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Cluster-mediated assembly enables step-growth copolymerization from binary nanoparticle mixtures with rationally designed architectures

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Directed co-assembly of binary nanoparticles (NPs) into one-dimensional copolymer-like chains is fascinating but challenging in the realm of material science. While many strategies have been developed to induce the polymerization of NPs, it remains a grand challenge to produce colloidal copolymers with widely tailored compositions and precisely controlled architectures. Herein we report a robust colloidal polymerization strategy, which enables the growth of sophisticated NP chains with elaborately designed structures. By quantifying NP assembly statistics and kinetics, we establish that the linear assembly of colloidal NPs, with the assistance of PbSO4 clusters, follows a step-growth polymerization mechanism, and on the basis of this, we design and fabricate NP chains structurally analogous to random, block, and alternating copolymers, respectively. Our studies offer mechanistic insights into cluster-mediated colloidal polymerization, paving the way toward the rational synthesis of colloidal copolymers with quantitatively predicted architectures and functionalities.

Graphical abstract: Cluster-mediated assembly enables step-growth copolymerization from binary nanoparticle mixtures with rationally designed architectures

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The article was received on 15 Jan 2018, accepted on 01 Apr 2018 and first published on 02 Apr 2018


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC00220G
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2018,9, 3986-3991
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    Cluster-mediated assembly enables step-growth copolymerization from binary nanoparticle mixtures with rationally designed architectures

    X. Zhang, L. Lv, G. Wu, D. Yang and A. Dong, Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 3986
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SC00220G

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