Structure of hydrophobically and hydrogen-bonded complexes between amphiphilic copolymer and polyacid in water
Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris XI, 91400, Orsay, France
2 Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, 91025, Evry, France
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We observed by SANS and NMR the structure of intermolecular complexes formed through hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions between a polyacid and a neutral copolymer surfactant (PEO-PPO-PEO). The polyacid is perdeuterated and the contrast variation method enables us to measure separately the structure factor of each component in the complex and the cross structure factor as a function of the pH and the temperature. The evolution of NMR spectra and relaxation times with pH and temperature give a complementary insight into the inner structure of the aggregates. The interaction between the aggregates and the aggregation number of polyacid chains are governed by electrostatic effects; they depend on the polyacid charge and are insensitive to temperature. The number of copolymer chains which results from the cooperative action of hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions is sensitive to both pH and temperature. The complexation preserves the micellar core-corona structure of the copolymer and shrinks the polyacid chains which adopt a compact structure. The non-dissociated polyacid sequences are bound to the PPO part of the copolymer forming the hydrophobic core of the complex, whereas the ionized polyacid sequences form with the PEO a stabilizing hydrated corona.
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