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Keywords:

  • Assembly;
  • Core/shell nanoparticles;
  • Fibers;
  • Microgels;
  • Templates
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A ‘bricks-and-mortar’ assembly approach can be used to create well- defined fibers on the microscale with alternating organic-inorganic arrangement through a simple ice-templating strategy. The fibers are constructed from closely packed monodisperse inorganic nanoparticles@PNIPAm core/shell microgels. A series of functional ‘bricks’, such as core/shell and hollow nanoparticles are prepared.