EPR Applied in the Study of hydrophobicity of amphiphilic polymers

Date:2018/10/26 14:44:27

This paper reports the synthesis and dynamic properties of core-shell polymers monitored by the interaction between amphiphilic small molecules. Brush-like structures (as shown in Figure 1) are formed with a hydrophobic core surrounded by a hydrophilic shell utilizing controlled radical addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of macromonomers consisting of linear polyglycerol chains attached to alkylenemethacrylate.

Figure 1. Composition ofall six core–shell polymers CnSm. Generalized chemical structure of a core–shell polymer with N macromonomer repeating unitsconsisting of m glycerol and n methylene components. e) Chemical structure ofthe 16-DSA spin probe.

Continuous wave electron paramagnetic (spin) resonance (CW EPR/ESR) spectroscopy is employed to study how the amphiphilic, paramagnetic spin probe 16-DSA (16-doxyl stearic acid) interacts with polymers of different alkylene chain lengths in their hydrophobic cores and different polyglycerol chain lengths in their hydrophilic shells (as shown in Figure 2). The spin probe exhibits dynamic hydrophobic attachment to the polymers and reveals anindirect, dynamics-based view of polymer effects such as temperature response, aggregation and ligand binding properties. Applying dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and molecular dynamic (MD) simulations, the complex dynamic behavior found with EPR spectroscopy was further complemented and verified.

Figure 2. EPR spectra of different amphiphilic core–shell polymers as probed with 16-DSA. (a) Summary of EPR spectra of different lengths of polymers with 16-DSA. (b) The representative simulation of polymer C6S32.

The EPR spin probe method is to add a spin probe molecule to the system, so that the reverse magnetic system becomes a paramagnetic system and can bedetected by EPR. Commonly, the probe molecules are very stable nitrogen oxides free radicals, which is a method of making a substance to be paramagnetic bynon-valent bond bonding.



Jorg Reichenwallner, Anja Thomas, and Dariush Hinderberger*. et al.Tunable dynamic hydrophobic attachment of guest molecules in amphiphilic core–shell polymers. [J] Polymer. Chemistry, 2016, 7, 5783–5798.

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