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Record number 411162
Title Self-assembled structures of amphiphilic ionic block copolymers: Theory, self-consistent field modeling and experiment
Author(s) Borisov, O.V.; Zhulina, E.B.; Leermakers, F.A.M.; Muller, A.H.E.
Source In: Self Organized Nanostructures of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers I / Mueller, A.H.E., Borisov, O., Berlin : Springer (Advances in Polymer Science 241) - ISBN 9783642224850 - p. 57 - 129.
Department(s) Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) 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
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.
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