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Sample records for amphiphilic block copolymers

  1. 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.

  2. Nanostructured Amphiphilic Star-Hyperbranched Block Copolymers for Drug Delivery.

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    Seleci, Muharrem; Seleci, Didem Ag; Ciftci, Mustafa; Demirkol, Dilek Odaci; Stahl, Frank; Timur, Suna; Scheper, Thomas; Yagci, Yusuf

    2015-04-21

    A robust drug delivery system based on nanosized amphiphilic star-hyperbranched block copolymer, namely, poly(methyl methacrylate-block-poly(hydroxylethyl methacrylate) (PMMA-b-PHEMA) is described. PMMA-b-PHEMA was prepared by sequential visible light induced self-condensing vinyl polymerization (SCVP) and conventional vinyl polymerization. All of the synthesis and characterization details of the conjugates are reported. To accomplish tumor cell targeting property, initially cell-targeting (arginylglycylaspactic acid; RGD) and penetrating peptides (Cys-TAT) were binding to each other via the well-known EDC/NHS chemistry. Then, the resulting peptide was further incorporated to the surface of the amphiphilic hyperbranched copolymer via a coupling reaction between the thiol (-SH) group of the peptide and the hydroxyl group of copolymer by using N-(p-maleinimidophenyl) isocyanate as a heterolinker. The drug release property and targeting effect of the anticancer drug (doxorobucin; DOX) loaded nanostructures to two different cell lines were evaluated in vitro. U87 and MCF-7 were chosen as integrin αvβ3 receptor positive and negative cells for the comparison of the targeting efficiency, respectively. The data showed that drug-loaded copolymers exhibited enhanced cell inhibition toward U87 cells in compared to MCF-7 cells because targeting increased the cytotoxicity of drug-loaded copolymers against integrin αvβ3 receptor expressing tumor cells. PMID:25816726

  3. Block copolymer blend phase behavior: Binary diblock blends and amphiphilic block copolymer/epoxy mixtures

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    Lipic, Paul Martin

    The phase behavior of block copolymers and block copolymer blends has provided an extensive amount of exciting research and industrial applications for over thirty years. However, the unique nanoscale morphologies of microphase separated block copolymer systems is still not completely understood. This thesis examines the phase behavior of diblock copolymers and binary diblock copolymer blends in the strong segregation limit (SSL), and blends of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer with an epoxy resin. Studies of high molecular weight (˜84,000 g/mole) poly(ethylene)-poly(ethyl ethylene) (PE-PEE) diblock copolymers probed the ability of block copolymers to reach equilibrium in the SSL. Samples of pure diblocks or binary diblock blends prepared using different preparation techniques (solvent casting or precipitation) had different phase behaviors, as identified with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), confirming non-equilibrium phase behavior. This non-equilibrium behavior was metastable, and these results identify the caution that should be used when claiming equilibrium phase behavior in the SSL. Blends of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (PEO-PEP) with a polymerizable epoxy resin selectively miscible with PEO, poly(Bisphenol-A-co-epichlorohydrin), supported theoretical calculations and increased the understanding of block copolymer/homopolymer blends. These blends formed different ordered structures (lamellae, bicontinuous cubic gyroid, hexagonally packed cylinders, cubic and hexagonally packed spheres) as well as a disordered spherical micellar structure, identified with SAXS and rheological measurements. Addition of hardener, methylene dianiline, to the system resulted in cross-linking of the epoxy resin and formation of a thermoset material. Macrophase separation between the epoxy and block copolymer did not occur, but local expulsion of the PEO from the epoxy was

  4. Water Diffusion Dependence on Amphiphilic Block Design in (Amphiphilic-Hydrophobic) Diblock Copolymer Membranes.

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    Dorenbos, Gert

    2016-06-30

    Polyelectrolyte membranes (PEMs) are applied in polyelectrolyte fuel cells (PEFC). The proton conductive pathways within PEMs are provided by nanometer-sized water containing pores. Large-scale application of PEFC requires the production of low-cost membranes with high proton conductivity and therefore good connected pore networks. Pore network formation within four alternative model diblock (hydrophobic_amphiphilic) copolymers in the presence of water is studied by dissipative particle dynamics. Each hydrophobic block contains 50 consecutively connected hydrophobic (A) fragments, and amphiphilic blocks contain 40 hydrophobic A beads and 10 hydrophilic C beads. For one amphiphilic block the C beads are distributed uniformly along the backbone. For the other architectures C beads are located at the end of the side chains attached at regular intervals along the backbone. Water diffusion through the pores is modeled by Monte Carlo tracer diffusion through mapped morphologies. Diffusion is highest for the grafted architectures and increases with increase of length of the side chains. A consistent picture emerges in which diffusion strongly increases with the value of ⟨Nbond⟩ within the amphiphilic block, where ⟨Nbond⟩ is the average number of bonds between hydrophobic A beads and the nearest C bead. PMID:27266679

  5. Amphiphilic block copolymers in oil-water-surfactant mixtures: efficiency boosting, structure, phase behaviour and mechanism

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    Gompper, G.; Richter, D.; Strey, R.

    2001-10-01

    The effect of amphiphilic block copolymers on the phase behaviour and structure of ternary microemulsions in water, oil and non-ionic surfactant mixtures is reviewed. Recent experiments have revealed that the addition of small amounts of polyethylenepropylene-polyethyleneoxide block copolymer to the ternary systems leads to a dramatic increase in the volumes of oil and water solubilized into a bicontinuous microemulsion for a given surfactant volume fraction. While phase diagrams directly show the power of the amphiphilic block copolymers as efficiency boosters, the theoretical analysis in terms of bending energy discloses the mechanism for the efficiency boosting as due to the variation of the surfactant film curvature elasticity by tethered polymers in the form of mushrooms at the interface. Neutron scattering experiments employing a high-precision two-dimensional contrast variation technique confirm this picture and demonstrate that the polymer molecules uniformly decorate the surfactant film.

  6. Facile synthesis and characterization of novel biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups.

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    Hu, Gaicen; Fan, Xiaoshan; Xu, Bingcan; Zhang, Delong; Hu, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    Novel amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups polylactide-b-poly(3,3-bis(Hydroxymethyl-triazolylmethyl) oxetane)-b-polylactide (PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA) were synthesized via a facile and efficient method. First, the block copolymer intermediates polylactide-b-poly(3,3-Diazidomethyloxetane)-b-polylactide (PLA-b-PBAMO-b-PLA) were synthesized through ring-opening polymerization of lactide using PBAMO as a macroinitiator. Following "Click" reaction of PLA-b-PBAMO-b-PLA with propargyl alcohol provided the targeted amphiphilic block copolymers PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA with pendant hydroxyl groups. The composition and structure of prepared copolymers were characterized by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The self-assembly behavior of the copolymers in water was investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS). The results showed that the novel copolymers PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA self-assembled into spherical micelles with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 200 nm in aqueous solution. These copolymers also exhibited low critical micellar concentrations (CMC: 6.9 × 10(-4)mg/mL and 3.9 × 10(-5)mg/mL, respectively). In addition, the in vitro cytotoxicity of these copolymers was determined in the presence of L929 cells. The results showed that the block copolymers PLA-b-PHMTYO-b-PLA exhibited better biocompatibility. Therefore, these well-defined copolymers are expected to find some applications in drug delivery or tissue engineering. PMID:25175206

  7. Macroscopic vertical alignment of nanodomains in thin films of semiconductor amphiphilic block copolymers.

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    Brendel, Johannes C; Liu, Feng; Lang, Andreas S; Russell, Thomas P; Thelakkat, Mukundan

    2013-07-23

    Though several techniques have been reported on the alignment of conventional block copolymers, the macroscopic vertical orientation of semiconductor block copolymer microdomains in thin films has still not been accomplished. Here, we report the control on the alignment of nanostructures in a semiconductor amphiphilic block copolymer comprising an amorphous triphenyldiamine hole conductor block and a hydrophilic poly(styrene sulfonate) segment. Three different compositions with a hole conductor content of 57, 72, and 79 wt % were synthesized using a combination of controlled reversible addition/fragmentation transfer polymerization and "click" chemistry. All polymers feature a narrow molecular weight distribution. Cryo-TEM reveals the formation of micelles in DMF solutions of the amphiphilic copolymer having nanoscopic dimensions. The micelle size correlates well with the X-ray analysis of dried bulk samples. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) confirms the micellar structure in the as-cast films. Thermal annealing causes an aggregation of micelles but did not lead to morphologies known for conventional block copolymers. However, annealing in saturated DMF vapor induces a morphology transition and a vertical orientation of the microdomains which was determined by grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering and AFM. The morphology varies from lamella to cylinders with increasing content of the hole-conductor block. The orientation arises from the controlled evaporation of the solvent, a mechanism that is similar to that observed for conventional block copolymers. Our approach demonstrates the macroscopic vertical alignment of nanodomains in semiconductor block copolymers which is a key requirement for applications in hybrid devices. PMID:23746109

  8. Bioinspired amphiphilic phosphate block copolymers as non-fluoride materials to prevent dental erosion.

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    Lei, Yanda; Wang, Tongxin; Mitchell, James W; Zaidel, Lynette; Qiu, Jianhong; Kilpatrick-Liverman, LaTonya

    2014-01-01

    Inspired by the fact that certain natural proteins, e.g. casein phosphopeptide or amelogenin, are able to prevent tooth erosion (mineral loss) and to enhance tooth remineralization, a synthetic amphiphilic diblock copolymer, containing a hydrophilic methacryloyloxyethyl phosphate block (MOEP) and a hydrophobic methyl methacrylate block (MMA), was designed as a novel non-fluoride agent to prevent tooth erosion under acidic conditions. The structure of the polymer, synthesized by reversible addition-fragment transfer (RAFT) polymerization, was confirmed by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). While the hydrophilic PMOEP block within the amphiphilic block copolymer strongly binds to the enamel surface, the PMMA block forms a hydrophobic shell to prevent acid attack on tooth enamel, thus preventing/reducing acid erosion. The polymer treatment not only effectively decreased the mineral loss of hydroxyapatite (HAP) by 36-46% compared to the untreated control, but also protected the surface morphology of the enamel specimen following exposure to acid. Additionally, experimental results confirmed that low pH values and high polymer concentrations facilitate polymer binding. Thus, the preliminary data suggests that this new amphiphilic diblock copolymer has the potential to be used as a non-fluoride ingredient for mouth-rinse or toothpaste to prevent/reduce tooth erosion. PMID:25419457

  9. Rheology, Morphology and Phase Behavior in Amphiphilic Block Copolymer/microemulsion Systems

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    Gottlieb, Moshe; Braun, Liora; Zhang, Zeng-Rong

    2000-03-01

    Joining together by means of covalent bonds hydrophobic and hydrophilic entities on the same molecule gives rise to materials with interesting properties in aqueous systems or in the presence of mixed solvents such as water/oil microemulsions. In this paper we describe the rheological properties of a synthetic amphiphilic block copolymer dissolved in a water-in-oil microemulsion. The block copolymer is an ABA type copolymer composed of poly(oxyethylene) (PEO) as the hydrophilic A block and poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) as the hydrophobic center B block. Different polymers have been prepared with a B block of D_p=160 and three different sizes of the A blocks with D_p= 10, 45, and 120 respectively. The resulting copolymer is insoluble in water and hardly soluble in decane (good solvent for the PDMS). In the presence of water in oil microemulsion stabilized by the small molecular weight surfactant AOT a one-phase region is maintained when the copolymer is added. Yet, peculiar rheological behavior is observed. For constant water-microemulsion concentration (φ) addition of polymer increases the system viscosity as expected. Yet, the lower φ the higher the viscosity and at high φ the effect of polymer addition is quite low.

  10. Polydispersity-Driven Block Copolymer Amphiphile Self-Assembly into Prolate-Spheroid Micelles

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    Schmitt, Andrew L.; Repollet-Pedrosa, Milton H.; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K.

    2013-09-26

    The aqueous self-assembly behavior of polydisperse poly(ethylene oxide-b-1,4-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (OBO) macromolecular triblock amphiphiles is examined to discern the implications of continuous polydispersity in the hydrophobic block on the resulting aqueous micellar morphologies of otherwise monodisperse polymer surfactants. The chain length polydispersity and implicit composition polydispersity of these samples furnishes a distribution of preferred interfacial curvatures, resulting in dilute aqueous block copolymer dispersions exhibiting coexisting spherical and rod-like micelles with vesicles in a single sample with a O weight fraction, w{sub O}, of 0.18. At higher w{sub O} = 0.51-0.68, the peak in the interfacial curvature distribution shifts and we observe the formation of only American football-shaped micelles. We rationalize the formation of these anisotropically shaped aggregates based on the intrinsic distribution of preferred curvatures adopted by the polydisperse copolymer amphiphiles and on the relief of core block chain stretching by chain-length-dependent intramicellar segregation.

  11. Polypeptide Point Modifications with Fatty Acid and Amphiphilic Block Copolymers for Enhanced Brain Delivery

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    Batrakova, Elena V.; Vinogradov, Serguei V.; Robinson, Sandra M.; Niehoff, Michael L.; Banks, William A.; Kabanov, Alexander V.

    2009-01-01

    There is a tremendous need to enhance delivery of therapeutic polypeptides to the brain to treat disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). The brain delivery of many polypeptides is severely restricted by the blood—brain barrier (BBB). The present study demonstrates that point modifications of a BBB-impermeable polypeptide, horseradish peroxidase (HRP), with lipophilic (stearoyl) or amphiphilic (Pluronic block copolymer) moieties considerably enhance the transport of this polypeptide across the BBB and accumulation of the polypeptide in the brain in vitro and in vivo. The enzymatic activity of the HRP was preserved after the transport. The modifications of the HRP with amphiphilic block copolymer moieties through degradable disulfide links resulted in the most effective transport of the HRP across in vitro brain microvessel endothelial cell monolayers and efficient delivery of HRP to the brain. Stearoyl modification of HRP improved its penetration by about 60% but also increased the clearance from blood. Pluronic modification using increased penetration of the BBB and had no significant effect on clearance so that uptake by brain was almost doubled. These results show that point modification can improve delivery of even highly impermeable polypeptides to the brain. PMID:16029020

  12. Amphiphilic Spider Silk-Like Block Copolymers with Tunable Physical Properties and Morphology for Biomedical Applications

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    Huang, Wenwen; Krishnaji, Sreevidhya; Kaplan, David; Cebe, Peggy

    2013-03-01

    Silk-based materials are important candidates for biomedical applications because of their excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability. To generate silk amphiphilic biopolymers with potential use in guided tissue repair and drug delivery, a novel family of spider silk-like block copolymers was synthesized by recombinant DNA technology. Block copolymer thermal properties, structural conformations, protein-water interactions, and self-assembly morphologies were studied with respect to well controlled protein amino acid sequences. A theoretical model was used to predict the heat capacity of the protein and protein-water complex. Using thermal analysis, two glass transitions were observed: Tg1 is related to conformational changes caused by bound water removal, while Tg2 (>Tg1) is the glass transition of dry protein. Real-time infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction confirmed that different secondary structural changes occur during the two Tg relaxations. Using scanning electron microscopy, fibrillar networks and hollow vesicles are observed, depending on protein block copolymer sequence. This study provides a deeper understanding of the relationship between protein physical properties and amino acid sequence, with implications for design of other protein-based materials. Support was provided from the NSF CBET-0828028 and the MRI Program under DMR-0520655 for thermal analysis instrumentation.

  13. Terminal groups control self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers in solution.

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    Grzelakowski, M; Kita-Tokarczyk, K

    2016-03-28

    The terminal groups of amphiphilic block copolymers are shown to control macromolecular self-assembly in aqueous solutions, in the micellar/lamellar region of the phase diagram. At the same concentration and using the same self-assembly conditions, dramatic differences are observed in polymer hydration and the resulting nano-/microstructure for two series of polymers with identical block chemistry and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB). This suggests a strong contribution from end groups to the hydration as the initial step of the self-assembly process, and could be conveniently used to guide the particle morphology and size. Additionally, for polymers with those head groups which drive vesicular structures, differences in membrane organization affect their physical properties, such as permeability. PMID:26948963

  14. Formation of nanoscale networks: selectively swelling amphiphilic block copolymers with CO2-expanded liquids.

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    Gong, Jianliang; Zhang, Aijuan; Bai, Hua; Zhang, Qingkun; Du, Can; Li, Lei; Hong, Yanzhen; Li, Jun

    2013-02-01

    Polymeric films with nanoscale networks were prepared by selectively swelling an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), with the CO(2)-expanded liquid (CXL), CO(2)-methanol. The phase behavior of the CO(2)-methanol system was investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiments, revealing that methanol can be expanded by CO(2), forming homogeneous CXL under the experimental conditions. When treated with the CO(2)-methanol system, the spin cast compact PS-b-P4VP film was transformed into a network with interconnected pores, in a pressure range of 12-20 MPa and a temperature range of 45-60 °C. The formation mechanism of the network, involving plasticization of PS and selective swelling of P4VP, was proposed. Because the diblock copolymer diffusion process is controlled by the activated hopping of individual block copolymer chains with the thermodynamic barrier for moving PVP segments from one to another, the formation of the network structures is achieved in a short time scale and shows "thermodynamically restricted" character. Furthermore, the resulting polymer networks were employed as templates, for the preparation of polypyrrole networks, by an electrochemical polymerization process. The prepared porous polypyrrole film was used to fabricate a chemoresistor-type gas sensor which showed high sensitivity towards ammonia. PMID:23299578

  15. Terminal groups control self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers in solution

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    Grzelakowski, M.; Kita-Tokarczyk, K.

    2016-03-01

    The terminal groups of amphiphilic block copolymers are shown to control macromolecular self-assembly in aqueous solutions, in the micellar/lamellar region of the phase diagram. At the same concentration and using the same self-assembly conditions, dramatic differences are observed in polymer hydration and the resulting nano-/microstructure for two series of polymers with identical block chemistry and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB). This suggests a strong contribution from end groups to the hydration as the initial step of the self-assembly process, and could be conveniently used to guide the particle morphology and size. Additionally, for polymers with those head groups which drive vesicular structures, differences in membrane organization affect their physical properties, such as permeability.The terminal groups of amphiphilic block copolymers are shown to control macromolecular self-assembly in aqueous solutions, in the micellar/lamellar region of the phase diagram. At the same concentration and using the same self-assembly conditions, dramatic differences are observed in polymer hydration and the resulting nano-/microstructure for two series of polymers with identical block chemistry and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB). This suggests a strong contribution from end groups to the hydration as the initial step of the self-assembly process, and could be conveniently used to guide the particle morphology and size. Additionally, for polymers with those head groups which drive vesicular structures, differences in membrane organization affect their physical properties, such as permeability. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. S1: Particle diameters for hydrated NH2-ABA-NH2 polymers with different degrees of functionalization; Fig. S2: TEM characterization of compound micelles from BA-OH polymer after extrusion; Fig. S3: Cryo-TEM and stopped flow characterization of lipid vesicles; Fig. S4 and S5: NMR spectra for ABA and BA polymers

  16. Controlling Phase Separation of Tough Interpenetrating Polymer Networks via Addition of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers

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    Rohde, Brian; Krishnamoorti, Ramanan; Robertson, Megan

    Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) offer a unique way to combine the mechanical properties of two thermoset systems. Often used to create a material that possesses both high toughness and tensile properties, here we use polydicyclopentadiene, cured via ring opening metathesis polymerization, to contribute high toughness and diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A cured via anhydride chemistry to contribute high tensile strength and modulus. As the uncompatibilized system reacts in the presence of one another, mesoscopic phase separation occurs and dictates the overall efficacy of combining mechanical properties. To control phase separation and drive the system towards more mechanically robust nanostructed IPNs, amphiphilic block copolymers of polybutadiene- b-polyethylene oxide, where one block possesses strong affinity to polyDCPD and the other the DGEBA, were added to the system. Here we present a systematic study of the influence of block copolymer composition in the overall blend on degree of phase separation and morphology using a combination of small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The resultant mechanical properties are then explored in an effort to link mechanical properties to blend morphology.

  17. Effects of X-shaped reduction-sensitive amphiphilic block copolymer on drug delivery.

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    Xiao, Haijun; Wang, Lu

    2015-01-01

    To study the effects of X-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers on delivery of docetaxel (DTX) and the reduction-sensitive property on drug release, a novel reduction-sensitive amphiphilic copolymer, (PLGA)2-SS-4-arm-PEG2000 with a Gemini-like X-shape, was successfully synthesized. The formation of nanomicelles was proved with respect to the blue shift of the emission fluorescence as well as the fluorescent intensity increase of coumarin 6-loaded particles. The X-shaped polymers exhibited a smaller critical micelle concentration value and possessed higher micellar stability in comparison with those of linear ones. The size of X-shaped (PLGA)2-SS-4-arm-PEG2000 polymer nanomicelles (XNMs) was much smaller than that of nanomicelles prepared with linear polymers. The reduction sensitivity of polymers was confirmed by the increase of micellar sizes as well as the in vitro drug release profile of DTX-loaded XNMs (DTX/XNMs). Cytotoxicity assays in vitro revealed that the blank XNMs were nontoxic against A2780 cells up to a concentration of 50 µg/mL, displaying good biocompatibility. DTX/XNMs were more toxic against A2780 cells than other formulations in both dose- and time-dependent manners. Cellular uptake assay displayed a higher intracellular drug delivery efficiency of XNMs than that of nanomicelles prepared with linear polymers. Besides, the promotion of tubulin polymerization induced by DTX was visualized by immunofluorescence analysis, and the acceleration of apoptotic process against A2780 cells was also imaged using a fluorescent staining method. Therefore, this X-shaped reduction-sensitive (PLGA)2-SS-4-arm-PEG2000 copolymer could effectively improve the micellar stability and significantly enhance the therapeutic efficacy of DTX by increasing the cellular uptake and selectively accelerating the drug release inside cancer cells. PMID:26346880

  18. Effects of X-shaped reduction-sensitive amphiphilic block copolymer on drug delivery

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    Xiao, Haijun; Wang, Lu

    2015-01-01

    To study the effects of X-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers on delivery of docetaxel (DTX) and the reduction-sensitive property on drug release, a novel reduction-sensitive amphiphilic copolymer, (PLGA)2-SS-4-arm-PEG2000 with a Gemini-like X-shape, was successfully synthesized. The formation of nanomicelles was proved with respect to the blue shift of the emission fluorescence as well as the fluorescent intensity increase of coumarin 6-loaded particles. The X-shaped polymers exhibited a smaller critical micelle concentration value and possessed higher micellar stability in comparison with those of linear ones. The size of X-shaped (PLGA)2-SS-4-arm-PEG2000 polymer nanomicelles (XNMs) was much smaller than that of nanomicelles prepared with linear polymers. The reduction sensitivity of polymers was confirmed by the increase of micellar sizes as well as the in vitro drug release profile of DTX-loaded XNMs (DTX/XNMs). Cytotoxicity assays in vitro revealed that the blank XNMs were nontoxic against A2780 cells up to a concentration of 50 µg/mL, displaying good biocompatibility. DTX/XNMs were more toxic against A2780 cells than other formulations in both dose- and time-dependent manners. Cellular uptake assay displayed a higher intracellular drug delivery efficiency of XNMs than that of nanomicelles prepared with linear polymers. Besides, the promotion of tubulin polymerization induced by DTX was visualized by immunofluorescence analysis, and the acceleration of apoptotic process against A2780 cells was also imaged using a fluorescent staining method. Therefore, this X-shaped reduction-sensitive (PLGA)2-SS-4-arm-PEG2000 copolymer could effectively improve the micellar stability and significantly enhance the therapeutic efficacy of DTX by increasing the cellular uptake and selectively accelerating the drug release inside cancer cells. PMID:26346880

  19. 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

  20. Highly protein-resistant coatings and suspension cell culture thereon from amphiphilic block copolymers prepared by RAFT polymerization.

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    Haraguchi, Kazutoshi; Kubota, Kazuomi; Takada, Tetsuo; Mahara, Saori

    2014-06-01

    Novel amphiphilic block copolymers composed of hydrophobic (poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate): M) and hydrophilic (poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide): D) segments were synthesized by living radical polymerization: a reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization. Two types of amphiphilic block copolymers, triblock (MDM) and 4-arm block ((MD)4) copolymers with specific compositions (D/M = (750-1500)/250), were prepared by a versatile one-pot synthesis. These copolymers show good adhesion to various types of substrates (e.g., polystyrene, polycarbonate, polypropylene, Ti, and glass), and the surface coating showed high protein repellency and a low contact angle for water, regardless of the substrate. The two opposing characteristics of high protein repellency and good substrate adhesion were achieved by the combined effects of the molecular architecture of the block copolymers, the high molecular weight, and the characteristics of each segment, that is, low protein adsorption capability of both segments and low glass transition temperature of the hydrophobic segment. Further, a polystyrene dish coated with the MDM block copolymer could be sterilized by γ-ray irradiation and used as a good substrate for a suspension cell culture that exhibits low cell adhesion and good cell growth. PMID:24773089

  1. Binding of amphiphilic and triphilic block copolymers to lipid model membranes: the role of perfluorinated moieties.

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    Schwieger, Christian; Achilles, Anja; Scholz, Sven; Rüger, Jan; Bacia, Kirsten; Saalwaechter, Kay; Kressler, Jörg; Blume, Alfred

    2014-09-01

    A novel class of symmetric amphi- and triphilic (hydrophilic, lipophilic, fluorophilic) block copolymers has been investigated with respect to their interactions with lipid membranes. The amphiphilic triblock copolymer has the structure PGMA(20)-PPO(34)-PGMA(20) (GP) and it becomes triphilic after attaching perfluoroalkyl moieties (F9) to either end which leads to F(9)-PGMA(20)-PPO(34)-PGMA(20)-F(9) (F-GP). The hydrophobic poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) block is sufficiently long to span a lipid bilayer. The poly(glycerol monomethacrylate) (PGMA) blocks have a high propensity for hydrogen bonding. The hydrophobic and lipophobic perfluoroalkyl moieties have the tendency to phase segregate in aqueous as well as in hydrocarbon environments. We performed differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements on polymer bound lipid vesicles under systematic variation of the bilayer thickness, the nature of the lipid headgroup, and the polymer concentration. The vesicles were composed of phosphatidylcholines (DMPC, DPPC, DAPC, DSPC) or phosphatidylethanolamines (DMPE, DPPE, POPE). We showed that GP as well as F-GP binding have membrane stabilizing and destabilizing components. PPO and F9 blocks insert into the hydrophobic part of the membrane concomitantly with PGMA block adsorption to the lipid headgroup layer. The F9 chains act as additional membrane anchors. The insertion of the PPO blocks of both GP and F-GP could be proven by 2D-NOESY NMR spectroscopy. By fluorescence microscopy we show that F-GP binding increases the porosity of POPC giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs), allowing the influx of water soluble dyes as well as the translocation of the complete triphilic polymer and its accumulation at the GUV surface. These results open a new route for the rational design of membrane systems with specific properties. PMID:24942348

  2. Perfluorinated Moieties Increase the Interaction of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers with Lipid Monolayers.

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    Schwieger, Christian; Blaffert, Jacob; Li, Zheng; Kressler, Jörg; Blume, Alfred

    2016-08-16

    The interaction of amphiphilic and triphilic block copolymers with lipid monolayers has been studied. Amphiphilic triblock copolymer PGMA20-PPO34-PGMA20 (GP) is composed of a hydrophobic poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) middle block that is flanked by two hydrophilic poly(glycerol monomethacrylate) (PGMA) side blocks. The attachment of a perfluoro-n-nonyl residue (F9) to either end of GP yields a triphilic polymer with the sequence F9-PGMA20-PPO34-PGMA20-F9 (F-GP). The F9 chains are fluorophilic, i.e., they have a tendency to demix in hydrophilic as well as in lipophilic environments. We investigated (i) the adsorption of both polymers to differently composed lipid monolayers and (ii) the compression behavior of mixed polymer/lipid monolayers. The lipid monolayers are composed of phospholipids with PC or PE headgroups and acyl chains of different length and saturation. Both polymers interact with lipid monolayers by inserting their hydrophobic moieties (PPO, F9). The interaction is markedly enhanced in the presence of F9 chains, which act as membrane anchors. GP inserts into lipid monolayers up to a surface pressure of 30 mN/m, whereas F-GP inserts into monolayers at up to 45 mN/m, suggesting that F-GP also inserts into lipid bilayer membranes. The adsorption of both polymers to lipid monolayers with short acyl chains is favored. Upon compression, a two-step squeeze-out of F-GP occurs, with PPO blocks being released into the aqueous subphase at 28 mN/m and the F9 chains being squeezed out at 48 mN/m. GP is squeezed out in one step at 28 mN/m because of the lack of F9 anchor groups. The liquid expanded (LE) to liquid condensed (LC) phase transition of DPPC and DMPE is maintained in the presence of the polymers, indicating that the polymers can be accommodated in LE- and LC-phase monolayers. These results show how fluorinated moieties can be included in the rational design of membrane-binding polymers. PMID:27442444

  3. Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Amphiphilic Core-Shell TMP-(PCL-b-PGMA2)3 Star-Block Copolymer.

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    Wang, Shuwei; Li, Yapeng; Zhang, Xiaonan; Chen, Xuesi; Wang, Jingyuan; Zhang, He-Xin; Yoon, Keun-Byoung

    2015-06-01

    A novel well-defined amphiphilic Core-Shell star-block copolymer was synthesized from trimethylolpropane, ε-caprolactone, and glycidyl methacrylate by a combination of enzymatic ring-opening polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization. The structure and molecular weight of the macroinitiator and the star-block copolymer were confirmed by means of nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography. The effects of the glycidyl methacrylate sequence length on the hydrodynamic diameter and morphology of the polymer micelles were investigated by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. PMID:26369103

  4. Aggregation and self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers in aqueous dispersions of carbon nanotubes.

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    Shvartzman-Cohen, Rina; Florent, Marc; Goldfarb, Daniella; Szleifer, Igal; Yerushalmi-Rozen, Rachel

    2008-05-01

    The self-assembly (SA) of amphiphilic block copolymers (poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide)) was investigated in dispersions of single-walled and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (SWNT and MWNT, respectively) as a function of temperature. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used for characterization of the thermal behavior of the combined polymers-nanostructures system, and spin-probe electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) was employed for probing the local dynamic and polarity of the polymer chains in the presence of nanostructures. It was found that SWNT and MWNT modify the temperature, enthalpy, and dynamic behavior of polymer SA. In particular, SWNT were found to increase the cooperativity of aggregating chains and dominate aggregate dynamics. MWNT reduced the cooperativity, while colloidal carbon black additives, studied for comparison, did not show similar effects. The experimental observations are consistent with the suggestion that dimensional matching between the characteristic radius of the solvated polymer chains and the dimensions of additives dominate polymer SA in the hybrid system. PMID:18355098

  5. Molecular interactions and solubilization of structurally related meso-porphyrin photosensitizers by amphiphilic block copolymers (Pluronics).

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    Sobczyński, Jan; Smistad, Gro; Hegge, Anne Bee; Kristensen, Solveig

    2015-01-01

    The influence of four Pluronics block copolymers (i.e. F68, P123, F127, and L44) on the aggregation and solubilization of five structurally related meso-tetraphenyl porphyrin photosensitizers (PS) as model compounds for use in Photodynamic Therapy of cancer (PDT) was evaluated. Interactions between the PSs and Pluronics were studied at micromolar concentration by means of UV-Vis absorption spectrometry and by kinematic viscosity (υ) and osmolarity measurements at millimolar concentrations. Pluronic micelles were characterized by size and zeta potential (ζ) measurements. The morphology of selected PS-Pluronic assemblies was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). While hydrophobic 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(4-hydroxyphenyl) porphine (THPP) seemed to be solubilized in the Pluronic micellar cores, amphiphilic di(monoethanolammonium) meso-tetraphenyl porphine disulphonate (TPPS2a) was likely bound to the micellar palisade layer. Hydrophilic PSs like 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis (4-trimethylaniliniumphenyl) porphine (TAPP) seemed to form complexes with Pluronic unimers and to be distributed among the micellar coronas. TPPS2a aggregated into a network which could be broken at Pluronic concentration [Formula: see text] cmc, but would reconstitute in the presence of tonicity adjusting agents, e.g. sodium chloride (NaCl) or glucose. PMID:25027806

  6. Toughening of epoxies based on self-assembly of nano-sized amphiphilic block copolymer micelles

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    Liu, Jia

    As a part of a larger effort towards the fundamental understanding of mechanical behaviors of polymers toughened by nanoparticles, this dissertation focuses on the structure-property relationship of epoxies modified with nano-sized poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEP-PEO) block copolymer (BCP) micelle particles. The amphiphilic BCP toughener was incorporated into a liquid epoxy resin and self-assembled into well-dispersed 15 nm spherical micelle particles. The nano-sized BCP, at 5 wt% loading, can significantly improve the fracture toughness of epoxy (ca. 180% improvement) without reducing modulus at room temperature and exhibits only a slight drop (ca. 5°C) in glass transition temperature (Tg). The toughening mechanisms were found to be BCP micelle nanoparticle cavitation, followed by matrix shear banding, which mainly accounted for the observed remarkable toughening effect. The unexpected "nano-cavitation" phenomenon cannot be predicted by existing physical models. The plausible causes for the observed nano-scale cavitation and other mechanical behaviors may include the unique structural characteristics of BCP micelles and the influence from the surrounding epoxy network, which is significantly modified by the epoxy-miscible PEO block. Other mechanisms, such as crack tip blunting, may also play a role in the toughening. Structure-property relationships of this nano-domain modified polymer are discussed. In addition, other important factors, such as strain rate dependence and matrix crosslink density effect on toughening, have been investigated. This BCP toughening approach and conventional rubber toughening techniques are compared. Insights on the decoupling of modulus, toughness, and Tg for designing high performance thermosetting materials with desirable physical and mechanical properties are discussed.

  7. Amphiphilic block copolymers as flexible membrane materials generating structural and functional mimics of green bacterial antenna complexes.

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    Collins, A M; Timlin, J A; Anthony, S M; Montaño, G A

    2016-08-11

    We describe the ability of a short-chain amphiphilic block copolymer to self-assemble to form an artificial supramolecular light-harvesting system. Specifically, we demonstrate that the 2.5 kDa, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(butadiene) (PEO-b-PBD), exhibits sufficient morphological flexibility as a membrane material and enables generation of mimics of three-dimensional chlorosomes as well as supported membrane bilayers containing energy acceptors. This overall architecture replicates green bacterial light-harvesting function whereby these assemblies exhibit long-range order and three-dimensional morphology similar to native chlorosomes and are capable of energy transfer internally and to external acceptors, located in a supporting biomimetic polymer membrane. Unlike native green bacterial systems that use multiple lipids as a matrix to generate the appropriate environment for chlorosome assembly and function, the described system matrix is comprised entirely of a single polymer amphiphile. This work demonstrates the potential of short-chain amphiphilic block copolymers in generating self-assembled, bio-mimetic membrane architectures, and in doing so, generates scalable, spatial-energetic landscapes for photonic applications. Finally, the results presented provide evidence of minimal requirements to induce chlorosome-like organization and function. PMID:27481550

  8. Stable, polymer-directed and SPION-nucleated magnetic amphiphilic block copolymer nanoprecipitates with readily reversible assembly in magnetic fields.

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    Giardiello, Marco; Hatton, Fiona L; Slater, Rebecca A; Chambon, Pierre; North, Jocelyn; Peacock, Anita K; He, Tao; McDonald, Tom O; Owen, Andrew; Rannard, Steve P

    2016-03-24

    The formation of inorganic-organic magnetic nanocomposites using reactive chemistry often leads to a loss of super-paramagnetisim when conducted in the presence of iron oxide nanoparticles. We present here a low energy and chemically-mild process of co-nanoprecipitation using SPIONs and homopolymers or amphiphilic block copolymers, of varying architecture and hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance, which efficiently generates near monodisperse SPION-containing polymer nanoparticles with complete retention of magnetism, and highly reversible aggregation and redispersion behaviour. When linear and branched block copolymers with inherent water-solubility are used, a SPION-directed nanoprecipitation mechanism appears to dominate the nanoparticle formation presenting new opportunities for tailoring and scaling highly functional systems for a range of applications. PMID:26973155

  9. Stable, polymer-directed and SPION-nucleated magnetic amphiphilic block copolymer nanoprecipitates with readily reversible assembly in magnetic fields

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    Giardiello, Marco; Hatton, Fiona L.; Slater, Rebecca A.; Chambon, Pierre; North, Jocelyn; Peacock, Anita K.; He, Tao; McDonald, Tom O.; Owen, Andrew; Rannard, Steve P.

    2016-03-01

    The formation of inorganic-organic magnetic nanocomposites using reactive chemistry often leads to a loss of super-paramagnetisim when conducted in the presence of iron oxide nanoparticles. We present here a low energy and chemically-mild process of co-nanoprecipitation using SPIONs and homopolymers or amphiphilic block copolymers, of varying architecture and hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance, which efficiently generates near monodisperse SPION-containing polymer nanoparticles with complete retention of magnetism, and highly reversible aggregation and redispersion behaviour. When linear and branched block copolymers with inherent water-solubility are used, a SPION-directed nanoprecipitation mechanism appears to dominate the nanoparticle formation presenting new opportunities for tailoring and scaling highly functional systems for a range of applications.The formation of inorganic-organic magnetic nanocomposites using reactive chemistry often leads to a loss of super-paramagnetisim when conducted in the presence of iron oxide nanoparticles. We present here a low energy and chemically-mild process of co-nanoprecipitation using SPIONs and homopolymers or amphiphilic block copolymers, of varying architecture and hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance, which efficiently generates near monodisperse SPION-containing polymer nanoparticles with complete retention of magnetism, and highly reversible aggregation and redispersion behaviour. When linear and branched block copolymers with inherent water-solubility are used, a SPION-directed nanoprecipitation mechanism appears to dominate the nanoparticle formation presenting new opportunities for tailoring and scaling highly functional systems for a range of applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental details, NMR spectra, GPC chromatograms, kinetics experiments, graphs of nanopreciptate aggregation and cycling studies and SPION characterisation. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00788k

  10. Methotrexate-Loaded Four-Arm Star Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Elicits CD8+ T Cell Response against a Highly Aggressive and Metastatic Experimental Lymphoma.

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    Hira, Sumit Kumar; Ramesh, Kalyan; Gupta, Uttam; Mitra, Kheyanath; Misra, Nira; Ray, Biswajit; Manna, Partha Pratim

    2015-09-16

    We have synthesized a well-defined four-arm star amphiphilic block copolymer [poly(DLLA)-b-poly(NVP)]4 [star-(PDLLA-b-PNVP)4] that consists of D,L-lactide (DLLA) and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) via the combination of ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and xanthate-mediated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Synthesis of the polymer was verified by 1H NMR spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The amphiphilic four-arm star block copolymer forms spherical micelles in water as demonstrated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and 1H NMR spectroscopy. Pyrene acts as a probe to ascertain the critical micellar concentration (cmc) by using fluorescence spectroscopy. Methotrexate (MTX)-loaded polymeric micelles of star-(PDLLA15-b-PNVP10)4 amphiphilic block copolymer were prepared and characterized by fluorescence and TEM studies. Star-(PDLLA15-b-PNVP10)4 copolymer was found to be significantly effective with respect to inhibition of proliferation and lysis of human and murine lymphoma cells. The amphiphilic block copolymer causes cell death in parental and MTX-resistant Dalton lymphoma (DL) and Raji cells. The formulation does not cause hemolysis in red blood cells and is tolerant to lymphocytes compared to free MTX. Therapy with MTX-loaded star-(PDLLA15-b-PNVP10)4 amphiphilic block copolymer micelles prolongs the life span of animals with neoplasia by reducing the tumor load, preventing metastasis and augmenting CD8+ T cell-mediated adaptive immune responses. PMID:26323031

  11. Light-triggered reversible "one-to-two" morphological transition in a "latent double-amphiphilic" linear-hyperbranched supramolecular block copolymer.

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    Jiang, Wenfeng; Liu, Yong; Yu, Chunyang; Li, Shanlong; Li, Yongjin; Zhou, Yongfeng

    2016-07-01

    This study reports a new category of stimuli-responsive morphological transitions, i.e., from one morphology (e.g., vesicles) to another two different ones (e.g., nanosheets and nanofibers), by investigating the light-responsive self-assembly behaviour of a "latent double-amphiphilic" linear-hyperbranched supramolecular block copolymer. PMID:27211799

  12. Self-Assembly of Charged Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers with Insoluble Blocks of Decreasing Hydrophobicity: From Kinetically Frozen Colloids to Macrosurfactants

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    M Jacquin; P Muller; H Cottet; O Theodoly

    2011-12-31

    We have investigated the self-assembly properties in aqueous solution of amphiphilic diblock copolymers with insoluble blocks of different hydrophobicity and demonstrated that the condition to obtain dynamic micelles is to design samples with insoluble blocks of low enough hydrophobicity. We focus here on results with new water-soluble amphiphilic diblock copolymers poly(diethyleneglycol ethylether acrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid), or PDEGA-b-PAA. The physical characteristics of PDEGA-b-PAA micelles at high ionization have been determined by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). We show that PDEGA-b-PAA samples form micelles at thermodynamic equilibrium. The critical micelle concentrations (CMCs) decrease strongly with ionic strength and temperature due to a solvent quality decrease for, respectively, the corona and the core. This behavior of reversible aggregation is remarkable as compared to the behavior of kinetically frozen aggregation that has been widely observed with samples of similar architecture and different hydrophobic blocks, for example, poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid), PS-b-PAA, and poly(butyl acrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid), PBA-b-PAA. We have measured the interfacial tension between water and the homopolymers PDEGA and PBA at, respectively, 3 and 20 mN/m at room temperature, which permits one to estimate the energy cost to extract a unimer from a micelle. The results are consistent with a micelle association that is fast for PDEGA-b-PAA and kinetically frozen PBA-b-PAA. Hence, PDEGA-b-PAA samples form a new system of synthetic charged macrosurfactant with unique properties of fast dynamic association, tunable charge, and water solubility even at temperatures and NaCl concentrations as high as 65 C and 1 M.

  13. DNA/Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Nanospheres Promote Low-dose DNA Vaccination

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    McIlroy, Dorian; Barteau, Benoît; Cany, Jeannette; Richard, Peggy; Gourden, Clothilde; Conchon, Sophie; Pitard, Bruno

    2009-01-01

    Intramuscular (i.m.) DNA vaccination induces strong cellular immune responses in the mouse, but only at DNA doses that cannot be achieved in humans. Because antigen expression is weak after naked DNA injection, we screened five nonionic block copolymers of poly(ethyleneoxide)-poly(propyleneoxide) (PEO-PPO) for their ability to enhance DNA vaccination using a β-galactosidase (βGal) encoding plasmid, pCMV-βGal, as immunogen. At a high DNA dose, formulation with the tetrafunctional block copolymers 304 (molecular weight [MW] 1,650) and 704 (MW 5,500) and the triblock copolymer Lutrol (MW 8,600) increased βGal-specific interferon-γ enzyme-linked immunosorbent spot (ELISPOT) responses 2–2.5-fold. More importantly, 704 allowed significant reductions in the dose of antigen-encoding plasmid. A single injection of 2 µg pCMV-βGal with 704 gave humoral and ELISPOT responses equivalent to those obtained with 100 µg naked DNA and conferred protection in tumor vaccination models. However, 704 had no adjuvant properties for βGal protein, and immune responses were only elicited by low doses of pCMV-βGal formulated with 704 if noncoding carrier DNA was added to maintain total DNA dose at 20 µg. Overall, these results show that formulation with 704 and carrier DNA can reduce the dose of antigen-encoding plasmid by at least 50-fold. PMID:19417740

  14. Amphiphilic block copolymer-stabilized PtRu nanoparticles highly dispersed on multi-walled carbon nanotube for methanol oxidation.

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    Guo, Dao-Jun; Cai, Peng; You, Jin-Mao

    2012-02-15

    We report a one-pot synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymer-stabilized PtRu nanoparticle modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) using RuCl(3)·xH(2)O and H(2)PtCl(6)·6H(2)O as ruthenium and platinum sources, and block copolymer poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) as stabilizer agent. PtRu alloyed nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.6nm are well decorated homogeneously on the exterior surfaces of the MWCNTs. The electrochemical catalytic activity for methanol oxidation of PtRu/MWCNTs and commercial PtRu/C (E-TEK) is comparatively investigated using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. It is revealed that the PtRu nanoparticle modified MWCNT samples display an enhanced electrochemical catalytic activity than commercial PtRu/C electrode. These results show that PtRu nanoparticles may find applications to fuel cells. PMID:22104276

  15. Temperature-induced aggregation kinetics in aqueous solutions of a temperature-sensitive amphiphilic block copolymer.

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    Maleki, Atoosa; Kjøniksen, Anna-Lena; Zhu, Kaizheng; Nyström, Bo

    2011-07-28

    Time effects for the temperature-induced association complexes in solutions of the thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAM(69)-b-PEG(23)-b-PNIPAAM(69)) copolymer that exhibit a lower critical solution temperature were studied by means of turbidimetry and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The DLS results clearly show that at temperatures below the cloud point (CP) unimers coexist with intermicellar structures, which contract as the CP is approached. At this stage, no time effect was detected. At temperatures above the CP, large association structures are formed, and these aggregates dominate the decay of the correlation functions. A novel time-dependent growth of the aggregates was observed over several hours. The growth of the clusters is strengthened as the temperature rises, and this feature is supported by the turbidity results and the reduced scattered intensity experiments. For a low polymer concentration, an initial growth of the clusters is observed, whereas at longer times the apparent hydrodynamic radius from DLS is virtually constant. The results from this work stress the importance to check possible time effects in solutions of thermosensitive copolymers as the cloud point is approached. PMID:21699234

  16. Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Enhance Cellular Uptake and Nuclear Entry of Polyplex-Delivered DNA

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    Yang, Zhihui; Sahay, Gaurav; Sriadibhatla, Srikanth; Kabanov, Alexander V.

    2008-01-01

    This work for the first time demonstrates that synthetic polymers enhance uptake and nuclear import of plasmid DNA (pDNA) through the activation of cellular trafficking machinery. Nonionic block copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(propylene oxide), Pluronics, are widely used as excipients in pharmaceutics. We previously demonstrated that Pluronics increase the phosphorylation of IκB and subsequent NFκB nuclear localization as well as upregulate numerous NFκB-related genes. In this study, we show that Pluronics enhance gene transfer by pDNA/polycation complexes (“polyplexes”) in a promoter-dependent fashion. Addition of Pluronic P123 or P85 to polyethyleneimine-based polyplexes had little effect on polyplex particle size but significantly enhanced pDNA cellular uptake, nuclear translocation and gene expression in several cell lines. When added to polyplex-transfected cells after transfection, Pluronics enhanced nuclear import of pDNA containing NFκB–binding sites, but have no effect on import of pDNA without these sites. All together, our studies suggest that Pluronics rapidly activate NFκB, which binds cytosolic pDNA that possesses promoters containing NFκB binding sites and consequently increases nuclear import of pDNA through NFκB nuclear translocation. PMID:18729495

  17. Unimolecular micelles of amphiphilic cyclodextrin-core star-like block copolymers for anticancer drug delivery.

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    Xu, Zhigang; Liu, Shiying; Liu, Hui; Yang, Cangjie; Kang, Yuejun; Wang, Mingfeng

    2015-11-11

    Well-defined star-like amphiphilic polymers composed of a β-cyclodextrin core, from which 21 hydrophobic poly(lactic acid) arms and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) arms are grafted sequentially, form robust and uniform unimolecular micelles that are biocompatible and efficient in the delivery of anticancer drugs. PMID:26121632

  18. Chemical Analysis and Aqueous Solution Properties of Charged Amphiphilic Block Copolymers PBA-b-PAA Synthesized by MADIX

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    Jacquin,M.; Muller, P.; Talingting-Pabalan, R.; Cottet, H.; Berret, J.; Futterer, T.; Theodoly, O.

    2007-01-01

    We have linked the structural and dynamic properties in aqueous solution of amphiphilic charged diblock copolymers poly(butyl acrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid), PBA-b-PAA, synthesized by controlled radical polymerization, with the physico-chemical characteristics of the samples. Despite product imperfections, the samples self-assemble in melt and aqueous solutions as predicted by monodisperse microphase separation theory. However, the PBA core are abnormally large; the swelling of PBA cores is not due to AA (the Flory parameter ?PBA/PAA, determined at 0.25, means strong segregation), but to h-PBA homopolymers (content determined by liquid chromatography at the point of exclusion and adsorption transition, LC-PEAT). Beside the dominant population of micelles detected by scattering experiments, capillary electrophoresis CE analysis permitted detection of two other populations, one of h-PAA, and the other of free PBA-b-PAA chains, that have very short PBA blocks and never self-assemble. Despite the presence of these free unimers, the self-assembly in solution was found out of equilibrium: the aggregation state is history dependant and no unimer exchange between micelles occurs over months (time-evolution SANS). The high PBA/water interfacial tension, measured at 20 mN/m, prohibits unimer exchange between micelles. PBA-b-PAA solution systems are neither at thermal equilibrium nor completely frozen systems: internal fractionation of individual aggregates can occur.

  19. Tailoring the amphiphilicity and self-assembly of thermosensitive polymers: end-capped PEG-PNIPAAM block copolymers.

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    Quan, Zhilong; Zhu, Kaizheng; Knudsen, Kenneth D; Nyström, Bo; Lund, Reidar

    2013-10-30

    In this work we report on the synthesis and self-assembly of a thermo-sensitive block copolymer system of n-octadecyl-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), abbreviated as C18-PEGn-b-PNIPAAMm. We present a facile synthetic strategy for obtaining highly tunable thermo-responsive block copolymers starting from commercial PEG-based surfactants (Brij®) or a C18 precursor and conjugating with PNIPAAM via an Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) protocol. The self-assembly and detailed nanostructure were thoroughly investigated in aqueous solutions using both small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS) combined with turbidity measurements. The results show that the system forms rather well defined classical micellar structures at room temperature that first undergo a collapse, followed by inter-micellar aggregation upon increasing the temperature. For the pure C18-PNIPAAM system, however, rather ill-defined micelles were formed, demonstrating the important role of PEG in regulating the nanostructure and the stability. It is found that the PEG content can be used as a convenient parameter to regulate the thermoresponse, i.e., the onset of collapse and aggregation. A detailed theoretical modeling analysis of the SAXS/SANS data shows that the system forms typical core-shell micellar structures. Interestingly, no evidence of back folding, where PEG allows PNIPAAM to form part of the C18 core, can be found upon crossing the lower critical solution temperature (LCST). This might be attributed to the entropic penalty of folding a polymer chain and/or enthalpic incompatibility between the blocks. The results show that by appropriately varying the balance between the hydrophobic and hydrophilic content, i.e. the amphiphilicity, tunable thermoresponsive micellar structures can be effectively designed. By means of SAXS/SANS we are able to follow the response on the nanoscale. These results thus give considerable insight into thermo

  20. New biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers of epsilon-caprolactone and delta-valerolactone catalyzed by novel aluminum metal complexes. II. Micellization and solution to gel transition.

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    Yang, Jing; Jia, Lin; Hao, Qinghui; Li, Yang; Li, Qiaobo; Fang, Qiang; Cao, Amin

    2005-09-16

    In our previous study [J. Yang, L. Jia, L. Yin, J. Yu, Z. Shi, Q. Fang, A. Cao, Macromol. Biosci. 2004, 4, 1092.], new biodegradable copolymers of diblock methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) and methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(delta-valerolactone), and triblock poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) and poly(delta-valerolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(delta-valero-lactone) bearing narrow molecular weight distributions and well-defined block architectures were reported to be prepared with our original aluminum metal complex templates. This work will continue to report new investigations on their water solubility, and reversible thermal responsive micellization and solution to gel transition in distilled water. Among the new synthesized copolymers (P1-P23), seven diblock or triblock samples (P3, P6, P7, P11, P12, P19, and P21) with higher hydrophilic building block populations were revealed to be water soluble under ambient temperature. By means of UV spectrophotometer attached with a thermostat, important parameters as critical micellization mass concentrations (CMCs) and critical micellization temperatures (CMTs) were characterized for these new amphiphile dilute aqueous solution with the aid of an lipophilic organic dye probe of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH). Furthermore, the critical gelation temperatures (CGTs) were simultaneously investigated for these water-soluble block copolymers via a tube tilting method. It was found that the CMC, CMT, and CGT were strongly affected by the population and nature of the hydrophobic building blocks, and a higher hydrophobicity of the new amphiphilic block copolymer finally led to lower CMC and CMT, and higher CGT. In addition, the salts of KBr and NaCl were found to play as a salt-out effect on the solution to gel transition for the diblock P6 and triblock P11, exhibiting an interesting tunable gelation temperature close

  1. Amphiphilic star block copolymers as gene carrier part I: synthesis via ATRP using calix[4]resorcinarene-based initiators and characterization.

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    Zheng, Anna; Xue, Yan; Wei, Dafu; Guan, Yong; Xiao, Huining

    2013-01-01

    In this work, a cationic star polymer [poly(2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA)] was prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), using brominated calix[4]resorcinarene as an initiator. Hydrophobic moieties, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and butyl acrylate (BA), were further incorporated via "one-pot" method. Well-defined eight-armed star block copolymers bearing hydrophilic blocks inside and hydrophobic blocks outside were synthesized. The molecular weight, particle size, electrophoretic mobility and apparent charge density were determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), phase analysis light scattering (PALS) and colloidal titration, respectively. The zeta potentials and apparent charge densities of the products exhibited the characteristics of polyelectrolyte. The incorporation of hydrophobic moieties generated electrostatic screening effect. The as-synthesized amphiphilic star copolymer is promising as a thermo-sensitive gene carrier for gene therapy. PMID:25428104

  2. Linear-g-hyperbranched and cyclodextrin-based amphiphilic block copolymer as a multifunctional nanocarrier.

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    Zhao, Yamei; Tian, Wei; Yang, Guang; Fan, Xiaodong

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a novel, multifunctional polymer nanocarrier was designed to provide adequate volume for high drug loading, to afford a multiregion encapsulation ability, and to achieve controlled drug release. An amphiphilic, triblock polymer (ABC) with hyperbranched polycarbonsilane (HBPCSi) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) moieties were first synthesized by the combination of a two-step reversible addition-fragmentation transfer polymerization into a pseudo-one-step hydrosilylation and quaternization reaction. The ABC then self-assembled into stable micelles with a core-shell structure in aqueous solution. These resulting micelles are multifunctional nanocarriers which possess higher drug loading capability due to the introduction of HBPCSi segments and β-CD moieties, and exhibit controlled drug release based on the diffusion release mechanism. The novel multifunctional nanocarrier may be applicable to produce highly efficient and specialized delivery systems for drugs, genes, and diagnostic agents. PMID:25550733

  3. The heat-chill method for preparation of self-assembled amphiphilic poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) block copolymer based micellar nanoparticles for drug delivery.

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    Payyappilly, Sanal Sebastian; Dhara, Santanu; Chattopadhyay, Santanu

    2014-04-01

    A new method is developed for preparation of amphiphilic block copolymer micellar nanoparticles and investigated as a delivery system for celecoxib, a hydrophobic model drug. Biodegradable block copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) were synthesized by ring opening copolymerization and characterized thoroughly using FTIR, (1)H NMR and GPC. The block copolymer was dispersed in distilled water at 60 °C and then it was chilled in an ice bath for the preparation of the micellar nanoparticles. Polymers self-assembled to form micellar nanoparticles (<50 nm) owing to their amphiphilic nature. The prepared micellar nanoparticles were analyzed using HR-TEM, DLS and DSC. The cytotoxicity of the polymer micellar nanoparticles was investigated against HaCaT cell lines. The study of celecoxib release from the micellar nanoparticles was carried out to assess their suitability as a drug delivery vehicle. Addition of the drug to the system at low temperature is an added advantage of this method compared to the other temperature assisted nanoparticle preparation techniques. In a nutshell, polymer micellar nanoparticles prepared using the heat-chill method are believed to be promising for the controlled drug release system of labile drugs, which degrade in toxic organic solvents and at higher temperatures. PMID:24651872

  4. Controlling surface topology and functionality of electrospun fibers on the nanoscale using amphiphilic block copolymers to direct mesenchymal progenitor cell adhesion.

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    Viswanathan, Priyalakshmi; Themistou, Efrosyni; Ngamkham, Kamolchanok; Reilly, Gwendolen C; Armes, Steven P; Battaglia, Giuseppe

    2015-01-12

    Surface patterning in three dimensions is of great importance in biomaterials design for controlling cell behavior. A facile one-step functionalization of biodegradable PDLLA fibers using amphiphilic diblock copolymers is demonstrated here to systematically vary the fiber surface composition. The copolymers comprise a hydrophilic poly[oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate] (POEGMA), poly[(2-methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine] (PMPC), or poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)] (PDMAEMA) block and a hydrophobic poly(l-lactide) (PLA) block. The block copolymer-modified fibers have increased surface hydrophilicity compared to that of PDLLA fibers. Mixtures of PLA-PMPC and PLA-POEGMA copolymers are utilized to exploit microphase separation of the incompatible hydrophilic PMPC and POEGMA blocks at the fiber surface. Conjugation of an RGD cell-adhesive peptide to one hydrophilic block (POEGMA) using thiol-ene chemistry produces fibers with domains of cell-adhesive (POEGMA) and cell-inert (PMPC) sites, mimicking the adhesive properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Human mesenchymal progenitor cells (hES-MPs) showed much better adhesion to the fibers with surface-adhesive heterogeneity compared to that to fibers with only adhesive or only inert surface chemistries. PMID:25402847

  5. Amphiphilic block-graft copolymer templates for organized mesoporous TiO2 films in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lim, Jung Yup; Lee, Chang Soo; Lee, Jung Min; Ahn, Joonmo; Cho, Hyung Hee; Kim, Jong Hak

    2016-01-01

    Amphiphilic block-graft copolymers composed of poly(styrene-b-butadiene-b-styrene) (SBS) backbone and poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (POEM) side chains are synthesized and combined with hydrophilically preformed TiO2 (Pre-TiO2), which works as a structural binder as well as titania source. This results in the formation of crack free, 6-μm-thick, organized mesoporous TiO2 (OM-TiO2) films via one-step doctor-blading based on self-assembly of SBS-g-POEM as well as preferential interaction of POEM chains with Pre-TiO2. SBS-g-POEM with different numbers of ethylene oxide repeating units, SBS-g-POEM(500) and SBS-g-POEM(950), are used to form OM-TiO2(500) and OM-TiO2(950), respectively. The efficiencies of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with a quasi-solid-state polymer electrolyte reach 5.7% and 5.8% at 100 mW/cm2 for OM-TiO2(500) and OM-TiO2(950), respectively. The surface area of OM-TiO2(950) was greater than that of OM-TiO2(500) but the light reflectance was lower in the former, which is responsible for similar efficiency. Both DSSCs exhibit much higher efficiency than one (4.8%) with randomly-organized particulate TiO2 (Ran-TiO2), which is attributed to the higher dye loading, reduced charge recombination and improved pore infiltration of OM-TiO2. When utilizing poly((1-(4-ethenylphenyl)methyl)-3-butyl-imidazolium iodide) (PEBII) and mesoporous TiO2 spheres as the solid electrolyte and the scattering layer, the efficiency increases up to 7.5%, one of the highest values for N719-based solid-state DSSCs.

  6. 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

  7. Novel pH-responsive polymeric micelles prepared through self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymer with poly-4-vinylpyridine block synthesized by mechanochemical solid-state polymerization.

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    Kondo, Shin-ichi; Asano, Yuna; Koizumi, Natsumi; Tatematsu, Kenjiro; Sawama, Yuka; Sasai, Yasushi; Yamauchi, Yukinori; Kuzuya, Masayuki; Kurosawa, Shigeru

    2015-01-01

    We fabricated polymeric micelles containing 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or fluorescein using the amphiphilic block copolymer, poly-4-vinylpyridine-b-6-O-methacryloyl galactopyranose. Although the polymeric micelles were stable at pH 7.4, they readily decomposed at pH 5, resulting in near complete release of 5-FU. Uptake of polymeric micelles containing fluorescein by HepG2 and HCT116 cells was also investigated. With both cell types, strong fluorescence was observed after a 12-h incubation, but the fluorescence weakened after 24 h of incubation. The fluorescein incorporated into the polymeric micelles was released into acidic organelles (endosome and/or lysosome), from which it diffused throughout the cell. The cytotoxicity of polymeric micelles containing 5-FU was evaluated against HepG2 cells using a CCK-8 assay. The results suggest that polymeric micelles containing 5-FU are more cytotoxic to HepG2 cells than free 5-FU. PMID:26133065

  8. Theranostic Unimolecular Micelles Based on Brush-Shaped Amphiphilic Block Copolymers for Tumor-Targeted Drug Delivery and Positron Emission Tomography Imaging

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    2015-01-01

    Brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers were conjugated with a monoclonal antibody against CD105 (i.e., TRC105) and a macrocyclic chelator for 64Cu-labeling to generate multifunctional theranostic unimolecular micelles. The backbone of the brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymer was poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and the side chains were poly(l-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLLA-PEG). The doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded unimolecular micelles showed a pH-dependent drug release profile and a uniform size distribution. A significantly higher cellular uptake of TRC105-conjugated micelles was observed in CD105-positive human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) than nontargeted micelles due to CD105-mediated endocytosis. In contrast, similar and extremely low cellular uptake of both targeted and nontargeted micelles was observed in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells (CD105-negative). The difference between the in vivo tumor accumulation of 64Cu-labeled TRC105-conjugated micelles and that of nontargeted micelles was studied in 4T1 murine breast tumor-bearing mice, by serial positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and validated by biodistribution studies. These multifunctional unimolecular micelles offer pH-responsive drug release, noninvasive PET imaging capability, together with both passive and active tumor-targeting abilities, thus making them a desirable nanoplatform for cancer theranostics. PMID:24628452

  9. Theranostic unimolecular micelles based on brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers for tumor-targeted drug delivery and positron emission tomography imaging.

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    Guo, Jintang; Hong, Hao; Chen, Guojun; Shi, Sixiang; Nayak, Tapas R; Theuer, Charles P; Barnhart, Todd E; Cai, Weibo; Gong, Shaoqin

    2014-12-24

    Brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymers were conjugated with a monoclonal antibody against CD105 (i.e., TRC105) and a macrocyclic chelator for (64)Cu-labeling to generate multifunctional theranostic unimolecular micelles. The backbone of the brush-shaped amphiphilic block copolymer was poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and the side chains were poly(L-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLLA-PEG). The doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded unimolecular micelles showed a pH-dependent drug release profile and a uniform size distribution. A significantly higher cellular uptake of TRC105-conjugated micelles was observed in CD105-positive human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) than nontargeted micelles due to CD105-mediated endocytosis. In contrast, similar and extremely low cellular uptake of both targeted and nontargeted micelles was observed in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells (CD105-negative). The difference between the in vivo tumor accumulation of (64)Cu-labeled TRC105-conjugated micelles and that of nontargeted micelles was studied in 4T1 murine breast tumor-bearing mice, by serial positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and validated by biodistribution studies. These multifunctional unimolecular micelles offer pH-responsive drug release, noninvasive PET imaging capability, together with both passive and active tumor-targeting abilities, thus making them a desirable nanoplatform for cancer theranostics. PMID:24628452

  10. 2,1,3-Benzothiadiazole (BTD)-moiety-containing red emitter conjugated amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) copolymers for bioimaging

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    Tian, Yanqing; Wu, Wen-Chung; Chen, Ching-Yi; Strovas, Tim; Li, Yongzhong; Jin, Yuguang; Su, Fengyu; Meldrum, Deirdre R.; Jen, Alex K.-Y.

    2010-01-01

    Summary 2,1,3-Benzothiadiazole (BTD)-containing red emitter was chemically conjugated onto amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEG-b-PCL) copolymers to form two new fluorophore-conjugated block copolymers (P5 and P7). P5 is a cationic amino group-containing polymer, whereas, P7 is a neutral polymer. The polymers formed micelles in aqueous solution with average diameters of 45 nm (P7) and 78 nm (P5), which were characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Cell internalization of the micelles using mouse macrophage RAW 264.7 was investigated. The micelles formed from P5 were endocytosed into the cell's cytoplasm through a non-specific endocytosis process, which was affected by temperature and calcium ions. Micelles formed from P7 could not be endocytosed. The dramatic difference of cell uptake between P5 and P7 indicated the cationic amino groups had a strong influence on the cell internalization to enhance the endocytosis pathway. 3-(4,5-Dimethyl thiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) viability assay was used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of the P5 micelle and no significant toxicity was observed. This study is the first report regarding the synthesis of BTD-conjugated block copolymers and the application of the biomacromolecules for bioimaging. PMID:20454543

  11. Organic solvent-free low temperature method of preparation for self assembled amphiphilic poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) block copolymer based nanocarriers for protein delivery.

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    Payyappilly, Sanal Sebastian; Panja, Sudipta; Mandal, Pijush; Dhara, Santanu; Chattopadhyay, Santanu

    2015-11-01

    Degradation and denaturation of labile biomolecules during preparation of micelles by organic solvent at high temperature are some of the limitations for fabrication of advanced polymer based protein delivery systems. In this paper, effectiveness of heat-chill method for preparation of micelles containing large labile biomolecules was investigated using insulin as a model protein molecule. Micelles (average size, <120 nm) were prepared using amphiphilic diblock and triblock copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly(ϵ-caprolactone) (PCL). Micelles were prepared by heating PEG-PCL block copolymers with distilled water at 60 °C followed by sudden chilling in an ice-water bath. Effects of molecular architecture on morphology, stability and protein loading capacity of micelles were investigated. Micelles prepared using high molecular weight block copolymers exhibited good colloidal stability, encapsulation efficiency and insulin release characteristics. Insulin retained its secondary structure after micelles preparation as confirmed by CD spectroscopic study. Furthermore, in vitro cytotoxicity test suggested that the prepared micellar nanoparticles possessed biocompatibility. In a nut shell, heat-chill method of micellar nanoparticles preparation is well suited for encapsulating labile proteins and other allied biomolecules which degrade in presence of toxic organic solvents and at elevated temperatures. PMID:26291587

  12. A thermosensitive hydrogel based on biodegradable amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol) polycaprolactone poly(ethylene glycol) block copolymers

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    Gong, Chang Yang; Qian, Zhi Yong; Liu, Cai Bing; Juan Huang, Mei; Gu, Ying Chun; Wen, Yan Jun; Kan, Bing; Wang, Ke; Dai, Mei; Li, Xing Yi; Gou, Ma Ling; Tu, Ming Jing; Wei, Yu Quan

    2007-06-01

    A series of low molecular weight poly(ethylene glycol)-polycaprolactone-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PCL-PEG) biodegradable block copolymers were successfully synthesized using isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) as the coupling agent, and were characterized using 1H NMR and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The aqueous solutions of the PEG-PCL-PEG copolymers displayed a special thermosensitive gel-sol transition when the concentration was above the corresponding critical gel concentration. Gel-sol phase diagrams were recorded using the test-tube-inversion method; they depended on the hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance in the macromolecular structure, as well as some other factors, including the heating history, volume, and the ageing time of the copolymer aqueous solutions and dissolution temperature of the copolymers. As a result, the gel-sol transition temperature range could be altered, which might be very useful for application in injectable drug delivery systems. This work was financially supported by the Chinese Key Basic Research Program (2004CB518800 and 2004CB518807), and the Sichuan Key Project of Science and Technology (06(05SG022-021-02)).

  13. Role of Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Composition on Pore Characteristics of Micelle-Templated Mesoporous Cobalt Oxide Films.

