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Formation of hybrid core–shell microgels induced by autonomous unidirectional migration of nanoparticles

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This Communication describes a facile strategy for the fabrication of inorganic nanoparticle (NP)-loaded hybrid core–shell microgels. The formation of core–shell microgels constitutes a novel mechanism in which the ionic-crosslinking of charged polymers (e.g., alginate) drives the unidirectional migration of NPs towards the centre of droplets. This versatile strategy allows the encapsulation of inorganic NPs with different sizes, shapes and surface properties in the core of the microgels in a single step.

Graphical abstract: Formation of hybrid core–shell microgels induced by autonomous unidirectional migration of nanoparticles

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The article was received on 09 Oct 2015, accepted on 06 Nov 2015 and first published on 06 Nov 2015


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00024F
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Citation: Mater. Horiz., 2016,3, 78-82
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    Formation of hybrid core–shell microgels induced by autonomous unidirectional migration of nanoparticles

    J. Wang, K. Song, L. Wang, Y. Liu, B. Liu, J. Zhu, X. Xie and Z. Nie, Mater. Horiz., 2016, 3, 78
    DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00024F

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