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  1. Self-assembly of ABA triblock copolymers under soft confinement

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    Sheng, Yuping; An, Jian; Zhu, Yutian

    2015-05-01

    Using Monte Carlo method, the self-assembly of ABA triblock copolymers under soft confinement is investigated in this study. The soft confinement is achieved by a poor solvent environment for the polymer, which makes the polymer aggregate into a droplet. Various effects, including the block length ratio, the solvent quality for the blocks B, and the incompatibility between blocks A and B, on the micellar structures induced by soft confinement are examined. By increasing the solvent quality of B blocks, the micellar structure transforms from stacked lamella to bud-like structure, and then to onion-like structure for A5B8A5 triblock copolymers, while the inner micellar structure changes from spherical phase to various cylindrical phase, such as inner single helix, double helixes, stacked rings and cage-like structures, for A7B4A7 triblock copolymers. Moreover, the formation pathways of some typical aggregates are examined to illustrate their growth mechanisms.

  2. Imidazolium-Containing ABA Triblock Copolymers as Electroactive Devices.

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    Margaretta, Evan; Fahs, Gregory B; Inglefield, David L; Jangu, Chainika; Wang, Dong; Heflin, James R; Moore, Robert B; Long, Timothy E

    2016-01-20

    Two-step reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and two subsequent postpolymerization modification steps afforded well-defined ABA triblock copolymers featuring mechanically reinforcing polystyrene outer blocks and 1-methylimidazole-neutralized poly(acrylic acid)-based central blocks. Size exclusion chromatography and (1)H NMR spectroscopy confirmed predictable molecular weights and narrow distributions. The ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([EMIm][OTf]) was incorporated at 30 wt % into polymeric films. Thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and dynamic mechanical analysis determined the thermomechanical properties of the polymers and polymer-IL composites. Atomic force microscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) determined surface and bulk morphologies, and poly(Sty-b-AA(MeIm)-b-Sty) exhibited a change from packed cylindrical to lamellar morphology in SAXS upon IL incorporation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy determined the in-plane ionic conductivities of the polymer-IL membranes (σ ∼ 10(-4) S/cm). A device fabricated from poly(Sty-b-AA(MeIm)-b-Sty) with 30 wt % incorporated IL demonstrated mechanical actuation under a low applied voltage of 4 V. PMID:26699795

  3. Self-assembly of rod-coil-rod ABA-type triblock copolymers.

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    Chen, Ji-Zhong; Sun, Zhao-Yan; Zhang, Cheng-Xiang; An, Li-Jia; Tong, Zhen

    2008-02-21

    Self-assembled behavior of symmetric ABA rod-coil-rod triblock copolymer melts is studied by applying self-consistent-field lattice techniques in three-dimensional space. The phase diagram is constructed to understand the effects of the chain architecture on the self-assembled behavior. Four stable structures are observed for the ABA rod-coil-rod triblock, i.e., spherelike, lamellar, gyroidlike, and cylindrical structures. Different from AB rod-coil diblock and BAB coil-rod-coil triblock copolymers, the lamellar structure observed in ABA rod-coil-rod triblock copolymer melts is not stable for high volume fraction of the rod component (f(rod)=0.8), which is attributed to the intramolecular interactions between the two rod blocks of the polymer chain. When 0.3

  4. Unexpected consequences of block polydispersity on the self-assembly of ABA triblock copolymers.

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    Widin, Joan M; Schmitt, Adam K; Schmitt, Andrew L; Im, Kyuhyun; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K

    2012-02-29

    Controlled/"living" polymerizations and tandem polymerization methodologies offer enticing opportunities to enchain a wide variety of monomers into new, functional block copolymer materials with unusual physical properties. However, the use of these synthetic methods often introduces nontrivial molecular weight polydispersities, a type of chain length heterogeneity, into one or more of the copolymer blocks. While the self-assembly behavior of monodisperse AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers is both experimentally and theoretically well understood, the effects of broadening the copolymer molecular weight distribution on block copolymer phase behavior are less well-explored. We report the melt-phase self-assembly behavior of SBS triblock copolymers (S = poly(styrene) and B = poly(1,4-butadiene)) comprised of a broad polydispersity B block (M(w)/M(n) = 1.73-2.00) flanked by relatively narrow dispersity S blocks (M(w)/M(n) = 1.09-1.36), in order to identify the effects of chain length heterogeneity on block copolymer self-assembly. Based on synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy analyses of seventeen SBS triblock copolymers with poly(1,4-butadiene) volume fractions 0.27 ≤ f(B) ≤ 0.82, we demonstrate that polydisperse SBS triblock copolymers self-assemble into periodic structures with unexpectedly enhanced stabilities that greatly exceed those of equivalent monodisperse copolymers. The unprecedented stabilities of these polydisperse microphase separated melts are discussed in the context of a complete morphology diagram for this system, which demonstrates that narrow dispersity copolymers are not required for periodic nanoscale assembly. PMID:22280467

  5. Unexpected Consequences of Block Polydispersity on the Self-Assembly of ABA Triblock Copolymers

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    Widin, Joan M.; Schmitt, Adam K.; Schmitt, Andrew L.; Im, Kyuhyun; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K.

    2012-05-09

    Controlled/'living' polymerizations and tandem polymerization methodologies offer enticing opportunities to enchain a wide variety of monomers into new, functional block copolymer materials with unusual physical properties. However, the use of these synthetic methods often introduces nontrivial molecular weight polydispersities, a type of chain length heterogeneity, into one or more of the copolymer blocks. While the self-assembly behavior of monodisperse AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers is both experimentally and theoretically well understood, the effects of broadening the copolymer molecular weight distribution on block copolymer phase behavior are less well-explored. We report the melt-phase self-assembly behavior of SBS triblock copolymers (S = poly(styrene) and B = poly(1,4-butadiene)) comprised of a broad polydispersity B block (M{sub w}/M{sub n} = 1.73-2.00) flanked by relatively narrow dispersity S blocks (M{sub w}/M{sub n} = 1.09-1.36), in order to identify the effects of chain length heterogeneity on block copolymer self-assembly. Based on synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy analyses of seventeen SBS triblock copolymers with poly(1,4-butadiene) volume fractions 0.27 {le} f{sub B} {le} 0.82, we demonstrate that polydisperse SBS triblock copolymers self-assemble into periodic structures with unexpectedly enhanced stabilities that greatly exceed those of equivalent monodisperse copolymers. The unprecedented stabilities of these polydisperse microphase separated melts are discussed in the context of a complete morphology diagram for this system, which demonstrates that narrow dispersity copolymers are not required for periodic nanoscale assembly.

  6. Magnetic Hydrogels from Alkyne/Cobalt Carbonyl-Functionalized ABA Triblock Copolymers.

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    Jiang, Bingyin; Hom, Wendy L; Chen, Xianyin; Yu, Pengqing; Pavelka, Laura C; Kisslinger, Kim; Parise, John B; Bhatia, Surita R; Grubbs, Robert B

    2016-04-01

    A series of alkyne-functionalized poly(4-(phenylethynyl)styrene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(4-(phenylethynyl)styrene) (PPES-b-PEO-b-PPES) ABA triblock copolymers was synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. PESn[Co2(CO)6]x-EO800-PESn[Co2(CO)6]x ABA triblock copolymer/cobalt adducts (10-67 wt % PEO) were subsequently prepared by reaction of the alkyne-functionalized PPES block with Co2(CO)8 and their phase behavior was studied by TEM. Heating triblock copolymer/cobalt carbonyl adducts at 120 °C led to cross-linking of the PPES/Co domains and the formation of magnetic cobalt nanoparticles within the PPES/Co domains. Magnetic hydrogels could be prepared by swelling the PEO domains of the cross-linked materials with water. Swelling tests, rheological studies and actuation tests demonstrated that the water capacity and modulus of the hydrogels were dependent upon the composition of the block copolymer precursors. PMID:26958699

  7. Segmental chain dynamics of ABA triblock copolymer micelles in aqueous solution

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    Prabhu, Vivek; Wei, Guangmin; Nagao, Michihiro; Venkataraman, Shrinivas; Yang, Yi Yan; Hedrick, James

    The polymer physics of hierarchical, aqueous self-assembled ABA block copolymers is an active area of research for both advanced materials and biomaterial applications. Scattering-based techniques provide a direct measure of the correlations and structure across multiple length and time scales. Hierarchical clusters of micelles are formed by well-defined poly(ethylene glycol) triblock copolymers with oligo-fluorene hydrophobic end-groups in aqueous solutions. The structure and dynamics of this system was studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and static and dynamic light scattering. We will present new neutron spin-echo spectroscopy (NSE) results that provides direct insight into the segmental chain dynamics constrained by the pi-pi stacking of the oligo-fluorene end groups. The dilute cluster regime within the temperature-composition phase diagram is of current interest. Nist Materials Genome Program.

  8. Rigidity effect on phase behavior of symmetric ABA triblock copolymers: A Monte Carlo simulation

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    Song, Jianhui; Shi, Tongfei; Li, Yunqi; Chen, Jizhong; An, Lijia

    2008-08-01

    The phase behavior of symmetric ABA triblock copolymers containing a semiflexible midblock is studied by lattice Monte Carlo simulation. As the midblock evolves from a fully flexible state to a semiflexible state in terms of increase in its persistence length, different phase behaviors are observed while cooling the system from an infinite high temperature to a temperature below TODT (order-disorder transition temperature). Within the midblock flexibility range we studied (lp/Nc<=0.105), a lamellar structure is formed at equilibrium state as the situation for fully flexible chains. The fraction of bridge chain is evaluated for the lamellar structures. We find that the increase in midblock rigidity indeed results in the increase in bridge chain fraction within the range from 44.9% to 51.8%. In order to elucidate phase behavior evolution observed in our simulation, a detailed conformation distribution analysis is also given. Our results bridge a gap of different phase behaviors between rod-coil block copolymer and coil-coil block copolymer and show a necessity to investigate rigidity influence on phase diagram.

  9. Diverse 2D structures obtained by adsorption of charged ABA triblock copolymer on different surfaces

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    Kontturi, Katri S.; Vesterinen, Arja-Helena; Seppälä, Jukka; Laine, Janne

    2012-11-01

    In the larger context of 2D polymeric structures, the morphologies obtained by adsorption and subsequent drying of charged, ABA type amphiphilic triblock copolymer of poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl metacrylate] (PDMAEMA) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) were investigated with atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as well as in situ adsorption analysis with quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring. Hydrophilic silica and hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) were used as substrates for adsorption. The structures emerging from the self-assembly of adsorbing polymer were profoundly influenced by composition of the aqueous solution and the choice of substrate. When adsorbed from dilute polymer solution where the concentration is so low that the polymer does not yet show surface-active behavior, the triblock copolymer unimers associated on hydrophilic silica surface forming large, irregular clustered aggregates, with sizes increasing with electrolyte concentration of the solution. On a hydrophobic PS substrate, on the other hand, unimers spread much more evenly, forming clear surface patterns. The roughness of these patterned structures was tuned with the electrolyte concentration of the solution. Adsorption from a more concentrated polymer solution, where the surface-activity of the polymer is perceptible, resulted in the formation of a smooth film with complete coverage over the hydrophilic silica substrate when the electrolyte concentration was high. On PS, on the other hand, nucleation of evenly scattered globular, disk-like micelles was induced. Besides the dry film morphology, the even distribution of the irreversibly adsorbed polymer over the PS surface was likely to serve as an optimal platform for the build-up of reversible hydrophobically bound multilayers at high electrolyte concentration. The multilayer formation was reversible because a decrease in the electrolyte concentration of the solution re-introduces strong electrostatic

  10. Characterization of a Poly(styrene-block-methylacrylate-random-octadecylacrylate-block-styrene) Shape Memory ABA Triblock Copolymer

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    Fei, Pengzhan; Cavicchi, Kevin

    2011-03-01

    A new ABA triblock copolymer of poly(styrene-block- methylacrylate-random-octadecylacrylate-block-styrene) (PS-b- PMA-r-PODA-b-PS) was synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. The triblock copolymer can generate a three-dimensional, physically crosslinked network by self-assembly, where the glassy PS domains physically crosslink the midblock chains. The side chain crystallization of the polyoctadecylacrylare (PODA) side chain generates a second reversible network enabling shape memory properties. Shape memory tests by uniaxial deformation and recovery of molded dog-bone shape samples demonstrate that shape fixities above 96% and shape recoveries above 98% were obtained for extensional strains up to 300%. An outstanding advantage of this shape memory material is that it can be very easily shaped and remolded by elevating the temperature to 140circ; C, and after remolding the initial shape memory properties are totally recovered by eliminating the defects introduced by the previous deformation cycling.

  11. Sequentially Different AB Diblock and ABA Triblock Copolymers as P3HT:PCBM Interfacial Compatibilizers for Bulk-Heterojunction Photovoltaics.

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    Fujita, Hiroyuki; Michinobu, Tsuyoshi; Fukuta, Seijiro; Koganezawa, Tomoyuki; Higashihara, Tomoya

    2016-03-01

    The P3HT:PCBM (P3HT = poly(3-hexylthiophene, PCBM = phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells using the AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers (A = polystyrene derivative with donor-acceptor units (PTCNE) and B = P3HT) as compatibilizers were fabricated. Under the optimized blend ratio of the block copolymer, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) was enhanced. This PCE enhancement was clearly related to the increased short-circuit current (J(sc)) and fill factor (FF). The incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE) measurement suggested that the P3HT crystallinity was improved upon addition of the block copolymers. The increased P3HT crystallinity was consistent with the increased photovoltaic parameters, such as J(sc), FF, and consequently the PCE. The surface energies of these block copolymers suggested their thermodynamically stable location at the interface of P3HT:PCBM, showing the efficient compatibilizing performance, resulting in enlarging and fixing the interfacial area and suppressing the recombination of the generated carriers. Grazing incidence X-ray scattering (GIXS) results confirmed the superior compatibilizing performance of the ABA triblock copolymer when compared to the AB diblock copolymer by the fact that, after blending the ABA triblock copolymer in the P3HT:PCBM system, the enhanced crystallinity of matrix P3HT was observed in the excluded areas of the less-aggregated PCBM domains, changing the P3HT crystalline domain orientation from "edge-on" to "isotropic". This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first sequential effect (AB vs ABA) of the block copolymers on the compatibilizing performances based on BHJ OPV device systems. PMID:26864393

  12. Spatial and orientation control of cylindrical nanostructures in ABA triblock copolymer thin films by raster solvent vapor annealing.

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    Seppala, Jonathan E; Lewis, Ronald L; Epps, Thomas H

    2012-11-27

    We present a spatially resolved approach for the solvent vapor annealing (SVA) of block copolymer thin films that permits the facile and relatively rapid manipulation of nanoscale ordering and nanostructure orientation. In our method, a localized (point) SVA zone is created through the use of a vapor delivery nozzle. This point annealing zone can be rastered across the thin film using a motorized stage to control the local nanoscale structure and orientation in a cylinder-forming ABA triblock copolymer thin film. At moderate rastering speeds (∼100 μm/s) (i.e., relatively modest annealing time at a given point), the film displayed ordered cylindrical nanostructures with the cylinders oriented parallel to the substrate surface. As the rastering speed was decreased (∼10 μm/s), the morphology transformed into a surface nanostructure indicative of cylinders oriented perpendicular to the substrate surface. These perpendicular cylinder orientations also were created by rastering multiple times over the same region, and this effect was found when rastering in either retrace (overlapping) or crossed-path (orthogonal) geometries. Similar trends in nanostructure orientation and ordering were obtained from various nozzle diameters by accounting for differences in solvent flux and annealing time, illustrating the universality of this approach. Finally, we note that our "stylus-based" raster solvent vapor annealing technique allows a given point to be solvent annealed approximately 2 orders of magnitude faster than conventional "bell jar" solvent vapor annealing. PMID:23035916

  13. Microstructural study of mechanical properties of the ABA triblock copolymer using self-consistent field and molecular dynamics

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    Aoyagi, Takeshi; Honda, Takashi; Doi, Masao

    2002-11-01

    The molecular mechanism of the strain-stress behavior of the ABA triblock copolymer is studied by combining self-consistent field (SCF) calculation and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. First, the equilibrium structure was obtained by the SCF calculation. The bridge fraction phibridge was found to be about 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 for lamellar, cylindrical, and spherical phases, respectively. From the segment distribution calculated by the SCF, the equilibrium chain configuration was generated by the method reported previously [Aoyagi [et al.], Comput. Phys. Comm. 145, 267 (2002)]. The loading and unloading behavior was then studied by the MD simulation. The loading curve shows a strain-softening, and then a yielding at a strain of about 350%, where the breakup of microdomains takes place. The strain-stress curve in the second elongation-compression cycle is different from that of the first cycle. Such hysteresis effect is seen also for small elongation where the domain breakup does not take place.

  14. Combining Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization and Cyclic Ester Ring-Opening Polymerization To Form ABA Triblock Copolymers from 1,5-Cyclooctadiene and D,L-Lactide

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    Pitet, Louis M.; Hillmyer, Marc A.

    2009-07-31

    ABA triblock copolymers were synthesized by combining ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of 1,5-cyclooctadiene (COD) with ring-opening polymerization of D,L-lactide. Hydroxyl-functionalized telechelic polyCOD was prepared by taking advantage of chain transfer during ROMP of COD using the acyclic chain transfer agent cis-1,4-diacetoxy-2-butene. These hydroxy-terminated macroinitiators were used as initiators for the polymerization of lactide to form a series of triblock copolymers with compositions in the range 0.24 {le} f{sub PLA} {le} 0.89 and molecular weights ranging from 22 to 196 kg mol{sup -1}. The ordered-state morphologies of the triblocks were determined using small-angle X-ray scattering; well-ordered microstructures were observed for several samples, in accordance with the predicted dependence of morphology on composition. The mechanical properties of these materials were also investigated by performing tensile measurements; the triblocks were considerably tougher than poly(D,L-lactide), most markedly in samples with low polyCOD midblock content.

  15. Self-Assembly and Critical Aggregation Concentration Measurements of ABA Triblock Copolymers with Varying B Block Types: Model Development, Prediction, and Validation.

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    Aydin, Fikret; Chu, Xiaolei; Uppaladadium, Geetartha; Devore, David; Goyal, Ritu; Murthy, N Sanjeeva; Zhang, Zheng; Kohn, Joachim; Dutt, Meenakshi

    2016-04-21

    The dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation technique is a coarse-grained (CG) molecular dynamics-based approach that can effectively capture the hydrodynamics of complex systems while retaining essential information about the structural properties of the molecular species. An advantageous feature of DPD is that it utilizes soft repulsive interactions between the beads, which are CG representation of groups of atoms or molecules. In this study, we used the DPD simulation technique to study the aggregation characteristics of ABA triblock copolymers in aqueous medium. Pluronic polymers (PEG-PPO-PEG) were modeled as two segments of hydrophilic beads and one segment of hydrophobic beads. Tyrosine-derived PEG5K-b-oligo(desaminotyrosyl tyrosine octyl ester-suberate)-b-PEG5K (PEG5K-oligo(DTO-SA)-PEG5K) block copolymers possess alternate rigid and flexible components along the hydrophobic oligo(DTO-SA) chain, and were modeled as two segments of hydrophilic beads and one segment of hydrophobic, alternate soft and hard beads. The formation, structure, and morphology of the initial aggregation of the polymer molecules in aqueous medium were investigated by following the aggregation dynamics. The dimensions of the aggregates predicted by the computational approach were in good agreement with corresponding results from experiments, for the Pluronic and PEG5K-oligo(DTO-SA)-PEG5K block copolymers. In addition, DPD simulations were utilized to determine the critical aggregation concentration (CAC), which was compared with corresponding results from an experimental approach. For Pluronic polymers F68, F88, F108, and F127, the computational results agreed well with experimental measurements of the CAC measurements. For PEG5K-b-oligo(DTO-SA)-b-PEG5K block polymers, the complexity in polymer structure made it difficult to directly determine their CAC values via the CG scheme. Therefore, we determined CAC values of a series of triblock copolymers with 3-8 DTO-SA units using DPD

  16. Hybrid micellar hydrogels of a thermosensitive ABA triblock copolymer and hairy nanoparticles: effect of spatial location of hairy nanoparticles on gel properties.

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    Hu, Bin; Henn, Daniel M; Wright, Roger A E; Zhao, Bin

    2014-09-23

    This article reports a method for control of spatial location of nanoparticles (NPs) in hybrid micellar hydrogels of a thermosensitive ABA triblock copolymer and polymer brush-grafted NPs (hairy NPs), either inside or outside the core of micelles, and the study of the effect of different locations of NPs on gel properties. Two batches of thermosensitive polymer brush-grafted, 17 nm silica NPs with different lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) and a thermosensitive ABA triblock copolymer composed of a poly(ethylene oxide) central block and thermosensitive outer blocks (ABA-D) were synthesized. The different locations of NPs were achieved by controlling the LCST of hairy NPs (LCST(NP)) relative to that of the thermosensitive outer blocks of ABA-D (LCST(ABA)). When the LCST(NP) and LCST(ABA) were similar, the NPs resided in the core of micelles upon heating from below the LCST(NP) and LCST(ABA). When the LCST(NP) was significantly higher, the NPs were located outside the core of micelles as confirmed by fluorescent resonance energy transfer. The effects of different locations of hairy NPs and NP-to-polymer mass ratio on properties of hybrid micellar hydrogels formed from aqueous solutions of ABA-D with a concentration of 10 wt % and various amounts of hairy NPs were studied by rheological measurements. The sol-gel transition temperature (T(sol-gel)) and dynamic storage modulus G' of the gels with NPs inside the core of micelles did not change much with increasing the NP-to-polymer mass ratio. In contrast, the T(sol-gel) of gels with NPs in the interstitial space among micelles increased slightly and the G' decreased significantly with the increase of the NP-to-polymer ratio. The hairy NPs in the interstitial space appeared to affect the formation of polymer networks and increase the fraction of polymer loops, resulting in a lower density of bridging chains and thus a lower G'. In addition, for gels with NPs in the interstitial space, a noticeable increase in

  17. Thermosensitive aqueous gels with tunable sol-gel transition temperatures from thermo- and pH-responsive hydrophilic ABA triblock copolymer.

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    O'Lenick, Thomas G; Jiang, Xueguang; Zhao, Bin

    2010-06-01

    This article reports on the synthesis of a well-defined hydrophilic ABA triblock copolymer composed of a poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) middle block and thermo- and pH-sensitive outer blocks and the study of sol-gel transitions of its aqueous solutions at various pH values. The doubly responsive linear triblock copolymer, poly(methoxydi(ethylene glycol) methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid)-b-PEO-b-poly(methoxydi(ethylene glycol) methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) (P(DEGMMA-co-MAA)-b-PEO-b-P(DEGMMA-co-MAA)), was prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization of a mixture of DEGMMA and tert-butyl methacrylate with a molar ratio of 100: 5 from a difunctional PEO macroinitiator and subsequent removal of tert-butyl groups using trifluoroacetic acid. Dynamic light scattering studies showed that the critical micellization temperature (CMT) of this ABA triblock copolymer in a 0.2 wt % aqueous solution was dependent on the solution pH and can be varied in a large temperature range (>20 degrees C). To study the sol-gel transitions, a 12.0 wt % aqueous solution of the triblock copolymer with a pH of 4.89 was made; its pH value can be readily changed and well controlled by the injection of either a 1.0 M HCl or a 1.0 M KOH solution. From rheological measurements, the sol-gel transition temperature (T(sol-gel)) versus pH curve was found to closely trace the CMT versus pH curve, though there was a shift. By cycling the solution pH between 3.2 and 5.4, we showed that the T(sol-gel) at a specific pH was reproducible. Moreover, multiple sol-gel-sol transitions were realized by judiciously controlling the temperature and pH simultaneously, demonstrating the possibility of achieving on-demand sol-gel transitions by using two external stimuli. In addition, the effect of polymer concentration on T(sol-gel) at pH = 4.0 was investigated. The sol-gel transition temperature increased with the decrease of polymer concentration and the critical gelation concentration was found to be between 4 and

  18. An asymmetric A-B-A' metallo-supramolecular triblock copolymer linked by Ni(2+)-bis-terpyridine complexes at one junction.

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    Li, Haixia; Wei, Wei; Xiong, Huiming

    2016-02-01

    A metallo-supramolecular triblock copolymer polystyrene-b-polyisoprene-[Ni(2+)]-polystyrene (SI-[Ni(2+)]-S') has been efficiently prepared using a one-pot, two-step procedure, where the blocks are held by bis-terpyridine complexes at the junction of SI-S'. This specific metallo-supramolecular chemistry is demonstrated to be a robust approach to potentially broaden the diversity of block copolymers. The location of the metal-ligand complexes has a profound influence on the phase separation of the triblock copolymer in the bulk, which results in a distinctive phase segregation between the end blocks and leads to an unexpected asymmetry of the triblock copolymer. The metal-ligand complexes are found to be preferentially located on the adjacent spherical domain and form a core-shell structure. The resulting multiphase material exhibits distinct elastomeric properties with significant toughness and creep recovery behavior. This type of triblock copolymer is anticipated to be a novel class of hybrid thermo-plastic elastomeric material with wide tunability and functionality. PMID:26660271

  19. Influence of magnetic nanoparticle size on the particle dispersion and phase separation in an ABA triblock copolymer.

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    Wu, Jinrong; Li, Hui; Wu, Siduo; Huang, Guangsu; Xing, Wang; Tang, Maozhu; Fu, Qiang

    2014-02-27

    Oleic acid modified iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs) with different sizes were synthesized and mixed with styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer (SBS) with a lamellar structure. The octadecene segments on the oleic acid molecules have chemical affinity with the polybutadiene (PB) blocks, which makes IONs tend to be selectively confined in the microphase-separated PB domains. However, the dispersion state strongly depends on the ratio of the particle diameter (d) to the lamellar thickness (l) of the PB domains, which further changes the phase separation of SBS. When d/l ∼0.5, most of IONs are concentrated in the middle of the PB layers at low particle loading. Upon increasing the particle loading, part of IONs contact each other to form long strings due to their strong magnetic interactions. Away from the strings, IONs are either selectively dispersed in the middle and at the interfaces of the PB domains, or randomly distributed at some regions in which the phase separation of SBS is suppressed. The phase separation of SBS transforms from the lamellar structure to a cylinder structure when the IONs loading is higher than 16.7 wt %. As d is comparable to l, IONs aggregate to form clusters of 100 to 300 nm in size, but within the clusters IONs are still selectively dispersed in the PB domains instead of forming macroscopic phase separation. It is interpreted in terms of the relatively small conformational entropy of the middle blocks of SBS; thus, incorporation of nanoparticles does not lead to much loss of conformational entropy. Although incorporation of IONs with d/l ∼1 significantly increases the interfacial curvature and roughness, it has less influence on the phase separation structure of SBS due to the inhomogeneous dispersion. When d is larger than l, IONs are macroscopically separated from the SBS matrix to form clusters of hundreds of nanometers to several micrometers. More interestingly, the phase separation of SBS transforms from the lamellar

  20. Photoreversible gelation of a triblock copolymer in an ionic liquid.

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    Ueki, Takeshi; Nakamura, Yutaro; Usui, Ryoji; Kitazawa, Yuzo; So, Soonyong; Lodge, Timothy P; Watanabe, Masayoshi

    2015-03-01

    The reversible micellization and sol-gel transition of block copolymer solutions in an ionic liquid (IL) triggered by a photostimulus is described. The ABA triblock copolymer employed, denoted P(AzoMA-r-NIPAm)-b-PEO-b-P(AzoMA-r-NIPAm)), has a B block composed of an IL-soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The A block consists of a random copolymer including thermosensitive N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) units and a methacrylate with an azobenzene chromophore in the side chain (AzoMA). A phototriggered reversible unimer-to-micelle transition of a dilute ABA triblock copolymer (1 wt%) was observed in an IL, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C4mim]PF6), at an intermediate "bistable" temperature (50 °C). The system underwent a reversible sol-gel transition cycle at the bistable temperature (53 °C), with reversible association/fragmentation of the polymer network resulting from the phototriggered self-assembly of the ABA triblock copolymer (20 wt%) in [C4 mim]PF6. PMID:25613353

  1. Stimuli-Responsive Peptide-based Triblock and Star Copolymers

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    Ray, Jacob; Naik, Sandeep; Johnson, Ashley; Ly, Jack; Savin, Daniel

    2011-03-01

    Stimuli-responsive copolymers demonstrate diverse aggregation behavior in aqueous solution. In general, the molecular architecture and the balance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic volumes influence morphology. This study involves polypeptide-based ABA linear triblock and AB2 star copolymer (which structurally resemble phospholipids) amphiphiles. Model systems for this study are poly(L-lysine)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(L-lysine) (KPK) triblocks and poly(L-glutamate) (PE) based star copolymers. Extensive studies with KPK systems have resulted in morphological transitions by modifying pH, and we hypothesize that a change in individual chain conformation is the driving force for these transitions. Preliminary results for PE-based star copolymers with various hydrophobic moieties suggest polymersome (vesicle) formation. Light scattering (dynamic and static) and TEM were used to determine aggregate size and morphology as a function of pH; furthermore, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy was used to measure helix-to-coil transitions of the polypeptide blocks.

  2. Rheology and Relaxation Timescales of ABA Triblock Polymer Gels

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    Peters, Andrew; Lodge, Timothy

    When dissolved in a midblock selective solvent, ABA polymers form gels composed of aggregated end block micelles bridged by the midblocks. While much effort has been devoted to the study of the structure of these systems, the dynamics of these systems has received less attention. We examine the underlying mechanism of shear relaxation of ABA triblock polymer gels, especially as a function of chain length, composition, and concentration. Recent work using time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering of polystyrene (PS)-block-poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (PEP) in squalane has elucidated many aspects of the dynamics of diblock chain exchange. By using rheology to study bulk relaxation phenomena of the triblock equivalent, PS-PEP-PS, we apply the knowledge gained from the chain exchange studies to bridge the gap between the molecular and macroscopic relaxation phenomena in PS-PEP-PS triblock gels.

  3. Controlling Domain Orientations in Thin Films of AB and ABA Block Copolymers

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    Vu, Thai; Mahadevapuram, Nikhila; Perera, Ginusha M.; Stein, Gila E.

    2012-03-15

    Domain orientations in thin films of lamellar copolymers are evaluated as a function of copolymer architecture, film thickness, and processing conditions. Two copolymer architectures are considered: An AB diblock of poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) and an ABA triblock of poly(methyl methacrylate-b-styrene-b-methyl methacrylate). All films are cast on substrates that are energetically neutral with respect to the copolymer constituents. Film structures are evaluated with optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering. For AB diblock copolymers, the domain orientations are very sensitive to film thickness, annealing temperature, and imperfections in the 'neutral' substrate coating: Diblock domains are oriented perpendicular to the substrate when annealing temperature is elevated ({>=} 220 C) and defects in the substrate coating are minimized; otherwise, parallel or mixed parallel/perpendicular domain orientations are detected for most film thicknesses. For ABA triblock copolymers, the perpendicular domain orientation is stable for all the film thicknesses and processing conditions that were studied. The orientations of diblock and triblock copolymers are consistent with recent works that consider architectural effects when calculating the copolymer surface tension (Macromolecules 2006, 39, 9346 and Macromolecules 2010, 43, 1671). Significantly, the data demonstrate that triblocks are easier to process for applications in nanopatterning - in particular, when high-aspect-ratio nanostructures are required. However, both diblock and triblock films contain a high density of 'tilted' or bent domains, and these kinetically trapped defects should be minimized for most patterning applications.

  4. Phase behavior of model ABC triblock copolymers

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    Chatterjee, Joon

    The phase behavior of poly(isoprene-b-styrene- b-ethylene oxide) (ISO), a model ABC triblock copolymer has been studied. This class of materials exhibit self-assembly, forming a large array of ordered morphologies at length scales of 5-100 nm. The formation of stable three-dimensionally continuous network morphologies is of special interest in this study. Since these nanostructures considerably impact the material properties, fundamental knowledge for designing ABC systems have high technological importance for realizing applications in the areas of nanofabrication, nanoporous media, separation membranes, drug delivery and high surface area catalysts. A comprehensive framework was developed to describe the phase behavior of the ISO triblock copolymers at weak to intermediate segregation strengths spanning a wide range of composition. Phases were characterized through a combination of characterization techniques, including small angle x-ray scattering, dynamic mechanical spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and birefringence measurements. Combined with previous investigations on ISO, six different stable ordered state symmetries have been identified: lamellae (LAM), Fddd orthorhombic network (O70), double gyroid (Q230), alternating gyroid (Q214), hexagonal (HEX), and body-centered cubic (BCC). The phase map was found to be somewhat asymmetric around the fI = fO isopleth. This work provides a guide for theoretical studies and gives insight into the intricate effects of various parameters on the self-assembly of ABC triblock copolymers. Experimental SAXS data evaluated with a simple scattering intensity model show that local mixing varies continuously across the phase map between states of two- and three-domain segregation. Strategies of blending homopolymers with ISO triblock copolymer were employed for studying the swelling properties of a lamellar state. Results demonstrate that lamellar domains swell or shrink depending upon the type of homopolymer that

  5. Chain exchange in triblock copolymer micelles

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    Lu, Jie; Lodge, Timothy; Bates, Frank

    2015-03-01

    Block polymer micelles offer a host of technological applications including drug delivery, viscosity modification, toughening of plastics, and colloidal stabilization. Molecular exchange between micelles directly influences the stability, structure and access to an equilibrium state in such systems and this property recently has been shown to be extraordinarily sensitive to the core block molecular weight in diblock copolymers. The dependence of micelle chain exchange dynamics on molecular architecture has not been reported. The present work conclusively addresses this issue using time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS) applied to complimentary S-EP-S and EP-S-EP triblock copolymers dissolved in squalane, a selective solvent for the EP blocks, where S and EP refer to poly(styrene) and poly(ethylenepropylene), respectively. Following the overall SANS intensity as a function of time from judiciously deuterium labelled polymer and solvent mixtures directly probes the rate of molecular exchange. Remarkably, the two triblocks display exchange rates that differ by approximately ten orders of magnitude, even though the solvophobic S blocks are of comparable size. This discovery is considered in the context of a model that successfully explains S-EP diblock exchange dynamics.

  6. Structural development and mechanical response of thermoreversible triblock copolymer gels and gel/nanotube composites

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    Schoch, Andrew B.

    Intensive research on block copolymers for their unique phase behavior and natural application as surfactants has gone on for a number of years now. The introduction of these materials into selective solvents has expanded the range of their application to diverse areas, from biological scaffolds and drug delivery to ceramics processing and nanocomposites. This dissertation focuses on a system of AB diblock copolymers and ABA triblock copolymers in the same B selective solvent. In fact, the solvent is only selective for the B blocks at low temperatures. At high temperatures both blocks are readily soluble and the polymers are quite mobile in solution, though upon cooling the copolymers form spherical micelles with the A blocks in the micelle core and B blocks in the micelle corona. The main difference between the diblock and triblock copolymer solutions is that in the triblock copolymer solutions the B midblocks have the ability to form bridges between micelles, ultimately forming a connected network of micelles. The formation of this connected network or gel occurs very quickly over a narrow temperature range and is reversible. It transforms the solution at elevated temperatures from a concentrated polymer solution that exhibits very little elasticity to a soft gel which is mostly elastic in its mechanical response. The fast transition, low elasticity at elevated temperatures, and surfactant nature of the block copolymers all make this a model system for the study of carbon nanotubes as fillers in polymers. Carbon nanotubes have been shown to exhibit unique mechanical, electrical, thermal, and optical properties which make them a potentially interesting filler material in polymer composites. The mechanical properties of both these nanocomposites and the nascent copolymer solutions have been studied extensively in this text. This research was motivated by a desire to understand structural development on a fundamental level for both the networks of block copolymers

  7. Alignment of Fatty Acid-Derived Triblock Copolymers under Large Amplitude Oscillatory Shear

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    Ding, Wenyue; Wang, Shu; Kesava, Sameer; Gomez, Enrique; Robertson, Megan

    Linear ABA triblock copolymers find widespread utilization as thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs): materials which exhibit elastomeric behavior at room temperature and can be readily processed at elevated temperatures. Traditional TPEs are derived from fossil fuels; however, the finite availability of petroleum and the environmental impact of petroleum processing has led to an increased interest in developing alternative sources for polymers. Vegetable oils and their fatty acids are promising replacements for petroleum sources due to their abundance, low cost, lack of toxicity, biodegradability and ease of functionalization that provides convenient routes to polymerization. In this study, triblock copolymer TPEs were synthesized containing lauryl and stearyl acrylate, derived from fatty acids found in vegetable oils. Small-angle X-ray scattering experiments revealed highly aligned triblock copolymer morphologies after the application of large amplitude oscillatory shear. The temperature and frequency dependence of the degree of alignment was investigated. In contrast to prior studies on shear-aligned morphologies in bulk and thin film block copolymers, hexagonal close packed and face centered cubic spherical structures were observed.

  8. Research Update: Triblock copolymers as templates to synthesize inorganic nanoporous materials

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    Li, Yunqi; Bastakoti, Bishnu Prasad; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2016-04-01

    This review focuses on the application of triblock copolymers as designed templates to synthesize nanoporous materials with various compositions. Asymmetric triblock copolymers have several advantages compared with symmetric triblock copolymers and diblock copolymers, because the presence of three distinct domains can provide more functional features to direct the resultant nanoporous materials. Here we clearly describe significant contributions of asymmetric triblock copolymers, especially polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (abbreviated as PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO).

  9. Deformation studies of near single-crystal triblock copolymers

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    Honeker, C.; Villar, M.A.; Thomas, E.L.

    1993-12-31

    The mechanical behavior of block copolymers is being studied in order to determine the evolution of the microphase-separation morphologies with deformation. To facilitate analysis a novel processing technique termed {open_quotes}roll-casting{close_quotes} is used to orient the copolymers. Large, near single-crystal macroscopically oriented films are produced by applying a shear field on a homogeneous solution and allowing the solvent to evaporate until the copolymer has microphase separated. Deformation behavior is studied with in situ small angle x-ray diffraction and TEM studies of films deformed up to 700% extension. Initial studies on poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene) triblock copolymers with a cylindrical morphology indicate a break-up of the morphology at low deformations and a development of a characteristic 4 point pattern at high deformations. Hysteresis is observed in deformation directions of 0 and 90 degrees.

  10. Stimuli-responsive polypeptide-based triblock copolymers

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    Ray, Jacob; Naik, Sandeep; Savin, Daniel

    2010-03-01

    Stimuli-responsive copolymers demonstrate diverse aggregation behavior in aqueous solution, where the molecular architecture and hydrophilic/hydrophobic content influences morphology. The solution morphology of poly(lysine)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(lysine) (KPK) triblock copolymers with high lysine content (> 75 wt.%) will be compared with complementary KP diblock copolymers in the same phase range. Light scattering and TEM were used to determine aggregate size and morphology as a function of pH and temperature; furthermore, circular dichroism was used to measure helix-to-coil transitions of the K blocks. PK diblocks in this composition range yield spherical micelles over the entire pH range whereas KPK systems appear to exhibit morphological transitions with changing pH.

  11. Nucleobase-functionalized ABC triblock copolymers: self-assembly of supramolecular architectures.

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    Zhang, Keren; Fahs, Gregory B; Aiba, Motohiro; Moore, Robert B; Long, Timothy E

    2014-08-21

    RAFT polymerization afforded acrylic ABC triblock copolymers with self-complementary nucleobase-functionalized external blocks and a low-Tg soft central block. ABC triblock copolymers self-assembled into well-defined lamellar microphase-separated morphologies for potential applications as thermoplastic elastomers. Complementary hydrogen bonding within the hard phase facilitated self-assembly and enhanced mechanical performance. PMID:24984613

  12. Impact of morphological orientation in determining mechanical properties in triblock copolymer systems

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    Honeker, C.C.; Thomas, E.L.

    1996-08-01

    In contrast to other types of segmented multiblock thermoplastic elastomers, simple ABA block copolymers represent a class of well-defined nanostructured materials. Due to the inherent block lengths built in during the polymerization, the microdomain structure of block copolymers exhibits a size scale of typically 10-100 nm. The ability to control the individual chemistry of each block as well as the size and the shape of the domains in a block copolymer affords enormous advantages to tailor physical properties. By globally orienting the microdomains, a well-defined initial morphological state aids greatly in the interpretation and modeling of mechanical deformation and allows for exploitation of the inherent anisotropy of the cylindrical and lamellar structures. Several types of orientation techniques are reviewed. Experiments investigating structure-mechanical properties in styrene-diene triblock copolymers with spherical, cylindrical, and lamellar morphologies are discussed, with emphasis on the clarifying role of global morphological orientation in data interpretation. Composite theory which treats each microphase as a continuum describes small strain behavior of cylinders and lamellae quite well. Molecular variables such as the number of effective bridge vs loop conformations in the rubber midblock become more important at large strains. With controlled chemistry and morphology structure in influencing the deformation process is expected. 145 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Ion gels by self-assembly of a triblock copolymer in an ionic liquid.

