The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 273–287 | Cite as

Amphiphilic diblock copolymers with adhesive properties: I. Structure and swelling with water

  • S. Poivet
  • P. Fabre
  • F. NalletEmail author
  • K. Schierholz
  • G. Abraham
  • É. Papon
  • Y. Gnanou
  • R. Ober
  • O. Guerret
  • N. -E. El-Bounia
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We study asymmetric block copolymers with the simple diblock AB architecture, in the case where the longer block A is both hydrophobic and “soft”, whereas the shorter block B is hydrophilic and “hard”. Materials with such a particular combination of physico-chemical and mechanical properties have distinctive advantages, in particular for designing water-compatible adhesive materials. The phase diagram is established, combining NMR and SAXS characterisations of the materials. The swelling with water is monitored through gravimetry and “time-resolved” SAXS. Indications of maintained adhesive properties in a wet environment are given.


82.35.Jk Copolymers, phase transitions, structure 61.25.Hq Macromolecular and polymer solutions; polymer melts; swelling 82.35.Gh Polymers on surfaces; adhesion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Poivet
    • 1
  • P. Fabre
    • 1
  • F. Nallet
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. Schierholz
    • 1
  • G. Abraham
    • 1
  • É. Papon
    • 2
  • Y. Gnanou
    • 2
  • R. Ober
    • 3
  • O. Guerret
    • 4
  • N. -E. El-Bounia
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre de recherche Paul-PascalCNRSPessacFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de chimie des polymères organiquesUMR CNRS-ENSCPB-Université Bordeaux-IPessac CedexFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire de physique des fluides organisésUMR CNRS-Collège de FranceParis Cedex 05France
  4. 4.groupement de recherches de LacqARKEMALacqFrance

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