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Annealing-Induced Changes in Double-Brush Langmuir-Blodgett Films of alpha-Helical Diblock Copolypeptides

Nguyen, L-T. T., Musser, A. J., Vorenkamp, E. J., Polushkin, E., ten Brinke, G. & Schouten, A. J., 7-Sep-2010, In : Langmuir. 26, 17, p. 14073-14080 8 p.

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  • Le-Thu T. Nguyen
  • Andrew J. Musser
  • Eltjo J. Vorenkamp
  • Evgeny Polushkin
  • Gerrit ten Brinke
  • Arend J. Schouten

The effect of annealing on the structure and the helix orientation in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of diblock copolymers (PLGA-b-PMLGSLGs) of poly(alpha-L-glutamic acid) (PLGA) and poly(gamma-methyl-L-glutamate-ran-gamma-stearyl-L-glutamate) with 30 mol % of stearyl substituents (PMLGSLG) with unidirectional helix orientation deposited on hydrophilic silicon substrates was characterized by means of small-angle X-ray reflectivity, transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Upon annealing at 100 degrees C for 24 h, the a-helices became less tilted toward the substrate surface normal. Surface area shrinkage accompanied the change in tilt, indicated by an increase in both film thickness and electron density, resulting in more compact and uniform films. The enhancement of the helix orientation by thermal annealing was greater for the PMLGSLG block and for the diblock copolymers with the shorter block lengths. For these diblock copolymers, annealing resulted in postorientation of the PMLGSLG block helices almost perpendicular to the substrate surface, This effect originates from a considerable increase in intermolecular packing of the PLGA block caused by hydrogen bonds between the carboxylic groups upon annealing, as well as the high mobility of the PMLGSLG block helices for rearrangement favored by the melted side chain mantle at elevated temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14073-14080
Number of pages8
JournalLangmuir
Volume26
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7-Sep-2010

    Keywords

  • X-RAY REFLECTOMETRY, HAIRY ROD MOLECULES, NORMAL-ALKYL CHAINS, H STRETCHING MODES, LIQUID-CRYSTALS, SOLID-STATE, ORIENTATION, POLYPEPTIDES, MONOLAYERS, MULTILAYERS

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