Polymer, Vol.51, No.15, 3493-3502, 2010
Synthesis and micelle behavior of (PNIPAm-PtBA-PNIPAm)(m) amphiphilic multiblock copolymer
A linear amphiphilic multiblock copolymer (PNIPAm-PtBA-PNIPAm)(m) was successfully synthesized by a two-step reversible addition fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization in the presence of a cyclic trithiocarbonate as RAFT agent. The micelle behavior of (PNIPAm-PtBA-PNIPAm)(m) multiblock copolymer in aqueous solution was then investigated by means of normal TEM, cryo-TEM, static and dynamic light scattering. The morphology, size, and size distribution of (PNIPAm-PtBA-PNIPAm)(m) micelles were found to be dependent on the initial concentration of multiblock copolymer in THE Spherical micelles, associated aggregates of spherical micelles, cage-like micelles, layered structures, and vesicular micelles were experimentally observed, which were in good agreement with the prediction of theory and simulations on linear amphiphilic multiblock copolymer in selective solvent. The (PNIPAm-PtBA-PNIPAm)(m) micelles also exhibit thermo-sensitive behavior in aqueous solution because of the PNIPAm blocks. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.