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  1. Synthesis and characterization of nanowire coils of organometallic coordination polymers for controlled cargo release.

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    Liang, Guodong; Ni, Huan; Bao, Suping; Zhu, Fangming; Gao, Haiyang; Wu, Qing

    2014-06-12

    Nanowire coils of organometallic coordination polymers have been synthesized for the first time by using the emulsion periphery polymerization technique. An amphiphilic triblock copolymer terminated with inclusion complex of β-cyclodextrin and 4,4'-bipyridine self-assembles into oil-in-water emulsion in a toluene/water mixture. Subsequent coordination of bipyridine with Ni(II) in periphery of emulsions results in the formation of coordination polymer nanowire coils. The nanowire coils are composed of nanowires with diameter of 2 nm. Nanowire coils exhibit enhanced thermal stability in contrast to their parent triblock copolymer. Interestingly, nanowire coils are capable of encapsulating organic cargoes. Encapsulated cargoes can be selectively extracted from nanowire coils without damaging nanowire coils. Nanowire coils are potential candidates for encapsulating and controlled release of organic cargoes. PMID:24842771

  2. Solution assembly of conjugated polymers

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    Bokel, Felicia A.

    This dissertation focuses on the solution-state polymer assembly of conjugated polymers with specific attention to nano- and molecular-scale morphology. Understanding how to control these structures holds potential for applications in polymer-based electronics. Optimization of conjugated polymer morphology was performed with three objectives: 1) segregation of donor and acceptor materials on the nanometer length-scale, 2) achieving molecular-scale ordering in terms of crystallinity within distinct domains, and 3) maximizing the number and quality of well-defined donor/acceptor interfaces. Chapter 1 introduces the development of a mixed solvent method to create crystalline poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT) fibrils in solution. Chapter 2 describes fibril purification and approaches to robust and functional fibrils, while chapters 3 and 4 demonstrate the formation of hybrid nanocomposite wires of P3HT and cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles by two methods: 1) co-crystallization of free and P3HT-grafted CdSe for composite nanowires and 2) direct attachment of CdSe nanoparticles at fibril edges to give superhighway structures. These composite structures show great potential in the application of optoelectronic devices, such as the active layer of solar cells. Finally, ultrafast photophysical characterization of these polymers, using time-resolved photoluminescence and transient absorption, was performed to determine the aggregation types present in suspended fibrils and monitor the formation and decay of charged species in fibrils and donor-acceptor systems.

  3. Polymer Directed Protein Assemblies

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    Patrick van Rijn

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Protein aggregation and protein self-assembly is an important occurrence in natural systems, and is in some form or other dictated by biopolymers. Very obvious influences of biopolymers on protein assemblies are, e.g., virus particles. Viruses are a multi-protein assembly of which the morphology is dictated by poly-nucleotides namely RNA or DNA. This “biopolymer” directs the proteins and imposes limitations on the structure like the length or diameter of the particle. Not only do these bionanoparticles use polymer-directed self-assembly, also processes like amyloid formation are in a way a result of directed protein assembly by partial unfolded/misfolded biopolymers namely, polypeptides. The combination of proteins and synthetic polymers, inspired by the natural processes, are therefore regarded as a highly promising area of research. Directed protein assembly is versatile with respect to the possible interactions which brings together the protein and polymer, e.g., electrostatic, v.d. Waals forces or covalent conjugation, and possible combinations are numerous due to the large amounts of different polymers and proteins available. The protein-polymer interacting behavior and overall morphology is envisioned to aid in clarifying protein-protein interactions and are thought to entail some interesting new functions and properties which will ultimately lead to novel bio-hybrid materials.

  4. Smooth Nanowire/Polymer Composite Transparent Electrodes

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    Gaynor, Whitney

    2011-04-29

    Smooth composite transparent electrodes are fabricated via lamination of silver nanowires into the polymer poly-(4,3-ethylene dioxythiophene): poly(styrene-sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The surface roughness is dramatically reduced compared to bare nanowires. High-efficiency P3HT:PCBM organic photovoltaic cells can be fabricated using these composites, reproducing the performance of cells on indium tin oxide (ITO) on glass and improving the performance of cells on ITO on plastic. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Recent Advances in Directed Assembly of Nanowires or Nanotub es

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    Mei Liu; Zhizheng Wu; Woon Ming Lau; Jun Yang

    2012-01-01

    Nanowires and nanotubes of diverse material compositions, properties and/or functions have been produced or fabricated through various bottom-up or top-down approaches. These nanowires or nanotubes have also been utilized as potential building blocks for functional nanodevices. The key for the integration of those nanowire or nanotube based devices is to assemble these one dimensional nanomaterials to specific locations using techniques that are highly controllable and scalable. Ideally such techniques should enable assembly of highly uniform nanowire/nanotube arrays with precise control of density, location, dimension or even ma-terial types of nanowires/nanotubes. Numerous assembly techniques are being developed that can quickly align and assemble large quantities of one type or multiple types of nanowires through parallel processes, in-cluding flow-assisted alignment, Langmuir-Blodgett assembly, bubble-blown technique, electric/magnetic- field directed assembly, contact/roll printing, knocking-down, etc.. With these assembling techniques, applications of nanowire/nanotube based devices such as flexible electronics and sensors have been demonstrated. This paper delivers an overall review of directed nanowire/nanotube assembling approaches and analyzes advantages and limitations of each method. The future research directions have also been discussed.

  6. Increasing the efficiency of polymer solar cells by silicon nanowires

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    Silicon nanowires have been introduced into P3HT:[60]PCBM solar cells, resulting in hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells. A cell efficiency of 4.2% has been achieved, which is a relative improvement of 10% compared to a reference cell produced without nanowires. This increase in cell performance is possibly due to an enhancement of the electron transport properties imposed by the silicon nanowires. In this paper, we present a novel approach for introducing the nanowires by mixing them into the polymer blend and subsequently coating the polymer/nanowire blend onto a substrate. This new onset may represent a viable pathway to producing nanowire-enhanced polymer solar cells in a reel to reel process.

  7. Simulation study of dielectrophoretic assembly of nanowire between electrode pairs

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    Dielectrophoresis (DEP) of rod-shaped nanostructures is attractive because of its exceptional capability to fabricate nanowire-based electronic devices. This efficient manipulation method, however, has a common side effect of assembling a certain number of nanowires at undesired positions. It is therefore essential to understand the underlying physics of DEP of nanowires in order to better guide the assembly. In this work, we propose theoretical methods to characterize the dielectrophoretic force and torque as well as the hydrodynamic drag force and torque on the nanowire (typical length: 10 μm). The trajectory of the nanowire is then simulated based on rigid body dynamics. The nanowire is predicted to either bridge the electrodes or attach on the surface of one electrode. A neighborhood in which the nanowire is more likely to bridge electrodes is found, which is conducive to successful assembly. The simulation study in this work provides us not only a better understanding of the underlying physics but also practical guidance on nanowire assembly by DEP

  8. Simulation study of dielectrophoretic assembly of nanowire between electrode pairs

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    Tao, Quan, E-mail: taq3@pitt.edu; Lan, Fei; Jiang, Minlin [University of Pittsburgh, The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (United States); Wei, Fanan [Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Robotics, Shenyang Institute of Automation (China); Li, Guangyong, E-mail: gul6@pitt.edu [University of Pittsburgh, The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (United States)

    2015-07-15

    Dielectrophoresis (DEP) of rod-shaped nanostructures is attractive because of its exceptional capability to fabricate nanowire-based electronic devices. This efficient manipulation method, however, has a common side effect of assembling a certain number of nanowires at undesired positions. It is therefore essential to understand the underlying physics of DEP of nanowires in order to better guide the assembly. In this work, we propose theoretical methods to characterize the dielectrophoretic force and torque as well as the hydrodynamic drag force and torque on the nanowire (typical length: 10 μm). The trajectory of the nanowire is then simulated based on rigid body dynamics. The nanowire is predicted to either bridge the electrodes or attach on the surface of one electrode. A neighborhood in which the nanowire is more likely to bridge electrodes is found, which is conducive to successful assembly. The simulation study in this work provides us not only a better understanding of the underlying physics but also practical guidance on nanowire assembly by DEP.

  9. Location deterministic biosensing from quantum-dot-nanowire assemblies

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    Liu, Chao; Kim, Kwanoh; Fan, D. L.

    2014-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) with high fluorescent brightness, stability, and tunable sizes, have received considerable interest for imaging, sensing, and delivery of biomolecules. In this research, we demonstrate location deterministic biochemical detection from arrays of QD-nanowire hybrid assemblies. QDs with diameters less than 10 nm are manipulated and precisely positioned on the tips of the assembled Gold (Au) nanowires. The manipulation mechanisms are quantitatively ...

  10. Enhanced Photoresponse of Conductive Polymer Nanowires Embedded with Au Nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Junchang; Zhong, Liubiao; Sun, Yinghui; Li, Anran; Huang, Jing; Meng, Fanben; Chandran, Bevita K; Li, Shuzhou; Jiang, Lin; Chen, Xiaodong

    2016-04-01

    A conductive polymer nanowire embedded with a 1D Au nanoparticle chain with defined size, shape, and interparticle distance is fabricated which demonstrates enhanced photoresponse behavior. The precise and controllable positioning of 1D Au nanoparticle chain in the conductive polymer nanowire plays a critical role in modulating the photoresponse behavior by excitation light wavelength or power due to the coupled-plasmon effect of 1D Au nanoparticle chain. PMID:26901850

  11. Self-assembly and manipulation of multicomponent nanowires

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    Chen, Min

    The bottom-up approach in nanofabrication involves the synthesis of functional nanoscale building blocks and controllable assembly into larger scale superstructures. Electrochemical template synthesis has been employed in this work to fabricate two kinds of nanoscale building blocks: (1) Ni/Cu multilayer nanowires, and (2) Au/Pt/Au and Au/Ni/Au multi-segment nanowires. Magnetic nanowires exhibit unique physical properties and have potential applications in spintronics devices as well as in biomagnetic application. In magnetic multilayer nanowires, the orientation of the easy axis, the coercivity, remanence, demagnetization factor and many other magnetic parameters can be tuned by varying the size, shape and spacing of magnetic layers and nonmagnetic layers. Ni/Cu multilayer nanowires were fabricated using single bath techniques in polycarbonate templates with diameters in the range of 40-140 nm. The composition and structure of the nanowires was studied using x-ray diffraction, auger electron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The magnetic properties of nanowires depend on the diameter and aspect ratio of the nickel layers and the spacing of nickel layers. Micromagnetic simulations were used to model the M-H loops. The different magnetic alignment of nanowires in suspension was demonstrated. Multicomponent nanowires allow the possibility of attaching different functional groups to different segments thereby providing spatially localized functionality. This feature is particularly attractive for self-assembly since receptor groups can be attached at specific locations on the particle where attachment will occur. Directed assembly using receptor mediated interactions provides a powerful tool for the self-assembly of complex architectures. The kinetic of receptor-mediated end-to-end assembly can be explained by diffusion-limited aggregation process analogues to linear polycondensation theory.

  12. Self-Assembled PbSe Nanowire:Perovskite Hybrids

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    Yang, Zhenyu

    2015-12-02

    © 2015 American Chemical Society. Inorganic semiconductor nanowires are of interest in nano- and microscale photonic and electronic applications. Here we report the formation of PbSe nanowires based on directional quantum dot alignment and fusion regulated by hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite surface ligands. All material synthesis is carried out at mild temperatures. Passivation of PbSe quantum dots was achieved via a new perovskite ligand exchange. Subsequent in situ ammonium/amine substitution by butylamine enables quantum dots to be capped by butylammonium lead iodide, and this further drives the formation of a PbSe nanowire superlattice in a two-dimensional (2D) perovskite matrix. The average spacing between two adjacent nanowires agrees well with the thickness of single atomic layer of 2D perovskite, consistent with the formation of a new self-assembled semiconductor nanowire:perovskite heterocrystal hybrid.

  13. Location deterministic biosensing from quantum-dot-nanowire assemblies.

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    Liu, Chao; Kim, Kwanoh; Fan, D L

    2014-08-25

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) with high fluorescent brightness, stability, and tunable sizes, have received considerable interest for imaging, sensing, and delivery of biomolecules. In this research, we demonstrate location deterministic biochemical detection from arrays of QD-nanowire hybrid assemblies. QDs with diameters less than 10 nm are manipulated and precisely positioned on the tips of the assembled Gold (Au) nanowires. The manipulation mechanisms are quantitatively understood as the synergetic effects of dielectrophoretic (DEP) and alternating current electroosmosis (ACEO) due to AC electric fields. The QD-nanowire hybrid sensors operate uniquely by concentrating bioanalytes to QDs on the tips of nanowires before detection, offering much enhanced efficiency and sensitivity, in addition to the position-predictable rationality. This research could result in advances in QD-based biomedical detection and inspires an innovative approach for fabricating various QD-based nanodevices. PMID:25316926

  14. Location deterministic biosensing from quantum-dot-nanowire assemblies

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    Liu, Chao [Materials Science and Engineering Program, Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Kim, Kwanoh [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Fan, D. L., E-mail: dfan@austin.utexas.edu [Materials Science and Engineering Program, Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States)

    2014-08-25

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) with high fluorescent brightness, stability, and tunable sizes, have received considerable interest for imaging, sensing, and delivery of biomolecules. In this research, we demonstrate location deterministic biochemical detection from arrays of QD-nanowire hybrid assemblies. QDs with diameters less than 10 nm are manipulated and precisely positioned on the tips of the assembled Gold (Au) nanowires. The manipulation mechanisms are quantitatively understood as the synergetic effects of dielectrophoretic (DEP) and alternating current electroosmosis (ACEO) due to AC electric fields. The QD-nanowire hybrid sensors operate uniquely by concentrating bioanalytes to QDs on the tips of nanowires before detection, offering much enhanced efficiency and sensitivity, in addition to the position-predictable rationality. This research could result in advances in QD-based biomedical detection and inspires an innovative approach for fabricating various QD-based nanodevices.

  15. Location deterministic biosensing from quantum-dot-nanowire assemblies

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    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) with high fluorescent brightness, stability, and tunable sizes, have received considerable interest for imaging, sensing, and delivery of biomolecules. In this research, we demonstrate location deterministic biochemical detection from arrays of QD-nanowire hybrid assemblies. QDs with diameters less than 10 nm are manipulated and precisely positioned on the tips of the assembled Gold (Au) nanowires. The manipulation mechanisms are quantitatively understood as the synergetic effects of dielectrophoretic (DEP) and alternating current electroosmosis (ACEO) due to AC electric fields. The QD-nanowire hybrid sensors operate uniquely by concentrating bioanalytes to QDs on the tips of nanowires before detection, offering much enhanced efficiency and sensitivity, in addition to the position-predictable rationality. This research could result in advances in QD-based biomedical detection and inspires an innovative approach for fabricating various QD-based nanodevices.

  16. Suspended InAs nanowire Josephson junctions assembled via dielectrophoresis

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    Montemurro, Domenico; Stornaiuolo, Daniela; Massarotti, Davide; Ercolani, Daniele; Sorba, Lucia; Beltram, Fabio; Tafuri, Francesco; Roddaro, Stefano

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel technique for the realization of suspended Josephson junctions based on InAs semiconductor nanowires. The devices are assembled using a technique of drop-casting guided by dielectrophoresis that allows to finely align the nanostructures on top of the electrodes. The proposed architecture removes the interaction between the nanowire and the substrate which is known to influence disorder and the orientation of the Rashba vector. The relevance of this approach in view of the i...

  17. Suspended InAs nanowire Josephson junctions assembled via dielectrophoresis

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    Montemurro, D.; Stornaiuolo, D.; Massarotti, D.; Ercolani, D.; Sorba, L.; Beltram, F.; Tafuri, F.; Roddaro, S.

    2015-09-01

    We present a novel technique for the realization of suspended Josephson junctions based on InAs semiconductor nanowires. The devices are assembled using a technique of drop-casting guided by dielectrophoresis, which allows one to finely align the nanostructures on top of the electrodes. The proposed architecture removes the interaction between the nanowire and the substrate which is known to influence disorder and the orientation of the Rashba vector. The relevance of this approach in view of the implementation of hybrid Josephson junctions based on semiconducting nanowires coupled with high-temperature superconductors is discussed.

  18. Novel fabrication method of conductive polymer nanowires for sensor applications

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    Christiansen, Nikolaj Ormstrup; Andersen, Karsten Brandt; Castillo, Jaime;

    2013-01-01

    In this work we demonstrate a new, quiek and low cost fabrication of PEDOT:TsO nanowires using self-assembled peptide nanotubes as a masking material. The peptide nanotubes show a remarkably stability during reactive ion etching and can be dissolved in water afterwards. We have shown that the imp...... impedance of the nanowire is changing with backgating the wire, this gives promising possibility for application as a sensor....

  19. Fabrication of polymer nanowires via maskless O2 plasma etching.

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    Du, Ke; Wathuthanthri, Ishan; Liu, Yuyang; Kang, Yong Tae; Choi, Chang-Hwan

    2014-04-25

    In this paper, we introduce a simple fabrication technique which can pattern high-aspect-ratio polymer nanowire structures of photoresist films by using a maskless one-step oxygen plasma etching process. When carbon-based photoresist materials on silicon substrates are etched by oxygen plasma in a metallic etching chamber, nanoparticles such as antimony, aluminum, fluorine, silicon or their compound materials are self-generated and densely occupy the photoresist polymer surface. Such self-masking effects result in the formation of high-aspect-ratio vertical nanowire arrays of the polymer in the reactive ion etching mode without the necessity of any artificial etch mask. Nanowires fabricated by this technique have a diameter of less than 50 nm and an aspect ratio greater than 20. When such nanowires are fabricated on lithographically pre-patterned photoresist films, hierarchical and hybrid nanostructures of polymer are also conveniently attained. This simple and high-throughput fabrication technique for polymer nanostructures should pave the way to a wide range of applications such as in sensors, energy storage, optical devices and microfluidics systems. PMID:24670779

  20. Fabrication of polymer nanowires via maskless O2 plasma etching

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    In this paper, we introduce a simple fabrication technique which can pattern high-aspect-ratio polymer nanowire structures of photoresist films by using a maskless one-step oxygen plasma etching process. When carbon-based photoresist materials on silicon substrates are etched by oxygen plasma in a metallic etching chamber, nanoparticles such as antimony, aluminum, fluorine, silicon or their compound materials are self-generated and densely occupy the photoresist polymer surface. Such self-masking effects result in the formation of high-aspect-ratio vertical nanowire arrays of the polymer in the reactive ion etching mode without the necessity of any artificial etch mask. Nanowires fabricated by this technique have a diameter of less than 50 nm and an aspect ratio greater than 20. When such nanowires are fabricated on lithographically pre-patterned photoresist films, hierarchical and hybrid nanostructures of polymer are also conveniently attained. This simple and high-throughput fabrication technique for polymer nanostructures should pave the way to a wide range of applications such as in sensors, energy storage, optical devices and microfluidics systems. (paper)

  1. Silver nanowire array-polymer composite as thermal interface material

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    Xu, Ju; Munari, Alessio; Dalton, Eric; Mathewson, Alan; Razeeb, Kafil M.

    2009-12-01

    Silver nanowire arrays embedded inside polycarbonate templates are investigated as a viable thermal interface material for electronic cooling applications. The composite shows an average thermal diffusivity value of 1.89×10-5 m2 s-1, which resulted in an intrinsic thermal conductivity of 30.3 W m-1 K-1. The nanowires' protrusion from the film surface enables it to conform to the surface roughness to make a better thermal contact. This resulted in a 61% reduction in thermal impedance when compared with blank polymer. An ˜30 nm Au film on the top of the composite was found to act as a heat spreader, reducing the thermal impedance further by 35%. A contact impedance model was employed to compare the contact impedance of aligned silver nanowire-polymer composites with that of aligned carbon nanotubes, which showed that the Young's modulus of the composite is the defining factor in the overall thermal impedance of these composites.

  2. Metal nanowires from self-assembled protein fibers

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    Parthasarathy, Raghuveer; Lin, Xiao-Min; Jaeger, Heinrich M.; Sawicki, George; Scheibel, Thomas; Lindquist, Susan L.

    2002-03-01

    We present gold and silver nanowires formed by metallization of self-assembled yeast prion proteins. The proteins form 10nm wide, microns long fibers, which we metallize by growth of gold or silver crystals from specific nucleation sites on the genetically engineered fiber surface. This site-specific metal decoration is the first step toward more elaborate functionalization of these biological nanostructures. Deposition of fibers onto substrates with in-plane electrodes will allow electronic transport measurements, correlated with images (TEM and AFM) of the nanowire structure.

  3. Preparation of Ag/Cu Janus nanowires: Electrodeposition in track-etched polymer templates

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    Zhu, X.R. [Henan Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Physical Engineering College, Zhenzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Wang, C.M.; Fu, Q.B. [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Jiao, Z.; Wang, W.D.; Qin, G.Y. [Henan Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Physical Engineering College, Zhenzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Xue, J.M., E-mail: jmxue@pku.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2015-08-01

    Highlights: • In this paper, we introduce a simple method for preparation of Janus nanowires by electrodeposition. • Using ion-track-etched PC polymer templates and commercial PC track-etched membrane templates, Ag/Cu Janus nanowires fabricated by this method all have uniform size. No matter how the holes array in the template, regular or not, the nanowires prepared by this method have similar properties. • By controlling the etching time, the size of the nanowires could be controlled easily and special shape nanowires also can be prepared by this template. • The polymer template is very easy to dissolve thoroughly and has no damage to nanowires almost. It is suitable for the preparation of nanowires suspension. • This method also has better applicability for polymer templates and can be seen as a simple convenient method for the preparation of Ag/Cu Janus nanowires. - Abstract: Bimetal (Janus) nanowire has been widely used as a promising nanoscale motor. In this paper we present a highly controllable method to fabricate Ag/Cu Janus nanowires using track-etched polymer templates. Ag/Cu Janus nanowires with uniform size and stabilized structure have been successfully fabricated by electrodepositing Ag nanowires, and subsequently Cu nanowires in track-etched polymer templates. The pore size of nanopores prepared by this template is uniform and continuously controlled, so aperture of achieved nanowires are uniform and can be regulated. This polymer template can dissolve inorganic solvents that do not react with the nanowires, making it is easy to release the nanowires into solution. The nanopore shape in the track-etched templates is adjustable (e.g. conical), nanowires with more special shapes could be fabricated. Thus, these features make this simple and inexpensive method very suitable for the preparation of Janus nanowire.

  4. Preparation of Ag/Cu Janus nanowires: Electrodeposition in track-etched polymer templates

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    Highlights: • In this paper, we introduce a simple method for preparation of Janus nanowires by electrodeposition. • Using ion-track-etched PC polymer templates and commercial PC track-etched membrane templates, Ag/Cu Janus nanowires fabricated by this method all have uniform size. No matter how the holes array in the template, regular or not, the nanowires prepared by this method have similar properties. • By controlling the etching time, the size of the nanowires could be controlled easily and special shape nanowires also can be prepared by this template. • The polymer template is very easy to dissolve thoroughly and has no damage to nanowires almost. It is suitable for the preparation of nanowires suspension. • This method also has better applicability for polymer templates and can be seen as a simple convenient method for the preparation of Ag/Cu Janus nanowires. - Abstract: Bimetal (Janus) nanowire has been widely used as a promising nanoscale motor. In this paper we present a highly controllable method to fabricate Ag/Cu Janus nanowires using track-etched polymer templates. Ag/Cu Janus nanowires with uniform size and stabilized structure have been successfully fabricated by electrodepositing Ag nanowires, and subsequently Cu nanowires in track-etched polymer templates. The pore size of nanopores prepared by this template is uniform and continuously controlled, so aperture of achieved nanowires are uniform and can be regulated. This polymer template can dissolve inorganic solvents that do not react with the nanowires, making it is easy to release the nanowires into solution. The nanopore shape in the track-etched templates is adjustable (e.g. conical), nanowires with more special shapes could be fabricated. Thus, these features make this simple and inexpensive method very suitable for the preparation of Janus nanowire

  5. Computational design of co-assembling protein-DNA nanowires

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    Mou, Yun; Yu, Jiun-Yann; Wannier, Timothy M.; Guo, Chin-Lin; Mayo, Stephen L.

    2015-09-01

    Biomolecular self-assemblies are of great interest to nanotechnologists because of their functional versatility and their biocompatibility. Over the past decade, sophisticated single-component nanostructures composed exclusively of nucleic acids, peptides and proteins have been reported, and these nanostructures have been used in a wide range of applications, from drug delivery to molecular computing. Despite these successes, the development of hybrid co-assemblies of nucleic acids and proteins has remained elusive. Here we use computational protein design to create a protein-DNA co-assembling nanomaterial whose assembly is driven via non-covalent interactions. To achieve this, a homodimerization interface is engineered onto the Drosophila Engrailed homeodomain (ENH), allowing the dimerized protein complex to bind to two double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) molecules. By varying the arrangement of protein-binding sites on the dsDNA, an irregular bulk nanoparticle or a nanowire with single-molecule width can be spontaneously formed by mixing the protein and dsDNA building blocks. We characterize the protein-DNA nanowire using fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray crystallography, confirming that the nanowire is formed via the proposed mechanism. This work lays the foundation for the development of new classes of protein-DNA hybrid materials. Further applications can be explored by incorporating DNA origami, DNA aptamers and/or peptide epitopes into the protein-DNA framework presented here.

  6. Self-assembled diphenylalanine nanowires for cellular studies and sensor applications.

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    Sasso, Luigi; Vedarethinam, Indumathi; Emnéus, Jenny; Svendsen, Winnie E; Castillo-León, Jaime

    2012-04-01

    In this paper we present a series of experiments showing that vertical self-assembled diphenylalanine peptide nanowires (PNWs) are a suitable candidate material for cellular biosensing. We grew HeLa and PC12 cells onto PNW modified gold surfaces and observed no hindrance of cell growth caused by the peptide nanostructures; furthermore we studied the properties of PNWs by investigating their influence on the electrochemical behavior of gold electrodes. The PNWs were functionalized with polypyrrole (PPy) by chemical polymerization, therefore creating conducting peptide/polymer nanowire structures vertically attached to a metal electrode. The electroactivity of such structures was characterized by cyclic voltammetry. The PNW/PPy modified electrodes were finally used as amperometric dopamine sensors, yielding a detection limit of 3,1 microM. PMID:22849068

  7. Size dependent nanomechanics of coil spring shaped polymer nanowires

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    Ushiba, Shota; Masui, Kyoko; Taguchi, Natsuo; Hamano, Tomoki; Kawata, Satoshi; Shoji, Satoru

    2015-11-01

    Direct laser writing (DLW) via two-photon polymerization (TPP) has been established as a powerful technique for fabrication and integration of nanoscale components, as it enables the production of three dimensional (3D) micro/nano objects. This technique has indeed led to numerous applications, including micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), metamaterials, mechanical metamaterials, and photonic crystals. However, as the feature sizes decrease, an urgent demand has emerged to uncover the mechanics of nanosized polymer materials. Here, we fabricate coil spring shaped polymer nanowires using DLW via two-photon polymerization. We find that even the nanocoil springs follow a linear-response against applied forces, following Hooke’s law, as revealed by compression tests using an atomic force microscope. Further, the elasticity of the polymer material is found to become significantly greater as the wire radius is decreased from 550 to 350 nm. Polarized Raman spectroscopy measurements show that polymer chains are aligned in nanowires along the axis, which may be responsible for the size dependence. Our findings provide insight into the nanomechanics of polymer materials fabricated by DLW, which leads to further applications based on nanosized polymer materials.

