Aqueous metallosupramolecular micelles with spherical or cylindrical morphology

Jean François Gohy, Bas G.G. Lohmeijer, Alexander Alexeev, Xiao Song Wang, Ian Manners, Mitchell A. Winnik, Ulrich S. Schubert

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Supramolecuiar AB diblock copolymers have been prepared by the sequential self-assembly of terpyridine endfunctionalized polymer blocks using Ru(III)/Ru(II) chemistry. Since this synthetic strategy has been used to attach hydrophobic polystyrene, PS, or poly(ferrocenylsilane), PFS, to a hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) block, amphophilic metallo-supramolecular diblock copolymers have been obtained. These compounds form micelles in water, that were characterized by a combination of dynamic and static light scattering, transmission electron and atomic force microscopies. These techniques revealed the formation of spherical micelles for the PS-based systems while rod-like micelles are observed for the PFS-containing copolymer. This difference is attributed to the propensity of PFS to crystallize in the micellar core.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetal-Containing and Metallosupramolecular Polymers and Materials
EditorsUlrich Schubert, George Newkome, Ian Manners
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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