Polymers 2010, 2(4), 490-504; doi:10.3390/polym2040490
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Enhanced Photophysical Properties of Nanopatterned Titania Nanodots/Nanowires upon Hybridization with Silica via Block Copolymer Templated Sol-Gel Process

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Received: 28 September 2010; in revised form: 18 October 2010 / Accepted: 21 October 2010 / Published: 25 October 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nano-Structures of Block Copolymers)
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Abstract: We fabricated titanium dioxide (TiO2)-silica (SiO2) nanocomposite structures with controlled morphology by a simple synthetic approach using cooperative sol-gel chemistry and block copolymer (BCP) self-assembly. Mixed TiO2-SiO2 sol-gel precursors were blended with amphiphilic poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) BCPs where the precursors were selectively incorporated into the hydrophilic PEO domains. Changing the volumetric ratio of TiO2-SiO2 sol-gel precursor from 5% to 20%, a stepwise structural inversion occurred from nanodot arrays to discrete nanowires. Template free hybrid inorganic nanostructures were produced after the removal of PS-b-PEO by irradiation of UV light. The morphological evolution and photophysical properties were investigated by microscopic studies, UV-visible absorption and photocatalytic properties.
Keywords: hybrid TiO2-SiO2; poly(styrene-block-ethyleneoxide); sol-gel; nanopattern; photocatalyst
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Kannaiyan, D.; Kochuveedu, S.T.; Jang, Y.H.; Jang, Y.J.; Lee, J.Y.; Lee, J.; Lee, J.; Kim, J.; Kim, D.H. Enhanced Photophysical Properties of Nanopatterned Titania Nanodots/Nanowires upon Hybridization with Silica via Block Copolymer Templated Sol-Gel Process. Polymers 2010, 2, 490-504.

AMA Style

Kannaiyan D, Kochuveedu ST, Jang YH, Jang YJ, Lee JY, Lee J, Lee J, Kim J, Kim DH. Enhanced Photophysical Properties of Nanopatterned Titania Nanodots/Nanowires upon Hybridization with Silica via Block Copolymer Templated Sol-Gel Process. Polymers. 2010; 2(4):490-504.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Kannaiyan, Dinakaran; Kochuveedu, Saji Thomas; Jang, Yoon Hee; Jang, Yu Jin; Lee, Ji Yong; Lee, Jieun; Lee, Juyon; Kim, Jooyong; Kim, Dong Ha. 2010. "Enhanced Photophysical Properties of Nanopatterned Titania Nanodots/Nanowires upon Hybridization with Silica via Block Copolymer Templated Sol-Gel Process." Polymers 2, no. 4: 490-504.

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