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  1. Microviscosity in Pluronic and Tetronic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymer micelles

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    Nivaggioli, T.; Tsao, B.; Alexandridis, P.; Hatton, T.A. )

    1995-01-01

    The micellar microviscosity afforded by Pluronic and Tetronic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymer aqueous solutions has been investigated by fluorescence and NMR spectroscopy. Comparison is made with bulk poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) samples of different molecular weights. The microviscosity in Pluronic PEO-PPO-PEO copolymer micelles is much larger than that observed in conventional surfactant micelles and depends strongly on the size of the hydrophobic PPO block: the larger this block, the higher the viscosity. Above the critical micellar temperature (CMT), as temperature increases, the microviscosity decreases. However, this decrease is not as important as that observed in bulk PPO. Hence, the relative microviscosity, defined as the ratio of the two observed phenomena, increases. This suggests structural transformation of the micelles resulting in a core becoming more and more compact as temperature increases. Such results have been confirmed by NMR studies that showed broadening of the PPO peak and relatively constant spin-lattice relaxation time, T[sub i], with increasing temperature while the PEO signal remained relatively sharp with an exponential increase in T[sub 1]. 30 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Surface activity of poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers

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    Alexandridis, P.; Athanassiou, V.; Fukuda, Shinya; Hatton, T.A. )

    1994-08-01

    The surface tension of aqueous solutions of seven poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) Pluronic copolymers, covering a wide range of molecular weights (3400-14600) and PPO/PEO ratios (0.19-1.79), was determined over the 10[sup [minus]5]-10% w/v concentration range, at two temperatures (25 and 35[degree]C). Two breaks (changes in slope) were observed in the surface tension vs log concentration curve for most of the copolymers. The low-concentration break, occurring at bulk copolymer concentrations of approximately 10[sup [minus]3]%, is believed to originate from rearrangement of the copolymer molecules on the surface at complete coverage of the air/water interface. The breaks at the high-concentration part of the surface tension curve occurred at concentrations that correspond to the critical micellization concentration values as determined by a dye solubilization technique. The surface area per copolymer molecule, A, increased as a function of the number of EO segments, N[sub EO], obeying a scaling law (A [approx] N[sub EO][sup 1/2]) similar to that of lower molecular weight C[sub i]E[sub j] nonionic surfactants. 56 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

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

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

    1994-04-25

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

  4. Preventing corona effects: multiphosphonic acid poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers for stable stealth iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Torrisi, V; Graillot, A; Vitorazi, L; Crouzet, Q; Marletta, G; Loubat, C; Berret, J-F

    2014-08-11

    When dispersed in biological fluids, engineered nanoparticles are selectively coated with proteins, resulting in the formation of a protein corona. It is suggested that the protein corona is critical in regulating the conditions of entry into the cytoplasm of living cells. Recent reports describe this phenomenon as ubiquitous and independent of the nature of the particle. For nanomedicine applications, however, there is a need to design advanced and cost-effective coatings that are resistant to protein adsorption and that increase the biodistribution in vivo. In this study, phosphonic acid poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers were synthesized and used to coat iron oxide particles. The copolymer composition was optimized to provide simple and scalable protocols as well as long-term stability in culture media. It is shown that polymers with multiple phosphonic acid functionalities and PEG chains outperform other types of coating, including ligands, polyelectrolytes, and carboxylic acid functionalized PEG. PEGylated particles exhibit moreover exceptional low cellular uptake, of the order of 100 femtograms of iron per cell. The present approach demonstrates that the surface chemistry of engineered particles is a key parameter in the interactions with cells. It also opens up new avenues for the efficient functionalization of inorganic surfaces. PMID:25046557

  5. 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

  6. Mesoscopic simulation of a micellar poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)-b-(polyethylene oxide) copolymer system

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    Bautista-Reyes, Rubén; Soto-Figueroa, César; Vicente, Luis

    2016-05-01

    In this article we studied the micellar formation of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)-b-polyethylene oxide (PNIPAM-b-PEO) copolymers in an aqueous system. From molecular simulations the dependence on temperature of the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter χ for PNIPAM and PEO in water is obtained and compared with available experimental results and values from other theoretical calculations. By means of dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) we then simulated the coil-globule transition for PNIPAM chains in water with a transition temperature of around 305 K. The simulations for PNIPAM-b-PEO copolymers showed that at room temperature the chains are miscible in an aqueous phase but with a temperature increase the system turns into micelles at T  =  305 K. The change in micelle anisotropy due to a different ratio PNIPAM/PEO of chains is also analyzed. What is observed is that for large PEO the large number of dissolved PEO chains gives a large corona size and the micelle is not spherical but obloide and as the number of PNIPAM is increased the micelle acquires a spherical shape. As an important application we considered the system micelle-water/anionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate [BMIM]+[PF6]-). By increasing the temperature of the system from 306 K it is shown that at T  =  345 K there is a transfer of the micelle from water to the ionic liquid phase and this was due to the change in the relative affinity of PEO to water and ionic liquid expressed by the change in χ. All the simulation outcomes are qualitatively consistent with experimental results and thus to our knowledge we give the first set of χ values for the interaction between PNIPAM and water in a wide range of temperature values.

  7. 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.

  8. Worm-like micelles in water solutions of 1, 4 poly (1, 3-butadiene)-polyethylene oxide diblock copolymer.

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    Arenas-Gómez, Brisa; Vinceković, Marko; Garza, Cristina; Castillo, Rolando

    2014-06-01

    The main purpose of this study is to determine for the first time the structure of the self-assembled aggregates in the system made of 1,4 poly(1,3-butadiene)-polyethylene oxide diblock copolymer (IUPAC name: poly(but-2-ene-1,4-diyl)-block-polyoxyethylene) and water, and the rheological behavior of the solution. The degree of polymerization of the polybutadiene and polyethylene oxide blocks is 37 and 45, respectively. The diblock copolymer concentration was limited to be ≤2.5 wt% to avoid phase separation. Small X-ray scattering revealed that the diblock copolymer self-assembles in worm-like micelles with a diameter of ∼ 12 nm. This system does not closely follow the rheological behavior of worm-like micelle solutions made of typical surfactants. The system steadily shear thins reaching very low viscosity values at large shear rates, however there are not shear-thickening peaks. In thixotropic loops, the micellar solution does not present hysteresis. The viscoelastic spectra do not follow the Maxwell model at low and intermediate frequencies. This uncommon behavior for a worm-like micellar system is explained by the slow dynamics of the self-assembly. The extremely high hydrophobicity of the polybutadiene block does not allow any micellar rearrangement. PMID:24965154

  9. Effects of Salts and Ionic Liquids on the Thermodynamics of Poly(ethylene oxide)-Containing Block Copolymers

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    Wanakule, Nisita; Virgili, Justin; Teran, Alexander; Balsara, Nitash

    2010-03-01

    We explore the thermodynamics of block copolymers doped with the salt, lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI), and the ionic liquid, imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide ([Im][TFSI]). The block copolymers comprise of polyethylene oxide (PEO), a polymer with a higher dielectric constant, and polystyrene (PS), a polymer with a lower dielectric constant. A combination of small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and birefringence was used to determine morphology and order-to-disorder transition temperatures (ODT). Leibler's theory for microphase separation was employed to determine the effective Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. These values are compared to theoretically-determined values of the effective interaction parameter which were calculated with no adjustable parameters using a theory developed by Zhen-Gang Wang.

  10. Lyotropic Phase Behavior of Poly(ethylene oxide)-Poly(butadiene) Diblock Copolymers: Evolution of the Random Network Morphology

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    Jain, Sumeet; Dyrdahl, Mitchell H.E.; Gong, Xiaobo; Scriven, L.E.; Bates, Frank S.

    2008-10-24

    The phase behavior of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butadiene) (PEO-PB) diblock copolymers mixed with water was studied using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM), cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy. Two sets of diblocks were synthesized by adding different lengths of PEO to hydroxy terminated PB with degrees of polymerization N{sub PB} = 46 and 170. Two-component mixtures were investigated as a function of block composition and copolymer molecular weight, between 1 and 100 wt % polymer content. Melt phase behavior is consistent with established theory and known experimental behavior for diblock copolymers. Various lyotropic liquid crystalline structures, notably lamellae (L), hexagonally packed cylinders (H), and spheres (S) arranged on cubic (body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic) lattices, were documented as a function of water content. At the higher molecular weights (N{sub PB} = 170), a random network phase (N) was identified over a sizable portion of the phase portrait, located between hexagonally ordered cylinders and ordered lamellae. This new structure, along with branching of cylindrical micelles in the dilute limit, bear a striking similarity to experimentally observed and theoretically predicted phase behavior in certain ternary water/oil/surfactant systems. These findings demonstrate that block copolymer surfactants are characterized by at least four structural building blocks -- spheres, cylinders, bilayers, and branched cylinders -- above a threshold molecular weight.

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

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

    2014-01-22

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

  12. Fluorescence in nanocomposites based on polyethylene oxides and block copolymers of polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide loaded with rare earth doped fluorides

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    Yust, Brian; Pedraza, Francisco; Sardar, Dhiraj; Saenz, Aaron; Chipara, Mircea

    2015-03-01

    Rare earth doped fluoride nanoparticles with a size of about 25 nm have been synthesized by a solvothermal process. Polymer-based nanocomposites, containing various weight fraction of nanofillers, have been obtained by dissolving the polymeric matrix (polyethylene oxide) within a solvent (deionized water), adding the nanoparticles, sonicating the mixture, and finally removing the solvent. The complete removal of the solvent has been confirmed by Thermogravimetric Analysis. Additional information about the thermal features have been obtained by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering, FTIR, UV-Visible, and Raman. The effect of the loading with nanoparticles on the glass, crystallization, and melting transition temperatures of the polymeric matrix are reported. Fluorescence of rare earth doped nanoparticles dispersed within the polymeric matrix has been tested by laser spectroscopy. The dependence of fluorescence intensity on the concentration of nanofillers and on temperature in the range 300 to 400 K is analyzed.

  13. Organic-inorganic random copolymers from methacrylate-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) with 3-methacryloxypropylheptaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane: synthesis via RAFT polymerization and self-assembly behavior.

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    Wei, Kun; Li, Lei; Zheng, Sixun; Wang, Ge; Liang, Qi

    2014-01-14

    In this contribution, we report the synthesis of organic-inorganic random polymers from methacrylate-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) (MAPEO) (Mn = 950) and 3-methacryloxypropylheptaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (MAPOSS) macromers via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization with 4-cyano-4-(thiobenzoylthio) valeric acid (CTBTVA) as the chain transfer agent. The organic-inorganic random copolymers were characterized by means of (1)H NMR spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results of GPC indicate that the polymerizations were carried out in a controlled fashion. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the organic-inorganic random copolymers in bulk were microphase-separated and the POSS microdomains were formed via POSS-POSS interactions. In aqueous solutions the organic-inorganic random copolymers were capable of self-assembling into spherical nanoobjects as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic laser scattering (DLS). The self-assembly behavior of the organic-inorganic random copolymers was also found to occur in the mixtures with the precursors of epoxy. The nanostructures were further fixed via subsequent curing reaction and thus the organic-inorganic nanocomposites were obtained. The formation of nanophases in epoxy thermosets was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). The organic-inorganic nanocomposites displayed the enhanced surface hydrophobicity as evidenced by surface contact angle measurements. PMID:24651714

  14. Recyclable magnetic nanocluster crosslinked with poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) copolymer for adsorption with antibody.

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    Prai-In, Yingrak; Boonthip, Chatchai; Rutnakornpituk, Boonjira; Wichai, Uthai; Montembault, Véronique; Pascual, Sagrario; Fontaine, Laurent; Rutnakornpituk, Metha

    2016-10-01

    Surface modification of magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) with poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) (PEO-b-PVDM) diblock copolymers and its application as recyclable magnetic nano-support for adsorption with antibody were reported herein. PEO-b-PVDM copolymers were first synthesized via a reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization using poly(ethylene oxide) chain-transfer agent as a macromolecular chain transfer agent to mediate the RAFT polymerization of VDM. They were then grafted on amino-functionalized MNP by coupling with some azlactone rings of the PVDM block to form magnetic nanoclusters with tunable cluster size. The nanocluster size could be tuned by adjusting the chain length of the PVDM block. The nanoclusters were successfully used as efficient and recyclable nano-supports for adsorption with anti-rabbit IgG antibody. They retained higher than 95% adsorption of the antibody during eight adsorption-separation-desorption cycles, indicating the potential feasibility in using this novel hybrid nanocluster as recyclable support in cell separation applications. PMID:27287124

  15. Crystallization studies of polyethylene -poly(ethylene glycol) graft copolymers

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    Mark, P. R.; Hovey, G. E.; Murthy, N. S.; Breitenkamp, K.; Kade, M.; Emerick, T.

    2006-03-01

    Structure and crystallization behavior of three copolymers obtained by grafting poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains to polyethylene (PE) main chain was investigated by variable temperature x-ray diffraction and thermal analysis. The results show that PEG side chains and PE main chains crystallize into separate domains. This is especially true when grafted chains are long (50 and 100 repeat units), in which the PEG domains are same as in PEG homopolymer both in structure and in melting behavior. In the copolymer with shorter chains (25 repeat units), the PEG crystals are not distinct and melting is broad. The PEG domains can be dissolved in water or ethanol without altering the mechanical integrity of the film. PE crystallites in both samples are similar to that in PE homopolymer. For instance, the thermal expansion of the basal cell plane (a- and b-axes) of the PE domains agrees well with that of PE homopolymer over the entire temperature range from ambient to melt. However, the chain-axis dimension PE-lattice in the copolymer is shorter by ˜ 0.05 å and the basal dimensions are larger by ˜ 0.05 å. The changes in these dimensions due to the changes in the length of the grafted PEG chains were investigated.

  16. Self-Assembly in a Mixture of Two Poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) Copolymers in Water

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    Zhou; Alexandridis; Khan

    1996-11-10

    The self-assembly behavior in water of a mixture of two poly (ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers, (EO)13(PO)30(EO)13 (L64) and (EO)37(PO)58(EO)37 (P105), was explored at 25°C. The phase boundaries were established using 2H-NMR and inspection under polarized light; the structure of the various lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) phases was determined with small-angle X-ray scattering, while viscosity and differential scanning calorimetry measurements were used to probe the isotropic water-rich solution region. Isotropic regions, similar to the neat polymers, are stable at high polymer content. The addition of water induces structure in the amphiphilic block copolymer system. An extended lamellar (D) LLC phase is formed at 20-25% water content; a hexagonal (E) and a cubic (I) LLC phases supersede D at higher water contents. In addition to the above, a narrow isotropic region (L') is observed on the L64-water binary axis, in equilibrium with the E and the D phases. The hexagonal and lamellar LLC phases extended all the way from the L64-rich to the P105-rich side of the ternary L64-P105-water phase diagram; the characteristic hexagonal and lamellar structural dimensions varied linearly with P105 content in the L64-P105 mixture at a constant water concentration. An isotropic (micellar) solution phase (L1) dominates the high-water content corner of the ternary phase diagram. Viscosity measurements in this region provided evidence for increased interactions between the micelles as the boundary to the LLC phases was approached. PMID:8954676

  17. Mesoscale simulation of the formation and dynamics of lipid-structured poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers.

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    Mu, Dan; Li, Jian-Quan; Feng, Sheng-Yu

    2015-05-21

    Twelve poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-PMMA) copolymers with lipid-like structures were designed and investigated by MesoDyn simulation. Spherical and worm-like micelles as well as bicontinuous, lamellar and defected lamellar phases were obtained. A special structure, designated B2412, with two lipid structures connected by their heads, was found to undergo four stages prior to forming a spherical micelle phase. Two possible assembly mechanisms were found via thermodynamic and dynamic process analyses; namely, the fusion and fission of micelles in dynamic equilibrium during the adjustment stage. Water can be encapsulated into these micelles, which can affect their size, particularly in low concentration aqueous solutions. The assignment of weak negative charges to the hydrophilic EO blocks resulted in a clear effect on micelle size. Surprisingly, the largest effect was observed with EO blocks with -0.5 e, wherein an ordered perfect hexagonal phase was formed. The obtained results can be applied in numerous fields of study, including adsorption, catalysis, controlled release and drug delivery. PMID:25898853

  18. Self-associating poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) block copolymer for the solubilization of STAT-3 inhibitor cucurbitacin I.

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    Mahmud, Abdullah; Patel, Sarthak; Molavi, Ommoleila; Choi, Phillip; Samuel, John; Lavasanifar, Afsaneh

    2009-03-01

    An increase in the degree of chemical compatibility between drug and polymeric structure in the core has been shown to raise the encapsulation efficiency and lower the rate of drug release from polymeric micelles. In this study, to achieve an optimized polymeric micellar delivery system for the solubilization and controlled delivery of cucurbitacin I (CuI), the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (chi(sc)) between CuI and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), poly(alpha-benzylcarboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) (PBCL) and poly(alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) (PChCL) structures was calculated by group contribution method (GCM) as an indication for the degree of chemical compatibility between different micellar core structures and CuI. The results pointed to a better compatibility between CuI and PChCL core rationalizing the synthesis of self-associating methoxy poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone) block copolymer (MePEO-b-PChCL). Novel block copolymer of MePEO-b-PChCL was synthesized through, first, preparation of substituted monomer, that is, alpha-cholesteryl carboxylate-epsilon-caprolactone, and further ring opening polymerization of this monomer by methoxy PEO (5000 g mol(-1)) using stannous octoate as catalyst. Synthesized block copolymers were characterized for their molecular weight and polydispersity by (1)H NMR and gel permeation chromatography. Self-assembled MePEO-b-PChCL micelles were characterized for their size, morphology, critical micellar concentration (CMC), capacity for the physical encapsulation of CuI, and mode of CuI release in comparison to MePEO-b-PCL and MePEO-b-PBCL micelles. Overall, the experimental order for the level of CuI encapsulation in different polymeric micellar formulations was consistent with what was predicted by the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. Although MePEO-b-PChCL micelles exhibited the highest level of CuI loading, this structure did not show any significant

  19. Superparamagnetic iron oxide--loaded poly(lactic acid)-D-alpha-tocopherol polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate copolymer nanoparticles as MRI contrast agent.

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    Prashant, Chandrasekharan; Dipak, Maity; Yang, Chang-Tong; Chuang, Kai-Hsiang; Jun, Ding; Feng, Si-Shen

    2010-07-01

    We developed a strategy to formulate supraparamagnetic iron oxides (SPIOs) in nanoparticles (NPs) of biodegradable copolymer made up of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and d-alpha-tocopherol polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) for medical imaging by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of high contrast and low side effects. The IOs-loaded PLA-TPGS NPs (IOs-PNPs) were prepared by the single emulsion method and the nanoprecipitation method. Effects of the process parameters such as the emulsifier concentration, IOs loading in the nanoparticles, and the solvent to non-solvent ratio on the IOs distribution within the polymeric matrix were investigated and the formulation was then optimized. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed direct visual evidence for the well dispersed distribution of the IOs within the NPs. We further investigated the biocompatibility and cellular uptake of the IOs-PNPs in vitro with MCF-7 breast cancer cells and NIH-3T3 mouse fibroblast in close comparison with the commercial IOs imaging agent Resovist. MRI imaging was further carried out to investigate the biodistribution of the IOs formulated in the IOs-PNPs, especially in the liver to understand the liver clearance process, which was also made in close comparison with Resovist. We found that the PLA-TPGS NPs formulation at the clinically approved dose of 0.8 mg Fe/kg could be cleared within 24 h in comparison with several weeks for Resovist. Xenograft tumor model MRI confirmed the advantages of the IOs-PNPs formulation versus Resovist through the enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect of the tumor vasculature. PMID:20434210

  20. Prediction of the solubility of cucurbitacin drugs in self-associating poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-benzyl carboxylate epsilon-caprolactone) block copolymer with different tacticities using molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Patel, Sarthak K; Lavasanifar, Afsaneh; Choi, Phillip

    2010-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was used to investigate the solubility of two hydrophobic drugs Cucurbitacin B (CuB) and Cucurbitacin I (CuI) in poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-benzyl carboxylate epsilon-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PBCL) block copolymers with different tacticities. In particular, di-block copolymer with three different tacticities viz. PEO-b-iPBCL, PEO-b-sPBCL, and PEO-b-aPBCL were used. The solubility was quantified by calculating the corresponding Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (chi) using random binary mixture models with 10wt% of drug. The tacticity of the di-block copolymer was found to influence significantly the solubility of two drugs in it. In particular, based on MD simulation results, only PEO-b-sPBCL exhibited solubility while the other two did not. Given the fact that the drugs were shown to be soluble in PEO-b-PBCL experimentally, it is predicted that the tacticity of the di-block copolymer synthesized in experiment is syndiotactic. This predication matches well with the dominant ring opening polymerization of cyclic lactones to syndiotactic polymers by stannous octoate as catalyst used to prepare PEO-b-PBCL block copolymers in our previous experiments. The simulation results showed that the solubility of the drugs in PEO-b-sPBCL is attributed to the favorable intra-molecular interaction of the di-block copolymer and favorable intermolecular interaction between the di-block copolymer and the drugs. Radial distribution function analysis provides useful insights into the nature and type of the intermolecular interactions. PMID:19796808

  1. Poly(ethylene oxide/propylene oxide) copolymer thermo-reversible gelling system for the enhancement of intranasal zidovudine delivery to the brain.

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    Ved, Parag M; Kim, Kwonho

    2011-06-15

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the olfactory transfer of zidovudine (ZDV) after intranasal (IN) administration and to assess the effect of thermoreversible gelling system on its absorption and brain uptake. The nasal formulation was prepared by dissolving ZDV in pH 5.5 phosphate buffer solution comprising of 20% polyethylene oxide/propylene oxide (Poloxamer 407, PLX) as thermoreversible gelling agent and 0.1% n-tridecyl-β-D-maltoside (TDM) as permeation enhancer. This formulation exhibited a sufficient stability and an optimum gelation profile at 27-30 °C. The in vitro permeation studies across the freshly excised rabbit nasal mucosa showed a 53% increase in the permeability of ZDV from the formulation. For in vivo evaluation, the drug concentrations in the plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and six different regions of the brain tissues, i.e. olfactory bulb (OB), olfactory tract (OT), anterior, middle and posterior segments of cerebrum (CB), and cerebellum (CL) were determined by LC/MS method following IV and IN administration in rabbits at a dose of 1mg/kg. The IN administration of Poloxamer 407 and TDM based formulation showed a systemic bioavailability of 29.4% while exhibiting a 4 times slower absorption process (t(max) = 20 min) than control solution (t(max) = 5 min). The CSF and brain ZDV levels achieved after IN administration of the gelling formulation were approximately 4.7-56 times greater than those attained after IV injection. The pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies revealed that a polar antiviral compound, ZDV could preferentially transfer into the CSF and brain tissue via an alternative pathway, possibly olfactory route after intranasal administration. PMID:21356294

  2. 21 CFR 177.1620 - Polyethylene, oxidized.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Polyethylene, oxidized. 177.1620 Section 177.1620... Contact Surfaces § 177.1620 Polyethylene, oxidized. Oxidized polyethylene identified in paragraph (a) of... following prescribed conditions: (a) Oxidized polyethylene is the basic resin produced by the mild...

  3. Separation of parent homopolymers from polystyrene and poly(ethylene oxide) based block copolymers by liquid chromatography under limiting conditions of desorption-3. Study of barrier efficiency according to block copolymers' chemical composition.

    PubMed

    Rollet, Marion; Pelletier, Bérengère; Berek, Dušan; Maria, Sébastien; Phan, Trang N T; Gigmes, Didier

    2016-09-01

    Liquid Chromatography under Limiting Conditions of Desorption (LC LCD) is a powerful separation tool for multicomponent polymer systems. This technique is based on a barrier effect of an appropriate solvent, which is injected in front of the sample, and which decelerates the elution of selected macromolecules. In this study, the barrier effects have been evaluated for triblock copolymers polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene (PS-b-PEO-b-PS) according to the content of polystyrene (wt% PS) and PEO-block molar mass. PS-b-PEO-b-PS samples were prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP). The presence of respective parent homopolymers was investigated by applying optimized LC LCD conditions. It was found that the barrier composition largely affects the efficiency of separation and it ought to be adjusted for particular composition range of block copolymers. PMID:27495367

  4. 21 CFR 177.1620 - Polyethylene, oxidized.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Polyethylene, oxidized. 177.1620 Section 177.1620... Components of Single and Repeated Use Food Contact Surfaces § 177.1620 Polyethylene, oxidized. Oxidized polyethylene identified in paragraph (a) of this section may be safely used as a component of...

  5. 21 CFR 177.1620 - Polyethylene, oxidized.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Polyethylene, oxidized. 177.1620 Section 177.1620... Components of Single and Repeated Use Food Contact Surfaces § 177.1620 Polyethylene, oxidized. Oxidized polyethylene identified in paragraph (a) of this section may be safely used as a component of...

  6. Morphologies of precise polyethylene-based acid copolymers and ionomers

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    Buitrago, C. Francisco

    Acid copolymers and ionomers are polymers that contain a small fraction of covalently bound acidic or ionic groups, respectively. For the specific case of polyethylene (PE), acid and ionic pendants enhance many of the physical properties such as toughness, adhesion and rheological properties. These improved properties result from microphase separated aggregates of the polar pendants in the non-polar PE matrix. Despite the widespread industrial use of these materials, rigorous chemical structure---morphology---property relationships remain elusive due to the inevitable structural heterogeneities in the historically-available acid copolymers and ionomers. Recently, precise acid copolymers and ionomers were successfully synthesized by acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization. These precise materials are linear, high molecular weight PEs with pendant acid or ionic functional groups separated by a precisely controlled number of carbon atoms. The morphologies of nine precise acid copolymers and eleven precise ionomers were investigated by X-ray scattering, solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). For comparison, the morphologies of linear PEs with pseudo-random placement of the pendant groups were also studied. Previous studies of precise copolymers with acrylic acid (AA) found that the microstructural precision produces a new morphology in which PE crystals drive the acid aggregates into layers perpendicular to the chain axes and presumably at the interface between crystalline and amorphous phases. In this dissertation, a second new morphology for acid copolymers is identified in which the aggregates arrange on cubic lattices. The fist report of a cubic morphology was observed at room and elevated temperatures for a copolymer functionalized with two phosphonic acid (PA) groups on every 21st carbon atom. The cubic lattice has been identified as face-centered cubic (FCC). Overall, three morphology types have been

  7. 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.

  8. ESCA Study of Poly (Vinylidene Fluoride) Tetrafluoroethylene - Ethylene Copolymer and Polyethylene Exposed to Atomic Oxygen

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    Golub, Morton A.; Cormia, Robert D.

    1989-01-01

    The ESCA (electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis) spectra of films of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), tetrafluoroethylene-ethylene copolymer (TFE/ET) and polyethylene (PE) exposed to atomic oxygen (O(P-3)), in or out of the glow of a radio-frequency O2 plasma, were compared. ESCA spectra of PE films exposed to (O(P-3)) in low Earth orbit (LEO) on the STS-8 Space Shuttle were also examined. Apart from O(P-3)-induced surface recession (etching), the various polymer films exhibited surface oxidation, which proceeded towards equilibrium saturation oxygen levels. The maximum surface oxygen uptakes for in-glow or out-of-glow exposures were in the order: PE greater than TFE/ET greater than PVDF; for PE itself, the oxygen uptakes were in the order: in glow greater than out of glow greater than LEO. Given prior ESCA data on poly(vinyl fluoride) and polytetrafluoroethylene films exposed to O(P-3), the extent of surface oxidation is seen to decrease regularly with increase in fluorine substitution in a family of ethylene-type polymers. (Keywords: ESCA; poly(vinylidene fluoride); tetrafluoroethylene ethylene copolymer; polyethylene; atomic oxygen; radio-frequency oxygen plasma; low Earth orbit)

  9. Poly(ethylene oxide) functionalization

    DOEpatents

    Pratt, Russell Clayton

    2014-04-08

    A simple procedure is provided by which the hydroxyl termini of poly(ethylene oxide) can be appended with functional groups to a useful extent by reaction and precipitation. The polymer is dissolved in warmed toluene, treated with an excess of organic base and somewhat less of an excess of a reactive acylating reagent, reacted for several hours, then precipitated in isopropanol so that the product can be isolated as a solid, and salt byproducts are washed away. This procedure enables functionalization of the polymer while not requiring laborious purification steps such as solvent-solvent extraction or dialysis to remove undesirable side products.

  10. Poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(L-lactide) diblock copolymer/carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites: LiCl as supramolecular structure-directing agent.

    PubMed

    Meyer, Franck; Raquez, Jean-Marie; Verge, Pierre; Martínez de Arenaza, Inger; Coto, Borja; Van Der Voort, Pascal; Meaurio, Emilio; Dervaux, Bart; Sarasua, Jose-Ramon; Du Prez, Filip; Dubois, Philippe

    2011-11-14

    This work relies on the CNT dispersion in either solution or a polymer matrix through the formation of a three-component supramolecular system composed of PEO-b-PLLA diblock copolymer, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and lithium chloride. According to a one-pot procedure in solution, the "self-assembly" concept has demonstrated its efficiency using suspension tests of CNTs. Characterizations of the supramolecular system by photon correlation spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and molecular dynamics simulations highlight the charge transfer interaction from the CNTs toward the PEO-b-PLLA/LiCl complex. Finally, this concept was successfully extended in bulk (absence of solvent) via melt-processing techniques by dispersing these complexes in a commercial polylactide (PLA) matrix. Electrical conductivity measurements and transmission electron microscopy attested for the remarkable dispersion of CNTs, confirming the design of high-performance PLA-based materials. PMID:21936499

  11. Aqueous self-assembly of poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL) copolymers: disparate diblock copolymer compositions give rise to nano- and meso-scale bilayered vesicles

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    Qi, Wei; Ghoroghchian, P. Peter; Li, Guizhi; Hammer, Daniel A.; Therien, Michael J.

    2013-10-01

    Nanoparticles formed from diblock copolymers of FDA approved PEO and PCL have generated considerable interest as in vivo drug delivery vehicles. Herein, we report the synthesis of the most extensive family PEO-b-PCL copolymers that vary over the largest range of number-average molecular weights (Mn: 3.6-57k), PEO weight fractions (fPEO: 0.08-0.33), and PEO chain lengths (0.75-5.8k) reported to date. These polymers were synthesized in order to establish the full range of aqueous phase behaviours of these diblock copolymers and to specifically identify formulations that were able to generate bilayered vesicles (polymersomes). Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) was utilized in order to visualize the morphology of these structures upon aqueous self-assembly of dry polymer films. Nanoscale polymersomes were formed from PEO-b-PCL copolymers over a wide range of PEO weight fractions (fPEO: 0.14-0.27) and PEO molecular weights (0.75-3.8k) after extrusion of aqueous suspensions. Comparative morphology diagrams, which describe the nature of self-assembled structures as a function of diblock copolymer molecular weight and PEO weight fraction, show that in contrast to micron-scale polymersomes, which form only from a limited range of PEO-b-PCL diblock copolymer compositions, a multiplicity of PEO-b-PCL diblock copolymer compositions are able to give rise to nanoscale vesicles. These data underscore that PEO-b-PCL compositions that spontaneously form micron-sized polymersomes, as well as those that have previously been reported to form polymersomes via a cosolvent fabrication system, provide only limited insights into the distribution of PEO-b-PCL diblocks that give rise to nanoscale vesicles. The broad range of polymersome-forming PEO-b-PCL compositions described herein suggest the ability to construct extensive families of nanoscale vesicles of varied bilayer thickness, providing the ability to tune the timescales of vesicle degradation and encapsulant

  12. Inhibition of platelet spreading from plasma onto glass by an adsorbed layer of a novel fluorescent-labeled poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(butylene oxide) block copolymer: characteristics of the exclusion zone probed by means of polystyrene beads and macromolecules.

    PubMed

    Gingell, D; Owens, N

    1994-04-01

    We have investigated the anti-adhesive properties of a newly synthesized fluorescent triblock copolymer containing poly(ethylene oxide). This adsorbs from aqueous solution onto glass that has been rendered hydrophobic. When the polymer-treated surface was exposed to human platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or whole blood at 37 degrees C, platelet adhesion and spreading were prevented. Avid adhesion and rapid platelet spreading occurred along tracks scraped in the adsorbed polymer coating, as seen by video-enhanced interference reflection microscopy. Leukocytes from whole blood are eventually able to adhere to the polymer-treated surface and were seen to remove labeled polymer from their vicinity and accumulate it at the cell body. Interferometry using polystyrene spheres showed that they do not adhere to polymer-coated glass and are unable to approach closer than 70-95 nm. On scraped tracks, beads make molecular contacts with the glass. Because the fully extended solvated (EO)400 arms may extend up to 100 nm from the glass, this suggests that the polymer forms a monolayer with the hydrophilic arms projecting into the water, whereas the hydrophobic (BO)55 segment binds the molecule to the hydrophobic surface. Another tri-bloc copolymer with shorter hydrophilic arms allows particles to approach more closely. PMID:7516339

  13. Synthesis of polycarbonate-r-polyethylene glycol copolymer for templated synthesis of mesoporous TiO2 films.

    PubMed

    Patel, Rajkumar; Kim, Jinkyu; Lee, Chang Soo; Kim, Jong Hak

    2014-12-01

    We synthesized a novel polycarbonate Z-r-polyethylene glycol (PCZ-r-PEG) copolymer by solution polycondensation. Successful synthesis of PCZ-r-PEG copolymer was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). PCZ-r-PEG copolymer was used as a structure-directing agent for fabrication of mesoporous thin film containing a titanium dioxide (TiO2) layer. To control the porosity of the resultant inorganic layer, the ratio of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) to PCZ-r-PEG copolymer was varied. The structure and porosity of the resulting mesoporous films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses. Mesoporous TiO2 films fabricated on an F-doped tin oxide (FTO) surface were used as photoanodes for quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (qssDSSCs). The highest efficiency achieved was 3.3% at 100 mW/cm2 for a film thickness of 750 nm, which is high considering the thickness of TiO2 film, indicating the importance of the structure-directing agent. PMID:25971065

  14. Anhydric maleic functionalization and polyethylene glycol grafting of lactide-co-trimethylene carbonate copolymers.

    PubMed

    Díaz, A; Del Valle, L; Franco, L; Sarasua, J R; Estrany, F; Puiggalí, J

    2014-09-01

    Lactide and trimethylene carbonate copolymers were successfully grafted with polyethylene glycol via previous functionalization with maleic anhydride and using N,N'-diisopropylcarbodiimide as condensing agent. Maleinization led to moderate polymer degradation. Specifically, the weight average molecular weight decreased from 36,200 to 30,200 g/mol for the copolymer having 20 mol% of trimethylene carbonate units. Copolymers were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetry and X-ray diffraction. Morphology of spherulites and lamellar crystals was evaluated with optical and atomic force microscopies, respectively. The studied copolymers were able to crystallize despite the randomness caused by the trimethylene carbonate units and the lateral groups. Contact angle measurements indicated that PEG grafted copolymers were more hydrophilic than parent copolymers. This feature justified that enzymatic degradation in lipase medium and proliferation of both epithelial-like and fibroblast-like cells were enhanced. Grafted copolymers were appropriate to prepare regular drug loaded microspheres by the oil-in-water emulsion method. Triclosan release from loaded microspheres was evaluated in two media. PMID:25063149

  15. 21 CFR 177.1620 - Polyethylene, oxidized.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Polyethylene, oxidized. 177.1620 Section 177.1620 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: POLYMERS Substances for Use as...

  16. 21 CFR 177.1620 - Polyethylene, oxidized.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Polyethylene, oxidized. 177.1620 Section 177.1620 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: POLYMERS Substances for Use as...

  17. 21 CFR 172.260 - Oxidized polyethylene.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Oxidized polyethylene. 172.260 Section 172.260 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Coatings, Films and Related Substances...

  18. 21 CFR 172.260 - Oxidized polyethylene.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Oxidized polyethylene. 172.260 Section 172.260 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Coatings, Films and Related Substances...

  19. 21 CFR 172.260 - Oxidized polyethylene.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Oxidized polyethylene. 172.260 Section 172.260 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Coatings, Films and Related...

  20. 21 CFR 172.260 - Oxidized polyethylene.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Oxidized polyethylene. 172.260 Section 172.260 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Coatings, Films and Related Substances...

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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)).

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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

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

    PubMed

    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

  5. Reduced Water Density in a Poly(ethylene oxide) Brush

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, Hoyoung; Kim, Dae Hwan; Park, Hae-Woong; Mahynski, Nathan A.; Kim, Kyungil; Meron, Mati; Lin, Binhua; Won, You-Yeon

    2012-09-05

    A model poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) brush system, prepared by spreading a poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PEO-PnBA) amphiphilic diblock copolymer onto an air-water interface, was investigated under various grafting density conditions by using the X-ray reflectivity (XR) technique. The overall electron density profiles of the PEO-PnBA monolayer in the direction normal to the air-water interface were determined from the XR data. From this analysis, it was found that inside of the PEO brush, the water density is significantly lower than that of bulk water, in particular, in the region close to the PnBA-water interface. Separate XR measurements with a PnBA homopolymer monolayer confirm that the reduced water density within the PEO-PnBA monolayer is not due to unfavorable contacts between the PnBA surface and water. The above result, therefore, lends support to the notion that PEO chains provide a hydrophobic environment for the surrounding water molecules when they exist as polymer brush chains.

  6. Temperature-Dependent Deicing Properties of Electrostatically Anchored Branched Brush Layers of Poly(ethylene oxide).

    PubMed

    Heydari, Golrokh; Tyrode, Eric; Visnevskij, Ceslav; Makuska, Ricardas; Claesson, Per M

    2016-05-01

    The hydration water of hydrophilic polymers freezes at subzero temperatures. The adsorption of such polymers will result in a hydrophilic surface layer that strongly binds water. Provided this interfacial hydration water remains liquidlike at subzero temperatures, its presence could possibly reduce ice adhesion, in particular, if the liquidlike layer is thicker than or comparable to the surface roughness. To explore this idea, a diblock copolymer, having one branched bottle-brush block of poly(ethylene oxide) and one linear cationic block, was electrostatically anchored on flat silica surfaces. The shear ice adhesion strength on such polymer-coated surfaces was investigated down to -25 °C using a homebuilt device. In addition, the temperature dependence of the ice adhesion on surfaces coated with only the cationic block, only the branched bottle-brush block, and with linear poly(ethylene oxide) was investigated. Significant ice adhesion reduction, in particular, at temperatures above -15 °C, was observed on silica surfaces coated with the electrostatically anchored diblock copolymer. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements on bulk polymer solutions demonstrate different thermal transitions of water interacting with branched and linear poly(ethylene oxide) (with hydration water melting points of about -18 and -10 °C, respectively). This difference is consistent with the low shear ice adhesion strength measured on surfaces carrying branched bottle-brush structured poly(ethylene oxide) at -10 °C, whereas no significant adhesion reduction was obtained with linear poly(ethylene oxide) at this temperature. We propose a lubrication effect of the hydration water bound to the branched bottle-brush structured poly(ethylene oxide), which, in the bulk, does not freeze until -18 °C. PMID:27064661

  7. Synthesis, characterization and cytotoxicity of poly(ethylene glycol)-graft-trimethyl chitosan block copolymers.

    PubMed

    Mao, Shirui; Shuai, Xintao; Unger, Florian; Wittmar, Matthias; Xie, Xiulan; Kissel, Thomas

    2005-11-01

    PEGylated trimethyl chitosan (TMC) copolymers were synthesized in an attempt to both increase the solubility of chitosan in water, and improve the biocompatibility of TMC. A series of copolymers with different degrees of substitution were obtained by grafting activated poly(ethylene glycol)s (PEG) of different MW onto TMC via primary amino groups. Structure of the copolymers was characterized using 1H, 13C NMR spectroscopy and GPC. Solubility experiments demonstrated that PEG-g-TMC copolymers were completely water-soluble over the entire pH range of 1-14 regardless of the PEG MW, even when the graft density was as low as 10%. Using the methyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay, the effect of TMC molecular weight, PEGylation ratio, PEG and TMC molecular weight in the copolymers, and complexation with insulin on the cytotoxicity of TMC was examined, and IC50 values were calculated with L929 cell line. All polymers exhibited a time- and dose-dependent cytotoxic response that increased with molecular weight. PEGylation can decrease the cytotoxicity of TMC to a great extent in the case of low molecular weight TMCs. According to the cytotoxicity results, PEG 5 kDa is superior for PEGylation when compared to PEG 550 Da at similar graft ratios. Complexation with insulin further increased cell viability. In addition, Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assays were performed to quantify the membrane-damaging effects of the copolymers, which is in line with the conclusion drawn from MTT assay. Moreover, the safety of the copolymers was corroborated by observing the morphological change of the cells with inverted phase contrast microscopy. Based upon these results PEG-g-TMC merits further investigations as a drug delivery vehicle. PMID:15913769

  8. Controlling Miscibility in Polyethylene-Polynorbornene Block Copolymers via Side-Group Chemistry

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    Mulhearn, William; Register, Richard

    Block copolymers containing a crystallizable block, such as polyethylene (PE), and an amorphous block with high glass transition temperature (Tg) are an interesting class of materials since the rigid glassy block can improve the mechanical response of the article under strain by reinforcing the crystal fold surface. However, to prepare an easily processable PE-containing block copolymer it is necessary to avoid microphase separation in the melt by selection of amorphous blocks with weak repulsive interactions against PE (low Flory interaction parameter χ or interaction energy density X) . Most such low- χ polymers are chemically similar to PE, such as copolymers of ethylene and a small amount of an α-olefin, and therefore exhibit similarly low glass transition temperatures. This work investigates a series of low- and high-Tg polymers based on substituted norbornene monomers, polymerized via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). Hydrogenated polynorbornene derivatives possess a wide range of glass transition temperatures, and miscibility with PE can be readily tuned by the choice of substituents on the monomers (e.g. aromatic vs. aliphatic groups). Two species investigated, hydrogenated poly(cyclohexyl norbornene) and hydrogenated poly(norbornyl norbornene), have high Tg and also remain miscible with polyethylene to high molecular weight. Furthermore, we develop a set of mixing rules to qualitatively predict the solubility behavior of substituted ROMP polynorbornenes as a function of their side-groups.

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

    PubMed

    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

  10. Poly(ethylene glycol) grafted chitosan as new copolymer material for oral delivery of insulin

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    Ho, Thanh Ha; Thanh Le, Thi Nu; Nguyen, Tuan Anh; Chien Dang, Mau

    2015-09-01

    A new scheme of grafting poly (ethylene glycol) onto chitosan was proposed in this study to give new material for delivery of insulin over oral pathway. First, methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) amine (mPEGa MW 2000) were grafted onto chitosan (CS) through multiples steps to synthesize the grafting copolymer PEG-g-CS. After each synthesis step, chitosan and its derivatives were characterized by FTIR, 1H NMR Then, insulin loaded PEG-g-CS nanoparticles were prepared by cross-linking of CS with sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP). Same insulin loaded nanoparticles using unmodified chitosan were also prepared in order to compare with the modified ones. Results showed better protecting capacity of the synthesized copolymer over original CS. CS nanoparticles (10 nm of size) were gel like and high sensible to temperature as well as acidic environment while PEG-g-CS nanoparticles (200 nm of size) were rigid and more thermo and pH stable.

  11. Poly(ethylene glycol)-polypeptide Copolymer Micelles for Therapeutic Agent Delivery.

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    Cheng, Yilong

    2016-01-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol)-polypeptide (PEG-polypeptide) based polymeric micelles as therapeutic agent carriers have received considerable interest due to their advanced achievements in clinical trials. Polypeptides not only show well-defined secondary structure (alfa-helix and beta-sheet) and good biocompatibility, but can also be functionalized with various groups by direct N-carboxyanhydrides (NCAs) polymerization or further modification. Additionally, the ionizable side chains enable them to deliver diverse therapeutic agents, such as negative nucleic acid and positive doxorubicin. In this review, we firstly summarized the synthetic methods of amphiphilic copolymers PEG-polypeptide, and emphatically discussed recent progress on their applications as nanocarriers for therapeutic agents from following aspects: PEG-nonionic polypeptide copolymer micelles, PEG-anionic polypeptide micelles, and PEGcationic polypeptide micelles. PMID:26696015

  12. Oxygen plasma resistant phosphine oxide containing imide/arylene copolymers

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    Jensen, Brian J.

    1993-01-01

    A series of oxygen plasma resistant imide/arylene ether copolymers were prepared by reacting anhydride-terminated poly(amide acids) and amine-terminated polyarylene ethers containing phosphine oxide units. Inherent viscosities for these copolymers ranged from 0.42 to 0.80 dL/g. After curing, the resulting copolymers had glass transition temperatures ranging from 224 C to 228 C. Solution cast films of the block copolymers were tough and flexible with tensile strength, tensile moduli, and elongation at break up to 16.1 ksi, 439 ksi, and 23 percent, respectively at 25 C and 9.1 ksi, 308 ksi and 97 percent, respectively at 150 C. The copolymers show a significant improvement in resistance to oxygen plasma when compared to the commercial polyimide Kapton. The imide/arylene ether copolymers containing phosphine oxide units are suitable as coatings, films, adhesives, and composite matrices.

  13. Investigation of the micropolarity in reverse micelles of nonionic poly(ethylene oxide) surfactants using 4-nitropyridine-N-oxide as absorption probe.

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    Bandula, Rodica; Vasilescu, Marilena; Lemmetyinen, Helge

    2005-07-15

    The micropolarities of the reverse micelle (RM) interior of nonionic poly(ethylene oxide) surfactants of the alkyl ether type (poly(ethylene oxide)[4] lauryl ether (C12E4, Brij 30)), alkyl-aryl ethers (poly(ethylene oxide)[4] nonylphenyl ether (C9PhiE4), poly(ethylene oxide)[5] nonylphenyl ether (C9PhiE5), and poly(ethylene oxide)[5] octylphenyl ether (C8PhiE5)), and poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymers (Pluronics P123, F127) were investigated as a function of the water content by applying the absorption probe technique, using 4-nitropyridine-N-oxide (NP) as a probe. The change in the micellar aggregate micropolarity in different solvents (cyclohexane, decane, n-butanol, and n-butyl acetate) at various water contents has been investigated. The research was focused on the determination of the effects of surfactant structure and solvent type on the hydration degrees of the PEO chains in the region at the core limit, where the NP probe was located. All results regarding the polarities in RM and PEO/water calibration mixtures have been expressed in terms of Kosower's Z values, using the linear dependence of E(NP) on Kosower's Z. The PPO/butanol mixtures have also been used for RM in butanol as a reference system. The data revealed that local polarity in RM is dependent on the surfactant type, block copolymer composition, solvent nature, and water content. At the same water content, the results clearly indicate a lower hydration degree of triblock copolymers, as compared to the surfactants of the alkyl ether and alkyl-aryl ether type, but for P123 and F127 Pluronics in n-butanol the hydration is higher owing to the behavior of butanol as cosurfactant and to its hydration. PMID:15925636

  14. The interactions between microphase separation and crystallization in block copolymers containing polyethylene

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    Quiram, Daniel Jonathan

    The interactions between microphase separation and crystallization were examined in block copolymers containing polyethylene of varying chemistry, composition (fsb{E} = 0.26-0.88, where fsb{E} is weight fraction polyethylene), and molecular weight. Block copolymer compositions were altered to explore crystallization from three distinct melt morphologies: body-centered cubic spheres, hexagonally-packed cylinders, and alternating lamellae. Polymer morphology was investigated on a size-scale ranging from angstroms to microns, employing wide-angle and small-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS and SAXS), small-angle light scattering, and differential scanning calorimetry. The primary series of diblock copolymers investigated were polyethylene-b-poly(3-methyl-1-butene) (E/MB, where MB is an olefinic rubber; fsb{E} = 0.26-0.27). This composition led to a cylindrical morphology when the melt microphase separated. Molecular weights were varied to obtain differing degrees of melt incompatibility, ranging from disordered to strongly segregated. Crystallization from strongly segregated melts was confined to the cylindrical microdomains, essentially independent of thermal history. In contrast, the morphology produced by crystallization from weakly segregated melts was highly dependent upon thermal history. Several block copolymers with microphase-separated melts containing an E block and either polystyrene (glass transition temperature, Tsb{g}≈ 100sp°C) or poly(vinylcyclohexane) (Tsb{g}≈ 135sp°C) were investigated to determine the effect of a vitreous component on crystallization. SAXS experiments showed that vitrification of the amorphous material effectively confined E crystallization to its melt domain phase: cylinders in a glassy matrix, lamellae, and matrices surrounding both glassy cylinders and spheres. Crystalline chain orientation within cylinders was examined through WAXS. The chains aligned preferentially and this orientation varied depending on chain diffusion during

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of a Poly(ethylene glycol)-Poly(simvastatin) Diblock Copolymer

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    Asafo-Adjei, Theodora A.; Dziubla, Thomas D.; Puleo, David A.

    2014-01-01

    Biodegradable polyesters are commonly used as drug delivery vehicles, but their role is typically passive, and encapsulation approaches have limited drug payload. An alternative drug delivery method is to polymerize the active agent or its precursor into a degradable polymer. The prodrug simvastatin contains a lactone ring that lends itself to ring-opening polymerization (ROP). Consequently, simvastatin polymerization was initiated with 5 kDa monomethyl ether poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG) and catalyzed via stannous octoate. Melt condensation reactions produced a 9.5 kDa copolymer with a polydispersity index of 1.1 at 150 °C up to a 75 kDa copolymer with an index of 6.9 at 250 °C. Kinetic analysis revealed first-order propagation rates. Infrared spectroscopy of the copolymer showed carboxylic and methyl ether stretches unique to simvastatin and mPEG, respectively. Slow degradation was demonstrated in neutral and alkaline conditions. Lastly, simvastatin, simvastatin-incorporated molecules, and mPEG were identified as the degradation products released. The present results show the potential of using ROP to polymerize lactone-containing drugs such as simvastatin. PMID:25431653

  16. Polyethylene oxide hydration in grafted layers

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    Dormidontova, Elena; Wang, Zilu

    Hydration of water soluble polymers is one of the key-factors defining their conformation and properties, similar to biopolymers. Polyethylene oxide (PEO) is one of the most important biomedical-applications polymers and is known for its reverse temperature solubility due to hydrogen bonding with water. As in many practical applications PEO chains are grafted to surfaces, e.g. of nanoparticles or planar surfaces, it is important to understand PEO hydration in such grafted layers. Using atomistic molecular dynamic simulations we investigate the details of molecular conformation and hydration of PEO end-grafted to gold surfaces. We analyze polymer and water density distribution as a function of distance from the surface for different grafting densities. Based on a detailed analysis of hydrogen bonding between polymer and water in grafted PEO layers, we will discuss the extent of PEO hydration and its implication for polymer conformation, mobility and layer properties. This research is supported by NSF (DMR-1410928).

  17. Unexpected Temperature Behavior of Polyethylene Glycol Spacers in Copolymer Dendrimers in Chloroform

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    Markelov, Denis A.; Matveev, Vladimir V.; Ingman, Petri; Nikolaeva, Marianna N.; Penkova, Anastasia V.; Lahderanta, Erkki; Boiko, Natalia I.; Chizhik, Vladimir I.

    2016-04-01

    We have studied copolymer dendrimer structure: carbosilane dendrimers with terminal phenylbenzoate mesogenic groups attached by poly(ethylene) glycol (PEG) spacers. In this system PEG spacers are additional tuning to usual copolymer structure: dendrimer with terminal mesogenic groups. The dendrimer macromolecules were investigated in a dilute chloroform solution by 1H NMR methods (spectra and relaxations). It was found that the PEG layer in G = 5 generations dendrimer is “frozen” at high temperatures (above 260 K), but it unexpectedly becomes “unfrozen” at temperatures below 250 K (i.e., melting when cooling). The transition between these two states occurs within a small temperature range (~10 K). Such a behavior is not observed for smaller dendrimer generations (G = 1 and 3). This effect is likely related to the low critical solution temperature (LCST) of PEG and is caused by dendrimer conformations, in which the PEG group concentration in the layer increases with growing G. We suppose that the unusual behavior of PEG fragments in dendrimers will be interesting for practical applications such as nanocontainers or nanoreactors.

  18. Wood-polyethylene composites using ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer as adhesion promoter.

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    Kim, Jae-Pil; Yoon, Tae-Ho; Mun, Sung-Phil; Rhee, Jong-Moon; Lee, Jae-Suk

    2006-02-01

    Saw dust-reinforced linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) (1:1) composites were prepared by using ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVAL) as adhesion promoter to improve mechanical strength. To evaluate the optimum vinylalcohol (VA) content in EVAL, various EVAL samples containing different contents of VA were used. The tensile properties of saw dust-LLDPE composites were improved by using EVAL as adhesion promoter in place of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVAc). The saw dust-LLDPE composites prepared with EVAL containing 15 mol% VA showed the maximum yield stress and modulus. The tensile stress increased with addition of EVAL up to 3wt% on the wood filler, and then leveled off in the range of 3-10 wt%. However, the elongation was decreased with increasing VA content. Hydrogen bonding interaction between saw dust and EVAL was detected by FT-IR spectra. When EVAL consisting with 15 mol% VA was used, good adhesion between saw dust and LLDPE matrix was confirmed by SEM fractography. PMID:15882942

  19. Unexpected Temperature Behavior of Polyethylene Glycol Spacers in Copolymer Dendrimers in Chloroform.

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    Markelov, Denis A; Matveev, Vladimir V; Ingman, Petri; Nikolaeva, Marianna N; Penkova, Anastasia V; Lahderanta, Erkki; Boiko, Natalia I; Chizhik, Vladimir I

    2016-01-01

    We have studied copolymer dendrimer structure: carbosilane dendrimers with terminal phenylbenzoate mesogenic groups attached by poly(ethylene) glycol (PEG) spacers. In this system PEG spacers are additional tuning to usual copolymer structure: dendrimer with terminal mesogenic groups. The dendrimer macromolecules were investigated in a dilute chloroform solution by (1)H NMR methods (spectra and relaxations). It was found that the PEG layer in G = 5 generations dendrimer is "frozen" at high temperatures (above 260 K), but it unexpectedly becomes "unfrozen" at temperatures below 250 K (i.e., melting when cooling). The transition between these two states occurs within a small temperature range (~10 K). Such a behavior is not observed for smaller dendrimer generations (G = 1 and 3). This effect is likely related to the low critical solution temperature (LCST) of PEG and is caused by dendrimer conformations, in which the PEG group concentration in the layer increases with growing G. We suppose that the unusual behavior of PEG fragments in dendrimers will be interesting for practical applications such as nanocontainers or nanoreactors. PMID:27052599

  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. Polyethylene glycol-polyvinyl alcohol grafted copolymer: study of the bioavailability after oral administration to rats.

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    Heuschmid, Franziska F; Schuster, Paul; Lauer, Birthe; Fabian, Eric; Leibold, Edgar; van Ravenzwaay, Bennard

    2013-07-01

    The absorption, urinary excretion, and the biliary excretion of a single oral dose of 10 or 1000 mg/kg bw of (14)C-polyethylene glycol-polyvinyl alcohol (PEG-PVA) grafted copolymer were studied in adult male and female rats. In a balance/excretion experiment, the total excretion of ingested radioactivity was determined over a period of 168 h and residual radioactivity was detected in selected tissues and the carcass. In a biliary excretion experiment, excretion of radioactivity via the bile duct was determined over a period of 48 h after administration of the substance to cannulated rats. Most, if not all, of the radioactivity (>100%) was excreted within 48 h via the feces regardless of sex or dose. Urinary excretion was very limited: 0.45-0.50% of dose at the low dose and 0.22-0.27% of dose at the high dose. At both dose levels, residual radioactivity in the carcass and all organs and tissues after 168 h was ≤ 0.02% of dose. Biliary excretion was 0.01-0.02% of dose. Based on these findings, the bioavailability of PEG-PVA grafted copolymer was determined to be <1% demonstrating that absorption was virtually negligible following a single oral administration to male and female rats. PMID:23321424

  2. Unexpected Temperature Behavior of Polyethylene Glycol Spacers in Copolymer Dendrimers in Chloroform

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    Markelov, Denis A.; Matveev, Vladimir V.; Ingman, Petri; Nikolaeva, Marianna N.; Penkova, Anastasia V.; Lahderanta, Erkki; Boiko, Natalia I.; Chizhik, Vladimir I.

    2016-01-01

    We have studied copolymer dendrimer structure: carbosilane dendrimers with terminal phenylbenzoate mesogenic groups attached by poly(ethylene) glycol (PEG) spacers. In this system PEG spacers are additional tuning to usual copolymer structure: dendrimer with terminal mesogenic groups. The dendrimer macromolecules were investigated in a dilute chloroform solution by 1H NMR methods (spectra and relaxations). It was found that the PEG layer in G = 5 generations dendrimer is “frozen” at high temperatures (above 260 K), but it unexpectedly becomes “unfrozen” at temperatures below 250 K (i.e., melting when cooling). The transition between these two states occurs within a small temperature range (~10 K). Such a behavior is not observed for smaller dendrimer generations (G = 1 and 3). This effect is likely related to the low critical solution temperature (LCST) of PEG and is caused by dendrimer conformations, in which the PEG group concentration in the layer increases with growing G. We suppose that the unusual behavior of PEG fragments in dendrimers will be interesting for practical applications such as nanocontainers or nanoreactors. PMID:27052599

  3. Raman study of ethylene-propylene copolymers and polyethylene-polypropylene reactor blends

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    Shemouratov, Yu. V.; Prokhorov, K. A.; Nikolaeva, G. Yu.; Pashinin, P. P.; Kovalchuk, A. A.; Klyamkina, A. N.; Nedorezova, P. M.; Demidenok, K. V.; Lebedev, Yu. A.; Antipov, E. M.

    2008-05-01

    The Raman spectra of the ethylene-propylene copolymers (EPC) synthesized using new metallocene catalytic systems and the polypropylene/polyethylene/diblockcopolymer of propylene and ethylene (PP/PE/DBC) blends obtained using the sequential polymerization are studied. The copolymer and reactor blend spectra are analyzed using the Raman spectra of a series of liquid n-alkanes. Significant monotonic changes are observed in the spectra of EPC and the PP/PE/DBC blends when the ethylene content increases. Substantial differences between the series of samples of blends and copolymers are revealed. In contrast to the EPC spectra, the spectra of the PP/PE/DBC reactor blends are represented as an exact superposition of the homopolymer spectra with the weight coefficients proportional to the contents of the blend components. A monotonic blue shift of the line that corresponds to the symmetric stretching mode of the CH2 groups is observed in the EPC Raman spectra when the ethylene content increases. It is demonstrated that, for this line, the peak position only depends on the relative content of comonomers and does not depend on the contents of the PP and PE crystalline phases. The intensity ratio of two fundamental vibrations of PE and PP with frequencies of 1295 and 1330 cm-1 can be used to determine the relative contents of the PE molecules in the trans-conformation and PP macromolecules in the helical conformation in the PP/PE blends. It is demonstrated that variations in the Raman spectra of n-alkanes, EPC, and PP/PE/DBC reactor blends related to variations in the relative contents of various chemical groups are reliably traced in the spectra of all of the materials under study.

  4. Solubilisation of drugs in micellar solutions of diblock copolymers of ethylene oxide and styrene oxide.

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    Crothers, Michael; Ricardo, Nagíla M P S; Heatley, Frank; Nixon, S Keith; Attwood, David; Booth, Colin

    2008-06-24

    The solubilisation of two poorly soluble drugs, furosemide and nabumetone, in micellar solutions of diblock copolymers of ethylene oxide and styrene oxide has been studied at 25 and 37 degrees C and solubilisation capacities compared with published values for griseofulvin and docetaxel. Solubilisation in the micelle core, corrected for the different proportions of poly(styrene oxide) in the copolymers, was similar for all four drugs. The highest solubilisation capacities were found for a copolymer with worm-like micelles. PMID:18417305

  5. 21 CFR 172.260 - Oxidized polyethylene.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... polyethylene has a minimum number average molecular weight of 1,200, as determined by high temperature vapor pressure osmometry; contains a maximum of 5 percent by weight of total oxygen; and has an acid value of...

  6. Nanoparticles of Poly(Lactide-Co-Glycolide)-d-a-Tocopheryl Polyethylene Glycol 1000 Succinate Random Copolymer for Cancer Treatment

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    Ma, Yuandong; Zheng, Yi; Liu, Kexin; Tian, Ge; Tian, Yan; Xu, Lei; Yan, Fei; Huang, Laiqiang; Mei, Lin

    2010-07-01

    Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies could provide potential solutions. In this research, a novel biodegradable poly(lactide-co-glycolide)-d-a-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (PLGA-TPGS) random copolymer was synthesized from lactide, glycolide and d-a-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) by ring-opening polymerization using stannous octoate as catalyst. The obtained random copolymers were characterized by 1H NMR, FTIR, GPC and TGA. The docetaxel-loaded nanoparticles made of PLGA-TPGS copolymer were prepared by a modified solvent extraction/evaporation method. The nanoparticles were then characterized by various state-of-the-art techniques. The results revealed that the size of PLGA-TPGS nanoparticles was around 250 nm. The docetaxel-loaded PLGA-TPGS nanoparticles could achieve much faster drug release in comparison with PLGA nanoparticles. In vitro cellular uptakes of such nanoparticles were investigated by CLSM, demonstrating the fluorescence PLGA-TPGS nanoparticles could be internalized by human cervix carcinoma cells (HeLa). The results also indicated that PLGA-TPGS-based nanoparticles were biocompatible, and the docetaxel-loaded PLGA-TPGS nanoparticles had significant cytotoxicity against Hela cells. The cytotoxicity against HeLa cells for PLGA-TPGS nanoparticles was in time- and concentration-dependent manner. In conclusion, PLGA-TPGS random copolymer could be acted as a novel and promising biocompatible polymeric matrix material applicable to nanoparticle-based drug delivery system for cancer chemotherapy.

  7. Particle formation and aggregation-collapse behavior of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and poly(ethylene glycol) block copolymers in the presence of cross-linking agent.

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    Zhu, Peng-Wei

    2004-05-01

    The effect of feed molar ratio of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) to poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) on the particle formation of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and PEO block copolymers (PNIPAM-b-PEO) and their aggregation-collapse behavior have been studied in aqueous solutions. It is found that in the presence of cross-linking agent N,N'-methylenebisacryla-mide (BIS), different morphologies of PNIPAM-b-PEO copolymers can be obtained, including a grafting-like structure, a hemispherical core-shell structure and a well-defined core-shell nanoparticle, as the feed molar amount of NIPAM in the copolymerization is increased. The increase in temperature causes the self-aggregation of grafting-like copolymers and hemispherical particles due to the hydrophobic interaction between locally unshielded PNIPAM blocks prior to the conformational transition of PNIPAM. When the feed molar ratio of NIPAM to PEO exceeds a certain value, a well-defined core-shell nanoparticle can be produced during the copolymerization. At low concentrations, PNIPAM cores of single core-shell nanoparticles can undergo the conformational transition without aggregation. The increase in the concentration of the well-defined core-shell nanoparticles, however, results in a week aggregation at temperatures lower than the theta-temperature of pure PNIPAM due to the association of methyl groups at the periphery of PEO shells. PMID:15386964

  8. Experiments on Charge Generation in Cross-linked Polyethylene and Ethylene-Propylene Copolymer

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    Sekii, Yasuo; Taya, Atsushi; Suzuki, Hirokazu; Maeno, Takashi

    To study the space charge generation in cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) and ethylene propylene copolymer (EPR), space charge profiles in both materials are measured using PEA method. The experimental results demonstrated that a big difference was discovered in the detected charge profiles between XLPE and EPR. We discovered that the diffusion of charge is significantly faster in EPR than in XLPE. The authors confirmed that the negative hetero-charge is generated near the positive electrode in EPR when moisture are coexisting with acetophenone. The effects of antioxidants on the generation of hetero-space charges in XLPE and EPR are also studied using XLPE and EPR samples containing different kinds of phenolic and sulfur type antioxidant. The authors discovered that hetero-charge is generated in XLPE and EPR containing sulfur type, or sulfur-containing phenolic, antioxidant when acetophenone are existing in the material. The hetero-charge generation is inferred to be caused by the combined effect between acetophenone and the component containing sulfur atoms of the antioxidants.

  9. Ethylene oxide-block-butylene oxide copolymer uptake by silicone hydrogel contact lens materials

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    Huo, Yuchen; Ketelson, Howard; Perry, Scott S.

    2013-05-01

    Four major types of silicone hydrogel contact lens material have been investigated following treatments in aqueous solutions containing poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(butylenes oxide) block copolymer (EO-BO). The extent of lens surface modification by EO-BO and the degree of bulk uptake were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC), respectively. The experimental results suggest that different interaction models exist for the lenses, highlighting the influence of both surface and bulk composition, which greatly differs between the lenses examined. Specifically, lenses with hydrophilic surface treatments, i.e., PureVision® (balafilcon A) and O2OPTIX (lotrafilcon B), demonstrated strong evidence of preferential surface adsorption within the near-surface region. In comparison, surface adsorption on ACUVUE® Oasys® (senofilcon A) and Biofinity® (comfilcon A) was limited. As for bulk absorption, the amount of EO-BO uptake was the greatest for balafilcon A and comfilcon A, and least for lotrafilcon B. These findings confirm the presence of molecular concentration gradients within the silicone hydrogel lenses following exposure to EO-BO solutions, with the nature of such concentration gradients found to be lens-specific. Together, the results suggest opportunities for compositional modifications of lenses for improved performance via solution treatments containing surface-active agents.

