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Anomalous Small-Angle X-ray Scattering Study of Structure of Polymer Micelles Having Bromines in Hydrophobic Core

Anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering (ASAXS) near the absorption edge of bromine has been used to investigate the internal structure of polymer micelles comprising poly(4-bromostyrene)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(4-bromostyrene) (PBrS-b-PEG-b-PBrS) in aqueous solution. The ASAXS analysis revealed that the hydrophobic core composed of PBrS can be regarded as a homogeneous sphere with a radius of 10.2 nm and a decaying electron density at the surface. The aggregation number of micelle directly estimated on the basis of ASAXS analysis well agreed with that determined by field-flow fractionation coupled with multiangle light scattering, confirming the reliability of ASAXS analysis. The small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) profile from whole PBrS-b-PEG-b-PBrS micelle was further analyzed by using the result of ASAXS analysis. The micelles could be well described by a core–corona model in which the monomer concentration of PEG in the shell decreased as R–4.2/3, where R is the distance from the cente...

Authors:   Isamu Akiba; Atsuro Takechi; Megumi Sakou; Masashi Handa; Yuya Shinohara; Yoshiyuki Amemiya; Naoto Yagi; Kazuo Sakurai
Journal:   Macromolecules
Year:   2012
DOI:   10.1021/ma300461d
Publication date:   23-Jul-2012
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