower CMC. Above the CMC 6.9 × 10(-5)wt%, SA-coupled F127 self-assembled stable nanoparticles with Zeta potential -36 mV. Doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded nanoparticles were made, with drug loading (DL) 5.7 wt% and Zeta potential -36 to -39 mV, and the nanoparticles exhibited distinct shape with the size distribution from 20 to 50 nm. DOX-loaded nanoparticles were relatively stable and exhibited DOX dependant cytotoxicity toward MCF-7 cells in vitro. These results suggest that SA-coupled F127 potentially could be applied as a nano-technology based drug delivery method. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Micelles from HOOC-PnBA-b-PAA-C12H15 Diblock Amphiphilic Polyelectrolytes as Protein Nanocarriers.

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    Papagiannopoulos, Aristeidis; Meristoudi, Anastasia; Pispas, Stergios; Radulescu, Aurel

    2016-11-14

    We investigate the potential of self-assembled nanostructures of the PnBA-b-PAA amphiphilic diblock polyelectrolyte as candidates for protein nanocarriers. Three PnBA-b-PAA copolymers with different molecular weights and PnBA/PAA weight ratios are tested. The system with the most well-defined core-shell micellar structure is chosen for complexation with lysozyme. Its solutions are found to contain well-defined core-shell micelles that are stable upon increase in solution salt content to physiological levels. Upon mixing with lysozyme we find that the protein globules accumulate preferably at the outer parts of the hydrated corona of the micelles. Increasing the protein concentration, intermicellar aggregation is enhanced in a controllable way. At high salt content the number of proteins per micelle is lower compared with the low salt content, which points to an interaction of predominantly electrostatic nature. While light scattering is very sensitive to complexation, small-angle neutron scattering is able to distinguish between the contributions from individual micelles and aggregates. This work demonstrates the use of scattering techniques to characterize protein-polymer interactions in multiple hierarchical levels.

  2. Approaching a flat boundary with a block copolymer coated emulsion drop: late stage drainage dynamics

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    Rozairo, Damith; Croll, Andrew

    Understanding the dynamics of the formation and drainage of the thin fluid film that becomes trapped by a deformable droplet as it approaches another object is crucial to the advancement of many industrial and biomedical applications. Adding amphiphilic diblock copolymers, which are becoming more commonly used in drug delivery and oil recovery, only add to the complexity. Despite their increased use, little is known about how long polymer chains fill an emulsion drop's interface or how the molecules influence hydrodynamic processes. We study the drainage dynamics of a thin water film trapped between mica and a diblock copolymer saturated oil droplet. Specifically, we examine several different polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) molecules self-assembled at a toluene-water interface using laser scanning confocal microscopy. Our experiments reveal that the molecular details of the polymer chains deeply influence the drainage times, indicating that they are not acting as a 'simple' surfactant. The presence of the chains creates a much slower dynamic as fluid is forced to drain through an effective polymer brush, the brush itself determined by chain packing at the interface. We present a simple model which accounts for the basic physics of the interface.

  3. Superhydrophobic surfaces of electrospun block copolymer fibers with low content of fluorosilicones

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    Tian, Xiaoping [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Engineering Research Center for Eco-Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Yi, Lingmin, E-mail: lmyi@zstu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Engineering Research Center for Eco-Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030 (United States); Meng, Xiaomei; Xu, Kai [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Engineering Research Center for Eco-Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Jiang, Tengteng; Lai, Dongzhi [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2014-07-01

    A series of well-defined poly[methyl(3,3,3-trifluoropropyl)siloxane]-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMTFPS-b-PMMA) diblock copolymers with low content of PMTFPS were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of MMA from PMTFPS macroinitiators (PMTFPS-Br). The polymerization result reveals that the ATRP of MMA from PMTFPS-Br is fist-order with respect to MMA under different polymerization conditions, demonstrating a typical characteristic of living polymerization. The results also show that PMTFPS-b-PMMA diblock copolymers can exhibit a total surface tension (γ{sub S}) varying from 25.28 mN/m to 21.87 mN/m with the change of PMTFPS contents from 2.6 wt% to 22.2 wt%. Moreover, the water contact angles of electrospun PMTFPS-b-PMMA surfaces could be higher than 150° with water roll-off angles less than 10°, which denotes a superhydrophobic property. However, the electronspinning conditions, especially the concentration of spinning solution, would have important effect on the surface morphology, surface composition and wetting behavior of electrospun films. It was found that bead-free fibers with uniform diameter as well as good superhydrophobic property could be prepared on condition that the polymer concentration of spinning solution was as high as 32 wt% in the mixed solvent of DMF and THF.

