Polyelectrolyte capsules modified with YF3 nanoparticles: An AFM study

Frédéric Dubreuil, Dmitry G. Shchukin, Gleb B. Sukhorukov, Andreas Fery

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We studied changes in the mechanical properties of polyelectrolyte- multilayer capsules induced by YF3-nanoparticle formation inside the layers. Using direct-deformation measurements by colloidal probe atomic force microscopy (AFM), we found that the nanoparticle formation increases the capsule stiffness by one order of magnitude. At the same time, we observed that buckling instabilities of the capsules are suppressed after the nanoparticle modification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1078-1081
Number of pages4
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Composites
  • Core-shell polymers
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanoparticles


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