Micellar shape change and internal segregation induced by chemical modification of a tryptych block copolymer surfactant

Zhilian Zhou, Zhibo Li, Yu Ren, Marc A. Hillmyer, Timothy P. Lodge

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Abstract

We report the detailed characterization of micelles formed by two nonionic, amphiphilic ABC triblock copolymers. Poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(styrene)-b-1,2-poly(butadiene) (PEO-b-PS-b-PB) triblock copolymer "OSB" forms core-corona spherical micelles in aqueous solution, and the two hydrophobic blocks S and B are mixed homogeneously within the micelle core. PEO-b-PS-b-PB:C6F13I triblock copolymer "OSF" was prepared by selective fluorination of the B block in OSB with n-perfluorohexyl iodide. Fluorination of the B block induces internal segregation into an inner F core and an intermediate S shell. Furthermore, the strong incompatibility that results from fluorination drives a shape change into an oblate ellipsoid. These micellar morphologies are confirmed by combined light, neutron, and X-ray scattering measurements, as well as TEM imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10182-10183
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume125
Issue number34
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 27 2003

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