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  1. Bactericidal block copolymer micelles.

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    Vyhnalkova, Renata; Eisenberg, Adi; van de Ven, Theo

    2011-05-12

    Block copolymer micelles with bactericidal properties were designed to deactivate pathogens such as E. coli bacteria. The micelles of PS-b-PAA and PS-b-P4VP block copolymers were loaded with biocides TCMTB or TCN up to 20 or 30 wt.-%, depending on the type of antibacterial agent. Bacteria were exposed to loaded micelles and bacterial deactivation was evaluated. The micelles loaded with TCN are bactericidal; bacteria are killed in less than two minutes of exposure. The most likely interpretation of the data is that the biocide is transferred to the bacteria by repeated micelle/bacteria contacts, and not via the solution. PMID:21275041

  2. Multicompartment Micelles From π-Shaped ABC Block Copolymers

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    XIA Jun; ZHONG Chong-Li

    2007-01-01

    Dissipative particle dynamics simulations were performed on the morphology and structure of multicompartment micelles formed from n-shaped ABC block copolymers in water. The influences of chain architectures were studied in a systematic way, and a rich variety of morphologies were observed, such as spherical, wormlike,X-shaped, Y-shaped, ribbon-like, layered rod-like, layered disk-like, as well as network morphologies. The simulations show that the distance between the two grafts plays an important role in control of the morphology. Since π-shaped ABC block copolymers can be reduced to linear ABC and star ABC block copolymers, they are good model copolymers for studying the self-assembly of complex block copolymers into micelles. The knowledge obtained in this work as well as the new morphologies identified provide useful information for future rational design and synthesis of novel multicompartment micelles.

  3. SANS study of nanoparticles based on block copolymer micelles

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    Pleštil, Josef; Pospíšil, Herman; Kuklin, A. I.

    Dubna: Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2005. s. 22. ISBN 5-9530-0086-3. [Workshop on Investigations at the IBR-2 Pulsed Reactor /4./. 15.6.2005-18.6.2005, Dubna] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/03/0600 Keywords : SANS * block copolymer micelles * nanoparticles Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  4. Chain exchange kinetics of block copolymer micelles in ionic liquids

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    Ma, Yuanchi; Lodge, Timothy

    The chain exchange kinetics of block copolymer micelles has been studied using time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS), a key tool in determining the average micelle composition in contrast-matched solvents. In this work, PMMA-block-PnBMA was selected as the model block copolymer, which has a LCST behavior in the common ionic liquids, [EMIM][TFSI] and [BMIM][TFSI]. We examined the chain exchange kinetics of three PMMA-block-PnBMA copolymers, with identical PMMA block length (MPMMA = 25000) and different PnBMA block lengths (MPnBMA = 24000, 35000 and 53000); the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ) between the core (PnBMA) and the solvent were varied by mixing [EMIM][TFSI] and [BMIM][TFSI] in different ratios. We found that the relaxation of the initial segregation of h- and d- micelles followed the same form with the time as previously developed by our group. Assuming that single chain expulsion is the rate limiting step, the thermal barrier was found to depend linearly on the core block length (Ncore) . Furthermore, the effect of χ on the chain exchange kinetics will also be discussed.

  5. Enantiomeric PLA-PEG block copolymers and their stereocomplex micelles used as rifampin delivery

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    A novelty approach to self-assembling stereocomplex micelles by enantiomeric PLA-PEG block copolymers as a drug delivery carrier was described. The particles were encapsulated by enantiomeric PLA-PEG stereocomplex to form nanoscale micelles different from the microspheres or the single micelles by PLLA or PDLA in the reported literatures. First, the block copolymers of enantiomeric poly(l-lactide)-poly(ethylene-glycol) (PLLA-PEG) and poly(D-lactide)-poly(ethylene-glycol) (PDLA-PEG) were synthesized by the ring-opening polymerization of l-lactide and d-lactide in the presence of monomethoxy PEG, respectively. Second, the stereocomplex block copolymer micelles were obtained by the self-assembly of the equimolar mixtures of enantiomeric PLA-PEG copolymers in water. These micelles possessed partially the crystallized hydrophobic cores with the critical micelle concentrations (cmc) in the range of 0.8-4.8 mg/l and the mean hydrodynamic diameters ranging from 40 to 120 nm. The micelle sizes and cmc values obviously depended on the hydrophobic block PLA content in the copolymer. Compared with the single PLLA-PEG or PDLA-PEG micelles, the cmc values of the stereocomplex micelles became lower and the sizes of the stereocomplex micelles formed smaller. And lastly, the stereocomplex micelles encapsulated with rifampin were tested for the controlled release application. The rifampin loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency by the stereocomplex micelles were higher than those by the single polymer micelles, respectively. The drug release time in vitro was depending on the composites of the block copolymers and also could be controlled by the polymer molecular weight and the morphology of the polymer micelles

  6. Mechano-responsive hydrogels crosslinked by reactive block copolymer micelles

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    Xiao, Longxi

    Hydrogels are crosslinked polymeric networks that can swell in water without dissolution. Owing to their structural similarity to the native extracelluar matrices, hydrogels have been widely used in biomedical applications. Synthetic hydrogels have been designed to respond to various stimuli, but mechanical signals have not incorporated into hydrogel matrices. Because most tissues in the body are subjected to various types of mechanical forces, and cells within these tissues have sophisticated mechano-transduction machinery, this thesis is focused on developing hydrogel materials with built-in mechano-sensing mechanisms for use as tissue engineering scaffolds or drug release devices. Self-assembled block copolymer micelles (BCMs) with reactive handles were employed as the nanoscopic crosslinkers for the construction of covalently crosslinked networks. BCMs were assembled from amphiphilic diblock copolymers of poly(n-butyl acrylate) and poly(acrylic acid) partially modified with acrylate. Radical polymerization of acrylamide in the presence of micellar crosslinkers gave rise to elastomeric hydrogels whose mechanical properties can be tuned by varying the BCM composition and concentration. TEM imaging revealed that the covalently integrated BCMs underwent strain-dependent reversible deformation. A model hydrophobic drug, pyrene, loaded into the core of BCMs prior to the hydrogel formation, was dynamically released in response to externally applied mechanical forces, through force-induced reversible micelle deformation and the penetration of water molecules into the micelle core. The mechano-responsive hydrogel has been studied for tissue repair and regeneration purposes. Glycidyl methacrylate (GMA)-modified hyaluronic acid (HA) was photochemically crosslinked in the presence of dexamethasone (DEX)-loaded crosslinkable BCMs. The resultant HA gels (HAxBCM) contain covalently integrated micellar compartments with DEX being sequestered in the hydrophobic core. Compared

  7. Small angle neutron scattering study of the micelle structure of amphiphilic block copolymers

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    The amphiphilic block copolymers of vinyl ether were prepared by living cationic polymerization. The partially deuterated copolymers for SANS experiments were especially synthesized by introducing deuterated phenyl units in the hydrophobic chain. SANS measurements were performed for aqueous solutions of these copolymers by changing H2O/D2O ratios. The SANS profiles indicate that the micelles in the present system exhibit a core-shell structure and that the size and shape of micelles are largely dependent on the length of hydrophobic chain. The micelle of shorter hydrophobic chain was found to be nearly spherical, whereas the micelle of longer hydrophobic chain was confirmed to have an ellipsoidal shape

  8. ADVANCES IN MICROEMULSION PHASE ON SELF-ASSEMBLY AND MICELLE EXTRACTION WITH BLOCK COPOLYMERS

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    Chen Guo; Hao Wen; Huizhou Liu

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we review our work on self-assembly of the system, poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymers, which is a kind of macromolecular complex fluids. The control of self-assembly could be obtained by adding inorganic salts or aliphatic alcohols. By self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers, a microemulsion phase is formed, which could be applied in micelle extraction, such as hollow-fiber membrane micelle extraction, magnetic micelle extraction and immobilized micelle extraction.

  9. Thermosensitive PNIPAM-b-HTPB block copolymer micelles: molecular architectures and camptothecin drug release.

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    Luo, Yan-Ling; Yang, Xiao-Li; Xu, Feng; Chen, Ya-Shao; Zhang, Bin

    2014-02-01

    Two kinds of thermo-sensitive poly(N-isoproplacrylamide) (PNIPAM) block copolymers, AB4 four-armed star multiblock and linear triblock copolymers, were synthesized by ATRP with hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) as central blocks, and characterization was performed by (1)H NMR, FT-IR and SEC. The multiblock copolymers could spontaneously assemble into more regular spherical core-shell nanoscale micelles than the linear triblock copolymer. The physicochemical properties were detected by a surface tension technique, nano particle analyzer, TEM, DLS and UV-vis measurements. The multiblock copolymer micelles had lower critical micelle concentration than the linear counterpart, TEM size from 100 to 120 nm and the hydrodynamic diameters below 150 nm. The micelles exhibited thermo-dependent size change, with low critical solution temperature about 33-35 °C. The characteristic parameters were affected by the composition ratios, length of PNIPAM blocks and molecular architectures. The camptothecin release demonstrated that the drug release was thermo-responsive, accompanied by the temperature-induced structural changes of the micelles. MTT assays were performed to evaluate the biocompatibility or cytotoxicity of the prepared copolymer micelles. PMID:24184534

  10. Role of Synthetic and Dimensional Synthetic Organic Chemistry in Block Copolymer Micelle Nanosensor Engineering

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    Ek, Pramod Kumar

    This thesis investigated the role of amphiphilic triblock copolymer micelle nanomaterials in nanosensors, with emphasis on the synthesis of micelle particle sensors. The thesis is focused on the role of synthetic and dimensional synthetic organic chemistry in amphiphilic triblock core...... micelles. Shell cross-linking on PEG-b-PAEMA-b-PS micelles was performed by amidation reactions between the amino groups of PAEMA blocks using a di-carboxylic acid cross-linker. Also a dendritic cross-linker based click chemistry was used to stabilize the PEG-b-PAEMA-b-PES micelle having click readied PES...

  11. The Organization of Nanoporous Structure Using Controlled Micelle Size from MPEG-b-PDLLA Block Copolymers

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    Selected MPEG-b-PDLLA block copolymers have been synthesized by ring-opening polymerization with systematic variation of the chain lengths of the resident hydrophilic and hydrophobic blocks. The size and shape of the micelles that spontaneously form in solution are then controlled by the characteristics of the block copolymer template. All the materials prepared in this study showed the tunable pore size of 20-80 A with the increase of hydrophobic chain lengths and up to 660 m2/g of specific surface area. The formation mechanism of these nanoporous structures obtained by controlling the micelle size has been confirmed using both liquid and solid state 13C and 29Si NMR techniques. This work verifies the formation mechanism of nanoporous structures in which the pore size and wall thickness are closely dependent on the size of hydrophobic cores and hydrophilic shells of the block copolymer templates

  12. Biodegradable block-copolymer micelles:Synthesis, characterization and radiolabelling for biodistribution studies

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    Machová, Luďka; Malinova, V.; Nováková, K.; Lázníček, M.; Koňák, Čestmír; Rypáček, František

    Antalya : Ankara University, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory, 2002. s. P-36. [International Symposium on Biomedical Science and Technology BIOMED /9./. 19.09.2002-22.09.2002, Antalya ] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4050202 Keywords : amphiphilic block copolymers * micelle * PLA-PEO Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  13. Influencing the structure of block copolymer micelles with small molecule additives

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    Robertson, Megan; Singh, Avantika; Cooksey, Tyler; Kidd, Bryce; Piemonte, Rachele; Wang, Shu; Mai Le, Kim; Madsen, Louis

    Amphiphilic block copolymer micelles in water are under broad exploration for drug delivery applications due to their high loading capacity and targeted drug delivery. We aim to understand the kinetic and thermodynamic processes that underlie the self-assembly of diblock copolymer micelle systems. The present work focuses on diblock copolymers containing poly(ethylene oxide) (a hydrophilic polymer) and polycaprolactone (a hydrophobic polymer), which spontaneously self-assemble into spherical micelles in water. Addition of a common good solvent (a co-solvent) for both of the constituting blocks, such as tetrahydrofuran (THF), reduces the interfacial tension at the core-corona interface. We are currently investigating the effect of this phenomenon on the micelle structural properties, using small-angle scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance. We have characterized the hydrodynamic radius, core radius, corona thickness, aggregation number, degree of swelling of the micelle core with the co-solvent, and unimer (free chain) concentration, as a function of the co-solvent concentration. Fundamental knowledge from these studies will inform design of drug delivery systems by allowing us to tailor micelle properties for optimal cargo loading.

  14. Hydrogen-bonded multilayers of micelles of a dually responsive dicationic block copolymer

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    Erel, İrem; Karahan, H. Enis; Demirel, A. Levent; Tuncer, Cansel; Bütün, Vural

    2012-01-01

    We report the fabrication of hydrogen-bonded multilayers of micelles of a dually responsive, dicationic block copolymer, poly[2-(N-morpholino)ethyl methacrylate-block-2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PMEMA-b-PDPA). By taking advantage of the difference in the hydrophilicity of PMEMA and PDPA blocks, micelles with a PMEMA-corona and a PDPA-core were obtained above pH 6.5 and were assembled layer-by-layer at the surface with tannic acid (TA) at pH 7.4 through hydrogen bonding interactio...

  15. Cooperative catalysis with block copolymer micelles: A combinatorial approach

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    Bukhryakov, Konstantin V.

    2015-02-09

    A rapid approach to identifying complementary catalytic groups using combinations of functional polymers is presented. Amphiphilic polymers with "clickable" hydrophobic blocks were used to create a library of functional polymers, each bearing a single functionality. The polymers were combined in water, yielding mixed micelles. As the functional groups were colocalized in the hydrophobic microphase, they could act cooperatively, giving rise to new modes of catalysis. The multipolymer "clumps" were screened for catalytic activity, both in the presence and absence of metal ions. A number of catalyst candidates were identified across a wide range of model reaction types. One of the catalytic systems discovered was used to perform a number of preparative-scale syntheses. Our approach provides easy access to a range of enzyme-inspired cooperative catalysts.

  16. Ultrasound responsive block copolymer micelle of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(propylene glycol) obtained through click reaction.

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    Li, Fayong; Xie, Chuan; Cheng, Zhengang; Xia, Hesheng

    2016-05-01

    The well-defined amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol) copolymer containing 1, 2, 3-triazole moiety and multiple ester bonds (PEG-click-PPG) was prepared by click reaction strategy. The PEG-click-PPG copolymer can self-assemble into spherical micelles in aqueous solution. It is found that high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can open the copolymer PEG-click-PPG micelles and trigger the release of the payload in the micelle. The multiple ester bonds introduced in the junction point of the copolymer chain through click reactions were cleaved under HIFU, and leads to the disruption of the copolymer micelle and fast release of loaded cargo. The click reaction provides a convenient way to construct ultrasound responsive copolymer micelles with weak bonds. PMID:26703197

  17. Hierarchical assembly of block copolymer micelles into reversible networks: MC simulations

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    Wang, Zilu; Dormidontova, Elena

    2015-03-01

    The rapid development of nanoscience has considerably expanded the range of building blocks for complex self-assembled nanostructure formation, which show great potential for numerous advanced applications. We apply Monte Carlo simulations to gain understanding of molecular mechanism of self-assembly of nanostructures formed by diblock copolymer micelles interconnected by means of metal-ligand complexation. These systems exhibit interesting chemical and mechanical stimuli-responsive behavior and possess two levels of self-assembly: 1) self-assembly of diblock copolymers into micelles and 2) reversible inter-micelle bridging by coordination bonding between metal ions and ligands attached to the corona of nanoparticles, which is responsible for the network viscoelastic properties. Using MC simulations we investigate the effect of metal-ligand complexation on diblock-copolymer micelle formation and vice versa. We analyze the extent of intra- and inter-micelle loops and bridges formed by metal-ligand complexation in relation to the degree of crosslinking and elastic properties of the network. The effect of polymer concentration, hydrophilic block length, metal to oligomer ratio and type of complexation (2:1 or 3:1) on equilibrium properties of reversible networks will be discussed.

  18. Small angle neutron scattering study of doxorubicin–surfactant complexes encapsulated in block copolymer micelles

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    Jayita Bhattacharjee; Gunjan Verma; V K Aswal; P A Hassan

    2008-11-01

    Self-assembling behaviour of block copolymers and their ability to evade the immune system through polyethylene oxide stealth makes it an attractive candidate for drug encapsulation. Micelles formed by polyethylene oxide–polypropylene oxide–polyethylene oxide triblock copolymers (PEO–PPO–PEO), pluronic P123, have been employed for encapsulating the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride. The binding affinity of doxorubicin within the micelle carrier is enhanced through complex formation of drug and anionic surfactant, aerosol OT (AOT). Electrostatic binding of doxorubicin with negatively charged surfactants leads to the formation of hydrophobic drug–surfactant complexes. Surfactant-induced partitioning of the anti-cancer drug into nonpolar solvents such as chloroform is investigated. SANS measurements were performed on pluronic P123 mi-celles in the presence of drug–surfactant complex. No significant changes in the structure of the micelles are observed upon drug encapsulation. This demonstrates that surfactant–drug complexes can be encapsulated in block copolymer micelles without disrupting the structure of aggregates.

  19. Ultraporous films with uniform nanochannels by block copolymer micelles assembly

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira

    2010-10-12

    Films with high pore density and regularity that are easy to manufacture by conventional large-scale technology are key components aimed for fabrication of new generations of magnetic arrays for storage media, medical scaffolds, and artificial membranes. However, potential manufacture strategies like the self-assembly of block copolymers, which lead to amazing regular patterns, could be hardly reproduced up to now using commercially feasible methods. Here we report a unique production method of nanoporous films based on the self-assembly of copper(II) ion-polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine) complexes and nonsolvent induced phase separation. Extremely high pore densities and uniformity were achieved. Water fluxes of 890 L m-2 h-1 bar-1 were obtained, which are at least 1 order of magnitude higher than those of commercially available membranes with comparable pore size. The pores are also stimuli (pH)-responsive. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  20. Structural changes in block copolymer micelles induced by cosolvent mixtures

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    Kelley, Elizabeth G.; Smart, Thomas P.; Jackson, Andrew J.; Sullivan, Millicent O.; Epps, III, Thomas H. (Delaware)

    2012-11-26

    We investigated the influence of tetrahydrofuran (THF) addition on the structure of poly(1,2-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) [PB-PEO] micelles in aqueous solution. Our studies showed that while the micelles remained starlike, the micelle core-corona interfacial tension and micelle size decreased upon THF addition. The detailed effects of the reduction in interfacial tension were probed using contrast variations in small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments. At low THF contents (high interfacial tensions), the SANS data were fit to a micelle form factor that incorporated a radial density distribution of corona chains to account for the starlike micelle profile. However, at higher THF contents (low interfacial tensions), the presence of free chains in solution affected the scattering at high q and required the implementation of a linear combination of micelle and Gaussian coil form factors. These SANS data fits indicated that the reduction in interfacial tension led to broadening of the core-corona interface, which increased the PB chain solvent accessibility at intermediate THF solvent fractions. We also noted that the micelle cores swelled with increasing THF addition, suggesting that previous assumptions of the micelle core solvent content in cosolvent mixtures may not be accurate. Control over the size, corona thickness, and extent of solvent accessible PB in these micelles can be a powerful tool in the development of targeting delivery vehicles.

  1. Structural changes in block copolymer micelles induced by cosolvent mixtures

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    We investigated the influence of tetrahydrofuran (THF) addition on the structure of poly(1,2-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) [PB-PEO] micelles in aqueous solution. Our studies showed that while the micelles remained starlike, the micelle core-corona interfacial tension and micelle size decreased upon THF addition. The detailed effects of the reduction in interfacial tension were probed using contrast variations in small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments. At low THF contents (high interfacial tensions), the SANS data were fit to a micelle form factor that incorporated a radial density distribution of corona chains to account for the starlike micelle profile. However, at higher THF contents (low interfacial tensions), the presence of free chains in solution affected the scattering at high q and required the implementation of a linear combination of micelle and Gaussian coil form factors. These SANS data fits indicated that the reduction in interfacial tension led to broadening of the core-corona interface, which increased the PB chain solvent accessibility at intermediate THF solvent fractions. We also noted that the micelle cores swelled with increasing THF addition, suggesting that previous assumptions of the micelle core solvent content in cosolvent mixtures may not be accurate. Control over the size, corona thickness, and extent of solvent accessible PB in these micelles can be a powerful tool in the development of targeting delivery vehicles.

  2. Micelles, Lamellaes and Connected Bilayer Membranes in Block Copolymer Melts, Blends and Solutions

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    Mortensen, Kell

    1997-03-01

    Block copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide), PEO, and poly(propylene oxide), PPO, provide a unique model system for studies of aqueous systems of amphilic macromolecules, as the amphiphilic character can be changed continuously by changing temperature(K Mortensen, W Brown, B. Nordén , Phys. Rev. Letters 13 2340 (1992)) or pressure(K Mortensen, D Schwahn S Janssen Phys. Rev. Letters 71 1728 (1993)). The structural characteristics of aqueous solutions of the PEO-PPO-PEO copolymers and their self-associated assemblies are reviewed(K Mortensen, J. Phys. Cond. Matter 8 A103 (1996)). It is shown by small-angle neutron scattering that at low temperatures and/or concentration the individual copolymers exist in solution as individual unimers. Depending on molecular design, i.e. size of the individual blocks, various aggregates are formed, including spherical, worm-like and disc-shaped micelles. The spherical micelles provide the basis for liquid-crystalline mesophases of cubic structure. The crystallization can be understood as a simple hard-sphere condensation. Worm- or rod-like micelles may form nematic or hexagonally ordered structures, whereas the discs may condense into lamellar phases. While bi-continuous microemulsions frequently appear in ternary phase diagrams of oil, water and low-molecular surfactants, there has only recently been observations of such phases in binary systems of block copolymers and solvent. The first observation was made in an aqueous solution of a low PEO-content PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer(E Hecht, K Mortensen, H Hoffmann, Macromolecules 28 5465, 1995). More recently, the microemulsion sponge phase has been observed in a system of tri-block copolymers dissolved in homopolymers( JH Laurer, JC Fung, JW Sedat, DA Agard, SD Schmit, J Samseth, K Mortensen, RJ Spontak, Langmuir, submitted) and in a ternary systems of diblock copolymer and homopolymers(FS Bates, WW Maurer, PM Lipic MA Hillmyer, KA Almdal, K Mortensen, TP Lodge Science, submitted).

  3. Colloidal ionic assembly between anionic native cellulose nanofibrils and cationic block copolymer micelles into biomimetic nanocomposites.

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    Wang, Miao; Olszewska, Anna; Walther, Andreas; Malho, Jani-Markus; Schacher, Felix H; Ruokolainen, Janne; Ankerfors, Mikael; Laine, Janne; Berglund, Lars A; Osterberg, Monika; Ikkala, Olli

    2011-06-13

    We present a facile ionic assembly between fibrillar and spherical colloidal objects toward biomimetic nanocomposites with majority hard and minority soft domains based on anionic reinforcing native cellulose nanofibrils and cationic amphiphilic block copolymer micelles with rubbery core. The concept is based on ionic complexation of carboxymethylated nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC, or also denoted as microfibrillated cellulose, MFC) and micelles formed by aqueous self-assembly of quaternized poly(1,2-butadiene)-block-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) with high fraction of the NFC reinforcement. The adsorption of block copolymer micelles onto nanocellulose is shown by quartz crystal microbalance measurements, atomic force microscopy imaging, and fluorescent optical microscopy. The physical properties are elucidated using electron microscopy, thermal analysis, and mechanical testing. The cationic part of the block copolymer serves as a binder to NFC, whereas the hydrophobic rubbery micellar cores are designed to facilitate energy dissipation and nanoscale lubrication between the NFC domains under deformation. We show that the mechanical properties do not follow the rule of mixtures, and synergistic effects are observed with promoted work of fracture in one composition. As the concept allows wide possibilities for tuning, the work suggests pathways for nanocellulose-based biomimetic nanocomposites combining high toughness with stiffness and strength. PMID:21517114

  4. Preparation of Polyion Complex Micelles Using Block Copolymers for SiRNA Delivery.

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    Kim, Hyun Jin; Zheng, Meng; Miyata, Kanjiro; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2016-01-01

    Polyion complex (PIC) micelles can be prepared through the spontaneous assembly of cationic block copolymers with oppositely charged short interfering RNAs (SiRNAs). Their core-shell architectures offer a delivery platform for vulnerable SiRNA, improving their biological activities for medicinal applications such as tumor-targeted therapy. Here, we report a protocol for the preparation of SiRNA-loaded PIC micelles using a poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(aspartamide) derivative, providing the physicochemical criteria for well-defined micellar formulation. In addition, we describe protocols for a stability assay for SiRNA-loaded PIC micelles in the presence of serum using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and a luciferase assay for cultured cancer cells stably expressing luciferase, thus providing the biological criteria for further medicinal applications. PMID:26472445

  5. The morphology and fabrication of nanostructured micelle by a novel block copolymer with linear–dendritic structure

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    We report here a novel approach to fabricate a nanostructured micelle as potential drug carriers and the relationship between the morphological structure and the preparation condition. The polymeric micelle aggregates constructed by self-assembly compose of the poly(ε-caprolactone)/monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol) linear–dendritic block copolymers. The corresponding copolymers were synthesized by using ring opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone (CL) and a dendritic poly(ether–amide) (DPEA-OH) as an initiator, then coupling with the isocyanate end-capped linear monomethoxy polyethylene glycol. Fluorescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were performed to characterize the copolymer micelles. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) was determined to be 1.623 mg/L. The hydrodynamic radius (Rh) and the polydispersity index (PDI) are influenced by the concentration of the micelle solutions. The multiple morphologies of the micelle aggregates, including spheres, rob-like dendritic structure and vesicles were observed, which the variety depends on the various preparation conditions. The nanostructured micelles based on the linear–dendritic block copolymer possess the strong thermodynamic stability and the power of solubilization of hydrophobic drug molecules. Highlights: ► Novel PCL/mPEG based on dendritic structure hybrid micelles was successful1y fabricated. ► They were self-aggregated as nanoscale micelle in water with various morphologies. ► The spherical micelles can act as new potential hydrophobic drug nanocarriers

  6. pH and ionic strength responsive polyelectrolyte block copolymer micelles prepared by ring opening metathesis polymerization

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    Stubenrauch, K.; Voets, I.K.; Popovski, G.F.; Trimmel, G.

    2009-01-01

    Well-defined amphiphilic block copolymers were prepared by ring opening metathesis polymerization and their stimuli responsive behavior of formed micelles in aqueous solution was investigated. The hydrophobic core of the micelles consists of either a poly[5,6-bis(ethoxymethyl)bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-en

  7. 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

    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 and in...... of the E blocks occurred at high concentration (greater than or equal to 70 wt.% copolymer). By combining the present and published results, a comparison was made of the micelle and gel properties of copolymers with the same B-block length but different E-block lengths, i.e., E(90)B(10), E(40)B(10...... 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...

  8. Block copolymer micelle nanolithography on non-conductive substrates

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    A new lithographic technique has been developed and applied to cell adhesion studies and electro-optical material development. Attachment of 6 nm Au particles, in periodic and non-periodic pattern, onto non-conductive substrates has been achieved. This was performed via a combination of diblock copolymer self-assembly and electron beam lithographic techniques. To optimize e-beam resolution on non-conductive materials, an additional carbon layer was thread-coated onto the substrates. This carbon coating and the diblock copolymer used in the self-assembly step were simultaneously removed by a final hydrogen plasma treatment to reveal Au nanodot patterns of unprecedented pattern quality. These optically transparent substrates (glass cover slips) were bio-functionalized via the Au-dot patterns to yield a platform for unique cell adhesion studies. The same Au-dot patterning technique was applied to sapphire substrates, which were subsequently employed to nucleate electro-optically active ZnO nanopost growth

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

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    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-Fe2O3 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

  10. Polydispersity-Driven Block Copolymer Amphiphile Self-Assembly into Prolate-Spheroid Micelles

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    Schmitt, Andrew L.; Repollet-Pedrosa, Milton H.; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K. (UW)

    2013-09-26

    The aqueous self-assembly behavior of polydisperse poly(ethylene oxide-b-1,4-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (OBO) macromolecular triblock amphiphiles is examined to discern the implications of continuous polydispersity in the hydrophobic block on the resulting aqueous micellar morphologies of otherwise monodisperse polymer surfactants. The chain length polydispersity and implicit composition polydispersity of these samples furnishes a distribution of preferred interfacial curvatures, resulting in dilute aqueous block copolymer dispersions exhibiting coexisting spherical and rod-like micelles with vesicles in a single sample with a O weight fraction, w{sub O}, of 0.18. At higher w{sub O} = 0.51-0.68, the peak in the interfacial curvature distribution shifts and we observe the formation of only American football-shaped micelles. We rationalize the formation of these anisotropically shaped aggregates based on the intrinsic distribution of preferred curvatures adopted by the polydisperse copolymer amphiphiles and on the relief of core block chain stretching by chain-length-dependent intramicellar segregation.

  11. Role of Synthetic and Dimensional Synthetic Organic Chemistry in Block Copolymer Micelle Nanosensor Engineering

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    Ek, Pramod Kumar; Andresen, Thomas Lars; Almdal, Kristoffer

    2012-01-01

    This thesis investigated the role of amphiphilic triblock copolymer micelle nanomaterials in nanosensors, with emphasis on the synthesis of micelle particle sensors. The thesis is focused on the role of synthetic and dimensional synthetic organic chemistry in amphiphilic triblock core-shellcorona micelle based ratiometric fluorescence pH nanosensor fabrications. Two synthetic strategies such as post micelle modification and mixed micellisation (co-micellisation) were employed for pH nanosenso...

  12. Enhanced gene expression promoted by hybrid magnetic/cationic block copolymer micelles.

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    Haladjova, E; Rangelov, S; Tsvetanov, Ch B; Posheva, V; Peycheva, E; Maximova, V; Momekova, D; Mountrichas, G; Pispas, S; Bakandritsos, A

    2014-07-15

    We report on novel gene delivery vector systems based on hybrid polymer-magnetic micelles. The hybrid micelles were prepared by codissolution of hydrophobically surface modified iron oxide and amphiphilic polystyrene-b-poly(quaternized 2-vinylpyridine) block copolymer (PS-b-P2QVP) in organic solvent. After extensive dialysis against water, micelles with positively charged hydrophilic corona of PQVP and hydrophobic PS core were prepared, in which magnetic nanoparticles were randomly distributed. The hybrid micelles were used to form complexes with linear (salmon sperm, 2000 bp, corresponding to M(w) of 1.32 × 10(6) Da) and plasmid (pEGFP-N1, 4730 bp, corresponding to M(w) of 3.12 × 10(6) Da) DNA. The resulting magnetopolyplexes of phosphate:amine (P/N) ratios in the 0.05-20 range were characterized by light scattering, ζ-potential measurements, and transmission electron microscopy as well as cytotoxicity and gel retardation assays. The investigated systems displayed a narrow size distribution, particle dimensions below 360 nm, whereas their ζ-potential values varied from positive to negative depending of the P/N ratio. The resulting vector nanosystems exhibited low toxicity. They were able to introduce pEGFP-N1 molecules into the cells. The application of a magnetic field markedly boosted the transgene expression efficiency of the magnetopolyplexes, which was even superior to those of commercial transfectants such as Lipofectamine and dendritic polyethylenimine. PMID:24945823

  13. Toughening of epoxies based on self-assembly of nano-sized amphiphilic block copolymer micelles

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    Liu, Jia

    As a part of a larger effort towards the fundamental understanding of mechanical behaviors of polymers toughened by nanoparticles, this dissertation focuses on the structure-property relationship of epoxies modified with nano-sized poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEP-PEO) block copolymer (BCP) micelle particles. The amphiphilic BCP toughener was incorporated into a liquid epoxy resin and self-assembled into well-dispersed 15 nm spherical micelle particles. The nano-sized BCP, at 5 wt% loading, can significantly improve the fracture toughness of epoxy (ca. 180% improvement) without reducing modulus at room temperature and exhibits only a slight drop (ca. 5°C) in glass transition temperature (Tg). The toughening mechanisms were found to be BCP micelle nanoparticle cavitation, followed by matrix shear banding, which mainly accounted for the observed remarkable toughening effect. The unexpected "nano-cavitation" phenomenon cannot be predicted by existing physical models. The plausible causes for the observed nano-scale cavitation and other mechanical behaviors may include the unique structural characteristics of BCP micelles and the influence from the surrounding epoxy network, which is significantly modified by the epoxy-miscible PEO block. Other mechanisms, such as crack tip blunting, may also play a role in the toughening. Structure-property relationships of this nano-domain modified polymer are discussed. In addition, other important factors, such as strain rate dependence and matrix crosslink density effect on toughening, have been investigated. This BCP toughening approach and conventional rubber toughening techniques are compared. Insights on the decoupling of modulus, toughness, and Tg for designing high performance thermosetting materials with desirable physical and mechanical properties are discussed.

  14. Coexistence of crew-cut and starlike spherical micelles composed of copolymers with an annealed polyelectrolyte block.

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    Lauw, Y.; Leermakers, F.A.M.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Borisov, O.V.; Zhulina, E.B.

    2006-01-01

    The self-assembly of block copolymer AmBn into spherical micelles is analyzed using a numerical self-consistent-field theory. A is the hydrophilic annealed polyacid and B the Hydrophobic part. The degree of polymerization for the polar moiety is fixed (m = 100), whereas that of the tail is varied (n

  15. Preparation and Characterization of Copolymer Micelles Formed by Poly(ethylene glycol)-Polylactide Block Copolymers as Novel Drug Carriers

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    姜维; 王运东; 甘泉; 张建铮; 赵秀文; 费维扬; 贝建中; 王身国

    2006-01-01

    Diblock copolymer poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether-polylactide (MePEG-PLA) micelles were prepared by dialysis against water. Indomethacin (IMC) as a model drug was entrapped into the micelles by dialysis method. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of the prepared micelles in distilled water investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy was 0.0051mg/mL which is lower than that of common low molecular weight surfactants. The diameters of MePEG-PLA micelles and IMC loaded MePEG-PLA micelles in a number-averaged scale measured by dynamic light scattering were 52.4 and 53.7 nm respectively. The observation with transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope showed that the appearance of MePEG-PLA micelles was in a spherical shape. The content of IMC incorporated in the core portion of the micelles was 18% (ω). The effects of the synthesis method of the copolymer on the polydispersity of the micelles and the yield of the micelles formation were discussed.

  16. Equilibrium exchange kinetics in PEP-PEO block copolymer micelles. A time resolved SANS study

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    The chain exchange kinetics in polymeric micelles has been studied by a novel time resolved small angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS) technique. The system investigated was the amphiphilic block copolymer poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEP-PEO) in water/N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) mixtures as selective solvent for PEO. The TR-SANS technique exploits the large difference in scattering length density of deuterated and protonated species allowing for a detailed study of chain exchange kinetics with virtually no perturbation from equilibrium. The measured relaxation curves show a fast initial decay which gradually slows down at longer times. This extremely broad and heterogeneous decay drastically deviates from single exponential predicted by the scaling theory of Halperin and Alexander. Instead, the data appear to follow a logarithmic time dependence. This behavior most likely stems from a heterogeneous release of core chains caused by strong topological correlations inside the small micellar cores

  17. Switchable pH-responsive polymeric membranes prepared via block copolymer micelle assembly

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira

    2011-05-24

    A process is described to manufacture monodisperse asymmetric pH-responsive nanochannels with very high densities (pore density >2 × 10 14 pores per m2), reproducible in m2 scale. Cylindric pores with diameters in the sub-10 nm range and lengths in the 400 nm range were formed by self-assembly of metal-block copolymer complexes and nonsolvent-induced phase separation. The film morphology was tailored by taking into account the stability constants for a series of metal-polymer complexes and confirmed by AFM. The distribution of metal-copolymer micelles was imaged by transmission electron microscopy tomography. The pH response of the polymer nanochannels is the strongest reported with synthetic pores in the nm range (reversible flux increase of more than 2 orders of magnitude when switching the pH from 2 to 8) and could be demonstrated by cryo-field emission scanning electron microscopy, SAXS, and ultra/nanofiltration experiments. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  18. Light scattering evidence of selective protein fouling on biocompatible block copolymer micelles

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    Giacomelli, F. C.; Štěpánek, Petr; Schmidt, V.; Jäger, Eliezer; Jäger, Alessandro; Giacomelli, C.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 4, č. 15 (2012), s. 4504-4514. ISSN 2040-3364 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP208/10/1600 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : copolymer micelles * protein fouling * light scattering Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 6.233, year: 2012

  19. Theranostic Unimolecular Micelles Based on Brush-Shaped Amphiphilic Block Copolymers for Tumor-Targeted Drug Delivery and Positron Emission Tomography Imaging

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    Guo, Jintang; Hong, Hao; Chen, Guojun; Shi, Sixiang; Nayak, Tapas R.; Theuer, Charles P.; Barnhart, Todd E.; Cai, Weibo; Gong, Shaoqin

    2014-01-01

    Brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers were conjugated with a monoclonal antibody against CD105 (i.e., TRC105) and a macrocyclic chelator for 64Cu-labeling to generate multifunctional theranostic unimolecular micelles. The backbone of the brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymer was poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and the side chains were poly(l-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLLA-PEG). The doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded unimolecular micelles showed a pH-dependent drug release profile...

  20. Effect of polyoxypropylene chain length on the critical micelle concentration of propylene oxide-ethylene oxide block copolymers

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    ZHANG Zhi-guo; YIN Hong

    2005-01-01

    In this work, the surface activity of block copolymer nonionic surfactants (RPE) has been determined, i.e., critical micelle concentration (CMC), surface excess concentration (Γ), surface area demand per molecule (A), surface tension at CMC (yCMC). A linear decrease of ln[CMC] vs number of oxypropylene units in copolymer molecule was observed. The change in the work of cohesion per oxypropylene group when passing from molecular into micellar state, calculated from the Shinoda equation, was 0.43kT for the studied compounds.

  1. Enhancement of Radiotherapeutic Efficacy by Paclitaxel-Loaded ph-Sensitive Block Copolymer Micelles

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    Radiotherapy (RT) is a major modality for cancer treatment, but its efficacy is often compromised by the resistance caused by tumor-specific microenvironment including acidosis and hypoxia. For an effective RT, concurrent administration of radiosensitizer with RT has been emphasized. However, most anticancer agents enhancing radiotherapeutic efficacy have obstacles such as poor solubility and severe toxicity. Paclitaxel (PTX), a well-known radiosensitizer, is insoluble in water and needs toxic solvent like Cremophor EL. Nano materials in drug delivery systems have been utilized for improving the drawbacks of anti-cancer drugs. Solubilization, tumor accumulation, and toxicity attenuation of drug by nano materials are suitable for enhancement of radiotherapeutic efficacy. In this study, PTX was incorporated into ph-sensitive block copolymer micelle (psm-PTX), polyethylene glycol-graft-poly(β-amino ester), and pre clinically evaluated for its effect on RT. The size of psm-PTX was 125. 4.4±nm at ph 7.4. psm-PTX released PTX rapidly in the acidic condition (ph 6.5), while it was reasonably stable in the physiologic condition (ph 7.4). The clonogenic assay showed that psm-PTX greatly sensitized human non-small-cell lung cancer A549 cells to radiation. In the xenograft tumor model, the combination of psm-PTX and radiation significantly delayed the tumor growth. These results demonstrated the feasibility of psm-PTX to enhance the chemo radiotherapeutic efficacy.

  2. Enhancement of Radiotherapeutic Efficacy by Paclitaxel-Loaded pH-Sensitive Block Copolymer Micelles

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    Joohee Jung

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Radiotherapy (RT is a major modality for cancer treatment, but its efficacy is often compromised by the resistance caused by tumor-specific microenvironment including acidosis and hypoxia. For an effective RT, concurrent administration of radiosensitizer with RT has been emphasized. However, most anticancer agents enhancing radiotherapeutic efficacy have obstacles such as poor solubility and severe toxicity. Paclitaxel (PTX, a well-known radiosensitizer, is insoluble in water and needs toxic solvent like Cremophor EL. Nanomaterials in drug delivery systems have been utilized for improving the drawbacks of anti-cancer drugs. Solubilization, tumor accumulation, and toxicity attenuation of drug by nanomaterials are suitable for enhancement of radiotherapeutic efficacy. In this study, PTX was incorporated into pH-sensitive block copolymer micelle (psm-PTX, polyethylene glycol-graft-poly(β-amino ester, and preclinically evaluated for its effect on RT. The size of psm-PTX was 125.7±4.4 nm at pH 7.4. psm-PTX released PTX rapidly in the acidic condition (pH 6.5, while it was reasonably stable in the physiologic condition (pH 7.4. The clonogenic assay showed that psm-PTX greatly sensitized human non-small-cell lung cancer A549 cells to radiation. In the xenograft tumor model, the combination of psm-PTX and radiation significantly delayed the tumor growth. These results demonstrated the feasibility of psm-PTX to enhance the chemoradiotherapeutic efficacy.

  3. Solvent relaxation probed by Patman in the shell of the block copolymer micelles

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    Humpolíčková, J.; Štěpánek, M.; Procházka, K.; Hof, Martin

    Santarém : Sociedade Portuguesa de Química , 2005 - (Tavares, E.). s. 135 ISBN 972-99080-7-9. [MAF 9. International Conference on Methods and Applications of Fluorescence. Spectroscopy, Imaging and Probes /9./. 4.9. - 7.9. 2005, Lisbon] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : copolymer micelles * hydration sphere * solvent relaxattion Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  4. pH-responsive layer-by-layer films of zwitterionic block copolymer micelles

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    Demirel, Adem Levent; Yusan, Pelin; Tuncel, İrem; Bütün, Vural; Erel-Goktepe, İrem

    2014-01-01

    We report a strategy to incorporate micelles of poly[3-dimethyl (methacryloyloxyethyl) ammonium propane sulfonate]-block-poly[2-(diisopropylamino) ethyl methacrylate] (beta PDMA-b-PDPA) into electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) films. We obtained micelles with pH-responsive PDPA-cores and zwitterionic bPDMA-coronae at pH 8.5 through pH-induced self-assembly of bPDMA-b-PDPA in aqueous solution. To incorporate bPDMA-b-PDPA micelles into LbL films, we first obtained a net electrical charge on bPDM...

  5. Tuning of structure and kinetics of chain exchange in star-like PEP-PEO block copolymer micelles

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    A study of structural and dynamical properties of star-like polymeric micelles is presented. The micelles are formed by highly asymmetric poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-poly(ethylene oxide)(PEP1-PEO20)(the numbers indicate the molecular weight in kg/mole) block copolymers. Using small angle neutron scattering (SANS) we have studied the global aggregation behaviour of these micelles in different water/dimethyl formamide (DMF) solvent mixtures. Using Pendant drop tensiometry as a complementary technique we measured the interfacial tension, γ, between the insoluble PEP block and the corresponding solvent mixtures. The results reveal a good agreement between the proposed power law valid for star-like micelles: P∼γ6/5, where P is the aggregation number. Furthermore, we demonstrate using a special time-resolved SANS technique that the kinetics of chain exchange can be studied. The kinetics was found to be very slow; however, it can be tuned by γ into an appropriate time scale so that it can be followed by SANS. The obtained relaxation curves show a multiexponential decay that suggest that the exchange kinetics is quite complex

  6. Dynamic Processes in Diblock Copolymer Micelles

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    Robertson, Megan; Singh, Avantika

    2013-03-01

    Diblock copolymers, which form micelle structures in selective solvents, offer advantages of robustness and tunability of micelle characteristics as compared to small molecule surfactants. Diblock copolymer micelles in water have been a subject of great interest in drug delivery applications based on their high loading capacity and targeted drug delivery. The aim of this work is to understand the dynamic processes which underlie the self-assembly of diblock copolymer micelle systems which have a semi-crystalline core. Due to the large size of the molecules, the self-assembly of block copolymer micelles occurs on significantly longer time scales than small molecule analogues. The present work focuses on amphiphilic diblock copolymers containing blocks of poly(ethylene oxide) (a hydrophilic polymer) and polycaprolactone (a hydrophobic, semi-crystalline polymer), which spontaneously self-assemble into spherical micelles in water. A variety of experimental techniques are used to probe the kinetic processes relevant to micelle self-assembly, including time-resolved neutron scattering, dynamic light scattering, pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance, and fluorescence resonance energy transfer experiments.

  7. From charge-mosaic to micelle self-assembly: Block copolymer membranes in the last 40 years

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira

    2013-01-23

    Different strategies for membrane preparation based on block copolymers are reviewed in this paper, starting from early papers on charge-mosaic membranes and following with dense membranes for gas separation for applications like CO2 separation, pervaporation of aqueous solutions containing organic pollutants, low-fouling surfaces and finally tailoring porous membranes with very sharp pore size distribution. The approaches for manufacture of nanoporous films are summarized, including etching and preferential dissolution. The advantages of a new process based on micelle assembly and phase inversion are emphasized, confirming its perspective of up-scale and application at large scale. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  8. Flow-directed block copolymer micelle morphologies via microfluidic self-assembly.

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    Wang, Chih-Wei; Sinton, David; Moffitt, Matthew G

    2011-11-23

    The self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers in a gas-liquid microfluidic reactor produces variable, flow-directed micellar morphologies entirely different from off-chip equilibrium structures. A polystyrene-block-poly(acrylic acid) copolymer, which forms exclusively spheres off-chip, generates kinetic cylinders, Y-junctions, bilayers, and networks by a mechanism of collision-coalescence enabled by strong and localized on-chip shear fields. Variation in the size and relative amount of flow-directed nanostructures is achieved by changing the water content and flow rate. These results demonstrate on-chip processing routes to specific functional colloidal nanostructures. PMID:21992654

  9. Passive targeting of thermosensitive diblock copolymer micelles to the lungs: synthesis and characterization of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone)

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    Lee, Ren-Shen; Lin, Chih-Hung; Aljuffali, Ibrahim A.; Hu, Kai-Yin; Fang, Jia-You

    2015-01-01

    Background Amphiphilic poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PNiPAAm-b-PCL) copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization to form thermosensitive micelles as nanocarriers for bioimaging and carboplatin delivery. Results The critical micelle concentration increased from 1.8 to 3.5 mg/l following the decrease of the PNiPAAm chain length. The copolymers revealed a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) between 33 and 40°C. The copolymers self-assembled to form ...

  10. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of the structure of symmetric Polyelectrolyte block copolymer micelle in salt-free aqueous solution

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    Chockalingam, Rajalakshmi; Natarajan, Upendra

    2014-03-01

    The structure of a symmetric polystyrene- b - poly(acrylic acid) (PS- b - PAA) micelle in salt-free aqueous solution as a function of degree-of-neutralization (or ionization, f) of the PAA is studied via explicit-atom-ion MD simulations, for the first time for a polyelectrolyte block copolymer in a polar solvent. Micelle size increases with fin agreement with experimental observations in literature, due to extension of PAA at higher ionization. Pair RDF's with respect to water oxygens show that corona-water interaction becomes stronger with f due to an increase in number density of carboxylate (COO-) groups on the chain. Water-PAA coordination (carboxylate O's) increases with ionization. H-bonding between PAA and water increases with f due to greater extent of corona-water affinity. With increase in f, atom and counter-ion ρ profiles confirm extension of corona blocks and micelle existing in the ``osmotic regime,'' and a decrease in scattering peak intensity, in agreement with neutron scattering experiments and mean-field theory in literature. Inter-chain distance in PS core is found to decrease with ionization. Macromolecular Simulation and Modeling Laboratory, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036.

  11. The morphology of block copolymer micelles in supercritical carbon dioxide by small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering

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    Above its critical point, carbon dioxide forms a supercritical fluid, which promises to be an environmentally responsible replacement for the organic solvents traditionally used in polymerizations. Many lipophilic polymers such as polystyrene (PS) are insol- uble in CO2, though polymerizations may be accomplished via the use of PS-fluoropolymer stabilizers, which act as emulsifying agents. Small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering have been used to show that these molecules form micelles with a CO2-phobic PS core and a CO2-philic fluoropolymer corona. When the PS block was fixed in length and the fluorinated corona block was varied, the number of block copolymer molecules per micelle (six to seven) remained constant. Thus, the coronal block molecular weight exerts negligible influence on the aggregation number, in accordance with the theoretical predictions of Halperin, Tirrell and Lodge [Adv. Polym. Sci. (1992), 100, 31-46]. These observations are relevant to understanding the mechanisms of micellization and solubilization in supercritical fluids. (orig.)

  12. The morphology of block copolymer micelles in supercritical carbon dioxide by small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering

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    Londono, J.D.; Dharmapurikar, R.; Cochran, H.D.; Wignall, G.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); McClain, J.B.; Betts, D.E.; Canelas, D.A.; DeSimone, J.M.; Samulski, E.T.; Chillura-Martino, D.; Triolo, R.

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    Above its critical point, carbon dioxide forms a supercritical fluid, which promises to be an environmentally responsible replacement for the organic solvents traditionally used in polymerizations. Many lipophilic polymers such as polystyrene (PS) are insol- uble in CO{sub 2}, though polymerizations may be accomplished via the use of PS-fluoropolymer stabilizers, which act as emulsifying agents. Small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering have been used to show that these molecules form micelles with a CO{sub 2}-phobic PS core and a CO{sub 2}-philic fluoropolymer corona. When the PS block was fixed in length and the fluorinated corona block was varied, the number of block copolymer molecules per micelle (six to seven) remained constant. Thus, the coronal block molecular weight exerts negligible influence on the aggregation number, in accordance with the theoretical predictions of Halperin, Tirrell and Lodge [Adv. Polym. Sci. (1992), 100, 31-46]. These observations are relevant to understanding the mechanisms of micellization and solubilization in supercritical fluids. (orig.). 24 refs.

  13. NMR study of thermoresponsive micelles of amphiphilic block copolymers in aqueous solution

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Konefal, Rafal; Čadová, Eva

    Zurich: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2014. s. 387. ISBN 978-3-906031-54-5. [Euromar 2014. Magnetic Resonance Conference. 29.06.2014-03.07.2014, Zürich] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-23392S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : thermoresponsive block copolymer * poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) * poly(ethylene glycol) Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  14. Role of Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Composition on Pore Characteristics of Micelle-Templated Mesoporous Cobalt Oxide Films.

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    Wang, Siyang; Tangvijitsakul, Pattarasai; Qiang, Zhe; Bhaway, Sarang M; Lin, Kehua; Cavicchi, Kevin A; Soucek, Mark D; Vogt, Bryan D

    2016-04-26

    Block copolymer templating is a versatile approach for the generation of well-defined porosity in a wide variety of framework chemistries. Here, we systematically investigate how the composition of a poly(methoxy poly[ethylene glycol] methacrylate)-block-poly(butyl acrylate) (PMPEG-PBA) template impacts the pore characteristics of mesoporous cobalt oxide films. Three templates with a constant PMPEG segment length and different hydrophilic block volume fractions of 17%, 51%, and 68% for the PMPEG-PBA are cooperatively assembled with cobalt nitrate hexahydrate and citric acid. Irrespective of template composition, a spherical nanostructure is templated and elliptical mesostructures are obtained on calcination due to uniaxial contraction of the film. The average pore size increases from 11.4 ± 2.8 to 48.5 ± 4.3 nm as the length of the PBA segment increases as determined from AFM. For all three templates examined, a maximum in porosity (∼35% in all cases) and surface area is obtained when the precursor solids contain 35-45 wt % PMPEG-PBA. This invariance suggests that the total polymer content drives the structure through interfacial assembly. The composition for maximizing porosity and surface area with the micelle-templating approach results from a general decrease in porosity with increasing cobalt nitrate hexahydrate content and the increasing mechanical integrity of the framework to resist collapse during template removal/crystallization as the cobalt nitrate hexahydrate content increases. Unlike typical evaporation induced self-assembly with sol-gel chemistry, the hydrophilic/hydrophobic composition of the block copolymer template is not a critical component to the mesostructure developed with micelle-templating using metal nitrate-citric acid as the precursor. PMID:27040316

  15. Theranostic unimolecular micelles based on brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers for tumor-targeted drug delivery and positron emission tomography imaging.

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    Guo, Jintang; Hong, Hao; Chen, Guojun; Shi, Sixiang; Nayak, Tapas R; Theuer, Charles P; Barnhart, Todd E; Cai, Weibo; Gong, Shaoqin

    2014-12-24

    Brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers were conjugated with a monoclonal antibody against CD105 (i.e., TRC105) and a macrocyclic chelator for (64)Cu-labeling to generate multifunctional theranostic unimolecular micelles. The backbone of the brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymer was poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and the side chains were poly(L-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLLA-PEG). The doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded unimolecular micelles showed a pH-dependent drug release profile and a uniform size distribution. A significantly higher cellular uptake of TRC105-conjugated micelles was observed in CD105-positive human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) than nontargeted micelles due to CD105-mediated endocytosis. In contrast, similar and extremely low cellular uptake of both targeted and nontargeted micelles was observed in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells (CD105-negative). The difference between the in vivo tumor accumulation of (64)Cu-labeled TRC105-conjugated micelles and that of nontargeted micelles was studied in 4T1 murine breast tumor-bearing mice, by serial positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and validated by biodistribution studies. These multifunctional unimolecular micelles offer pH-responsive drug release, noninvasive PET imaging capability, together with both passive and active tumor-targeting abilities, thus making them a desirable nanoplatform for cancer theranostics. PMID:24628452

  16. 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

  17. Structure of PEP-PEO block copolymer micelles: Exploiting the complementarity of small-angle X-ray scattering and static light scattering

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    Jensen, Grethe Vestergaard; Shi, Qing; Hernansanz, María J.;

    2011-01-01

    . The present work shows that the same information can be obtained by combining static light scattering (SLS) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), which provide information on, respectively, large and short length scales. Micelles of a series of block copolymers of poly(ethylene propylene...

  18. Structures of PEP–PEO Block Copolymer Micelles: Effects of Changing Solvent and PEO Length and Comparison to a Thermodynamic Model

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    Jensen, Grethe Vestergaard; Shi, Qing; Deen, G. Roshan;

    2012-01-01

    Structures of poly(ethylene propylene)–poly(ethylene oxide) (PEP–PEO) block copolymer micelles were determined from small-angle X-ray scattering and static light scattering and compared to predictions from a thermodynamic model. Both the corona block length and the solvent water–ethanol ratio were...... water (except for the highest PEO molar mass), the micelles were cylindrical; for other conditions they were spherical. The structural parameters can be reasonably well described by the thermodynamic model by Zhulina et al. [Macromolecules2005, 38 (12), 5330–5351]; however, they have a stronger...

  19. Micellization and Dynamics of a Block Copolymer

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    Hvidt, Søren

    2006-01-01

    Triblock copolymers of the type EPE, where E and P denote ethylene oxide and propylene oxide blocks, respectively, are industrially important copolymers often called Pluronics or Poloxamers. EPE copolymers form micelles with a core of P blocks and different micellar shapes depending on block length...... copolymer mixtures, and evidence in favor of a multi-equilibria unimer-micelle model will be presented. Results obtained by liquid chromatographic methods will be shown and it will be demonstrated that commercial EPE copolymers are inhomogeneous at several levels and many of their unusual properties reflect...

  20. Physicochemical properties of pH-controlled polyion complex (PIC) micelles of poly(acrylic acid)-based double hydrophilic block copolymers and various polyamines.

