Preparation of sub-50 nm colloidal monodispersed hollow siloxane-based nanoparticles with controlled shell structures

Tenkai Watanabe, Eisuke Yamamoto, Saki Uchida, Lulu Cheng, Hiroaki Wada, Atsushi Shimojima*, Kazuyuki Kuroda

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Hollow siloxane-based nanoparticles (HSNs) have attracted significant attention because of their promising unique properties for various applications. For advanced applications, especially in catalysis, drug delivery systems, and smart coatings, high dispersibility and monodispersity of HSNs with precisely controlled shell structures are important. In this study, we established a simple method for preparing colloidal HSNs with a uniform particle size below 50 nm by the reaction of colloidal silica nanoparticles with bridged organoalkoxysilane [1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethylene: (EtO)3Si-C2H2Si(OEt)3, BTEE] in the presence of a cationic surfactant. Upon the formation of organosiloxane shells by hydrolysis and polycondensation of BTEE, the core silica nanoparticles were spontaneously dissolved, and a part of the silicate species was incorporated into the organosiloxane shells. The size of the colloidal silica nanoparticles, the amount of BTEE added, and the pH of the reaction mixture greatly affected the formation of HSNs. Importantly, colloidal HSNs having micropores and mesopores in the shells were successfully prepared using silica nanoparticles (20, 30, and 40 nm in diameter) at pH values of 9 and 11, respectively. These HSNs are potentially important for applications in drug delivery systems and catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13833-13842
Number of pages10
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Preparation of sub-50 nm colloidal monodispersed hollow siloxane-based nanoparticles with controlled shell structures'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this