Journal article

Rationale Design of pH-Responsive Core-Shell Nanoparticles: Polyoxometalate-Mediated Structural Reorganization

Y Gao, J Xu, C Zhang, H Venugopal, SS Kermaniyan, G Such, C Ritchie

ACS Applied Nano Materials | American Chemical Society | Published : 2020

Abstract

Herein, we report the rational design of pH-responsive core-shell nanoparticles that incorporate a polyoxometalate (POM) cargo. Cobalt (III)-substituted borotungstate [BIIIW11O39CoIII]6- (POM) was selected due to its stability, low oxidizing power, and the ability to form kinetically inert coordinate bonds with the pyridyl functionality of the hydrophobic core polymer (CP) to yield (POM@CP). Dispersion of the POM-polymer composite in acetone and subsequent nanoprecipitation via the addition of the amphiphilic copolymer (SP) yield the core-shell nanoparticles (SP)(POM@CP). Large-scale structural rearrangement is observed in response to acidification; this is a significantly different response..

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