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Phase separation in mixed polymer brushes on nanoparticle surfaces enables the generation of anisotropic nanoarchitectures

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The preparation of nanoparticles and their targeted connection with other functional units is one key challenge in developing nanoscale devices. Herein, we report an experimental strategy toward the development of anisotropic nanoparticle architectures. Our approach is based on phase separation of binary mixed polymer brushes on gold nanoparticle surfaces leading to Janus-type structures, as revealed by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy and, additionally, corroborated by computer simulation. We show that such structures can be used for the site-selective functionalization with additional nanosized entities.

Graphical abstract: Phase separation in mixed polymer brushes on nanoparticle surfaces enables the generation of anisotropic nanoarchitectures

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The article was received on 16 Mar 2018, accepted on 07 May 2018 and first published on 08 May 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00545A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 4551-4557
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    Phase separation in mixed polymer brushes on nanoparticle surfaces enables the generation of anisotropic nanoarchitectures

    C. Rossner, Q. Tang, M. Müller and G. Kothleitner, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 4551
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00545A

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