Self-assembled structures of amphiphilic ionic block copolymers: Theory, self-consistent field modeling and experiment

O.V. Borisov, E.B. Zhulina, F.A.M. Leermakers, A.H.E. Muller

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Abstract

We present an overview of statistical thermodynamic theories that describe the self-assembly of amphiphilic ionic/hydrophobic diblock copolymers in dilute solution. Block copolymers with both strongly and weakly dissociating (pH-sensitive) ionic blocks are considered. We focus mostly on structural and morphological transitions that occur in self-assembled aggregates as a response to varied environmental conditions (ionic strength and pH in the solution). Analytical theory is complemented by a numerical self-consistent field approach. Theoretical predictions are compared to selected experimental data on micellization of ionic/hydrophobic diblock copolymers in aqueous solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelf Organized Nanostructures of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers I
EditorsA.H.E. Mueller, O. Borisov
Place of PublicationBerlin
Pages57-129
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Polymer Science
PublisherSpringer
Number241

Keywords

  • star-branched polyelectrolytes
  • charged diblock-copolymers
  • lipid bilayer-membranes
  • poly(n-butyl acrylate)-block-poly(acrylic acid)
  • soluble interpolyelectrolyte complexes
  • statistical thermodynamics
  • association colloids
  • polyisobutylene-block-poly(meth

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