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Issue 17, 2008
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Water solubilization of hydrophobic nanocrystals by means of poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene)

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Abstract

Poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene), a cheap and commercially available polymer, was used to water-solubilize colloidal nanocrystals with various compositions, morphologies, and sizes. Highly pure nanoparticles with homogeneous distributions of sizes and surface charges were obtained after a single purification step of the polymer-coated particles by ultracentrifugation, saving precious time as compared to a previously published and similar polymer coating procedure. This simple strategy proved also to be generally applicable and represents a valid methodology to water-solubilize nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Water solubilization of hydrophobic nanocrystals by means of poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene)

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Submitted
16 Nov 2007
Accepted
11 Feb 2008
First published
13 Mar 2008

J. Mater. Chem., 2008,18, 1991-1996
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Water solubilization of hydrophobic nanocrystals by means of poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene)

R. Di Corato, A. Quarta, P. Piacenza, A. Ragusa, A. Figuerola, R. Buonsanti, R. Cingolani, L. Manna and T. Pellegrino, J. Mater. Chem., 2008, 18, 1991
DOI: 10.1039/B717801H

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