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Self Organized Nanostructures of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers II

Volume 242 of the series Advances in Polymer Science pp 29-89

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Non-ionic Thermoresponsive Polymers in Water

  • Vladimir AseyevAffiliated withLaboratory of Polymer Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki Email author 
  • , Heikki TenhuAffiliated withLaboratory of Polymer Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki
  • , Françoise M. WinnikAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Montreal

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Abstract

Numerous non-ionic thermally responsive homopolymers phase separate from their aqueous solutions upon heating. Far fewer neutral homopolymers are known to phase separate upon cooling. A systematic compilation of the polymers reported to exhibit thermoresponsive behaviour is presented in this review, including N-substituted poly[(meth)acrylamide]s, poly(N-vinylamide)s, poly(oxazoline)s, protein-related polymers, poly(ether)s, polymers based on amphiphilic balance, and elastin-like synthetic polymers. Basic properties of aqueous solutions of these polymers are briefly described.

Keywords

Amphiphilic LCST Polymer Solution Thermoresponsive Water