  8. Energy harvesting performance of piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires.

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    Crossley, Sam; Kar-Narayan, Sohini

    2015-08-28

    Energy harvesting from ubiquitous ambient vibrations is attractive for autonomous small-power applications and thus considerable research is focused on piezoelectric materials as they permit direct inter-conversion of mechanical and electrical energy. Nanogenerators (NGs) based on piezoelectric nanowires are particularly attractive due to their sensitivity to small-scale vibrations and may possess superior mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiency when compared to bulk or thin-film devices of the same material. However, candidate piezoelectric nanowires have hitherto been predominantly analyzed in terms of NG output (i.e. output voltage, output current and output power density). Surprisingly, the corresponding dynamical properties of the NG, including details of how the nanowires are mechanically driven and its impact on performance, have been largely neglected. Here we investigate all realizable NG driving contexts separately involving inertial displacement, applied stress T and applied strain S, highlighting the effect of driving mechanism and frequency on NG performance in each case. We argue that, in the majority of cases, the intrinsic high resonance frequencies of piezoelectric nanowires (∼tens of MHz) present no barrier to high levels of NG performance even at frequencies far below resonance (<1 kHz) typically characteristic of ambient vibrations. In this context, we introduce vibrational energy harvesting (VEH) coefficients ηS and ηT, based on intrinsic materials properties, for comparing piezoelectric NG performance under strain-driven and stress-driven conditions respectively. These figures of merit permit, for the first time, a general comparison of piezoelectric nanowires for NG applications that takes into account the nature of the mechanical excitation. We thus investigate the energy harvesting performance of prototypical piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires. We find that even though ceramic and polymer nanowires have been found, in

  9. Development of self-assembling nanowires containing electronically active oligothiophenes

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    Tsai, Wei-Wen

    This dissertation discusses the development of conductive one-dimensional nanowires from self-assembling oligothiophene molecules. Self-assembly has been demonstrated to be a promising alternative approach towards high performance, solution processable, and low-cost organic electronics. One of the many challenges in this field is the control of supramolecular morphologies of ordered structures containing pi-conjugated moieties. This research demonstrated several successful strategies to achieve self assembly of conductive nanowires using synergistic interactions combining pi stacking and hydrogen bonding. The first approach used was to develop a hairpin-shaped sexithiophene molecule, which features two arms of the conjugated structure. The diamidocyclohexyl headgroup of this molecule successfully directs the self-assembly from hydrogen bonding among the amides, forming high-aspect-ratio one-dimensional nanowires with well-defined diameters of 3.0 +/- 0.3 nm. The molecular orientation in the nanostructures promotes formation of sexithiophene H and J aggregates that facilitate efficient charge transport. Organic field-effect transistors were fabricated to reveal improved intrinsic hole mobility from films of the nanostructures, 3.46 x 10-6 cm2V-1s-1, which is one order of magnitude higher than films cast from unassembled molecules. Bulk heterojunction solar cells were developed from this molecule and fullerenes utilizing solution-phase fabrication methods. Intimate mix of the molecule and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester creates structured interfaces for efficient exciton splitting. The charge carrier mobilities of each material are improved by self-assembly in solution and thermal-energy assisted phase separation.The photovoltaic devices achieved the highest open-circuit voltage of 0.62 V, short-circuit current of 1.79 mA/cm2, fill factor of 35%, and power conversion efficiency of 0.48%. Another strategy to one-dimensional nanowires studied here involved the

  10. Polymer Nanowires: Enhanced Photoresponse of Conductive Polymer Nanowires Embedded with Au Nanoparticles (Adv. Mater. 15/2016).

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    Zhang, Junchang; Zhong, Liubiao; Sun, Yinghui; Li, Anran; Huang, Jing; Meng, Fanben; Chandran, Bevita K; Li, Shuzhou; Jiang, Lin; Chen, Xiaodong

    2016-04-01

    A photoconductor based on composite conductive polymer nanowires embedded with one-dimensional gold nanoparticle chains is developed by L. Jiang, X. Chen, and co-workers, as shown on page 2978. The precise and controllable positioning of the nanoparticle array in the composite photoconductor endues a distinct plasmon-resonance-coupling effect, which plays a critical role in promoting and modulating the photoresponse behavior by the excitation-light wavelength or the power. PMID:27075836

  11. Exploiting polymer single crystals to assemble and functionalize nanomaterials

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    Li, Bing

    Nanomaterials are fundamental building blocks for nanoscience and nanotechnology. They can generally be categorized into three classes: zero-dimensional (0D) (e.g. nanoparticles), one-dimensional (1D) (e.g. carbon nanotubes) and two-dimensional (2D) (e.g. thin films) nanomaterials. Assembly of nanomaterials is the key step to transfer their fascinating mechanical, electronic and optical properties from nano- to micro- or macro-scale. Among all types of assemblies, assembling across different nanomaterial classes is of particular interest. For example, assembling 0D nanoparticles with 1D nanotubes or 2D thin films. These assembled structures have the advantage of possessing properties from both classes of nanomaterials. Functionalization of nanomaterials is important from both scientific and technological points of view. A newly developed field of functionalization is called "patchy particles". Multiple types of functional molecules form different domains on particle surface. Each domain contains only one type of functional molecules. These domains are called patches. These patchy particles are advanced building blocks, which may assemble into useful complex structures. In this thesis, polymer single crystals are exploited to assemble and functionalize nanomaterials. Polymer single crystals have a lamellar structure. Since the thickness of these lamellae is ˜10 nm, polymer single crystals are introduced as a new type of 2D nanomaterials. Different from the traditional 2D nanomaterials such as Langmuir-Blodgett films, self-assembled monolayers and thin films made by Layer-by-Layer technique, these polymer single crystals are free-standing, which means no substrate is needed. Furthermore, the surface of these polymer single crystals can be readily functionalized by crystallizing end-functionalized polymers. Based on the studied polymers, this thesis is divided into two parts. The first part is focused on single crystals of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Thiol

  12. Casting Metal Nanowires Within Discrete Self-Assembled Peptide Nanotubes

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    Reches, Meital; Gazit, Ehud

    2003-04-01

    Tubular nanostructures are suggested to have a wide range of applications in nanotechnology. We report our observation of the self-assembly of a very short peptide, the Alzheimer's β-amyloid diphenylalanine structural motif, into discrete and stiff nanotubes. Reduction of ionic silver within the nanotubes, followed by enzymatic degradation of the peptide backbone, resulted in the production of discrete nanowires with a long persistence length. The same dipeptide building block, made of D-phenylalanine, resulted in the production of enzymatically stable nanotubes.

  13. Investigation of functionalized silicon nanowires by self-assembled monolayer

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    Hemed, Nofar Mintz; Convertino, Annalisa; Shacham-Diamand, Yosi

    2016-03-01

    The functionalization using self assembled monolayer (SAM) of silicon nanowires (SiNW) fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) is reported here. The SAM is being utilized as the first building block in the functionalization process. The morphology of the SiNW comprises a polycrystalline core wrapped by an hydrogenated amorphous silicon (α-Si:H) shell. Since most of the available methods for SAM verification and characterization are suitable only for flat substrates; therefore, in addition to the SiNW α-Si:H on flat samples were produced in the same system as the SiNWs. First we confirmed the SAM's presence on the flat α-Si:H samples using the following methods: contact angle measurement to determine the change in surface energy; atomic force microscopy (AFM) to determine uniformity and molecular coverage. Spectroscopic ellipsometry and X-ray reflectivity (XRR) were performed to measure SAM layer thickness and density. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was applied to study the chemical states of the surface. Next, SiNW/SAM were tested by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and the results were compared to α-Si:H/SAM. The SAM electrical coverage on SiNW and α-Si:H was found to be ∼37% and ∼65 ± 3%, respectively. A model, based on transmission line theory for the nanowires is presented to explain the disparity in results between the nanowires and flat surface of the same materials.

  14. Zinc Oxide Nanowire Interphase for Enhanced Lightweight Polymer Fiber Composites

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    Sodano, Henry A.; Brett, Robert

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this work was to increase the interfacial strength between aramid fiber and epoxy matrix. This was achieved by functionalizing the aramid fiber followed by growth of a layer of ZnO nanowires on the fiber surface such that when embedded into the polymer, the load transfer and bonding area could be substantially enhanced. The functionalization procedure developed here created functional carboxylic acid surface groups that chemically interact with the ZnO and thus greatly enhance the strength of the interface between the fiber and the ZnO.

  15. Nanostructured assemblies from amphiphilic ABC multiblock polymers

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    Hillmyer, Marc A.

    2012-02-01

    Amphiphilic AB diblock copolymers containing a water compatible segment can self-assemble in aqueous media to give supramolecular structures that include simple spherical micelles and macromolecular vesicles termed polymersomes. Amphiphilic ABA triblocks with hydrophobic end blocks can adopt analogous structures but can also form gels at high polymer concentrations. The structural and chemical diversity demonstrated in block copolymer micelles and gels makes them attractive for applications ranging from drug delivery to personal care products to nanoreactors. The inclusion of a third block in amphiphilic ABC triblock systems can lead to a much wider array of self-assembled structures that depend not only on composition but also on block sequence, architecture and incompatibility considerations. I will present our recent efforts on tuning micelle and gel structure and behavior using controlled architecture ABC triblocks. The combination of diverse polymer segments into a single macromolecule is a powerful method for development of self-assembled structures with both new form and new function.

  16. Ultraviolet photodetection of flexible ZnO nanowire sheets in polydimethylsiloxane polymer

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    Jinzhang Liu; Nunzio Motta; Soonil Lee

    2012-01-01

    ZnO nanowires are normally exposed to an oxygen atmosphere to achieve high performance in UV photodetection. In this work we present results on a UV photodetector fabricated using a flexible ZnO nanowire sheet embedded in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a gas-permeable polymer, showing reproducible UV photoresponse and enhanced photoconduction. PDMS coating results in a reduced response speed compared to that of a ZnO nanowire film in air. The rising speed is slightly reduced, while the decay ti...

  17. Functional ZnO/polymer core-shell nanowires fabricated by oxidative chemical vapour deposition

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    Functional ZnO-nanowire/polymer core-shell heterostructures were realized using oxidative chemical vapour deposition (oCVD). This dry and versatile technique allows uniform coating of semiconductor nanowires with polymers and simultaneous doping control of the shell. Here, 100 nm thick, p-doped shells of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) were deposited around n-conductive ZnO nanowires. Energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy confirms the incorporation of Br dopants into the PEDOT shell, and the resulting p-conductivity of the polymer shell is demonstrated by electrical measurements on nanowire arrays. Photoluminescence spectroscopy points to reactions of Br with the ZnO surface but proves that the nanowires show only little degradation of their optical properties. (paper)

  18. Aligned nanowires and nanodots by directed block copolymer assembly

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    Xiao Shuaigang; Yang Xiaomin; Lee, Kim Y; Ver der Veerdonk, Rene J M; Kuo, David [Seagate Technology, 47010 Kato Road, Fremont, CA 94538 (United States); Russell, Thomas P, E-mail: shuaigang.xiao@seagate.com [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 120 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003 (United States)

    2011-07-29

    The directed self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) is a promising route to generate highly ordered arrays of sub-10 nm features. Ultradense arrays of a monolayer of spherical microdomains or cylindrical microdomains oriented parallel to the surface have been produced where the lateral ordering is guided by surface patterning and the lattice defined by the patterning can be commensurate or incommensurate with the natural period of the BCP. Commensurability between the two can be used to elegantly manipulate the lateral ordering and orientation of the BCP microdomains so as to form well-aligned arrays of 1D nanowires or 2D addressable nanodots. No modification of the substrate surface, aside from the patterning, was used, making the influence of lattice mismatch and pattern amplification on the size, shape and pitch of the BCP microdomains more transparent. A skew angle between incommensurate lattices, defining a stretching or compression of the BCP chains to compensate for the lattice mismatch, is presented.

  19. Aligned nanowires and nanodots by directed block copolymer assembly

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    The directed self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) is a promising route to generate highly ordered arrays of sub-10 nm features. Ultradense arrays of a monolayer of spherical microdomains or cylindrical microdomains oriented parallel to the surface have been produced where the lateral ordering is guided by surface patterning and the lattice defined by the patterning can be commensurate or incommensurate with the natural period of the BCP. Commensurability between the two can be used to elegantly manipulate the lateral ordering and orientation of the BCP microdomains so as to form well-aligned arrays of 1D nanowires or 2D addressable nanodots. No modification of the substrate surface, aside from the patterning, was used, making the influence of lattice mismatch and pattern amplification on the size, shape and pitch of the BCP microdomains more transparent. A skew angle between incommensurate lattices, defining a stretching or compression of the BCP chains to compensate for the lattice mismatch, is presented.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of PEDOT nanowires based on self-assembled peptide nanotube lithography

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    Andersen, Karsten Brandt; Christiansen, Nikolaj Ormstrup; Castillo, Jaime;

    2013-01-01

    :TsO nanowire avoids all contact with any organic solvents otherwise traditionally used in clean room fabrication. This can be achieved due to the intriguing properties of the self-assembled peptide nanotubes utilized as a dry etching mask for the patterning of the PEDOT:TsO nanowire. The peptide nanotubes......, despite remaining stable during the reactive ion etching procedure, can be dissolved rapidly in water afterwards. The fabricated PEDOT:TsO nanowire devices exhibit excellent electrical characteristics. Finally, the potential of PEDOT:TsO nanowires as temperature sensors has been demonstrated and the high...

  1. Self-assembly of Sb2O3 nanowires into microspheres: Synthesis and characterization

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    Sb2O3 nanowires with diameters of ∼233 nm and microspheres assembled by these nanowires were successfully synthesized by a simple poly-(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) assisted hydrothermal method. The morphologies, nano/microstructures and optical properties of the as-grown nanowires and microspheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis diffuse reflection spectrum. It has been found that the experimental parameters, such as mineralizers, played crucial roles in the morphological control of Sb2O3 nanowires. The possible growth mechanism of microspheres has been proposed. -- Research highlights: → Sb2O3 nanowires and microspheres were successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal method. → Morphologies and properties of the as-grown nanowires and microspheres were characterized. → Possible growth mechanism of microspheres has been proposed.

  2. Fabrication of nanostructure via self-assembly of nanowires within the AAO template

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    Brust Mathias

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractThe novel nanostructures are fabricated by the spatial chemical modification of nanowires within the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO template. To make the nanowires better dispersion in the aqueous solution, the copper is first deposited to fill the dendrite structure at the bottom of template. During the process of self-assembly, the dithiol compound was used as the connector between the nanowires and nanoparticles by a self-assembly method. The nanostructures of the nano cigars and structure which is containing particles junction are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. These kinds of novel nanostructure will be the building blocks for nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices.

  3. The fabrication of polycrystalline silver nanowires via self-assembled nanotubes at controlled temperature

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    We report a novel method for the fabrication of silver nanowires under controlled conditions. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized using a surfactant of octanoic acid via a reverse micelle technique. Hollow nanotubes were prepared under various controlled conditions through self-assembly of surfactant clusters of reversed micelles containing silver nanoparticles. These organized nanotubes were used as a structure-directing template for the preparation of silver nanowires. This is a bottom-up technique for the fabrication of silver nanowires. Self-assembled nanotube construction and the cross section of the nanotubes were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. From the results, reasonable schematic representations of the formation of self-assembled nanoparticles and nanowires were proposed. Further sintering treatment at 500 deg. C burned away the organic compounds and left silver nanowires. The construction of the nanowires was confirmed using SEM, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDXA). This paper demonstrates that silver nanowires can be fabricated via self-assembled nanoparticles at a controlled low temperature.

  4. The fabrication of polycrystalline silver nanowires via self-assembled nanotubes at controlled temperature

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    Liu, Jui-Hsiang; Tsai, Ching-Yi; Chiu, Yi-Hong; Hsieh, Feng-Ming

    2009-01-01

    We report a novel method for the fabrication of silver nanowires under controlled conditions. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized using a surfactant of octanoic acid via a reverse micelle technique. Hollow nanotubes were prepared under various controlled conditions through self-assembly of surfactant clusters of reversed micelles containing silver nanoparticles. These organized nanotubes were used as a structure-directing template for the preparation of silver nanowires. This is a bottom-up technique for the fabrication of silver nanowires. Self-assembled nanotube construction and the cross section of the nanotubes were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. From the results, reasonable schematic representations of the formation of self-assembled nanoparticles and nanowires were proposed. Further sintering treatment at 500 °C burned away the organic compounds and left silver nanowires. The construction of the nanowires was confirmed using SEM, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDXA). This paper demonstrates that silver nanowires can be fabricated via self-assembled nanoparticles at a controlled low temperature.

  5. Cationic Antimicrobial Polymers and Their Assemblies

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    Ana Maria Carmona-Ribeiro

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Cationic compounds are promising candidates for development of antimicrobial agents. Positive charges attached to surfaces, particles, polymers, peptides or bilayers have been used as antimicrobial agents by themselves or in sophisticated formulations. The main positively charged moieties in these natural or synthetic structures are quaternary ammonium groups, resulting in quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs. The advantage of amphiphilic cationic polymers when compared to small amphiphilic molecules is their enhanced microbicidal activity. Besides, many of these polymeric structures also show low toxicity to human cells; a major requirement for biomedical applications. Determination of the specific elements in polymers, which affect their antimicrobial activity, has been previously difficult due to broad molecular weight distributions and random sequences characteristic of radical polymerization. With the advances in polymerization control, selection of well defined polymers and structures are allowing greater insight into their structure-antimicrobial activity relationship. On the other hand, antimicrobial polymers grafted or self-assembled to inert or non inert vehicles can yield hybrid antimicrobial nanostructures or films, which can act as antimicrobials by themselves or deliver bioactive molecules for a variety of applications, such as wound dressing, photodynamic antimicrobial therapy, food packing and preservation and antifouling applications.

  6. Self-assembly mechanism of Ni nanowires prepared with an external magnetic field.

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    Li, Xiaoyu; Wang, Hu; Xie, Kenan; Long, Qin; Lai, Xuefei; Liao, Li

    2015-01-01

    Nickel nanowires with a mean diameter of about 95 nm and lengths of up to 26 μm were prepared by a chemical reduction method in aqueous solution under an external magnetic field. The self-assembly mechanism was investigated in detail. The results indicate that the self-assembly process of Ni nanowires consists of three stages: nucleation and growth, ordered alignment and self-assembly, and deposition on the surface and gaps between the nickel particles. The self-assembly phenomenon occurs only when nickel particles grow to a size of about 60 nm in the reaction system. This critical size, which is proposed for the first time, is very important to comprehend the self-assembly mechanism of Ni nanowires prepared with an external magnetic field. PMID:26665084

  7. Self-assembly of semiconductor organogelator nanowires for photoinduced charge separation.

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    Wicklein, André; Ghosh, Suhrit; Sommer, Michael; Würthner, Frank; Thelakkat, Mukundan

    2009-05-26

    We investigated an innovative concept of general validity based on an organogel/polymer system to generate donor-acceptor nanostructures suitable for charge generation and charge transport. An electron conducting (acceptor) perylene bisimide organogelator forms nanowires in suitable solvents during gelation process. This phenomenon was utilized for its self-assembly in an amorphous hole conducting (donor) polymer matrix to realize an interpenetrating donor-acceptor interface with inherent morphological stability. The self-assembly and interface generation were carried out either stepwise or in a single-step. Morphology of the donor-acceptor network in thin films obtained via both routes were studied by a combination of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Additionally, photoinduced charge separation and charge transport in these systems were tested in organic solar cells. Fabrication steps of multilayer organogel/polymer photovoltaic devices were optimized with respect to morphology and surface roughness by introducing additional smoothening layers and charge injection/blocking layers. An inverted cell geometry was used here in which electrons are collected at the bottom electrode and holes at the top electrode. The simultaneous preparation of the interface exhibits almost 3-fold improvement in device characteristics compared to the successive method. The device characteristics under AM1.5 spectral conditions and 100 mW/cm(2) for the simultaneous preparation route are short circuit current J(sc) = 0.28 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage V(OC) = 390 mV, fill factor FF = 38%, and a power conversion efficiency eta = 0.041%. PMID:19408933

  8. Nanoparticles in Polymers: Assembly, Rheology and Properties

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    Rao, Yuanqiao

    Inorganic nanoparticles have the potential of providing functionalities that are difficult to realize using organic materials; and nanocomposites is an effective mean to impart processibility and construct bulk materials with breakthrough properties. The dispersion and assembly of nanoparticles are critical to both processibility and properties of the resulting product. In this talk, we will discuss several methods to control the hierarchical structure of nanoparticles in polymers and resulting rheological, mechanical and optical properties. In one example, polymer-particle interaction and secondary microstructure were designed to provide a low viscosity composition comprising exfoliated high aspect ratio clay nanoparticles; in another example, the microstructure control through templates was shown to enable unique thermal mechanical and optical properties. Jeff Munro, Stephanie Potisek, Phillip Hustad; all of the Dow Chemical Company are co-authors.

  9. Focused ion beam patterning to dielectrophoretically assemble single nanowire based devices

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    La Ferrara, V; Massera, E; Francia, G Di [ENEA Research Center, P.le E. Fermi 1, 80055 Portici (Italy); Alfano, B, E-mail: vera.laferrara@portici.enea.i [University of Naples ' Federico II' , P.le Tecchio 80, 80125 Naples (Italy)

    2010-02-01

    Direct-write processing is increasingly taking place in nanodevice fabrication. In this work, Focused Ion Beam (FIB), a powerful tool in maskless micromachining, is used for electrode patterning onto a silicon/silicon nitride substrate. Then a single palladium nanowire is assembled between electrodes by means of dielectrophoresis (DEP). The nanowire morphology depends on the electrode pattern when DEP conditions are fixed. FIB/DEP combination overcomes the problem of nanowire electrical contamination due to gallium ion bombardment and the as-grown nanowire retains its basic electrical properties. Single nanowire based devices have been fabricated with this novel approach and have been tested as hydrogen sensors, confirming the reliability of this technology.

  10. Self-assembled nanowire array capacitors: capacitance and interface state profile

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    Direct characterization of the capacitance and interface states is very important for understanding the electronic properties of a nanowire transistor. However, the capacitance of a single nanowire is too small to precisely measure. In this work we have fabricated metal–oxide–semiconductor capacitors based on a large array of self-assembled Si nanowires. The capacitance and conductance of the nanowire array capacitors are directly measured and the interface state profile is determined by using the conductance method. We demonstrate that the nanowire array capacitor is an effective platform for studying the electronic properties of nanoscale interfaces. This approach provides a useful and efficient metrology for the study of the physics and device properties of nanoscale metal–oxide–semiconductor structures. (paper)

  11. Directed organization of gold nanoclusters on silver nanowires: A step forward in heterostructure assembly

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    We investigate the directed assembly of tridecylamine protected gold nanoclusters of 4-5 nm size on functionalized silver nanowires of 55-60 nm diameter and the electron transfer behavior of this integrated structure using transmission electron microscopy, non-contact atomic force microscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy. Linear I-V for bare silver nanowire suggests metallic behavior but high tunnel resistance indicates presence of insulating layer on the surface. Identical I-Vs obtained for isolated gold nanoparticle and heterostructure suggests that electron transport across nanowires in the latter is governed by gold nanoparticles in contrast to expected ballistic or diffusive transport along their length

  12. Metal-conductive polymer hybrid nanostructures: preparation and electrical properties of palladium-polyimidazole nanowires

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    Al-Hinai, Mariam; Hassanien, Reda; Watson, Scott M. D.; Wright, Nicholas G.; Houlton, Andrew; Horrocks, Benjamin R.

    2016-03-01

    A simple, convenient method for the formation of hybrid metal/conductive polymer nanostructures is described. Polyimidazole (PIm) has been templated on λ-DNA via oxidative polymerisation of imidazole using FeCl3 to produce conductive PIm/DNA nanowires. The PIm/DNA nanowires were decorated with Pd (Pd/PIm/DNA) by electroless reduction of {{{{PdCl}}}4}2- with NaBH4 in the presence of PIm/DNA; the choice of imidazole was motivated by the potential Pd(II) binding site at the pyridinic N atom. The formation of PIm/DNA and the presence of metallic Pd on Pd/PIm/DNA nanowires were verified by FTIR, UV-vis and XPS spectroscopy techniques. AFM studies show that the nanowires have diameters in the range 5-45 nm with a slightly greater mean diameter (17.1 ± 0.75 nm) for the Pd-decorated nanowires than the PIm/DNA nanowires (14.5 ± 0.89 nm). After incubation for 24 h in the polymerisation solution, the PIm/DNA nanowires show a smooth, uniform morphology, which is retained after decoration with Pd. Using a combination of scanned conductance microscopy, conductive AFM and two-terminal measurements we show that both types of nanowire are conductive and that it is possible to discriminate different possible mechanisms of transport. The conductivity of the Pd/PIm/DNA nanowires, (0.1-1.4 S cm-1), is comparable to the PIm/DNA nanowires (0.37 ± 0.029 S cm-1). In addition, the conductance of Pd/PIm/DNA nanowires exhibits Arrhenius behaviour (E a = 0.43 ± 0.02 eV) as a function of temperature in contrast to simple Pd/DNA nanowires. These results indicate that although the Pd crystallites on Pd/PIm/DNA nanowires decorate the PIm polymer, the major current pathway is through the polymer rather than the Pd.

