Synthesis and stabilization of colloids for optical and magnetic detections
Aqil, Abdelhafid[University of Liège (ULg) > Department of Chemistry > Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM) > >]
Univeristy of Liège (ULg)
Doctorat en Sciences
De Pauw, Edwin
[en] The development of nano-sized particles is motivated by their optical, electronic and magnetic behavior related to quantum confinement resulting from the nanometric size. To prevent aggregation in solution, the nanoparticles are covered with stabilizing molecules. The aim of this thesis is to develop a new generation of functional copolymers with different architectures to improve the stability of various synthesized NPs. Two types of nanoparticles are considered, gold NPs for the optical properties and iron oxide NPs for the magnetic properties. The copolymers considered in this study are synthesized following a controlled radical polymerization process, i.e. Reversible Addition - Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) and confer novel properties to the coated nanoparticles. Stealth NPs are obtained when they are covered by the poly(ethylene oxide), and thermosensitive NPs when they are stabilized by the poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide). These properties have been exploited in applications in the biomedical field. Another challenge in this work is the synthesis and functionalization of the surface of carbon NPs, and thus carbon nano-capsules were synthesized by graphitization of poly (acrylic acid)-poly (acrylonitrile) micelles and carbon nanotubes have been decorated by magnetite NPs allowing their orientation in a magnetic field.
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)
The "Région Wallonne" in the frame of the NOMADE program