Multiblock copolymers exhibiting spatio-temporal structure with autonomous viscosity oscillation.

Abstract:

:Here we report an ABA triblock copolymer that can express microscopic autonomous formation and break-up of aggregates under constant condition to generate macroscopic viscoelastic self-oscillation of the solution. The ABA triblock copolymer is designed to have hydrophilic B segment and self-oscillating A segment at the both sides by RAFT copolymerization. In the A segment, a metal catalyst of chemical oscillatory reaction, i.e., the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, is introduced as a chemomechanical transducer to change the aggregation state of the polymer depending on the redox states. Time-resolved DLS measurements of the ABA triblock copolymer confirm the presence of a transitional network structure of micelle aggregations in the reduced state and a unimer structure in the oxidized state. This autonomous oscillation of a well-designed triblock copolymer enables dynamic biomimetic softmaterials with spatio-temporal structure.

journal_name

Sci Rep

journal_title

Scientific reports

authors

Onoda M,Ueki T,Shibayama M,Yoshida R

doi

10.1038/srep15792

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Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-10-29 00:00:00

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15792

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2045-2322

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srep15792

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5

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