  10. Dynamic mechanical analysis and biomineralization of hyaluronan-polyethylene copolymers for potential use in osteochondral defect repair.

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    Oldinski, Rachael A; Ruckh, Timothy T; Staiger, Mark P; Popat, Ketul C; James, Susan P

    2011-03-01

    Treatment options for damaged articular cartilage are limited due to its lack of vasculature and its unique viscoelastic properties. This study was the first to fabricate a hyaluronan (HA)-polyethylene copolymer for potential use in the replacement of articular cartilage and repair of osteochondral defects. Amphiphilic graft copolymers consisting of HA and high-density polyethylene (HA-co-HDPE) were fabricated with 10, 28 and 50 wt.% HA. Dynamic mechanical analysis was used to assess the effect of varying constituent weight ratios on the viscoelastic properties of HA-co-HDPE materials. The storage moduli of HA-co-HDPE copolymers ranged from 2.4 to 15.0 MPa at physiological loading frequencies. The viscoelastic properties of the HA-co-HDPE materials were significantly affected by varying the wt.% of HA and/or crosslinking of the HA constituent. Cytotoxicity and the ability of the materials to support mineralization were evaluated in the presence of bone marrow stromal cells. HA-co-HDPE materials were non-cytotoxic, and calcium and phosphorus were present on the surface of the HA-co-HDPE materials 2 weeks after osteogenic differentiation of the bone marrow stromal cells. This study is the first to measure the viscoelastic properties and osseocompatibility of HA-co-HDPE for potential use in orthopedic applications. PMID:21095243

  11. Injectible bodily prosthetics employing methacrylic copolymer gels

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.

    2007-02-27

    The present invention provides novel block copolymers as structural supplements for injectible bodily prosthetics employed in medical or cosmetic procedures. The invention also includes the use of such block copolymers as nucleus pulposus replacement materials for the treatment of degenerative disc disorders and spinal injuries. The copolymers are constructed by polymerization of a tertiary amine methacrylate with either a (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer, such as the commercially available Pluronic.RTM. polymers, or a poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether polymer.

  12. Versatile ferrofluids based on polyethylene glycol coated iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Brullot, W.; Reddy, N. K.; Wouters, J.; Valev, V. K.; Goderis, B.; Vermant, J.; Verbiest, T.

    2012-06-01

    Versatile ferrofluids based on polyethylene glycol coated iron oxide nanoparticles were obtained by a facile protocol and thoroughly characterized. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized using a modified forced hydrolysis method were functionalized with polyethylene glycol silane (PEG silane), precipitated and dried. These functionalized particles are dispersable in a range of solvents and concentrations depending on the desired properties. Examples of tunable properties are magnetic behavior, optical and magneto-optical response, thermal features and rheological behavior. As such, PEG silane functionalized particles represent a platform for the development of new materials that have broad applicability in e.g. biomedical, industrial or photonic environments. Magnetic, optical, magneto-optical, thermal and rheological properties of several ferrofluids based on PEG coated particles with different concentrations of particles dispersed in low molecular mass polyethylene glycol were investigated, establishing the applicability of such materials.

  13. Time-resolved SAXS studies of morphological changes in a blend of linear polyethylene with homogeneous ethylene-1-octene copolymer

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    Ślusarczyk, Czesław

    2015-12-01

    Isothermal melt crystallization in the 15/85 (m/m) blend of a high density polyethylene (HDPE) and a homogeneous ethylene copolymer with 5.5 mol% 1-octene was studied by time-resolved SAXS method with synchrotron radiation over a wide-range of crystallization temperatures. The SAXS profile was analyzed by means of the correlation function which allows to elucidate the evolution of the morphological parameters of polyethylene lamellar structure (long period (LP), thicknesses of crystalline (LC) and amorphous (LA) layers) during a crystallization process. It was found that for the samples crystallized at 100 °C, 120 °C and 122 °C LC increases with time. The lamellar thickening rate strongly depends on crystallization temperature. At 40 °C thickening of the crystalline layers does not occur. The time evolution of the lamellar structure in the blend studied confirms the role of hexyl branches of homogeneous copolymer in the crystallization process of polyethylene. The branches introduce steric constraints which hinder the crystallization of HDPE, thus decreasing the size of the HDPE lamellar crystals.

  14. Oxidatively stable linear carborane-siloxane-diacetylene copolymers

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    Son, D.Y.; Keller, T.M.

    1995-12-31

    New thermosetting copolymers have been synthesized which contain varying amounts of carborane in the backbone. The syntheses are straightforward and proceed in high yield. The polymers give high char yields on pyrolysis, and the resultant chars show excellent oxidative stability at high temperatures. It has been determined that only a small percentage of carborane is necessary to provide this oxidation protection. Thus, these polymers are more cost-effective than previous polymers which contained carborane in each repeating unit.

  15. Paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticles using block copolymers composed of poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate).

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    Kim, Hyun Yul; Ryu, Je Ho; Chu, Chong Woo; Son, Gyung Mo; Jeong, Young-Il; Kwak, Tae-Won; Kim, Do Hyung; Chung, Chung-Wook; Rhee, Young Ha; Kang, Dae Hwan; Kim, Hyung Wook

    2014-01-01

    Block copolymers composed of poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) (PHO) and methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were synthesized to prepare paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticle for antitumor drug delivery. In a (1)H-NMR study, chemical structures of PHO/PEG block copolymers were confirmed and their molecular weight (M.W.) was analyzed with gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Paclitaxel as a model anticancer drug was incorporated into the nanoparticles of PHO/PEG block copolymer. They have spherical shapes and their particle sizes were less than 100 nm. In a (1)H-NMR study in D2O, specific peaks of PEG solely appeared while peaks of PHO disappeared, indicating that nanoparticles have core-shell structures. The higher M.W. of PEG decreased loading efficiency and particle size. The higher drug feeding increased drug contents and average size of nanoparticles. In the drug release study, the higher M.W. of PEG block induced the acceleration of drug release rate. The increase in drug contents induced the slow release rate of drug. In an antitumor activity study in vitro, paclitaxel nanoparticles have practically similar anti-proliferation activity against HCT116 human colon carcinoma cells. In an in vivo animal study using HCT116 colon carcinoma cell-bearing mice, paclitaxel nanoparticles have enhanced antitumor activity compared to paclitaxel itself. Therefore, paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticles of PHO/PEG block copolymer are a promising vehicle for antitumor drug delivery. PMID:25288916

  16. Paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticles using block copolymers composed of poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate)

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    2014-01-01

    Block copolymers composed of poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) (PHO) and methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were synthesized to prepare paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticle for antitumor drug delivery. In a 1H-NMR study, chemical structures of PHO/PEG block copolymers were confirmed and their molecular weight (M.W.) was analyzed with gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Paclitaxel as a model anticancer drug was incorporated into the nanoparticles of PHO/PEG block copolymer. They have spherical shapes and their particle sizes were less than 100 nm. In a 1H-NMR study in D2O, specific peaks of PEG solely appeared while peaks of PHO disappeared, indicating that nanoparticles have core-shell structures. The higher M.W. of PEG decreased loading efficiency and particle size. The higher drug feeding increased drug contents and average size of nanoparticles. In the drug release study, the higher M.W. of PEG block induced the acceleration of drug release rate. The increase in drug contents induced the slow release rate of drug. In an antitumor activity study in vitro, paclitaxel nanoparticles have practically similar anti-proliferation activity against HCT116 human colon carcinoma cells. In an in vivo animal study using HCT116 colon carcinoma cell-bearing mice, paclitaxel nanoparticles have enhanced antitumor activity compared to paclitaxel itself. Therefore, paclitaxel-incorporated nanoparticles of PHO/PEG block copolymer are a promising vehicle for antitumor drug delivery. PMID:25288916

  17. Phase Behavior of a Poly(ethylene oxide)-Poly(ethylethylene)/Water/Dodecane System

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    Kossuth, M. B.; Bates, F. S.

    1998-03-01

    Recently, we investigated the phase behavior of a series of low molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(ethylethylene) (PEO-PEE) block copolymers in the presence of water (D.A. Hajduk, M.B. Kossuth, M.A. Hillmyer, and F.S. Bates, submitted to J. Phys. Chem. B). These molecules are chemically similar to the C_nEOm surfactants but have molecular weights roughly an order of magnitude greater. PEO is hydrophilic, while PEE is strongly hydrophobic. Current work involves the addition of a third component, dodecane, to create a ternary surfactant/water/oil system. The phase behavior of this system will be discussed and compared to that of chemically similar small molecule surfactants. Noteworthy results include the appearance of a bicontinuous cubic phase, which was not seen in the aqueous solutions, and the relative sizes of the phase windows.

  18. Targeted drug delivery nanosystems based on copolymer poly(lactide)-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate for cancer treatment

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    Thu Ha, Phuong; Nguyen, Hoai Nam; Doan Do, Hai; Thong Phan, Quoc; Nguyet Tran Thi, Minh; Phuc Nguyen, Xuan; Nhung Hoang Thi, My; Huong Le, Mai; Nguyen, Linh Toan; Quang Bui, Thuc; Hieu Phan, Van

    2016-03-01

    Along with the development of nanotechnology, drug delivery nanosystems (DDNSs) have attracted a great deal of concern among scientists over the world, especially in cancer treatment. DDNSs not only improve water solubility of anticancer drugs but also increase therapeutic efficacy and minimize the side effects of treatment methods through targeting mechanisms including passive and active targeting. Passive targeting is based on the nano-size of drug delivery systems while active targeting is based on the specific bindings between targeting ligands attached on the drug delivery systems and the unique receptors on the cancer cell surface. In this article we present some of our results in the synthesis and testing of DDNSs prepared from copolymer poly(lactide)-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate (PLA-TPGS), which carry anticancer drugs including curcumin, paclitaxel and doxorubicin. In order to increase the targeting effect to cancer cells, active targeting ligand folate was attached to the DDNSs. The results showed copolymer PLA-TPGS to be an excellent carrier for loading hydrophobic drugs (curcumin and paclitaxel). The fabricated DDNSs had a very small size (50-100 nm) and enhanced the cellular uptake and cytotoxicity of drugs. Most notably, folate-decorated paclitaxel-loaded copolymer PLA-TPGS nanoparticles (Fol/PTX/PLA-TPGS NPs) were tested on tumor-bearing nude mice. During the treatment time, Fol/PTX/PLA-TPGS NPs always exhibited the best tumor growth inhibition compared to free paclitaxel and paclitaxel-loaded copolymer PLA-TPGS nanoparticles. All results evidenced the promising potential of copolymer PLA-TPGS in fabricating targeted DDNSs for cancer treatment.

  19. 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.

  20. Bilayered biodegradable poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(butylene terephthalate) copolymer (Polyactive) as substrate for human fibroblasts and keratinocytes.

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    van Dorp, A G; Verhoeven, M C; Koerten, H K; van Blitterswijk, C A; Ponec, M

    1999-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to find an optimal polymer matrix and to optimize the culture conditions for human keratinocytes and fibroblasts for the development of a human skin substitute. For this purpose porous, dense bilayers made of a block copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol terephthalate) (PEGT) and poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT; Polyactivetrade mark) with a PEGT/PBT weight ratio of 55/45 and a PEG molecular weight (MW) of 300, 600, 1000, or 4000 Da were used. The best performance was achieved with PEGT/PBT copolymer with MW of PEG 300 D (300PEG55PBT45). When fibroblasts were seeded into the porous underlayer and cultured for 3 weeks in medium supplemented with 100 microg/mL ascorbic acid, all pores were filled with fibroblasts and with extracellular matrix, which was judged from the presence of collagen types I, III, and IV, and laminin. When seeded onto the dense top layer of the bilayered (cell free or fibroblast populated) copolymer matrix, human keratinocytes grew out into confluent sheets. After subsequent lifting to the air-liquid interface, a multilayered epithelium with a morphology corresponding to that of the native epidermis was formed. Some differences could still be observed: the expression and localization of some differentiation specific proteins was different and close to that seen in hyperproliferative epidermis; a basal lamina and anchoring zone were absent. PMID:10487879

  1. Fabrication and study of properties of magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of polystyrene- block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate

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    Loginova, T. P.; Timofeeva, G. I.; Lependina, O. L.; Shandintsev, V. A.; Matyushin, A. A.; Khotina, I. A.; Shtykova, E. V.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetite nanoparticles have been formed for the first time in hybrid micelles of polystyrene- block-polyethylene oxide and sodium dodecyl sulfate in water by ultrasonic treatment at room temperature. An analysis by small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that magnetite nanoparticles in hybrid micelles of block copolymer and sodium dodecyl sulfate are polydesperse (have sizes from 0.5 to 20 nm). The specific magnetization of solid samples has been measured.

  2. Oxidation-Responsive and "Clickable" Poly(ethylene glycol) via Copolymerization of 2-(Methylthio)ethyl Glycidyl Ether.

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    Herzberger, Jana; Fischer, Karl; Leibig, Daniel; Bros, Matthias; Thiermann, Raphael; Frey, Holger

    2016-07-27

    Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is a widely used biocompatible polymer. We describe a novel epoxide monomer with methyl-thioether moiety, 2-(methylthio)ethyl glycidyl ether (MTEGE), which enables the synthesis of well-defined thioether-functional poly(ethylene glycol). Random and block mPEG-b-PMTEGE copolymers (Mw/Mn = 1.05-1.17) were obtained via anionic ring opening polymerization (AROP) with molecular weights ranging from 5 600 to 12 000 g·mol(-1). The statistical copolymerization of MTEGE with ethylene oxide results in a random microstructure (rEO = 0.92 ± 0.02 and rMTEG E = 1.06 ± 0.02), which was confirmed by in situ (1)H NMR kinetic studies. The random copolymers are thermoresponsive in aqueous solution, with a wide range of tunable transition temperatures of 88 to 28 °C. In contrast, mPEG-b-PMTEGE block copolymers formed well-defined micelles (Rh ≈ 9-15 nm) in water, studied by detailed light scattering (DLS and SLS). Intriguingly, the thioether moieties of MTEGE can be selectively oxidized into sulfoxide units, leading to full disassembly of the micelles, as confirmed by detection of pure unimers (DLS and SLS). Oxidation-responsive release of encapsulated Nile Red demonstrates the potential of these micelles as redox-responsive nanocarriers. MTT assays showed only minor effects of the thioethers and their oxidized derivatives on the cellular metabolism of WEHI-164 and HEK-293T cell lines (1-1000 μg·mL(-1)). Further, sulfonium PEG polyelectrolytes can be obtained via alkylation or alkoxylation of MTEGE, providing access to a large variety of functional groups at the charged sulfur atom. PMID:27375132

  3. Wear Analysis in THA Utilizing Oxidized Zirconium and Crosslinked Polyethylene

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    Garvin, Kevin L.; Mangla, Jimmi; Murdoch, Nathan; Martell, John M.

    2008-01-01

    Oxidized zirconium, a material with a ceramic surface on a metal substrate, and highly cross-linked polyethylene are two materials developed to reduce wear. We measured in vivo femoral head penetration in patients with these advanced bearings. We hypothesized the linear wear rates would be lower than those published for cobalt-chrome and standard polyethylene. We retrospectively reviewed a select series of 56 THAs in a relatively young, active patient population utilizing oxidized zirconium femoral heads and highly cross-linked polyethylene acetabular liners. Femoral head penetration was determined using the Martell computerized edge-detection method. All patients were available for 2-year clinical and radiographic followup. True linear wear was 4 μm/year (95% confidence intervals, ± 59 μm/year). The early wear rates in this cohort of relatively young, active patients were low and we believe justify the continued study of these alternative bearing surfaces. Level of Evidence: Level IV, therapeutic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. PMID:18946711

  4. Oxidation-Enhanced TSC and TSSP of Polyethylene

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    Mizutani, Teruyoshi; Ikeda, Seita; Ieda, Masayuki

    1986-01-01

    The conduction, TSC and TSSP of both low-density and high-density polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE) were found to be strongly enhanced by oxidation. Oxidized PE showed two TSC peaks, P1 and P2. Peak P1 was caused by the depolarization of C{=}0 dipoles and peak P2 originated from injected homo space charge. Thermal pulse experiments revealed the existence of negative and positive homo space charges in oxidized PE polarized at high fields. VTSSP(T) increased in the temperature regions of peaks P1 and P2, and TSSP and TSC were found to be closely related to each other. Peak P1 and VTSSP(T) at room temperature were proportional to the concentration of C{=}0 groups and can be utilized for diagnosing the degradation of PE accompanied by oxidation.

  5. 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.

    2015-01-01

    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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Synthesis and self-assembly of biodegradable polyethylene glycol-poly (lactic acid) diblock copolymers as polymersomes for preparation of sustained release system of doxorubicin

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    Alibolandi, Mona; Sadeghi, Fatemeh; Sazmand, Seyed Hossein; Shahrokhi, Seyed Mohammad; Seifi, Mahmoud; Hadizadeh, Farzin

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: The copolymer of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polyesters has many interesting properties, such as amphiphilicity, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and self-assembly in an aqueous environment. Diblock copolymers of PEG-polyester can form different structures such as micelles, polymersome, capsules or micro-container in an aqueous environment according to the length of their blocks. Materials and Methods: Herein, a series of poly (lactic acid) (PLA) and PEG diblock copolymers were synthesized through the ring-opening polymerization. The polymerization reaction and the copolymer structures were evaluated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The corresponding copolymers were implemented for the formation of polymersome structures using film rehydration method. Impact of methoxy PEG chain length and hydrophobic weight fraction on particle size of polymersomes were studied, and the proper ones were selected for loading of doxorubicin (DOX) via pH gradient method. Results and Discussion: Results obtained from 1HNMR and GPC revealed that microwave irradiation is a simple and reliable method for the synthesis of PEG-PLA copolymers. Further analysis indicated the copolymer with relative molecular weight of PLA to PEG ratios of 3 or fEo ~ 25% produced the smallest size polymersomes. Polymersomes prepared from PEG5000 to PLA15000 were more capable in loading and sustained release of DOX than those prepared from PEG2000 to PLA6000. Conclusion: In conclusion copolymers of PEG/PLA with fOE ~25% and relatively higher molecular weight are more suitable for encapsulation and providing sustained release of DOX. PMID:26258054

  9. Electrospun Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Nanofiber Field Effect Transistor

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    Pinto, N. J.; Johnson, A. T.; MacDiarmid, A. G.; Mueller, C. H.; Theofylaktos, N.; Robinson, D. C.; Miranda, F. A.

    2003-01-01

    We report on the observation of field effect transistor (FET) behavior in electrospun camphorsulfonic acid doped polyaniline(PANi)/polyethylene oxide(PE0) nanofibers. Saturation channel currents are observed at surprisingly low source/drain voltages. The hole mobility in the depletion regime is 1.4 x 10(exp -4) sq cm/V s while the 1-D charge density (at zero gate bias) is calculated to be approximately 1 hole per 50 two-ring repeat units of polyaniline, consistent with the rather high channel conductivity (approx. 10(exp -3) S/cm). Reducing or eliminating the PEO content in the fiber is expected to enhance device parameters. Electrospinning is thus proposed as a simple method of fabricating 1-D polymer FET's.

  10. Evaluation of polyethylene oxide compacts as gastroretentive delivery systems.

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    Mahalingam, Ravichandran; Jasti, Bhaskara; Birudaraj, Raj; Stefanidis, Dimitrios; Killion, Robert; Alfredson, Tom; Anne, Pratap; Li, Xiaoling

    2009-01-01

    Compacts containing selected bioadhesive polymers, fillers, and binders were investigated for their potential as a bioadhesive gastroretentive delivery system to deliver water soluble and water insoluble compounds in the stomach. Compacts with 90:10, 75:25, and 60:40 of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) were evaluated for swelling, dissolution, bioadhesion, and in vitro gastric retention. Compacts containing higher PEO showed higher swelling (111.13%) and bioadhesion (0.62 +/- 0.03 N/cm(2)), and retained their integrity and adherence onto gastric mucosa for about 9 h under in vitro conditions. In vivo gastroretentive property of compacts were evaluated in Yorkshire cross swine. Compacts containing 58% PVP, 40% PEO and 2% of water soluble or water insoluble marker compounds showed gastroadhesive and retentive properties in vivo. It is concluded that PEO in combination with PVP yields a non disintegrating type bioadhesive dosage form which is suitable for gastroretentive applications. PMID:19148757

  11. The polymerization and electrochemical characterization of polypyrrole and polypyrrole/poly(ethylene oxide)pyrrole copolymers

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    Huntoon, Trey William Stevens

    1998-11-01

    The work contained within this document discusses the polymerization and subsequent characterization of Polypyrrole based electrodes for lithium batteries. Polypyrrole and Polypyrrole/polyethyloxy copolymers were compared and contrasted in an attempt to show the superior kinetics of the copolymer electrode. It was found that the diffusion of dopant ions across the electrode and electrolyte interface was increased by on order of magnitude in the copolymer sample. It was also found that the reversibility of the Polypyrrole electrode was greater than that of the copolymer electrode. While the diffusion coefficient of the copolymer electrode was altered to be comparable to that of the transition metal oxide cathodes in production today, the capacity of the copolymer material is still too low to be considered as an alternative cathode material in the lithium battery industry.

  12. 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.

  13. Heat shrinkability of electron-beam-modified thermoplastic elastomeric films from blends of ethylene-vinylacetate copolymer and polyethylene

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    Chattopadhyay, S.; Chaki, T. K.; Bhowmick, Anil K.

    2000-11-01

    The heat shrinkability of electron-beam-irradiated thermoplastic elastomeric films from blends of ethylene-vinylacetate copolymer (EVA) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) has been investigated in this paper. The effects of temperature, time and extent of stretching and shrinkage temperature and time have been reported. Based on the above data, the optimized conditions in terms of high heat shrinkage and low amnesia rating have been evaluated. Influence of radiation doses (0-500 kGy), multifunctional sensitizer levels (ditrimethylol propane tetraacrylate, DTMPTA), and blend proportions on heat shrinkability has been explained with the help of gel fraction and X-ray data. With the increase in radiation dose, gel fraction increases, which in turn gives rise to low values of heat shrinkage and amnesia rating. At a constant radiation dose and blend ratio, percent heat shrinkage is found to decrease with increase in DTMPTA level. Gel content increases with the increase in EVA content of the blend at a constant radiation dose and monomer level, giving rise to decrease in heat shrinkability. Heat shrinkage increases with the increase in percent crystallinity, although the amnesia rating follows the reverse trend.

  14. On the mechanism of electrical conduction in thin films of some polysulfone-poly(alkylene oxide)-poly(dimethylsiloxane) block copolymers

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    Rusu, G. G.; Airinei, A.; Hamciuc, V.; Rambu, A. P.; Caplanus, I.; Rusu, G. I.

    2014-01-01

    Polysulfone poly(alkylene oxide)-poly(dimethylsiloxane) block copolymers have been prepared by the hydrosilylation reaction of allyl endcapped poly[(ethylene oxide) (propylene oxide)] oligomers with Si-H terminated polydimethylsiloxane in chlorobenzene using an isopropanol solution of hexachloroplatinic (IV) acid as catalyst for hydrosilylation. The temperature dependences of electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power (Seebeck coefficient) of copolymers were studied using thin-film samples deposited from dimethylformamide (spin coating technique) onto glass substrates. Organic films with reproducible electronic transport and optical properties can be obtained if, after deposition, they are submitted to a heat treatment consisting of several successive heating/cooling cycles within temperature range of (295-485) K. Investigated copolymers presents typical semiconducting characteristics. The values of some fundamental parameters (activation energy of electrical conduction, ratio of carrier mobilities, optical energy bandgap) have been determined. The mechanisms of electronic transport are identified in different temperature domains. Transmission and absorption spectra have been recorded and optical energy bandgaps are calculated from the absorption spectra. The thermistor effect of investigated copolymers is also discussed.

  15. Hydration and phase separation of polyethylene glycol in copolymers of tyrosine derived carbonates.

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    Sanjeeva Murthy, N.; Wang, Wenjie; Kohn, Joachim

    2009-03-01

    Effect of PEG fraction and its block size on the temperature-induced phase transitions and the hydration-induced phase separation were investigated in a copolymer of desaminotyrosyl tyrosine ethyl ester (DTE) and PEG using simultaneous SAXS/WAXS/DSC. The PEG segments crystallized when the block size was at least 2000 Daltons and present at ˜ 40 wt%, and raised the Tg of the polymer by ˜ 15 ^oC. The PEG blocks in dry polymers with up to 50 wt% PEG, even when crystalline, were found to be uniformly distributed with no evidence of phase separation at 10 nm length scales. The non-iodinated PEG-rich sample with 30 mole% PEG2k showed the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior with PEG blocks forming a separate phase above -21 ^oC. In the iodinated version of this polymer, the PEG2k blocks were phase separated in the solid phase. In all samples, whether PEG was crystalline or not, hydration induced PEG to separate into 15 nm hydrated domains. Phase behavior was dependent on whether poly(DTE) or the PEG was the major (matrix) phase. Changes in the mobility of the chains brought about by water-mediated hydrogen-bonding, and modulated by heat, appear to be the common underlying explanation for the range of observed phase behavior.

  16. Branched Rod-Coil Polyimide-Poly(Alkylene Oxide) Copolymers and Electrolyte Compositions

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    Meador, Maryann B. (Inventor); Tigelaar, Dean M. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Crosslinked polyimide-poly(alkylene oxide) copolymers capable of holding large volumes of liquid while maintaining good dimensional stability. Copolymers are derived at ambient temperatures from amine endcapped amic-acid oligomers subsequently imidized in solution at increased temperatures, followed by reaction with trifunctional compounds in the presence of various additives. Films of these copolymers hold over four times their weight at room temperature of liquids such as ionic liquids (RTIL) and/or carbonate solvents. These rod-coil polyimide copolymers are used to prepare polymeric electrolytes by adding to the copolymers various amounts of compounds such as ionic liquids (RTIL), lithium trifluoromethane-sulfonimide (LiTFSi) or other lithium salts, and alumina.

  17. Stability of β-carotene in polyethylene oxide electrospun nanofibers

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    Peinado, I.; Mason, M.; Romano, A.; Biasioli, F.; Scampicchio, M.

    2016-05-01

    β-carotene (βc) was successfully incorporated into electrospun nanofibers of poly-(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with the aim of prolonging its shelf life and thermal stability. The physical and thermal properties of the βc-PEO-nanofibers were determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), color analysis, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The nanofibers of PEO and βc-PEO exhibited average fiber diameters of 320 ± 46 and 230 ± 21 nm, with colorimetric coordinates L* = 95.7 ± 2.4 and 89.4 ± 4.6 and b* = -0.5 ± 0.1 and 6.2 ± 3.0 respectively. Thermogravimetric analysis coupled with Proton Transfer-Mass Spectroscopy (TGA/PTR-ms) demonstrated that coated βc inside PEO nanofibers increased thermal stability when compared to standard βc in powder form. In addition, β-carotene in the membranes showed higher stability during storage when compared with β-carotene in solution with a decrease in concentration of 57 ± 4% and 70 ± 2% respectively, thus should extend the shelf life of this compound. Also, TGA coupled with PTR-MS resulted in a promising technique to online-monitoring thermal degradation.

  18. High sensitivity of positron annihilation to thermal oxidation of polyethylene

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    Ito, Kenji; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Nanasawa, Atsushi

    2003-01-01

    We demonstrate the high sensitivity of positron annihilation to compositional changes related to the thermal degradation of polyethylene (PE). Positron annihilation γ-ray and lifetime measurements were conducted for PE films with and without antioxidant (1000-ppm Ciba® IRGANOX® 1076), subjected to heat treatment at 100 °C for different periods, to a maximum of 30 days. For the film without antioxidant, the positron Doppler parameter (S) and ortho-positronium formation probability (Io-Ps) appreciably decreased with increased heat treatment times, whereas they barely changed for the film with antioxidant. This, together with the Fourier transform infrared measurements, demonstrated that the variations of S and Io-Ps are caused by the thermal oxidation of PE. The S parameter was found to be sensitive to the early stage of degradation, where the carbonyl concentration is inferred to be lower than 100 ppm. The high sensitivity results from the large positron mobility in PE and from the high positron affinity of oxygen-containing polar groups. This work provides the basis for an application of positron annihilation to sensitive detection of the initial degradation of PE and other nonpolar polymers.

  19. Mechanisms of lithium transport in amorphous polyethylene oxide.

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    Duan, Yuhua; Halley, J W; Curtiss, Larry; Redfern, Paul

    2005-02-01

    We report calculations using a previously reported model of lithium perchlorate in polyethylene oxide in order to understand the mechanism of lithium transport in these systems. Using an algorithm suggested by Voter, we find results for the diffusion rate which are quite close to experimental values. By analysis of the individual events in which large lithium motions occur during short times, we find that no single type of rearrangement of the lithium environment characterizes these events. We estimate the free energies of the lithium ion as a function of position during these events by calculation of potentials of mean force and thus derive an approximate map of the free energy as a function of lithium position during these events. The results are consistent with a Marcus-like picture in which the system slowly climbs a free energy barrier dominated by rearrangement of the polymer around the lithium ions, after which the lithium moves very quickly to a new position. Reducing the torsion forces in the model causes the diffusion rates to increase. PMID:15740341

  20. Thermosensitive block copolymer hydrogels based on poly(ɛ-caprolactone) and polyethylene glycol for biomedical applications: state of the art and future perspectives.

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    Boffito, Monica; Sirianni, Paolo; Di Rienzo, Anna Maria; Chiono, Valeria

    2015-03-01

    This review focuses on the challenges associated with the design and development of injectable hydrogels of synthetic origin based on FDA approved blocks, such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) and poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL). An overview of recent studies on inverse thermosensitive PEG/PCL hydrogels is provided. These systems have been proposed to overcome the limitations of previously introduced degradable thermosensitive hydrogels [e.g., PEG/poly(lactide-co-glycolic acid) hydrogels]. PEG/PCL hydrogels are advantageous due to their higher gel strength, slower degradation rate and availability in powder form. Particularly, triblock PEG/PCL copolymers have been widely investigated, with PCL-PEG-PCL (PCEC) hydrogels showing superior gel strength and slower degradation kinetics than PEG-PCL-PEG (PECE) hydrogels. Compared to triblock PEG/PCL copolymers, concentrated solutions of multiblock PEG/PCL copolymers were stable due to their slower crystallization rate. However, the resulting hydrogel gel strength was low. Inverse thermosensitive triblock PEG/PCL hydrogels have been mainly applied in tissue engineering, to decrease tissue adherence or, in combination with bioactive molecules, to promote tissue regeneration. They have also found application as in situ drug delivery carriers. On the other hand, the wide potentialities of multiblock PEG/PCL hydrogels, associated with the stability of their water-based solutions under storage, their higher degradation time compared to triblock copolymer hydrogels and the possibility to insert bioactive building blocks along the copolymer chains, have not been fully exploited yet. A critical discussion is provided to highlight advantages and limitations of currently developed themosensitive PEG/PCL hydrogels, suggesting future strategies for the realization of PEG/PCL-based copolymers with improved performance in the different application fields. PMID:24912941

  1. Spontaneous Insertion, Helix Formation, and Hydration of Polyethylene Oxide in Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Dahal, Udaya R; Dormidontova, Elena E

    2016-07-01

    Hydration strongly affects macromolecular conformation in solution and under nanoconfinement as encountered in nature and nanomaterials. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations we demonstrate that polyethylene oxide spontaneously enters single wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) from aqueous solutions and forms rodlike, helix, and wrapped chain conformations depending on the CNT diameter. We show that water organization and the stability of the polyethylene oxide hydration shell under confinement is responsible for the helix formation, which can have significant implications for nanomaterial design. PMID:27447525

  2. Spontaneous Insertion, Helix Formation, and Hydration of Polyethylene Oxide in Carbon Nanotubes

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    Dahal, Udaya R.; Dormidontova, Elena E.

    2016-07-01

    Hydration strongly affects macromolecular conformation in solution and under nanoconfinement as encountered in nature and nanomaterials. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations we demonstrate that polyethylene oxide spontaneously enters single wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) from aqueous solutions and forms rodlike, helix, and wrapped chain conformations depending on the CNT diameter. We show that water organization and the stability of the polyethylene oxide hydration shell under confinement is responsible for the helix formation, which can have significant implications for nanomaterial design.

  3. Room temperature aqueous self-assembly of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) block copolymers: From spherical to worm-like micelles.

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    Rodrigues, Daniela P; Costa, João R C; Rocha, Nuno; Góis, Joana R; Serra, Arménio C; Coelho, Jorge F J

    2016-09-01

    The solution self-assembly and the formation, at room temperature, of a wide range of nanostructures based on monomethyl ether poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (mPEG-b-P4VP) block copolymer is reported. Copolymers with different compositions and molecular weights were synthesized through Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) method. The solution self-assembly of the block copolymers was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for different solution pHs. It was found that the formation of non-spherical nanostructures, such as rod- and worm-like micelles can be easily achieved, at room temperature, by simply varying the molecular weight of the different segments as well as the mPEG to P4VP ratio in the block copolymer structure. Because P4VP segments are known to form strong complexes with metals, the nanostructures prepared in this manuscript can find innovative applications in the biomedical field and be used as nano-templates for inorganic materials. PMID:27232308

  4. 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

  5. Grafting of copolymer styrene maleic anhydride on poly(ethylene terephthalate) film by chemical reaction and by plasma method: Optimization of the grafting reaction using experimental design

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    Bigan, Muriel; Bigot, Julien; Mutel, Brigitte; Coqueret, Xavier

    2008-02-01

    This work deals with the chemical grafting of a styrene maleic anhydride copolymer on the surface of a previously hydrolyzed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film 12 μm thick via covalent bond. Two different ways are studied. The first one involves an activation of the hydrolyzed PET by the triethylamine before the grafting step. In the second one, the copolymer reacts with the 4-dimethylaminopyridine in order to form maleinyl pyridinium salt which reacts with alcohol function of the hydrolyzed PET. Characterization and quantification of the grafting are performed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Factorial experiment designs are used to optimize the process and to estimate experimental parameters effects. The opportunity to associate the chemical process to a cold remote nitrogen plasma one is also examined.

  6. Ostene, a New Alkylene Oxide Copolymer Bone Hemostatic Material, Does Not Inhibit Bone Healing

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    Magyar, Clara E.; Aghaloo, Tara L.; Atti, Elisa; Tetradis, Sotirios

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE In this study, we investigate the effects of a soft bone hemostatic wax comprised of water-soluble alkylene oxide copolymers (Ostene; Ceremed, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) on bone healing in a rat calvaria defect model. We compared the effects with a control (no hemostatic agent) and bone wax, an insoluble and nonresorbable material commonly used for bone hemostasis. METHODS Two bilateral 3-mm circular noncritical-sized defects were made in the calvariae of 30 rats. Alkylene oxide copolymer or bone wax was applied or no hemostatic material was used (control). After 3, 6, and 12 weeks, rats were sacrificed and the calvariae excised. Bone healing, expressed as fractional bone volume (± standard error of the mean), was measured by microcomputed tomography. RESULTS Immediate hemostasis was achieved equally with bone wax and alkylene oxide copolymer. Bone wax-filled defects remained unchanged at all time points with negligible healing observed. At 3 weeks, no evidence of alkylene oxide copolymer was observed at the application site, with fractional bone volume significantly greater than bone wax-treated defects (0.20 ± 0.03 versus 0.02 ± 0.01; P = 0.0003). At 6 and 12-weeks, alkylene oxide copolymer-treated defects continued to show significantly greater healing versus bone wax (0.18 ± 0.04 versus 0.05 ± 0.01 and 0.31 ± 0.04 versus 0.06 ± 0.02, respectively). At all time points, alkylene oxide copolymer-treated and control defects showed good healing with no significant difference. CONCLUSION Alkylene oxide copolymer is an effective hemostatic agent that does not inhibit osteogenesis or bone healing. PMID:18981846

  7. Formulation of iron oxides by nanoparticles of poly-lactide- co-D-α-tocopherol-polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate biodegradable polymer for magnetic resonance imaging

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    Prashant, Chandrasekharan; Dipak, Maity; Chang-Tong, Yang; Kai-Hsiang, Chuang; Jun, Ding; Si-Shen, Feng

    2010-05-01

    Iron oxide nanocrystals of superparamagnetic nature provide diverse applications, which are extended for assessing and treating diseases in humans. Such nanocrystals are usually coated with a hydrophilic layer which enhances the property of the particles in vivo. In the current study, we have used a novel amphiphilic copolymer, poly-lactide-co-D-α-tocopherol-polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate to encapsulate Iron oxide nanocrystals to form polymer nanospheres with high encapsulation efficiency; the magnetic study of the nanoparticles showed that the iron oxide nanocrystals retained their magnetic property with a slight loss in the magnetic saturation. The relaxivity study performed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed that such nanoparticles formulation of iron oxides are useful for T2 weighted imaging, which is thus of great potential for MRI with better imaging effects and less clinical side effects. The particles were tested for the contrast enhancement in an in vivo model.

  8. FETs Based on Doped Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Fibers

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    Theofylaktos, Noulie; Robinson, Daryl; Miranda, Felix; Pinto, Nicholas; Johnson, Alan, Jr.; MacDiarmid, Alan; Mueller, Carl

    2006-01-01

    A family of experimental highly miniaturized field-effect transistors (FETs) is based on exploitation of the electrical properties of nanofibers of polyaniline/ polyethylene oxide (PANi/PEO) doped with camphorsulfonic acid. These polymer-based FETs have the potential for becoming building blocks of relatively inexpensive, low-voltage, highspeed logic circuits that could supplant complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) logic circuits. The development of these polymerbased FETs offers advantages over the competing development of FETs based on carbon nanotubes. Whereas it is difficult to control the molecular structures and, hence, the electrical properties of carbon nanotubes, it is easy to tailor the electrical properties of these polymerbased FETs, throughout the range from insulating through semiconducting to metallic, through choices of doping levels and chemical manipulation of polymer side chains. A further advantage of doped PANi/PEO nanofibers is that they can be made to draw very small currents and operate at low voltage levels, and thus are promising for applications in which there are requirements to use many FETs to obtain large computational capabilities while minimizing power demands. Fabrication of an experimental FET in this family begins with the preparation of a substrate as follows: A layer of silicon dioxide between 50 and 200 nm thick is deposited on a highly doped (resistivity 0.01 W.cm) silicon substrate, then gold electrodes/contact stripes are deposited on the oxide. Next, one or more fibers of camphorsulphonic acid-doped PANi/PEO having diameters of the order of 100 nm are electrospun onto the substrate so as to span the gap between the gold electrodes (see Figure 1). Figure 2 depicts measured current-versus-voltage characteristics of the device of Figure 1, showing that saturation channel currents occur at source-todrain potentials that are surprisingly low, relative to those of CMOS FETs. The hole mobility in the depletion regime in

  9. Dual-responsive polypseudorotaxanes based on block-selected inclusion between polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene glycol) diblock copolymers and 1,4-diethoxypillar[5]arene.

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    Chen, Jianzhuang; Li, Nan; Gao, Yongping; Sun, Fugen; He, Jianping; Li, Yongsheng

    2015-10-21

    Based on the selective recognition of the polyethylene (PE) block of polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PE-b-PEG) by 1,4-diethoxypillar[5]arene (DEP5A), two novel thermo and competitive guest (1,4-dibromobutane or hexanedinitrile) responsive polypseudorotaxanes (PPRs) have been successfully constructed. The formation of PPRs both in solution and in the solid state was demonstrated by (1)H NMR, 2D NOESY, and WAXD analyses. TGA data illustrate that PPRs exhibit higher thermal stability than their precursor diblock copolymers. Moreover, intriguing porous disk-like aggregates are produced by electrospraying of PPRs in CHCl3 and the self-assembled structures of PPRs are totally changed by the addition of 1,4-dibromobutane or hexanedinitrile, demonstrating their competitive guest stimuli-responsiveness. PMID:26324953

  10. Various-sourced pectin and polyethylene oxide electrospun fibers.

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    Rockwell, Pamela L; Kiechel, Marjorie A; Atchison, Jennifer S; Toth, Laura J; Schauer, Caroline L

    2014-07-17

    Pectin, a naturally occurring and biorenewable polysaccharide, is derived from plant cell wall tissue and used in applications ranging from food processing to biomedical engineering. Due to extraction methods and source variation, there is currently no consensus in literature as to the exact structure of pectin. Here, we have studied key material properties of electrospun pectin blends with polyethylene oxide (PEO) (1:1, v/v) in order to demonstrate the fabrication of a fibrous and less toxic material system, as well as to understand the effects of source variability on the resulting fibrous mats. The bulk pectin degree of esterification (DE) estimated using FTIR (bulk apple pomace (AP)=28%, bulk citrus peel (CP)=86% and bulk sugar beet pulp (SBP)=91%) was shown to inversely correlate with electrospun fiber crystallinity determined using XRD (PEO-AP=37%, PEO-CP=28% and PEO-SBP=23%). This in turn affected the trend observed for the mean fiber diameter (n=50) (PEO-AP=124 ± 26 nm, PEO-CP=493 ± 254 nm and PEO-SBP=581 ± 178 nm) and elastic tensile moduli (1.6 ± 0.2 MPa, 4.37 ± 0.64 MPa and 2.49 ± 1.46 MPa, respectively) of the fibrous mats. Electrospun fibers containing bulk AP had the lowest DE, highest crystallinity, smallest mean fiber diameter, and lowest tensile modulus compared to either the bulk CP or bulk SBP. Bound water in PEO-CP fiber and bulk pectin impurities in PEO-SPB were observed to influence fiber branching and mean diameter distributions, which in turn influenced the fiber tensile properties. These results indicate that pectin, when blended with PEO in water, produces submicron fibrous mats with pectin influencing the blend fiber properties. Moreover, the source of pectin is an important variable in creating electrospun blend fibrous mats with desired material properties. PMID:24702925

  11. Interaction of poly(ethylene oxide) with fumed silica.

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    Voronin, E F; Gun'ko, V M; Guzenko, N V; Pakhlov, E M; Nosach, L V; Leboda, R; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J; Malysheva, M L; Borysenko, M V; Chuiko, A A

    2004-11-15

    Interaction of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO, 600 kDa) with fumed silica A-300 (SBET = 316 m2/g) was investigated under different conditions using adsorption, infrared (IR), thermal analysis (TG-DTA), AFM, and quantum chemical methods. The studied dried silica/PEO samples were also carbonized in a flow reactor at 773 K. The structural characteristics of fumed silica, PEO/silica, and pyrocarbon/fumed silica were investigated using nitrogen adsorption-desorption at 77.4 K. PEO adsorption isotherm depicts a high affinity of PEO to the fumed silica surface in aqueous medium. PEO adsorbed in the amount of 50 mg per gram of silica (PEO monolayer corresponds to CPEO approximately 190 mg/g) can disturb approximately 70% of isolated surface silanols. However, at the monolayer coverage, only 20% of oxygen atoms of PEO molecules take part in the hydrogen bonding with the surface silanols. An increase in the PEO amount adsorbed on fumed silica leads to a diminution of the specific surface area and contributions of micro- (pore radius R < 1 nm) and mesopores (1 < R < 25 nm) to the pore volume but contribution of macropores (R > 25 nm) increases with CPEO. Quantum chemical calculations of a complex of a PEO fragment with a tripple bond SiOH group of a silica cluster in the gas phase and with consideration for the solvent (water) effect show a reduction of interaction energy in the aqueous medium. However, the complex remains strong enough to provide durability of the PEO adsorption complexes on fumed silica; i.e., PEO/fumed silica nanocomposites could be stable in both gaseous and liquid media. PMID:15464796

  12. The effect of insulin-loaded linear poly(ethylene glycol)-brush-like poly(l-lysine) block copolymer on renal ischemia/reperfusion-induced lung injury through downregulating hypoxia-inducible factor

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    Tong, Fei; Tang, Xiangyuan; Li, Xin; Xia, Wenquan; Liu, Daojun

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to observe the therapeutic effect of insulin-loaded linear poly(ethylene glycol)-brush-like poly(l-lysine) block copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-b-(poly(ethylenediamine l-glutamate)-g-poly(l-lysine)) (PEG-b-(PELG-g-PLL) on renal ischemia/reperfusion-induced lung injury through downregulating hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) as compared to free insulin. Sprague Dawley rats were pretreated with 30 U/kg insulin or insulin/PEG-b-(PELG-g-PLL) complex, and then subjected to 45 minutes of ischemia and 24 hours of reperfusion. The blood and lungs were collected, the level of serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen were measured, and the dry/wet lung ratios, the activity of superoxide dismutase and myeloperoxidase, the content of methane dicarboxylic aldehyde and tumor necrosis factor-α, and the expression of HIF-1α and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were measured in pulmonary tissues. Both insulin and insulin/PEG-b-(PELG-g-PLL) preconditioning improved the recovery of renal function, reduced pulmonary oxidative stress injury, restrained inflammatory damage, and downregulated the expression of HIF-1α and VEGF as compared to ischemia/reperfusion group, while insulin/PEG-b-(PELG-g-PLL) significantly improved this effect. PMID:27175073

  13. 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

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

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

    2015-09-29

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

  15. Complex Formation Between Lysozyme and Stabilized Micelles with a Mixed Poly(ethylene oxide)/Poly(acrylic acid) Shell.

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    Karayianni, Maria; Gancheva, Valeria; Pispas, Stergios; Petrov, Petar

    2016-03-10

    The electrostatic complexation between lysozyme and stabilized polymeric micelles (SPMs) with a poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) or a mixed poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(acrylic acid) (PEO/PAA) shell (SPMs with a mixed shell, SPMMS) and a temperature-responsive poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) core was investigated by means of dynamic, static, and electrophoretic light scattering. The SPMs and different types of SPMMS used resulted from the self-assembly of PAA-PPO-PAA triblock copolymer chains, or PAA-PPO-PAA and PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer chain mixtures (with varying chain lengths and molar ratios) in aqueous solutions at pH 10 and the subsequent cross-linking of their PPO cores via loading and photo-cross-linking of pentaerythritol tetraacrylate (PETA). The solution behavior, structure and properties of the formed complexes at pH 7 and 0.01 M ionic strength, were studied as a function of the protein concentration in the solution (the concentration of the stabilized micelles was kept constant) or equivalently the ratio of the two components. The complexation process and properties of the complexes proved to be dependent on the protein concentration, while of particular interest was the effect of the structure of the shell of the SPMs on the stability/solubility of the complexes. Finally, the fluorescence and mid infrared spectroscopic investigation of the structure of the complexed protein showed that, although a small stretching of the protein molecules occurred in some cases, no protein denaturation takes place upon complexation. PMID:26881445

  16. Copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(l-lysine) grafting polyethylenimine through a reducible disulfide linkage for siRNA delivery

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    Li, Jingguo; Cheng, Du; Yin, Tinghui; Chen, Weicai; Lin, Yujie; Chen, Jifeng; Li, Ruitang; Shuai, Xintao

    2014-01-01

    siRNA therapy research has primarily focused on the synthesis and development of effective siRNA delivery vectors with easy biodegradability and low toxicity. In the present study, we synthesized a ternary copolymer mPEG-b-PLL-g-(ss-lPEI), denoted as PLI, by introducing disulfide bond linkages to graft low molecular weight linear polyethylenimine (lPEI) to the block copolymer of poly(l-lysine) (PLL) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) for siRNA delivery. The PLL block and disulfide linkage rendered the carrier biodegradability, while lPEI grafting brought about the proton buffering capacity for lysosomal siRNA release and low cationic toxicity. Conjugation of a single chain monoclonal antibody (Herceptin) to the carrier as a targeting ligand for the Her2/neu receptor significantly increased the transfection activity of the copolymer/siRNA nanocomplex (i.e. the polyplex) in Skov-3, a human ovarian cancer cell line. Determination of gene expression at both the mRNA and protein levels demonstrated that Her2-targeted delivery of siRNA (XIAP siRNA) effectively downregulated the targeted XIAP (X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein) gene, resulting in enhanced cancer cell apoptosis and improved therapeutic efficacy in vitro and in vivo. The distinct features of low cytotoxicity, easy degradability, and high siRNA transfection efficiency make the copolymer a promising candidate for siRNA therapy in tumors.siRNA therapy research has primarily focused on the synthesis and development of effective siRNA delivery vectors with easy biodegradability and low toxicity. In the present study, we synthesized a ternary copolymer mPEG-b-PLL-g-(ss-lPEI), denoted as PLI, by introducing disulfide bond linkages to graft low molecular weight linear polyethylenimine (lPEI) to the block copolymer of poly(l-lysine) (PLL) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) for siRNA delivery. The PLL block and disulfide linkage rendered the carrier biodegradability, while lPEI grafting brought about the proton

  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. Effect of ultraviolet radiation in the photo-oxidation of High Density Polyethylene and Biodegradable Polyethylene films

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    Martínez-Romo, A.; González Mota, R.; Bernal, J. J. Soto; Frausto Reyes, C.; Rosales Candelas, I.

    2015-01-01

    One of the most widely used plastics in the world is the High density polyethylene (HDPE), it is a stable material due to its carbon-carbon bonds, causing their slow degradation; which is why we are looking for alternative ways to accelerate the degradation process of this polymer. An alternative is the addition of oxidized groups in its molecular structure, which results in the development of polymers susceptible to biodegradation (PE-BIO). In this paper, HDPE and PE-BIO films were exposed to UV-B radiation (320-280 nm) at different exposure times, 0-60 days. The effects of UV radiation in samples of HDPE and PE-BIO were characterized using infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total reflectance (ATR). The results show that the exposed materials undergo changes in their molecular structure, due to the infrared bands formed which corresponds to the photo-oxidation of HDPE and PE films when submitted to UV-B radiation.

  19. Carbon nanotubes in electrospun polyethylene oxide nanofibres: A potential route to conducting nanofibres

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    Nazhipkyzy, M.; Mohan, S. D.; Davis, F. J.; Mitchell, G. R.

    2015-10-01

    Polyethylene oxide solution containing multi-walled carbon nanotubes have been electrospun onto a rotating collector to produce highly aligned arrays of electrospun nanofibers ranging in diameters from (200 - 360) nanometres. The addition of a surfactant (Triton X-100) is highly effective in dispersing carbon nanotube within an aqueous solution of polyethylene oxide and the resulting mixture can be electrospun without excessive clumping to produce nanofibers containing high loadings of nanotubes; in this case up to 5% wt thereby providing an effective route to electrically conductive nanofibres.

  20. 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

  1. Oxidation-Resistant Coating For Bipolar Lead/Acid Battery

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    Bolstad, James J.

    1993-01-01

    Cathode side of bipolar substrate coated with nonoxidizable conductive layer. Coating prepared as water slurry of aqueous dispersion of polyethylene copolymer plus such conductive fillers as tin oxide, titanium, tantalum, or tungsten oxide. Applied easily to substrate of polyethylene carbon plastic. As slurry dries, conductive, oxidation-resistant coating forms on positive side of substrate.

  2. 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

  3. Thermo-oxidative stability of electron beam irradiated ethylene norbornene copolymer

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    Aymes-Chodur, Caroline; Sghaïer, M.; Yagoubi, N.

    2016-01-01

    The effect of ionizing radiation on the thermal stability of ethylene norbornene copolymer (ENC) to which a phenolic antioxidant (AO), Irganox 1010®, had been added, was investigated. To this end, a series of appropriate thermal analyzes methods (TGA, DSC, OIT measurements), were used for testing the polymer matrix oxidation level. We were able to correlate the diminution of AO concentration with the oxidation induction time and calculate the activation energy, thereby demonstrating the efficiency of the AO and the effect of radiation.

  4. Solubilization of docetaxel in poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(butylene/styrene oxide) micelles.

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    Elsabahy, Mahmoud; Perron, Marie-Eve; Bertrand, Nicolas; Yu, Ga-Er; Leroux, Jean-Christophe

    2007-07-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(styrene oxide) (PEO-b-PSO) and PEO-b-poly(butylene oxide) (PEO-b-PBO) of different chain lengths were synthesized and characterized for their self-assembling properties in water by dynamic/static light scattering, spectrofluorimetry, and transmission electron microscopy. The resulting polymeric micelles were evaluated for their ability to solubilize and protect the anticancer drug docetaxel (DCTX) from degradation. The drug release kinetics as well as the cytotoxicity of the loaded micelles were assessed in vitro. All polymers formed micelles with a highly viscous core at low critical association concentrations (<10 mg/L). Micelle morphology depended on the nature of the hydrophobic block, with PBO- and PSO-based micelles yielding monodisperse spherical and cylindrical nanosized aggregates, respectively. The maximum solubilization capacity for DCTX ranged from 0.7 to 4.2% and was the highest for PSO micelles exhibiting the longest hydrophobic segment. Despite their high affinity for DCTX, PEO-b-PSO micelles were not able to efficiently protect DCTX against hydrolysis under accelerated stability testing conditions. Only PEO-b-PBO bearing 24 BO units afforded significant protection against degradation. In vitro, DCTX was released slower from the latter micelles, but all formulations possessed a similar cytotoxic effect against PC-3 prostate cancer cells. These data suggest that PEO-b-P(SO/BO) micelles could be used as alternatives to conventional surfactants for the solubilization of taxanes. PMID:17579476

  5. RAFT aqueous dispersion polymerization yields poly(ethylene glycol)-based diblock copolymer nano-objects with predictable single phase morphologies.

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    Warren, Nicholas J; Mykhaylyk, Oleksandr O; Mahmood, Daniel; Ryan, Anthony J; Armes, Steven P

    2014-01-22

    A poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) macromolecular chain transfer agent (macro-CTA) is prepared in high yield (>95%) with 97% dithiobenzoate chain-end functionality in a three-step synthesis starting from a monohydroxy PEG113 precursor. This PEG113-dithiobenzoate is then used for the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA). Polymerizations conducted under optimized conditions at 50 °C led to high conversions as judged by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and relatively low diblock copolymer polydispersities (M(w)/M(n) < 1.25) as judged by GPC. The latter technique also indicated good blocking efficiencies, since there was minimal PEG113 macro-CTA contamination. Systematic variation of the mean degree of polymerization of the core-forming PHPMA block allowed PEG113-PHPMA(x) diblock copolymer spheres, worms, or vesicles to be prepared at up to 17.5% w/w solids, as judged by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy studies. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) analysis revealed that more exotic oligolamellar vesicles were observed at 20% w/w solids when targeting highly asymmetric diblock compositions. Detailed analysis of SAXS curves indicated that the mean number of membranes per oligolamellar vesicle is approximately three. A PEG113-PHPMA(x) phase diagram was constructed to enable the reproducible targeting of pure phases, as opposed to mixed morphologies (e.g., spheres plus worms or worms plus vesicles). This new RAFT PISA formulation is expected to be important for the rational and efficient synthesis of a wide range of biocompatible, thermo-responsive PEGylated diblock copolymer nano-objects for various biomedical applications. PMID:24400622

  6. A new formulation of curcumin using poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid)—polyethylene glycol diblock copolymer as carrier material

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    Phuong Tuyen Dao, Thi; Hoai Nguyen, To; To, Van Vinh; Ho, Thanh Ha; Nguyen, Tuan Anh; Chien Dang, Mau

    2014-09-01

    The aim of this study is to fabricate a nanoparticle formulation of curcumin using a relatively new vehicle as the matrix polymer: poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)- polyethylene glycol (PEG) diblock copolymer, and to investigate the effects of the various processing parameters on the characteristics of nanoparticles (NPs). We successfully synthesized the matrix polymer of PLGA-PEG by conjugation of PLGA copolymer with a carboxylate end group to a heterobifunctional amine-PEG-methoxy using N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N’-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride and N-hydroxysuccinimide as conjugation crosslinkers. The composition of the formed product (PLGA-PEG) was characterized with 500 MHz 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The conjugation of PLGA-PEG was confirmed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum study. This diblock copolymer was then used to prepare the curcumin-loaded NPs through nanoprecipitation technique. With this method, we found that the size distribution depends on the type of solvent, the concentration of polymer and the concentration of surfactant. The particle size and size distribution were measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS). Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to confirm the size, structure and morphology of the successfully prepared NPs. All of our results showed that they are spherical and quite homologous with mean diameter around of 100-300 nm. Further, we evaluated encapsulation efficiency and some characteristics of NPs through high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyses, zeta-potential measurements and x-ray diffraction studies. The HPLC analyses were performed to determine the amount of curcumin entrapped in NPs. The zeta-potential measurements confirmed the stability of NPs and the successful encapsulation of curcumin within NPs and the x-ray diffraction patterns showed the disordered-crystalline phase of curcumin inside the polymeric matrix.

  7. RAFT Aqueous Dispersion Polymerization Yields Poly(ethylene glycol)-Based Diblock Copolymer Nano-Objects with Predictable Single Phase Morphologies

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    A poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) macromolecular chain transfer agent (macro-CTA) is prepared in high yield (>95%) with 97% dithiobenzoate chain-end functionality in a three-step synthesis starting from a monohydroxy PEG113 precursor. This PEG113-dithiobenzoate is then used for the reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA). Polymerizations conducted under optimized conditions at 50 °C led to high conversions as judged by 1H NMR spectroscopy and relatively low diblock copolymer polydispersities (Mw/Mn < 1.25) as judged by GPC. The latter technique also indicated good blocking efficiencies, since there was minimal PEG113 macro-CTA contamination. Systematic variation of the mean degree of polymerization of the core-forming PHPMA block allowed PEG113-PHPMAx diblock copolymer spheres, worms, or vesicles to be prepared at up to 17.5% w/w solids, as judged by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy studies. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) analysis revealed that more exotic oligolamellar vesicles were observed at 20% w/w solids when targeting highly asymmetric diblock compositions. Detailed analysis of SAXS curves indicated that the mean number of membranes per oligolamellar vesicle is approximately three. A PEG113-PHPMAx phase diagram was constructed to enable the reproducible targeting of pure phases, as opposed to mixed morphologies (e.g., spheres plus worms or worms plus vesicles). This new RAFT PISA formulation is expected to be important for the rational and efficient synthesis of a wide range of biocompatible, thermo-responsive PEGylated diblock copolymer nano-objects for various biomedical applications. PMID:24400622

  8. 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

  9. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymer gels and the production thereof

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.

    2007-05-15

    The present invention provides novel gel forming methacrylic blocking copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility. The copolymers are constructed by polymerization of a tertiary amine methacrylate with either a (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer, such as the commercially available Pluronic.RTM. polymers, or a poly(ethylene glycol)methyl ether polymer. The polymers may be used for drug and gene delivery, protein separation, as structural supplements, and more.

  10. Lipoprotein interactions with a polyurethane and a polyethylene oxide-modified polyurethane at the plasma-material interface.

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    Cornelius, Rena M; Macri, Joseph; Cornelius, Katherine M; Brash, John L

    2016-01-01

    Lipoproteins [high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), and very low density lipoprotein (VLDL)] are present in blood in relatively high concentrations, and, given their importance in cardiovascular disease, the interactions of these species with blood contacting biomaterials and their possible role in thrombogenesis is of interest. In the present communication, quantitative data on the adsorption of apolipoprotein AI, apolipoprotein AII (the main protein components of HDL), and apolipoprotein B (the main protein component of LDL and VLDL), as well as the lipoproteins themselves from plasma to a biomedical grade polyurethane (PU) with and without a copolymer additive that contains polyethylene oxide (PEO) segments, were investigated. Adsorption from some binary solutions was also studied. Significant quantities of the apolipoproteins were found to adsorb from plasma to the PU, while adsorption to the PEO material was more than 90% lower, demonstrating strong protein resistance of the latter material. In contrast, significant quantities of the lipoproteins were found to adsorb to the PEO as well as to the PU material. From these and previously published results, it is concluded that the protein layer formed on the PU surface from plasma (and by extension from blood) contains apolipoproteins and lipoproteins in addition to other plasma proteins; the layer formed on the PEO surface, however, appears to contain minimal quantities of plasma proteins (including free apolipoproteins) but significant quantities of lipoproteins. PMID:27306077

  11. SPECT/CT Imaging of Pluronic Nanocarriers with Varying Poly(ethylene oxide) Block Length and Aggregation State.

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    Arranja, Alexandra; Ivashchenko, Oleksandra; Denkova, Antonia G; Morawska, Karolina; van Vlierberghe, Sandra; Dubruel, Peter; Waton, Gilles; Beekman, Freek J; Schosseler, François; Mendes, Eduardo

    2016-03-01

    Optimal biodistribution and prolonged circulation of nanocarriers improve diagnostic and therapeutic effects of enhanced permeability and retention-based nanomedicines. Despite extensive use of Pluronics in polymer-based pharmaceuticals, the influence of different poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) block length and aggregation state on the biodistribution of the carriers is rather unexplored. In this work, we studied these effects by evaluating the biodistribution of Pluronic unimers and cross-linked micelles with different PEO block size. In vivo biodistribution of (111)In-radiolabeled Pluronic nanocarriers was investigated in healthy mice using single photon emission computed tomography. All carriers show fast uptake in the organs from the reticuloendothelial system followed by a steady elimination through the hepatobiliary tract and renal filtration. The PEO block length affects the initial renal clearance of the compounds and the overall liver uptake. The aggregation state influences the long-term accumulation of the nanocarriers in the liver. We showed that the circulation time and elimination pathways can be tuned by varying the physicochemical properties of Pluronic copolymers. Our results can be beneficial for the design of future Pluronic-based nanomedicines. PMID:26883169

  12. Adsorption energies of poly(ethylene oxide)-based surfactants and nanoparticles on an air-water surface.

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    Zell, Zachary A; Isa, Lucio; Ilg, Patrick; Leal, L Gary; Squires, Todd M

    2014-01-14

    The self-assembly of polymer-based surfactants and nanoparticles on fluid-fluid interfaces is central to many applications, including dispersion stabilization, creation of novel 2D materials, and surface patterning. Very often these processes involve compressing interfacial monolayers of particles or polymers to obtain a desired material microstructure. At high surface pressures, however, even highly interfacially active objects can desorb from the interface. Methods of directly measuring the energy which keeps the polymer or particles bound to the interface (adsorption/desorption energies) are therefore of high interest for these processes. Moreover, though a geometric description linking adsorption energy and wetting properties through the definition of a contact angle can be established for rigid nano- or microparticles, such a description breaks down for deformable or aggregating objects. Here, we demonstrate a technique to quantify desorption energies directly, by comparing surface pressure-density compression measurements using a Wilhelmy plate and a custom-microfabricated deflection tensiometer. We focus on poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymers and nanoparticles. For PEO-based homo- and copolymers, the adsorption energy of PEO chains scales linearly with molecular weight and can be tuned by changing the subphase composition. Moreover, the desorption surface pressure of PEO-stabilized nanoparticles corresponds to the saturation surface pressure for spontaneously adsorbed monolayers, yielding trapping energies of ∼10(3) k(B)T. PMID:24328531

  13. Extrusion of polysaccharide nanocrystal reinforced polymer nanocomposites through compatibilization with poly(ethylene oxide).

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    Pereda, Mariana; El Kissi, Nadia; Dufresne, Alain

    2014-06-25

    Polysaccharide nanocrystals with a rodlike shape but with different dimensions and specific surface area were prepared from cotton and capim dourado cellulose, and with a plateletlike morphology from waxy maize starch granules. The rheological behavior of aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with different molecular weights when adding these nanoparticles was investigated evidencing specific interactions between PEO chains and nanocrystals. Because PEO also bears hydrophobic moieties, it was employed as a compatibilizing agent for the melt processing of polymer nanocomposites. The freeze-dried mixtures were used to prepare nanocomposite materials with a low density polyethylene matrix by extrusion. The thermal and mechanical behavior of ensuing nanocomposites was studied. PMID:24840363

  14. Conduction mechanisms in concentrated LiI-polyethylene oxide-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based solid electrolytes

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    Golodnitsky, D.; Ardel, G.; Strauss, E.; Peled, E.; Lareah, Y.; Rosenberg, Y.

    1997-10-01

    The ionic conductivity of concentrated LiI-polyethylene oxide P(EO){sub n} high surface area oxide composite polymer electrolytes has been investigated. Two different Arrhenius dependences for concentrated composite polymer electrolytes (CPEs) have been identified. The first one is characterized by an inflection point at about 80 C, and the second, by a conductivity jump. The authors have suggested that in CPEs, where 3oxide matrix, Li salt to ethylene oxide ratio, copolymers, and solvents on polymer electrolyte conductivity (especially at T >T{sub k}orT{sub jump}) and on Ea have been studied (T{sub jump}=temperature of the conductivity jump). The addition of small quantities of ethylene carbonate, poly(methyl methacrylate), and polyacrylonitrile were found to be beneficial while poly(methyl acrylate), poly(butyl acrylate), and poly(vinylidene fluoride) additions made the polymer electrolyte stiffer and less conductive. MgO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and potassium aluminosilicate muscovite mica based CSEs have similar conductivity. Results clearly demonstrated the depression of CPE crystallinity by addition of fine Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder, ethylene carbonate, and poly(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether, in agreement with the conductivity enhancement of the CPE.

  15. PEI-PEG-Chitosan Copolymer Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Safe Gene Delivery: synthesis, complexation, and transfection**

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    Kievit, Forrest M.; Veiseh, Omid; Bhattarai, Narayan; Fang, Chen; Gunn, Jonathan W.; Lee, Donghoon; Ellenbogen, Richard G.; Olson, James M.