  13. Helically assembled π-conjugated polymers with circularly polarized luminescence

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    We review the recent progress in the field of helically assembled π-conjugated polymers, focusing on aromatic conjugated polymers with interchain helical π-stacking that exhibit circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). In Part 1, we discuss optically active polymers with white-colored CPL and the amplification of the circular polarization through liquid crystallinity. In Part 2, we focus on the stimuli-responsive CPL that results from changes in the conformation and aggregation state of π-conjugated molecules and polymers. In Part 3, we discuss the self-assembly of achiral cationic π-conjugated polymers into circularly polarized luminescent supramolecular nanostructures with the aid of other chiral molecules. (review)

  14. Properties of polymer light-emitting transistors with Ag-nanowire source/drain electrodes fabricated on polymer substrate

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    The properties of polymer light-emitting transistors with Ag-nanowire (AgNW) source/drain electrodes fabricated on a polymer substrate are investigated. Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) with AgNW source/drain electrodes exhibit ambipolar characteristics. For an ambipolar F8BT OFET, yellow-green light emission is observed. The maximum external quantum efficiency is 0.6%. We demonstrate the possibility of producing flexible polymer light-emitting transistors using AgNW electrodes. - Highlights: • Fluorene-type organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) are investigated. • We use Ag-nanowire (AgNW) source/drain electrodes in the OFETs. • These OFETs exhibit ambipolar and light-emitting characteristics. • The maximum external quantum efficiency is 0.6%. • We demonstrate flexible polymer light-emitting transistors using AgNW electrodes

  15. Fabrication of Highly Ordered Polymeric Nanodot and Nanowire Arrays Templated by Supramolecular Assembly Block Copolymer Nanoporous Thin Films

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Realizing the vast technological potential of patternable block copolymers requires both the precise controlling of the orientation and long-range ordering, which is still a challenging topic so far. Recently, we have demonstrated that ordered nanoporous thin film can be fabricated from a simple supramolecular assembly approach. Here we will extend this approach and provide a general route to fabricate large areas of highly ordered polymeric nanodot and nanowire arrays. We revealed that under a mixture solvent annealing atmosphere, a near-defect-free nanoporous thin film over large areas can be achieved. Under the direction of interpolymer hydrogen bonding and capillary action of nanopores, this ordered porous nanotemplate can be properly filled with phenolic resin precursor, followed by curation and pyrolysis at middle temperature to remove the nanotemplate, a perfect ordered polymer nanodot arrays replication was obtained. The orientation of the supramolecular assembly thin films can be readily re-aligned parallel to the substrate upon exposure to chloroform vapor, so this facile nanotemplate replica method can be further extend to generate large areas of polymeric nanowire arrays. Thus, we achieved a successful sub-30 nm patterns nanotemplates transfer methodology for fabricating polymeric nanopattern arrays with highly ordered structure and tunable morphologies.

  16. Nanotechnology for surface modification with polymer nanosheet assemblies

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    This paper describes the recent topics on surface modification in confined area using polymer nano-sheet. Polymer nano-sheets consisting of amphiphilic poly (alkylacrylamide)s are described as ultrathin polymer langmuir-Blodgett films through two-dimensional hydrogen network between polymer backbones, which have been developed to assemble various functional molecules and nano materials such as metal and magnetic nanoparticles. Surface modification and nano coating using fluorinated polymer nano-sheets in confined area are given. Multicolored patterns based on structured color and photo patterning derived from nanostructures are demonstrated. The scopes of polymer nano-sheets concerning bottom-up soft nanodevice is introduced. (Author)

  17. Temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide and the structural transition from organogel to crystalline nanowires

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    Huang, Renliang; Wang, Yuefei; Qi, Wei; Su, Rongxin; He, Zhimin

    2014-01-01

    Controlling the self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide (FF) into various nanoarchitectures has received great amounts of attention in recent years. Here, we report the temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide to microtubes, nanowires, or organogel in different solvents. We also find that the organogel in isopropanol transforms into crystalline flakes or nanowires when the temperature increases. The reversible self-assembly in polar solvents may be mainly contr...

  18. Synthesis of diphenylalanine/polyaniline core/shell conducting nanowires by peptide self-assembly.

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    Ryu, Jungki; Park, Chan Beum

    2009-01-01

    Breaking the mold: Self-assembled peptide nanowires were used as a template for the synthesis of hollow polyaniline (PANI) nanotubes (see scanning electron microscopy images). The thickness and the morphology of the PANI nanostructures could be controlled readily either by varying the reaction time or by applying multiple PANI coatings. PMID:19466726

  19. Size related transport mechanisms in hybrid metal-polymer nanowires

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    Gence, L.; Faniel, S.; Vlad, A.; Dutu, C.; Melinte, S.; Bayot, V. [DICE Lab., Universite Catholique de Louvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Callegari, V.; Demoustier-Champagne, S. [POLY Lab., Universite Catholique de Louvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

    2008-06-15

    Electrical transport data for hybrid metal-polypyrrole nanowires of various diameters are presented and analyzed. Measurements were performed on both multiple nanowires - embedded within polycarbonate templates - and single nanowires down to low temperature T=4 K. All samples exhibit symmetrical and linear current-voltage (I-V) characteristics at room temperature. Below 77 K, all samples with diameters above 40 nm present nonlinear I-V characteristics and a zero-current plateau at 4 K. The three-dimensional Mott variable-range-hopping model provides a complete framework for the understanding of their behavior. In contrast, the transport mechanism changes for the 40 nm nanowire samples which exhibit a power-law T -dependence of the resistance, indicative of the critical regime of disorder-induced metal-insulator transitions. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Synthesis of self-assembly BaTiO3 nanowire by sol-gel and microwave method

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    Self-assembly ferroelectric BaTiO3 nanowires were fabricated using sol-gel and microwave method. The X-ray diffraction patterns show that BaTiO3 nanowires belong to the tetragonal perovskite structure. An increase in the intensity of (1 1 0) peak was observed as the annealing time increased. The shape of BaTiO3 nanowires microwave-annealed for different minutes was investigated using atomic force microscopy. It is found that nanowires of BaTiO3 annealed for 2.5 min are very clear-cut, orderly and almost uninterrupted. The height of nanowire is near to the film thickness. However, nanowires of BaTiO3 annealed for 5 min are lesser, shorter and lower, and the distances among these nanowires are wider and well-proportioned. The origin of the distinct differences due to the remotion of atoms obtained enough energy was discussed.

  1. Thermal Stability and Growth Behavior of Erbium Silicide Nanowires Self-Assembled on a Vicinal Si(001) Surface

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    DING Tao; SONG Jun-Qiang; LI Juan; CAI Qun

    2011-01-01

    Erbium silicide nanowires are self-assembled on vicinal Si(Ool) substrates after electron beam evaporation and post annealing at 63(fC In-situ scanning tunneling microscopy investigations manifest that the nanowires will successively shrink and transform into a nanoisland with annealing prolonged. Meanwhile, a structural transition from hexagonal AIB2 phase to tetragonal ThSi'2 phase is revealed with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. It is also found that the nanowires gradually expand to embed into the substrates during the growth process, which has much influence on the shape instability of nanowires. Additionally, a multiple deposition-annealing treatment is given as a novel growth method to strengthen the controlled fabrication of nanowires.%@@ Erbium silicide nanowires are self-assembled on vicinal Si(001) substrates after electron beam evaporation and post annealing at 630℃ In-situ scanning tunneling microscopy investigations manifest that the nanowires will successively shrink and transform into a nanoisland with annealing prolonged.Meanwhile, a structural transition from hexagonal AlB phase to tetragonal ThSi phase is revealed with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.It is also found that the nanowires gradually expand to embed into the substrates during the growth process, which has much influence on the shape instability of nanowires.Additionally, a multiple deposition- annealing treatment is given as a novel growth method to strengthen the controlled fabrication of nanowires.

  2. Twigged streptavidin polymer as a scaffold for protein assembly.

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    Matsumoto, Takuya; Isogawa, Yuki; Minamihata, Kosuke; Tanaka, Tsutomu; Kondo, Akihiko

    2016-05-10

    Protein assemblies are an emerging tool that is finding many biological and bioengineering applications. We here propose a method for the site-specific assembly of proteins on a twigged streptavidin (SA) polymer using streptavidin as a functional scaffold. SA was genetically appended with a G tag (sortase A recognition sequence) and a Y tag (HRP recognition sequence) on its N- and C-termini, respectively, to provide G-SA-Y. G-SA-Y was polymerized using HPR-mediated tyrosine coupling, then fluorescent proteins were immobilized on the polymer by biotin-SA affinity and sortase A-mediated ligation. Fluorescence measurements showed that the proteins were immobilized in close proximity to each other. Hydrolyzing enzymes were also functionally assembled on the G-SA-Y polymer. The site-specific assembly of proteins on twigged SA polymer may find new applications in various biological and bioengineering fields. PMID:27002233

  3. From coordination polymers to hierarchical self-assembled structures

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    Yan, Y.; Keizer, de A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Besseling, N.A.M.

    2011-01-01

    In this review, novel hierarchical self-assembled structures based on reversible organo-metallic supramolecular polymers are discussed. Firstly, we discuss recent advances in the field of coordination polymers, considering cases in which transition metal ions and bis- or multiligands are used to bui

  4. Fabrication of PEDOT/PSS-ZnO nanowire by self-assembly method under vacuum condition

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    QI Yingqun; WANG Tiejun; HU Xiujie; CHEN Ping

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, cable-like PEDOT/PSS-ZnO nanowires are successfully fabricated under vacuum condition by self-assembly of the PEDOT/PSS-ZnO composite initially prepared via sol-gel method. Characterized by TEM and EDX, the nanowire is found to have a polycrystalline ZnO inner core that is sheathed by the PEDOT/PSS blends and the nanowire has an outer diameter of ca. 100 nm. The results also indicate that the morphology of PEDOT/PSS- ZnO nanocomposite is greatly influenced by external vacuum condition and aging time. The feasible and simple approach that we have developed provides a new strategy for the synthesis of novel one-dimensional nanocomposites.

  5. Wafer-Level Patterned and Aligned Polymer Nanowire/Micro- and Nanotube Arrays on any Substrate

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    Morber, Jenny Ruth

    2009-05-25

    A study was conducted to fabricate wafer-level patterned and aligned polymer nanowire (PNW), micro- and nanotube arrays (PNT), which were created by exposing the polymer material to plasma etching. The approach for producing wafer-level aligned PNWs involved a one-step inductively coupled plasma (ICP) reactive ion etching process. The polymer nanowire array was fabricated in an ICP reactive ion milling chamber with a pressure of 10mTorr. Argon (Ar), O 2, and CF4 gases were released into the chamber as etchants at flow rates of 15 sccm, 10 sccm, and 40 sccm. Inert gasses, such as Ar-form positive ions were incorporated to serve as a physical component to assist in the material degradation process. One power source (400 W) was used to generate dense plasma from the input gases, while another power source applied a voltage of approximately 600V to accelerate the plasma toward the substrate.

  6. Zinc oxide nanowire-poly(methyl methacrylate) dielectric layers for polymer capacitive pressure sensors.

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    Chen, Yan-Sheng; Hsieh, Gen-Wen; Chen, Shih-Ping; Tseng, Pin-Yen; Wang, Cheng-Wei

    2015-01-14

    Polymer capacitive pressure sensors based on a dielectric composite layer of zinc oxide nanowire and poly(methyl methacrylate) show pressure sensitivity in the range of 2.63 × 10(-3) to 9.95 × 10(-3) cm(2) gf(-1). This represents an increase of capacitance change by as much as a factor of 23 over pristine polymer devices. An ultralight load of only 10 mg (corresponding to an applied pressure of ∼0.01 gf cm(-2)) can be clearly recognized, demonstrating remarkable characteristics of these nanowire-polymer capacitive pressure sensors. In addition, optical transmittance of the dielectric composite layer is approximately 90% in the visible wavelength region. Their low processing temperature, transparency, and flexible dielectric film makes them a highly promising means for flexible touching and pressure-sensing applications. PMID:25494204

  7. Comment on "Electrical Conductivity and Current-Voltage Characteristics of Individual Conducting Polymer PEDOT Nanowires"

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    P. Ohlckers; P. Pipinys

    2009-01-01

    @@ In "Electrical Conductivity and Current-Voltage Characteristics of Individual Conducting Polymer PEDOT Nanowires", Long et al.[1] reported the currentvoltage ( Ⅰ - Ⅴ) characteristics of individual poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanowires in the temperature range from 20 to 50K (Fig. 2(a)). The authors stated that at temperatures equal to 50 K and higher, the Ⅰ - Ⅴ curves were linear. With decreasing temperature the Ⅰ - Ⅴ curves gradually became nonlinear. The temperature behavior of Ⅰ - Ⅴ characteristics is not suitably explained.

  8. CONDUCTING-POLYMER NANOWIRE IMMUNOSENSOR ARRAYS FOR MICROBIAL PATHOGENS

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    The lack of methods for routine rapid and sensitive detection and quantification of specific pathogens has limited the amount of information available on their occurrence in drinking water and other environmental samples. The nanowire biosensor arrays developed in this study w...

  9. Self-assembled diphenylalanine nanowires for cellular studies and sensor applications

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    Sasso, Luigi; Vedarethinam, Indumathi; Emnéus, Jenny;

    2012-01-01

    the peptide nanostructures; furthermore we studied the properties of PNWs by investigating their influence on the electrochemical behavior of gold electrodes. The PNWs were functionalized with polypyrrole (PPy) by chemical polymerization, therefore creating conducting peptide/polymer nanowire...... structures vertically attached to a metal electrode. The electroactivity of such structures was characterized by cyclic voltammetry. The PNW/PPy modified electrodes were finally used as amperometric dopamine sensors, yielding a detection limit of 3,1 µM....

  10. Polymer cantilever platform for dielectrophoretic assembly of carbon nanotubes

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    Johansson, Alicia; Calleja, M.; Dimaki, Maria;

    2004-01-01

    A polymer cantilever platform for dielectrophoretic assembly of carbon nanotubes has been designed and realized. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes from aqueous solution have been assembled between two metal electrodes that are separated by 2 mu m and embedded in the polymer cantilever. The entire chip......, except for the metallic electrodes and wiring, was fabricated in the photoresist SU-8. SU-8 allows for an inexpensive, flexible and fast fabrication method, and the cantilever platform provides a hydrophobic surface that should be well suited for nanotube assembly. The device can be integrated in a micro...

  11. Optical devices for ultra-compact photonic integrated circuits based on III-V/polymer nanowires

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    Lauvernier, D.; Garidel, S.; Zegaoui, M.; Vilcot, J. P.; Harari, J.; Magnin, V.; Decoster, D.

    2007-04-01

    We demonstrated the potential application of III-V/polymer nanowires for photonic integrated circuits in a previous paper. Hereby, we report the use of a spot size converter based on 2D reverse nanotaper structure in order to improve the coupling efficiency between the nanowire and optical fiber. A total coupling enhancement of up to a factor 60 has been measured from an 80 nm × 300 nm cross-section tip which feeds an 300 nm-side square nanowire at its both ends. Simultaneously, micro-radius bends have been fabricated to increase the circuit density; for a radius of 5 µm, the 90º bend losses were measured as low as 0.60 dB and 0.80 dB for TE and TM polarizations respectively.

  12. Directed Assembly of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires over Large Area by Dielectrophoresis.

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    Venkatesh, R; Kundu, Subhajit; Pradhan, Avradip; Sai, T Phanindra; Ghosh, Arindam; Ravishankar, N

    2015-08-25

    Ultrathin Au nanowires (∼2 nm diameter) are interesting from a fundamental point of view to study structure and electronic transport and also hold promise in the field of nanoelectronics, particularly for sensing applications. Device fabrication by direct growth on various substrates has been useful in demonstrating some of the potential applications. However, the realization of practical devices requires device fabrication strategies that are fast, inexpensive, and efficient. Herein, we demonstrate directed assembly of ultrathin Au nanowires over large areas across electrodes using ac dielectrophoresis with a mechanistic understanding of the process. On the basis of the voltage and frequency, the wires either align in between or across the contact pads. We exploit this assembly to produce an array of contacting wires for statistical estimation of electrical transport with important implications for future nanoelectronic/sensor applications. PMID:26255906

  13. Use of self-assembled peptide nanostructures for the fabrication of silicon nanowires

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    Andersen, Karsten Brandt; Castillo, Jaime; Bakmand, Tania;

    2011-01-01

    1. INTRODUCTION Self-assembled diphenylalanine peptide nanotubes provide a means of achieving nanostructured materials in a very simple and fast way. Recent discoveries have shown that this unique material, in addition to remaining stable under dry conditions, rapidly dissolves in water making it a...... photolithography, and after deposition of the electrodes, self-assembled peptide nanotubes (PNT), figure 1, were positioned on top of the electrodes. The silicon nanowires were then etched in a reactive ion etching process masked by the positioned peptide nanotubes. Finally, the peptide nanotubes were dissolved by...... placing the now processed wafers in a distilled water bath. Figure 2 shows a SEM image of a PNT positioned between two metal electrodes. The silicon nanowire fabricated in this experiment had a width on the order of 250 nm – well below the limitations of standard photolithography, figure 3. To verify if...

  14. Fabrication and optical properties of conjugated polymer composited multi-arrays of TiO2 nanowires via sequential electrospinning.

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    Shim, Hee-Sang; Kim, Jeong Won; Kim, Won Bae

    2009-08-01

    We report here a simple method of fabricating multi-layered architectures of cross-aligned inorganic nanowires via sequential electrospinning method equipped with a newly devised collector that is able to prepare aligned inorganic nanowires. The multi-layers of aligned TiO2 nanowires can be deposited in a proportional increment of weight with collecting time and reveal a large reduction of electrical resistance by at least 30% compared to a randomly collected TiO2 nanowire structure. The solar cell performance of the cross-aligned TiO2 nanowire layers composited with a conjugated polymer of poly[2-methoxy, 5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) is significantly enhanced by 70% or greater in the organic-inorganic hybrid photovoltaic devices than that fabricated with the randomly-collected TiO2 nanowire photoanode. PMID:19928140

  15. Strongly Anisotropic Thermal and Electrical Conductivities of Self-assembled Silver Nanowire Network

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    Cheng, Zhe; Han, Meng; Yuan, Pengyu; Xu, Shen; Cola, Baratunde A.; Wang, Xinwei

    2016-01-01

    Heat dissipation issues are the emerging challenges in the field of flexible electronics. Thermal management of flexible electronics creates a demand for flexible materials with highly anisotropic thermal conductivity, which work as heat spreaders to remove excess heat in the in-plane direction and as heat shields to protect human skin or device components under them from heating. This study proposes a self-assembled silver nanowire network with high thermal and electrical anisotropy with the...

  16. Self-Assembly and Horizontal Orientation Growth of VO2 Nanowires

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    Chun Cheng; Hua Guo; Abbas Amini; Kai Liu; Deyi Fu; Jian Zou; Haisheng Song

    2014-01-01

    Single-crystalline vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructures have attracted an intense research interest recently because of their unique single-domain metal-insulator phase transition property. Synthesis of these nanostructures in the past was limited in density, alignment, or single-crystallinity. The assembly of VO2 nanowires (NWs) is desirable for a “bottom-up” approach to the engineering of intricate structures using nanoscale building blocks. Here, we report the successful synthesis of hori...

  17. Development of multifunctional fiber reinforced polymer composites through ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Patterson, Brendan A.; Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-04-01

    Piezoelectric nanowires, in particular zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires, have been vastly used in the fabrication of electromechanical devices to convert wasted mechanical energy into useful electrical energy. Over recent years, the growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowires on various structural fibers has led to the development of fiber-based nanostructured energy harvesting devices. However, the development of more realistic energy harvesters that are capable of continuous power generation requires a sufficient mechanical strength to withstand typical structural loading conditions. Yet, a durable, multifunctional material system has not been developed thoroughly enough to generate electrical power without deteriorating the mechanical performance. Here, a hybrid composite energy harvester is fabricated in a hierarchical design that provides both efficient power generating capabilities while enhancing the structural properties of the fiber reinforced polymer composite. Through a simple and low-cost process, a modified aramid fabric with vertically aligned ZnO nanowires grown on the fiber surface is embedded between woven carbon fabrics, which serve as the structural reinforcement as well as the top and the bottom electrodes of the nanowire arrays. The performance of the developed multifunctional composite is characterized through direct vibration excitation and tensile strength examination.

  18. Simple assembly of long nanowires through substrate stretching

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    Dong, Jianjin; Mohieddin Abukhdeir, Nasser; Goldthorpe, Irene A.

    2015-12-01

    Although nanowire (NW) alignment has been previously investigated, minimizing limitations such as process complexity and NW breakage, as well as quantifying the quality of alignment, have not been sufficiently addressed. A simple, low cost, large-area, and versatile alignment method is reported that is applicable for NWs either grown on a substrate or synthesized in solution. Metal and semiconductor NWs with average lengths of up to 16 μm are aligned through the stretching of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films, which compared to other stretching methods results in superior alignment because of the large stretching ratio of PVA. Poly[oxy(methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)] is employed as lubricant to prevent NW breakage. To quantify NW alignment, a simple and effective image processing method is presented. The alignment process results in an order parameter (S) of NW alignment as high as 0.97.

  19. Solution-Processed Donor-Acceptor Polymer Nanowire Network Semiconductors For High-Performance Field-Effect Transistors

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    Lei, Yanlian; Deng, Ping; Li, Jun; Lin, Ming; Zhu, Furong; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Lee, Chun-Sing; Ong, Beng S.

    2016-04-01

    Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) represent a low-cost transistor technology for creating next-generation large-area, flexible and ultra-low-cost electronics. Conjugated electron donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers have surfaced as ideal channel semiconductor candidates for OFETs. However, high-molecular weight (MW) D-A polymer semiconductors, which offer high field-effect mobility, generally suffer from processing complications due to limited solubility. Conversely, the readily soluble, low-MW D-A polymers give low mobility. We report herein a facile solution process which transformed a lower-MW, low-mobility diketopyrrolopyrrole-dithienylthieno[3,2-b]thiophene (I) into a high crystalline order and high-mobility semiconductor for OFETs applications. The process involved solution fabrication of a channel semiconductor film from a lower-MW (I) and polystyrene blends. With the help of cooperative shifting motion of polystyrene chain segments, (I) readily self-assembled and crystallized out in the polystyrene matrix as an interpenetrating, nanowire semiconductor network, providing significantly enhanced mobility (over 8 cm2V‑1s‑1), on/off ratio (107), and other desirable field-effect properties that meet impactful OFET application requirements.

  20. Horizontal Assembly of Single Nanowire Diode Fabricated by p-n Junction GaN NW Grown by MOCVD

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uniaxially p-n junction gallium nitride nanowires have been synthesized via metal-organic chemical vapor deposition method. Nanowires prepared on Si(111 substrates were found to grow perpendicular to the substrate, and the transmission electron microscopy studies demonstrated that the nanowires had singlecrystalline structures with a growth axis. The parallel assembly of the p-n junction nanowire was prepared on a Si substrate with a thermally grown SiO2 layer. The transport studies of horizontal gallium nitride nanowire structures assembled from p- and n-type materials show that these junctions correspond to well-defined p-n junction diodes. The p-n junction devices based on GaN nanowires suspended over the electrodes were fabricated and their electrical properties were investigated. The horizontally assembled gallium nitride nanowire diodes suspended over the electrodes exhibited a substantial increase in conductance under UV light exposure. Apart from the selectivity to different light wavelengths, high responsivity and extremely short response time have also been obtained.

  1. Self-Assembled Conjugated Polymer Nanometer Scale Devices

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    Wenping Hu; Hiroshi Nakashima; Keiichi Torimitsu; Yunqi Liu; Daoben Zhu

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Nanometer scale devices, as the next generation devices of electronics, have got a worldwide attention and rapid development recently. Simultaneously, conjugated polymers have been applied in organic electronics successfully because of their outstanding electronic-photonic properties. However, as far as we know few reports have dealt with the fabrication of nanometer scale devices by using conjugated polymers, although the combination of nanometer scale devices and polymers will not only extend conjugated polymers to Nanoelectronics, but also excavate the behaviors of polymer molecules at nano-molecular level, such as the electron transport through polymer molecules. One reason for this case is due to the lack of rigidity for most polymers.It results in the failure to bridge them between electrodes or to stand on substrates, therefore, fails to be characterized by scanning probe microscopy. Another reason is that the non-functionalized end-group of most polymers is impossible to graft on substrates through chemical bonds. Here, we introduce a self-assembled conjugated polymer can be used to fabricate nanodevices by self-assembly. The conjugated polymer is a derivative of poly(p-phenyleneethynylene)s (PPE) with thioacetyl end groups (Fig. 1). In general, it is known that for self-assembling ideal nanojunctions the materials should possess: a) conductivity, b) rigidity (for wiring and bridging between electrodes), and c) connectivity (for covalent attachment to metallic or semiconductor solid surfaces). PPE provides good conductivity owing to its special π-conjugated configuration. It is also believed that in principle PPE molecules possess rigidity because of the presence of the triple bond in their molecules,which prevents the rotation of adjacent phenyl rings with respect to each other.

  2. Fluorescence spectroscopy of electrochemically self-assembled ZnSe and Mn:ZnSe nanowires

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    We report room temperature fluorescence spectroscopy (FL) studies of ZnSe and Mn-doped ZnSe nanowires of different diameters (10, 25, 50 nm) produced by an electrochemical self-assembly technique. All samples exhibit increasing blue-shift in the band edge fluorescence with decreasing wire diameter because of quantum confinement. The 10 nm ZnSe nanowires show four distinct emission peaks due to band-to-band recombination, exciton recombination, recombination via surface states and via band gap (trap) states. The exciton binding energy in these nanowires exhibits a giant increase (∼10-fold) over the bulk value due to quantum confinement, since the effective wire radius (taking into account side depletion) is smaller than the exciton Bohr radius in bulk ZnSe. The 25 and 50 nm diameter wires show only a single FL peak due to band-to-band electron-hole recombination. In the case of Mn-doped ZnSe nanowires, the band edge luminescence in 10 nm samples is significantly quenched by Mn doping but not the exciton luminescence, which remains relatively unaffected. We observe additional features due to Mn2+ ions. The spectra also reveal that the emission from Mn2+ states increases in intensity and is progressively red-shifted with increasing Mn concentration

  3. Macroscopic free-standing hierarchical 3D architectures assembled from silver nanowires by ice templating.

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    Gao, Huai-Ling; Xu, Liang; Long, Fei; Pan, Zhao; Du, Yu-Xiang; Lu, Yang; Ge, Jin; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2014-04-25

    As macroscopic three dimensional (3D) architectures show increasing significance, much effort has been devoted to the hierarchical organization of 1D nanomaterials into serviceable macroscopic 3D assemblies. How to assemble 1D nanoscale building blocks into 3D hierarchical architectures is still a challenge. Herein we report a general strategy based on the use of ice as a template for assembling 1D nanostructures with high efficiency and good controllability. Free-standing macroscopic 3D Ag nanowire (AgNW) assemblies with hierarchical binary-network architectures are then fabricated from a 1D AgNW suspension for the first time. The microstructure of this 3D AgNW network endows it with electrical conductivity and allows it to be made into stretchable and foldable conductors with high electromechanical stability. These properties should make this kind of macroscopic 3D AgNW architecture and it composites suitable for electronic applications. PMID:24683064

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of self-assembled h-WO3 nanowires/nanorods using EDTA salts

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    One-dimensional (1D) self-assembled single-crystalline hexagonal tungsten oxide (h-WO3) nanostructures were synthesized by a hydrothermal method at 180 deg. C using sodium tungstate, ethylenediaminetetraacetic (EDTA) salts of sodium or ammonium, and sodium sulfate. Controlled morphological modification of h-WO3 nanowire bundles was achieved and hierarchical urchin-like structures were produced by simply substituting the sodium ions with ammonium ions in the EDTA salt solution. Self-assembled h-WO3 nanowire bundles and nanorods that formed urchin-like structures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. 1D self-assembled h-WO3 nanowire bundles of ∼100 nm diameter and 1-2 μm length were comprised of several individual uniform nanowires of 4-6 nm diameter. These individual nanowires served as building blocks of the bundles. Raman, cyclic voltammetry (CV), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy studies revealed their structure, electrochemical response, and luminescence properties. The synthesis of 1D self-assembled h-WO3 nanowire bundles and urchin-like structures was differentiated by means of Na+- and NH4+-based EDTA salt solutions.

