Logo JG-Universität MainzProf. Dr. Axel Müller


DFG MU896/17: Higher Levels of Self-Assembly of Ionic Amphiphilic Copolymers: Strategies Based on Multiple Molecular Interactions (ESF-Projekt SONS-AMPHI)
From 08/2003 to 07/2008
Project leader: Axel H. E. Müller
Coworkers: Oleg V. Borisov, Markus Burkhardt, Andreas Walther
Coordination of the collaborative Project "SONS-AMPHI" in the Programme “Self-Organized Nanoscopic Structures (SONS)" of the European Science Foundation (ESF), Project number 02-PE-SONS-JA016-SONS-AMPHI running from 08/2003 - 07/2008.

This collaborative project studies the hierarchical self-assembly of ionic/non-ionic amphiphilic macromolecules driven by multiple types of interactions both in aqueous solution and at interfaces. The spectrum of molecular architectures ranges from simple linear structures (e.g., block copolymers) to branched structures (e.g. graft copolymers) and more complex nanoparticles (core-shell and Janus type).We aim to understand how self-organization, the resulting structures and interfacial patterns are controlled by the interplay of macromolecular architecture of building blocks with different types and ranges of competing interactions, particularly hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions. Our ultimate goal is to create systems that can self-assemble in a hierarchical way. The present project will explore possible approaches in this challenging direction. The expertise of the participating groups (advanced synthetic techniques, a wide range of experimental characterization methods and the combination of analytical and computational theoretical modeling) is strongly complementary and their coordinated efforts will lead to a new level of understanding of self-organization of amphiphilic macromolecular systems.

Partners are:

Professor Dr. Matthias Ballauff
Universität Bayreuth
PD Dr. Helmut Schlaad
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPI-KGF)
Professor Dr. Gerhard H. Findenegg
Technische Universität Berlin
Professor Dr. Martien A. Cohen Stuart
Wageningen University
Dr. Mohamed Daoud
Dr. Avraham Halperin
Dr. Claudine Williams †
Collège de France
Dr. Günter Reiter
Institut de Chimie des Surfaces et Interfaces

