Synthesis of mannosylated and PEGylated nanoparticles via RAFT emulsion polymerisation, and investigation of particle-lectin aggregation using turbidimetric and DLS techniques

Pratik Gurnani, Andrew M. Lunn, Sebastien Perrier

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Recent developments in controlled radical polymerisation presents an attractive way of producing biocompatible polymeric nanoparticles for a wide range of applications. With this motivation, well defined P (ManAm) and P(PEGA) coated nanoparticles in a range of different sizes have been synthesised via RAFT emulsion polymerisation. The particles were used to precisely investigate the effect of particle size on lectin binding with Concanavalin A, and validate the use of online DLS measurements for lectin-glycoparticle aggregation studies. Larger particles were found to have an enhanced aggregation by both UV–Vis turbidimetric and DLS aggregation studies. The DLS technique was shown to be robust up to an aggregate diameter of c.500 nm for aggregation tests, and was not affected by any dilution or light scattering effects that typically hinder the common use of turbidimetry in particle aggregation studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016


  • Colloids
  • Emulsion polymerisation
  • Glyco-polymers
  • Lectin binding
  • Polymer synthesis

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