Formation and structure of micelles from two amphiphilic polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) diblock copolymers (PS mol.wt. 1000; PEO mol.wt. 3000 and 5000) were examined by surface tension, viscosity, steady state fluorescence, dynamic light scattering (DLS), small angle neutron scattering (SANS), and cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of the copolymers in aqueous solution was ca. 0.05%; micelle hydrodynamic diameter was 30-35 nm with a narrow size distribution. SANS studies show that the copolymers form ellipsoidal micelles with semi major axis ~23 nm and semi minor axis ~8 nm. No significant change in the structure was found with temperature and presence of salt. The copolymer micelles interaction with the ionic surfactants sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) was also examined by DLS and SANS.
- Diblock copolymer
- Polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide)