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Photopolymerisation prepared nanoparticles

In recent years, polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs) have found diverse applications in fields such as diagnostics, catalysis and drug delivery. Polymerisation-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) is a technique that uses a living polymerisation process to drive the self-assembly of PNPs to occur during the polymerisation.

In this research area, we are exploring the potential of synthesising colloidal micro/nanoparticles using visible light mediated CLRP techniques. The use of visible light enables us to finely control the size and morphology of these particles by judicious variation in the irradiation intensity and wavelength. Currently, our research is primarily focused on conducting these photopolymerisations under either (mini)emulsion conditions or dispersion polymerisation conditions (such as PISA).

Related publications

  • Xu, S.; Yeow, J.; Boyer, C., Exploiting Wavelength Orthogonality for Successive Photoinduced Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly and Photo-Crosslinking. ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7(11), 1376-1382.

  • Xu, S. H.; Ng, G.; Xu, J. T.; Kuchel, R. P.; Yeow, J.; Boyer, C., 2-(Methylthio)ethyl Methacrylate: A Versatile Monomer for Stimuli Responsiveness and Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly in the Presence of Air. ACS Macro Letters 2017, 6 (11), 1237-1244.

  • Ng, G.; Yeow, J.; Xu, J.; Boyer, C., Application of oxygen tolerant PET-RAFT to polymerization-induced self-assembly. Polymer Chemistry 2017, 8 (18), 2841-2851, 10.1039/c7py00442g.

  • Yeow, J.; Chapman, R.; Xu, J. T.; Boyer, C., Oxygen tolerant photopolymerization for ultralow volumes. Polymer Chemistry 2017, 8 (34), 5012-5022.

  • Yeow, J.; Boyer, C., Photoinitiated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (Photo-PISA): New Insights and Opportunities. Adv Sci (Weinh) 2017, 4 (7), 1700137.

  • Yeow, J.; Xu, J.; Boyer, C., Facile Synthesis of Worm-like Micelles by Visible Light Mediated Dispersion Polymerization Using Photoredox Catalyst. J Vis Exp 2016, (112), e54269.

  • Yeow, J.; Sugita, O. R.; Boyer, C., Visible Light-Mediated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly in the Absence of External Catalyst or Initiator. ACS Macro Letters 2016, 5 (5), 558-564.

  • Yeow, J.; Shanmugam, S.; Corrigan, N.; Kuchel, R. P.; Xu, J. T.; Boyer, C., A Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly Approach to Nanoparticles Loaded with Singlet Oxygen Generators. Macromolecules 2016, 49 (19), 7277-7285.

  • Yeow, J.; Xu, J. T.; Boyer, C., Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly Using Visible Light Mediated Photoinduced Electron Transfer-Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization. ACS Macro Letters 2015, 4 (9), 984-990.