A Novel Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-Based 4-Miktoarm Star Terpolymer: Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Yogesh Raghunath Patil, Panagiotis Bilalis, George Polymeropoulos, Sarah Almahdali, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Valentin Rodionov

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A well-defined amphiphilic miktoarm polymer incorporating poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), polystyrene (PS), and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blocks was synthesized via a combination of atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), iodine transfer radical polymerization (ITP), and copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). Morphology and self-assembly of this star polymer were examined in organic solvents and in water. The aggregates formed in water were found to possess unusual frustrated topology due to immiscibility of PS and PVDF. The polymer was evaluated for transport of small hydrophobic molecules in water.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3005-3009
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular Pharmaceutics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 15 2018

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Financial support from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is acknowledged with thanks. The authors would like to thank Dr. Rachid Sougrat (KAUST Imaging and Characterization Core Lab) for his invaluable assistance with cryo-TEM.


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