A synthetic strategy for the preparation of sub-100 nm functional polymer particles of uniform diameter

by Kato L. Killops, Christina G. Rodriguez, Pontus Lundberg, Craig J. Hawker, and Nathaniel A. Lynd

Polymer Chemistry 2014 doi: 10.1039/C4PY01703J

An amphiphilic block copolymer surfactant is used to impart peripheral surface functionality to polymer nanoparticles synthesized via emulsion polymerization. Particles ranged in size fromca. 55 nm by SEM (ca. 82 nm by DLS) to just over 200 nm. Particles displaying latent functionality were readily functionalized directly after polymerization using a fluorescent dye.

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