Liquid Nanoparticles : Manipulating the Nucleation and Growth of Nanoscale Droplets

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Author(s)

  • Ruoxu Wang
  • Fei Han
  • Bo Chen
  • Lingmei Liu
  • Shaoyan Wang
  • Yu Han
  • Hongyu Chen

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3047-3054
Journal / PublicationAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume60
Issue number6
Online published15 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2021

Abstract

By manipulating the nucleation and growth of solid materials, the synthesis of various sophisticated nanostructures has been achieved. Similar methodology, if applied to liquids, could enable the mass-production and control of ultra-small droplets at the scale of nanoparticles (10−18 L or below). It would be highly desirable since droplets play a fundamental role in numerous applications. Here we present a general strategy to synthesize and manipulate nanoscale droplets, similar to what has been done to solid nanoparticles in classic solution-synthesis. It was achieved by a solute-induced phase separation which initiates the nucleation of droplets from a homogeneous solution. These liquid nanoparticles have great potentials to be manipulated like their solid counterparts, borrowing from the vast methodologies of nanoparticle synthesis, such as burst nucleation, seeded growth, and co-precipitation. Liquid nanoparticles also serve as a general synthetic platform, to fabricate nanoreactors, drug-loaded carriers, and other hollow nanostructures with a variety of shell materials.

Research Area(s)

  • Hofmeister series, kosmotropicity, nanoparticles, nanoreactors, nucleation

Citation Format(s)

Liquid Nanoparticles : Manipulating the Nucleation and Growth of Nanoscale Droplets. / Wang, Ruoxu; Han, Fei; Chen, Bo; Liu, Lingmei; Wang, Shaoyan; Zhang, Hua; Han, Yu; Chen, Hongyu.

In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol. 60, No. 6, 08.02.2021, p. 3047-3054.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review