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Stoichiometric polyelectrolyte complexes of ionic block copolymers and oppositely charged polyions

Stoichiometric polyelectrolyte complexes of ionic block copolymers and oppositely charged polyions

Journal of Chemical Physics 125(19): 194902

Micellization in dilute solutions of diblock copolymers with a polyelectrolyte and a hydrophilic nonionic blocks and oppositely charged polyions is studied using mean-field theory. In aqueous solutions the micelle core consists of the polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) while the corona is formed by hydrophilic blocks of the block copolymers. Describing PEC as a globule in the framework of the Lifshitz [Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 55, 2408 (1968)] globule theory we calculate the surface tension of the micellar core/solvent interface as a function of the polyion degree of ionization, solvent quality, and concentration of low-molecular-mass salt. The equilibrium aggregation number of starlike micelles formed by block copolymers and homopolymers of opposite charge at stoichiometric mixture compositions is found as a function of the system parameters. It is shown that micelles disintegrate upon addition of salt.

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PMID: 17129162

DOI: 10.1063/1.2387173

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