Force required to disassemble block copolymer micelles in water

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Abstract

The force required to disassemble block copolymer micelles in water has been directly investigated via atomic force microscopy-based single-molecule force spectroscopy. The force needed to disassemble block copolymer micelles of poly(acrylic acid)-polyfluorene-poly(acrylic acid) in water is found to be 23 pN. The force increases as the stretching velocity increases, indicating that micelle disassembly is a dynamic process. In addition, the disassembly force is sensitive to the properties of the solvents. This study represents the first attempt to employ single-molecule force spectroscopy to directly measure the force needed to disassemble block copolymer micelles in water.

Guanglu Wu
Guanglu Wu
Principal Investigator

Research interests: multi-component functional assemblies, supramolecular catalysis, and smart soft matter