Issue 83, 2017

Hollow polymer particles: a review


Herein, the basic principles, such as the definitions, classifications, and properties, of hollow polymer particles (HPPs) are critically investigated. HPP preparation methods, such as template, self-assembly, and acid/alkali swelling methods, have been briefly introduced. Moreover, advanced methods to prepare HPPs have been highlighted. In addition, recent studies and applications of HPPs have been briefly described. HPPs are polymeric spheres with size in the range from nanometer to micron and a single pore inside the particles. This review is focused on the classification of HPPs based on the core–shell, single particles, and stimuli-responsiveness. A single pore structure is the most desirable characteristic that allows this class of polymers to encapsulate large guest molecules and thus to be used as a drug delivery system.

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Article type
Review Article
18 Sep 2017
02 Nov 2017
First published
14 Nov 2017
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

RSC Adv., 2017,7, 52632-52650

Hollow polymer particles: a review

R. A. Ramli, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 52632 DOI: 10.1039/C7RA10358A

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