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Chem Asian J. 2014 Aug;9(8):2030-5. doi: 10.1002/asia.201402316. Epub 2014 Jul 8.

Combining the best of two worlds: nanoparticles and nanofibers.

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Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany).

Abstract

The preparation and applications of nanoparticles and nanofibers are widely described in the literature. Both types of materials have specific advantages but also drawbacks. We discuss here the methods to fabricate nanofibers from nanoparticles and vice versa by template-free methods and colloid-electrospinning. Nanoparticles and nanofibers can be also synergistically combined to yield nanostructured constructs that display highly advantageous properties such as good mechanical integrity, double protection of encapsulated substances, or the possibility to co-encapsulate payloads with different polarities.

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colloids; electrospinning; nanofibers; nanoparticles; self-assembly

PMID:
25044813
DOI:
10.1002/asia.201402316

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