A Systematic Synthetic Study of Polyelectrolyte Nanocapsules via Crystallized Miniemulsion Nanodroplets

Boyang Sun 1

Haotian Sun 1

Yukun Li 1

Honggang Cui 2

Chong Cheng 1, Email

1 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York 14260, USA

2 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

Abstract

Synthesis of polyelectrolyte nanocapsules (NCs) by interfacial crosslinking of surfactant monolayers adsorbed on crystallized miniemulsion nanodroplets is systematically studied by using surfactants with varied lengths of hydrophobic n-a lkyl tails. The results indicate that the n-a lkyl tails of surfactants need to possess at least sixteen carbon atoms, in order to obtain stable surfactant monolayers for achieving well-defined NCs. The structural control of NCs via crystallized miniemulsion systems is discussed.

A Systematic Synthetic Study of Polyelectrolyte Nanocapsules via Crystallized Miniemulsion Nanodroplets