Water solubilization of hydrophobic nanocrystals by means of poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene)

Riccardo Di Corato, Alessandra Quarta, Philomena Piacenza, Andrea Ragusa, Albert Figuerola, Raffaella Buonsanti, Roberto Cingolani, Liberato Manna, Teresa Pellegrino*

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Poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene), a cheap and commercially available polymer, was used to water-solubilize colloidal nanocrystals with various compositions, morphologies, and sizes. Highly pure nanoparticles with homogeneous distributions of sizes and surface charges were obtained after a single purification step of the polymer-coated particles by ultracentrifugation, saving precious time as compared to a previously published and similar polymer coating procedure. This simple strategy proved also to be generally applicable and represents a valid methodology to water-solubilize nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1991-1996
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number17
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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