Aqueous core colloidosomes with a metal shell

Conference Dates

April 3-7, 2016


Colloidosomes can be used in a wide variety of industries, such as food, bioreactors and medicine. In this presentation, we will report the formation of aqueous core colloidosomes with a gold or silver shell. The diameter of the water core is between 0.7 µm and 2 µm. The formation of gold coated colloidosomes was achieved by using sodium citrate (Na3Citrate) in the core and gold chloride (HAuCl4) in the wash solution. The gold shell colloidosomes are covered with spherical gold particles. Silver coated colloidosomes can be prepared by using L-Ascorbic acid in the core and silver nitrate (AgNO3) in the wash solution. Various processing parameters result in different shell morphologies. The silver shell can seal the core of the microcapsule, and the encapsulated material can then be released by the addition of nitric acid.

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