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Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2009, Volume 210, Issue 24, Pages 2138 - 2147
Two hydrophobically modified PNIPAM semitelechelics PxF9 were prepared by “clicking” PNIPAM containing an azide endgroup (PxN3) with nonadecafluoro-1-decyl hex-5-ynoate (F9). Micelles of PxF9 in water with a core of F9-segments and a PNIPAM corona were detected by dynamic light scattering and by 1H and 19F NMR spectroscopy below the LCST. Just below the LCST, the PNIPAM chains start to collapse onto the F9 core followed by aggregation of several collapsed micelles to large particles in the range of ≈110 nm. The F9 segments shifted the LCST to lower temperatures when comparing PxN3 with PxF9. The existence of micelles in PxF9 solutions also improved the reversibility of the LCST behavior as measured by DSC.