Tuning the morphology of triblock terpoly(2-oxazoline)s containing a 2-phenyl-2-oxazoline block with varying fluorine content

Ulrich Mansfeld, Stephanie Hoeppener, Kristian Kempe, Jean Marc Schumers, Jean François Gohy, Ulrich S. Schubert

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Abstract

The formation of nanostructures in triblock terpolymers consisting of poly[2-ethyl-2-oxazoline-block-2-(1-ethylpentyl)-2-oxazoline-block-2- (Xfluorophenyl)-2-oxazoline] (X = di, tri, tetra and penta) was investigated in water. For this purpose a gradually increasing degree of fluorination was introduced in the molecular structures and its influence on the self-assembly was studied. It can be demonstrated that the basic form of aggregation of these systems resembles rod-like micelles, which tend, upon introduction of fluorinated blocks, to aggregate first into 2-dimensional and later into 3-dimensional super-aggregates. In the case of di- and pentafluorinated terpolymers well-defined structures were observed, which represent likely intermediate, stable transient structures formed during an assumed rod-to-vesicle transition. DLS and cryo-TEM were utilized to analyze the structural features of these nanostructures and a model for their further assembly into super-structures was developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5966-5974
Number of pages9
JournalSoft Matter
Volume9
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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