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Metal-Folded Single-Chain Nanoparticle: Nanoclusters and Self-Assembled Reduction-Responsive Sub-5-nm Discrete Subdomains

Metal-Folded Single-Chain Nanoparticle: Nanoclusters and Self-Assembled Reduction-Responsive Sub-5-nm Discrete Subdomains
Xinhua Lu, Yi Ding, Zhigang Cui, Hui Cao, Yuanli Cai, Xuechao Zhu, Pan Gao
Easy access to discrete nanoclusters in metal-folded single-chain nanoparticles (metal-SCNPs) and independent ultrafine sudomains in the assemblies via coordination-driven self-assembly of hydrophilic copolymer containing 9% imidazole groups is reported herein. 1H NMR, dynamic light scattering, and NMR diffusion-ordered spectroscopy results demonstrate self-assembly into metal-SCNPs (>70% imidazole-units folded) by neutralization in the presence of Cu(II) in water to pH 4.6. Further neutralization induces self-assembly of metal-SCNPs (pH 4.6–5.0) and shrinkage (pH 5.0–5.6), with concurrent restraining residual imidazole motifs and hydrophilic segment, which organized into constant nanoparticles over pH 5.6–7.5. Atomic force microscopy results evidence discrete 1.2 nm nanoclusters and sub-5-nm subdomains in metal-SCNP and assembled nanoparticle. Reduction of metal center using sodium ascorbate induces structural rearrangement to one order lower than the precursor. Enzyme mimic catalysis required media-tunable discrete ultrafine interiors in metal-SCNPs and assemblies have hence been achieved. Nanoclusters and self-assembled reduction-responsive sub-5-nm discrete subdomains are achieved via coordination-driven self-assembly of 9% imidazole motifs in hydrophilic copolymer in the presence of Cu(II) in water; metal-center reduction using sodium ascorbate induces superstructure rearrangement one-order backwards.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700269

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