  4. Rationally designed dual functional block copolymers for bottlebrush-like coatings: In vitro and in vivo antimicrobial, antibiofilm, and antifouling properties.

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    Gao, Qiang; Yu, Meng; Su, Yajuan; Xie, Meihua; Zhao, Xin; Li, Peng; Ma, Peter X

    2017-03-15

    Numerous antimicrobial coatings have been developed for biomedical devices/implants, but few can simultaneously fulfill the requirements for antimicrobial and antifouling ability and biocompatibility. In this study, to develop an antimicrobial and antibiofilm surface coating, diblock amphiphilic molecules with antimicrobial and antifouling segments in a single chain were rationally designed and synthesized. Cationic antimicrobial polypeptides (AMP) were first synthesized by N-carboxyanhydride ring-opening polymerization (NCA-ROP). Heterofunctionalized poly(ethylene glycol) with different lengths (methacrylate-PEG n -tosyl, n=10/45/90) was synthesized and site-specifically conjugated with polypeptides to form diblock amphiphiles. Along with increased PEG chain length, hemolytic activity was considerably improved, and broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity is retained. Three MA-PEG n -b-AMP copolymers were further grafted onto the surface of silicone rubber (a commonly used catheter material) via plasma/UV-induced surface polymerizations to form a bottlebrush-like coating with excellent antimicrobial activity against several pathogenic bacteria (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus), and effectively prevent biofilm formation. This bottlebrush coating also greatly reduced protein adsorption and platelet adhesion, indicating its excellent antifouling ability. An in vitro cytotoxicity study also demonstrated that this coating is biocompatible with mammalian cells. After subcutaneous implantation of the materials in rats, we demonstrated that the g-PEG 45 -b-AMP bottlebrush coating exhibits significant anti-infective activity in vivo. Thus, this facilely synthesized PEGylated AMP bottlebrush coating is a feasible method to prevent biomedical devices-associated infections. Current antimicrobial coatings are often associated with concerns such as antibiotic resistance, environmental pollution, short-time antimicrobial activity, biofouling

  5. Structure-directing star-shaped block copolymers: supramolecular vesicles for the delivery of anticancer drugs.

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    Yang, Chuan; Liu, Shao Qiong; Venkataraman, Shrinivas; Gao, Shu Jun; Ke, Xiyu; Chia, Xin Tian; Hedrick, James L; Yang, Yi Yan

    2015-06-28

    Amphiphilic polycarbonate/PEG copolymer with a star-like architecture was designed to facilitate a unique supramolecular transformation of micelles to vesicles in aqueous solution for the efficient delivery of anticancer drugs. The star-shaped amphipilic block copolymer was synthesized by initiating the ring-opening polymerization of trimethylene carbonate (TMC) from methyl cholate through a combination of metal-free organo-catalytic living ring-opening polymerization and post-polymerization chain-end derivatization strategies. Subsequently, the self-assembly of the star-like polymer in aqueous solution into nanosized vesicles for anti-cancer drug delivery was studied. DOX was physically encapsulated into vesicles by dialysis and drug loading level was significant (22.5% in weight) for DOX. Importantly, DOX-loaded nanoparticles self-assembled from the star-like copolymer exhibited greater kinetic stability and higher DOX loading capacity than micelles prepared from cholesterol-initiated diblock analogue. The advantageous disparity is believed to be due to the transformation of micelles (diblock copolymer) to vesicles (star-like block copolymer) that possess greater core space for drug loading as well as the ability of such supramolecular structures to encapsulate DOX. DOX-loaded vesicles effectively inhibited the proliferation of 4T1, MDA-MB-231 and BT-474 cells, with IC50 values of 10, 1.5 and 1.0mg/L, respectively. DOX-loaded vesicles injected into 4T1 tumor-bearing mice exhibited enhanced accumulation in tumor tissue due to the enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. Importantly, DOX-loaded vesicles demonstrated greater tumor growth inhibition than free DOX without causing significant body weight loss or cardiotoxicity. The unique ability of the star-like copolymer emanating from the methyl cholate core provided the requisite modification in the block copolymer interfacial curvature to generate vesicles of high loading capacity for DOX with significant

