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UCST-type behavior of poly[oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate] (POEGMA) in aliphatic alcohols: solvent, co-solvent, molecular weight, and end group dependences

Roth, PJ, Jochum, FD and Theato, P (2011) UCST-type behavior of poly[oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate] (POEGMA) in aliphatic alcohols: solvent, co-solvent, molecular weight, and end group dependences SOFT MATTER, 7 (6). pp. 2484-2492.

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Abstract

Poly[oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate] (POEGMA) is shown to possess insoluble– soluble transitions (UCST-type phase behavior) in a large variety of aliphatic alcohols. Samples of different molecular weights ranging from 5 kg mol1 to 23 kg mol1 prepared by the RAFT process and featuring different end groups at each end were analyzed by cloud point measurements. Transitions occurred sharply and were fully reversible. The UCST was found to increase with an increasing molecular weight. Hydrophobic (alkyl chain) end groups were found to lower the critical temperature in isopropanol, while rigid aromatic end groups raised the transition temperature. In ternary mixtures of isopropanol/chloroform/POEGMA, the UCST decreased with an increasing chloroform concentration, with 10 vol% of chloroform accounting for a 30 C drop. In mixtures of isopropanol/ hexane/POEGMA, the cloud point increased significantly only with hexane concentrations above 30 vol%, at which level a 2 C transition temperature increase was found. Addition of water to isopropanol solutions had a strong effect, with 1 vol% of water causing a decrease of the transition temperature of 12.5 C. With an increasing chain length of the solvent, the cloud point increased, while a branching of the hydrocarbon chains lowered the cloud point. Samples of 23 kg mol1 POEGMA were for instance found to have cloud points of 22.0 C in ethanol, 35.7 C in isopentanol, and 75.4 C in dodecanol.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Chemistry
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Roth, PJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jochum, FDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Theato, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2011
Identification Number : 10.1039/c0sm01324b
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Technology, Chemistry, Physical, Materials Science, Multidisciplinary, Physics, Multidisciplinary, Polymer Science, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL, MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY, PHYSICS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY, POLYMER SCIENCE, AQUEOUS-SOLUTIONS, WATER, POLY(N-ISOPROPYLACRYLAMIDE), COPOLYMERS, TEMPERATURE, POLYMERS, SOLUBILITY, MIXTURES, BLOCK, POLYMERIZATION
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 May 2016 14:30
Last Modified : 25 May 2016 14:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810833

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