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Structural Analysis of Hydrophobe-Uptake Micelle of an Amphiphilic Alternating Copolymer in Aqueous Solution

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posted on 14.07.2016, 00:00 by Ken Morishima, Ken Terao, Takahiro Sato
We investigated the structure of the hydrophobe-uptake micelle of an alternating amphiphilic copolymer in aqueous solutions, by combining light scattering and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). When the copolymer micelle includes the hydrophobe (1-dodecanol), the unicore flower micelle transforms into the multicore flower necklace, and the flower necklace is slightly stiffer than the hydrophobe-free flower necklace of the same copolymer. Moreover, the hydrophobe is included not in the hydrophobic core region but in the intermingled region of the hydrophobic group and the loop chain of the unit flower micelle. Therefore, the structure of the hydrophobe-uptake micelle of the amphiphilic alternating copolymer is quite different from that of hydrophobe-uptake spherical micelles of low molar mass surfactants and of amphiphilic block copolymers, where the hydrophobe is included in the hydrophobic region of the micelles.