Microcapsules from self-assembled colloidal particles using aqueous phase-separated polymer solutions

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Abstract

We report a new way of producing microcapsules consisting of a shell of aggregated colloids (also referred to as colloidosomes) using aqueous phase-separated polymer solutions (water-in-water emulsions) as a template. The extremely low interfacial tension of the template allows the production of reversible colloidosomes that spontaneously disintegrate depending on environmental conditions, making them ideal for controlled release purposes. Also, colloidosomes can have an elongated shape such that they may be used as microfluidic membranes or artificial arteries. Because the method described here does not use any organic solvents, it enables the use of sensitive materials such as cells and proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1644-1647
Number of pages4
JournalLangmuir
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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