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Thermodynamics of micellisation of a diblock copolymer of ethylene oxide and styrene oxide in water

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Aqueous solutions of block copolymer S13E60 were studied by surface tensiometry. [E denotes an oxyethylene unit, OCH2CH2 , and S an oxyphenylethylene unit, OCH2CH(C6H5).] Critical micelle concentrations were determined at several temperatures and thereby values of the standard enthalpy of micellisation, ΔmicH°. It was found that the copolymer underwent almost athermal micellisation. This unusual behaviour in block copolymer systems is attributed to the hydrophobic block being tightly coiled in the molecular state, so that interaction of its units with water (hydrophobic bonding) is minimised, with the resulting small positive contribution to ΔmicH° being essentially balanced by a negative contribution from dispersion interactions of B units in the micelle core.

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The article was received on 15 Aug 2001, accepted on 17 Oct 2001 and first published on 21 Dec 2001


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B107374E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001,3, 5550-5552
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    Thermodynamics of micellisation of a diblock copolymer of ethylene oxide and styrene oxide in water

    A. Kelarakis, V. Havredaki, C. J. Rekatas and C. Booth, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001, 3, 5550
    DOI: 10.1039/B107374E

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