A Generic Single-Step Synthesis of Monodisperse Core/Shell Colloids Based on Spontaneous Pickering Emulsification


  • This work is sponsored by NWO/Chemical Sciences.


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A generic single-step synthesis of mono-disperse latex colloids with an inorganic core that solely relies on self-assembly of all components involved is reported. Spontaneous emulsification of "core droplets" induced by inorganic nano-particles is followed by radical polymerization of the cores which simultaneously triggers the growth of a latex shell fed by a methyl methacrylate phase floating in the aqueous solution.