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Double-layered micellar interpolyelectrolyte complexes—how many shells to a core?

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We report on the formation of double-layered micellar interpolyelectrolyte complexes (IPECs) from ABC triblock terpolymer precursor micelles and hydrophilic homo- or block copolymers. Polybutadiene-block-poly(1-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium)-block-poly(sodium methacrylate) (PB-b-P2VPq-b-PMANa) block terpolymers form micelles in aqueous solution at high pH exhibiting a PB core, a P2VPq/PMANa intramicellar IPEC (im-IPEC) shell, and a PMANa corona, which is negatively charged. Upon mixing with either positively charged, quaternized poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMAq) homopolymers or its double-hydrophilic block copolymer with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-b-PDMAEMAq), a further IPEC shell is formed, rendering core–shell–shell–corona aggregates. The effects of the ratio of positive to negative charges, Z+/−, the composition of the block terpolymer micelles, and the length of the added Dq block were investigated. We show that within a certain Z+/− regime stable complex micellar IPECs featuring two distinguishable IPEC shells are formed. The so-formed complex particles were analyzed by dynamic light scattering and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy.

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The article was received on 24 Oct 2010, accepted on 18 Nov 2010 and first published on 14 Dec 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01195A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 1714-1725
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    Double-layered micellar interpolyelectrolyte complexes—how many shells to a core?

    C. V. Synatschke, F. H. Schacher, M. Förtsch, M. Drechsler and A. H. E. Müller, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1714
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01195A

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