Interactions of Hydrophobically Modified Polyvinylamine with Pluronic Triblock Copolymer Micelles
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The heats associated with the addition of triblock copolymers of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide (PEO-PPO-PEO pluronics) to solutions of linear polyvinylamine, with N-substituted pendant octyl groups (HMPVAm), were measured as functions of pH and pluronic structure. The interactions were exothermic with the overall enthalpy decreasing with increasing pH from 5 to 10. Surprisingly, the heat effect increased with increasing pluronic hydrophilicity; however, no enthalpy change was observed in the absence of micelles. The results were quantitatively modeled by assuming two competing processes-micellar dissolution and HMPVAm coating of micelles, preventing dissolution.
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