Understanding the formation process of nanoparticles is of the utmost importance to improve their design and production. This especially holds true for self-assembled nanoparticles whose formation processes have been largely overlooked. Herein, we present a new technology that integrates a microfluidic-based nanoparticle synthesis method and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy imaging to visualize nanoparticle self-assembly in real time. Applied to different nanoparticle systems, for example, nanoemulsions, drug-loaded block-copolymer micelles, and nanocrystal-core reconstituted high-density lipoproteins, we have shown the approach's unique ability to investigate key parameters affecting nanoparticle formation.
Keywords: FRET; block co-polymers; high-density lipoproteins; microfluidics; nanoemulsions.
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