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Organic/inorganic nanoobjects with controlled shapes from gelable triblock copolymers

Authors
Journal
Polymer
0032-3861
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
51
Issue
13
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2010.04.042
Keywords
  • Block Copolymers
  • Microphase Separation
  • Organic/Inorganic Hybrids
Disciplines
  • Chemistry

Abstract

Abstract A functional gelable triblock copolymer, poly(2-vinylpyridine)- block-poly(3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate)- block-polystyrene (P2VP- b-PTEPM- b-PS), was prepared by the combination of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated radical polymerization and copper catalyzed click chemistry. Bulk microphase separation of P2VP 310- b-PTEPM 58- b-PS 322 under different conditions was studied in order to prepare organic/inorganic nanoobjects by a procedure of crosslinking PTEPM phases and dispersing in a solvent. The conditions included using different annealing solvents and adding stearic acids to form supramolecular complexes with P2VP blocks respectively. Then the packed cylinders with P2VP cores and PTEPM shells dispersed in the PS matrix, lamella with alternating PS, PTEPM and P2VP layers, and the inverse cylindrical morphology with PS cores and PTEPM shells dispersed in the matrix of P2VP/stearic acid complex were obtained respectively just from the same triblock copolymer sample. After crosslinking PTEPM microdomains by sol-gel process and dispersing in solvents, a series of organic/inorganic polymeric nanoobjects, including two types of nanofibers with inverse internal structure and one novel kind of nanoplates, were produced. Further modification of the fibers with P2VP cores has been studied.

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