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    He, Yiyong; Boswell, Paul G; Bühlmann, Philippe; Lodge, Timothy P

    2007-05-10

    We report a new way of developing ion gels through the self-assembly of a triblock copolymer in a room-temperature ionic liquid. Transparent ion gels were achieved by gelation of a poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide-block-styrene) (SOS) triblock copolymer in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMIM][PF6]) with as low as 5 wt % SOS triblock copolymer. The gelation behavior, ionic conductivity, rheological properties, and microstructure of the ion gels were investigated. The ionic conductivity of the ion gels is only modestly affected by the triblock copolymer network. Its temperature dependence nearly tracks that of the bulk ionic liquid viscosity. The ion gels are thermally stable up to at least 100 degrees C and possess significant mechanical strength. The results presented here suggest that triblock copolymer gelation is a promising way to develop highly conductive ion gels and provides many advantages in terms of variety and processing. PMID:17474692

  14. Multifunctional triblock copolymers for intracellular messenger RNA delivery

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    Cheng, C.; Convertine, A.J.; Stayton, P.S.; Bryers, J.D.

    2012-01-01

    Messenger RNA (mRNA) is a promising alternative to plasmid DNA (pDNA) for gene vaccination applications, but safe and effective delivery systems are rare. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization was employed to synthesize a series of triblock copolymers designed to enhance the intracellular delivery of mRNA. These materials are composed of a cationic dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) segment to mediate mRNA condensation, a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) segment to enhance stability and biocompatibility, and a pH-responsive endosomolytic copolymer of diethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) and butyl methacrylate (BMA) designed to facilitate cytosolic entry. The blocking order and PEGMA segment length were systematically varied to investigate the effect of different polymer architectures on mRNA delivery efficacy. These polymers were monodisperse, exhibited pH-dependent hemolytic activity, and condensed mRNA into 86–216 nm particles. mRNA polyplexes formed from polymers with the PEGMA segment in the center of the polymer chain displayed the greatest stability to heparin displacement and were associated with the highest transfection efficiencies in two immune cell lines, RAW 264.7 macrophages (77%) and DC2.4 dendritic cells (50%). Transfected DC2.4 cells were shown to be capable of subsequently activating antigen-specific T cells, demonstrating the potential of these multifunctional triblock copolymers for mRNA-based vaccination strategies. PMID:22784603

  15. Enzyme cleavable nanoparticles from peptide based triblock copolymers

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    Fuchs, Adrian V.; Kotman, Niklas; Andrieu, Julien; Mailänder, Volker; Weiss, Clemens K.; Landfester, Katharina

    2013-05-01

    A solid-phase synthesis based approach towards protease cleavable polystyrene-peptide-polystyrene triblock copolymers and their formulation to nanoparticulate systems is presented. These nanoparticles are suitable for the optical detection of an enzyme and have the potential for application as a drug delivery system. Two different peptide sequences, one cleaved by trypsin (GFF), the other by hepsin (RQLRVVGG), a protease overexpressed in early stages of prostate cancer, are used as the central part of the triblock. For optical detection a fluorophore-quencher pair is introduced around the cleavage sequence. The solid phase synthesis is conduced such that two identical sequences are synthesized from one branching point. Eventually, carboxy-terminated polystyrene is introduced into the peptide synthesizer and coupled to the amino-termini of the branched sequence. Upon cleavage, a fragment is released from the triblock copolymer, which has the potential for use in drug delivery applications. Conducting the whole synthesis on a solid phase in the peptide synthesizer avoids solubility issues and post-synthetic purification steps. Due to the hydrophobic PS-chains, the copolymer can easily be formulated to form nanoparticles using a nanoprecipitation process. Incubation of the nanoparticles with the respective enzymes leads to a significant increase of the fluorescence from the incorporated fluorophore, thereby indicating cleavage of the peptide sequence and decomposition of the particles.A solid-phase synthesis based approach towards protease cleavable polystyrene-peptide-polystyrene triblock copolymers and their formulation to nanoparticulate systems is presented. These nanoparticles are suitable for the optical detection of an enzyme and have the potential for application as a drug delivery system. Two different peptide sequences, one cleaved by trypsin (GFF), the other by hepsin (RQLRVVGG), a protease overexpressed in early stages of prostate cancer, are used as the

  16. Phase Behavior of Neat Triblock Copolymers and Copolymer/Homopolymer Blends Near Network Phase Windows

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    M Tureau; L Rong; B Hsiao; T Epps

    2011-12-31

    The phase behavior of poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) (ISM) copolymers near the styrene-rich network phase window was examined through the use of neat triblock copolymers and copolymer/homopolymer blends. Both end-block and middle-block blending protocols were employed using poly(isoprene) (PI), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and poly(styrene) (PS) homopolymers. Blended specimens exhibited phase transformations to well-ordered nanostructures (at homopolymer loadings up to 26 vol % of the total blend volume). Morphological consistency between neat and blended specimens was established at various locations in the ISM phase space. Copolymer/homopolymer blending permitted the refinement of lamellar, hexagonally packed cylinder, and disordered melt phase boundaries as well as the identification of double gyroid (Q{sup 230}), alternating gyroid (Q{sup 214}), and orthorhombic (O{sup 70}) network regimes. Additionally, the experimental phase diagram exhibited similar trends to those found in a theoretical ABC triblock copolymer phase diagram with symmetric interactions and statistical segments lengths generated by Tyler et al.

  17. Structure-Property Relationships of Poly(lactide)-based Triblock and Multiblock Copolymers

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    Panthani, Tessie Rose

    Replacing petroleum-based plastics with alternatives that are degradable and synthesized from annually renewable feedstocks is a critical goal for the polymer industry. Achieving this goal requires the development of sustainable analogs to commodity plastics which have equivalent or superior properties (e.g. mechanical, thermal, optical etc.) compared to their petroleum-based counterparts. This work focuses on improving and modulating the properties of a specific sustainable polymer, poly(lactide) (PLA), by incorporating it into triblock and multiblock copolymer architectures. The multiblock copolymers in this work are synthesized directly from dihydroxy-terminated triblock copolymers by a simple step-growth approach: the triblock copolymer serves as a macromonomer and addition of stoichiometric quantities of either an acid chloride or diisocyanate results in a multiblock copolymer. This work shows that over wide range of compositions, PLA-based multiblock copolymers have superior mechanical properties compared to triblock copolymers with equivalent chemical compositions and morphologies. The connectivity of the blocks within the multiblock copolymers has other interesting consequences on properties. For example, when crystallizable poly(L-lactide)-based triblock and multiblock copolymers are investigated, it is found that the multiblock copolymers have much slower crystallization kinetics. Additionally, the total number of blocks connected together is found to effect the linear viscoelastic properties as well as the alignment of lamellar domains under uniaxial extension. Finally, the synthesis and characterization of pressure-sensitive adhesives based upon renewable PLA-containing triblock copolymers and a renewable tackifier is detailed. Together, the results give insight into the effect of chain architecture, composition, and morphology on the mechanical behavior, thermal properties, and rheological properties of PLA-based materials.

  18. Additives Induced Structural Transformation of ABC Triblock Copolymer Particles.

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    Xu, Jiangping; Yang, Yi; Wang, Ke; Li, Jingyi; Zhou, Huamin; Xie, Xiaolin; Zhu, Jintao

    2015-10-13

    Here we report the structural control of polystyrene-b-polyisoprene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-PI-b-P2VP) asymmetric ABC triblock copolymer particles under 3D confinement by tuning the interactions among blocks. The additives, including 3-n-pentadecylphenol, homopolystyrene, and solvents, which can modulate the interactions among polymer blocks, play significant roles in the particle morphology. Moreover, the structured particles can be disassembled into isolated micellar aggregates with novel morphologies or mesoporous particles with tunable pore shape. Interestingly, the formed pupa-like PS-b-PI-b-P2VP particles display interesting dynamic stretch-retraction behavior when the solvent property is changed after partial cross-linking of the P2VP block. We further prove that such dynamic behavior is closely related to the density of cross-linking. The strategies presented here are believed to be promising routes to rationally design and fabricate block copolymer particles with desirable shape and internal structure. PMID:26388457

  19. Phase behavior and local dynamics of concentrated triblock copolymer micelles

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    Yardimci, H.; Chung, B.; Harden, J. L.; Leheny, R. L.

    2005-12-01

    We report a neutron-scattering study to characterize the ordering and local dynamics of spherical micelles formed by the triblock copolymer polyethylene oxide (PEO) - polypropylene oxide (PPO) - polyethylene oxide (Pluronic) in aqueous solution. The study focuses on two Pluronic species, F68 and F108, that have the same weight fraction of PEO but that differ in chain length by approximately a factor of 2. At sufficiently high concentration, both species undergo a sequence of phase changes with increasing temperature from dissolved chains to micelles with liquidlike order to a cubic crystal phase and finally back to a micelle liquid phase. A comparison of the phase diagrams constructed from small-angle neutron scattering indicates that crystallization is suppressed for shorter chain micelles due to fluctuation effects. The intermediate scattering function I(Q,t)/I(Q,0) determined by neutron spin echo displays a line shape with two distinct relaxations. Comparisons between I(Q,t)/I(Q,0) for fully hydrogenated F68 chains in D2O and for F68 with deuterated PEO blocks reveal that the slower relaxation corresponds to Rouse modes of the PPO segments in the concentrated micelle cores. The faster relaxation is identified with longitudinal diffusive modes in the PEO corona characteristic of a polymer brush.

  20. Polymer-Drug Interactions in Tyrosine-Derived Triblock Copolymer Nanospheres: a Computational Modeling Approach

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    Costache, Aurora D.; Sheihet, Larisa; Zaveri, Krishna; Knight, Doyle D.; Kohn, Joachim

    2009-01-01

    A combination of Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations and docking calculations was employed to model and predict polymer-drug interactions in self-assembled nanoparticles consisting of ABA-type triblock copolymers, where A-blocks are poly(ethylene glycol) units and B-blocks are low molecular weight tyrosine-derived polyarylates. This new computational approach was tested on three representative model compounds: nutraceutical curcumin, anti-cancer drug paclitaxel and pre-hormone vitamin D3. Based on this methodology, the calculated binding energies of polymer-drug complexes can be correlated with maximum drug loading determined experimentally. Furthermore, the modeling results provide an enhanced understanding of polymer-drug interactions, revealing subtle structural features that can significantly affect the effectiveness of drug loading (as demonstrated for a fourth tested compound, anticancer drug camptothecin). The present study suggests that computational calculations of polymer-drug pairs hold the potential of becoming a powerful prescreening tool in the process of discovery, development and optimization of new drug delivery systems, reducing both the time and the cost of the process. PMID:19650665

  1. Dissipative particle dynamics of triblock copolymer melts: A midblock conformational study at moderate segregation

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    Tallury, Syamal S.; Spontak, Richard J.; Pasquinelli, Melissa A.

    2014-12-01

    As thermoplastic elastomers, triblock copolymers constitute an immensely important class of shape-memory soft materials due to their unique ability to form molecular networks stabilized by physical, rather than chemical, cross-links. The extent to which such networks develop in triblock and higher-order multiblock copolymers is sensitive to the formation of midblock bridges, which serve to connect neighboring microdomains. In addition to bridges, copolymer molecules can likewise form loops and dangling ends upon microphase separation or they can remain unsegregated. While prior theoretical and simulation studies have elucidated the midblock bridging fraction in triblock copolymer melts, most have only considered strongly segregated systems wherein dangling ends and unsegregated chains become relatively insignificant. In this study, simulations based on dissipative particle dynamics are performed to examine the self-assembly and networkability of moderately segregated triblock copolymers. Utilizing a density-based cluster-recognition algorithm, we demonstrate how the simulations can be analyzed to extract information about microdomain formation and permit explicit quantitation of the midblock bridging, looping, dangling, and unsegregated fractions for linear triblock copolymers varying in chain length, molecular composition, and segregation level. We show that midblock conformations can be sensitive to variations in chain length, molecular composition, and bead repulsion, and that a systematic investigation can be used to identify the onset of strong segregation where the presence of dangling and unsegregated fractions are minimal. In addition, because this clustering approach is robust, it can be used with any particle-based simulation method to quantify network formation of different morphologies for a wide range of triblock and higher-order multiblock copolymer systems.

  2. Dissipative particle dynamics of triblock copolymer melts: a midblock conformational study at moderate segregation.

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    Tallury, Syamal S; Spontak, Richard J; Pasquinelli, Melissa A

    2014-12-28

    As thermoplastic elastomers, triblock copolymers constitute an immensely important class of shape-memory soft materials due to their unique ability to form molecular networks stabilized by physical, rather than chemical, cross-links. The extent to which such networks develop in triblock and higher-order multiblock copolymers is sensitive to the formation of midblock bridges, which serve to connect neighboring microdomains. In addition to bridges, copolymer molecules can likewise form loops and dangling ends upon microphase separation or they can remain unsegregated. While prior theoretical and simulation studies have elucidated the midblock bridging fraction in triblock copolymer melts, most have only considered strongly segregated systems wherein dangling ends and unsegregated chains become relatively insignificant. In this study, simulations based on dissipative particle dynamics are performed to examine the self-assembly and networkability of moderately segregated triblock copolymers. Utilizing a density-based cluster-recognition algorithm, we demonstrate how the simulations can be analyzed to extract information about microdomain formation and permit explicit quantitation of the midblock bridging, looping, dangling, and unsegregated fractions for linear triblock copolymers varying in chain length, molecular composition, and segregation level. We show that midblock conformations can be sensitive to variations in chain length, molecular composition, and bead repulsion, and that a systematic investigation can be used to identify the onset of strong segregation where the presence of dangling and unsegregated fractions are minimal. In addition, because this clustering approach is robust, it can be used with any particle-based simulation method to quantify network formation of different morphologies for a wide range of triblock and higher-order multiblock copolymer systems. PMID:25554184

  3. Simulation study on the structure of rod-coil-rod triblock copolymer and nanoparticle mixture within slit.

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    Huang, Jian-Hua; Fan, Zhong-Xiang; Luo, Meng-Bo

    2013-11-28

    Self-assembly structures of rod-coil-rod ABA triblock copolymer and nanoparticle mixture within a slit are simulated by dissipative particle dynamics method. Results show that the structures are dependent on the rigidity of the rod block kθ, the interaction between the rod block and slit a(wA), the fraction of rod block f(A), and the slit height H. With an increase in kθ, we observe a transition from parallel lamellae to hexagonal cylinders. While with the increase in a(wA), the parallel lamellae at small kθ and hexagonal cylinders at large kθ change to perpendicular lamellae at large a(wA) close to a(As). At last, we present a phase diagram of structure with respect to f(A) and H at large kθ. PMID:24289376

  4. Use of amphiphilic triblock copolymers for enhancing removal efficiency of organic pollutant from contaminated media

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    Lee, Jun Hyup; Lee, Byungsun; Son, Intae; Kim, Jae Hong; Kim, Chunho; Yoo, Ji Yong; Wu, Jong-Pyo; Kim, Younguk

    2015-11-01

    We have studied amphiphilic triblock copolymers poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly(propylene glycol)- b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG- b-PPG- b-PEG) and poly(propylene glycol)- b-poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly(propylene glycol) (PPG- b-PEG- b-PPG) as possible substitutes for sodium dodecyl sulfate as anionic surfactants for the removal of hydrophobic contaminants. The triblock copolymers were compared with sodium dodecyl sulfate in terms of their abilities to remove toluene as hydrophobic contaminant in fuel, and the effects of polymer structure, PEG content, and concentration were studied. The PEG- b-PPG- b-PEG copolymer containing two hydrophilic PEG blocks was more effective for the removal of hydrophobic contaminant at extremely high concentration. We also measured the removal capabilities of the triblock copolymers having various PEG contents and confirmed that removal capability was greatest at 10% PEG content regardless of polymer structure. As with sodium dodecyl sulfate, the removal efficiency of a copolymer has a positive correlation with its concentration. Finally, we proposed the amphiphilic triblock copolymer of PPG- b-PEG- b-PPG bearing 10% PEG content that proved to be the most effective substitute for sodium dodecyl sulfate.

  5. Development of a new tri-block copolymer with a functional end and its feasibility for treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

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    Song, Ho-Taek; Hoang, Ngoc Ha; Yun, Jeong Min; Park, Young Jin; Song, Eun Hye; Lee, Eun Seong; Youn, Yu Seok; Oh, Kyung Taek

    2016-08-01

    We have developed nanomedicine vehicle based on a biocompatible tri-block copolymer, poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(lactic acid)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PLA-PEG) by simple approach without toxic linker to escalate therapeutic efficacy of anticancer agent by enhanced targeting to metastasized breast cancers. The synthesized ABA type copolymer had a low polydispersity index and formed small, highly stable spherical micelles. Furthermore, a functional group at the end site of the copolymer can be decorated with imaging agents and targeting moieties. The doxorubicin loaded micelles (DLM) showed higher drug-loading capacity, faster drug release, and better cell toxicity compared to those using di-block copolymers. DLM efficiently delivered to the metastatic breast cancers in brain and bone and suppressed growing of metastasis. In demonstration of treating metastasized animal model, we present a tri-block copolymer as a potential nanomedicine vehicle to efficiently deliver anticancer drug and to effectively treat metastatic breast cancer. PMID:27070054

  6. A numerical study of the phase behaviors of drug particle/star triblock copolymer mixtures in dilute solutions for drug carrier application

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    Wang, Shanhui; Tong, Chaohui; Zhu, Yuejin

    2014-04-14

    The complex microstructures of drug particle/ABA star triblock copolymer in dilute solutions have been investigated by a theoretical approach which combines the self-consistent field theory and the hybrid particle-field theory. Simulation results reveal that, when the volume fraction of drug particles is smaller than the saturation concentration, the drug particle encapsulation efficiency is 100%, and micelle loading capacity increases with increasing particle volume fraction. When the volume fraction of drug particles is equal to the saturation concentration, the micelles attain the biggest size, and micelle loading capacity reaches a maximum value which is independent of the copolymer volume fraction. When the volume fraction of drug particles is more than the saturation concentration, drug particle encapsulation efficiency decreases with increasing volume fraction of drug particles. Furthermore, it is found that the saturation concentration scales linearly with the copolymer volume fraction. The above simulation results are in good agreement with experimental results.

  7. Inducing Order from Disordered Copolymers: On Demand Generation of Triblock Morphologies Including Networks

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    Tureau, Maëva S.; Kuan, Wei-Fan; Rong, Lixia; Hsiao, Benjamin S.; Epps, III, Thomas H.

    2015-10-15

    Disordered block copolymers are generally impractical in nanopatterning applications due to their inability to self-assemble into well-defined nanostructures. However, inducing order in low molecular weight disordered systems permits the design of periodic structures with smaller characteristic sizes. Here, we have induced nanoscale phase separation from disordered triblock copolymer melts to form well-ordered lamellae, hexagonally packed cylinders, and a triply periodic gyroid network structure, using a copolymer/homopolymer blending approach, which incorporates constituent homopolymers into selective block domains. This versatile blending approach allows one to precisely target multiple nanostructures from a single disordered material and can be applied to a wide variety of triblock copolymer systems for nanotemplating and nanoscale separation applications requiring nanoscale feature sizes and/or high areal feature densities.

  8. A new polymer-based hydrogen getter. [Styrene-butadiene triblock copolymer

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    Gilliom, L.R.

    1987-01-01

    Styrene-butadiene triblock copolymer PS-PB-PS was hydrogenated in the bulk using the Crabtree catalyst (Ir(COD)(py)(tcyp))PF/sub 6/ (COD = 1,5-cyclooctadiene, py = pyridene, tcyp = tricyclohexylphosphine). Since this polymer/catalyst mixture reacts rapidly with hydrogen at ambient temperature and low hydrogen pressures, it should act as an effective hydrogen getter. 7 refs., 2 figs.

  9. Synthesis and Melt Self-Assembly of PS-PMMA-PLA Triblock Bottlebrush Copolymers

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    Bolton, Justin; Rzayev, Javid

    2014-07-03

    Polystyrene–poly(methyl methacrylate)–polylactide (PS–PMMA–PLA) triblock bottlebrush copolymer with nearly symmetric volume fractions was synthesized by grafting from a symmetrical triblock backbone and the resulting melt was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. The copolymer backbone was prepared by sequential reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of solketal methacrylate (SM), 2-(bromoisobutyryl)ethyl methacrylate (BIEM), and 5-(trimethylsilyl)-4-pentyn-1-ol methacrylate (TPYM). PMMA branches were grafted by atom transfer radical polymerization from the poly(BIEM) segment, PS branches were grafted by RAFT polymerization from the poly(TPYM) block after installment of the RAFT agents, while PLA side chains were grafted from the deprotected poly(SM) block. The resulting copolymer was found to exhibit a lamellae morphology with a domain spacing of 79 nm. Differential scanning calorimetry analysis indicated that PMMA was preferentially mixing with PS while phase separating from PLA domains.

  10. Study of Low Molecular Weight Impurities in Pluronic Triblock Copolymers using MALDI, Interaction Chromatography, and NMR

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    Helming, Z.; Zagorevski, D.; Ryu, C. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymers are a group of commercial macromolecular amphiphilic surfactants that have been widely studied for their applications in polymer-based nanotechnology and drug-delivery. It has been well-established that the synthesis of commercial Pluronic triblocks results in low molecular weight ``impurities,'' which are generally disregarded in the applications and study of these polymers. These species have been shown to have significant effects on the rheological properties of the material, as well as altering the supramolecular ``micellar'' structures for which the polymers are most often used. We have isolated the impurities from the bulk Pluronic triblock using Interaction Chromatography (IC) techniques, and subjected them to analysis by H1 NMR and MALDI (Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization) Mass Spectrometry to identify relative block composition and molecular weight information. We report significant evidence of at least two polymeric components: a low-molecular-weight homopolymer of poly(ethylene oxide) and a ``blocky'' copolymer of both poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(propylene oxide). This has significant implications, not only for the applied usage of Pluronic triblock copolymers, but for the general scientific acceptance of the impurities and their effects on Pluronic micelle and hydrogel formation.

  11. Therapeutic nanoreactors: combining chemistry and biology in a novel triblock copolymer drug delivery system.

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    Ranquin, An; Versées, Wim; Meier, Wolfgang; Steyaert, Jan; Van Gelder, Patrick

    2005-11-01

    Triblock copolymeric nanoreactors are introduced as an alternative for liposomes as encapsulating carrier for prodrug activating enzymes. Inosine-adenosine-guanosine preferring nucleoside hydrolase of Trypanosoma vivax, a potential prodrug activating enzyme, was encapsulated in nanometer-sized vesicles constructed of poly(2-methyloxazoline)-block-poly(dimethylsiloxane)-block-(2-methyloxazoline) triblock copolymers. The nanoreactor is functionalized by incorporation of bacterial porins, OmpF or Tsx, in the reactor wall. Efficient cleavage of three natural substrates and one prodrug, 2-fluoroadenosine, by the nanoreactors was demonstrated. PMID:16277457

  12. Amphiphilic Surface Active Triblock Copolymers with Mixed Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Side Chains for Tuned Marine Fouling-Release Properties

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    Park, D.; Weinman, C; Finlay, J; Fletcher, B; Paik, M; Sundaram, H; Dimitriou, M; Sohn, K; Callow, M; et al.

    2010-01-01

    Two series of amphiphilic triblock surface active block copolymers (SABCs) were prepared through chemical modification of two polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polyisoprene ABC triblock copolymer precursors. The methyl ether of poly(ethylene glycol) [M{sub n} {approx} 550 g/mol (PEG550)] and a semifluorinated alcohol (CF{sub 3}(CF{sub 2}){sub 9}(CH{sub 2}){sub 10}OH) [F10H10] were attached at different molar ratios to impart both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups to the isoprene segment. Coatings on glass slides consisting of a thin layer of the amphiphilic SABC deposited on a thicker layer of an ABA polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polystyrene thermoplastic elastomer were prepared for biofouling assays with algae. Dynamic water contact angle analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements were utilized to characterize the surfaces. Clear differences in surface structure were realized as the composition of attached side chains was varied. In biofouling assays, the settlement (attachment) of zoospores of the green alga Ulva was higher for surfaces incorporating a large proportion of the hydrophobic F10H10 side chains, while surfaces with a large proportion of the PEG550 side chains inhibited settlement. The trend in attachment strength of sporelings (young plants) of Ulva did not show such an obvious pattern. However, amphiphilic SABCs incorporating a mixture of PEG550 and F10H10 side chains performed the best. The number of cells of the diatom Navicula attached after exposure to flow decreased as the content of PEG550 to F10H10 side chains increased.

  13. Low-Friction Adsorbed Layers of a Triblock Copolymer Additive in Oil-Based Lubrication.

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    Yamada, Shinji; Fujihara, Ami; Yusa, Shin-ichi; Tanabe, Tadao; Kurihara, Kazue

    2015-11-10

    The tribological properties of the dilute solution of an ABA triblock copolymer, poly(11-acrylamidoundecanoic acid)-block-poly(stearyl methacrylate)-block-poly(11-acrylamidoundecanoic acid (A5S992A5), in poly(α-olefin) (PAO) confined between mica surfaces were investigated using the surface forces apparatus (SFA). Friction force was measured as a function of applied load and sliding velocity, and the film thickness and contact geometry during sliding were analyzed using the fringes of equal chromatic order (FECO) in the SFA. The results were contrasted with those of confined PAO films; the effects of the addition of A5S992A5 on the tribological properties were discussed. The thickness of the A5S992A5/PAO system varied with time after surface preparation and with repetitive sliding motions. The thickness was within the range from 40 to 70 nm 1 day after preparation (the Day1 film), and was about 20 nm on the following day (the Day2 film). The thickness of the confined PAO film was thinner than 1.4 nm, indicating that the A5S992A5/PAO system formed thick adsorbed layers on mica surfaces. The friction coefficient was about 0.03 to 0.04 for the Day1 film and well below 0.01 for the Day2 film, which were 1 or 2 orders of magnitude lower than the values for the confined PAO films. The time dependent changes of the adsorbed layer thickness and friction properties should be caused by the relatively low solubility of A5S992A5 in PAO. The detailed analysis of the contact geometry and friction behaviors implies that the particularly low friction of the Day2 film originates from the following factors: (i) shrinkage of the A5S992A5 molecules (mainly the poly(stearyl methacrylate) blocks) that leads to a viscoelastic properties of the adsorbed layers; and (ii) the intervening PAO layer between the adsorbed polymer layers that constitutes a high-fluidity sliding interface. Our results suggest that the block copolymer having relatively low solubility in a lubricant base oil is

  14. Photophysics and charge transfer in donor-acceptor triblock copolymer photovoltaic materials

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    Schwarz, Kyra N.; Jones, David J.; Smith, Trevor A.; Ghiggino, Kenneth P.

    2014-10-01

    Efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity in low-cost organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices requires the complex interplay between multiple processes and components over various length and time scales. Optimizing device morphology to ensure efficient exciton diffusion and charge transport as well as ensuring efficient charge photogeneration is necessary to achieve optimum performance in new materials. The conjugated polymer electron donor PFM (poly(9,9-diocetyluorene-co-bis-N,N-(4-methylphenyl)-bis-N,N-phenyl-1,4-phenylenediamine)) and electron acceptor F8BT (poly[(9,9-di-n-octyluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-alt-(benzo[2,1,3]thiadiazol-4,8-diyl)), comprise the novel triblock copolymer PFM-F8BT-PFM. This copolymer is designed to phase separate on the 20-30 nm scale, a domain size ideal for maximizing exciton collection at the donor-acceptor interface. Using steady-state and ultrafast spectroscopic characterization including high repetition rate transient absorption spectroscopy, the dynamics of charge and energy transfer of the component polymers and the triblock co-polymer have been investigated. The results demonstrate that for the homopolymers solvent dependent exciton transport processes dominate, while in the triblock copolymer solutions transient spectroscopy provides evidence for interfacial charge separation.

  15. Self-assembly of ABC triblock copolymers under 3D soft confinement: a Monte Carlo study.

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    Yan, Nan; Zhu, Yutian; Jiang, Wei

    2016-01-21

    Under three-dimensional (3D) soft confinement, block copolymers can self-assemble into unique nanostructures that cannot be fabricated in an un-confined space. Linear ABC triblock copolymers containing three chemically distinct polymer blocks possess relatively complex chain architecture, which can be a promising candidate for the 3D confined self-assembly. In the current study, the Monte Carlo technique was applied in a lattice model to study the self-assembly of ABC triblock copolymers under 3D soft confinement, which corresponds to the self-assembly of block copolymers confined in emulsion droplets. We demonstrated how to create various nanostructures by tuning the symmetry of ABC triblock copolymers, the incompatibilities between different block types, and solvent properties. Besides common pupa-like and bud-like nanostructures, our simulations predicted various unique self-assembled nanostructures, including a striped-pattern nanoparticle with intertwined A-cages and C-cages, a pyramid-like nanoparticle with four Janus B-C lamellae adhered onto its four surfaces, an ellipsoidal nanoparticle with a dumbbell-like A-core and two Janus B-C lamellae and a Janus B-C ring surrounding the A-core, a spherical nanoparticle with a A-core and a helical Janus B-C stripe around the A-core, a cubic nanoparticle with a cube-shape A-core and six Janus B-C lamellae adhered onto the surfaces of the A-cube, and a spherical nanoparticle with helical A, B and C structures, from the 3D confined self-assembly of ABC triblock copolymers. Moreover, the formation mechanisms of some typical nanostructures were also examined by the variations of the contact numbers with time and a series of snapshots at different Monte Carlo times. It is found that ABC triblock copolymers usually aggregate into a loose aggregate at first, and then the microphase separation between A, B and C blocks occurs, resulting in the formation of various nanostructures. PMID:26571300

  16. Diamino Telechelic Polybutadienes for Solventless Styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) Triblock Copolymer Formation.

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    Ji, Shengxiang; Hoye, Thomas R; Macosko, Christopher W

    2008-11-10

    High molecular weight, high functionality diamino telechelic polybutadienes (TPBs) were synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of 1,5-cyclooctadiene (COD) in the presence of a chain transfer agent, 1,8-dicyano-4-octene, followed by lithium aluminum hydride reduction. Melt coupling of diamino TPB with anhydride-terminated polystyrene (PS-anh) resulted in the formation of styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) triblock copolymers; ca. 80% maximum conversion of PS-anh was achieved within 30 seconds. The results from SAXS, TEM, and rheological measurements of the coupling products confirmed the formation of SBS triblock copolymers having lamellar morphology. A fluororesent-labeled PS-anh was used to study the coupling kinetics by diluting the reactants by the addition of non-functional PS. PMID:19907636

  17. Diamino Telechelic Polybutadienes for Solventless Styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) Triblock Copolymer Formation

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    Ji, Shengxiang; Hoye, Thomas R.; Macosko, Christopher W.

    2008-01-01

    High molecular weight, high functionality diamino telechelic polybutadienes (TPBs) were synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of 1,5-cyclooctadiene (COD) in the presence of a chain transfer agent, 1,8-dicyano-4-octene, followed by lithium aluminum hydride reduction. Melt coupling of diamino TPB with anhydride-terminated polystyrene (PS-anh) resulted in the formation of styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) triblock copolymers; ca. 80% maximum conversion of PS-anh was achieved within 30 seconds. The results from SAXS, TEM, and rheological measurements of the coupling products confirmed the formation of SBS triblock copolymers having lamellar morphology. A fluororesent-labeled PS-anh was used to study the coupling kinetics by diluting the reactants by the addition of non-functional PS. PMID:19907636

  18. Antimicrobial Behavior of Semifluorinated-Quaternized Triblock Copolymers against Airborne and Marine Microorganisms

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    Park, D.; Finlay, J; Ward, R; Weinman, C; Krishnan, S; Park, M; Sohn, K; Callow, M; Callow, J; et. al.

    2010-01-01

    Semifluorinated-quaternized triblock copolymers (SQTCs) were synthesized by chemical modification of polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polyisoprene ABC triblock copolymers. Surface characterization of the polymers was performed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) analysis. The surface of the SQTC showed very high antibacterial activity against the airborne bacterium Staphylococcus aureus with >99 % inhibition of growth. In contrast in marine fouling assays, zoospores of the green alga Ulva settled on the SQTC, which can be attributed to the positively charged surface. The adhesion strength of sporelings (young plants) of Ulva and Navicula diatoms (a unicellular alga) was high. The SQTC did not show marked algicidal activity.

  19. Local and segmental dynamics in homopolymer and triblock copolymers with one semicrystalline block.

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    Laredo, E; Hernandez, M C; Bello, A; Grimau, M; Müller, A J; Balsamo, V

    2002-02-01

    Thermally stimulated depolarization currents, TSDC, experiments have been performed on a series of poly(styrene)-b-poly(butadiene)-b-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) triblock copolymers SBC with different proportions of the poly(epsilon-caprolactone) crystallizable block, PCL. The morphology of the segregated microphases varies with the PCL content and has been observed by transmission electron microscopy. The crystallinity of the PCL block is estimated by wide angle x-ray scattering, WAXS. The relaxation times distribution is extracted by a numerical decomposition of the TSDC spectra and it is shown that this distribution is not significantly changed on going from the homopolymer to the triblock copolymer with 16 wt % to 77 wt % of PCL in the original samples. Better segregation of the mesophase structure is reached when the samples are annealed at 413 K and important variations in the TSDC and WAXS spectra are observed as a result of the thermal treatment. For the S09B14C77 triblock copolymer the results obtained can be explained by postulating the existence of a rigid amorphous phase in the PCL block. Such rigid amorphous phase is located between the core-shell cylinders formed by the other blocks [with poly(styrene)(PS) as core and poly(butadiene)(PB) as shell] and is constrained by undulated lamellae of crystalline PCL material. In the case of S35B15C50 triblock copolymer, an important amount of diffuse PS-PCL interphase where the homopolymers are mixed must be present before annealing. The results for the material with the less abundant PCL block are explained as a result of the confinement in nanotubes of PCL surrounded by PB embedded in a vitreous PS matrix. Broadband dielectric experiments on these same materials confirm the results obtained by TSDC spectroscopy. PMID:11863555

  20. Spatial distribution of a midblock-associating homopolymer blended into a triblock copolymer

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    Lee, S.H.; Koberstein, J.T. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering); Quan, X. ); Gancarz, I. ); Wignall, G.D. ); Wilson, F.C. )

    1994-06-06

    The spatial distribution of midblock associating homopolymer confined within the lamellar microdomain structure of a triblock copolymer is probed with small angle neutron scattering experiments. The materials examined are poly(styrene-b-[saturated 1,2-butadiene]-b-styrene) triblock copolymers to which a low molecular weight poly(saturated 1,2-butadiene) homopolymer has been added. The butadienes are saturated with either hydrogen, deuterium, or mixtures of the two gases in order to vary their neutron scattering contrast with respect to polystyrene. The results of contrast matching experiments demonstrate that there is a strong tendency for the homopolymer to localize at the center of the midblock microdomain. Experimental scattering profiles are modeled using one-dimensional scattering density profiles in order to obtain a quantitative description of the blend morphologies. This modeling indicates that two distinct scenarios exist for homopolymer localization in a triblock copolymer: one wherein the microdomain structure contracts and a second wherein there is an expansion of the microdomain. Possible origins of this behavior are proposed on the basis of the consideration of the configuration available to the midblock sequence, that is, tie chains that traverse the midblock domain, or loops that enter and exit the midblock microdomain through the same interface.

  1. Positively charged micelles based on a triblock copolymer demonstrate enhanced corneal penetration

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    Li, Jingguo; Li, Zhanrong; Zhou, Tianyang; Zhang, Junjie; Xia, Huiyun; Li, Heng; He, Jijun; He, Siyu; Wang, Liya

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The cornea is a main barrier to drug penetration after topical application. The aim of this study was to evaluate the abilities of micelles generated from a positively charged triblock copolymer to penetrate the cornea after topical application. Methods The triblock copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone)-g-polyethyleneimine was synthesized, and the physicochemical properties of the self-assembled polymeric micelles were investigated, including hydrodynamic size, zeta potential, morphology, drug-loading content, drug-loading efficiency, and in vitro drug release. Using fluorescein diacetate as a model drug, the penetration capabilities of the polymeric micelles were monitored in vivo using a two-photon scanning fluorescence microscopy on murine corneas after topical application. Results The polymer was successfully synthesized and confirmed using nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared. The polymeric micelles had an average particle size of 28 nm, a zeta potential of approximately +12 mV, and a spherical morphology. The drug-loading efficiency and drug-loading content were 75.37% and 3.47%, respectively, which indicates that the polymeric micelles possess a high drug-loading capacity. The polymeric micelles also exhibited controlled-release behavior in vitro. Compared to the control, the positively charged polymeric micelles significantly penetrated through the cornea. Conclusion Positively charged micelles generated from a triblock copolymer are a promising vehicle for the topical delivery of hydrophobic agents in ocular applications. PMID:26451109

  2. Dual modes of self-assembly in superstrongly segregated bicomponent triblock copolymer melts

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    Woloszczuk, Sebastian; Mineart, Kenneth P.; Spontak, Richard J.; Banaszak, Michal

    2015-01-01

    While A B C triblock copolymers are known to form a plethora of dual-mode (i.e., order-on-order) nanostructures, bicomponent A B A triblock copolymers normally self-assemble into single morphologies at thermodynamic incompatibility levels up to the strong-segregation regime. In this study, we employ on-lattice Monte Carlo simulations to examine the phase behavior of molecularly asymmetric A1B A2 copolymers possessing chemically identical endblocks differing significantly in length. In the limit of superstrong segregation, interstitial micelles composed of the minority A2 endblock are observed to arrange into two-dimensional hexagonal arrays along the midplane of B -rich lamellae in compositionally symmetric (50 :50 A :B ) copolymers. Simulations performed here establish the coupled molecular-asymmetry and incompatibility conditions under which such micelles form, as well as the temperature dependence of their aggregation number. Beyond an optimal length of the A2 endblock, the propensity for interstitial micelles to develop decreases, and the likelihood for colocation of both endblocks in the A1-rich lamellae increases. Interestingly, the strong-segregation theory of Semenov developed to explain the formation of free micelles by diblock copolymers accurately predicts the onset of interstitial micelles confined at nanoscale dimensions between parallel lamellae.

  3. Effects of Solvent Composition on the Assembly and Relaxation of Triblock Copolymer-Based Polyelectrolyte Gels

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    Henderson, Kevin J.; Shull, Kenneth R.

    2012-03-26

    The role of solvent selectivity has been explored extensively with regard to its role in the phase behavior of block copolymer assemblies. Traditionally, thermally induced phase separation is employed for generating micelles upon cooling a block copolymer dissolved in a selective solvent. However few amphiphilic, polyelectrolyte-containing block copolymers demonstrate a thermally accessible route of micellization, and solvent exchange routes are frequently employed instead. Here, we describe the use of mixed solvents for obtaining thermoreversible gelation behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(methacrylic acid)-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA-PMAA-PMMA) triblock copolymers. One solvent component (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a good solvent for both blocks, and the second solvent component (water) is a selective solvent for the polymer midblock. Rheological frequency sweeps at variable solvent compositions and temperatures demonstrate an adherence to time-temperature-composition superposition, so that changes in the solvent composition are analogous to changes in the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter between end block and solvent. Shift factors used for this superposition are related to the effective activation energy describing the viscosity and stress relaxation response of the triblock copolymer gels. The effectiveness of solvent exchange processes for producing hydrogels with this system is shown to originate from the ability of a small amount of added water to greatly increase the relaxation times of the self-assembled polymer gels that are formed by this process.

