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Ultrasensitive (Co)polymers Based on Poly(methacrylamide) Structure with Fining-Tunable pH Responsive Value

Authors
  • fan, haiming
  • li, po
  • wei, li
  • hui, li
  • huang, xiaonan
Publication Date
Jul 27, 2018
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/molecules23081870
OAI: oai:mdpi.com:/1420-3049/23/8/1870/
Source
MDPI
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

Novel pH responsive copolymers with tertiary amine groups were prepared by free radical polymerization with 2-(dialkylamino)ethyl methacrylate monomers. These polymers were pH sensitive with the ability to be responsively fine-tuned in aqueous solution, which was proven through titration, transmittance measurements, and proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The polymers were soluble in water at low pH values, induced by electrostatic repulsion between amine groups, and aggregated above their pKa value due to the hydrophobic effect of the alkyls. The pH responsive values were precisely tuned from 7.4 to 4.8 by increasing the hydrophobic monomer ratio. Our work provides a novel approach for the development of ultrasensitive pH-responsive polymers for application in biomedical materials.

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