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    Warnant, J; Marcotte, N; Reboul, J; Layrac, G; Aqil, A; Jerôme, C; Lerner, D A; Gérardin, C

    2012-05-01

    The physicochemical properties of polyion complex (PIC) micelles were investigated in order to characterize the cores constituted of electrostatic complexes of two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. The pH-sensitive micelles were obtained with double hydrophilic block copolymers containing a poly(acrylic acid) block linked to a modified poly(ethylene oxide) block and various polyamines (polylysine, linear and branched polyethyleneimine, polyvinylpyridine, and polyallylamine). The pH range of micellization in which both components are ionized was determined for each polyamine. The resulting PIC micelles were characterized using dynamic light scattering and small-angle X-ray scattering experiments (SAXS). The PIC micelles presented a core-corona nanostructure with variable polymer density contrasts between the core and the corona, as revealed by the analysis of the SAXS curves. It was shown that PIC micelle cores constituted by polyacrylate chains and polyamines were more or less dense depending on the nature of the polyamine. It was also determined that the density of the cores of the PIC micelles depended strongly on the nature of the polyamine. These homogeneous cores were surrounded by a large hairy corona of hydrated polyethylene oxide block chains. Auramine O (AO) was successfully entrapped in the PIC micelles, and its fluorescence properties were used to get more insight on the core properties. Fluorescence data confirmed that the cores of such micelles are quite compact and that their microviscosity depended on the nature of the polyamine. The results obtained on these core-shell micelles allow contemplating a wide range of applications in which the AO probe would be replaced by various cationic drugs or other similarly charged species to form drug nanocarriers or new functional nanodevices. PMID:22453608

  1. Hydrophobically modified amphiphilic block copolymer micelles in non-aqueous polar solvents. Fluorometric, light scattering and computer-based Monte Carlo study

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    Matějíček, P.; Uhlík, F.; Limpouchová, Z.; Procházka, K.; Tuzar, Zdeněk; Webber, S. E.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 67, č. 5 (2002), s. 531-556. ISSN 0010-0765 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/01/0536 Grant ostatní: GA UK(XC) 215/00 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : micelles * block copolymers * micellization Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.848, year: 2002

  2. Novel 4-Arm Poly(Ethylene Glycol-Block-Poly(Anhydride-Esters Amphiphilic Copolymer Micelles Loading Curcumin: Preparation, Characterization, and In Vitro Evaluation

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    Li Lv

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol-block-poly(anhydride-esters amphiphilic copolymer (4-arm PEG-b-PAE was synthesized by esterization of 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol and poly(anhydride-esters which was obtained by melt polycondensation of α-, ω-acetic anhydride terminated poly(L-lactic acid. The obtained 4-arm PEG-b-PAE was characterized by 1H-NMR and gel permeation chromatography. The critical micelle concentration of 4-arm PEG-b-PAE was 2.38 μg/mL. The curcumin-loaded 4-arm PEG-b-PAE micelles were prepared by a solid dispersion method and the drug loading content and encapsulation efficiency of the micelles were 7.0% and 85.2%, respectively. The curcumin-loaded micelles were spherical with a hydrodynamic diameter of 151.9 nm. Curcumin was encapsulated within 4-arm PEG-b-PAE micelles amorphously and released from the micelles, faster in pH 5.0 than pH 7.4, presenting one biphasic drug release pattern with rapid release at the initial stage and slow release later. The hemolysis rate of the curcumin-loaded 4-arm PEG-b-PAE micelles was 3.18%, which was below 5%. The IC50 value of the curcumin-loaded micelles against Hela cells was 10.21 μg/mL, lower than the one of free curcumin (25.90 μg/mL. The cellular uptake of the curcumin-loaded micelles in Hela cell increased in a time-dependent manner. The curcumin-loaded micelles could induce G2/M phase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of Hela cells.

  3. Unimolecular micelles of amphiphilic cyclodextrin-core star-like block copolymers for anticancer drug delivery.

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    Xu, Zhigang; Liu, Shiying; Liu, Hui; Yang, Cangjie; Kang, Yuejun; Wang, Mingfeng

    2015-11-11

    Well-defined star-like amphiphilic polymers composed of a β-cyclodextrin core, from which 21 hydrophobic poly(lactic acid) arms and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) arms are grafted sequentially, form robust and uniform unimolecular micelles that are biocompatible and efficient in the delivery of anticancer drugs. PMID:26121632

  4. Self-assembly of block copolymers

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    Hidenori Otsuka

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available Block copolymers in a selective solvent have a tendency to self-assemble at surfaces and into micelles1–4. At an aqueous interface, the amphiphilic property of block copolymers composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments can cause the distal end of the hydrophilic chain to extend into the bulk aqueous solution, anchoring the hydrophilic block to the substrate surface through hydrophobic segments1, 2. In an aqueous solution, micelles with core-shell structure are formed by the segregation of insoluble blocks into the core, which is surrounded by a hydrophilic shell composed of hydrophilic blocks3, 4. This interfacial activity of amphiphilic block copolymers provides their utility in the biomedical field as colloidal dispersants, surface modifiers and drug carriers, prompting many studies of block copolymer adsorption on solid surfaces5, 6, 7, 8, force measurements between tethered layers9, 10, 11 and the characterization of micelle properties12, 13, 14.

  5. Chain exchange in triblock copolymer micelles

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    Lu, Jie; Lodge, Timothy; Bates, Frank

    2015-03-01

    Block polymer micelles offer a host of technological applications including drug delivery, viscosity modification, toughening of plastics, and colloidal stabilization. Molecular exchange between micelles directly influences the stability, structure and access to an equilibrium state in such systems and this property recently has been shown to be extraordinarily sensitive to the core block molecular weight in diblock copolymers. The dependence of micelle chain exchange dynamics on molecular architecture has not been reported. The present work conclusively addresses this issue using time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS) applied to complimentary S-EP-S and EP-S-EP triblock copolymers dissolved in squalane, a selective solvent for the EP blocks, where S and EP refer to poly(styrene) and poly(ethylenepropylene), respectively. Following the overall SANS intensity as a function of time from judiciously deuterium labelled polymer and solvent mixtures directly probes the rate of molecular exchange. Remarkably, the two triblocks display exchange rates that differ by approximately ten orders of magnitude, even though the solvophobic S blocks are of comparable size. This discovery is considered in the context of a model that successfully explains S-EP diblock exchange dynamics.

  6. Novel 4-Arm Poly(Ethylene Glycol)-Block-Poly(Anhydride-Esters) Amphiphilic Copolymer Micelles Loading Curcumin: Preparation, Characterization, and In Vitro Evaluation

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    Li Lv; Yuanyuan Shen; Min Li; Xiaofen Xu; Mingna Li; Shengrong Guo; Shengtang Huang

    2013-01-01

    A novel 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(anhydride-esters) amphiphilic copolymer (4-arm PEG-b-PAE) was synthesized by esterization of 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(anhydride-esters) which was obtained by melt polycondensation of α -, ω -acetic anhydride terminated poly(L-lactic acid). The obtained 4-arm PEG-b-PAE was characterized by 1H-NMR and gel permeation chromatography. The critical micelle concentration of 4-arm PEG-b-PAE was 2.38  μ g/mL. The curcumin-loaded 4-arm PEG-b-PA...

  7. Photo-Induced Micellization of Block Copolymers

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    Satoshi Kuwayama; Eri Yoshida

    2010-01-01

    We found novel photo-induced micellizations through photolysis, photoelectron transfer, and photo-Claisen rearrangement. The photolysis-induced micellization was attained using poly(4-tert-butoxystyrene)-block-polystyrene diblock copolymer (PBSt-b-PSt). BSt-b-PSt showed no self-assembly in dichloromethane and existed as isolated copolymers. Dynamic light scattering demonstrated that the copolymer produced spherical micelles in this solvent due to irradiation with a high-pressure mercury lamp ...

  8. Structure of strongly interacting polyelectrolyte diblock copolymer micelles

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    Korobko, A.V.; Jesse, W.; Lapp, A.; Egelhaaf, S. U.; van der Maarel, J. R. C.

    2004-01-01

    The structure of spherical micelles of the diblock poly(styrene-block-acrylic acid) [PS-b-PA] copolymer in water was investigated up to concentrations where the polyelectrolyte coronal layers have to shrink and/or interpenetrate in order to accommodate the micelles in the increasingly crowded volume. We obtained the partial structure factors pertaining to the core and corona density correlations with small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and contrast matching in the water. The counterion stru...

  9. Metallo-supramolecular block copolymers : from synthesis to smart nanomaterials

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    Guillet, Pierre

    2008-01-01

    Supramolecular copolymers have become of increasing interest in recent years for the search of new materials with tunable properties. In particular, metallo-supramolecular block copolymers have seen important progresses since the last five years. In this thesis, a library of metallo-supramolecular amphiphilic block copolymers containing a hydrophilic block, linked to a hydrophobic block, through a metal-ligand complex has been investigated. The micelles formed in water from these copolymers...

  10. Self-assembled micelles based on pH-sensitive PAE-g-MPEG-cholesterol block copolymer for anticancer drug delivery.

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    Zhang, Can Yang; Xiong, Di; Sun, Yao; Zhao, Bin; Lin, Wen Jing; Zhang, Li Juan

    2014-01-01

    A novel amphiphilic triblock pH-sensitive poly(β-amino ester)-g-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether-cholesterol (PAE-g-MPEG-Chol) was designed and synthesized via the Michael-type step polymerization and esterification condensation method. The synthesized copolymer was determined with proton nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography. The grafting percentages of MPEG and cholesterol were determined as 10.93% and 62.02%, calculated from the area of the characteristic peaks, respectively. The amphiphilic copolymer was confirmed to self-assemble into core/shell micelles in aqueous solution at low concentrations. The critical micelle concentrations were 6.92 and 15.14 mg/L at pH of 7.4 and 6.0, respectively, obviously influenced by the changes of pH values. The solubility of pH-responsive PAE segment could be transformed depending on the different values of pH because of protonation-deprotonation of the amino groups, resulting in pH sensitivity of the copolymer. The average particle size of micelles increased from 125 nm to 165 nm with the pH decreasing, and the zeta potential was also significantly changed. Doxorubicin (DOX) was entrapped into the polymeric micelles with a high drug loading level. The in vitro DOX release from the micelles was distinctly enhanced with the pH decreasing from 7.4 to 6.0. Toxicity testing proved that the DOX-loaded micelles exhibited high cytotoxicity in HepG2 cells, whereas the copolymer showed low toxicity. The results demonstrated how pH-sensitive PAE-g-MPEG-Chol micelles were proved to be a potential vector in hydrophobic drug delivery for tumor therapy. PMID:25364250

  11. Hybrid block copolymer micelles with partly hydrophobically modified polyelectrolyte shells in polar and aqueous media: Experimental study using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, time-resolved fluorescence, light scattering, and atomic force microscopy

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    Matějíček, P.; Humpolíčková, J.; Procházka, K.; Tuzar, Zdeněk; Špírková, Milena; Hof, Martin; Webber, S. E.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 107, č. 32 (2003), s. 8232-8240. ISSN 1520-6106 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/01/0536; GA ČR GA203/01/0735; GA MŠk LN00A032 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913; CEZ:MSM 113100001; CEZ:AV0Z4040901 Keywords : block copolymer micelles * hybrid micelles * polyelectrolyte s Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.679, year: 2003

  12. Self-assembled materials from thermosensitive and biohybrid block copolymers

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    de Graaf, A.J.

    2012-01-01

    In this research, several block copolymers were synthesized and characterized with regard to possible pharmaceutical applications. All block copolymers were thermosensitive and self-assembled at 37 °C into structures like micelles and hydrogels, which can be used for innovative drug delivery purpose

  13. Block copolymer battery separator

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    Wong, David; Balsara, Nitash Pervez

    2016-04-26

    The invention herein described is the use of a block copolymer/homopolymer blend for creating nanoporous materials for transport applications. Specifically, this is demonstrated by using the block copolymer poly(styrene-block-ethylene-block-styrene) (SES) and blending it with homopolymer polystyrene (PS). After blending the polymers, a film is cast, and the film is submerged in tetrahydrofuran, which removes the PS. This creates a nanoporous polymer film, whereby the holes are lined with PS. Control of morphology of the system is achieved by manipulating the amount of PS added and the relative size of the PS added. The porous nature of these films was demonstrated by measuring the ionic conductivity in a traditional battery electrolyte, 1M LiPF.sub.6 in EC/DEC (1:1 v/v) using AC impedance spectroscopy and comparing these results to commercially available battery separators.

  14. Self-assembled micelles based on pH-sensitive PAE-g-MPEG-cholesterol block copolymer for anticancer drug delivery

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    Zhang CY

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Can Yang Zhang, Di Xiong, Yao Sun, Bin Zhao, Wen Jing Lin, Li Juan Zhang School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China Abstract: A novel amphiphilic triblock pH-sensitive poly(ß-amino ester-g-poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether-cholesterol (PAE-g-MPEG-Chol was designed and synthesized via the Michael-type step polymerization and esterification condensation method. The synthesized copolymer was determined with proton nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography. The grafting percentages of MPEG and cholesterol were determined as 10.93% and 62.02%, calculated from the area of the characteristic peaks, respectively. The amphiphilic copolymer was confirmed to self-assemble into core/shell micelles in aqueous solution at low concentrations. The critical micelle concentrations were 6.92 and 15.14 mg/L at pH of 7.4 and 6.0, respectively, obviously influenced by the changes of pH values. The solubility of pH-responsive PAE segment could be transformed depending on the different values of pH because of protonation–deprotonation of the amino groups, resulting in pH sensitivity of the copolymer. The average particle size of micelles increased from 125 nm to 165 nm with the pH decreasing, and the zeta potential was also significantly changed. Doxorubicin (DOX was entrapped into the polymeric micelles with a high drug loading level. The in vitro DOX release from the micelles was distinctly enhanced with the pH decreasing from 7.4 to 6.0. Toxicity testing proved that the DOX-loaded micelles exhibited high cytotoxicity in HepG2 cells, whereas the copolymer showed low toxicity. The results demonstrated how pH-sensitive PAE-g-MPEG-Chol micelles were proved to be a potential vector in hydrophobic drug delivery for tumor therapy. Keywords: micelle, pH-sensitive, cholesterol, poly(ß-amino ester, drug delivery

  15. Polyplex Micelles with Double-Protective Compartments of Hydrophilic Shell and Thermoswitchable Palisade of Poly(oxazoline)-Based Block Copolymers for Promoted Gene Transfection.

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    Osawa, Shigehito; Osada, Kensuke; Hiki, Shigehiro; Dirisala, Anjaneyulu; Ishii, Takehiko; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2016-01-11

    Improving the stability of polyplex micelles under physiological conditions is a critical issue for promoting gene transfection efficiencies. To this end, hydrophobic palisade was installed between the inner core of packaged plasmid DNA (pDNA) and the hydrophilic shell of polyplex micelles using a triblock copolymer consisting of hydrophilic poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline), thermoswitchable amphiphilic poly(2-n-propyl-2-oxazoline) (PnPrOx) and cationic poly(L-lysine). The two-step preparation procedure, mixing the triblock copolymer with pDNA below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PnPrOx, followed by incubation above the LCST to form a hydrophobic palisade of the collapsed PnPrOx segment, induced the formation of spatially aligned hydrophilic-hydrophobic double-protected polyplex micelles. The prepared polyplex micelles exhibited significant tolerance against attacks from nuclease and polyanions compared to those without hydrophobic palisades, thereby promoting gene transfection. These results corroborated the utility of amphiphilic poly(oxazoline) as a molecular thermal switch to improve the stability of polyplex gene carriers relevant for physiological applications. PMID:26682466

  16. Surface tension of micellar block copolymer films

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    Surface tensions of micellar block copolymers of poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (PS-b-PDMS) films are obtained by X-ray diffuse scattering. PS-b-PDMS films on Si substrates with the thicknesses from 36 to 588 nm were investigated at temperatures of 30 - 215 .deg. C. The surface tension reflects the concentration of PDMS micelles which are preferably located at the surface. The molar fraction of PDMS micelles near the surface is estimated by using angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  17. Micellization and Characterization of Block Copolymer Detergents

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    Hvidt, Søren

    Triblock copolymers of the type EPE, where E and P denote ethylene oxide and propylene oxide blocks, respectively, are used widely in industry as emulsifiers, anti-foaming agents, and in delayed drug release. EPE copolymers form micelles with a core of P blocks and different micellar shapes...... depending on block length ratios and temperature. The micellization process with increasing temperature or concentration has been followed by a number of techniques including differential scanning calorimetry and surface tension measurements. The detailed micellar mechanism is not well understood and...... different models have been proposed. Results obtained by a range of liquid chromatographic methods will be shown and it will be demonstrated that commercial EPE copolymers are inhomogeneous at several levels and many of their unusual properties reflect the presence of impurities....

  18. New amphiphilic diblock copolymers: surfactant properties and solubilization in their micelles.

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    Garnier, Sébastien; Laschewsky, André

    2006-04-25

    Several series of amphiphilic diblock copolymers are investigated as macrosurfactants in comparison to reference low-molar-mass and polymeric surfactants. The various copolymers share poly(butyl acrylate) as a common hydrophobic block but are distinguished by six different hydrophilic blocks (one anionic, one cationic, and four nonionic hydrophilic blocks) with various compositions. Dynamic light scattering experiments indicate the presence of micelles over the whole concentration range from 10(-4) to 10 g x L(-1). Accordingly, the critical micellization concentrations are very low. Still, the surface tension of aqueous solutions of block copolymers decreases slowly but continuously with increasing concentration, without exhibiting a plateau. The longer the hydrophobic block, the shorter the hydrophilic block, and the less hydrophilic the monomer of the hydrophilic block is, the lower the surface tension is. However, the effects are small, and the copolymers reduce the surface tension much less than standard low-molar-mass surfactants. Also, the copolymers foam much less and even act as anti-foaming agents in classical foaming systems composed of standard surfactants. The copolymers stabilize O/W emulsions made of methyl palmitate as equally well as standard surfactants but are less efficient for O/W emulsions made of tributyrine. However, the copolymer micelles exhibit a high solubilization power for hydrophobic dyes, probably at their core-corona interface, in dependence on the initial geometry of the micelles and the composition of the block copolymers. Whereas micelles of copolymers with strongly hydrophilic blocks are stable upon solubilization, solubilization-induced micellar growth is observed for copolymers with moderately hydrophilic blocks. PMID:16618143

  19. Nanopatterning of Co/Pt-multilayers via self-assembled block-copolymer micelles; Magnetische Nanostrukturen basierend auf Co/Pt-Multilagen, hergestellt mittels selbstorganisierter Masken aus Blockcopolymer-Micellen

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    Stillrich, H.

    2007-07-01

    The production and characterization of magnetic nanostructures based on Co/Ptmultilayers are described in this thesis. Nanostructure arrays of Co/Pt multilayer films are generated utilizing the self-assembly of block copolymer micelles with a few 10nm diameter. For an understanding of the magnetic properties of nanostructures the properties of Co/Pt-multilayer films are examined first. The films are grown via different sputter techniques. The structural and magnetic properties are investigated depending on the deposition technique. The sources of magnetic anisotropy are discussed based on these investigations. One major topic concerning Co/Pt-multilayers is the reorientation of the easy axis of magnetization from perpendicular to in-plane as a function of the cobalt and platinum layer thicknesses. Combining averaging magnetization measurements and high resolution magnetic imaging, the canting of magnetization within the reorientation transition and a canted domain structure were found. The basis for magnetic nanostructures are Co/Pt-multilayers that were optimized for strong magnetic anisotropy. Magnetic antidot and dot arrays are generated from Co/Pt-multilayers via novel methods utilizing block copolymer micelle masks and ion milling. The generation of nanostructure arrays is proven by the morphologic and topographic properties, combined with the evolution of magneto-optic signals. Two different approaches for the generation of antidot arrays are shown. The magnetic properties of antidot arrays with perpendicular and in-plane easy magnetization are investigated. Magnetic dot arrays are produced utilizing the cores of SiO{sub 2} filled block copolymer micelles. The dot arrays consist of single domain particles. The switching field distribution of the dot arrays is analysed and described using the size distribution of the magnetic particles. Magnetic nanostructures in the region of the superparamagnetic limit are investigated. (orig.)

  20. Hydrolytic Degradation of Poly (ethylene oxide)-block-Polycaprolactone Worm Micelles

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    Geng, Yan; Discher, Dennis E.

    2005-01-01

    Spherical micelles and nanoparticles made with degradable polymers have been of great interest for therapeutic application, but degradation induced changes in a spherical morphology can be subtle and mechanism/kinetics appears poorly understood. Here, we report the first preparation of giant and flexible worm micelles self-assembled from degradable copolymer poly (ethylene oxide)-block-polycaprolactone. Such worm micelles spontaneously shorten to generate spherical micelles, triggered by poly...

  1. Micelle-like nanoparticles of block copolymer poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(methacrylic acid) incorporating fluorescently substituted metallacarboranes designed as HIV protease inhibitor interaction probes

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    Uchman, M.; Cígler, Petr; Grüner, Bohumír; Procházka, K.; Matějíček, P.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 348, č. 1 (2010), s. 129-136. ISSN 0021-9797 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC523; GA AV ČR IAAX00320901 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506; CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : metallacarboranes * micelles * drug delivery Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 3.068, year: 2010

  2. Self-assembled materials from thermosensitive and biohybrid block copolymers

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    De Graaf, A.J.

    2012-01-01

    In this research, several block copolymers were synthesized and characterized with regard to possible pharmaceutical applications. All block copolymers were thermosensitive and self-assembled at 37 °C into structures like micelles and hydrogels, which can be used for innovative drug delivery purposes. Some of the synthesized polymers were biohybrid, in the sense that they contained peptide segments which enabled their cleavage by enzymes that are upregulated in diseased tissues. First, method...

  3. Redox-controlled micellization of organometallic block copolymers.

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    Rider, David A; Winnik, Mitchell A; Manners, Ian

    2007-11-21

    Polystyrene-block-polyferrocenylsilane (PS-b-PFS) diblock copolymers were stoichiometrically oxidized in solution using salts of the one-electron oxidant tris(4-bromophenyl)ammoniumyl. Due to a redox-induced polarity change for the PFS block, self-assembly into well-defined spherical micelles occurs. The micelles are composed of a core of partially oxidized PFS segments and a corona of PS. When the micellar solutions were treated with the reducing agent decamethylcobaltocene, the spherical micelles disassemble and regenerate unassociated and pristine PS-b-PFS free chains. PMID:17971963

  4. Thermosensitive AB4 four-armed star PNIPAM-b-HTPB multiblock copolymer micelles for camptothecin drug release.

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    Luo, Yan-Ling; Fu, Jing-Yu; Xu, Feng; Chen, Ya-Shao; Zhang, Bin

    2014-01-01

    Thermo-sensitive poly(N-isoproplacrylamide)m-block-hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene-block-poly(N-isoproplacrylamide)m (PNIPAMm-b-HTPB-b-PNIPAMm, m = 1 or 2) block copolymers, AB4 four-armed star multiblock and linear triblock copolymers, were synthesized by ATRP with HTPB as central blocks, and characterization was performed by (1)H NMR, Fourier transform infrared, and size exclusion chromatography. The multiblock copolymers could spontaneously assemble into more regular spherical core-shell nanoscale micelles than the linear triblock copolymer. The physicochemical properties were detected by a surface tension, nanoparticle analyzer, transmission electron microscope (TEM), dynamic light scattering, and UV-vis measurements. The multiblock copolymer micelles had lower critical micelle concentration than the linear counterpart, TEM size from 100 to 120 nm, and the hydrodynamic diameters below 150 nm. The micelles exhibited thermo-dependent size change, with low critical solution temperature of about 33-35 °C. The characteristic parameters were affected by the composition ratios, length of PNIPAM blocks, and molecular architectures. The camptothecin release demonstrated that the drug release was thermo-responsive, accompanied by the temperature-induced structural changes of the micelles. MTT assays were performed to evaluate the biocompatibility or cytotoxicity of the prepared copolymer micelles. PMID:24236748

  5. Controlled hydrophobic functionalization of natural fibers through self-assembly of amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles.

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    Aarne, Niko; Laine, Janne; Hänninen, Tuomas; Rantanen, Ville; Seitsonen, Jani; Ruokolainen, Janne; Kontturi, Eero

    2013-07-01

    The functionalization of natural fibers is an important task that has recently received considerable attention. We investigated the formation of a hydrophobic layer from amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles [polystyrene-block-poly(N-methyl-4-vinyl pyridinium iodide)] on natural fibers and on a model surface (mica). A series of micelles were prepared. The micelles were characterized by using cryoscopic TEM and light scattering, and their hydrophobization capability was studied through contact angle measurements, water adsorption, and Raman imaging. Mild heat treatment (130 °C) was used to increase the hydrophobization capability of the micelles. The results showed that the micelles could not hydrophobize a model surface, but could render the natural fibers water repellent both with and without heat treatment. This effect was systematically studied by varying the composition of the constituent blocks. The results showed that the micelle size (and the molecular weight of the constituent diblock copolymers) was the most important parameter, whereas the cationic (hydrophilic) part played only a minor role. We hypothesized that the hydrophobization effect could be attributed to a combination of the micelle size and the shrinkage of the natural fibers upon drying. The shrinking caused the roughness to increase on the fiber surface, which resulted in a rearrangement of the self- assembled layer in the wet state. Consequently, the fibers became hydrophobic through the roughness effects at multiple length scales. Mild heat treatment melted the micelle core and decreased the minimum size necessary for hydrophobization. PMID:23687082

  6. Glyco-Nanoparticles Made from Self-Assembly of Maltoheptaose-block-Poly(methyl methacrylate): Micelle, Reverse Micelle, and Encapsulation.

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    Zepon, Karine M; Otsuka, Issei; Bouilhac, Cécile; Muniz, Edvani C; Soldi, Valdir; Borsali, Redouane

    2015-07-13

    The synthesis and the solution-state self-assembly of the "hybrid" diblock copolymers, maltoheptaose-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (MH-b-PMMA), into large compound micelles (LCMs) and reverve micelle-type nanoparticles, are reported in this paper. The copolymers were self-assembled in water and acetone by direct dissolution method, and the morphologies of the nanoparticles were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR), and fluorescence spectroscopy as a function of the volume fraction of the copolymer hydrophobic block, copolymer concentration, stirring speed, and solvent polarity. The DLS measurements and TEM images showed that the hydrodynamic radius (Rh) of the LCMs obtained in water increases with the copolymer concentration. Apart from that, increasing the stirring speed leads to polydispersed aggregations of the LCMs. On the other hand, in acetone, the copolymers self-assembled into reverse micelle-type nanoparticles having Rh values of about 6 nm and micellar aggregates, as revealed the results obtained from DLS, AFM, and (1)H NMR analyses. The variation in micellar structure, that is, conformational inversion from LCMs to reverse micelle-type structures in response to polarity of the solvent, was investigated by apparent water contact angle (WCA) and (1)H NMR analyses. This conformational inversion of the nanoparticles was further confirmed by encapsulation and release of hydrophobic guest molecule, Nile red, characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy. PMID:25974198

  7. Structural and Mechanical Hysteresis at the Order-Order Transition of Block Copolymer Micellar Crystals

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    Theresa A. LaFollette

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Concentrated solutions of a water-soluble block copolymer (PEO20-(PPO70-(PEO20 show a thermoreversible transition from a liquid to a gel. Over a range of concentration there also exists an order-order transition (OOT between cubically-packed spherical micelles and hexagonally-packed cylindrical micelles. This OOT displays a hysteresis between the heating and cooling transitions that is observed at both the macroscale through rheology and nanoscale through small angle neutron scattering (SANS. The hysteresis is caused by the persistence of the cubically-packed spherical micelle phase into the hexagonally-packed cylindrical micelle phase likely due to the hindered realignment of the spherical micelles into cylindrical micelles and then packing of the cylindrical micelles into a hexagonally-packed cylindrical micelle phase. This type of hysteresis must be fully characterized, and possibly avoided, for these block copolymer systems to be used as templates in nanocomposites.

  8. Grafted block complex coacervate core micelles and their effect on protein adsorption on silica and polystyrene

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    Brzozowska, Agata M.; de Keizer, Arie; Norde, Willem; Detrembleur, Christophe; Stuart, Martien A. Cohen

    2010-01-01

    We have studied the formation and the stability of grafted block complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) in solution and the influence of grafted block C3M coatings on the adsorption of the proteins beta-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin, and lysozyme. The C3Ms consist of a grafted block copolymer

  9. Grafted block complex coacervate core micelles and their effect on protein adsorption on silica and polystyrene

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    Brzozowska, A.M.; Keizer, de A.; Norde, W.; Detrembleur, C.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2010-01-01

    We have studied the formation and the stability of grafted block complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) in solution and the influence of grafted block C3M coatings on the adsorption of the proteins ß-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin, and lysozyme. The C3Ms consist of a grafted block copolymer PA

  10. Controlling Structure in Sulfonated Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Truong, Phuc; Stein, Gila; Strzalka, Joe

    2015-03-01

    In many ionic block copolymer systems, the strong incompatibility between ionic and non-ionic segments will trap non-equilibrium structures in the film, making it difficult to engineer the optimal domain sizes and transport pathways. The goal of this work is to establish a framework for controlling the solid-state structure of sulfonated pentablock copolymer membranes. They have ABCBA block sequence, where A is poly(t-butyl styrene), B is poly(hydrogenated isoprene), and C is poly(styrene sulfonate). To process into films, the polymer is dissolved in toluene/n-propanol solvent mixtures, where the solvent proportions and the polymer loading were both varied. Solution-state structure was measured with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). We detected micelles with radii that depend on the solvent composition and polymer loading. Film structure was measured with grazing-incidence SAXS, which shows (i) domain periodicity is constant throughout film thickness; (ii) domain periodicity depends on solvent composition and polymer loading, and approximately matches the micelle radii in solutions. The solid-state packing is consistent with a hard sphere structure factor. Results suggest that solid-state structure can be tuned by manipulating the solution-state self-assembly.

  11. Controlling block copolymer phase behavior using ionic surfactant

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    Ray, D.; Aswal, V. K.

    2016-05-01

    The phase behavior of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide-poly(ethylene oxide) PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer [P85 (EO26PO39EO26)] in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in aqueous solution as a function of temperature has been studied using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The measurements have been carried out for fixed concentrations (1 wt%) of block copolymer and surfactants. Each of the individual components (block copolymer and surfactant) and the nanoparticle-surfactant mixed system have been examined at varying temperature. The block copolymer P85 forms spherical micelles at room temperature whereas shows sphere-to-rod like micelle transition at higher temperatures. On the other hand, SDS surfactant forms ellipsoidal micelles over a wide temperature range. Interestingly, it is found that phase behavior of mixed micellar system (P85 + SDS) as a function of temperature is drastically different from that of P85, giving the control over the temperature-dependent phase behavior of block copolymers.

  12. 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

  13. Polarizability of DNA Block Copolymer Nanoparticles Observed by Electrostatic Force Microscopy

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    Sowwan, Mukhles; Faroun, Maryam; Mentovich, Elad; Ibrahim, Imad; Haboush, Shayma; Alemdaroglu, Fikri Emrah; Kwak, Minseok; Richter, Shachar; Herrmann, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    In this study, DNA block copolymer (DBC) micelles with a polystyrene (PS) core and a single-stranded (ss) DNA shell were doped with ferrocene (Fc) molecules. Tapping mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to study the morphology of the doped and undoped block copolymer aggregates. We show that

  14. Tuning of the temperature window for unit-cell and pore-size enlargement in face-centered-cubic large-mesopore silicas templated by swollen block copolymer micelles.

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    Li, Yingyu; Yi, Jinhui; Kruk, Michal

    2015-09-01

    The unit-cell size and pore diameter as functions of temperature are investigated in the syntheses of FDU-12 silicas with face-centered cubic structure templated by Pluronic (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymer micelles swollen by toluene. The temperature range in which the unit-cell size and pore size strongly increase as temperature decreases is correlated with the critical micelle temperature (CMT) of the surfactant. While Pluronic F127 affords a wide range of unit-cell parameters (28-51 nm) and pore diameters (16-32 nm), it renders moderately enlarged pore sizes at 25 °C. The use of Pluronic F108 with higher CMT affords FDU-12 with very large unit-cell size (∼49 nm) and large pore diameter (27 nm) at 23 °C. Large unit-cell size (40-41 nm) and pore size (22 nm) were obtained even at 25 °C. The application of Pluronics F87 and F88 with much smaller molecular weights and higher CMTs also allows one to synthesize FDU-12 with quite large unit-cell parameters and pore sizes at room temperature. The present work demonstrates that one can judiciously select Pluronic surfactants with appropriate CMT to shift the temperature range in which the pore diameter is readily tunable. PMID:26178137

  15. Rheological and Mechanical behaviour of Block copolymers, Multigraft copolymers and Block copolymer Nanocomposites

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    Thunga, Mahendra

    2009-01-01

    Block copolymers are commercially significant and fundamentally interesting class of polymeric materials. The ability to undergo interfacial thermodynamics-controlled microphase separation from a completely disordered state in the melt to a specifically defined ordered structure through self-organization makes the block copolymers based materials unique. Block copolymer are strongly replacing many of the commercially available polymers due to their unique microstructure and properties. The mo...

  16. Anomalous Micellization of Pluronic Block Copolymers

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    Leonardi, Amanda; Ryu, Chang Y.

    2014-03-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide) - poly(propylene oxide) - poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymers, commercially known as Pluronics, are a unique family of amphiphilic triblock polymers, which self-assemble into micelles in aqueous solution. These copolymers have shown promise in therapeutic, biomedical, cosmetic, and nanotech applications. As-received samples of Pluronics contain low molecular weight impurities (introduced during the manufacturing and processing), that are ignored in most applications. It has been observed, however, that in semi-dilute aqueous solutions, at concentrations above 1 wt%, the temperature dependent micellization behavior of the Pluronics is altered. Anomalous behavior includes a shift of the critical micellization temperature and formation of large aggregates at intermediate temperatures before stable sized micelles form. We attribute this behavior to the low molecular weight impurities that are inherent to the Pluronics which interfere with the micellization process. Through the use of Dynamic Light Scattering and HPLC, we compared the anomalous behavior of different Pluronics of different impurity levels to their purified counterparts.

  17. Analysis of the aggregation structure from amphiphilic block copolymers in solutions by small-angle x-ray scattering

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    Rong Li Xia; Wang Jun; Wei Liu He; Li Fu Mian; Li Zi Chen

    2002-01-01

    The aggregation structure of polystyrene-p vinyl benzoic amphiphilic block copolymers which were prepared in different conditions was investigated by synchrotron radiation small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). The micelle was self-assembled in selective solvents of the block copolymers. Authors' results demonstrate that the structure of the micelle depends on the factors, such as the composition of the copolymers, the nature of the solvent and the concentration of the solution

  18. Crystalline free energies of micelles of diblock copolymer solutions

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    D'Adamo, Giuseppe; 10.1063/1.3509391

    2012-01-01

    We report a characterization of the relative stability and structural behavior of various micellar crystals of an athermal model of AB-diblock copolymers in solution. We adopt a previously devel- oped coarse-graining representation of the chains which maps each copolymer on a soft dumbbell. Thanks to this strong reduction of degrees of freedom, we are able to investigate large aggregated systems, and for a specific length ratio of the blocks f = MA/(MA + MB) = 0.6, to locate the order-disorder transition of the system of micelles. Above the transition, mechanical and thermal properties are found to depend on the number of particles per lattice site in the simulation box, and the application of a recent methodology for multiple occupancy crystals (B.M. Mladek et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 235702 (2007)) is necessary to correctly define the equilibrium state. Within this scheme we have performed free energy calculations at two reduced density {\\rho}/{\\rho}\\ast = 4,5 and for several cubic structures as FCC,BCC,A1...

  19. pH-triggered block copolymer micelles based on a pH-responsive PDPA (poly[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate]) inner core and a PEO (poly(ethylene oxide)) outer shell as a potential tool for the cancer therapy

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    Giacomelli, F. C.; Štěpánek, Petr; Giacomelli, C.; Schmidt, V.; Jäger, Eliezer; Jäger, Alessandro; Ulbrich, Karel

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 7, č. 19 (2011), s. 9316-9325. ISSN 1744-683X R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP208/10/1600 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : copolymer micelles * light scattering * cancer therapy Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.390, year: 2011

  20. How to Place Block Copolymer Molecules at the Interface of a Binary Blend

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    Chen, Zhong-Ren; Xu, Yuci; Zhong, Shuo

    2015-03-01

    Block copolymers have been used to reduce the domain size of immiscible polymer blends and thus improve the mechanical and other properties. The effectiveness of this method, however, depends on the percentage of these polymeric surfactants residing at the interface of the blend. In fact, theoretical as well as experimental work indicate that a large percentage of block copolymers form micelles in the bulk of one or both of the component polymers. These micelles may serve as weak spots initiating crack propagation. Previous work have been focused on the design of molecular architecture and synthesis of new block copolymers to address this problem. In this presentation, a simple mixing strategy is applied to make each block copolymer molecule stay at the interface. As one example, when this strategy is used to mix natural rubber (NR) with butadiene rubber (BR), a small amount of low molecular weight block copolymer (LIR) improves both processing characteristics such as melt viscosity and mechanical properties of cured samples, such as crack resistance. AFM micrographs show the much smaller domain size; and an original real-time monitoring system reveals the lowest crack growth rate. Using a model A/B/A-B binary blend, we have witnessed by microscopy that all block copolymer molecules form micelles at the first mixing step, and all of these micelles are disappeared and all block copolymer molecules stay at the interface after the second mixing step.

  1. NANOSTRUCTURES OF FUNCTIONAL BLOCK COPOLYMERS

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    Guojun Liu

    2000-01-01

    Nanostructure fabrication from block copolymers in my group normally involves polymer design, synthesis, selfassembly, selective domain crosslinking, and sometimes selective domain removal. Preparation of thin films with nanochannels was used to illustrate the strategy we took. In this particular case, a linear triblock copolymer polyisopreneblock-poly(2-cinnamoylethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(t-butyl acrylate), PI-b-PCEMA-b-PtBA, was used. Films, 25 to50μm thick, were prepared from casting on glass slides a toluene solution of PI-b-PCEMA-b-PtBA and PtBA homopolymer,hPtBA, where hPtBA is shorter than the PtBA block. At the hPtBA mass fraction of 20% relative to the triblock or the total PtBA (hPtBA and PtBA block) volume fraction of 0.44, hPtBA and PtBA formed a seemingly continuous phase in the matrix of PCEMA and PI. Such a block segregation pattern was locked in by photocrosslinking the PCEMA domain. Nanochannels were formed by extracting out hPtBA with solvent. Alternatively, larger channels were obtained from extracting out hPtBA and hydrolyzing the t-butyl groups of the PtBA block. Such membranes were not liquid permeable but had gas permeability constants ~6 orders of magnitude higher than that of low-density polyethylene films.

  2. Characterization and micellization of a poloxamer block copolymer

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    Hvidt, S.; Pedersen, Walther Batsberg

    2007-01-01

    Several poloxamers that are symmetrical EPE block copolymers (E and P are ethylene and propylene oxide, respectively) have been characterized by size exclusion chromatography on Superose columns in water. The poloxamers contain between 12 and 26 wt% of smaller-size UV-absorbing impurities....... Poloxamer P94 (E28P48E28) forms micelles with increasing temperature, and micellization was investigated by eluent gel permeation chromatography (EGPC). EGPC results demonstrate that P94 impurities are not incorporated into the micelles up to 38°C. The importance of poloxamer heterogeneity for thermodynamic...

  3. Interfaces between Block Copolymer Domains

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    Kim, Jaeup; Jeong, Seong-Jun; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2011-03-01

    Block copolymers naturally form nanometer scale structures which repeat their geometry on a larger scale. Such a small scale periodic pattern can be used for various applications such as storage media, nano-circuits and optical filters. However, perfect alignment of block copolymer domains in the macroscopic scale is still a distant dream. The nanostructure formation usually occurs with spontaneously broken symmetry; hence it is easily infected by topological defects which sneak in due to entropic fluctuation and incomplete annealing. Careful annealing can gradually reduce the number of defects, but once kinetically trapped, it is extremely difficult to remove all the defects. One of the main reasons is that the defect finds a locally metastable morphology whose potential depth is large enough to prohibit further morphology evolution. In this work, the domain boundaries between differently oriented lamellar structures in thin film are studied. For the first time, it became possible to quantitatively study the block copolymer morphology in the transitional region, and it was shown that the twisted grain boundary is energetically favorable compared to the T-junction grain boundary. [Nano Letters, 9, 2300 (2010)]. This theoretical method successfully explained the experimental results.

  4. Block copolymer/homopolymer dual-layer hollow fiber membranes

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    Hilke, Roland

    2014-12-01

    We manufactured the first time block copolymer dual-layer hollow fiber membranes and dual layer flat sheet membranes manufactured by double solution casting and phase inversion in water. The support porous layer was based on polystyrene and the selective layer with isopores was formed by micelle assembly of polystyrene-. b-poly-4-vinyl pyridine. The dual layers had an excellent interfacial adhesion and pore interconnectivity. The dual membranes showed pH response behavior like single layer block copolymer membranes with a low flux for pH values less than 3, a fast increase between pH4 and pH6 and a constant high flux level for pH values above 7. The dry/wet spinning process was optimized to produce dual layer hollow fiber membranes with polystyrene internal support layer and a shell block copolymer selective layer.

  5. Novel pH or thermosensitive block copolymers for triggered drug-delivery systems

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    Jérôme, Christine

    2007-01-01

    Over the last decade, polymer micelles and nanoparticles have attracted an increasing interest as efficient drug delivery systems. Polymer micelles from amphiphilic block copolymers are supramolecular core-shell type assemblies of some tens of nanometers in diameter. They are highly stable in aqueous solution because of their low intrinsic critical micelle concentration, which prevents their dissociation upon dilution in the blood stream after intravenous injection. The combination of poly(e...

  6. Stereocomplex micelle from nonlinear enantiomeric copolymers efficiently transports antineoplastic drug

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    Wang, Jixue; Shen, Kexin; Xu, Weiguo; Ding, Jianxun; Wang, Xiaoqing; Liu, Tongjun; Wang, Chunxi; Chen, Xuesi

    2015-05-01

    Nanoscale polymeric micelles have attracted more and more attention as a promising nanocarrier for controlled delivery of antineoplastic drugs. Herein, the doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded poly(D-lactide)-based micelle (PDM/DOX), poly(L-lactide)-based micelle (PLM/DOX), and stereocomplex micelle (SCM/DOX) from the equimolar mixture of the enantiomeric four-armed poly(ethylene glycol)-polylactide (PEG-PLA) copolymers were successfully fabricated. In phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at pH 7.4, SCM/DOX exhibited the smallest hydrodynamic diameter ( D h) of 90 ± 4.2 nm and the slowest DOX release compared with PDM/DOX and PLM/DOX. Moreover, PDM/DOX, PLM/DOX, and SCM/DOX exhibited almost stable D hs of around 115, 105, and 90 nm at above normal physiological condition, respectively, which endowed them with great potential in controlled drug delivery. The intracellular DOX fluorescence intensity after the incubation with the laden micelles was different degrees weaker than that incubated with free DOX · HCl within 12 h, probably due to the slow DOX release from micelles. As the incubation time reached to 24 h, all the cells incubated with the laden micelles, especially SCM/DOX, demonstrated a stronger intracellular DOX fluorescence intensity than free DOX · HCl-cultured ones. More importantly, all the DOX-loaded micelles, especially SCM/DOX, exhibited potent antineoplastic efficacy in vitro, excellent serum albumin-tolerance stability, and satisfactory hemocompatibility. These encouraging data indicated that the loading micelles from nonlinear enantiomeric copolymers, especially SCM/DOX, might be promising in clinical systemic chemotherapy through intravenous injection.

  7. A neutron scattering study of triblock copolymer micelles

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    Gerstenberg, M.C.

    1997-11-01

    The thesis describes the neutron scattering experiments performed on poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(propylene oxide)/poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer micelles in aqueous solution. The studies concern the non-ionic triblock copolymer P85 which consists of two outer segments of 25 monomers of ethylene oxide attached to a central part of 40 monomers of propylene oxide. The amphiphilic character of P85 leads to formation of various structures in aqueous solution such as spherical micelles, rod-like structures, and a BCC liquid-crystal mesophase of spherical micelles. The present investigations are centered around the micellar structures. In the first part of this thesis a model for the micelle is developed for which an analytical scattering form factor can be calculated. The micelle is modeled as a solid sphere with tethered Gaussian chains. Good agreement was found between small-angle neutron scattering experiments and the form factor of the spherical P85 micelles. Above 60 deg. C some discrepancies were found between the model and the data which is possibly due to an elongation of the micelles. The second part focuses on the surface-induced ordering of the various micellar aggregates in the P85 concentration-temperature phase diagram. In the spherical micellar phase, neutron reflection measurements indicated a micellar ordering at the hydrophilic surface of quartz. Extensive modeling was performed based on a hard sphere description of the micellar interaction. By convolution of the distribution of hard spheres at a hard wall, obtained from Monte Carlo simulations, and the projected scattering length density of the micelle, a numerical expression was obtained which made it possible to fit the data. The hard-sphere-hard-wall model gave an excellent agreement in the bulk micellar phase. However, for higher concentrations (25 wt % P85) close to the transition from the micellar liquid into a micellar cubic phase, a discrepancy was found between the model and the

  8. A neutron scattering study of triblock copolymer micelles

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    The thesis describes the neutron scattering experiments performed on poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(propylene oxide)/poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer micelles in aqueous solution. The studies concern the non-ionic triblock copolymer P85 which consists of two outer segments of 25 monomers of ethylene oxide attached to a central part of 40 monomers of propylene oxide. The amphiphilic character of P85 leads to formation of various structures in aqueous solution such as spherical micelles, rod-like structures, and a BCC liquid-crystal mesophase of spherical micelles. The present investigations are centered around the micellar structures. In the first part of this thesis a model for the micelle is developed for which an analytical scattering form factor can be calculated. The micelle is modeled as a solid sphere with tethered Gaussian chains. Good agreement was found between small-angle neutron scattering experiments and the form factor of the spherical P85 micelles. Above 60 deg. C some discrepancies were found between the model and the data which is possibly due to an elongation of the micelles. The second part focuses on the surface-induced ordering of the various micellar aggregates in the P85 concentration-temperature phase diagram. In the spherical micellar phase, neutron reflection measurements indicated a micellar ordering at the hydrophilic surface of quartz. Extensive modeling was performed based on a hard sphere description of the micellar interaction. By convolution of the distribution of hard spheres at a hard wall, obtained from Monte Carlo simulations, and the projected scattering length density of the micelle, a numerical expression was obtained which made it possible to fit the data. The hard-sphere-hard-wall model gave an excellent agreement in the bulk micellar phase. However, for higher concentrations (25 wt % P85) close to the transition from the micellar liquid into a micellar cubic phase, a discrepancy was found between the model and the

  9. Formation and Characterization of Anisotropic Block Copolymer Gels

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    Liaw, Chya Yan; Joester, Derk; Burghardt, Wesley; Shull, Kenneth

    2012-02-01

    Cylindrical micelles formed from block copolymer solutions closely mimic biological fibers that are presumed to guide mineral formation during biosynthesis of hard tissues like bone. The goal of our work is to use acrylic block copolymers as oriented templates for studying mineral formation reactions in model systems where the structure of the underlying template is well characterized and reproducible. Self-consistent mean field theory is first applied to investigate the thermodynamically stable micellar morphologies as a function of temperature and block copolymer composition. Small-angle x-ray scattering, optical birefringence and shear rheometry are used to study the morphology development during thermal processing. Initial experiments are based on a thermally-reversible alcohol-soluble system that can be converted to an aqueous gel by hydrolysis of a poly(t-butyl methacrylate) block to a poly(methacrylic acid) block. Aligned cylindrical domains are formed in the alcohol-based system when shear is applied in an appropriate temperature regime, which is below the critical micelle temperature but above the temperature at which the relaxation time of the gels becomes too large. Processing strategies for producing the desired cylindrical morphologies are being developed that account for both thermodynamic and kinetic effects.

  10. 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.

  11. Curvature-coupled hydration of Semicrystalline Polymer Amphiphiles yields flexible Worm Micelles but favors rigid Vesicles: polycaprolactone-based block copolymers

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    Rajagopal, Karthikan; Mahmud, Abdullah; Christian, David A.; Pajerowski, J. David; Brown, Andre E. X.; Sharon M Loverde; Discher, Dennis E.

    2010-01-01

    Crystallization processes are in general sensitive to detailed conditions, but our present understanding of underlying mechanisms is insufficient. A crystallizable chain within a diblock copolymer assembly is expected to couple curvature to crystallization and thereby impact rigidity as well as preferred morphology, but the effects on dispersed phases have remained unclear. The hydrophobic polymer polycaprolactone (PCL) is semi-crystalline in bulk (Tm = 60°C) and is shown here to generate fle...

  12. 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 ...

  13. STUDY ON POLYSULFONE-POLYESTER BLOCK COPOLYMERS

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    DING Youjun; QI Daquan

    1988-01-01

    Synthesis and characterization of a series of Polysulfone (PSF)-Polyester (PEs) block copolymers were studied.The degree of randomness (B) of these block copolymers was calculated from the intensities of their proton signals in 1H NMR spectra and lies in the region of 0 < B < 1. It was shown that the degree of randomness (B) and the average sequence length (L) in block copolymers were relatively dependent on the reaction conditions, various feed ratios and structure of diols.The phenomenon was observed, when the PSF-PEs block copolymers dissolved in different solvents they had different viscosities and molecular conformations.The PSF-PEs block copolymers had better solvent resistance than homo-polysulfone.

  14. 125l-Labeled PEO/PLA block copolymer: biodistribution studies in rats

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    Nováková, K.; Lázníček, M.; Rypáček, František; Machová, Luďka

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 17, č. 4 (2002), s. 285-296. ISSN 0883-9115 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4055109 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : block copolymer micelles * poly(D,L-lactide-block-ethylene oxide) * biodistribution Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 0.525, year: 2002

  15. Ultrathin and Micellar Block Copolymer Films for Nanopatterning

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    Möller, Martin

    1998-03-01

    The formation of A-B functionalized surfaces, where nanometer sized A and B patches are distinguished for their different physical and chemical properties, represent a rather virgin field of research. We will present a technology for generating nanosized chemical heterogeneous surfaces by combination of self-organization of metal particle containing diblock copolymer micelles and conventional semiconductor etching techniques. Polystrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) diblock copolymers form reverse micelles in toluene, i.e., a core of P2VP is protected by a shell of PS. Such nanocompartments are used for generating metal or semiconductor particles of equal size in each single micelle in solution. The micelle stabilized particles can be cast to mono micellar films, forming quasi hexagonal arranged lattices. The particle to particle distance (10 to 200nm) is controlled by the polymer shell and the particles size (1 to 20nm) by the micellar compartment. After film formation the polymer shell can be removed comp letely by using an oxygen plasma technique resulting in the deposition of the naked clusters on different substrates without destroying the former particle organization. These highly regular metal or semiconducting nanopatches can cover macroscopic areas (5cm x 5cm). The metal patterns are used for binding single makromolecules or as masks for nanolithography. Epitaxially grown semiconductors like GaAs, InGaAs or InP have been structured by islands or holes and their quantisized band structure has been in vestigated.

  16. Ion Transport in Nanostructured Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Membranes

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    Hoarfrost, Megan Lane

    Incorporating an ionic liquid into one block copolymer microphase provides a platform for combining the outstanding electrochemical properties of ionic liquids with a number of favorable attributes provided by block copolymers. In particular, block copolymers thermodynamically self-assemble into well-ordered nanostructures, which can be engineered to provide a durable mechanical scaffold and template the ionic liquid into continuous ion-conducting nanochannels. Understanding how the addition of an ionic liquid affects the thermodynamic self-assembly of block copolymers, and how the confinement of ionic liquids to block copolymer nanodomains affects their ion-conducting properties is essential for predictable structure-property control. The lyotropic phase behavior of block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures is shown to be reminiscent of mixtures of block copolymers with selective molecular solvents. A variety of ordered microstructures corresponding to lamellae, hexagonally close-packed cylinders, body-centered cubic, and face-centered cubic oriented micelles are observed in a model system composed of mixtures of imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Im][TFSI]) and poly(styrene- b-2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP). In contrast to block copolymer/molecular solvent mixtures, the interfacial area occupied by each PS-b-P2VP chain decreases upon the addition of [Im][TFSI], indicating a considerable increase in the effective segregation strength of the PS-b-P2VP copolymer with ionic liquid addition. The relationship between membrane structure and ionic conductivity is illuminated through the development of scaling relationships that describe the ionic conductivity of block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures as a function of membrane composition and temperature. It is shown that the dominant variable influencing conductivity is the overall volume fraction of ionic liquid in the mixture, which means there is incredible freedom in designing the block copolymer architecture

  17. Functional Nanoporous Polymers from Block Copolymer Precursors

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    Guo, Fengxiao

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Self-assembly of block copolymers provides well-defined morphologies with characteristic length scales in the nanometer range. Nanoporous polymers prepared by selective removal of one block from self-assembled block copolymers offer great technological promise due to their many potential applications as, e.g., membranes for separation and purification, templates for nanostructured materials, sensors, substrates for catalysis, low dielectric constant materials, photonic materials, and...

  18. Grafted block complex coacervate core micelles and their effect on protein adsorption on silica and polystyrene

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    Brzozowska, A.M.; Keizer, de, O.; Norde, W; Detrembleur, C.; Cohen Stuart, M. A.

    2010-01-01

    We have studied the formation and the stability of grafted block complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) in solution and the influence of grafted block C3M coatings on the adsorption of the proteins beta-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin, and lysozyme. The C3Ms consist of a grafted block copolymer PAA(21)-b-PAPEO(14) (poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(acrylate methoxy poly(ethylene oxide)), with a negatively charged PAA block and a neutral PAPEO block and a positively charged homopolymer P2MVPI (po...

  19. Block Copolymer Membranes for Biofuel Purification

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    Evren Ozcam, Ali; Balsara, Nitash

    2012-02-01

    Purification of biofuels such as ethanol is a matter of considerable concern as they are produced in complex multicomponent fermentation broths. Our objective is to design pervaporation membranes for concentrating ethanol from dilute aqueous mixtures. Polystyrene-b-polydimethylsiloxane-b-polystyrene block copolymers were synthesized by anionic polymerization. The polydimethylsiloxane domains provide ethanol-transporting pathways, while the polystyrene domains provide structural integrity for the membrane. The morphology of the membranes is governed by the composition of the block copolymer while the size of the domains is governed by the molecular weight of the block copolymer. Pervaporation data as a function of these two parameters will be presented.

  20. PEO-related block copolymer surfactants

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    Mortensen, K.

    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 of...... such PEG-based block copolymers in aqueous suspensions are reviewed. Based on scattering experiments using either X-ray or neutrons, the phase behavior is characterized, showing that the thermo-reversible gelation is a result of micellar ordering into mesoscopic crystalline phases of cubic, hexagonal...

  1. Functional Nanoporous Polymers from Block Copolymer Precursors

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    Guo, Fengxiao

    functionalities remains a great challenge due to the limitation of available polymer synthesis and the nanoscale confinement of the porous cavities. The main topic of this thesis is to develop methods for fabrication of functional nanoporous polymers from block copolymer precursors. A method has been developed......Abstract Self-assembly of block copolymers provides well-defined morphologies with characteristic length scales in the nanometer range. Nanoporous polymers prepared by selective removal of one block from self-assembled block copolymers offer great technological promise due to their many potential......, where living anionic polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) are combined to synthesize a polydimethylsiloxane-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-b-polystyrene (PDMS-b-PtBA-b-PS) triblock copolymer precursor. By using either anhydrous hydrogen fluoride or trifluoroacetic acid, PtBA block...

  2. Block copolymer membranes for aqueous solution applications

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira

    2016-03-22

    Block copolymers are known for their intricate morphology. We review the state of the art of block copolymer membranes and discuss perspectives in this field. The main focus is on pore morphology tuning with a short introduction on non-porous membranes. The two main strategies for pore formation in block copolymer membranes are (i) film casting and selective block sacrifice and (ii) self-assembly and non-solvent induced phase separation (SNIPS). Different fundamental aspects involved in the manufacture of block copolymer membranes are considered, including factors affecting the equilibrium morphology in solid films, self-assembly of copolymer in solutions and macrophase separation by solvent-non-solvent exchange. Different mechanisms are proposed for different depths of the SNIPS membrane. Block copolymer membranes can be prepared with much narrower pore size distribution than homopolymer membranes. Open questions and indications of what we consider the next development steps are finally discussed. They include the synthesis and application of new copolymers and specific functionalization, adding characteristics to respond to stimuli and chemical environment, polymerization-induced phase separation, and the manufacture of organic-inorganic hybrids.

  3. Structural and Mechanical Hysteresis at the Order-Order Transition of Block Copolymer Micellar Crystals

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    LaFollette, Theresa A.; Lynn M. Walker Walker

    2011-01-01

    Concentrated solutions of a water-soluble block copolymer (PEO)20-(PPO)70-(PEO)20 show a thermoreversible transition from a liquid to a gel. Over a range of concentration there also exists an order-order transition (OOT) between cubically-packed spherical micelles and hexagonally-packed cylindrical micelles. This OOT displays a hysteresis between the heating and cooling transitions that is observed at both the macroscale through rheology and nanoscale through small angle neutron scattering (S...

  4. Structural properties of self-assembled polymeric micelles

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    Mortensen, K.

    1998-01-01

    At present, the thermodynamic understanding of complex copolymer systems is undergoing important developments. Block copolymers aggregate in selective solvents into micelles of various form and size depending on molecular architecture and interaction parameters. The micelles constitute the basis ...

  5. Formation of Polyion Complex (PIC) Micelles and Vesicles with Anionic pH-Responsive Unimer Micelles and Cationic Diblock Copolymers in Water.