  4. Adsorption and functionality of fibrinogen on triblock copolymer-coated surfaces

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    O'Connor, Stephen Moss

    To assess the influence of the surface microenvironment on the adsorption and biologic activity of fibrinogen, a series of poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(propylene oxide) triblock copolymers were adsorbed to solid, hydrophobic polystyrene-divinylbenzene beads. The copolymers, which were of the form PEOsb{b}PPOsb{a}PEOsb{b}, varied in their hydrophile/lipophile balances (HLB) due only to differences in their PEO chain length (5 to 129 EO units) as the hydrophobic PPO core segment was of fixed length (56 or 69 PO units). The surface coverage of copolymers was determined first and after exposing the beads to fibrinogen or to human plasma, the total amount of protein adsorbed to their surface was measured. The functionality of fibrinogen bound to copolymer-modified beads was assessed in terms of fibrin clot formation and by the adherence of macrophages (THP-1 tumor cells). Enzymatic processing was used to probe the surface orientation of fibrinogen. The copolymers appear to adsorb in an expanded fashion, a conclusion supported by surface pressure-area isotherms of the copolymers spread at the air-water interface. As compared to copolymer-free surfaces, protein adsorption decreases by up to 90% as the PEO chain length of the copolymers increases. The copolymer coatings appear to lower fibrinogen adsorption by limiting the available surface area. On surfaces coated with the hydrophobic versions of the copolymers, the biologic assays demonstrate that fibrinogen is as reactive/coagulable as for surfaces with saturated coverages of fibrin despite that these copolymer-coated surfaces have 60% less fibrinogen adsorbed to them. When adsorbed at the same low surface concentration in the absence of copolymer, fibrinogen is not active. Enzymatic processing of bound fibrinogen suggests that the presence of the copolymers promote the adsorption of the protein in end-on fashion. It is proposed here, that when adsorbed end-on, fibrinogen is functional because its reactive sites are

  5. Comprehensive triblock copolymer analysis by coupled thermal field-flow fractionation-NMR.

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    van Aswegen, Werner; Hiller, Wolf; Hehn, Mathias; Pasch, Harald

    2013-07-12

    Thermal field-flow fractionation (ThFFF) is used as a novel fractionation technique to investigate the molecular heterogeneity of PB-b-PVP-b-PtBMA triblock copolymers. Such copolymers cause major problems in liquid chromatography due to very strong polar interactions with the stationary phase. ThFFF separates the copolymers with regard to size and/or chemical composition based on the normal and thermal diffusion coefficients. The separation mechanism in ThFFF and the chemical composition of the separated species is elucidated by online (1) H NMR. Based on the compositional analysis and a calibration of the system with the respective homopolymers, the samples are quantified regarding their molar masses, chemical compositions, and microstructures providing comprehensive information on the complex structure of these block copolymers. PMID:23722993

  6. Imidazolium-containing, hydrophobic-ionic-hydrophilic ABC triblock copolymers: synthesis, ordered phase-separation, and supported membrane fabrication

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    Wiesenauer, EF; Nguyen, PT; Newell, BS; Bailey, TS; Nobleb, RD; Gin, DL

    2013-01-01

    Novel ABC triblock copolymers containing hydrophobic, imidazolium ionic liquid (IL)-based ionic, and non-charged hydrophilic blocks were synthesized by direct sequential, ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of three chemically immiscible norborene monomers. The resulting ABC triblock copolymers were found by small-angle X-ray scattering to phase-separate into different nanostructures in their pure melt states, depending on their block sequence and compositions. Supported composite membranes of these triblock copolymers were successfully fabricated with defect-free, <= 20 microns thick top coatings. Preliminary CO2/light gas transport studies demonstrated the potential of this new type of IL-based block copolymer material for gas separation applications.

  7. Modeling and self-assembly behavior of PEG-PLA-PEG triblock copolymers in aqueous solution

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    Wu, Xiaohan; Li, Suming; Coumes, Fanny; Darcos, Vincent; Lai Kee Him, Joséphine; Bron, Patrick

    2013-09-01

    A series of poly(ethylene glycol)-polylactide-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PLA-PEG) triblock copolymers with symmetric or asymmetric chain structures were synthesized by combination of ring-opening polymerization and copper-catalyzed click chemistry. The resulting copolymers were used to prepare self-assembled aggregates by dialysis. Various architectures such as nanotubes, polymersomes and spherical micelles were observed from transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cryo-TEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. The formation of diverse aggregates is explained by modeling from the angle of both geometry and thermodynamics. From the angle of geometry, a ``blob'' model based on the Daoud-Cotton model for star polymers is proposed to describe the aggregate structures and structural changes with copolymer composition and molar mass. In fact, the copolymer chains extend in aqueous medium to form single layer polymersomes to minimize the system's free energy if one of the two PEG blocks is short enough. The curvature of polymersomes is dependent on the chain structure of copolymers, especially on the length of PLA blocks. A constant branch number of aggregates (f) is thus required to preserve the morphology of polymersomes. Meanwhile, the aggregation number (Nagg) determined from the thermodynamics of self-assembly is roughly proportional to the total length of polymer chains. Comparing f to Nagg, the aggregates take the form of polymersomes if Nagg ~ f, and change to nanotubes if Nagg > f to conform to the limits from both curvature and aggregation number. The length of nanotubes is mainly determined by the difference between Nagg and f. However, the hollow structure becomes unstable when both PEG segments are too long, and the aggregates eventually collapse to yield spherical micelles. Therefore, this work gives new insights into the self-assembly behavior of PEG-PLA-PEG triblock copolymers in aqueous solution which present great interest for biomedical and

  8. Substrate Surface Energy Dependent Morphology and Dewetting in an ABC Triblock Copolymer Film

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    Epps,T.; DeLongchamp, D.; Fasolka, M.; Fischer, D.; Jablonski, E.

    2007-01-01

    A gradient combinatorial approach was used to examine the effect of substrate surface energy on the morphology and stability of films of a poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer that exhibits an alternating gyroid morphology in the bulk. Atomic force microscopy data across our surface energy (water contact angle) library suggest a transformation to predominantly surface parallel lamellae with an antisymmetric ordering. For substrate water contact angles below 70{sup o} the film exhibited autophobic dewetting from an adsorbed half-period triblock copolymer monolayer at longer annealing times. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure analysis along gradient specimens indicated that the substrate surface energy governed the composition profile of the monolayer, and this variation in chemical expression was key to whether the film was stable or autophobically dewet. These observations demonstrate that enthalpic interactions, in addition to entropic considerations, can play a major role in autophobic dewetting of block copolymer films.

  9. Continuous poly(2-oxazoline) triblock copolymer synthesis in a microfluidic reactor cascade.

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    Baeten, Evelien; Verbraeken, Bart; Hoogenboom, Richard; Junkers, Thomas

    2015-07-25

    Cationic ring-opening polymerizations of 2-oxazolines were investigated in continuous microflow reactors. Fast homopolymerizations of 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline (EtOx) and 2-n-propyl-2-oxazoline (nPropOx) were carried out up to 180 °C, yielding well-controlled polymers. Also well-defined diblock and triblock copolymers were produced in a microfluidic reactor cascade, demonstrating the high value of microflow synthesis for the built-up of advanced poly(2-oxazoline)-based polymers. PMID:26104687

  10. Electrodeposition of mesoporous manganese dioxide supercapacitor electrodes through self-assembled triblock copolymer templates

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    Xue, Tong; Xu, Cai-Ling; Zhao, Dan-Dan; Li, Xiao-Hong; Li, Hu-Lin

    Mesoporous manganese dioxide supercapcitor electrode materials were electrochemically deposited onto silicon substrates coated with Pt using triblock copolymer species (Pluronic P123 and F127) as the structure-directing agents. Deposited electrodes of manganese dioxide film were physically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and were electrochemically characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) in 0.5 M Na 2SO 4 electrolyte. Maximum specific capacitance (SC) values of 449 F g -1 was obtained at a scan rate of 10 mV s -1 from F127 templated mesoporous MnO 2.

  11. Architectural effect on the self-assembly of supramolecular triblock copolymer melts

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    Lee, Won Bo; Elliott, Richard; Katsov, Kirill; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2007-03-01

    Thermoreversible, supramolecular self-assembly in multi-block copolymer melts is studied within the framework of self-consistent field theory. This approach is adapted to study a system composed of two chemically distinct, but reactive homopolymer species: a linear A-homopolymer with a single reactive group at one of the ends, and a linear B-homopolymer with reactive groups at both ends. Reversible bonding occurs between the functional groups from different polymer species so that the reacting system can contain A, B, AB and ABA (co)polymer species whose overall volume fractions are controlled by the segmental incompatibility, bonding strength and homopolymer chain lengths. Architectural variations of these copolymers, arising from the differing lengths of A and B homopolymers, have a dramatic effect on not only the micro-phase separation but also on the extent of reversible bonding. Two characteristic phase diagrams are constructed to illustrate this behavior and possible technological applications are discussed.

  12. Responsive Hydrogels and Ion Gels by Self-Assembly of ABA and ABC Triblock Polymers

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    Lodge, Timothy

    2014-03-01

    Gels - polymeric networks swollen with a substantial amount of solvent - represent a fascinating class of soft materials, with wide-ranging applications in fields as diverse as biomedicine, pharmaceutics, personal care products, foods, sensors, actuators, flexible electronics, oil recovery, and adhesives. Physical gels are held together by non-covalent interactions, which may be as specific as hydrogen bonds, or as general as solvophobic association of insoluble blocks. Among the attractive features of physical gels are reversibility, stimuli-responsiveness, and tunability of macroscopic properties. In this talk two classes of physical gels will be highlighted. In one, the ability of ABC block terpolymers to form novel structures will be demonstrated, where blocks A and C are mutually immiscible and solvophobic, while B is solvophilic. In particular, the formation of gels by sequential association (first A, then C) leads to a remarkably sharp gelation transition, at a relatively low polymer concentration, compared to analogous gels formed from ABA systems. In the second class, gels formed by self-assembly of a variety of ABA systems in ionic liquids will be described, and in particular how gelation can be controlled through factors such as block chemistry, temperature, choice of ionic liquid, and application of light.

  13. Comprehensive Phase Behavior of Poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) Triblock Copolymers

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    Chatterjee, Joon; Jain, Sumeet; Bates, Frank S.

    2010-03-05

    The phase behavior of 44 poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (ISO) linear triblock copolymer melts was investigated at weak to intermediate segregation strengths and spanning a comprehensive range of compositions. Phases were characterized by a combination of experimental techniques, including small-angle X-ray scattering, dynamic mechanical spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and birefringence measurements. Combined with our previous results, six different stable ordered state symmetries have been identified: lamellae (LAM), Fddd orthorhombic network (O{sup 70}), double gyroid (Q{sup 230}), alternating gyroid (Q{sup 214}), hexagonal (HEX), and body-centered cubic (BCC). The phase map of ISO specimens was found to be somewhat asymmetric around the f{sub I} = f{sub O} isopleth. This work provides a guide for theoretical studies and gives insight into the intricate effects of various parameters on the self-assembly of ABC triblock copolymers. Experimental SAXS data evaluated with a simple scattering intensity model show that local mixing varies continuously across the phase map between states of two- and three-domain segregation.

  14. Cationic triblock copolymer micelles enhance antioxidant activity, intracellular uptake and cytotoxicity of curcumin.

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    Yoncheva, Krassimira; Kamenova, Katya; Perperieva, Teodora; Hadjimitova, Vera; Donchev, Petar; Kaloyanov, Kaloyan; Konstantinov, Spiro; Kondeva-Burdina, Magdalena; Tzankova, Virginia; Petrov, Petar

    2015-07-25

    The aim of the present study was to develop curcumin loaded cationic polymeric micelles and to evaluate their loading, preservation of curcumin antioxidant activity and intracellular uptake ability. The micelles were prepared from a triblock copolymer consisting of poly(ϵ-caprolactone) and very short poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) segments (PDMAEMA9-PCL70-PDMAEMA9). The micelles showed monomodal size distribution, mean diameter of 145 nm, positive charge (+72 mV), critical micellar concentration around 0.05 g/l and encapsulation efficiency of 87%. The ability of the micellar curcumin to scavenge the ABTS radical and hypochlorite ions was higher than that of the free curcumin. Confocal microscopy revealed that the uptake of curcumin by chronic myeloid leukemia derived K-562 cells and human multiple myeloma cells U-266 was more intensive when curcumin was loaded into the micelles. These results correlated with the higher cytotoxicity of the micellar curcumin compared to free curcumin. Intraperitoneal treatment of Wistar rats indicated that PDMAEMA-PCL-PDMAEMA copolymer, comprising very short cationic chains, did not change the levels of malondialdehyde and glutathione in livers indicating an absence of oxidative stress. Thus, PDMAEMA-PCL-PDMAEMA triblock micelles could be considered efficient and safe platform for curcumin delivery. PMID:26026253

  15. Basic physical properties/structure of polystyrene-polyisobutylene-polystyrene triblock copolymers

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    Kaszas, G.

    1993-12-31

    Polystyrene-b-polyisobutylene-b-polystyrene (PSt-PIB-PSt) triblock copolymers, with various molecular architectures, have been synthesized to establish basic physical properties/structure correlations for this novel thermoplastics elastomer (TPE). The test results have confirmed that these triblock copolymers have a unique combination of physical properties which is currently unavailable on the TPE market. The fully saturated character of the PIB backbone provides excellent ozone resistance. Barrier, electrical, and low-temperature properties, were measured, and found to be equivalent to those of conventional butyl vulcanizates. The low initial modules of PIB, and the fact that the PSt content can be kept low without significant loss in tensile properties, renders the material soft. The high incompatibility of PIB and PSt allows the overall chain length and, therefore, the melt viscosity, to be kept low. This could bring an important advantage, in processing, over other TPE`s. The combination of the above properties, and the inherent properties of PIB, makes this material in excellent candidate for wire and cable coating, seal and gasket, adhesive and vibration damping applications.

  16. Polydiacetylene/triblock copolymer nanoblend applied as a sensor for micellar casein: A thermodynamic approach.

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    de Souza, Luana Cypriano; de Paula Rezende, Jaqueline; Pires, Ana Clarissa dos Santos; da Silva, Luis Henrique Mendes; da Silva, Maria do Carmo Hespanhol; Castrillon, Elkin Dario Castellon; de Andrade, Nélio José

    2016-04-15

    Polydiacetylene (PDA) and triblock copolymer nanoblends were synthesized to detect micellar casein (MC), the main milk protein and an indicator of milk quality. UV-Vis spectrum showed that MC induced blue-to-red transition in nanoblends. When nanoblends and MC were separated by dialysis membrane colorimetric response (CR) was similar, whereas a remarkable CR reduction was noticed after addition of dialyzed-MC, suggesting that small molecules present in MC (salts) caused PDA color change. Interaction enthalpy variation between nanoblends and MC showed an abrupt increase that coincided with MC concentration when colorimetric transition occurred. Copolymer hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance and presence of other molecules in the system affected nanoblends CR. MC salts were found to interact with nanoblends leading to color changes. MC concentration, MC salt release, copolymer hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance, and presence of other molecules in the system affected responses of the sensors. These results contribute to future applications of PDA/copolymer nanosensors to dairy models. PMID:26617025

  17. Morphology and rheology of SIS and SEPS triblock copolymers in the presence of a midblock-selective solvent

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    Laurer, J.H.; Khan, S.A.; Spontak, R.J.; Satkowski, M.M.; Grothaus, J.T.; Smith, S.D.; Lin, J.S.

    1999-11-09

    While numerous fundamental studies have sought to elucidate the effect of a parent homopolymer on the morphological characteristics and mechanical properties of microphase-ordered block copolymer blends, few comparable efforts have extended such studies to concentrated copolymer solutions in the presence of a low-molar-mass block-selective solvent. In this work, the authors investigate the microstructures that form in blends of a poly(styrene-block-isoprene-block-styrene)(SIS)triblock copolymer with a midblock-selective aliphatic mineral oil. To discern the influence of midblock/oil compatibility on blend morphology and properties, identical blends with a poly[styrene-block-(ethylene-alt-propylene)-block-styrene] (SEPS) copolymer, the hydrogenated variant of the SIS copolymer, have likewise been examined. The saturated midblock of the SEPS copolymer is responsible for the observed shifts in morphology stability limits and higher dynamic elastic shear moduli relative to the SIS analogue. These results reveal that the morphologies and properties of such triblock copolymer/oil blends are sensitive to the chemical/statistical nature of the copolymer midblock and may be judiciously tailored to satisfy application-specific requirements.

  18. Complex microstructures of ABC triblock copolymer thin films directed by polymer brushes based on self-consistent field theory.

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    Jiang, Zhibin; Xu, Chang; Qiu, Yu Dong; Wang, Xiaoliang; Zhou, Dongshan; Xue, Gi

    2014-01-01

    The morphology and the phase diagram of ABC triblock copolymer thin film directed by polymer brushes are investigated by the self-consistent field theory in three dimensions. The polymer brushes coated on the substrate can be used as a good soft template to tailor the morphology of the block copolymer thin films compared with those on the hard substrates. The polymer brush is identical with the middle block B. By continuously changing the composition of the block copolymer, the phase diagrams are constructed for three cases with the fixed film thickness and the brush density: identical interaction parameters, frustrated and non-frustrated cases. Some ordered complex morphologies are observed: parallel lamellar phase with hexagonally packed pores at surfaces (LAM3 (ll) -HFs), perpendicular lamellar phase with cylinders at the interface (LAM(⊥)-CI), and perpendicular hexagonally packed cylinders phase with rings at the interface (C2 (⊥)-RI). A desired direction (perpendicular or parallel to the coated surfaces) of lamellar phases or cylindrical phases can be obtained by varying the composition and the interactions between different blocks. The phase diagram of ABC triblock copolymer thin film wetted between the polymer brush-coated surfaces is very useful in designing the directed pattern of ABC triblock copolymer thin film. PMID:25114650

  19. Multicomponent Solvated Triblock Copolymer Network Systems: Fundamental Insights and Emerging Applications

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    Krishnan, Arjun Sitaraman

    Block copolymers have received significant research attention in recent times due to their ability to spontaneously self-assemble into a variety of nanostructures. Thermoplastic elastomers composed of styrenic triblock copolymers are of great importance in applications such as adhesives and vibration dampening due to their shape memory, resilience and facile processing. The swelling of these polymers by adding midblock selective solvents or oligomers provides an easy route by which to modify the morphology and mechanical behavior of these systems. We first consider a ternary blend of a poly[styrene- b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene] triblock copolymer (SEBS) and mixtures of two midblock selective co-solvents, with significantly different physical states. We use dynamic rheology to study the viscoelastic response of a wide variety of systems under oscillatory shear. Frequency spectra acquired at ambient temperature display viscoelastic behavior that shifts in the frequency domain depending on the co-solvent composition. For each copolymer concentration, all the frequency data can be shifted by time-composition superpositioning (tCS) to yield a single master-curve. tCS fails at low frequencies due to presence of endblock pullout, which is a fundamentally different relaxation process from segmental relaxation of the midblock. As an emerging technology, we examine SEBS-oil gels as dielectric elastomers. Dielectric elastomers constitute one class of electroactive polymers (EAPs), polymeric materials that respond to an electric stimulus by changing their macroscopic dimensions, thereby converting electrical energy into mechanical work. We use standard configuration of EAP devices involving stretching, or "prestraining," the elastomer film biaxially. The effect of experimental parameters such as film thickness and amount of prestrain on the (electro)mechanical properties of the material become apparent by recasting as-obtained electroactuation data into compressive

  20. End Group Effects on the Hydrogel Formation of PEO-PPO-PEO Triblock Copolymers

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    Cohen, Aaron; Ryu, Chang Y.; Jung, Gyoo Y.; Hwang, Hee Sung

    2012-02-01

    Pluronic F108, a triblock copolymer consisting of outer polyethylene oxide (PEO) chains and an inner polypropylene oxide (PPO) chains, has been shown to be an effective hydrogel matrix for DNA separation by capillary electrophoresis using single-stranded conformation polymorphism. This presentation will discuss a new pathway to potentially enhance the separation abilities of F108 by altering the chain end groups of the block copolymers. F108 is believed to form a micelle in aqueous solutions with the hydrophobic group in the interior, thus we expect considerable interaction between the DNA sample and the end groups found at the hydrophilic brush layers of the micelle. The rheological properties of end group derivatives of F108, in combination of small angle x-ray scattering, can reveal structural differences in the micelles. In particular, gelation temperature of the end group derivatives can be linked to differences in the micelle structure. Dynamic light scattering can also be used to determine the effects of chain end groups on the hydrodynamic size of the block copolymer micelles in dilute solution.

  1. Triblock siloxane copolymer surfactant: template for spherical mesoporous silica with a hexagonal pore ordering.

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    Stébé, M J; Emo, M; Forny-Le Follotec, A; Metlas-Komunjer, L; Pezron, I; Blin, J L

    2013-02-01

    Ordered mesoporous silica materials with a spherical morphology have been prepared for the first time through the cooperative templating mechanism (CTM) by using a silicone triblock copolymer as template. The behavior of the pure siloxane copolymer amphiphile in water was first investigated. A direct micellar phase (L(1)) and a hexagonal (H(1)) liquid crystal were found. The determination of the structural parameters by SAXS measurements leads us to conclude that in the hexagonal liquid crystal phase a part of the ethylene oxide group is not hydrated as observed for the micelles. Mesoporous materials were then synthesized from the cooperative templating mechanism. The recovered materials were characterized by SAXS measurements, nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy. The results clearly evidence that one can control the morphology and the nanostructuring of the resulting material by modifying the synthesis parameters. Actually, highly ordered mesoporous materials with a spherical morphology have been obtained with a siloxane copolymer/tetramethoxysilane molar ratio of 0.10 after hydrothermal treatment at 100 °C. Our study also supports the fact that the interactions between micelles and the hydrolyzed precursor are one of the key parameters governing the formation of ordered mesostructures through the cooperative templating mechanism. Indeed, we have demonstrated that when the interactions between micelles are important, only wormhole-like structures are recovered. PMID:23305163

  2. Protective effects of nonionic tri-block copolymers on bile acid-mediated epithelial barrier disruption.

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    Edelstein, A.; Fink, D.; Musch, M.; Valuckaite, V.; Zabornia, O.; Grubjesic, S.; Firestone, M. A.; Matthews, J. B.; Alverdy, J. C.

    2011-11-01

    Translocation of bacteria and other luminal factors from the intestine following surgical injury can be a major driver of critical illness. Bile acids have been shown to play a key role in the loss of intestinal epithelial barrier function during states of host stress. Experiments to study the ability of nonionic block copolymers to abrogate barrier failure in response to bile acid exposure are described. In vitro experiments were performed with the bile salt sodium deoxycholate on Caco-2 enterocyte monolayers using transepithelial electrical resistance to assay barrier function. A bisphenol A coupled triblock polyethylene glycol (PEG), PEG 15-20, was shown to prevent sodium deoxycholate-induced barrier failure. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, lactate dehydrogenase, and caspase 3-based cell death detection assays demonstrated that bile acid-induced apoptosis and necrosis were prevented with PEG 15-20. Immunofluorescence microscopic visualization of the tight junctional protein zonula occludens 1 (ZO-1) demonstrated that PEG 15-20 prevented significant changes in tight junction organization induced by bile acid exposure. Preliminary transepithelial electrical resistance-based studies examining structure-function correlates of polymer protection against bile acid damage were performed with a small library of PEG-based copolymers. Polymer properties associated with optimal protection against bile acid-induced barrier disruption were PEG-based compounds with a molecular weight greater than 10 kd and amphiphilicity. The data demonstrate that PEG-based copolymer architecture is an important determinant that confers protection against bile acid injury of intestinal epithelia.

  3. Multiblock copolymers exhibiting spatio-temporal structure with autonomous viscosity oscillation

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    Onoda, Michika; Ueki, Takeshi; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro; Yoshida, Ryo

    2015-01-01

    Here we report an ABA triblock copolymer that can express microscopic autonomous formation and break-up of aggregates under constant condition to generate macroscopic viscoelastic self-oscillation of the solution. The ABA triblock copolymer is designed to have hydrophilic B segment and self-oscillating A segment at the both sides by RAFT copolymerization. In the A segment, a metal catalyst of chemical oscillatory reaction, i.e., the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, is introduced as a chemomechanical transducer to change the aggregation state of the polymer depending on the redox states. Time-resolved DLS measurements of the ABA triblock copolymer confirm the presence of a transitional network structure of micelle aggregations in the reduced state and a unimer structure in the oxidized state. This autonomous oscillation of a well-designed triblock copolymer enables dynamic biomimetic softmaterials with spatio-temporal structure. PMID:26511660

  4. Triblock copolymer P104 detailed behavior through a density, sound velocity and DLS study

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    Bravo-Anaya, L. M.; Fierro-Castro, C.; Rharbi, Y.; Martínez, J. F. A. Soltero

    2014-05-01

    Pluronic triblock copolymers usually present complex phase behavior depending on the number of PEO and PPO blocks contained in the polymer. They have a great dependence to temperature and concentration, both considered as key factors in the pluronic phase behavior. The evaluation of physicochemical properties such as densimetry and sound velocity, as well as the determination of the size distribution profile of particles of P-104/water in solution allow obtaining a detailed temperature-concentration behavior of the system. In this work we present a study of P104/water behavior through density, ultrasound velocity and dynamic slight scattering (DLS) measurements in a wide range of temperatures. The critical micellar temperature (CMT) and the sphere-to-rod micelle transition temperature (GMT) were determinate as a function of concentration.

  5. Measurement of the Longitudinal Dynamic Modulus in Macroscopically Ordered Triblock Copolymers using Brillouin Light Scattering

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    Lehman, S. Y.; McNeil, L. E.; Albalak, Ramon; Grimsditch, M.

    1996-11-01

    Triblock copolymers, under certain preparation conditions, organize themselves into macroscopically-ordered, though microscopically-disordered films. We studied films of styrene-butadiene-styrene of varying molecular weight ratios, organized either in lamellae or in cylinders of styrene hexagonally packed in a matrix of butadiene. The polymer chains are tethered at the styrene-butadiene interface, constraining their motion. These films have possible applications including optical waveguides and quantum wire arrays. We have studied the longitudinal acoustic modes in the temperature range 20-475 K in the hypersonic frequency regime using Brillouin light scattering. In addition to measuring the storage modulus M' from the Brillouin frequency shift, we also obtain the loss modulus M" by measuring the FWHM of the Brillouin peaks. Using M" to determine the relaxation times of the polymer strands, we then study the effects of chain tethering on the polymer chain dynamics.

  6. Triblock copolymer gels - structure, fracture behavior and application in ceramic processing

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    Seitz, Michelle E.

    Acrylic triblock copolymer gels transition rapidly from free-flowing liquids to elastic solids and their nanoscale self-assembly leads to reproducible structure and properties. They are an ideal model system for understanding the link between gel structure and the deformation and fracture behavior of soft, self-assembled materials. While a basic understanding of gel structure and linear viscoelastic response exists, this research aims to extend this understanding to include the nonlinear mechanical response and fracture behavior as well as the effect of gel concentration, block length, endblock fraction, and homopolymer solubilization. This expanded understanding will be applied to optimize triblock design for the thermoreversible gelcasting of ceramics. Gel structure was characterized using small angle scattering and self-consistent field theory simulations while mechanical properties were studied using a combination of rheology, swelling, indentation, uniaxial compression, and fracture experiments. Birefringence and shear alignment were used to differentiate between spherical and cylindrical micelle morphologies. An effective energy barrier of 550 kJ/mol describes gels relaxation behavior over a 40°C temperature range where the relaxation times vary by a factor of 1010. At high endblock contents, gels exhibit greater permanent deformation and moduli over an order of magnitude larger than would be expected from rubber elasticity alone due to a transition from spherical to cylindrical micelles. The rate dependence of a gels energy release rate, G , is independent of the gel concentration when G is normalized by the small strain Young's modulus, E. The gels exhibit a transition from rough, slow crack propagation to smooth, fast crack propagation for a well-defined value of the characteristic length, G /E. Crack tip stresses become highly anisotropic at stress values below the failure strength of the gels and are poorly described using linear elastic fracture

  7. Phase Behavior of Binary Blends of High Molecular Weight Diblock Copolymers with a Low Molecular Weight Triblock

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    Mickiewicz, Rafal A.; Ntoukas, Eleftherios; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Thomas, Edwin L.

    2009-08-26

    Binary blends of four different high molecular weight poly(styrene-b-isoprene) (SI) diblock copolymers with a lower molecular weight poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene) (SIS) triblock copolymer were prepared, and their morphology was characterized by transmission electron microscopy and ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering. All the neat block copolymers have nearly symmetric composition and exhibit the lamellar morphology. The SI diblock copolymers had number-average molecular weights, Mn, in the range 4.4 x 10{sup 5}--1.3 x 10{sup 6} g/mol and volume fractions of poly(styrene), {Phi}{sub PS}, in the range 0.43--0.49, and the SIS triblock had a molecular weight of Mn 6.2 x 10{sup 4} g/mol with {Phi}{sub PS} = 0.41. The high molecular weight diblock copolymers are very strongly segregating, with interaction parameter values, {chi}N, in the range 470--1410. A morphological phase diagram in the parameter space of molecular weight ratio (R = M{sub n}{sup diblock}/1/2M{sub n}{sup triblock}) and blend composition was constructed, with R values in the range between 14 and 43, which are higher than previously reported. The phase diagram revealed a large miscibility gap for the blends, with macrophase separation into two distinct types of microphase-separated domains for weight fractions of SI, w{sub SI} < 0.9, implying virtually no solubility of the much higher molecular weight diblocks in the lower molecular weight triblock. For certain blend compositions, above R 30, morphological transitions from the lamellar to cylindrical and bicontinuous structures were also observed.

  8. Heat capacity anomaly in a self-aggregating system: Triblock copolymer 17R4 in water

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    Dumancas, Lorenzo V.; Simpson, David E.; Jacobs, D. T.

    2015-05-01

    The reverse Pluronic, triblock copolymer 17R4 is formed from poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO): PPO14 - PEO24 - PPO14, where the number of monomers in each block is denoted by the subscripts. In water, 17R4 has a micellization line marking the transition from a unimer network to self-aggregated spherical micelles which is quite near a cloud point curve above which the system separates into copolymer-rich and copolymer-poor liquid phases. The phase separation has an Ising-like, lower consolute critical point with a well-determined critical temperature and composition. We have measured the heat capacity as a function of temperature using an adiabatic calorimeter for three compositions: (1) the critical composition where the anomaly at the critical point is analyzed, (2) a composition much less than the critical composition with a much smaller spike when the cloud point curve is crossed, and (3) a composition near where the micellization line intersects the cloud point curve that only shows micellization. For the critical composition, the heat capacity anomaly very near the critical point is observed for the first time in a Pluronic/water system and is described well as a second-order phase transition resulting from the copolymer-water interaction. For all compositions, the onset of micellization is clear, but the formation of micelles occurs over a broad range of temperatures and never becomes complete because micelles form differently in each phase above the cloud point curve. The integrated heat capacity gives an enthalpy that is smaller than the standard state enthalpy of micellization given by a van't Hoff plot, a typical result for Pluronic systems.

  9. Expanding mesoporosity of triblock-copolymer-templated silica under weak synthesis acidity.

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    Li, Jinjun; Hu, Qin; Tian, Hua; Ma, Chunyan; Li, Landong; Cheng, Jie; Hao, Zhengping; Qiao, Shizhang

    2009-11-01

    With initial aging at low temperature for enough time, silicas with large mesoporosity were synthesized using triblock copolymer as template agent under weak acidities. SBA-15 with periodic mesostructure and short mesochannels could be synthesized at pH 2.5-3.0 within weak acidity range, and the surface areas, pore diameters and pore volumes reached up to ca. 1000m(2)/g, 8.8nm and 2.0cm(3)/g, respectively, which were significantly higher than those of the conventional SBA-15 synthesized under strong acidities. Mesoporous silica with wormhole structure and abundant textural porosity was formed at pH approximately 3.5. The increased hydrophobic volume of the copolymer micelles at elevated pH values was responsible for the enlargement of mesoporosity in the products. The materials synthesized under weak acidities showed lower hexagonal ordering in comparison to the general SBA-15 synthesized under strong acidities because the decreased hydronium ion concentration induced relatively weaker assembly forces during the synthesis. Nonetheless, the short mesochannels and large pore diameter in the products might be beneficial to some applications in which fast diffusion of molecules is required. PMID:19683247

  10. Dependence of aggregation behavior on concentration in triblock copolymer solutions: The effect of chain architecture

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    Han, Xiang-Gang Zhang, Xue-Feng

    2015-12-07

    Using the self-consistent field lattice technique, the effects of concentration and hydrophobic middle block length (where the chain length remains constant) on aggregation behavior are studied in amphiphilic symmetric triblock copolymer solutions. The heat capacity peak for the unimer-micelle transition and the distribution peaks for the different degrees of aggregation for micelles and small aggregates (submicelles) are calculated. Analysis of the conducted computer simulations shows that the transition broadness dependence on concentration is determined by the hydrophobic middle block length, and this dependence is distinctly different when the length of the hydrophobic middle block changes. Different size for small aggregates simultaneously appear in the transition region. As temperature decreases, the number of different size small aggregates for the large hydrophobic middle block length first ascends and then descends in aggregation degree order. These results indicate that any transition broadness change with concentration is related to the mechanism of fragmentation and fusion. These results are helpful for interpreting the aggregation process of amphiphilic copolymers at equilibrium.

  11. Structure of PEO-b-PPO-b-PEO Triblock Copolymer Inclusion Complexes with Beta-Cyclodextrin

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    Tsai, Chi-Chun; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.; Lotz, Bernard; Huang, Jin; Chen, Yongming

    2009-03-01

    Inclusion complexes, formed by non-covalent host-guest interactions, have been extensively investigated because they can be useful as building blocks for constructing supramolecular structures. Cyclodextrins (CDs), due to their good water-solubility and ability to include a wide range of guest molecules, have been the most intensively studied host molecules. CDs are shaped like a shallow truncated cone, with a hydrophilic outer surface as well as primary (narrower end) and secondary (wider end) hydroxyl groups on the rim of the molecule. The cavity, which is constructed with alkyl groups and glycosidic oxygen atoms, is hydrophobic and can act as a host for a great variety of hydrophobic molecular guests. A series of host-guest inclusion complexes were prepared with beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) and PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers of varying molecular weights and compositions. The middle PPO block of the copolymers can be selectively included by beta-CD to form an inclusion complex while the PEO blocks cannot. These inclusion complexes can further self-assembled into supramolecular structures in aqueous solution. The inclusion complexes and self-assembled supramolecular structures were characterized by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, X-ray diffraction, and Differential Scanning Calorimetry experimental methods.

  12. Equilibrium Structure of a Triblock Copolymer System Revealed by Mesoscale Simulation and Neutron Scattering

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    Do, Changwoo; Chen, Wei-Ren; Hong, Kunlun; Smith, Gregory Scott

    2013-01-01

    We have performed both mesoscale simulations and neutron scattering experiments on Pluronic L62, a poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymer system in aqueous solution. The influence of simulation variables such PEO/PPO block ratio, interaction parameters, and coarse-graining methods is extensively investigated by covering all permutations of parameters found in the literatures. Upon increasing the polymer weight fraction from 50 wt% to 90 wt%, the equilibrium structure of the isotropic, reverse micellar, bicontinuous, worm-like micelle network, and lamellar phases are respectively predicted from the simulation depending on the choices of simulation parameters. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements show that the same polymer systems exhibit the spherical micellar, lamellar, and reverse micellar phases with the increase of the copolymer concentration at room temperature. Detailed structural analysis and comparison with simulations suggest that one of the simulation parameter sets can provide reasonable agreement with the experimentally observed structures.

  13. Equilibrium structure of a triblock copolymer system revealed by mesoscale simulation and neutron scattering

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    Do, Changwoo; Chen, Wei-Ren; Hong, Kunlun; Smith, Gregory S.

    2013-12-01

    We have performed both mesoscale simulations and neutron scattering experiments on Pluronic L62, a poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymer system in aqueous solution. The influence of simulation variables such PEO/PPO block ratio, interaction parameters, and coarse-graining methods is extensively investigated by covering all permutations of parameters found in the literatures. Upon increasing the polymer weight fraction from 50 wt% to 90 wt%, the equilibrium structure of the isotropic, reverse micellar, bicontinuous, worm-like micelle network, and lamellar phases are respectively predicted from the simulation depending on the choices of simulation parameters. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements show that the same polymer systems exhibit the spherical micellar, lamellar, and reverse micellar phases with the increase of the copolymer concentration at room temperature. Detailed structural analysis and comparison with simulations suggest that one of the simulation parameter sets can provide reasonable agreement with the experimentally observed structures.

  14. Dependence of aggregation behavior on concentration in triblock copolymer solutions: The effect of chain architecture.

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    Han, Xiang-Gang; Zhang, Xue-Feng

    2015-12-01

    Using the self-consistent field lattice technique, the effects of concentration and hydrophobic middle block length (where the chain length remains constant) on aggregation behavior are studied in amphiphilic symmetric triblock copolymer solutions. The heat capacity peak for the unimer-micelle transition and the distribution peaks for the different degrees of aggregation for micelles and small aggregates (submicelles) are calculated. Analysis of the conducted computer simulations shows that the transition broadness dependence on concentration is determined by the hydrophobic middle block length, and this dependence is distinctly different when the length of the hydrophobic middle block changes. Different size for small aggregates simultaneously appear in the transition region. As temperature decreases, the number of different size small aggregates for the large hydrophobic middle block length first ascends and then descends in aggregation degree order. These results indicate that any transition broadness change with concentration is related to the mechanism of fragmentation and fusion. These results are helpful for interpreting the aggregation process of amphiphilic copolymers at equilibrium. PMID:26646888

  15. Gas-tight triblock-copolymer membranes are converted to CO2 permeable by insertion of plant aquaporins

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    Uehlein, Norbert; Otto, Beate; Eilingsfeld, Adrian; Itel, Fabian; Meier, Wolfgang; Kaldenhoff, Ralf

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate that membranes consisting of certain triblock-copolymers were tight for CO2. Using a novel approach, we provide evidence for aquaporin facilitated CO2 diffusion. Plant aquaporins obtained from heterologous expression were inserted into triblock copolymer membranes. These were employed to separate a chamber with a solution maintaining high CO2 concentrations from one with depleted CO2 concentrations. CO2 diffusion was detected by measuring the pH change resulting from membrane CO2 diffusion from one chamber to the other. An up to 21 fold increase in diffusion rate was determined. Besides the supply of this proof of principle, we could provide additional arguments in favour of protein facilitated CO2 diffusion to the vivid on-going debate about the principles of membrane gas diffusion in living cells. PMID:22844579

  16. Nanoparticle-Induced Ellipse-to-Vesicle Morphology Transition of Rod-Coil-Rod Triblock Copolymer Aggregates.

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    Yang, Chaoying; Li, Qing; Cai, Chunhua; Lin, Jiaping

    2016-07-12

    Cooperative self-assembly behavior of rod-coil-rod poly(γ-benzyl-l-glutamate)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(γ-benzyl-l-glutamate) (PBLG-b-PEG-b-PBLG) amphiphilic triblock copolymers and hydrophobic gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) was investigated by both experiments and dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations. It was discovered that pure PBLG-b-PEG-b-PBLG copolymers self-assemble into ellipse-like aggregates, and the morphology transforms into vesicles as AuNPs are introduced. When the hydrophobicity of AuNPs is close to that of the copolymers, AuNPs are homogeneously distributed in the vesicle wall. While for the AuNPs with higher hydrophobicity, they are embedded in the vesicle wall as clusters. In addition to the experimental observations, DPD simulations were performed on the self-assembly behavior of triblock copolymer/nanoparticle mixtures. Simulations well reproduced the morphology transition observed in the experiments and provided additional information such as chain packing mode in aggregates. It is deduced that the main reason for the ellipse-to-vesicle transition of the aggregates is attributed to the breakage of ordered and dense packing of PBLG rods in the aggregate core by encapsulating AuNPs. This study deepens our understanding of the self-assembly behavior of rod-coil copolymer/nanoparticle mixtures and provides strategy for designing hybrid polypeptide nanostructures. PMID:27314970

  17. Adsorption and desorption phenomena of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer systems on model surfaces

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    Brandani, Pietro

    This thesis reports on the kinetic and equilibrium behavior for the adsorption from solution of a family of copoly(ethyleneoxide-propyleneoxide-ethyleneoxide), PEO-PPO-PEO, triblock copolymers on gold surfaces modified by a methyl terminated self-assembled monolayer of a long chain alkanethiol (CH3(CH 2)10SH) and by a long chain mercaptoalkanoic acid (HOOC(CH 2)10SH). Events at the surface were monitored with a surface plasmon resonance technique with a high time resolution (0.1 s). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) in the liquid environment was conducted on a selected number of cases to discern the morphology of the copolymer coated surfaces. The data were analyzed in the context a mass transfer corrected Langmuir kinetics model. The model is only able to reproduce the observations for very dilute solutions, or for the initial stages of the process, but it allows to better discriminate the onset of the different mechanisms of adsorption. For the hydrophobic surface, the adsorbed amounts go through a maximum near the critical micelle concentration (CMC) and thus the process is not consistent with a Langmuir isotherm; in addition we the process is partially irreversible. The kinetics show that, for a series of compounds with the same length of the PPO block, the character of the adsorption process is affected by the relative balance of the hydrophilic and hydrophobic content within the copolymer: higher hydrophobic content leads to enhanced adsorption rates past the CMC. AFM observations confirm that globular micelle-like aggregates are present at the surface for the more hydrophobic species. In contrast, a uniform monolayer-like morphology is observed for the more hydrophilic species. For the hydrophilic surface, it is again found that the adsorbed amounts go through a maximum near the critical micelle concentration (CMC), however, in this case, the process is reversible. Enhanced adsorption rates past the CMC are observed irrespective of the relative balance of the

  18. Mesoporous aluminosilicates assembled from dissolved LTA zeolite and triblock copolymer in the presence of tetramethylammonium hydroxide.

