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Striped nanowires and nanorods from mixed SAMS

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We investigate the use of mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for creating nanoscale striped patterns on nanowires and nanorods. Our simulations predict that SAMs comprised of an equal composition of length-mismatched, thermodynamically incompatible surfactants adsorbed on nanowire surfaces self-organize into equilibrium stripes of alternating composition always perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the nanowire axis. We support the simulation results with preliminary experimental investigations of gold nanorods coated with binary mixtures of ligand molecules, which show stripes roughly perpendicular to the rod axis in all cases.

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The article was received on 26 Feb 2011, accepted on 13 May 2011 and first published on 16 Jun 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1NR10215J
Nanoscale, 2011,3, 3244-3250

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    Striped nanowires and nanorods from mixed SAMS

    C. Singh, Y. Hu, B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev, F. Stellacci and S. C. Glotzer, Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 3244
    DOI: 10.1039/C1NR10215J

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