Reversibly permeable nanomembranes of polymeric microcapsules

Andre G. Skirtach, Peter Karageorgiev, Matthieu F. Bédard, Gleb B. Sukhorukov, Helmuth Möhwald

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

122 Citations (Scopus)


Polymeric nanometer-thick membranes or nanomembranes possessing photocontrollable permeability are presented. Microcapsules are used as membrane model systems, while gold nanoparticle aggregates are used as active absorption centers. Upon laser light illumination the membranes change permeability reversibly because nanoparticles transiently affect the nearby polymeric network. Nanomembranes reseal to their impermeable state when the laser is switched off. This presents a novel and simple way of reversible permeability control of interest to intracellular signaling and membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11572-11573
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Reversibly permeable nanomembranes of polymeric microcapsules'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this