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UCST-type thermoresponsive polymers

UCST-type thermoresponsive polymers (Focus: Polymer Chemistry and Physical Chemistry)

We are especially interested in understanding the phase transition behaviour of Upper Critical Solution Temperature (UCST)-type polymers presenting a thermoresponsive behaviour in water such as poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile).


Copyright: RSC / Bertin

... and designing novel polymers presenting an UCST-type behaviour in water / alcohol mixture.


Copyright: RSC / Bertin


Group members working on the project:
PhD student: M.Eng. M.Sc. Antoine Franc
Master student: B.Eng. Maelle Lages

Past group members on the project:
PhD student: M.Sc Asad Asadujjaman
Master student: M.Sc. Vahid Ahmadi
Master student: M.Sc. Yunfei Guo


Selected publications on thermoresponsive polymers:

[5] Polyacrylamide “revisited”: UCST-type reversible thermoresponsive properties in aqueous alcoholic solution.
A. Asadujjaman, T. Espinosa de Oliveira, D. Mukherji, A. Bertin
Soft Matter 2018, 14, 1336-1343.

[4] Thermoresponsive functional polymers based on 2,6-diaminopyridine motif with tunable UCST behaviour in water/alcohol mixtures.
A. Asadujjaman, V. Ahmadi, M. Yalcin, N. ten Brummelhuis, A. Bertin*.
Polymer Chemistry 2017, accepted.

[3] Dielectric analysis of the Upper-Critical-Solution-Temperature behaviour of a poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) copolymer system in water.
A. Asadujjaman, A. Bertin, A. Schönhals.
Soft Matter 2017, 13, 2384-2393.

[2] Phase transition and aggregation behaviour of an UCST-type copolymer poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) in water: Effect of acrylonitrile content, concentration in solution, copolymer chain length and presence of electrolyte.
A. Asadujjaman, B. Kent, A. Bertin*.
Soft Matter 2017, 13, 658-669.

[1] Poly(2-oxazoline)s as smart bioinspired polymers.
H. Schlaad, C. Diehl, A. Gress, M. Meyer, A. Levent Demirel, Y. Nur, A. Bertin.
Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2010, 31, 511-525.