Synthesis and crystallization-driven solution self-assembly of polyferrocenylsilane diblock copolymers with polymethacrylate corona-forming blocks

Nina McGrath, Felix H. Schacher, Huibin Qiu, Stephen Mann, Mitchell A. Winnik*, Ian Manners

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Abstract

In order to increase the range of coronal chemistries available for crystallization-driven self-assembly protocols a series of highly asymmetric diblock copolymers comprising a crystallizable polyferrocenyldimethylsilane (PFS) block and a polymethacrylate coblock (poly(tert-butylmethacrylate) (PtBMA), poly(n-butylmethacrylate) (PnBMA), and poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA), block ratios PFS core : corona = 1 : 14-1 : 21) were synthesized by sequential living anionic polymerization. Self-assembly of these block copolymers in acetone yielded cylindrical micelles with a crystalline PFS core (confirmed by wide-angle X-ray scattering) and a polymethacrylate corona. The cylindrical micelles were fragmented by sonication and the short micelles were successfully used as "seed initiators" to grow longer monodisperse cylindrical micelles with controlled lengths from added unimers via crystallization-driven living self-assembly. Block co-micelles were also prepared by the sequential addition of unimers with a different coronal block to pre-existing cylinders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1923-1929
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Volume5
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • CYLINDRICAL MICELLES
  • SELECTIVE SOLVENT
  • CONTROLLED LENGTH
  • CO-MICELLES
  • POLYETHYLENE CORES
  • NANOFIBERS
  • WATER
  • NANOPARTICLES
  • MORPHOLOGIES
  • MONODISPERSE

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