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Synthesis of Narrowly Size-Distributed Metal Salt/Poly(HEMA) Hybrid Particles in Inverse Miniemulsion: Versatility and Mechanism

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posted on 2010-12-07, 00:00 authored by Zhihai Cao, Zhuo Wang, Christine Herrmann, Katharina Landfester, Ulrich Ziener
Hybrid particles containing different hydrophilic metal salts such as tetrafluoroborates of iron(II), cobalt(II), nickel(II), copper(II), and zinc(II), and nitrates of cobalt(II), nickel(II), copper(II), zinc(II), and iron(III), and cobalt(II) chloride were synthesized via inverse miniemulsion polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA). All salts delivered narrowly size-distributed hybrid particles with the exception of iron(III), where only the nitrate salt could be successfully employed. The size and size distribution of the hybrid particles were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The particle morphology and the distribution of salt in the dried particles were observed by TEM. The influences of the type of metal salts and salt content on the particle size distribution were extensively investigated.