One-pot synthesis of micron partly hollow anisotropic dumbbell shaped silica core–shell particles†
A facile method is described to prepare micron partly hollow dumbbell silica particles in a single step. The obtained particles consist of a large dense part and a small hollow lobe. The spherical dense core as well as the hollow lobe are covered by mesoporous channels. In the case of the smaller lobe these channels are responsible for the permeability of the shell which was demonstrated by confocal imaging and spectroscopy.