    2009-01-01

    Gene therapy offers the potential of mediating disease through modification of specific cellular functions of target cells. However, effective transport of nucleic acids to target cells with minimal side effects remains a challenge despite the use of unique viral and non-viral delivery approaches. Here we present a non-viral nanoparticle gene carrier that demonstrates effective gene delivery and transfection both in vitro and in vivo. The nanoparticle system (NP-CP-PEI) is made of a superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (NP), which enables magnetic resonance imaging, coated with a novel copolymer (CP-PEI) comprised of short chain polyethylenimine (PEI) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted to the natural polysaccharide, chitosan (CP), which allows efficient loading and protection of the nucleic acids. The function of each component material in this nanoparticle system is illustrated by comparative studies of three nanoparticle systems of different surface chemistries, through material property characterization, DNA loading and transfection analyses, and toxicity assessment. Significantly, NP-CP-PEI demonstrates an innocuous toxic profile and a high level of expression of the delivered plasmid DNA in a C6 xenograft mouse model, making it a potential candidate for safe in vivo delivery of DNA for gene therapy. PMID:20160995

  16. IN VIVO OXIDATION CONTRIBUTES TO DELAMINATION BUT NOT PITTING IN POLYETHYLENE COMPONENTS FOR TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY

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    Medel, Francisco J.; Kurtz, Steven M.; Sharkey, Peter; Parvizi, Javad; Klein, Gregg; Hartzband, Mark; Kraay, Matthew; Rimnac, Clare M.

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to better understand how in vivo oxidation contributes to fatigue damage in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). 119 tibial inserts were consecutively collected after revision surgery. Of the 119 polyethylene retrievals, 29 were gamma sterilized in air (historical), while the remaining 90 were gamma sterilized in nitrogen (conventional). Surface damage assessment and characterization of oxidation were performed on all the retrievals. Delamination was significantly more prevalent and extensive in the longer-term, highly oxidized, historical tibial inserts. Pitting damage, in contrast, appeared to be equally prevalent between both retrieval groups, and was not correlated with in vivo oxidation. Our findings support our hypothesis that in vivo oxidation is a contributing factor to delamination, but not pitting, in TKA. Despite the lower oxidation displayed by conventional retrievals, this study provides strong evidence that delamination secondary to in vivo oxidation may occur during the second decade of implantation. PMID:20875942

  17. Lyotropic Phase Behavior of Polybutadiene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymers in Ionic Liquids

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    Simone, Peter M.; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2008-08-26

    The lyotropic phase behavior of three poly(1,2-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers (PB-PEO) with different monomer volume fractions has been studied in two different ionic liquids, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMI][TFSI]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMI][PF{sub 6}]), across the complete concentration range. The ordered microstructures present in the solutions were characterized via small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The phase diagrams for the PB-PEO/ionic liquid solutions include regions corresponding to the classical copolymer microstructures: body-centered-cubic lattices of spheres, hexagonally ordered cylinders, and lamellae. Additionally, the phase diagrams also include wide regions of coexisting microstructures and regions apparently corresponding to a disordered network microstructure. The phase behavior of the PB-PEO copolymers in both ionic liquids was comparable to their previously reported aqueous solution behavior. The temperature dependence of the phase diagrams was very modest, indicative of a highly segregated system. The level of solvent selectivity was also investigated via cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) on dilute solutions. On the basis of the morphology of the dilute solution copolymer aggregate structures in the ionic liquid solvents, and on the structural length scales of the concentrated solutions, it was concluded that for PB-PEO [BMI][PF{sub 6}] behaves as a more selective solvent than [EMI][TFSI].

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

    PubMed

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

    2014-11-25

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

  19. Poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted copolymers as synthetic equivalents of benzyltriethylammonium chloride for triphase catalytic alkylation

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    Kimura, Y.; Kirszensztejn, P.; Regan, S.L.

    1983-02-11

    Synthetic results are reported, which show that simple poly(ethylene glycols) grafted to cross-linked polystyrene are remarkably active and stable triphase catalysts for the alkylation of nitriles, ketones, and alcohols. Resins were prepared from commercial chloromethylated polystyrene by using standard grafting procedures. For comparison of their efficacies for promoting alkylation, the conversion of phenylacetonitrile to 2-phenylhexane-nitrile was chosen as a standard reaction.

  20. Molar mass and temperature dependence of the thermodiffusion of polyethylene oxide in water/ethanol mixtures

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    Wang, Zilin; Afanasenkau, Dzmitry; Dong, Minjie; Huang, Danni; Wiegand, Simone

    2014-08-01

    In this work, we study the molar mass dependence of the thermodiffusion of polyethylene oxide at different temperatures in ethanol, water/ethanol mixture (cwater = 0.7), and water in a molar mass range up to Mw = 180 000 g/mol. Due to the low solubility of polyethylene oxide oligomers in ethanol the measurements are limited up to Mw = 2200 g/mol. The specific water/ethanol concentration 0.7 has been chosen, because at this weight fraction the thermal diffusion coefficient, DT, of water/ethanol vanishes so that the system can be treated as a pseudo binary mixture. The addition of ethanol will degrade the solvent quality, so that we expect a change of the interaction energies between polymer and solvent. The analysis of the experimental data within a theoretical model shows the need of a refined model, which takes specific interactions into account.

  1. Enhancement of Airway Gene Transfer by DNA Nanoparticles Using a pH-Responsive Block Copolymer of Polyethylene Glycol and Poly-L-lysine

    PubMed Central

    Boylan, Nicholas J.; Kim, Anthony J.; Suk, Jung Soo; Adstamongkonkul, Pichet; Simons, Brian W.; Lai, Samuel K.; Cooper, Mark J.; Hanes, Justin

    2011-01-01

    Highly compacted DNA nanoparticles, composed of single molecules of plasmid DNA compacted with block copolymers of polyethylene glycol and poly-L-lysine (PEG-CK30), have shown considerable promise in human gene therapy clinical trials in the nares, but may be less capable of transfecting cells that lack surface nucleolin. To address this potential shortcoming, we formulated pH-responsive DNA nanoparticles that mediate gene transfer via a nucleolin-independent pathway. Poly-L-histidine was inserted between PEG and poly-L-lysine to form a triblock copolymer system, PEG-CH12K18. Inclusion of poly-L-histidine increased the buffering capacity of PEG-CH12K18 to levels comparable with branched polyethyleneimine. PEG-CH12K18 compacted DNA into rod-shaped DNA nanoparticles with similar morphology and colloidal stability as PEG-CK30 DNA nanoparticles. PEG-CH12K18 DNA nanoparticles entered human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B) that lack surface nucleolin by a clathrin-dependent endocytic mechanism followed by endo-lysosomal processing. Despite trafficking through the degradative endo-lysosomal pathway, PEG-CH12K18 DNA nanoparticles improved the in vitro gene transfer by ~ 20-fold over PEG-CK30 DNA nanoparticles, and in vivo gene transfer to lung airways in BALB/c mice by ~ 3-fold, while maintaining a favorable toxicity profile. These results represent an important step toward the rational development of an efficient gene delivery platform for the lungs based on highly compacted DNA nanoparticles. PMID:22182747

  2. Enhancement of airway gene transfer by DNA nanoparticles using a pH-responsive block copolymer of polyethylene glycol and poly-L-lysine.

    PubMed

    Boylan, Nicholas J; Kim, Anthony J; Suk, Jung Soo; Adstamongkonkul, Pichet; Simons, Brian W; Lai, Samuel K; Cooper, Mark J; Hanes, Justin

    2012-03-01

    Highly compacted DNA nanoparticles, composed of single molecules of plasmid DNA compacted with block copolymers of polyethylene glycol and poly-L-lysine (PEG-CK(30)), have shown considerable promise in human gene therapy clinical trials in the nares, but may be less capable of transfecting cells that lack surface nucleolin. To address this potential shortcoming, we formulated pH-responsive DNA nanoparticles that mediate gene transfer via a nucleolin-independent pathway. Poly-L-histidine was inserted between PEG and poly-L-lysine to form a triblock copolymer system, PEG-CH(12)K(18). Inclusion of poly-L-histidine increased the buffering capacity of PEG-CH(12)K(18) to levels comparable with branched polyethyleneimine. PEG-CH(12)K(18) compacted DNA into rod-shaped DNA nanoparticles with similar morphology and colloidal stability as PEG-CK(30) DNA nanoparticles. PEG-CH(12)K(18) DNA nanoparticles entered human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B) that lack surface nucleolin by a clathrin-dependent endocytic mechanism followed by endo-lysosomal processing. Despite trafficking through the degradative endo-lysosomal pathway, PEG-CH(12)K(18) DNA nanoparticles improved the in vitro gene transfer by ~20-fold over PEG-CK(30) DNA nanoparticles, and in vivo gene transfer to lung airways in BALB/c mice by ~3-fold, while maintaining a favorable toxicity profile. These results represent an important step toward the rational development of an efficient gene delivery platform for the lungs based on highly compacted DNA nanoparticles. PMID:22182747

  3. Non-invasive topical drug delivery to spinal cord with carboxyl-modified trifunctional copolymer of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.

    PubMed

    Kamalov, Marat I; Lavrov, Igor A; Yergeshov, Abdulla A; Siraeva, Zulfira Y; Baltin, Maxim E; Rizvanov, Albert A; Kuznetcova, Svetlana V; Petrova, Natalia V; Savina, Irina N; Abdullin, Timur I

    2016-04-01

    In this study the effect of oxidative modification on micellar and drug delivery properties of copolymers of ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) was investigated. Carboxylated trifunctional copolymers were synthesized in the reaction with chromium(VI) oxide. We found that carboxylation significantly improved the uniformity and stability of polymeric micelles by inhibiting the microphase transition. The cytotoxicity of copolymers was studied in relation to their aggregative state on two cell types (cancer line vs. primary fibroblasts). The accumulation of rhodamine 123 in neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells was dramatically increased in the presence of the oxidized block copolymer with the number of PO and EO units of 83.5 and 24.2, respectively. The copolymer was also tested as an enhancer for topical drug delivery to the spinal cord when applied subdurally. The oxidized copolymer facilitated the penetration of rhodamine 123 across spinal cord tissues and increased its intraspinal accumulation. These results show the potential of using oxidized EO/PO based polymers for non-invasive delivery of protective drugs after spinal cord injury. PMID:26764102

  4. Simulation of polyethylene oxide : improved structure using better models for hydrogen and flexible walls.

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    Halley, J. W.; Duan, Y.; Nielsen, B.; Redfern, P. C.; Curtiss, L. A.; Univ. of Minnesota

    2001-08-22

    We describe calculations of the structure of amorphous polyethylene oxide using a previously reported model, but with better treatment of hydrogen positions and in a code which allows relaxation of stresses in the polymerized sample by Rahman-Parrinello techniques. We also report the effects of two different intermolecular force field potentials and find that our earlier, empirical force field produces better agreement with experimental neutron scattering results than a force field derived from ab initio electronic structure calculations.

  5. Linear poly(ethylene oxide)-based polyurethane hydrogels: polyurethane-ureas and polyurethane-amides.

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    Petrini, P; Tanzi, M C; Moran, C R; Graham, N B

    1999-01-01

    Over the last 30 years, water-swellable and water-insoluble hydrogels have been extensively investigated and developed, leading to a large family of materials which have found uses in a wide range of biomedical applications. While hydrogels usually present a crosslinked structure, linear polyurethane-ureas (PUUs) based on poly(ethylene oxide) have been shown to be able to absorb and swell with aqueous media without dissolving. This behavior is due to the phase separated domain morphology, where hydrogen bonded urethane/urea hard segment domains are dispersed in a PEO soft segment domain. This work investigates the possibility of obtaining linear poly(ethylene oxide)-based polyurethane-amide (PUA) hydrogels using two amide diols as chain extenders, a mono amide diol (AD) and a diamide diol (DD), and a dicarboxylic acid (maleic acid, MA). Poly(ethylene oxide) based PUAs were obtained using a "one-shot" bulk polymerization technique. The chemicophysical characterization and water-solubility tests showed that these materials, while having molecular weights similar to the PUUs, do not possess sufficient phase separation, hydrogen bonding and hydrophobicity of the hard segment domains to exhibit hydrogel behavior. Crosslinked PUAs using maleic acid as chain extender show interesting hydrogel properties. PMID:15347978

  6. The stimulation of postdermabrasion wound healing with stabilized aloe vera gel-polyethylene oxide dressing.

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    Fulton, J E

    1990-05-01

    Full-face dermabrasion provided an ideal opportunity to document the effects of dressings on wound healing management. Following the procedure, the abraded face was divided in half. One side was treated with the standard polyethylene oxide gel wound dressings. The other side was treated with a polyethylene oxide gel dressing saturated with stabilized aloe vera. The polyethylene oxide dressing provided an excellent matrix for the release of aloe vera gel during the initial 5 days of wound healing. By 24-48 hours there was dramatic vasoconstriction and accompanying reduction in edema on the aloe-treated side. By the third to fourth day there was less exudate and crusting at the aloe site, and by the fifth to sixth day the reepithelialization at the aloe site was complete. Overall, wound healing was approximately 72 hours faster at the aloe site. This acceleration in wound healing is important to reduce bacterial contamination, subsequent keloid formation, and/or pigmentary changes. The exact mechanism of acceleration of wound healing by aloe vera is unknown. PMID:2341661

  7. 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

  8. Nanoporous nonwoven fibril-like morphology by cooperative self-assembly of poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(ethyl acrylate)-block-polystyrene and phenolic resin.

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    Deng, Guodong; Qiang, Zhe; Lecorchick, Willis; Cavicchi, Kevin A; Vogt, Bryan D

    2014-03-11

    Cooperative self-assembly of block copolymers with (in)organic precursors effectively generates ordered nanoporous films, but the porosity is typically limited by the need for a continuous (in)organic phase. Here, a network of homogeneous fibrous nanostructures (≈20 nm diameter cylinders) having high porosity (≈ 60%) is fabricated by cooperative self-assembly of a phenolic resin oligomer (resol) with a novel, nonfrustrated, ABC amphiphilic triblock copolymer template, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(ethyl acrylate)-block-polystyrene (PEO-b-PEA-b-PS), via a thermally induced self-assembly process. Due to the high glass transition temperature (Tg) of the PS segments, the self-assembly behavior is kinetically hindered as a result of competing effects associated with the ordering of the self-assembled system and the cross-linking of resol that suppresses segmental mobility. The balance in these competing processes reproducibly yields a disordered fibril network with a uniform fibril diameter. This nonequilibrium morphology is dependent on the PEO-b-PEA-b-PS to resol ratio with an evolution from a relatively open fibrous structure to an apparent poorly ordered mixed lamellae-cylinder morphology. Pyrolysis of these former films at elevated temperatures yields a highly porous carbon film with the fibril morphology preserved through the carbonization process. These results illustrate a simple method to fabricate thin films and coatings with a well-defined fiber network that could be promising materials for energy and separation applications. PMID:24548298

  9. Janus-Type Dendrimer-like Poly(ethylene oxide)s

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    Feng, Xiaoshuang; Taton, Daniel; Ibarboure, Emmanuel; Chaikof, Elliot L.; Gnanou, Yves

    2009-01-01

    A straightforward and original methodology allowing the synthesis of Janus-type dendrimer-like poly(ethylene oxide)s (PEOs) carrying orthogonal functional groups on their surface is described. The use of 3-allyloxy-1,2-propanediol (1) as a latent AB2-type heterofunctional initiator of anionic ring-opening polymerization (AROP) of ethylene oxide (EO) and of selective branching agents of PEO chain ends served to construct the two dendrons of these dendrimer-like PEOs, following a divergent pathway. Thus, the first PEO generation of the first dendron was grown by AROP from 1 followed by the reaction of the corresponding α-allyl,ω,ω′-bishydroxy- heterofunctional PEO derivative with 2-(3′-chloromethybenzyloxymethyl)-2-methyl-5,5-dimethyl-1,3-dioxane (2) used as a branching agent. This afforded the dendron A with four latent peripheral hydroxyls protected in the form of two ketal rings. The remaining α-allylic double bond of the PEO thus prepared was transformed into two hydroxyl groups using OsO4 in order to create the first PEO generation of the dendron B by AROP of EO. Allyl chloride (3) was then used as another (latent) branching agent to react with the terminal hydroxyl of the corresponding PEO chains. Deprotection under acidic conditions of the ketal groups of dendron A, followed by AROP of EO, afforded the second PEO generation on this face. This alternate and divergent procedure, combining AROP of EO and selective branching of PEO branches, could be readily iterated, one dendron after the other up to the generation six, leading to a Janus-type dendrimer-like PEO exhibiting a total mass of around 300 kg/mol and possessing 64 peripheral groups on each face. The possibility of orthogonal functionalization of the surfaces of such Janus-type dendritic PEOs was exploited. Indeed, a dendron of generation 4 was functionalized with hydroxyl functions at its periphery, whereas the other was end-capped with either tertiary amino or disulfide groups. In a variant of

  10. Efficient anti-tumor effect of photodynamic treatment with polymeric nanoparticles composed of polyethylene glycol and polylactic acid block copolymer encapsulating hydrophobic porphyrin derivative.

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    Ogawara, Ken-ichi; Shiraishi, Taro; Araki, Tomoya; Watanabe, Taka-ichi; Ono, Tsutomu; Higaki, Kazutaka

    2016-01-20

    To develop potent and safer formulation of photosensitizer for cancer photodynamic therapy (PDT), we tried to formulate hydrophobic porphyrin derivative, photoprotoporphyrin IX dimethyl ester (PppIX-DME), into polymeric nanoparticles composed of polyethylene glycol and polylactic acid block copolymer (PN-Por). The mean particle size of PN-Por prepared was around 80nm and the zeta potential was determined to be weakly negative. In vitro phototoxicity study for PN-Por clearly indicated the significant phototoxicity of PN-Por for three types of tumor cells tested (Colon-26 carcinoma (C26), B16BL6 melanoma and Lewis lung cancer cells) in the PppIX-DME concentration-dependent fashion. Furthermore, it was suggested that the release of PppIX-DME from PN-Por would gradually occur to provide the sustained release of PppIX-DME. In vivo pharmacokinetics of PN-Por after intravenous administration was evaluated in C26 tumor-bearing mice, and PN-Por exhibited low affinity to the liver and spleen and was therefore retained in the blood circulation for a long time, leading to the efficient tumor disposition of PN-Por. Furthermore, significant and highly effective anti-tumor effect was confirmed in C26 tumor-bearing mice with the local light irradiation onto C26 tumor tissues after PN-Por injection. These findings indicate the potency of PN-Por for the development of more efficient PDT-based cancer treatments. PMID:26593985

  11. Radiation induced graft copolymerization of n-butyl acrylate onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) films and thermal properties of the obtained graft copolymer

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    Ping, Xiang; Wang, Mozhen; Ge, Xuewu

    2011-05-01

    n-Butyl acrylate (BA) was successfully grafted onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film using simultaneous radiation induced graft copolymerization with gamma rays. When BA concentration ranges from 20% to 30%, the Degree of Grafting (DG), measured by gravimetry and 1H NMR, increases with the monomer concentration and absorbed dose, but decreases with dose rate from 0.83 to 2.53 kGy/h. The maximum DG can reach up to 22.1%. The thermal transition temperatures such as glass-transition temperature ( Tg) and cold-crystallization temperature ( Tcc) of PET in grafted films were little different from those in original PET film, indicating that microphase separation occurred between PBA side chains and PET backbone. This work implied that if PET/elastomers (e.g., acrylate rubber) blends are radiated by high energy gamma rays under a certain condition, PET-g-polyacrylate copolymer may be produced in-situ, which will improve the compatibility between PET and the elastomers so as to improve the integral mechanical properties of PET based engineering plastic.

  12. Polyethylene encapsulation of molten salt oxidation mixed low-level radioactive salt residues

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    Lageraaen, P.R.; Kalb, P.D.; Grimmett, D.L.; Gay, R.L.; Newman, C.D.

    1995-10-01

    A limited scope treatability study was conducted for polyethylene encapsulation of salt residues generated by a Molten Salt Oxidation (MSO) technology demonstration at the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC), operated by Rockwell International for the US Department of Energy (DOE). During 1992 and 1993, ETEC performed a demonstration with a prototype MSO unit and treated approximately 50 gallons of mixed waste comprised of radioactively contaminated oils produced by hot cell operations. A sample of the mixed waste contaminated spent salt was used during the BNL polyethylene encapsulation treatability study. A nominal waste loading of 50 wt % was successfully processed and waste form test specimens were made for Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) testing. The encapsulated product was compared with base-line TCLP results for total chromium and was found to be well within allowable EPA guidelines.

  13. Studies of miscibility and specific interactions of antitumor-active anhydride copolymer and poly(ethylene glycol) blends.

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    Can, Hatice Kaplan; Parvizikhosroshahi, Shahed; Uluışık, Erdem C

    2016-01-01

    The blending of polymers is of great interest, since the modification gives rise to diverse physical properties with the functionality of a polymer, without synthesis. Water-soluble antitumor-active poly(maleic anhydride-alt-acrylic acid) poly(MA-alt-AA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blends were prepared by casting, and compatible properties were investigated by dilute solution viscometry. Viscosity measurements were made on ternary systems of polymer (1)/polymer (2)/solvent (H2O) and p-dioxane, at different concentrations of PEG and poly(MA-alt-AA). The interaction parameters Δβ, μ, Δk, Δb, β and α, which have been proposed, have been obtained using the viscosity data, to probe the miscibility of the polymer blends. The solid blends prepared were characterized with ATR-FTIR, (1)H-NMR, DTA and TGA. PMID:25406735

  14. Synthesis of cobalt stearate as oxidant additive for oxo-biodegradable polyethylene

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    Asriza, Ristika O.; Arcana, I Made

    2015-09-30

    Cobalt stearate is an oxidant additives that can initiate a process of degradation in high density polyethylene (HDPE). To determine the effect of cobalt stearate in HDPE, oxo-biodegradable polyethylene film was given an irradiation with UV light or heating at various temperature. After given a heating, the FTIR spectra showed a new absorption peak at wave number 1712 cm{sup −1} indicating the presence of carbonyl groups in polymers, whereas after irradiation with UV light is not visible the presence of this absorption peak. The increase concentration of cobalt stearate added in HDPE and the higher heating temperature, the intensity of the absorption peak of the carbonyl group increased. The increasing intensity of the carbonyl group absorption is caused the presence of damage in the film surface after heating, and this result is supported by analysis the surface properties of the film with using SEM. Biodegradation tests were performed on oxo-biodegradable polyethylene film which has been given heating or UV light with using activated sludge under optimal conditions the growth of microorganisms. After biodegradation, the maximum weight decreased by 23% in the oxo-biodegradable polyethylene film with a cobalt stearate concentration of 0.2% and after heating at a temperature of 75 °C for 10 days, and only 0.69% in the same film after irradiation UV light for 10 days. Based on the results above, cobalt stearate additive is more effective to initiate the oxidative degradation of HDPE when it is initiated by heating compared to irradiation with UV light.

  15. Synthesis of cobalt stearate as oxidant additive for oxo-biodegradable polyethylene

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    Asriza, Ristika O.; Arcana, I. Made

    2015-09-01

    Cobalt stearate is an oxidant additives that can initiate a process of degradation in high density polyethylene (HDPE). To determine the effect of cobalt stearate in HDPE, oxo-biodegradable polyethylene film was given an irradiation with UV light or heating at various temperature. After given a heating, the FTIR spectra showed a new absorption peak at wave number 1712 cm-1 indicating the presence of carbonyl groups in polymers, whereas after irradiation with UV light is not visible the presence of this absorption peak. The increase concentration of cobalt stearate added in HDPE and the higher heating temperature, the intensity of the absorption peak of the carbonyl group increased. The increasing intensity of the carbonyl group absorption is caused the presence of damage in the film surface after heating, and this result is supported by analysis the surface properties of the film with using SEM. Biodegradation tests were performed on oxo-biodegradable polyethylene film which has been given heating or UV light with using activated sludge under optimal conditions the growth of microorganisms. After biodegradation, the maximum weight decreased by 23% in the oxo-biodegradable polyethylene film with a cobalt stearate concentration of 0.2% and after heating at a temperature of 75 °C for 10 days, and only 0.69% in the same film after irradiation UV light for 10 days. Based on the results above, cobalt stearate additive is more effective to initiate the oxidative degradation of HDPE when it is initiated by heating compared to irradiation with UV light.

  16. Chemical drug stability in lipids, modified lipids, and polyethylene oxide-containing formulations.

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    Stella, Valentino J

    2013-12-01

    To critique the stability complications seen in formulating poorly water-soluble, problematic drugs in lipids, modified lipids, and polyethylene oxide solvents and surfactants in hard and soft gelatin capsules as well as some parenterals, a literature search was performed and personal experiences, and those of colleagues, collated. The literature is replete with examples of molecules undergoing rapid oxidative degradation in the presence of polyethylene oxide based solvents and surfactants as well as in the presence of unsaturated lipids. More recently appreciated is instability caused by the reaction of amine and amide drugs, with formaldehyde, formic acid found in many of these solvents as impurities and other degradation byproducts of the solvents themselves. One would expect acylation and transacylation reactions to be more common than reported but the literature has some good examples. An added complexity is occasionally seen with the use of hard and soft gelatin capsules with these solvents. The chemical stability of drugs in liquid and semi-solid formulations in the presence of lipids, modified lipids, and polyoxyethylene oxide-based solvents and surfactants can be complex, further exacerbated by the use of gelatin capsules, and can lead to a plethora of degradation pathways often not seen when the same drugs are formulated in solid dosage forms. PMID:23636838

  17. 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

  18. Improved oral absorption of doxorubicin by amphiphilic copolymer of lysine-linked ditocopherol polyethylene glycol 2000 succinate: in vitro characterization and in vivo evaluation.

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    Wang, Jinling; Li, Lin; Du, Yuqian; Sun, Jin; Han, Xiaopeng; Luo, Cong; Ai, Xiaoyu; Zhang, Qi; Wang, Yongjun; Fu, Qiang; Yang, Zhifu; He, Zhonggui

    2015-02-01

    In the previous study, we have synthesized an amphiphilic copolymer of nanostructure-forming material and P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor, lysine-linked ditocopherol polyethylene glycol 2000 succinate (PLV2K). The cytotoxicty in vitro and anticancer efficacy in vivo after intravenous administration of DOX-loaded PLV2K micelles (PLV2K-DOX) was found more effective than DOX solution (DOX-Sol). However, its performance and mechanism on oral absorption of doxorubicin are not well understood yet. PLV2K-DOX are spherical micelles with a narrow size distribution of 20.53 ± 2.44 nm. With an in situ intestinal perfusion model, the intestinal absorption potential of PLV2K-DOX was evaluated in comparison with DOX-Sol. PLV2K-DOX was specifically absorbed in duodenum and ileum sites of rats after oral administration. The intestinal absorption rate (Ka) of PLV2K-DOX is 3.19-, 1.61-, and 1.80-fold higher than that of DOX-Sol in duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, respectively. In Caco-2 uptake studies, PLV2K-DOX micelles significantly improve the internalized amount of DOX by P-gp inhibition of free PLV2K copolymer and endocytosis of DOX-loaded nanoparticles. Moreover, PLV2K-DOX micelles improve the membrane permeability of DOX by multiple transcytosis mechanisms, including caveolin-, clathrin-dependent, and caveolin-/clathrin-independent transcytosis in Caco-2 transport studies. However, the transepithelia electrical resistance (TEER) of Caco-2 cellular monolayer is not changed, suggesting no involvement of paracellular transport of PLV2K-DOX. In vivo pharmacokinetics in rats following oral administration demonstrated that PLV2K-DOX demonstrates higher AUC (5.6-fold) and longer t1/2 (1.2-fold) than DOX-Sol. The findings suggest the new PLV2K micelles might provide an effective nanoplatform for oral delivery of anticancer drugs with poor membrane permeability and low oral bioavailability. PMID:25581352

  19. Field Effect Transistor Behavior in Electrospun Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Nanofibers

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    Miranda, Felix A.; Theofylaktos, Noulle; Robinson, Daryl C.; Mueller, Carl H.; Pinto, Nicholas J.

    2004-01-01

    Novel translators and logic devices based on nanotechnology concepts are under intense development. The potential for ultra-low power circuitry makes nanotechnology attractive for applications such as digital electronics and sensors. Furthermore, the ability to form devices on flexible substrates expands the range of applications where electronic circuitry can be introduced. For NASA, nonotechndogy offers opportunities for increased onboard data processing and thus autonomous decision-making ability, ad novel sensors that detect and respond to external stimuli with few oversight requirements. The goat of this work is to demonstrate transistor behavior in polyaniline/ polyethylene oxide nanofibers, thus creating a foundation for future logic devices.

  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. Time- and depth-dependent changes in crosslinking and oxidation of shelf-aged polyethylene acetabular liners.

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    Jacob, R J; Pienkowski, D; Lee, K Y; Hamilton, D M; Schroeder, D; Higgins, J

    2001-08-01

    Since crosslinking and oxidation of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) have important roles in determining the wear resistance of UHMWPE total joint components, the time and depth dependence of crosslinking and oxidation of new shelf-aged (2-11 years), ready-to-implant acetabular liners were studied by using solvent extraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The ultrastructure of these materials also was examined by using low-voltage scanning electron microscopy in an oil-free vacuum. Oxidation levels increased with time and with depth (p < 0.0001) from the surface of the older liners to a maximum value at about 1-2 mm below the surface, then decreased. They were minimal at the midsection of the liners. The crosslinking of these liners decreased with time and depth (p < 0.0001) and was inversely proportional to the level of oxidation. High and depth-dependent oxidation levels were observed in all older liners made from GUR 415 and 412 resins but were distinctly absent from a comparably aged (i.e., 9 years) liner made from 1900 CM-resin. Some liners showed varying degrees of inhomogeneous and discontinuous morphologic ultrastructure in addition to varying amounts of porosity while others had a more homogeneous ultrastructure. Oxidation and crosslinking of polyethylene are time- and depth-dependent processes that are mutually competitive. We suggest that resin choice and perhaps consolidation-related variables lead to differences in polyethylene's ultrastructure. These ultrastructural differences in polyethylene's inhomogeneities, that is, the type (interconnected or closed-cell) or extent may affect the oxidation resistance of polyethylene. While oxygen diffusion to free radicals in polyethylene already is known to explain some of these time- and depth-dependent effects, perhaps such ultrastructural variations also may facilitate or retard oxygen diffusion in this material. Resin-based ultrastructural variability partially may explain the

  2. Custom-made morphologies of ZnO nanostructured films templated by a poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer obtained by a sol-gel technique.

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    Sarkar, Kuhu; Rawolle, Monika; Herzig, Eva M; Wang, Weijia; Buffet, Adeline; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2013-08-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructured films are synthesized on silicon substrates to form different morphologies that consist of foamlike structures, wormlike aggregates, circular vesicles, and spherical granules. The synthesis involves a sol-gel mechanism coupled with an amphiphilic diblock copolymer poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide), P(S-b-EO), which acts as a structure-directing template. The ZnO precursor zinc acetate dihydrate (ZAD) is incorporated into the poly(ethylene oxide) block. Different morphologies are obtained by adjusting the weight fractions of the solvents and ZAD. The sizes of the structure in solution for different sol-gels are probed by means of dynamic light scattering. Thin-film samples with ZnO nanostructures are prepared by spin coating and solution casting followed by a calcination step. On the basis of various selected combinations of weight fractions of the ingredients used, a ternary phase diagram is constructed to show the compositional boundaries of the investigated morphologies. The evolution and formation mechanisms of the morphologies are addressed in brief. The surface morphologies of the ZnO nanostructures are studied with SEM. The inner structures of the samples are probed by means of grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering to complement the SEM investigations. XRD measurements confirm the crystallization of the ZnO in the wurtzite phase upon calcination of the nanocomposite film in air. The optical properties of ZnO are analyzed by FTIR and UV/Vis spectroscopy. PMID:23881752

  3. Modulation of Protein Adsorption and Cell Proliferation on Polyethylene Immobilized Graphene Oxide Reinforced HDPE Bionanocomposites.

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    Upadhyay, Rahul; Naskar, Sharmistha; Bhaskar, Nitu; Bose, Suryasarathi; Basu, Bikramjit

    2016-05-18

    The uniform dispersion of nanoparticles in a polymer matrix, together with an enhancement of interfacial adhesion is indispensable toward achieving better mechanical properties in the nanocomposites. In the context to biomedical applications, the type and amount of nanoparticles can potentially influence the biocompatibility. To address these issues, we prepared high-density polyethylene (HDPE) based composites reinforced with graphene oxide (GO) by melt mixing followed by compression molding. In an attempt to tailor the dispersion and to improve the interfacial adhesion, we immobilized polyethylene (PE) onto GO sheets by nucleophilic addition-elimination reaction. A good combination of yield strength (ca. 20 MPa), elastic modulus (ca. 600 MPa), and an outstanding elongation at failure (ca. 70%) were recorded with 3 wt % polyethylene grafted graphene oxide (PE-g-GO) reinforced HDPE composites. Considering the relevance of protein adsorption as a biophysical precursor to cell adhesion, the protein adsorption isotherms of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were determined to realize three times higher equilibrium constant (Keq) for PE-g-GO-reinforced HDPE composites as compared to GO-reinforced composites. To assess the cytocompatibility, we grew osteoblast cell line (MC3T3) and human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on HDPE/GO and HDPE/PE-g-GO composites, in vitro. The statistically significant increase in metabolically active cell over different time periods in culture for up to 6 days in MC3T3 and 7 days for hMSCs was observed, irrespective of the substrate composition. Such observation indicated that HDPE with GO or PE-g-GO addition (up to 3 wt %) can be used as cell growth substrate. The extensive proliferation of cells with oriented growth pattern also supported the fact that tailored GO addition can support cellular functionality in vitro. Taken together, the experimental results suggest that the PE-g-GO in HDPE can effectively be utilized to enhance both mechanical and

  4. Atomistic simulation of CO2 solubility in poly(ethylene oxide) oligomers

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    Hong, Bingbing; Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios Z.

    2014-06-01

    We have performed atomistic molecular dynamics simulations coupled with thermodynamic integration to obtain the excess chemical potential and pressure-composition phase diagrams for CO2 in poly(ethylene oxide) oligomers. Poly(ethylene oxide) dimethyl ether, CH3O(CH2CH2O)nCH3 (PEO for short) is a widely applied physical solvent that forms the major organic constituent of a class of novel nanoparticle-based absorbents. Good predictions were obtained for pressure-composition-density relations for CO2 + PEO oligomers (2 ≤ n ≤ 12), using the Potoff force field for PEO [J. Chem. Phys. 136, 044514 (2012)] together with the TraPPE model for CO2 [AIChE J. 47, 1676 (2001)]. Water effects on Henry's constant of CO2 in PEO have also been investigated. Addition of modest amounts of water in PEO produces a relatively small increase in Henry's constant. Dependence of the calculated Henry's constant on the weight percentage of water falls on a temperature-dependent master curve, irrespective of PEO chain length.

  5. Polyethylene oxide-polytetrahydrofurane-PEDOT conducting interpenetrating polymer networks for high speed actuators

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    Plesse, C.; Khaldi, A.; Wang, Q.; Cattan, E.; Teyssié, D.; Chevrot, C.; Vidal, F.

    2011-12-01

    In recent years, numerous studies on electro-active polymer (EAP) actuators have been reported. One promising technology is the elaboration of electronic conducting polymer-based actuators with interpenetrating polymer network (IPNs) architecture. In this study, the synthesis and characterisation of conducting IPNs for actuator applications is described. The IPNs are synthesised from polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polytetrahydrofurane (PTHF) networks in which the conducting polymer (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)) is incorporated. In a first step, PEO/PTHF IPNs were prepared via an 'in situ' process using poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate and dimethacrylate and hydroxytelechelic PTHF as starting materials. The IPN mechanical properties were examined by DMA and tensile strength tests. N-ethylmethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (EMITFSI) swollen PEO/PTHF IPNs show ionic conductivities up to 10-3 S cm-1 at 30 °C. In a second step, the conducting IPN actuators were prepared by oxidative polymerisation of 3,4-ethylenedioxithiophene (EDOT) using FeCl3 as an oxidising agent within the PEO/PTHF IPN host matrix. The frequency response performance of the bending conducting IPN actuator was then evaluated. The resulting actuator exhibits a mechanical resonance frequency of up to 125 Hz with 0.75% strain for an applied potential of ± 5 V.

  6. Molecular dynamics simulations of silica nanoparticles grafted with poly(ethylene oxide) oligomer chains.

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    Hong, Bingbing; Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios Z

    2012-03-01

    A molecular model of silica nanoparticles grafted with poly(ethylene oxide) oligomers has been developed for predicting the transport properties of nanoparticle organic-hybrid materials (NOHMs). Ungrafted silica nanoparticles in a medium of poly(ethylene oxide) oligomers were also simulated to clarify the effect of grafting on the dynamics of nanoparticles and chains. The model approximates nanoparticles as solid spheres and uses a united-atom representation for chains, including torsional and bond-bending interactions. The calculated viscosities from Green-Kubo relationships and temperature extrapolation are of the same order of magnitude as experimental data but show a smaller activation energy relative to real NOHMs systems. Grafted systems have higher viscosities, smaller diffusion coefficients, and slower chain dynamics than the ungrafted ones at high temperatures. At lower temperatures, grafted systems exhibit faster dynamics for both nanoparticles and chains relative to ungrafted systems, because of lower aggregation of particles and enhanced correlations between nanoparticles and chains. This agrees with the experimental observation that NOHMs have liquidlike behavior in the absence of a solvent. For both grafted and ungrafted systems at low temperatures, increasing chain length reduces the volume fraction of nanoparticles and accelerates the dynamics. However, at high temperatures, longer chains slow down nanoparticle diffusion. From the Stokes-Einstein relationship, it was determined that the coarse-grained treatment of nanoparticles leads to slip on the nanoparticle surfaces. Grafted systems obey the Stokes-Einstein relationship over the temperature range simulated, but ungrafted systems display deviations from it. PMID:22243140

  7. Coarse-grain molecular dynamics simulations of diblock copolymer surfactants interacting with a lipid bilayer

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    Srinivas, Goundla; Klein, Michael L.

    2004-01-01

    The interaction of surfactant diblock poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(ethylethylene) copolymers (PEO-PEE) with a lipid bilayer of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine has been studied by means of coarse-grain molecular dynamics simulations. The effect of the surfactants on the lipid bilayer was studied over a wide range of diblock copolymer concentrations. The simulations show that the hydrophilic PEO chains adopt different structures at low and high concentrations. In particular, the computed density profiles reveal that the PEO chains extend over a longer range from the bilayer surface, with increasing copolymer concentration. The simulated density profiles are in agreement with the scaling law predictions.

  8. 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.

  9. Electrical Characterization of Polyaniline/polyethylene Oxide Nanofibers for Field Effect Transistors

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    Mueller, Carl H.; Theofylaktos, Noulie; Pinto, Nicholas J.; Robinson, Daryl C.; Miranda, Felix A.

    2002-01-01

    Nanofibers comprised of polyaniline/polyethylene oxide (PANI/PEO) are being developed for novel logic devices. We report the electrical conductivity of PANI/PEO nanofibers with diameters in the 100 to 200 nm range. We measured conductivity values of approx. 0.3 to 1.0 S/cm, which is higher than the values reported for thicker nanofibers, but less than the bulk value of PANI. The electrical measurements were performed by depositing the fibers on pre-electroded, oxidized silicon (Si) substrates. The excellent adherence of the nanofibers to the SiO2 as well as the gold (Au) electrodes may be useful in the design of future devices.

  10. Poly(ethylene oxide)-sodium polyiodide conductors: characterization, electrical conductivity, and photoresponse

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    Hardy, L.C.; Shriver, D.F.

    1986-05-28

    The complexes of poly(ethylene oxide) with sodium polyiodide are electronic conductors. The level of conductivity at room temperature is 2 to 3 orders of magnitude greater than that of simple quaternary ammonium polyiodide salts. Raman spectroscopy indicates that the polyiodide species formed in the polymeric material depends upon the salt concentration in the polymer as well as the iodine to sodium ion ratio. High conductivity is associated with the appearance of a polyiodide species having a resonance-enhanced Raman feature at ca. 171 cm/sup -1/. A photovoltaic effect is observed when the polyiodide-containing polymer is sandwiched between indium-tin oxide glass and platinum electrodes and then illuminated through the ITO. The sign of the photoinduced potential indicates that the photovoltaic effect arises from a recombination of electrons from ITO with holes in the polyiodide valance bond.

  11. 21 CFR 172.808 - Copolymer condensates of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.

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    2013-04-01

    ...) block copolymer, having a molecular weight range of 9,760-13,200 and a cloud point above 100 °C in 1... cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (3) α-Hydro-omega-hydroxy-poly(ox-yethylene... molecular weight of 1900 and a minimum cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (4)...

  12. 21 CFR 172.808 - Copolymer condensates of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.

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    2014-04-01

    ... range of 9,760-13,200 and a cloud point above 100 °C in 1 percent aqueous solution. (2) α-Hydro-omega..., having a molecular weight range of 3,500-4,125 and a cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous...(oxyethylene) block copolymer, having a minimum average molecular weight of 1900 and a minimum cloud point of...

  13. 21 CFR 172.808 - Copolymer condensates of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...) block copolymer, having a molecular weight range of 9,760-13,200 and a cloud point above 100 °C in 1... cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (3) α-Hydro-omega-hydroxy-poly(ox-yethylene... molecular weight of 1900 and a minimum cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (4)...

  14. 21 CFR 172.808 - Copolymer condensates of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...) block copolymer, having a molecular weight range of 9,760-13,200 and a cloud point above 100 °C in 1... cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (3) α-Hydro-omega-hydroxy-poly(ox-yethylene... molecular weight of 1900 and a minimum cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (4)...

  15. 21 CFR 172.808 - Copolymer condensates of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...) block copolymer, having a molecular weight range of 9,760-13,200 and a cloud point above 100 °C in 1... cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (3) α-Hydro-omega-hydroxy-poly(ox-yethylene... molecular weight of 1900 and a minimum cloud point of 9 °C-12 °C in 10 percent aqueous solution. (4)...

  16. ZPPR-20 phase D : a cylindrical assembly of polyethylene moderated U metal reflected by beryllium oxide and polyethylene.

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    Lell, R.; Grimm, K.; McKnight, R.; Shaefer, R.; Nuclear Engineering Division; INL

    2006-09-30

    The Zero Power Physics Reactor (ZPPR) fast critical facility was built at the Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL-W) site in Idaho in 1969 to obtain neutron physics information necessary for the design of fast breeder reactors. The ZPPR-20D Benchmark Assembly was part of a series of cores built in Assembly 20 (References 1 through 3) of the ZPPR facility to provide data for developing a nuclear power source for space applications (SP-100). The assemblies were beryllium oxide reflected and had core fuel compositions containing enriched uranium fuel, niobium and rhenium. ZPPR-20 Phase C (HEU-MET-FAST-075) was built as the reference flight configuration. Two other configurations, Phases D and E, simulated accident scenarios. Phase D modeled the water immersion scenario during a launch accident, and Phase E (SUB-HEU-MET-FAST-001) modeled the earth burial scenario during a launch accident. Two configurations were recorded for the simulated water immersion accident scenario (Phase D); the critical configuration, documented here, and the subcritical configuration (SUB-HEU-MET-MIXED-001). Experiments in Assembly 20 Phases 20A through 20F were performed in 1988. The reference water immersion configuration for the ZPPR-20D assembly was obtained as reactor loading 129 on October 7, 1988 with a fissile mass of 167.477 kg and a reactivity of -4.626 {+-} 0.044{cents} (k {approx} 0.9997). The SP-100 core was to be constructed of highly enriched uranium nitride, niobium, rhenium and depleted lithium. The core design called for two enrichment zones with niobium-1% zirconium alloy fuel cladding and core structure. Rhenium was to be used as a fuel pin liner to provide shut down in the event of water immersion and flooding. The core coolant was to be depleted lithium metal ({sup 7}Li). The core was to be surrounded radially with a niobium reactor vessel and bypass which would carry the lithium coolant to the forward inlet plenum. Immediately inside the reactor vessel was a rhenium

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

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

    2010-03-05

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

  18. New Aptes Cross-linked Polymers from Poly(ethylene oxide)s and Cyanuric Chloride for Lithium Batteries

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    Tigelaar, Dean M.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Kinder, James D.; Bennett, William R.

    2005-01-01

    A new series of polymer electrolytes for use as membranes for lithium batteries are described. Electrolytes were made by polymerization between cyanuric chloride and diamino-terminated poly(ethylene oxide)s, followed by cross-linking via a sol-gel process. Thermal analysis and lithium conductivity of freestanding polymer films were studied. The effects of several variables on conductivity were investigated, such as length of backbone PEO chain, length of branching PEO chain, extent of branching, extent of cross-linking, salt content, and salt counterion. Polymer films with the highest percentage of PEO were found to be the most conductive, with a maximum lithium conductivity of 3.9 x 10(exp -5) S/cm at 25 C. Addition of plasticizer to the dry polymers increased conductivity by an order of magnitude.

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

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    O'Connor, Stephen Moss

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

  20. Modification in polyethylene-iron oxide joints induced by laser irradiation

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    Visco, A. M.; Brancato, V.; Campo, N.; Torrisi, L.; Caridi, F.; Cutroneo, M.

    2013-05-01

    The laser welding is a thermal bonding technique with high localized heating that produces a strong adhesion between polymers. The plastic is able to absorb the laser energy with the use of embedded fillers in itself. In this work we studied blends made by polyethylene and different amount of fillers (iron oxide, red color). Mechanical and physical analyses were performed with the aim to study the effect of filler percentage on the welding features. Experimental results showed that the filler amount influences the optical properties of the polyethylene since it regulates the amount of adsorbed energy and the depth of the material layers involved in the welding. A high concentration of filler improves the absorption laser energy, decreasing the layers involved in the welding and worsening the mechanical strength of the joint. Vice versa, a low filler amount involves deeper layers of the material so that the sealing action improves. The efficiency of the joint can be regulated by the filler concentration. Some applications of thermoplastic polymeric joints with different geometries are proposed and discussed.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Characterization of predominantly hydrophobic poly(styrene)-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers at air/water and cyclohexane/water interfaces

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    Gragson, D.E.; Jensen, J.M.; Baker, S.M.

    1999-09-14

    Interfacial tension measurements are employed to explore the spreading behavior of predominantly hydrophobic poly(styrene)--poly(ethylene oxide), PS-PEO, diblock copolymers at air/water and cyclohexane/water interfaces. Two copolymers with 7%- and 15.5%-PEO are examined in this study. The former is expected to have a PS block limiting area in air roughly equal to the limiting PEO pancake area, whereas the latter is expected to have a limiting PS block area in air approximately 3 times smaller than the limiting PEO pancake area. At the air/water interface, the 7%-PEO copolymer does not spread well, which is attributed to interference from the hydrophobic PS block. In contrast, the 7%-PEO copolymer spreads well at the cyclohexane/water interface, producing an isotherm with a terminating mean molecular area 3 times smaller than that obtained at the air/water interface. The 15.5%-PEO copolymer spreads well at both the air/water ad cyclohexane/water interfaces due to less interference from the smaller hydrophobic PS block. These observations are compared to compression isotherms, and the results are discussed in terms of the solvating nature of the adjacent cyclohexane phase for the PS block.

  4. 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

  5. Effects of Silica Nanostructures in Poly(ethylene oxide)-Based Composite Polymer Electrolytes.

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    Mohanta, Jagdeep; Anwar, Shahid; Si, Satyabrata

    2016-06-01

    The present work describes the synthesis of some poly(ethylene oxide)-based nanocomposite polymer electrolyte films using various silica nanostructures as the inorganic filler by simple solution mixing technique, in which the nature of the silica nanostructures play a vital role in modulating their electrochemical performances at room temperature. The silica nanostructures are prepared by ammonical hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate following the modified St6ber method. The resulting films are characterized by X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimeter to study their crystallinity. Room temperature AC impedance spectroscopy is utilized to determine the Li+ ion conductivity of the resulting films. The observed conductivity values of various NCPE films depend on the nature of silica filling as well as on their surface characteristics and also on the varying PEO-Li+ ratio, which is observed to be in the order of 10(-7)-10(-6) S cm(-1). PMID:27427686

  6. Effect of molecular weight on ion diffusion and transference number in poly(ethylene oxide)

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    Timachova, Ksenia; Balsara, Nitash

    2015-03-01

    Solid polymer electrolytes are of great interest for their potential use in high specific energy, solid-state batteries, however, salt transport properties in polymer electrolytes have not been comprehensively addressed over a wide range of molecular weights. Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) has been the most widely studied polymer electrolyte due to its high solvation of lithium salts and low glass transition temperature. This study presents measurements of the transport properties of lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfone)imide (LiTFSI) in PEO at both the high concentration present in functional electrolytes and in the dilute limit for a large range of PEO molecular weights. Individual diffusion coefficients of the Li + and TFSI- ions were measured using pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance and the cation transference number was calculated. The diffusion coefficients, transference number, and conductivity as a function of molecular weight and salt concentration provide a complete set of transport properties for PEO.

  7. Conformation and hydration of surface grafted and free polyethylene oxide chains in solutions

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    Dahal, Udaya; Wang, Zilu; Dormidontova, Elena

    Due to the wide application of polyethylene oxide (PEO), ranging from biomedicine to fuel cells, it is one of the most studied polymers in the scientific world. In order to elucidate detailed molecular-level insights on the impact of surface grafting on PEO conformation, we performed atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of PEO chains in solution and grafted to a flat gold surface in different solvents. We examined the hydration as well as conformation of the free chain compared to the grafted polymer in pure water and mixed solvents. We find that grafted chains are stiffer and have a stronger tendency to form helical structures in isobutyric acid or mixture of isobutyric acid and water solution than the free chains in corresponding solutions. For grafted chains exposed to pure water the random coil conformation is retained at low grafting density, but becomes stretched and more dehydrated as the grafting density or temperature increases. This research is supported by NSF (DMR-1410928).

  8. Friction and wear of polyethylene oxide polymer having a range of molecular weights

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1978-01-01

    Sliding friction and wear experiments were conducted at light loads (25 to 250 g) with various molecular weights of the polyethylene oxide polymer sliding on itself and iron. Results of the experimental investigation indicate that: (1) the coefficient of friction for the polymer decreases with increasing molecular weight; (2) friction coefficient is higher for the polymer sliding on itself than it is for the polymer sliding on iron; (3) at sufficiently high loads localized surface melting occurs and the friction coefficient is the same for the polymer sliding on itself and iron; (4) fracture cracks develop in the sliding wear track at higher but not lower sliding velocities, reflecting a strain rate sensitivity to crack initiation, and (5) the friction coefficient for the polymer sliding on iron increases with the formation of a polymer film on the iron surface.

  9. Field Effect Transistor Behavior in Electrospun Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Nanofibers

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    Miranda, Felix A.; Theofylaktos, Noulie; Mueller, Carl H.; Pinto, Nicholas J.

    2004-01-01

    Novel transistors and logic devices based on nanotechnology concepts are under intense development. The potential for ultra-low-power circuitry makes nanotechnology attractive for applications such as digital electronics and sensors. For NASA applications, nanotechnology offers tremendous opportunities for increased onboard data processing, and thus autonomous decision-making ability, and novel sensors that detect and respond to environmental stimuli with little oversight requirements. Polyaniline (PANi) is an intriguing material because its electrical conductivity can be changed from insulating to metallic by varying the doping levels and conformations of the polymer chain, and when combined with polyethylene oxide (PEO), can be formed into nanofibers with diameters ranging from approximately 50 to 500 nm (depending on the deposition conditions). The initial goal of this work was to demonstrate transistor behavior in these nanofibers, thus creating a foundation for future logic devices.

  10. Control ion transport by tuning the crystalline morphology in polyethylene oxide-based solid electrolyte

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    Cheng, Shan; Li, Christopher; Smith, Derrick

    2013-03-01

    The crystalline structure of polyethylene oxide (PEO) strongly affects the ion transport in solid PEO-Lithium salt electrolytes. Four possible phases can exist in a PEO-LiClO4 electrolyte membrane, e.g. crystalline PEO, amorphous PEO, amorphous PEO-Li complex and crystalline PEO-Li complex. It has been widely accepted so far that ion can transport through either amorphous PEO phase or PEO-Li crystalline complex phase. The ion conduction mechanism of the former is based on ion hopping as well as PEO segment motion. In the latter case two PEO chains form cylindrical channels within which Lithium cation can transport. In this presentation, we will show that tuning the crystalline morphology can optimize ion conduction. This can be achieved by controlling the orientation of the PEO lamellae as well as PEO-Li crystalline complex to optimize the ion conducting pathways.

  11. Poly(ethylene oxide)/clay nanaocomposites: Thermal and mechanical properties

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    Ejder-Korucu, Mehtap; Gürses, Ahmet; Karaca, Semra

    2016-08-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/clay nanocomposites were prepared by a solution intercalation method using chloroform as a solvent. The nanocomposites were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and also investigation of some mechanical properties of the composites. Formation of nanocomposite was confirmed by XRD analysis. The increasing tendency of exfoliation degree with an increase in clay content may be attributed to easier diffusion of PEO chains to interlayer regions. An increase in PEO crystallinity in case of nanocomposite, was confirmed by an increase in the heat of melting as indicated by DSC. Improvement in tensile properties in all respect was observed for nanocomposites with clay content.

  12. Accumulation of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles coated with variably sized polyethylene glycol in murine tumors.

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    Larsen, Esben Kjær Unmack; Nielsen, Thomas; Wittenborn, Thomas; Rydtoft, Louise Munk; Lokanathan, Arcot R; Hansen, Line; Østergaard, Leif; Kingshott, Peter; Howard, Kenneth A; Besenbacher, Flemming; Nielsen, Niels Chr; Kjems, Jørgen

    2012-04-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles have found widespread applications in different areas including cell separation, drug delivery and as contrast agents. Due to water insolubility and stability issues, nanoparticles utilized for biological applications require coatings such as the commonly employed polyethylene glycol (PEG). Despite its frequent use, the influence of PEG coatings on the physicochemical and biological properties of iron nanoparticles has hitherto not been studied in detail. To address this, we studied the effect of 333-20,000 Da PEG coatings that resulted in larger hydrodynamic size, lower surface charge, longer circulation half-life, and lower uptake in macrophage cells when the particles were coated with high molecular weight (M(w)) PEG molecules. By use of magnetic resonance imaging, we show coating-dependent in vivo uptake in murine tumors with an optimal coating M(w) of 10,000 Da. PMID:22395568

  13. 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.

  14. Dynamic Processes in Diblock Copolymer Micelles

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    Robertson, Megan; Singh, Avantika

    2013-03-01

    Diblock copolymers, which form micelle structures in selective solvents, offer advantages of robustness and tunability of micelle characteristics as compared to small molecule surfactants. Diblock copolymer micelles in water have been a subject of great interest in drug delivery applications based on their high loading capacity and targeted drug delivery. The aim of this work is to understand the dynamic processes which underlie the self-assembly of diblock copolymer micelle systems which have a semi-crystalline core. Due to the large size of the molecules, the self-assembly of block copolymer micelles occurs on significantly longer time scales than small molecule analogues. The present work focuses on amphiphilic diblock copolymers containing blocks of poly(ethylene oxide) (a hydrophilic polymer) and polycaprolactone (a hydrophobic, semi-crystalline polymer), which spontaneously self-assemble into spherical micelles in water. A variety of experimental techniques are used to probe the kinetic processes relevant to micelle self-assembly, including time-resolved neutron scattering, dynamic light scattering, pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance, and fluorescence resonance energy transfer experiments.

  15. The effect of the processing and formulation parameters on the size of nanoparticles based on block copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) with and without hydrolytically sensitive groups.

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    Neradovic, D; Soga, O; Van Nostrum, C F; Hennink, W E

    2004-05-01

    Block copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a hydrophilic block and N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAm) or poly (NIPAAm-co-N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide-dilactate) (poly(NIPAAm-co-HPMAm-dilactate)) as a thermosensitive block, are able to self-assemble in water into nanoparticles above the cloud point (CP) of the thermosensitive block. The influence of processing and the formulation parameters on the size of the nanoparticles was studied using dynamic light scattering. PNIPAAm-b-PEG 2000 polymers were not suitable for the formation of small and stable particles. Block copolymers with PEG 5000 and 10000 formed relatively small and stable particles in aqueous solutions at temperatures above the CP of the thermosensitive block. Their size decreased with increasing molecular weight of the thermosensitive block, decreasing polymer concentration and using water instead of phosphate buffered saline as solvent. Extrusion and ultrasonication were inefficient methods to size down the polymeric nanoparticles. The heating rate of the polymer solutions was a dominant factor for the size of the nanoparticles. When an aqueous polymer solution was slowly heated through the CP, rather large particles (> or = 200 nm) were formed. Regardless the polymer composition, small nanoparticles (50-70 nm) with a narrow size distribution were formed, when a small volume of an aqueous polymer solution below the CP was added to a large volume of heated water. In this way the thermosensitive block copolymers rapidly pass their CP ('heat shock' procedure), resulting in small and stable nanoparticles. PMID:14741606

  16. A pH and Redox Dual Responsive 4-Arm Poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(disulfide histamine) Copolymer for Non-Viral Gene Transfection in Vitro and in Vivo

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    An, Kangkang; Zhao, Peng; Lin, Chao; Liu, Hongwei

    2014-01-01

    A novel 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(disulfide histamine) copolymer was synthesized by Michael addition reaction of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) vinyl sulfone and amine-capped poly(disulfide histamine) oligomer, being denoted as 4-arm PEG-SSPHIS. This copolymer was able to condense DNA into nanoscale polyplexes (<200 nm in average diameter) with almost neutral surface charge (+(5–10) mV). Besides, these polyplexes were colloidal stable within 4 h in HEPES buffer saline at pH 7.4 (physiological environment), but rapidly dissociated to liberate DNA in the presence of 10 mM glutathione (intracellular reducing environment). The polyplexes also revealed pH-responsive surface charges which markedly increased with reducing pH values from 7.4–6.3 (tumor microenvironment). In vitro transfection experiments showed that polyplexes of 4-arm PEG-SSPHIS were capable of exerting enhanced transfection efficacy in MCF-7 and HepG2 cancer cells under acidic conditions (pH 6.3–7.0). Moreover, intravenous administration of the polyplexes to nude mice bearing HepG2-tumor yielded high transgene expression largely in tumor rather other normal organs. Importantly, this copolymer and its polyplexes had low cytotoxicity against the cells in vitro and caused no death of the mice. The results of this study indicate that 4-arm PEG-SSPHIS has high potential as a dual responsive gene delivery vector for cancer gene therapy. PMID:24853287

  17. Bioengineering Functional Copolymers. IX. Poly[(maleic anhydride-co-hexene-1)-g-poly(ethylene oxide)].

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    Mazi, Hidayet; Kibarer, Günay; Emregül, Emel; Rzaev, Zakir M O

    2006-04-12

    Amphiphilic bioengineering copolymers having a combination of hydrophilic/hydrophobic linkages and polyelectrolyte behavior, along with an ability to interact with biomacromolecules, in particular with the invertase enzyme, have been synthesized by (a) complex-radical copolymerization of maleic anhydride (MA, the acceptor) and hexene-1 (H-1, the donor) monomers with benzoyl peroxide as the initiator in 1,4-dioxane at 65 degrees C under high-conversion conditions and (b) subsequent grafting (polyesterification) of synthesized poly(MA-alt-H-1) with alpha-methoxy-omega-hydroxy-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Copolymerizations were also carried out in the steady state, in order to essentially reduce the effect of copolymer composition drift. The values of the monomer reactivity ratios (r(1) and r(2)) determined by using the known terminal models of Fineman-Ross (FR) and Kelen-Tüdös (KT), as well as by nonlinear regression (NLR) analysis, are: r(1) = 0.16 and r(2) = 0.30 (FR), r(1) = 0.14 and r(2) = 0.27 (KT), and r(1) = 0.15 and r(2) = 0.29 (NLR), respectively. All the copolymers and graft copolymers were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, (1)H{(13)C} NMR spectroscopy, viscometric measurements, and chemical (acid number), thermal (DSC and TGA), and X-ray diffraction analyses. Unlike poly(MA-alt-H-1)s, PEO macrobranched graft copolymers exhibit expressed polyelectrolyte and swelling behavior in diluted and concentrated dioxane solutions, respectively. The copolymer and its PEO hyperbranched derivatives can be used as carriers for enzyme immobilization. PMID:16572476

  18. Ionic Aggregation and Microphase Separation in Sulfonated Polyester Multiblock Copolymers and Ionomers

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    O'Reilly, Michael; Tudryn, Gregory; Colby, Ralph; Winey, Karen

    2011-03-01

    Polyethylene oxide (PEO) has been copolymerized with polytetramethylene oxide (PTMO) using a sulfonated phthalate ionic linker between blocks. The product is a linear multiblock copolymer, which is neutralized with lithium and sodium. We used X-ray scattering to investigate the morphology from 25°C to 200°C. The results show that this copolymer exhibits three distinct morphology characteristics. First, microphase separation exists between the PEO and PTMO phases. Second, ionic aggregates occur in the PEO microdomains. Finally, the appearance of better defined ionic aggregates occurs in the PTMO microdomains. Ion aggregation and microphase separation are studied as functions of temperature and copolymer molar composition. DRS analysis confirms that ionic aggregation is independent of copolymer composition.

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

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    Zhu, Aiping; Lu, Ping; Wu, Hao

    2007-01-01

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

  20. Complement activation on poly(ethylene oxide)-like RFGD-deposited surfaces

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    Szott, Luisa Mayorga; Stein, M. Jeanette; Ratner, Buddy D.; Horbett, Thomas A.

    2010-01-01

    Non-specific protein adsorption, particularly fibrinogen (Fg), is thought to be an initiating step in the foreign body response (FBR) to biomaterials by promoting phagocyte attachment. In previous studies, we therefore prepared radio frequency glow discharge (RFGD) polyethylene oxide (PEO)-like tetraglyme coatings (CH3O(CH2CH2O)4CH3) adsorbing less than 10 ng/cm2 Fg and showed that they had the expected low monocyte adhesion in vitro. However, when these were implanted in vivo, many adherent inflammatory cells and a fibrous capsule were found, suggesting the role of alternative proteins, such as activated complement proteins, in the FBR to these materials. We therefore investigated complement interactions with the tetraglyme surfaces. First, because of its well known role in complement C3 activation, we measured the hydroxyl group (-OH) content of tetraglyme, but found it to be very low. Second, we measured C3 adsorption to tetraglyme from plasma. Low amounts of C3 adsorbed on tetraglyme, though it displayed higher binding strength than the control surfaces. Finally, complement activation was determined by measuring C3a and SC5b-9 levels in serum after incubating with tetraglyme, as well as other surfaces that served as positive and negative controls, namely poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels, Silastic sheeting, and poly(ethylene glycol) self-assembled monolayers with different end groups. Despite displaying low hydroxyl group concentration, relatively high C3a and SC5b-9 levels were found in serum exposed to tetraglyme, similar to the values due to our positive control, PVA. Our results support the conclusion that complement activation by tetraglyme is a possible mechanism involved in the FBR to these biomaterials. PMID:21105163

  1. 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

  2. Low-cost flexible supercapacitors based on laser reduced graphene oxide supported on polyethylene terephthalate substrate

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    Ghoniem, Engy; Mori, Shinsuke; Abdel-Moniem, Ahmed

    2016-08-01

    A controlled high powered CO2 laser system is used to reduce and pattern graphene oxide (GO) film supported onto a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The laser reduced graphene oxide (rGO) film is characterized and evaluated electrochemically in the absence and presence of an overlying anodicaly deposited thin film of pseuodcapactive MnO2 as electrodes for supercapacitor applications using aqueous electrolyte. The laser treatment of the GO film leads to an overlapped structure of defective multi-layer rGO sheets with an electrical conductivity of 273 S m-1. The rGO and MnO2/rGO electrodes exhibit specific capacitance in the range of 82-107 and 172-368 Fg-1 at applied current range of 0.1-1.0 mA cm-2 and retain 98 and 95% of their initial capacitances after 2000 cycles at a current density of 1.0 mA cm-2, respectively. Also, the rGO is assigned as an electrode material for flexible conventionally stacked and interdigitated in-plane supercapacitor structures using gel electrolyte. Three electrode architectures of 2, 4, and 6 sub-electrodes are studied for the interdigital in-plane design. The device with interdigital 6 sub-electrodes architecture I-PS(6) delivers power density of 537.1 Wcm-3 and an energy density of 0.45 mWh cm-3.

  3. Bulk, surface, and blood-contacting properties of polyetherurethanes modified with polyethylene oxide.

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    Okkema, A Z; Grasel, T G; Zdrahala, R J; Solomon, D D; Cooper, S L

    1989-01-01

    The bulk, surface, and blood-contacting properties of a series of polyether polyurethanes based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) (MW = 1450), polytetramethylene oxide (PTMO) (MW = 1000), and mixed PEO/PTMO soft segments were evaluated. The effect of varying the weight percentage of PEO, and thus the overall polarity of the mixed soft segment phase, was investigated. Two polymer blends prepared from a PTMO-based and a PEO-based polyurethane were also studied. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis indicated that the polyurethanes based on either the PEO or the PTMO soft segments are relatively phase mixed. The degree of phase mixing in the polymers increased with increasing weight fraction of PEO. As expected, water absorption and the hydrophilicity of the polymer increased with increasing PEO soft segment content. In vacuum, the PEO-rich polymers have a lower concentration of soft segment at the surface, possibly due to the migration of the polar PEO segments away from the polymer/vacuum interface. The blood-contacting results indicated that the higher PEO-containing polymers were more thrombogenic than the pure PTMO-based polyurethane. A threshold concentration of PEO in the polyurethane appeared to be required before the blood-contacting properties were significantly affected. PMID:2488846

  4. Synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility of novel biodegradable cross-linked co-polymers based on poly(propylene oxide) diglycidylether and polyethylenimine.