  5. Assembly and performance of silicone polymer waveguides

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    Lostutter, Calob K.; Hodge, Malcolm H.; Marrapode, Thomas R.; Swatowski, Brandon W.; Weidner, W. Ken

    2016-03-01

    We report on the functionality and key performance properties of 50 μm x 50 μm flexible graded index silicone polymer waveguides. The materials show low optical propagation losses of < 0.04 dB/cm @ 850 nm over 1 m lengths as well as stability to 2000 hours 85°C/85% relative humidity and 5 cycles of 260°C solder wave reflow testing. Methods to fabricate large area panels are demonstrated for scaled manufacturing of polymer based optical printed wiring boards. The polymer waveguides are terminated with a passive direct fiber attach method. Fully MPO connectorized waveguide panels are realized and their optical performance properties assessed.

  6. Self-assembling of molecular nanowires for enhancing the conducting properties of discotic liquid crystals

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    Park, Ji Hyun; Kim, Kyung Ho; Takanishi, Yoichi; Yamamoto, Jun; Park, Yung Woo; Kim, Youn Sang; Scalia, Giusy

    2015-08-01

    The self-organization of discotic liquid crystal molecules in columns has enormous interest for soft nanoelectronic applications. A great advantage of discotic liquid crystal is that defects can be self-annealed in contrast to typical organic materials. Through the overlap of molecular orbitals, the aromatic cores assemble into long range ordered one-dimensional structures. Very thin structured films can be obtained by spin-coating from solution and the resulting morphologies are strongly dependent on the interaction between discotics and solvent molecules. Toluene produces films formed by very long nanowires, spontaneously aligned along a common direction and over fairly large areas. These nanostructured films are a result of the interplay between liquid crystal self-organization and solvent driven assembly. The ordered nanowire structures exhibit improvement in the electrical properties compared to misaligned structures and even to pristine HAT5, deposited without the aid of solvent. In this study we show that the toluene-based deposition of discotic liquid crystals is advantageous because it allows a uniform coverage of the substrate, unlike pristine HAT5 but also thanks to the type of induced structures exhibiting one order of magnitude higher conductivity, in the aligned nanowire films, compared to bare HAT5 ones.

  7. Nanowire polarizers by guided self-assembly of block copolymers

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    Roberts, Philip M. S.; Baum, Alexandra; Karamath, James; Evans, Allan; Shibata, Satoshi; Walton, Harry

    2014-01-01

    Wire-grid polarizers (WGPs) are currently limited by their wafer-scale manufacturing methods to sizes of approximately 12 to 18 in. For large-size displays, a new method for the production of large-area WGPs is required. Large-area WGPs were simulated using the finite-difference-time-domain method, and a scaleable method for their production based on a block copolymer (BCP)-nanostructured template was implemented. The nanostructured template is globally aligned through the use of a cylinder-forming liquid crystal (LC) diblock copolymer, which is first aligned on a rubbed polyimide substrate. A surface-relief template is produced using the differential dry etch rates of the cylinder-forming component and LC polymer matrix component of the BCP. The template is metalized to produce a WGP. Polarizers of arbitrary size with polarization efficiency up to 0.6 have been made in close agreement with calculated values for idealized structures. The choice of the cylinder-forming polymer is critical to the degree of alignment of the template, and the thermal stability of the LC polymer matrix is critical to the stability of the template during etching.

  8. Design directed self-assembly of donor-acceptor polymers.

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    Marszalek, Tomasz; Li, Mengmeng; Pisula, Wojciech

    2016-09-21

    Donor-acceptor polymers with an alternating array of donor and acceptor moieties have gained particular attention during recent years as active components of organic electronics. By implementation of suitable subunits within the conjugated backbone, these polymers can be made either electron-deficient or -rich. Additionally, their band gap and light absorption can be precisely tuned for improved light-harvesting in solar cells. On the other hand, the polymer design can also be modified to encode the desired supramolecular self-assembly in the solid-state that is essential for an unhindered transport of charge carriers. This review focuses on three major factors playing a role in the assembly of donor-acceptor polymers on surfaces which are (1) nature, geometry and substitution position of solubilizing alkyl side chains, (2) shape of the conjugated polymer defined by the backbone curvature, and (3) molecular weight which determines the conjugation length of the polymer. These factors adjust the fine balance between attractive and repulsive forces and ensure a close polymer packing important for an efficient charge hopping between neighboring chains. On the microscopic scale, an appropriate domain formation with a low density of structural defects in the solution deposited thin film is crucial for the charge transport. The charge carrier transport through such thin films is characterized by field-effect transistors as basic electronic elements. PMID:27440174

  9. Fabrication of controllable and stable In2O3 nanowire transistors using an octadecylphosphonic acid self-assembled monolayer

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    The controllability and stability of nanowire transistor characteristics are essential for the development of low-noise and fast-switching nano-electronic devices. In this study, the positive shift of threshold voltage and the improvement of interface quality on In2O3 nanowire transistors were simultaneously achieved by using octadecylphosphonic acid (OD-PA) self-assembly. Following the chemical bond of OD-PA molecules on the surface of In2O3 nanowires, the threshold voltage was positively shifted to 2.95 V, and the noise amplitude decreased to approximately 87.5%. The results suggest that an OD-PA self-assembled monolayer can be used to manipulate and stabilize the transistor characteristics of nanowire-based memory and display devices that require high-sensitivity, low-noise, and fast-response. (paper)

  10. Facile preparation of transparent and conductive polymer films based on silver nanowire/polycarbonate nanocomposites

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    Moreno, Ivan; Navascues, Nuria; Arruebo, Manuel; Irusta, Silvia; Santamaria, Jesus

    2013-07-01

    Silver nanowires (AgNW) synthesized by a solvothermal method were incorporated into a polycarbonate matrix by a solution mixing procedure. Films with a thickness around 18 μm were obtained, showing a good distribution of the wires within the polymer matrix. The thermal stability of the polymer matrix increased significantly, with the main decomposition peak shifting up to 74 ° C for an AgNW loading of 4.35 wt%. The percolation threshold was obtained at very low AgNW content (0.04 wt%), and the composite electrical conductivity at the maximum loading (4.35 wt%) was 41.3 Ω cm. Excellent transparency was obtained at the percolation threshold, with negligible reduction in the transmittance of the polymer matrix (from 88.2 to 87.6% at 0.04 wt% loading of AgNW). In addition, the polymer matrix protected the silver nanowires from oxidation, as demonstrated by the XPS analysis.

  11. Facile preparation of transparent and conductive polymer films based on silver nanowire/polycarbonate nanocomposites

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    Silver nanowires (AgNW) synthesized by a solvothermal method were incorporated into a polycarbonate matrix by a solution mixing procedure. Films with a thickness around 18 μm were obtained, showing a good distribution of the wires within the polymer matrix. The thermal stability of the polymer matrix increased significantly, with the main decomposition peak shifting up to 74 ° C for an AgNW loading of 4.35 wt%. The percolation threshold was obtained at very low AgNW content (0.04 wt%), and the composite electrical conductivity at the maximum loading (4.35 wt%) was 41.3 Ω cm. Excellent transparency was obtained at the percolation threshold, with negligible reduction in the transmittance of the polymer matrix (from 88.2 to 87.6% at 0.04 wt% loading of AgNW). In addition, the polymer matrix protected the silver nanowires from oxidation, as demonstrated by the XPS analysis. (paper)

  12. Self-Assembled Wire Arrays and ITO Contacts for Silicon Nanowire Solar Cell Applications

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    YANG Cheng; ZHANG Gang; LEE Dae-Young; LI Hua-Min; LIM Young-Dae; Y00 Won Jong; PARK Young-Jun; KIM Jong-Min

    2011-01-01

    Self-assembly of silicon nanowire(SiNW)arrays is studied using SF6/02 plasma treatment. The self-assembly method can be applied to single- and poly-crystalline Si substrates. Plasma conditions can control the length and diameter of the SiNW arrays. Lower reflectance of the wire arrays over the wavelength range 200-1100nm is obtained. The conducting transparent indium-tin-oxide(ITO) electrode can be fully coated on the self-assembled SiNW arrays by sputtering. The ITO-coated SiNW solar cells show the same low surface light reflectance and a higher carrier collection efficiency than SiNW solar cells without ITO coating. An efficiency enhancement of around 3 times for ITO coated SiNW solar cells is demonstrated via experiments.

  13. Self-Assembled Wire Arrays and ITO Contacts for Silicon Nanowire Solar Cell Applications

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    Self-assembly of silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays is studied using SF6/O2 plasma treatment. The self-assembly method can be applied to single- and poly-crystalline Si substrates. Plasma conditions can control the length and diameter of the SiNW arrays. Lower reflectance of the wire arrays over the wavelength range 200–1100 nm is obtained. The conducting transparent indium-tin-oxide (ITO) electrode can be fully coated on the self-assembled SiNW arrays by sputtering. The ITO-coated SiNW solar cells show the same low surface light reflectance and a higher carrier collection efficiency than SiNW solar cells without ITO coating. An efficiency enhancement of around 3 times for ITO coated SiNW solar cells is demonstrated via experiments. (physics of gases, plasmas, and electric discharges)

  14. Cationic polymers and their self-assembly for antibacterial applications.

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    Deka, Smriti Rekha; Sharma, Ashwani Kumar; Kumar, Pradee

    2015-01-01

    The present article focuses on the amphiphilic cationic polymers as antibacterial agents. These polymers undergo self-assembly in aqueous conditions and impart biological activity by efficiently interacting with the bacterial cell wall, hence, used in preparing chemical disinfectants and biocides. Both cationic charge as well as hydrophobic segments facilitate interactions with the bacterial cell surface and initiate its disruption. The perturbation in transmembrane potential causes leakage of cytosolic contents followed by cell death. Out of two categories of macromolecules, peptide oligomers and cationic polymers, which have extensively been used as antibacterials, we have elaborated on the current advances made in the area of cationic polymer-based (naturally occurring and commonly employed synthetic polymers and their modified analogs) antibacterial agents. The development of polymer-based antibacterials has helped in addressing challenges posed by the drug-resistant bacterial infections. These polymers provide a new platform to combat such infections in the most efficient manner. This review presents concise discussion on the amphiphilic cationic polymers and their modified analogs having low hemolytic activity and excellent antibacterial activity against array of fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms. PMID:25858132

  15. Hybrid nanocomposites based on conducting polymer and silicon nanowires for photovoltaic application

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    Hybrid nanocomposites based on a nanoscale combination of organic and inorganic semiconductors are a promising way to enhance the performance of solar cells through a higher aspect ratio of the interface and the good processability of polymers. Nanocomposites are based on a heterojunction network between poly (2-methoxy-5-(2-ethyhexyl-oxy)-p-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV) as an organic electron donor and silicon nanowires (SiNWs) as an inorganic electron acceptor. Nanowires (NWs) seem to be a promising material for this purpose, as they provide a large surface area for contact with the polymer and a designated conducting pathway whilst their volume is low. In this paper, silicon nanowires are introduced by mixing them into the polymer matrix. Hybrid nanocomposites films were deposited onto ITO substrate by spin coating method. Optical properties and photocurrent response were investigated. Charge transfer between the polymer and SiNWs has been demonstrated through photoluminescence measurements. The photocurrent density of ITO/MEH-PPV:SiNWs/Al structures have been obtained by J–V characteristics. The Jsc value is about 0.39 µA/cm2. - Highlights: • SiNWs synthesis by Vapor–Liquid–Solid (VLS) mechanism. • SiNWs contribution to absorption spectra enhancement of MEH-PPV:SiNWs nanocomposites. • Decrease of PL intensity of MEH-PPV by addition of SiNWs. • Charge transfer process was taken place. • ITO/MEH-PPV:SiNWs/Al structure shows a photovoltaic effect, with a FF of 0.32

  16. Polymer electrolyte membrane assembly for fuel cells

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    Yen, Shiao-Ping S. (Inventor); Kindler, Andrew (Inventor); Yavrouian, Andre (Inventor); Halpert, Gerald (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    An electrolyte membrane for use in a fuel cell can contain sulfonated polyphenylether sulfones. The membrane can contain a first sulfonated polyphenylether sulfone and a second sulfonated polyphenylether sulfone, wherein the first sulfonated polyphenylether and the second sulfonated polyphenylether sulfone have equivalent weights greater than about 560, and the first sulfonated polyphenylether and the second sulfonated polyphenylether sulfone also have different equivalent weights. Also, a membrane for use in a fuel cell can contain a sulfonated polyphenylether sulfone and an unsulfonated polyphenylether sulfone. Methods for manufacturing a membrane electrode assemblies for use in fuel cells can include roughening a membrane surface. Electrodes and methods for fabricating such electrodes for use in a chemical fuel cell can include sintering an electrode. Such membranes and electrodes can be assembled into chemical fuel cells.

  17. Ultralong Ordered Nanowires from the Concerted Self-Assembly of Discotic Liquid Crystal and Solvent Molecules.

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    Park, Ji Hyun; Kim, Kyung Ho; Park, Yung Woo; Lagerwall, Jan P F; Scalia, Giusy

    2015-09-01

    The realization of long, aligned molecular wires is a great challenge, and a variety of approaches have been proposed. Interestingly, hexapentyloxytriphenylene (HAT5) discotic liquid crystal molecules, a model system of molecules with flat and aromatic cores, can spontaneously form well-aligned, micrometer long, yet only tens of nanometers thick, nanowires on solid surfaces. We have investigated the formation mechanism of these wires using different solvents with selected characteristics, including chemical structure, boiling point, vapor pressure, and surface tension. When casting from toluene and benzene solutions, atomic force microscopy reveals that the discotics spontaneously form very long and thin wires, self-aligning along a common orientation. If instead dodecane or heptane are used, different and in general thicker structures are obtained. The chemical structure of the solvent appears to have a key role, coupling to the liquid crystal self-assembly by allowing solvent molecules to enter the ordered structure if their design matches the core of HAT5 molecules, thereby guiding the assembly. However, other aspects are also relevant in the assembly, including the nature of the substrate and the rate of solvent evaporation, and these can favor or interfere with the self-assembly into long structures. The use of solvents with aromatic structure is advantageous not only because it affects the geometry of the assembly, promoting long wire formation, but it is also compatible with good quality of the intermolecular order, as suggested by a high anisotropy of the Raman spectra of the nanowires formed from these solvents. Finally, the electrical properties of ordered systems show a clearly higher electrical conductivity compared to the disorganized aggregates. PMID:26079283

  18. The Assembly of Nanorods in Comb Polymer Supramolecules

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    Mastroianni, Alexander; Thorkelsson, Kari; Luther, Joseph; Alivisatos, Paul; Xu, Ting

    2010-03-01

    Inorganic nanoparticles exhibit a wide range of size-dependent properties and present great promise in technological applications. Fully harnessing this potential requires developing bottom-up strategies to assemble nanoparticles over multiple length scales simultaneously. Nanoparticles have been co-assembled with block copolymers (BCPs). Often this approach requires delicate balance between particle-polymer interactions and entropic penalty associated with polymer chain deformation upon particle incorporation. Recently, we showed that a coil-comb supramolecule formed by non- covalent attachment of small molecule amphiphiles to one block of a BCP can be used to direct nanoparticle assemblies with high precision. The alkyl tail of the small molecules chosen interacts favorably with the native alkyl ligands of a wide variety of inorganic nanoparticles and eliminates the need for particle surface modification. Upon attaching small molecule to one BCP block, the polymer chain stiffens, providing entropic driving force to further direct nanoparticle organization within BCP microdomains. Here, the co-assembly of these supramolecules with nanorods was systematically investigated as a function of small molecule loading, supramolecular morphology, nanorod diameter, and aspect ratio. The presented fundamental studies pave a path toward nanorod-based device fabrication.

  19. Self-Assembly of Emulsion Droplets into Polymer Chains

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    Bargteil, Dylan; McMullen, Angus; Brujic, Jasna

    We experimentally investigate `beads-on-a-string' models of polymers using the spontaneous assembly of emulsion droplets into linear chains. Droplets functionalized with surface-mobile DNA allow for programmable 'monomers' through which we can influence the three-dimensional structure of the assembled 'polymer'. Such model polymers can be used to study conformational changes of polypeptides and the principles governing protein folding. In our system, we find that droplets bind via complementary DNA strands that are recruited into adhesion patches. Recruitment is driven by the DNA hybridization energy, and is limited by the energy cost of surface deformation and the entropy loss of the mobile linkers, yielding adhesion patches of a characteristic size with a given number of linkers. By tuning the initial surface coverage of linkers, we control valency between the droplets to create linear or branched polymer chains. We additionally control the flexibility of the model polymers by varying the salt concentration and study their dynamics between extended and collapsed states. This system opens the possibility of programming stable three-dimensional structures, such as those found within folded proteins.

  20. Field-directed assembly of nanowires: identifying directors, disruptors and indices to maximize the device yield

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    Sam, Mahshid; Moghimian, Nima; Bhiladvala, Rustom B.

    2015-12-01

    Individually-addressable nano-electro-mechanical (NEMS) devices have been used to demonstrate sensitive mass detection to the single-proton level, as well as neutral-particle mass spectrometry. The cost of individually securing or patterning such devices is proportional to their number or the chip area covered. This limits statistical support for new research, as well as paths to the commercial availability of extraordinarily sensitive instruments. Field-directed assembly of synthesized nanowires addresses this problem and shows potential for low-cost, large-area coverage with NEMS devices. For positive dielectrophoresis (pDEP) as the main assembly director, the space of field, geometric and material parameters is large, with combinations that can serve either as directors or disruptors for directed assembly. We seek parameter values to obtain the best yield, by introducing a rational framework to reduce trial-and-error. We show that sorting the disruptors by severity and eliminating those weakly coupled to the director, allows reduction of the parameter space. The remaining disruptors are then represented compactly by dimensionless parameters. In the example protocol chosen, a single dimensionless parameter, the yield index, allows minimization of disruptors by the choice of frequency. Following this, the voltage may be selected to maximize the yield. Using this framework, we obtained 94% pre-clamped and 88% post-clamped yield over 57000 nanowire sites. Organizing the parameter space using a director-disruptor framework, with economy introduced by non-dimensional parameters, provides a path to controllably decrease the effort and cost of manufacturing nanoscale devices. This should help in the commercialization of individually addressable nanodevices.Individually-addressable nano-electro-mechanical (NEMS) devices have been used to demonstrate sensitive mass detection to the single-proton level, as well as neutral-particle mass spectrometry. The cost of

  1. Improving the cycling stability of silicon nanowire anodes with conducting polymer coatings

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    Yao, Yan

    2012-01-01

    For silicon nanowires (Si NWs) to be used as a successful high capacity lithium-ion battery anode material, improvements in cycling stability are required. Here we show that a conductive polymer surface coating on the Si NWs improves cycling stability; coating with PEDOT causes the capacity retention after 100 charge-discharge cycles to increase from 30% to 80% over bare NWs. The improvement in cycling stability is attributed to the conductive coating maintaining the mechanical integrity of the cycled Si material, along with preserving electrical connections between NWs that would otherwise have become electrically isolated during volume changes. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  2. Templated Self-Assembly of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires by Nanoimprinting for Transparent Flexible Electronics.

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    Maurer, Johannes H M; González-García, Lola; Reiser, Beate; Kanelidis, Ioannis; Kraus, Tobias

    2016-05-11

    We fabricated flexible, transparent, and conductive metal grids as transparent conductive materials (TCM) with adjustable properties by direct nanoimprinting of self-assembling colloidal metal nanowires. Ultrathin gold nanowires (diameter below 2 nm) with high mechanical flexibility were confined in a stamp and readily adapted to its features. During drying, the wires self-assembled into dense bundles that percolated throughout the stamp. The high aspect ratio and the bundling yielded continuous, hierarchical superstructures that connected the entire mesh even at low gold contents. A soft sintering step removed the ligand barriers but retained the imprinted structure. The material exhibited high conductivities (sheet resistances down to 29 Ω/sq) and transparencies that could be tuned by changing wire concentration and stamp geometry. We obtained TCMs that are suitable for applications such as touch screens. Mechanical bending tests showed a much higher bending resistance than commercial ITO: conductivity dropped by only 5.6% after 450 bending cycles at a bending radius of 5 mm. PMID:26985790

  3. Strain-induced inverse magnetostriction measured on a single contacted Ni nanowire in a polymer matrix

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    The effects of the thermoelastic and piezoelectric strain exerted by an active polymer matrix on a Ni nanowire (NW) are studied at the nanoscale by measuring the inverse magnetostriction of single-contacted Ni NWs. The reorientation of the magnetization is measured by anisotropic magnetoresitance. In the absence of strain, the Ni NW exhibits a typical uniform rotation of the magnetization as a function of the external field. When piezoelectric or thermoelelastic strain is present in the polymer matrix, the hysteresis loop becomes strongly modified by the inverse magnetostriction of Ni. It is shown that the ferromagnetic NW plays then the role of a mechanical probe that allows the effects of the mechanical strain to be characterized and described qualitatively and quantitatively. Moreover the stress exerted by the polycarbonate matrix on the NW is found to be isotropic while the one produced by the PVDF matrix is anisotropic. (paper)

  4. Protein Biosensors Based on Polymer Nanowires, Carbon Nanotubes and Zinc Oxide Nanorods

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The development of biosensors using electrochemical methods is a promising application in the field of biotechnology. High sensitivity sensors for the bio-detection of proteins have been developed using several kinds of nanomaterials. The performance of the sensors depends on the type of nanostructures with which the biomaterials interact. One dimensional (1-D structures such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanorods are proven to have high potential for bio-applications. In this paper we review these three different kinds of nanostructures that have attracted much attention at recent times with their great performance as biosensors. Materials such as polymers, carbon and zinc oxide have been widely used for the fabrication of nanostructures because of their enhanced performance in terms of sensitivity, biocompatibility, and ease of preparation. Thus we consider polymer nanowires, carbon nanotubes and zinc oxide nanorods for discussion in this paper. We consider three stages in the development of biosensors: (a fabrication of biomaterials into nanostructures, (b alignment of the nanostructures and (c immobilization of proteins. Two different methods by which the biosensors can be developed at each stage for all the three nanostructures are examined. Finally, we conclude by mentioning some of the major challenges faced by many researchers who seek to fabricate biosensors for real time applications.

  5. Silica coating of polymer nanowires produced via nanoimprint lithography from femtosecond laser machined templates

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    Rajput, Deepak; Costa, Lino; Terekhov, Alexander; Lansford, Kathleen; Hofmeister, William

    2012-03-01

    In this paper we report on the fabrication of regular arrays of silica nanoneedles by deposition of a thin layer of silica on patterned arrays of polymer nanowires (or polymer nanohair). An array of high-aspect-ratio nanoscale diameter holes of depths greater than 10 µm was produced at the surface of a fused silica wafer by an amplified femtosecond laser system operated in single-pulse mode. Cellulose acetate (CA) film was imprinted into the nanoholes and peeled off to form a patterned array of standing CA nanowires, a negative replica of the laser machined nanoholes. The cellulose acetate replica was then coated with silica in a chemical vapor deposition process using silicon tetrachloride vapor at 65 °C. Field emission scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam sectioning, energy dispersive x-ray analysis and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the silica nanoneedles. Precisely patterned, functionalized arrays of standing silica nanoneedles are useful for a number of applications.

  6. Electrophoretic deposition of ZnO nanostructures: Au nanoclusters on Si substrates induce self-assembled nanowire growth

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    Sandoval, Claudia [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Marin, Oscar [CONICET – LAFISO, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Real, Silvina [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Comedi, David [CONICET – LAFISO, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Tirado, Mónica, E-mail: mtirado@herrera.unt.edu.ar [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • ZnO nanowires were grown on silicon substrate by electrophoretic deposition technique without use a porous template. • The growth was induced by Au nanoclusters and was performed at room temperature. • The photoluminescence spectrum for the nanowires obtained shows a broad UV-blue excitonic emission peak and a low emission in the green region. - Abstract: The present work reports the self-assembled growth of ZnO nanowires on silicon substrate with nanometer sized Au clusters using electrophoretic deposition technique at room temperature without a sacrificial template. A colloidal suspension of ≈5 nm sized ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in 2-propanol was used (nanoparticle bandgap of 3.47 eV as determined from absorbance measurements). The results show that the Au nanoclusters on the silicon substrate induce the self-assembly of the ZnO nanoparticles into vertically aligned ZnO nanowires. This effect is tentatively explained as being due to increased electric field intensities near the Au nanoclusters during the electrophoretic deposition. Photoluminescence measurements reveal the presence of quantum confined excitons and a relatively low concentration of deep defects in the nanowires. The electric field guided growth of semiconductor nanostructures at room temperature has great industrial potential as it minimizes production costs and enables the use of substrate materials not withstanding high temperatures.

