A Novel Macromolecular Complex: Fabrication of Monodisperse Colloidal Microspheres by Precipitation Polymerization of Imine Chains and Concomitant Transition Metal Binding



A series of monodisperse colloidal microspheres has been fabricated by precipitation polymerization of imine chains and concomitant transition metal binding. The resulting metal-bound polyimine microspheres (M-PIMSs, M = Co, Ni, Cu, or Zn, see Figure, which shows Zn-PIMSs) have characteristic diameters in the range from 0.5 to 1.4 μm, depending on the metal used, and are of interest for applications in photonic devices.