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Keywords:

  • amphiphiles;
  • disassembly;
  • glutathione;
  • ionic strength;
  • pH sensitive;
  • polyelectrolyte-surfactant aggregate;
  • polyelectrolytes;
  • redox;
  • stimuli-sensitive polymers;
  • supramolecular structures

Abstract

Formation of micelle-type assembly from supramolecular complexation of a surfactant and an oppositely charged homopolymer is demonstrated. The lower CAC observed for these assemblies suggest that the electrostatic interaction provides an amphiphilic homopolymer-like structure. The stimulus-induced disassembly of these supramolecular structures has been accomplished with variations in redox characteristics, ionic strength, and pH of the medium. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 47: 1052–1060, 2009