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Investigations on the micellization of amphiphilic dendritic copolymers: from unimers to micelles

Zhang, C., Zhou, H., Li, Y., Zhang, Y., Yu, C., Li, H., Chen, Y., Hamley, I. W. ORCID: and Jiang, S. (2018) Investigations on the micellization of amphiphilic dendritic copolymers: from unimers to micelles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 514. pp. 609-614. ISSN 0021-9797

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.12.070


Since the micellization kinetics is influenced by polymer structure, the spherical three-dimensional topology of amphiphilic dendritic copolymers (ADPs) which hinders the phase separation during micellization is assumed to make the micellization kinetics different. In the literatures, most of the attention has been paid to the morphology transition or the morphology at equilibrium and the micellization kinetics of ADPs is rarely reported. In this study, the micellization processes of amphiphilic dendritic copolymers from unimers to the final equilibrium micelles were monitored by laser light scattering. Based on the closed association mechanism, the thermodynamics of micellization was analysed. The negative thermodynamic quantities indicate that the micellization of ADPs is driven by enthalpy. Based on the change of scattering intensity and hydrodynamic radius (Rh) with time, the detailed micellization kinetics was analysed, which contains two steps. By controlling the temperature and type of solvent, a system in which the concentration has little influence on Rh is obtained. The relaxation times of the two steps decrease with concentration, indicating that at higher concentration the rate of micellization is quicker. With the increasing mass fraction of the hydrophobic part, the relaxation times decrease and the driving force of micellization increases.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
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