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  1. Rapid ordering of block copolymer thin films (United States)

    Majewski, Pawel W.; Yager, Kevin G.


    Block-copolymers self-assemble into diverse morphologies, where nanoscale order can be finely tuned via block architecture and processing conditions. However, the ultimate usage of these materials in real-world applications may be hampered by the extremely long thermal annealing times—hours or days—required to achieve good order. Here, we provide an overview of the fundamentals of block-copolymer self-assembly kinetics, and review the techniques that have been demonstrated to influence, and enhance, these ordering kinetics. We discuss the inherent tradeoffs between oven annealing, solvent annealing, microwave annealing, zone annealing, and other directed self-assembly methods; including an assessment of spatial and temporal characteristics. We also review both real-space and reciprocal-space analysis techniques for quantifying order in these systems.


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    Guo-dong Liang; Jun-ting Xu; Zhi-qiang Fan


    Thin film morphology of a symmetric semicrystalline oxyethylene/oxybutylene diblock copolymer (E76B38) on silicon was investigated by tapping mode atomic force microscopy (AFM). It is found that the nascent thin film is composed of multiple polymer layers having mixed thicknesses of L ≈ L0 and L ≈ L0/2 (L0 is the long period of the block copolymer in bulk) besides the first layer near the substrate. This shows that the crystalline domain in the block copolymer consists of double poly(oxyethylene) layers. Annealing leads to disappearance of the polymer layers with thickness L ≈ L0/2, indicating that such polymer layers are metastable.

  3. Thin Film Assembly of Spider Silk-like Block Copolymers (United States)


    Film Assembly of Spider Silk -like Block Copolymers Sreevidhya T. Krishnaji,†,‡ Wenwen Huang,§ Olena Rabotyagova,†,‡ Eugenia Kharlampieva, ) Ikjun Choi...Received November 26, 2010 We report the self-assembly of monolayers of spider silk -like block copolymers. Langmuir isotherms were obtained for a series of...bioengineered variants of the spider silks , and stable monolayers were generated. Langmuir-Blodgett films were prepared by transferring the monolayers

  4. Controlled specific placement of nanoparticles into microdomains of block copolymer thin films

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    Bae, Joonwon, E-mail: [Department of Applied Chemistry, Dongduk Women' s University, Seoul 136-714 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jungwook [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jongnam, E-mail: [Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan 689-798 (Korea, Republic of)


    Conceptually attractive hybrid materials composed of nanoparticles and elegant block copolymers have become important for diverse applications. In this work, controlled specific placement of nanoparticles such as gold (Au) and titania (TiO{sub 2}) into microphase separated domains in poly(styrene)-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) block copolymer thin films was demonstrated. The effect of nanoparticle surface functionality on the spatial location of particles inside polymer film was observed by transmission electron microscopy. It was revealed that the location of nanoparticles was highly dependent on the surface ligand property of nanoparticle. In addition, the microphase separation behavior of thin block copolymer film was also affected by the nanoparticle surface functional groups. This study might provide a way to understand the properties and behaviors of numerous block copolymer/nanoparticle hybrid systems. - Highlights: • Controlled location of nanoparticles in the block copolymer matrix • Tailoring surface functionality of metal nanocrystals • Fabrication of homogeneous nanocomposites using organic inorganic components • Possibility for the preparation of nanohybrids.

  5. Restructuring in block copolymer thin films: In situ GISAXS investigations during solvent vapor annealing

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


    Block copolymer (BCP) thin films have been proposed for a number of nanotechnology applications, such as nanolithography and as nanotemplates, nanoporous membranes and sensors. Solvent vapor annealing (SVA) has emerged as a powerful technique for manipulating and controlling the structure of BCP ...

  6. Vertically oriented hexagonal mesoporous zirconia thin films by block copolymer templating


    Miko, Annamaria ; Demirel, A. Levent ; Somer, Mehmet


    We report the synthesis of vertically oriented, long-range ordered hexagonal mesoporous zirconia thin ?lms. The orientation of hexagonally ordered cylindrical mesopores in thin ?lms was effectively controlled by taking advantage of the temperature dependent hydrophobicity of the templating block copolymer PEO–PPO–PEO. Vertical orientation was obtained when temperature was 30 C or above throughout the process. Dehydration and enhanced chemical incompatibility between the PEO and PPO b...

  7. Surface Modification for Controlling the Orientation of Block Copolymers in thin film and in Cylindrical Nanopores (United States)

    Lin, Xin-Guan; Lin, Feng-Cheng; Tung, Shih-Huang


    A series of benzocyclobutene-functionalized random copolymers of styrene and 4-vinylpyridine were synthesized by nitroxide-mediated controlled radical polymerization with BPO and TEMPO. Our research was to use these random copolymers of P(S-r-BCB-r-4VP) to control the orientation of microdomains in block copolymers(BCPs) of poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine)(PS-b-P4VP) thin films and in cylindrical nanopores of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. On P(S-r-BCB-r-4VP)-modified substrate,we found that in some particular compositions of random copolymer ,the parallel orientation of the microdomains is switched to be perpendicular in PS-b-P4VP thin film. We also introduced P(S-r-BCB-r-4VP) solution into the nanopores of the AAO and nanotubes formed after solvent evaporation and pyrolysis. And then BCPs of PS-b-P4VP were drawn into the P(S-r-BCB-r-4VP)-modified nanopores in the melt via capillary action to form P(S-r-BCB-r-4VP) coated nanorods of PS-b-P4VP.Similarly,in some particular compositions of random copolymer, we observed that the interactions of the blocks with the walls are not strong or if the interactions are balanced, then the orientation of the microdomains will change from being parallel to being perpendicular to the confining walls.

  8. Metal nanodot arrays fabricated via seed-mediated electroless plating with block copolymer thin film scaffolding. (United States)

    Komiyama, Hideaki; Iyoda, Tomokazu; Sanji, Takanobu


    We present an alternative approach to fabricating hexagonally arranged nanodot arrays of various metals by seed-mediated electroless plating with a cylinder-forming block copolymer thin film, PEO-b-PMA(Az), as a scaffold. Metal ions were selectively incorporated into PEO cylinders, followed by their reduction to metal and the etching of the scaffold to obtain highly ordered seed arrays of Au, Pd, and Pt. Nanodot arrays of the target metals (Au, Ag, and Ni) were selectively grown on the seed with their highly ordered arrangement by electroless plating. We studied the fabrication processes' suitability for control of the nanodot array size, as well as the plasmonic properties thereof.

  9. Vertical vs Lateral Macrophase Separation in Thin Films of Block Copolymer Mixtures: Computer Simulations and GISAXS Experiments. (United States)

    Berezkin, Anatoly V; Jung, Florian; Posselt, Dorthe; Smilgies, Detlef M; Papadakis, Christine M


    Mixtures of two diblock copolymers of very different lengths may feature both macro- and microphase separation; however, not much is known about the mechanisms of separation in diblock copolymer thin films. In the present work, we study thin films of mixtures of two compositionally symmetric block copolymers, both in the one-phase and in the two-phase state, combining coarse-grained molecular simulations (dissipative particle dynamics, DPD) with scattering experiments (grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, GISAXS). We reveal that the film thickness and selective adsorption of different blocks to the substrate control the distribution of macrophases within the film as well as the orientation of the lamellae therein. In thick films, the mixtures separate in the vertical direction into three layers: Two layers being rich in short copolymers are formed near the film interfaces, whereas a layer being rich in long copolymers is located in the film core. The lamellar orientation in the layers rich in short copolymers is dictated by the surface selectivity, and this orientation only weakly affects the vertical orientation of lamellae in the film core. This provides the opportunity to control the domain orientation in the copolymer films by mixing block copolymers with low-molecular additives instead of relying on a more complicated chemical modification of the substrate. In thinner films, a lateral phase separation appears.

  10. Directed self-assembly of block copolymer films on atomically-thin graphene chemical patterns (United States)

    Chang, Tzu-Hsuan; Xiong, Shisheng; Jacobberger, Robert M.; Mikael, Solomon; Suh, Hyo Seon; Liu, Chi-Chun; Geng, Dalong; Wang, Xudong; Arnold, Michael S.; Ma, Zhenqiang; Nealey, Paul F.


    Directed self-assembly of block copolymers is a scalable method to fabricate well-ordered patterns over the wafer scale with feature sizes below the resolution of conventional lithography. Typically, lithographically-defined prepatterns with varying chemical contrast are used to rationally guide the assembly of block copolymers. The directed self-assembly to obtain accurate registration and alignment is largely influenced by the assembly kinetics. Furthermore, a considerably broad processing window is favored for industrial manufacturing. Using an atomically-thin layer of graphene on germanium, after two simple processing steps, we create a novel chemical pattern to direct the assembly of polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate). Faster assembly kinetics are observed on graphene/germanium chemical patterns than on conventional chemical patterns based on polymer mats and brushes. This new chemical pattern allows for assembly on a wide range of guiding periods and along designed 90° bending structures. We also achieve density multiplication by a factor of 10, greatly enhancing the pattern resolution. The rapid assembly kinetics, minimal topography, and broad processing window demonstrate the advantages of inorganic chemical patterns composed of hard surfaces.

  11. Controlled orientation and ordering of nanostructured thin films from degradable block copolymer. (United States)

    Ho, Rong-Ming; She, Ming-Shiuan; Lo, Ting-Ya; Wu, Yi-Hsiu


    The fabrication of nanostructured thin films from the self-assembly of degradable block copolymers (BCPs) has attracted extensive attention. To create useful BCP thin films for practical uses, controlling the orientation of self-assembled nanostructures is essential. Here, we present a new method for forming well-ordered and oriented nanostructured thin films on a functionalized SiO2 surface, using homopolymers with hydroxyl group at the chain end to functionalize SiO2 surface, to give neutral substrate for the BCPs. To demonstrate the feasibility of suggested approaches, a series of degradable BCPs, polystyrene- b-poly(L-lactide) (PS-PLLA) with hexagonally packed cylinder and double gyroid phases, are used as model systems for creating nanostructured thin films with controlled orientation and ordering of BCP nanostructures. Different methods such as thermal and solvent annealing are utilized to exploit the fabricated neutral substrate for creating expected nanostructured thin films. By taking advantage of degradable character of PLLA, nanoporous PS thin film can be fabricated by hydrolysis and used as a template for synthesis of various nanohybrids and nanoporous materials.

  12. Direct solvent induced microphase separation, ordering and nano-particles infusion of block copolymer thin films (United States)

    Modi, Arvind; Sharma, Ashutosh; Karim, Alamgir


    Kinetics of block copolymer (BCP) microphase separation by thermal annealing is often a challenge to low-cost and faster fabrication of devices because of the slow ordering. Towards the objective of rapid processing and accessing desired nanostructures, we are developing methods that enable a high degree of mobility of BCP phases while maintaining phase separation conditions via control of effective interaction parameter between the blocks in BCP thin films. We study the self-assembly of PS-P2VP thin films in various solvent mixtures. While non-solvent prevents dissolution of film into the bulk solution, the good solvent penetrates the film and makes polymer chains mobile. As a result of controlled swelling and mobility of BCP blocks, solvent annealing of pre-cast BCP thin films in liquid mixture of good solvent and non-solvent is a promising method for rapid patterning of nanostructures. Interestingly, we demonstrate simultaneous BCP microphase separation and infusion of gold nano-particles into selective phase offering a wide range of application from plasmonics to nanoelectronics. University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

  13. Morphological Evolution of Gyroid-Forming Block Copolymer Thin Films with Varying Solvent Evaporation Rate. (United States)

    Wu, Yi-Hsiu; Lo, Ting-Ya; She, Ming-Shiuan; Ho, Rong-Ming


    In this study, we aim to examine the morphological evolution of block copolymer (BCP) nanostructured thin films through solvent evaporation at different rates for solvent swollen polystyrene-block-poly(l-lactide) (PS-PLLA). Interesting phase transitions from disorder to perpendicular cylinder and then gyroid can be found while using a partially selective solvent for PS to swell PS-PLLA thin film followed by solvent evaporation. During the transitions, gyroid-forming BCP thin film with characteristic crystallographic planes of (111)G, (110)G, and (211)G parallel to air surface can be observed, and will gradually transform into coexisting (110)G and (211)G planes, and finally transforms to (211)G plane due to the preferential segregation of constituted block to the surface (i.e., the thermodynamic origin for self-assembly) that affects the relative amount of each component at the air surface. With the decrease on the evaporation rate, the disorder phase will transform to parallel cylinder and then directly to (211)G without transition to perpendicular cylinder phase. Most importantly, the morphological evolution of PS-PLLA thin films is strongly dependent upon the solvent removal rate only in the initial stage of the evaporation process due to the anisotropy of cylinder structure. Once the morphology is transformed back to the isotropic gyroid structure after long evaporation, the morphological evolution will only relate to the variation of the surface composition. Similar phase transitions at the substrate can also be obtained by controlling the ratio of PLLA-OH to PS-OH homopolymers to functionalize the substrate. As a result, the fabrication of well-defined nanostructured thin films with controlled orientation can be achieved by simple swelling and deswelling with controlled evaporation rate.

  14. Nanoporous membrane based on block copolymer thin film for protein drug delivery (United States)

    Yang, Seung Yun; Yang, Jeong-A.; Kim, Eung-Sam; Jeon, Gumhye; Oh, Eun Ju; Choi, Kwan Yong; Hahn, Sei Kwang; Kim, Jin Kon


    We studied long term and controlled release of protein drugs by using nanoporous membranes with various pore sizes. Nanoporous membrane consists of the separation layer prepared by polystyrene-block-poly(methylmethacrylate) copolymer thin film and conventional microfiltration membrane as a support. We demonstrate a long-term constant in vitro release of bovine serum albumin (BSA)and human growth hormone ) (hGH) without their denaturation up to 2 months. A nearly constant serum concentration of hGH was maintained up to 3 weeks in SD rats. The long-term constant delivery based on this membrane for protein drugs within the therapeutic range can be highly appreciated for the patients with hormone- deficiency.

  15. Synthesis, Thermal Processing, and Thin Film Morphology of Poly(3-hexylthiophene)-Poly(styrenesulfonate) Block Copolymers

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    Erothu, Harikrishna; Kolomanska, Joanna; Johnston, Priscilla; Schumann, Stefan; Deribew, Dargie; Toolan, Daniel T. W.; Gregori, Alberto; Dagron-Lartigau, Christine; Portale, Giuseppe; Bras, Wim; Arnold, Thomas; Distler, Andreas; Hiorns, Roger C.; Mokarian-Tabari, Parvaneh; Collins, Timothy W.; Howse, Jonathan R.; Topham, Paul D.


    A series of novel block copolymers, processable from single organic solvents and subsequently rendered amphiphilic by thermolysis, have been synthesized using Grignard metathesis (GRIM) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerizations and azide-alkyne click chemistry. This

  16. Multiple Replicas of Block Copolymer Thin Films from a Brushless Organosilicate Substrate (United States)

    Suh, Hyo Seon; Yoon, Hyunsik; Char, Kookheon


    The chain end-grafted polymer brushes or cross-linked polymer mats have typically been utilized as the surface modification layers to induce the perpendicular orientation of block copolymer (BCP) thin films. Instead of such polymer-based approaches, we have recently introduced a new concept to control the BCP orientation using the brushless organosilicate (OS) substrates, whose surface energy can be finely tuned with thermal treatment. In this brushless case, the BCP chains do not penetrate into the underlying hard OS substrates during thermal annealing of BCP films, therefore, the BCP chains at the interface have no entangled structure with fairly weak adhesion of BCP films against the substrate. Owing to such weak adhesion of BCP films against the OS substrate, the perpendicularly oriented BCP film on a neutral OS substrate could be easily peeled off and transferred to a UV-curable resin applied onto the BCP film. The OS substrate after the peel-off process of a BCP film could regenerate the perpendicularly oriented BCP films since the surface energy of the OS substrate remains intact during the peel-off process. Furthermore, the direct-assembled BCP films on chemically patterned OS substrates could also be peeled off and transferred on to a UV-curable resin, allowing us to produce multiple replicas of direct-assembled BCP thin films from a single chemically patterned OS substrate.

  17. Structural Evolution of Low-Molecular-Weight Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polystyrene Diblock Copolymer Thin Film (United States)

    Huang, Xiaohua


    The structural evolution of low-molecular-weight poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polystyrene (PEO-b-PS) diblock copolymer thin film with various initial film thicknesses on silicon substrate under thermal annealing was investigated by atomic force microscopy, optical microscopy, and contact angle measurement. At film thickness below half of the interlamellar spacing of the diblock copolymer (6.2 nm), the entire silicon is covered by a polymer brush with PEO blocks anchored on the Si substrate due to the substrate-induced effect. When the film is thicker than 6.2 nm, a dense polymer brush which is equal to half of an interlamellar layer was formed on the silicon, while the excess material dewet this layer to form droplets. The droplet surface was rich with PS block and the PEO block crystallized inside the bigger droplet to form spherulite. PMID:24302862

  18. Block copolymer battery separator (United States)

    Wong, David; Balsara, Nitash Pervez


    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.

  19. New poly(dimethylsiloxane)/poly(perfluorooctylethyl acrylate) block copolymers: structure and order across multiple length scales in thin films

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    Martinelli, Elisa


    Three sets of a new class of low surface tension block copolymers were synthesized consisting of a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) block and a poly(perfluorooctylethyl acrylate) (AF8) block. The polymers were prepared using a bromo-terminated PDMS macroinitiator, to which was attached an AF8 block grown using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in such a designed way that the molecular weight and composition of the two polymer blocks were regularly varied. The interplay of both the phase separated microstructure and the mesomorphic character of the fluorinated domains with their effect on surface structure was evaluated using a suite of analytical tools. Surfaces of spin-coated and thermally annealed films were assessed using a combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) studies. Both atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) studies were carried out to evaluate the microstructure of the thin films. Even in block copolymers in which the PDMS block was the majority component, a significant presence of the lower surface energy AF8 block was detected at the film surface. Moreover, the perfluorooctyl helices of the AF8 repeat units were highly oriented at the surface in an ordered, tilted smectic structure, which was compared with those of the bulk powder samples using wide-angle X-ray powder diffraction (WAXD) studies. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


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    Guojun Liu


    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.

  1. Mushroom-shaped Morphology Formed in Thin Films of Cylinder-forming Block Copolymer

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    GONG Yu-mei; SONG Jing-chuan; ZHANG Gui-xia


    The morphology of the film of polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate)(PS-b-PMMA) block copolymer having polystyrene(PS) cylinder forming composition spin-coated on a neutral brush modified silicon substrate has been investigated in this report. A mushroom-shaped morphology formed in the film with one period to two periods(L0-2L0) in thickness, which was spin-coated under a low humidity condition(RH ca.13%) and then thermally annealed at an extreme high temperature(230 ℃). The results suggest that the spin-coating condition together with the confinement conditions plays a crucial role in the interesting morphology formation.

  2. Neutral wetting brush layers for block copolymer thin films using homopolymer blends processed at high temperatures. (United States)

    Ceresoli, M; Palermo, M; Ferrarese Lupi, F; Seguini, G; Perego, M; Zuccheri, G; Phadatare, S D; Antonioli, D; Gianotti, V; Sparnacci, K; Laus, M


    Binary homopolymer blends of two hydroxyl-terminated polystyrene (PS-OH) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA-OH) homopolymers (Mn ∼ 16000 g mol(-1)) were grafted on SiO2 substrates by high-temperature (T > 150 °C), short-time (t layer was tested to screen preferential interactions of the SiO2 substrate with the different symmetric and asymmetric PS-b-PMMA block copolymers deposited on top of the grafted molecules. By properly adjusting the blend composition and the processing parameters, an efficient surface neutralization path was identified, enabling the formation, in the block copolymer film, of homogeneous textures of lamellae or cylinders perpendicularly oriented with respect to the substrate. A critical interplay between the phase segregation of the homopolymer blends and their grafting process on the SiO2 was observed. In fact, the polar SiO2 is preferential for the PMMA-rich phase that forms a homogeneous layer on the substrate, while the PS-rich phase is located at the polymer-air interface. During the thermal treatment, phase segregation and grafting proceed simultaneously. Complete wetting of the PS rich phase on the PMMA rich phase leads to the formation of a PS/PMMA bilayer. In this case, the progressive diffusion of PS chains toward the polymer-SiO2 interface during the thermal treatment allows tuning of the brush layer composition.

  3. Low-dielectric, nanoporous polyimide thin films prepared from block copolymer templating

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    C. Wang


    Full Text Available In this paper, a new method to the preparation of low-dielectric nanoporous polyimide (PI films was addressed, based on the self-assembly structures of PS-b-P4VP/poly(amic acid (PAA, precursor of PI blends. It is found the microphase-separation structure of PS-b-P4VP/PAA is a precondition of the formation of nanoporous structures, which could be achieved by solvent annealing. Nanoporous PI films with spherical pore size of ~11 nm were obtained by thermal imidization followed by the removal of the PS-b-P4VP block copolymer. The porosity of the nanoporous PI films could be controlled by the weight fraction of the PS-b-P4VP block copolymer. The dielectric properties of the nanoporous PI films were studied, and it was found that the introduction of nanopores could effectively reduce the dielectric constant from 3.60 of dense PI films to 2.41 of nanoporous PI films with a porosity of 26%, making it promising in microelectronic devices. The fabrication method described here could be extended to other polymer systems.

  4. Co-assembly of cyclic peptide nanotubes and block copolymers in thin films: controlling the kinetic pathway (United States)

    Zhang, Chen; Xu, Ting


    Directed co-assembly of polymer-conjugated cyclic peptide nanotubes (CPNs) and block copolymers in thin films is a viable approach to fabricate sub-nanometer porous membranes without synthesizing nanotubes with identical length and vertical alignment. Here we show that the process is pathway dependent and successful co-assembly requires eliminating CPNs larger than 100 nm in solution. Optimizing polymer-solvent interactions can improve conjugate dispersion to a certain extent, but this limits thin film fabrication. Introduction of a trace amount of hydrogen-bond blockers, such as trifluoroacetic acid by vapor absorption, is more effective to reduce CPN aggregation in solution and circumvents issues of solvent immiscibility. This study provides critical insights into guided assemblies within nanoscopic frameworks toward sub-nanometer porous membranes.Directed co-assembly of polymer-conjugated cyclic peptide nanotubes (CPNs) and block copolymers in thin films is a viable approach to fabricate sub-nanometer porous membranes without synthesizing nanotubes with identical length and vertical alignment. Here we show that the process is pathway dependent and successful co-assembly requires eliminating CPNs larger than 100 nm in solution. Optimizing polymer-solvent interactions can improve conjugate dispersion to a certain extent, but this limits thin film fabrication. Introduction of a trace amount of hydrogen-bond blockers, such as trifluoroacetic acid by vapor absorption, is more effective to reduce CPN aggregation in solution and circumvents issues of solvent immiscibility. This study provides critical insights into guided assemblies within nanoscopic frameworks toward sub-nanometer porous membranes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03915k

  5. Chemical Interactions and Their Role in the Microphase Separation of Block Copolymer Thin Films

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    Richard A. Farrell


    Full Text Available The thermodynamics of self-assembling systems are discussed in terms of the chemical interactions and the intermolecular forces between species. It is clear that there are both theoretical and practical limitations on the dimensions and the structural regularity of these systems. These considerations are made with reference to the microphase separation that occurs in block copolymer (BCP systems. BCP systems self-assemble via a thermodynamic driven process where chemical dis-affinity between the blocks driving them part is balanced by a restorative force deriving from the chemical bond between the blocks. These systems are attracting much interest because of their possible role in nanoelectronic fabrication. This form of self-assembly can obtain highly regular nanopatterns in certain circumstances where the orientation and alignment of chemically distinct blocks can be guided through molecular interactions between the polymer and the surrounding interfaces. However, for this to be possible, great care must be taken to properly engineer the interactions between the surfaces and the polymer blocks. The optimum methods of structure directing are chemical pre-patterning (defining regions on the substrate of different chemistry and graphoepitaxy (topographical alignment but both centre on generating alignment through favourable chemical interactions. As in all self-assembling systems, the problems of defect formation must be considered and the origin of defects in these systems is explored. It is argued that in these nanostructures equilibrium defects are relatively few and largely originate from kinetic effects arising during film growth. Many defects also arise from the confinement of the systems when they are ‘directed’ by topography. The potential applications of these materials in electronics are discussed.

  6. Chemical interactions and their role in the microphase separation of block copolymer thin films. (United States)

    Farrell, Richard A; Fitzgerald, Thomas G; Borah, Dipu; Holmes, Justin D; Morris, Michael A


    The thermodynamics of self-assembling systems are discussed in terms of the chemical interactions and the intermolecular forces between species. It is clear that there are both theoretical and practical limitations on the dimensions and the structural regularity of these systems. These considerations are made with reference to the microphase separation that occurs in block copolymer (BCP) systems. BCP systems self-assemble via a thermodynamic driven process where chemical dis-affinity between the blocks driving them part is balanced by a restorative force deriving from the chemical bond between the blocks. These systems are attracting much interest because of their possible role in nanoelectronic fabrication. This form of self-assembly can obtain highly regular nanopatterns in certain circumstances where the orientation and alignment of chemically distinct blocks can be guided through molecular interactions between the polymer and the surrounding interfaces. However, for this to be possible, great care must be taken to properly engineer the interactions between the surfaces and the polymer blocks. The optimum methods of structure directing are chemical pre-patterning (defining regions on the substrate of different chemistry) and graphoepitaxy (topographical alignment) but both centre on generating alignment through favourable chemical interactions. As in all self-assembling systems, the problems of defect formation must be considered and the origin of defects in these systems is explored. It is argued that in these nanostructures equilibrium defects are relatively few and largely originate from kinetic effects arising during film growth. Many defects also arise from the confinement of the systems when they are 'directed' by topography. The potential applications of these materials in electronics are discussed.

  7. Patterning at the 10 nanometer length scale using a strongly segregating block copolymer thin film and vapor phase infiltration of inorganic precursors (United States)

    Choi, Jonathan W.; Li, Zhaodong; Black, Charles T.; Sweat, Daniel P.; Wang, Xudong; Gopalan, Padma


    In this work, we demonstrate the use of self-assembled thin films of the cylinder-forming block copolymer poly(4-tert-butylstyrene-block-2-vinylpyridine) to pattern high density features at the 10 nm length scale. This material's large interaction parameter facilitates pattern formation in single-digit nanometer dimensions. This block copolymer's accessible order-disorder transition temperature allows thermal annealing to drive the assembly of ordered 2-vinylpyridine cylinders that can be selectively complexed with the organometallic precursor trimethylaluminum. This unique chemistry converts organic 2-vinylpyridine cylinders into alumina nanowires with diameters ranging from 8 to 11 nm, depending on the copolymer molecular weight. Graphoepitaxy of this block copolymer aligns and registers sub-12 nm diameter nanowires to larger-scale rectangular, curved, and circular features patterned by optical lithography. The alumina nanowires function as a robust hard mask to withstand the conditions required for patterning the underlying silicon by plasma etching. We conclude with a discussion of some of the challenges that arise with using block copolymers for patterning at sub-10 nm feature sizes.In this work, we demonstrate the use of self-assembled thin films of the cylinder-forming block copolymer poly(4-tert-butylstyrene-block-2-vinylpyridine) to pattern high density features at the 10 nm length scale. This material's large interaction parameter facilitates pattern formation in single-digit nanometer dimensions. This block copolymer's accessible order-disorder transition temperature allows thermal annealing to drive the assembly of ordered 2-vinylpyridine cylinders that can be selectively complexed with the organometallic precursor trimethylaluminum. This unique chemistry converts organic 2-vinylpyridine cylinders into alumina nanowires with diameters ranging from 8 to 11 nm, depending on the copolymer molecular weight. Graphoepitaxy of this block copolymer aligns and

  8. Characterization of solution structure and its importance in thin film ordering of conjugated block copolymers for organic semiconductor devices (United States)

    Brady, Michael; Ku, Sung-Yu; Cochran, Justin; Wang, Cheng; Hawker, Craig; Kramer, Edward; Chabinyc, Michael


    Fully conjugated diblock copolymers (CBCPs) form intriguing materials alternatives to polymer-small molecule blends for their control of mesoscopic order in low-cost organic semiconductor devices. In both bulk heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaics, consisting of an interpenetrating network with high donor-acceptor interfacial area, and ambipolar transistors, the transport of charge carriers through continuous p- and n-type paths in thin films is a controlling factor in device performance. AFM, GIWAXS, NEXAFS spectroscopy, and RSoXS are used to probe the structure of films of CBCPs with a p-type P3HT block and an n-type DPP block. Thermal annealing in the P3HT melt after casting creates ordered domains with ~ 50 nm in-plane lamellar spacings, as confirmed with GISAXS and RSoXS. GIWAXS diffraction from the (h00) alkyl-stacking and (010) pi-stacking planes shows primarily edge-on orientation for crystals of both P3HT and DPP blocks. In addition, temperature-dependent solution SAXS and UV-Vis spectroscopy are used to probe the size and conformation of casting solution aggregates. Fibrillar DPP aggregates direct the crystallization of P3HT- b-DPP following film casting and enable the formation of wormlike domains after annealing and thus ideal morphologies for transport in organic devices.

  9. Skin delivery by block copolymer nanoparticles (block copolymer micelles). (United States)

    Laredj-Bourezg, Faiza; Bolzinger, Marie-Alexandrine; Pelletier, Jocelyne; Valour, Jean-Pierre; Rovère, Marie-Rose; Smatti, Batoule; Chevalier, Yves


    Block copolymer nanoparticles often referred to as "block copolymer micelles" have been assessed as carriers for skin delivery of hydrophobic drugs. Such carriers are based on organic biocompatible and biodegradable materials loaded with hydrophobic drugs: poly(lactide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer (PLA-b-PEG) nanoparticles that have a solid hydrophobic core made of glassy poly(d,l-lactide), and poly(caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer (PCL-b-PEG) nanoparticles having a liquid core of polycaprolactone. In vitro skin absorption of all-trans retinol showed a large accumulation of retinol in stratum corneum from both block copolymer nanoparticles, higher by a factor 20 than Polysorbate 80 surfactant micelles and by a factor 80 than oil solution. Additionally, skin absorption from PLA-b-PEG nanoparticles was higher by one order of magnitude than PCL-b-PEG, although their sizes (65nm) and external surface (water-swollen PEG layer) were identical as revealed by detailed structural characterizations. Fluorescence microscopy of histological skin sections provided a non-destructive picture of the storage of Nile Red inside stratum corneum, epidermis and dermis. Though particle cores had a different physical states (solid or liquid as measured by (1)H NMR), the ability of nanoparticles for solubilization of the drug assessed from their Hildebrand solubility parameters appeared the parameter of best relevance regarding skin absorption.

  10. Charge Transport in Conjugated Block Copolymers (United States)

    Smith, Brandon; Le, Thinh; Lee, Youngmin; Gomez, Enrique

    Interest in conjugated block copolymers for high performance organic photovoltaic applications has increased considerably in recent years. Polymer/fullerene mixtures for conventional bulk heterojunction devices, such as P3HT:PCBM, are severely limited in control over interfaces and domain length scales. In contrast, microphase separated block copolymers self-assemble to form lamellar morphologies with alternating electron donor and acceptor domains, thereby maximizing electronic coupling and local order at interfaces. Efficiencies as high as 3% have been reported in solar cells for one block copolymer, P3HT-PFTBT, but the details concerning charge transport within copolymers have not been explored. To fill this gap, we probed the transport characteristics with thin-film transistors. Excellent charge mobility values for electron transport have been observed on aluminum source and drain contacts in a bottom gate, bottom contact transistor configuration. Evidence of high mobility in ordered PFTBT phases has also been obtained following thermal annealing. The insights gleaned from our investigation serve as useful guideposts, revealing the significance of the interplay between charge mobility, interfacial order, and optimal domain size in organic block copolymer semiconductors.

  11. Block coordination copolymers

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    Koh, Kyoung Moo; Wong-Foy, Antek G; Matzger, Adam J; Benin, Annabelle I; Willis, Richard R


    The present invention provides compositions of crystalline coordination copolymers wherein multiple organic molecules are assembled to produce porous framework materials with layered or core-shell structures. These materials are synthesized by sequential growth techniques such as the seed growth technique. In addition, the invention provides a simple procedure for controlling functionality.

  12. Block coordination copolymers (United States)

    Koh, Kyoung Moo; Wong-Foy, Antek G; Matzger, Adam J; Benin, Annabelle I; Willis, Richard R


    The present invention provides compositions of crystalline coordination copolymers wherein multiple organic molecules are assembled to produce porous framework materials with layered or core-shell structures. These materials are synthesized by sequential growth techniques such as the seed growth technique. In addition, the invention provides a simple procedure for controlling functionality.

  13. Photocontrol over the disorder-to-order transition in thin films of polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) block copolymers containing photodimerizable anthracene functionality. (United States)

    Chen, Wei; Wang, Jia-Yu; Zhao, Wei; Li, Le; Wei, Xinyu; Balazs, Anna C; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Russell, Thomas P


    Reversible photocontrol over the ordering transition of block copolymers (BCPs) from a disordered state to an ordered state, namely the disorder-to-order transition (DOT), can be used to create long-range ordered nanostructures in self-assembled BCPs over macroscopic distances by photocombing, similar to the classic zone refining used to produce highly pure, large single crystals. Here, we have designed and synthesized an anthracene-functionalized tri-BCP containing deuterated polystyrene (d(8)-PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blocks, as well as a short middle block of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylates) (PHEMA) that is randomly functionalized by anthracene. This tri-BCP maintains the order-to-disorder transition-type phase behavior of its parent d(8)-PS-b-PMMA di-BCPs. Under 365 nm UV irradiation, the junction between d(8)-PS and PMMA blocks is photocoupled through the anthracene photodimers, leading to a significant increase in the total molecular weight of the tri-BCP. As a consequence, when the tri-BCP is phase-mixed but close to the boundary of the ordering transition, it undergoes the DOT, as evidenced by small-angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy. The tri-BCP could be reversibly brought through the DOT in thin films by taking advantage of photodimerization and thermal dissociation of anthracene. Currently, anthracene-functionalized d(8)-PS-b-PMMA BCP is one of the most promising candidates for the photocombing process to promote long-range laterally ordered nanostructures over macroscopic distances in a noninvasive manner.

  14. Micellization and Dynamics of a Block Copolymer

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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 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 leng...

  15. NEXAFS Depth Profiling of Surface Segregation in Block Copolymer Thin Films (United States)


    scanning probe microscope was used in the tapping mode for AFM measurements. Dynamicwater contact angle values were determined using the sessile drop ...analysis (NRA), and dynamic secondary ionmass spectrometry (SIMS) have the advantage of a direct, model-independent determination of depth profiles, and...of eq 8 drops out, resulting in the equation that we derived previously.7 4. Results and Discussion 4.1. Homopolymer Thin Films. Figure 3 shows the

  16. Nanostructuration of self-assembled poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene) block copolymer thin films in a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite substrate

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    Zalakain, Inaki; Ramos, Jose Angel; Fernandez, Raquel; Etxeberria, Haritz; Mondragon, Inaki, E-mail: inaki.mondragon@ehu.e


    Highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) is a useful substrate to visualize epitaxial formation due to its crystallographic structure. The morphology of a poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene) block copolymer thin film on a HOPG substrate was investigated by atomic force microscopy. Block copolymer domains generated a morphology with triangular regularity. This arrangement was induced by the HOPG substrate structure due to van der Waals attraction between the HOPG {pi}-conjugated system and aromatic ring of polystyrene domains. However, increasing the film thickness, the substrate effect on the surface morphology decreased. As a consequence, film surfaces showed the coexistence of different structures such as highly aligned cylinders and perforated lamellae. When film thickness exceeded a threshold value, the substrate did not have effect in the surface arrangements and the surface showed a similar morphology to that existing in bulk.

  17. Block copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticle nanocomposites (United States)

    Pang, Xinchang; He, Yanjie; Jiang, Beibei; Iocozzia, James; Zhao, Lei; Guo, Hanzheng; Liu, Jin; Akinc, Mufit; Bowler, Nicola; Tan, Xiaoli; Lin, Zhiqun


    Nanocomposites composed of diblock copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticles were formed by selectively constraining ferroelectric nanoparticles (NPs) within diblock copolymer nanodomains via judicious surface modification of ferroelectric NPs. Ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) NPs with different sizes that are permanently capped with polystyrene chains (i.e., PS-functionalized BaTiO3NPs) were first synthesized by exploiting amphiphilic unimolecular star-like poly(acrylic acid)-block-polystyrene (PAA-b-PS) diblock copolymers as nanoreactors. Subsequently, PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs were preferentially sequestered within PS nanocylinders in the linear cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) diblock copolymer upon mixing the BaTiO3 NPs with PS-b-PMMA. The use of PS-b-PMMA diblock copolymers, rather than traditional homopolymers, offers the opportunity for controlling the spatial organization of PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs in the PS-b-PMMA/BaTiO3 NP nanocomposites. Selective solvent vapor annealing was utilized to control the nanodomain orientation in the nanocomposites. Vertically oriented PS nanocylinders containing PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs were yielded after exposing the PS-b-PMMA/BaTiO3 NP nanocomposite thin film to acetone vapor, which is a selective solvent for PMMA block. The dielectric properties of nanocomposites in the microwave frequency range were investigated. The molecular weight of PS-b-PMMA and the size of BaTiO3 NPs were found to exert an apparent influence on the dielectric properties of the resulting nanocomposites.Nanocomposites composed of diblock copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticles were formed by selectively constraining ferroelectric nanoparticles (NPs) within diblock copolymer nanodomains via judicious surface modification of ferroelectric NPs. Ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) NPs with different sizes that are permanently capped with polystyrene chains (i.e., PS-functionalized BaTiO3NPs) were

  18. Effect of annealing and UV-radiation time over micropore architecture of self-assembled block copolymer thin film

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    G. del C. Pizarro


    Full Text Available Block copolymers have been recognized as versatile materials to prepare nanoporous polymer films or membranes, but their potential has not been completely explored. This study focuses on the formation and characterization of nanoporous polymer films based on poly(styrene-block-(methylmethacrylate/methacrylic acid; (PS-b-MMA/MAA were obtained through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP, by using two different protocols: annealing and annealingirradiation; for improving the formation of microporous surface. The composition, crystallinity and structural order of the films were studied by Raman spectroscopy. The film polymer thickness was obtained through very high resolution ellipsometry (VHRE. Finally, atomic force microcopy (AFM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM techniques were used to detect changes in the porous-structure. These results show that the morphological properties of the block copolymer were affected via the modification of two variables, UV-radiation time and annealing. SEM and AFM micrographs showed that the morphology exhibit a porous ordered structure. Contact angle measurement suggests additional interactions between hydrophilic functional groups that influence the film wettability.

  19. 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...... functional nanoporous polymers based on nanoporous 1,2- polybuatdiene 1,2-PB, which is derived from a 1,2-PB-b-PDMS diblock copolymer precursor. As a result, nanoporous 1,2-PB with pores decorated of polyacrylates, sulfonated polymers and poly(ethylene glycol) are created. A method of vapor phase deposition...... has also been generated to obtain nanoporous polymers with functional coatings on pore walls. Vapor phase polymerization of pyrrole is performed to incorporate an ultra thin film of polypyrrole into nanoporous 1,2-PB. The preliminary test shows that nanoporous 1,2-PB gains conductivity. Generally...

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

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


    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.

  1. Electrochromic response of WO3 and WO3-TiO2 thin films prepared from water-soluble precursors and a block copolymer template

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    Takashi Kuroki


    Full Text Available Electrochromic tungsten trioxide (WO3 thin films are attracting renewed attention as transmittance-controllable windows for use in automobile, aircraft, and building applications. In order to achieve high electrochromic performance, high cycle stability, and high reliability, the microstructure and compositional homogeneity of WO3 thin films have to be optimized. In this study, non-doped WO3 and TiO2-doped WO3 thin films were fabricated from water-soluble precursors of tungsten and titanium, and their electrochromic response was investigated. Amorphous WO3 and TiO2-doped WO3 thin films were fabricated by calcining the spin-coated films at 573 K. The use of a PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer as a porogen facilitated the redox reactions occurring on the thin film/electrolyte interface. Although the effect of TiO2-doping on the cycle stability of WO3 thin films has not been fully elucidated, this study demonstrated that TiO2 doping up to 15 mol% effectively enhanced the cycle stability.

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 depen...

  4. Morphology and Crystallization of Thin Films of Asymmetric Organic-Organometallic Diblock Copolymers of Isoprene and Ferrocenyldimethylsilane

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    Lammertink, Rob G.H.; Hempenius, Mark A.; Vancso, G. Julius


    The morphology of thin films of asymmetric block copolymers of poly(isoprene-block-ferrocenyldimethylsilane) was studied using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and optical microscopy. Block copolymers with the organometallic (ferrocenylsilane) phase between 20 and 28 vol %


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    DING Youjun; QI Daquan


    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.

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

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


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

  7. Block copolymer membranes for aqueous solution applications

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira


    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.

  8. Nanostructured Polysulfone-Based Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Xie, Yihui


    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

  9. 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.


    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.

  10. Block copolymer libraries: modular versatility of the macromolecular Lego system. (United States)

    Lohmeijer, Bas G G; Wouters, Daan; Yin, Zhihui; Schubert, Ulrich S


    The synthesis and characterization of a new 4 x 4 library of block copolymers based on polystyrene and poly(ethylene oxide) connected by an asymmetrical octahedral bis(terpyridine) ruthenium complex at the block junction are described, while initial studies on the thin film morphology of the components of the library are presented by the use of Atomic Force Microscopy, demonstrating the impact of a library approach to derive structure-property relationships.

  11. Fabrication of composite thin films with microstructures of honeycomb, foam, and nanosphere arrays through adsorption and self-assembly of block copolymers at the liquid/liquid interface. (United States)

    Liu, Yanan; Chen, Lifang; Geng, Yuanyuan; Lee, Yong-Ill; Li, Ying; Hao, Jingcheng; Liu, Hong-Guo


    The adsorption and self-organization behaviors of two kinds of block copolymers, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) and poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP), at planar liquid/liquid interfaces were investigated. A gel film decorating with honeycomb-like microstructures forms at the liquid/liquid interface between PS-b-P4VP chloroform solution and chloroauric acid aqueous solution. However, foam films were developed when the chloroauric acid aqueous solution was replaced by a chloroplatinic acid solution or a silver nitrate solution. Furthermore, a free-standing film containing the ordered arrays of nanospheres appeared at the liquid/liquid interface between P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP chloroform solution and chloroauric acid aqueous solution. The formation of these microstructures was attributed to the adsorption of polymer molecules, combining with inorganic ions and the self-assembly of the composite species at the interface. The doped metal ions and complex ions were transformed to metal nanoparticles after further treatment. This is a facile and convenient method to prepare polymer/inorganic nanoparticle composites. These results also indicate the great influences of the polymer structures and the inorganic species in the aqueous phases on the self-assembly behaviors of the polymers at the interfaces, the final morphology, and structure of the composites. In addition, the formed thin composite films doped with well-dispersed, homogeneous small noble metal nanoparticles exhibit great and durable catalytic activities for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) by potassium borohydride.

  12. Functionalization of Block Copolymer Vesicle Surfaces

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    Wolfgang Meier


    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.


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    Hilberer, A; Gill, R.E; Herrema, J.K; Malliaras, G.G; Wildeman, J.; Hadziioannou, G


    In this article we review results obtained in our laboratory on the design and study of new light-emitting polymers. We are interested in the synthesis and characterisation of block copolymers with regularly alternating conjugated and non conjugated sequences. The blocks giving rise to luminescence

  14. Chain exchange in block copolymer micelles (United States)

    Lu, Jie; Bates, Frank; Lodge, Timothy


    Block copolymer micelles are aggregates formed by self-assembly of amphiphilic copolymers dispersed in a selective solvent, driven by unfavorable interactions between the solvent and the core-forming block. Due to the relatively long chains being subject to additional thermodynamic and dynamic constraints (e.g., entanglements, crystallinity, vitrification), block copolymer micelles exhibit significantly slower equilibration kinetics than small molecule surfactants. As a result, details of the mechanism(s) of equilibration in block copolymer micelles remain unclear. This present works focuses on the chain exchange kinetics of poly(styrene-b-ethylenepropylene) block copolymers in squalane (C30H62) using time-resolved small angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS). A mixture of h-squalane and d-squalane is chosen so that it contrast matches a mixed 50/50 h/d polystyrene micelle core. When the temperature is appropriate and isotopically labeled chains undergo mixing, the mean core contrast with respect to the solvent decreases, and the scattering intensity is therefore reduced. This strategy allows direct probing of chain exchange rate from the time dependent scattering intensity I(q, t).

  15. Additive-driven assembly of block copolymers (United States)

    Lin, Ying; Daga, Vikram; Anderson, Eric; Watkins, James


    One challenge to the formation of well ordered hybrid materials is the incorporation of nanoscale additives including metal, semiconductor and dielectric nanoparticles at high loadings while maintaining strong segregation. Here we describe the molecular and functional design of small molecule and nanoparticle additives that enhance phase segregation in their block copolymer host and enable high additive loadings. Our approach includes the use of hydrogen bond interactions between the functional groups on the additive or particle that serve as hydrogen bond donors and one segment of the block copolymer containing hydrogen bond acceptors. Further, the additives show strong selectively towards the targeted domains, leading to enhancements in contrast between properties of the phases. In addition to structural changes, we explore how large changes in the thermal and mechanical properties occur upon incorporation of the additives. Generalization of this additive-induced ordering strategy to various block copolymers will be discussed.

