Modeling and characterization of the morphology of multiphase polymeric nanoparticles

Conference Dates

May 20-25, 2018


Multiphase polymeric nanoparticles that synergistically combine the properties of their constituents present enhanced properties and display new functionalities. Therefore, they are used in a wide range of applications including anticorrosive, superhydrophobic and anti-molding coatings; switchable adhesives; photoswitchable fluorescent particles; energy storage; gene and drug delivery; anticounterfeiting and LEDs. Although it is recognized that application properties strongly depend on the morphology of the nanoparticles, there is a surprising lack of progress towards the knowledge-based synthesis of these materials with well controlled morphologies. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, the difficulties associated to the accurate characterization of the morphology of the polymeric nanoparticles, and secondly, the lack of quantitative understanding of the processes controlling the morphology.

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