Magnetothermally Activated Nanometer-level Modular Functional Group Grafting of Nanoparticles

Yongjun Lim, Seung Hyun Noh, Tae Hyun Shin, Jung Uk Lee, Dominik Lungerich, Jae Hyun Lee, Jinwoo Cheon

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Nanoparticles with multifunctionality and high colloidal stability are essential for biomedical applications. However, their use is often hindered by the formation of thick coating shells and/or nanoparticle agglomeration. Herein, we report a single nanoparticle coating strategy to form 1 nm polymeric shells with a variety of chemical functional groups and surface charges. Under exposure to alternating magnetic field, nanosecond thermal energy pulses trigger a polymerization in the region only a few nanometers from the magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) surface. Modular coatings containing functional groups, according to the respective choice of monomers, are possible. In addition, the surface charge can be tuned from negative through neutral to positive. We adopted a coating method for use in biomedical targeting studies where obtaining compact nanoparticles with the desired surface charge is critical. A single MNP with a zwitterionic charge can provide excellent colloidal stability and cell-specific targeting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3649-3656
Number of pages8
JournalNano letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr 28

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R026-D1 and IBS-R026-Y1).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 American Chemical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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