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    Ohno, Sayaka; Ishihara, Kazuhiko; Yusa, Shin-Ichi

    2016-04-26

    A random copolymer (p(A/MaU)) of sodium 2-(acrylamido)-2-methylpropanesulfonate (AMPS) and sodium 11-methacrylamidoundecanate (MaU) was prepared via conventional radical polymerization, which formed a unimer micelle under acidic conditions due to intramolecular hydrophobic interactions between the pendant undecanoic acid groups. Under basic conditions, unimer micelles were opened up to an expanded chain conformation by electrostatic repulsion between the pendant sulfonate and undecanoate anions. A cationic diblock copolymer (P163M99) consisting of poly(3-(methacrylamido)propyl)trimethylammonium chloride (PMAPTAC) and hydrophilic polybetaine, 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethylphosphorylcholine (MPC), blocks was prepared via controlled radical polymerization. Mixing of p(A/MaU) and P163M99 in 0.1 M aqueous NaCl under acidic conditions resulted in the formation of spherical polyion complex (PIC) micelles and vesicles, depending on polymer concentration before mixing. Shapes of the PIC micelles and vesicles changed under basic conditions due to collapse of the charge balance between p(A/MaU) and P163M99. The PIC vesicles can incorporate nonionic hydrophilic guest molecules, and the PIC micelles and vesicles can accept hydrophobic guest molecules in the hydrophobic core formed from p(A/MaU). PMID:27048989

  6. Rapid self-assembly of block copolymers to photonic crystals

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    Xia, Yan; Sveinbjornsson, Benjamin R; Grubbs, Robert H; Weitekamp, Raymond; Miyake, Garret M; Atwater, Harry A; Piunova, Victoria; Daeffler, Christopher Scot; Hong, Sung Woo; Gu, Weiyin; Russell, Thomas P.

    2016-07-05

    The invention provides a class of copolymers having useful properties, including brush block copolymers, wedge-type block copolymers and hybrid wedge and polymer block copolymers. In an embodiment, for example, block copolymers of the invention incorporate chemically different blocks comprising polymer size chain groups and/or wedge groups that significantly inhibit chain entanglement, thereby enhancing molecular self-assembly processes for generating a range of supramolecular structures, such as periodic nanostructures and microstructures. The present invention also provides useful methods of making and using copolymers, including block copolymers.

  7. Block copolymer self-assembly and co-assembly : shape function and application

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    Li, F.

    2009-01-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers can, in selective solvents such as water, assemble into various shapes and architectures. Among those, polymer vesicles, polymer micelles and polymer fibers are very popular structures in current nanotechnology. These objects each have their own particular properties and

  8. Prediction of solvent-induced morphological changes of polyelectrolyte diblock copolymer micelles.

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    Li, Nan K; Fuss, William H; Tang, Lei; Gu, Renpeng; Chilkoti, Ashutosh; Zauscher, Stefan; Yingling, Yaroslava G

    2015-11-14

    Self-assembly processes of polyelectrolyte block copolymers are ubiquitous in industrial and biological processes; understanding their physical properties can also provide insights into the design of polyelectrolyte materials with novel and tailored properties. Here, we report systematic analysis on how the ionic strength of the solvent and the length of the polyelectrolyte block affect the self-assembly and morphology of the polyelectrolyte block copolymer materials by constructing a salt-dependent morphological phase diagram using an implicit solvent ionic strength (ISIS) method for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations. This diagram permits the determination of the conditions for the morphological transition into a specific shape, namely vesicles or lamellar aggregates, wormlike/cylindrical micelles, and spherical micelles. The scaling behavior for the size of spherical micelles is predicted, in terms of radius of gyration (R(g,m)) and thickness of corona (Hcorona), as a function of solvent ionic strength (c(s)) and polyelectrolyte length (NA), which are R(g,m) ∼ c(s)(-0.06)N(A)(0.54) and Hcorona ∼ c(s)(-0.11)N(A)(0.75). The simulation results were corroborated through AFM and static light scattering measurements on the example of the self-assembly of monodisperse, single-stranded DNA block-copolynucleotides (polyT50-b-F-dUTP). Overall, we were able to predict the salt-responsive morphology of polyelectrolyte materials in aqueous solution and show that a spherical-cylindrical-lamellar change in morphology can be obtained through an increase in solvent ionic strength or a decrease of polyelectrolyte length. PMID:26315065

  9. Segmental chain dynamics of ABA triblock copolymer micelles in aqueous solution

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    Prabhu, Vivek; Wei, Guangmin; Nagao, Michihiro; Venkataraman, Shrinivas; Yang, Yi Yan; Hedrick, James

    The polymer physics of hierarchical, aqueous self-assembled ABA block copolymers is an active area of research for both advanced materials and biomaterial applications. Scattering-based techniques provide a direct measure of the correlations and structure across multiple length and time scales. Hierarchical clusters of micelles are formed by well-defined poly(ethylene glycol) triblock copolymers with oligo-fluorene hydrophobic end-groups in aqueous solutions. The structure and dynamics of this system was studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and static and dynamic light scattering. We will present new neutron spin-echo spectroscopy (NSE) results that provides direct insight into the segmental chain dynamics constrained by the pi-pi stacking of the oligo-fluorene end groups. The dilute cluster regime within the temperature-composition phase diagram is of current interest. Nist Materials Genome Program.

  10. Time-resolved GISAXS and cryo-microscopy characterization of block copolymer membrane formation

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    Marques, Debora S.

    2014-03-01

    Time-resolved grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and cryo-microscopy were used for the first time to understand the pore evolution by copolymer assembly, leading to the formation of isoporous membranes with exceptional porosity and regularity. The formation of copolymer micelle strings in solution (in DMF/DOX/THF and DMF/DOX) was confirmed by cryo field emission scanning electron microscopy (cryo-FESEM) with a distance of 72 nm between centers of micelles placed in different strings. SAXS measurement of block copolymer solutions in DMF/DOX indicated hexagonal assembly with micelle-to-micelle distance of 84-87 nm for 14-20 wt% copolymer solutions. GISAXS in-plane peaks were detected, revealing order close to hexagonal. The d-spacing corresponding to the first peak in this case was 100-130 nm (lattice constant 115-150 nm) for 17 wt% copolymer solutions evaporating up to 100 s. Time-resolved cryo-FESEM showed the formation of incipient pores on the film surface after 4 s copolymer solution casting with distances between void centers of 125 nm. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Self-assembling Behavior of Amphiphilic Copolymer Containing Cross-linked Hydrophilic Block in Ethanol

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    2007-01-01

    The self-assembly behavior of the amphiphilic block copolymer poly( methyl methacrylate)-block-poly( lead dimethacrylate) (PMMA-b-PLDMA) with cross-linked hydrophilic block (PLDMA) in ethanol was investigated. The results show that the size and morphology of the resulting micelle or micellar aggregates are ascribed to the content of ethanol and the nature of the solvent mixture. PbS nanoparticles were formed in the micelle by in situ reaction with H2S gas. The morphology and size of the self-assembly objects were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  12. Hollow ZIF-8 Nanoworms from Block Copolymer Templates

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    Yu, Haizhou

    2015-10-16

    Recently two quite different types of “nano-containers” have been recognized as attractive potential drug carriers; these are wormlike filamenteous micelles (“filomicelles”) on the one hand and metal organic frameworks on the other hand. In this work we combine these two concepts. We report for the first time the manufacturing of metal organic framework nanotubes with a hollow core. These worm-like tubes are about 200 nm thick and several μm long. The preparation is simple: we first produce long and flexible filament-shaped micelles by block copolymer self-assembly. These filomicelles serve as templates to grow a very thin layer of interconnected ZIF-8 crystals on their surface. Finally the block copolymer is removed by solvent extraction and the hollow ZIF-8 nanotubes remain. These ZIF-NTs are surprisingly stable and withstand purification by centrifugation. The synthesis method is straightforward and can easily be applied for other metal organic framework materials. The ZIF-8 NTs exhibit high loading capacity for the model anti cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) with a pH-triggered release. Hence, a prolonged circulation in the blood stream and a targeted drug release behavior can be expected.

  13. Functionalization of Block Copolymer Vesicle Surfaces

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    Wolfgang Meier

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In dilute aqueous solutions certain amphiphilic block copolymers self-assemble into vesicles that enclose a small pool of water with a membrane. Such polymersomes have promising applications ranging from targeted drug-delivery devices, to biosensors, and nanoreactors. Interactions between block copolymer membranes and their surroundings are important factors that determine their potential biomedical applications. Such interactions are influenced predominantly by the membrane surface. We review methods to functionalize block copolymer vesicle surfaces by chemical means with ligands such as antibodies, adhesion moieties, enzymes, carbohydrates and fluorophores. Furthermore, surface-functionalization can be achieved by self-assembly of polymers that carry ligands at their chain ends or in their hydrophilic blocks. While this review focuses on the strategies to functionalize vesicle surfaces, the applications realized by, and envisioned for, such functional polymersomes are also highlighted.

  14. Ion and temperature sensitive polypeptide block copolymer.

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    Joo, Jae Hee; Ko, Du Young; Moon, Hyo Jung; Shinde, Usha Pramod; Park, Min Hee; Jeong, Byeongmoon

    2014-10-13

    A poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(L-alanine) multiblock copolymer incorporating ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid ([PA-PEG-PA-EDTA(m)) was synthesized as an ion/temperature dual stimuli-sensitive polymer, where the effect of different metal ions (Cu(2+), Zn(2+), and Ca(2+)) on the thermogelation of the polymer aqueous solution was investigated. The dissociation constants between the metal ions and the multiblock copolymer were calculated to be 1.2 × 10(-7), 6.6 × 10(-6), and 1.2 × 10(-4) M for Cu(2+), Zn(2+), and Ca(2+), respectively, implying that the binding affinity of the multiblock copolymer for Cu(2+) is much greater than that for Zn(2+) or Ca(2+). Atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering of the multiblock copolymer containing metal ions suggested micelle formation at low temperature, which aggregated as the temperature increased. Circular dichroism spectra suggested that changes in the α-helical secondary structure of the multiblock copolymer were more pronounced by adding Cu(2+) than other metal ions. The thermogelation of the multiblock copolymer aqueous solution containing Cu(2+) was observed at a lower temperature, and the modulus of the gel was significantly higher than that of the system containing Ca(2+) or Zn(2+), in spite of the same concentration of the metal ions and their same ionic valence of +2. The above results suggested that strong ionic complexes between Cu(2+) and the multiblock copolymer not only affected the secondary structure of the polymer but also facilitated the thermogelation of the polymer aqueous solution through effective salt-bridge formation even in a millimolar range of the metal ion concentration. Therefore, binding affinity of metal ions for polymers should be considered first in designing an effective ion/temperature dual stimuli-sensitive polymer. PMID:25178662

  15. Janus Micelles

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    Erhardt, R.; Böker, A.; Zettl, H; H. KAYA; PYCKHOUT-HINTZEN, W.; Krausch, G.; Abetz, V.; A. Müller

    2001-01-01

    A novel strategy to synthesize amphiphilic surface-compartmentalized nanoparticles based on linear ABC triblock copolymers is presented. These so-called Janus micelles consist of a cross-linked core and a corona with a "northern" and a "southern" hemisphere. Selectively cross-linking spherical domains of the polybutadiene middle block in a well-ordered bulk morphology of a polystyrene-block-polybutadiene-block-poly( methyl methacrylate) triblock copolymer (SBM) leads to the conservation of th...

  16. Substrate tolerant direct block copolymer nanolithography

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    Li, Tao; Wang, Zhongli; Schulte, Lars;

    2016-01-01

    simplifies the main stream BC lithography process, showing a broad substrate tolerance and allowing for efficient pattern transfer over wafer scale. PDMS-rich poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (PS-b-PDMS) copolymers are directly applied on substrates including polymers, silicon and graphene. A single oxygen......Block copolymer (BC) self-assembly constitutes a powerful platform for nanolithography. However, there is a need for a general approach to BC lithography that critically considers all the steps from substrate preparation to the final pattern transfer. We present a procedure that significantly...... plasma treatment enables formation of the oxidized PDMS hard mask, PS block removal and polymer or graphene substrate patterning....

  17. Facile synthesis and characterization of novel biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups

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    Novel amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups polylactide-b–poly(3,3-bis(Hydroxymethyl–triazolylmethyl) oxetane)-b–polylactide (PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA) were synthesized via a facile and efficient method. First, the block copolymer intermediates polylactide-b–poly(3,3-Diazidomethyloxetane)-b–polylactide (PLA-b–PBAMO-b–PLA) were synthesized through ring-opening polymerization of lactide using PBAMO as a macroinitiator. Following “Click” reaction of PLA-b–PBAMO-b–PLA with propargyl alcohol provided the targeted amphiphilic block copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA with pendant hydroxyl groups. The composition and structure of prepared copolymers were characterized by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The self-assembly behavior of the copolymers in water was investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS). The results showed that the novel copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA self-assembled into spherical micelles with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 200 nm in aqueous solution. These copolymers also exhibited low critical micellar concentrations (CMC: 6.9 × 10−4 mg/mL and 3.9 × 10−5 mg/mL, respectively). In addition, the in vitro cytotoxicity of these copolymers was determined in the presence of L929 cells. The results showed that the block copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA exhibited better biocompatibility. Therefore, these well-defined copolymers are expected to find some applications in drug delivery or tissue engineering. - Highlights: • The method to synthesize PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA is relatively facile and efficient. • PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA self-assembles into spherical micelles with low CMC in water. • PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA exhibits better biocompatibility and biodegradability

  18. Facile synthesis and characterization of novel biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups

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    Hu, Gaicen; Fan, Xiaoshan; Xu, Bingcan; Zhang, Delong; Hu, Zhiguo, E-mail: zghu@htu.cn

    2014-10-01

    Novel amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups polylactide-b–poly(3,3-bis(Hydroxymethyl–triazolylmethyl) oxetane)-b–polylactide (PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA) were synthesized via a facile and efficient method. First, the block copolymer intermediates polylactide-b–poly(3,3-Diazidomethyloxetane)-b–polylactide (PLA-b–PBAMO-b–PLA) were synthesized through ring-opening polymerization of lactide using PBAMO as a macroinitiator. Following “Click” reaction of PLA-b–PBAMO-b–PLA with propargyl alcohol provided the targeted amphiphilic block copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA with pendant hydroxyl groups. The composition and structure of prepared copolymers were characterized by {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 1}H NMR) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The self-assembly behavior of the copolymers in water was investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS). The results showed that the novel copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA self-assembled into spherical micelles with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 200 nm in aqueous solution. These copolymers also exhibited low critical micellar concentrations (CMC: 6.9 × 10{sup −4} mg/mL and 3.9 × 10{sup −5} mg/mL, respectively). In addition, the in vitro cytotoxicity of these copolymers was determined in the presence of L929 cells. The results showed that the block copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA exhibited better biocompatibility. Therefore, these well-defined copolymers are expected to find some applications in drug delivery or tissue engineering. - Highlights: • The method to synthesize PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA is relatively facile and efficient. • PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA self-assembles into spherical micelles with low CMC in water. • PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA exhibits better biocompatibility and biodegradability.

  19. Asymmetrical Self-assembly From Fluorinated and Sulfonated Block Copolymers in Aqueous Media

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    Wang, Xiaojun [ORNL; Hong, Kunlun [ORNL; Baskaran, Durairaj [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Goswami, Monojoy [ORNL; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Mays, Jimmy [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Block copolymers of fluorinated isoprene and partially sulfonated styrene form novel tapered rods and ribbon-like micelles in aqueous media due to a distribution of sulfonation sites and a large Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. A combination of microscopy, light scattering, and simulation demonstrates the presence of these unique nanostructures. This study sheds light on the micellization behavior of amphiphilic block polymers by revealing a new mechanism of self-assembly.

  20. Micellization kinetics in block copolymer solutions : Scaling model

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    Dormidontova, EE

    1999-01-01

    The kinetics of micelle evolution of diblock copolymers from unimers toward the equilibrium state is studied analytically on the basis of consideration of the kinetic equations. The association/dissociation rate constants for unimer insertion/expulsion and micelle fusion/fission are calculated by ap

  1. Thermodynamic Interactions in Organometallic Block Copolymers

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    The thermodynamic interactions in anionically synthesized poly(styrene-block-ferrocenyldimethylsilane) (SF) copolymers were examined using birefringence, small angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS and SANS). We show that birefringence detection of the order-disorder transition is possible in colored samples provided the wavelength of the incident beam is in the tail of the absorption spectrum. The location of the order-disorder transition was confirmed by SAXS. The temperature-dependence of the Flory-Huggins parameter, χ, of SF copolymers, determined by SAXS, is similar in magnitude to that between polystyrene and polyisoprene chains. We find that χ is independent of block copolymer composition (within experimental error). We also demonstrate that the neutron scattering length densities of styrene and ferrocenyldimethylsilane moieties are identical due to a surprising cancellation of factors related to density and atomic composition

  2. Manipulating the morphologies of poly(vinyl alcohol) block copolymer surfactants

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    Repollet-Pedrosa, Milton H.

    Amphiphilic block copolymers (ABCs) are macromolecules containing well-defined hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments that self-assemble into nanoscale aggregates such as spherical and cylindrical micelles and vesicles, when dispersed in block-selective solvents. ABCs possess a miniscule critical micelle concentration, which results in kinetically trapped and persistent assemblies in solution with slow chain exchange between aggregates. This makes them useful as rheological modifiers for personal care products, enhanced oil recovery, and drug delivery formulations. Their utility in many of these applications is crucially dependent on the ability to control the micellar morphologies that they adopt in selective solvents. Triggering ABC micellar morphological transformations, i.e. from spherical to cylindrical micelles, is important for generating "on-demand" stimuli-responsive morphologies that control the aggregate morphology and the bulk solution properties in any given application. In this thesis, we develop the straightforward synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible ABCs comprised of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), with narrow molecular distributions and variable yet well-defined compositions. These block copolymer amphiphiles readily form spherical micelles in aqueous dispersions. We demonstrate that the addition of a water-soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) homopolymer to these dispersions results in a rapid transformation of these spherical micelles into cylindrical micelles. Dilution of these cylindrical micelles with water induces their reversion to spherical micelles. Our results indicate that the reversible morphology change depends sensitively on the PEO homopolymer concentration and molecular weight, as well as the length of the PVA corona block of the micelles. Through a series of quantitative 1H NMR studies, we found that the preferential partitioning of PEO homopolymer into the PVAc micellar core drives this morphological

  3. Fabrication and study of properties of magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of polystyrene-block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate

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    Loginova, T. P., E-mail: tlg@ineos.ac.ru; Timofeeva, G. I.; Lependina, O. L.; Shandintsev, V. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds (Russian Federation); Matyushin, A. A. [Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation, First Moscow State Medical University (Russian Federation); Khotina, I. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds (Russian Federation); Shtykova, E. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    Magnetite nanoparticles have been formed for the first time in hybrid micelles of polystyrene-block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate in water by ultrasonic treatment at room temperature. An analysis by small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of block copolymer and sodium dodecyl sulfate are polydesperse (have sizes from 0.5 to 20 nm). The specific magnetization of solid samples has been measured.

  4. Fabrication and study of properties of magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of polystyrene- block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate

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    Loginova, T. P.; Timofeeva, G. I.; Lependina, O. L.; Shandintsev, V. A.; Matyushin, A. A.; Khotina, I. A.; Shtykova, E. V.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetite nanoparticles have been formed for the first time in hybrid micelles of polystyrene- block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate in water by ultrasonic treatment at room temperature. An analysis by small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of block copolymer and sodium dodecyl sulfate are polydesperse (have sizes from 0.5 to 20 nm). The specific magnetization of solid samples has been measured.

  5. Fabrication and study of properties of magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of polystyrene-block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate

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    Magnetite nanoparticles have been formed for the first time in hybrid micelles of polystyrene-block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate in water by ultrasonic treatment at room temperature. An analysis by small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of block copolymer and sodium dodecyl sulfate are polydesperse (have sizes from 0.5 to 20 nm). The specific magnetization of solid samples has been measured

  6. Monodisperse Cylindrical Micelles and Block Comicelles of Controlled Length in Aqueous Media.

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    Nazemi, Ali; Boott, Charlotte E; Lunn, David J; Gwyther, Jessica; Hayward, Dominic W; Richardson, Robert M; Winnik, Mitchell A; Manners, Ian

    2016-04-01

    Cylindrical block copolymer micelles have shown considerable promise in various fields of biomedical research. However, unlike spherical micelles and vesicles, control over their dimensions in biologically relevant solvents has posed a key challenge that potentially limits in depth studies and their optimization for applications. Here, we report the preparation of cylindrical micelles of length in the wide range of 70 nm to 1.10 μm in aqueous media with narrow length distributions (length polydispersities crystallization-driven self-assembly. Successful dispersion of these micelles into aqueous media was achieved by dialysis against deionized water. Furthermore, B-A-B amphiphilic triblock comicelles with PFS-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) as hydrophobic "B" blocks and hydrophilic PFS-b-(PEO-g-TEG) "A" segments were prepared and their hierarchical self-assembly in aqueous media studied. It was found that superstructures formed are dependent on the length of the hydrophobic blocks. Quaternization of P2VP was shown to cause the disassembly of the superstructures, resulting in the first examples of water-soluble cylindrical multiblock comicelles. We also demonstrate the ability of the triblock comicelles with quaternized terminal segments to complex DNA and, thus, to potentially function as gene vectors. PMID:27049840

  7. Regulating block copolymer phases via selective homopolymers

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    The phase behavior of strongly segregated AB diblock copolymer and selective C homopolymer blends is examined theoretically using a combination of strong stretching theory (SST) and self-consistent field theory (SCFT). The C-homopolymer is immiscible with the B-blocks but strongly attractive with the A-blocks. The effect of homopolymer content on the order-order phase transitions is analyzed. It is observed that, for AB diblock copolymers with majority A-blocks, the addition of the C-homopolymers results in lamellar to cylindrical to spherical phase transitions because of the A/C complexation. For diblock copolymers with minor A-blocks, adding C-homopolymers leads to transitions from spherical or cylindrical morphology with A-rich core to lamellae to inverted cylindrical and spherical morphologies with B-rich core. The results from analytical SST and numerical SCFT are in good agreement within most regions of the phase diagram. But the deviation becomes more obvious when the composition of A-blocks is too small and the content of added C-homopolymers is large enough, where the SCFT predicts a narrow co-existence region between different ordered phases. Furthermore, it is found that the phase behavior of the system is insensitive to the molecular weight of C-homopolymer

  8. Meso-scale Modeling of Block Copolymers Self-Assembly in Casting Solutions for Membrane Manufacture

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    Moreno Chaparro, Nicolas

    2016-05-01

    Isoporous membranes manufactured from diblock copolymer are successfully produced at laboratory scale under controlled conditions. Because of the complex phenomena involved, membrane preparation requires trial and error methodologies to find the optimal conditions, leading to a considerable demand of resources. Experimental insights demonstrate that the self-assembly of the block copolymers in solution has an effect on the final membrane structure. Nevertheless, the complete understanding of these multi-scale phenomena is elusive. Herein we use the coarse-grained method Dissipative Particle Dynamics to study the self-assembly of block copolymers that are used for the preparation of the membranes. To simulate representative time and length scales, we introduce a framework for model reduction of polymer chain representations for dissipative particle dynamics, which preserves the properties governing the phase equilibria. We reduce the number of degrees of freedom by accounting for the correlation between beads in fine-grained models via power laws and the consistent scaling of the simulation parameters. The coarse-graining models are consistent with the experimental evidence, showing a morphological transition of the aggregates as the polymer concentration and solvent affinity change. We show that hexagonal packing of the micelles can occur in solution within different windows of polymer concentration depending on the solvent affinity. However, the shape and size dispersion of the micelles determine the characteristic arrangement. We describe the order of crew-cut micelles using a rigid-sphere approximation and propose different phase parameters that characterize the emergence of monodisperse-spherical micelles in solution. Additionally, we investigate the effect of blending asymmetric diblock copolymers (AB/AC) over the properties of the membranes. We observe that the co-assembly mechanism localizes the AC molecules at the interface of A and B domains, and induces

  9. 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.

  10. Hybrid, Nanoscale Phospholipid/Block Copolymer Vesicles

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    Bo Liedberg

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid phospholipid/block copolymer vesicles, in which the polymeric membrane is blended with phospholipids, display interesting self-assembly behavior, incorporating the robustness and chemical versatility of polymersomes with the softness and biocompatibility of liposomes. Such structures can be conveniently characterized by preparing giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs via electroformation. Here, we are interested in exploring the self-assembly and properties of the analogous nanoscale hybrid vesicles (ca. 100 nm in diameter of the same composition prepared by film-hydration and extrusion. We show that the self-assembly and content-release behavior of nanoscale polybutadiene-b-poly(ethylene oxide (PB-PEO/1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (POPC hybrid phospholipid/block copolymer vesicles can be tuned by the mixing ratio of the amphiphiles. In brief, these hybrids may provide alternative tools for drug delivery purposes and molecular imaging/sensing applications and clearly open up new avenues for further investigation.

  11. Polyelectrolyte complex micelles by self-assembly of polypeptide-based triblock copolymer for doxorubicin delivery

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    Jeong Hwan Kim

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Polyelectrolyte complex micelles were prepared by self-assembly of polypeptide-based triblock copolymer as a new drug carrier for cancer chemotherapy. The triblock copolymer, poly(l-aspartic acid-b-poly(ethylene glycol-b-poly(l-aspartic acid (PLD-b-PEG-b-PLD, spontaneously self-assembled with doxorubicin (DOX via electrostatic interactions to form spherical micelles with a particle size of 60–80 nm (triblock ionomer complexes micelles, TBIC micelles. These micelles exhibited a high loading capacity of 70% (w/w at a drug/polymer ratio of 0.5 at pH 7.0. They showed pH-responsive release patterns, with higher release at acidic pH than at physiological pH. Furthermore, DOX-loaded TBIC micelles exerted less cytotoxicity than free DOX in the A-549 human lung cancer cell line. Confocal microscopy in A-549 cells indicated that DOX-loaded TBIC micelles were transported into lysosomes via endocytosis. These micelles possessed favorable pharmacokinetic characteristics and showed sustained DOX release in rats. Overall, these findings indicate that PLD-b-PEG-b-PLD polypeptide micelles are a promising approach for anti-cancer drug delivery.

  12. Materials Design for Block Copolymer Lithography

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    Sweat, Daniel Patrick

    Block copolymers (BCPs) have attracted a great deal of scientific and technological interest due to their ability to spontaneously self-assemble into dense periodic nanostructures with a typical length scale of 5 to 50 nm. The use of self-assembled BCP thin-films as templates to form nanopatterns over large-area is referred to as BCP lithography. Directed self-assembly of BCPs is now viewed as a viable candidate for sub-20 nm lithography by the semiconductor industry. However, there are multiple aspects of assembly and materials design that need to be addressed in order for BCP lithography to be successful. These include substrate modification with polymer brushes or mats, tailoring of the block copolymer chemistry, understanding thin-film assembly and developing epitaxial like methods to control long range alignment. The rational design, synthesis and self-assembly of block copolymers with large interaction parameters (chi) is described in the first part of this dissertation. Two main blocks were chosen for introducing polarity into the BCP system, namely poly(4-hydroxystyrene) and poly(2-vinylpyridine). Each of these blocks are capable of ligating Lewis acids which can increase the etch contrast between the blocks allowing for facile pattern transfer to the underlying substrate. These BCPs were synthesized by living anionic polymerization and showed excellent control over molecular weight and dispersity, providing access to sub 5-nm domain sizes. Polymer brushes consist of a polymer chain with one end tethered to the surface and have wide applicability in tuning surface energy, forming responsive surfaces and increasing biocompatibility. In the second part of the dissertation, we present a universal method to grow dense polymer brushes on a wide range of substrates and combine this chemistry with BCP assembly to fabricate nanopatterned polymer brushes. This is the first demonstration of introducing additional functionality into a BCP directing layer and opens up

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Stimuli Responsive Block Copolymers, Self-Assembly Behavior and Applications

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    Michael Duane Determan

    2005-12-17

    The central theme of this thesis work is to develop new block copolymer materials for biomedical applications. While there are many reports of stimuli-responsive amphiphilic [19-21] and crosslinked hydrogel materials [22], the development of an in situ gel forming, pH responsive pentablock copolymer is a novel contribution to the field, Figure 1.1 is a sketch of an ABCBA pentablock copolymer. The A blocks are cationic tertiary amine methacrylates blocked to a central Pluronic F127 triblock copolymer. In addition to the prerequisite synthetic and macromolecular characterization of these new materials, the self-assembled supramolecular structures formed by the pentablock were experimentally evaluated. This synthesis and characterization process serves to elucidate the important structure property relationships of these novel materials, The pH and temperature responsive behavior of the pentablock copolymer were explored especially with consideration towards injectable drug delivery applications. Future synthesis work will focus on enhancing and tuning the cell specific targeting of DNA/pentablock copolymer polyplexes. The specific goals of this research are: (1) Develop a synthetic route for gel forming pentablock block copolymers with pH and temperature sensitive properties. Synthesis of these novel copolymers is accomplished with ATRP, yielding low polydispersity and control of the block copolymer architecture. Well defined macromolecular characteristics are required to tailor the phase behavior of these materials. (2) Characterize relationship between the size and shape of pentablock copolymer micelles and gel structure and the pH and temperature of the copolymer solutions with SAXS, SANS and CryoTEM. (3) Evaluate the temperature and pH induced phase separation and macroscopic self-assembly phenomenon of the pentablock copolymer. (4) Utilize the knowledge gained from first three goals to design and formulate drug delivery formulations based on the multi

  14. Contrast variation SANS experiments to the study of detergent-induced micellization of block copolymers

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    V K Aswal; J Kohlbrecher

    2004-08-01

    PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer P85 [(EO)26 (PO)39 (EO)26] dissolves as unimers and detergent sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) forms micelles in aqueous solution at 20°C. The mixing of detergent with triblock copolymer induces the micellization of triblock copolymers. Contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering measurements show that triblock copolymer forms mixed micelles with detergent and the mixing of two components in the mixed micelles is uniform.

  15. Use of Superparamagnetic Nanoparticle/Block Copolymer Electrostatic Complexes as Contrast Agents in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Berret, Jean-Francois; Cartier, Regis

    2007-01-01

    During the past years we have investigated the complexation between nanocolloids and oppositely charged polymers. The nanocolloids examined were ionic surfactant micelles and inorganic oxide nanoparticles. For the polymers, we used homopolyelectrolytes and block copolymers with linear and comb architectures. In general, the attractive interactions between oppositely charged species are strong and as such, the simple mixing of solutions containing dispersed constituents yield to a precipitatio...

  16. Block copolymer self-assembly and co-assembly : shape function and application

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    Li, F

    2009-01-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers can, in selective solvents such as water, assemble into various shapes and architectures. Among those, polymer vesicles, polymer micelles and polymer fibers are very popular structures in current nanotechnology. These objects each have their own particular properties and can serve as containers or templates for different nanotechnological applications. Polymer vesicles, for example, can encapsulate both hydrophobic and hydrophilic molecules, and are therefore cons...

  17. Facile synthesis and characterization of novel biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups.

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    Hu, Gaicen; Fan, Xiaoshan; Xu, Bingcan; Zhang, Delong; Hu, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    Novel amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups polylactide-b-poly(3,3-bis(Hydroxymethyl-triazolylmethyl) oxetane)-b-polylactide (PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA) were synthesized via a facile and efficient method. First, the block copolymer intermediates polylactide-b-poly(3,3-Diazidomethyloxetane)-b-polylactide (PLA-b-PBAMO-b-PLA) were synthesized through ring-opening polymerization of lactide using PBAMO as a macroinitiator. Following "Click" reaction of PLA-b-PBAMO-b-PLA with propargyl alcohol provided the targeted amphiphilic block copolymers PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA with pendant hydroxyl groups. The composition and structure of prepared copolymers were characterized by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The self-assembly behavior of the copolymers in water was investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS). The results showed that the novel copolymers PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA self-assembled into spherical micelles with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 200 nm in aqueous solution. These copolymers also exhibited low critical micellar concentrations (CMC: 6.9 × 10(-4)mg/mL and 3.9 × 10(-5)mg/mL, respectively). In addition, the in vitro cytotoxicity of these copolymers was determined in the presence of L929 cells. The results showed that the block copolymers PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA exhibited better biocompatibility. Therefore, these well-defined copolymers are expected to find some applications in drug delivery or tissue engineering. PMID:25175206

  18. A concise review of dynamical processes in polymorphic environments of a block copolymer: Rotational diffusion and photoisomerization

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    K S Mali; G B Dutt

    2007-03-01

    This article describes our ongoing efforts to understand dynamical processes such as rotational diffusion and photoisomerization in polymorphic environments of a block copolymer. The objective is to explore how the typical properties of a block copolymer solution such as critical micelle temperature (CMT) and temperature-induced sol-gel transition influence the rotational diffusion of hydrophobic solute molecules. Rotational diffusion of solute molecules differs significantly below and above the CMT of a block copolymer solution, while there is no influence of sol-gel transition on solute rotation. This is rationalized on the basis of the site of solubilization of the solute molecules which is the palisade layer of the micelles in both phases and unaffected by gelation. A similar result has been obtained in case of photoisomerization studies carried out with a carbocyanine derivative in the sol and gel phases of the block copolymer. The isomerization studies have been extended to the reverse phases (sol and gel phases) of the block copolymer to explore the nature of the water present in the cores of the reverse micelles. Our results provide evidence for the existence of water droplets with properties resembling bulk water. In essence, we show that despite having vastly differing bulk properties, both the solution and gel phases (normal as well as reverse) offer identical microscopic environment.

  19. Self-Assembled Polymeric Micelles Based on Hyaluronic Acid-g-Poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide Copolymer for Tumor Targeting

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    Gyung Mo Son

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Graft copolymer composed hyaluronic acid (HA and poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA (HAgLG was synthesized for antitumor targeting via CD44 receptor of tumor cells. The carboxylic end of PLGA was conjugated with hexamethylenediamine (HMDA to have amine end group in the end of chain (PLGA-amine. PLGA-amine was coupled with carboxylic acid of HA. Self-assembled polymeric micelles of HAgLG have spherical morphologies and their sizes were around 50–200 nm. Doxorubicin (DOX-incorporated polymeric micelles were prepared by dialysis procedure. DOX was released over 4 days and its release rate was accelerated by the tumoric enzyme hyaluronidase. To assess targetability of polymeric micelles, CD44-positive HepG2 cells were employed treated with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC-labeled polymeric micelles. HepG2 cells strongly expressed green fluorescence at the cell membrane and cytosol. However, internalization of polymeric micelles were significantly decreased when free HA was pretreated to block the CD44 receptor. Furthermore, the CD44-specific anticancer activity of HAgLG polymeric micelles was confirmed using CD44-negative CT26 cells and CD44-positive HepG2 cells. These results indicated that polymeric micelles of HaLG polymeric micelles have targetability against CD44 receptor of tumor cells. We suggest HAgLG polymeric micelles as a promising candidate for specific drug targeting.

  20. From Block Copolymers to Nano-porous Materials

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    Vigild, Martin Etchells; Ndoni, Sokol; Berg, Rolf Henrik

    2003-01-01

    Quantitative etching of the polydimethylsiloxane block in a series of polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane (PS-PDMS) block copolymers is reported. Reacting the block copolymer with anhydrous hydrogen fluoride (HF) renders a nanoporous material with the remaining PS maintaining the original morphology...

  1. Ion Transport in Nanostructured Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Membranes

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    Hoarfrost, Megan Lane

    2012-01-01

    Incorporating an ionic liquid into one block copolymer microphase provides a platform for combining the outstanding electrochemical properties of ionic liquids with a number of favorable attributes provided by block copolymers. In particular, block copolymers thermodynamically self-assemble into well-ordered nanostructures, which can be engineered to provide a durable mechanical scaffold and template the ionic liquid into continuous ion-conducting nanochannels. Understanding how the additio...

  2. Entropic effects, shape, and size of mixed micelles formed by copolymers with complex architectures.

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    Kalogirou, Andreas; Gergidis, Leonidas N; Moultos, Othonas; Vlahos, Costas

    2015-11-01

    The entropic effects in the comicellization behavior of amphiphilic AB copolymers differing in the chain size of solvophilic A parts were studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, mixtures of miktoarm star copolymers differing in the molecular weight of solvophilic arms were investigated. We found that the critical micelle concentration values show a positive deviation from the analytical predictions of the molecular theory of comicellization for chemically identical copolymers. This can be attributed to the effective interactions between copolymers originated from the arm size asymmetry. The effective interactions induce a very small decrease in the aggregation number of preferential micelles triggering the nonrandom mixing between the solvophilic moieties in the corona. Additionally, in order to specify how the chain architecture affects the size distribution and the shape of mixed micelles we studied star-shaped, H-shaped, and homo-linked-rings-linear mixtures. In the first case the individual constituents form micelles with preferential and wide aggregation numbers and in the latter case the individual constituents form wormlike and spherical micelles. PMID:26651715

  3. N-isopropylacrylamide copolymers for the preparation of pH-sensitive liposomes and polymeric micelles.

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    Leroux, J; Roux, E; Le Garrec, D; Hong, K; Drummond, D C

    2001-05-14

    Hydrophobically-modified copolymers of N-isopropylacrylamide bearing a pH-sensitive moiety were investigated for the preparation of pH-responsive liposomes and polymeric micelles. The copolymers having the hydrophobic anchor randomly distributed within the polymeric chain were found to more efficiently destabilize egg phosphatidylcholine (EPC)/cholesterol liposomes than the alkyl terminated polymers. Release of both a highly-water soluble fluorescent contents marker, pyranine, and an amphipathic cytotoxic anti-cancer drug, doxorubicin, from copolymer-modified liposomes was shown to be dependent on pH, the concentration of copolymer, the presence of other polymers such as polyethylene glycol, and the method of preparation. Both polymers were able to partially stabilize EPC liposomes in human serum. These polymers were found to self-assemble to form micelles. The critical association concentration was low (9--34 mg/l) and influenced by the position of the alkyl chains. In phosphate buffered saline, the micelles had a bimodal size distribution with the predominant population having a mean diameter of 35 nm. The polymeric micelles were studied as a delivery system for the photosensitizer aluminum chloride phthalocyanine, (AlClPc), currently evaluated in photodynamic therapy. pH-Responsive polymeric micelles loaded with AlClPc were found to exhibit increased cytotoxicity against EMT-6 mouse mammary cells in vitro than the control Cremophor EL formulation. PMID:11389986

  4. Reversible Micro- and Nano- Phase Programming of Anthraquinone Thermochromism Using Blended Block Copolymers.

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    Zhang, Yumiao; Lovell, Jonathan F

    2015-12-22

    Here, we present an approach to generate materials with programmable thermochromic transition temperatures (TTTs), based on the reversible microcrystallization of anthraquinone dyes with the assistance of blended Pluronic block copolymers. At temperatures above block copolymer critical micellization temperature (CMT), hydrophobic anthraquinone dyes, including Sudan blue II, were dispersed in copolymer micelles, whereas at lower temperature, the dyes formed microcrystals driven by dye-dye and dye-Pluronic molecular interactions. The crystallization process altered the optical properties of the dye with bathochromatic shifts detectable by eye and the thermochromic process was fully reversible. Not only could Pluronic reversibly incorporate the anthraquinone dyes into micelles at elevated temperatures, but it also modulated the crystallization process and resulting morphology of microcrystals via tuning the molecular interactions when the temperature was lowered. Crystal melting transition points (and TTTs) were in agreement with the CMTs, demonstrating that the thermochromism was dependent on block copolymer micellization. Thermochromism could be readily programmed over a broad range of temperatures by changing the CMT by using different types and concentrations of Pluronics and combinations thereof. PMID:26626998

  5. Light Scattering, Atomic Force Microscopy and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Studies of Polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) Micelles

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    Štěpánek, M.; Humpolíčková, J.; Procházka, K.; Hof, Martin; Tuzar, Zdeněk; Špírková, Milena; Wolff, T.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 68, č. 10 (2003), s. 2120-2138. ISSN 0010-0765 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LN00A032; GA ČR GA203/01/0536; GA ČR GA203/01/0735 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913; CEZ:AV0Z4040901 Keywords : block copolymer micelles * water-soluble polymers * polystyrene Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.041, year: 2003

  6. Self-consistent field predictions for quenched spherical biocompatible triblock copolymer micelle

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    Lebouille, J.G.J.L.; Tuinier, R.; Vleugels, L.F.W.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Leermakers, F.A.M.

    2013-01-01

    We have used the Scheutjens–Fleer self-consistent field (SF-SCF) method to predict the self-assembly of triblock copolymers with a solvophilic middle block and sufficiently long solvophobic outer blocks. We model copolymers consisting of polyethylene oxide (PEO) as the solvophilic block and poly(lac

  7. Oriented Protein Nanoarrays on Block Copolymer Template.

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    Shen, Lei; Zhu, Jintao

    2016-03-01

    Here, a simple yet robust method is developed to fabricate oriented protein nanoarrays by employing a block copolymer (BCP) template, which presents nano-scaled spot areas at high-density arrays. Unlike the conventional BCP nanolithography, the BCP platform described here resists nonspecific protein adsorption and prevents the denaturation of immobilized proteins in aqueous solution. The orderly arranged array areas are functionalized by linking chemistry which allows for the precise control of protein orientation. This approach allows us to generate potentially oriented protein nanoarrays at high-density array spots, which is useful for miniaturized nanoarrays within high-throughput proteomic applications. PMID:26785818

  8. Comparing Fluid and Elastic Block Copolymer Shells

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    Rozairo, Damith; Croll, Andrew B.

    2014-03-01

    Emulsions can be stabilized with the addition of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, resulting in droplets surrounded and protected by a polymer monolayer. Such droplets show considerable promise as advanced cargo carriers in pharmaceuticals or cosmetics due to their strength and responsiveness. Diblock copolymer interfaces remain mostly fluid and may not be able to attain the mechanical performance desired by industry. To strengthen block copolymer emulsion droplets we have developed a novel method for creating thin elastic shells using polystyrene-b-poly(acrylic acid)-b-polystyrene (PS-PAA-PS). Characterization of the fluid filled elastic shells is difficult with traditional means which lead us to develop a new and general method of mechanical measurement. Specifically, we use laser scanning confocal microscopy to achieve a high resolution measure of the deformation of soft spheres under the influence of gravity. To prove the resilience of the technique we examine both a polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) stabilized emulsion and the PS-PAA-PS emulsion. The mechanical measurement allows the physics of the polymer at the interface to be examined, which will ultimately lead to the rational development of these technologies.

  9. Sphere-to-rod transition of triblock copolymer micelles at room temperature

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    R Ganguly; V K Aswal; P A Hassan; I K Gopalakrishnan; J V Yakhmi

    2004-08-01

    A room temperature sphere-to-rod transition of the polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide-based triblock copolymer, (PEO)20 (PPO)70 (PEO)20 micelles have been observed in aqueous medium under the influence of ethanol and sodium chloride. Addition of 5-10% ethanol induces a high temperature sphere-to-rod transition of the micelles, which is brought to room temperature upon addition of NaCl. The inference about the change in the shape of the micelles has been drawn from small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and viscosity studies.

  10. Synthesis and Morphological Characterization of Block Copolymers for Improved Biomaterials

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    Schricker, Scott; Palacio, Manuel; Thirumamagal, B.T.S.; Bhushan, Bharat

    2010-01-01

    Biocompatible polymers are known to act as scaffolds for the regeneration and growth of bone. Block copolymers are of interest as scaffold materials because a number of the blocks are biocompatible, and their nanostructure is easily tunable with synthetic techniques. In this paper, we report the synthesis of a novel class of biomaterials from block copolymers containing a hydrophobic block of methyl methacrylate and a hydrophilic block of either acrylic acid, dimethyl acrylamide, or 2-hydroxy...

  11. Preparation and self-assembly behavior of polystyrene-block-poly (dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate amphiphilic block copolymer using atom transfer radical polymerization

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    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Asymmetric and semi-symmetric amphiphilic diblock copolymers polystyrene-block-poly (dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (PS-b-PDMAEMA with the same PS block length of 62 repeat units and quite short (3 repeat units or equivalent (47 repeat units length of PDMAEMA have been prepared simply by varying the ratio of the bromine-terminated macroinitiator polystyrene (PS-Br to DMAEMA using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP. The chemical structures and compositions of the PS-b-PDMAEMA block copolymers are studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC, and elementary analysis (EA. The self-assembly behaviors of copolymers in N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF with different pH and dioxane/water binary solvent mixture by direct dissolution method (DD, are studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, electron diffracting analysis (EDA, and energy-dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX techniques. Transmission electron microscopy results suggest that asymmetric block copolymer PS62-b-PDMAEMA3 (the numbers in the form of footnotes represent repeated units of each monomer in the copolymer can form spherical core-shell micelles, large compound reverse micelles (LCRMs, hexagonal/rhombic phases, reverse hexagonal/rhombic phases, vesicles, reverse vesicles and necklace-like reverse micelles, controlled by common or selective solvent and pH, while most of the aggregates of semi-symmetric PS62-b-PDMAEMA47 are simply spherical, such as spherical core-shell micelles and reverse spherical core-shell micelles, besides hexagonal/rhombic phases. All above structures are controlled by three components of the free energy of aggregation: core-chain stretching, interfacial energy and intercoronal chain interaction.

  12. Interface-enforced complexation between copolymer blocks.

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    Steinschulte, Alexander A; Xu, Weinan; Draber, Fabian; Hebbeker, Pascal; Jung, Andre; Bogdanovski, Dimitri; Schneider, Stefanie; Tsukruk, Vladimir V; Plamper, Felix A

    2015-05-14

    Binary diblock copolymers and corresponding ternary miktoarm stars are studied at oil-water interfaces. All polymers contain oil-soluble poly(propylene oxide) PPO, water-soluble poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) PDMAEMA and/or poly(ethylene oxide) PEO. The features of their Langmuir compression isotherms are well related to the ones of the corresponding homopolymers. Within the Langmuir-trough, PEO-b-PPO acts as the most effective amphiphile compared to the other PPO-containing copolymers. In contrast, the compression isotherms show a complexation of PPO and PDMAEMA for PPO-b-PDMAEMA and the star, reducing their overall amphiphilicity. Such complex formation between the blocks of PPO-b-PDMAEMA is prevented in bulk water but facilitated at the interface. The weakly-interacting blocks of PPO-b-PDMAEMA form a complex due to their enhanced proximity in such confined environments. Scanning force microscopy and Monte Carlo simulations with varying confinement support our results, which are regarded as compliant with the mathematical random walk theorem by Pólya. Finally, the results are expected to be of relevance for e.g. emulsion formulation and macromolecular engineering. PMID:25807174

  13. Micellar cathodes from self-assembled nitroxide-containing block copolymers in battery electrolytes.

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    Hauffman, Guillaume; Maguin, Quentin; Bourgeois, Jean-Pierre; Vlad, Alexandru; Gohy, Jean-François

    2014-01-01

    This contribution describes the synthesis of block copolymers containing electrochemically active blocks, their micellization, and finally their use as micellar cathodes in a lithium battery. The self-assembly of the synthesized poly(styrene)-block-poly(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyloxy-4-yl methacrylate) (PS-b-PTMA) diblock copolymers is realized in a typical battery electrolyte made of 1 m lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate dissolved in a mixture of ethylene carbonate/diethyl carbonate/dimethyl carbonate(1:1:1, in volume). Dynamic light scattering and atomic force micro-scopy indicate the formation of well-defined spherical micelles with a PS core and a PTMA corona. The electrochemical properties of those micelles are further investigated. Cyclic voltammograms show a reversible redox reaction at 3.6 V (vs Li(+) /Li). The charge/discharge profiles indicate a flat and reversible plateau around 3.6 V (vs Li(+) /Li). Finally, the cycling performances of the micellar cathodes are demonstrated. Such self-assembled block copolymers open new opportunities for nanostructured organic radical batteries. PMID:24127365

  14. Spherocylindrical coacervate core micelles formed by a supramolecular coordination polymer and a diblock copolymer

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    Yan, Y.; Harnau, L.; Besseling, N.A.M.; Keizer, de A.; Ballauff, M.; Rosenfeldt, S.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2008-01-01

    We investigated the hierarchical structure of complex coacervate core micelles formed by mixing a supramolecular coordination polymer and a diblock copolymer. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) on those systems was only possible for very dilute samples and suggested the existence

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Magnetite Nanoparticle Block Copolymer Complexes

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    Zhang, Qian

    2007-01-01

    Superparamagnetic Magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles were synthesized and complexed with carboxylate-functionalized block copolymers, and aqueous dispersions of the complexes were investigated as functions of their chemical and morphological structures. The block copolymer dispersants possessed either poly(ethylene oxide), poly(ethylene oxide-co-propylene oxide), or poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide) outer blocks, and all contained a polyurethane center block with pendant carboxylate functi...

  16. Association and Structure of Thermo Sensitive Comblike Block Copolymers in Aqueous Solutions

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    The structures and association properties of thermo sensitive poly(methoxyoligo(ethylene glycol) norbornenyl esters) block copolymers in D2O were investigated by Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). Each block is a comb-like polymer with a polynorbornene (PNB) backbone and oligo ethylene glycol (OEG) side chains (one side chain per NB monomer). The chemical formula of the block copolymer is (OEG3NB)79-(OEG6.6NB)67, where subscripts represent the degree of polymerization (DP) of OEG and NB in each block The polymer concentration was fixed at 2.0 wt % and the structural changes were investigated over a temperature range between 25 C and 68 C. It was found that at room temperature polymers associate to form micelles with a spherical core formed by the block (OEG3NB)79 and corona formed by the block (OEG6.6NB)67 and that the shape of the polymer in the corona could be described by the form factor of rigid cylinders. At elevated temperatures, the aggregation number increases and the micelles become more compact. At temperatures round the cloud point temperature (CPT) T = 60 C a correlation peak started to appear and became pronounced at 68 C due to the formation of a partially ordered structure with a correlation length ∼ 349

  17. The micellization and dissociation transitions of thermo-, pH- and sugar-sensitive block copolymer investigated by laser light scattering

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    Tang, Y. C.; Wu, J. H.; J. X. Duan

    2012-01-01

    A triple-stimuli responsive polymer, poly(3-acrylamidophenylboronic acid)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PAAPBA-b-PNIPAM), has been synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. Temperature, pH, and fructose induced micellization and dissociation transition of block copolymer was investigated by a combination of static and dynamic laser light scattering. PAAPBA-b-PNIPAM copolymer self-assembles into micelles with PAAPBA block as core and PNIPAM as shell in lo...

  18. Block copolymer ion gels for gas separation

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    Gu, Yuanyan; Lodge, Timothy

    2012-02-01

    Carbon dioxide removal from light gases (eg. N2, CH4, and H2) is a very important technology for industrial applications such as natural gas sweetening, CO2 capture from coal-fire power plant exhausts and hydrogen production. Current CO2 separation method uses amine-absorption, which is energy-intensive and requires frequent maintenance. Membrane separation is a cost-effective solution to this problem, especially in small-scale applications. Ionic liquids have recently received increasing interest in this area because of their selective solubility for CO2 and non-volatility. However, ionic liquid itself lacks the persistent structure and mechanical integrity to withstand the high pressure for gas separation. Here, we report the development and gas separation performances of physically crosslinked ion gels based on self-assembly of ABA-triblock copolymers in ionic liquids. Three different types of polymers was used to achieve gelation in ionic liquids. Specifically, a triblock copolymer ion gel with a polymerized ionic liquid mid-block shows performances higher than the upper bound of well-known ``Robeson Plot'' for CO2/N2.

  19. Synthesis and morphological characterization of block copolymers for improved biomaterials

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    Biocompatible polymers are known to act as scaffolds for the regeneration and growth of bone. Block copolymers are of interest as scaffold materials because a number of the blocks are biocompatible, and their nanostructure is easily tunable with synthetic techniques. In this paper, we report the synthesis of a novel class of biomaterials from block copolymers containing a hydrophobic block of methyl methacrylate and a hydrophilic block of either acrylic acid, dimethyl acrylamide, or 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate. The block copolymers were synthesized using a combination of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and click chemistry. Since the surface morphology is critical for successful cell growth, atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies were conducted for selected block copolymers. The topography, phase angle and friction maps were obtained in dry and physiological buffer environments to study the morphology. Results of AFM imaging identified the presence of polymer domains corresponding to the copolymer components. The distribution of nanoscale features in these block copolymers is comparable to those found on other surfaces that exhibit favorable cell adhesion and growth. In physiological buffer medium, the hydrophilic component of the block copolymer (acrylic acid or hydroxyethyl methacrylate) appears to be present in greater amounts on the surface as a consequence of water absorption and swelling.

  20. Synthesis and morphological characterization of block copolymers for improved biomaterials

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    Schricker, Scott, E-mail: Schricker.1@osu.edu [Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry Section, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Palacio, Manuel [Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- and Nanotechnology and Biomimetics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Thirumamagal, B.T.S. [Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry Section, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Bhushan, Bharat [Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- and Nanotechnology and Biomimetics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States)

    2010-05-15

    Biocompatible polymers are known to act as scaffolds for the regeneration and growth of bone. Block copolymers are of interest as scaffold materials because a number of the blocks are biocompatible, and their nanostructure is easily tunable with synthetic techniques. In this paper, we report the synthesis of a novel class of biomaterials from block copolymers containing a hydrophobic block of methyl methacrylate and a hydrophilic block of either acrylic acid, dimethyl acrylamide, or 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate. The block copolymers were synthesized using a combination of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and click chemistry. Since the surface morphology is critical for successful cell growth, atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies were conducted for selected block copolymers. The topography, phase angle and friction maps were obtained in dry and physiological buffer environments to study the morphology. Results of AFM imaging identified the presence of polymer domains corresponding to the copolymer components. The distribution of nanoscale features in these block copolymers is comparable to those found on other surfaces that exhibit favorable cell adhesion and growth. In physiological buffer medium, the hydrophilic component of the block copolymer (acrylic acid or hydroxyethyl methacrylate) appears to be present in greater amounts on the surface as a consequence of water absorption and swelling.

  1. Complex coacervate core micelles.

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    Voets, Ilja K; de Keizer, Arie; Cohen Stuart, Martien A

    2009-01-01

    In this review we present an overview of the literature on the co-assembly of neutral-ionic block, graft, and random copolymers with oppositely charged species in aqueous solution. Oppositely charged species include synthetic (co)polymers of various architectures, biopolymers - such as proteins, enzymes and DNA - multivalent ions, metallic nanoparticles, low molecular weight surfactants, polyelectrolyte block copolymer micelles, metallo-supramolecular polymers, equilibrium polymers, etcetera. The resultant structures are termed complex coacervate core/polyion complex/block ionomer complex/interpolyelectrolyte complex micelles (or vesicles); i.e., in short C3Ms (or C3Vs) and PIC, BIC or IPEC micelles (and vesicles). Formation, structure, dynamics, properties, and function will be discussed. We focus on experimental work; theory and modelling will not be discussed. Recent developments in applications and micelles with heterogeneous coronas are emphasized. PMID:19038373

  2. Electrostatic self-assembly in polyelectrolyte-neutral block copolymers and oppositely charged surfactant solutions

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    We report on small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) of colloidal complexes resulting from the electrostatic self-assembly of polyelectrolyte-neutral copolymers and oppositely charged surfactants. The polymers are double hydrophilic block copolymers of low molecular weight (between 5000 and 50 000 g/mol). One block is a polyelectrolyte chain, which can be either positively or negatively charged, whereas the second block is neutral and in good solvent conditions. In aqueous solutions, surfactants with an opposite charge to that of the polyelectrolyte interact strongly with these copolymers. The two species associate into stable 100 nm-colloidal complexes which exhibit a core-shell microstructure. For different polymer/surfactant couples, we have shown that the core is constituted from densely packed surfactant micelles connected by the polyelectrolyte chains. The outer part of the complex is a corona formed by the neutral soluble chains. Using a model of aggregation based on a Monte-Carlo algorithm, we have simulated the internal structure of the aggregates. The model assumes spherical cages containing one to several hundreds of micelles in a closely packed state. The agreement between the model and the data is remarkable

  3. Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Amphiphilic Core-Shell TMP-(PCL-b-PGMA2)3 Star-Block Copolymer.

