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Aqueous self‐assembly of pullulan‐b‐poly(2‐ethyl‐2‐oxazoline) double hydrophilic block copolymers


The self‐assembly of a novel double hydrophilic block copolymer in water without the application of external triggers is described, namely pullulan‐b‐poly(2‐ethyl‐2‐oxazoline) (Pull‐b‐PEtOx). The biomacromolecules, Pull (8–38 kg mol−1), is modified and conjugated to biocompatible PEtOx (22 kg mol−1) via modular conjugation. Moreover, the molecular weight of the Pull blocks are varied to investigate the effect of molecular weight on the self‐assembly behavior. Spherical particles with sizes between 300 and 500 nm are formed in diluted aqueous solution (0.1–1.0 wt %) as observed via dynamic light scattering and static light scattering. Additionally, cryo scanning electron microscopy and laser scanning confocal microscopy are performed to support the finding from light scattering. The block ratio study shows an optimum ratio of Pull and PEtOx of 0.4/0.6 for self‐assembly in water in the concentration range of 0.1–1.0 wt %. At higher concentrations of 20 wt %, vesicular structures with sizes above 1 µm can be observed via optical microscopy. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2017

The self‐assembly of a novel double hydrophilic block copolymer, namely pullulan‐b‐poly(2‐ethyl‐2‐oxazoline), is described. Importantly, no external triggers are needed to form self‐assembled structures leading to completely water‐drained polymer particles. A significant effect of individual block molecular weights on the self‐assembly efficiency is observed.

Authors:   Jochen Willersinn, Bernhard V. K. J. Schmidt
Journal:   Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Year:   2017
Pages:   n/a
DOI:   10.1002/pola.28761
Publication date:   25-Aug-2017
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