Dendrimicelles with pH-controlled aggregation number of core-dendrimers and stability

Junyou Wang, Liu Lei, Ilja K. Voets, Martien A. Cohen Stuart, Aldrik H. Velders*

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We present a simple way to build up well-controlled coacervate-core dendrimicelles by assembly of anionic PAMAM dendrimers with a cationic-neutral diblock copolymer. Upon increasing pH, the formation of micellar structures shows constant size but the number of dendrimer molecules incorporated in one micelle decreases, following the charge stoichiometry formation rules; concomitantly, the salt stability increases. This study shows the straightforward tuning of macromolecular core-units and related micelle properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7893-7897
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number34
Early online date17 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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