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Issue 11, 2011

Nanostructured polymer assemblies formed at interfaces: applications from immobilization and encapsulation to stimuli-responsive release

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Abstract

In recent years, interfacial properties have been tailored with nanostructured polymer assemblies to generate materials with specific properties and functions for application in diverse fields, including biomaterials, drug delivery, catalysis, sensing, optics and corrosion. This perspective begins with a brief introduction of the assembly techniques that are commonly employed for the synthesis of nanostructured polymer materials, followed by discussions on how the interfaces influence the properties and thus the functionalities of the polymer materials prepared. Applications of the interfacial polymer nanostructures, particularly for the immobilization and encapsulation of cargo, are then reviewed, focusing on stimuli-responsive cargo release from the polymer nanostructured assemblies for controlled delivery applications. Finally, future research directions in these areas are briefly discussed.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured polymer assemblies formed at interfaces: applications from immobilization and encapsulation to stimuli-responsive release

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Submitted
27 Oct 2010
Accepted
11 Jan 2011
First published
18 Feb 2011

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 4782-4801
Article type
Perspective

Nanostructured polymer assemblies formed at interfaces: applications from immobilization and encapsulation to stimuli-responsive release

Y. Wang, L. Hosta-Rigau, H. Lomas and F. Caruso, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 4782 DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02287J

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