Volume 191, 2016

Linear assembly of patchy and non-patchy nanoparticles


Linear assemblies of nanoparticles show promising applications due to their collective electronic, optical and magnetic properties. Rational design and controllable organization of nanoparticles in one-dimensional structures can strongly benefit from the marked similarity between conventional step-growth polymerization reactions and directional step-wise assembly of nanoparticles in linear chains. Here we show different aspects of the “polymerization” approach to the solution-based self-assembly of polymer-functionalized metal nanoparticles with different chemical compositions, shapes and dimensions. The self-assembly was triggered by inducing solvophobic attraction between polymer ligands, due to the change in solvent quality. We show that both anisotropic (patchy) nanoparticles and nanoparticles uniformly capped with polymer molecules can self-assemble in linear chains. We explore the control of chain length, morphology, and composition, discuss the ability to form isotropic and hierarchical structures and show the properties and potential applications of linear assemblies of plasmonic nanoparticles.

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19 Mar 2016
19 Apr 2016
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19 Apr 2016
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Faraday Discuss., 2016,191, 189-204

Linear assembly of patchy and non-patchy nanoparticles

R. M. Choueiri, E. Galati, A. Klinkova, H. Thérien-Aubin and E. Kumacheva, Faraday Discuss., 2016, 191, 189 DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00057F

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