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Organic/inorganic hybrid star-shaped block copolymers of poly(l-lactide) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) with a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane core: Synthesis and self-assembly

Author:
Weian Zhanga   wazhang@ecust.edu.cn   Shaohua Wanga   Xiaohui Lia   Jiayin Yuanb   Shaolei Wanga  


Journal:
European Polymer Journal


Issue Date:
2012


Abstract(summary):

The star-shaped organic/inorganic hybrid poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) was prepared using octa(3-hydroxypropyl) polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane as initiator via ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of l-lactide (LLA). The molecular weight of POSS-containing star-shaped hybrid PLLA (POSSPLLA) can be well controlled by the feed ratio of LLA to initiator. The POSSPLLA was further functionalized into the macromolecular reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) agent for the polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM), leading to the POSS-containing star-shaped organic/inorganic hybrid amphiphilic block copolymers, poly(l-lactide)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (POSS(PLLA-b-PNIPAM)). The self-assembly behavior of POSS(PLLA-b-PNIPAM) block copolymers in aqueous solution was investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). DLS showed the PNIPAM block in the aggregates is temperature-responsive and its phase-transition is reversible. TEM proved that the star-shaped POSS(PLLA-b-PNIPAM) amphiphilic block copolymers can self-assemble into the vesicles in aqueous solution. The vesicular wall and coronas are composed of the hydrophobic POSS core and PLLA, and hydrophilic PNIPAM blocks, respectively. Therefore, POSSPLLA and POSS(PLLA-b-PNIPAM) block copolymers, as a class of novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials with the advantageous properties, can be potentially used in biological and medical fields.


Page:
720-729


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