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Temperature-Responsive Aqueous Micelles From Terpyridine End-Capped Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide)-Block-Polystyrene Diblock Copolymers

Authors

  • Sandie Piogé,

    1. Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Bio- and Soft Matter, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Pasteur 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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  • Charles-André Fustin,

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    1. Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Bio- and Soft Matter, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Pasteur 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
    • Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Bio- and Soft Matter, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Pasteur 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
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  • Jean-François Gohy

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    1. Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Bio- and Soft Matter, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Pasteur 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
    • Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Bio- and Soft Matter, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Pasteur 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
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Abstract

An attractive concept for designing “smart materials” is the combination of supramolecular interactions with thermoresponsive polymers. Here, this concept is illustrated by preparing aqueous micelles from poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-polystyrene copolymers functionalized at the extremity of their poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) coronal chains by terpyridine ligands. The effect of temperature and of the addition of Zn(II) ions on the self-assembling properties is then studied.

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