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Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study of Poly(oxyethylene)-block-poly(oxypropylene)-block-poly(oxyethylene) in Aqueous Solutions

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Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Solutions of a triblock copolymer, poly(oxyethylene)-block-poly(oxypropylene)-block-poly(oxyethylene) (POE-POP-POE), in deuterated water were studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) in the temperature range from 20 to 45 °C. Radius of gyration, molecular weight, second virial coefficient for both unimers and micelles, critical micelle concentration and unimer concentration were determined from the scattering data. Under assumption of the spherical core/shell micellar model structural parameters were estimated. Degree of swelling of the micellar core was evaluated from the mean-square fluctuation of scattering density.

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