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    Wang, Siyang; Tangvijitsakul, Pattarasai; Qiang, Zhe; Bhaway, Sarang M; Lin, Kehua; Cavicchi, Kevin A; Soucek, Mark D; Vogt, Bryan D

    2016-04-26

    Block copolymer templating is a versatile approach for the generation of well-defined porosity in a wide variety of framework chemistries. Here, we systematically investigate how the composition of a poly(methoxy poly[ethylene glycol] methacrylate)-block-poly(butyl acrylate) (PMPEG-PBA) template impacts the pore characteristics of mesoporous cobalt oxide films. Three templates with a constant PMPEG segment length and different hydrophilic block volume fractions of 17%, 51%, and 68% for the PMPEG-PBA are cooperatively assembled with cobalt nitrate hexahydrate and citric acid. Irrespective of template composition, a spherical nanostructure is templated and elliptical mesostructures are obtained on calcination due to uniaxial contraction of the film. The average pore size increases from 11.4 ± 2.8 to 48.5 ± 4.3 nm as the length of the PBA segment increases as determined from AFM. For all three templates examined, a maximum in porosity (∼35% in all cases) and surface area is obtained when the precursor solids contain 35-45 wt % PMPEG-PBA. This invariance suggests that the total polymer content drives the structure through interfacial assembly. The composition for maximizing porosity and surface area with the micelle-templating approach results from a general decrease in porosity with increasing cobalt nitrate hexahydrate content and the increasing mechanical integrity of the framework to resist collapse during template removal/crystallization as the cobalt nitrate hexahydrate content increases. Unlike typical evaporation induced self-assembly with sol-gel chemistry, the hydrophilic/hydrophobic composition of the block copolymer template is not a critical component to the mesostructure developed with micelle-templating using metal nitrate-citric acid as the precursor. PMID:27040316

  14. Sequence-specific nucleic acid mobility using a reversible block copolymer gel matrix and DNA amphiphiles (lipid-DNA) in capillary and microfluidic electrophoretic separations.

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    Wagler, Patrick; Minero, Gabriel Antonio S; Tangen, Uwe; de Vries, Jan Willem; Prusty, Deepak; Kwak, Minseok; Herrmann, Andreas; McCaskill, John S

    2015-10-01

    Reversible noncovalent but sequence-dependent attachment of DNA to gels is shown to allow programmable mobility processing of DNA populations. The covalent attachment of DNA oligomers to polyacrylamide gels using acrydite-modified oligonucleotides has enabled sequence-specific mobility assays for DNA in gel electrophoresis: sequences binding to the immobilized DNA are delayed in their migration. Such a system has been used for example to construct complex DNA filters facilitating DNA computations. However, these gels are formed irreversibly and the choice of immobilized sequences is made once off during fabrication. In this work, we demonstrate the reversible self-assembly of gels combined with amphiphilic DNA molecules, which exhibit hydrophobic hydrocarbon chains attached to the nucleobase. This amphiphilic DNA, which we term lipid-DNA, is synthesized in advance and is blended into a block copolymer gel to induce sequence-dependent DNA retention during electrophoresis. Furthermore, we demonstrate and characterize the programmable mobility shift of matching DNA in such reversible gels both in thin films and microchannels using microelectrode arrays. Such sequence selective separation may be employed to select nucleic acid sequences of similar length from a mixture via local electronics, a basic functionality that can be employed in novel electronic chemical cell designs and other DNA information-processing systems. PMID:26095642

  15. Protein based Block Copolymers

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    Rabotyagova, Olena S.; Cebe, Peggy; Kaplan, David L.

    2011-01-01

    Advances in genetic engineering have led to the synthesis of protein-based block copolymers with control of chemistry and molecular weight, resulting in unique physical and biological properties. The benefits from incorporating peptide blocks into copolymer designs arise from the fundamental properties of proteins to adopt ordered conformations and to undergo self-assembly, providing control over structure formation at various length scales when compared to conventional block copolymers. This review covers the synthesis, structure, assembly, properties, and applications of protein-based block copolymers. PMID:21235251

  16. Modulating the self-assembly of amphiphilic X-shaped block copolymers with cyclodextrins: structure and mechanisms.

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    González-Gaitano, Gustavo; Müller, Céline; Radulescu, Aurel; Dreiss, Cécile A

    2015-04-14

    Inclusion complexes between cyclodextrins and polymers-so-called pseudopolyrotaxanes (PPR)-are at the origin of fascinating supramolecular structures, which are finding increasing uses in biomedical and technological fields. Here we explore the impact of both native and a range of modified cyclodextrins (CD) on the self-assembly of X-shaped poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymers, so-called Tetronics or poloxamines, by focusing on Tetronic 904 (T904, Mw 6700). The effects are markedly dependent on the type and arrangement of the substituents on the macrocycle. While native CDs drive the formation of a solid PPR, most substituted CDs induce micellar breakup, with dimethylated β-CD (DIMEB) having the strongest impact and randomly substituted CDs a much weaker disruptive effect. Using native α-CD as a "molecular trap", we perform competitive binding experiments-where two types of CDs thread together onto the polymer chains-to establish that DIMEB indeed has the highest propensity to form an inclusion complex with the polymer, while hydroxypropylated CDs do not thread. 1D (1)H NMR and ROESY experiments confirm the formation of a soluble PPR with DIMEB in which the CD binds preferentially to the PO units, thus providing the drive for the observed demicellization. A combination of dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is used to extract detailed structural parameters on the micelles. A binding model is proposed, which exploits the chemical shifts of selected protons from the CD in conjunction with the Hill equation, to prove that the formation of the PPR is a negatively cooperative process, in which threaded DIMEBs hamper the entrance of subsequent macrocycles. PMID:25785814

  17. Confinement of block copolymers

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    1995-12-31

    The following were studied: confinement of block copolymers, free surface confinement, effects of substrate interactions, random copolymers at homopolymer interfaces, phase separation in thin film polymer mixtures, buffing of polymer surfaces, and near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy.

  18. Synthesis of amphiphilic diblock copolymer for surface modification of Ethylene-Norbornene Copolymers

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    Levinsen, Simon; Svendsen, Winnie Edith; Horsewell, Andy; Almdal, Kristoffer

    2014-03-01

    The aim of this work is to produce polymer modifiers in order to develop hydrophilic polymeric surfaces for use in microfluidics. The use of hydrophilic polymers in microfluidics will have many advantages e.g. preventing protein absorbance. Here we present an amphiphilic diblock copolymer consisting of a bulk material compatible block and a hydrophilic block. To utilize the possibility of incorporating diblock copolymers into ethylene-norbornene copolymers, we have in this work developed a model poly(ethylene-1-butene) polymer compatible with the commercial available ethylene-norbornene copolymer TOPAS. Through matching of the radius of gyration for the model polymer and TOPAS the miscibility was achieved. The poly(ethylene-1-butene) polymer was synthesized from a hydrogenated anionic polymerized polybutadiene polymer. As hydrophilic block poly(ethylene oxide) was subsequently added also with anionic polymerization. Recent miscibility results between the model polymer and TOPAS will be presented, as well ongoing efforts to study the hydrophilic surface.

  19. 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.

  20. NMR Relaxometry for the Thermal Stability and Phase Transition Mechanism of Flower-like Micelles from Linear and Cyclic Amphiphilic Block Copolymers.

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    Wada, Haruna; Kitazawa, Yu; Kuroki, Shigeki; Tezuka, Yasuyuki; Yamamoto, Takuya

    2015-08-18

    Linear and cyclic amphiphilic block copolymers consisting of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) as the hydrophilic segment and poly(methyl acrylate) or poly(ethyl acrylate) as the hydrophobic segments were synthesized and self-assembled to form flower-like micelles. The micelles from linear (methyl acrylate)12(ethylene oxide)73(methyl acrylate)12 (Mn = 1000-3200-1000, l-MOM) showed a cloud point (Tc) at 46 °C by the transmittance of the micellar solution, whereas that of cyclic (methyl acrylate)30(ethylene oxide)79 (Mn = 2600-3500, c-MO) increased to 72 °C, as previously reported. DLS showed comparable diameters (l-MOM, 14 nm; c-MO, 12 nm) and Tc values (l-MOM, 48 °C; c-MO, 75 °C). For the investigation of the difference in Tc and the phase transition mechanism based on the polymer topology, NMR relaxometry was performed to determine the spin-lattice (T1) and spin-spin (T2) relaxation times. A decrease in T2 of the PEO segment in both l-MOM and c-MO was observed above Tc, suggesting that slow large-scale motions, such as the detachment of a chain end from the core, bridging, and interpenetration of the micelles, were inhibited. T1 of the PEO segment in l-MOM continuously increased in the experimental temperature range, indicating that the segment is hydrated even above its Tc. On the other hand, that of c-MO reached a ceiling above its Tc, likely due to the prevention of the rotation of the PEO main chain bonds caused by dehydration. Similar results were obtained for linear (ethyl acrylate)8(ethylene oxide)79(ethyl acrylate)8 (Mn = 800-3500-800, l-EOE) and its cyclic (ethyl acrylate)15(ethylene oxide)78 (Mn = 1500-3400, c-EO). PMID:26230670

  1. Novel 4-Arm Poly(Ethylene Glycol)-Block-Poly(Anhydride-Esters) Amphiphilic Copolymer Micelles Loading Curcumin: Preparation, Characterization, and In Vitro Evaluation

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    Shen, Yuanyuan; Li, Min; Xu, Xiaofen; Li, Mingna; Guo, Shengrong; Huang, Shengtang

    2013-01-01

    A novel 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(anhydride-esters) amphiphilic copolymer (4-arm PEG-b-PAE) was synthesized by esterization of 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(anhydride-esters) which was obtained by melt polycondensation of α-, ω-acetic anhydride terminated poly(L-lactic acid). The obtained 4-arm PEG-b-PAE was characterized by 1H-NMR and gel permeation chromatography. The critical micelle concentration of 4-arm PEG-b-PAE was 2.38 μg/mL. The curcumin-loaded 4-arm PEG-b-PAE micelles were prepared by a solid dispersion method and the drug loading content and encapsulation efficiency of the micelles were 7.0% and 85.2%, respectively. The curcumin-loaded micelles were spherical with a hydrodynamic diameter of 151.9 nm. Curcumin was encapsulated within 4-arm PEG-b-PAE micelles amorphously and released from the micelles, faster in pH 5.0 than pH 7.4, presenting one biphasic drug release pattern with rapid release at the initial stage and slow release later. The hemolysis rate of the curcumin-loaded 4-arm PEG-b-PAE micelles was 3.18%, which was below 5%. The IC50 value of the curcumin-loaded micelles against Hela cells was 10.21 μg/mL, lower than the one of free curcumin (25.90 μg/mL). The cellular uptake of the curcumin-loaded micelles in Hela cell increased in a time-dependent manner. The curcumin-loaded micelles could induce G2/M phase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of Hela cells. PMID:23936812

  2. Bactericidal block copolymer micelles.

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    Vyhnalkova, Renata; Eisenberg, Adi; van de Ven, Theo

    2011-05-12

    Block copolymer micelles with bactericidal properties were designed to deactivate pathogens such as E. coli bacteria. The micelles of PS-b-PAA and PS-b-P4VP block copolymers were loaded with biocides TCMTB or TCN up to 20 or 30 wt.-%, depending on the type of antibacterial agent. Bacteria were exposed to loaded micelles and bacterial deactivation was evaluated. The micelles loaded with TCN are bactericidal; bacteria are killed in less than two minutes of exposure. The most likely interpretation of the data is that the biocide is transferred to the bacteria by repeated micelle/bacteria contacts, and not via the solution. PMID:21275041

  3. Block copolymer battery separator

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    Wong, David; Balsara, Nitash Pervez

    2016-04-26

    The invention herein described is the use of a block copolymer/homopolymer blend for creating nanoporous materials for transport applications. Specifically, this is demonstrated by using the block copolymer poly(styrene-block-ethylene-block-styrene) (SES) and blending it with homopolymer polystyrene (PS). After blending the polymers, a film is cast, and the film is submerged in tetrahydrofuran, which removes the PS. This creates a nanoporous polymer film, whereby the holes are lined with PS. Control of morphology of the system is achieved by manipulating the amount of PS added and the relative size of the PS added. The porous nature of these films was demonstrated by measuring the ionic conductivity in a traditional battery electrolyte, 1M LiPF.sub.6 in EC/DEC (1:1 v/v) using AC impedance spectroscopy and comparing these results to commercially available battery separators.

  4. Phase behavior and rheological analysis of reverse liquid crystals and W/I2 and W/H2 gel emulsions using an amphiphilic block copolymer.

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    May, Anna; Aramaki, Kenji; Gutiérrez, José María

    2011-03-15

    This article reports the phase behavior determi-nation of a system forming reverse liquid crystals and the formation of novel disperse systems in the two-phase region. The studied system is formed by water, cyclohexane, and Pluronic L-121, an amphiphilic block copolymer considered of special interest due to its aggregation and structural properties. This system forms reverse cubic (I2) and reverse hexagonal (H2) phases at high polymer concentrations. These reverse phases are of particular interest since in the two-phase region, stable high internal phase reverse emulsions can be formed. The characterization of the I2 and H2 phases and of the derived gel emulsions was performed with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and rheometry, and the influence of temperature and water content was studied. The H2 phase experimented a thermal transition to an I2 phase when temperature was increased, which presented an Fd3m structure. All samples showed a strong shear thinning behavior from low shear rates. The elastic modulus (G') in the I2 phase was around 1 order of magnitude higher than in the H2 phase. G' was predominantly higher than the viscous modulus (G''). In the gel emulsions, G' was nearly frequency-independent, indicating their gel type nature. Contrarily to water-in-oil (W/O) normal emulsions, in W/I2 and W/H2 gel emulsions, G', the complex viscosity (|η*|), and the yield stress (τ0) decreased with increasing water content, since the highly viscous microstructure of the continuous phase was responsible for the high viscosity and elastic behavior of the emulsions, instead of the volume fraction of dispersed phase and droplet size. A rheological analysis, in which the cooperative flow theory, the soft glass rheology model, and the slip plane model were analyzed and compared, was performed to obtain one single model that could describe the non-Maxwellian behavior of both reverse phases and highly concentrated emulsions and to characterize their microstructure with

  5. Structural effects on the biodistribution and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of well-defined (64)Cu-labeled nanoparticles comprised of amphiphilic block graft copolymers.

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    Pressly, Eric D; Rossin, Raffaella; Hagooly, Aviv; Fukukawa, Ken-Ichi; Messmore, Benjamin W; Welch, Michael J; Wooley, Karen L; Lamm, Matthew S; Hule, Rohan A; Pochan, Darrin J; Hawker, Craig J

    2007-10-01

    The synthesis of poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacryloxysuccinimide-graft-poly(ethylene glycol)) (PMMA-co-PMASI-g-PEG) via living free radical polymerization provides a convenient route to well-defined amphiphilic graft copolymers having a controllable number of reactive functional groups, variable length PEG grafts, and low polydispersity. These copolymers were shown to form PMMA-core/PEG-shell nanoparticles upon hydrophobic collapse in water, with the hydrodynamic size being defined by the molecular weight of the backbone and the PEG grafts. Functionalization of these polymeric nanoparticles with a 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecanetetraacetic acid (DOTA) ligand capable of chelating radioactive 64Cu nuclei enabled the biodistribution and in vivo positron emission tomography of these materials to be studied and directly correlated to the initial structure. Results indicate that nanoparticles with increasing PEG chain lengths show increased blood circulation and low accumulation in excretory organs, suggesting the possible use of these materials as stealth carriers for medical imaging and systemic administration. PMID:17880180

  6. Block copolymer investigations

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    Yufa, Nataliya A.

    The research presented in this thesis deals with various aspects of block copolymers on the nanoscale: their behavior at a range of temperatures, their use as scaffolds, or for creation of chemically striped surfaces, as well as the behavior of metals on block copolymers under the influence of UV light, and the healing behavior of copolymers. Invented around the time of World War II, copolymers have been used for decades due to their macroscopic properties, such as their ability to be molded without vulcanization, and the fact that, unlike rubber, they can be recycled. In recent years, block copolymers (BCPs) have been used for lithography, as scaffolds for nano-objects, to create a magnetic hard drive, as well as in photonic and other applications. In this work we used primarily atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), described in Chapter II, to conduct our studies. In Chapter III we demonstrate a new and general method for positioning nanoparticles within nanoscale grooves. This technique is suitable for nanodots, nanocrystals, as well as DNA. We use AFM and TEM to demonstrate selective decoration. In Chapters IV and V we use AFM and TEM to study the structure of polymer surfaces coated with metals and self-assembled monolayers. We describe how the surfaces were created, exhibit their structure on the nanoscale, and prove that their macroscopic wetting properties have been altered compared to the original polymer structures. Finally, Chapters VI and VII report out in-situ AFM studies of BCP at high temperatures, made possible only recently with the invention of air-tight high-temperature AFM imaging cells. We locate the transition between disordered films and cylinders during initial ordering. Fluctuations of existing domains leading to domain coarsening are also described, and are shown to be consistent with reptation and curvature minimization. Chapter VII deals with the healing of PS-b-PMMA following AFM-tip lithography or

  7. Protein-Resistant Biodegradable Amphiphilic Graft Copolymer Vesicles as Protein Carriers.

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    Wang, Yupeng; Yan, Lesan; Li, Bin; Qi, Yanxin; Xie, Zhigang; Jing, Xiabin; Chen, Xuesi; Huang, Yubin

    2015-09-01

    The protein adsorption and self-assembly behavior of biocompatible graft copolymer, poly(lactide-co-diazidomethyl trimethylene carbonate)-g-poly(ethylene glycol) [P(LA-co-DAC)-g-PEG], were systematically studied. The graft copolymers showed enhanced resistance to non-specific protein adsorption compared with their block copolymer counterparts, indicative of the increased effect of PEG density beyond PEG length. Diverse nanostructures including vesicles can be assembled from the amphiphilic graft copolymers with well-defined nano-sizes. Hemoglobin (Hb), as a model protein, can be entrapped in the formed vesicles and keep the gas-binding capacity. The reduced release rate of Hb from graft copolymer vesicles indicated the relatively stable membrane packing compared with block copolymer counterpart. PMID:26036907

  8. New amphiphilic diblock copolymers: surfactant properties and solubilization in their micelles.

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    Garnier, Sébastien; Laschewsky, André

    2006-04-25

    Several series of amphiphilic diblock copolymers are investigated as macrosurfactants in comparison to reference low-molar-mass and polymeric surfactants. The various copolymers share poly(butyl acrylate) as a common hydrophobic block but are distinguished by six different hydrophilic blocks (one anionic, one cationic, and four nonionic hydrophilic blocks) with various compositions. Dynamic light scattering experiments indicate the presence of micelles over the whole concentration range from 10(-4) to 10 g x L(-1). Accordingly, the critical micellization concentrations are very low. Still, the surface tension of aqueous solutions of block copolymers decreases slowly but continuously with increasing concentration, without exhibiting a plateau. The longer the hydrophobic block, the shorter the hydrophilic block, and the less hydrophilic the monomer of the hydrophilic block is, the lower the surface tension is. However, the effects are small, and the copolymers reduce the surface tension much less than standard low-molar-mass surfactants. Also, the copolymers foam much less and even act as anti-foaming agents in classical foaming systems composed of standard surfactants. The copolymers stabilize O/W emulsions made of methyl palmitate as equally well as standard surfactants but are less efficient for O/W emulsions made of tributyrine. However, the copolymer micelles exhibit a high solubilization power for hydrophobic dyes, probably at their core-corona interface, in dependence on the initial geometry of the micelles and the composition of the block copolymers. Whereas micelles of copolymers with strongly hydrophilic blocks are stable upon solubilization, solubilization-induced micellar growth is observed for copolymers with moderately hydrophilic blocks. PMID:16618143

  9. Synthesis and self-assembly of amphiphilic poly(acrylicacid)-poly(ɛ-caprolactone)-poly(acrylicacid) block copolymer as novel carrier for 7-ethyl-10-hydroxy camptothecin.

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    Djurdjic, Beti; Dimchevska, Simona; Geskovski, Nikola; Petrusevska, Marija; Gancheva, Valerya; Georgiev, Georgi; Petrov, Petar; Goracinova, Katerina

    2015-01-01

    The process of molecular self-assembly plays a crucial role in formulation of polymeric nanoparticulated drug delivery carriers as it creates the possibility for enhanced drug encapsulation and carrier surface engineering. This study aimed to develop a novel self-assembled polymeric micelles for targeted delivery in tumor cells in order to overcome not only various drawbacks of 7-ethyl-10-hydroxy camptothecin (SN-38) but also various reported limitations of other drug delivery systems, especially low drug loading and premature release. Custom synthesized amphiphilic triblock copolymer poly(acrylic acid)-poly(ɛ-caprolactone)-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA(13)-PCL(35)-PAA(13)) was used to prepare kinetically stable micelles by nanoprecipitation and modified nanoprecipitation procedure. Core-shell micelles with diameter of 120-140 nm, negative zeta potential and satisfactory drug loading were produced. The prepared formulations were stable in pH range of 3-12 and in media with NaCl concentration <1 mol/l. Screening mixed level factorial 3 × 2(2) design identified that the process temperature as well as the type of organic solvent has influence upon the efficacy of encapsulation, particle size, dissolution rate and burst release. Fourier transform infrared and differential scanning calorimetry analyses confirmed the entrapment of the active substance into the micelles. The kinetic analysis of dissolution studies revealed that the main mechanism of drug release from the prepared formulations is Fickian diffusion. Growth inhibition studies as well as DNA fragmentation assay performed on SW-480 cell lines clearly demonstrated increased growth inhibition effect and presence of fragmented DNA in cells treated with loaded micelles compared to SN-38 solution. Altogether, these results point out to potential biomedical and clinical application of PAA-PCL-PAA systems in the future. PMID:25209880

  10. Multidimensional hierarchical self-assembly of amphiphilic cylindrical block comicelles

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    Qiu, Huibin; Hudson, Zachary M.; Winnik, Mitchell A.; Manners, Ian

    2015-03-01

    Self-assembly of molecular and block copolymer amphiphiles represents a well-established route to micelles with a wide variety of shapes and gel-like phases. We demonstrate an analogous process, but on a longer length scale, in which amphiphilic P-H-P and H-P-H cylindrical triblock comicelles with hydrophobic (H) or polar (P) segments that are monodisperse in length are able to self-assemble side by side or end to end in nonsolvents for the central or terminal segments, respectively. This allows the formation of cylindrical supermicelles and one-dimensional (1D) or 3D superstructures that persist in both solution and the solid state. These assemblies possess multiple levels of structural hierarchy in combination with existence on a multimicrometer-length scale, features that are generally only found in natural materials.

  11. Interface-enforced complexation between copolymer blocks.

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    Steinschulte, Alexander A; Xu, Weinan; Draber, Fabian; Hebbeker, Pascal; Jung, Andre; Bogdanovski, Dimitri; Schneider, Stefanie; Tsukruk, Vladimir V; Plamper, Felix A

    2015-05-14

    Binary diblock copolymers and corresponding ternary miktoarm stars are studied at oil-water interfaces. All polymers contain oil-soluble poly(propylene oxide) PPO, water-soluble poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) PDMAEMA and/or poly(ethylene oxide) PEO. The features of their Langmuir compression isotherms are well related to the ones of the corresponding homopolymers. Within the Langmuir-trough, PEO-b-PPO acts as the most effective amphiphile compared to the other PPO-containing copolymers. In contrast, the compression isotherms show a complexation of PPO and PDMAEMA for PPO-b-PDMAEMA and the star, reducing their overall amphiphilicity. Such complex formation between the blocks of PPO-b-PDMAEMA is prevented in bulk water but facilitated at the interface. The weakly-interacting blocks of PPO-b-PDMAEMA form a complex due to their enhanced proximity in such confined environments. Scanning force microscopy and Monte Carlo simulations with varying confinement support our results, which are regarded as compliant with the mathematical random walk theorem by Pólya. Finally, the results are expected to be of relevance for e.g. emulsion formulation and macromolecular engineering. PMID:25807174

  12. A Simple Way to Enhance Doxil® Therapy: Drug Release from Liposomes at the Tumor Site by Amphiphilic Block Copolymer

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    Zhao, Yi; Alakhova, Daria Y.; Kim, Jong Oh; Bronich, Tatiana K.; Kabanov, Alexander V.

    2013-01-01

    The antitumor efficacy of Doxil® is hindered by the poor release of the active drug from the liposome at the tumor sites. This study investigates a possibility to enhance drug release from the liposomes and increase therapeutic efficacy of Doxil® by administering Pluronic block copolymers once the liposomal drug accumulates in the tumor sites. In our study, the fluorescence de-quenching experiments were designed to investigate the drug release from liposome by Pluronic P85. MTT cytotoxicity assay and confocal microscopy images were carried out to determine whether Pluronic P85 could facilitate release of Dox from Doxil®. Anti-tumor growth and distribution of drug were evaluated when Pluronic P85 was injected 1 hr, 48 hrs, or 96 hrs after the Doxil® administration in A2780 human ovarian cancer xenografts. Addition of Pluronic P85 resulted in release of Dox from the liposomes accompanied with significant increases of Dox delivery and cytotoxic effect in cancer cells. The greatest anti-tumor effect of single injection of Doxil® was achieved when Pluronic P85 was administered 48 hrs after Doxil®. The Confocal tile scanning images of tumor section showed that copolymer treatment induced the release of the drug in the tumors from the vessels regions to the bulk of the tumor. No release of the drug remaining in circulation was observed. Our study has demonstrated a simple approach for localized release of Dox from liposome by Pluronic P85 at the tumor site, which was therapeutically beneficial. PMID:23474033

  13. Block copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticle nanocomposites

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    Pang, Xinchang; He, Yanjie; Jiang, Beibei; Iocozzia, James; Zhao, Lei; Guo, Hanzheng; Liu, Jin; Akinc, Mufit; Bowler, Nicola; Tan, Xiaoli; Lin, Zhiqun

    2013-08-01

    Nanocomposites composed of diblock copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticles were formed by selectively constraining ferroelectric nanoparticles (NPs) within diblock copolymer nanodomains via judicious surface modification of ferroelectric NPs. Ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) NPs with different sizes that are permanently capped with polystyrene chains (i.e., PS-functionalized BaTiO3NPs) were first synthesized by exploiting amphiphilic unimolecular star-like poly(acrylic acid)-block-polystyrene (PAA-b-PS) diblock copolymers as nanoreactors. Subsequently, PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs were preferentially sequestered within PS nanocylinders in the linear cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) diblock copolymer upon mixing the BaTiO3 NPs with PS-b-PMMA. The use of PS-b-PMMA diblock copolymers, rather than traditional homopolymers, offers the opportunity for controlling the spatial organization of PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs in the PS-b-PMMA/BaTiO3 NP nanocomposites. Selective solvent vapor annealing was utilized to control the nanodomain orientation in the nanocomposites. Vertically oriented PS nanocylinders containing PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs were yielded after exposing the PS-b-PMMA/BaTiO3 NP nanocomposite thin film to acetone vapor, which is a selective solvent for PMMA block. The dielectric properties of nanocomposites in the microwave frequency range were investigated. The molecular weight of PS-b-PMMA and the size of BaTiO3 NPs were found to exert an apparent influence on the dielectric properties of the resulting nanocomposites.Nanocomposites composed of diblock copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticles were formed by selectively constraining ferroelectric nanoparticles (NPs) within diblock copolymer nanodomains via judicious surface modification of ferroelectric NPs. Ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) NPs with different sizes that are permanently capped with polystyrene chains (i.e., PS-functionalized BaTiO3NPs) were

  14. Structure Formation of Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Abetz, Volker

    2013-03-01

    Isoporous membranes have received increasing attention during the last couple of years. The advantage of these materials is to give access to membranes with a very high number density of pores with controlled diameters, thus leading to ultrafiltration membranes with a very high permeability, and simultaneously also with a very high selectivity in terms of size exclusion. Different approaches have been reported, which typically involve the transfer of a thin block copolymer film from a solid to a porous support, eventually followed by an edging step. An alternative strategy is to form integral asymmetric membranes, where the thin top layer is continuously changing into a spongy support layer, thus avoiding the build-up of mechanical stresses. This happens by subjecting the cast polymer solution film into a precipitant, inducing the so-called phase inversion by exchange of solvent with the non-solvent. Here it is important to have a system where solvent and nonsolvent are fully miscible. This strategy also enables the direct formation of open pores without a subsequent edging step, if the solvents and nonsolvents are appropriately chosen. Different types of amphiphilic block copolymers based on styrene, 2- or 4-vinyl pyridine, and ethylene oxide with various compositions and molecular weights will be discussed. These block copolymers were dissolved at different concentrations in various solvent mixtures, and then cast on a non-woven support, which was either pretreated with a liquid, or not. Varying the time before the cast solution was subjected to phase inversion, as well as choosing the temperature of the precipitation bath, are further parameters having strong influence on the obtained membrane film structure. Membranes with pore forming blocks showing pH or temperature sensitive behaviour can be reversibly switched from an open state to a closed state. The size of the pores can be controlled by both molecular weight and composition of the block copolymers.

  15. Skin delivery by block copolymer nanoparticles (block copolymer micelles).

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    Laredj-Bourezg, Faiza; Bolzinger, Marie-Alexandrine; Pelletier, Jocelyne; Valour, Jean-Pierre; Rovère, Marie-Rose; Smatti, Batoule; Chevalier, Yves

    2015-12-30

    Block copolymer nanoparticles often referred to as "block copolymer micelles" have been assessed as carriers for skin delivery of hydrophobic drugs. Such carriers are based on organic biocompatible and biodegradable materials loaded with hydrophobic drugs: poly(lactide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer (PLA-b-PEG) nanoparticles that have a solid hydrophobic core made of glassy poly(d,l-lactide), and poly(caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer (PCL-b-PEG) nanoparticles having a liquid core of polycaprolactone. In vitro skin absorption of all-trans retinol showed a large accumulation of retinol in stratum corneum from both block copolymer nanoparticles, higher by a factor 20 than Polysorbate 80 surfactant micelles and by a factor 80 than oil solution. Additionally, skin absorption from PLA-b-PEG nanoparticles was higher by one order of magnitude than PCL-b-PEG, although their sizes (65nm) and external surface (water-swollen PEG layer) were identical as revealed by detailed structural characterizations. Fluorescence microscopy of histological skin sections provided a non-destructive picture of the storage of Nile Red inside stratum corneum, epidermis and dermis. Though particle cores had a different physical states (solid or liquid as measured by (1)H NMR), the ability of nanoparticles for solubilization of the drug assessed from their Hildebrand solubility parameters appeared the parameter of best relevance regarding skin absorption. PMID:26602293

  16. Drug-polymer interactions at water-crystal interfaces and implications for crystallization inhibition: molecular dynamics simulations of amphiphilic block copolymer interactions with tolazamide crystals.

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    Gao, Yi; Olsen, Kenneth W

    2015-07-01

    A diblock copolymer, poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(lactic acid) (PEG-b-PLA), modulates the crystal growth of tolazamide (TLZ), resulting in a crystal morphology change from needles to plates in aqueous media. To understand this crystal surface drug-polymer interaction, we conducted molecular dynamics simulations on crystal surfaces of TLZ in water containing PEG-b-PLA. A 130-ns simulation of the polymer in a large water box was run before initiating 50 ns simulations with each of the crystal surfaces. The simulations demonstrated differentiated drug-polymer interactions that are consistent with experimental studies. Interaction of PEG-b-PLA with the (001) face occurred more rapidly (≤10 ns) and strongly (total interaction energy of -121.1 kJ/mol/monomer) than that with the (010) face (∼35 ns, -85.4 kJ/mol/monomer). There was little interaction with the (100) face. Hydrophobic and van der Waals (VDW) interactions were the dominant forces, accounting for more than 90% of total interaction energies. It suggests that polymers capable of forming strong hydrophobic and VDW interactions might be more effective in inhibiting crystallization of poorly water-soluble and hydrophobic drugs in aqueous media (such as gastrointestinal fluid) than those with hydrogen-bonding capacities. Such in-depth analysis and understanding facilitate the rational selection of polymers in designing supersaturation-based enabling formulations. PMID:26045147

  17. 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.

  18. Thymine-functionalized amphiphilic biodegradable copolymers for high-efficiency loading and controlled release of methotrexate.

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    Cheng, Dong-Bing; Li, You-Mei; Cheng, Yin-Jia; Wu, Yan; Chang, Xiu-Peng; He, Feng; Zhuo, Ren-Xi

    2015-12-01

    In this study, a novel thymine-functionalized six-membered cyclic carbonate monomer (TAC) was synthesized by the Michael-addition reaction between thymine and acryloyl carbonate (AC). The corresponding functional amphiphilic block copolymer mPEG-b-PTAC was further successfully synthesized by ring-opening polymerization using immobilized porcine pancreas lipase (IPPL) as the catalyst and mPEG as the macroinitiator. Meanwhile, mPEG-b-P(TAC-co-DTC) and mPEG-b-PDTC were also synthesized by the same enzymatic methods for comparison on different TAC contents. The structures of monomer and copolymers were characterized by (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR and FTIR. All the amphiphilic block copolymers could self-assemble to form nano-sized micelles in aqueous solution. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation showed that the micelles dispersed in spherical shape with nano-size before and after MTX loading. (1)H-NMR and FTIR results confirmed the successful formation of multiple hydrogen-bonding interactions between exposed thymine groups of hydrophobic PTAC segments and 2,6-diaminopyridine (DAP) groups of MTX molecules, which resulting in the higher drug loading capacity and the pH-sensitive drug release behavior. MTT assays also indicated lower toxicity of copolymer but higher potent cytotoxic activity of MTX-loaded copolymer against HeLa cells. PMID:26477007

  19. Block coordination copolymers

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    Koh, Kyoung Moo; Wong-Foy, Antek G.; Matzger, Adam J.; Benin, Annabelle I.; Willis, Richard R.

    2012-12-04

    The present invention provides compositions of crystalline coordination copolymers wherein multiple organic molecules are assembled to produce porous framework materials with layered or core-shell structures. These materials are synthesized by sequential growth techniques such as the seed growth technique. In addition, the invention provides a simple procedure for controlling functionality.

  20. Block coordination copolymers

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    Koh, Kyoung Moo; Wong-Foy, Antek G; Matzger, Adam J; Benin, Annabelle I; Willis, Richard R

    2012-11-13

    The present invention provides compositions of crystalline coordination copolymers wherein multiple organic molecules are assembled to produce porous framework materials with layered or core-shell structures. These materials are synthesized by sequential growth techniques such as the seed growth technique. In addition, the invention provides a simple procedure for controlling functionality.

  1. Block coordination copolymers

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    Koh, Kyoung Moo; Wong-Foy, Antek G; Matzger, Adam J; Benin, Annabelle I; Willis, Richard R

    2014-11-11

    The present invention provides compositions of crystalline coordination copolymers wherein multiple organic molecules are assembled to produce porous framework materials with layered or core-shell structures. These materials are synthesized by sequential growth techniques such as the seed growth technique. In addition, the invention provides a simple procedure for controlling functionality.

  2. Are block copolymer worms more effective Pickering emulsifiers than block copolymer spheres?

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    Thompson, K L; Mable, C J; Cockram, A; Warren, N J; Cunningham, V J; Jones, E R; Verber, R; Armes, S P

    2014-11-21

    RAFT-mediated polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) is used to prepare six types of amphiphilic block copolymer nanoparticles which were subsequently evaluated as putative Pickering emulsifiers for the stabilisation of n-dodecane-in-water emulsions. It was found that linear poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PGMA-PHPMA) diblock copolymer spheres and worms do not survive the high shear homogenisation conditions used for emulsification. Stable emulsions are obtained, but the copolymer acts as a polymeric surfactant; individual chains rather than particles are adsorbed at the oil-water interface. Particle dissociation during emulsification is attributed to the weakly hydrophobic character of the PHPMA block. Covalent stabilisation of these copolymer spheres or worms can be readily achieved by addition of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) during the PISA synthesis. TEM studies confirm that the resulting cross-linked spherical or worm-like nanoparticles survive emulsification and produce genuine Pickering emulsions. Alternatively, stabilisation can be achieved by either replacing or supplementing the PHPMA block with the more hydrophobic poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PBzMA). The resulting linear spheres or worms also survive emulsification and produce stable n-dodecane-in-water Pickering emulsions. The intrinsic advantages of anisotropic worms over isotropic spheres for the preparation of Pickering emulsions are highlighted. The former particles are more strongly adsorbed at similar efficiencies compared to spheres and also enable smaller oil droplets to be produced for a given copolymer concentration. The scalable nature of PISA formulations augurs well for potential applications of anisotropic block copolymer nanoparticles as Pickering emulsifiers. PMID:25254485

  3. Chain length dependence of non-surface activity and micellization behavior of cationic amphiphilic diblock copolymers.

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    Ghosh, Arjun; Yusa, Shin-ichi; Matsuoka, Hideki; Saruwatari, Yoshiyuki

    2014-04-01

    The cationic and anionic amphiphilic diblock copolymers with a critical chain length and block ratio do not adsorb at the air/water interface but form micelles in solution, which is a phenomenon called "non-surface activity". This is primarily due to the high charge density of the block copolymer, which creates a strong image charge effect at the air/water interface preventing adsorption. Very stable micelle formation in bulk solution could also play an important role in the non-surface activity. To further confirm these unique properties, we studied the adsorption and micellization behavior of cationic amphiphilic diblock copolymers of poly(n-butyl acrylate)-b-poly(3-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl)trimethylammonium chloride) (PBA-b-PDMC) with different molecular weights of hydrophobic blocks but with the same ionic block length. These block copolymers were successfully prepared via consecutive reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The block copolymer with the shortest hydrophobic block length was surface-active; the solution showed surface tension reduction and foam formation. However, above the critical block ratio, the surface tension of the solution did not decrease with increasing polymer concentration, and there was no foam formation, indicating lack of surface activity. After addition of 0.1 M NaCl, stable foam formation and slight reduction of surface tension were observed, which is reminiscent of the electrostatic nature of the non-surface activity. Fluorescence and dynamic and static light scattering measurements showed that the copolymer with the shortest hydrophobic block did not form micelles, while the block copolymers formed spherical micelles having radii of 25-30 nm. These observations indicate that micelle formation is also important for non-surface activity. Upon addition of NaCl, cmc did not decrease but rather increased as observed for non-surface-active block copolymers previously studied. The micelles formed were

  4. Comparing Fluid and Elastic Block Copolymer Shells

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    Rozairo, Damith; Croll, Andrew B.

    2014-03-01

    Emulsions can be stabilized with the addition of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, resulting in droplets surrounded and protected by a polymer monolayer. Such droplets show considerable promise as advanced cargo carriers in pharmaceuticals or cosmetics due to their strength and responsiveness. Diblock copolymer interfaces remain mostly fluid and may not be able to attain the mechanical performance desired by industry. To strengthen block copolymer emulsion droplets we have developed a novel method for creating thin elastic shells using polystyrene-b-poly(acrylic acid)-b-polystyrene (PS-PAA-PS). Characterization of the fluid filled elastic shells is difficult with traditional means which lead us to develop a new and general method of mechanical measurement. Specifically, we use laser scanning confocal microscopy to achieve a high resolution measure of the deformation of soft spheres under the influence of gravity. To prove the resilience of the technique we examine both a polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) stabilized emulsion and the PS-PAA-PS emulsion. The mechanical measurement allows the physics of the polymer at the interface to be examined, which will ultimately lead to the rational development of these technologies.

  5. Formation and structural properties of multi-block copolymer vesicles

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    Wang, Rong; Ma, Shiying

    2014-03-01

    Due to the unique structure, vesicles have attracted considerable attention for their potential applications, such as gene and drug delivery, microcapsules, nanoreactors, cell membrane mimetic, synthetic organelles, etc. By using dissipative particle dynamics, we studied the self-assembly of amphiphilic multi-block copolymer. The phase diagram was constructed by varying the interaction parameters and the composition of the block copolymers. The results show that the vesicles are stable in a large region which is different from the diblock copolymer or triblock copolymer. The structural properties of vesicles can be controlled by varying the interaction parameters and the length of the hydrophobic block. The relationship between the hydrophilic and hydrophobic block length vs the aqueous cavity size and vesicle size are revealed. The copolymers with shorter hydrophobic blocks length or the higher hydrophilicity are more likely to form vesicles with larger aqueous cavity size and vesicle size as well as thinner wall thickness. However, the increase in hydrophobic-block length results to form vesicles with smaller aqueous cavity size and larger vesicle size. Acknowledgments. This work has been supported by NNSFC (No. 21074053) and NBRPC (No. 2010CB923303).

  6. Interfaces between Block Copolymer Domains

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    Kim, Jaeup; Jeong, Seong-Jun; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2011-03-01

    Block copolymers naturally form nanometer scale structures which repeat their geometry on a larger scale. Such a small scale periodic pattern can be used for various applications such as storage media, nano-circuits and optical filters. However, perfect alignment of block copolymer domains in the macroscopic scale is still a distant dream. The nanostructure formation usually occurs with spontaneously broken symmetry; hence it is easily infected by topological defects which sneak in due to entropic fluctuation and incomplete annealing. Careful annealing can gradually reduce the number of defects, but once kinetically trapped, it is extremely difficult to remove all the defects. One of the main reasons is that the defect finds a locally metastable morphology whose potential depth is large enough to prohibit further morphology evolution. In this work, the domain boundaries between differently oriented lamellar structures in thin film are studied. For the first time, it became possible to quantitatively study the block copolymer morphology in the transitional region, and it was shown that the twisted grain boundary is energetically favorable compared to the T-junction grain boundary. [Nano Letters, 9, 2300 (2010)]. This theoretical method successfully explained the experimental results.

  7. Anomalous Micellization of Pluronic Block Copolymers

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    Leonardi, Amanda; Ryu, Chang Y.

    2014-03-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide) - poly(propylene oxide) - poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymers, commercially known as Pluronics, are a unique family of amphiphilic triblock polymers, which self-assemble into micelles in aqueous solution. These copolymers have shown promise in therapeutic, biomedical, cosmetic, and nanotech applications. As-received samples of Pluronics contain low molecular weight impurities (introduced during the manufacturing and processing), that are ignored in most applications. It has been observed, however, that in semi-dilute aqueous solutions, at concentrations above 1 wt%, the temperature dependent micellization behavior of the Pluronics is altered. Anomalous behavior includes a shift of the critical micellization temperature and formation of large aggregates at intermediate temperatures before stable sized micelles form. We attribute this behavior to the low molecular weight impurities that are inherent to the Pluronics which interfere with the micellization process. Through the use of Dynamic Light Scattering and HPLC, we compared the anomalous behavior of different Pluronics of different impurity levels to their purified counterparts.

  8. Block versus Random Amphiphilic Glycopolymer Nanopaticles as Glucose-Responsive Vehicles.

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    Guo, Qianqian; Zhang, Tianqi; An, Jinxia; Wu, Zhongming; Zhao, Yu; Dai, Xiaomei; Zhang, Xinge; Li, Chaoxing

    2015-10-12

    To explore the effect of polymer structure on their self-assembled aggregates and their unique characteristics, this study was devoted to developing a series of amphiphilic block and random phenylboronic acid-based glycopolymers by RAFT polymerization. The amphiphilic glycopolymers were successfully self-assembled into spherically shaped nanoparticles with narrow size distribution in aqueous solution. For block and random copolymers with similar monomer compositions, block copolymer nanoparticles exhibited a more regular transmittance change with the increasing glucose level, while a more evident variation of size and quicker decreasing tendency in I/I0 behavior in different glucose media were observed for random copolymer nanoparticles. Cell viability of all the polymer nanoparticles investigated by MTT assay was higher than 80%, indicating that both block and random copolymers had good cytocompatibility. Insulin could be encapsulated into both nanoparticles, and insulin release rate for random glycopolymer was slightly quicker than that for the block ones. We speculate that different chain conformations between block and random glycopolymers play an important role in self-assembled nanoaggregates and underlying glucose-sensitive behavior. PMID:26397308

  9. Aqueous Solution Behavior and Metal Nanoparticle Formation in pH-responsive Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers

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    Anastasiadis, Spiros H.; Katsamanis, Vasileios; Afchoudia, Theodora; Vamvakaki, Maria; Sidorov, Stanislav; Kostylev, Maxim; Bronstein, Lyudmila

    2004-03-01

    Dynamic light scattering, pH-metry, 1H-NMR, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy have been used to investigate the micellar behavior and metal-nanoparticle formation in poly(2-diethylamino ethylmethacrylate)-block-poly(hexa(ethylene glycol) methacrylate), PDEAEMA-b-PHEGMA, amphiphilic block copolymers in aqueous media. The hydrophobic PDEAEMA block of these copolymers is pH-sensitive: at low pH it can be protonated and it becomes partially or completely hydrophilic leading to molecular solubility whereas at higher pH micelles are formed. The micelle formation is studied as a function of the diblock copolymer characteristics. The micelles consist of a PDEAEMA core and a PHEGMA corona, where the core can dissolve metal compounds due to coordination. Moreover, incorporation of metal compounds (even at low pH) results in self-assembling of the block copolymer molecules and formation of micelles. In all these micellar nanoreactors, metal nanoparticles nucleate and grow upon reduction with sizes in the range of a few nanometers as observed by TEM. These particles exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic properties for hydrogenation and oxidation reactions.

  10. Imide/arylene ether block copolymers

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    Jensen, B. J.; Hergenrother, P. M.; Bass, R. G.

    1991-01-01

    Two series of imide/arylene either block copolymers were prepared using an arylene ether block and either an amorphous or semi-crystalline imide block. The resulting copolymers were characterized and selected physical and mechanical properties were determined. These results, as well as comparisons to the homopolymer properties, are discussed.

  11. Pattern transfer using block copolymers.

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    Gu, Xiaodan; Gunkel, Ilja; Russell, Thomas P

    2013-10-13

    To meet the increasing demand for patterning smaller feature sizes, a lithography technique is required with the ability to pattern sub-20 nm features. While top-down photolithography is approaching its limit in the continued drive to meet Moore's law, the use of directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers (BCPs) offers a promising route to meet this challenge in achieving nanometre feature sizes. Recent developments in BCP lithography and in the DSA of BCPs are reviewed. While tremendous advances have been made in this field, there are still hurdles that need to be overcome to realize the full potential of BCPs and their actual use. PMID:24000358

  12. Affinity-mediated capture and release of amphiphilic copolymers for controlling antimicrobial activity.

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    Takahashi, Haruko; Akiyoshi, Kazunari; Kuroda, Kenichi

    2015-08-14

    Capture and release of amphiphilic copolymers by a nano-sized polysaccharide gel (nanogel) was controlled by altering the hydrophobic binding affinity between the copolymer chains and nanogel. The antimicrobial activity of captured copolymer chains was suppressed, and regained upon release from the nanogel. PMID:26154063

  13. Block Copolymers with a Twist

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    Ho, R.; Chiang, Y; Chen, C; Wang, H; Hasegawa, H; Akasaka, S; Thomas, E; Burger, C; Hsiao, B

    2009-01-01

    Chiral block copolymers (BCPs*) comprising chiral entities were designed to fabricate helical architectures (i.e., twisted morphologies) from self-assembly. A new helical phase (H*) with P622 symmetry was discovered in the self-assembly of poly(styrene)-b-poly(l-lactide) (PS-PLLA) BCPs*. Hexagonally packed, interdigitated PLLA helical microdomains in a PS matrix were directly visualized by electron tomography. The phase diagram of the PS-PLLA BCPs* was also established. Phase transitions from the H* phase to the stable cylinder and gyroid phases were found after long-time annealing, suggesting that the H* is a long-lived metastable phase. In contrast to racemic poly(styrene)-b-poly(d,l-lactide) BCPs, chiral interaction significantly enhances the incompatibility between achiral PS and chiral PLLA blocks in the PS-PLLA BCPs* and can be estimated through the determination of the interaction parameter.

  14. Biosilicification templated by amphiphilic block copolypeptide assemblies.

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    Xia, Lin; Liu, Yu; Li, Zhibo

    2010-12-01

    An amphiphilic poly(L-lysine·HBr)-block-poly(L-leucine) (KL) diblock copolypeptide and its supramolecular assembly are used as a template to direct silica formation, which proceeds by a cooperative process involving biomimetic mineralization and copolypeptide reassembly under ambient conditions. Various silica structures can be obtained by using different counterions, changing the chain length of the KL diblocks, and applying a sol-gel mineralization method. We find that the chain length of the KL diblock is an important factor in terms of controlling biosilica morphologies. We also find that the nature of the counterions strongly affects the resulting silica structures. For the same KL diblock, variation of anions from phosphate to sulfate and to carbonate can produce hexagonal silica platelets, silica rods, and fused silica platelets, respectively. In contrast, application of a sol-gel method can replicate the copolypeptide fibril network morphology in water, while employment of ultrasonication to the sol-gel medium transforms the silica fibrils to rigid silica rods. The resulting silica morphology has been systematically characterized using SEM and TEM, and the polypeptide conformation is explored using FT-IR and CD spectroscopy. PMID:20872854

  15. Novel Redox-Responsive Amphiphilic Copolymer Micelles for Drug Delivery: Synthesis and Characterization.

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    Bae, Jungeun; Maurya, Abhijeet; Shariat-Madar, Zia; Murthy, S Narasimha; Jo, Seongbong

    2015-11-01

    A novel redox-responsive amphiphilic polymer was synthesized with bioreductive trimethyl-locked quinone propionic acid for a potential triggered drug delivery application. The aim of this study was to synthesize and characterize the redox-responsive amphiphilic block copolymer micelles containing pendant bioreductive quinone propionic acid (QPA) switches. The redox-responsive hydrophobic block (polyQPA), synthesized from QPA-serinol and adipoyl chloride, was end-capped with methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) of molecular weight 750 (mPEG750) to achieve a redox-responsive amphiphilic block copolymer, polyQPA-mPEG750. PolyQPA-mPEG750 was able to self-assemble as micelles to show a critical micelle concentration (CMC) of 0.039% w/v (0.39 mg/ml, 0.107 mM) determined by a dye solubilization method using 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH) in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). The mean diameter of polymeric micelles was found to be 27.50 nm (PI = 0.064) by dynamic light scattering. Furthermore, redox-triggered destabilization of the polymeric micelles was confirmed by (1)H-NMR spectroscopy and particle size measurements in a simulated redox state. PolyQPA-mPEG750 underwent triggered reduction to shed pendant redox-responsive QPA groups and its polymeric micelles were swollen to be dissembled in the presence of a reducing agent, thereby enabling the release of loaded model drug, paclitaxel. The redox-responsive polyQPA-mPEG750 polymer micelles would be useful as a drug delivery system allowing triggered drug release in an altered redox state such as tumor microenvironments with an altered redox potential and/or redox enzyme upregulation. PMID:26122497

  16. Method for making block siloxane copolymers

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    Butler, Nora; Jessop, Edward S.; Kolb, John R.

    1982-01-01

    A method for synthesizing block polysiloxane copolymers. Diorganoscyclosiloxanes and an end-blocking compound are interacted in the presence of a ring opening polymerization catalyst, producing a blocked prepolymer. The prepolymer is then interacted with a silanediol, resulting in condensation polymerization of the prepolymers. A second end-blocking compound is subsequently introduced to end-cap the polymers and copolymers formed from the condensation polymerization.

  17. Method for making block siloxane copolymers

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    Butler, N.L.; Jessop, E.S.; Kolb, J.R.

    1981-02-25

    A method for synthesizing block polysiloxane copolymers is disclosed. Diorganoscyclosiloxanes and an end-blocking compound are interacted in the presence of a ring opening polymerization catalyst, producing a blocked prepolymer. The prepolymer is then interacted with a silanediol, resulting in condensation polymerization of the prepolymers. A second end-blocking compound is subsequently introduced to end-cap the polymers and copolymers formed from the condensation polymerization.

  18. Linear-dendritic block copolymer for drug and gene delivery.

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    Fan, Xiaohui; Zhao, Yanli; Xu, Wei; Li, Lingbing

    2016-05-01

    Dendrimers as a new class of polymeric materials have a highly ordered branched structure, exact molecular weight, multivalency and available internal cavities, which make them extensively used in biology and drug-delivery. Concurrent with the development of dendrimers, much more attention is drawn to a novel block copolymer which combines linear chains with dendritic macromolecules, the linear-dendritic block copolymer (LDBC). Because of the different solubility of the contrasting regions, the amphiphilic LDBCs could self-assemble to form aggregates with special core-shell structures which exhibit excellent properties different from traditional micelles, such as lower critical micelle concentration, prolonged circulation in the bloodstream, better biocompatibility, and lower toxicity. The present review briefly describes the type of LDBC, the self-assembly behavior in solution, and the application in delivery system including the application as drug carriers and gene vectors. The interactions between block copolymers and drugs are also summarized to better understand the release mechanism of drugs from the linear-dendritic block copolymers. PMID:26952501

  19. Resilient self-assembling hydrogels from block copolypeptide amphiphiles

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    Nowak, Andrew Paul

    The ability to produce well defined synthetic polypeptides has been greatly improved by the discovery of transition metal species that mediate the controlled polymerization of N-carboxyanhydrides (NCAs). These metal species create a living polymerization system by producing control over chain length, low polydispersities, and the ability to form complex block architectures. We have applied this system to the synthesis of block copolypeptide amphiphiles. Initial block copolymers synthesized were composed of hydrophilic, cationic poly(L-Lysine) combined with hydrophobic, alpha-helical poly(L-Leucine). These Lysine- block-Leucine copolypeptides were found to form stiff, clear hydrogels at low concentration (˜1 wt%) in low ionic strength water. Based on this unexpected result we used the flexibility of our transition metal polymerization chemistry to better understand the nature and mechanisms of gel formation in these materials. Systematic changes to the original Lysine-block-Leucine copolypeptides were made by altering overall chain size, relative block length, polyelectrolyte charge, and hydrophobic secondary structure. Rheological characterization revealed that the strength of these hydrogels was primarily dependent on degree of polymerization, relative block length, and a well ordered secondary structure in the hydrophobic segment. The Lysine-block-Leucine hydrogels were formed by direct addition of water to dry polypeptide material which swelled to homogeneously fill the entire volume of liquid with no special processing. CryoTEM showed a percolating cellular network at ˜100nm that appears to be comprised of both membranes and fibers. Larger length scales studied with Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy revealed a spontaneously formed microporous network with large (˜10mum) water rich voids. These hydrogels also displayed interesting mechanical properties including rapid recovery of solid like behavior after being sheared to a liquid and mechanical stability

  20. 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.

  1. Efficient cytosolic delivery mediated by polymersomes facilely prepared from a degradable, amphiphilic, and amphoteric copolymer

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    Huang, Zhonghui; Teng, Wei; Liu, Longshan; Wang, Lichun; Wang, Qinmei; Dong, Yugang

    2013-07-01

    To solve problems in polymersome preparation caused by liposolubility of copolymers and to improve the cytosolic delivery efficiency of polymersomes to drugs, a lipopolysaccharide-amine (LPSA) copolymer with amphotericity and amphiphilicity is developed. LPSA contains two hydrophilic oppositely charged blocks (anionic oxidized alginate (OA), cationic polyethyleneimine (PEI 1.8k)) and one hydrophobic block (cholesteryl), where OA is the backbone and cholesteryl-grafted PEI is the side chain. The two hydrophilic blocks first guarantee that LPSA will dissolve in water, and then help polymersome formation via electrostatic interactions to generate water insoluble interpolyelectrolyte complexes, which supplement the hydrophobic part to reach the right hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity ratio, and thus realize a one-step self-assembly of polymersomes in water. Our results show LPSA nanopolymersomes (LNPs) have low cytotoxicity and degradability, and an excellent ability to enter cells. TEM observation demonstrates that LNPs are entrapped in endosomes after endocytosis, and are then released to cytosols because of their strong endosomal escape capacity. As an example of cytosolic delivery to bioactive molecules, pDNA is delivered in mesenchymal stem cells, and more than 95% of cells express a large target protein, indicating that LNPs have high cytosolic delivery efficiency. Our study provides a novel, easy, and universal method to design copolymers for the preparation of polymersomes as efficient cytosolic delivery nanocarriers.

  2. Amphiphilic block copolyesters bearing pendant cyclic ketal groups as nanocarriers for controlled release of camptothecin

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    Wang, Xiaoying; Gurski, Lisa A.; Zhong, Sheng; Xu, Xian; Pochan, Darrin J.; Farach-Carson, Mary C.; Jia, Xinqiao

    2010-01-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers consisting of hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) and hydrophobic polyester bearing pendent cyclic ketals were synthesized by ring-opening copolymerization of ε-caprolactone (CL) and 1,4,8-trioxaspiro-[4,6]-9-undecanone (TSU) using α-hydroxyl, ω-methoxy, polyethylene glycol as the initiator and stannous octoate as the catalyst. Compositional analyses indicate that TSU was randomly distributed in the hydrophobic blocks. When the TSU content in the copolymers increased, the polymer crystallinity decreased progressively and the glass transition temperature increased accordingly. Hydrophobic, anticancer drug, camptothecin (CPT), was successfully encapsulated in the block copolymer nanoparticles. The CPT encapsulation efficiency and release kinetics were strongly dependent on the copolymer composition and crystallinity. CPT release from nanoparticles constructed from copolymers containing 0, 39 and 100 mol% TSU in the hydrophobic block followed the same trend, with an initial burst of ~40% within one day followed by a moderate and slow release lasting up to 7 days. At a TSU content of 14 mol%, CPT was released in a continuous and controlled fashion with a reduced initial burst and a 73% cumulative release by day 7. In vitro cytoxicity assay showed that the blank nanoparticles were not toxic to the cultured bone metastatic prostate cancer cells (C4-2B). Compared to the free drug, the encapsulated CPT was more effective in inducing apoptotic responses in C4-2B cells. Modulating the physical characteristics of the amphiphilic copolymers via copolymerization offers a facile method for controlling the bioavailability of anticancer drugs ultimately increasing effectiveness and minimizing toxicity. PMID:20594408

  3. Adsorption and aqueous lubricating properties of charged and neutral amphiphilic diblock copolymers at a compliant, hydrophobic interface.

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    Røn, Troels; Javakhishvili, Irakli; Jankova, Katja; Hvilsted, Søren; Lee, Seunghwan

    2013-06-25

    We have investigated the adsorption and lubricating properties of neutral and charged amphiphilic diblock copolymers at a hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) interface in an aqueous environment. The diblock copolymers consist of a hydrophilic block of either neutral poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) or negatively charged poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and of a hydrophobic block of polystyrene (PS) or poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (PMEA), thus generating PEG-b-X or PAA-b-X, where X block is either PS or PMEA. The molecular weight ratios were roughly 1:1 with each block ca. 5 kDa. Comparing the neutral PEG and charged PAA buoyant blocks with all other conditions identical, the former showed superior adsorption onto nonpolar, hydrophobic PDMS surfaces from a neutral aqueous solution. PEG-based copolymers showed substantial adsorption for both PS and PMEA as the anchoring block, whereas PAA-based copolymers showed effective adsorption only when PMEA was employed as the anchoring block. For PAA-b-PS, the poor adsorption properties are chiefly attributed to micellization due to the high interfacial tension between the PS core and water. The poor lubricating properties of PAA-b-PS diblock copolymer for a PDMS-PDMS sliding contact was well correlated with the poor adsorption properties. PAA-b-PMEA copolymers, despite their sizable amount of adsorbed mass, showed insignificant lubricating effects. When the charges of the PAA-b-PMEA diblock copolymers were screened by either adding NaCl to the aqueous solution or by lowering the pH, both the adsorption and lubricity improved. We ascribe the poor adsorption and inferior aqueous lubricating properties of the PAA-based diblock copolymers compared to their PEG-based counterparts mainly to the electrostatic repulsion between charged PAA blocks, hindering the facile formation of the lubricating layer under cyclic tribological stress at the sliding PDMS-PDMS interface. PMID:23725290

  4. Effects of Sequence Distribution, Concentration and pH on Gradient and Block Copolymer Micelle Formation in Solution

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    Marrou, Stephen; Kim, Jungki; Wong, Christopher; Torkelson, John

    2011-03-01

    Gradient copolymers are a relatively new class of materials with a gradual change in comonomer composition along the copolymer chain length, which have exhibited unique material properties in comparison to random and block copolymers. Here we extend this architecture to amphiphilic systems that form micelles in solvent, as the effect of a nonuniform comonomer sequence distribution is expected to strongly influence critical aggregation phenomena. Utilizing pyrene as a fluorescence probe, we determined that gradient copolymers present an intermediate critical aggregation concentration in comparison to analogous block and random copolymers. The effect of gradient architecture on a pH-sensitive copolymer was also investigated, concluding that gradient sequencing significantly impacts the solubility and critical aggregation pH when compared to block and random copolymers of similar composition, providing further evidence that gradient architectures introduce a powerful means of tuning properties between block and random copolymers.

  5. Beyond Spherical Micelles in Styrene-Isoprene Block Copolymer Solutions

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    Bang, Joona; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2004-03-01

    As macromolecular surfactants, block copolymers have been shown to self-assemble into various microstructures. Many studies have focused on aqueous systems, in which the strongly amphiphilic characteristics of the polymers lead to various micellar shapes (worms, vesicles, compound micelles, etc). However, such micellar shape changes are apparently very rare in organic systems. We report systematic shape changes of the micelles in styrene-isoprene block copolymer solutions. Remarkably, such changes could be accomplished in a single block copolymer by varying the solvent selectivity. We studied two asymmetric poly(styrene-b-isoprene) diblock copolymers with the styrene volume fractions of approximately 0.15 in a series of solvents with varying styrene selectivity, dibuthyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, and dimethyl phthalate. The degree of the solvent selectivity was adjusted by mixing two solvents. With increasing solvent selectivity, the micellar shape changes from cylindrical micelles to bilayer vesicles, and then phase-separates, reflecting the changing interfacial curvature induced by solvent selectivity. The detailed micellar morphologies were characterized by dynamic light scattering, rheology, electron microscopy, and small angle x-ray scattering.

  6. Acid-Labile Amphiphilic PEO-b-PPO-b-PEO Copolymers: Degradable Poloxamer Analogs.

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    Worm, Matthias; Kang, Biao; Dingels, Carsten; Wurm, Frederik R; Frey, Holger

    2016-05-01

    Poly ((ethylene oxide)-b-(propylene oxide)-b-(ethylene oxide)) triblock copolymers commonly known as poloxamers or Pluronics constitute an important class of nonionic, biocompatible surfactants. Here, a method is reported to incorporate two acid-labile acetal moieties in the backbone of poloxamers to generate acid-cleavable nonionic surfactants. Poly(propylene oxide) is functionalized by means of an acetate-protected vinyl ether to introduce acetal units. Three cleavable PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers (Mn,total = 6600, 8000, 9150 g·mol(-1) ; Mn,PEO = 2200, 3600, 4750 g·mol(-1) ) have been synthesized using anionic ring-opening polymerization. The amphiphilic copolymers exhibit narrow molecular weight distributions (Ð = 1.06-1.08). Surface tension measurements reveal surface-active behavior in aqueous solution comparable to established noncleavable poloxamers. Complete hydrolysis of the labile junctions after acidic treatment is verified by size exclusion chromatography. The block copolymers have been employed as surfactants in a miniemulsion polymerization to generate polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles with mean diameters of ≈200 nm and narrow size distribution, as determined by dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy. Acid-triggered precipitation facilitates removal of surfactant fragments from the nanoparticles, which simplifies purification and enables nanoparticle precipitation "on demand." PMID:27000789

  7. Star block-copolymers: enzyme-inspired catalysts for oxidation of alcohols in water.

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    Mugemana, Clément; Chen, Ba-Tian; Bukhryakov, Konstantin V; Rodionov, Valentin

    2014-07-25

    A number of fluorous amphiphilic star block-copolymers containing a tris(benzyltriazolylmethyl)amine motif have been prepared. These polymers assembled into well-defined nanostructures in water, and their mode of assembly could be controlled by changing the composition of the polymer. The polymers were used for enzyme-inspired catalysis of alcohol oxidation. PMID:24912078

  8. Microspheres for protein delivery prepared from amphiphilic multiblock copolymers. 2. Modulation of release rate.

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    Bezemer, J M; Radersma, R; Grijpma, D W; Dijkstra, P J; van Blitterswijk, C A; Feijen, J

    2000-07-01

    Amphiphilic multiblock copolymers, based on hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blocks and hydrophobic poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) blocks were used as matrix material for protein-loaded microspheres. The efficiency of lysozyme entrapment by a double emulsion method was found to depend on the swelling behavior of the polymers in water and decreased from 100% for polymers with a degree of swelling of less than 1.8 to 11% for PEG-PBT copolymers with a degree of swelling of 3.6. The particle size could be controlled by varying the concentration of the polymer solution used in the microsphere preparation. An increase in the polymer concentration resulted in a proportional increase in the particle size. The in vitro release profiles of the encapsulated model protein lysozyme could be precisely tailored by variation of the copolymer composition and the size of the microspheres. Both a slow continuous release of lysozyme, and a fast release which was completed within a few days could be obtained. The release behavior, attributed to a combination of diffusion and polymer degradation, could be described by a previously developed model. PMID:10825558

  9. Block Copolymer Membranes for Biofuel Purification

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    Evren Ozcam, Ali; Balsara, Nitash

    2012-02-01

    Purification of biofuels such as ethanol is a matter of considerable concern as they are produced in complex multicomponent fermentation broths. Our objective is to design pervaporation membranes for concentrating ethanol from dilute aqueous mixtures. Polystyrene-b-polydimethylsiloxane-b-polystyrene block copolymers were synthesized by anionic polymerization. The polydimethylsiloxane domains provide ethanol-transporting pathways, while the polystyrene domains provide structural integrity for the membrane. The morphology of the membranes is governed by the composition of the block copolymer while the size of the domains is governed by the molecular weight of the block copolymer. Pervaporation data as a function of these two parameters will be presented.

  10. Block copolymer structures in nano-pores

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    Pinna, Marco; Guo, Xiaohu; Zvelindovsky, Andrei

    2010-03-01

    We present results of coarse-grained computer modelling of block copolymer systems in cylindrical and spherical nanopores on Cell Dynamics Simulation. We study both cylindrical and spherical pores and systematically investigate structures formed by lamellar, cylinders and spherical block copolymer systems for various pore radii and affinity of block copolymer blocks to the pore walls. The obtained structures include: standing lamellae and cylinders, ``onions,'' cylinder ``knitting balls,'' ``golf-ball,'' layered spherical, ``virus''-like and mixed morphologies with T-junctions and U-type defects [1]. Kinetics of the structure formation and the differences with planar films are discussed. Our simulations suggest that novel porous nano-containers can be formed by confining block copolymers in pores of different geometries [1,2]. [4pt] [1] M. Pinna, X. Guo, A.V. Zvelindovsky, Polymer 49, 2797 (2008).[0pt] [2] M. Pinna, X. Guo, A.V. Zvelindovsky, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 214902 (2009).

  11. Self-Assembly of Novel Amphiphilic 21-Arm, Star-Like Coil-Rod Diblock Copolymers at Interfaces

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    Lin, Zhiqun; Zhao, Lei; Pang, Xinchang; Feng, Chaowei

    2012-02-01

    A series of novel amphiphilic 21-arm, star-like diblock copolymers, poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(3-hexylthiophene) (PAA-b-P3HT) based on β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) with well defined molecular architectures and ratio of two chemically distinct blocks were prepared, for the first time, via a combination of quasi-living Grignard metathesis method (GRIM), click reaction, and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The star-like PAA-b-P3HT diblock copolymers consist of hydrophilic coil-like PAA cores and hydrophobic rod-like P3HT shells with narrow molecular weight distribution and controllable molecular weight of each block. Owing to the compact structure, the amphiphilic star-like PAA-b-P3HT formed a unimolecular micelle. Vesicles based on these novel amphiphilic star-like, coil-rod diblock copolymers were readily produced at the oil/water interface by crosslinking hydrophilic coil-like PAA cores with a bifunctional crosslinker, ethylenediamine. They also self-assembled into a nanotubular structure at the air/water interface.

  12. Phase Behavior of Symmetric Sulfonated Block Copolymers

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    Park, Moon Jeong; Balsara, Nitash P.

