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Transforming Frozen Self-Assemblies of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Into Dynamic pH-Sensitive Micelles

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  • Fabien Dutertre,

    1. PRES LUNAM, Université du Maine, IMMM UMR CNRS 6283, Département PCI, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 09, France
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  • Olivier Boyron,

    1. Université de Lyon, Univ Lyon 1, CPE Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5265, C2P2 (Chemistry, Catalysis, Polymers & Processes), Team LCPP Bat 308F, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, F-69616 Villeurbanne, France
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  • Bernadette Charleux,

    1. Université de Lyon, Univ Lyon 1, CPE Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5265, C2P2 (Chemistry, Catalysis, Polymers & Processes), Team LCPP Bat 308F, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, F-69616 Villeurbanne, France
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  • Christophe Chassenieux,

    Corresponding author
    1. PRES LUNAM, Université du Maine, IMMM UMR CNRS 6283, Département PCI, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 09, France
    • PRES LUNAM, Université du Maine, IMMM UMR CNRS 6283, Département PCI, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 09, France.
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  • Olivier Colombani

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    1. PRES LUNAM, Université du Maine, IMMM UMR CNRS 6283, Département PCI, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 09, France
    • PRES LUNAM, Université du Maine, IMMM UMR CNRS 6283, Département PCI, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans Cedex 09, France.
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Abstract

The self-assembly in water of an amphiphilic P(nBMA50%-stat-DMAEMA50%)100-b-PDMAEMA235 diblock copolymer based on hydrophilic dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate (DMAEMA) units and hydrophobic n-butylmethacrylate (nBMA) ones is reported. DMAEMA units have been incorporated into the hydrophobic block of this copolymer to moderate its hydrophobic character. Light scattering experiments revealed the formation of micelles whose apparent aggregation number varied reversibly with the ionization degree of the DMAEMA units. Incorporating hydrophilic units into the hydrophobic block of an amphiphilic block copolymer is thus a way to generate dynamic aggregates in aqueous medium. As this strategy was also successful using other types of hydrophilic units, we believe it to be universal.

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