Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
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Synthesis and Characterization of pH Sensitive Core–Shell–Corona Micelles of Poly(styrene-block-2-vinylpyridine-block-ethylene oxide) ABC Triblock Copolymer in Aqueous Solutions
Bhavesh BharatiyaShin-Ichi YusaVinod AswalLudmila AbezgauzDganit DaninoPratap Bahadur
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2011 Volume 84 Issue 11 Pages 1227-1233

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The core–shell–corona forming ABC triblock copolymer poly(styrene-block-2-vinylpyridine-block-ethylene oxide), PS–P2VP–PEO, was synthesized using reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) radical polymerization and characterized by NMR and GPC as PS13–P2VP62–PEO47. The aggregation behavior in aqueous solution as a function of pH and temperature was studied. Turbidity measurements were used to monitor the effects associated with change in pH. The pH-sensitive P2VP block (insoluble above pH >5) and resultant protonation/deprotonation phenomenon plays decisive role in the aggregation. We found that spherical micelles of considerably low aggregation number form at pH <5. SANS and DLS characterization indicate the micelles’ size and spherical shape remained virtually constant in the pH range 1 to 5. The size and shape were further confirmed by cryo-TEM.

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