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dc.contributor.authorYuen, Fanny 18:41:46 (GMT) 18:41:46 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractStructures with well-defined architectures and tailored physical properties can be produced by supramolecular self-assembly of stimuli-sensitive polymeric inclusion complexes consisting of cyclodextrins. Recently, there has been significant interest in the use of double hydrophilic block copolymers to design novel supramolecular nanostructures as these polymers micellize under external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, and complexation. Cyclodextrins (CDs) have the ability to spontaneously complex with water-soluble guest molecules. The complexation of the polymer with CD induces self-assembly of the polymers. In this research, two systems were studied, a PEO-b-PNIPAM/α-CD system and a PPO-b-PMAA/β-CD system. First, the block copolymers were synthesized by ATRP to achieve well-defined monodisperse polymers. The chemical composition of the polymer was determined by NMR and gel permeation chromatography. Then, the microstructure and aggregation behaviour in aqueous solutions were studied using a combination of static and dynamic light scattering, and isothermal titration and differential scanning calorimetric techniques.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.titleCyclodextrin Assisted Self-Assembly of Stimuli-Sensitive Block Copolymers in Aqueous Mediaen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.comment.hiddenThe majority of the material in Chapter 2 has been published in Soft Matter. According to my supervisor, Dr. Michael Tam, I retain the rights to publish this material in my thesis, and no further permission from the publisher is required.en
dc.subject.programChemical Engineeringen Engineeringen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Applied Scienceen

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