Micellar behavior of a well-defined dendritic polymer (PS 2PI)3: The effects of architecture and solvent selectivity

Christine M. Fernyhough, Ioanna Chalari, Stergios Pispas, Nikos Hadjichristidis*

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The micelles formed when a dendritic polymer of polystyrene (PS) and polyisoprene (PI), having the overall structure (PS2PI)3, were examined in two solvents, dimethylformamide (DMF) and dimethylacetamide (DMA). Both solvents are good solvents for polystyrene and non-solvents for polyisoprene. The aggregation behavior was studied by a combination of static and dynamic light scattering and viscometry. In both systems star-like micelles were formed which followed the hard sphere model. The aggregation number was much lower for the micelles formed in DMA. The polymer-solvent interaction parameters indicate that the interactions are stronger between both PS-DMA and PI-DMA than for either polymer block with DMF. The effects of solvent selectivity are exacerbated by the structure of the polymer. With each polymer molecule contributing six soluble arms to the micelle, in the better solvent (DMA) increased repulsive interactions between the extended polystyrene lead to lower aggregation numbers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the European Union Program CAPS, No FMRX-CT97-0112 (DG 12-DLCL).


  • DMA
  • DMF
  • Dendritic polymers
  • Light scattering
  • Macromolecular architecture
  • Micellization
  • Viscometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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