  16. Helical Ordering in Chiral Block Copolymers (United States)

    Zhao, Wei; Hong, Sung Woo; Chen, Dian; Grason, Gregory; Russell, Thomas


    Introducing molecular chirality into the segments of block copolymers can influence the nature of the resultant morphology. Such an effect was found for poly(styrene-b-L-lactide) (PS-b-PLLA) diblock copolymers where hexagonally packed PLLA helical microdomains (H* phase) form in a PS matrix. However, molecular ordering of PLLA within the helical microdomains and the transfer of chirality from the segmental level to the mesoscale is still not well understood. We developed a field theoretic model to describe the interactions between segments of chiral blocks, which have the tendency to form a ``cholesteric'' texture. Based on the model, we calculated the bulk morphologies of chiral AB diblock copolymers using self-consistent field theory (SCFT). Experiments show that the H* phase only forms when microphase separation between PS and PLLA block happens first and crystallization of PLLA block is suppressed or happens within confined microdomain. Hence, crystalline ordering is not necessary for H* phase formation. The SCFT offers the chance to explore the range of thermodynamic stability of helical structures in the phase diagram of chiral block copolymer melts, by tuning parameters not only like the block segregation strength and composition, but also new parameters such as the ratio between preferred helical pitch to the radius of gyration and the Frank elastic constant for inter-segment distortions.

  17. Controlled Architecture of Dual-Functional Block Copolymer Brushes on Thin-Film Composite Membranes for Integrated "Defending" and "Attacking" Strategies against Biofouling. (United States)

    Ye, Gang; Lee, Jongho; Perreault, François; Elimelech, Menachem


    We report a new macromolecular architecture of dual functional block copolymer brushes on commercial thin-film composite (TFC) membranes for integrated "defending" and "attacking" strategies against biofouling. Mussel-inspired catechol chemistry is used for a convenient immobilization of initiator molecules to the membrane surface with the aid of polydopamine (PDA). Zwitterionic polymer brushes with strong hydration capacity and quaternary ammonium salt (QAS) polymer brushes with bactericidal ability are sequentially grafted on TFC membranes via activators regenerated by electron transfer-atom transfer radical polymerization (ARGET-ATRP), an environmentally benign and controlled polymerization method. Measurement of membrane intrinsic transport properties in reverse osmosis experiments shows that the modified TFC membrane maintains the same water permeability and salt selectivity as the pristine TFC membrane. Chemical force microscopy and protein/bacterial adhesion studies are carried out for a comprehensive evaluation of the biofouling resistance and antimicrobial ability, demonstrating low biofouling propensity and excellent bacterial inactivation for the modified TFC membrane. We conclude that this polymer architecture, with complementary "defending" and "attacking" capabilities, can effectively prevent the attachment of biofoulants and formation of biofilms and thereby significantly mitigate biofouling on TFC membranes.

  18. Formation of Anisotropic Block Copolymer Gels (United States)

    Liaw, Chya Yan; Shull, Kenneth; Henderson, Kevin; Joester, Derk


    Anisotropic, fibrillar gels are important in a variety of processes. Biomineralization is one example, where the mineralization process often occurs within a matrix of collagen or chitin fibers that trap the mineral precursors and direct the mineralization process. We wish to replicate this type of behavior within block copolymer gels. Particularly, we are interested in employing gels composed of cylindrical micelles, which are anisotropic and closely mimic biological fibers. Micelle geometry is controlled in our system by manipulating the ratio of molecular weights of the two blocks and by controlling the detailed thermal processing history of the copolymer solutions. Small-Angle X-ray Scattering and Dynamic Light Scattering are used to determine the temperature dependence of the gel formation process. Initial experiments are based on a thermally-reversible alcohol-soluble system, that can be subsequently converted to a water soluble system by hydrolysis of a poly(t-butyl methacrylate) block to a poly (methacrylic acid) block. MRSEC.

  19. Chiral Block Copolymer Structures for Metamaterial Applications (United States)


    MONITOR’S REPORT NUMBER(S) AOARD-114078 12. DISTRIBUTION/AVAILABILITY STATEMENT Distribution A: Approved for public release. Distribtion is...researchers focused o synthesis and processing, morphology and physical characterization of chiral block copolymer (BCP) materials. Such materials a...developed a platform process technology that can fabricate novel netwo morphologies from initial bicontinuous cubic phases through supergroup/subgroup

  20. Nylon 46-polytetramethylene oxide segmented block copolymers

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


    Block copolymers were synthesized from amine-terminated polytetramethylene oxide (PMTO) (Mw 800 and 1130) and polyamide 4,6 salt. First prepolymers were prepared at 200–210°C in the presence of a solvent (pyrrolidone). The prepolymers were postcondensed at 255°C (where possible in the solid state) t

  1. Structural study of symmetric diblock copolymer thin films

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    Gadegaard, Nikolaj


    Thin diblock copolymer film have been investigated by x-ray and neutron reflectivity as well as small angle x-ray and neutron scattering. Two model systems have been investigated. PS-PDMS (25 kg/mol-25 kg/mol), which has a glass transition temperature ofca. 100 deg.C for the PS-block. This means...

  2. Monte Carlo simulations of the phase separation of a copolymer blend in a thin film

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    Wang, Zhexiao


    Monte Carlo simulations were carried out to study the phase separation of a copolymer blend comprising an alternating copolymer and/or block copolymer in a thin film, and a phase diagram was constructed with a series of composed recipes. The effects of composition and segregation strength on phase separation were discussed in detail. The chain conformation of the block copolymer and alternating copolymer were investigated with changes of the segregation strength. Our simulations revealed that the segment distribution along the copolymer chain and the segregation strength between coarse-grained beads are two important parameters controlling phase separation and chain conformation in thin films of a copolymer blend. A well-controlled phase separation in the copolymer blend can be used to fabricate novel nanostructures.

  3. Dynamics of Block Copolymer Nanocomposites

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    Mochrie, Simon G. J.


    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.

  4. Hybrid, Nanoscale Phospholipid/Block Copolymer Vesicles

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    Bo Liedberg


    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.

  5. Nanostructured Block Copolymer Coatings for Biofouling Inhibition (United States)


    biofouling program contractors. 15. SUBJECT TERMS antifouling; coatings; block copolymers; IR nanoscale imaging ; biocides 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF...diagnostics and drug delivery. In our scanned probe microscopy studies on collaborator coatings and marine organisms, we have provided teamwork . We have...Studies of Organisms on model fouiants: • H. elegans studies 3. Testing of other contractor materials 4. Imaging technology. We applied our organic

  6. Concentration Dependent Structure of Block Copolymer Solutions (United States)

    Choi, Soohyung; Bates, Frank S.; Lodge, Timothy P.


    Addition of solvent molecules into block copolymer can induce additional interactions between the solvent and both blocks, and therefore expands the range of accessible self-assembled morphologies. In particular, the distribution of solvent molecules plays a key role in determining the microstructure and its characteristic domain spacing. In this study, concentration dependent structures formed by poly(styrene-b-ethylene-alt-propylene) (PS-PEP) solution in squalane are investigated using small-angle X-ray scattering. This reveals that squalane is essentially completely segregated into the PEP domains. In addition, the conformation of the PS block changes from stretched to nearly fully relaxed (i.e., Gaussian conformation) as amounts of squalane increases. NRF

  7. From Block Copolymers to Nano-porous Materials

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


    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...

  8. Responsive block copolymer photonics triggered by protein-polyelectrolyte coacervation. (United States)

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


    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.

  9. Tunable Morphologies from Charged Block Copolymers

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    Goswami, Monojoy [ORNL; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Mays, Jimmy [ORNL; Messman, Jamie M [ORNL


    The bulk morphologies formed by a new class of charged block copolymers, 75 vol % fluorinated polyisoprene (FPI) 25 vol% sulfonated polystyrene (PSS) with 50% sulfonation, are characterized, and the fundamental underlying forces that promote the self-assembly processes are elucidated. The results show how the bulk morphologies are substantially different from their uncharged diblock counterparts (PS-PI) and also how morphology can be tuned with volume fraction of the charged block and the casting solvent. A physical understanding based on the underlying strong electrostatic interactions between the charged block and counterions is obtained using Monte Carlo (MC) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. The 75/25 FPI-PSS shows hexagonal morphologies with the minority blocks (PSS) forming the continuous phase due to charge percolation and the FPI blocks arranged in hexagonal cylinders. Some long-range order can be sustained even if lipophobicity is increased (addition of water), albeit with lower dimensional structures. However, thermal annealing provides sufficient energy to disrupt the percolated charges and promotes aggregation of ionic sites which leads to a disordered system. Diverse and atypical morphologies are readily accessible by simply changing the number distribution of the charges on PSS block.

  10. Controlling Structure in Sulfonated Block Copolymer Membranes (United States)

    Truong, Phuc; Stein, Gila; Strzalka, Joe


    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. Self-assembled materials from thermosensitive and biohybrid block copolymers

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    de Graaf, A.J.


    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

  12. Hierarchical structure formation in supramolecular comb-shaped block copolymers

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    Hofman, Anton; ten Brinke, Gerrit; Loos, Katja


    Block copolymers are known to spontaneously form ordered structures at the nano-to mesoscale. Although the number of different morphologies is rather limited in diblock copolymer systems, their phase behavior becomes increasingly more complex with each additional building block. Synthesis of such al

  13. Drug governs the morphology of polyalkylated block copolymer aggregates. (United States)

    Le Dévédec, F; Her, S; Vogtt, K; Won, A; Li, X; Beaucage, G; Yip, C; Allen, C


    Polyalkylated copolymers based on mPEG-b-(AGE-C6,12 or 18)25 have been used to formulate clinically relevant concentrations of doxorubicin (DOX) and the impact of drug incorporation on copolymer aggregation behaviour was examined. The copolymer aggregates were analyzed by various microscopy techniques (TEM, cryo-TEM and AFM) and scattering methods (SANS, DLS). In the absence of the drug, the copolymers formed largely non-spherical aggregates (i.e. cylinders, vesicles). Drug incorporation during copolymer aggregate formation directed the formation of only spherical aggregates. As well, the nature of the core-forming block was found to influence drug release and cytotoxicity of the formulations.

  14. Block copolymer templated etching on silicon. (United States)

    Qiao, Yinghong; Wang, Dong; Buriak, Jillian M


    The use of self-assembled polymer structures to direct the formation of mesoscopic (1-100 nm) features on silicon could provide a fabrication-compatible means to produce nanoscale patterns, supplementing conventional lithographic techniques. Here we demonstrate nanoscale etching of silicon, applying standard aqueous-based fluoride etchants, to produce three-dimensional nanoscale features with controllable shapes, sizes, average spacing, and chemical functionalization. The block copolymers serve to direct the silicon surface chemistry by controlling the spatial location of the reaction as well as concentration of reagents. The interiors of the resulting etched nanoscale features may be selectively functionalized with organic monolayers, metal nanoparticles, and other materials, leading to a range of ordered arrays on silicon.

  15. Surface Structure of Thin Films of Multifunctional Ionizable Copolymers (United States)

    Wickramasinghe, Anuradhi; Perahia, Dvora

    Phase segregation results in a rich variety of structures in co-polymers where interfacial forces often dominate the structure of thin films. Introduction of ionizable segments often drives the formation of compounded structures with multiple blocks residing at the interfaces. Here we probe thin films, 40-50nm, of an A-B-C-B-A co-polymer where C is a randomly sulfonated polystyrene with sulfonation fractions of 0, 26 and 52 mole %, B is poly (ethylene-r-propylene), and A is poly (t-butyl styrene) as the sulfonation level and temperature are varied using Neutron Reflectivity AFM, and surface tension measurements. As cast films form layers with both hydrophobic blocks dominating the solid and air interfaces and the ionizable block segregating to the center. Following annealing at 1700C, above Tg of styrene sulfonate, the films coarsen, with surface aggregation dominating the structure, though interfacial regions remain dominated by the hydrophobic segments. We show that in contrast to non-ionic co-polymers, formation of micelles dominated the structure of these ionic structured films. Supported in part by DOE Grant No. DE-SC007908.

  16. Multicompartment Micelles From π-Shaped ABC Block Copolymers

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    XIA Jun; ZHONG Chong-Li


    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.

  17. Surface functionalization of carbon nanotubes by direct encapsulation with varying dosages of amphiphilic block copolymers (United States)

    Yao, Xueping; Li, Jie; Kong, Liang; Wang, Yong


    Encapsulation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by amphiphilic block copolymers is an efficient way to stabilize CNTs in solvents. However, the appropriate dosages of copolymers and the assembled structures are difficult to predict and control because of the insufficient understanding on the encapsulation process. We encapsulate multiwalled CNTs with polystyrene-block-poly (4-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) by directly mixing them in acetic acid under sonication. The copolymer forms a lamellar structure along the surface of CNTs with the PS blocks anchoring on the tube wall and the P4VP blocks exposed to the outside. The encapsulated CNTs achieve good dispersibility in polar solvents over long periods. To increase our understanding of the encapsulation process we investigate the assembled structures and stability of copolymer/CNTs mixtures with changing mass ratios. Stable dispersions are obtained at high mass ratios between the copolymer and CNTs, i.e. 2 or 3, with the presence of free spherical micelles. Transmission electron microscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis determine that the threshold for the complete coverage of CNTs by the copolymer occurs at the mass ratio of 1.5. The coated copolymer layer activates the surface of CNTs, enabling further functionalization of CNTs. For instance, atomic layer deposition of TiO2 produces conformal thin layers on the encapsulated CNTs while isolated TiO2 bumps are produced on the pristine, inert CNTs.

  18. Heparin-containing block copolymers, Part I: Surface characterization

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    Vulić, I.; Pijpers, A.P.; Okano, T.; Kim, S.W.; Feijen, J.


    Newly synthesized heparin-containing block copolymers, consisting of a hydrophobic block of polystyrene (PS), a hydrophilic spacer-block of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and covalently bound heparin (Hep) as bioactive block, were coated on aluminium, glass, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), PS or Biomer sub

  19. Morphological studies on block copolymer modified PA 6 blends (United States)

    Poindl, M.; Bonten, C.


    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.

  20. Hollow ZIF-8 Nanoworms from Block Copolymer Templates

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    Yu, Haizhou


    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.

  1. Hollow ZIF-8 Nanoworms from Block Copolymer Templates (United States)

    Yu, Haizhou; Qiu, Xiaoyan; Neelakanda, Pradeep; Deng, Lin; Khashab, Niveen M.; Nunes, Suzana P.; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor


    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.

  2. DNA Island Formation on Binary Block Copolymer Vesicles. (United States)

    Luo, Qingjie; Shi, Zheng; Zhang, Yitao; Chen, Xi-Jun; Han, Seo-Yeon; Baumgart, Tobias; Chenoweth, David M; Park, So-Jung


    Here, we report DNA-induced polymer segregation and DNA island formation in binary block copolymer assemblies. A DNA diblock copolymer of polymethyl acrylate-block-DNA (PMA-b-DNA) and a triblock copolymer of poly(butadiene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)-block-DNA (PBD-b-PEO-b-DNA) were synthesized, and each was coassembled with a prototypical amphiphilic polymer of poly(butadiene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PBD-b-PEO). The binary self-assembly of PMA-b-DNA and PBD-b-PEO resulted in giant polymersomes with DNA uniformly distributed in the hydrophilic PEO shell. When giant polymersomes were connected through specific DNA interactions, DNA block copolymers migrated to the junction area, forming DNA islands within polymersomes. These results indicate that DNA hybridization can induce effective lateral polymer segregation in mixed polymer assemblies. The polymer segregation and local DNA enrichment have important implications in DNA melting properties, as mixed block copolymer assemblies with low DNA block copolymer contents can still exhibit useful DNA melting properties that are characteristic of DNA nanostructures with high DNA density.

  3. Structure of Block Copolymer Hydrogel Formed by Complex Coacervate Process (United States)

    Choi, Soohyung; Ortony, Julia; Krogstad, Daniel; Spruell, Jason; Lynd, Nathaniel; Han, Songi; Kramer, Edward


    Complex coacervation occurs when oppositely charged polyelectrolytes associate in solution, forming dense micron-sized droplets. Hydrogels with coacervate block domains were formed by mixing two ABA and A'BA' triblock copolymer solutions in water where the A and A' blocks are oppositely charged. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) was used to investigate the structure of hydrogels formed by ABA triblock copolymers (A block: poly(allyl glycidyl ether) functionalized with guanidinium (A) or sulfonate (A'), B block: poly(ethylene oxide)). By using an appropriate fitting model, structural information such as coacervate core block radius and water volume fraction w can be extracted from SANS data. The results reveal that w in the coacervate core block was significantly higher than in conventional triblock copolymer hydrogels where microphase separation is driven by the hydrophobicity of the core-forming blocks.

  4. Asymmetric block copolymer membranes with ultrahigh porosity and hierarchical pore structure by plain solvent evaporation

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    Yu, H.


    Membranes with a hierarchical porous structure could be manufactured from a block copolymer blend by pure solvent evaporation. Uniform pores in a 30 nm thin skin layer supported by a macroporous structure were formed. This new process is attractive for membrane production because of its simplicity and the lack of liquid waste.

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

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    Benjamin Pollard


    Full Text Available 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.

  6. Molecular Exchange Dynamics in Block Copolymer Micelles (United States)

    Bates, Frank; Lu, Jie; Choi, Soohyung; Lodge, Timothy


    Poly(styrene-b-ethylene propylene) (PS-PEP) diblock copolymers were mixed with squalane (C30H62) at 1% by weight resulting in the formation of spherical micelles. The structure and dynamics of molecular exchange were characterized by synchrotron small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and time resolved small-angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS), respectively, between 100 C and 160 C. TR-SANS measurements were performed with solutions initially containing deuterium labeled micelle cores and normal cores dispersed in a contrast matched squalane. Monitoring the reduction in scattering intensity as a function of time at various temperatures revealed molecular exchange dynamics highly sensitive to the core molecular weight and molecular weight distribution. Time-temperature superposition of data acquired at different temperatures produced a single master curve for all the mixtures. Experiments conducted with isotopically labeled micelle cores, each formed from two different but relatively mondisperse PS blocks, confirmed a simple dynamical model based on first order kinetics and core Rouse single chain relaxation. These findings demonstrate a dramatic transition to nonergodicity with increasing micelle core molecular weight and confirm the origins of the logarithmic exchange kinetics in such systems.

  7. New adhesive systems based on functionalized block copolymers

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


    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.

  8. Nanopatterned block copolymers for use as vascular biomaterials (United States)

    Silverstein, Joshua S.

    Manipulation of surface topography or chemistry has been a growing trend in efforts to enhance the properties of medical devices. Understanding the interactions of biomolecules with nanoengineered surfaces is vital to assess the safety and efficacy of devices that incorporate these structures. In this dissertation, a model block copolymer (BCP) system based on poly(styrene)-block-poly(1,2-butadiene) was systematically modified using photochemical thiol-ene chemistry. Poly(1,2-butadiene) molecular weight and thiol-ene ratios were systematically varied based on a model monomer, boc-cysteamine, to determine the efficiency of the reaction. The results demonstrate the polydispersity index of modified BCPs significantly increased when low thiol-ene ratios were employed and sometimes induced gelation of the reacted polymers. Using a tenfold excess of thiol, functionalizations between 60-90% were obtained for an acid, amine, amide, and a pharmaceutical with a pendant thiol. Calorimetry showed a 30-60 °C increase in the glass transition temperature of the daughter polymers. Subsequently, films were cast from solvents found suitable to forming self-assembled BCP thin films. The synthetic and processing approach allows for the formation of nanopatterned block copolymer films with controlled chemistries from a single source material. The BCPs were further characterized using water contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy in liquid. Significantly decreased contact angles were caused by selective swelling of charged BCP domains. Protein (fibrinogen, albumin, cytochrome C, immunoglobulin G) adsorption experiments were conducted under static and dynamic conditions with a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation. The results indicate that nanopatterned chemistry and experimental conditions strongly impact adsorption dynamics. Adsorption behavior was dependent both on protein structure and the characteristics of the surface. Depending on the structural stability

  9. 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.


    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.

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

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    Zhuo Yang; David Attwood; Colin Booth


    @@ 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.

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

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    Loos, Katja; Müller, Axel H.E.


    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

  12. Fluorinated polyphenylenevinylene (PPV) block co-polymers for nanophotonics (United States)

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


    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.

  13. Using click chemistry to modify block copolymers and their morphologies (United States)

    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

  14. Ion Transport in Nanostructured Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Membranes (United States)

    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

  15. Block copolymer adhesion promoters via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (United States)

    Kent, M.S.; Saunders, R.


    Coupling agents are disclosed based on functionalized block copolymers for bonding thermoset polymers to solid materials. These are polymers which possess at least two types of functional groups, one which is able to attach to and react with solid surfaces, and another which can react with a thermoset resin, which are incorporated as pendant groups in monomers distributed in blocks (typically two) along the backbone of the chain. The block copolymers in this invention are synthesized by living ring-opening metathesis polymerization. 18 figs.

  16. Self-assembly of semiflexible-flexible block copolymers (United States)

    Kumar, Arun; Ganesan, Venkat


    We apply self-consistent Brownian dynamics simulations to study the self-assembly behavior of semiflexible-flexible block copolymers. A Maier-Saupe interaction model was applied for the orientational interactions between the semiflexible polymers, while the enthalpic interactions between semiflexible and flexible polymers were modeled through a standard Flory-Huggins approach. To develop a physical understanding of the phases and their regimes of occurrence as a function of varying persistence length of the semiflexible block, we computed the 2D phase diagram for our model. We quantify the progression of the self-assembly morphologies in transitioning from coil-coil block copolymers on the one hand to rod-coil block copolymers on the other hand. The results obtained are in qualitative agreement with the existing experimental and numerical results.

  17. Metal nanoparticle - block copolymer composite assembly and disassembly

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    Li, Z.H.; Sai, H.; Warren, S.C.; Kamperman, M.M.G.; Arora, H.; Gruner, S.M.; Wiesner, U.


    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-

  18. Synthesis and characterization of ferrocene containing block copolymers

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


    Narrowly dispersed diblock copolymers containing poly(methyl methacrylate) [PMMA] or poly(nonafluorohexyl methacrylate) [PF9MA] as the first block and poly(ferrocenylmethyl methacrylate) [PFMMA] as the second block, were prepared by anionic polymerization for the first time. Disordered bulk morph...

  19. Iron Oxide Arrays Prepared from Ferrocene- and Silsesquioxane-Containing Block Copolymers

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    Raita Goseki


    Full Text Available Arrays of iron oxides as precursors of iron clusters were prepared by oxygen plasma treatment of block copolymer microphase-separated nanostructures in thin films. Block copolymers composed of ferrocene-containing and silsesquioxane-containing polymethacrylate (PMAPOSS-b-PMAHFC were successfully prepared, with different molecular weights and compositions and narrow molecular weight distributions, by living anionic polymerization. The formed microphase-separated nanostructures in the bulk were characterized by wide- and small-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS and SAXS, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Thin films were prepared from a solution of PMAPOSS-b-PMAHFC in tetrahydrofuran by spin coating onto silicon wafers. Fingerprint-type line nanostructures were formed in the PMAPOSS-b-PMAHFCs thin films after solvent annealing with carbon disulfide. Oxygen plasma treatment provided the final line arrays of iron oxides based on the formed nanostructural patterns.

  20. Self-Assembled Asymmetric Block Copolymer Membranes: Bridging the Gap from Ultra- to Nanofiltration

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    Yu, Haizhou


    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.

  1. Block copolymer morphologies confined by square-shaped particle: Hard and soft confinement (United States)

    Zhang, Qiyi; Yang, Wenyan; Hu, Kaiyan


    The self-assembly of diblock copolymers confined around one square-shaped particle is studied systematically within two-dimensional self-consistent field theory (SCFT). In this model, we assume that the thin block copolymer film is confined in the vicinity of a square-shaped particle by a homopolymer melt, which is equivalent to the poor solvents. Multiple sequences of square-shaped particle-induced copolymer aggregates with different shapes and self-assembled internal morphologies are predicted as functions of the particle size, the structural portion of the copolymer, and the volume fraction of the copolymer. A rich variety of aggregates are found with complex internal self-assembled morphologies including complex structures of the vesicle, with one or several inverted micelle surrounded by the outer monolayer with the particle confined in the core. These results demonstrate that the assemblies of diblock copolymers formed around the square-shaped particle in poor solvents are of immediate interest to the assembly of copolymer and the morphology of biomembrane in the confined environment, as well as to the transitions of vesicles to micelles. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 20804060) and the Research Foundation of Chongqing University of Science and Technology, China (Grant No. CK2013B16).

  2. Substrate tolerant direct block copolymer nanolithography

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    Li, Tao; Wang, Zhongli; Schulte, Lars


    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...

  3. LEDs based on conjugated PPV block copolymers

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    Brouwer, H.J.; Hilberer, A.; Krasnikov, V.V.; Werts, M.; Wildeman, J.; Hadziioannou, G.


    A way to control the bandgap in semi-conducting polymers is by preparing polymers with a partially conjugated backbone. In our laboratory, three conjugated copolymers containing PPV trimers as light emitting chromophores have been synthesized, which emit in the blue, green and orange wavelength regi

  4. Mechanism for Rapid Self-Assembly of Block Copolymer Nanoparticles (United States)

    Johnson, Brian K.; Prud'Homme, Robert K.


    Amphiphilic block copolymers in solution spontaneously self-assemble when the solvent quality for one block is selectively decreased. We demonstrate that, for supersaturation ratio changes [d(S)/dt] over 105 per second from equilibrium, nanoparticles are obtained with a formation mechanism and size dependent on the jumping rate and magnitude. The threshold rate for homogeneous precipitation is determined by the induction time of a particle, equivalent to the diffusion limited fusion of copolymer chains to form a corona of overlapping soluble brushes. Via determination of the induction time with a novel confined impinging jets mixer and use of a scaling relation, the interfacial free energy of a block copolymer nanoparticle was measured for the first time.

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

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    Hilke, Roland


    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.

  6. Controlling block copolymer phase behavior using ionic surfactant (United States)

    Ray, D.; Aswal, V. K.


    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.

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

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    Sutisna, Burhannudin


    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.

  8. Quasi-Block Copolymers Based on a General Polymeric Chain Stopper. (United States)

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


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

  9. Biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers containing functionalized PEO blocks:Controlled synthesis and biomedical potentials

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    A series of controllable amphiphilic block copolymers composed of poly(ethylene oxide)(PEO) as the hydrophilic block and poly(ε-caprolactone)(PCL) as the hydrophobic block with the amino terminal group at the end of the PEO chain(PCL-b-PEO-NH2) were synthesized.Based on the further reaction of reactive amino groups,diblock copolymers with functional carboxyl groups(PCL-b-PEO-COOH) and functional compounds RGD(PCL-b-PEO-RGD) as well as the triblock copolymers with thermosensitive PNIPAAm blocks(PCL-b-PEO-b-PNIPAAM) were synthesized.The well-controlled structures of these copolymers with functional groups and blocks were characterized by gel permeation chromatography(GPC) and 1H NMR spectroscopy.These copolymers with functionalized hydrophilic blocks were fabricated into microspheres for the examination of biofunctions via cell culture experiments and in vitro drug release.The results indicated the significance of introducing functional groups(e.g.,NH2,COOH and RGD) into the end of the hydrophilic block of amphiphilic block copolymers for biomedical potentials in tissue engineering and controlled drug release.

  10. Tuning of Block Copolymer Membrane Morphology through Water Induced Phase Inversion Technique

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    Madhavan, Poornima


    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

  11. Nanoporous Crosslinked Polyisoprene from Polyisoprene-Polydimethylsiloxane Block Copolymer

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    Hansen, Michael Steffen; Vigild, Martin Etchells; Berg, Rolf Henrik;


    The polyisoprene block of a polyisoprene-polydimethylsiloxane (PI-PDMS) diblock copolymer with 0.68 volume fraction of PI was tightly crosslinked with dicumylperoxide. The PDMS part of the obtained glassy material was subsequently quantitatively etched with anhydrous hydrogen fluoride or tetrabut......The polyisoprene block of a polyisoprene-polydimethylsiloxane (PI-PDMS) diblock copolymer with 0.68 volume fraction of PI was tightly crosslinked with dicumylperoxide. The PDMS part of the obtained glassy material was subsequently quantitatively etched with anhydrous hydrogen fluoride...

  12. Stabilization and controlled association of superparamagnetic nanoparticles using block copolymers

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    Frka-Petesic, Bruno [UPMC Univ Paris 6, Lab. des Liquides Ioniques et Interfaces Chargees (LI2C), CNRS-ESPCI UMR 7612 case 51, 4 place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Fresnais, Jerome; Berret, Jean-Francois [Laboratoire Matiere et Systemes Complexes (MSC), UMR 7057 CNRS and Universite Paris Diderot, Batiment Condorcet 10 rue Alice Domon et Leonie Duquet, F-75205 Paris Codex 13 (France); Dupuis, Vincent [UPMC Univ Paris 6, Lab. des Liquides Ioniques et Interfaces Chargees (LI2C), CNRS-ESPCI UMR 7612 case 51, 4 place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Perzynski, Regine [UPMC Univ Paris 6, Lab. des Liquides Ioniques et Interfaces Chargees (LI2C), CNRS-ESPCI UMR 7612 case 51, 4 place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France)], E-mail:; Sandre, Olivier [UPMC Univ Paris 6, Lab. des Liquides Ioniques et Interfaces Chargees (LI2C), CNRS-ESPCI UMR 7612 case 51, 4 place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France)


    Mixing in aqueous solutions polyelectrolyte-neutral block copolymers with oppositely charged species, spontaneously forms stable core-shell complexes, which are electrostatically driven. We report here on the structural and orientational properties of such mixed magnetic nanoclusters made of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) and polyelectrolyte-neutral block copolymers. Small angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy experiments allows to probe the inner-core nanoparticle organization, leading to an average interparticle distance and confirming the hierarchical internal structure of the clusters. Thanks to the MNP optical anisotropy, we also probe the under-magnetic field orientational properties of the core-shell clusters and their dynamical rotational relaxation.

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

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

    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...... 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....

  14. Block and Graft Copolymers of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (United States)

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


    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.

  15. Chain exchange kinetics of block copolymer micelles in ionic liquids (United States)

    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.

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

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    Kell Mortensen


    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

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

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


    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.

  18. Communication: Self-assembly of semiflexible-flexible block copolymers (United States)

    Kumar, N. Arun; Ganesan, Venkat


    We apply the methodology of self-consistent Brownian dynamics simulations to study the self-assembly behavior in melts of semiflexible-flexible diblock copolymers as a function of the persistence length of the semiflexible block. Our results reveal a novel progression of morphologies in transitioning from the case of flexible-coil to rod-coil copolymers. At even moderate persistence lengths, the morphologies in the semiflexible-block rich region of the phase diagram transform to liquid crystalline phases. In contrast, the phases in the flexible-block rich region of the phase diagram persist up to much larger persistence lengths. Our analysis suggests that the development of orientational order in the semiflexible block to be a critical factor influencing the morphologies of self-assembly.

  19. Characterization and micellization of a poloxamer block copolymer

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    Hvidt, S.; Pedersen, Walther Batsberg


    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...

  20. Control of Block Copolymer Morphology through End-functional Groups (United States)

    Jo, Gyuha; Park, Moon Jeong


    Recently, poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-containing polymer electrolytes have attracted significant attention to be applied for lithium batteries. As the realization of high mechanical strength from the polymer electrolyte becomes of critical importance in high-energy lithium batteries, much effort has been devoted to developing PEO-based block copolymers comprising mechanically robust polymer chains. Interest in this topic has been further stimulated by multiple observations of significant electrolytic conductivity enhancement imparted by microphase separation of block copolymers. In the present study, we report an intriguing methodology for modulating the morphology of poly(styrene-ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) block copolymers with a single ionic group tethered at the chain end of PEO. Unique intra- and inter-chain interactions deduced from the end functional group afforded enriched nanostructures, i.e. disorder, lamellae, hexagonal cylinder, and gyroid, with significant differences in conductivities depending on lithium salt concentration. In particular, a gyorid morphology with a twofold-enhanced lithium ion transport efficiency was found for the end-functionalized PS-PEO block copolymer, attributed to the structural advantages of the gyroid having co-continuous ionic channels.

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

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    Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor


    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.


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    WANG Zhongyi; WEI Jeqing


    Polyazoamide(PAA) was used as initiator to prepare block copolymer P(MMA-b-St) by free radical polymerization. The fraction of block copolymer was about 50%. The structure of the block-copolymer was characterized by IR and the results of 1H-NMR and GPC showed that the content of the block and the molecular weight (-Mw) of the prepolymer and block copolymer could be controlled by varying the mol ratio of styrene/PAA and MMA/prepolymer. DSC and TEM results revealed that the block copolymer has two separated glass transition temperatures and phase separation within the domain structure.

  3. Directed Self-assembly of Block Copolymer with Sub-15 nm Domain Spacing Using Nanoimprinted Photoresist Templates (United States)

    Sun, Zhiwei; Chen, Zhenbin; Zhang, Wenxu; Coughlin, E. Bryan; Xiao, Shuaigang; Russell, Thomas

    There has been increasing interest in preparing block copolymer thin films with ultra-small domain spacings for use as etching masks for ultra-high resolution nanolithography. One method to prepare block copolymer materials with small feature sizes is salt doping, increasing the Flory-Huggins interaction and allowing microphase separation to be maintained at lower molecular weights. Lamellae-forming P2VP- b-PS- b-P2VP block copolymer with various molecular weight was synthesized using RAFT polymerization with a dual functional chain transfer agent. Copper (II) Chloride or Gold (III) chloride was found to be selectively associated with P2VP block and increase the unfavorable interactions between PS and P2VP blocks, driving the disordered block copolymer into the ordered state. A 14 nm lamellar spacing of P2VP- b-PS- b-P2VP thin film was prepared using copper (II) Chloride doping after acetone vapor annealing on neutral brushes. Metallic nano-wire arrays were prepared after selective infiltration of platinum salt into the P2VP domain and oxygen plasma treatment. The directed self-assembly of salt doped P2VP- b-PS- b-P2VP triblock copolymer having long-rang lateral order on nanoimprinted photoresist templates with shallow trenches was also studied.

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

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


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

  5. Polymers and block copolymers of fluorostyrenes by ATRP

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    Hvilsted, Søren; Borkar, Sachin; Abildgaard, Lillian;


    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....

  6. Block copolymer-nanoparticle hybrid self-assembly

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    Hoheisel, Tobias N.


    © 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.

  7. Wetting films stabilized by block-copolymers


    Eliseeva, O.V.


    Thin aqueous films formed on a solid surface play an important role in adhesion, spreading, and colloidal stability. These phenomena are all relevant for paint systems. Measuring surface forces in these films is an experimental challenge, and over the years several techniques have been developed to measure the interaction forces as a function of the thickness of the film, the so-called disjoining pressure isotherms. A thin film balance technique (TFB) in combination with an ellipsometer offer...

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

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    Paul D. Topham


    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.

  9. Gas Permeation through Polystyrene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Block Copolymers (United States)

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


    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.

  10. Ordered nanoscale domains by infiltration of block copolymers

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    Darling, Seth B.; Elam, Jeffrey; Tseng, Yu-Chih; Peng, Qing


    A method of preparing tunable inorganic patterned nanofeatures by infiltration of a block copolymer scaffold having a plurality of self-assembled periodic polymer microdomains. The method may be used sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS), related to atomic layer deposition (ALD). The method includes selecting a metal precursor that is configured to selectively react with the copolymer unit defining the microdomain but is substantially non-reactive with another polymer unit of the copolymer. A tunable inorganic features is selectively formed on the microdomain to form a hybrid organic/inorganic composite material of the metal precursor and a co-reactant. The organic component may be optionally removed to obtain an inorganic features with patterned nanostructures defined by the configuration of the microdomain.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of amphiphilc block copolymer poly(methyl acrylic acid)-block-polytetrahydrofuran

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    Under the specially designated condition the polymerization of both tetrahydrofuran (THF) and tert-butyl methacrylate (tBMA) is a living one. The diblock copolymer, poly(tert-butyl methacrylate)-block-polytetrahydrofuran (PtBMA-b-PTHF), was successfully synthesized by means of the coupling reaction of living cationic PTHF+, SbF6- with living anionic PtBMA-, Li+. LiCl, which has a beneficial effect on the molecular weight distribution (MWD) in the anionic polymerization of (meth)acrylates, hinders the coupling reaction of living chains and cannot be used in the preparation of tBMA precursor. The hydrolysis of the aforementioned diblock copolymer under acid condition results in the amphiphilic diblock copolymer, i.e. poly(methyl acrylic acid)-block-polytetra- hydrofuran (PMAA-b-PTHF). The diblock copolymers were characterized with GPC and IR.

  12. Preparation and icephobic properties of polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane-polyacrylate block copolymers (United States)

    Li, Xiaohui; Zhao, Yunhui; Li, Hui; Yuan, Xiaoyan


    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.

  13. Wetting films stabilized by block-copolymers

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    Eliseeva, O.V.


    Thin aqueous films formed on a solid surface play an important role in adhesion, spreading, and colloidal stability. These phenomena are all relevant for paint systems. Measuring surface forces in these films is an experimental challenge, and over the years several techniques have been developed to

  14. Structural and Luminescence Properties of Lu2O3:Eu3+ F127 Tri-Block Copolymer Modified Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    María Luz Carrera Jota


    Full Text Available Lu2O3:Eu3+ transparent, high density, and optical quality thin films were prepared using the sol-gel dip-coating technique, starting with lutetium and europium nitrates as precursors and followed by hydrolysis in an ethanol-ethylene glycol solution. Acetic acid and acetylacetonate were incorporated in order to adjust pH and as a sol stabilizer. In order to increment the thickness of the films and orient the structure, F127 Pluronic acid was incorporated during the sol formation. Structural, morphological, and optical properties of the films were investigated for different F127/Lu molar ratios (0–5 in order to obtain high optical quality films with enhanced thickness compared with the traditional method. X-ray diffraction (XRD shows that the films present a highly oriented cubic structure beyond 1073 K for a 3-layer film, on silica glass substrates. The thickness, density, porosity, and refractive index evolution of the films were investigated by means of m-lines microscopy along with the morphology by scanning electron microscope (SEM and luminescent properties.

  15. DNA block copolymers: functional materials for nanoscience and biomedicine. (United States)

    Schnitzler, Tobias; Herrmann, Andreas


    We live in a world full of synthetic materials, and the development of new technologies builds on the design and synthesis of new chemical structures, such as polymers. Synthetic macromolecules have changed the world and currently play a major role in all aspects of daily life. Due to their tailorable properties, these materials have fueled the invention of new techniques and goods, from the yogurt cup to the car seat belts. To fulfill the requirements of modern life, polymers and their composites have become increasingly complex. One strategy for altering polymer properties is to combine different polymer segments within one polymer, known as block copolymers. The microphase separation of the individual polymer components and the resulting formation of well defined nanosized domains provide a broad range of new materials with various properties. Block copolymers facilitated the development of innovative concepts in the fields of drug delivery, nanomedicine, organic electronics, and nanoscience. Block copolymers consist exclusively of organic polymers, but researchers are increasingly interested in materials that combine synthetic materials and biomacromolecules. Although many researchers have explored the combination of proteins with organic polymers, far fewer investigations have explored nucleic acid/polymer hybrids, known as DNA block copolymers (DBCs). DNA as a polymer block provides several advantages over other biopolymers. The availability of automated synthesis offers DNA segments with nucleotide precision, which facilitates the fabrication of hybrid materials with monodisperse biopolymer blocks. The directed functionalization of modified single-stranded DNA by Watson-Crick base-pairing is another key feature of DNA block copolymers. Furthermore, the appropriate selection of DNA sequence and organic polymer gives control over the material properties and their self-assembly into supramolecular structures. The introduction of a hydrophobic polymer into DBCs

  16. Functional materials derived from block copolymer self-assembly

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    Li, Tao

    is to fabricate interconnected and highly ordered metal oxide films by using a nano-porous polymer with gyroid morphology as the template. This unique structure is ideal for the solar cell application where a mesoscopic metal oxide scaffold functions as the electron collection and transport material. Two......The main objective of this project is to explore block copolymer self-assembly for generating functional materials with well-defined morphology on sub-20 nanometer length scale, which can be utilized in many important applications such as solar cells and nanolithography. One of the specific targets......-casting, the block copolymer self-organizes into monolayer packed sphere pattern, without any surface treatment of the substrate and annealing process. Arrays of nano-pillars and nanowells of various materials are fabricated in dry etch processes over wafer scale without defects. We also show an in situ Al2O3 hard...

  17. 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


    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.

  18. New Fluorinated and Sulfonated Block Copolymers Final Report (United States)


    serves as a plasticizer even in the hydrophobic FI domain. Similar glass transition reduction effects observed in other ionomer systems have been...Sulfonated Ionomer : Thermal Annealing and Solvent Effects.” American Physical Society National Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. March 21, 2005. 4. Akinbode...optimizing morphology and ultimately properties, membranes have been cast from relatively inexpensive block-copolymer ionomers of fluorinated poly

  19. Solid-supported biomimetic membranes based on amphiphilic block copolymers


    Kowal, Justyna


    Planar artificial membranes based on amphiphilic block copolymers are of high interest due to their potential applications in catalysis, drug screening, sensing, etc. Such polymeric membranes can successfully mimic biological membranes, providing high robustness and stability, which makes them good candidates to be developed in direction of applications. Even though solid-supported polymer membranes have been already investigated to a certain extent, it is still an emerging area. This thesis ...

  20. Modification of isotactic polypropylene with styrene block-copolymers


    DENAC, Matjaž; Musil, Vojko; Makarovič, Matjaž


    With a modification the current properties of polymeric material can be improved, and even some new properties can be obtained. The success of polymeric modifiers mostly depend on the interaction intensity at the phase boundary of the polymer/modifier. The influence of polymeric modifiers on polypropylene matrices were investigated. Different sorts and types of styrene block-copolymers were used in a concentration range up to 20 vol.%. Samples were prepared by melt-mixing in a Brabender knead...

  1. Polystyrene-Polylactide Bottlebrush Block Copolymer at the Air/Water Interface (United States)

    Zhao, Lei; Byun, Myunghwan; Rzayev, Javid; Lin, Zhiqun


    Hydrophobic ultrahigh molecular weight bottlebrush block copolymer and linear block copolymer of polystyrene-polylactide (PS-PLA) were shown to be capable of forming Langmuir monolayers and exhibiting unique assembly behaviors at the air/water interface, which cannot be addressed by the classic theory of Langmuir monolayer of amphiphilic copolymers. New models were proposed to illustrate these intriguing surface behaviors. The self-assembled structure of Langmuir monolayer of bottlebrush block copolymer was determined by a combination of AFM measurement, thermal annealing, and enzymatic degradation experiment. To the best of our knowledge, this is among few studies on hydrophobic block copolymers at the air/water interface. As such, it not only complements the well-known models of self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers at the air/water interface but also expands the use of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique to hydrophobic block copolymers.

  2. Electrically Tunable Soft-Solid Block Copolymer Structural Color. (United States)

    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


    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.

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

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    Kazuhiro Nakabayashi


    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.

  4. 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: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)


    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.

  5. Effect of block composition on thermal properties and melt viscosity of poly[2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate], poly(ethylene oxide and poly(propylene oxide block co-polymers

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    Full Text Available To modify the rheological properties of certain commercial polymers, a set of block copolymers were synthesized through oxyanionic polymerization of 2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate to the chain ends of commercial prepolymers, namely poly(ethylene oxide (PEO, poly(ethylene oxide-block-poly(propylene oxide-block-poly(ethylene oxide (PEO-PPO-PEO, and poly(propylene oxide (PPO. The formed block copolymers were analysed with size exclusion chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in order to confirm block formation. Thermal characterization of the resulting polymers was done with differential scanning calorimetry. Thermal transition points were also confirmed with rotational rheometry, which was primarily used to measure melt strength properties of the resulting block co-polymers. It was observed that the synthesised poly[2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate]-block (PDM affected slightly the thermal transition points of crystalline PEO-block but the influence was stronger on amorphous PPO-blocks. Frequency sweeps measured above the melting temperatures for the materials confirmed that the pre-polymers (PEO and PEO-PPO-PEO behave as Newtonian fluids whereas polymers with a PDM block structure exhibit clear shear thinning behaviour. In addition, the PDM block increased the melt viscosity when compared with that one of the pre-polymer. As a final result, it became obvious that pre-polymers modified with PDM were in entangled form, in the melted state as well in the solidified form.


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    Zhi-bin Jiang; Rong Wang; Gi Xue


    Self assemblies of ABC triblock copolymer thin films on a densely brush-coated substrate were investigated by using the self-consistent field theory. The middle block B and the coated polymer form one phase and the alternating phase A and phase C occur when the film is very thin either for the neutral or selective hard surface (which is opposite to the brush-coated substrate). The lamellar phase is stable on the hard surface when it is neutral and interestingly, the short block tends to stay on this hard surface. The rippled structure forms when the cylindrical phase exists near the surface between grafted polymers and ABC block copolymers. Due to the existence of the hydrophilic brush-coated surface serving as a soft surface of the film, the energy fluctuation existing in the film confined by two hard surfaces disappears. The results are helpful for designing the nanopattern of the film and realizing the functional thin film, such as adding the functional short block A to the BC diblock copolymer.