  7. Layer-by-layer assembly of nanowires for three-dimensional, multifunctional electronics.

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    Javey, Ali; Nam, SungWoo; Friedman, Robin S; Yan, Hao; Lieber, Charles M

    2007-03-01

    We report a general approach for three-dimensional (3D) multifunctional electronics based on the layer-by-layer assembly of nanowire (NW) building blocks. Using germanium/silicon (Ge/Si) core/shell NWs as a representative example, ten vertically stacked layers of multi-NW field-effect transistors (FETs) were fabricated. Transport measurements demonstrate that the Ge/Si NW FETs have reproducible high-performance device characteristics within a given device layer, that the FET characteristics are not affected by sequential stacking, and importantly, that uniform performance is achieved in sequential layers 1 through 10 of the 3D structure. Five-layer single-NW FET structures were also prepared by printing Ge/Si NWs from lower density growth substrates, and transport measurements showed similar high-performance characteristics for the FETs in layers 1 and 5. In addition, 3D multifunctional circuitry was demonstrated on plastic substrates with sequential layers of inverter logical gates and floating gate memory elements. Notably, electrical characterization studies show stable writing and erasing of the NW floating gate memory elements and demonstrate signal inversion with larger than unity gain for frequencies up to at least 50 MHz. The ability to assemble reproducibly sequential layers of distinct types of NW-based devices coupled with the breadth of NW building blocks should enable the assembly of increasing complex multilayer and multifunctional 3D electronics in the future. PMID:17266383

  8. Self-Assembled Collagen-like Peptide Fibers as Templates for Metallic Nanowires.

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    Gottlieb, Daniel; Morin, Stephen A; Jin, Song; Raines, Ronald T

    2008-01-01

    Inspired by nature's ability to fabricate supramolecular nanostructures from the bottom-up, materials scientist have become increasingly interested in the use of biomolecules like DNA, peptides, or proteins as templates for the creation of novel nanostructures and nanomaterials. Although the advantages of self-assembling biomolecular structures clearly lie in their chemical diversity, spatial control, and numerous geometric architectures, it is challenging to elaborate them into functional hybrid inorganic-bionanomaterials without rendering the biomolecular scaffold damaged or dysfunctional. In this study, attachment of gold nanoparticles to collagen-related self-assembling peptides at L-lysine residues incorportated within the peptides sequence and the N-terminus led to metal nanoparticle-decorated fibers. After electroless silver plating, these fibers were completely metalized, creating electrically conductive nanowires under mild conditions while leaving the peptide fiber core intact. This study demonstrates the bottom-up assembly of synthetic peptidic fibers under mild conditions and their potential as templates for other complex inorganic-organic hybrid nanostructures. PMID:20130788

  9. Polymer-template-assisted growth of gold nanowires using a novel flow-stream technique.

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    Metwalli, E; Moulin, J-F; Perlich, J; Wang, W; Diethert, A; Roth, S V; Müller-Buschbaum, P

    2009-10-01

    By utilizing a fluidic device, a gold nanoparticle dispersion is cast onto a nanostructured polymer template using solution subjected to hydrodynamic flow. With in situ grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), the progressive gold deposition from a stream of gold solution onto the polymer template of a diblock copolymer with parallel cylinder morphology arranged into powder-like domains is investigated. The continuously flowing solution causes a systematic increase in the X-ray contrast between both of the microphase-separated blocks of the block copolymer film, indicating flow-induced selective gold immobilization on one block. Both in situ GISAXS data and atomic force microscopy of the metal-deposited polymer film prove the 1D coalescence of nanoparticles into continuous nanowires. With additional gold nanoparticle upload by the continuous flow-stream method, the selectivity of the nanoparticle deposition diminishes as a result of the formation of a pseudo uniform gold layer. Consequently, this flow-stream deposition technique introduces an easy alternative method to the vapor deposition technique for surface gold nanopatterning. PMID:19572494

  10. Silicon nanowire array/polymer hybrid solar cell incorporating carbon nanotubes

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    Here we present a simple and novel approach of fabricating three dimensional (3D) n-Si nanowires (NWs) and poly(3-octylthiophene) hybrid solar cells incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Vertically aligned n-Si NWs arrays were fabricated by electroless chemical etching of a n-Si [1 1 1] wafer. n-Si NWs/poly(3-octylthiophene) hybrid solar cells were fabricated with and without functionalized CNTs incorporation. Fabricated solar cells incorporating CNTs show open circuit voltage (Voc), short circuit current density (Jsc) fill factor (FF) and conversion efficiency as 0.353, 7.85 mA cm-2, 22% and 0.61%, respectively. In fabricated devices n-Si NWs arrays form multiple heterojunctions with the polymer and provide efficient electron collection and transportation, whereas CNTs provide efficient hole transportation.

  11. Si6H12/Polymer Inks for Electrospinning a-Si Nanowire Lithium Ion Battery Anodes

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    Schulz, Douglas L.; Hoey, Justin; Smith, Jeremiah; Elangovan, Arumugasamy; Wu, Xiangfa; Akhatov, Iskander; Payne, Scott; Moore, Jayma; Boudjouk, Philip; Pederson, Larry; Xiao, Jie; Zhang, Jiguang

    2010-08-04

    Amorphous silicon nanowires 'a-SiNWs' have been prepared by electrospinning a liquid silane-based precursor. Cyclohexasilane 'Si6H12' was admixed with poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA) in toluene giving an ink that was electrospun into the Si6H12/PPMA wires with diameters of 50-2000 nm. Raman spectroscopy revealed that thermal treatment at 350 C transforms this deposit into a-SiNWs. These materials were coated with a thin carbon layer and then tested as half-cells where a reasonable plateau in electrochemical cycling was observed after an initial capacity fade. Additionally, porous a-SiNWs were realized when the thermally decomposable binder polypropylene carbonate/polycyclohexene carbonate was used as the polymer carrier.

  12. High stability of self-assembled peptide nanowires against thermal, chemical, and proteolytic attacks.

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    Ryu, Jungki; Park, Chan Beum

    2010-02-01

    Understanding the self-assembly of peptides into ordered nanostructures is recently getting much attention since it can provide an alternative route for fabricating novel bio-inspired materials. In order to realize the potential of the peptide-based nanofabrication technology, however, more information is needed regarding the integrity or stability of peptide nanostructures under the process conditions encountered in their applications. In this study, we investigated the stability of self-assembled peptide nanowires (PNWs) and nanotubes (PNTs) against thermal, chemical, proteolytic attacks, and their conformational changes upon heat treatment. PNWs and PNTs were grown by the self-assembly of diphenylalanine (Phe-Phe), a peptide building block, on solid substrates at different chemical atmospheres and temperatures. The incubation of diphenylalanine under aniline vapor at 150 degrees C led to the formation of PNWs, while its incubation with water vapor at 25 degrees C produced PNTs. We analyzed the stability of peptide nanostructures using multiple tools, such as electron microscopy, thermal analysis tools, circular dichroism, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Our results show that PNWs are highly stable up to 200 degrees C and remain unchanged when incubated in aqueous solutions (from pH 1 to 14) or in various chemical solvents (from polar to non-polar). In contrast, PNTs started to disintegrate even at 100 degrees C and underwent a conformational change at an elevated temperature. When we further studied their resistance to a proteolytic environment, we discovered that PNWs kept their initial structure while PNTs fully disintegrated. We found that the high stability of PNWs originates from their predominant beta-sheet conformation and the conformational change of diphenylalanine nanostructures. Our study suggests that self-assembled PNWs are suitable for future nano-scale applications requiring harsh processing conditions. PMID:19777585

  13. Phosphorylcholine substituted polyolefins: New syntheses, solution assemblies, and polymer vesicles

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    Kratz, Katrina A.

    This thesis describes the synthesis and applications of a new series of amphiphilic homopolymers and copolymers consisting of hydrophobic polyolefin backbone and hydrophilic phosphorylcholine (PC) pendant groups. These polymers are synthesized by ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of a novel PC- cyclooctene monomer, and copolymerization of various functionalized cyclooctene comonomers. Incorporation of different comonomers into the PC-polyolefin backbone affords copolymers with different functionalities, including crosslinkers, fluorophores, and other reactive groups, that tune the range of applications of these polymers, and their hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance. The amphiphilic nature of PC-polyolefins was exploited in oil-water interfacial assembly, providing robust polymer capsules to encapsulate and deliver nanoparticles to damaged regions of a substrate in a project termed `repair-and-go.' In repair-and-go, a flexible microcapsule filled with a solution of nanoparticles probes an imperfection-riddled substrate as it rolls over the surface. The thin capsule wall allows the nanoparticles to escape the capsules and enter into the cracks, driven in part by favorable interactions between the nanoparticle ligands and the cracked surface (i.e., hydrophobic-hydrophobic interactions). The capsules then continue their transport along the surface, filling more cracks and depositing particles into them. The amphiphilic nature of PC-polyolefins was also exploited in aqueous assembly, forming novel polymer vesicles in water. PC-polyolefin vesicles ranged in size from 50 nm to 30 µm. The mechanical properties of PC-polyolefin vesicles were measured by micropipette aspiration techniques, and found to be more robust than conventional liposomes or polymersomes prepared from block copolymers. PC-polyolefin vesicles have potential use in drug delivery; it was found that the cancer drug doxorubicin could be encapsulated efficiently in PC-polyolefin vesicles. In

  14. Component assembly with shape memory polymer fastener for microrobots

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    Adhesives are generally used for the assembly of microrobots, whereas bolts, screws, or rivets are used for larger robots. Although adhesives are easy to apply, lightweight, and small, they cannot be used for repeated assembly and disassembly of parts. In this paper, we present a novel microfastener composed of a polyurethane-based shape memory polymer (SMP) that is lightweight and small but that is easily detached for disassembly. This was achieved by using the shape recovery and modulus change of the SMP. A sheet of macromolded SMP was laser machined into an I-beam-shaped rivet, and notches were added to the structure to prevent stress concentration. Pull-off tests showed that, as the notch radius increased, the disengagement strength of the rivet fastener decreased and the reusability increased. Through the elastoplastic model, a single SMP rivet was calculated to have maximum disengagement strength of 150 N cm−2 in the elastic range, depending on the notch radius. The fasteners were applied to a jumping microrobot. The legs and body were assembled with ten fasteners, which showed no permanent deformation after impact during jumping movements. The legs were easily replaced with ones of different stiffness by heating the engaged sites to make the fasteners compliant and detachable. The proposed detachable SMP microfasteners are particularly useful for testing the isolated performance of microrobot components to determine the optimal designs for these components. (paper)

  15. Influence of the polymer matrix on the efficiency of hybrid solar cells based on silicon nanowires

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    Highlights: ► Hybrid solar cells based on silicon nanowires have been fabricated. ► The relation between the morphology of the composite thin films and the charge transfer between the polymer matrices and SiNWs has been examined. ► We have investigated the effect of the polymer matrix on the photovoltaic characteristics. - Abstract: Poly (N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK):SiNWs and poly (2-methoxy, 5-(2-ethyl-hexyloxy)-p-phenyl vinylene) (MEH-PPV):SiNWs bulk-heterojunctions (BHJ) have been elaborated from blends of SiNWs and the polymer in solution from a common solvent. Optical properties of these nanocomposites have been investigated by UV–vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectral measurements. We have studied the charge transfer between SiNWs and the two polymers using the photoluminescence quenching of PVK and MEH-PPV which is a convenient signature of the reduced radiative recombination of the generated charge pairs upon exciton dissociation. We found that PVK and SiNWs constitutes the better donor–acceptor system. In order to understand the difference between PVK:SiNWs or MEH-PPV:SiNWs behaviours, photoluminescence responses were correlated with the topography (SEM) of the thin films. The photovoltaic effect of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/SiNWs:PVK/Al and ITO/PEDOT:PSS/SiNWs:MEH-PPV/Al structures was studied by current–voltage (I–V) measurements in dark and under illumination and interpreted on the basis of the charge transfer differences resulting from the morphologies.

  16. Patterning of self-assembled monolayers by phase-shifting mask and its applications in large-scale assembly of nanowires

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    A nonselective micropatterning method of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) based on laser and phase-shifting mask (PSM) is demonstrated. Laser beam is spatially modulated by a PSM, and periodic SAM patterns are generated sequentially through thermal desorption. Patterned wettability is achieved with alternating hydrophilic/hydrophobic stripes on octadecyltrichlorosilane monolayers. The substrate is then used to assemble CdS semiconductor nanowires (NWs) from a solution, obtaining well-aligned NWs in one step. Our results show valuably the application potential of this technique in engineering SAMs for integration of functional devices

  17. Bandgap engineering in a nanowire: self-assembled 0, 1 and 2D quantum structures

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    Jordi Arbiol; Maria de la Mata; Martin Eickhoff; Morral, Anna Fontcuberta i

    2013-01-01

    Inherent to the nanowire morphology is the exciting possibility of fabricating materials organized at the nanoscale in three dimensions. Composition and structure can be varied along and across the nanowire, as well as within coaxial shells. This opens up a manifold of possibilities in nanoscale materials science and engineering which is only possible with a nanowire as a starting structure. As the variation in composition and structure is accompanied by a change in the band structure, it is ...

  18. Enhancing Crystalline Structural Orders of Polymer Semiconductors for Efficient Charge Transport via Polymer-Matrix-Mediated Molecular Self-Assembly.

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    Lei, Yanlian; Deng, Ping; Lin, Ming; Zheng, Xuelin; Zhu, Furong; Ong, Beng S

    2016-08-01

    A facile polymer-matrix-mediated molecular self-assembly of polymer semiconductors into highly crystalline orders for efficient charge transport in organic thin-film transistors is demonstrated. Phenomenal enhancements in field-effect mobility of about one order of magnitude and current on/off ratio of two to three orders of magnitude are realized with polyacrylonitrile-incorporated polymer semiconductor compositions via solution deposition. PMID:27168128

  19. Design of polymer motifs for nucleic acid recognition and assembly stabilization

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    Zhou, Zhun

    This dissertation describes the synthesis and assembly of bio-functional polymers and the applications of these polymers to drug encapsulation, delivery, and multivalent biomimetic macromolecular recognition between synthetic polymer and nucleic acids. The main content is divided into three parts: (1) polyacidic domains as strongly stabilizing design elements for aqueous phase polyacrylate diblock assembly; (2) small molecule/polymer recognition triggered macromolecular assembly and drug encapsulation; (3) trizaine derivatized polymer as a novel class of "bifacial polymer nucleic acid" (bPoNA) and applications of bPoNA to nanoparticle loading of DNA/RNA, silencing delivery as well as control of aptamer function. Through the studies in part (1) and part (2), it was demonstrated that well-designed polymer motifs are not only able to enhance assemblies driven by non-specific hydrophobic effect, but are also able to direct assemblies based on specific recognitions. In part (3) of this dissertation, this concept was further extended by the design of polyacrylate polymers that are capable of discrete and robust hybridization with nucleic acids. This surprising finding demonstrated both fundamental and practical applications. Overall, these studies provided insights into the rational design elements for improving the bio-functions of synthetic polymers, and significantly expanded the scope of biological applications in which polymers synthesized via controlled radical polymerization may play a role.

  20. Measuring photoluminescence spectra of self-assembly array nanowire of colloidal CdSe quantum dots using scanning near-field optics microscopy

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    Bai, Zhongchen; Hao, Licai; Zhang, Zhengping; Qin, Shuijie

    2016-05-01

    A novel periodic array CdSe nanowire is prepared on a substrate of the porous titanium dioxide by using a self-assembly method of the colloidal CdSe quantum dots (QDs). The experimental results show that the colloidal CdSe QDs have renewedly assembled on its space scale and direction in process of losing background solvent and form the periodic array nanowire. The main peak wavelength of Photoluminescence (PL) spectra, which is measured by using a 100-nm aperture laser beam spot on a scanning near-field optics microscopy, has shifted 60 nm with compared to the colloidal CdSe QDs. Furthermore, we have measured smaller ordered nanometer structure in thin QDs area as well, a 343-nm periodic nanowire in thick QDs area and the colloidal QDs in edge of well-ordered nanowire.

  1. Temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide and the structural transition from organogel to crystalline nanowires.

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    Huang, Renliang; Wang, Yuefei; Qi, Wei; Su, Rongxin; He, Zhimin

    2014-01-01

    Controlling the self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide (FF) into various nanoarchitectures has received great amounts of attention in recent years. Here, we report the temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide to microtubes, nanowires, or organogel in different solvents. We also find that the organogel in isopropanol transforms into crystalline flakes or nanowires when the temperature increases. The reversible self-assembly in polar solvents may be mainly controlled by electronic and aromatic interactions between the FF molecules themselves, which is associated with the dissociation equilibrium and significantly influenced by temperature. We found that the organogel in the isopropanol solvent made a unique transition to crystalline structures, a process that is driven by temperature and may be kinetically controlled. During the heating-cooling process, FF preferentially self-assembles to metastable nanofibers and organogel. They further transform to thermodynamically stable crystal structures via molecular rearrangement after introducing an external energy, such as the increasing temperature used in this study. The strategy demonstrated in this study provides an efficient way to controllably fabricate smart, temperature-responsive peptide nanomaterials and enriches the understanding of the growth mechanism of diphenylalanine peptide nanostructures. PMID:25520600

  2. Performance improvement in flexible polymer solar cells based on modified silver nanowire electrode

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    Wang, Danbei; Zhou, Weixin; Liu, Huan; Ma, Yanwen; Zhang, Hongmei

    2016-08-01

    In this work, an efficient flexible polymer solar cell was achieved by controlling the UV-ozone treatment time of silver nanowires (Ag NWs) used in the electrode and combined with other modification materials. Through optimizing the time of UV-ozone treatment, it is shown that Ag NWs electrode treated by UV-ozone for 10 s improves the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the device based on the blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT): [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) from 0.76% to 1.34%. After treatment by UV-ozone, Ag NWs electrodes exhibit several promising characteristics, including high optical transparency, low sheet resistance and superior surface work function. As a consequence, the performance of devices utilizing 10 s UV-ozone-treated Ag NWs with PEDOT:PSS or MoO3 as composite anode showed higher PCEs of 2.77% (2.73%) compared with that for Ag NW electrodes without UV-ozone treatment. In addition, a PCE of 5.97% in flexible polymer solar cells based on poly[4,8-bis(5-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophen-2-yl)-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b0]dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-(4-(2-ethylhexyl)-3-fluorothieno[3,4-b]thiophene-)-2-carboxylate-2-6-diyl](PBDTTT-EFT):[6, 6]-phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) as a photoactive layer was obtained.

  3. Self-Assembled Polymer Light-Emitting Devices

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    Rubner, Michael

    1996-03-01

    A new layer-by-layer process involving the alternate spontaneous adsorption of oppositely charged polymers onto substrate surfaces has been utilized to fabricate a number of novel thin film multilayer heterostructures with electrical and optical properties that can be tuned at the molecular level. Using this process, we have fabricated large area, thin film light emitting devices based on multilayer heterostructures of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) and various polyanions. The nature of the polyanion used to assemble the PPV multilayers was found to dramatically influence the emission wavelength, intensity and charge transport capabilities of the thin films. Active layer thicknesses ranging from as thin as 8 nm to about 150 nm were readily prepared using this new technique. Light emitting devices with high luminance levels (>500 cd/m2 in the range of 5-12 volts) and tunable emission wavelengths have been created through the use of multi-bilayer "slab" systems that are used to control the charge injection and transport characteristics of the device. Since this is a molecular layer-by-layer fabrication technique, it is also possible to readily manipulate the nature of the polymer/electrode interfaces present in these devices. We have found, for example, that the addition of a 3 nm thick insulating layer at the PPV/aluminum interface improves device efficiency by as much as a factor of five. Details concerning the behavior of these new devices and the mechanisms of charge injection and transport operating in these new multilayer thin films will be discussed.

  4. Cyclic polymers revealing topology effects upon self-assemblies, dynamics and responses.

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    Yamamoto, Takuya; Tezuka, Yasuyuki

    2015-10-14

    A variety of single- and multicyclic polymers having programmed chemical structures with guaranteed purity have now become obtainable owing to a number of synthetic breakthroughs achieved in recent years. Accordingly, a broadening range of studies has been undertaken to gain updated insights on fundamental polymer properties of cyclic polymers in either solution or bulk, in either static or dynamic states, and in self-assemblies, leading to unusual properties and functions of polymer materials based on their cyclic topologies. In this article, we review recent studies aiming to achieve distinctive properties and functions by cyclic polymers unattainable by their linear or branched counterparts. We focus, in particular, on selected examples of unprecedented topology effects of cyclic polymers upon self-assemblies, dynamics and responses, to highlight current progress in Topological Polymer Chemistry. PMID:26264187

  5. Self-assembly of cadmium metasilicate nanowires as a broadband optical limiter

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    Zheng, Chan; Dai, Chongchong; Huang, Li; Li, Wei; Chen, Wenzhe

    2016-04-01

    Cadmium metasilicate nanowires (CdSiO3 NWs) have been synthesized through a facile, eco-friendly, low-cost water-ethanol mixed-solution hydrothermal route. The transmission electron microscopy measurements of as-prepared samples indicate that the CdSiO3 NWs with diameters in the range of 10-60 nm and lengths of more than 1 μm were constructed by self-assembly of 5-10-nm CdSiO3 nanoparticles with good crystallinity. The monoclinic phase formation of the sample is studied in detail by X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermo gravimetric analysis. The results indicate that a pure monoclinic phase of CdSiO3 can be obtained by a hydrothermal route without further calcinations and SiO4 tetrahedra were the main constituents of the CdSiO3 NWs. The nanosecond optical limiting (OL) effects were characterized by using an open-aperture (OA) Z-scan technique with 4-ns laser pulses at both 532 and 1064 nm. Theses CdSiO3 NWs displayed an excellent OL performance at 532 and 1064 nm, which was better than carbon nanotubes, a benchmark optical limiter. Input-fluence dependent scattering measurements suggested than nonlinear scattering played an important role in the observed optical limiting behavior in CdSiO3 NWs at 532 and 1064 nm. More significantly, the NLO performance in CdSiO3 NWs incorporated solid silica gel glass has been improved in comparison to those dispersed in water. The unique structure and excellent OL property render these CdSiO3 NWs competitors in the realms of optical limiting applications.

  6. Membrane electrode assemblies for unitised regenerative polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Wittstadt, U.; Wagner, E.; Jungmann, T.

    Membrane electrode assemblies for regenerative polymer electrolyte fuel cells were made by hot pressing and sputtering. The different MEAs are examined in fuel cell and water electrolysis mode at different pressure and temperature conditions. Polarisation curves and ac impedance spectra are used to investigate the influence of the changes in coating technique. The hydrogen gas permeation through the membrane is determined by analysing the produced oxygen in electrolysis mode. The analysis shows, that better performances in both process directions can be achieved with an additional layer of sputtered platinum on the oxygen electrode. Thus, the electrochemical round-trip efficiency can be improved by more than 4%. Treating the oxygen electrode with PTFE solution shows better performance in fuel cell and less performance in electrolysis mode. The increase of the round-trip efficiency is negligible. A layer sputtered directly on the membrane shows good impermeability, and hence results in high voltages at low current densities. The mass transportation is apparently constricted. The gas diffusion layer on the oxygen electrode, in this case a titanium foam, leads to flooding of the cell in fuel cell mode. Stable operation is achieved after pretreatment of the GDL with a PTFE solution.

  7. Bundling of GaAs nanowires: a case of adhesion-induced self-assembly of nanowires.

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    Carapezzi, Stefania; Priante, Giacomo; Grillo, Vincenzo; Montès, Laurent; Rubini, Silvia; Cavallini, Anna

    2014-09-23

    The origin of deflections of semiconductor nanowires (NWs) induced by an electron beam in scanning electron microscopy has been subject to different interpretations. Similarly, the subsequent clumping together of NWs into bundles is frequently observed, but no interpretation has yet been advanced. Here we present results on the bundling of NWs following the intentional bending by an electron beam. Furthermore, we extend the concept of lateral collapse, usually applied to fibrillar architectures mimicking the adhesiveness of natural surfaces (the so-called Gecko effect), to analyze the mechanism of the NW bundle formation. We demonstrate how the geometry of the NW arrays and the mechanical properties of the composing materials govern bundling and how these parameters should be taken into account in the design of NW arrays both for avoiding vertical misalignment when detrimental and for achieving patterning of NW arrays into nanoarchitectures. PMID:25162379

  8. Nanohelices from planar polymer self-assembled in carbon nanotubes

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    Fu, Hongjin; Xu, Shuqiong; Li, Yunfang

    2016-07-01

    The polymer possessing with planar structure can be activated and guided to encapsulate the inner space of SWNT and form a helix through van der Waals interaction and the π-π stacking effect between the polymer and the inner surface of SWNT. The SWNT size, the nanostructure and flexibility of polymer chain are all determine the final structures. The basic interaction between the polymer and the nanotubes is investigated, and the condition and mechanism of the helix-forming are explained particularly. Hybrid polymers improve the ability of the helix formation. This study provides scientific basis for fabricating helical polymers encapsulated in SWNTs and eventually on their applications in various areas.

  9. Nanoscale neuroelectrode modification via sub-20 nm silicon nanowires through self-assembly of block copolymers.

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    Mokarian-Tabari, Parvaneh; Vallejo-Giraldo, Catalina; Fernandez-Yague, Marc; Cummins, Cian; Morris, Michael A; Biggs, Manus J P

    2015-02-01

    Neuroprosthetic technologies for therapeutic neuromodulation have seen major advances in recent years but these advances have been impeded due to electrode failure or a temporal deterioration in the device recording or electrical stimulation potential. This deterioration is attributed to an intrinsic host tissue response, namely glial scarring or gliosis, which prevents the injured neurons from sprouting, drives neurite processes away from the neuroelectrode and increases signal impedance by increasing the distance between the electrode and its target neurons. To address this problem, there is a clinical need to reduce tissue encapsulation of the electrodes in situ and improve long-term neuroelectrode function. Nanotopographical modification has emerged as a potent methodology for the disruption of protein adsorption and cellular adhesion in vitro. This study investigates the use of block copolymer self-assembly technique for the generation of sub-20 nm nanowire features on silicon substrates. Critically, these nanostructures were observed to significantly reduce electrical impedance and increase conductivity. Human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells cultured on nanowire substrates for up to 14 days were associated with enhanced focal adhesion reinforcement and a reduction in proliferation. We conclude that nanowire surface modulation may offer significant potential as an electrode functionalization strategy. PMID:25677116

  10. Bandgap engineering in a nanowire: self-assembled 0, 1 and 2D quantum structures

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    Jordi Arbiol

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Inherent to the nanowire morphology is the exciting possibility of fabricating materials organized at the nanoscale in three dimensions. Composition and structure can be varied along and across the nanowire, as well as within coaxial shells. This opens up a manifold of possibilities in nanoscale materials science and engineering which is only possible with a nanowire as a starting structure. As the variation in composition and structure is accompanied by a change in the band structure, it is possible to confine carriers within the nanowire. Interestingly, this results in the formation of local two, one and zero-dimensional structures from an electronic point of view within the nanowire. This novel palette of nano-structures paves the way toward novel applications in many engineering domains such as lasers, high-mobility transistors, quantum information and energy harvesting. In the present review we summarize and give an overview on recent achievements in the design and growth of advanced quantum structures starting from nanowire templates. The quantum structures presented have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy and correspond to different confinement approaches: quantum wells (2D, quantum wires (1D and quantum dots (0D.

