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Self-assembly of double hydrophilic block copolymers in concentrated aqueous solution

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Abstract

We report the unusual aqueous (micro)phase separation of binary mixtures of two biocompatible, hydrophilic homopolymers and the corresponding double-hydrophilic diblock copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC). SAXS analysis of these double hydrophilic block copolymers in concentrated aqueous solution shows highly hydrated nano-structures and a hydration mechanism is proposed based on these data.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of double hydrophilic block copolymers in concentrated aqueous solution

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The article was received on 27 Apr 2011, accepted on 26 May 2011 and first published on 09 Jun 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05771E
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 6399-6403
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    Self-assembly of double hydrophilic block copolymers in concentrated aqueous solution

    A. Blanazs, N. J. Warren, A. L. Lewis, S. P. Armes and A. J. Ryan, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6399
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05771E

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