  6. Electrochemical synthesis, characterization and electrochromic properties of a copolymer based on 1,4-bis(2-thienyl)naphthalene and pyrene

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    Wang, Bin; Zhao, Jinsheng; Cui, Chuansheng; Wang, Min; Wang, Zhong; He, Qingpeng

    2012-05-01

    Electrochemical copolymerization of 1,4-bis(2-thienyl)naphthalene (BTN) with pyrene is carried out in acetonitrile (ACN) solution containing sodium perchlorate (NaClO4) as a supporting electrolyte. Characterizations of the resulting copolymer P(BTN-co-pyrene) are performed by cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The P(BTN-co-pyrene) film has distinct electrochromic properties and exhibits three different colors (yellowish green, green and blue) under various potentials. Maximum contrast (ΔT%) and response time of the copolymer film are measured as 37.8% and 1.71 s at 687 nm. An electrochromic device (ECD) based on P(BTN-co-pyrene) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is constructed and characterized. Neutral state of device shows green color while oxidized state reveals blue color. This ECD shows a maximum optical contrast (ΔT%) of 24.4% with a response time of 0.43 s at 635 nm. The coloration efficiency (CE) of the device is calculated to be 349 cm2 C-1 at 635 nm. In addition, the ECD also has satisfactory optical memories and redox stability.

  7. Effect of Aging, Antioxidant, and Mono- and Divalent Ions at High Temperature on the Rheology of New Polyacrylamide-Based Co-Polymers

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    Saeed Akbari

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The viscosity of four new polymers was investigated for the effect of aging at high temperature, with varying degrees of salinity and hardness. The four sulfonated based polyacrylamide co-polymers were FLOCOMB C7035; AN132 VHM; SUPERPUSHER SAV55; and THERMOASSOCIATIF copolymers. All polymer samples were aged at 80 °C for varying times (from zero to at least 90 days with and without isobutyl alcohol (IBA as an antioxidant. To see the effect of divalent ions on the polymer solution viscosity, parallel experiments were performed in a mixture of CaCl2-NaCl of the same ionic strength as 5 wt % NaCl. The polymers without IBA showed severe viscosity reduction after aging for 90 days in both types of preparation (5 wt % NaCl or CaCl2-NaCl. In the presence of IBA, viscosity was increased when aging time was increased for 5 wt % NaCl. In CaCl2-NaCl, on the other hand, a viscosity reduction was observed as aging time was increased. This behavior was observed for all polymers except AN132 VHM.

  8. Electroactive and bioactive films of random copolymers containing terthiophene, carboxyl and Schiff base functionalities in the main chain

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    Pérez Madrigal, Maria del Mar; Cianga, Luminita; Valle Mendoza, Luis Javier del; Cianga, Ioan; Alemán Llansó, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    A new bis-thienyl type monomer with preformed azomethine linkages (AzbT) was chemically synthesized and, subsequently, electro-copolymerized with 2,2' : 5', 2 ''-terthiophene (Th-3). AzbT : Th-3 mixtures with different molar ratios (i.e. 50 : 50, 60 : 40 and 80 : 20) were considered, the resulting thin films being made of random insoluble copolymers, P(AzbT-co-Th-3)s. The content of AzbT in P(AzbT-co-Th-3) s was found to increase with the AzbT : Th-3 molar ratio in the electropolymerization m...

  9. Medium area, flexible single and tandem junction solar cells based on roll coated semi-random copolymers

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    Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Dam, Henrik Friis; Burkhart, Beate

    2014-01-01

    We report on medium area (1 cm2) slot-die coated organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) of a recently developed semi-random copolymer of poly-3-hexylthiophene and diketopyrrolopyrrole (P3HTT–DPP- 10%) mixed with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester ([60]PCBM). The devices were prepared using a compact...... laboratory roll-coater using only slot-die coating and flexographic printing under ambient conditions on a flexible ITO-free substrate. In order to overcome a low JSC and FF obtained for single junction devices, devices were also prepared in a tandem geometry making it possible to employ thinner junction...

