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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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Submitted
27 Apr 2011
Accepted
26 May 2011
First published
09 Jun 2011

Soft Matter, 2011,7, 6399-6403
Article type
Communication

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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