Synthesis of amphiphilic diblock copolymer for surface modification of Ethylene-Norbornene copolymers

Simon Levinsen, Winnie Edith Svendsen, Andy Horsewell, Kristoffer Almdal

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The aim of this work is to produce polymer modifiers in order to develop hydrophilic polymeric surfaces for use in microfluidics. The use of hydrophilic polymers in microfluidics will have many advantages e.g. preventing protein absorbance. Here we present an amphiphilic diblock copolymer consisting of a bulk material compatible block and a hydrophilic block. To utilize the possibility of incorporating diblock copolymers into ethylenenorbornene copolymers, we have in this work developed a model poly(ethylene-1-butene) polymer compatible with the commercial available ethylene-norbornene copolymer TOPAS. Through matching of the radius of gyration for the model polymer
and TOPAS the miscibility was achieved. The poly(ethylene-1-butene) polymer
was synthesized from a hydrogenated anionic polymerized polybutadiene polymer. As hydrophilic block poly(ethylene oxide) was subsequently added also with anionic polymerization. Recent miscibility results between the model polymer and TOPAS will be presented, as well ongoing efforts to study the hydrophilic surface.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBulletin of the American Physical Society
Number of pages1
Publication date2014
Article numberBAPS.2014.MAR.W21.2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAPS March Meeting 2014 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 3 Mar 20147 Mar 2014


ConferenceAPS March Meeting 2014
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO


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6 Mar 2014

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Levinsen, S., Svendsen, W. E., Horsewell, A., & Almdal, K. (2014). Synthesis of amphiphilic diblock copolymer for surface modification of Ethylene-Norbornene copolymers. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society (Vol. 59). [BAPS.2014.MAR.W21.2]