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Monodisperse Core−Shell Poly(methyl methacrylate) Latex Colloids

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Van't Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Debye Institute, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Soft Condensed Matter, Debye Institute, Utrecht University, Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Cite this: Langmuir 2003, 19, 15, 5963–5966
Publication Date (Web):June 27, 2003
Copyright © 2003 American Chemical Society

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    Monodisperse cross-linked composite PMMA latex particles have been developed. The chemical cross-linking of the PMMA facilitates the preparation of particles consisting of a fluorescent core and a large nonfluorescent shell. These core−shell spheres can be dispersed in a density and refractive index matching mixture. This results in an ideal colloidal hard sphere model system that can be used to study many fundamental problems such as freezing, melting, and the glass transistion using quantitative confocal scanning laser microscopy. Furthermore, precize control over the size and the properties of the core and the shell(s) facilitates other applications of this model system.

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     Corresponding author. E-mail:  [email protected].

     Van't Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Debye Institute, Utrecht University.

     Soft Condensed Matter, Debye Institute, Utrecht University.

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