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Smart Inorganic/Organic Nanocomposite Hollow Microcapsules


  • This work was supported by the Sofja Kovalevskaja Program funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Ministry of Education and Research.


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Inorganic/organic polyelectrolyte microcapsules (see diagram for synthetic approach) possess the advantages of inorganic materials (i.e., high mechanical stability) and of conventional polyelectrolyte microcapsules (i.e., the ability to control the release/uptake properties of the capsule shell by changing pH value and ionic strength). Their initial spherical shape and controlled release properties remain after drying.