Aqueous micelles from supramolecular graft copolymers

Jean François Gohy, Harald Hofmeier, Alexander Alexeev, Ulrich S. Schubert

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Abstract

Aquenos micelles have been prepared from amphiphilie supramolecular graft copolymers, in which poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) side chains were linked to a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) backbone via ruthenium(π)-terpyridine complexes. Three different graft copolymers were investigated in which the average number of PEG branches (constant length) and the length of the PMMA backbone were varied. The successful formation of micelles was proven by dynamic light scattering (DLS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A good agreement was found between TEM and AFM observations, which show polydisperse spherical micelles. The hydrodynamic diameter measured by DLS was much larger, suggesting the formation of aggregates. No substantial difference in the micellar characteristics features was found between the three investigated samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1524-1530
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Volume204
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 18 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Graft copolymers
Micelles
Polyethylene glycols
micelles
copolymers
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Dynamic light scattering
Polymethyl methacrylates
polymethyl methacrylate
Atomic force microscopy
light scattering
atomic force microscopy
Transmission electron microscopy
transmission electron microscopy
Ruthenium
ruthenium
glycols
ethylene
Hydrodynamics
hydrodynamics

Keywords

  • Graft copolymers
  • Metal complex
  • Micelles
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Terpyridine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Aqueous micelles from supramolecular graft copolymers. / Gohy, Jean François; Hofmeier, Harald; Alexeev, Alexander; Schubert, Ulrich S.

In: Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Vol. 204, No. 12, 18.08.2003, p. 1524-1530.

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Gohy, Jean François ; Hofmeier, Harald ; Alexeev, Alexander ; Schubert, Ulrich S. / Aqueous micelles from supramolecular graft copolymers. In: Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. 2003 ; Vol. 204, No. 12. pp. 1524-1530.
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