  7. Synthesis of segmented (pb(ps-block-pb)(n)) and (pb(san-block- pb)(n)) block-copolymers via polymeric thermal iniferters

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


    A technique is described for the synthesis of segmented poly(butadiene-block-styrene) block copolymers and segmented poly(butadiene-block-(styrene-co-acrylonitrile)) block copolymers through polybutadiene-based thermal iniferters. Dihydroxy- and dicarboxy-terminated polybutadienes were transformed i

  8. Triazene UV-triggered photogeneration of silver/gold nanoparticles in block copolymer templates

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    Melinte, Violeta; Chibac, Andreea; Buruiana, Tinca; Hitruc, Gabriela; Buruiana, Emil C., E-mail: [Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Polyaddition and Photochemistry Department (Romania)


    This article describes an attractive way to in situ create noble metal nanoparticles in block copolymer matrixes through the UV-triggered photodecomposition of the photolabile triazene units without the use of any conventional reducing agent. The poly(isodecyl methacrylate-co-triazene urethane methacrylate) random copolymer containing pendent photocleavable triazene junctions (COP-1) was synthesized under RAFT conditions and subsequently employed as macroinitiator to obtain a block copolymer, namely poly(isodecyl methacrylate-co-triazene urethane methacrylate)-block-poly(acrylic acid) (COP-2). The photogeneration of silver/gold metal nanoparticles (NPs) from noble metal precursors (1 wt% AgNO{sub 3} or AuBr{sub 3} metal salts) induced through the UV decomposition of triazene units with the formation of some radical active species was monitored in solution and thin films. The in situ growth of Ag/Au nanostructures into polymer matrixes for which the light is a key element has been confirmed by UV spectroscopy and TEM analysis. The TEM images allowed the visualization of the silver NPs (sizes of 4–16 nm in COP-1 and of 2–6 nm in COP-2) as well as of the gold NPs (sizes between 10 and 20 nm in COP-1 and from 15 to 25 nm in COP-2), which are mainly spherical in shape, even though there is some triangular or hexagonal gold nanoparticles.

  9. Sequential Block Copolymer Self-Assemblies Controlled by Metal-Ligand Stoichiometry. (United States)

    Yin, Liyuan; Wu, Hongwei; Zhu, Mingjie; Zou, Qi; Yan, Qiang; Zhu, Liangliang


    While numerous efforts have been devoted to developing easy-to-use probes based on block copolymers for detecting analytes due to their advantages in the fields of self-assembly and sensing, a progressive response on block copolymers in response to a continuing chemical event is not readily achievable. Herein, we report the self-assembly of a 4-piperazinyl-1,8-naphthalimide based functional block copolymer (PS-b-PN), whose self-assembly and photophysics can be controlled by the stoichiometry-dependent metal-ligand interaction upon the side chain. The work takes advantages of (1) stoichiometry-controlled coordination-structural transformation of the piperazinyl moiety on PS-b-PN toward Fe(3+) ions, thereby resulting in a shrinkage-expansion conversion of the self-assembled nanostructures in solution as well as in thin film, and (2) stoichiometry-controlled competition between photoinduced electron transfer and spin-orbital coupling process upon naphthalimide fluorophore leading to a boost-decline emission change of the system. Except Fe(3+) ions, such a stoichiometry-dependent returnable property cannot be observed in the presence of other transition ions. The strategy for realizing the dual-channel sequential response on the basis of the progressively alterable nanomorphologies and emissions might provide deeper insights for the further development of advanced polymeric sensors.

  10. Complex microstructures of ABC triblock copolymer thin films directed by polymer brushes based on self-consistent field theory. (United States)

    Jiang, Zhibin; Xu, Chang; Qiu, Yu Dong; Wang, Xiaoliang; Zhou, Dongshan; Xue, Gi


    The morphology and the phase diagram of ABC triblock copolymer thin film directed by polymer brushes are investigated by the self-consistent field theory in three dimensions. The polymer brushes coated on the substrate can be used as a good soft template to tailor the morphology of the block copolymer thin films compared with those on the hard substrates. The polymer brush is identical with the middle block B. By continuously changing the composition of the block copolymer, the phase diagrams are constructed for three cases with the fixed film thickness and the brush density: identical interaction parameters, frustrated and non-frustrated cases. Some ordered complex morphologies are observed: parallel lamellar phase with hexagonally packed pores at surfaces (LAM3 (ll) -HFs), perpendicular lamellar phase with cylinders at the interface (LAM(⊥)-CI), and perpendicular hexagonally packed cylinders phase with rings at the interface (C2 (⊥)-RI). A desired direction (perpendicular or parallel to the coated surfaces) of lamellar phases or cylindrical phases can be obtained by varying the composition and the interactions between different blocks. The phase diagram of ABC triblock copolymer thin film wetted between the polymer brush-coated surfaces is very useful in designing the directed pattern of ABC triblock copolymer thin film.

  11. Metal Nanoparticle/Block Copolymer Composite Assembly and Disassembly. (United States)

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


    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.

  12. Synthesis of polyacrylonitrile-block-polydimethylsiloxane-block-polyacrylonitrile triblock copolymers via RAFT polymerization

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    Zheng Yue; Deng Xu Wang; Jing Quan Liu; Jie Zhang; Sheng Yu Feng


    A new A-B-A type of block copolymers,polyacrylonitrile-block-polydimethylsiloxane-block-polyacrylonitrile (PAN-b-PDMS-b-PAN),which comprises two polymer blocks of different polarities and compatibilities,were synthesized for the first time via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization.Reaction kinetics was investigated.PAN-b-PDMS-b-PAN films were prepared by spin-coating on glass chips.Significant order on the film surface morphologies was observed.(C) 2012 Jie Zhang.Published by Elsevier B.V.on behalf of Chinese Chemical Society.All rights reserved.

  13. A tri-block copolymer templated synthesis of gold nanostructures. (United States)

    Falletta, Ester; Ridi, Francesca; Fratini, Emiliano; Vannucci, Chiara; Canton, Patrizia; Bianchi, Sabrina; Castelvetro, Valter; Baglioni, Piero


    Stable ultra-small gold nanoparticles have been synthesized in aqueous phase by using a tri-block copolymer (BMB) as a templating agent consisting of two PEG-methylacrylate chains (B blocks) anchored to a poly(methacrylic) moiety containing a trithiocarbonate unit (M block). The effect of the BMB/Au molar ratios on the final particle size, shape and monodispersity has been investigated. The synthesized nanosols have been characterized by means of Visible Absorption, Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Results clearly indicate that the polymer plays a key role in determining the size and shape of gold particles, from fractal-like structures to monodisperse spherical particles with a mean diameter of about 3 nm. The aggregation behavior of these nanostructures has been characterized both in solution (SAXS) as well as on mica substrate (AFM) and has been proven to be driven by the polymer to gold concentration ratio.

  14. Periodic nanoscale patterning of polyelectrolytes over square centimeter areas using block copolymer templates. (United States)

    Oded, Meirav; Kelly, Stephen T; Gilles, Mary K; Müller, Axel H E; Shenhar, Roy


    Nano-patterned materials are beneficial for applications such as solar cells, opto-electronics, and sensing owing to their periodic structure and high interfacial area. Here, we present a non-lithographic approach for assembling polyelectrolytes into periodic nanoscale patterns over cm(2)-scale areas. Chemically modified block copolymer thin films featuring alternating charged and neutral domains are used as patterned substrates for electrostatic self-assembly. In-depth characterization of the deposition process using spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, including the state-of-the-art scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), reveals both the selective deposition of the polyelectrolyte on the charged copolymer domains as well as gradual changes in the film topography that arise from further penetration of the solvent molecules and possibly also the polyelectrolyte into these domains. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of creating nano-patterned polyelectrolyte layers, which opens up new opportunities for structured functional coating fabrication.

  15. Design of block-copolymer-based micelles for active and passive targeting

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    Lebouille, Jérôme G.J.L.; Leermakers, Frans A.M.; Cohen Stuart, Martien A.; Tuinier, Remco


    A self-consistent field study is presented on the design of active and passive targeting block-copolymeric micelles. These micelles form in water by self-assembly of triblock copolymers with a hydrophilic middle block and two hydrophobic outer blocks. A minority amount of diblock copolymers with the

  16. Block copolymer route towards poly(vinylidene fluoride)/poly(methacrylic acid)/nickel nanocomposites

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    Voet, V.S.D.; Hermida-Merino, D.; Brinke, G. ten; Loos, K.


    PVDF-based block copolymers have been employed as precursors for the construction of PVDF/PMAA/Ni nanocomposites. New poly(tert-butyl methacrylate)-block-poly(vinylidene fluoride)-block-poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) (PtBMA-b-PVDF-b-PtBMA) triblock copolymers were synthesized via atom transfer radica

  17. Effect of sequence features on assembly of spider silk block copolymers. (United States)

    Tokareva, Olena S; Lin, Shangchao; Jacobsen, Matthew M; Huang, Wenwen; Rizzo, Daniel; Li, David; Simon, Marc; Staii, Cristian; Cebe, Peggy; Wong, Joyce Y; Buehler, Markus J; Kaplan, David L


    Bioengineered spider silk block copolymers were studied to understand the effect of protein chain length and sequence chemistry on the formation of secondary structure and materials assembly. Using a combination of in vitro protein design and assembly studies, we demonstrate that silk block copolymers possessing multiple repetitive units self-assemble into lamellar microstructures. Additionally, the study provides insights into the assembly behavior of spider silk block copolymers in concentrated salt solutions.

  18. Self-assembling Characteristics of Amphiphilic Star Block Copolymers with a Polyelectrolyte Shell

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    S.Strandman; A.Zarembo; V.Aseyev; S.J.Butcher; H.Tenhu


    1 Results Amphiphilic block copolymers are capable of forming supramolecular assemblies resembling those observed in nature,such as spherical micelles,worm micelles,and vesicles.Changing the solvent composition,ionic strength or pH of the polymer solution may induce the self-assembly of block copolymers or trigger the transition between the geometries of noncovalent assemblies.In the current work,we have synthesised starlike amphiphilic block copolymers having hydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate),PMMA,...

  19. Block copolymers : controlling nanostructure to generate functional materials : synthesis, characterization, and engineering


    Epps, Thomas H.; O'Reilly, Rachel K.


    n this perspective, we survey recent advances in the synthesis and characterization of block copolymers, discuss several key materials opportunities enabled by block copolymers, and highlight some of the challenges that currently limit further realization of block copolymers in promising nanoscale applications. One significant challenge, especially as the complexity and functionality of designer macromolecules increases, is the requirement of multiple complementary techniques to fully charact...

  20. Self-assembled isoporous block copolymer membranes with tuned pore sizes

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    Yu, Haizhou


    The combination of nonsolvent-induced phase separation and the self-assembly of block copolymers can lead to asymmetric membranes with a thin highly ordered isoporous skin layer. The effective pore size of such membranes is usually larger than 15 nm. We reduced the pore size of these membranes by electroless gold deposition. We demonstrate that the pore sizes can be controlled precisely between 3 and 20 nm leading to a tunable sharp size discrimination in filtration processes. Besides fractionation of nanoparticles and biomaterials, controlled drug delivery is an attractive potential application. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Designing block copolymer architectures for targeted membrane performance

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    Dorin, Rachel Mika


    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.


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    Cheng Zhang; Wen Zhu; Lei Gao; Yong-ming Chen


    Functional amphiphilic block copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly[(3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate)-co-(1-pyrene-methyl) methacrylate], PEG113-b-P(TEPM26-co-PyMMA4),was synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiated by monomethoxy capped poly(ethylene glycol) bromoisobutyrate.This polymer exhibited strong ability to disperse and exfoliate single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in different solvents due to the adhesion of pyrene units to surface of SWNTs.In aqueous solution,the PTEPM segments that were located on the nanotube surfaces with the pyrene units could be gelated and,as a result,the silica oxide networks with PEG coronas were formed on the surface of nanotubes,which ensured the composites with a good dispersibility and stability.Furthermore,functional silane coupling agents,3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane,were introduced during dispersion of SWNTs using the block copolymers.They were co-gelated with PTEPM segments,and the -SH and -NH2 functionalitieswere introduced into the silica oxide coats respectively.

  3. 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


    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.

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

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


    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.

  5. In situ gelling stimuli-sensitive block copolymer hydrogels for drug delivery. (United States)

    He, Chaoliang; Kim, Sung Wan; Lee, Doo Sung


    Stimuli-sensitive block copolymer hydrogels, which are reversible polymer networks formed by physical interactions and exhibit a sol-gel phase-transition in response to external stimuli, have great potential in biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, especially in site-specific controlled drug-delivery systems. The drug may be mixed with a polymer solution in vitro and the drug-loaded hydrogel can form in situ after the in vivo administration, such as injection; therefore, stimuli-sensitive block copolymer hydrogels have many advantages, such as simple drug formulation and administration procedures, no organic solvent, site-specificity, a sustained drug release behavior, less systemic toxicity and ability to deliver both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. Among the stimuli in the biomedical applications, temperature and pH are the most popular physical and chemical stimuli, respectively. The temperature- and/or pH-sensitive block copolymer hydrogels for biomedical applications have been extensively developed in the past decade. This review focuses on recent development of the preparation and application for drug delivery of the block copolymer hydrogels that respond to temperature, pH or both stimuli, including poly(N-substituted acrylamide)-based block copolymers, poloxamers and their derivatives, poly(ethylene glycol)-polyester block copolymers, polyelectrolyte-based block copolymers and the polyelectrolyte-modified thermo-sensitive block copolymers. In addition, the hydrogels based on other stimuli-sensitive block copolymers are discussed.

  6. Gamma radiation induced degradation in PE-PP block copolymer

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    Ravi, H. R.; Sreepad, H. R.; Ahmed, Khaleel; Govindaiah, T. N. [P.G. Department of Physics, Government College (Autonomous), Mandya - 571401, Karnataka State (India)


    In the present investigation, effect of gamma irradiation on the PP-PE block copolymer has been studied. The polymer has been subjected to gamma irradiation from 100 to 500 Mrad dosages. Characterization of the polymer using XRD and FTIR was done both before irradiation and after irradiation in each step. Effect of irradiation on the electrical properties of the material has also been studied. FTIR study shows that the sample loses C - C stretching mode of vibration but gains C=C stretching mode of vibration after irradiation. Present investigation clearly indicates that though the electrical conductivity increases in the material, it undergoes degradation and shows brittleness due to irradiation.

  7. Multifunctional nanoassemblies of block copolymers for future cancer therapy

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    Horacio Cabral and Kazunori Kataoka


    Full Text Available Nanoassemblies from amphiphilic block copolymers are promising nanomedicine platforms for cancer diagnosis and therapy due to their relatively small size, high loading capacity of drugs, controlled drug release, in vivo stability and prolonged blood circulation. Recent clinical trials with self-assembled polymeric micelles incorporating anticancer drugs have shown improved antitumor activity and decreased side effects encouraging the further development of nanoassemblies for drug delivery. This review summarizes recent approaches considering stimuli-responsive, multifunctionality and more advanced architectures, such as vesicles or worm-like micelles, for tumor-specific drug and gene delivery.

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

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    Marques, Debora S.


    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.

  9. Low molecular weight block copolymers as plasticizers for polystyrene

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


    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...... for polystyrene-b-polyisoprene-b-polystyrene (SIS) block copolymers. The end use properties of SIS plasticized with polystyrene-b-alkyl, measured as tensile strength, is higher than for SIS plasticized with dioctyl adipate. The polystyrene-b-polybutadiene-b-polystyrene and polystyrene-bpoly(propylene glycol...

  10. Tough Block Copolymer Organogels and Elastomers as Short Fiber Composites (United States)

    Kramer, Edward J.


    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.

  11. The formation of standing cylinders in block copolymer films by irreversibly adsorbed polymer layers on substrates (United States)

    Shang, Jun; Jiang, Naisheng; Endoh, Maya; Koga, Tadanori


    Block copolymers offer a simple and effective route to produce standing cylindrical nanostructures with regularity on the order of 10-100 nm, the length scale that is desirable for many advanced applications. However, these formations have been especially troublesome due to the fact that preferential interactions between one of the blocks and the surfaces will induce parallel alignment of the cylinders in order to minimize interfacial and surface energy. Here we introduce an alternative simple method utilizing an irreversibly adsorbed polymer layer (a ``Guiselin'' brush) as a neutral ``substrate'' formed on solid substrates for the arrangement of standing cylindrical nanostructures. The effect of polymer adsorbed layer on the long range ordering of asymmetric cylinder forming poly(styrene-block-ethylene/butylene-block-styrene) (SEBS) triblock copolymer thin films were investigated by using a combination of grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering and atomic force microscopy techniques. We found that the SEBS, which forms cylinders lying parallel to the surface when prepared on silicon substrates, show standing cylindrical structures on selected Guiselin brush layers after prolong thermal annealing. The details will be discussed in the presentation. We acknowledges the financial support from NSF Grant No. CMMI-084626

  12. 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 Kra...... 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....... to the structural data derived from SAXS [4] the MMT acts like a nucleating agent to the PP that starts competitive nucleation of crystallites in the PP during manufacturing. Consequently, the PP crystallites in the composites are small and imperfect. This means that the self-reinforcement of the PP (by its...

  13. Silver-enhanced block copolymer membranes with biocidal activity

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    Madhavan, Poornima


    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.

  14. Non-liftoff block copolymer nanolithography of magnetic nanodot arrays (United States)

    Baruth, A.; Rodwogin, M. D.; Shankar, A.; Torija, M. A.; Erickson, M. J.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Leighton, C.


    Nanolithographic techniques based on self-assembled block copolymer templates offer exceptional potential for fabrication of large-area nanostructure arrays from a wide variety of functional materials. Despite significant progress with control of the template ordering, and development of pattern transfer schemes, significant issues exist with common techniques such as lift-off and etching. Here, we demonstrate successful execution of a nanolithographic process based on climate-controlled solvent annealing of easily degradable cylinder-forming poly(styrene- b -lactide) block copolymer films that avoids both lift-off and the most challenging aspects of etching. Essentially, we use an overfill/planarize/etch-back ``Damascene-type'' process, exploiting the large Ar ion beam etch rate contrast between polystyrene and typical metals. The process is demonstrated via formation of a large-area array of 12 nm thick, 25 +/- 3 nm diameter Ni 80 Fe 20 nanodots (~ 0.4 x 1012 dots/ in 2) with hexagonally-close-packed local order. Extensive microscopy, magnetometry, and electrical measurements provide detailed characterization of the pattern formation and fidelity. We argue that this generic approach can be applied to a wide variety of materials and is scalable to even smaller feature sizes. Funded by NSF MRSEC.

  15. Transport of Water in Semicrystalline Block Copolymer Membranes (United States)

    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.

  16. Molecular exchange in block copolymer micelles: when corona chains overlap (United States)

    Lu, Jie; Lodge, Timothy; Bates, Frank; Choi, Soohyung


    The chain exchange kinetics of poly(styrene-b-ethylenepropylene) (PS-PEP) diblock copolymer micelles in squalane (C30H62) was investigated using time-resolved small angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS). The solvent is a mixture of h-squalane and d-squalane that contrast-matches a mixed 50/50 h/d PS micelle core. As isotope labeled chains exchange, the core contrast decreases, leading to a reduction in scattering intensity. This strategy therefore allows direct probing of the chain exchange rate. Separate copolymer micellar solutions containing either deuterium labeled (dPS) or normal (hPS) poly(styrene) core blocks were prepared and mixed at room temperature, below the core glass transition temperature. The samples were heated to several temperatures (around 100 °C) and monitored by TR-SANS every 5 min. As polymer concentration was increased from 1% to 15% by volume, we observed a significant slowing down of chain exchange rate. Similar retarded kinetics was found when part of the solvent in the 1% solution was replaced by homopolymer PEP (comparable size as corona block). Furthermore, if all the solvent is replaced with PEP, no exchange was detected for up to 3hr at 200 °C. These results will be discussed in terms of a molecular model for chain exchange Infineum, Iprime, NIST, ORNL

  17. Structure-property relationships in multilayered polymeric system and olefinic block copolymers (United States)

    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 (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 with crystallization from a miscible melt. Crystallization of the hard blocks forces segregation of the noncrystallizable soft blocks into the interlamellar regions. Good separation of hard and soft blocks in the solid state is confirmed by distinct and separate beta- and alpha-relaxations in all the block copolymers. Compared to statistical ethylene-octene copolymers, the blocky architecture imparts a substantially higher crystallization temperature, a higher melting temperature and a better organized crystalline morphology, while maintaining a lower glass transition temperature. The

  18. Morphology Control of Copolymer Thin Films by Nanoparticles


    Shagolsem, Lenin Singh


    Diblock-Copolymers (DBCs), created by covalently joining two chemically distinct polymer blocks, spontaneously form various nanoscale morphologies such as lamellae, cylinders, spheres, etc. due to the chemical incompatibility of its constituent blocks. This effect is called microphase separation in the literature. Because of this self-organizing property DBCs find applications in many areas e.g. in creating selective membranes, and in polymer based modern electronic devices like organic photo...

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

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    Moreno, Nicolas


    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.

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

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    Sepe, A; Hoppe, E T; Jaksch, S; Magerl, D; Zhong, Q; Papadakis, C M [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physikdepartment, Fachgebiet Physik weicher Materie/Lehrstuhl fuer funktionelle Materialien, James-Franck-Strasse 1, 85747 Garching (Germany); Perlich, J [HASYLAB at DESY, Notkestrasse 85, 22603 Hamburg (Germany); Posselt, D [IMFUFA, Department of Science, Systems and Models, Roskilde University, PO Box 260, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Smilgies, D-M, E-mail: [Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), Wilson Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (United States)


    We report on the temperature dependence of the nanostructure of thin block copolymer films, as studied using in situ grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS). We focus on spin-coated poly(styrene-b-butadiene) diblock copolymer thin films featuring lamellae perpendicular to the substrate. In situ GISAXS measurements elucidate the structural changes during heat treatment at temperatures between 60 and 130 {sup 0}C. Thermal treatment below 100 {sup 0}C does not destroy the perpendicular lamellar order. In contrast, treatment between 105 and 120 {sup 0}C leads to a broad distribution of lamellar orientations which only partially recovers upon subsequent cooling. Treatment at 130 {sup 0}C leads to severe changes of the film structure. We attribute the change of behavior at 100 {sup 0}C to the onset of the glass transition of the polystyrene block and the related increase of long-range mobility. Our results indicate that the perpendicular lamellar orientation for high molar mass samples is not stable under all conditions.


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


    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.

  2. Adsorption of charged di-block copolymers : effect on colloidal stability.

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    Israëls, R.


    In this thesis we present Scheutjens-Fleer (SF) calculations on the adsorption of diblock copolymers. More specifically, we restrict ourselves to adsorption at uncharged surfaces, while the specific type of block copolymers we consider have one uncharged adsorbing "anchor" block and one non-adsorbin

  3. Structure–property relations of segmented block copolymers with liquid–liquid demixed morphologies

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    Schuur, van der Martijn; Heide, van der Evert; Feijen, Jan; Gaymans, Reinoud J.


    Poly(propylene oxide) based polyether(ester-amide)s (PEEA) with non-crystallisable amide segments were synthesized and their structure–property relations studied. These model segmented block copolymers were used to gain insight in the structure–property relations of block copolymers with liquid–liqu

  4. Effect of nanoscale morphology on selective ethanol transport through block copolymer membranes (United States)

    We report on the effect of block copolymer domain size on transport of liquid mixtures through the membranes by presenting pervaporation data of an 8 wt% ethanol/water mixture through A-B-A and B-A-B triblock copolymer membranes. The A-block was chosen to facilitate ethanol transport while the B-blo...

  5. Hydrophilic block azidation of PCL-b-PEO block copolymers from epichlorohydrin. (United States)

    Liu, Junjie; Gan, Zhihua


    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PCL-b-PEO) with well-controlled pendant azido groups along the hydrophilic PEO block, that is, poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-b-poly(ethylene oxide-co-glycidyl azide) (PCL-b-P(EO-co-GA)), are synthesized from poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-b-poly(ethylene oxide-co-epichlorohydrin) (PCL-b-P(EO-co-ECH)). The further conversion of those azido groups along the hydrophilic block of copolymers into amino or carboxyl groups via click chemistry is studied. The micelles self-assembled from PCL-b-P(EO-co-GA) with azido groups on the shell are crosslinked by the dialkynyl-PEO. The micelles with crosslinked shell show better stability, higher drug loading capacities, subsequent faster drug release rate, and higher cytotoxicity to cancer cells. The introduction of azido groups into PCL-b-PEO amphiphilic diblock copolymers from epichlorohydrin in PEO hydrophilic block in this work provides a new method for biofunctionalization of micelles via mild click chemistry.

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

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    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.

  7. Improved compositional analysis of block copolymers using diffusion ordered NMR spectroscopy. (United States)

    Viel, Stéphane; Mazarin, Michaël; Giordanengo, Rémi; Phan, Trang N T; Charles, Laurence; Caldarelli, Stefano; Bertin, Denis


    Block copolymers constitute a fascinating class of polymeric materials that are used in a broad range of applications. The performance of these materials is highly coupled to the physical and chemical properties of the constituting block copolymers. Traditionally, the composition of block copolymers is obtained by 1H NMR spectroscopy on purified copolymer fractions. Specifically, the integrals of a properly selected set of 1H resonances are compared and used to infer the number average molecular weight (M(n)) of one of the block from the (typically known) M(n) value of the other. As a corollary, compositional determinations achieved on imperfectly purified samples lead to serious errors, especially when isolation of the block copolymer from the initial macro initiator is tedious. This investigation shows that Diffusion Ordered NMR Spectroscopy (DOSY) can be used to provide a way to assess the advancement degree of the copolymerization purification/reaction, in order to optimize it and hence contribute to an improved compositional analysis of the resulting copolymer. To this purpose, a series of amphiphilic polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) block copolymers, obtained by controlled free-radical nitroxide mediated polymerization, were analyzed and it is shown that, under proper experimental conditions, DOSY allows for an improved compositional analysis of these block copolymers.

  8. Sub-15nm Silicon Lines Fabrication via PS-b-PDMS Block Copolymer Lithography

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    Rasappa, Sozaraj; Schulte, Lars; Borah, Dipu


    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 annealing techniques. BCP nanopatterns formed after the annealing process have been confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) after removal of upper PDMS wetting layer by plasma etching. Silicon nanostructures were obtained...... by subsequent plasma etching to the underlying substrate by an anisotropic dry etching process. SEM images reveal the formation of silicon nanostructures, notably of sub-15nm dimensions....

  9. Anion conductive aromatic block copolymers containing diphenyl ether or sulfide groups for application to alkaline fuel cells. (United States)

    Yokota, Naoki; Ono, Hideaki; Miyake, Junpei; Nishino, Eriko; Asazawa, Koichiro; Watanabe, Masahiro; Miyatake, Kenji


    A novel series of aromatic block copolymers composed of fluorinated phenylene and biphenylene groups and diphenyl ether (QPE-bl-5) or diphenyl sulfide (QPE-bl-6) groups as a scaffold for quaternized ammonium groups is reported. The block copolymers were synthesized via aromatic nucleophilic substitution polycondensation, chloromethylation, quaternization, and ion exchange reactions. The block copolymers were soluble in organic solvents and provided thin and bendable membranes by solution casting. The membranes exhibited well-developed phase-separated morphology based on the hydrophilic/hydrophobic block copolymer structure. The membranes exhibited mechanical stability as confirmed by DMA (dynamic mechanical analyses) and low gas and hydrazine permeability. The QPE-bl-5 membrane with the highest ion exchange capacity (IEC = 2.1 mequiv g(-1)) exhibited high hydroxide ion conductivity (62 mS cm(-1)) in water at 80 °C. A noble metal-free fuel cell was fabricated with the QPE-bl-5 as the membrane and electrode binder. The fuel cell operated with hydrazine as a fuel exhibited a maximum power density of 176 mW cm(-2) at a current density of 451 mA cm(-2).

  10. Synthesis and Surface Tension Properties of Polyethyleneimine—Polyethylene Oxide Block Copolymers

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    张剑; LONNIE,Bryant


    This peper describes the synthesis,surface tension and dispersancy properties of block copolymer nonionic surfactants comprised of polyethyleneimine(PEI) and polyethlene oxide(PEO) blocks of selected lengths.These block copolymers were prepared by a threestep synthetic sequence.Firstly,PEO glycol was converted to its dimethanesulphonylester (dimesyl) derivative by reacting with methanesulphonyl chloride.Then a tri-block polymer was preparaed by the ring-opening polymerization of 2-methly-2-oxazoline(MeOZO)with the dimesyl PEO derivative.Lastly,linear PEI blocks were obtained by subsequent hydrolysis and purification.1H NMR spectra confirmed the structures of the intermediate,final products and their purities(>99%).The utility of these block copolymers is described in terms of their surface tension and clay dispersancy measurements as a function of copolymer chain and block length.

  11. Surface energies and self-assembly of block copolymers on grafted surfaces. (United States)

    Trombly, David M; Pryamitsyn, Victor; Ganesan, Venkat


    We present a theoretical analysis of the self-assembly of diblock copolymers on surfaces grafted with random copolymers. Our results demonstrate that the surface energies of homopolymeric components on grafted surfaces differ from the corresponding values for self-assembled morphologies. Moreover, grafted random copolymers are shown to adapt their conformations in response to the morphology of the overlaying block copolymer film to create chemical inhomogeneities which modulate the interfacial interactions. Consequently, the surface energy differences between the different components on the grafted substrate do not serve as a useful measure to predict the stability of self-assembly of the diblock copolymer film.

  12. Extensible collagen in mussel byssus: a natural block copolymer. (United States)

    Coyne, K J; Qin, X X; Waite, J H


    To adhere to solid surfaces, marine mussels produce byssal threads, each of which is a stiff tether at one end and a shock absorber with 160 percent extensibility at the other end. The elastic extensibility of proximal byssus is extraordinary given its construction of collagen and the limited extension (less than 10 percent) of most collagenous materials. From the complementary DNA, we deduced that the primary structure of a collagenous protein (preCol-P) predominating in the extensible proximal portion of the threads encodes an unprecedented natural block copolymer with three major domain types: a central collagen domain, flanking elastic domains, and histidine-rich terminal domains. The elastic domains have sequence motifs that strongly resemble those of elastin and the amorphous glycine-rich regions of spider silk fibroins. Byssal thread extensibility may be imparted by the elastic domains of preCol-P.

  13. Influence of solvent on micellar morphologies of semifluorinated block copolymers. (United States)

    Lee, Min Young; Kim, Sang Jae; Jeong, Yeon Tae; Kim, Joo Hyun; Gal, Yeong-Soon; Lim, Kwon Taek


    The influence of solvents on micellar architectures of block copolymers composed of poly(1H,1H-dihydroperfluorooctyl methacrylate) and poly(ethylene oxide) was investigated. In this study, binary solvents with desired proportions were chosen, which had remarkable influence on the morphology of the resulting micelles. With simple adjusting the composition of the binary solvent of chloroform and trichlorofluoromethane, interesting shapes of micelle-like aggregates, such as core-shell, cylinder, worm-like and inverted micelles were formed with sizes of 15, 70, 30 and 250 nm, respectively. In the case of methanol/water system, core-shell spheres and vesicles were produced by varying the proportion of the contents. The morphologies were also tuned to honeycomb-like and bowl-shaped micelles as well as large planar lamellae with holes in DMF and water binary solvent.

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

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira


    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.

  15. Reinvestigation of the Block Copolymer Modulated Lamellar Structure

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    Mortensen, K.; Vigild, Martin Etchells


    We report extended crystallographic studies on shear-aligned block copolymer systems within the metastable modulated lamellae (ML) state. With studies limited to the "classical" orientations parallel and perpendicular to shear plane, the apparent modulated state would likely have been assigned...... simple lamellar. Surprisingly, upon rotating the sample to intermediate angles additional scattering reflections appear, which reveal the apparent ML phase much beyond what was expected. The modulated structure is a slightly distorted fcc structure. With the sample sheared at relatively low temperature......, presumably below the stable gyroid phase. we find a very well resolved ML texture corresponding to a simple twin structure of the distorted fcc structure. When shear-aligned within the hexagonal cylinder phase, and quenced to the gyroid phase or slightly below. we find ML alignment into a two...

  16. Directed Nanorod Assembly Using Block Copolymer-Based Supramolecules (United States)

    Thorkelsson, Kari; Mastroianni, Alexander; Ercius, Peter; Xu, Ting


    Nanorods display many unique electrical, mechanical, and optical properties unavailable in traditional bulk materials, and are attractive building blocks toward functional materials. The collective properties of anisotropic building blocks often depend strongly on their spatial arrangements, interparticle ordering, and macroscopic alignment. We have systematically investigated the phase behavior of nanocomposites composed of nanorods and block copolymer (BCP)-based supramolecules forming spherical, cylindrical and lamellar morphologies. Initial exploration showed that the nanorods can be readily dispersed in polymeric matrix and the overall morphology of nanorod-containing supramolecular nanocomposite depends on the nanorod-polymer interactions, inter-rod interactions and entropy associated with polymer chain deformation. The energetic contributions from the components of the system can be tailored to disperse nanorods with control over inter-rod ordering and the alignment of nanorods within BCP microdomains. By varying the supramolecular morphology and composition, arrays, sheets, and interconnected networks of nanorods are demonstrated that may prove useful for fabrication of optically and electrically active nanodevices.

  17. Dynamics of Chain Exchange in Block Copolymer Micelles (United States)

    Lodge, Timothy

    Block copolymer micelles are rarely at equilibrium. The primary reason is the large number of repeat units in the insoluble block, Ncore, which makes the thermodynamic penalty for extracting a single chain (``unimer exchange'') substantial. As a consequence, the critical micelle concentration (CMC) is rarely accessed experimentally; however, in the proximity of a critical micelle temperature (CMT), equilibration is possible. We have been using time-resolved small angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS) to obtain a detailed picture of the mechanisms and time scales for chain exchange, at or near equilibrium. Our model system is poly(styrene)-block-poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)) (PS-PEP), in the PEP-selective solvent squalane (C30H62) . Equivalent micelles with either normal (hPS) or perdeuterated (dPS) cores are initially mixed in a blend of isotopically substituted squalane, designed to contrast-match a 50:50 hPS:dPS core. Samples are then annealed at a target temperature, and chain exchange is revealed quantitatively by the temporal decay in scattered intensity. The rate of exchange as function of concentration, temperature, Ncore, Ncorona, and chain architecture (diblock versus triblock) will be discussed.

  18. 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)


    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.

  19. 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:; Yuan, Xiaoyan


    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.

  20. Compatibilization of low-density polyethylene/polystyrene blends by segmented EB(PS-block-EB)(n) block copolymers

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


    Hydrogenated segmented poly[butadiene-block-(styrene-block-butadiene)(n)] block copolymers, which were developed by use of a polymeric iniferter technique, were tested on their compatibilizing effectiveness for (10/90) LDPE/PS blends. They were found to be effective compatibilizers for this mixture,



    Rapoport, Natalya; Christensen, Douglas A.; KENNEDY, ANNE M.; NAM, KWEONHO


    Cavitation properties of block copolymer stabilized perfluoropentane nanoemulsions have been investigated. The nanoemulsions were stabilized by two biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers differing in the structure of the hydrophobic block, poly(ethylene oxide)-co-poly(L-lactide) (PEG-PLLA) and poly(ethylene oxide)-co-polycaprolactone (PEG-PCL). Cavitation parameters were measured in liquid emulsions and gels as a function of ultrasound pressure for unfocused or focused 1-MHz ultrasound. A...

  2. 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


    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.)

  3. Improved synthesis of polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide)-heparin block copolymers

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    Vulic, I.; Loman, A.J.B.; Feijen, J.; Okano, T.; Kim, S.W.


    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

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

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    Omotunde Olubi


    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.

  5. How to Place Block Copolymer Molecules at the Interface of a Binary Blend (United States)

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


    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.

  6. Anti-Biofouling Effect of PEG-Grafted Block Copolymer Synthesized by RAFT Polymerization. (United States)

    Kim, Seon-Mi; Han, Sang Suk; Kim, A Young; Choi, Beom-Jin; Paik, Hyun-Jong; Lee, Inwon; Park, Hyun; Chun, Ho Hwan; Cho, Youngjin; Hwang, Do-Hoon


    Poly(glycidyl methadrylate-block-styrene) (PGMA-b-PS), a block copolymer consisting of glycidyl methacrylate and styrene, was synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer living polymerization. The synthesized PGMA-b-PS was then grafted with low-molecular-weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) via epoxy ring opening to give PGMA-g-PEG-b-PS, which was evaluated as an anti-biofouling coating material. As a preliminary test for the anti-biofouling effect, a protein adsorption experiment was performed on the synthesized block copolymer surface. The block copolymers were spin-coated onto silicon wafers, and protein adsorption experiments were carried out using fluorescein isothiocyanate conjugate-labeled bovine serum albumin. The fluorescence intensity of the protein adsorbed on the block copolymer surface was compared with that of a polystyrene film as a reference. The synthesized PGMA-g-PEG-b-PS film showed much lower fluorescence intensity than that of the PS film.

  7. Gas-permeation properties of poly(ethylene oxide) poly(butylene terephthalate block copolymers

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    Metz, S.J.; Mulder, M.H.V.; Wessling, M.


    This paper reports the gas-permeation properties of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) segmented multiblock copolymers. These block copolymers allow a precise structural modification by the amount of PBT and the PEO segment length, enabling a systematic study of the relati

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

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    Jankova, Katja; Hvilsted, Søren


    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-...

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

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    Determan, Michael Duane [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    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

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(3-alkylthiophene)-containing Block Copolymers (United States)

    Ho, Victor

    temperatures can be used to directly manipulate, and thereby balance, the competition between the driving forces for crystallization and self-assembly. As evidence, the nanoscale structure is shown to be directly controlled via synthesis of block copolymers in which one block is the low melting temperature semiconducting polymer, poly(3-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophene). A wide range of morphologies with curved interfaces are observed which, in the past, have been precluded by the crystallization of poly(3-alkylthiophenes) with unbranched aliphatic side chains such as poly(3-hexylthiophene). Importantly, confinement of the conjugated polymer to nanoscale domains is not detrimental to the crystallinity or to charge transport over device-scale dimensions. Additionally, this approach is shown to be effective for a number of different chemistries providing a flexible methodology for obtaining periodic, semiconducting domains on the nanoscale. Together, these simple synthetic strategies can be used to tune the morphology of various length scales of thin film active layers and provide synthetic rules for design of novel semiconducting polymer systems.

  11. Mimicking conjugated polymer thin-film photophysics with a well-defined triblock copolymer in solution. (United States)

    Brazard, Johanna; Ono, Robert J; Bielawski, Christopher W; Barbara, Paul F; Vanden Bout, David A


    Conjugated polymers (CPs) are promising materials for use in electronic applications, such as low-cost, easily processed organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. Improving OPV efficiencies is hindered by a lack of a fundamental understanding of the photophysics in CP-based thin films that is complicated by their heterogeneous nanoscale morphologies. Here, we report on a poly(3-hexylthiophene)-block-poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-block-poly(3-hexylthiophene) rod-coil-rod triblock copolymer. In good solvents, this polymer resembles solutions of P3HT; however, upon the addition of a poor solvent, the two P3HT chains within the triblock copolymer collapse, affording a material with electronic spectra identical to those of a thin film of P3HT. Using this new system as a model for thin films of P3HT, we can attribute the low fluorescence quantum yield of films to the presence of a charge-transfer state, providing fundamental insights into the condensed phase photophysics that will help to guide the development of the next generation of materials for OPVs.

  12. On the Use of Self-Assembling Block Copolymers to Toughen A Model Epoxy (United States)

    Chen, Yilin

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

  13. Formation of nanophases in epoxy thermosets containing amphiphilic block copolymers with linear and star-like topologies. (United States)

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


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

  14. Funding initiates production of tunable nano-porous block copolymer membranes

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    Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor


    Researchers in Saudi Arabia at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology have created a membrane comprising a thin layer of densely packed, highly ordered cylindrical channels with uniform pore sizes - oriented perpendicular to its surface - on top of a non-ordered sponge-like layer. It is fabricated in a fast, one-step process by combining the self-assembly of an amphiphilic block copolymer (PS- b-P4VP) with non-solvent-induced phase separation. The university\\'s "Seed Fund" has helped the researchers to start manufacturing this membrane, which is particularly suited to size-selective and charge-based separation of bio-molecules. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of ABBA Block Copolymer of Glycolide and ε-Caprolactone

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    CHEN Li; CHEN Xue-si; DENG Ming-xiao; JING Xia-bin


    A biodegradable ABBA block copolymer was synthesized via the ring-opening co-polymerization of ε-caprolactone(CL, B) and glycolide(A) by means of step polymerization in the presence of ethylene glycol as an initiator and stannous octanoate as a catalyst at 110 ℃ for 48 h. The molecular length of the PCL pre-polymer(BB) could be adjusted by controlling the molar ratio of the ethylene glycol initiator to ε-caprolactone monomer. The structure and the composition of the block copolymer were determined by the weight ratio of the monomer glycolide(A) to PCL pre-polymer(BB). The block copolymers were characterized by 1H NMR, GPC, DSC and X-ray. The results confirm the successful synthesis of an ABBA block copolymer.

  16. 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;


    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) appe...

  17. Mussel-inspired block copolymer lithography for low surface energy materials of teflon, graphene, and gold. (United States)

    Kim, Bong Hoon; Lee, Duck Hyun; Kim, Ju Young; Shin, Dong Ok; Jeong, Hu Young; Hong, Seonki; Yun, Je Moon; Koo, Chong Min; Lee, Haeshin; Kim, Sang Ouk


    Mussel-inspired interfacial engineering is synergistically integrated with block copolymer (BCP) lithography for the surface nanopatterning of low surface energy substrate materials, including, Teflon, graphene, and gold. The image shows the Teflon nanowires and their excellent superhydrophobicity.

  18. Effects of Substrate Interactions on Out-of-Plane Order in Thin Films of Lamellar Copolymers (United States)

    Mitra, Indranil; Mahadevapuram, Nikhila; Bozhchenko, Alona; Strzalka, Joseph; Stein, Gila E.


    Block copolymer (BCP) thin films are widely studied and applied for low cost, large area nanopatterning of semiconductor devices and has a very low tolerance for both in-plane or out of plane defects. Here we study, defects in lamellar diblock copolymers as a function of film thickness and the types of interactions at the substrate interface. Thin films of poly (styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) with equilibrium periodicity 46nm were prepared and annealed on silicon substrates that were functionalized with a random copolymer P(s-r-MMA) brush. The resulting structures were evaluated with optical, scanning force and, scanning electron microscopy, along with grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). The in-plane correlation length (OCL) increased with brush grafting density, and increased with distance from the substrate interface. Out-of-plane order improved with brush grafting density, but thick films always contain a high density of misoriented domains. Based on these findings, we propose that (1) substrate pinning either induces or traps the mis-oriented domains, and (2) out-of-plane orientation defects are difficult to remove, from a thick film, because the energetic penalty for bending a ``tall'' domain is very low. Funding from NHARP and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston.

  19. Direct Nanorod Assembly Using Block Copolymer-Based Supramolecules (United States)

    Thorkelsson, Kari; Mastroianni, Alexander; Ercius, Peter; Xu, Ting


    One-dimensional nanomaterials with high aspect ratios, such as nanorods, exhibit unique and useful anisotropic optical, magnetic, and electrical properties. The collective properties of 1-D nanomaterials depend on their spatial arrangements, interparticle ordering, and macroscopic alignment. Developing routes to control their organization with high precision is critical to generate functional materials. We have investigated the co-assemblies of nanorods and block copolymer (BCP)-based supramolecules that self-assemble into spherical, lamellar and cylindrical morphologies. By varying energetic contributions from the rod-rod interactions and the deformation of the supramolecule, a wide library of nanorod assemblies including highly aligned arrays, continuous networks, and clusters can be readily accessed. Since macroscopic alignment of BCP microdomains can be obtained by application of external fields, present studies open up a new route to manipulate macroscopic alignments of nanorods. Fundamentally, these studies have demonstrated that in these blends, the energetic contributions from the polymer chain deformation and rod-rod interactions are comparable and can be tailored to disperse nanorods with control over inter-rod ordering and their relative alignment.

  20. Complexation-tailored morphology of asymmetric block copolymer membranes

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    Madhavan, Poornima


    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.

  1. Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors

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    Voet, V.S.D.; Tichelaar, M.; Tanase, S.; Mittelmeijer-Hazeleger, M.C.; ten Brinke, G.; Loos, K.


    The fabrication of nanoporous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVDF/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors is reported. Polystyrene-block-poly(vinylidene fluoride)-block-polystyrene (PS-b-PVDF-b-PS) is prepared through functional benzoyl peroxide initiated polymeri

  2. Block-Copolymer-Assisted Solubilization of Carbon Nanotubes and Exfoliation Monitoring Through Viscosity

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    Cotiuga, Irina; Picchioni, Francesco; Agarwal, Uday S.; Wouters, Daan; Loos, Joachim; Lemstra, Piet J.


    The use of the block copolymers polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) is described to assist the direct solubilization of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) into water under ultrasonic irradiation. As compared to surfactants and homopolym

  3. Synthesis and characterization of poly(phthalazinone ether nitrile)(PPEN)-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)block copolymers

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    Li Ming Dong; Gong Xiong Liao; Ming Jing Wang; Xi Gao Jian


    Block copolymers with different backbone compositions have been prepared by the condensation of dimethylamino terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane)(PDMS)and hydroquinone terminated poly(phthalazinone ether nitrile)(PPEN)in the presence of chlorobenzene/N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP)as solvents.The products were characterized by FTIR,1H NMR and gel permeation chromatography.Differential scanning calorimetry analysis indicated that the block copolymers showed separated microphase.

