Core-Corona Micelles Formed by Self-Assembly of Random Copolymer and Homopolymer Mixtures: Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulations
ML Chen and M Sun and XY Liu, JOURNAL OF DISPERSION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 37, 625-632 (2016).
Dissipative particle dynamics simulation was applied to investigate the cooperative aggregation of amphiphilic random copolymer and homopolymer mixtures in selective solvents. The amphiphilic random copolymers were set to contain more hydrophilic segments. The effects of the contents of homopolymers, the chain length of amphiphilic random copolymers, the interaction parameters, as well as the simulation time, on the cooperative aggregation were systematically studied with dissipative particle dynamics simulation method. The results showed that core-corona micelles could be formed with the addition of homopolymers, where the homopolymers accumulate at the core and the amphiphilic random copolymers as the corona. This work demonstrated that the morphology and the size of the micelles could be tuned by the controlled addition of homopolymers in the process of self-assembly.
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