A mixed organosilane system for simultaneous formation of organosilica nanoparticles has been systematically studied for loading of various compounds with a wide range of log P values. The molecule-entrapping system was understood by investigating the effects of adjusting various experimental parameters on particle formation and molecule entrapment. Particularly, rhodamine 6 G (R6G) loaded colloidal particles were prepared and characterised in detail. The results show that whereas most molecules had entrapment efficiency (EE%) in the range of 20–80%, R6G exhibited near 100% efficiency. Moreover, the colloidal system can be tuned to incorporate R6G with the extent of entrapment spanning at least 2 orders of magnitude (i.e. from 0.04 to 4 mg) and a maximum EE% of 98%. In conclusion, the study demonstrates the promise of the proposed mixed organosilane system in forming colloidal particles containing multiple functional groups with selective loading of highly hydrophobic molecules.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmaceutical Science
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry