Comprehensive theory for star-like polymer micelles: combining classical nucleation and polymer brush theory

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    Abstract

    A comprehensive theory is proposed that combines classical nucleation and polymer brush theory to describe star-like polymer micelles. With a minimum of adjustable parameters, the model predicts properties such as critical micelle concentrations and micellar size distributions. The validity of the present theory is evidenced in direct comparison to experiments; this revealed that the proportionality constant in the Daoud¿Cotton model is of the order of unity and that the star-limit is valid down to relatively short corona chains. Furthermore, we show that the predicted saddle points in the free energy correspond to those solutions that are accessible with self-consistent field methods for self-assembly.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5308-5316
    JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
    Volume10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • telechelic associative polymers
    • consistent-field-theory
    • spherical micelles
    • thermodynamic characteristics
    • nonionic polymers
    • block-copolymers
    • water
    • micellization
    • model
    • predictions

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