Soft poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) nanogels surface-decorated with AuNPs. Response to temperature, light, and RF-field

Tutkimustuotos: Lehtiartikkelivertaisarvioitu


  • Joonas Siirilä
  • Mikko Karesoja
  • Petri Pulkkinen
  • Jani Markus Malho
  • Heikki Tenhu


  • University of Helsinki


Soft poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) based nanogels were prepared and surface-decorated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The applicability of the hybrid nanogels (PNVCL-AuNPs) as carriers for low molar mass substances was of special interest. AuNPs protected with a mixture of 11-azidoundecanothiol and 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid were bound to propargyl functionalized PNVCL based nanogels. Acidic groups on the surfaces of AuNPs and PNVCL based nanogels stabilize the particle dispersions against precipitation above the phase transition temperature of PNVCL. Both the neat PNVCL nanogels and the PVCL-AuNPs shrink upon heating the dispersions. Even though the AuNPs are mainly located in the soft surface layer of the nanogels, the PNVCL-AuNPs respond to visible light as well as to radio-frequency (RF) irradiation by shrinking due to the AuNPs acting as nanoheaters. Interactions of linear PNVCL, PNVCL nanogels and PNVCL-AuNPs with two fluorescent probes were studied as function of increasing temperature. Once bound to the polymer the fluorescent probe may or may not be released from it, depending on its polarity and water solubility. Presence of AuNPs changed the release behavior of the water soluble charged fluorescent probe from the nanogels.


JulkaisuEuropean Polymer Journal
TilaJulkaistu - 1 kesäkuuta 2019
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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