Dendrimer‐Based Hybrid Fibers as Potential Platform for 1D‐objects in Nanotechnology
Nanofabrication via directed self‐assembly has emerged as a promising approach for novel functional materials with unique optical, magnetic, and electronic properties. This book chapter reviews recent progress in research on dendrimer‐based hybrid nanofibers as potential template for 1D‐objects in nanotechnology. Emphasis has been given to direct self‐assembly of organic‐inorganic nanomaterials to fabricate well‐defined hybrid nanofibers. These are based on amino terminated poly(propylene imine) (PPI) dendrimers in‐situ templating inorganic moieties. The chapter starts with brief overview of dendritic architectures as encapsulating, stabilizing and directing agents, followed by the presentation of a simple approach to fabricate high aspect ratio of µm‐lengths semiconductors nanofibers decorated with discrete Au nanoparticles. The generated nanoalloy fibers are exhibited unique optoelectronic properties with strong anisotropy essential to manufacture the next generations of miniaturised electronic, optoelectronic and biomedical devices.