  4. Photocatalytic Nanostructuring of Graphene Guided by Block Copolymer Self-Assembly

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    Wang, Zhongli; Li, Tao; Schulte, Lars


    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...... copolymer template. This mask-free and nonchemical/nonplasma route offers an exciting platform for nanopatterning of graphene and other UV-transparent materials for device engineering....

  5. Mechano-responsive hydrogels crosslinked by reactive block copolymer micelles (United States)

    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

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

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    Madhavan, Poornima


    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.

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

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    Gratzl, Günther, E-mail: [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)


    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.

  8. Non-random crosslinking of polysulphone-polysiloxane alternating block copolymers under irradiation (United States)

    Xinfang, Chen; Chunshan, Zhang

    In this paper the effects of radiation on polysulphone-polysiloxane segmented copolymers have been investigated. The experimental observations indicate that the crosslinking reaction occurs primarily between siloxane segments and the intermolecular crosslinking of isopropylidene groups of adjacent polysulphone segments also takes place after the irradiation of higher doses. From the non-randon radiation crosslinking model which the block copolymer follows, the relationship between sol fraction and crosslink density is derived by a statistical method. The radiation crosslinking structure of block copolymers prepared by polycondensation of prepolymers, polysulphone and polysiloxane, can be controled by changing the average molecular weights of two prepolymers and the ratio of one component to the other.

  9. Plasmonic nanostructures based on block copolymer templates for efficient organic solar cells (United States)

    Go, Seung Jae; Lee, Dong-Eun; Lee, Dong Hyun; Chin, Byung Doo


    Plasmonic nanostructures fabricated from self-assembled patterns of block copolymers (BCPs) were applied for organic solar cells (OSCs). A thin film of a cylinder-forming polystrene- block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) copolymer (PS- b-P2VP) was spin-coated on the transparent electrode of the OSCs, where nanostructures such as dot, dot with mixed line, and line patterns emerged during different solvent annealing processes. Selective conversion of hydrogen tetrachloroaurate (III) (HAuCl4) in P2VP blocks yielded gold (Au) nanostructures, which were used to trigger the localized surface plasmonic resonance (LSPR) effect at the OSCs. Plasmonic nanostructures with almost similar scales of BCP patterns were formed at the anode/buffer interface at the OSC, showing no-table enhancements of the short circuit current ( J sc) and the power conversion efficiency (3.57% for the reference compared to 4.35% for the optimum LSPR-OSC) as the size and the anisotropy of Au patterns changed from a simple dot through an integrated dot-line pattern to a line pattern. Based on the experimental analyses of the light absorption, photoluminescence, and exciton lifetime of OSC, such an enhancement would be mainly attributed to size-dependent LSPR-induced scattering and absorption at the OSC's active layer, which is not in intimate contact with the Au nanostructures. Up to a 26% increase in the power conversion efficiency could be observed at the plasmonic structures from BCP template, providing an accurately tuning and powerful tailoring of the LSPR-enhancing patterns for the OSCs.

  10. 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:


    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.

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

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

  12. Block Copolymer Compatibilizers for Morphological Control on the Equilibrium Structural Characteristics of Polymer/Fullerene Blends (United States)

    Kipp, Dylan; Ganesan, Venkat


    We develop a single chain in mean field model for the equilibrium morphologies of solar cells based on the homopolymer/block copolymer/fullerene blend. Using our model, we study the ability of the block copolymer compatibilizer to provide morphological control on the domain and interfacial characteristics of the equilibrium structures. We focus our efforts on the case of a semiflexible homopolymer and a semiflexible/flexible diblock copolymer as these are emblematic of the kinds of molecules used in photovoltaic applications. Our results reveal a novel progression of morphologies in transitioning the ternary composition space, the rigidity of the semiflexible chains, and the flexible block ratio of the diblock copolymer. To elucidate the morphologies, we first present a series of ternary phase diagrams and then use a simple morphological characterization scheme to evaluate the domain sizes and interfacial quantities characterizing our equilibrium structures.

  13. Preparation of Pickering double emulsions using block copolymer worms. (United States)

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


    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.

  14. Low-Temperature Processable Block Copolymers That Preserve the Function of Blended Proteins. (United States)

    Iwasaki, Yasuhiko; Takemoto, Kyohei; Tanaka, Shinya; Taniguchi, Ikuo


    Low-temperature processable polymers have attracted increasing interest as ecological materials because of their reduced energy consumption during processing and suitability for making composites with heat-sensitive biomolecules at ambient temperature. In the current study, low-temperature processable biodegradable block copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of l-lactide (LLA) using polyphosphoester as a macroinitiator. The polymer films could be processed under a hydraulic pressure of 35 MPa. The block copolymer films swelled in water because the polyphosphoester block was partially hydrated. Interestingly, the swelling ratio of the films changed with temperature. The pressure-induced order-to-disorder transition of the block copolymers was characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering; a crystallinity reduction in the block copolymers was observed after application of pressure. The crystallinity of the block copolymers was recovered after removing the applied pressure. The Young's modulus of the block copolymer films increased as the LLA unit content increased. Moreover, the modulus did not change after multiple processing cycles and the recyclability of the block copolymers was also confirmed. Finally, polymer films with embedded proteinase K as a model protein were prepared. The activity of catalase loaded into the polymer films was evaluated after processing at different temperatures. The activity of catalase was preserved when the polymer films were processed at room temperature but was significantly reduced after high-temperature processing. The suitability of low-temperature processable biodegradable polymers for making biofunctional composites without reducing protein activity was clarified. These materials will be useful for biomedical and therapeutic applications.

  15. Design and Synthesis of Novel Block Copolymers for Efficient Opto-Electronic Applications (United States)

    Sun, Sam-Shajing; Fan, Zhen; Wang, Yiqing; Taft, Charles; Haliburton, James; Maaref, Shahin


    It has been predicted that nano-phase separated block copolymer systems containing electron rich donor blocks and electron deficient acceptor blocks may facilitate the charge carrier separation and migration in organic photovoltaic devices due to improved morphology in comparison to polymer blend system. This paper presents preliminary data describing the design and synthesis of a novel Donor-Bridge-Acceptor (D-B-A) block copolymer system for potential high efficient organic optoelectronic applications. Specifically, the donor block contains an electron donating alkyloxy derivatized polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), the acceptor block contains an electron withdrawing alkyl-sulfone derivatized polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), and the bridge block contains an electronically neutral non-conjugated aliphatic hydrocarbon chain. The key synthetic strategy includes the synthesis of each individual block first, then couple the blocks together. While the donor block stabilizes and facilitates the transport of the holes, the acceptor block stabilizes and facilitates the transport of the electrons, the bridge block is designed to hinder the probability of electron-hole recombination. Thus, improved charge separation and stability are expected with this system. In addition, charge migration toward electrodes may also be facilitated due to the potential nano-phase separated and highly ordered block copolymer ultra-structure.

  16. Opto-electronic devices from block copolymers and their oligomers.

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    Hadziioannou, G


    This paper presents research activities towards the development of polymer materials and devices for optoelectronics, An approach to controlling the conjugation length and transferring the luminescence properties of organic molecules to polymers through black copolymers containing well-defined conju

  17. Fluctuations, conformational asymmetry and block copolymer phase behaviour

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    Bates, F.S.; Schulz, M.F.; Khandpur, A.K.;


    Phase behaviour near the order-disorder transition (ODT) of 58 model hydrocarbon diblock copolymers, representing four different systems, is summarized. Six distinct ordered-state microstructures are reported, including hexagonally modulated lamellae (HML), hexagonally perforated layers (HPL) and...

  18. Hybrid titanium dioxide/PS-b-PEO block copolymer nanocomposites based on sol-gel synthesis

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    Gutierrez, J; Tercjak, A; Garcia, I; Peponi, L; Mondragon, I [' Materials-Technologies' Group, Departamento Ingenieria Quimica y Medio Ambiente, Escuela Politecnica, Universidad PaIs Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Plaza Europa 1, E-20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)], E-mail:


    The poly(styrene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (SEO) amphiphilic block copolymer, with two different molecular weights, has been used as a structure directing agent for generating nanocomposites of TiO{sub 2}/SEO via the sol-gel process. SEO amphiphilic block copolymers are designed with a hydrophilic PEO-block which can interact with inorganic molecules, as well as a hydrophobic PS-block which builds the matrix. The addition of different amounts of sol-gel provokes strong variations in the self-assembled morphology of TiO{sub 2}/SEO nanocomposites with respect to the neat block copolymer. As confirmed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), TiO{sub 2}/PEO-block micelles get closer, forming well-ordered spherical domains, in which TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles constitute the core surrounded by a corona of PEO-blocks. Moreover, for 20 vol% sol-gel the generated morphology changes to a hexagonally ordered structure for both block copolymers. The cylindrical structure of these nanocomposites has been confirmed by the two-dimensional Fourier transform power spectrum of the corresponding AFM height images. Affinity between titanium dioxide precursor and PEO-block of SEO allows us to generate hybrid inorganic/organic nanocomposites, which retain the optical properties of TiO{sub 2}, as evaluated by UV-vis spectroscopy.

  19. Correlating self-assembly of block copolymers for their application in synthesis of gold nanoparticles. (United States)

    Ray, Debes; Aswall, Vinod Kumar; Srivastava, Dinesh


    We report the role of self-assembly of polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymers for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles from hydrogen tetrachloroaureate (III) hydrate (HAuCl4 x 3H2O) in aqueous solution. The synthesis has been carried out using three different block copolymers P85 [EO26PO39EO26], F88 [EO103PO39EO103] and P105 [EO37PO56EO37], which not only have varying molecular weight but also differ in hydrophobicity to hydrophilicity ratio. The formation of gold nanoparticles is confirmed by the UV-Visible Spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) provides the sizes of the nanoparticles formed in these systems. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) techniques are used to correlate the self-assembly of block copolymer to their propensity to form gold nanoparticles. The yield is found to be in the order P105 > P85 > F88 and is related to the higher tendency of block copolymer to self-assemble to give greater yield of gold nanoparticles. For all the block copolymers, SANS and DLS results suggests that the yield in the synthesis does not always increases with the salt concentration and is limited due to the fact that most of the block copolymers remain unassociated with the gold nanoparticles. By making use of these unassociated block copolymers, we propose two methods (i) step addition method and (ii) additional reductant method, where the synthesis yield of gold nanoparticles can be enhanced by manifold.

  20. Experimental investigation of the behaviour and fate of block copolymers in fouling-release coatings

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    Noguer, Albert Camós; Olsen, Stefan Møller

    in the worsening of the fouling-inhibition properties of these complex systems, specially focusing on the behaviour and fate of the block copolymers used as additives. The development of various methods to visualize and quantify processes involving these copolymers are presented. Chapter 1 provides an overview......-release coatings. A coating based on a PDMS binder has been employed as model system in the thesis. The effect of the addition of various PEG-based surfactants and copolymers (i.e. amphiphiles) was investigated by a novel method developed in this project, and the diffusion coefficient and biofouling...... coatings. Images obtained by confocal microscopy proved that the copolymer molecules assemble in spherical domains inside the PDMS coating. The domains are smaller close to the surface and larger in the bulk of the film (with domains as large as 7 µm in diameter). The diffusion of copolymer from the bulk...

  1. Micellization of symmetric PEP-PEO block copolymers in water molecular weight dependence

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    Kaya, H; Allgaier, J; Stellbrink, J; Richter, D


    The micellar behaviour of the amphiphilic block copolymer poly-(ethylene-propylene)-poly-(ethylene oxide) (PEP-PEO) in aqueous solution has been studied with small-angle neutron scattering. The polymer was studied over a wide range of molecular weights, always keeping the volume of the blocks equal. The scattering behaviour of the solutions showed that a morphological transition takes place upon lowering the molecular weight. The high molecular weight block copolymers all build spherical, monodisperse micelles with large aggregation numbers. At low molecular weights, however, cylindrical micelles are formed. An interesting intermediate case is represented by the PEP2-PEO2 system, in which a morphological transition occurs upon dilution. (orig.)

  2. Monte Carlo simulations of self-assembling star-block copolymers in dilute solutions

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    patti, A


    Computer simulations have been performed to analyze the aggregation behavior in dilute solutions of star-block copolymers of the type (AB)n in a selective solvent for the B block. We found spontaneous aggregation of single stars and formation of roughly spherical aggregates. By changing the solvopho

  3. Block copolymers of styrene, isoprene, and ethylene oxide prepared by anionic polymerization. I. Synthesis and characterization

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    Koetsier, D.W.; Bantjes, A.; Feijen, J.


    Anionic polymerization has been used as a technique for the synthesis of five-block copolymers of polystyrene (PS), polyisoprene (PI), and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Two types of such polymers, PEO-PI-PS-PI-PEO and PEO-PS-PI-PS-PEO with varying PEO block length, have been prepared, using potassium

  4. Emulsions stabilized with PEO–PPO–PEO block copolymers and silica

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    Gosa, Kristiana-Lisette; Uricanu, Violeta


    The specific behavior of poly(ethylene oxide)–poly(propylene oxide)–poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO–PPO–PEO) tri-block copolymers in aqueous solutions was studied in the presence of vinyl acetate (VAc) and colloidal silica. Several factors controlling specific interactions were investigated, the block cop

  5. Synthesis and properties of lyotropic poly(amide-block-aramid) copolymers

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    De Ruijter, C.


    This thesis describes the synthesis and properties of liquid crystalline block copolymers comprised of alternating rigid and flexible blocks for the preparation of self-reinforcing materials. The incentive for this work was the expectation that the rigid segments would phase separate on a microscopi


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    YAO Ning


    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.

  7. Block copolymer mixtures as antimicrobial hydrogels for biofilm eradication. (United States)

    Lee, Ashlynn L Z; Ng, Victor W L; Wang, Weixin; Hedrick, James L; Yang, Yi Yan


    Current antimicrobial strategies have mostly been developed to manage infections due to planktonic cells. However, microbes in their nature state will tend to exist by attaching to and growing on living and inanimate surfaces that result in the formation of biofilms. Conventional therapies for treating biofilm-related infections are likely to be insufficient due to the lower susceptibility of microbes that are embedded in the biofilm matrix. In this study, we report the development of biodegradable hydrogels from vitamin E-functionalized polycarbonates for antimicrobial applications. These hydrogels were formed by incorporating positively-charged polycarbonates containing propyl and benzyl side chains with vitamin E moiety into physically cross-linked networks of "ABA"-type polycarbonate and poly(ethylene glycol) triblock copolymers. Investigations of the mechanical properties of the hydrogels showed that the G' values ranged from 1400 to 1600 Pa and the presence of cationic polycarbonate did not affect the stiffness of the hydrogels. Shear-thinning behavior was observed as the hydrogels displayed high viscosity at low shear rates that dramatically decreased as the shear rate increased. In vitro antimicrobial studies revealed that the more hydrophobic VE/BnCl(1:30)-loaded hydrogels generally exhibited better antimicrobial/antifungal effects compared to the VE/PrBr(1:30) counterpart as lower minimum biocidal concentrations (MBC) were observed in Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive), Escherichia coli (Gram-negative) and Candida albicans (fungus) (156.2, 312.5, 312.5 mg/L for VE/BnCl(1:30) and 312.5, 2500 and 625 mg/L for VE/PrBr(1:30) respectively). Similar trends were observed for the treatment of biofilms where VE/BnCl(1:30)-loaded hydrogels displayed better efficiency with regards to eradication of biomass and reduction of microbe viability of the biofilms. Furthermore, a high degree of synergistic antimicrobial effects was also observed through the co

  8. An Observation on the Microphase Separation of Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-Polystyrene Copolymer

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    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.

  9. Toward a Block-Copolymer-Emulsified, Tough Blend of Isotactic Polystyrene and Polybutadiene: HIiPS. (United States)


    OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH Contract N00014-91-J-1045 R&T Code 4132047 --- 02-1 TECNICA RPORT NO. 2 Toward a Block-Copolymer-Emulsified, Tough Blend of... molecular weight polydispersities in the final materials (>6) due to the continuous restructuring of the catalytic sites; some chains break off and die...presented an opportunity to mix and match different molecular weight polystyrenes and polybutadienes so as to tailor-make diblock copolymers of varying

  10. 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: [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)


    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.

  11. Directed block copolymer self-assembly implemented via surface-embedded electrets (United States)

    Wu, Mei-Ling; Wang, Dong; Wan, Li-Jun


    Block copolymer (BCP) nanolithography is widely recognized as a promising complementary approach to circumvent the feature size limits of conventional photolithography. The directed self-assembly of BCP thin film to form ordered nanostructures with controlled orientation and localized pattern has been the key challenge for practical nanolithography applications. Here we show that BCP nanopatterns can be directed on localized surface electrets defined by electron-beam irradiation to realize diverse features in a simple, effective and non-destructive manner. Charged electrets can generate a built-in electric field in BCP thin film and induce the formation of perpendicularly oriented microdomain of BCP film. The electret-directed orientation control of BCP film can be either integrated with mask-based patterning technique or realized by electron-beam direct-writing method to fabricate microscale arbitrary lateral patterns down to single BCP cylinder nanopattern. The electret-directed BCP self-assembly could provide an alternative means for BCP-based nanolithography, with high resolution.

  12. Vertical Continuity and Alignment of Block Copolymer Domains by Kinetically Controlled Electrospray Deposition (United States)

    Hu, Hanqiong; Woo, Youngwoo; Feng, Xunda; Osuji, Chinedum; Osuji Lab Team


    We report the fabrication of vertically aligned cylindrical block copolymer (BCP) domains using continuous electrospray deposition (ESD) onto bare wafer surfaces. The out-of-plane orientation of hexagonally packed styrene cylinders was achieved in a ``fast-wet'' deposition regime where rapid evaporation of solvent in droplets of polymer solution drove the vertical alignment of SBS domains. The deposition conditions were optimized such that thermally activated crosslinking of the polybutadiene matrix provided kinetic control of the morphology, locking in the vertical alignment and preventing relaxation of the system to its preferred parallel orientation on the non-treated substrate. Physically continuous and vertically oriented domains is achieved over several microns of film thickness. We describe the effects of flow rate, collection distance and substrate temperature on thin film morphology and demonstrate selective etching capabilities. The ability of ESD to fabricate well-ordered and aligned BCP films on non-treated substrates, the low utilization of material relative to spin-coating and the continuous nature of the deposition may open up new opportunities for BCP thin films. We are exploring ESD as a new platform for sequential deposition of BCPs with different functionalities.

  13. Molecular transport through nanoporous silicon nitride membranes produced from self-assembling block copolymers. (United States)

    Montagne, Franck; Blondiaux, Nicolas; Bojko, Alexandre; Pugin, Raphaël


    To achieve fast and selective molecular filtration, membrane materials must ideally exhibit a thin porous skin and a high density of pores with a narrow size distribution. Here, we report the fabrication of nanoporous silicon nitride membranes (NSiMs) at the full wafer scale using a versatile process combining block copolymer (BCP) self-assembly and conventional photolithography/etching techniques. In our method, self-assembled BCP micelles are used as templates for creating sub-100 nm nanopores in a thin low-stress silicon nitride layer, which is then released from the underlying silicon wafer by etching. The process yields 100 nm thick free-standing NSiMs of various lateral dimensions (up to a few mm(2)). We show that the membranes exhibit a high pore density, while still retaining excellent mechanical strength. Permeation experiments reveal that the molecular transport rate across NSiMs is up to 16-fold faster than that of commercial polymeric membranes. Moreover, using dextran molecules of various molecular weights, we also demonstrate that size-based separation can be achieved with a very good selectivity. These new silicon nanosieves offer a relevant technological alternative to commercially available ultra- and microfiltration membranes for conducting high resolution biomolecular separations at small scales.

  14. 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:; Yuan, Xiaoyan


    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.

  15. Block Co-Polymers for Nanolithography: Rapid Microwave Annealing for Pattern Formation on Substrates

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    Dipu Borah


    Full Text Available The integration of block copolymer (BCP self-assembled nanopattern formation as an alternative lithographic tool for nanoelectronic device fabrication faces a number of challenges such as defect densities, feature size, pattern transfer, etc. Key barriers are the nanopattern process times and pattern formation on current substrate stack layers such as hard masks (e.g., silicon nitride, Si3N4. We report a rapid microwave assisted solvothermal (in toluene environments self-assembly and directed self-assembly of a polystyrene-block-polydimethylsiloxane (PS-b-PDMS BCP thin films on planar and topographically patterned Si3N4 substrates. Hexagonally arranged, cylindrical structures were obtained and good pattern ordering was achieved. Factors affecting BCP self-assembly, notably anneal time and temperature, were studied and seen to have significant effects. Graphoepitaxy within the topographical structures provided long range, translational alignment of the patterns. The effect of surface topography feature size and spacing was investigated. The solvothermal microwave based technique used to provide periodic order in the BCP patterns showed significant promise and ordering was achieved in much shorter periods than more conventional thermal and solvent annealing methods. The implications of the work in terms of manufacturing technologies are discussed.

  16. Kinetic control of block copolymer self-assembly into multicompartment and novel geometry nanoparticles (United States)

    Chen, Yingchao; Wang, Xiaojun; Zhang, Ke; Wooley, Karen; Mays, Jimmy; Percec, Virgil; Pochan, Darrin


    Micelles with the segregation of hydrophobic blocks trapped in the same nanoparticle core have been produced through co-self-assembly of two block copolymers in THF/water dilute solution. The dissolution of two block copolymer sharing the same polyacrylic acid PAA blocks in THF undergoes consequent aggregation and phase separation through either slow water titration or quick water addition that triggers the micellar formation. The combination and comparison of the two water addition kinetic pathways are the keys of forming multicompartment structures at high water content. Importantly, the addition of organic diamine provides for acid-base complexation with the PAA side chains which, in turn, plays the key role of trapping unlike hydrophobic blocks from different block copolymers into one nanoparticle core. The kinetic control of solution assembly can be applied to other molecular systems such as dendrimers as well as other block copolymer molecules. Transmission electron microscopy, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, light scattering have been applied to characterize the micelle structures.

  17. 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


    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.

  18. Aqueous-Based Fabrication of Low-VOC Nanostructured Block Copolymer Films as Potential Marine Antifouling Coatings. (United States)

    Kim, Kris S; Gunari, Nikhil; MacNeil, Drew; Finlay, John; Callow, Maureen; Callow, James; Walker, Gilbert C


    The ability to fabricate nanostructured films by exploiting the phenomenon of microphase separation has made block copolymers an invaluable tool for a wide array of coating applications. Standard approaches to engineering nanodomains commonly involve the application of organic solvents, either through dissolution or annealing protocols, resulting in the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In this paper, an aqueous-based method of fabricating low-VOC nanostructured block copolymer films is presented. The reported procedure allows for the phase transfer of water insoluble triblock copolymer, poly(styrene-block-2 vinylpyridine-block-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO), from a water immiscible phase to an aqueous environment with the assistance of a diblock copolymeric phase transfer agent, poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO). Phase transfer into the aqueous phase results in self-assembly of PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO into core-shell-corona micelles, which are characterized by dynamic light scattering techniques. The films that result from coating the micellar solution onto Si/SiO2 surfaces exhibit nanoscale features that disrupt the ability of a model foulant, a zoospore of Ulva linza, to settle. The multilayered architecture consists of a pH-responsive P2VP-"shell" which can be stimulated to control the size of these features. The ability of these nanostructured thin films to resist protein adsorption and serve as potential marine antifouling coatings is supported through atomic force microscopy (AFM) and analysis of the settlement of Ulva linza zoospore. Field trials of the surfaces in a natural environment show the inhibition of macrofoulants for 1 month.

  19. Basic Research of Vibration Energy Harvesting Micro Device using Vinylidene Fluoride / Trifluoroethylene Copolymer Thin Film (United States)

    Takiguchi, T.; Sasaki, T.; Nakajima, T.; Yamaura, S.; Sekiguchi, T.; Shoji, S.


    Basic research of MEMS based micro devices for vibration energy harvesting using vinylidene fluoride / trifluoroethylene (VDF/TrFE) copolymer thin film was investigated. The VDF/TrFE copolymer thin film was formed by spin coating. Thickness of VDF/TrFE copolymer thin film was ranged from 375 nm to 2793 nm. Impedance of VDF/TrFE copolymer thin film was measured by LCR meter. Thin film in each thickness was fully poled by voltage based on C-V characteristics result. Generated power of the devices under applied vibration was observed by an oscilloscope. When the film thickness is 2793 nm, the generated power was about 0.815 μJ.

  20. Multiple ordered phases in a block copolymer melt

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    Almdal, K.; Koppi, K.A.; Bates, F.S.;


    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 tem...

  1. Organisation and shape of micellar solutions of block-copolymers

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    Gaspard, J.P.; Creutz, S.; Bouchat, P.; Jerome, R.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.


    Diblock copolymers of polymethacrylic acid sodium salt, forming the hair, and styrene derivatives have been studied in aqueous solutions by SANS and SAXS. The influence of both the chemical nature and the length of the hydrophobic bloxk on the size and shape of micelles have been investigated. The m

  2. Micellization kinetics in block copolymer solutions : Scaling model

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    Dormidontova, EE


    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

  3. Structural Color for Additive Manufacturing: 3D-Printed Photonic Crystals from Block Copolymers. (United States)

    Boyle, Bret M; French, Tracy A; Pearson, Ryan M; McCarthy, Blaine G; Miyake, Garret M


    The incorporation of structural color into 3D printed parts is reported, presenting an alternative to the need for pigments or dyes for colored parts produced through additive manufacturing. Thermoplastic build materials composed of dendritic block copolymers were designed, synthesized, and used to additively manufacture plastic parts exhibiting structural color. The reflection properties of the photonic crystals arise from the periodic nanostructure formed through block copolymer self-assembly during polymer processing. The wavelength of reflected light could be tuned across the visible spectrum by synthetically controlling the block copolymer molecular weight and manufacture parts that reflected violet, green, or orange light with the capacity to serve as selective optical filters and light guides.

  4. Selective directed self-assembly of coexisting morphologies using block copolymer blends (United States)

    Stein, A.; Wright, G.; Yager, K. G.; Doerk, G. S.; Black, C. T.


    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.

  5. Ordered porous mesostructured materials from nanoparticle-block copolymer self-assembly (United States)

    Warren, Scott; Wiesner, Ulrich; DiSalvo, Jr., Francis J


    The invention provides mesostructured materials and methods of preparing mesostructured materials including metal-rich mesostructured nanoparticle-block copolymer hybrids, porous metal-nonmetal nanocomposite mesostructures, and ordered metal mesostructures with uniform pores. The nanoparticles can be metal, metal alloy, metal mixture, intermetallic, metal-carbon, metal-ceramic, semiconductor-carbon, semiconductor-ceramic, insulator-carbon or insulator-ceramic nanoparticles, or combinations thereof. A block copolymer/ligand-stabilized nanoparticle solution is cast, resulting in the formation of a metal-rich (or semiconductor-rich or insulator-rich) mesostructured nanoparticle-block copolymer hybrid. The hybrid is heated to an elevated temperature, resulting in the formation of an ordered porous nanocomposite mesostructure. A nonmetal component (e.g., carbon or ceramic) is then removed to produce an ordered mesostructure with ordered and large uniform pores.

  6. Efficient Synthesis of Cyclic Block Copolymers by Rotaxane Protocol by Linear/Cyclic Topology Transformation. (United States)

    Valentina, Stephanie; Ogawa, Takahiro; Nakazono, Kazuko; Aoki, Daisuke; Takata, Toshikazu


    High-yielding synthesis of cyclic block copolymer (CBC) using the rotaxane protocol by linear-cyclic polymer topology transformation was first demonstrated. Initial complexation of OH-terminated sec-ammonium salt and a crown ether was followed by the successive living ring-opening polymerizations of two lactones to a linear block copolymer having a rotaxane structure by the final capping of the propagation end. CBC was obtained in a high yield by an exploitation of the mechanical linkage through the translational movement of the rotaxane component to transform polymer structure from linear to cyclic. Furthermore, the change of the polymer topology was translated into a macroscopic change in crystallinity of the block copolymer.


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    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.

  8. Collapse transitions in thermosensitive multi-block copolymers: A Monte Carlo study

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    Rissanou, Anastassia N., E-mail: [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)


    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.

  9. Development of flexible LEO-resistant PI films for space applications using a self-healing mechanism by surface-directed phase separation of block copolymers. (United States)

    Fischer, Hartmut R; Tempelaars, Karin; Kerpershoek, Aat; Dingemans, Theo; Iqbal, M; Lonkhuyzen, Henk van; Iwanowsky, Boris; Semprimoschnig, Christopher


    Polimide-block-polydimethylsiloxane (PI-b-PDMS) block copolymers have been synthesized from commercially available amino-terminated polysiloxanes with different molecular weights, for use as polymeric materials resistant to the low earth orbit (LEO) space environment. A structural optimization with respect to maximum environmental protection has been performed by varying the PDMS block length as well as the architecture of the block copolymers spanning from multiblock to triblock and star-shaped morphologies. The synthesized polymers and casted films show good mechanical and thermal performance. For block copolymers with a load of 2% PDMS (in the case of the multiblock copolymers), a complete surface coverage of the PDMS has been found. It has been shown that the transfer of the surface enriched PDMS layer into a thin silica layer after atomic oxygen (AO) exposure results in a drastic decrease in AO erosion rate. The silica layer protects the underlying material from oxygen initiated erosion resulting in a drastic decrease of surface roughness. This phenomena is observable for loads as small as 6 wt % PDMS.

  10. Crystalline oligo(ethylene sulfide) domains define highly stable supramolecular block copolymer assemblies.

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    Brubaker, Carrie E.; Velluto, Diana; Demurtas, Davide; Phelps, Edward A.; Hubbell, Jeffrey A.


    With proper control over copolymer design and solvation conditions, self-assembled materials display impressive morphological variety that encompasses nanoscale colloids as well as bulk three-dimensional architectures. Here we take advantage of both hydrophobicity and crystallinity to mediate supra-molecular self-assembly of spherical micellar, linear fibrillar, or hydrogel structures by a family of highly asymmetric poly(ethylene glycol)-b-oligo(ethylene sulfide) (PEG-OES) copolymers. Assembly structural polymorphism was achieved with modification of PEG-OES topology (linear versus multiarm) and with precise, monomer-by-monomer control of OES length. Notably, all three morphologies were accessed utilizing OES oligomers with degrees of polymerization as short as three. These exceptionally small assembly forming blocks represent the first application of ethylene sulfide oligomers in supramolecular materials. While the assemblies demonstrated robust aqueous stability over time, oxidation by hydrogen peroxide progressively converted ethylene sulfide residues to increasingly hydrophilic and amorphous sulfoxides and sulfones, causing morphological changes and permanent disassembly. We utilized complementary microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to confirm this chemical stimulus-responsive behavior in self-assembled PEG-OES colloidal dispersions and physical gels. In addition to inherent stimulus-responsive behavior, fibrillar assemblies demonstrated biologically relevant molecular delivery, as confirmed by the dose-dependent activation of murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells following fibril-mediated delivery of the immunological adjuvant monophosphoryl lipid A. In physical gels composed of either linear or multiarm PEG-OES precursors, rheologic analysis also identified mechanical stimulus-responsive shear thinning behavior. Thanks to the facile preparation, user-defined morphology, aqueous stability, carrier functionality, and stimuli-responsive behaviors of

  11. Azidated Ether-Butadiene-Ether Block Copolymers as Binders for Solid Propellants (United States)

    Cappello, Miriam; Lamia, Pietro; Mura, Claudio; Polacco, Giovanni; Filippi, Sara


    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.

  12. Synthesis by ATRP of triblock copolymers with densely grafted styrenic end blocks from a polyisobutylene macroinitiator

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    Truelsen, Jens Høg; Kops, Jørgen; Pedersen, Walther Batsberg


    A macroinitiator was prepared from a triblock copolymer of polyisobutylene (PIB) with end blocks of poly(p-methylstyrene) (P(p-MeS)) by bromination to obtain initiating bromomethyl groups for atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Controlled polymerization of styrene and p-acetoxystyrene yi......A macroinitiator was prepared from a triblock copolymer of polyisobutylene (PIB) with end blocks of poly(p-methylstyrene) (P(p-MeS)) by bromination to obtain initiating bromomethyl groups for atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Controlled polymerization of styrene and p...


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    Chen Guo; Hao Wen; Huizhou Liu


    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.

  14. Living cationic polymerization and polyhomologation: an ideal combination to synthesize functionalized polyethylene–polyisobutylene block copolymers

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    Zhang, Hefeng


    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. Synthesis And Properties Of Functional Ultra-High Molecular Weight Transparent Styrene-Butadiene Block Copolymer

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    GONG Guang-bi; ZHAO Xu-tao; WANG Gui-lun


    Functional ultra-high molecular weight transparent styrene-butadiene block copolymer possesses both high transparency and impact resistance and has excellent comprehensive properties prior to other transparent resins. In this paper we not only use anionic polymerization process which includes 1 time addition of initiator and 3 time addition of monomers, but also introduce functional coupling agent for the fist time to prepare mentioned functional block copolymer.The typical preparation process is described as the following: (a) Adding cyclohexane, styrene and initiator to the polymerizer, the polymerization is carried out at 50~75℃; (b) adding a mixture of styrene, butadiene and cyclohexane, the polymerization is carried out at 50~70℃ ;(c) adding a mixture of butadiene and cyclohexane, the polymerization is finished at 60~70℃ ;(d) adding coupling agent which is a substituted trimethoxysilane being expressed as N-silane, O-silane and being converted into a functional group (-NH, -OH) of mentioned block copolymer, coupling at 75~90℃ for 1 hr; (e) The amounts of coupling agent are about one sixth to one third of the initiator; (f) treating the prepared copolymer solution with some water and Carbon dioxide at 50~70℃ for 15 min.The copolymer is from three-arm to six-arm mono-modal radial block copolymer having 75~90%styrene, 10~25% butadiene and functional group of-NH or-OH. of the copolymer, Mw is from 30×104 to 120×104, Mw/Mn from 2.0 to 2.5, Izod notched impact strength 50~65 J/m,light transmission not less 87.5%, tensile strength not less 45 Mpa.The exploratory research shows that the mole ratio and feed rate of the random copolymerized styrene-butadiene, as well as the total ratio of styrene-butadiene have greater influence on the properties of the copolymer. The following model is established:Y=bo +∑3j=1 bjxj+∑3j=1bkjxkxj+∑3j=1bjjx2j (k<j)Where: Y is the light transmission, tensile strength, elongation, Izod notched impact

  16. Modeling the Heat Capacity of Spider Silk Inspired Di-block Copolymers (United States)

    Huang, W.; Krishnaji, S.; Kaplan, D.; Cebe, P.


    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=1-6), comprising an alanine-rich hydrophobic block, A, a glycine-rich hydrophilic block, B, and a histidine tag, H. Using temperature modulated differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC), we captured the effect of bound water acting as a plasticizer for copolymer films which had been cast from water solution and dried. We determined the water content by thermogravimetry and used the weight loss vs. temperature to correct the mass in TMDSC experiments. Our result shows that non-freezing bound water has a strong plasticization effect which lowers the onset of the glass transition by about 10circ; C. The reversing heat capacities, Cp(T), for temperatures below and above the glass transition were also characterized by TMDSC. We then calculated the solid state heat capacities of our novel block copolymers below the glass transition (Tg) based on the vibrational motions of the constituent poly(amino acid)s, whose heat capacities are known from the ATHAS Data Bank. Excellent agreement was found between the measured and calculated values of the heat capacity, showing that this model can serve as a standard method to predict the solid state Cp for other biologically inspired block copolymers. Support was provided from the NSF CBET-0828028 and the MRI Program under DMR-0520655 for thermal analysis instrumentation.

  17. Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulation of Onion Phase in Star-block Copolymer

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    WU Shao-gui; DU Ting-ting


    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.

  18. Effect of Macromolecular Architecture on the Morphology of Polystyrene Polyisoprene Block Copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev [ORNL; Goswami, Monojoy [ORNL; Mays, Jimmy [ORNL; Sides, Scott [ORNL; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Dadmun, Mark D [ORNL; Dyer, Caleb W [ORNL; Driva, Paraskevi [ORNL; Chen, Jihua [ORNL


    The impact of block connectivity on the morphologies of four block copolymers of varying architecture containing polystyrene (PS) and polyisoprene (PI) has been studied. The volume fraction of PS and molecular weight are held constant while varying the architecture from a linear PS-PI diblock copolymer to three different miktoarm star architectures: PS2PI, PSPI2, and PS2PI2. Morphologies of the PS2PI and PSPI2 miktoarm stars are different from those observed for the linear copolymer and dependent on the connectivity of the copolymer blocks. The change in morphology with connectivity indicates that combining two chains at a junction point leads to chain crowding, where subsequent excluded volume effects drive the change in morphology for each sample. The PS2PI2 miktoarm star exhibits the same morphology as the linear diblock but with a reduction in the size of the domains. The extent of the decrease in domain size indicates that chain stretching impacts the formation of this morphology. Experimentally observed morphologies for different chain architectures are generally consistent with three-dimensional self-consistent field theory simulations, taking into account conformational asymmetry and experimental uncertainty in the copolymer composition. Furthermore, these results generally agree with analytical theory predictions that account for architectural and conformational asymmetry.

  19. Block copolymer alignment by shear induced during solvent vapor annealing with a crosslinked elastomer capping layer (United States)

    Vogt, Bryan


    The long range alignment of block copolymers (BCPs) is generally accomplished through application of a gradient shear force or by topographical or chemical cues patterned into the substrate. These techniques require lithographic patterning, specialty substrates or custom built equipment to achieve the alignment, which limits the broad academic application of aligned BCPs. One technique to improve the large range ordering of BCPs is solvent vapor annealing (SVA), which exposes the BCP film to a controlled atmosphere of solvent vapor to swell the BCP and provide significant enhancements in the chain mobility. Here, we discuss a minor modification of the SVA process; a thin piece of crosslinked poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) is placed on top of the BCP film before SVA. Exposure to organic solvent vapors causes the PDMS to swell, while the solvent also plasticizes the BCP film. Removal of the solvent induces a shear to the BCP film as the PDMS shrinks back to its initial dimensions. The shape of the PDMS cap determines the anisotropy in the stress applied on deswelling that aligns and orients the BCP domains. Polystyrene-block-polyisoprene-block-polystyrene (SIS) is utilized as a model system to illustrate how the processing parameters impact the orientation as determined by both grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Quantification of the alignment by Herman's orientational parameter (S) illustrates high degree of alignment (S =0.95) is possible through appropriate selection of processing conditions. This SVA-based alignment method provides a relatively simple method to orient BCP films within general SVA processing protocols.

  20. Discovery of a Frank-Kasper sigma phase in sphere-forming block copolymer melts. (United States)

    Lee, Sangwoo; Bluemle, Michael J; Bates, Frank S


    Sphere-forming block copolymers are known to self-assemble into body-centered cubic crystals near the order-disorder transition temperature. Small-angle x-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy experiments on diblock and tetrablock copolymer melts have revealed an equilibrium phase characterized by a large tetragonal unit cell containing 30 microphase-separated spheres. This structure, referred to as the sigma (σ) phase by Frank and Kasper more than 50 years ago, nucleates and grows from the body-centered cubic phase similar to its occurrence in metal alloys and is a crystal approximant to dodecagonal quasicrystals. Formation of the σ phase in undiluted linear block copolymers (and certain branched dendrimers) appears to be mediated by macromolecular packing frustration, an entropic contribution to the interparticle interactions that control the sphere-packing geometry.

  1. Enhanced thermal stability of monodispersed silver cluster arrays assembled on block copolymer scaffolds

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    Xu, C H; Chen, X; Liu, Y J; Xie, B; Han, M [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Song, F Q; Wang, G H, E-mail: [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)


    Triblock copolymer poly(styrene-b-butadiene-b-styrene) (SBS) films with long-range ordered self-assembled nanopatterns are used as templates to selectively adsorb soft-landing silver clusters. Closely spaced cluster arrays with high monodispersity are formed through the confinement of the block copolymer scaffolds, and show a much enhanced thermal stability as compared with the cluster assemblies on the surfaces of covalent amorphous solids, or even on the disordered SBS films. Their morphologies are barely influenced by long time thermal annealing at a temperature as high as 180 deg. C, while in the latter case intense aggregations and coalescences of silver clusters are commonly observed upon annealing. The different thermal stabilities of the cluster assemblies also induce different evolutions of their optical extinction spectra under annealing. This promises a simple way to control the monodispersity and thermal stability of metal cluster assembly via self-assembled block copolymer template.

  2. Block Copolymer Electrolytes: Thermodynamics, Ion Transport, and Use in Solid- State Lithium/Sulfur Cells (United States)

    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

  3. Orientational control of block copolymer microdomains by sub-tesla magnetic fields (United States)

    Gopinadhan, Manesh; Choo, Youngwoo; Feng, Xunda; Kawabata, Kohsuke; di, Xiaojun; Osuji, Chinedum

    Magnetic fields offer a versatile approach to controlling the orientation of block copolymer (BCP) microdomains during self-assembly. To date however, such control has required the imposition of large magnetic fields (>3T), necessitating the use of complex magnet systems - either superconducting or very large conventional resistive magnets. Here we demonstrate the ability to direct BCP self-assembly using considerably smaller fields (<1T) which are accessible using simple rare-earth permanent magnets. The low field alignment is enabled by the presence of small quantities of mesogenic species that are blended into, and co-assemble with the liquid crystalline (LC) mesophase of the side-chain LC BCP under study. In situ SAXS experiments reveal a pronounced dependence of the critical alignment field strength on the stoichiometry of the blend, and the ability to generate aligned microdomains with orientational distribution coefficients exceeding 0.95 at sub-1 T fields for appropriate stoichiometries. The alignment response overall can be rationalized in terms of increased mobility and grain size due to the presence of the mesogenic additive. We use a permanent magnet to fabricate films with aligned nanopores, and the utility of this approach to generate complex BCP microdomain patterns in thin films by local field screening are highlighted. NSF DMR-1410568 and DMR-0847534.

  4. Toughening of Epoxies: Novel Self-Assembling Block Copolymers Versus Traditional Telechelic Oligomers (United States)

    Bacigalupo, Lauren N.

    Epoxy resins are commonly utilized because of their adhesive capacity and high strength. However, epoxies are inherently brittle; so much research has been dedicated to improving their fracture toughness. This study will focus on a comparing a traditional telechelic oligomer, CTBN, and a novel self-assembling block copolymer, SBM, as it relates to improving the fracture toughness of a lightly crosslinked epoxy system. After characterizing the modified systems for fracture toughness, mechanical and thermal properties, namely yield stress and the glass transition, will be determined in order to discern the impact these modifiers have on the overall properties of the blend. TEM, SEM and TOM techniques will be utilized for characterizing morphology, fractography and subsurface damage, respectively. Once this was accomplished, it was deduced that the toughening mechanisms of CTBN and SBM-modified epoxies are very similar. The main difference between the two is that the inherent structure of SBM allows the SBM-modified epoxy to retain its compressive yield strength. This, consequently, makes SBM ideal for thin bondline applications in the industrial adhesive and/or electronics industry.

  5. Surface charge-specific cytotoxicity and cellular uptake of tri-block copolymer nanoparticles

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    Bhattacharjee, S.; Ershov, D.S.; Gucht, van der J.; Alink, G.M.; Rietjens, I.; Zuilhof, H.; Marcelis, A.T.M.


    A series of monodisperse (45 ± 5 nm) fluorescent nanoparticles from tri-block copolymers (polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs)) bearing different surface charges were synthesised and investigated for cytotoxicity in NR8383 and Caco-2 cells. The positive PNPs were more cytotoxic and induced a higher intrac

  6. 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.


    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

  7. 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.;


    , a 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...

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

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    Zhang, H.


    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.

  9. Synthesis and properties of poly(butylene terephthalate)-b-polyisobutylene segmented block copolymers

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    Walch, E.; Gaymans, R.J.


    Segmented block copolymers of polyisobutylene (PIB) and poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) were made by condensation polymerization of α,θ-di-anhydride telechelic PIB, with 1,4-butanediol and dimethyl terephthalate. The inherent viscosity of the polymers was between 0.35 and 2.0 dl g−1. The extracta

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

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    Li, F.


    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

  11. 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


    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.

  12. Star block-copolymers: Enzyme-inspired catalysts for oxidation of alcohols in water

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    Mugemana, Clement


    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.

  13. DNA Block Copolymer Doing It All : From Selection to Self-Assembly of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes

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    Kwak, Minseok; Gao, Jia; Prusty, Deepak K.; Musser, Andrew J.; Markov, Vladimir A.; Tombros, Nikolaos; Stuart, Marc C.A.; Browne, Wesley R.; Boekema, Egbert J.; Brinke, Gerrit ten; Jonkman, Harry T.; Wees, Bart J. van; Loi, Maria A.; Herrmann, Andreas


    A potentially scalable self-assembly method for single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) involves the use of amphiphilic DNA block copolymers. One such hybrid is able to cover the entire area of solution-based SWNT technologies, from selective dispersion to nondestructive functionalization to high-yie

  14. Composition and solution properties of fluorinated block copolymers and their surface structures in the solid state

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    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.

  15. Synthesis of Dendritic-Linear Block Copolymers by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

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    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.

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

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    Hoogeveen, N.G.


    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 polyelectr

  17. Poly(dimethylsiloxane)-poly(ethyleneoxide)-heparin block copolymers. I. Synthesis and characterization

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    Grainger, D.W.; Kim, S.W.; Feijen, J.


