Journal article

Using Hydrogels to Accommodate Hydrophobic Nanoparticles in Aqueous Media via Solvent Exchange

Shuo Bai, Tich-Lam Nguyen, Paul Mulvaney, Dayang Wang

Advanced Materials | WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH | Published : 2010


(Figure Presented). The solvent exchange of hydrogel particles allows direct loading of hydrophobic inorganic nanoparticles into the gel particles without modification of the particles surfaces and the hydrogel networks. The hydrophobic coating of the loaded nanoparticles is well retained, leading to an excellent chemical stability in water. Simultaneous or stepwise loading of different nanoparticles leads to multifunctional inorganic/organic composite particles. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work is financially supported by the Max Planck Society and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (WA 1704/4-1). This work is a part of the Cluster of Excellence "Unifying Concepts in Catalysis" coordinated by the Technische Universitat Berlin. Financial support by the DFG within the framework of the German Initiative for Excellence is gratefully acknowledged (EXC 314). TLN thanks DEST for Support through ISI Grant CG110036. We are grateful to Prof. H. Mohwald for valuable discussion.