A series of novel polymeric nanogels with core-shell morphology was developed. Block ionomer complexes of comb-graft poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(polypropylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-g-poly(acrylic acid) copolymers (Pluronic-PAA) and divalent metal cations were utilized as micellar templates for the synthesis of nanogels with sizes ranging from 100 to 200 nm in diameter. The Pluronic-PAA nanogels were confirmed to possess ionic cross-linked PAA cores and flexible hydrophilic shells from the Pluronic copolymer chains. The ionic character of the core provided for pH-dependent swelling/collapse behavior of the nanogels. These prepared nanogels are expected to be of utility as carriers for charged therapeutic or diagnostic agents.
- Block copolymer
- Core-shell morphology
- Pluronic and poly(acrylic acid) copolymers template assembly
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmaceutical Science