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    Ding, Yunsheng; Wang, Jing; Wong, Cynthia S; Halley, Peter J; Guo, Qipeng

    2011-01-01

    Novel biodegradable cross-linked co-polymers were prepared from poly(propylene glycol) diglycidylether (PPGDGE) and poly(ethylene imine) (PEI). PPGDGE and PEI were mixed at ambient temperature with varying PEI concentrations of 10, 15, 18.5, 25, 30, 40 and 50 wt%; the homogenous PPGDGE/PEI mixtures obtained were cured at elevated temperatures, resulting in formation of PPG-PEI cross-linked co-polymers via ring-opening reaction of PPGDGE with PEI. The physicochemical and biological properties of these co-polymers were dependent on the PEI content and the extent of curing reaction. The glass transition temperature of PPG-PEI cross-linked co-polymers varied in the range from -14 to +42°C, while the co-polymers displayed composition-dependent mechanical behavior, from brittle to ductile with increasing PEI content from 18.5 wt% to 40 wt%. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were cultured on the PPG-PEI co-polymers; the MTT assay was used to measure cell viability and determine the cytotoxicity. The cell viability rate, relative to tissue-culture polystyrene (TCPS), increased from 49% to 125% with increasing PEI content from 18.5 wt% to 40 wt%. Although epoxy monomers usually exhibit cytotoxicity, the epoxy groups were exhausted via curing reaction in the fully cross-linked co-polymers. The PEI-cured PPG epoxy resin, i.e., PPG-PEI cross-linked co-polymers obtained in this study, showed excellent biocompatibility. PMID:20566040

  5. 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.

  6. Partial Miscibility in Copolymer Blends

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    Clark, Elizabeth; Lipson, Jane

    2011-03-01

    Copolymers can be used to affect the miscibility of otherwise immiscible polymer blends by acting as compatibilizers. To better understand the energetics of these types of systems, we use a simple lattice model to study phase separation in binary copolymer/homopolymer blends. We focus on a copolymer that contains both A and B type monomers and a homopolymer that contains purely A type monomer. An example of a system that we are investigating is polyethylene mixed with either random or alternating poly(ethylene-co-propylene). The sequence effect on miscibility as the copolymer microstructure is varied from random to alternating is investigated as well. The support of GAANN is gratefully acknowledged.

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  8. Poly(ethylene oxide) Functionalized Graphene Nanoribbons with Excellent Solution Processability.

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    Huang, Yinjuan; Mai, Yiyong; Beser, Uliana; Teyssandier, Joan; Velpula, Gangamallaiah; van Gorp, Hans; Straasø, Lasse Arnt; Hansen, Michael Ryan; Rizzo, Daniele; Casiraghi, Cinzia; Yang, Rong; Zhang, Guangyu; Wu, Dongqing; Zhang, Fan; Yan, Deyue; De Feyter, Steven; Müllen, Klaus; Feng, Xinliang

    2016-08-17

    Structurally well-defined graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) have attracted great interest as next-generation semiconductor materials. The functionalization of GNRs with polymeric side chains, which can widely broaden GNR-related studies on physiochemical properties and potential applications, has remained unexplored. Here, we demonstrate the bottom-up solution synthesis of defect-free GNRs grafted with flexible poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains. The GNR backbones possess an armchair edge structure with a width of 1.0-1.7 nm and mean lengths of 15-60 nm, enabling near-infrared absorption and a low bandgap of 1.3 eV. Remarkably, the PEO grafting renders the GNRs superb dispersibility in common organic solvents, with a record concentration of ∼1 mg mL(-1) (for GNR backbone) that is much higher than that (<0.01 mg mL(-1)) of reported GNRs. Moreover, the PEO-functionalized GNRs can be readily dispersed in water, accompanying with supramolecular helical nanowire formation. Scanning probe microscopy reveals raft-like self-assembled monolayers of uniform GNRs on graphite substrates. Thin-film-based field-effect transistors (FETs) of the GNRs exhibit a high carrier mobility of ∼0.3 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), manifesting promising application of the polymer-functionalized GNRs in electronic devices. PMID:27463961

  9. Rheology and pressurised gyration of starch and starch-loaded poly(ethylene oxide).

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    Mahalingam, S; Ren, G G; Edirisinghe, M J

    2014-12-19

    This work investigates the rheology and spinning of starch and starch-loaded poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) by pressurised gyration in order to prepare nanofibres. The spinning dope's rheological properties played a crucial role in fibre formation. Newtonian behaviour is observed in 1-20 wt% starch suspensions and non-Newtonian behaviour is found in all the PEO-starch mixtures. Pressurised gyration of the starch suspensions produced beads only but PEO-starch mixtures generated fibres. The fibre diameter of the PEO-starch samples is shown to be a function of polymer concentration and rotating speed of the gyration system. Fibre formation can only be facilitated below a certain working pressure. The concentration of starch in the PEO-starch mixtures is crucial in defining whether beaded or continuous fibres were generated and this is related to the composition of the spinning dope. FT-IR, XRD and microscopy studies indicated very good miscibility of starch and PEO in the nanofibres. The storage modulus of the PEO-starch were also studied as a function of temperature (30-150°C) and showed interesting results but it was not possible to deduce general trends valid for the entire temperature range. PMID:25263892

  10. In Situ Study of Strain-Dependent Ion Conductivity of Stretchable Polyethylene Oxide Electrolyte

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    Kelly, Taylor; Ghadi, Bahar Moradi; Berg, Sean; Ardebili, Haleh

    2016-01-01

    There is a strong need in developing stretchable batteries that can accommodate stretchable or irregularly shaped applications including medical implants, wearable devices and stretchable electronics. Stretchable solid polymer electrolytes are ideal candidates for creating fully stretchable lithium ion batteries mainly due to their mechanical and electrochemical stability, thin-film manufacturability and enhanced safety. However, the characteristics of ion conductivity of polymer electrolytes during tensile deformation are not well understood. Here, we investigate the effects of tensile strain on the ion conductivity of thin-film polyethylene oxide (PEO) through an in situ study. The results of this investigation demonstrate that both in-plane and through-plane ion conductivities of PEO undergo steady and linear growths with respect to the tensile strain. The coefficients of strain-dependent ion conductivity enhancement (CSDICE) for in-plane and through-plane conduction were found to be 28.5 and 27.2, respectively. Tensile stress-strain curves and polarization light microscopy (PLM) of the polymer electrolyte film reveal critical insights on the microstructural transformation of stretched PEO and the potential consequences on ionic conductivity. PMID:26831948

  11. Dynamics of Water Associated with Lithium Ions Distributed in Polyethylene Oxide

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    Zhang, Zhe; Ohl, Michael; Diallo, Souleymane O.; Jalarvo, Niina H.; Hong, Kunlun; Han, Youngkyu; Smith, Gregory S.; Do, Changwoo

    2015-11-03

    We studied the dynamics of water in polyethylene oxide (PEO)/LiCl solution with quasielastic neutron scattering experiments and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Two different time scales of water diffusion representing interfacial water and bulk water dynamics have been identified. Furthermore, the measured diffusion coefficient of interfacial water remained 5–10 times smaller than that of bulk water, but both were slowed by approximately 50% in the presence of Li+. Detailed analysis of MD trajectories suggests that Li+ is favorably found at the surface of the hydration layer, and the probability to find the caged Li+ configuration formed by the PEO is lower than for the noncaged Li+-PEO configuration. In both configurations, however, the slowing down of water molecules is driven by reorienting water molecules and creating water-Li+ hydration complexes. Moreover, performing the MD simulation with different ions (Na+ and K+) revealed that smaller ionic radius of the ions is a key factor in disrupting the formation of PEO cages by allowing spaces for water molecules to come in between the ion and PEO.

  12. Platelet adhesion and cellular interaction with poly(ethylene oxide) immobilized onto silicone rubber membrane surfaces.

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    Hsiue, G H; Lee, S D; Chang, P C

    1996-01-01

    Cellular interaction and platelet adsorption were investigated on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) immobilized silicone rubber membrane (SR) which has polyacrylic acid grafts on the surfaces. Polyacrylic acid (PAA) had been introduced to the SR surface after Ar plasma treatment of SR surfaces to introduce peroxide groups. Surface characterizations were made using ATR-FTIR, ESCA, SEM, and contact angle measurements. Experimental results obtained by ESCA high resolution curve fitting spectra indicated that the amount of bisamino PEO of different molecular weights immobilized onto SR surfaces were similar, which showed that the influence of the length of molecular chains (-C-C-O-) on the reactivity of terminal amino group is negligible. The wettability of modified SR surfaces increased with an increase in PEO molecular weight. Biological studies such as corneal epithelial cell culture and blood platelet adhesion were performed to understand the biocompatibility of modified SR surfaces. Biological studies using corneal epithelial cells showed that cell migration, attachment and proliferation onto PEO-20000 immobilized SR surface were suppressed, whereas these biological activities on PEO-600 were enhanced. Another study on platelet adhesion revealed that many platelets attached to PEO-600 immobilized SR, while platelet deposition was rarely observed on SR grafted with PEO-3350. The effects of different PEO molecular chains on biological response were discussed. PMID:8836831

  13. Dynamics of Water Associated with Lithium Ions Distributed in Polyethylene Oxide

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    Zhang, Zhe; Ohl, Michael; Diallo, Souleymane O.; Jalarvo, Niina H.; Hong, Kunlun; Han, Youngkyu; Smith, Gregory S.; Do, Changwoo

    2015-11-03

    We studied the dynamics of water in polyethylene oxide (PEO)/LiCl solution with quasielastic neutron scattering experiments and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Two different time scales of water diffusion representing interfacial water and bulk water dynamics have been identified. Furthermore, the measured diffusion coefficient of interfacial water remained 5–10 times smaller than that of bulk water, but both were slowed by approximately 50% in the presence of Li+. Detailed analysis of MD trajectories suggests that Li+ is favorably found at the surface of the hydration layer, and the probability to find the caged Li+ configuration formed by the PEO is lowermore » than for the noncaged Li+-PEO configuration. In both configurations, however, the slowing down of water molecules is driven by reorienting water molecules and creating water-Li+ hydration complexes. Moreover, performing the MD simulation with different ions (Na+ and K+) revealed that smaller ionic radius of the ions is a key factor in disrupting the formation of PEO cages by allowing spaces for water molecules to come in between the ion and PEO.« less

  14. Antibacterial electrospun chitosan-polyethylene oxide nanocomposite mats containing ZIF-8 nanoparticles.

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    Kohsari, Iraj; Shariatinia, Zahra; Pourmortazavi, Seied Mahdi

    2016-10-01

    Antimicrobial chitosan-polyethylene oxide (CS-PEO) nanofiber mats loaded with 3, 5 and 10% (w/w) of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 nanoparticles (ZIF-8 NPs, ∼60nm diameter) were developed by electrospinning technique. The CS-PEO-GA-3% ZIF-8 NPs crosslinked with glutaraldehyde (GA) vapor was also prepared. The electrospun mats were characterized by various analysis including FE-SEM, EDAX, elemental mapping, FT-IR, contact angle, TGA/DSC as well as tensile strength analysis. The nanofibers had average diameters within the range ∼70-120nm. Antimicrobial activities of the CS-PEO and CS-PEO-3% ZIF-8 mats were evaluated by the viable cell-counting method for determining their effectiveness in reducing or halting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli bacteria so that the CS-PEO mat containing 3% ZIF-8 revealed 100% bactericidal activity against both kinds of bacteria. The crosslinked CS-PEO-GA-3% ZIF-8 NPs sample was less thermally stable but more hydrophilic than its related non-crosslinked mat reflecting there was no need to crosslink the fibers using a chemical crosslinker having adverse effects. The highest hydrophobicity and appropriate thermal and tensile properties of CS-PEO-3% ZIF-8 NPs among those of the mats including 5 and 10% ZIF-8 NPs suggested that the mentioned mat is the most suitable sample for food coating applications. PMID:27311504

  15. Self-organization of poly(ethylene oxide) on the surface of aqueous salt solutions.

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    Fuchs, Christian; Hussain, Hazrat; Amado, Elkin; Busse, Karsten; Kressler, Joerg

    2015-01-01

    It is demonstrated that stable Langmuir films of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) can be formed up to surface pressures of 30 mN m(-1) when potassium carbonate K2CO3 is added to the aqueous subphase. Generally, PEO homopolymer cannot stay on the water surface at a surface pressure ≥10 mN m(-1) due to its high water solubility. To prepare stable monolayer films, PEO can be modified with hydrophobic moieties. However, by exploiting the salting out effect by adding certain salts (K2CO3 or MgSO4) into the aqueous subphase, not only very stable films but also unusual self-organization can be achieved by the PEO homopolymer on the surface of the aqueous solution. Thus, a series of OH-terminated PEOs is found to form a stable monolayer at K2CO3 concentrations of 2 M and above in the aqueous subphase, and the stability of the film increases with an increase in K2CO3 concentration. Hysteresis experiments are also carried out. During the phase transition induced by progressive compression, self-organization into well-defined domains with sizes in the micrometer range are observed, and with further compression and holding of the film for 30 min and above the microdomains transform into a crystalline morphology as visualized by Brewster angle microscopy. PMID:25269665

  16. Photopolymerization-induced crystallization and phase separation in poly(ethylene oxide)/triacrylate blends

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    Park, Soo Jeoung; Kyu, Thein

    2008-12-28

    The present article describes experimental and theoretical investigations of miscibility and crystallization behavior of blends of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and triacrylate monomer (TA) using differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy. The PEO/TA blends manifested a single T{sub g} varying systematically with composition suggestive of a miscible character in their amorphous states. Moreover, there occurs melting point depression of PEO crystals with increasing TA. A phase diagram was subsequently established that exhibited a solid+liquid coexistence region bound by the liquidus and solidus lines, followed by an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) at a lower temperature. The emerging phase morphology was investigated to verify the coexistence regions. Upon photopolymerization in the isotropic melt above the melting point depression curve, both the UCST and the melting temperatures move upward and eventually surpass the reaction temperature, resulting in phase separation as well as crystallization of PEO driven by the changing supercooling, i.e., the thermodynamic driving force. Of particular interest is the interplay between photopolymerization-induced phase separation and crystallization, which eventually determines the final phase morphology of the PEO/TA blend such as crystalline lamellae, sheaf, or spherulites in isotropic liquid, phase separated domains, and viscous fingering liquids.

  17. Solid-phase photocatalytic degradation of polyethylene film with manganese oxide OMS-2

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    Liu, Guanglong; Liao, Shuijiao; Zhu, Duanwei; Cui, Jingzhen; Zhou, Wenbing

    2011-01-01

    Solid-phase photocatalytic degradation of polyethylene (PE) film with cryptomelane-type manganese oxide (OMS-2) as photocatalyst was investigated in the ambient air under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. The properties of the composite films were compared with those of the pure PE film through performing weight loss monitoring, IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopic (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photoinduced degradation of PE-OMS-2 composite films was higher than that of the pure films, while there has been little change under the visible light irradiation. The weight loss of PE-OMS-2 (1.0 wt%) composite films steadily decreased and reached 16.5% in 288 h under UV light irradiation. Through SEM observation there were some cavities on the surface of composite films, but few change except some surface chalking phenomenon occurred in pure PE film. The degradation rate with ultraviolet irradiation is controllable by adjusting the content of OMS-2 particles in PE plastic. Finally, the mechanism of photocatalytic degradation of the composite films was briefly discussed.

  18. Poly(propylene fumarate)/Polyethylene Glycol-Modified Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites for Tissue Engineering.

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    Díez-Pascual, Ana M; Díez-Vicente, Angel L

    2016-07-20

    Poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF)-based nanocomposites incorporating different amounts of polyethylene glycol-functionalized graphene oxide (PEG-GO) have been prepared via sonication and thermal curing, and their surface morphology, structure, thermal stability, hydrophilicity, water absorption, biodegradation, cytotoxicity, mechanical, viscoelastic and antibacterial properties have been investigated. SEM and TEM images corroborated that the noncovalent functionalization with PEG caused the exfoliation of GO into thinner flakes. IR spectra suggested the presence of strong hydrogen-bonding interactions between the nanocomposite components. A gradual rise in the level of hydrophilicity, water uptake, biodegradation rate, surface roughness, protein absorption capability and thermal stability was found upon increasing GO concentration in the composites. Tensile tests revealed improved stiffness, strength and toughness for the composites compared to unfilled PPF, ascribed to a homogeneous GO dispersion within the matrix along with a strong PPF/PEG-GO interfacial adhesion via polar and hydrogen bonding interactions. Further, the nanocomposites retained enough stiffness and strength under a biological state to provide effective support for bone tissue formation. The antibacterial activity was investigated against Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis as well as Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli microorganisms, and it rose sharply upon increasing GO concentration; systematically, the biocide effect was stronger versus Gram-positive bacteria. Cell viability data demonstrated that PPF/PEG-GO composites do not induce toxicity over human dermal fibroblasts. These novel materials show great potential to be applied in the bone tissue engineering field. PMID:27383639

  19. AC and DC electrospinning of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose with polyethylene oxides as secondary polymer for improved drug dissolution.

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    Balogh, Attila; Farkas, Balázs; Verreck, Geert; Mensch, Jürgen; Borbás, Enikő; Nagy, Brigitta; Marosi, György; Nagy, Zsombor Kristóf

    2016-05-30

    Alternating current electrospinning (ACES) capable to reach multiple times higher specific productivities than widely used direct current electrospinning (DCES) was investigated and compared with DCES to prepare drug-loaded formulations based on one of the most widespread polymeric matrix used for commercialized pharmaceutical solid dispersions, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 2910 (HPMC). In order to improve the insufficient spinnability of HPMC (both with ACES and DCES) polyethylene oxide (PEO) as secondary polymer with intense ACES activity was introduced into the electrospinning solution. Different grades of this polymer used at as low concentrations in the fibers as 0.1% or less enabled the production of high quality HPMC-based fibrous mats without altering its physicochemical properties remarkably. Increasing concentrations of higher molecular weight PEOs led to the thickening of fibers from submicronic diameters to several microns of thickness. ACES fibers loaded with the poorly water-soluble model drug spironolactone were several times thinner than drug-loaded fibers prepared with DCES in spite of the higher feeding rates applied. The amorphous HPMC-based fibers with large surface area enhanced the dissolution of spironolactone significantly, the presence of small amounts of PEO did not affect the dissolution rate. The presented results confirm the diverse applicability of ACES, a novel technique to prepare fibrous drug delivery systems. PMID:26997426

  20. Titanate nanotubes for reinforcement of a poly(ethylene oxide)/chitosan polymer matrix.

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    Porras, R; Bavykin, D V; Zekonyte, J; Walsh, F C; Wood, R J

    2016-05-13

    Soft polyethylene oxide (PEO)/chitosan mixtures, reinforced with hard titanate nanotubes (TiNTs) by co-precipitation from aqueous solution, have been used to produce compact coatings by the 'drop-cast' method, using water soluble PEO polymer and stable, aqueous colloidal solutions of TiNTs. The effects of the nanotube concentration and their length on the hardness and modulus of the prepared composite have been studied using nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques. The uniformity of TiNT dispersion within the polymer matrix has been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A remarkable increase in hardness and reduced Young's modulus of the composites, compared to pure polymer blends, has been observed at a TiNT concentration of 25 wt %. The short (up to 30 min) ultrasound treatment of aqueous solutions containing polymers and a colloidal TiNT mixture prior to drop casting has resulted in some improvements in both hardness and reduced Young's modulus of dry composite films, probably due to a better dispersion of ceramic nanotubes within the matrix. However, further (more than 1 h) treatment of the mixture with ultrasound resulted in a deterioration of the mechanical properties of the composite accompanied by a shortening of the nanotubes, as observed by the TEM. PMID:27039947

  1. Solid dispersion of acetaminophen and poly(ethylene oxide) prepared by hot-melt mixing.

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    Yang, Min; Wang, Peng; Huang, Chien-Yueh; Ku, M Sherry; Liu, Huiju; Gogos, Costas

    2010-08-16

    In this study, a model drug, acetaminophen (APAP), was melt mixed with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) using a Brabender mixer. APAP was found to recrystallize upon cooling to room temperature for all the drug loadings investigated. Higher drug loading leads to faster recrystallization rate. However, the morphology of the recrystallized drug crystals is identical in samples with different drug loadings and does not change with the storage time. To adjust the drug's dissolution rate, nanoclay Cloisite 15A and 30B were added into the binary mixture. The presence of either of the nanoclay dramatically accelerates the drug's recrystallization rate and slows down the drug's releasing rate. The drop of the releasing rate is mainly due to the decrease of wettability, as supported by the contact angle data. Data analysis of the dissolution results suggests that the addition of nanoclays changes the drug's release mechanism from erosion dominant to diffusion dominant. This study suggests that nanoclays may be utilized to tailor the drug's releasing rate and to improve the dosage form's stability by dramatically shortening the lengthy recrystallization process. PMID:20435110

  2. Encapsulation of T4 bacteriophage in electrospun poly(ethylene oxide)/cellulose diacetate fibers.

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    Korehei, Reza; Kadla, John F

    2014-01-16

    Phage therapy is a potentially beneficial approach to food preservation and storage. Sustained delivery of bacteriophage can prevent bacterial growth on contaminated food surfaces. Using coaxial electrospinning bacteriophage can be encapsulated in electrospun fibers with high viability. The resulting bio-based electrospun fibers may have potential as a food packaging material. In the present work, T4 bacteriophage (T4 phage) was incorporated into core/shell electrospun fibers made from poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), cellulose diacetate (CDA), and their blends. Fibers prepared using PEO as the shell polymer showed an immediate burst release of T4 phage upon submersion in buffer. The blending of CDA with PEO significantly decreased the rate of phage release, with no released T4 phage being detected from the solely CDA fibers. Increasing the PEO molecular weight increased the electrospun fiber diameter and viscosity of the releasing medium, which resulted in a relatively slower T4 phage release profile. SEM analyses of the electrospun fiber morphologies were in good agreement with the T4 phage release profiles. Depending on the PEO/CDA ratio, the post-release electrospun fiber morphologies varied from discontinuous fibers to minimally swollen fibers. From these results it is suggested that the T4 phage release mechanism is through solvent activation/polymer dissolution in the case of the PEO fibers and/or by diffusion control from the PEO/CDA blend fibers. PMID:24188849

  3. In Situ Study of Strain-Dependent Ion Conductivity of Stretchable Polyethylene Oxide Electrolyte

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    Kelly, Taylor; Ghadi, Bahar Moradi; Berg, Sean; Ardebili, Haleh

    2016-02-01

    There is a strong need in developing stretchable batteries that can accommodate stretchable or irregularly shaped applications including medical implants, wearable devices and stretchable electronics. Stretchable solid polymer electrolytes are ideal candidates for creating fully stretchable lithium ion batteries mainly due to their mechanical and electrochemical stability, thin-film manufacturability and enhanced safety. However, the characteristics of ion conductivity of polymer electrolytes during tensile deformation are not well understood. Here, we investigate the effects of tensile strain on the ion conductivity of thin-film polyethylene oxide (PEO) through an in situ study. The results of this investigation demonstrate that both in-plane and through-plane ion conductivities of PEO undergo steady and linear growths with respect to the tensile strain. The coefficients of strain-dependent ion conductivity enhancement (CSDICE) for in-plane and through-plane conduction were found to be 28.5 and 27.2, respectively. Tensile stress-strain curves and polarization light microscopy (PLM) of the polymer electrolyte film reveal critical insights on the microstructural transformation of stretched PEO and the potential consequences on ionic conductivity.

  4. Dynamics of Water Associated with Lithium Ions Distributed in Polyethylene Oxide

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    Zhang, Zhe; Ohl, Michael; Diallo, Souleymane O.; Jalarvo, Niina H.; Hong, Kunlun; Han, Youngkyu; Smith, Gregory S.; Do, Changwoo

    2015-11-01

    The dynamics of water in polyethylene oxide (PEO)/LiCl solution has been studied with quasielastic neutron scattering experiments and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Two different time scales of water diffusion representing interfacial water and bulk water dynamics have been identified. The measured diffusion coefficient of interfacial water remained 5-10 times smaller than that of bulk water, but both were slowed by approximately 50% in the presence of Li+ . Detailed analysis of MD trajectories suggests that Li+ is favorably found at the surface of the hydration layer, and the probability to find the caged Li+ configuration formed by the PEO is lower than for the noncaged Li+-PEO configuration. In both configurations, however, the slowing down of water molecules is driven by reorienting water molecules and creating water-Li+ hydration complexes. Performing the MD simulation with different ions (Na+ and K+ ) revealed that smaller ionic radius of the ions is a key factor in disrupting the formation of PEO cages by allowing spaces for water molecules to come in between the ion and PEO.

  5. Design and development of polyethylene oxide based matrix tablets for verapamil hydrochloride.

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    Vidyadhara, S; Sasidhar, R L C; Nagaraju, R

    2013-03-01

    In the present investigation an attempt has been made to increase therapeutic efficacy, reduced frequency of administration and improved patient compliance by developing controlled release matrix tablets of verapamil hydrochloride. Verapamil hydrochloride was formulated as oral controlled release matrix tablets by using the polyethylene oxides (Polyox WSR 303). The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of polymer level and type of fillers namely lactose (soluble filler), swellable filler (starch 1500), microcrystalline cellulose and dibasic calcium phosphate (insoluble fillers) on the release rate and mechanism of release for verapamil hydrochloride from matrix tablets prepared by direct compression process. Higher polymeric content in the matrix decreased the release rate of drug. On the other hand, replacement of lactose with anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate and microcrystalline cellulose has significantly retarded the release rate of verapamil hydrochloride. Biopharmaceutical evaluation of satisfactory formulations were also carried out on New Zealand rabbits and parameters such as maximum plasma concentration, time to reach peak plasma concentration, area under the plasma concentration time curve(0-t) and area under first moment curve(0-t) were determined. In vivo pharmacokinetic study proves that the verapamil hydrochloride from matrix tablets showed prolonged release and were be able to sustain the therapeutic effect up to 24 h. PMID:24019567

  6. Ionic conductivity study on electron beam irradiated polyacrylonitrile—polyethylene oxide gel

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    Ma, Yi-Zhun; Pang, Li-Long; Zhu, Ya-Bin; Wang, Zhi-Guang; Shen, Tie-Long

    2011-07-01

    Different mass percent polyacrylonitrile (PAN)—polyethylene oxide (PEO) gels were prepared and irradiated by an electron beam (EB) with energy of 1.0 MeV to the dose ranging from 13 kGy to 260 kGy. The gels were analysed by using Fourier transform infrared spectrum, gel fraction and ionic conductivity (IC) measurement. The results show that the gel is crosslinked by EB irradiation, the crosslinking degree rises with the increasing EB irradiation dose (ID) and the mass percents of both PAN and PEO contribute a lot to the crosslinking; in addition, EB irradiation can promote the IC of PAN—PEO gels. There exists an optimum irradiation dose, at which the IC can increase dramatically. The IC changes of the PAN—PEO gels along with ID are divided into three regions: IC rapidly increasing region, IC decreasing region and IC balanced region. The cause of the change can be ascribed to two aspects, gel capturing electron degree and crosslinking degree. By comparing the IC—ID curves of different mass percents of PAN and PEO in gel, we found that PAN plays a more important role for gel IC promotion than PEO, since addition of PAN in gel causes the IC—ID curve sharper, while addition of PEO in gel causes the curve milder.

  7. Dynamics of Water Associated with Lithium Ions Distributed in Polyethylene Oxide.

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    Zhang, Zhe; Ohl, Michael; Diallo, Souleymane O; Jalarvo, Niina H; Hong, Kunlun; Han, Youngkyu; Smith, Gregory S; Do, Changwoo

    2015-11-01

    The dynamics of water in polyethylene oxide (PEO)/LiCl solution has been studied with quasielastic neutron scattering experiments and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Two different time scales of water diffusion representing interfacial water and bulk water dynamics have been identified. The measured diffusion coefficient of interfacial water remained 5-10 times smaller than that of bulk water, but both were slowed by approximately 50% in the presence of Li(+). Detailed analysis of MD trajectories suggests that Li(+) is favorably found at the surface of the hydration layer, and the probability to find the caged Li(+) configuration formed by the PEO is lower than for the noncaged Li(+)-PEO configuration. In both configurations, however, the slowing down of water molecules is driven by reorienting water molecules and creating water-Li(+) hydration complexes. Performing the MD simulation with different ions (Na(+) and K(+)) revealed that smaller ionic radius of the ions is a key factor in disrupting the formation of PEO cages by allowing spaces for water molecules to come in between the ion and PEO. PMID:26588420

  8. Structure and drug release in a crosslinked poly(ethylene oxide) hydrogel.

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    Shekunov, Boris Y; Chattopadhyay, Pratibhash; Tong, Henry H Y; Chow, Albert H L; Grossmann, J Günter

    2007-05-01

    Hydrogels are a continuously expanding class of pharmaceutical polymers designed for sustained or controlled drug release. The structure and intermolecular interactions in such systems define their macroscopic properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of swelling, drug impregnation, and drug release from poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) gel crosslinked by urethane bonds. A combination of SAXS/WAXS/SANS techniques enabled us to determine the phase transition between lamellar and extended gel network, and to apply different descriptions of crystallinity, based on lamellar and crystal lattice structures. It is shown that even low (1-7% w/w) loading of model drugs acetaminophen and caffeine, produced significant disorder in the polymer matrix. This effect was particularly pronounced for acetaminophen due to its specific ability to form complexes with PEO. The drug-release profiles were analyzed using a general cubic equation, proposed for this work, which allowed us to determine the gel hydration velocity. The results indicate that the release profiles correlate inversely with the polymer crystallinity. PMID:17455363

  9. Titanate nanotubes for reinforcement of a poly(ethylene oxide)/chitosan polymer matrix

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    Porras, R.; Bavykin, D. V.; Zekonyte, J.; Walsh, F. C.; Wood, R. J.

    2016-05-01

    Soft polyethylene oxide (PEO)/chitosan mixtures, reinforced with hard titanate nanotubes (TiNTs) by co-precipitation from aqueous solution, have been used to produce compact coatings by the ‘drop-cast’ method, using water soluble PEO polymer and stable, aqueous colloidal solutions of TiNTs. The effects of the nanotube concentration and their length on the hardness and modulus of the prepared composite have been studied using nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques. The uniformity of TiNT dispersion within the polymer matrix has been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A remarkable increase in hardness and reduced Young’s modulus of the composites, compared to pure polymer blends, has been observed at a TiNT concentration of 25 wt %. The short (up to 30 min) ultrasound treatment of aqueous solutions containing polymers and a colloidal TiNT mixture prior to drop casting has resulted in some improvements in both hardness and reduced Young’s modulus of dry composite films, probably due to a better dispersion of ceramic nanotubes within the matrix. However, further (more than 1 h) treatment of the mixture with ultrasound resulted in a deterioration of the mechanical properties of the composite accompanied by a shortening of the nanotubes, as observed by the TEM.

  10. Effects of ionic liquids on cation dynamics in amorphous polyethylene oxide electrolytes

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    Chattoraj, Joyjit Diddens, Diddo; Heuer, Andreas

    2014-01-14

    We perform extensive molecular dynamics simulations of a poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolyte material containing lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide salt for a wide temperature regime above and below the experimental crystallization temperature with and without N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ionic liquid (IL). The impact of the IL-concentration on the cation dynamics is studied. The increase of the cation mobility upon addition of IL is significant but temperature-independent. This can be related to distinct variations of the underlying transport properties as expressed within the previously introduced transport model of polymer electrolytes. Even for the largest IL concentration the transport model perfectly predicts the non-trivial time-dependence of the cationic mean square displacement for all temperatures. Finally, we compare our numerical and theoretical findings with the results of recent nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. In this way we can exclusively relate the strong experimentally observed dependence of the low-temperature Li-diffusivity on the IL concentration to the impact of IL on crystallization.

  11. Interfacial Effect on Confined Crystallization of Poly(ethylene oxide)/Silica Composites

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    Su, Yunlan; Zhao, Weiwei; Gao, Xia; Xu, Jianjun; Wang, Dujin

    The impact of nanoconfinement introduced by nanoparticles on polymer crystallization has attracted extensive attention because it plays the decisive role in the ultimate properties of polymer nanocomposites. In this study, interfacial and spatial confinement effects of silica (SiO2) nanoparticles on the crystallization behaviors of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/SiO2 composites were systematically investigated by changing the size and concentration of SiO2 in PEO matrix. The composites with high silica loadings exhibit two crystallization peaks of PEO as determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The first peak at 7-43 °C is related to the bulk PEO, while the second peak at -20 to -30 °C is attributed to the restricted PEO segments. Three-layer (amorphous, interfacial and bulk) model is proposed to interpret the confined crystallization of PEO/SiO2 composites, which is supported by the results of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and solid-state 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). In amorphous layer, most PEO segments are directly adsorbed on SiO2 surface via hydrogen bonding. The interfacial PEO layer, which is nonuniform, is composed of crystallizable loops and tails extending from amorphous layer. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Contract 21274156.

  12. 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.

  13. The formation of surface multilayers at the air-water interface from sodium polyethylene glycol monoalkyl ether sulfate/AlCl(3) solutions: the role of the size of the polyethylene oxide group.

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    Xu, Hui; Penfold, Jeff; Thomas, Robert K; Petkov, Jordan T; Tucker, Ian; Webster, John P R

    2013-09-17

    Neutron reflectivity, NR, and surface tension, ST, have been used to study the surface adsorption properties at the air-water interface of the anionic surfactant sodium polyethylene glycol monododecyl ether sulfate (sodium lauryl ether sulfate, SLES) in the presence of Al(3+) multivalent counterions, by the addition of AlCl3. In the absence of AlCl3 and at low AlCl3 concentrations monolayer adsorption is observed. With increasing AlCl3 concentration, surface multilayer formation is observed, driven by SLES/Al(3+) complex formation. The onset of multilayer formation occurs initially as a single bilayer or a multilayer structure with a limited number of bilayers, N, ≤3, and ultimately at higher AlCl3 concentrations N is large, >20. The evolution in the surface structure is determined by the surfactant and AlCl3 concentrations, and the size of the polyethylene oxide group in the different SLES surfactants studied. From the NR data, approximate surface phase diagrams are constructed, and the evolution of the surface structure with surfactant and electrolyte concentration is shown to be dependent on the size of the polyethylene oxide group. As the polyethylene oxide group increases in size the multilayer formation requires increasingly higher surfactant and AlCl3 concentrations to promote the formation. This is attributed to the increased steric hindrance of the polyethylene oxide group disrupting SLES/Al(3+) complex formation. PMID:23968161

  14. 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.

  15. Field Effect Transistor Behavior in Electrospun Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Demonstrated

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    Mueller, Carl H.; Theofylaktos, Onoufrios; Robinson, Daryl C.; Miranda, Felix A.

    2004-01-01

    Novel transistors and logic devices based on nanotechnology concepts are under intense development. The potential for ultra-low-power circuitry makes nanotechnology attractive for applications such as digital electronics and sensors. For NASA applications, nanotechnology offers tremendous opportunities for increased onboard data processing, and thus autonomous decisionmaking ability, and novel sensors that detect and respond to environmental stimuli with little oversight requirements. Polyaniline/polyethylene oxide (PANi/PEO) nanofibers are of interest because they have electrical conductivities that can be changed from insulating to metallic by varying the doping levels and conformations of the polymer chain. At the NASA Glenn Research Center, we have observed field effect transistor (FET) behavior in electrospun PANi/PEO nanofibers doped with camphorsulfonic acid. The nanofibers were deposited onto Au electrodes, which had been prepatterned onto oxidized silicon substrates. The preceding scanning electron image shows the device used in the transistor measurements. Saturation channel currents are observed at surprisingly low source/drain voltages (see the following graph). The hole mobility in the depletion regime is 1.4x10(exp -4)sq cm/V sec, whereas the one-dimensional charge density (at zero gate bias) is calculated to be approximately 1 hole per 50 two-ring repeat units of polyaniline, consistent with the rather high channel conductivity (approx.10(exp -3) S/cm). Reducing or eliminating the PEO content in the fiber is expected to enhance device parameters. Electrospinning is thus proposed as a simple method of fabricating one-dimensional polymer FET's.

  16. Polyethylene Glycol-Mediated Synthesis of Cubic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with High Heating Power.

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    Iacovita, Cristian; Stiufiuc, Rares; Radu, Teodora; Florea, Adrian; Stiufiuc, Gabriela; Dutu, Alina; Mican, Sever; Tetean, Romulus; Lucaciu, Constantin M

    2015-12-01

    Iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (IOMNPs) have been successfully synthesized by means of solvothermal reduction method employing polyethylene glycol (PEG200) as a solvent. The as-synthesized IOMNPs are poly-dispersed, highly crystalline, and exhibit a cubic shape. The size of IOMNPs is strongly dependent on the reaction time and the ration between the amount of magnetic precursor and PEG200 used in the synthesis method. At low magnetic precursor/PEG200 ratio, the cubic IOMNPs coexist with polyhedral IOMNPs. The structure and morphology of the IOMNPs were thoroughly investigated by using a wide range of techniques: TEM, XRD, XPS, FTIR, and RAMAN. XPS analysis showed that the IOMNPs comprise a crystalline magnetite core bearing on the outer surface functional groups from PEG200 and acetate. The presence of physisorbed PEG200 on the IOMNP surface is faintly detected through FT-IR spectroscopy. The surface of IOMNPs undergoes oxidation into maghemite as proven by RAMAN spectroscopy and the occurrence of satellite peaks in the Fe2p XP spectra. The magnetic studies performed on powder show that the blocking temperature (TB) of IOMNPs is around 300 K displaying a coercive field in between 160 and 170 Oe. Below the TB, the field-cooled (FC) curves turn concave and describe a plateau indicating that strong magnetic dipole-dipole interactions are manifested in between IOMNPs. The specific absorption rate (SAR) values increase with decreasing nanoparticle concentrations for the IOMNPs dispersed in water. The SAR dependence on the applied magnetic field, studied up to magnetic field amplitude of 60 kA/m, presents a sigmoid shape with saturation values up to 1700 W/g. By dispersing the IOMNPs in PEG600 (liquid) and PEG1000 (solid), it was found that the SAR values decrease by 50 or 75 %, indicating that the Brownian friction within the solvent was the main contributor to the heating power of IOMNPs. PMID:26446074

  17. Polyethylene Glycol-Mediated Synthesis of Cubic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with High Heating Power

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    Iacovita, Cristian; Stiufiuc, Rares; Radu, Teodora; Florea, Adrian; Stiufiuc, Gabriela; Dutu, Alina; Mican, Sever; Tetean, Romulus; Lucaciu, Constantin M.

    2015-10-01

    Iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (IOMNPs) have been successfully synthesized by means of solvothermal reduction method employing polyethylene glycol (PEG200) as a solvent. The as-synthesized IOMNPs are poly-dispersed, highly crystalline, and exhibit a cubic shape. The size of IOMNPs is strongly dependent on the reaction time and the ration between the amount of magnetic precursor and PEG200 used in the synthesis method. At low magnetic precursor/PEG200 ratio, the cubic IOMNPs coexist with polyhedral IOMNPs. The structure and morphology of the IOMNPs were thoroughly investigated by using a wide range of techniques: TEM, XRD, XPS, FTIR, and RAMAN. XPS analysis showed that the IOMNPs comprise a crystalline magnetite core bearing on the outer surface functional groups from PEG200 and acetate. The presence of physisorbed PEG200 on the IOMNP surface is faintly detected through FT-IR spectroscopy. The surface of IOMNPs undergoes oxidation into maghemite as proven by RAMAN spectroscopy and the occurrence of satellite peaks in the Fe2p XP spectra. The magnetic studies performed on powder show that the blocking temperature (TB) of IOMNPs is around 300 K displaying a coercive field in between 160 and 170 Oe. Below the TB, the field-cooled (FC) curves turn concave and describe a plateau indicating that strong magnetic dipole-dipole interactions are manifested in between IOMNPs. The specific absorption rate (SAR) values increase with decreasing nanoparticle concentrations for the IOMNPs dispersed in water. The SAR dependence on the applied magnetic field, studied up to magnetic field amplitude of 60 kA/m, presents a sigmoid shape with saturation values up to 1700 W/g. By dispersing the IOMNPs in PEG600 (liquid) and PEG1000 (solid), it was found that the SAR values decrease by 50 or 75 %, indicating that the Brownian friction within the solvent was the main contributor to the heating power of IOMNPs.

  18. Amperometric Biosensor Based on Zirconium Oxide/Polyethylene Glycol/Tyrosinase Composite Film for the Detection of Phenolic Compounds.

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    Ahmad, Nor Monica; Abdullah, Jaafar; Yusof, Nor Azah; Ab Rashid, Ahmad Hazri; Abd Rahman, Samsulida; Hasan, Md Rakibul

    2016-01-01

    A phenolic biosensor based on a zirconium oxide/polyethylene glycol/tyrosinase composite film for the detection of phenolic compounds has been explored. The formation of the composite film was expected via electrostatic interaction between hexacetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), polyethylene glycol (PEG), and zirconium oxide nanoparticles casted on screen printed carbon electrode (SPCE). Herein, the electrode was treated by casting hexacetyltrimethylammonium bromide on SPCE to promote a positively charged surface. Later, zirconium oxide was mixed with polyethylene glycol and the mixture was dropped cast onto the positively charged SPCE/CTAB. Tyrosinase was further immobilized onto the modified SPCE. Characterization of the prepared nanocomposite film and the modified SPCE surface was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), and Cyclic voltamogram (CV). The developed biosensor exhibits rapid response for less than 10 s. Two linear calibration curves towards phenol in the concentrations ranges of 0.075-10 µM and 10-55 µM with the detection limit of 0.034 µM were obtained. The biosensor shows high sensitivity and good storage stability for at least 30 days. PMID:27367738

  19. Polyplex formation between four-arm poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) and plasmid DNA in gene delivery.

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    He, E; Yue, C Y; Simeon, F; Zhou, L H; Too, H P; Tam, K C

    2009-12-01

    Amphiphilic polyelectrolytes comprising cationic and uncharged hydrophilic segments condensed negatively charged DNA to form a core-shell structure stabilized by a layer of hydrophilic corona chains. At physiological pH, four-arm star-shaped poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (four-arm PEO-b-PDEAEMA) block copolymer possessed positively charged amine groups that interacted with negatively charged plasmid DNA to form polymer/DNA complexes. The mechanism and physicochemical properties of the complex formation were investigated at varying molar ratio of amine groups on polymer chains and phosphate group on plasmid DNA segments (N/P ratio). The capability of the star block copolymer to condense DNA was demonstrated through gel electrophoresis and ethidium bromide exclusion assay. In the absence of salt, the hydrodynamic radius of polyplexes was about 94 nm at low polymer/DNA ratio, and it decreased to about 34 nm at large N/P ratios, forming a compact spherical structure with a weighted average molecular weight of 4.39 +/- 0.22 x 10(6) g/mol. Approximately 15 polymeric chains were required to condense a plasmid DNA. The addition of monovalent salt to the polyplexes significantly altered the size of the complexes, which would have an impact on cell transfection. Because of the electrostatic interaction induced by the diffusion of small ions, the polyplex increased in size to about 53 nm with a less compact structure. In vitro cytotoxicty of polymer and polymer/pDNA complexes were evaluated, and the polyplexes exhibited low toxicity at low N/P ratios. At N/P ratio of 4.5, the four-arm PEO-b-PDEAEMA showed the highest level of transfection in Neuro-2A cells. These observations showed that the star-shaped multi-arm polymers offers interesting properties in self-association and condensation ability for plasmid DNA and can serve as a nonviral DNA delivery system. PMID:19048636

  20. Surface and Aggregation Behavior of Pentablock Copolymer PNIPAM7-F127-PNIPAM7 in Aqueous Solutions.

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    Parekh, P; Ohno, S; Yusa, S; Lage, Emílio V; Casas, Matilde; Sández-Macho, I; Aswal, V K; Bahadur, P

    2016-08-01

    The triblock Pluronic F127 was modified by introducing poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) at both the poly(ethylene oxide) ends, and the pentablock copolymer so-prepared was characterized by gel permeation chromatography and (1)H NMR. The degree of polymerization of NIPAM blocks at the two ends was 7. The solution behavior and microstructure of copolymer aggregates in water and aqueous salt solution were examined and compared with F127 by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, microdifferential scanning calorimetry, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The behavior of the pentablock copolymer at the air/water interface was determined by Langmuir film balance. Two lower critical solution temperatures were observed for pentablock copolymer, corresponding to poly(propylene oxide) and PNIPAM blocks, respectively. DLS studies show that micelle size increased with increase in temperature and in the presence of salt. SANS measurements provided temperature-dependent structural evolution of copolymer micelles in water and salt solution. The copolymer displays an isotherm with four classical regions (pancake, mushroom, brush, and condensed state). The study has potential applications in controlled drug delivery due to the tunable phase behavior and biocompatibility of the copolymer. PMID:27385006

  1. The fabrication of highly ordered block copolymer micellar arrays: control of the separation distances of silicon oxide dots.

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    Yoo, Hana; Park, Soojin

    2010-06-18

    We demonstrate the fabrication of highly ordered silicon oxide dotted arrays prepared from polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) filled nanoporous block copolymer (BCP) films and the preparation of nanoporous, flexible Teflon or polyimide films. Polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) films were annealed in toluene vapor to enhance the lateral order of micellar arrays and were subsequently immersed in alcohol to produce nano-sized pores, which can be used as templates for filling a thin layer of PDMS. When a thin layer of PDMS was spin-coated onto nanoporous BCP films and thermally annealed at a certain temperature, the PDMS was drawn into the pores by capillary action. PDMS filled BCP templates were exposed to oxygen plasma environments in order to fabricate silicon oxide dotted arrays. By addition of PS homopolymer to PS-b-P2VP copolymer, the separation distances of micellar arrays were tuned. As-prepared silicon oxide dotted arrays were used as a hard master for fabricating nanoporous Teflon or polyimide films by spin-coating polymer precursor solutions onto silicon patterns and peeling off. This simple process enables us to fabricate highly ordered nanoporous BCP templates, silicon oxide dots, and flexible nanoporous polymer patterns with feature size of sub-20 nm over 5 cm x 5 cm. PMID:20498523

  2. Polymer chain organization in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolytes.

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    Burba, Christopher M; Woods, Lauren; Millar, Sarah Y; Pallie, Jonathan

    2011-12-15

    Polymer chain orientation in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate polymer electrolytes are investigated with polarized infrared spectroscopy as a function of the degree of strain and salt composition (ether oxygen atom to lithium ion ratios of 20:1, 15:1, and 10:1). The 1359 and 1352 cm(-1) bands are used to probe the crystalline PEO and P(EO)(3)LiCF(3)SO(3) domains, respectively, allowing a direct comparison of chain orientation for the two phases. Two-dimensional correlation FT-IR spectroscopy indicates that the two crystalline domains align at the same rate as the polymer electrolytes are stretched. Quantitative measurements of polymer chain orientation obtained through dichroic infrared spectroscopy show that chain orientation predominantly occurs between strain values of 150% and 250%, regardless of salt composition investigated. There are few changes in chain orientation for either phase when the films are further elongated to a strain of 300%; however, the PEO domains are slightly more oriented at the high strain values. The spectroscopic data are consistent with stretching-induced melt-recrystallization of the unoriented crystalline domains in the solution-cast polymer films. Stretching the films pulls polymer chains from the crystalline domains, which subsequently recrystallize with the polymer helices parallel to the stretch direction. If lithium ion conduction in crystalline polymer electrolytes is viewed as consisting of two major components (facile intra-chain lithium ion conduction and slow helix-to-helix inter-grain hopping), then alignment of the polymer helices will affect the ion conduction pathways for these materials by reducing the number of inter-grain hops required to migrate through the polymer electrolyte. PMID:22184475

  3. Chemically Realistic Tetrahedral Lattice Models for Polymer Chains: Application to Polyethylene Oxide.

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    Dietschreit, Johannes C B; Diestler, Dennis J; Knapp, Ernst W

    2016-05-10

    To speed up the generation of an ensemble of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) polymer chains in solution, a tetrahedral lattice model possessing the appropriate bond angles is used. The distance between noncovalently bonded atoms is maintained at realistic values by generating chains with an enhanced degree of self-avoidance by a very efficient Monte Carlo (MC) algorithm. Potential energy parameters characterizing this lattice model are adjusted so as to mimic realistic PEO polymer chains in water simulated by molecular dynamics (MD), which serves as a benchmark. The MD data show that PEO chains have a fractal dimension of about two, in contrast to self-avoiding walk lattice models, which exhibit the fractal dimension of 1.7. The potential energy accounts for a mild hydrophobic effect (HYEF) of PEO and for a proper setting of the distribution between trans and gauche conformers. The potential energy parameters are determined by matching the Flory radius, the radius of gyration, and the fraction of trans torsion angles in the chain. A gratifying result is the excellent agreement of the pair distribution function and the angular correlation for the lattice model with the benchmark distribution. The lattice model allows for the precise computation of the torsional entropy of the chain. The generation of polymer conformations of the adjusted lattice model is at least 2 orders of magnitude more efficient than MD simulations of the PEO chain in explicit water. This method of generating chain conformations on a tetrahedral lattice can also be applied to other types of polymers with appropriate adjustment of the potential energy function. The efficient MC algorithm for generating chain conformations on a tetrahedral lattice is available for download at https://github.com/Roulattice/Roulattice . PMID:27045228

  4. Poly(ethylene oxide) functionalized polyimide-based microporous films to prevent bacterial adhesion.

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    Martínez-Gómez, Aránzazu; Alvarez, Cristina; de Abajo, Javier; del Campo, Adolfo; Cortajarena, Aitziber L; Rodriguez-Hernandez, Juan

    2015-05-13

    Preventing microbial adhesion onto membranes is a crucial issue that determines the durability of the membrane. In this Research Article, we prepared aromatic polyimides (extensively employed for the elaboration of ultrafiltration membranes) containing PEO branches. Four polyimide-g-PEO copolymers were prepared from 6F dianhydride and a novel aromatic diamine containing PEO-550 side groups. The copolymers were designed to have variable PEO content, and were characterized by their spectroscopic and physical properties. The Breath Figure technique was successfully applied to create an ordered surface topography, where the PEO chains were preferentially located on the surface of the micrometer size holes. These unique features were explored to reduce bacterial adhesion. It was established that surface modified polyimide membranes have a high resistance to biofouling against Staphylococcus aureus. In particular, we observed that an increase of the PEO the content in the copolymer produced a decrease in the bacterial adhesion. PMID:25909661

  5. Extraction of americium in different oxidation states in a two-phase aqueous system based on poly(ethylene glycol)

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    Molochnikova, N.P.; Frenkel', B.F.; Myasoedov, B.F.; Shkinev, V.M.; Spivakov, B.Ya.; Zolotov, Yu.A.

    1987-09-01

    The extraction of americium in different states of oxidation was studied in a two-phase aqueous system based on poly(ethylene glycol). Conditions were found for the quantitative extraction of americium (III) and americium (V) from solutions of ammonium sulfate in the pH range of 3-5 and in the presence of arsenazo III. The composition of the complexes of americium with the reagent was determined; americium (III) reacts with arsenazo III in solutions of ammonium sulfate to form complexes with the composition of MeR and Me/sub 2/R. Characteristics of the absorption spectra of complexes of americium (III) and (V) with arsenazo III in ammonium sulfate solutions and in extracts based on aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene glycol) were found. The molar extinction coefficients of complexes of americium with arsenazo III were determined in these solutions.

  6. In vivo oxidation of retrieved cross-linked ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene acetabular components with residual free radicals.

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    Wannomae, Keith K; Bhattacharyya, Shayan; Freiberg, Andrew; Estok, Daniel; Harris, William H; Muratoglu, Orhun

    2006-10-01

    Wear of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) contributes to debris that can lead to periprosthetic osteolysis in total hip arthroplasty. Irradiation not only decreases wear of UHMWPE but also generates residual free radicals that can oxidize the UHMWPE in the long term. Melting or annealing is used to quench the free radicals. Melting is more effective than annealing. We hypothesized that the postirradiation annealed UHMWPE components would oxidize in vivo and that postirradiation melted ones would not. We analyzed surgical explants of UHMWPE acetabular liners. The irradiated and annealed explants showed embrittlement, oxidation, and an increase in crystallinity. The irradiated and melted UHMWPE explants showed no oxidation, no increase in crystallinity, and no embrittlement. To prevent long-term chemical changes in highly cross-linked UHMWPE components, the residual free radicals must be stabilized after irradiation, preferably by melting and not annealing. PMID:17027543

  7. Phase Behavior and Ionic Conductivity of Concentrated Solutions of Polystyrene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymers in an Ionic Liquid

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    Simone, Peter M.; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2010-03-16

    Concentrated solutions of poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) diblock copolymers were prepared using the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [EMI][TFSI] as the solvent. The self-assembled microstructures adopted by the copolymer solutions have been characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering. Lyotropic mesophase transitions were observed, with a progression from hexagonally packed cylinders of PEO, to lamellae, to hexagonally packed cylinders of PS upon increasing [EMI][TFSI] content. The change in lamellar domain spacing with ionic liquid concentration was found to be comparable to that reported for other block copolymers in strongly selective solvents. The ionic conductivity of the concentrated PS-PEO/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was measured via impedance spectroscopy, and ranged from 1 x 10{sup -7} to 1 x 10{sup -3} S/cm at temperatures from 25-100 C. Additionally, the ionic conductivity of the solutions was found to increase with both ionic liquid concentration and molecular weight of the PEO blocks. The ionic conductivity of PEO homopolymer/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was also measured in order to compare the conductivity of the PS-PEO solutions to the expected limit for a lamellar sample with randomly oriented microstructure grains.

  8. Polyethylene Glycol Modified, Cross-Linked Starch Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Enhanced Magnetic Tumor Targeting

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    Cole, Adam J.; David, Allan E.; Wang, Jianxin; Galbán, Craig J.; Hill, Hannah L.; Yang, Victor C.

    2010-01-01

    While successful magnetic tumor targeting of iron oxide nanoparticles has been achieved in a number of models, the rapid blood clearance of magnetically suitable particles by the reticuloendothelial system (RES) limits their availability for targeting. This work aimed to develop a long-circulating magnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (MNP) platform capable of sustained tumor exposure via the circulation and, thus, enhanced magnetic tumor targeting. Aminated, cross-linked starch (DN) and aminosilane (A) coated MNPs were successfully modified with 5 kDa (A5, D5) or 20 kDa (A20, D20) polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains using simple N-Hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) chemistry and characterized. Identical PEG-weight analogues between platforms (A5 & D5, A20 & D20) were similar in size (140–190 nm) and relative PEG labeling (1.5% of surface amines – A5/D5, 0.4% – A20/D20), with all PEG-MNPs possessing magnetization properties suitable for magnetic targeting. Candidate PEG-MNPs were studied in RES simulations in vitro to predict long-circulating character. D5 and D20 performed best showing sustained size stability in cell culture medium at 37°C and 7 (D20) to 10 (D5) fold less uptake in RAW264.7 macrophages when compared to previously targeted, unmodified starch MNPs (D). Observations in vitro were validated in vivo, with D5 (7.29 hr) and D20 (11.75 hr) showing much longer half-lives than D (0.12 hr). Improved plasma stability enhanced tumor MNP exposure 100 (D5) to 150 (D20) fold as measured by plasma AUC0-∞ Sustained tumor exposure over 24 hours was visually confirmed in a 9L-glioma rat model (12 mg Fe/kg) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Findings indicate that both D5 and D20 are promising MNP platforms for enhanced magnetic tumor targeting, warranting further study in tumor models. PMID:21176955

  9. Molecular and structural characterization of hybrid poly(ethylene oxide)-polyhedral oligomeric silesquioxanes star-shaped macromolecules.

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    Pozza, Gladys M-E; Crotty, Sarah; Rawiso, Michel; Schubert, Ulrich S; Lutz, Pierre J

    2015-01-29

    Octafunctionalized spherosilsesquioxanes (Q8M8(H)), decorated with Si-H functions, could be used to design, by coupling via hydrosilylation with α-methoxy-ω-undecenyl poly(ethylene oxide)s (PEOs), organic-inorganic nanocomposite structures. (1)H, (13)C, and (29)Si NMR; size exclusion chromatography; and Fourier transfrom infrared spectroscopy were used to follow the grafting reaction and determine the molar mass and the functionality of the different species. Hybrid star-shaped poly(ethylene oxide)s of precise molar mass and functionality could be isolated by fractional precipitation of the raw reaction product. Absolute molar masses of the purified star-shaped PEOs, calculated with the assumption of a functionality of 8, were comparable when measured by light scattering in methanol and by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Small-angle X-ray scattering was employed to determine their molecular and structural characteristics, representing the versatility and innovative aspect to this study. Both differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy were utilized to elaborate and analyze the thermal properties and crystallization, respectively, of the hybrid stars. Further ongoing work is being carried out currently to investigate and foresee the use of longer PEO branches onto the core. PMID:25531696

  10. Biodegradable copolymers carrying cell-adhesion peptide sequences.

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    Proks, Vladimír; Machová, Lud'ka; Popelka, Stepán; Rypácek, Frantisek

    2003-01-01

    Amphiphilic block copolymers are used to create bioactive surfaces on biodegradable polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering. Cell-selective biomaterials can be prepared using copolymers containing peptide sequences derived from extracellular-matrix proteins (ECM). Here we discuss alternative ways for preparation of amphiphilic block copolymers composed of hydrophobic polylactide (PLA) and hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) blocks with cell-adhesion peptide sequences. Copolymers PLA-b-PEO were prepared by a living polymerisation of lactide in dioxane with tin(II)2-ethylhexanoate as a catalyst. The following approaches for incorporation of peptides into copolymers were elaborated. (a) First, a side-chain protected Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser-Gly (GRGDSG) peptide was prepared by solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) and then coupled with delta-hydroxy-Z-amino-PEO in solution. In the second step, the PLA block was grafted to it via a controlled polymerisation of lactide initiated by the hydroxy end-groups of PEO in the side-chain-protected GRGDSG-PEO. Deprotection of the peptide yielded a GRGDSG-b-PEO-b-PLA copolymer, with the peptide attached through its C-end. (b) A protected GRGDSG peptide was built up on a polymer resin and coupled with Z-carboxy-PEO using a solid-phase approach. After cleavage of the delta-hydroxy-PEO-GRGDSG copolymer from the resin, polymerisation of lactide followed by deprotection of the peptide yielded a PLA-b-PEO-b-GRGDSG block copolymer, in which the peptide is linked through its N-terminus. PMID:12903721

  11. Crystallization behaviour of poly(ethylene oxide) under confinement in the electrospun nanofibers of polystyrene/poly(ethylene oxide) blends.

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    Samanta, Pratick; V, Thangapandian; Singh, Sajan; Srivastava, Rajiv; Nandan, Bhanu; Liu, Chien-Liang; Chen, Hsin-Lung

    2016-06-21

    We have studied the confined crystallization behaviour of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) in the electrospun nanofibers of the phase-separated blends of polystyrene (PS) and PEO, where PS was present as the major component. The size and shape of PEO domains in the nanofibers were considerably different from those in the cast films, presumably because of the nano-dimensions of the nanofibers and the extensional forces experienced by the polymer solution during electrospinning. The phase-separated morphology in turn influenced the crystallization behaviour of PEO in the blend nanofibers. At a PEO weight fraction of ≥0.3, crystallization occurred through a heterogeneous nucleation mechanism similar to that in cast blend films. However, as the PEO weight fraction in the blend nanofibers was reduced from 0.3 to 0.2, an abrupt transformation of the nucleation mechanism from the heterogeneous to predominantly homogenous type was observed. The change in the nucleation mechanism implied a drastic reduction of the spatial continuity of PEO domains in the nanofibers, which was not encountered in the cast film. The melting temperature and crystallinity of the PEO crystallites developed in the nanofibers were also significantly lower than those in the corresponding cast films. The phenomena observed were reconciled by the morphological observation, which revealed that the phase separation under the radial constraint of the nanofibers led to the formation of small-sized fibrillar PEO domains with limited spatial connectivity. The thermal treatment of the PS/PEO blend nanofibers above the glass transition temperature of PS induced an even stronger confinement effect on PEO crystallization. PMID:27184694

  12. An Investigation on the Effect of Polyethylene Oxide Concentration and Particle Size in Modulating Theophylline Release from Tablet Matrices.

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    Shojaee, Saeed; Emami, Parastou; Mahmood, Ahmad; Rowaiye, Yemisi; Dukulay, Alusine; Kaialy, Waseem; Cumming, Iain; Nokhodchi, Ali

    2015-12-01

    Polyethylene oxide has been researched extensively as an alternative polymer to hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) in controlled drug delivery due to its desirable swelling properties and its availability in a number of different viscosity grades. Previous studies on HPMC have pointed out the importance of particle size on drug release, but as of yet, no studies have investigated the effect of particle size of polyethylene oxide (polyox) on drug release. The present study explored the relationship between polymer level and particle size to sustain the drug release. Tablets produced contained theophylline as their active ingredient and consisted of different polyethylene oxide particle size fractions (20-45, 45-90, 90-180 and 180-425 μm). It was shown that matrices containing smaller particle sizes of polyox produced harder tablets than when larger polyox particles were used. The release studies showed that matrices consisting of large polyox particles showed a faster release rate than matrices made from smaller particles. Molecular weight (MW) of the polymer was a key determining step in attaining sustained release, with the high MW of polyox resulting in a delayed release profile. The results showed that the effect of particle size on drug release was more detrimental when a low concentration of polyox was used. This indicates that care must be taken when low levels of polyox with different particle size fractions are used. More robust formulations could be obtained when the concentration of polyox is high. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) traces showed that particle size had no major effect on the thermal behaviour of polyox particles. PMID:25771738

  13. Methyl blue dyed polyethylene oxide films: Optical and electrochemical characterization and application as a single layer organic device

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    Kamath, Archana; Raghu, S.; Devendrappa, H.

    2016-01-01

    A single layer organic device employing methyl blue (MB) dyed polyethylene oxide (PEO) film has been fabricated and studied. The cyclic voltammetry was used to estimate the redox potential and energy band diagram of the device. The polymer film with highest concentration of the dye in PEO (PMB2%) possessing highest conductivity exhibited energy band gap of 2.62 eV with HOMO and LUMO values of 5.34 and 2.72 eV respectively. Based on cyclic voltammetry data, the electron affinity, ionization potential and energy band diagram of the device are discussed.

  14. 12-crown-4 ether-assisted enhancement of ionic conductivity and interfacial kinetics in polyethylene oxide electrolytes

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    Nagasubramanian, G.; Di Stefano, S.

    1990-01-01

    The electrical and electrochemical properties of thin films of polyethylene oxide electrolytes with and without 12-crown-4 ether (12Cr4) are studied as a function of temperature and in the frequency regime from 100 kHz to 0.1 Hz. These measurements were made on electrolytes containing LiCF3SO3, LiBF4, or LiClO4 salts. At a given temperature, the bulk conductivity for a particular salt depends on the 12Cr4 concentration, reaching a maximum for a ratio of 12Cr4 to Li of 0.003.

  15. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymers and the production thereof

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.; Bloom, Paul D.; Sheares Ashby, Valerie V.

    2006-02-14

    The present invention provides novel multi-functional methacrylic copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility under acidic conditions. The copolymers are constructed from tertiary amine methacrylates and poly(ethylene glycol) containing methacrylates. The copolymers are useful as gene vectors, pharmaceutical carriers, and in protein separation applications.

  16. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymers and the production thereof

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.; Bloom, Paul D.; Sheares Ashby, Valerie V.

    2007-01-09

    The present invention provides novel multi-functional methacrylic copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility under acidic conditions. The copolymers are constructed from tertiary amine methacrylates and poly(ethylene glycol) containing methacrylates. The copolymers are useful as gene vectors, pharmaceutical carriers, and in protein separation applications.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

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

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    Wang, Ruijuan; Tang, Yongqiang; Wang, Yilin

    2014-03-01

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

  19. Preparation of gold microparticles using halide ions in bulk block copolymer phases via photoreduction

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    Cha, Sang-Ho; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Lee, Won-Ki; Lee, Jong-Chan

    2009-06-15

    Gold microparticles were prepared from the gold salt in the solid bulk phase of a poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) block copolymer via a photoreduction process in the presence of halide ions. The shapes and sizes of the gold microparticles were found to be dependent on the types and amount of halide ions as well as the types of cations used due to the combined effects of the adsorption power and oxidative dissolution ability of the additives on gold surfaces. Gold nanorods were obtained when poly(ethylene oxide) was used instead of the block copolymer. This suggests that the poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) parts in the block copolymer are essential for the formation of gold microparticles, even though the degree of the direct interaction between the PPO blocks and gold salt is not significant. - Graphical abstract: Gold microparticles were successfully prepared using halide ions as additives in the polymeric bulk phase via photoreduction with the glow lamp irradiation.

  20. Effects of Vitamin E on the Oxidative Reaction of Free Radicals in Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

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    Walters, Benjamin; Jahan, Muhammad

    2008-03-01

    Free radicals in gamma- or x-irradiated ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) are investigated as a function of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol (α-T)). α-T is mixed with UHMWPE (GUR 1020) powder (e-PE) before (premix) or after (post-mix) irradiation. Pre-mix powder is also compression-molded (CM) to solid pucks (1'' thick and 2.5'' dia.) at 200^oC under constant force of 20-40 kN. Free radicals are detected using an X-band electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometer, and oxidation index (OI) (1720 cm-1) by FTIR technique. As expected, no measurable OI is detected by FTIR and thus e-PE suffers no loss in its mechanical properties. ESR data, however, suggest that α-T quenches polyethylene radicals during and/or immediately after irradiation, but it does not have any effect on the long-term oxidative reaction. The difference between the pre- and post-mix powder is apparent only at the initial stage, and the terminal oxygen-induced radicals (OIR) are produced in all irradiated samples. Both pre- and post-mix powders are found to have equal amount of residual α-T radical (tocopheroxyl).

