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Kurzhals, S; Schroffenegger, M; Gal, N; Zirbs, R; Reimhult, E.
(2018): Influence of Grafted Block Copolymer Structure on Thermoresponsiveness of Superparamagnetic Core-Shell Nanoparticles
BIOMACROMOLECULES. 2018; 19(5): 1435-1444. FullText FullText_BOKU

The morphology and topology of thermoresponsive polymers have a strong impact on their responsive properties. Grafting onto spherical particles has been shown to reduce responsiveness and transition temperatures; grafting of wettability of a surface or particle during desolvation of one block can take place. Here, doubly thermoresponsive block copolymers were grafted onto spherical, monodisperse, and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles to investigate the effect of thermal desolvation on spherical brushes of block copolymers. By inverting the block order, the influence of core proximity on the responsive properties of the individual blocks could be studied as well as their relative influence on the nanoparticle colloidal stability. The inner block was shown to experience a stronger reduction in transition temperature and transition enthalpy compared to the outer block. Still, the outer block also experiences a significant reduction in responsiveness due to the restricted environment in the nanoparticle shell compared to that of the free polymer state. The demonstrated pronounced distance dependence importantly implies the possibility, but also the necessity, to radially tailor polymer hydration transitions for applications such as drug delivery, hyperthermia, and biotechnological separation for which thermally responsive nanoparticles are being developed.
Autor/innen der BOKU Wien:
Gal Noga
Kurzhals Steffen
Reimhult Erik
Schroffenegger Martina
Zirbs Ronald
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