A Novel Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-Based 4-Miktoarm Star Terpolymer: Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Yogesh Raghunath Patil, Panagiotis Bilalis, George Polymeropoulos, Sarah Almahdali, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Valentin Rodionov

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Abstract

A well-defined amphiphilic miktoarm polymer incorporating poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), polystyrene (PS), and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blocks was synthesized via a combination of atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), iodine transfer radical polymerization (ITP), and copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). Morphology and self-assembly of this star polymer were examined in organic solvents and in water. The aggregates formed in water were found to possess unusual frustrated topology due to immiscibility of PS and PVDF. The polymer was evaluated for transport of small hydrophobic molecules in water.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3005-3009
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular Pharmaceutics
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2018

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