  1. Synthesis of Diblock copolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate -block-poly-3-hydroxyhexanoate [PHB-b-PHHx] by a β-oxidation weakened Pseudomonas putida KT2442

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    2012-01-01

    Background Block polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) were reported to be resistant against polymer aging that negatively affects polymer properties. Recently, more and more attempts have been directed to make PHA block copolymers. Diblock copolymers PHB-b-PHHx consisting of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) block covalently bonded with poly-3-hydroxyhexanoate (PHHx) block were for the first time produced successfully by a recombinant Pseudomonas putida KT2442 with its β-oxidation cycle deleted to its maximum. Results The chloroform extracted polymers were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), thermo- and mechanical analysis. NMR confirmed the existence of diblock copolymers consisting of 58 mol% PHB as the short chain length block with 42 mol% PHHx as the medium chain length block. The block copolymers had two glass transition temperatures (Tg) at 2.7°C and −16.4°C, one melting temperature (Tm) at 172.1°C and one cool crystallization temperature (Tc) at 69.1°C as revealed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. This is the first microbial short-chain-length (scl) and medium-chain-length (mcl) PHA block copolymer reported. Conclusions It is possible to produce PHA block copolymers of various kinds using the recombinant Pseudomonas putida KT2442 with its β-oxidation cycle deleted to its maximum. In comparison to a random copolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate (P(HB-co-HHx)) and a blend sample of PHB and PHHx, the PHB-b-PHHx showed improved structural related mechanical properties. PMID:22480145

  2. Effect of cumulated dose on hydrogen emission from polyethylene irradiated under oxidative atmosphere using gamma rays and ion beams

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    Ferry, M.; Pellizzi, E.; Boughattas, I.; Fromentin, E.; Dauvois, V.; de Combarieu, G.; Coignet, P.; Cochin, F.; Ngono-Ravache, Y.; Balanzat, E.; Esnouf, S.

    2016-01-01

    This work reports the effect of very high doses, up to 10 MGy, on the H2 emission from high density polyethylene (HDPE) irradiated with gamma rays and ion beams, in the presence of oxygen. This was obtained through a two-step procedure. First, HDPE films were pre-aged, at different doses, using either gamma rays or ion beams. In the second step, the pre-aged samples were irradiated in closed glass ampoules for gas quantification, using the same beam type as for pre-ageing. The hydrogen emission rate decreases when dose increases for both gamma rays and ion beams. However, the decreasing rate appears higher under gamma rays than under ion beam irradiations and this is assigned to a lesser oxidation level under the latter. Herein, we show the effectiveness of the radiation-induced defects scavenging effect under oxidative atmosphere, under low and high excitation densities.

  3. High temperature proton exchange membranes with enhanced proton conductivities at low humidity and high temperature based on polymer blends and block copolymers of poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) and poly(ethylene glycol)

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    Deng, Shawn; Hassan, Mohammad K.; Nalawade, Amol; Perry, Kelly A.; More, Karren L.; Mauritz, Kenneth A.; McDonnell, Marshall T.; Keffer, David J.; Mays, Jimmy W.

    2015-09-16

    Hot (at 120 °C) and dry (20% relative humidity) operating conditions benefit fuel cell designs based on proton exchange membranes (PEMs) and hydrogen due to simplified system design and increasing tolerance to fuel impurities. In this paper, presented are preparation, partial characterization, and multi-scale modeling of such PEMs based on cross-linked, sulfonated poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) (xsPCHD) blends and block copolymers with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). These low cost materials have proton conductivities 18 times that of current industry standard Nafion at hot, dry operating conditions. Among the membranes studied, the blend xsPCHD-PEG PEM displayed the highest proton conductivity, which exhibits a morphology with higher connectivity of the hydrophilic domain throughout the membrane. Simulation and modeling provide a molecular level understanding of distribution of PEG within this hydrophilic domain and its relation to proton conductivities. Finally, this study demonstrates enhancement of proton conductivity at high temperature and low relative humidity by incorporation of PEG and optimized sulfonation conditions.

  4. High temperature proton exchange membranes with enhanced proton conductivities at low humidity and high temperature based on polymer blends and block copolymers of poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) and poly(ethylene glycol)

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    Deng, Shawn; Hassan, Mohammad K.; Nalawade, Amol; Perry, Kelly A.; More, Karren L.; Mauritz, Kenneth A.; McDonnell, Marshall T.; Keffer, David J.; Mays, Jimmy W.

    2015-09-16

    Hot (at 120 °C) and dry (20% relative humidity) operating conditions benefit fuel cell designs based on proton exchange membranes (PEMs) and hydrogen due to simplified system design and increasing tolerance to fuel impurities. In this paper, presented are preparation, partial characterization, and multi-scale modeling of such PEMs based on cross-linked, sulfonated poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) (xsPCHD) blends and block copolymers with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). These low cost materials have proton conductivities 18 times that of current industry standard Nafion at hot, dry operating conditions. Among the membranes studied, the blend xsPCHD-PEG PEM displayed the highest proton conductivity, which exhibits a morphology withmore » higher connectivity of the hydrophilic domain throughout the membrane. Simulation and modeling provide a molecular level understanding of distribution of PEG within this hydrophilic domain and its relation to proton conductivities. Finally, this study demonstrates enhancement of proton conductivity at high temperature and low relative humidity by incorporation of PEG and optimized sulfonation conditions.« less

  5. 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

  6. Preparations, Properties, and Applications of Periodic Nano Arrays using Anodized Aluminum Oxide and Di-block Copolymer

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    Noh, Kunbae

    2011-12-01

    Self-ordered arrangements observed in various materials systems such as anodic aluminum oxide, polystyrene nanoparticles, and block copolymer are of great interest in terms of providing new opportunities in nanofabrication field where lithographic techniques are broadly used in general. Investigations on self-assembled nano arrays to understand how to obtain periodic nano arrays in an efficient yet inexpensive way, and how to realize advanced material and device systems thereof, can lead to significant impacts on science and technology for many forefront device applications. In this thesis, various aspects of periodic nano-arrays have been discussed including novel preparations, properties and applications of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) and PS-b-P4VP (S4VP) di-block copolymer self-assembly. First, long-range ordered AAO arrays have been demonstrated. Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) process allowed a faithful pattern transfer of the imprint mold pattern onto Al thin film, and interesting self-healing and pattern tripling phenomena were observed, which could be applicable towards fabrication of the NIL master mold having highly dense pattern over large area, useful for fabrication of a large-area substrate for predictable positioning of arrayed devices. Second, S4VP diblock copolymer self-assembly and S4VP directed AAO self-assembly have been demonstrated in the Al thin film on Si substrate. Such a novel combination of two dissimilar self-assembly techniques demonstrated a potential as a versatile tool for nanopatterning formation on a Si substrate, capable of being integrated into Si process technology. As exemplary applications, vertically aligned Ni nanowires have been synthesized into an S4VP-guided AAO membrane on a Si substrate in addition to anti-dot structured [Co/Pd]n magnetic multilayer using S4VP self assembly. Third, a highly hexagonally ordered, vertically parallel aluminum oxide nanotube array was successfully fabricated via hard anodization technique

  7. Study of polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer monolayers as barriers to protein adsorption

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    Jogikalmath, Gangadhar

    Protein adsorption resistant surfaces find use in many biomedical applications, such as catheters, dialysis devices and biosensors that involve blood contacting surfaces. To ensure long-term functioning of a device in an environment containing protein, there is a need to produce homogeneous surfaces that are resistant to protein adsorption. A polymer brush covered surface, produced by either physical adsorption or chemical grafting of hydrophilic polymers to surfaces, is one of the approaches used in creating such surfaces. High grafting densities needed to make an effective barrier are usually not realized in chemical grafting/adsorption from solution, due to self-exclusion of surface grafted molecules. In this dissertation polymer brush surfaces formed by chemically grafted PEO molecules and transferred monolayers of PS-b-PEO diblock copolymers are investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM), surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and surface pressure measurement techniques. An AFM adhesion mapping technique was used to evaluate the surface heterogeneity of chemically modified PEO and transferred diblock copolymer monolayer surfaces. The behavior of PS-b-PEO molecules at the air-water interface was studied using Langmuir trough. The stability of transferred diblock copolymer monolayers was investigated using AFM. Using SPR, protein adsorption to the diblock copolymer layers was investigated as a function of protein size (using HSA and ferritin) as a function of grafting density of PEO in the monolayer. It was seen that a lower density of the PS-b-PEO monolayer was sufficient to prevent ferritin adsorption (larger protein) while a higher density brush layer was required to achieve complete prevention of HSA adsorption to the surface. The effect of mobility of the polymer brush layer on protein adsorption prevention was analyzed using SPR and surface pressure measurements. It was seen that the copolymer monolayer (at the air-buffer interface) rearranged itself to

  8. Pluronic-P105 PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer in aqueous urea solutions. Micelle formation, structure, and microenvironment

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    Alexandridis, P.; Athanassiou, V.; Hatton, T.A.

    1995-07-01

    The effects of urea on the micellization properties of a poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) copolymer (commercially available as Pluronic P105) and on the structure and microenvironment of the micelles are reported. Urea increased the critical micelle concentration (cmc) and critical micelle temperature (cmt) of the PEO-PPO-PEO copolymer; the effect of urea on the cmt was more pronounced at low copolymer concentrations and diminished at concentrations of nearly 2.5%. The surface activity and the partial specific volume of the block copolymer decreased with an increase in the urea concentration, whereas the hydrodynamic radii of the copolymer micelles, determined using dynamic light scattering, remained unaffected by the presence of 4 M urea in the solution. The micropolarity in copolymer solutions in urea/water was probed as a function of temperature using the I{sub 1}/I{sub 3} intensity ratio of the pyrene vibrational fine structure recorded in fluorescence emission spectra; a small decrease in the micropolarity of the micelle core was observed in the presence of urea. The microviscosity in the micelle interior, estimated from the intramolecular excimer fluorescence of the hydrophobic probe bis(1-pyrenylmethyl) ether (dipyme), also exhibited a small decrease with an increase in the urea concentration. 80 refs., 8 figs.

  9. Room-Temperature-Cured Copolymers for Lithium Battery Gel Electrolytes

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Tigelaar, Dean M.

    2009-01-01

    Polyimide-PEO copolymers (PEO signifies polyethylene oxide) that have branched rod-coil molecular structures and that can be cured into film form at room temperature have been invented for use as gel electrolytes for lithium-ion electric-power cells. These copolymers offer an alternative to previously patented branched rod-coil polyimides that have been considered for use as polymer electrolytes and that must be cured at a temperature of 200 C. In order to obtain sufficient conductivity for lithium ions in practical applications at and below room temperature, it is necessary to imbibe such a polymer with a suitable carbonate solvent or ionic liquid, but the high-temperature cure makes it impossible to incorporate and retain such a liquid within the polymer molecular framework. By eliminating the high-temperature cure, the present invention makes it possible to incorporate the required liquid.

  10. Roles of inorganic oxide nanoparticles on extraction efficiency of electrospun polyethylene terephthalate nanocomposite as an unbreakable fiber coating.

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    Bagheri, Habib; Roostaie, Ali

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, the roles of inorganic oxide nanoparticles on the extraction efficiency of polyethylene terephthalate-based nanocomposites were extensively studied. Four fiber coatings based on polyethylene terephthalate nanocomposites containing different types of nanoparticles along with a pristine polyethylene terephthalate polymer were conveniently electrospun on stainless steel wires. The applicability of new fiber coatings were examined by headspace-solid phase microextraction of some environmentally important volatile organic compound such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX), as model compounds, from aqueous samples. Subsequently, the extracted analytes were transferred into a gas chromatography by thermal desorption. Parameters affecting the morphology and capability of the prepared nanocomposites including the type of nanoparticles and their doping levels along with the coating time were optimized. Four types of nanoparticles including Fe3O4, SiO2, CoO and NiO were examined as the doping agents and among them the presence of SiO2 in the prepared nanocomposite was prominent. The homogeneity and the porous surface structure of the SiO2-polyethylene terephthalate nanocomposite were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy indicating that the nanofibers diameters were lower than 300 nm. In addition, important parameters influencing the extraction and desorption process such as temperature and extraction time, ionic strength and desorption conditions were optimized. Eventually, the developed method was validated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Under optimized conditions, the relative standard deviation values for a double distilled water spiked with the selected volatile organic compounds at 50 ng L(-1) were 2-7% (n=3) while the limits of detection were between 0.7 and 0.9 ng L(-1). The method was linear in the concentration range of 10 to 1,000 ng L(-1) (R(2)>0.9992). Finally, the developed method was applied to the analysis of

  11. [A chromatographic and surface-activity analysis of the fractions of Rokopols, block copolymers of propylene oxide and ethylene oxide separated from the technical product].

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    Zgoda, Marian Mikołaj; Nachajski, Michał Jakub

    2008-01-01

    A metod of refininig technical Rokopols, products of copolymerization of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide of 30p160, 30p27 and 30p10 type was developed. The course of the relation between R(f)(R(m)) and the number of oxyethylene segments n(TE) in the molecule of the homological series ofpolyethyleneglycols (PEG) was used to examine the content of n(TE) in the refined fractions of Rokopols. For the aqueous solutions of Rokopols weight-average molecular mass M(w) was calculated and the surface tension coefficient gamma25 was determined on the basis of the stalgmometric method. The value of the critical micellar concentration (cmc) and the thermodynamic potential for micelle formation (DeltaG(m)(0)), which facilitates the assessment of the solubilizing abilities of the investigated class of copolymers, were estimated. PMID:19137973

  12. In Vivo Oxidative Stability Changes of Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene Bearings: An Ex Vivo Investigation.

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    Rowell, Shannon L; Reyes, Christopher R; Malchau, Henrik; Muratoglu, Orhun K

    2015-10-01

    The development of highly cross-linked UHMWPEs focused on stabilizing radiation-induced free radicals as the sole precursor to oxidative degradation. However, secondary in vivo oxidation mechanisms have been discovered. After a preliminary post-operative analysis, we subjected highly cross-linked retrievals with 1-4 years in vivo durations and never-implanted controls to accelerated aging to predict the extent to which their oxidative stability was compromised in vivo. Lipid absorption, oxidation, and hydroperoxides were measured using infrared spectroscopy. Gravimetric swelling was used to measure cross-link density. After aging, all retrievals, except vitamin E-stabilized components, regardless of initial lipid levels or oxidation, showed significant oxidative degradation, demonstrated by subsurface oxidative peaks, increased hydroperoxides and decreased cross-link density, compared to their post-operative material properties and never-implanted counterparts, confirming oxidative stability changes. PMID:26048729

  13. Conductivity and optical band gaps of polyethylene oxide doped with Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4} salt

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    Chapi, Sharanappa Raghu, S. Subramanya, K. Archana, K. Mini, V. Devendrappa, H.

    2014-04-24

    The conductivity and optical properties of Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4} doped polyethylene oxide (PEO) films were studied. The polymer electrolyte films are prepared using solution casting technique. The material phase change was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. Optical absorption study was conducted using UV- Vis. Spectroscopy in the wavelength range 190–1100nm on pure and doped PEO films. The direct and indirect optical band gaps were found decreased from 5.81–4.51eV and 4.84–3.43eV respectively with increasing the Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. The conductivity found to increases with increasing the dopant concentration due to strong hopping mechanism at room temperature.

  14. The structure of poly(ethylene oxide) liquids : comparison of integral equation theory with molecular dynamics simulations and neutron scaling.

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    Curro, John G.; Frischknecht, Amalie Lucile

    2005-01-01

    Polymer reference interaction site model (PRISM) calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were carried out on poly(ethylene oxide) liquids using a force field of Smith, Jaffe, and Yoon. The intermolecular pair correlation functions and radius of gyration from theory were in very good agreement with MD simulations when the partial charges were turned off. When the charges were turned on, considerably more structure was seen in the intermolecular correlations obtained from MD simulation. Moreover, the radius of gyration increased by 38% due to electrostatic repulsions along the chain backbone. Because the partial charges greatly affect the structure, significant differences were seen between the PRISM calculations (without charges) and the wide angle neutron scattering measurements of Annis and coworkers for the total structure factor, and the hydrogen/hydrogen intermolecular correlation function. This is in contrast to previous PRISM calculations on poly (dimethyl siloxane).

  15. Morphological Control of Poly(ethylene oxide)/Polystyrene Blend Thin Films by Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    Chen, Xiameng

    Polymer blend thin films have been paid great attention to technological applications including adhesion, coatings, liquid crystal alignment, electronics, optics, biotechnology, and sensors. In this thesis, I investigated the effect of supercritical CO2 (scCO2) as a green solvent for poly(ethylene oxide)/polystyrene (PEO/PS) blend thin films. We prepared a series of PEO/PS blend thin films with different PEO compositions thickness ranging from 20 nm to 50 nm. As a control experiment, we also processed the same PEO/PS films at high temperature (150 °C) under vacuum. Comparison of these experimental results by using atomic force microscopy and optical microscopy clarified the significant plasticization effect of scCO2 on the phase separation, crystallization of PEO, and the swelling behavior of PS.

  16. Direct observation of anodic dissolution and filament growth behavior in polyethylene-oxide-based atomic switch structures

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    Krishnan, Karthik; Tsuruoka, Tohru; Aono, Masakazu

    2016-06-01

    We directly observed anodic dissolution and subsequent filament growth behavior in a planar atomic switch structure with Ag salt incorporated polyethylene oxide (Ag-PEO) film using in situ optical microscopy and ex situ scanning electron microscopy. The high ionic conductivities of Ag-PEO films enable the investigation of filament formation under voltage bias, even in micrometer-scaled devices. It was found that the filament formation changes from unidirectional growth to dendritic growth, depending on its distance from the grounded electrode. Based on this understanding of filament growth dynamics in planar devices, highly stable resistive switching was achieved in an Ag/Ag-PEO/Pt stacked device with an Ag-PEO film thickness of 100 nm. The device showed repeated switching operations for more than 102 sweep cycles, with a high ON/OFF resistance ratio of 105.

  17. Electronic conduction in polyaniline-polyethylene oxide and polyaniline-Nafion blends: Relation to morphology and protonation level

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    Sixou, B.; Travers, J.P.

    1997-08-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the transport properties in polyaniline-Nafion and polyaniline-polyethylene oxide, lithium trifluoromethane sulfonimide complex blends, together with a careful characterization of the morphology and the polyaniline protonation level. They include conductivity measurements as a function of both the polyaniline content of the blends and the temperature for a given composition. We show that percolation theory can account for the data provided that hopping and tunneling are taken into account. Moreover, in the polyaniline-Nafion blends, the variation of the polyaniline protonation level with the blend composition appears as a crucial parameter. The leading conduction mechanism is shown to be a hopping process between highly conducting polyaniline grains, the parameters of which are determined by the blend composition, and the protonation level. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Miscibility of poly(lactic acid) and poly(ethylene oxide) solvent polymer blends and nanofibers made by solution blow spinning

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    The miscibility of blends of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) was studied in polymer solutions by dilute solution viscometry and in solution blow spun nanofibers by microscopy (SEM, TEM) and by thermal and spectral analysis. Three blends of PLA and PEO were solution blended in...

  19. Mid-term survivorship and clinical outcomes of cobalt-chrome and oxidized zirconium on highly crosslinked polyethylene

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    Petis, Stephen M.; Vasarhelyi, Edward M.; Lanting, Brent A.; Howard, James L.; Naudie, Douglas D.R.; Somerville, Lyndsay E.; McCalden, Richard W.

    2016-01-01

    Background The choice of bearing articulation for total hip arthroplasty in younger patients is amenable to debate. We compared mid-term patient-reported outcomes and survivorship across 2 different bearing articulations in a young patient cohort. Methods We reviewed patients with cobalt-chrome or oxidized zirconium on highly crosslinked polyethylene who were followed prospectively between 2004 and 2012. Kaplan–Meier analysis was used to determine predicted cumulative survivorship at 5 years with all-cause and aseptic revisions as the outcome. We compared patient-reported outcomes, including the Harris hip score (HHS), Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) and Short-form 12 (SF-12) scores. Results A total of 622 patients were followed during the study period. Mean follow-up was 8.2 (range 2.0–10.6) years for cobalt-chrome and 7.8 (range 2.1–10.7) years for oxidized zirconium. Mean age was 54.9 ± 10.6 years for cobalt-chrome and 54.8 ± 10.7 years for oxidized zirconium. Implant survivorship was 96.0% (95% confidence interval [CI] 94.9%–97.1%) for cobalt-chrome and 98.7% (95% CI 98.0%–99.4%) for oxidized zirconium on highly crosslinked polyethylene for all-cause revisions, and 97.2% (95% CI 96.2%–98.2%) for cobalt-chrome and 99.0% (95% CI 98.4%–99.6%) for oxidized zirconium for aseptic revisions. An age-, sex- and diagnosis-matched comparison of the HHS, WOMAC and SF-12 scores demonstrated no significant changes in clinical outcomes across the groups. Conclusion Both bearing surface couples demonstrated excellent mid-term survivorship and outcomes in young patient cohorts. Future analyses on wear and costs are warranted to elicit differences between the groups at long-term follow-up. PMID:26812409

  20. D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate-containing vehicles provide no detectable chemoprotection from oxidative damage.

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    Baumgart, Bethany R; Van Vleet, Terry R; Simic, Damir; Salcedo, Theodora W; Lentz, Kimberley; Donegan, Michael; Davies, Marc H; Bunch, Roderick T; Sanderson, Thomas P; Lange, Robert W

    2015-07-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate potential protective effects of vehicles containing d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS), which may impact nonclinical safety assessments of oxidative processes. This was achieved by evaluating plasma, liver and adrenal gland concentrations of d-α-tocopheryl succinate (TS) and d-α-tocopherol as well as oxidative status of plasma following oral dosing of TPGS-containing vehicles, intraperitoneal (IP) dosing of TS or ex vivo treatment of blood with H2O2. Male and female rats were dosed orally with formulations containing 5% or 40% TPGS (70 or 550 mg kg(-1) day(-1) TS, respectively) for 1 week. A control group was dosed orally with polyethylene glycol-400 (PEG-400; no vitamin E) and positive control animals received a single 100 mg kg(-1) day(-1) IP injection of TS. Whole blood from untreated animals was treated ex vivo with 5 or 50 mm H(2)O(2), with or without TS (0.5, 5, 50 or 500 μm) or ascorbate (1 mm), for 1 h. Oral TPGS treatments did not affect d-α-tocopherol concentrations in plasma or adrenal glands and caused only transient increases in liver. Concentrations of TS in plasma, liver and adrenal glands were undetectable in control animals, but increased in all other groups. Oral administration of TPGS did not reduce plasma lipid peroxidation in vivo. Substantially greater TS concentrations used ex vivo (100× greater than in vivo) were also unable to reduce lipid peroxidation in H2O2 -treated whole blood. These results provide evidence that administration of oral TPGS vehicles is unlikely to impact nonclinical safety assessments of pharmaceuticals. PMID:25348750

  1. Characterization and assessment of a novel poly(ethylene oxide)/polyurethane composite hydrogel (Aquavene) as a ureteral stent biomaterial.

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    Gorman, S P; Tunney, M M; Keane, P F; Van Bladel, K; Bley, B

    1998-03-15

    The effective long-term use of indwelling ureteral stents is often hindered by the formation of encrusting deposits which may cause obstruction and blockage of the stent. Development of improved ureteral stent biomaterials capable of preventing or reducing encrustation is therefore particularly desirable. In this study, the suitability as a ureteral stent biomaterial of Aquavene, a novel poly(ethylene oxide)/polyurethane composite hydrogel was compared with that of silicone and polyurethane, two materials widely employed in ureteral stent manufacture. Examination of Aquavene in dry and hydrated states by confocal laser scanning microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy showed the presence of numerous channels within a cellular matrix structure. The channel size increased considerably to as much as 10 microm in diameter in the hydrated state. Aquavene provided superior resistance to encrustation and intraluminal blockage over a 24-week period in a simulated urine flow model. Unobstructed urine flow continued with Aquavene at 24 weeks, whereas silicone and polyurethane stents became blocked with encrustation at 8 and 10 weeks, respectively. Weight loss within Aquavene on the order of 9% (w/w) over the 24-week flow period indicates that extraction of the noncrosslinked poly(ethylene oxide) hydrogel may be responsible for the prevention of encrustation blockage of this biomaterial. In the dry state, Aquavene was significantly harder than either silicone or polyurethane, as shown by Young's modulus, and rapidly became soft on hydration. These additional properties of Aquavene would facilitate ease of stent insertion in the dry state past obstructions in the ureter and provide improved patient comfort on subsequent biomaterial hydration in situ. Aquavene is a promising candidate for use in the urinary tract, as it is probable that effective long-term urine drainage would be maintained in vivo. Further evaluation of this novel biomaterial is

  2. 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

  3. Sulfate-based anionic diblock copolymer nanoparticles for efficient occlusion within zinc oxide

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    Ning, Y.; Fielding, L. A.; Andrews, T. S.; Growney, D. J.; Armes, S. P.

    2015-04-01

    Occlusion of copolymer particles within inorganic crystalline hosts not only provides a model for understanding the crystallisation process, but also may offer a direct route for the preparation of novel nanocomposite materials with emergent properties. In the present paper, a series of new well-defined anionic diblock copolymer nanoparticles are synthesised by polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous emulsion polymerisation and then evaluated as crystal habit modifiers for the in situ formation of ZnO in aqueous solution. Systematic studies indicate that both the chemical nature (i.e. whether sulfate-based or carboxylate-based) and the mean degree of polymerisation (DP) of the anionic stabiliser block play vital roles in determining the crystal morphology. In particular, sulfate-functionalised nanoparticles are efficiently incorporated within the ZnO crystals whereas carboxylate-functionalised nanoparticles are excluded, thus anionic character is a necessary but not sufficient condition for successful occlusion. Moreover, the extent of nanoparticle occlusion within the ZnO phase can be as high as 23% by mass depending on the sulfate-based nanoparticle concentration. The optical properties, chemical composition and crystal structure of the resulting nanocomposite crystals are evaluated and an occlusion mechanism is proposed based on the observed evolution of the ZnO morphology in the presence of sulfate-based anionic nanoparticles. Finally, controlled deposition of a 5 nm gold sol onto porous ZnO particles (produced after calcination of the organic nanoparticles) significantly enhances the rate of photocatalytic decomposition of a model rhodamine B dye on exposure to a relatively weak UV source.Occlusion of copolymer particles within inorganic crystalline hosts not only provides a model for understanding the crystallisation process, but also may offer a direct route for the preparation of novel

  4. Vapor-liquid equilibria of copolymer + solvent and homopolymer + solvent binaries: New experimental data and their correlation

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    Gupta, R.B.; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1995-07-01

    Sixty-four isothermal data sets for vapor-liquid equilibria (VLE) for polymer + solvent binaries have been obtained using a gravimetric sorption technique, in the range of 23.5--80 C. Solvents studied were acetone, acetonitrile, 1-butanol, 1,2-dichloroethane, chloroform, cyclohexane, hexane, methanol, octane, pentane, and toluene. Copolymers studied were poly(acrylonitrile-co-butadiene), poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile), poly(styrene-co-butadiene), poly(styrene-co-butyl methacrylate), poly(vinyl acetate-co-ethylene), and poly(vinyl acetate-co-vinyl chloride). All copolymers were random copolymers. Some homopolymers were also studied: polyacrylonitrile, polybutadiene, poly(butyl methacrylate), poly(ethylene oxide), polystyrene, and poly(vinyl acetate). The composition of the copolymer may have a surprising effect on VLE. Normally, deviation from ideal behavior lies between those of the constituent homopolymers, according to the copolymer composition, as observed for cyclohexane + poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) and chloroform + poly(styrene-co-butyl methacrylate). However, the strong nonideal behavior observed for systems containing hydrocarbons and poly(butadiene-co-acrylonitrile) shows that the effect of acrylonitrile is in excess of that expected form the copolymer composition. The perturbed hard-sphere chain (PHSC) equation of state was used to represent VLE of the copolymer solutions studied here.

  5. In vitro evaluation of poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) methyl ether copolymer coating effects on cells adhesion and proliferation

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    Rusen, Laurentiu; Neacsu, Patricia; Cimpean, Anisoara; Valentin, Ion; Brajnicov, Simona; Dumitrescu, L. N.; Banita, Janina; Dinca, Valentina; Dinescu, Maria

    2016-06-01

    Understanding and controlling natural and synthetic biointerfaces is known to be the key to a wide variety of application within cell culture and tissue engineering field. As both material characteristics and methods are important in tailoring biointerfaces characteristics, in this work we explore the feasibility of using Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation technique for obtaining synthetic copolymeric biocoatings (i.e. poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) methyl ether) for evaluating in vitro Vero and MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts cell response. Characterization and evaluation of the coated substrates were carried out using different techniques. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy data demonstrated that the main functional groups in the MAPLE-deposited films remained intact. Atomic Force Microscopy images showed the coatings to be continuous, with the surface roughness depending on the deposition parameters. Moreover, the behaviour of the coatings in medium mimicking the pH and temperature of the human body was studied and corelated to degradation. Spectro-ellipsometry (SE) and AFM measurements revealed the degradation trend during immersion time by the changes in coating thickness and roughness. In vitro biocompatibility was studied by indirect contact tests on Vero cells in accordance with ISO 10993-5/2009. The results obtained in terms of cell morphology (phase contrast microscopy) and cytotoxicity (LDH and MTT assays) proved biocompatibility. Furthermore, direct contact assays on MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts demonstrated the capacity of all analyzed specimens to support cell adhesion, normal cellular morphology and growth.

  6. 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

  7. Sulfate-based anionic diblock copolymer nanoparticles for efficient occlusion within zinc oxide.

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    Ning, Y; Fielding, L A; Andrews, T S; Growney, D J; Armes, S P

    2015-04-21

    Occlusion of copolymer particles within inorganic crystalline hosts not only provides a model for understanding the crystallisation process, but also may offer a direct route for the preparation of novel nanocomposite materials with emergent properties. In the present paper, a series of new well-defined anionic diblock copolymer nanoparticles are synthesised by polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous emulsion polymerisation and then evaluated as crystal habit modifiers for the in situ formation of ZnO in aqueous solution. Systematic studies indicate that both the chemical nature (i.e. whether sulfate-based or carboxylate-based) and the mean degree of polymerisation (DP) of the anionic stabiliser block play vital roles in determining the crystal morphology. In particular, sulfate-functionalised nanoparticles are efficiently incorporated within the ZnO crystals whereas carboxylate-functionalised nanoparticles are excluded, thus anionic character is a necessary but not sufficient condition for successful occlusion. Moreover, the extent of nanoparticle occlusion within the ZnO phase can be as high as 23% by mass depending on the sulfate-based nanoparticle concentration. The optical properties, chemical composition and crystal structure of the resulting nanocomposite crystals are evaluated and an occlusion mechanism is proposed based on the observed evolution of the ZnO morphology in the presence of sulfate-based anionic nanoparticles. Finally, controlled deposition of a 5 nm gold sol onto porous ZnO particles (produced after calcination of the organic nanoparticles) significantly enhances the rate of photocatalytic decomposition of a model rhodamine B dye on exposure to a relatively weak UV source. PMID:25799462

  8. pH-responsive aggregates from double hydrophilic block copolymers carrying zwitterionic groups. Encapsulation of antiparasitic compounds for the treatment of leishmaniasis.

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    Karanikolopoulos, Nikos; Pitsikalis, Marinos; Hadjichristidis, Nikos; Georgikopoulou, Kalliopi; Calogeropoulou, Theodora; Dunlap, John R

    2007-04-10

    A series of well-defined poly[(ethylene oxide)-b-2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PEO-b-PDMAEMA) diblock copolymers were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) techniques. Post-polymerization reactions were performed to transform a portion of the tertiary amine groups of the PDMAEpsilonMA into phosphorozwitterions. The aggregation behavior of the prepared zwitterionic block copolymers was investigated by static and dynamic light scattering techniques at 25 and 37 degrees C, in weakly basic and acidic aqueous solutions. Antiparasitic drugs used for the treatment of Leishmania were incorporated into the copolymer aggregates. The effect of the solution pH, the zwitterion content, temperature, and the quantity of the incorporated drug on the aggregation behavior of the copolymers was tested. PMID:17362035

  9. Polyether/Polyester Graft Copolymers

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    Bell, Vernon L., Jr.; Wakelyn, N.; Stoakley, D. M.; Proctor, K. M.

    1986-01-01

    Higher solvent resistance achieved along with lower melting temperature. New technique provides method of preparing copolymers with polypivalolactone segments grafted onto poly (2,6-dimethyl-phenylene oxide) backbone. Process makes strong materials with improved solvent resistance and crystalline, thermally-reversible crosslinks. Resulting graft copolymers easier to fabricate into useful articles, including thin films, sheets, fibers, foams, laminates, and moldings.

  10. Multidentate block-copolymer-stabilized ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with enhanced colloidal stability for magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Chan, Nicky; Laprise-Pelletier, Myriam; Chevallier, Pascale; Bianchi, Andrea; Fortin, Marc-André; Oh, Jung Kwon

    2014-06-01

    Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (USPIOs) with diameters <5 nm hold great promise as T1-positive contrast agents for in vivo magnetic resonance imaging. However, control of the surface chemistry of USPIOs to ensure individual colloidal USPIOs with a ligand monolayer and to impart biocompatibility and enhanced colloidal stability is essential for successful clinical applications. Herein, an effective and versatile strategy enabling the development of aqueous colloidal USPIOs stabilized with well-defined multidentate block copolymers (MDBCs) is reported. The multifunctional MDBCs are designed to consist of an anchoring block possessing pendant carboxylates as multidentate anchoring groups strongly bound to USPIO surfaces and a hydrophilic block having pendant hydrophilic oligo(ethylene oxide) chains to confer water dispersibility and biocompatibility. The surface of USPIOs is saturated with multiple anchoring groups of MDBCs, thus exhibiting excellent long-term colloidal stability as well as enhanced colloidal stability at biologically relevant electrolyte, pH, and temperature conditions. Furthermore, relaxometric properties as well as in vitro and in vivo MR imaging results demonstrate that the MDBC-stabilized USPIO colloids hold great potential as an effective T1 contrast agent. PMID:24785001

  11. Diblock-copolymer-mediated self-assembly of protein-stabilized iron oxide nanoparticle clusters for magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Tähkä, Sari; Laiho, Ari; Kostiainen, Mauri A

    2014-03-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) can be used as efficient transverse relaxivity (T2 ) contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Organizing small (D<10 nm) SPIONs into large assemblies can considerably enhance their relaxivity. However, this assembly process is difficult to control and can easily result in unwanted aggregation and precipitation, which might further lead to lower contrast agent performance. Herein, we present highly stable protein-polymer double-stabilized SPIONs for improving contrast in MRI. We used a cationic-neutral double hydrophilic poly(N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide-block-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer (P2QVP-b-PEO) to mediate the self-assembly of protein-cage-encapsulated iron oxide (γ-Fe2 O3 ) nanoparticles (magnetoferritin) into stable PEO-coated clusters. This approach relies on electrostatic interactions between the cationic N-methyl-2-vinylpyridinium iodide block and magnetoferritin protein cage surface (pI≈4.5) to form a dense core, whereas the neutral ethylene oxide block provides a stabilizing biocompatible shell. Formation of the complexes was studied in aqueous solvent medium with dynamic light scattering (DLS) and cryogenic transmission electron microcopy (cryo-TEM). DLS results indicated that the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh ) of the clusters is approximately 200 nm, and cryo-TEM showed that the clusters have an anisotropic stringlike morphology. MRI studies showed that in the clusters the longitudinal relaxivity (r1 ) is decreased and the transverse relaxivity (r2 ) is increased relative to free magnetoferritin (MF), thus indicating that clusters can provide considerable contrast enhancement. PMID:24523066

  12. Size effect of cubic ZrO2 nanoparticles on ionic conductivity of polyethylene oxide-based composite

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    Dey, Arup; Ghoshal, Tandra; Karan, S.; De, S. K.

    2011-08-01

    A solvent free solid composite polymer electrolyte (SCPE) film consisting of high molecular mass polyethylene oxide (PEO) with sodium perchlorate (NaClO4) as electrolytic salt and cubic zirconium oxide (ZrO2) nanoparticles as the filler has been prepared by solution casting technique to influence the transport properties. X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirm the formation of the SCPE film, whereas atomic force microscopy reveals the presence of a network of interconnected nanoparticles forming uniform surface feature of relatively low roughness. The highest ionic conductivity (σ = 6.96 × 10-5 S-cm-1) for PEO25 - NaClO4 with 5 wt. % ZrO2 nanoparticles of the smallest size 4.5 nm is an order of magnitude higher than the pure PEO25 - NaClO4 at room temperature. The conductivity enhancement is due to the creation of additional sites and favorable conduction pathways for ionic transport through Lewis acid-base type interactions between the polar surface groups of the ceramic filler and the electrolyte ionic species.

  13. One-step sonochemical synthesis of a graphene oxide-manganese oxide nanocomposite for catalytic glycolysis of poly(ethylene terephthalate)

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    Park, Gle; Bartolome, Leian; Lee, Kyoung G.; Lee, Seok Jae; Kim, Do Hyun; Park, Tae Jung

    2012-06-01

    Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of a graphene oxide (GO)-manganese oxide nanocomposite (GO-Mn3O4) was conducted without further modification of GO or employing secondary materials. With the GO nanoplate as a support, potassium permanganate oxidizes the carbon atoms in the GO support and gets reduced to Mn3O4. An intensive ultrasound method could reduce the number of reaction steps and temperature, enhance the reaction rate and furthermore achieve a Mn3O4 phase. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The coverage and crystallinity of Mn3O4 were controlled by changing the ratio of permanganate to GO dispersion. The synthesized nanocomposite was used as a catalyst for poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) depolymerization into its monomer, bis(2-hydroxylethyl) terephthalate (BHET). The highest monomer yield of 96.4% was obtained with the nanocomposite containing the lowest amount of Mn3O4, while PET glycolysis with the Mn3O4 without GO yielded 82.7% BHET.Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of a graphene oxide (GO)-manganese oxide nanocomposite (GO-Mn3O4) was conducted without further modification of GO or employing secondary materials. With the GO nanoplate as a support, potassium permanganate oxidizes the carbon atoms in the GO support and gets reduced to Mn3O4. An intensive ultrasound method could reduce the number of reaction steps and temperature, enhance the reaction rate and furthermore achieve a Mn3O4 phase. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The coverage and crystallinity of Mn3O4 were controlled by changing the ratio of permanganate to GO dispersion. The synthesized nanocomposite was used as a catalyst for poly(ethylene

  14. Superoxide dismutase and catalase conjugated to polyethylene glycol increases endothelial enzyme activity and oxidant resistance

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    Beckman, J.S.; Minor, R.L. Jr.; White, C.W.; Repine, J.E.; Rosen, G.M.; Freeman, B.A.

    1988-05-15

    Covalent conjugation of superoxide dismutase and catalase with polyethylene glycol (PEG) increases the circulatory half-lives of these enzymes from <10 min to 40 h, reduced immunogenicity, and decreases sensitivity to proteolysis. Because PEG has surface active properties and can induce cell fusion, the authors hypothesized that PEG conjugation could enhance cell binding and association of normally membrane-impermeable enzymes. Incubation of cultured porcine aortic endothelial cells with /sup 125/I-PEG-catalase or /sup 125/I-PEG-superoxide dismutase produced a linear, concentration-dependent increase in cellular enzyme activity and radioactivity. Fluorescently labeled PEG-superoxide dismutase incubated with endothelial cells showed a vesicular localization. Mechanical injury to cell monolayers, which is known to stimulate endocytosis, further increased the uptake of fluorescent PEG-superoxide dismutase. Addition of PEG and PEG-conjugated enzymes perturbed the spin-label binding environment, indicative of producing an increase in plasma membrane fluidity. Thus, PEG conjugation to superoxide dismutase and catalase enhances cell association of these enzymes in a manner which increases cellular enzyme activities and provides prolonged protection from partially reduced oxygen species.

  15. Non-aqueous emulsions stabilized by block copolymers: application to liquid disinfectant-filled elastomeric films.

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    Riess, Gérard; Cheymol, André; Hoerner, Pierre; Krikorian, Raffi

    2004-05-20

    The emulsifying and stabilization efficiency of polybutadiene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(ter butylstyrene)-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers is examined in non-aqueous emulsions. These emulsions are formed by a dispersion of polyethylene glycol mixed with a cationic surfactant acting as a biocide, in a continuous phase of a thermoplastic elastomer (SEBS) dissolved in methylcyclohexane. Emulsions with controlled droplet size and excellent stability could be obtained, which by solvent evaporation lead to elastomeric films containing droplets of confined disinfecting liquids. PMID:15072927

  16. Effect of Increasing Molecular Weight on the A and B blocks of a Single-ion-conducting Block Copolymer Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries

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    Rojas, Adriana; Inceoglu, Sebnem; Thakker, Kanav; Mackay, Nikolaus; Balsara, Nitash

    Single-ion-conducting block copolymer electrolytes are desirable for lithium metal batteries due to their ability to eliminate salt concentration gradients across the electrolyte; i.e., the lithium ion transference number is approximately unity. A series of poly(ethylene oxide)- b-poly(styrenesulfonyllithium(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) (PEO- b-PSLiTFSI) copolymers was studied wherein the molecular weights of both blocks were varied. Small angle x-ray scattering and ac impedance spectroscopy were used to probe the dependence of ionic conductivity on morphology. Preliminary work suggests that increasing the molecular weights of the blocks results in increased disorder and lower conductivity.

  17. One step growth of protein antifouling surfaces: monolayers of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) derivatives on oxidized and hydrogen-passivated silicon surfaces.

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    Cecchet, Francesca; De Meersman, Benoît; Demoustier-Champagne, Sophie; Nysten, Bernard; Jonas, Alain M

    2006-01-31

    We compare two routes for creating protein adsorption-resistant self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) by chemical modification of silicon surfaces with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) oligomeric derivatives. The first route involves the assembly of 2-methyl[(polyethyleneoxy)propyl]trichlorosilane (Cl3SiMPEO) films onto oxidized silicon surfaces (OH-SiO(x)) either by a liquid-phase process at room temperature or by a gas-phase process at 423 K, producing Si-O-Si bonds between the substrate and the organic layer. The second pathway makes use of the assembly of poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether) (MPEG) films onto hydrogen-passivated silicon surfaces (H-Si) using a liquid-phase process at 353 or 423 K, leading to the formation of Si-O-C bonds between the substrate and the organic layer. Structural investigation by X-ray reflectometry (XRR) reveals that the thickness and surface densities of the grafted PEO monolayers strongly depend on experimental conditions such as temperature and grafting time. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows that very smooth and homogeneous monolayers can be obtained with average roughnesses close to those measured on the corresponding bare substrates. Finally, the antifouling properties of the modified silicon surfaces were evaluated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), using a membrane protein (P.69 antigen) as model protein. Both types of PEO monolayers exhibit excellent protein repellency, as soon as the grafting density is equal to or higher than 1.7 chains/nm2. PMID:16430281

  18. Development of Iron-Chelating Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Packaging for Inhibiting Lipid Oxidation in Oil-in-Water Emulsions.

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    Johnson, David R; Tian, Fang; Roman, Maxine J; Decker, Eric A; Goddard, Julie M

    2015-05-27

    Foods such as bulk oils, salad dressings, and nutritionally fortified beverages that are susceptible to oxidative degradation are often packaged in poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) bottles with metal chelators added to the food to maintain product quality. In the present work, a metal-chelating active packaging material is designed and characterized, in which poly(hydroxamic acid) (PHA) metal-chelating moieties were grafted from the surface of PET. Biomimetic PHA groups were grafted in a two-step UV-initiated process without the use of a photoinitiator. Surface characterization of the films by attenuated total reflective Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) suggested successful grafting and conversion of poly(hydroxyethyl acrylate) (PHEA) to PHA chelating moieties from the surface of PET. Colorimetric (ferrozine) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) assays demonstrated the ability of PET-g-PHA to chelate iron in a low-pH (3.0) environment containing a competitive metal chelator (citric acid). Lipid oxidation studies demonstrated the antioxidant activity of PET-g-PHA films in inhibiting iron-promoted oxidation in an acidified oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion model system (pH 3.0). Particle size and ζ-potential analysis indicated that the addition of PET-g-PHA films did not affect the physical stability of the emulsion system. This work suggests that biomimetic chelating moieties can be grafted from PET and effectively inhibit iron-promoted degradation reactions, enabling removal of metal-chelating additives from product formulations. PMID:25985711

  19. Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polyphosphoester-graft-paclitaxel Conjugates with Acid-labile Linkages as a pH-Sensitive and Functional Nanoscopic Platform for Paclitaxel Delivery

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    Zou, Jiong; Zhang, Fuwu; Zhang, Shiyi; Pollack, Stephanie F.; Elsabahy, Mahmoud; Fan, Jingwei; Wooley, Karen L.

    2013-01-01

    There has been an increasing interest to develop new types of stimuli-responsive drug delivery vehicles with high drug loading and controlled release properties for chemotherapeutics. An acid-labile, polyphosphoester-based degradable, polymeric paclitaxel (PTX) conjugate containing ultra-high levels of PTX loading has been improved significantly, in this second generation development, which involves connection of each PTX molecule to the polymer backbone via a pH-sensitive β-thiopropionate linkage. The results for this system indicate that it has great potential as an effective anti-cancer agent. Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polyphosphoester-graft-PTX drug conjugate (PEO-b-PPE-g-PTX G2) was synthesized by organocatalyst-promoted ring-opening polymerization of 2-(but-3-en-1-yloxy)-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane-2-oxide from a PEO macroinitiator, followed by thermo-promoted thiolene click conjugation of a thiol-functionalized PTX prodrug to the pendant alkene groups of the block copolymer. The PEO-b-PPE-g-PTX G2 formed well-defined nanoparticles in aqueous solution, by direct dissolution into water, with a number-averaged hydrodynamic diameter of 114 ± 31 nm. The conjugate had PTX loading capacity as high as 53 wt%, and a maximum PTX concentration of 0.68 mg/mL in water (vs. 1.7 μg/mL for free PTX). Although the PTX concentration is ca. 10× less than for our first generation material, its accelerated release allowed for similar free PTX concentrations vs. time. The PEO-b-PPE-g-PTX G2 exhibited accelerated drug release under acidic conditions (~50 wt% PTX released in 8 d) compared to neutral conditions (~20 wt% PTX released in 8 d) and compared to the first generation analog that contained ester linkages between PTX and the polymer backbone (<5 wt% PTX released in 4 d), due to their acid-sensitive hydrolytically-labile β-thiopropionate linkages between PTX molecules and the polymer backbone. The positive cell-killing activity of PEO-b-PPE-g-PTX G2 against two cancer cell

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  1. One-step sonochemical synthesis of a graphene oxide-manganese oxide nanocomposite for catalytic glycolysis of poly(ethylene terephthalate).

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    Park, Gle; Bartolome, Leian; Lee, Kyoung G; Lee, Seok Jae; Kim, Do Hyun; Park, Tae Jung

    2012-07-01

    Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of a graphene oxide (GO)-manganese oxide nanocomposite (GO-Mn(3)O(4)) was conducted without further modification of GO or employing secondary materials. With the GO nanoplate as a support, potassium permanganate oxidizes the carbon atoms in the GO support and gets reduced to Mn(3)O(4). An intensive ultrasound method could reduce the number of reaction steps and temperature, enhance the reaction rate and furthermore achieve a Mn(3)O(4) phase. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The coverage and crystallinity of Mn(3)O(4) were controlled by changing the ratio of permanganate to GO dispersion. The synthesized nanocomposite was used as a catalyst for poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) depolymerization into its monomer, bis(2-hydroxylethyl) terephthalate (BHET). The highest monomer yield of 96.4% was obtained with the nanocomposite containing the lowest amount of Mn(3)O(4), while PET glycolysis with the Mn(3)O(4) without GO yielded 82.7% BHET. PMID:22592889

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Self-oscillating AB diblock copolymer developed by post modification strategy

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

    2015-06-01

    We prepared AB diblock copolymer composed of hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) segment and self-oscillating polymer segment. In the latter segment, ruthenium tris(2,2'-bipyridine) (Ru(bpy)3), a catalyst of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, is introduced into the polymer architecture based on N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). The Ru(bpy)3 was introduced into the polymer segment by two methods; (i) direct random copolymerization (DP) of NIPAAm and Ru(bpy)3 vinyl monomer and (ii) post modification (PM) of Ru(bpy)3 with random copolymer of NIPAAm and N-3-aminopropylmethacrylamide. For both the diblock copolymers, a bistable temperature region (the temperature range; ΔTm), where the block copolymer self-assembles into micelle at reduced Ru(bpy)32+ state whereas it breaks-up into individual polymer chain at oxidized Ru(bpy)33+ state, monotonically extends as the composition of the Ru(bpy)3 increases. The ΔTm of the block copolymer prepared by PM is larger than that by DP. The difference in ΔTm is rationalized from the statistical analysis of the arrangement of the Ru(bpy)3 moiety along the self-oscillating segments. By using the PM method, the well-defined AB diblock copolymer having ΔTm (ca. 25 °C) large enough to cause stable self-oscillation can be prepared. The periodic structural transition of the diblock copolymer in a dilute solution ([Polymer] = 0.1 wt. %) is closely investigated in terms of the time-resolved dynamic light scattering technique at constant temperature in the bistable region. A macroscopic viscosity oscillation of a concentrated polymer solution (15 wt. %) coupled with the periodic microphase separation is also demonstrated.

  5. Self-oscillating AB diblock copolymer developed by post modification strategy

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    Ueki, Takeshi E-mail: ryo@cross.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Onoda, Michika; Tamate, Ryota; Yoshida, Ryo E-mail: ryo@cross.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro

    2015-06-15

    We prepared AB diblock copolymer composed of hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) segment and self-oscillating polymer segment. In the latter segment, ruthenium tris(2,2′-bipyridine) (Ru(bpy){sub 3}), a catalyst of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, is introduced into the polymer architecture based on N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). The Ru(bpy){sub 3} was introduced into the polymer segment by two methods; (i) direct random copolymerization (DP) of NIPAAm and Ru(bpy){sub 3} vinyl monomer and (ii) post modification (PM) of Ru(bpy){sub 3} with random copolymer of NIPAAm and N-3-aminopropylmethacrylamide. For both the diblock copolymers, a bistable temperature region (the temperature range; ΔT{sub m}), where the block copolymer self-assembles into micelle at reduced Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} state whereas it breaks-up into individual polymer chain at oxidized Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 3+} state, monotonically extends as the composition of the Ru(bpy){sub 3} increases. The ΔT{sub m} of the block copolymer prepared by PM is larger than that by DP. The difference in ΔT{sub m} is rationalized from the statistical analysis of the arrangement of the Ru(bpy){sub 3} moiety along the self-oscillating segments. By using the PM method, the well-defined AB diblock copolymer having ΔT{sub m} (ca. 25 °C) large enough to cause stable self-oscillation can be prepared. The periodic structural transition of the diblock copolymer in a dilute solution ([Polymer] = 0.1 wt. %) is closely investigated in terms of the time-resolved dynamic light scattering technique at constant temperature in the bistable region. A macroscopic viscosity oscillation of a concentrated polymer solution (15 wt. %) coupled with the periodic microphase separation is also demonstrated.

  6. Polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer: the effect of polystyrene and spreading concentration at the air/water interface.

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    Glagola, Cameron P; Miceli, Lia M; Milchak, Marissa A; Halle, Emily H; Logan, Jennifer L

    2012-03-20

    Polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) is an amphiphilic diblock copolymer that undergoes microphase separation when spread at the air/water interface, forming nanosized domains. In this study, we investigate the impact of PS by examining a series of PS-PEO samples containing constant PEO (~17,000 g·mol(-1)) and variable PS (from 3600 to 200,000 g·mol(-1)) through isothermal characterization and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The polymers separated into two categories: predominantly hydrophobic and predominantly hydrophilic with a weight percent of PEO of ~20% providing the boundary between the two. AFM results indicated that predominantly hydrophilic PS-PEO forms dots while more hydrophobic samples yield a mixture of dots and spaghetti with continent-like structures appearing at ~7% PEO or less. These structures reflect a blend of polymer spreading, entanglement, and vitrification as the solvent evaporates. Changing the spreading concentration provides insight into this process with higher concentrations representing earlier kinetic stages and lower concentrations demonstrating later ones. Comparison of isothermal results and AFM analysis shows how polymer behavior at the air/water interface correlates with the observed nanostructures. Understanding the impact of polymer composition and spreading concentration is significant in leading to greater control over the nanostructures obtained through PS-PEO self-assembly and their eventual application as polymer templates. PMID:22339480

  7. Arylenesiloxane copolymers

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

    1967-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  9. Band gap shift in the indium-tin-oxide films on polyethylene napthalate after thermal annealing in air

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    Han, H.; Mayer, J. W.; Alford, T. L.

    2006-10-01

    Indium-tin-oxide (ITO) thin films on polyethylene napthalate (PEN) with high carrier concentration (˜1021/cm3) have been grown by electron-beam deposition without the introduction of oxygen into the chamber. The electrical properties of the ITO films (such as, carrier concentration, electrical mobility, and resistivity) abruptly changed after annealing in the air atmospheres. In addition, optical transmittance and optical band gap values significantly changed after heat treatment. The optical band gap narrowing behavior is observed in the as-deposited sample because of impurity band and heavy carrier concentration. The influence of annealing in air on the electrical and optical properties of ITO/PEN samples can be explained by the change in the free electron concentration, which is evaluated in terms of the oxygen content. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses are used to determine the oxygen content in the film. Hall effect measurements are used to determine the dependence of electrical properties on oxygen content.

  10. Interaction of poly(ethylene oxide) with the sodium dodecyl sulfate micelle interface studied with nitroxide spin probes

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    Kang, Y.S.; Kevan, L. )

    1994-08-04

    Electron spin resonance (ESR) line widths of 5-, 7-, 12-, and 16-doxylstearic acid (x-DSA) and tempo nitroxides versus the concentration of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) in sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles show different trends. The ESR line widths of 5-, 7-, and 16-DSA increase with increasing concentration of PEO, which is interpreted as due to increasing viscosity in the environment of the nitroxide spin probe. The tempo and 12-DSA line widths were independent of the concentration of PEO. The line width showed the highest value for 5-DSA and the lowest value of tempo. The line width of x-DSA decreases from 5-DSA to a minimum value for 12-DSA and then increases somewhat for 16-DSA. This is interpreted as bending of the alkyl chain to provide different locations for the nitroxide moiety relative to the micelle interface. The relative distances of the nitroxide moiety of [chi]-DSA from deuterated water at the SDS micelle interface was measured by deuterium electron spin echo modulation. The distances increased from 5-DSA to 12-DSA and then decreased for 16-DSA. The interpretation of the DSR line width trend is supported by the deuterium modulation depth trend. 28 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. Nanofibrous Chitosan-Polyethylene Oxide Engineered Scaffolds: A Comparative Study between Simulated Structural Characteristics and Cells Viability

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    Dilamian, Mandana; Mirian, Mina; Sadeghi-Aliabadi, Hojjat; Maleknia, Laleh; Harlin, Ali

    2014-01-01

    3D nanofibrous chitosan-polyethylene oxide (PEO) scaffolds were fabricated by electrospinning at different processing parameters. The structural characteristics, such as pore size, overall porosity, pore interconnectivity, and scaffold percolative efficiency (SPE), were simulated by a robust image analysis. Mouse fibroblast cells (L929) were cultured in RPMI for 2 days in the presence of various samples of nanofibrous chitosan/PEO scaffolds. Cell attachments and corresponding mean viability were enhanced from 50% to 110% compared to that belonging to a control even at packed morphologies of scaffolds constituted from pores with nanoscale diameter. To elucidate the correlation between structural characteristics within the depth of the scaffolds' profile and cell viability, a comparative analysis was proposed. This analysis revealed that larger fiber diameters and pore sizes can enhance cell viability. On the contrary, increasing the other structural elements such as overall porosity and interconnectivity due to a simultaneous reduction in fiber diameter and pore size through the electrospinning process can reduce the viability of cells. In addition, it was found that manipulation of the processing parameters in electrospinning can compensate for the effects of packed morphologies of nanofibrous scaffolds and can thus potentially improve the infiltration and viability of cells. PMID:24995296

  12. Poly(ethylene oxide)-Assisted Macromolecular Self-Assembly of Lignin in ABS Matrix for Sustainable Composite Applications

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    Akato, Kokouvi M.; Tran, Chau D.; Chen, Jihua; Naskar, Amit K.

    2015-11-05

    Here we report the compatibilization of biomass-derived lignin polymer in acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) thermoplastic matrix without loss of mechanical properties via poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-mediated macromolecular self-assembly. ABS was blended with lignin in different concentrations, and blends with 10 wt % PEO (relative to lignin) were prepared. The relative tensile strength improved slightly at low lignin content but diminished rapidly as the lignin content was increased. However, the inclusion of PEO as an interfacial adhesion promoter helped avoid deleterious effects. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed that PEO plasticized the hard phase and thus lowered the activation energy (Ea) for its relaxationmore » but caused stiffening of the soft phase and increased its Ea. Microscopy revealed that incorporating lignin in ABS led to the statistical dispersion of discrete lignin domains (300–1000 nm) which, after PEO addition, were reduced to smaller interconnected particles (200–500 nm). The lignin-extended partially renewable ABS resins showed shear-thinning behavior and reduced viscosity compared to neat ABS. The preferred lignin-loaded compositions reinforced with 20 vol % chopped carbon fibers exhibited mechanical performances (77–80 MPa) equivalent to those of reinforced ABS materials reportedly used in 3D printing applications. In conclusion, this approach could lower the cost of ABS while reducing its carbon footprint.« less

  13. Polymer-Ion Interaction Weakens the Strain-Rate Dependence of Extension-Induced Crystallization for Poly(ethylene oxide).

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    Hu, Tingting; Tian, Nan; Ali, Sarmad; Wang, Zhen; Chang, Jiarui; Huang, Ningdong; Li, Liangbin

    2016-03-01

    The crystallization of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-sodium iodine (NaI) composites is investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), extensional rheology, and in situ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) with the aim of demonstrating versatile roles played by polymer-ion interactions. In the isothermal quiescent crystallization process, a decrease in the crystal growth rate is observed for PEO-NaI and is attributed to slow chain movement caused by the coordination between cations and polymer. In situ SAXS on extensional flow-induced crystallization (FIC) exhibits enhanced kinetics and orientation for both PEO and PEO-NaI with increasing strain rate. However, an overall weaker strain-rate dependence of FIC is observed for PEO-NaI, which can be interpreted as a synergistic consequence of promoted nucleation under flow and impeded crystal growth by polymer-ion interaction. A possible microscopic mechanism is proposed to account for the experimental observation based on the formation of transient cross-linking points in PEO-NaI and their influence on the entanglement network of polymer under various flow fields. The disclosed strain-rate dependence and various ion effects on the behavior of PEO-salt composites contribute to a comprehensive understanding of polymer-ion solid polyelectrolytes. PMID:26822166

  14. Reactive electrospinning of composite nanofibers of carboxymethyl chitosan cross-linked by alginate dialdehyde with the aid of polyethylene oxide.

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    Zhao, Xiujuan; Chen, Si; Lin, Zifeng; Du, Chang

    2016-09-01

    We have prepared carboxymethyl chitosan-alginate dialdehyde (CMCS-ADA) nanofibers via a reactive electrospinning process with the aid of polyethylene oxide (PEO). The presence of PEO delayed the gelation of CMCS and ADA, thus providing ease of use to adjust the mixing of CMCS-PEO and ADA-PEO blended solution. The mixed solution can be adjusted to come out from the needle before the gel formation or when the gel was just about to form. Defect-free CMCS-ADA-PEO nanofibers with average diameters ranging from 100nm to 900nm were obtained using water as a solvent. The in situ cross-linked CMCS-ADA nanofibers were then obtained following the extraction of water-soluble PEO. After immersion in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at a pH of 7.4 for up to 15days, the as-spun CMCS-ADA-PEO composite nanofibers maintained structural integrity, confirming the success of the crosslinking. The PEO-extracted CMCS-ADA nanofibers promoted the adhesion, proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity of bone marrow stromal cells. PMID:27185120

  15. Enhanced luminescence properties of highly threaded conjugated polyelectrolytes with potassium counter-ions upon blending with poly(ethylene oxide)

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    Latini, Gianluca; Winroth, Gustaf; Brovelli, Sergio; McDonnell, Shane O.; Anderson, Harry L.; Mativetsky, Jeffrey M.; Samorı, Paolo; Cacialli, Franco

    2010-06-01

    The photophysics and electroluminescence (EL) of thin films of unthreaded and cyclodextrin-encapsulated poly(4,4'-diphenylenevinylene) (PDV) with potassium countercations, blended with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) are investigated as a function of the PEO concentration. We show that three main factors contribute to increasing the photoluminescence (PL) quantum efficiency as a result of suppressed intermolecular interactions, namely: the high degree of encapsulation of the polyrotaxanes, the relatively large countercation (e.g., compared to lithium), and the complexation of the rotaxanes with PEO. By facilitating cationic transport to the negative electrodes, PEO also leads to devices with enhanced electron injection and improved charge balance, whose operation therefore resembles that of "virtually unipolar" light-emitting electrochemical cells. This effect, together with the enhanced PL efficiency, leads to higher EL efficiency for both polyrotaxanes and unthreaded polymers, upon addition of the PEO. We show that the concurrent exploitation of the various strategies above lead to an overall EL efficiency that is approximately twice the value previously reported for Li-based PDV. A blueshift of the EL spectrum during the devices turn-on is also reported and analyzed in terms of interference and doping effects.

  16. 7Li NMR spectroscopy and ion conduction mechanism in mesoporous silica (SBA-15) composite poly(ethylene oxide) electrolyte

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    Reddy, M. Jaipal; Chu, Peter P.

    A composite of mesoporous silica (SBA-15) with a polyethylene oxide (PEO) polymer electrolyte is examined for use in various electrochemical devices. Incorporation of SBA-15 in a PEO:LiClO 4 polymer electrolyte facilitates salt dissociation, enhances ion conductivity, and improves miscibility between organic and inorganic moieties. Optimized conductivity is found at 10 wt.% SBA-15 composition, above this concentration the conductivity is reduced due to aggregation of a SBA-15:Li rich phase. Heating above melt temperature of PEO allows more of the polymer segments to interact with SBA-15. This results in a greater degree of disorder upon cooling, and the ion conductivity is enhanced. A 7Li MAS NMR study reveals three types of lithium-ion coordination. Two major types of conduction mechanism can be identified: one through conventional amorphous PEO; a second via hopping in a sequential manner by replacing the nearby vacancies ('holes') on the surface (both interior and exterior) of the SBA-15 channels.

  17. Enhanced lithium battery with polyethylene oxide-based electrolyte containing silane-Al2 O3 ceramic filler.

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    Zewde, Berhanu W; Admassie, Shimelis; Zimmermann, Jutta; Isfort, Christian Schulze; Scrosati, Bruno; Hassoun, Jusef

    2013-08-01

    A solid polymer electrolyte prepared by using a solvent-free, scalable technique is reported. The membrane is formed by low-energy ball milling followed by hot-pressing of dry powdered polyethylene oxide polymer, LiCF3 SO3 salt, and silane-treated Al2 O3 (Al2 O3 -ST) ceramic filler. The effects of the ceramic fillers on the properties of the ionically conducting solid electrolyte membrane are characterized by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, XRD, differential scanning calorimeter, SEM, and galvanostatic cycling in lithium cells with a LiFePO4 cathode. We demonstrate that the membrane containing Al2 O3 -ST ceramic filler performs well in terms of ionic conductivity, thermal properties, and lithium transference number. Furthermore, we show that the lithium cells, which use the new electrolyte together with the LiFePO4 electrode, operate within 65 and 90 °C with high efficiency and long cycle life. Hence, the Al2 O3 -ST ceramic can be efficiently used as a ceramic filler to enhance the performance of solid polymer electrolytes in lithium batteries. PMID:23757331

  18. Drug release from various thicknesses of layered mats consisting of electrospun polycaprolactone and polyethylene oxide micro/nanofibers

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    Kim, Geunhyung; Yoon, Hyeon; Park, Yunkyung

    2010-09-01

    A new drug delivery system (DDS) consisting of electrospun nanofibers is proposed. Layered mats of hydrophobic polycaprolactone (PCL) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) nanofibers were prepared successfully in a layer-by-layer manner using an electrospinning process. The PEO mat and drug were co-electrospun as a drug reservoir. Drug release rate was controlled physically by the thickness of the electrospun nanofibrous PCL layer, and its release behavior was examined over time. Release tests showed that the release behavior and the amount of initial burst of the drug were critically dependent on the thickness of the nanofibrous PCL mat. The release of drug showed a linear relationship with the thickness of the porous electrospun PCL mat. In addition, to demonstrate the feasibility of this type of DDS, the release behavior of the antimicrobial peptide HPA3NT3 from the nanofiber system was examined. The release of the peptide was easily controlled by the PCL nanofiber thickness and the released peptide did not lose biological activity.

  19. Effects of 12-Crown-4 ether on the ionic conductivity and electrode kinetics of electrolytes in polyethylene oxide

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    Nagasubramanian, G.; Di Stefano, S.

