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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.

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The article was received on 27 Oct 2010, accepted on 11 Jan 2011 and first published on 18 Feb 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02287J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 4782-4801
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    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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