[en] self-assembly in solution ; micelle ; stimuli responsive micelle
[en] Formation and stabilization of multiresponsive micelles with a mixed poly(ethylene oxide)/polyelectrolyte shell and a temperature-responsive poly(propylene oxide) core were studied. Various poly(ethylene oxide)block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymers were mixed with poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA-PPO-PAA) or poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PD-MAEMA-PPO-PDMAEMA) triblock copolymers. The micelles formed by binary mixtures of well-defined compositions at a specific pH were additionally stabilized by loading with pentaerythritol tetraacrylate (PETA), that was polymerized and cross-linked "in situ" with UV assistance. Depending on both the composition of the copolymers and the experimental conditions, either spherical or wormlike "stabilized polymeric micelles with a mixed shell" (SPMMS) were observed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The SPMMS that contained PAA blocks in the shell were pH-sensitive, such that a reversible transition from well-dispersed SPMMS to precipitate could be promoted. In contrast, the SPMMS with a PEO/PDMAEMA mixed shell remained well-dispersed in the 2-11 pH range. Finally, SPMMS were successfully exploited as templates for the preparation of Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs).
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ; Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS ; The "CGRI" ; The National Science Fund of Bulgaria