Frozen cyclohexane-in-water emulsion as a sacrificial template for the synthesis of multilayered polyelectrolyte microcapsules

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This paper reports the application of frozen cyclohexane-in-water emulsions as sacrificial templates for the fabrication of hollow microcapsules through layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolytes, poly(styrenesulfonate sodium salt), and poly(allylamine hydrochloride). Extraction of the cyclohexane phase from frozen emulsions stabilized with 11 polyelectrolyte layers by compatibilization with 30% v/v ethanol leads to the formation of water-filled microcapsules while preserving the spherical geometry. The majority of microcapsules ( >90%) are prepared with intact polyelectrolyte membranes as measured by their deformation induced by osmotic pressure. This work provides a new route for the synthesis of hollow multilayered microcapsules under mild operating conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9728-9733
Number of pages6
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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