Facile synthesis of thermo-responsive nanogels less than 50nm in diameter via soap- and heat-free precipitation polymerization

Facile synthesis of thermo-responsive nanogels less than 50nm in diameter via soap- and heat-free... Owing to their highly desirable properties that combine the properties of both hydrogels and nanomaterials, smart nanogels own great potentials as active nanocarriers in medical applications. In this paper, thermo-responsive nanogels with uniform sizes less than 50 nm in diameter were synthesized using potassium persulfate (KPS)/N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) as a initiator system via a facile surfactant-free precipitation radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) at room temperature. Both transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering were used to characterize the morphologies and diameters of the PNIPAM nanogels. All nanogels with spherical shape exhibited a narrow size distribution, and the finest nanogels were 43 nm in diameter on average. The very fine and highly pure nanogels would be more promising for drug delivery carriers than the bulk gels or microgels. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Materials Science Springer Journals

Facile synthesis of thermo-responsive nanogels less than 50nm in diameter via soap- and heat-free precipitation polymerization

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Materials Science; Materials Science, general; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials; Polymer Sciences; Continuum Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials; Crystallography and Scattering Methods; Classical Mechanics
ISSN
0022-2461
eISSN
1573-4803
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10853-018-2495-x
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Abstract

Owing to their highly desirable properties that combine the properties of both hydrogels and nanomaterials, smart nanogels own great potentials as active nanocarriers in medical applications. In this paper, thermo-responsive nanogels with uniform sizes less than 50 nm in diameter were synthesized using potassium persulfate (KPS)/N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) as a initiator system via a facile surfactant-free precipitation radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) at room temperature. Both transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering were used to characterize the morphologies and diameters of the PNIPAM nanogels. All nanogels with spherical shape exhibited a narrow size distribution, and the finest nanogels were 43 nm in diameter on average. The very fine and highly pure nanogels would be more promising for drug delivery carriers than the bulk gels or microgels.

Journal

Journal of Materials ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: May 29, 2018

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