Effect of architecture on the micellar properties of amphiphilic block copolymers: Comparison of AB linear diblock, A2B2, A 3B3, and (AB)3 star block copolymers

Jongpil Yun, Rudolf Faust, László Sz Szilágyi, Sándor Kéki, Miklós Zsuga

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The influence of architecture on aqueous micellar properties of amphiphilic block copolymers AB-1, A2B2, A3B3, and (AB)3 (A = polyisobutylene (PIB), B = poly(methyl vinyl ether) (PMeVE)), with approximately constant A and B segment lengths, was investigated. A comparison of AB-1 with AB-2 and AB-3 diblock copolymers having similar composition but higher total molecular weight suggested spherical core-shell morphology for AB-3 and vesicles for AB-1 and AB-2. Similarly to AB-1, star block copolymers A2B2, A3B3, and (AB)3 also formed vesicles with unusually high aggregation number (Nagg) and hydrodynamic radius (Rh). The critical micelle concentration (CMC) measured by fluorescence spectroscopy at 20°C increased in the order (AB)3 = AB-1 < A2B2 ∼ A3B3. The temperature dependence of Rh and Nagg has been determined in the temperature range of 20-30°C. Rh and Nagg remained approximately constant in the whole temperature range for A2B2, A3B3, and (AB)3. A substantial increase in both Rh and Nagg occurred at 25°C for AB-1. The particle size distribution for all block copolymers remained narrow in the whole temperature range. Below 25°C, Rh increased in the order (AB)3 < AB-1 < A2B2 < A 3B3 and Nagg increased in the (AB)3 < A3B3 < A2B2 < AB order. The numbers of AB units in the micelles, however, were similar. Micelles of A2B2 and A3B3 consisted of 5600 and 5700 AB units respectively, while these numbers were slightly lower for AB-1 (4500) and (AB)3 (4800).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-627
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Macromolecular Science - Pure and Applied Chemistry
Volume41 A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2004


  • Aggregation number
  • Amphiphilic block copolymer
  • Critical micelle concentration
  • Hydrodynamic radius
  • Micelle
  • Polymer architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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