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Nanoscale detection of metal-labeled copolymers in patchy polymersomes

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Abstract

We report the synthesis of polymersome-forming block copolymers using two different synthetic routes based on Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) and Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization, respectively. Functionalization with 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) allowed the block copolymer chains to be labelled with electron-dense metal ions (e.g. indium). The resulting metal-conjugated copolymers can be visualized by transmission electron microscopy with single chain resolution, hence enabling the study of polymer/polymer immiscibility and phase separation on the nano-scale.

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Submitted
05 Nov 2014
Accepted
02 Jan 2015
First published
05 Jan 2015

Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 2065-2068
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Nanoscale detection of metal-labeled copolymers in patchy polymersomes

L. Ruiz-Pérez, J. Madsen, E. Themistou, J. Gaitzsch, L. Messager, S. P. Armes and G. Battaglia, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 2065
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY01508H

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