Tuning the size of supramolecular single-chain polymer nanoparticles

E. Johan Foster, Erik B. Berda, E. W. Meijer

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Abstract

In this article we further investigate our recently devised method for folding polymer chains into nanoparticles using intramolecular, supramolecular interactions. Specifically, we show a direct relationship between molecular weight of the parent chain and size of the folded nanoparticle. This is investigated both analytically via the separation and subsequent characterization of a polydisperse nanoparticle sample into high and low molecular weight fractions, and by examining a family of poly(norbornenes) deliberately prepared with varying molecular weights. With these polymer nanoparticles in hand their assembly on surfaces is studied where larger structures are formed as a result of the interplay between the movement of the nanoparticles on the surface and the evaporation of solvent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • hydrogen bonding
  • nanoparticle
  • polymer folding
  • ROMP
  • supramolecular polymers

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