Silicone Nanocapsules from Catanionic Vesicle Templates


  • The authors thank Dr. P. Beaunier for TEM measurements and Dr. Melissa Manuszak for careful reading of the manuscript. MK acknowledges the French Ministry of Research and Education for post-doctoral funding.


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Preparation of water-filled silicone nanocapsules of controlled size is reported. Catanionic vesicles are used as templates for tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4H) crosslinking reactions inside their bilayers. Various characterization techniques confirmed the synthesis of nonporous, impermeable, highly crosslinked, hollow spheres about 100 nm in diameter.