Polymeric Nanoparticles Stabilized by Surfactants Investigated by Light Scattering, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering, and Cryo-TEM Methods
2011 (English)In: Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, ISSN 0193-2691, E-ISSN 1532-2351, Vol. 32, no 6, 888-897 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We have investigated self-organization of polymers with surfactants through solvent shifting process resulting in formation of stable and uniform nanoparticles. We studied polymeric nanoparticles made of poly(methylmethacrylate) and of polystyrene dispersed in water. The dispersion was prepared by a fast mixing of a solution of the polymers with a solution of several ionic and nonionic surfactants in pure water. We observed the formation of well defined nanoparticles by light scattering, small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM) methods. The study shows how nanoparticle properties are changed by the chemical composition of surfactants, molar mass of polymers, concentrations of both components and finally, by variations in method of nanoparticles preparation. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS) provide the hydrodynamic radii and radii of gyration for selected types of nanoparticles. Cryo-TEM experiments prove that the nanoparticles have good spherical shape. Analysis of SANS data and Cryo-TEM micrographs suggest that the prepared particles are composed of polymer and surfactant that are evenly distributed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 32, no 6, 888-897 p.
Cryo-TEM, DLS, nanoparticles, SANS, solvent shifting
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154899DOI: 10.1080/01932691.2010.488475ISI: 000290988400018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154899DiVA: diva2:422574