    2008-08-21

    Phase behavior of poly(styrenesulfonate-methylbutylene) (PSS-PMB) block copolymers was studied by varying molecular weight, sulfonation level, and temperature. Molecular weights of the copolymers range from 2.9 to 117 kg/mol. Ordered lamellar, gyroid, hexagonally perforated lamellae, and hexagonally packed cylinder phases were observed in spite of the fact that the copolymers are nearly symmetric with PSS volume fractions between 0.45 and 0.50. The wide variety of morphologies seen in our copolymers is inconsistent with current theories on block copolymer phase behavior such as self-consistent field theory. Low molecular weight PSS-PMB copolymers (<6.2 kg/mol) show order-order and order-disorder phase transitions as a function of temperature. In contrast, the phase behavior of high molecular weight PSS-PMB copolymers (>7.7 kg/mol) is independent of temperature. Due to the large value of Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, x, between the sulfonated and non-sulfonated blocks, PSS-PMB copolymers with PSS and PMB molecular weights of 1.8 and 1.4 kg/mol, respectively, show the presence of an ordered gyroid phase with a 2.5 nm diameter PSS network. A variety of methods are used to estimate x between PSS and PMB chains as a function of sulfonation level. Some aspects of the observed phase behavior of PSS-PMB copolymers can be rationalized using x.

  13. Electrostatic control of block copolymer morphology

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    Sing, Charles E.; Zwanikken, Jos W.; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    2014-07-01

    Energy storage is at present one of the foremost issues society faces. However, material challenges now serve as bottlenecks in technological progress. Lithium-ion batteries are the current gold standard to meet energy storage needs; however, they are limited owing to the inherent instability of liquid electrolytes. Block copolymers can self-assemble into nanostructures that simultaneously facilitate ion transport and provide mechanical stability. The ions themselves have a profound, yet previously unpredictable, effect on how these nanostructures assemble and thus the efficiency of ion transport. Here we demonstrate that varying the charge of a block copolymer is a powerful mechanism to predictably tune nanostructures. In particular, we demonstrate that highly asymmetric charge cohesion effects can induce the formation of nanostructures that are inaccessible to conventional uncharged block copolymers, including percolated phases desired for ion transport. This vastly expands the design space for block copolymer materials and is informative for the versatile design of battery electrolyte materials.

  14. Block copolymers for enhanced oil recovery

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    Wu, M.M.; Ball, L.E.

    1987-05-19

    A water soluble block copolymer is described comprising two or more water soluble polymer blocks, wherein the water soluble polymer blocks comprise polymerized monomers. The monomers are selected from the group consisting of acrylamide, methacrylamide, vinyl methyl ether, acrylic and methacrylic acid and their water soluble salts and N-substituted acrylamides.

  15. Effects of amphiphilic diblock copolymer on drug nanoparticle formation and stability

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    Zhu, Zhengxi

    2013-01-01

    This study systematically compares the effects of amphiphilic diblock copolymer (di-BCP) on stabilizing hydrophobic drug nanoparticles formed by flash nanoprecipitation (FNP), and provides a guideline on choosing suitable di-BCPs. Four widely used di-BCPs, i.e., polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PS-b-PEG), polycaprolactone-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG), polylactide-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-b-PEG), and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-b-PEG), and β-carotene as a model drug were used. The study showed that PLGA-b-PEG was the most suitable one, whose hydrophobic block was biodegradable and noncrystallizable as well as had relatively high glass transition temperature (Tg) and a right solubility parameter (δ). The molecular weight of PLGA block over the range from 5k to 15k showed an insignificant effect on controlling the particle size. Amorphous drug particles with a high drug loading of over 83 wt% can be achieved. Much remarkable evidence supported the nanoparticles with kinetically frozen and nonequilibrium packing structures of polymer chains rather than either the micelles or micellar nanoparticles with two well segregated polymer blocks. The thermodynamic effects of the drug and BCP on the particle stability, size and structures were discussed by using solubility parameters. PMID:24070569

  16. Arbitrary lattice symmetries via block copolymer nanomeshes

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    Majewski, Pawel W.; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles T.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-01-01

    Self-assembly of block copolymers is a powerful motif for spontaneously forming well-defined nanostructures over macroscopic areas. Yet, the inherent energy minimization criteria of self-assembly give rise to a limited library of structures; diblock copolymers naturally form spheres on a cubic lattice, hexagonally packed cylinders and alternating lamellae. Here, we demonstrate multicomponent nanomeshes with any desired lattice symmetry. We exploit photothermal annealing to rapidly order and align block copolymer phases over macroscopic areas, combined with conversion of the self-assembled organic phase into inorganic replicas. Repeated photothermal processing independently aligns successive layers, providing full control of the size, symmetry and composition of the nanoscale unit cell. We construct a variety of symmetries, most of which are not natively formed by block copolymers, including squares, rhombuses, rectangles and triangles. In fact, we demonstrate all possible two-dimensional Bravais lattices. Finally, we elucidate the influence of nanostructure on the electrical and optical properties of nanomeshes. PMID:26100566

  17. Surface Engineering of Styrene/PEGylated-Fluoroalkyl Styrene Block Copolymer Thin Films

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    Martinelle, E.; Menghetti, S; Galli, G; Glisenti, A; Krishnan, S; Paik, M; Ober, C; Smilgies, D; Fischer, D

    2009-01-01

    A series of diblock copolymers prepared from styrenic monomers was synthesized using atom transfer radical polymerization. One block was derived from styrene, whereas the second block was prepared from a styrene modified with an amphiphilic PEGylated-fluoroalkyl side chain. The surface properties of the resulting polymer films were carefully characterized using dynamic contact angle, XPS, and NEXAFS measurements. The polymer morphology was investigated using atomic force microscope and GISAXS studies. The block copolymers possess surfaces dominated by the fluorinated unit in the dry state and a distinct phase separated microstructure in the thin film. The microstructure of these polymers is strongly influenced by the thin film structure in which it is investigated.

  18. Rapid self-assembly of block copolymers to photonic crystals

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    Xia, Yan; Sveinbjornsson, Benjamin R; Grubbs, Robert H; Weitekamp, Raymond; Miyake, Garret M; Atwater, Harry A; Piunova, Victoria; Daeffler, Christopher Scot; Hong, Sung Woo; Gu, Weiyin; Russell, Thomas P.

    2016-07-05

    The invention provides a class of copolymers having useful properties, including brush block copolymers, wedge-type block copolymers and hybrid wedge and polymer block copolymers. In an embodiment, for example, block copolymers of the invention incorporate chemically different blocks comprising polymer size chain groups and/or wedge groups that significantly inhibit chain entanglement, thereby enhancing molecular self-assembly processes for generating a range of supramolecular structures, such as periodic nanostructures and microstructures. The present invention also provides useful methods of making and using copolymers, including block copolymers.

  19. Controlled hydrophobic functionalization of natural fibers through self-assembly of amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles.

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    Aarne, Niko; Laine, Janne; Hänninen, Tuomas; Rantanen, Ville; Seitsonen, Jani; Ruokolainen, Janne; Kontturi, Eero

    2013-07-01

    The functionalization of natural fibers is an important task that has recently received considerable attention. We investigated the formation of a hydrophobic layer from amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles [polystyrene-block-poly(N-methyl-4-vinyl pyridinium iodide)] on natural fibers and on a model surface (mica). A series of micelles were prepared. The micelles were characterized by using cryoscopic TEM and light scattering, and their hydrophobization capability was studied through contact angle measurements, water adsorption, and Raman imaging. Mild heat treatment (130 °C) was used to increase the hydrophobization capability of the micelles. The results showed that the micelles could not hydrophobize a model surface, but could render the natural fibers water repellent both with and without heat treatment. This effect was systematically studied by varying the composition of the constituent blocks. The results showed that the micelle size (and the molecular weight of the constituent diblock copolymers) was the most important parameter, whereas the cationic (hydrophilic) part played only a minor role. We hypothesized that the hydrophobization effect could be attributed to a combination of the micelle size and the shrinkage of the natural fibers upon drying. The shrinking caused the roughness to increase on the fiber surface, which resulted in a rearrangement of the self- assembled layer in the wet state. Consequently, the fibers became hydrophobic through the roughness effects at multiple length scales. Mild heat treatment melted the micelle core and decreased the minimum size necessary for hydrophobization. PMID:23687082

  20. Micelle assembly. Multidimensional hierarchical self-assembly of amphiphilic cylindrical block comicelles.

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    Qiu, Huibin; Hudson, Zachary M; Winnik, Mitchell A; Manners, Ian

    2015-03-20

    Self-assembly of molecular and block copolymer amphiphiles represents a well-established route to micelles with a wide variety of shapes and gel-like phases. We demonstrate an analogous process, but on a longer length scale, in which amphiphilic P-H-P and H-P-H cylindrical triblock comicelles with hydrophobic (H) or polar (P) segments that are monodisperse in length are able to self-assemble side by side or end to end in nonsolvents for the central or terminal segments, respectively. This allows the formation of cylindrical supermicelles and one-dimensional (1D) or 3D superstructures that persist in both solution and the solid state. These assemblies possess multiple levels of structural hierarchy in combination with existence on a multimicrometer-length scale, features that are generally only found in natural materials. PMID:25792323

  1. Asymmetrical Self-assembly From Fluorinated and Sulfonated Block Copolymers in Aqueous Media

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    Wang, Xiaojun; Hong, Kunlun; Baskaran, Durairaj; Goswami, Monojoy; Sumpter, Bobby G; Mays, Jimmy

    2011-01-01

    Block copolymers of fluorinated isoprene and partially sulfonated styrene form novel tapered rods and ribbon-like micelles in aqueous media due to a distribution of sulfonation sites and a large Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. A combination of microscopy, light scattering, and simulation demonstrates the presence of these unique nanostructures. This study sheds light on the micellization behavior of amphiphilic block polymers by revealing a new mechanism of self-assembly.

  2. Mixing thermodynamics of block-random copolymers

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    Beckingham, Bryan Scott

    Random copolymerization of A and B monomers represents a versatile method to tune interaction strengths between polymers, as ArB random copolymers will exhibit a smaller effective Flory interaction parameter chi; (or interaction energy density X) upon mixing with A or B homopolymers than upon mixing A and B homopolymers with each other, and the ArB composition can be tuned continuously. Thus, the incorporation of a random copolymer block into the classical block copolymer architecture to yield "block-random" copolymers introduces an additional tuning mechanism for the control of structure-property relationships, as the interblock interactions and physical properties can be tuned continuously through the random block's composition. However, typical living or controlled polymerizations produce compositional gradients along the "random" block, which can in turn influence the phase behavior. This dissertation demonstrates a method by which narrow-distribution copolymers of styrene and isoprene of any desired composition, with no measurable down-chain gradient, are synthesized. This synthetic method is then utilized to incorporate random copolymers of styrene and isoprene as blocks into block-random copolymers in order to examine the resulting interblock mixing thermodynamics. A series of well-defined near-symmetric block and block-random copolymers (S-I, Bd-S, I-SrI, S-SrI and Bd-S rI diblocks, where S is polystyrene, I is polyisoprene and Bd is polybutadiene), with varying molecular weight and random-block composition are synthesized and the mixing thermodynamics---via comparison of their interaction energy densities, X---of their hydrogenated derivatives is examined through measurement of the order-disorder transition (ODT) temperature. Hydrogenated derivatives of I-SrI and S-SrI block-random copolymers, both wherein the styrene aromaticity is retained and derivatives wherein the styrene units are saturated to vinylcyclohexane (VCH), are found to hew closely to the

  3. Fabrication of platinum nanoparticles in aqueous solution and solid phase using amphiphilic PB-b-PEO copolymer nanoreactors

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    Hoda, Numan; Budama, Leyla; Çakır, Burçin Acar; Topel, Önder; Ozisik, Rahmi

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: TEM image of Pt nanoparticles produced by reducing by NaBH{sub 4} within PB-b-PEO micelles in aqueous media (scale bar 1 nm). - Highlights: • Pt nanoparticles were synthesized within amphiphilic diblock copolymer micelles. • The effects of reducing agents and precursor dose on Pt np size were investigated. • The effect on fabrication of Pt np by reducing in aqueous and solid phases was compared. • The size of nanoparticles was about 1.4 nm for all doses and reducing agents types. - Abstract: Fabrication of Pt nanoparticles using an amphiphilic copolymer template in aqueous solution was achieved via polybutadiene-block-polyethyleneoxide copolymer micelles, which acted as nanoreactors. In addition, Pt nanoparticles were synthesized using hydrogen gas as the reducing agent in solid state for the first time to compare against solution synthesis. The influences of loaded precursor salt amount to micelles and the type of reducing agent on the size of nanoparticles were investigated through transmission electron microscopy. It was found that increasing the ratio of precursor salt to copolymer and using different type of reducing agent, even in solid phase reduction, did not affect the nanoparticle size. The average size of Pt nanoparticles was estimated to be 1.4 ± 0.1 nm. The reason for getting same sized nanoparticles was discussed in the light of nucleation, growth process, stabilization and diffusion of nanoparticles within micelles.

  4. An amphiphilic graft copolymer-based nanoparticle platform for reduction-responsive anticancer and antimalarial drug delivery

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    Najer, Adrian; Wu, Dalin; Nussbaumer, Martin G.; Schwertz, Geoffrey; Schwab, Anatol; Witschel, Matthias C.; Schäfer, Anja; Diederich, François; Rottmann, Matthias; Palivan, Cornelia G.; Beck, Hans-Peter; Meier, Wolfgang

    2016-08-01

    Medical applications of anticancer and antimalarial drugs often suffer from low aqueous solubility, high systemic toxicity, and metabolic instability. Smart nanocarrier-based drug delivery systems provide means of solving these problems at once. Herein, we present such a smart nanoparticle platform based on self-assembled, reduction-responsive amphiphilic graft copolymers, which were successfully synthesized through thiol-disulfide exchange reaction between thiolated hydrophilic block and pyridyl disulfide functionalized hydrophobic block. These amphiphilic graft copolymers self-assembled into nanoparticles with mean diameters of about 30-50 nm and readily incorporated hydrophobic guest molecules. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) was used to study nanoparticle stability and triggered release of a model compound in detail. Long-term colloidal stability and model compound retention within the nanoparticles was found when analyzed in cell media at body temperature. In contrast, rapid, complete reduction-triggered disassembly and model compound release was achieved within a physiological reducing environment. The synthesized copolymers revealed no intrinsic cellular toxicity up to 1 mg mL-1. Drug-loaded reduction-sensitive nanoparticles delivered a hydrophobic model anticancer drug (doxorubicin, DOX) to cancer cells (HeLa cells) and an experimental, metabolically unstable antimalarial drug (the serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) inhibitor (+/-)-1) to Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells (iRBCs), with higher efficacy compared to similar, non-sensitive drug-loaded nanoparticles. These responsive copolymer-based nanoparticles represent a promising candidate as smart nanocarrier platform for various drugs to be applied to different diseases, due to the biocompatibility and biodegradability of the hydrophobic block, and the protein-repellent hydrophilic block.Medical applications of anticancer and antimalarial drugs often suffer from low aqueous

  5. DNA block copolymers: functional materials for nanoscience and biomedicine.

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    Schnitzler, Tobias; Herrmann, Andreas

    2012-09-18

    We live in a world full of synthetic materials, and the development of new technologies builds on the design and synthesis of new chemical structures, such as polymers. Synthetic macromolecules have changed the world and currently play a major role in all aspects of daily life. Due to their tailorable properties, these materials have fueled the invention of new techniques and goods, from the yogurt cup to the car seat belts. To fulfill the requirements of modern life, polymers and their composites have become increasingly complex. One strategy for altering polymer properties is to combine different polymer segments within one polymer, known as block copolymers. The microphase separation of the individual polymer components and the resulting formation of well defined nanosized domains provide a broad range of new materials with various properties. Block copolymers facilitated the development of innovative concepts in the fields of drug delivery, nanomedicine, organic electronics, and nanoscience. Block copolymers consist exclusively of organic polymers, but researchers are increasingly interested in materials that combine synthetic materials and biomacromolecules. Although many researchers have explored the combination of proteins with organic polymers, far fewer investigations have explored nucleic acid/polymer hybrids, known as DNA block copolymers (DBCs). DNA as a polymer block provides several advantages over other biopolymers. The availability of automated synthesis offers DNA segments with nucleotide precision, which facilitates the fabrication of hybrid materials with monodisperse biopolymer blocks. The directed functionalization of modified single-stranded DNA by Watson-Crick base-pairing is another key feature of DNA block copolymers. Furthermore, the appropriate selection of DNA sequence and organic polymer gives control over the material properties and their self-assembly into supramolecular structures. The introduction of a hydrophobic polymer into DBCs

  6. Micellization of pH-responsive Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers in Aqueous Media and the Formation of Metal Nanocrystals

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    Anastasiadis, Spiros H.

    2005-03-01

    External-stimuli responsive block copolymers, usually known as double-hydrophilic copolymers, respond to changes in their environment such as pH, temperature and salt concentration and undergo micellization in aqueous media. Micellization induced by controlling the solution pH is advantageous for certain applications in particular when fully hydrophobic cores are required. A category of such systems comprise a pH-sensitive (weak) basic or acidic block that forms the micelle core surrounded by a corona formed by a neutral hydrophilic block. In this work we investigate the micellization behavior and the metal-nanoparticle formation in poly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(hexa(ethylene glycol) methacrylate), PDEAEMA-b-PHEGMA, amphiphilic block copolymers in aqueous media. The hydrophobic PDEAEMA block is pH-sensitive: at low pH it can be protonated and it becomes partially or completely hydrophilic, leading to molecular solubility, whereas at higher pH micelles are formed; the behavior is studied by dynamic light scattering, 1H-NMR and atomic force microscopy. The micelles consist of a PDEAEMA core and a PHEGMA corona, where the core can dissolve metal compounds due to coordination. In all these micellar nanoreactors, metal nanoparticles nucleate and grow upon reduction with sizes in the range of a few nanometers as observed by transmission electron microscopy whereas X-ray diffraction verifies their nanocrystalline structure. These particles exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic properties for hydrogenation and oxidation reactions.

  7. Flow-directed block copolymer micelle morphologies via microfluidic self-assembly.

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    Wang, Chih-Wei; Sinton, David; Moffitt, Matthew G

    2011-11-23

    The self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers in a gas-liquid microfluidic reactor produces variable, flow-directed micellar morphologies entirely different from off-chip equilibrium structures. A polystyrene-block-poly(acrylic acid) copolymer, which forms exclusively spheres off-chip, generates kinetic cylinders, Y-junctions, bilayers, and networks by a mechanism of collision-coalescence enabled by strong and localized on-chip shear fields. Variation in the size and relative amount of flow-directed nanostructures is achieved by changing the water content and flow rate. These results demonstrate on-chip processing routes to specific functional colloidal nanostructures. PMID:21992654

  8. An amphiphilic graft copolymer-based nanoparticle platform for reduction-responsive anticancer and antimalarial drug delivery.

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    Najer, Adrian; Wu, Dalin; Nussbaumer, Martin G; Schwertz, Geoffrey; Schwab, Anatol; Witschel, Matthias C; Schäfer, Anja; Diederich, François; Rottmann, Matthias; Palivan, Cornelia G; Beck, Hans-Peter; Meier, Wolfgang

    2016-08-21

    Medical applications of anticancer and antimalarial drugs often suffer from low aqueous solubility, high systemic toxicity, and metabolic instability. Smart nanocarrier-based drug delivery systems provide means of solving these problems at once. Herein, we present such a smart nanoparticle platform based on self-assembled, reduction-responsive amphiphilic graft copolymers, which were successfully synthesized through thiol-disulfide exchange reaction between thiolated hydrophilic block and pyridyl disulfide functionalized hydrophobic block. These amphiphilic graft copolymers self-assembled into nanoparticles with mean diameters of about 30-50 nm and readily incorporated hydrophobic guest molecules. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) was used to study nanoparticle stability and triggered release of a model compound in detail. Long-term colloidal stability and model compound retention within the nanoparticles was found when analyzed in cell media at body temperature. In contrast, rapid, complete reduction-triggered disassembly and model compound release was achieved within a physiological reducing environment. The synthesized copolymers revealed no intrinsic cellular toxicity up to 1 mg mL(-1). Drug-loaded reduction-sensitive nanoparticles delivered a hydrophobic model anticancer drug (doxorubicin, DOX) to cancer cells (HeLa cells) and an experimental, metabolically unstable antimalarial drug (the serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) inhibitor (±)-1) to Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells (iRBCs), with higher efficacy compared to similar, non-sensitive drug-loaded nanoparticles. These responsive copolymer-based nanoparticles represent a promising candidate as smart nanocarrier platform for various drugs to be applied to different diseases, due to the biocompatibility and biodegradability of the hydrophobic block, and the protein-repellent hydrophilic block. PMID:27452350

  9. Substrate tolerant direct block copolymer nanolithography.

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    Li, Tao; Wang, Zhongli; Schulte, Lars; Ndoni, Sokol

    2016-01-01

    Block copolymer (BC) self-assembly constitutes a powerful platform for nanolithography. However, there is a need for a general approach to BC lithography that critically considers all the steps from substrate preparation to the final pattern transfer. We present a procedure that significantly simplifies the main stream BC lithography process, showing a broad substrate tolerance and allowing for efficient pattern transfer over wafer scale. PDMS-rich poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (PS-b-PDMS) copolymers are directly applied on substrates including polymers, silicon and graphene. A single oxygen plasma treatment enables formation of the oxidized PDMS hard mask, PS block removal and polymer or graphene substrate patterning. PMID:26606904

  10. 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.

  11. Thermodynamic Interactions in Organometallic Block Copolymers

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    Pople, John A

    2002-08-06

    The thermodynamic interactions in anionically synthesized poly(styrene-block-ferrocenyldimethylsilane) (SF) copolymers were examined using birefringence, small angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS and SANS). We show that birefringence detection of the order-disorder transition is possible in colored samples provided the wavelength of the incident beam is in the tail of the absorption spectrum. The location of the order-disorder transition was confirmed by SAXS. The temperature-dependence of the Flory-Huggins parameter, {chi}, of SF copolymers, determined by SAXS, is similar in magnitude to that between polystyrene and polyisoprene chains. We find that {chi} is independent of block copolymer composition (within experimental error). We also demonstrate that the neutron scattering length densities of styrene and ferrocenyldimethylsilane moieties are identical due to a surprising cancellation of factors related to density and atomic composition.

  12. Block and Graft Copolymers of Polyhydroxyalkanoates

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    Marchessault, Robert H.; Ravenelle, François; Kawada, Jumpei

    2004-03-01

    Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) were modified for diblock copolymer and graft polymer by catalyzed transesterification in the melt and by chemical synthesis to extend the side chains of the PHAs, and the polymers were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Catalyzed transesterification in the melt is used to produce diblock copolymers of poly[3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB) and monomethoxy poly[ethylene glycol] (mPEG) in a one-step process. The resulting diblock copolymers are amphiphilic and self-assemble into sterically stabilized colloidal suspensions of PHB crystalline lamellae. Graft polymer was synthesized in a two-step chemical synthesis from biosynthesized poly[3-hydroxyoctanoate-co-3-hydroxyundecenoate] (PHOU) containing ca. 25 mol chains. 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid reacts with the side chain alkenes of PHOU by the radical addition creating thioether linkage with terminal carboxyl functionalities. The latter groups were subsequently transformed into the amide or ester linkage by tridecylamine or octadecanol, respectively, producing new graft polymers. The polymers have different physical properties than poly[3-hydroxyoctanoate] (PHO) which is the main component of the PHOU, such as non-stickiness and higher thermal stability. The combination of biosynthesis and chemical synthesis produces a hybrid thermoplastic elastomer with partial biodegradability.

  13. Transport of Water in Semicrystalline Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Hallinan, Daniel; Oparaji, Onyekachi

    Poly(styrene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS- b-PEO) is a semicrystalline block copolymer (BCP) with interesting properties. It is mechanically tough, amphiphilic, and has a polar phase. The mechanical toughness is due to the crystallinity of PEO and the high glass transition temperature of PS, as well as the morphological structure of the BCP. The polymer has high CO2, water, and salt solubility that derive from the polar PEO component. Potential applications include CO2 separation, water purification, and lithium air batteries. In all of the aforementioned applications, water transport is an important parameter. The presence of water can also affect thermal and mechanical properties. Water transport and thermal and mechanical properties of a lamellar PS- b-PEO copolymer have been measured as a function of water activity. Water transport can be affected by the heterogeneous nature of a semicrystalline BCP. Therefore, Fourier transform infrared - attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) spectroscopy has been employed, because water transport and polymer swelling can be measured simultaneously. The effect of BCP structure on transport has been investigated by comparing water transport in PS- b-PEO to a PEO homopolymer. The crystalline content of the PEO and the presence of glassy PS lamellae will be used to explain the transport results.

  14. Molecular transfer printing using block copolymers.

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    Ji, Shengxiang; Liu, Chi-Chun; Liu, Guoliang; Nealey, Paul F

    2010-02-23

    Soft lithographic techniques augment or enhance the capabilities of traditional patterning processes and expand the diversity of materials that can be patterned. Realization of robust parallel techniques for creating chemical patterns at the nanoscale has been challenging. Here we present a method for creating and replicating chemical patterns that uses functionalized homopolymer inks that are preferentially segregated into the nanodomains of phase-separated diblock copolymer films. The inks are transferred by reaction to substrates that are brought into contact with block copolymer films, creating chemical patterns on the substrate that mirror the domain structure present at the film surface with high fidelity and resolution. In addition to printing from self-assembled domain structures, we can also direct the assembly of the block copolymer films from which transfer occurs using lithographically defined masters so as to replicate and transfer patterns of inks with controlled and well-defined geometries. The transferred patterns may be at higher resolution than the lithographically defined master, and the process can be repeated to create multiple copies of identical replicas. Transfer of one ink from one block of the copolymer is also possible, and filling the interspatial regions of the pattern with a second ink provides a pathway toward creating patterns with diverse chemical functionalities. PMID:20041629

  15. Rapid ordering of block copolymer thin films.

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    Majewski, Pawel W; Yager, Kevin G

    2016-10-12

    Block-copolymers self-assemble into diverse morphologies, where nanoscale order can be finely tuned via block architecture and processing conditions. However, the ultimate usage of these materials in real-world applications may be hampered by the extremely long thermal annealing times-hours or days-required to achieve good order. Here, we provide an overview of the fundamentals of block-copolymer self-assembly kinetics, and review the techniques that have been demonstrated to influence, and enhance, these ordering kinetics. We discuss the inherent tradeoffs between oven annealing, solvent annealing, microwave annealing, zone annealing, and other directed self-assembly methods; including an assessment of spatial and temporal characteristics. We also review both real-space and reciprocal-space analysis techniques for quantifying order in these systems. PMID:27537062

  16. Sulfonated Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers.

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    Meek, Kelly M; Elabd, Yossef A

    2016-07-01

    The successful synthesis of a new diblock copolymer, referred to as sulfonated polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) block copolymer, poly(SS-Li-b-AEBIm-TFSI), is reported, which contains both sulfonated blocks (sulfonated styrene: SS) and PIL blocks (1-[(2-acryloyloxy)ethyl]-3-butylimidazolium: AEBIm) with both mobile cations (lithium: Li(+) ) and mobile anions (bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide: TFSI(-) ). Synthesis consists of polymerization via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer, followed by post-functionalization reactions to covalently attach the imidazolium cations and sulfonic acid anions to their respective blocks, followed by ion exchange metathesis resulting in mobile Li(+) cations and mobile TFSI(-) anions. Solid-state films containing 1 m Li-TFSI salt dissolved in ionic liquid result in an ion conductivity of >1.5 mS cm(-1) at 70 °C, where small-angle X-ray scattering data indicate a weakly ordered microphase-separated morphology. These results demonstrate a new ion-conducting block copolymer containing both mobile cations and mobile anions. PMID:27125600

  17. Regulating block copolymer phases via selective homopolymers.

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    Yang, Shuang; Lei, Zhen; Hu, Nan; Chen, Er-Qiang; Shi, An-Chang

    2015-03-28

    The phase behavior of strongly segregated AB diblock copolymer and selective C homopolymer blends is examined theoretically using a combination of strong stretching theory (SST) and self-consistent field theory (SCFT). The C-homopolymer is immiscible with the B-blocks but strongly attractive with the A-blocks. The effect of homopolymer content on the order-order phase transitions is analyzed. It is observed that, for AB diblock copolymers with majority A-blocks, the addition of the C-homopolymers results in lamellar to cylindrical to spherical phase transitions because of the A/C complexation. For diblock copolymers with minor A-blocks, adding C-homopolymers leads to transitions from spherical or cylindrical morphology with A-rich core to lamellae to inverted cylindrical and spherical morphologies with B-rich core. The results from analytical SST and numerical SCFT are in good agreement within most regions of the phase diagram. But the deviation becomes more obvious when the composition of A-blocks is too small and the content of added C-homopolymers is large enough, where the SCFT predicts a narrow co-existence region between different ordered phases. Furthermore, it is found that the phase behavior of the system is insensitive to the molecular weight of C-homopolymer. PMID:25833605

  18. Regulating block copolymer phases via selective homopolymers

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    Yang, Shuang E-mail: eqchen@pku.edu.cn; Lei, Zhen; Hu, Nan; Chen, Er-Qiang E-mail: eqchen@pku.edu.cn; Shi, An-Chang

    2015-03-28

    The phase behavior of strongly segregated AB diblock copolymer and selective C homopolymer blends is examined theoretically using a combination of strong stretching theory (SST) and self-consistent field theory (SCFT). The C-homopolymer is immiscible with the B-blocks but strongly attractive with the A-blocks. The effect of homopolymer content on the order-order phase transitions is analyzed. It is observed that, for AB diblock copolymers with majority A-blocks, the addition of the C-homopolymers results in lamellar to cylindrical to spherical phase transitions because of the A/C complexation. For diblock copolymers with minor A-blocks, adding C-homopolymers leads to transitions from spherical or cylindrical morphology with A-rich core to lamellae to inverted cylindrical and spherical morphologies with B-rich core. The results from analytical SST and numerical SCFT are in good agreement within most regions of the phase diagram. But the deviation becomes more obvious when the composition of A-blocks is too small and the content of added C-homopolymers is large enough, where the SCFT predicts a narrow co-existence region between different ordered phases. Furthermore, it is found that the phase behavior of the system is insensitive to the molecular weight of C-homopolymer.

  19. Anti-Bioadhesive Coating Based on Easy to Make Pseudozwitterionic RAFT Block Copolymers for Blood-Contacting Applications.

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    Nehache, Sabrina; Yeh, Chin-Cheng; Semsarilar, Mona; Deratani, André; Chang, Yung; Quemener, Damien

    2016-01-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymer containing randomly distributed positive and negative charged monomers are synthesized using RAFT polymerization technique to be used as anti-bioadhesion coatings for hydrophobic surfaces. Quaternized 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate and potassium 3-sulfopropyl methacrylate (P[qDMAEMA-co-KSPMA]) are randomly polymerized to yield an anti-bioadhesion block which is, in one pot, copolymerized with styrene as an anchoring block. This copolymer has demonstrated high anti-bioadhesion properties to avoid the blood clotting in medical devices through a simple and facile approach to preparation of pseudozwitterionic copolymers. PMID:26222768

  20. Rod-Coil Block Polyimide Copolymers

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    Meador, Mary Ann B. (Inventor); Kinder, James D. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    This invention is a series of rod-coil block polyimide copolymers that are easy to fabricate into mechanically resilient films with acceptable ionic or protonic conductivity at a variety of temperatures. The copolymers consist of short-rigid polyimide rod segments alternating with polyether coil segments. The rods and coil segments can be linear, branched or mixtures of linear and branched segments. The highly incompatible rods and coil segments phase separate, providing nanoscale channels for ion conduction. The polyimide segments provide dimensional and mechanical stability and can be functionalized in a number of ways to provide specialized functions for a given application. These rod-coil black polyimide copolymers are particularly useful in the preparation of ion conductive membranes for use in the manufacture of fuel cells and lithium based polymer batteries.

  1. Effect of Ternary Solutes on the Evolution of Structure and Gel Formation in Amphiphilic Copolymer Solutions

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    Meznarich, Norman Anthony Kang

    Aqueous solutions of polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene-polyoxyethylene (PEO-PPO-PEO) amphiphilic triblock copolymers (commercially known as Pluronic surfactants) undergo reversible and temperature-dependent micellization and arrangement into cubic ordered lattices known as "micelle gels". The macroscopic behavior of the ordering is a transition from a liquid to a gel. While the phase behavior and gel structure of pure Pluronic surfactant solutions have been well studied, less is known about the effects of added ternary solutes. In this dissertation, a comprehensive investigation into the effects of the added pharmaceutical methylparaben on solutions of F127 ranging from 10 to 30 wt% was conducted in order to better understand the behavior of F127 in multicomponent pharmaceutical formulations. The viscoelastic properties of F127 gel formation were studied using rheometry, where heating rates of 0.1, 1, and 10 degrees C/min were also used to probe the kinetics of the gel transition. In solutions containing methylparaben, F127 gelation occurred at up to 15 degrees C lower temperatures and was accelerated by a factor of three to four. Small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) was used to characterize the structure of the ordered domains, and how they were affected by the presence of dissolved pharmaceuticals. It was found that ordered domain formation changed from heterogeneous nucleation and growth to possible homogeneous nucleation and growth. A roughly 2% reduction in the cubic lattice parameter was also observed for solutions containing methylparaben. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments were performed on a series of different Pluronic surfactants in order to characterize the micellization behavior as a function of PPO center block length and PEO/PPO ratio. Added methylparaben suppressed the micellization endotherm, the degree of suppression depending linearly on the amount of added methylparaben, as well as the length of the PPO center block and PEO

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Stimuli Responsive Block Copolymers, Self-Assembly Behavior and Applications

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    Michael Duane Determan

    2005-12-17

    The central theme of this thesis work is to develop new block copolymer materials for biomedical applications. While there are many reports of stimuli-responsive amphiphilic [19-21] and crosslinked hydrogel materials [22], the development of an in situ gel forming, pH responsive pentablock copolymer is a novel contribution to the field, Figure 1.1 is a sketch of an ABCBA pentablock copolymer. The A blocks are cationic tertiary amine methacrylates blocked to a central Pluronic F127 triblock copolymer. In addition to the prerequisite synthetic and macromolecular characterization of these new materials, the self-assembled supramolecular structures formed by the pentablock were experimentally evaluated. This synthesis and characterization process serves to elucidate the important structure property relationships of these novel materials, The pH and temperature responsive behavior of the pentablock copolymer were explored especially with consideration towards injectable drug delivery applications. Future synthesis work will focus on enhancing and tuning the cell specific targeting of DNA/pentablock copolymer polyplexes. The specific goals of this research are: (1) Develop a synthetic route for gel forming pentablock block copolymers with pH and temperature sensitive properties. Synthesis of these novel copolymers is accomplished with ATRP, yielding low polydispersity and control of the block copolymer architecture. Well defined macromolecular characteristics are required to tailor the phase behavior of these materials. (2) Characterize relationship between the size and shape of pentablock copolymer micelles and gel structure and the pH and temperature of the copolymer solutions with SAXS, SANS and CryoTEM. (3) Evaluate the temperature and pH induced phase separation and macroscopic self-assembly phenomenon of the pentablock copolymer. (4) Utilize the knowledge gained from first three goals to design and formulate drug delivery formulations based on the multi

  3. Synthesis of carboxylic block copolymers via reversible addition fragmentation transfer polymerization for tooth erosion prevention.

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    Lei, Y; Wang, T; Mitchell, J W; Qiu, J; Kilpatrick-Liverman, L

    2014-12-01

    Dental professionals are seeing a growing population of patients with visible signs of dental erosion. The approach currently being used to address the problem typically leverages the enamel protection benefits of fluoride. In this report, an alternative new block copolymer with a hydrophilic polyacrylic acid (PAA) block and a hydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block was developed to similarly reduce the mineral loss from enamel under acidic conditions. This series of PMMA-b-PAA block copolymers was synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Their structures were characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra. The molar fractions of acrylic acid (AA) in the final block copolymer were finely controlled from 0.25 to 0.94, and the molecular weight (Mn) of PMMA-b-PAA was controlled from 10 kDa to 90 kDa. The binding capability of the block copolymer with hydroxyapatite (HAP) was investigated by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. FTIR spectra confirmed that the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer could bind to HAP via bridging bidentate bonds. Both UV-Vis and FTIR spectra additionally indicated that a high polymer concentration and low solution pH favored the polymer binding to HAP. The erosion-preventing efficacy of the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer in inhibiting HAP mineral loss was quantitatively evaluated by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Based on the results, polymer treatment reduced the amount of calcium released by 27% to 30% in comparison with the unprotected samples. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations indicated that PMMA-b-PAA polymer treatment protected enamel from acid erosion. This new amphiphilic block copolymer has significant potential to be integrated into dentifrices or mouthrinses as an alternative non-fluoride ingredient to reduce tooth erosion. PMID:25248611

  4. Synthesis of Carboxylic Block Copolymers via Reversible Addition Fragmentation Transfer Polymerization for Tooth Erosion Prevention

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    Lei, Y.; Wang, T.; Mitchell, J.W.; Qiu, J.; Kilpatrick-Liverman, L.

    2014-01-01

    Dental professionals are seeing a growing population of patients with visible signs of dental erosion. The approach currently being used to address the problem typically leverages the enamel protection benefits of fluoride. In this report, an alternative new block copolymer with a hydrophilic polyacrylic acid (PAA) block and a hydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block was developed to similarly reduce the mineral loss from enamel under acidic conditions. This series of PMMA-b-PAA block copolymers was synthesized by reversible addition fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Their structures were characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra. The molar fractions of acrylic acid (AA) in the final block copolymer were finely controlled from 0.25 to 0.94, and the molecular weight (Mn) of PMMA-b-PAA was controlled from 10 kDa to 90 kDa. The binding capability of the block copolymer with hydroxyapatite (HAP) was investigated by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. FTIR spectra confirmed that the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer could bind to HAP via bridging bidentate bonds. Both UV-Vis and FTIR spectra additionally indicated that a high polymer concentration and low solution pH favored the polymer binding to HAP. The erosion-preventing efficacy of the PMMA-b-PAA block copolymer in inhibiting HAP mineral loss was quantitatively evaluated by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Based on the results, polymer treatment reduced the amount of calcium released by 27% to 30% in comparison with the unprotected samples. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations indicated that PMMA-b-PAA polymer treatment protected enamel from acid erosion. This new amphiphilic block copolymer has significant potential to be integrated into dentifrices or mouthrinses as an alternative non-fluoride ingredient to reduce tooth erosion. PMID:25248611

  5. Dynamics of Block Copolymer Nanocomposites

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    Mochrie, Simon G. J.

    2014-09-09

    A detailed study of the dynamics of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles suspended in polystyrene homopolymer matrices was carried out using X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy for temperatures between 120 and 180 °C. For low molecular weight polystyrene homopolymers, the observed dynamics show a crossover from diffusive to hyper-diffusive behavior with decreasing temperatures. For higher molecular weight polystyrene, the nanoparticle dynamics appear hyper-diffusive at all temperatures studied. The relaxation time and characteristic velocity determined from the measured hyper-diffusive dynamics reveal that the activation energy and underlying forces determined are on the order of 2.14 × 10-19 J and 87 pN, respectively. We also carried out a detailed X-ray scattering study of the static and dynamic behavior of a styrene– isoprene diblock copolymer melt with a styrene volume fraction of 0.3468. At 115 and 120 °C, we observe splitting of the principal Bragg peak, which we attribute to phase coexistence of hexagonal cylindrical and cubic double- gyroid structure. In the disordered phase, above 130 °C, we have characterized the dynamics of composition fluctuations via X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy. Near the peak of the static structure factor, these fluctuations show stretched-exponential relaxations, characterized by a stretching exponent of about 0.36 for a range of temperatures immediately above the MST. The corresponding characteristic relaxation times vary exponentially with temperature, changing by a factor of 2 for each 2 °C change in temperature. At low wavevectors, the measured relaxations are diffusive with relaxation times that change by a factor of 2 for each 8 °C change in temperature.

  6. Hierarchical porous polymer scaffolds from block copolymers.

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    Sai, Hiroaki; Tan, Kwan Wee; Hur, Kahyun; Asenath-Smith, Emily; Hovden, Robert; Jiang, Yi; Riccio, Mark; Muller, David A; Elser, Veit; Estroff, Lara A; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2013-08-01

    Hierarchical porous polymer materials are of increasing importance because of their potential application in catalysis, separation technology, or bioengineering. Examples for their synthesis exist, but there is a need for a facile yet versatile conceptual approach to such hierarchical scaffolds and quantitative characterization of their nonperiodic pore systems. Here, we introduce a synthesis method combining well-established concepts of macroscale spinodal decomposition and nanoscale block copolymer self-assembly with porosity formation on both length scales via rinsing with protic solvents. We used scanning electron microscopy, small-angle x-ray scattering, transmission electron tomography, and nanoscale x-ray computed tomography for quantitative pore-structure characterization. The method was demonstrated for AB- and ABC-type block copolymers, and resulting materials were used as scaffolds for calcite crystal growth. PMID:23908232

  7. Materials Design for Block Copolymer Lithography

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    Sweat, Daniel Patrick

    Block copolymers (BCPs) have attracted a great deal of scientific and technological interest due to their ability to spontaneously self-assemble into dense periodic nanostructures with a typical length scale of 5 to 50 nm. The use of self-assembled BCP thin-films as templates to form nanopatterns over large-area is referred to as BCP lithography. Directed self-assembly of BCPs is now viewed as a viable candidate for sub-20 nm lithography by the semiconductor industry. However, there are multiple aspects of assembly and materials design that need to be addressed in order for BCP lithography to be successful. These include substrate modification with polymer brushes or mats, tailoring of the block copolymer chemistry, understanding thin-film assembly and developing epitaxial like methods to control long range alignment. The rational design, synthesis and self-assembly of block copolymers with large interaction parameters (chi) is described in the first part of this dissertation. Two main blocks were chosen for introducing polarity into the BCP system, namely poly(4-hydroxystyrene) and poly(2-vinylpyridine). Each of these blocks are capable of ligating Lewis acids which can increase the etch contrast between the blocks allowing for facile pattern transfer to the underlying substrate. These BCPs were synthesized by living anionic polymerization and showed excellent control over molecular weight and dispersity, providing access to sub 5-nm domain sizes. Polymer brushes consist of a polymer chain with one end tethered to the surface and have wide applicability in tuning surface energy, forming responsive surfaces and increasing biocompatibility. In the second part of the dissertation, we present a universal method to grow dense polymer brushes on a wide range of substrates and combine this chemistry with BCP assembly to fabricate nanopatterned polymer brushes. This is the first demonstration of introducing additional functionality into a BCP directing layer and opens up

  8. Block copolymer nanolithography for the fabrication of patterned media.

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    Warke, Vishal V; Bakker, Martin G; Hong, Kunlun; Mays, Jimmy; Britt, Phillip F; Li, Xuefa; Wang, Jin

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Bit patterned perpendicular media has the potential to increase the density of magnetic recording beyond what can be achieved by granular media. Self assembling diblock copolymers are of interest as templates for patterned media, as they potentially provide a low cost fabrication route. A method to fabricate the desired pattern using cylinder forming diblock copolymers of (PS-b-PMMA) as template is reported. Upon phase separation hexagonally packed cylinders of the minority phase (PMMA) surrounded by the continuous majority phase (PS) are obtained. The processing sequence began with spin coating the block copolymer on a suitable substrate, followed by annealing the block copolymer thin film in vacuum to orient it perpendicular to the substrate. Block copolymer templates were obtained by glacial acetic acid treatment which opened the pores in the block copolymer thin film. Ni was electrodeposited in the block copolymer templates and this pattern was then transferred onto the underlying substrate by ion milling

  9. Instantaneous Directional Growth of Block Copolymer Nanowires During Heterogeneous Radical Polymerization (HRP).

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    Lu, Chunliang; Urban, Marek W

    2016-04-13

    Polymeric nanowires that consist of ultrahigh molecular weight block copolymers were instantaneously prepared via one-step surfactant-free heterogeneous radical polymerization (HRP). Under heterogeneous reaction and initiator-starvation conditions, the sequential copolymerization of hydrophilic and hydrophobic monomers facilitates the formation of amphiphilic ultrahigh molecular weight block copolymers, which instantaneously assemble to polymeric nanowires. As polymerization progresses, initially formed nanoparticles exhibit the directional growth due to localized repulsive forces of hydrophilic blocks and confinement of the hydrophobic blocks that adopt favorable high aspect ratio nanowire morphologies. Using one-step synthetic approach that requires only four ingredients (water as a solvent, two polymerizable monomers (one hydrophilic and one hydrophobic), and water-soluble initiator), block copolymer nanowires ∼70 nm in diameter and hundreds of microns in length are instantaneously grown. For example, when 2-(N,N-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and styrene (St) were copolymerized, high aspect ratio nanowires consist of ultrahigh (>10(6) g/mol) molecular weight pDMAEMA-b-St block copolymers and the presence of temperature responsive pDMAEMA blocks facilitates nanowire diameter changes as a function of temperature. These morphologies may serve as structural components of the higher order biological constructs at micro and larger length scales, ranging from single strand nanowires to engineered biomolecular networks capable of responding to diverse and transient environmental signals, and capable of dimensional changes triggered by external stimuli. PMID:27002238

  10. 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.

  11. Ultrasound responsive block copolymer micelle of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(propylene glycol) obtained through click reaction.

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    Li, Fayong; Xie, Chuan; Cheng, Zhengang; Xia, Hesheng

    2016-05-01

    The well-defined amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol) copolymer containing 1, 2, 3-triazole moiety and multiple ester bonds (PEG-click-PPG) was prepared by click reaction strategy. The PEG-click-PPG copolymer can self-assemble into spherical micelles in aqueous solution. It is found that high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can open the copolymer PEG-click-PPG micelles and trigger the release of the payload in the micelle. The multiple ester bonds introduced in the junction point of the copolymer chain through click reactions were cleaved under HIFU, and leads to the disruption of the copolymer micelle and fast release of loaded cargo. The click reaction provides a convenient way to construct ultrasound responsive copolymer micelles with weak bonds. PMID:26703197

  12. Functional Thin Films from Aligned Block Copolymers and Blends

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    Vogt, Bryan; Qiang, Zhe; Cavicchi, Kevin

    Block copolymer (BCP) self-assembly provides a simple, cost effective route to fabricating nanoscale patterns. Here we describe how we can modulate the alignment/orientation of BCP films using a modified solvent vapor anealing (SVA) method where the BCP is covered with an elastomer during SVA and controlled deswelling of the elastomer macroscopically produces a shear force that aligns the BCP domains. By proper selection of the BCP or BCP + functional precursors, functional nanopatterns can be obtained. Thin films of cylindrical forming polystyrene-block-polydimethylsiloxane (PS-b-PDMS) are shear aligned. High temperature calcination converts the PDMS to silica and removes the PS to yield the silica nanolines. The spacing of these features is effectively halved by the use of bilayer films. Sequential shear-alignment of two distinct layers can generate arbitrary line based nanostructured features such as a rhombic array, but the size of the features is defined by the BCP. Oligomeric phenolic resin can effectively modulate the size and morphology of amphiphilic BCPs even at high loadings (>70 wt

  13. Oriented Protein Nanoarrays on Block Copolymer Template.

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    Shen, Lei; Zhu, Jintao

    2016-03-01

    Here, a simple yet robust method is developed to fabricate oriented protein nanoarrays by employing a block copolymer (BCP) template, which presents nano-scaled spot areas at high-density arrays. Unlike the conventional BCP nanolithography, the BCP platform described here resists nonspecific protein adsorption and prevents the denaturation of immobilized proteins in aqueous solution. The orderly arranged array areas are functionalized by linking chemistry which allows for the precise control of protein orientation. This approach allows us to generate potentially oriented protein nanoarrays at high-density array spots, which is useful for miniaturized nanoarrays within high-throughput proteomic applications. PMID:26785818

  14. Tunable Morphologies from Charged Block Copolymers

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    Goswami, Monojoy; Sumpter, Bobby G; Mays, Jimmy; Messman, Jamie M

    2010-01-01

    The bulk morphologies formed by a new class of charged block copolymers, 75 vol % fluorinated polyisoprene (FPI) 25 vol% sulfonated polystyrene (PSS) with 50% sulfonation, are characterized, and the fundamental underlying forces that promote the self-assembly processes are elucidated. The results show how the bulk morphologies are substantially different from their uncharged diblock counterparts (PS-PI) and also how morphology can be tuned with volume fraction of the charged block and the casting solvent. A physical understanding based on the underlying strong electrostatic interactions between the charged block and counterions is obtained using Monte Carlo (MC) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. The 75/25 FPI-PSS shows hexagonal morphologies with the minority blocks (PSS) forming the continuous phase due to charge percolation and the FPI blocks arranged in hexagonal cylinders. Some long-range order can be sustained even if lipophobicity is increased (addition of water), albeit with lower dimensional structures. However, thermal annealing provides sufficient energy to disrupt the percolated charges and promotes aggregation of ionic sites which leads to a disordered system. Diverse and atypical morphologies are readily accessible by simply changing the number distribution of the charges on PSS block.

  15. 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

  16. Versatile antifouling polyethersulfone filtration membranes modified via surface grafting of zwitterionic polymers from a reactive amphiphilic copolymer additive.

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    Zhao, Yi-Fan; Zhang, Pei-Bin; Sun, Jian; Liu, Cui-Jing; Yi, Zhuan; Zhu, Li-Ping; Xu, You-Yi

    2015-06-15

    Here we describe the development of versatile antifouling polyethersulfone (PES) filtration membranes modified via surface grafting of zwitterionic polymers from a reactive amphiphilic copolymer additive. Amphiphilic polyethersulfone-block-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PES-b-PHEMA) was beforehand designed and used as the blending additive of PES membranes prepared by phase inversion technique. The surface enriched PHEMA blocks on membrane surface acted as an anchor to immobilize the initiating site. Poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA) were subsequently grafted onto the PES blend membranes by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). The analysis of surface chemistry confirmed the successful grafting of zwitterionic PSBMA brushes on PES membrane surface. The resulted PES-g-PSBMA membranes were capable of separating proteins from protein solution and oil from oil/water emulsion efficiently. Furthermore, the modified membranes showed high hydrophilicity and strongly antifouling properties due to the incorporation of well-defined PSBMA layer. In addition, the PES-g-PSBMA membranes exhibited excellent blood compatibility and durability during the washing process. The developed antifouling PES membranes are versatile and can find their applications in protein filtration, blood purification and oil/water separation, etc. PMID:25752579

  17. 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

  18. Log-rolling block copolymers cylinders

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    Kim, So Youn; Kim, Ye Chan; Kim, Dong Hyup; Kwon, Na Kyung; Register, Richard A.

    Shear has been the most effective method to create long range order of micro- or nano- structures in soft materials. When shear is applied, soft particles or polymers tend to align along the shear direction to minimize the viscous dissipation, thus transverse (so-called ``log-rolling'') alignment is unfavored. In this study, for the first time we report the transverse alignment of cylinder-forming block copolymers. Poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate), PS-PMMA, can form a metastable hemicylinder structure when confined in a thin film, and this hemicylinder structure can align either along the shear direction, or transverse to the shear direction (``log-rolling''), depending on the shearing temperature. This unusual ``log-rolling'' behavior is explained by the different chain mobility of the two blocks in PS-PMMA; the rigidity of core cylinder is the critical parameter determining the direction of shear alignment.

  19. Controlling Structure in Sulfonated Block Copolymer Membranes

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    Truong, Phuc; Stein, Gila; Strzalka, Joe

    2015-03-01

    In many ionic block copolymer systems, the strong incompatibility between ionic and non-ionic segments will trap non-equilibrium structures in the film, making it difficult to engineer the optimal domain sizes and transport pathways. The goal of this work is to establish a framework for controlling the solid-state structure of sulfonated pentablock copolymer membranes. They have ABCBA block sequence, where A is poly(t-butyl styrene), B is poly(hydrogenated isoprene), and C is poly(styrene sulfonate). To process into films, the polymer is dissolved in toluene/n-propanol solvent mixtures, where the solvent proportions and the polymer loading were both varied. Solution-state structure was measured with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). We detected micelles with radii that depend on the solvent composition and polymer loading. Film structure was measured with grazing-incidence SAXS, which shows (i) domain periodicity is constant throughout film thickness; (ii) domain periodicity depends on solvent composition and polymer loading, and approximately matches the micelle radii in solutions. The solid-state packing is consistent with a hard sphere structure factor. Results suggest that solid-state structure can be tuned by manipulating the solution-state self-assembly.

  20. Protein Modification with Amphiphilic Block Copoly(2-oxazoline)s as a New Platform for Enhanced Cellular Delivery

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    Tong, Jing; Luxenhofer, Robert; Yi, Xiang; Jordan, Rainer; Kabanov, Alexander V.

    2011-01-01

    Several homo-, random and block copolymers based on poly(2-oxazoline)s (POx) were synthesized and conjugated to horseradish peroxidase (HRP) using biodegradable and non-biodegradable linkers. These conjugates were characterized by amino group titration, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), isoelectric focusing, enzymatic activity assay and conformation analysis. The conjugates contained on average from about one to two polymer chains per enzyme. From 70% to 90% of enzymatic activity was retained in most cases. Circular dichroism (CD) analysis revealed that HRP modification affected the secondary structure of the apoprotein but did not affect the tertiary structure and heme environment. Enhanced cellular uptake was found in the conjugates of two block copolymers using both MDCK cells and Caco-2 cells, but not in the conjugates of random copolymer and homopolymer. Conjugation with a block copolymer of 2-methyl-2-oxazoline and 2-butyl-2-oxazoline led to the highest cellular uptake as compared to other conjugates. Our data indicates that modification with amphiphilic POx has the potential to modulate and enhance cellular delivery of proteins. PMID:20550191

  1. Pattern formation and phase behavior in PS-B-Si containing block copolymer thin film

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    Hsieh, I.-Fan

    incompatibility of silicon-containing polymers with other organic polymers is favorable for patterns with small domains sizes, large correlation lengths, and low interfacial roughness. In PS-b-PDMS system, a solvent-induced spherical structure was obtained and stabilized by preparing both the bulk and thin film from propylene glycol methyl ether acetate (PGMEA) solvent. Unlike other block copolymer thin film systems, this solvent induced spherical structure possesses very high meta-stability and can be stabilized during thermal annealing up to 200 °C. This unusual high meta-stability can be attributed to the large chi value between PS and PDMS blocks thus result in a high energy barrier for morphology transition. In the contrast, a unique structure evolution route was observed during solvent treatments. Another approach to address the issues is utilizing the self-assembly of a class of shape amphiphiles. Shape amphiphiles refer to a class of asymmetric nano-entities molecules possessing amphiphilic features based on differences in the shape of the molecular segments. Shape amphiphiles are capable of self-assembling into hierarchical structures that can cover the feature sizes of sub-10 nm, which is relatively hard to achieve by traditional coil-coil block copolymer system. A series of PS-tethered hydrophilic POSS thin films with different PS molecular weight were studied here and an interesting result was found in PS-POSS thin film system with cylindrical phase. GISAXS experiments proved that a special metastable phase with compressed packed symmetry was found in PS-POSS thin film system with parallel cylinder morphology after solvent annealing process, and this metastable phase was found in both PS-APOSS and PS-DPOSS thin film system regardless of the film thickness and solvent properties used during annealing. The phase behavior of coil-coil block-copolymers is thermodynamically controlled by the conformational entropies of two blocks and the interfacial energy. On the

  2. Brain delivery of proteins via their fatty acid and block copolymer modifications

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    Yi, Xiang; Kabanov, Alexander V.

    2014-01-01

    It is well known that hydrophobic small molecules penetrate cell membranes better than hydrophilic molecules. Amphiphilic molecules that dissolve both in lipid and aqueous phases are best suited for membrane transport. Transport of biomacromolecules across physiological barriers, e.g. the blood-brain barrier, is greatly complicated by the unique structure and function of such barriers. Two decades ago we adopted a simple philosophy that to increase protein delivery to the brain one needs to modify this protein with hydrophobic moieties. With this general idea we began modifying proteins (antibodies, enzymes, hormones, etc.) with either hydrophobic fatty acid residues or amphiphilic block copolymer moieties, such as poy(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (pluronics or poloxamers) and more recently, poly(2-oxasolines). This simple approach has resulted in impressive successes in CNS drug delivery. We present a retrospective overview of these works initiated in the Soviet Union in 1980s, and then continued in the United States and other countries. Notably some of the early findings were later corroborated by brain pharmacokinetic data. Industrial development of several drug candidates employing these strategies has followed. Overall modification by hydrophobic fatty acids residues or amphiphilic block copolymers represents a promising and relatively safe strategy to deliver proteins to the brain. PMID:24160902

  3. Theory of Chirality Transfer in Block Copolymer Melts

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    Prasad, Ishan; Grason, Gregory

    Block copolymers assemble into a rich spectrum of ordered phases, with complexity driven by asymmetry in copolymer architecture. Despite decades of study, influence of intrinsic chirality on equilibrium mesophase assembly of block copolymers is not well understood and largely unexplored. Self-consistent field theory has been largely instrumental in prediction of physical properties of polymeric systems. Recently, a polar orientational self-consistent field (oSCF) theory was adopted to model chiral block copolymers having a thermodynamic preference for cholesteric ordering in chiral segments, and which confirmed the equilibrium stability of a helical cylinder morphology observed for chiral diblocks. Here, I describe a newly developed oSCF theory for chiral nematic copolymers, where segment orientations are characterized by quadrupolar interactions, and focus our study on intra-domain nematic ordering in flexible block copolymer assemblies, and in particular, mechanisms of transfer of segment chirality to mesochiral symmetries of self-assembled bicontinuous network morphologies.

  4. pH-induced vesicle-to-micelle transition in amphiphilic diblock copolymer: investigation by energy transfer between in situ formed polymer embedded gold nanoparticles and fluorescent dye.

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    Maiti, Chiranjit; Banerjee, Rakesh; Maiti, Saikat; Dhara, Dibakar

    2015-01-01

    The ability to regulate the formation of nanostructures through self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers is of immense significance in the field of biology and medicine. In this work, a new block copolymer synthesized by using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique from poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether acrylate (PEGMA) and Boc-l-tryptophan acryloyloxyethyl ester (Boc-l-trp-HEA) was found to spontaneously form pH-responsive water-soluble nanostructures after removal of the Boc group. While polymer vesicles or polymerosomes were formed at physiological pH, the micelles were formed at acidic pH (< 5.2), and this facilitated a pH-induced reversible vesicle-to-micelle transition. Formation of these nanostructures was confirmed by different characterization techniques, viz. transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and steady-state fluorescence measurements. Further, these vesicles were successfully utilized to reduce HAuCl4 and stabilize the resulting gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). These AuNPs, confined within the hydrophobic shell of the vesicles, could participate in energy transfer process with fluorescent dye molecules encapsulated in the core of the vesicles, thus forming a nanometal surface energy transfer (NSET) pair. Subsequently, following the efficiency of energy transfer between this pair, it was possible to monitor the process of transition from vesicles to micelles. Thus, in this work, we have successfully demonstrated that NSET can be used to follow the transition between nanostructures formed by amphiphilic block copolymers. PMID:25494810

  5. Micelles, Lamellaes and Connected Bilayer Membranes in Block Copolymer Melts, Blends and Solutions

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    Mortensen, Kell

    1997-03-01

    Block copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide), PEO, and poly(propylene oxide), PPO, provide a unique model system for studies of aqueous systems of amphilic macromolecules, as the amphiphilic character can be changed continuously by changing temperature(K Mortensen, W Brown, B. Nordén , Phys. Rev. Letters 13 2340 (1992)) or pressure(K Mortensen, D Schwahn S Janssen Phys. Rev. Letters 71 1728 (1993)). The structural characteristics of aqueous solutions of the PEO-PPO-PEO copolymers and their self-associated assemblies are reviewed(K Mortensen, J. Phys. Cond. Matter 8 A103 (1996)). It is shown by small-angle neutron scattering that at low temperatures and/or concentration the individual copolymers exist in solution as individual unimers. Depending on molecular design, i.e. size of the individual blocks, various aggregates are formed, including spherical, worm-like and disc-shaped micelles. The spherical micelles provide the basis for liquid-crystalline mesophases of cubic structure. The crystallization can be understood as a simple hard-sphere condensation. Worm- or rod-like micelles may form nematic or hexagonally ordered structures, whereas the discs may condense into lamellar phases. While bi-continuous microemulsions frequently appear in ternary phase diagrams of oil, water and low-molecular surfactants, there has only recently been observations of such phases in binary systems of block copolymers and solvent. The first observation was made in an aqueous solution of a low PEO-content PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer(E Hecht, K Mortensen, H Hoffmann, Macromolecules 28 5465, 1995). More recently, the microemulsion sponge phase has been observed in a system of tri-block copolymers dissolved in homopolymers( JH Laurer, JC Fung, JW Sedat, DA Agard, SD Schmit, J Samseth, K Mortensen, RJ Spontak, Langmuir, submitted) and in a ternary systems of diblock copolymer and homopolymers(FS Bates, WW Maurer, PM Lipic MA Hillmyer, KA Almdal, K Mortensen, TP Lodge Science, submitted).

  6. 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

  7. Piezoelectric Properties of Non-Polar Block Copolymers

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    Pester, Christian; Ruppel, Markus A; Schoberth, Heiko; Schmidt, K.; Liedel, Clemens; Van Rijn, Patrick; Littrell, Ken; Schindler, Kerstin; Hiltl, Stephanie; Czubak, Thomas; Mays, Jimmy; Urban, Volker S; Boker, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Piezoelectric properties in non-polar block copolymers are a novelty in the field of electroactive polymers. The piezoelectric susceptibility of poly(styrene-b-isoprene) block copolymer lamellae is found to be up to an order of magnitude higher when compared to classic piezoelectric materials. The electroactive response increases with temperature and is found to be strongest in the disordered phase.

  8. Block copolymer adsorbed layers on solids

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    Sen, Mani; Jiang, Naisheng; Gowd, Bhoje; Endoh, Maya; Koga, Tadanori

    Block copolymer thin films offer a simple and effective route to fabricate highly ordered periodic microdomain structures. The fundamental, yet unsolved question is whether these highly oriented microdomain structures persist even near an impenetrable solid wall. We here report the adsorbed structures of polystyrene-block-poly (4-vinylpyridine) (PS-block-P4VP, Mw = 41,000, PS (weight fraction =0.81) formed on planar silicon substrates. Perpendicularly aligned cylindrical microdomains were created by solvent vapor annealing (Gowd et al., Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 7753), and the adsorbed layer was derived by solvent leaching with chloroform, a good solvent for the polymers and thereafter characterized by using atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering, and x-ray reflectivity. The results showed that both PS and P4VP chains lie flat on the substrate, forming a microphase-separated structure (MSS) without long-range order. Moreover, a spin-coated PS-block-P4VP thin film annealed under vacuum at 190 °C showed similar MSS on the substrate, indicating the generality of the interfacial polymer structure. Details will be discussed in the presentation. NSF Grant No. CMMI-1332499.

  9. Modification of nanofibrillated cellulose using amphiphilic block-structured galactoglucomannans.

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    Lozhechnikova, Alina; Dax, Daniel; Vartiainen, Jari; Willför, Stefan; Xu, Chunlin; Österberg, Monika

    2014-09-22

    Nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and hemicelluloses have shown to be highly promising renewable components both as barrier materials and in novel biocomposites. However, the hydrophilic nature of these materials restricts their use in some applications. In this work, the usability of modified O-acetyl galactoglucomannan (GGM) for modification of NFC surface properties was studied. Four GGM-block-structured, amphiphilic derivatives were synthesized using either fatty acids or polydimethylsiloxane as hydrophobic tails. The adsorption of these GGM derivatives was consecutively examined in aqueous solution using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). It was found that the hydrophobic tails did not hinder adsorption of the GGM derivatives to cellulose, which was concluded to be due to the presence of the native GGM-block with high affinity to cellulose. The layer properties of the adsorbed block-co-polymers were discussed and evaluated. Self-standing NFC films were further prepared and coated with the GGM derivatives and the effect of the surface modification on wetting properties and oxygen permeability (OP) of the modified films was assessed. PMID:24906743

  10. Solvent enhanced block copolymer ordering in thin films

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    Misner, Matthew J.

    Diblock copolymer self-assembly of materials is emerging as a key element in the fabrication of functional nanostructured materials. By solvent casting or solvent annealing block copolymer thin films, we have demonstrated methods to produce diblock copolymer films with highly oriented, close-packed arrays of nanoscopic cylindrical domains with a high degree of long-range lateral order with few defects. The solvent imparts a high degree of mobility in the microphase-separated copolymer that enables a rapid removal of defects and a high degree of lateral order. Though the use of a selective cosolvent during solvent casting, it was found that the microdomain size and spacing could be increased, leading to a size-tunable system. Additionally, the presence of water also led to the ability to control the microdomain orientation during solvent annealing. Ionic complexation within cylinder-forming PS- b-EO block copolymer thin films was also investigated, where added salts bind PEO block as the minor component. Small amounts of added salts, on the order a few ions per chain, show large effects on the ordering of the copolymer films during solvent annealing. By using gold or cobalt salts, well-organized patterns of nanoparticles can be generated in the copolymer microdomains. Topographically and chemically patterned surfaces were used as a route to sectorizing and controlling the lattice orientation of copolymer films. Topographically patterned surfaces allow well-defined boundaries to confine the copolymer microdomains on a surface and effectively direct the ordering and grain orientation of the copolymer microdomains. Chemically patterned surfaces provide a route to direct the block copolymer ordering on completely flat surface, which may have advantages in applications where adding additional topography may be undesirable. To generate nanoporous templates from PS-b-PEO bases materials several routs were followed. The first route was through the addition and selective

  11. Patchy micelles based on coassembly of block copolymer chains and block copolymer brushes on silica particles.

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    Zhu, Shuzhe; Li, Zhan-Wei; Zhao, Hanying

    2015-04-14

    Patchy particles are a type of colloidal particles with one or more well-defined patches on the surfaces. The patchy particles with multiple compositions and functionalities have found wide applications from the fundamental studies to practical uses. In this research patchy micelles with thiol groups in the patches were prepared based on coassembly of free block copolymer chains and block copolymer brushes on silica particles. Thiol-terminated and cyanoisopropyl-capped polystyrene-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) block copolymers (PS-b-PNIPAM-SH and PS-b-PNIPAM-CIP) were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and chemical modifications. Pyridyl disulfide-functionalized silica particles (SiO2-SS-Py) were prepared by four-step surface chemical reactions. PS-b-PNIPAM brushes on silica particles were prepared by thiol-disulfide exchange reaction between PS-b-PNIPAM-SH and SiO2-SS-Py. Surface micelles on silica particles were prepared by coassembly of PS-b-PNIPAM-CIP and block copolymer brushes. Upon cleavage of the surface micelles from silica particles, patchy micelles with thiol groups in the patches were obtained. Dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and zeta-potential measurements demonstrate the preparation of patchy micelles. Gold nanoparticles can be anchored onto the patchy micelles through S-Au bonds, and asymmetric hybrid structures are formed. The thiol groups can be oxidized to disulfides, which results in directional assembly of the patchy micelles. The self-assembly behavior of the patchy micelles was studied experimentally and by computer simulation. PMID:25811763

  12. Block Copolymer Templates for Optical Materials and Devices

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    Urbas, Augustine; Martin, Maldovan; Carter, W. C.; Thomas, E. L.; Fasolka, Michael; Fraser, Cassandra

    2002-03-01

    Block copolymers can act as super-lattices for creating novel optical structures. We have fabricated block copolymer photonic crystals from one, two and three dimensionally periodic systems and have enhanced their dielectric properties towards creating complete 3D band gaps. By using carefully selected blends of linear and star block copolymers, we are able to create hierarchical blends which exhibit precise molecular positioning of fluorescent molecules. We are exploring these unique patterning capabilities of block copolymer systems for the formation of ordered arrays of optically active components within a photonic crystal. Precise location of both fluorescent and nonlinear components within block copolymer photonic crystals affords new opportunities for creating low threshold, upconverting and array lasers as well as optical modulators and other photonic devices.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Antimicrobial films obtained from latex particles functionalized with quaternized block copolymers.