    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

  18. Self-assembled block copolymer membranes: From basic research to large-scale manufacturing

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira


    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.

  19. (PECASE 08) - ION-Conducting Network Membranes Using Tapered Block Copolymers (United States)


    on Google Scholar citations as of June 24, 2015 1. [17] Roy, R.; Park, J. K.; Young, W.; Mastroianni, S.; Tureau, M. S.; Epps, T. H., III...accepted Patents and Patent Applications Wei-Fan Kuan and Thomas H. Epps, III, “Tapered Block Copolymer Electrolytes.” U.S. Pat. Appl. 14592441 filed on

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

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


    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 ...

  1. Stability of the fcc structure in block copolymer systems. (United States)

    Nonomura, Makiko


    The stability of the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure in microphase separated copolymers is investigated by a coarse-grained approach. Direct simulations of the equation for the microphase separation in three dimensions indicate that there is a narrow area above a certain degree of segregation in the phase diagram, where the fcc structure is the most stable structure. By employing the mode expansion, we have confirmed that the fcc structure can form as a metastable structure even in the weak segregation regime.

  2. 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


    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.

  3. Platform Approach to Produce Polymer Nanoparticles with Modular Functionality from Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Stabilizers (United States)


    functionality, an amphiphilic BCP scaffold was devised to serve as an emulsion polymerization stabilizer. The PS-b-P(EO-co-AGE) BCP contained a PS...synthesized via emulsion polymerization using an amphiphilic block copolymer (BCP) surfactant. The polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide-co-allyl...glycidyl ether) BCPs with various lengths and functional monomer incorporation were synthesized using anionic polymerization . Modification of the allyl

  4. Antimicrobial films obtained from latex particles functionalized with quaternized block copolymers. (United States)

    Alvarez-Paino, Marta; Juan-Rodríguez, Rafael; Cuervo-Rodríguez, Rocío; Tejero, Rubén; López, Daniel; López-Fabal, Fátima; Gómez-Garcés, José L; Muñoz-Bonilla, Alexandra; Fernández-García, Marta


    New amphiphilic block copolymers with antimicrobial properties were obtained by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and copper catalyzed cycloaddition following two approaches, a simultaneous strategy or a two-step synthesis, which were proven to be very effective methods. These copolymers were subsequently quaternized using two alkyl chains, methyl and butyl, to amplify their antimicrobial properties and to investigate the effect of alkyl length. Antimicrobial experiments in solution were performed with three types of bacteria, two gram-positive and one gram-negative, and a fungus. Those copolymers quaternized with methyl iodide showed better selectivities on gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis, against red blood cells, demonstrating the importance of the quaternizing agent chosen. Once the solution studies were performed, we prepared poly(butyl methacrylate) latex particles functionalized with the antimicrobial copolymers by emulsion polymerization of butyl methacrylate using such copolymers as surfactants. The characterization by various techniques served to test their effectiveness as surfactants. Finally, films were prepared from these emulsions, and their antimicrobial activity was studied against the gram-positive bacteria. The results indicate that the antimicrobial efficiency of the films depends not only on the copolymer activity but also on other factors such as the surface segregation of the antimicrobial agent to the interface.

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

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    Marques, Debora S.


    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.

  6. Micellar Packing in Aqueous Solutions of As-Received and Pure Pluronic Block Copolymers (United States)

    Ryu, Chang; Park, Han Jin


    Pluronic block copolymers (Pluronics) are produced on a commercial scale to enable wide range of novel applications from emulsification and colloidal stabilization as nonionic surfactants. While the Pluronic block copolymers offer the advantages of being readily available for such applications, it contains non-micellizable low molecular weight (MW) impurities that would interfere with the self-assembly and micellar packing of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers in aqueous solutions. The impacts of the low MW impurities will be discussed on the micellar packing of Pluronics F108 and F127 solutions, which form BCC and FCC. While as-received Pluronic samples typically contain about 20 wt.% low MW impurities, we were able to reduce the impurity level to less than 2 wt.% using our large scale purification technique. Comparative studies on small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments on as-received and purified Pluronics solutions revealed that the contents of triblock copolymers in solutions essentially governs the inter-micellar distance of Pluronic cubic structures. A universal relationship between triblock copolymer concentration and SAXS-based domain spacing has been finally discussed. Funding from Agency for Defense Development, Korea.

  7. Hierarchical self-assembly of spider silk-like block copolymers (United States)

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


    Block copolymers provide an attractive venue to study well-defined nano-structures that self-assemble to generate functionalized nano- and mesoporous materials. In the present study, a novel family of spider silk-like block copolymers was designed, bioengineered and characterized to study the impact of sequence chemistry, secondary structure and block length on assembled morphology. Genetic variants of native spider dragline silk (major ampullate spidroin I, Nephila clavipes) were used as polymer building blocks. Characterization by FTIR revealed increased ?-sheet content with increasing hydrophobic A blocks; SEM revealed spheres, rod-like structures, bowl-shaped and giant compound micelles. Langmuir Blodgett monolayers were prepared at the air-water interface at different surface pressures and monolayer films analyzed by AFM revealed oblate to prolate structures. Circular micelles, rod-like, densely packed circular structures were observed for HBA6 at increasing surface pressure. Exploiting hierarchical assembly provide a promising approach to rationale designs of protein block copolymer systems, allowing comparison to traditional synthetic systems.

  8. Synthesis of Inorganic Nanocomposites by Selective Introduction of Metal Complexes into a Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Template

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    Hiroaki Wakayama


    Full Text Available Inorganic nanocomposites have characteristic structures that feature expanded interfaces, quantum effects, and resistance to crack propagation. These structures are promising for the improvement of many materials including thermoelectric materials, photocatalysts, and structural materials. Precise control of the inorganic nanocomposites’ morphology, size, and chemical composition is very important for these applications. Here, we present a novel fabrication method to control the structures of inorganic nanocomposites by means of a self-assembled block copolymer template. Different metal complexes were selectively introduced into specific polymer blocks of the block copolymer, and subsequent removal of the block copolymer template by oxygen plasma treatment produced hexagonally packed porous structures. In contrast, calcination removal of the block copolymer template yielded nanocomposites consisting of metallic spheres in a matrix of a metal oxide. These results demonstrate that different nanostructures can be created by selective use of processes to remove the block copolymer templates. The simple process of first mixing block copolymers and magnetic nanomaterial precursors and then subsequently removing the block copolymer template enables structural control of magnetic nanomaterials, which will facilitate their applicability in patterned media, including next-generation perpendicular magnetic recording media.

  9. Compatibilization of blends of low density polyethylene and poly(vinyl chloride) by segmented EB(SAN-block-EB)n block copolymers

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


    Hydrogenated segmented poly[butadiene-block-((styrene-co-acrylonitrile)-block-butadiene)n] block copolymers, which were developed by use of the polymeric iniferter technique, were tested for their compatibilizing capacities for (10/90) LDPE/PVC blends. The acrylonitrile content of the SAN blocks of

  10. Compatibilization of blends of low density polyethylene and poly(vinyl chloride) by segmented EB(SAN-block-EB)(n) block copolymers

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


    Hydrogenated segmented poly[butadiene-block-((styrene-co-acrylonitrile)-block-butadiene)(n)] block copolymers, which were developed by use of the polymeric iniferter technique, were tested for their compatibilizing capacities for (10/90) LDPE/PVC blends. The acrylonitrile content of the SAN blocks o

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

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    Wu, Sangwook [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    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| = qm) 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 qm, but with random orientations and phases, i.e. just the ones which form the metastable states of our microemulsion and block copolymer glass. (38)

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

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    Wu, Sangwook


    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)

  13. Characterization of a Poly(styrene-block-methylacrylate-random-octadecylacrylate-block-styrene) Shape Memory ABA Triblock Copolymer (United States)

    Fei, Pengzhan; Cavicchi, Kevin


    A new ABA triblock copolymer of poly(styrene-block- methylacrylate-random-octadecylacrylate-block-styrene) (PS-b- PMA-r-PODA-b-PS) was synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. The triblock copolymer can generate a three-dimensional, physically crosslinked network by self-assembly, where the glassy PS domains physically crosslink the midblock chains. The side chain crystallization of the polyoctadecylacrylare (PODA) side chain generates a second reversible network enabling shape memory properties. Shape memory tests by uniaxial deformation and recovery of molded dog-bone shape samples demonstrate that shape fixities above 96% and shape recoveries above 98% were obtained for extensional strains up to 300%. An outstanding advantage of this shape memory material is that it can be very easily shaped and remolded by elevating the temperature to 140circ; C, and after remolding the initial shape memory properties are totally recovered by eliminating the defects introduced by the previous deformation cycling.


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    Shen-guo Wang; Kai Tang


    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.

  15. 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)


    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

  16. Polypeptoids: A model system for exploring sequence and shape effects on block copolymer self-assembly (United States)

    Segalman, Rachel


    While our ability to understand the detailed relationship between block copolymer chemistry and mesoscopic self-assembly has made remarkable progress over the last many years, yet we are still limited to a relatively small number of blocks in terms of structure-property understanding. Thus, there is a need to explore self-assembly phase space with sequence using a model system. Polypeptoids are non-natural, sequence specific polymers that offer the opportunity to probe the effect of sequence on self-assembly with much simpler molecular interactions and more scalable synthesis than traditional polypeptides. In this talk, I will discuss the use of this model system to understand the role of sequence on chain collapse and globule formation in solution, polymer crystallization, and block copolymer self-assembly. I will then discuss potential application as surface active agents for anti-fouling.

  17. PEG-SS-PPS: reduction-sensitive disulfide block copolymer vesicles for intracellular drug delivery. (United States)

    Cerritelli, Simona; Velluto, Diana; Hubbell, Jeffrey A


    Under appropriate conditions, block copolymeric macroamphiphiles will self-assemble in water to form vesicles, referred to as polymersomes. We report here polymersomes that can protect biomolecules in the extracellular environment, are taken up by endocytosis, and then suddenly burst within the early endosome, releasing their contents prior to exposure to the harsh conditions encountered after lysosomal fusion. Specifically, block copolymers of the hydrophile poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and the hydrophobe poly(propylene sulfide) (PPS) were synthesized with an intervening disulfide, PEG17-SS-PPS30. Polymersomes formed from this block copolymer were demonstrated to disrupt in the presence of intracellular concentrations of cysteine. In cellular experiments, uptake, disruption, and release were observed within 10 min of exposure to cells, well within the time frame of the early endosome of endolysosomal processing. This system may be useful in cytoplasmic delivery of biomolecular drugs such as peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, and DNA.

  18. Responsive Hydrogels from Associative Block Copolymers: Physical Gelling through Polyion Complexation

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    Christine M. Papadakis


    Full Text Available The present review article highlights a specific class of responsive polymer-based hydrogels which are formed through association of oppositely charged polyion segments. The underpinning temporary three-dimensional network is constituted of hydrophilic chains (either ionic or neutral physically crosslinked by ion pair formation arising from intermolecular polyionic complexation of oppositely charged repeating units (polyacid/polybase ionic interactions. Two types of hydrogels are presented: (i hydrogels formed by triblock copolymers bearing oppositely charged blocks (block copolyampholytes, forming self-assembled networks; and (ii hydrogels formed by co-assembly of oppositely charged polyelectrolyte segments belonging to different macromolecules (either block copolymers or homopolyelectrolytes. Due to the weak nature of the involved polyions, these hydrogels respond to pH and are sensitive to the presence of salts. Discussing and evaluating their solution, rheological and structural properties in dependence on pH and ionic strength, it comes out that the hydrogel properties are tunable towards potential applications.

  19. Molecular transport into and out of ionic-liquid filled block copolymer vesicles in water (United States)

    Lodge, Timothy; Yao, Letitia; So, Soonyong

    We have developed a method to prepare stable, size-controlled block copolymer vesicles that contain ionic liquid in the interior, but that are dispersed in water. Such nanoemulsions are of interest as nanoreactors, because the mass transfer and cost limitations of ionic liquids are circumvented. However, a crucial question is whether target molecules (e . g ., reagents and products) can enter and leave the vesicles, respectively, on a useful time scale (i . e ., seconds or shorter). In this talk we will briefly describe methods to prepare such vesicles with narrow size distributions, using poly(styrene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(butadiene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers of various compositions. We will then present results of pulsed-field gradient NMR measurements of probe diffusion that yield independent measurements of the entry and escape rates for selected small molecules, as a function of membrane thickness and temperature.

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

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    Jankova Atanasova, Katja

    /L do to hydrophobic association of the PS blocks in the corona. Effect of the hydrophobe length and polymer topology has been additionally investigated (6). iv. Hydrophilic nanoporous polymers with various morphologies and pore size (7) have been mastered by novel synthetic strategies using two...... of the macromolecular building blocks they self assemble in attractive morphologies and exhibit interesting rheology. The designed at the Danish Polymer Centre by ATRP self-assembling block copolymers will be demonstrated by several examples: i. Diblock copolymers of PMMA with side chain liquid crystalline (LC...... methodologies, which will be discussed. In contact with water, they showed spontaneous water uptake (8). References (1). Hansen, N.M.L.; Jankova, K.; Hvilsted, S. European Polymer Journal 43(2), pp 255-293 (2007); Bednarek, M.; Jankova, K.; Hvilsted, S. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 45, pp 333-340 (2007...

  1. PVP-b-PEO block copolymers for stable aqueous and ethanolic graphene dispersions. (United States)

    Perumal, Suguna; Park, Kyung Tae; Lee, Hyang Moo; Cheong, In Woo


    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.

  2. Molecular weight determination of block copolymers by pulsed gradient spin echo NMR. (United States)

    Barrère, Caroline; Mazarin, Michaël; Giordanengo, Rémi; Phan, Trang N T; Thévand, André; Viel, Stéphane; Charles, Laurence


    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) is the technique of choice to achieve molecular weight data for synthetic polymers. Because the success of a MALDI-MS analysis critically depends on a proper matrix and cation selection, which in turn relates closely to the polymer chemical nature and size, prior estimation of the polymer size range strongly helps in rationalizing MALDI sample preparation. We recently showed how pulsed gradient spin echo (PGSE) nuclear magnetic resonance could be used as an advantageous alternative to size exclusion chromatography, to rationalize MALDI sample preparation and confidently interpret MALDI mass spectra for homopolymers. Our aim here is to extend this methodology to the demanding case of amphiphilic block copolymers, for which obtaining prior estimates on the Mw values appears as an even more stringent prerequisite. Specifically, by studying poly(ethylene oxide) polystyrene block copolymers of distinct molecular weights and relative block weight fractions, we show how PGSE data can be used to derive the block Mw values. In contrast to homopolymers, such determination requires not only properly recorded calibration curves for each of the polymers constituting the block copolymers but also an appropriate hydrodynamic model to correctly interpret the diffusion data.

  3. Morphology And Local Mechanical Properties Of A Block Copolymer Cell Substrate (United States)

    Wall, Craig; Yermolenko, Ivan; Krishnan, G. Rajesh; Sarkar, Debanjan; Alexander, John


    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was applied for the characterization of morphology and mechanical properties of a block copolymer coating designed for biomaterials applications. The material is a block-copolymer with poly(ethylene glycol) as one block and a peptide as second block, which are connected through urethane bonds. The AFM images obtained in amplitude modulation mode revealed the morphology is characterized by micron-scale sheaf-like structures embedded in a more homogeneous and, presumably, amorphous matrix. The self-assembly of the peptide segments is responsible for the formation of the ordered sheaf structures and this phenomenon was common for different variations of the components. Maps of elastic modulus and work of adhesion of the block copolymer, which also differentiate the matrix and ordered regions, were obtained with Hybrid mode at different tip-force levels. The quantitative estimates show that elastic modulus varies in the MPa range and work of adhesion in the hundreds of mJ/m2 range. These data are compared with AFM-based nanoindentation that was performed at higher tip-force level. The results indicate that material surface is more complicated and they suggest in-depth morphology variations. A tentative model of the structural organization is proposed.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of All-Conjugated Block Copolymers Prepared via Click Chemistry (United States)

    Verduzco, Rafael; Smith, Kendall


    All-conjugated block copolymers with both hole-conducting and electron-conducting polymer blocks can be used to address fundamental questions regarding the structure, optoelectronic properties, and photovoltaic performance of organic photovoltaic blends, but synthetic challenges have precluded comprehensive studies on such systems. Here, we present a novel synthetic approach for preparing all-conjugated block copolymers and detailed studies of their nanoscale structure and optical properties. Our synthetic approach is based on copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne ``click'' chemistry and enables us to prepare block copolymers with a poly(3-alkylthiophene) block covalently linked to a conjugated polymer prepared by Suzuki polycondensation polymerization, including poly(9,9-dioctyl fluorene), poly(9,9-dioctyl fluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole) and poly((9,9-dioctylfluorene)-2,7-diyl-alt-[4,7-bis(thiophen-5-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole]-2',2''-diyl) (PFOTBT). A combination of x-ray diffraction, grazing-incidence x-ray scattering, atomic force microscopy, and fluorescence quenching measurements give insight into their microstructure and potential for use in high-performance all-polymer photovoltaics.

  5. Tailor-made polyfluoroacrylate and its block copolymer by RAFT polymerization in miniemulsion; improved hydrophobicity in the core-shell block copolymer. (United States)

    Chakrabarty, Arindam; Singha, Nikhil K


    Controlled/living radical polymerization (CRP) of a fluoroacrylate was successfully carried out in miniemulsion by Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) process. In this case, 2,2,3,3,4,4,4-heptafluorobutyl acrylate (HFBA) was polymerized using 2-cyanopropyl dodecyl trithiocarbonate (CPDTC) as RAFT agent, Triton X-405 and sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS) as surfactant, and potassium persulphate (KPS) or 2,2'-azobis isobutyronitrile (AIBN) as initiator. Being compatible with hydrophobic fluoroacrylate, this RAFT agent offered very high conversion and good control over the molecular weight of the polymer. The miniemulsion was stable without any costabilizer. The long chain dodecyl group (-C12H25) (Z-group in the RAFT agent) had beneficial effect in stabilizing the miniemulsion. When 2-cyano 2-propyl benzodithioate (CPBD) (Z=-C6H5) was used as RAFT agent, the conversion was less and particle size distribution was very broad. Block copolymerization with butyl acrylate (BA) using PHFBA as macro-RAFT agent showed core-shell morphology with the aggregation of PHFBA segment in the shell. GPC as well as DSC analysis confirmed the formation of block copolymer. The core-shell morphology was confirmed by TEM analysis. The block copolymers (PHFBA-b-PBA) showed significantly higher water contact angle (WCA) showing much better hydrophobicity compared to PHFBA alone.

  6. Self-assembled Structures of a Multifunctional, Structured Block Copolymer in Solution; A SANS Study (United States)

    Etampawala, Thusitha; Senanayake, Manjula; Osti, Naresh; He, Lilin; Heller, William; Perahia, Dvora


    The self-assembly of multi block copolymer in solutions is controlled by a delicate balance between inherent phase segregation due to incompatibility of the blocks and the interactions of the individual blocks with the solvent. We investigated the association of ABCBA penta-block copolymers, in solution using Small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The ABCBA penta-block comprises of centered randomly sulfonated polystyrene block to which rubbery polyisoprene is connected, terminated by blocks of polystyrene decorated with tertiary butyl group, kindly provided by Kraton LLC. The SANS studies have shown that the penta-block forms ellipsoidal core-shell structures with the sulfonated polystyrene in the core and Gaussian decaying chains of swollen polyisoprene and tertiary butyl polystyrene in the corona. The size of the micelle, the thickness of the corona and the aggregation number increased with increasing the solution concentration and temperature, while the solvent fraction in the core decreased. The dilute solutions promptly responded to thermal fluctuations. However, the temperature effects disappeared with increasing the solution concentration.

  7. Modular synthesis of a block copolymer with a cleavable linkage via “click” chemistry

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    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.

  8. Application of Block Copolymer in Three-Liquid-Phase Extraction System

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    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.

  9. 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


    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.

  10. Hydrophilic block copolymer-directed growth of lanthanum hydroxide nano-particles

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    Bouyer, F.; Sanson, N.; Gerardin, C. [Laboratoire de Materiaux Catalytiques et Catalyse en Chimie Organique, UMR 5618 CNRS-ENSCM-UM1, FR 1878, Institut Gerhardt, 34 - Montpellier (France); Destarac, M. [Centre de Recherches Rhodia Aubervilliers, 93 - Aubervilliers (France)


    Stable hairy lanthanum hydroxide nano-particles were synthesized in water by performing hydrolysis and condensation reactions of lanthanum cations in the presence of double hydrophilic poly-acrylic acid-b-polyacrylamide block copolymers (PAA-b-PAM). In the first step, the addition of asymmetric PAA-b-PAM copolymers (M{sub w,PAA} {<=} M{sub w,PAM}) to lanthanum salt solutions, both at pH = 5.5, induces the formation of monodispersed micellar aggregates, which are predominantly isotropic. The core of the hybrid aggregates is constituted of a lanthanum polyacrylate complex whose formation is due to bidentate coordination bonding between La{sup 3+} and acrylate groups, as shown by ATR-FTIR experiments and pH measurements. The size of the micellar aggregates depends on the molecular weight of the copolymer but is independent of the copolymer to metal ratio in solution. In the second step, the hydrolysis of lanthanum ions is induced by addition of a strong base such as sodium hydroxide. Either flocculated suspensions or stable anisotropic or spherical nano-particles of lanthanum hydrolysis products were obtained depending on the metal complexation ratio [acrylate]/[La]. The variation of that parameter also enables the control of the size of the core-corona nano-particles obtained by lanthanum hydroxylation. The asymmetry degree of the copolymer was shown to influence both the size and the shape of the particles. Elongated particles with a high aspect ratio, up to 10, were obtained with very asymmetric copolymers (M{sub w,PAM}/M{sub w,PAA}{>=}10) while shorter rice grain-like particles were obtained with a less asymmetric copolymer. The asymmetry degree also influences the value of the critical metal complexation degree required to obtain stable colloidal suspensions of polymer-stabilized lanthanum hydroxide. (authors)

  11. Preparation, Stability, and Bio-Compatability of Block Copolymer Vesicles (United States)

    Discher, Dennis; Lee, James C.-M.; Bermudez, Harry; Bates, Frank; Discher, Bohdana


    Vesicles made completely from diblock copolymers polymersomes can be stably prepared by a wide range of techniques common to liposomes. Processes such as film rehydration, sonication, and extrusion can generate many micron giants as well as monodisperse, 100 nm vesicles of PEO-PEE (polyethyleneoxide polyethylethylene) or PEO PBD (polyethyleneoxide polybutadiene). These thick-walled vesicles of polymer can encapsulate macromolecules just as liposomes can, but, unlike many pure liposome systems, these polymersomes exhibit no in-surface thermal transitions and a sub-population even survive autoclaving. Suspension in blood plasma has no immediate ill-effect on vesicle stability, and neither adhesion nor stimulation of phagocytes are apparent when giant polymersomes are held in direct, protracted contact. Proliferating cells, in addition, are unaffected when cultured for an extended time with an excess of polymersomes, and several injections of 10 mg doses into rats show no ill-effect. The results are consistent with the steric stabilization that PEG-lipid can impart to liposomes, but the present single-component polymersomes are far more stable mechanically and are not limited by PEG driven micellization.

  12. Interaction of Curcumin with PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymers: a molecular dynamics study. (United States)

    Samanta, Susruta; Roccatano, Danilo


    Curcumin, a naturally occurring drug molecule, has been extensively investigated for its various potential usages in medicine. Its water insolubility and high metabolism rate require the use of drug delivery systems to make it effective in the human body. Among various types of nanocarriers, block copolymer based ones are the most effective. These polymers are broadly used as drug-delivery systems, but the nature of this process is poorly understood. In this paper, we propose a molecular dynamics simulation study of the interaction of Curcumin with block copolymer based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polypropylene oxide (PPO). The study has been conducted considering the smallest PEO and PPO oligomers and multiple chains of the block copolymer Pluronic P85. Our study shows that the more hydrophobic 1,2-dimethoxypropane (DMP) molecules and PPO block preferentially coat the Curcumin molecule. In the case of the Pluronic P85, simulation shows formation of a drug-polymer aggregate within 50 ns. This process leaves exposed the PEO part of the polymers, resulting in better solvation and stability of the drug in water.

  13. Block Copolymer Modified Epoxy Amine System for Reactive Rotational Molding: Structures, Properties and Processability (United States)

    Lecocq, Eva; Nony, Fabien; Tcharkhtchi, Abbas; Gérard, Jean-François


    Poly(styrene-butadiene-methylmethacrylate) (SBM) and poly(methylmethacrylate-butyle-acrylate-methylmethacrylate) (MAM) triblock copolymers have been dissolved in liquid DGEBA epoxy resin which is subsequently polymerized by meta-xylene diamine (MXDA) or Jeffamine EDR-148. A chemorheology study of these formulations by plate-plate rheology and by thermal analysis has allowed to conclude that the addition of these copolymer blocks improve the reactive rotational moulding processability without affecting the processing time. Indeed, it prevents the pooling of the formulation at the bottom of the mould and a too rapid build up of resin viscosity of these thermosetting systems. The morphology of the cured blends examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows an increase of fracture surface area and thereby a potential increase of the toughness with the modification of epoxy system. Dynamic mechanical spectroscopy (DMA) and opalescence of final material show that the block PMMA, initially miscible, is likely to induce phase separation from the epoxy-amine matrix. Thereby, the poor compatibilisation between the toughener and the matrix has a detrimental effect on the tensile mechanical properties. The compatibilisation has to be increased to improve in synergy the processability and the final properties of these block copolymer modified formulations. First attempts could be by adapting the length and ratio of each block.

  14. Water vapor and gas transport through PEO PBT block copolymers

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    Metz, S.J.; Potreck, J.; Mulder, M.H.V.; Wessling, M.


    Introduction At the bore well natural gas is saturated with water. Downstream the presence of water may cause: formation of methane hydrates (blocking eventually the pipeline), condensation of water in the pipeline and corrosion effects. A process used for the dehydration of natural gas is glycol ab

  15. Poly(dimethylsiloxane)-poly(ethylene oxide)-heparin block copolymers II: Surface characterization and in vitro assessments

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    Grainger, D.W.; Knutson, K.; Kim, S.W.; Feijen, J.


    Amphiphilic block copolymers containing poly(dimethylsiloxane), poly(ethylene oxide), as well as heparin-coated glass beads and tubes were evaluated for the amounts and activities of surface-immobilized heparin. Because the amphiphilic copolymer system is thermodynanmcally predicted to demonstrate l

  16. Block Copolymers of Ethylene Oxide and Styrene Oxide:New Copolymer Surfactants(Ⅰ)

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    Zhuo Yang; David Attwood; Colin Booth


    @@ 1 Introduction The range and application, actual and potential, of water-soluble block-copoly (oxyalkylene)s have beenextensively reviewed in recent compilations by edited by Nace[1] and by Alexandridis and Lindman[2].

  17. Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Containing Poly(n-octadecyl acrylate) Block in Aqueous Solution

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    Akiba, Isamu; Akino, Yusuke; Masunaga, Hiroyasu; Sakurai, Kazuo, E-mail:


    Synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments were carried out for poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(n-octadecyl acrylate) (PAA-b-PODA) and PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA micelles in aqueous solutions. SAXS results indicated that PAA-b-PODA and PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA formed core-shell micelles with disk-like morphology below melting temperature of PODA in aqueous solutions. The thickness of PAA-b-PODA (diblock copolymer) micelle was larger than that of PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA (triblock copolymer) micelle. The difference of sizes between these micelles was related to difference of molecular architectures of PAA-b-PODA and PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA. PAA-b-PODA micelle showed morphological transition from disk to spherical shape with elevating temperature. On the contrary, PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA micelle maintained disk-like shape above melting temperature, although enlargement of micelle thickness is caused.

  18. Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Containing Poly(n-octadecyl acrylate) Block in Aqueous Solution (United States)

    Akiba, Isamu; Akino, Yusuke; Masunaga, Hiroyasu; Sakurai, Kazuo


    Synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments were carried out for poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(n-octadecyl acrylate) (PAA-b-PODA) and PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA micelles in aqueous solutions. SAXS results indicated that PAA-b-PODA and PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA formed core-shell micelles with disk-like morphology below melting temperature of PODA in aqueous solutions. The thickness of PAA-b-PODA (diblock copolymer) micelle was larger than that of PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA (triblock copolymer) micelle. The difference of sizes between these micelles was related to difference of molecular architectures of PAA-b-PODA and PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA. PAA-b-PODA micelle showed morphological transition from disk to spherical shape with elevating temperature. On the contrary, PAA-b-PODA-b-PAA micelle maintained disk-like shape above melting temperature, although enlargement of micelle thickness is caused.

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

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    Marques, Debora S.


    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.

  20. Block copolymer with simultaneous electric and ionic conduction for use in lithium ion batteries (United States)

    Javier, Anna Esmeralda K; Balsara, Nitash Pervez; Patel, Shrayesh Naran; Hallinan, Jr., Daniel T


    Redox reactions that occur at the electrodes of batteries require transport of both ions and electrons to the active centers. Reported is the synthesis of a block copolymer that exhibits simultaneous electronic and ionic conduction. A combination of Grignard metathesis polymerization and click reaction was used successively to synthesize the block copolymer containing regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) segments. The P3HT-PEO/LiTFSI mixture was then used to make a lithium battery cathode with LiFePO.sub.4 as the only other component. All-solid lithium batteries of the cathode described above, a solid electrolyte and a lithium foil as the anode showed capacities within experimental error of the theoretical capacity of the battery. The ability of P3HT-PEO to serve all of the transport and binding functions required in a lithium battery electrode is thus demonstrated.

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

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    Theresa A. LaFollette


    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.

  2. Structure-Properties Relationship in Proton Conductive Sulfonated Polystyrene-Polymethyl Methacrylate Block Copolymers. (United States)

    Rubatat, Laurent; Li, Chaoxu; Dietsch, Herve; Nykainen, Antti; Ruokolainen, Janne; Mezzenga, Raffaele


    We report on the dependence of proton conductivity on the morphologies of sulfonated polystyrene-poly(methyl methacrylate) (sPS-PMMA) diblock copolymers. Three diblock copolymers of varying molecular weight and block volume fraction were studied, for each one several sulfonation degrees of the PS block were considered. The investigation of the morphologies of the self-assembled sPS-PMMA diblocks was carried out by means of small angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Depending on molecular weight and sulfonation degrees, isotropic phase (ISO), lamellar phase (LAM), cylindrical hexagonal phase (HEX) and hexagonally perforated lamellae (HPL) were observed. Proton conductivity, normalized by the volume fraction of the conductive domains (formed by PS, sPS and water), was shown to rise monotonically with the following sequence of morphologies: ISO to HEX to HPL to LAM.

  3. Amphiphilic block copolymers as efficiency boosters in microemulsions a SANS investigation of the role of polymers

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    Endo, H; Mihailescu, M; Monkenbusch, M; Gompper, G; Richter, D; Jakobs, B; Sottmann, T; Strey, R


    The effect of amphiphilic block copolymers on ternary microemulsions (water, oil and non-ionic surfactant) is investigated. Small amounts of PEP-PEO block copolymer lead to a dramatic expansion of the one-phase region where water and oil can be solubilized by the mediation of surfactant molecules. Small-angle neutron-scattering experiments employing a high-precision two-dimensional contrast-variation technique demonstrate that the polymer is distributed uniformly on the surfactant membrane, where it modifies the membrane curvature elasticity. Furthermore, a new approach to determine the bending rigidity of an amphiphilic membrane is proposed, which is precise enough to measure the logarithmic scale dependence of the bending rigidity and its universal prefactor in bicontinuous microemulsions. (orig.)

  4. Thermally Switchable Aligned Nanopores by Magnetic-Field Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers (United States)

    Osuji, Chinedum


    Magnetic fields provide a facile approach to direct the self-assembly of magnetically anisotropic block copolymer nanostructures in a scalable manner. Here we combine such field-based processing with materials design to enable the fabrication of polymer films with highly aligned stimuli-responsive nanopores. Etch removal of a poly(D,L-lactide) (PLA) brush that is the minority component of a liquid crystalline block copolymer is used to produce nanopores of ~ 8 nm diameter. The pores can be reversibly closed and opened while retaining their alignment by appropriate heating and cooling. We present TEM and temperture resolved scattering data during pore closure and re-opening to explore the mechanism and kinetics of pore collapse. NSF DMR-0847534; DMR-1119826.

  5. Thermally induced structural evolution and performance of mesoporous block copolymer-directed alumina perovskite solar cells.

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    Tan, Kwan Wee


    Structure control in solution-processed hybrid perovskites is crucial to design and fabricate highly efficient solar cells. Here, we utilize in situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the structural evolution and film morphologies of methylammonium lead tri-iodide/chloride (CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x)) in mesoporous block copolymer derived alumina superstructures during thermal annealing. We show the CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) material evolution to be characterized by three distinct structures: a crystalline precursor structure not described previously, a 3D perovskite structure, and a mixture of compounds resulting from degradation. Finally, we demonstrate how understanding the processing parameters provides the foundation needed for optimal perovskite film morphology and coverage, leading to enhanced block copolymer-directed perovskite solar cell performance.

  6. Laser Writing Block Copolymer Self-Assembly on Graphene Light-Absorbing Layer. (United States)

    Jin, Hyeong Min; Lee, Seung Hyun; Kim, Ju Young; Son, Seung-Woo; Kim, Bong Hoon; Lee, Hwan Keon; Mun, Jeong Ho; Cha, Seung Keun; Kim, Jun Soo; Nealey, Paul F; Lee, Keon Jae; Kim, Sang Ouk


    Recent advance of high-power laser processing allows for rapid, continuous, area-selective material fabrication, typically represented by laser crystallization of silicon or oxides for display applications. Two-dimensional materials such as graphene exhibit remarkable physical properties and are under intensive development for the manufacture of flexible devices. Here we demonstrate an area-selective ultrafast nanofabrication method using low intensity infrared or visible laser irradiation to direct the self-assembly of block copolymer films into highly ordered manufacturing-relevant architectures at the scale below 12 nm. The fundamental principles underlying this light-induced nanofabrication mechanism include the self-assembly of block copolymers to proceed across the disorder-order transition under large thermal gradients, and the use of chemically modified graphene films as a flexible and conformal light-absorbing layers for transparent, nonplanar, and mechanically flexible surfaces.

  7. Functionalization of carbon nanofibers with elastomeric block copolymer using carbodiimide chemistry (United States)

    Mapkar, Javed A.; Iyer, Ganesh; Coleman, Maria R.


    Surface functionalization of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) with aminopropyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane [(PDMS-NH 2)] and other organic diamines was achieved using carbodiimide chemistry. The carbodiimide chemistry provides faster reaction rate so that the reaction occurs at lower temperature compared to amidation and acylation-amidation chemistry. CNF functionalized with PDMS-NH 2 fibers were further functionalized with oligomer of polyimide (6FDA-BisP) using imidization reaction. The formation of block copolymer on the surface of CNF is proposed as an effective method to engineer the interphase between the fiber and the polymer, which is essential to modulate and enhance the properties of the nanocomposite. The efficiency of the carbodiimide chemistry to functionalize amine terminated groups on CNF and the functionalization of block copolymer was characterized using thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis spectroscopy.

  8. Thermally induced structural evolution and performance of mesoporous block copolymer-directed alumina perovskite solar cells. (United States)

    Tan, Kwan Wee; Moore, David T; Saliba, Michael; Sai, Hiroaki; Estroff, Lara A; Hanrath, Tobias; Snaith, Henry J; Wiesner, Ulrich


    Structure control in solution-processed hybrid perovskites is crucial to design and fabricate highly efficient solar cells. Here, we utilize in situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the structural evolution and film morphologies of methylammonium lead tri-iodide/chloride (CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x)) in mesoporous block copolymer derived alumina superstructures during thermal annealing. We show the CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) material evolution to be characterized by three distinct structures: a crystalline precursor structure not described previously, a 3D perovskite structure, and a mixture of compounds resulting from degradation. Finally, we demonstrate how understanding the processing parameters provides the foundation needed for optimal perovskite film morphology and coverage, leading to enhanced block copolymer-directed perovskite solar cell performance.

  9. Thermal Analysis, Structural Studies and Morphology of Spider Silk-like Block Copolymers (United States)

    Huang, Wenwen

    Spider silk is a remarkable natural block copolymer, which offers a unique combination of low density, excellent mechanical properties, and thermal stability over a wide range of temperature, along with biocompatibility and biodegrability. The dragline silk of Nephila clavipes, is one of the most well understood and the best characterized spider silk, in which alanine-rich hydrophobic blocks and glycine-rich hydrophilic blocks are linked together generating a functional block copolymer with potential uses in biomedical applications such as guided tissue repair and drug delivery. To provide further insight into the relationships among peptide amino acid sequence, block length, and physical properties, in this thesis, we studied synthetic proteins inspired by the genetic sequences found in spider dragline silks, and used these bioengineered spider silk block copolymers to study thermal, structural and morphological features. To obtain a fuller understanding of the thermal dynamic properties of these novel materials, we use a model to calculate the heat capacity of spider silk block copolymer in the solid or liquid state, below or above the glass transition temperature, respectively. We characterize the thermal phase transitions by temperature modulated differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). We also determined the crystallinity by TMDSC and compared the result with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). To understand the protein-water interactions with respect to the protein amino acid sequence, we also modeled the specific reversing heat capacity of the protein-water system, Cp(T), based on the vibrational, rotational and translational motions of protein amino acid residues and water molecules. Advanced thermal analysis methods using TMDSC and TGA show two glass transitions were observed in all samples during heating. The low temperature glass transition, Tg(1), is related to

  10. Role of Polyalanine Domains in -Sheet Formation in Spider Silk Block Copolymers

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    Rabotyagova, O.; Cebe, P; Kaplan, D


    Genetically engineered spider silk-like block copolymers were studied to determine the influence of polyalanine domain size on secondary structure. The role of polyalanine block distribution on {beta}-sheet formation was explored using FT-IR and WAXS. The number of polyalanine blocks had a direct effect on the formation of crystalline {beta}-sheets, reflected in the change in crystallinity index as the blocks of polyalanines increased. WAXS analysis confirmed the crystalline nature of the sample with the largest number of polyalanine blocks. This approach provides a platform for further exploration of the role of specific amino acid chemistries in regulating the assembly of {beta}-sheet secondary structures, leading to options to regulate material properties through manipulation of this key component in spider silks.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of an elastin-mimetic amphiphilic block copolymer protein (United States)

    Lee, Terrence Anita-Talley


    The overall goal in material science is to be able to control the molecular architecture of a material and thus its end properties. There is no method that offers greater control than the biological synthesis of proteins. From the DNA sequence to the final synthesized protein, the entire process is finitely controlled. This present work describes methods developed and used to synthesize protein polymers by manipulating this process. From the initial DNA sequence chosen, the end properties that the protein polymer will have are dictated. An amphiphilic diblock copolymer was designed based on environmentally responsive elastin-mimetic peptide sequences [(Val/Ile)-Pro-Gly-Xaa-Gly] (Xaa = Ala or Glu for the hydrophilic block, Val or Phe for the hydrophobic block) and synthesized using a genetic engineering approach. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements in aqueous solution revealed that reversible hydrophobic folding and assembly of the copolymer occurs above the inverse temperature transition, Tt, of the hydrophobic block. This process results in the formation of 50 nm protein-based micellar aggregates, which were characterized by electron microscopy and temperature-dependent dynamic light scattering techniques. The distribution of micellar aggregates can be altered reproducibly through variation of environmental conditions including pH and temperature. The uniform and defined macromolecular architecture of this protein copolymer permits greater control over the physical properties of the micelles, which therefore may facilitate applications in controlled release of small molecules.

  12. Thermodynamics of coil-hyperbranched poly(styrene-b-acrylated epoxidized soybean oil) block copolymers (United States)

    Lin, Fang-Yi; Hohmann, Austin; Hernández, Nacú; Cochran, Eric

    Here we present the phase behavior of a new type of coil-hyperbranched diblock copolymer: poly(styrene- b-acrylated epoxidized soybean oil), or PS-PAESO. PS-PAESO is an example of a biorenewable thermoplastic elastomer (bio-TPE). To date, we have shown that bio-TPEs can be economical commercial substitutes for their petrochemically derived analogues--such as poly(styrene- b-butadiene- b-styrene) (SBS)--in a range of applications including pressure sensitive adhesives and bitumen modification. From a polymer physics perspective, PS-PAESO is an interesting material in that it couples a linear coil-like block with a highly branched block. Thus in contrast to the past five decades of studies on linear AB diblock copolymers, coil-hyperbranched block copolymers are relatively unknown to the community and can be expected to deviate substantially from the standard ``universal'' phase behavior in the AB systems. To explore these new materials, we have constructed a library of PS-PAESO materials spanning a range of molecular weight and composition values. The phase transition behavior and the morphology information will be interpreted by isochronal temperature scanning in dynamic shear rheology, small angle X-ray scattering and the corresponding transmission electron microscopy.

  13. Electrically and chemically tunable soft-solid block copolymer structural color (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Park, Cheolmin


    1D photonic crystals based on the periodic stacking of two different dielectric layers have been widely studied due to their potential use in low-power reflective mode displays, e-books and sensors, 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 swollen block copolymer films. Placement of a polymer/ionic liquid (IL) film-reservoir adjacent to a self-assembled poly(styrene-block-quaternized 2vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-QP2VP) copolymer SC film allowed the development of R, G and 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 -3V to +6V using a metal/IL reservoir/SC film/IL reservoir/metal capacitor type device.

  14. Amphiphilic Spider Silk-Like Block Copolymers with Tunable Physical Properties and Morphology for Biomedical Applications (United States)

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


    Silk-based materials are important candidates for biomedical applications because of their excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability. To generate silk amphiphilic biopolymers with potential use in guided tissue repair and drug delivery, a novel family of spider silk-like block copolymers was synthesized by recombinant DNA technology. Block copolymer thermal properties, structural conformations, protein-water interactions, and self-assembly morphologies were studied with respect to well controlled protein amino acid sequences. A theoretical model was used to predict the heat capacity of the protein and protein-water complex. Using thermal analysis, two glass transitions were observed: Tg1 is related to conformational changes caused by bound water removal, while Tg2 (>Tg1) is the glass transition of dry protein. Real-time infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction confirmed that different secondary structural changes occur during the two Tg relaxations. Using scanning electron microscopy, fibrillar networks and hollow vesicles are observed, depending on protein block copolymer sequence. This study provides a deeper understanding of the relationship between protein physical properties and amino acid sequence, with implications for design of other protein-based materials. Support was provided from the NSF CBET-0828028 and the MRI Program under DMR-0520655 for thermal analysis instrumentation.

  15. Self-assembled block copolymer-nanoparticle hybrids: interplay between enthalpy and entropy. (United States)

    Sarkar, Biswajit; Alexandridis, Paschalis


    The dispersion of nanoparticles in ordered block copolymer nanostructures can provide control over particle location and orientation, and pave the way for engineered nanomaterials that have enhanced mechanical, electrical, or optical properties. Fundamental questions pertaining to the role of enthalpic and entropic particle-polymer interactions remain open and motivate the present work. We consider here a system of 10.6 nm silica nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed in ordered cylinders formed by hydrated poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymers (Pluronic P105: EO(37)PO(56)EO(37)). Protonation of silica was used to vary the NP-polymer enthalpic interactions, while polar organic solvents (glycerol, DMSO, ethanol, and DMF) were used to modulate the NP-polymer entropic interactions. The introduction of deprotonated NPs in the place of an equal mass of water did not affect the lattice parameter of the PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystalline structures. However, the dispersion of protonated NPs led to an increase in the lattice parameter, which was attributed to stronger NP-polymer hydrogen bonding (enthalpic) interactions. Dispersion of protonated NPs into cylindrical structures formed by Pluronic P105 in 80/20 water/organic solvents does not influence the lattice parameter, different from the case of protonated NP in plain water. Organic solvents appear to screen the NP-polymer hydrogen bonding interactions.

  16. 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


    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...

  17. Photoresponsive Azopolyester–PMMA Block Copolymers Obtained by Combination of ATRP, Polycondensation, and “Click” Chemistry

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    Berges, Cristina; Javakhishvili, Irakli; Hvilsted, Søren


    Novel azobenzene‐containing block copolymers (BCs) with a polyester block bearing azobenzene moieties in the side chain and a poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block have been synthesized by the combination of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), polycondensation, and “click” chemistry. T...

  18. Thermo Stability of Highly Sulfonated Poly(Styrene-Isobutylene-Styrene) Block Copolymers: Effects of Sulfonation and Counter-Ion Substitution (United States)


    poly(styrene-isobutylene- styrene) (SIBS) tri-block co-polymer (2, 3). The major component of the tri-block co-polymer is polyisobutylene ( PIB ...which comprises 70% by weight of the base polymer. The PIB gives the material low temperature flexibility as well as excellent barrier properties. The... PIB matrix (4). The fraction of PS controls the resultant morphology, which can be for example cylinders, lamellae, spheres, or a complex mixture

  19. Micellization of quaternized poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymers in water



    Micellization of a series of amphiphilic quaternized poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PQDMAEMA-b-PMMA) copolymers has been studied in water. The alkyl halide used for the quaternization of the aminated block has an effect on the solution properties of the diblocks, that have been investigated by dynamic light scattering and surface tension measurements. When a short length alkyl halide is used, the diblock copolymers behave like traditional amphiphile...