  10. Synthesis of Graft Copolymers Based on Poly(2‐Methoxyethyl Acrylate) and Investigation of the Associated Water Structure

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    Javakhishvili, Irakli; Tanaka, Masaru; Ogura, Keiko

    2012-01-01

    Graft copolymers composed of poly(2‐methoxyethyl acrylate) are prepared employing controlled radical polymerization techniques. Linear backbones bearing atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiating sites are obtained by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer copolymerization...... of 2‐methoxyethyl acrylate (MEA) and 2‐(bromoisobutyryloxy)ethyl methacrylate (BriBuEMA) as well as 2‐hydroxyethyl methacrylate and BriBuEMA in a controlled manner . MEA is then grafted from the linear macroinitiators by Cu (I)‐mediated ATRP. Fairly high molecular weights (>120 000 Da) and low...

  11. Optoelectronics using block copolymers.

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    Botiz, I.; Darling, S. B.; Center for Nanoscale Materials

    2010-05-01

    Block copolymers, either as semiconductors themselves or as structure directors, are emerging as a promising class of materials for understanding and controlling processes associated with both photovoltaic energy conversion and light emitting devices.

  12. Influence of Engage® copolymer type on the properties of Engage®/silicone rubber-based thermoplastic dynamic vulcanizates

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs are a special class of thermoplastic elastomers, which are produced by simultaneously mixing and crosslinking a rubber with a thermoplastic polymer at an elevated temperature. Peroxide-cured TPVs based on blends of silicone rubber and thermoplastic Engage of two different types, mainly ethylene-octene and ethylenebutene copolymers at different blend ratios have been developed. A detailed comparative study of ethylene-octene vs. ethylene-butene based TPVs are mainly focused in this paper. These TPVs exhibit very good overall mechanical and electrical properties. With increasing amount of Engage in the blends at a fixed concentration of peroxide and coagent, tensile strength, modulus and hardness of the TPVs were found to increase considerably. Ageing characteristics and recyclability of silicone rubber based TPVs are also found excellent. Rheological studies confirm the pseudoplastic nature of these TPVs.

  13. Utilization of Network-Forming Block Copolymers and Ionomers in the Development of Novel Nanostructures and Responsive Media

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    Mineart, Kenneth

    Network forming block copolymers, i.e. thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), are one of the highest commodity forms of block copolymers due to their competitive elasticity and extendability as well as their ability to be melt and solution processed. TPEs owe many of their advantages to a combination of hard and soft blocks. The soft blocks, which must be covalently bound at both ends to hard blocks, connect adjacent hard domains resulting in physically cross-linked systems. Herein, simulations and theory are used to provide a molecular-level depiction of the evolution from diblock copolymers, which do not contain the ability to form physical cross-links, to network forming triblock copolymers. In addition, systems with high interblock incompatibility that are within the diblock-to-triblock transition (i.e. having high molecular asymmetry) are identified to form three component (ABC triblock copolymer) phases from copolymer containing only two chemically distinct blocks. Following this work, which emphasizes the fundamental principle of TPEs, the dissertation shifts focus to physically- and chemically-modified triblock and pentablock copolymer TPEs. Recent progress has sought to broaden TPEs to include properties that are above and beyond their inherent mechanical benefits, including responsiveness to external stimuli. The first examples presented here consist of TPEs prepared in combination with amorphous hydrocarbon additives to yield TPE gels (TPEGs). The resulting TPEGs, which maintain the beneficial processing properties of TPEs, are subsequently molded into 1- and 2-D arrays of microchannels that are filled with liquid metal. The final devices exhibit strain-sensitive electrical conductivity to at least 600% strain, have tunable compliance (ease of stretching), and are fully recyclable. The substitution of the amorphous hydrocarbon component for crystalline analogues with melting points combination of lamellar and hexagonally-pack cylinder nanostructures. These

