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Closed Access item Hierarchically Organized Micellization of Thermoresponsive Rod-Coil Copolymers Based on Poly[oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate] and Poly(epsilon-caprolactone)

Authors:Luzon, Mario
Corrales, Teresa
Catalina, Fernando
Miguel, Veronica San
Ballesteros, Carmen
Peinado, Carmen
Keywords:biodegradable, block copolymer, cmc and cmt, comb-like polymer, grafting through, highly branched polymers, hierarchically self-assembly, micelles, thermoresponsive
Issue Date:2010
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons
Citation:Journal of Polymer Science Part A-Polymer Chemistry 48 : 4909-4921 (2010)
Abstract:A series of amphiphilic triblock copolymers, poly [oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate](x)-block-poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-block-poly[oligo(ethyl eneglycol) methacrylate](x), POEGMA(Co)(x), were synthesized. Formation of hydrophobic domains as cores of the micelles was studied by fluorescence spectroscopy. The critical micelle concentrations in aqueous solution were found to be in the range of circa 10(-6) M. A novel methodology by modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry was developed to determine critical micelle temperature. A significant concentration dependence of cmt was found. Dynamic light scattering measurements showed a bidispersed size distribution. The micelles showed reversible dispersion/aggregation in response to temperature cycles with lower critical solution temperature between 75 and 85 degrees C. The interplay of the two hydrophobic and one thermoresponsive macromolecular chains offers the chance to more complex morphologies
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/57764
ISSN:0887-624X
E-ISSNmetadata.dc.identifier.doi = DOI:1099-0518
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