  20. Phase Equilibria and Transition in Mixtures of a Homopolymer and a Block Copolymer. II. (United States)


    AD-A124 929 PHASE EQUILIBRIA AND TRANSITION IN MIXTURES OF A In- NOMOPOLYMER AND’A BLOCK..(U) CINCINNATI UNJY ON DEPT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND...REPORT NO. 7 v2 L Phase Equilibria and Transition in Mixtures of a Homopolymer and a Block Copolymer II. The Phase Diagram by R. J. Roe and W. C. Zin...homopolymers as in our systems. The phase equilibria at temperatures above the "pseudo-triple point" BCD can be interpreted in terms of the free energy of

  1. Well-defined ABA- and BAB-type block copolymers of PDMAEMA and PCL

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    Bruce, Carl; Javakhishvili, Irakli; Fogelstrom, Linda


    Triblock copolymers of ABA- and BAB-type consisting of poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA, A) and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL, B) have successfully been prepared. PDMAEMA-b-PCL-b-PDMAEMA (ABA) and PCL-b-PDMAEMA-b-PCL (BAB) were synthesised by a combination of ring...... as the outer block (ABA), the inherent crystallinity of PCL was destroyed while with PCL as the outer block (BAB), the degree of crystallinity was in the same proximity as for a PCL homopolymer....

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

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    Bukhryakov, Konstantin V.


    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.

  3. Cooperative catalysis with block copolymer micelles: a combinatorial approach. (United States)

    Bukhryakov, Konstantin V; Desyatkin, Victor G; O'Shea, John-Paul; Almahdali, Sarah R; Solovyeva, Vera; Rodionov, Valentin O


    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.

  4. Flash NanoPrecipitation of organic actives via confined micromixing and block copolymer stabilization (United States)

    Johnson, Brian K.

    This dissertation provides a method and the understanding required to produce nanoparticles of organic actives using Flash NanoPrecipitation . The process comprises mixing a solvent phase containing molecularly dissolved amphiphilic block copolymer and an organic active with an anti-solvent. One block of the copolymer precipitates to alter the nucleation and growth of the organic active while the other remains in solution for particle stabilization. A custom built confined impinging jets (CIJ) mixer provides optimum micromixing at the laboratory or full scale within milliseconds. Comparison to other reactor designs is provided. The resulting nanoparticles have functional surfaces tailored to meet the needs of pharmaceutical or specialty chemical formulations. Example beta-carotene nanoparticles with a polyethylene oxide surface are produced at high concentration, high yield, low stabilizer content, and a size suitable for sterile filtration or larger. The technical challenges in nanoparticle production are explained via the characteristic times for mixing, copolymer aggregation, and organic active particle formation. The time for Flash NanoPrecipitation is shown to depend strongly on the time for copolymer aggregation, and control of the organic nucleation versus growth is critical to achieve nanoparticles. Mixing operating lines explain the impact of solubility differences between the colloidal stabilizer and the organic active as function of mixing rate. Techniques to measure the solubility of the copolymer and DeltaG° , DeltaH°, and DeltaS° of micellization are demonstrated. An analytical CIJ mixer is developed by quantifying the characteristic time and physical mechanism of mixing. The methodology described to find an absolute mixing lifetime is also applied to a vortex mixer at a spectrum of flow ratios away from one. Dimensional analysis using the process Damkohler number, defined as the ratio of the mixing to the process time, is applied to precipitation

  5. Synthesis of Functional Block Copolymers Carrying One Poly( p -phenylenevinylene) and One Nonconjugated Block in a Facile One-Pot Procedure

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    Menk, Florian


    Block copolymers composed of a MEH-PPV block and a nonconjugated functional block (molecular weights between 5 and 90 kg/mol) were synthesized in a facile one-pot procedure via ROMP. This one-pot procedure permits the synthesis of numerous block copolymers with little effort. Amphiphilic block copolymers were obtained via incorporation of oxanorbornene carrying a PEG side chain as well as via postpolymerization modification of a reactive ester carrying norbornene derivative with methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)amine. These amphiphilic block copolymers can be self-assembled into micelles exhibiting different sizes (60-95 nm), morphologies (micelles or fused, caterpillar-like micelles), and optical properties depending on the polymer composition and the micellization procedure. Furthermore, the reactive ester carrying block copolymers enabled the introduction of anchor groups which facilitated the preparation of nanocomposites with CdSe/CdZnS core-shell QDs. The obtained composites were studied using time-resolved photoluminescence measurements. The results revealed an increased interaction based on an accelerated decay of the QD emission for composites as compared to the mixture of the QDs with unfunctionalized polymers. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  6. Structure-rheology relationship in weakly amphiphilic block copolymer Langmuir monolayers. (United States)

    Li Destri, Giovanni; Miano, Fausto; Marletta, Giovanni


    The linear viscoelastic behavior in the low-frequency regime at the water/air interface of three different polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) copolymer monolayers, with block length ratio varying from 66-33 to 50-50 and 25-75 in molecular units, was studied and related to the interfacial behavior, characterized by means of Langmuir isotherms, and their structure, characterized by means of the atomic force microscopy technique. The two monolayers with the highest PMMA amount showed a single phase transition at about 12 mN/m, the viscoelastic behavior changing from a predominantly elastic to a viscoelastic one. This change in the viscoelastic properties was ascribed to the beginning of entanglement among the PMMA coronas of the predominantly circular quasi-2D micelles formed by the two copolymer systems. Conversely, the polymer with the lowest PMMA amount, despite having the same PMMA block length of the PS-PMMA 50-50 block copolymer, was found to behave as a viscoelastic system at any surface pressure value. This characteristic behavior cannot therefore be simply related to the molecular weight difference, but it has been put in connection to the irregular micelle structure observed in this case, consisting of a mixture of spherical and wormlike micelles, and to the different conformation adopted by the PMMA block. By blending this copolymer with an immiscible elastic homopolymer, namely poly(2-vinylpyridine), it was possible to tune the micelle nanostructure, obtaining regular circular quasi-2D micelles, with viscoelastic properties as expected for the PMMA-rich copolymer monolayers. To the best of our knowledge, this study shows for the first time the explicit dependence upon the relative block length and, in turn, upon the nanostructure of the quasi-2D micelles, of the viscoelastic properties of Langmuir monolayers and suggests that molecular weight and intermolecular interactions are not the only parameters governing the polymer conformation and

  7. Polydimethylsiloxane-polymethacrylate block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial coating (United States)

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


    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.

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

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    Moreno Chaparro, Nicolas


    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. Block copolymer micelles as nanocontainers for controlled release of proteins from biocompatible oil phases. (United States)

    Miller, Andrew C; Bershteyn, Anna; Tan, Wuisiew; Hammond, Paula T; Cohen, Robert E; Irvine, Darrell J


    Biocompatible oils are used in a variety of medical applications ranging from vaccine adjuvants to vehicles for oral drug delivery. To enable such nonpolar organic phases to serve as reservoirs for delivery of hydrophilic compounds, we explored the ability of block copolymer micelles in organic solvents to sequester proteins for sustained release across an oil-water interface. Self-assembly of the block copolymer, poly(-caprolactone)-block-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (PCL-b-P2VP), was investigated in toluene and oleic acid, a biocompatible naturally occurring fatty acid. Micelle formation in toluene was characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging of micelles cast onto silicon substrates. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy confirmed a spherical morphology in oleic acid. Studies of homopolymer solubility implied that micelles in oleic acid consist of a P2VP corona and a PCL core, while P2VP formed the core of micelles assembled in toluene. The loading of two model proteins (ovalbumin (ova) and bovine serum albumin (BSA)) into micelles was demonstrated with loadings as high as 7.8% wt of protein per wt of P2VP in oleic acid. Characterization of block copolymer morphology in the two solvents after protein loading revealed spherical particles with similar size distributions to the as-assembled micelles. Release of ova from micelles in oleic acid was sustained for 12-30 h upon placing the oil phase in contact with an aqueous bath. Unique to the situation of micelle assembly in an oily phase, the data suggest protein is sequestered in the P2VP corona block of PCL-b-P2VP micelles in oleic acid. More conventionally, protein loading occurs in the P2VP core of micelles assembled in toluene.

  10. The development and advantages of helium ion microscopy for the study of block copolymer nanopatterns (United States)

    Bell, Alan P.; Senthamaraikannan, Ramsankar; Ghoshal, Tandra; Chaudhari, Atul; Leeson, Michael; Morris, Mick A.


    Helium ion microscopy (HIM) has been used to study nanopatterns formed in block copolymer (BCP) thin films. Owing to its' small spot size, minimal forward scattering of the incident ion and reduced velocity compared to electrons of comparable energy, HIM has considerable advantages and provides pattern information and resolution not attainable with other commercial microscopic techniques. In order to realize the full potential of BCP nanolithography in producing high density ultra-small features, the dimensions and geometry of these BCP materials will need to be accurately characterized through pattern formation, development and pattern transfer processes. The preferred BCP pattern inspection techniques (to date) are principally atomic force microscopy (AFM) and secondary electron microscopy (SEM) but suffer disadvantages in poor lateral resolution (AFM) and the ability to discriminate individual polymer domains (SEM). SEM suffers from reduced resolution when a more surface sensitive low accelerating voltage is used and low surface signal when a high accelerating voltage is used. In addition to these drawbacks, SEM can require the use of a conductive coating on these insulating materials and this reduces surface detail as well as increasing the dimensions of coated features. AFM is limited by the dimensions of the probe tip and a skewing of lateral dimension results. This can be eliminated through basic geometry for large sparse features, but when dense small features need to be characterized AFM lacks reliability. With this in mind, BCP inspection by HIM can offer greater insight into block ordering, critical dimensions and, critically, line edge roughness (LER) a critical parameter whose measurement is well suited to HIM because of its' enhanced edge contrast. In this work we demonstrate the resolution capabilities of HIM using various BCP systems (lamellar and cylinder structures). Imaging of BCP patterns of low molecular weight (MW)/low feature size which

  11. Blending of styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene copolymer with sulfonated vinyl aromatic polymers


    Ruggeri, Giacomo; Passaglia, Elisa; Giorgi, Ivan; Picchioni, Francesco; Aglietto, Mauro


    Different polymers containing sulfonic groups attached to the phenyl rings were prepared by sulfonation of polystyrene (PS) and styrene-block-(ethylene-co-1-butene)-block-styrene (SEBS). The sulfonation degree (SD) was varied between 1 and 20 mol% of the styrene units. Polyphase materials containing sulfonated units were prepared by blending styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene (SBS), with both sulfonated PS and sulfonated SEBS in a Brabender mixer. Such a procedure was performed as an alter...

  12. Highly protein-resistant coatings and suspension cell culture thereon from amphiphilic block copolymers prepared by RAFT polymerization. (United States)

    Haraguchi, Kazutoshi; Kubota, Kazuomi; Takada, Tetsuo; Mahara, Saori


    Novel amphiphilic block copolymers composed of hydrophobic (poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate): M) and hydrophilic (poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide): D) segments were synthesized by living radical polymerization: a reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization. Two types of amphiphilic block copolymers, triblock (MDM) and 4-arm block ((MD)4) copolymers with specific compositions (D/M = (750-1500)/250), were prepared by a versatile one-pot synthesis. These copolymers show good adhesion to various types of substrates (e.g., polystyrene, polycarbonate, polypropylene, Ti, and glass), and the surface coating showed high protein repellency and a low contact angle for water, regardless of the substrate. The two opposing characteristics of high protein repellency and good substrate adhesion were achieved by the combined effects of the molecular architecture of the block copolymers, the high molecular weight, and the characteristics of each segment, that is, low protein adsorption capability of both segments and low glass transition temperature of the hydrophobic segment. Further, a polystyrene dish coated with the MDM block copolymer could be sterilized by γ-ray irradiation and used as a good substrate for a suspension cell culture that exhibits low cell adhesion and good cell growth.

  13. Bilayer membrane permeability of ionic liquid-filled block copolymer vesicles in aqueous solution. (United States)

    Bai, Zhifeng; Zhao, Bin; Lodge, Timothy P


    The bilayer membrane permeability of block copolymer vesicles ("polymersomes") with ionic liquid interiors dispersed in water is quantified using fluorescence quenching. Poly((1,2-butadiene)-b-ethylene oxide) (PB-PEO) block copolymer vesicles in water with their interiors filled with a common hydrophobic ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide, were prepared containing a hydrophobic dye, Nile Red, by intact migration of dye-encapsulated vesicles from the ionic liquid to water at room temperature. A small quencher molecule, dichloroacetamide, was added to the aqueous solution of the dye-loaded vesicles, and the permeation of the quencher passing through the membrane into the interior was determined from the fluorescence quenching kinetics. Rapid permeation of the quencher across the nanoscale membrane was observed, consistent with the high fluidity of the liquid polybutadiene membrane. Two different PB-PEO copolymers were employed, in order to vary the thickness of the solvophobic membrane. A significant increase in membrane permeability was also observed with decreasing membrane thickness, which is tentatively attributable to differences in quencher solubility in the membranes. Quantitative migration of the vesicles from the aqueous phase back to an ionic liquid phase was achieved upon heating. These microscopically heterogeneous and thermoresponsive vesicles with permeable and robust membranes have potential as recyclable nanoreactors, in which the high viscosity and capital expense of an ionic liquid reaction medium can be mitigated, while retaining the desirable features of ionic liquids as reaction media, and facile catalyst recovery.

  14. Solar cells based on block copolymer semiconductor nanowires: effects of nanowire aspect ratio. (United States)

    Ren, Guoqiang; Wu, Pei-Tzu; Jenekhe, Samson A


    The solution-phase self-assembly of nanowires (NWs) from diblock copolymer semiconductors, poly(3-butylthiophene)-block-poly(3-octylthiophene), of different block compositions gave crystalline NWs of similar width (13-16 nm) but a tunable average aspect ratio (length/width) of 50-260. The power conversion efficiency of bulk heterojunction solar cells comprising the diblock copolythiophene NWs and PC(71)BM was found to increase with increasing aspect ratio, reaching 3.4% at the highest average aspect ratio of 260. The space charge limited current mobility of holes in neat films of the copolymer NWs and in copolymer NWs/PC(71)BM films (∼1.0 × 10(-4) cm(2)/(V s)) was invariant with aspect ratio, reflecting the parallel orientation of the NWs to the substrate. The enhancement of photovoltaic efficiency with increasing aspect ratio of NWs was explained in terms of increased exciton and charge photogeneration and collection in the bulk heterojunction solar cells.

  15. Predicting the Solution Morphology of a Sulfonated Block Copolymer in Binary Solvent Mixtures (United States)

    Griffin, Philip; Salmon, Grace; Ford, Jamie; Winey, Karen


    The physicochemical properties of solvent-casted block copolymer films are highly dependent on the microscopic morphology of the solutions from which they are cast. In order to achieve macroscopically homogenous polymer solutions, binary or higher-degree solvent mixtures are often required, which introduces additional complexity in understanding the molecular level interactions that control block copolymer self-assembly in solution. Using small angle x-ray scattering, we have explored the solution morphology in ternary blends of a sulfonated pentablock copolymer in select binary solvent mixtures over a range of solvent compositions and polymer concentrations. We have found that the solution morphologies in these ternary blends depend strongly on the composition of the solvent mixture. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the solvent-composition-dependent morphologies can be accurately predicted by quantifying the polymer/solvent interactions using Hansen solubility parameters. These studies are an important step toward developing a complete and predictive understanding of the solution morphology of complex polymer/solvent mixtures.

  16. 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


    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.

  17. Nanostructured Double Hydrophobic Poly(Styrene-b-Methyl Methacrylate) Block Copolymer Membrane Manufactured Via Phase Inversion Technique

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    Karunakaran, Madhavan


    In this paper, we demonstrate the formation of nanostructured double hydrophobic poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymer membranes via state-of-the-art phase inversion technique. The nanostructured membrane morphologies are tuned by different solvent and block copolymer compositions. The membrane morphology has been investigated using FESEM, AFM and TEM. Morphological investigation shows the formation of both cylindrical and lamellar structures on the top surface of the block copolymer membranes. The PS-b-PMMA having an equal block length (PS160K-b-PMMA160K) exhibits both cylindrical and lamellar structures on the top layer of the asymmetric membrane. All membranes fabricated from PS160K-b-PMMA160K shows an incomplete pore formation in both cylindrical and lamellar morphologies during the phase inversion process. However, PS-b-PMMA (PS135K-b-PMMA19.5K) block copolymer having a short PMMA block allowed us to produce open pore structures with ordered hexagonal cylindrical pores during the phase inversion process. The resulting PS-b-PMMA nanostructured block copolymer membranes have pure water flux from 105-820 l/ and 95% retention of PEG50K

  18. Nanopatterning by large block copolymers for application in photonic devices (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Mokarian-Tabari, Parvaneh; Senthamaraikannan, Ramsankar; Collins, Timothy W.; Glynn, Colm; O'Dwyer, Colm; Morris, Michael


    The extensive benefits of the new generation of nanostructured surfaces is very promising for enhancing light absorption efficiency in photonic devices. However, the low throughput and the high cost of available technologies such as lithography for fabrication of nanostructures has proved to be a difficult technological hurdle for advanced manufacturing. In this research we present a solution based process based on high molecular weight block copolymer (BCP) nanolithography for fabrication of periodic structures on large areas of optical surfaces. Block copolymer self- assembly technique is a solution based process that offers an alternative route to produce highly ordered photonic crystal structures. BCPs forms nanodomains (5-10 nm) due to microphase separation of incompatible constitute blocks. The size and shape of the nanostructure can be customised by the molecular weight and volume fraction of the polymer blocks. However, the major challenge is BCPs do not phase separate into their signature ordered pattern above 100 nm, whereas for nanofeatures to be used as photonic gratings, they must be greater than 100 nm (typically ¼ wavelength). This is due to significant kinetic penalty arising from higher entanglement in high molecular weight polymers. In this work we present the results of exploiting commercially available block copolymers to phase separate into periodic domains greater than 100 nm. The process do not include any blending with homopolymers, or adding colloidal particles, and to our best knowledge, has not been yet achieved or reported in the literatures. We have pattern transferred the BCP mask to silicon substrate by reactive ion etch (ICP-RIE). The final product is black silicon, consists of hexagonally packed conic Si nanofeatures with diameter above 100nm and periodicity of 200 nm. The height of the Si nanopillars varies from 100 nm to 1 micron. We have characterized the angle dependent optical reflectance properties of the black silicon. The

  19. Association of a multifunctional ionic block copolymer in a selective solvent (United States)

    Etampawala, Thusitha N.; Aryal, Dipak; Osti, Naresh C.; He, Lilin; Heller, William T.; Willis, Carl L.; Grest, Gary S.; Perahia, Dvora


    The self-assembly of multiblock copolymers in solutions is controlled by a delicate balance between inherent phase segregation due to incompatibility of the blocks and the interaction of the individual blocks with the solvent. The current study elucidates the association of pentablock copolymers in a mixture of selective solvents which are good for the hydrophobic segments and poor for the hydrophilic blocks using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The pentablock consists of a center block of randomly sulfonated polystyrene, designed for transport, tethered to poly-ethylene-r-propylene and end-capped by poly-t-butyl styrene, for mechanical stability. We find that the pentablock forms ellipsoidal core-shell micelles with the sulfonated polystyrene in the core and Gaussian decaying chains of swollen poly-ethylene-r-propylene and poly-t-butyl styrene tertiary in the corona. With increasing solution concentration, the size of the micelle, the thickness of the corona, and the aggregation number increase, while the solvent fraction in the core decreases. In dilute solution the micelle increases in size as the temperature is increased, however, temperature effects dissipate with increasing solution concentration.

  20. Controlling Phase Separation of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks by Addition of Block Copolymers (United States)

    Rohde, Brian; Krishnamoorti, Ramanan; Robertson, Megan


    Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) offer a unique way to produce mechanically superior thermoset blends relative to the neat components. In this study, IPNs were prepared consisting of polydicyclopentadiene (polyDCPD), contributing high fracture toughness, and an epoxy resin (the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A cured with nadic methyl anhydride), contributing high tensile strength and modulus. In the absence of compatibilization, the simultaneous curing of the networks leads to a macroscopically phase separated blend that exhibits poor mechanical behavior. To control phase separation and drive the system towards more mechanically robust nanostructured IPNs, block copolymers were designed to compatibilize this system, where one block possesses affinity to polyDCPD (polynorbornene in this study) and the other block possesses affinity to DGEBA (poly(ɛ-caprolactone) in this study). The influence of the block copolymer composition on the degree of phase separation and interfacial adhesion in the IPN was studied using a combination of small-angle scattering and imaging techniques. The resultant mechanical properties were explored and structure-property relationships were developed in this blend system.

  1. Magnetic core–bilayer shell complex of magnetite nanoparticle stabilized with mPEG–polyester amphiphilic block copolymer

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    Mekkapat, Supachai; Thong-On, Bandit; Rutnakornpituk, Boonjira; Wichai, Uthai; Rutnakornpituk, Metha, E-mail: [Naresuan University, Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Thailand)


    In this article, we report the synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) coated with methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG)–polyester amphiphilic block copolymers. The coating polymer layer contains a hydrophobic inner layer of polyester and a hydrophilic corona of mPEG. The copolymers were first prepared via a direct condensation between diacid, diol compounds and mPEG oligomer to obtain a hydrophobic polyester block and hydrophilic mPEG block and then “grafted onto” a magnetite nanoparticle surface. The copolymer composition was varied by changing the structure of the diacid, diol, and the molecular weight ( M-bar {sub n} ) of the mPEG such that particles with good dispersibility and stability in water were obtained. It was found that the copolymer prepared from 1,6-hexanediol can effectively stabilize the particles in water regardless of the types of diacid and M-bar {sub n} of mPEG used. The particle size was approximately 10 nm in diameter, and the particle dispersibility in water was quite dependent on the type and concentration of the copolymer used. Thermogravimetric analysis revealed the presence of less than 37 % Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and about 48–53 % of the copolymer in the complexes. The percent entrapment efficiency and loading efficiency of indomethacin model drug in the copolymer-coated magnetite nanoparticles were 19 and 77 %, respectively.

  2. Self-assembly of block copolymers grafted onto a flat substrate: Recent progress in theory and simulations (United States)

    Zheng, Wang; Bao-Hui, Li


    Block copolymers are a class of soft matter that self-assemble to form ordered morphologies on the scale of nanometers, making them ideal materials for various applications. These applications directly depend on the shape and size of the self-assembled morphologies, and hence, a high degree of control over the self-assembly is desired. Grafting block copolymer chains onto a substrate to form copolymer brushes is a versatile method to fabricate functional surfaces. Such surfaces demonstrate a response to their environment, i.e., they change their surface topography in response to different external conditions. Furthermore, such surfaces may possess nanoscale patterns, which are important for some applications; however, such patterns may not form with spun-cast films under the same condition. In this review, we summarize the recent progress of the self-assembly of block copolymers grafted onto a flat substrate. We mainly concentrate on the self-assembled morphologies of end-grafted AB diblock copolymers, junction point-grafted AB diblock copolymers (i.e., Y-shaped brushes), and end-grafted ABA triblock copolymers. Special emphasis is placed on theoretical and simulation progress. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 20990234, 20925414, and 91227121), the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University, China (Grant No. IRT1257), the Programme of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities, China, and by the Tianhe No. 1, China.

  3. Effective repair of traumatically injured spinal cord by nanoscale block copolymer micelles. (United States)

    Shi, Yunzhou; Kim, Sungwon; Huff, Terry B; Borgens, Richard B; Park, Kinam; Shi, Riyi; Cheng, Ji-Xin


    Spinal cord injury results in immediate disruption of neuronal membranes, followed by extensive secondary neurodegenerative processes. A key approach for repairing injured spinal cord is to seal the damaged membranes at an early stage. Here, we show that axonal membranes injured by compression can be effectively repaired using self-assembled monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(d,l-lactic acid) di-block copolymer micelles. Injured spinal tissue incubated with micelles (60 nm diameter) showed rapid restoration of compound action potential and reduced calcium influx into axons for micelle concentrations much lower than the concentrations of polyethylene glycol, a known sealing agent for early-stage spinal cord injury. Intravenously injected micelles effectively recovered locomotor function and reduced the volume and inflammatory response of the lesion in injured rats, without any adverse effects. Our results show that copolymer micelles can interrupt the spread of primary spinal cord injury damage with minimal toxicity.

  4. Effective repair of traumatically injured spinal cord by nanoscale block copolymer micelles (United States)

    Shi, Yunzhou; Kim, Sungwon; Huff, Terry B.; Borgens, Richard B.; Park, Kinam; Shi, Riyi; Cheng, Ji-Xin


    Spinal cord injury results in immediate disruption of neuronal membranes, followed by extensive secondary neurodegenerative processes. A key approach for repairing injured spinal cord is to seal the damaged membranes at an early stage. Here, we show that axonal membranes injured by compression can be effectively repaired using self-assembled monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(D,L-lactic acid) di-block copolymer micelles. Injured spinal tissue incubated with micelles (60 nm diameter) showed rapid restoration of compound action potential and reduced calcium influx into axons for micelle concentrations much lower than the concentrations of polyethylene glycol, a known sealing agent for early-stage spinal cord injury. Intravenously injected micelles effectively recovered locomotor function and reduced the volume and inflammatory response of the lesion in injured rats, without any adverse effects. Our results show that copolymer micelles can interrupt the spread of primary spinal cord injury damage with minimal toxicity.


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    Bing Liu; Feng Liu; Ning Luo; Sheng-kang Ying; Qing Liu


    Alpha-trichloroacetoxy terminated polystyrene oligomer (PS-CH2CH2OCOCCl3) and poly-(styrene-b-butadiene)oligomer [P(S-b-B)-CH2CH2OCOCCl3)] were synthesized by living anionic polymeri-zation using n-butyllithium as initiator.Then the PS-CH2CH2OCOCCl3 (PS-Cl3) or P(S-b-B)-CH2CH2O-COCCl3 (PSB-Cl3) was used as the macroinitiator in the polymerization of (meth)acrylates in the presence of CuX/bpy. AB diblock and ABC triblock copolymers were prepared by the integrated living anionic polymerization (LAP)-atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The structures of the PSB-Cl3 and the P(S-b-MMA) were identified by FTIR and 1H-NMR spectrum, respectively. A new way to design block copolymers (the combination of LAP and ATRP) was developed.

  6. Preparation of shell cross-linked nano-objects from hybrid-peptide block copolymers. (United States)

    Rodríguez-Hernández, Juan; Babin, Jérôme; Zappone, Bruno; Lecommandoux, Sébastien


    Supramolecular structures formed by self-assembly of diblock copolymers in solution are stable over restricted environmental conditions: concentration, temperature, pH, or ion strength among others. To enlarge their domain of application, it appears necessary to develop stabilization strategies. We report here different strategies to stabilize the shell of micelles formed by self-assembly of amphiphilic polydiene-b-polypeptide diblock copolymers. For this purpose, covalent bonds can be formed between either amine or carboxylic acid groups distributed along the soluble peptide block and a cross-linking agent that contains respectively aldehyde or amine functions. Shell stabilization affords systems with unique properties that combine three main advantages: shape persistence, control of the porosity, and stimuli-responsive behavior. The covalent capture of such macromolecular objects has been studied by light scattering, AFM, and conductimetry measurements.

  7. Controlled titania sponge structures templated with block copolymers for applications in inorganic-organic photovoltaics

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    Rawolle, M.; Sarkar, K.; Prams, S.M.; Zhong, Q.; Mueller-Buschbaum, P. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Lehrstuhl fuer Funktionelle Materialien; Lellig, P.; Memesa, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany); Gutmann, J.S. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany); Mainz Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie; Perlich, J. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Lehrstuhl fuer Funktionelle Materialien; DESY, Hamburg (Germany). HASYLAB; Roth, S.V. [DESY, Hamburg (Germany). HASYLAB


    Titania films with a well-defined morphology which have a huge application potential in photovoltaics are prepared by combining sol-gel chemistry and an amphiphilic diblock copolymer as structure directing agent in a 'good-poor' solvent induced microphase separation process. Using the diblock copolymer poly(dimethyl siloxane)-block-methyl methacrylate poly(ethylene oxide) PDMS-b-MA(PEO) we can create a sponge structure with pores on two different size scales in a reproducible way. On the one hand mesoporous structures with pores on the nanometer scale provide a large surface area for charge generation. On the other hand macropores on a micrometer scale ensure an easier infiltration of holeconducting material and enhance the surface roughness for better light absorption. (orig.)

  8. Synthesis of β-cyclodextrin-Based Star Block Copolymers with Thermo-Responsive Behavior

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    Agnes Wycisk


    Full Text Available Star polymers are one example of three-dimensional macromolecules containing several arms with similar molecular weight connected to a central core. Due to their compact structure and their enhanced segment density in comparison to linear polymers of the same molecular weight, they have attracted significant attention during recent years. The preparation of block-arm star copolymers with a permanently hydrophilic block and an “environmentally” sensitive block, which can change its nature from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, leads to nanometer-sized responsive materials with unique properties. These polymers are able to undergo a conformational change or phase transition as a reply to an external stimulus resulting in the formation of core–shell nanoparticles, which further tend to aggregate. Star-shaped copolymers with different cores were synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP. The core-first method chosen as synthetic strategy allows good control over the polymer architecture. First of all the multifunctional initiators were prepared by esterification reaction of the hydroxyl groups with 2-chloropropionyl chloride. Using β-cyclodextrin as core molecules, which possess a well-defined number of functional groups up to 21, allows defining the number of arms per star polymer. In order to prepare stimuli-responsive multi-arm copolymers, containing a stimuli-responsive (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAm and a non-responsive block (poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide (PDMAAm, consecutive ATRP was carried out. The polymers were characterized intensively using NMR spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography (SEC, whereas the temperature-depending aggregation behavior in aqueous solution was determined via turbidimetry and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC.

  9. Synthesis of PMMA-b-PU-b-PMMA tri-block copolymers through ARGET ATRP in the presence of air

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    P. Krol


    Full Text Available ARGET (activators regenerated by electron transfer ATRP (atom transfer radical polymerization has been successfully performed (in flasks fitted with rubber septa without the need for use of Schlenk line in the presence of limited amount of air and with a very small (370 ppm amount of copper catalyst together with an appropriate reducing agent Cu(0. Novelty of this work is that the poly(methyl methacrylate-block-polyurethane-block-poly(methyl methacrylate triblock copolymers were synthesized for the first time through ARGET ATRP, by using tertiary bromine-terminated polyurethane as a macroinitiator (MBP-PU-MBP, CuBr2 or CuCl2 as a catalyst and N,N,N',N",N"-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine (PMDETA or 2,2'-bipyridine (Bpy as a complexing agent. As the polymerization time increases, both the monomer conversion and ln([M]0/[M] increased and the molecular weight of copolymer increases linearly with increasing conversion. Theoretical number-average molecular weight (Mn, th of the tri-block copolymers was found to be comparable with number-average molecular weight determined by GPC analyses (Mn, GPC. These results indicate that the formation of the tri-block copolymers was through atom transfer radical polymerization mechanism. 1H and 13C NMR spectral methods were employed to confirm chemical structures of synthesized macroinitiator and tri-block copolymers. Mole percentage of PMMA in the tri-block copolymers was calculated using 1H NMR spectroscopy and was found to be comparable with the GPC results. Additionally, the studies of surface properties (confocal microscopy and SFE of tri-block copolymer coatings confirmed the presence of MMA segments.

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

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


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


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    The reversible photoisomerization and the thermal isomerization of azobenzene-based (Az.b.) groups covalently bound to (meth)acrylic (co)polymers were investigated in thin films. For the amorphous polymers it was found that a broad range of the thermal cis --> trans isomerization rates could be obta

  12. Characterization of a Model Polyelectrolyte Membrane Using a Semi-crystalline Block Copolymer (United States)

    Beers, Keith; Wang, Xin; Balsara, Nitash


    The microstructured block copolymer sulfonated polystyrene-block-polyethylene is studied as model system for use as a proton exchange membrane in a fuel cell. Self-assembly of this system creates proton conducting hydrophilic channels in the form of sulfonated polystyrene domains, while the polyethylene domains create a hydrophobic matrix to provide mechanical stability. This system serves as a powerful model system since the effects of domain size, morphology and crystallinity on water uptake and proton conductivity can be investigated. Similar systems have shown the ability of small hydrophilic channels to prevent drying at high temperatures in humid air, but have focused on amorphous hydrophobic blocks. The morphology, water uptake, and proton conductivity of this semi-crystalline model system will be discussed.

  13. Nano-porous Material with Spherical or Gyroid Cavities Created by Quantitative Etching of Polydimethylsiloxane in Polystyrene-Polydimethylsiloxane Block Copolymers

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    Ndoni, Sokol; Vigild, Martin Etchells; Berg, Rolf H.


    A new method for quantitative etching of the poly(dimethylsiloxane) block in polystyrene-poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PS-PDMS) block copolymers is reported. Reacting the block copolymer with anhydrous hydrogen fluoride renders a nanoporous material (NPM) with the remaining glassy PS maintaining...

  14. Acrylamide-b-N-isopropylacrylamide block copolymers : Synthesis by atomic transfer radical polymerization in water and the effect of the hydrophilic-hydrophobic ratio on the solution properties

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    Wever, Diego Armando Z.; Ramalho, Graham; Picchioni, Francesco; Broekhuis, Antonius Augustinus


    A series of block copolymers of acrylamide and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) characterized by different ratios between the length of the two blocks have been prepared through atomic transfer radical polymerization in water at room temperature. The solution properties of the block copolymers were cor


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    Hui-qing Zhang; Xiong-yan Zhao; De-shan Liu; Qi-xiang Zhou


    A series of liquid crystalline multi-block copolymers poly[1,6-bis(4-oxybenzoyl-oxy)hexane terephthalate]-b-bisphenol A polycarbonate (PHTH-6-b-PC) with different segment lengths were synthesized in tetrachloroethane by solution polycondensation in which hydroxyl terminated PC and acyl chloride terminated PHTH-6 were used. It is found that block copolymers with high molecular weight and welldefined structures were obtained. All the block copolymers exhibit a nematic liquid crystalline texture.

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

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


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

  17. Blending of styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene copolymer with sulfonated vinyl aromatic polymers

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    Ruggeri, Giacomo; Passaglia, Elisa; Giorgi, Ivan; Picchioni, Francesco; Aglietto, Mauro


    Different polymers containing sulfonic groups attached to the phenyl rings were prepared by sulfonation of polystyrene (PS) and styrene-block-(ethylene-co-1-butene)-block-styrene (SEBS). The sulfonation degree (SD) was varied between 1 and 20 mol% of the styrene units. Polyphase materials containing

  18. Controlling Phase Separation of Tough Interpenetrating Polymer Networks via Addition of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers (United States)

    Rohde, Brian; Krishnamoorti, Ramanan; Robertson, Megan

    Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) offer a unique way to combine the mechanical properties of two thermoset systems. Often used to create a material that possesses both high toughness and tensile properties, here we use polydicyclopentadiene, cured via ring opening metathesis polymerization, to contribute high toughness and diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A cured via anhydride chemistry to contribute high tensile strength and modulus. As the uncompatibilized system reacts in the presence of one another, mesoscopic phase separation occurs and dictates the overall efficacy of combining mechanical properties. To control phase separation and drive the system towards more mechanically robust nanostructed IPNs, amphiphilic block copolymers of polybutadiene- b-polyethylene oxide, where one block possesses strong affinity to polyDCPD and the other the DGEBA, were added to the system. Here we present a systematic study of the influence of block copolymer composition in the overall blend on degree of phase separation and morphology using a combination of small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The resultant mechanical properties are then explored in an effort to link mechanical properties to blend morphology.

  19. 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)


    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.

  20. Confined assembly of asymmetric block-copolymer nanofibers via multiaxial jet electrospinning. (United States)

    Kalra, Vibha; Lee, Jung Hun; Park, Jay Hoon; Marquez, Manuel; Joo, Yong Lak


    Multiaxial (triaxial/coaxial) electrospinning is utilized to fabricate block copolymer (poly(styrene-b-isoprene), PS-b-PI) nanofibers covered with a silica shell. The thermally stable silica shell allows post-fabrication annealing of the fibers to obtain equilibrium self-assembly. For the case of coaxial nanofibers, block copolymers with different isoprene volume fractions are studied to understand the effect of physical confinement and interfacial interaction on self-assembled structures. Various confined assemblies such as co-existing cylinders and concentric lamellar rings are obtained with the styrene domain next to the silica shell. This confined assembly is then utilized as a template to guide the placement of functional nanoparticles such as magnetite selectively into the PI domain in self-assembled nanofibers. To further investigate the effect of interfacial interaction and frustration due to the physically confined environment, triaxial configuration is used where the middle layer of the self-assembling material is sandwiched between the innermost and outermost silica layers. The results reveal that confined block-copolymer assembly is significantly altered by the presence and interaction with both inner and outer silica layers. When nanoparticles are incorporated into PS-b-PI and placed as the middle layer, the PI phase with magnetite nanoparticles migrates next to the silica layers. The migration of the PI phase to the silica layers is also observed for the blend of PS and PS-b-PI as the middle layer. These materials not only provide a platform to further study the effect of confinement and wall interactions on self-assembly but can also help develop an approach to fabricate multilayered, multistructured nanofibers for high-end applications such as drug delivery.

  1. Wafer-Scale Nanopillars Derived from Block Copolymer Lithography for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

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    Li, Tao; Wu, Kaiyu; Rindzevicius, Tomas


    ). 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......, highly ordered silicon nanopillar arrays are fabricated with controlled aspect ratios. After metallization, the resulting nanopillar arrays are suitable for SERS applications. These structures readily exhibit an average SERS enhancement factor of above 108, SERS uniformities of 8.5% relative standard...

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

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    Shvets, Violetta; Schulte, Lars; Ndoni, Sokol


    -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 Denmark has developed series of block copolymers of Polybutadiene-b-Polydimethylsiloxane (PB...... with hexagonal pattern were transferred onto silicon wafer for plasma etching. Results and Discussion. After flakes had been removed hexagonal arrays of holes were observed on the silicon. Quality of observed structures depends on etching time. The longer etching time is the large optimal thickness of flake...

  3. Nanoparticle formation by block copolymer directed rapid precipitations---Flash NanoPrecipitaiton (United States)

    Prud'Homme, Robert


    With widespread interest in the generic ``nano'' attention has been focused on strategies of making small particles. High-value applications that drive new process innovation include very hydrophobic pharmaceutical actives, dyes and pigments for ink jet printing, or the dispersal of highly toxic insecticides on carriers. While it is relatively easy to make inorganic nano-particles, for example CdS particles, it is much more challenging to make nanoparticles from low surface energy organic solids. Strategies for forming nano particles vary from supercritical spraying, supercritical freezing, milling, solvent exchange precipitation, and imbibing into polymeric micelles. The solute and process combine to give differences in crystalline/amorphous products, individual particles/agglomerates, and uniformity/polydispersity of sizes. We will give an overview of the techniques and the classes of products that each addresses. We have developed a new technology that has two components: (1) rapid and tailored micromxing in an impinging jet, and (2) novel block copolymer stabilizers. The impinging jet process allows the production of nano-particles by: 1) elimination of mass transfer limitations and compositional gradients within 10 ms as determined by independent measurements with competitive-parallel reactions, 2) production of high supersaturations and solute concentrations so that high production rates can be obtained, and 3) control of particle size by stabilization of the particle using block copolymer self-assembly. The process depends critically on control of three time scales: particle nucleation and growth, block copolymer micellization, and polymer adsorption on the particle to produce steric stabilization. We present data on characterization of the mixing times using competitive reactions, data on polymer micellization kinetics, and results on the successful production of β -carotene and taxol particles with control of the particle size between 40 nm to 600 nm. A

  4. Hydrogel formation by the 'topological conversion' of cyclic PLA-PEO block copolymers


    Yamamoto, Takuya; Inoue, Kotaro; Tezuka, Yasuyuki


    An amphiphilic cyclic block copolymer consisting of poly(L- or D-lactide) and poly(ethylene oxide), that is, PLLA-PEO or PDLA-PEO, was synthesized from its corresponding linear triblock precursor, PLLA-PEO-PLLA or PDLA-PEO-PDLA, respectively, with alkenyl end groups. A mixture of the micellar dispersions of linear PLLA-PEO-PLLA and linear PDLA-PEO-PDLA formed a gel upon heating, whereas a mixture of the cyclic counterparts did not undergo this phase transition. These results suggest that the ...

  5. TOPICAL REVIEW: Multifunctional nanoassemblies of block copolymers for future cancer therapy (United States)

    Cabral, Horacio; Kataoka, Kazunori


    Nanoassemblies from amphiphilic block copolymers are promising nanomedicine platforms for cancer diagnosis and therapy due to their relatively small size, high loading capacity of drugs, controlled drug release, in vivo stability and prolonged blood circulation. Recent clinical trials with self-assembled polymeric micelles incorporating anticancer drugs have shown improved antitumor activity and decreased side effects encouraging the further development of nanoassemblies for drug delivery. This review summarizes recent approaches considering stimuli-responsive, multifunctionality and more advanced architectures, such as vesicles or worm-like micelles, for tumor-specific drug and gene delivery.

  6. 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...

  7. Tunable Mesoporous Bragg Reflectors Based on Block-Copolymer Self-Assembly

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    Guldin, Stefan


    Mesoporous Bragg reflectors are a promising materials platform for photovoltaics, light emission, and sensing. A fast and versatile fabrication route that relies on the self-assembly of the block copolymer poly(isoprene-b-ethylene oxide) in combination with simple sol-gel chemistry is reported. The method allows extended control over porosity and pore size in the resulting inorganic material and results in high-quality optical elements. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Cathepsin S-cleavable, multi-block HPMA copolymers for improved SPECT/CT imaging of pancreatic cancer. (United States)

    Fan, Wei; Shi, Wen; Zhang, Wenting; Jia, Yinnong; Zhou, Zhengyuan; Brusnahan, Susan K; Garrison, Jered C


    This work continues our efforts to improve the diagnostic and radiotherapeutic effectiveness of nanomedicine platforms by developing approaches to reduce the non-target accumulation of these agents. Herein, we developed multi-block HPMA copolymers with backbones that are susceptible to cleavage by cathepsin S, a protease that is abundantly expressed in tissues of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). Specifically, a bis-thiol terminated HPMA telechelic copolymer containing 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) was synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Three maleimide modified linkers with different sequences, including cathepsin S degradable oligopeptide, scramble oligopeptide and oligo ethylene glycol, were subsequently synthesized and used for the extension of the HPMA copolymers by thiol-maleimide click chemistry. All multi-block HPMA copolymers could be labeled by (177)Lu with high labeling efficiency and exhibited high serum stability. In vitro cleavage studies demonstrated highly selective and efficient cathepsin S mediated cleavage of the cathepsin S-susceptible multi-block HPMA copolymer. A modified multi-block HPMA copolymer series capable of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) was utilized to investigate the rate of cleavage of the multi-block HPMA copolymers in monocyte-derived macrophages. Confocal imaging and flow cytometry studies revealed substantially higher rates of cleavage for the multi-block HPMA copolymers containing the cathepsin S-susceptible linker. The efficacy of the cathepsin S-cleavable multi-block HPMA copolymer was further examined using an in vivo model of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Based on the biodistribution and SPECT/CT studies, the copolymer extended with the cathepsin S susceptible linker exhibited significantly faster clearance and lower non-target retention without compromising tumor targeting. Overall, these results indicate that

  9. Blood compatibility comparison for polysulfone membranes modified by grafting block and random zwitterionic copolymers via surface-initiated ATRP. (United States)

    Xiang, Tao; Zhang, Li-Sha; Wang, Rui; Xia, Yi; Su, Bai-Hai; Zhao, Chang-Sheng


    For blood-contacting materials, good blood compatibility, especially good anticoagulant property is of great importance. Zwitterionic polymers have been proved to be resistant to nonspecific protein adsorption and platelet adhesion; however, their anticoagulant property is always inadequate. In this study, two kinds of zwitterionic copolymers (sulfobetaine methacrylate and sodium p-styrene sulfonate random copolymer and block copolymer) with sulfonic groups were covalently grafted from polysulfone (PSf) membranes via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) to improve blood compatibility. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectra (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and static water contact angle (WCA) were applied to characterize the morphologies, chemical compositions and hydrophilicity of the modified membranes. All the zwitterionic copolymer modified membranes showed improved blood compatibility, especially the anticoagulant property was obviously enhanced compared to the pristine PSf and simple zwitterionic polymer modified membranes. We also found that the random copolymer modified membranes showed better resistance to platelet adhesion than the block copolymer modified membranes. The zwitterionic copolymer modified membranes with integrated antifouling property and blood compatibility provided wide choice for specific applications such as hemodialysis, hemofiltration, and plasma separation.

  10. Phase Behavior and Micellar Packing of Impurity-Free Pluronic Block Copolymers in Water (United States)

    Ryu, Chang Yeol; Park, Hanjin

    We have investigated the impacts of the non-micellizable polymeric impurities on the micellar packing and solution phase behavior of Pluronic block copolymers in water. In particular, small angle x-ray scattering, rheology and dynamic light scattering techniques have been employed to elucidate how the low MW impurities affect the micellar packing and solution phase diagram in water, when ordered cubic structures of spherical micelles are formed. A silica slurry method has been developed using the competitive adsorption of the PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers over the low MW polymeric impurities for a large scale purification of Pluronics and it purity of Pluronics has been assessed by interaction chromatography. Based on the comparative studies on micellar packing between As-Received (AR) and Purified (Pure) Pluronic F108 solutions, we found experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that the inter-micellar distance of Pluronic cubic structures in aqueous solution is governed by the effective polymer concentration in terms of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers. Removal of the impurities in AR F108 offers an important clue on window into the onset of BCC ordering via hydrodynamic contact between micelles in solution. NSF DMR Polymers.