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    Alvarez-Paino, Marta; Juan-Rodríguez, Rafael; Cuervo-Rodríguez, Rocío; Tejero, Rubén; López, Daniel; López-Fabal, Fátima; Gómez-Garcés, José L; Muñoz-Bonilla, Alexandra; Fernández-García, Marta

    2016-04-01

    New amphiphilic block copolymers with antimicrobial properties were obtained by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and copper catalyzed cycloaddition following two approaches, a simultaneous strategy or a two-step synthesis, which were proven to be very effective methods. These copolymers were subsequently quaternized using two alkyl chains, methyl and butyl, to amplify their antimicrobial properties and to investigate the effect of alkyl length. Antimicrobial experiments in solution were performed with three types of bacteria, two gram-positive and one gram-negative, and a fungus. Those copolymers quaternized with methyl iodide showed better selectivities on gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis, against red blood cells, demonstrating the importance of the quaternizing agent chosen. Once the solution studies were performed, we prepared poly(butyl methacrylate) latex particles functionalized with the antimicrobial copolymers by emulsion polymerization of butyl methacrylate using such copolymers as surfactants. The characterization by various techniques served to test their effectiveness as surfactants. Finally, films were prepared from these emulsions, and their antimicrobial activity was studied against the gram-positive bacteria. The results indicate that the antimicrobial efficiency of the films depends not only on the copolymer activity but also on other factors such as the surface segregation of the antimicrobial agent to the interface. PMID:26741269

  16. Equilibrium and Kinetics of Block Copolymers Micelles

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    Mysona, Joshua; Morse, David

    Both equilibrium properties of micelles, such as the critical micelle concentration (CMC), and dynamical properties such as the micelle lifetime are difficult to study in simulations because of the slow dynamics of the processes by which micelles are created and destroyed. We first discuss a method of precisely identifying the CMC in a simple model of block copolymer micelles in a homopolymer matrix, which makes use of thermodynamic integration to compute the free energy of formation. We then examine the free energy barriers to competing mechanisms for creating and destroying micelles, which could occur predominantly either by a step-wise process involving insertion and extraction of single molecules or by fission and fusion of entire micelles.

  17. Orientation Distribution for Thin Film Block Copolymers

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    Jones, Ronald; Zhang, Xiaohua; Kim, Sangcheol; Karim, Alamgir; Briber, Robert; Kim, Ho-Cheol

    2008-03-01

    The directed self-assembly of nanostructured films with vertically oriented morphologies is a potential solution for manufacture of next generation data storage platforms, microelectronic devices, and nanoporous membranes. In many of these applications, the distribution of orientation must be tightly controlled to enable pattern transfer. This parameter is expected to depend on factors such as the Flory-Huggins chi parameter, but little data has been reported to date. We present results from tomographic small angle scattering on a series of block copolymer films whose assembly has been directed through solvent annealing. Films of poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) are cast as a function of annealing time and their orientation distribution reported. The results provide significant insight into the fundamental limits of line edge roughness and defect control possible using this fabrication technique.

  18. Transiently Responsive Block Copolymer Micelles Based on N-(2-Hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide Engineered with Hydrolyzable Ethylcarbonate Side Chains.

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    Kasmi, Sabah; Louage, Benoit; Nuhn, Lutz; Van Driessche, Alexandra; Van Deun, Jan; Karalic, Izet; Risseeuw, Martijn; Van Calenbergh, Serge; Hoogenboom, Richard; De Rycke, Riet; De Wever, Olivier; Hennink, Wim E; De Geest, Bruno G

    2016-01-11

    The lack of selectivity and low solubility of many chemotherapeutics impels the development of different biocompatible nanosized drug carriers. Amphiphilic block copolymers, composed of a hydrophilic and hydrophobic domain, show great potential because of their small size, large solubilizing power and loading capacity. In this paper, we introduce a new class of degradable temperature-responsive block copolymers based on the modification of N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) with an ethyl group via a hydrolytically sensitive carbonate ester, polymerized by radical polymerization using a PEG-based macroinitiatior. The micellization and temperature-responsive behavior of the PEG-poly(HPMA-EC) block copolymer were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS). We observed that the polymer exhibits lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior and that above the cloud point (cp) of 17 °C the block copolymer self-assembles in micelles with a diameter of 40 nm. Flow cytometry analysis and confocal microscopy show a dose-dependent cellular uptake of the micelles loaded with a hydrophobic dye. The block copolymer nanoparticles were capable of delivering the hydrophobic payload into cancer cells in both 2D and 3D in vitro cultures. The block copolymer has excellent cytocompatibility, whereas loading the particles with the hydrophobic anticancer drug paclitaxel results in a dose-dependent decrease in cell viability. PMID:26650350

  19. 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

  20. TOPICAL REVIEW: Multifunctional nanoassemblies of block copolymers for future cancer therapy

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    Cabral, Horacio; Kataoka, Kazunori

    2010-02-01

    Nanoassemblies from amphiphilic block copolymers are promising nanomedicine platforms for cancer diagnosis and therapy due to their relatively small size, high loading capacity of drugs, controlled drug release, in vivo stability and prolonged blood circulation. Recent clinical trials with self-assembled polymeric micelles incorporating anticancer drugs have shown improved antitumor activity and decreased side effects encouraging the further development of nanoassemblies for drug delivery. This review summarizes recent approaches considering stimuli-responsive, multifunctionality and more advanced architectures, such as vesicles or worm-like micelles, for tumor-specific drug and gene delivery.

  1. Crystallization induced block copolymer assembly at curved liquid-liquid interface

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    Qi, Hao; Zhou, Tian; Zhou, Hao; Li, Christopher; Soft Materials Lab Team

    In a selected solvent, amphiphilic block copolymers can self-assemble into various micelle structures which find widespread applications in nanomedicine. Herein we report a directed assembly of poly (l-lactide acid)-b-poly (ethylene glycol) (PLLA-b-PEG) at curved oil/water interfaces. Oil droplets were dispersed in water phase upon sonication with amphiphilic PLLA-b-PEG as the surfactant. Subsequent crystallization of PLLA segments resulted in the formation of lamellasomes consisting of crystalline PLLA shell and densely-grafted (approx.1chain/nm2) PEG layer. The structure, morphology, and mechanical properties of these unique polymer ensembles were investigated using transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Detailed formation mechanism will be discussed in detail.

  2. Poly(trimethylene carbonate)/Poly(malic acid) Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers as Biocompatible Nanoparticles.

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    Barouti, Ghislaine; Khalil, Ali; Orione, Clement; Jarnouen, Kathleen; Cammas-Marion, Sandrine; Loyer, Pascal; Guillaume, Sophie M

    2016-02-18

    Amphiphilic polycarbonate-poly(hydroxyalkanoate) diblock copolymers, namely, poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC)-b-poly(β-malic acid) (PMLA), are reported for the first time. The synthetic strategy relies on commercially available catalysts and initiator. The controlled ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of trimethylene carbonate (TMC) catalyzed by the organic guanidine base 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (TBD), associated with iPrOH as an initiator, provided iPrO-PTMC-OH, which served as a macroinitiator in the controlled ROP of benzyl β-malolactonate (MLABe) catalyzed by the neodymium triflate salt (Nd(OTf)3). The resulting hydrophobic iPrO-PTMC-b-PMLABe-OH copolymers were then hydrogenolyzed into the parent iPrO-PTMC-b-PMLA-OH copolymers. A range of well-defined copolymers, featuring different sizes of segments (Mn,NMR up to 9300 g mol(-1) ; ÐM =1.28-1.40), were thus isolated in gram quantities, as evidenced by NMR spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and contact angle analyses. Subsequently, PTMC-b-PMLA copolymers with different hydrophilic weight fractions (11-75 %) self-assembled in phosphate-buffered saline upon nanoprecipitation into well-defined nano-objects with Dh =61-176 nm, a polydispersity index <0.25, and a negative surface charge, as characterized by dynamic light scattering and zeta-potential analyses. In addition, these nanoparticles demonstrated no significant effect on cell viability at low concentrations, and a very low cytotoxicity at high concentrations only for PTMC-b-PMLA copolymers exhibiting hydrophilic fractions over 47 %, thus illustrating the potential of these copolymers as promising nanoparticles. PMID:26791328

  3. Amphiphilic copolymer coated upconversion nanoparticles for near-infrared light-triggered dual anticancer treatment

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    Yang, Shun; Li, Najun; Liu, Zhuang; Sha, Wenwei; Chen, Dongyun; Xu, Qingfeng; Lu, Jianmei

    2014-11-01

    The light-triggered controlled release of anticancer drugs accompanied with NIR-responsive photodynamic therapy was prepared via a self-assembly process. Firstly, Mn2+-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were coated with a mesoporous silica shell and modified with photosensitizer (Chlorin e6) and long alkyl chains. And then the NIR light-responsive amphiphilic copolymer containing 9,10-dialkoxyanthracene groups was synthesized and then coated as the outermost layer. Upon irradiation with a 980 nm laser, the CCUCNPs@PM would absorb and then convert the NIR light to higher-energy visible red light (660 nm) via the UCNPs-based core, which could excite Chlorin e6 (Ce-6) to produce singlet oxygen (1O2). Then the 1O2-sensitive dialkoxyanthracene group in the amphiphilic copolymer would be degraded and detach from the surface of the CCUCNPs@PM, followed by the controlled release of the pre-loaded drugs and the photodynamic therapy for cancer cells caused by the excess 1O2. In vitro and in vivo experiments also demonstrated that the drug-loaded CCUCNPs@PM possessed better therapeutic efficacy compared with vacant ones. Therefore, the NIR light-controlled chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy could be realized simultaneously by CCUCNPs@PM.The light-triggered controlled release of anticancer drugs accompanied with NIR-responsive photodynamic therapy was prepared via a self-assembly process. Firstly, Mn2+-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were coated with a mesoporous silica shell and modified with photosensitizer (Chlorin e6) and long alkyl chains. And then the NIR light-responsive amphiphilic copolymer containing 9,10-dialkoxyanthracene groups was synthesized and then coated as the outermost layer. Upon irradiation with a 980 nm laser, the CCUCNPs@PM would absorb and then convert the NIR light to higher-energy visible red light (660 nm) via the UCNPs-based core, which could excite Chlorin e6 (Ce-6) to produce singlet oxygen (1O2). Then the 1O2-sensitive

  4. Block copolymer adhesion promoters via ring-opening metathesis polymerization

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    Kent, Michael S.; Saunders, Randall

    1997-01-01

    Coupling agents based on functionalized block copolymers for bonding thermoset polymers to solid materials. These are polymers which possess at least two types of functional groups, one which is able to attach to and react with solid surfaces, and another which can react with a thermoset resin, which are incorporated as pendant groups in monomers distributed in blocks (typically two) along the backbone of the chain. The block copolymers in this invention are synthesized by living ring-opening metathesis polymerization.

  5. PVP-b-PEO block copolymers for stable aqueous and ethanolic graphene dispersions.

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    Perumal, Suguna; Park, Kyung Tae; Lee, Hyang Moo; Cheong, In Woo

    2016-02-15

    The ability to disperse pristine (unfunctionalized) graphene is important for various applications, coating, nanocomposites, and energy related systems. Herein we report that amphiphilic copolymers of poly(4-vinyl pyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PVP-b-PEO) are able to disperse graphene with high concentrations about 2.6mg/mL via sonication and centrifugation. Ethanolic and aqueous highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) dispersions with block copolymers were prepared and they were compared with the dispersions stabilized by P-123 Pluronic® (P123) and poly(styrene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) synthesized. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman and UV-visible spectroscopic studies confirmed that PVP-b-PEO block copolymers are better stabilizers for HOPG graphene than P123 and PS-b-PEO. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and force-distance (F-d) curve analyses revealed that the nitrogen of vinyl pyridine plays a vital role in better attractive interaction with surface of graphene sheet. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that larger amount of PVP-b-PEO was adsorbed onto graphene with longer poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PVP) block length and in aqueous medium, respectively, and which was consistent with electrical conductivity decreases. This study presents the dispersion efficiency of graphene using PVP-b-PEO varies substantially depending on the lengths of their hydrophobic (PVP) domains. PMID:26606378

  6. Hydrophilic Monodisperse Magnetic Nanoparticles Protected by an Amphiphilic Alternating Copolymer

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    Shtykova, Eleonora V.; Huang, Xinlei; Gao, Xinfeng; Dyke, Jason C.; Schmucker, Abrin L.; Dragnea, Bogdan; Remmes, Nicholas; Baxter, David V.; Stein, Barry; Konarev, Peter V.; Svergun, Dmitri I.; Bronstein, Lyudmila M.

    2009-01-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) with diameters of 16.1, 20.5, and 20.8 nm prepared from iron oleate precursors were coated with poly(maleic acid-alt-1-octadecene) (PMAcOD). The coating procedure exploited hydrophobic interactions of octadecene and oleic acid tails while hydrolysis of maleic anhydride moieties allowed the NP hydrophilicity. The PMAcOD nanostructure in water and the PMAcOD-coated NPs were studied using transmission electron microscopy, ζ-potential measurements, small-angle X-ray scattering, and fluorescence measurements. The combination of several techniques suggests that independently of the iron oxide core and oleic acid shell structures, PMAcOD encapsulates NPs, forming stable hydrophilic shells which withstand absorption of hydrophobic molecules, such as pyrene, without shell disintegration. Moreover, the PMAcOD molecules are predominantly attached to a single NP instead of self-assembling into the PMAcOD disklike nanostructures or attachment to several NPs. This leads to highly monodisperse aqueous samples with only a small fraction of NPs forming large aggregates due to cross-linking by the copolymer macromolecules. PMID:19194520

  7. Morphological studies on block copolymer modified PA 6 blends

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    Poindl, M. E-mail: christian.bonten@ikt.uni-stuttgart.de; Bonten, C. E-mail: christian.bonten@ikt.uni-stuttgart.de

    2014-05-15

    Recent studies show that compounding polyamide 6 (PA 6) with a PA 6 polyether block copolymers made by reaction injection molding (RIM) or continuous anionic polymerization in a reactive extrusion process (REX) result in blends with high impact strength and high stiffness compared to conventional rubber blends. In this paper, different high impact PA 6 blends were prepared using a twin screw extruder. The different impact modifiers were an ethylene propylene copolymer, a PA PA 6 polyether block copolymer made by reaction injection molding and one made by reactive extrusion. To ensure good particle matrix bonding, the ethylene propylene copolymer was grafted with maleic anhydride (EPR-g-MA). Due to the molecular structure of the two block copolymers, a coupling agent was not necessary. The block copolymers are semi-crystalline and partially cross-linked in contrast to commonly used amorphous rubbers which are usually uncured. The combination of different analysis methods like atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) gave a detailed view in the structure of the blends. Due to the partial cross-linking, the particles of the block copolymers in the blends are not spherical like the ones of ethylene propylene copolymer. The differences in molecular structure, miscibility and grafting of the impact modifiers result in different mechanical properties and different blend morphologies.

  8. Morphological studies on block copolymer modified PA 6 blends

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    Poindl, M.; Bonten, C.

    2014-05-01

    Recent studies show that compounding polyamide 6 (PA 6) with a PA 6 polyether block copolymers made by reaction injection molding (RIM) or continuous anionic polymerization in a reactive extrusion process (REX) result in blends with high impact strength and high stiffness compared to conventional rubber blends. In this paper, different high impact PA 6 blends were prepared using a twin screw extruder. The different impact modifiers were an ethylene propylene copolymer, a PA PA 6 polyether block copolymer made by reaction injection molding and one made by reactive extrusion. To ensure good particle matrix bonding, the ethylene propylene copolymer was grafted with maleic anhydride (EPR-g-MA). Due to the molecular structure of the two block copolymers, a coupling agent was not necessary. The block copolymers are semi-crystalline and partially cross-linked in contrast to commonly used amorphous rubbers which are usually uncured. The combination of different analysis methods like atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) gave a detailed view in the structure of the blends. Due to the partial cross-linking, the particles of the block copolymers in the blends are not spherical like the ones of ethylene propylene copolymer. The differences in molecular structure, miscibility and grafting of the impact modifiers result in different mechanical properties and different blend morphologies.

  9. Molecular Transfer Printing Using Block Copolymers

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    Ji, Shengxiang; Liu, Chi-Chun; Liu, Guoliang; Nealey, Paul

    2009-03-01

    We report a new parallel patterning technique, molecular transfer printing (MTP), for replicating geometrically complex patterns over macroscopic areas with sub-15 nm feature dimensions, and the ability to replicate the same pattern multiple times. In MTP, inks are mixed with block copolymers (BCPs) and deposited as films on a substrate. The inks are compatible with only one block of the BCP, and sequestered into domains of nanometer scale dimensions after microphase separation. A second substrate is then placed in contact with the surface of the film. By designing the inks to react, adsorb, or otherwise interact with the second substrate, inks are transferred to the second substrate in the exact pattern of domains present at the surface of the ``master'' BCP film. Here we demonstrate high degrees of perfection on both line and dot patterns. We also show that 1) the master template can be regenerated, 2) the resultant replica can be used to direct the assembly of BCPs and as a daughter master for MTP, and 3) the master and daughter templates can be reused tens of times.

  10. Nanopatterning of recombinant proteins and viruses using block copolymer templates

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    Cresce, Arthur Von Wald

    The study of interfaces is important in understanding biological interactions, including cellular signaling and virus infection. This thesis is an original effort to examine the interaction between a block copolymer and both a protein and a virus. Block copolymers intrinsically form nanometer-scale structures over large areas without expensive processing, making them ideal for the synthesis of the nanopatterned surfaces used in this study. The geometry of these nanostructures can be easily tuned for different applications by altering the block ratio and composition of the block copolymer. Block copolymers can be used for controlled uptake of metal ions, where one block selectively binds metal ions while the other does not. 5-norbornene-2,3-dicarboxylic acid is synthesized through ring-opening metathesis polymerization. It formed spherical domains with spheres approximately 30 nm in diameter, and these spheres were then subsequently loaded with nickel ion. This norbornene block copolymer was tested for its ability to bind histidine-tagged green fluorescent protein (hisGFP), and it was found that the nickel-loaded copolymer was able to retain hisGFP through chelation between the histidine tag and the metal-containing portions of the copolymer surface. Poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine) (PS/P4VP) was also loaded with nickel, forming a cylindrical microstructure. The binding of Tobacco mosaic virus and Tobacco necrosis virus was tested through Tween 20 detergent washes. Electron microscopy allowed for observation of both block copolymer nanostructures and virus particles. Results showed that Tween washes could not remove bound Tobacco mosaic virus from the surface of PS/P4VP. It was also seen that the size and tunability of block copolymers and the lack of processing needed to attain different structures makes them attractive for many applications, including microfluidic devices, surfaces to influence cellular signaling and growth, and as a nanopatterning surface for

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Colloidal inverse bicontinuous cubic membranes of block copolymers with tunable surface functional groups

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    La, Yunju; Park, Chiyoung; Shin, Tae Joo; Joo, Sang Hoon; Kang, Sebyung; Kim, Kyoung Taek

    2014-06-01

    Analogous to the complex membranes found in cellular organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum, the inverse cubic mesophases of lipids and their colloidal forms (cubosomes) possess internal networks of water channels arranged in crystalline order, which provide a unique nanospace for membrane-protein crystallization and guest encapsulation. Polymeric analogues of cubosomes formed by the direct self-assembly of block copolymers in solution could provide new polymeric mesoporous materials with a three-dimensionally organized internal maze of large water channels. Here we report the self-assembly of amphiphilic dendritic-linear block copolymers into polymer cubosomes in aqueous solution. The presence of precisely defined bulky dendritic blocks drives the block copolymers to form spontaneously highly curved bilayers in aqueous solution. This results in the formation of colloidal inverse bicontinuous cubic mesophases. The internal networks of water channels provide a high surface area with tunable surface functional groups that can serve as anchoring points for large guests such as proteins and enzymes.

  14. Thin Isoporous Block Copolymer Membranes: It Is All about the Process.

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    Hahn, Janina; Clodt, Juliana I; Abetz, Clarissa; Filiz, Volkan; Abetz, Volker

    2015-09-30

    The combination of the self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers and the nonsolvent induced phase inversion process offers an efficient way to isoporous integral-asymmetric membranes. In this context we report fast, easily upscalable and material reducing ways to thin self-assembled membranes. Therefore, we succeeded to implement a spray or dip coating step into the membrane formation process of different diblock copolymers like polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine), poly(α-methylstyrene)-bock-poly(4-vinylpyridine), and polystyrene-block-poly(iso-propylglycidyl methacrylate). The formation of hexagonal pore structures was possible using a highly diluted one solvent system allowing the reduction of diblock copolymer consumption and therefore the production costs are minimized compared to conventional blade casting approaches. The broad applicability of the process was proven by using different flat and hollow fiber support materials. Furthermore, the membranes made by this new method showed a more than 6-fold increase in water flux compared to conventional polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) membranes with similar pore sizes prepared by blade casting. The membranes could be proven to be stable at transmembrane pressures of 2 bar and showed a pH responsive flux behavior over several cycles. PMID:26349610

  15. Colloidal inverse bicontinuous cubic membranes of block copolymers with tunable surface functional groups.

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    La, Yunju; Park, Chiyoung; Shin, Tae Joo; Joo, Sang Hoon; Kang, Sebyung; Kim, Kyoung Taek

    2014-06-01

    Analogous to the complex membranes found in cellular organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum, the inverse cubic mesophases of lipids and their colloidal forms (cubosomes) possess internal networks of water channels arranged in crystalline order, which provide a unique nanospace for membrane-protein crystallization and guest encapsulation. Polymeric analogues of cubosomes formed by the direct self-assembly of block copolymers in solution could provide new polymeric mesoporous materials with a three-dimensionally organized internal maze of large water channels. Here we report the self-assembly of amphiphilic dendritic-linear block copolymers into polymer cubosomes in aqueous solution. The presence of precisely defined bulky dendritic blocks drives the block copolymers to form spontaneously highly curved bilayers in aqueous solution. This results in the formation of colloidal inverse bicontinuous cubic mesophases. The internal networks of water channels provide a high surface area with tunable surface functional groups that can serve as anchoring points for large guests such as proteins and enzymes. PMID:24848240

  16. Comparison of facially amphiphilic versus segregated monomers in the design of antibacterial copolymers.

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    Gabriel, Gregory J; Maegerlein, Janet A; Nelson, Christopher F; Dabkowski, Jeffrey M; Eren, Tarik; Nüsslein, Klaus; Tew, Gregory N

    2009-01-01

    A direct comparison of two strategies for designing antimicrobial polymers is presented. Previously, we published several reports on the use of facially amphiphilic (FA) monomers which led to polynorbornenes with excellent antimicrobial activities and selectivities. Our polymers obtained by copolymerization of structurally similar segregated monomers, in which cationic and non-polar moieties reside on separate repeat units, led to polymers with less pronounced activities. A wide range of polymer amphiphilicities was surveyed by pairing a cationic oxanorbornene with eleven different non-polar monomers and varying the comonomer feed ratios. Their properties were tested using antimicrobial assays and copolymers possessing intermediate hydrophobicities were the most active. Polymer-induced leakage of dye-filled liposomes and microscopy of polymer-treated bacteria support a membrane-based mode of action. From these results there appears to be profound differences in how a polymer made from FA monomers interacts with the phospholipid bilayer compared with copolymers from segregated monomers. We conclude that a well-defined spatial relationship of the whole polymer is crucial to obtain synthetic mimics of antimicrobial peptides (SMAMPs): charged and non-polar moieties need to be balanced locally, for example, at the monomer level, and not just globally. We advocate the use of FA monomers for better control of biological properties. It is expected that this principle will be usefully applied to other backbones such as the polyacrylates, polystyrenes, and non-natural polyamides. PMID:19021176

  17. Nanostructure protein repellant amphiphilic copolymer coatings with optimized surface energy by Inductively Excited Low Pressure Plasma.

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    Bhatt, Sudhir; Pulpytel, Jérome; Ceccone, Giacomo; Lisboa, Patricia; Rossi, François; Kumar, Virendra; Arefi-Khonsari, Farzaneh

    2011-12-01

    Statistically designed amphiphilic copolymer coatings were deposited onto Thermanox, Si wafer, and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) substrates via Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl acrylate and diethylene glycol vinyl ether in an Inductively Excited Low Pressure Plasma reactor. Plasma deposited amphiphilic coatings were characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Water Contact Angle techniques. The surface energy of the coatings can be adjusted between 12 and 70 mJ/m(2). The roughness of the coatings can be tailored depending on the plasma mode used. A very smooth coating was deposited with a CW (continuous wave) power, whereas a rougher surface with R(a) in the range of 2 to 12 nm was deposited with the PW (pulsed wave) mode. The nanometer scale roughness of amphiphilic PFDA-co-DEGVE coatings was found to be in the range of the size of the two proteins namely BSA and lysozyme used to examine for the antifouling properties of the surfaces. The results show that the statistically designed surfaces, presenting a surface energy around 25 mJ/m(2), present no adhesion with respect to both proteins measured by QCM. PMID:22029599

  18. Self-assembly of a series of random copolymers bearing amphiphilic side chains.

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    Wu, Xu; Qiao, Yingjie; Yang, Hui; Wang, Jinben

    2010-09-15

    A novel series of comb-like random copolymers were prepared by polymerization of amphiphilic macromonomers, 2-(acrylamido)-octane sulfonic acid (AMC(8)S), 2-(acrylamido)-dodecane sulfonic acid (AMC(12)S), and 2-(acrylamido)-hexadecane sulfonic acid (AMC(16)S), with 2-(acrylamido)-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS) respectively. The synthesis of the polymers with the same contents of amphiphilic units as side chains, but different chain length, enabled us to study the chain length dependence of their association in salt solution. Steady-state fluorescence measurements with pyrene as a polarity probe, quasielastic light scattering techniques (QELS) and transmission electron micrograph (TEM) were employed to investigate the associative properties of the system. The above investigations showed that all kinds of side chains begin to assemble at certain polymer concentrations and the critical aggregation concentration (CAC) decrease dramatically with the increase in the length and content of alkyl. An interesting phenomenon is that the assembly tends more favorably to occur among different molecules rather than within single molecule when the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl groups or the polymer concentration increases, leading to the formation of larger multimolecular micelle-like aggregate. The aim of the present work is to establish the fundamental preconditions of intramolecular and intermolecular association fashions for the polymers, which is useful for the exploitation of functional groups and contributes to the development of amphiphilic random polymers. PMID:20576273

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Smart Block Copolymers for Biomineralization and Biomedical Applications

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    Kanapathipillai, Mathumai

    2008-01-01

    Self-assembly is a powerful tool in forming structures with nanoscale dimensions. Self-assembly of macromolecules provides an efficient and rapid pathway for the formation of structures from the nanometer to micrometer range that are difficult, if not impossible to obtain by conventional lithographic techniques [1]. Depending on the morphologies obtained (size, shape, periodicity, etc.) these self-assembled systems have already been applied or shown to be useful for a number of applications in nanotechnology [2], biomineralization [3, 4], drug delivery [5, 6] and gene therapy [7]. In this respect, amphiphilic block copolymers that self-organize in solution have been found to be very versatile [1]. In recent years, polymer-micellar systems have been designed that are adaptable to their environment and able to respond in a controlled manner to external stimuli. In short, synthesis of 'nanoscale objects' that exhibit 'stimulus-responsive' properties is a topic gathering momentum, because their behavior is reminiscent of that exhibited by proteins [8]. By integrating environmentally sensitive homopolymers into amphiphilic block copolymers, smart block copolymers with self assembled supramolecular structures that exhibit stimuli or environmentally responsive properties can be obtained [1]. Several synthetic polymers are known to have environmentally responsive properties. Changes in the physical, chemical or biochemical environment of these polymers results in modulation of the solubility or chain conformation of the polymer [9]. There are many common schemes of engineering stimuli responsive properties into materials [8, 9]. Polymers exhibiting lower critical solution temperature (LCST) are soluble in solvent below a specific temperature and phase separate from solvent above that temperature while polymers exhibiting upper critical solution temperatures (UCST) phase separate below a certain temperature. The solubility of polymers with ionizable moieties depends on the

  20. Manipulating Ordering Transitions in Interfacially Modified Block Copolymers

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    Singh, N.; Tureau, M; Epps, T

    2009-01-01

    We report a synthetic strategy that allows us to manipulate the interfacial region between blocks and control ordering transitions in poly(isoprene-b-styrene) [P(I-S)] block copolymers. This interfacial modification is accomplished by combining a semi-batch feed with anionic polymerization techniques. Using this approach, we are able to control the segmental composition and molecular interactions in our phase-separated block copolymers, independent of molecular weight and block constituents. A library of copolymers is prepared with various interfacial modifications to examine the effect of interfacial composition on copolymer self-assembly. The morphological characteristics of the self-assembled structures are investigated using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). Normal and inverse tapered block copolymers, containing approximately 15-35 vol% tapered material, show a measurable decrease in the order-disorder transition temperature (TODT) relative to the corresponding non-tapered diblock copolymers, with the inverse tapered materials showing the greatest deviation in TODT. Additionally, TODT was inversely related to the volume fraction of the tapered region in both normal and inverse tapered copolymer materials.

  1. Synthesis of Amylose-b-P2 VP Block Copolymers.

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    Kumar, Kamlesh; Woortman, Albert J J; Loos, Katja

    2015-12-01

    A new class of rod-coil block copolymers is synthesized by chemoenzymatic polymerization. In the first step, maltoheptaose, which acts as a primer for the synthesis of amylose, is attached to poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2 VP). The enzymatic polymerization of maltoheptaose is carried out by phosphorylase to obtain amylose-b-P2 VP block copolymers. The block copolymer is characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography, and wide-angle X-ray scattering techniques. The designed molecules combine the inclusion complexation ability of amylose with the supramolecular complexation ability of P2 VP and therefore this kind of rod-coil block copolymers can be used to generate well-organized novel self-assembled structures. PMID:26437256

  2. Nanopatterned articles produced using surface-reconstructed block copolymer films

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    Russell, Thomas P.; Park, Soojin; Wang, Jia-Yu; Kim, Bokyung

    2016-06-07

    Nanopatterned surfaces are prepared by a method that includes forming a block copolymer film on a substrate, annealing and surface reconstructing the block copolymer film to create an array of cylindrical voids, depositing a metal on the surface-reconstructed block copolymer film, and heating the metal-coated block copolymer film to redistribute at least some of the metal into the cylindrical voids. When very thin metal layers and low heating temperatures are used, metal nanodots can be formed. When thicker metal layers and higher heating temperatures are used, the resulting metal structure includes nanoring-shaped voids. The nanopatterned surfaces can be transferred to the underlying substrates via etching, or used to prepare nanodot- or nanoring-decorated substrate surfaces.

  3. Ionic Block Copolymers for Anion Exchange Membranes

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    Tsai, Tsung-Han; Herbst, Dan; Giffin, Guinevere A.; di Noto, Vito; Witten, Tom; Coughlin, E. Bryan

    2013-03-01

    Anion exchange membrane (AEM) fuel cells have regained interest because it allows the use of non-noble metal catalysts. Until now, most of the studies on AEM were based on random polyelectrolytes. In this work, Poly(vinylbenzyltrimethylammonium bromide)-b- (methylbutylene) ([PVBTMA][Br]-b-PMB) was studied by SAXS, TEM and dielectric spectroscopy to understand the fundamental structure-conductivity relationship of ion transport mechanisms within well-ordered block copolymers. The ionic conductivity and the formation of order structure were dependent on the casting solvent. Higher ion exchange capacity (IEC) of the membranes showed higher conductivity at as IEC values below 1.8mmol/g, as above this, the ionic conductivity decreases due to more water uptake leading to dilution of charge density. The humidity dependence of morphology exhibited the shifting of d-spacing to higher value and the alteration in higher characteristic peak of SAXS plot as the humidity increase from the dry to wet state. This phenomenon can be further explained by a newly developed polymer brush theory. Three ionic conduction pathways with different conduction mechanism within the membranes can be confirmed by broadband electric spectroscopy. US Army MURI (W911NF1010520)

  4. Orientation of Microdomains of Block Copolymers by Zone casting

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    Tang, Chuanbing; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Kowalewski, Tomasz

    2007-03-01

    As a ``bottom up'' method, the self-assembly of block copolymers plays a vital role in the development of soft lithography for the fabrication of microelectronic devices. A variety of methods have been developed toward better and more precise controlled patterns on solid substrates. This presentation will describe a novel solution casting technique, ``zone casting'', to induce orientation of cylindrical and lamellar microphase-separated domains of various block copolymers.

  5. Self-doped microphase separated block copolymer electrolyte

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    Mayes, Anne M.; Sadoway, Donald R.; Banerjee, Pallab; Soo, Philip; Huang, Biying

    2002-01-01

    A polymer electrolyte includes a self-doped microphase separated block copolymer including at least one ionically conductive block and at least one second block that is immiscible in the ionically conductive block, an anion immobilized on the polymer electrolyte and a cationic species. The ionically conductive block provides a continuous ionically conductive pathway through the electrolyte. The electrolyte may be used as an electrolyte in an electrochemical cell.

  6. New adhesive systems based on functionalized block copolymers

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    Kent, M.; Saunders, R.; Hurst, M.; Small, J.; Emerson, J.; Zamora, D.

    1997-05-01

    The goal of this work was to evaluate chemically-functionalized block copolymers as adhesion promoters for metal/thermoset resin interfaces. Novel block copolymers were synthesized which contain pendant functional groups reactive toward copper and epoxy resins. In particular, imidazole and triazole functionalities that chelate with copper were incorporated onto one block, while secondary amines were incorporated onto the second block. These copolymers were found to self-assemble from solution onto copper surfaces to form monolayers. The structure of the adsorbed monolayers were studied in detail by neutron reflection and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. The monolayer structure was found to vary markedly with the solution conditions and adsorption protocol. Appropriate conditions were found for which the two blocks form separate layers on the surface with the amine functionalized block exposed at the air surface. Adhesion testing of block copolymer-coated copper with epoxy resins was performed in both lap shear and peel modes. Modest enhancements in bond strengths were observed with the block copolymer applied to the native oxide. However, it was discovered that the native oxide is the weak link, and that by simply removing the native oxide, and then applying an epoxy resin before the native oxide can reform, excellent bond strength in the as-prepared state as well as excellent retention of bond strength after exposure to solder in ambient conditions are obtained. It is recommended that long term aging studies be performed with and without the block copolymer. In addition, the functionalized block copolymer method should be evaluated for another system that has inherently poor bonding, such as the nickel/silicone interface, and for systems involving metals and alloys which form oxides very rapidly, such as aluminum and stainless steel, where bonding strategies involve stabilizing the native oxide.

  7. Spontaneous condensation in DNA-polystyrene- b-poly(l-lysine) polyelectrolyte block copolymer mixtures

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    Castelletto, V.; Hamley, I. W.; Kerstens, S. L. H.; Deacon, S.; Thomas, C. D.; Lübbert, A.; Klok, H.-A.

    2006-05-01

    We investigated the condensation of calf thymus DNA by amphiphilic polystyrenem-b-poly(l-lysine)n block copolymers ( PSm-b- PLysn, m, n = degree of polymerization), using small-angle X-ray scattering, polarized optical microscopy and laser scanning confocal microscopy. Microscopy studies showed that the DNA condenses in the form of fibrillar precipitates, with an irregular structure, due to electrostatic interactions between PLys and DNA. This is not modified by the presence of hydrophobic PS block. Scattering experiments show that the structure of the polyplexes corresponds to a local order of DNA rods which becomes more compact upon increasing n. It can be concluded that for DNA/ PSm-b- PLysn polyplexes, the balance between the PLys block length and the excess charge in the system plays an essential role in the formation of a liquid crystalline phase.

  8. Preparation and Morphology of ABn Mictoarm Block Copolymers

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    Takano, Atsushi; Watanabe, Momoka; Asai, Yusuke; Suzuki, Jiro; Matsushita, Yushu

    A series of ABn mictoarm block copolymers (bottle brush copolymers) consisting of polystyrene (S) as a backbone and polyisoprenes (I) as grafts were precisely synthesized by an anionic polymerization, and their microphase-separated structures were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle X-ray scattering(SAXS). A copolymer with composition of φS =0.57 and number of grafts(n) of 10 shows characteristic cylindrical structure, where microdomains of S reveals hexagonal cross section with non-constant mean curvature interface. While a sample with composition of φS =0.37 and number of grafts(n) of 40 shows spherical structure with rather large S isolated domains and characteristic domain packing manner was found. Furthermore composition dependence of microphase-separated structures for SIn mictoarm block copolymers were investigated and compared to SI diblock copolymer system.

  9. Oligoaniline-containing supramolecular block copolymer nanodielectric materials.

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    Hardy, Christopher G; Islam, Md Sayful; Gonzalez-Delozier, Dioni; Ploehn, Harry J; Tang, Chuanbing

    2012-05-14

    We report a new generation of nanodielectric energy storage materials based on supramolecular block copolymers. In our approach, highly polarizable, conducting nanodomains are embedded within an insulating matrix through block copolymer microphase separation. An applied electric field leads to electronic polarization of the conducting domains. The high interfacial area of microphase-separated domains amplifies the polarization, leading to high dielectric permittivity. Specifically, reversible addition fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization was used to prepare block copolymers with poly(methyl acrylate) (PMA) as the insulating segment and a strongly acidic dopant moiety, poly-(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) (PAMPSA), as the basis for the conducting segment. The PAMPSA block was complexed with an oligoaniline trimer to form a dopant-conjugated moiety complex that is electronically conductive after oxidation. For the undoped neat block copolymers, the increase of the PMA block length leads to a transition in dielectric properties from ionic conductor to dielectric capacitor with polarization resulting from migration of protons within the isolated PAMPSA domains. The oligoaniline-doped copolymers show remarkably different dielectric properties. At frequencies above 200 kHz, they exhibit characteristics of dielectric capacitors with much higher permittivity and lower dielectric loss than the corresponding undoped copolymers. PMID:22331602

  10. Electrically conductive doped block copolymer of polyacetylene and polyisoprene

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    Aldissi, Mahmoud

    1985-01-01

    An electrically conductive block copolymer of polyisoprene and polyacetyl and a method of making the same are disclosed. The polymer is prepared by first polymerizing isoprene with n-butyllithium in a toluene solution to form an active isoprenyllithium polymer. The active polymer is reacted with an equimolar amount of titanium butoxide and subsequently exposed to gaseous acetylene. A block copolymer of polyisoprene and polyacetylene is formed. The copolymer is soluble in common solvents and may be doped with I.sub.2 to give it an electrical conductivity in the metallic regime.

  11. Using Tapered Block Copolymers to Create Conducting Nanomaterials

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    Epps, Thomas, III

    2014-03-01

    Soft materials, such as polymers, colloids, surfactants, and liquid crystals, are a technologically important class of matter employed in a variety of applications. One sub-class of soft material, block copolymers, provides the opportunity to design materials with attractive chemical and mechanical properties based on the ability to assemble into periodic structures with nanoscale domain spacings. Several applications for block copolymers currently under investigation in my group include battery and fuel cell membranes, analytical separations membranes, nano-tool templates, precursors to electronic arrays, and drug delivery vehicles. One area of recent progress in the group focuses on the behavior of conventional block copolymer and tapered block copolymer systems for lithium battery membrane applications. We find that we can tune poly(styrene- b-ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer nanostructures by adjusting the lithium counterion and lithium salt concentration, as well as the taper volume fraction and composition. Additionally, we can estimate the effective interaction parameters (χeff) for the salt-doped copolymers to determine the overall influence of tapering on the energetics of copolymer assembly. These tapered materials allow us to design nanostructured membrane systems with increased conductivity and improved mechanical properties in ion transport devices. We gratefully acknowledge AFOSR-PECASE (FA9550-09-1-0706) and NSF-CAREER (DMR-0645586) for financial support.

  12. Synthesis of Electroneutralized Amphiphilic Copolymers with Peptide Dendrons for Intramuscular Gene Delivery.

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    Pu, Linyu; Wang, Jiali; Li, Na; Chai, Qiuxia; Irache, Juan M; Wang, Gang; Tang, James Zhenggui; Gu, Zhongwei

    2016-06-01

    Intramuscular gene delivery materials are of great importance in plasmid-based gene therapy system, but there is limited information so far on how to design and synthesize them. A previous study showed that the peptide dendron-based triblock copolymer with its components arranged in a reversed biomembrane architecture could significantly increase intramuscular gene delivery and expression. Herein, we wonder whether copolymers with biomembrane-mimicking arrangement may have similar function on intramuscular gene delivery. Meanwhile, it is of great significance to uncover the influence of electric charge and molecular structure on the function of the copolymers. To address the issues, amphiphilic triblock copolymers arranged in hydrophilic-hydrophobic-hydrophilic structure were constructed despite the paradoxical characteristics and difficulties in synthesizing such hydrophilic but electroneutral molecules. The as-prepared two copolymers, dendronG2(l-lysine-OH)-poly propylene glycol2k(PPG2k)-dendronG2(l-lysine-OH) (rL2PL2) and dendronG3(l-lysine-OH)-PPG2k-dendronG3(l-lysine-OH) (rL3PL3), were in similar structure but had different hydrophilic components and surface charges, thus leading to different capabilities in gene delivery and expression in skeletal muscle. rL2PL2 was more efficient than Pluronic L64 and rL3PL3 when mediating luciferase, β-galactosidase, and fluorescent protein expressions. Furthermore, rL2PL2-mediated growth-hormone-releasing hormone expression could significantly induce mouse body weight increase in the first 21 days after injection. In addition, both rL2PL2 and rL3PL3 showed good in vivo biosafety in local and systemic administration. Altogether, rL2PL2-mediated gene expression in skeletal muscle exhibited applicable potential for gene therapy. The study revealed that the molecular structure and electric charge were critical factors governing the function of the copolymers for intramuscular gene delivery. It can be concluded that, combined

  13. Morphology and Proton Transport in Porous Block Copolymer Electrolyte Membranes

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    Chen, Chelsea; Kortright, Jeffrey; Wong, David; Balsara, Nitash

    2015-03-01

    Block copolymer electrolyte membranes consisting of a proton-conducting block and an uncharged structural block are attractive due to their potential in clean energy applications. Herein we demonstrate a novel approach of fabricating block copolymer electrolyte membranes, by inducing pores in the proton-conducting phase. We examine morphology of these membranes with contrast-matched resonant soft X-ray scattering (RSoXS) and electron tomography. Proton conductivity as a function of porosity and water activity is also investigated. By tuning the porosity of the membranes, we are able to adjust the water uptake of the membranes for improved proton conductivities, in both humid air and liquid water.

  14. Manipulating the morphologies of poly(vinyl alcohol) block copolymer surfactants

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    Repollet-Pedrosa, Milton H.

    Amphiphilic block copolymers (ABCs) are macromolecules containing well-defined hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments that self-assemble into nanoscale aggregates such as spherical and cylindrical micelles and vesicles, when dispersed in block-selective solvents. ABCs possess a miniscule critical micelle concentration, which results in kinetically trapped and persistent assemblies in solution with slow chain exchange between aggregates. This makes them useful as rheological modifiers for personal care products, enhanced oil recovery, and drug delivery formulations. Their utility in many of these applications is crucially dependent on the ability to control the micellar morphologies that they adopt in selective solvents. Triggering ABC micellar morphological transformations, i.e. from spherical to cylindrical micelles, is important for generating "on-demand" stimuli-responsive morphologies that control the aggregate morphology and the bulk solution properties in any given application. In this thesis, we develop the straightforward synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible ABCs comprised of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), with narrow molecular distributions and variable yet well-defined compositions. These block copolymer amphiphiles readily form spherical micelles in aqueous dispersions. We demonstrate that the addition of a water-soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) homopolymer to these dispersions results in a rapid transformation of these spherical micelles into cylindrical micelles. Dilution of these cylindrical micelles with water induces their reversion to spherical micelles. Our results indicate that the reversible morphology change depends sensitively on the PEO homopolymer concentration and molecular weight, as well as the length of the PVA corona block of the micelles. Through a series of quantitative 1H NMR studies, we found that the preferential partitioning of PEO homopolymer into the PVAc micellar core drives this morphological

  15. Mechano-responsive hydrogels crosslinked by reactive block copolymer micelles

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    Xiao, Longxi

    Hydrogels are crosslinked polymeric networks that can swell in water without dissolution. Owing to their structural similarity to the native extracelluar matrices, hydrogels have been widely used in biomedical applications. Synthetic hydrogels have been designed to respond to various stimuli, but mechanical signals have not incorporated into hydrogel matrices. Because most tissues in the body are subjected to various types of mechanical forces, and cells within these tissues have sophisticated mechano-transduction machinery, this thesis is focused on developing hydrogel materials with built-in mechano-sensing mechanisms for use as tissue engineering scaffolds or drug release devices. Self-assembled block copolymer micelles (BCMs) with reactive handles were employed as the nanoscopic crosslinkers for the construction of covalently crosslinked networks. BCMs were assembled from amphiphilic diblock copolymers of poly(n-butyl acrylate) and poly(acrylic acid) partially modified with acrylate. Radical polymerization of acrylamide in the presence of micellar crosslinkers gave rise to elastomeric hydrogels whose mechanical properties can be tuned by varying the BCM composition and concentration. TEM imaging revealed that the covalently integrated BCMs underwent strain-dependent reversible deformation. A model hydrophobic drug, pyrene, loaded into the core of BCMs prior to the hydrogel formation, was dynamically released in response to externally applied mechanical forces, through force-induced reversible micelle deformation and the penetration of water molecules into the micelle core. The mechano-responsive hydrogel has been studied for tissue repair and regeneration purposes. Glycidyl methacrylate (GMA)-modified hyaluronic acid (HA) was photochemically crosslinked in the presence of dexamethasone (DEX)-loaded crosslinkable BCMs. The resultant HA gels (HAxBCM) contain covalently integrated micellar compartments with DEX being sequestered in the hydrophobic core. Compared

  16. Block copolymer blends with improved oil absorption resistance

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    Himes, G.R.; Sanders, A.

    1989-11-14

    This patent describes a thermoplastic blend. It comprises: about 80 to about 20 parts by weight of an elastometric block copolymer having the general configuration A-B-A, wherein: each A block is a polymerized monoalkenyl aromatic hydrocarbon block having an average molecular weight of about 4000 to about 115,000; the A blocks, in combination, comprise about 5 to about 35w% of the elastomeric block copolymer; and each B block is a non-hydrogenated butadiene hydrocarbon block consisting of 8 to 55 mole percent condensed butadiene units in the 1,2 configuration, or a hydrogenated butadiene hydrocarbon block consisting of 35 to 55 mole percent condensed butadiene units in the 1,2 configuration, and the B block has an average molecular weight of between about 20,000 and about 450,000; and about 20 to about 80 parts by weight of a block copolymer having the general configuration A-B-A wherein: each A block is a polymerized monoalkenyl aromatic hydrocarbon block having an average molecular weight of about 4000 to about 115,000; the A blocks, in combination, comprise about 5 to about 35 w % of the block copolymer; each B block is a polymerized butadiene hydrocarbon block consisting of about 18 to 34 mole percent condensed butadiene units in the 1,2 configuration, and the B block has an average molecular weight of between about 20,000 and about 450,000; and the B blocks are hydrogenated to an unsaturation that is less than about 5% of the original unsaturation.

  17. Patterned silica films using microphase separation of a block copolymer

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    Kataoka, Sho; Takeuchi, Yasutaka; Endo, Akira

    2014-11-01

    Block copolymers exhibit various nanoscale ordered morphologies induced by microphase separation. Here, we present a method for providing two types of patterned silica films on Si wafer substrates simply by shifting the phase equilibrium of a block copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-P4VP). In this method, siloxane is adsorbed onto poly(4-vinylpyridine) blocks of PS-P4VP whose structure varies with solvent polarity and is calcined to remove the block copolymer. Siloxane is in a dispersed phase with toluene as a solvent resulting in silica nanoparticle arrays, while siloxane is in a continuous phase with N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF) resulting in silica films with ordered mesopores. Since the pore size of silica films prepared in DMF is approximately 20 nm, the film has the ability to serve as a support for enzymes such as laccase.

  18. Graphene oxide-enhanced sol-gel transition sensitivity and drug release performance of an amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite.

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    Hu, Huawen; Wang, Xiaowen; Lee, Ka I; Ma, Kaikai; Hu, Hong; Xin, John H

    2016-01-01

    We report the fabrication of a highly sensitive amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite incorporating with graphene oxide (GO), which exhibited a low-intensity UV light-triggered sol-gel transition. Non-cytotoxicity was observed for the composite gels after the GO incorporation. Of particular interest were the microchannels that were formed spontaneously within the GO-incorporated UV-gel, which expedited sustained drug release. Therefore, the present highly UV-sensitive, non-cytotoxic amphiphilic copolymer-based composites is expected to provide enhanced photothermal therapy and chemotherapy by means of GO's unique photothermal properties, as well as through efficient passive targeting resulting from the sol-gel transition characteristic of the copolymer-based system with improved sensitivity, which thus promises the enhanced treatment of patients with cancer and other diseases. PMID:27539298

  19. Graphene oxide-enhanced sol-gel transition sensitivity and drug release performance of an amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite

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    Hu, Huawen; Wang, Xiaowen; Lee, Ka I; Ma, Kaikai; Hu, Hong; Xin, John H.

    2016-01-01

    We report the fabrication of a highly sensitive amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite incorporating with graphene oxide (GO), which exhibited a low-intensity UV light-triggered sol-gel transition. Non-cytotoxicity was observed for the composite gels after the GO incorporation. Of particular interest were the microchannels that were formed spontaneously within the GO-incorporated UV-gel, which expedited sustained drug release. Therefore, the present highly UV-sensitive, non-cytotoxic amphiphilic copolymer-based composites is expected to provide enhanced photothermal therapy and chemotherapy by means of GO’s unique photothermal properties, as well as through efficient passive targeting resulting from the sol-gel transition characteristic of the copolymer-based system with improved sensitivity, which thus promises the enhanced treatment of patients with cancer and other diseases. PMID:27539298

  20. Combinatorial Block Copolymer Ordering on Tunable Rough

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    Kulkarni M. M.; Yager K.; Sharma, A.; Karim, A.

    2012-05-01

    Morphology control of block copolymer (BCP) thin films through substrate interaction via controlled roughness parameters is of significant interest for numerous high-tech applications ranging from solar cells to high-density storage media. While effects of substrate surface energy (SE) and roughness (R) on BCP morphology have been individually investigated, their synergistic effects have not been explored in any systematic manner. Interestingly, orientation response of BCP to changes in SE can be similar to what can be accomplished with variations in R. Here we present a novel approach for orienting lamellar BCP films of poly(styrene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) on spin-coated xerogel (a dried gel of silica nanoparticle network) substrate with simultaneously tunable surface energy, {gamma}{sub s} {approx} 29-53 mJ/m{sup 2}, by UVO exposure and roughness, R{sub rms} {approx} 0.5-30 nm, by sol-gel processing steps of regulating the catalyst concentration and sol aging time. As in previous BCP orientation studies on 20 nm diameter monodisperse silica nanoparticle coated surface, we find a similar but broadened oscillatory BCP orientation behavior with film thickness due to the random rather than periodic rough surfaces. We also find that higher random roughness amplitude is not the necessary criteria for obtaining a vertical orientation of BCP lamellae. Rather, a high surface fractal dimension (D{sub f} > 2.4) of the rough substrate in conjunction with an optimal substrate surface energy {gamma}{sub s} 29 mJ/m{sup 2} results in 100% vertically oriented lamellar microdomains. The AFM measured film surface microstructure correlates well with the internal 3D BCP film structure probed by grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and rotational small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In contrast to tunable self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-coated substrates, the xerogel films are very durable and retain their chemical properties over period of

  1. Ion Transport in Nanostructured Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Membranes

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    Hoarfrost, Megan Lane

    Incorporating an ionic liquid into one block copolymer microphase provides a platform for combining the outstanding electrochemical properties of ionic liquids with a number of favorable attributes provided by block copolymers. In particular, block copolymers thermodynamically self-assemble into well-ordered nanostructures, which can be engineered to provide a durable mechanical scaffold and template the ionic liquid into continuous ion-conducting nanochannels. Understanding how the addition of an ionic liquid affects the thermodynamic self-assembly of block copolymers, and how the confinement of ionic liquids to block copolymer nanodomains affects their ion-conducting properties is essential for predictable structure-property control. The lyotropic phase behavior of block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures is shown to be reminiscent of mixtures of block copolymers with selective molecular solvents. A variety of ordered microstructures corresponding to lamellae, hexagonally close-packed cylinders, body-centered cubic, and face-centered cubic oriented micelles are observed in a model system composed of mixtures of imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Im][TFSI]) and poly(styrene- b-2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP). In contrast to block copolymer/molecular solvent mixtures, the interfacial area occupied by each PS-b-P2VP chain decreases upon the addition of [Im][TFSI], indicating a considerable increase in the effective segregation strength of the PS-b-P2VP copolymer with ionic liquid addition. The relationship between membrane structure and ionic conductivity is illuminated through the development of scaling relationships that describe the ionic conductivity of block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures as a function of membrane composition and temperature. It is shown that the dominant variable influencing conductivity is the overall volume fraction of ionic liquid in the mixture, which means there

  2. Block Copolymer Nanocomposites in Electric Fields: Kinetics of Alignment

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    Liedel, Clemens; Pester, Christian; Ruppel, Markus A; Lewin, Christian; Pavan, Mariela J.; Urban, Volker S; Shenhar, Roy; Bosecke, Peter; Boker, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the kinetics of block copolymer/nanoparticle composite alignment in an electric field using in situ transmission small-angle X-ray scattering. As a model system, we employ a lamellae forming polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) block copolymer with different contents of gold nanoparticles in thick films under solvent vapor annealing. While the alignment improves with increasing nanoparticle fraction, the kinetics slows down. This is explained by changes in the degree of phase separation and viscosity. Our findings provide extended insights into the basics of nanocomposite alignment.

  3. Block copolymer adhesion promoters via ring-opening metathesis polymerization

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    Kent, M.S.; Saunders, R.

    1997-02-18

    Coupling agents are disclosed based on functionalized block copolymers for bonding thermoset polymers to solid materials. These are polymers which possess at least two types of functional groups, one which is able to attach to and react with solid surfaces, and another which can react with a thermoset resin, which are incorporated as pendant groups in monomers distributed in blocks (typically two) along the backbone of the chain. The block copolymers in this invention are synthesized by living ring-opening metathesis polymerization. 18 figs.

  4. Reordering transitions during annealing of block copolymer cylinder phases

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    Majewski, Pawel W.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-10-06

    While equilibrium block-copolymer morphologies are dictated by energy-minimization effects, the semi-ordered states observed experimentally often depend on the details of ordering pathways and kinetics. In this study, we explore reordering transitions in thin films of block-copolymer cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate). We observe several transient states as films order towards horizontally-aligned cylinders. In particular, there is an early-stage reorganization from randomly-packed cylinders into hexagonally-packed vertically-aligned cylinders; followed by a reorientation transition from vertical to horizontal cylinder states. These transitions are thermally activated. The growth of horizontal grains within an otherwise vertical morphology proceeds anisotropically, resulting in anisotropic grains in the final horizontal state. The size, shape, and anisotropy of grains are influenced by ordering history; for instance, faster heating rates reduce grain anisotropy. These results help elucidate aspects of pathway-dependent ordering in block-copolymer thin films.

  5. Morphology of Novel Semicrystalline Ethylene-α-Olefin Block Copolymers

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    Li, Sheng; Register, Richard; Landes, Brian

    2009-03-01

    In semicrystalline block copolymers, the solid-state structure can be set either by block incompatibility or by crystallization of one or more blocks. Depending on the block interaction strength, a wide array of solid-state morphologies may be observed, ranging from spherulitic to confined crystallization within preexisting microphase-separated domains. Dow Chemical has recently developed a novel chain shuttling polymerization process to produce olefin block copolymers with alternating amorphous and semicrystalline chain segments, where each block exhibits the most-probable distribution. We examined the melt and solid-state morphologies of these novel olefin block copolymers, having a high octene content in the amorphous block, using two- dimensional synchrotron small-angle and wide-angle x-ray scattering on specimens oriented by channel die compression. Multiblock and diblock copolymers with near-symmetric compositions showed well-ordered lamellar structures at room temperature with long periods exceeding 100 nm, with little dependence on thermal history, indicating the presence of a mesophase-separated melt which templates crystallization.

  6. Aqueous Self-Assembly of Non-Ionic Bottlebrush Block Copolymer Surfactants with Tunable Molecular Shapes

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    Rzayev, Javid

    2015-03-01

    Polymer amphiphiles provide a robust and versatile platform for the fabrication of nanostructured soft matter. In this research, we explore a new class of polymer surfactants based on comb-like bottlebrush architecture as highly tunable molecular building blocks for aqueous self-assembly. Excluded volume interactions between densely grafted polymer side chains in the bottlebrush architecture are alleviated by backbone stretching, which leads to the formation of shape-persistent cylindrical macromolecules whose molecular dimensions can be precisely tailored during chemical synthesis. Amphiphilic bottlebrush block copolymers containing hydrophobic polylactide (PLA) and hydrophilic poly(oligoethylene oxide methacrylate) (PEO) side chains of various lengths were synthesized by a combination of controlled radical and ring-opening polymerizations. In dilute aqueous solutions, bottlebrush surfactants rapidly assembled into spherical, cylindrical and bilayer aggregates, as visualized by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). Depending on the compositional side chain asymmetry, the formation of spherical micelles with different sizes and dispersities was observed. The molecular shape-dependent assembly was analyzed with help of a packing parameter (p) computed from the molecular composition data akin to small molecule surfactants, with most uniform spherical aggregates observed for bottlebrush amphiphiles with p close to 0.3. The formation of highly uniform micelles and the presence of a rich morphological diagram with relatively narrow compositional windows were attributed to the lack of conformational freedom in bottlebrush surfactants. Similarly, the unusual formation of cylindrical micelles with long aspect ratios for such high molecular weight amphiphiles was attributed to their inability to stabilize morphological defects, such as Y-junctions, with large deviations from mean curvature. Financial support for this work was provided by the National

  7. Hierarchical multiscale hyperporous block copolymer membranes via tunable dual-phase separation.

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    Yoo, Seungmin; Kim, Jung-Hwan; Shin, Myoungsoo; Park, Hyungmin; Kim, Jeong-Hoon; Lee, Sang-Young; Park, Soojin

    2015-07-01

    The rational design and realization of revolutionary porous structures have been long-standing challenges in membrane science. We demonstrate a new class of amphiphilic polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) block copolymer (BCP)-based porous membranes featuring hierarchical multiscale hyperporous structures. The introduction of surface energy-modifying agents and the control of major phase separation parameters (such as nonsolvent polarity and solvent drying time) enable tunable dual-phase separation of BCPs, eventually leading to macro/nanoscale porous structures and chemical functionalities far beyond those accessible with conventional approaches. Application of this BCP membrane to a lithium-ion battery separator affords exceptional improvement in electrochemical performance. The dual-phase separation-driven macro/nanopore construction strategy, owing to its simplicity and tunability, is expected to be readily applicable to a rich variety of membrane fields including molecular separation, water purification, and energy-related devices. PMID:26601212

  8. Hierarchical multiscale hyperporous block copolymer membranes via tunable dual-phase separation

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    Yoo, Seungmin; Kim, Jung-Hwan; Shin, Myoungsoo; Park, Hyungmin; Kim, Jeong-Hoon; Lee, Sang-Young; Park, Soojin

    2015-01-01

    The rational design and realization of revolutionary porous structures have been long-standing challenges in membrane science. We demonstrate a new class of amphiphilic polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) block copolymer (BCP)–based porous membranes featuring hierarchical multiscale hyperporous structures. The introduction of surface energy–modifying agents and the control of major phase separation parameters (such as nonsolvent polarity and solvent drying time) enable tunable dual-phase separation of BCPs, eventually leading to macro/nanoscale porous structures and chemical functionalities far beyond those accessible with conventional approaches. Application of this BCP membrane to a lithium-ion battery separator affords exceptional improvement in electrochemical performance. The dual-phase separation–driven macro/nanopore construction strategy, owing to its simplicity and tunability, is expected to be readily applicable to a rich variety of membrane fields including molecular separation, water purification, and energy-related devices. PMID:26601212

  9. Desalination membranes from functional block copolymer via non-solvent induced phase inversion

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    Sung, Hyemin; Poelma, Justin; Leibfarth, Frank; Hawker, Craig; Bang, Joona

    2012-02-01

    Commercially available reverse osmosis (RO) and forward osmosis (FO) membranes are most commonly derived from materials such as polysulfone, polyimide, and cellulose acetate. While these membranes have improved the efficiency of the desalination process, they suffer from mechanical and chemical stability, fouling issues, and low fluxes. In this study, we combine a well-established membrane formation method, non-solvent-induced phase separation, with the self-assembly of a functional amphiphilic block copolymersAn amine and acid functional polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide-co-allyl glycidyl ether) were chosen for the membranes. Membranes were formed by casting a concentrated polymer solution (12 to 25 wt% polymer) on PET fabric followed by immersion in a non-solvent bath. Scanning electron microscopy revealed an asymmetric porous structure consisting of a dense skin layer on top of a highly porous layer. Membrane performance was investigating using an FO test cell under the seawater condition.

  10. Ion and temperature sensitive polypeptide block copolymer.

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    Joo, Jae Hee; Ko, Du Young; Moon, Hyo Jung; Shinde, Usha Pramod; Park, Min Hee; Jeong, Byeongmoon

    2014-10-13

    A poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(L-alanine) multiblock copolymer incorporating ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid ([PA-PEG-PA-EDTA(m)) was synthesized as an ion/temperature dual stimuli-sensitive polymer, where the effect of different metal ions (Cu(2+), Zn(2+), and Ca(2+)) on the thermogelation of the polymer aqueous solution was investigated. The dissociation constants between the metal ions and the multiblock copolymer were calculated to be 1.2 × 10(-7), 6.6 × 10(-6), and 1.2 × 10(-4) M for Cu(2+), Zn(2+), and Ca(2+), respectively, implying that the binding affinity of the multiblock copolymer for Cu(2+) is much greater than that for Zn(2+) or Ca(2+). Atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering of the multiblock copolymer containing metal ions suggested micelle formation at low temperature, which aggregated as the temperature increased. Circular dichroism spectra suggested that changes in the α-helical secondary structure of the multiblock copolymer were more pronounced by adding Cu(2+) than other metal ions. The thermogelation of the multiblock copolymer aqueous solution containing Cu(2+) was observed at a lower temperature, and the modulus of the gel was significantly higher than that of the system containing Ca(2+) or Zn(2+), in spite of the same concentration of the metal ions and their same ionic valence of +2. The above results suggested that strong ionic complexes between Cu(2+) and the multiblock copolymer not only affected the secondary structure of the polymer but also facilitated the thermogelation of the polymer aqueous solution through effective salt-bridge formation even in a millimolar range of the metal ion concentration. Therefore, binding affinity of metal ions for polymers should be considered first in designing an effective ion/temperature dual stimuli-sensitive polymer. PMID:25178662

  11. The plumber's nightmare: a new morphology in block copolymer-ceramic nanocomposites and mesoporous aluminosilicates.

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    Finnefrock, Adam C; Ulrich, Ralph; Toombes, Gilman E S; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2003-10-29

    A novel cubic bicontinuous morphology is found in polymer-ceramic nanocomposites and mesoporous aluminosilicates that are derived by an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, poly(isoprene-b-ethylene oxide) (PI-b-PEO), used as a structure-directing agent for an inorganic aluminosilicate. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) was employed to unambiguously identify the Im(-)3m crystallographic symmetry of the materials by fitting individual Bragg peak positions in the two-dimensional X-ray images. Structure factor calculations, in conjunction with results from transmission electron microscopy, were used to narrow the range of possible structures consistent with the symmetry and showed the plumber's nightmare morphology to be consistent with the data. The samples are made by deposition onto a substrate that imposes a strain field, generating a lattice distortion. This distortion is quantitatively analyzed and shown to have resulted in shrinkage of the crystallites by approximately one-third in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, in both as-made composites and calcined ceramic materials. Finally, the observation of the bicontinuous block-copolymer-derived hybrid morphology is discussed in the context of a pseudo-ternary morphology diagram and compared to existing studies of ternary phase diagrams of amphiphiles in a mixture of two solvents. The calcined mesoporous materials have potential applications in the fields of catalysis, separation technology, and microelectronics. PMID:14570481

  12. Influencing the structure of block copolymer micelles with small molecule additives

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    Robertson, Megan; Singh, Avantika; Cooksey, Tyler; Kidd, Bryce; Piemonte, Rachele; Wang, Shu; Mai Le, Kim; Madsen, Louis

    Amphiphilic block copolymer micelles in water are under broad exploration for drug delivery applications due to their high loading capacity and targeted drug delivery. We aim to understand the kinetic and thermodynamic processes that underlie the self-assembly of diblock copolymer micelle systems. The present work focuses on diblock copolymers containing poly(ethylene oxide) (a hydrophilic polymer) and polycaprolactone (a hydrophobic polymer), which spontaneously self-assemble into spherical micelles in water. Addition of a common good solvent (a co-solvent) for both of the constituting blocks, such as tetrahydrofuran (THF), reduces the interfacial tension at the core-corona interface. We are currently investigating the effect of this phenomenon on the micelle structural properties, using small-angle scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance. We have characterized the hydrodynamic radius, core radius, corona thickness, aggregation number, degree of swelling of the micelle core with the co-solvent, and unimer (free chain) concentration, as a function of the co-solvent concentration. Fundamental knowledge from these studies will inform design of drug delivery systems by allowing us to tailor micelle properties for optimal cargo loading.

  13. Structure of block copolymer micelles in the presence of co-solvents

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    Robertson, Megan; Wang, Shu; Le, Kim Mai; Piemonte, Rachele; Madsen, Louis

    2015-03-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymer micelles in water are under broad exploration for drug delivery applications due to their high loading capacity and targeted drug delivery. We aim to understand the kinetic and thermodynamic processes that underlie the self-assembly of diblock copolymer micelle systems. The present work focuses on diblock copolymers containing poly(ethylene oxide) (a hydrophilic polymer) and polycaprolactone (a hydrophobic polymer), which spontaneously self-assemble into spherical micelles in water. Addition of a common good solvent (a co-solvent) for both of the constituting blocks, such as tetrahydrofuran (THF), reduces the interfacial tension at the core-corona interface. We are currently investigating the effect of this phenomenon on the micelle structural properties, using scattering experiments and nuclear magnetic resonance. We have characterized the hydrodynamic radius, core radius, corona thickness, aggregation number, degree of swelling of the micelle core with the co-solvent, and unimer (free chain) concentration, as a function of the co-solvent concentration. Fundamental knowledge from these studies will inform design of drug delivery systems by allowing us to tailor micelle properties for optimal cargo loading.

  14. Highly conductive side chain block copolymer anion exchange membranes.

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    Wang, Lizhu; Hickner, Michael A

    2016-06-28

    Block copolymers based on poly(styrene) having pendent trimethyl styrenylbutyl ammonium (with four carbon ring-ionic group alkyl linkers) or benzyltrimethyl ammonium groups with a methylene bridge between the ring and ionic group were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation radical (RAFT) polymerization as anion exchange membranes (AEMs). The C4 side chain polymer showed a 17% increase in Cl(-) conductivity of 33.7 mS cm(-1) compared to the benzyltrimethyl ammonium sample (28.9 mS cm(-1)) under the same conditions (IEC = 3.20 meq. g(-1), hydration number, λ = ∼7.0, cast from DMF/1-propanol (v/v = 3 : 1), relative humidity = 95%). As confirmed by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), the side chain block copolymers with tethered ammonium cations showed well-defined lamellar morphologies and a significant reduction in interdomain spacing compared to benzyltrimethyl ammonium containing block copolymers. The chemical stabilities of the block copolymers were evaluated under severe, accelerated conditions, and degradation was observed by (1)H NMR. The block copolymer with C4 side chain trimethyl styrenylbutyl ammonium motifs displayed slightly improved stability compared to that of a benzyltrimethyl ammonium-based AEM at 80 °C in 1 M NaOD aqueous solution for 30 days. PMID:27216558

  15. Method of forming oriented block copolymer line patterns, block copolymer line patterns formed thereby, and their use to form patterned articles

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    Russell, Thomas P.; Hong, Sung Woo; Lee, Doug Hyun; Park, Soojin; Xu, Ting

    2015-10-13

    A block copolymer film having a line pattern with a high degree of long-range order is formed by a method that includes forming a block copolymer film on a substrate surface with parallel facets, and annealing the block copolymer film to form an annealed block copolymer film having linear microdomains parallel to the substrate surface and orthogonal to the parallel facets of the substrate. The line-patterned block copolymer films are useful for the fabrication of magnetic storage media, polarizing devices, and arrays of nanowires.

