Standard Article

Self-Assembled Nanoparticles

Nanotechnology

  1. Dr Rachel K. O'Reilly

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc197

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

O'Reilly, R. K. 2012. Self-Assembled Nanoparticles. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

Author Information

  1. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

Abstract

Supramolecular self-assembly techniques have provided a versatile means by which to selectively assemble polymeric molecules into well-defined three-dimensional nanostructures. The stabilization and tailoring of these dynamic nanostructures can be achieved using a range of chemistries to afford functional robust nanoparticles. In this review, we highlight the current techniques and science toward the application of aqueous self-assembly techniques for the synthesis of polymer nanostructures. There are two main aspects addressed within this review, the first being the synthesis of spherical particles (with a focus on micelles and vesicles) and second the current literature state of the art for the preparation of anisotropic particles.

Keywords:

  • self-assembly;
  • micelles;
  • vesicles;
  • cross-linking;
  • anisotropic particles