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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6857637, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6857637
Research Article

Characterization of the Spindle Morphology Nanomicelles Assembled from Sericin and Gelatin

1School of Textiles, Zhongyuan University of Technology, Zhengzhou 450007, China
2School of Civil and Architecture Engineering, Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics, Zhengzhou 450015, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xiaozhou Su

Received 29 June 2017; Revised 24 September 2017; Accepted 10 October 2017; Published 14 November 2017

Academic Editor: Felipe A. La Porta

Copyright © 2017 Xiaozhou Su et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Complex nanomicelles were prepared by sericin and type A gelatin with molecular weight of 5789 Da and 128664 Da separately. The assembling conditions were as follows: mass ratio (sericin/gelatin) was 1 : 1, protein concentration was 0.5%, temperature was 35°C, and assembling time was 18 hours. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and dynamic light scattering (DLS) were conducted to observe and characterize the complex nanomicelles. Results showed that the complex sericin/gelatin micelles was a kind of nanospindle micelles. The micelles had high electrochemical stability, thermal stability, antidilution stability, and storage stability.