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    Wang, Shuwei; Li, Yapeng; Zhang, Xiaonan; Chen, Xuesi; Wang, Jingyuan; Zhang, He-Xin; Yoon, Keun-Byoung

    2015-06-01

    A novel well-defined amphiphilic Core-Shell star-block copolymer was synthesized from trimethylolpropane, ε-caprolactone, and glycidyl methacrylate by a combination of enzymatic ring-opening polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization. The structure and molecular weight of the macroinitiator and the star-block copolymer were confirmed by means of nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography. The effects of the glycidyl methacrylate sequence length on the hydrodynamic diameter and morphology of the polymer micelles were investigated by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. PMID:26369103

  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. Complexation-tailored morphology of asymmetric block copolymer membranes

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    Madhavan, Poornima

    2013-08-14

    Hydrogen-bond formation between polystyrene-b-poly (4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) block copolymer (BCP) and -OH/-COOH functionalized organic molecules was used to tune morphology of asymmetric nanoporous membranes prepared by simultaneous self-assembly and nonsolvent induced phase separation. The morphologies were characterized by field emmision scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Hydrogen bonds were confirmed by infrared (IR), and the results were correlated to rheology characterization. The OH-functionalized organic molecules direct the morphology into hexagonal order. COOH-functionalized molecules led to both lamellar and hexagonal structures. Micelle formation in solutions and their sizes were determined using dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements and water fluxes of 600-3200 L/m 2·h·bar were obtained. The pore size of the plain BCP membrane was smaller than with additives. The following series of additives led to pores with hexagonal order with increasing pore size: terephthalic acid (COOH-bifunctionalized) < rutin (OH-multifunctionalized) < 9-anthracenemethanol (OH-monofunctionalized) < 3,5-dihydroxybenzyl alcohol (OH-trifunctionalized). © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  6. 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

  7. Self-assembled, thermoresponsive micelles based on triblock PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA copolymer for drug delivery

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    A novel thermosensitive amphiphilic ABA triblock poly(methyl methacrylate)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA) comprised of two hydrophobic PMMA segments and one hydrophilic PNIPAAm segment was designed and synthesized. The structure of the copolymer was characterized by FT-IR, 1HNMR, and GPC analysis. The cytotoxicity study showed that the PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA copolymer exhibited low cytotoxicity. The copolymer was capable of self-assembling into micelles in water and demonstrated temperature sensitivity at around 34.5 deg. C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the micelles exhibit nanosized spherical morphology within a size range of 60 nm with a critical micellar concentration (CMC) at 10 mg l-1. The drug-loading PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA micelles showed thermosensitive-controlled release which indicates the potential of PMMA-b-PNIPAAm-b-PMMA micelles as drug carriers

  8. Morphological studies on block copolymer modified PA 6 blends

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    Poindl, M., E-mail: marcus.poindl@ikt.uni-stuttgart.de, E-mail: christian.bonten@ikt.uni-stuttgart.de; Bonten, C., E-mail: marcus.poindl@ikt.uni-stuttgart.de, E-mail: christian.bonten@ikt.uni-stuttgart.de [Institut für Kunststofftechnik, University of Stuttgart (Germany)

    2014-05-15

    Recent studies show that compounding polyamide 6 (PA 6) with a PA 6 polyether block copolymers made by reaction injection molding (RIM) or continuous anionic polymerization in a reactive extrusion process (REX) result in blends with high impact strength and high stiffness compared to conventional rubber blends. In this paper, different high impact PA 6 blends were prepared using a twin screw extruder. The different impact modifiers were an ethylene propylene copolymer, a PA PA 6 polyether block copolymer made by reaction injection molding and one made by reactive extrusion. To ensure good particle matrix bonding, the ethylene propylene copolymer was grafted with maleic anhydride (EPR-g-MA). Due to the molecular structure of the two block copolymers, a coupling agent was not necessary. The block copolymers are semi-crystalline and partially cross-linked in contrast to commonly used amorphous rubbers which are usually uncured. The combination of different analysis methods like atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) gave a detailed view in the structure of the blends. Due to the partial cross-linking, the particles of the block copolymers in the blends are not spherical like the ones of ethylene propylene copolymer. The differences in molecular structure, miscibility and grafting of the impact modifiers result in different mechanical properties and different blend morphologies.

  9. Molecular Transfer Printing Using Block Copolymers

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    Ji, Shengxiang; Liu, Chi-Chun; Liu, Guoliang; Nealey, Paul

    2009-03-01

    We report a new parallel patterning technique, molecular transfer printing (MTP), for replicating geometrically complex patterns over macroscopic areas with sub-15 nm feature dimensions, and the ability to replicate the same pattern multiple times. In MTP, inks are mixed with block copolymers (BCPs) and deposited as films on a substrate. The inks are compatible with only one block of the BCP, and sequestered into domains of nanometer scale dimensions after microphase separation. A second substrate is then placed in contact with the surface of the film. By designing the inks to react, adsorb, or otherwise interact with the second substrate, inks are transferred to the second substrate in the exact pattern of domains present at the surface of the ``master'' BCP film. Here we demonstrate high degrees of perfection on both line and dot patterns. We also show that 1) the master template can be regenerated, 2) the resultant replica can be used to direct the assembly of BCPs and as a daughter master for MTP, and 3) the master and daughter templates can be reused tens of times.

  10. Micellar Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers for Fabrication of Nanostructured Membranes

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    Marques, Debora S.

    2013-11-01

    This research work examines the process of block copolymer membrane fabrication by self-assembly combined by non-solvent induced phase separation. Self-assembly takes place from the preparation of the primordial solution until the moment of immersion in a non-solvent bath. These mechanisms are driven thermodynamically but are limited by kinetic factors. It is shown in this work how the ordering of the assembly of micelles is improved by the solution parameters such as solvent quality and concentration of block copolymer. Order transitions are detected, yielding changes in the morphology. The evaporation of the solvents after casting is demonstrated to be essential to reach optimum membrane structure. The non-solvent bath stops the phase separation at an optimum evaporation time.

  11. Preparation of amphiphilic block copolymer containing triazene moieties and fluorescence study

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    Emil C Buruiana; Andreea L Chibac; Violeta Melinte; Tinca Buruiana

    2013-01-01

    The present study describes the synthesis via microwave accelerated reversible additionfragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of an amphiphilic block copolymer poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(dodecylacrylamide-co-1-(phenyl)-3-(2-methacryloyloxyethyl carbamoyloxyethyl)-3-methyltriazene-1) [PAA-b-(PDA-co-PUMA-T)]. The structure and the chemical composition of the block copolymer were confirmed by spectral/thermal analysis. The photoreactivity of the triazene sequences from PAA-b-(PDA-co-PUMA-T) was quantified by UV/vis irradiation in chloroform/dimethylformamide solutions and in thin film, indicating that the solvent polarity modifies with an order of magnitude the rate constant values. The lower rate constant in film state (film = 1.3 × 10−3 s-1), shows that the higher mobility of polymeric chains in solution allow a more rapid orientation, favourable to the triazene bond cleavage. The capability of block copolymer to form micelles in aqueous environment and implicitly, its critical micelle concentration (CMC) was evidenced through fluorescence measurements using pyrene probe (10-6 M), the CMC value being of 4.64 × 10−3 g L-1 PAA--(PDA--PUMA-T) (3.27 × 10−7 M). Experiments of fluorescence quenching with various metal cations (UO$^{2+}_{2}$, Fe2+, Fe3+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Co2+, Pb2+ and Hg2+) suggested that such a block copolymer could find applications as fluorescence-based chemosensor for the detection of iron cations in homogeneous organic solutions or aqueous environments by thin films.

  12. Functional Block Copolymers via Anionic Polymerization for Electroactive Membranes

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    Schultz, Alison

    2013-01-01

           Ion-containing block copolymers blend ionic liquid properties with well-defined polymer architectures. This provides conductive materials with robust mechanical stability, efficient processability, and tunable macromolecular design. Conventional free radical polymerization and anion exchange achieved copolymers containing n-butyl acrylate and phosphonium ionic liquids. These compositions incorporated vinylbenzyl triphenyl phosphonium and vinylbenzyl tricyclohexyl phosphonium cations be...

  13. Radiation crosslinked block copolymer blends with improved impact resistance

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    Polymer blends having high impact resistance after mechanical working are produced by blending together a non-elastomeric monovinylidene aromatic polymer such as polystyrene with an elastomeric copolymer, such as a block copolymer of styrene and butadiene, in the form of crosslinked, colloidal size particles

  14. Stereo block copolymers of L- and D-lactides

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    Yui, Nobuhiko; Dijkstra, Pieter J.; Feijen, Jan

    1990-01-01

    Sequential diblock copolymers composed of L- and D-lactic acid residues were synthesized through a living ring-opening polymerization of L- and D-lactide initiated by aluminium tris(2-propanolate). The composition of the block copolymers was varied by changing the reaction conditions and monomer ove

  15. Micelle assembly. Multidimensional hierarchical self-assembly of amphiphilic cylindrical block comicelles.

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    Qiu, Huibin; Hudson, Zachary M; Winnik, Mitchell A; Manners, Ian

    2015-03-20

    Self-assembly of molecular and block copolymer amphiphiles represents a well-established route to micelles with a wide variety of shapes and gel-like phases. We demonstrate an analogous process, but on a longer length scale, in which amphiphilic P-H-P and H-P-H cylindrical triblock comicelles with hydrophobic (H) or polar (P) segments that are monodisperse in length are able to self-assemble side by side or end to end in nonsolvents for the central or terminal segments, respectively. This allows the formation of cylindrical supermicelles and one-dimensional (1D) or 3D superstructures that persist in both solution and the solid state. These assemblies possess multiple levels of structural hierarchy in combination with existence on a multimicrometer-length scale, features that are generally only found in natural materials. PMID:25792323

  16. Synthesis of Amylose-b-P2 VP Block Copolymers.

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    Kumar, Kamlesh; Woortman, Albert J J; Loos, Katja

    2015-12-01

    A new class of rod-coil block copolymers is synthesized by chemoenzymatic polymerization. In the first step, maltoheptaose, which acts as a primer for the synthesis of amylose, is attached to poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2 VP). The enzymatic polymerization of maltoheptaose is carried out by phosphorylase to obtain amylose-b-P2 VP block copolymers. The block copolymer is characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography, and wide-angle X-ray scattering techniques. The designed molecules combine the inclusion complexation ability of amylose with the supramolecular complexation ability of P2 VP and therefore this kind of rod-coil block copolymers can be used to generate well-organized novel self-assembled structures. PMID:26437256

  17. Nanopatterned articles produced using surface-reconstructed block copolymer films

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    Russell, Thomas P.; Park, Soojin; Wang, Jia-Yu; Kim, Bokyung

    2016-06-07

    Nanopatterned surfaces are prepared by a method that includes forming a block copolymer film on a substrate, annealing and surface reconstructing the block copolymer film to create an array of cylindrical voids, depositing a metal on the surface-reconstructed block copolymer film, and heating the metal-coated block copolymer film to redistribute at least some of the metal into the cylindrical voids. When very thin metal layers and low heating temperatures are used, metal nanodots can be formed. When thicker metal layers and higher heating temperatures are used, the resulting metal structure includes nanoring-shaped voids. The nanopatterned surfaces can be transferred to the underlying substrates via etching, or used to prepare nanodot- or nanoring-decorated substrate surfaces.

  18. Ionic Block Copolymers for Anion Exchange Membranes

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    Tsai, Tsung-Han; Herbst, Dan; Giffin, Guinevere A.; di Noto, Vito; Witten, Tom; Coughlin, E. Bryan

    2013-03-01

    Anion exchange membrane (AEM) fuel cells have regained interest because it allows the use of non-noble metal catalysts. Until now, most of the studies on AEM were based on random polyelectrolytes. In this work, Poly(vinylbenzyltrimethylammonium bromide)-b- (methylbutylene) ([PVBTMA][Br]-b-PMB) was studied by SAXS, TEM and dielectric spectroscopy to understand the fundamental structure-conductivity relationship of ion transport mechanisms within well-ordered block copolymers. The ionic conductivity and the formation of order structure were dependent on the casting solvent. Higher ion exchange capacity (IEC) of the membranes showed higher conductivity at as IEC values below 1.8mmol/g, as above this, the ionic conductivity decreases due to more water uptake leading to dilution of charge density. The humidity dependence of morphology exhibited the shifting of d-spacing to higher value and the alteration in higher characteristic peak of SAXS plot as the humidity increase from the dry to wet state. This phenomenon can be further explained by a newly developed polymer brush theory. Three ionic conduction pathways with different conduction mechanism within the membranes can be confirmed by broadband electric spectroscopy. US Army MURI (W911NF1010520)

  19. Adsorption of semiflexible block copolymers on homogeneous surfaces

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    Cerdà, Joan J.; Sintes, Tomàs; Sumithra, K.

    2005-01-01

    We present the results of extensive numerical off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations of semiflexible block-copolymer chains adsorbed onto flat homogeneous surfaces. We have compared the behavior of several chain structures, such as homopolymers, diblocks, (AαBα) block copolymers, and random heteropolymers. In all the cases studied, we have found the adsorption process to be favored with an increase of the chain rigidity. Particularly, the adsorption of diblock structures becomes a two-step proce...

  20. Aggregation behavior of water-soluble amphiphilic block copolymers

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    Bonné, Tune Bjarke

    2007-01-01

    Polymers and block copolymers based on 2-alkyl-2-oxazoline have the advantage that their hydrophobicity can be varied by changing the length of the alkyl side chain and that fluorescence groups can be attached to the block ends. We have studied the aggregation behavior of 2-alkyl-2-oxazoline based diblock, triblock and random copolymers in aqueous solutions, using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), where fluorescence labeled polymers were used as tracers. FCS experiments in combinat...

  1. Theory for dynamical self arrest and gelation in microemulsions and the block copolymer systems

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    Wu, Sangwook

    2005-05-01

    The main purpose of this work is to investigate the glassy behavior of microemulsions and block copolymers. The origin of glassy behavior in microemulsions and block copolymers is frustration due to a competition between short-range interaction and long range interaction. According to the charge frustrated Ising model, the competition between ferromagnetic interaction and antiferromagnetic interaction is the origin of frustration in microemulsions. The competition between entropic effects and stoichiometric constraints responsible for the formation of micelles in microemulsions can lead to the emergence of a self generated glassy behavior in these systems. In the block copolymer, the competition between the repulsive short range interaction between monomers in polymer chains and the long range interaction by chemical bonds can lead to the emergence of a self generated glassy behavior. The criteria for the fluctuation induced first order transition and our microemulsion and block copolymer glasses are essentially the same. Both are a consequence of the large phase space of low energy excitations (14) (62) (all states with momenta q which fulfill |q| = q{sub m}) and are of at the most a moderate supercooling of the liquid state is required. This is strongly supported by the observation in Ref. (14) that the metastable states which are first to appear at a fluctuation induced first order transition are the ones build by a superposition of large amplitude waves of wavenumber q{sub m}, but with random orientations and phases, i.e. just the ones which form the metastable states of our microemulsion and block copolymer glass. (38)

  2. New adhesive systems based on functionalized block copolymers

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    Kent, M.; Saunders, R.; Hurst, M.; Small, J.; Emerson, J.; Zamora, D.

    1997-05-01

    The goal of this work was to evaluate chemically-functionalized block copolymers as adhesion promoters for metal/thermoset resin interfaces. Novel block copolymers were synthesized which contain pendant functional groups reactive toward copper and epoxy resins. In particular, imidazole and triazole functionalities that chelate with copper were incorporated onto one block, while secondary amines were incorporated onto the second block. These copolymers were found to self-assemble from solution onto copper surfaces to form monolayers. The structure of the adsorbed monolayers were studied in detail by neutron reflection and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. The monolayer structure was found to vary markedly with the solution conditions and adsorption protocol. Appropriate conditions were found for which the two blocks form separate layers on the surface with the amine functionalized block exposed at the air surface. Adhesion testing of block copolymer-coated copper with epoxy resins was performed in both lap shear and peel modes. Modest enhancements in bond strengths were observed with the block copolymer applied to the native oxide. However, it was discovered that the native oxide is the weak link, and that by simply removing the native oxide, and then applying an epoxy resin before the native oxide can reform, excellent bond strength in the as-prepared state as well as excellent retention of bond strength after exposure to solder in ambient conditions are obtained. It is recommended that long term aging studies be performed with and without the block copolymer. In addition, the functionalized block copolymer method should be evaluated for another system that has inherently poor bonding, such as the nickel/silicone interface, and for systems involving metals and alloys which form oxides very rapidly, such as aluminum and stainless steel, where bonding strategies involve stabilizing the native oxide.

  3. Bioreducible unimolecular micelles based on amphiphilic multiarm hyperbranched copolymers for triggered drug release

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    2010-01-01

    A novel type of bioreducible amphiphilic multiarm hyperbranched copolymer (H40-star-PLA-SS-PEG) based on Boltorn H40 core,poly(L-lactide) (PLA) inner-shell,and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) outer-shell with disulfide-linkages between the hydrophobic and hydrophilic moieties was developed as unimolecular micelles for controlled drug release triggered by reduction.The obtained H40-star-PLA-SS-PEG was characterized in detail by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR),Fourier transform infrared (FTIR),gel permeation chromatography (GPC),differential scanning calorimeter (DSC),and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA).Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) analyses suggested that H40-star-PLA-SS-PEG formed stable unimolecular micelles in aqueous solution with an average diameter of 19 nm.Interestingly,these micelles aggregated into large particles rapidly in response to 10 mM dithiothreitol (DTT),most likely due to shedding of the hydrophilic PEG outer-shell through reductive cleavage of the disulfide bonds.As a hydrophobic anticancer model drug,doxorubicin (DOX) was encapsulated into these reductive unimolecular micelles.In vitro release studies revealed that under the reduction-stimulus,the detachment of PEG outer-shell in DOX-loaded micelles resulted in a rapid drug release.Flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) measurements indicated that these DOX-loaded micelles were easily internalized by living cells.Methyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay demonstrated a markedly enhanced drug efficacy of DOX-loaded H40-star-PLA-SS-PEG micelles as compared to free DOX.All of these results show that these bioreducible unimolecular micelles are promising carriers for the triggered intracellular delivery of hydrophobic anticancer drugs.

  4. New routes to the synthesis of amylose-block-polystyrene rod-coil block copolymers

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    Loos, Katja; Müller, Axel H.E.

    2002-01-01

    Hybrid block copolymers amylose-block-polystyrene were synthesized by covalent attachment of maltoheptaose derivatives to end-functionalized polystyrene and subsequent enzymatic grafting from polymerization. The maltoheptaose derivatives were attached by reductive amination or hydrosilation to amino

  5. Perpendicularly Aligned, Anion Conducting Nanochannels in Block Copolymer Electrolyte Films

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    Arges, Christopher G.; Kambe, Yu; Suh, Hyo Seon; Ocola, Leonidas E.; Nealey, Paul F.

    2016-03-08

    Connecting structure and morphology to bulk transport properties, such as ionic conductivity, in nanostructured polymer electrolyte materials is a difficult proposition because of the challenge to precisely and accurately control order and the orientation of the ionic domains in such polymeric films. In this work, poly(styrene-block-2-vinylpyridine) (PSbP2VP) block copolymers were assembled perpendicularly to a substrate surface over large areas through chemical surface modification at the substrate and utilizing a versatile solvent vapor annealing (SVA) technique. After block copolymer assembly, a novel chemical vapor infiltration reaction (CVIR) technique selectively converted the 2-vinylpyridine block to 2-vinyl n-methylpyridinium (NMP+ X-) groups, which are anion charge carriers. The prepared block copolymer electrolytes maintained their orientation and ordered nanostructure upon the selective introduction of ion moieties into the P2VP block and post ion-exchange to other counterion forms (X- = chloride, hydroxide, etc.). The prepared block copolymer electrolyte films demonstrated high chloride ion conductivities, 45 mS cm(-1) at 20 degrees C in deionized water, the highest chloride ion conductivity for anion conducting polymer electrolyte films. Additionally, straight-line lamellae of block copolymer electrolytes were realized using chemoepitaxy and density multiplication. The devised scheme allowed for precise and accurate control of orientation of ionic domains in nanostructured polymer electrolyte films and enables a platform for future studies that examines the relationship between polymer electrolyte structure and ion transport.

  6. Temperature and anion responsive self-assembly of ionic liquid block copolymers coating gold nanoparticles

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    Li, Junbo; Zhao, Jianlong; Wu, Wenlan; Liang, Ju; Guo, Jinwu; Zhou, Huiyun; Liang, Lijuan

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, double hydrophilic ionic liquid block copolymers (ILBCs), poly poly[1-methyl-3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)]- block-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PMMPImB- b-PNIPAAm) was first synthesized by reversible additionfragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) and then attached on the surface of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) via a strong gold-sulfur bonding for preparing hybrid nanoparticles (PMMPImB- b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs). The hybrid NPs had a three layers micelle-like structure, including a gold core, thermo-responsive inner shell and anion responsive outer corona. The self-assembling behavior of thermal- and anion-response from shell and corona were respectively investigated by change of temperature and addition of (CF3SO2)2N-. The results showed the hybrid NPs retained a stable dispersion beyond the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) because of the space or electrostatic protecting by outer PMMPImB. However, with increasing concentration of (CF3SO2)2N-, the micellization of self-assembling PMMPImB- b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs was induced to form micellar structure containing the core with hydrophobic PMMPImB-(CF3SO2)2N- surrounded by composite shell of Au NPs-PNIPAAm via the anionresponsive properties of ILBCs. These results indicated that the block copolymers protected plasmonic nanoparticles remain self-assembling properties of block copolymers when phase transition from outer corona polymer.

  7. Temperature and anion responsive self-assembly of ionic liquid block copolymers coating gold nanoparticles

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    Li, Junbo; Zhao, Jianlong; Wu, Wenlan; Liang, Ju; Guo, Jinwu; Zhou, Huiyun; Liang, Lijuan

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, double hydrophilic ionic liquid block copolymers (ILBCs), poly poly[1-methyl-3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)]-block-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PMMPImB-b-PNIPAAm) was first synthesized by reversible additionfragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) and then attached on the surface of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) via a strong gold-sulfur bonding for preparing hybrid nanoparticles (PMMPImB-b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs). The hybrid NPs had a three layers micelle-like structure, including a gold core, thermo-responsive inner shell and anion responsive outer corona. The self-assembling behavior of thermal- and anion-response from shell and corona were respectively investigated by change of temperature and addition of (CF3SO2)2N-. The results showed the hybrid NPs retained a stable dispersion beyond the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) because of the space or electrostatic protecting by outer PMMPImB. However, with increasing concentration of (CF3SO2)2N-, the micellization of self-assembling PMMPImB-b-PNIPAAm-@-Au NPs was induced to form micellar structure containing the core with hydrophobic PMMPImB- (CF3SO2)2N- surrounded by composite shell of Au NPs-PNIPAAm via the anionresponsive properties of ILBCs. These results indicated that the block copolymers protected plasmonic nanoparticles remain self-assembling properties of block copolymers when phase transition from outer corona polymer.

  8. Block Copolymers of Ethylene Oxide and Styrene Oxide.New Copolymer Surfactants(Ⅱ)

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    Zhuo Yang; David Attwood; Colin Booth

    2003-01-01

    @@ 3.2. Association Number Figure 5 shows the dependence of the weight-average association number (Nw,measured by static light scattering, solution temperature 30 °C) on hydrophobe block length for ES and ESEblock copolymers.

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of Biodegradable Amphiphilic Star and Y-Shaped Block Copolymers as Potential Carriers for Vinorelbine

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    Fatemeh Bahadori

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Two amphiphilic block copolymers using hydrophobic poly(ε-caprolactone (PCL and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol (PEG were successfully synthesized. One of them is an (A-b-B4 type star polymer [(PCL-b-PEG4] and the other one is a Y-shaped PEG–(PCL2. A star-shaped polymer (PCL-b-PEG4 was prepared by ring-opening polymerization (ROP of ε-caprolactone continued by click reaction of (PCL-azide4 and PEG-alkyne. The synthesis of Y-shaped PEG–(PCL2 block copolymer was carried out via Diels-Alder click reaction of a furan protected maleimide end-functionalized PEG (PEG-MI with an anthracene end-functionalized PCL following the ROP of ε-caprolactone. The characterization of micelles is carried out using both materials in aqueous media as drug delivery vehicles, which showed satisfying results and enhanced the cytotoxic effect of the anti-cancer drug vinorelbine (VLB. However, micelles consisted of Y-shaped unimers were found to be more convenient for delivery of hydrophobic drugs such as VLB because they formed in lower concentration, carrying a higher amount of drugs and owing a monomodal distribution. We concluded that the free tails of hydrophobic chains in Y-shaped block copolymer facilitate the assembly of amphiphilic material in water to form micelles.

  10. Droplet synthesis of well-defined block copolymers using solvent-resistant microfluidic device.

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    Hoang, Phan Huy; Nguyen, Chi Thanh; Perumal, Jayakumar; Kim, Dong-Pyo

    2011-01-21

    Well-defined diblock copolymers were synthesized via an exothermic RAFT route by a droplet microfluidic process using a solvent-resistant and thermally stable fluoropolymer microreactor fabricated by a non-lithographic embedded template method. The resulting polymers were compared to products obtained from continuous flow capillary reactor and conventional bulk synthesis. The droplet based microreactor demonstrated superior molecular weight distribution control by synthesizing a higher molecular weight product with higher conversion and narrow polydispersity in a much shorter reaction time. The high quality of the as-synthesized block copolymer PMMA-b-PS led to a generation of micelles with a narrow size distribution that could be used as a template for well-ordered mesoporous silica with regular frameworks and high surface areas. PMID:21072416

  11. Solubility and self-assembly of amphiphilic gradient and block copolymers in supercritical CO2

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    This work aims at demonstrating the interest of gradient copolymers in supercritical CO2 in comparison with block copolymers. Gradient copolymers exhibit a better solubility in supercritical CO2 than block copolymers, as attested by cloud point data. The self-assembly of gradient and block copolymers in dense CO2 has been characterized by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS); and it is shown that it is not fundamentally modified when changing from block copolymers to gradient copolymers. Therefore, gradient copolymers are advantageous thanks to their easier synthesis and their solubility at lower pressure while maintaining a good ability for self-organization in dense CO2. (authors)

  12. Highly conductive side chain block copolymer anion exchange membranes.

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    Wang, Lizhu; Hickner, Michael A

    2016-06-28

    Block copolymers based on poly(styrene) having pendent trimethyl styrenylbutyl ammonium (with four carbon ring-ionic group alkyl linkers) or benzyltrimethyl ammonium groups with a methylene bridge between the ring and ionic group were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation radical (RAFT) polymerization as anion exchange membranes (AEMs). The C4 side chain polymer showed a 17% increase in Cl(-) conductivity of 33.7 mS cm(-1) compared to the benzyltrimethyl ammonium sample (28.9 mS cm(-1)) under the same conditions (IEC = 3.20 meq. g(-1), hydration number, λ = ∼7.0, cast from DMF/1-propanol (v/v = 3 : 1), relative humidity = 95%). As confirmed by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), the side chain block copolymers with tethered ammonium cations showed well-defined lamellar morphologies and a significant reduction in interdomain spacing compared to benzyltrimethyl ammonium containing block copolymers. The chemical stabilities of the block copolymers were evaluated under severe, accelerated conditions, and degradation was observed by (1)H NMR. The block copolymer with C4 side chain trimethyl styrenylbutyl ammonium motifs displayed slightly improved stability compared to that of a benzyltrimethyl ammonium-based AEM at 80 °C in 1 M NaOD aqueous solution for 30 days. PMID:27216558

  13. Method of forming oriented block copolymer line patterns, block copolymer line patterns formed thereby, and their use to form patterned articles

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    Russell, Thomas P.; Hong, Sung Woo; Lee, Doug Hyun; Park, Soojin; Xu, Ting

    2015-10-13

    A block copolymer film having a line pattern with a high degree of long-range order is formed by a method that includes forming a block copolymer film on a substrate surface with parallel facets, and annealing the block copolymer film to form an annealed block copolymer film having linear microdomains parallel to the substrate surface and orthogonal to the parallel facets of the substrate. The line-patterned block copolymer films are useful for the fabrication of magnetic storage media, polarizing devices, and arrays of nanowires.

  14. Observed frustration in confined block copolymers

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    Symmetric diblock copolymers confined between two solid surfaces were studied by neutron reflectivity. A multilayered morphology with an integral number of layers oriented parallel to the solid interfaces was found in all cases. The period of the confined multilayers deviated from the bulk period in a cyclic manner as a function of the confined film thickness. A first-order transition occurred between the expanded and contracted states of the copolymer chains. The data suggest that the deviation of the period from the bulk value decreases with increasing separation distance

  15. Characterization of Lithium Polysulfide Salts in Homopolymers and Block Copolymers

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    Wang, Dunyang; Wujcik, Kevin; Balsara, Nitash

    Ion-conducting polymers are important for solid-state batteries due to the promise of better safety and the potential to produce higher energy density batteries. Nanostructured block copolymer electrolytes can provide high ionic conductivity and mechanical strength through microphase separation. One of the potential use of block copolymer electrolytes is in lithium-sulfur batteries, a system that has high theoretical energy density wherein the reduction of sulfur leads to the formation of lithium polysulfide intermediates. In this study we investigate the effect of block copolymer morphology on the speciation and transport properties of the polysulfides. The morphology and conductivities of polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (SEO) containing lithium polysulfides were studies using small-angle X-ray scattering and ac impedance spectroscopy. UV-vis spectroscopy is being used to determine nature of the polysulfide species in poly(ethylene oxide) and SEO. Department of Energy, Soft Matter Electron Microscopy Program and Battery Materials Research Program.

  16. Tailor-made dimensions of diblock copolymer truncated micelles on a solid by UV irradiation.

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    Liou, Jiun-You; Sun, Ya-Sen

    2015-09-28

    We investigated the structural evolution of truncated micelles in ultrathin films of polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine), PS-b-P2VP, of monolayer thickness on bare silicon substrates (SiOx/Si) upon UV irradiation in air- (UVIA) and nitrogen-rich (UVIN) environments. The structural evolution of micelles upon UV irradiation was monitored using GISAXS measurements in situ, while the surface morphology was probed using atomic force microscopy ex situ and the chemical composition using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This work provides clear evidence for the interpretation of the relationship between the structural evolution and photochemical reactions in PS-b-P2VP truncated micelles upon UVIA and UVIN. Under UVIA treatment, photolysis and cross-linking reactions coexisted within the micelles; photolysis occurred mainly at the top of the micelles, whereas cross-linking occurred preferentially at the bottom. The shape and size of UVIA-treated truncated micelles were controlled predominantly by oxidative photolysis reactions, which depended on the concentration gradient of free radicals and oxygen along the micelle height. Because of an interplay between photolysis and photo-crosslinking, the scattering length densities (SLD) of PS and P2VP remained constant. In contrast, UVIN treatments enhanced the contrast in SLD between the PS shell and the P2VP core as cross-linking dominated over photolysis in the presence of nitrogen. The enhancement of the SLD contrast was due to the various degrees of cross-linking under UVIN for the PS and P2VP blocks. PMID:26251976

  17. SANS and SAXS study of block copolymer/homopolymer mixtures

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    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.)

  18. Interfacial Phenomena of Solvent-diluted Block Copolymers

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    Cohen, Shai; Andelman, David

    2013-01-01

    A phenomenological mean-field theory is used to investigate the properties of solvent-diluted di-block copolymers (BCP), in which the two BCP components (A and B) form a variety of phases that are diluted by a solvent (S). Using this approach, we model mixtures of di-block copolymers and a solvent and obtained the corresponding critical behavior. In the low solvent limit, we find how the critical point depends on the solvent density. Due to the non-linear nature of the coupling between the A/...

  19. Block and Graft Copolymers of Polyhydroxyalkanoates

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    Marchessault, Robert H.; Ravenelle, François; Kawada, Jumpei

    2004-03-01

    Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) were modified for diblock copolymer and graft polymer by catalyzed transesterification in the melt and by chemical synthesis to extend the side chains of the PHAs, and the polymers were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Catalyzed transesterification in the melt is used to produce diblock copolymers of poly[3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) and monomethoxy poly[ethylene glycol] (mPEG) in a one-step process. The resulting diblock copolymers are amphiphilic and self-assemble into sterically stabilized colloidal suspensions of PHB crystalline lamellae. Graft polymer was synthesized in a two-step chemical synthesis from biosynthesized poly[3-hydroxyoctanoate-co-3-hydroxyundecenoate] (PHOU) containing ca. 25 mol chains. 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid reacts with the side chain alkenes of PHOU by the radical addition creating thioether linkage with terminal carboxyl functionalities. The latter groups were subsequently transformed into the amide or ester linkage by tridecylamine or octadecanol, respectively, producing new graft polymers. The polymers have different physical properties than poly[3-hydroxyoctanoate] (PHO) which is the main component of the PHOU, such as non-stickiness and higher thermal stability. The combination of biosynthesis and chemical synthesis produces a hybrid thermoplastic elastomer with partial biodegradability.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Cleavable Core-Cross-Linked Micelles Based on Amphiphilic Block Copolypeptoids as Smart Drug Carriers.

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    Li, Ang; Zhang, Donghui

    2016-03-14

    Amphiphilic block copolypeptoids consisting of a hydrophilic poly(N-ethyl glycine) segment and a hydrophobic poly[(N-propargyl glycine)-r-(N-decyl glycine)] random copolymer segment [PNEG-b-P(NPgG-r-NDG), EPgD] have been synthesized by sequential primary amine-initiated ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of the corresponding N-alkyl N-carboxyanhydride monomers. The block copolypeptoids form micelles in water and the micellar core can be cross-linked with a disulfide-containing diazide cross-linker by copper-mediated alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) in aqueous solution. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis revealed the formation of spherical micelles with uniform size for both the core-cross-linked micelles (CCLMs) and non-cross-linked micelles (NCLMs) precursors for selective block copolypeptoid polymers. The CCLMs exhibited increased dimensional stability relative to the NCLMs in DMF, a nonselective solvent for the core and corona segments. Micellar dissociation of CCLMs can be induced upon addition of a reducing agent (e.g., dithiothreitol) in dilute aqueous solutions, as verified by a combination of fluorescence spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography (SEC), and (1)H NMR spectroscopic measurement. Doxorubicin (DOX), an anticancer drug, can be loaded into the hydrophobic core of CCLMs with a maximal 23% drug loading capacity (DLC) and 37% drug loading efficiency (DLE). In vitro DOX release from the CCLMs can be triggered by DTT (10 mM), in contrast to significantly reduced DOX release in the absence of DTT, attesting to the reductively responsive characteristic of the CCLMs. While the CCLMs exhibited minimal cytotoxicity toward HepG2 cancer cells, DOX-loaded CCLMs inhibited the proliferation of the HepG2 cancer cells in a concentration and time dependent manner, suggesting the controlled release of DOX from the DOX-loaded CCLMS in the cellular environment. PMID:26866458

  1. PEG-detachable and acid-labile cross-linked micelles based on orthoester linked graft copolymer for paclitaxel release

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    Yuan, Zhefan; Huang, Jingyi; Liu, Jing; Cheng, Sixue; Zhuo, Renxi; Li, Feng

    2011-08-01

    Polyethylene glycol detachable graft copolymer, mPEG-g-p(NAS-co-BMA), was synthesized by grafting 2-(ω-methoxy)PEGyl-1,3-dioxan-5-ylamine onto poly(N-(acryloyloxy)succinimide-co-butyl methacrylate). Pseudo in situ cross-linking of the mPEG-g-p(NAS-co-BMA) was performed in dimethylformamide phosphate buffer (v/v = 1/1) by an acid-labile diamine cross-linker bearing two symmetrical cyclic orthoesters. The cross-linked (CL) micelles with different contents of mPEG segments represented different morphologies. The CL micelles containing approximately one mPEG segment exhibited 'echini' morphology whereas the CL micelle with approximately three mPEG segments formed nanowires. The hydrolysis rate of the CL micelles is highly pH-dependent and much more rapid at mild acid than physiological conditions. Hydrolyzates of the CL micelles formed vesicles because new amphiphilic copolymers were formed. Paclitaxel (PTX) was successfully loaded into the CL micelles and a controlled and pH-dependent release behavior was observed. No obvious cytotoxicity was found for the CL micelles at concentration as high as 800 mg l - 1.

  2. Development of a new tri-block copolymer with a functional end and its feasibility for treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

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    Song, Ho-Taek; Hoang, Ngoc Ha; Yun, Jeong Min; Park, Young Jin; Song, Eun Hye; Lee, Eun Seong; Youn, Yu Seok; Oh, Kyung Taek

    2016-08-01

    We have developed nanomedicine vehicle based on a biocompatible tri-block copolymer, poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(lactic acid)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PLA-PEG) by simple approach without toxic linker to escalate therapeutic efficacy of anticancer agent by enhanced targeting to metastasized breast cancers. The synthesized ABA type copolymer had a low polydispersity index and formed small, highly stable spherical micelles. Furthermore, a functional group at the end site of the copolymer can be decorated with imaging agents and targeting moieties. The doxorubicin loaded micelles (DLM) showed higher drug-loading capacity, faster drug release, and better cell toxicity compared to those using di-block copolymers. DLM efficiently delivered to the metastatic breast cancers in brain and bone and suppressed growing of metastasis. In demonstration of treating metastasized animal model, we present a tri-block copolymer as a potential nanomedicine vehicle to efficiently deliver anticancer drug and to effectively treat metastatic breast cancer. PMID:27070054

  3. Segmented block copolymers with polyesteramide blocks of uniform length: synthesis

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    Gaymans, R.J.; Haan, de J.L.

    1993-01-01

    Segmented copolymers were synthesized from poly(tetramethylene oxide) with hydroxy end-groups or aliphatic diols and a short-chain diester diamide with a uniform length. The diester diamide (N,N'-bis(p-carbomethoxybenzoyl)butanediamine) (Tm = 257°C) used is made from butanediamine and an excess of d

  4. Stability of ordered phases in block copolymer melts and solutions

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    Kell Mortensen

    2008-11-01

    Block copolymer melts and solutions assemble into nanosized objects that order into a variety of phases, depending on molecular parameters and mutual interactions. Beyond the classical phases of lamella ordered sheets, hexagonally ordered cylinders and cubic ordered spheres, the complex bicontinuous gyroid phase and the modulated lamellar phase are observed near the phase boundaries. The stability of these phases has been discussed on the basis of theoretical calculations. Here, we will discuss new experimental results showing that the given ordered phase depends critically on both molecular purity and mechanical treatment of the sample. While a variety of block copolymer micellar systems have been shown to undergo the liquid-to-bcc-to-fcc phase sequence upon varying micellar parameters (or temperature), we find for a purified system a different sequence, namely liquid-to-fcc-to-bcc [1]. The latter sequence is by the way the one predicted for pure block copolymer melts. External fields like shear or stress may also affect the ordered phase. Applying well-controlled large-amplitude oscillatory shear can be used to effectively control the texture of soft materials in the ordered states. As an example, we present results on a body-centred-cubic phase of a block copolymer system, showing how a given texture can be controlled with the application of specific shear rate and shear amplitude [2,3]. Shear may however also affect the thermodynamic ground state, causing shear-induced ordering and disordering (melting), and shear-induced order–order transitions. We will present data showing that the gyroid state of diblock copolymer melts is unstable when exposed to large amplitude/frequency shear, transforming into the hexagonal cylinder phase [4]. The transformation is completely reversible. With the rather slow kinetics in the transformation of copolymer systems, it is possible in detail to follow the complex transformation process, where we find transient ordered

  5. Low molecular weight block copolymers as plasticizers for polystyrene

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    Hansen, Kristoffer Karsten; Nielsen, Charlotte Juel; Hvilsted, Søren

    2005-01-01

    Polystyrene-b-alkyl, polystyrene-b-polybutadiene-b-polystyrene, and polystyrene-b-poly(propylene glycol)monotridecyl ether were synthesized using macro initiators and atom transfer radical polymerization or by esterifications of homopolymers. The aim was a maximum molecular weight of 4 kg/mol and...... minimum polystyrene content of 50 w/w%, which by us is predicted as the limits for solubility of polystyrene-b-alkyl in polystyrene. DSC showed polystyrene was plasticized, as seen by a reduction in glass transition temperature, by block copolymers consisting of a polystyrene block with molecular weight...... of approximately 1 kg/mol and an alkyl block with a molecular weight of approximately of 0.3 kg/mol. The efficiency of the block copolymers as plasticizers increases with decreasing molecular weight and polystyrene content. In addition, polystyrene-b-alkyl is found to be an efficient plasticizer also...

  6. Solubilization of docetaxel in poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(butylene/styrene oxide) micelles.

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    Elsabahy, Mahmoud; Perron, Marie-Eve; Bertrand, Nicolas; Yu, Ga-Er; Leroux, Jean-Christophe

    2007-07-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(styrene oxide) (PEO-b-PSO) and PEO-b-poly(butylene oxide) (PEO-b-PBO) of different chain lengths were synthesized and characterized for their self-assembling properties in water by dynamic/static light scattering, spectrofluorimetry, and transmission electron microscopy. The resulting polymeric micelles were evaluated for their ability to solubilize and protect the anticancer drug docetaxel (DCTX) from degradation. The drug release kinetics as well as the cytotoxicity of the loaded micelles were assessed in vitro. All polymers formed micelles with a highly viscous core at low critical association concentrations (<10 mg/L). Micelle morphology depended on the nature of the hydrophobic block, with PBO- and PSO-based micelles yielding monodisperse spherical and cylindrical nanosized aggregates, respectively. The maximum solubilization capacity for DCTX ranged from 0.7 to 4.2% and was the highest for PSO micelles exhibiting the longest hydrophobic segment. Despite their high affinity for DCTX, PEO-b-PSO micelles were not able to efficiently protect DCTX against hydrolysis under accelerated stability testing conditions. Only PEO-b-PBO bearing 24 BO units afforded significant protection against degradation. In vitro, DCTX was released slower from the latter micelles, but all formulations possessed a similar cytotoxic effect against PC-3 prostate cancer cells. These data suggest that PEO-b-P(SO/BO) micelles could be used as alternatives to conventional surfactants for the solubilization of taxanes. PMID:17579476

  7. Complexes of block copolymers in solution: tree approximation

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    Geurts, Bernard J.; Damme, van Ruud

    1989-01-01

    We determine the statistical properties of block copolymer complexes in solution. These complexes are assumed to have the topological structure of (i) a tree or of (ii) a line-dressed tree. In case the structure is that of a tree, the system is shown to undergo a gelation transition at sufficiently

  8. Asymmetric block copolymers confined in a thin film

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    Huinink, HP; Brokken-Zijp, JCM; van Dijk, MA; Sevink, GJA

    2000-01-01

    We have used a dynamic density functional theory (DDFT) for polymeric systems, to simulate the formation of micro phases in a melt of an asymmetric block copolymer, A(n)B(m)(f(A) = 1/3), both in the bulk and in a thin film. In the DDFT model a polymer is represented as a chain of springs and beads.

  9. Fast assembly of ordered block copolymer nanostructures through microwave annealing.

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    Zhang, Xiaojiang; Harris, Kenneth D; Wu, Nathanael L Y; Murphy, Jeffrey N; Buriak, Jillian M

    2010-11-23

    Block copolymer self-assembly is an innovative technology capable of patterning technologically relevant substrates with nanoscale precision for a range of applications from integrated circuit fabrication to tissue interfacing, for example. In this article, we demonstrate a microwave-based method of rapidly inducing order in block copolymer structures. The technique involves the usage of a commercial microwave reactor to anneal block copolymer films in the presence of appropriate solvents, and we explore the effect of various parameters over the polymer assembly speed and defect density. The approach is applied to the commonly used poly(styrene)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) and poly(styrene)-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) families of block copolymers, and it is found that the substrate resistivity, solvent environment, and anneal temperature all critically influence the self-assembly process. For selected systems, highly ordered patterns were achieved in less than 3 min. In addition, we establish the compatibility of the technique with directed assembly by graphoepitaxy. PMID:20964379

  10. Spectroscopic study of thermoresponsive block copolymers in aqueous solution

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Konefal, Rafal; Dybal, Jiří; Čadová, Eva

    Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015. P116. [International Colloids Conference /5./. 21.06.2015-24.06.2015, Amsterdam] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-13853S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : thermoresponsive polymer * block copolymer * poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  11. pH-Sensitive Micelles Based on Double-Hydrophilic Poly(methylacrylic acid)-Poly(ethylene glycol)-Poly(methylacrylic acid) Triblock Copolymer

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    Tao Youhua; Liu Ren; Liu Xiaoya; Chen Mingqing; Yang Cheng; Ni Zhongbin

    2009-01-01

    Abstract pH-sensitive micelles with hydrophilic core and hydrophilic corona were fabricated by self-assembling of triblock copolymer of poly(methylacrylic acid)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(methylacrylic acid) at lower solution pH. Transmission electron microscopy and laser light scattering studies showed micelles were in nano-scale with narrow size distribution. Solution pH value and the micelles concentration strongly influenced the hydrodynamic radius of the spherical micelles (48–310 ...

  12. Novel multiarm star block copolymer ionomers as proton conductive membranes

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    Demirel, Adem Levent; Erdoğan, Tuba; Bilir, Çiğdem; Ünveren, Elif; Tunca, Ümit

    2014-01-01

    A series of well-defined novel multiarm star block copolymer ionomers with an average of 6, 11 and 15 arms, sulfonated polystyrene-block-poly(2,2,3,3,3-pentafluoropropyl methacrylate) (SPS-b-PFPMA), were prepared via a combination of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), Diels–Alder click reaction and postsulfonation reaction. First, multiarm star polymer with anthracene functionality as reactive periphery groups was prepared by a cross-linking reaction of divinyl benzene using ?-anthr...

  13. Functional Block Copolymers as Compatibilizers for Nanoclays in Polypropylene Nanocomposites

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    Jankova Atanasova, Katja; Daugaard, Anders Egede; Stribeck, Norbert;

    With the aim of creating tough nanocomposits (NC) [1] based on polypropylene (PP) and nanoclay (NCl) in the framework of the 7th EU program NANOTOUGH we have designed amphiphilic block copolymers utilizing Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) [2]. They consist of a hydrophobic block of...... PP (by its crystallites) is replaced by alien-reinforcement (of the MMT). Furthermore, the results from the impact strength and cyclic test of the prepared PP nanocomposites [3] are promicing....

  14. Synergistic dual-pH responsive copolymer micelles for pH-dependent drug release

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    Deng, Hongzhang; Zhao, Xuefei; Liu, Jinjian; Zhang, Jianhua; Deng, Liandong; Liu, Jianfeng; Dong, Anjie

    2016-01-01

    The tuning of the structure of nanocarriers with fast acidic-degradation rate and high stability in physiological conditions or during storage is under intensive study. In this context, a kind of dual-pH responsive micelles with well-balanced stability, that is, fast hydrolysis in acidic environment and stability towards blood drug release at 7.4 were developed. This is achieved by the self-assembly of micelles of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-(poly ε-caprolactone-g-poly(2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolane-4-yl)methylacrylate-co-2(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA))) copolymers with two inert pH responsive moieties of DA and DMAEMA. The fast synergistic acid-triggered disassembly and high stability at physiological condition of the mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA)) micelles was verified by 1H NMR, particle size and optical stability measurements, which was induced and mediated by the synergistic pH responses of the hydrolysis of the ketal in DA moieties and the switch in solubility of tertiary amino moieties (DMAEMA) under mild acid conditions. It was observed that the hydrolysis rate of the ketal could be promoted by increasing the content of DMAEMA moieties. The fast intracellular disassembly of the micelles depending on the contents of DMAEMA moieties was also traced by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The in vitro release studies showed that the release of DOX from mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA)) micelles at mild acid condition was significantly accelerated by increasing the content of DMAEMA moieties, while greatly impeding drug release in physiological conditions. The antitumor activity of DOX-loaded micelles was studied in MCF-7 and 4T1 cells in vitro and in 4T1 tumor-bearing Balb-c mice in vivo. The results indicated the DOX-loaded micelles with higher content of DMAEMA moieties exhibited enhanced anticancer activity. Collectively, the synergistic dual-pH responsive design of mPEG-b-(PCL-g-P(DA-co-DMAEMA)) micelles provided a new

  15. Polystyrene-b-polyethylene oxide block copolymer membranes, methods of making, and methods of use

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    Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2015-04-16

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for polystyrene-b-polyethylene oxide (PS-b-PEO) block copolymer nanoporous membranes, methods of making a PS-b-PEO block copolymer nanoporous membrane, methods of using PS-b-PEO block copolymer nanoporous membranes, and the like.

  16. Interaction between Albumin and Pluronic F127 Block Copolymer Revealed by Global and Local Physicochemical Profiling.

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    Neacsu, Maria Victoria; Matei, Iulia; Micutz, Marin; Staicu, Teodora; Precupas, Aurica; Popa, Vlad Tudor; Salifoglou, Athanasios; Ionita, Gabriela

    2016-05-12

    The interaction of human serum albumin (HSA) with amphiphilic block copolymer Pluronic F127 has been investigated by several physical methods. Interest in studying this system stems from a broad range of bioactivities involving both macromolecules. Serum albumins constitute a significant class of proteins in the circulatory system, acting as carriers for a wide spectrum of compounds or assemblies. Pluronic block copolymers have revealed their capacity to ferry a variety of biologically active compounds. Circular dichroism, rheological measurements, and differential scanning microcalorimetry (μDSC) were employed to get insight into the interaction betweeen the two macromolecules. The results reveal that Pluronic F127 induces conformational changes to albumin if it is organized in a micellar form, while albumin influences the self-assembly of Pluronic F127 into micelles or gels. F127 micelles, however, induce smaller conformational changes compared to ionic surfactants. The μDSC thermograms obtained for HSA and/or F127 show that HSA shifts the critical micellar temperature (cmt) to lower values, while concurrently the HSA denaturation behavior is influenced by F127, depending on its concentration. Rheological measurements on solutions of F127 17% have shown that a sol-to-gel transition occurs at higher temperatures in the presence of HSA and the resulting gel is weaker. The global profile on HSA/F127 systems was complemented by local information provided by EPR measurements. A series of X-band EPR experiments was performed with spin probes 4-(N,N'-dimethyl-N-hexadecyl)ammonium-2,2',6,6'-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl iodide (CAT16) and 5-doxyl stearic acid (5-DSA). These spin probes bind to albumin sites and are sensitive to phase transformations in Pluronic block copolymer solutions. For a given F127 concentration, the spin probe binds only to HSA below cmt and migrates to the F127 micelles above cmt. The collective data suggest soft interactions between the

  17. Nanostructured Amphiphilic Star-Hyperbranched Block Copolymers for Drug Delivery.

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    Seleci, Muharrem; Seleci, Didem Ag; Ciftci, Mustafa; Demirkol, Dilek Odaci; Stahl, Frank; Timur, Suna; Scheper, Thomas; Yagci, Yusuf

    2015-04-21

    A robust drug delivery system based on nanosized amphiphilic star-hyperbranched block copolymer, namely, poly(methyl methacrylate-block-poly(hydroxylethyl methacrylate) (PMMA-b-PHEMA) is described. PMMA-b-PHEMA was prepared by sequential visible light induced self-condensing vinyl polymerization (SCVP) and conventional vinyl polymerization. All of the synthesis and characterization details of the conjugates are reported. To accomplish tumor cell targeting property, initially cell-targeting (arginylglycylaspactic acid; RGD) and penetrating peptides (Cys-TAT) were binding to each other via the well-known EDC/NHS chemistry. Then, the resulting peptide was further incorporated to the surface of the amphiphilic hyperbranched copolymer via a coupling reaction between the thiol (-SH) group of the peptide and the hydroxyl group of copolymer by using N-(p-maleinimidophenyl) isocyanate as a heterolinker. The drug release property and targeting effect of the anticancer drug (doxorobucin; DOX) loaded nanostructures to two different cell lines were evaluated in vitro. U87 and MCF-7 were chosen as integrin αvβ3 receptor positive and negative cells for the comparison of the targeting efficiency, respectively. The data showed that drug-loaded copolymers exhibited enhanced cell inhibition toward U87 cells in compared to MCF-7 cells because targeting increased the cytotoxicity of drug-loaded copolymers against integrin αvβ3 receptor expressing tumor cells. PMID:25816726

  18. pH-Sensitive Micelles Based on Double-Hydrophilic Poly(methylacrylic acid)-Poly(ethylene glycol)-Poly(methylacrylic acid) Triblock Copolymer

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    Tao, Youhua; Liu, Ren; Liu, Xiaoya; Chen, Mingqing; Yang, Cheng; Ni, Zhongbin

    2009-04-01

    pH-sensitive micelles with hydrophilic core and hydrophilic corona were fabricated by self-assembling of triblock copolymer of poly(methylacrylic acid)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(methylacrylic acid) at lower solution pH. Transmission electron microscopy and laser light scattering studies showed micelles were in nano-scale with narrow size distribution. Solution pH value and the micelles concentration strongly influenced the hydrodynamic radius of the spherical micelles (48-310 nm). A possible mechanism for the formation of micelles was proposed. The obtained polymeric micelle should be useful for biomedical materials such as carrier of hydrophilic drug.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(5-benzyloxy-trimethylene carbonate) copolymers for drug delivery.

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    Zeng, Faquan; Liu, Jubo; Allen, Christine

    2004-01-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers with various block compositions were synthesized with monomethoxy-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (MePEG) as the hydrophilic block and poly(5-benzyloxy-trimethylene carbonate) (PBTMC) as the hydrophobic block. When the copolymerization was conducted using MePEG as a macroinitiator and stannous 2-ethylhexanoate (Sn(Oct)2) as a catalyst, the molecular weight of the second block was uncontrollable, and the method only afforded a mixture of homopolymer and copolymer with a broad molecular weight distribution. By contrast, the use of the triethylaluminum-MePEG initiator yielded block copolymers with controllable molecular weight and a more narrow molecular weight distribution than the copolymers obtained using Sn(Oct)2. GPC and 1H NMR studies confirmed that the macroinitiator was consumed and the copolymer composition was as predicted. Two of the newly synthesized MePEG-b-PBTMC copolymers were evaluated in terms of properties primarily relating to their use in micellar drug delivery. MePEG-b-PBTMC micelles with a narrow monomodal size distribution were prepared using a high-pressure extrusion technique. The MePEG-b-PBTMC copolymers were also confirmed to be biodegradable and noncytotoxic. PMID:15360292

  20. Thermoresponsive physical hydrogels of poly(lactic acid)/poly(ethylene glycol) stereoblock copolymers tuned by stereostructure and hydrophobic block sequence.

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    Mao, Hailiang; Shan, Guorong; Bao, Yongzhong; Wu, Zi Liang; Pan, Pengju

    2016-05-18

    CBABC-type poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) pentablock copolymers composed of a central PEG block (A) and enantiomeric poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA, B), poly(d-lactic acid) (PDLA, C) blocks were synthesized. Such pentablock copolymers form physical hydrogels at high concentrations in an aqueous solution, which stem from the aggregation and physical bridging of copolymer micelles. These gels are thermoresponsive and turn into sols upon heating. Physical gelation, gel-to-sol transition, crystalline state, microstructure, rheological behavior, biodegradation, and drug release behavior of PLA/PEG pentablock copolymers and their gels were investigated; they were also compared with PLA-PEG-PLA triblock copolymers containing the isotactic PLLA or atactic poly(d,l-lactide) (PDLLA) endblocks and PLLA-PEG-PLLA/PDLA-PEG-PDLA enantiomeric mixtures. PLA hydrophobic domains in pentablock copolymer gels changed from a homocrystalline to stereocomplexed structure as the PLLA/PDLA block length ratio approached 1/1. The gel of symmetric pentablock copolymer exhibited a wider gelation region, higher gel-to-sol transition temperature, higher hydrophobic domain crystallinity, larger intermicellar distance, higher storage modulus, and slower degradation and drug release rate compared to those of the asymmetric PLA/PEG pentablock copolymers or triblock copolymers. SAXS results indicated that the PLLA/PDLA blocks stereocomplexation in pentablock copolymers facilitated the intermicellar aggregation and bridging. Cylindrical ordered structures were observed in all the gels formed from the PLA/PEG pentablock and triblock copolymers. The stereocomplexation degree and intermicellar distance of the pentablock copolymer gels increased with heating. PMID:27121732

  1. Stereo block copolymers of L- and D-lactides

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    Yui, Nobuhiko; Pieter J. Dijkstra; Feijen, Jan

    1990-01-01

    Sequential diblock copolymers composed of L- and D-lactic acid residues were synthesized through a living ring-opening polymerization of L- and D-lactide initiated by aluminium tris(2-propanolate). The composition of the block copolymers was varied by changing the reaction conditions and monomer over initiator ratio and confirmed by 1H NMR analysis, molecular weight determination and optical rotation measurements. Molecular weights ranged from 1,3 to 2,0 · 104 with 1,2 < Mw/Mn < 1,4. Stereoco...

  2. Polymers and block copolymers of fluorostyrenes by ATRP

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    Hvilsted, Søren; Borkar, Sachin; Abildgaard, Lillian; Georgieva, V.; Siesler, H.W.; Jankova, Katja Atanassova

    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....

  3. Methotrexate-Loaded Four-Arm Star Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Elicits CD8+ T Cell Response against a Highly Aggressive and Metastatic Experimental Lymphoma.

