Reversible phase transformations in concentrated aqueous block copolymer solutions of poly(methyl acrylate)-b-poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co- dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate)

Kyle B. Guice, Yueh Lin Loo

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Abstract

We have synthesized and characterized concentrated aqueous block copolymer solutions made with a series of poly(methyl acrylate)-b-poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate), PMA/PHD, diblock copolymers with varying dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) content. The concentrated aqueous block copolymer solution consisting of PMA/PHD with high DMAEMA content (75 mol %) exhibits reversible morphological transitions from disordered, interacting spherical micelles to hexagonally packed cylinders to alternating lamellae over a narrow temperature range (30°C) due to decreased hydrophilicity of DMAEMA units with increasing temperature. Between morphological transformations, the microstructures experience a decrease in characteristic spacing, reminiscent of a lower critical solution temperature-type response. By changing the DMAEMA content within the PHD block, we are able to tune the swelling characteristics of concentrated PMA/PHD solutions, as well as the range of morphologies accessible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9053-9058
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecules
Volume40
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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