Mesoscale organization of nanoparticle assemblies: looking into superstructures and aggregates

Jan Bart ten Hove

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


For this thesis, the goal was to investigate:

1) the self-assembly of amine-terminated dendrimers into well-defined dendrimicelles

2) the use of the micelle embedded nanoparticles as ‘spy’ particles

3) the effect of a templating matrix on the self-organization of these dendrimicelles into mesoscale superstructures.

Throughout the thesis, it is shown that well-defined, 50 nm-sized dendrimicelles can be obtained from PAMAM dendrimer generations five through nine. By combining cryoTEM and light scattering experiments, the self-assembly behavior of the dendrimicelles is studied in unique detail. The dendrimicelle-embedded nanoparticles serve a dualistic purpose; not only do they provide additional contrast in the cryoTEM micrographs, they also allow for the direct determination of the micelle aggregation numbers by simply counting the number of nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Velders, Aldrik, Promotor
  • van Leeuwen, F.W.B., Co-promotor, External person
Award date20 Apr 2018
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789463438391
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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