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    Hira, Sumit Kumar; Ramesh, Kalyan; Gupta, Uttam; Mitra, Kheyanath; Misra, Nira; Ray, Biswajit; Manna, Partha Pratim

    2015-09-16

    We have synthesized a well-defined four-arm star amphiphilic block copolymer [poly(DLLA)-b-poly(NVP)]4 [star-(PDLLA-b-PNVP)4] that consists of D,L-lactide (DLLA) and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) via the combination of ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and xanthate-mediated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Synthesis of the polymer was verified by 1H NMR spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The amphiphilic four-arm star block copolymer forms spherical micelles in water as demonstrated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and 1H NMR spectroscopy. Pyrene acts as a probe to ascertain the critical micellar concentration (cmc) by using fluorescence spectroscopy. Methotrexate (MTX)-loaded polymeric micelles of star-(PDLLA15-b-PNVP10)4 amphiphilic block copolymer were prepared and characterized by fluorescence and TEM studies. Star-(PDLLA15-b-PNVP10)4 copolymer was found to be significantly effective with respect to inhibition of proliferation and lysis of human and murine lymphoma cells. The amphiphilic block copolymer causes cell death in parental and MTX-resistant Dalton lymphoma (DL) and Raji cells. The formulation does not cause hemolysis in red blood cells and is tolerant to lymphocytes compared to free MTX. Therapy with MTX-loaded star-(PDLLA15-b-PNVP10)4 amphiphilic block copolymer micelles prolongs the life span of animals with neoplasia by reducing the tumor load, preventing metastasis and augmenting CD8+ T cell-mediated adaptive immune responses. PMID:26323031

  4. 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.

  5. The micellization and dissociation transitions of thermo-, pH- and sugar-sensitive block copolymer investigated by laser light scattering

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    Y. C. Tang

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A triple-stimuli responsive polymer, poly(3-acrylamidophenylboronic acid-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide (PAAPBA-b-PNIPAM, has been synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. Temperature, pH, and fructose induced micellization and dissociation transition of block copolymer was investigated by a combination of static and dynamic laser light scattering. PAAPBA-b-PNIPAM copolymer self-assembles into micelles with PAAPBA block as core and PNIPAM as shell in lower pH aqueous solution at room temperature. Increasing the temperature causes the micelle to shrink due to the dehydration of PNIPAM segments at pH 6.2. After the elevation of solution pH from 6.2 to 10.0, the increase in the hydrophilicity of PAAPBA block leads to an expulsion of unimers from micelles. In addition, the fructose addition further enhances the dissociation of micelles. Our experiments demonstrate that the micelle to unimer transition process proceeds via the step-by-step sequential expulsion of individual chains.

  6. Design and Application of Nanoscale Actuators Using Block-Copolymers

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Block copolymers are versatile designer macromolecules where a “bottom-up” approach can be used to create tailored materials with unique properties. These simple building blocks allow us to create actuators that convert energy from a variety of sources (such as chemical, electrical and heat into mechanical energy. In this review we will discuss the advantages and potential pitfalls of using block copolymers to create actuators, putting emphasis on the ways in which these materials can be synthesised and processed. Particular attention will be given to the theoretical background of microphase separation and how the phase diagram can be used during the design process of actuators. Different types of actuation will be discussed throughout.

  7. Gas Permeation through Polystyrene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Block Copolymers

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    Hallinan, Daniel, Jr.; Minelli, Matteo; Giacinti-Baschetti, Marco; Balsara, Nitash

    2013-03-01

    Lithium air batteries are a potential technology for affordable energy storage. They consist of a lithium metal anode and a porous air cathode separated by a solid polymer electrolyte membrane, such as PEO/LiTFSI (PEO = poly(ethylene oxide), LiTFSI = lithium bis-trifluoromethane sulfonimide). For extended operation of such a battery, the polymer electrolyte must conduct lithium ions while blocking electrons and gases present in air. In order to maintain a pressure difference the membrane must be mechanically robust, which can be achieved by incorporating the PEO into a block copolymer with a glassy block such as PS (PS = polystyrene). To protect the lithium electrode, the membrane must have low permeability to gases in air such as CO2, N2, and O2. We have therefore studied the permeation of pure gases through a PS-PEO block copolymer. A high molecular weight, symmetric block copolymer with a lamellar morphology was used to cast free-standing membranes. Gas permeability was measured through these membranes with a standard, pressure-based technique. A model was developed to account for transport through the polymer membrane consisting of semi-crystalline PEO lamellae and amorphous PS lamellae. PEO crystallinity was extracted from the permeation model and compares well with values from differential scanning calorimetry measurements.

  8. Thermal Analysis, Structural Studies and Morphology of Spider Silk-like Block Copolymers

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    Huang, Wenwen

    both the bound water removal induced conformational change and the hydrophobicity of the protein sequences, while the high temperature glass transition, Tg( 2), above 130 °C is the now dry protein glass transition. Real-time Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed that conformational change occurred during the two glass transition, with a random coils to beta turns transition during Tg(1) and alpha helices to beta turns transition during Tg( 2). Due to the hydrophobic and hydrophilic nature of the blocks, the spider silk block copolymers tend to self-assemble into various microstructures. To study the morphological features, the spider silk-like block copolymers were treated with hexafluoroisopropanol or methanol, or subjected to thermal treatment. Using scanning electron microscopies, micelles were observed in thermally treated films. Fibrillar networks and hollow vesicles were observed in methanol-cast samples, while no micro-structures were formed in HFIP-cast films, indicating that morphology and crystallinity can be tuned by thermal treatments. Results indicate when we increase the number of repeating unit of A-block in the protein, sample films crystallize more easily and are more thermally stable. Moreover, when samples crystallize, the secondary structure of A-block and B-block become different, thus it will be easier to form bilayer structures which could fold into vesicles or tube structures during drying.

  9. Synthesis and interactions with blood of polyetherurethaneurea/polypeptide block copolymers.

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    Ito, Y; Miyashita, K; Kashiwagi, T; Imanishi, Y

    1993-01-01

    Polyurethane/polypeptide block copolymers were synthesized. Infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry revealed that in the block copolymers both segments undergo phase-mixing, while in polyurethane/polypeptide blend both components undergo phase-separation. Contact angle measurement showed that in the block copolymers polyurethane segments tended to appear on the membrane surface, whereas in polyurethane/polypeptide blend polypeptide components appeared on the membrane surface. In vitro nonthrombogenicity of the block copolymers was similar to that of homopolymers or polymer blends, though adhesion and deformation of platelets were suppressed on the block copolymer membranes. PMID:8260582

  10. Heat Capacity of Spider Silk-like Block Copolymers

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    Huang, Wenwen; Krishnaji, Sreevidhya; Hu, Xiao; Kaplan, David; Cebe, Peggy

    2011-01-01

    We synthesized and characterized a new family of di-block copolymers based on the amino acid sequences of Nephila clavipes major ampulate dragline spider silk, having the form HABn and HBAn (n=1–3), comprising an alanine-rich hydrophobic block, A, a glycine-rich hydrophilic block, B, and a histidine tag, H. The reversing heat capacities, Cp(T), for temperatures below and above the glass transition, Tg, were measured by temperature modulated differential scanning calorimetry. For the solid sta...

  11. Self-assembly of Block and Graft Copolymers in Aerosol Nanoparticles

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    Rahikkala, Antti

    2015-01-01

    This study examined how to control the self-assembly of block and graft copolymers during the aerosol process, which produces nanoparticles with phase-separated inner structure and phase dimensions ranging from 3 nm to 30 nm. The nanoparticles were also studied for the possibility of their use as a drug carriers. Block copolymers consist of two or more chemically different polymer blocks covalently bound together. In graft copolymers molecules are bound as side-chains to the copolymer backbon...

  12. PEG-b-PCL copolymer micelles with the ability of pH-controlled negative-to-positive charge reversal for intracellular delivery of doxorubicin.

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    Deng, Hongzhang; Liu, Jinjian; Zhao, Xuefei; Zhang, Yuming; Liu, Jianfeng; Xu, Shuxin; Deng, Liandong; Dong, Anjie; Zhang, Jianhua

    2014-11-10

    The application of PEG-b-PCL micelles was dampened by their inherent low drug-loading capability and relatively poor cell uptake efficiency. In this study, a series of novel PEG-b-PCL copolymers methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone-co-γ-dimethyl maleamidic acid -ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL)) bearing different amounts of acid-labile β-carboxylic amides on the polyester moiety were synthesized. The chain structure and chemical composition of copolymers were characterized by (1)H NMR, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL) with critical micellar concentrations (CMCs) of 3.2-6.3 μg/mL could self-assemble into stable micelles in water with diameters of 100 to 150 nm. Doxorubicin (DOX), a cationic hydrophobic drug, was successfully encapsulated into the polymer micelles, achieving a very high loading content due to electrostatic interaction. Then the stability, charge-conversional behavior, loading and release profiles, cellular uptake and in vitro cytotoxicity of free drug and drug-loaded micelles were evaluated. The β-carboxylic amides functionalized polymer micelles are negatively charged and stable in neutral solution but quickly become positively charged at pH 6.0, due to the hydrolysis of β-carboxylic amides in acidic conditions. The pH-triggered negative-to-positive charge reversal not only resulted in a very fast drug release in acidic conditions, but also effectively enhanced the cellular uptake by electrostatic absorptive endocytosis. The MTT assay demonstrated that mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL) micelles were biocompatible to HepG2 cells while DOX-loaded micelles showed significant cytotoxicity. In sum, the introduction of acid-labile β-carboxylic amides on the polyester block in mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL) exhibited great potentials for the modifications in the stability in blood circulation, drug solubilization, and release properties, as well as cell internalization and

  13. Polyelectrolyte Diblock Copolymer Micelles: Small Angle Scattering Estimates of the Charge Ordering in the Coronal Layer

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    van der Maarel, Johan R. C.

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers with a polyelectrolyte block comprise two linearly attached moieties: a charged and a hydrophobic chain part. Owing to their specific properties and the increased need of water supported poly- mer materials, these copolymers have found widespread applications from the stabilization of colloidal suspensions, through encapsulation and delivery of bioactive agents, to the control of gelation, lubrication, and flow behavior [1,2]. Besides these technological applications, progress in this area also has implica- tions for biophysics. Polyelectrolyte brushes are a model system for the exter- nal envelope of certain microorganisms (glycocalix) and are thought to play a role in, e.g., cell recognition and cushioning properties of synovial fluid [3, 4]. The hydrophobic attachment provides a mechanism for self-assembling of the copolymers into units of mesoscopic size, which are large compared to the molecular dimensions. Major factors controlling the self-assembled structures are solvent composition, charge, ionic strength, and chemical nature and the respective sizes of the blocks. For ionic diblocks of poly(styrene-block-acrylate) (PS-b-PA) with a polyelectrolyte (PA) block length smaller than the length of the polystyrene (PS) block, a multitude of different "crew-cut" structures has been observed by Eisenberg and coworkers [5-7].

  14. Particles with Tunable Porosity and Morphology by Controlling Interfacial Instability in Block Copolymer Emulsions.

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    Ku, Kang Hee; Shin, Jae Man; Klinger, Daniel; Jang, Se Gyu; Hayward, Ryan C; Hawker, Craig J; Kim, Bumjoon J

    2016-05-24

    A series of porous block copolymer (BCP) particles with controllable morphology and pore sizes was fabricated by tuning the interfacial behavior of BCP droplets in oil-in-water emulsions. A synergistic adsorption of polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) BCPs and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) to the surface of the emulsion droplet induced a dramatic decrease in the interfacial tension and generated interfacial instability at the particle surface. In particular, the SDS concentration and the P4VP volume fraction of PS-b-P4VP were key parameters in determining the degree of interfacial instability, leading to different types of particles including micelles, capsules, closed-porosity particles, and open-porosity particles with tunable pore sizes ranging from 10 to 500 nm. The particles with open-porosity could be used as pH-responsive, high capacity delivery systems where the uptake and release of multiple dyes could be achieved. PMID:27138967

  15. Biomimetic block copolymer particles with gated nanopores and ultrahigh protein sorption capacity

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    Yu, Haizhou; Qiu, Xiaoyan; Nunes, Suzana P.; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2014-06-01

    The design of micro- or nanoparticles that can encapsulate sensitive molecules such as drugs, hormones, proteins or peptides is of increasing importance for applications in biotechnology and medicine. Examples are micelles, liposomes and vesicles. The tiny and, in most cases, hollow spheres are used as vehicles for transport and controlled administration of pharmaceutical drugs or nutrients. Here we report a simple strategy to fabricate microspheres by block copolymer self-assembly. The microsphere particles have monodispersed nanopores that can act as pH-responsive gates. They contain a highly porous internal structure, which is analogous to the Schwarz P structure. The internal porosity of the particles contributes to their high sorption capacity and sustained release behaviour. We successfully separated similarly sized proteins using these particles. The ease of particle fabrication by macrophase separation and self-assembly, and the robustness of the particles makes them ideal for sorption, separation, transport and sustained delivery of pharmaceutical substances.

  16. Block copolymer hollow fiber membranes with catalytic activity and pH-response

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    Hilke, Roland

    2013-08-14

    We fabricated block copolymer hollow fiber membranes with self-assembled, shell-side, uniform pore structures. The fibers in these membranes combined pores able to respond to pH and acting as chemical gates that opened above pH 4, and catalytic activity, achieved by the incorporation of gold nanoparticles. We used a dry/wet spinning process to produce the asymmetric hollow fibers and determined the conditions under which the hollow fibers were optimized to create the desired pore morphology and the necessary mechanical stability. To induce ordered micelle assembly in the doped solution, we identified an ideal solvent mixture as confirmed by small-angle X-ray scattering. We then reduced p-nitrophenol with a gold-loaded fiber to confirm the catalytic performance of the membranes. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  17. Small-angle neutron scattering study on amphiphilic block copolymer in aqueous solutions

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    The small angle neutron scattering has been employed to investigate the structural transition of thermosensitive block copolymer consisting of poly(2-ethoxyethyl vinyl ether-b-2-hydroxyethyl vinyl ether) (EOVE-HOVE) in aqueous solutions. The EOVE-HOVE undergoes micellization with EOVE core of ca. 20 nm in radius and HOVE corona around 17-21degC, depending on the polymer concentration. At higher temperatures, a second transition takes place from micelle to macro-lattice structures with body-centered cubic (bcc) symmetry. The radii of the spheres were quantitatively analyzed by curve fitting with a theoretical scattering function in which the various types of smearing effects, such as polydispersity of spheres, incident beam smearing, and a smearing due to a finite wavelength distribution of the incident neutron beam. (author)

  18. Biomimetic block copolymer particles with gated nanopores and ultrahigh protein sorption capacity

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    Yu, Haizhou

    2014-06-17

    The design of micro-or nanoparticles that can encapsulate sensitive molecules such as drugs, hormones, proteins or peptides is of increasing importance for applications in biotechnology and medicine. Examples are micelles, liposomes and vesicles. The tiny and, in most cases, hollow spheres are used as vehicles for transport and controlled administration of pharmaceutical drugs or nutrients. Here we report a simple strategy to fabricate microspheres by block copolymer self-assembly. The microsphere particles have monodispersed nanopores that can act as pH-responsive gates. They contain a highly porous internal structure, which is analogous to the Schwarz P structure. The internal porosity of the particles contributes to their high sorption capacity and sustained release behaviour. We successfully separated similarly sized proteins using these particles. The ease of particle fabrication by macrophase separation and self-assembly, and the robustness of the particles makes them ideal for sorption, separation, transport and sustained delivery of pharmaceutical substances. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.

  19. The Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Self-Organisation of Polysilane Block Copolymers

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    Holder, Simon J.; Jones, Richard G.

    2008-01-01

    Block copolymers containing polysilane blocks are unique in that the polysilane components possess electro-active properties and are readily photodegradable. This review will discuss and assess the two major approaches to the synthesis of polysilane block copolymers via pre-formed polymer chain coupling and living polymerisation techniques. The self-organisation of polysilane block copolymers and the morphologies adopted in thin films are reviewed. Amphiphilic polysilane-containing block copo...

  20. Adsorption of polyelectrolytes and charged block copolymers on oxides. Consequences for colloidal stability.

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    Hoogeveen, N.G.

    1996-01-01

    The aim of the study described in this thesis was to examine the adsorption properties of polyelectrolytes and charged block copolymers on oxides, and the effect of these polymers on the colloidal stability of oxidic dispersions. For this purpose the interaction of some well-characterised polyelectrolytes and block copolymers with oxidic substrates has been systematically studied. A set of block copolymers with one charged block and one neutral water-soluble block had to be synthesised becaus...

  1. Dissipative Particle Dynamics Study on Aggregation of MPEG- PAE-PLA Block Polymer Micelles Loading Doxorubicine

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    杨楚芬; 孙尧; 章莉娟; 朱国典; 张灿阳; 钱宇

    2012-01-01

    To guide the molecular design of the pH-sensitive triblock amphiphilic polymer MPEG-PAE-PLA and the for- mula design of its doxorubicine (DOX)-loaded micelles, dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations are em- ployed to investigate the aggregation behaviors of the DOX-loaded micelles. The simulation results showed that the aggregate morphologies of micelles and DOX distribution are influenced by degree of polymerization of blocks, and the proposed structure of polymer is MPEG44-PAE3-PLA4. With different contents of polymer or DOX, differ- ent aggregate morphologies of the micelles, like microsphere, spindle/column, reticulation or lamella are observed. To prepare the micro-spherical DOX-loaded micelles, the polymer content is proposed as 10%--15%, and the DOX content less than 10%.

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

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    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.

  3. Aqueous Self-Assembly of Non-Ionic Bottlebrush Block Copolymer Surfactants with Tunable Molecular Shapes

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    Rzayev, Javid

    2015-03-01

    Polymer amphiphiles provide a robust and versatile platform for the fabrication of nanostructured soft matter. In this research, we explore a new class of polymer surfactants based on comb-like bottlebrush architecture as highly tunable molecular building blocks for aqueous self-assembly. Excluded volume interactions between densely grafted polymer side chains in the bottlebrush architecture are alleviated by backbone stretching, which leads to the formation of shape-persistent cylindrical macromolecules whose molecular dimensions can be precisely tailored during chemical synthesis. Amphiphilic bottlebrush block copolymers containing hydrophobic polylactide (PLA) and hydrophilic poly(oligoethylene oxide methacrylate) (PEO) side chains of various lengths were synthesized by a combination of controlled radical and ring-opening polymerizations. In dilute aqueous solutions, bottlebrush surfactants rapidly assembled into spherical, cylindrical and bilayer aggregates, as visualized by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). Depending on the compositional side chain asymmetry, the formation of spherical micelles with different sizes and dispersities was observed. The molecular shape-dependent assembly was analyzed with help of a packing parameter (p) computed from the molecular composition data akin to small molecule surfactants, with most uniform spherical aggregates observed for bottlebrush amphiphiles with p close to 0.3. The formation of highly uniform micelles and the presence of a rich morphological diagram with relatively narrow compositional windows were attributed to the lack of conformational freedom in bottlebrush surfactants. Similarly, the unusual formation of cylindrical micelles with long aspect ratios for such high molecular weight amphiphiles was attributed to their inability to stabilize morphological defects, such as Y-junctions, with large deviations from mean curvature. Financial support for this work was provided by the National

  4. Biocompatibility of epoxidized styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer membrane

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    Styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer (SBS) membrane was prepared by solution casting method and then was epoxidized with peroxyformic acid generated in situ to yield the epoxidized styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer membrane (ESBS). The structure and properties of ESBS were characterized with infrared spectroscopy, Universal Testing Machine, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetry analysis (TGA). The performances of contact angle, water content, protein adsorption, and water vapor transmission rate on ESBS membrane were determined. After epoxidation, the hydrophilicity of the membrane increased. The water vapor transmission rate of ESBS membrane is similar to human skin. The biocompatibility of ESBS membrane was evaluated with the cell culture of fibroblasts on the membrane. It revealed that the cells not only remained viable but also proliferated on the surface of the various ESBS membranes and the population doubling time for fibroblast culture decreased.

  5. Novel block, graft and random copolymers for biomedical applications

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    Javakhishvili, Irakli; Jankova Atanasova, Katja; Tanaka, Masaru;

    Despite the simple structure, poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (PMEA) shows excellent blood compatibility [1]. Both the freezing-bound water (intermediate water: preventing the biocomponents from directly contacting the polymer surface) and non-freezing water on the polymer surface play important ro...... copolymers with MMA [4] utilizing ATRP. Here we present other block, graft and random copolymers of MEA intended for biomedical applications. These macromolecular architectures have been constructed by employing controlled radical polymerization methods such as RAFT and ATRP....... roles for this [2]. An artificial lung (oxygenator), already in use, is coated with high MW PMEA prepared by radical polymerization with AIBN [2]. To broaden the possibilities for designing biomedical devices [3] and inspired from these findings we first prepared homo polymers of MEA and their block...

  6. Preparation of Pickering Double Emulsions Using Block Copolymer Worms

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    Thompson, Kate L.; Mable, Charlotte J.; Lane, Jacob A.; Derry, Mathew J.; Fielding, Lee A.; Armes, Steven P.

    2015-01-01

    The rational formulation of Pickering double emulsions is described using a judicious combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block copolymer worms as highly anisotropic emulsifiers. More specifically, RAFT dispersion polymerization was utilized to prepare poly(lauryl methacrylate)–poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 20% w/w solids in n-dodecane and poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)–poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)–poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 13% w/w solids in water by polymerization...

  7. Transient instability upon temperature quench in weakly ordered block copolymers

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    Qi, Shuyan; Wang, Zhen-Gang

    1999-01-01

    We report a novel transient instability upon temperature quench in weakly ordered block copolymer microphases possessing a soft direction or directions, such as the lamellar and hexagonal cylinder (HEX) phases. We show that reequilibration of the order parameter is accompanied by transient long wavelength undulation of the layers or cylinders—with an initial wavelength that depends on the depth of the temperature quench—that eventually disappears as the structure reaches its equilibrium at th...

  8. Host-Guest Self-assembly in Block Copolymer Blends

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    Woon Ik Park; YongJoo Kim; Jae Won Jeong; Kyungho Kim; Jung-Keun Yoo; Yoon Hyung Hur; Jong Min Kim; Thomas, Edwin L.; Alfredo Alexander-Katz; Yeon Sik Jung

    2013-01-01

    Ultrafine, uniform nanostructures with excellent functionalities can be formed by self-assembly of block copolymer (BCP) thin films. However, extension of their geometric variability is not straightforward due to their limited thin film morphologies. Here, we report that unusual and spontaneous positioning between host and guest BCP microdomains, even in the absence of H-bond linkages, can create hybridized morphologies that cannot be formed from a neat BCP. Our self-consistent field theory (...

  9. Block and Graft Copolymers Containing Carboxylate or Phosphonate Anions

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    Hu, Nan

    2014-01-01

    This dissertation focuses on synthesis and characterization of graft and block copolymers containing carboxylate or phosphonate anions that are potential candidates for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and dental adhesives. Ammonium bisdiethylphosphonate (meth)acrylate and acrylamide phosphonate monomers were synthesized based on aza-Michael addition reactions. Free radical copolymerizations of these monomers with an acrylate-functional poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) macromonomer...

  10. Electrically Tunable Soft-Solid Block Copolymer Structural Color.

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    Park, Tae Joon; Hwang, Sun Kak; Park, Sungmin; Cho, Sung Hwan; Park, Tae Hyun; Jeong, Beomjin; Kang, Han Sol; Ryu, Du Yeol; Huh, June; Thomas, Edwin L; Park, Cheolmin

    2015-12-22

    One-dimensional photonic crystals based on the periodic stacking of two different dielectric layers have been widely studied, but the fabrication of mechanically flexible polymer structural color (SC) films, with electro-active color switching, remains challenging. Here, we demonstrate free-standing electric field tunable ionic liquid (IL) swollen block copolymer (BCP) films. Placement of a polymer/ionic liquid film-reservoir adjacent to a self-assembled poly(styrene-block-quaternized 2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-QP2VP) copolymer SC film allowed the development of red (R), green (G), and blue (B) full-color SC block copolymer films by swelling of the QP2VP domains by the ionic liquid associated with water molecules. The IL-polymer/BCP SC film is mechanically flexible with excellent color stability over several days at ambient conditions. The selective swelling of the QP2VP domains could be controlled by both the ratio of the IL to a polymer in the gel-like IL reservoir layer and by an applied voltage in the range of -3 to +6 V using a metal/IL reservoir/SC film/IL reservoir/metal capacitor type device. PMID:26505787

  11. Donor-Acceptor Block Copolymers: Synthesis and Solar Cell Applications

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    Kazuhiro Nakabayashi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Fullerene derivatives have been widely used for conventional acceptor materials in organic photovoltaics (OPVs because of their high electron mobility. However, there are also considerable drawbacks for use in OPVs, such as negligible light absorption in the visible-near-IR regions, less compatibility with donor polymeric materials and high cost for synthesis and purification. Therefore, the investigation of non-fullerene acceptor materials that can potentially replace fullerene derivatives in OPVs is increasingly necessary, which gives rise to the possibility of fabricating all-polymer (polymer/polymer solar cells that can deliver higher performance and that are potentially cheaper than fullerene-based OPVs. Recently, considerable attention has been paid to donor-acceptor (D-A block copolymers, because of their promising applications as fullerene alternative materials in all-polymer solar cells. However, the synthesis of D-A block copolymers is still a challenge, and therefore, the establishment of an efficient synthetic method is now essential. This review highlights the recent advances in D-A block copolymers synthesis and their applications in all-polymer solar cells.

  12. 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, Zuzana; Procházka, Karel

    2016-06-28

    The reversible self-assembly of symmetrical block copolymers consisting of one hydrophobic block and one ionizable polyelectrolyte block of the same length has been studied in aqueous solutions by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. In addition to three standard dissipative particle dynamics forces (conservative soft repulsion, dissipative and stochastic forces), explicit interaction between smeared charges on ions and on ionized polymer beads described by the electrostatic potential with appropriately localized charges was taken into account. The self-assembly and properties of formed core-shell micelles were investigated as functions of the degree of ionization for systems differing in the hydrophobicity of the non-ionized polyelectrolyte block and in the compatibility of the polymer blocks. This study shows that micelles undergo massive dissociation with increasing degree of ionization. The simulation data compare well with the predictions of scaling theories for systems with soluble polyelectrolytes on a semi-quantitative level and broaden the knowledge of systems in poor solvents. PMID:27254381

  13. Preparation and icephobic properties of polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane–polyacrylate block copolymers

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    Li, Xiaohui; Zhao, Yunhui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Li, Hui [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong Key Laboratory of Fluorine Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Materials, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Yuan, Xiaoyan, E-mail: xyuan28@yahoo.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • PMTFPS–b-polyacrylate copolymers in five different compositions were synthesized. • Enrichment of PMTFPS amounts at the surface made high F/Si value. • Icing delay time was related to the surface roughness. • Ice shear strength was decreased by the synergistic effect of silicone and fluorine. - Abstract: Five polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane (PMTFPS)–polyacrylate block copolymers (PMTFPS–b-polyacrylate) were synthesized by free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate, n-butyl acrylate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate using PMTFPS macroazoinitiator (PMTFPS-MAI) in range of 10–50 mass percentages. The morphology, surface chemical composition and wettability of the prepared copolymer films were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and water contact angle measurement. Delayed icing time and ice shear strength of the films were also detected for the icephobic purpose. The surface morphologies of the copolymers were different from those of the bulk because of the migration of the PMTFPS segments to the air interface during the film formation. Maximal delayed icing time (186 s at −15 °C) and reduction of the ice shear strength (301 ± 10 kPa) which was significantly lower than that of polyacrylates (804 ± 37 kPa) were achieved when the content of PMTFPS-MAI was 20 wt%. The icephobicity of the copolymers was attributed primarily to the enrichment of PMTFPS on the film surface and synergistic effect of both silicone and fluorine. Thus, the results show that the PMTFPS–b-polyacrylate copolymer can be used as icephobic coating materials potentially.

  14. Metal Nanoparticle/Block Copolymer Composite Assembly and Disassembly

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    Li, Zihui; Sai, Hiroaki; Warren, Scott C.; Kamperman, Marleen; Arora, Hitesh; Gruner, Sol M.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    Ligand-stabilized platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) were self-assembled with poly(isoprene-block-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PI-b-PDMAEMA) block copolymers to generate organic-inorganic hybrid materials. High loadings of NPs in hybrids were achieved through usage of N,N-di-(2-(allyloxy)ethyl)-N-3-mercaptopropyl-N-3-methylammonium chloride as the ligand, which provided high solubility of NPs in various solvents as well as high affinity to PDMAEMA. From NP synthesis, existence of sub-1 nm P...

  15. Photoresponsive Block Copolymers Containing Azobenzenes and Other Chromophores

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    Takaomi Kobayashi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Photoresponsive block copolymers (PRBCs containing azobenzenes and other chromophores can be easily prepared by controlled polymerization. Their photoresponsive behaviors are generally based on photoisomerization, photocrosslinking, photoalignment and photoinduced cooperative motions. When the photoactive block forms mesogenic phases upon microphase separation of PRBCs, supramolecular cooperative motion in liquid-crystalline PRBCs enables them to self-organize into hierarchical structures with photoresponsive features. This offers novel opportunities to photocontrol microphase-separated nanostructures of well-defined PRBCs and extends their diverse applications in holograms, nanotemplates, photodeformed devices and microporous films.

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

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    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)

  17. 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 ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GAP106/12/0143; GA MŠMT(CZ) MSM0021620857 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

  18. Responsive block copolymer photonics triggered by protein-polyelectrolyte coacervation.

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    Fan, Yin; Tang, Shengchang; Thomas, Edwin L; Olsen, Bradley D

    2014-11-25

    Ionic interactions between proteins and polyelectrolytes are demonstrated as a method to trigger responsive transitions in block copolymer (BCP) photonic gels containing one neutral hydrophobic block and one cationic hydrophilic block. Poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) blocks in lamellar poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) block copolymer thin films are quaternized with primary bromides to yield swollen gels that show strong reflectivity peaks in the visible range; exposure to aqueous solutions of various proteins alters the swelling ratios of the quaternized P2VP (QP2VP) gel layers in the PS-QP2VP materials due to the ionic interactions between proteins and the polyelectrolyte. Parameters such as charge density, hydrophobicity, and cross-link density of the QP2VP gel layers as well as the charge and size of the proteins play significant roles on the photonic responses of the BCP gels. Differences in the size and pH-dependent charge of proteins provide a basis for fingerprinting proteins based on their temporal and equilibrium photonic response. The results demonstrate that the BCP gels and their photonic effect provide a robust and visually interpretable method to differentiate different proteins. PMID:25393374

  19. Block copolymers for alkaline fuel cell membrane materials

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    Li, Yifan

    Alkaline fuel cells (AFCs) using anion exchange membranes (AEMs) as electrolyte have recently received considerable attention. AFCs offer some advantages over proton exchange membrane fuel cells, including the potential of non-noble metal (e.g. nickel, silver) catalyst on the cathode, which can dramatically lower the fuel cell cost. The main drawback of traditional AFCs is the use of liquid electrolyte (e.g. aqueous potassium hydroxide), which can result in the formation of carbonate precipitates by reaction with carbon dioxide. AEMs with tethered cations can overcome the precipitates formed in traditional AFCs. Our current research focuses on developing different polymer systems (blend, block, grafted, and crosslinked polymers) in order to understand alkaline fuel cell membrane in many aspects and design optimized anion exchange membranes with better alkaline stability, mechanical integrity and ionic conductivity. A number of distinct materials have been produced and characterized. A polymer blend system comprised of poly(vinylbenzyl chloride)-b-polystyrene (PVBC-b-PS) diblock copolymer, prepared by nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP), with poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO) or brominated PPO was studied for conversion into a blend membrane for AEM. The formation of a miscible blend matrix improved mechanical properties while maintaining high ionic conductivity through formation of phase separated ionic domains. Using anionic polymerization, a polyethylene based block copolymer was designed where the polyethylene-based block copolymer formed bicontinuous morphological structures to enhance the hydroxide conductivity (up to 94 mS/cm at 80 °C) while excellent mechanical properties (strain up to 205%) of the polyethylene block copolymer membrane was observed. A polymer system was designed and characterized with monomethoxy polyethylene glycol (mPEG) as a hydrophilic polymer grafted through substitution of pendent benzyl chloride groups of a PVBC

  20. Design and characterization of multicompartment micelles in aqueous solution

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    Kubowicz, Stephan

    2005-01-01

    Self-assembly of polymeric building blocks is a powerful tool for the design of novel materials and structures that combine different properties and may respond to external stimuli. In the past decades, most studies were focused on the self-assembly of amphiphilic diblock copolymers in solution. The dissolution of these block copolymers in a solvent selective for one block results mostly in the formation of micelles. The micellar structure of diblock copolymers is inherently limited to a homo...

  1. Biodegradable PELA block copolymers: in vitro degradation and tissue reaction.

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    Younes, H; Nataf, P R; Cohn, D; Appelbaum, Y J; Pizov, G; Uretzky, G

    1988-01-01

    Degradation of, and tissue reaction elicited by a series of polyethylene oxide (PEO)/polylactic acid (PLA) PELA block copolymers were studied in vitro and in vivo. In particular, the effect of pH, temperature and enzymatic activity was addressed. The mass loss was faster, the more basic the media, while, expectedly, PELA copolymers degraded faster with the higher temperature. The addition of an enzyme (carboxylic ester hydrolase) had no effect. The degradation process strongly affected the mechanical properties of the materials under investigation, the elongation at break dropping drastically after two days of degradation. After seven days, only gross observation of the extensively degraded samples was possible. The in vivo studies compared the tissue reaction elicited by various PELA copolymers to that evoked by PLA. Evaluation of tissue reaction observed with a PELA sample after sterilization with gamma radiation showed acute inflammation with considerable dispersion of the material, 12 days after implantation. The granulomatous reaction observed with PELA copolymers after ethylene oxide sterilization was identical to the reaction observed with PLA. PMID:3064826

  2. NaCl-triggered self-assembly of hydrophilic poloxamine block copolymers.

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    Bahadur, Anita; Cabana-Montenegro, Sonia; Aswal, Vinod Kumar; Lage, Emilio V; Sandez-Macho, Isabel; Concheiro, Angel; Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen; Bahadur, Pratap

    2015-10-15

    Tetronic 1307 (T1307) is a hydrophilic poloxamine (HLB>24) with a high molecular mass owing to its long PEO and PPO blocks. In spite of good biocompatibility, its use as a component of drug delivery systems is limited by its high critical micelle concentration (CMC) and temperature (CMT). The aim of this work was to elucidate whether the addition of NaCl or the combination of salts and temperature may bring T1307 micellization and gelling features into more practically useful values. Increasing NaCl concentration in the 0.154 M (isotonic) to 2M (hypertonic) range made the copolymer more hydrophobic and more prone to self-assemble into unimodal micelles, as observed by means of π-A isotherms, (1)H NMR, dynamic light scattering (DLS), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and pyrene fluorescence. The decrease in CMC and CMT observed for T1307 in 0.5 M NaCl medium (tolerable hypertonic solution), compared to water, notably favored the solubility of hydrophobic drugs such as curcumin and quercetin. Moreover, phase diagram, intrinsic viscosity and sol-to-gel transition were markedly affected by NaCl concentration. Overall, the strong dependence of T1307 self-assembly features on NaCl opens interesting possibilities for tuning the performance of T1307 as a component of nanocarriers and in situ gelling systems. PMID:26315124

  3. Diamond-Forming Block Copolymers and Diamond-like Morphologies: a New Route towards efficient Block Copolymer Membranes?

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    Erukhimovich, Igor; Kriksin, Yury

    2014-03-01

    Formation of ordered (microphase separated) block copolymer nanostructures is a promising route towards creating isoporous membranes suitable for technological applications. We propose a new route to achieve this target: to choose such block copolymer architectures, which would provide a practically isotropic permeability both in the bulk and in thin films. Basing both on the weak segregation theory extension into the thin films and the self-consistent field theory numerical procedure we present the results concerning the effects of the wall confinement both with neutral, selective and patterned walls on the structure and stability of the block copolymer ordered films. The diamond-like morphology is found to be the most promising one as to optimizing the permeability of thin films. A new effect of the diamond morphology stability enhancement in the presence of a properly designed lamellar-like wall pattern is discovered and the corresponding phase diagram demonstrating the effect of the pattern scale and film width on the diamond morphology stability is presented. The financial support was provided by Ministry of Science and Education of Russian Federation (State Contract No. 02.740.11.0858) and European Commission (FP7 project NMP3-SL-2009- 228652 (SELFMEM)).

  4. Terminal groups control self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers in solution

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    Grzelakowski, M.; Kita-Tokarczyk, K.

    2016-03-01

    The terminal groups of amphiphilic block copolymers are shown to control macromolecular self-assembly in aqueous solutions, in the micellar/lamellar region of the phase diagram. At the same concentration and using the same self-assembly conditions, dramatic differences are observed in polymer hydration and the resulting nano-/microstructure for two series of polymers with identical block chemistry and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB). This suggests a strong contribution from end groups to the hydration as the initial step of the self-assembly process, and could be conveniently used to guide the particle morphology and size. Additionally, for polymers with those head groups which drive vesicular structures, differences in membrane organization affect their physical properties, such as permeability.The terminal groups of amphiphilic block copolymers are shown to control macromolecular self-assembly in aqueous solutions, in the micellar/lamellar region of the phase diagram. At the same concentration and using the same self-assembly conditions, dramatic differences are observed in polymer hydration and the resulting nano-/microstructure for two series of polymers with identical block chemistry and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB). This suggests a strong contribution from end groups to the hydration as the initial step of the self-assembly process, and could be conveniently used to guide the particle morphology and size. Additionally, for polymers with those head groups which drive vesicular structures, differences in membrane organization affect their physical properties, such as permeability. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. S1: Particle diameters for hydrated NH2-ABA-NH2 polymers with different degrees of functionalization; Fig. S2: TEM characterization of compound micelles from BA-OH polymer after extrusion; Fig. S3: Cryo-TEM and stopped flow characterization of lipid vesicles; Fig. S4 and S5: NMR spectra for ABA and BA polymers

  5. Morphology and Proton Transport in Humidified Phosphonated Peptoid Block Copolymers

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    2016-01-01

    Polymers that conduct protons in the hydrated state are of crucial importance in a wide variety of clean energy applications such as hydrogen fuel cells and artificial photosynthesis. Phosphonated and sulfonated polymers are known to conduct protons at low water content. In this paper, we report on the synthesis phosphonated peptoid diblock copolymers, poly-N-(2-ethyl)hexylglycine-block-poly-N-phosphonomethylglycine (pNeh-b-pNpm), with volume fractions of pNpm (ϕNpm) values ranging from 0.13 to 0.44 and dispersity (Đ) ≤ 1.0003. The morphologies of the dry block copolypeptoids were determined by transmission electron microscopy and in both the dry and hydrated states by synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering. Dry samples with ϕNpm > 0.13 exhibited a lamellar morphology. Upon hydration, the lowest molecular weight sample transitioned to a hexagonally packed cylinder morphology, while the others maintained their dry morphologies. Water uptake of all of the ordered samples was 8.1 ± 1.1 water molecules per phosphonate group. In spite of this, the proton conductivity of the ordered pNeh-b-pNpm copolymers ranged from 0.002 to 0.008 S/cm. We demonstrate that proton conductivity is maximized in high molecular weight, symmetric pNeh-b-pNpm copolymers. PMID:27134312

  6. Metal Nanoparticle/Block Copolymer Composite Assembly and Disassembly.

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    Li, Zihui; Sai, Hiroaki; Warren, Scott C; Kamperman, Marleen; Arora, Hitesh; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    Ligand-stabilized platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) were self-assembled with poly(isoprene-block-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PI-b-PDMAEMA) block copolymers to generate organic-inorganic hybrid materials. High loadings of NPs in hybrids were achieved through usage of N,N-di-(2-(allyloxy)ethyl)-N-3-mercaptopropyl-N-3-methylammonium chloride as the ligand, which provided high solubility of NPs in various solvents as well as high affinity to PDMAEMA. From NP synthesis, existence of sub-1 nm Pt NPs was confirmed by high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) images. Estimations of the Pt NP ligand head group density based on HAADF-STEM images and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) data yielded results comparable to what has been found for alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on flat Pt {111} surfaces. Changing the volume fraction of Pt NPs in block copolymer-NP composites yielded hybrids with spherical micellar, wormlike micellar, lamellar and inverse hexagonal morphologies. Disassembly of hybrids with spherical, wormlike micellar, and lamellar morphologies generated isolated metal-NP based nano-spheres, cylinders and sheets, respectively. Results suggest the existence of powerful design criteria for the formation of metal-based nanostructures from designer blocked macromolecules. PMID:21103025

  7. Synthesis of segmented PB(SMA-block-PB)(n) block copolymers through a polymeric iniferter technique

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    Kroeze, E; ten Brinke, G.; Hadziioannou, G

    1997-01-01

    A technique is described for the synthesis of segmented block copolymers of polybutadiene and poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) through a polymeric therma iniferter based on polybutadiene, which was used as an initiator for the thermal copolymerization of styrene and maleic anhydride. The polymeric

  8. Hybrid - block copolymer nanocomposites. characterization of nanostructure by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)

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    A. Romo-Uribe

    2007-01-01

    The nanoscopic order of a series of block copolymer-inorganic nanocomposites was characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The nanostructures were obtained via a diblock copolymer directed sol-gel synthesis. The copolymer consists of blocks of poly(isoprene) -PI- and blocks of poly(ethylene oxide) -PEO. The inorganic material consists of a crosslinked sol of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and aluminum-tri-sec-butoxide in a 4:1 mole ratio, to generate an aluminosilicate ceram...

  9. High aspect ratio sub-15 nm silicon trenches from block copolymer templates.

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    Gu, Xiaodan; Liu, Zuwei; Gunkel, Ilja; Chourou, S T; Hong, Sung Woo; Olynick, Deirdre L; Russell, Thomas P

    2012-11-01

    High-aspect-ratio sub-15-nm silicon trenches are fabricated directly from plasma etching of a block copolymer mask. A novel method that combines a block copolymer reconstruction process and reactive ion etching is used to make the polymer mask. Silicon trenches are characterized by various methods and used as a master for subsequent imprinting of different materials. Silicon nanoholes are generated from a block copolymer with cylindrical microdomains oriented normal to the surface. PMID:22903820

  10. Microtome Sliced Block Copolymers and Nanoporous Polymers as Masks for Nanolithography

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    Shvets, Violetta; Schulte, Lars; Ndoni, Sokol

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. Block copolymers self-assembling properties are commonly used for creation of very fine nanostructures [1]. Goal of our project is to test new methods of the block-copolymer lithography mask preparation: macroscopic pieces of block-copolymers or nanoporous polymers with cross-linked phase are sliced with microtome and pattern is transfered from flakes to substrate by plasma etching.Experimental Section. Group of Self-organized Nanoporous Materials in Technical University of Denm...

  11. Perfluorocyclobutyl-containing Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Synthesized by RAFT Polymerization

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    LI, Yongjun; ZHANG, Sen; FENG, Chun; ZHANG, Yaqin; LI, Qingnuan; LI, Wenxin; HUANG, Xiaoyu

    2009-01-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers containing hydrophobic perfluorocyclobutyl-based (PFCB) polyacrylate and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) segments were prepared via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAP-T) polymerization. The PFCB-containing acrylate monomer, p-(2-(p-tolyloxy)perfluorocyclobutoxy)phenyl acrylate, was first synthesized from commercially available compounds in good yields, and this kind of acrylate monomer can be homopolymerized by free radical polymerization or RAFT polymerization. Kinetic study showed the 2,2'-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) initiated and cumyl dithiobenzoate (CDB) mediated RAFT polymerization was in a living fashion, as suggested by the fact that the number-average molecular weights (M_n) increased linearly with the conversions of the monomer, while the polydispersity indices kept less than 1.10. The block polymers with narrow molecular weight distributions (M_w/M_n≤1.21) were prepared through RAFT polymerization using PEG monomethyl ether capped with 4-cyanopentanoic acid dithiobenzoate end group as the macro chain transfer agent (mPEG-CTA). The length of the hydrophobic segment can be tuned by the feed ratio of the PFCB-based acrylate monomer and the extending of the polymerization time. The micellization behavior of the block copolymers in aqueous media was investigated by the fluorescence probe technique.

  12. Designing block copolymer architectures for targeted membrane performance

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    Dorin, Rachel Mika

    2014-01-01

    Using a combination of block copolymer self-assembly and non-solvent induced phase separation, isoporous ultrafiltration membranes were fabricated from four poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine) triblock terpolymers with similar block volume fractions but varying in total molar mass from 43 kg/mol to 115 kg/mol to systematically study the effect of polymer size on membrane structure. Small-angle X-ray scattering was used to probe terpolymer solution structure in the dope. All four triblocks displayed solution scattering patterns consistent with a body-centered cubic morphology. After membrane formation, structures were characterized using a combination of scanning electron microscopy and filtration performance tests. Membrane pore densities that ranged from 4.53 × 1014 to 1.48 × 1015 pores/m 2 were observed, which are the highest pore densities yet reported for membranes using self-assembly and non-solvent induced phase separation. Hydraulic permeabilities ranging from 24 to 850 L m-2 h-1 bar-1 and pore diameters ranging from 7 to 36 nm were determined from permeation and rejection experiments. Both the hydraulic permeability and pore size increased with increasing molar mass of the parent terpolymer. The combination of polymer characterization and membrane transport tests described here demonstrates the ability to rationally design macromolecular structures to target specific performance characteristics in block copolymer derived ultrafiltration membranes. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. P(HPMA)-block-P(LA) copolymers in paclitaxel formulations: polylactide stereochemistry controls micellization, cellular uptake kinetics, intracellular localization and drug efficiency.

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    Barz, Matthias; Armiñán, Ana; Canal, Fabiana; Wolf, Florian; Koynov, Kaloian; Frey, Holger; Zentel, Rudolf; Vicent, María J

    2012-10-10

    In order to explore the influence of polymer microstructure and stereochemistry in biological settings, the synthesis, micellization, cellular fate and the use in paclitaxel formulations of poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)-methacrylamide)-block-poly(L-lactide) (P(HPMA)-block-P(LLA)) and poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)-methacrylamide)-block-poly(DL-lactide) block copolymers (P(HPMA)-block-P(DLLA)) were studied. To this end, P(HPMA)-block-P(lactide) block copolymers and their fluorescently labeled analogues were synthesized. The polymers exhibited molecular weights M(n) around 20,000 g/mol with dispersities (D=M(w)/M(n)) below 1.3. In addition, the solution conformation of this new type of partially degradable amphiphilic block copolymers was studied with and without paclitaxel loading in PBS buffer (pH 7.2), employing fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). We observed polymeric micelles with a hydrodynamic diameter of 17.0 nm for a fluorescently labeled P(HPMA)-block-P(LLA) block copolymer (P2*) and 20.4 nm for a P(HPMA)-block-P(DLLA) block copolymer (P3*). For the corresponding loaded block copolymers aggregates with a diameter of 40.0 nm (P2*) and 41.4 nm (P3*) in formulations containing 17 wt.% paclitaxel were observed, respectively. While the block copolymer itself showed non-toxic behavior up to a concentration of 3 mg/mL in HeLa (human cervix adenocarcinoma) cells, the paclitaxel containing formulations showed IC 50 values in the range of 10-100 nM. The P(HPMA)-block-P(DLLA) polymer (P3*) enters the cells more efficiently than stereo regular polymer (P2*) via an energy-dependent uptake mechanism. Thus, differences in the IC(50) value are--most likely--attributed to significant changes in cellular uptake. Polymer tacticity and stereoregularity appear to represent a key feature determining cellular uptake and efficiency for the PLA block copolymer drug formulations. This work demonstrates the importance of the microstructure of polymers used in drug delivery systems (DDS

  14. Self-assembly of block copolymers on topographically patterned polymeric substrates

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    Russell, Thomas P.; Park, Soojin; Lee, Dong Hyun; Xu, Ting

    2016-05-10

    Highly-ordered block copolymer films are prepared by a method that includes forming a polymeric replica of a topographically patterned crystalline surface, forming a block copolymer film on the topographically patterned surface of the polymeric replica, and annealing the block copolymer film. The resulting structures can be used in a variety of different applications, including the fabrication of high density data storage media. The ability to use flexible polymers to form the polymeric replica facilitates industrial-scale processes utilizing the highly-ordered block copolymer films.

  15. Self-assembly in casting solutions of block copolymer membranes

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    Marques, Debora S.

    2013-01-01

    Membranes with exceptional pore regularity and high porosity were obtained from block copolymer solutions. We demonstrate by small-angle X-ray scattering that the order which gives rise to the pore morphology is already incipient in the casting solution. Hexagonal order was confirmed in PS-b-P4VP 175k-b-65k solutions in DMF/THF/dioxane with concentrations as high as 24 wt%, while lamellar structures were obtained in more concentrated solutions in DMF or DMF/dioxane. The change in order has been understood with the support of dissipative particle dynamic modeling. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  16. Perspective: Evolutionary design of granular media and block copolymer patterns

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    Jaeger, Heinrich M.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2016-05-01

    The creation of new materials "by design" is a process that starts from desired materials properties and proceeds to identify requirements for the constituent components. Such process is challenging because it inverts the typical modeling approach, which starts from given micro-level components to predict macro-level properties. We describe how to tackle this inverse problem using concepts from evolutionary computation. These concepts have widespread applicability and open up new opportunities for design as well as discovery. Here we apply them to design tasks involving two very different classes of soft materials, shape-optimized granular media and nanopatterned block copolymer thin films.

  17. (Electro)Mechanical Properties of Olefinic Block Copolymers

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    Spontak, Richard

    2014-03-01

    Conventional styrenic triblock copolymers (SBCs) swollen with a midblock-selective oil have been previously shown to exhibit excellent electromechanical properties as dielectric elastomers. In this class of electroactive polymers, compliant electrodes applied as active areas to opposing surfaces of an elastomer attract each other, and thus compress the elastomer due to the onset of a Maxwell stress, upon application of an external electric field. This isochoric process is accompanied by an increase in lateral area, which yields the electroactuation strain (measuring beyond 300% in SBC systems). Performance parameters such as the Maxwell stress, transverse strain, dielectric breakdown, energy density and electromechanical efficiency are determined directly from the applied electric field and resulting electroactuation strain. In this study, the same principle used to evaluate SBC systems is extended to olefinic block copolymers (OBCs), which can be described as randomly-coupled multiblock copolymers that consist of crystallizable polyethylene hard segments and rubbery poly(ethylene-co-octene) soft segments. Considerations governing the development of a methodology to fabricate electroresponsive OBC systems are first discussed for several OBCs differing in composition and bulk properties. Evidence of electroactuation in selectively-solvated OBC systems is presented and performance metrics measured therefrom are quantitatively compared with dielectric elastomers derived from SBC and related materials.

  18. Pharmacokinetics and antitumor efficacy of micelles assembled from multiarmed amphiphilic copolymers with drug conjugates in comparison with drug-encapsulated micelles.

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    Luo, Xiaoming; Chen, Maohua; Zhang, Yun; Chen, Zhoujiang; Li, Xiaohong

    2016-01-01

    The premature drug release and structural dissociation before reaching pathological sites have posed major challenges for self-assembled micelles. To address these challenges, star-shaped amphiphilic copolymers derived from 4-armed poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were proposed for chemical conjugation of chemotherapeutic drugs and assembly into drug-conjugated micelles (DCM) with reductive sensitivity. The current study aimed to elucidate the in vitro and in vivo performance of DCM and a comparison with conventional drug-encapsulated micelles (DEM) was initially launched. DEM carriers were constructed with a similar structure to DCM from 4-armed PEG, and disulfide linkages were located between the hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments. Both DCM and DEM had an average size of around 130 nm, camptothecin (CPT) loadings of around 7.7% and critical micelle concentrations of around 0.95 μg/ml. Compared with DEM, DCM showed a lower initial drug release, a lower sensitivity of drug release to glutathione, and a higher structural stability after incubation with human serum albumin (HSA). The CPT derivatives (CPT-SH) released from DCM indicated cytotoxicities similar to CPT and remained a higher lactone stability than CPT in the presence of HSA. DCM showed slightly higher cytotoxicities to 4T1 cells and significantly lower cytotoxicities to normal cells than DEM. Pharmacokinetic analyses after intravenous administration of DCM indicated around 2.65 folds higher AUC0-∞, 2.66 folds lower clearance, and 1.87 folds higher tumor accumulation than those of DEM. In addition to a less disturbance to hematological and biochemical parameters and a lower acute toxicity to small intestines, DCM showed more significant tumor suppression efficacy and less tumor metastasis to lungs than DEM. It is suggested that DCM could overcome the limitation of conventional micelles by alleviating the premature drug release during blood circulation, relieving the systemic toxicity and promoting the

  19. Tough Block Copolymer Organogels and Elastomers as Short Fiber Composites

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    Kramer, Edward J.

    2012-02-01

    The origins of the exceptional toughness and elastomeric properties of gels and elastomers from block copolymers with semicrystalline syndiotactic polypropylene blocks will be discussed. Using synchrotron X-radiation small angle (SAXS) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) experiments were simultaneously performed during step cycle tensile deformation of these elastomers and gels. From these results the toughness can be attributed to the formation, orientation and elongation of the crystalline fibrils along the tensile direction. The true stress and true strain ɛH during each cycle were recorded, including the true strain at zero load ɛH,p after each cycle that resulted from the plastic deformation of the sPP crystals in the gel or elastomer. The initial Young's modulus Einit and maximum tangent modulus Emax in each cycle undergo dramatic changes as a function of ɛH,p, with Einit decreasing for ɛH,p 100 to 1000 at the highest maximum (nominal) strain. Based on SAXS patterns from the deformed and relaxed gels, as well as on previous results on deformation of semicrystalline random copolymers by Strobl and coworkers, we propose that the initial decrease in Einit and increase in Emax with ɛH,p are due to a breakup of the network of the original sPP crystal lamellae and the conversion of the sPP lamellae into fibrils whose aspect ratio increases with further plastic deformation, respectively. The gel elastic properties can be understood quantitatively as those of a short fiber composite with a highly deformable matrix. At zero stress the random copolymer midblock chains that connect the fibrils cause these to make all angles to the tensile axis (low Einit), while at the maximum strain the stiff, crystalline sPP fibrils align with the tensile axis producing a strong, relatively stiff gel. The evolution of the crystalline structure during deformation is confirmed by WAXS and FTIR measurements.

  20. Silver-enhanced block copolymer membranes with biocidal activity

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    Madhavan, Poornima

    2014-11-12

    Silver nanoparticles were deposited on the surface and pore walls of block copolymer membranes with highly ordered pore structure. Pyridine blocks constitute the pore surfaces, complexing silver ions and promoting a homogeneous distribution. Nanoparticles were then formed by reduction with sodium borohydride. The morphology varied with the preparation conditions (pH and silver ion concentration), as confirmed by field emission scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Silver has a strong biocide activity, which for membranes can bring the advantage of minimizing the growth of bacteria and formation of biofilm. The membranes with nanoparticles prepared under different pH values and ion concentrations were incubated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and compared with the control. The strongest biocidal activity was achieved with membranes containing membranes prepared under pH 9. Under these conditions, the best distribution with small particle size was observed by microscopy.

  1. Controlling thermochromism in a photonic block copolymer gel.

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    Walish, Joseph J; Fan, Yin; Centrone, Andrea; Thomas, Edwin L

    2012-09-26

    The tunable properties of stimulus-responsive materials attract great interest in a variety of technological applications. Photonic gels are a new class of these materials, which can be tuned to reflect different wavelengths of light. Controlling this reflected color via temperature-induced changes of self-assembled photonic materials is important for their application in sensors and displays. In this work, the thermochromic behavior of a PS-P2VP photonic gel was found to originate from a temperature-induced change in the pK(a) of the P2VP blocks. Control was obtained through the manipulation of the solution pH. The findings of this work provide the basis for understanding and controlling the properties of thermochromic block copolymers fostering their use in technologically relevant applications. PMID:22763921

  2. Chirality in block copolymer melts: mesoscopic helicity from intersegment twist.

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    Zhao, Wei; Russell, Thomas P; Grason, Gregory M

    2013-02-01

    We study the effects of chirality at the segment scale on the thermodynamics of block copolymer melts using self-consistent field theory. In linear diblock melts where segments of one block prefer a twisted, or cholesteric, texture, we show that melt assembly is critically sensitive to the ratio of random coil size to the preferred pitch of cholesteric twist. For weakly chiral melts (large pitch), mesophases remain achiral, while below a critical value of pitch, two mesoscopically chiral phases are stable: an undulated lamellar phase and a phase of hexagonally ordered helices. We show that the nonlinear sensitivity of mesoscale chiral order to preferred pitch derives specifically from the geometric and thermodynamic coupling of the helical mesodomain shape to the twisted packing of chiral segments within the core, giving rise to a second-order cylinder-to-helix transition. PMID:23414052

  3. Characterizing the interfaces of block copolymers with high χ

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    Sunday, Daniel; Maher, Michael; Blachut, Gregory; Asano, Yusuke; Tein, Summer; Willson, C. Grant; Ellison, Christopher; Kline, R. Joseph

    In order for block copolymer (BCP) directed self-assembly (DSA) to be able to pattern features below 10 nm there must be materials which can spontaneously assembly at the required length scales. For the smallest features this will require phase separation where the total chain lengths are under 50 monomer units, demanding very large interaction parameters (χ) to have an order-disorder transition. One of the key parameters for DSA will be the interfacial width between the blocks, which is expected to be correlated to the interaction parameter and will help determine the line edge roughness (LER). We have used resonant soft X-ray reflectivity to investigate a series of high χ BCPs with different compositions and molecular weights to determine the interfacial width and degree of phase separation. We use these results to estimate the value of χ and determine relationships between χ and the interfacial mixing.

