Botryoid-Shaped Reactive Nanoparticles through Spontaneous Structural Reorganization of Terpolymer Micelles

Authors

  • Junjie Deng,

    1. Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Polymer Design and Application, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
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  • Yuanli Cai

    Corresponding author
    • Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Polymer Design and Application, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
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E-mail: ylcai@suda.edu.cn

Abstract

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Botryoid-shaped reactive terpolymer nanoparticles, whose aldehyde-functional living domains are miniaturized into small-sized discrete “grapes” and attached onto the outwardly-branched scaffolds of fluorinated segments, are reported. These nanostructures can be fabricated by spontaneous structural reorganization of core–shell terpolymer micelles simply by manipulating drying conditions. The miniaturized discrete living domains are stabilized by outwardly-branched scaffolds and exhibit excellent accessibility to solution media, thus can effectively respond to solution media, which is desired in sensor-related applications.

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