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Advances in Phototriggered Synthesis of Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles

Version 1 : Received: 29 October 2019 / Approved: 30 October 2019 / Online: 30 October 2019 (09:03:24 CET)

How to cite: Verde-Sesto, E.; Blázquez-Martín, A.; Pomposo, J.A. Advances in Phototriggered Synthesis of Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles. Preprints 2019, 2019100351 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0351.v1). Verde-Sesto, E.; Blázquez-Martín, A.; Pomposo, J.A. Advances in Phototriggered Synthesis of Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles. Preprints 2019, 2019100351 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0351.v1).

Abstract

Clean use of photons from light to activate chemical reactions offer many possibilities in different fields, from chemistry and biology to materials science and medicine. This review article describes the advances carried out in last decades toward the phototriggered synthesis of single-chain polymer nanoparticles (SCNPs) as soft nanomaterials with promising applications in enzyme-mimicking catalysis and nanomedicine, among other different uses. First, we summarize different strategies developed to synthesize SCNPs based on photoactivated intrachain homocoupling, phototriggered intrachain heterocoupling and photogenerated collapse induced by external cross-linker. Next, we comprehensively review the emergent topic of photoactivated multifolding applied to SCNP construction. Finally, we conclude by summarizing recent strategies towards phototriggered disassembly of SCNPs.

Subject Areas

photochemistry; photofolding; single-chain nanoparticles

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