Polymer vesicles with a colloidal armor of nanoparticles

Rong Chen , Daniel J.G. Pearce, Sara Fortuna, David Cheung, Stefan A.F. Bon

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The fabrication of polymer vesicles with a colloidal armor made from a variety of nanoparticles is demonstrated. In addition, it is shown that the armored supracolloidal structure can be postmodified through film-formation of soft polymer latex particles on the surface of the polymersome, hereby effectively wrapping the polymersome in a plastic bag, as well as through formation of a hydrogel by disintegrating an assembled polymer latex made from poly(ethyl acrylate-co-methacrylic acid) upon increasing the pH. Furthermore, ordering and packing patterns are briefly addressed with the aid of Monte Carlo simulations, including patterns observed when polymersomes are exposed to a binary mixture of colloids of different size.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2151-2153
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number7
Early online date26 Jan 2011
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2011


  • polymer vesicles
  • colloidal armor
  • nanoparticles
  • Monte Carlo simulations

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    Chen , R., Pearce, D. J. G., Fortuna, S., Cheung, D., & Bon, S. A. F. (2011). Polymer vesicles with a colloidal armor of nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(7), 2151-2153. https://doi.org/10.1021/ja110359f