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Adjustable supramolecular polymer microstructures fabricated by the breath figure method

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Abstract

Highly ordered supramolecular polymer honeycomb-patterned films were fabricated successfully via the static breath figure method. The supramolecular polymer that was used to prepare these intriguing films was obtained from the self-organization of a heteroditopic monomer based on the benzo-21-crown-7/secondary ammonium salt recognition motif. The morphologies of these microstructures were observed by scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy techniques. The monomer concentration plays an important role in the fabrication of these supramolecular polymer microstructures. The pore size of honeycomb-patterned films decreases with the increase of the monomer concentration from 4 wt% to 30 wt%. A microsphere (900 nm) pattern and a highly-ordered honeycomb-patterned film (2.0 μm) were obtained via the static breath figure method using acetonitrile as the solvent at concentrations of 2 wt% and 30 wt%, respectively.

Graphical abstract: Adjustable supramolecular polymer microstructures fabricated by the breath figure method

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The article was received on 26 Sep 2011, accepted on 20 Nov 2011 and first published on 12 Dec 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00438G
Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 458-462

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    Adjustable supramolecular polymer microstructures fabricated by the breath figure method

    J. Chen, X. Yan, Q. Zhao, L. Li and F. Huang, Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 458
    DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00438G

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