    1990-01-01

    Results are described of investigations of the electrical and electrochemical properties of thin films of polyethylene oxide (PEO) electrolytes with and without 12-Crown-4 ether (12Cr4) as a function of temperature and in the frequency regime 100 kHz-0.1 Hz. These measurements were made for LiCF3SO3, LiBF4, and LiClO4 salts. At a given temperature, the bulk conductivity, sigma, (S/cm), for a particular salt, depends on the 12Cr4 concentration with sigma reaching a maximum at about 3 mM 12Cr4. Of the three salts studied, the sigma is the highest for PEO/LiBF4 with 3 mM 12Cr4. The ac and dc measurements yield a lower charge transfer resistance for 12Cr4-incorporated samples than for samples without. Plating/stripping of Li occurs at a potential closer to Li(+)/Li for 12Cr4 samples than those without. The conductivities of a thin (about 100 microns) and a thick (400 microns) films are similar.

  20. Surfactant-assisted intercalation of high molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide) into vanadyl phosphate di-hydrate

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    Ferreira, Joao Paulo L.; Oliveira, Herenilton P.

    2012-03-15

    Graphical abstract: CuK{sub {alpha}} X-ray diffraction patterns of the VOPO{sub 4}/PEO (A) e VOPO{sub 4}/CTA (B) and VOPO{sub 4}/CTA/PEO (C). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer VOPO{sub 4}/PEO has been synthesized by using CTAB, thereby improving PEO intercalation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The d-spacing increase from 1.30 nm (VOPO{sub 4}/PEO) to 2.94 nm (VOPO{sub 4}/CTA/PEO). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This strategy was viable for intercalation of PEO with high molecular weight. -- Abstract: A high molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide)/layered vanadyl phosphate di-hydrate intercalation compound was synthesized via the surfactant-assisted approach. Results confirmed that surfactant molecules were replaced with the polymer, while the lamellar structure of the matrix was retained, and that the material presents high specific surface area. In addition, intercalation produced a more thermally stable polymer as evidenced by thermal analysis.

  1. Molecular dynamics simulation of polymer electrolytes based on poly(ethylene oxide) and ionic liquids. II. Dynamical properties

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    Costa, Luciano T.; Ribeiro, Mauro C. C.

    2007-10-01

    Dynamical properties of polymer electrolytes based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and ionic liquids of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cations were calculated by molecular dynamics simulations with previously proposed models [L. T. Costa and M. C. Ribeiro, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 184902 (2006)]. The effect of changing the ionic liquid concentration, temperature, and the 1-alkyl-chain lengths, [1,3-dimethylimidazolium]PF6 and [1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium]PF6 ([dmim]PF6 and [bmim]PF6), was investigated. Cation diffusion coefficient is higher than those of anion and oxygen atoms of PEO chains. Ionic mobility in PEO /[bmim]PF6 is higher than in PEO /[dmim]PF6, so that the ionic conductivity κ of the former is approximately ten times larger than the latter. The ratio between κ and its estimate from the Nernst-Einstein equation κ /κNE, which is inversely proportional to the strength of ion pairs, is higher in ionic liquid polymer electrolytes than in polymer electrolytes based on inorganic salts with Li+ cations. Calculated time correlation functions corroborate previous evidence from the analysis of equilibrium structure that the ion pairs in ionic liquid polymer electrolytes are relatively weak. Structural relaxation at distinct spatial scales is revealed by the calculation of the intermediate scattering function at different wavevectors. These data are reproduced with stretched exponential functions, so that temperature and wavevector dependences of best fit parameters can be compared with corresponding results for polymer electrolytes containing simpler ions.

  2. Nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of dynamics in poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium polyether-ester-sulfonate ionomers

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    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2012-01-06

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has been utilized to investigate the dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium sulfonate ionomer samples that have low glass transition temperatures. 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation times (T1) of the bulk polymer and lithium ions, respectively, were measured and analyzed in samples with a range of ion contents. The temperature dependence of T1 values along with the presence of minima in T1 as a function of temperature enabled correlation times and activation energies to be obtained for both the segmental motion of the polymer backbone and the hopping motion of lithium cations. Similar activation energies formore » motion of both the polymer and lithium ions in the samples with lower ion content indicate that the polymer segmental motion and lithium ion hopping motion are correlated in these samples, even though their respective correlation times differ significantly. A divergent trend is observed for correlation times and activation energies of the highest ion content sample with 100% lithium sulfonation due to the presence of ionic aggregation. Details of the polymer and cation dynamics on the nanosecond timescale are discussed and complement the findings of X-ray scattering and Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering experiments.« less

  3. Preparation and interfacial properties of a novel biodegradable polymer surfactant: poly(ethylene oxide monooleate-block-DL-lactide).

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    Nishino, Satoru; Kitamura, Yoshiro; Kishida, Akio; Yoshizawa, Hidekazu

    2005-11-01

    In this paper, we report a novel synthesis of poly(ethylene oxide monooleate-block-DL-lactide) (MOPEO-PLA) in the presence of stannous 2-ethylhexanoate catalyst. By utilizing the surfactant property and the reactive double bond of the amphiphilic MOPEO-PLA, various characteristics of PLA microspheres, such as surface and internal structure, surface morphology, release property, and so on, may potentially be controlled. MOPEO-PLA was found to be hydrophobic enough to prevent loss by dissolution into aqueous solution, which is often a problem for MOPEO. Furthermore, the interfacial tension measurements of a MOPEO-PLA/toluene/water system revealed that MOPEO-PLA had a good surface activity almost equal to that of MOPEO. The MOPEO-PLA/PLA blend films were prepared by solvent casting on a water layer. Contact-angle measurements of MOPEO-PLA/PLA blend films confirmed that the hydrophilic PEO segments were selectivity accumulated at the oil/water interface. Moreover, the surface free energy on the 'water side' of the MOPEO-PLA/PLA blend films was increased because of the increase in polar components as a result of the ether bonds of the PEO segments. Schematic illustration of the adsorption property of a) MOPEO-PLA with a high-molecular-weight PLA segment and b) MOPEO-PLA with a low-molecular-weight PLA segment at an ethyl acetate/water interface. PMID:16245272

  4. Nd:YVO4 laser direct ablation of indium tin oxide films deposited on glass and polyethylene terephthalate substrates.

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    Wang, Jian-Xun; Kwon, Sang Jik; Han, Jae-Hee; Cho, Eou Sik

    2013-09-01

    A Q-switched diode-pumped neodymium-doped yttrium vanadate (Nd:YVO4, lambda = 1064 nm) laser was applied to obtain the indium tin oxide (ITO) patterns on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate by a direct etching method. After the ITO films were deposited on a soda-lime glass and PET substrate, laser ablations were carried out on the ITO films for various conditions and the laser ablated results on the ITO films were investigated and analyzed considering the effects of substrates on the laser etching. The laser ablated widths on ITO deposited on glass were found to be much narrower than those on ITO deposited on PET substrate, especially, at a higher scanning speed of laser beam such as 1000 mm/s and 2000 mm/s. As the thermal conductivity of glass substrate is about 7.5 times higher than that of PET, more thermal energy would be spread and transferred to lateral direction in the ITO film in case of PET substrate. PMID:24205645

  5. Influence of defects and processing parameters on the properties of indium tin oxide films on polyethylene napthalate substrate

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    Han, H.; Zoo, Yeongseok; Bhagat, S. K.; Lewis, J. S.; Alford, T. L.

    2007-09-15

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were deposited on polyethylene napthalate (PEN) by rf sputtering using different rf powers (60 and 120 W) and at different substrate temperatures (room temperature and 100 deg. C). Selected PEN substrates were pretreated using an Ar plasma before ITO sputter deposition. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry was used to determine the oxygen content in the films. Hall effect measurements were used to evaluate the electrical properties. In this paper the influence of defect structure, sputtering conditions, and the effect of annealing on the electrical and optical properties of ITO on PEN have been investigated. Electrical properties such as carrier concentration, mobility, and resistivity of the ITO films varied with rf power and substrate temperature. The electrical and optical properties of the films changed after annealing in air. This study also describes how the as-deposited amorphous ITO changes from amorphous to crystalline as a result of heat treatment, and investigates the effects of Sn defect clustering on electrical and optical properties of the ITO films.

  6. Poly(ethylene oxide)-Assisted Macromolecular Self-Assembly of Lignin in ABS Matrix for Sustainable Composite Applications

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    Akato, Kokouvi M.; Tran, Chau D.; Chen, Jihua; Naskar, Amit K.

    2015-11-05

    Here we report the compatibilization of biomass-derived lignin polymer in acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) thermoplastic matrix without loss of mechanical properties via poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-mediated macromolecular self-assembly. ABS was blended with lignin in different concentrations, and blends with 10 wt % PEO (relative to lignin) were prepared. The relative tensile strength improved slightly at low lignin content but diminished rapidly as the lignin content was increased. However, the inclusion of PEO as an interfacial adhesion promoter helped avoid deleterious effects. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed that PEO plasticized the hard phase and thus lowered the activation energy (Ea) for its relaxation but caused stiffening of the soft phase and increased its Ea. Microscopy revealed that incorporating lignin in ABS led to the statistical dispersion of discrete lignin domains (300–1000 nm) which, after PEO addition, were reduced to smaller interconnected particles (200–500 nm). The lignin-extended partially renewable ABS resins showed shear-thinning behavior and reduced viscosity compared to neat ABS. The preferred lignin-loaded compositions reinforced with 20 vol % chopped carbon fibers exhibited mechanical performances (77–80 MPa) equivalent to those of reinforced ABS materials reportedly used in 3D printing applications. In conclusion, this approach could lower the cost of ABS while reducing its carbon footprint.

  7. Nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of dynamics in poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium polyether-ester-sulfonate ionomers

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    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2012-01-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy has been utilized to investigate the dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium sulfonate ionomer samples that have low glass transition temperatures. 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation times (T1) of the bulk polymer and lithium ions, respectively, were measured and analyzed in samples with a range of ion contents. The temperature dependence of T1 values along with the presence of minima in T1 as a function of temperature enabled correlation times and activation energies to be obtained for both the segmental motion of the polymer backbone and the hopping motion of lithium cations. Similar activation energies for motion of both the polymer and lithium ions in the samples with lower ion content indicate that the polymer segmental motion and lithium ion hopping motion are correlated in these samples, even though lithium hopping is about ten times slower than the segmental motion. A divergent trend is observed for correlation times and activation energies of the highest ion content sample with 100% lithium sulfonation due to the presence of ionic aggregation. Details of the polymer and cation dynamics on the nanosecond timescale are discussed and complement the findings of X-ray scattering and quasi-elastic neutron scattering experiments.

  8. Charge transport and glassy dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide)-based single-ion conductors under geometrical confinement

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    Runt, James; Iacob, Ciprian

    2015-03-01

    Segmental and local dynamics as well as charge transport are investigated in a series of poly(ethylene oxide)-based single-ion conductors (ionomers) with varying counterions (Li +, Na +) confined in uni-directional nanoporous silica membranes. The dynamics are explored over a wide frequency and temperature range by broadband dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. Slowing of segmental dynamics and a decrease in dc conductivity (strongly coupled with segmental relaxation) of the confined ionomers are associated with surface effects - resulting from interfacial hydrogen bonding between the host nanoporous silica membrane and the guest ionomers. These effects are significantly reduced or eliminated upon pore surface modification through silanization. The primary transport properties for the confined ionomers decrease by about one decade compared to the bulk ionomer. A model assuming reduced mobility of an adsorbed layer at the pore wall/ionomer interface is shown to provide a quantitative explanation for the decrease in effective transport quantities in non-silanized porous silica membranes. Additionally, the effect of confinement on ion aggregation in ionomers by using X-ray scattering will also be discussed. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Polymers Program.

  9. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Investigation of Dynamics in Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Based Lithium Polyether-ester-sulfonate Ionomers

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    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2012-01-07

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has been utilized to investigate the dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium sulfonate ionomer samples that have low glass transition temperatures. 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation times (T1) of the bulk polymer and lithium ions, respectively, were analyzed in samples with a range of ion contents. The temperature dependence of T1 values along with the presence of minima in T1 enabled correlation times and activation energies to be obtained for both the segmental motion of the polymer backbone and the hopping motion of lithium cations. Similar activation energies of both the polymer and lithium ions in the lower ion content samples indicate that the polymer segmental motion and lithium ion hopping motion are correlated even though their respective correlation times differ significantly. A divergent trend is observed for correlation times and activation energies of the highest ion content sample due to the presence of ionic aggregation. Details about the polymer and cation dynamics on the nanosecond timescale are discussed and complement the findings of X-ray scattering and Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering experiments.

  10. Understanding the Impact of Poly(ethylene oxide) on the Assembly of Lignin in Solution toward Improved Carbon Fiber Production.

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    Imel, Adam E; Naskar, Amit K; Dadmun, Mark D

    2016-02-10

    Carbon fiber produced from lignin has recently become an industrial scalable product with applications ranging from thermal insulation to reinforcing automobile bodies. Previous research has shown that mixing 1-2 wt %, of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with the lignin before fiber formation can enhance the properties of the final carbon fibers. The research reported here determines the impact of adding PEO to a lignin solution on its assembly, focusing on the role of the lignin structure on this assembly process. Results indicate the addition of PEO anisotropically directs the self-assembly of the hardwood and softwood lignin by lengthening the cylindrical building blocks that make up the larger global aggregates. On the other hand, results from an annual lignin exhibit a shapeless, more complex structure with a unique dependence on the PEO loading. These results are consistent with improved carbon fibers from solutions of lignin that include PEO, as the local ordering and directed assembly will inhibit the formation of defects during the carbon fiber fabrication process. PMID:26756927

  11. Comparative evaluation of drug release from aged prolonged polyethylene oxide tablet matrices: effect of excipient and drug type.

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    Shojaee, Saeed; Kaialy, Waseem; Cumming, Kenneth Iain; Nokhodchi, Ali

    2016-03-01

    Polyethylene oxide (PEO) undergoes structural adjustments caused by elevated temperatures, which results in loss of its stability within direct compression tablets. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of filler solubility on the drug delivery process of matrix tablets containing drugs with different water-solubility properties and stored at elevated temperature. The results demonstrated that in the case of propranolol HCl (highly water-soluble) tablet matrices, soluble lactose promoted drug release, whereas, a stable release of drug was observed with insoluble DCP. A drug release pattern similar to the propranolol HCl formulation containing DCP was obtained for hydrophilic matrix tablets containing either lactose or DCP for the less water-soluble drug, zonisamide. In the case of the partially water-soluble drug, theophylline, formulated with lower molecular weight PEO 750, drug release increased considerably in the presence of both fillers with increasing storage time, however a stable release rate (similar to fresh samples) was observed in the case of higher molecular weight PEO 303 tablet matrices containing theophylline with either lactose or DCP. The hydration properties (e.g. solubility) of the diluents had a considerable effect on drug release behavior from various model matrices; this effect was dependent on both molecular weight of PEO and solubility of drug. PMID:25410967

  12. Nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of dynamics in poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium polyether-ester-sulfonate ionomers

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    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2012-01-06

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has been utilized to investigate the dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium sulfonate ionomer samples that have low glass transition temperatures. 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation times (T1) of the bulk polymer and lithium ions, respectively, were measured and analyzed in samples with a range of ion contents. The temperature dependence of T1 values along with the presence of minima in T1 as a function of temperature enabled correlation times and activation energies to be obtained for both the segmental motion of the polymer backbone and the hopping motion of lithium cations. Similar activation energies for motion of both the polymer and lithium ions in the samples with lower ion content indicate that the polymer segmental motion and lithium ion hopping motion are correlated in these samples, even though their respective correlation times differ significantly. A divergent trend is observed for correlation times and activation energies of the highest ion content sample with 100% lithium sulfonation due to the presence of ionic aggregation. Details of the polymer and cation dynamics on the nanosecond timescale are discussed and complement the findings of X-ray scattering and Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering experiments.

  13. Synthesis and Gelation Characteristics of Photo-Crosslinkable Star Poly(ethylene oxide-co-lactide-glycolide acrylate) Macromonomers

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    Moeinzadeh, Seyedsina; Khorasani, Saied Nouri; Ma, Junyu; He, Xuezhong; Jabbari, Esmaiel

    2011-01-01

    Viability of encapsulated cells in situ crosslinkable macromonomers depends strongly on the minimum concentration of polymerization initiators and monomers required for gelation. Novel 4-arm poly(ethylene oxide-co-lactide-glycolide acrylate) (SPELGA) macromonomers were synthesized and characterized with respect to gelation, sol fraction, degradation, and swelling in aqueous solution. SPELGA macromonomers were crosslinked in the absence of N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (NVP) monomer to produce a hydrogel network with a shear modulus of 27±4 kPa. The shear modulus of the gels increased by 170-fold as the macromonomer concentration was increased from 10 to 25 wt%. Sol fraction ranged between 8–18%. Addition of only 0.4 mol% NVP to the polymerization mixture increased modulus by 2.2-fold from 27±4 (no NVP) to 60±10 kPa. The higher modulus was attributed to the dilution effect of polymer chains in the sol, by delaying the onset of diffusion-controlled reaction, and cross-propagation of the growing chains with network-bound SPELGA acrylates. Degradation of SPELGA gels depended on water content and density of hydrolytically degradable ester groups. PMID:21927508

  14. A (polyvinyl caprolactam-polyvinyl acetate-polyethylene glycol graft copolymer)-dispersed sustained-release tablet for imperialine to simultaneously prolong the drug release and improve the oral bioavailability.

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    Lin, Qing; Fu, Yu; Li, Jia; Qu, Mengke; Deng, Li; Gong, Tao; Zhang, Zhirong

    2015-11-15

    Imperialine, extracted from Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae, is an efficient antitussive and expectorant medicine. However, its short half-life and stomach degradation limited imperialine from further clinical use. The current study was conducted to develop a sustained-release tablet for imperialine both to prolong absorption time and to improve the oral bioavailability of the drug. The tablets were prepared by a direct compression method formulated on optimized solid dispersion (SD) for imperialine based on polyvinyl caprolactam-polyvinyl acetate-polyethylene glycol graft copolymer (Soluplus(®)) with imperialine/Soluplus(®) ratio of 1:8 (w/w). In order to obtain the optimized formulation, factors that affected the drug release were investigated by in vitro dissolution studies in the media of pH1.2, 5.8, 7.0 and 7.4. Powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope confirmed that the imperialine in SD was amorphous instead of crystalline, and still stayed amorphous even after the direct compression. And besides, pharmacokinetic study in Beagle dogs was performed to inspect the in vivo sustained release. Plasma concentration-time curves and pharmacokinetic parameters were gained. As a result, the Cmax of imperialine was one-fold reduced and Tmax was two-fold prolonged, and the mean AUC0-24 was expressed as 89.581±21.243μgh/L, which showed that the oral bioavailability of imperialine was 2.46-fold improved. Moreover, the in vitro-in vivo correlation was recommended to carry out, demonstrating the percentages of drug release in vitro were well-correlated with the absorptive fraction in vivo with the correlation coefficients above 0.9900. By mathematically modeling and moment imaging of the drug release, Peppas equation was selected as the most fitted model for the sustained-release tablets with the diffusional coefficient in the range of 0.59-0.62, indicating the release of imperialine from the sustained-release tablets was an anomalous process involving

  15. Degradable polyethylene nanocomposites with silica, silicate and thermally reduced graphene using oxo-degradable pro-oxidant.

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    Patwary, Fakhruddin; Mittal, Vikas

    2015-12-01

    Polyethylene nanocomposites with silica, alumino-silicate and thermally reduced graphene were generated by adding pro-oxidant additive. Additive resulted in early degradation of pure polymer, however, the degradation was delayed in the presence of fillers. Graphene resulted in maximum extent of enhancement of peak degradation temperature (13-14 °C depending on the additive content) followed by silicate and silica. Additive also resulted in enhancement of polymer crystallinity, which was further aided by the filler, though no change in peak melting and crystallization temperatures was observed. The graphene and silicate particles were also observed to be uniformly dispersed in polymer matrix, whereas some aggregates were present in silica based composites. In graphene composite with 2.5 wt% additive content, the tensile modulus was increased by 1.95 times that of pure polymer. Increasing the additive content was also observed to enhance the mechanical performance. For instance, graphene nanocomposite with 1 % additive content had 40 % and 33 % increment in storage modulus at 50 °C and 70 °C respectively as compared to pure PE. The thick plaques of composites exhibited oxo-degradation in the presence of pro-oxidant with silica and silicate composites with 2.5 wt% additive having 100 % degree of embrittlement in 15-16 months at 30 °C. Graphene composites also exhibited ∼50 % embrittlement for the same conditions. The filler particles were observed to delay the time needed to attain embrittlement due to reduction in oxygen permeation in the matrix as well as UV absorption, however, these materials confirmed that degradation of the materials could be successfully tuned without sacrificing the mechanical, thermal and rheological properties of the nanocomposites. PMID:27441233

  16. The use of poly(ethylene oxide) for the efficient stabilization of entrapped alpha-chymotrypsin in silicone elastomers: a chemometric study.

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    Ragheb, Amro M; Hileman, Oliver E; Brook, Michael

    2005-12-01

    The enzyme alpha-chymotrypsin, a model for catalytic proteins, was entrapped in different silicone elastomers that were formed via the condensation-cure room temperature vulcanization (CC-RTV) of silanol terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) with tetraethyl orthosilicate as a crosslinker, in the presence of different poly(ethylene oxide) oligomers that were functionalized with triethoxysilyl groups. The effects of various chemical factors on both the activity and entrapping efficiency of proteins (leaching) were studied using a 2-level fractional factorial design--a chemometrics approach. The factors studied include the concentration and chain length of poly(ethylene oxide), enzyme content, and crosslinker (TEOS) concentration. The study indicated that poly(ethylene oxide) can stabilize the entrapped alpha-chymotrypsin in silicone rubber: the specific activity can be maximized by incorporating a relatively high content of short chain, functional PEO. Increased enzyme concentration was found to adversely affect the specific activity. The effect of TEOS was found to be insignificant when PEO was present in the elastomer, however, it does affect the activity positively in the case of simple elastomers. PMID:15992922

  17. Segmental Dynamics and Dielectric Constant of Polysiloxane Polar Copolymers as Plasticizers for Polymer Electrolytes.

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    Choi, U Hyeok; Liang, Siwei; Chen, Quan; Runt, James; Colby, Ralph H

    2016-02-10

    Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy was used to investigate the segmental dynamics of a series of siloxane-based polar copolymers combining pendant cyclic carbonates and short poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains. The homopolymer with cyclic carbonate as the only side chain exhibits higher glass transition temperature Tg and dielectric constant εs than the one with only PEO side chains. For their copolymers the observed Tg (agreeing well with the predicted values from the Fox equation) and εs decrease with increasing PEO side chain content. These polar polymers exhibit a glassy β relaxation with Arrhenius character, attributed to local chain motions of side groups attached to the main chain, and a segmental α relaxation, associated with the glass transition with a Vogel temperature dependence. As PEO side chain content increases, narrowing of the local glassy β relaxation was observed in the copolymers. The segmental α dynamics were observed to be faster, with an increase in breadth and decrease in strength with increasing PEO side chain content. Owing to the trade-off between Tg and εs, copolymers of intermediate composition result in the highest ionic conductivity when these copolymers are used to plasticize Li single-ion conducting ionomers. PMID:26735584

  18. Quantifying the effects of sterilization and aging on the oxidative degradation and wear of crosslinked and conventional polyethylene used in total joint replacement

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    Willie, Bettina Maria

    2005-07-01

    Nearly 500,000 total knee and hip replacements are performed annually in the United States. The generation of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (PE) particulate wear debris and associated osteolysis has increasingly become the predominant cause of revision operation. Research has shown that radiation sterilization in air results in increased oxidative degradation and accelerated wear of PE components. The overall goal of this work was to better understand the effect of sterilization, radiation crosslinking, and aging on the oxidative degradation and wear performance of PE components in order to improve clinical outcomes in total joint replacement. The data indicated that after four years of real-time shelf aging, PE that was radiation sterilized in air or nitrogen had significantly greater oxidative degradation compared to PE that was sterilized with either gas plasma or ethylene oxide. After two years of real-time shelf aging, negligible oxidation occurred with minimal changes in density and percent crystallinity, indicating that oxidative degradation was not an issue in the highly crosslinked and conventional polyethylene components examined. The differences measured between time zero and two years shelf aging may be likely explained by instrumentation error or variation within polyethylene manufacturing lots. Data suggest that current manufacturing and packaging technologies have successfully avoided oxidative degradation during shelf aging. Shelf aging may not be a concern in highly crosslinked or conventional polyethylene with current packaging technologies. Conventional PE tibial components had significantly greater percent area of premelt total surface damage compared to crosslinked PE tibial components. However, conventional PE tibial components did not have a significantly different percent area of postmelt total surface damage compared to crosslinked PE tibial components. Data indicated that in vivo duration was a significant predictor of premelt

  19. Production of bi-component core-sheath nanofibers using Chitosan and Polyethylene oxide

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    Ojha, Satyajeet; Stevens, Derrick; Clarke, Laura; Gorga, Russell

    2007-03-01

    There has been a renewed interest to develop fibers at nanometer scale due to the large number of potential biomedical uses such as tissue engineering, drug delivery and wound care applications. Chitosan is a naturally occurring polysaccharide obtained from crustaceans. Its antibacterial properties have been acknowledged. Our effort has been to develop core-sheath nanofibers using chitosan, and poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO), another bio-compatible polymer. The critical properties and parameters such as feed rate, electric field, distance between needle and grounded collector and their consequences on morphology are discussed. Chitosan/PEO solutions have been characterized by surface tension, molecular weight and viscosity which are crucial factors to achieve core-sheath geometry. Tensile and conductive properties of these core-sheath nanofibers have been investigated which could be important for them to be used in wound scaffolds and cell-culture respectively.

  20. Magnetic studies of iron oxide nanoparticles coated with oleic acid and Pluronic® block copolymer

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    Morales, M. A.; Jain, Tapan Kumar; Labhasetwar, V.; Leslie-Pelecky, D. L.

    2005-05-01

    We have prepared and studied iron-oxide nanoparticles coated with oleic acid (OA) and Pluronic® polymer. The mean diameter of the iron-oxide nanoparticles was 9.3(±)0.8nm. Saturation magnetization values measured at 10K varied from 66.1(±0.7)emu/gto98.7(±0.5)emu/g. At 300K the loops showed negligible coercive field. The peaks in zero-field-cooled susceptibility decreased from 280to168K with increasing OA concentration up to 10.6wt%, and remained nearly constant for higher concentrations. This suggests that incomplete coverage of the OA allows small, interacting agglomerates to form.

  1. Graft copolymers from poly(2,6-dimethylphenylene oxide) and pivalolactone

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    Bell, Vernon L.; Wakelyn, N. T.

    1988-01-01

    The copolyether-polyester system resulting from the anionic graft polymerization of pivalolactone onto poly(2,6-dimethylphenylene oxide) has been formulated with differing graft densities and graft segment lengths. Wide angle X-ray scattering studies on these materials indicated an increased crystalline order with increased PVL segments/graft for similarly annealed specimens and a decrease in such order with increasing carboxylation.

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  3. Crystallization of poly(ethylene oxide) with acetaminophen--a study on solubility, spherulitic growth, and morphology.

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    Yang, Min; Gogos, Costas

    2013-11-01

    A simple, sensitive, efficient, and novel method analyzing the number of spherulitic nuclei was proposed to estimate the solubility of a model drug acetaminophen (APAP) in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). At high crystallization temperature (323 K), 10% APAP-PEO had the same low number of spherulitic nuclei as pure PEO, indicating that APAP and PEO were fully miscible. At low crystallization temperature (303 K), the number of nuclei for 10% APAP-PEO was significantly higher, suggesting that APAP was oversaturated and therefore recrystallized and acted as a nucleating agent. Based on the results obtained, the solubility of APAP in PEO is possibly between the concentration of 0.1% and 1% at 303 K. The spherulitic growth rate G of PEO was found to decrease with increasing APAP concentration, suggesting that APAP is most likely functioning as a chemical defect and is either rejected from or included in the PEO crystals during chain folding. APAP could possibly locate in the inter-spherulitic, inter-fibrillar, inter-lamellar, or intra-lamellar regions of PEO. At 323 K, the morphology of 10% APAP-PEO is more dendritic than spherulitic with large unfilled space in between dendrites and spherulites, which is a sign of one or the combination of the four modes of segregation. An extensive spherulitic nucleation and growth kinetics study using the classical theoretical relationships, for example, the Hoffman-Lauritzen (HL) and Avrami theories, was conducted. Both microscopic and differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) analysis yielded similar values for the nucleation constant Kg as well as the fold surface free energy σe and work of chain folding q. The values of σe and q increased with APAP concentration, indicating that the chain folding of PEO was hindered by APAP. PMID:23562611

  4. Prediction of acetaminophen's solubility in poly(ethylene oxide) at room temperature using the Flory-Huggins theory.

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    Yang, Min; Wang, Peng; Gogos, Costas

    2013-01-01

    Solid dispersion technologies such as hot-melt extrusion and spray drying are often used to enhance the solubility of poorly soluble drugs. The biggest challenge associated with solid dispersion systems is that amorphous drugs may phase-separate from the polymeric matrix and recrystallize during storage. A more fundamental understanding of drug-polymer mixtures is needed for the industry to embrace the solid dispersion technologies. In this study, a theoretical model based on Flory-Huggins lattice theory was utilized to predict the solubility of a model drug acetaminophen (APAP) in a semi-crystalline polymer poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) at 300 K. The interaction parameter χ was calculated to be -1.65 from the depression of drug's melting temperature determined from rheological and differential scanning calorimetry analysis. The equilibrium solubility in amorphous PEO was estimated to be 11.7% at 300 K. Assuming no APAP molecules dissolve in the crystalline part of PEO, the adjusted theoretical solubility is around 2.3% considering PEO being 80% crystalline. The solubility of APAP in PEG 400 was calculated to be 14.6% by using the same χ value, close to the experimental measurement 17.1%. The drug's solubility could be altered noticeably by the change of both χ and polymer molecular weight. The study also suggests that the depression of drug's melting point is a good indicator for preliminary polymer screening. The polymer that reduces the melting point the most is likely to be most miscible with the drug. PMID:22356356

  5. Dispersion fraction enhances cellular growth of carbon nanotube and aluminum oxide reinforced ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene biocomposites.

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    Patel, Anup Kumar; Balani, Kantesh

    2015-01-01

    Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is widely used as bone-replacement material for articulating surfaces due to its excellent wear resistance and low coefficient of friction. But, the wear debris, generated during abrasion between mating surfaces, leads to aseptic loosening of implants. Thus, various reinforcing agents are generally utilized, which may alter the surface and biological properties of UHMWPE. In the current work, the cellular response of compression molded UHMWPE upon reinforcement of bioactive multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and bioinert aluminum oxide (Al2O3) is investigated. The phase retention and stability were observed using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reinforcement of MWCNTs and Al2O3 has shown to alter the wettability (from contact angle of ~88°±2° to ~118°±4°) and surface energy (from ~23.20 to ~17.75 mN/m) of composites with respect to UHMWPE, without eliciting any adverse effect on cytocompatibility for the L929 mouse fibroblast cell line. Interestingly, the cellular growth of the L929 mouse fibroblast cell line is observed to be dominated by the dispersion fraction of surface free energy (SFE). After 48 h of incubation period, a decrease in metabolic activity of MWCNT-Al2O3 reinforced composites is attributed to apatite formation that reduces the dispersion fraction of surface energy. The mineralized apatite during incubation was confirmed and quantified by energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction respectively. Thus, the dispersion fraction of surface free energy can be engineered to play an important role in achieving enhanced metabolic activity of the MWCNT-Al2O3 reinforced UHMWPE biopolymer composites. PMID:25492015

  6. A study of release mechanisms of different ophthalmic drugs from erodible ocular inserts based on poly(ethylene oxide).

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    Di Colo, G; Zambito, Y

    2002-09-01

    When topical controlled delivery of ophthalmic drugs is realised via erodible inserts, drug bioavailability is maximised, if release is controlled exclusively by insert erosion, since parallel mechanisms which increase the release rate, also increases the dose fraction cleared from the precorneal area by tear fluid draining. The respective contributions of diffusion and erosion to the release mechanism of different drugs, namely, prednisolone (PDS), oxytetracycline hydrochloride (OTH) and gentamicin sulfate (GTS), from erodible ocular inserts based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) of molecular weight 400 or 900kDa was determined by an in vitro technique adequate to predict the release mechanism in vivo. PDS and OTH were released with erosion-controlled kinetics. With therapeutic doses of these drugs in the inserts (0.3mg, 1.5%), the possibility of a purely erosive mechanism was shown to rely upon drug-PEO molecular interactions, which limit drug diffusion in the swollen matrix. This was the case with OTH, for which strong interactions with PEO were measured, whereas some contribution from the parallel diffusive mechanism was evidenced for PDS, which showed weaker interactions with polymer. Such a contribution disappeared when the PDS concentration in the insert was increased to 6%, which suggested that the erosive mechanism is favoured by a drug concentration in the hydrated insert substantially higher than solubility. On the other hand, the release of about 50% GTS dose was controlled by diffusion, due to the high water solubility of this drug, accompanied by weak drug-PEO interactions. In this case the residence time of drug in the precorneal area is expected to be significantly shorter than that of the PEO carrier. PMID:12191691

  7. Structural effect of glyme-Li(+) salt solvate ionic liquids on the conformation of poly(ethylene oxide).

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    Chen, Zhengfei; McDonald, Samila; Fitzgerald, Paul A; Warr, Gregory G; Atkin, Rob

    2016-06-01

    The conformation of 36 kDa polyethylene oxide (PEO) dissolved in three glyme-Li(+) solvate ionic liquids (SILs) has been investigated by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and rheology as a function of concentration and compared to a previously studied SIL. The solvent quality of a SIL for PEO can be tuned by changing the glyme length and anion type. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) reveals that PEO is dissolved in the SILs through Li(+)-PEO coordinate bonds. All SILs (lithium triglyme bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([Li(G3)]TFSI), lithium tetraglyme bis(pentafluoroethanesulfonyl)imide ([Li(G4)]BETI), lithium tetraglyme perchlorate ([Li(G4)]ClO4) and the recently published [Li(G4)]TFSI) are found to be moderately good solvents for PEO but solvent quality decreases in the order [Li(G4)]TFSI ∼ [Li(G4)]BETI > [Li(G4)]ClO4 > [Li(G3)]TFSI due to decreased availability of Li(+) for PEO coordination. For the same glyme length, the solvent qualities of SILs with TFSI(-) and BETI(-) anions ([Li(G4)]TFSI and [Li(G4)]BETI) are very similar because they weakly coordinate with Li(+), which facilitates Li(+)-PEO interactions. [Li(G4)]ClO4 presents a poorer solvent environment for PEO than [Li(G4)]BETI because ClO4(-) binds more strongly to Li(+) and thereby hinders interactions with PEO. [Li(G3)]TFSI is the poorest PEO solvent of these SILs because G3 binds more strongly to Li(+) than G4. Rheological and radius of gyration (Rg) data as a function of PEO concentration show that the PEO overlap concentrations, c* and c**, are similar in the three SILs. PMID:27189677

  8. Performance of polymer electrolyte based on chitosan blended with poly(ethylene oxide) for plasmonic dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Buraidah, M. H.; Teo, L. P.; Au Yong, C. M.; Shah, Shahan; Arof, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    Chitosan and poly(ethylene oxide) powders have been mixed in different weight ratios. To each mixture, a fixed amount of ammonium iodide has been added. All mixtures have been dissolved in 1% acetic acid solution to form polymer blend electrolyte films by the solution cast technique. X-ray diffraction indicates that the polymer blend electrolytes are amorphous. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows shifting of the amine, carboxamide and Csbnd Osbnd C bands to lower wavenumbers indicating the occurrence of complexation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to study the electrical properties of the samples. The ionic conductivity for 55 wt.% chitosan-45 wt.% NH4I electrolyte system is 3.73 × 10-7 S cm-1 at room temperature and is increased to 3.66 × 10-6 S cm-1 for the blended film (16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I film. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been fabricated by sandwiching the polymer electrolyte between the TiO2/dye photoelectrode and Pt counter electrode. DSSCs fabricated exhibits short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 2.71 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.58 V and efficiency of 0.78% with configuration ITO/TiO2/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO and Jsc of 2.84 mA cm-2, Voc of 0.58 V and efficiency of 1.13% with configuration ITO/TiO2 + Ag nanoparticles/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO.

  9. Design and formulation of nanoemulsions using 2-(poly(hexafluoropropylene oxide)) perfluoropropyl benzene in combination with linear perfluoro(polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether)

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    Mountain, Gregory A.; Jelier, Benson J.; Bagia, Christina; Friesen, Chadron M.; Janjic, Jelena M.

    2014-01-01

    This is the first report where PFPAE aromatic conjugates and perfluoro(polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether) are combined and formulated as nanoemulsions with droplet size below 100 nm. A perfluoropolyalkylether (PFPAE) aromatic conjugate, 2-(poly(hexafluoropropylene oxide)) perfluoropropyl benzene, was used as fluorophilic-hydrophilic diblock (FLD) aimed at stabilizing perfluoro(polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether) nanoemulsions. Its effects on colloidal behaviors in triphasic (organic/fluorous/aqueous) nanoemulsions were studied. The addition of FLD construct to fluorous phase led to decrease in PFPAE nanoemulsion droplet size to as low as 85 nm. Prepared nanoemulsions showed high colloidal stability. Our results suggest that these materials represent viable novel approach to fluorous colloid systems design with potential for biomedical and synthetic applications. PMID:24976645

  10. Design and formulation of nanoemulsions using 2-(poly(hexafluoropropylene oxide)) perfluoropropyl benzene in combination with linear perfluoro(polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether).

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    Mountain, Gregory A; Jelier, Benson J; Bagia, Christina; Friesen, Chadron M; Janjic, Jelena M

    2014-06-01

    This is the first report where PFPAE aromatic conjugates and perfluoro(polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether) are combined and formulated as nanoemulsions with droplet size below 100 nm. A perfluoropolyalkylether (PFPAE) aromatic conjugate, 2-(poly(hexafluoropropylene oxide)) perfluoropropyl benzene, was used as fluorophilic-hydrophilic diblock (FLD) aimed at stabilizing perfluoro(polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether) nanoemulsions. Its effects on colloidal behaviors in triphasic (organic/fluorous/aqueous) nanoemulsions were studied. The addition of FLD construct to fluorous phase led to decrease in PFPAE nanoemulsion droplet size to as low as 85 nm. Prepared nanoemulsions showed high colloidal stability. Our results suggest that these materials represent viable novel approach to fluorous colloid systems design with potential for biomedical and synthetic applications. PMID:24976645

  11. Hole injection in tri-arylamine containing polyfluorene co-polymer devices with molybdenum oxide contacts

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    Buckley, Alastair; Pickup, David; Yates, Chris; Zhao, Yi; Lidzey, David

    2011-04-01

    We report spectroscopic and electrical measurements to explore hole injection and conduction in devices comprising a molybdenum sub-oxide (MoOx) hole injection layers and poly[(9,9-dioctylfluorenyl-2, 7-diyl)-co-(4,4'(N-(4-sec-butylphenyl))) diphenylamine](TFB) hole transporting polymer. We report improvements in device conductivity over benchmark structures incorporating an ITO electrode and polyethylenedioxythiophene polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) hole injection layers and furthermore achieve injection from MoOx to TFB that is efficient even with an underlying low workfunction Al electrode. XPS spectroscopy has been used to investigate the electronic structure of the interfaces and we find discrete energy alignment regimes consistent with recent surface science studies by Tengstedt et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 053502 (2006)], corresponding to Fermi level pinning for MoOx/TFB and vacuum level pinning in the case of Al/TFB. While the energetic alignment regime is measured to be independent of MoOx thickness, the device conductivity continuously varies with MoOx thickness; an observation that can be qualitatively explained by considering two independent charge injection mechanisms from molybdenum oxide sites having different stoicheometry.

  12. Immobilization of natural anti-oxidants on carbon nanotubes and aging behavior of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene-based nanocomposites

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    Dintcheva, Nadka Tzankova; Arrigo, Rossella; Gambarotti, Cristian; Guenzi, Monica; Carroccio, Sabrina; Cicogna, Francesca; Filippone, Giovanni

    2014-05-01

    The use of natural antioxidants is an attractive way to formulate nanocomposites with extended durability and with potential applications in bio-medical field. In this work, Vitamin E (VE) in the form of α-tocopherol and Quercetin (Q) are physically immobilized on the outer surface of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Afterward, the CNTs-VE and CNTs-Q are used to formulate thermally stable ultra high molecular weight polyethylene based nanocomposites. The obtained results in the study of the thermo-oxidation behavior suggest a beneficial effect of the natural anti-oxidant carbon nanotubes systems. The unexpected excellent thermo-resistance of the nanocomposites seems to be due to a synergistic effect of the natural anti-oxidant and carbon nanotubes, i.e. strong interaction between CNT surface and anti-oxidant molecules. Particularly, these interactions cause the formation of structural defects onto outer CNT surfaces, which, in turn, increase the CNT radical scavenging activity.

  13. Fluorescence probe studies of pluronic copolymer solutions as a function of temperature

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    Nivaggioli, T.; Alexandridis, P.; Hatton, T.A.; Yekta, A.; Winnik, M.A.

    1995-03-01

    The temperature variation of the I{sub 1}/I{sub 3} ratio of pyrene vibrational fine structure has been studied in aqueous poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) copolymer solutions, in bulk PEO, PPO, and various organic solvents. Linear decreases were observed in organic solvents and in mixtures of bulk PEO and PPO. The data in aqueous PEO-PPO-PEO copolymer solutions reveal three distinct solution conditions: at low temperatures, the linear decrease with temperature parallels that for water; over a small intermediate temperature range there is a sharp decrease in the ratio, attributed to the formation of micelles; and at higher temperatures, a linear decrease is again observed. Values in this region are strongly dependent on the PPO block and are consistent with the representation of micelles with a core dominated by PPO. The composition of the micelle core was estimated using these data and indicated an increase of poly(ethylene oxide) as the polymer becomes more hydrophilic. In addition, the size of the micelles and their aggregation numbers were determined using light scattering and pyrene luminescence decay studies, respectively. These data showed an increase of the aggregation number with temperature while the hydrodynamic radius remained constant and were interpreted in terms of dehydration of the PEO block. 38 refs., 11 figs., 3 tabs.

  14. Effect of poly(ethylene oxide)-silane graft molecular weight on the colloidal properties of iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

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    Barrera, Carola; Herrera, Adriana P; Bezares, Nayla; Fachini, Estevão; Olayo-Valles, Roberto; Hinestroza, Juan P; Rinaldi, Carlos

    2012-07-01

    The size, charge, and stability of colloidal suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles with narrow size distribution and grafted with poly(ethylene glycol)-silane of different molecular weights were studied in water, biological buffers, and cell culture media. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy provided information on the chemical nature of the nanoparticle surface, indicating the particle surfaces consisted of a mixture of amine groups and grafted polymer. The results indicate that the exposure of the amine groups on the surface decreased as the molecular weight of the polymer increased. The hydrodynamic diameters correlated with PEG graft molecular weight and were in agreement with a distributed density model for the thickness of a polymer shell end-grafted to a particle core. This indicates that the particles obtained consist of single iron oxide cores coated with a polymer brush. Particle surface charge and hydrodynamic diameter were measured as a function of pH, ionic strength, and in biological buffers and cell culture media. DLVO theory was used to analyze the particle stability considering electrostatic, magnetic, steric, and van der Waals interactions. Experimental results and colloidal stability theory indicated that stability changes from electrostatically mediated for a graft molecular weight of 750 g/mol to sterically mediated at molecular weights of 1000 g/mol and above. These results indicate that a graft molecular weight above 1000 g/mol is needed to produce particles that are stable in a wide range of pH and ionic strength, and in cell culture media. PMID:22513169

  15. Mechanical Characterization of Hybrid Vesicles Based on Linear Poly(Dimethylsiloxane-b-Ethylene Oxide) and Poly(Butadiene-b-Ethylene Oxide) Block Copolymers.

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    Gaspard, Jeffery; Casey, Liam M; Rozin, Matt; Munoz-Pinto, Dany J; Silas, James A; Hahn, Mariah S

    2016-01-01

    Poly(dimethylsiloxane-ethylene oxide) (PDMS-PEO) and poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (PBd-PEO) are two block copolymers which separately form vesicles with disparate membrane permeabilities and fluidities. Thus, hybrid vesicles formed from both PDMS-PEO and PBd-PEO may ultimately allow for systematic, application-specific tuning of vesicle membrane fluidity and permeability. However, given the relatively low strength previously noted for comb-type PDMS-PEO vesicles, the mechanical robustness of the resulting hybrid vesicles must first be confirmed. Toward this end, we have characterized the mechanical behavior of vesicles formed from mixtures of linear PDMS-PEO and linear PBd-PEO using micropipette aspiration. Tension versus strain plots of pure PDMS12-PEO46 vesicles revealed a non-linear response in the high tension regime, in contrast to the approximately linear response of pure PBd33-PEO20 vesicles. Remarkably, the area expansion modulus, critical tension, and cohesive energy density of PDMS12-PEO46 vesicles were each significantly greater than for PBd33-PEO20 vesicles, although critical strain was not significantly different between these vesicle types. PDMS12-PEO46/PBd33-PEO20 hybrid vesicles generally displayed graded responses in between that of the pure component vesicles. Thus, the PDMS12-PEO46/PBd33-PEO20 hybrid vesicles retained or exceeded the strength and toughness characteristic of pure PBd-PEO vesicles, indicating that future assessment of the membrane permeability and fluidity of these hybrid vesicles may be warranted. PMID:26999148

  16. Mechanical Characterization of Hybrid Vesicles Based on Linear Poly(Dimethylsiloxane-b-Ethylene Oxide) and Poly(Butadiene-b-Ethylene Oxide) Block Copolymers

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    Gaspard, Jeffery; Casey, Liam M.; Rozin, Matt; Munoz-Pinto, Dany J.; Silas, James A.; Hahn, Mariah S.

    2016-01-01

    Poly(dimethylsiloxane-ethylene oxide) (PDMS-PEO) and poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (PBd-PEO) are two block copolymers which separately form vesicles with disparate membrane permeabilities and fluidities. Thus, hybrid vesicles formed from both PDMS-PEO and PBd-PEO may ultimately allow for systematic, application-specific tuning of vesicle membrane fluidity and permeability. However, given the relatively low strength previously noted for comb-type PDMS-PEO vesicles, the mechanical robustness of the resulting hybrid vesicles must first be confirmed. Toward this end, we have characterized the mechanical behavior of vesicles formed from mixtures of linear PDMS-PEO and linear PBd-PEO using micropipette aspiration. Tension versus strain plots of pure PDMS12-PEO46 vesicles revealed a non-linear response in the high tension regime, in contrast to the approximately linear response of pure PBd33-PEO20 vesicles. Remarkably, the area expansion modulus, critical tension, and cohesive energy density of PDMS12-PEO46 vesicles were each significantly greater than for PBd33-PEO20 vesicles, although critical strain was not significantly different between these vesicle types. PDMS12-PEO46/PBd33-PEO20 hybrid vesicles generally displayed graded responses in between that of the pure component vesicles. Thus, the PDMS12-PEO46/PBd33-PEO20 hybrid vesicles retained or exceeded the strength and toughness characteristic of pure PBd-PEO vesicles, indicating that future assessment of the membrane permeability and fluidity of these hybrid vesicles may be warranted. PMID:26999148

  17. 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

  18. Tailor-Made Onion-Like Stereocomplex Crystals in Incompatible Enantiomeric Polylactide Containing Block Copolymer Blends

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    Sun,L.; Zhu, L.; Rong, L.; Hsiao, B.

    2006-01-01

    Stereocomplexes formed by blending enantiomeric PLA block copolymers have demonstrated great potential for applications in biomedical devices. Here, we successfully synthesized well-defined enantiomeric PLA containing block copolymers by living ring-opening polymerization of L- and D-lactides from hydroxyl-terminated hydrophilic [poly(ethylene oxide) or PEO] and hydrophobic [poly(ethylene-co-1,2-butylene) or PEB] oligomers. Quantitative stereocomplex formation was achieved by equimolar mixing of the incompatible PEO-b-PLLA and PEB-b-PDLA. Intriguingly, in the blend of PEB-b-PDLA and PEO-b-PLLA with different PEB and PEO molecular weights, onion-like stereocomplex crystals were observed because of unbalanced surface stresses caused by different PEO and PEB molecular weights.

  19. Block copolymer with simultaneous electric and ionic conduction for use in lithium ion batteries

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    Javier, Anna Esmeralda K; Balsara, Nitash Pervez; Patel, Shrayesh Naran; Hallinan, Jr., Daniel T

    2013-10-08

    Redox reactions that occur at the electrodes of batteries require transport of both ions and electrons to the active centers. Reported is the synthesis of a block copolymer that exhibits simultaneous electronic and ionic conduction. A combination of Grignard metathesis polymerization and click reaction was used successively to synthesize the block copolymer containing regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) segments. The P3HT-PEO/LiTFSI mixture was then used to make a lithium battery cathode with LiFePO.sub.4 as the only other component. All-solid lithium batteries of the cathode described above, a solid electrolyte and a lithium foil as the anode showed capacities within experimental error of the theoretical capacity of the battery. The ability of P3HT-PEO to serve all of the transport and binding functions required in a lithium battery electrode is thus demonstrated.

  20. Effects of temperature and dissolved lithium perchlorate on the viscoelastic and dynamic properties of poly(ethylene oxide), (PEO) melts

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    Bogoslovov, Radoslav B.

    Poly(ethylene oxide)/lithium perchlorate (PEO/LiClO4) complexes are widely studied as a prototype solid polymer electrolyte in rechargeable lithium-polymer batteries. Characterizing the structure and dynamics of the system in its molten state is important for understanding the role of the polymer environment in lithium ion transport and conductivity. A fiber-optic coupled Fabry-Perot interferometer is employed in the investigation of the electrolyte viscoelastic and dynamic properties, which are both related to the intrachain local mobility and therefore to ion diffusion. The properties of the system are studied as a function of composition, temperature, and frequency. Structural relaxation processes are observed both in the neat polymer melt and in the salt containing electrolytes. For the neat PEO-1K melt the relaxation is identified as Maxwell-Debye single-exponential relaxation (beta = 1). The relaxation time follows Arrhenius temperature dependence with activation energy of the order of 10-11 kJ/mol. Upon addition of salt, the character of the relaxation persists with beta = 1, while the characteristic relaxation time slows down and the activation energy increases slightly. The slowdown of the dynamics is more pronounced at lower temperatures. In addition, with increasing salt concentration the elastic modulus increases significantly making the system stiffer at all temperatures, while the maximum of the storage modulus is shifted to higher temperatures. These effects result in a decrease in polymer segmental mobility and consequently in reduction of lithium ion diffusivity, with increased salt concentration. A unique q-dependent measurement is performed, allowing the investigation of the Brillouin frequency and linewidth as a function of frequency. It revealed a double-step relaxation in the electrolyte. The two relaxations are identified as secondary relaxations with Maxwell-Debye character (beta=1). The lower-frequency relaxation is stronger and has

  1. Release of Bacteriocins from Nanofibers Prepared with Combinations of Poly(d,l-lactide) (PDLLA) and Poly(Ethylene Oxide) (PEO)

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    Heunis, Tiaan; Bshena, Osama; Klumperman, Bert; Dicks, Leon

    2011-01-01

    Plantaricin 423, produced by Lactobacillus plantarum, and bacteriocin ST4SA produced by Enterococcus mundtii, were electrospun into nanofibers prepared from different combinations of poly(d,l-lactide) (PDLLA) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). Both peptides were released from the nanofibers with a high initial burst and retained 88% of their original antimicrobial activity at 37 °C. Nanofibers have the potential to serve as carrier matrix for bacteriocins and open a new field in developing controlled antimicrobial delivery systems for various applications. PMID:21731433

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

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

    2005-12-01

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

  3. Polyimide nanofoams for microelectronic applications: Nanofoams derived from 6FXDA/6FDAM-co-polypropylene oxide copolymers

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    Carter, K.R.; Labadie, J.W.; DiPietro, R.A.

    1995-12-01

    As part of our research efforts to obtain thin film dielectric layers with very low dielectric constants for use in microelectronic devices, we have explored polyimide foams created using a block copolymer approach. In these systems the pore sizes are in the manometer range thus the term {open_quotes}nanofoam{close_quotes}. The polyimide foams are prepared from block copolymers consisting of thermally stabile and thermally labile blocks, the latter being the dispersed phase. Foam formation is effected by thermolysis of the thermally labile block leaving pores the size and shape corresponding to the initial copolymer morphology. Nanofoams of 6FXDA/6FDAm polyimide were investigated. These highly fluorinated polyimide foams showed a drop in refractive index, indicative of a significant lowering of the dielectric constant. The foams were characterized by a variety of techniques including, TEM, SAXS, WAXD, DMTA, density measurements mid refractive index measurement. Thin film, high modulus foams with good mechanical properties can be synthesized using the copolymer/nanofoam approach.

  4. Effect of Lithium Ion Concentration of a Single-Ion-Conducting Block Copolymer Electrolyte on the Morphology-Conductivity Relationship

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    Rojas, Adriana A.; Inceoglu, Sebnem; Mackay, Nikolaus G.; Devaux, Didier; Stone, Greg; Balsara, Nitash

    2015-03-01

    Single-ion-conducting electrolytes are desirable for lithium metal batteries because they enable the sole conduction of lithium ions, the reacting species in lithium batteries; hence, they avert detrimental battery limitations due to salt concentration gradients. A single-ion-conducting block copolymer electrolyte, poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrenesulfonyllithium (trifluoromethyl sulfonyl) imide (PEO-b-PSLiTFSI), was characterized in-situ and ex-situ for its ionic conductivity and morphology using AC impedance spectroscopy and small angle x-ray scattering, respectively. This work is the first to elucidate the relationship between the two properties in a single-ion block copolymer electrolyte. The transference number for the copolymers was determined to be greater than or equal to 0.87, indicating that to a good approximation, the block copolymers are single-ion conducting electrolytes. It was found that increasing the molecular weight of the PSLiTFSI block led to an increase in the extent of block copolymer block-mixing and a change in the conductivity profile from discontinuous to continuous. These effects can be attributed to the disruption of PEO crystallization, which was shown to drive microphase separation. Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  5. Nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of dynamics in poly(ethylene oxide) based polyether-ester-sulfonate ionomers

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    Roach, David J.

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has been utilized to investigate the dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide)-based lithium sulfonate ionomer samples that have low glass transition temperatures. 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation times (T1) of the bulk polymer and lithium ions, respectively, were measured and analyzed in samples with a range of ion contents. The temperature dependence of T1 values along with the presence of minima in T1 as a function of temperature enabled correlation times and activation energies to be obtained for both the segmental motion of the polymer backbone and the hopping motion of lithium cations. Similar activation energies for motion of both the polymer and lithium ions in the samples with lower ion content indicate that the polymer segmental motion and lithium ion hopping motion are correlated in these samples, even though lithium hopping is about ten times slower than the segmental motion. A divergent trend is observed for correlation times and activation energies of the highest ion content sample with 100% lithium sulfonation due to the presence of ionic aggregation. Details of the polymer and cation dynamics on the nanosecond timescale are discussed and complement the findings of X-ray scattering and Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering experiments. Polymer backbone dynamics of single ion conducting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based ionomer samples with low glass transition temperatures (T g) have been investigated using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Experiments detecting 13C with 1H decoupling under magic angle spinning (MAS) conditions identified the different components and relative mobilities of the polymer backbone of a suite of. lithium- and sodium-containing ionomer samples with varying cation contents. Variable temperature (203-373 K) 1H-13C cross-polarization MAS (CP-MAS) experiments also provided qualitative assessment of the differences in the motions of the polymer backbone components as a function of

  6. Anthracycline antibiotics non-covalently incorporated into the block copolymer micelles: in vivo evaluation of anti-cancer activity.

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    Batrakova, E. V.; Dorodnych, T. Y.; Klinskii, E. Y.; Kliushnenkova, E. N.; Shemchukova, O. B.; Goncharova, O. N.; Arjakov, S. A.; Alakhov, V. Y.; Kabanov, A. V.

    1996-01-01

    The chemosensitising effects of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly-(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymers (Pluronic) in multidrug-resistant cancer cells has been described recently (Alakhov VY, Moskaleva EY, Batrakova EV, Kabanov AV 1996, Biocon. Chem., 7, 209). This paper presents initial studies on in vivo evaluation of Pluronic copolymers in the treatment of cancer. The anti-tumour activity of epirubicin (EPI) and doxorubicin (DOX), solubilised in micelles of Pluronic L61, P85 and F108, was investigated using murine leukaemia P388 and daunorubicin-sensitive Sp2/0 and -resistant Sp2/0(DNR) myeloma cells grown subcutaneously (s.c.). The study revealed that the lifespan of the animals and inhibition of tumour growth were considerably increased in mice treated with drug/copolymer compositions compared with animals treated with the free drugs. The anti-tumour activity of the drug/copolymer compositions depends on the concentration of the copolymer and its hydrophobicity, as determined by the ratio of the lengths of hydrophilic PEO and hydrophobic PPO segments. The data suggest that higher activity is associated with more hydrophobic copolymers. In particular, a significant increase in lifespan (T/C> 150%) and tumour growth inhibition (> 90%) was observed in animals with Sp2/0 tumours with EPI/P85 and DOX/L61 compositions. The effective doses of these compositions caused inhibition of Sp2/0 tumour growth and complete disappearance of tumour in 33-50% of animals. Future studies will focus on the evaluation of the activity of Pluronic-based compositions against human drug-resistant tumours. PMID:8932333

  7. Tissue engineering of fish skin: behavior of fish cells on poly(ethylene glycol terephthalate)/poly(butylene terephthalate) copolymers in relation to the composition of the polymer substrate as an initial step in constructing a robotic/living tissue hybrid.

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    Pouliot, Roxane; Azhari, Rosa; Qanadilo, Hala F; Mahmood, Tahir A; Triantafyllou, Michael S; Langer, Robert

    2004-01-01

    This study presents the development of a biosynthetic fish skin to be used on aquatic robots that can emulate fish. Smoothness of the external surface is desired in improving high propulsive efficiency and maneuvering agility of autonomous underwater vehicles such as the RoboTuna (Triantafyllou, M., and Triantafyllou, G. Sci. Am. 272, 64, 1995). An initial step was to determine the seeding density and select a polymer for the scaffolds. The attachment and proliferation of chinook salmon embryo (CHSE-214) and brown bullhead (BB) cells were studied on different compositions of a poly(ethylene glycol terephthalate) (PEGT) and poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) copolymer (Polyactive). Polymer films were used, cast of three different compositions of PEGT/PBT (weight ratios of 55/45, 60/40, and 70/30) and two different molecular masses of PEGT (300 and 1000 Da). When a 55 wt% and a 300-Da molecular mass form of PEGT was used, maximum attachment and proliferation of CHSE-214 and BB cells were achieved. Histological studies and immunostaining indicate the presence of collagen and cytokeratins in the extracellular matrix formed after 14 days of culture. Porous scaffolds of PEGT/PBT copolymers were also used for three-dimensional tissue engineering of fish skin, using BB cells. Overall, our results indicate that fish cells can attach, proliferate, and express fish skin components on dense and porous Polyactive scaffolds. PMID:15009926

  8. Disorder-to-order transition of diblock copolymers induced by alkyne/azide click chemistry

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    Wei, Xinyu; Chen, Wei; Chen, Xiangji; Emrick, Todd; Russell, Thomas

    2010-03-01

    Alkyne/azide click chemistry is shown as a novel approach to induce the disorder-to-order transition (DOT) of diblock copolymers. A series of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(n-butyl methacrylate-r-propargyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-P(nBMA-r-PgMA)) diblock copolymers were prepared and it is shown that the neat diblock copolymers are in the phase mixed state over the temperature range invetigated. Microphase separation was observed when the diblock copolymers were mixed with rhodamine B azide and annealed at elevated temperature. The azide molecule reacted with the terminal alkyne groups in P(nBMA-r-PgMA) block and attached to polymer backbone, resulting in a significant increase in the nonfavorable interaction between the two blocks. The DOT of these blends was observed both in the bulk and in thin films. The evolution of the morphology during the transition is determined by the mole ratio between alkyne and azide groups, annealing time and temperature, and interfacial energy.

  9. Subambient temperature CO(2) and light gas permeation through segmented block copolymers with tailored soft phase.

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    Reijerkerk, Sander R; Ijzer, Anne Corine; Nijmeijer, Kitty; Arun, Araichimani; Gaymans, Reinoud J; Wessling, Matthias

    2010-02-01

    The permeation properties of a series of block copolymers based on poly(ethylene oxide)-ran-poly(propylene oxide) (PEO-ran-PPO) soft segments and monodisperse tetra-amide (T6T6T) hard segments have been studied. The polyether soft segment used in the current study differs from the commonly used pure poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) soft segment by the fact that it contains 25 wt % randomly distributed poly(propylene oxide) (PPO). The presence of the methyl group of PPO suppresses crystallization of the soft segment and strongly improves the permeability of these materials, especially at subambient temperatures. In addition, the unique monodisperse character of the hard segment ensures a very well phase-separated morphology, resulting in a very pure soft phase. The soft segment length of these block copolymers was varied between 1000 and 10000 g/mol (62-89 wt %). High soft segment concentrations and flexibility were obtained resulting in high CO(2) permeabilities (up to 570 Barrer at 50 degrees C). Due to the random distribution of PPO in the predominantly PEO based soft segment crystallization of PEO was not observed at temperatures as low as -10 degrees C. CO(2) permeabilities exceeding 200 Barrer could be obtained at this low temperature. The CO(2)/light gas selectivity in these materials is governed by the solubility selectivity and consequently only slightly lowered because of the introduction of PPO in the soft segment. Comparison with literature revealed that this block copolymer system has exceptionally high CO(2) permeabilities combined with reasonable CO(2)/light gas selectivities. It is very interesting in CO(2) separation processes where subambient conditions are present (e.g., separation of CO(2) from natural gas), as at these low temperatures, one can take maximum advantage of the increased separation ability of the polymer materials while maintaining excellent transport characteristics. PMID:20356204

  10. Poly(ethylene oxide)-silica hybrids entrapping sensitive dyes for biomedical optical pH sensors: Molecular dynamics and optical response

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    Fabbri, Paola; Pilati, Francesco; Rovati, Luigi; McKenzie, Ruel; Mijovic, Jovan

    2011-06-01

    Polymer-silica hybrid nanocomposites prepared by sol-gel process based on triethoxisilane-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) chains and tetraethoxysilane as silica precursor, doped with organic pH sensitive dyes, have been prepared and their suitability for use as sensors coupled with plastic optic fibers has been evaluated. Sensors were prepared by immobilizing a drop of the hybrid materials onto the tip of a multi-mode poly(methyl methacrylate) optical fiber. The performance of the optical sensor in terms of sensitivity and response time was tested in different experimental conditions, and was found to be markedly higher than analogous sensors present on the market. The very fast kinetic of the hybrid's optical response was supported by studies performed at the molecular level by broadband dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS), investigated over a wide range of frequency and temperature, showing that poly(ethylene oxide) chains maintain their dynamics even when covalently bonded to silica domains, which decrease the self-association interactions and promote motions of polymer chain segments. Due to the fast response kinetic observed, these pH optical sensors result suitable for the fast-detection of biomedical parameters, i.e. fast esophageous pH-metry.

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

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

    2009-07-15

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

  12. Experimental and modeling approaches for the formation of hydroperoxide during the auto-oxidation of polymers: Thermal-oxidative degradation of polyethylene oxide

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    Chen, Liang; Yamane, Shogo; Sago, Tomohiro; Hagihara, Hideaki; Kutsuna, Shuzo; Uchimaru, Tadafumi; Suda, Hiroyuki; Sato, Hiroaki; Mizukado, Junji

    2016-07-01

    ROOH was a key intermediate compound in oxidation of polymer because it was only source of radOH radicals. ROOH was believed to be produced by ROOrad abstraction H-atom from polymer, which is thermodynamically unfavorable, but it may be facilitated due to the high polymer concentration. However, ROOH also could be produced by ROOrad reaction with HO2rad. For examining the formation scheme of ROOH, kinetics and mechanism for the thermal-oxidative degradation of PEO at 473 K in air was investigated by using the experimental and modeling approaches. The contribution of HO2rad reaction with ROOrad to the formation of ROOH was estimated.

  13. Diblock Copolymer Micelles and Supported Films with Noncovalently Incorporated Chromophores: A Modular Platform for Efficient Energy Transfer

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    Adams, Peter G.; Collins, Aaron M.; Sahin, Tuba; Subramanian, Vijaya; Urban, Volker S.; Vairaprakash, Pothiappan; Tian, Yongming; Evans, Deborah G.; Shreve, Andrew P.; Montaño, Gabriel A.

    2015-04-08

    Here we report generation of modular, artificial light-harvesting assemblies where an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(butadiene), serves as the framework for noncovalent organization of BODIPY-based energy donor and bacteriochlorin-based energy acceptor chromophores. The assemblies are adaptive and form well-defined micelles in aqueous solution and high-quality monolayer and bilayer films on solid supports, with the latter showing greater than 90% energy transfer efficiency. Ultimately, this study lays the groundwork for further development of modular, polymer-based materials for light harvesting and other photonic applications.

  14. In-vivo degradation of middle-term highly cross-linked and remelted polyethylene cups: Modification induced by creep, wear and oxidation.

