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Issue 5, 2007

Next generation, sequentially assembled ultrathin films: beyond electrostatics

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Abstract

Over the last 15 years, the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technology has proven to be a versatile method for surface modification. This approach is likely to find widespread application because of its simplicity and versatility; however, the conventional use of highly charged materials with limited responsive behaviour presents some key limitations. In this tutorial review, the formation of multilayer thin films prepared through non-electrostatic interactions is reviewed. We discuss the assembly of films via a number of different methodologies, with particular emphasis on those that provide enhanced orientational control, stimuli-responsive behaviour, and improved film stability.

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Submitted
29 Nov 2006
First published
26 Feb 2007

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007,36, 707-718
Article type
Tutorial Review

Next generation, sequentially assembled ultrathin films: beyond electrostatics

J. F. Quinn, A. P. R. Johnston, G. K. Such, A. N. Zelikin and F. Caruso, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 707 DOI: 10.1039/B610778H

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