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Single-Chain Polymeric Nanoparticles by Stepwise Folding

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  • Tristan Mes,

    1. Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-245-1036
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  • Rob van der Weegen,

    1. Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-245-1036
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  • Dr. Anja R. A. Palmans,

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    1. Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-245-1036
    • Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-245-1036
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  • Prof. Dr. E. W. Meijer

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    1. Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-245-1036
    • Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-245-1036
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  • This work was supported by the Council of Chemical Sciences of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO-CW). Prof. Dr. Jim Feast, Dr. Matthew Carnes, and Nabil Tahiri are acknowledged for stimulating discussions.

Abstract

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Light-induced self-assembly leads to the folding of synthetic random-coil polymers into highly stable single-chain polymeric chiral nanoparticles (see picture; green: side chains, blue: phenyl rings, red: nitrophenyl leaving groups). The folding of the polymer was aided by heating and cooling steps.

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