Monodisperse and fluorescent poly(styrene-co-methacrylic acid-co-2-naphthyl methacrylate)/Fe3O4 composite particles.

Research paper by Patakamuri P Govindaiah, Yeon Jae YJ Jung, Jung Min JM Lee, Tae-Joon TJ Park, Du Yeol du Y Ryu, Jung Hyun JH Kim, In Woo IW Cheong

Indexed on: 29 Dec '09Published on: 29 Dec '09Published in: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science


This article describes the preparation and characterization of fluorescent and magnetic composite particles of poly(styrene-co-methacrylic acid-co-2-naphthyl methacrylate) (poly(St/MAA/NMA)). First, monodisperse (D(w)/D(n)<1.1) and fluorescent poly(St/MAA/NMA) submicron particles were prepared using emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization by varying the concentration of the fluorescent comonomer, i.e., NMA. Composition of the particles was characterized by (1)H NMR, FT-IR, GPC, and DSC analyses. The molecular weights and particle size of the particles were dependent on the NMA concentration. Second, Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles were immobilized onto the poly(St/MAA/NMA) submicron particles to give rise to multifunctional properties. The morphology and particles size were characterized by FE-SEM and CHDF. These poly(St/MAA/NMA)/Fe(3)O(4) composite particles exhibited both fluorescent properties under UV irradiation at 365 nm and magnetic properties. Photo-luminescent (PL) intensity of the particles showed linear dependence with NMA concentration.