  16. Radical-cured block copolymer-modified thermosets

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    Redline, Erica M.; Francis, Lorraine F.; Bates, Frank S.

    2013-01-10

    Poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEP-PEO) diblock copolymers were synthesized and added at 4 wt % to 2,2-bis[4-(2-hydroxy-3-methacryloxypropoxy)phenyl]propane (BisGMA), a monomer that cures using free radical chemistry. In separate experiments, poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (PEGDMA) was combined as a secondary monomer with BisGMA and the monomers were loaded with 4 wt % PEP-PEO. The diblock copolymers self-assembled into well-dispersed spherical micelles with PEP cores and PEO coronas. No appreciable change in the final extent of cure of the thermosets was caused by the addition of diblock copolymer, except in the case of BisGMA, where the addition of the block copolymer increased extent of cure by 12%. Furthermore, the extent of cure was increased by 29% and 37% with the addition of 25 and 50 wt % PEGDMA, respectively. Elastic modulus and fracture resistance were also determined, and the values indicate that the addition of block copolymers does not significantly toughen the thermoset materials. This finding is surprising when compared with the large increase in fracture resistance seen in block copolymer-modified epoxies, and an explanation is proposed.

  17. Self-assembly of inorganic nanoparticle vesicles and tubules driven by tethered linear block copolymers.

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    He, Jie; Liu, Yijing; Babu, Taarika; Wei, Zengjiang; Nie, Zhihong

    2012-07-18

    Controllable self-assembly of nanoscale building blocks into larger specific structures provides an effective route for the fabrication of new materials with unique optical, electronic, and magnetic properties. The ability of nanoparticles (NPs) to self-assemble like molecules is opening new research frontiers in nanoscience and nanotechnology. We present a new class of amphiphilic "colloidal molecules" (ACMs) composed of inorganic NPs tethered with amphiphilic linear block copolymers (BCPs). Driven by the conformational changes of tethered BCP chains, such ACMs can self-assemble into well-defined vesicular and tubular nanostructures comprising a monolayer shell of hexagonally packed NPs in selective solvents. The morphologies and geometries of these assemblies can be controlled by the size of NPs and molecular weight of BCPs. Our approach also allows us to control the interparticle distance, thus fine-tuning the plasmonic properties of the assemblies of metal NPs. This strategy provides a general means to design new building blocks for assembling novel functional materials and devices. PMID:22746265

  18. Side-chain amino-acid-based pH-responsive self-assembled block copolymers for drug delivery and gene transfer.

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    Kumar, Sonu; Acharya, Rituparna; Chatterji, Urmi; De, Priyadarsi

    2013-12-10

    Developing safe and effective nanocarriers for multitype of delivery system is advantageous for several kinds of successful biomedicinal therapy with the same carrier. In the present study, we have designed amino acid biomolecules derived hybrid block copolymers which can act as a promising vehicle for both drug delivery and gene transfer. Two representative natural chiral amino acid-containing (l-phenylalanine and l-alanine) vinyl monomers were polymerized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) process in the presence of monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol) based macro-chain transfer agents (mPEGn-CTA) for the synthesis of well-defined side-chain amino-acid-based amphiphilic block copolymers, monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(Boc-amino acid methacryloyloxyethyl ester) (mPEGn-b-P(Boc-AA-EMA)). The self-assembled micellar aggregation of these amphiphilic block copolymers were studied by fluorescence spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Potential applications of these hybrid polymers as drug carrier have been demonstrated in vitro by encapsulation of nile red dye or doxorubicin drug into the core of the micellar nanoaggregates. Deprotection of side-chain Boc- groups in the amphiphilic block copolymers subsequently transformed them into double hydrophilic pH-responsive cationic block copolymers having primary amino groups in the side-chain terminal. The DNA binding ability of these cationic block copolymers were further investigated by using agarose gel retardation assay and AFM. The in vitro cytotoxicity assay demonstrated their biocompatible nature and these polymers can serve as "smart" materials for promising bioapplications. PMID:24274731

  19. Drug-loading capacity and nuclear targeting of multiwalled carbon nanotubes grafted with anionic amphiphilic copolymers

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    Tsai, Hsieh-Chih; Lin, Jeng-Yee; Maryani, Faiza; Huang, Chun-Chiang; Imae, Toyoko

    2013-01-01

    In this study, three types of hybrid nanotubes (NTs), ie, oxidized multiwalled carbon NTs (COOH MWCNTs), heparin (Hep)-conjugated MWCNTs (Hep MWCNTs), and diblock copolymer polyglycolic acid (PGA)-co-heparin conjugated to MWCNTs (PGA MWCNTs), were synthesized with improved biocompatibility and drug-loading capacity. Hydrophilic Hep substituents on MWCNTs improved biocompatibility and acted as nucleus-sensitive segments on the CNT carrier, whereas the addition of PGA enhanced drug-loading capacity. In the PGA MWCNT system, the amphiphilic copolymer (PGA-Hep) formed micelles on the side walls of CNTs, as confirmed by electron microscopy. The PGA system encapsulated the hydrophobic drug with high efficiency compared to the COOH MWCNT and Hep MWCNT systems. This is because the drug was loaded onto the PGA MWCNTs through hydrophobic forces and onto the CNTs by π–π stacking interactions. Additionally, most of the current drug-carrier designs that target cancer cells release the drug in the lysosome or cytoplasm. However, nuclear-targeted drug release is expected to kill cancer cells more directly and efficiently. In our study, PGA MWCNT carriers effectively delivered the active anticancer drug doxorubicin into targeted nuclei. This study may provide an effective strategy for the development of carbon-based drug carriers for nuclear-targeted drug delivery. PMID:24277987

  20. Fabrication of Ordered Mesoporous Silica with Encapsulated Iron Oxide Particles using Ferritin-Doped Block Copolymer Templates

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    Hess, D.; Watkins, J.; Naik, R.

    2006-03-01

    Recently, two-dimensional arrays of iron oxide clusters were fabricated by dip-coating a silica substrate into an aqueous solution. Here we report the encapsulation of ferritin in 3D mesoporous silica structures by the replication of block copolymer templates in supercritical CO2. In our approach, preparation of the highly ordered, doped template via spincasting and microphase separation and silica network formation occur in discreet steps. A solution of an amphiphilic PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer (Pluronic) template, horse spleen ferritin and a low concentration of PTSA acid was prepared and spin-coated onto a Si wafer. Upon drying the block copolymer microphase separates resulting in partitioning of the acid catalyst and ferritin to the hydrophilic domain. The polymer template was then exposed to a solution of supercritical carbon dioxide and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) at 125 bar and 40^oC. Equilibrium limited CO2 sorption in the block copolymer template resulted in modest dialation of the microphase segregated structure. Under these conditions, the precursor was readily infused into the copolymer and reacted within the hydrophilic domain containing the acid catalyst. The resultant film was calcined in air at 400^oC for 6 hours producing a well-ordered iron oxide-doped mesoporous silica film. TEM and XRD revealed crystalline iron oxide structures within the mesoporous silica supports. Magnetic properties were analyzed using a superconducting quantum intereference device (SQUID).

  1. Characterization of Lithium Polysulfide Salts in Homopolymers and Block Copolymers

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    Wang, Dunyang; Wujcik, Kevin; Balsara, Nitash

    Ion-conducting polymers are important for solid-state batteries due to the promise of better safety and the potential to produce higher energy density batteries. Nanostructured block copolymer electrolytes can provide high ionic conductivity and mechanical strength through microphase separation. One of the potential use of block copolymer electrolytes is in lithium-sulfur batteries, a system that has high theoretical energy density wherein the reduction of sulfur leads to the formation of lithium polysulfide intermediates. In this study we investigate the effect of block copolymer morphology on the speciation and transport properties of the polysulfides. The morphology and conductivities of polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (SEO) containing lithium polysulfides were studies using small-angle X-ray scattering and ac impedance spectroscopy. UV-vis spectroscopy is being used to determine nature of the polysulfide species in poly(ethylene oxide) and SEO. Department of Energy, Soft Matter Electron Microscopy Program and Battery Materials Research Program.

  2. Liquid-crystalline ordering helps block copolymer self-assembly.

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    Yu, Haifeng; Kobayashi, Takaomi; Yang, Huai

    2011-08-01

    Interaction between liquid-crystalline elastic deformation and microphase separation in liquid-crystalline block copolymers enables them to supramolecularly assemble into ordered nanostructures with high regularity. With the help of liquid-crystalline alignment, parallel and perpendicular patterning of nanostructures is fabricated with excellent reproducibility and mass production, which provides nanotemplates and nanofabrication processes for preparing varieties of nanomaterials. Furthermore, nanoscale microphase separation improves the optical performance of block-copolymer fi lms by eliminating the scattering of visible light, leading to advanced applications in optical devices and actuators. Recent progress in liquid-crystalline block copolymers, including their phase diagram, structure-property relationship, nanostructure control and nanotemplate applications, is reviewed. PMID:21910267

  3. Field-Based Simulations of Confined Block Copolymers

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    Fredrickson, Glenn

    2009-03-01

    This presentation will discuss field-theoretic simulation methods that can be used to analyze the self-assembly behavior of thin block copolymer films, including films that are laterally confined on a flat substrate and curved films on a spherical manifold. Our studies of lateral confinement have revealed strategies for epitaxially templating microdomain patterns with long-range in-plane order and minimal defects (``graphoepitaxy"), and methods for diversifying the set of stable 2D lattice structures. On the sphere, we have found defective ground state block copolymer morphologies that are analogous to spherical crystalline packings in other contexts, e.g. the Thompson problem and viruses. The methods and findings have applications in block copolymer lithography and in dispersion technology of polymer-stabilized nanoparticles and colloids.

  4. Controlling block copolymer phase behavior using ionic surfactant

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    Ray, D.; Aswal, V. K.

    2016-05-01

    The phase behavior of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide-poly(ethylene oxide) PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer [P85 (EO26PO39EO26)] in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in aqueous solution as a function of temperature has been studied using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The measurements have been carried out for fixed concentrations (1 wt%) of block copolymer and surfactants. Each of the individual components (block copolymer and surfactant) and the nanoparticle-surfactant mixed system have been examined at varying temperature. The block copolymer P85 forms spherical micelles at room temperature whereas shows sphere-to-rod like micelle transition at higher temperatures. On the other hand, SDS surfactant forms ellipsoidal micelles over a wide temperature range. Interestingly, it is found that phase behavior of mixed micellar system (P85 + SDS) as a function of temperature is drastically different from that of P85, giving the control over the temperature-dependent phase behavior of block copolymers.

  5. Synthesis and morphology characterization of polydimethylsiloxane-containing block copolymers

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    Wadley, Maurice

    The thin film morphology characteristics of polydimethylsiloxane-containing block copolymers have been investigated. For this investigation, a commercially available hydroxyl terminated PDMS was purchased from Gelest and attached to a carboxylic acid functional reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) agent by Steglich esterification. This produced macro-RAFT agents to which styrene monomer was polymerized. By using this approach the generation of low polydispersity polystyrene-block-polydimethylsiloxane (PS-block-PDMS) copolymers of various molecular weights spanning a wide volume fraction range in which the PDMS block remained the same in each polymerization. Synthesized block copolymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Bulk and thin film characterization of PS-block-PDMS copolymers was done by small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), contact angle measurements, scanning force microscopy (SFM), and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). The following observations have been made. For PS-rich PS-block -PDMS copolymer thin films the low surface tension of PDMS caused it to migrate to the film surface regardless of solvent choice. The surface morphology was found to depend strongly on the solubility parameter of the solvent and exhibited SFM images consistent with parallel cylinder, perforated lamellar, and lamellar surface layers with increasing solvent solubility parameter. This behavior was due to the selective swelling of the individual blocks under slightly selective, good solvent conditions. A custom solvent annealing apparatus provided similar results in which order-order transitions in the thin films were observed with increasing solvent solubility parameter. Additionally improvements in the long-range order were observed after 1 h of solvent annealing. PS-rich PS-block-PDMS copolymer thin films also displayed PDMS

  6. Molecular origin of photovoltaic performance in donor-block-acceptor all-conjugated block copolymers

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    Smith, Kendall A.; Lin, Yen -Hao; Mok, Jorge W.; Yager, Kevin G.; Strzalka, Joseph; Nie, Wanyi; Mohite, Aditya D.; Verduzco, Rafael

    2015-11-03

    All-conjugated block copolymers may be an effective route to self-assembled photovoltaic devices, but we lack basic information on the relationship between molecular characteristics and photovoltaic performance. Here, we synthesize a library of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) block poly((9,9-dialkylfluorene)-2,7-diyl-alt-[4,7-bis(alkylthiophen-5-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole]-2',2''-diyl) (PFTBT) donor-block-acceptor all-conjugated block copolymers and carry out a comprehensive study of processing conditions, crystallinity, domain sizes, and side-chain structure on photovoltaic device performance. We find that all block copolymers studied exhibit an out-of-plane crystal orientation after deposition, and on thermal annealing at high temperatures the crystal orientation flips to an in-plane orientation. By varying processing conditions on polymer photovoltaic devices, we show thatmore » the crystal orientation has only a modest effect (15-20%) on photovoltaic performance. The addition of side-chains to the PFTBT block is found to decrease photovoltaic power conversion efficiencies by at least an order of magnitude. Through grazing-incidence X-ray measurements we find that the addition of side-chains to the PFTBT acceptor block results in weak segregation and small (< 10 nm) block copolymer self-assembled donor and acceptor domains. This work is the most comprehensive to date on all-conjugated block copolymer systems and suggests that photovoltaic performance of block copolymers depends strongly on the miscibility of donor and acceptor blocks, which impacts donor and acceptor domain sizes and purity. Lastly, strategies for improving the device performance of block copolymer photovoltaics should seek to increase segregation between donor and acceptor polymer domains.« less

  7. Structure-directing star-shaped block copolymers: supramolecular vesicles for the delivery of anticancer drugs.

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    Yang, Chuan; Liu, Shao Qiong; Venkataraman, Shrinivas; Gao, Shu Jun; Ke, Xiyu; Chia, Xin Tian; Hedrick, James L; Yang, Yi Yan

    2015-06-28

    Amphiphilic polycarbonate/PEG copolymer with a star-like architecture was designed to facilitate a unique supramolecular transformation of micelles to vesicles in aqueous solution for the efficient delivery of anticancer drugs. The star-shaped amphipilic block copolymer was synthesized by initiating the ring-opening polymerization of trimethylene carbonate (TMC) from methyl cholate through a combination of metal-free organo-catalytic living ring-opening polymerization and post-polymerization chain-end derivatization strategies. Subsequently, the self-assembly of the star-like polymer in aqueous solution into nanosized vesicles for anti-cancer drug delivery was studied. DOX was physically encapsulated into vesicles by dialysis and drug loading level was significant (22.5% in weight) for DOX. Importantly, DOX-loaded nanoparticles self-assembled from the star-like copolymer exhibited greater kinetic stability and higher DOX loading capacity than micelles prepared from cholesterol-initiated diblock analogue. The advantageous disparity is believed to be due to the transformation of micelles (diblock copolymer) to vesicles (star-like block copolymer) that possess greater core space for drug loading as well as the ability of such supramolecular structures to encapsulate DOX. DOX-loaded vesicles effectively inhibited the proliferation of 4T1, MDA-MB-231 and BT-474 cells, with IC50 values of 10, 1.5 and 1.0mg/L, respectively. DOX-loaded vesicles injected into 4T1 tumor-bearing mice exhibited enhanced accumulation in tumor tissue due to the enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. Importantly, DOX-loaded vesicles demonstrated greater tumor growth inhibition than free DOX without causing significant body weight loss or cardiotoxicity. The unique ability of the star-like copolymer emanating from the methyl cholate core provided the requisite modification in the block copolymer interfacial curvature to generate vesicles of high loading capacity for DOX with significant

  8. Synthesis and characterization of biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(5-benzyloxy-trimethylene carbonate) copolymers for drug delivery.

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    Zeng, Faquan; Liu, Jubo; Allen, Christine

    2004-01-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymers with various block compositions were synthesized with monomethoxy-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (MePEG) as the hydrophilic block and poly(5-benzyloxy-trimethylene carbonate) (PBTMC) as the hydrophobic block. When the copolymerization was conducted using MePEG as a macroinitiator and stannous 2-ethylhexanoate (Sn(Oct)2) as a catalyst, the molecular weight of the second block was uncontrollable, and the method only afforded a mixture of homopolymer and copolymer with a broad molecular weight distribution. By contrast, the use of the triethylaluminum-MePEG initiator yielded block copolymers with controllable molecular weight and a more narrow molecular weight distribution than the copolymers obtained using Sn(Oct)2. GPC and 1H NMR studies confirmed that the macroinitiator was consumed and the copolymer composition was as predicted. Two of the newly synthesized MePEG-b-PBTMC copolymers were evaluated in terms of properties primarily relating to their use in micellar drug delivery. MePEG-b-PBTMC micelles with a narrow monomodal size distribution were prepared using a high-pressure extrusion technique. The MePEG-b-PBTMC copolymers were also confirmed to be biodegradable and noncytotoxic. PMID:15360292

  9. Self-Assembly of a Selectively Modified Fluorinated Block Copolymer

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    Davidock, Drew; Hillmyer, Marc; Lodge, Timothy

    2002-03-01

    Selective modification can be used to systematically tune the strength of the thermodynamic interaction between the two segments of a block copolymer. It also offers an effective method for the preparation of model fluorinated block copolymers, which are difficult to synthesize directly. In this study, the effect of controlled difluorocarbene (CF_2) addition to the polyisoprene block on the self-assembly of a series of poly(ethylethylene)-b-polyisoprene (PEE-b-PI) copolymers was investigated. Equilibrium morphologies were determined by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). An effective interaction parameter (\\chi_eff) between the PEE and FPI-s-PI was calculated from the domain spacing, and is found to increase by a factor of ~400 upon complete CF2 modification. The resulting materials also offer an opportunity to examine the phase behavior all the way from weak to strong segregation with one parent copolymer. Using a binary interaction model originally developed for homopolymer/copolymer blends, we were able to model the dependence of \\chi_eff on the extent of fluorination in a quantitative manner and obtain values for the three pairwise interaction parameters.

  10. Comb-like amphiphilic polypeptide-based copolymer nanomicelles for co-delivery of doxorubicin and P-gp siRNA into MCF-7 cells.

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    Suo, Aili; Qian, Junmin; Zhang, Yaping; Liu, Rongrong; Xu, Weijun; Wang, Hejing

    2016-05-01

    A comb-like amphiphilic copolymer methoxypolyethylene glycol-graft-poly(L-lysine)-block-poly(L-phenylalanine) (mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe) was successfully synthesized. To synthesize mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe, diblock copolymer PLL-b-Phe was first synthesized by successive ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides followed by the removal of benzyloxycarbonyl protecting groups, and then mPEG was grafted onto PLL-b-Phe by reductive amination via Schiff's base formation. The chemical structures of the copolymers were identified by (1)H NMR. mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe copolymer had a critical micelle concentration of 6.0mg/L and could self-assemble in an aqueous solution into multicompartment nanomicelles with a mean diameter of approximately 78 nm. The nanomicelles could encapsulate doxorubicin (DOX) through hydrophobic and π-π stacking interactions between DOX molecules and Phe blocks and simultaneously complex P-gp siRNA with cationic PLL blocks via electrostatic interactions. The DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles showed spherical morphology, possessed narrow particle size distribution and had a mean particle size of 120 nm. The DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles exhibited pH-responsive release behaviors and displayed accelerated release under acidic conditions. The DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles were efficiently internalized into MCF-7 cells, and DOX released could successfully reach nuclei. In vitro cytotoxicity assay demonstrated that the DOX/P-gp siRNA-loaded nanomicelles showed a much higher cytotoxicity in MCF-7 cells than DOX-loaded nanomicelles due to their synergistic killing effect and that the blank nanomicelles had good biocompatibility. Thus, the novel comb-like mPEG-g-PLL-b-Phe nanomicelles could be a promising vehicle for co-delivery of chemotherapeutic drug and genetic material. PMID:26952460

  11. 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.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of multi-functional linear-dendritic block copolymer for intracellular delivery of antitumor drugs.

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    Qiao, Hongzhi; Li, Juan; Wang, Yang; Ping, Qineng; Wang, Guangji; Gu, Xiaochen

    2013-08-16

    A novel amphiphilic linear-dendritic block copolymer, semi-polyamidoamine-b-poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PALA) was synthesized and evaluated for its potential as a drug delivery system in this study. PALA was self-assembled in aqueous solution to form nanomicelles with low critical micelle concentration; antitumor drug docetaxel (DTX) was successfully encapsulated into micelles. The prepared micelles demonstrated pH-induced charge conversion and dimension changes. In vitro drug release suggested susceptibility of DTX-loaded micelles to acidic microenvironment. Hemolysis and cytotoxicity testing also indicated in vitro biocompatibility of PALA. Pharmacokinetic study in rats proved that DTX-loaded PALA micelles enhanced the AUC of DTX and prolonged drug clearance in comparison to conventional DTX injection (Taxotere(®)). It was concluded that self-assembled micelles from linear-dendritic block copolymer PALA demonstrated potential for intracellular delivery of anticancer molecules, and that its safety and efficacy in chemotherapy should be further studied. PMID:23680725

  13. Chain exchange kinetics of block copolymer micelles in ionic liquids

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    Ma, Yuanchi; Lodge, Timothy

    The chain exchange kinetics of block copolymer micelles has been studied using time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering (TR-SANS), a key tool in determining the average micelle composition in contrast-matched solvents. In this work, PMMA-block-PnBMA was selected as the model block copolymer, which has a LCST behavior in the common ionic liquids, [EMIM][TFSI] and [BMIM][TFSI]. We examined the chain exchange kinetics of three PMMA-block-PnBMA copolymers, with identical PMMA block length (MPMMA = 25000) and different PnBMA block lengths (MPnBMA = 24000, 35000 and 53000); the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ) between the core (PnBMA) and the solvent were varied by mixing [EMIM][TFSI] and [BMIM][TFSI] in different ratios. We found that the relaxation of the initial segregation of h- and d- micelles followed the same form with the time as previously developed by our group. Assuming that single chain expulsion is the rate limiting step, the thermal barrier was found to depend linearly on the core block length (Ncore) . Furthermore, the effect of χ on the chain exchange kinetics will also be discussed.

  14. Yield Stress Enhancement in Glassy-Polyethylene Block Copolymers

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    Mulhearn, William; Register, Richard

    Polyethylene (PE) has the highest annual production volume of all synthetic polymers worldwide, and is valuable across many applications due to its low cost, toughness, processability, and chemical resistance. However, PE is not well suited to certain applications due to its modest yield stress and Young's modulus (approximately 30 MPa and 1 GPa, respectively for linear, high-density PE). Irreversible deformation of PE results from dislocation of crystal stems and eventual crystal fragmentation under applied stress. The liquid-like amorphous fraction provides no useful mechanical support to the crystal fold surface in a PE homopolymer, so the only method to enhance the force required for crystal slip, and hence the yield stress, is crystal thickening via thermal treatment. An alternative route towards modifying the mechanical properties of PE involves copolymerization of a minority high-glass transition temperature block into a majority-PE block copolymer. In this work, we investigate a system of glassy/linear-PE block copolymers prepared via ring-opening metathesis polymerization of cyclopentene and substituted norbornene monomers followed by hydrogenation. We demonstrate that a large change in mechanical properties can be achieved with the addition of a short glassy block (e.g. a doubling of the yield stress and Young's modulus versus PE homopolymer with the addition of 25 percent glassy block). Furthermore, owing to the low interaction energy between PE and the substituted polynorbornene blocks employed, these high-yield PE block copolymers can exhibit single-phase melts for ease of processability.

  15. Modeling Line Edge Roughness in Lamellar Block Copolymer Systems

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    Patrone, Paul; Gallatin, Gregg

    2012-02-01

    Block copolymers offer an appealing alternative to current lithographic techniques with regard to fabrication of the next generation microprocessors. However, if copolymers are to be useful on an industrial manufacturing scale, they must meet or exceed lithography specifications for placement and line edge roughness (LER) of resist features. Here we discuss a field theoretic approach to modeling the LER in the lamellar phase of a strongly segregated block copolymer system. Our model is based on the Leibler-Ohta-Kawasaki free energy functional, which takes the Flory-Huggins parameter and index of polymerization as inputs. We consider a domain with a finite number of phase separated microdomains; at the system boundary, we apply conditions akin to a chemical pinning field. Using a path integral formalism, we determine how fluctuations of the microdomain boundaries depend on distance from the system boundary, number of microdomains, the Flory-Huggins parameter, and index of polymerization.

  16. Amphiphilic graft copolymers with ethyl cellulose backbone: Synthesis, self-assembly and tunable temperature-CO2 response.

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    Yuan, Weizhong; Zou, Hui; Shen, Jin

    2016-01-20

    Amphiphilic ethyl cellulose-graft-poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (EC-g-PDMAEMA) and ethyl cellulose-graft-poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate-co-N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (EC-g-P(MEO2MA-co-DMAEMA)) graft copolymers were easily synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The micelles self-assembled from the copolymer presented switchable temperature-CO2 dually responsive properties. The value of lower critical solution temperature (LCST) for the copolymer micelle solutions could be adjusted by CO2/Ar. Moreover, due to the alteration of the ratio of DMAEMA to MEO2MA, the LCST values of the micelle solutions decreased with the increase of MEO2MA in copolymer. The temperature-CO2 dually responsive properties of the copolymer were reversible and could be accomplished through altering the temperature and bubbling CO2/Ar. The hydrodynamic radius (Rh) of the copolymer micelles was also influenced by the ratio of DMAEMA to MEO2MA and the stimuli of temperature and CO2/Ar. As a drug release system, the copolymer micelles could achieve the control release of doxorubicin (DOX) by changing the temperature and alternatively bubbling CO2/Ar. PMID:26572349

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of Silicate Ester Prodrugs and Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Block Copolymers for Formulation into Prodrug-Loaded Nanoparticles

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    Wohl, Adam Richard

    Fine control of the physical and chemical properties of customized materials is a field that is rapidly advancing. This is especially critical in pursuits to develop and optimize novel nanoparticle drug delivery. Specifically, I aim to apply chemistry concepts to test the hypothesis "Silicate ester prodrugs of paclitaxel, customized to have the proper hydrophobicity and hydrolytic lability, can be formulated with well-defined, biocompatible, amphiphilic block copolymers into nanoparticles that are effective drugs." Chapter 1 briefly describes the context and motivation of the scientific pursuits described in this thesis. In Chapter 2, a family of model silicate esters is synthesized, the hydrolysis rate of each compound is benchmarked, and trends are established based upon the steric bulk and leaving group ability of the silicate substituents. These trends are then applied to the synthesis of labile silicate ester prodrugs in Chapter 3. The bulk of this chapter focuses on the synthesis, hydrolysis, and cytotoxicity of prodrugs based on paclitaxel, a widely used chemotherapeutic agent. In Chapter 4, a new methodology for the synthesis of narrowly dispersed, "random" poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) polymers by a constant infusion of the glycolide monomer is detailed. Using poly(ethylene glycol) as a macroinitiator, amphiphilic block copolymers were synthesized. Co-formulating a paclitaxel silicate and an amphiphilic block copolymer via flash nanoprecipitation led to highly prodrug-loaded, kinetically trapped nanoparticles. Studies to determine the structure, morphology, behavior, and efficacy of these nanoparticles are described in Chapter 5. Efforts to develop a general strategy for the selective end-functionalization of the polyether block of these amphiphilic block copolymers are discussed in Chapter 6. Examples of this strategy include functionalization of the polyether with an azide or a maleimide. Finally, Chapter 7 provides an outlook for future development of

  18. Block Copolymer Membranes for Efficient Capture of a Chemotherapy Drug

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    2016-01-01

    We introduce the use of block copolymer membranes for an emerging application, “drug capture”. The polymer is incorporated in a new class of biomedical devices, referred to as ChemoFilter, which is an image-guided temporarily deployable endovascular device designed to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy-based cancer treatment. We show that block copolymer membranes consisting of functional sulfonated polystyrene end blocks and a structural polyethylene middle block (S-SES) are capable of capturing doxorubicin, a chemotherapy drug. We focus on the relationship between morphology of the membrane in the ChemoFilter device and efficacy of doxorubicin capture measured in vitro. Using small-angle X-ray scattering and cryogenic scanning transmission electron microscopy, we discovered that rapid doxorubicin capture is associated with the presence of water-rich channels in the lamellar-forming S-SES membranes in aqueous environment. PMID:27547493

  19. High-Density Reconstitution of Functional Water Channels into Vesicular and Planar Block Copolymer Membranes

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    2012-01-01

    The exquisite selectivity and unique transport properties of membrane proteins can be harnessed for a variety of engineering and biomedical applications if suitable membranes can be produced. Amphiphilic block copolymers (BCPs), developed as stable lipid analogs, form membranes that functionally incorporate membrane proteins and are ideal for such applications. While high protein density and planar membrane morphology are most desirable, BCP–membrane protein aggregates have so far been limited to low protein densities in either vesicular or bilayer morphologies. Here, we used dialysis to reproducibly form planar and vesicular BCP membranes with a high density of reconstituted aquaporin-0 (AQP0) water channels. We show that AQP0 retains its biological activity when incorporated at high density in BCP membranes, and that the morphology of the BCP–protein aggregates can be controlled by adjusting the amount of incorporated AQP0. We also show that BCPs can be used to form two-dimensional crystals of AQP0. PMID:23082933

  20. Fast assembly of ordered block copolymer nanostructures through microwave annealing.

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    Zhang, Xiaojiang; Harris, Kenneth D; Wu, Nathanael L Y; Murphy, Jeffrey N; Buriak, Jillian M

    2010-11-23

    Block copolymer self-assembly is an innovative technology capable of patterning technologically relevant substrates with nanoscale precision for a range of applications from integrated circuit fabrication to tissue interfacing, for example. In this article, we demonstrate a microwave-based method of rapidly inducing order in block copolymer structures. The technique involves the usage of a commercial microwave reactor to anneal block copolymer films in the presence of appropriate solvents, and we explore the effect of various parameters over the polymer assembly speed and defect density. The approach is applied to the commonly used poly(styrene)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) and poly(styrene)-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) families of block copolymers, and it is found that the substrate resistivity, solvent environment, and anneal temperature all critically influence the self-assembly process. For selected systems, highly ordered patterns were achieved in less than 3 min. In addition, we establish the compatibility of the technique with directed assembly by graphoepitaxy. PMID:20964379

  1. Order and Disorder in Polydisperse Block Copolymer Melts

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    Lynd, Nathaniel; Hillmyer, Marc

    2007-03-01

    Utilizing creative strategies for the synthesis of model controlled-polydispersity poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)-b-poly(d,l-lactide)(PEP-PLA) and polystyrene-b-polyisoprene(PS-PI) block copolymers, the effects of increased breadth in the molecular weight distribution on block copolymer self-assembly were investigated. Small-angle x-ray scattering and rheological measurements were carried out to characterize the morphological details of these self-assembled materials as a function of their polydispersity, interaction strengths, and compositions. A number of surprising consequences of increased breadth in the molecular weight distribution emerged; the domain spacing of the ordered structures increased, changes in morphology occurred, and the degree of segregation at the order-disorder transitions changed as well, particularly for asymmetric block copolymers. The change in the degree of segregation at the order-disorder transition as the polydispersity was increased was found to be dependent on the block copolymer composition, e.g., for PEP-PLA and PS-PI at asymmetric compositions, when the polydispersity was increased in the minority component, the degree of segregation at the order-disorder transition decreased, whereas when the polydispersity was increased in the majority component, the degree of segregation at the order-disorder transition increased.

  2. Block copolymer libraries: modular versatility of the macromolecular Lego system.

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    Lohmeijer, Bas G G; Wouters, Daan; Yin, Zhihui; Schubert, Ulrich S

    2004-12-21

    The synthesis and characterization of a new 4 x 4 library of block copolymers based on polystyrene and poly(ethylene oxide) connected by an asymmetrical octahedral bis(terpyridine) ruthenium complex at the block junction are described, while initial studies on the thin film morphology of the components of the library are presented by the use of Atomic Force Microscopy, demonstrating the impact of a library approach to derive structure-property relationships. PMID:15599456

  3. 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.

  4. In vitro controlled release of clove essential oil in self-assembly of amphiphilic polyethylene glycol-block-polycaprolactone.

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    Thonggoom, O; Punrattanasin, N; Srisawang, N; Promawan, N; Thonggoom, R

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a micellar delivery system with an amphiphilic diblock copolymer of poly (ethylene glycol) and poly (ɛ-caprolactone) was synthesised and used to incorporate hydrophobic clove essential oil (CEO). To determine an optimal delivery system, the effects of the copolymer's hydrophobic block length and the CEO-loading content on the encapsulation of CEO were investigated. Percentages of entrapment efficiency (%EE), CEO loading (%CEO), and in vitro release profiles were determined. The size, size distribution, zeta potential, and morphology of the obtained micelles were determined by DLS, FE-SEM, and TEM. The %EE, %CEO, and in vitro release profiles of CEO incorporated in micelles were analysed by HPLC. The study revealed a sustained release profile of CEO from CEO-loaded micelles. The results indicate the successful formulation of CEO-loaded PEG-b-PCL micelle nanoparticles. It is suggested that this micelle system has considerably potential applications in the sustained release of CEO in intravascular drug delivery. PMID:26988617

  5. One-pot glovebox-free synthesis, characterization, and self-assembly of novel amphiphilic poly(sarcosine-b-caprolactone) diblock copolymers.

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    Cui, Saide; Wang, Xin; Li, Zhenjiang; Zhang, Qiguo; Wu, Wenzhuo; Liu, Jingjing; Wu, Hao; Chen, Cheng; Guo, Kai

    2014-11-01

    Novel amphiphilic polypeptoid-polyester diblock copolymers based on poly(sarcosine) (PSar) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) are synthesized by a one-pot glovebox-free approach. In this method, sarcosine N-carboxy anhydride (Sar-NCA) is firstly polymerized in the presence of benzylamine under N(2) flow, then the resulting poly(sarcosine) is used in situ as the macro-initiator for the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone using tin(II) octanoate as a catalyst. The degree of poly-merization of each block is controlled by various feed ratios of monomer/initiator. The diblock copolymers with controlled molecular weight and narrow molecular weight distributions (Đ(M) < 1.2) are characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, and size-exclusion chromatography. The self-assembly behavior of PSar-b-PCL in water is investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy. DLS results reveal that the diblock copolymers associate into nanoparticles with average hydrodynamic diameters (D(H)) around 100 nm in water, which may be used as drug delivery carriers. PMID:25283643

  6. Structure-Property Relationships in Polyolefin Block Copolymers

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    Mansour, Ameara Salah

    Poly(cyclohexylethylene) (PCHE for a homopolymer or C in a block copolymer) is created by hydrogenating polystyrene, and this polymer exhibits interesting properties, such as a high glass transition temperature (147 °C), high flexural modulus (2.8 GPa), low stress optical coefficient (-0.2 * 10-9 Pa-1), and low cost. However, the inherently brittle nature of PCHE prevents it from being used in applications that simultaneously require high modulus, ductility, thermal stability, and optical clarity. Previous research has shown that incorporating PCHE into a block copolymer with rubbery poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (P) or poly(ethylethylene) (EE) or semicrystalline polyethylene (E) results in a tough material. In some cases, applications also require specific mechanical or optical properties. In order to tune these properties, this research examined tuning crystallinity using two methods: (1) by controlling the microstructure of the soft block by synthesizing a random copolymer of E and EE, and (2) by blending high C content pentablock copolymers with semicrystalline and rubbery minority components. In the first study, diblock copolymers of C(EcoEE) also were used to understand how the microstructure of the random copolymer affects the thermodynamics of the system. In the second study, CECEC and CPCPC, designed to form the same morphology (hexagonally packed cylinders with glassy C matrices), and have similar order-to-disorder transition temperatures and domain spacings, were blended together. Isothermal crystallization experiments were used to determine how the confining E and P in one domain affects the crystallization process. The effect of architecture, the state of the minority component, and the percent crystallinity on the mechanical properties of high glass content materials was also examined. These results were compared to the mechanical properties of homopolymer PCHE, polystyrene, and polycarbonate. The processing conditions needed to create smooth films of

  7. "Frozen" block copolymer nanomembranes with light-driven proton pumping performance.

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    Kuang, Liangju; Fernandes, Donald A; O'Halloran, Matthew; Zheng, Wan; Jiang, Yunjiang; Ladizhansky, Vladimir; Brown, Leonid S; Liang, Hongjun

    2014-01-28

    Cellular membranes are natural nanoengineering devices, where matter transport, information processing, and energy conversion across the nanoscale boundaries are mediated by membrane proteins (MPs). Despite the great potential of MPs for nanotechnologies, their broad utility in engineered systems is limited by the fluidic and often labile nature of MP-supporting membranes. Little is known on how to direct spontaneous reconstitution of MPs into robust synthetic nanomembranes or how to tune MP functions through rational design of these membranes. Here we report that proteorhodopsin (PR), a light-driven proton pump, can be spontaneously reconstituted into "frozen" (i.e., glassy state) amphiphilic block copolymer membranes via a charge-interaction-directed reconstitution mechanism. We show that PR is not enslaved by a fluidic or lipid-based membrane environment. Rather, well-defined block copolymer nanomembranes, with their tunable membrane moduli, act as allosteric regulators to support the structural integrity and function of PR. Versatile membrane designs exist to modulate the conformational energetics of reconstituted MPs, therefore optimizing proteomembrane stability and performance in synthetic systems. PMID:24358932

  8. Redox-responsive micelles self-assembled from dynamic covalent block copolymers for intracellular drug delivery.

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    Yang, Qinglai; Tan, Lianjiang; He, Changyu; Liu, Bingya; Xu, Yuhong; Zhu, Zhenggang; Shao, Zhifeng; Gong, Bing; Shen, Yu-Mei

    2015-04-01

    Redox-responsive micelles self-assembled from dynamic covalent block copolymers with double disulfide linkage in the backbone have been developed successfully. The amphiphilic block copolymers PEG-PLA associated with complementary H-bonding sequences can self-assemble into spherical micelles in aqueous media with sizes from 34 nm to 107 nm with different molar mass of PEG and PLA. Moreover, in vitro drug release analyses indicate that reductive environment can result in triggered drug release profiles. The glutathione (GSH) mediated intracellular drug delivery was investigated against HeLa human cervical carcinoma cell line. Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy measurements demonstrated that the micelles exhibited faster drug release in glutathione monoester (GSH-OEt) pretreated HeLa cells than that in the nonpretreated cells. Cytotoxicity assay of DOX-loaded micelles indicated the higher cellular proliferation inhibition against 10 mM of GSH-OEt pretreated HeLa cells than that of the nonpretreated ones. These reduction-responsive, biodegradable and biocompatibility micelles could provide a favorable platform to construct excellent drug delivery systems for cancer therapy. PMID:25662913

  9. Biomembrane mimics made from block copolymers

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    Discher, Bohdana; Won, You-Yeon; Lee, James; Bermudez, Harry; Bates, Frank

    2000-03-01

    Synthetic, `super'-amphiphilic polymers have been used to self assemble cell-sized vesicles having some unique properties. Membrane elasticity measures together with cryo-TEM analyses prove consistent with a hyper-thick structure in comparison to lipid membranes. The increased thickness also explains the enhanced toughness of the polymer membranes as well as their reduced permeability. The results raise fundamental questions as to the reasons for nature's `thin' designs and, together with simple measures of biocompatibility, suggest obvious applications. In addition, the reduced viscosity and high reactivity achievable in these membranes enables covalent cross-linking which, at a qualitative level, replicates the shear resilience of polymerized structures like the spectrin network of the red cell. Extensive cross-linking over many microns is demonstrated through observable transfer into chloroform or air without detectable loss of either surface or contents. Although, shear-based estimates of crosslink densities substantiate the picture that these membranes are more hard than soft, dilution of the crosslinkable polymers leads to 'brittle' membranes that may provide new opportunites for tuned release.

  10. Block-copolymer-induced structure formation in microemulsions

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    Hilfiker, R.; Eicke, H.F.; Steeb, C.; Hofmeier, U. )

    1991-02-07

    Transient electric birefringence measurements were performed on water/AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate)/isooctane microemulsions with various amounts of block-copoly(oxyethylene/isoprene/oxyethylene) added. The authors could show that addition of the copolymer leads to a formation of nanodroplet (ND)-copolymer-aggregates. The contributions of NDs and aggregates to the induced birefringence could easily be separated because the NDs exhibited a negative and the aggregates a positive induced birefringence and because the time scales corresponding to the two processes were different.

  11. Formation and Characterization of Anisotropic Block Copolymer Gels

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    Liaw, Chya Yan; Joester, Derk; Burghardt, Wesley; Shull, Kenneth

    2012-02-01

    Cylindrical micelles formed from block copolymer solutions closely mimic biological fibers that are presumed to guide mineral formation during biosynthesis of hard tissues like bone. The goal of our work is to use acrylic block copolymers as oriented templates for studying mineral formation reactions in model systems where the structure of the underlying template is well characterized and reproducible. Self-consistent mean field theory is first applied to investigate the thermodynamically stable micellar morphologies as a function of temperature and block copolymer composition. Small-angle x-ray scattering, optical birefringence and shear rheometry are used to study the morphology development during thermal processing. Initial experiments are based on a thermally-reversible alcohol-soluble system that can be converted to an aqueous gel by hydrolysis of a poly(t-butyl methacrylate) block to a poly(methacrylic acid) block. Aligned cylindrical domains are formed in the alcohol-based system when shear is applied in an appropriate temperature regime, which is below the critical micelle temperature but above the temperature at which the relaxation time of the gels becomes too large. Processing strategies for producing the desired cylindrical morphologies are being developed that account for both thermodynamic and kinetic effects.

  12. Nanostructured anion conducting block copolymer electrolyte thin films

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    Arges, Christopher; Kambe, Yu; Nealey, Paul

    Lamellae forming block copolymer electrolyte (BCE) thin-films with perpendicular aligned orientation were registered with high fidelity over large areas via a self-assembly process followed by a novel chemical vapor infiltration reaction (CVIR) technique. In this scheme, poly(styrene- b-2-vinyl pyridine) (PS bP2VP) block copolymers were self-assembled with perpendicular orientations on neutral chemical brushes using solvent vapor annealing. The ionic groups were selectively introduced into the P2VP block via a Menshutkin reaction that converted the nitrogen in the pyridine to n-methylpyridinium - anion carrier groups. FTIR-ATR and XPS tools confirmed the formation of the aforementioned ionic moieties post CVIR process and structure imaging tools (e.g., SEM and AFM imaging, GI-SAXS and RSOXs) established that incorporation of the ionic groups did not alter the self-assembled nanostructured films nor did subsequent ion-exchange processes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy determined the in-plane ion conductivity of different counteranions in the BCE thin films and alteration to the symmetry of the block copolymer film substantially improved (or hindered) BCE ion conductivity if the P2VP block's volume fraction was slightly greater than (or less than) 0.5. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  13. Gas Permeation through Polystyrene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Block Copolymers

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    Hallinan, Daniel, Jr.; Minelli, Matteo; Giacinti-Baschetti, Marco; Balsara, Nitash

    2013-03-01

    Lithium air batteries are a potential technology for affordable energy storage. They consist of a lithium metal anode and a porous air cathode separated by a solid polymer electrolyte membrane, such as PEO/LiTFSI (PEO = poly(ethylene oxide), LiTFSI = lithium bis-trifluoromethane sulfonimide). For extended operation of such a battery, the polymer electrolyte must conduct lithium ions while blocking electrons and gases present in air. In order to maintain a pressure difference the membrane must be mechanically robust, which can be achieved by incorporating the PEO into a block copolymer with a glassy block such as PS (PS = polystyrene). To protect the lithium electrode, the membrane must have low permeability to gases in air such as CO2, N2, and O2. We have therefore studied the permeation of pure gases through a PS-PEO block copolymer. A high molecular weight, symmetric block copolymer with a lamellar morphology was used to cast free-standing membranes. Gas permeability was measured through these membranes with a standard, pressure-based technique. A model was developed to account for transport through the polymer membrane consisting of semi-crystalline PEO lamellae and amorphous PS lamellae. PEO crystallinity was extracted from the permeation model and compares well with values from differential scanning calorimetry measurements.

  14. Synthesis and interactions with blood of polyetherurethaneurea/polypeptide block copolymers.

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    Ito, Y; Miyashita, K; Kashiwagi, T; Imanishi, Y

    1993-01-01

    Polyurethane/polypeptide block copolymers were synthesized. Infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry revealed that in the block copolymers both segments undergo phase-mixing, while in polyurethane/polypeptide blend both components undergo phase-separation. Contact angle measurement showed that in the block copolymers polyurethane segments tended to appear on the membrane surface, whereas in polyurethane/polypeptide blend polypeptide components appeared on the membrane surface. In vitro nonthrombogenicity of the block copolymers was similar to that of homopolymers or polymer blends, though adhesion and deformation of platelets were suppressed on the block copolymer membranes. PMID:8260582

  15. Construction and characterization of hybrid nanoparticles via block copolymer blends and kinetic control of solution assembly

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    Chen, Yingchao

    Amphiphilic block copolymers are able to self-assemble into well-defined nanostructures in aqueous solutions or aqueous/miscible organic solutions. These structures include traditional spheres, cylinders and vesicles, which mimic nanostructures formed by small molecule analogs like lipids and surfactants. The large molecular weight and complex macromolecular architectures provide several advantages over small molecule amphiphiles, including the large chemical versatility, control over the size and shape of the solution assemblies, unique slow chain exchange and exceptional increased versatility in possible nanostructures. These advantages have motivated the noteworthy study of constructing well-defined, controlled and, especially, multicompartment and multigeometry polymeric nanoobjects for potential multiple nanotechnology applications. To reach complexity and well-controlled nanostructures, the facile utility and fundamental understanding of the parameters that influence the effective construction of solution assemblies needs to be continued. Given these motivations, this dissertation demonstrated the design of block copolymers, manipulation of kinetic control parameters of solution assembly, and characterization of hybrid nanostructures with the aim of creating new, well-defined nanostructures. The first objective of this dissertation was to explore the effects of solvent processing rates in influencing multicompartment and multigeometry nanoparticle construction, structure evolution over long-time aging and nanoparticle formation mechanisms. The noticeable effects of water addition rates on the formation of various nanostructures were studied by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, selective staining and small angle scattering. It was revealed that the water addition rate have significant influence over the final assemblies in block copolymer blends. New shapes of multicompartment and multigeometry nanoparticles have been constructed including hybrid

  16. Ultralow Oil-Fouling Heterogeneous Poly(ether sulfone) Ultrafiltration Membrane via Blending with Novel Amphiphilic Fluorinated Gradient Copolymers.

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    Zhang, Guangfa; Jiang, Jingxian; Zhang, Qinghua; Gao, Fan; Zhan, Xiaoli; Chen, Fengqiu

    2016-02-01

    A novel amphiphilic fluorinated gradient copolymer was prepared by semibatch reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) method using poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) and 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,8-tridecafluorooctyl acrylate (TFOA) as monomers. The resultant amphiphilic copolymers were then incorporated into the poly(ether sulfone) (PES) to fabricate PES blend membranes via the non-solvent-induced phase separation method (NIPS). During the phase inversion process, both hydrophilic (PEGMA) and low surface energy (TFOA) segments significantly enriched on the membrane surface by surface segregation to form an amphiphilic surface, which was demonstrated by surface wetting properties and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. According to the filtration experiments of oil-in-water emulsion, the heterogeneous membranes exhibited superior oil-fouling resistant properties, that is, low flux decay (as low as 15.4%) and high flux recovery (almost 100%), compared to the pure PES membrane. The synergistic effect of fouling-resistant and fouling-release mechanisms was found to be responsible for the excellent antifouling capacities. The findings of this study offer a facile and robust strategy for fabricating ultralow oil-fouling membranes that might be used for effective oil/water separation. PMID:26780307

  17. Preparation and icephobic properties of polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane-polyacrylate block copolymers

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    Li, Xiaohui; Zhao, Yunhui; Li, Hui; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2014-10-01

    Five polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane (PMTFPS)-polyacrylate block copolymers (PMTFPS-b-polyacrylate) were synthesized by free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate, n-butyl acrylate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate using PMTFPS macroazoinitiator (PMTFPS-MAI) in range of 10-50 mass percentages. The morphology, surface chemical composition and wettability of the prepared copolymer films were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and water contact angle measurement. Delayed icing time and ice shear strength of the films were also detected for the icephobic purpose. The surface morphologies of the copolymers were different from those of the bulk because of the migration of the PMTFPS segments to the air interface during the film formation. Maximal delayed icing time (186 s at -15 °C) and reduction of the ice shear strength (301 ± 10 kPa) which was significantly lower than that of polyacrylates (804 ± 37 kPa) were achieved when the content of PMTFPS-MAI was 20 wt%. The icephobicity of the copolymers was attributed primarily to the enrichment of PMTFPS on the film surface and synergistic effect of both silicone and fluorine. Thus, the results show that the PMTFPS-b-polyacrylate copolymer can be used as icephobic coating materials potentially.

  18. Simple, generalizable route to highly aligned block copolymer thin films

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    Qiang, Zhe; Cavicchi, Kevin; Vogt, Bryan; University of Akron Team

    Macroscopic alignment of block copolymer domains in thin films is desired for many applications, such as cell responsive surfaces or optical polarizers. Alignment generally requires specialized tools that apply external fields, shear force gradient, or produce topological patterned substrates. This requirement limits the broad academic application of aligned BCPs. Here, we describe a simple modification of commonly utilized solvent vapor annealing (SVA) process for macroscopic alignment of BCPs. Adhering a flat, crosslinked elastomer pad to the BCP film leads to differential swelling between the elastomer pad and BCP to produce a shear force that aligns the ordered BCP domains. The role of elastomer properties, solvent quality, drying rate and degree of segregation of the block copolymer will be discussed to provide generalized rules for alignment with this technique. Cylindrical nanostructures formed in polystyrene-block-polydimethylsiloxane can be transformed into arrays of silica lines and increasing the thickness from a monolayer to bilayer can effectively halve the spacing of the lines. These results illustrate a generalized method for BCP alignment and a potential route for the generation of complex hierarchical assembled structures. A generalized method for block copolymer thin film alignment: solvent vapor annealing with shear.

  19. Synthesis and Application of Conducting Block Copolymers in Organic Photovoltaics

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    Boudouris, Bryan W.; Hillmyer, Marc A.; Frisbie, C. Daniel

    2007-03-01

    Recent advances in the fabrication and post-processing of polymer -- fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells have allowed for devices with power conversion efficiencies up to 5% to be generated. An understanding of how the internal morphology of the active layer affects device performance would facilitate optimization and ultimately lead to higher efficiencies. Block copolymers have been shown to self-assemble into well-structured, microphase-separated domains on the order of the diffusion length (˜ 10 nm) of an exciton (bound electron-hole pair) in thin films. In an effort to make a nanostructured active layer morphology we have synthesized block copolymers where the conducting moiety is either poly(3-hexylthiophene) or poly(3-dodeclythiophene) and the second, etchable block is polylactide. Hydroxyl-terminated polythiophene molecules were synthesized via the McCullough method and used as macroinitiators for the ring-opening polymerization of D,L-lactide. AFM images of spin-coated block copolymer films show separation between the polythiophene and polylactide segments. After subjecting the samples to a dilute aqueous base for short periods of time, we have selectively etched the polylactide segments to create pits in the semicrystalline polythiophene matrices. In addition to these findings, preliminary device results will also be discussed.

  20. Reordering transitions during annealing of block copolymer cylinder phases

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    Majewski, Pawel W.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-10-06

    While equilibrium block-copolymer morphologies are dictated by energy-minimization effects, the semi-ordered states observed experimentally often depend on the details of ordering pathways and kinetics. In this study, we explore reordering transitions in thin films of block-copolymer cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate). We observe several transient states as films order towards horizontally-aligned cylinders. In particular, there is an early-stage reorganization from randomly-packed cylinders into hexagonally-packed vertically-aligned cylinders; followed by a reorientation transition from vertical to horizontal cylinder states. These transitions are thermally activated. The growth of horizontal grains within an otherwise vertical morphology proceeds anisotropically, resulting in anisotropic grains in the final horizontalmore » state. The size, shape, and anisotropy of grains are influenced by ordering history; for instance, faster heating rates reduce grain anisotropy. These results help elucidate aspects of pathway-dependent ordering in block-copolymer thin films.« less

  1. Influence of Chirality in Ordered Block Copolymer Phases

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    Prasad, Ishan; Grason, Gregory

    2015-03-01

    Block copolymers are known to assemble into rich spectrum of ordered phases, with many complex phases driven by asymmetry in copolymer architecture. Despite decades of study, the influence of intrinsic chirality on equilibrium mesophase assembly of block copolymers is not well understood and largely unexplored. Self-consistent field theory has played a major role in prediction of physical properties of polymeric systems. Only recently, a polar orientational self-consistent field (oSCF) approach was adopted to model chiral BCP having a thermodynamic preference for cholesteric ordering in chiral segments. We implement oSCF theory for chiral nematic copolymers, where segment orientations are characterized by quadrupolar chiral interactions, and focus our study on the thermodynamic stability of bi-continuous network morphologies, and the transfer of molecular chirality to mesoscale chirality of networks. Unique photonic properties observed in butterfly wings have been attributed to presence of chiral single-gyroid networks, this has made it an attractive target for chiral metamaterial design.

  2. Periodic nanostructures from self assembled wedge-type block-copolymers

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    Xia, Yan; Sveinbjornsson, Benjamin R.; Grubbs, Robert H.; Weitekamp, Raymond; Miyake, Garret M.; Piunova, Victoria; Daeffler, Christopher Scot

    2015-06-02

    The invention provides a class of wedge-type block copolymers having a plurality of chemically different blocks, at least a portion of which incorporates a wedge group-containing block providing useful properties. For example, use of one or more wedge group-containing blocks in some block copolymers of the invention significantly inhibits chain entanglement and, thus, the present block copolymers materials provide a class of polymer materials capable of efficient molecular self-assembly to generate a range of structures, such as periodic nanostructures and microstructures. Materials of the present invention include copolymers having one or more wedge group-containing blocks, and optionally for some applications copolymers also incorporating one or more polymer side group-containing blocks. The present invention also provides useful methods of making and using wedge-type block copolymers.

  3. Self-Assembly of Discrete Metal Complexes in Aqueous Solution via Block Copolypeptide Amphiphiles

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    Kuroiwa, Keita; Masaki, Yoshitaka; Koga, Yuko; Deming, Timothy J.

    2013-01-01

    The integration of discrete metal complexes has been attracting significant interest due to the potential of these materials for soft metal-metal interactions and supramolecular assembly. Additionally, block copolypeptide amphiphiles have been investigated concerning their capacity for self-assembly into structures such as nanoparticles, nanosheets and nanofibers. In this study, we combined these two concepts by investigating the self-assembly of discrete metal complexes in aqueous solution using block copolypeptides. Normally, discrete metal complexes such as [Au(CN)2]−, when molecularly dispersed in water, cannot interact with one another. Our results demonstrated, however, that the addition of block copolypeptide amphiphiles such as K183L19 to [Au(CN)2]− solutions induced one-dimensional integration of the discrete metal complex, resulting in photoluminescence originating from multinuclear complexes with metal-metal interactions. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed a fibrous nanostructure with lengths and widths of approximately 100 and 20 nm, respectively, which grew to form advanced nanoarchitectures, including those resembling the weave patterns of Waraji (traditional Japanese straw sandals). This concept of combining block copolypeptide amphiphiles with discrete coordination compounds allows the design of flexible and functional supramolecular coordination systems in water. PMID:23337202

  4. Magnetic Alignment of Block Copolymer Microdomains by Intrinsic Chain Anisotropy

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    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Gopinadhan, Manesh; Osuji, Chinedum O.; Zhang, Kai; O'Hern, Corey S.; Larson, Steven R.; Gopalan, Padma; Majewski, Paweł W.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-12-01

    We examine the role of intrinsic chain susceptibility anisotropy in magnetic field directed self-assembly of a block copolymer using in situ x-ray scattering. Alignment of a lamellar mesophase is observed on cooling across the disorder-order transition with the resulting orientational order inversely proportional to the cooling rate. We discuss the origin of the susceptibility anisotropy, Δ χ , that drives alignment and calculate its magnitude using coarse-grained molecular dynamics to sample conformations of surface-tethered chains, finding Δ χ ≈2 ×1 0-8. From field-dependent scattering data, we estimate that grains of ≈1.2 μ m are present during alignment. These results demonstrate that intrinsic anisotropy is sufficient to support strong field-induced mesophase alignment and suggest a versatile strategy for field control of orientational order in block copolymers.

  5. Self-assembled phases of block copolymer blend thin films.

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    Yager, Kevin G; Lai, Erica; Black, Charles T

    2014-10-28

    The patterns formed by self-assembled thin films of blended cylindrical and lamellar polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) block copolymers can be either a spatially uniform, single type of nanostructure or separate, coexisting regions of cylinders and lamellae, depending on fractional composition and molecular weight ratio of the blend constituents. In blends of block copolymers with different molecular weights, the morphology of the smaller molecular weight component more strongly dictates the resulting pattern. Although molecular scale chain mixing distorts microdomain characteristic length scales from those of the pure components, even coexisting morphologies exhibit the same domain spacing. We quantitatively account for the phase behavior of thin-film blends of cylinders and lamellae using a physical, thermodynamic model balancing the energy of chain distortions with the entropy of mixing. PMID:25285733

  6. Confinement of elastomeric block copolymers via forced assembly coextrusion.

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    Burt, Tiffani M; Keum, Jong; Hiltner, Anne; Baer, Eric; Korley, Lashanda T J

    2011-12-01

    Forced assembly processing provides a unique opportunity to examine the effects of confinement on block copolymers (BCPs) via conventional melt processing techniques. The microlayering process was utilized to produce novel materials with enhanced mechanical properties through selective manipulation of layer thickness. Multilayer films consisting of an elastomeric, symmetric block copolymer confined between rigid polystyrene (PS) layers were produced with layer thicknesses ranging from 100 to 600 nm. Deformation studies of the confined BCP showed an increase in ductility as the layer thickness decreased to 190 nm due to a shift in the mode of deformation from crazing to shear yielding. Postextrusion annealing was performed on the multilayer films to investigate the impact of a highly ordered morphology on the mechanical properties. The annealed multilayer films exhibited increased toughness with decreasing layer thickness and resulted in homogeneous deformation compared to the as-extruded films. Multilayer coextrusion proved to be an advantageous method for producing continuous films with tunable mechanical response. PMID:22124208

  7. Magnetic alignment of block copolymer microdomains by intrinsic chain anisotropy

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    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Yager, Kevin G.; Gopinadhan, Manesh; Osuji, Chinedum O.; Zhang, Kai; O'Hern, Corey S.; Larson, Steven R.; Gopalan, Padma; Majewski, Pawel W.

    2015-12-18

    We examine the role of intrinsic chain susceptibility anisotropy in magnetic field directed self-assembly of a block copolymer using in situ x-ray scattering. Alignment of a lamellar mesophase is observed on cooling across the disorder-order transition with the resulting orientational order inversely proportional to the cooling rate. We discuss the origin of the susceptibility anisotropy, Δχ, that drives alignment and calculate its magnitude using coarse-grained molecular dynamics to sample conformations of surface-tethered chains, finding Δχ ≈ 2×10–8. From field-dependent scattering data, we estimate that grains of ≈ 1.2 μm are present during alignment. Furthermore, these results demonstrate that intrinsic anisotropymore » is sufficient to support strong field-induced mesophase alignment and suggest a versatile strategy for field control of orientational order in block copolymers.« less

  8. Magnetic alignment of block copolymer microdomains by intrinsic chain anisotropy

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    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Yager, Kevin G.; Gopinadhan, Manesh; Osuji, Chinedum O.; Zhang, Kai; O'Hern, Corey S.; Larson, Steven R.; Gopalan, Padma; Majewski, Pawel W.

    2015-12-18

    We examine the role of intrinsic chain susceptibility anisotropy in magnetic field directed self-assembly of a block copolymer using in situ x-ray scattering. Alignment of a lamellar mesophase is observed on cooling across the disorder-order transition with the resulting orientational order inversely proportional to the cooling rate. We discuss the origin of the susceptibility anisotropy, Δχ, that drives alignment and calculate its magnitude using coarse-grained molecular dynamics to sample conformations of surface-tethered chains, finding Δχ ≈ 2×10–8. From field-dependent scattering data, we estimate that grains of ≈ 1.2 μm are present during alignment. Furthermore, these results demonstrate that intrinsic anisotropy is sufficient to support strong field-induced mesophase alignment and suggest a versatile strategy for field control of orientational order in block copolymers.

  9. Beyond Orientation: The Impact of Electric Fields on Block Copolymers

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    Liedel, Clemens; Boker, A.; Pester, Christian; Ruppel, Markus A; Urban, Volker S

    2012-01-01

    Since the first report on electric field-induced alignment of block copolymers (BCPs) in 1991, electric fields have been shown not only to direct the orientation of BCP nanostructures in bulk, solution, and thin films, but also to reversibly induce order-order transitions, affect the order-disorder transition temperature, and control morphologies' dimensions with nanometer precision. Theoretical and experimental results of the past years in this very interesting field of research are summarized and future perspectives are outlined.

  10. Electrically Tunable Soft-Solid Block Copolymer Structural Color.

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    Park, Tae Joon; Hwang, Sun Kak; Park, Sungmin; Cho, Sung Hwan; Park, Tae Hyun; Jeong, Beomjin; Kang, Han Sol; Ryu, Du Yeol; Huh, June; Thomas, Edwin L; Park, Cheolmin

    2015-12-22

    One-dimensional photonic crystals based on the periodic stacking of two different dielectric layers have been widely studied, but the fabrication of mechanically flexible polymer structural color (SC) films, with electro-active color switching, remains challenging. Here, we demonstrate free-standing electric field tunable ionic liquid (IL) swollen block copolymer (BCP) films. Placement of a polymer/ionic liquid film-reservoir adjacent to a self-assembled poly(styrene-block-quaternized 2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-QP2VP) copolymer SC film allowed the development of red (R), green (G), and blue (B) full-color SC block copolymer films by swelling of the QP2VP domains by the ionic liquid associated with water molecules. The IL-polymer/BCP SC film is mechanically flexible with excellent color stability over several days at ambient conditions. The selective swelling of the QP2VP domains could be controlled by both the ratio of the IL to a polymer in the gel-like IL reservoir layer and by an applied voltage in the range of -3 to +6 V using a metal/IL reservoir/SC film/IL reservoir/metal capacitor type device. PMID:26505787

  11. Solubilization of a homopolymer in a block copolymer

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    Jeon, K.J.; Roe, R.J. . Dept of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1994-04-25

    Blends containing styrene-butadiene diblock copolymer (50 wt % styrene content) and polystyrene of various molecular weights are studied by light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering. The solubility of polystyrene in the styrene domain of the block copolymer is governed by the ratio of the homopolymer molecular weight to the block molecular weight. A finite solubility limit exists when this ratio exceeds [approximately]1. The lamellar repeat period increases linearly as more polystyrene is added, but the butadiene layer thickness remains constant, signifying that the average interfacial area occupied by a copolymer junction point does not change with added polystyrene. This contrasts to the case found by the others that the average area per junction point increases when the added homopolymer is smaller than the block size. Small-angle X-ray scattering patterns obtained from samples having lamellar morphology are described by an idealized model in which layers of styrene and butadiene of randomly varying thicknesses with a diffuse interface between them are stacked parallel.

  12. Proton Transport in Nanostructured Block Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Membranes

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    Hoarfrost, Megan; Tyagi, Madhu; Reimer, Jeffrey; Segalman, Rachel

    2011-03-01

    Nanostructured block copolymer/ionic liquid mixtures are of interest for creating membranes having high proton conductivity coupled with high thermal stability. In these mixtures, it is anticipated that nanoconfinement to block copolymer domains will affect ionic liquid proton transport properties. Using pulsed-field gradient NMR and quasi-elastic neutron scattering, this relationship has been investigated for mixtures of poly(styrene-b- 2-vinylpyridine) (S2VP) with ionic liquids composed of imidazole and bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide (HTFSI), where the ionic liquids selectively reside in the P2VP domains of the block copolymer. Proton mobility is highest in the neat ionic liquids when there is an excess of imidazole compared to HTFSI due to proton hopping between hydrogen-bonded imidazoles. As predicted, the amount of proton hopping can be tuned by nanoconfinement, as evidenced by the finding that a lamellar mixture of an imidazole- excess ionic liquid with S2VP has greater proton mobility than a corresponding disordered mixture of the ionic liquid with P2VP homopolymer.

  13. Nanostructured assemblies from amphiphilic ABC multiblock polymers

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    Hillmyer, Marc A.

    2012-02-01

    Amphiphilic AB diblock copolymers containing a water compatible segment can self-assemble in aqueous media to give supramolecular structures that include simple spherical micelles and macromolecular vesicles termed polymersomes. Amphiphilic ABA triblocks with hydrophobic end blocks can adopt analogous structures but can also form gels at high polymer concentrations. The structural and chemical diversity demonstrated in block copolymer micelles and gels makes them attractive for applications ranging from drug delivery to personal care products to nanoreactors. The inclusion of a third block in amphiphilic ABC triblock systems can lead to a much wider array of self-assembled structures that depend not only on composition but also on block sequence, architecture and incompatibility considerations. I will present our recent efforts on tuning micelle and gel structure and behavior using controlled architecture ABC triblocks. The combination of diverse polymer segments into a single macromolecule is a powerful method for development of self-assembled structures with both new form and new function.

