Aqueous dispersions of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(γ-methyl-ε-caprolactone) block copolymers

John A. Zupancich, Frank S. Bates, Marc A. Hillmyer

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Abstract

The formation of spherical, cylindrical, and bilayered vesicle structures from dispersions of polyethylene oxide)-b-poly(γ-methyl-ε-caprolactone) (OMCL) in water, is discussed. These structures were generated at moderate temperatures without the use of a cosolvent and are comprised of a hydrophilic, biocompatible poly(ethylene oxide) block and an amorphous poly(γ-methyl-ε-caprolactone) (PMCL). Aqueous solutions of OMCL diblocks were prepared by a thin-film hydration protocol in which OMCL was initially dissolved in methylene chloride and the solution was added to tared vials. Solution morphologies were characterized with cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) which allows direct visualization of the aggregate structures formed in water. The results of the study identify a promising approach for producing biocompatible and biodegradable dispersions under physiological conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4286-4288
Number of pages3
JournalMacromolecules
Volume39
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 27 2006

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