Controlled specific placement of nanoparticles into microdomains of block copolymer thin films
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- Controlled specific placement of nanoparticles into microdomains of block copolymer thin films
- Bae, Joonwon; Kim, Jungwook; Park, Jongnam
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- ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
- THIN SOLID FILMS, v.562, pp.338 - 342
- Conceptually attractive hybrid materials composed of nanoparticles and elegant block copolymers have become important for diverse applications. In this work, controlled specific placement of nanoparticles such as gold (Au) and titania (TiO2) into microphase separated domains in poly(styrene)-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) block copolymer thin films was demonstrated. The effect of nanoparticle surface functionality on the spatial location of particles inside polymer film was observed by transmission electron microscopy. It was revealed that the location of nanoparticles was highly dependent on the surface ligand property of nanoparticle. In addition, the microphase separation behavior of thin block copolymer film was also affected by the nanoparticle surface functional groups. This study might provide a way to understand the properties and behaviors of numerous block copolymer/nanoparticle hybrid systems.
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