Triggered Release of Encapsulated Cargo from Photoresponsive Polyelectrolyte Nanocomplexes

Xiaoran Hu, Matthew J. Feeney, Ethan McIntosh, James Mullahoo, Feng Jia, Qiaobing Xu, Samuel W. Thomas

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Combining the numerous advantages of using light as a stimulus, simple free radical random copolymerization, and the easy, all-aqueous preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs), we prepared photolabile PEC nanoparticles and demonstrated their rapid degradation under UV light. As a proof of concept demonstration, the dye Nile Red was encapsulated in the PECs and successfully released into the surrounding solution as the polyelectrolyte nanocomplex carriers dissolved upon light irradiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23517-23522
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number36
StatePublished - Sep 14 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • nanoparticles
  • nitrobenzyl
  • photodegradable
  • polyelectrolyte complex
  • triggered release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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