A set of amphiphilic random copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) and perfluorohexylethyl acrylate (FA) with different compositions synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) is investigated by 1H and 19F NMR relaxometry. In particular, a thorough investigation of T1 and T2 relaxation times at variable temperature and copolymer composition pro- vides the first complete and detailed characterization of the dynamics of both the main chain backbone and the side chains of the PEGMA-co-FA copoly- mers. The results highlight an intramolecular segregation of rigid main chain and mobile side chains, and an additional self-assembling of the PEGMA and FA side chains into distinct nanodomains, driven by the hydrophobic interac- tions between FA side chains. The obtainment and observation of nanoscale phase separation in random copolymers is a promising achievement to the aim of controlling self-assembly in the bulk by suitably modulating copoly- mers composition, which can open novel avenues to easier fabrications and applications in nanotechnologies.

Molecular Dynamics of Amphiphilic Random Copolymers in the Bulk: A 1H and 19F NMR Relaxometry Study

Martini, Francesca;Guazzelli, Elisa;Martinelli, Elisa;Geppi, Marco
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Galli, Giancarlo
2019

Abstract

A set of amphiphilic random copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) and perfluorohexylethyl acrylate (FA) with different compositions synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) is investigated by 1H and 19F NMR relaxometry. In particular, a thorough investigation of T1 and T2 relaxation times at variable temperature and copolymer composition pro- vides the first complete and detailed characterization of the dynamics of both the main chain backbone and the side chains of the PEGMA-co-FA copoly- mers. The results highlight an intramolecular segregation of rigid main chain and mobile side chains, and an additional self-assembling of the PEGMA and FA side chains into distinct nanodomains, driven by the hydrophobic interac- tions between FA side chains. The obtainment and observation of nanoscale phase separation in random copolymers is a promising achievement to the aim of controlling self-assembly in the bulk by suitably modulating copoly- mers composition, which can open novel avenues to easier fabrications and applications in nanotechnologies.
Martini, Francesca; Guazzelli, Elisa; Martinelli, Elisa; Borsacchi, Silvia; Geppi, Marco; Galli, Giancarlo
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