  14. Redox-controlled micellization of organometallic block copolymers.

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    Rider, David A; Winnik, Mitchell A; Manners, Ian

    2007-11-21

    Polystyrene-block-polyferrocenylsilane (PS-b-PFS) diblock copolymers were stoichiometrically oxidized in solution using salts of the one-electron oxidant tris(4-bromophenyl)ammoniumyl. Due to a redox-induced polarity change for the PFS block, self-assembly into well-defined spherical micelles occurs. The micelles are composed of a core of partially oxidized PFS segments and a corona of PS. When the micellar solutions were treated with the reducing agent decamethylcobaltocene, the spherical micelles disassemble and regenerate unassociated and pristine PS-b-PFS free chains. PMID:17971963

  15. Responsive block copolymer photonics triggered by protein-polyelectrolyte coacervation.

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    Fan, Yin; Tang, Shengchang; Thomas, Edwin L; Olsen, Bradley D

    2014-11-25

    Ionic interactions between proteins and polyelectrolytes are demonstrated as a method to trigger responsive transitions in block copolymer (BCP) photonic gels containing one neutral hydrophobic block and one cationic hydrophilic block. Poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) blocks in lamellar poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) block copolymer thin films are quaternized with primary bromides to yield swollen gels that show strong reflectivity peaks in the visible range; exposure to aqueous solutions of various proteins alters the swelling ratios of the quaternized P2VP (QP2VP) gel layers in the PS-QP2VP materials due to the ionic interactions between proteins and the polyelectrolyte. Parameters such as charge density, hydrophobicity, and cross-link density of the QP2VP gel layers as well as the charge and size of the proteins play significant roles on the photonic responses of the BCP gels. Differences in the size and pH-dependent charge of proteins provide a basis for fingerprinting proteins based on their temporal and equilibrium photonic response. The results demonstrate that the BCP gels and their photonic effect provide a robust and visually interpretable method to differentiate different proteins. PMID:25393374

  16. Block copolymers for alkaline fuel cell membrane materials

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    Li, Yifan

    Alkaline fuel cells (AFCs) using anion exchange membranes (AEMs) as electrolyte have recently received considerable attention. AFCs offer some advantages over proton exchange membrane fuel cells, including the potential of non-noble metal (e.g. nickel, silver) catalyst on the cathode, which can dramatically lower the fuel cell cost. The main drawback of traditional AFCs is the use of liquid electrolyte (e.g. aqueous potassium hydroxide), which can result in the formation of carbonate precipitates by reaction with carbon dioxide. AEMs with tethered cations can overcome the precipitates formed in traditional AFCs. Our current research focuses on developing different polymer systems (blend, block, grafted, and crosslinked polymers) in order to understand alkaline fuel cell membrane in many aspects and design optimized anion exchange membranes with better alkaline stability, mechanical integrity and ionic conductivity. A number of distinct materials have been produced and characterized. A polymer blend system comprised of poly(vinylbenzyl chloride)-b-polystyrene (PVBC-b-PS) diblock copolymer, prepared by nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP), with poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO) or brominated PPO was studied for conversion into a blend membrane for AEM. The formation of a miscible blend matrix improved mechanical properties while maintaining high ionic conductivity through formation of phase separated ionic domains. Using anionic polymerization, a polyethylene based block copolymer was designed where the polyethylene-based block copolymer formed bicontinuous morphological structures to enhance the hydroxide conductivity (up to 94 mS/cm at 80 °C) while excellent mechanical properties (strain up to 205%) of the polyethylene block copolymer membrane was observed. A polymer system was designed and characterized with monomethoxy polyethylene glycol (mPEG) as a hydrophilic polymer grafted through substitution of pendent benzyl chloride groups of a PVBC

  17. Biodegradable PELA block copolymers: in vitro degradation and tissue reaction.

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    Younes, H; Nataf, P R; Cohn, D; Appelbaum, Y J; Pizov, G; Uretzky, G

    1988-01-01

    Degradation of, and tissue reaction elicited by a series of polyethylene oxide (PEO)/polylactic acid (PLA) PELA block copolymers were studied in vitro and in vivo. In particular, the effect of pH, temperature and enzymatic activity was addressed. The mass loss was faster, the more basic the media, while, expectedly, PELA copolymers degraded faster with the higher temperature. The addition of an enzyme (carboxylic ester hydrolase) had no effect. The degradation process strongly affected the mechanical properties of the materials under investigation, the elongation at break dropping drastically after two days of degradation. After seven days, only gross observation of the extensively degraded samples was possible. The in vivo studies compared the tissue reaction elicited by various PELA copolymers to that evoked by PLA. Evaluation of tissue reaction observed with a PELA sample after sterilization with gamma radiation showed acute inflammation with considerable dispersion of the material, 12 days after implantation. The granulomatous reaction observed with PELA copolymers after ethylene oxide sterilization was identical to the reaction observed with PLA. PMID:3064826

  18. 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

  19. Diamond-Forming Block Copolymers and Diamond-like Morphologies: a New Route towards efficient Block Copolymer Membranes?

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    Erukhimovich, Igor; Kriksin, Yury

    2014-03-01

    Formation of ordered (microphase separated) block copolymer nanostructures is a promising route towards creating isoporous membranes suitable for technological applications. We propose a new route to achieve this target: to choose such block copolymer architectures, which would provide a practically isotropic permeability both in the bulk and in thin films. Basing both on the weak segregation theory extension into the thin films and the self-consistent field theory numerical procedure we present the results concerning the effects of the wall confinement both with neutral, selective and patterned walls on the structure and stability of the block copolymer ordered films. The diamond-like morphology is found to be the most promising one as to optimizing the permeability of thin films. A new effect of the diamond morphology stability enhancement in the presence of a properly designed lamellar-like wall pattern is discovered and the corresponding phase diagram demonstrating the effect of the pattern scale and film width on the diamond morphology stability is presented. The financial support was provided by Ministry of Science and Education of Russian Federation (State Contract No. 02.740.11.0858) and European Commission (FP7 project NMP3-SL-2009- 228652 (SELFMEM)).

  20. Effect of some parameters on the synthesis and the physico-chemical properties of new amphiphilic starch-g-copolymers.

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    Worzakowska, Marta; Grochowicz, Marta

    2015-10-01

    The detailed studies on the graft copolymerization of phenyl methacrylate onto gelatinized potato starch in water using potassium persulfate as radical initiator were presented. The different reaction parameters such as effect of initiator concentration, starch to monomer ratio, reaction temperature and reaction time were studied in terms of grafting efficiency, grafting percent and percent homopolymer formation. It was found that grafting process of aromatic methacrylate monomer onto potato starch backbone allowed obtaining new amphiphilic copolymers with different physicochemical properties as compared to non-modified starch. The influence of the copolymer structure on the swelling behavior in polar and non-polar solvents, moisture absorbance, gelatinization properties, acid and base resistance, surface morphology and thermal properties was discussed. PMID:26076635

  1. Morphology and Proton Transport in Humidified Phosphonated Peptoid Block Copolymers

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    2016-01-01

    Polymers that conduct protons in the hydrated state are of crucial importance in a wide variety of clean energy applications such as hydrogen fuel cells and artificial photosynthesis. Phosphonated and sulfonated polymers are known to conduct protons at low water content. In this paper, we report on the synthesis phosphonated peptoid diblock copolymers, poly-N-(2-ethyl)hexylglycine-block-poly-N-phosphonomethylglycine (pNeh-b-pNpm), with volume fractions of pNpm (ϕNpm) values ranging from 0.13 to 0.44 and dispersity (Đ) ≤ 1.0003. The morphologies of the dry block copolypeptoids were determined by transmission electron microscopy and in both the dry and hydrated states by synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering. Dry samples with ϕNpm > 0.13 exhibited a lamellar morphology. Upon hydration, the lowest molecular weight sample transitioned to a hexagonally packed cylinder morphology, while the others maintained their dry morphologies. Water uptake of all of the ordered samples was 8.1 ± 1.1 water molecules per phosphonate group. In spite of this, the proton conductivity of the ordered pNeh-b-pNpm copolymers ranged from 0.002 to 0.008 S/cm. We demonstrate that proton conductivity is maximized in high molecular weight, symmetric pNeh-b-pNpm copolymers. PMID:27134312

  2. Modeling line-edge roughness in lamellar block copolymer systems

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    Patrone, Paul N.; Gallatin, Gregg M.

    2012-03-01

    Block copolymers oer an appealing alternative to current lithographic techniques with regard to fabrication of the next generation micro-processors. However, if copolymers are to be useful on an industrial manufacturing scale, they must meet or exceed lithography specications for placement and line edge roughness (LER) of resist features. Here we discuss a eld theoretic approach to modeling the LER of lamellar microdomain interfaces in a strongly segregated block copolymer system; specically, we derive a formula for the LER as a functions of the Flory Huggins parameter and the index of polymerization N. Our model is based on the Leibler-Ohta-Kawasaki energy functional. We consider a system with a nite number of phase separated microdomains and also show how the LER depends on distance of the microdomain interface from the system boundary. Our results suggest that in order to meet target LER goals at the 15 nm, 11 nm, and 6 nm nodes, must be increased by a factor of at least 5 above currently attainable values.

  3. Metal Nanoparticle/Block Copolymer Composite Assembly and Disassembly.

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    Li, Zihui; Sai, Hiroaki; Warren, Scott C; Kamperman, Marleen; Arora, Hitesh; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    Ligand-stabilized platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) were self-assembled with poly(isoprene-block-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PI-b-PDMAEMA) block copolymers to generate organic-inorganic hybrid materials. High loadings of NPs in hybrids were achieved through usage of N,N-di-(2-(allyloxy)ethyl)-N-3-mercaptopropyl-N-3-methylammonium chloride as the ligand, which provided high solubility of NPs in various solvents as well as high affinity to PDMAEMA. From NP synthesis, existence of sub-1 nm Pt NPs was confirmed by high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) images. Estimations of the Pt NP ligand head group density based on HAADF-STEM images and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) data yielded results comparable to what has been found for alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on flat Pt {111} surfaces. Changing the volume fraction of Pt NPs in block copolymer-NP composites yielded hybrids with spherical micellar, wormlike micellar, lamellar and inverse hexagonal morphologies. Disassembly of hybrids with spherical, wormlike micellar, and lamellar morphologies generated isolated metal-NP based nano-spheres, cylinders and sheets, respectively. Results suggest the existence of powerful design criteria for the formation of metal-based nanostructures from designer blocked macromolecules. PMID:21103025

  4. All Solid State Rechargeable Lithium Batteries using Block Copolymers

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    Hallinan, Daniel; Balsara, Nitash

    2011-03-01

    The growing need for alternative energy and increased demand for mobile technology require higher density energy storage. Existing battery technologies, such as lithium ion, are limited by theoretical energy density as well as safety issues. Other battery chemistries are promising options for dramatically increasing energy density. Safety can be improved by replacing the flammable, reactive liquids used in existing lithium-ion battery electrolytes with polymer electrolytes. Block copolymers are uniquely suited for this task because ionic conductivity and mechanical strength, both important properties in battery formulation, can be independently controlled. In this study, lithium batteries were assembled using lithium metal as negative electrode, polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymer with lithium salt as electrolyte, and a positive electrode. The positive electrode consisted of polymer electrolyte for ion conduction, carbon for electron conduction, and an active material. Batteries were charged and discharged over many cycles. The battery cycling results were compared to a conventional battery chemistry.

  5. Defect Structures in Block Copolymer/Nanoparticle Blends

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    Ryu, Hyung Ju; Bockstaller, Michael

    2009-03-01

    We present a systematic study of the implications of nanoparticle additives on the defect formation in block copolymer/nanoparticle blends (BCP). The morphology of lamellar styrene/isoprene-based di- and triblock copolymers blended with polystyrene-coated gold nanocrystals at various filling fractions was analyzed using electron microscopy using stereology and image reconstruction. Three structural characteristics, i.e. the grain size distribution, grain orientation distribution and grain boundary structure, were analyzed as a function of polymer chain architecture, particle filling fraction and film processing conditions. With increasing particle filling fraction the average anisotropy as well as average grain size is observed to decrease as is the rate of grain growth during thermal annealing. The results are interpreted in terms of the stabilization of grain boundary structures through segregation of particle fillers to the grain boundary regions.

  6. Enzyme degradable polymersomes from hyaluronic acid-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) copolymers for the detection of enzymes of pathogenic bacteria.

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    Haas, Simon; Hain, Nicole; Raoufi, Mohammad; Handschuh-Wang, Stephan; Wang, Tao; Jiang, Xin; Schönherr, Holger

    2015-03-01

    We introduce a new hyaluronidase-responsive amphiphilic block copolymer system, based on hyaluronic acid (HYA) and polycaprolactone (PCL), that can be assembled into polymersomes by an inversed solvent shift method. By exploiting the triggered release of encapsulated dye molecules, these HYA-block-PCL polymersomes lend themselves as an autonomous sensing system for the detection of the presence of hyaluronidase, which is produced among others by the pathogenic bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. The synthesis of the enzyme-responsive HYA-block-PCL block copolymers was carried out by copper-catalyzed Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of ω-azide-terminated PCL and ω-alkyne-functionalized HYA. The structure of the HYA-block-PCL assemblies and their enzyme-triggered degradation and concomitant cargo release were investigated by dynamic light scattering, fluorescence spectroscopy, confocal laser-scanning microscopy, scanning and transmission electron, and atomic force microscopy. As shown, a wide range of reporter dye molecules as well as antimicrobials can be encapsulated into the vesicles during formation and are released upon the addition of hyaluronidase. PMID:25654495

  7. 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

  8. Mucoadhesive Amphiphilic Methacrylic Copolymer-Functionalized Poly(ε-caprolactone) Nanocapsules for Nose-to-Brain Delivery of Olanzapine.

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    Fonseca, Francisco N; Betti, Andresa H; Carvalho, Flávia C; Gremião, Maria P D; Dimer, Frantiescoli A; Guterres, Sílvia S; Tebaldi, Marli L; Rates, Stela M K; Pohlmann, Adriana R

    2015-08-01

    Nose-to-brain drug delivery has been proposed to overcome the low absorption of drugs in central nervous system due to the absence of brain-blood barrier in the olfactory nerve pathway. However, the presence of a mucus layer and quick clearance limit the use of this route. Herein, amphiphilic methacrylic copolymer-functionalized poly(ε-caprolactone) nanocapsules were proposed as a mucoadhesive system to deliver olanzapine after intranasal administration. In vitro evaluations showed that these nanocapsules were able to interact with mucin (up to 17% of increment in particle size and 30% of reduction of particle concentration) and nasal mucosa (2-fold higher force for detaching), as well as to increase the retention of olanzapine (about 40%) on the nasal mucosa after continuous wash. The olanzapine-loaded amphiphilic methacrylic copolymer-functionalized PCL nanocapsules enhanced the amount of drug in the brain of rats (1.5-fold higher compared to the drug solution). In accordance with this finding, this formulation improved the prepulse inhibition impairment induced by apomorphine, which is considered as an operational measure of pre-attentive sensorimotor gating impairment present in schizophrenia. Besides, nanoencapsulated olanzapine did not affect the nasal mucosa integrity after repeated doses. These data evidenced that the designed nanocapsules are a promising mucoadhesive system for nose-to-brain delivery of drugs. PMID:26295147

  9. Responsive Block Copolymer and Gold Nanoparticle Hybrid Nanotubes.

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    Chang, Sehoon; Singamaneni, Srikanth; Young, Seth; Tsukruk, Vladimir

    2009-03-01

    We demonstrate the facile fabrication of responsive polymer and metal nanoparticle composite nanotube structures. The nanotubes are comprised of responsive block copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly (2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP), and gold nanoparticles. PS-b-P2VP nanotubes were fabricated using porous alumina template and in situ reduction of the gold nanoparticles in P2VP domains. Owing to the pH sensitive nature of P2VP (anionic polymer with a pKa of 3.8), the nanotubes exhibit a dramatic change in topology in response to the changes in the external pH. Furthermore, the gold nanoparticles in the responsive block exhibit a reversible aggregation, causing a reversible change in optical properties such as absorption.

  10. Highly-Ordered Thin Films from Photocleavable Block Copolymers

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    Gu, Weiyin; Zhao, Hui; Coughlin, E.; Theato, Patrick; Russell, Thomas; University of Massachusetts at Amherst Team; University of Hamburg Team

    2013-03-01

    A robust route for the preparation of nanoscopic dot/line patterns with long range lateral order from poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) with an o-nitrobenzyl ester junction (PS-h ν-PEO) is demonstrated. Solvent annealing condition is optimized to achieve the highly ordered cylindrical block copolymer (BCP) microdomains oriented normal or parallel to the silicon substrates. Following a very mild UV exposure and successive washing with methanol, PS-hv-PEO thin films were transformed into highly ordered porous or trench templates. Afterwards the pores or trenches were either filled with PDMS by spin-coating or exposed to direct metal deposition of Au. After a plasma etching or lift-off process to remove the polymer templates, highly ordered arrays of silica or Au nanopatterns were obtained. This represents the first template application example from highly ordered nanoporous thin films derived from block copolymers featuring a photocleavable junction. DOE (DE-FG02-96ER45612), NSF-MRSEC, DFG (TH 1104/4-1), CHE 0924435, R31-10013.

  11. Solution Characterization of pH-Sensitive Polypeptide Based Block Copolymer Assemblies

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    Gebhardt, Kay; Jayaraman, Manikandan

    2005-03-01

    A series of amphiphilic block copolymers consisting of poly(1,4- butadiene) and poly(lysine) (PB-b-PLys) were synthesized, and their solution properties were studied using dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. These materials were found to self-assemble in solution into spherical micelles and vesicles when the side chain amine groups on the lysine units are protected. Upon deprotection, the lysine units become responsive to solution acidity. At high pH, the poly(lysine) chain assumes either an α- helical or β-sheet conformation depending on temperature, while at physiological pH the side chains are protonated, resulting in an expanded coil configuration. These conformational changes result in a swelling of the micellar structure, the magnitude of which depends on the molecular weight and relative composition of the two blocks. For two molecular weights of PB (DPn = 25, 50), a series of molecular weights for P(Lys) (DPn = 3, 6, 12, 25, 50) were studied, and the assembly size and morphology were determined as a function of pH, ionic strength and temperature.

  12. Self-assembly of block copolymers on topographically patterned polymeric substrates

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    Russell, Thomas P.; Park, Soojin; Lee, Dong Hyun; Xu, Ting

    2016-05-10

    Highly-ordered block copolymer films are prepared by a method that includes forming a polymeric replica of a topographically patterned crystalline surface, forming a block copolymer film on the topographically patterned surface of the polymeric replica, and annealing the block copolymer film. The resulting structures can be used in a variety of different applications, including the fabrication of high density data storage media. The ability to use flexible polymers to form the polymeric replica facilitates industrial-scale processes utilizing the highly-ordered block copolymer films.

  13. Perspective: Evolutionary design of granular media and block copolymer patterns

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    Jaeger, Heinrich M.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2016-05-01

    The creation of new materials "by design" is a process that starts from desired materials properties and proceeds to identify requirements for the constituent components. Such process is challenging because it inverts the typical modeling approach, which starts from given micro-level components to predict macro-level properties. We describe how to tackle this inverse problem using concepts from evolutionary computation. These concepts have widespread applicability and open up new opportunities for design as well as discovery. Here we apply them to design tasks involving two very different classes of soft materials, shape-optimized granular media and nanopatterned block copolymer thin films.

  14. Surfaces of Fluorinated Pyridinium Block Copolymers with Enhanced Antibacterial Activity

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    Krishnan,S.; Ward, R.; Hexemer, A.; Sohn, K.; Lee, K.; Angert, E.; Fischer, D.; Kramer, E.; Ober, C.

    2006-01-01

    Polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine) copolymers were quaternized with 1-bromohexane and 6-perfluorooctyl-1-bromohexane. Surfaces prepared from these polymers were characterized by contact angle measurements, near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The fluorinated pyridinium surfaces showed enhanced antibacterial activity compared to their nonfluorinated counterparts. Even a polymer with a relatively low molecular weight pyridinium block showed high antimicrobial activity. The bactericidal effect was found to be related to the molecular composition and organization in the top 2-3 nm of the surface and increased with increasing hydrophilicity and pyridinium concentration of the surface.

  15. Gamma radiation induced degradation in PE-PP block copolymer

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    Ravi, H. R.; Sreepad, H. R.; Ahmed, Khaleel; Govindaiah, T. N.

    2012-06-01

    In the present investigation, effect of gamma irradiation on the PP-PE block copolymer has been studied. The polymer has been subjected to gamma irradiation from 100 to 500 Mrad dosages. Characterization of the polymer using XRD and FTIR was done both before irradiation and after irradiation in each step. Effect of irradiation on the electrical properties of the material has also been studied. FTIR study shows that the sample loses C - C stretching mode of vibration but gains C=C stretching mode of vibration after irradiation. Present investigation clearly indicates that though the electrical conductivity increases in the material, it undergoes degradation and shows brittleness due to irradiation.

  16. Structural investigations of block copolymer melts and solutions

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    Kossuth, Mary Beth

    1999-11-01

    Block copolymers have been observed to spontaneously self-assemble into a variety of ordered liquid crystalline phases, much like surfactant and lipid solutions. Among these structures are two cubic morphologies: spheres packed on a body-centered cubic lattice and a bicontinuous structure known as the gyroid. The viscoelastic behavior of these two microstructures was examined in detail for nine chemically distinct systems using oscillatory shear. Remarkable similarities were seen in the rheological responses of the two phases, and a universal picture of the viscoelastic behavior of cubic phases was proposed. Two features were observed in every system: a low frequency crossover of the storage and loss moduli, oxx, and a frequency independent plateau in the storage modulus, Gcubic°. The plateau modulus is related experimentally to the characteristic domain spacing d* of the microstructures by Gcubic °˜d*-3, while theory predicts a d*-2 dependence. There are similarities between the phase behavior of melt-state block copolymers and surfactant solutions both in the phases that appear and the order in which they occur. The phase behavior for a series of low molecular weight block copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(ethyl ethylene) (PEO-PEE) was examined in the presence of water and both water and dodecane (oil) using small-angle x-ray scattering. In the binary aqueous solutions, phase behavior similar to that of nonionic surfactants was observed, with evidence of lamellae, hexagonally packed cylinders, and body-centered cubic spheres; however, no gyroid phase was seen. The phases were remarkably robust; ordered structures persisted even to high temperatures. Above a critical concentration only lyotropic phase behavior was seen; below this composition thermotropic behavior was evident. Addition of dodecane to a symmetric block copolymer produced a very different phase diagram than its aqueous counterpart. Face-centered cubic spheres and a small window of the

  17. Gamma radiation induced degradation in PE-PP block copolymer

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    Ravi, H. R.; Sreepad, H. R.; Ahmed, Khaleel; Govindaiah, T. N.

    2012-06-05

    In the present investigation, effect of gamma irradiation on the PP-PE block copolymer has been studied. The polymer has been subjected to gamma irradiation from 100 to 500 Mrad dosages. Characterization of the polymer using XRD and FTIR was done both before irradiation and after irradiation in each step. Effect of irradiation on the electrical properties of the material has also been studied. FTIR study shows that the sample loses C - C stretching mode of vibration but gains C=C stretching mode of vibration after irradiation. Present investigation clearly indicates that though the electrical conductivity increases in the material, it undergoes degradation and shows brittleness due to irradiation.

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Cleavable Core-Cross-Linked Micelles Based on Amphiphilic Block Copolypeptoids as Smart Drug Carriers.

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    Li, Ang; Zhang, Donghui

    2016-03-14

    Amphiphilic block copolypeptoids consisting of a hydrophilic poly(N-ethyl glycine) segment and a hydrophobic poly[(N-propargyl glycine)-r-(N-decyl glycine)] random copolymer segment [PNEG-b-P(NPgG-r-NDG), EPgD] have been synthesized by sequential primary amine-initiated ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of the corresponding N-alkyl N-carboxyanhydride monomers. The block copolypeptoids form micelles in water and the micellar core can be cross-linked with a disulfide-containing diazide cross-linker by copper-mediated alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) in aqueous solution. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis revealed the formation of spherical micelles with uniform size for both the core-cross-linked micelles (CCLMs) and non-cross-linked micelles (NCLMs) precursors for selective block copolypeptoid polymers. The CCLMs exhibited increased dimensional stability relative to the NCLMs in DMF, a nonselective solvent for the core and corona segments. Micellar dissociation of CCLMs can be induced upon addition of a reducing agent (e.g., dithiothreitol) in dilute aqueous solutions, as verified by a combination of fluorescence spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography (SEC), and (1)H NMR spectroscopic measurement. Doxorubicin (DOX), an anticancer drug, can be loaded into the hydrophobic core of CCLMs with a maximal 23% drug loading capacity (DLC) and 37% drug loading efficiency (DLE). In vitro DOX release from the CCLMs can be triggered by DTT (10 mM), in contrast to significantly reduced DOX release in the absence of DTT, attesting to the reductively responsive characteristic of the CCLMs. While the CCLMs exhibited minimal cytotoxicity toward HepG2 cancer cells, DOX-loaded CCLMs inhibited the proliferation of the HepG2 cancer cells in a concentration and time dependent manner, suggesting the controlled release of DOX from the DOX-loaded CCLMS in the cellular environment. PMID:26866458

  19. Insertion Mechanism of a Poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) Block Copolymer into a DPPC Monolayer

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    Leiske, Danielle L.; Meckes, Brian; Miller, Chad E.; Wu, Cynthia; Walker, Travis W.; Lin, Binhua; Meron, Mati; Ketelson, Howard A.; Toney, Michael F.; Fuller, Gerald G.

    2012-02-06

    Interactions between amphiphilic block copolymers and lipids are of medical interest for applications such as drug delivery and the restoration of damaged cell membranes. A series of monodisperse poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) (EOBO) block copolymers were obtained with two ratios of hydrophilic/hydrophobic block lengths. We have explored the surface activity of EOBO at a clean interface and under 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) monolayers as a simple cell membrane model. At the same subphase concentration, EOBO achieved higher equilibrium surface pressures under DPPC compared to a bare interface, and the surface activity was improved with longer poly(butylene oxide) blocks. Further investigation of the DPPC/EOBO monolayers showed that combined films exhibited similar surface rheology compared to pure DPPC at the same surface pressures. DPPC/EOBO phase separation was observed in fluorescently doped monolayers, and within the liquid-expanded liquid-condensed coexistence region for DPPC, EOBO did not drastically alter the liquid-condensed domain shapes. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and X-ray reflectivity (XRR) quantitatively confirmed that the lattice spacings and tilt of DPPC in lipid-rich regions of the monolayer were nearly equivalent to those of a pure DPPC monolayer at the same surface pressures.

  20. Melt-Miscibility in Block Copolymers Containing Polyethylene and Substituted Polynorbornene Blocks

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    Mulhearn, William; Register, Richard

    2015-03-01

    Block copolymers containing a crystallizable block, such as polyethylene (PE), and a high-Tg amorphous block are potentially interesting materials since the rigid glassy block can mitigate the poor yield strength of the PE crystals. However, chemical incompatibility between blocks, quantified by the Flory interaction parameter χ or the interaction energy density X, drives microphase separation at low temperatures or high chain lengths. To prepare a high molecular weight PE-containing block copolymer that is easy to process (i.e. with a disordered low-viscosity melt) it is necessary to select amorphous blocks that have low mixing energies with PE. The only suitable polymers currently known are chemically similar to PE and therefore have similarly low glass transition temperatures. We investigate a series of both low- and high-Tg polymers based on substituted norbornene monomers, polymerized via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). Several ROMP polymers of this type exhibit high Tg and low interaction energy against PE. For example, hydrogenated poly(cyclohexyl norbornene) has Tg = 88 oC and has interaction energy density XhPCyN - PE ~ 0.8 MPa, comparable to the interaction energy density between PE and hydrogenated polyisoprene. The miscibility of an amorphous block can be further tuned by statistical copolymerization of norbornene units with aromatic side-groups (high Hildebrand solubility parameter) and norbornene units with aliphatic side-groups (low Hildebrand solubility parameter).

  1. Giant super-helix formation from aqueous bioinspired block copolymers.

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    Murnen, H. K.; Rosales, A. M.; Zuckermann, R. N.; Segalman, R. A.

    2009-03-01

    Polypeptoids are a class of bioinspired polymers based on N-substituted glycines with the side group bonded to the backbone nitrogen rather than the alpha carbon as in natural polypeptides. Due to the lack of backbone hydrogen bonding and the sequence specific synthesis of these materials, side chain interactions can be designed to induce the formation of macromolecular structures in aqueous solution. An amphiphilic block copolypeptoid consisting of a hydrophobic block, poly[N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine] and a hydrophilic block, poly[N-(2-carboxyethyl)glycine] is found to form giant superhelices in aqueous solution by scanning and transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. With a diameter greater than 600nm, these helices are much larger than the fully extended length of the molecules (7 nm). Furthermore, while the molecules are completely achiral, the helices are all left handed and remarkably regular (pitch 670nm, length greater than 2 microns). We will discuss possible preferential chain conformations that may provide the driving force for the superstructure.

  2. Interaction between Albumin and Pluronic F127 Block Copolymer Revealed by Global and Local Physicochemical Profiling.

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    Neacsu, Maria Victoria; Matei, Iulia; Micutz, Marin; Staicu, Teodora; Precupas, Aurica; Popa, Vlad Tudor; Salifoglou, Athanasios; Ionita, Gabriela

    2016-05-12

    The interaction of human serum albumin (HSA) with amphiphilic block copolymer Pluronic F127 has been investigated by several physical methods. Interest in studying this system stems from a broad range of bioactivities involving both macromolecules. Serum albumins constitute a significant class of proteins in the circulatory system, acting as carriers for a wide spectrum of compounds or assemblies. Pluronic block copolymers have revealed their capacity to ferry a variety of biologically active compounds. Circular dichroism, rheological measurements, and differential scanning microcalorimetry (μDSC) were employed to get insight into the interaction betweeen the two macromolecules. The results reveal that Pluronic F127 induces conformational changes to albumin if it is organized in a micellar form, while albumin influences the self-assembly of Pluronic F127 into micelles or gels. F127 micelles, however, induce smaller conformational changes compared to ionic surfactants. The μDSC thermograms obtained for HSA and/or F127 show that HSA shifts the critical micellar temperature (cmt) to lower values, while concurrently the HSA denaturation behavior is influenced by F127, depending on its concentration. Rheological measurements on solutions of F127 17% have shown that a sol-to-gel transition occurs at higher temperatures in the presence of HSA and the resulting gel is weaker. The global profile on HSA/F127 systems was complemented by local information provided by EPR measurements. A series of X-band EPR experiments was performed with spin probes 4-(N,N'-dimethyl-N-hexadecyl)ammonium-2,2',6,6'-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl iodide (CAT16) and 5-doxyl stearic acid (5-DSA). These spin probes bind to albumin sites and are sensitive to phase transformations in Pluronic block copolymer solutions. For a given F127 concentration, the spin probe binds only to HSA below cmt and migrates to the F127 micelles above cmt. The collective data suggest soft interactions between the

  3. Controlling thermochromism in a photonic block copolymer gel.

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    Walish, Joseph J; Fan, Yin; Centrone, Andrea; Thomas, Edwin L

    2012-09-26

    The tunable properties of stimulus-responsive materials attract great interest in a variety of technological applications. Photonic gels are a new class of these materials, which can be tuned to reflect different wavelengths of light. Controlling this reflected color via temperature-induced changes of self-assembled photonic materials is important for their application in sensors and displays. In this work, the thermochromic behavior of a PS-P2VP photonic gel was found to originate from a temperature-induced change in the pK(a) of the P2VP blocks. Control was obtained through the manipulation of the solution pH. The findings of this work provide the basis for understanding and controlling the properties of thermochromic block copolymers fostering their use in technologically relevant applications. PMID:22763921

  4. Characterizing the interfaces of block copolymers with high χ

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    Sunday, Daniel; Maher, Michael; Blachut, Gregory; Asano, Yusuke; Tein, Summer; Willson, C. Grant; Ellison, Christopher; Kline, R. Joseph

    In order for block copolymer (BCP) directed self-assembly (DSA) to be able to pattern features below 10 nm there must be materials which can spontaneously assembly at the required length scales. For the smallest features this will require phase separation where the total chain lengths are under 50 monomer units, demanding very large interaction parameters (χ) to have an order-disorder transition. One of the key parameters for DSA will be the interfacial width between the blocks, which is expected to be correlated to the interaction parameter and will help determine the line edge roughness (LER). We have used resonant soft X-ray reflectivity to investigate a series of high χ BCPs with different compositions and molecular weights to determine the interfacial width and degree of phase separation. We use these results to estimate the value of χ and determine relationships between χ and the interfacial mixing.

  5. Reflectivity studies on adsorbed block copolymers under shear

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    Smith, G.S.; Wages, S.; Baker, S.M.; Toprakcioglu, C.; Hadziioannou, G.

    1994-12-01

    The authors report neutron reflectivity data on (poly)styrene-(poly)ethylene oxide (PS-PEO) diblock copolymers adsorbed onto quartz from the selective solvent cyclohexane (a non-solvent for PEO and a poor solvent for PS). The PEO ``anchor block`` adsorbs strongly to form a thin layer on the quartz substrate, while the deuterated PS chains dangle into the solvent. They find that under static conditions the density profile of the PS block in a poor solvent can be well described by a Schultz function which is indicative of a polymer ``mushroom.`` Furthermore, they have studied the same system under shear at shear rates from 0--400s{sup {minus}1}. They find that there is a dramatic increase in the thickness of the PS layer under shear in cyclohexane and that the relaxation time from the shear-on profile back to the static profile is on the order of several days.

  6. Chirality in block copolymer melts: mesoscopic helicity from intersegment twist.

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    Zhao, Wei; Russell, Thomas P; Grason, Gregory M

    2013-02-01

    We study the effects of chirality at the segment scale on the thermodynamics of block copolymer melts using self-consistent field theory. In linear diblock melts where segments of one block prefer a twisted, or cholesteric, texture, we show that melt assembly is critically sensitive to the ratio of random coil size to the preferred pitch of cholesteric twist. For weakly chiral melts (large pitch), mesophases remain achiral, while below a critical value of pitch, two mesoscopically chiral phases are stable: an undulated lamellar phase and a phase of hexagonally ordered helices. We show that the nonlinear sensitivity of mesoscale chiral order to preferred pitch derives specifically from the geometric and thermodynamic coupling of the helical mesodomain shape to the twisted packing of chiral segments within the core, giving rise to a second-order cylinder-to-helix transition. PMID:23414052

  7. Single Helix to Double Gyroid in Chiral Block Copolymers

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    C Chen; H Hsueh; Y Chiang; R Ho; S Akasaka; H Hasegawa

    2011-12-31

    An order-order phase transition of chiral block copolymers (BCPs*) from single helix to double gyroid (H* {yields} G) through a nucleation and growth process was demonstrated. The H* and G phases can be obtained by solution casting from fast and slow solvent evaporation, respectively, suggesting that the H* phase is a metastable phase. Consequently, the coexistence of H* and G phases can be found in the solution-cast samples from intermediate solvent evaporation. To truly examine the transition mechanism of the H* {yields} G, electron tomography was carried out to directly visualize the morphological evolution in real space, in particular, the transition zone at interface. Unlike the mechanisms for the transitions of block copolymers (BCPs) by considering the interdomain spacing matching, a significant mismatch in the lattices for the H* {yields} G was found. Consequently, the transition may require an adjustment on the geometric dimensions to justify corresponding lattice mismatch. As a result, the morphological observations from electron tomography offer new insights into BCP phase transitions.

  8. Hollow ZIF-8 Nanoworms from Block Copolymer Templates

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    Yu, Haizhou; Qiu, Xiaoyan; Neelakanda, Pradeep; Deng, Lin; Khashab, Niveen M.; Nunes, Suzana P.; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2015-01-01

    Recently two quite different types of “nano-containers” have been recognized as attractive potential drug carriers; these are wormlike filamenteous micelles (“filomicelles”) on the one hand and metal organic frameworks on the other hand. In this work we combine these two concepts. We report for the first time the manufacturing of metal organic framework nanotubes with a hollow core. These worm-like tubes are about 200 nm thick and several μm long. The preparation is simple: we first produce long and flexible filament-shaped micelles by block copolymer self-assembly. These filomicelles serve as templates to grow a very thin layer of interconnected ZIF-8 crystals on their surface. Finally the block copolymer is removed by solvent extraction and the hollow ZIF-8 nanotubes remain. These ZIF-NTs are surprisingly stable and withstand purification by centrifugation. The synthesis method is straightforward and can easily be applied for other metal organic framework materials. The ZIF-8 NTs exhibit high loading capacity for the model anti cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) with a pH-triggered release. Hence, a prolonged circulation in the blood stream and a targeted drug release behavior can be expected. PMID:26471862

  9. Obtaining Perpendicular Block Copolymer Morphologies with Solvent Annealing

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    Gotrik, Kevin; Son, Jeong Gon; Hannon, Adam; Ross, Caroline

    2012-02-01

    Being able to control block copolymer (BCP) thin film morphology and orientation is of interest for lithographic applications where creation of feature sizes ranging from 10-100nm is desirable. Perpendicular oriented cylinders and lamellae are especially valuable due to their high aspect ratios but are difficult to achieve in BCP systems with a large Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ). We explore the morphological phase behavior that films (30-200nm) of poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (PS-PDMS, 45kg/mol, χ=0.26) exhibit under different solvent conditions with focus on conditions that produce perpendicular microdomains. The microdomains are revealed by selectively etching the PS with an oxygen plasma (50W CF4). Variation in the solvent vapor conditions results in selective swelling of the different blocks of the copolymer depending on the relative Hildebrand solubility parameters (e.g. PS- 18.5, toluene-18.3 MPâ(1/2)), affecting the microdomain morphologies, and the solvent evaporation and deswelling process influences the orientation of the microdomains. Two different strategies are presented involving solvent vapor annealing that result in perpendicular morphologies in films of PS-PDMS and the results are compared with self-consistent field theory modeling of solvent-polymer systems.

  10. Tunable Cosolvent Annealing Affects on Block Copolymer Morphology

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    Gotrik, Kevin; Son, Jeong Gon; Hannon, Adam; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Ross, Caroline

    2011-03-01

    Being able to precisely and reproducibly control block copolymer (BCP) morphology is of interest for lithographic applications due to the techniques ability to result in feature sizes ranging from 10-100nm. We explore the morphological phase behavior that thin films (30-40nm) of poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (PS-PDMS, 45kg/mol, ~ 0.26 segmental Flory-Huggins interaction parameter) exhibit under different cosolvent vapors of toluene and heptane. Variation in the solvent conditions results in selective swelling of the different blocks of the copolymer depending on relative Hildebrand solubility parameters (e.g. PS- 18.5, toluene-18.3 (MPa)1/2) resulting in cylinders, spheres, lamella, and perforatted lamella self-assembled features which can be revealed by selectively etching the PS with an oxygen plasma (50W CF4). Here we describe precision solvent vapor control while doing in situ spectral reflectometry (230-1500nm) to track swelling of the BCP films as a function of time to gain insight into this BCP system.

  11. Synthesis and antibacterial activity of nisin-containing block copolymers.

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    Joshi, Pranav R; McGuire, Joseph; Neff, Jennifer A

    2009-10-01

    Nisin, an antibacterial peptide proven to be an effective inhibitor of Gram-positive bacteria, was incorporated into novel block copolymer constructs and tested for retained antibacterial activity. Covalent coupling was achieved by chemical modification of the N-terminal isoleucine to introduce a thiol group. Thiolated-nisin derivatives were then linked to poly[ethylene oxide]-poly[propylene oxide]-poly[ethylene oxide] (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblocks that had been end-activated such that terminal hydroxyl groups of the PEO chains were replaced with pyridyl disulfide moieties. The nisin-containing block copolymers were separated from free nisin by dialysis and showed antimicrobial activity against the Gram-positive indicator strain Pediococcus pentosaceus. The contribution to antimicrobial activity from nisin that was covalently linked was not distinguished from the contribution of nisin that had associated with the PEO-PPO-PEO triblocks through noncovalent interactions. However, nisin that was covalently linked showed activity upon reduction of the disulfide bond and release from the end-activated PEO. PMID:19358262

  12. Hollow ZIF-8 Nanoworms from Block Copolymer Templates

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    Yu, Haizhou; Qiu, Xiaoyan; Neelakanda, Pradeep; Deng, Lin; Khashab, Niveen M.; Nunes, Suzana P.; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2015-10-01

    Recently two quite different types of “nano-containers” have been recognized as attractive potential drug carriers; these are wormlike filamenteous micelles (“filomicelles”) on the one hand and metal organic frameworks on the other hand. In this work we combine these two concepts. We report for the first time the manufacturing of metal organic framework nanotubes with a hollow core. These worm-like tubes are about 200 nm thick and several μm long. The preparation is simple: we first produce long and flexible filament-shaped micelles by block copolymer self-assembly. These filomicelles serve as templates to grow a very thin layer of interconnected ZIF-8 crystals on their surface. Finally the block copolymer is removed by solvent extraction and the hollow ZIF-8 nanotubes remain. These ZIF-NTs are surprisingly stable and withstand purification by centrifugation. The synthesis method is straightforward and can easily be applied for other metal organic framework materials. The ZIF-8 NTs exhibit high loading capacity for the model anti cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) with a pH-triggered release. Hence, a prolonged circulation in the blood stream and a targeted drug release behavior can be expected.

  13. Making Carbon-Nanotube Arrays Using Block Copolymers: Part 2

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    Bronikowski, Michael

    2004-01-01

    Some changes have been incorporated into a proposed method of manufacturing regular arrays of precisely sized, shaped, positioned, and oriented carbon nanotubes. Such arrays could be useful as mechanical resonators for signal filters and oscillators, and as electrophoretic filters for use in biochemical assays. A prior version of the method was described in Block Copolymers as Templates for Arrays of Carbon Nanotubes, (NPO-30240), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 27, No. 4 (April 2003), page 56. To recapitulate from that article: As in other previously reported methods, carbon nanotubes would be formed by decomposition of carbon-containing gases over nanometer-sized catalytic metal particles that had been deposited on suitable substrates. Unlike in other previously reported methods, the catalytic metal particles would not be so randomly and densely distributed as to give rise to thick, irregular mats of nanotubes with a variety of lengths, diameters, and orientations. Instead, in order to obtain regular arrays of spaced-apart carbon nanotubes as nearly identical as possible, the catalytic metal particles would be formed in predetermined regular patterns with precise spacings. The regularity of the arrays would be ensured by the use of nanostructured templates made of block copolymers.

  14. In-situ formation of silver nanoparticles stabilized by amphiphilic star-shaped copolymer and their catalytic application

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    Huang, Xiujuan; Xiao, Yan; Zhang, Wei; Lang, Meidong

    2012-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were prepared via in situ reduction of silver nitrate (AgNO3) using polymeric micelles as nanoreactors without any additional reductant. The micelles were constructed from the amphiphilic star-shaped copolymer composed of poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) segment, 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA or DMA) units and oligo(ethylene glycol)monomethyl ether methacrylate (OEGMA or OEG) units. The Ag NPs stabilized by those star-shaped copolymers were characterized using UV-vis spectrum, DLS, TEM and FTIR. It confirmed that PDMAEMA exhibited the reducing property unless pH was above 7. The Ag NPs were sphere-like with a diameter of 10-20 nm, which was independent of the architecture of the copolymer and AgNO3 concentration. Furthermore, the catalytic activity of these Ag NPs was investigated by monitoring the reduction of p-nitrophenol (4-NP) by NaBH4. The result showed that the Ag NPs formed by coordination reduction can be effectively applied in catalytic reaction.

  15. Tuning Cationic Block Copolymer Micelle Size by pH and Ionic Strength.

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    Sprouse, Dustin; Jiang, Yaming; Laaser, Jennifer E; Lodge, Timothy P; Reineke, Theresa M

    2016-09-12

    The formation, morphology, and pH and ionic strength responses of cationic block copolymer micelles in aqueous solutions have been examined in detail to provide insight into the future development of cationic micelles for complexation with polyanions such as DNA. Diblock polymers composed of a hydrophilic/cationic block of N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and a hydrophobic/nonionic block of n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) were synthesized [denoted as DMAEMA-b-BMA (X-Y), where X = DMAEMA molecular weight and Y = molecular weight of BMA in kDa]. Four variants were created with block molecular weights of 14-13, 14-23, 27-14, 27-29 kDa and low dispersities less than 1.10. The amphiphilic polymers self-assembled in aqueous conditions into core-shell micelles that ranged in size from 25-80 nm. These cationic micelles were extensively characterized in terms of size and net charge in different buffers over a wide range of ionic strength (0.02-1 M) and pH (5-10) conditions. The micelle core is kinetically trapped, and the corona contracts with increasing pH and ionic strength, consistent with previous work on micelles with glassy polystyrene cores, indicating that the corona properties are independent of the dynamics of the micelle core. The contraction and extension of the corona scales with solution ionic strength and charge fraction of the amine groups. The aggregation numbers of the micelles were obtained by static light scattering, and the Rg/Rh ratios are close to that of a hard sphere. The zeta potentials of the micelles were positive up to two pH units above the corona pKa, suggesting that applications relying on micelle charge for stability should be viable over a wide range of solution conditions. PMID:27487088

  16. Self-Organization on Multiple Length Scales in ``Hairy-Rod''--Coil Block Copolymer Supramolecular Complexes

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    Mezzenga, Raffaele; Hammond, Matthew; Klok, Harm-Anton

    2008-03-01

    A peptide-synthetic hybrid block copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(L-glutamic acid), is demonstrated to form supramolecular complexes with primary alkylamines of varying alkyl chain length (8 to 18 methylene units) in organic solvents via acid-base proton transfer and subsequent ionic bonding. The peptidic block being in the α-helical conformation, these materials behave as coil-``hairy rod'' block copolymers, and show hierarchically self-organized nanostructures in the solid state; X-ray scattering measurements show mesomorphic behavior at the length scales of both the overall block copolymer and the polypeptide-alkylammonium complex.

  17. 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...

  18. Hierarchical Manipulation of Block Copolymer Patterns on 3D Topographic Substrates: Beyond Graphoepitaxy.

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    Park, Sungjune; Cheng, Xiao; Böker, Alexander; Tsarkova, Larisa

    2016-08-01

    Templates of complex nanopatterns in a form of hierarchically sequenced dots and stripes can be generated in block copolymer films on lithography-free 3D topographic substrates. The approach exploits thickness- and swelling-responsive morphological behavior of block copolymers, and demonstrates novel possibilities of topography-guided registration of nanopatterns due to periodic confinement and spontaneous orthogonal flow-fields. PMID:27270877

  19. Master curve captures the effect of domain morphology on ethanol pervaporation through block copolymer membranes

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    We report on the effect of changing nanoscale morphology on pervaporation of ethanol/water mixtures through block copolymer membranes. Experiments were conducted using polystyrene-b-polybutadiene-b-polystyrene (SBS) copolymers with polybutadiene (PB) as the ethanol transporting block, using an 8 wt%...

  20. Amphiphilic Graft Copolymers as a Versatile Binder for Various Electrodes of High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Lee, Jung-In; Kang, Hyojin; Park, Kwang Hyun; Shin, Myoungsoo; Hong, Dongki; Cho, Hye Jin; Kang, Na-Ri; Lee, Jungho; Lee, Sang Myeon; Kim, Ju-Young; Kim, Choon Ki; Park, Hyesung; Choi, Nam-Soon; Park, Soojin; Yang, Changduk

    2016-06-01

    It is known that grafting one polymer onto another polymer backbone is a powerful strategy capable of combining dual benefits from each parent polymer. Thus amphiphilic graft copolymer precursors (poly(vinylidene difluoride)-graft-poly(tert-butylacrylate) (PVDF-g-PtBA)) have been developed via atom transfer radical polymerization, and demonstrated its outstanding properties as a promising binder for high-performance lithium-ion battery (LIB) by using in situ pyrolytic transformation of PtBA to poly(acrylic acid) segments. In addition to its superior mechanical properties and accommodation capability of volume expansion, the Si anode with PVDF-g-PtBA exhibits the excellent charge and discharge capacities of 2672 and 2958 mAh g(-1) with the capacity retention of 84% after 50 cycles. More meaningfully, the graft copolymer binder shows good operating characteristics in both LiN0.5 M1.5 O4 cathode and neural graphite anode, respectively. By containing such diverse features, a graft copolymer-loaded LiN0.5 M1.5 O4 /Si-NG full cell has been successfully achieved, which delivers energy density as high as 546 Wh kg(-1) with cycle retention of ≈70% after 50 cycles (1 C). For the first time, this work sheds new light on the unique nature of the graft copolymer binders in LIB application, which will provide a practical solution for volume expansion and low efficiency problems, leading to a high-energy-density lithium-ion chemistry. PMID:27119208

  1. Enhanced gene expression promoted by hybrid magnetic/cationic block copolymer micelles.

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    Haladjova, E; Rangelov, S; Tsvetanov, Ch B; Posheva, V; Peycheva, E; Maximova, V; Momekova, D; Mountrichas, G; Pispas, S; Bakandritsos, A

    2014-07-15

    We report on novel gene delivery vector systems based on hybrid polymer-magnetic micelles. The hybrid micelles were prepared by codissolution of hydrophobically surface modified iron oxide and amphiphilic polystyrene-b-poly(quaternized 2-vinylpyridine) block copolymer (PS-b-P2QVP) in organic solvent. After extensive dialysis against water, micelles with positively charged hydrophilic corona of PQVP and hydrophobic PS core were prepared, in which magnetic nanoparticles were randomly distributed. The hybrid micelles were used to form complexes with linear (salmon sperm, 2000 bp, corresponding to M(w) of 1.32 × 10(6) Da) and plasmid (pEGFP-N1, 4730 bp, corresponding to M(w) of 3.12 × 10(6) Da) DNA. The resulting magnetopolyplexes of phosphate:amine (P/N) ratios in the 0.05-20 range were characterized by light scattering, ζ-potential measurements, and transmission electron microscopy as well as cytotoxicity and gel retardation assays. The investigated systems displayed a narrow size distribution, particle dimensions below 360 nm, whereas their ζ-potential values varied from positive to negative depending of the P/N ratio. The resulting vector nanosystems exhibited low toxicity. They were able to introduce pEGFP-N1 molecules into the cells. The application of a magnetic field markedly boosted the transgene expression efficiency of the magnetopolyplexes, which was even superior to those of commercial transfectants such as Lipofectamine and dendritic polyethylenimine. PMID:24945823

  2. Phase behavior of multi-arm star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer

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    Jang, Sangshin; Moon, Hong Chul; Bae, Dusik; Kwak, Jonghen; Kim, Jin Kon

    2013-03-01

    We synthesized star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PS- b-PMMA) by utilizing α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) as a core of the star-shaped block copolymer. Eighteen hydroxyl groups on α-CD were transformed to bromine by the reaction with α-bromoisobutyryl bromide. We found that the number of bromine substituted arms per one α-CD was higher than 16, which was determined by nuclear magnetic resonance and Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization. We could control molecular weight of block copolymers by changing polymerization times. The block copolymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Phase behaviors of these star-shaped block copolymers were investigated by small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy.

  3. Understanding the ordering mechanisms of self-assembled nanostructures of block copolymers during zone annealing

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    Cong, Zhinan; Zhang, Liangshun; Wang, Liquan; Lin, Jiaping

    2016-03-01

    A theoretical method based on dynamic version of self-consistent field theory is extended to investigate directed self-assembly behaviors of block copolymers subjected to zone annealing. The ordering mechanisms and orientation modulation of microphase-separated nanostructures of block copolymers are discussed in terms of sweep velocity, wall preference, and Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. The simulated results demonstrate that the long-range ordered nanopatterns are achieved by lowering the sweep velocity of zone annealing due to the incorporation of templated ordering of block copolymers. The surface enrichment by one of the two polymer species induces the orientation modulation of defect-free nanostructures through finely tuning the composition of block copolymers and the preference of walls. Additionally, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameters of block copolymers in the distinct regions are main factors to design the zone annealing process for creating the highly ordered nanostructures with single orientation.

  4. New routes to the synthesis of amylose-block-polystyrene rod-coil block copolymers.

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    Loos, Katja; Müller, Axel H E

    2002-01-01

    Hybrid block copolymers amylose-block-polystyrene were synthesized by covalent attachment of maltoheptaose derivatives to end-functionalized polystyrene and subsequent enzymatic grafting from polymerization. The maltoheptaose derivatives were attached by reductive amination or hydrosilation to amino- or SiH-terminated polystyrene (synthesized by anionic polymerization), respectively. The enzymatic polymerization could be started even though the primer-modified polystyrenes were insoluble in the medium of polymerization, i.e., citrate buffer. The polymerization kinetics show an interesting dependence on the molecular weight of polystyrene due to the micellar structure of the primer in water. PMID:11888324

  5. Application of poly(ethylene glycol)-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine (PEG-DSPE) block copolymers and their derivatives as nanomaterials in drug delivery.

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    Wang, Rongrong; Xiao, Renzhong; Zeng, Zhaowu; Xu, Lili; Wang, Junjie

    2012-01-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol)-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine (PEG-DSPE) block copolymers are biocompatible and amphiphilic polymers that can be widely utilized in the preparation of liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles, polymer hybrid nanoparticles, solid lipid nanoparticles, lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles, and microemulsions. Particularly, the terminal groups of PEG can be activated and linked to various targeting ligands, which can prolong the circulation time, improve the drug bioavailability, reduce undesirable side effects, and especially target specific cells, tissues, and even the intracellular localization in organelles. This review herein aims to describe recent developments in drug carriers exploiting PEG-DSPE block copolymers and their derivatives, and the incorporation of different ligands to the end groups of PEG-DSPE to target delivery, focusing on their modification approaches, advantages, applications, and the probable associated drawbacks. PMID:22904628

  6. Water distributions in PS-b-P(S-g-PEO) block grafted copolymer system in aqueous solutions revealed by contrast variation SANS study

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    Chen, Wei-Ren; Hong, Kunlun; Li, Xin; Liu, Emily; Liu, Yun; Shew, Chwen-Yang; Smith, Gregory Scott

    2010-01-01

    In this report, we present a contrast variation small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of PS-b-P(S-g-PEO) block graft copolymers in aqueous media at a concentration of 10 mg/ml. Through varying the solvent D2O/H2O ratio, the scattering contributions from the water molecules and the micellar constituent components can be determined. Based on the commonly used core-shell model, a theoretical coherent scattering cross section incorporating the effect of water penetration is developed and used to analyze the SANS I(Q), we have successfully quantified the micellar structure and the number of - water molecules associated with the core and corona. We have found that the overall micellar hydration level increase with the increase in the molecular weight of hydrophilic PEO side chains. This study provides key information in understanding solvent distributions within self-assembled amphiphilic block grafted copolymers.

  7. Calorimetric study on pH-responsive block copolymer grafted lipid bilayers: rational design and development of liposomes.

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    Pippa, Natassa; Chountoulesi, Maria; Kyrili, Aimilia; Meristoudi, Anastasia; Pispas, Stergios; Demetzos, Costas

    2016-09-01

    This study is focused on chimeric advanced drug delivery nanosystems and specifically on pH-sensitive liposomes, combining lipids and pH-responsive amphiphilic block copolymers. Chimeric liposomes composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and two different forms of block copolymers, i.e. poly(n-butylacrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (PnBA-b-PAA) at 70 and 85% content of PAA at six different molar ratios, each form respectively. PAA block exhibits pH-responsiveness, because of the regulative group of -COOH. -COOH is protonated under acidic pH (pKa ca. 4.2), while remains ionized under basic or neutral pH, leading to liposomes repulse and eventually stability. Lipid bilayers were prepared composed of DPPC and PnBA-b-PAA. Experiments were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in order to investigate their thermotropic properties. DSC indicated disappearance of pre-transition at all chimeric lipid bilayers and slight thermotropic changes of the main transition temperature. Chimeric liposomes have been prepared and their physicochemical characteristics have been explored by measuring the size, size distribution and ζ-potential, owned to the presence of pH-responsive polymer. At percentages containing medium to high amounts of the polymer, chimeric liposomes were found to retain their size during the stability studies. These results were well correlated with those indicated in the DSC measurements of lipid bilayers incorporating polymers in order to explain their physicochemical behavior. The incorporation of the appropriate amount of these novel pH-responsive block copolymers affects thus the cooperativity, the liposomal stabilization and imparts pH-responsiveness. PMID:26364717

  8. 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.

  9. Nanowire polarizers by guided self-assembly of block copolymers

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    Roberts, Philip M. S.; Baum, Alexandra; Karamath, James; Evans, Allan; Shibata, Satoshi; Walton, Harry

    2014-01-01

    Wire-grid polarizers (WGPs) are currently limited by their wafer-scale manufacturing methods to sizes of approximately 12 to 18 in. For large-size displays, a new method for the production of large-area WGPs is required. Large-area WGPs were simulated using the finite-difference-time-domain method, and a scaleable method for their production based on a block copolymer (BCP)-nanostructured template was implemented. The nanostructured template is globally aligned through the use of a cylinder-forming liquid crystal (LC) diblock copolymer, which is first aligned on a rubbed polyimide substrate. A surface-relief template is produced using the differential dry etch rates of the cylinder-forming component and LC polymer matrix component of the BCP. The template is metalized to produce a WGP. Polarizers of arbitrary size with polarization efficiency up to 0.6 have been made in close agreement with calculated values for idealized structures. The choice of the cylinder-forming polymer is critical to the degree of alignment of the template, and the thermal stability of the LC polymer matrix is critical to the stability of the template during etching.

  10. Ultrathin and Micellar Block Copolymer Films for Nanopatterning

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    Möller, Martin

    1998-03-01

    The formation of A-B functionalized surfaces, where nanometer sized A and B patches are distinguished for their different physical and chemical properties, represent a rather virgin field of research. We will present a technology for generating nanosized chemical heterogeneous surfaces by combination of self-organization of metal particle containing diblock copolymer micelles and conventional semiconductor etching techniques. Polystrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) diblock copolymers form reverse micelles in toluene, i.e., a core of P2VP is protected by a shell of PS. Such nanocompartments are used for generating metal or semiconductor particles of equal size in each single micelle in solution. The micelle stabilized particles can be cast to mono micellar films, forming quasi hexagonal arranged lattices. The particle to particle distance (10 to 200nm) is controlled by the polymer shell and the particles size (1 to 20nm) by the micellar compartment. After film formation the polymer shell can be removed comp letely by using an oxygen plasma technique resulting in the deposition of the naked clusters on different substrates without destroying the former particle organization. These highly regular metal or semiconducting nanopatches can cover macroscopic areas (5cm x 5cm). The metal patterns are used for binding single makromolecules or as masks for nanolithography. Epitaxially grown semiconductors like GaAs, InGaAs or InP have been structured by islands or holes and their quantisized band structure has been in vestigated.

  11. Fracture of Semicrystalline-Glassy Block Copolymers: Chain Architecture Effects

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    Ryu, C. Y.; Fredrickson, G. H.; Kramer, E. J.; Hahn, S. F.

    2000-03-01

    We investigate the influence of chain architecture on the deformation and fracture of poly(vinylcyclohexane)-poly(ethylene) (PCHE-PE) block copolymers. Ordered thin films of PCHE-PE-PCHE (CEC) triblock and CECEC pentablock copolymers are bonded to ductile copper grids and deformed in tension and then examined by optical and transmission electron microscopy. Both PCHE homopolymer (M = 283,000 g/mol) and CEC triblock (M = 107,000 g/mol; fE =3D 0.29) undergo fracture via crazing followed by breakdown of crazes to form cracks producing catastrophic failure at a strain ɛ < 6%. The mechanism of deformation and the strain for catastrophic failure changes dramatically for CECEC. Deformation of the CECEC pentablock (M = 110,000 g/mol; fE = 0.29) takes place mainly by (shear) deformation zone formation. Shear deformation and crazing compete and the shear blunting of craze tips is frequently observed. The strain for the catastrophic failure increases in CECEC to ɛ > 30%, and breakdown of the deformed film occurs only locally. We attribute this change in deformation and failure mechanisms to the bridging chains within the C domains of CECEC.

  12. Selective separation of similarly sized proteins with tunable nanoporous block copolymer membranes.

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    Qiu, Xiaoyan; Yu, Haizhou; Karunakaran, Madhavan; Pradeep, Neelakanda; Nunes, Suzana P; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2013-01-22

    An integral asymmetric membrane was fabricated in a fast and one-step process by combining the self-assembly of an amphiphilic block copolymer (PS-b-P4VP) with nonsolvent-induced phase separation. The structure was found to be composed of a thin layer of densely packed highly ordered cylindrical channels with uniform pore sizes perpendicular to the surface on top of a nonordered sponge-like layer. The as-assembled membrane obtained a water flux of more than 3200 L m(-2) h(-1) bar(-1), which was at least an order of magnitude higher than the water fluxes of commercially available membranes with comparable pore sizes, making this membrane particularly well suited to size-selective and charge-based separation of biomolecules. To test the performance of the membrane, we conducted diffusion experiments at the physiological pH of 7.4 using bovine serum albumin (BSA) and globulin-γ, two proteins with different diameters but too close in size (2-fold difference in molecular mass) to be efficiently separated via conventional dialysis membrane processes. The diffusion rate differed by a factor of 87, the highest value reported to date. We also analyzed charge-based diffusive transport and separation of two proteins of similar molecular weight (BSA and bovine hemoglobin (BHb)) through the membrane as a function of external pH. The membrane achieved a selectivity of about 10 at pH 4.7, the isoelectric point (pI) of BSA. We then positively charged the membrane to improve the separation selectivity. With the modified membrane BSA was completely blocked when the pH was 7.0, the pI of BHb, while BHb was completely blocked at pH 4.7. Our results demonstrate the potential of our asymmetric membrane to efficiently separate biological substances/pharmaceuticals in bioscience, biotechnology, and biomedicine applications. PMID:23252799

  13. Micelles of enzymatically synthesized PEG-poly(amine-co-ester) block copolymers as pH-responsive nanocarriers for docetaxel delivery.

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    Zhang, Xiaofang; Liu, Bo; Yang, Zhe; Zhang, Chao; Li, Hao; Luo, Xingen; Luo, Huiyan; Gao, Di; Jiang, Qing; Liu, Jie; Jiang, Zhaozhong

    2014-03-01

    A series of PEGylated poly(amine-co-ester) terpolymers were successfully synthesized in one step via lipase-catalyzed copolymerization of ω-pentadecalactone (PDL), diethyl sebacate (DES), and N-methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) comonomers in the presence of poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether as a chain-terminating agent. The resultant amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(PDL-co-MDEA-co-sebacate) (PEG-PPMS) block copolymers consisted of hydrophilic PEG chain segments and hydrophobic random PPMS chain segments, which self-assembled in aqueous medium to form stable, nanosized micelles at physiological pH of 7.4. Upon decreasing the medium pH from 7.4 to 5.0, the copolymer micelles swell significantly due to protonation of the amino groups in the micelle PPMS cores. Correspondingly, docetaxel (DTX)-encapsulated PEG2K-PPMS copolymer micelles showed gradual sustained drug release at pH of 7.4, but remarkably accelerated DTX release at acidic pH of 5.0. The drug-loaded micelle particles were readily internalized by SK-BR-3 cancer cells and, compared to free DTX drug, DTX-loaded micelles of the copolymers with optimal compositions exhibited enhanced potency against the cells. Biodegradable PEG-PPMS copolymer micelles represent a new type of promising, pH-responsive nanocarriers for anticancer drug delivery, and the drug release rate from the micelles can be systematically controlled by both pH and the copolymer composition. PMID:24398083

  14. Molecular origin of photovoltaic performance in donor-block-acceptor all-conjugated block copolymers

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    Smith, Kendall A.; Lin, Yen -Hao; Mok, Jorge W.; Yager, Kevin G.; Strzalka, Joseph; Nie, Wanyi; Mohite, Aditya D.; Verduzco, Rafael

    2015-11-03

    All-conjugated block copolymers may be an effective route to self-assembled photovoltaic devices, but we lack basic information on the relationship between molecular characteristics and photovoltaic performance. Here, we synthesize a library of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) block poly((9,9-dialkylfluorene)-2,7-diyl-alt-[4,7-bis(alkylthiophen-5-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole]-2',2''-diyl) (PFTBT) donor-block-acceptor all-conjugated block copolymers and carry out a comprehensive study of processing conditions, crystallinity, domain sizes, and side-chain structure on photovoltaic device performance. We find that all block copolymers studied exhibit an out-of-plane crystal orientation after deposition, and on thermal annealing at high temperatures the crystal orientation flips to an in-plane orientation. By varying processing conditions on polymer photovoltaic devices, we show that the crystal orientation has only a modest effect (15-20%) on photovoltaic performance. The addition of side-chains to the PFTBT block is found to decrease photovoltaic power conversion efficiencies by at least an order of magnitude. Through grazing-incidence X-ray measurements we find that the addition of side-chains to the PFTBT acceptor block results in weak segregation and small (< 10 nm) block copolymer self-assembled donor and acceptor domains. This work is the most comprehensive to date on all-conjugated block copolymer systems and suggests that photovoltaic performance of block copolymers depends strongly on the miscibility of donor and acceptor blocks, which impacts donor and acceptor domain sizes and purity. Lastly, strategies for improving the device performance of block copolymer photovoltaics should seek to increase segregation between donor and acceptor polymer domains.

  15. On the spectral behavior of an ionic styryl dye: effect of micelle-polyethylene-block-polyethylene glycol diblock copolymer assembly.

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    Sahoo, Dibakar; Bhattacharya, Prosenjit; Chakravorti, Sankar

    2009-10-15

    The interaction of anionic micelle sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and amphiphilic block copolymers polyethylene-b-polyethylene glycol (PE-b-PEG) and the sharp change of excited-state charge-transfer complex photophysics of 2-(4-(dimethylamino)styryl)-1-methylpyridinium iodide (DASPMI) inside of the supramolecular assembly have been addressed in the paper. The dramatic enhancement of emission intensity of DASPMI incorporated inside of the nanostructure formed by micellar and polymeric chains indicates a completely different environment compared to that in the water and micellar system. A huge increase in the rotational relaxation time obtained from time-resolved anisotropy decay and the value of the order parameter is indicative of a very restrictive regime in the self-assembly system. The wobbling and translational motion of the probe is also restricted inside of the micelle-polymer aggregate due to the presence of polymer chains. The translational diffusion coefficient is drastically reduced due to the aggregation. PMID:19761273

  16. Sprayable Elastic Conductors Based on Block Copolymer Silver Nanoparticle Composites

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    2015-01-01

    Block copolymer silver nanoparticle composite elastic conductors were fabricated through solution blow spinning and subsequent nanoparticle nucleation. The reported technique allows for conformal deposition onto nonplanar substrates. We additionally demonstrated the ability to tune the strain dependence of the electrical properties by adjusting nanoparticle precursor concentration or localized nanoparticle nucleation. The stretchable fiber mats were able to display electrical conductivity values as high as 2000 ± 200 S/cm with only a 12% increase in resistance after 400 cycles of 150% strain. Stretchable elastic conductors with similar and higher bulk conductivity have not achieved comparable stability of electrical properties. These unique electromechanical characteristics are primarily the result of structural changes during mechanical deformation. The versatility of this approach was demonstrated by constructing a stretchable light emitting diode circuit and a strain sensor on planar and nonplanar substrates. PMID:25491507

  17. Block copolymer films with free interfaces: Ordering by nanopatterned substrates

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    Man, Xingkun; Andelman, David; Orland, Henri

    2012-07-01

    We study block copolymers (BCPs) on patterned substrates, where the top polymer film surface is not constrained but is free and can adapt its shape self-consistently. In particular, we investigate the combined effect of free interface undulations with wetting of the BCP film as induced by nanopatterned substrates. Under wetting conditions and for a finite volume of BCP material, we find equilibrium droplets composed of coexisting perpendicular and parallel lamellar domains. The self-assembly of BCPs on topographic patterned substrates is also investigated and it is found that the free interface induces mixed morphologies of parallel and perpendicular domains coupled with a nonflat free interface. Our study has some interesting consequences for experimental setups of graphoepitaxy and nanoimprint lithography.

  18. 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.

  19. Microstructural organization of polydimethylsiloxane based polyurethane block copolymers

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    Hernandez, Rebeca; Weksler, Jadwiga; Padsalgikar, Ajay; Runt, James

    2007-03-01

    Microphase separation was investigated for polyurethane block copolymers synthesized from MDI and 1,4 butanediol as the hard segments, and poly(hexamethyleneoxide) (MW ˜ 700) and bis(6-hydroxyethoxypropyl) poly(dimethylsiloxane) as soft segments (MW ˜ 1000). The neat PDMS-based diol presents two segmental relaxations corresponding to the principle siloxane repeat unit and to the hydroxyethoxypropyl end group segments, respectively. When incorporated in the polyurethane, the siloxane units form a phase without intermixing with hard segments and the polyether end group segments are mixed with the second macrodiol and some short hard segment sequences. The microdomain morphology was characterized by atomic force microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering, and the scattering data were analyzed using an approach based on a modified core-shell model. The model includes core hard segment particles (MDI-BDO), surrounded by a mixed polyether shell (PHMO and hydroxyethoxypropyl end group segments), and a matrix composed of the siloxane units.

  20. Effects of depletion interactions on block copolymer micelles

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    Abbas, Sayeed; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2008-03-01

    Block copolymer micelles exhibit two levels of hierarchical self-assembly: the process of micellization itself, and the ordering of these micelles onto a lattice. By a combination of small angle x-ray scattering and neutron scattering, we show that both levels of self-assembly are affected when non-adsorbing homopolymer is added to the solutions. The phenomena are analogous to depletion interactions in colloid/polymer mixtures. We have chosen poly(styrene-b-isoprene) micelles dissolved in diethyl phthalate as the model system. To these solutions polystyrene homopolymer was added. The effects strongly depend on the molecular weight and concentration of the added homopolymer. We find an induced attraction between micelles at moderate micelle concentrations, and a preference for fcc over bcc lattices in more concentrated solutions.

