Sulfobetaine-Based Homo- and Copolymers by RAFT: Cross-Linked Micelles and Aqueous Solution Properties


ACS Applied Polymer Materials, vol.4, no.9, pp.6303-6311, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acsapm.1c01873
  • Journal Name: ACS Applied Polymer Materials
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Compendex
  • Page Numbers: pp.6303-6311
  • Keywords: zwitterionic, cross-linked micelle, UCST, LCST, controlled drug delivery, thermoresponsive polymers, UCST, POLYMERIZATION, DELIVERY, POLYMERS
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


© 2022 American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.In this study, we describe the synthesis and aqueous solution behavior of temperature-sensitive N-(3-sulfopropyl)-N-methacroyloxyethyl-N,N-dimethylammonium betaine (SBMA) homopolymers and core cross-linked micelles (CCMs) with an SBMA shell. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization has been utilized to synthesize sulfobetaine homopolymers, followed by CCM formation during copolymerization in the presence of an acid-degradable cross-linker. First, SBMA homopolymers of varying chain lengths were synthesized, and it has been demonstrated that an increase in the chain length and concentration of the homopolymer resulted in an increase in the upper critical solution temperature (UCST). Besides, micelles showed concentration-dependent dual temperature-sensitive behavior with UCST and LCST transitions. Also, homopolymers and CCMs were characterized by FTIR, 1H-NMR, GPC, and TEM. Micelle formation and temperature sensitivity were also investigated by DLS. As a result, stabilized micelles were successfully prepared with the motivation of preventing premature drug release and achieving a pH- and temperature-controlled system. Due to their dual-responsive characteristics, the CCMs show promising potential to be used as smart drug carriers for controlled delivery.