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Comparison of complex coacervate core micelles from two diblock copolymers or a single diblock copolymer with a polyelectrolyte

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Abstract

With light scattering titrations, we show that complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) form from a diblock copolymer with a polyelectrolyte block and either an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte, a diblock copolymer with an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte or a mixture of the two. The effect of added salt and pH on both types of C3Ms is investigated. The hydrodynamic radius of mixed C3Ms can be controlled by varying the percentage of oppositely charged polyelectrolyte or diblock copolymer. A simple core-shell model is used to interpret the results from light scattering, giving the same trends as the experiments for both the hydrodynamic radii and the relative scattering intensities. Temperature has only a small effect on the C3Ms. Isothermal titration calorimetry shows that the complexation is mainly driven by Coulombic attraction and by the entropy gain due to counterion release.

Graphical abstract: Comparison of complex coacervate core micelles from two diblock copolymers or a single diblock copolymer with a polyelectrolyte

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The article was received on 21 Apr 2006, accepted on 26 Jul 2006 and first published on 09 Aug 2006


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B605695D
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006,8, 4242-4251
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    Comparison of complex coacervate core micelles from two diblock copolymers or a single diblock copolymer with a polyelectrolyte

    B. Hofs, I. K. Voets, A. de Keizer and M. A. Cohen Stuart, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006, 8, 4242
    DOI: 10.1039/B605695D

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