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    Tanaka, Shunsuke; Okada, Hiroaki; Nakatani, Norihito; Maruo, Takanori; Nishiyama, Norikazu; Miyake, Yoshikazu

    2009-05-15

    Zeolite Na-A crystals dissolved in a HCl solution were used as a single-source of silicon and aluminum for the synthesis of mesoporous aluminosilicates via a template-assisted method with an organic base tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAOH). Amphiphilic triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 (EO(106)PO(70)EO(106)) was used as template. Increasing the amount of TMAOH in the synthetic solution resulted in an increase in the aluminum content of the products. On the other hand, mesostructural periodicity was deteriorated with higher content of aluminum incorporated into the mesoporous framework. The samples with low Si/Al ratios less than 5 have wormhole-like pore structure, while the samples with Si/Al ratios more than 7 possess highly ordered mesoporous structure, a body-centered Im3m symmetry, with single crystal like morphology. The samples with Si/Al ratio of 7, which prepared at TMAOH molar concentration of 25 mM in the templating solution, possess BET surface area of 470 m(2)/g, pore size of 6.4 nm, and pore volume of 0.56 cm(3)/g. Aluminum atoms have successfully been incorporated in a tetra-coordinated position and remained stable even after calcination at 600 degrees C. PMID:19223041

  19. Wall slip, shear banding, and instability in the flow of a triblock copolymer micellar solution

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    Manneville, Sébastien; Colin, Annie; Waton, Gilles; Schosseler, François

    2007-06-01

    The shear flow of a triblock copolymer micellar solution (PEO-PPO-PEO Pluronic P84 in brine) is investigated using simultaneous rheological and velocity profile measurements in the concentric cylinder geometry. We focus on two different temperatures below and above the transition temperature Tc which was previously associated with the apparition of a stress plateau in the flow curve. (i) At T=37.0°CTc , the stress plateau is shown to correspond to stationary shear-banded states characterized by two high shear rate bands close to the walls and a very weakly sheared central band, together with large slip velocities at the rotor. In both cases, the high shear branch of the flow curve is characterized by flow instability. Interpretations of wall slip, three-band structure, and instability are proposed in light of recent theoretical models and experiments.

  20. Self-Assembly and Relaxation Behavior of Graphene Containing Acrylic Triblock Copolymer Gels

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    Zabet, Mahla; Hashemnejad, Seyedmeysam; Kundu, Santanu

    2015-03-01

    Investigation of gel mechanical properties as a function of their structure is a significant research interest. This study presents the effect of graphene (or few-layer graphene) on the self-assembly and the relaxation behavior of a thermoreversible gel consists of a physically cross-linked poly (methyl methacrylate)-poly (n-butyl acrylate)-poly (methyl methacrylate) [PMMA-PnBA-PMMA] triblock copolymer in 2-ethyl-1-hexanol, a midblock selective solvent. Graphene was obtained by sonicating exfoliated graphite in 2-ethyl-1-hexanol at various concentrations. Filtration technique and spectrophotometry were utilized to measure the graphene concentration in the dispersions. The dispersed graphene was then incorporated in a series of gels and the effect of graphene on mechanical properties, including the relaxation behavior were studied. Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) was used to investigate the microstructure of these gels at room temperature. SAXS data were analyzed to estimate the number of end blocks per junction zone, the average spacing between the junctions, and the change of these properties as a function of graphene concentration. The results indicate that the presence of graphene affects the self-assembly process.

  1. DNA electrophoresis in tri-block copolymer gels--experiments and Brownian dynamics simulation

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    Wei, Ling; van Winkle, David H.

    2015-03-01

    The mobility of double-stranded DNA ladders in Pluronics®P105, P123 and F127, was measured by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Pluronics®are triblock copolymers which form gel-like phases of micelles arranged with cubic order at room temperature. A 10 base pair and a 25 base pair DNA ladder were used as samples in gel electrophoresis. The monotonically decreasing mobility with increasing length observed in the agarose separations is not observed in separations in Pluronics®. Rather, a complicated dependence of mobility on DNA length is observed, where mobility vs. length increases for short DNA molecules then decreases for longer molecules. There is also a variation of mobility with length correlated to the micelle diameter. Brownian dynamics simulations of a discrete wormlike chain model were performed to simulate short DNA molecules migrating in free solution and in a face-centered cubic matrix. By incorporating hydrodynamic interactions, the trend of simulated length-dependent mobility qualitatively agrees with experimental measurements.

  2. Mechanistic Investigation of Seeded Growth in Triblock Copolymer Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles

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    Sabir, Theodore S.; Rowland, Leah; Milligan, Jamie R.; Yan, Dong; Aruni, A. Wilson; Chen, Qiao; Boskovic, Danilo S.; Kurti, R. Steven; Perry, Christopher C.

    2015-01-01

    We report the seeded synthesis of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) via the reduction of HAuCl4 by (L31 and F68) triblock copolymer (TBP) mixtures. In the present study, we focused on [TBP]/[Au(III)] ratios of 1–5 (≈ 1 mM HAuCl4) and seed sizes ~ 20 nm. Under these conditions, the GNP growth rate is dominated by both the TBP and seed concentrations. With seeding, the final GNP size distributions are bimodal. Increasing the seed concentration (up to ~ 0.1 nM) decreases the mean particle sizes 10-fold, from ~1000 to 100 nm. The particles in the bimodal distribution are formed by the competitive direct growth in solution and the aggregative growth on the seeds. By monitoring kinetics of GNP growth, we propose that (1) the surface of the GNP seeds embedded in the TBP cavities form catalytic centers for GNP growth and; (2) large GNPs are formed by the aggregation of GNP seeds in an autocatalytic growth process. PMID:23473268

  3. Nanocomposites of polystyrene-b-poly(isoprene)-b-polystyrene triblock copolymer with clay-carbon nanotube hybrid nanoadditives.

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    Enotiadis, Apostolos; Litina, Kiriaki; Gournis, Dimitrios; Rangou, Sofia; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Xidas, Panagiotis; Triantafyllidis, Kostas

    2013-01-24

    Polystyrene-b-polyisoprene-b-polystyrene (PS-b-PI-b-PS), a widely used linear triblock copolymer of the glassy-rubbery-glassy type, was prepared in this study by anionic polymerization and was further used for the development of novel polymer nanocomposite materials. Hybrid nanoadditives were prepared by the catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CCVD) method through which carbon nanotubes were grown on the surface of smectite clay nanolayers. Side-wall chemical organo-functionalization of the nanotubes was performed in order to enhance the chemical compatibilization of the clay-CNT hybrid nanoadditives with the hydrophobic triblock copolymer. The hybrid clay-CNT nanoadditives were incorporated in the copolymer matrix by a simple solution-precipitation method at two nanoadditive to polymer loadings (one low, i.e., 1 wt %, and one high, i.e., 5 wt %). The resulting nanocomposites were characterized by a combination of techniques and compared with more classical nanocomposites prepared using organo-modified clays as nanoadditives. FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies verified the presence of the hybrid nanoadditives in the final nanocomposites, while X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy proved the formation of fully exfoliated structures. Viscometry measurements were further used to show the successful incorporation and homogeneous dispersion of the hybrid nanoadditives in the polymer mass. The so prepared nanocomposites exhibited enhanced mechanical properties compared to the pristine polymer and the nanocomposites prepared by conventional organo-clays. Both tensile stress and strain at break were improved probably due to better interfacial adhesion of the clay-CNT hybrid of the flexible rubbery PI middle blocks of the triblock copolymer matrix. PMID:23256576

  4. Morphology and Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Styrene Containing Tri-Block Copolymers for Electromagnetic Wave Interaction Applications

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    Peddini, S.; Mauritz, K.; Nikles, D.; Weston, J.

    2008-03-01

    Styrene containing triblock copolymers, namely poly(styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene) (SEBS) and poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene)] (SBS), were selectively modified by attaching polar groups to facilitate the in-growth of an inorganic component. In case of SEBS, the styrene block was sulfonated, and in SBS, the butadiene block was hydroxylated. The extent of modification was determined by analytical and spectroscopic methods. This presentation shows the morphology and dynamical mechanical properties of both block copolymers before and after modification. Nanocomposites of these block copolymers were prepared by inclusion of magnetic metal oxides via an in-situ precipitation and self assembly processes and their morphology and dynamical mechanical properties were studied. Magnetic properties of these polymers filled with iron oxide nanoparticles were measured using an alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM) at room temperature to observe the magnetic hysteresis.

  5. Effects of cationic ammonium gemini surfactant on micellization of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers in aqueous solution.

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    Wang, Ruijuan; Tang, Yongqiang; Wang, Yilin

    2014-03-01

    Effects of cationic ammonium gemini surfactant hexamethylene-1,6-bis(dodecyldimethylammonium bromide) (12-6-12) on the micellization of two triblock copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide), F127 (EO97PO69EO97) and P123 (EO20PO70EO20), have been studied in aqueous solution by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), and NMR techniques. Compared with traditional single-chain ionic surfactants, 12-6-12 has a stronger ability of lowering the CMT of the copolymers, which should be attributed to the stronger aggregation ability and lower critical micelle concentration of 12-6-12. The critical micelle temperature (CMT) of the two copolymers decreases as the 12-6-12 concentration increases and the ability of 12-6-12 in lowering the CMT of F127 is slightly stronger than that of P123. Moreover, a combination of ITC and DLS has shown that 12-6-12 binds to the copolymers at the temperatures from 16 to 40 °C. At the temperatures below the CMT of the copolymers, 12-6-12 micelles bind on single copolymer chains and induce the copolymers to initiate aggregation at very low 12-6-12 concentration. At the temperatures above the CMT of the copolymers, the interaction of 12-6-12 with both monomeric and micellar copolymers leads to the formation of the mixed copolymer/12-6-12 micelles, then the mixed micelles break into smaller mixed micelles, and finally free 12-6-12 micelles form with the increase of the 12-6-12 concentration. PMID:24528103

  6. Amphiphilic PEO-b-PBLG diblock and PBLG-b-PEO-b-PBLG triblock copolymer based nanoparticles: doxorubicin loading and in vitro evaluation.

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    Kakkar, Dipti; Mazzaferro, Silvia; Thevenot, Julie; Schatz, Christophe; Bhatt, Anant; Dwarakanath, Bilikere S; Singh, Harpal; Mishra, Anil K; Lecommandoux, Sebastien

    2015-01-01

    Huisgen's 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition ("Click Chemestry") has been used to prepare amphiphilic PEO-b-PBLG diblock and PBLG-b-PEO-b-PBLG triblock copolymers as potential carriers of anticancer drugs. Spherical and flower shaped micelles (D ≈ 100 nm) were obtained from diblock and triblock copolymers respectively. DOX was effectively encapsulated up to 18 wt.% and 50-60% of it was steadily released from the micelles over a period of 7 d. Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy confirmed the effective intracellular uptake as well as the sustained release of DOX from micelles. These results suggest that the diblock as well as triblock copolymers are promising carriers for intra-cellular drug delivery. PMID:25557884

  7. Chirality Effect on Flory-Huggins Interaction Parameters in Polylactide-b-Poly(ethylene-co-1-butene)-b-Polylactide Triblock Copolymers

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    Cao, Weiqiang; Zhu, Lei; Rong, Lixia; Hsiao, Benjamin S.

    2009-03-01

    In this work, a set of well-defined polylactide-b-poly(ethylene-co-1-butene)-b-polylactide (PLA-PEB-PLA) triblock copolymers were synthesized by controlled ring-opening polymerization of corresponding lactide monomers (L-lactide and racemic mixture of D- and L-lactides) using Sn(Oct)2 as the catalyst. The volume fractions of PLA in the triblock copolymers were adjusted by tuning its molecular weight. The mesophase morphology and phase transitions in these triblock copolymers were studied by temperature-dependent small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The Flory-Huggins interaction parameter χ between EB and lactide as a function of temperature were estimated from the order-disorder transition temperature (TODT) using the mean-field critical (χN)c values. The effects of PLA chirality on both Flory-Huggins interaction parameter and segmental lengths were investigated.

  8. Synthesis of zwitterionic polymer-based amphiphilic triblock copolymers by atom transfer radical polymerization for production of extremely stable nanoemlusions

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    Lee, Jin Yong; Kim, Ji Eun; Kim, Jin Woong

    2015-03-01

    In fields of soft matter, there have been growing interests in utilizing amphiphilic block copolymers due to their intriguing properties, such as surface activity as well as self-assembly. In this work, we synthesize a series of poly (2-(methacryloyloxy) ethyl phosphorylcholine)- b-poly (ɛ-caprolactone)- b-poly (2-(methacryloyloxy) ethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC- b-PCL- b-PMPC) triblock copolymers by using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). We have a particular interest in using poly (2-(methacryloyloxy) ethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) as a hydrophilic block, since it can have both electrostatic repulsion and steric repulsion in complex fluid systems. Assembling them at the oil-water interface by using the phase inversion method enables production of highly stable nanoemulsions. From the analyses of the crystallography and self-assembly behavior, we have found that the triblock copolymers assemble to form a flexible but tough molecular thin film at the interface, which is essential for the remarkable improvement in the emulsion stability.

  9. Biodegradable nanoparticles of amphiphilic triblock copolymers based on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and poly(ethylene glycol) as drug carriers.

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    Chen, Cheng; Yu, Chung Him; Cheng, Yin Chung; Yu, Peter H F; Cheung, Man Ken

    2006-09-01

    New amorphous amphiphilic triblock copolymers of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB-PEG-PHB) were synthesized using the ring-opening copolymerization of beta-butyrolactone monomer. They were characterized by fluorescence, SEM and (1)H NMR. These triblock copolymers can form biodegradable nanoparticles with core-shell structure in aqueous solution. Comparing to the poly(ethylene oxide)-PHB-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PHB-PEO) copolymers, these nanoparticles exhibited much smaller critical micelle concentrations and better drug loading properties, which indicated that the nanoparticles were very suitable for delivery carriers of hydrophobic drugs. The drug release profile monitored by fluorescence showed that the release of pyrene from the PHB-PEG-PHB nanoparticles exhibited the second-order exponential decay behavior. The initial biodegradation rate of the PHB-PEG-PHB nanoparticles was related to the enzyme amount, the initial concentrations of nanoparticle dispersions and the PHB block length. The biodegraded products detected by (1)H NMR contained 3HB monomer, dimer and minor trimer, which were safe to the body. PMID:16740306

  10. Reversible, voltage-activated formation of biomimetic membranes between triblock copolymer-coated aqueous droplets in good solvents.

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    Tamaddoni, Nima; Taylor, Graham; Hepburn, Trevor; Michael Kilbey, S; Sarles, Stephen A

    2016-06-21

    Biomimetic membranes assembled from block copolymers attract considerable interest because they exhibit greater stability and longetivity compared to lipid bilayers, and some enable the reconstitution of functional transmembrane biomolecules. Yet to-date, block copolymer membranes have not been achieved using the droplet interface bilayer (DIB) method, which uniquely allows assembling single- and multi-membrane networks between water droplets in oil. Herein, we investigate the formation of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(dimethyl siloxane)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer-stabilized interfaces (CSIs) between polymer-coated aqueous droplets in solutions comprising combinations of decane, hexadecane and AR20 silicone oil. We demonstrate that triblock-coated droplets do not spontaneously adhere in these oils because all are thermodynamically good solvents for the hydrophobic PDMS middle block. However, thinned planar membranes are reversibly formed at the interface between droplets upon the application of a sufficient transmembrane voltage, which removes excess solvent from between droplets through electrocompression. At applied voltages above the threshold required to initiate membrane thinning, electrowetting causes the area of the CSI between droplets to increase while thickness remains constant; the CSI electrowetting response is similar to that encountered with lipid-based DIBs. In combination, these results reveal that stable membranes can be assembled in a manner that is completely reversible when an external pressure is used to overcome a barrier to adhesion caused by solvent-chain interactions, and they demonstrate new capability for connecting and disconnecting aqueous droplets via polymer-stabilized membranes. PMID:27174295

  11. Hydrogels composed of cyclodextrin inclusion complexes with PLGA-PEG-PLGA triblock copolymers as drug delivery systems.

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    Khodaverdi, Elham; Mirzazadeh Tekie, Farnaz Sadat; Hadizadeh, Farzin; Esmaeel, Haydar; Mohajeri, Seyed Ahmad; Sajadi Tabassi, Sayyed A; Zohuri, Gholamhossein

    2014-02-01

    Although conventional pharmaceuticals have many drug dosage forms on the market, the development of new therapeutic molecules and the low efficacy of instant release formulations for the treatment of some chronic diseases and specific conditions encourage scientists to invent different delivery systems. To this purpose, a supramolecular hydrogel consisting of the tri-block copolymer PLGA-PEGPLGA and α-cyclodextrin was fabricated for the first time and characterised in terms of rheological, morphological, and structural properties. Naltrexone hydrochloride and vitamin B12 were loaded, and their release profiles were determined. PMID:24234803

  12. Effect of nanoscale morphology on selective ethanol transport through block copolymer membranes

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    We report on the effect of block copolymer domain size on transport of liquid mixtures through the membranes by presenting pervaporation data of an 8 wt% ethanol/water mixture through A-B-A and B-A-B triblock copolymer membranes. The A-block was chosen to facilitate ethanol transport while the B-blo...

  13. Structural insights into the effect of cholinium-based ionic liquids on the critical micellization temperature of aqueous triblock copolymers.

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    Khan, Imran; Umapathi, Reddicherla; Neves, Márcia C; Coutinho, João A P; Venkatesu, Pannuru

    2016-03-16

    Symmetrical poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PPG-PEG) triblock copolymer with 82.5% PEG as the hydrophilic end blocks, and PPG as the hydrophobic middle block, was chosen to study the effect of ionic liquids (ILs) on the critical micellization temperature (CMT) of block copolymers in aqueous solution. In the present work, cholinium-based ILs were chosen to explore the effect of the anions on the copolymer CMT using fluorescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), viscosity (η), FT-IR spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and direct visualization of the various self-assembled nanostructures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The result suggests that ILs have the ability to decrease the CMT of the aqueous copolymer solution which is dependent on the nature of the anions of the ILs. The present study reveals that the hydrophobic part PPG of the copolymer has more influence on this behavior than the PEG hydrophilic part. PMID:26700649

  14. Biodegradable poly(ether ester urethane)urea elastomers based on poly(ether ester) triblock copolymers and putrescine: synthesis, characterization and cytocompatibility.

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    Guan, Jianjun; Sacks, Michael S; Beckman, Eric J; Wagner, William R

    2004-01-01

    Polymers with elastomeric mechanical properties, tunable biodegradation properties and cytocompatibility would be desirable for numerous biomedical applications. Toward this end a series of biodegradable poly(ether ester urethane)urea elastomers (PEEUUs) based on poly(ether ester) triblock copolymers were synthesized and characterized. Poly(ether ester) triblock copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone with polyethylene glycol (PEG). PEEUUs were synthesized from these triblock copolymers and butyl diisocyanate, with putrescine as a chain extender. PEEUUs exhibited low glass transition temperatures and possessed tensile strengths ranging from 8 to 20MPa and breaking strains from 325% to 560%. Increasing PEG length or decreasing poly(caprolactone) length in the triblock segment increased PEEUU water absorption and biodegradation rate. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells cultured in a medium supplemented with PEEUU biodegradation solution suggested a lack of degradation product cytotoxicity. Endothelial cell adhesion to PEEUUs was less than 60% of tissue culture polystyrene and was inversely related to PEEUU hydrophilicity. Surface modification of PEEUUs with ammonia gas radio-frequency glow discharge and subsequent immobilization of the cell adhesion peptide Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser increased endothelial adhesion to a level equivalent to tissue culture polystyrene. These biodegradable PEEUUs thus possessed properties that would be amenable to applications where high strength and flexibility would be desirable and exhibited the potential for tuning with appropriate triblock segment selection and surface modification. PMID:14580912

  15. ABC triblock surface active block copolymer with grafted ethoxylated fluoroalkyl amphiphilic side chains for marine antifouling/fouling-release applications.

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    Weinman, Craig J; Finlay, John A; Park, Daewon; Paik, Marvin Y; Krishnan, Sitaraman; Sundaram, Harihara S; Dimitriou, Michael; Sohn, Karen E; Callow, Maureen E; Callow, James A; Handlin, Dale L; Willis, Carl L; Kramer, Edward J; Ober, Christopher K

    2009-10-20

    An amphiphilic triblock surface-active block copolymer (SABC) possessing ethoxylated fluoroalkyl side chains was synthesized through the chemical modification of a polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polyisoprene polymer precursor. Bilayer coatings on glass slides consisting of a thin layer of the amphiphilic SABC spray coated on a thick layer of a polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polystyrene (SEBS) thermoplastic elastomer were prepared for biofouling assays with the green alga Ulva and the diatom Navicula. Dynamic water contact angle analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the surfaces. Additionally, the effect of the Young's modulus of the coating on the release properties of sporelings (young plants) of the green alga Ulva was examined through the use of two different SEBS thermoplastic elastomers possessing modulus values of an order of magnitude in difference. The amphiphilic SABC was found to reduce the settlement density of zoospores of Ulva as well as the strength of attachment of sporelings. The attachment strength of the sporelings was further reduced for the amphiphilic SABC on the "low"-modulus SEBS base layer. The weaker adhesion of diatoms, relative to a PDMS standard, further highlights the antifouling potential of this amphiphilic triblock hybrid copolymer. PMID:19821626

  16. Challenges in Fabrication of Mesoporous Carbon Films with Ordered Cylindrical Pores via Phenolic Oligomer Self-Assembly with Triblock Copolymers

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    Song, Lingyan; Feng, Dan; Fredin, Nathaniel J.; Yager, Kevin G.; Jones, Ronald L.; Wu, Quanyan; Zhao, Dongyuan; Vogt, Bryan D.

    2010-06-22

    Mesoporous phenol formaldehyde (PF) polymer resin and carbon films are prepared by a solution self-assembly of PF oligomers with amphiphilic triblock copolymers. After thermopolymerization of the PF to cross-link the network, the films show an ordered morphology as determined by X-ray diffraction and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). Our results show that the amphiphilic triblock copolymer template greatly influences the stability of the final porous mesostructures. The pyrolysis of the two-dimensional (2-D) hexagonal films with p6mm symmetry templated by Pluronic F127 yields a disordered porous structure following the template removal. Conversely, films templated by Pluronic P123 can exhibit well-ordered cylindrical pores after the template removal, but the solution composition range to yield ordered cylindrical mesopores is significantly reduced (nearly 70%) for thin films in comparison to bulk powders. We propose two dominant difficulties in fabricating well-ordered cylindrical mesopores in films: first, the stress from contraction during the pyrolysis can lead to a collapse of the mesostructure if the wall thickness is insufficient, and second, the surface wetting behavior in thin films leads to a small compositional range.

  17. From multi-responsive tri- and diblock copolymers to diblock-copolymer-decorated gold nanoparticles: the effect of architecture on micellization behaviors in aqueous solutions.

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    Song, Lichun; Sun, Hui; Chen, Xiaolu; Han, Xia; Liu, Honglai

    2015-06-28

    This work reports on the aqueous stimuli-responsive behaviors of an ABA triblock copolymer, a BAB triblock copolymer, an AB diblock copolymer and citrate-based gold nanoparticles decorated with AB diblock copolymers (where A is the pH- and thermo-responsive poly[N,N-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA) and B is the thermo-responsive poly[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate] (PMEO2MA)). The symmetric triblock polymers were synthesized via sequential atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using a disulfide-functionalized initiator. Subsequently, the thiol-ended diblock copolymers were facilely obtained by reducing these triblock copolymers and were grafted onto gold nanoparticle (AuNP) surfaces via ligand exchange to yield stimuli-sensitive gold nanoparticles (Au@AB and Au@BA). The ABA and BAB triblock copolymers exhibited two-step thermo-induced aggregation behavior in water at a pH near the isoelectric point (IEP), which resulted in the formation of micelles after the first lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and large aggregates consisting of clustered micelles above the second LCST transition. The significant difference between the micelle sizes of the ABA and BAB copolymers, such that the micelle size of the BAB copolymer was smaller than that of the ABA copolymer although both had a similar unit composition, suggests a distinction between the micelle structures. The "branch" and "flower-like" micelles that are formed in the ABA and BAB aqueous solutions, respectively, ultimately governed the phase transition behaviors. The AB diblock copolymer exhibited similar micellization behavior and a micelle size roughly similar to that of the ABA triblock copolymer, although the chain length of the AB copolymer is only half that of the ABA copolymer. Both Au@PDMAEMA-PMEO2MA and Au@PMEO2MA-PDMAEMA showed similar dual LCST behaviors and pH-responsive behaviors in aqueous solutions without the addition of salt. A significant difference was observed

  18. Organic additive, 5-methylsalicylic acid induces spontaneous structural transformation of aqueous pluronic triblock copolymer solution: a spectroscopic investigation of interaction of curcumin with pluronic micellar and vesicular aggregates.

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    Ghosh, Surajit; Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Banik, Debasis; Kundu, Niloy; Roy, Arpita; Banerjee, Chiranjib; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2014-10-01

    This article presents the interaction of curcumin in the microenvironments provided by aggregation of pluronic triblock copolymer P123 into micellar and vesicular assemblies. The formation of vesicles using triblock copolymer P123 and 5-methylsalicylic acid (5 mS) has been successfully characterized by optical spectroscopy, light scattering measurement, and eventually microscopic techniques. Besides, to make a comparative study between the polymeric micelles, we have also investigated the photophysical changes of curcumin in F127 triblock copolymer micelles having variation in poly(ethylene oxide) (PPO) and poly(propylene oxide) (PEO) unit of polymer chain to that of P123. Time-dependent UV-vis measurement suggests that these polymer micelles are able to stabilize poorly water-soluble curcumin by suppressing the degradation rate in micellar nanocavity. However, experimental observations suggest that P123 micelles are more efficient than F127 to perturb excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT)-related nonradiative decay of curcumin. We also observed that rigid and confined microenvironment of P123/5 mS vesicles enhances emission intensity and lifetime of curcumin more compared to P123 micelles. All the observations suggest that modulation of photophysics of curcumin is responsible due to its interaction with poly(ethylene oxide) or poly(propylene oxide) unit of triblock copolymer. PMID:25192258

  19. Self-assembled supramolecular hydrogel based on PCL-PEG-PCL triblock copolymer and γ-cyclodextrin inclusion complex for sustained delivery of dexamethasone.

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    Khodaverdi, Elham; Gharechahi, Marzieh; Alibolandi, Mona; Tekie, Farnaz Sadat Mirzazadeh; Khashyarmanesh, Bibi Zahra; Hadizadeh, Farzin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, thermosensitive, water-soluble, and biodegradable triblock copolymer PCL600-PEG6000-PCL600 was used to form supramolecular hydrogel (SMGel) by inclusion complexation with γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD). The prepared SMGel was investigated as a carrier for sustained release of dexamethasone. The triblock copolymer PCL-PEG-PCL [where PCL = polycaprolactone, PEG = poly(ethylene glycol)] was synthesized by the ring-opening polymerization method using microwave irradiation. The polymerization reaction and the copolymer structures were evaluated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). SMGel was prepared in aqueous solution by blending an aqueous γ-CD solution with aqueous solution of PCL-PEG-PCL triblock copolymer at room temperature. The sol-to-gel transition time was measured at various concentrations of copolymer and γ-CD. As-prepared SMGel was used to prepare a sustained, controllable drug delivery system of dexamethasone sodium phosphate. The SMGel was also characterized in terms of rheological, morphological, and structural properties. Results obtained from proton nuclear magnetic resonance ( (1)H-NMR) and GPC demonstrated that microwave irradiation is a simple and reliable method for synthesis of PEG-PCL copolymer. The SMGel with excellent syringability was prepared by mixing of 20% wt γ-CD and 10% wt of copolymer within 4 s. The SMGel containing 10% wt copolymer, 20% wt γ-CD, and 0.5% or 0.1% wt dexamethasone released approximately 100% and 45% of drug over up to 23 days, respectively. It could be concluded that SMGel based on self-assembly of inclusion complexes between PCL-PEG-PCL copolymer and γ-CD could be used as a basis for injectable drug delivery systems that provide sustained and controlled release of macromolecular drugs such as dexamethasone. PMID:27051627

  20. Self-assembled supramolecular hydrogel based on PCL-PEG-PCL triblock copolymer and γ-cyclodextrin inclusion complex for sustained delivery of dexamethasone

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    Khodaverdi, Elham; Gharechahi, Marzieh; Alibolandi, Mona; Tekie, Farnaz Sadat Mirzazadeh; Khashyarmanesh, Bibi Zahra; Hadizadeh, Farzin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, thermosensitive, water-soluble, and biodegradable triblock copolymer PCL600-PEG6000-PCL600 was used to form supramolecular hydrogel (SMGel) by inclusion complexation with γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD). The prepared SMGel was investigated as a carrier for sustained release of dexamethasone. The triblock copolymer PCL-PEG-PCL [where PCL = polycaprolactone, PEG = poly(ethylene glycol)] was synthesized by the ring-opening polymerization method using microwave irradiation. The polymerization reaction and the copolymer structures were evaluated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). SMGel was prepared in aqueous solution by blending an aqueous γ-CD solution with aqueous solution of PCL-PEG-PCL triblock copolymer at room temperature. The sol-to-gel transition time was measured at various concentrations of copolymer and γ-CD. As-prepared SMGel was used to prepare a sustained, controllable drug delivery system of dexamethasone sodium phosphate. The SMGel was also characterized in terms of rheological, morphological, and structural properties. Results obtained from proton nuclear magnetic resonance ( 1H-NMR) and GPC demonstrated that microwave irradiation is a simple and reliable method for synthesis of PEG-PCL copolymer. The SMGel with excellent syringability was prepared by mixing of 20% wt γ-CD and 10% wt of copolymer within 4 s. The SMGel containing 10% wt copolymer, 20% wt γ-CD, and 0.5% or 0.1% wt dexamethasone released approximately 100% and 45% of drug over up to 23 days, respectively. It could be concluded that SMGel based on self-assembly of inclusion complexes between PCL-PEG-PCL copolymer and γ-CD could be used as a basis for injectable drug delivery systems that provide sustained and controlled release of macromolecular drugs such as dexamethasone. PMID:27051627

  1. Effect of interfaces on the melting of PEO confined in triblock PS-b-PEO-b-PS copolymers.

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    Beaudoin, E; Phan, T N T; Robinet, M; Denoyel, R; Davidson, P; Bertin, D; Bouchet, R

    2013-08-27

    Block copolymers form nanostructures that have interesting physical properties because they combine, for a single compound, the complementary features brought by each block. However, in order to fully exploit these properties, the physical state of each kind of domain must be precisely controlled. In this work, triblock PS-b-PEO-b-PS copolymers consisting of a central poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) block covalently bonded to polystyrene (PS) blocks were synthesized by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization. Their morphology was investigated by X-ray scattering and TEM experiments whereas their thermodynamic behavior was characterized by DSC. A strong decrease of both the melting temperature and the degree of crystallinity of PEO, due to its confinement between the PS domains, was observed and analyzed with a modified Gibbs-Thomson equation, following the approaches used for fluids confined in porous media. The existence of an amorphous bound layer, a few nanometers thick, at the PEO/PS interface, that does not undergo any phase transition in the temperature range investigated, accounts for both the melting temperature depression and the decrease of crystallinity upon confinement. This interfacial layer may significantly affect the mechanical and transport properties of these block copolymers that find applications as solid polymer electrolytes in batteries for example. Moreover, the value obtained for the solid PEO/liquid PEO surface tension is lower than those previously published but is thermodynamically consistent with the surface tensions of polymers at the solid/vapor and liquid/vapor interfaces. PMID:23865710

  2. Effects of temperature and salt concentration on the structural and dynamical features in aqueous solutions of charged triblock copolymers.

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    Kjøniksen, Anna-Lena; Zhu, Kaizheng; Behrens, Manja A; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Nyström, Bo

    2011-03-17

    Effects of temperature and salt addition on the association behavior in aqueous solutions of a series of charged thermosensitive methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid sodium) triblock copolymers (MPEG(45)-b-P(NIPAAM)(n)-b-P(SSS)(22)) with different lengths of the PNIPAAM block (n=17, 48, and 66) have been studied with the aid of turbidity, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Increasing temperature and salinity as well as longer PNIPAAM blocks are all factors that promote the formation of association structures. The SAXS data show that, for the copolymers with n=48 and n=66, increasing temperature and salt concentration induce interchain associations and higher values of the aggregation number, whereas no aggregation was observed for the copolymer with the shortest PNIPAAM chain. However, DLS measurements reveal the presence of larger association clusters. The cloud point is found to decrease with raising salinity and longer PNIPAAM block. The general picture that emerges is the delicate interplay between repulsive electrostatic forces and hydrophobic interactions and that this balance can be tuned by changing the temperature, salinity, and the length of the PNIPAAM block. PMID:21338148

  3. Model photo-responsive elastomers based on the self-assembly of side group liquid crystal triblock copolymers (Presentation Recording)

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    Kurji, Zuleikha; Kornfield, Julia A.; Kuzyk, Mark G.

    2015-10-01

    We report the synthesis of azobenzene-containing coil-liquid crystal-coil triblock copolymers that form uniform and highly reproducible elastomers by self-assembly. To serve as actuators to (non-invasively) steer a fiber optic, for example in deep brain stimulation, the polymers are designed to become monodomain "single liquid crystal" elastomers during the fiber-draw process and to have a large stress/strain response to stimulation with either light or heat. A fundamental scientific question that we seek to answer is how the interplay between the concentration of photoresponsive mesogens and the proximity to the nematic-isotropic transition governs the sensitivity of the material to stimuli. Specifically, a matched pair of polymers, one with ~5% azobenzene-containing side groups (~95% cyanobiphenyl side groups) and the other with 100% cyanobiphenyl side groups were synthesized from identical triblock pre-polymers (with polystyerene end blocks and 1,2-polybutadiene midblocks). These can be blended in various ratios to prepare a series of elastomers that are precisely matched in terms of the backbone length between physical crosslinks (because each polymer is derived from the same pre-polymer), while differing in % azobenzene side groups, allowing the effect of concentration of photoresponsive groups to be unambiguously determined.

  4. Mechanical behaviour׳s evolution of a PLA-b-PEG-b-PLA triblock copolymer during hydrolytic degradation.

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    Breche, Q; Chagnon, G; Machado, G; Girard, E; Nottelet, B; Garric, X; Favier, D

    2016-07-01

    PLA-b-PEG-b-PLA is a biodegradable triblock copolymer that presents both the mechanical properties of PLA and the hydrophilicity of PEG. In this paper, physical and mechanical properties of PLA-b-PEG-b-PLA are studied during in vitro degradation. The degradation process leads to a mass loss, a decrease of number average molecular weight and an increase of dispersity index. Mechanical experiments are made in a specific experimental set-up designed to create an environment close to in vivo conditions. The viscoelastic behaviour of the material is studied during the degradation. Finally, the mechanical behaviour is modelled with a linear viscoelastic model. A degradation variable is defined and included in the model to describe the hydrolytic degradation. This variable is linked to physical parameters of the macromolecular polymer network. The model allows us to describe weak deformations but become less accurate for larger deformations. The abilities and limits of the model are discussed. PMID:26919565

  5. Kinetics of Transition between HEX and Lamellar Phases in a triblock copolymer solution in a selective solvent.

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    Liu, Yongsheng; Bansil, Rama; Steinhart, Milos

    2006-03-01

    Synchrotron based time-resolved small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), was used to study the kinetics of ordering transition (OOT) between cylindrical micelles in HEX phase and lamellar (LAM) phase in a 0.4 (w/v) solution of a triblock of polystyrene (PS) and poly(ethylene-co-butylene) (PEB), SEBS (PS-PEB-PS) copolymer in Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), a selective solvent for the PS block. From a temperature ramp experiment the OOT was identified at about 137C and an ODT above 160 C. Several temperature jump experiments from HEX to LAM and the reverse were performed over the temperature range of 110-155C. Detailed analysis of the time evolution of the intensities of the Bragg peaks to follow the kinetics of the transition between HEX and LAM phases will be presented. A model to explain the transition mechanism will be discussed. This research was supported by NSF-DMR.

  6. Enhanced Dispersion and Stability of Petroleum Coke Water Slurries via Triblock Copolymer and Xanthan Gum: Rheological and Adsorption Studies.

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    Williams, Brian P; Pinge, Shubham; Kim, Young-Kwang; Kim, Juhoe; Joo, Yong Lak

    2015-08-25

    The rheology of petroleum coke (petcoke) water slurries was investigated with a variety of nonionic and anionic dispersants including poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-b-poly(propylene oxide) (PPO)-b-PEO triblock copolymers (trade name: Pluronic, BASF), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(carboxylate acid) (PCA), sodium lignosulfonate (SLS), and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). Each effective dispersant system shared very similar rheological behavior to the others when examined at the same volume fraction from its maximum petcoke loading. Triblock copolymer, Pluronic F127 (F127), was found to be the best dispersant by comparing the maximum petcoke loading for each dispersant. The yield stress was measured as a function of petcoke loading and dispersant concentration for F127, and a minimum dispersant concentration was observed. An adsorption isotherm and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images reveal that this effective dispersion of petcoke particles by F127 is due to the formation of a uniform monolayer of brushes where hydrophobic PPO domains of F127 adhere to the petcoke surface, while hydrophilic PEO tails fill the gap between petcoke particles. F127 was then compared to other Pluronics with various PEO and PPO chain lengths, and the effects of surface and dispersant hydrophilicity were examined. Finally, xanthan gum (XG) was tested as a stabilizer in combination with F127 for potential industrial application, and F127 appears to break the XG aggregates into smaller aggregates through competitive adsorption, leading to an excellent degree of dispersion but the reduced stability of petcoke slurries. PMID:26245829

  7. Growth of ordered silver nanoparticles in silica film mesostructured with a triblock copolymer PEO-PPO-PEO

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    Bois, L.; Chassagneux, F.; Parola, S.; Bessueille, F.; Battie, Y.; Destouches, N.; Boukenter, A.; Moncoffre, N.

    2009-07-15

    Elaboration of mesostructured silica films with a triblock copolymer polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide, (PEO-PPO-PEO) and controlled growth of silver nanoparticles in the mesostructure are described. The films are characterized using UV-visible optical absorption spectroscopy, TEM, AFM, SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Organized arrays of spherical silver nanoparticles with diameter between 5 and 8 nm have been obtained by NaBH{sub 4} reduction. The size and the repartition of silver nanoparticles are controlled by the film mesostructure. The localization of silver nanoparticles exclusively in the upper-side part of the silica-block copolymer film is evidenced by RBS experiment. On the other hand, by using a thermal method, 40 nm long silver sticks can be obtained, by diffusion and coalescence of spherical particles in the silica-block copolymer layer. In this case, migration of silver particles toward the glass substrate-film interface is shown by the RBS experiment. - Graphical abstract: Growth of silver nanoparticles in a mesostructured block copolymer F127-silica film is performed either by a chemical route involving NaBH{sub 4} reduction or by a thermal method. An array of spherical silver nanoparticles with 10 nm diameter on the upper-side of the mesostructured film or silver sticks long of 40 nm with a preferential orientation are obtained according to the method used. a: TEM image of the Fag5SiNB sample illustrating the silver nanoparticles array obtained by the chemical process; b: HR-TEM image of the Fag20Sid2 sample illustrating the silver nanosticks obtained by the thermal process.

  8. siRNA delivery from triblock copolymer micelles with spatially-ordered compartments of PEG shell, siRNA-loaded intermediate layer, and hydrophobic core.

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    Kim, Hyun Jin; Miyata, Kanjiro; Nomoto, Takahiro; Zheng, Meng; Kim, Ahram; Liu, Xueying; Cabral, Horacio; Christie, R James; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2014-05-01

    Hydrophobized block copolymers have widely been developed for construction of polymeric micelles for stable delivery of nucleic acids as well as anticancer drugs. Herein, we elaborated an A-B-C type of triblock copolymer featuring shell-forming A-segment, nucleic acid-loading B-segment, and stable core-forming C-segment, directed toward construction of a three-layered polymeric micelle as a small interfering RNA (siRNA) vehicle. The triblock copolymer was prepared with nonionic and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), cationic poly(l-lysine) (PLys), and poly{N-[N-(2-aminoethyl)-2-aminoethyl]aspartamide} [PAsp(DET)] bearing a hydrophobic dimethoxy nitrobenzyl ester (DN) moiety in the side chain [PEG-PLys-PAsp(DET-DN)]. The resulting triblock copolymers spontaneously formed sub-100 nm-sized polymeric micelles with a hydrophobic PAsp(DET-DN) core as well as PEG shell in an aqueous solution. This micelle was able to incorporate siRNA into the intermediate PLys layer, associated with slightly reduced size and a narrow size distribution. The triblock copolymer micelles (TCMs) stably encapsulated siRNA in serum-containing medium, whereas randomly hydrophobized triblock copolymer [PEG-PLys(DN)-PAsp(DET-DN)] control micelles (RCMs) gradually released siRNA with time and non-PEGylated diblock copolymer [PLys-PAsp(DET-DN)] control micelles (DCMs) immediately formed large aggregates. The TCMs thus induced appreciably stronger sequence-specific gene silencing in cultured cancer cells, compared to those control micelles. The siRNA delivery with TCMs was further examined in terms of cellular uptake and intracellular trafficking. The flow cytometric analysis revealed that the cellular uptake of TCMs was more efficient than that of RCMs, but less efficient than that of DCMs. The intracellular trafficking study using confocal laser scanning microscopy combined with fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) revealed that the TCMs could readily release the siRNA payload

  9. Triblock Copolymers with Grafted Fluorine-Free Amphiphilic Non-Ionic Side Chains for Antifouling and Fouling-Release Applications

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    Y Cho; H Sundaram; C Weinman; M Paik; M Dimitriou; J Finlay; M Callow; J Callow; E Kramer; C Ober

    2011-12-31

    Fluorine-free, amphiphilic, nonionic surface active block copolymers (SABCs) were synthesized through chemical modification of a polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polyisoprene triblock copolymer precursor with selected amphiphilic nonionic Brij and other surfactants. Amphiphilicity was imparted by a hydrophobic aliphatic group combined with a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) group-containing moiety. The surfaces were characterized by dynamic water contact angle, atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) analysis. In biofouling assays, settlement (attachment) of both spores of the green alga Ulva and cells of the diatom Navicula on SABCs modified with Brij nonionic side chains was significantly reduced relative to a PDMS standard, with a nonionic surfactant combining a PEG group and an aliphatic moiety demonstrating the best performance. Additionally, a fouling-release assay using sporelings (young plants) of Ulva and Navicula suggested that the SABC derived from nonionic Brij side chains also out-performed PDMS as a fouling-release material. Good antifouling and fouling-release properties were not demonstrated for the other two amphiphilic surfaces derived from silicone and aromatic group containing nonionic surfactants included in this study. The results suggest that small differences in chemical surface functionality impart more significant changes with respect to the antifouling settlement and fouling-release performance of materials than overall wettability behavior.

