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Title: Unexpected Conformational Behavior of Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-Poly(propylene carbonate)-Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA) Amphiphilic Block Copolymers in Micellar Solution and at the Air-Water Interface

Abstract

Self-assemblies (bulk micelles and Langmuir monolayers) of a new amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-poly(propylene carbonate)-poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA), were investigated in dilute aqueous solution and at the air-water interface. An important feature that distinguishes PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA from conventional linear PEG-based polymer surfactants is that in the hydrophilic PPEGMA block the PEG moieties exist as side chains attached to the poly(methacrylate) (PMA) backbone. This study was performed using three PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA samples having an identical PPC molecular weight (5.6 kDa) and different PPEGMA molecular weights (7.3, 2.8 and 2.1 kDa on either side) (named as “G7C6G7”, “G3C5G3”, and “G2C6G2”, respectively). Cryo-TEM images revealed that G2C6G2 micelles form large clusters, whereas G7C6G7 micelles exist as unimers; the behavior of G3C6G3 is intermediate. The average core surface distance between two adjacent G2C6G2 micelles in a cluster was estimated to be only about 3.7 nm, which suggests that in the micelle corona layer only the PEG side chains (but not the PMA backbone) exist as hydrated brush chains. A calculation showed that at the small micelle separation distance observed, the van der Waals attractive forces become significant, and are thus likely responsible for the cluster formation. Steady shear rheometry measurements confirmed that G2C6G2 micelles aremore » indeed only weakly bound in clusters, and these micelle clusters are thus prone to breakup even under mild steady shear. The micelle breakup force estimated from the shear viscosity data is in reasonable agreement with an estimate obtained from the theoretical van der Waals interaction potential. Langmuir monolayers formed at the air-water interface by PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA were also characterized; surface pressure-area measurements were performed. Detailed features of the surface pressure-area isotherms further supported that only the PEG side chains are hydrated in the subphase, while the PMA backbone remains unhydrated and situated on the water surface.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4]
  1. University of Missouri
  2. University of Southern California
  3. BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)
  4. Purdue University
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1597635
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-148406
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 566
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Lee, Jaewon, Pan, Jingyi, Chun, Jaehun, and Won, You-Yeon. Unexpected Conformational Behavior of Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-Poly(propylene carbonate)-Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA) Amphiphilic Block Copolymers in Micellar Solution and at the Air-Water Interface. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.080.
Lee, Jaewon, Pan, Jingyi, Chun, Jaehun, & Won, You-Yeon. Unexpected Conformational Behavior of Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-Poly(propylene carbonate)-Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA) Amphiphilic Block Copolymers in Micellar Solution and at the Air-Water Interface. United States. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.080.
Lee, Jaewon, Pan, Jingyi, Chun, Jaehun, and Won, You-Yeon. Wed . "Unexpected Conformational Behavior of Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-Poly(propylene carbonate)-Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA) Amphiphilic Block Copolymers in Micellar Solution and at the Air-Water Interface". United States. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.080.
@article{osti_1597635,
title = {Unexpected Conformational Behavior of Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-Poly(propylene carbonate)-Poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA) Amphiphilic Block Copolymers in Micellar Solution and at the Air-Water Interface},
author = {Lee, Jaewon and Pan, Jingyi and Chun, Jaehun and Won, You-Yeon},
abstractNote = {Self-assemblies (bulk micelles and Langmuir monolayers) of a new amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-poly(propylene carbonate)-poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA), were investigated in dilute aqueous solution and at the air-water interface. An important feature that distinguishes PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA from conventional linear PEG-based polymer surfactants is that in the hydrophilic PPEGMA block the PEG moieties exist as side chains attached to the poly(methacrylate) (PMA) backbone. This study was performed using three PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA samples having an identical PPC molecular weight (5.6 kDa) and different PPEGMA molecular weights (7.3, 2.8 and 2.1 kDa on either side) (named as “G7C6G7”, “G3C5G3”, and “G2C6G2”, respectively). Cryo-TEM images revealed that G2C6G2 micelles form large clusters, whereas G7C6G7 micelles exist as unimers; the behavior of G3C6G3 is intermediate. The average core surface distance between two adjacent G2C6G2 micelles in a cluster was estimated to be only about 3.7 nm, which suggests that in the micelle corona layer only the PEG side chains (but not the PMA backbone) exist as hydrated brush chains. A calculation showed that at the small micelle separation distance observed, the van der Waals attractive forces become significant, and are thus likely responsible for the cluster formation. Steady shear rheometry measurements confirmed that G2C6G2 micelles are indeed only weakly bound in clusters, and these micelle clusters are thus prone to breakup even under mild steady shear. The micelle breakup force estimated from the shear viscosity data is in reasonable agreement with an estimate obtained from the theoretical van der Waals interaction potential. Langmuir monolayers formed at the air-water interface by PPEGMA-PPC-PPEGMA were also characterized; surface pressure-area measurements were performed. Detailed features of the surface pressure-area isotherms further supported that only the PEG side chains are hydrated in the subphase, while the PMA backbone remains unhydrated and situated on the water surface.},
doi = {10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.080},
journal = {Journal of Colloid and Interface Science},
number = ,
volume = 566,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {4}
}