A SAXS study of the structure of gels formed by mixtures of polyoxyalkylene triblock copolymers
Hamley, I.W., Castelletto, V., Ricardo, N., Pinho, M.E.N., Booth, C., Attwood, D. and Yang, Z. (2007) A SAXS study of the structure of gels formed by mixtures of polyoxyalkylene triblock copolymers. Polymer International, 56 (1). pp. 88-92. ISSN 0959-8103
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Small-angle X-ray scattering was used to characterise aqueous micellar gels of triblock copolymers E137S18E137, E82S9E82, E76S5E76, E62P39E62, and of two mixtures: E137S18E137 and E62P39E62 (Mix 1) and ES2S9E82 and E62P39E62 (Mix 2), each 50/50 wt%. E = oxyethylene, CH2CH2O; S = oxyphenylethylene, OCH2CH(C6H5); and P = oxypropylene, OCH2CH(CH3)- Within the concentration and temperature ranges investigated (30-40 wt% copolymer, 20-80 degrees C), spherical micelles of copolymers E137S18E137, E82S9ES2 and E62P39E62 packed into bodycentred cubic (BCC) structures. Gels of E76S5E76 were stable only at high concentrations and low temperatures, and a 70 wt/o copolymer solution at T = 30 degrees C formed a hexagonal gel consistent with cylindrical micelles. It is likely that the mixed copolymers would form two distributions of micelles, and more complex structures were expected. However, gels of Mix 2 had well-ordered BCC structures, while the less ordered gels of Mix 1 were also best characterised as BCC. (c) 2006 Society of Chemical Industry.