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Thermodynamics of the multi-stage self-assembly of pH-sensitive gradient copolymers in aqueous solutions

  1. 1. 0461607 - UMCH-V 2017 RIV GB eng J - Článek v odborném periodiku
    Černochová, Zulfiya - Bogomolova, Anna - Borisova, O. V. - Filippov, Sergey K. - Černoch, Peter - Billon, L. - Borisov, O. V. - Štěpánek, Petr
    Thermodynamics of the multi-stage self-assembly of pH-sensitive gradient copolymers in aqueous solutions.
    Soft Matter. Roč. 12, č. 32 (2016), s. 6788-6798. ISSN 1744-683X
    Grant CEP: GA MŠk(CZ) LH14079; GA ČR(CZ) GC15-10527J
    Institucionální podpora: RVO:61389013
    Klíčová slova: gradient copolymers * isothermal titration calorimetry
    Kód oboru RIV: CF - Fyzikální chemie a teoretická chemie
    Impakt faktor: 3.889, rok: 2016

    The self-assembly thermodynamics of pH-sensitive di-block and tri-block gradient copolymers of acrylic acid and styrene was studied for the first time using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) performed at varying pH. We were able to monitor each step of micellization as a function of decreasing pH. The growth of micelles is a multi-stage process that is pH dependent with several exothermic and endothermic components. The first step of protonation of the acrylic acid monomer units was accompanied mainly by conformational changes and the beginning of self-assembly. In the second stage of self-assembly, the micelles become larger and the number of micelles becomes smaller. While solution acidity increases, the isothermal calorimetry data show a broad deep minimum corresponding to an exothermic process attributed to an increase in the size of hydrophobic domains and an increase in the structure's hydrophobicity. The minor change in heat capacity (Delta C-p) confirms the structural changes during this exothermic process. The exothermic process terminates deionization of acrylic acid. The pH-dependence of the zeta-potential of the block gradient copolymer micelles exhibits a plateau in the regime corresponding to the pH-controlled variation of the micellar dimensions. The onset of micelle formation and the solubility of the gradient copolymers were found to be dependent on the length of the gradient block.
    Trvalý link: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0261815