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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 21, Number 4
BKCSDE 21(4)
April 20, 2000 

Polymeric Micelle Formation of Multiblock Copolymer Composed of Poly( γ-benzyl L-glutamate) and Poly(ethylene oxide)
Jae-Woon Nah, * Young-Il Jeong, Chong-Su Cho
Multiblock copolymers consisting of poly( g-benzyl L-glutamate) (PBLG) as the hydrophobic part and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) as the hydrophilic part (GEG) were synthesized and characterized. GEG polymeric micelles were prepared by the dialysis technique. Particle size distributions based on intensity,volume, and number-average were 22.6 ± 11.9 nm, 23.5 ± 4.6 nm, and 23.7 ± 37 nm, respectively. It was observed that par-ticle size and size distribution of GEG polymeric micelles changed significantly with the choice of initial sol-vent. Transmission electron micrographs (TEM) showed the polymeric micelles to be spherically shaped, with sizes ranging from 20 nm to 40 nm in diameter. Fluorescence spectroscopy measurements suggested that GEG block copolymers wereassociated in water to form polymeric micelles, and the critical micelle concentrations (CMC) value of the block copolymers was 0.0094 g/L. Further evidenceof micelle formation of GEG block copolymers and limited mobility of the PBLG chain in the core ohe micelle was obtained with 1 H NMR in D2O.
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