|Title||Nanoparticles reveal Extreme Size-Sorting and Morphologies in Complex Coacervate Superstructures|
|Author(s)||Hove, Jan Bart ten; Oosterom, Matthias N. van; Leeuwen, Fijs W.B. van; Velders, Aldrik H.|
|Source||Scientific Reports 8 (2018)1. - ISSN 2045-2322|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
We here provide detailed insight in self-assembled complex coacervate systems exploiting gold nanoparticles for cryoTEM contrast. Nanoparticle-containing dendrimicelles are formed from fifth-generation dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs) and dendrimer-stabilized nanoparticles (DSNs). The complex coacervate structures self-organize in biconcave thin water layers into size-sorted monolayer superstructures. The embedded nanoparticles are a straightforward tool to visualize dendrimicelles and determine the aggregation number and polydispersity. The superstructure shows extreme size-sorting patterns which, contrary to related systems with higher generation dendrimers, consists not only of dendrimicelles but also much bigger complex coacervate nanoassemblies, such as vesicles.