  11. Directed assembly of conducting polymers on sub-micron templates by electrical fields

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    Highlights: ► Nanoscale patterns with dimensions of assembled PANi down to 100 nm were fabricated. ► We use electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly to deposit PANi. ► Electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly of PANi finished in less than 1 min. ► Effect of process parameters on assembly of PANi onto nanoscale pattern was studied. ► The assembled PANi can be transferred to other flexible substrates. - Abstract: Patterning of conducting polymer into sub-micron patterns over large areas at high rate and low cost is significant for commercial manufacturing of novel devices. Electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly provide an easily scaled approach with high fabrication rates. In this work, electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly were used to assemble polyaniline (PANi) into multiscale sub-micron size patterns in less than 1 min. The process was controlled by assembly time, amplitude, and frequency of the electric field. Dielectrophoretic assembly is preferable for manufacturing as it reduces damage to the templates used to control the assembly. Using this method, sub-micron patterns with dimensions of the assembled PANi down to 100 nm were fabricated over large areas in short times. The assembled PANi was further transferred to other flexible polymer substrates by a thermoforming process, providing a fast, easily controlled and promising approach for fabrication of nanoscale devices.

  12. Particles Bridge the Gap -- Relevance of Polymer Graft Architecture on the Properties of Particle Brush Assemblies

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    Bockstaller, Michael

    2011-03-01

    Current interest in the assembly of ligand-coated nanoparticles into 2D and 3D array structures is driven by the opportunities for novel material technologies that derive from the interactions within nanoparticle superlattice structures. A common challenge in the solution-based assembly of particle superlattice structures is the propensity of hard-sphere type particle assemblies to crack formation and brittle fracture during solvent evaporation. Recent progress in controlled radical polymerization offers novel opportunities for polymer-stabilized particle systems (particle brushes) as building blocks of particle superlattice structures. This contribution will discuss synthetic strategies to realize particle brush systems with well defined polymer graft-architecture in the dense or semi-dilute brush regime and discuss the effect of polymer grafting on the structure formation and cohesive interactions in particle brush assemblies. In particular, it will be demonstrated chain entanglements between surface-grafted chains give rise to fracture through polymer-like crazing thus dramatically increasing the toughness and flexibility of the particle assembly. The modulus and toughness of polymer nanocomposites synthesized by self-assembly of particle brush systems will be shown to exceed those of ``conventional'' particle-filled polymer composites -- a result that will be interpreted as a consequence of the particular conformational constraints of surface grafted chains. The author acknowledges financial support by AFOSR and DTRA.

  13. The cluster-assembled nanowires based on M12N12 (M = Al and Ga) clusters as potential gas sensors for CO, NO, and NO2 detection.

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    Yong, Yongliang; Jiang, Huai; Li, Xiaohong; Lv, Shijie; Cao, Jingxiao

    2016-08-01

    The advances in cluster-assembled materials where clusters serve as building blocks have opened new opportunities to develop ever more sensitive gas sensors. Here, using density functional theory calculations, the structural and electronic properties of cluster-assembled nanowires based on M12N12 (M = Al and Ga) clusters and their application as gas sensors have been investigated. Our results show that the nanowires can be produced via the coalescence of stable M12N12 fullerene-like clusters. The M12N12-based nanowires have semiconducting electrical properties with direct energy gaps, and are particularly stable at room temperature for long enough to allow for their characterization and applications. Furthermore, we found that the CO, NO, and NO2 molecules are chemisorbed on the M12N12-based nanowires with reasonable adsorption energies and apparent charge transfer. The electronic properties of the M12N12-based nanowires present dramatic changes after the adsorption of the CO, NO, and NO2 molecules, especially their electric conductivity. However, the adsorption of NO2 on the Al12N12-based nanowire is too strong, indicating an impractical recovery time as NO2 sensors. In addition to this, due to reasonable adsorption energies, apparent charge transfer, change in the electric conductivity, and the short recovery time, the Al12N12-based nanowire should be a good CO and NO sensor with quick response as well as short recovery time, while the Ga12N12-based nanowire should be a promising gas sensor for CO, NO, and NO2 detection. PMID:27424739

  14. Electric-Field-Assisted Assembly of Polymer-Tethered Gold Nanorods in Cylindrical Nanopores.

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    Wang, Ke; Jin, Seon-Mi; Xu, Jiangping; Liang, Ruijing; Shezad, Khurram; Xue, Zhigang; Xie, Xiaolin; Lee, Eunji; Zhu, Jintao

    2016-05-24

    In this report, we demonstrate the confined assembly of polymer-tethered gold nanorods in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) channels with the assistance of electric field (EF). Various interesting hybrid assemblies, such as single-, double-, triple-, or quadruple-helix, linear, and hexagonally packed structures are obtained by adjusting pore size in AAO channels, ligand length, and EF orientation. Correspondingly, surface plasmonic property of the assemblies can thus be tuned. This strategy, by coupling of external-field and cylindrically confined assembly, is believed to be a promising approach for generating ordered hybrid assemblies with hierarchical structures, which may find potential applications in photoelectric devices, biosensors, and data storage devices. PMID:27054687

  15. Supramolecular polymer assembly in aqueous solution arising from cyclodextrin host–guest complexation

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    Wang, Jie; Qiu, Zhiqiang; Wang, Yiming; Li, Li; Pham, Duc-Truc; Prud’homme, Robert K

    2016-01-01

    Summary The employment of cyclodextrin host–guest complexation to construct supramolecular assemblies with an emphasis on polymer networks is reviewed. The main driving force for this supramolecular assembly is host–guest complexation between cyclodextrin hosts and guest groups either of which may be discrete molecular species or substituents on a polymer backbone. The effects of such complexation on properties at the molecular and macroscopic levels are discussed. It is shown that cyclodextrin complexation may be used to design functional polymer materials with tailorable properties, especially for photo-, pH-, thermo- and redox-responsiveness and self-healing. PMID:26877808

  16. Supramolecular polymer assembly in aqueous solution arising from cyclodextrin host-guest complexation.

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    Wang, Jie; Qiu, Zhiqiang; Wang, Yiming; Li, Li; Guo, Xuhong; Pham, Duc-Truc; Lincoln, Stephen F; Prud'homme, Robert K

    2016-01-01

    The employment of cyclodextrin host-guest complexation to construct supramolecular assemblies with an emphasis on polymer networks is reviewed. The main driving force for this supramolecular assembly is host-guest complexation between cyclodextrin hosts and guest groups either of which may be discrete molecular species or substituents on a polymer backbone. The effects of such complexation on properties at the molecular and macroscopic levels are discussed. It is shown that cyclodextrin complexation may be used to design functional polymer materials with tailorable properties, especially for photo-, pH-, thermo- and redox-responsiveness and self-healing. PMID:26877808

  17. Supramolecular polymer assembly in aqueous solution arising from cyclodextrin host–guest complexation

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    Jie Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The employment of cyclodextrin host–guest complexation to construct supramolecular assemblies with an emphasis on polymer networks is reviewed. The main driving force for this supramolecular assembly is host–guest complexation between cyclodextrin hosts and guest groups either of which may be discrete molecular species or substituents on a polymer backbone. The effects of such complexation on properties at the molecular and macroscopic levels are discussed. It is shown that cyclodextrin complexation may be used to design functional polymer materials with tailorable properties, especially for photo-, pH-, thermo- and redox-responsiveness and self-healing.

  18. Preparation and thermal stability of nickel nanowires via self-assembly process under magnetic field

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    Hu Wang; Ming Li; Xiaoyu Li; Kenan Xie; Li Liao

    2015-09-01

    Nickel nanowires were synthesized via a template-free method in an aqueous solution system combined with chemical reduction and magnetic field. The suitable concentration of Ni ions and reaction time were controlled in order to obtain nickel wires with uniform sizes. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry. The results showed that the Ni nanowires with large aspect ratio up to 200 had uniform size and morphology, about 200 nm. Especially, it is noteworthy that the samples were stable in air when the temperature was lower than 318°C. The study would provide a facile method to prepare nickel nanowires with homogeneous diameter and high thermal stability, which could be used in catalysing CO2 hydrogenation.

  19. Self-assembled, nanowire network electrodes for depleted bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Lan, Xinzheng

    2013-01-06

    Herein, a solution-processed, bottom-up-fabricated, nanowire network electrode is developed. This electrode features a ZnO template which is converted into locally connected, infiltratable, TiO2 nanowires. This new electrode is used to build a depleted bulk heterojunction solar cell employing hybrid-passivated colloidal quantum dots. The new electrode allows the application of a thicker, and thus more light-absorbing, colloidal quantum dot active layer, from which charge extraction of an efficiency comparable to that obtained from a thinner, planar device could be obtained. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Self-assembled ZnO agave-like nanowires and anomalous superhydrophobicity

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    Yang, Y. H.; Li, Z. Y.; Wang, B.; Wang, C. X.; Chen, D. H.; Yang, G. W.

    2005-09-01

    Thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires were prepared on amorphous carbon thin layers on silicon substrates using thermal chemical vapour transport and condensation without any metal catalysts. The unusual superhydrophobicity of the fabricated surface was measured; the water contact angle reaches 151.1°. On the basis of experimental and theoretical analyses, it appears likely that the biomimetic microcomposite and nanocomposite surfaces of the prepared thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires are responsible for the excellent superhydrophobicity.

  1. Self-assembled ZnO agave-like nanowires and anomalous superhydrophobicity

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    Yang, Y H; Li, Z Y; Wang, B; Wang, C X; Chen, D H; Yang, G W [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2005-09-07

    Thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires were prepared on amorphous carbon thin layers on silicon substrates using thermal chemical vapour transport and condensation without any metal catalysts. The unusual superhydrophobicity of the fabricated surface was measured; the water contact angle reaches 151.1 deg. On the basis of experimental and theoretical analyses, it appears likely that the biomimetic microcomposite and nanocomposite surfaces of the prepared thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires are responsible for the excellent superhydrophobicity.

  2. Self-assembled ZnO agave-like nanowires and anomalous superhydrophobicity

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    Thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires were prepared on amorphous carbon thin layers on silicon substrates using thermal chemical vapour transport and condensation without any metal catalysts. The unusual superhydrophobicity of the fabricated surface was measured; the water contact angle reaches 151.1 deg. On the basis of experimental and theoretical analyses, it appears likely that the biomimetic microcomposite and nanocomposite surfaces of the prepared thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires are responsible for the excellent superhydrophobicity

  3. Electrochemically template-grown multi-segmented metal-conjugated polymer nanowires

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    Callegari, Vincent

    2009-01-01

    Anisotropic nano-sized materials are currently of great interest both for improving our fundamental understanding of electrical transport at the nanoscale and for the technological development of many novel electronic devices. Though many various methods are commonly used for fabricating one-component nanowires and nanotubes, only the hard-template technique offers the ability to generate multi-component nanowires, made from or organic and inorganic materials, with a very good control over th...

  4. Controlling the Morphology of Polymer and Fullerene Blends in Organic Photovoltaics Through Sequential Processing and Self-Assembly

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    Aguirre, Jordan Christopher

    Organic photovoltaics are a potential source for cheap renewable energy. However one of the main limitations to the field thus far has been scalability. Power conversion efficiencies of photovoltaic films made on the laboratory scale of a couple of mm2 can be as high as 10%. However when the device area is increased to even tens of mm2 power conversion efficiency plummets. This work presented in this dissertation focuses on understanding and circumventing the issues limiting the expansion of photovoltaic processing to larger device areas. One method of maintaining photovoltaic efficiency over a large range of device areas is to use self-assembling materials to control the active layer morphology. These materials should give the preferred morphology regardless of substrate size. I first study photovoltaic devices utilizing self-assembling fullerenes designed to form nanometer-scale wires within the film active layer. I show that fullerene that are able to form these nano-wires give a higher device range electron mobility through measuring the space charge limited current through a photovoltaic device. However the photovoltaic efficiencies of devices using these fullerenes remains low. I use time resolved microwave conductivity to measure the local nm-scale mobility of these fullerenes to show that there exists two ranges of mobilities in organic photovoltaic films. The nm-scale mobility, governed by electronic overlap of neighboring molecules, and the device range mobility, governed by film morphology. I show that device performance is maximized when both mobility scales are taken into account. Self-assembly is not the only method to achieve scalable organic photovoltaic devices. Next, I show that the fabrication method of sequential processing can give identical device performance between films fabricated on 7.2 mm 2 and 34 mm2 substrates. This is because films produced by sequential processing allows the polymer layer to form prior to fullerene deposition, giving

  5. Formation and properties of surface-anchored polymer assemblies with tunable physico-chemical characteristics

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    Wu, Tao

    We describe two new methodologies leading to the formation of novel surface-anchored polymer assemblies on solid substrates. While the main goal is to understand the fundamentals pertaining to the preparation and properties of the surface-bound polymer assemblies (including neutral and chargeable polymers), several examples also are mentioned throughout the Thesis that point out to practical applications of such structures. The first method is based on generating assemblies comprising anchored polymers with a gradual variation of grafting densities on solid substrates. These structures are prepared by first covering the substrate with a molecular gradient of the polymerization initiator, followed by polymerization from these substrate-bound initiator centers ("grafting from"). We apply this technique to prepare grafting density gradients of poly(acryl amide) (PAAm) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) on silica-covered substrates. We show that using the grafting density gradient geometry, the characteristics of surface-anchored polymers in both the low grafting density ("mushroom") regime as well as the high grafting density ("brush") regime can be accessed conveniently on a single sample. We use a battery of experimental methods, including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Near-edge absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS), contact angle, ellipsometry, to study the characteristics of the surface-bound polymer layers. We also probe the scaling laws of neutral polymer as a function of grafting density, and for weak polyelectrolyte, in addition to the grafting density, we study the affect of solution ionic strength and pH values. In the second novel method, which we coined as "mechanically assisted polymer assembly" (MAPA), we form surface anchored polymers by "grafting from" polymerization initiators deposited on elastic surfaces that have been previously extended uniaxially by a certain length increment, Deltax. Upon releasing the strain in the

  6. Solution-state polymer assemblies influence BCS class II drug dissolution and supersaturation maintenance.

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    Dalsin, Molly C; Tale, Swapnil; Reineke, Theresa M

    2014-02-10

    Spray dried dispersions (SDDs), solid dispersions of polymer excipients and active pharmaceuticals, are important to the field of oral drug delivery for improving active stability, bioavailability, and efficacy. Herein, we examine the influence of solution-state polymer assemblies on amorphous spray-dried dispersion (SDD) performance with two BCS II model drugs, phenytoin and probucol. These drugs were spray dried with 4 model polymer excipients consisting of poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (PEP), N,N,-dimethylacrylamide (DMA), or 2-methacrylamido glucopyranose (MAG): amphiphilic diblock ter- and copolymers, PEP-P(DMA-grad-MAG) and PEP-PDMA, and their respective hydrophilic analogues, P(DMA-grad-MAG) and PDMA. Selective and nonselective solvents for the hydrophilic block of the diblock ter- and copolymers were used to induce or repress solution-state assemblies prior to spray drying. Prespray dried solution-state assemblies of these four polymers were probed with dynamic light scattering (DLS) and showed differences in solution assembly size and structure (free polymer versus aggregates versus micelles). Solid-state structures of spray dried dispersions (SDDs) showed a single glass transition event implying a homogeneous mixture of drug/polymer. Crystallization temperatures and enthalpies indicated that the drugs interact mostly with the DMA-containing portions of the polymers. Scanning electron microscopy was used to determine SDD particle size and morphology for the various polymer-drug pairings. In vitro dissolution tests showed excellent performance for one system, spray-dried PEP-PDMA micelles with probucol. Dissolution structures were investigated through DLS to determine drug-polymer aggregates that lead to enhanced SDD performance. Forced aggregation of the polymer into regular micelle structures was found to be a critical factor to increase the dissolution rate and supersaturation maintenance of SDDs, and may be an attractive platform to exploit in excipient

  7. Thermally Induced Charge Reversal of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Single-Component Polymer Films.

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    Richardson, Joseph J; Tardy, Blaise L; Ejima, Hirotaka; Guo, Junling; Cui, Jiwei; Liang, Kang; Choi, Gwan H; Yoo, Pil J; De Geest, Bruno G; Caruso, Frank

    2016-03-23

    Temperature can be harnessed to engineer unique properties for materials useful in various contexts and has been shown to affect the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of polymer thin films and cause physical changes in preassembled polymer thin films. Herein we demonstrate that exposure to relatively low temperatures (≤ 100 °C) can induce physicochemical changes in cationic polymer thin films. The surface charge of polymer films containing primary and secondary amines reverses after heating (from positive to negative), and different characterization techniques are used to show that the change in surface charge is related to oxidation of the polymer that specifically occurs in the thin film state. This charge reversal allows for single-polymer LbL assembly to be performed with poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH) through alternating heat/deposition steps. Furthermore, the negative charge induced by heating reduces the fouling and cell-association of PAH-coated planar and particulate substrates, respectively. This study highlights a unique property of thin films which is relevant to LbL assembly and biofouling and is of interest for the future development of thin polymer films for biomedical systems. PMID:26953514

  8. One-step synthesis and patterning of aligned polymer nanowires on a substrate

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    Wang Zhong L.; Wang, Xudong; Morber, Jenny R.; Liu, Jin

    2011-11-08

    In a method of making a polymer structure on a substrate a layer of a first polymer, having a horizontal top surface, is applied to a surface of the substrate. An area of the top surface of the polymer is manipulated to create an uneven feature that is plasma etched to remove a first portion from the layer of the first polymer thereby leaving the polymer structure extending therefrom. A light emitting structure includes a conductive substrate from which an elongated nanostructure of a first polymer extends. A second polymer coating is disposed about the nanostructure and includes a second polymer, which includes a material such that a band gap exists between the second polymer coating and the elongated nanostructure. A conductive material coats the second polymer coating. The light emitting structure emits light when a voltage is applied between the conductive substrate and the conductive coating.

  9. Fabrication of uniform and high resolution copper nanowire using intermediate self-assembled monolayers through direct AFM lithography

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    Electrochemical AFM lithography was used to directly fabricate copper nanowires. The copper ions were strongly reduced by a negative sample bias at the point where the AFM tip was localized, and copper metal wires were successfully fabricated following the direction of the electrical field of the bias. A TDA⋅HCl self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was found to play an important role as an intermediate layer for enhancing the capability of high resolution and complete development after the AFM lithographic process. The physical and electrical properties of the wires were analyzed by AFM, EFM, SEM, TEM and I–V measurement. The fabricated copper has promising potential for applications such as masks and interconnectors for nanoelectronic devices. (paper)

  10. Crystal Phase Transformation in Self-Assembled InAs Nanowire Junctions on Patterned Si Substrates.

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    Rieger, Torsten; Rosenbach, Daniel; Vakulov, Daniil; Heedt, Sebastian; Schäpers, Thomas; Grützmacher, Detlev; Lepsa, Mihail Ion

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate the growth and structural characteristics of InAs nanowire junctions evidencing a transformation of the crystalline structure. The junctions are obtained without the use of catalyst particles. Morphological investigations of the junctions reveal three structures having an L-, T-, and X-shape. The formation mechanisms of these structures have been identified. The NW junctions reveal large sections of zinc blende crystal structure free of extended defects, despite the high stacking fault density obtained in individual InAs nanowires. This segment of zinc blende crystal structure in the junction is associated with a crystal phase transformation involving sets of Shockley partial dislocations; the transformation takes place solely in the crystal phase. A model is developed to demonstrate that only the zinc blende phase with the same orientation as the substrate can result in monocrystalline junctions. The suitability of the junctions to be used in nanoelectronic devices is confirmed by room-temperature electrical experiments. PMID:26881450

  11. RAFT Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Free-Base Porphyrin Cored Star Polymers

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    Lin Wu; Ronan McHale; Guoqiang Feng; Xiaosong Wang

    2011-01-01

    Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) synthesis and self-assembly of free-base porphyrin cored star polymers are reported. The polymerization, in the presence of a free-base porphyrin cored chain transfer agent (CTA-FBP), produced porphyrin star polymers with controlled molecular weights and narrow polydispersities for a number of monomers including N, N-dimethylacrylamide (DMA) and styrene (St). Well-defined amphiphilic star block copolymers, P-(PS-PDMA)4 and P-(PDMA-PS)4 (...

  12. Self-assembled growth of GaN nanowires on amorphous Al x O y : from nucleation to the formation of dense nanowire ensembles

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    Sobanska, M.; Fernández-Garrido, S.; Zytkiewicz, Z. R.; Tchutchulashvili, G.; Gieraltowska, S.; Brandt, O.; Geelhaar, L.

    2016-08-01

    We present a comprehensive description of the self-assembled nucleation and growth of GaN nanowires (NWs) by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on amorphous Al x O y buffers (a-Al x O y ) prepared by atomic layer deposition. The results are compared with those obtained on nitridated Si(111). Using line-of-sight quadrupole mass spectrometry, we analyze in situ the incorporation of Ga starting from the incubation and nucleation stages till the formation of the final nanowire ensemble and observe qualitatively the same time dependence for the two types of substrates. However, on a-Al x O y the incubation time is shorter and the nucleation faster than on nitridated Si. Moreover, on a-Al x O y we observe a novel effect of decrease in incorporated Ga flux for long growth durations which we explain by coalescence of NWs leading to reduction of the GaN surface area where Ga may reside. Dedicated samples are used to analyze the evolution of surface morphology. In particular, no GaN nuclei are detected when growth is interrupted during the incubation stage. Moreover, for a-Al x O y , the same shape transition from spherical cap-shaped GaN crystallites to the NW-like geometry is found as it is known for nitridated Si. However, while the critical radius for this transition is only slightly larger for a-Al x O y than for nitridated Si, the critical height is more than six times larger for a-Al x O y . Finally, we observe that in fully developed NW ensembles, the substrate no longer influences growth kinetics and the same N-limited axial growth rate is measured on both substrates. We conclude that the same nucleation and growth processes take place on a-Al x O y as on nitridated Si and that these processes are of a general nature. Quantitatively, nucleation proceeds somewhat differently, which indicates the influence of the substrate, but once shadowing limits growth processes to the upper part of the NW ensemble, they are not affected anymore by the type of substrate.

  13. Under-Liquid Self-Assembly of Submerged Buoyant Polymer Particles.

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    Multanen, Victor; Pogreb, Roman; Bormashenko, Yelena; Shulzinger, Evgeny; Whyman, Gene; Frenkel, Mark; Bormashenko, Edward

    2016-06-14

    The self-assembly of submerged cold-plasma-treated polyethylene beads (PBs) is reported. The plasma-treated immersed millimetrically sized PBs formed well-ordered 2D quasicrystalline structures. The submerged floating of "light" (buoyant) PBs is possible because of the energy gain achieved by the wetting of the high-energy plasma-treated polymer surface prevailing over the energy loss due to the upward climb of the liquid over the beads. The capillary "immersion" attraction force is responsible for the observed self-assembly. The observed 2D quasicrystalline structures demonstrate "dislocations" and "point defects". The mechanical vibration of self-assembled rafts built of PBs leads to the healing of point defects. The immersion capillary lateral force governs the self-assembly, whereas the elastic force is responsible for the repulsion of polymer beads. PMID:27193509

  14. The magnetic assembly of polymer colloids in a ferrofluid and its display applications.

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    Liu, Jing; Mao, Yiwu; Ge, Jianping

    2012-03-01

    Nonmagnetic polymer colloids have been assembled into colloidal photonic crystals in a ferrofluid by applying an external magnetic field based on the dipole-dipole interactions of "magnetic holes". The photonic crystal disassembles immediately when the magnetic field is removed. The mechanism of assembly can be explained by two simultaneous processes: phase separation and colloidal assembly. In this work, increasing the size of the building blocks still produces colorful photonic crystals due to their 2nd order diffraction. With a larger building block, the magnetic response between the polymer colloids is greatly enhanced so that an instant and reversible assembly/disassembly can be realized in a much weaker magnetic field and lower ferrofluid concentration. Based on these investigations, a magnetically controlled photonic display unit has been fabricated, which works in a weak magnetic field, has stable reflection signals and possesses fast and reversible on/off switching of reflections. PMID:22297654

  15. Passive micro-assembly of modular, hot embossed, polymer microfluidic devices using exact constraint design

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    Low-cost microfluidic platforms have the potential to change accepted practices in many fields, including biology and medicine, in the near future. Micro-assembly of molded polymer microfluidic devices is one approach to cost-effective mass production of modular, microfluidic instruments. Polymer, passive alignment structures were used to precisely assemble molded polymer components to prevent infinitesimal motions and minimize the misalignment between assembled components and devices. The motion and constraint of the assemblies were analyzed using screw theory to identify combinations of passive alignment structures that would provide exact constraint of all degrees of freedom of the two mating parts without over-constraint. One option identified by kinematic analysis was a set of three v-groove and hemisphere-tipped pin joints, which are well known from precision engineering and suitable for microfabrication. To validate the passive alignment scheme, brass mold inserts containing alignment structures were micro-milled and used to hot emboss components in polycarbonate (PC). Dimensional and location variations of prototype alignment structures were measured to quantify the difference between the as-designed and actual dimensions and the locations of the alignment structures. The dimensional variation was 0.2–3% less than the designed dimensions and the location variation was 0.7% less. The alignment accuracy of an assembly was characterized by measuring the mismatch and vertical variation between molded alignment standards embossed on each pair of mating plates. With molded, polymer alignment structures the mean mismatch and mean vertical variation were as low as 13 ± 3 µm in the lateral plane along the x- and y-axes and −6 ± 15 µm with respect to the nominal value of 107 µm. This micro-assembly technology is applicable to the integration of all microsystems including the interconnection of microfluidic devices, the assembly of hybrid microsystems

  16. Virus-Assembled Flexible Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces for Enhanced Polymer-Based Battery Applications

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    Peter Kofinas; Culver, James N.; Ayan Ghosh; Chunsheng Wang; Brown, Adam D.; Juchen Guo; Elizabeth Royston

    2012-01-01

    High-aspect-ratio cobalt-oxide-coated Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV-) assembled polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) nonstick surfaces were integrated with a solvent-free polymer electrolyte to create an anode-electrolyte interface for use in lithium-ion batteries. The virus-assembled PTFE surfaces consisted primarily of cobalt oxide and were readily intercalated with a low-molecular-weight poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) based diblock copolymer electrolyte to produce a solid anode-electrolyte system. The ...

  17. Self-Assembling Peptide-Polymer Hydrogels Designed From the Coiled Coil Region of Fibrin

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    Jing, Peng; Rudra, Jai S; Herr, Andrew B.; Collier, Joel H.

