Structure of Multiresponsive Brush-Decorated Nanoparticles: A Combined Electrokinetic, DLS, and SANS Study

Abstract : Particles consisting of a glassy poly(methyl methacrylate) core (ca. 40 urn in radius) decorated with a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) anionic corona are synthesized using either methacrylic acid (MA) or acrylic acid (AA) as reactive comonomers in the shell. The different reactivity ratios of MA and AA toward N-isopropylacrylamide originates p(MA-N) and p(N-AA) particles with carboxylate charges supposedly located, preferentially, in the close vicinity of the core and at the shell periphery, respectively. The corresponding Swelling features of these nanoparticles are addressed over a broad range of pH values (4 to 7.5), NaNO3 concentrations (3 to 200 mM), and temperatures (15 to 45 degrees C) by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). DLS shows that the swelling of the particle shells increases their thickness from similar to 10 to 90 nm with decreasing temperature, ionic strength, or increasing pH, with the effect being more pronounced for p(N-AA) whose lower critical solution temperature is shifted to higher values compared to that of p(MA-N). Potentiometric titration and electrokinetic results further reflect the easier dissociation of carboxyl groups in p(N-AA) and a marked heterogeneous interfacial swelling of the latter with decreasing solution salt content. The DLS response of both particles is attributed to the multiresponsive nature of a peripheral dilute shell, while SANS only probes the presence of a quasi-solvent-free dense polymer layer, condensed on the core surface. The thickness of that layer slightly increases from similar to 6 to 9.5 mu with increasing temperature from 15 to 45 degrees C (at 15 mM NaNO3 and pH 5) due to the collapse of the outer dilute shell layer. Overall, results evidence a nonideal brush behavior of p(MA-N) and p(N-AA) and their microphase segregated shell, structure, which supports some of the conclusions recently formulated from approximate self-consistent mean-field computations.
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Jennifer R. S. Martin, Isabelle Bihannic, Catarina Santos, José Paulo S. Farinha, Bruno Demé, et al.. Structure of Multiresponsive Brush-Decorated Nanoparticles: A Combined Electrokinetic, DLS, and SANS Study. Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2015, 31 (16), pp.4779-4790. ⟨10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00530⟩. ⟨hal-01249017⟩

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