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Title: Exploiting nucleobase-containing materials: from monomers to complex morphologies using RAFT dispersion polymerization
Authors: Kang, Yan
Pitto-Barry, Anais
Willcock, Helen
Quan, Wen-Dong
Kirby, Nigel
Sanchez, Ana M.
O'Reilly, Rachel K.
Keywords: Polymers
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: KANG, Y. ... et al., 2014. Exploiting nucleobase-containing materials: from monomers to complex morphologies using RAFT dispersion polymerization. Polymer Chemistry, 6 (1), pp.106-117.
Abstract: The synthesis of nucleobase-containing polymers was successfully performed by RAFT dispersion polymerization in both chloroform and 1,4-dioxane and self-assembly was induced by the polymerizations. A combination of scattering and microscopy techniques were used to characterize the morphologies. It is found that the morphologies of self-assembled nucleobase-containing polymers are solvent dependent. By varying the DP of the core-forming block, only spherical micelles with internal structures were obtained in chloroform when using only adenine-containing methacrylate or a mixture of adenine-containing methacrylate and thymine-containing methacrylate as monomers. However, higher order structures and morphology transitions were observed in 1,4-dioxane. A sphere-rod-lamella-twisted bilayer transition was observed in this study. Moreover, the kinetics of the dispersion polymerizations were studied in both solvents, suggesting a different formation mechanism in these systems.
Sponsor: The SECs used in this research were ... partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Dr Ana M. Sanchez thanks the Science City Research Alliance and the HEFCE Strategic Development Fund for funding support.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY01074D
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22869
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C4PY01074D
ISSN: 1759-9954
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