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Polymer Colloids

I. INTRODUCTION Over the last few years, colloid polymer particles have received an increasing attention in various domains, especially in biomedical fields such as diagnosis or therapy. For instance, such particles can be used as efficient carriers for biomolecules like proteins, enzymes, or nucleic acids. The preparation of polymer particles, hydrogels, composite materials, or stimuli-responsive latexes (smart particles) such as colloidal particles containing thermally sensitive polymers have been reported in many papers, reviews, and books.