Reference : Association behavior of thermo-responsive block copolymers based on poly(vinyl ethers)
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/6134
Association behavior of thermo-responsive block copolymers based on poly(vinyl ethers)
English
Verdonck, Béatrice [University of Ghent, Belgium > Department of Organic Chemistry > Polymer Chemistry Research Group > >]
Gohy, Jean-François [University of Liège (ULg) > Department of Chemistry > Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM) > >]
Khousakoun, Eric [University of Liège (ULg) > Department of Chemistry > Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM) > >]
Jérôme, Robert mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > > Centre d'études et de rech. sur les macromolécules (CERM) >]
Du Prez, Filip E. [University of Ghent, Belgium > Department of Organic Chemistry > Polymer Chemistry Research Group > >]
14-Nov-2005
Polymer
Elsevier Sci Ltd
46
23
9899-9907
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0032-3861
Oxford
[en] stimuli-responsive polymer ; temperature-responsive polymer
[en] Thermo-sensitive nanosized structures have been prepared in water from poly(methyl vinyl ether)-block-poly(isobutyl vinyl ether) (PMVE-b-PIBVE) block copolymers. The composition and the architecture (diblock and triblock architectures) of the PMVE-b-PIBVE copolymers have been varied. The investigated copolymers had an asymmetric composition with a major PMVE block, While the PIBVE blocks are hydrophobic, the PMVE blocks are hydrophilic at room temperature and become hydrophobic above their demixing temperature (around 36 degrees C) as a result of the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior. At room temperature, the amphiphilic copolymers aggregate in water above a critical micelle concentration, which has been experimentally measured by hydrophobic dye solubilization. The hydrodynamic diameter of the structures formed above the cmc has been measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS) while their morphology has been studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). H-1 NMR measurements in D2O at room temperature reveal that the aggregates contain PIBVE insoluble regions surrounded by solvated PMVE chains. These investigations have shown that polydisperse spherical micelles are formed for asymmetric PMVE-b-PIBVE copolymers containing at least 9 IBVE units. For copolymers containing less IBVE units, loose aggregates are formed. Finally, the thermo-responsive, reversible properties of these structures have been investigated. Above the cloud point of the copolymers, the loose aggregates precipitate while the micelles form large spherical structures.
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)
The Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT-Vlaanderen) ; The ESF Program STIPOMAT ; Politique Scientifique Fédérale (Belgique) = Belgian Federal Science Policy
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/6134
10.1016/j.polymer.2005.07.079
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The authors acknowledge Polymer (Elsevier) for allowing them to archive this paper.

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