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    Miura, Yoshihiro; Hasegawa, Masahiro; Sudo, Akihiro; Pezzotti, Giuseppe; Puppulin, Leonardo

    2015-11-01

    In this study Raman (RS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic techniques were exploited to study 11 retrieved liners made of remelted highly cross-linked polyethylene (HXLPE), with the intent to elucidate their in-vivo mechanical and chemical degradation. The retrievals had different follow-ups, ranging from a few months to 7 years of implantation time and belong to the first generation of highly cross-linked and remelted polyethylene clinically introduced in 1999, but still currently implanted. Raman assessments enabled to discriminate contributes of wear and creep on the total reduction of thickness in different locations of the cup. According to our results, although the most of the viscoelastic deformation occurred during the first year (bedding-in period), it progressed during the steady wear state up to 7 years with much lower but not negligible rate. Overall, the wear rate of this remelted HXLPE liner was low. Preliminary analysis on microtomed sections of the liners after in-vivo and in-vitro accelerated aging (ASTM F2003-02) enabled to obtain a phenomenological correlation between the oxidation index (OI) and the amount of orthorhombic phase fraction (αc), which can be easily non-destructively measured by RS. Profiles of αc obtained from different locations of the cups were used to judge the oxidative degradation of the 11 retrievals, considering also the ex-vivo time elapsed from the revision surgery to the spectroscopic experiments. Low but measurable level of oxidation was detected in all the short-term retrievals, while in the middle-term samples peaks of OI were observed in the subsurface (up to OI=4.5), presumably induced by the combined effect of mechanical stress, lipid absorption and prolonged ex-vivo shelf-aging in air. PMID:26202469

  15. Self-Assembly of Pluronic Block Copolymers in Solutions: Simulation and Neutron Scattering

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    Zhang, Zhe; Hong, Kunlun; Do, Changwoo; Biology and Soft-Matter Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Team; Chemical Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Team

    2014-03-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymers in water solution display various phase behaviors such as micellar, lamellar, and hexagonal phases and have been of great interest to researchers for their wide range of applications including templates of various nanostructures in solar cell and transportation of nanoparticles in drug delivery. In this study, we combined density functional theory-based mesoscale simulation and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments to investigate equilibrium structures of L62/water systems at different concentrations. Various simulation parameters found in the literature have been revisited with the experimental findings. Scattering experiments were found to be an excellent. This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Energy Division.

  16. Polyethylene glycol grafted flower-like cupric nano oxide for the hollow-fiber solid-phase microextraction of hexaconazole, penconazole, and diniconazole in vegetable samples.

    PubMed

    Zendegi-Shiraz, Amene; Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ali; Es'haghi, Zarrin

    2016-08-01

    A simple, rapid, highly efficient, and reliable sample preparation method has been developed for the extraction and analysis of triazole pesticides from cucumber, lettuce, bell pepper, cabbage, and tomato samples. This new sorbent in the hollow-fiber solid-phase microextraction method is based on the synthesis of polyethylene glycol-polyethylene glycol grafted flower-like cupric oxide nanoparticles using sol-gel technology. Afterward, the analytes were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection. The main parameters that affect microextraction efficiency were evaluated and optimized. This method has afforded good linearity ranges (0.5-50 000 ng/mL for hexaconazol, 0.012-50 000 ng/mL for penconazol, and 0.02-50 000 ng/mL for diniconazol), adequate precision (2.9-6.17%, n = 3), batch-to-batch reproducibility (4.33-8.12%), and low instrumental LODs between 0.003 and 0.097 ng/mL (n = 8). Recoveries and enrichment factors were 85.46-97.47 and 751-1312%, respectively. PMID:27383849

  17. Poly(ethylene glycol) dicarboxylate/poly(ethylene oxide) hydrogel film co-crosslinked by electron beam irradiation as an anti-adhesion barrier.

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    Haryanto; Singh, Deepti; Han, Sung Soo; Son, Jun Hyuk; Kim, Seong Cheol

    2015-01-01

    The cross-linked poly(ethylene glycol) dicarboxylate (PEGDC)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (PEGDMA)/(PEO) hydrogels were developed for possible biomedical applications such as an anti-adhesion barrier. Various contents of PEGDC/PEO film were irradiated using an electron beam with various beam intensities in order to obtain various degrees of crosslinked hydrogels. The optimum dose (300 kGy) and total crosslinker content of 10% were used to prepare crosslinked hydrogel films with three different compositions (10% PEGDC, 10% PEGDMA, 5% PEGDC-5% PEGDMA). Among them, 10% PEGDC hydrogel film exhibited the highest elongation at break (69.33±6.87%) with high mechanical strength. 10% PEGDC hydrogel film showed the lowest hemolysis activity (6.03±0.01%) and the highest tissue adherence (75.67±1.15 cN). The result also indicated that the carboxyl groups in PEGDC affect the tissue adherence of hydrogel films via H-bonding interactions. In animal studies, 10% PEGDC anti-adhesion hydrogel film degraded within 3 weeks and demonstrated better anti-adhesive effect compared to Guardix-SG®. PMID:25491977

  18. Safety Evaluation of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Compounds for Cosmetic Use

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    Shin, Chan Young; Kim, Kyu-Bong

    2015-01-01

    Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are products of condensed ethylene oxide and water that can have various derivatives and functions. Since many PEG types are hydrophilic, they are favorably used as penetration enhancers, especially in topical dermatological preparations. PEGs, together with their typically nonionic derivatives, are broadly utilized in cosmetic products as surfactants, emulsifiers, cleansing agents, humectants, and skin conditioners. The compounds studied in this review include PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, and PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil. Overall, much of the data available in this review are on PEGylated oils (PEG-40 and PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oils), which were recommended as safe for use in cosmetics up to 100% concentration. Currently, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate and PEGylated oils are considered safe for cosmetic use according to the results of relevant studies. Additionally, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer should be further studied to ensure its safety as a cosmetic ingredient. PMID:26191379

  19. Interaction of Curcumin with PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymers: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Samanta, Susruta; Roccatano, Danilo

    2013-03-21

    Curcumin, a naturally occurring drug molecule, has been extensively investigated for its various potential usages in medicine. Its water insolubility and high metabolism rate require the use of drug delivery systems to make it effective in the human body. Among various types of nanocarriers, block copolymer based ones are the most effective. These polymers are broadly used as drug-delivery systems, but the nature of this process is poorly understood. In this paper, we propose a molecular dynamics simulation study of the interaction of Curcumin with block copolymer based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polypropylene oxide (PPO). The study has been conducted considering the smallest PEO and PPO oligomers and multiple chains of the block copolymer Pluronic P85. Our study shows that the more hydrophobic 1,2-dimethoxypropane (DMP) molecules and PPO block preferentially coat the Curcumin molecule. In the case of the Pluronic P85, simulation shows formation of a drug-polymer aggregate within 50 ns. This process leaves exposed the PEO part of the polymers, resulting in better solvation and stability of the drug in water. PMID:23441964

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

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

    2012-02-01

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

  1. Structural and optical properties of Ag-doped copper oxide thin films on polyethylene napthalate substrate prepared by low temperature microwave annealing

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    Das, Sayantan; Alford, T. L.

    2013-06-28

    Silver doped cupric oxide thin films are prepared on polyethylene naphthalate (flexible polymer) substrates. Thin films Ag-doped CuO are deposited on the substrate by co-sputtering followed by microwave assisted oxidation of the metal films. The low temperature tolerance of the polymer substrates led to the search for innovative low temperature processing techniques. Cupric oxide is a p-type semiconductor with an indirect band gap and is used as selective absorption layer solar cells. X-ray diffraction identifies the CuO phases. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry measurements confirm the stoichiometry of each copper oxide formed. The surface morphology is determined by atomic force microscopy. The microstructural properties such as crystallite size and the microstrain for (-111) and (111) planes are calculated and discussed. Incorporation of Ag led to the lowering of band gap in CuO. Consequently, it is determined that Ag addition has a strong effect on the structural, morphological, surface, and optical properties of CuO grown on flexible substrates by microwave annealing. Tauc's plot is used to determine the optical band gap of CuO and Ag doped CuO films. The values of the indirect and direct band gap for CuO are found to be 2.02 eV and 3.19 eV, respectively.

  2. Oxidized wax as compatibilizer in linear low-density polyethylene-clay nanocomposites: x-ray diffraction and dynamic mechanical analysis.

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    Geethamma, V G; Luyt, Adriaan S

    2008-04-01

    Oxidized paraffin wax was used as a compatibilizer in composites of linear low-density polyethylene and layered nano silicate clays. X-ray diffraction analyses were carried out to investigate the crystalline morphology of five types of clays, oxidized wax, and their composites with LLDPE. The composites exhibited different X-ray diffraction and dynamic mechanical behaviour in the presence of different clays. Generally, the composites retained the partially crystalline behaviour of LLDPE, and no exfoliation was observed. Increased amount of wax did not change the morphology in most cases. The incorporation of clay resulted in an observable increase in the storage modulus of LLDPE. These values also increased with the addition of oxidized wax for most of the composites. The loss modulus increased with the amount of clay, irrespective of its nature. In most cases these values also increased with the incorporation of wax. The composites with 10% clay and 10% oxidized wax showed the highest storage and loss moduli, irrespective of the nature of the clay. The tan delta values did not change considerably with the addition of clay or wax. PMID:18572590

  3. Oxidation and biodegradation of polyethylene films containing pro-oxidantadditives: Synergistic effects of sunlight exposure, thermal aging and fungal biodegradation

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    Synergistic effects of sunlight exposure, thermal aging and fungal biodegradation on the oxidation and biodegradation of linear low density poly (ethylene) PE-LLD films containing pro-oxidant were examined. To achieve oxidation and degradation, films were first exposed to the sunlight for 93 days du...

  4. Effect of Solution Conditions on the Nanoscale Intermolecular Interactions Between Human Serum Albumin and Low Grafting Density Surfaces of Poly(ethylene oxide)

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    Rixman, Monica; Macias, Celia; Dean, Delphine; Ortiz, Christine

    2003-03-01

    The first step in the biological rejection response to an implanted blood-contacting biomaterial is the non-covalent adsorption of proteins onto the surface, which triggers a cascade reaction ultimately resulting in thrombus formation. Using the technique of high resolution force spectroscopy, we have quantified the nonspecific intermolecular forces between fatty acid-complexed human serum albumin (HSA) covalently attached to a cantilever probe tip and individual end-grafted poly(ethylene oxide) mushrooms. In order to help elucidate the molecular origins of the constituent forces (e.g. steric, electrostatic, van der Waals), experiments were performed varying both the solution environmental conditions (e.g. ionic strength, removal of the bound fatty acids, and the addition of the antihydrophobic agent isopropanol), and the probe deflection rate.

  5. Rheological kinetics of thermo-sensitive supramolecular assemblies from poly( N-isopropyl acrylamide) and adenine-functionalized poly(ethylene oxide) stabilized by complementary multiple hydrogen bonds

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    Cui, Hui-Wang; Kuo, Shiao-Wei

    2014-05-01

    In this study, we synthesized a poly( N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) through the polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide in distilled water with azodiisobutyronitrile as the initiator and a bisadenine-functionalized poly(ethylene oxide) (A-PEO-A) from the reaction of adenine with a difunctionalized toluenesulfonyl-PEO. When blended together in distilled water, PNIPAm and A-PEO-A formed supramolecular aggregates stabilized through complementary multiple hydrogen bonds between the amide groups of PNIPAm and the adenine units of A-PEO-A. Agrawal integral equation and rheometry revealed the rheological kinetics of supramolecular assemblies, which were influenced significantly by the spherical micelles, large associated aggregates of spherical micelles, network structures, and toroid structures formed in aqueous solutions.

  6. A mechanistic study explaining the synergistic viscosity increase obtained from polyethylene oxide (PEO) and {beta}-naphthalene sulfonate (BNS) in shotcrete

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    Pickelmann, J.; Plank, J.

    2012-11-15

    In shotcrete, a combination of polyethylene oxide (PEO) and {beta}-naphthalene sulfonate (BNS) is commonly applied to reduce rebound. Here, the mechanism for the synergistic viscosity increase resulting from this admixture combination was investigated via x-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. It was found that the electron-rich aromatic rings present in BNS donate electrons to the alkyl protons of PEO and thus increase the electron density there. This rare interaction is known as CH-{pi} interaction and leads to the formation of a supramolecular structure whereby PEO chains bind weakly to BNS molecules. Through this mechanism a polymer network exhibiting exceptionally high molecular weight and thus viscosity is formed. Among polycondensates, sulfanilic acid-phenol-formaldehyde (SPF) provides even higher synergy with PEO than BNS while melamine (PMS), acetone (AFS) or polycarboxylate (PCE) based superplasticizers do not work at all. Effectiveness of lignosulfonates is dependent on their degree of sulfonation.

  7. Vibrational spectroscopy of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene hip prostheses: influence of the sterilisation method on crystallinity and surface oxidation

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    Taddei, Paola; Affatato, Saverio; Fagnano, Concezio; Bordini, Barbara; Tinti, Anna; Toni, Aldo

    2002-08-01

    Due to its high strength and low creep, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been used for 30 years in the replacement of damaged articulating cartilage for total joint replacement surgery. In this study, micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to investigate the effects of the sterilisation method (gamma and ethylene oxide (EtO) treatment) on the crystallinity changes of UHMWPE acetabular cups. The crystallinity of the cups was evaluated by micro-Raman spectroscopy coupled to the partial least square (PLS) regression as a function of the inner surface position. Unworn gamma-sterilised cups were found to be significantly more crystalline than the EtO-sterilised ones. No significant differences were observed between the crystallinity values of worn (in in vitro tests) and unworn cups for each type of sterilisation, showing that the changes in surface crystallinity were mainly caused by irradiation rather than by mechanical friction during the in vitro wear tests. These results were discussed in relation to gravimetric measurements, which revealed at the end of the in vitro tests, a higher mean weight loss for the EtO-sterilised cups than for the gamma-sterilised ones. No significant amounts of oxidative degradation products were detected by IR spectroscopy in the inner surface of the EtO-sterilised worn and unworn cups. Regarding the gamma-sterilised cups, the oxidation level appeared to be slightly higher in the centre of the worn cups than on their borders.

  8. The activation energy of oxidative thermal degradation of radiation- and peroxide-crosslinked low-density polyethylene

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    Matusevich, Yu.I.; Butovskaya, G.V.; Krul, L.P.

    1994-11-01

    The parameters of thermal degradation (kinetic order of the reaction, preexponential factor logA, and activation energy E{sub d}) of low-density polyethylene crosslinked by radiation or by dicumyl peroxide were determined from thermogravimetric data processed using the complementarity-based method of {open_quotes}supercorrelations.{close_quotes} The degradation of the polymer was found to obey a first-order rate equation. At mass losses of 10-20%, the parameters logA and E{sub d} were shown to decrease with an increasing degree of crosslinking because of the evolution of low-molecular radiolysis products and the low probability of chain radical processes. In the region of more intense destruction, E{sub d} (as well as logA) increases because the degradation of crosslinked polymer macromolecules requires greater energy consumption.

  9. Preparation of Chemically-Tailored Copolymer Membranes with Tunable Ion Transport Properties.

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    Qu, Siyi; Dilenschneider, Theodore; Phillip, William A

    2015-09-01

    Membranes derived from copolymer materials are a promising platform due to their straightforward fabrication and small yet tunable pore structures. However, most current applications of these membranes are limited to the size-selective filtration of solutes. In this study, to advance the utility of copolymer membranes beyond size-selective filtrations, a poly(acrylonitrile-r-oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate-r-glycidyl methacrylate) (P(AN-r-OEGMA-r-GMA)) copolymer is used to fabricate membranes that can be chemically modified via straightforward schemes. The P(AN-r-OEGMA-r-GMA) copolymer is cast into asymmetric membranes using a nonsolvent induced phase separation technique. Then, the surface charge of the membrane is modified to tailor its performance for nanofiltration applications. The oxirane groups of the glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) moiety that line the pore walls of the membrane allows for both positively charged and negatively charged moieties to be introduced directly without any prior activation. Notably, the highly size-selective nanostructure of the copolymer materials is retained throughout the functionalization processes. Specifically, amine moieties are attached to the pore walls using the aminolysis of the oxirane groups. The resulting amine-functionalized membrane is positively charged and rejects up to 87% of the salt dissolved in a 10 mM magnesium chloride feed solution. Further modification of the amine-functionalized membrane with 4-sulfophenyl isothiocyanate results in pore walls lined by sulfonic acid moieties. These negatively charged membranes reject up to 90% of a 10 mM sodium sulfate feed solution. Throughout the modification scheme, the membrane permeability remains equal to 1.5 L m(-2) h(-1) bar(-1) and the rejection of neutral solutes (i.e., sucrose and poly(ethylene oxide)) is consistent with the membrane having a single well-defined pore diameter of ∼5 nm. The performance of the membrane as a function of ion valence

  10. Polyethylene Glycol 3350

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    Polyethylene glycol 3350 is used to treat occasional constipation. Polyethylene glycol 3350 is in a class of medications ... Polyethylene glycol 3350 comes as a powder to be mixed with a liquid and taken by mouth. ...

  11. Protein nanorings organized by poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) self-assembled thin films

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    Malmström, Jenny; Wason, Akshita; Roache, Fergus; Yewdall, N. Amy; Radjainia, Mazdak; Wei, Shanghai; Higgins, Michael J.; Williams, David E.; Gerrard, Juliet A.; Travas-Sejdic, Jadranka

    2015-11-01

    This study explores the use of block copolymer self-assembly to organize Lsmα, a protein which forms stable doughnut-shaped heptameric structures. Here, we have explored the idea that 2-D crystalline arrays of protein filaments can be prepared by stacking doughnut shaped Lsmα protein into the poly(ethylene oxide) blocks of a hexagonal microphase-separated polystyrene-b-polyethylene oxide (PS-b-PEO) block copolymer. We were able to demonstrate the coordinated assembly of such a complex hierarchical nanostructure. The key to success was the choice of solvent systems and protein functionalization that achieved sufficient compatibility whilst still promoting assembly. Unambiguous characterisation of these structures is difficult; however AFM and TEM measurements confirmed that the protein was sequestered into the PEO blocks. The use of a protein that assembles into stackable doughnuts offers the possibility of assembling nanoscale optical, magnetic and electronic structures.This study explores the use of block copolymer self-assembly to organize Lsmα, a protein which forms stable doughnut-shaped heptameric structures. Here, we have explored the idea that 2-D crystalline arrays of protein filaments can be prepared by stacking doughnut shaped Lsmα protein into the poly(ethylene oxide) blocks of a hexagonal microphase-separated polystyrene-b-polyethylene oxide (PS-b-PEO) block copolymer. We were able to demonstrate the coordinated assembly of such a complex hierarchical nanostructure. The key to success was the choice of solvent systems and protein functionalization that achieved sufficient compatibility whilst still promoting assembly. Unambiguous characterisation of these structures is difficult; however AFM and TEM measurements confirmed that the protein was sequestered into the PEO blocks. The use of a protein that assembles into stackable doughnuts offers the possibility of assembling nanoscale optical, magnetic and electronic structures. Electronic supplementary

  12. Crystallization, Crystal Orientation and Morphology of Poly(ethylene oxide) under 1D Defect-Free Nanoscale Confinement

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    Hsiao, Ming-Siao; Zheng, Joseph X.; van Horn, Ryan M.; Quirk, Roderic P.; Thomas, Edwin L.; Lotz, Bernard; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2009-03-01

    One-dimensional (1-D) defect-free nanoscale confinement is created by growing single crystals of PS-b-PEO block copolymers in dilute solution. Those defect-free, 1-D confined lamellae having different PEO layer thicknesses in PS-b-PEO lamellar single crystals (or crystal mats) were used to study the polymer recrystallization and crystal orientation evolution as a function of recrystallization temperature (Trx) because the Tg^PS is larger than Tm^PEO in the PS-b-PEO single crystal. The results are summarized as follows. First, by the combination of electron diffraction and known PEO crystallography, the crystallization of PEO only takes place at Trx<-5^oC. Meanwhile a unique tilted PEO orientation is formed at Trx >-5^oC after self-seeding. The origin of the formation of tilted chains in the PEO crystal will be addressed. Second, from the analysis of 2D WAXD patterns of crystal mats, it is shown that the change in PEO c-axis orientation from homogeneous at low Trx to homeotropic at higher Trx transitions sharply, within 1^oC. The mechanism inducing this dramatic change in crystal orientation will be investigated in detail.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of copolymer materials from chitosan and polyethylene glycol: Evaluation of potential for use in man-made blood vessels; and modeling of cell-material dynamic interactions

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    Zhong, Jingfang

    2005-11-01

    Blood vessel may have multi-layer structure with one layer offering the necessary mechanical properties, and the most inner layer offering blood compatibility. One goal of the research was to get some basic information about the in-vivo blood interaction and degradation properties of 3 types of modified chitosan materials: chitosan-g-PEG with 54.2% PEG, chitosan ionically bound with heparin, and chitosan crosslinked by sebacic acid and ionically bound with heparin. For studying the in-vivo blood interaction properties, the materials were processed in the way of mimicking blood vessels as two-layer structure, with outer layer as porous structure, and inner layer as smooth dense structure that were made from one of the 3 types of materials. They were implanted into rats to replace part of blood vessels, and the results of blood vessel replacement were observed. In recent studies, chitosan has been found to be a promising base material for a number of tissue engineering applications. The goal of this investigation was to modify the elastic modulus of chitosan material without loss of strength to make chitosan material have different suitable elastic modulus for different biomedical applications. PEG side chains were grafted onto chitosan to make copolymer material. Copolymer's mechanical, micro-structural, cell interaction properties were investigated. It was found that with increasing PEG content, the elastic modulus decreased because the crystal structure in chitosan was destroyed by the grafted PEG chains. Copolymer showed effect on inhibiting smooth muscle cell growth comparing with unmodified chitosan. When PEG content changed only in the small range of 0--10%, the changes of both mechanical properties and cell interaction properties were already very significant. 3 dynamic models addressing both receptor and ligand mobility, and various reaction geometries were developed. Model was validated with published data on interaction between lymphocytes and membrane

  14. Polyhomologation based on in situ generated boron-thexyl-silaboracyclic initiating sites: a novel strategy towards the synthesis of polyethylene-based complex architectures.

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    Zhang, Zhen; Zhang, Hefeng; Gnanou, Yves; Hadjichristidis, Nikos

    2015-06-21

    A novel strategy, based on the in situ generated boron-thexyl-silaboracyclic initiating sites for the polyhomologation of dimethylsulfoxonium methylide, has been developed for the synthesis of complex polyethylene-based architectures. As examples, the synthesis of a 4-arm polyethylene star, three (polystyrene)(polyethylene)2 3-miktoarm stars and a PE-branched double graft copolymer is given. PMID:25900042

  15. Damage to DNA thymine residues in CHO cells by hydrogen peroxide and copper, ascorbate and copper, hypochlorite, or other oxidants: Protection by low MW polyethylene glycol

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    Schellenberg, K.A.; Shaeffer, J. )

    1991-03-11

    Polyethylene glycol (PEG) MW 200-600, has been shown to protect animals against oxidant and radiation damage. In order to study the mechanism the authors examined the effect of PEG on damage to thymine residues in the DNA of living Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. After growing to confluence in the presence of (methyl{sup 3}H)thymidine, the cells were treated, usually for 1 hr, with various combinations of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, Cu{sup ++}, Fe{sup ++}, Ocl{sup {minus}}, ascorbate UV or X-irradiation, and PEG MW 300. The oxidants H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/Cu{sup ++}, and OCL{sup {minus}} released {sup 3}H into the medium from DNA thymine, and also formed thymine glycol residues in the DNA that were assayed by alkaline borohydride. The presence of 10% PEG during treatment significantly reduced the release of {sup 3}H into the medium but did not prevent formation of thymine glycol residues bound to the DNA. PEG at 10% had no effect on the cloning efficiency of CHO cells.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  19. Kinetics and microscopic processes of long term fracture in polyethylene piping materials

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    Brown, N.; Lu, X.

    1992-07-01

    The report contains 9 completed works as follows: The Dependence of Slow Crack Growth in a Polyethylene Copolymer on Testing Temperature and Morphology; A Test of Slow Crack Growth Failure of PE Under Constant Load; Effect of Annealing on Slow Crack Growth in an Ethylene-Hexene Copolymer; The Fundamental Material Parameters that Govern Slow Crack Growth in Linear Polyethylene; Slow Crack Growth in Blends of HDPE and UHMWPE; The Mechanism of Fatigue Failure in a Polyethylene Copolymer; PENT Quality Control Test for PE Gas Pipes and Resins; International Round Robin Study of a Fatigue Test Approach to the Ranking of Polyethylene Pipe Material; and Proposed ASTM Specification for ASTM F17.40 Test Methods Committee.

  20. Polyether-polyester graft copolymer

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    Bell, Vernon L. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    Described is a polyether graft polymer having improved solvent resistance and crystalline thermally reversible crosslinks. The copolymer is prepared by a novel process of anionic copolymerization. These polymers exhibit good solvent resistance and are well suited for aircraft parts. Previous aromatic polyethers, also known as polyphenylene oxides, have certain deficiencies which detract from their usefulness. These commercial polymers are often soluble in common solvents including the halocarbon and aromatic hydrocarbon types of paint thinners and removers. This limitation prevents the use of these polyethers in structural articles requiring frequent painting. In addition, the most popular commercially available polyether is a very high melting plastic. This makes it considerably more difficult to fabricate finished parts from this material. These problems are solved by providing an aromatic polyether graft copolymer with improved solvent resistance and crystalline thermally reversible crosslinks. The graft copolymer is formed by converting the carboxyl groups of a carboxylated polyphenylene oxide polymer to ionic carbonyl groups in a suitable solvent, reacting pivalolactone with the dissolved polymer, and adding acid to the solution to produce the graft copolymer.

  1. 21 CFR 177.1320 - Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers.

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    2013-04-01

    ... prescribed for polyethylene in § 177.1520. (1) Specifications—(i) Infrared identification. Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers can be identified by their characteristic infrared spectra. (ii) Quantitative determination of ethyl acrylate content. The ethyl acrylate can be determined by the infrared spectra. Prepare...

  2. 21 CFR 177.1320 - Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... prescribed for polyethylene in § 177.1520. (1) Specifications—(i) Infrared identification. Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers can be identified by their characteristic infrared spectra. (ii) Quantitative determination of ethyl acrylate content. The ethyl acrylate can be determined by the infrared spectra. Prepare...

  3. 21 CFR 177.1320 - Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... prescribed for polyethylene in § 177.1520. (1) Specifications—(i) Infrared identification. Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers can be identified by their characteristic infrared spectra. (ii) Quantitative determination of ethyl acrylate content. The ethyl acrylate can be determined by the infrared spectra. Prepare...

  4. 21 CFR 177.1320 - Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... prescribed for polyethylene in § 177.1520. (1) Specifications—(i) Infrared identification. Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers can be identified by their characteristic infrared spectra. (ii) Quantitative determination of ethyl acrylate content. The ethyl acrylate can be determined by the infrared spectra. Prepare...

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-21

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

  8. A "copolymer-co-morphology" conception for shape-controlled synthesis of Prussian blue analogues and as-derived spinel oxides.

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    Li, Xuning; Yuan, Lizhi; Wang, Junhu; Jiang, Luhua; Rykov, Alexandre I; Nagy, Dénes L; Bogdán, Csilla; Ahmed, Mamdouh A; Zhu, Kaiyue; Sun, Gongquan; Yang, Weishen

    2016-01-28

    The morphologically and compositionally controlled synthesis of coordination polymers and spinel oxides is highly desirable for realizing new advanced nanomaterial functionalities. Here we develop a novel and scalable strategy, containing a "copolymer-co-morphology" conception, to shape-controlled synthesis of various types of Prussian blue analogues (PBAs). Three series of PBAs MyFe1-y[Co(CN)6]0.67·nH2O (MyFe1-y-Co, M = Co, Mn and Zn) with well-controlled morphology have been successfully prepared through this strategy. Using MnyFe1-y-Co PBAs as the model, by increasing the relative content of Mn, flexible modulation of the morphology could be easily realized. In addition, a series of porous MnxFe1.8-xCo1.2O4 nano-dices with well-inherited morphologies and defined cation distribution could be obtained through a simple thermal treatment of the PBAs. All these results demonstrate the good universality of this novel strategy. When evaluated as an electrocatalyst, the octahedral-site Mn(III)/Mn(IV) content in MnxFe1.8-xCo1.2O4, mainly determined by sensitive (57)Fe Mössbauer in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic techniques, was discovered to be directly correlated with the oxygen reduction/evolution reaction (ORR/OER) activity. PMID:26752350

  9. 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

  10. Processing, Characterization and Fretting Wear of Zinc Oxide and Silver Nanoparticles Reinforced Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Biopolymer Nanocomposite

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    Alam, Fahad; Kumar, Anil; Patel, Anup Kumar; Sharma, Rajeev K.; Balani, Kantesh

    2015-04-01

    Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is the most widely used biopolymer for articulating surfaces, such as an acetabular cup liner interfacing with a metal/ceramic femoral head. However, the formation of wear debris leads to the aseptic loosening of implants. Thus, in order to improve the life span via enhancing the fretting wear resistance, UHMWPE is reinforced with ZnO/Ag nanoparticles. It is envisaged that the ZnO/Ag addition will also exhibit antibacterial properties. In the current study, the synergetic effect of the reinforcement of ZnO/Ag nanoparticles (0-3 wt.% combinations) on the fretting wear behavior of a UHMWPE matrix is assessed. The phase characterization of compression- molded UHMWPE-Ag-ZnO biopolymer nanocomposites has elicited the retention of starting phases. All samples were processed at >98% density using compression molding. Silver and ZnO reinforcement showed enhanced hardness ~20.4% for U3A and 42.0% for U3Z. Fretting wear performance was evaluated at varying loads (5-15 N), keeping in mind the weight at different joints, with constant frequency (5 Hz) as well as amplitude of oscillation (100 µm). Laser surface profilometry showed change of wear volume from 8.6 × 10-5 mm3 for neat polymer to 5.8 × 10-5 mm3 with 1 wt.% Ag + 1 wt.% ZnO reinforcement (at 15 N load). Consequently, the mechanics of resistance offered by Ag and ZnO is delineated in the UHMWPE matrix. Further, S. aureus viability reduction is ~28.7% in cases with 1 wt.% Ag addition, ~42.5% with 1 wt.% ZnO addition, but synergistically increase to ~58.6% and 47.1% when each of Ag and ZnO is added with 1 wt.% and 3 wt.%, respectively (when compared to that of the UHMWPE control sample). Increased wear resistance and superior bioactivity and enhanced anti-bacterial properties of 1 wt.% Ag + 1 wt.% ZnO and 3 wt.% Ag + 3 wt.% ZnO shows the potential use of ZnO-Ag-UHMWPE biopolymer composites as an articulating surface.

  11. Formulation and in vitro evaluation of floating tablets of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and polyethylene oxide using ranitidine hydrochloride as a model drug

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    Gharti, KP; Thapa, P; Budhathoki, U; Bhargava, A

    2012-01-01

    The present study was carried out with an objective of preparation and in vitro evaluation of floating tablets of hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) using ranitidine hydrochloride as a model drug. The floating tablets were based on effervescent approach using sodium bicarbonate a gas generating agent. The tablets were prepared by dry granulation method. The effect of polymers concentration and viscosity grades of HPMC on drug release profile was evaluated. The effect of sodium bicarbonate and stearic acid on drug release profile and floating properties were also investigated. The result of in vitro dissolution study showed that the drug release profile could be sustained by increasing the concentration of HPMC K15MCR and Polyox WSR303. The formulation containing HPMC K15MCR and Polyox WSR303 at the concentration of 13.88% showed 91.2% drug release at the end of 24 hours. Changing the viscosity grade of HPMC from K15MCR to K100MCR had no significant effect on drug release profile. Sodium bicarbonate and stearic acid in combination showed no significant effect on drug release profile. The formulations containing sodium bicarbonate 20 mg per tablet showed desired buoyancy (floating lag time of about 2 minutes and total floating time of >24 hours). The present study shows that polymers like HPMC K15MCR and Polyox WSR303 in combination with sodium bicarbonate as a gas generating agent can be used to develop sustained release floating tablets of ranitidine hydrochloride. PMID:23493037

  12. An in vitro study of bare and poly(ethylene glycol)-co-fumarate-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: a new toxicity identification procedure

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    Mahmoudi, Morteza; Simchi, Abdolreza; Imani, Mohammad; Milani, Abbas S.; Stroeve, Pieter

    2009-06-01

    As the use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) in biomedical applications increases (e.g. for targeting drug delivery and imaging), patients are likely to be exposed to products containing SPION. Despite their high biomedical importance, toxicity data for SPION are limited to date. The aim of this study is to investigate the cytotoxicity of SPION and its ability to change cell medium components. Bare and poly(ethylene glycol)-co-fumarate (PEGF)-coated SPION with narrow size distributions were synthesized. The particles were prepared by co-precipitation using ferric and ferrous salts with a molar Fe3+/Fe2+ ratio of 2. Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) and primary mouse fibroblast (L929) cell lines were exposed to the SPION. Variation of cell medium components and cytotoxicity due to the interactions with nanoparticles were analyzed using ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy (UV/vis) and the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay methods, respectively. The toxicity amount has been traditionally identified by changes in pH and composition in cells and DMEM due to the tendency of SPION to adsorb proteins, vitamins, amino acids and ions. For in vitro toxicity assessments, a new surface passivation procedure is proposed which can yield more reliable quantitative results. It is shown that a more reliable way of identifying cytotoxicity for in vitro assessments is to use particles with saturated surfaces via interactions with DMEM before usage.

  13. Study on ion conductivity and crystallinity of composite polymer electrolytes based on poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(acrylonitrile) containing nano-sized Al2O3 fillers.

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    Kim, Mingyeong; Lee, Lyungyu; Jung, Yongju; Kim, Seok

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, composite polymer electrolytes were prepared by a blend of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) as a polymer matrix, ethylene carbonate as a plasticizer, LiClO4 as a salt, and by containing a different content of nano-sized Al2O3. The composite films were prepared by using the solution casting method. The crystallinity and ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and AC impedance method, respectively. The morphology of composite polymer electrolyte film was analyzed by SEM method. From the experimental results, by increasing the Al2O3 content, the crystallinity of PEO was reduced, and the ionic conductivity was increased. In particular, by a doping of 15 wt.% Al2O3 in PEO/PAN polymer blend, the CPEs showed the superior ionic conductivity. However, when Al2O3 content exceeds 15 wt.%, the ionic conductivity was decreased. From the surface morphology, it was concluded that the ionic conductivity was decreased because the CPEs showed a heterogenous morphology due to immiscibility or aggregation of the ceramic filler within the polymer matrix. PMID:24266154

  14. On-line sample preconcentration by sweeping and poly(ethylene oxide)-mediated stacking for simultaneous analysis of nine pairs of amino acid enantiomers in capillary electrophoresis.

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    Lin, En-Ping; Lin, Kai-Cheng; Chang, Chia-Wei; Hsieh, Ming-Mu

    2013-09-30

    This study proposes a sensitive method for the simultaneous separation and concentration of 9 pairs of amino acid enantiomers by combining poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based stacking, β-cyclodextrin (β-CD)-mediated micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC), and 9-fluoroenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC) derivatization. The 9 pairs of FMOC-derivatized amino acid enantiomers were baseline separated using a discontinuous system, and the buffer vials contained a solution of 150 mM Tris-borate (TB), 12.5% (v/v) isopropanol (IPA), 0.5% (w/v) PEO, 35 mM sodium taurodeoxycholate (STDC), and 35 mM β-CD, and the capillary was filled with a solution of 1.5 M TB, 12.5% (v/v) IPA, 35 mM STDC, and 35 mM β-CD. Based on the difference in viscosity between the sample zone and PEO solution and because of the STDC sweeping, the discontinuous system effectively stacked 670 nL of the 9 pairs of FMOC-derivatized amino acid enantiomers without losing chiral resolution. Consequently, the limits of detection for the 9 pairs of FMOC-derivatized amino acid enantiomers were reduced to 40-60 nM. This method was successfully used to determine d-Tryptophan (Trp), l-Trp, d-Phenylalanine (Phe), l-Phe, d-Glutamic acid (Glu), and l-Glu in various types of beers. PMID:23953474

  15. Conformational and Dynamic Properties of Poly(ethylene oxide) in an Ionic Liquid: Development and Implementation of a First-Principles Force Field.

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    McDaniel, Jesse G; Choi, Eunsong; Son, Chang-Yun; Schmidt, J R; Yethiraj, Arun

    2016-01-14

    The conformational properties of polymers in ionic liquids are of fundamental interest but not well understood. Atomistic and coarse-grained molecular models predict qualitatively different results for the scaling of chain size with molecular weight, and experiments on dilute solutions are not available. In this work, we develop a first-principles force field for poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) in the ionic liquid 1-butyl 3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4]) using symmetry adapted perturbation theory (SAPT). At temperatures above 400 K, simulations employing both the SAPT and OPLS-AA force fields predict that PEO displays ideal chain behavior, in contrast to previous simulations at lower temperature. We therefore argue that the system shows a transition from extended to more compact configurations as the temperature is increased from room temperature to the experimental lower critical solution temperature. Although polarization is shown to be important, its implicit inclusion in the OPLS-AA force is sufficient to describe the structure and energetics of the mixture. The simulations emphasize the difference between ionic liquids from typical solvents for polymers. PMID:26690901

  16. Presentation of a novel model of chitosan- polyethylene oxide-nanohydroxyapatite nanofibers together with bone marrow stromal cells to repair and improve minor bone defects

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    Emamgholi, Asgar; Rahimi, Mohsen; Kaka, Gholamreza; Sadraie, Seyed Homayoon; Najafi, Saleh

    2015-01-01

    Objective(s): Various methods for repairing bone defects are presented. Cell therapy is one of these methods. Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) seem to be suitable for this purpose. On the other hand, lots of biomaterials are used to improve and repair the defect in the body, so in this study we tried to produce a similar structure to the bone by the chitosan and hydroxyapatite. Materials and Methods: In this study, the solution of chitosan-nanohydroxyapatite-polyethylene oxide (PEO) Nanofibers was produced by electrospinning method, and then the BMSCs were cultured on this solution. A piece of chitosan-nanohydroxyapatite Nanofibers with BMSCs was placed in a hole with the diameter of 1 mm at the distal epiphysis of the rat femur. Then the biomechanical and radiographic studies were performed. Results: Biomechanical testing results showed that bone strength was significantly higher in the Nanofiber/BMSCs group in comparison with control group. Also the bone strength in nanofiber/BMSCs group was significant, but in nanofiber group was nearly significant. Radiographic studies also showed that the average amount of callus formation (radio opacity) in nanofiber and control group was not significantly different. The callus formation in nanofiber/BMSCs group was increased compared to the control group, and it was not significant in the nanofiber group. Conclusion: Since chitosan-nanohydroxyapatite nanofibers with BMSCs increases the rate of bone repair, the obtained cell-nanoscaffold shell can be used in tissue engineering and cell therapy, especially for bone defects. PMID:26523221

  17. Simulation of synaptic short-term plasticity using Ba(CF3SO3)2-doped polyethylene oxide electrolyte film

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    Chang, C. T.; Zeng, F.; Li, X. J.; Dong, W. S.; Lu, S. H.; Gao, S.; Pan, F.

    2016-01-01

    The simulation of synaptic plasticity using new materials is critical in the study of brain-inspired computing. Devices composed of Ba(CF3SO3)2-doped polyethylene oxide (PEO) electrolyte film were fabricated and with pulse responses found to resemble the synaptic short-term plasticity (STP) of both short-term depression (STD) and short-term facilitation (STF) synapses. The values of the charge and discharge peaks of the pulse responses did not vary with input number when the pulse frequency was sufficiently low(~1 Hz). However, when the frequency was increased, the charge and discharge peaks decreased and increased, respectively, in gradual trends and approached stable values with respect to the input number. These stable values varied with the input frequency, which resulted in the depressed and potentiated weight modifications of the charge and discharge peaks, respectively. These electrical properties simulated the high and low band-pass filtering effects of STD and STF, respectively. The simulations were consistent with biological results and the corresponding biological parameters were successfully extracted. The study verified the feasibility of using organic electrolytes to mimic STP. PMID:26739613

  18. Biological and Tribological Assessment of Poly(Ethylene Oxide Terephthalate)/Poly(Butylene Terephthalate), Polycaprolactone, and Poly (L\\DL) Lactic Acid Plotted Scaffolds for Skeletal Tissue Regeneration.

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    Hendrikson, Wilhelmus J; Zeng, Xiangqiong; Rouwkema, Jeroen; van Blitterswijk, Clemens A; van der Heide, Emile; Moroni, Lorenzo

    2016-01-21

    Additive manufactured scaffolds are fabricated from three commonly used biomaterials, polycaprolactone (PCL), poly (L\\DL) lactic acid (P(L\\DL)LA), and poly(ethylene oxide terephthalate)/poly(butylene terephthalate) (PEOT/PBT). Scaffolds are compared biologically and tribologically. Cell-seeded PEOT/PBT scaffolds cultured in osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiation media show statistical significantly higher alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity/DNA and glycosaminoglycans (GAG)/DNA ratios, followed by PCL and P(L\\DL)LA scaffolds, respectively. The tribological performance is assessed by determining the friction coefficients of the scaffolds at different loads and sliding velocities. With increasing load or decreasing sliding velocity, the friction coefficient value decreases. PEOT/PBT show to have the lowest friction coefficient value, followed by PCL and P(L\\DL)LA. The influence of the scaffold architecture is further determined with PEOT/PBT. Reducing of the fiber spacing results in a lower friction coefficient value. The best and the worst performing scaffold architecture are chosen to investigate the effect of cell culture on the friction coefficient. Matrix deposition is low in the cell-seeded scaffolds and the effect is, therefore, undetermined. Taken together, our studies show that PEOT/PBT scaffolds support better skeletal differentiation of seeded stromal cells and lower friction coefficient compared to PCL and P(L/DL)A scaffolds. PMID:26775915

  19. Formulation and in vitro evaluation of floating tablets of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and polyethylene oxide using ranitidine hydrochloride as a model drug.

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    Gharti, Kp; Thapa, P; Budhathoki, U; Bhargava, A

    2012-10-01

    The present study was carried out with an objective of preparation and in vitro evaluation of floating tablets of hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) using ranitidine hydrochloride as a model drug. The floating tablets were based on effervescent approach using sodium bicarbonate a gas generating agent. The tablets were prepared by dry granulation method. The effect of polymers concentration and viscosity grades of HPMC on drug release profile was evaluated. The effect of sodium bicarbonate and stearic acid on drug release profile and floating properties were also investigated. The result of in vitro dissolution study showed that the drug release profile could be sustained by increasing the concentration of HPMC K15MCR and Polyox WSR303. The formulation containing HPMC K15MCR and Polyox WSR303 at the concentration of 13.88% showed 91.2% drug release at the end of 24 hours. Changing the viscosity grade of HPMC from K15MCR to K100MCR had no significant effect on drug release profile. Sodium bicarbonate and stearic acid in combination showed no significant effect on drug release profile. The formulations containing sodium bicarbonate 20 mg per tablet showed desired buoyancy (floating lag time of about 2 minutes and total floating time of >24 hours). The present study shows that polymers like HPMC K15MCR and Polyox WSR303 in combination with sodium bicarbonate as a gas generating agent can be used to develop sustained release floating tablets of ranitidine hydrochloride. PMID:23493037

  20. Simulation of synaptic short-term plasticity using Ba(CF3SO3)2-doped polyethylene oxide electrolyte film.

    PubMed

    Chang, C T; Zeng, F; Li, X J; Dong, W S; Lu, S H; Gao, S; Pan, F

    2016-01-01

    The simulation of synaptic plasticity using new materials is critical in the study of brain-inspired computing. Devices composed of Ba(CF3SO3)2-doped polyethylene oxide (PEO) electrolyte film were fabricated and with pulse responses found to resemble the synaptic short-term plasticity (STP) of both short-term depression (STD) and short-term facilitation (STF) synapses. The values of the charge and discharge peaks of the pulse responses did not vary with input number when the pulse frequency was sufficiently low(~1 Hz). However, when the frequency was increased, the charge and discharge peaks decreased and increased, respectively, in gradual trends and approached stable values with respect to the input number. These stable values varied with the input frequency, which resulted in the depressed and potentiated weight modifications of the charge and discharge peaks, respectively. These electrical properties simulated the high and low band-pass filtering effects of STD and STF, respectively. The simulations were consistent with biological results and the corresponding biological parameters were successfully extracted. The study verified the feasibility of using organic electrolytes to mimic STP. PMID:26739613

  1. Simulation of synaptic short-term plasticity using Ba(CF3SO3)2-doped polyethylene oxide electrolyte film

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    Chang, C. T.; Zeng, F.; Li, X. J.; Dong, W. S.; Lu, S. H.; Gao, S.; Pan, F.

    2016-01-01

    The simulation of synaptic plasticity using new materials is critical in the study of brain-inspired computing. Devices composed of Ba(CF3SO3)2-doped polyethylene oxide (PEO) electrolyte film were fabricated and with pulse responses found to resemble the synaptic short-term plasticity (STP) of both short-term depression (STD) and short-term facilitation (STF) synapses. The values of the charge and discharge peaks of the pulse responses did not vary with input number when the pulse frequency was sufficiently low(~1 Hz). However, when the frequency was increased, the charge and discharge peaks decreased and increased, respectively, in gradual trends and approached stable values with respect to the input number. These stable values varied with the input frequency, which resulted in the depressed and potentiated weight modifications of the charge and discharge peaks, respectively. These electrical properties simulated the high and low band-pass filtering effects of STD and STF, respectively. The simulations were consistent with biological results and the corresponding biological parameters were successfully extracted. The study verified the feasibility of using organic electrolytes to mimic STP.

  2. An investigation of composite electrolytes by mixing polyethylene oxide- and polytetramethylene glycol-based waterborne polyurethane with the addition of LiClO{sub 4}/propylene carbonate

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    Wen, T.C.; Chang, J.S.; Cheng, T.T.

    1998-10-01

    Various composite electrolytes (CE) were prepared by mixing polytetramethylene glycol-based waterborne polyurethane [WPU(PTMG)], polyethylene oxide (PEO), and LiClO{sub 4}/propylene carbonate (PC). The conductivity of these CEs was investigated using ac impedance. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing microscopy (PM) were employed for material characterization. The temperature dependence of the conductivity follows the Arrhenius law for samples with a LiClO{sub 4}/PC content larger than 30%, while for samples with LiClO{sub 4}/PC content approximating 8%, it shows linear segments separated by a transition zone between 25 and 65 C. According to the ac and DSC results, the conductivity is increased, and the melting temperature is decreased by increasing the LiClO{sub 4}/PC content. PM results indicate that the increase in PEO ratio increases the crystallinity of the PEO-WPU(PTMG) films. When LiClO{sub 4}/PC is added, the increase in PEO ratio results in an increase in conductivity. The CE comprising 33% PEO, 17% WPU(PTMG), and 50% LiClO{sub 4}/PC exhibits conductivities as high as Ca. {approximately}10{sup {minus}2} S/cm at 85 C and 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}3} S/cm at 15 C.

  3. RGDS-functionalized polyethylene glycol hydrogel-coated magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles enhance specific intracellular uptake by HeLa cells

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    Nazli, Caner; Ergenc, Tugba Ipek; Yar, Yasemin; Acar, Havva Yagci; Kizilel, Seda

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop thin, biocompatible, and biofunctional hydrogel-coated small-sized nanoparticles that exhibit favorable stability, viability, and specific cellular uptake. This article reports the coating of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MIONPs) with covalently cross-linked biofunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel. Silanized MIONPs were derivatized with eosin Y, and the covalently cross-linked biofunctional PEG hydrogel coating was achieved via surface-initiated photopolymerization of PEG diacrylate in aqueous solution. The thickness of the PEG hydrogel coating, between 23 and 126 nm, was tuned with laser exposure time. PEG hydrogel-coated MIONPs were further functionalized with the fibronectin-derived arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-serine (RGDS) sequence, in order to achieve a biofunctional PEG hydrogel layer around the nanoparticles. RGDS-bound PEG hydrogel-coated MIONPs showed a 17-fold higher uptake by the human cervical cancer HeLa cell line than that of amine-coated MIONPs. This novel method allows for the coating of MIONPs with nano-thin biofunctional hydrogel layers that may prevent undesirable cell and protein adhesion and may allow for cellular uptake in target tissues in a specific manner. These findings indicate that the further biofunctional PEG hydrogel coating of MIONPs is a promising platform for enhanced specific cell targeting in biomedical imaging and cancer therapy. PMID:22619531

  4. Quantitative control of poly(ethylene oxide) surface antifouling and biodetection through azimuthally enhanced grating coupled-surface plasmon resonance sensing

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    Sonato, Agnese; Silvestri, Davide; Ruffato, Gianluca; Zacco, Gabriele; Romanato, Filippo; Morpurgo, Margherita

    2013-12-01

    Grating Coupled-Surface Plasmon reflectivity measurements carried out under azimuth and polarization control (GC-SPR φ ≠ 0°) were used to optimize the process of gold surface dressing with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) derivatives of different molecular weight, with the final goal to maximize the discrimination between specific and non-specific binding events occurring at the surface. The kinetics of surface deposition of thiol-ending PEOs (0.3, 2 and 5 kDa), introduced as antifouling layers, was monitored. Non-specific binding events upon immersion of the surfaces into buffers containing either 0.1% bovine serum albumin or 1% Goat Serum, were evaluated as a function of polymer size and density. A biorecognition event between avidin and biotin was then monitored in both buffers at selected low and high polymer surface densities and the contribution of analyte and fouling elements to the signal was precisely quantified. The 0.3 kDa PEO film was unable to protect the surface from non-specific interactions at any tested density. On the other hand, the 2 and 5 kDa polymers at their highest surface densities guaranteed full protection from non-specific interactions from both buffers. These densities were reached upon a long deposition time (24-30 h). The results pave the way toward the application of this platform for the detection of low concentration and small dimension analytes, for which both non-fouling and high instrumental sensitivity are fundamental requirements.

  5. A Mode-Locked Soliton Erbium-Doped Fiber Laser with a Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Poly-Ethylene Oxide Film Saturable Absorber

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    Z. R. R. Rosdin, R.; F., Ahmad; M. Ali, N.; M. Nor, R.; R. Zulkepely, N.; W. Harun, S.; Arof, H.

    2014-09-01

    We present a simple, compact and low-cost mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) embedded in a poly-ethylene oxide (PEO) thin film as a passive saturable absorber. The film is fabricated by using a prepared homogeneous SWCNT solution, which is mixed with a diluted PEO solution and cast onto a glass Petri dish to form, by evaporation, a thin film. The 50 μm-thick film is sandwiched between two fiber connectors to construct a saturable absorber, which is then integrated in an EDFL cavity to generate self-started stable soliton pulses operating at 1560.8 nm. The soliton pulse starts to lase at a pump power threshold of 12.3 mW with a repetition rate of 11.21 MHz, a pulse width of 1.02 ps, an average output power of 0.65 mW and a pulse energy of 57.98 pJ.

  6. Mode-locked soliton erbium-doped fiber laser using a single-walled carbon nanotubes embedded in polyethylene oxide thin film saturable absorber

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    Ahmad, F.; Harun, S. W.; Nor, R. M.; Zulkepely, N. R.; Muhammad, F. D.; Arof, H.; Ahmad, H.

    2014-03-01

    We demonstrate a simple, compact, and low cost mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) using a single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) embedded in polyethylene oxide (PEO) thin film as a passive saturable absorber (SA). The film with a thickness of 50 μm was fabricated using a prepared homogeneous SWCNT solution with 0.1% loading percentage, which was mixed with a diluted PEO solution and casted onto a glass Petri dish to form a thin film by evaporation technique. The film is sandwiched between two fiber connectors to construct a SA, which is then integrated in an EDFL cavity to generate a self-started stable soliton pulses operating at 1558 nm. The soliton pulse starts to lase at pump power threshold of 17.6 mW with a repetition rate of 50 MHz, pulse width of 0.67 ps, average output power of 0.158 mW, pulse energy of 3.16 pJ, and peak power of 4.43 W.

  7. A new solid polymer electrolyte incorporating Li10GeP2S12 into a polyethylene oxide matrix for all-solid-state lithium batteries

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    Zhao, Yanran; Wu, Chuan; Peng, Gang; Chen, Xiaotian; Yao, Xiayin; Bai, Ying; Wu, Feng; Chen, Shaojie; Xu, Xiaoxiong

    2016-01-01

    Li10GeP2S12 (LGPS) is incorporated into polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix to fabricate composite solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) membranes. The lithium ion conductivities of as-prepared composite membranes are evaluated, and the optimal composite membrane exhibits a maximum ionic conductivity of 1.21 × 10-3 S cm-1 at 80 °C and an electrochemical window of 0-5.7 V. The phase transition behaviors for electrolytes are characterized by DSC, and the possible reasons for their enhanced ionic conductivities are discussed. The LGPS microparticles, acting as active fillers incorporation into the PEO matrix, have a positive effect on the ionic conductivity, lithium ion transference number and electrochemical stabilities. In addition, two kinds of all-solid-state lithium batteries (LiFeO4/SPE/Li and LiCoO2/SPE/Li) are fabricated to demonstrate the good compatibility between this new SPE membrane and different electrodes. And the LiFePO4/Li battery exhibits fascinating electrochemical performance with high capacity retention (92.5% after 50 cycles at 60 °C) and attractive capacities of 158, 148, 138 and 99 mAh g-1 at current rates of 0.1 C, 0.2 C, 0.5 C and 1 C at 60 °C, respectively. It is demonstrated that this new composite SPE should be a promising electrolyte applied in solid state batteries based on lithium metal electrode.

  8. Reversible de-intercalation and intercalation induced by polymer crystallization and melting in a poly(ethylene oxide)/organoclay nanocomposite.

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    Sun, Lu; Ertel, Ethan A; Zhu, Lei; Hsiao, Benjamin S; Avila-Orta, Carlos A; Sics, Igors

    2005-06-21

    Semicrystalline polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by solution blending of a low molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with an organically modified montmorillonite, Cloisite 10A (C10A). The intercalation morphology was studied by temperature-dependent synchrotron wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). Unlike PEO homopolymers, significant secondary crystallization was observed in the PEO/C10A nanocomposites. Reversible de-intercalation and intercalation processes were detected during secondary crystallization and subsequent melting of secondary crystals. On the basis of two-dimensional WAXD results on oriented samples, an interphase layer between the silicate primary particles and PEO lamellar crystals was proposed. Secondary PEO crystallization in the interphase regions was inferred to be the primary driving force for polymer chains to diffuse out of the silicate gallery. This study provided a useful method to investigate polymer diffusion in nanoconfined spaces, which can be controlled by PEO secondary crystallization and melting outside the silicate gallery. PMID:15952806

  9. Polyethylene Oxide Films Polymerized by Radio Frequency Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapour Phase Deposition and Its Adsorption Behaviour of Platelet-Rich Plasma

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    Hu, Wen-Juan; Xie, Fen-Yan; Chen, Qiang; Weng, Jing

    2008-10-01

    We present polyethylene oxide (PEO) functional films polymerized by rf plasma-enhanced vapour chemical deposition (rf-PECVD) on p-Si (100) surface with precursor ethylene glycol dimethyl ether (EGDME) and diluted Ar in pulsed plasma mode. The influences of discharge parameters on the film properties and compounds are investigated. The film structure is analysed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The water contact angle measurement and atomic force microscope (AFM) are employed to examine the surface polarity and to detect surface morphology, respectively. It is concluded that the smaller duty cycle in pulsed plasma mode contributes to the rich C-O-C (EO) group on the surfaces. As an application, the adsorption behaviour of platelet-rich plasma on plasma polymerization films performed in-vitro is explored. The shapes of attached cells are studied in detail by an optic invert microscope, which clarifies that high-density C-O-C groups on surfaces are responsible for non-fouling adsorption behaviour of the PEO films.

  10. Degradable polyethylene: fantasy or reality.

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    Roy, Prasun K; Hakkarainen, Minna; Varma, Indra K; Albertsson, Ann-Christine

    2011-05-15

    Plastic waste disposal is one of the serious environmental issues being tackled by our society today. Polyethylene, particularly in packaging films, has received criticism as it tends to accumulate over a period of time, leaving behind an undesirable visual footprint. Degradable polyethylene, which would enter the eco-cycle harmlessly through biodegradation would be a desirable solution to this problem. However, the "degradable polyethylene" which is presently being promoted as an environmentally friendly alternative to the nondegradable counterpart, does not seem to meet this criterion. This article reviews the state of the art on the aspect of degradability of polyethylene containing pro-oxidants, and more importantly the effect these polymers could have on the environment in the long run. On exposure to heat, light, and oxygen, these polymers disintegrate into small fragments, thereby reducing or increasing the visual presence. However, these fragments can remain in the environment for prolonged time periods. This article also outlines important questions, particularly in terms of time scale of complete degradation, environmental fate of the polymer residues, and possible accumulation of toxins, the answers to which need to be established prior to accepting these polymers as environmentally benign alternatives to their nondegradable equivalents. It appears from the existing literature that our search for biodegradable polyethylene has not yet been realized. PMID:21495645

  11. PEGylation affects cytotoxicity and cell-compatibility of poly(ethylene imine) for lung application: Structure-function relationships

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    Beyerle, Andrea; Merkel, Olivia; Stoeger, Tobias; Kissel, Thomas

    2010-01-15

    Poly(ethylene imine) (PEI) has widely been used as non-viral gene carrier due to its capability to form stable complexes by electrostatic interactions with nucleic acids. To reduce cytotoxicity of PEI, several studies have addressed modified PEIs such as block or graft copolymers containing cationic and hydrophilic non-ionic components. Copolymers of PEI and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) with various molecular weights and graft densities were shown to exhibit decreased cytotoxicity and potential for DNA and siRNA delivery. In this study, we evaluated the cytotoxicity and cell-compatibility of different PEGylated PEI polymers in two murine lung cell lines. We found that the degree of PEGylation correlated with both cytotoxicity and oxidative stress, but not with proinflammatory effects. AB type copolymers with long PEG blocks caused high membrane damage and significantly decreased the metabolic activity of lung cells. In addition, they significantly increased the release of two lipid mediators such as 8-isoprostanes (8-IP) and prostaglandin E{sub 2} (PGE{sub 2}) in a dose-dependent manner. In contrast, the cytokine profiles which indicated high levels of acute-phase cytokines such as TNF-alpha, IL-6, and G-CSF did not follow any clear structure-function relationship. In conclusion, we found that modification of PEI 25kDa with high degree of PEGylation and low PEG chain length reduced cytotoxic and oxidative stress response in lung cells, while the proinflammatory potential remained unaffected. A degree of substitution in the range of 10 to 30 and PEG-chain lengths up to 2000 Da seem to be beneficial and merit further investigations.

  12. The Effect of Physiologically Relevant Additivies on the Rheological Properties of Concentrated Pluronic Copolymer Gels

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    Jiang,J.; Li, C.; Lombardi, J.; Colby, R.; Rigas, B.; Rafailovich, M.; Sokolov, J.

    2008-01-01

    The high concentration triblock copolymer poly(ethylene oxide)99-poly(propylene oxide)69-poly(ethylene oxide)99 (Pluronic F127) aqueous solutions with the addition of different components commonly used in physiologically relevant applications were characterized by rheological measurements, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and small angle X-ray/neutron scattering. The sol-gel transition temperature, as well as the storage modulus of the F127 solution depend both on the concentration of polymer and of clay. Above the gel transition, the storage modulus of the solutions increased with clay concentration. Yield strain is independent of polymer and clay concentrations. Two different kinds of inorganic salts, sodium chloride (NaCl) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) were added into the polymer and polymer-clay solutions. The sol-gel transition temperature decreased noticeably, but the storage modulus decreased only a small amount with increasing concentration of inorganic salts. Addition of salts to polymer-clay solutions resulted in precipitation of the clays which decreased the modulus. No effect on the mechanical properties was observed with the addition of common serum proteins. However, addition of 0.5-10% glucose decreased the transition temperature between 3 and 7 , without significantly affecting the modulus. The depression of the transition temperature by glucose was similar to that found with salts and indicated that the mechanism, namely competition for water, may be similar.

  13. Charge carrier dynamics and relaxation in (polyethylene oxide-lithium-salt)-based polymer electrolyte containing 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide as ionic liquid.

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    Karmakar, A; Ghosh, A

    2011-11-01

    In this paper we report the dynamics of charge carriers and relaxation in polymer electrolytes based on polyethylene oxide (PEO), lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) and 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (BMPTFSI) ionic liquid prepared by solution cast technique. It has been observed that the incorporation of BMPTFSI into PEO-LiTFSI electrolyte is an effective way for increasing the amorphous phase to a large extent. It has also been observed that both the glass transition and melting temperatures decrease with the increase of BMPTFSI concentration. The ionic conductivity of these polymer electrolytes increases with the increase of BMPTFSI concentration. The highest ionic conductivity obtained at 25 °C is ~3×10(-4) S cm(-1) for the electrolyte containing 60 wt % BMPTFSI and ethylene oxide (EO)/Li ratio of 20. The temperature dependence of the dc conductivity and the hopping frequency show Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher type behavior indicating a strong coupling between the ionic and the polymer chain segmental motions. The frequency dependence of the ac conductivity exhibits a power law with an exponent n which decreases with the increase of temperature. The scaling of the ac conductivity indicates that relaxation dynamics of charge carriers follows a common mechanism for all temperatures and BMPTFSI concentrations. We have also presented the electric modulus data which have been analyzed in the framework of a Havriliak-Negami equation and the shape parameters obtained by the analysis show slight temperature dependence, but change sharply with BMPTFSI concentration. The stretched exponent β obtained from Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts fit to the modulus data is much lower than unity signifying that the relaxation is highly nonexponential. The decay function obtained from analysis of experimental modulus data is highly asymmetric with time. PMID:22181434

  14. Synthesis and dose interval dependent hepatotoxicity evaluation of intravenously administered polyethylene glycol-8000 coated ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle on Wistar rats.

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    Rajan, Balan; Sathish, Shanmugam; Balakumar, Subramanian; Devaki, Thiruvengadam

    2015-03-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are being used in medical imaging, drug delivery, cancer therapy, and so on. However, there is a direct need to identify any nanotoxicity associated with these nanoparticles. However uncommon, drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a major health concern that challenges pharmaceutical industry and drug regulatory agencies alike. In this study we have synthesized and evaluated the dose interval dependent hepatotoxicity of polyethylene glycol-8000 coated ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (PUSPIOs). To assess the hepatotoxicity of intravenously injected PUSPIOs, alterations in basic clinical parameters, hematological parameters, hemolysis assay, serum levels of liver marker enzymes, serum and liver lipid peroxidation (LPO) levels, enzymatic antioxidant levels, and finally histology of liver, kidney, spleen, lung, brain, and heart tissues were studied in control and experimental Wistar rat groups over a 30-day period. The results of our study showed a significant increase in the aspartate transaminase (AST) enzyme activity at a dose of 10mg/kg b.w. PUSPIOs twice a week. Besides, alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and gamma-glutamyl transferase (γGT) enzyme activity showed a slender increase when compared with control experimental groups. A significant increase in the serum and liver LPO levels at a dose of 10mg/kg b.w. PUSPIOs twice a week was also observed. Histological analyses of liver, kidney, spleen, lung, brain and heart tissue samples showed no obvious uncharacteristic changes. In conclusion, PUSPIOs were found to posses excellent biocompatibility and Wistar rats showed much better drug tolerance to the dose of 10mg/kg b.w. per week than the dose of 10mg/kg b.w. twice a week for the period of 30 days. PMID:25721486

  15. Highly mobile segments in crystalline poly(ethylene oxide)8:NaPF6 electrolytes studied by solid-state NMR spectroscopy

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    Luo, Huan; Liang, Xinmiao; Wang, Liying; Zheng, Anmin; Liu, Chaoyang; Feng, Jiwen

    2014-02-01

    Two types of high-crystallinity poly(ethylene oxide)/NaPF6 electrolytes with ethylene oxide (EO)/Na molar ratios of 8:1 and 6:1, termed as PEO8:NaPF6 and PEO6:NaPF6 with Mw = 6000 g mol-1 were prepared, and their ionic conductivity, structure, and segmental motions were investigated and compared. PEO8:NaPF6 polymer electrolyte exhibits the room-temperature ionic conductivity 7.7 × 10-7 S cm-1 which is about five times higher than the PEO6:NaPF6. By variable-temperature measurements of static powder spectra and 1H spin-lattice relaxation time in rotation frame (1H T1ρ), we demonstrate that crystalline segments are more highly mobile in the crystalline PEO8:NaPF6 with higher ionic conductivity than in the PEO6:NaPF6 with lower ionic conductivity. The large-angle reorientation motion of polymer segments in the PEO8:NaPF6 onsets at lower temperature (˜233 K) with a low activation energy 0.31 eV that is comparable with that of the pure PEO crystal. Whereas, the large-angle reorientation motion of polymer segments in the PEO6:NaPF6 starts around 313 K with a high activation energy of 0.91 eV. As a result of the temperature-enhanced large-angle reorientations, the 13C static powder lineshape changes markedly from a low-temperature wide pattern with apparent principal values of chemical shift δ33 < δ22 < δ11 to a high-temperature narrow pattern of uniaxial chemical shift anisotropy δ33 > δ22 (δ11). It is suggested that the segmental motion in crystalline PEO-salt complex promotes ionic conductivity.