  11. Precisely Size-Tunable Monodisperse Hairy Plasmonic Nanoparticles via Amphiphilic Star-Like Block Copolymers. (United States)

    Chen, Yihuang; Yoon, Young Jun; Pang, Xinchang; He, Yanjie; Jung, Jaehan; Feng, Chaowei; Zhang, Guangzhao; Lin, Zhiqun


    In situ precision synthesis of monodisperse hairy plasmonic nanoparticles with tailored dimensions and compositions by capitalizing on amphiphilic star-like diblock copolymers as nanoreactors are reported. Such hairy plasmonic nanoparticles comprise uniform noble metal nanoparticles intimately and perpetually capped by hydrophobic polymer chains (i.e., "hairs") with even length. Interestingly, amphiphilic star-like diblock copolymer nanoreactors retain the spherical shape under reaction conditions, and the diameter of the resulting plasmonic nanoparticles and the thickness of polymer chains situated on the surface of the nanoparticle can be readily and precisely tailored. These hairy nanoparticles can be regarded as hard/soft core/shell nanoparticles. Notably, the polymer "hairs" are directly and permanently tethered to the noble metal nanoparticle surface, thereby preventing the aggregation of nanoparticles and rendering their dissolution in nonpolar solvents and the homogeneous distribution in polymer matrices with long-term stability. This amphiphilic star-like block copolymer nanoreactor-based strategy is viable and robust and conceptually enables the design and synthesis of a rich variety of hairy functional nanoparticles with new horizons for fundamental research on self-assembly and technological applications in plasmonics, catalysis, energy conversion and storage, bioimaging, and biosensors.


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    Xin-tao Shuai; Zbigniew; Jedlinski, Qiang Luo; Nozirow Farhod


    A novel kind of copolymer with ABA-type block structure was synthesized by anionic ring-opening polymerization of β-butyrolactone (β-BL) in the presence of a PEG-based dicarboxylates as macroinitiators which were prepared by the esterification of aliphatic cyclic anhydride and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) oligomers (Mn = 2000, 4000 and 6000) and conversion of potassium dicarboxylates. The resultant copolymers as well as the intermediates were characterized by IR, 1H-NMR and GPC.

  13. Poly(citric acid)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers--new biocompatible hybrid materials for nanomedicine. (United States)

    Naeini, Ashkan Tavakoli; Adeli, Mohsen; Vossoughi, Manouchehr


    Linear-dendritic ABA triblock copolymers containing poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as B block and hyperbranched poly(citric acid) (PCA) as A blocks were synthesized through polycondensation. The molecular self-assembly of synthesized PCA-PEG-PCA copolymers in water led to formation of nanoparticles and fibers in different sizes and shapes depending on the time and size of PCA blocks. Ten days after dissolving PCA-PEG-PCA copolymers in water, the size of fibers had reached several millimeters. Mixing a water solution of fluorescein as a small guest molecule and PCA-PEG-PCA copolymers led to the encapsulation of fluorescein by products of molecular self-assembly. To investigate their potential application in nanomedicine and to understand the limitations and capabilities of these materials as nanoexcipients in biological systems, different types of short-term in vitro cytotoxicity experiments on the HT1080 cell line (human fibrosarcoma) and hemocompatibility tests were performed. From the clinical editor: This manuscript investigates the potentials of linear-dendritic ABA triblock copolymers containing poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as B block and hyperbranched poly(citric acid) (PCA) as A blocks for future applications in nanomedicine.

  14. 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


    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.

  15. Influence of Architecture, Concentration, and Thermal History on the Poling of Nonlinear Optical Chromophores in Block Copolymer Domains

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    Leolukman, Melvina; Paoprasert, Peerasak; Wang, Yao; Makhija, Varun; McGee, David J.; Gopalan, Padma (UW)


    Factors affecting the electric-field-induced poling of nonlinear optical chromophores in block copolymer domains were investigated by encapsulating the chromophores in a linear-diblock copolymer [poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine)] and linear-dendritic (poly(methyl methacrylate)-dendron) block copolymer via hydrogen bonding. Temperature-dependent Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and morphology evaluation by X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy were used with in situ second harmonic generation to correlate domain architectures, processing conditions such as thermal history, and chromophore concentrations with poling efficiency. Poling of chromophores encapsulated in the minority domain (spheres or cylinders) of a linear-diblock copolymer was inhibited by the increasing chromophore concentration within the domain and the chemical nature of the majority domain. Chromophore encapsulation in the majority domain produced the most favorable conditions for poling as measured by in situ second harmonic generation. Thermal annealing of the linear-diblock copolymer/chromophore composites resulted in chromophore aggregation with a corresponding decrease in nonlinear optical activity. The linear-dendron/chromophore system presented the most effective architecture for spatially dispersing chromophores. These findings suggest that while well-ordered phase-separated systems such as block copolymers enhance chromophore isolation over homopolymer systems, a more effective approach is to explore polymer chains end functionalized with chromophores.

  16. Phase diagrams of block copolymer melts by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. (United States)

    Gavrilov, Alexey A; Kudryavtsev, Yaroslav V; Chertovich, Alexander V


    Phase diagrams for monodisperse and polydisperse diblock copolymer melts and a random multiblock copolymer melt are constructed using dissipative particle dynamics simulations. A thorough visual analysis and calculation of the static structure factor in several hundreds of points at each of the diagrams prove the ability of mesoscopic molecular dynamics to predict the phase behavior of polymer systems as effectively as the self-consistent field-theory and Monte Carlo simulations do. It is demonstrated that the order-disorder transition (ODT) curve for monodisperse diblocks can be precisely located by a spike in the dependence of the mean square pressure fluctuation on χN, where χ is the Flory-Huggins parameter and N is the chain length. For two other copolymer types, the continuous ODTs are observed. Large polydispersity of both blocks obeying the Flory distribution in length does not shift the ODT curve but considerably narrows the domains of the cylindrical and lamellar phases partially replacing them with the wormlike micelle and perforated lamellar phases, respectively. Instead of the pure 3d-bicontinuous phase in monodisperse diblocks, which could be identified as the gyroid, a coexistence of the 3d phase and cylindrical micelles is detected in polydisperse diblocks. The lamellar domain spacing D in monodisperse diblocks follows the strong-segregation theory prediction, D∕N(1∕2) ~ (χN)(1∕6), whereas in polydisperse diblocks it is almost independent of χN at χN < 100. Completely random multiblock copolymers cannot form ordered microstructures other than lamellas at any composition.

  17. Formation of nanoscale networks: selectively swelling amphiphilic block copolymers with CO2-expanded liquids (United States)

    Gong, Jianliang; Zhang, Aijuan; Bai, Hua; Zhang, Qingkun; Du, Can; Li, Lei; Hong, Yanzhen; Li, Jun


    Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO2-expanded liquid (CXL), CO2-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO2-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO2, forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO2-methanol system, the spin cast compact PS-b-P4VP film was transformed into a network with interconnected pores, in a pressure range of 12-20 MPa and a temperature range of 45-60 °C. The formation mechanism of the network, involving plasticization of PS and selective swelling of P4VP, was proposed. Because the diblock copolymer diffusion process is controlled by the activated hopping of individual block copolymer chains with the thermodynamic barrier for moving PVP segments from one to another, the formation of the network structures is achieved in a short time scale and shows ``thermodynamically restricted'' character. Furthermore, the resulting polymer networks were employed as templates, for the preparation of polypyrrole networks, by an electrochemical polymerization process. The prepared porous polypyrrole film was used to fabricate a chemoresistor-type gas sensor which showed high sensitivity towards ammonia.Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO2-expanded liquid (CXL), CO2-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO2-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO2, forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO2-methanol system, the spin cast compact PS-b-P4VP film was transformed into a network with interconnected pores, in a pressure range of 12-20 MPa and a

  18. Controlled release of cortisone drugs from block copolymers synthetized by ATRP (United States)

    Valenti, G.; La Carta, S.; Mazzotti, G.; Rapisarda, M.; Perna, S.; Di Gesù, R.; Giorgini, L.; Carbone, D.; Recca, G.; Rizzarelli, P.


    Diseases affecting posterior eye segment, like macular edema, infection and neovascularization, may cause visual impairment. Traditional treatments, such as steroidal-drugs intravitreal injections, involve chronic course of therapy usually over a period of years. Moreover, they can require frequent administrations of drug in order to have an adequately disease control. This dramatically reduce patient's compliance. Efforts have been made to develop implantable devices that offer an alternative therapeutic approach to bypass many challenges of conventional type of therapy. Implantable drug delivery systems (DDS) have been developed to optimize therapeutic properties of drugs and ensure their slow release in the specific site. Polymeric materials can play an essential role in modulating drug delivery and their use in such field has become indispensable. During last decades, acrylic polymers have obtained growing interest. Biocompatibility and chemical properties make them extremely versatile, allowing their use in many field such as biomedical. In particular, block methacrylate copolymer with a balance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties can be suitable for prolonged DDS in biomedical devices. In this work, we focused on the realization of a system for controlled and long term release of betamethasone 17,21-dipropionate (BDP), a cortisone drug, from methacrylic block copolymers, to be tested in the treatment of the posterior eye's diseases. Different series of methyl methacrylate/hydroxyethyl methacrylate (MMA/HEMA) block and random copolymers, with different monomer compositions (10-60% HEMA), were synthetized by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) to find the best hydrophilic/hydrophobic ratio, able to ensure optimal kinetic release. Copolymer samples were characterized by NMR spectroscopy (1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, CosY), SEC, TGA and DSC. Monitoring of drug release from films loaded with BDP was carried out by HPLC analysis. Evaluation of different kinetic

  19. Rich Variety of Three-Dimensional Nanostructures Enabled by Geometrically Constraining Star-like Block Copolymers. (United States)

    Wang, Chao; Xu, Yuci; Li, Weihua; Lin, Zhiqun


    The influence of star-like architecture on phase behavior of star-like block copolymer under cylindrical confinement differs largely from the bulk (i.e., nonconfinement). A set of intriguing self-assembled morphologies and the corresponding phase diagrams of star-like (AB)f diblock copolymers with different numbers of arms f (i.e., f = 3, 9, 15, and 21) in four scenarios (ϕA = 0.3 and V0 > 0; ϕA = 0.3 and V0 0; and ϕA = 0.7 and V0 0 represent that the pore wall of cylindrical confinement prefers the inner A block (i.e., A-preferential) and B block (i.e., B-preferential), respectively) were for the first time scrutinized by employing the pseudospectral method of self-consistent mean-field theory. Surprisingly, a new nanoscopic phase, that is, perforated-lamellae-on-cylinder (denoted PC), was observed in star-like (AB)3 diblock copolymer at ϕA = 0.3 and V0 > 0. With a further increase in f, a single lamellae (denoted L1) was found to possess a larger phase region. Under the confinement of A-preferential wall (i.e., V0 0, where an inverted cylinder was formed in bulk, the PC phase became stable, and its free energy decreased as f increased, suggesting the propensity to form PC phase under this condition. Moreover, in stark contrast to the phase transition of C1 → L1 → PC (C1, a single cylindrical microdmain) at ϕA = 0.3 and V0 > 0, when subjected to the A-preferential wall (ϕA = 0.7), a different phase transition sequence (i.e., C1 → PC → L1) was identified due to the formation of a double-layer structure. On the basis of our calculations, the influence of star-like architecture on (AB)f diblock copolymer under the imposed cylindrical confinement, particularly the shift of the phase boundaries as a function of f, was thoroughly understood. These self-assembled nanostructures may hold the promise for applications as lithographic templates for nanowires, photonic crystals, and nanotechnology.

  20. "Click-functional" block copolymers provide precise surface functionality via spin coating. (United States)

    Rengifo, Hernán R; Chen, Lu; Grigoras, Cristian; Ju, Jingyue; Koberstein, Jeffrey T


    There are few existing methods for the quantitative functionalization of surfaces, especially for polymeric substrates. We demonstrate that alkyne end-functional diblock copolymers can be used to provide precise areal densities of reactive functionality on both hard (e.g., glass and silicon oxide) and soft (i.e., polymeric) substrates. Alkyne functionality is extremely versatile because the resultant functional surfaces are reactive toward azide functional molecules by Sharpless click chemistry. Spin-coated films of alpha-alkyne-omega-Br-poly( tert-butylacrylate- b-methylmethacrylate) (poly( tBA-MMA)) spontaneously self-assemble on the aforementioned substrates to present a surface monolayer of PtBA with a thickness in the range of 1 to 9 nm. The PMMA block physisorbs to provide multivalent anchoring onto hard substrates and is fixed onto polymer surfaces by interpenetration with the substrate polymer. The areal density of alkyne functional groups is precisely controlled by adjusting the thickness of the block copolymer monolayer, which is accomplished by changing either the spin coating conditions (i.e., rotational speed and solution concentration) or the copolymer molecular weight. The reactivity of surface-bound alkynes, in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions or by so-called "click chemistry", is demonstrated by covalent surface immobilization of fluorescently labeled azides. The modificed surfaces are characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), contact angle, ellipsometry, fluorescent imaging and angle-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ADXPS) measurements. Microarrays of covalently bound fluorescent molecules are created to demonstrate the approach and their performance is evaluated by determining their fluorescence signal-to-noise ratios.

  1. Block copolymers of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide (pluronics) as immunomodulators and antitumour agents. (United States)

    Topchieva, I N; Erokhin, V N; Osipova, S V; Khrutskaya, M M; Kupriyanova, T A; Bykovskaya, S N


    Block copolymers of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide (pluronics) are nontoxic water-soluble membranotropic surfactants available as polymers with various compositions, molecular masses, number, and arrangement of blocks. In vivo experiments are reported which demonstrate that these polymers and their functional derivatives stimulate the production of anti-sheep-erythrocyte antibodies in mice. The introduction of reactive (hydroperoxide) groups into the polymers by chemical modification or by solubilization of low-molecular-mass hydroperoxides alters the properties of these immunostimulators. In vitro experiments revealed that these modified polymers enhance the activity of natural killer cells without reducing their viability. It is proposed that the immunomodulatory properties of pluronics and their derivatives play an important role in the antitumour activity of these substances in vivo.

  2. From blood dialysis to desalination: A one-size fits all block copolymer based membrane system (United States)

    Sanna Kotrappanavar, Nataraj; Zavala-Rivera, Paul; Chonnon, Kevin; Almuhtaseb, Shaheen S. A.; Sivaniah, Easan; University of Cambridge Team; Qatar University Collaboration


    Asymmetric membrane with ultrahigh selective self-assembled nanoporous block copolymer layer were developed successfully on polyimide (PI) support, which demonstrated excellent thermal, chemical and mechanical stability. Membranes with specific nano- structural architectures and optimized cascades of block assemblies on the top selective skin have been used largely for separation of colour from aqueous streams, wastewater treatment, desalination, blood filtration and gas separation with dense layer transformation. A consistent and reliable method of membrane preparation and measuring separation performance has been adopted. A homologous series of ethylene oxide oligomers covering a large range was used to characterise MWCO of Membrane and were able to provide many points to give a comprehensive description of the membrane performance in the nanofiltration range.

  3. Sulfobetaine-Vinylimidazole Block Copolymers: A Robust Quantum Dot Surface Chemistry Expanding Bioimaging's Horizons. (United States)

    Tasso, Mariana; Giovanelli, Emerson; Zala, Diana; Bouccara, Sophie; Fragola, Alexandra; Hanafi, Mohamed; Lenkei, Zsolt; Pons, Thomas; Lequeux, Nicolas


    Long-term inspection of biological phenomena requires probes of elevated intra- and extracellular stability and target biospecificity. The high fluorescence and photostability of quantum dot (QD) nanoparticles contributed to foster their promise as bioimaging tools that could overcome limitations associated with traditional fluorophores. However, QDs' potential as a bioimaging platform relies upon a precise control over the surface chemistry modifications of these nano-objects. Here, a zwitterion-vinylimidazole block copolymer ligand was synthesized, which regroups all anchoring groups in one compact terminal block, while the rest of the chain is endowed with antifouling and bioconjugation moieties. By further application of an oriented bioconjugation approach with whole IgG antibodies, QD nanobioconjugates were obtained that display outstanding intra- and extracellular stability as well as biorecognition capacity. Imaging the internalization and intracellular dynamics of a transmembrane cell receptor, the CB1 brain cannabinoid receptor, both in HEK293 cells and in neurons, illustrates the breadth of potential applications of these nanoprobes.

  4. Composite block copolymer stabilized nanoparticles: simultaneous encapsulation of organic actives and inorganic nanostructures. (United States)

    Gindy, Marian E; Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios Z; Prud'homme, Robert K


    We describe the preparation and characterization of hybrid block copolymer nanoparticles (NPs) for use as multimodal carriers for drugs and imaging agents. Stable, water-soluble, biocompatible poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) NPs simultaneously co-encapsulating hydrophobic organic actives (beta-carotene) and inorganic imaging nanostructures (Au) are prepared using the flash nanoprecipitation process in a multi-inlet vortex mixer. These composite nanoparticles (CNPs) are produced with tunable sizes between 75 nm and 275 nm, narrow particle size distributions, high encapsulation efficiencies, specified component compositions, and long-term stability. The process is tunable and flexible because it relies on the control of mixing and aggregation timescales. It is anticipated that the technique can be applied to a variety of hydrophobic active compounds, fluorescent dyes, and inorganic nanostructures, yielding CNPs for combined therapy and multimodal imaging applications.

  5. Mechanically and structurally robust sulfonated block copolymer membranes for water purification applications (United States)

    Yeo, J.; Kim, S. Y.; Kim, S.; Ryu, D. Y.; Kim, T.-H.; Park, M. J.


    The effective removal of ionic pollutants from contaminated water using negatively charged nanofiltration membranes is demonstrated. Block copolymers comprising polystyrene (PS) and partially hydrogenated polyisoprene (hPI) were synthesized by varying chain architectures. A one step procedure of cross-linking (hPI blocks) and sulfonation reactions (PS chains) was then carried out, which was revealed as an effective method to enhance mechanical integrity of membranes while hydrophilic sulfonated chains remain intact. In particular, the control of chain architecture allows us to create a synergetic effect on optimizing charge densities of the membrane, water permeability, and mechanical integrity under water purification conditions. The best performing membrane can almost completely (>99%) reject various divalent cations and also show NO3- rejection > 85% and Na+ rejection > 87%. Well defined nanostructures (tens of nanometers) as well as the periodically arranged water domains (a few nanometers) within hydrophilic phases of the hydrated membranes were confirmed by in situ neutron scattering experiments.

  6. Morphology-controlled growth of perylene derivative induced by double-hydrophilic block copolymers

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    Minghua Huang


    Full Text Available 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 simply adjusting the PEG-b-PEI concentration, systematic morphogenesis of PTCAPS from plates to microparticles composed of various plates splaying outwards could be realized. Furthermore, the variation of pH value of the recrystallization solution could induce the change of the interaction strength between PEG-b-PEI additive and PTCAPS and thus modify the morphology of PTCAPS from microparticles composed of various plates to ultralong microbelts.

  7. Nanofabrication of SERS device by an integrated block-copolymer and nanoimprint lithography method.

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    Nealey, Paul (University of Wisconsin); Liu, Charlie (University of Wisconsin); Skinner, Jack L.; Yang, Elaine; Steinhaus, Charles A.; Yang, Chu-Yeu Peter


    The integration of block-copolymers (BCPs) and nanoimprint lithography (NIL) presents a novel and cost-effective approach to achieving nanoscale patterning capabilities. The authors demonstrate the fabrication of a surface-enhanced Raman scattering device using templates created by the BCP-NIL integrated method. The method utilizes a poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) cylindrical-forming diblock-copolymer as a masking material to create a Si template, which is then used to perform a thermal imprint of a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layer on a Si substrate. Au with a Cr adhesion layer was evaporated onto the patterned PMMA and the subsequent lift-off resulted in an array of nanodots. Raman spectra collected for samples of R6G on Si substrates with and without patterned nanodots showed enhancement of peak intensities due to the presence of the nanodot array. The demonstrated BCP-NIL fabrication method shows promise for cost-effective nanoscale fabrication of plasmonic and nanoelectronic devices.

  8. Memory effects in annealed hybrid gold nanoparticles/block copolymer bilayers

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    Ruffino Francesco


    Full Text Available Abstract We report on the use of the self-organization process of sputtered gold nanoparticles on a self-assembled block copolymer film deposited by horizontal precipitation Langmuir-Blodgett (HP-LB method. The morphology and the phase-separation of a film of poly-n-butylacrylate-block-polyacrylic acid (PnBuA-b-PAA were studied at the nanometric scale by using atomic force microscopy (AFM and Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS. The templating capability of the PnBuA-b-PAA phase-separated film was studied by sputtering gold nanoparticles (NPs, forming a film of nanometric thickness. The effect of the polymer chain mobility onto the organization of gold nanoparticle layer was assessed by heating the obtained hybrid PnBuA-b-PAA/Au NPs bilayer at T >Tg. The nanoparticles' distribution onto the different copolymer domains was found strongly affected by the annealing treatment, showing a peculiar memory effect, which modifies the AFM phase response of the Au NPs layer onto the polar domains, without affecting their surfacial composition. The effect is discussed in terms of the peculiar morphological features induced by enhanced mobility of polymer chains on the Au NPs layer.

  9. Surface Tension and Lamellar Spacing in Polyelectrolyte Blends and Block Copolymers (United States)

    Sing, Charles; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica


    Heterogeneous polymer systems such as block copolymers (BCPs) are governed primarily by a competition between the surface tension between different chemical species and the entropic stretching of the polymer chains. Charged BCPs represent a class of materials that is currently of great interest to the polymer community due to the promise of charged BCPs as nanostructured membranes for batteries and fuel cells. The inclusion of charge presents a powerful way to tune the structure of BCPs, and we develop our understanding of how to do so by investigating the interfacial properties (surface tension and microstructure size) of polyelectrolyte blends and block copolymers. We use a new method that combines the features of liquid state (LS) theory and self consistent field theory (SCFT) into a multiscale LS-SCFT theory that provides beyond-mean-field predictions of polyelectrolyte systems. We find that charge size, charge correlations, and the fraction of charged monomers plays a crucial role in determining surface tension, and we therefore demonstrate how BCP structure changes upon inclusion of charges. Finally, we will show that these predictions provide the ideal basis for comparison to experiment and subsequent refinement of LS-SCFT theory.

  10. Block Copolymer Directed Self-Assembly Approaches for Doping Planar and Non-Planar Semiconductors (United States)

    Popere, Bhooshan; Russ, Boris; Heitsch, Andrew; Trefonas, Peter; Segalman, Rachel

    As electronic circuits continue to shrink, reliable nanoscale doping of functional devices presents new challenges. While directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers (BCPs) has enabled excellent pitch control for lithography, controlling the 3D dopant distribution remains a fundamental challenge. To this end, we have developed a BCP self-assembly approach to confine dopants to nanoscopic domains within a semiconductor. This relies on the supramolecular encapsulation of the dopants within the core of the block copolymer (PS- b-P4VP) micelles, self-assembly of these micelles on the substrate, followed by rapid thermal diffusion of the dopants into the underlying substrate. We show that the periodic nature of the BCP domains enables precise control over the dosage and spatial position of dopant atoms on the technologically relevant length scales (10-100 nm). Additionally, as the lateral density of 2D circuit elements approaches the Moore's limit, novel 3D architectures have emerged. We have utilized our BCP self-assembly approach towards understanding the self-assembly our micelles directed by such nanoscale non-planar features. We show that the geometric confinement imposed by the hard feature walls directs the assembly of these micelles.

  11. Formation and Properties of Vesicles from Cyclic Amphiphilic PS-PEO Block Copolymers. (United States)

    Baba, Eisuke; Yatsunami, Toshiaki; Tezuka, Yasuyuki; Yamamoto, Takuya


    Linear polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide)-polystyrene (PS-PEO-PS) block copolymers and corresponding cyclized PS-PEO counterparts with three different PS molecular weights were synthesized and self-assembled to investigate the effects arising from the topology. Linear PS5-PEO45-PS5 (L1) and cyclic PS10-PEO45 (C1) formed micelles. As previously reported for poly(n-butyl acrylate) and PEO block copolymers, the micelles from C1 showed more than 30 °C higher phase transition temperature (cloud point, Tc) than those from L1. Linear PS10-PEO45-PS10 (L2) and cyclic PS20-PEO45 (C2) resulted in the formation of a structure called large compound micelles. Self-assembly of linear PS40-PEO48-PS40 (L3) and cyclic PS86-PEO48 (C3) lead to the formation of vesicles. The vesicles were characterized by TEM, DLS, and SLS. Remarkably, the vesicles from L3 (Tc = 69, 59, and 48 °C in the presence of 1, 5, and 10 wt % of NaCl, respectively) were found to be somewhat more thermally stable than those from C3 (Tc = 62, 52, and 43 °C in the presence of 1, 5, and 10 wt % of NaCl, respectively). This trend of the thermal stability was counterintuitively opposed to the case of the micelles. Moreover, Tc of the vesicles was controlled by the ratio of L3 and C3.

  12. Stimuli-Responsive Block Copolymer-Based Assemblies for Cargo Delivery and Theranostic Applications

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    Jun Yin


    Full Text Available Although a number of tactics towards the fabrication and biomedical exploration of stimuli-responsive polymeric assemblies being responsive and adaptive to various factors have appeared, the controlled preparation of assemblies with well-defined physicochemical properties and tailor-made functions are still challenges. These responsive polymeric assemblies, which are triggered by stimuli, always exhibited reversible or irreversible changes in chemical structures and physical properties. However, simple drug/polymer nanocomplexes cannot deliver or release drugs into the diseased sites and cells on-demand due to the inevitable biological barriers. Hence, utilizing therapeutic or imaging agents-loaded stimuli-responsive block copolymer assemblies that are responsive to tumor internal microenvironments (pH, redox, enzyme, and temperature, etc. or external stimuli (light and electromagnetic field, etc. have emerged to be an important solution to improve therapeutic efficacy and imaging sensitivity through rationally designing as well as self-assembling approaches. In this review, we summarize a portion of recent progress in tumor and intracellular microenvironment responsive block copolymer assemblies and their applications in anticancer drug delivery and triggered release and enhanced imaging sensitivity. The outlook on future developments is also discussed. We hope that this review can stimulate more revolutionary ideas and novel concepts and meet the significant interest to diverse readers.

  13. Synthesis and aqueous solution properties of novel sugar methacrylate-based homopolymers and block copolymers. (United States)

    Narain, Ravin; Armes, Steven P


    We report the facile preparation of a range of novel, well-defined cyclic sugar methacrylate-based polymers without recourse to protecting group chemistry. 2-Gluconamidoethyl methacrylate (GAMA) and 2-lactobionamidoethyl methacrylate (LAMA) were prepared directly by reacting 2-aminoethyl methacrylate with D-gluconolactone and lactobionolactone, respectively. Homopolymerization of GAMA and LAMA by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) gave reasonably low polydispersities as judged by aqueous gel permeation chromatography. A wide range of sugar-based block copolymers were prepared using near-monodisperse macroinitiators based on poly(ethylene oxide) [PEO], poly(propylene oxide) [PPO], or poly(e-caprolactone) [PCL] and/or by sequential monomer addition of other methacrylic monomers such as 2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate [DEA], 2-(diisopropylaminoethyl methacrylate [DPA], or glycerol monomethacrylate [GMA]. The reversible micellar self-assembly of selected sugar-based block copolymers [PEO23-GAMA50-DEA100, PEO23-LAMA30-DEA50, PPO33-GAMA50, and PPO33-LAMA50] was studied in aqueous solution as a function of pH and temperature using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, surface tensiometry, and 1H NMR spectroscopy.

  14. A new drug carrier: Magnetite nanoparticles coated with amphiphilic block copolymer

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    CHANG Yu; BAI YunPeng; TENG Bao; Li ZhaoLong


    This paper reports on the synthesis and characterization of 4 nm magnetite nanoparticles coated with amphiphilic block copolymers of poly(ethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PEMA-b-PHEMA) by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), which can act as new po-tential carriers for hydrophobic targeted drug delivery. Vibrating sample magnetometer analysis indi-cated that the magnetite nanoparticles were superparamagnetic at room temperature. Thermogravim-etric analysis (TGA) was applied to studying the property of surface of magnetite nanoparticles, and the surface density of macromolecules was calculated. The grafting density of oleic acid, BrMPA and PEMA was 5.8, 3.9, 0.16 chain/nm2 respectively, which indicates that the initiation efficiency decreases due to the influence of large space of oleic acid molecules. In vitro progesterone and (-)-isoproterenol hy-drochloride release in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at pH 7.0 and 37℃ was conducted in order to demonstrate the function of drug loading and release. The results showed that the amount of drug carried into the core-shell Fe3O4@PEMA-b-PHEMA depends on the length of hydrophobic segment of block copolymer. The release of progesterone (37% after 22 h in our previous work) was compared with the release of (-)-isoproterenol hydrochloride (80% after 50 min), demonstrating that the strong hy-drophobic interaction between hydrophobic segment and drug can effectively control the release of hydrophobic drugs.

  15. Magnetic field directed self-assembly of liquid crystalline block copolymers for membrane applications (United States)

    Gopinadhan, Manesh; Majewski, Pawel W.; Osuji, Chinedum O.


    The use of magnetic fields is presented as a facile approach to the control of long range order and alignment of block copolymers. Using SAXS we demonstrate the alignment of lamellar and hexagonally packed cylinder morphologies of a poly(ethylene oxide)-based LC diblock copolymer by slow cooling in the presence of the field through the order-disorder transition. Non-degenerate alignment of the lamellar system is enabled by sample rotation and alignment in the system is shown to be driven by the diamagnetic anisotropy of the LC mesogen, and not anisotropy resulting from crystallization of the PEO block. We consider the effects of lithium doping and field strength on the order-disorder transition of the system, and the effect of lithium content on the critical field required for attaining well aligned films. The controlled alignment of PEO channels over large areas offers a route to selective ion transport in solid state batteries. This work is funded by the NSF under DMR-0847534.

  16. Terminal groups control self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers in solution (United States)

    Grzelakowski, M.; Kita-Tokarczyk, K.


    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

  17. The effects of ethylene oxide containing lipopolymers and tri-block copolymers on lipid bilayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine

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    Baekmark, T. R.; Pedersen, S.; Jorgensen, K.;


    oxide moity, anchored to the bilayer by a 1,2-dioctadecanoyl-s,n-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DC18PE) lipid. The second type, which is a novel type of membrane-spanning object, is an amphiphilic tri-block copolymer composed of two hydrophilic stretches of polyethylene oxide separated by a hydrophobic...... stretch of polystyrene. Hence the tri-block copolymer may act as a membrane-spanning macromolecule mimicking an amphiphilic protein or polypeptide. Differential scanning calorimetry is used to determine a partial phase diagram for the lipopolymer systems and to assess the amount of lipopolymer that can...

  18. The impact of substrate interaction in directed self-assembly of symmetric diblock copolymer thin films (United States)

    Seidel, Robert

    Block copolymers (BCP) are a class of materials that have attracted significant attention due to their ability to self-assemble into dense arrays of nanoscale features. These materials are being investigated for their use in applications such as nanolithography, but for commercial implementation require the ability to control or direct the self-assembly process. Chemoepitaxial directed self-assembly (DSA) is one avenue to achieving this control, where a BCP thin film self-assembles in the presence of precisely defined chemical boundary conditions. In such a process, the equilibrium structure of the BCP film and the kinetic pathways it evolves along to reach equilibrium are both a function of the thermodynamic landscape, which is in turn controlled by the chemical pattern. This thesis contributes to the significant body of work attempting to detail the relationship between chemical pattern parameters and the thermodynamics of assembly (both kinetic and equilibrium). We restrict our investigation to the assembly of lamellae-forming diblock copolymers on line/space chemical patterns that employ density multiplication, with a focus on developing technology for nanopatterning beyond the resolution limit of traditional lithography. In the first chapter we introduce the fundamental ideas of BCP DSA and develop the concepts of free energy balance that are crucial to framing the discussion in the following chapters. The second chapter explores using poly(methyl methacrylate) as a guide material and shows how the greater strength of guiding interaction for this system has the ability to guide complex, frustrated non-bulk morphologies. The third chapter develops a novel concept of using process conditions to generate so-called 'three-tone' chemical patterns with multiple guiding regions per patterned stripe. The fourth chapter looks at how guide stripe strength impacts and affects assembly kinetics, equilibrium structure, and process metrics such as line edge roughness (LER

  19. AFM study of excimer laser patterning of block-copolymer: Creation of ordered hierarchical, hybrid, or recessed structures (United States)

    Švanda, Jan; Siegel, Jakub; Švorčík, Vaclav; Lyutakov, Oleksiy


    We report fabrication of the varied range of hierarchical structures by combining bottom-up self-assembly of block copolymer poly(styrene-block-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) with top-down excimer laser patterning method. Different procedures were tested, where laser treatment was applied before phase separation and after phase separation or phase separation and surface reconstruction. Laser treatment was performed using either polarized laser light with the aim to create periodical pattern on polymer surface or non-polarized light for preferential removing of polystyrene (PS) part from PS-b-P4VP. Additionally, dye was introduced into one part of block copolymer (P4VP) with the aim to modify its response to laser light. Resulting structures were analyzed by XPS, UV-vis and AFM techniques. Application of polarized laser light leads to creation of structures with hierarchical, recessed or hybrid geometries. Non-polarized laser beam allows pronouncing the block copolymer phase separated structure. Tuning the order of steps or individual step conditions enables the efficient reorientation of block-copolymer domain at large scale, fabrication of hierarchical, hybrid or recessed structures. The obtained structures can find potential applications in nanotechnology, photonics, plasmonics, information storage, optical devices, sensors and smart surfaces.

  20. Block Copolymer-Tuned Fullerene Electron Transport Layer Enhances the Efficiency of Perovskite Photovoltaics. (United States)

    Lin, Hsi-Kuei; Su, Yu-Wei; Chen, Hsiu-Cheng; Huang, Yi-Jiun; Wei, Kung-Hwa


    In this study, we enhanced the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells by employing an electron transfer layer (ETL) comprising [6,6]phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) and, to optimize its morphology, a small amount of the block copolymer polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO), positioned on the perovskite active layer. When incorporating 0.375 wt % PS-b-PEO into PC61BM, the PCE of the perovskite photovoltaic device increased from 9.4% to 13.4%, a relative increase of 43%, because of a large enhancement in the fill factor of the device. To decipher the intricate morphology of the ETL, we used synchrotron grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering for determining the PC61BM cluster size, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy for probing the surface, and transmission electron microscopy for observing the aggregation of PC61BM in the ETL. We found that the interaction between PS-b-PEO and PC61BM resulted in smaller PC61BM clusters that further aggregated into dendritic structures in some domains, a result of the similar polarities of the PS block and PC61BM; this behavior could be used to tune the morphology of the ETL. The optimal PS-b-PEO-mediated PC61BM cluster size in the ETL was 17 nm, a large reduction from 59 nm for the pristine PC61BM layer. This approach of incorporating a small amount of nanostructured block copolymer into a fullerene allowed us to effectively tune the morphology of the ETL on the perovskite active layer and resulted in enhanced fill factors of the devices and thus their device efficiency.

  1. Synthesis of biodegradable amphiphilic Y-shaped block co-polymers via ring-opening polymerization for drug delivery. (United States)

    Jia, Lin; Yan, Lifeng; Li, Yang


    A series of novel Y-shaped biodegradable block co-polymers of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(ethyl ethylene phosphate) (PEEP) (PCL-(PEEP)2) were synthesized via ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of EEP with bis-hydroxy-functional ROP initiator (init-PCL-(OH)2). The init-PCL-(OH)2 was synthesized by ROP of CL using 4-hydroxybutyl acrylate (HBA) as initiator and L-tartaric acid as catalyst in bulk, and subsequently the resulting vinyl-terminated PCL was end-capped by acetyl chloride, followed by Michael addition using excess diethanolamine. The Y-shaped co-polymers and their intermediates were characterized by (1)H-, (13)C-, (31)P-NMR, FT-IR and gel-permeation chromatography. The results indicated that the molecular weight of the Y-shaped co-polymers increased with the increasing of the molar ratios of EEP to init-PCL-(OH)2 in the feed, while the PCL chain length was kept constant. The amphiphilic block co-polymers could self-assemble into micelles in aqueous solution, which was demonstrated by dynamic light scattering, (1)H-NMR and atomic force microscopy. A study of controlled release of indomethacin indicated that the amphiphilic block co-polymers could potentially provide novel vehicles for drug delivery.

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

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


    The lamellar structure of a symmetric diblock copolymer was studied as a function of temperature. We used dPEP-PDMS with a molecular weight of 8.3 kg/mol as model system. The polymer was dissolved in chloroform and spin-casted on silicon wafers into thin uniform films. The degree and direction of...... structure with a periodicity comparable to what was found by neutron reflectivity. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.......The lamellar structure of a symmetric diblock copolymer was studied as a function of temperature. We used dPEP-PDMS with a molecular weight of 8.3 kg/mol as model system. The polymer was dissolved in chloroform and spin-casted on silicon wafers into thin uniform films. The degree and direction...

  3. A multiscale modeling study of loss processes in block-copolymer-based solar cell nanodevices (United States)

    Donets, Sergii; Pershin, Anton; Christlmaier, Martin J. A.; Baeurle, Stephan A.


    Flexible photovoltaic devices possess promising perspectives in opto-electronic technologies, where high mobility and/or large-scale applicability are important. However, their usefulness in such applications is currently still limited due to the low level of optimization of their performance and durability. For the improvement of these properties, a better understanding and control of small-scale annihilation phenomena involved in the photovoltaic process, such as exciton loss and charge carrier loss, is necessary, which typically implicates multiple length- and time-scales. Here, we study the causes for their occurrence on the example of nanostructured diblock- and triblock-copolymer systems by making use of a novel solar-cell simulation algorithm and explore new routes to optimize their photovoltaic properties. A particular focus is set on the investigation of exciton and charge carrier loss phenomena and their dependence on the inter-monomeric interaction strength, chain architecture, and external mechanical loading. Our simulation results reveal that in the regime from low up to intermediate χ-parameters an increasing number of continuous percolation paths is created. In this parameter range, the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) increases up to a maximum, characterized by a minimum in the number of charge losses due to charge recombination. In the regime of high χ-parameters both block-copolymer systems form nanostructures with a large number of bottlenecks and dead ends. These lead to a large number of charge losses due to charge recombination, charge trapping, and a deteriorated exciton dissociation, resulting in a significant drop in the IQE. Moreover, we find that the photovoltaic performance of the triblock-copolymer material decreases with increasing mechanical loading, caused by a growing number of charge losses due to charge recombination and charge accumulation. Finally, we demonstrate that the process of charge trapping in defects can be reversed

  4. Sunitinib microspheres based on [PDLLA-PEG-PDLLA]-b-PLLA multi-block copolymers for ocular drug delivery. (United States)

    Ramazani, F; Hiemstra, C; Steendam, R; Kazazi-Hyseni, F; Van Nostrum, C F; Storm, G; Kiessling, F; Lammers, T; Hennink, W E; Kok, R J


    Sunitinib is a multi-targeted receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitor that blocks several angiogenesis related pathways. The aim of this study was to develop sunitinib-loaded polymeric microspheres that can be used as intravitreal formulation for the treatment of ocular diseases. A series of novel multi-block copolymers composed of amorphous blocks of poly-(D,L-lactide) (PDLLA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) and of semi-crystalline poly-(L-lactide) (PLLA) blocks were synthesized. Sunitinib-loaded microspheres were prepared by a single emulsion method using dichloromethane as volatile solvent and DMSO as co-solvent. SEM images showed that the prepared microspheres (∼ 30 μm) were spherical with a non-porous surface. Sunitinib-loaded microspheres were studied for their degradation and in-vitro release behavior. It was found that increasing the percentage of amorphous soft blocks from 10% to 30% accelerated the degradation of the multi-block copolymers. Sunitinib microspheres released their cargo for a period of at least 210 days by a combination of diffusion and polymer erosion. The initial burst (release in 24h) and release rate could be tailored by controlling the PEG-content of the multi-block copolymers. Sunitinib-loaded microspheres suppressed angiogenesis in a chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay. These microspheres therefore hold promise for long-term suppression of ocular neovascularization.

  5. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) covalently coated by PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer for drug delivery. (United States)

    Wang, Ning; Guan, Yueping; Yang, Liangrong; Jia, Lianwei; Wei, Xuetuan; Liu, Huizhou; Guo, Chen


    A stable drug carrier has been prepared by covalently coating magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) with PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer Pluronic P85. The particles were characterized by TEM, XRD, DLS, VSM, FTIR, and TGA. A typical product has a 15 nm magnetite core and a 100 nm hydrodynamic diameter with a narrow size distribution and is superparamagnetic with large saturation magnetization (57.102 emu/g) at room temperature. The covalently-coated Pluronic-MNPs (MagPluronics) were proven to be stable in different conditions, such as aqueous solution, 0.2 M PBS solution, and pH 13.5 solution, which would be significant for biological applications. Furthermore, MagPluronics also possess temperature-responsive property acquired from the Pluronic copolymer layer on their surface, which can cause conformational change of Pluronics and improve load and delivery efficiency of the particles. The temperature-controlled loading and releasing of hydrophobic model drug curcumin were tested with these particles. A loading efficiency of 81.3% and a sustained release of more than 4 days were achieved in simulated human body condition. It indicates that the covalently-coated MagPluronics are stable carriers with good drug-loading capacity and controlled-release property.

  6. Switchable pH-responsive polymeric membranes prepared via block copolymer micelle assembly. (United States)

    Nunes, Suzana P; Behzad, Ali Reza; Hooghan, Bobby; Sougrat, Rachid; Karunakaran, Madhavan; Pradeep, Neelakanda; Vainio, Ulla; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor


    A process is described to manufacture monodisperse asymmetric pH-responsive nanochannels with very high densities (pore density >2 × 10(14) pores per m(2)), reproducible in m(2) 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.

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

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira


    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.

  8. Imidazolium-based Block Copolymers as Solid-State Separators for Alkaline Fuel Cells and Lithium Ion Batteries (United States)

    Nykaza, Jacob Richard

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

  9. The Structure of Water in PEO-Based Segmented Block Copolymers and its Effect on Transition Temperatures

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    Husken, Debby; Gaymans, Reinoud J.


    The effect of water on block copolymers that contain hydrophilic PEO flexible segments is studied. The polyether phase consisted of either PEO or mixtures of PEO and hydrophobic PTMO, monodisperse crystallisable T6T6T was used as hard segments. Water absorption as a function of relative humidity and

  10. Effect of angstrom-scale surface roughness on the self-assembly of polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane block copolymer (United States)

    Kundu, Shreya; Ganesan, Ramakrishnan; Gaur, Nikita; Saifullah, Mohammad S. M.; Hussain, Hazrat; Yang, Hyunsoo; Bhatia, Charanjit S.


    Self-assembly of block copolymers has been identified as a potential candidate for high density fabrication of nanostructures. However, the factors affecting its reliability and reproducibility as a patterning technique on various kinds of surfaces are not well-established. Studies pertaining to block copolymer self-assembly have been confined to ultra-flat substrates without taking into consideration the effect of surface roughness. Here, we show that a slight change in the angstrom-scale roughness arising from the surface of a material creates a profound effect on the self-assembly of polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane block copolymer. Its self-assembly was found to be dependent on both the root mean square roughness (Rrms) of the surface and the type of solvent annealing system used. It was observed that surface with Rrms< 5.0 Å showed self-assembly. Above this value, the kinetic hindrance posed by the surface roughness on the block copolymer leads to its conforming to the surface without observable phase separation. PMID:22943003

  11. Segmented block copolymers based on poly(butylene terephthalate) and telechelic polyesters and polyamides of dimerized fatty acids

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


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

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of A Novel Water-soluble Block Copolymer with A Rod-coil Structure

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    Zhijian Zhang; Wei Wei; Wei Huang


    @@ 1Introduction In this paper, a novel water-soluble block copolymer with rod-coil structures was prepared using polyfluorene (PF) as rod segment and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as coil segment in the main chain. A new but simple way of polycondensation ( shown in Scheme 1 ) was employed, compared with tedious atom transfer radical polymerization and ionic polymerization approaches.

  13. Three-Dimensionally Isotropic Negative Refractive Index Materials from Block Copolymer Self-Assembled Chiral Gyroid Networks

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    Hur, Kahyun


    Metamaterials are engineered artificial materials that offer new functionalities such as super-resolution imaging and cloaking. Calculations of the photonic properties of three-dimensionally isotropic metamaterials with cubic double gyroid and alternating gyroid morphologies from block copolymer self-assembly are presented.

  14. Structure-property relations of poly(propylene oxide) block copolymers with monodisperse and polydisperse crystallisable segments

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    Schuur, van der Martijn; Boer, de Jan; Gaymans, Reinoud J.


    Segmented block copolymers with poly(propylene oxide) and crystallisable segments were synthesized and their structure-property relations studied. As crystallisable segments, amide units based on poly(p-xylylene terephthalamide), were used. The length of the amide segment was varied and these segmen

  15. Fundamentals of tri-block copolymer self-assembly in solutions, and its relation to nano-templating

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    Denkova, A.G.


