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Polymers 2016, 8(12), 408;

Core/Shell Conjugated Polymer/Quantum Dot Composite Nanofibers through Orthogonal Non-Covalent Interactions

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico, MSC03-2060, 1 UNM, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
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Academic Editors: Ping Xu and Leeyih Wang
Received: 3 October 2016 / Revised: 21 November 2016 / Accepted: 22 November 2016 / Published: 24 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conjugated Polymers 2016)
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Nanostructuring organic polymers and organic/inorganic hybrid materials and controlling blend morphologies at the molecular level are the prerequisites for modern electronic devices including biological sensors, light emitting diodes, memory devices and solar cells. To achieve all-around high performance, multiple organic and inorganic entities, each designed for specific functions, are commonly incorporated into a single device. Accurate arrangement of these components is a crucial goal in order to achieve the overall synergistic effects. We describe here a facile methodology of nanostructuring conjugated polymers and inorganic quantum dots into well-ordered core/shell composite nanofibers through cooperation of several orthogonal non-covalent interactions including conjugated polymer crystallization, block copolymer self-assembly and coordination interactions. Our methods provide precise control on the spatial arrangements among the various building blocks that are otherwise incompatible with one another, and should find applications in modern organic electronic devices such as solar cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: organic photovoltaics; conjugated polymer; self-assembly; quantum dot; nanostructure organic photovoltaics; conjugated polymer; self-assembly; quantum dot; nanostructure

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Watson, B.W.; Meng, L.; Fetrow, C.; Qin, Y. Core/Shell Conjugated Polymer/Quantum Dot Composite Nanofibers through Orthogonal Non-Covalent Interactions. Polymers 2016, 8, 408.

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