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Surfactant-free aqueous preparation from a star polymer of size-controlled nanoparticles with encapsulated functional molecules

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Abstract

A simple method based on the vortex mixing of precursor chemicals in surfactant-free aqueous conditions has been developed for preparing nanoparticles that encapsulate functional molecules within a four-armed star polymer. Through investigation into the effects of altering such variables as the vortex intensity, chemical composition, temperature etc., it was found that the size of these nanoparticles could be controlled within a range of 20 to 200 nm. Furthermore, a variety of functional molecules could be encapsulated without changing the size of the nanoparticles, suggesting that this method has the potential to be used for a wide range of applications, such as medicine, industrial production and cosmetics.

Graphical abstract: Surfactant-free aqueous preparation from a star polymer of size-controlled nanoparticles with encapsulated functional molecules

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Submitted
24 Jun 2015
Accepted
28 Jul 2015
First published
28 Jul 2015

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 65909-65912
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Surfactant-free aqueous preparation from a star polymer of size-controlled nanoparticles with encapsulated functional molecules

Y. Shibata, T. Santa and M. Kato, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 65909
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA12205H

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