  10. Synthesis, morphology, and sensory applications of multifunctional rod-coil-coil triblock copolymers and their electrospun nanofibers.

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    Chiu, Yu-Cheng; Chen, Yougen; Kuo, Chi-Ching; Tung, Shih-Huang; Kakuchi, Toyoji; Chen, Wen-Chang

    2012-07-25

    We report the synthesis, morphology, and applications of conjugated rod-coil-coil triblock copolymers, polyfluorene-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly(N-methylolacrylamide) (PF-b-PNIPAAm-b-PNMA), prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization first and followed by click coupling reaction. The blocks of PF, PNIPAAm, and PNMA were designed for fluorescent probing, hydrophilic thermo-responsive and chemically cross-linking, respectively. In the following, the electrospun (ES) nanofibers of PF-b-PNIPAAm-b-PNMA were prepared in pure water using a single-capillary spinneret. The SAXS and TEM results suggested the lamellar structure of the PF-b-PNIPAAm-b-PNMA along the fiber axis. These obtained nanofibers showed outstanding wettability and dimension stability in the aqueous solution, and resulted in a reversible on/off transition on photoluminescence as the temperatures varied. Furthermore, the high surface/volume ratio of the ES nanofibers efficiently enhanced the temperature-sensitivity and responsive speed compared to those of the drop-cast film. The results indicated that the ES nanofibers of the conjugated rod-coil block copolymers would have potential applications for multifunctional sensory devices. PMID:22712723

  11. Synthesis, self-assembly, and pH-responsive behavior of (photo-crosslinked) star amphiphilic triblock copolymer.

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    Bian, Qingqing; Xiao, Yan; Zhou, Chen; Lang, Meidong

    2013-02-15

    Conventional polymeric micelles employed as drug carriers suffer from the drawback of disaggregation when diluted into body fluids, giving rise to premature release of drugs. In this work, cinnamate was chosen as a crosslinker to overcome this issue and regulate pH response. A series of photo-crosslinkable star amphiphilic triblock copolymers, star poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(2-cinnamoyloxyethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (SPCL-b-PCEMA-b-PDMAEMA), were prepared by combination of stepwise reversible addition-fragment chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and carbodiimide-mediated coupling reaction. These star amphiphilic copolymers could self-assemble into core-shell-corona micelles. Facile photo crosslinking of the micelles was carried out via UV irradiation. The crosslinked micelles showed an improved stability determined by critical micelle concentration (CMC). The degree of photo crosslinking was easily regulated by tuning UV irradiation time, and the hydrodynamic diameters (D(h)) decreased with increasing degree of photo crosslinking. The pH responses of micelles were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), indicating pH-induced swelling-shrinking behavior. For photo-crosslinked micelle, its capability of swelling-shrinking weakened with increasing crosslinking degree, suggesting that pH response was controlled by crosslinking density. This novel photo-crosslinked micelle system with adjustable pH response was expected to have potential as drug carriers for controlled release. PMID:23127872

  12. Thermally Switchable Thin Films of an ABC Triblock Copolymer of Poly(n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate)

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    Zhang, Shanju; Liu, Zhan; Bucknall, David G.; He, Lihong; Hong, Kunlun; Mays, Jimmy; Allen, Mark

    2011-01-01

    The thermo-responsive behavior of polymer films consisting of novel linear triblock copolymers of poly(n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate) (PnBuMA-PMMA-P2FEMA) are reported using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic forcing microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contacting angle (CA) measurements. The surface morphology, wettability and chemical structure of thin films of these triblock copolymers on silicon wafers as a function of temperature have been investigated. It has been shown that the wettability of the films is thermally switchable. Detailed structural analysis shows that thermo-responsive surface composition changes are produced. The underlying mechanism of the thermoresponsive behavior is discussed.

  13. Triblock Copolymer Nanovesicles for pH-Responsive Targeted Delivery and Controlled Release of siRNA to Cancer Cells.

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    Gallon, Elena; Matini, Teresa; Sasso, Luana; Mantovani, Giuseppe; Armiñan de Benito, Ana; Sanchis, Joaquin; Caliceti, Paolo; Alexander, Cameron; Vicent, Maria J; Salmaso, Stefano

    2015-07-13

    New pH-responsive polymersomes for active anticancer oligonucleotide delivery were prepared from triblock copolymers. The delivery systems were formed by two terminal hydrophilic blocks, PEG and polyglycerolmethacrylate (poly-GMA), and a central weakly basic block, polyimidazole-hexyl methacrylate (poly-ImHeMA), which can complex with oligonucleotides and control vesicle formation/disassembly via pH variations. Targeted polymersomes were prepared by mixing folate-derivatized and underivatized copolymers. At pH 5, ds-DNA was found to complex with the pH-responsive copolymers at a N/P molar ratio above ∼2:1, which assisted the encapsulation of ds-DNA in the polymersomes, while low association was observed at pH 7.4. Cytotoxicity studies performed on folate receptor overexpressing KB and B16-F10 cells and low folate receptor expressing MCF-7 cells showed high tolerance of the polymersomes at up to 3 mg/mL concentration. Studies performed with red blood cells showed that at pH 5.0 the polymersomes have endosomolytic properties. Cytofluorimetric studies showed a 5.5-fold higher uptake of ds-DNA loaded folate-functional polymersomes in KB cells compared to nontargeted polymersomes. In addition, ds-DNA was found to be localized both in the nucleus and in the cytosol. The incubation of luciferase transfected B16-F10 cells with targeted polymersomes loaded with luciferase and Hsp90 expression silencing siRNAs yielded 31 and 23% knockdown in target protein expression, respectively. PMID:25988940

  14. Directed Self-Assembly of Triblock Copolymer on Chemical Patterns for Sub-10-nm Nanofabrication via Solvent Annealing.

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    Xiong, Shisheng; Wan, Lei; Ishida, Yoshihito; Chapuis, Yves-Andre; Craig, Gordon S W; Ruiz, Ricardo; Nealey, Paul F

    2016-08-23

    Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers (BCPs) is a leading strategy to pattern at sublithographic resolution in the technology roadmap for semiconductors and is the only known solution to fabricate nanoimprint templates for the production of bit pattern media. While great progress has been made to implement block copolymer lithography with features in the range of 10-20 nm, patterning solutions below 10 nm are still not mature. Many BCP systems self-assemble at this length scale, but challenges remain in simultaneously tuning the interfacial energy atop the film to control the orientation of BCP domains, designing materials, templates, and processes for ultra-high-density DSA, and establishing a robust pattern transfer strategy. Among the various solutions to achieve domains that are perpendicular to the substrate, solvent annealing is advantageous because it is a versatile method that can be applied to a diversity of materials. Here we report a DSA process based on chemical contrast templates and solvent annealing to fabricate 8 nm features on a 16 nm pitch. To make this possible, a number of innovations were brought in concert with a common platform: (1) assembling the BCP in the phase-separated, solvated state, (2) identifying a larger process window for solvated triblock vs diblock BCPs as a function of solvent volume fraction, (3) employing templates for sub-10-nm BCP systems accessible by lithography, and (4) integrating a robust pattern transfer strategy by vapor infiltration of organometallic precursors for selective metal oxide synthesis to prepare an inorganic hard mask. PMID:27482932

  15. Fluorinated amphiphilic polymers and their blends for fouling-release applications: the benefits of a triblock copolymer surface.

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    Sundaram, Harihara S; Cho, Youngjin; Dimitriou, Michael D; Finlay, John A; Cone, Gemma; Williams, Sam; Handlin, Dale; Gatto, Joseph; Callow, Maureen E; Callow, James A; Kramer, Edward J; Ober, Christopher K

    2011-09-01

    Surface active triblock copolymers (SABC) with mixed polyethylene glycol (PEG) and two different semifluorinated alcohol side chains, one longer than the other, were blended with a soft thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polystyrene (SEBS). The surface composition of these blends was probed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. The surface reconstruction of the coatings in water was monitored qualitatively by dynamic water contact angles in air as well as air bubble contact angle measurements in water. By blending the SABC with SEBS, we minimize the amount of the SABC used while achieving a surface that is not greatly different in composition from the pure SABC. The 15 wt % blends of the SABC with long fluoroalkyl side chains showed a composition close to that of the pure SABC while the SABC with shorter perfluoroakyl side chains did not. These differences in surface composition were reflected in the fouling-release performance of the blends for the algae, Ulva and Navicula. PMID:21830813

  16. Experimental and theoretical studies on inhibition of mild steel corrosion by some synthesized polyurethane tri-block co-polymers.

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    Kumar, Sudershan; Vashisht, Hemlata; Olasunkanmi, Lukman O; Bahadur, Indra; Verma, Hemant; Singh, Gurmeet; Obot, Ime B; Ebenso, Eno E

    2016-01-01

    Polyurethane based tri-block copolymers namely poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP-PU) and poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA-PU) were synthesized through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) mechanism. The synthesized polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) methods. The corrosion inhibition performances of the compounds were investigated on mild steel (MS) in 0.5 M H2SO4 medium using electrochemical measurements, surface analysis, quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations (MDS). Potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) measurements revealed that the polymers are mixed-type corrosion inhibitors. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements showed that the polymers inhibit MS corrosion by adsorbing on MS surface to form pseudo-capacitive interface. The inhibitive effects of the polymers increase with increasing concentration and decrease with increasing temperature. The adsorption of both the polymers on MS surface obey the Langmuir adsorption isotherm and involves both physisorption and chemisorption mechanisms. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses showed that the polymers formed protective film on MS surface and shield it from direct acid attack. Quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations studies corroborate experimental results. PMID:27515383

  17. Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer in the micelle and the gel phase of a PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer

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    Mandal, Ujjwal; Ghosh, Subhadip; Dey, Shantanu; Adhikari, Aniruddha; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2008-04-28

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA) to coumarin dyes is studied in the micelle and the gel phase of a triblock copolymer, (PEO){sub 20}-(PPO){sub 70}-(PEO){sub 20} (Pluronic P123) by picosecond and femtosecond emission spectroscopies. The rate of PET in a P123 micelle and gel is found to be nonexponential and faster than the slow components of solvation dynamics. In a P123 micelle and gel, PET occurs on multiple time scales ranging from a subpicosecond time scale to a few nanoseconds. In the gel phase, the highest rate constant (9.3x10{sup 9} M{sup -1} s{sup -1}) of ET for C152 is about two times higher than that (3.8x10{sup 9} M{sup -1} s{sup -1}) observed in micelle phase. The ultrafast components of electron transfer (ET) exhibits a bell shaped dependence with the free energy change which is similar to the Marcus inversion. Possible reasons for slower PET in P123 micelle compared to other micelles and relative to P123 gel are discussed.

  18. Habit modification of 5,6-dimethyl-1H-benzotriazole in the presence of nonionic triblock copolymers

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    Molloy, Meghan R.; Partch, Richard

    2013-06-01

    The effects of different nonionic surfactants on the habit modification of 5,6-dimethyl-1H-benzotriazole (5,6-DMBTA) were evaluated. Three different triblock copolymers, Pluronic® F-127, Pluronic® L44NF, and Pluronic® P-123 were selected as nonionic surfactants. Crystallization was achieved by pH adjustment in an aqueous solution with or without the presence of surfactants. Pluronic® P-123 was found to have the most dramatic effect in changing the crystal habit of 5,6-DMBTA from needles to platelets. The surfactant with a smaller hydrophobic block, Pluronic® L44NF, or the one with a larger hydrophilic block, Pluronic® F-127, yield only shorter needles for the crystal habit. This indicates that both blocks of a surfactant backbone have an impact on habit modification. Analytical data confirmed that none of the three surfactants were incorporated into the crystal lattice of 5,6-DMBTA after crystallization. All the habit modified crystals have the same crystal form as the original 5,6-DMBTA crystal sample, indicating that solely a habit modifying process took place.

  19. Amphiphilic triblock copolymer-assisted synthesis of hierarchical NiCo nanoflowers by homogeneous nucleation in liquid polyols

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    Arief, Injamamul; Mukhopadhyay, P. K.

    2014-12-01

    Rose-like NiCo nanoflowers were synthesized by homogeneous, one-pot polyol reduction of Ni and Co-acetates in presence of an amphiphilic triblock copolymer and KOH. 1,2-propanediol was used as solvent-cum-reducing agent as no external reducing agent was found to be necessary in this process. Detailed x-ray diffraction and morphological characterizations confirmed formation of fcc hierarchical NiCo nanoflowers containing 2D nanosheet-like subunits (thickness of about 30 nm) with an average diameter of ~700 nm. Amphiphilic polymer played a pivotal role in the growth of nanorose as it favored a preferential growth of nanocrystals along a particular crystal plane as was observed in transmission electron microscopy. Effects of other parameters like use of hydrophilic polymer, surfactants, ratio of initial metal concentrations, choice of polyol media and concentration of KOH on the morphology of nanoflowers were also investigated. Room temperature magnetic studies revealed higher saturation magnetization and low coercivity (108.6 emu/g and 78.4 Oe) of nanorose. Based on LaMer model, a kinetically-controlled growth mechanism for the formation of NiCo nanorose is also proposed.

  20. Experimental and theoretical studies on inhibition of mild steel corrosion by some synthesized polyurethane tri-block co-polymers

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    Kumar, Sudershan; Vashisht, Hemlata; Olasunkanmi, Lukman O.; Bahadur, Indra; Verma, Hemant; Singh, Gurmeet; Obot, Ime B.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2016-01-01

    Polyurethane based tri-block copolymers namely poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP-PU) and poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA-PU) were synthesized through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) mechanism. The synthesized polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) methods. The corrosion inhibition performances of the compounds were investigated on mild steel (MS) in 0.5 M H2SO4 medium using electrochemical measurements, surface analysis, quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations (MDS). Potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) measurements revealed that the polymers are mixed-type corrosion inhibitors. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements showed that the polymers inhibit MS corrosion by adsorbing on MS surface to form pseudo-capacitive interface. The inhibitive effects of the polymers increase with increasing concentration and decrease with increasing temperature. The adsorption of both the polymers on MS surface obey the Langmuir adsorption isotherm and involves both physisorption and chemisorption mechanisms. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses showed that the polymers formed protective film on MS surface and shield it from direct acid attack. Quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations studies corroborate experimental results. PMID:27515383

  1. Morphology and Phase Transitions in Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene Triblock Copolymer Grafted with Isobutyl-Substituted Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes

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    Drazkowski, Daniel B.; Lee, Andre; Haddad, Timothy S.

    2008-10-03

    Two symmetric triblock polystyrene-butadiene-polystyrene (SBS) copolymers with different initial morphologies were grafted with varying amounts of isobutyl-substituted polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) molecules. The POSS octamers, R{prime}R{sub 7}Si{sub 8}O{sub 12}, were designed to contain a single silane functional group, R{prime}, which was used to graft onto the dangling 1,2-butadienes in the polybutadiene block and seven identical organic groups, R = isobutyl (iBu). Morphology and phase transitions of these iBu-POSS-modified SBS were investigated using small-angle X-ray scattering and rheological methods. It was observed that when iBu-POSS was grafted to the butadiene segment, the long-range and local order of the morphology were preserved, and the d-spacing showed a small, systematic increase with increasing POSS content. These observations suggest that grafted iBu-POSS were well-distributed within the butadiene domains and did not interact with the styrene domains; effectively, grafting of iBu-POSS to butadiene did not affect the segregation between butadiene and styrene domains. However, addition of iBu-POSS reduces the overall polystyrene volume. Consequently, from a morphology standpoint, this modification effectively shifts the phase diagram to lower styrene content. This was supported with SAXS and transition temperatures measurements made from the different host morphologies.

  2. Solvent-Driven Formation of Worm-Like Micelles Assembled from a CO₂-Responsive Triblock Copolymer.

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    Liu, Hanbin; Wang, Wei; Yin, Hongyao; Feng, Yujun

    2015-08-18

    Polymer worm-like micelles (WLMs) are difficult to target due to the narrow composition window. In this work, we report polymer WLMs self-assembled from a linear ABC triblock copolymer consisting of an intermediate fluorinated block of poly(2,2,3,4,4,4-hexafluorobutyl methacrylate) (F), a hydrophilic segment of poly(ethylene oxide) (O) and a CO2-responsive flank of poly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (E). In the mixed solvent of water and ethanol, the polymer aggregates evolve from spheres to short rods, then long cylinders and finally WLMs when the volume ratio of water increases from 0 to 50%. Upon the stimulus of CO2, the E block is protonated, thus transforms from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. However, the WLMs just partially return back to spheres even the protonation degree of E block is up to 95%. The closely packed arrangement of fluorinated block caused by the increasing interfacial tension of the fluorinated blocks and solvent could account for the formation of WLMs and its shape alternation under CO2 stimulus. PMID:26192273

  3. Thermodynamic and kinetic control of charged, amphiphilic triblock copolymer assembly via interaction with organic counterions in solvent mixtures

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    Cui, Honggang

    2007-12-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers, consisting of at least two types of monomers with different affinity to the dissolving solvent(s), have been recognized as a molecular building unit for their chemical tunability and design flexibility. Amphiphilic block copolymers with a chargeable block have structural features of polyelectrolytes, block copolymers and surfactants. The combination of these different features offers great flexibility for developing novel assembled morphologies at the nanoscale and outstanding ability to control and manipulate those morphologies. The nanostructures, formed from the spontaneous association of amphiphilic block copolymer in selective solvents, show promise for applications in nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals, including drug delivery, tissue engineering and bio-imaging. A basic knowledge of their modes of self-assembly and their correspondence to application-related properties is just now being developed and poses a considerable scientific challenge. The goal of this dissertation is to investigate the associative behavior of charged, amphiphilic block copolymers in solvent mixtures while in the presence of organic counterions. Self-assembly of poly (acrylic acid)- block-poly (methyl acrylate)-block-polystyrene (PAA- b-PMA-b-PS) triblock copolymers produces nanodomains in THF/water solution specifically through the interaction with organic counterions (polyamines). These assembled structures can include classic micelles (spheres, cylinders and vesicles), but, more importantly, include non-classic micelles (disks, toroids, branched micelles and segmented micelles). Each micelle structure is stable and reproducible at different assembly conditions. The assembled micellar structures depend on not only solution components (thermodynamics) but also mixing procedure and consequent self-assembly pathway (kinetics). The key factors that determine the thermodynamic interactions that partially define the assembled structures and the kinetic

  4. ROP and ATRP Fabricated Dual Targeted Redox Sensitive Polymersomes Based on pPEGMA-PCL-ss-PCL-pPEGMA Triblock Copolymers for Breast Cancer Therapeutics.

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    Kumar, Arun; Lale, Shantanu V; Mahajan, Shveta; Choudhary, Veena; Koul, Veena

    2015-05-01

    To minimize cardiotoxicity and to increase the bioavailability of doxorubicin, polymersomes based on redox sensitive amphiphilic triblock copolymer poly(polyethylene glycol methacrylate)-poly(caprolactone)-s-s-poly(caprolactone)-poly(polyethylene glycol methacrylate) (pPEGMA-PCL-ss-PCL-pPEGMA) with disulfide linkage were designed and developed. The polymers were synthesized by ring opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone followed by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of PEGMA. The triblock copolymers demonstrated various types of nanoparticle morphologies by varying hydrophobic/hydrophilic content of polymer blocks, with PEGMA content of ∼18% in the triblock copolymer leading to the formation of polymersomes in the size range ∼150 nm. High doxorubicin loading content of ∼21% was achieved in the polymersomes. Disulfide linkages were incorporated in the polymeric backbone to facilitate degradation of the nanoparticles by the intracellular tripeptide glutathione (GSH), leading to intracellular drug release. Release studies showed ∼59% drug release in pH 5.5 in the presence of 10 mM GSH, whereas only ∼19% was released in pH 7.4. In cellular uptake studies, dual targeted polymersomes showed ∼22-fold increase in cellular uptake efficiency in breast cancer cell lines (BT474 and MCF-7) as compared to nontargeted polymersomes with higher apoptosis rates. In vivo studies on Ehrlich's ascites tumor (EAT) bearing Swiss albino mouse model showed ∼85% tumor regression as compared to free doxorubicin (∼42%) without any significant cardiotoxicity associated with doxorubicin. The results indicate enhanced antitumor efficacy of the redox sensitive biocompatible nanosystem and shows promise as a potential drug nanocarrier in cancer therapeutics. PMID:25838044

  5. Ultrafast proton transfer of pyranine in a supramolecular assembly: PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer and CTAC.

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    Ghosh, Subhadip; Dey, Shantanu; Mandal, Ujjwal; Adhikari, Aniruddha; Mondal, Sudip Kumar; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2007-12-01

    Excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) of pyranine (8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonate, HPTS) is studied in a polymer-surfactant aggregate using femtosecond emission spectroscopy. The polymer-surfactant aggregate is a supramolecular assembly consisting of a triblock copolymer (PEO)(20)-(PPO)(70)-(PEO)(20) (P123) and a cationic surfactant, cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC). ESPT of the protonated species (HA) in HPTS leads to the formation of A(-). The dynamics of ESPT may be followed from the decay of the HA emission (at approximately 440 nm) and rise of the A(-) emission (at approximately 550 nm). Both steady-state and time-resolved studies suggest that ESPT of HPTS in P123-CTAC aggregate is much slower than that in bulk water, in P123 micelle, or in CTAC micelle. The ratio of the steady-state emission intensities (HA/A(-)) in P123-CTAC aggregate is 2.2. This ratio is approximately 50, 12, and 2 times higher than that respectively in water, in P123 micelle, and in CTAC micelle. Retardation of ESPT causes an increase in the rise time of the A(-) emission of HPTS. In P123-CTAC aggregate, A(-) displays three rise times: 30, 250, and 2400 ps. These rise times are longer than those in CTAC micelle (23, 250, and 1800 ps), in bulk water (0.3, 3, and 90 ps), and in P123 micelle (15 and 750 ps). The rate constants for initial proton transfer, recombination, and dissociation of the ion pair are estimated using a simple kinetic scheme. The slow fluorescence anisotropy decay of HPTS in P123-CTAC aggregate is analyzed in terms of the wobbling-in-cone model. PMID:17988110

  6. Amphiphilic triblock copolymers with PEGylated hydrocarbon structures as environmentally friendly marine antifouling and fouling-release coatings.

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    Zhou, Zhaoli; Calabrese, David R; Taylor, Warren; Finlay, John A; Callow, Maureen E; Callow, James A; Fischer, Daniel; Kramer, Edward J; Ober, Christopher K

    2014-01-01

    The ideal marine antifouling (AF)/fouling-release (FR) coating should be non-toxic, while effectively either resisting the attachment of marine organisms (AF) or significantly reducing their strength of attachment (FR). Many recent studies have shown that amphiphilic polymeric materials provide a promising solution to producing such coatings due to their surface dual functionality. In this work, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) of different molecular weights (Mw = 350, 550) was coupled to a saturated difunctional alkyl alcohol to generate amphiphilic surfactants (PEG-hydrocarbon-OH). The resulting macromolecules were then used as side chains to covalently modify a pre-synthesized PS8 K-b-P(E/B)25 K-b-PI10 K (SEBI or K3) triblock copolymer, and the final polymers were applied to glass substrata through an established multilayer surface coating technique to prepare fouling resistant coatings. The coated surfaces were characterized with AFM, XPS and NEXAFS, and evaluated in laboratory assays with two important fouling algae, Ulva linza (a green macroalga) and Navicula incerta, a biofilm-forming diatom. The results suggest that these polymer-coated surfaces undergo surface reconstruction upon changing the contact medium (polymer/air vs polymer/water), due to the preferential interfacial aggregation of the PEG segment on the surface in water. The amphiphilic polymer-coated surfaces showed promising results as both AF and FR coatings. The sample with longer PEG chain lengths (Mw = 550 g mol(-1)) exhibited excellent properties against both algae, highlighting the importance of the chemical structures on ultimate biological performance. Besides reporting synthesis and characterization of this new type of amphiphilic surface material, this work also provides insight into the nature of PEG/hydrocarbon amphiphilic coatings, and this understanding may help in the design of future generations of fluorine-free, environmentally friendly AF/FR polymeric coatings. PMID:24730510

  7. pH-Sensitive Micelles Based on Double-Hydrophilic Poly(methylacrylic acid)-Poly(ethylene glycol)-Poly(methylacrylic acid) Triblock Copolymer

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    Tao, Youhua; Liu, Ren; Liu, Xiaoya; Chen, Mingqing; Yang, Cheng; Ni, Zhongbin

    2009-04-01

    pH-sensitive micelles with hydrophilic core and hydrophilic corona were fabricated by self-assembling of triblock copolymer of poly(methylacrylic acid)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(methylacrylic acid) at lower solution pH. Transmission electron microscopy and laser light scattering studies showed micelles were in nano-scale with narrow size distribution. Solution pH value and the micelles concentration strongly influenced the hydrodynamic radius of the spherical micelles (48-310 nm). A possible mechanism for the formation of micelles was proposed. The obtained polymeric micelle should be useful for biomedical materials such as carrier of hydrophilic drug.

  8. Single-ion BAB triblock copolymers as highly efficient electrolytes for lithium-metal batteries

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    Bouchet, Renaud; Maria, Sébastien; Meziane, Rachid; Aboulaich, Abdelmaula; Lienafa, Livie; Bonnet, Jean-Pierre; Phan, Trang N. T.; Bertin, Denis; Gigmes, Didier; Devaux, Didier; Denoyel, Renaud; Armand, Michel

    2013-05-01

    Electrochemical energy storage is one of the main societal challenges of this century. The performances of classical lithium-ion technology based on liquid electrolytes have made great advances in the past two decades, but the intrinsic instability of liquid electrolytes results in safety issues. Solid polymer electrolytes would be a perfect solution to those safety issues, miniaturization and enhancement of energy density. However, as in liquids, the fraction of charge carried by lithium ions is small (<20%), limiting the power performances. Solid polymer electrolytes operate at 80 °C, resulting in poor mechanical properties and a limited electrochemical stability window. Here we describe a multifunctional single-ion polymer electrolyte based on polyanionic block copolymers comprising polystyrene segments. It overcomes most of the above limitations, with a lithium-ion transport number close to unity, excellent mechanical properties and an electrochemical stability window spanning 5 V versus Li+/Li. A prototype battery using this polyelectrolyte outperforms a conventional battery based on a polymer electrolyte.

  9. Encapsulation and Release of Amphotericin B from an ABC Triblock Fluorous Copolymer

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    Jee, Jun-Pil; McCoy, Aaron; Mecozzi, Sandro

    2011-01-01

    Purpose PEG-phospholipid-based micelles have been successfully used for the solubilization of several hydrophobic drugs but generally lack sustained stability in blood. Our novel PEG-Fluorocarbon-DSPE polymers were designed to increase stability and improve time-release properties of drug-loaded micelles. Methods Novel ABC fluorous copolymers were synthesized, characterized, and used for encapsulation release of amphotericin B. FRET studies were used to study micelle stability. Results The micelles formed by the new polymers showed lower critical micelle concentrations and higher viscosity cores compared with those formed by the polymers lacking the fluorous block. FRET studies indicated that fluorocarbon-containing micelles had increased stability in the presence of human serum. Physicochemical properties and in vitro release profile of the micelles loaded with Amphotericin B (AmB) were studied. Conclusions The effect of PEG length and fluorocarbon incorporation were investigated. The shorter hydrophilic PEG-2K induced greater stability than PEG-5K by decreasing the proportion of hydrophilic block of the polymer. The fluorocarbon placed between hydrophilic and hydrophobic block formed a fluorous shell contributing to the enhanced thermodynamic stability of micelles and to the drug sustained release. Polymer mPEG2K-F10-DSPE, bearing both a fluorocarbon block and a shorter mPEG, showed the greatest stability and the longest half-life for AmB release. PMID:21739321

  10. Biomimetic Nanocomposites of Calcium Phosphate and Self-Assembling Triblock and Pentablock Copolymers

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    Drew Lenzen Enlow

    2006-08-09

    In an effort to mimic the growth of natural bone, self-assembling, micelle and gel-forming copolymers were used as a template for calcium phosphate precipitation. Because of the cationic characteristics imparted by PDEAEM end group additions to commercially available Pluronic{reg_sign} Fl27, a direct ionic attraction mechanism was utilized and a polymer-brushite nanocomposite spheres were produced. Brushite coated spherical micelles with diameters of {approx}40 nm, and agglomerates of these particles (on the order of 0.5 {mu}m) were obtained. Thickness and durability of the calcium phosphate coating, and the extent of agglomeration were studied. The coating has been shown to be robust enough to retain its integrity even below polymer critical micelle concentration and/or temperature. Calcium phosphate-polymer gel nanocomposites were also prepared. Gel samples appeared as a single phase network of agglomerated spherical micelles, and had a final calcium phosphate concentration of up to 15 wt%. Analysis with x-ray diffraction and NMR indicated a disordered brushite phase with the phosphate groups linking inorganic phase to the polymer.

  11. Rich Phase Behavior of Sphere-Forming Asymmetric ABA'C Block Copolymer Melts

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    Chanpuriya, Sid; Arora, Akash; Kim, Kyungtae; Dorfman, Kevin; Bates, Frank

    Motivated by self-consistent field theory simulations, the effect of ABA' corona block length asymmetry on the phase behavior of ABA'C-type tetrablock terpolymers has been examined. The chosen model system, poly(styrene)- b-poly(isoprene)- b-poly(styrene)- b-poly(ethylene oxide) (SIS'O), has been characterized using a combination of small-angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy. Asymmetric SIS'O tetrablocks reveal a rich variety of sphere-forming phases over compositions and molecular weights where symmetric SISO polymers formed only hexagonally oriented cylinders. These include FCC, HCP, and complex symmetries such as the Frank-Kasper σ and A15 phases. NSF Award 1333669.

  12. Biodegradable Nanoparticles of mPEG-PLGA-PLL Triblock Copolymers as Novel Non-Viral Vectors for Improving siRNA Delivery and Gene Silencing

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    Du, Jing; Sun, Ying; Shi, Qiu-Sheng; Liu, Pei-Feng; Zhu, Ming-Jie; Wang, Chun-Hui; Du, Lian-Fang; Duan, You-Rong

    2012-01-01

    Degradation of mRNA by RNA interference is one of the most powerful and specific mechanisms for gene silencing. However, insufficient cellular uptake and poor stability have limited its usefulness. Here, we report efficient delivery of siRNA via the use of biodegradable nanoparticles (NPs) made from monomethoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-poly-l-lysine (mPEG-PLGA-PLL) triblock copolymers. Various physicochemical properties of mPEG-PLGA-PLL NPs, including morphology, size, surface charge, siRNA encapsulation efficiency, and in vitro release profile of siRNA from NPs, were characterized by scanning electron microscope, particle size and zeta potential analyzer, and high performance liquid chromatography. The levels of siRNA uptake and targeted gene inhibition were detected in human lung cancer SPC-A1-GFP cells stably expressing green fluorescent protein. Examination of the cultured SPC-A1-GFP cells with fluorescent microscope and flow cytometry showed NPs loading Cy3-labeled siRNA had much higher intracellular siRNA delivery efficiencies than siRNA alone and Lipofectamine-siRNA complexes. The gene silencing efficiency of mPEG-PLGA-PLL NPs was higher than that of commercially available transfecting agent Lipofectamine while showing no cytotoxicity. Thus, the current study demonstrates that biodegradable NPs of mPEG-PLGA-PLL triblock copolymers can be potentially applied as novel non-viral vectors for improving siRNA delivery and gene silencing. PMID:22312268

  13. Volume shrinkage and rheological studies of epoxidised and unepoxidised poly(styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene) triblock copolymer modified epoxy resin-diamino diphenyl methane nanostructured blend systems.

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    George, Sajeev Martin; Puglia, Debora; Kenny, Josè M; Parameswaranpillai, Jyotishkumar; Vijayan P, Poornima; Pionteck, Jűrgen; Thomas, Sabu

    2015-05-21

    Styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene (SBS) copolymers epoxidised at different epoxidation degrees were used as modifiers for diglycidyl ether of the bisphenol A-diamino diphenyl methane (DGEBA-DDM) system. Epoxy systems containing modified epoxidised styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene (eSBS) triblock copolymer with compositions ranging from 0 to 30 wt% were prepared and the curing reaction was monitored in situ using rheometry and pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) analysis. By controlling the mole percent of epoxidation, we could generate vesicles, worm-like micelles and core-shell nanodomains. At the highest mole percent of epoxidation, the fraction of the epoxy miscible component in the triblock copolymer (epoxidised polybutadiene (PB)) was maximum. This gave rise to core-shell nanodomains having a size of 10-15 nm, in which the incompatible polystyrene (PS) becomes the core, the unepoxidised PB becomes the shell and the epoxidised PB interpenetrates with the epoxy phase. On the other hand, the low level of epoxidation gave rise to bigger domains having a size of ∼1 μm and the intermediate epoxidation level resulted in a worm-like structure. This investigation specifically focused on the importance of cure rheology on nanostructure formation, using rheometry. The reaction induced phase separation of the PS phase in the epoxy matrix was carefully explored through rheological measurements. PVT measurements during curing were carried out to understand the volume shrinkage of the blend, confirming that shrinkage behaviour is related to the block copolymer phase separation process during curing. The volume shrinkage was found to be maximum in the case of blends with unmodified SBS, where a heterogeneous morphology was observed, while a decrease in the shrinkage was evidenced in the case of SBS epoxidation. It could be explained by two effects: (1) solubility of the epoxidised block copolymer in the DGEBA leads to the formation of nanoscopic domains upon

  14. Co-delivery of siRNA and paclitaxel into cancer cells by biodegradable cationic micelles based on PDMAEMA-PCL-PDMAEMA triblock copolymers.

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    Zhu, Caihong; Jung, Sooyeon; Luo, Sibin; Meng, Fenghua; Zhu, Xiulin; Park, Tae Gwan; Zhong, Zhiyuan

    2010-03-01

    Biodegradable cationic micelles were prepared from PDMAEMA-PCL-PDMAEMA triblock copolymers and applied for the delivery of siRNA and paclitaxel into cancer cells. PDMAEMA-PCL-PDMAEMA copolymers were readily obtained by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) using CPADN-PCL-CPADN (CPADN: 4-cyanopentanoic acid dithionaphthalenoate; PCL: 3600 Da) as a macro-RAFT agent. The molecular weights of PDMAEMA blocks, controlled by monomer/CPADN-PCL-CPADN mole ratios, varied from 2700, 4800 to 9100 (denoted as polymer 1, 2 and 3, respectively). These triblock copolymers formed nano-sized micelles in water with positive surface charges ranging from +29.3 to +35.5 mV. Both micelles 1 and 2 revealed a low cytotoxicity. Gel retardation assay showed that micelles 1 and 2 could effectively complex with siRNA at and above N/P ratios of 4/1 and 2/1, respectively. Notably, GFP siRNA complexed with micelle 1 exhibited significantly enhanced gene silencing efficiency as compared to that formulated with 20 kDa PDMAEMA or 25kDa branched PEI in GFP-expressed MDA-MB-435-GFP cells. Moreover, micelle 1 loaded with paclitaxel displayed higher drug efficacy than free paclitaxel in PC3 cells, due to most likely improved cellular uptake. The combinatorial delivery of VEGF siRNA and paclitaxel showed an efficient knockdown of VEGF expression. Confocal laser scanning microscope studies on GFP siRNA complexed with nile red-loaded micelle revealed that nile red was delivered into GFP-expressed MDA-MB-435-GFP cells and that GFP expression was significantly inhibited. These results demonstrated that cationic biodegradable micelles are highly promising for the combinatorial delivery of siRNA and lipophilic anti-cancer drugs. PMID:19963269

  15. Surface structures of an amphiphilic tri-block copolymer in air and in water probed using sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Kristalyn, Cornelius B; Lu, Xiaolin; Weinman, Craig J; Ober, Christopher K; Kramer, Edward J; Chen, Zhan

    2010-07-01

    Sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy has been applied to investigate surface structures of an amphiphilic surface-active block copolymer (SABC) film deposited on a CaF(2) substrate, in air and in water in situ. Developed as a surface-active component of an antifouling coating for marine applications, this amphiphilic triblock copolymer contains both hydrophobic fluorinated alkyl groups as well as hydrophilic ethoxy groups. It was found that surface structures of the copolymer film in air and in water cannot be probed directly using the SFG experimental geometry we adopted because SFG signals can be contributed from the polymer/air (or polymer/water) interface as well as the buried polymer/CaF(2) substrate interface. Using polymer films with varied thicknesses, structural information about the polymer surfaces in air and in water can be deduced from the detected SFG signals. With SFG, surface restructuring of this polymer has been observed in water, especially the methyl and methylene groups change orientations upon contact with water. However, the hydrophobic fluoroalkyl group was present on the surface in both air and water, and we believe that it was held near the surface in water by its neighboring ethoxy groups. PMID:20465236

  16. Stereocomplex Film Using Triblock Copolymers of Polylactide and Poly(ethylene glycol) Retain Paxlitaxel on Substrates by an Aqueous Inkjet System.

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    Ajiro, Hiroharu; Kuroda, Ayaka; Kan, Kai; Akashi, Mitsuru

    2015-09-29

    The stereocomplex formation of poly(L,L-lactide) (PLLA) and poly(D,D-lactide) (PDLA) using an inkjet system was expanded to the amphiphilic copolymers, using poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a hydrophilic polymer. The diblock copolymers, which are composed of PEG and PLLA (MPEG-co-PLLA) and PEG and PDLA (MPEG-co-PDLA), were employed for thin-film preparation using an aqueous inkjet system. The solvent and temperature conditions were optimized for the stereocomplex formation between MPEG-co-PLLA and MPEG-co- PDLA. As a result, the stereocomplex was adequately formed in acetonitrile/water (1:1, v/v) at 40 °C. The aqueous conditions improved the stereocomplex film preparation, which have suffered from clogging when using the organic solvents in previous work. The triblock copolymers, PLLA-co-PEG-co-PLLA and PDLA-co-PEG-co-PDLA, were employed for square patterning with the inkjet system, which produced thin films. The amphiphilic polymer film was able to retain hydrophobic compounds inside. The present result contributed to the rapid film preparation by inkjet, retaining drugs with difficult solubility in water, such as paclitaxel within the films. PMID:26343286

  17. Polyisobutylene based thermoplastic elastomers. IV. Synthesis of poly(styrene-b-isobutylene-b-styrene) triblock copolymers usig n-butyl chloride as solvent

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    Fordor, Zs.; Faust, R.

    1995-12-31

    The polymerization of isobutylene and styrene was studied using the 2-chloro-2,4,4-trimethylpentane/TiCl{sub 4} initiating system in the presence of proton trap in halogenated hydrocarbons as solvents at {approximately}80{degrees}C. The polymerization of isobutylene was found to be living and both homopolymers were soluble in n-butyl chloride. However, side reactions, namely polymerization by direct initiation and intermolecular alkylation are operational in the polymerization of styrene in n-butyl chloride. Polymerization by direct initiation can be minimized by increasing the initiator concentration and intermolecular alkylation can be reduced by quenching the polymerization system when the conversion reaches {approximately}100%. Polystyrene-polyisobutylene-polystyrene triblock copolymers prepared by sequential monomer addition in n-butyl chloride exhibited {approximately}24 MPa tensile strength indicating the virtual absence of diblock contamination.

  18. Folate Receptor Targeted Delivery of siRNA and Paclitaxel to Ovarian Cancer Cells via Folate Conjugated Triblock Copolymer to Overcome TLR4 Driven Chemotherapy Resistance.

