Aqueous metallosupramolecular micelles with spherical or cylindrical morphology

J.M.W. Gohy, B.G.G. Lohmeijer, A.A. Alexeev, X.S. Wang, I. Manners, M.A. Winnik, U.S. Schubert

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Supramolecular AB diblock copolymers have been prepared by the sequential self-assembly of terpyridine end-functionalized polymer blocks using Ru(III)/Ru(II) chemistry. Since this synthetic strategy has been used to attach hydrophobic polystyrene, PS, or poly(ferrocenylsilane), PFS, to a hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) block, amphiphilic metallo-supramolecular diblock copolymers have been obtained. These compounds form micelles in water, that were characterized by a combination of dynamic and static light scattering, transmission electron and atomic force microscopies. These techniques revealed the formation of spherical micelles for the PS-based systems while rod-like micelles are observed for the PFS-containing copolymer. This difference is attributed to the propensity of PFS to crystallize in the micellar core.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetal-Containing and metallosupramolecular polymers and materials
EditorsU.S. Schubert, G.R. Newkome, I. Manners
Place of PublicationWashington
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
ISBN (Print)0-8412-3929-0
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventMetal-Containing and Metallosupramolecular Polymers and Materials - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 28 Mar 20041 Apr 2004

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156


ConferenceMetal-Containing and Metallosupramolecular Polymers and Materials
CountryUnited States
OtherSymposium in spring 2004 during the 227th ACS National Meeting


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