  14. Orientationally Ordered Lamellar Block Copolymer Films for Electrostatic Capacitor Applications

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    Grabowski, Christopher; Samant, Saumil; Karim, Alamgir; Durstock, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Improving the maximum operating voltage of an electrostatic capacitor requires materials that can better suppress breakdown initiation and/or forestall breakdown propagation. Progress has been made in developing layered architectures through polymer co-extrusion and inorganic nanolaminates, which create tortuous pathways to the applied electric field, resulting in increased breakdown strength. Block copolymer films provide another route to achieve such layered structures, while allowing more control over orientation, domain size, and morphology. We report the dielectric performance of micron-thick linear diblock copolymer films consisting of polystyrene-b-poly-2-vinylpyridine and polystyrene-b-poly methyl methacrylate, focusing on molecular weight ratios that yield lamellar and spherical morphologies. Specialized techniques such as cold-zone soft shear annealing allow for the precise control of lamellae orientation (layering parallel or perpendicular to the applied electric field). Our results indicate dielectric breakdown performance for parallel ordered lamellae is greater than comparable perpendicular lamellae and as-cast films with no induced microphase separation, which we attribute to the presence of interfacial layers that act as barriers to the applied field.

  15. Biocomposites with tunable properties from poly(lactic acid)-based copolymers and carboxymethyl cellulose via ionic assembly.

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    Chen, Nusheng; Tong, Zhaohui; Yang, Weihua; Brennan, Anthony B

    2015-09-05

    Biocomposites with tunable properties were successfully prepared through ionic assembly between anionic carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and cationic copolymers (quaternized poly(l-lactide)-block-poly N,N-dimethylamino-2-ethyl methacrylate) (PLA-b-PDMAEMA). The quaternized PDMAEMA segment not only works as a compatibilizer between hydrophilic CMC and hydrophobic PLA, but also acts as a lubricant between these two rigid biopolymers. The (1)H NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectra demonstrated successful synthesis of PLA-b-PDMAEMA with controlled molecular weight of PDMAEMA segment. The results from scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) verified the interaction between quaternized copolymer micelles and anionic CMC networks. The resultant biocomposite could form a transparent and uniform film after casting. Both storage moduli and maximum degradation temperature of PLA/CMC composites were increased with the reduction of molecular weight of PDMAEMA segments. It suggests that the properties of biocomposite materials can be tailored by adjusting the chain length of inclusive PDMAEMA segment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. In vivo evaluation of hybrid patches composed of PLA based copolymers and collagen/chondroitin sulfate for ligament tissue regeneration.

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    Pinese, Coline; Gagnieu, Christian; Nottelet, Benjamin; Rondot-Couzin, Capucine; Hunger, Sylvie; Coudane, Jean; Garric, Xavier

    2017-10-01

    Biomaterials for soft tissues regeneration should exhibit sufficient mechanical strength, demonstrating a mechanical behavior similar to natural tissues and should also promote tissues ingrowth. This study was aimed at developing new hybrid patches for ligament tissue regeneration by synergistic incorporation of a knitted structure of degradable polymer fibers to provide mechanical strength and of a biomimetic matrix to help injured tissues regeneration. PLA- Pluronic ® (PLA-P) and PLA-Tetronic ® (PLA-T) new copolymers were shaped as knitted patches and were associated with collagen I (Coll) and collagen I/chondroitine-sulfate (Coll CS) 3-dimensional matrices. In vitro study using ligamentocytes showed the beneficial effects of CS on ligamentocytes proliferation. Hybrid patches were then subcutaneously implanted in rats for 4 and 12 weeks. Despite degradation, patches retained strength to answer the mechanical physiological needs. Tissue integration capacity was assessed with histological studies. We showed that copolymers, associated with collagen and chondroitin sulfate sponge, exhibited very good tissue integration and allowed neotissue synthesis after 12 weeks in vivo. To conclude, PLA-P/CollCS and PLA-T/CollCS hybrid patches in terms of structure and composition give good hopes for tendon and ligament regeneration. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 105B: 1778-1788, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Single-ion triblock copolymer electrolytes based on poly(ethylene oxide) and methacrylic sulfonamide blocks for lithium metal batteries

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    Porcarelli, Luca; Aboudzadeh, M. Ali; Rubatat, Laurent; Nair, Jijeesh R.; Shaplov, Alexander S.; Gerbaldi, Claudio; Mecerreyes, David

