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Langmuir. 2007 Nov 6;23(23):11526-33. Epub 2007 Oct 4.

Thermoresponsive micelles from Jeffamine-b-poly(L-glutamic acid) double hydrophilic block copolymers.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques, Université Bordeaux 1, ENSCPB-CNRS, 16 Avenue Pey Berland, 33607 Pessac Cedex, France.

Abstract

Double hydrophilic block copolymers (DHBC) consisting of a Jeffamine block, a statistical copolymer based on ethylene oxide and propylene oxide units possessing a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of 30 degrees C in water, and poly(L-glutamic acid) as a pH-responsive block were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of gamma-benzyl-L-glutamate N-carboxyanhydride using an amino-terminated Jeffamine macroinitiator, followed by hydrolysis. This DHBC proved thermoresponsive as evidenced by dynamic light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering experiments. Spherical micelles with a Jeffamine core and a poly(L-glutamic acid) corona were formed above the LCST of Jeffamine. The size of the core of such micelles decreased with increasing temperature, with complete core dehydration being achieved at 66 degrees C. Such behavior, commonly observed for thermosensitive homopolymers forming mesoglobules, is thus demonstrated here for a DHBC that self-assembles to generate thermoresponsive micelles of high colloidal stability.

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