The influence of PEG macromonomers on the size and properties of thermosensitive aqueous microgels
Pich, A., Berger, S., Ornatsky, O et al.
We describe the preparation and thermal response of aqueous microgels based on poly(N-vinyl caprolactam) containing grafted poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains. These microgels were synthesized by free radical copolymerization of vinyl caprolactam and acetoacetoxyethyl methacrylate in the presence of methoxy-capped poly(ethylene glycol)methacrylate macromonomers. We show that variation of the amount of PEG macromonomer or the length of the PEG chain provides effective control of the microgel diameter in the range 60–220 nm. The presence of the grafted PEG chains improves the colloidal stability of the microgels. The incorporation of the PEG macromonomers into microgel structure decreases the swelling degree and induces a shift of the volume phase transition to higher temperatures.
Pich, A., Berger, S., Ornatsky, O et al. "The influence of PEG macromonomers on the size and properties of thermosensitive aqueous microgels" Colloid and Polymer Science (2009): 269–275