University of Hertfordshire

  • Woei Ping Cheng
  • Clare Hoskins
  • Kong Thoo-Lin Paul
  • Laurence Tetley
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-719
JournalPolymers for Advanced Technologies
Volume23
Issue3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Abstract

Fluorescent amphiphilic polymers were produced by grafting different types and levels of hydrophobic pendant groups with intrinsic fluorescent properties (fluorenylmethoxy carbonyl (Fmoc), dimethylamino-1-naphthalenesulfonyl (Dansyl), and naphthalene (Naphth) to a water soluble homopolymer backbone, polyallylamine (PAA). Non-fluorescent hydrophobic pendant group (cholesteryl moieties) were also grafted onto PAA. The polymers were characterized with elemental analysis, NMR and FTIR spectroscopy. All polymers formed self-assemblies by probe sonication in water with sizes ranging from 120 to 199 nm and TEM images showed the presence of spherical particles.

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