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Colloidal Polymers:
Synthesis and Characterization

edited by
Abdelhamid Elaissari

Arriving amid exciting developments in nanotechnology and recent successes in catalytic emulsion polymerization of olefins, Colloidal Polymers describes ultramodern approaches to synthesis, preparation, characterization, and functionalization of latexes, nanoparticles, and myriad additional colloidal polymer systems.

This research-saturated resource communicates critical parameters for method selection, guidelines for controlling structural and colloid properties, and other tools to assist in the production of desirable outcomes.

Detailed figures, tables, schematics, and examples supplement coverage of elaboration mechanisms, formulations, and biomedical applications.

Colloidal Polymers, with over 1,000 literature citations, explores:

  • free-radical and controlled free-radical polymerization
  • functionalization of colloids
  • preparation of microlatexes and magnetic latexes
  • suspension polymerization for polymer bead preparation
  • microemulsion polymerization for synthesis of highly functionalized nanoparticles
  • miniemulsion formulation in the preparation of nanoparticles and nanocapsules
  • preparation and colloidal characterization of thermally sensitive polymer particles
  • sythesis of hollow particles and inherently conducting polymer colloids
  • surface-modification procedures in self-assembled monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett film preparation, as well as fabrication of supraparticular assemblies
  • elaboration of microspheres with various physicochemical and colloidal properties


  1. A Long History with Many Challenges to Meet in the Future: Free-Radical Emulsion Polymerization and Aqueous Polymer Dispersions
  2. Controlled Free-Radical Polymerization: A Way To Design Polymer Architecture and Surface Properties of Latex Particles
  3. Preparation of Microlatexes Using Polymeric Surfactants or Mixed Surfactants
  4. Catalytic Polymerization of Olefins in Emulsion: A Breakthrough in Polymer Colloids
  5. Functionalization of Colloidal Particles
  6. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-Based Particles: Preparation and Colloidal Characterization
  7. Microemulsion Polymerization: A Way To Synthesize Well-Defined Highly Functionalized Nanoparticles
  8. Hollow Particles: Synthetic Pathways and Potential Applications
  9. Preparation of Polymer and Hybrid Colloids by Miniemulsion for Biomedical Applications
  10. Synthesis, Characterization, and Biomedical Application of Conducting Polymer Particles
  11. Preparation of Magnetic Latexes
  12. Polymer Beads in Biomedical Chromatography: Preparation and Characterization
  13. Assembling of Polymer Particles onto Solid Supports for Medical Applications
  14. Polymer Colloids: Widespread and Novel Techniques of Characterization
  15. Electrokinetic and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Studies of Thermally Sensitive Polymer Colloids


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Colloidal Polymers: Synthesis and Characterization
edited by Abdelhamid Elaissari
2003 453 pages $198.95 + shipping

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