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Morphological transformation of [60]fullerene-containing poly(acrylic Acid) induced by the binding of surfactant.

Water-soluble pH-responsive [60]fullerene end-capped poly(acrylic acid) (PAA85-b-C60) was synthesized using atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) technique. The unusual morphological transformation of the polymer induced by the binding of nonionic surfactant Triton X-100 (TX100) at different degrees of neutralization (alpha) was investigated using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For the 5 mM (monomer concentration) polymer solution at pH < 4, approximately 1.3 mM TX100 binds specifically to C60 domains of the polymeric micelles driven by hydrophobic interaction, which induces a structural transformation of the polymer from a large compound micelle with a radius of 110 nm to a dense precipitated spherical polymer/surfactant complex (PSC) with a radius of 500 nm. The precipitates are resolubilized by a wetting layer of TX100 in excess surfactant (> 1.7 mM in the polymer solution). The binding is significantly weakened and the complexation is disrupted with increasing pH, where the interaction completely ceased at pH > 6.[1]

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  1. Morphological transformation of [60]fullerene-containing poly(acrylic Acid) induced by the binding of surfactant. Wang, C., Ravi, P., Tam, K.C. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids. (2006) [Pubmed]
 
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