Electric-field-induced aggregation of polymeric micelles to construct secondary assembly films

Authors

  • Ren Liu,

    1. School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, People's Republic of China
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  • Jing Luo,

    1. School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, People's Republic of China
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  • Youhua Tao,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, Texas 79905, USA
    • Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, Texas 79905, USA
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  • Ye Zhu,

    1. School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, People's Republic of China
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  • Mingqing Chen,

    1. School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, People's Republic of China
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  • Xiaoya Liu

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, People's Republic of China
    • School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, People's Republic of China
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Abstract

A new amphiphilic quaternary random ionomer (PIDHES) was used to construct self-assembly films. PIDHES was prepared by a selective ionization of quaternary random copolymer, poly(N,N-domethyl amimethyl methartylate-co-2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate-co-2-ethylhexyl acrylate-co-styrene) precursor, which was synthesized by free radical copolymerization of commercial hydrophilic monomers N, N-domethyl amimethyl methartylate and 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate and hydrophobic monomers 2-ethylhexyl acrylate and styrene PIDHES could self-assemble into polymer micelles in water, which underwent orientated deposition in the electric field and ultimately produced secondary assembly films. Scanning electron microscopy studies showed that the resultant PIDHES secondary assembly film was smooth and compact. Moreover, it was found that PIDHES micelles concentration and electric-field-induced time had a strong influence on the morphologies of the resultant secondary assembly film. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013

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