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Janus quantum dot vesicles generated through membrane fusion

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This paper reports a non-phase separation method to prepare a novel type of Janus vesicle, which contains different quantum dots (QDs) in its two hemispheres. The Janus vesicles were generated through the fusion of cyclodextrin or adamantane-functionalized hyperbranched polymer vesicles incorporated with QDs, driven by the intervesicular host–guest molecular recognition. Both the vesicle structure and the real-time membrane fusion process were revealed under fluorescence microscopy, by taking advantage of the giant size, great stability, and controllable surface functionality of the hyperbranched polymer vesicles (BPs). More interestingly, a potential magnetically controlled printing application of the Janus vesicles with Fe3O4-containing hemispheres by their monolayer patterning in water was demonstrated, which realized the first “printing” of ordered vesicles.

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The article was received on 05 Feb 2018, accepted on 10 Mar 2018 and first published on 13 Mar 2018

Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8QM00059J
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1040-1045
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    Janus quantum dot vesicles generated through membrane fusion

    H. Li, A. Zhang, K. Li, W. Huang, Y. Mai, Y. Zhou and D. Yan, Mater. Chem. Front., 2018, 2, 1040
    DOI: 10.1039/C8QM00059J

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