Preparation of monodisperse, fluorescent PMMA-latex colloids by dispersion polymerization

J Colloid Interface Sci. 2002 Jan 15;245(2):292-300. doi: 10.1006/jcis.2001.7986.


We report a single step procedure to prepare monodisperse colloidal poly(methyl)methacrylate (PMMA) particles where fluorescent dyes are incorporated into the polymer network. The particles are sterically stabilized against flocculation by poly(12-hydroxystearic acid). The fluorescent dyes are RITC (rhodamine isothiocyanate)-aminostyrene (RAS) and 4-methylaminoethylmethacrylate-7-nitrobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazol (NBD-MAEM), which are prepared from (commercially available) RITC and 4-chloro-7-nitrobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazol (NBD-Cl), respectively, as starting materials. The particles can be grown larger with nonfluorescent PMMA. Examples of the usefulness of these model particles in colloid science are given.