Spatially confined tungstate ion polymerization in microcapsules

Dmitry G. Shchukin, Wenfei Dong, Gleb B. Sukhorukov

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A new approach for performing the WO42- polymerization reaction exclusively inside polyelectrolyte capsules of a micron scale size is demonstrated. This approach is based upon a pH gradient across the capsule shell (2.5 inside the capsule volume and 6.5 outside the capsule) caused by encapsulated poly(styrene sulfonate) molecules. During the first stage of the reaction, different polytungstate anions were synthesized. Crystalline WO3 nanoparticles were formed inside the capsule as the final polymerization product.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-466
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Inorganic polymers
  • Microencapsulation
  • Polyelectrolyte capsule
  • Polytungstate
  • WO


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