Complex amphiphilic networks derived from diamine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) and benzylic chloride-functionalized hyperbranched fluoropolymers Academic Article uri icon


  • Amphiphilic copolymer networks were prepared from hyperbranched fluoropolymer (HBFP*, M n = 38 kDa, by atom transfer radical-self condensing vinyl copolymerization) and linear diamine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (DA-PEG, M n = 1,630 Da). Model studies found that the crosslinking mechanism occurred at ambient temperature as a result of reaction between DA-PEG and the benzylic chlorides of HBFP*. These networks underwent covalent attachment to glass microscope slides derivatized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, whereupon gel percent studies at various weight percentages of DA-PEG to HBFP* found that curing could be achieved at lower temperatures and shortened time periods relative to the previously reported parent HBFP-PEG system. Thermogravimetric analysis revealed that the crosslinked materials gave no evident mass loss up to 250 C. Differential scanning calorimetry of the complex amphiphilic networks showed a suppressed glass transition temperature, relative to that observed for neat HBFP*, and multiple melting DA-PEG endotherm(s) near 30 C. The films possessed a topographically-complex surface with features that increased in tandem with an increase in the ratio of DA-PEG to HBFP*, as detected by atomic force microscopy and quantified by increased rms roughness values. Internal reflection infrared imaging revealed a heterogeneous surface composition and confirmed that the domain sizes increased as the weight percent of DA-PEG increased. 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Powell, K. T., Cheng, C., Wooley, K. L., Singh, A., & Urban, M. W.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Powell, Kenya T||Cheng, Chong||Wooley, Karen L||Singh, Anuradha||Urban, Marek W

publication date

  • August 2006