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Electrostatic hierarchical co-assembly in aqueous solutions of two oppositely charged double hydrophilic diblock copolymers

Voets, Ilja K. ; Keizer, Arie de ; Leermakers, Frans A.M. ; Debuigne, Antoine ; Jérôme, Robert ; Detrembleur, Christophe ; Cohen Stuart, Martien A.

In: European Polymer Journal, 2009, vol. 45, no. 10, p. 2913-2925

The formation of spherical micelles in aqueous solutions of poly(N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide), P2MVP-b-PEO and poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol), PAA-b-PVOH has been investigated with light scattering-titrations, dynamic and static light scattering, and ¹H 2D Nuclear Overhauser Effect Spectroscopy. Complex coacervate... Plus

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    Summary
    The formation of spherical micelles in aqueous solutions of poly(N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide), P2MVP-b-PEO and poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol), PAA-b-PVOH has been investigated with light scattering-titrations, dynamic and static light scattering, and ¹H 2D Nuclear Overhauser Effect Spectroscopy. Complex coacervate core micelles, also called PIC micelles, block ionomer complexes, and interpolyelectrolyte complexes, are formed in thermodynamic equilibrium under charge neutral conditions (pH 8, 1 mM NaNO₃, = 25 °C) through electrostatic interaction between the core-forming P2MVP and PAA blocks. 2D ¹H NOESY NMR experiments show no cross-correlations between PEO and PVOH blocks, indicating their segregation in the micellar corona. Self-consistent field calculations support the conclusion that these C3Ms are likely to resemble a ‘patched micelle’; that is, micelles featuring a ‘spheres-on-sphere’ morphology.