Controlled shape and porosity of polymeric colloids by photo-induced phase separation

Elad Hadad, Eitan Edri, Hagay Shpaisman

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The shape and porosity of polymeric colloids are two properties that highly influence their ability to accomplish specific tasks. For micro-sized colloids, the control of both properties was demonstrated by the photo-induced phase separation of droplets of NOA81-a thiol-ene based UV-curable adhesive-mixed with acetone, water, and polyethylene glycol. The continuous phase was perfluoromethyldecalin, which does not promote phase separation prior to UV activation. A profound influence of the polymer concentration on the particle shape was observed. As the photo-induced phase separation is triggered by UV radiation, polymerization drives the extracted solution out of the polymeric matrix. The droplets of the extracted solution coalesce until they form a dimple correlated to the polymer concentration, significantly changing the shape of the formed solid colloids. Moreover, control could be gained over the porosity by varying the UV intensity, which governs the kinetics of the reaction, without changing the chemical composition; the number of nanopores was found to increase significantly at higher intensities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1225
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019

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  • Controlled porosity
  • Controlled shape
  • Phase separation
  • Photo-induced polymerization
  • Polymeric colloids


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