    2017-10-01

    Single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes represent the ideal solution to reduce concentration polarization in lithium metal batteries (LMBs). This paper reports on the synthesis and characterization of single-ion ABA triblock copolymer electrolytes comprising PEO and poly(lithium 1-[3-(methacryloyloxy)propylsulfonyl]-1-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) blocks, poly(LiMTFSI). Block copolymers are prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, showing low glass transition temperature (-55 to 7 °C) and degree of crystallinity (51-0%). Comparatively high values of ionic conductivity are obtained (up to ≈ 10-4 S cm-1 at 70 °C), combined with a lithium-ion transference number close to unity (tLi+ ≈ 0.91) and a 4 V electrochemical stability window. In addition to these promising features, solid polymer electrolytes are successfully tested in lithium metal cells at 70 °C providing long lifetime up to 300 cycles, and stable charge/discharge cycling at C/2 (≈100 mAh g-1).

  18. Folic acid conjugated δ-valerolactone-poly(ethylene glycol based triblock copolymer as a promising carrier for targeted doxorubicin delivery.

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    Lekha Nair K

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to test the hypothesis that the newly synthesized poly(δ-valerolactone/poly(ethylene glycol/poly(δ-valerolactone (VEV copolymer grafted with folic acid would impart targetability and further enhance the anti-tumor efficacy of doxorubicin (DOX. Here, folic acid conjugated VEV (VEV-FOL was synthesized by a modified esterification method and characterized using IR and NMR. DOX loaded VEV-FOL micelles were synthesized using a novel solvent evaporation method and were obtained with a mean diameter of 97 nm with high encapsulation efficiency and sustained in vitro release profile. Comparative studies of polymer micelles with and without folate for cellular uptake and cytotoxicity were done on folate receptor-positive breast cancer cell line, MDAMB231. The intracellular uptake tests showed significant increase in folate micellar uptake when compared to non-folate-mediated micelles. MTT assay followed by apoptosis assays clearly indicated that folate decorated micelles showed significantly better cytotoxicity (IC50 = 0.014 µM and efficiency to induce apoptosis than other treated groups. Moreover, a significant G2/M arrest was induced by DOX loaded VEV-FOL micelles at a concentration where free drug failed to show any activity. Thus, our results show that the folic acid-labeled VEV copolymer is a promising biomaterial with controlled and sustainable tumor targeting ability for anticancer drugs which can open new frontiers in the area of targeted chemotherapy.

  19. Tunable Nanocarrier Morphologies from Glycopolypeptide-based Amphiphilic Biocompatible Star Copolymers and Their Carbohydrate Specific Intracellular Delivery

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    Pati, Debasis

    2015-12-21

    Nano-carriers with carbohydrates on the surface represent a very interesting class of drug delivery vehicles since carbohydrates are involved in bio-molecular recognition events in vivo. We have synthesized biocompatible miktoarm star copolymers comprising glycopolypeptide and poly(ε-caprolactone) chains, using ring opening polymerization and ‘click chemistry’. The amphiphilic copolymers were self-assembled in water into morphologies such as nanorods, polymersomes and micelles with carbohydrates displayed on the surface. We demonstrate that, the formation of nanostructure could be tuned by chain length of the blocks and was not affected by the type of sugar residue. These nanostructures were characterized in detail using a variety of techniques such as TEM, AFM, cryogenic electron microscopy, spectrally resolved fluorescence imaging and dye encapsulation techniques. We show that it is possible to sequester both hydrophobic as well as hydrophilic dyes within the nanostructures. Finally, we show that these non-cytotoxic manno-sylated rods and polymersomes were selectively and efficiently taken up by MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells demonstrating their potential as nanocarriers for drug delivery.

  20. Rheological Behavior of Entangled Polystyrene-Polyhedral Oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) Copolymer

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    Wu, Jian; Mather, Patrick T; Haddad, Timothy S; Kim, Gyeong-Man

    2006-01-01

    ...: random copolymers of polystyrene (PS) and styryl-based polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (POSS), R7(Si8O12)(C6H4CH=CH2), with R = isobutyl (iBu). A series of styrene-styryl POSS random copolymers with 0, 6, 15, 30, 50 wt...