  16. Comparison of stabilization by Vitamin E and 2,6-di-tert-butylphenols during polyethylene radio-thermal-oxidation

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    Richaud, Emmanuel

    2014-10-01

    This paper reports a compilation of data for PE+Vitamin E and 2,6-di-tert-butylphenols oxidation in radio-thermal ageing. Data unambiguously show that Vitamin E reacts with Prad and POOrad whereas 2,6-di-tert-butyl phenols only react with POOrad . Kinetic parameters of the stabilization reactions for both kinds of antioxidants were tentatively extracted from phenol depletion curves, and discussed regarding the structure of the stabilizer. They were also used for completing an existing kinetic model used for predicting the stabilization by antioxidants. This one permits to compare the efficiency of stabilizer with dose rate or sample thickness.

  17. Nanoformulation of D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate-b-poly(ε-caprolactone-ran-glycolide) diblock copolymer for siRNA targeting HIF-1α for nasopharyngeal carcinoma therapy

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    Chen, Yuhan; Xu, Gang; Zheng, Yi; Yan, Maosheng; Li, Zihuang; Zhou, Yayan; Mei, Lin; Li, Xianming

    2015-01-01

    Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is a crucial transcription factor that plays an important role in the carcinogenesis and development of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. In this research, a novel biodegradable D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate-b-poly(ε-caprolactone-ran-glycolide) (TPGS-b-(PCL-ran-PGA)) nanoparticle (NP) was prepared as a delivery system for small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) molecules targeting HIF-1α in nasopharyngeal carcinoma gene therapy. The results showed that the NPs could efficiently deliver siRNA into CNE-2 cells. CNE-2 cells treated with the HIF-1α siRNA-loaded TPGS-b-(PCL-ran-PGA) NPs showed reduction of HIF-1α expression after 48 hours of incubation via real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analysis. The cytotoxic effect on CNE-2 cells was significantly increased by HIF-1α siRNA-loaded NPs when compared with control groups. In a mouse tumor xenograft model, the HIF-1α siRNA-loaded NPs efficiently suppressed tumor growth, and the levels of HIF-1α mRNA and protein were significantly decreased. These results suggest that TPGS-b-(PCL-ran-PGA) NPs could function as a promising genetic material carrier in antitumor therapy, including therapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. PMID:25733830

  18. 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

  19. Synthesis of polyethylene glycol (PEG) assisted tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoparticles for L-dopa bio-sensing applications.

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    Hariharan, V; Radhakrishnan, S; Parthibavarman, M; Dhilipkumar, R; Sekar, C

    2011-09-30

    Nanocrystalline tungsten oxides (WO(3-δ)) are currently receiving a lot of attention because of their interesting electrical, magnetic, optical and mechanical properties. In this report, we present the synthesis of PEG assisted tungsten oxide (WO(3)) nanoparticles by simple household microwave irradiation (2.45 GHz) method. The samples were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis (TG/DTA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible diffusion reflectance spectroscopy (UV-VIS-DRS), cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Powder XRD results revealed that both the samples prepared with and without surfactant crystallize in the orthorhombic structure corresponding to WO(3) · H(2)O phase. Subsequent annealing under identical conditions (600°C/air/6h) led to significantly different products i.e. monoclinic W(17)O(47) from surfactant free sample and orthorhombic WO(3) from PEG assisted sample. Blue emission was observed through UV-VIS-DRS with blue shift and the band gap energy was estimated as 2.7 and 3.28 eV for PEG assisted as prepared (WO(3) · H(2)O) and annealed samples (WO(3)) respectively. Electrochemical measurements have been performed on all the samples deposited on the surface of glassy carbon (GC) electrode which showed high sensitivity and good selectivity for PEG assisted sample (WO(3) · H(2)O) for the direct detection of L-dopa. PMID:21872074

  20. A new method to analyze copolymer based superplasticizer traces in cement leachates.

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    Guérandel, Cyril; Vernex-Loset, Lionel; Krier, Gabriel; De Lanève, Michel; Guillot, Xavier; Pierre, Christian; Muller, Jean François

    2011-03-15

    Enhancing the flowing properties of fresh concrete is a crucial step for cement based materials users. This is done by adding polymeric admixtures. Such additives have enabled to improve final mechanicals properties and the development of new materials like high performance or self compacting concrete. Like this, the superplasticizers are used in almost cement based materials, in particular for concrete structures that can have a potential interaction with drinking water. It is then essential to have suitable detection techniques to assess whether these organic compounds are dissolved in water after a leaching process or not. The main constituent of the last generation superplasticizer is a PolyCarboxylate-Ester copolymer (PCE), in addition this organic admixture contains polyethylene oxide (free PEO) which constitutes a synthesis residue. Numerous analytical methods are available to characterize superplasticizer content. Although these techniques work well, they do not bring suitable detection threshold to analyze superplasticizer traces in solution with high mineral content such as leachates of hardened cement based materials formulated with superplasticizers. Moreover those techniques do not enable to distinguish free PEO from PCE in the superplasticizer. Here we discuss two highly sensitive analytical methods based on mass spectrometry suitable to perform a rapid detection of superplasticizer compounds traces in CEM I cement paste leachates: MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, is used to determine the free PEO content in the leachate. However, industrial copolymers (such as PCE) are characterized by high molecular weight and polymolecular index. These two parameters lead to limitation concerning analysis of copolymers by MALDI-TOFMS. In this study, we demonstrate how pyrolysis and a Thermally assisted Hydrolysis/Methylation coupled with a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, provides good results for the detection of PCE copolymer traces in CEM I cement paste

  1. Phase separations in a copolymer copolymer mixture

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    Zhang, Jin-Jun; Jin, Guojun; Ma, Yuqiang

    2006-01-01

    We propose a three-order-parameter model to study the phase separations in a diblock copolymer-diblock copolymer mixture. The cell dynamical simulations provide rich information about the phase evolution and structural formation, especially the appearance of onion-rings. The parametric dependence and physical reason for the domain growth of onion-rings are discussed.

  2. Processing-structure-property studies of: (I) submicron polymeric fibers produced by electrospinning and (II) films of linear low density polyethylenes as influenced by the short chain branch length in copolymers of ethylene/1-butene, ethylene/1-hexene and ethylene/1-octene synthesized by a single site metallocene catalyst

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    Gupta, Pankaj

    The overall theme of the research discussed in this dissertation has been to explore processing-structure-property relationships for submicron polymeric fibers produced by electrospinning (Part I) and to ascertain whether or not the length of the short chain branch has any effect on the physical properties of films of linear low-density polyethylenes (LLDPEs) (Part II). The research efforts discussed in Part I of this dissertation relate to some fundamental as well as more applied investigations involving electrospinning. These include investigating the effects of solution rheology on fiber formation and developing novel methodologies to fabricate polymeric mats comprising of high specific surface submicron fibers of more than one polymer, high chemical resistant substrates produced by in situ photo crosslinking during electrospinning, superparamagnetic flexible substrates by electrospinning a solution of an elastomeric polymer containing ferrite nanoparticles of Mn-Zn-Ni and substrates for filtration applications. Bicomponent electrospinning of poly(vinyl chloride)-polyurethane and poly(vinylidiene fluoride)-polyurethane was successfully performed. In addition, filtration properties of single and bicomponent electrospun mats of polyacrylonitrile and polystyrene were investigated. Results indicated lower aerosol penetration or higher filtration efficiencies of the filters based on submicron electrospun fibers in comparison to the conventional filter materials. In addition, Part II of this dissertation explores whether or not the length of the short chain branch affects the physical properties of blown and compression molded films of LLDPEs that were synthesized by a single site metallocene catalyst. Here, three resins based on copolymers of ethylene/1-butene, ethylene/1-hexene, and ethylene/1-octene were utilized that were very similar in terms of their molecular weight and distribution, melt rheology, density, crystallinity and short chain branching content and

  3. Intermolecular interactions and solvent diffusion in ordered nanostructures formed by self-assembly of block copolymers

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    Gu, Zhiyong

    Hydrogels formed by Poloxamer poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) (PEO-PPO) block copolymers find various pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. A variety of ordered structures can be exhibited by Poloxamer block copolymers in selective solvents such as water, for example, micellar cubic phase, hexagonal phase, lamellar phase, etc. We are interested in the thermodynamic and transport properties of water in such hydrogels that have an ordered (lyotropic liquid crystalline) structure. We have investigated the time evolution of water loss from Poloxamer gel films under a driving force of known water vapor pressure in the air in contact with the film. The experimental data on the drying process have been fitted to the diffusion equation for water in the film, under a boundary condition that includes the water concentration in the gel at infinite time; the water diffusion coefficient and other parameters have thus been obtained. The water chemical potential and osmotic pressure in the gel have been obtained from osmotic stress measurements. The osmotic pressure (force), together with data on the corresponding lyotropic liquid crystal spacing (distance) that we obtained from Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) measurements, have been analyzed to provide information on the prevailing intermolecular (inter-assembly) forces in the gel. The forces in the gel reveal interactions that occur at two levels, that of the PEO coil and that of the PEO segment.

  4. 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.

  5. Anisotropic Lithium Ion Conductivity in Single-Ion Diblock Copolymer Electrolyte Thin Films.

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    Aissou, Karim; Mumtaz, Muhammad; Usluer, Özlem; Pécastaings, Gilles; Portale, Giuseppe; Fleury, Guillaume; Cloutet, Eric; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2016-02-01

    Well-defined single-ion diblock copolymers consisting of a Li-ion conductive poly(styrenesulfonyllithium(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) (PSLiTFSI) block associated with a glassy polystyrene (PS) block have been synthesized via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. Conductivity anisotropy ratio up to 1000 has been achieved from PS-b-PSLiTFSI thin films by comparing Li-ion conductivities of out-of-plane (aligned) and in-plane (antialigned) cylinder morphologies at 40 °C. Blending of PS-b-PSLiTFSI thin films with poly(ethylene oxide) homopolymer (hPEO) enables a substantial improvement of Li-ion transport within aligned cylindrical domains, since hPEO, preferentially located in PSLiTFSI domains, is an excellent lithium-solvating material. Results are also compared with unblended and blended PSLiTFSI homopolymer (hPSLiTFSI) homologues, which reveals that ionic conductivity is improved when thin films are nanostructured. PMID:26618916

  6. A ``copolymer-co-morphology'' conception for shape-controlled synthesis of Prussian blue analogues and as-derived spinel oxides

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    Li, Xuning; Yuan, Lizhi; Wang, Junhu; Jiang, Luhua; Rykov, Alexandre I.; Nagy, Dénes L.; Bogdán, Csilla; Ahmed, Mamdouh A.; Zhu, Kaiyue; Sun, Gongquan; Yang, Weishen

    2016-01-01

    The morphologically and compositionally controlled synthesis of coordination polymers and spinel oxides is highly desirable for realizing new advanced nanomaterial functionalities. Here we develop a novel and scalable strategy, containing a ``copolymer-co-morphology'' conception, to shape-controlled synthesis of various types of Prussian blue analogues (PBAs). Three series of PBAs MyFe1-y[Co(CN)6]0.67.nH2O (MyFe1-y-Co, M = Co, Mn and Zn) with well-controlled morphology have been successfully prepared through this strategy. Using MnyFe1-y-Co PBAs as the model, by increasing the relative content of Mn, flexible modulation of the morphology could be easily realized. In addition, a series of porous MnxFe1.8-xCo1.2O4 nano-dices with well-inherited morphologies and defined cation distribution could be obtained through a simple thermal treatment of the PBAs. All these results demonstrate the good universality of this novel strategy. When evaluated as an electrocatalyst, the octahedral-site MnIII/MnIV content in MnxFe1.8-xCo1.2O4, mainly determined by sensitive 57Fe Mössbauer in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic techniques, was discovered to be directly correlated with the oxygen reduction/evolution reaction (ORR/OER) activity.The morphologically and compositionally controlled synthesis of coordination polymers and spinel oxides is highly desirable for realizing new advanced nanomaterial functionalities. Here we develop a novel and scalable strategy, containing a ``copolymer-co-morphology'' conception, to shape-controlled synthesis of various types of Prussian blue analogues (PBAs). Three series of PBAs MyFe1-y[Co(CN)6]0.67.nH2O (MyFe1-y-Co, M = Co, Mn and Zn) with well-controlled morphology have been successfully prepared through this strategy. Using MnyFe1-y-Co PBAs as the model, by increasing the relative content of Mn, flexible modulation of the morphology could be easily realized. In addition, a series of porous MnxFe1.8-xCo1.2O4 nano-dices with well

  7. A bifunctional poly(ethylene glycol) silane immobilized on metallic oxide-based nanoparticles for conjugation with cell targeting agents

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    Kohler, Nathan J.; Fryxell, Glen E.; Zhang, Miqin

    2004-06-16

    A trifluoroethylester-terminal poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) silane was synthesized and self-assembled on iron oxide nanoparticles. The nanoparticle system thus prepared has the flexibility to conjugate with cell targeting agents having either carboxylic and amine terminal groups for a number of biomedical applications, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and controlled drug delivery. The trifluoroethylester silane was synthesized by modifying a PEG diacid to form the corresponding bistrifluoroethylester (TFEE), followed by a reaction with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS). The APS coupled with PEG chains confers the stability of PEG self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and increases the PEG packing density on nanoparticles by establishing hydrogen bonding between the carbonyl and amine groups present within the monolayer structure. The success of the synthesis of the PEG TEFE silane was confirmed with 1H NMR and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The conjugating flexibility of the PEG TEFE was demonstrated with folic acid having carboxylic acid groups and amine terminal groups respectively and confirmed by FTIR. TEM analysis showed the dispersion of nanoparticles before and after they were coated with PEG and folic acid.

  8. In situ immobilization of proteins and RGD peptide on polyurethane surfaces via poly(ethylene oxide) coupling polymers for human endothelial cell growth.

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    Wang, Dong-an; Ji, Jian; Sun, Yong-hong; Shen, Jia-cong; Feng, Lin-xian; Elisseeff, Jennifer H

    2002-01-01

    A "CBABC"-type pentablock coupling polymer, mesylMPEO, was designed and synthesized to promote human endothelial cell growth on the surfaces of polyurethane biomaterials. The polymer was composed of a central 4,4'-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) coupling unit and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) spacer arms with methanesulfonyl (mesyl) end groups pendent on both ends. As the presurface modifying additive (pre-SMA), the mesylMPEO was noncovalently introduced onto the poly(ether urethane) (PEU) surfaces by dip coating, upon which the protein/peptide factors (gelatin, albumin, and arginine-glycine-aspartic acid tripeptide [RGD]) were covalently immobilized in situ by cleavage of the original mesyl end groups. The pre-SMA synthesis and PEU surface modification were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H NMR), attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were harvested manually by collagenase digestion and seeded on the modified PEU surfaces. Cell adhesion ratios (CAR) and cell proliferation ratios (CPR) were measured using flow cytometry, and the individual cell viability (ICV) was determined by MTT assay. The cell morphologies were investigated by optical inverted microscopy (OIM) and scanning electrical microscopy (SEM). The gelatin- and RGD-modified surfaces were HUVEC-compatible and promoted HUVEC growth. The albumin-modified surfaces were compatible but inhibited cell adhesion. The results also indicated that, for HUVEC in vitro cultivation, the cell adhesion stage was of particular importance and had a significant impact on the cell responses to the modified surfaces. PMID:12425667

  9. Dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide) in a blend with poly(methyl methacrylate): a quasielastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations study.

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    Genix, A-C; Arbe, A; Alvarez, F; Colmenero, J; Willner, L; Richter, D

    2005-09-01

    In this paper, we have addressed the question of the dynamic miscibility in a blend characterized by very different glass-transition temperatures, Tg, for the components: poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEO/PMMA). The combination of quasielastic neutron scattering with isotopic labeling and fully atomistic molecular dynamics simulations has allowed us to selectively investigate the dynamics of the two components in the picosecond-10 nanoseconds scale at temperatures close and above the Tg of the blend. The main focus was on the PEO component, i.e., that of the lowest Tg, but first we have characterized the dynamics of the other component in the blend and of the pure PEO homopolymer as reference. In the region investigated, the dynamics of PMMA in the blend is strongly affected by the alpha-methyl rotation; an additional process detected in the experimental window 65 K above the blend-Tg can be identified as the merged alphabeta process of this component that shows strong deviations from Gaussian behavior. On the other hand, pure PEO displays entropy driven dynamics up to very large momentum transfers. Such kind of motion seems to freeze when the PEO chains are in the blend. There, we have directly observed a very heterogeneous and moreover confined dynamics for the PEO component. The presence of the hardly moving PMMA matrix leads to the creation of little pockets of mobility where PEO can move. The characteristic size of such confined islands of mobility might be estimated to be of approximately 1 nm. These findings are corroborated by the simulation study, which has been an essential support and guide in our data analysis procedure. PMID:16241474

  10. Drug release, cell adhesion and wound healing evaluations of electrospun carboxymethyl chitosan/polyethylene oxide nanofibres containing phenytoin sodium and vitamin C.

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    Zarandi, Mohammad Amin; Zahedi, Payam; Rezaeian, Iraj; Salehpour, Alireza; Gholami, Mehdi; Motealleh, Behrooz

    2015-08-01

    In this work, N, O-carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) samples from virgin chitosan (CS) were synthesised and CMCS/polyethylene oxide (PEO) (50/50) blend nanofibrous samples were successfully electrospun from their aqueous solution. The electrospinning conditions to achieve smooth and fine diameter nanofibrous mats were optimised via D-optimal design approach. Afterwards, vitamin C and phenytoin sodium (PHT-Na) were added to these samples for producing wound dressing materials. H-nuclear magnetic resonance, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared tests for the evaluation of functionalised CS, morphology and biodegradability studies of CMCS/PEO blend nanofibrous samples were applied. The kinetic and drug release mechanism for vitamin C and PHT-Na drug-loaded electrospun samples were also investigated by UV-vis spectrophotometer and high performance liquid chromatography, respectively. The results showed an approximately similar drug release rate of the two drugs and followed Higuchi's kinetic model. The stem cells viability and their adhesion on the surface of the samples containing PHT-Na and vitamin C were carried out using MTT assay and the best cells' biocompatibility was obtained using both drugs into the CMCS/PEO nanofibrous samples. Moreover, the in vivo animal wound model results revealed that the electrospun samples containing vitamin C and PHT-Na (1%) had a remarkable efficiency in the wounds' closure and their healing process compared with vitamin C/PHT-Na (50/50) ointment. Finally, the histology observations showed that the wound treated with optimised electrospun samples containing two drugs enabled regeneration of epidermis layers due to collagen fibres accumulation followed by granulating tissues formation without necrosis. PMID:26224348

  11. Dynamics of a poly(ethylene oxide) tracer in a poly(methyl methacrylate) matrix: Remarkable decoupling of local and global motions

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    Haley, Jeffrey C.; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2005-06-01

    The tracer diffusion coefficient of unentangled poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO, M =1000g/mol) in a matrix of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA, M =10000g/mol) has been measured over a temperature range from 125to220°C with forced Rayleigh scattering. The dynamic viscosities of blends of two different high molecular weight PEO tracers (M =440000 and 900000g/mol) in the same PMMA matrix were also measured at temperatures ranging from 160to220°C; failure of time-temperature superposition was observed for these systems. The monomeric friction factors for the PEO tracers were extracted from the diffusion coefficients and the rheological relaxation times using the Rouse model. The friction factors determined by diffusion and rheology were in good agreement, even though the molecular weights of the tracers differed by about three orders of magnitude. The PEO monomeric friction factors were compared with literature data for PEO segmental relaxation times measured directly with NMR. The monomeric friction factors of the PEO tracer in the PMMA matrix were found to be from two to six orders of magnitude greater than anticipated based on direct measurements of segmental dynamics. Additionally, the PEO tracer terminal dynamics are a much stronger function of temperature than the corresponding PEO segmental dynamics. These results indicate that the fastest PEO Rouse mode, inferred from diffusion and rheology, is completely separated from the bond reorientation of PEO detected by NMR. This result is unlike other blend systems in which global and local motions have been compared.

  12. Preparation and characterization of chitosan-Polyethylene glycol-polyvinylpyrrolidone-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as carrier system: Drug loading and in vitro drug release study.

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    Prabha, G; Raj, V

    2016-05-01

    In the present research work, the anticancer drug "curcumin" is loaded with Chitosan (CS)-polyethylene glycol (PEG)-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) (CS-PEG-PVP) polymer nanocomposites coated with superparamagnetic iron oxide (Fe3 O4 ) nanoparticles. The system can be used for targeted and controlled drug delivery of anticancer drugs with reduced side effects and greater efficiency. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Curcumin drug-loaded Fe3 O4 -CS, Fe3 O4 -CS- PEG and Fe3 O4 -CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles exhibited the mean particle size in the range of 183 - 390 nm with a zeta potential value of 26 mV-41 mV as measured using Malvern Zetasizer. The encapsulation efficiency, loading capacity and in-vitro drug release behaviour of curcumin drug-loaded Fe3 O4 -CS, Fe3 O4 -CS-PEG, and Fe3 O4 -CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles were studied using UV spectrophotometer. Besides, the cytotoxicity of the prepared nanoparticles using MTT assay was also studied. The curcumin drug release was examined at different pH medium (4.5 and 7.4) and temperature (37°C and 45°C), and it was proved that the drug release depends upon the pH medium and temperature in addition to the nature of matrix. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 808-816, 2016. PMID:26996397

  13. Multifunctional Photosensitizer Grafted on Polyethylene Glycol and Polyethylenimine Dual-Functionalized Nanographene Oxide for Cancer-Targeted Near-Infrared Imaging and Synergistic Phototherapy.

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    Luo, Shenglin; Yang, Zhangyou; Tan, Xu; Wang, Yang; Zeng, Yiping; Wang, Yu; Li, Changming; Li, Rong; Shi, Chunmeng

    2016-07-13

    The integration of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with photothermal therapy (PTT) offers improved efficacy in cancer phototherapy. Herein, a PDT photosensitizer (IR-808) with cancer-targeting ability and near-infrared (NIR) sensitivity was chemically conjugated to both polyethylene glycol (PEG)- and branched polyethylenimine (BPEI)-functionalized nanographene oxide (NGO). Because the optimal laser wavelength (808 nm) of NGO for PTT is consistent with that of IR-808 for PDT, the IR-808-conjugated NGO sheets (NGO-808, 20-50 nm) generated both large amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and local hyperthermia as a result of 808 nm laser irradiation. With PEG- and BPEI-modified NGO as the carrier, the tumor cellular uptake of NGO-808 exhibited higher efficacy than that of strongly hydrophobic free IR-808. Through evaluation with both human and mouse cancer cells, NGO-808 was demonstrated to provide significantly enhanced PDT and PTT effects compared to individual PDT using IR-808 or PTT using NGO. Furthermore, NGO-808 preferentially accumulated in cancer cells as mediated by organic-anion transporting polypeptides (OATPs) overexpressed in many cancer cells, providing the potential for highly specific cancer phototherapy. Using the targeting ability of NGO-808, in vivo NIR fluorescence imaging enabled tumors and their margins to be clearly visualized at 48 h after intravenous injection, providing a theranostic platform for imaging-guided cancer phototherapy. Remarkably, after a single injection of NGO-808 and 808 nm laser irradiation for 5 min, the tumors in two tumor xenograft models were ablated completely, and no tumor recurrence was observed. After treatment with NGO-808, no obvious toxicity was detected in comparison to control groups. Thus, high-performance cancer phototherapy with minimal side effects was afforded from synergistic PDT/PTT treatment and cancer-targeted accumulation of NGO-808. PMID:27320692

  14. Investigation of the aqueous dissolution of semicrystalline poly(ethylene oxide) using infrared chemical imaging: the effects of molecular weight and crystallinity.

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    Coutts-Lendon, Carrie; Koenig, Jack L

    2005-08-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) imaging was used to successfully explore several factors influencing the dissolution of poly(ethylene oxide). The effect of the degree of crystallinity on the rate of dissolution of mid-range molecular weight PEO was negligible over the temperature ranges studied. The influence of molecular weight on polymer dissolution was found to be much greater than the changes in morphology. An examination of the polymer and solvent images and absorbance profiles, compared with the results of the bulk polymer/solvent boundary movement, confirmed this relationship. An investigation of the bulk polymer/solvent boundary using a crystalline-sensitive polymer band showed the crystalline to amorphous phase change occurred over a short distance. Moreover, solvent diffusion ahead of the bulk polymer/solvent front was minimal, most likely a result of the required phase change, which in turn regulated the degree of solvent ingress. Modeling of the dissolution was performed using the Peppas (power law) model. Physical parameters of the dissolution process were obtained from fitting the release profiles to the power law (fraction released = k x t(n), where k is the dissolution rate constant and n is the release exponent). Results indicated the model worked well to describe dissolution at all molecular weights. By varying the number of data points input to the model and then comparing the generated graphs, it becomes clear that not only does the dissolution slow down over the course of the experiment, but an increase in molecular weight enhances this effect. The effect of different types of drug on the rate of polymer dissolution was also studied. The dissolution of neat polymer was compared to the dissolution of polymer containing 10% (by weight) of theophylline, etophylline, or testosterone. The general trend of all the dissolution curves was the same, with the addition of etophylline and testosterone tracing almost the same route in terms of movement

  15. The surface grafting of graphene oxide with poly(ethylene glycol) as a reinforcement for poly(lactic acid) nanocomposite scaffolds for potential tissue engineering applications.

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    Zhang, Chunmei; Wang, Liwei; Zhai, Tianliang; Wang, Xinchao; Dan, Yi; Turng, Lih-Sheng

    2016-01-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) was incorporated into poly(lactic acid) (PLA) as a reinforcing nanofiller to produce composite nanofibrous scaffolds using the electrospinning technique. To improve the dispersion of GO in PLA and the interfacial adhesion between the filler and matrix, GO was surface-grafted with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). Morphological, thermal, mechanical, and wettability properties, as well as preliminary cytocompatibility with Swiss mouse NIH 3T3 cells of PLA, PLA/GO, and PLA/GO-g-PEG electrospun nanofibers, were characterized. Results showed that the average diameter of PLA/GO-g-PEG electrospun nanofibers decreased with filler content. Both GO and GO-g-PEG improved the thermal stability of PLA, but GO-g-PEG was more effective. The water contact angle test of the nanofiber mats showed that the addition of GO in PLA did not change the surface wettability of the materials, but PLA/GO-g-PEG samples exhibited improved wettability with lower water contact angles. The tensile strength of the composite nanofiber mats was improved with the addition of GO, and it was further enhanced when GO was surface grafted with PEG. This suggested that improved interfacial adhesion between GO and PLA was achieved by grafting PEG onto the GO. The cell viability and proliferation results showed that the cytocompatibility of PLA was not compromised with the addition of GO and GO-g-PEG. With enhanced mechanical properties as well as good wettability and cytocompatibility, PLA/GO-g-PEG composite nanofibers have the potential to be used as scaffolds in tissue engineering. PMID:26409231

  16. Properties controlling the diffusion and release of water-soluble solutes from poly(ethylene oxide) hydrogels. 2. Dispersion in an initially dry slab.

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    McNeill, M E; Graham, N B

    1993-01-01

    The mechanisms which control the release of dispersed water-soluble drugs from an initially dry hydrogel are complex. The release profile derives from a combination of several contributing factors which may change with time at different rates. It has been possible to isolate controlling factors and investigate their individual contributions to the release kinetics. The hydrogels presented in this paper owe their hydrophilicity to their poly(ethylene oxide) content. They swell and can absorb up to three times their dry weight in water. Having a glass transition temperature (Tg) below body temperature they are essentially different to those studied theoretically or experimentally, by other groups, which have Tg values above body temperature and are initially glassy. A range of diffusates was studied ranging from low water-soluble prostaglandin E2 to highly water-soluble lithium chloride. Device geometry was restricted to approximations to infinite slabs with more than 85% total surface area over the top and bottom surfaces so that release was predominantly one-dimensional and the controlling variable was thickness. The increase in surface area with time, drug-solubility in the water-swelling matrix and the presence of crystallinity were shown to be important factors governing the profile and level of release rate with time. It was observed that the release profile could be separated into three parts, the most important being the middle section from early in the release until at least the half-life time. This period could be characterized by the exponential time function, tn. The diffusional exponent, n, is an important indicator of the release mechanism and ranged from 0.79 to 1, i.e. good anomalous to zero order. This is a highly desirable range of values for controlled release devices. The value of n decreases at late-time. The very early-time release can also show a burst or lag effect depending on the diffusate solubility and its loading in the xerogel. PMID

  17. Dynamics of poly(ethylene oxide) in a blend with poly(methyl methacrylate): A quasielastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations study

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    Genix, A.-C.; Arbe, A.

    2005-09-01

    In this paper, we have addressed the question of the dynamic miscibility in a blend characterized by very different glass-transition temperatures, T{sub g}, for the components: poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEO/PMMA). The combination of quasielastic neutron scattering with isotopic labeling and fully atomistic molecular dynamics simulations has allowed us to selectively investigate the dynamics of the two components in the picosecond--10 nanoseconds scale at temperatures close and above the T{sub g} of the blend. The main focus was on the PEO component, i.e., that of the lowest T{sub g}, but first we have characterized the dynamics of the other component in the blend and of the pure PEO homopolymer as reference. In the region investigated, the dynamics of PMMA in the blend is strongly affected by the {alpha}-methyl rotation; an additional process detected in the experimental window 65 K above the blend-T{sub g} can be identified as the merged {alpha}{beta} process of this component that shows strong deviations from Gaussian behavior. On the other hand, pure PEO displays entropy driven dynamics up to very large momentum transfers. Such kind of motion seems to freeze when the PEO chains are in the blend. There, we have directly observed a very heterogeneous and moreover confined dynamics for the PEO component. The presence of the hardly moving PMMA matrix leads to the creation of little pockets of mobility where PEO can move. The characteristic size of such confined islands of mobility might be estimated to be of {approx_equal}1 nm. These findings are corroborated by the simulation study, which has been an essential support and guide in our data analysis procedure.

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

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

    2013-08-27

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

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

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

    2014-11-15

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

  20. Controlled release camptothecin tablets based on pluronic and poly(acrylic acid) copolymer. Effect of fabrication technique on drug stability, tablet structure, and release mode.

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    Bromberg, Lev; Hatton, T Alan; Barreiro-Iglesias, Rafael; Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen; Concheiro, Angel

    2007-06-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-(polyethylene oxide)-g-poly(acrylic acid), a graft-comb copolymer of Pluronic 127 and poly(acrylic acid) (Pluronic-PAA), was explored as an excipient for tablet dosage form of camptothecin (CPT). The tablets were prepared by either direct compression of the drug-polymer physical blend, suspension in ethanol followed by evaporation, or compression after kneading and characterized with respect to their physical structures, drug stability, and release behavior. Porosity and water uptake rate were strongly dependent on the fabrication procedure, ranking in the order: direct compression of physical blend > compression after suspension/evaporation in ethanol > compression after kneading. Tablets prepared by compression of physical blends swelled in water with a rapid surface gel layer formation that impeded swelling and disintegration of the tablets core. These tablets were able to sustain the CPT release for a period of time longer than those observed with the tablets made by either suspension/evaporation or kneading, which disintegrated within a few minutes. Despite the tablet disintegration, the CPT release was impeded for at least 6 hr, which was attributed to the ability of the Pluronic-PAA copolymers to form micellar aggregates at the hydrated surface of the particles. Physical mixing did not alter the fraction of CPT being in the pharmaceutically active lactone form, whilst the preparation of the tablets by the other two methods caused a significant reduction in the lactone form content. Tablets prepared from the physical blends demonstrated CPT release rates increasing with the pH due to the PAA ionization leading to the increase in the rate and extent of the tablet swelling. The results obtained demonstrate the potential of the Pluronic-PAA copolymers for the oral administration of chemotherapeutic agents. PMID:17613025

  1. Hydrophobic coating of polyaniline-poly(propylene oxide) copolymer for direct immersion solid phase microextraction of carbamate pesticides.

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    Ai, Youhong; Zhang, Jingqiang; Zhao, Faqiong; Zeng, Baizhao

    2015-08-14

    A nanostructural polyaniline-poly(propylene oxide) (PANI-PPO) composite coating was electrochemically synthesized on a stainless steel wire, by using acidic ionic liquid 1-sulfobutyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrosulfate as supporting electrolyte. The coating showed strong hydrophobicity and allowed for the direct immersion solid-phase microextraction of carbamate pesticides (i.e. 2-(1-methylethoxy) phenyl methylcarbamate, m-tolyl-n-methylcarbamate, 2-(1-methylethyl) phenyl methylcarbamate, 2-(1-methylpropyl) phenol methylcarbamate and 2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-7-benzofuranyl methylcarbamate) in complex matrices. Moreover, this coating could be used for at least 120 times of extraction. When it was coupled with gas chromatography for the determination of these carbamate pesticides the linear ranges were about 0.1-100 μg L(-1) and the detection limits were 0.012-0.048 μg L(-1). It also displayed acceptable repeatability and reproducibility. When a fiber was used for five successive measurements the relative standard deviations (RSDs) were smaller than 8.7%, and the RSDs for fiber-to-fiber were 5.7-12.9% (n=5). The practical feasibility of the proposed method was evaluated by determining carbamate pesticides in vegetable samples and the recoveries for standards added were 79.8-108.8%. PMID:26163930

  2. Iron oxide nanoparticles grafted with sulfonated copolymers are stable in concentrated brine at elevated temperatures and weakly adsorb on silica.

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    Bagaria, Hitesh G; Xue, Zheng; Neilson, Bethany M; Worthen, Andrew J; Yoon, Ki Youl; Nayak, Susheela; Cheng, Victoria; Lee, Jae Ho; Bielawski, Christopher W; Johnston, Keith P

    2013-04-24

    Magnetic nanoparticles that can be transported in subsurface reservoirs at high salinities and temperatures are expected to have a major impact on enhanced oil recovery, carbon dioxide sequestration, and electromagnetic imaging. Herein we report a rare example of steric stabilization of iron oxide (IO) nanoparticles (NPs) grafted with poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonate-co-acrylic acid) (poly(AMPS-co-AA)) that not only display colloidal stability in standard American Petroleum Institute (API) brine (8% NaCl + 2% CaCl2 by weight) at 90 °C for 1 month but also resist undesirable adsorption on silica surfaces (0.4% monolayer NPs). Because the AMPS groups interacted weakly with Ca(2+), they were sufficiently well solvated to provide steric stabilization. The PAA groups, in contrast, enabled covalent grafting of the poly(AMPS-co-AA) chains to amine-functionalized IO NPs via formation of amide bonds and prevented polymer desorption even after a 40,000-fold dilution. The aforementioned methodology may be readily adapted to stabilize a variety of other functional inorganic and organic NPs at high salinities and temperatures. PMID:23527819

  3. 1,2,3-Triazolium-Based Poly(2,6-Dimethyl Phenylene Oxide) Copolymers as Anion Exchange Membranes.

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    Liu, Lei; He, Shuqing; Zhang, Shufang; Zhang, Min; Guiver, Michael D; Li, Nanwen

    2016-02-01

    Anion exchange membranes (AEMs) based on 1,2,3-triazolium (TAM) were prepared from commercial poly(2,6-dimethyl phenylene oxide) (PPO) via "click chemistry" and subsequent N-alkylation. Flexible and tough membranes with various ion exchange capacities (IECs) were obtained by casting the polymers from NMP solutions. Although the resulting TAM-functionalized PPOs (PPO-TAM) membranes exhibited incomplete ion exchange in 1 M NaOH or NaHCO3 for 24 h even at elevated temperature, the highest hydroxide conductivities of the membranes were above 20 mS/cm at room temperature, which is comparable to many reported AEMs. Alkaline stability tests indicate that the PPO-TAM membranes showed a better alkaline stability than that of membranes containing imidazolium groups in 1 M NaOH at 80 °C, but still require further improvements in long-term stability for alkaline fuel cell application. An investigation of alkaline stability of model compounds demonstrated the instability of TAM cations under alkaline conditions could contribute to the deprotonation of benzylic methylene, C4 and C5 position on the triazolium ring. These results suggests that the alkaline stability of 1,2,3-triazolium cation could be improved by the introduction of substituents at the C4, C5 positions and benzylic methylene, and also provide insight and directions for organic cation designs for AEM application by the facile synthetic strategy of "click chemistry". PMID:26820176

  4. Block Copolymer Electrolytes: Thermodynamics, Ion Transport, and Use in Solid- State Lithium/Sulfur Cells

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    Teran, Alexander Andrew

    -like environment around the ion while the second mechanism of ion conduction is attributed to diffusion of the entire polymer chain with coordinated ions. Equilibrated block copolymer electrolytes exhibit a non-monotonic dependence on molecular weight, decreasing with increasing molecular weight in the small molecular weight limit before increasing when molecular weight exceeds about 10 kg mol-1. Conductivity in annealed electrolytes was shown to be affected by two competing factors: the glass transition temperature of the insulating polystyrene block and the width of the conducting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) channel. In the low molecular weight limit, all ions are in contact with both polystyrene (PS) and PEO segments. The intermixing between PS and PEO segments is restricted to an interfacial zone of width of about 5 nm. The fraction of ions affected by the interfacial zone decreases as the conducting channel width increases. Furthermore, the effect of thermal history on the conductivity of the block copolymer electrolytes was examined. Results suggest that long-range order impedes ion transport, and consequently decreases in conductivity of up to 80% were seen upon annealing. The effect of morphology on ion transport was studied by conducting simultaneous impedance and X-ray scattering experiments as the block copolymer electrolyte transitioned from an ordered lamellar structure to a disordered phase. The ionic conductivity increased discontinuously through the transition from order to disorder. A simple framework for quantifying the magnitude of the discontinuity was presented. Finally, block copolymer electrolytes were examined specifically for use in high energy density solid state lithium/sulfur batteries. Such materials have been shown to form a stable interface with lithium metal anodes, maintain intimate contact upon cycling, and have sufficiently high shear moduli to retard dendrite formation. Having previously satisfied the concerns associated with the lithium metal

  5. 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

  6. Self-Assembly and Chain-Folding in Hybrid Coil-Coil-Cube Triblock Oligomers of Polyethylene-b-Poly(ethylene Oxide)-b-Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane

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    Miao,J.; Cui, L.; Lau, H.; Mather, P.; Zhu, L.

    2007-01-01

    Self-assembly and chain-folding in well-defined oligomeric polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (PE-b-PEO-b-POSS) triblock molecules were studied by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The triblock oligomers were synthesized by attaching two kinds of functional POSS molecules, namely, isocyanatopropyldimethylsilylisobutyl-POSS (Ib-POSS) and isocyanatopropyldimethylsilylcyclopentyl-POSS (Cp-POSS), to a hydroxyl-terminated PE-b-PEO-OH diblock oligomer (denoted as E{sub 39}EO{sub 23}) via urethane reactions. In these triblock oligomers, both PE and POSS were crystalline, whereas PEO became amorphous due to tethering of its both ends to other two blocks. In the crystalline state, PE chains tilted 32{sup o} from the lamellar normal, and both Ib-POSS and Cp-POSS molecules stacked into four-layer (ABCA) lamellar crystals, having the same trigonal (R{bar 3}m) symmetry as in pure POSS crystals. Because the cross-sectional area for a PE chain in the PE crystals (0.216 nm{sup 2}/chain) at the interface was much smaller than that for a POSS molecule in POSS crystals (1.136 nm{sup 2}/molecule), the self-assembly and PE chain-folding were substantially affected by the sequence of PE and POSS crystallization when crystallizing from the melt. For example, PE crystallization induced the POSS crystallization in the bulk E{sub 39}EO{sub 23}-Ib-POSS, and thus extended-chain PE crystals were observed. The grains of crystalline lamellae again were small with often highly curved lamellar crystals. This could also be attributed to the unbalanced interfacial areas for POSS and PE blocks (the interfacial area ratio being 2.6 for interdigitated PE crystals, i.e., two PE chains per POSS molecule). For the E{sub 39}EO{sub 23}-Cp-POSS triblock oligomer, POSS molecules crystallized before PE crystallization, forming a well-defined lamellar structure. The preexisting

  7. Properties and mechanisms of drug release from matrix tablets containing poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(acrylic acid) as release retardants.

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    Zhang, Feng; Meng, Fan; Lubach, Joseph; Koleng, Joseph; Watson, N A

    2016-08-01

    The interactions between poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) in aqueous medium at pH 6.8 were investigated in the current study. We have also studied the effect of interpolymer interactions and various formulation variables, including the molecular weight of PEO, the ratio between PEO and PAA, the crystallinity of PEO, and the presence of an acidifying agent, on the release of theophylline from matrix tablets containing both PEO and PAA as release retardants. At pH 6.8, the synergy in solution viscosity between PEO and PAA as the result of ion-dipole interaction was observed in this study. The release of theophylline from the matrix tablets containing physical mixtures of PEO and PAA was found to be a function of dissolution medium pH because of the pH-dependent interactions between these two polymers. Because of the formation of water insoluble interpolymer complex between PEO and PAA in aqueous medium at pH below 4.0, the release of theophylline was independent of PEO molecular weight and was controlled by Fickian diffusion mechanism in 0.01N hydrochloric acid solution. In comparison, the drug release was a function of PEO molecular weight and followed the anomalous transport mechanism in phosphate buffer pH 6.8. The presence of PAA exerted opposite effects on the release of theophylline in phosphate buffer pH 6.8. In one aspect, theophylline release was accelerated because the erosion of PAA was much faster than that of PEO at pH6.8. On the opposite aspect, theophylline release was slowed down because of the formation of insoluble complex inside the gel layer as the result of the acidic microenvironment induced by PAA, and the increase in the viscosity of the gel layer as the result of the synergy between PEO and PAA. These two opposite effects offset each other. As a result, the release of theophylline remained statistically the same even when 75% PEO in the formulation was replaced with PAA. In phosphate buffer pH 6.8, the release of

  8. Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Investigation of Polymer Backbone Dynamics in Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Based Lithium and Sodium Polyether-ester-sulfonate Ionomers

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    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2013-01-01

    Polymer backbone dynamics of single ion conducting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based ionomer samples with low glass transition temperatures (Tg) have been investigated using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Experiments detecting 13C with 1H decoupling under magic angle spinning (MAS) conditions identified the different components of the polymer backbone (PEO spacer and isophthalate groups) and their relative mobilities for a suite of lithium- and sodium-containing ionomer samples with varying cation contents. Variable temperature (203-373 K) 1H-13C cross-polarization MAS (CP-MAS) experiments also provided qualitative assessment of the differences in the motions of the polymer backbone components as a function of cation content and identity. Each of the main backbone components exhibit distinct motions, following the trends expected for motional characteristics based on earlier Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering and 1H spin-lattice relaxation rate measurements. Previous 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation measurements focused on both the polymer backbone and cation motion on the nanosecond timescale. The studies presented here assess the slower timescale motion of the polymer backbone allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the polymer dynamics. The temperature dependences of 13C linewidths were used to both qualitatively and quantitatively examine the effects of cation content and identity on PEO spacer mobility. Variable contact time 1H-13C CP-MAS experiments were used to further assess the motions of the polymer backbone on the microsecond timescale. The motion of the PEO spacer, reported via the rate of magnetization transfer from 1H to 13C nuclei, becomes similar for T ≳ 1.1 Tg in all ionic samples, indicating that at similar elevated reduced temperatures the motions of the polymer backbones on the microsecond timescale become insensitive to ion interactions. These results present an improved picture, beyond those of previous findings, for

  9. Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance investigation of polymer backbone dynamics in poly(ethylene oxide) based lithium and sodium polyether-ester-sulfonate ionomers

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    Roach, David J.; Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2013-05-01

    Polymer backbone dynamics of single ion conducting poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based ionomer samples with low glass transition temperatures (Tg) have been investigated using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance. Experiments detecting 13C with 1H decoupling under magic angle spinning (MAS) conditions identified the different components of the polymer backbone (PEO spacer and isophthalate groups) and their relative mobilities for a suite of lithium- and sodium-containing ionomer samples with varying cation contents. Variable temperature (203-373 K) 1H-13C cross-polarization MAS (CP-MAS) experiments also provided qualitative assessment of the differences in the motions of the polymer backbone components as a function of cation content and identity. Each of the main backbone components exhibit distinct motions, following the trends expected for motional characteristics based on earlier Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering and 1H spin-lattice relaxation rate measurements. Previous 1H and 7Li spin-lattice relaxation measurements focused on both the polymer backbone and cation motion on the nanosecond timescale. The studies presented here assess the slower timescale motion of the polymer backbone allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the polymer dynamics. The temperature dependences of 13C linewidths were used to both qualitatively and quantitatively examine the effects of cation content and identity on PEO spacer mobility. Variable contact time 1H-13C CP-MAS experiments were used to further assess the motions of the polymer backbone on the microsecond timescale. The motion of the PEO spacer, reported via the rate of magnetization transfer from 1H to 13C nuclei, becomes similar for T ˜x 1{.1} Tg in all ionic samples, indicating that at similar elevated reduced temperatures the motions of the polymer backbones on the microsecond timescale become insensitive to ion interactions. These results present an improved picture, beyond those of previous findings, for the

  10. Thermal degradation of poly(olefin-α olefin) copolymers

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    Halász, L.; Belina, K.; Szücs, A.

    2014-05-01

    The mechanism of thermal degradation of the polyethylene and polypropylene copolymers depends not only on the thermal conditions, but also greatly influenced by the structural characteristics of polymers, in particular the comonomer type, content (short-chain branching) and distribution of short chain branching. The effect of comonomer content was investigated in the present study. The comonomer decreased the thermal stability of polyethylene and polypropylene. The longer side group and the bigger amount of comonomer are favourable to the thermal degradation. The use a branched type comonomer (3,4-methyl-pentene) changed the degradation mechanism because the degradation is occured in the side group.

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

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

    2015-08-25

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

  12. Molecular mobility and cation conduction in sulfonated polyester copolymer ionomers

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    Tudryn, Gregory; King, Daniel; O'Reilly, Michael; Winey, Karen; Colby, Ralph

    2011-03-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide) ionomers are candidate materials for electrolytes in energy storage devices due to the ability of ether oxygen to solvate cations. Copolyester ionomers are synthesized via condensation of sulfonated phthalates with mixtures of PEG and PTMG to make random copolymer ionomers with identical ion content. Variation of the PEG/PTMG composition changes Tg, dielectric constant and ionic aggregation; each with consequences for ion transport. Dielectric spectroscopy is used to determine number density of conducting ions, their mobility and extent of aggregation. Conductivity and mobility show Vogel temperature dependence and increase with PEG content; even though PTMG ionomers have lower Tg. Conducting ion densities show Arrhenius temperature dependence and are nearly identical for polymers containing PEG. SAXS confirms the extent of aggregation and temperature response from dielectric results, and exposes phase separation as PTMG content is increased. The tradeoff between ion-solvation and low Tg in this study provides fundamental understanding of ionic aggregation and ion transport in polymer electrolytes.

  13. Shape-controlled synthesis of gold icosahedra and nanoplates using Pluronic P123 block copolymer and sodium chloride

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    Lee, Won-Ki; Cha, Sang-Ho; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Kim, Byung-Woo; Lee, Jong-Chan

    2009-12-15

    Gold icosahedra with an average diameter of about 600 nm were easily prepared by heating an aqueous solution of the amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide){sub 20}-poly(propylene oxide){sub 70}-poly(ethylene oxide){sub 20} (Pluronic P123), and hydrogen tetrachloroaurate(III) trihydrate (HAuCl{sub 4}.3H{sub 2}O) at 60 deg. C for 25 min. When sodium chloride (NaCl:HAuCl{sub 4} molar ratio=10:1) was added to this aqueous solution, gold nanoplates were produced. The chloride ion was found to be a key component in the formation of the gold nanoplates by facilitating the growth of {l_brace}111{r_brace} oriented hexagonal/triangular gold nanoplates, because similar gold nanoplates were produced when LiCl or KCl was added to the aqueous solution instead of NaCl, while gold nanocrystals having irregular shapes were produced when NaBr or NaI was added. - Graphical abstract: Gold icosahedra were prepared by heating an aqueous solution of Pluronic P123 and HAuCl{sub 4}. When NaCl was added to this solution, gold nanoplates were produced.

  14. 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.

  15. Tartaric Acid-Assisted Self-Assembly of Hybrid Block Copolymer Composites

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    Yao, Li; Lin, Ying; Watkins, James

    2014-03-01

    Enantiopure tartaric acid was used as an additive to increase the segregation strength of poly(ethylene oxide-block-tert-butyl acrylate) (PEO-b-PtBA) copolymers through strong, selective interactions with one of the polymer chain segments. Addition of tartaric acid to PEO-b-PtBA exhibiting cylindrical morphologies resulted in the formation of helical superstructures as observed by transmission electron microscopy. It was also found that this small acid additive can also enable phase-selective ultra-high loading of nanoparticles (NPs) into target domains of the block copolymer composites. The loading of tartaric acid can increase enthalpically favorable interactions between the nanoparticle ligands and the host domain and mitigate entropic penalties associated with NP incorporation into the target domain. A metal content of over 40 weight percent by mass of the resulting well ordered composites was achieved as measured by thermal gravimetric analysis in PEO-b-PtBA/tartaric acid/4-hydroxythiophenol functionalized Au NP hybrid system. Funding from Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM); Facility support from Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UMass Amherst.

  16. Hierarchical pattern formation through photo-induced disorder in block copolymer/additive composite films

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    Yao, Li; Watkins, James

    2013-03-01

    Segregation strength in hybrid materials can be increased through selective hydrogen bonding between organic or nanoparticle additives and one block of weakly segregated block copolymers to generate well ordered hybrid materials. Here, we report the use of enantiopure tartaric acid as the additive to dramatically improve ordering in poly(ethylene oxide-block-tert-butyl acrylate) (PEO-b-PtBA) copolymers. Phase behavior and morphologies within both bulk and thin films were studied by TEM, AFM and X-ray scattering. Suppression of PEO crystallization by the interaction between tartaric acid and the PEO block enables the formation of well ordered smooth thin films. With the addition of a photo acid generator, photo-induced disorder in PEO-b-PtBA/tartaric acid composite system can be achieved upon UV exposure to deprotect PtBA block to yield poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), which is phase-miscible with PEO. Due to the strong interaction of tartaric acid with both blocks, the system undergoes a disordering transition within seconds during a post-exposure baking. With the assistance of trace-amounts of base quencher, high resolution, hierarchical patterns of sub-micron regions of ordered and disordered domains were achieved in thin films through area-selective UV exposure using a photo-mask. Funding from Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM); Facility support from Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UMass Amherst and Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source

  17. High Aspect Ratio Sub-15 nm Silicon Trenches From Block Copolymer Templates

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    Gu, Xiaodan; Liu, Zuwei; Gunkel, Ilja; Olynick, Deirdre; Russell, Thomas; University of Massachusetts Amherst Collaboration; Oxford Instrument Collaboration; Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    High-aspect-ratio sub-15 nm silicon trenches are fabricated directly from plasma etching of a block copolymer (BCP) mask. Polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) 40k-b-18k was spin coated and solvent annealed to form cylindrical structures parallel to the silicon substrate. The BCP thin film was reconstructed by immersion in ethanol and then subjected to an oxygen and argon reactive ion etching to fabricate the polymer mask. A low temperature ion coupled plasma with sulfur hexafluoride and oxygen was used to pattern transfer block copolymer structure to silicon with high selectivity (8:1) and fidelity. The silicon pattern was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and grazing incidence x-ray scattering. We also demonstrated fabrication of silicon nano-holes using polystyrene-b-polyethylene oxide (PS-b-PEO) using same methodology described above for PS-b-P2VP. Finally, we show such silicon nano-strucutre serves as excellent nano-imprint master template to pattern various functional materials like poly 3-hexylthiophene (P3HT).

  18. A study of the relationship between lithium ion transport and structure and dynamic behavior in polyethylene oxide-melt/LiClO4 battery electrolytes.

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    Selser, James C

    2009-07-07

    An experimental study of the canonical SPE (“solid” polymer electrolyte) for rechargeable “rocking chair” lithium/polymer batteries, viz. LiClO4 dissolved in molten poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), was carried out under DOE grant FG02-04ER15573. In this study, an improved understanding was obtained of the relationship between lithium ion transport and polymer behavior in these SPEs. Among other applications, these sturdy temperature-tolerant and powerful light-weight batteries would be used in electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to store unused electrical energy for peak demand loads and as compact, light-weight energy sources for aircraft and spacecraft. During the period of the grant, the American/Canadian partnership company “Avestor” fabricated and successfully demonstrated a telecommunications application of shoe-box sized batteries and representatives from Avestor visited our research lab at UNLV. They found our results interesting and relevant to their work and invited us to visit Avestor and present a talk about our efforts at UNLV. Unfortunately Avestor (who was scheduled to build a battery production facility in Apex, Nevada just North of Las Vegas) folded before the visit could be made. In the grant work, two well characterized PEO samples having molar masses distinctly below and distinctly above the melt entanglement molar mass were used and three laser light scattering techniques employed as the principal noninvasive methods of investigating liquid poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/LiClO4 SPEs. These investigations considered the effects of temperature, dissolved salt concentration and scattering wavevector on SPE behavior. Classical or “static” light scattering and the dynamic light scattering techniques of photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) and Fabry-Perot interferometry (FPI) were used to study SPE static, low frequency and high frequency dynamic behaviors, respectively. Static measurements provided

  19. Chondroitin sulfate-polyethylenimine copolymer-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as an efficient magneto-gene carrier for microRNA-encoding plasmid DNA delivery

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    Lo, Yu-Lun; Chou, Han-Lin; Liao, Zi-Xian; Huang, Shih-Jer; Ke, Jyun-Han; Liu, Yu-Sheng; Chiu, Chien-Chih; Wang, Li-Fang

    2015-04-01

    MicroRNA-128 (miR-128) is an attractive therapeutic molecule with powerful glioblastoma regulation properties. However, miR-128 lacks biological stability and leads to poor delivery efficacy in clinical applications. In our previous study, we demonstrated two effective transgene carriers, including polyethylenimine (PEI)-decorated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) as well as chemically-conjugated chondroitin sulfate-PEI copolymers (CPs). In this contribution, we report optimized conditions for coating CPs onto the surfaces of SPIONs, forming CPIOs, for magneto-gene delivery systems. The optimized weight ratio of the CPs and SPIONs is 2 : 1, which resulted in the formation of a stable particle as a good transgene carrier. The hydrodynamic diameter of the CPIOs is ~136 nm. The gel electrophoresis results demonstrate that the weight ratio of CPIO/DNA required to completely encapsulate pDNA is >=3. The in vitro tests of CPIO/DNA were done in 293 T, CRL5802, and U87-MG cells in the presence and absence of an external magnetic field. The magnetofection efficiency of CPIO/DNA was measured in the three cell lines with or without fetal bovine serum (FBS). CPIO/DNA exhibited remarkably improved gene expression in the presence of the magnetic field and 10% FBS as compared with a gold non-viral standard, PEI/DNA, and a commercial magnetofection reagent, PolyMag/DNA. In addition, CPIO/DNA showed less cytotoxicity than PEI/DNA and PolyMag/DNA against the three cell lines. The transfection efficiency of the magnetoplex improved significantly with an assisted magnetic field. In miR-128 delivery, a microRNA plate array and fluorescence in situ hybridization were used to demonstrate that CPIO/pMIRNA-128 indeed expresses more miR-128 with the assisted magnetic field than without. In a biodistribution test, CPIO/Cy5-DNA showed higher accumulation at the tumor site where an external magnet is placed nearby.MicroRNA-128 (miR-128) is an attractive therapeutic molecule

  20. Structural Characterization of Layered Morphologies in Precise Copolymers

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    Trigg, Edward; Gaines, Taylor; Wagener, Kenneth; Winey, Karen

    2015-03-01

    Layered morphologies have been observed in precise polyethylene-based copolymers that contain acid, charged, or polar functional groups precisely spaced along a linear alkane chain. Sufficiently long alkane segments form structures resembling orthorhombic polyethylene crystals, while the functional groups form 2-D layers that disrupt the alkane crystal structure to varying degrees. Here, layered morphologies in precise copolymers containing acrylic acid, phosphonic acid, imidazolium bromide, and sulfone groups are studied via X-ray scattering. Specifically, the composition profiles of the layered structures are obtained by Fourier synthesis, and the coherence length is investigated using peak width analysis. This analysis indicates that the layers of functional groups are frequently bordered by two crystallites, which suggests different dynamics relative to layers bordered by one crystalline and one amorphous microdomain. Detailed understanding of the structure of the layered morphologies will allow for a systematic investigation of proton and ion conductivity mechanisms, which are expected to occur through the high-dielectric layers.

  1. Silicone/Acrylate Copolymers

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    Dennis, W. E.

    1982-01-01

    Two-step process forms silicone/acrylate copolymers. Resulting acrylate functional fluid is reacted with other ingredients to produce copolymer. Films of polymer were formed by simply pouring or spraying mixture and allowing solvent to evaporate. Films showed good weatherability. Durable, clear polymer films protect photovoltaic cells.

  2. 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.

  3. The application of radiation-induced processed copolymers to biocatalysis immobilisation

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    de Silva, M. Alves; Beddows, C. G.; Gil, M. H.; Guthrie, J. T.; Guiomar, A. J.; Kotov, S.; Piedade, A. P.

    In this paper, some of the work carried out at our laboratories on the immobilisation of biocatalysts onto graft copolymers prepared by radiation induced procedures is reported. The graft copolymers used were based either on hydrophilic natural polymer (agar) or on hydrophobic (polyethylene) supports. The comonomers grafted branches include poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) and poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) crosslinked with trimethylpropane triacrylata (TMPTA). The suitability of these graft copolymers for immobilising ∝-chymotrypsin, glucose oxidase and trypsin was assessed by determining the amount of biocatalysts coupled to the support and its retention of activity. The Michaelis Mentan constants (K M) for some of the immobilised enzymes were determined.

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  8. Inter and Intra Molecular Phase Separation Environment Effects on PI-PEO Block Copolymers for Batteries and Fuel Cells

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    Xue, Chen-Chen; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Eby, R. K.; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.; Ge, Jason J.; Cubon, Valerie A.

    2002-01-01

    Rod-coil molecules have been introduced as a novel type of block copolymers with unique microstructure due to their ability to self-assemble to various ordered morphologies on a nanometer length scale. These molecules, comprised two homo polymers joined together at one end, microphase separate into ordered, periodic arrays of spheres, cylinders in the bulk state and or solution. To get ordered structure in a reasonable scale, additional force field are applied, such as mechanical shearing, electric field and magnetic field. Recently, progress has made it a possible to develop a new class of polyimides (PI)-Polyethylene oxide (PEO) that are soluble in polar organic solvents. The solvent-soluble PI-PEO has a wide variety of applications in microelectronics, since these PI-PEO films exhibit a high degree of thermal and chemical stability. In this paper, we report the self-assembled ordered structure of PI-PEO molecules formed from concentrate solution.

  9. Chemical interaction of polyethylene matrix with vegetable fillers in biocomposites

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    Pantyukhov, Petr; Monakhova, Tatiana; Popov, Anatoly; Zykova, Anna

    2016-05-01

    The paper studies the diffusion of low molecular weight components from vegetable fillers into polyethylene matrix during the preparation of biocomposites. In order to identify the diffusible substances a model experiment used where the hexadecane acted as a model of polyethylene. It was determined that polyphenolic compounds and chlorophyll penetrate from vegetable fillers to hexadecane to the maximum extent. There was found a correlation between the amount of polyphenolic compounds diffusible from the fillers to hexadecane and thermal oxidation kinetics of real biocomposites based on polyethylene and vegetable fillers. Thus, it has been assumed the diffusion of polyphenols and chlorophyll from vegetable fillers into polyethylene matrix during the preparation of biocomposites.

  10. Polyethylene Glycol 3350

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    Polyethylene glycol 3350 comes as a powder to be mixed with a liquid and taken by mouth. It is usually taken once a day as needed for up to ... to produce a bowel movement.To use the powder, follow these steps: If you are using polyethylene ...

  11. Crystallization in Ordered Polydisperse Polyolefin Diblock Copolymers

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    Li, Sheng; Register, Richard A.; Landes, Brian G.; Hustad, Phillip D.; Weinhold, Jeffrey D.

    2010-12-07

    The morphologies of polydisperse ethylene-octene diblock copolymers, synthesized via a novel coordinative chain transfer polymerization process, are examined using two-dimensional synchrotron small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering on flow-aligned specimens. The diblock copolymers comprise one amorphous block with high 1-octene content and one semicrystalline block with relatively low 1-octene content, and each block ideally exhibits the most-probable distribution. Near-symmetric diblocks with a sufficiently large octene differential between the amorphous and semicrystalline blocks show well-ordered lamellar domain structures with long periods exceeding 100 nm. Orientation of these domain structures persists through multiple melting/recrystallization cycles, reflecting a robust structure which self-assembles in the melt. The domain spacings are nearly 3-fold larger than those in near-monodisperse polyethylene block copolymers of similar molecular weights. Although the well-ordered lamellar domain structure established in the melt is preserved in the solid state, the crystallites are isotropic in orientation. These materials display crystallization kinetics consistent with a spreading growth habit, indicating that the lamellae do not confine or template the growing crystals. The exceptionally large domain spacings and isotropic crystal growth are attributed to interblock mixing resulting from the large polydispersity; short hard blocks dissolved in the soft-block-rich domains swell the domain spacing in the melt and allow hard block crystallization to proceed across the lamellar domain interfaces.

  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. Polyethylene glycol compared with ytterbium oxide as a total faecal output marker to predict organic matter intake of dairy ewes fed indoors or at pasture.

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    Hassoun, P; Bastianelli, D; Autran, P; Bocquier, F

    2014-09-01

    Several external markers can be used for estimating total faecal output in view of assessing ruminant intake at pasture. Among them, ytterbium (Yb) has been used for many years in various conditions. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a promising external marker because it can be rapidly determined using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). The study consisted of 24 adult lactating dairy ewes over three periods (P1, P2 and P3), fed with three different diets: P1, total mixed ration (TMR); P2, Italian ryegrass (IRG); and P3, pasture. After an adaptation period, the ewes were administered a daily dose of ytterbium oxide (0.35 g/day) and PEG (20 g/day) for 2 weeks. During the last week, the daily organic matter intake (OMIOBS) was measured. Faecal samples were collected at milking time (0800 and 1600 h) to determine marker content, using only samples collected in the morning (PEGm) or by averaging samples (Yb, PEGma). Faecal marker content made it possible to assess total faecal output, either using the two recovery rates for PEG (0.98 or 0.87) or not. The OMIOBS was assessed on the basis of total faeces estimated with Yb (OMIYb) or PEG (OMIPEG), and the digestibility was calculated on the basis of feed analysis. With total TMR (P1), the OMIPEG, corrected with recovery rate (OMIPEGm98) or not corrected (OMIPEGm) was 2.40 kg/day and 2.50 kg/day, respectively, and was not different (P>0.05) from OMIOBS (2.51 kg/day), whereas OMIYb was lower (2.14 kg/day) (P<0.001). With IRG (P2), OMIPEGm98 (1.67 kg/day), OMIPEGm87 (1.51 kg/day) and OMIYb (1.59 kg/day) were not different (P>0.05) from OMIOBS (1.57 kg/day). With pasture (P3), the OMIPEGm (1.54 kg/day) and OMIPEGm98 (1.48 kg/day) were not different (P>0.05) from the OMI assessed from the biomass measurement (1.52 kg/day). The OMIYb (1.36 kg/day) was lower (P<0.05) but not different from OMIPEGm98 and OMIPEGm87. Spearman's rank correlation between OMIOBS and other OMIs (predicted with Yb or PEG P1 and P2) showed that it is possible

  14. Comparison of cross-linked polyethylene materials for orthopaedic applications.

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    Collier, John P; Currier, Barbara H; Kennedy, Francis E; Currier, John H; Timmins, Graham S; Jackson, Simon K; Brewer, Robin L

    2003-09-01

    Cross-linked polyethylenes are being marketed by orthopaedic manufacturers to address the problem of osteolysis caused by polyethylene particulate wear debris. Wear testing of these cross-linked polyethylenes in hip simulators has shown dramatic reduction in wear rate compared with standard ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene, either gamma irradiated in air or nitrogen - or ethylene oxide-sterilized. However, this reduction in wear rate is not without cost. The cross-linking processes can result in materials with lower mechanical properties than standard ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene. To evaluate the effect of the various cross-linking processes on physical and mechanical properties of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene, commercially available cross-linked polyethylenes from six orthopaedic manufacturers were tested. This study was the culmination of collaboration with these manufacturers, who provided cross-linked polyethylene for this study, wear characteristics of the material they provided, and review of the physical and mechanical properties measure for their polyethylene. Cross-linked materials were evaluated as received and after an accelerated aging protocol. Free radical identity and concentration, oxidation, crystallinity, melt temperature, ultimate tensile strength, elongation at break, tensile stress at yield, and toughness are reported for each material. By comparing these physical and mechanical properties, surgeons can evaluate the trade-off that results from developing materials with substantially lower wear rates. PMID:12966304

  15. 76 FR 69659 - Methacrylic Acid-Methyl Methacrylate-Polyethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Methacrylate Graft...

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    2011-11-09

    ...This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate- polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether methacrylate graft copolymer when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Akzo Noel Surface Chemistry LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an......

  16. Preservation of Mercury in Polyethylene Containers.

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    Piccolino, Samuel Paul

    1983-01-01

    Reports results of experiments favoring use of 0.5 percent nitric acid with an oxidant (potassium dichromate or potassium permanganate) to preserve samples in polyethylene containers for mercury analysis. Includes procedures used and statistical data obtained from the experiments. (JN)

  17. Biodegradable poly(ethylene-g-vinyl alcohol) copolymer

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    Watanabe, T.; Huang, S.J.

    1993-12-31

    A graft reaction of poly(vinyl alcohol), PVA, and polyethylene grafted width maleic