We report the synthesis, characterization, and covalent surface chemistry of "magnetomicelles", cross-linked, amphiphilic block-copolymer micelles that encapsulate superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles. Because these composite nanostructures assemble spontaneously from solution by simultaneous desolvation of nanoparticle and amphiphilic poly(styrene 250-block/acrylic acid 13) components, explicit surface functionalization of the particles is not required, and the encapsulation method was applied to different magnetic nanoparticle sizes and compositions. TEM images of the magnetomicelles illustrated that the number of encapsulated particles could be dictated rationally by synthetic conditions. The magnetic properties of the particles were characterized by SQUID magnetometry and followed the general Langevin magnetic model for superparamagnetic materials. The micellar shells of these particles were functionalized using covalent chemistry that would not ordinarily be possible on the magnetic particle surface. As a result, this noncovalent approach provides a new route to technological applications of hydrophobic magnetic nanomaterials that lack appropriate conjugate surface chemistry.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering