Temperature-induced formation and contraction of micelle-like aggregates in aqueous solutions of thermoresponsive short-chain copolymers

  • Anna Lena Kjøniksen /
  • Kaizheng Zhu /
  • Ramón Pamies /
  • Bo Nyström
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Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • Volumen: 112
  • Número: 11
  • Fecha: 20 March 2008
  • Páginas: 3294-3299
  • ISSN: 15206106
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1021/jp800404a
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: American Chemical
A combination of turbidity, light scattering, and steady shear viscosity experiments has revealed that aqueous solutions of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer or a negatively charged triblock copolymer, both containing poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), can undergo a temperature-induced transition from loose intermicellar clusters to collapsed core-shell nanostructures. Turbidity, light scattering, and viscosity results of these short-chain copolymers disclose transition peaks at intermediate temperatures. At high temperatures, the compact coreshell particles from the diblock copolymer aggregate, whereas no renewed interpolymer association is observed for the triblock copolymer or for the solution of the diblock copolymer with added sodium dodecyl sulfate because the electrostatic repulsive interactions suppress the tendency of forming interpolymer clusters. The temperature-induced building up of intermicellar structures and the formation of large aggregates at high temperature in the solution of the diblock copolymer is significantly reduced under the influence of high shear rates. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

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