  1. Correlative infrared nanospectroscopic and nanomechanical imaging of block copolymer microdomains

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    Pollard, Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    Summary Intermolecular interactions and nanoscale phase separation govern the properties of many molecular soft-matter systems. Here, we combine infrared vibrational scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (IR s-SNOM) with force–distance spectroscopy for simultaneous characterization of both nanoscale optical and nanomechanical molecular properties through hybrid imaging. The resulting multichannel images and correlative analysis of chemical composition, spectral IR line shape, modulus, adhesion, deformation, and dissipation acquired for a thin film of a nanophase separated block copolymer (PS-b-PMMA) reveal complex structural variations, in particular at domain interfaces, not resolved in any individual signal channel alone. These variations suggest that regions of multicomponent chemical composition, such as the interfacial mixing regions between microdomains, are correlated with high spatial heterogeneity in nanoscale material properties. PMID:27335750

  2. Correlative infrared nanospectroscopic and nanomechanical imaging of block copolymer microdomains.

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    Pollard, Benjamin; Raschke, Markus B

    2016-01-01

    Intermolecular interactions and nanoscale phase separation govern the properties of many molecular soft-matter systems. Here, we combine infrared vibrational scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (IR s-SNOM) with force-distance spectroscopy for simultaneous characterization of both nanoscale optical and nanomechanical molecular properties through hybrid imaging. The resulting multichannel images and correlative analysis of chemical composition, spectral IR line shape, modulus, adhesion, deformation, and dissipation acquired for a thin film of a nanophase separated block copolymer (PS-b-PMMA) reveal complex structural variations, in particular at domain interfaces, not resolved in any individual signal channel alone. These variations suggest that regions of multicomponent chemical composition, such as the interfacial mixing regions between microdomains, are correlated with high spatial heterogeneity in nanoscale material properties. PMID:27335750

  3. Nanopatterning of ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films via block copolymer lithography.

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    Ramanathan, M.; Darling, S. B.; Sumant, A. V.; Auciello, O.

    2010-07-01

    Nanopatterning of diamond surfaces is critical for the development of diamond-based microelectromechanical system/nanoelectromechanical system (MEMS/NEMS), such as resonators or switches. Micro-/nanopatterning of diamond materials is typically done using photolithography or electron beam lithography combined with reactive ion etching (RIE). In this work, we demonstrate a simple process, block copolymer (BCP) lithography, for nanopatterning of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films to produce nanostructures suitable for the fabrication of NEMS based on UNCD. In BCP lithography, nanoscale self-assembled polymeric domains serve as an etch mask for pattern transfer. The authors used thin films of a cylinder-forming organic-inorganic BCP, poly(styrene-block-ferrocenyldimethylsilane), PS-b-PFS, as an etch mask on the surface of UNCD films. Orientational control of the etch masking cylindrical PFS blocks is achieved by manipulating the polymer film thickness in concert with the annealing treatment. We have observed that the surface roughness of UNCD layers plays an important role in transferring the pattern. Oxygen RIE was used to etch the exposed areas of the UNCD film underneath the BCP. Arrays of both UNCD posts and wirelike structures have been created using the same starting polymeric materials as the etch mask.

  4. Superlattice Formation in Binary Mixtures of Block Copolymer Micelles

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    Abbas, Sayeed; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2008-08-26

    Two distinct diblock copolymers, poly(styrene-b-isoprene) (SI) and poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (SD), were codissolved at various concentrations in the polystyrene selective solvent diethyl phthalate. Two SI diblocks, with block molar masses of 12000-33000 and 30000-33000, and two SD diblocks, with block molar masses of 19000-6000 and 16000-9000, were employed. The size ratio of the smaller SD micelles (S) to the larger SI micelles (L) varied from approximately 0.5 to 0.6, based on hydrodynamic radii determined by dynamic light scattering on dilute solutions containing only one polymer component. Due to incompatibility between the polyisoprene and polydimethylsiloxane blocks, a binary mixture of distinct SI and SD micelles was formed in each mixed solution, as confirmed by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. When the total concentration of polymer was increased to 20--30%, the micelles adopted a superlattice structure. Small angle X-ray scattering revealed the lattice to be the full LS{sub 13} superlattice (space group Fm{sub 3}c) in all cases, with unit cell dimensions in excess of 145 nm. A coexistent face-centered cubic phase composed of SD micelles was also observed when the number ratio of S to L micelles was large.

  5. Fluorinated polyphenylenevinylene (PPV) block co-polymers for nanophotonics

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    Sun, Sam-Shajing; Nguyen, Thuong; Brooks, Jaleesa

    2013-09-01

    Polymer based optoelectronic materials and thin film devices exhibit great potential in future space applications due to their flexibility, light weight, large light absorption coefficient, and promising radiation tolerance in space environment as compared to their inorganic semiconductor counterparts. Since carbon-fluorine (C-F) chemical bonds are much stronger than the carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds, fluorinated polymer films offer great potential for space applications due their expected resistance to oxidation, thermal stability, excellent wear properties, and low coefficients of friction. Their use in a space environment is extremely attractive since they are expected to retain their lubricating characteristics in vacuum, unlike many solid lubricants. Current existing polymer photovoltaic materials and devices suffer low photoelectric power conversion efficiencies due to a number factors including poor morphologies at nano scale that hinder the charge separation and transport. This paper reports our recent work on a fluorinated DBfA type block copolymer system where the donor (D) block contains a donor substituted and hydrocarbon based polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), acceptor (fA) block contains a fluorinated and a sulfone acceptor substituted polyphenylenevinylene (f-PPV), and B is a non-conjugated and flexible bridge unit. Preliminary studies reveal DBfA exhibits better nano phase morphologies and over 100 times more efficient optoelectronic conversion efficiencies as compared to D/fA blend.

  6. Lamellae Orientation in Block Copolymer Films with Ionic Complexes

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    Wang,J.; Chen, W.; Sievert, J.; Russell, T.

    2008-01-01

    Lamellae orientation in lithium-complexed polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) copolymer films on natively oxidized silicon wafers is investigated as a function of film thickness and percentage of carbonyl groups coordinated with lithium ions using cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering. For films with a lower percentage of ionic complexes, the strong surface interaction of the PMMA blocks with the substrate is not changed significantly and the orientation of the lamellar microdomains depends on the film thickness and is dictated by a coupling of the interfacial interactions and the degree of microphase separation. For films with a higher percentage of ionic complexes, the surface interaction is mediated. Along with the enhanced immiscibility between the two blocks, which drives the self-assembly into a stronger microphase segregation, an orientation of the lamellar microdomains normal to the surface is seen, independent of film thickness. Thus, by tuning the amount of ionic complexes, the orientation of lamellar microdomain can be controlled from a random arrangement to being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the film surface without any surface modification or use of external fields, which opens a simple and general route for the fabrication of nanostructured materials.

  7. Tough Block Copolymer Organogels and Elastomers as Short Fiber Composites

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    Kramer, Edward J.

    2012-02-01

    The origins of the exceptional toughness and elastomeric properties of gels and elastomers from block copolymers with semicrystalline syndiotactic polypropylene blocks will be discussed. Using synchrotron X-radiation small angle (SAXS) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) experiments were simultaneously performed during step cycle tensile deformation of these elastomers and gels. From these results the toughness can be attributed to the formation, orientation and elongation of the crystalline fibrils along the tensile direction. The true stress and true strain ɛH during each cycle were recorded, including the true strain at zero load ɛH,p after each cycle that resulted from the plastic deformation of the sPP crystals in the gel or elastomer. The initial Young's modulus Einit and maximum tangent modulus Emax in each cycle undergo dramatic changes as a function of ɛH,p, with Einit decreasing for ɛH,p <= 0.1 and then increasing slowly as ɛH,p increases to 1 while Emax increases rapidly over the entire range of ɛH,p resulting in a ratio of Emax/Einit > 100 to 1000 at the highest maximum (nominal) strain. Based on SAXS patterns from the deformed and relaxed gels, as well as on previous results on deformation of semicrystalline random copolymers by Strobl and coworkers, we propose that the initial decrease in Einit and increase in Emax with ɛH,p are due to a breakup of the network of the original sPP crystal lamellae and the conversion of the sPP lamellae into fibrils whose aspect ratio increases with further plastic deformation, respectively. The gel elastic properties can be understood quantitatively as those of a short fiber composite with a highly deformable matrix. At zero stress the random copolymer midblock chains that connect the fibrils cause these to make all angles to the tensile axis (low Einit), while at the maximum strain the stiff, crystalline sPP fibrils align with the tensile axis producing a strong, relatively stiff gel. The evolution of the

  8. Thermodynamics of Surfactants, Block Copolymers and Their Mixtures in Water: The Role of the Isothermal Calorimetry

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    De Lisi, Rosario; Milioto, Stefania; Muratore, Nicola

    2009-01-01

    The thermodynamics of conventional surfactants, block copolymers and their mixtures in water was described to the light of the enthalpy function. The two methodologies, i.e. the van’t Hoff approach and the isothermal calorimetry, used to determine the enthalpy of micellization of pure surfactants and block copolymers were described. The van’t Hoff method was critically discussed. The aqueous copolymer+surfactant mixtures were analyzed by means of the isothermal titration calorimetry and the enthalpy of transfer of the copolymer from the water to the aqueous surfactant solutions. Thermodynamic models were presented to show the procedure to extract straightforward molecular insights from the bulk properties. PMID:19742173

  9. Poly(lactide)-block-poly([epsilon]-caprolactone-co-[epsilon]-decalactone)-block-poly(lactide) copolymer elastomers

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    Schneiderman, Deborah K.; Hill, Erin M.; Martello, Mark T.; Hillmyer, Marc A.

    2015-08-28

    Batch ring opening transesterification copolymerization of ε-caprolactone and ε-decalactone was used to generate statistical copolymers over a wide range of compositions and molar masses. Reactivity ratios determined for this monomer pair, rCL = 5.9 and rDL = 0.03, reveal ε-caprolactone is added preferentially regardless of the propagating chain end. Relative to poly(ε-caprolactone) the crystallinity and melting point of these statistical copolymers were depressed by the addition of ε-decalactone; copolymers containing greater than 31 mol% (46 wt%) ε-decalactone were amorphous. Poly(lactide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone-co-ε-decalactone)-block-poly(lactide) triblock polymers were also prepared and used to explore the influence of midblock composition on the temperature dependent Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ). In addition, uniaxial extension tests were used to determine the effects of midblock composition, poly(lactide) content, and molar mass on the mechanical properties of these new elastomeric triblocks.

  10. Using click chemistry to modify block copolymers and their morphologies

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    Wollbold, Johannes

    Microphase separated block copolymers (BCPs) are emerging as promising templates and scaffolds for the fabrication of nanostructured materials. To achieve the desired nanostructures, it is necessary to establish convenient approaches to control the morphology of BCPs. It remains challenging to induce morphological transitions of BCPs via external fields. Click chemistry, especially alkyne/azide click chemistry, has been widely used to synthesize novel functionalized materials. Here, we demonstrate that alkyne/azide click chemistry can be used as an efficient approach to chemically modify BCPs and therefore induce morphological transitions. Alkyne-functionalized diblock copolymers (di-BCPs) poly(ethylene oxide)- block-poly(n-butyl methacrylate-random-propargyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-P(nBMA-r-PgMA)) have been successfully synthesized. When the di-BCP is blended with an azide additive Rhodamine B azide and annealed at elevated temperatures, click reaction occurs between the two components. With the Rhodamine B structure attached to the polymer backbone, the di-BCP shows dramatic change in the interactions between the two blocks and the volume fraction of each block. As a result, morphological transitions, such as disorder-to-order transitions (DOTs) and order-to-order transitions (OOTs), are observed. The reaction kinetics and morphology evolution during the click chemistry induced DOTs have been investigated by in-situ and ex-situ characterizations, and fast kinetics properties are observed. Microphase separated morphologies after the DOTs or OOTs are dictated by the composition of neat di-BCPs and the mole ratio between the alkyne and azide groups. The DOTs of PEO-b-P(nBMA-r-PgMA) di-BCPs induced by alkyne/azide click chemistry have also been achieved in thin film geometries, with comparable kinetics to bulk samples. The orientation of the microdomains is dependent on the grafting density of Rhodamine B structure as well as film thickness. At higher grafting densities

  11. Design of nanostructured materials from block copolymer self-assembly

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    Leolukman, Melvina

    We present two classes of nanostructured materials by combining the self assembly of block copolymer (BCP) with suitable small molecule chemistry, which are applicable to organic electro-optics (EO) and as etch-resistant masks for nanofabrication. The underlying principles of designing the specific interactions between BCP host and guest molecules, driving the self-assembly in bulk and thin film, and dictating domain orientation are concepts common to both of these areas. Nanostructured EO materials were created by selectively encapsulating EO chromophores by hydrogen-bonding to the pyridine groups of a linear-diblock copolymer (linear-diBCP) namely polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) [PS-b-P4VP], or a linear-dendritic-BCP. With the linear-diBCP host, we discovered that poled order in confined domains depends on domain shape, chromophore concentration within the domain, and thermal history. The linear-dendritic-BCP is an excellent host as it efficiently disperses the chromophores into small domains (5-10nm), and keeps the chromophores apart within the domains due to the dendritic architecture. These morphological effects translated into excellent film processability, increased chromophore loading, and two-fold enhancements in the EO coefficient (r 33) when compared to a corresponding homopolymer system. A new class of organic-inorganic nanostructured materials based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) was synthesized as a passive template for pattern transfer. We developed a living anionic polymerization route for methacrylate-functionalized POSS and synthesized two kinds of BCPs, namely PS-b-PMAPOSS and PMMA-b-PMAPOSS. The anionic route allows high degree of polymerization, narrow polydispersity, and tunable POSS block length. These lead to well defined spherical, cylindrical, and lamellar morphologies, as well as formation of hierarchical structures upon thermal annealing. Both POSS-containing BCPs were assembled in thin film and converted to hard

  12. Temperature-Dependent Phase Behaviors in Cylinder-Forming Block Copolymers

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    Ahn, Dae Up; Sancaktar, Erol

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate that the temperature-dependent phase behaviors of parallel and perpendicular cylinder-forming block copolymers are governed by domain-domain segregation forces inherently present in block copolymer material itself. With increasing temperature, a parallel cylinder-forming block copolymer experienced a parallel cylinder straightening process before the order-disorder transition (ODT) and did not show long-range composition fluctuations near the ODT temperature due to the weak segregation forces between the block domains. A perpendicular cylinder-forming block copolymer with a strong segregation force between the block domains displayed cylinder orientation transition from perpendicular to parallel below the ODT temperature. On the other hand, a perpendicular cylinder-forming block copolymer material with an exceptionally strong segregation force between the block domains maintained its initial perpendicular cylinder orientation up to near the ODT temperature. In both cases of perpendicular cylinder-forming block copolymers, submicrometer-scale long-range composition fluctuations were observed well above the ODT temperature due to their intrinsically strong segregation forces between the block domains. PMID:19564947

  13. Anionic synthesis of block copolymers for photonics applications

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    Garces Cortes, Camila

    Anionic synthesis of well-defined polystyrene-block-polyvinylpyridine copolymers required the use of special conditions including lithium chloride and 1,1-diphenylethylene as additives, low temperature of reaction (-78°C), highly diluted monomer at -78°C and efficient stirring (Morton-type, creased reactor). Low molecular weight polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) copolymers (Mn = 6000 g/mol) were synthesized with average-molecular weights in agreement with the theoretically calculated Mns and narrow Mw/Mns (≤1.1). Polystyrene-block-polyvinylpyridine copolymers were selected for the fabrication of uniformly dispersed metal oxide nanoparticles (cobalt and iron oxides) due to the coordinating ligand character of the vinylpyridine units. The incorporation of the inorganic salts (1 mol-eq of inorg. salt per mol of vinylpyridine units) was 57 wt% when polystyrene- block-poly(2-vinylpyridine-co-4-vinylpyridine) (M n = 59,000 g/mol, Mw/Mn = 1.09, fv PVP = 0.19) was used and 18 wt% when polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (Mn = 39,000 g/mol, Mw/Mn = 1.07, f v PVP = 0.14) was used. The end-capping reaction of polymeric chain-ends with 1,1-diphenylethylene (DPE) was studied using 2D NMR spectroscopic and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometric analyses. Oligomerization of DPE was observed using a 15-fold excess of DPE in the end-capping of poly(butadienyl)lithium (Mn = 2,200 g/mol, Mw/Mn = 1.06) but not in the case of poly(styryl)lithium (Mn = 2,000 g/mol, Mw/Mn = 1.02). Although oligomerization of DPE has been previously reported in the synthesis of 1,1-diphenylhexyllithium (6-11% oligomer with 5.4-fold excess of DPE), there are no studies showing the presence of DPE oligomer in the end-capping reaction of polymeric living carbanions. Additionally, the synthesis of poly(para-phenylene) has been studied using different precursor polymers [poly(1,3-cyclohexadienes) (Mn = 1,600 and 3,100 g/mol, Mw/Mn = 1.1 and 1.03) and poly(2-phenyl-1,3-cyclohexadiene) (Mn = 10,000 g/mol, Mw

  14. Poly(Lactic Acid) Hemodialysis Membranes with Poly(Lactic Acid)-block-Poly(2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate) Copolymer As Additive: Preparation, Characterization, and Performance.

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    Zhu, Lijing; Liu, Fu; Yu, Xuemin; Xue, Lixin

    2015-08-19

    Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) hemodialysis membranes with enhanced antifouling capability and hemocompatibility were developed using poly(lactic acid)-block-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PLA-PHEMA) copolymers as the blending additive. PLA-PHEMA block copolymers were synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation (RAFT) polymerization from aminolyzed PLA. Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) were applied to characterize the synthesized products. By blending PLA with the amphiphilic block copolymer, PLA/PLA-PHEMA membranes were prepared by nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) method. Their chemistry and structure were characterized with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results revealed that PLA/PLA-PHEMA membranes with high PLA-PHEMA contents exhibited enhanced hydrophilicity, water permeability, antifouling and hemocompatibility. Especially, when the PLA-PHEMA concentration was 15 wt %, the water flux of the modified membrane was about 236 L m(-2) h(-1). Its urea and creatinine clearance was more than 0.70 mL/min, lysozyme clearance was about 0.50 mL/min, BSA clearance was as less as 0.31 mL/min. All the results suggest that PLA-PHEMA copolymers had served as effective agents for optimizing the property of PLA-based membrane for hemodialysis applications. PMID:26222398

  15. Drying of films formed by ordered poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymer gels.

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    Gu, Zhiyong; Alexandridis, Paschalis

    2005-03-01

    The drying of hydrogel films formed by poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) (PEO-PPO) block copolymers (Pluronic P105 and Pluronic L64) is investigated at various air relative humidity (RH) conditions in the range 11-94%. These amphiphilic block copolymers self-assemble to form a variety of ordered (lyotropic liquid crystalline) structures as the water content decreases. The amount of water lost increases linearly with the drying time initially (constant rate region, stage I). After this linear region, a falling rate is observed (stage II). The drying rate increases with decreasing RH, thus greatly shortening the drying time. A decrease of the initial film thickness or a decrease in the initial water content shortens the drying time; however, the drying mechanism remains the same. Analysis of the experimental data shows that the hydration level in the Pluronic hydrogel mainly determines the drying rate, rather than the type of ordered structure formed. Two distinct regions (liquid/gel and solid/crystalline) are observed in the drying isotherm for PEO-PPO block copolymers and homopolymer poly(ethylene glycol)s. A model for one-dimensional water diffusion is used to fit the experimental drying results at different RH, initial film thickness, and initial water content conditions. The model accounts for the shrinkage of the film during drying and for a water diffusion coefficient that is a function of the water concentration in the film. For the experimental conditions considered here, the Biot number (Bi) is less than unity and the drying is mainly limited by evaporation at the film surface. The diffusion model is used to obtain information for cases where Bi > 1. PMID:15723476

  16. RAFT polymerization kinetics and polymer characterization of P3HT rod-coil block copolymers and their uses to prepare hybrid nanocomposites

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    Kern, Melissa Robin

    group reactions result in P3HT homopolymer in the final sample. Therefore accurate characterization requires molecular weight determination of the block copolymer and quantification of the sample composition. Also presented in this work is the synthesis of amphiphilic rod-coil block copolymers of P3HT with poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (4VP) and poly(acrylic acid) (AA). Here, P3HT-b-PAA is prepared by the direct synthesis of acrylic acid with the macroRAFT agent using a binary solvent system of trichlorobenzene and dioxane to maintain polymer solubility throughout the polymerization. The micelle formation of the resulting block copolymer is detailed as the transparent micelle solution of P3HT-b-PAA exhibits the optical behavior of solid-state P3HT. Finally, the preparation of various nanocomposites from the synthesized P3HT homopolymer and block copolymers is presented. In the first method, the RAFT end group of the P3HT macroRAFT agent and the P3HT block copolymers is reduced to a thiol to allow for attachment to Au nanoparticles. While Au nanoparticles are not useful for photovoltaic applications, the surface modification demonstrates the utility of the P3HT macroRAFT agent, which is used to modify the surface with P3HT homopolymer and P3HT block copolymers. The second method to prepare P3HT hybrid nanocomposites is in-situ growth of CdS in P3HT-b-P4VP. With analysis by dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), it is concluded that a majority of the CdS growth in the P3HT-b-P4VP was confined to the P4VP block.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. How to Place Block Copolymer Molecules at the Interface of a Binary Blend

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    Chen, Zhong-Ren; Xu, Yuci; Zhong, Shuo

    2015-03-01

    Block copolymers have been used to reduce the domain size of immiscible polymer blends and thus improve the mechanical and other properties. The effectiveness of this method, however, depends on the percentage of these polymeric surfactants residing at the interface of the blend. In fact, theoretical as well as experimental work indicate that a large percentage of block copolymers form micelles in the bulk of one or both of the component polymers. These micelles may serve as weak spots initiating crack propagation. Previous work have been focused on the design of molecular architecture and synthesis of new block copolymers to address this problem. In this presentation, a simple mixing strategy is applied to make each block copolymer molecule stay at the interface. As one example, when this strategy is used to mix natural rubber (NR) with butadiene rubber (BR), a small amount of low molecular weight block copolymer (LIR) improves both processing characteristics such as melt viscosity and mechanical properties of cured samples, such as crack resistance. AFM micrographs show the much smaller domain size; and an original real-time monitoring system reveals the lowest crack growth rate. Using a model A/B/A-B binary blend, we have witnessed by microscopy that all block copolymer molecules form micelles at the first mixing step, and all of these micelles are disappeared and all block copolymer molecules stay at the interface after the second mixing step.

  20. pH-Sensitive micelles self-assembled from amphiphilic copolymer brush for delivery of poorly water-soluble drugs.

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    Yang, You Qiang; Zheng, Ling Shan; Guo, Xin Dong; Qian, Yu; Zhang, Li Juan

    2011-01-10

    A novel pH-sensitive amphiphilic copolymer brush poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid)-b-poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether monomethacrylate) [P(MMA-co-MAA)-b-PPEGMA] was defined and synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) technique. The molecular structures and characteristics of this copolymer and its precursors were confirmed by (1)H NMR, FT-IR, and GPC. The CMC of P(MMA-co-MAA)-b-PPEGMA in aqueous medium was determined to be 1-4 mg/L. This copolymer could self-assemble into micelles in aqueous solution with an average size of 120-250 nm determined by DLS. The morphologies of the micelles were found to be spherical by SEM and TEM. Ibuprofen (IBU), a poorly water-soluble drug, was selected as the model drug and wrapped into the core of micelles via dialysis method. Drug entrapment efficiency reached to 90%. The in vitro release behavior of IBU from these micelles was pH-dependent. The cumulative release percent of IBU was less than 20% of the initial drug content in simulated gastric fluid (SGF, pH 1.2) over 12 h, but 90% was released in simulated intestinal fluid (SIF, pH 7.4) within 6 h. The release profiles showed that the P(MMA-co-MAA)-b-PPEGMA micelles could inhibit the premature burst drug release under the intestinal conditions. All the results indicate that the P(MMA-co-MAA)-b-PPEGMA micelle may be a potential oral drug delivery carrier for poorly water-soluble drugs. PMID:21121600

  1. Morphological Characteristics and Phase Behavior of Nanoparticle-Modified Block Copolymers

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    Bowman, Michelle; Bockstaller, Michael; Rasmussen, Kim; Samseth, Jon; Smith, Steven; Thompson, Russell; Spontak, Richard

    2007-03-01

    Block copolymers exhibit a wealth of nanoscale morphologies that continue to find use in a diverse variety of emergent (nano)technologies. While numerous studies have explored the effects of molecular confinement on such copolymers, few have examined the use of such objects to modify the morphological characteristics and phase behavior of microphase-ordered block copolymers. In this work, a poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) (SM) diblock copolymer has been modified with surface-functionalized fumed silica (FS) and colloidal silica (CS). Dynamic rheological measurements have been conducted on the neat and nanoparticle-modified copolymer to generate a quantitative comparison with SM/FS and SM/CS nanocomposites. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and self-consistent field theory (SCFT) calculations have also been performed to further elucidate results obtained via dynamic rheology by establishing the morphological characteristics of the copolymer and the dispersion of the functionalized nanoparticles within the resultant nanocomposites.

  2. Effect of monomer sequencing on the phase behavior of novel block copolymer/homopolymer blends

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    Laurer, J.H.; Fung, J.C.; Agard, D.A.

    1996-12-31

    Blends consisting of a block copolymer and a parent or block-specific homopolymer exhibit macrophase or microphase separation, depending on (i) the homopolymer chain length relative to that of the host block, (ii) the bulk composition of the blend, and (iii) the state of the copolymer. Recent studies of copolymer/homopolymer blends composed of block, random or alternating copolymers have shown that monomer sequencing plays a crucial role in phase behavior and morphological development. In this work, we examine this effect more closely by probing local segment interactions in both the ordered and disordered block copolymer regimes. In the disordered regime, the effects of blend concentration and molecular weight disparity were analyzed using a poly[(styrene-r-isoprene){prime}-b-(styrene-r-isoprene){double_prime}] (S/I) {prime}-b-(S/I){double_prime} copolymer and three homopolystyrenes of varying molecular weight. To probe segmental interactions in the ordered regime, a series of poly[styrene-b-(styrene-r-isoprene)-b-isoprene] S(S/I)I triblock copolymers has been blended with a single low-molecular-weight homopolystyrene. The phase behavior of all these blends has been examined with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Electron microtomography was also used to produce the first relatively high-resolution 3-D reconstruction of the L{sub 3} morphology in a copolymer-dilute blend.

  3. Bicontinuous ceramics with high surface area from block copolymer templates.

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    Hsueh, Han-Yu; Ho, Rong-Ming

    2012-06-01

    Mesoporous polymers with gyroid nanochannels can be fabricated from the self-assembly of degradable block copolymer, polystyrene-b-poly(L-lactide) (PS-PLLA), followed by hydrolysis of PLLA block. Well-defined polymer/ceramic nanohybrid materials with inorganic gyroid nanostructures in a PS matrix can be obtained by using the mesoporous PS as a template for sol-gel reaction. Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) is used as a precursor to give a model system for the fabrication of metal oxide nanostructures from reactive transition metal alkoxides. By controlling the rates of capillary-driven pore filling and sol-gel reaction, the templated synthesis can be well-developed. Also, by taking advantage of calcination, bicontinuous TiO(2) with controlled crystalline phase (i.e., anatase phase) can be fabricated after removal of the PS template and crystallization of TiO(2) by calcination leading to high photocatalytic efficiency. This new approach provides an easy way to fabricate high-surface-area and high-porosity ceramics with self-supporting structure and controlled crystalline phase for practical applications. As a result, a platform technology to fabricate precisely controlled polymer/ceramic nanohybrids and mesoporous ceramic materials can be established. PMID:22530553

  4. Flexible Battery Cathodes Enabled by Conductive Block Copolymers

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    Lutkenhaus, Jodie; Verduzco, Rafael; An, Hyosung; Lin, Yen-Hao; Lutkenhaus Laboratory Collaboration; Verduzco Laboratory Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Alone, or as part of hybrid electrodes, conductive polymers are poised to play an integral role in the new and growing field of flexible or ``plastic'' power. Here we demonstrate that even small amounts of a poly(3-hexylthiophene)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (P3HT-b-PEO) block copolymer, acting as an ion and electron conductor, can bring about significant improvements in energy storage and mechanical flexibility for V2O5 hybrid cathodes for Li-ion batteries. By following this approach, traditional inert polymer binders and carbon black additives are not needed. V2O5 alone has a high theoretical capacity that is limited in practical application by low conductivity. Further, V2O5 alone is brittle and breaks upon repeated flexure. P3HT-b-PEO serves to address both these issues. This presentation will cover how these hybrid electrodes are formed and the resulting physicochemical properties that lead to its enhanced flexibility and energy storage.

  5. Block-copolymer vesicles as nanoreactors for enzymatic reactions.

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    Chen, Qi; Schönherr, Holger; Vancso, G Julius

    2009-06-01

    The impact of the spatial confinement of polystyrene-block-poly(acrylic acid) (PS-b-PAA) block copolymer (BCP) vesicles on the reactivity of encapsulated bovine pancreas trypsin is studied. Enzymes, as well as small molecules, are encapsulated with loading efficiencies up to 30% in BCP vesicles with variable internal volumes between 0.014 aL (internal vesicle diameter, d(in) = 30 nm) and 8 aL (d(in) = 250 nm), obtained by manipulating the vesicle preparation conditions. The kinetics of the trypsin-catalyzed reaction of a fluorogenic substrate inside and outside the vesicles is quantitatively estimated using fluorescence spectroscopic analyses in conjunction with the use of NaNO(2) as selective quencher for non-encapsulated fluorophores. The values of the catalytic turnover number obtained for reactions in differently sized nanoscale reactors show a significant increase (up to approximately 5x) with decreasing BCP vesicle volume, while the values of the Michaelis-Menten constant decrease. The observed increase in enzyme efficiency by two orders of magnitude compared to bulk solution is attributed to an enhanced rate of enzyme-substrate and molecule-wall collisions inside the nanosized reactors, as predicted in the literature on the basis of Monte Carlo simulations. PMID:19283796

  6. Surface Modification of Block Copolymer Through Sulfur Containing Plasma Treatment.

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    Choi, Sang Wook; Shin, Jae Hee; Jeon, Min Hwan; Mun, Jeong Ho; Kim, Sang Ouk; Yeom, Geun Young; Kim, Kyong Nam

    2015-10-01

    Some of the important issues of block copolymer (BCP) as an application to the potential low cost next generation lithography are thermal stability and deformation during pattern transfer process in addition to defect density, line edge/width roughness, etc. In this study, sulfur containing plasma treatment was used to modify the BCP and the effects of the plasma on the properties of plasma treated BCP were investigated. The polystyrene hole pattern obtained from polystyrene polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) was initially degraded when the polystyrene hole was annealed at 190 °C for 15 min. However, when the hole pattern was treated using sulfur containing plasmas using H2S or SF6 up to 2 min, possibly due to the sulfurization of the polystyrene hole surface, no change in the hole pattern was observed after the annealing even though there is a slight change in hole shapes during the plasma treatment. The optimized plasma treated polystyrene pattern showed the superior characteristics as the mask layer by showing better thermal stability, higher chemical inertness, and higher etch selectivity during plasma etching. PMID:26726468

  7. Structure, Mechanics, and Transport in Block Copolymer-Nanoparticle Composites at the Macroscopic and Nanometer Lengthscales

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    Cheng, Vicki Alice

    2013-08-01

    Pluronic triblock copolymers self-assemble in water to form thermoreversible soft solids that comprise of periodically spaced micelles. The interstitial spacings of these micellar crystals are on the order of tens of nanometers, and have been used to template comparably sized nanoparticles with hydrodynamic diameters (Dh) ranging from 4-7 nm. Here, nanoparticle diffusivity is studied and modeled in these self-assembling block copolymers across a range of polymer concentrations. Transport in the disordered micellar solution is described as diffusion through a polymer solution, while diffusive behavior in the structured micellar phase is modeled as an activated hopping process. The effects of protein loading, shear alignment, particle type, and block copolymer composition on particle transport are also examined, and they affect particle diffusivity to varying degrees. Block copolymer architecture influences the micellar structure and dimensions, which in turn affects protein templating and protein aggregation behavior. The overall micellar dimensions are smaller in block copolymers with shorter block lengths, and efforts to template particles which are larger than the interstitial spacings result in changes to the block copolymer structure and mechanics. It is possible, however, for block copolymers to accommodate a limited amount of particles which are larger than the estimated micellar interstitial site. When examining protein aggregation behavior in block copolymers with varying PEO chain lengths, striking differences in aggregation behavior are observed as well. Ultimately, this work underscores the interplay between the structure, mechanics, and transport behavior in nanoparticle-block copolymer composites, and this knowledge can be applied towards the design of self-assembling nanoscale materials.

  8. One-Pot Synthesis of Double Poly(Ionic Liquid) Block Copolymers by Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (CMR-PISA) in Water.

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    Cordella, Daniela; Debuigne, Antoine; Jérôme, Christine; Kochovski, Zdravko; Taton, Daniel; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2016-07-01

    Amphiphilic double poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) block copolymers are directly prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization induced self-assembly (CMR-PISA) in water of N-vinyl imidazolium monomers carrying distinct alkyl chains. The cobalt-mediated radical polymerization of N-vinyl-3-ethyl imidazolium bromide (VEtImBr) is first carried out until high conversion in water at 30 °C, using an alkyl bis(acetylacetonate)cobalt(III) adduct as initiator and controlling agent. The as-obtained hydrophilic poly(N-vinyl-3-ethyl imidazolium bromide) (PVEtImBr) is then used as a macroinitiator for the CMR-PISA of N-vinyl-3-octyl imidazolium bromide (VOcImBr). Self-assembly of the amphiphilic PVEtImBr-b-PVOcImBr block copolymer, i.e., of PIL-b-PIL-type, rapidly takes place in water, forming polymer nanoparticles consisting of a hydrophilic PVEtImBr corona and a hydrophobic PVOcImBr core. Preliminary investigation into the effect of the size of the hydrophobic block on the dimension of the nanoparticles is also described. PMID:26991998

  9. Controlling sub-microdomain structure in microphase-ordered block copolymers and their nanocomposites

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    Bowman, Michelle Kathleen

    Block copolymers exhibit a wealth of morphologies that continue to find ubiquitous use in a diverse variety of mature and emergent (nano)technologies, such as photonic crystals, integrated circuits, pharmaceutical encapsulents, fuel cells and separation membranes. While numerous studies have explored the effects of molecular confinement on such copolymers, relatively few have examined the sub-microdomain structure that develops upon modification of copolymer molecular architecture or physical incorporation of nanoscale objects. This work will address two relevant topics in this vein: (i) bidisperse brushes formed by single block copolymer molecules and (ii) copolymer nanocomposites formed by addition of molecular or nanoscale additives. In the first case, an isomorphic series of asymmetric poly(styrene-b -isoprene-b-styrene) (S1IS2) triblock copolymers of systematically varied chain length has been synthesized from a parent SI diblock copolymer. Small-angle x-ray scattering, coupled with dynamic rheology and self-consistent field theory (SCFT), reveals that the progressively grown S2 block initially resides in the I-rich matrix and effectively reduces the copolymer incompatibility until a critical length is reached. At this length, the S2 block co-locates with the S1 block so that the two blocks generate a bidisperse brush (insofar as the S1 and S2 lengths differ). This single-molecule analog to binary block copolymer blends affords unique opportunities for materials design at sub-microdomain length scales and provides insight into the transition from diblock to triblock copolymer (and thermoplastic elastomeric nature). In the second case, I explore the distribution of molecular and nanoscale additives in microphase-ordered block copolymers and demonstrate via SCFT that an interfacial excess, which depends strongly on additive concentration, selectivity and relative size, develops. These predictions are in agreement with experimental findings. Moreover, using a

  10. Identification of block copolymers and determination of their purity by thin-layer chromatography.

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    Gankina, E S; Efimova, I I; Kever, J J; Belenkii, B G

    1987-01-01

    The application of adsorption, precipitation and extraction thin-layer chromatography to the identification of block copolymers, determination of their homogeneity (mixtures of homopolymers), and evaluation of their compositional homogeneity by one- and two-dimensional, multistage and gradient methods, is described. To detect the polymers on the thin-layer plate, various methods of detection are used, including those specific for each component of the block copolymer. Examples of analysis of the following block copolymers by thin-layer chromatography are reported: PS-PMMA, PS-PB, PS-PAN, PS-PBG, PI-PMS-PI, PMMA-PBMA, PMMA-PBG, PS-PEO. PMID:18964274

  11. Electric-Field-Induced Alignment of Block Copolymer/Nanoparticle Blends

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    Liedel, Clemens; Schindler, Kerstin; Pavan, Mariela J.; Lewin, Christian; Pester, Christian W; Ruppel, Markus A; Urban, Volker S; Shenhar, Roy; Boker, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    External electric fi elds readily align birefringent block-copolymer mesophases. In this study the effect of gold nanoparticles on the electric-fi eld-induced alignment of a lamellae-forming polystyrene- block -poly(2-vinylpyridine) copolymer is assessed. Nanoparticles are homogeneously dispersed in the styrenic phase and promote the quantitative alignment of lamellar domains by substantially lowering the critical field strength above which alignment proceeds. The results suggest that the electric-fi eldassisted alignment of nanostructured block copolymer/nanoparticle composites may offer a simple way to greatly mitigate structural and orientational defects of such fi lms under benign experimental conditions.

  12. Non-immunogenic, hydrophilic/cationic block copolymers and uses thereof

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    Scales, Charles W.; Huang, Faqing; McCormick, Charles L.

    2010-05-18

    The present invention provides novel non-immunogenic, hydrophilic/cationic block copolymers comprising a neutral-hydrophilic polymer and a cationic polymer, wherein both polymers have well-defined chain-end functionality. A representative example of such a block copolymer comprises poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide) (PHPMA) and poly(N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]methacrylamide) (PDMAPMA). Also provided is a synthesis method thereof in aqueous media via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Further provided are uses of these block copolymers as drug delivery vehicles and protection agents.

  13. Bottlebrush Copolymer Morphology Transition: Influence of Side Chain Length and Block Volume Fraction

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    Gai, Yue; Song, Dong-Po; Watkins, James

    Brush block copolymers synthesized via living ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) offer unique advantages as templates for functional hybrid materials. Unlike linear block copolymer, the bottlebrush polymer phase transition not only depends on volume fractions of the two blocks but also on side chain length. Here we report the morphology transitions of PS-b-PEO bottlebrush copolymer (BBCP) as a function of PEO side chain length and block volume fraction. For the BBCPs with similar side chain lengths, highly ordered lamellar morphologies were observed with PEO volume fractions in a wide range from 32 vol% to 72 vol%, which is significantly different from that of traditional linear block copolymers. This study will lay the groundwork for nanostructure fabrications using the BBCPs and provides new insights into the phase behavior of the new type of materials. This work was supported by NSF center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  14. 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

  15. Efficacy of Different Block Copolymers in Facilitating Microemulsion Phases in Polymer Blend Systems

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    Pandav, Gunja; Ganesan, Venkat

    2014-03-01

    Polymeric microemulsions are formed in a narrow range of phase diagram when a blend of immiscible homopolymers is compatibilized by copolymers. In this study, we consider the ternary blend system of A and B homopolymers mixed with block copolymers containing A and B segments, and probe the efficacy of different copolymer configurations in promoting the formation of microemulsion phases. Specifically, we consider: (a) Monodisperse diblock copolymers; (b) Diblock copolymers with bidisperse molecular weights (MW); (c) Block copolymers having MW polydispersity in one of the blocks; (d) Diblock copolymers having monodisperse MW but bidispersity in average composition; and (e) Gradient copolymers exhibiting a linear variation in the average composition. Using single chain in mean field simulations effected in two dimensions, we probe the onset of formation and the width of the bicontinuous microemulsion channel in the ternary phase diagram of homopolymer blended with compatibilizer. We rationalize our results by explicitly quantifying the interfacial activity and the influence of fluctuation effects in the respective copolymer systems.

  16. 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

  17. Fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial purpose

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    Zhou, Fang; Qin, Xiaoshuai; Li, Yancai; Ren, Lixia; Zhao, Yunhui; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2015-08-01

    Symmetrically structured fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and poly(hexafluorobutyl methacrylate) (PHFBMA) were sequentially synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, using a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) chain transfer agent with dithiocarbonate groups at both ends. Then, the CBABC-type block copolymers were quaternized with n-octyliodide to tether quaternary ammonium salt (QAS) groups in the PDMAEMA blocks for the antimicrobial use. The obtained fluorosilicone copolymers showed clear variations in the C-N+ composition and surface morphology on their films depending on the content of the PHFBMA blocks, which were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the symmetrical CBABC structure favored PDMS and QAS tethered blocks migrating to the film surface. With the mass percentage of the PHFBMA increased from 0 to 32.5%, the surface roughness of the copolymer film decreased gradually with a tendency to form a smooth surface. Owing to the surface properties, fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing a certain amount of PHFBMA with higher C-N+ content and relatively smooth morphology demonstrated obvious antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli. The functionalized multi-block copolymers based on fluorosilicone and QAS groups would have potential applications in antimicrobial coatings.

  18. Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Contact Hole Shrink using PS-PMMA Block Copolymers

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    Ginzburg, Valeriy; Hustad, Phillip; Weinhold, Jeffrey; Sharma, Rahul; Chuang, Vivian; Trefonas, Peter

    2012-02-01

    One possible application of block copolymer directed self-assembly (DSA) involves rectification or ``shrink'' of contact holes in a polarity switched photoresist (see, e.g., J. Cheng et al., ACS Nano 8, 4815 [2010]). The block copolymer (e.g., PS-PMMA) undergoes ordering inside the cylindrical hole; the central (PMMA) domain is then etched out so that the hole diameter is effectively reduced. We utilize strong segregation theory (SST) and numerical self-consistent field theory (SCFT) to calculate the phase behavior of the block copolymers as function of their molecular weight and composition, as well as the contact hole diameter and the surface chemistry of the walls. The model predictions were compared with experimental data, and a good agreement was found. The results illustrate how modeling can serve to guide block copolymer selection for DSA contact hole rectification application.

  19. Method of producing nanopatterned articles using surface-reconstructed block copolymer films

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    Russell, Thomas P; Park, Soojin; Wang, Jia-Yu; Kim, Bokyung

    2013-08-27

    Nanopatterned surfaces are prepared by a method that includes forming a block copolymer film on a substrate, annealing and surface reconstructing the block copolymer film to create an array of cylindrical voids, depositing a metal on the surface-reconstructed block copolymer film, and heating the metal-coated block copolymer film to redistribute at least some of the metal into the cylindrical voids. When very thin metal layers and low heating temperatures are used, metal nanodots can be formed. When thicker metal layers and higher heating temperatures are used, the resulting metal structure includes nanoring-shaped voids. The nanopatterned surfaces can be transferred to the underlying substrates via etching, or used to prepare nanodot- or nanoring-decorated substrate surfaces.

  20. Mussel-inspired block copolymer lithography for low surface energy materials of teflon, graphene, and gold.

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    Kim, Bong Hoon; Lee, Duck Hyun; Kim, Ju Young; Shin, Dong Ok; Jeong, Hu Young; Hong, Seonki; Yun, Je Moon; Koo, Chong Min; Lee, Haeshin; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2011-12-15

    Mussel-inspired interfacial engineering is synergistically integrated with block copolymer (BCP) lithography for the surface nanopatterning of low surface energy substrate materials, including, Teflon, graphene, and gold. The image shows the Teflon nanowires and their excellent superhydrophobicity. PMID:22021119

  1. Phase Behavior of Star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) Copolymers

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    Jang, Sangshin; Moon, Hongchul; Lee, Youngmin; Kim, Jin Kon

    2012-02-01

    Star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PS-b-PMMA) was synthesized by utilizing α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) as a junction point of the star-shaped block copolymer. Eighteen hydroxyl groups on α-CD were substituted with bromine by the reaction with α-bromoisobutyryl bromide for atom transfer radical polymerization. We found that the number of bromine substituted arms per one α-CD was higher than 16 measured by nuclear magnetic resonance and Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization. We could control molecular weight of this unusual kind of block copolymer depending on polymerization times. Those polymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Phase behavior of these star-shaped block copolymers were investigated.

  2. Electrical biomolecule detection using nanopatterned silicon via block copolymer lithography.

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    Jeong, Chang Kyu; Jin, Hyeong Min; Ahn, Jae-Hyuk; Park, Tae Jung; Yoo, Hyeon Gyun; Koo, Min; Choi, Yang-Kyu; Kim, Sang Ouk; Lee, Keon Jae

    2014-01-29

    An electrical biosensor exploiting a nanostructured semiconductor is a promising technology for the highly sensitive, label-free detection of biomolecules via a straightforward electronic signal. The facile and scalable production of a nanopatterned electrical silicon biosensor by block copolymer (BCP) nano-lithography is reported. A cost-effective and large-area nanofabrication, based on BCP self-assembly and single-step dry etching, is developed for the hexagonal nanohole patterning of thin silicon films. The resultant nanopatterned electrical channel modified with biotin molecules successfully detects the two proteins, streptavidin and avidin, down to nanoscale molarities (≈1 nm). The nanoscale pattern comparable to the Debye screening length and the large surface area of the three-dimensional silicon nanochannel enable excellent sensitivity and stability. A device simulation confirms that the nanopatterned structure used in this work is effective for biomolecule detection. This approach relying on the scalable self-assembly principle offers a high-throughput manufacturing process for clinical lab-on-a-chip diagnoses and relevant biomolecular studies. PMID:23881835

  3. Multilayer block copolymer meshes by orthogonal self-assembly

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    Tavakkoli K. G., Amir; Nicaise, Samuel M.; Gadelrab, Karim R.; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Ross, Caroline A.; Berggren, Karl K.

    2016-01-01

    Continued scaling-down of lithographic-pattern feature sizes has brought templated self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) into the forefront of nanofabrication research. Technologies now exist that facilitate significant control over otherwise unorganized assembly of BCP microdomains to form both long-range and locally complex monolayer patterns. In contrast, the extension of this control into multilayers or 3D structures of BCP microdomains remains limited, despite the possible technological applications in next-generation devices. Here, we develop and analyse an orthogonal self-assembly method in which multiple layers of distinct-molecular-weight BCPs naturally produce nanomesh structures of cylindrical microdomains without requiring layer-by-layer alignment or high-resolution lithographic templating. The mechanisms for orthogonal self-assembly are investigated with both experiment and simulation, and we determine that the control over height and chemical preference of templates are critical process parameters. The method is employed to produce nanomeshes with the shapes of circles and Y-intersections, and is extended to produce three layers of orthogonally oriented cylinders. PMID:26796218

  4. Dynamic response of block copolymer wormlike micelles to shear flow

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    Lonetti, B.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Willner, L.; Dhont, J. K. G.; Lettinga, M. P.

    2008-10-01

    The linear and nonlinear dynamic response to an oscillatory shear flow of giant wormlike micelles consisting of Pb-Peo block copolymers is studied by means of Fourier transform rheology. Experiments are performed in the vicinity of the isotropic-nematic phase transition concentration, where the location of isotropic-nematic phase transition lines is determined independently. Strong shear-thinning behaviour is observed due to critical slowing down of orientational diffusion as a result of the vicinity of the isotropic-nematic spinodal. This severe shear-thinning behaviour is shown to result in gradient shear banding. Time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering experiments are used to obtain an insight into the microscopic phenomena that underlie the observed rheological response. An equation of motion for the order parameter tensor and an expression of the stress tensor in terms of the order parameter tensor are used to interpret the experimental data, both in the linear and nonlinear regimes. Scaling of the dynamic behaviour of the orientational order parameter and the stress is found when critical slowing down due to the vicinity of the isotropic-nematic spinodal is accounted for.

  5. Defect motion and annihilation in block copolymer thin films

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    Mueller, Marcus; Li, Weihua

    2015-03-01

    Using self-consistent field theory and computer simulation of a soft, coarse-grained particle model we study defect motion and annihilation in thin films of lamella-forming block copolymers on neutral and chemically patterned substrates. By virtue of the strain-field mediated interactions, dislocation defects with opposite orientation move towards each other. This motion depends both on the thermodynamic, strain-field mediated driving force and the single-chain dynamics that is required to alter the morphology and reduce the distance between the defect cores. This interplay results in a qualitative dependence of the time evolution on the topology of the defect morphology. Upon collision of the defects, they either spontaneously annihilate or form a metastable, tight defect pair. In the latter case, a free-energy barrier has to be overcome to finally produce a defect-free structure. Computing the minimum free-energy path within self-consistent field theory we investigate the dependence of the free-energy barriers of defect motion and annihilation on incompatibility, strength of the chemical surface pattern, and defect morphology. European Union FP7 / GA No. 619793 CoLiSA.MMP.

  6. Host-guest self-assembly in block copolymer blends.

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    Park, Woon Ik; Kim, Yongjoo; Jeong, Jae Won; Kim, Kyungho; Yoo, Jung-Keun; Hur, Yoon Hyung; Kim, Jong Min; Thomas, Edwin L; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Jung, Yeon Sik

    2013-01-01

    Ultrafine, uniform nanostructures with excellent functionalities can be formed by self-assembly of block copolymer (BCP) thin films. However, extension of their geometric variability is not straightforward due to their limited thin film morphologies. Here, we report that unusual and spontaneous positioning between host and guest BCP microdomains, even in the absence of H-bond linkages, can create hybridized morphologies that cannot be formed from a neat BCP. Our self-consistent field theory (SCFT) simulation results theoretically support that the precise registration of a spherical BCP microdomain (guest, B-b-C) at the center of a perforated lamellar BCP nanostructure (host, A-b-B) can energetically stabilize the blended morphology. As an exemplary application of the hybrid nanotemplate, a nanoring-type Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) phase-change memory device with an extremely low switching current is demonstrated. These results suggest the possibility of a new pathway to construct more diverse and complex nanostructures using controlled blending of various BCPs. PMID:24217036

  7. Host-Guest Self-assembly in Block Copolymer Blends

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    Park, Woon Ik; Kim, YongJoo; Jeong, Jae Won; Kim, Kyungho; Yoo, Jung-Keun; Hur, Yoon Hyung; Kim, Jong Min; Thomas, Edwin L.; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Jung, Yeon Sik

    2013-01-01

    Ultrafine, uniform nanostructures with excellent functionalities can be formed by self-assembly of block copolymer (BCP) thin films. However, extension of their geometric variability is not straightforward due to their limited thin film morphologies. Here, we report that unusual and spontaneous positioning between host and guest BCP microdomains, even in the absence of H-bond linkages, can create hybridized morphologies that cannot be formed from a neat BCP. Our self-consistent field theory (SCFT) simulation results theoretically support that the precise registration of a spherical BCP microdomain (guest, B-b-C) at the center of a perforated lamellar BCP nanostructure (host, A-b-B) can energetically stabilize the blended morphology. As an exemplary application of the hybrid nanotemplate, a nanoring-type Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) phase-change memory device with an extremely low switching current is demonstrated. These results suggest the possibility of a new pathway to construct more diverse and complex nanostructures using controlled blending of various BCPs. PMID:24217036

  8. Two-Dimensional Confinement of Nanorods in Block Copolymer Domains

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    Liu, Yu; Deshmukh, Ranjan; Composto, Russell

    2008-03-01

    To control their unique electrical and optical properties, one-dimensional metallic/semiconductor nanoparticles need to be aligned and assembled within a host material. In our research, we investigated the assembly of gold nanorods (NRs) in films of a symmetric diblock copolymer, poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate), PS-b-PMMA (211kg/mol). The NR length and diameter was 42nm and 13nm, respectively. The NRs were grafted with a short PEG-brush (5kg/mol). During solvent annealing, the NRs become oriented as the PS-b-PMMA chains assemble into a parallel lamellar morphology. The NRs are selectively sequestered and confined in the PMMA domains, which are narrower than the NR length, due to the favorable interaction between the PEG brush and PMMA block. This confinement orients 71% of NRs within ± 5^o of the lamella plane. This route to produce alternating layers containing conducting NRs separated by dielectric domains has the potential for fabricating self-assembled nanodevices. The thermal stability of the NRs in PS-b-PMMA and homo PMMA films will also be discussed.

  9. Multilayer block copolymer meshes by orthogonal self-assembly

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    Tavakkoli K. G., Amir; Nicaise, Samuel M.; Gadelrab, Karim R.; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo; Ross, Caroline A.; Berggren, Karl K.

    2016-01-01

    Continued scaling-down of lithographic-pattern feature sizes has brought templated self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) into the forefront of nanofabrication research. Technologies now exist that facilitate significant control over otherwise unorganized assembly of BCP microdomains to form both long-range and locally complex monolayer patterns. In contrast, the extension of this control into multilayers or 3D structures of BCP microdomains remains limited, despite the possible technological applications in next-generation devices. Here, we develop and analyse an orthogonal self-assembly method in which multiple layers of distinct-molecular-weight BCPs naturally produce nanomesh structures of cylindrical microdomains without requiring layer-by-layer alignment or high-resolution lithographic templating. The mechanisms for orthogonal self-assembly are investigated with both experiment and simulation, and we determine that the control over height and chemical preference of templates are critical process parameters. The method is employed to produce nanomeshes with the shapes of circles and Y-intersections, and is extended to produce three layers of orthogonally oriented cylinders.

  10. Direct Immersion Annealing of Block Copolymer Thin Films

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    Karim, Alamgir

    We demonstrate ordering of thin block copolymer (BCP) films via direct immersion annealing (DIA) at enhanced rate leading to stable morphologies. The BCP films are immersed in carefully selected mixtures of good and marginal solvents that can impart enhanced polymer mobility, while inhibiting film dissolution. DIA is compatible with roll-to-roll assembly manufacturing and has distinct advantages over conventional thermal annealing and batch processing solvent-vapor annealing methods. We identify three solvent composition-dependent BCP film ordering regimes in DIA for the weakly interacting polystyrene -poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS -PMMA) system: rapid short range order, optimal long-range order, and a film instability regime. Kinetic studies in the ``optimal long-range order'' processing regime as a function of temperature indicate a significant reduction of activation energy for BCP grain growth compared to oven annealing at conventional temperatures. An attractive feature of DIA is its robustness to ordering other BCP (e.g. PS-P2VP) and PS-PMMA systems exhibiting spherical, lamellar and cylindrical ordering. Inclusion of nanoparticles in these films at high concentrations and fast ordering kinetics study with neutron reflectivity and SANS will be discussed. This is (late) Contributed Talk Abstract for Dillon Medal Symposium at DPOLY - discussed with DPOLY Chair Dvora Perahia.

  11. Direct Immersion Annealing of Thin Block Copolymer Films.

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    Modi, Arvind; Bhaway, Sarang M; Vogt, Bryan D; Douglas, Jack F; Al-Enizi, Abdullah; Elzatahry, Ahmed; Sharma, Ashutosh; Karim, Alamgir

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate ordering of thin block copolymer (BCP) films via direct immersion annealing (DIA) at enhanced rate leading to stable morphologies. The BCP films are immersed in carefully selected mixtures of good and marginal solvents that can impart enhanced polymer mobility, while inhibiting film dissolution. DIA is compatible with roll-to-roll assembly manufacturing and has distinct advantages over conventional thermal annealing and batch processing solvent-vapor annealing methods. We identify three solvent composition-dependent BCP film ordering regimes in DIA for the weakly interacting polystyrene-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) system: rapid short-range order, optimal long-range order, and a film instability regime. Kinetic studies in the "optimal long-range order" processing regime as a function of temperature indicate a significant reduction of activation energy for BCP grain growth compared to oven annealing at conventional temperatures. An attractive feature of DIA is its robustness to ordering other BCP (e.g. PS-P2VP) and PS-PMMA systems exhibiting spherical, lamellar and cylindrical ordering. PMID:26351823

  12. Square Grains in Asymmetric Rod-Coil Block Copolymers

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    Olsen, B.D.; Toney, M.F.; Segalman, R.A.; /UC, Berkeley /LBL, Berkeley /SLAC, SSRL

    2009-04-30

    Unlike the rounded grains that are well known to form in most soft materials, square grains of microphase-separated lamellae are observed in thin films of a rod-coil block copolymer because of hierarchical structuring originating from the molecular packing of the rods. The square grains are oriented with lamellar layers parallel to the film interface and result from growth along orthogonal low-surface-energy directions as a result of the effects of the tetragonal crystalline lattice that forms within the rod-rich lamellar nanodomains of poly(2,5-di(2{prime}-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene)-b-polyisoprene (PPV-b-PI). These grain shapes form only for a narrow range of coil volume fractions around 72% as a result of kinetic barriers at lower coil fractions and disordering of the lattice at higher coil fractions, and the polydisperse grain size suggests that growth is nucleation-limited. The grains form in both weakly and moderately segregated polymers at all annealing temperatures below the order-disorder transition, and they are observed for all thicknesses at which parallel-oriented grains are grown.

  13. Non-crosslinked, amorphous, block copolymer electrolyte for batteries

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    Mayes, Anne M.; Ceder, Gerbrand; Chiang, Yet-Ming; Sadoway, Donald R.; Aydinol, Mehmet K.; Soo, Philip P.; Jang, Young-Il; Huang, Biying

    2006-04-11

    Solid battery components are provided. A block copolymeric electrolyte is non-crosslinked and non-glassy through the entire range of typical battery service temperatures, that is, through the entire range of at least from about 0.degree. C. to about 70.degree. C. The chains of which the copolymer is made each include at least one ionically-conductive block and at least one second block immiscible with the ionically-conductive block. The chains form an amorphous association and are arranged in an ordered nanostructure including a continuous matrix of amorphous ionically-conductive domains and amorphous second domains that are immiscible with the ionically-conductive domains. A compound is provided that has a formula of Li.sub.xM.sub.yN.sub.zO.sub.2. M and N are each metal atoms or a main group elements, and x, y and z are each numbers from about 0 to about 1. y and z are chosen such that a formal charge on the M.sub.yN.sub.z portion of the compound is (4-x). In certain embodiments, these compounds are used in the cathodes of rechargeable batteries. The present invention also includes methods of predicting the potential utility of metal dichalgogenide compounds for use in lithium intercalation compounds. It also provides methods for processing lithium intercalation oxides with the structure and compositional homogeneity necessary to realize the increased formation energies of said compounds. An article is made of a dimensionally-stable, interpenetrating microstructure of a first phase including a first component and a second phase, immiscible with the first phase, including a second component. The first and second phases define interphase boundaries between them, and at least one particle is positioned between a first phase and a second phase at an interphase boundary. When the first and second phases are electronically-conductive and ionically-conductive polymers, respectively, and the particles are ion host particles, the arrangement is an electrode of a battery.

  14. NEXAFS Depth Profiling of Surface Segregation in Block Copolymer Thin Films

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    Krishnan, S.; Paik, M; Ober, C; Martinelli, E; Galli, G; Sohn, K; Kramer, E; Fischer, D

    2010-01-01

    NEXAFS spectroscopy was used to probe the surface composition and under-water surface reconstruction of thin films of comb-like diblock copolymers with cylindrical and spherical microphases. The polymers consisted of a polystyrene block, and a second block prepared from a styrenic monomer grafted with fluoroalkyl-tagged poly(ethylene glycol) side chains. Compositional depth profiling of the microphase separated block copolymer films, in the top 1-3 nm of the film, was performed to understand the role of block copolymer microstructure and self-assembly on surface composition. Using experimentally determined concentration profiles, the surface concentration of phenyl ring carbon atoms was quantified and compared with those of homopolymer and random copolymer controls. The carbon atoms from the relatively high surface energy phenyl groups were depleted or excluded from the surface, in favor of the low surface-energy fluoroalkyl groups. While it is expected that block copolymer surfaces will be completely covered by a wetting lamellar layer of the lower surface energy block, a significant amount of the higher surface energy polystyrene block was found to be present in the surface region of the cylinder-forming block copolymer. Evidently, the spontaneous formation of the cylindrical polystyrene microdomains in the near-surface region compensated for the lowering of the free energy that could have been achieved by completely covering the surfaces with a lamellar layer of the lower surface energy fluorinated block. All surfaces underwent molecular reconstruction after immersion in water. The experimental concentration depth profiles indicated an increased surface depletion of phenyl ring carbon atoms in the water-immersed thin films, due to the tendency of hydrophilic PEG side groups to be present at the polymer-water interface. Such a detailed characterization of the outermost layers of the block copolymer surfaces was possible because of the exceptional depth resolution

  15. The packing of soft materials: Molecular asymmetry, geometric frustration and optimal lattices in block copolymer melts

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    Grason, Gregory M.

    Melts of block copolymers provide an ideal route to engineering well-controlled structures on nanometer length scales. Through the control of only a few thermodynamic parameters, these systems can be tuned to self-assemble into periodic structures of an astounding variety. It is known that geometry plays a particularly important role in determining equilibrium structure since phase behavior of copolymer melts is generically insensitive to detail at the monomeric scale. Here, we explore a particular way in which the geometry of packing objects in three dimensions frustrates the internal configurations of segregated block copolymer domains. In particular, we find that lattices of spherical micelles are sensitive to the periodic structure of the lattice arrangement because these micelles are forced to occupy the non-ideal, polyhedral unit cells of the lattice. By analyzing the energetics of block copolymer melts in the limit of strongly-segregated domains, we find that the interfaces which separate unlike polymer domains tend to adopt the polyhedral shape of the lattice unit cell, and this tendency is entirely controlled by the specific copolymer architecture. Furthermore, in the limit where interfaces are perfectly polyhedral, a remarkable simplicity emerges, and the relative stability of competing lattice arrangements of micelles can be assessed purely in terms of geometric measures of the two-dimensional lattice unit cell. From this analysis we predict the stability of a novel cubic arrangement spherical micelles in block copolymer melts, the A15 lattice. To corroborate our geometric arguments we develop and implement a numerical self-consistent field theory for melts of highly asymmetric block copolymers. This field theory allows us to systematically and efficiently explore the equilibrium phase behavior of asymmetric copolymer melts as a function of molecular architecture. These numerical results bear out the predictions of our geometric analysis and confirm that

  16. Amphiphilic Copolymers of Polyfluorene Methacrylates Exhibiting Tunable Emissions for Ink-Jet Printing.

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    Deng, Chao; Ling, Jun

    2016-08-01

    Functionalized polyfluorene receives more and more attention due to its wide applications. Here, the syntheses of three novel polyfluorene-based methacrylate macromonomers exhibiting a vast flexibility for further applications are reported. Their emissions strongly depend on the end groups and thus the macromonomers provide blue, green, and red emissions simultaneously with the same excitation light of 365 nm. Their well-defined copolymers with 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization are investigated in detail. These copolymers exhibit high quantum yields in solid film (up to 0.8), and self-assemble into photoluminescent nanoparticles in aqueous solutions with pure blue, green, and red emissions. By simply mixing them, perfect white light emission with high quality is obtained. These aqueous nanoparticles solutions are ready for ink-jet printing to produce exquisite bright and colorful fluorescent pictures. PMID:27310485

  17. Electrically conductive doped block copolymer of polyacetylene and polyisoprene. [Soluble in organic solvents

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    Aldissi, M.

    1984-06-27

    An electrically conductive block copolymer of polyisoprene and polyacetylene and a method of making the same are disclosed. The polymer is prepared by first polymerizing isoprene with n-butyllithium in a toluene solution to form an active isoprenyllithium polymer. The active polymer is reacted with an equimolar amount of titanium butoxide and subsequently exposed to gaseous acetylene. A block copolymer of polyisoprene and polyacetylene is formed. The copolymer is soluble in common solvents and may be doped with I/sub 2/ to give it an electrical conductivity in the metallic regime.

  18. Release kinetics of an amphiphilic photosensitizer by block-polymer nanoparticles.

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    Kerdous, Rachid; Sureau, Franck; Bour, Aurélien; Bonneau, Stéphanie

    2015-11-30

    Block-polymer nanoparticles are now well-known candidates for the delivery of various non-soluble drugs to cells. The release of drugs from these nanoparticles is a major concern related to their efficiency as nanovectors and is still not completely deciphered. Various processes have been identified, depending of both the nature of the block-polymer and those of the drugs used. We focused our interest on an amphiphilic photosensitizer studied for photodynamic treatments of cancer, Pheophorbide-a (Pheo). We studied the transfer of Pheo from poly(ethyleneglycol-b-ϵ-caprolactone) nanoparticles (I) to MCF-7 cancer cells and (II) to models of membranes. Altogether, our results suggest that the delivery of the major part of the Pheo by the nanoparticles occurs via a direct transfer of Pheo from the nanoparticles to the membrane, by collision. A minor process may involve the internalization of a small amount of the nanoplatforms by the cells. So, this research illustrates the great care necessary to address the question of the choice of such nanocarriers, in relation with the properties - in particular the relative hydrophobicity - of the drugs encapsulated, and gives elements to predict the mechanism and the efficiency of the delivery. PMID:26387620

  19. Designer amphiphilic proteins as building blocks for the intracellular formation of organelle-like compartments

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    Huber, Matthias C.; Schreiber, Andreas; von Olshausen, Philipp; Varga, Balázs R.; Kretz, Oliver; Joch, Barbara; Barnert, Sabine; Schubert, Rolf; Eimer, Stefan; Kele, Péter; Schiller, Stefan M.

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale biological materials formed by the assembly of defined block-domain proteins control the formation of cellular compartments such as organelles. Here, we introduce an approach to intentionally ‘program’ the de novo synthesis and self-assembly of genetically encoded amphiphilic proteins to form cellular compartments, or organelles, in Escherichia coli. These proteins serve as building blocks for the formation of artificial compartments in vivo in a similar way to lipid-based organelles. We investigated the formation of these organelles using epifluorescence microscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The in vivo modification of these protein-based de novo organelles, by means of site-specific incorporation of unnatural amino acids, allows the introduction of artificial chemical functionalities. Co-localization of membrane proteins results in the formation of functionalized artificial organelles combining artificial and natural cellular function. Adding these protein structures to the cellular machinery may have consequences in nanobiotechnology, synthetic biology and materials science, including the constitution of artificial cells and bio-based metamaterials.

  20. Designer amphiphilic proteins as building blocks for the intracellular formation of organelle-like compartments.

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    Huber, Matthias C; Schreiber, Andreas; von Olshausen, Philipp; Varga, Balázs R; Kretz, Oliver; Joch, Barbara; Barnert, Sabine; Schubert, Rolf; Eimer, Stefan; Kele, Péter; Schiller, Stefan M

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale biological materials formed by the assembly of defined block-domain proteins control the formation of cellular compartments such as organelles. Here, we introduce an approach to intentionally 'program' the de novo synthesis and self-assembly of genetically encoded amphiphilic proteins to form cellular compartments, or organelles, in Escherichia coli. These proteins serve as building blocks for the formation of artificial compartments in vivo in a similar way to lipid-based organelles. We investigated the formation of these organelles using epifluorescence microscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The in vivo modification of these protein-based de novo organelles, by means of site-specific incorporation of unnatural amino acids, allows the introduction of artificial chemical functionalities. Co-localization of membrane proteins results in the formation of functionalized artificial organelles combining artificial and natural cellular function. Adding these protein structures to the cellular machinery may have consequences in nanobiotechnology, synthetic biology and materials science, including the constitution of artificial cells and bio-based metamaterials. PMID:25362355

  1. Tunable Encapsulation Structure of Block Copolymer Coated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Aqueous Solution

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    Han, Youngkyu; Ahn, Suk-Kyun; Zhang, Zhe; Smith, Gregory Scott; Do, Changwoo

    2015-05-15

    The nano-sized and shape-tunable molecular building blocks can provide great opportunities for the fabrication of precisely controlled nanostructures. In this work, we have fabricated a molecular building block of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) coated by PPO-PEO-PPO block copolymers whose encapsulation structure can be controlled via temperature or addition of small molecules. The structure and optical properties of SWNT-block copolymers have been investigated by small angle neutron scattering (SANS), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The structure of the hydrated block copolymer layer surrounding SWNT can be controlled reversibly by varying temperature as well asmore » by irreversibly adding 5-methylsalicylic acid (5MS). Increasing hydrophobicity of the polymers with temperature and strong tendency of 5MS to interact with both block copolymers and orbitals of the SWNTs are likely to be responsible for the significant structural change of the block copolymer encapsulation layer, from loose corona shell to tightly encapsulating compact shell. These result shows an efficient and simple way to fabricate and manipulate carbon-based nano building blocks in aqueous systems with tunable structure.« less

  2. Tunable Encapsulation Structure of Block Copolymer Coated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Aqueous Solution

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    Han, Youngkyu; Ahn, Suk-Kyun; Zhang, Zhe; Smith, Gregory Scott; Do, Changwoo

    2015-05-15

    The nano-sized and shape-tunable molecular building blocks can provide great opportunities for the fabrication of precisely controlled nanostructures. In this work, we have fabricated a molecular building block of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) coated by PPO-PEO-PPO block copolymers whose encapsulation structure can be controlled via temperature or addition of small molecules. The structure and optical properties of SWNT-block copolymers have been investigated by small angle neutron scattering (SANS), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The structure of the hydrated block copolymer layer surrounding SWNT can be controlled reversibly by varying temperature as well as by irreversibly adding 5-methylsalicylic acid (5MS). Increasing hydrophobicity of the polymers with temperature and strong tendency of 5MS to interact with both block copolymers and orbitals of the SWNTs are likely to be responsible for the significant structural change of the block copolymer encapsulation layer, from loose corona shell to tightly encapsulating compact shell. These result shows an efficient and simple way to fabricate and manipulate carbon-based nano building blocks in aqueous systems with tunable structure.

