Superresolution microscopy of individual and densely packed pNIPAM microgels

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July 10-14, 2016


Responsive microgels are among the most studied polymeric systems of the last decades. The N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) monomer can be readily cross-linked during synthesis to obtain polymer microgel particles with a size that can be controlled in the range 100-1000nm. The vast interest stems from the fact that the polymer is thermosensitive with a lower-critical solution temperature of approximately 32°C, which is close to physiological conditions. The well-defined shape and size of a colloid provides control over the microstructural length scales and response times while the polymeric nature offers physico-chemical control parameters that can be sensitive to external stimuli.

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