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    Jones, Steven K; Lizzio, Vincent; Merkel, Olivia M

    2016-01-11

    This paper focuses on the ability of a folate-decorated triblock copolymer to deliver a targeted dose of siRNA in order to overcome chemotherapy resistance which can commonly cause complications in ovarian cancer patients. The micelleplexes that are formed upon electrostatic interaction with siRNA are used to deliver siRNA in a targeted manner to SKOV-3 ovarian cancer cells that overexpress folate receptor-α (FRα). The triblock copolymer consists of polyethylenimine-graft-polycaprolactone-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEI-g-PCL-b-PEG-Fol). In this work, polymers of different molecular weights of PEG, as well as different grafting degrees of the (g-PCL-b-PEG-Fol) chains to PEI, were analyzed to optimize targeted siRNA delivery. The polymers, their micelleplexes, and the in vitro performance of the latter were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, flow cytrometry, western blot, confocal microscopy, and in luciferase assays. The different PEI-g-PCL-b-PEG-Fol conjugates showed suitable sizes below 260 nm, especially at N/P 5, which also allowed for full siRNA condensation. Furthermore, flow cytometry and Western blot analysis demonstrated that our best polymer was able to effectively deliver siRNA and that siRNA delivery resulted in efficient protein knockdown of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). Consequently, TLR4 knock down within SKOV-3 cells resensitized them toward paclitaxel (PTX) treatment, and apoptotic events increased. This study demonstrates that PEI-g-PCL-b-PEG-Fol conjugates are a reliable delivery system for siRNA and are able to mediate therapeutic protein knockdown within ovarian cancer cells. Additionally, this study provides further evidence to link TLR4 levels to chemotherapy resistance. PMID:26636884

  19. PNIPAm(x)-PPO(36)-PNIPAm(x) thermo-sensitive triblock copolymers: chain conformation and adsorption behavior on a hydrophobic gold surface.

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    Li, Jianyuan; Zhang, Zhijun; Zhou, Xianjing; Chen, Tongquan; Nie, Jingjing; Du, Binyang

    2016-01-01

    The chain conformations and adsorption behaviors of four thermo-sensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)x-poly(propylene oxide)36-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)x (PNIPAmx-PPO36-PNIPAmx) triblock copolymers with x values of 15, 33, 75, and 117 in dilute aqueous solutions were investigated by combined techniques of micro-differential scanning calorimetry (micro-DSC), static and dynamic light scattering (SLS & DLS), and the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). PNIPAm15-PPO36-PNIPAm15 only exhibited the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PPO block, i.e. 25 °C, because the PNIPAm block with x = 15 was too short to maintain its own LCST. With middle lengths x of 33 and 75, the LCSTs of PPO and PNIPAm blocks were observed, respectively. For the longest PNIPAm block with x = 117, only LCST of PNIPAm block dominated, i.e. 32.3 °C. DLS results revealed that the four PNIPAmx-PPO36-PNIPAmx triblock copolymers formed "associate" structures in their dilute aqueous solutions at 20 °C, which was well below the LCSTs of the PPO and PNIPAm blocks. QCM results indicated that the adsorption time constant decreased with increasing adsorption temperature but tended to increase with increasing length x of the PNIPAm block. A complex adsorption behavior with large adsorption amounts was only observed at the corresponding LCST of the PNIPAm block for PNIPAmx-PPO36-PNIPAmx with longer PNIPAm blocks with x = 33, 75, and 117. Furthermore, the adsorbed PNIPAmx-PPO36-PNIPAmx layers obtained at 20 °C were rigid with less energy dissipation. PMID:26616793

  20. Self-organization of hydrophobic-capped triblock copolymers with a polyelectrolyte midblock: a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation study.

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    Ghelichi, Mahdi; Qazvini, Nader Taheri

    2016-05-18

    We present the results of a Langevin dynamics simulation study of micellar organization and hydrogel formation in the solutions of coarse-grained ABA copolymer chains. Polymer chains are modeled as bead-spring chains of Lennard-Jones particles by explicit treatment of ionic species in implicit solvent. The studied copolymer is composed of a polyelectrolyte midblock flanked by two hydrophobic endblocks. We explore the self-assembly of copolymer solutions at a fixed polymer concentration and temperature upon systematic variation of the midblock charge fraction, valency of neutralizing counterions, and the stiffness and length of hydrophobic endblocks. Minimization of the surface energy, conformational entropy of the midblock chains, electrostatic repulsion of midblock charges, and the translational entropy of counterions are found to play central roles in controlling the self-organization features of copolymer solutions. Flower-like micelles with A-blocks forming the core of spherical aggregates and B-blocks constituting the micelle corona are established for the neutral midblocks. Increasing the charge content of B chains lowers the fraction of loop conformations and yields a spanning hydrogel network with midblocks bridging the hydrophobic clusters. Counterion valence is shown to exert a strong effect on the micelle size and network structure. The increase in the rigidity of terminal A-blocks increases the fraction of bridging chains and results in the formation of a hydrogel network with bundle-like hydrophobic domains. Longer endblocks are shown to increase the hydrophobic cluster size and enhance the bridged midblock fraction. The qualitative agreement between the experimental and theoretical studies is also discussed. The comprehensive molecular picture provides a framework for the future studies of stimuli-responsive copolymer systems. PMID:27116478

  1. Reversibly shielded DNA polyplexes based on bioreducible PDMAEMA-SS-PEG-SS-PDMAEMA triblock copolymers mediate markedly enhanced nonviral gene transfection.

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    Zhu, Caihong; Zheng, Meng; Meng, Fenghua; Mickler, Frauke Martina; Ruthardt, Nadia; Zhu, Xiulin; Zhong, Zhiyuan

    2012-03-12

    Reversibly shielded DNA polyplexes based on bioreducible poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate)-SS-poly(ethylene glycol)-SS-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA-SS-PEG-SS-PDMAEMA) triblock copolymers were designed, prepared and investigated for in vitro gene transfection. Two PDMAEMA-SS-PEG-SS-PDMAEMA copolymers with controlled compositions, 6.6-6-6.6 and 13-6-13 kDa, were obtained by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) using CPADN-SS-PEG-SS-CPADN (CPADN: 4-cyanopentanoic acid dithionaphthalenoate; PEG: 6 kDa) as a macro-RAFT agent. Like their nonreducible PDMAEMA-PEG-PDMAEMA analogues, PDMAEMA-SS-PEG-SS-PDMAEMA triblock copolymers could effectively condense DNA into small particles with average diameters less than 120 nm and close to neutral zeta potentials (0 ∼ +6 mV) at and above an N/P ratio of 3/1. The resulting polyplexes showed excellent colloidal stability against 150 mM NaCl, which contrasts with polyplexes of 20 kDa PDMAEMA homopolymer. In the presence of 10 mM dithiothreitol (DTT), however, polyplexes of PDMAEMA-SS-PEG-SS-PDMAEMA were rapidly deshielded and unpacked, as revealed by significant increase of positive surface charges as well as increase of particle sizes to over 1000 nm. Release of DNA in response to 10 mM DTT was further confirmed by gel retardation assays. These polyplexes, either stably or reversibly shielded, revealed a low cytotoxicity (over 80% cell viability) at and below an N/P ratio of 12/1. Notably, in vitro transfection studies showed that reversibly shielded polyplexes afforded up to 28 times higher transfection efficacy as compared to stably shielded control under otherwise the same conditions. Confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) studies revealed that reversibly shielded polyplexes efficiently delivered and released pDNA into the perinuclei region as well as nuclei of COS-7 cells. Hence, reduction-sensitive reversibly shielded DNA

  2. Bioreducible poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-PLA-PEI-SS triblock copolymer micelles for co-delivery of DNA minicircles and Doxorubicin.

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    Gaspar, Vítor M; Baril, Patrick; Costa, Elisabete C; de Melo-Diogo, Duarte; Foucher, Frédéric; Queiroz, João A; Sousa, Fani; Pichon, Chantal; Correia, Ilídio J

    2015-09-10

    The co-delivery of minicircle DNA (mcDNA) and small anti-cancer drugs via stimuli-sensitive nanocarriers is a promising approach for combinatorial cancer therapy. However, the simultaneous loading of drugs and DNA in nanosized delivery systems is remarkably challenging. In this study we describe the synthesis of triblock copolymer micelles based on poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-poly(L-lactide) grafted with bioreducible polyethylenimine (PEOz-PLA-g-PEI-SS) for co-delivery of supercoiled (sc) mcDNA vectors and Doxorubicin (Dox). These amphiphilic carriers take advantage of non-fouling oxazolines to confer biological stability, of PLA to provide a hydrophobic core for drug encapsulation and of bioreducible PEI-SS to provide mcDNA complexation and an on-demand stimuli-responsive release. The obtained results show that mcDNA-loaded micelleplexes penetrate into in vitro tumor spheroid models with specific kinetics and exhibit a higher gene expression when compared to non-bioreducible nanocarriers. Moreover, in vivo bioluminescence imaging showed that gene expression is detected up to 8days following mcDNA-micelles intratumoral administration. Furthermore, drug-gene co-delivery in PEOz-PLA-g-PEI-SS carriers was verified by successful encapsulation of both Dox and mcDNA with high efficacy. Moreover, dual-loaded micelleplexes presented significant uptake and a cytotoxic effect in 2D cultures of cancer cells. The co-delivery of mcDNA-Dox to B16F10-Luciferase tumor bearing mice resulted in a reduction in tumor volume and cancer cells viability. Overall, such findings indicate that bioreducible triblock micelles are efficient for focal delivery in vivo and have potential for future application in combinatorial DNA-drug therapy. PMID:26184050

  3. Novel cationic triblock copolymer of poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]-block-poly(β-amino ester)-block-poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]: a promising non-viral gene delivery system.

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    Cordeiro, Rosemeyre A; Farinha, Dina; Rocha, Nuno; Serra, Arménio C; Faneca, Henrique; Coelho, Jorge F J

    2015-02-01

    This manuscript reports the synthesis of a new cationic block copolymer based on poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] and poly(β-amino ester) from different polymerization strategies. For the first time, it is proposed a triblock copolymer based only on cationic segments, aiming a high biocompatibility, enhanced buffering capacity and stimuli-responsive character in a single structure. The new block copolymer successfully condensed the plasmid DNA into nanosized polyplexes. The polyplexes were tested in two different cell lines revealing ∼4-fold and ∼6-fold (in HeLa cells), and ∼11-fold (in COS-7 cells) higher transgene expression than branched PEI and TurboFect™, respectively. These results show that this new block copolymer is a promising candidate to be used as a polymeric non-viral vector. PMID:25399846

  4. Photoluminescence and solid state properties of rigid pi- conjugated polymers with applications to LED: Alkyl- substituted p-phenyleneethynylene polymers and triblock copolymers

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    Huang, Wen-Yao

    A series of substituted poly(p-phenyleneethynylene)s, PPE, were synthesized by alkyne metathesis. The substituents dibutyl (a), dioctyl (b), ditetradecyl (c), di-2-ethylhexyl (d) and di-2-cyclohexylethyl; (e)were placed on the 2,5 positions of the phenyl rings. X-ray diffraction studies indicated that the main chains of each polymer were arranged in regular, layered arrays. Liquid crystalline structures were observed by polarized optical microscopy in PPE 4b, 4c and 4d. The temperatures of isotropization of the liquid crystalline structures coincided with the disordering temperatures determined by differential scanning calorimetry. The UV absorption spectra showed a gradual blue shift of the λmax for all these polymers, suggesting a decrease in the electronic delocalization along the chain as the size and geometry of the side group changed. The photoluminescence spectra in dilute toluene solutions are consistent with vibronic coupling and emission from localized excited states. The emission spectra of thin films show characteristics typical of excimer or aggregate formation in the solid state. Lastly, an improved method of molecular weight determination by end group analysis was devised. Molecular organization and orientation in thin films (~100 nm) of a triblock copolymer, PPEPEG, was studied. The morphology of the thin film can be visualized as consisting of PMMA as the major phase in which domains of vertically oriented triblock copolymers are dispersed with PEG groups facing the air-film interface. The molecular and supramolecular structure of a series of well-defined fully conjugated poly(2,5- diakyl-p-phenyleneethynylene)s, PPE, in toluene has been studied in the sol state and in the gel state by surface tension and photoluminescence measurements. Poly (2,6[4- phenyl quinoline]), I, and poly (2,6[p-phenylene] 4- phenyl quinoline), II, were synthesized by the self- condensation of 5-acetyl-2-aminobezophenone and 4-amino- 4 '-acetyl-3-benzoyl biphenyl

  5. Micelle Morphology and Mechanical Response of Triblock Gels

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    Seitz, Michelle E.; Burghardt, Wesley R.; Shull, Kenneth R.

    2010-01-12

    The effect of polymer concentration on mechanical response and micelle morphology of ABA and AB copolymers in B-selective solvents has been systematically studied. Micelle morphology was determined using a combination of small-angle X-ray scattering, shear, and birefringence while mechanical response at low and high strains was determined using indentation techniques. Self-consistent field theory calculations were used to determine micelle volume fraction profiles and to construct an equilibrium phase map. The transition from spherical to cylindrical micelles increases the triblock gel modulus and energy dissipation. Combining knowledge of gel relaxation time, which determines the rate at which the gel can equilibrate its micelle structure, with the equilibrium phase map allows estimation of the experimental temperatures and time scales over which kinetic trapping will arrest micelle structure evolution. Kinetic trapping enables cylindrical morphologies to be obtained at significantly lower polymer fractions than is possible in equilibrated systems.

  6. Immobilization of poly(ɛ-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) triblock copolymer on poly(lactide- co-glycolide) surface and dual biofunctional effects

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    Zhu, Aiping; Lu, Ping; Wu, Hao

    2007-01-01

    Poly(ɛ-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL-PEG-PCL) triblock copolymer was covalently immobilized onto poly(lactide- co-glycolide) (PLGA) surface with the precursor of photopolymerizable and biodegradable PCL-PEG-PCL diacrylates. Argon plasma technique was exploited to obtain hydrophilic PLGA surface (HPLGA). The surface properties were characterized by Water contact angle and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. PCL-PEG-PCL surface modified hydrophobic PLGA and hydrophilic PLGA results in different surface physicochemical properties. PCL-PEG-PCL modified hydrophobic PLGA surface (PLGA-PCL-PEG-PCL) demonstrates excellent inhibition of platelet adhesion and activation; while PCL-PEG-PCL modified hydrophilic PLGA surface (HPLGA-PCL-PEG-PCL) results in good cytocompatibility. The possible mechanism was discussed and the driven force was ascribed to the different assembly behavior of PCL-PEG-PCL on PLGA surface dependant on the hydrophilic/hydrophobic property of PLGA. This simple and effective surface engineering method is also suitable for the other biomaterials such as polyurethane (PU), silicon rubber and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) to obtain the enhanced biocompatibility.

  7. Preparation of micron-sized spherical particles of mesoporous silica from a triblock copolymer surfactant, usable as a stationary phase for liquid chromatography

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    Mesa, Monica; Sierra, Ligia; López, Betty; Ramirez, Alejandro; Guth, Jean-Louis

    2003-09-01

    Spherical particles (∅>3 μm, with 5-10 nm pore size) of SBA15-type mesoporous silica, usable as stationary phase for HPLC, were prepared with tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as silica source, triblock copolymer Pluronic P123 (EO 20PO 70EO 20) as surfactant S 0 and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMABr) as co-surfactant S +. The synthesis mechanism involves a surfactant-silica species self-assembly process in acidic medium under quiescent conditions, where S 0H 3O +X -I + and S +X -I + interactions occur. The syntheses were carried out using two procedures: (a) with one heating step and (b) with two heating steps. Synthesis conditions, such as the dilution, temperature and acidity of the reaction mixture and the temperature and duration of the reaction, influence the porous characteristics as well as the morphology and size of the particles. Spherical particles were obtained with one heating step under conditions that weaken the surfactants-silicate interactions such as high dilution, high temperature and low acidity. The modification of the micelle volume with the temperature and acidity allowed the adjustment of the pore size.

  8. Fabrication of Hollow Porous Silica Using a Combined Emulsion Sol-Gel Process and Amphiphilic Triblock Copolymer for Loading of Quercetin.

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    Lee, Sang Gil; Kim, Young Ho; Bae, Jun Tae; Lee, Chung Hee; Pyo, Hyeong Bae; Kang, Kuk Hyoun; Lee, Dong Kyu

    2015-10-01

    Flavonoids have recently attracted significant interest as potential reducing agents, hydrogen-donating antioxidants, and singlet oxygen-quenchers. Quercetin, in particular, induces the expression of a gene, known to be associated with cell protection, in dose- and time-dependent manners. Therefore, quercetin may be used as an effective cosmeceutical material useful in the protection of dermal skin. In this study, hollow porous silica spheres used to load quercetin were prepared by using a combined emulsion sol-gel process and triblock copolymer as a template. Fabrication of hollow porous silica spheres was performed under various conditions such as the molar ratios of H2O/TEOS (Rw) and weight ratios of poloxamer 184/poloxamer 407. Loading of quercetin in hollow porous silica spheres was devised to improve the stability of quercetin and to consider the possibility as a raw cosmetic material. The surface of inclusion complexes of quercetin in hollow porous silicas was modified to enhance the stability of quercetin. The physicochemical properties of the samples were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)-differential thermal analysis (DTA) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and porosity analysis. Determination of quercetin concentration was carried out by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. PMID:26726443

  9. Reduction-responsive core-shell-corona micelles based on triblock copolymers: novel synthetic strategy, characterization, and application as a tumor microenvironment-responsive drug delivery system.

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    Zhao, Xubo; Liu, Peng

    2015-01-14

    A facile and effective approach was established for fabricating core-shell-corona micelles by self-assembly of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(acrylic acid-co-tert-butyl acrylate)-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEG43-b-P(AA30-co-tBA18)-b-PCL53) triblock copolymer, synthesized via a combination of ring-opening polymerization (ROP), atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), click chemistry, and hydrolyzation. The prenanovehicles with three different hydrolysis degrees from PEG43-b-PtBA48-b-PCL53 were developed to evaluate the drug loading capacity (DLC) and drug encapsulation efficiency (DEE). After cross-linking with a disulfide bond to regulate the drug release kinetics, the spherical core-shell-corona micelles with average diameter of 52 ± 4 nm were obtained in aqueous solution. The reduction-responsive cross-linked micelles showed a slow sustained release in normal physiological conditions and a rapid release upon exposure to simulated tumor intracellular conditions. In addition, the cytotoxic analysis and HepG2 cell growth inhibition assays demonstrated their remarkable biocompatibility and similar excellent anticancer activity as the free doxorubicin (DOX), which has also been revealed by the confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) analysis. So the reduction-sensitive core-shell-corona micelles are expected to be promising tumor microenvironment-responsive nanovehicles for hydrophobic drugs by glutathione (GSH) triggering. PMID:25394962

  10. Micellization of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymers in aqueous solutions: Thermodynamics of copolymer association

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    Alexandridis, P.; Hatton, T.A. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering); Holzwarth, J.F. )

    1994-04-25

    The critical micellization temperature (cmt) and critical micellization concentration (cmc) values of 12 Pluronic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymers, covering a wide range of molecular weights (2,900--14,600) and PPO/PEO ratios (0.19--1.79), were determined employing a dye solubilization method. A closed association model was found to describe adequately the copolymer micellization process for the majority of the Pluronics and used to obtain the standard free energies ([Delta]G[degree]), enthalpies ([Delta]H[degree]), and entropies ([Delta]S[degree]) of micellization. It was determined that the micellization process is entropy-driven and has an endothermic micellization enthalpy. The hydrophobic part of the Pluronics, PPO, was responsible for the micellization, apparently due to diminishing hydrogen bonding between water and PPO with increasing temperature. The cmc dependence on temperature and size of headgroup (PEO) of Pluronics follows a similar trend with lower molecular weight C[sub i]E[sub j] nonionic surfactants, the effect of temperature being more pronounced with the Pluronics. The PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymers were compared to PPO-PEO-PPO block and PEO-PPO random copolymers, in an attempt to probe the effect of molecular architecture in the formation of micelles. No micelles were observed in aqueous PPO-PEO-PPO block copolymer solutions with increasing temperature, up to the cloud point.

  11. Time and Temperature Dependent Rheological Behavior of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Dispersed in Thermoreversible Acrylic Copolymer & Alcohol Solutions

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    Schoch, Andrew B.; Shull, Kenneth R.; Brinson, L. Catherine

    2008-03-01

    SWCNT stabilized by A-B diblock and A-B-A triblock copolymers are excellent model systems for studying the relationship between nanotube dispersion and mechanical response. We have investigated the mechanical properties of these materials with low-amplitude oscillatory shear rheological measurements. The solvent used here, 2-ethyl-1-hexanol, is a poor solvent for PMMA (A) at low temperatures but a good solvent for PnBA (B) over the entire temperature range studied. The solubility of the PMMA blocks in 2-ethyl-1-hexanol drives the formation of an elastic gel in the ABA triblock copolymer at low temperatures. In these SWCNT/copolymer materials the storage and loss moduli have been observed to increase with time at fixed temperature. When triblock copolymer gels are used as the matrix, we find that the aging effect is erased by cycling the temperature through the gel transition. An increase in storage modulus is observed upon cooling before the gel formation. However, the moduli revert back to lower values when the gel dissolves on heating. We believe this is a result of semi-permanent nanotube junctions being pulled apart when the gel forms. This reversibility is not observed when the nanotubes are dispersed in solutions of diblock copolymer, which do not form gels.

  12. Self-assembled polymersomes formed by symmetric, asymmetric and side-chain-tethered coil-rod-coil triblock copolymers.

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    Lin, Yung-Lung; Chang, Hung-Yu; Sheng, Yu-Jane; Tsao, Heng-Kwong

    2014-03-21

    Self-assembly behaviors of coil-rod-coil copolymers in selective solvents are explored by dissipative particle dynamics. The morphological phase diagram as a function of rod length and coil length shows five distinct types of aggregates, including spherical micelles, worm-like micelles, disk-like aggregates, honeycomb structures, and polymersomes. Small polymersomes are formed at rather poor alignment associated with monolayered rod domains. Some of the rods are even lying perpendicular to the radial direction. For symmetric copolymers (CmRxCm), the condition of vesicle formation is restricted to short coil and rod lengths. To favor the formation of CRC-polymersomes, two architecture modifications are adopted. One is to increase the coil length asymmetrically to be CmRxCn, where n > m. The other one is to tether a T-block onto the middle of the rod-block as Cm(RxTy)Cm copolymers. For those CRC-polymersomes, structural, transport, and mechanical properties of the vesicular membrane are determined, including membrane thickness, area density of coil blocks, order parameter, solvent permeability, frequency of flip-flop, membrane tension, and stretching and bending moduli. The influences of the coil length (n) and tethered block length (y) on membrane properties are examined. Finally, the mechanism of membrane fusion between CRC-polymersomes is investigated. The fusion process involves four stages and in the contact region the rods lying perpendicular to the radial direction of the polymersome play the key role. The encounter of two vesicles may result in a fused, hemifused, or non-fused polymersome. The final fate is determined by the competition between membrane tension and the steric barrier of the coil corona. The fusion outcome may change if the tension is altered by manipulating the lumen pressure. PMID:24651905

  13. Increasing the Mechanical Strength of Block Polymer Ion Gels Through the Stepwise Self-Assembly of a Thermoresponsive ABC Triblock Terpolymer

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    Hall, Cecilia; Zhou, Can; Danielsen, Scott; Lodge, Timothy

    Blends of network-forming block polymers and ionic liquids have remarkable potential for solid electrolytes, as they allow the combination of desirable mechanical and electrical properties. While ABA triblock copolymers have successfully been implemented as the network component of ion gels, these networks contain looped defects, where the endblocks of the polymer loop back into the same spherical core instead of forming a bridge between two cores. We demonstrate that the ABC triblock terpolymer poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PEP-b-PEO-b-PNIPAm) in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide forms a thermoreversible gel network with negligible looping defects. PEP-core micelles exist at all temperatures, while cooling causes association of the PNIPAm micelle corona to form a bridging network. Small-angle x-ray scattering and dynamic light scattering were used to characterize the high-temperature micelles. These gels show enhanced mechanical properties and the ability to form gels at lower concentrations than the corresponding thermoresponsive ABA triblock copolymers.

  14. Folic acid conjugated δ-valerolactone-poly(ethylene glycol) based triblock copolymer as a promising carrier for targeted doxorubicin delivery.

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    Nair K, Lekha; Jagadeeshan, Sankar; Nair S, Asha; Kumar, G S Vinod

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to test the hypothesis that the newly synthesized poly(δ-valerolactone)/poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(δ-valerolactone) (VEV) copolymer grafted with folic acid would impart targetability and further enhance the anti-tumor efficacy of doxorubicin (DOX). Here, folic acid conjugated VEV (VEV-FOL) was synthesized by a modified esterification method and characterized using IR and NMR. DOX loaded VEV-FOL micelles were synthesized using a novel solvent evaporation method and were obtained with a mean diameter of 97 nm with high encapsulation efficiency and sustained in vitro release profile. Comparative studies of polymer micelles with and without folate for cellular uptake and cytotoxicity were done on folate receptor-positive breast cancer cell line, MDAMB231. The intracellular uptake tests showed significant increase in folate micellar uptake when compared to non-folate-mediated micelles. MTT assay followed by apoptosis assays clearly indicated that folate decorated micelles showed significantly better cytotoxicity (IC50 = 0.014 µM) and efficiency to induce apoptosis than other treated groups. Moreover, a significant G2/M arrest was induced by DOX loaded VEV-FOL micelles at a concentration where free drug failed to show any activity. Thus, our results show that the folic acid-labeled VEV copolymer is a promising biomaterial with controlled and sustainable tumor targeting ability for anticancer drugs which can open new frontiers in the area of targeted chemotherapy. PMID:23990912

  15. Folic Acid Conjugated δ-Valerolactone-Poly(ethylene glycol) Based Triblock Copolymer as a Promising Carrier for Targeted Doxorubicin Delivery

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    Nair K, Lekha; Jagadeeshan, Sankar; Nair S, Asha; Kumar, G. S. Vinod

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to test the hypothesis that the newly synthesized poly(δ-valerolactone)/poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(δ-valerolactone) (VEV) copolymer grafted with folic acid would impart targetability and further enhance the anti-tumor efficacy of doxorubicin (DOX). Here, folic acid conjugated VEV (VEV-FOL) was synthesized by a modified esterification method and characterized using IR and NMR. DOX loaded VEV-FOL micelles were synthesized using a novel solvent evaporation method and were obtained with a mean diameter of 97 nm with high encapsulation efficiency and sustained in vitro release profile. Comparative studies of polymer micelles with and without folate for cellular uptake and cytotoxicity were done on folate receptor-positive breast cancer cell line, MDAMB231. The intracellular uptake tests showed significant increase in folate micellar uptake when compared to non-folate-mediated micelles. MTT assay followed by apoptosis assays clearly indicated that folate decorated micelles showed significantly better cytotoxicity (IC50 = 0.014 µM) and efficiency to induce apoptosis than other treated groups. Moreover, a significant G2/M arrest was induced by DOX loaded VEV-FOL micelles at a concentration where free drug failed to show any activity. Thus, our results show that the folic acid-labeled VEV copolymer is a promising biomaterial with controlled and sustainable tumor targeting ability for anticancer drugs which can open new frontiers in the area of targeted chemotherapy. PMID:23990912

  16. Influence of triblock copolymer (pluronic F127) on enhancing the physico-chemical properties and photocatalytic response of mesoporous TiO2

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    Samsudin, Emy Marlina; Hamid, Sharifah Bee Abd; Juan, Joon Ching; Basirun, Wan Jefrey

    2015-11-01

    The utilization of triblock copolymer, pluronic F127 as a structure directing agent for the preparation of TiO2 played an important role in enhancing the photocatalytic degradation rate of atrazine by a factor of 1.7. The mesoporous F127-TiO2 showed significant modification of morphology, particle and crystallite size, and presence of defect energy belt within the catalyst forbidden band as proven via photoluminescence spectra and x-ray photon spectroscopy. Hence the photogenerated carriers have longer lifespan to migrate to the catalyst surface for redox activities. Furtherance, surface reactive {0 0 1} facets proven by the formation of new geometrical single crystal of square and rhombus surfaces in F127-TiO2 facilitates atrazine degradation as well. The increased surface area of F127-TiO2 promotes greater atrazine absorption, thus governs improved interaction between absorbed atrazine molecules and surface generated active radicals as a pre-requisite for good photocatalytic activity. Interestingly, using the same synthesis procedure, it was observed that the addition of pluronic F127 significantly affects anatase crystal structure as opposed to the more thermodynamically stable rutile, generating 61% and 25% of total crystallite size modification for anatase and rutile, respectively. However, there were no changes on the final composition of anatase and rutile crystal structure. In overall, enhancement of the photocatalytic degradation of atrazine is ruled out to the following factors (1) modification of geometrical structures and size, (2) narrowing of band gap due to defect energy belt, (3) longer lifespan of photoexcited charges to the catalyst surface, (4) enhanced surface textural properties and (5) increased exposure of reactive {0 0 1} facets, which were all observed in F127-TiO2.

  17. Creep-resistant porous structures based on stereo-complex forming triblock copolymers of 1,3-trimethylene carbonate and lactides.

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    Zhang, Zheng; Grijpma, Dirk W; Feijen, Jan

    2004-04-01

    Stereo-complexes (poly(ST-TMC-ST)) of enantiomeric triblock copolymers based on 1,3-trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and L- or D-lactide (poly(LLA-TMC-LLA) and poly(DLA-TMC-DLA)) were prepared. Films of poly(ST-TMC-ST) could be prepared by solvent casting mixtures of equal amounts of poly(LLA-TMC-LLA) and poly(DLA-TMC-DLA) solutions and by compression moulding co-precipitates. Although compression moulding was performed at 191 degrees C, thermal degradation was not apparent and materials with good tensile properties could be obtained. For compression-moulded poly(ST-TMC-ST) specimens containing approximately 16 mol % lactide, the values for E-modulus, yield stress and elongation at break were respectively 17, 1.7 MPa and 90%. Also a very low long-term creep rate of 2.2 x 10(-7)s(-1) was determined when specimens were loaded to 20% of the yield stress. When compared with compression-moulded poly(TMC), poly(ST-TMC-ST) specimens deform at a rate that is one to two orders of magnitude lower. Furthermore, poly(ST-TMC-ST) specimens showed complete dimensional recovery within 24 h after loading to 20% and 40% of the yield stress for 40 and 5.5 h, respectively. Highly porous poly(TMC) and poly(ST-TMC-ST) structures with interconnected pores were prepared by a method combining co-precipitation, compression moulding and salt leaching. After prolonged compressive deformation, solid and porous poly(ST-TMC-ST) discs showed significantly better recovery behaviour than poly(TMC) discs. PMID:15332603

  18. Robust conductive mesoporous carbon-silica composite films with highly ordered and oriented orthorhombic structures from triblock-copolymer template co-assembly

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    Song, Lingyan; Feng, Dan; Campbell, Casey G; Gu, Dong; Forster, Aaron M; Yager, Kevin G; Fredin, Nathaniel; Lee, Hae-Jeong; Jones, Ronald L; Zhao, Dongyuan; Vogt, Bryan D

    2012-07-11

    In this work, we describe a facile approach to improve the robustness of conductive mesoporous carbon-based thin films by the addition of silica to the matrix through the triconstituent organic-inorganic-organic co-assembly of resol (carbon precursor) and tetraethylorthosilicate (silica precursor) with triblock-copolymer Pluronic F127. The pyrolysis of the resol-silica-pluronic F127 film yields a porous composite thin film with well-defined mesostructure. X-Ray diffraction (XRD), grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), and electron microscopy measurements indicate that the obtained carbon-based thin films have a highly ordered orthorhombic mesostructure (Fmmm) with uniform large pore size (~3 nm). The orthorhombic mesostructure is oriented and the (010) plane is parallel to the silicon wafer substrate. The addition of silica to the matrix impacts the pore size, surface area, porosity, modulus and conductivity. For composite films with approximately 40 wt% silica, the conductivity is decreased by approximately an order of magnitude in comparison to a pure carbon mesoporous film, but the conductivity is comparable to typical printed carbon inks used in electrochemical sensing, {approx}10 S cm-1. The mechanical properties of these mesoporous silica-carbon hybrid films are similar to the pure carbon analogs with a Young's modulus between 10 GPa and 15 GPa, but the material is significantly more porous. Moreover, the addition of silica to the matrix appears to improve the adhesion of the mesoporous film to a silicon wafer. These mesoporous silica-carbon composite films have appropriate characteristics for use in sensing applications.

  19. RAFT polymerization of temperature- and salt-responsive block copolymers as reversible hydrogels

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    Hemp, Sean T.; Smith, Adam E.; Bunyard, W. Clayton; Rubinstein, Michael H.; Long, Timothy E.

    2016-01-01

    Reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization enabled the synthesis of novel, stimuli-responsive, AB and ABA block copolymers. The B block contained oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (OEG) and was permanently hydrophilic in the conditions examined. The A block consisted of diethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate (DEG) and [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride (TMA). The A block displayed both salt- and temperature-response with lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) dependent on the molar content of TMA and the presence of salt. Higher TMA content in the AB diblock copolymers increased the critical micelle temperatures (CMT) in HPLC-grade water due to an increased hydrophilicity of the A block. Upon addition of 0.9 wt% NaCl, the CMTs of poly(OEG-b-DEG95TMA5) decreased from 50 °C to 36 °C due to screening of electrostatic repulsion between the TMA units. ABA triblock copolymers displayed excellent hydrogel properties with salt- and temperature-dependent gel points. TMA incorporation in the A block increased the gel points for all triblock copolymers, and salt-response increased with higher TMA composition in the A block. For example, poly(DEG98TMA2-b-OEG-b-DEG98TMA2) formed a hydrogel at 40 °C in HPLC-grade water and 26 °C in 0.9 wt% NaCl aqueous solution. These salt- and temperature-responsive AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers find applications as drug delivery vehicles, adhesives, and hydrogels. PMID:27041771

  20. Plastic deformation of triblock elastomers by molecular simulation

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    Parker, Amanda; Rottler, Jörg

    2015-03-01

    The mechanical properties of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) can be greatly enhanced by exploiting the complex morphology of triblock copolymers. A common strategy consists of confining chain ends into hard glassy regions that effectively crosslink a soft rubbery phase. We present molecular dynamics simulations that provide insight into key microscopic behaviour of the copolymer chains during deformation. First, a coarse-grained polymer model with an ABA type configuration and soft interactions is employed to achieve equilibrated spherical morphologies. Our model TPEs contain at least 30 spheres in order to ensure configurational averaging. Elastoplastic deformation with uniaxial extension or volume conserving shear is then studied after hard excluded volume interactions have been reintroduced. We consider trends of stress-strain curves for different chain lengths, and compare to equivalent homopolymeric systems. During deformation we simultaneously track the evolution of the number and shape of the minority spheres, the proportion of chains bridging from one sphere to another, as well as local plastic deformation. The simulations reveal strong differences between deformation modes, the evolution of sphere morphology and chain anisotropy.

  1. Thermo-responsive release of curcumin from micelles prepared by self-assembly of amphiphilic P(NIPAAm-co-DMAAm)-b-PLLA-b-P(NIPAAm-co-DMAAm) triblock copolymers.

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    Hu, Yanfei; Darcos, Vincent; Monge, Sophie; Li, Suming; Zhou, Yang; Su, Feng

    2014-12-10

    Thermo-responsive micelles are prepared by self-assembly of amphiphilic triblock copolymers composed of a poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) central block and two poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (P(NIPAAm-co-DMAAm)) lateral blocks, using solvent evaporation/film hydration method. The resulting micelles exhibit very low critical micelle concentration (CMC) which slightly increases from 0.0113 to 0.0144 mg mL(-1) while the DMAAm content increases from 31.8 to 39.4% in the hydrophilic P(NIPAAm-co-DMAAm) blocks. The lower critical solution temperatures (LCST) of copolymers varies from 44.7 °C to 49.4 °C in water as determined by UV spectroscopy, and decreases by ca. 3.5 °C in phosphate buffered saline (PBS). Curcumin was encapsulated in the core of micelles. High drug loading up to 20% is obtained with high loading efficiency (>94%). The LCST of drug loaded micelles ranges from 37.5 to 38.0 °C with drug loading increasing from 6.0 to 20%. The micelles with diameters ranging from 47.5 to 88.2 nm remain stable over one month due to the negative surface charge as determined by zeta potential (-12.4 to -18.7 mV). Drug release studies were performed under in vitro conditions at 37 °C and 40 °C, i.e. below and above the LCST, respectively. Initial burst release is observed in all cases, followed by a slower release. The release rate is higher at 40 °C than that at 37 °C due to thermo-responsive release across the LCST. On the other hand, micelles with lower drug loading exhibit higher release rate than those with higher drug loading, which is assigned to the solubility effect. Peppas' theory was applied to describe the release behaviors. Moreover, the in vitro cytotoxicity of copolymers was evaluated using MTT assay. The results show that the copolymers present good cytocompatibility. Therefore, the nano-scale size, low CMC, high drug loading and stability, as well as good biocompatibility indicate that these thermo-responsive triblock copolymer micelles

  2. Order-order transitions in ABC triblock nanostructures

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    Zhong-Ren Chen; Kornfield, J.A.; Smith, S.; Satkowski, M.

    1996-12-31

    This report discusses a triblock copolymer of isoprene I, styrene S, and a random copolymer of styrene and isoprene. Optical methods are used to examine flow-induced alignment kinetics and final alignment state; nanostructures and global order are also studied.

  3. Block copolymer ion gels for gas separation

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    Gu, Yuanyan; Lodge, Timothy

    2012-02-01

    Carbon dioxide removal from light gases (eg. N2, CH4, and H2) is a very important technology for industrial applications such as natural gas sweetening, CO2 capture from coal-fire power plant exhausts and hydrogen production. Current CO2 separation method uses amine-absorption, which is energy-intensive and requires frequent maintenance. Membrane separation is a cost-effective solution to this problem, especially in small-scale applications. Ionic liquids have recently received increasing interest in this area because of their selective solubility for CO2 and non-volatility. However, ionic liquid itself lacks the persistent structure and mechanical integrity to withstand the high pressure for gas separation. Here, we report the development and gas separation performances of physically crosslinked ion gels based on self-assembly of ABA-triblock copolymers in ionic liquids. Three different types of polymers was used to achieve gelation in ionic liquids. Specifically, a triblock copolymer ion gel with a polymerized ionic liquid mid-block shows performances higher than the upper bound of well-known ``Robeson Plot'' for CO2/N2.

  4. Comparative Fluorescence Resonance Energy-Transfer Study in Pluronic Triblock Copolymer Micelle and Niosome Composed of Biological Component Cholesterol: An Investigation of Effect of Cholesterol and Sucrose on the FRET Parameters.

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    Roy, Arpita; Kundu, Niloy; Banik, Debasis; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2016-01-14

    The formation of pluronic triblock copolymer (F127)-cholesterol-based niosome and its interaction with sugar (sucrose) molecules have been investigated. The morphology of F127-cholesterol -based niosome in the presence of sucrose has been successfully demonstrated using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) techniques. The DLS profiles and TEM images clearly suggest that the size of the niosome aggregates increases significantly in the presence of sucrose. In addition to structural characterization, a detailed comparative fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) study has been carried out in these F127-containing aggregates, involving coumarin 153 (C153) as donor (D) and rhodamine 6G (R6G) as an acceptor (A) to monitor the dynamic heterogeneity of the systems. Besides, time-resolved anisotropy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy measurements have been carried out to monitor the rotational and lateral diffusion motion in these F127-cholesterol-based aggregates using C153 and R6G, respectively. During the course of FRET study, we have observed multiple time constants of FRET inside the F127-cholesterol-based niosomes in contrast with the F127 micelle. This corresponds to the presence of more than one preferential donor-acceptor (D-A) distance in niosomes than in F127 micelle. FRET has also been successfully used to probe the effect of sucrose on the morphology of F127-cholesterol-based niosome. In the presence of sucrose, the time constant of FRET further increases as the D-A distances increase in sucrose-decorated niosome. Finally, the excitation-wavelength-dependent FRET studies have indicated that as the excitation of donor molecules varies from 408 to 440 nm the contribution of the faster rise component of the acceptor enhances considerably, which clearly establishes the dynamics heterogeneity of both systems. Our findings also indicate that FRET is completely intravesicular in nature in these block copolymer

  5. Internal Nanoparticle Structure of Temperature-Responsive Self-Assembled PNIPAM-b-PEG-b-PNIPAM Triblock Copolymers in Aqueous Solutions: NMR, SANS, and Light Scattering Studies.

