화학공학소재연구정보센터
Langmuir, Vol.33, No.36, 9007-9017, 2017
Functional Microcapsules with Hybrid Shells Made via Sol-Gel Reaction within Double Emulsions
Microcapsules with organic-inorganic hybrid shells can be used as functionally responsive delivery systems that are attractive for a broad range of applications. Hybrid shell microcapsules have often been synthesized by the assembly of solid inorganic nanoparticles and polymers. Efforts to extend this approach to microfluidic emulsification have been hampered by problems with clogging and flow instabilities when utilizing dispersions of solid particles. In this work, hybrid shell microcapsules are synthesized through the reaction of liquid precursors, eliminating the use of solid dispersions. Our microfluidic water-oil-water emulsification technique also enables the preparation of hybrid-shell microcapsules with thicker and more robust shells compared to alternative techniques. By utilizing bridged-silane precursors to form the hybrid material, we demonstrate hybrid-shell microcapsules with independently tunable functional and mechanical/barrier properties. This independent tuning of physical and functional properties allows for the production of functional organic inorganic hybrid shell microcapsules that can be tailored to meet the demands of a wide range of applications.