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Thermoresponsive PNIPAAM Bottlebrush Polymers with Tailored Side-Chain Length and End-Group Structure



Xianyu Li, Hadi ShamsiJazeyi, Stacy L. Pesek, Aditya Agrawal, Boualem Hammouda, Rafael Verduzco


The effects of inter-micellar interactions on the dissociation of block copolymer micelles of polystyrene-b-polyisoprene in a selective solvent, decane, were investigated using small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and 1H NMR. This well-studied polymer has been used as a model system to correlate intermicellar interactions with overall micellar stability. Decane is a preferential solvent for polyisoprene (PI) and drives the association of the polystyrene (PS) blocks, resulting in spherical micelles with a PS core and a Gaussian PI corona. The dissociation of PS-PI micelles was triggered by increasing temperature, while the inter-micellar interactions were controlled by varying the polymer concentration and modulating temperature. With increasing temperature, the cores of the micelles first swell, followed by a breakdown to smaller micelles, with similar shapes, that eventually dissociate into single molecules. Herein, we have shown for the first time that enhancing the inter-micellar interaction delays the dissociation process of the micelles.
Soft Matter


Thermoresponsive PNIPAAM, bottlebrush polymers, grafted polymers, small-angle neutron scattering


Li, X. , ShamsiJazeyi, H. , Pesek, S. , Agrawal, A. , Hammouda, B. and Verduzco, R. (2014), Thermoresponsive PNIPAAM Bottlebrush Polymers with Tailored Side-Chain Length and End-Group Structure, Soft Matter, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created March 27, 2014, Updated October 12, 2021