Self-Assembled Structures of Amphiphilic Ionic Block Copolymers: Theory, Self-Consistent Field Modeling and Experiment

  • Oleg V. Borisov
  • Ekaternia B. Zhulina
  • Frans A. M. Leermakers
  • Axel H. E. Müller


We present an overview of statistical thermodynamic theories that describe the self-assembly of amphiphilic ionic/hydrophobic diblock copolymers in dilute solution. Block copolymers with both strongly and weakly dissociating (pH-sensitive) ionic blocks are considered. We focus mostly on structural and morphological transitions that occur in self-assembled aggregates as a response to varied environmental conditions (ionic strength and pH in the solution). Analytical theory is complemented by a numerical self-consistent field approach. Theoretical predictions are compared to selected experimental data on micellization of ionic/hydrophobic diblock copolymers in aqueous solutions.


Amphiphilic block copolymers Micelles Polyelectrolytes Polymorphism Self-assembly 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oleg V. Borisov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ekaternia B. Zhulina
    • 2
  • Frans A. M. Leermakers
    • 3
  • Axel H. E. Müller
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut Pluridisciplinaire de Recherche sur, l’Environnement et les MatériauxUMR 5254 CNRS/UPPAPauFrance
  2. 2.Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid ScienceWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Makromolekulare Chemie II and Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und GrenzflächenUniversität BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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