    2008-01-01

    Biomaterials constructed from self-assembling peptides, peptide derivatives, and peptide-polymer conjugates are receiving increasing attention as defined matrices for tissue engineering, controlled therapeutic release, and in vitro cell expansion, but many are constructed from peptide structures not typically found in the human extracellular matrix. Here we report a self-assembling biomaterial constructed from a designed peptide inspired by the coiled coil domain of human fibrin, the major pr...

  18. Highly Ordered Single Crystalline Nanowire Array Assembled Three-Dimensional Nb3O7(OH) and Nb2O5 Superstructures for Energy Storage and Conversion Applications.

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    Zhang, Haimin; Wang, Yun; Liu, Porun; Chou, Shu Lei; Wang, Jia Zhao; Liu, Hongwei; Wang, Guozhong; Zhao, Huijun

    2016-01-26

    Three-dimensional (3D) metal oxide superstructures have demonstrated great potentials for structure-dependent energy storage and conversion applications. Here, we reported a facile hydrothermal method for direct growth of highly ordered single crystalline nanowire array assembled 3D orthorhombic Nb3O7(OH) superstructures and their subsequent thermal transformation into monoclinic Nb2O5 with well preserved 3D nanowire superstructures. The performance of resultant 3D Nb3O7(OH) and Nb2O5 superstructures differed remarkably when used for energy conversion and storage applications. The thermally converted Nb2O5 superstructures as anode material of lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) showed higher capacity and excellent cycling stability compared to the Nb3O7(OH) superstructures, while directly hydrothermal grown Nb3O7(OH) nanowire superstructure film on FTO substrate as photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) without the need for further calcination exhibited an overall light conversion efficiency of 6.38%, higher than that (5.87%) of DSSCs made from the thermally converted Nb2O5 film. The high energy application performance of the niobium-based nanowire superstructures with different chemical compositions can be attributed to their large surface area, superior electron transport property, and high light utilization efficiency resulting from a 3D superstructure, high crystallinity, and large sizes. The formation process of 3D nanowire superstructures before and after thermal treatment was investigated and discussed based on our theoretical and experimental results. PMID:26579783

  19. Assembly of optical fibers for the connection of polymer-based waveguide

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    Ansel, Yannick; Grau, Daniel; Holzki, Markus; Kraus, Silvio; Neumann, Frank; Reinhard, Carsten; Schmitz, Felix

    2003-03-01

    This paper describes the realization of polymer-based optical structures and the assembly and packaging strategy to connect optical fiber ribbons to the waveguides. For that a low cost fabrication process using the SU-8TM thick photo-resist is presented. This process consists in the deposition of two photo-structurized resist layers filled up with epoxy glue realising the core waveguide. For the assembly, a new modular vacuum gripper was realised and installed on an automatic pick and place assembly robot to mount precisely and efficiently the optical fibers in the optical structures. First results have shown acceptable optical propagation loss for the complete test structure.

  20. Self-assembly of polymer-modified montmorillonite in epoxy systems

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    Kelnar, Ivan; Rotrekl, Jakub

    Gargnano : EPF, 2010. s. 78. [EUPOC 2010 - Europolymer Conference, Hierarchically Structured Polymers. 30.05.2010-04.06.2010, Gargnano] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA200500904 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : nanosilicate * self-assembly * epoxy Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  1. Cycling performance of lithium polymer cells assembled by in situ polymerization of a non-flammable ionic liquid monomer

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    Highlights: • Gel polymer electrolytes were synthesized by in situ polymerization of ionic liquid in the lithium polymer cells. • Flammability of the electrolyte was significantly reduced by polymerizing electrolyte containing a non-flammable ionic liquid monomer. • The cells assembled with polymeric ionic liquid-based electrolytes exhibited reversible cycling behavior with good capacity retention. -- Abstract: Lithium polymer cells composed of a lithium negative electrode and a LiCoO2 positive electrode were assembled with a gel polymer electrolyte obtained by in situ polymerization of an electrolyte solution containing an ionic liquid monomer with vinyl groups. The polymerization of the electrolyte solution containing the non-flammable ionic liquid monomer resulted in a significant reduction of the flammability of the gel polymer electrolytes. The lithium polymer cell assembled with the stable gel polymer electrolyte delivered a discharge capacity of 134.3 mAh g−1 at ambient temperature and exhibited good capacity retention

  2. Controlled Self Assembly of Conjugated Polymer Containing Block Copolymers

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    McCulloch, Bryan

    2012-01-01

    The discovery and development of conjugated polymers has led to a large and vibrant research field due to their unique semiconducting properties and possibility of offering a completely new paradigm due to their abundant, lightweight, flexible and solution processable properties. In particular, the optoelectronic properties of these materials make them very well suited to applications such as organic light emitting diodes or organic photovoltaics and their relatively high charge mobility als...

  3. Tuning the Assembly of Spherical Nanoparticles in Semicrystalline Polymers

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    Zhao, Dan; Jestin, Jacques; Zhao, Longxi; Kumar, Sanat K.; Mohammadkhani, Mohammad; Benicewicz, Brian C.

    We propose a simple, novel strategy to controlling nanoparticle (NPs) dispersion states in a semi-crystalline polymer matrix exploiting the kinetics of polymer crystallization. The system consists of poly(methyl methacrylate) grafted spherical silica NPs and poly(ethylene oxide) matrices, which are thermodynamically miscible in the melt. We first show that no remarkable change was observed in the spatial dispersion of NPs upon fast crystallization. However, for slow crystallization, both TEM and X-ray/neutron scattering reveal that the system starts to be organized in a ``layer-by-layer'' architecture, where the NPs are aligned in the amorphous phases intercalated by the crystalline lamellar phases. More importantly, we have found that the resulting ``sheet-like'' NP morphology gives rise to a 2-fold increase in the storage modulus but without compromising the fracture toughness of the neat polymer. These results open pathways for creating in-situ biomimetic hierarchical structures with improved mechanical properties through a simple, single-step crystallization processing, which could lead to new applications for this largest class of commercially relevant polymeric materials.

  4. Ultrathin Nanotube/Nanowire Electrodes by Spin-Spray Layer-by-Layer Assembly: A Concept for Transparent Energy Storage.

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    Gittleson, Forrest S; Hwang, Daniel; Ryu, Won-Hee; Hashmi, Sara M; Hwang, Jonathan; Goh, Tenghooi; Taylor, André D

    2015-10-27

    Fully integrated transparent devices require versatile architectures for energy storage, yet typical battery electrodes are thick (20-100 μm) and composed of optically absorbent materials. Reducing the length scale of active materials, assembling them with a controllable method and minimizing electrode thickness should bring transparent batteries closer to reality. In this work, the rapid and controllable spin-spray layer-by-layer (SSLbL) method is used to generate high quality networks of 1D nanomaterials: single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanowires for anode and cathode electrodes, respectively. These ultrathin films, deposited with ∼2 nm/bilayer precision are transparent when deposited on a transparent substrate (>87% transmittance) and electrochemically active in Li-ion cells. SSLbL-assembled ultrathin SWNT anodes and V2O5 cathodes exhibit reversible lithiation capacities of 23 and 7 μAh/cm(2), respectively at a current density of 5 μA/cm(2). When these electrodes are combined in a full cell, they retain ∼5 μAh/cm(2) capacity over 100 cycles, equivalent to the prelithiation capacity of the limiting V2O5 cathode. The SSLbL technique employed here to generate functional thin films is uniquely suited to the generation of transparent electrodes and offers a compelling path to realize the potential of fully integrated transparent devices. PMID:26344174

  5. Alignment of human cardiomyocytes on laser patterned biphasic core/shell nanowire assemblies

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    The management of end stage heart failure patients is only possible by heart transplantation or by the implantation of artificial hearts as a bridge for later transplantation. However, these therapeutic strategies are limited by a lack of donor hearts and by the associated complications, such as coagulation and infection, due to the used artificial mechanical circulatory assist devices. Therefore, new strategies for myocardial regenerative approaches are under extensive research to produce contractile myocardial tissue in the future to replace non-contractile myocardial ischemic and scarred tissue. Different approaches, such as cell transplantation, have been studied intensively. Although successful approaches have been observed, there are still limitations to the application. It is envisaged that myocardial tissue engineering can be used to help replace infarcted non-contractile tissue. The developed tissue should later mimic the aligned fibrillar structure of the extracellular matrix and provide important guidance cues for the survival, function and the needed orientation of cardiomyocytes. Nanostructured surfaces have been tested to provide a guided direction that cells can follow. In the present study, the cellular adhesion/alignment of human cardiomyocytes and the biocompatibility have been investigated after cultivation on different laser-patterned nanowires compared with unmodified nanowires. As a result, the nanostructured surfaces possessed good biocompatibility before and after laser modification. The laser-induced scalability of the pattern enabled the growth and orientation of the adhered myocardial tissue. Such approaches may be used to modify the surface of potential scaffolds to develop myocardial contractile tissue in the future. (paper)

  6. Electrostatically Directed Self-Assembly of Ultrathin Supramolecular Polymer Microcapsules

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    Parker, Richard M.; Zhang, Jing; Zheng, Yu; Coulston, Roger J.; Smith, Clive A; Salmon, Andrew R; Yu, Ziyi; Oren A. Scherman; Abell, Chris

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular self-assembly offers routes to challenging architectures on the molecular and macroscopic scale. Coupled with microfluidics it has been used to make microcapsules—where a 2D sheet is shaped in 3D, encapsulating the volume within. In this paper, a versatile methodology to direct the accumulation of capsule-forming components to the droplet interface using electrostatic interactions is described. In this approach, charged copolymers are selectively partitioned to the microdroplet...

  7. ZnO nanowire network transistors based on a self-assembly method

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    Dai Zhenqing; Chen Changxin; Zhang Yaozhong; Wei Liangming; Zhang Jing; Xu Dong; Zhang Yafei

    2012-01-01

    Dense,uniform ZnO nanowire (NW) networks are prepared by using a simple and sufficient selfassembly method.In this method,ZnO NWs are modified with aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) to form positively charged amine-terminated surfaces.The modified ZnO NWs are adsorbed on negatively charged SiO2/Si substrates to form ZnO NW networks by the electrostatic interaction in an aqueous solution.Field-effect transistors (FETs) are fabricated and studied based on the ZnO NW networks.For a typical device with an NW density of 2.8 μm-2,it exhibits a current on/off ratio of 2.4 × 105,a transconductance of 336 nS,and a field-effect mobility of 27.4 cm2/(V·s).

  8. Assessment of Polarity in GaN Self-Assembled Nanowires by Electrical Force Microscopy.

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    Minj, A; Cros, A; Garro, N; Colchero, J; Auzelle, T; Daudin, B

    2015-10-14

    In this work, we demonstrate the capabilities of atomic force microscopies (AFMs) for the nondestructive determination of the polarity of GaN nanowires (NWs). Three complementary AFMs are analyzed here: Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM), light-assisted KPFM, and piezo-force microscopy (PFM). These techniques allow us to assess the polarity of individual NWs over an area of tens of μm(2) and provide statistics on the polarity of the ensemble with an accuracy hardly reachable by other methods. The precise quantitative analysis of the tip-sample interaction by multidimensional spectroscopic measurements, combined with advanced data analysis, has allowed the separate characterization of electrostatic and van der Waals forces as a function of tip-sample distance. Besides their polarity, the net surface charge density of individual NWs was estimated. PMID:26380860

  9. Effect of polymer brushes on the Self Assembly of 3D Poly(Styrene-Methylmethacrylate) thin films

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    Lwoya, Baraka; Albert, Julie

    2015-03-01

    It would be instrumental to understand the self-assembly capabilities of polymers especially given their industrial capabilities of templating and membrane application .The ability of block copolymers to self assemble into different morphologies is determined by several factor including type of polymer blocks, volume fraction, substrate preference to a polymer and chain architecture . In this paper Poly(Styrene-Methylmethacrylate) (PS-PMMA) was chosen was chosen to further understand the effect polymer brushes on the substrate had on the self assembly of 3D structured PS-PMMA spin coated thin films (30-150 nm). The polymer brushes were grown using surface initiated atomic transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) with the optimal chain length being confirmed by gel permeation chromatography. By using ellipsometer and contact angle measurement the uniformity of the polymer brushes are characterized, while the morphology of the spin coated thin films after thermal annealing would be characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  10. Polymer-mediated nanorod self-assembly predicted by dissipative particle dynamics simulations.

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    Khani, Shaghayegh; Jamali, Safa; Boromand, Arman; Hore, Michael J A; Maia, Joao

    2015-09-14

    Self-assembly of nanoparticles in polymer matrices is an interesting and growing subject in the field of nanoscience and technology. We report herein on modelling studies of the self-assembly and phase behavior of nanorods in a homopolymer matrix, with the specific goal of evaluating the role of deterministic entropic and enthalpic factors that control the aggregation/dispersion in such systems. Grafting polymer brushes from the nanorods is one approach to control/impact their self-assembly capabilities within a polymer matrix. From an energetic point of view, miscible interactions between the brush and the matrix are required for achieving a better dispersibility; however, grafting density and brush length are the two important parameters in dictating the morphology. Unlike in previous computational studies, the present Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) simulation framework is able to both predict dispersion or aggregation of nanorods and determine the self-assembled structure, allowing for the determination of a phase diagram, which takes all of these factors into account. Three types of morphologies are predicted: dispersion, aggregation and partial aggregation. Moreover, favorable enthalpic interactions between the brush and the matrix are found to be essential for expanding the window for achieving a well-dispersed morphology. A three-dimensional phase diagram is mapped on which all the afore-mentioned parameters are taken into account. Additionally, in the case of immiscibility between brushes and the matrix, simulations predict the formation of some new and tunable structures. PMID:26235000

  11. Controlling self-assembly of DNA-polymer conjugates for applications in imaging and drug delivery.

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    Peterson, Amberlyn M; Heemstra, Jennifer M

    2015-01-01

    Amphiphilic supramolecular structures such as micelles and vesicles can be formed through phase-driven self-assembly of monomer units having discrete hydrophilic and hydrophobic blocks. These structures show great promise for use in medical and biological applications, and incorporating DNA as the hydrophilic block of the amphiphilic monomers enables the creation of assemblies that also take advantage of the unique information storage and molecular recognition capabilities of DNA. Recently, significant advances have been made in the synthesis of DNA-polymer conjugates (DPCs), controlling the morphology of DPC assemblies by altering monomer structure, and probing the effect of assembly on DNA stability and hybridization. Together, these investigations have laid the framework for using DPCs in drug delivery, cellular imaging, and other applications in materials science and chemistry. PMID:25327363

  12. Hybrid Materials Prepared from Polymers and Self-assembled Systems by Physical Processes

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    Jean-Michel; Guenet

    2007-01-01

    1 Results A new type of hybrid materails prepared from ternary systems polymer/bicopper organic complex/solvent is presented.Each binary system displays differing types of behaviour: The polymer solutions produce thermoreversible gels while the bicopper organic complex (designated as CuS8) forms randomly-dispersed,self-assembling threads in organic solvents (See Fig.1(a),(b)).Fig.1 The CuS8 and ips thermoreversible gels Thermoreversible gels possess a fibrillar morphology with a typical mesh size ra...

  13. Ordered silicon nanowire arrays prepared by an improved nanospheres self-assembly in combination with Ag-assisted wet chemical etching

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    Jia, Guobin; Westphalen, Jasper; Drexler, Jan; Plentz, Jonathan; Dellith, Jan; Dellith, Andrea; Andrä, Gudrun; Falk, Fritz

    2016-04-01

    An improved Langmuir-Blodgett self-assembly process combined with Ag-assisted wet chemical etching for the preparation of ordered silicon nanowire arrays is presented in this paper. The new process is independent of the surface conditions (hydrophilic or hydrophobic) of the substrate, allowing for depositing a monolayer of closely packed polystyrene nanospheres onto any flat surface. A full control of the morphology of the silicon nanowire is achieved. Furthermore, it is observed that the formation of porous-Si at the tips of the nanowires is closely related to the release of Ag nanoparticles from the Ag mask during the etching, which subsequently redeposit on the surface initially free of Ag, and these Ag nanoparticles catalyze the etching of the tips and lead to the porous-Si formation. This finding will help to improve the resulting nano- and microstructures to get them free of pores, and renders it a promising technology for low-cost high throughput fabrication of specific optical devices, photonic crystals, sensors, MEMS, and NEMS by substituting the costly BOSCH process. It is shown that ordered nanowire arrays free of porous structures can be produced if all sources of Ag nanoparticles are excluded, and structures with aspect ratio more than 100 can be produced.

  14. Microwave synthesis of branched silver nanowires and their use as fillers for high thermal conductivity polymer composites

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    Seshadri, Indira; Esquenazi, Gibran L.; Cardinal, Thomas; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian; Ramanath, Ganpati

    2016-04-01

    We report a rapid synthesis approach to obtain branched Ag nanowires by microwave-stimulated polyvinylpyrrolidone-directed polyol-reduction of silver nitrate. Microwave exposure results in micrometer-long nanowires passivated with polyvinylpyrrolidone. Cooling the reaction mixture by interrupting microwave exposure promotes nanocrystal nucleation at low-surfactant coverage sites. The nascent nuclei grow into nanowire branches upon further microwave exposure. Dispersions of low fractions of the branched nanowires in polydimethylsiloxane yield up to 60% higher thermal conductivity than that obtained using unbranched nanowire fillers. Our findings should be useful for realizing nanocomposites with tailored thermal transport properties for applications.

  15. Surfactant self-assembly in oppositely charged polymer networks. Theory.

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    Hansson, Per

    2009-10-01

    The interaction of ionic surfactants with polyion networks of opposite charge in an aqueous environment is analyzed theoretically by applying a recent theory of surfactant ion-polyion complex salts (J. Colloid. Int. Sci. 2009, 332, 183). The theory takes into account attractive and repulsive polyion-mediated interactions between the micelles, the deformation of the polymer network, the mixing of micelles, polyion chains, and simple ions with water, and the hydrophobic free energy at the micelle surface. The theory is used to calculate binding isotherms, swelling isotherms, surfactant aggregation numbers, compositions of complexes,and phase structure under various conditions. Factors controlling the gel volume transition and conditions for core/shell phase coexistence are investigated in detail, as well as the influence of salt. In particular, the interplay between electrostatic and elastic interactions is highlighted. Results from theory are compared with experimental data reported in the literature. The agreement is found to be semiquantitative or qualitative. The theory explains both the discrete volume transition observed in systems where the surfactant is in excess over the polyion and the core/shell phase coexistence in systems where the polyion is in excess. PMID:19728696

  16. In-process assembly of micro metal inserts in a polymer matrix

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    Tosello, Guido; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2006-01-01

    New functionalities and smaller dimensions of micro products can be achieved by means of a higher degree of integration of both materials and components. Smart micro assembly techniques (such as on-the-machine assembly) together with hybrid structures (as metal inserts in polymer matrix) are...... embossing-like process which allows fast developing time and the possibility of batch process. Different levels of surface roughness and metal insert thickness were applied in a systematic design of experiments. The results show a strong influence of surface texture on bonding strength. The testing...

  17. Gallium-Catalyzed Silicon Oxide Nanowire Growth

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    Zheng Wei Pan; Sheng Dai; Douglas H.Lowndes

    2005-01-01

    Silicon oxide nanowires tend to assemble into various complex morphologies through a metalcatalyzed vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth process. This article summarizes our recent efforts in the controlled growth of silicon oxide nanowire assemblies by using molten gallium as the catalyst and silicon wafer,SiO powder, or silane (SiH4) as the silicon sources. Silicon oxide nanowire assemblies with morphologies of carrotlike, cometlike, gourdlike, spindlelike, badmintonlike, sandwichlike, etc. were obtained. Although the morphologies of the nanowire assemblies are temperature- and silicon source-dependent, they share similar structural and compositional features: all the assemblies contain a microscale spherical liquid Ga ball and a highly aligned, closely packed amorphous silicon oxide nanowire bunch. The Ga-catalyzed silicon oxide nanowire growth reveals several interesting new nanowire growth phenomena that expand our knowledge of the conventional VLS nanowire growth mechanism.

  18. Virus-Assembled Flexible Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces for Enhanced Polymer-Based Battery Applications

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    High-aspect-ratio cobalt-oxide-coated Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV-) assembled polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) nonstick surfaces were integrated with a solvent-free polymer electrolyte to create an anode-electrolyte interface for use in lithium-ion batteries. The virus-assembled PTFE surfaces consisted primarily of cobalt oxide and were readily intercalated with a low-molecular-weight poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) based di block copolymer electrolyte to produce a solid anode-electrolyte system. The resulting polymer-coated virus-based system was then peeled from the PTFE backing to produce a flexible electrode-electrolyte component. Electrochemical studies indicated the virus-structured metal-oxide PEO-based interface was stable and displayed robust charge transfer kinetics. Combined, these studies demonstrate the development of a novel solid-state electrode architecture with a unique peel able and flexible processing attribute.

  19. Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers for High Breakdown Strength Polymer Film Capacitors.

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    Samant, Saumil P; Grabowski, Christopher A; Kisslinger, Kim; Yager, Kevin G; Yuan, Guangcui; Satija, Sushil K; Durstock, Michael F; Raghavan, Dharmaraj; Karim, Alamgir

    2016-03-01

    Emerging needs for fast charge/discharge yet high-power, lightweight, and flexible electronics requires the use of polymer-film-based solid-state capacitors with high energy densities. Fast charge/discharge rates of film capacitors on the order of microseconds are not achievable with slower charging conventional batteries, supercapacitors and related hybrid technologies. However, the current energy densities of polymer film capacitors fall short of rising demand, and could be significantly enhanced by increasing the breakdown strength (EBD) and dielectric permittivity (εr) of the polymer films. Co-extruded two-homopolymer component multilayered films have demonstrated much promise in this regard showing higher EBD over that of component polymers. Multilayered films can also help incorporate functional features besides energy storage, such as enhanced optical, mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In this work, we report accomplishing multilayer, multicomponent block copolymer dielectric films (BCDF) with soft-shear driven highly oriented self-assembled lamellar diblock copolymers (BCP) as a novel application of this important class of self-assembling materials. Results of a model PS-b-PMMA system show ∼50% enhancement in EBD of self-assembled multilayer lamellar BCP films compared to unordered as-cast films, indicating that the breakdown is highly sensitive to the nanostructure of the BCP. The enhancement in EBD is attributed to the "barrier effect", where the multiple interfaces between the lamellae block components act as barriers to the dielectric breakdown through the film. The increase in EBD corresponds to more than doubling the energy storage capacity using a straightforward directed self-assembly strategy. This approach opens a new nanomaterial paradigm for designing high energy density dielectric materials. PMID:26942835

  20. Characterization of Self-Assembly and Charge Transport in Model Polymer Electrolyte Membranes

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    Beers, Keith Morgan

    2012-01-01

    There is broad interest in creating polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) that have a charged hydrophilic nanophase, where the size and geometry of the phase can be precisely controlled. The applications for such materials range from portable power generating devices to water purification. There is a need to better characterize the self-assembly, thermodynamics, and performance of both current and future PEMs. To this end a series of chapters is presented, that explore the development of techn...

  1. Silicon nanowire hybrid photovoltaics

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    Garnett, Erik C.

    2010-06-01

    Silicon nanowire Schottky junction solar cells have been fabricated using n-type silicon nanowire arrays and a spin-coated conductive polymer (PEDOT). The polymer Schottky junction cells show superior surface passivation and open-circuit voltages compared to standard diffused junction cells with native oxide surfaces. External quantum efficiencies up to 88% were measured for these silicon nanowire/PEDOT solar cells further demonstrating excellent surface passivation. This process avoids high temperature processes which allows for low-cost substrates to be used. © 2010 IEEE.

  2. Carrier Transport Enhancement in Conjugated Polymers through Interfacial Self-Assembly of Solution-State Aggregates

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    Zhao, Kui

    2016-07-13

    We demonstrate that local and long range orders of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) semicrystalline films can be synergistically improved by combining chemical functionalization of the dielectric surface with solution-state disentanglement and pre-aggregation of P3HT in a theta solvent, leading to a very significant enhancement of the field effect carrier mobility. The pre-aggregation and surface functionalization effects combine to enhance the carrier mobility nearly 100-fold as compared with standard film preparation by spin-coating, and nearly 10-fold increase over the benefits of pre-aggregation alone. In situ quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) experiments reveal enhanced deposition of pre-aggregates on surfaces modified with an alkyl-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM) in comparison to un-aggregated polymer chains. Additional investigations reveal the combined pre-aggregation and surface functionalization significantly enhances local order of the conjugated polymer through planarization and extension of the conjugated backbone of the polymer which clearly translate to significant improvements of carrier transport at the semiconductor-dielectric interface in organic thin film transistors. This study points to opportunities in combining complementary routes, such as well-known pre-aggregation with substrate chemical functionalization, to enhance the polymer self-assembly and improve its interfacial order with benefits for transport properties.

