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Polymers 2011, 3(2), 662-673; doi:10.3390/polym3020662

Routes to Nanoparticle-Polymer Superlattices

Physikalische Chemie I, Universität Bayreuth, D-95447 Bayreuth, Germany
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Received: 28 January 2011 / Accepted: 28 February 2011 / Published: 24 March 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nano-Structures of Block Copolymers)
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Abstract

Nanoparticles can self-assemble into highly ordered two- and three-dimensional superlattices. For many practical applications these assemblies need to be integrated into polymeric matrices to provide stability and function. By appropriate co-assembly of nanoparticles and polymers it has become possible to tailor the nanoparticle superlattice structure via the length and stiffness of the polymer chains. The present article outlines and discusses established routes to nanoparticle-polymer superlattices. Recent progress has been remarkable so that the integration into functional devices has become the next challenge.
Keywords: nanoparticles; block copolymers; self-assembly nanoparticles; block copolymers; self-assembly
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Mehdizadeh Taheri, S.; Fischer, S.; Förster, S. Routes to Nanoparticle-Polymer Superlattices. Polymers 2011, 3, 662-673.

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