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  • Water-soluble interpolyelectrolyte complexes of polyisobutylene-block-poly(methacrylic acid) micelles: formation and properties.

Water-soluble interpolyelectrolyte complexes of polyisobutylene-block-poly(methacrylic acid) micelles: formation and properties.

Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids (2008-01-30)
Markus Burkhardt, Markus Ruppel, Sandrine Tea, Markus Drechsler, Ralf Schweins, Dmitry V Pergushov, Michael Gradzielski, Alexander B Zezin, Axel H E Müller
ABSTRACT

We report on interpolyelectrolyte complexes (IPECs) formed by micelles of ionic amphiphilic diblock copolymers with polyisobutylene (PIB) and poly(sodium methacrylate) (PMANa) blocks interacting with quaternized poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VPQ). The interpolyelectrolyte complexation was followed by turbidimetry and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The data obtained by means of a combination of SANS, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) provide evidence on the core-shell-corona structure of the complex species with the shell assembled from fragments of electrostatically bound PMANa and quaternized P4VPQ fragments, original PIBx-b-PMAAy micelles apparently playing a lyophilizing part. The complex formation is followed by potentiometric titration as well. This process is initially kinetically controlled. In the second step larger aggregates rearrange in favor of smaller complexes with core-shell-corona structure, which are thermodynamically more stable. An increase in ionic strength of the solution results in dissociation of the complex species as proven by SANS and analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC). This process begins at the certain threshold ionic strength and proceeds via a salt-induced gradual release of chains of the cationic polyectrolyte from the complex species.

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2-Methylpropene, 99%