Applications of stimuli-responsive functional colloids

Huai N. Yow, Simon Biggs, Olivier J. Cayre

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Colloidal dispersions of particles have an exceptionally long history across a wide range of formulated products. More recently, the use of environmentally-responsive polymers as a key component of the colloidal particles used in various formulations, whether in the core, on the surface or both, has opened up an additional range of novel applications that we review here. We initially briefly introduce the different types of particles and give examples of the range of responsive polymers used for their preparation. Promptly, we focus our attention on describing a broad range of applications for these systems ranging from oil recovery, emulsifiers and sensors to drug delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChemoresponsive Materials
Subtitle of host publicationStimulation by Chemical and Biological Signals
EditorsHans-Jorg Schneider
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherThe Royal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781782622420
ISBN (Print)9781782620624
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRSC Smart Materials
PublisherThe Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN (Print)2046-0066


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