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Facile synthesis of thermoresponsive nanohybrids

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Abstract

Herein, we report a new one-pot method for the preparation of thermoresponsive hybrid nanogels by emulsion polymerization of N-vinylcaprolactam (VCL) with 3-(trimethoxysilyl) propylmethacrylate (TPM) and N,N′-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) as cross-linkers. This facile and distinctive synthesis produces nanogels with an inorganic silica core surrounded by a thermoresponsive PVCL-based shell able to promote silica growth. The amount of hybrid co-monomer (TPM) during the synthesis is the key parameter to control the size and swelling ratio of the nanohybrids.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of thermoresponsive nanohybrids

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Submitted
04 Jun 2013
Accepted
18 Jul 2013
First published
18 Jul 2013

Soft Matter, 2013,9, 8415-8419
Article type
Communication

Facile synthesis of thermoresponsive nanohybrids

J. Ramos, R. Hidalgo-Alvarez and J. Forcada, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 8415 DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51562A

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