  4. Transport of Water in Semicrystalline Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Hallinan, Daniel; Oparaji, Onyekachi

    Poly(styrene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS- b-PEO) is a semicrystalline block copolymer (BCP) with interesting properties. It is mechanically tough, amphiphilic, and has a polar phase. The mechanical toughness is due to the crystallinity of PEO and the high glass transition temperature of PS, as well as the morphological structure of the BCP. The polymer has high CO2, water, and salt solubility that derive from the polar PEO component. Potential applications include CO2 separation, water purification, and lithium air batteries. In all of the aforementioned applications, water transport is an important parameter. The presence of water can also affect thermal and mechanical properties. Water transport and thermal and mechanical properties of a lamellar PS- b-PEO copolymer have been measured as a function of water activity. Water transport can be affected by the heterogeneous nature of a semicrystalline BCP. Therefore, Fourier transform infrared - attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) spectroscopy has been employed, because water transport and polymer swelling can be measured simultaneously. The effect of BCP structure on transport has been investigated by comparing water transport in PS- b-PEO to a PEO homopolymer. The crystalline content of the PEO and the presence of glassy PS lamellae will be used to explain the transport results.

  5. PEG-PLA diblock copolymer micelle-like nanoparticles as all-trans-retinoic acid carrier: in vitro and in vivo characterizations

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    Li, Yuan; Qi, Xian Rong; Maitani, Yoshie; Nagai, Tsuneji

    2009-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to characterize the properties in vitro, i.e. release, degradation, hemolytic potential and anticancer activity, and in vivo disposition of all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) in rats after administration of ATRA-loaded micelle-like nanoparticles. The amphiphilic block copolymers consisted of a micellar shell-forming mPEG block and a core-forming PLA block. The mPEG-PLA nanoparticles prepared by an acetone volatilization dialysis procedure were identified as having core-shell structure by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Critical association concentration, drug contents, loading efficiency, particle size and ξ potential were evaluated. The release of ATRA from the nanoparticles and the degradation of PLA were found to be mostly associated with the compositions of the nanoparticles. ATRA release was faster at smaller molecular weight of copolymer and lower drug contents. In vitro, the incorporation of ATRA in mPEG-PLA nanoparticles reduced the hemolytic potential of ATRA. Furthermore, anticancer activity of ATRA against HepG2 cell was increased by encapsulation, which showed an enhancement of tumor treatment of ATRA. In vivo, after intravenous injection to rats, the levels of ATRA in the blood stream and the bioavailability were higher for ATRA-loaded mPEG-PLA nanoparticles than those for ATRA solution. In conclusion, the structure of the mPEG-PLA diblock copolymer could be modulated to fit the demand of in vitro and in vivo characterizations of nanoparticles. The mPEG-PLA nanoparticles' loading ATRA have a promising future for injection administration.

  6. RAFT polymerization kinetics and polymer characterization of P3HT rod-coil block copolymers and their uses to prepare hybrid nanocomposites

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    Kern, Melissa Robin

    group reactions result in P3HT homopolymer in the final sample. Therefore accurate characterization requires molecular weight determination of the block copolymer and quantification of the sample composition. Also presented in this work is the synthesis of amphiphilic rod-coil block copolymers of P3HT with poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (4VP) and poly(acrylic acid) (AA). Here, P3HT-b-PAA is prepared by the direct synthesis of acrylic acid with the macroRAFT agent using a binary solvent system of trichlorobenzene and dioxane to maintain polymer solubility throughout the polymerization. The micelle formation of the resulting block copolymer is detailed as the transparent micelle solution of P3HT-b-PAA exhibits the optical behavior of solid-state P3HT. Finally, the preparation of various nanocomposites from the synthesized P3HT homopolymer and block copolymers is presented. In the first method, the RAFT end group of the P3HT macroRAFT agent and the P3HT block copolymers is reduced to a thiol to allow for attachment to Au nanoparticles. While Au nanoparticles are not useful for photovoltaic applications, the surface modification demonstrates the utility of the P3HT macroRAFT agent, which is used to modify the surface with P3HT homopolymer and P3HT block copolymers. The second method to prepare P3HT hybrid nanocomposites is in-situ growth of CdS in P3HT-b-P4VP. With analysis by dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), it is concluded that a majority of the CdS growth in the P3HT-b-P4VP was confined to the P4VP block.

  7. Topology and Shape Control for Assemblies of Block Copolymer Blends in Solution

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    Moreno, 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.

  8. Synthesis and self-assembly of temperature and anion double responsive ionic liquid block copolymers

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    Liang, Ju; Wu, Wenlan; Li, Junbo; Han, Chen; Zhang, Shijie; Guo, Jinwu; Zhou, Huiyun

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, double hydrophilic ionic liquid block copolymers (ILBCs), poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly[1-methyl-3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)] (PNIPAM- b-PMMPImB), were polymerized by two-step reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) process. The composition and molecular weight distributions of ILBCs were characterized using 1HNMR and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The self-assembly and temperature- and anion-responsive behaviors of ILBCs were investigated by UV-Vis spectroscopy, TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS). With increasing the concentration of (CF3SO2)2N-, the micellization of self-assembling PNIPAM- b-PMMPImB was induced to form a core—shell structure containing the core with hydrophilic PMMPIm-(CF3SO2)2N- surrounded by the shell of PNIPAM via the anion-responsive properties of ILBCs. However, upon temperature increasing, PNIPAM- b-PMMPImB formed the micelles composing of PNIPAM core and PMMPImB shell. The ionic liquid segment with strong hydrophilic property enhanced the hydrogen bonding interaction which expanded the temperature range of phase transition and increased the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the system. These results indicate that ILBCs prepared in this paper have excellent temperature and anion double responsive properties, and may be applied as a kind of potential environmental responsive polymer nanoparticles.

  9. PRECISE SYNTHESIS OF OLEFIN BLOCK COPOLYMERS USING A SYNDIOSPECIFIC LIVING POLYMERIZATION SYSTEM

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    Zheng-guo Cai; Hai-hui Su; Takeshi Shiono

    2013-01-01

    This feature article summarizes the synthesis of novel olefin block copolymers using fast syndiospecific living homo-and copolymerization of propylene,higher 1-alkene,and norbomene with ansa-fluorenylamidodimethyltitaniumbased catalyst according to the authors' recent results.The catalytic synthesis of monodisperse polyolefin and olefin block copolymer was also described using this living system.

  10. Light scattering from block copolymer melts near the order-disorder transition

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    Štěpánek, Petr; Lodge, T. P.; Bates, F. S.

    1994-01-01

    Roč. 2, - (1994), s. 110. ISSN 0009-2347. [Symposium Block Copolymer Dynamics, Chain Dynamics of Block Copolymers: Dynamics near the Ordering Transition. San Diego, 13.03.1994-18.03.1994] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IA45023 Impact factor: 0.331, year: 1994

  11. Block copolymer self-assembly : homopolymer additives and multiple length scales

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    Klymko, Tetyana Romanivna

    2008-01-01

    This thesis is devoted to a theoretical study of self-assembly in specific block-copolymer systems. The ability of block copolymer-based systems to organize at the nanoscale level depends on several parameters, such as volume fraction of the different components, their molar masses and the strength

  12. Dilute gels with exceptional rigidity from self-assembling silk-collagen-like block copolymers

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    Martens, A.A.; Gucht, van der J.; Eggink, G.; Wolf, de F.A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2009-01-01

    Rheological data on monodisperse block copolymer hydrogels are rare because the amounts produced with various methods usually are not sufficient for materials testing. By biotechnological means, expression of a block copolymer encoding gene in the yeast Pichia pastoris, we produced enough protein bl

  13. 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 homopol

  14. Understanding the ordering mechanisms of self-assembled nanostructures of block copolymers during zone annealing.

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    Cong, Zhinan; Zhang, Liangshun; Wang, Liquan; Lin, Jiaping

    2016-03-21

    A theoretical method based on dynamic version of self-consistent field theory is extended to investigate directed self-assembly behaviors of block copolymers subjected to zone annealing. The ordering mechanisms and orientation modulation of microphase-separated nanostructures of block copolymers are discussed in terms of sweep velocity, wall preference, and Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. The simulated results demonstrate that the long-range ordered nanopatterns are achieved by lowering the sweep velocity of zone annealing due to the incorporation of templated ordering of block copolymers. The surface enrichment by one of the two polymer species induces the orientation modulation of defect-free nanostructures through finely tuning the composition of block copolymers and the preference of walls. Additionally, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameters of block copolymers in the distinct regions are main factors to design the zone annealing process for creating the highly ordered nanostructures with single orientation. PMID:27004895

  15. Phase behavior of multi-arm star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer

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    Jang, Sangshin; Moon, Hong Chul; Bae, Dusik; Kwak, Jonghen; Kim, Jin Kon

    2013-03-01

    We synthesized star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PS- b-PMMA) by utilizing α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) as a core of the star-shaped block copolymer. Eighteen hydroxyl groups on α-CD were transformed to bromine by the reaction with α-bromoisobutyryl bromide. We found that the number of bromine substituted arms per one α-CD was higher than 16, which was determined by nuclear magnetic resonance and Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization. We could control molecular weight of block copolymers by changing polymerization times. The block copolymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Phase behaviors of these star-shaped block copolymers were investigated by small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy.

  16. Understanding the ordering mechanisms of self-assembled nanostructures of block copolymers during zone annealing

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    Cong, Zhinan; Zhang, Liangshun; Wang, Liquan; Lin, Jiaping

    2016-03-01

    A theoretical method based on dynamic version of self-consistent field theory is extended to investigate directed self-assembly behaviors of block copolymers subjected to zone annealing. The ordering mechanisms and orientation modulation of microphase-separated nanostructures of block copolymers are discussed in terms of sweep velocity, wall preference, and Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. The simulated results demonstrate that the long-range ordered nanopatterns are achieved by lowering the sweep velocity of zone annealing due to the incorporation of templated ordering of block copolymers. The surface enrichment by one of the two polymer species induces the orientation modulation of defect-free nanostructures through finely tuning the composition of block copolymers and the preference of walls. Additionally, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameters of block copolymers in the distinct regions are main factors to design the zone annealing process for creating the highly ordered nanostructures with single orientation.

  17. Curcumin-Loading-Dependent Stability of PEGMEMA-Based Micelles Affects Endocytosis and Exocytosis in Colon Carcinoma Cells.

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    Chang, Teddy; Trench, David; Putnam, Joshua; Stenzel, Martina H; Lord, Megan S

    2016-03-01

    Polymeric micelles were formed from poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) (P(PEGMEMA)-b-PS) block copolymer of two different chain lengths. The micelles formed were approximately 16 and 46 nm in diameter and used to encapsulate curcumin. Upon loading of the curcumin into the micelles, their size increased to approximately 34 and 80 nm in diameter, respectively, with a loading efficiency of 58%. The unloaded micelles were not cytotoxic to human colon carcinoma cells, whereas only the smaller loaded micelles were cytotoxic after 72 h of exposure. The micelles were rapidly internalized by the cells within minutes of exposure, with the loaded micelles internalized to a greater extent owing to their enhanced stability compared to that of the unloaded micelles. The larger micelles were more rapidly internalized and exocytosed than the smaller micelles, demonstrating the effect of micelle size and drug loading on drug delivery and cytotoxicity. PMID:26755445

  18. Nanowire polarizers by guided self-assembly of block copolymers

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    Roberts, Philip M. S.; Baum, Alexandra; Karamath, James; Evans, Allan; Shibata, Satoshi; Walton, Harry

    2014-01-01

    Wire-grid polarizers (WGPs) are currently limited by their wafer-scale manufacturing methods to sizes of approximately 12 to 18 in. For large-size displays, a new method for the production of large-area WGPs is required. Large-area WGPs were simulated using the finite-difference-time-domain method, and a scaleable method for their production based on a block copolymer (BCP)-nanostructured template was implemented. The nanostructured template is globally aligned through the use of a cylinder-forming liquid crystal (LC) diblock copolymer, which is first aligned on a rubbed polyimide substrate. A surface-relief template is produced using the differential dry etch rates of the cylinder-forming component and LC polymer matrix component of the BCP. The template is metalized to produce a WGP. Polarizers of arbitrary size with polarization efficiency up to 0.6 have been made in close agreement with calculated values for idealized structures. The choice of the cylinder-forming polymer is critical to the degree of alignment of the template, and the thermal stability of the LC polymer matrix is critical to the stability of the template during etching.

  19. Novel fluorescent amphiphilic block copolymers: photophysics behavior and interactions with DNA

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    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, novel amphiphilic fluorescent copolymers poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone-b-poly(N-methacryloyl-N'-(α-naphthylthiourea (PVP-b-PNT were synthesized via ATRP with poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone-Cl as macroinitiator and N-methacryloyl-N'-α-naphthylthiourea (NT as hydrophobic segment. PVP-b-PNT copolymers were characterized by 1H NMR, GPC-MALLS and fluorescence measurements. The aggregation behavior of PVP-b-PNT in water was investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS measurement. The photophysics behavior of PVP-b-PNT showed that block copolymer formed strong excimer. The interaction of DNA with the block copolymer made the excimer of block copolymer quench. The cytotoxicity result of PVP-b-PNT in cell culture in vitro indicated that this copolymer PVP-b-PNT had good biocompatibility.

  20. Synthesis and gas permeability of block copolymers composed of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) and polystyrene blocks

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    Lokaj, Jan; Brožová, Libuše; Holler, Petr; Pientka, Zbyněk

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 67, č. 2 (2002), s. 267-278. ISSN 0010-0765 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/99/0572 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : azeotropic styrene- acrylonitrile copolymers * block copolymers * nitroxide-mediated copolymerization Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.848, year: 2002

  1. Aligned nanowires and nanodots by directed block copolymer assembly

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    Xiao Shuaigang; Yang Xiaomin; Lee, Kim Y; Ver der Veerdonk, Rene J M; Kuo, David [Seagate Technology, 47010 Kato Road, Fremont, CA 94538 (United States); Russell, Thomas P, E-mail: shuaigang.xiao@seagate.com [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 120 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003 (United States)

    2011-07-29

    The directed self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) is a promising route to generate highly ordered arrays of sub-10 nm features. Ultradense arrays of a monolayer of spherical microdomains or cylindrical microdomains oriented parallel to the surface have been produced where the lateral ordering is guided by surface patterning and the lattice defined by the patterning can be commensurate or incommensurate with the natural period of the BCP. Commensurability between the two can be used to elegantly manipulate the lateral ordering and orientation of the BCP microdomains so as to form well-aligned arrays of 1D nanowires or 2D addressable nanodots. No modification of the substrate surface, aside from the patterning, was used, making the influence of lattice mismatch and pattern amplification on the size, shape and pitch of the BCP microdomains more transparent. A skew angle between incommensurate lattices, defining a stretching or compression of the BCP chains to compensate for the lattice mismatch, is presented.

  2. Correlative infrared nanospectroscopic and nanomechanical imaging of block copolymer microdomains.

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    Pollard, Benjamin; Raschke, Markus B

    2016-01-01

    Intermolecular interactions and nanoscale phase separation govern the properties of many molecular soft-matter systems. Here, we combine infrared vibrational scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (IR s-SNOM) with force-distance spectroscopy for simultaneous characterization of both nanoscale optical and nanomechanical molecular properties through hybrid imaging. The resulting multichannel images and correlative analysis of chemical composition, spectral IR line shape, modulus, adhesion, deformation, and dissipation acquired for a thin film of a nanophase separated block copolymer (PS-b-PMMA) reveal complex structural variations, in particular at domain interfaces, not resolved in any individual signal channel alone. These variations suggest that regions of multicomponent chemical composition, such as the interfacial mixing regions between microdomains, are correlated with high spatial heterogeneity in nanoscale material properties. PMID:27335750

  3. Aligned nanowires and nanodots by directed block copolymer assembly

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    The directed self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) is a promising route to generate highly ordered arrays of sub-10 nm features. Ultradense arrays of a monolayer of spherical microdomains or cylindrical microdomains oriented parallel to the surface have been produced where the lateral ordering is guided by surface patterning and the lattice defined by the patterning can be commensurate or incommensurate with the natural period of the BCP. Commensurability between the two can be used to elegantly manipulate the lateral ordering and orientation of the BCP microdomains so as to form well-aligned arrays of 1D nanowires or 2D addressable nanodots. No modification of the substrate surface, aside from the patterning, was used, making the influence of lattice mismatch and pattern amplification on the size, shape and pitch of the BCP microdomains more transparent. A skew angle between incommensurate lattices, defining a stretching or compression of the BCP chains to compensate for the lattice mismatch, is presented.

  4. Microstructural organization of polydimethylsiloxane based polyurethane block copolymers

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    Hernandez, Rebeca; Weksler, Jadwiga; Padsalgikar, Ajay; Runt, James

    2007-03-01

    Microphase separation was investigated for polyurethane block copolymers synthesized from MDI and 1,4 butanediol as the hard segments, and poly(hexamethyleneoxide) (MW ˜ 700) and bis(6-hydroxyethoxypropyl) poly(dimethylsiloxane) as soft segments (MW ˜ 1000). The neat PDMS-based diol presents two segmental relaxations corresponding to the principle siloxane repeat unit and to the hydroxyethoxypropyl end group segments, respectively. When incorporated in the polyurethane, the siloxane units form a phase without intermixing with hard segments and the polyether end group segments are mixed with the second macrodiol and some short hard segment sequences. The microdomain morphology was characterized by atomic force microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering, and the scattering data were analyzed using an approach based on a modified core-shell model. The model includes core hard segment particles (MDI-BDO), surrounded by a mixed polyether shell (PHMO and hydroxyethoxypropyl end group segments), and a matrix composed of the siloxane units.

  5. Fluorinated polyphenylenevinylene (PPV) block co-polymers for nanophotonics

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    Sun, Sam-Shajing; Nguyen, Thuong; Brooks, Jaleesa

    2013-09-01

    Polymer based optoelectronic materials and thin film devices exhibit great potential in future space applications due to their flexibility, light weight, large light absorption coefficient, and promising radiation tolerance in space environment as compared to their inorganic semiconductor counterparts. Since carbon-fluorine (C-F) chemical bonds are much stronger than the carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds, fluorinated polymer films offer great potential for space applications due their expected resistance to oxidation, thermal stability, excellent wear properties, and low coefficients of friction. Their use in a space environment is extremely attractive since they are expected to retain their lubricating characteristics in vacuum, unlike many solid lubricants. Current existing polymer photovoltaic materials and devices suffer low photoelectric power conversion efficiencies due to a number factors including poor morphologies at nano scale that hinder the charge separation and transport. This paper reports our recent work on a fluorinated DBfA type block copolymer system where the donor (D) block contains a donor substituted and hydrocarbon based polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), acceptor (fA) block contains a fluorinated and a sulfone acceptor substituted polyphenylenevinylene (f-PPV), and B is a non-conjugated and flexible bridge unit. Preliminary studies reveal DBfA exhibits better nano phase morphologies and over 100 times more efficient optoelectronic conversion efficiencies as compared to D/fA blend.

  6. Effects of stiffness and polydispersity on the phase behaviour of block copolymers

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    Jager, Pieter Menno

    2006-01-01

    In this thesis the phase behaviour of melts of chain-like molecules, also known as polymers, is studied. Polymers are built from monomers. These monomers are connected consecutively to form chains. If all monomers are of the same kind the chain is called a homopolymer. The polymers studied in this thesis are block copolymers. In a block copolymer different kinds of homopolymers or so-called blocks are connected. For example a diblock copolymer consists of two different kinds of blocks A and B...

  7. Poly(lactide)-block-poly([epsilon]-caprolactone-co-[epsilon]-decalactone)-block-poly(lactide) copolymer elastomers

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    Schneiderman, Deborah K.; Hill, Erin M.; Martello, Mark T.; Hillmyer, Marc A. (UMM)

    2015-08-28

    Batch ring opening transesterification copolymerization of ε-caprolactone and ε-decalactone was used to generate statistical copolymers over a wide range of compositions and molar masses. Reactivity ratios determined for this monomer pair, rCL = 5.9 and rDL = 0.03, reveal ε-caprolactone is added preferentially regardless of the propagating chain end. Relative to poly(ε-caprolactone) the crystallinity and melting point of these statistical copolymers were depressed by the addition of ε-decalactone; copolymers containing greater than 31 mol% (46 wt%) ε-decalactone were amorphous. Poly(lactide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone-co-ε-decalactone)-block-poly(lactide) triblock polymers were also prepared and used to explore the influence of midblock composition on the temperature dependent Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ). In addition, uniaxial extension tests were used to determine the effects of midblock composition, poly(lactide) content, and molar mass on the mechanical properties of these new elastomeric triblocks.

  8. Using click chemistry to modify block copolymers and their morphologies

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    Wollbold, Johannes

    Microphase separated block copolymers (BCPs) are emerging as promising templates and scaffolds for the fabrication of nanostructured materials. To achieve the desired nanostructures, it is necessary to establish convenient approaches to control the morphology of BCPs. It remains challenging to induce morphological transitions of BCPs via external fields. Click chemistry, especially alkyne/azide click chemistry, has been widely used to synthesize novel functionalized materials. Here, we demonstrate that alkyne/azide click chemistry can be used as an efficient approach to chemically modify BCPs and therefore induce morphological transitions. Alkyne-functionalized diblock copolymers (di-BCPs) poly(ethylene oxide)- block-poly(n-butyl methacrylate-random-propargyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-P(nBMA-r-PgMA)) have been successfully synthesized. When the di-BCP is blended with an azide additive Rhodamine B azide and annealed at elevated temperatures, click reaction occurs between the two components. With the Rhodamine B structure attached to the polymer backbone, the di-BCP shows dramatic change in the interactions between the two blocks and the volume fraction of each block. As a result, morphological transitions, such as disorder-to-order transitions (DOTs) and order-to-order transitions (OOTs), are observed. The reaction kinetics and morphology evolution during the click chemistry induced DOTs have been investigated by in-situ and ex-situ characterizations, and fast kinetics properties are observed. Microphase separated morphologies after the DOTs or OOTs are dictated by the composition of neat di-BCPs and the mole ratio between the alkyne and azide groups. The DOTs of PEO-b-P(nBMA-r-PgMA) di-BCPs induced by alkyne/azide click chemistry have also been achieved in thin film geometries, with comparable kinetics to bulk samples. The orientation of the microdomains is dependent on the grafting density of Rhodamine B structure as well as film thickness. At higher grafting densities

  9. Amine-containing block copolymers: long-term adhesion promoters and corrosion resistant coatings

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    Small, J.H.; Saunders, R.S.; Kent, M.S.

    1996-07-01

    Arylamine-containing diblock copolymers were prepared via ring- opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) to afford well-defined phase- separated materials. Alteration of the functionaity in a block, as well as the size of the blocks, allowed for the synthesis of self- assembled monolayers on a copper surface. The arylamine-containing block exhibited a strong binding affinity for the copper surface as seen by neutron reflectivity experiments. In addition, neutron reflectivity data verifies the self-assembly of block copolymer monolayers normal to the copper surface. Block copolymers prepared in this manner allow for the preparation of a wide range of adhesives and corrosion resistant materials. The use of ring-opening metathesis polymerization is important because it permits the synthesis of a variety of functionalized block copolymers.

  10. pH-sensitive poly(histidine)-PEG/DSPE-PEG co-polymer micelles for cytosolic drug delivery

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    Wu, Hong; Zhu, Lin; Torchilin, Vladimir P.

    2012-01-01

    To introduce pH sensitivity into the DSPE-PEG-based micellar system and achieve the quick intracellular drug release in response to the acidity in endosomes, a mixed polymeric micelle was developed based on three grafted copolymers, including 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-polyethylene glycol-2000(DSPE-PEG2000), antinucleosome antibody (mAb 2C5)-modified DSPE-PEG3400 (DSPE-PEG3400-2C5), and poly(ethylene glycol)-coupled poly(l-histidine) (PHIS-PEG2000). The structure of PHIS-...

  11. Study of matrix micro-cracking in nano clay and acrylic tri-block-copolymer modified epoxy/basalt fiber-reinforced pressure-retaining structures

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In fiber-reinforced polymer pressure-retaining structures, such as pipes and vessels, micro-level failure commonly causes fluid permeation due to matrix cracking. This study explores the effect of nano-reinforcements on matrix cracking in filament-wound basalt fiber/epoxy composite structures. The microstructure and mechanical properties of bulk epoxy nanocomposites and hybrid fiber-reinforced composite pipes modified with acrylic tri-block-copolymer and organophilic layered silicate clay were investigated. In cured epoxy, the tri-block-copolymer phase separated into disordered spherical micelle inclusions; an exfoliated and intercalated structure was observed for the nano-clay. Block-copolymer addition significantly enhanced epoxy fracture toughness by a mechanism of particle cavitation and matrix shear yielding, whereas toughness remained unchanged in nano-clay filled nanocomposites due to the occurrence of lower energy resistance phenomena such as crack deflection and branching.Tensile stiffness increased with nano-clay content, while it decreased slightly for block-copolymer modified epoxy. Composite pipes modified with either the organic and inorganic nanoparticles exhibited moderate improvements in leakage failure strain (i.e. matrix cracking strain; however, reductions in functional and structural failure strength were observed.

  12. Fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial purpose

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    Highlights: • QAS-containing fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers were synthesized. • The block length of PHFBMA in the copolymers was tailored via RAFT polymerization. • Surface roughness of the copolymers decreased with the increased PHFBMA content. • A certain length of PHFBMA block enhanced C−N+ percentage on the surface. - Abstract: Symmetrically structured fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and poly(hexafluorobutyl methacrylate) (PHFBMA) were sequentially synthesized via reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, using a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) chain transfer agent with dithiocarbonate groups at both ends. Then, the CBABC-type block copolymers were quaternized with n-octyliodide to tether quaternary ammonium salt (QAS) groups in the PDMAEMA blocks for the antimicrobial use. The obtained fluorosilicone copolymers showed clear variations in the C-N+ composition and surface morphology on their films depending on the content of the PHFBMA blocks, which were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the symmetrical CBABC structure favored PDMS and QAS tethered blocks migrating to the film surface. With the mass percentage of the PHFBMA increased from 0 to 32.5%, the surface roughness of the copolymer film decreased gradually with a tendency to form a smooth surface. Owing to the surface properties, fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing a certain amount of PHFBMA with higher C-N+ content and relatively smooth morphology demonstrated obvious antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli. The functionalized multi-block copolymers based on fluorosilicone and QAS groups would have potential applications in antimicrobial coatings

  13. Fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial purpose

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    Zhou, Fang; Qin, Xiaoshuai; Li, Yancai; Ren, Lixia; Zhao, Yunhui, E-mail: zhaoyunhui@tju.edu.cn; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • QAS-containing fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers were synthesized. • The block length of PHFBMA in the copolymers was tailored via RAFT polymerization. • Surface roughness of the copolymers decreased with the increased PHFBMA content. • A certain length of PHFBMA block enhanced C−N{sup +} percentage on the surface. - Abstract: Symmetrically structured fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and poly(hexafluorobutyl methacrylate) (PHFBMA) were sequentially synthesized via reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, using a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) chain transfer agent with dithiocarbonate groups at both ends. Then, the CBABC-type block copolymers were quaternized with n-octyliodide to tether quaternary ammonium salt (QAS) groups in the PDMAEMA blocks for the antimicrobial use. The obtained fluorosilicone copolymers showed clear variations in the C-N{sup +} composition and surface morphology on their films depending on the content of the PHFBMA blocks, which were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the symmetrical CBABC structure favored PDMS and QAS tethered blocks migrating to the film surface. With the mass percentage of the PHFBMA increased from 0 to 32.5%, the surface roughness of the copolymer film decreased gradually with a tendency to form a smooth surface. Owing to the surface properties, fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing a certain amount of PHFBMA with higher C-N{sup +} content and relatively smooth morphology demonstrated obvious antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli. The functionalized multi-block copolymers based on fluorosilicone and QAS groups would have potential applications in antimicrobial coatings.

  14. Development and Characterization of Biocompatible Fullerene [C60]/Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Nanocomposite

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    Alok Chaurasia

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a supramolecular process for the synthesis of well-defined fullerene (C60/polymer colloid nanocomposites in an aqueous solution via complex formation. A biocompatible triblock poly(4-vinylpyridine-b-polyethylene-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine, P4VP8-b-PEO105-b-P4VP8, was synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization. The block copolymer formed complexes with C60 in toluene and resulted in fullerene assembly in cluster form. Nanocomposite dispersion in an aqueous solution could be obtained using an aged solution of the polymer/C60/toluene solution by a solvent evaporation technique. The UV-Vis and FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the complex formation of fullerene with the polymer which plays a significant role in controlling the PDI and size of polymer/C60 micelles in the toluene solution. The particle size and morphology of P4VP8-b-PEO105-b-P4VP8 and P4VP8-b-PEO105-b-P4VP8/C60 mixture were studied by dynamic light scattering (DLS and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. In a cytotoxicity test, both pure polymer and the resulting polymer/C60 composite in water showed more than 90% cell viability at 1 mg/mL concentration.

  15. Research on Influence Factors of Surfactivity of Polyester Polyether Block Copolymer

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    WU Ming-hua; LIN He-ming

    2008-01-01

    Polyester polyether block copolymer (PPBC) was synthesized by ester-exchange and polycodensation reactions using dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), ethylene glycol (EG) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as monomer. The effects of PEG molecular weight, mol ratio of DMT to PEG (nDMT/nPEG), temperature and time of polycondensation reaction and vacuum degree in the reaction system on the surface tension and critical micelle concentration (CMC) of PPBC aqueous solution were studied. It was found that both the molecular weight and the concentration of PEG can affect PPBC'S surface activity obviously, and the optimum synthesis condition of PPBC used as surfactant is as follows: PEG molecular weight is 1500, mol ratio of DMT to PEG is 3, temperature and time of polycondensation reaction is 260°C×1h, vacuum degree of condensation reaction is 0.03-0.05 MPa. It was proved by surface tension measurement of PPBC aqueous solution that the PPBC synthesized in this condition is a good surfactant with excellent surfactivity.

  16. 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.)

  17. Fabrication of Bioactive Surfaces by Functionalization of Electroactive and Surface-Active Block Copolymers

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    Omotunde Olubi

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Biofunctional block copolymers are becoming increasingly attractive materials as active components in biosensors and other nanoscale electronic devices. We have described two different classes of block copolymers with biofuctional properties. Biofunctionality for block copolymers is achieved through functionalization with appropriate biospecific ligands. We have synthesized block copolymers of electroactive poly(3-decylthiophene and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate by atom transfer radical polymerization. The block copolymers were functionalized with the dinitrophenyl (DNP groups, which are capable of binding to Immunoglobulin E (IgE on cell surfaces. The block copolymers were shown to be redox active. Additionally, the triblock copolymer of α, ω-bi-biotin (poly(ethylene oxide-b-poly (styrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide was also synthesized to study their capacity to bind fluorescently tagged avidin. The surface-active property of the poly(ethylene oxide block improved the availability of the biotin functional groups on the polymer surfaces. Fluorescence microscopy observations confirm the specific binding of biotin with avidin.

  18. Surface Modification of Block Copolymer Through Sulfur Containing Plasma Treatment.

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    Choi, Sang Wook; Shin, Jae Hee; Jeon, Min Hwan; Mun, Jeong Ho; Kim, Sang Ouk; Yeom, Geun Young; Kim, Kyong Nam

    2015-10-01

    Some of the important issues of block copolymer (BCP) as an application to the potential low cost next generation lithography are thermal stability and deformation during pattern transfer process in addition to defect density, line edge/width roughness, etc. In this study, sulfur containing plasma treatment was used to modify the BCP and the effects of the plasma on the properties of plasma treated BCP were investigated. The polystyrene hole pattern obtained from polystyrene polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) was initially degraded when the polystyrene hole was annealed at 190 °C for 15 min. However, when the hole pattern was treated using sulfur containing plasmas using H2S or SF6 up to 2 min, possibly due to the sulfurization of the polystyrene hole surface, no change in the hole pattern was observed after the annealing even though there is a slight change in hole shapes during the plasma treatment. The optimized plasma treated polystyrene pattern showed the superior characteristics as the mask layer by showing better thermal stability, higher chemical inertness, and higher etch selectivity during plasma etching. PMID:26726468

  19. Bicontinuous ceramics with high surface area from block copolymer templates.

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    Hsueh, Han-Yu; Ho, Rong-Ming

    2012-06-01

    Mesoporous polymers with gyroid nanochannels can be fabricated from the self-assembly of degradable block copolymer, polystyrene-b-poly(L-lactide) (PS-PLLA), followed by hydrolysis of PLLA block. Well-defined polymer/ceramic nanohybrid materials with inorganic gyroid nanostructures in a PS matrix can be obtained by using the mesoporous PS as a template for sol-gel reaction. Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) is used as a precursor to give a model system for the fabrication of metal oxide nanostructures from reactive transition metal alkoxides. By controlling the rates of capillary-driven pore filling and sol-gel reaction, the templated synthesis can be well-developed. Also, by taking advantage of calcination, bicontinuous TiO(2) with controlled crystalline phase (i.e., anatase phase) can be fabricated after removal of the PS template and crystallization of TiO(2) by calcination leading to high photocatalytic efficiency. This new approach provides an easy way to fabricate high-surface-area and high-porosity ceramics with self-supporting structure and controlled crystalline phase for practical applications. As a result, a platform technology to fabricate precisely controlled polymer/ceramic nanohybrids and mesoporous ceramic materials can be established. PMID:22530553

  20. Flexible Battery Cathodes Enabled by Conductive Block Copolymers

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    Lutkenhaus, Jodie; Verduzco, Rafael; An, Hyosung; Lin, Yen-Hao; Lutkenhaus Laboratory Collaboration; Verduzco Laboratory Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Alone, or as part of hybrid electrodes, conductive polymers are poised to play an integral role in the new and growing field of flexible or ``plastic'' power. Here we demonstrate that even small amounts of a poly(3-hexylthiophene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (P3HT-b-PEO) block copolymer, acting as an ion and electron conductor, can bring about significant improvements in energy storage and mechanical flexibility for V2O5 hybrid cathodes for Li-ion batteries. By following this approach, traditional inert polymer binders and carbon black additives are not needed. V2O5 alone has a high theoretical capacity that is limited in practical application by low conductivity. Further, V2O5 alone is brittle and breaks upon repeated flexure. P3HT-b-PEO serves to address both these issues. This presentation will cover how these hybrid electrodes are formed and the resulting physicochemical properties that lead to its enhanced flexibility and energy storage.

  1. Controlling sub-microdomain structure in microphase-ordered block copolymers and their nanocomposites

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    Bowman, Michelle Kathleen

    Block copolymers exhibit a wealth of morphologies that continue to find ubiquitous use in a diverse variety of mature and emergent (nano)technologies, such as photonic crystals, integrated circuits, pharmaceutical encapsulents, fuel cells and separation membranes. While numerous studies have explored the effects of molecular confinement on such copolymers, relatively few have examined the sub-microdomain structure that develops upon modification of copolymer molecular architecture or physical incorporation of nanoscale objects. This work will address two relevant topics in this vein: (i) bidisperse brushes formed by single block copolymer molecules and (ii) copolymer nanocomposites formed by addition of molecular or nanoscale additives. In the first case, an isomorphic series of asymmetric poly(styrene-b -isoprene-b-styrene) (S1IS2) triblock copolymers of systematically varied chain length has been synthesized from a parent SI diblock copolymer. Small-angle x-ray scattering, coupled with dynamic rheology and self-consistent field theory (SCFT), reveals that the progressively grown S2 block initially resides in the I-rich matrix and effectively reduces the copolymer incompatibility until a critical length is reached. At this length, the S2 block co-locates with the S1 block so that the two blocks generate a bidisperse brush (insofar as the S1 and S2 lengths differ). This single-molecule analog to binary block copolymer blends affords unique opportunities for materials design at sub-microdomain length scales and provides insight into the transition from diblock to triblock copolymer (and thermoplastic elastomeric nature). In the second case, I explore the distribution of molecular and nanoscale additives in microphase-ordered block copolymers and demonstrate via SCFT that an interfacial excess, which depends strongly on additive concentration, selectivity and relative size, develops. These predictions are in agreement with experimental findings. Moreover, using a

  2. 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.

  3. Self-associating poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) block copolymer for the solubilization of STAT-3 inhibitor cucurbitacin I.

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    Mahmud, Abdullah; Patel, Sarthak; Molavi, Ommoleila; Choi, Phillip; Samuel, John; Lavasanifar, Afsaneh

    2009-03-01

    An increase in the degree of chemical compatibility between drug and polymeric structure in the core has been shown to raise the encapsulation efficiency and lower the rate of drug release from polymeric micelles. In this study, to achieve an optimized polymeric micellar delivery system for the solubilization and controlled delivery of cucurbitacin I (CuI), the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (chi(sc)) between CuI and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), poly(alpha-benzylcarboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) (PBCL) and poly(alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) (PChCL) structures was calculated by group contribution method (GCM) as an indication for the degree of chemical compatibility between different micellar core structures and CuI. The results pointed to a better compatibility between CuI and PChCL core rationalizing the synthesis of self-associating methoxy poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) block copolymer (MePEO-b-PChCL). Novel block copolymer of MePEO-b-PChCL was synthesized through, first, preparation of substituted monomer, that is, alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone, and further ring opening polymerization of this monomer by methoxy PEO (5000 g mol(-1)) using stannous octoate as catalyst. Synthesized block copolymers were characterized for their molecular weight and polydispersity by (1)H NMR and gel permeation chromatography. Self-assembled MePEO-b-PChCL micelles were characterized for their size, morphology, critical micellar concentration (CMC), capacity for the physical encapsulation of CuI, and mode of CuI release in comparison to MePEO-b-PCL and MePEO-b-PBCL micelles. Overall, the experimental order for the level of CuI encapsulation in different polymeric micellar formulations was consistent with what was predicted by the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. Although MePEO-b-PChCL micelles exhibited the highest level of CuI loading, this structure did not show any significant

  4. Bottlebrush Copolymer Morphology Transition: Influence of Side Chain Length and Block Volume Fraction

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    Gai, Yue; Song, Dong-Po; Watkins, James

    Brush block copolymers synthesized via living ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) offer unique advantages as templates for functional hybrid materials. Unlike linear block copolymer, the bottlebrush polymer phase transition not only depends on volume fractions of the two blocks but also on side chain length. Here we report the morphology transitions of PS-b-PEO bottlebrush copolymer (BBCP) as a function of PEO side chain length and block volume fraction. For the BBCPs with similar side chain lengths, highly ordered lamellar morphologies were observed with PEO volume fractions in a wide range from 32 vol% to 72 vol%, which is significantly different from that of traditional linear block copolymers. This study will lay the groundwork for nanostructure fabrications using the BBCPs and provides new insights into the phase behavior of the new type of materials. This work was supported by NSF center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  5. Phase behavior of miscible block copolymer blends and baraplastic property

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    The phase behavior of the multi-component polymer systems such as blends and block copolymers (BCPs) has been studied extensively, as it determines the chemical and physical properties of the polymeric materials in practical applications. Above all, polymer baroplasticity is a desirable property for the recycling and regenerating industries, since it allows the polymers to flow at relatively mild pressure. Particularly, the compressibility issue on the enhanced miscibility with pressure has been an attractive topic, because an ordered state of the baroplastic BCPs becomes a phase-mixed state (or disordered phase) between the two dissimilar blocks upon pressurizing. This is in contrast to the incompressibility that was dictated by the enthalpic effect arising from the increased unfavorable contacts between the two blocks by increasing pressure. The phase behaviors of BCP blends composed of the weakly interacting (with no specific interaction) polystyrene-b-poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PnBMA) and deuterated polystyreneb- poly-(n-hexyl methacrylate) (dPS-b-PnHMA) were investigated by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering(SANS) and Depolarized Light Scattering (DPLS) measurements. Interestingly, pressure dependence of various phase transitions for the miscible BCP blends was significantly changed, in which the blends consist of a PS-b-PnBMA and a deuterated dPS-b-PnHMA. To elucidate the origin and difference in baroplasticity of weakly interacting BCP blends, the pressure dependence of transition temperatures was evaluated using enthalpic and volumetric changes at phase transitions. We also demonstrate that the entropic compressibility for the miscible BCP blends is a baroplastic indicator, which was characterized by the negative volume change on mixing (ΔVmix) at transitions.

  6. Smart polymeric micelles as nanocarriers for oligonucleotides and siRNA delivery.

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    Kataoka, Kazunori; Itaka, Keiji; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Yamasaki, Yuichi; Oishi, Motoi; Nagasaki, Yukio

    2005-01-01

    The development of in vivo delivery systems for oligonucleotides and siRNA is strongly desired to achieve their clinical applications. Recently, polyplex micelles, which are formed through an electrostatic interaction between nucleic acid compounds (DNA and RNA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-polycation block copolymers, have received much attention due to their nanometric-scaled size and excellent biocompatibility. Here, three types of newly engineered block copolymers were developed to construct polyplex micelles useful for oligonucleotides and siRNA delivery: (1) PEG-polycation diblock copolymers possessing diamine side-chain with distinctive pKa for siRNA encapsulation into polyplex micelles with high endosomal escaping ability, (2) Lactosylated PEG-(oligonucleotide or siRNA) conjugate through acid-labile beta-thiopropionate linkage to construct pH-sensitive PIC micelles, and (3) PEG-poly(methacrylic acid) block copolymer for the construction of organic/inorganic hybrid nanoparticles encapsulating siRNA. PMID:17150611

  7. Self-assembly of novel amphiphilic block-gradient copolymers of styrene and acrylic acid

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    Štěpánek, Petr; Černochová, Zulfiya; Borisova, O.; Billon, L.; Borisov, O.

    Český Krumlov, 2015. s. 34. [Discussion workshop on ( bio )Macromolecular Ionic Systems. 10.05.2015-14.05.2015, Český Krumlov] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LH14079 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : block copolymers * gradient copolymers * light scattering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  8. Synthesis nad properties of amphiphilic block copolymers containing poly 5-vinyltetrazoline or methyl-4-vinylpyridinium iodide

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    Gromadzki, D.; Janata, Miroslav; Lokaj, Jan; Štěpánek, Petr

    Arcachon: European Science Foundation Collaborative Research, 2005. P2. [Self-Assembled Structures of Amphiphilic Ionic Copolymers in Solutions and Interfaces. 11.5.2005-14.5.2005, Arcachon] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : amphiphilic block copolymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  9. Novel fluorinated block copolymer architectures fuelled by atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Jankova, Katja; Hvilsted, Søren

    2005-01-01

    Block copolymers based on poly(pentafluorostyrene), PFS, in various numbers and of different lengths, and polystyrene are prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Di- and triblock copolymers with varying amounts of PFS were synthesized employing either I phenylethylbromide or 1,4-...

  10. Fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial purpose

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    Zhou, Fang; Qin, Xiaoshuai; Li, Yancai; Ren, Lixia; Zhao, Yunhui; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2015-08-01

    Symmetrically structured fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and poly(hexafluorobutyl methacrylate) (PHFBMA) were sequentially synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, using a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) chain transfer agent with dithiocarbonate groups at both ends. Then, the CBABC-type block copolymers were quaternized with n-octyliodide to tether quaternary ammonium salt (QAS) groups in the PDMAEMA blocks for the antimicrobial use. The obtained fluorosilicone copolymers showed clear variations in the C-N+ composition and surface morphology on their films depending on the content of the PHFBMA blocks, which were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the symmetrical CBABC structure favored PDMS and QAS tethered blocks migrating to the film surface. With the mass percentage of the PHFBMA increased from 0 to 32.5%, the surface roughness of the copolymer film decreased gradually with a tendency to form a smooth surface. Owing to the surface properties, fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing a certain amount of PHFBMA with higher C-N+ content and relatively smooth morphology demonstrated obvious antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli. The functionalized multi-block copolymers based on fluorosilicone and QAS groups would have potential applications in antimicrobial coatings.

  11. STUDY ON STYRENE-BUTADIENE BLOCK COPOLYMER FOR THE MODIFICATION OF TIRE TREAD

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    WANG Yan; CHEN Weijie; MU Ruifeng; WANG Yongwei; YU Fengnian; LIU Qing

    1996-01-01

    This paper mainly deals with the design and synthesis of a novel styrene-butadiene block copolymer. When this copolymer is used in the tread portion of tyres, it can improve wet skid resistance and reduce rolling resistance without sacrificing its general physicalmechanical properties. The visco-elastic curve of tire tread using the novel copolymer as its rubber portion was showed. Reactivity ratios for two monomers in the polymerizing system were calculated. The diagrams of differential, integral and finite difference calculi throughout the whole molecular chain were presented. The influence of the micro- and macro-structure of the copolymer chain on wet skid resistance and rolling resistance was discussed.

  12. Phase Behavior of Star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) Copolymers

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    Jang, Sangshin; Moon, Hongchul; Lee, Youngmin; Kim, Jin Kon

    2012-02-01

    Star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PS-b-PMMA) was synthesized by utilizing α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) as a junction point of the star-shaped block copolymer. Eighteen hydroxyl groups on α-CD were substituted with bromine by the reaction with α-bromoisobutyryl bromide for atom transfer radical polymerization. We found that the number of bromine substituted arms per one α-CD was higher than 16 measured by nuclear magnetic resonance and Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization. We could control molecular weight of this unusual kind of block copolymer depending on polymerization times. Those polymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Phase behavior of these star-shaped block copolymers were investigated.

  13. Silicon crystallization in nanodot arrays organized by block copolymer lithography

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    Perego, Michele, E-mail: michele.perego@mdm.imm.cnr.it; Andreozzi, Andrea; Seguini, Gabriele [IMM-CNR, Laboratorio MDM (Italy); Schamm-Chardon, Sylvie; Castro, Celia; BenAssayag, Gerard [Université de Toulouse, nMat Group, CEMES-CNRS (France)

    2014-12-15

    Asymmetric polystyrene-b-polymethylmethacrylate (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymers are used to fabricate nanoporous PS templates with different pore diameter depending on the specific substrate neutralization protocol. The resulting polymeric templates are used as masks for the subsequent deposition of a thin (h = 5 nm) amorphous Si layer by electron beam evaporation. After removal of the polymeric film and of the silicon excess, well-defined hexagonally packed amorphous Si nanodots are formed on the substrate. Their average diameter (d < 20 nm), density (1.2 × 10{sup 11} cm{sup −2}), and lateral distribution closely mimic the original nanoporous template. Upon capping with SiO{sub 2} and high temperature annealing (1050 °C, N{sub 2}), each amorphous Si nanodot rearranges in agglomerates of Si nanocrystals (d < 4 nm). The average diameter and shape of these Si nanocrystals strongly depend on the size of the initial Si nanodot.

  14. Defect motion and annihilation in block copolymer thin films

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    Mueller, Marcus; Li, Weihua

    2015-03-01

    Using self-consistent field theory and computer simulation of a soft, coarse-grained particle model we study defect motion and annihilation in thin films of lamella-forming block copolymers on neutral and chemically patterned substrates. By virtue of the strain-field mediated interactions, dislocation defects with opposite orientation move towards each other. This motion depends both on the thermodynamic, strain-field mediated driving force and the single-chain dynamics that is required to alter the morphology and reduce the distance between the defect cores. This interplay results in a qualitative dependence of the time evolution on the topology of the defect morphology. Upon collision of the defects, they either spontaneously annihilate or form a metastable, tight defect pair. In the latter case, a free-energy barrier has to be overcome to finally produce a defect-free structure. Computing the minimum free-energy path within self-consistent field theory we investigate the dependence of the free-energy barriers of defect motion and annihilation on incompatibility, strength of the chemical surface pattern, and defect morphology. European Union FP7 / GA No. 619793 CoLiSA.MMP.

  15. Direct Immersion Annealing (DIA) of Block Copolymer Thin Film

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    Modi, Arvind; Karim, Alamgir

    2014-03-01

    Solvent Vapor Annealing (SVA) methodologies of block copolymer (BCP) films have demonstrated excellent potential for control of nanostructures and morphologies. However, SVA designs require sophisticated instrumentation, and fine control of system parameters in batch processing mode which is relatively complex and limits its feasibility. We developed a faster and robust solvent immersion strategy for microphase separation and nanostructure control of as-cast BCP thin films with minimal sophistication. Our Direct Immersion Annealing (DIA) method requires immersion in a mixture of non-solvent and good solvent (for BCP) for annealing. A non-solvent component prevents dissolution of the film resting on substrate while a good solvent percolates through the film, plasticizes it, and shifts glass-transition below room temperature leading to microphase separation and ordering. Our study of PS-PMMA system demonstrates that a robust control over thin film ordering and transient swelling could be achieved through a fine control of solubility parameter of solvent mixture and temperature with no dead-time. Further, we exhibit the utility of DIA for alignment of BCP domains on topographically patterned substrates. University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF).

  16. Silicon crystallization in nanodot arrays organized by block copolymer lithography

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    Asymmetric polystyrene-b-polymethylmethacrylate (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymers are used to fabricate nanoporous PS templates with different pore diameter depending on the specific substrate neutralization protocol. The resulting polymeric templates are used as masks for the subsequent deposition of a thin (h = 5 nm) amorphous Si layer by electron beam evaporation. After removal of the polymeric film and of the silicon excess, well-defined hexagonally packed amorphous Si nanodots are formed on the substrate. Their average diameter (d < 20 nm), density (1.2 × 1011 cm−2), and lateral distribution closely mimic the original nanoporous template. Upon capping with SiO2 and high temperature annealing (1050 °C, N2), each amorphous Si nanodot rearranges in agglomerates of Si nanocrystals (d < 4 nm). The average diameter and shape of these Si nanocrystals strongly depend on the size of the initial Si nanodot

  17. Host-guest self-assembly in block copolymer blends.

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    Park, Woon Ik; Kim, Yongjoo; Jeong, Jae Won; Kim, Kyungho; Yoo, Jung-Keun; Hur, Yoon Hyung; Kim, Jong Min; Thomas, Edwin L; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Jung, Yeon Sik

    2013-01-01

    Ultrafine, uniform nanostructures with excellent functionalities can be formed by self-assembly of block copolymer (BCP) thin films. However, extension of their geometric variability is not straightforward due to their limited thin film morphologies. Here, we report that unusual and spontaneous positioning between host and guest BCP microdomains, even in the absence of H-bond linkages, can create hybridized morphologies that cannot be formed from a neat BCP. Our self-consistent field theory (SCFT) simulation results theoretically support that the precise registration of a spherical BCP microdomain (guest, B-b-C) at the center of a perforated lamellar BCP nanostructure (host, A-b-B) can energetically stabilize the blended morphology. As an exemplary application of the hybrid nanotemplate, a nanoring-type Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) phase-change memory device with an extremely low switching current is demonstrated. These results suggest the possibility of a new pathway to construct more diverse and complex nanostructures using controlled blending of various BCPs. PMID:24217036

  18. Thermosensitive tribrachia star-shaped s-P(NIPAM-co-DMAM) random copolymer micelle aggregates: Preparation, characterization, and drug release applications.

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    Luo, Yan-Ling; Wang, Yuan; Wang, Xuan; Xu, Feng; Chen, Ya-Shao

    2016-01-01

    Tribrachia star-shaped random copolymers with tunable thermosensitive phase transition temperature were designed and synthesized via a simple one-pot ammonolysis reaction approach with trimesic acid as cores. The self-assembly micellization behavior of the copolymers in aqueous solution was examined by surface tension, UV-vis transmittance, transmission electron microscope, and dynamic light scattering measurements, etc. The results indicated that the resultant copolymers formed thermosensitive micelle aggregates through hydrophobic interactions among the isopropyl groups of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) PNIPAM chains and inter-star association at a polymer concentration above critical aggregation concentrations from 4.06 to 6.55 mg L(-1), with a cloud point range from 36.6℃ to 52.1℃, and homogeneously distributed micelle size below 200 nm. The arm length and the compositional ratios of the two comonomers had effect on physicochemical properties of the polymer micelle aggregates. Particularly, the cloud point values were enhanced as the (N,N-dimethylacrylamide) DMAM monomer was introduced and reached to 36.6℃ and 41.0℃-44.7℃ when the mass ratio of NIPAM to DMAM was 90:10 and 80:20, respectively. The thermo-triggered drug release and cytotoxicity were evaluated to confirm the applicability of the random copolymer micelle aggregates as novel drug targeted release carriers. PMID:25926671

  19. 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...... superior properties over random copolymers P(3HP-co-4HB). The block copolymers had two glass transition temperatures (Tg) and two melting temperatures (Tm). In comparison to the homopolymers P3HP and P4HB, incorporation of block microstructure resulted in the lowering of Tm, block copolymers were revealed...

  20. Enhancing ordering dynamics in solvent-annealed block-copolymer films by lithographic hard masks supports

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    Stenbock-Fermor, Anja; Knoll, Armin W.; Böker, Alexander; Tsarkova, Larisa

    2014-01-01

    We studied solvent-driven ordering dynamics of block copolymer films supported by a densely cross-linked polymer network designed as organic hard mask (HM) for lithographic fabrications. The ordering of microphase separated domains at low degrees of swelling corresponding to intermediate/strong segregation regimes was found to proceed significantly faster in films on a HM layer as compared to similar block copolymer films on silicon wafers. The ten-fold enhancement of the chain mobility was e...

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Proton Conducting, Fluorine-Containing Block Copolymers

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    Shi, Zhi Qing

    2004-01-01

    Fuel cells are being investigated as environmental-friendly, highly efficient alternative power sources. Proton conducting membranes play a central role in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), serving as both electrolyte and fuel separator. This thesis addresses the design, synthesis and characterization of novel fluorinecontaining block copolymers, and the preparation and investigation of sulfonated block copolymers as model proton exchange membranes (PEMs). Poly([vinylidene difluor...

  2. Synthesis and self-assembly of multiple thermoresponsive amphiphilic block copolymers

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    Weiß, Jan

    2011-01-01

    In the present thesis, the self-assembly of multi thermoresponsive block copolymers in dilute aqueous solution was investigated by a combination of turbidimetry, dynamic light scattering, TEM measurements, NMR as well as fluorescence spectroscopy. The successive conversion of such block copolymers from a hydrophilic into a hydrophobic state includes intermediate amphiphilic states with a variable hydrophilic-to-lipophilic balance. As a result, the self-organization is not following an all-or-...

  3. The systematic tunability of nanoparticle dimensions through the controlled loading of surface-deposited diblock copolymer micelles.

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    Krishnamoorthy, S; Pugin, R; Hinderling, C; Brugger, J; Heinzelmann, H

    2008-04-30

    The continuous tunability of iron oxide nanoparticle dimensions is demonstrated using the pH controlled loading of ferric nitrate from aqueous solution into polystyrene-block-polyacrylic acid reverse micelles deposited on a silicon substrate. Quasi-hexagonally ordered two-dimensional arrays of iron oxide nanoparticles with a systematic tunability of particle heights in the sub-10 nm regime and a constant periodicity are obtained and characterized with atomic force microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. PMID:21825665

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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    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

  7. Synthesis of carboxylic block copolymers via reversible addition fragmentation transfer polymerization for tooth erosion prevention.

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    Lei, Y; Wang, T; Mitchell, J W; Qiu, J; Kilpatrick-Liverman, L

    2014-12-01

    Dental professionals are seeing a growing population of patients with visible signs of dental erosion. The approach currently being used to address the problem typically leverages the enamel protection benefits of fluoride. In this report, an alternative new block copolymer with a hydrophilic polyacrylic acid (PAA) block and a hydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block was developed to similarly reduce the mineral loss from enamel under acidic conditions. This series of PMMA-b-PAA block copolymers was synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Their structures were characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra. The molar fractions of acrylic acid (AA) in the final block copolymer were finely controlled from 0.25 to 0.94, and the molecular weight (Mn) of PMMA-b-PAA was controlled from 10 kDa to 90 kDa. The binding capability of the block copolymer with hydroxyapatite (HAP) was investigated by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. FTIR spectra confirmed that the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer could bind to HAP via bridging bidentate bonds. Both UV-Vis and FTIR spectra additionally indicated that a high polymer concentration and low solution pH favored the polymer binding to HAP. The erosion-preventing efficacy of the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer in inhibiting HAP mineral loss was quantitatively evaluated by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Based on the results, polymer treatment reduced the amount of calcium released by 27% to 30% in comparison with the unprotected samples. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations indicated that PMMA-b-PAA polymer treatment protected enamel from acid erosion. This new amphiphilic block copolymer has significant potential to be integrated into dentifrices or mouthrinses as an alternative non-fluoride ingredient to reduce tooth erosion. PMID:25248611

  8. 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.

