Multiple emulsions as soft templates for the synthesis of multifunctional silicone porous particles

N. Vilanova, Y.V. Kolen'ko, C. Solans, C. Rodríguez-Abreu

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Multiple emulsion templating is a versatile strategy for the synthesis of porous particles. The present work addresses the synthesis of multifunctional poly(dimethylsiloxane) porous particles using multiple water-in-oil-in-water emulsions as soft templates with an oil phase constituted by a crosslinkable poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) oil. Herewith, the impact of the viscosity of PDMS oil (i.e., molecular weight) on the properties of both the emulsion templates and the resulting particles was evaluated. The viscosity of PDMS oil has a strong effect on the size and polydispersity of the emulsion templates as well as on the mechanical properties of the derived particles. The elastic modulus can be tuned by mixing PDMS oils of different viscosities to form bimodal crosslinked networks. Iron oxide nanoparticles can be readily incorporated into the emulsion templates to provide additional functionalities to the silicone particles, such as magnetic separation or magnetic hyperthermia. The synthesized composite magnetic particles were found to be useful as recoverable absorbent materials (e.g., for oil spills) by taking advantage of their high buoyancy and high hydrophobicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-243
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Magnetic properties
  • Mechanical properties
  • Multiple emulsions
  • Porous particles
  • Silicone
  • Swelling


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