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Smart hydrogels based on responsive star-block copolymers

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Schmalz, Alexander ; Schmalz, Holger ; Müller, Axel H. E.:
Smart hydrogels based on responsive star-block copolymers.
In: Soft Matter. Vol. 8 (2012) Issue 36 . - pp. 9436-9445.
ISSN 1744-6848
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/c2sm25686j

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Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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A series of smart hydrogels based on dual stimuli responsive star-block copolymers responding to pH and temperature were prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) employing the core-first method. They consist of poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) (PDMA) inner blocks and outer blocks comprised of poly(di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PDEGMA). The aggregation behavior of these block copolymer stars is analyzed by dependence on block length and arm number. The dual stimuli responsiveness of the stars is demonstrated by turbidity as well as dynamic light scattering on dilute aqueous solution, and the gelation behavior of concentrated aqueous solutions is studied by rheology. Above the transition temperature of the PDEGMA outer blocks the stars form flower-like aggregates in dilute solution or free-standing gels at higher concentrations. When the temperature is increased further above the transition temperature of the PDMA inner block, the aggregates start to contract and a weakening was observed for soft gels, whereas for strong gels no influence on the moduli was detected. The behavior is controlled by both concentration and pH value. In addition, we show that the minimum polymer concentration for gel formation can be lowered by quaternizing the inner block of the stars, but a second response to stimuli is lost during the procedure.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: ISI:000307904300018
Keywords: SPHERICAL POLYELECTROLYTE BRUSHES; TRIBLOCK COPOLYMERS; POLY(N,N-DIMETHYLAMINOETHYL METHACRYLATE); BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS; WEAK POLYELECTROLYTES; REVERSIBLE HYDROGELS; AQUEOUS-SOLUTION; TEMPERATURE; GEL; PH
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Chair Macromolecular Chemistry II
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Chair Macromolecular Chemistry II > Chair Macromolecular Chemistry II - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Greiner
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Polymer and Colloid Science
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 06:34
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 06:49
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/10065