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Surface activity of new invertible amphiphilic polyesters based on poly(ethylene glycol) and aliphatic dicarboxylic acids



Surface activity of new invertible amphiphilic polyesters based on poly(ethylene glycol) and aliphatic dicarboxylic acids



Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 323(2): 379-385



The surface active properties of aqueous solutions of invertible amphiphilic alternated polyesters differing by hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) and molecular weight have been determined over the wide concentration range. The polyesters are based on poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) of two molecular weights and aliphatic dicarboxylic acids (decanedioic and dodecanedioic). The surface activity of the polyesters and their ability to form micellar assemblies (which was recently shown for organic solvents) has been confirmed in water. The central role of the balance of hydrophilic to hydrophobic groups ratio in the formation of polymeric arrangements having hydrophobic pockets and external hydrophilic shell has been shown. The effect of molecular weight has been found considerable as well. Two changes in slope have been observed for the more hydrophobic polyesters in the surface tension vs log concentration curve. The change at low concentration is believed to originate from the formation of polyester assemblies with a hydrophobic interior and hydrophilic exterior due to the interaction of hydrophobic fragments and macromolecular flexibility. The higher concentration region exhibits behavior consistent with a cmc, which was confirmed by additional dye solubilization experiments. Molecular structure of the polyester micelles is determined by the solubilization of a solvatochromic dye. The experiment confirmed that micellization of polyesters is accompanied by the association of more hydrophobic (aliphatic) constituents forming the micelle interior. The hydrophilic fragments (ethylene oxide groups) are involved in the formation of micelle exterior.

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PMID: 18501919

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2008.04.053


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