Environment-sensitive stabilisation of silver nanoparticles in aqueous solutions

Ilja K. Voets (Corresponding author), Arie de Keizer, Peter M. Frederik, Reint Jellema, Martien A. Cohen Stuart

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    We describe the preparation and characterisation of inorganic-organic hybrid block copolymer silver nanoparticles via the preparation of spherical multi-responsive polymeric micelles of poly(N-methyl-2-vinyl pyridinium iodide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide), P2MVP38-b-PEO211 and poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(isopropyl acrylamide), PAA55-b-PNIPAAm88 in the presence of AgNO3. Hence, the P2MVP and PAA segments were employed to fix Ag+ ions within the micellar core (25 °C) or shell (60 °C), while the PEO segments ensured spontaneous reduction of Ag+ ions into metallic Ag, as well as colloidal stabilisation. Spherical and elongated composite core-shell(-corona) nanoparticles (CNPs) were formed containing several small, spherical silver nanoparticles within the micellar core or shell. As the co-assembly of the oppositely charged copolymers into micelles is electrostatically driven, the CNPs can be destabilised by, for example, addition of simple salts, i.e., the CNPs are stimuli responsive. CNP size and morphology control can be achieved via the preparation protocol. For example, heating to 60 °C, i.e., above the PNIPAAm LCST, results in core-shell-corona CNPs with the Ag-NPs situated in the aggregate shell.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)317-324
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2009


    • Complex coacervation
    • Micelle
    • Nanoparticle
    • Polyion complex
    • Polymer
    • Silver


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