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標題: Temperature/pH-induced morphological regulations of shell cross-linked graft copolymer assemblies
作者: Chiang, W.H.
Hsu, Y.H.
Tang, F.F.
Chern, C.S.
Chiu, H.C.
關鍵字: Self-assembly;Stimuli-responsive;Shell cross-linked;hollow-sphere transition;polyion complex micelles;poly(ethylene;glycol);diblock copolymers;structural-changes;block-copolymers;light-scattering;mpeg grafts;ph;water
Project: Polymer
期刊/報告no:: Polymer, Volume 51, Issue 26, Page(s) 6248-6257.
Shell cross-linked (SCL) assemblies are prepared from the thermally induced three-layered, onion-like micelles of graft copolymers comprising acrylic acid (AAc) and 2-methacryloylethyl acrylate (MEA) as the backbone units and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) and monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG) as the grafts via radical polymerization of the MEA residues within the AAc-rich interfacial layers in the aqueous phase of pH 5.0 at 60 degrees C. The resulting nanosized SCL assemblies exhibit versatile structural regulations in a fully reversible manner in response to changes in pH and temperature. At 20 degrees C, SCL assemblies retain the morphology of vesicle-like hollow microspheres with pH-controlled water influx and particle size. At pH 7.0, SCL assemblies remain invariant in both vesicular structure and size irrespective of the temperature increase beyond the coil-to-globule phase transition of PNIPAAm grafts occurring primarily in a highly individual manner. When the temperature increases from 20 to 60 degrees C at pH 5.0, the hollow particle size is greatly reduced, accompanied by the development of hydrophobic, impermeable PNIPAAm lumens attached to the inside surfaces of the interfacial gel layers. In addition, SCL assemblies undergo a dramatic thermally induced transformation from the vesicle-like to micelle-like morphology by virtue of yielding hydrophobic PNIPAAm inner cores at pH 3.0. The thermally evolved morphology of SCL assemblies is governed by the vesicle structure in response to the effect of pH on the AAc ionization within the interfacial gel layers at ambient temperature. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0032-3861
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2010.10.038
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