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The ability to tune size and content of microscopic vesicles is hugely important for the chemical, food and biomedical industries. Continuous droplet interface crossing encapsulation (cDICE) was used to develop a high throughput low cost method for the synthesis of monodisperse vesicle suspensions in minutes. Droplets are continuously dripped from a capillary and simultaneously forced through an interface using centrifugal force. Manouk Abkarian, Etienne Loiseau and Gladys Massiera, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 4610-4614, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05239J
The dilational flow properties of polymer films are studied using creep compliance. Mobile polymers constrained to a quasi-2D conformation have different flow properties to those of the bulk system. The compliance curves allowed calculation of the viscoelastic parameters and relaxation times of the Langmuir films, fully consistent with previous rheology experiments.
Hani Hilles and Francisco Monroy, Soft Matter, 2011, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05255A
Polymer vesicles to hollow nanocapsules:
Head-tail type polycation self-assemblies of polyamidoamine dendron and poly(L-lysine) were cross-linked to form hollow nanocapsules. The nanocapsules show unique pH dependent properties, such as change in size and swelling.