Polymer Science Faculty Research

Title

Supramolecular Assemblies of Polyoxometalate-Tethered Diblock Copolymers with Tunable Sizes in N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone/Toluene Mixed Solvents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 9-2014

Abstract

Three diblock copolymers, each consisting of a relatively polar polyoxometalate-containing block and a nonpolar polythiophene block, were studied for their solution self-assembly behavior. Hollow spherical vesicular structures have been observed; their formation is driven by solvophobic-solvophilic interactions. The size of the vesicles can be controlled by varying the polarity of the solvent. Regular vesicles seem to form when the solvent combination is relatively polar, while reverse vesicles form when the solvent is relatively nonpolar.

Publication Title

European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry

Volume

2014

Issue

27

First Page

4589

Last Page

4592