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Doubly thermo-responsive copolymers in ionic liquid

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We report the behaviour of thermoresponsive block copolymers of n-butyl acrylate and N-alkyl acrylamides in [C2mim][NTf2]. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) exhibits an upper critical solution temperature in [C2mim][NTf2] whereas poly(n-butyl acrylate) has a lower critical solution temperature. Consequently, these polymers exhibit double thermo-responsiveness correlated with the macromolecular structure. Moreover, a switching from micellar to reverse micellar structures was induced by a change in temperature. This property enables the development of reversible shuttles between ionic liquids and water.

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The article was received on 18 Dec 2015, accepted on 17 Feb 2016 and first published on 17 Feb 2016

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM03063C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 3246-3251
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    Doubly thermo-responsive copolymers in ionic liquid

    H. H. Nguyen, M. El Ezzi, C. Mingotaud, M. Destarac, J.-D. Marty and N. Lauth-de Viguerie, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 3246
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM03063C

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