List of publications of this Project

294. Hofs, B.; de Keizer, A.; van der Burgh, S.; Leermakers, F.A.M.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Millard, P.-E.; Müller, A.H.E.: Complex coacervate core micro-emulsions, Soft Matter 4, 1473 (2008) -- DOI: 10.1039/b802148a -- PDF -- Details
281. Burkhardt, M.; Ruppel, M.; Pfaff, S.; Drechsler, M.; Schweins, R.; Pergushov, D.V.; Gradzielski, M.; Zezin, A.B.; Müller, A.H.E.: Water-Soluble Interpolyelectrolyte Complexes of Polyisobutylene-block-Poly(methacrylic acid) Micelles: Formation and Properties, Langmuir 24, 1769 (2008) -- DOI: 10.1021/la701835r -- PDF -- Details
276. Burkhardt, M.; Martinez-Castro, N.; Pfaff, S.; Drechsler, M.; Babin, I.A.; Grishagin, I.V.; Schweins, R.; Pergushov, D.V.; Gradzielski, M.; Zezin, A.B.; Müller, A.H.E.: Polyisobutylene-block-poly(methacrylic acid) Diblock Copolymers: Self-Assembly in Aqueous Media, Langmuir 23, 12864 (2007) -- Details
268. Colombani, O.; Ruppel, M.; Burkhardt, M.; Drechsler, M.; Schumacher, M.; Gradzielski, M.; Schweins, R.; Müller, A.H.E.: Structure of Micelles of Poly(n-butyl acrylate)-block-poly(acrylic acid) Diblock Copolymers in Aqueous Solution, Macromolecules 40, 4351 (2007) -- Details
267. Colombani, O.; Ruppel, M.; Schubert, F.; Zettl, H.; Pergushov, D.V.; Müller, A.H.E.: Synthesis of Poly(n-butyl acrylate)-block-poly(acrylic acid) Diblock Copolymers by ATRP and Their Micellization in Water, Macromolecules 40, 4338 (2007) -- Details
239. Eghbali, E.; Colombani, O.; Drechsler, M.; Müller, A.H.E.; Hoffmann, H.: Rheology and Phase Behavior of Poly(n-Butyl Acrylate)-block-Poly(Acrylic Acid) in Aqueous Solution, Langmuir 22, 4766-4776 (2006) -- Details
237. André, X.; Benmohammed, Kh.; Litvinenko, G. I.; Yakimansky, A.V.; Müller, A.H.E.: Anionic Polymerization and Block Copolymerization of N,N-Diethylacrylamide in the Presence of Triethylaluminium. Kinetic Investigation Using In-line FT-NIR Spectroscopy, Macromolecules 39, 2773-2787 (2006) -- Details
233. Martínez-Castro, N.; Zhang, M.; Pergushov, D.V.; Müller, A.H.E.: Anionic Polymerization of N,N-Dimethylacrylamide with Thienyllithium and Synthesis of Block Copolymers of Isobutylene and N,N-Dimethylacrylamide by Site Transformation of Chain Ends, Designed Monomers and Polymers 9, 63-79 (2006) -- Details
232. Mori, H.; Müller, A.H.E.: Design of novel polymeric architectures with (meth)acrylic acid segments by controlled/living polymerizations in J. Jagur-Grodzinski, Ed.: Collective Volume on Living and Controlled Polymerization: Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of the Respective Polymers and Copolymers, Nova Science Publ., Happauge, N.Y., p. 257 (2006) -- Details
222. André, X.; Zhang, M.; Müller, A.H.E.: Thermo- and pH-Responsive Micelles of Poly(acrylic acid)-block-Poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide), Makromolekulare Chemie Rapid Communications 26, 558-563, published on the web April 1, 2005 (2005) -- DOI: 10.1002/marc.200400510 -- Details
218. Loos, K.; Böker, A.; Zettl, H.; Zhang, M.; Müller, A.H.E.; Krausch, G.: Micellar Aggregates of Amylose-block-Polystyrene Rod-Coil Block Copolymers in Water and THF, Macromolecules 38, 873-879 (2005) -- DOI: 10.1021/ma0345549 -- Details
216. André, X.; Benmohammed, Kh.; Yakimansky, A.V.; Müller, A.H.E.: Anionic Block Copolymerization of N,NDiethylacrylamide in the Presence of Et3Al. Kinetic Investigations using In-Situ FT-NIR Spectroscopy In-Situ FT-NIR Spectroscopy Proceedings, 40th IUPAC Symposium on Macromolecules , MACRO 2004, Paris, July (2004) -- Details
215. André, X.; Müller, A.H.E.; Charleux, B.: Remarkable Stabilization of Latex Particles by a Thermo- and pH-Responsive Block Copolymer of Poly(acrylic Acid)-b-poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) Proceedings, 40th IUPAC Symposium on Macromolecules , MACRO 2004, Paris, July (2004) -- Details
213. Pergushov, D.V.; Gradzielski, M.; Remizova, E.V.; Burkhardt, M.; Zezin, A.B.; Kabanov, V.A.; Müller, A.H.E.: Novel Micellar Architectures Based on Interpolyelectrolyte Complexes of Ionic Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers Proceedings, 40th IUPAC Symposium on Macromolecules , MACRO 2004, Paris, July (2004) -- Details
209. Schilli, C.; Zhang, M.; Müller, A.H.E.; Rizzardo, E.; Thang, S.H.; Chong, Y.K.; Edwards, K.; Karlsson, G.: A New Double-Responsive Block Copolymer Synthesized via RAFT Polymerization: , Macromolecules 37, 7861 (2004) -- Details
207. Cai, Y.; Hartenstein, M.; Müller, A.H.E.: Synthesis of Amphiphilic Graft Copolymers of n-Butyl Acrylate and Acrylic Acid by Atom Transfer Radical Copolymerization of Macromonomers , Macromolecules 37, 7484 (2004) -- Details
206. Müller, A.H.E.; Cai, Y.; Hartenstein, M.; Gradzielski, M.; Zhang, M.; Mori, H.; Pergushov, D.V.: Effect of topology on the aqueous solution behavior of amphiphilic block and graft copolymers of n-butyl acrylate and acrylic acid, Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 45(2), 267 (2004)
204. André, X.; Schilli, C.; Müller, A.H.E.; Charleux, B.: Double-stimuli responsive block copolymers of acrylic acid, N,N-diethylacrylamide, and N-isopropylacrylamide, Macromol. Mater. Eng. 91 (2004) -- Details
193. Förster, S.; Abetz, V.; Müller, A.H.E.: Polyelectrolyte Block Copolymer Micelles, Advances in Polymer Science 166, 173 (2004) -- Details
192. Bohrisch, J.; Eisenbach, C.D.; Jaeger, W.; Mori, H.; Müller, A.H.E.; Rehahn, M.; Schaller, C.; Traser, S.; Wittemeyer, P.: New Polyelectrolyte Architectures, Adv. Polym. Sci. 165, 1 (2004)
187. Pergushov, D.V.; Remizova, E.V.; Gradzielski, M.; Lindner, P.; Feldthusen, J.; Zezin, A.B.; Müller, A.H.E.; Kabanov, V.A.: Micelles of Polyisobutylene-block-Poly(Methacrylic Acid) Diblock Copolymers and Their Water-Soluble Interpolyelectrolyte Complexes Formed With Quaternized Poly(4-Vinyl Pyridine), Polymer 45, 367 (2004)
185. Liu, Y.; Abetz, V.; Müller, A.H.E.: Janus Cylinders, Macromolecules 36, 7894 (2003) -- Details
183. Martinez-Castro, N.; Lanzendörfer, M.; Müller, A.H.E.; Cho, J.C.; Acar, M.H.; Faust, R.: Polyisobutylene stars and polyisobutylene-block-poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) block copolymers by site transformation of thiophene end-capped polyisobutylene chain ends, Macromolecules 36, 6815 (2003) -- Details
182. Mori, H.; Müller, A.H.E.: New Polymeric Architectures with (Meth)acrylic Acid Segments, Progress in Polymer Science 28, 1403 (2003) -- Details
181. Müller, A.H.E.; André, X.; Charleux, B.: Anionic Block Copolymerization of N,N-Diethylacrylamide. Applications for Double-Stimuli Responsive Micelle, e-Polymers P_2003 (2003)
180. Pergushov, D.V.; Remizova, E.V.; Zezin, A.B.; Müller, A.H.E.; Kabanov, V.A.: Novel water-soluble micellar interpolyelectrolyte complexes, J. Phys. Chem. C. 107, 8093 (2003) -- Details
172. Erhardt, R.; Zhang, M.; Böker, A.; Zettl, H.; Abetz, C.; Frederik, P.; Krausch, G.; Abetz, V.; Müller, A.H.E.: Amphiphilic Janus Micelles with Polystyrene and Poly(methacrylic acid) Hemispheres, Journal of the American Chemical Society 125, 3260-3267 (2003) -- DOI: 10.1021/ja028982q -- Details

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