Vesicles of double hydrophilic pullulan and poly(acrylamide) block copolymers: a combination of synthetic- and bio-derived blocks

Willersinn, J., Bogomolova, A., Cabré, M. B. and Schmidt, B. V.K.J. (2017) Vesicles of double hydrophilic pullulan and poly(acrylamide) block copolymers: a combination of synthetic- and bio-derived blocks. Polymer Chemistry, 8(7), pp. 1244-1254. (doi:10.1039/C6PY02212J)

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Abstract

The formation of vesicular structures with average diameters from 200 to 300 nm consisting of double hydrophilic diblock copolymers pullulan-b-poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (Pull-b-PDMA) and pullulan-b-poly(N-ethylacrylamide) (Pull-b-PEA) in aqueous solution is described. Bio-derived pullulan was depolymerized and functionalized with alkyne endgroups. Furthermore, azide end functionalized acrylamide blocks PDMA and PEA were synthesized via RAFT polymerization. Individual blocks were conjugated via copper catalyzed azide alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) to afford defined double hydrophilic block copolymers. Aqueous solutions of the synthesized block copolymers showed formation of completely hydrophilic vesicles that were observed via various techniques including dynamic light scattering (DLS), static light scattering (SLS), laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM), and cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Open Access funding provided by the Max Planck Society.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schmidt, Dr Bernhard
Authors: Willersinn, J., Bogomolova, A., Cabré, M. B., and Schmidt, B. V.K.J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Polymer Chemistry
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:1759-9954
ISSN (Online):1759-9962
Published Online:09 January 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry
First Published:First published in Polymer Chemistry 8(7): 1244-1254
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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