Nanostructured polymer assemblies formed at interfaces: applications from immobilization and encapsulation to stimuli-responsive release

Yajun Wang, Leticia Hosta Rigau, Hannah Lomas, Frank Caruso

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Abstract

In recent years, interfacial properties have been tailored with nanostructured polymer assemblies to generate materials with specific properties and functions for application in diverse fields, including biomaterials, drug delivery, catalysis, sensing, optics and corrosion. This perspective begins with a brief introduction of the assembly techniques that are commonly employed for the synthesis of nanostructured polymer materials, followed by discussions on how the interfaces influence the properties and thus the functionalities of the polymer materials prepared. Applications of the interfacial polymer nanostructures, particularly for the immobilization and encapsulation of cargo, are then reviewed, focusing on stimuli-responsive cargo release from the polymer nanostructured assemblies for controlled delivery applications. Finally, future research directions in these areas are briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume13
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)4782-4801
Number of pages20
ISSN1463-9076
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This Journal is© the Owner Societies 2011

Keywords

  • CHEMISTRY,
  • PHYSICS,
  • CHEMICAL-VAPOR-DEPOSITION
  • POLYELECTROLYTE MULTILAYER FILMS
  • MESOPOROUS SILICA SPHERES
  • LIQUID-CRYSTAL EMULSIONS
  • ENZYME-LOADED LIPOSOMES
  • BY-LAYER ADSORPTION
  • MICROGEL THIN-FILMS
  • DRUG-DELIVERY
  • CROSS-LINKING
  • POLY(ACRYLIC ACID)
  • Capsules
  • Enzymes
  • Nanostructures
  • Polymers
  • enzyme
  • nanomaterial
  • polymer
  • chemistry
  • metabolism
  • microcapsule
  • review

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