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    Filippov, Sergey K; Bogomolova, Anna; Kaberov, Leonid; Velychkivska, Nadiia; Starovoytova, Larisa; Cernochova, Zulfiya; Rogers, Sarah E; Lau, Wing Man; Khutoryanskiy, Vitaliy V; Cook, Michael T

    2016-05-31

    In this study, we report detailed information on the internal structure of PNIPAM-b-PEG-b-PNIPAM nanoparticles formed from self-assembly in aqueous solutions upon increase in temperature. NMR spectroscopy, light scattering, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) were used to monitor different stages of nanoparticle formation as a function of temperature, providing insight into the fundamental processes involved. The presence of PEG in a copolymer structure significantly affects the formation of nanoparticles, making their transition to occur over a broader temperature range. The crucial parameter that controls the transition is the ratio of PEG/PNIPAM. For pure PNIPAM, the transition is sharp; the higher the PEG/PNIPAM ratio results in a broader transition. This behavior is explained by different mechanisms of PNIPAM block incorporation during nanoparticle formation at different PEG/PNIPAM ratios. Contrast variation experiments using SANS show that the structure of nanoparticles above cloud point temperatures for PNIPAM-b-PEG-b-PNIPAM copolymers is drastically different from the structure of PNIPAM mesoglobules. In contrast with pure PNIPAM mesoglobules, where solidlike particles and chain network with a mesh size of 1-3 nm are present, nanoparticles formed from PNIPAM-b-PEG-b-PNIPAM copolymers have nonuniform structure with "frozen" areas interconnected by single chains in Gaussian conformation. SANS data with deuterated "invisible" PEG blocks imply that PEG is uniformly distributed inside of a nanoparticle. It is kinetically flexible PEG blocks which affect the nanoparticle formation by prevention of PNIPAM microphase separation. PMID:27159129

  6. Impact of hydrogenation on physicochemical and biomedical properties of pH-sensitive PMAA-b-HTPB-b-PMAA triblock copolymer drug carriers.

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    Xu, Feng; Xu, Jing-Wen; Luo, Yan-Ling

    2016-05-01

    pH-Sensitive poly(methacrylic acid)-block-hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene-block-poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA-b-HTPB-b-PMAA) was synthesized and then hydrogenated in this work. The chain structure, phase behavior and thermal properties were characterized by(1)H NMR, FTIR, XRD, DSC, TGA, etc., and the physicochemical and biomedical properties were investigated via fluorescence spectroscopy, TEM, DLS, loading and release of drug and MTT, and so on. The experimental results indicated that the hydrogenation led to the change in the chain aggregate structure of hydrophobic HTPB blocks and the formation of more stable spherical core-shell micelle aggregates, and the critical micelle concentration decreased from 41.8 mg L(-1)before hydrogenation to 4.4 mg L(-1)after hydrogenation. The hydrogenated block copolymer micelle aggregates exhibited pH-triggered response, and could entrap twice as much hydrophobic drug as the unhydrided counterparts and the encapsulation efficiency was significantly improved, which makes them fine to meet the requirements for drug carriers. Therefore, the hydrogenated PMAA-b-HTPB-b-PMAA copolymer micelles as drug target release carriers can be well used in the field of prevention and treatment of cancers. PMID:26939939

  7. Nano-ordered surface morphologies by stereocomplexation of the enantiomeric polylactide chains: specific interactions of surface-immobilized poly(D-lactide) and poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(L-lactide) block copolymers.

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    Nakajima, Maho; Nakajima, Hajime; Fujiwara, Tomoko; Kimura, Yoshiharu; Sasaki, Sono

    2014-11-25

    Both AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers consisting of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA: A) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG: B) were deposited on a silicon surface on which poly(D-lactide) (PDLA) had been preimmobilized. The deposit of the diblock copolymer (PLLA-PEG) formed band structures similar to those observed when the same copolymer was directly deposited on the silicon surface. In contrast, the deposit of the triblock copolymer (PLLA-PEG-PLLA) formed many particulates scattering over the surface. When the PLLA-PEG deposit was subjected to water-soaking, the original band morphology was completely replaced by the particulate morphology that was identical to that of the PLLA-PEG-PLLA deposit. Their FT-IR analyses revealed that both copolymers had been bound through the stereocomplex (sc) formation between the preimmobilized PDLA chains and the PLLA blocks of the copolymers. Grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) also supported these surface morphologies. It was therefore evident that hydrophilic PEG chains can be immobilized on the PDLA-preimmobilized surface by the sc formation. PMID:25365934

  8. Order-Disorder Transition (ODT) in Micelle-Forming A-B/A and A-B/B Diblock Copolymer/Homopolymer Blends

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    Dormidontova, Elena E.; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2002-03-01

    In the framework of strong segregation (Semenov-like) theory we consider the phase behavior and properties of solvent-free diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends. We consider the case in which the homopolymer is similar to either the A or B block of diblock copolymer. Addition of a homopolymer that is similar to the corona-forming block of the diblock copolymer decreases the ODT temperature and increases the temperature window corresponding to the stable disordered micelle state. Above some critical homopolymer concentration no ordered micelle state can be found. In the case that the added homopolymer is similar to the core-forming block macrophase separation plays an important role. In the framework of standard Flory-Huggins theory macrophase separation into ordered or disordered diblock copolymer micelle phase and pure homopolymer phase seems to be preferable to co-micellization of the homopolymers and diblock copolymers. In reality kinetic factors as well as surface interactions between co-existing phases can produce a metastable phase of ordered or disordered micelles formed by both diblock and homopolymers. We discuss the order-disorder and co-micellisation transitions for this case, the latter often having an anomalous character (very large initial miceller size) when the fraction of homopolymers is not too small.

  9. Self-assembly of block copolymers grafted onto a flat substrate: Recent progress in theory and simulations

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    Zheng, Wang; Bao-Hui, Li

    2016-01-01

    Block copolymers are a class of soft matter that self-assemble to form ordered morphologies on the scale of nanometers, making them ideal materials for various applications. These applications directly depend on the shape and size of the self-assembled morphologies, and hence, a high degree of control over the self-assembly is desired. Grafting block copolymer chains onto a substrate to form copolymer brushes is a versatile method to fabricate functional surfaces. Such surfaces demonstrate a response to their environment, i.e., they change their surface topography in response to different external conditions. Furthermore, such surfaces may possess nanoscale patterns, which are important for some applications; however, such patterns may not form with spun-cast films under the same condition. In this review, we summarize the recent progress of the self-assembly of block copolymers grafted onto a flat substrate. We mainly concentrate on the self-assembled morphologies of end-grafted AB diblock copolymers, junction point-grafted AB diblock copolymers (i.e., Y-shaped brushes), and end-grafted ABA triblock copolymers. Special emphasis is placed on theoretical and simulation progress. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 20990234, 20925414, and 91227121), the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University, China (Grant No. IRT1257), the Programme of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities, China, and by the Tianhe No. 1, China.

  10. Block copolymers useful for enhanced oil recovery processes

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    Shu, P.

    1989-10-03

    This patent describes a method for permeability control of a subterranean formation and for enhancing oil recovery from the subterranean formation. The method comprising injecting into the subterranean formation an aqueous solution comprised of a block copolymer having the structural form of ABA triblock or (AB){sub n} multiblock wherein A is a crosslinkable polymer, B is a non-crosslinkable polymer or a polymer having low reactivity to crosslinking agents, n is a number of at least 2 and a crosslinking agent. Wherein A is selected from the group consisting of polyacrylic acid, partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide, highly hydrolyzed polyacrylamide, partially hydrolyzed polyacrylic ester, highly hydrolyzed polyacrylic ester, polyvinyl alcohol and mixtures thereof and B is selected from the group consisting of polyacrylamide, partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide, polyalkylene ethers, polyvinyl alcohol and polyvinylpyridine.

  11. Fabrication of biomolecule copolymer hybrid nanovesicles as energy conversion systems

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    Ho, Dean; Chu, Benjamin; Lee, Hyeseung; Brooks, Evan K.; Kuo, Karen; Montemagno, Carlo D.

    2005-12-01

    This work demonstrates the integration of the energy-transducing proteins bacteriorhodopsin (BR) from Halobacterium halobium and cytochrome c oxidase (COX) from Rhodobacter sphaeroides into block copolymeric vesicles towards the demonstration of coupled protein functionality. An ABA triblock copolymer-based biomimetic membrane possessing UV-curable acrylate endgroups was synthesized to serve as a robust matrix for protein reconstitution. BR-functionalized polymers were shown to generate light-driven transmembrane pH gradients while pH gradient-induced electron release was observed from COX-functionalized polymers. Cooperative behaviour observed from composite membrane functionalized by both proteins revealed the generation of microamp-range currents with no applied voltage. As such, it has been shown that the fruition of technologies based upon bio-functionalizing abiotic materials may contribute to the realization of high power density devices inspired by nature.

  12. Enhanced Binding of Phenosafranin to Triblock Copolymer F127 Induced by Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate: A Mixed Micellar System as an Efficient Drug Delivery Vehicle.

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    Mondal, Ramakanta; Ghosh, Narayani; Mukherjee, Saptarshi

    2016-03-24

    In this study, we explored the interaction of a cationic phenazinium dye, phenosafranin (PSF, here used as a model drug), with pluronic block copolymer F127, both in the presence and in the absence of the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), which forms mixed micelles with F127. We applied both steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques, along with isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), to demonstrate the binding of the probe PSF to both the pluronic and F127/SDS mixed micelles. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) study revealed that, upon interaction with SDS, the hydrodynamic diameter (dH) of F127 micelles decreased due to the formation of the mixed micelles. The PSF penetrated to the more hydrophobic interior of the mixed micellar system as compared to F127 micelles alone. Micropolarity and fluorescence-quenching experiments revealed that PSF is more deeply seated in the case of F127/SDS mixed micelles. Through a partition coefficient, lifetime measurements, and time-resolved anisotropy experiments, we also established that the partitioning of the probe within the F127 micelles in the presence of SDS is almost double than that in its absence. ITC data corroborates the fact that the binding of PSF is the strongest and most thermodynamically favorable when mixed micelles are formed, which enables our system to serve as an excellent drug delivery vehicle when compared to F127 alone. PMID:26936205

  13. Integrated method of thermosensitive triblock copolymer-salt aqueous two phase extraction and dialysis membrane separation for purification of lycium barbarum polysaccharide.

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    Wang, Yun; Hu, Xiaowei; Han, Juan; Ni, Liang; Tang, Xu; Hu, Yutao; Chen, Tong

    2016-03-01

    A polymer-salt aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) consisting of thermosensitive copolymer ethylene-oxide-b-propylene-oxide-b-ethylene-oxide (EOPOEO) and NaH2PO4 was employed in deproteinization for lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP). The effects of salt type and concentration, EOPOEO concentration, amount of crude LBP solution and temperature were studied. In the primary extraction process, LBP was preferentially partitioned to the bottom (salt-rich) phase with high recovery ratio of 96.3%, while 94.4% of impurity protein was removed to the top (EOPOEO-rich) phase. Moreover, the majority of pigments could be discarded to top phase. After phase-separation, the LBP in the bottom phase was further purified by dialysis membrane to remove salt and other small molecular impurities. The purity of LBP was enhanced to 64%. Additionally, the FT-IR spectrum was used to identify LBP. EOPOEO was recovered by a temperature-induced separation, and reused in a new ATPS. An ideal extraction and recycle result were achieved. PMID:26471552

  14. Effect of chain topology of block copolymer on micellization: ring vs linear block copolymer

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    Kim, Kwang Hee; Huh, June; Jo, Won Ho

    2003-03-01

    The aggregation of amphiphilic block copolymers in solution to form micelles has attracted great interest in recent years because of its importance in industrial applications. Many studies on these systems have mainly focused on a di- or triblock copolymer and much less attention was given to other architectures such as ring block copolymer. Recent experimental work has extended those works to include ring block copolymer, made by end-linking the triblock copolymer. Although the micellization of the ring block copolymer seemed to be favored over that of the linear triblock copolymer, two block copolymers showed similar values of cmc in experiments. In the present work, micellization of ring block copolymer (ring-B9A8) was simulated by Brownian dyanmics and micellar behavior is compared with triblock copolymer (A4B9A4) to investigate more systematically the effect of molecular architecture. Critical micelle concentration (cmc), average aggregation number and micellar distribution are compared with corresponding quantities measured for linear triblock copolymers having the same chain length and composition. Simulation results show that the cmc of ring-B9A8 is smaller than that of A4B9A4. The difference is explained by simple mean-field type theory.

  15. Sustained intra-articular release of celecoxib from in situ forming gels made of acetyl-capped PCLA-PEG-PCLA triblock copolymers in horses.

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    Petit, Audrey; Redout, Everaldo M; van de Lest, Chris H; de Grauw, Janny C; Müller, Benno; Meyboom, Ronald; van Midwoud, Paul; Vermonden, Tina; Hennink, Wim E; René van Weeren, P

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the intra-articular tolerability and suitability for local and sustained release of an in situ forming gel composed of an acetyl-capped poly(ε-caprolactone-co-lactide)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone-co-lactide) (PCLA-PEG-PCLA) copolymer loaded with celecoxib was investigated in horse joints. The systems were loaded with two dosages of celecoxib, 50 mg/g ('low CLB gel') and 260 mg/g ('high CLB gel'). Subsequently, they were injected into the joints of five healthy horses. For 72 h after intra-articular injection, they induced a transient inflammatory response, which was also observed after application of Hyonate(®), a commercial formulation containing hyaluronic acid for the intra-articular treatment of synovitis in horses. However, only after administration of the 'high CLB gel' the horses showed signs of discomfort (lameness score: 1.6 ± 1.3 on a 5-point scale) 1 day after injection, which completely disappeared 3 days after injection. Importantly, there was no indication of cartilage damage. Celecoxib Cmax in the joints was reached at 8 h and 24 h after administration of the 'low CLB gel' and 'high CLB gel', respectively. In the joints, concentrations of celecoxib were detected 4 weeks post administration. Celecoxib was also detected in plasma at concentrations of 150 ng/ml at day 3 post administration and thereafter its concentration dropped below the detection limit. These results show that the systems were well tolerated after intra-articular administration and showed local and sustained release of celecoxib for 4 weeks with low and short systemic exposure to the drug, demonstrating that these injectable in situ forming hydrogels are promising vehicles for intra-articular drug delivery. PMID:25890740

  16. Directed self-assembly of high-chi block copolymer for nano fabrication of bit patterned media via solvent annealing.

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    Xiong, Shisheng; Chapuis, Yves-Andre; Wan, Lei; Gao, He; Li, Xiao; Ruiz, Ricardo; Nealey, Paul F

    2016-10-14

    We report the formation of nanoimprint master templates that can be used for the fabrication of bit patterned media (BPM). The template was formed by directed self-assembly, with solvent annealing, of a symmetric ABA triblock copolymer to form perpendicularly oriented lamellae on chemical patterns. We used a high-χ block copolymer, poly(2-vinyl pyridine)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) to achieve smaller feature sizes than are possible with polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate). The work shows that triblock copolymers can provide a large processing window in terms of pitch commensurability. Using block-selective infiltration (atomic layer deposition with sequential long soaking/purge cycles), an alumina composite with high etch resistance was specifically incorporated into the polar and hydrophilic P2VP domains. Subsequently, the surface pattern was successfully transferred into underlying Si substrates by etching with a fluorine-containing plasma to create a nanoimprint master. The line/space pattern of the nanoimprint master met the BPM fabrication requirement of defectivity <10(-3). For demonstration purposes, the nanoimprint master was used to imprint a replica pattern of photoresist on a quartz wafer. PMID:27606926

  17. Mixing a sol and a precipitate of block copolymers with different block ratios leads to an injectable hydrogel.

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    Yu, Lin; Zhang, Zheng; Zhang, Huan; Ding, Jiandong

    2009-06-01

    A facile method to obtain a thermoreversible physical hydrogel was found by simply mixing an aqueous sol of a block copolymer with a precipitate of a similar copolymer but with a different block ratio. Two ABA-type triblock copolymers poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid)-B-poly(ethylene glycol)-B-poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) were synthesized. One sample in water was a sol in a broad temperature region, while the other in water was just a precipitate. The mixture of these two samples with a certain mix ratio underwent, however, a sol-to-gel-to-precipitate transition upon an increase of temperature. A dramatic tuning of the sol-gel transition temperature was conveniently achieved by merely varying mix ratio, even in the case of a similar molecular weight. Our study indicates that the balance of hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity within this sort of amphiphilic copolymers is critical to the inverse thermal gelation in water resulting from aggregation of micelles. The availability of encapsulation and sustained release of lysozyme, a model protein by the thermogelling systems was confirmed. This "mix" method provides a very convenient approach to design injectable thermogelling biomaterials with a broad adjustable window, and the novel copolymer mixture platform is potentially used in drug delivery and other biomedical applications. PMID:19385649

  18. Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization in the Undergraduate Laboratories. 1. Using ATRP to Prepare Block and Statistical Copolymers of n-Butyl Acrylate and Styrene

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    Beers, Kathryn L.; Woodworth, Brian; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof

    2001-04-01

    A simple method of preparing well-defined (co)polymers has been developed for application in an advanced undergraduate laboratory. The method utilizes atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a controlled/living radical polymerization, to prepare difunctional poly(n-butyl acrylate) with bromine end groups, which is chain-extended with styrene to yield an ABA triblock copolymer. Simultaneously, a statistical copolymer of the two monomers is prepared for comparison. The two copolymers are isolated and compositions and molecular weights are determined using 1H NMR and SEC, respectively. Optional additions to the experiment include performing a kinetic analysis of the homopolymerization using GC and SEC, and possibly comparing the results to those expected for conventional radical polymerization. Material differences in the copolymers can be observed qualitatively or measured using thermal or mechanical analysis. The lab is designed in such a way that several parts of the whole can be used to emphasize different areas of polymer science. A more synthetic course such as the organic synthesis lab can opt to investigate only the kinetic and composition analyses, whereas an engineering or materials science course may pursue more rigorous analysis of the materials' properties. Results included here are intended for application in an organic synthesis laboratory course.

  19. Calorimetric Study of Gradient Block-copolymers of Poly(butylacrylate) and Poly(methylmethacrylate)

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    Buzin, A. I.; Pyda, M.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Wunderlich, B.

    2002-03-01

    The miscibility and phase separation in the diblock (AB) and triblock (ABA) copolymers consisting of poly(butyl acrylate) (block B) and gradient copolymers of butyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate (block A) were investigated by means of conventional DSC as a function of the composition of the blocks A. In all copolymers studied, both blocks are presented by two separate glass transition temperatures. The low-temperature transition corresponds to devitrification of block B and is independent of composition and temperature is close to that of pure poly(butyl acrylate), while the higher transition corresponds to glass transition of the copolymeric block A, which decreases and broadens with increasing methylmethacrylate content in block A. The immiscible polymers are connected by chemical bonds, so that the mobilities of the phases influence each other. Shifts in the glass transition temperature and the broadening of the transitions as well as their asymmetry are discussed. --- Supported by NSF, Polymers Program, DMR-9703692, and the Div. of Mat. Sci., BES, DOE at ORNL, managed by UT-Batelle, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy, under contract number DOE-AC05-00OR22725.

  20. Structure and Dynamics of Cylinder Forming Block Copolymers in Thin Films

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    Tsarkova, Larisa A.

    In this chapter, we present fundamental aspects of the phase behavior and ordering dynamics in thin films of compositionally asymmetric block copoly- mers. Cylinder-forming AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers are used as model systems. In the introduction we briefly describe the physics which commonly governs block copolymer phase behavior both in bulk and in thin films; then we define characteristic features of thin film behavior with spe- cial emphasis on the parameters that are readily controlled in experiments. Along with the discussion of surface fields and confinement effects in Sect. 2, we focus on the issues that are seldom discussed in the literature such as molecular weight and molecular architecture effects on the phase behavior and on microdomain dynamics (Sect. 2), and the analysis of the characteristic microdomain dimensions (Sect. 3).We present measurements of the character- istic spacings and film thickness with sub-micron resolution and demonstrate confinement induced distortions of microdomain dimensions in thin films rela- tive to the respective parameters in bulk. In Sect. 4 we describe time-resolved details of structural ordering of cylinder microdomains which indicate that the dynamics of defect annihilation in block copolymer thin films is considerably more complex than anticipated so far.

  1. Self-assembly of the triblock copolymer 17R4 poly(propylene oxide)₁₄-poly(ethylene oxide)₂₄-poly(propylene oxide)₁₄ in D₂O.

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    Kumi, Bryna C; Hammouda, Boualem; Greer, Sandra C

    2014-11-15

    Our recent investigation of the three regions of the phase diagram of 17R4 in D2O (Huff et al., 2011) has led us to study the copolymer structure in this system by small-angle neutron scattering, rheometry, and dynamic light scattering. In region I at low temperatures and copolymer concentrations (0-30°C, 0.1-0.2 mass fraction ω), the cloudy solution contains the copolymer in large clusters made of hydrophobic PPO-rich "knots" bridged by dissolved hydrophilic PEO chains. These clusters vanish in region I at the lower temperatures and concentrations (below 39°C and ω=0.01). In region I over long times (weeks) at 25°C, a white liquid/gel film forms at the air-D2O interface. In region II at temperatures above the micellization line (above about 35°C, at ω=0.22) the large clusters dissipate and unimers coexist with "flower micelles," where the PPO blocks are the centers of the micelles and the PEO blocks loop into the solvent. In region III at still higher temperatures (above about 40°C at ω=0.2), the solution separates into coexisting liquid phases, where the upper phase of higher copolymer concentration is in region II, and the lower phase is in region I. The concentrated upper phase may contain micelles so crowded as to form a network. PMID:25203912

  2. Structure property relations in glassy-semicrystalline block copolymers

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    Khanna, Vikram

    The ability of block copolymers to segregate into nanoscale morphologies makes them a versatile class of engineering materials. This work investigates the relation between the block copolymer structure and its mechanical properties, film dynamics and diffusion kinetics. The first part investigates the influence of structure on the mechanical properties of poly(cyclohexylethylene)-poly(ethylene) (PCHE-PE) block copolymer films. For lamellar block copolymers the mechanical properties depend significantly on the chain architecture (diblock, triblock and pentablock). Diblock copolymer films show complete failure at small strains and pentablock copolymer films show the toughest, response. Moreover, the orientation of the cylinders in a cylinder forming pentablock copolymer affects the toughness of the block copolymer films. In the second part, the effect of surface energy and chain architecture on the orientation of microdomains in the same block copolymer films is investigated. Cylindrical and lamellar triblock copolymers with a PE midblock orient their microdomains normal to the surface. However, a lamellar diblock copolymer prefers a parallel orientation of the sheets with an E surface. Moreover, a cylindrical triblock copolymer with a reduced surface energy poly(ethylene-butylene) midblock orders with the cylinder domains oriented parallel to the surface. Self-consistent field theory calculations suggest that the entropic cost of forming a wetting layer comprised entirely of looping blocks for the triblock architecture, a constraint absent in diblock copolymers, stabilizes the perpendicular orientation. Thus in triblock copolymers, parallel orientations are only stabilized when the surface energy of the midblock is small enough to compensate for this conformational penalty. Finally, a study of the diffusion kinetics of cylinder forming poly(styrene)-poly(ethylene) triblock (SES) and pentablock (SESES) copolymers suggests that for similar molecular weights SESES

  3. Membranes with artificial free-volume enabled by block copolymer self-assembly

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    Petzetakis, Nikos; Balsara, Nitash

    2015-03-01

    There has been considerable success towards the development of polymeric porous materials with pore sizes in the meso- or macro-scale regime. However, manipulation of polymer porosity in the micro-scale (pore diameter < 2nm) remains challenging. Previous studies relied on changes on the chemical composition and structure of the polymeric material in order to achieve the formation of larger fractional free volume. In the present report we demonstrate a methodology with which we can force a polymeric material away from structural equilibrium and then kinetically arrest it at this -out of equilibrium- state, ultimately, enabling the creation of a polymeric material with artificial free volume. Our methodology is based on block copolymer/homopolymer binary blend self-assembly where the membranes are made by first creating a heterogeneous film of a ABA type triblock copolymer containing a soluble homopolymer, B. Then in a second washing step the soluble homopolymer chains are dissolved away. The volume fraction of the composite membrane occupied initially by chains of homopolymer B is now converted to extra free volume in the microphase of block B. Key role of block A is to kinetically arrest the structure of the polymer during and after the washing step.

  4. Amphiphilic block copolymer nanocontainers as bioreactors

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    Nardin, C.; Widmer, J.; Winterhalter, M.; Meier, W.

    2001-04-01

    Self-assembly of an amphiphilic triblock copolymer carrying polymerizable end-groups is used to prepare nanometer-sized vesicular structures in aqueous solution. The triblock copolymer shells of the vesicles can be regarded as a mimetic of biological membranes although they are 2 to 3 times thicker than a conventional lipid bilayer. Nevertheless, they can serve as a matrix for membrane-spanning proteins. Surprisingly, the proteins remain functional despite the extreme thickness of the membranes and that even after polymerization of the reactive triblock copolymers. This opens a new field to create mechanically stable protein/polymer hybrid membranes. As a representative example we functionalize (polymerized) triblock copolymer vesicles by reconstituting a channel-forming protein from the outer cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria. The protein used (OmpF) acts as a size-selective filter, which allows only for passage of molecules with a molecular weight below 400 g mol^{-1}. Therefore substrates may still have access to enzymes encapsulated in such protein/polymer hybrid nanocontainers. We demonstrate this using the enzyme β -lactamase which is able to hydrolyze the antibiotic ampicillin. In addition, a transmembrane voltage above a given threshold causes a reversible gating transition of OmpF. This can be used to reversibly activate or deactivate the resulting nanoreactors.

  5. Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization in the Undergraduate Laboratories. 2. Using ATRP in Limited Amounts of Air to Prepare Block and Statistical Copolymers of n-Butyl Acrylate and Styrene

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    Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Beers, Kathryn L.; Woodworth, Brian; Metzner, Zachary

    2001-04-01

    Developments in controlled radical polymerization have facilitated the use of living polymer chemistry in the undergraduate laboratories. In the first paper of this series, a procedure for the use of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) to prepare block and statistical copolymers was described and the use of kinetic analysis to differentiate between living and conventional processes was demonstrated. In this paper, the experiment is extended to polymerizations run in limited amounts of air so that the use of inert gases is unnecessary. The Cu(I) catalyst can be lost owing to oxidation or termination reactions; however, a scavenger, Cu(0), is added to react with oxidized catalyst to regenerate the Cu(I) complex. A difunctional macroinitiator of poly(n-butyl acrylate) is prepared and chain-extended with polystyrene. A statistical copolymer using the same monomer pair is also prepared. These copolymers are isolated and characterized along with the homopolymeric macroinitiator using 1H NMR and SEC. Kinetic analysis is also carried out using GC and SEC. The significant difference in these two approaches, in addition to slight variations in the reaction conditions, is apparent in the chain extension to yield the ABA triblock copolymer.

  6. Mechanistic analysis of Zein nanoparticles/PLGA triblock in situ forming implants for glimepiride

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    Ahmed, Osama Abdelhakim Aly; Zidan, Ahmed Samir; Khayat, Maan

    2016-01-01

    Objectives The study aims at applying pharmaceutical nanotechnology and D-optimal fractional factorial design to screen and optimize the high-risk variables affecting the performance of a complex drug delivery system consisting of glimepiride–Zein nanoparticles and inclusion of the optimized formula with thermoresponsive triblock copolymers in in situ gel. Methods Sixteen nanoparticle formulations were prepared by liquid–liquid phase separation method according to the D-optimal fractional factorial design encompassing five variables at two levels. The responses investigated were glimepiride entrapment capacity (EC), particle size and size distribution, zeta potential, and in vitro drug release from the prepared nanoparticles. Furthermore, the feasibility of embedding the optimized Zein-based glimepiride nanoparticles within thermoresponsive triblock copolymers poly(lactide-co-glycolide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) in in situ gel was evaluated for controlling glimepiride release rate. Results Through the systematic optimization phase, improvement of glimepiride EC of 33.6%, nanoparticle size of 120.9 nm with a skewness value of 0.2, zeta potential of 11.1 mV, and sustained release features of 3.3% and 17.3% drug released after 2 and 24 hours, respectively, were obtained. These desirability functions were obtained at Zein and glimepiride loadings of 50 and 75 mg, respectively, utilizing didodecyldimethylammonium bromide as a stabilizer at 0.1% and 90% ethanol as a common solvent. Moreover, incorporating this optimized formulation in triblock copolymers-based in situ gel demonstrated pseudoplastic behavior with reduction of drug release rate as the concentration of polymer increased. Conclusion This approach to control the release of glimepiride using Zein nanoparticles/triblock copolymers-based in situ gel forming intramuscular implants could be useful for improving diabetes treatment effectiveness. PMID:26893561

  7. Effect of poly(ethylene oxide) homopolymer and two different poly(ethylene oxide-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymers on morphological, optical, and mechanical properties of nanostructured unsaturated polyester.

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    Builes, Daniel H; Hernández-Ortiz, Juan P; Corcuera, Ma Angeles; Mondragon, Iñaki; Tercjak, Agnieszka

    2014-01-22

    Novel nanostructured unsaturated polyester resin-based thermosets, modified with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), and two poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) block copolymers (BCP), were developed and analyzed. The effects of molecular weights, blocks ratio, and curing temperatures on the final morphological, optical, and mechanical properties were reported. The block influence on the BCP miscibility was studied through uncured and cured mixtures of unsaturated polyester (UP) resins with PEO and PPO homopolymers having molecular weights similar to molecular weights of the blocks of BCP. The final morphology of the nanostructured thermosetting systems, containing BCP or homopolymers, was investigated, and multiple mechanisms of nanostructuration were listed and explained. By considering the miscibility of each block before and after curing, it was determined that the formation of the nanostructured matrices followed a self-assembly mechanism or a polymerization-induced phase separation mechanism. The miscibility between PEO or PPO blocks with one of two phases of UP matrix was highlighted due to its importance in the final thermoset properties. Relationships between the final morphology and thermoset optical and mechanical properties were examined. The mechanisms and physics behind the morphologies lead toward the design of highly transparent, nanostructured, and toughened thermosetting UP systems. PMID:24354274

  8. Computer simulations of block copolymer tethered nanoparticle self-assembly

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    Chan, Elaine R.; Ho, Lin C.; Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2006-08-01

    We perform molecular simulations to study the self-assembly of block copolymer tethered cubic nanoparticles. Minimal models of the tethered nanoscale building blocks (NBBs) are utilized to explore the structures arising from self-assembly. We demonstrate that attaching a rigid nanocube to a diblock copolymer affects the typical equilibrium morphologies exhibited by the pure copolymer. Lamellar and cylindrical phases are observed in both systems but not at the corresponding relative copolymer tether block fractions. The effect of nanoparticle geometry on phase behavior is investigated by comparing the self-assembled structures formed by the tethered NBBs with those of their linear ABC triblock copolymer counterparts. The tethered nanocubes exhibit the conventional triblock copolymer lamellar and cylindrical phases when the repulsive interactions between different blocks are symmetric. The rigid and bulky nature of the cube induces interfacial curvature in the tethered NBB phases compared to their linear ABC triblock copolymer counterparts. We compare our results with those structures obtained from ABC diblock copolymer tethered nanospheres to further elucidate the role of cubic nanoparticle geometry on self-assembly.

  9. Microphase Separation within Disk Shaped Aggregates of Triblock Bottlebrushes.

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    Long, Meiling; Shi, Yi; Zhang, Ke; Chen, Yongming

    2016-04-01

    Well-defined AbBA triblock bottlebrush with poly(N,N-dimethyl acrylamide) (PAm) as A block and polyacrylate, densely grafted with poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-block-polystyrene (PBA-b-PS), as brush bB block is prepared by controlled radical polymerization and click chemistry. The triblock copolymer with a composition of PAm200 -b-b(PBA14 -b-PS47 )167 -b-PAm200 is obtained and is further transformed into PAm200 -b-b(PAA14 -b-PS47 )167 -b-PAm200 by hydrolysis of the PBA segment into poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). In a mixture of N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and methanol, a poor solvent of bB block, PAm200 -b-b(PAA14 -b-PS47 )167 -b-PAm200 self-assembled into disk-like platelets, which have an internal lamellar structure by further microphase-separation of PAA-b-PS branches in 2D. Moreover, Ag nanoparticles are aligned by PAA segments along the disk to form a pattern. PMID:26866716

  10. Pluronic triblock copolymer systems and their interactions with Ibuprofen.

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    Foster, Beth; Cosgrove, Terence; Hammouda, Boualem

    2009-06-16

    Small-angle neutron scattering and pulsed-field gradient stimulated-echo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) have been used to study the structural characteristics of aqueous Pluronic solutions. In particular, changes in the micellar structure upon addition of ibuprofen to the solutions and altering the temperature have been investigated. Increases in temperature and ibuprofen concentration both appear to favor micellization, with increases observed in the aggregation number, fraction of polymer micellized, and core radius of the micelle, along with a decrease in the volume fraction of the solvent in the core. At high drug concentrations and/or temperatures, micelles of the more hydrophobic Pluronics scatter neutrons strongly at low Q, indicating attractive interactions between micelles or a change in the shape of the aggregates. The addition of ibuprofen to Pluronic P104 has also been found to reduce the critical micellization temperature from approximately 20 degrees C to below 13 degrees C. The hydrophobicity of the Pluronic, quantity of ibuprofen present, and temperature of the solution all seem to have a strong influence on the extent and nature of aggregation observed. PMID:19374338

  11. Nonlinear Elasticity and Cavitation of a Triblock Copolymer Gel

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    Kundu, Santanu; Hashemnejad, Seyed Meysam; Zabet, Mahla; Mishra, Satish

    2015-03-01

    Polymer gels are subjected to large-strain deformation during their applications. The gel deformation at large-strain is non-linear and can often lead to failure of the material. Here, we report the large-strain deformation behavior of a physically cross-linked, swollen polymer gel, which displays unique strain-stiffening response at large-strain. Investigations were performed using large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) and custom developed cavitation rheology techniques. Gent constitutive model, which considers finite extensibility of midblock, was fitted with the LAOS data, therefore, linking the estimated parameters from LAOS analysis to the structure of the gel. Cavitation experiments were conducted as a function of temperature. Both analytical method and finite-element based modeling have been implemented to capture the pressure response in cavitation experiments. Our results provide a critical understanding of gel failure mechanism at large-strain.

  12. A strategy to explore stable and metastable ordered phases of block copolymers.

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    Xu, Weiquan; Jiang, Kai; Zhang, Pingwen; Shi, An-Chang

    2013-05-01

    Block copolymers with their rich phase behavior and ordering transitions have become a paradigm for the study of structured soft materials. A major challenge in the study of the phase behavior of block copolymers is to obtain different stable and metastable phases of the system. A strategy to discover complex ordered phases of block copolymers within the self-consistent field theory framework is developed by a combination of fast algorithms and novel initialization procedures. This strategy allows the generation of a large number of candidate structures, which can then be used to construct phase diagrams. Application of the strategy is illustrated using ABC star triblock copolymers as an example. A large number of candidate structures, including many three-dimensionally ordered phases, of the system are obtained and categorized. A phase diagram is constructed for symmetrically interacting ABC star triblock copolymers. PMID:23551204

  13. Biochemical characterization of the aba2 and aba3 mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Schwartz, S H; Léon-Kloosterziel, K M; Koornneef, M; Zeevaart, J A

    1997-01-01

    Abscisic acid (ABA)-deficient mutants in a variety of species have been identified by screening for precocious germination and a wilty phenotype. Mutants at two new loci, aba2 and aba3, have recently been isolated in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Hynh. (K.M. Léon-Kloosterziel, M. Alvarez-Gil, G.J. Ruijs, S.E. Jacobsen, N.E. Olszewski, S.H. Schwartz, J.A.D. Zeevaart, M. Koornneef [1996] Plant J 10: 655-661), and the biochemical characterization of these mutants is presented here. Protein extracts from aba2 and aba3 plants displayed a greatly reduced ability to convert xanthoxin to ABA relative to the wild type. The next putative intermediate in ABA synthesis, ABA-aldehyde, was efficiently converted to ABA by extracts from aba2 but not by extracts from aba3 plants. This indicates that the aba2 mutant is blocked in the conversion of xanthoxin to ABA-aldehyde and that aba3 is impaired in the conversion of ABA-aldehyde to ABA. Extracts from the aba3 mutant also lacked additional activities that require a molybdenum cofactor (Moco). Nitrate reductase utilizes a Moco but its activity was unaffected in extracts from aba3 plants. Moco hydroxylases in animals require a desulfo moiety of the cofactor. A sulfido ligand can be added to the Moco by treatment with Na2S and dithionite. Treatment of aba3 extracts with Na2S restored ABA-aldehyde oxidase activity. Therefore, the genetic lesion in aba3 appears to be in the introduction of S into the Moco. PMID:9159947

  14. Biochemical characterization of the aba2 and aba3 mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Schwartz, S H; Léon-Kloosterziel, K M; Koornneef, M; Zeevaart, J A

    1997-05-01

    Abscisic acid (ABA)-deficient mutants in a variety of species have been identified by screening for precocious germination and a wilty phenotype. Mutants at two new loci, aba2 and aba3, have recently been isolated in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Hynh. (K.M. Léon-Kloosterziel, M. Alvarez-Gil, G.J. Ruijs, S.E. Jacobsen, N.E. Olszewski, S.H. Schwartz, J.A.D. Zeevaart, M. Koornneef [1996] Plant J 10: 655-661), and the biochemical characterization of these mutants is presented here. Protein extracts from aba2 and aba3 plants displayed a greatly reduced ability to convert xanthoxin to ABA relative to the wild type. The next putative intermediate in ABA synthesis, ABA-aldehyde, was efficiently converted to ABA by extracts from aba2 but not by extracts from aba3 plants. This indicates that the aba2 mutant is blocked in the conversion of xanthoxin to ABA-aldehyde and that aba3 is impaired in the conversion of ABA-aldehyde to ABA. Extracts from the aba3 mutant also lacked additional activities that require a molybdenum cofactor (Moco). Nitrate reductase utilizes a Moco but its activity was unaffected in extracts from aba3 plants. Moco hydroxylases in animals require a desulfo moiety of the cofactor. A sulfido ligand can be added to the Moco by treatment with Na2S and dithionite. Treatment of aba3 extracts with Na2S restored ABA-aldehyde oxidase activity. Therefore, the genetic lesion in aba3 appears to be in the introduction of S into the Moco. PMID:9159947

  15. Macroscopic phase decomposition in block copolymers driven by thermooxidative reactions

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    Fan, Shaobin

    Macroscopic phase separations have been observed in a commercial styrene- block-butadiene-block-styrene (SBS) triblock copolymer (Kraton 1102), an as-synthesized SBS triblock copolymer, an as-synthesized styrene-block-butadiene (SB) diblock copolymer and a commercial styrene-block-isoprene-block-styrene (SIS) triblock copolymer (Kraton 1107) at elevated temperatures. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on macroscopic phase separations in neat copolymers, including block copolymers. The temporal evolution of the structure, growth dynamics, origin and mechanism of the macroscopic phase separations have been investigated. A theoretical model has been established to describe such phase separation in SB diblock copolymer and numerical simulations have been undertaken to predict the structure evolution and growth dynamics. For styrene-butadiene block copolymers, the phase transition process consists of the first and second phase separations. The origin of such phase separations is attributed to chain scission and crosslinking reactions due to thermooxidative degradation. The formation of phase separated domains is the result of separation of polystyrene-rich domains from polybutadiene-rich domains. A mechanism, termed secondary spinodal decomposition, has been proposed to explain second phase separation. It has also demonstrated that the theoretical model and numerical simulations capture the essential features of the experimental observations. Growth rate was seen to depend on phase separation as well as reaction kinetics. The universal scaling laws have been shown to be invalid in macroscopic phase separations of styrene-butadiene block copolymers. The macroscopic phase separation process is more complex in the SIS triblock copolymer. It consists of a first phase separation, phase dissolution and a second phase separation. The origin of such phase decompositions has been shown to be a progressive chain scission reaction during thermal oxidative

  16. Fluorine-Containing ABC Linear Triblock Terpolymers: Synthesis and Self-assembly in Solution

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    He, Lihong; Hinestrosa Salazar, Juan P; Pickel, Joseph M; Kilbey, II, S Michael; Mays, Jimmy; Zhang, Shanju; Bucknall, David G.; Hong, Kunlun

    2011-01-01

    In this paper a fluorine-containing monomer, 2-fluroroethyl methacrylate (2FEMA) was used to synthesize the linear triblock terpolymer poly(n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate) (PnBMA-PMMA-P2FEMA). A kinetic study of the homopolymerization of 2FEMA by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization showed that it demonstrates living character and produces well defined polymers with reasonably narrow polydispersities (~1.30). Triblock terpolymers were prepared sequentially using a purified Macro-CTA at 70 oC, resulting in final terpolymers with high Dp for each block (>150) and with polydispersities between 1.6 and 2.1. The structure and molecular weights of the resultant PnBMA-PMMA-P2FEMA triblock terpolymers were characterized via 1H NMR, 19F NMR, and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Self-assembly of these polymers was carried out in a selective solvent and the micellar aggregates (MAs) thereby formed were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). It was confirmed from SEM that these copolymers could directly self-organize into large compound micelles in tetrahydrofuran/methanol with different diameters, depending on polymer composition.

