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Microgel PAINT – nanoscopic polarity imaging of adaptive microgels without covalent labelling

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Polymer nanostructures have enormous potential for various applications in materials and life sciences. In order to exploit and understand their full capabilities, a detailed analysis of their structures and the environmental conditions in them is essential on the nanoscopic scale. With a super-resolution fluorescence microscopy technique known as PAINT (Points Accumulation for Imaging in Nanoscale Topography), we imaged colloidal hydrogel networks, so-called microgels, having a hydrodynamic radius smaller than the diffraction limit, gaining unprecedented insight into their full 3D structure which is not accessible in this much detail with any other experimental method. In addition to imaging of the microgel structure, the use of Nile Red as the solvatochromic fluorophore allowed us to resolve the polarity conditions within the investigated microgels, thus providing nanoscopic information on the x,y,z-position of labels including their polarity without the need of covalent labelling. With this imaging approach, we give a detailed insight into adapting structural and polarity properties of temperature-responsive microgels when changing the temperature beyond the volume phase transition.

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The article was received on 08 Jul 2019, accepted on 16 Sep 2019 and first published on 20 Sep 2019


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC03373D
Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article
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    Microgel PAINT – nanoscopic polarity imaging of adaptive microgels without covalent labelling

    A. Purohit, S. P. Centeno, S. K. Wypysek, W. Richtering and D. Wöll, Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SC03373D

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