Short chain amphiphilic diblock co-oligomers via RAFT polymerization

Siauw, Meiliana, Hawkett, Brian S. and Perrier, Sebastien (2012) Short chain amphiphilic diblock co-oligomers via RAFT polymerization. Journal of Polymer Science Part A - Polymer Chemistry, 50 1: 187-198. doi:10.1002/pola.25061

Author Siauw, Meiliana
Hawkett, Brian S.
Perrier, Sebastien
Title Short chain amphiphilic diblock co-oligomers via RAFT polymerization
Journal name Journal of Polymer Science Part A - Polymer Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-624X
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pola.25061
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 50
Issue 1
Start page 187
End page 198
Total pages 12
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We demonstrate the ability of the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) process to produce well-defined block co-oligomers for which each block has a narrow molecular weight distribution and degrees of polymerization ranging from 2 to 33. We exploit RAFT versatility to control the structure of the co-oligomers and produce amphiphilic block co-oligomers of styrene, acrylic acid and ethylene glycol. A detailed study shows that the amphiphilic diblock co-oligomers self-assemble in solution and form micelles or particles, depending on the hydrophobicity of the diblock. These oligomers present an excellent alternative to traditional amphiphilic molecules, by combining the properties of polymers with those of single molecule surfactants.
Keyword Block Copolymers
Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Publications
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