Temperature-dependent interfacial properties of hydrophobically end-modified poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline)s assemblies at the air/water interface and on solid substrates

Rodolphe Obeid, Jin Young Park, Rigoberto C. Advincula, Françoise M. Winnik

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We describe herein the properties at the air/water (A/W) interface of hydrophobically end-modified (HM) poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline)s (PiPrOx) bearing an n-octadecyl chain on both termini (telechelic HM-PiPrOx) or on one chain end (semitelechelic HM-PiPrOx) for different subphase temperatures and spreading solvents using the Langmuir film balance technique. The polymer interfacial properties revealed by the π-A isotherms depend markedly on the architecture and molecular weight of the polymer. On cold water subphases (14 °C), diffusion of PiPrOx chains onto water takes place for all polymers in the intermediate compressibility region (5 mN m-1). At higher subphase temperatures (36 and 48 °C), the HM-PiPrOx film exhibited remarkable stability with time. Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) imaging of the A/W interface showed that the polymer assembly was not uniform and that large domains formed, either isolated grains or pearl necklaces, depending on the polymer structure, the concentration of the spreading solution and the subphase temperature. The Langmuir films were transferred onto hydrophilic substrates (silica) by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique and onto hydrophobic substrates (gold) by Langmuir-Schaefer (LS) film deposition, resulting in the formation of adsorbed particles ranging in size from 200 to 500 nm, depending on the polymer architecture and the substrate temperature. The particles presented "Janus"-like hydrophilic/hydrophobic characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-152
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 15
Externally publishedYes



  • Air/water interface
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Brewster angle microscopy (BAM)
  • Domains
  • Hydrophobicaly-modified polymers
  • Langmuir films
  • Langmuir-Blodgett (LB)
  • Langmuir-Schaefer (LS)
  • Lower critical solution temperature (LCST)
  • Poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline)
  • Self-assembly
  • Telechelic polymers
  • Thermo-responsive polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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