  17. Morphologies of ABC Triblock Terpolymer Melts Containing Poly(Cyclohexadiene): Effects of Conformational Asymmetry

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Sides, Scott W.; Goswami, Monojoy; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Hong, Kunlun; Wu, Xiaodong; Russell, Thomas P.; Gido, Samuel P.; Misichronis, Konstantinos; Rangou, Sofia; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Tsoukatos, Thodoris; Hadjichristidis, Nikos; Beyer, Frederick L.; Mays, Jimmy W.

    2013-02-12

    We have synthesized linear ABC triblock terpolymers containing poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene), PCHD, as an end block and characterized their morphologies in the melt. Specifically, we have studied terpolymers containing polystyrene (PS), polybutadiene (PB), and polyisoprene (PI) as the other blocks. Systematically varying the ratio of 1,2- /1,4-microstructures of poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene), we have studied the effects of conformational asymmetry among the three blocks on the morphologies using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and self-consistent field theory (SCFT) performed with PolySwift++. Our work reveals that the triblock terpolymer melts containing a high percentage of 1,2-microstructures in the PCHD block are disordered at 110 °C for all the samples, independent of sequence and volume fraction of the blocks. In contrast, the triblock terpolymer melts containing a high percentage of 1,4-microstructure form regular morphologies known from the literature. The accuracy of the SCFT calculations depends on calculating the χ parameters that quantify the repulsive interactions between different monomers. Simulations using χ values obtained from solubility parameters and group contribution methods are unable to reproduce the morphologies as seen in the experiments. However, SCFT calculations accounting for the enhancement of the χ parameter with an increase in the conformational asymmetry lead to an excellent agreement between theory and experiments. These results highlight the importance of conformational asymmetry in tuning the χ parameter and, in turn, morphologies in block copolymers.

  18. Hierarchical templating of a BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 multiferroic nanocomposite by a triblock terpolymer film.

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    Choi, Hong Kyoon; Aimon, Nicolas M; Kim, Dong Hun; Sun, Xue Yin; Gwyther, Jessica; Manners, Ian; Ross, Caroline A

    2014-09-23

    A process route to fabricate templated BiFeO3/CoFe2O4 (BFO/CFO) vertical nanocomposites is presented in which the self-assembly of the BFO/CFO is guided using a self-assembled triblock terpolymer. A linear triblock terpolymer was selected instead of a diblock copolymer in order to produce a square-symmetry template, which had a period of 44 nm. The triblock terpolymer pattern was transferred to a (001) Nb:SrTiO3 substrate to produce pits that formed preferential sites for the nucleation of CFO crystals, in contrast to the BFO, which wetted the flat regions of the substrate. The crystallographic orientation and magnetic properties of the templated BFO/CFO were characterized. PMID:25184546

  19. ABA-alcohol is an intermediate in abscisic acid biosynthesis

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    Rock, C.D.; Zeevaart, J.A.D. )

    1990-05-01

    It has been established that ABA-aldehyde is a precursor to ABA. The ABA-deficient flacca and sitiens mutants of tomato are blocked in the conversion of ABA-aldehyde to ABA, and accumulate trans-ABA-alcohol. {sup 18}O-Labeling studies of ABA in flacca and sitiens show that these mutants synthesize a large percentage of ({sup 18}O)ABA which contains two {sup 18}O atoms in the carboxyl group. Furthermore, the mutants synthesize much greater amounts of trans-ABA-glucose ester (t-ABA-GE) compared with the wild type, and this ({sup 18}O)t-ABA-GE is also double labeled in the carboxyl group. Our interpretation of these data is that the {sup 18}O in ABA-aldehyde is trapped in the side chain by reduction to ({sup 18}O)ABA-alcohol, followed by isomerization to ({sup 18}O)t-ABA-alcohol and oxidation with {sup 18}O{sub 2} to ({sup 18}O)t-ABA. The ({sup 18}O)t-ABA is then rapidly converted to ({sup 18}O)t-ABA-GE. Because ({sup 18}O)ABA doubly labeled in the carboxyl group has been observed in small amounts in labeling experiments with several species, and various species have been shown to convert ABA-aldehyde to ABA-alcohol and t-ABA-alcohol, we propose that ABA-alcohol is an ABA intermediate in a shunt pathway.

  20. Molecular Interaction Control in Diblock Copolymer Blends and Multiblock Copolymers with Opposite Phase Behaviors

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    Cho, Junhan

    2014-03-01

    Here we show how to control molecular interactions via mixing AB and AC diblock copolymers, where one copolymer exhibits upper order-disorder transition and the other does lower disorder-order transition. Linear ABC triblock copolymers possessing both barotropic and baroplastic pairs are also taken into account. A recently developed random-phase approximation (RPA) theory and the self-consistent field theory (SCFT) for general compressible mixtures are used to analyze stability criteria and morphologies for the given systems. It is demonstrated that the copolymer systems can yield a variety of phase behaviors in their temperature and pressure dependence upon proper mixing conditions and compositions, which is caused by the delicate force fields generated in the systems. We acknowledge the financial support from National Research Foundation of Korea and Center for Photofunctional Energy Materials.

  1. ABA Receptors: Past, Present and Future

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    Guo, Jianjun; Yang, Xiaohan; Weston, David; Chen, Jay

    2011-01-01

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is the key plant stress hormone. Consistent with the earlier studies in support of the presence of both membrane- and cytoplasm-localized ABA receptors, recent studies have identified multiple ABA receptors located in various subcellular locations. These include a chloroplast envelope-localized receptor (the H subunit of Chloroplast Mg2+-chelatase/ABA Receptor), two plasma membrane-localized receptors (G-protein Coupled Receptor 2 and GPCR-type G proteins), and one cytosol/nucleus-localized Pyrabactin Resistant (PYR)/PYR-Like (PYL)/Regulatory Component of ABA Receptor 1 (RCAR). Although the downstream molecular events for most of the identified ABA receptors are currently unknown, one of them, PYR/PYL/RACR was found to directly bind and regulate the activity of a long-known central regulator of ABA signaling, the A-group protein phosphatase 2C (PP2C). Together with the Sucrose Non-fermentation Kinase Subfamily 2 (SnRK2s) protein kinases, a central signaling complex (ABA-PYR-PP2Cs-SnRK2s) that is responsible for ABA signal perception and transduction is supported by abundant genetic, physiological, biochemical and structural evidence. The identification of multiple ABA receptors has advanced our understanding of ABA signal perception and transduction while adding an extra layer of complexity.

  2. Rational design of ABC triblock terpolymer solution nanostructures with controlled patch morphology

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    Löbling, Tina I.; Borisov, Oleg; Haataja, Johannes S.; Ikkala, Olli; Gröschel, André H.; Müller, Axel H. E.

    2016-01-01

    Block copolymers self-assemble into a variety of nanostructures that are relevant for science and technology. While the assembly of diblock copolymers is largely understood, predicting the solution assembly of triblock terpolymers remains challenging due to complex interplay of block/block and block/solvent interactions. Here we provide guidelines for the self-assembly of linear ABC triblock terpolymers into a large variety of multicompartment nanostructures with C corona and A/B cores. The ratio of block lengths NC/NA thereby controls micelle geometry to spheres, cylinders, bilayer sheets and vesicles. The insoluble blocks then microphase separate to core A and surface patch B, where NB controls the patch morphology to spherical, cylindrical, bicontinuous and lamellar. The independent control over both parameters allows constructing combinatorial libraries of unprecedented solution nanostructures, including spheres-on-cylinders/sheets/vesicles, cylinders-on-sheets/vesicles, and sheets/vesicles with bicontinuous or lamellar membrane morphology (patchy polymersomes). The derived parameters provide a logical toolbox towards complex self-assemblies for soft matter nanotechnologies. PMID:27352897

  3. Rational design of ABC triblock terpolymer solution nanostructures with controlled patch morphology

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    Löbling, Tina I.; Borisov, Oleg; Haataja, Johannes S.; Ikkala, Olli; Gröschel, André H.; Müller, Axel H. E.

    2016-06-01

    Block copolymers self-assemble into a variety of nanostructures that are relevant for science and technology. While the assembly of diblock copolymers is largely understood, predicting the solution assembly of triblock terpolymers remains challenging due to complex interplay of block/block and block/solvent interactions. Here we provide guidelines for the self-assembly of linear ABC triblock terpolymers into a large variety of multicompartment nanostructures with C corona and A/B cores. The ratio of block lengths NC/NA thereby controls micelle geometry to spheres, cylinders, bilayer sheets and vesicles. The insoluble blocks then microphase separate to core A and surface patch B, where NB controls the patch morphology to spherical, cylindrical, bicontinuous and lamellar. The independent control over both parameters allows constructing combinatorial libraries of unprecedented solution nanostructures, including spheres-on-cylinders/sheets/vesicles, cylinders-on-sheets/vesicles, and sheets/vesicles with bicontinuous or lamellar membrane morphology (patchy polymersomes). The derived parameters provide a logical toolbox towards complex self-assemblies for soft matter nanotechnologies.

  4. Light-emitting block copolymers composition, process and use

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    Ferraris, John P.; Gutierrez, Jose J.

    2006-11-14

    Generally, and in one form, the present invention is a composition of light-emitting block copolymer. In another form, the present invention is a process producing a light-emitting block copolymers that intends polymerizing a first di(halo-methyl) aromatic monomer compound in the presence of an anionic initiator and a base to form a polymer and contacting a second di(halo-methyl) aromatic monomer compound with the polymer to form a homopolymer or block copolymer wherein the block copolymer is a diblock, triblock, or star polymer. In yet another form, the present invention is an electroluminescent device comprising a light-emitting block copolymer, wherein the electroluminescent device is to be used in the manufacturing of optical and electrical devices.

  5. Synthesis, Characterization (Molecular-Morphological) and Theoretical Morphology Predictions of Poly(cyclohexadiene) Containing Linear Triblock Terpolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Dadmun, Mark D; Sumpter, Bobby G; Mays, Jimmy; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Zafeiropoulos, N.E.; Misichoronis, K.; Rangou, S.; Ashcraft, E.

    2013-01-01

    The synthesis via anionic polymerization of six linear triblock terpolymers with various sequences of blocks such as PS (polystyrene), PB (polybutadiene), PI (polyisoprene) and PCHD (poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene)) is reported. The synthesis of the terpolymers was accomplished by the use of anionic polymerization with high vacuum techniques and sequential monomer addition. Molecular characterization of the samples was performed via size exclusion chromatography and membrane osmometry to measure polydispersity indices and the number-average molecular weights, respectively. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy was adopted to verify the type of microstructure for the polydienes as well as to calculate the molar composition. Structural characterization was performed via transmission electron microscopy and small angle X-ray scattering and several morphologies were observed including one which has not been reported previously. Real-space self-consistent field theory (SCFT) without a priori knowledge about the symmetry of the periodic structures was used to elucidate the thermodynamics of the synthesized triblock copolymers.

  6. New Linear and Star-Shaped Thermogelling Poly([R]-3-hydroxybutyrate) Copolymers.

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    Barouti, Ghislaine; Liow, Sing Shy; Dou, Qingqing; Ye, Hongye; Orione, Clément; Guillaume, Sophie M; Loh, Xian Jun

    2016-07-18

    The synthesis of multi-arm poly([R]-3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB)-based triblock copolymers (poly([R]-3-hydroxybutyrate)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-[[poly(methyl ether methacrylate)-g-poly(ethylene glycol)]-co-[poly(methacrylate)-g-poly(propylene glycol)

  7. Mixing thermodynamics of block-random copolymers

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    Beckingham, Bryan Scott

    regular mixing prediction, XA-ArB = fB2 XA-B, thereby confirming the utility of this simple relationship in designing block copolymers with targeted interaction strengths using only these two common monomers. Thus, this fB 2 scaling is a useful "design rule" for tuning the interblock segregation strength in A-ArB (and B-ArB) block-random copolymers using styrene and isoprene as constituents. The reduction in XA-ArB over X A-B permits the synthesis of polymers having much larger M and domain spacing d while maintaining a thermally-accessible ODT; measured domain spacings are found to closely follow the expected scaling, d ~ X1/6M2/3. The decoupling of the order-disorder transition temperature from polymer molecular weight---and thereby interdomain spacing---provides an additional means to alter the polymer structure-property dynamic through synthesis, in addition to more common molecular variations, such as changes in block sequence, length of the blocks, and number of blocks. A similar examination of the interaction energy densities between E (hydrogenated Bd) and both hydrogenated derivatives of random copolymers of styrene and isoprene (SrhI and VCHrhI) found large positive deviations from regular mixing in the E-SrhI system and smaller but significant negative deviations in the E-VCHrhI system. Nevertheless, a ternary mixing model ("copolymer equation"), using independently-determined values of the three component interaction energy densities, is found to provide a good representation of the experimental interaction energies. Random copolymer blocks are also incorporated into linear A-B-C triblock copolymers, and the extent of block microphase separation in nonfrustrated E-hI-ArhI, where A is either S or VCH, triblock copolymers forming a "three-domain, four-layer" lamellar morphology is examined. Specifically, the extent of separation between the B and C blocks is probed, for the case where the B and C blocks are sufficiently compatible that they would not be

  8. Junction-Controlled Elasticity of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Dispersions in Acrylic Copolymer Gels and Solutions

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    Schoch, Andrew B.; Shull, Kenneth R.; Brinson, L. Catherine

    2008-08-26

    Oscillatory shear rheometry is used to study the mechanical response of single-walled carbon nanotubes dispersed in solutions of acrylic diblock or triblock copolymers in 2-ethyl-1-hexanol. Thermal transitions in the copolymer solutions provide a route for the easy processing of these composite materials, with excellent dispersion of the nanotubes as verified by near-infrared photoluminescence spectroscopy. The nanotube dispersions form elastic networks with properties that are controlled by the junction points between nanotubes, featuring a temperature-dependent elastic response that is controlled by the dynamic properties of the matrix copolymer solution. The data are consistent with the formation of micelle-like aggregates around the nanotubes. At low temperatures the core-forming poly(methyl methacrylate) blocks are glassy, and the overall mechanical response of the composite does not evolve with time. At higher temperatures the enhanced mobility of the core-forming blocks enables the junctions to achieve more intimate nanotube-nanotube contact, and the composite modulus increases with time. These aging effects are observed in both diblock and triblock copolymer solutions but are partially reversed in the triblock solutions by cooling through the gel transition of the triblock copolymer. This result is attributed to the generation of internal stresses during gelation and the ability of these stresses to break or weaken the nanotube junctions.

  9. Chemical inhibition of potato ABA 8'-hydroxylase activity alters in vitro and in vivo ABA metabolism and endogenous ABA levels but does not affect potato microtuber dormancy duration

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    The effects of azole-type P450 inhibitors and two metabolism-resistant ABA analogs on in vitro ABA 8'-hydroxylase activity, in planta ABA metabolism, endogenous ABA content, and tuber meristem dormancy duration were examined in potato (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Russet Burbank). When functionally expr...

  10. Fluctuation Dynamics of Block Copolymer Vesicles

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    Falus, P.; Borthwick, M.A.; Mochrie, S.G.J.

    2010-07-13

    X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy was used to characterize the wave-vector- and temperature-dependent dynamics of spontaneous thermal fluctuations in a vesicle (L4) phase that occurs in a blend of a symmetric poly(styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene) triblock copolymer with a polystyrene homopolymer. Measurements of the intermediate scattering function reveal stretched-exponential behavior versus time, with a stretching exponent slightly larger than 2/3. The corresponding relaxation rates show an approximate q{sup 3} dependence versus wave vector. Overall, the experimental measurements are well described by theories that treat the dynamics of independent membrane plaquettes.

  11. Identification and mechanism of ABA receptor antagonism

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    Melcher, Karsten; Xu, Yong; Ng, Ley-Moy; Zhou, X. Edward; Soon, Fen-Fen; Chinnusamy, Viswanathan; Suino-Powell, Kelly M; Kovach, Amanda; Tham, Fook S.; Cutler, Sean R.; Li, Jun; Yong, Eu-Leong; Zhu, Jian-Kang; Xu, H. Eric

    2010-11-11

    The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) functions through a family of fourteen PYR/PYL receptors, which were identified by resistance to pyrabactin, a synthetic inhibitor of seed germination. ABA activates these receptors to inhibit type 2C protein phosphatases, such as ABI1, yet it remains unclear whether these receptors can be antagonized. Here we demonstrate that pyrabactin is an agonist of PYR1 and PYL1 but is unexpectedly an antagonist of PYL2. Crystal structures of the PYL2-pyrabactin and PYL1-pyrabactin-ABI1 complexes reveal the mechanism responsible for receptor-selective activation and inhibition, which enables us to design mutations that convert PYL1 to a pyrabactin-inhibited receptor and PYL2 to a pyrabactin-activated receptor and to identify new pyrabactin-based ABA receptor agonists. Together, our results establish a new concept of ABA receptor antagonism, illustrate its underlying mechanisms and provide a rational framework for discovering novel ABA receptor ligands.

  12. Arylenesiloxane copolymers

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    Breed, L. W.; Elliott, R. L.

    1967-01-01

    Arylenesiloxane copolymers with regularly ordered structures were discovered during efforts to develop organosilicon polymers. Arylenesilane and siloxane monomers were both synthesized in these experiments.

  13. Toward Anisotropic Hybrid Materials: Directional Crystallization of Amphiphilic Polyoxazoline-Based Triblock Terpolymers.

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    Rudolph, Tobias; von der Lühe, Moritz; Hartlieb, Matthias; Norsic, Sebastien; Schubert, Ulrich S; Boisson, Christophe; D'Agosto, Franck; Schacher, Felix H

    2015-10-27

    We present the design and synthesis of a linear ABC triblock terpolymer for the bottom-up synthesis of anisotropic organic/inorganic hybrid materials: polyethylene-block-poly(2-(4-(tert-butoxycarbonyl)amino)butyl-2-oxazoline)-block-poly(2-iso-propyl-2-oxazoline) (PE-b-PBocAmOx-b-PiPrOx). The synthesis was realized via the covalent linkage of azide-functionalized polyethylene and alkyne functionalized poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline) (POx)-based diblock copolymers exploiting copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) chemistry. After purification of the resulting triblock terpolymer, the middle block was deprotected, resulting in a primary amine in the side chain. In the next step, solution self-assembly into core-shell-corona micelles in aqueous solution was investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Subsequent directional crystallization of the corona-forming block, poly(2-iso-propyl-2-oxazoline), led to the formation of anisotropic superstructures as demonstrated by electron microscopy (SEM and TEM). We present hypotheses concerning the aggregation mechanism as well as first promising results regarding the selective loading of individual domains within such anisotropic nanostructures with metal nanoparticles (Au, Fe3O4). PMID:26372093

  14. On the Use of Self-Assembling Block Copolymers to Toughen A Model Epoxy

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    Chen, Yilin

    Block copolymers have been receiving considerable attention in toughening epoxy due to their ability to form a wide variety of nanostructures. This study focuses on using both triblock and diblock copolymers to improve the fracture toughness of an aromatic-amine cured epoxy system. The curing system consisted of 1,3- phenylenediamine (mPDA) as curing agent and aniline as a chain extender. Three triblock copolymers and three diblock copolymers were incorporated in the same lightly crosslinked model epoxy system, which was chosen to mimic an underfill material in flip-chip packaging for the microelectronics industry. In this research, rubber particles were formed in situ using self-assembling block copolymers. Mechanical, thermal and microscopic studies were conducted with the main goal to study the relationship between the block parameters and the final morphologies and their effects on static and dynamic mechanical properties of the toughened resin, especially fracture toughness. In these block-copolymer-modified epoxies, spherical micelles and wormlike micelles were obtained by varying block lengths, molecular weight, polarities and compositions. It was found that miscibility of the epoxy-miscible block played a crucial role in the formation of different types of morphologies. At a low loading level, diblock copolymers were able to toughen the model epoxy as effectively as triblock copolymers. The fracture toughness was improved to almost three times with respect to that of the neat resin with addition of 10 phr AM*-27. At the same time, other mechanical properties, such as yield strength and modulus, were well retained. Incorporation of block copolymers did not have a significant effect on glass transition temperature but caused an increase in coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the modified epoxy. Particle cavitation and matrix void growth were proved to be the toughening mechanisms for SBM-Modified epoxies. However, these typical toughening mechanisms for

  15. Equilibrium crystal phases of triblock Janus colloids.

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    Reinhart, Wesley F; Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios Z

    2016-09-01

    Triblock Janus colloids, which are colloidal spheres decorated with attractive patches at each pole, have recently generated significant interest as potential building blocks for functional materials. Their inherent anisotropy is known to induce self-assembly into open structures at moderate temperatures and pressures, where they are stabilized over close-packed crystals by entropic effects. We present a numerical investigation of the equilibrium phases of triblock Janus particles with many different patch geometries in three dimensions, using Monte Carlo simulations combined with free energy calculations. In all cases, we find that the free energy difference between crystal polymorphs is less than 0.2 kBT per particle. By varying the patch fraction and interaction range, we show that large patches stabilize the formation of structures with four bonds per patch over those with three. This transition occurs abruptly above a patch fraction of 0.30 and has a strong dependence on the interaction range. Furthermore, we find that a short interaction range favors four bonds per patch, with longer range increasingly stabilizing structures with only three bonds per patch. By quantifying the effect of patch geometry on the stability of the equilibrium crystal structures, we provide insights into the fundamental design rules for constructing complex colloidal crystals. PMID:27609002

  16. Application of ABA Principles to General Communication Instruction.

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    Ogletree, Billy T.; Oren, Thomas

    2001-01-01

    This article examines applied behavior analysis (ABA) based communication instruction for students with autism. It offers an historical context for ABA in speech-language pathology and reviews the literature on the use of ABA as a treatment method for communication impairment in autism, comparing contemporary ABA with the developmental…

  17. In vitro drug release behavior, mechanism and antimicrobial activity of rifampicin loaded low molecular weight PLGA-PEG-PLGA triblock copolymeric nanospheres.

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    Gajendiran, M; Divakar, S; Raaman, N; Balasubramanian, S

    2013-12-01

    Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA (92:8)) and a series of PLGA-PEG-PLGA tri block copolymers were synthesized by direct melt polycondensation. The copolymers were characterized by FTIR, and 1HNMR spectroscopic techniques, viscosity, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and powder x-ray diffraction (XRD). The rifampicin (RIF) loaded polymeric nanospheres (NPs) were prepared by ultrasonication-W/O emulsification technique. The NPs have been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), TEM, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), UVvisible spectroscopy and DLS measurements. The drug loaded triblock copolymeric NPs have five folds higher drug content and drug loading efficiency than that of PLGA microspheres (MPs). The in vitro drug release study shows that the drug loaded NPs showed an initial burst release after that sustained release up to 72 h. All the triblock copolymeric NPs follow anomalous drug diffusion mechanism while the PLGA MPs follow non-Fickian super case-II mechanism up to 12 h. The overall in-vitro release follows second order polynomial kinetics up to 72 h. The antimicrobial activity of the RIF loaded polymer NPs was compared with that of pure RIF and tetracycline (TA). The RIF loaded triblock copolymeric NPs inhibited the bacterial growth more effectively than the pure RIF and TA. PMID:23701139

  18. Wounding of potato tubers induces increases in ABA biosynthesis and catabolism and alters expression of ABA metabolic genes

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    The effects of physical wounding on ABA biosynthesis and catabolism and expression of genes encoding key ABA metabolic enzymes were determined in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tubers. An increase in ABA and ABA metabolite content was observed 48 h after wounding and remained elevated through 96 h. ...

  19. Preparation and in vitro evaluation of doxorubicin-loaded Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles modified with biocompatible copolymers

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    Akbarzadeh, Abolfazl; Mikaeili, Haleh; Zarghami, Nosratollah; Mohammad, Rahmati; Barkhordari, Amin; Davaran, Soodabeh

    2012-01-01

    Background Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are attractive materials that have been widely used in medicine for drug delivery, diagnostic imaging, and therapeutic applications. In our study, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and the anticancer drug, doxorubicin hydrochloride, were encapsulated into poly (D, L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) poly (ethylene glycol) (PLGA-PEG) nanoparticles for local treatment. The magnetic properties conferred by superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles could help to maintain the nanoparticles in the joint with an external magnet. Methods A series of PLGA:PEG triblock copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of D, L-lactide and glycolide with different molecular weights of polyethylene glycol (PEG2000, PEG3000, and PEG4000) as an initiator. The bulk properties of these copolymers were characterized using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. In addition, the resulting particles were characterized by x-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry. Results The doxorubicin encapsulation amount was reduced for PLGA:PEG2000 and PLGA:PEG3000 triblock copolymers, but increased to a great extent for PLGA:PEG4000 triblock copolymer. This is due to the increased water uptake capacity of the blended triblock copolymer, which encapsulated more doxorubicin molecules into a swollen copolymer matrix. The drug encapsulation efficiency achieved for Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles modified with PLGA:PEG2000, PLGA:PEG3000, and PLGA:PEG4000 copolymers was 69.5%, 73%, and 78%, respectively, and the release kinetics were controlled. The in vitro cytotoxicity test showed that the Fe3O4-PLGA:PEG4000 magnetic nanoparticles had no cytotoxicity and were biocompatible. Conclusion There is potential for use of these nanoparticles for biomedical application. Future work

  20. Thermoresponsive physical hydrogels of poly(lactic acid)/poly(ethylene glycol) stereoblock copolymers tuned by stereostructure and hydrophobic block sequence.

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    Mao, Hailiang; Shan, Guorong; Bao, Yongzhong; Wu, Zi Liang; Pan, Pengju

    2016-05-18

    CBABC-type poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) pentablock copolymers composed of a central PEG block (A) and enantiomeric poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA, B), poly(d-lactic acid) (PDLA, C) blocks were synthesized. Such pentablock copolymers form physical hydrogels at high concentrations in an aqueous solution, which stem from the aggregation and physical bridging of copolymer micelles. These gels are thermoresponsive and turn into sols upon heating. Physical gelation, gel-to-sol transition, crystalline state, microstructure, rheological behavior, biodegradation, and drug release behavior of PLA/PEG pentablock copolymers and their gels were investigated; they were also compared with PLA-PEG-PLA triblock copolymers containing the isotactic PLLA or atactic poly(d,l-lactide) (PDLLA) endblocks and PLLA-PEG-PLLA/PDLA-PEG-PDLA enantiomeric mixtures. PLA hydrophobic domains in pentablock copolymer gels changed from a homocrystalline to stereocomplexed structure as the PLLA/PDLA block length ratio approached 1/1. The gel of symmetric pentablock copolymer exhibited a wider gelation region, higher gel-to-sol transition temperature, higher hydrophobic domain crystallinity, larger intermicellar distance, higher storage modulus, and slower degradation and drug release rate compared to those of the asymmetric PLA/PEG pentablock copolymers or triblock copolymers. SAXS results indicated that the PLLA/PDLA blocks stereocomplexation in pentablock copolymers facilitated the intermicellar aggregation and bridging. Cylindrical ordered structures were observed in all the gels formed from the PLA/PEG pentablock and triblock copolymers. The stereocomplexation degree and intermicellar distance of the pentablock copolymer gels increased with heating. PMID:27121732

  1. Chemical inhibition of potato ABA-8'-hydroxylase activity alters in vitro and in vivo ABA metabolism and endogenous ABA levels but does not affect potato microtuber dormancy duration.

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    Suttle, Jeffrey C; Abrams, Suzanne R; De Stefano-Beltrán, Luis; Huckle, Linda L

    2012-09-01

    The effects of azole-type P450 inhibitors and two metabolism-resistant abscisic acid (ABA) analogues on in vitro ABA-8'-hydroxylase activity, in planta ABA metabolism, endogenous ABA content, and tuber meristem dormancy duration were examined in potato (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Russet Burbank). When functionally expressed in yeast, three potato CYP707A genes were demonstrated to encode enzymatically active ABA-8'-hydroxylases with micromolar affinities for (+)-ABA. The in vitro activity of the three enzymes was inhibited by the P450 azole-type inhibitors ancymidol, paclobutrazol, diniconazole, and tetcyclasis, and by the 8'-acetylene- and 8'-methylene-ABA analogues, with diniconazole and tetcyclasis being the most potent inhibitors. The in planta metabolism of [(3)H](±)-ABA to phaseic acid and dihydrophaseic acid in tuber meristems was inhibited by diniconazole, tetcyclasis, and to a lesser extent by 8'-acetylene- and 8'-methylene-ABA. Continuous exposure of in vitro generated microtubers to diniconazole resulted in a 2-fold increase in endogenous ABA content and a decline in dihydrophaseic acid content after 9 weeks of development. Similar treatment with 8'-acetylene-ABA had no effects on the endogenous contents of ABA or phaseic acid but reduced the content of dihydrophaseic acid. Tuber meristem dormancy progression was determined ex vitro in control, diniconazole-, and 8'-acetylene-ABA-treated microtubers following harvest. Continuous exposure to diniconazole during microtuber development had no effects on subsequent sprouting at any time point. Continuous exposure to 8'-acetylene-ABA significantly increased the rate of microtuber sprouting. The results indicate that, although a decrease in ABA content is a hallmark of tuber dormancy progression, the decline in ABA levels is not a prerequisite for dormancy exit and the onset of tuber sprouting. PMID:22664582

  2. Tribological Behavior of Aqueous Copolymer Lubricant in Mixed Lubrication Regime.

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    Ta, Thi D; Tieu, A Kiet; Zhu, Hongtao; Zhu, Qiang; Kosasih, Prabouno B; Zhang, Jie; Deng, Guanyu

    2016-03-01

    Although a number of experiments have been attempted to investigate the lubrication of aqueous copolymer lubricant, which is applied widely in metalworking operations, a comprehensive theoretical investigation at atomistic level is still lacking. This study addresses the influence of loading pressure and copolymer concentration on the structural properties and tribological performance of aqueous copolymer solution of poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) (PPO-PEO-PPO) at mixed lubrication using a molecular dynamic (MD) simulation. An effective interfacial potential, which has been derived from density functional theory (DFT) calculations, was employed for the interactions between the fluid's molecules and iron surface. The simulation results have indicated that the triblock copolymer is physisorption on iron surface. Under confinement by iron surfaces, the copolymer molecules form lamellar structure in aqueous solution and behave differently from its bulk state. The lubrication performance of aqueous copolymer lubricant increases with concentration, but the friction reduction is insignificant at high loading pressure. Additionally, the plastic deformation of asperity is dependent on both copolymer concentration and loading pressure, and the wear behavior shows a linear dependence of friction force on the number of transferred atoms between contacting asperities. PMID:26828119

  3. Super-resurgence: ABA renewal increases resurgence.

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    Kincaid, Stephanie L; Lattal, Kennon A; Spence, Jake

    2015-06-01

    Previously extinguished operant responding recurs under both resurgence and renewal procedures, but the effects of combining these procedures on recurrence has not been studied. Because renewal and resurgence are known to independently produce response recurrence, we examined whether greater resurgence would occur if the resurgence procedure was combined with an ABA renewal procedure, relative to a resurgence procedure without contextual changes. Three pigeons were exposed to a concurrent resurgence procedure in which key colors served as contextual stimuli. In the Training phase, reinforcement for pecking two keys was scheduled on concurrent variable-interval (VI) 120-s VI 120-s schedules, each correlated with different key colors. In the Alternative Reinforcement phase, reinforcement occurred when neither key was pecked for 20-s (a differential-reinforcement-of-other-behavior [DRO] 20-s schedule). During this phase, one of the key colors was changed (ABA key), while the other key color remained as in the Training phase (AAA key). In the third phase, reinforcement was not provided and the color of the ABA key was changed back to the color in effect during the Training phase while the same color remained in effect on the other key. Greater resurgence occurred on the ABA renewal key with each pigeon, demonstrating that a superimposed ABA renewal procedure increases resurgence. PMID:25712040

  4. An ABA-increased interaction of the PYL6 ABA receptor with MYC2 Transcription Factor: A putative link of ABA and JA signaling.

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    Aleman, Fernando; Yazaki, Junshi; Lee, Melissa; Takahashi, Yohei; Kim, Alice Y; Li, Zixing; Kinoshita, Toshinori; Ecker, Joseph R; Schroeder, Julian I

    2016-01-01

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is a plant hormone that mediates abiotic stress tolerance and regulates growth and development. ABA binds to members of the PYL/RCAR ABA receptor family that initiate signal transduction inhibiting type 2C protein phosphatases. Although crosstalk between ABA and the hormone Jasmonic Acid (JA) has been shown, the molecular entities that mediate this interaction have yet to be fully elucidated. We report a link between ABA and JA signaling through a direct interaction of the ABA receptor PYL6 (RCAR9) with the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor MYC2. PYL6 and MYC2 interact in yeast two hybrid assays and the interaction is enhanced in the presence of ABA. PYL6 and MYC2 interact in planta based on bimolecular fluorescence complementation and co-immunoprecipitation of the proteins. Furthermore, PYL6 was able to modify transcription driven by MYC2 using JAZ6 and JAZ8 DNA promoter elements in yeast one hybrid assays. Finally, pyl6 T-DNA mutant plants show an increased sensitivity to the addition of JA along with ABA in cotyledon expansion experiments. Overall, the present study identifies a direct mechanism for transcriptional modulation mediated by an ABA receptor different from the core ABA signaling pathway, and a putative mechanistic link connecting ABA and JA signaling pathways. PMID:27357749

  5. An ABA-increased interaction of the PYL6 ABA receptor with MYC2 Transcription Factor: A putative link of ABA and JA signaling

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    Aleman, Fernando; Yazaki, Junshi; Lee, Melissa; Takahashi, Yohei; Kim, Alice Y.; Li, Zixing; Kinoshita, Toshinori; Ecker, Joseph R.; Schroeder, Julian I.

    2016-01-01

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is a plant hormone that mediates abiotic stress tolerance and regulates growth and development. ABA binds to members of the PYL/RCAR ABA receptor family that initiate signal transduction inhibiting type 2C protein phosphatases. Although crosstalk between ABA and the hormone Jasmonic Acid (JA) has been shown, the molecular entities that mediate this interaction have yet to be fully elucidated. We report a link between ABA and JA signaling through a direct interaction of the ABA receptor PYL6 (RCAR9) with the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor MYC2. PYL6 and MYC2 interact in yeast two hybrid assays and the interaction is enhanced in the presence of ABA. PYL6 and MYC2 interact in planta based on bimolecular fluorescence complementation and co-immunoprecipitation of the proteins. Furthermore, PYL6 was able to modify transcription driven by MYC2 using JAZ6 and JAZ8 DNA promoter elements in yeast one hybrid assays. Finally, pyl6 T-DNA mutant plants show an increased sensitivity to the addition of JA along with ABA in cotyledon expansion experiments. Overall, the present study identifies a direct mechanism for transcriptional modulation mediated by an ABA receptor different from the core ABA signaling pathway, and a putative mechanistic link connecting ABA and JA signaling pathways. PMID:27357749

  6. Thermosensitive PNIPAM-b-HTPB block copolymer micelles: molecular architectures and camptothecin drug release.

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    Luo, Yan-Ling; Yang, Xiao-Li; Xu, Feng; Chen, Ya-Shao; Zhang, Bin

    2014-02-01

    Two kinds of thermo-sensitive poly(N-isoproplacrylamide) (PNIPAM) block copolymers, AB4 four-armed star multiblock and linear triblock copolymers, were synthesized by ATRP with hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) as central blocks, and characterization was performed by (1)H NMR, FT-IR and SEC. The multiblock copolymers could spontaneously assemble into more regular spherical core-shell nanoscale micelles than the linear triblock copolymer. The physicochemical properties were detected by a surface tension technique, nano particle analyzer, TEM, DLS and UV-vis measurements. The multiblock copolymer micelles had lower critical micelle concentration than the linear counterpart, TEM size from 100 to 120 nm and the hydrodynamic diameters below 150 nm. The micelles exhibited thermo-dependent size change, with low critical solution temperature about 33-35 °C. The characteristic parameters were affected by the composition ratios, length of PNIPAM blocks and molecular architectures. The camptothecin release demonstrated that the drug release was thermo-responsive, accompanied by the temperature-induced structural changes of the micelles. MTT assays were performed to evaluate the biocompatibility or cytotoxicity of the prepared copolymer micelles. PMID:24184534

  7. Elevated CO2-Induced Responses in Stomata Require ABA and ABA Signaling.

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    Chater, Caspar; Peng, Kai; Movahedi, Mahsa; Dunn, Jessica A; Walker, Heather J; Liang, Yun-Kuan; McLachlan, Deirdre H; Casson, Stuart; Isner, Jean Charles; Wilson, Ian; Neill, Steven J; Hedrich, Rainer; Gray, Julie E; Hetherington, Alistair M

    2015-10-19

    An integral part of global environment change is an increase in the atmospheric concentration of CO2 ([CO2]) [1]. Increased [CO2] reduces leaf stomatal apertures and density of stomata that plays out as reductions in evapotranspiration [2-4]. Surprisingly, given the importance of transpiration to the control of terrestrial water fluxes [5] and plant nutrient acquisition [6], we know comparatively little about the molecular components involved in the intracellular signaling pathways by which [CO2] controls stomatal development and function [7]. Here, we report that elevated [CO2]-induced closure and reductions in stomatal density require the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), thereby adding a new common element to these signaling pathways. We also show that the PYR/RCAR family of ABA receptors [8, 9] and ABA itself are required in both responses. Using genetic approaches, we show that ABA in guard cells or their precursors is sufficient to mediate the [CO2]-induced stomatal density response. Taken together, our results suggest that stomatal responses to increased [CO2] operate through the intermediacy of ABA. In the case of [CO2]-induced reductions in stomatal aperture, this occurs by accessing the guard cell ABA signaling pathway. In both [CO2]-mediated responses, our data are consistent with a mechanism in which ABA increases the sensitivity of the system to [CO2] but could also be explained by requirement for a CO2-induced increase in ABA biosynthesis specifically in the guard cell lineage. Furthermore, the dependency of stomatal [CO2] signaling on ABA suggests that the ABA pathway is, in evolutionary terms, likely to be ancestral. PMID:26455301

  8. Block copolymer mediated stabilization of sub-5 nm superparamagnetic nickel nanoparticles in an aqueous medium

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    Bala, Tanushree; Gunning, Robert Denis; Venkatesan, Munuswamy; Godsell, Jeffrey F.; Roy, Saibal; Ryan, Kevin M.

    2009-10-01

    This paper presents a facile method for decreasing the size of water dispersible Ni nanoparticles from 30 to 3 nm by the incorporation of a passivating surfactant combination of pluronic triblock copolymer and oleic acid into a wet chemical reduction synthesis. A detailed study revealed that the size of the Ni nanoparticles is not only critically governed by the concentration of the triblock copolymers but also dependent on the hydrophobic nature of the micelle core formed. The synthesized Ni nanoparticles were thoroughly characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and temperature and field dependent magnetic measurements, along with a comprehensive Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis, in order to predict a possible mechanism of formation.

  9. Synthetic Strategy for Preparing Chiral Double-semicrystalline Polyether Block Copolymers

    PubMed Central

    McGrath, Alaina J.; Shi, Weichao; Rodriguez, Christina G.; Kramer, Edward J.

    2014-01-01

    We report an effective strategy for the synthesis of semi-crystalline block copolyethers with well-defined architecture and stereochemistry. As an exemplary system, triblock copolymers containing either atactic (racemic) or isotactic (R or S) poly(propylene oxide) end blocks with a central poly(ethylene oxide) mid-block were prepared by anionic ring-opening procedures. Stereochemical control was achieved by an initial hydrolytic kinetic resolution of racemic terminal epoxides followed by anionic ring-opening polymerization of the enantiopure monomer feedstock. The resultant triblock copolymers were highly isotactic (meso triads [mm]% ~ 90%) with optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, wide angle x-ray scattering and small angle x-ray scattering being used to probe the impact of the isotacticity on the resultant polymer and hydrogel properties. PMID:25914726

  10. Non-Classical Order in Sphere Forming ABAC Tetrablock Copolymers

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    Zhang, Jingwen; Sides, Scott; Bates, Frank

    2013-03-01

    AB diblock and ABC triblock copolymers have been studied thoroughly. ABAC tetrablock copolymers, representing the simplest variation from ABC triblock by breaking the molecular symmetry via inserting some of the A block in between B and C blocks, have been studied systematically in this research. The model system is poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (SISO) tetrablock terpolymers and the resulting morphologies were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography, small-angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy. Two novel phases are first discovered in a single component block copolymers: hexagonally ordered spherical phase and tentatively identified dodecagonal quasicrystalline (QC) phase. In particular, the discovery of QC phase bridges the world of soft matters to that of metals. These unusual sets of morphologies will be discussed in the context of segregation under the constraints associated with the tetrablock molecular architecture. Theoretical calculations based on the assumption of Gaussian chain statistics provide valuable insights into the molecular configurations associated with these morphologies. the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, under contract number DEAC05-00OR22725 with UT-Battelle LLC at Oak Ridge National Lab.