Elena Yu Kramarenko

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The conformational behavior of a single diblock copolymer chain with comb blocks is studied by computer simulation. The comb blocks have equal lengths of the backbones and side chains and differ only by the degree of grafting of the side chains. The collapse behavior is studied for two cases: (i) comb diblock copolymer with attracting backbones of the(More)
Micellization in dilute solutions of diblock copolymers with a polyelectrolyte and a hydrophilic nonionic blocks and oppositely charged polyions is studied using mean-field theory. In aqueous solutions the micelle core consists of the polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) while the corona is formed by hydrophilic blocks of the block copolymers. Describing PEC as a(More)
Polymer micelles with hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) core and ionic amphiphilic corona from charged N-ethyl-4-vinylpyridinium bromide (EVP) and uncharged 4-vinylpyridine (4VP) units spontaneously self-assembled from PS-block-poly(4VP-stat-EVP) macromolecules in mixed dimethylformamide/methanol/water solvent. The fraction of statistically distributed EVP units(More)
The behavior of lightly cross-linked polyelectrolyte hydrogel swelling in the solution of oppositely charged surfactants is studied theoretically. It is shown that if there is a lack of surfactant in the solution intragel separation into two phases differing in swelling ratios and surfactant content can take place. The surfactant ions concentrate and form(More)
Here we report on a light triggered remote control of microgel size in the presence of photosensitive surfactant. The hydrophobic tail of the cationic surfactant contains azobenzene group that undergoes a reversible photo-isomerization reaction from a trans- to a cis-state accompanied by a change in the hydrophobicity of the surfactant. We have investigated(More)
We report a theoretical study of micelles from diblock copolymers with an insoluble core-forming block and an amphiphilic ionic corona-forming block. We calculate the micelle structural parameters depending on the composition of the coronal block (ratio between the non-polar and ion-containing groups) as well as solvent quality and polarity for the coronal(More)
Transient rheological response of magnetoactive elastomers is experimentally studied using dynamic torsion at a fixed oscillation frequency in temporally stepwise changing magnetic fields and oscillation amplitudes. For step magnetic-field excitations, at least three exponential functions are required to reasonably describe the time behavior of the storage(More)
The dynamic modulus and the loss factor of magnetorheological elastomers (MREs) of various compositions and anisotropies are studied by dynamic torsion oscillations performed in the absence and in the presence of an external magnetic field. The emphasis is on the Payne effect, i.e. the dependence of the elastomer magnetorheological characteristics on the(More)
The phenomenon of spinodal decomposition in weakly charged polyelectrolyte solutions is studied theoretically within the random phase approximation. A novel feature of the theoretical approach is that it accounts for the effects of ionic association, i.e. ion pair and multiplet formation between counterions and ions in polymer chains, as well as the(More)
Conformational behaviour of hydrophobically modified (HM) polymer gels in solutions of nonionic surfactants is studied theoretically. A HM gel contains hydrophobic side chains (stickers) grafted to its subchains. Hydrophobic stickers are capable to aggregate into joint micelles with surfactant molecules. Micelles containing more than one sticker serve as(More)