  3. 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

  4. Transmission electron microscopy of polymer blends and block copolymers

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    Gomez, Enrique Daniel

    -consistent field theory (SCFT). The liquid-like nature of this system at room temperature makes traditional staining methods for the enhancement of contrast ineffective. As an alternative, we take advantage of the large inelastic scattering cross-section of soft materials to generate contrast in zero-loss TEM images. Independent spatially resolved thickness measurements enable quantification of electron scattering. This enabled a comparison between the TEM data and predictions based on SCFT without any adjustable parameters. The second example involves the utilization of energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) to compute elemental maps by taking advantage of ionization events. Elemental mapping of lithium is used to determine the distribution of salt in nanostructured poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) (SEO) copolymer/lithium salt electrolytes. Surprisingly, the concentration of lithium within a poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) domain is found to be inhomogeneous; the salt is localized to the middle of the channels. Self-consistent field theory simulations suggest that localization of lithium is due to chain stretching at the interface, which increases with molecular weight. EFTEM and SCFT results show that the segregation of lithium salt to the middle of the PEO lamellae is greater for higher molecular weight polymers. This is correlated with the ionic conductivity of the copolymer electrolyte, which is found to show a higher conductivity for thinner lithium lamellae.

  5. Radiation electrical conductivity of iron tricarbonyl PI-complexes with poly (styrenebutadiene) block copolymers

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    Tyutnev, A.P.; Abramov, V.N.; Bronshtein, L.M.; Pozhidaev, E.D.; Saenko, V.V.; Valetskii, P.M.

    1986-04-01

    This paper presents a thorough investigation of the radiation electrical conductivity of an iron-containing block copolymer in which the iron tricarbonyl fragments are built into the main chain of the polymer. The investigations were carried out with a DST-30 poly (styrenebutadiene) block copolymer (30 mass % styrene) and with iron tricarbonyl pi-complexes of this polymer DST-Fe (CO)/sub 3/. The iron tricarbonyl pi-complexes were obtained by reacting the block copolymer with iron dodecacarbonyl in a benzene medium with 10% ethanol in a stream of argon at 80 C. It was found that introduction of iron tricarbonyl into the DST-30 copolymer affects practically all properties of its nonstationary radiation electrical conductivity (NRE). The role of the rapid component of NRE increases with increasing Fe (CO)/sub 3/ content, while the decrease of the delayed component is somewhat slowed down.

  6. Tuning of Polymeric Nanoparticles by Coassembly of Thermoresponsive Polymers and a Double Hydrophilic Thermoresponsive Block Copolymer.

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    Zhang, Qilu; Voorhaar, Lenny; Filippov, Sergey K; Yeşil, Berin Fatma; Hoogenboom, Richard

    2016-05-26

    The coassembly behavior of thermoresponsive statistical copolymers and a double hydrophilic block copolymer having a permanently hydrophilic block and a thermoresponsive block is investigated. By adjusting the hydrophilicity of the thermoresponsive statistical copolymers, hybrid nanoparticles are obtained with various ratios of the two species. Importantly, the size of these nanoparticles can be controlled in between 40 and 250 nm dependent on the TCP and the amount of statistical copolymers in the solution. Simultaneous analysis of static and dynamic light scattering data indicates that the possible structure of nanoparticles varies from hard sphere to less compact architecture and most probably depends on a difference between cloud point temperatures of individual components. This developed coassembly method provides a simple platform for the preparation of defined polymeric nanoparticles. PMID:27144970

  7. Distinct Adsorption Configurations and Self-Assembly Characteristics of Fibrinogen on Chemically Uniform and Alternating Surfaces including Block Copolymer Nanodomains

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    2015-01-01

    Understanding protein–surface interactions is crucial to solid-state biomedical applications whose functionality is directly correlated with the precise control of the adsorption configuration, surface packing, loading density, and bioactivity of protein molecules. Because of the small dimensions and highly amphiphilic nature of proteins, investigation of protein adsorption performed on nanoscale topology can shed light on subprotein-level interaction preferences. In this study, we examine the adsorption and assembly behavior of a highly elongated protein, fibrinogen, on both chemically uniform (as-is and buffered HF-treated SiO2/Si, and homopolymers of polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate)) and varying (polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate)) surfaces. By focusing on high-resolution imaging of individual protein molecules whose configurations are influenced by protein–surface rather than protein–protein interactions, fibrinogen conformations characteristic to each surface are identified and statistically analyzed for structural similarities/differences in key protein domains. By exploiting block copolymer nanodomains whose repeat distance is commensurate with the length of the individual protein, we determine that fibrinogen exhibits a more neutral tendency for interaction with both polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) blocks relative to the case of common globular proteins. Factors affecting fibrinogen–polymer interactions are discussed in terms of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions. In addition, assembly and packing attributes of fibrinogen are determined at different loading conditions. Primary orientations of fibrinogen and its rearrangements with respect to the underlying diblock nanodomains associated with different surface coverage are explained by pertinent protein interaction mechanisms. On the basis of two-dimensional stacking behavior, a protein assembly model is proposed for the formation of an extended fibrinogen network

  8. High-Tg Polynorbornene-Based Block and Random Copolymers for Butanol Pervaporation Membranes

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    Register, Richard A.; Kim, Dong-Gyun; Takigawa, Tamami; Kashino, Tomomasa; Burtovyy, Oleksandr; Bell, Andrew

    Vinyl addition polymers of substituted norbornene (NB) monomers possess desirably high glass transition temperatures (Tg); however, until very recently, the lack of an applicable living polymerization chemistry has precluded the synthesis of such polymers with controlled architecture, or copolymers with controlled sequence distribution. We have recently synthesized block and random copolymers of NB monomers bearing hydroxyhexafluoroisopropyl and n-butyl substituents (HFANB and BuNB) via living vinyl addition polymerization with Pd-based catalysts. Both series of polymers were cast into the selective skin layers of thin film composite (TFC) membranes, and these organophilic membranes investigated for the isolation of n-butanol from dilute aqueous solution (model fermentation broth) via pervaporation. The block copolymers show well-defined microphase-separated morphologies, both in bulk and as the selective skin layers on TFC membranes, while the random copolymers are homogeneous. Both block and random vinyl addition copolymers are effective as n-butanol pervaporation membranes, with the block copolymers showing a better flux-selectivity balance. While polyHFANB has much higher permeability and n-butanol selectivity than polyBuNB, incorporating BuNB units into the polymer (in either a block or random sequence) limits the swelling of the polyHFANB and thereby improves the n-butanol pervaporation selectivity.

  9. Effect of Hydrogen-Bonding Junctions on Microphase Separation in Block Copolymers

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    Stone, Greg; Hedrick, Jim; Nederberg, Fredrik; Balsara, Nitash

    2008-03-01

    The morphology of poly(styrene-block- trimethylene carbonate) (PS-PTMC) copolymers with and without thiourea groups at the junction between the blocks was studied by a combination of small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thiourea groups are known to exhibit inter-molecular hydrogen bonding. We demonstrate that the presence of thiourea groups results in increased segregation between PS and PTMC blocks. We focus on symmetric systems with total molecular weights in the 5 kg/mol range. In conventional block copolymers without hydrogen bonding groups it is difficult to obtain strong segregation in low molecular weight systems because the product chi*N controls segregation (chi is the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter and N is the number of monomers per chain). The incorporation of hydrogen bonding groups may provide a route for the generation of patterns with small, sharply defined features using block copolymers.

  10. Control of Crystallization to Promote Microphase Separation in Fully Conjugated Block Copolymers

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    Lee, Youngmin; Le, Thinh P.; Seibers, Zach; Kilbey, S. Michael, II; Wang, Qing; Gomez, Enrique D.

    Donor -acceptor fully conjugated block copolymers, where donor and acceptor conjugated polymers are covalently bonded together, are interesting as single-component active-layer materials for photovoltaics because it can adopt mesoscale microphase separated structures with length scales comparable to the exciton diffusion length. Nevertheless, due to the strong crystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT), morphologies of fully conjugated block copolymers containing P3HT are predominantly driven by crystallization as opposed to microphase separation. We control the crystallization in block copolymers to promote microphase separation in fully conjugated block copolymers through the addition of small amounts of 3-octylthiophene to the polymerization of P3HT. Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl- r-3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl)-block-poly((9,9-dioctylfluorene-2,7-diyl)-alt-(4,7-di(thiophene-2-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)-5',5''-diyl) (P3HT- b-PFTBT) copolymers were prepared by Grignard metathesis for the alkylthiophene block followed by chain extension through a Suzuki-Miyaura polycondensation. We compare the crystallization, self-assembly and performance in devices of P3HT-b-PFTBT with a few mole percent of 3-octylthiophene in the P3HT block. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

  11. Interactions between plasma and block copolymers used in directed self-assembly patterning

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    Sirard, Stephen; Azarnouche, Laurent; Gurer, Emir; Durand, William; Maher, Michael; Mori, Kazunori; Blachut, Gregory; Janes, Dustin; Asano, Yusuke; Someya, Yasunobu; Hymes, Diane; Graves, David; Ellison, Christopher J.; Willson, C. Grant

    2016-03-01

    The directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers offers a promising route for scaling feature sizes below 20 nm. At these small dimensions, plasmas are often used to define the initial patterns. It is imperative to understand how plasmas interact with each block in order to design processes with sufficient etch contrast and pattern fidelity. Symmetric lamella forming block copolymers including, polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) and several high-χ silicon-containing and tin-containing block copolymers were synthesized, along with homopolymers of each block, and exposed to various oxidizing, reducing, and fluorine-based plasma processes. Etch rate kinetics were measured, and plasma modifications of the materials were characterized using XPS, AES, and FTIR. Mechanisms for achieving etch contrast were elucidated and were highly dependent on the block copolymer architecture. For several of the polymers, plasma photoemissions were observed to play an important role in modifying the materials and forming etch-resistant protective layers. Furthermore, it was observed for the silicon- and tin-containing polymers that an initial transient state exists, where the polymers exhibit an enhanced etch rate, prior to the formation of the etch-resistant protective layer. Plasma developed patterns were demonstrated for the differing block copolymer materials with feature sizes ranging from 20 nm down to approximately 5 nm.

  12. Low-Temperature Processable Block Copolymers That Preserve the Function of Blended Proteins.

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    Iwasaki, Yasuhiko; Takemoto, Kyohei; Tanaka, Shinya; Taniguchi, Ikuo

    2016-07-11

    Low-temperature processable polymers have attracted increasing interest as ecological materials because of their reduced energy consumption during processing and suitability for making composites with heat-sensitive biomolecules at ambient temperature. In the current study, low-temperature processable biodegradable block copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of l-lactide (LLA) using polyphosphoester as a macroinitiator. The polymer films could be processed under a hydraulic pressure of 35 MPa. The block copolymer films swelled in water because the polyphosphoester block was partially hydrated. Interestingly, the swelling ratio of the films changed with temperature. The pressure-induced order-to-disorder transition of the block copolymers was characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering; a crystallinity reduction in the block copolymers was observed after application of pressure. The crystallinity of the block copolymers was recovered after removing the applied pressure. The Young's modulus of the block copolymer films increased as the LLA unit content increased. Moreover, the modulus did not change after multiple processing cycles and the recyclability of the block copolymers was also confirmed. Finally, polymer films with embedded proteinase K as a model protein were prepared. The activity of catalase loaded into the polymer films was evaluated after processing at different temperatures. The activity of catalase was preserved when the polymer films were processed at room temperature but was significantly reduced after high-temperature processing. The suitability of low-temperature processable biodegradable polymers for making biofunctional composites without reducing protein activity was clarified. These materials will be useful for biomedical and therapeutic applications. PMID:27280847

  13. Surface affinity role in graphoepitaxy of lamellar block copolymers

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    Claveau, G.; Quemere, P.; Argoud, M.; Hazart, J.; Pimenta Barros, P.; Sarrazin, A.; Posseme, N.; Tiron, R.; Chevalier, X.; Nicolet, C.; Navarro, C.

    2016-03-01

    Overcoming the optical limitations of 193nm immersion lithography can be achieved using Directed Self Assembly (DSA) of block-copolymers (BCPs) as a low-cost and versatile complementary technique. The goal of this paper is to investigate the potential of DSA to address line and space (L/S) high resolution patterning by performing the density multiplication of lines with the graphoepitaxy approach. As surface affinity is a key parameter in self-assembly, three variations, or "flavors", of DSA template affinity are investigated regarding several success criteria such as morphology control or defectivity. More precisely, both the methodology to register DSA defects and the impact of process parameters on defectivity are detailed. Using the 300mm pilot line available in LETI and Arkema's advanced materials, we investigate process optimization of DSA line/space patterning of a 38nm period lamellar PS-b-PMMA BCP (L38). For this study, our integration scheme, depicted in figure 2-1, is based on BCP self-assembly inside organic hard mask guiding patterns obtained using 193i nm lithography. Defect analysis coupled with the fine tuning of process parameters (annealing, brush material) provided the optimum conditions for the L38 self-assembly. Using such conditions, DSA using the three affinity flavors is investigated by means of SEM top-view and cross-section review. Lithographic performances of one selected flavor are then evaluated with the comparison of Process Windows (PWs) function of either commensurability, morphology or LWR. This work is a first step in finding the best process for an industrial graphoepitaxy approach.

  14. Preparation of Pickering double emulsions using block copolymer worms.

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    Thompson, Kate L; Mable, Charlotte J; Lane, Jacob A; Derry, Mathew J; Fielding, Lee A; Armes, Steven P

    2015-04-14

    The rational formulation of Pickering double emulsions is described using a judicious combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block copolymer worms as highly anisotropic emulsifiers. More specifically, RAFT dispersion polymerization was utilized to prepare poly(lauryl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 20% w/w solids in n-dodecane and poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 13% w/w solids in water by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA). Water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsions can be readily prepared with mean droplet diameters ranging from 30 to 80 μm using a two-stage approach. First, a w/o precursor emulsion comprising 25 μm aqueous droplets is prepared using the hydrophobic worms, followed by encapsulation within oil droplets stabilized by the hydrophilic worms. The double emulsion droplet diameter and number of encapsulated water droplets can be readily varied by adjusting the stirring rate employed during the second stage. For each stage, the droplet volume fraction is relatively high at 0.50. The double emulsion nature of the final formulation was confirmed by optical and fluorescence microscopy studies. Such double emulsions are highly stable to coalescence, with little or no change in droplet diameter being detected over storage at 20 °C for 10 weeks as judged by laser diffraction. Preliminary experiments indicate that the complementary o/w/o emulsions can also be prepared using the same pair of worms by changing the order of homogenization, although somewhat lower droplet volume fractions were required in this case. Finally, we demonstrate that triple and even quadruple emulsions can be formulated using these new highly anisotropic Pickering emulsifiers. PMID:25834923

  15. Preparation of Pickering Double Emulsions Using Block Copolymer Worms

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    2015-01-01

    The rational formulation of Pickering double emulsions is described using a judicious combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block copolymer worms as highly anisotropic emulsifiers. More specifically, RAFT dispersion polymerization was utilized to prepare poly(lauryl methacrylate)–poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 20% w/w solids in n-dodecane and poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)–poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)–poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 13% w/w solids in water by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA). Water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsions can be readily prepared with mean droplet diameters ranging from 30 to 80 μm using a two-stage approach. First, a w/o precursor emulsion comprising 25 μm aqueous droplets is prepared using the hydrophobic worms, followed by encapsulation within oil droplets stabilized by the hydrophilic worms. The double emulsion droplet diameter and number of encapsulated water droplets can be readily varied by adjusting the stirring rate employed during the second stage. For each stage, the droplet volume fraction is relatively high at 0.50. The double emulsion nature of the final formulation was confirmed by optical and fluorescence microscopy studies. Such double emulsions are highly stable to coalescence, with little or no change in droplet diameter being detected over storage at 20 °C for 10 weeks as judged by laser diffraction. Preliminary experiments indicate that the complementary o/w/o emulsions can also be prepared using the same pair of worms by changing the order of homogenization, although somewhat lower droplet volume fractions were required in this case. Finally, we demonstrate that triple and even quadruple emulsions can be formulated using these new highly anisotropic Pickering emulsifiers. PMID:25834923

  16. Controlled self-assembly of conjugated rod-coil block copolymers for applications in organic optoelectronics

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    Tao, Yuefei

    Organic electronics are of great interest in manufacturing light weight, mechanical flexible, and inexpensive large area devices. While significant improvements have been made over the last several years and it is now clear that morphology on the lengthscale of exciton diffusion (10nm) is of crucial importance, a clear relationship between structure and device properties has not emerged. This lack of understanding largely emerges from an inability to control morphology on this lengthscale. This thesis will center around an approach, based on block copolymer self-assembly, to generate equilibrium nanostructures on the 10 nm lengthscale of exciton diffusion and study their effects on device performance. Self-assembly of semiconducting block copolymers is complicated by the non-classical chain shape of conjugated polymers. Unlike classical polymers, the chains do not assume a Gaussian coil shape which is stretched near block copolymer interfaces, instead the chains are elongated and liquid crystalline. Previous work has demonstrated how these new molecular interactions and shapes control the phase diagram of so-called rod-coil block copolymers. Here, we will focus on controlling domain size, orientation, and chemical structure. While domain size can be controlled directly through molecular weight, this requires significant additional synthesis of domain size is to be varied. Here, the domain size is controlled by blending homopolymers into a self-assembling rod-coil block copolymer. When coil-like blocks are incorporated, the domains swell, as expected. When rod-like blocks are incorporated, they interdigitate with the rods of the block copolymers. This results in an increase in interfacial area which forces the coils to rearrange and an overall decrease in domain size with increasing rod content. Control over lamellar orientation is crucial in order to design and control charge transport pathways and exciton recombination or separation interfaces. While numerous

  17. Design and Synthesis of Novel Block Copolymers for Efficient Opto-Electronic Applications

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    Sun, Sam-Shajing; Fan, Zhen; Wang, Yiqing; Taft, Charles; Haliburton, James; Maaref, Shahin

    2002-01-01

    It has been predicted that nano-phase separated block copolymer systems containing electron rich donor blocks and electron deficient acceptor blocks may facilitate the charge carrier separation and migration in organic photovoltaic devices due to improved morphology in comparison to polymer blend system. This paper presents preliminary data describing the design and synthesis of a novel Donor-Bridge-Acceptor (D-B-A) block copolymer system for potential high efficient organic optoelectronic applications. Specifically, the donor block contains an electron donating alkyloxy derivatized polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), the acceptor block contains an electron withdrawing alkyl-sulfone derivatized polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), and the bridge block contains an electronically neutral non-conjugated aliphatic hydrocarbon chain. The key synthetic strategy includes the synthesis of each individual block first, then couple the blocks together. While the donor block stabilizes and facilitates the transport of the holes, the acceptor block stabilizes and facilitates the transport of the electrons, the bridge block is designed to hinder the probability of electron-hole recombination. Thus, improved charge separation and stability are expected with this system. In addition, charge migration toward electrodes may also be facilitated due to the potential nano-phase separated and highly ordered block copolymer ultra-structure.

  18. Self-assembly in aqueous solution of amphiphilic graft copolymers from oxidized carboxymethylcellulose.

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    Bordallo, Eduardo; Rieumont, Jacques; Tiera, Marcio José; Gómez, Manuel; Lazzari, Massimo

    2015-06-25

    A series of oxidized carboxymethylcellulose-graft-poly(ethylene glycol)-dodecylamine (OCMC-g-PEG-DDA) was prepared by using an appositely prepared PEG with terminal amino groups and different amounts of DDA. The nanoaggregates formed in aqueous solution were characterized by surface tension measurements, fluorescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscopies (SEM and TEM). The micelles showed narrow hydrodynamic size distributions and diameters varying from 163 to 193nm depending on the ratio of DDA to PEG chains. The DDA content in the graft copolymers also affected the core-shell interfacial compactness. PMID:25839792

  19. Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors

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    Voet, Vincent S. D.; Tichelaar, Martijn; Tanase, Stefania; Mittelmeijer-Hazeleger, Marjo C.; ten Brinke, Gerrit; Loos, Katja

    2012-12-01

    The fabrication of nanoporous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVDF/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors is reported. Polystyrene-block-poly(vinylidene fluoride)-block-polystyrene (PS-b-PVDF-b-PS) is prepared through functional benzoyl peroxide initiated polymerization of VDF, followed by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of styrene. The crystallization of PVDF plays a dominant role in the formation of the block copolymer structure, resulting in a spherulitic superstructure with an internal crystalline-amorphous lamellar nanostructure. The block copolymer promotes the formation of the ferroelectric β-polymorph of PVDF. Selective etching of the amorphous regions with nitric acid leads to nanoporous PVDF, which functions as a template for the generation of PVDF/Ni nanocomposites. The lamellar nanostructure and the β-crystalline phase are conserved during the etching procedure and electroless nickel deposition.The fabrication of nanoporous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVDF/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors is reported. Polystyrene-block-poly(vinylidene fluoride)-block-polystyrene (PS-b-PVDF-b-PS) is prepared through functional benzoyl peroxide initiated polymerization of VDF, followed by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of styrene. The crystallization of PVDF plays a dominant role in the formation of the block copolymer structure, resulting in a spherulitic superstructure with an internal crystalline-amorphous lamellar nanostructure. The block copolymer promotes the formation of the ferroelectric β-polymorph of PVDF. Selective etching of the amorphous regions with nitric acid leads to nanoporous PVDF, which functions as a template for the generation of PVDF/Ni nanocomposites. The lamellar nanostructure and the β-crystalline phase are conserved during the etching procedure and electroless nickel deposition. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available

  20. Lysine-tagged peptide coupling onto polylactide nanoparticles coated with activated ester-based amphiphilic copolymer: a route to highly peptide-functionalized biodegradable carriers.

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    Handké, Nadège; Ficheux, Damien; Rollet, Marion; Delair, Thierry; Mabrouk, Kamel; Bertin, Denis; Gigmes, Didier; Verrier, Bernard; Trimaille, Thomas

    2013-03-01

    Efficient biomolecule conjugation to the surface of biodegradable colloidal carriers is crucial for their targeting efficiency in drug/vaccine delivery applications. We here propose a potent strategy to drastically improve peptide immobilization on biodegradable polylactide (PLA) nanoparticles (NPs). Our approach particularly relies on the use of an amphiphilic block copolymer PLA-b-poly(N-acryloxysuccinimide-co-N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PLA-b-P(NAS-co-NVP)) as NP surface modifier, whose the N-succinimidyl (NS) ester functions of the NAS units along the polymer chain ensure N-terminal amine peptide coupling. The well-known immunostimulatory peptide sequence derived from the human interleukin 1β (IL-1β), VQGEESNDK, was coupled on the NPs of 169 nm mean diameter in phosphate buffer (pH 8, 10 mM). A maximum amount of 2 mg immobilized per gram of NPs (i.e. 0.042 peptidenm(-2)) was obtained. Introduction of a three lysine tag at the peptide N-terminus (KKKVQGEESNDK) resulted in a dramatic improvement of the immobilized peptide amounts (27.5 mg/g NP, i.e. 0.417 peptidenm(-2)). As a comparison, the density of tagged peptide achievable on surfactant free PLA NPs of similar size (140 nm), through classical EDC or EDC/NHS activation of the surface PLA carboxylic end-groups, was found to be 6 mg/g NP (i.e. 0.075 peptidenm(-2)), showing the decisive impact of the P(NAS-co-NVP)-based hairy corona for high peptide coupling. These results demonstrate that combined use of lysine tag and PLA-b-P(NAS-co-NVP) surfactant represents a valuable platform to tune and optimize surface bio-functionalization of PLA-based biodegradable carriers. PMID:23277324

  1. Lubricating effect of thin films of styrene-dimethylsiloxane block copolymers

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    Ndoni, S.; Jannasch, P.; Larsen, N.B.; Almdal, K.

    1999-05-25

    The lubricating effect of styrene-dimethylsiloxane block copolymer films spin cast on Si wafers was found to increase with increasing size of the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) block. Friction properties of symmetrical and close-to-symmetrical block copolymers were evaluated in contact with bromobutyl rubber in a plate-on-plate configuration. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that the copolymer films were all covered by at least a 10 nm thick layer of PDMS. The lubricating effect remained constant down to a film thickness comparable to the chain dimensions of the copolymer, R{sub 0}, after which it decreased progressively. At thicknesses below R{sub 0}, the copolymer dewetted the wafer and formed discrete domains with sizes comparable to R{sub 0}. The copolymer could further be blended with up to 70 wt % polystyrene without detecting a decrease in the lubricating effect. A mechanism is proposed for the observed frictional behavior where microflakes are abraded from lamellar copolymer surfaces and stick to the contacting rubber surface, whereafter lubrication may result from sliding of PDMS brushes against each other.

  2. Combinatorial Block Copolymer Ordering on Tunable Rough Substrates

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    Kulkarni, Manish M.; Yager, Kevin G.; Sharma, Ashutosh; Karim, Alamgir

    2012-10-25

    Morphology control of block copolymer (BCP) thin films through substrate interaction via controlled roughness parameters is of significant interest for numerous high-tech applications ranging from solar cells to high-density storage media. While effects of substrate surface energy (SE) and roughness (R) on BCP morphology have been individually investigated, their synergistic effects have not been explored in any systematic manner. Interestingly, orientation response of BCP to changes in SE can be similar to what can be accomplished with variations in R. Here we present a novel approach for orienting lamellar BCP films of poly(styrene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) on spin-coated xerogel (a dried gel of silica nanoparticle network) substrate with simultaneously tunable surface energy, {gamma}{sub s} {approx} 29-53 mJ/m{sup 2}, by UVO exposure and roughness, R{sub rms} {approx} 0.5-30 nm, by sol-gel processing steps of regulating the catalyst concentration and sol aging time. As in previous BCP orientation studies on 20 nm diameter monodisperse silica nanoparticle coated surface, we find a similar but broadened oscillatory BCP orientation behavior with film thickness due to the random rather than periodic rough surfaces. We also find that higher random roughness amplitude is not the necessary criteria for obtaining a vertical orientation of BCP lamellae. Rather, a high surface fractal dimension (D{sub f} > 2.4) of the rough substrate in conjunction with an optimal substrate surface energy {gamma}{sub s} {approx} 29 mJ/m{sup 2} results in 100% vertically oriented lamellar microdomains. The AFM measured film surface microstructure correlates well with the internal 3D BCP film structure probed by grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and rotational small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In contrast to tunable self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-coated substrates, the xerogel films are very durable and retain their chemical properties over period

  3. Antitumor gemcitabine conjugated micelles from amphiphilic comb-like random copolymers.

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    Wang, Jianfeng; Zhang, Xiaomin; Cen, Yixin; Lin, Xianfu; Wu, Qi

    2016-10-01

    Gemcitabine is an important pyrimidine antimetabolite that inhibits cellular DNA synthesis. However, the therapeutic efficacy and clinical benefit of gemcitabine are severely compromised due to its rapid plasma metabolism and low selectivity towards tumor tissues. To overcome these limitations, we prepared novel PEGylated gemcitabine-contained comb-like copolymers poly(monomethoxyl PEG350 methylacrylate -co- 5'-O-vinyladipyl- gemcitabine) (poly(mPEG350MA-co-VAG) and (poly(mPEG1000MA-co-VAG), which could self-assemble into micelles and displayed enhanced antitumor activity. The copolymers and the formed micelles were well characterized for their structure, critical aggregation concentration (CAC), morphology, cellular uptake, cell cytotoxicity, and controlled drug release. Cellular uptake and in vitro cytotoxicity assays against human lung cancerous cells (A549) demonstrated that these micelles could be effectively internalized and induced cell apoptosis. These micelles efficiently inhibited tumor growth when injected intravenously into A549 cell derived xenograft tumor bearing Balb/C nude mice using a dose of 10mg/kg in terms of reduced tumor volume compared to free gemcitabine. In conclusion, PEGylated micelles could protect gemcitabine from rapid plasma metabolism, provided a sustained release and showed enhanced antitumor activity, thus have the potential to be used as novel anticancer drug delivery vehicle. PMID:27434158

  4. A Solution-Processable (Tetraaniline-b-Polyethylene Glycol)3 Star-Shaped Rod-Coil Block Copolymer with Enhanced Electrochromic Properties.

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    Cao, Linyu; Gong, Chen; Yang, Jiping

    2016-02-01

    A novel electroactive star-shaped rod-coil copolymer composed of a benzene core and three symmetrically positioned tetraaniline-b-poly(ethylene glycol) arms, (TAni-b-PEG)3 rod-coil block copolymer, is synthesized successfully and characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis, (1)H NMR, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. Uniform and high-quality (TAni-b-PEG)3 thin films onto indium tin oxide-coated glass surface are fabricated simply from its DMF solution. Resulting (TAni-b-PEG)3 copolymer thin films possess excellent electrochromic properties with a high optical contrast of 73.3%, superb coloration efficiency of 318.5 cm(2) C(-1) at 750 nm. Very short switching times, that is, 2.11 s and 2.14 s for coloring and bleaching times, respectively, are observed as well. The mechanism of these impressive electrochromic properties of (TAni-b-PEG)3 thin films possessed is proposed based on the atomic force microscopy investigation, star-shaped molecular geometry, synergetic electronic and ionic conductivity and amphiphilic self-assembly feature of (TAni-b-PEG)3 copolymer, which can self-assemble to form cylinder pattern consisting of quick pathways for electronic charges and ionic species, respectively. PMID:26663524

  5. Patterning square and rectangular arrays using shear-aligned block copolymer thin films

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    Kim, So Youn; Davis, Raleigh L.; Register, Richard A.; Gwyther, Jessica; Nunns, Adam; Manners, Ian; Chaikin, Paul M.

    2014-03-01

    Microphase separation of block copolymers in thin films can generate periodic structures: hexagonally packed arrays of dots from spherical or cylindrical phase block copolymers, or periodic stripes from cylindrical or lamellar phase block copolymers. Square or rectangular patterns, however, do not naturally form by spontaneous self-assembly of a simple diblock copolymer, and are a challenge to create. We present a simple way to create nano-square/rectangular arrays by building up a double-layer film of a cylinder-forming diblock, where each layer is sequentially deposited, shear-aligned independently, and cross-linked. Any block copolymer with at least one crosslinkable block can in principle be employed; in this study we use cylinder-forming polystyrene-b-poly(ferrocenylisopropylmethylsilane) and polystyrene-b-poly(hexylmethacrylate). The pitch of the array is tunable by varying polymer molecular weight. Oxygen reactive ion etching is used to reveal the grid structures, and these grids can in turn form nano-wells in the silicon substrate when the cylinder-forming block is very etch-resistant under the conditions used for silicon etching. Additionally, metal dots ordered in square arrays can be created using these grids as templates, via metal evaporation and lift-off.

  6. Microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming polydisperse di-block copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Lokitz, Bradley S.; Sides, Scott W.; Chen, Jihua; Heller, William T.; Ankner, John F.; Browning, James F.; Kilbey, II, S. Michael; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-02-03

    Despite the ubiquity of polydispersity in chain lengths of di-block copolymers, its effects on microphase separation in thin films have eluded a clear understanding. In this paper, we have studied effects of polydispersity on the microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming di-block copolymers using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and neutron reflectivity experiments. Di-block copolymers containing a polydisperse block of poly(glycidylmethacrylate) (PGMA) connected to a near-monodisperse block poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethyl-d6 azlactone) (PVDMA-d6) are considered in this work. Effects of chain length polydispersity, film thickness, substrate–monomer and monomer–monomer interactions on the microphase segregation are studied using SCFT. The theoretical study reveals that in comparison to a film created with monodisperse di-block copolymers, an increase in polydispersity tends to decrease the number of lamellar strata that can be packed in a film of given thickness. This is a direct consequence of an increase in lamellar domain spacing with an increase in polydispersity index. Furthermore, it is shown that polydispersity induces conformational asymmetry and an increase in the polydispersity index leads to an increase in the effective Kuhn segment length of the polydisperse blocks. It is shown that the conformational asymmetry effects, which are entropic in origin and of increasing importance as film thickness decreases, drive the polydisperse blocks to the middle of the films despite favorable substrate interactions. These predictions are verified by results from neutron reflectivity experiments on thin films made from moderately polydisperse PGMA-PVDMA-d6 di-block copolymer deposited on silicon substrates. In conclusion, results from SCFT are used to predict neutron reflectivity profiles, providing a facile and robust route to obtain useful physical insights into the structure of polydisperse diblock copolymers at

  7. Microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming polydisperse di-block copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Lokitz, Bradley S.; Sides, Scott W.; Chen, Jihua; Heller, William T.; Ankner, John F.; Browning, James F.; Kilbey, II, S. Michael; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-02-03

    Despite the ubiquity of polydispersity in chain lengths of di-block copolymers, its effects on microphase separation in thin films have eluded a clear understanding. In this paper, we have studied effects of polydispersity on the microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming di-block copolymers using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and neutron reflectivity experiments. Di-block copolymers containing a polydisperse block of poly(glycidylmethacrylate) (PGMA) connected to a near-monodisperse block poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethyl-d6 azlactone) (PVDMA-d6) are considered in this work. Effects of chain length polydispersity, film thickness, substrate–monomer and monomer–monomer interactions on the microphase segregation are studied using SCFT. The theoretical study reveals thatmore » in comparison to a film created with monodisperse di-block copolymers, an increase in polydispersity tends to decrease the number of lamellar strata that can be packed in a film of given thickness. This is a direct consequence of an increase in lamellar domain spacing with an increase in polydispersity index. Furthermore, it is shown that polydispersity induces conformational asymmetry and an increase in the polydispersity index leads to an increase in the effective Kuhn segment length of the polydisperse blocks. It is shown that the conformational asymmetry effects, which are entropic in origin and of increasing importance as film thickness decreases, drive the polydisperse blocks to the middle of the films despite favorable substrate interactions. These predictions are verified by results from neutron reflectivity experiments on thin films made from moderately polydisperse PGMA-PVDMA-d6 di-block copolymer deposited on silicon substrates. In conclusion, results from SCFT are used to predict neutron reflectivity profiles, providing a facile and robust route to obtain useful physical insights into the structure of polydisperse diblock copolymers at interfaces.« less

  8. Nanostructure in block copolymer solutions: Rheology and small-angle neutron scattering

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    Habas, Jean-Pierre; Pavie, Emmanuel; Perreur, Christelle; Lapp, Alain; Peyrelasse, Jean

    2004-12-01

    Triblock copolymers composed of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) present an amphiphilic character in aqueous solutions. Since PPO is less hydrophilic than PEO and since their solubilities decrease when the temperature increases, the copolymers self-assemble spontaneously, forming micelles at moderate temperatures. For higher temperatures or concentrations, the copolymers or the micelles are ordered because of repulsive interactions and form lyotropic liquid crystalline phases. These are phases of very great viscosity with the aspect of gels, and transitions between different crystalline phases can occur at fixed concentration during an increase of temperature. We studied solutions of three different copolymers. The first two have a star structure. They are both composed of four branches (EO){sub x}(PO){sub y} fixed on an ethylene diamine, but differ by the values of x and y. Their commercial name is Tetronic 908 (x=114, y=21) and Tetronic 704 (x=16, y=18). The third copolymer (EO){sub 37}(PO){sub 56}(EO){sub 37} is linear and is known under the name of Pluronic P105. The measurements of the shear complex elastic modulus according to the temperature is used to determine the temperatures of the different transitions. Then, small-angle neutron scattering on samples under flow and true crystallographic arguments make it possible to identify the nature of the crystalline phases. For the systems studied, we show that the branched copolymers form only one type of liquid crystalline phase, which is bcc for the T908 and lamellar for the T704. For the linear copolymer, it is possible to identify three transitions: micellar solution to hexagonal phase, hexagonal phase to body-centered cubic phase, and finally body-centered cubic phase to lamellar phase.

  9. Frank-Kasper sigma phase stabilized by tailored architectures of block copolymers

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    Li, Weihua; Liu, Meijiao; Xie, Nan; Qiu, Feng; Shi, An-Chang

    Block copolymer self-assembly forms diverse interesting ordered morphologies, of which the spherical phase is of particular interest because it resembles the similar space symmetry as atomic crystals and has a tunable period on nanoscale. Moreover, the packing lattice of spherical domains dictated by the adjustable competition between the entropic and interfacial energies is programmable. For AB diblock copolymers, it has been known that the stable spherical phase is mainly bcc except for a very narrow region of fcc at the vicinity of the order-disorder transition. When introducing variable number of blocks and architectures to form complex AB-type block copolymers, the A15 phase was predicted as stable. However, a striking experiment observed a new spherical phase, the complex Frank-Kasper sigma phase that consists of 30 spheres in a unit cell, in the PI-b-PLA diblock copolymer as well as a SISO tetrablock terpolymer. Inspired by this experiment, we studied the stability of all known spherical phases of fcc, bcc, A15 and sigma in various block copolymers including conformationally asymmetric AB diblock, ABm miktoarm, and BABC tetrablock copolymers. We have revealed the formation mechanism of the nonclassical A15 and sigma phases due to the tailored architectures.

  10. Ethyl cellulose amphiphilic graft copolymers with LCST-UCST transition: Opposite self-assembly behavior, hydrophilic-hydrophobic surface and tunable crystalline morphologies.

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    Yuan, Hua; Chi, Hai; Yuan, Weizhong

    2016-08-20

    Novel and well-defined graft copolymer with block copolymer side chain, ethyl cellulose-graft-(poly(ε-caprolactone)-block-poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethylmeth acrylate)) (EC-g-(PCL-b-PDMAEMA)) with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) was successfully synthesized via the combination of ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). EC-g-(PCL-b-PDMAEMA) copolymers with various PCL-b-PDMAEMA block lengths were obtained by adjusting the molar ratios of the N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate monomer to ε-caprolactone. The EC-g-(PCL-b-PDMAPS) with an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) was obtained via facile quaternization reaction of PDMAEMA with 1,3-propane sultone. EC-g-(PCL-b-PDMAEMA) and EC-g-(PCL-b-PDMAPS) micelle solutions showed opposite thermoresponsiviness and hydrophilic-hydrophobic surface. Moreover, the tunable crystalline morphologies could be obtained from these graft copolymers through changing the polymer structure and PDMAEMA contents. PMID:27178932

  11. Time-resolved SANS studies on block copolymer micelles with varying core-solvent interactions

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    Cooksey, Tyler; Singh, Avantika; Marquez, Maria; Robertson, Megan

    The self-assembly of block copolymer micelles occurs through a relaxation process dominated by the exchange of individual polymer chains. The objective of this work is to probe the single chain exchange of block copolymer micelles with varying core-solvent interactions, utilizing time-resolved neutron scattering (TR-SANS). The interactions between the core-forming polymer and the solvent has many implications for the micelle structure, including the aggregation number, micelle size, and interfacial tension. However, few studies have investigated the effect of the core polymer-solvent interactions on the dynamics of micelle formation. We will focus our study on poly(epsilon-caprolactone-block-ethylene oxide) block copolymers forming micelle structures in mixtures of water and tetrahydrofuran (THF). It was observed that changing the THF concentration, which varies the degree of repulsion between the core and solvent, greatly influences the single chain exchange rate in this system.

  12. Hemocompatibility of styrenic block copolymers for use in prosthetic heart valves.

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    Brubert, Jacob; Krajewski, Stefanie; Wendel, Hans Peter; Nair, Sukumaran; Stasiak, Joanna; Moggridge, Geoff D

    2016-02-01

    Certain styrenic thermoplastic block copolymer elastomers can be processed to exhibit anisotropic mechanical properties which may be desirable for imitating biological tissues. The ex-vivo hemocompatibility of four triblock (hard-soft-hard) copolymers with polystyrene hard blocks and polyethylene, polypropylene, polyisoprene, polybutadiene or polyisobutylene soft blocks are tested using the modified Chandler loop method using fresh human blood and direct contact cell proliferation of fibroblasts upon the materials. The hemocompatibility and durability performance of a heparin coating is also evaluated. Measures of platelet and coagulation cascade activation indicate that the test materials are superior to polyester but inferior to expanded polytetrafluoroethylene and bovine pericardium reference materials. Against inflammatory measures the test materials are superior to polyester and bovine pericardium. The addition of a heparin coating results in reduced protein adsorption and ex-vivo hemocompatibility performance superior to all reference materials, in all measures. The tested styrenic thermoplastic block copolymers demonstrate adequate performance for blood contacting applications. PMID:26704549

  13. Graphoepitaxy of self-assembled block copolymers on two-dimensional periodic patterned templates.

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    Bita, Ion; Yang, Joel K W; Jung, Yeon Sik; Ross, Caroline A; Thomas, Edwin L; Berggren, Karl K

    2008-08-15

    Self-assembling materials are the building blocks of bottom-up nanofabrication processes, but they need to be templated to impose long-range order and eliminate defects. In this work, the self-assembly of a thin film of a spherical-morphology block copolymer is templated using an array of nanoscale topographical elements that act as surrogates for the minority domains of the block copolymer. The orientation and periodicity of the resulting array of spherical microdomains are governed by the commensurability between the block copolymer period and the template period and is accurately described by a free-energy model. This method, which forms high-spatial-frequency arrays using a lower-spatial-frequency template, will be useful in nanolithography applications such as the formation of high-density microelectronic structures. PMID:18703736

  14. Processing-structure-mechanical Property Relationships of Semicrystalline Polyolefin-based Block Copolymers

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    Deplace, F.; Wang, Z; Lynd, N; Hotta, A; Rose, J; Hustad, P; Tian, J; Ohtaki, H; Coates, J; et. al.

    2010-01-01

    The incremental plastic deformation of the crystals of block copolymers made of semicrystalline polypropylene endblocks and amorphous ethylene-r-propylene midblocks occurring during step cycle tensile tests has dramatic effects on the stress-strain curves. This can be understood from the evolution of the morphology and of the microstructure of the crystalline blocks revealed by X-ray scattering experiments.

  15. Multi-block sulfonated poly(phenylene) copolymer proton exchange membranes

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    Fujimoto, Cy H.; Hibbs, Michael; Ambrosini, Andrea

    2012-02-07

    Improved multi-block sulfonated poly(phenylene) copolymer compositions, methods of making the same, and their use as proton exchange membranes (PEM) in hydrogen fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, in electrode casting solutions and electrodes. The multi-block architecture has defined, controllable hydrophobic and hydrophilic segments. These improved membranes have better ion transport (proton conductivity) and water swelling properties.

  16. Melt and Solid-State Structures of Polydisperse Polyolefin Block Copolymers

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    Register, Richard; Li, Sheng

    2013-03-01

    Recent developments in coordinative chain transfer polymerization have enabled the synthesis of ethylene-co-octene block copolymers, where the blocks are either crystallizable (an ethylene-co-octene random copolymer block with low octene content) or amorphous (analogous block with high octene content). With a suitable choice of catalyst type(s) and reactor train configuration, accessible chain architectures include diblock, where each block ideally has the most-probable distribution of chain lengths, and multiblock, where both the individual blocks and the number of blocks per chain follow the most-probable distribution. With a sufficiently large interblock octene differential, block copolymers of both architectures, containing roughly equal masses of the two types of block, self-assemble in the melt into well-ordered lamellar structures, despite the large polydispersity. Interblock mixing, induced by the modest Flory interaction parameter and the broad distribution of block lengths, yields an enormous domain spacing (> 100 nm) despite the relatively low average block molecular weights (< 50 kg/mol). Extensive interblock mixing also allows the polyethylene crystals to grow freely and nearly isotropically across the domain interfaces, while preserving the domain structure present in the melt; in the solid state, the optical and x-ray contrasts between dissimilar domains are greatly enhanced due to their different levels of crystallinity. (Work conducted in collaboration with Jeffrey Weinhold, Philip Hustad, and Brian Landes of Dow Chemical Core R&D.) Support from the NSF Polymers Program (DMR-1003942).

  17. Synthesis of manganese oxide supported on mesoporous titanium oxide: Influence of the block copolymer

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    Schmit, F.; Bois, L.; Chiriac, R.; Toche, F.; Chassagneux, F.; Besson, M.; Descorme, C.; Khrouz, L.

    2015-01-15

    Manganese oxides supported on mesoporous titanium oxides were synthesized via a sol–gel route using block copolymer self-assembly. The oxides were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermal analyses, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, electron microscopy and electronic paramagnetic resonance. A mesoporous anatase containing amorphous manganese oxide particles could be obtained with a 0.2 Mn:Ti molar ratio. At higher manganese loading (0.5 Mn:Ti molar ratio), segregation of crystalline manganese oxide occurred. The influence of block copolymer and manganese salt on the oxide structure was discussed. The evolution of the textural and structural characteristics of the materials upon hydrothermal treatment was also investigated. - Graphical abstract: One-pot amorphous MnO{sub 2} supported on mesoporous anataseTiO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • Mesoporous manganese titanium oxides were synthesized using block copolymer. • Block copolymers form complexes with Mn{sup 2+} from MnCl{sub 2}. • With block copolymer, manganese oxide can be dispersed around the titania crystallites. • With Mn(acac){sub 2}, manganese is dispersed inside titania. • MnOOH crystallizes outside mesoporous titania during hydrothermal treatment.

  18. 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

  19. 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

    simulations, and used these results to predict the CAC values of triblock copolymers with higher molecular weights by extrapolation. In parallel, a PEG5K-b-oligo(DTO-SA)-b-PEG5K block copolymer was synthesized, and the CAC value was determined experimentally using the pyrene method. The experimental CAC value agreed well with the CAC value predicted by simulation. These results validate our CG models, and demonstrate an avenue to simulate and predict aggregation characteristics of ABA amphiphilic triblock copolymers with complex structures. PMID:27031284

  20. Structure and ionic conductivity of block copolymer electrolytes over a wide salt concentration range

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    Chintapalli, Mahati; Le, Thao; Venkatesan, Naveen; Thelen, Jacob; Rojas, Adriana; Balsara, Nitash

    Block copolymer electrolytes are promising materials for safe, long-lasting lithium batteries because of their favorable mechanical and ion transport properties. The morphology, phase behavior, and ionic conductivity of a block copolymer electrolyte, SEO mixed with LiTFSI was studied over a wide, previously unexplored salt concentration range using small angle X-ray scattering, differential scanning calorimetry and ac impedance spectroscopy, respectively. SEO exhibits a maximum in ionic conductivity at twice the salt concentration that PEO, the homopolymer analog of the ion-containing block, does. This finding is contrary to prior studies that examined a more limited range of salt concentrations. In SEO, the phase behavior of the PEO block and LiTFSI closely resembles the phase behavior of homopolymer PEO and LiTFSI. The grain size of the block copolymer morphology was found to decrease with increasing salt concentration, and the ionic conductivity of SEO correlates with decreasing grain size. Structural effects impact the ionic conductivity-salt concentration relationship in block copolymer electrolytes. SEO: polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide); also PS-PEO LiTFSI: lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl imide

  1. 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

  2. Synthesis and Self-Aggregation of Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-Based Photocleavable Block Copolymer: Micelle, Compound Micelle, Reverse Micelle, and Dye Encapsulation/Release.

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    Jana, Somdeb; Saha, Anupam; Paira, Tapas K; Mandal, Tarun K

    2016-02-01

    We report on the synthesis of photocleavable poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-block-poly(2-nitrobenzyl acrylate) (PEtOx-b-PNBA) block copolymers (BCPs) with varying compositions via combination of microwave-assisted cationic ring-opening polymerization (CROP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using α-bromoisobutyryl bromide as an orthogonal initiator. The amphiphilic nature of this BCP causes them to self-assemble into primary micelles in THF/H2O, which further undergo secondary aggregation into nanostructured compound micelles as established through DLS, FESEM, and TEM. Upon UV irradiation (λ = 350 nm), the photocleavage of the PNBA block of the PEtOx-b-PNBA BCP takes place, and that leads to the formation of the doubly hydrophilic poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (PEtOx-b-PAA) BCP causing the rupture of compound micelles as confirmed by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Encapsulation of a model hydrophobic guest molecule, nile red (NR), into the photocleavable BCP micellar core in aqueous solution and its UV-induced release is also investigated by fluorescence emission measurements. PEtOx-b-PNBA BCP amphiphiles are also shown to self-assemble into spherical nanostructures (∼90 nm) in dichloromethane as established by DLS and TEM analysis. These are referred to as reverse micelles and are able to encapsulate anionic hydrophilic dye, Eosin B, and facilitate its solubilization in organic media. PMID:26735171

  3. Order-Disorder Transitions in Cross-Linked Block Copolymer Solids

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    Das, J.

    2005-01-12

    With a view toward creating solid block copolymers wherein the order-disorder transition can be accessed many times they investigated the nature of order-disorder transitions in cross-linked diblock copolymer melts using synergistic theory and experiment. A mean-field theory based on a coarse grained free-energy and the Random Phase Approximation (RPA) is developed for the system of interest. The quenched distribution of cross-links is averaged using the replica method. The phase behavior of a particular A-B block copolymer melt with a randomly cross-linked B-Block is determined as a function of the Florry-Huggins interaction parameter ({chi}) and the average number of cross-links per chain N{sub c}. They find for a cross-link density greater than N*{sub c} the B monomers are localized within a region of size {zeta} {approx} (N{sub c} - N*{sub c}){sup -1/2}. The cross-links strongly oppose ordering in the system as {zeta} becomes comparable to the radius of gyration of the block copolymer chain. As such the order-disorder transition temperature T{sub ODT} decreases precipitously when N{sub c} > N*{sub c}. When N{sub c} < N*{sub c}, T{sub ODT} increases weakly with N{sub c}. Experiments were conducted on cross-linked polystyrene-block-polyisoprene copolymer samples wherein the polyisoprene block was selectively cross-linked at a temperature well above the order-disorder transition temperature of the pure block copolymer. Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and birefringence measurements on the cross-linked samples are consistent with the theoretical prediction. T{sub ODT} decreases rapidly when the cross-linking density exceeds the critical cross-linking density.

  4. Manipulating Interfaces through Surface Confinement of Poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-block-poly(vinyldimethylazlactone), a Dually Reactive Block Copolymer

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    Lokitz, Bradley S; Wei, Jifeng; Hinestrosa Salazar, Juan P; Ivanov, Ilia N; Browning, James B; Ankner, John Francis; Kilbey, II, S Michael; Messman, Jamie M

    2012-01-01

    The assembly of dually reactive, well-defined diblock copolymers incorporating the chemoselective/functional monomer, 4,4-dimethyl-2-vinylazlactone (VDMA) and the surface-reactive monomer glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) is examined to understand how competition between surface attachment and microphase segregation influences interfacial structure. Reaction of the PGMA block with surface hydroxyl groups not only anchors the copolymer to the surface, but limits chain mobility, creating brush-like structures comprising PVDMA blocks, which contain reactive azlactone groups. The block copolymers are spin coated at various solution concentrations and annealed at elevated temperature to optimize film deposition to achieve a molecularly uniform layer. The thickness and structure of the polymer thin films are investigated by ellipsometry, infrared spectroscopy, and neutron reflectometry. The results show that deposition of PGMA-b-PVDMA provides a useful route to control film thickness while preserving azlactone groups that can be further modified with biotin-poly(ethylene glycol)amine to generate designer surfaces. The method described herein offers guidance for creating highly functional surfaces, films, or coatings through the use of dually reactive block copolymers and postpolymerization modification.

  5. Polythiophene-block-poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate): Synthesis and study of a new rod-rod block copolymer

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    Wu, Zong-Quan; Ono, Robert J.; Chen, Zheng; Li, Zicheng; Bielawski, Christopher W.

    2011-01-01

    Coupling of ethynyl terminated poly(3-hexylthiophene) with azide terminated poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate) afforded the respective block copolymer in good yield and high purity; this material was found to self assemble into hierarchal structures in solution and in the solid state.

  6. Amphiphilic Graft Copolymer Nanospheres: From Colloidal Self-Assembly to CO2 Capture Membranes.

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    Jeon, Harim; Kim, Dong Jun; Park, Min Su; Ryu, Du Yeol; Kim, Jong Hak

    2016-04-13

    Colloidal nanosphere self-assembly effectively generates ordered nanostructures, prompting tremendous interest in many applications such as photonic crystals and templates for inverse opal fabrication. Here we report the self-assembly of low-cost, graft copolymer nanospheres for CO2 capture membranes. Specifically, poly(dimethylsiloxane)-graft-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PDMS-g-P4VP) is synthesized via one-pot, free radical dispersion polymerization to give discrete monodisperse nanospheres. These nanospheres comprise a surface-anchored highly permeable PDMS layer and internal CO2-philic P4VP spherical core. Their diameter is controllable below the submicrometer range by varying grafting ratios. The colloidal dispersion forms a long-range, close-packed hexagonal array on a substrate by inclined deposition and convective assembly. The array shows dispersion medium-dependent packing characteristics. A thermodynamic correlation is determined using different solvents to obtain stable PDMS-g-P4VP dispersions and interpreted in terms of Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. As a proof-of-concept, the implementation of these nanospheres into membranes simultaneously enhances the CO2 permeability and CO2/N2 selectivity of PDMS-based transport matrixes. Upon physical aging of the solution, the CO2/N2 selectivity is improved up to 26, one of the highest values for highly permeable PDMS-based polymeric membranes. PMID:27004536

  7. Microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming poydisperse di-block copolymers

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Kilbey, II, S Michael; Ankner, John Francis; Heller, William T; Chen, Jihua; Sides, Scott; Browning, Jim; Lokitz, Bradley S; Sumpter, Bobby G

    2015-01-01

    Microphase separation in thin films of lamellar forming polydisperse di-block copolymers is studied using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and neutron reflectivity experiments. Diblock copolymers containing a polydisperse block (poly(glycidylmethacrylate) (PGMA)) connected to a near monodisperse block (poly(4,4-dimethyl-d6-2-vinylazlactone) (PVDMA-d6)) are considered in this work. Effects of chain length polydispersity, film thickness, substrate monomer and monomer-monomer interactions on the microphase segregation are studied using SCFT. The theoretical study reveals that an increase in polydispersity tends to decrease the number of lamellar strata that can be packed in a film of given thickness, in comparison to a film created with monodisperse di-block copolymers.more » This is a direct consequence of an increase in lamellar domain spacing with an increase in polydispersity index. These predictions are verified by comparison with neutron reflectity experiments done on thin films made from moderately polydisperse PGMA-b-PVDMA-d6 di-block copolymer deposited on silicon substrates. Furthermore, it is shown that polydispersity induces conformational asymmetry and an increase in the polydispersity index makes the polydisperse blocks less flexible in comparison with monodisperse blocks. It is shown that conformational asymmetry effects, which are entropic in origin and of increasing importance as film thickness descreases, drive the polydisperse blocks to the middle of the films despite favorable substrate interactions. Prediction of neutron reflectivity profiles using the SCFT provides a facile and robust route for model verification and leads to useful physical insights into behavior of di-block copolymers near interfaces.« less

  8. Morphological and physical characterization of poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) block copolymers and ionomers thereof

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    Baugh, Daniel Webster, III

    Poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) block copolymers made by living cationic polymerization using a difunctional initiator and the sequential monomer addition technique were analyzed using curve-resolution software in conjunction with high-resolution GPC. Fractional precipitation and selective solvent extraction were applied to a representative sample in order to confirm the identity of contaminating species. The latter were found to be low molecular weight polystyrene homopolymer, diblock copolymer, and higher molecular weight segmented block copolymers formed by intermolecular electrophilic aromatic substitution linking reactions occurring late in the polymerization of the styrene outer blocks. Solvent-cast films of poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) (PS-PIB-PS) block copolymers and block ionomers were analyzed using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Four block copolymer samples with center block molecular weights of 52,000 g/mol and PS volume fractions (o sbPS) ranging from 0.17 to 0.31 were studied. All samples exhibited hexagonally packed cylinders of PS within the PIB matrix. Cylinder spacing was in the range 32 to 36 nm for most samples, while cylinder diameters varied from 14 to 21 nm. Porod analysis of the scattering data indicated the presence of isolated phase mixing and sharp phase boundaries. PS-PIB-PS block copolymers and ionomers therefrom were analyzed using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and tensile testing. The study encompassed five block copolymer samples with similar PIB center blocks with molecular weights of approx52,000 g/mol and PS weight fractions ranging from 0.127 to 0.337. Ionomers were prepared from two of these materials by lightly sulfonating the PS outer blocks. Sulfonation levels varied from 1.7 to 4.7 mol % and the sodium and potassium neutralized forms were compared to the parent block copolymers. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) of the block copolymer films indicated the existence

  9. The versatility in morphology and physical properties offered by chain shuttled olefin block copolymers

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    Weinhold, Jeffrey

    2014-03-01

    Chain shuttling catalysis enables the production of olefin block copolymers (OBCs) with a wide range of block compositions. Unique morphology and property combinations can be achieved with highly crystalline hard blocks and low crystallinity or fully amorphous soft blocks. The effect of the amount of comonomer in the soft blocks on phase behavior, morphology and properties will be the focus of this presentation. In one class of materials, the soft blocks contain just enough octene comonomer to give elastic behavior but, unlike a random copolymer-based olefin elastomer, the soft segments are held together by thick crystals formed by the hard blocks. In addition to strengthening the network, these crystals provide temperature resistance and, by solidifying at higher temperature, they allow faster product fabrication. Increasing the soft block's octene content yields the next class of materials which have improved compatibility with polypropylene. This property allows the formation of fine, uniformly-dispersed OBC elastomer particles in PP. Since the impact strength of toughened PP increases as the particle size is reduced, a lower amount of elastomer is required to achieve an application's target for toughness. The direct benefit of lower elastomer loading is an increase in modulus, which enables lightweighting in applications. With further increases in the soft block's octene content, the incompatibility between the hard and soft blocks becomes large enough to cause the OBCs to form ordered melt morphologies. In the solid state, the alternating crystalline and amorphous regions have surprisingly large domain spacings and, due to the difference in refractive index between the domains, the periodicity results in a partial photonic band gap for frequencies in the visible spectrum. Comparisons to the morphology of monodisperse block copolymers and the predictions of theories will be presented. Also, the results of an extension to strong segregation theory will be shown

  10. Ordered porous mesostructured materials from nanoparticle-block copolymer self-assembly

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    Warren, Scott; Wiesner, Ulrich; DiSalvo, Jr., Francis J

    2013-10-29

    The invention provides mesostructured materials and methods of preparing mesostructured materials including metal-rich mesostructured nanoparticle-block copolymer hybrids, porous metal-nonmetal nanocomposite mesostructures, and ordered metal mesostructures with uniform pores. The nanoparticles can be metal, metal alloy, metal mixture, intermetallic, metal-carbon, metal-ceramic, semiconductor-carbon, semiconductor-ceramic, insulator-carbon or insulator-ceramic nanoparticles, or combinations thereof. A block copolymer/ligand-stabilized nanoparticle solution is cast, resulting in the formation of a metal-rich (or semiconductor-rich or insulator-rich) mesostructured nanoparticle-block copolymer hybrid. The hybrid is heated to an elevated temperature, resulting in the formation of an ordered porous nanocomposite mesostructure. A nonmetal component (e.g., carbon or ceramic) is then removed to produce an ordered mesostructure with ordered and large uniform pores.

  11. Charge transfer in the low-temperature radiolysis of styrene-butadiene block copolymers

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    Khatipov, S.A.; Edrisov, A.T.; Milinchuk, V.K.

    1995-05-01

    Radiation-induced conductivity of polystyrene, polybutadiene, and styrene-butadiene block copolymers, resulting from irradiation of the samples with fast electrons of 75 keV energy under vacuum at 100 K, was studied. A negative deviation of the radiation-induced conductivity constant A{sub m} from the corresponding additive values was detected upon varying the composition of block copolymers. It is concluded that the interfacial charge transfer from polystyrene to polybutadiene microdomains occurs in the block copolymers. This conclusion is confirmed by the results of investigations of drift mobility of the charge carriers and effects of donor-acceptor admixtures on the radiation-induced conductivity of the polymers studied.

  12. Efficient Synthesis of Cyclic Block Copolymers by Rotaxane Protocol by Linear/Cyclic Topology Transformation.

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    Valentina, Stephanie; Ogawa, Takahiro; Nakazono, Kazuko; Aoki, Daisuke; Takata, Toshikazu

    2016-06-20

    High-yielding synthesis of cyclic block copolymer (CBC) using the rotaxane protocol by linear-cyclic polymer topology transformation was first demonstrated. Initial complexation of OH-terminated sec-ammonium salt and a crown ether was followed by the successive living ring-opening polymerizations of two lactones to a linear block copolymer having a rotaxane structure by the final capping of the propagation end. CBC was obtained in a high yield by an exploitation of the mechanical linkage through the translational movement of the rotaxane component to transform polymer structure from linear to cyclic. Furthermore, the change of the polymer topology was translated into a macroscopic change in crystallinity of the block copolymer. PMID:27037975

  13. Selective Semiconductor Nanocluster Deposition on Eptaxially Patterned Semicrystalline Block Copolymer Film

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    Park, Cheolmin; Lee, Jinwook; Jensen, Klavs F.; Bawendi, Moungi G.; Thomas, Edwin L.

    2001-03-01

    Monodisperse ZnS encapsulated CdSe semiconductor nanoclusters are sequestered in between the crystalline polyethylene (PE) lamellae of poly (ethylene-b-ethylene-alt-propylene-b ethylene) semicrystalline triblock copolymer epitaxially crystallized on single crystal of anthracene (AN). Epitaxy between PE block and An created a cross oriented texture of the edge-on crystalline PE lamellae in the thin film. At the same time, the nanoclusters, initially dissolved in the mixture of block copolymer and AN, were rejected out of the crystalline lamellae during epitaxial crystallization and selectively deposited in the amorphous region of the block copolymer. Selective distribution of nanoclusters on the cross oriented pattern structure is clearly evidenced by selected area diffraction (SAD) and bright field transmission electron microscope (TEM).

  14. Millisecond ordering of block-copolymer films via photo-thermal gradients

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    Majewski, Pawel W.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-03-12

    For the promise of self-assembly to be realized, processing techniques must be developed that simultaneously enable control of the nanoscale morphology, rapid assembly, and, ideally, the ability to pattern the nanostructure. Here, we demonstrate how photo-thermal gradients can be used to control the ordering of block-copolymer thin films. Highly localized laser heating leads to intense thermal gradients, which induce a thermophoretic force on morphological defects. This increases the ordering kinetics by at least 3 orders-of-magnitude, compared to conventional oven annealing. By simultaneously exploiting the thermal gradients to induce shear fields, we demonstrate uniaxial alignment of a block-copolymer film in less than a second. Finally, we provide examples of how control of the incident light-field can be used to generate prescribed configurations of block-copolymer nanoscale patterns.

  15. Configurational bias Monte Carlo simulation of phase segregation in block copolymer networks.

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    Palmer, Kent I; Lastoskie, Christian M

    2004-01-01

    Cross-linked block copolymers are used as adhesives in fiber-reinforced composite material manufactures for automotive applications. Good adhesion between the polymer matrix and fibers in the interphase region is required for the structural integrity of these materials. Experimental evidence indicates that superior adhesion is obtained when phase segregation occurs between the two matrix phase block copolymers. It is therefore desirable to predict the conditions under which phase segregation is expected to occur. Configurational bias Monte Carlo simulations of two-component, trifunctional block copolymer networks were carried out to investigate phase segregation in these materials. The effects of four principal parameters on phase segregation were examined: the weight fractions of the two components, the cross-link length, the connectivity of the network, and the ratio of the square-well interactions. The molecular simulation results confirmed trends observed in laboratory measurements. PMID:15267310

  16. Three-dimensional inverse design of nanopatterns with block copolymers and homopolymers

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    Xu, Dan; Liu, Hong; Zhu, You-Liang; Lu, Zhong-Yuan

    2016-02-01

    We propose a facile inverse design strategy to generate three-dimensional (3D) nanopatterns by using either block copolymers or a binary homopolymer blend via dissipative particle dynamics simulations. We find that the composition window of block copolymers to form a specific 3D morphology can be expanded when the self-assembly of block copolymers is directed by templates. We also find that a binary homopolymer blend can serve as a better candidate in the inverse templating design, since they have similar performances on recovering the target pattern, with much lower cost. This strategy is proved efficient for fabricating templates with desired topographical configuration, and the inverse design idea sheds lights on better control and design of materials with complex nanopatterns.

  17. Three-dimensional inverse design of nanopatterns with block copolymers and homopolymers.

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    Xu, Dan; Liu, Hong; Zhu, You-Liang; Lu, Zhong-Yuan

    2016-03-01

    We propose a facile inverse design strategy to generate three-dimensional (3D) nanopatterns by using either block copolymers or a binary homopolymer blend via dissipative particle dynamics simulations. We find that the composition window of block copolymers to form a specific 3D morphology can be expanded when the self-assembly of block copolymers is directed by templates. We also find that a binary homopolymer blend can serve as a better candidate in the inverse templating design, since they have similar performances on recovering the target pattern, with much lower cost. This strategy is proved efficient for fabricating templates with desired topographical configuration, and the inverse design idea sheds lights on better control and design of materials with complex nanopatterns. PMID:26880143

  18. Millisecond ordering of block-copolymer films via photo-thermal gradients

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    Majewski, Pawel W.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-03-12

    For the promise of self-assembly to be realized, processing techniques must be developed that simultaneously enable control of the nanoscale morphology, rapid assembly, and, ideally, the ability to pattern the nanostructure. Here, we demonstrate how photo-thermal gradients can be used to control the ordering of block-copolymer thin films. Highly localized laser heating leads to intense thermal gradients, which induce a thermophoretic force on morphological defects. This increases the ordering kinetics by at least 3 orders-of-magnitude, compared to conventional oven annealing. By simultaneously exploiting the thermal gradients to induce shear fields, we demonstrate uniaxial alignment of a block-copolymer film in lessmore » than a second. Finally, we provide examples of how control of the incident light-field can be used to generate prescribed configurations of block-copolymer nanoscale patterns.« less

  19. Mesostructured Block Copolymer Nanoparticles: Versatile Templates for Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Nanostructures

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    Connal, Luke A.; Lynd, Nathaniel A.; Robb, Maxwell J.; See, Kimberly A.; Jang, Se Gyu; Spruell, Jason M.

    2012-01-01

    We present a versatile strategy to prepare a range of nanostructured poly(styrene)-block-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) copolymer particles with tunable interior morphology and controlled size by a simple solvent exchange procedure. A key feature of this strategy is the use of functional block copolymers incorporating reactive pyridyl moieties which allow the absorption of metal salts and other inorganic precursors to be directed. Upon reduction of the metal salts, well-defined hybrid metal nanoparticle arrays could be prepared, while the use of oxide precursors followed by calcination permits the synthesis of silica and titania particles. In both cases, ordered morphologies templated by the original block copolymer domains were obtained. PMID:23335837

  20. Selective directed self-assembly of coexisting morphologies using block copolymer blends

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    Stein, A.; Wright, G.; Yager, K. G.; Doerk, G. S.; Black, C. T.

    2016-08-01

    Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers is an emergent technique for nano-lithography, but is limited in the range of structures possible in a single fabrication step. Here we expand on traditional DSA chemical patterning. A blend of lamellar- and cylinder-forming block copolymers assembles on specially designed surface chemical line gratings, leading to the simultaneous formation of coexisting ordered morphologies in separate