    The purpose of this thesis is to obtain a better understanding of the formation mechanism of mesoporous silica materials, such as SBA-15 that use block copolymers as templating agents. Despite the fact that these materials are now extensively synthesized, the fundamental role of the different synthe

  16. Block copolymer self-assembly–directed synthesis of mesoporous gyroidal superconductors (United States)

    Robbins, Spencer W.; Beaucage, Peter A.; Sai, Hiroaki; Tan, Kwan Wee; Werner, Jörg G.; Sethna, James P.; DiSalvo, Francis J.; Gruner, Sol M.; Van Dover, Robert B.; Wiesner, Ulrich


    Superconductors with periodically ordered mesoporous structures are expected to have properties very different from those of their bulk counterparts. Systematic studies of such phenomena to date are sparse, however, because of a lack of versatile synthetic approaches to such materials. We demonstrate the formation of three-dimensionally continuous gyroidal mesoporous niobium nitride (NbN) superconductors from chiral ABC triblock terpolymer self-assembly–directed sol-gel–derived niobium oxide with subsequent thermal processing in air and ammonia gas. Superconducting materials exhibit a critical temperature (Tc) of about 7 to 8 K, a flux exclusion of about 5% compared to a dense NbN solid, and an estimated critical current density (Jc) of 440 A cm−2 at 100 Oe and 2.5 K. We expect block copolymer self-assembly–directed mesoporous superconductors to provide interesting subjects for mesostructure-superconductivity correlation studies. PMID:27152327

  17. Pushing graphene plasmon polaritons to the near-infrared window by block copolymer nanolithography

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    Wang, Zhongli; Almdal, Kristoffer; Mortensen, N Asger; Xiao, Sanshui; Ndoni, Sokol


    Due to strong mode-confinement, long propagation-distance, and unique tunability, graphene plasmon polaritons have been widely explored in the mid-infrared and terahertz windows. However, it remains a big challenge to push graphene plasmons to shorter wavelengths in order to integrate graphene plasmon concepts with existing mature technologies in the near-infrared region. We investigate localized graphene plasmons supported by graphene nanodisk arrays, which are fabricated by a fully scalable block copolymer (BCP) self-assembly method. BCP masks with well-ordered vertically oriented cylinder or monolayer packed sphere morphologies are utilized to pattern graphene over centimeter scale dimensions. By carefully controlling the dry-etching time and by choosing an appropriate BCP mask, the wavelength of the localized graphene plasmons can be pushed down to and even below 2 um. Our results show a promising way to promote graphene plasmons for both fundamental studies and potential applications in the near-infrared...

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

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    Yu, Haizhou


    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. Block copolymer directed synthesis of mesoporous TiO 2 for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Nedelcu, Mihaela


    The morphology of TiO2 plays an important role in the operation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. By using polyisoprene-block- ethyleneoxide (PI-b-PEO) copolymers as structure directing agents for a sol-gel based synthesis of mesoporous TiO2, we demonstrate a strategy for the detailed control of the semiconductor morphology on the 10 nm length scale. The careful adjustment of polymer molecular weight and titania precursor content is used to systematically vary the material structure and its influence upon solar cell performance is investigated. Furthermore, the use of a partially sp 2 hybridized structure directing polymer enables the crystallization of porous TiO2 networks at high temperatures without pore collapse, improving its performance in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. © 2009 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  20. Precise Control over the Rheological Behavior of Associating Stimuli-Responsive Block Copolymer Gels

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    Jérémy Brassinne


    Full Text Available “Smart” materials have considerably evolved over the last few years for specific applications. They rely on intelligent macromolecules or (supra-molecular motifs to adapt their structure and properties in response to external triggers. Here, a supramolecular stimuli-responsive polymer gel is constructed from heterotelechelic double hydrophilic block copolymers that incorporate thermo-responsive sequences. These macromolecular building units are synthesized via a three-step controlled radical copolymerization and then hierarchically assembled to yield coordination micellar hydrogels. The dynamic mechanical properties of this particular class of materials are studied in shear flow and finely tuned via temperature changes. Notably, rheological experiments show that structurally reinforcing the micellar network nodes leads to precise tuning of the viscoelastic response and yield behavior of the material. Hence, they constitute promising candidates for specific applications, such as mechano-sensors.

  1. Water activity of aqueous solutions of ethylene oxide-propylene oxide block copolymers and maltodextrins

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    N. D. D. Carareto


    Full Text Available The water activity of aqueous solutions of EO-PO block copolymers of six different molar masses and EO/PO ratios and of maltodextrins of three different molar masses was determined at 298.15 K. The results showed that these aqueous solutions present a negative deviation from Raoult's law. The Flory-Huggins and UNIFAC excess Gibbs energy models were employed to model the experimental data. While a good agreement was obtained with the Flory-Huggins equation, discrepancies were observed when predicting the experimental behavior with the UNIFAC model. The water activities of ternary systems formed by a synthetic polymer, maltodextrin and water were also measured and used to test the predictive capability of both models.

  2. Creating periodic local strain in monolayer graphene with nanopillars patterned by self-assembled block copolymer

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    Mi, Hongyi; Mikael, Solomon; Seo, Jung-Hun; Gui, Gui; Ma, Alice L.; Ma, Zhenqiang, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Liu, Chi-Chun; Nealey, Paul F., E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)


    A simple and viable method was developed to produce biaxial strain in monolayer graphene on an array of SiO{sub 2} nanopillars. The array of SiO{sub 2} nanopillars (1 cm{sup 2} in area, 80 nm in height, and 40 nm in pitch) was fabricated by employing self-assembled block copolymer through simple dry etching and deposition processes. According to high resolution micro-Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy analyses, 0.9% of maximum biaxial tensile strain and 0.17% of averaged biaxial tensile strain in graphene were created. This technique provides a simple and viable method to form biaxial tensile strain in graphene and offers a practical platform for future studies in graphene strain engineering.

  3. Block copolymer self-assembly-directed synthesis of mesoporous gyroidal superconductors. (United States)

    Robbins, Spencer W; Beaucage, Peter A; Sai, Hiroaki; Tan, Kwan Wee; Werner, Jörg G; Sethna, James P; DiSalvo, Francis J; Gruner, Sol M; Van Dover, Robert B; Wiesner, Ulrich


    Superconductors with periodically ordered mesoporous structures are expected to have properties very different from those of their bulk counterparts. Systematic studies of such phenomena to date are sparse, however, because of a lack of versatile synthetic approaches to such materials. We demonstrate the formation of three-dimensionally continuous gyroidal mesoporous niobium nitride (NbN) superconductors from chiral ABC triblock terpolymer self-assembly-directed sol-gel-derived niobium oxide with subsequent thermal processing in air and ammonia gas. Superconducting materials exhibit a critical temperature (T c) of about 7 to 8 K, a flux exclusion of about 5% compared to a dense NbN solid, and an estimated critical current density (J c) of 440 A cm(-2) at 100 Oe and 2.5 K. We expect block copolymer self-assembly-directed mesoporous superconductors to provide interesting subjects for mesostructure-superconductivity correlation studies.

  4. [Noncovalent complexes between alpha-chymotrypsin and block copolymers from ethylene and propylene oxides]. (United States)

    Topchieva, I N; Snitko, Ia E; Efremova, N V; Sorokina, E M


    The ability of alpha-chymotrypsin to form complexes with amphiphilic block copolymer of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide upon heating up to 44-60 degrees C has been demonstrated for the first time. Depending on temperature and the initial component ratio, some complexes were obtained which varied in both composition and enzymatic activity. With a rise in the complexation temperature, the polymer content in the complex increased, while the enzymatic activity of the complex decreases. The complexes are very stable in water, but dissociate in 8 M urea and are characterized by enhanced thermal stability as compared with the original enzyme. It is assumed that both hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen bonds between the components are involved in the complex formation.

  5. Self-assembled block copolymer photonic crystal for selective fructose detection. (United States)

    Ayyub, Omar B; Ibrahim, Michael B; Briber, Robert M; Kofinas, Peter


    The use of one-dimensional photonic crystals fabricated from a self-assembled lamellar block copolymer as a sensitive and selective fructose sensor is investigated. The polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) films are functionalized with 2-(bromomethyl)phenylboronic acid. The boronic acid moiety confined within the lamellar morphology can reversibly bind to sugars such as fructose, imparting the photonic properties of the PS-b-P2VP film. The films exhibit a detection limit of 500 μM in water and 1mM in phosphate buffered saline. Exposure to a 50 mM solution of fructose invokes a highly visible color change from blue to orange. The films are also able to selectively recognize and respond to fructose in competitive studies in the presence of glucose, mannose and sucrose.

  6. Block copolymer hollow fiber membranes with catalytic activity and pH-response. (United States)

    Hilke, Roland; Pradeep, Neelakanda; Madhavan, Poornima; Vainio, Ulla; Behzad, Ali Reza; Sougrat, Rachid; Nunes, Suzana P; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor


    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.

  7. Highly tunable refractive index visible-light metasurface from block copolymer self-assembly (United States)

    Kim, Ju Young; Kim, Hyowook; Kim, Bong Hoon; Chang, Taeyong; Lim, Joonwon; Jin, Hyeong Min; Mun, Jeong Ho; Choi, Young Joo; Chung, Kyungjae; Shin, Jonghwa; Fan, Shanhui; Kim, Sang Ouk


    The refractive index of natural transparent materials is limited to 2–3 throughout the visible wavelength range. Wider controllability of the refractive index is desired for novel optical applications such as nanoimaging and integrated photonics. We report that metamaterials consisting of period and symmetry-tunable self-assembled nanopatterns can provide a controllable refractive index medium for a broad wavelength range, including the visible region. Our approach exploits the independent control of permeability and permittivity with nanoscale objects smaller than the skin depth. The precise manipulation of the interobject distance in block copolymer nanopatterns via pattern shrinkage increased the effective refractive index up to 5.10. The effective refractive index remains above 3.0 over more than 1,000 nm wavelength bandwidth. Spatially graded and anisotropic refractive indices are also obtained with the design of transitional and rotational symmetry modification. PMID:27683077

  8. Placement error in directed self-assembly of block copolymers for contact hole application (United States)

    Bouanani, Shayma; Tiron, Raluca; Bos, Sandra; Gharbi, Ahmed; Barros, Patricia Pimenta; Hazart, Jérôme; Robert, Frédéric; Lapeyre, Céline; Ostrovsky, Alain; Monget, Cédric


    Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers has shown interesting results for contact hole application, as a vertical interconnection access for CMOS sub-10 nm technology. The control of critical dimension uniformity (CDU), defectivity, and placement error (PE) is challenging and depends on multiple processes and material parameters. This paper reports the work done using the 300-mm pilot line available in materials to integrate the DSA process on contact and via level patterning. In the first part, a reliable methodology for PE measurement is defined. By tuning intrinsic edge detection parameters on standard reference images, the working window is determined. The methodology is then implemented to analyze the experimental data. The impact of the planarization process on PE and the importance of PE as a complement of CDU and hole open yield for process window determination are discussed.

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

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    Hilke, Roland


    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.

  10. A soft and conductive PDMS-PEG block copolymer as a compliant electrode for dielectric elastomers

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    A Razak, Aliff Hisyam; Szabo, Peter; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    -methyl pyrrolidinone) with 1 wt% of surfactant (Triton X-100). The dispersion of MWCNTs in PDMS-PEG systemis shown in figure 2 where MWCNTs (dark areas) are well-distributed in the system indicating an acceptable dispersional though some big clusters appear in the optical microscope image. The conductivity of 4 phr...... MWCNTs is 10-3 S/cm compared to 10-1 S/cm of a non-stretchable reference conducting silicone elastomer (LR3162 from Wacker). Furthermore, PDMS-PEG block copolymer with 4 phr MWCNTs (Young’s modulus, Y = 0.26 MPa) is softer and more stretchable thanLR3162 (Y = 1.17 MPa)....

  11. Lysozyme complexes with thermo- and pH-responsive PNIPAM- b-PAA block copolymer (United States)

    Pippa, Natassa; Meristoudi, Anastasia; Pispas, Stergios; Demetzos, Costas


    Lysozyme is an enzyme responsible for the damage of bacterial cell walls and is abundant in a number of secretions such as tears and human milk. In the present study, we investigated the structure, the physicochemical characteristics, and the temperature-responsiveness of lysozyme complexes with poly( N-isopropylacrylamide)- b-poly(acrylic acid) block polyelectrolyte in aqueous media. A gamut of light-scattering techniques and fluorescence spectroscopy were used in order to examine the complexation process, as well as the structure, solution behavior, and temperature response of the nanosized complexes. The concentration of copolymer polyelectrolyte was kept constant. The values of the scattering intensity, I 90, which is proportional to the mass of the species in solution, increased gradually as a function of C LYS, providing proof of the occurring complexation, while the size of the nanostructures decreased. The structure of the complexes became more open as the C LYS increased. The increase of the salinity did not affect the structural characteristics of the supramolecular nanoparticulate aggregates. On the other hand, the physicochemical and structural characteristics of the complexes changed upon increasing temperature, and the changes depended on the initial ratio block polyelectrolyte/lysozyme. The knowledge on developing block polyelectrolyte/protein complexes through electrostatic interactions, obtained from this investigation, may be applied to the design of nutraceuticals.

  12. Molecular architectures based on pi-conjugated block copolymers for global quantum computation

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    Mujica Martinez, C A; Arce, J C [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de QuImica, A. A. 25360, Cali (Colombia); Reina, J H [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de Fisica, A. A. 25360, Cali (Colombia); Thorwart, M, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik IV, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, 40225 Duesseldorf (Germany)


    We propose a molecular setup for the physical implementation of a barrier global quantum computation scheme based on the electron-doped pi-conjugated copolymer architecture of nine blocks PPP-PDA-PPP-PA-(CCH-acene)-PA-PPP-PDA-PPP (where each block is an oligomer). The physical carriers of information are electrons coupled through the Coulomb interaction, and the building block of the computing architecture is composed by three adjacent qubit systems in a quasi-linear arrangement, each of them allowing qubit storage, but with the central qubit exhibiting a third accessible state of electronic energy far away from that of the qubits' transition energy. The third state is reached from one of the computational states by means of an on-resonance coherent laser field, and acts as a barrier mechanism for the direct control of qubit entanglement. Initial estimations of the spontaneous emission decay rates associated to the energy level structure allow us to compute a damping rate of order 10{sup -7} s, which suggest a not so strong coupling to the environment. Our results offer an all-optical, scalable, proposal for global quantum computing based on semiconducting pi-conjugated polymers.

  13. Confinement Effects on Watery Domains in Hydrated Block Copolymer Electrolyte Membranes (United States)

    Park, Moon Jeong; Kim, Sung Yeon; Yeo, Joomi


    The morphology of a series of diblock copolymers comprising randomly sulfonated polystyrene (PSS) and polymethylbutylene (PMB) blocks equilibrated with humid air was determined by in- situ small angle neutron scattering (SANS). In-situ SANS data were collected over a wide angular range permitting the determination of the superstructure of the hydrophilic PSS-rich and hydrophobic PMB-rich domains and the substructure within the hydrophilic PSS-rich domains. When the characteristic length of the superstructure is larger than 10 nm, the hydrophilic PSS domains are heterogeneous with periodically arranged watery domains. The scattering signature of the watery domains is very similar to the well-established ``ionomer peak.'' This peak vanishes when the neutron scattering length density of the water (H2O/D2O mixture) is matched to that of the PSS block. The spacing between watery domains depends only on sulfonation level of the PSS block. When the characteristic length of the superstructure is less than 10 nm, the watery substructure disappears and homogeneous hydrated PSS-rich domains are obtained.

  14. Evaluation of tri-steps modified styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer membrane for wound dressing

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    Yang, Jen Ming, E-mail:; Huang, Huei Tsz


    Tri-steps modified styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer (SBS) membrane was prepared with epoxidation, ring opening reaction with maleated ionomer and layer-by-layer assembled polyelectrolyte technique. The tri-steps modified SBS membrane was characterized by infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS). The structures of the modified SBS membranes were identified with methylene blue and azocarmine G. The content of amino group on the surface of the modified membrane was calculated from uptake of an acid dye. The values of the contact angle, water absorption, water vapor transmission rate and the adsorption of fibronectin on the membranes were determined. To evaluate the biocompatibility of the tri-steps modified SBS membrane, the cytotoxicity, antibacterial and growth profile of the cell culture of 3T3 fibroblasts on the membrane were evaluated. The bactericidal activity was found on the modified SBS. From the cell culture of 3T3 fibroblasts on the membrane, it revealed that the cells not only remained viable but also proliferated on the surface of the tri-steps modified SBS membranes. As the membranes are sterile semipermeable with bactericidal activity and transparent allowing wound checks, they can be considered for shallow wound with low exudates. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer (SBS) was modified with tri-steps. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The tri-steps are epoxidation, ring opening reaction and layer-by-layer assembly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Modified SBS membrane for wound dressing is evaluated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Membranes are sterile semipermeable with bactericidal activity and transparent. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Membranes can be considered for shallow wound with low exudates.

  15. High-strain-induced deformation mechanisms in block-graft and multigraft copolymers

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    Schlegel, Ralf


    The molecular orientation behavior and structural changes of morphology at high strains for multigraft and block-graft copolymers based on polystyrene (PS) and polyisoprene (PI) were investigated during uniaxial monotonic loading via FT-IR and synchrotron SAXS. Results from FT-IR revealed specific orientations of PS and PI segments depending on molecular architecture and on the morphology, while structural investigations revealed a typical decrease in long-range order with increasing strain. This decrease was interpreted as strain-induced dissolution of the glassy blocks in the soft matrix, which is assumed to affect an additional enthalpic contribution (strain-induced mixing of polymer chains) and stronger retracting forces of the network chains during elongation. Our interpretation is supported by FT-IR measurements showing similar orientation of rubbery and glassy segments up to high strains. It also points to highly deformable PS domains. By synchrotron SAXS, we observed in the neo-Hookean region an approach of glassy domains, while at higher elongations the intensity of the primary reflection peak was significantly decreasing. The latter clearly verifies the assumption that the glassy chains are pulled out from the domains and are partly mixed in the PI matrix. Results obtained by applying models of rubber elasticity to stress-strain and hysteresis data revealed similar correlations between the softening behavior and molecular and morphological parameters. Further, an influence of the network modality was observed (random grafted branches). For sphere forming multigraft copolymers the domain functionality was found to be less important to achieve improved mechanical properties but rather size and distribution of the domains. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  16. Synthesis of hyperbranched polypeptide and PEO block copolymer by consecutive thiol-yne chemistry. (United States)

    Chang, Xiao; Dong, Chang-Ming


    Hyperbranched poly(ε-benzyloxycarbonyl-L-lysine) (HPlys) with multiple alkyne peripheries was synthesized through the click polycondensation of an AB2 type Plys macromonomer with α-thiol and ω-alkyne terminal groups (thiol is the A unit, and each π bond in alkyne is the B unit), and the resulting HPlys was further conjugated with thiol-termined poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) to generate HPlys-b-PEO block copolymer by consecutive thiol-yne chemistry. Their molecular structures and physical properties were characterized in detail by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, gel permeation chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, and polarized optical microscopy. HPlys and HPlys-b-PEO mainly assumed an α-helix conformation similar to the linear precursors, while the liquid crystalline phase transition of Plys segment disappeared within HPlys and HPlys-b-PEO. HPlys-b-PEO self-assembled into nearly spherical micelles in aqueous solution, while it gave a 5-fold lower critical aggregation concentration (8.9 × 10(-3) mg/mL) than a linear counterpart (4.5 × 10(-2) mg/mL), demonstrating a dendritic topology effect. Compared with a linear counterpart, HPlys-b-PEO gave a higher drug-loading capacity and efficiency for the anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) and a slower drug-release rate with an improved burst-release profile, enabling them useful for drug delivery systems. Importantly, this work provides a versatile strategy for the synthesis of hyperbranched polypeptides and related block copolymers by utilizing thiol-yne chemistry.

  17. Ultrasound-mediated tumor imaging and nanotherapy using drug loaded, block copolymer stabilized perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions. (United States)

    Rapoport, Natalya; Nam, Kweon-Ho; Gupta, Roohi; Gao, Zhongao; Mohan, Praveena; Payne, Allison; Todd, Nick; Liu, Xin; Kim, Taeho; Shea, Jill; Scaife, Courtney; Parker, Dennis L; Jeong, Eun-Kee; Kennedy, Anne M


    Perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions can deliver lipophilic therapeutic agents to solid tumors and simultaneously provide for monitoring nanocarrier biodistribution via ultrasonography and/or (19)F MRI. In the first generation of block copolymer stabilized perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions, perfluoropentane (PFP) was used as the droplet forming compound. Although manifesting excellent therapeutic and ultrasound imaging properties, PFP nanoemulsions were unstable at storage, difficult to handle, and underwent hard to control phenomenon of irreversible droplet-to-bubble transition upon injection. To solve the above problems, perfluoro-15-crown-5-ether (PFCE) was used as a core forming compound in the second generation of block copolymer stabilized perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions. PFCE nanodroplets manifest both ultrasound and fluorine ((19)F) MR contrast properties, which allows using multimodal imaging and (19)F MR spectroscopy for monitoring nanodroplet pharmacokinetics and biodistribution. In the present paper, acoustic, imaging, and therapeutic properties of unloaded and paclitaxel (PTX) loaded PFCE nanoemulsions are reported. As manifested by the (19)F MR spectroscopy, PFCE nanodroplets are long circulating, with about 50% of the injected dose remaining in circulation 2h after the systemic injection. Sonication with 1-MHz therapeutic ultrasound triggered reversible droplet-to-bubble transition in PFCE nanoemulsions. Microbubbles formed by acoustic vaporization of nanodroplets underwent stable cavitation. The nanodroplet size (200nm to 350nm depending on a type of the shell and conditions of emulsification) as well as long residence in circulation favored their passive accumulation in tumor tissue that was confirmed by ultrasonography. In the breast and pancreatic cancer animal models, ultrasound-mediated therapy with paclitaxel-loaded PFCE nanoemulsions showed excellent therapeutic properties characterized by tumor regression and suppression of metastasis. Anticipated

  18. Polyisobutylene chain end transformations: Block copolymer synthesis and click chemistry functionalizations (United States)

    Magenau, Andrew Jackson David

    The primary objectives of this research were twofold: (1) development of synthetic procedures for combining quasiliving carbocationic polymerization (QLCCP) of isobutylene (IB) and reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization for block copolymer synthesis; (2) utilization of efficient, robust, and modular chemistries for facile functionalization of polyisobutylene (PIB). In the first study block copolymers consisting of PIB, and either PMMA or PS block segments, were synthesized by a site transformation approach combining living cationic and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerizations. The initial PIB block was synthesized via quasiliving cationic polymerization using the TMPCl/TiCl4 initiation system and was subsequently converted into a hydroxylterminated PIB. Site transformation of the hydroxyl-terminated PIB into a macro chain transfer agent (PIB-CTA) was accomplished by N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide/dimethylaminopyridine-catalyzed esterification with 4-cyano-4-(dodecylsulfanylthiocarbonylsulfanyl)pentanoic acid. In the second study another site transformation approach was developed to synthesize a novel block copolymer, composed of PIB and PNIPAM segments. The PIB block was prepared via quasiliving cationic polymerization and end functionalized by in-situ quenching to yield telechelic halogen-terminated PIB. Azido functionality was obtained by displacement of the terminal halogen through nucleophilic substitution, which was confirmed by both 1H and 13C NMR. Coupling of an alkyne-functional chain transfer agent (CTA) to azido PIB was successfully accomplished through a copper catalyzed click reaction. Structure of the resulting PIB-based macro-CTA was verified with 1H NMR, FTIR, and GPC; whereas coupling reaction kinetics were monitored by real time variable temperature (VT) 1H NMR. In a third study, a click chemistry functionalization procedure was developed based upon the azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar

  19. Molecular modeling of directed self-assembly of block copolymers: Fundamental studies of processing conditions and evolutionary pattern design (United States)

    Khaira, Gurdaman Singh

    Rapid progress in the semi-conductor industry has pushed for smaller feature sizes on integrated electronic circuits. Current photo-lithographic techniques for nanofabrication have reached their technical limit and are problematic when printing features small enough to meet future industrial requirements. "Bottom-up'' techniques, such as the directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers (BCP), are the primary contenders to compliment current "top-down'' photo-lithography ones. For industrial requirements, the defect density from DSA needs to be less than 1 defect per 10 cm by 10 cm. Knowledge of both material synthesis and the thermodynamics of the self-assembly process are required before optimal operating conditions can be found to produce results adequate for industry. The work present in this thesis is divided into three chapters, each discussing various aspects of DSA as studied via a molecular model that contains the essential physics of BCP self-assembly. Though there are various types of guiding fields that can be used to direct BCPs over large wafer areas with minimum defects, this study focuses only on chemically patterned substrates. The first chapter addresses optimal pattern design by describing a framework where molecular simulations of various complexities are coupled with an advanced optimization technique to find a pattern that directs a target morphology. It demonstrates the first ever study where BCP self-assembly on a patterned substrate is optimized using a three-dimensional description of the block-copolymers. For problems pertaining to DSA, the methodology is shown to converge much faster than the traditional random search approach. The second chapter discusses the metrology of BCP thin films using TEM tomography and X-ray scattering techniques, such as CDSAXS and GISAXS. X-ray scattering has the advantage of being able to quickly probe the average structure of BCP morphologies over large wafer areas; however, deducing the BCP morphology

  20. Layer-by-Layer Formation of Block-Copolymer-Derived TiO2 for Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Guldin, Stefan


    Morphology control on the 10 nm length scale in mesoporous TiO 2 films is crucial for the manufacture of high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells. While the combination of block-copolymer self-assembly with sol-gel chemistry yields good results for very thin films, the shrinkage during the film manufacture typically prevents the build-up of sufficiently thick layers to enable optimum solar cell operation. Here, a study on the temporal evolution of block-copolymer-directed mesoporous TiO 2 films during annealing and calcination is presented. The in-situ investigation of the shrinkage process enables the establishment of a simple and fast protocol for the fabrication of thicker films. When used as photoanodes in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, the mesoporous networks exhibit significantly enhanced transport and collection rates compared to the state-of-the-art nanoparticle-based devices. As a consequence of the increased film thickness, power conversion efficiencies above 4% are reached. Fabrication of sufficiently thick mesoporous TiO 2 photoelectrodes with morphology control on the 10 nm length scale is essential for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ss-DSC). This study of the temporal evolution of block-copolymer-directed mesoporous TiO 2 films during annealing and calcination enables the build-up of sufficiently thick films for high-performance ssDSC devices. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Systematic study on the effect of solvent removal rate on the morphology of solvent vapor annealed ABA triblock copolymer thin films. (United States)

    Albert, Julie N L; Young, Wen-Shiue; Lewis, Ronald L; Bogart, Timothy D; Smith, Jasmine R; Epps, Thomas H


    Nanoscale self-assembly of block copolymer thin films has garnered significant research interest for nanotemplate design and membrane applications. To fulfill these roles, control of thin film morphology and orientation is critical. Solvent vapor annealing (SVA) treatments can be used to kinetically trap morphologies in thin films not achievable by traditional thermal treatments, but many variables affect the outcome of SVA, including solvent choice, total solvent concentration/swollen film thickness, and solvent removal rate. In this work, we systematically examined the effect of solvent removal rate on the final thin film morphology of a cylinder-forming ABA triblock copolymer. By kinetically trapping the film morphologies at key points during the solvent removal process and then using successive ultraviolet ozone (UVO) etching steps followed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging to examine the through-film morphologies of the films, we determined that the mechanism for cylinder reorientation from substrate-parallel to substrate-perpendicular involved the propagation of changes at the free surface through the film toward the substrate as a front. The degree of reorientation increased with successively slower solvent removal rates. Furthermore, the AFM/UVO etching scheme permitted facile real-space analysis of the thin film internal structure in comparison to cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy.

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

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    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.

  3. Volume shrinkage and rheological studies of epoxidised and unepoxidised poly(styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene) triblock copolymer modified epoxy resin-diamino diphenyl methane nanostructured blend systems. (United States)

    George, Sajeev Martin; Puglia, Debora; Kenny, Josè M; Parameswaranpillai, Jyotishkumar; Vijayan P, Poornima; Pionteck, Jűrgen; Thomas, Sabu


    Styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene (SBS) copolymers epoxidised at different epoxidation degrees were used as modifiers for diglycidyl ether of the bisphenol A-diamino diphenyl methane (DGEBA-DDM) system. Epoxy systems containing modified epoxidised styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene (eSBS) triblock copolymer with compositions ranging from 0 to 30 wt% were prepared and the curing reaction was monitored in situ using rheometry and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) analysis. By controlling the mole percent of epoxidation, we could generate vesicles, worm-like micelles and core-shell nanodomains. At the highest mole percent of epoxidation, the fraction of the epoxy miscible component in the triblock copolymer (epoxidised polybutadiene (PB)) was maximum. This gave rise to core-shell nanodomains having a size of 10-15 nm, in which the incompatible polystyrene (PS) becomes the core, the unepoxidised PB becomes the shell and the epoxidised PB interpenetrates with the epoxy phase. On the other hand, the low level of epoxidation gave rise to bigger domains having a size of ∼1 μm and the intermediate epoxidation level resulted in a worm-like structure. This investigation specifically focused on the importance of cure rheology on nanostructure formation, using rheometry. The reaction induced phase separation of the PS phase in the epoxy matrix was carefully explored through rheological measurements. PVT measurements during curing were carried out to understand the volume shrinkage of the blend, confirming that shrinkage behaviour is related to the block copolymer phase separation process during curing. The volume shrinkage was found to be maximum in the case of blends with unmodified SBS, where a heterogeneous morphology was observed, while a decrease in the shrinkage was evidenced in the case of SBS epoxidation. It could be explained by two effects: (1) solubility of the epoxidised block copolymer in the DGEBA leads to the formation of nanoscopic domains upon

  4. Selective enzymatic degradation of self-assembled particles from amphiphilic block copolymers obtained by the combination of N-carboxyanhydride and nitroxide-mediated polymerization. (United States)

    Habraken, Gijs J M; Peeters, Marloes; Thornton, Paul D; Koning, Cor E; Heise, Andreas


    Combining controlled radical polymerizations and a controlled polypeptide synthetic technique, such as N-carboxyanhydride (NCA) ring-opening polymerization, enables the generation of well-defined block copolymers to be easily accessible. Here we combine NCA polymerization with the nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization of poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA) and polystyrene (PS), using a TIPNO and SG1-based bifunctional initiator to create a hybrid block copolymer. The polypeptide block consists of (block) copolymers of poly(L-glutamic acid) embedded with various quantities of L-alanine. The formed superstructures (vesicles and micelles) of the block copolymers possessed varying degrees of enzyme responsiveness when exposed to elastase and thermolysin, resulting in controlled enzymatic degradation dictated by the polypeptide composition. The PBA containing block copolymers possessing 50% L-alanine in the polypeptide block showed a high degradation response compared to polymers containing lower L-alanine quantities. The particles stabilized by copolypeptides with L-alanine near the hydrophobic block showed full degradation within 4 days. Particles containing polystyrene blocks revealed no appreciable degradation under the same conditions, highlighting the specificity of the system and the importance of synthetic polymer selection. However, when the degradation temperature was increased to 70 °C, degradation could be achieved due to the higher block copolymer exchange between the particle and the solution. A number of novel biohybrid structures are disclosed that show promise as enzyme-responsive materials with potential use as payload release vehicles, following their controlled degradation by specific, target, enzymes.

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

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    V K Aswal; J Kohlbrecher


    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.

  6. 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


    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.

  7. Compatibilizing Effect of Random or Block Copolymer Added to Binary Mixture of Homopolymers. (United States)


    copolymer R50/50 (Mw 25000); filled squares: random copolymer RF50/50 (M 16300); filled diamonds : random copolymer SPP45 (Mw > 2.3 x 105); open squares...Pennsylvania 18015 Dr. R. S. Porter Professor Brian Newman Department of Polymer Science Department of Mechanics and and Engineering Materials Science

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

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


    ) after spin-coating and after subsequent solvent vapor annealing (SVA). In thin films of the pure diblock copolymers having high or low molar mass, the lamellae are perpendicular or parallel to the substrate, respectively. The as-prepared binary blend thin films feature mainly perpendicular lamellae...

  9. Self-assembly of monodisperse polymer microspheres from PPQ-b-PEG rod-coil block copolymers in selective solvents

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    ZHANG Xueao; CHEN Ke; XIE Kai; LONG Yongfu


    Poly(phenylquinoline)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)(PPQ-b-PEG) rod-coil block copolymers possess the self-assembly behavior in selective solvents. The copolymers in the mixed solvents of V(trifluoroacetic acid, TFA):V(dichloromethane, DCM)=1:1 can self-assemble into polymer hollow microspheres with diameters of a few micrometers. The polymer hollow microspheres are monodisperse, and the diameters of them increase with an increased polymerization degree of the PPQ rigid-rod block. The solution concentration has no effect on the microsphere diameter, but spherical surface shows burrs when the solution concentration is too low. It has been found that the obtained dilute solution has the strongest absorption peak at 376 nm and strongest emission peak at 604 nm by the spectroscopy analysis.

  10. Control of intrachain charge transfer in model systems for block copolymer photovoltaic materials. (United States)

    Johnson, Kerr; Huang, Ya-Shih; Huettner, Sven; Sommer, Michael; Brinkmann, Martin; Mulherin, Rhiannon; Niedzialek, Dorota; Beljonne, David; Clark, Jenny; Huck, Wilhelm T S; Friend, Richard H


    We report the electronic properties of the conjugated coupling between a donor polymer and an acceptor segment serving as a model for the coupling in conjugated donor-acceptor block copolymers. These structures allow the study of possible intrachain photoinduced charge separation, in contrast to the interchain separation achieved in conventional donor-acceptor blends. Depending on the nature of the conjugated linkage, we observe varying degrees of modification of the excited states, including the formation of intrachain charge transfer excitons. The polymers comprise a block (typically 18 repeat units) of P3HT, poly(3-hexyl thiophene), coupled to a single unit of F8-TBT (where F8 is dioctylfluorene, and TBT is thiophene-benzothiadiazole-thiophene). When the P3HT chain is linked to the TBT unit, we observe formation of a localized charge transfer state, with red-shifted absorption and emission. Independent of the excitation energy, this state is formed very rapidly (<40 fs) and efficiently. Because there is only a single TBT unit present, there is little scope for long-range charge separation and it is relatively short-lived, <1 ns. In contrast, when the P3HT chain and TBT unit are separated by the wider bandgap F8 unit, there is little indication for modification of either ground or excited electronic states, and longer-lived charge separated states are observed.

  11. Regulation of Aquaporin Z osmotic permeability in ABA tri-block copolymer

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    Wenyuan Xie


    Full Text Available Aquaporins are transmembrane water channel proteins present in biological plasma membranes that aid in biological water filtration processes by transporting water molecules through at high speeds, while selectively blocking out other kinds of solutes. Aquaporin Z incorporated biomimetic membranes are envisaged to overcome the problem of high pressure needed, and holds great potential for use in water purification processes, giving high flux while keeping energy consumption low. The functionality of aquaporin Z in terms of osmotic permeability might be regulated by factors such as pH, temperature, crosslinking and hydrophobic thickness of the reconstituted bilayers. Hence, we reconstituted aquaporin Z into vesicles that are made from a series of amphiphilic block copolymers PMOXA-PDMS-PMOXAs with various hydrophobic molecular weights. The osmotic permeability of aquaporin Z in these vesicles was determined through a stopped-flow spectroscopy. In addition, the temperature and pH value of the vesicle solutions were adjusted within wide ranges to investigate the regulation of osmotic permeability of aquaporin Z through external conditions. Our results show that aquaporin Z permeability was enhanced by hydrophobic mismatch. In addition, the water filtration mechanism of aquaporin Z is significantly affected by the concentration of H+ and OH- ions.

  12. Cocontinuous polymer blends: The role of block copolymer in blend morphology evolution (United States)

    Bell, Joel Richard

    Cocontinuous morphologies are distinguished by the mutual interpenetration of two polymer phases and allow for enhanced mechanical properties, static charge dissipation, and barrier properties. Cocontinuous morphologies form over a range of compositions, depending largely on mixing history and the relative polymer viscosities, elasticities, and interfacial tension. Because cocontinuous morphologies are thermodynamically unstable, they will coarsen when held above their glass or melt transition temperature. Since the unique properties of these blends depend directly on the continuous nature of the microstructure and its phase size, stabilization of the cocontinuous morphology is extremely important. To address this challenge, compatibilizers, e.g. block copolymers (bcp), are often added to hinder phase coarsening in blends of immiscible polymers and can improve bonding at interfaces. The effects of bcp on the cocontinuous morphology of polystyrene (PS)/polyethylene (PE) and PS/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blends were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with image analysis, 3D imaging, mercury porosimetry, solvent extraction, and rheology. It was shown that diblock copolymers were able to suppress coarsening during annealing in cocontinuous PS/PE and PS/PMMA blends. Bcp effectiveness was dependent on molecular weight, concentration, and architecture. Self consistent mean field theory and bending elasticity theory were used to estimate the proper bcp architecture for maximum reduction in interfacial tension; experimental results agreed well with the theory. In addition to slowing coarsening, bcp was shown to widen the range of cocontinuity for both the PS/PE and PS/PMMA systems. To aid determination of the range of cocontinuity, a new technique for analyzing SEM micrographs was developed. The new technique classifies blend morphology according to the normalized fraction of drops present in the 2D microstructure. It was found that a blend becomes

  13. Highly elastomeric poly(glycerol sebacate)-co-poly(ethylene glycol) amphiphilic block copolymers. (United States)

    Patel, Alpesh; Gaharwar, Akhilesh K; Iviglia, Giorgio; Zhang, Hongbin; Mukundan, Shilpaa; Mihaila, Silvia M; Demarchi, Danilo; Khademhosseini, Ali


    Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS), a tough elastomer, has been proposed for tissue engineering applications due to its desired mechanical properties, biocompatibility and controlled degradation. Despite interesting physical and chemical properties, PGS shows limited water uptake capacity (∼2%), thus constraining its utility for soft tissue engineering. Therefore, a modification of PGS that would mimic the water uptake and water retention characteristics of natural extracellular matrix is beneficial for enhancing its utility for biomedical applications. Here, we report the synthesis and characterization of highly elastomeric poly(glycerol sebacate)-co-polyethylene glycol (PGS-co-PEG) block copolymers with controlled water uptake characteristics. By tailoring the water uptake property, it is possible to engineer scaffolds with customized degradation and mechanical properties. The addition of PEG results in almost 15-fold increase in water uptake capacity of PGS, and improves its mechanical stability under dynamic loading conditions. PGS-co-PEG polymers show elastomeric properties and can be subjected to serve deformation such as bending and stretching. The Young's modulus of PGS-co-PEG can be tuned from 13 kPa to 2.2 MPa by altering the amount of PEG within the copolymer network. Compared to PGS, more than six-fold increase in elongation was observed upon PEG incorporation. In addition, the rate of degradation increases with an increase in PEG concentration, indicating that degradation rate of PGS can be regulated. PGS-co-PEG polymers also support cell proliferation, and thus can be used for a range of tissue engineering applications.

  14. Synthesis of ABA Tri-Block Co-Polymer Magnetopolymersomes via Electroporation for Potential Medical Application

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    Jennifer Bain


    Full Text Available The ABA tri-block copolymer poly(2-methyloxazoline–poly(dimethylsiloxane–poly(2-methyloxazoline (PMOXA–PDMS–PMOXA is known for its capacity to mimic a bilayer membrane in that it is able to form vesicular polymersome structures. For this reason, it is the subject of extensive research and enables the development of more robust, adaptable and biocompatible alternatives to natural liposomes for biomedical applications. However, the poor solubility of this polymer renders published methods for forming vesicles unreproducible, hindering research and development of these polymersomes. Here we present an adapted, simpler method for the production of PMOXA–PDMS–PMOXA polymersomes of a narrow polydispersity (45 ± 5.8 nm, via slow addition of aqueous solution to a new solvent/polymer mixture. We then magnetically functionalise these polymersomes to form magnetopolymersomes via in situ precipitation of iron-oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs within the PMOXA–PDMS–PMOXA polymersome core and membrane. This is achieved using electroporation to open pores within the membrane and to activate the formation of MNPs. The thick PMOXA–PDMS–PMOXA membrane is well known to be relatively non-permeable when compared to more commonly used di-block polymer membranes due a distinct difference in both size and chemistry and therefore very difficult to penetrate using standard biological methods. This paper presents for the first time the application of electroporation to an ABA tri-block polymersome membrane (PMOXA–PDMS–PMOXA for intravesicular in situ precipitation of uniform MNPs (2.6 ± 0.5 nm. The electroporation process facilitates the transport of MNP reactants across the membrane yielding in situ precipitation of MNPs. Further to differences in length and chemistry, a tri-block polymersome membrane structure differs from a natural lipid or di-block polymer membrane and as such the application and effects of electroporation on this type of

  15. Thermosensitive Polymer Nanocontainers Prepared by Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers

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    Chen Xiangrong; Ding Xiaobing; Zheng Zhaohui; Peng Yuxing


    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

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

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    Pierre Boufflet


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

  17. Separation of parent homopolymers from polystyrene and poly(ethylene oxide) based block copolymers by liquid chromatography under limiting conditions of desorption-3. Study of barrier efficiency according to block copolymers' chemical composition. (United States)

    Rollet, Marion; Pelletier, Bérengère; Berek, Dušan; Maria, Sébastien; Phan, Trang N T; Gigmes, Didier


    Liquid Chromatography under Limiting Conditions of Desorption (LC LCD) is a powerful separation tool for multicomponent polymer systems. This technique is based on a barrier effect of an appropriate solvent, which is injected in front of the sample, and which decelerates the elution of selected macromolecules. In this study, the barrier effects have been evaluated for triblock copolymers polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene (PS-b-PEO-b-PS) according to the content of polystyrene (wt% PS) and PEO-block molar mass. PS-b-PEO-b-PS samples were prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP). The presence of respective parent homopolymers was investigated by applying optimized LC LCD conditions. It was found that the barrier composition largely affects the efficiency of separation and it ought to be adjusted for particular composition range of block copolymers.

  18. Effect of the hydrophobic basal layer of thermoresponsive block co-polymer brushes on thermally-induced cell sheet harvest. (United States)

    Matsuzaka, Naoki; Takahashi, Hironobu; Nakayama, Masamichi; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Okano, Teruo


    Thermoresponsive poly(benzyl methacrylate)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PBzMA-b-PIPAAm) block co-polymer brush surfaces were prepared by surface-initiated two-step reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer radical (RAFT) polymerization. PBzMA brushes were fabricated on azoinitiator-immobilized glass substrates in the presence of dithiobenzoate (DTB) compound as a RAFT agent. The amount of grafted polymer was regulated by initial monomer concentrations. The second thermoresponsive blocks were added to the RAFT-related DTB groups located at PBzMA termini through the propagation of PIPAAm chains, resulting in formation of PBzMA-b-PIPAAm brushes. Surface characteristics of the block co-polymer brushes and its influence on thermally regulated cellular behavior were investigated using bovine carotid artery endothelial cells (BAECs), compared with PIPAAm brush surfaces. Cell adhesion/detachment behavior on thermoresponsive polymer brush surfaces significantly depended on their individual polymer architectures and chemical compositions of grafted polymers. Low-temperature treatment at 20°C, below the phase-transition temperature of PIPAAm, induced the spontaneous detachment of adhering cells from the PBzMA-b-PIPAAm brush surfaces with a higher rate than that from PIPAAm brush surfaces. In addition, the cell-repellent effect of the hydrophobic basal layer successfully accelerated for harvesting BAEC sheets from the block co-polymer brush surfaces. Unique features of thermoresponsive block co-polymer brush architectures can be applied to control cell-adhesion strength for enhancing cell adhesion or accelerating cell detachment.

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

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


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

  20. Tunable and rapid self-assembly of block copolymers using mixed solvent vapors (United States)

    Park, Woon Ik; Tong, Sheng; Liu, Yuzi; Jung, Il Woong; Roelofs, Andreas; Hong, Seungbum


    Pattern generation of well-controlled block copolymers (BCPs) with a high Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ) is important for applications in sub-20 nm nanolithography. We used mixed solvents of dimethylformamide (DMF) and toluene to control the morphology as well as the time to achieve the targeted morphology via self-assembly of BCPs. By precisely controlling the volume ratio of DMF and toluene, well-ordered line, honeycomb, circular hole, and lamellar nanostructures were obtained from a cylinder-forming poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) BCP with high χ. Furthermore, a well-aligned 12 nm line pattern was successfully achieved in the guiding template within one minute using the mixed solvents. This practical method may also be applicable to self-assembly of other BCPs, providing more opportunities for the next-generation sub-10 nm lithography applications.Pattern generation of well-controlled block copolymers (BCPs) with a high Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ) is important for applications in sub-20 nm nanolithography. We used mixed solvents of dimethylformamide (DMF) and toluene to control the morphology as well as the time to achieve the targeted morphology via self-assembly of BCPs. By precisely controlling the volume ratio of DMF and toluene, well-ordered line, honeycomb, circular hole, and lamellar nanostructures were obtained from a cylinder-forming poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) BCP with high χ. Furthermore, a well-aligned 12 nm line pattern was successfully achieved in the guiding template within one minute using the mixed solvents. This practical method may also be applicable to self-assembly of other BCPs, providing more opportunities for the next-generation sub-10 nm lithography applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: PDF material includes morphological transition of SV42 BCP (Fig. S1), metal-oxide line and hole structures (Fig. S2), time-evolution of self-assembled SV42 BCP using pure