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Interfacial Dispersion of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/Gold Nanocomposites

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The nanoparticle dispersity and interfacial property could be considered as a basis of their further application in the nanostructured materials. In this paper, the dispersity and interfacial phenomena of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) modified gold nanoparticles were investigated. Firstly, such polymer/gold nanocomposites were demonstrated to have a good dispersity in water, tetrahydrofuran, alcohols and also chloroform, so they were used to entrap fluorescent dye-labelled lipids in chloroform as nanocontainers and subsequently delivery the fluorescent lipids into water as nanocarriers. Secondly, when the nanocomposites in water/chloroform mixture were heated above 35 °C, the nanocomposite particles could be partially transferred from water into chloroform across the interface, and they would come back into water again as cooling, displaying a reversible thermal response. Moreover, such polymer/gold nanocomposites at the immiscible water/toluene fluids preferred to assembly into 2-dimensional membranes with variable density at the water/oil interface. The special dispersion properties of the poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/gold nanocomposites provide many potentials in the future.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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