Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Postsynthetic Surface Functionalization, Postsynthetic Surface Functionalization, Encapsulation, and Releasing Studies of a Novel Polymer Nanocapsule

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-9-2010

Abstract

Postsynthetic surface functionalizations of the amphiphilic poly(allyamine)-g-poly(t-butylacrylate) nanocapsule of 50–100 nm diameters are reported. The hydrophobic poly(t-butylacrylate) surface of the polymer nanocapsules were successfully functionalized with poly(acrylate) and poly(ethylene glycol). These new nanocapsules were investigated for their water dispersibility, encapsulation and controlled releasing properties with fluorescein, an anionic fluorescence probe, and 5-fluorouacil, an anticancer drug as the model compounds. The postsynthetic surface funcitionalization approach of the cross-linked polymer nanocapsules shows promise for improving the biocompatibility and aqueous dispersibility of the nanocapules without disrupting the encapsulation and releasing properties of the polymer nanocapsules.

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Volume

117

Issue

2

First Page

706

Last Page

713