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

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    2011-02-01

    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.

  10. Self-organization on multiple length scales in "hairy rod"-coil block copolymer supramolecular complexes

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    Hammond, Matthew R.; Klok, Harm-Anton; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2008-01-01

    A peptide-synthetic hybrid block copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(L-glutamic acid), is shown to form supramolecular complexes with primary alkylamines of varying alkyl chain lengths (8 to 18 methylene units) in organic solvents via acid-base proton transfer and subsequent ionic bonding. The peptidic block being in the α-helical conformation, these materials behave as coil-"hairy rod" block copolymers, and show hierarchically self-organized nanostructures in the solid state. X-ray sc...

  11. Spontaneous symmetry breaking: formation of Janus micelles

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    Voets, I.K.; Fokkink, R.G.; Hellweg, T.; King, S.M.; Waard, de P.; Keizer, de A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2009-01-01

    We describe the preparation and solution properties of Janus micelles, i.e., non-centrosymmetric nanoparticles with compartmentalized shells, via co-assembly of two fully water-soluble block copolymers. They consist of a mixed core of poly(N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide) (P2MVP) and poly(acrylic

  12. Effect of Hydrogen-Bonding Junctions on Microphase Separation in Block Copolymers

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    Stone, Greg; Hedrick, Jim; Nederberg, Fredrik; Balsara, Nitash

    2008-03-01

    The morphology of poly(styrene-block- trimethylene carbonate) (PS-PTMC) copolymers with and without thiourea groups at the junction between the blocks was studied by a combination of small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thiourea groups are known to exhibit inter-molecular hydrogen bonding. We demonstrate that the presence of thiourea groups results in increased segregation between PS and PTMC blocks. We focus on symmetric systems with total molecular weights in the 5 kg/mol range. In conventional block copolymers without hydrogen bonding groups it is difficult to obtain strong segregation in low molecular weight systems because the product chi*N controls segregation (chi is the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter and N is the number of monomers per chain). The incorporation of hydrogen bonding groups may provide a route for the generation of patterns with small, sharply defined features using block copolymers.

  13. Interactions between plasma and block copolymers used in directed self-assembly patterning

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    Sirard, Stephen; Azarnouche, Laurent; Gurer, Emir; Durand, William; Maher, Michael; Mori, Kazunori; Blachut, Gregory; Janes, Dustin; Asano, Yusuke; Someya, Yasunobu; Hymes, Diane; Graves, David; Ellison, Christopher J.; Willson, C. Grant

    2016-03-01

    The directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers offers a promising route for scaling feature sizes below 20 nm. At these small dimensions, plasmas are often used to define the initial patterns. It is imperative to understand how plasmas interact with each block in order to design processes with sufficient etch contrast and pattern fidelity. Symmetric lamella forming block copolymers including, polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) and several high-χ silicon-containing and tin-containing block copolymers were synthesized, along with homopolymers of each block, and exposed to various oxidizing, reducing, and fluorine-based plasma processes. Etch rate kinetics were measured, and plasma modifications of the materials were characterized using XPS, AES, and FTIR. Mechanisms for achieving etch contrast were elucidated and were highly dependent on the block copolymer architecture. For several of the polymers, plasma photoemissions were observed to play an important role in modifying the materials and forming etch-resistant protective layers. Furthermore, it was observed for the silicon- and tin-containing polymers that an initial transient state exists, where the polymers exhibit an enhanced etch rate, prior to the formation of the etch-resistant protective layer. Plasma developed patterns were demonstrated for the differing block copolymer materials with feature sizes ranging from 20 nm down to approximately 5 nm.

  14. Control of Crystallization to Promote Microphase Separation in Fully Conjugated Block Copolymers

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    Lee, Youngmin; Le, Thinh P.; Seibers, Zach; Kilbey, S. Michael, II; Wang, Qing; Gomez, Enrique D.

    Donor -acceptor fully conjugated block copolymers, where donor and acceptor conjugated polymers are covalently bonded together, are interesting as single-component active-layer materials for photovoltaics because it can adopt mesoscale microphase separated structures with length scales comparable to the exciton diffusion length. Nevertheless, due to the strong crystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT), morphologies of fully conjugated block copolymers containing P3HT are predominantly driven by crystallization as opposed to microphase separation. We control the crystallization in block copolymers to promote microphase separation in fully conjugated block copolymers through the addition of small amounts of 3-octylthiophene to the polymerization of P3HT. Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl- r-3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl)-block-poly((9,9-dioctylfluorene-2,7-diyl)-alt-(4,7-di(thiophene-2-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)-5',5''-diyl) (P3HT- b-PFTBT) copolymers were prepared by Grignard metathesis for the alkylthiophene block followed by chain extension through a Suzuki-Miyaura polycondensation. We compare the crystallization, self-assembly and performance in devices of P3HT-b-PFTBT with a few mole percent of 3-octylthiophene in the P3HT block. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

  15. Preparation of Pickering double emulsions using block copolymer worms.

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    Thompson, Kate L; Mable, Charlotte J; Lane, Jacob A; Derry, Mathew J; Fielding, Lee A; Armes, Steven P

    2015-04-14

    The rational formulation of Pickering double emulsions is described using a judicious combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block copolymer worms as highly anisotropic emulsifiers. More specifically, RAFT dispersion polymerization was utilized to prepare poly(lauryl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 20% w/w solids in n-dodecane and poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 13% w/w solids in water by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA). Water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsions can be readily prepared with mean droplet diameters ranging from 30 to 80 μm using a two-stage approach. First, a w/o precursor emulsion comprising 25 μm aqueous droplets is prepared using the hydrophobic worms, followed by encapsulation within oil droplets stabilized by the hydrophilic worms. The double emulsion droplet diameter and number of encapsulated water droplets can be readily varied by adjusting the stirring rate employed during the second stage. For each stage, the droplet volume fraction is relatively high at 0.50. The double emulsion nature of the final formulation was confirmed by optical and fluorescence microscopy studies. Such double emulsions are highly stable to coalescence, with little or no change in droplet diameter being detected over storage at 20 °C for 10 weeks as judged by laser diffraction. Preliminary experiments indicate that the complementary o/w/o emulsions can also be prepared using the same pair of worms by changing the order of homogenization, although somewhat lower droplet volume fractions were required in this case. Finally, we demonstrate that triple and even quadruple emulsions can be formulated using these new highly anisotropic Pickering emulsifiers. PMID:25834923

  16. Surface affinity role in graphoepitaxy of lamellar block copolymers

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    Claveau, G.; Quemere, P.; Argoud, M.; Hazart, J.; Pimenta Barros, P.; Sarrazin, A.; Posseme, N.; Tiron, R.; Chevalier, X.; Nicolet, C.; Navarro, C.

    2016-03-01

    Overcoming the optical limitations of 193nm immersion lithography can be achieved using Directed Self Assembly (DSA) of block-copolymers (BCPs) as a low-cost and versatile complementary technique. The goal of this paper is to investigate the potential of DSA to address line and space (L/S) high resolution patterning by performing the density multiplication of lines with the graphoepitaxy approach. As surface affinity is a key parameter in self-assembly, three variations, or "flavors", of DSA template affinity are investigated regarding several success criteria such as morphology control or defectivity. More precisely, both the methodology to register DSA defects and the impact of process parameters on defectivity are detailed. Using the 300mm pilot line available in LETI and Arkema's advanced materials, we investigate process optimization of DSA line/space patterning of a 38nm period lamellar PS-b-PMMA BCP (L38). For this study, our integration scheme, depicted in figure 2-1, is based on BCP self-assembly inside organic hard mask guiding patterns obtained using 193i nm lithography. Defect analysis coupled with the fine tuning of process parameters (annealing, brush material) provided the optimum conditions for the L38 self-assembly. Using such conditions, DSA using the three affinity flavors is investigated by means of SEM top-view and cross-section review. Lithographic performances of one selected flavor are then evaluated with the comparison of Process Windows (PWs) function of either commensurability, morphology or LWR. This work is a first step in finding the best process for an industrial graphoepitaxy approach.

  17. Thermosensitive Polymer Nanocontainers Prepared by Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers

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    Chen Xiangrong; Ding Xiaobing; Zheng Zhaohui; Peng Yuxing

    2004-01-01

    In recent years, considerable effort has been devoted to the preparation of polymer nanocontainers because of their unique advantages. Compared to polymer microspheres or micelles,polymer nanocontainers are hollow-sphere structures and can encapsulate large quantities of guest molecules or large-sized guests within the "empty" core domain. Compared to polymer vesicles,polymer nanocontainers have enough mechanical stability to prevent them from structure changes due to covalent or ionic interactions responsible for their formation. Therefore, polymer nanocontainers have many potential applications such as confined reaction vesicles, drug carriers,protective shells for cells or enzymes, artificial cells and so on. However, most of polymer nanocontainers reported by now, load and release guest molecules from their interior only through diffuse mechanism. It is rather difficult to control intelligently the process based on demands. In order to solve this problem, one promising strategy is to design intelligent polymer nanocontainers.They can undergo reversible structural transitions from a closed to an open state with the help of external stimuli.In this paper, we report on our preliminary study of the thermosensitive polymer nanocontainers formed by self-assembly of the block copolymers PCEMA-b-PNIPAM and sequent photo-crosslinking of PCEMA shells.Block copolymers PCEMA-b-PNIPAM were prepared by reacting PHEMA-b-PNIPAM with excess cinnamoyl chloride in pyridine at room temperature, where PHEMA-b-PNIPAM was prepared by reacting succinimidyl ester of PHEMA-COOH with PNIPAAm-NH2, similar to the method of the literature. The block copolymers were characterized by FTIR and 1H-NMR and GPC.To obtain polymer vesicles, deionized water, as a precipitant, was added at a rate of 0.3wt%/10s with vigorous stirring to the PCEMA-b-PNIPAM solution in THE After the formation of polymer vesicles, more water was added until the water content reached ca.50wt%. The hollow structure of the

  18. COMPARISON OF DRUG DELIVERY PROPERTIES OF PEG-b-PDHPC MICELLES WITH DIFFERENT COMPOSITIONS

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    Chun-yan Long; Ming-ming Sheng; Bin He; Yao Wu; Gang Wang; Zhong-wei Gu

    2012-01-01

    An anti-tumor drug doxombicin was encapsulated in micelles of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(2,2-dihydroxyl-methyl propylene carbonate) (PEG-b-PDHPC) diblock copolymers.The morphology of both blank micelles and drug loaded micelles was characterized by TEM.The in vitro drug release profiles of micelles were investigated.The cytotoxicity of the micelles was evaluated by incubating with Hela tumor cells and 3T3 fibroblasts.The drug loaded micelles were co-cultured with HepG2 cells to evaluate the in vitro anti-tumor efficacies.The results showed that the mean sizes of both micelles with different copolymer compositions increased after being loaded with drugs.The drug release rate of PEG45-b-PDHPC34 micelles was faster than that of rnPEG114-b-PDHPC26 micelles.Both of the two block copolymers were non-toxic.The confocal laser scanning microscopy and flow cytometry results showed that both the drug loaded micelles could be internalized efficiently in HepG2 cells.The PEG45-b-PDHPC34 micelles exhibited higher anti-tumor activity comparing to mPEG114-b-PDHPC26 micelles.

  19. pH-Responsive Intra- and Inter-Molecularly Micelle Formation of Anionic Diblock Copolymer in Water

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    Masanobu Mizusaki

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Poly(sodium2-(acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonate-block-poly(sodium11-(acrylamidoundecanoate (PAMPS–PAaU was synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT-controlled radical polymerization. The “living” polymerization of PAaU was evidenced by the fact that the molecular weight distribution was narrow (Mw/Mn = 1.23. The pH-induced association behavior of PAMPS–PAaU in 0.1 M NaCl aqueous solutions as a function of solution pH was investigated by 1H NMR spin-spin relaxation time, dynamic light scattering (DLS, static light scattering (SLS, and fluorescence probe techniques. These results indicated that PAMPS–PAaU formed polymer micelles in 0.1 M NaCl aqueous solutions at pH < 9. At pH = 8–9, the polymer formed the micelles intramolecularly due to hydrophobic self-association of the PAaU block within the single polymer chain. On the other hand, at pH < 8, micellization occurred intermolecularly to form polymer micelles comprising hydrophobic PAaU cores and hydrophilic PAMPS shells.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide)-heparin block copolymers

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    Vulić, I.; Okano, T.; Kim, S W; J. Feijen

    1988-01-01

    A procedure for the preparation of new block copolymers composed of a hydrophobic block of polystyrene, a hydrophilic spacer-block of poly(ethylene oxide) and a bioactive block of heparin was investigated. Polystyrene with one amino group per chain was synthesized by free radical oligomerization of styrene in dimethylformamide, using 2-aminoethanethiol as a chain transfer agent. This amino group was used in the coupling reaction with amino-telechelic poly(ethylene oxide) to produce an AB type...

  1. Improved synthesis of polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide)-heparin block copolymers

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    Vulic, I.; Loman, A.J.B.; J. Feijen; Okano, T.; Kim, S W

    1990-01-01

    A novel procedure for the synthesis of block copolymers composed of a hydrophobic block of polystyrene, a hydrophilic block of poly(ethylene oxide) and a bioactive block of nitrous acid-degraded heparin was developed. Amino-semitelechelic polystyrene was prepared by anionic polymerization of styrene in cyclohexane, using sec-butyllithium as initiator and N-(benzylidene)trimethylsilylamide as terminator. After purification using preparative column chromatography, polystyrene with one amino gro...

  2. Self-Assembled Structures of PMAA-PMMA Block Copolymers : Synthesis, Characterization, and Self-Consistent Field Computations

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    Li, Feng; Schellekens, Mike; de Bont, Jens; Peters, Ron; Overbeek, Ad; Leermakers, Frans A. M.; Tuinier, Remco

    2015-01-01

    Block copolymers composed of methacrylic acid (MAA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) blocks are interesting candidates for replacing surfactants in emulsion polymerization methods. Here the synthesis and experimental characterization of well-defined PMAA-PMMA block copolymers made via RAFT polymerizati

  3. Influence of polydispersity on the phase behavior of statistical multiblock copolymers with Schultz-Zimm block molecular weight distributions

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    Angerman, H.J.; Brinke, G. ten; Slot, J.J.M.

    1999-01-01

    In this paper we investigate in a systematic way the influence of polydispersity in the block lengths on the phase behavior of AB-multiblock copolymer melts. As model system we take a polydisperse multiblock copolymer for which both the A-blocks and the B-blocks satisfy a Schultz-Zimm distribution.

  4. Paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticles using block copolymers composed of poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate)

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    Kim, Hyun Yul; Ryu, Je Ho; Chu, Chong Woo; Son, Gyung Mo; Jeong, Young-IL; Kwak, Tae-Won; Kim, Do Hyung; Chung, Chung-Wook; Rhee, Young Ha; Kang, Dae Hwan; Kim, Hyung Wook

    2014-01-01

    Block copolymers composed of poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) (PHO) and methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were synthesized to prepare paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticle for antitumor drug delivery. In a 1H-NMR study, chemical structures of PHO/PEG block copolymers were confirmed and their molecular weight (M.W.) was analyzed with gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Paclitaxel as a model anticancer drug was incorporated into the nanoparticles of PHO/PEG block copolymer. They have spherical shapes...

  5. Self-Assembly of Oligosaccharide-b-PMMA Block Copolymer Systems: Glyco-Nanoparticles and Their Degradation under UV Exposure.

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    Zepon, Karine M; Otsuka, Issei; Bouilhac, Cécile; Muniz, Edvani C; Soldi, Valdir; Borsali, Redouane

    2016-05-10

    This paper discusses the self-assembly of oligosaccharide-containing block copolymer and the use of ultraviolet (UV) to obtain nanoporous glyco-nanoparticles by photodegradation of the synthetic polymer block. Those glyco-nanoparticles consisting of oligosaccharide-based shell and a photodegradable core domain were obtained from the self-assembly of maltoheptaose-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (MH-b-PMMA48) using the nanoprecipitation protocol. MH-b-PMMA48 self-assembled into well-defined spherical micelles (major compound) with a hydrodynamic radius (Rh) of ca. 10 nm and also into large compound micellar aggregates (minor compound) with an Rh of ca. 65 nm. The oligosaccharide shells of these glyco-nanoparticles were cross-linked through the Michael-type addition of divinyl sulfone under dilute conditions to minimize the intermicellar cross-linking. The core domain photodegradation of the cross-linked glyco-nanoparticles was induced under exposure to 254 nm UV radiation, resulting in porous glyco-nanoparticles with an Rh of ca. 44 nm. The morphology of the cross-linked shell and the core photodegradation of these glyco-nanoparticles were characterized using static light scattering, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance, field-emission gun-scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The innovative aspect of this approach concerns the fact that after removing the PMMA domains the porous nanoparticles are mostly composed of biocompatible and nontoxic oligosaccharides. PMID:27054350

  6. Analytic Structure of the SCFT Energy Functional of Multicomponent Block Copolymers

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    Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Pingwen

    2013-01-01

    This paper concerns the analytic structure of the self-consistent field theory (SCFT) energy functional of multicomponent block copolymer systems which contain more than two chemically distinct blocks. The SCFT has enjoyed considered success and wide usage in investigation of the complex phase behavior of block copolymers. It is well-known that the physical solutions of the SCFT equations are saddle points, however, the analytic structure of the SCFT energy functional has received little attention over the years. A recent work by Fredrickson and collaborators [see the monograph by Fredrickson, The Equilibrium Theory of Inhomogeneous Polymers, (2006), pp. 203-209] has analysed the mathematical structure of the field energy functional for polymeric systems, and clarified the index-1 saddle point nature of the problem produced by the incompressibility constraint. In this paper, our goals are to draw further attention to multicomponent block copolymers utilizing the Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation used by Fre...

  7. Multi-block sulfonated poly(phenylene) copolymer proton exchange membranes

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    Fujimoto, Cy H.; Hibbs, Michael; Ambrosini, Andrea

    2012-02-07

    Improved multi-block sulfonated poly(phenylene) copolymer compositions, methods of making the same, and their use as proton exchange membranes (PEM) in hydrogen fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, in electrode casting solutions and electrodes. The multi-block architecture has defined, controllable hydrophobic and hydrophilic segments. These improved membranes have better ion transport (proton conductivity) and water swelling properties.

  8. Polymer Segmental Cross-Correlations from Dielectric Relaxation Spectra of Block Copolymers

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    Phillies, George D. J.

    2011-01-01

    Dielectric relaxation spectra of block polymers containing sequential type-A dipoles are considered. Spectra of a specific set of block copolymers can be combined to isolate the dynamic cross-correlation between the motions of two distinct parts of the same polymer chain. Unlike past treatments of this problem, no model is assumed for the underlying polymer dynamics.

  9. Photocatalytic Nanostructuring of Graphene Guided by Block Copolymer Self-Assembly

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    Wang, Zhongli; Li, Tao; Schulte, Lars;

    2016-01-01

    graphene nanomesh was fabricated by photocatalysis of single-layer graphene suspended on top of TiO2-covered nanopillars, which were produced by combining block copolymer nanolithography with atomic layer deposition. Graphene nanoribbons were also prepared by the same method applied to a line-forming block...

  10. Melt and Solid-State Structures of Polydisperse Polyolefin Block Copolymers

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    Register, Richard; Li, Sheng

    2013-03-01

    Recent developments in coordinative chain transfer polymerization have enabled the synthesis of ethylene-co-octene block copolymers, where the blocks are either crystallizable (an ethylene-co-octene random copolymer block with low octene content) or amorphous (analogous block with high octene content). With a suitable choice of catalyst type(s) and reactor train configuration, accessible chain architectures include diblock, where each block ideally has the most-probable distribution of chain lengths, and multiblock, where both the individual blocks and the number of blocks per chain follow the most-probable distribution. With a sufficiently large interblock octene differential, block copolymers of both architectures, containing roughly equal masses of the two types of block, self-assemble in the melt into well-ordered lamellar structures, despite the large polydispersity. Interblock mixing, induced by the modest Flory interaction parameter and the broad distribution of block lengths, yields an enormous domain spacing (> 100 nm) despite the relatively low average block molecular weights (< 50 kg/mol). Extensive interblock mixing also allows the polyethylene crystals to grow freely and nearly isotropically across the domain interfaces, while preserving the domain structure present in the melt; in the solid state, the optical and x-ray contrasts between dissimilar domains are greatly enhanced due to their different levels of crystallinity. (Work conducted in collaboration with Jeffrey Weinhold, Philip Hustad, and Brian Landes of Dow Chemical Core R&D.) Support from the NSF Polymers Program (DMR-1003942).

  11. DETERMINATION OF THE CRYSTALLINITY IN DIFFERENT TYPE POLY (OXYETHYLENE -STYRENE )BLOCK COPOLYMERS BY X- RAY DIFFRACTION METHOD

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    YAO Ning

    1989-01-01

    By means of the intensity theory of X- ray scattering and the two - phase concept of high polymer, the basic formula of the crystallinity in block copolymers has been proposed after the corrections of atomic, temperature, absorption, Lorentz and polarization factor. Application of this method to different type poly (oxyethylene - styrene) block copolymers and the same type block copolymers with different EO contents indicates that the crystallinity in poly (oxyethylene - styrene) block copolymers increases with the increase of the EO content and decreases in the order: PEO - PS - PEO > PEO - PS > PS - PEO - PS.

  12. Synthesis of manganese oxide supported on mesoporous titanium oxide: Influence of the block copolymer

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    Schmit, F. [Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces, UMR CNRS 5615, Bât. Berthollet, Université Claude Bernard—Lyon 1, 43 Bd 11 novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); IRCELYON, Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (UMR 5256 CNRS/Université Lyon 1), Lyon (France); Bois, L., E-mail: laurence.bois@univ-lyon1.fr [Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces, UMR CNRS 5615, Bât. Berthollet, Université Claude Bernard—Lyon 1, 43 Bd 11 novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Chiriac, R.; Toche, F.; Chassagneux, F. [Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces, UMR CNRS 5615, Bât. Berthollet, Université Claude Bernard—Lyon 1, 43 Bd 11 novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Besson, M.; Descorme, C. [IRCELYON, Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (UMR 5256 CNRS/Université Lyon 1), Lyon (France); Khrouz, L. [ENS LYON Laboratoire de Chimie (LR6, site Monod), 46, allée d’Italie, 69364 Lyon Cedex 07 (France)

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    Manganese oxides supported on mesoporous titanium oxides were synthesized via a sol–gel route using block copolymer self-assembly. The oxides were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermal analyses, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, electron microscopy and electronic paramagnetic resonance. A mesoporous anatase containing amorphous manganese oxide particles could be obtained with a 0.2 Mn:Ti molar ratio. At higher manganese loading (0.5 Mn:Ti molar ratio), segregation of crystalline manganese oxide occurred. The influence of block copolymer and manganese salt on the oxide structure was discussed. The evolution of the textural and structural characteristics of the materials upon hydrothermal treatment was also investigated. - Graphical abstract: One-pot amorphous MnO{sub 2} supported on mesoporous anataseTiO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • Mesoporous manganese titanium oxides were synthesized using block copolymer. • Block copolymers form complexes with Mn{sup 2+} from MnCl{sub 2}. • With block copolymer, manganese oxide can be dispersed around the titania crystallites. • With Mn(acac){sub 2}, manganese is dispersed inside titania. • MnOOH crystallizes outside mesoporous titania during hydrothermal treatment.

  13. 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...... and an inelastic low frequency rheological response suggest that the cubic phase is stabilized by fluctuations. These results identify block copolymers as model compounds for investigating the thermodynamics and dynamics of complex ''soft'' condensed matter....

  14. An Observation on the Microphase Separation of Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-Polystyrene Copolymer

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    2001-01-01

    The phase behavior of a well-defined poly(methyl methacrylate)-b-polystyrene block copolymer was studied by transmission electron microscope.The results show that a microphase transition may have occurred in the copolymer film.A kind of lamellae and an ordered bicontinuous double-diamond morphology are observed clearly.The lamellar morphology reveals a larger period of about 400 nm.

  15. Magnetic properties and morphology of block copolymer-cobalt oxide nanocomposites

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    The morphology and magnetic properties of diblock copolymer templated ferrimagnetic cobalt oxide nanoparticles are reported. Ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) was used to synthesize a novel cobalt diblock copolymer, where cobalt is directly attached to the polymer chain. Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) was performed to determine molecular weight distribution. Transmission electron microscope (TEM), UV-Vis, FTIR, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were used to characterize the block copolymer nanocomposite. The nanocomposite films were weakly ferrimagnetic at room temperature. The cobalt oxide nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed within the polymer matrix with an average radius of 4.9+/-0.9nm

  16. Magnetic properties and morphology of block copolymer-cobalt oxide nanocomposites

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    Ahmed, Sufi R. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2111 (United States); Kofinas, Peter [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2111 (United States)]. E-mail: kofinas@umd.edu

    2005-03-01

    The morphology and magnetic properties of diblock copolymer templated ferrimagnetic cobalt oxide nanoparticles are reported. Ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) was used to synthesize a novel cobalt diblock copolymer, where cobalt is directly attached to the polymer chain. Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) was performed to determine molecular weight distribution. Transmission electron microscope (TEM), UV-Vis, FTIR, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were used to characterize the block copolymer nanocomposite. The nanocomposite films were weakly ferrimagnetic at room temperature. The cobalt oxide nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed within the polymer matrix with an average radius of 4.9+/-0.9nm.

  17. First observation of an ordered microphase in melts of poly(oxyethylene)-poly(oxypropylene) block copolymers

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    Patrick, J.; Fairclough, J.P.A.; Yu, G.E.;

    2000-01-01

    The first observation of ordered microphase structures in poly(oxyethylene)-poly(oxypropylene) diblock copolymers melts is reported. Two diblock copolymers were synthesised by anionic polymerisation, i.e. E130P58 and E107P69 where E represents an oxyethylene unit, OCH2CH2, and P an oxypropylene...... triblock copolymer with perdeuterated P blocks, E(33)dP(42)E(33), was synthesised and studied in the melt phase by small-angle neutron scattering. This allowed determination of the temperature dependence of the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter for the poly(oxyethylene)-poly(oxypropylene) system, i...

  18. Polymer Micelles with Cross-Linked Polyanion Core for Delivery of a Cationic Drug Doxorubicin

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    Kim, Jong Oh; Kabanov, Alexander V.; Bronich, Tatiana K

    2009-01-01

    Polymer micelles with cross-linked ionic cores were prepared by using block ionomer complexes of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(methacrylic acid) (PEO-b-PMA) copolymer and divalent metal cations as templates. Doxorubicin (DOX), an anthracycline anticancer drug, was successfully incorporated into the ionic cores of such micelles via electrostatic interactions. A substantial drug loading level (up to 50 w/w %) was achieved and it was strongly dependent on the structure of the cross-linked micelles...

  19. Cross-linked pH sensitive polymer micelles for drug delivery systems

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    Cajot, Sébastien; Jérôme, Christine

    2009-01-01

    Over the last decade, polymer micelles attracted an increasing interest in drug pharmaceutical research because they could be used as efficient drug delivery systems. Micelles of amphiphilic block copolymers are supramolecular core-shell type assemblies of tens of nanometers in diameter. In principle, the micelles core is usually constructed with biodegradable hydrophobic polymers such as aliphatic polyesters, e.g. poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL), which serves as a reservoir for the incorpora...

  20. Studies on microphase-separated structures of block copolymers by neutron reflectivity measurement

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    Segmental distributions of block copolymer chains in lamellar microphase-separated structure and those of homopolymers in block copolymer/homopolymer blends also with lamellar structures were studied by neutron reflectivity measurements. It was revealed that polystyrene and poly(2-vinylpyridine) lamellae were alternately stacked within the thin films of pure block copolymers spin-coated on silicon wafers, and they were preferentially oriented along the direction parallel to film surface. Polystyrene lamella appeared at air surfaces of the films, while poly(2-vinylpyridine) lamella did on silicon surfaces. Segment distribution at lamellar interface was well described by an error function, and the width of the lamellar interface, defined by a full-width half-maximum value of interfacial profile, was estimated to be about 4.5 nm. Segments of block chains adjacent to the chemical junction points connecting different block chains were strongly localized near the lamellar interfaces, while those on the free ends of block chains were distributed all over the lamellar microdomains with their distribution maxima at the centers of lamellae. On the other hand, it was clarified that homopolymers dissolved in the corresponding lamellar microdomains of block copolymers were also distributed throughout the microdomains with their concentration maxima at the centers of the lamellae. (author)

  1. Structure and ionic conductivity of block copolymer electrolytes over a wide salt concentration range

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    Chintapalli, Mahati; Le, Thao; Venkatesan, Naveen; Thelen, Jacob; Rojas, Adriana; Balsara, Nitash

    Block copolymer electrolytes are promising materials for safe, long-lasting lithium batteries because of their favorable mechanical and ion transport properties. The morphology, phase behavior, and ionic conductivity of a block copolymer electrolyte, SEO mixed with LiTFSI was studied over a wide, previously unexplored salt concentration range using small angle X-ray scattering, differential scanning calorimetry and ac impedance spectroscopy, respectively. SEO exhibits a maximum in ionic conductivity at twice the salt concentration that PEO, the homopolymer analog of the ion-containing block, does. This finding is contrary to prior studies that examined a more limited range of salt concentrations. In SEO, the phase behavior of the PEO block and LiTFSI closely resembles the phase behavior of homopolymer PEO and LiTFSI. The grain size of the block copolymer morphology was found to decrease with increasing salt concentration, and the ionic conductivity of SEO correlates with decreasing grain size. Structural effects impact the ionic conductivity-salt concentration relationship in block copolymer electrolytes. SEO: polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide); also PS-PEO LiTFSI: lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl imide

  2. Polydimethylsiloxane-polymethacrylate block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial coating

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    Highlights: • A series of PDMS-b-QPDMAEMA block copolymers were synthesized via RAFT polymerization. • The composition and morphology of the copolymer films strongly depended on the content of QPDMAEMA. • Migration of QPDMAEMA blocks toward surface was promoted when contacting with water. • Heterogeneous film surfaces with higher N+ content exhibited more obvious antimicrobial activity. - Abstract: Block copolymers PDMS-b-PDMAEMA were synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization involving N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) by using poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) macro-chain transfer agent. And, the tertiary amino groups in PDMAEMA were quaternized with n-octyliodide to provide quaternary ammonium salts (QPDMAEMA). The well-defined copolymers generated composition variation and morphology evolvement on film surfaces, which were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and contact angle measurements. The results indicated that the enrichment of QPDMAEMA brought about lower elemental ratios of Si/N on the film surfaces. The surface morphologies evolved with the variations of QPDMAEMA content, and the variation trend of film roughness was exactly opposite to that of water contact angle hysteresis. With regard to structure-antimicrobial relationships, the copolymer films had more evident antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive, Bacillus subtilis, and the surfaces with heterogeneous morphology and higher N+ content presented better antimicrobial activity. The functionalized copolymers based PDMS and quaternary ammonium salts materials have the potential applications as antimicrobial coatings

  3. Polydimethylsiloxane-polymethacrylate block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial coating

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    Qin, Xiaoshuai; Li, Yancai; Zhou, Fang; Ren, Lixia; Zhao, Yunhui, E-mail: zhaoyunhui@tju.edu.cn; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • A series of PDMS-b-QPDMAEMA block copolymers were synthesized via RAFT polymerization. • The composition and morphology of the copolymer films strongly depended on the content of QPDMAEMA. • Migration of QPDMAEMA blocks toward surface was promoted when contacting with water. • Heterogeneous film surfaces with higher N{sup +} content exhibited more obvious antimicrobial activity. - Abstract: Block copolymers PDMS-b-PDMAEMA were synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization involving N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) by using poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) macro-chain transfer agent. And, the tertiary amino groups in PDMAEMA were quaternized with n-octyliodide to provide quaternary ammonium salts (QPDMAEMA). The well-defined copolymers generated composition variation and morphology evolvement on film surfaces, which were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and contact angle measurements. The results indicated that the enrichment of QPDMAEMA brought about lower elemental ratios of Si/N on the film surfaces. The surface morphologies evolved with the variations of QPDMAEMA content, and the variation trend of film roughness was exactly opposite to that of water contact angle hysteresis. With regard to structure-antimicrobial relationships, the copolymer films had more evident antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive, Bacillus subtilis, and the surfaces with heterogeneous morphology and higher N{sup +} content presented better antimicrobial activity. The functionalized copolymers based PDMS and quaternary ammonium salts materials have the potential applications as antimicrobial coatings.

  4. Thermoresponsive and Redox Behaviors of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-Based Block Copolymers Having TEMPO Groups as Their Side Chains

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    Toru Uemukai; Tomoya Hioki; Manabu Ishifune

    2013-01-01

    Thermoresponsive and redox-active block copolymers having 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPO) moieties have been synthesized by using the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique. N-Isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidyl methacrylate (TEMPMA) monomers were copolymerized stepwise under RAFT polymerization conditions to afford the thermoresponsive block copolymers, PNIPAAm-block-PTEMPMA and PNIPAAm-block-PTEMPMA-block-PNIPA...

  5. Coarse-grained molecular-dynamics simulations of the self-assembly of pentablock copolymers into micelles

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    Chushak, Y.; Travesset, A.

    2005-12-01

    Multiblock polymers in aqueous solution, where one or several blocks are hydrophobic, exhibit a rich variety of phases and states of aggregation. In this paper, we investigate a pentablock system ABCBA, where the B block is always hydrophilic and the A and C blocks have varying degrees of hydrophobicity depending on external conditions. We report coarse-grained molecular-dynamics simulations where the solvent is included explicitly and monomers interact via a 6-9 Lennard Jones potential function. The hydrophobic interaction is modeled by tuning the parameter controlling the strength of the interaction between the hydrophobic monomers and the solvent. We investigate the structure and morphology of the micelles for two concrete situations representing changes in temperature and the pH level. The simulated system is directly relevant to a recently synthesized pentablock system consisting of a triblock Pluronic® with an added pH-sensitive end group [B. C. Anderson et al., Macromolecules 36, 1670 (2003)].

  6. Silk-collagen-like block copolymers with charged blocks : self-assembly into nanosized ribbons and macroscopic gels

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    Martens, A.A.

    2008-01-01

    The research described in this thesis concerns the design, biotechnological production, and physiochemical study of large water-soluble (monodisperse) protein triblock-copolymers with sequential blocks, some of which are positively or negatively charged and self-assemble in response to a change in p

  7. Manipulating Interfaces through Surface Confinement of Poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-block-poly(vinyldimethylazlactone), a Dually Reactive Block Copolymer

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    The assembly of dually reactive, well-defined diblock copolymers incorporating the chemoselective/functional monomer, 4,4-dimethyl-2-vinylazlactone (VDMA) and the surface-reactive monomer glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) is examined to understand how competition between surface attachment and microphase segregation influences interfacial structure. Reaction of the PGMA block with surface hydroxyl groups not only anchors the copolymer to the surface, but limits chain mobility, creating brush-like structures comprising PVDMA blocks, which contain reactive azlactone groups. The block copolymers are spin coated at various solution concentrations and annealed at elevated temperature to optimize film deposition to achieve a molecularly uniform layer. The thickness and structure of the polymer thin films are investigated by ellipsometry, infrared spectroscopy, and neutron reflectometry. The results show that deposition of PGMA-b-PVDMA provides a useful route to control film thickness while preserving azlactone groups that can be further modified with biotin-poly(ethylene glycol)amine to generate designer surfaces. The method described herein offers guidance for creating highly functional surfaces, films, or coatings through the use of dually reactive block copolymers and postpolymerization modification.

  8. In-situ formation of biodegradable hydrogels by stereocomplexation of PEG-(PLLA)8 and PEG-(PDLA)8 star block copolymers.

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    Hiemstra, Christine; Zhong, Zhiyuan; Li, Liangbin; Dijkstra, Pieter J; Feijen, Jan

    2006-10-01

    Eight-arm poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(L-lactide), PEG-(PLLA)(8), and poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(D-lactide), PEG-(PDLA)(8), star block copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of either L-lactide or D-lactide at room temperature in the presence of a single-site ethylzinc complex and 8-arm PEG (M(n) = 21.8 x 10(3) or 43.5 x 10(3)) as a catalyst and initiator, respectively. High lactide conversions (>95%) and well-defined copolymers with PLLA or PDLA blocks of the desired molecular weights were obtained. Star block copolymers were water-soluble when the number of lactyl units per poly(lactide) (PLA) block did not exceed 14 and 17 for PEG21800-(PLA)(8) and PEG43500-(PLA)(8), respectively. PEG-(PLA)(8) stereocomplexed hydrogels were prepared by mixing aqueous solutions with equimolar amounts of PEG-(PLLA)(8) and PEG-(PDLA)(8) in a polymer concentration range of 5-25 w/v % for PEG21800-(PLA)(8) star block copolymers and of 6-8 w/v % for PEG43500-(PLA)(8) star block copolymers. The gelation is driven by stereocomplexation of the PLLA and PDLA blocks, as confirmed by wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments. The stereocomplexed hydrogels were stable in a range from 10 to 70 degrees C, depending on their aqueous concentration and the PLA block length. Stereocomplexed hydrogels at 10 w/v % polymer concentration showed larger hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains as compared to 10 w/v % single enantiomer solutions, as determined by cryo-TEM. Correspondingly, dynamic light scattering showed that 1 w/v % solutions containing both PEG-(PLLA)(8) and PEG-(PDLA)(8) have larger "micelles" as compared to 1 w/v % single enantiomer solutions. With increasing polymer concentration and PLLA and PDLA block length, the storage modulus of the stereocomplexed hydrogels increases and the gelation time decreases. Stereocomplexed hydrogels with high storage moduli (up to 14 kPa) could be obtained at 37 degrees C in PBS. These stereocomplexed hydrogels are promising for use in

  9. Synthesis of Carboxylic Block Copolymers via Reversible Addition Fragmentation Transfer Polymerization for Tooth Erosion Prevention

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    Lei, Y.; Wang, T.; Mitchell, J. W.; Qiu, J.; Kilpatrick-Liverman, L.

    2014-01-01

    Dental professionals are seeing a growing population of patients with visible signs of dental erosion. The approach currently being used to address the problem typically leverages the enamel protection benefits of fluoride. In this report, an alternative new block copolymer with a hydrophilic polyacrylic acid (PAA) block and a hydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block was developed to similarly reduce the mineral loss from enamel under acidic conditions. This series of PMMA-b-PAA blo...

  10. A functionalizable reverse thermal gel based on a polyurethane/PEG block copolymer

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    Park, Daewon; Wu, Wei; Wang, Yadong

    2011-01-01

    Injectable reverse thermal gels have great potentials as biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery. However, most existing gels lack functional groups that can be modified with biomolecules that can guide cell/material interactions. We created an amine-functionalized ABA block copolymer, poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(serinol hexamethylene urethane), or ESHU. This reverse thermal gel consists of a hydrophobic block (B): poly(serinol hexamethylene urethane) and a hydrophilic block (A):...

  11. Non-ionic amphiphilic block copolymers by RAFT-polymerization and their self-organization

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    Garnier, Sébastien; Laschewsky, André

    2006-01-01

    Water-soluble, amphiphilic diblock copolymers were synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. They consist of poly(butyl acrylate) as hydrophobic block with a low glass transition temperature and three different nonionic water-soluble blocks, namely, the classical hydrophilic block poly(dimethylacrylamide), the strongly hydrophilic poly(acryloyloxyethyl methylsulfoxide), and the thermally sensitive poly(N-acryloylpyrrolidine). Aqueous micellar solutions of...

  12. Pattern Transfer of Sub-10 nm Features via Tin-Containing Block Copolymers

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    Maher, Michael J.; Mori, Kazunori; Sirard, Stephen M.; Dinhobl, Andrew M.; Bates, Christopher M.; Gurer, Emir; Blachut, Gregory; Lane, Austin P.; Durand, William J.; Carlson, Matthew C.; Strahan, Jeffrey R.; Ellison, Christopher J.; Willson, C. Grant

    2016-01-01

    Tin-containing block copolymers were investigated as materials for nanolithographic applications. Poly(4-trimethylstannylstyrene-block-styrene) (PSnS-PS) and poly(4-trimethylstannylstyrene-block-4-methoxystyrene) (PSnS-PMOST) synthesized by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization form lamellar domains with periodicities ranging from 18 to 34 nm. Thin film orientation control was achieved by thermal annealing between a neutral surface treatment and a top coat. Incorpora...

  13. Selective Semiconductor Nanocluster Deposition on Eptaxially Patterned Semicrystalline Block Copolymer Film

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    Park, Cheolmin; Lee, Jinwook; Jensen, Klavs F.; Bawendi, Moungi G.; Thomas, Edwin L.

    2001-03-01

    Monodisperse ZnS encapsulated CdSe semiconductor nanoclusters are sequestered in between the crystalline polyethylene (PE) lamellae of poly (ethylene-b-ethylene-alt-propylene-b ethylene) semicrystalline triblock copolymer epitaxially crystallized on single crystal of anthracene (AN). Epitaxy between PE block and An created a cross oriented texture of the edge-on crystalline PE lamellae in the thin film. At the same time, the nanoclusters, initially dissolved in the mixture of block copolymer and AN, were rejected out of the crystalline lamellae during epitaxial crystallization and selectively deposited in the amorphous region of the block copolymer. Selective distribution of nanoclusters on the cross oriented pattern structure is clearly evidenced by selected area diffraction (SAD) and bright field transmission electron microscope (TEM).

  14. Synthesis of Dumbbell-shaped Hyperbranched Amphiphilic Block Copolymer by Controlled Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

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    Kim, In Kyoung; An, Sung Guk; Cho, Chang Gi [Center for Advanced Functional Polymers, Department of Fiber and Polymer Science, Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea); Noh, Si Tae [Department of Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan (Korea)

    2001-04-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers containing hydrophilic ethylene glycol core and hyperbranched polystyrene (PS) arm were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization using hydrophilic macroinitiator and p-chloromethyl styrene (CMS) as AB type monomer. Hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol)(PEG) macroinitiators with difuntional groups were synthesized by reacting PEG and 2-bromopropionyl bromide. The chemical structure, molecular weight, and polydispersity index of the amphiphilic block copolymer were characterized by {sup 1}H-NMR spectroscopy and GPC analysis. The molecular weight increased as the reaction time increased. Polydispersity index of the obtained polymer was relatively narrow (below 1.39). To control chain density of the hyperbranched PS, styrene and CMS were copolymerized. It was found that amphiphilic block copolymer molecule underwent conformational change in different solvents based on the result for {sup 1}H-NMR spectroscopic analysis. 29 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. AMPHIPHILIC STAR-BLOCK COPOLYMERS BY IODIDE-MEDIATED RADICAL POLYMERIZATION

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    2007-01-01

    Amphiphilic star-block copolymers composed of polystyrene and poly(acrylic acid) were synthesized by iodidemediated radical polymerization. Firstly, free radical polymerization of styrene was carried out with AIBN as initiator and 1,1,1-trimethyolpropane tri(2-iodoisobutyrate) as chain transfer agent, giving iodine atom ended star-shaped polystyrene with three arm chains, R(polystyrene)3. Secondly, tert-butyl acrylate was polymerization using polystyrene obtained as macro-chain transfer agent, and star-block copolymer, R(polystyrene-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate))3 with controlled molecular weight was obtained. Finally, amphiphilic star-block copolymer, R(polystyrene-b-poly(acrylic acid))3 was obtained by hydrolysis of R(polystyrene-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate))3 under acidic condition.

  16. Amphiphilic block copolymers in oil-water-surfactant mixtures: efficiency boosting, structure, phase behaviour and mechanism

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    Gompper, G.; Richter, D.; Strey, R.

    2001-10-01

    The effect of amphiphilic block copolymers on the phase behaviour and structure of ternary microemulsions in water, oil and non-ionic surfactant mixtures is reviewed. Recent experiments have revealed that the addition of small amounts of polyethylenepropylene-polyethyleneoxide block copolymer to the ternary systems leads to a dramatic increase in the volumes of oil and water solubilized into a bicontinuous microemulsion for a given surfactant volume fraction. While phase diagrams directly show the power of the amphiphilic block copolymers as efficiency boosters, the theoretical analysis in terms of bending energy discloses the mechanism for the efficiency boosting as due to the variation of the surfactant film curvature elasticity by tethered polymers in the form of mushrooms at the interface. Neutron scattering experiments employing a high-precision two-dimensional contrast variation technique confirm this picture and demonstrate that the polymer molecules uniformly decorate the surfactant film.

  17. Three-dimensional inverse design of nanopatterns with block copolymers and homopolymers

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    Xu, Dan; Liu, Hong; Zhu, You-Liang; Lu, Zhong-Yuan

    2016-02-01

    We propose a facile inverse design strategy to generate three-dimensional (3D) nanopatterns by using either block copolymers or a binary homopolymer blend via dissipative particle dynamics simulations. We find that the composition window of block copolymers to form a specific 3D morphology can be expanded when the self-assembly of block copolymers is directed by templates. We also find that a binary homopolymer blend can serve as a better candidate in the inverse templating design, since they have similar performances on recovering the target pattern, with much lower cost. This strategy is proved efficient for fabricating templates with desired topographical configuration, and the inverse design idea sheds lights on better control and design of materials with complex nanopatterns.

  18. Three-dimensional inverse design of nanopatterns with block copolymers and homopolymers.

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    Xu, Dan; Liu, Hong; Zhu, You-Liang; Lu, Zhong-Yuan

    2016-03-01

    We propose a facile inverse design strategy to generate three-dimensional (3D) nanopatterns by using either block copolymers or a binary homopolymer blend via dissipative particle dynamics simulations. We find that the composition window of block copolymers to form a specific 3D morphology can be expanded when the self-assembly of block copolymers is directed by templates. We also find that a binary homopolymer blend can serve as a better candidate in the inverse templating design, since they have similar performances on recovering the target pattern, with much lower cost. This strategy is proved efficient for fabricating templates with desired topographical configuration, and the inverse design idea sheds lights on better control and design of materials with complex nanopatterns. PMID:26880143

  19. Selective directed self-assembly of coexisting morphologies using block copolymer blends

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    Stein, A.; Wright, G.; Yager, K. G.; Doerk, G. S.; Black, C. T.

    2016-08-01

    Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers is an emergent technique for nano-lithography, but is limited in the range of structures possible in a single fabrication step. Here we expand on traditional DSA chemical patterning. A blend of lamellar- and cylinder-forming block copolymers assembles on specially designed surface chemical line gratings, leading to the simultaneous formation of coexisting ordered morphologies in separate areas of the substrate. The competing energetics of polymer chain distortions and chemical mismatch with the substrate grating bias the system towards either line/space or dot array patterns, depending on the pitch and linewidth of the prepattern. This is in contrast to the typical DSA, wherein assembly of a single-component block copolymer on chemical templates generates patterns of either lines/spaces (lamellar) or hexagonal dot arrays (cylinders). In our approach, the chemical template encodes desired local spatial arrangements of coexisting design motifs, self-assembled from a single, sophisticated resist.

  20. Tuning of Block Copolymer Membrane Morphology through Water Induced Phase Inversion Technique

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    Madhavan, Poornima

    2016-06-01

    Isoporous membranes are attractive for the regulation and detection of transport at the molecular level. A well-defined asymmetric membranes from diblock copolymers with an ordered nanoporous membrane morphologies were fabricated by the combination of block copolymer self-assembly and non-solvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) technique. This is a straightforward and fast one step procedure to develop integrally anisotropic (“asymmetric”) membranes having isoporous top selective layer. Membranes prepared via this method exhibit an anisotropic cross section with a thin separation layer supported from underneath a macroporous support. These membrane poses cylindrical pore structure with ordered nanopores across the entire membrane surfaces with pore size in the range from 20 to 40 nm. Tuning the pore morphology of the block copolymer membranes before and after fabrication are of great interest. In this thesis, we first investigated the pore morphology tuning of asymmetric block copolymer membrane by complexing with small organic molecules. We found that the occurrence of hydrogen-bond formation between PS-b-P4VP block copolymer and –OH/ –COOH functionalized organic molecules significantly tunes the pore morphology of asymmetric nanoporous membranes. In addition, we studied the complexation behavior of ionic liquids with PS-b-P4VP block copolymer in solutions and investigated their effect on final membrane morphology during the non-solvent induced phase separation process. We found that non-protic ionic liquids facilitate the formation of hexagonal nanoporous block copolymer structure, while protic ionic liquids led to a lamella-structured membrane. Secondly, we demonstrated the catalytic activity of the gold nanoparticle-enhanced hollow fiber membranes by the reduction of nitrophenol. Also, we systematically investigated the pore morphology of isoporous PS-b-P4VP using 3D imaging technique. Thirdly, we developed well-distributed silver nanoparticles on the

  1. Collapse transitions in thermosensitive multi-block copolymers: A Monte Carlo study

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    Monte Carlo simulations are performed on a simple cubic lattice to investigate the behavior of a single linear multiblock copolymer chain of various lengths N. The chain of type (AnBn)m consists of alternating A and B blocks, where A are solvophilic and B are solvophobic and N = 2nm. The conformations are classified in five cases of globule formation by the solvophobic blocks of the chain. The dependence of globule characteristics on the molecular weight and on the number of blocks, which participate in their formation, is examined. The focus is on relative high molecular weight blocks (i.e., N in the range of 500–5000 units) and very differing energetic conditions for the two blocks (very good—almost athermal solvent for A and bad solvent for B). A rich phase behavior is observed as a result of the alternating architecture of the multiblock copolymer chain. We trust that thermodynamic equilibrium has been reached for chains of N up to 2000 units; however, for longer chains kinetic entrapments are observed. The comparison among equivalent globules consisting of different number of B-blocks shows that the more the solvophobic blocks constituting the globule the bigger its radius of gyration and the looser its structure. Comparisons between globules formed by the solvophobic blocks of the multiblock copolymer chain and their homopolymer analogs highlight the important role of the solvophilic A-blocks

  2. Collapse transitions in thermosensitive multi-block copolymers: A Monte Carlo study

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    Rissanou, Anastassia N., E-mail: rissanou@tem.uoc.gr [Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Crete, GR-71003 Heraklion Crete, Greece and Archimedes Center for Analysis, Modeling and Computation, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, GR-71003 Heraklion Crete (Greece); Tzeli, Despoina S. [Department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete, GR-71003 Heraklion Crete (Greece); Anastasiadis, Spiros H. [Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, 710 03 Heraklion Crete (Greece); Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, GR-71110 Heraklion Crete (Greece); Bitsanis, Ioannis A. [Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, GR-71110 Heraklion Crete (Greece)

    2014-05-28

    Monte Carlo simulations are performed on a simple cubic lattice to investigate the behavior of a single linear multiblock copolymer chain of various lengths N. The chain of type (A{sub n}B{sub n}){sub m} consists of alternating A and B blocks, where A are solvophilic and B are solvophobic and N = 2nm. The conformations are classified in five cases of globule formation by the solvophobic blocks of the chain. The dependence of globule characteristics on the molecular weight and on the number of blocks, which participate in their formation, is examined. The focus is on relative high molecular weight blocks (i.e., N in the range of 500–5000 units) and very differing energetic conditions for the two blocks (very good—almost athermal solvent for A and bad solvent for B). A rich phase behavior is observed as a result of the alternating architecture of the multiblock copolymer chain. We trust that thermodynamic equilibrium has been reached for chains of N up to 2000 units; however, for longer chains kinetic entrapments are observed. The comparison among equivalent globules consisting of different number of B-blocks shows that the more the solvophobic blocks constituting the globule the bigger its radius of gyration and the looser its structure. Comparisons between globules formed by the solvophobic blocks of the multiblock copolymer chain and their homopolymer analogs highlight the important role of the solvophilic A-blocks.

  3. Formation of Nonclassical Ordered Phases of A B -Type Multiarm Block Copolymers

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    Gao, Ya; Deng, Hanlin; Li, Weihua; Qiu, Feng; Shi, An-Chang

    2016-02-01

    The formation of ordered phases from block copolymers is driven by a delicate balance between the monomer-monomer interaction and chain configurational entropy. The configurational entropy can be regulated by designed chain architecture, resulting in a new entropy-driven mechanism to control the self-assembly of ordered phases from block copolymers. An effective routine to regulate the configurational entropy is to utilize multiarm architecture, in which the entropic contribution to the free energy could be qualitatively controlled by the fraction of bridging configurations. As an illustration of this mechanism, the phase behavior of two A B -type multiarm block copolymers, B0-(Bi-Ai) m and (B1-Ai-B2) m where the minority A blocks form cylindrical or spherical domains, are examined using the self-consistent field theory (SCFT). The SCFT results demonstrate that the packing symmetry of the cylinders or spheres can be controlled by the length of the bridging B blocks. Several nonclassical ordered phases, including a novel square array cylinder with p 4 m m symmetry, are predicted to form from the A B -type multiarm block copolymers.

  4. Self-assembly of pluronic block copolymers in aqueous dispersions of single-wall carbon nanotubes as observed by spin probe EPR.

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    Florent, Marc; Shvartzman-Cohen, Rina; Goldfarb, Daniella; Yerushalmi-Rozen, Rachel

    2008-04-15

    The self-assembly of Pluronic block copolymers in dispersions of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) was investigated by spin probe electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Nitroxide spin labeled block copolymers derived from Pluronic L62 and P123 were introduced in minute amounts into the dispersions. X-band EPR spectra of the SWNT dispersions and of native polymer solutions were measured as a function of temperature. All spectra, below and above the critical micelle temperature (CMT), were characteristic of the fast limit motional regime. The temperature dependence of the 14N isotropic hyperfine coupling, aiso, and the rotational correlation time, tauc, were determined. It was observed that, below the CMT, EPR does not distinguish between chains adsorbed on SWNT and free chains. Above CMT, substantial differences were observed: in the native solution, the Pluronics spin labels experience only one environment, Sm, assigned to spin labels in the corona of the Pluronic micelle, whereas in the SWNT dispersions, in addition to Sm, a second population of nonaggregated, individual chains, Si, is observed. The relative amounts of Sm and Si were found to depend on the relative concentrations of the Pluronic and SWNT. Furthermore, the aggregates formed in the SWNT dispersions do not show the typical increase in chain-end mobility as a function of temperature, observed in the post-CMT regime of the native Pluronic solutions. This suggests a larger dynamical coupling among aggregated chains in the presence of the SWNT as compared to the native micelles. The overall findings are consistent with the formation of a new type of aggregates, composed of a SWNT-polymer hybrid. PMID:18331068

  5. Synthesis of Dextran/Methoxy Poly(ethylene glycol) Block Copolymer

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    Young-Il Jeong; Dong-Gon Kim; Dae-Hwan Kang

    2013-01-01

    We synthesized a block copolymer composed of dextran and methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG). To accomplish this, the end group of dextran was modified by reductive amination. The aminated dextran (Dextran-NH2) showed the intrinsic peaks of both dextran at 3~5.5 ppm and hexamethylene diamine at 1~2.6 ppm at 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrum. The amino end group of dextran was conjugated with mPEG to make the block copolymer consisting of dextran/mPEG (abbre...

  6. Data on macrophage mediated muscle transfection upon delivery of naked plasmid DNA with block copolymers.

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    Mahajan, Vivek; Gaymalov, Zagit; Alakhova, Daria; Gupta, Richa; Zucker, Irving H; Kabanov, Alexander V

    2016-06-01

    The data contains 14 figures supporting the research article "Horizontal gene transfer from macrophages to ischemic muscles upon delivery of naked DNA with Pluronic block copolymers" [1]. The data explains the surgical procedure and histological characterization of Murine Hind Limb Ischemia. The data also shows the kinetics of luciferase gene expression, spread of GFP expression through muscle and the colocalization of GFP with cellular markers in ischemic muscles injected with pDNA alone or pDNA/Pluronic. Finally the data shows the effect of Pluronic Block Copolymer to enhance total gene expression (cmv-promoter driven luciferase gene) in coculture of DNA transfected MØs with muscle cells. PMID:27222845

  7. Azidated Ether-Butadiene-Ether Block Copolymers as Binders for Solid Propellants

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    Cappello, Miriam; Lamia, Pietro; Mura, Claudio; Polacco, Giovanni; Filippi, Sara

    2016-07-01

    Polymeric binders for solid propellants are usually based on hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB), which does not contribute to the overall energy output. Azidic polyethers represent an interesting alternative but may have poorer mechanical properties. Polybutadiene-polyether copolymers may combine the advantages of both. Four different ether-butadiene-ether triblock copolymers were prepared and azidated starting from halogenated and/or tosylated monomers using HTPB as initiator. The presence of the butadiene block complicates the azidation step and reduces the storage stability of the azidic polymer. Nevertheless, the procedure allows modifying the binder properties by varying the type and lengths of the energetic blocks.

