By combined light scattering and circular dichroism measurements (CD), we have investigated the coil-to-globule transition of the thermosensitive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAAm) copolymerized with a 1/10 fraction of valine- or leucine-derived groups randomly positioned along the chains. The comonomers provide the pNIPAAm chains with chirality, electric charge, and increased hydrophobicity. For valine-derived copolymers, the coil-globule transition is basically unmodified with respect to pNIPAAm, whereas doping with leucine-derived groups significantly lowers the transition temperature and makes the transition discontinuous. We find the CD signal of the chiral comonomers to cleanly depend on the local chain density. We interpret this behavior as an effect of the whole chain conformation on the conformations accessible to the chiral groups.
|Titolo:||Coil-to-globule transition of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) doped with chiral amino acidic comonomers|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/07 - Fisica Applicata(Beni Culturali, Ambientali, Biol.e Medicin)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||8-mar-2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/jp067877q|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|