Redox, ionic strength, and pH sensitive supramolecular polymer assemblies



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