Block copolymer nanocontainers

Pinna, Marco, Hiltl, Stephanie, Guo, Xiaohu , Böker, Alexander and Zvelindovsky, Andrei (2010) Block copolymer nanocontainers. ACS Nano, 4 (5). pp. 2845-2855. ISSN 1936-0851

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Using cell dynamics computer simulation, we perform a systematic study of thin block copolymer films around a nanoparticle. Lamellar-, cylinder-, and sphere-forming block copolymers are investigated with respect to different film thicknesses, particle radii, and boundary conditions at the film interfaces. The obtained structures include standing lamellae and cylinders, "onions", cylinder "knitting balls", "golf ball", layered spherical, "virus"-like and mixed morphologies with T-junctions and U-type defects. The kinetics of the structure formation and difference with planar thin films are discussed. Our simulations suggest that novel porous nanocontainers can be formed by the coating of a sacrificial nanobead by a block copolymer layer with a well-controlled nanostructure. In addition, first scanning force microscopy experiments on a model system reveal surface structures similar to those predicted by our simulations. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

Keywords:Block copolymer films, Cell dynamics, Film interfaces, Golf balls, Model system, Nanobeads, Nanocontainers, Particle radii, Scanning force microscopy, Spherical particle, Structure formations, Systematic study, T junctions, Block copolymers, Computational methods, Copolymerization, Cylinders (shapes), Nanocapsules, Nanotubes, Plastic products, Scanning, Scanning tunneling microscopy, Spheres, Viruses, Computer simulation
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F162 Polymer Chemistry
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Mathematics and Physics
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Deposited On:16 Sep 2014 10:18

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