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Title: Supramolecular Nanosheets Assembled from Poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly( N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine) Diblock Copolymer Containing Crystallizable Hydrophobic Polypeptoid: Crystallization Driven Assembly Transition from Filaments to Nanosheets

Abstract

Supramolecular two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials from block copolymers have received great interest for their unique structure and properties. In this work, we report the formation of ultrathin nanosheets from self-assembly of amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly( N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine) (PEG- b-PNPE) diblock copolymers, which contain rigid crystallizable polypeptoid segment. The PEG- b-PNPE copolymers were synthesized via ring opening polymerization (ROP). The obtained PEG- b-PNPE diblock copolymers can spontaneously form highly ordered structures in PEG selective solvents such as water and methanol. The copolymers with short PNPE segment can directly form nanosheets in water, and the obtained 2D nanosheets have a uniform thickness of 4-5 nm. In contrast, the copolymers with relatively long PNPE segment can only assemble into nanosheets with the assistance of methanol. It is anticpated that the crystallization and π-π stacking of PNPE blocks play critical roles in the formation of the nanosheet as suggested by grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS). During the process of adding water into copolymer methanol solution, the nanosheets were observed to evolve from individual nanofibers, to parallel aligning nanofibers, and eventually to the nanosheet structures verified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cryo-TEM characterizations. We demonstrated that the preassembled filament behave as a fundamental packing motifmore » to align laterally and further fuse into platelet-like structures. The assembly structure evolution process was tracked by TEM, atomic force microscopy, and cryo-TEM techniques. The understandings of supramolecular 2D nanosheet formation offer a new opportunity to make hierarchical nanostructures from polypeptoids containing copolymers.« less

Authors:
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  1. Qingdao Univ. of Science and Technology (China). Key Lab. of Biobased Polymer Materials
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Advanced Light Source (ALS)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1580820
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Macromolecules
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 52; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0024-9297
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; polypeptoid; nanosheet; nanofiber; hierarchical self-assembly

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Wei, Yuhan, Tian, Jiliang, Zhang, Zekun, Zhu, Chenhui, Sun, Jing, and Li, Zhibo. Supramolecular Nanosheets Assembled from Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine) Diblock Copolymer Containing Crystallizable Hydrophobic Polypeptoid: Crystallization Driven Assembly Transition from Filaments to Nanosheets. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02230.
Wei, Yuhan, Tian, Jiliang, Zhang, Zekun, Zhu, Chenhui, Sun, Jing, & Li, Zhibo. Supramolecular Nanosheets Assembled from Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine) Diblock Copolymer Containing Crystallizable Hydrophobic Polypeptoid: Crystallization Driven Assembly Transition from Filaments to Nanosheets. United States. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02230.
Wei, Yuhan, Tian, Jiliang, Zhang, Zekun, Zhu, Chenhui, Sun, Jing, and Li, Zhibo. Wed . "Supramolecular Nanosheets Assembled from Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine) Diblock Copolymer Containing Crystallizable Hydrophobic Polypeptoid: Crystallization Driven Assembly Transition from Filaments to Nanosheets". United States. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02230. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1580820.
@article{osti_1580820,
title = {Supramolecular Nanosheets Assembled from Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine) Diblock Copolymer Containing Crystallizable Hydrophobic Polypeptoid: Crystallization Driven Assembly Transition from Filaments to Nanosheets},
author = {Wei, Yuhan and Tian, Jiliang and Zhang, Zekun and Zhu, Chenhui and Sun, Jing and Li, Zhibo},
abstractNote = {Supramolecular two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials from block copolymers have received great interest for their unique structure and properties. In this work, we report the formation of ultrathin nanosheets from self-assembly of amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(N-(2-phenylethyl)glycine) (PEG-b-PNPE) diblock copolymers, which contain rigid crystallizable polypeptoid segment. The PEG-b-PNPE copolymers were synthesized via ring opening polymerization (ROP). The obtained PEG-b-PNPE diblock copolymers can spontaneously form highly ordered structures in PEG selective solvents such as water and methanol. The copolymers with short PNPE segment can directly form nanosheets in water, and the obtained 2D nanosheets have a uniform thickness of 4-5 nm. In contrast, the copolymers with relatively long PNPE segment can only assemble into nanosheets with the assistance of methanol. It is anticpated that the crystallization and π-π stacking of PNPE blocks play critical roles in the formation of the nanosheet as suggested by grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS). During the process of adding water into copolymer methanol solution, the nanosheets were observed to evolve from individual nanofibers, to parallel aligning nanofibers, and eventually to the nanosheet structures verified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cryo-TEM characterizations. We demonstrated that the preassembled filament behave as a fundamental packing motif to align laterally and further fuse into platelet-like structures. The assembly structure evolution process was tracked by TEM, atomic force microscopy, and cryo-TEM techniques. The understandings of supramolecular 2D nanosheet formation offer a new opportunity to make hierarchical nanostructures from polypeptoids containing copolymers.},
doi = {10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02230},
journal = {Macromolecules},
issn = {0024-9297},
number = 4,
volume = 52,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {2}
}

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