PhD Thesis Defence- Marina Gonzalez

Published: December 4, 2017

Single-Chain Nanoparticles: Exploring Novel Synthesis Routes, Basic Properties and Potential Applications

 Candidate: Marina González

 Supervisors: Arantxa Arbe and Jose A. Pomposo

 Research group: Polymers and Soft Matter

 When: Thursday 14th of December (10:30h)

  Where: CFM Auditorium

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 Summary

The manipulation of single polymer chains, specifically intra-molecular folding into well-defined nanoparticles termed single-chain nanoparticles, or in brief SCNPs, is a particular avenue continually gaining interest. This area of research is simple conceptually, yet results in many systems with complex behaviours. In this thesis, we try to make progress in this evolving field by exploring novel synthesis routes towards the development of functional single-chain nanoparticles, and by performing proof-of-concept experiments to show their possible use in potential applications, such as nanomedicine or catalysis. Moreover, we want to provide a deeper knowledge of the basic properties of these nano-objects, which is of utmost importance to establish reliable structure-properties relationship.

Illustration of sparse single-chain nanoparticles and globular single-chain nanoparticles

Illustration of sparse single-chain nanoparticles and globular single-chain nanoparticles