  8. Enhancing relative permittivity by incorporating PDMS-PEG multi block copolymers in binary polymer blends

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    A Razak, Aliff Hisyam; Szabo, Peter; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    Polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMS) are well-known to actuate with relatively large strains due to low modulus, but they possess lowpermittivity. Contrary, polyethyleneglycols (PEG) are not stretchable but possess high permittivity. Combination of the two polymers in a block copolymer depicts a possibil......Polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMS) are well-known to actuate with relatively large strains due to low modulus, but they possess lowpermittivity. Contrary, polyethyleneglycols (PEG) are not stretchable but possess high permittivity. Combination of the two polymers in a block copolymer depicts a...

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

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    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, φs, 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)

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

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    Fatime Eren Erol; Deniz Sinirlioglu; Sedat Cosgun; Ali Ekrem Muftuoglu

    2014-01-01

    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-M...

  11. Characterization of high performance randomly segmented poly(urethane siloxane) and poly(imide siloxane) block copolymers

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    Doǧan, Türkan; Baydoǧan, Nilgün; Köken, Nesrin

    2016-03-01

    Poly(imide siloxane) block copolymers with the same polydimethlysiloxane(APPS) were prepared by using 4,4'-oxydianiline (ODA) and Benzofenon-3,3,4,4-tetrakarboksilik dianhydride(BTDA) to compose the polyimide hard block. APPS and BTDA composed the polysiloxane soft block. The length of polysiloxane soft blocks increased with increasing the length of polyimide hard block. Copolymerization of soft and hard segments were determined by using this method. Copolymer structures could be obtained by holding constant hard block segments and by adjusting and increasing soft block segments. Thus, more flexible randomly segmented poly(imide siloxane) block copolymers can be obtained. These composed structure as flexible and high performance copolymers were characterized by FT-IR and evaluated. The structures were tested mechanically to detect their elastic recovery property as flexible material. The characterization of the samples enabled to examine flexible substrates in order to use in solar cell, aerospace applications and microelectronic devices.

  12. A simple pathway to ordered silica nanopattern from self-assembling of block copolymer containing organic silicon block

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    Self-assembly of block copolymer is an effective strategy to prepare periodic structures at nanoscale. In this paper an unique and very simple method to prepare inorganic silica nanopattern is demonstrated from self-assembling of poly(styrene-block-dimethylsiloxane) (PS-b-PDMS) on the surface of silicon wafer. To simplify the patterning process, at first we obtain highly ordered PDMS microdomains, which are covered with PS layer by controlling solvent vapor annealing conditions. Following exposure to UV/O3 irradiation, nanopatterned surface consisting of silicon oxide is fabricated directly via selectively etching PS phase and converting PDMS phase into silicon oxide. As tuning the composition of the block copolymer, hexagonally packing dot and straight stripe pattern can be obtained. Finally, the time evolution from spheres morphology to aligned long cylinders is discussed. These results hold promise for nanolithography and the fabrication of nanodevices.

  13. Topcoat approaches for directed-assembly of copolymer films with blocks exhibiting differences in surface energy

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    Suh, Hyo Seon; in Lee, Jeong; Ramirez-Hernandez, Abelardo; Tada, Yasuhiko; Yoshida, Hiroshi; Wan, Lei; Ruiz, Ricardo; de Pablo, Juan; Nealey, Paul

    2013-03-01

    Fabricating patterns with feature dimensions smaller than 10 nm scale using block copolymer lithography requires the use of materials with large Flory-Huggins interaction parameters. Because such block copolymers (BCPs) typically show the large differences in surface energy between the blocks, one block (with lower surface energy) tends to segregate to the free surface of films and precludes the assembly of the desired through-film perpendicularly oriented structures. Here we describe a generalizable strategy to overcome this limitation. By coating the BCP film with an additional layer, a topcoat, thermodynamically favorable boundary conditions at the top surface of the film can be engineered for directed self-assembly. The allowable properties of the topcoats depend on the interfacial energies of the layer with the blocks of the copolymer, and the block-block interfacial energy. The strategy is demonstrated experimentally by directing the assembly of polystyrene-block-poly-2-vinylpyridine (PS- b-P2VP) films on chemically nanopatterned substrates with different topcoat materials.

  14. Living cationic polymerization and polyhomologation: an ideal combination to synthesize functionalized polyethylene–polyisobutylene block copolymers

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    Zhang, Hefeng

    2015-12-17

    A series of hydroxyl-terminated polyisobutylene-b-polyethylene (PIB-b-PE-OH) copolymers were synthesized by combining living cationic polymerization and polyhomologation. Allyl-terminated PIBs, synthesized by living cationic polymerization, were hydroborated with BH3·THF to produce 3-arm boron-linked stars, PIB3B, which served as macroinitiators for the in situ polyhomologation of dimethylsulfoxonium methylide. The resulting 3-arm star block copolymers, (PIB-b-PE)3B, were oxidized/hydrolysed to afford PIB-b-PE-OH. Characterization of all intermediates and final products by high temperature gel permeation chromatography (HT-GPC) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR) revealed the well-defined character of the copolymers. The thermal properties of the copolymers were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

  15. 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 a

  16. Electron beam-induced nanoparticle formation in Au and Pt salt-loaded polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) micelles

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    Using diblock copolymer micelles as nanoreactors for the generation of metal colloids has proven to be a universal route to regular arrays of uniformly sized nanoparticles (NPs) for a variety of metals. When PS-b-P4VP micelles in toluene are loaded with metal salts, the formation of a single NP in each P4VP core can be achieved in a subsequent reduction step induced either chemically, by plasma or by UV or electron irradiation. We present a detailed TEM study of metal colloid formation during this reduction step in Au and Pt salt-loaded PS-b-P4VP micelles at variable temperature in the range 95-300 K. Electron irradiation-induced coagulation of metal and initial formation of particulates with subnanometer diameters within the P4VP cores is observed in the entire temperature range for Au as well as for Pt. Particle coarsening and ripening, however, strongly depend on the metal, the electron dose and, in particular, on temperature. Counter-intuitively, the dynamics of metal aggregation into a single NP within each micelle core is faster at low temperature whereas at 300 K even high densities of subnanometer particulates remain stable. Stability of the P4VP is probably essential for metal mobility within the core.

  17. Structure-property relationships in multilayered polymeric system and olefinic block copolymers

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    Khariwala, Devang

    Chapter 1. The effect of tie-layer thickness on delamination behavior of polypropylene/tie-layer/Nylon-6 multilayers is examined in this study. Various maleated polypropylene resins were compared for their effectiveness as tie-layers. Delamination failure occurred cohesively in all the multilayer systems. Two adhesion regimes were defined based on the change in slope of the linear relationship between the delamination toughness and the tie-layer thickness. The measured delamination toughness of the various tie-layers was quantitatively correlated to the damage zone length formed at the crack tip. In addition, the effect of tie-layer thickness on the multilayer tensile properties was correlated with the delamination behavior. The fracture strain of the multilayers decreased with decreasing tie-layer thickness. Examination of the prefracture damage mechanism of stretched multilayers revealed good correlation with the delamination toughness of the tie-layers. In thick tie-layers (>2microm) the delamination toughness of the tie-layers was large enough to prevent delamination of multilayers when they were stretched. In the thin tie-layers (block copolymers with properties typical of thermoplastic elastomers. The block copolymers synthesized by chain shuttling technology consist of crystallizable ethylene-octene blocks with low comonomer content and high melting temperature (hard blocks), alternating with amorphous ethylene-octene blocks with high comonomer content and low glass transition temperature (soft blocks). This study describes the material science of these unique polymers as characterized by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and tensile deformation. The crystallizable blocks are long enough to form well-organized lamellar crystals with the orthorhombic unit cell and high melting temperature. The lamellae are organized into space-filling spherulites in all compositions even in copolymers with only 18 wt% hard block. The morphology is consistent

  18. Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulation of Onion Phase in Star-block Copolymer

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    WU Shao-gui; DU Ting-ting

    2013-01-01

    A dissipative particle dynamics simulation technique was used to investigate the effect of molecular architecture of star-block copolymer on the patterned structure in a nanodroplet.With increasing the ratio of solvophilic to block length to solvophobic block length(RH/T),solvophobic sphere,ordered hexagonal phase,onion phase,perforated onion phase and flocculent phase are formed,respectively.Since onion phase has potential application in controlled drug release,it has received wide attention experimentally and theoretically.Our simulation indicates onion phase forms at a certain RH/T(close to but less than 1).A star-block copolymer molecule has two conformations in onion phase:either fully located in a shell or shared by two neighboring shells.Central structure affects onion's final shape.The molecular number of the copolymer in each shell is a quadratic function of the shell's radius.The arm number of star-block copolymer has little influence on onion's structure,but slightly affects the solvent content.Additionally,we studied the influence of arm length on onion's structure.

  19. PS-b-PDMS Block Copolymer Thin Film: Pattern Formation and Phase Behavior

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    Hsieh, I.-Fan; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.; Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron Team

    2011-03-01

    Recently, block copolymer thin films attract great attention due to their potential applications in surface nano-lithography. In our work, PS- b -PDMS with cylinder morphology is chosen due to extremely large χ value between two blocks. Besides, PS- b -PDMS can be transformed into silicon oxide under UV/O3 exposure and a layer of silicon oxide with the self-assembled block copolymer patterns can be made. By utilizing the PGMEA as solvent, we can easily obtain sphere morphology in cylindrical composition block copolymer by preserved block copolymer solution morphology during film formation. Furthermore, in thermal annealing process, the phase behavior of the PS- b -PDMS thin film is strongly affects by molecular weight, film thickness and annealing temperature. In larger-molecular-weight PS- b -PDMS, we only observed spherical domains rearrangement and without morphology transition between sphere and cylinder due to high energy barrier, whereas, in the case of smaller-molecular-weight polymer, depending on the film thickness and annealing temperature, its thin film morphology transits between sphere and cylinder alternatively, which is similar to what we found in solvent annealing.

  20. Block copolymer modified surfaces for conjugation of biomacromolecules with control of quantity and activity.

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    Li, Xin; Wang, Mengmeng; Wang, Lei; Shi, Xiujuan; Xu, Yajun; Song, Bo; Chen, Hong

    2013-01-29

    Polymer brush layers based on block copolymers of poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (POEGMA) and poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) were formed on silicon wafers by activators generated by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerization (AGET ATRP). Different types of biomolecule can be conjugated to these brush layers by reaction of PGMA epoxide groups with amino groups in the biomolecule, while POEGMA, which resists nonspecific protein adsorption, provides an antifouling environment. Surfaces were characterized by water contact angle, ellipsometry, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to confirm the modification reactions. Phase segregation of the copolymer blocks in the layers was observed by AFM. The effect of surface properties on protein conjugation was investigated using radiolabeling methods. It was shown that surfaces with POEGMA layers were protein resistant, while the quantity of protein conjugated to the diblock copolymer modified surfaces increased with increasing PGMA layer thickness. The activity of lysozyme conjugated on the surface could also be controlled by varying the thickness of the copolymer layer. When biotin was conjugated to the block copolymer grafts, the surface remained resistant to nonspecific protein adsorption but showed specific binding of avidin. These properties, that is, well-controlled quantity and activity of conjugated biomolecules and specificity of interaction with target biomolecules may be exploited for the improvement of signal-to-noise ratio in sensor applications. More generally, such surfaces may be useful as biological recognition elements of high specificity for functional biomaterials. PMID:23265296

  1. Supramolecular block copolymers by kinetically controlled co-self-assembly of planar and core-twisted perylene bisimides

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    Görl, Daniel; Zhang, Xin; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2015-05-01

    New synthetic methodologies for the formation of block copolymers have revolutionized polymer science within the last two decades. However, the formation of supramolecular block copolymers composed of alternating sequences of larger block segments has not been realized yet. Here we show by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), 2D NMR and optical spectroscopy that two different perylene bisimide dyes bearing either a flat (A) or a twisted (B) core self-assemble in water into supramolecular block copolymers with an alternating sequence of (AmBB)n. The highly defined ultralong nanowire structure of these supramolecular copolymers is entirely different from those formed upon self-assembly of the individual counterparts, that is, stiff nanorods (A) and irregular nanoworms (B), respectively. Our studies further reveal that the as-formed supramolecular block copolymer constitutes a kinetic self-assembly product that transforms into thermodynamically more stable self-sorted homopolymers upon heating.

  2. Amphiphilic Fluorinated Block Copolymer Synthesized by RAFT Polymerization for Graphene Dispersions

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    Hyang Moo Lee

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Despite the superior properties of graphene, the strong π–π interactions among pristine graphenes yielding massive aggregation impede industrial applications. For non-covalent functionalization of highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG, poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate-block-poly(4-vinyl pyridine (PTFEMA-b-PVP block copolymers were prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT polymerization and used as polymeric dispersants in liquid phase exfoliation assisted by ultrasonication. The HOPG graphene concentrations were found to be 0.260–0.385 mg/mL in methanolic graphene dispersions stabilized with 10 wt % (relative to HOPG PTFEMA-b-PVP block copolymers after one week. Raman and atomic force microscopy (AFM analyses revealed that HOPG could not be completely exfoliated during the sonication. However, on-line turbidity results confirmed that the dispersion stability of HOPG in the presence of the block copolymer lasted for one week and that longer PTFEMA and PVP blocks led to better graphene dispersibility. Force–distance (F–d analyses of AFM showed that PVP block is a good graphene-philic block while PTFEMA is methanol-philic.

  3. Humidity-Induced Phase Transitions in Ion-Containing Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Park, Moon Jeong; Nedoma, Alisyn J.; Geissler, Phillip L.; Balsara, Nitash P.; Jackson, Andrew; Cookson, David (UCB); (NIST); (Aust. Synch.); (LBNL)

    2008-08-21

    The phase behavior of ion-containing block copolymer membranes in equilibrium with humidified air is studied as a function of the relative humidity (RH) of the surrounding air, ion content of the copolymer, and temperature. Increasing RH at constant temperature results in both disorder-to-order and order-to-order transitions. In-situ small-angle neutron scattering experiments on the open block copolymer system, when combined with water uptake measurement, indicate that the disorder-to-order transition is driven by an increase in the partial molar entropy of the water molecules in the ordered phase relative to that in the disordered phase. This is in contrast to most systems wherein increasing entropy results in stabilization of the disordered phase.

  4. Self-Assembled Asymmetric Block Copolymer Membranes: Bridging the Gap from Ultra- to Nanofiltration

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    Yu, Haizhou

    2015-09-21

    The self-assembly of block copolymers is an emerging strategy to produce isoporous ultrafiltration membranes. However, thus far, it has not been possible to bridge the gap from ultra- to nanofiltration and decrease the pore size of self-assembled block copolymer membranes to below 5 nm without post-treatment. It is now reported that the self-assembly of blends of two chemically interacting copolymers can lead to highly porous membranes with pore diameters as small as 1.5 nm. The membrane containing an ultraporous, 60 nm thin separation layer can fully reject solutes with molecular weights of 600 g mol−1 in aqueous solutions with a water flux that is more than one order of magnitude higher than the permeance of commercial nanofiltration membranes. Simulations of the membrane formation process by dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) were used to explain the dramatic observed pore size reduction combined with an increase in water flux.

  5. Self-Assembled Asymmetric Block Copolymer Membranes: Bridging the Gap from Ultra- to Nanofiltration.

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    Yu, Haizhou; Qiu, Xiaoyan; Moreno, Nicolas; Ma, Zengwei; Calo, Victor Manuel; Nunes, Suzana P; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2015-11-16

    The self-assembly of block copolymers is an emerging strategy to produce isoporous ultrafiltration membranes. However, thus far, it has not been possible to bridge the gap from ultra- to nanofiltration and decrease the pore size of self-assembled block copolymer membranes to below 5 nm without post-treatment. It is now reported that the self-assembly of blends of two chemically interacting copolymers can lead to highly porous membranes with pore diameters as small as 1.5 nm. The membrane containing an ultraporous, 60 nm thin separation layer can fully reject solutes with molecular weights of 600 g mol(-1) in aqueous solutions with a water flux that is more than one order of magnitude higher than the permeance of commercial nanofiltration membranes. Simulations of the membrane formation process by dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) were used to explain the dramatic observed pore size reduction combined with an increase in water flux. PMID:26388216

  6. Effects of copolymer composition, film thickness, and solvent vapor annealing time on dewetting of ultrathin block copolymer films.

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    Huang, Changchun; Wen, Gangyao; Li, Jingdan; Wu, Tao; Wang, Lina; Xue, Feifei; Li, Hongfei; Shi, Tongfei

    2016-09-15

    Effects of copolymer composition, film thickness, and solvent vapor annealing time on dewetting of spin-coated polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) films (annealed for different times were performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and contact angle measurement. With the annealing of acetone vapor, dewetting of the films with different thicknesses occur via the spinodal dewetting and the nucleation and growth mechanisms, respectively. The PS-b-PMMA films rupture into droplets which first coalesce into large ones to reduce the surface free energy. Then the large droplets rupture into small ones to increase the contact area between PMMA blocks and acetone molecules resulting from ultimate migration of PMMA blocks to droplet surface, which is a novel dewetting process observed in spin-coated films for the first time. PMID:27309943

  7. Synthesis of tri-block copolymers through reverse atom transfer radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate using polyurethane macroiniferter

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    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Reverse atom transfer radical polymerization was successfully used for the first time to synthesis tri-block copolymers. Poly (methyl methacrylate-block-polyurethane-block-poly (methyl methacrylate tri-block copolymers were synthesized using tetraphenylethane-based polyurethane as a macroiniferter, copper(II halide as a catalyst and N, N, N′, N″, N″-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine as a ligand. Controlled nature of the polymerization was confirmed by the linear increase of number average molecular weight with increasing conversion. Mole contents of poly (methyl methacrylate present in the tri-block copolymers were calculated using proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the results were comparable with the gel permeation chromatography results. Differential scanning calorimetric results confirmed the presence of two different types of blocks in the tri-block copolymers.

  8. Block Copolymer Electrolytes: Thermodynamics, Ion Transport, and Use in Solid- State Lithium/Sulfur Cells

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    Teran, Alexander Andrew

    Nanostructured block copolymer electrolytes containing an ion-conducting block and a modulus-strengthening block are of interest for applications in solid-state lithium metal batteries. These materials can self-assemble into well-defined microstructures, creating conducting channels that facilitate ion transport. The overall objective of this dissertation is to gain a better understanding of the behavior of salt-containing block copolymers, and evaluate their potential for use in solid-state lithium/sulfur batteries. Anionically synthesized polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (SEO) copolymers doped with lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) salt were used as a model system. This thesis investigates the model system on several levels: from fundamental thermodynamic studies to bulk characterization and finally device assembly and testing. First, the thermodynamics of neat and salt-containing block copolymers was studied. The addition of salt to these materials is necessary to make them conductive, however even small amounts of salt can have significant effects on their phase behavior, and consequently their iontransport and mechanical properties. As a result, the effect of salt addition on block copolymer thermodynamics has been the subject of significant interest over the last decade. A comprehensive study of the thermodynamics of block copolymer/salt mixtures over a wide range of molecular weights, compositions, salt concentrations and temperatures was conducted. Next, the effect of molecular weight on ion transport in both homopolymer and copolymer electrolytes were studied over a wide range of chain lengths. Homopolymer electrolytes show an inverse relationship between conductivity and chain length, with a plateau in the infinite molecular weight limit. This is due to the presence of two mechanisms of ion conduction in homopolymers; the first mechanism is a result of the segmental motion of the chains surrounding the salt ions, 2 creating a liquid

  9. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NOVEL CHIRAL SMECTIC C(Sc*) PHASE SHISH-KEBAB TYPE LIQUID CRYSTALLINE BLOCK COPOLYMERS

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    Shi-jun Zheng; Zi-fa Li; Shu-yuan Zhang; Shao-kui Cao; Ming-sheng Tang; Qiu-jun Fen; Qi-feng Zhou

    1999-01-01

    A new series of chiral shish-kebab type liquid crystal block copolymers that form the smectic C(Sc*) phase was synthesized by solution polycondensation. The copolymers were characterized by GPC,DSC, TG, POM, X-ray diffraction and polarimeter. The copolymers 7 entered into liquid crystal phase when they were heated to their melting temperatures (Tm) and the copolymers 8 were in liquid crystal phase at room temperature with low viscosities. The smectic sanded texture or focal-conic texture were observed on POM.All the chiral block copolymers showed high optical activity. No racemization has happened. Temperaturevariable X-ray diffraction study together with POM and polarimetric analysis realized that they are chiral smectic C(Sc*) phase. Thus we offer in this report the first example of shish-kebab type liquid crystal block copolymers that form a chiral smectic C(Sc*) phase. The variation of melting and isotropization temperatures with molecular structure was also discussed.

  10. Study of the interface solid/solutions containing PEO-PPO block copolymers and asphaltenes by FTIR/ATR; Estudo de solucoes de copolimeros em bloco de PEO-PPO contendo asfaltenos por FTIR/DTA

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    Aguiar, Janaina I.S.; Neto, Jessica S.G.; Mansur, Claudia R.E. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Macromoleculas, Laboratorio de Macromoleculas e Coloides na Industria de Petroleo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], E-mails: janaina_333@hotmail.com, kinha_dac_dm@hotmail.com; celias@ima.ufrj.br

    2011-07-01

    The formation of water/oil emulsions can cause problems in various stages of production, processing and refining of petroleum. In this study, the technique of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) using the method of attenuated total reflectance (ATR) was applied to study the solid-solutions of block copolymers based on poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) (PEO-PPO) interface and its interaction in this interface with asphaltenic fractions of petroleum. The solid is the crystal of the ATR. Initially, we determined the critical micelle concentration values of the copolymers, which were consistent those obtained by a tensiometer. Bottle Test was also performed to correlate the efficiency of PEO-PPO copolymers in the breaking of water/oil emulsions with its adsorption at the interfaces solutions. (author)

  11. Synthesis of (meth)acrylate block copolymers by ligated anionic polymerization

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    Vlček, Petr; Čadová, Eva; Janata, Miroslav; Látalová, Petra; Toman, Luděk; Kříž, Jaroslav; Kurková, Dana

    Goa : International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2005. s. 20-21. [International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization. 23.10.2005-28.10.2005, Goa ] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1P05ME753 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : block copolymers * anionic polymerization * tert-alkoxides Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  12. Complexes of block copolymers in solution: a graph-theoretical approach

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    Damme, van Ruud; Geurts, Bernard J.

    1989-01-01

    We determine the statistical properties of block copolymers in solution. These complexes are assumed to have the topological structure of connected graphs with “nonnested” loops and cycles. The generating function method is used to determine the number of topologically different complexes containing

  13. Poly(dimethylsiloxane)-poly(ethyleneoxide)-heparin block copolymers. I. Synthesis and characterization

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    Grainger, D.W.; Kim, S.W.; Feijen, J.

    1988-01-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers containing poly(dimethylsiloxane), poly(ethylene oxide), and heparin (PDMS-PEO-Hep) have been prepared via a series of coupling reactions using functionalized prepolymers, diisocyanates, and derivatized heparins. All intermediate steps of the synthesis yield quantifiable

  14. Interfacial activity of styrene-butadiene block copolymers in low-density polyethylene/polystyrene blends

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    Fortelný, Ivan; Šlouf, Miroslav; Hlavatá, Drahomíra; Sikora, Antonín

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 13, 8-9 (2006), s. 783-799. ISSN 0927-6440 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : compatibilization * polymer blends * block copolymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.788, year: 2006

  15. Thin block copolymer films : film formation and corrugation under the AFM tip

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    Maas, J.H.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Fleer, G.J.

    2000-01-01

    The tip of an atomic force microscope was used to induce nanoscale ordering in thin films of polystyrene-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) block copolymers under low force. The AFM tip produces rims on a mesoscopic scale oriented perpendicularly to the scanning direction. A wide range of molecular weights of b

  16. LEO resistant PI-B-PDMS block copolymer films for solar array applications

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    Lonkhuyzen, H. van; Bongers, E.; Fischer, H.R.; Dingemans, T.J.; Semprimoschnig, C.

    2013-01-01

    Due to their low atomic oxygen erosion yields PI-b-PDMS block copolymer films have considerable potential for application onto space exposed surfaces of satellites in low earth orbit. On solar arrays these materials might be used as electrical electrical insulation film, flexprint outer layer, elect

  17. Water vapor and gas transport through a poly (butylene terephthalate) poly (ethylene oxide) block copolymer

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    Metz, S.J.; Potreck, J.; Mulder, M.H.V.; Wessling, M.

    2002-01-01

    In this paper the transport behavior of water vapor and nitrogen in a poly(butylene terephthalate) poly (ethylene oxide) block copolymer is discussed. This polymer has a high solubility for water (300 cm3 (STP)/cm3 polymer at activity 0.9). A new permeation set up has been built to determine the wat

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

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    Jankova Atanasova, Katja

    networks and demonstrate good Li+ complexation and conductivity. These make the materials a potential for solid electrolyte applications in Li+ ion batteries (4, 6). iii. Amphiphilic water soluble star block copolymers with a polyacrylic acid core form hydrogels at room temperature above concentration 22g...

  19. Synthesis of Dendritic-Linear Block Copolymers by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

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    2001-01-01

    The dendritic polyarylether 2-bromoisobutyrate as the macromolecular initiator for the controlled free radical polymerization of styrene was investigated. The polymerization was carried out with CuBr/2,2′-bipyridine catalyst at 110℃. It is found that the hybrid dendritic-linear block copolymers possess well-defined molecular weights and low polydispersities.

  20. Self-assembly of POSS-containing block copolymers: fixing the hierarchical structure in networks

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    Matějka, Libor; Janata, Miroslav; Pleštil, Josef; Zhigunov, Alexander; Šlouf, Miroslav

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 55, č. 1 (2014), s. 126-136. ISSN 0032-3861 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/12/1459 Grant ostatní: AV ČR(CZ) M200500903 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : block copolymers * self-assembly * POSS Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.562, year: 2014

  1. Effect of Electric Field Alignment on Morphology and Ionic Conductivity of Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers

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    Sharick, Sharon; Nykaza, Jacob; Elabd, Yossef A.; Winey, Karen I.

    2014-03-01

    Polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) block copolymers are appealing for numerous electrochemical applications, including solid polymer electrolyte membranes for batteries and anion exchange membranes for fuel cells. The extent to which the reduced segmental motion caused by the non-conducting polymer segments and grain boundaries between block copolymer microdomains are detrimental to ionic conductivity is unknown. Increased long-range morphological order and connectivity of PIL microdomains are key to understanding the ion transport mechanism and may improve the ionic conductivity of PIL block copolymers. The effect of electric field on the morphology and ionic conductivity of poly(styrene- b-1-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium-bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide)) (PS- b-PMEBIm-TFSI) will be discussed as a function of microdomain orientation. Electric field is used to increase the perpendicular orientation of ion-conducting pathways with respect to the electrodes. The morphology and ionic conductivity were characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, respectively. The ionic conductivity of unoriented and oriented block copolymers will be compared to the PIL homopolymer, PMEBIm-TFSI, using the Sax and Ottino model.

  2. DYNAMIC DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THEORY FOR MICROPHASE SEPARATION KINETICS OF BLOCK-COPOLYMER MELTS

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    FRAAIJE, JGEM

    1993-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a numerical method for the calculation of collective diffusion relaxation mechanisms in quenched block copolymer melts. The method entails the repeated calculation of two opposing fields-an external potential field U, conjugate to the density field rho, and an energetic in

  3. Compartmentalization in hybrid metallacarborane nanoparticles formed by block copolymers with star-like architecture

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    Ďorďovič, V.; Uchman, M.; Zhigunov, Alexander; Nykänen, A.; Ruokolainen, J.; Matějíček, P.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 3, č. 11 (2014), s. 1151-1155. ISSN 2161-1653 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-14608S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : nanoparticles * block copolymers * star-like architecture Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 5.764, year: 2014

  4. Self-assembled block copolymer membranes: From basic research to large-scale manufacturing

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira

    2013-09-24

    Order and porosity of block copolymer membranes have been controlled by solution thermodynamics, self-assembly, and macrophase separation. We have demonstrated how the film manufacture with long-range order can be up-scaled with the use of conventional membrane production technology.

  5. Multiscale Control of Hierarchical Structure in Crystalline Block Copolymer Nanoparticles Using Microfluidics.

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    Bains, Aman; Cao, Yimeng; Moffitt, Matthew G

    2015-11-01

    Hierarchical semicrystalline block copolymer nanoparticles are produced in a segmented gas-liquid microfluidic reactor with top-down control of multiscale structural features, including nanoparticle morphologies, sizes, and internal crystallinities. Control of multiscale structure on disparate length scales by a single control variable (flow rate) enables tailoring of drug delivery nanoparticle function including release rates. PMID:26305569

  6. How the chemical structure influence the dynamics of association of amphiphilic block copolymers

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    Deniau-Lejeune, E.; Charbonneau, C.; Borisova, O.; Chassenieux, C.; Colombani, O.; Štěpánek, Petr; Borisov, O.

    Saint-Petersburg: Institute of Macromolecular Compounds RAS, 2014. s. 46. ISBN 978-5-98340-329-1. [International Symposium "Molecular Order and Mobility in Polymer Systems" /8./. 02.06.2014-06.06.2014, St. Petersburg] Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : block copolymer * nanoparticles Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  7. 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.

  8. Star block-copolymers: Enzyme-inspired catalysts for oxidation of alcohols in water

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    Mugemana, Clement

    2014-01-01

    A number of fluorous amphiphilic star block-copolymers containing a tris(benzyltriazolylmethyl)amine motif have been prepared. These polymers assembled into well-defined nanostructures in water, and their mode of assembly could be controlled by changing the composition of the polymer. The polymers were used for enzyme-inspired catalysis of alcohol oxidation. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  9. 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

    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...

  10. Composition and solution properties of fluorinated block copolymers and their surface structures in the solid state

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    NI HuaGang; XUE DongWu; WANG XiaoFang; ZHANG Wei; WANG XinPing; SHEN ZhiQuan

    2009-01-01

    A series of diblock copolymers composed of methyl methacrylate and 2-perfluorooctylethyl methacry-late (PMMA144-b-PFMAn) with various PFMA block lengths were prepared by atom transfer radical po-lymerization (ATRP). The surface structures and properties of these polymers in the solid state and in solution were investigated using contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy, surface tension and dynamic laser light scattering (DLS). It was found that with increasing PFMA block length, water and oil repellency de-creased, the ratio of F/C increased with increasing film depth, and the degree of ordered packing of the perfluoroalkyl side chains at the surface decreased. When the number of PFMA block units reached 10, PMMA segments were detected at the copolymer surface, which was attributed to the PFMA block length affecting molecular aggregation structure of the copolymer in the solution and the interfacial structure at the air/liquid interface, which in turn affects surface structure formation during solution solidification. The results suggest that copolymer solution properties play an important role in struc-ture formation on the solid surface.

  11. Wafer-Scale Nanopillars Derived from Block Copolymer Lithography for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

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    Li, Tao; Wu, Kaiyu; Rindzevicius, Tomas;

    2016-01-01

    ). Direct silicon etching with high aspect ratio templated by the block copolymer mask is realized without any intermediate layer or external precursors. Uniquely, an atomic layer deposition (ALD)-assisted method is introduced to allow reversing of the morphology relative to the initial pattern. As a result...

  12. Modification of polylactide surfaces with PLA-b-PEO block copolymers deposited from selective solvents

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    Chánová, Eliška; Popelka, Štěpán; Machová, Luďka; Rypáček, František

    New Rochelle: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, 2008. s. 881 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0538; GA AV ČR(CZ) 1QS500110564 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 500283 - EXPERTISSUES Institutional research pla n: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : amphiphilic block copolymers * polylactide * drug delivery systems Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  13. Morphology-controlled growth of perylene derivative induced by double-hydrophilic block copolymers

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    Minghua Huang; Markus Antonietti; Helmut Cölfen

    2016-01-01

    Controlled growth of technically relevant perylene derivative 3, 4, 9, 10-perylenetetracarboxylic acid potassium salt (PTCAPS), with tuneable morpologies, has been successfully realized by a recrystallization method using a double-hydrophilic block copolymer poly (ethylene glycol)-block poly (ethyleneimine) (PEG-b-PEI) as the structure directing agent. The {001} faces of PTCAPS are most polar and adsorb the oppositively charged polymer additive PEG-b-PEI well by electrostatic attraction. By s...

  14. Bioinspired amphiphilic phosphate block copolymers as non-fluoride materials to prevent dental erosion

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    Lei, Yanda; Wang, Tongxin; Mitchell, James W; Zaidel, Lynette; Qiu, Jianhong; Kilpatrick-Liverman, LaTonya

    2014-01-01

    Inspired by the fact that certain natural proteins, e.g. casein phosphopeptide or amelogenin, are able to prevent tooth erosion (mineral loss) and to enhance tooth remineralization, a synthetic amphiphilic diblock copolymer, containing a hydrophilic methacryloyloxyethyl phosphate block (MOEP) and a hydrophobic methyl methacrylate block (MMA), was designed as a novel non-fluoride agent to prevent tooth erosion under acidic conditions. The structure of the polymer, synthesized by reversible add...

  15. Thermally sensitive block copolymer hydrogels in bulk and with decreased dimensions

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    Nykänen, Antti

    2013-01-01

    The research on stimuli-responsive polymers has increased rapidly during the last two decades. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) is one of the most studied thermally responsive polymer because its lower critical solution temperature (LCST) 32 ℃ is close to the ambient conditions. Below 32 ℃, PNIPAM is water soluble, but at temperatures above 32 ℃ the polymer phase separates from water. In this thesis, amphiphilic triblock copolymer polystyrene-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-polys...

  16. Ligand switch in photoinduced copper-mediated polymerization: synthesis of methacrylate-acrylate block copolymers

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    CHUANG, Ya-Mi; Wenn, Benjamin; Gielen, Sam; Ethirajan, Anitha; Junkers, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    The use of photo-induced copper-mediated radical polymerization (photoCMP) to synthesize mixed acrylate/methacrylate (methyl acrylate, MA and methyl methacrylate, MMA) block copolymers is investigated. Reactions in which only one type of ligand (Me6TREN) is used lead to unsuccessful outcomes of polymerization due to a mismatch in reactivity of the two monomers. A ligand exchange to PMDETA for methacrylate is required to obtain good block structures. Due to insufficient re-initiation of polyac...

  17. Amphiphilic Fluorinated Block Copolymer Synthesized by RAFT Polymerization for Graphene Dispersions

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    Hyang Moo Lee; Suguna Perumal; In Woo Cheong

    2016-01-01

    Despite the superior properties of graphene, the strong π–π interactions among pristine graphenes yielding massive aggregation impede industrial applications. For non-covalent functionalization of highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PTFEMA-b-PVP) block copolymers were prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and used as polymeric dispersants in liquid phase exfoliation assiste...

  18. Photoinitiated Crosslinking and Grafting of Methylmethacrylate Using N,N-Dimethyl Amino Functional Polystyrene Block Copolymers

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    MÜFTÜOĞLU, Ali Ekrem; YAĞCI, Yusuf; SE, Kazunori

    2004-01-01

    Monodisperse poly(N,N-dimethyl-4-vinylphenethylamine)-block-polystyrene was synthesized via anionic living polymerization carried out at -78 °C under a pressure of 10-6 torr using cumyl potassium as the initiator. Subsequent photoinduced radical polymerization of styrene through side chain-functional N,N-dimethyl amino groups yielded a crosslinked polymer and a brush type block-graft copolymer to a lesser extent. Upon irradiation at a wavelength of 350 nm, macroradicals were generate...

  19. Sub-15nm Silicon Lines Fabrication via PS-b-PDMS Block Copolymer Lithography

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    Sozaraj Rasappa; Lars Schulte; Dipu Borah; Morris, Michael A.; Sokol Ndoni

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes the fabrication of nanodimensioned silicon structures on silicon wafers from thin films of a poly(styrene)-block-poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PS-b-PDMS) block copolymer (BCP) precursor self-assembling into cylindrical morphology in the bulk. The structure alignment of the PS-b-PDMS (33 k–17 k) was conditioned by applying solvent and solvothermal annealingtechniques. BCP nanopatterns formed after the annealing process have been confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) af...

  20. Chirality in Block Copolymer Melts: Mesoscopic Helicity from Inter-Segment Twist

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    Zhao, Wei; Russell, Thomas P.; Grason, Gregory M.

    2012-01-01

    We study the effects of chirality at the segment scale on the thermodynamics of block copolymer melts using self consistent field theory. In linear diblock melts where segments of one block prefer a twisted, or cholesteric, texture, we show that melt assembly is critically sensitive to the ratio of random coil size to the preferred pitch of cholesteric twist. For weakly-chiral melts (large pitch), mesophases remain achiral, while below a critical value of pitch, two mesocopically chiral phase...

  1. Evaluation of Isoprene Chain Extension from PEO Macromolecular Chain Transfer Agents for the Preparation of Dual, Invertible Block Copolymer Nanoassemblies

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    Bartels, Jeremy W.; Cauët, Solène I.; Billings, Peter L.; Lin, Lily Yun; Zhu, Jiahua; Fidge, Christopher; Pochan, Darrin J.; Wooley, Karen L.

    2010-01-01

    Two RAFT-capable PEO macro-CTAs, 2 and 5 kDa, were prepared and used for the polymerization of isoprene which yielded well-defined block copolymers of varied lengths and compositions. GPC analysis of the PEO macro-CTAs and block copolymers showed remaining unreacted PEO macro-CTA. Mathematical deconvolution of the GPC chromatograms allowed for the estimation of the blocking efficiency, about 50% for the 5 kDa PEO macro-CTA and 64% for the 2 kDa CTA. Self assembly of the block copolymers in bo...

  2. Phase behavior of ABC-type triple-hydrophilic block copolymers in aqueous solutions.

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    Zheng, Lingfei; Wu, Jianqi; Wang, Zheng; Yin, Yuhua; Jiang, Run; Li, Baohui

    2016-07-01

    The phase behavior of symmetric ABC triple-hydrophilic triblock copolymers in concentrated aqueous solutions is investigated using a simulated annealing technique. Two typical cases, in which the hydrophilicity of the middle B-block is either stronger or weaker than that of the end A- and C-blocks, are studied. In these two cases, a variety of phase diagrams are constructed as a function of the volume fraction of the B-block and the copolymer concentration ([Formula: see text] for both non-frustrated and frustrated copolymers. Structures, such as two-color alternatingly packed cylinders or gyroid, and lamellae-in-lamellae etc. that do not occur in the melt system, are obtained in solutions. Rich phase transition sequences, especially re-entrant phase transitions involving complex continuous networks of alternating gyroid and alternating diamond are observed for a given copolymer with decreasing [Formula: see text] . The difference in hydrophilicity among different blocks can result in inhomogeneous distribution of solvent molecules in the morphology, and with the decrease of [Formula: see text] , the distribution of solvent molecules presents a non-monotonic variation. This results in a non-monotonic variation of the effective volume fraction of each domain with the decrease of [Formula: see text] , which induces the re-entrant phase transitions. The presence of a good solvent for all the blocks can cause changes in the effective segregation strengths between different blocks and also in chain conformations, hence can alter the bulk phases and results in the occurrence of new structures and phase transitions. Especially, structures having A-C interfaces or A-C mixed domains can be obtained even in the non-frustrated copolymer systems, and structures obtained in the frustrated systems may be similar to those obtained in the non-frustrated systems. The window of the alternating gyroid structures may occupy a large part of the phase diagram for non

  3. Synthesis and applications of polystyrene-block-poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone copolymers

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    Marcelo Alexandre de Farias

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This work describes the synthesis and applications of amphiphilic polystyrene-block-poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (PS-b-PVP copolymers as a silver and silica nanoparticle surface modification agent. The synthesis of PS-b-PVP was carried out using controlled/living radical polymerization techniques. The synthesis of the block copolymers was confirmed by gel permeation chromatography and hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance, presenting a polydispersity index of around 1.4 and number average molecular weight ranging between 10,000-14,000 g mol-1. The PS-b-PVP copolymers were applied as a silver nanoparticle (AgNP stabilizing agent. These nanoparticles were produced by a single step and presented an 11 ± 1 nm diameter. Furthermore, the PS-b-PVP copolymers were also applied as a silica nanoparticle (SiO2NP surface modification agent. The SiO2NP were synthesized by the Stöber method presenting a 72 ± 9 nm diameter. The SiO2NP surface modification by adsorption of PS-b-PVP caused the formation of a 5 ± 1 nm thick polymeric layer, providing the SiO2NP with a hydrophobic surface character. The structural and chemical characteristics shown by PS-b-PVP copolymers highlights their versatility for several applications, such as: water-in-oil emulsifier, stabilizing or coupling agents between inorganic particles and polymeric matrices.

  4. Silk-collagen-like block copolymers with charged blocks : self-assembly into nanosized ribbons and macroscopic gels

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    Martens, A.A.

    2008-01-01

    The research described in this thesis concerns the design, biotechnological production, and physiochemical study of large water-soluble (monodisperse) protein triblock-copolymers with sequential blocks, some of which are positively or negatively charged and self-assemble in response to a change in pH or co-assemble in response to oppositely charged polyelectrolytes (including each other). Such molecules displaying controlled self-assembly may lead to new biocompatible nano-structured material...

  5. Antibacterial modification of an injectable, biodegradable, non-cytotoxic block copolymer-based physical gel with body temperature-stimulated sol-gel transition and controlled drug release.

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    Wang, Xiaowen; Hu, Huawen; Wang, Wenyi; Lee, Ka I; Gao, Chang; He, Liang; Wang, Yuanfeng; Lai, Chuilin; Fei, Bin; Xin, John H

    2016-07-01

    Biomaterials are being extensively used in various biomedical fields; however, they are readily infected with microorganisms, thus posing a serious threat to the public health care. We herein presented a facile route to the antibacterial modification of an important A-B-A type biomaterial using poly (ethylene glycol) methyl ether (mPEG)- poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-mPEG as a typical model. Inexpensive, commercial bis(2-hydroxyethyl) methylammonium chloride (DMA) was adopted as an antibacterial unit. The effective synthesis of the antibacterial copolymer mPEG-PCL-∼∼∼-PCL-mPEG (where ∼∼∼ denotes the segment with DMA units) was well confirmed by FTIR and (1)H NMR spectra. At an appropriate modification extent, the DMA unit could render the copolymer mPEG-PCL-∼∼∼-PCL-mPEG highly antibacterial, but did not largely alter its fascinating intrinsic properties including the thermosensitivity (e.g., the body temperature-induced sol-gel transition), non-cytotoxicity, and controlled drug release. A detailed study on the sol-gel-sol transition behavior of different copolymers showed that an appropriate extent of modification with DMA retained a sol-gel-sol transition, despite the fact that a too high extent caused a loss of sol-gel-sol transition. The hydrophilic and hydrophobic balance between mPEG and PCL was most likely broken upon a high extent of quaternization due to a large disturbance effect of DMA units at a large quantity (as evidenced by the heavily depressed PCL segment crystallinity), and thus the micelle aggregation mechanism for the gel formation could not work anymore, along with the loss of the thermosensitivity. The work presented here is highly expected to be generalized for synthesis of various block copolymers with immunity to microorganisms. Light may also be shed on understanding the phase transition behavior of various multiblock copolymers. PMID:27022875

  6. Multilayer polymeric nanoparticles based on specific interactions in solution: polystyrene-block-poly(methacrylic acid) micelles with linear poly(2-vinylpyridine) in aqueous buffers

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    Matějíček, P.; Uchman, M.; Lokajová, J.; Štěpánek, M.; Špírková, Milena; Procházka, K.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 23, č. 6 (2008), s. 557-560. ISSN 1042-6914 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA400500505 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : atomic force microscopy * capillary zone electrophoresis * copolymer micelles Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.706, year: 2008

  7. SYNTHESIS OF POLY(ETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE)-POLYCAPROLACTONE BLOCK COPOLYMER BY DIRECT COPOLYMERIZATION

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    Shen-guo Wang; Kai Tang

    1999-01-01

    Poly(ethylene terephthalate)-polycaprolactone block copolymer (PCL-b-PET) is a polyester with improved biodegradability. In the present paper, a new direct copolymerization method of ε-caprolactone (ε-CL) and bishydroxyethylene terephthalate (BHET) in the presence of Ti(OBu)4 was proposed for the synthesis of PCL-b-PET. The PCL-b-PET copolymer was characterized by IR, GPC and 1H-NMR techniques, and the effects of synthesis conditions, such as temperature, reaction time and concentration of catalyst on the copolymerization were discussed.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Smart Block Copolymers for Biomineralization and Biomedical Applications

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    Kanapathipillai, Mathumai [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2008-01-01

    Self-assembly is a powerful tool in forming structures with nanoscale dimensions. Self-assembly of macromolecules provides an efficient and rapid pathway for the formation of structures from the nanometer to micrometer range that are difficult, if not impossible to obtain by conventional lithographic techniques [1]. Depending on the morphologies obtained (size, shape, periodicity, etc.) these self-assembled systems have already been applied or shown to be useful for a number of applications in nanotechnology [2], biomineralization [3, 4], drug delivery [5, 6] and gene therapy [7]. In this respect, amphiphilic block copolymers that self-organize in solution have been found to be very versatile [1]. In recent years, polymer-micellar systems have been designed that are adaptable to their environment and able to respond in a controlled manner to external stimuli. In short, synthesis of 'nanoscale objects' that exhibit 'stimulus-responsive' properties is a topic gathering momentum, because their behavior is reminiscent of that exhibited by proteins [8]. By integrating environmentally sensitive homopolymers into amphiphilic block copolymers, smart block copolymers with self assembled supramolecular structures that exhibit stimuli or environmentally responsive properties can be obtained [1]. Several synthetic polymers are known to have environmentally responsive properties. Changes in the physical, chemical or biochemical environment of these polymers results in modulation of the solubility or chain conformation of the polymer [9]. There are many common schemes of engineering stimuli responsive properties into materials [8, 9]. Polymers exhibiting lower critical solution temperature (LCST) are soluble in solvent below a specific temperature and phase separate from solvent above that temperature while polymers exhibiting upper critical solution temperatures (UCST) phase separate below a certain temperature. The solubility of polymers with ionizable

  9. Multiple ordered phases in a block copolymer melt

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    Almdal, K.; Koppi, K.A.; Bates, F.S.;

    1992-01-01

    -order based on discontinuities in the SANS pattern symmetries and intensities and dynamic elastic moduli. At the lowest experimental temperatures the material exhibits a (rippled) lamellar phase. At intermediate temperatures two new ordered phases appear. Above the order-disorder transition temperature a......A poly(ethylenepropylene)-poly(ethylethylene) (PEP-PEE) diblock copolymer containing 65% by volume PEP was investigated using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and rheological measurements. Four distinct phases have been identified as a function of temperature: three ordered phases at low...... temperatures and a disordered phase at elevated temperatures. Evaluation of the ordered phases was facilitated by the introduction of long-range order using a shear-orientation technique. SANS data were acquired as a function of temperature for three specimen orientations corresponding to the principle...

  10. Highly ordered palladium nanodots and nanowires from switchable block copolymer thin films

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    Bhoje Gowd, E; Nandan, Bhanu; Vyas, Mukesh Kumar; Stamm, Manfred [Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Hohe Strasse 6, 01069, Dresden (Germany); Bigall, Nadja C; Eychmueller, Alexander [Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, TU Dresden, Bergstrasse 66b, 01062, Dresden (Germany); Schloerb, Heike, E-mail: gowd@ipfdd.d, E-mail: nandan@ipfdd.d [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, PO Box 27 00 16, D-01171, Dresden (Germany)

    2009-10-14

    We demonstrate a new approach to fabricate highly ordered arrays of nanoscopic palladium dots and wires using switchable block copolymer thin films. The surface-reconstructed block copolymer templates were directly deposited with palladium nanoparticles from a simple aqueous solution. The preferential interaction of the nanoparticles with one of the blocks is mainly responsible for the lateral arrangement of the nanoparticles inside the pores of the templates in addition to the capillary forces. A subsequent stabilization by UV-irradiation followed by pyrolysis in air at 450 {sup 0}C removes the polymer to produce highly ordered metallic nanostructures. We extended this approach to micellar films to obtain metallic nanostructures. This method is highly versatile as the procedure used here is simple, eco-friendly and provides a simple approach to fabricate a broad range of nanoscaled architectures with tunable lateral spacing, and can be extended to systems with even smaller dimensions.

  11. Novel lift-off technique for Transmission Electron Microscopy imaging of block copolymer films

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    We have developed a simple technique to allow for the lift-off and subsequent transfer of poly(styrene-block-ethylene glycol) films to Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) grids. The block copolymer is spin coated onto carbon coated mica and annealed. After the thin film is produced it can easily be floated onto water and picked up by a TEM grid. This method offers better control over film processing than dip coating the TEM grid and is also a significant improvement over methods using etchants such as hydrofluoric acid. - Highlights: • We have developed a simple method to lift block copolymer films to TEM grids. • Polymer films prepared on carbon coated mica are easily floated on water. • The new method circumvents the use of harsh chemicals

  12. PVP-b-PEO block copolymers for stable aqueous and ethanolic graphene dispersions.

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    Perumal, Suguna; Park, Kyung Tae; Lee, Hyang Moo; Cheong, In Woo

    2016-02-15

    The ability to disperse pristine (unfunctionalized) graphene is important for various applications, coating, nanocomposites, and energy related systems. Herein we report that amphiphilic copolymers of poly(4-vinyl pyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PVP-b-PEO) are able to disperse graphene with high concentrations about 2.6mg/mL via sonication and centrifugation. Ethanolic and aqueous highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) dispersions with block copolymers were prepared and they were compared with the dispersions stabilized by P-123 Pluronic® (P123) and poly(styrene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) synthesized. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman and UV-visible spectroscopic studies confirmed that PVP-b-PEO block copolymers are better stabilizers for HOPG graphene than P123 and PS-b-PEO. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and force-distance (F-d) curve analyses revealed that the nitrogen of vinyl pyridine plays a vital role in better attractive interaction with surface of graphene sheet. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that larger amount of PVP-b-PEO was adsorbed onto graphene with longer poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PVP) block length and in aqueous medium, respectively, and which was consistent with electrical conductivity decreases. This study presents the dispersion efficiency of graphene using PVP-b-PEO varies substantially depending on the lengths of their hydrophobic (PVP) domains. PMID:26606378

  13. Bioinspired amphiphilic phosphate block copolymers as non-fluoride materials to prevent dental erosion.

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    Lei, Yanda; Wang, Tongxin; Mitchell, James W; Zaidel, Lynette; Qiu, Jianhong; Kilpatrick-Liverman, LaTonya

    2014-01-01

    Inspired by the fact that certain natural proteins, e.g. casein phosphopeptide or amelogenin, are able to prevent tooth erosion (mineral loss) and to enhance tooth remineralization, a synthetic amphiphilic diblock copolymer, containing a hydrophilic methacryloyloxyethyl phosphate block (MOEP) and a hydrophobic methyl methacrylate block (MMA), was designed as a novel non-fluoride agent to prevent tooth erosion under acidic conditions. The structure of the polymer, synthesized by reversible addition-fragment transfer (RAFT) polymerization, was confirmed by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). While the hydrophilic PMOEP block within the amphiphilic block copolymer strongly binds to the enamel surface, the PMMA block forms a hydrophobic shell to prevent acid attack on tooth enamel, thus preventing/reducing acid erosion. The polymer treatment not only effectively decreased the mineral loss of hydroxyapatite (HAP) by 36-46% compared to the untreated control, but also protected the surface morphology of the enamel specimen following exposure to acid. Additionally, experimental results confirmed that low pH values and high polymer concentrations facilitate polymer binding. Thus, the preliminary data suggests that this new amphiphilic diblock copolymer has the potential to be used as a non-fluoride ingredient for mouth-rinse or toothpaste to prevent/reduce tooth erosion. PMID:25419457

  14. Nanostructure of self-assembled rod-coil block copolymer films for photovoltaic applications

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    The nanostructures of a series of rod-coil block copolymers, designed for photovoltaic applications, are studied by atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The copolymers are composed of a semiconducting poly-p-phenylenevinylene rod with (2'-ethyl)-hexyloxy side chains and a functionalized coil block of various length and flexibility. Both, as deposited and annealed block copolymer films were investigated. The results show that highly ordered structures are only obtained if the coil block is characterized by a glass transition temperature which is significantly lower than the melting temperature of the alkyl side chains. For this material a high molecular mobility and strong driving force for crystallization of the rigid block can be achieved simultaneously. For the smallest coil to rod length ratio, we found a lamellar morphology with perpendicularly oriented lamellae with respect to the substrate. Electron diffraction data show the presence of a periodical molecular arrangement with a characteristic distance of 0.94 nm that is attributed to the distance between conjugated chains separated by the layers of alkyl sidechains

  15. Novel Amphiphilic copolymers and design of smart nanoparticule for triggered drug delivery systems

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    Cajot, Sébastien; Jérôme, Christine

    2009-01-01

    Over the last decade, polymer micelles attracted an increasing interest in drug pharmaceutical research because they could be used as efficient drug delivery systems. Micelles of amphiphilic block copolymers are supramolecular core-shell type assemblies of tens of nanometers in diameter. In principle, the micelles core is usually constructed with biodegradable hydrophobic polymers such as aliphatic polyesters, e.g. poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), which serves as a reservoir for the inc...

  16. Environment-induced self-assembly in phase separated block copolymer systems: A SANS investigation

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    In this research, we examine the effect of non-selective solvent on the large-scale mesoscopic ordering in asymmetric block copolymers, poly(styrene-block-ethylene/butylene-block-styrene) (SEBS) using small angle neutron scattering technique (SANS). SANS measurements were carried out over a wide range of concentrations and temperatures. Evolution of the self-assembled phase morphology in such polymer with the thermodynamic selectivity of solvent, temperature and concentration has been discussed. Correlation between morphology and thermorheological behavior of the gels has also been established

  17. Application of Block Copolymer in Three-Liquid-Phase Extraction System

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    2006-01-01

    A novel three-liquid-phase extraction system (TES) composed of butyl acetate, block copolymer polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide and ammonium sulphate aqueous solution [(NH4)2SO4] as top, middle, and bottom phase, respectively, has been developed. The copolymer recycling and partitioning behavior of penicillin V has been studied in this system. Results show that the copolymer could be purified and recycled and penicillin V of the filtrated ferment broth could be partitioned unevenly among the phases and purified in the top phase of this TES. About 90 wt.% of penicillin V could be distributed into the top phase around pH 2.5 and only less than 0.1 wt.% left in the bottom phase.

  18. Modular synthesis of a block copolymer with a cleavable linkage via “click” chemistry

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    2010-01-01

    A diblock copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-block-polystyrene or PEG-b-PS with an olefinic double bond at the PEG and PS junction has been prepared by modular synthesis via"click"chemistry.This involved the synthesis of PS by atom transfer radical polymerization and the nucleophilic substitution of the terminal bromide group with azide to yield azide-terminated PS. PEG with an alkynyl terminal group was prepared from reacting carboxyl-end-functionalized PEG with 4-hydroxybut-2-enyl prop-2-ynyl succinate,which contained an alkynyl group as well as an olefin group.The PS and PEG polymers were linked via the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of the end azide and alkyne groups.The obtained copolymer was characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography(SEC).SEC analysis indicated that the diblock copolymer produced could be readily cleaved by ozonolysis to regenerate the constituent homopolymers.

  19. Photoinduced optical anisotropy in azobenzene methacrylate block copolymers: Influence of molecular weight and irradiation conditions

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    Gimeno, Sofia; Forcen, Patricia; Oriol, Luis;

    2009-01-01

    The photoinduced anisotropy in a series of azomethacrylate block copolymers with different Molecular weights and azo contents has been investigated under several irradiation conditions. Depending on molecular weight and composition, different microstructures (disordered, lamellar, spherical) appear...... the copolymers in which azobenzene units segregate to nano spheres and the lowest (and less stable) Delta n(N) values, appear in disordered systems not showing any defined microstructure. Besides, higher Delta n(N) is obtained in the copolymers with larger molecular weight of the poly (methyl......) and light power (from 100 to 500 mW/cm(2)) also influence the photoinduced response. Photoinduced Delta n(N) growth rate is faster when both temperature and irradiation power increase. Furthermore, birefringence is only induced at temperatures up to 90 degrees C, the maximum value being obtained at...

  20. Morphological Studies on Sn-O Coordination Driving Self-assembly of Well-defined Organotin-containing Block Copolymers

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    Jian Jiang; Wei Yan; Ling-yan Liu; Wei-xing Chang; Jing Li

    2014-01-01

    A tin-oxygen coordination driving self-assembly was developed in the block copolymers containing organotin,which were prepared by the radical addition-fraction transfer (RAFT) method and characterized by the gel-permeation chromatography (GPC) and 1H-NMR.And the self-assemblies of these block copolymers with various chain length ratios in the different concenaations in CHCl3 were stable according to the results of DLS and TEM.Additionally,it was also given an insight investigation on the regulation of self-assembly of the block copolymers by adding dibutyltin dichloride and a possible mechanism was proposed.