  3. Molecular junctions of self-assembled monolayers with conducting polymer contacts.

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    Neuhausen, Alexander B; Hosseini, Ali; Sulpizio, Joseph A; Chidsey, Christopher E D; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2012-11-27

    We present a method to fabricate individually addressable junctions of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) that builds on previous studies which have shown that soft conductive polymer top contacts virtually eliminate shorts through the SAMs. We demonstrate devices with nanoscale lateral dimensions, representing an order of magnitude reduction in device area, with high yield and relatively low device-to-device variation, improving several features of previous soft contact devices. The devices are formed in pores in an inorganic dielectric layer with features defined by e-beam lithography and dry etching. We replace the aqueous PEDOT:PSS conductive polymer used in prior devices with Aedotron P, a low-viscosity, amphiphilic polymer, allowing incorporation of self-assembled monolayers with either hydrophobic or hydrophilic termination with the same junction geometry and materials. We demonstrate the adaptability of this new design by presenting transport measurements on SAMs composed of alkanethiols with methyl, thiol, carboxyl, and azide terminations. We establish that the observed room-temperature tunnel barrier is primarily a function of monolayer thickness, independent of the terminal group's hydrophilicity. Finally, we investigate the temperature dependence of transport and show that the low-temperature behavior is based on the energy distribution of sites from which carriers can tunnel between the polymer and gold contacts, as described by a model of variable-range hopping transport in a disordered conductor. PMID:23035989

  4. Modeling the Assembly of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles at Oil-Water Interfaces.

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    Yong, Xin

    2015-10-27

    Using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD), I model the interfacial adsorption and self-assembly of polymer-grafted nanoparticles at a planar oil-water interface. The amphiphilic core-shell nanoparticles irreversibly adsorb to the interface and create a monolayer covering the interface. The polymer chains of the adsorbed nanoparticles are significantly deformed by surface tension to conform to the interface. I quantitatively characterize the properties of the particle-laden interface and the structure of the monolayer in detail at different surface coverages. I observe that the monolayer of particles grafted with long polymer chains undergoes an intriguing liquid-crystalline-amorphous phase transition in which the relationship between the monolayer structure and the surface tension/pressure of the interface is elucidated. Moreover, my results indicate that the amorphous state at high surface coverage is induced by the anisotropic distribution of the randomly grafted chains on each particle core, which leads to noncircular in-plane morphology formed under excluded volume effects. These studies provide a fundamental understanding of the interfacial behavior of polymer-grafted nanoparticles for achieving complete control of the adsorption and subsequent self-assembly. PMID:26439456

  5. Fully Solution-Processed Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with Laminated Nanowire Electrodes

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    Gaynor, Whitney

    2010-01-26

    We demonstrate organic photovoltaic cells in which every layer is deposited by solution processing on opaque metal substrates, with efficiencies similar to those obtained in conventional device structures on transparent substrates. The device architecture is enabled by solution-processed, laminated silver nanowire films serving as the top transparent anode. The cells are based on the regioregular poly(3- hexylthiophene) and C 61 butyric acid methyl ester bulk heterojunction and reach an efficiency of 2.5% under 100 mW/cm 2 of AM 1.5G illumination. The metal substrates are adequate barriers to moisture and oxygen, in contrast to transparent plastics that have previously been used, giving rise to the possibility of roll-to-roll solutionprocessed solar cells that are packaged by lamination to glass substrates, combining the cost advantage of roll-toroll processing with the barrier properties of glass and metal foil. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  6. A novel self-assembly with zinc porphyrin coordination polymer for enhanced photocurrent conversion in supramolecular solar cells

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    Graphical abstract: An innovative type of self-assembly based on acetohydrazide zinc porphyrin coordination polymer has been prepared in supramolecular solar cells. - Highlights: • A novel assembly with acetohydrazide porphyrin coordination polymer. • The assembly based on porphyrin is prepared as parallel sample. • Coordination polymer-based assembly shows enhanced photoelectronic behavior. • A series of different organic acid ligands as anchoring groups are prepared. - Abstract: In this work, a novel acetohydrazide zinc porphyrin-based coordination polymer (CP)-isonicotinic acid self-assembly by metal-ligand axial coordination to modify the nano-structured TiO2 electrode surface has been investigated in photoelectrochemical device. Compared to the assembly based on corresponding zinc porphyrin combined with isonicotinic acid by metal-ligand axial coordination, CP-isonicotinic acid assembly exhibits a significantly enhanced photoelectronic behavior. In addition, a series of different organic acid ligands were prepared to probe the impact of their structures on the photoelectronic performances of their corresponding assemblies-sensitized cells. This study affords a novel type of self-assembly to functionalize the nanostructured TiO2 electrode surface in supramolecular solar cells

  7. Self-Assembled Collagen-like Peptide Fibers as Templates for Metallic Nanowires

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    Gottlieb, Daniel; Morin, Stephen A.; Jin, Song; Raines, Ronald T.

    2008-01-01

    Inspired by nature’s ability to fabricate supramolecular nanostructures from the bottom-up, materials scientist have become increasingly interested in the use of biomolecules like DNA, peptides, or proteins as templates for the creation of novel nanostructures and nanomaterials. Although the advantages of self-assembling biomolecular structures clearly lie in their chemical diversity, spatial control, and numerous geometric architectures, it is challenging to elaborate them into functional hy...

  8. Thermosensitive Polymer Nanocontainers Prepared by Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers

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    Chen Xiangrong; Ding Xiaobing; Zheng Zhaohui; Peng Yuxing

    2004-01-01

    In recent years, considerable effort has been devoted to the preparation of polymer nanocontainers because of their unique advantages. Compared to polymer microspheres or micelles,polymer nanocontainers are hollow-sphere structures and can encapsulate large quantities of guest molecules or large-sized guests within the "empty" core domain. Compared to polymer vesicles,polymer nanocontainers have enough mechanical stability to prevent them from structure changes due to covalent or ionic interactions responsible for their formation. Therefore, polymer nanocontainers have many potential applications such as confined reaction vesicles, drug carriers,protective shells for cells or enzymes, artificial cells and so on. However, most of polymer nanocontainers reported by now, load and release guest molecules from their interior only through diffuse mechanism. It is rather difficult to control intelligently the process based on demands. In order to solve this problem, one promising strategy is to design intelligent polymer nanocontainers.They can undergo reversible structural transitions from a closed to an open state with the help of external stimuli.In this paper, we report on our preliminary study of the thermosensitive polymer nanocontainers formed by self-assembly of the block copolymers PCEMA-b-PNIPAM and sequent photo-crosslinking of PCEMA shells.Block copolymers PCEMA-b-PNIPAM were prepared by reacting PHEMA-b-PNIPAM with excess cinnamoyl chloride in pyridine at room temperature, where PHEMA-b-PNIPAM was prepared by reacting succinimidyl ester of PHEMA-COOH with PNIPAAm-NH2, similar to the method of the literature. The block copolymers were characterized by FTIR and 1H-NMR and GPC.To obtain polymer vesicles, deionized water, as a precipitant, was added at a rate of 0.3wt%/10s with vigorous stirring to the PCEMA-b-PNIPAM solution in THE After the formation of polymer vesicles, more water was added until the water content reached ca.50wt%. The hollow structure of the

  9. Multiarmed star-like platinum nanowires with multienzyme assembly for direct electronic determination of carcinoembryoninc antigen in serum.

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    Su, Biling; Tang, Dianping; Tang, Juan; Cui, Yuling; Chen, Guonan

    2011-12-15

    A new electrochemical immunoassay strategy for direct detection of carcinoembryoninc antigen (CEA) in serum was developed by using multiarmed star-like platinum nanowires (PtNWs) with biomolecular assembly as signal tags on an anti-CEA-functionalized graphene sensing platform. Initially, the PtNWs were synthesized via a wet chemical method, and then the synthesized PtNWs were used for the co-immobilization of CEA and horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Compared with platinum nanoparticles, the prepared PtNWs could provide a large room for the conjugation of HRP and CEA. With a competitive-type immunoassay format, the assay was performed in two types of supporting electrolytes including new born cattle serum (NBCS) and acetate buffer solution (ABS, pH 5.5), respectively. Similar detection limit (LOD) of 5.0 pg mL(-1) vs. 1.0 pg mL(-1) but narrower dynamic working linear range of 0.01-60 ng mL(-1) vs. 0.002-80 ng mL(-1) was obtained toward CEA standards in the NBCS compared to the ABS. The intra-assay coefficients of variation (CVs) were 4.3%, 8.6%, and 6.2% at 0.05, 10, and 40 ng mL(-1) CEA, respectively, while the inter-assay CVs were 7.6%, 10.5%, and 8.9% at the above-mentioned levels, respectively. In addition, the selectivity and stability of the electrochemical immunosensor were acceptable. Importantly, the developed method was used to assay clinical serum specimens, receiving a good relation with those obtained from the referenced method. PMID:21982336

  10. Nanowire mesh solar fuels generator

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    Yang, Peidong; Chan, Candace; Sun, Jianwei; Liu, Bin

    2016-05-24

    This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to a nanowire mesh solar fuels generator. In one aspect, a nanowire mesh solar fuels generator includes (1) a photoanode configured to perform water oxidation and (2) a photocathode configured to perform water reduction. The photocathode is in electrical contact with the photoanode. The photoanode may include a high surface area network of photoanode nanowires. The photocathode may include a high surface area network of photocathode nanowires. In some embodiments, the nanowire mesh solar fuels generator may include an ion conductive polymer infiltrating the photoanode and the photocathode in the region where the photocathode is in electrical contact with the photoanode.

  11. The influence of self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles on the dielectric polymer composites

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    Xin Lu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available To clearify the influence of the distribution of the conductive nanoparticles on the dielectric properties of the corresponding polymer composites, the microstructure and dielectric character of the composites based on the oleic acid modified ferroferric oxide and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF polymer have been studied experimentally. It is found that these composites exhibit a normal percolative phase transition over the filler content from insulator to conductor, consistent with the classical percolation theory. However, when the percentage of fillers is at a certain value which is below the percolation threshold, these nanoparticles can assemble into a special porous structure in the PVDF matrix, associated with the enhancement of dielectric constant at low frequency. In addition, the controllable dispersion of conducting nanoparticles in a polymer matrix can prevent premature agglomeration at low filling fractions and avoid the appearance of anomalously early percolation. Therefore, the self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles can be beneficial to preparation of the high dielectric constant and low loss composites for the application of electric energy storage.

  12. Solvent-dependent self-assembly and ordering in slow-drying semi-crystalline conjugated polymer solutions

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    Zhao, Kui

    2015-09-07

    The mechanistic understanding of the intrinsic molecular self-assembly of conjugated polymers is of immense importance to controlling the microstructure development in organic semiconducting thin films, with meaningful impact on charge transport and optoelectronic properties. Yet, to date the vast majority of studies have focused on the fast solution process itself, with studies of slower intrinsic molecular self-assembly in formulations lagging behind. Here we have investigated molecular self-assembly during spontaneous organization and uncovered how changes in formulation influence the microstructure, morphology and transport properties of conjugated polymer thin films. Our results suggest that the polymer-solvent interaction is the key factor for the molecular self-assembly and changes in macroscopic charge transport, which is in contrast with most solution processes, such as spin-coating and blade coating, where solvent drying kinetics dominates the aggregation and crystallization processes. Energetically favourable interactions between the polymer and its solvent are shown to cause chain expansion, resulting in a large hydrodynamic volume and few chain entanglements in solution. This provides molecular freedom for self-assembly and is shown to greatly enhance the local and long range order of the polymer, intra-chain backbone planarity and crystallite size. These improvements, in turn, are shown to endow the conjugated polymer with high carrier transport, as demonstrated by organic thin film transistors.

  13. Hierarchical assembly of Ti(IV)/Sn(II) co-doped SnO₂ nanosheets along sacrificial titanate nanowires: synthesis, characterization and electrochemical properties.

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    Wang, Hongkang; Xi, Liujiang; Tucek, Jiri; Zhan, Yawen; Hung, Tak Fu; Kershaw, Stephen V; Zboril, Radek; Chung, C Y; Rogach, Andrey L

    2013-10-01

    Hierarchical assembly of Ti(IV)/Sn(II)-doped SnO₂ nanosheets along titanate nanowires serving as both sacrificial templates and a Ti(IV) source is demonstrated, using SnCl2 as a tin precursor and Sn(II) dopants and NaF as the morphology controlling agent. Excess fluoride inhibits the hydrolysis of SnCl2, promoting heterogeneous nucleation of Sn(II)-doped SnO₂ on the titanate nanowires due to the insufficient oxidization of Sn(II) to Sn(IV). Simultaneously, titanate nanowires are dissolved forming Ti(4+) species under the etching effect of in situ generated HF resulting in spontaneous Ti(4+) ion doping of SnO₂ nanosheets formed under hydrothermal conditions. Compositional analysis indicates that Ti(4+) ions are incorporated by substitution of Sn sites at a high level (16-18 at.%), with uniform distribution and no phase separation. Mössbauer spectroscopy quantified the relative content of Sn(II) and Sn(IV) in both Sn(II)-doped and Ti(IV)/Sn(II) co-doped SnO₂ samples. Electrochemical properties were investigated as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, demonstrating that Ti-doped SnO₂ nanosheets show improved cycle performance, which is attributed to the alleviation of inherent volume expansion of the SnO₂-based anode materials by substituting part of Sn sites with Ti dopants. PMID:23904051

  14. Self-assembled and etched cones on laser ablated polymer surfaces

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    Murthy, N. S.; Prabhu, R. D.; Martin, J. J.; Zhou, L.; Headrick, R. L.

    2006-07-01

    At least two different routes lead to conical structures on laser ablated polymer surfaces. These were investigated by studying laser ablation on the surfaces of different classes of polymers. Cones appeared readily in strongly absorbing polymers such as poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and polyimide (PI), but only within narrow laser parameters in nylon 6, and rarely in poly(chlorotrifluoroethylene), the last two being weak ultraviolet (UV) absorbers. Self-assembled, close-packed cones occurred in PET, in which heat generated due to absorbed laser energy creates a thin, chemically stable, viscoelastic, highly compliant layer (above the glass transition temperature). Surface structure in such polymers evolves from nodules through donuts into ripples and finally to cones as the energy deposited per unit area on the surface (total fluence) is increased using a combination of single pulse fluence and number of pulses. A phase transition from a ripple phase to a cone phase is thought to occur as the thickness of the viscoelastic surface layer increases above a critical value. Cones began to appear from almost the beginning of the irradiation process at random locations in PI, a polymer whose surface irreversibly turns into a hard solid upon exposure to either or both UV and heat. It is proposed that the radiation hardened spots serve as nuclei, a cone "grows" out of this as the material surrounding this nuclei is ablated. The initial sparse occurrence of cones in PI-like polymers, and the increase in their number density with total fluence until the surface is densely packed with cones can be explained by a nucleation and growth model.

  15. Electronic transport properties of self-assembled thin films of inorganic nanoparticles and polymers

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    Kniprath, Rolf; Kirstein, Stefan [Institut fuer Physik, Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    We report on the electronic transport properties and the photovoltaic effect observed in composite thin films of nanoporous TiO{sub 2} and holeconducting polymers. These organic-inorganic heterojunction structures represent a hybrid of all-organic and inorganic dye-sensitized solar cell concepts. The nanoporous films of TiO{sub 2} were grown on transparent conducting oxide substrates with a layer-by-layer self-assembly process using TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and served as electron conductors. By drop-casting polymer solutions on top we fabricated two types of heterojunction devices: For the first type, we applied a water-soluble thiophene polymer that acted as both a light absorber and a hole transport layer (HTL). For the second type we sensitized TiO{sub 2} with strongly light absorbing CdTe nanoparticles and used the transparent polymer TFB as a HTL. I-V-measurements through Au back contacts under white light and in the dark yielded a diode characteristic with photovoltages of up to 0.8 V for both setups and photocurrent densities on the order of 1 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}.

  16. Self-assembly of azobenzene based side-chain liquid crystalline polymer and -alkyloxybenzoic acids

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    Kumarasamy Gayathri; Subramanian Balamurugan; Palaninathan Kannan

    2011-05-01

    Liquid crystalline pendant polymeric complexes have been obtained by supramolecular assembly of two mesogenic components namely, poly[4-(10-acryloyloxydecyloxy)-4'- phenylazobenzonitrile] (P10) and 4-alkyloxybenzoic acids (A7-A12). Hydrogen bond formed between carboxylic acid and cyano moiety served as molecular bridge. The polymeric complexes acquitted as undivided liquid crystalline properties exhibited stable and enantiotropic mesophases. The precursor, monomer and polymer were analysed by 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR spectroscopy. The hydrogen bonding interaction in polymer complexes (P10-A7 to P10-A12) was investigated by FT-IR spectroscopy. The thermal behaviours and textural analysis were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and polarized optical microscopy respectively.

  17. Electrostatically self-assembled nonconjugated polyelectrolytes as an ideal interfacial layer for inverted polymer solar cells

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    Kang, Hongkyu; Hong, Soonil; Lee, Jongjin; Lee, Kwanghee [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, Research Institute for Solar and Sustainable Energies, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-06-12

    Nonconjugated polyelectrolytes (NPEs) are ideal interfacial layers for high-efficiency inverted polymer solar cells (I-PSCs). The NPEs are coated on indium tin oxide (ITO) using ionic self-assembly. Due to dipole formation between the cationic amine of the NPE and the anionic oxygen of ITO, the work function of ITO is dramatically reduced from 4.8 to 4.0 eV. Using the modified ITO, UV-independent I-PSCs with high efficiencies of 6.3% are demonstrated. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Definitions of terms relating to individual macromolecules, macromolecular assemblies, polymer solutions, and amorphous bulk polymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2014)

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    Stepto, R.; Chang, T.; Kratochvíl, Pavel; Hess, M.; Horie, K.; Sato, T.; Vohlídal, J.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 87, č. 1 (2015), s. 71-120. ISSN 0033-4545 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : amorphous polymers * bulk polymers * IUPAC Polymer Division Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.492, year: 2014

  19. Polymer blend lithography: A versatile method to fabricate nanopatterned self-assembled monolayers

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    Cheng Huang

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A rapid and cost-effective lithographic method, polymer blend lithography (PBL, is reported to produce patterned self-assembled monolayers (SAM on solid substrates featuring two or three different chemical functionalities. For the pattern generation we use the phase separation of two immiscible polymers in a blend solution during a spin-coating process. By controlling the spin-coating parameters and conditions, including the ambient atmosphere (humidity, the molar mass of the polystyrene (PS and poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA, and the mass ratio between the two polymers in the blend solution, the formation of a purely lateral morphology (PS islands standing on the substrate while isolated in the PMMA matrix can be reproducibly induced. Either of the formed phases (PS or PMMA can be selectively dissolved afterwards, and the remaining phase can be used as a lift-off mask for the formation of a nanopatterned functional silane monolayer. This “monolayer copy” of the polymer phase morphology has a topographic contrast of about 1.3 nm. A demonstration of tuning of the PS island diameter is given by changing the molar mass of PS. Moreover, polymer blend lithography can provide the possibility of fabricating a surface with three different chemical components: This is demonstrated by inducing breath figures (evaporated condensed entity at higher humidity during the spin-coating process. Here we demonstrate the formation of a lateral pattern consisting of regions covered with 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS and (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES, and at the same time featuring regions of bare SiOx. The patterning process could be applied even on meter-sized substrates with various functional SAM molecules, making this process suitable for the rapid preparation of quasi two-dimensional nanopatterned functional substrates, e.g., for the template-controlled growth of ZnO nanostructures.

  20. Phospholipid-polymer amphiphile hybrid assemblies and their interaction with macrophages.

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    Panneerselvam, Karthiga; Lynge, Martin E; Riber, Camilla Frich; Mena-Hernando, Sofia; Smith, Anton A A; Goldie, Kenneth N; Zelikin, Alexander N; Städler, Brigitte

    2015-09-01

    Recently, the combination of lipids and block copolymers has become an alternative to liposomes and polymersomes as nano-sized drug carriers. We synthesize novel block copolymers consisting of poly(cholesteryl acrylate) as the hydrophobic core and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) as the hydrophilic extensions. Their successful phospholipid-assisted assembly into vesicles is demonstrated using the evaporation-hydration method. The preserved thermo-responsive property of the lipid-polymer hybrids is shown by a temperature dependent adsorption behaviour of the vesicles to poly(l lysine) coated surfaces. As expected, the vesicle adsorption is found to be higher at elevated temperatures. The cellular uptake efficiency of hybrids is assessed using macrophages with applied shear stress. The amount of adhering macrophages is affected by the time and level of applied shear stress. Further, it is found that shorter PNIPAAm extensions lead to higher uptake of the assemblies by the macrophages with applied shear stress. No inherent cytotoxicity is observed at the tested conditions. Taken together, this first example of responsive lipid-polymer hybrids, and their positive biological evaluation makes them promising nano-sized drug carrier candidates. PMID:26339330

  1. Polymer GARD: computer simulation of covalent bond formation in reproducing molecular assemblies.

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    Shenhav, Barak; Bar-Even, Arren; Kafri, Ran; Lancet, Doron

    2005-04-01

    The basic Graded Autocatalysis Replication Domain (GARD) model consists of a repertoire of small molecules, typically amphiphiles, which join and leave a non-covalent micelle-like assembly. Its replication behavior is due to occasional fission, followed by a homeostatic growth process governed by the assembly's composition. Limitations of the basic GARD model are its small finite molecular repertoire and the lack of a clear path from a 'monomer world' towards polymer-based living entities. We have now devised an extension of the model (polymer GARD or P-GARD), where a monomer-based GARD serves as a 'scaffold' for oligomer formation, as a result of internal chemical rules. We tested this concept with computer simulations of a simple case of monovalent monomers, whereby more complex molecules (dimers) are formed internally, in a manner resembling biosynthetic metabolism. We have observed events of dimer 'take-over' - the formation of compositionally stable, replication-prone quasi stationary states (composomes) that have appreciable dimer content. The appearance of novel metabolism-like networks obeys a time-dependent power law, reminiscent of evolution under punctuated equilibrium. A simulation under constant population conditions shows the dynamics of takeover and extinction of different composomes, leading to the generation of different population distributions. The P-GARD model offers a scenario whereby biopolymer formation may be a result of rather than a prerequisite for early life-like processes. PMID:16010993

  2. Ultrathin self-assembled anionic polymer membranes for superfast size-selective separation.

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    Deng, Chao; Zhang, Qiu Gen; Han, Guang Lu; Gong, Yi; Zhu, Ai Mei; Liu, Qing Lin

    2013-11-21

    Nanoporous membranes with superior separation performance have become more crucial with increasing concerns in functional nanomaterials. Here novel ultrahigh permeable nanoporous membranes have been fabricated on macroporous supports by self-assembly of anionic polymer on copper hydroxide nanostrand templates in organic solution. This facile approach has a great potential for the fabrication of ultrathin anionic polymer membranes as a general method. The as-fabricated self-assembled membranes have a mean pore size of 5-12 nm and an adjustable thickness as low as 85 nm. They allow superfast permeation of water, and exhibit excellent size-selective separation properties and good fouling resistance for negatively-charged solutes during filtration. The 85 nm thick membrane has an ultrahigh water flux (3306 l m(-2) h(-1) bar(-1)) that is an order of magnitude larger than commercial membranes, and can highly efficiently separate 5 and 15 nm gold nanoparticles from their mixtures. The newly developed nanoporous membranes have a wide application in separation and purification of biomacromolecules and nanoparticles. PMID:24072040

  3. RAFT Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Free-Base Porphyrin Cored Star Polymers

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT synthesis and self-assembly of free-base porphyrin cored star polymers are reported. The polymerization, in the presence of a free-base porphyrin cored chain transfer agent (CTA-FBP, produced porphyrin star polymers with controlled molecular weights and narrow polydispersities for a number of monomers including N, N-dimethylacrylamide (DMA and styrene (St. Well-defined amphiphilic star block copolymers, P-(PS-PDMA4 and P-(PDMA-PS4 (P: porphyrin, were also prepared and used for self-assembly studies. In methanol, a selective solvent for PDMA, spherical micelles were observed for both block copolymers as characterized by TEM. UV-vis studies suggested star-like micelles were formed from P-(PS-PDMA4, while P-(PDMA-PS4 aggregated into flower-like micelles. Spectrophotometric titrations indicated that the optical response of these two micelles to external ions was a function of micellar structures. These structure-related properties will be used for micelle studies and functional material development in the future.

  4. Polymer/surfactant assisted self-assembly of nanoparticles into Langmuir–Blodgett films

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    We studied the ability of poly(octadecene-co-maleic anhydride) (PMAO) and a Gemini surfactant [C18H37 (CH3)2N+Br−–(CH2)2–N+Br−(CH3)2 C18H37] (18-2-18) to assist in the self-assembly process of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) at the air–water interface. Results show that, while QD agglomeration is generally inhibited by the addition of these components to the Langmuir monolayer of QDs, structure of the film transferred onto mica by the Langmuir–Blodgett method is strongly affected by the dewetting process. Nucleation-and-growth of holes and spinodal-like dewetting were respectively observed in the presence of either PMAO or 18-2-18. When PMAO/18-2-18 mixtures were used, both mechanisms were allowed; nevertheless, even in films prepared with mixtures of low polymer contents, characteristic morphology from the polymer dewetting route prevailed. Highlights: ► Effect of the composition on the LB films of QDs/polymer. ► Effect of the composition on the LB films of QDs/Gemini surfactant. ► Dewetting mechanisms

  5. Polymer/surfactant assisted self-assembly of nanoparticles into Langmuir–Blodgett films

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    Alejo, T.; Merchán, M.D. [Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de los Caídos s/n, E-37008 Salamanca (Spain); Velázquez, M.M., E-mail: mvsal@usal.es [Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de los Caídos s/n, E-37008 Salamanca (Spain); Pérez-Hernández, J.A. [Centro de Láseres Pulsados Ultraintensos (CLPU), E-37008 Salamanca (Spain)

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    We studied the ability of poly(octadecene-co-maleic anhydride) (PMAO) and a Gemini surfactant [C{sub 18}H{sub 37} (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}N{sup +}Br{sup −}–(CH{sub 2}){sub 2}–N{sup +}Br{sup −}(CH{sub 3}){sub 2} C{sub 18}H{sub 37}] (18-2-18) to assist in the self-assembly process of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) at the air–water interface. Results show that, while QD agglomeration is generally inhibited by the addition of these components to the Langmuir monolayer of QDs, structure of the film transferred onto mica by the Langmuir–Blodgett method is strongly affected by the dewetting process. Nucleation-and-growth of holes and spinodal-like dewetting were respectively observed in the presence of either PMAO or 18-2-18. When PMAO/18-2-18 mixtures were used, both mechanisms were allowed; nevertheless, even in films prepared with mixtures of low polymer contents, characteristic morphology from the polymer dewetting route prevailed. Highlights: ► Effect of the composition on the LB films of QDs/polymer. ► Effect of the composition on the LB films of QDs/Gemini surfactant. ► Dewetting mechanisms.

  6. Semiconductor quantum dots in polyelectrolyte polymers: multilayered self-assembly and charge transfer and transport processes

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    Full text: Polyacrylate-capped Q-CdS were synthesized and self-assembled as multilayers in poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) on different surfaces by virtue of the Coulombic attraction between the negatively charged capping agent and the cationic polyelectrolyte polymer. TEM imaging and electron diffraction measurements revealed the growth of 3-4 nm size CdS quantum crystallites, having a zinc blende lattice structure. The layer-by-layer assembly of Q-CdS in the polymer by means of consecutive surface-charge reversal was characterized using UV-visible absorption, photoluminescence, FT-IR spectroscopy and ellipsometry; revealing the linear assembly of not more than a monolayer of nanoparticles per bilayer. Photo-induced charge transfer and transport processes at these nano structured photo electrodes were studied by photoelectrochemical means, revealing novel behavior markedly different from bulk solids. In these studies, either anodic or cathodic photocurrents were measured depending on the applied potential; a behavior attributed to the quantized properties of the nanoparticles. The potential at which the photocurrent reversed in direction was found to shift by-66 mV per pH unit, tracking the shift in the redox energies of water oxidation, oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution. Photocurrent transients were featured at the onsets of light and are attributed to surface-states mediated charge transfer. Charge transfer and transport processes at the Q-films are modeled, accounting for the bidirectional current flow and its dependence on the electrode potential, the Fermi levels of the redox couples and the nanoparticles surface

  7. Solution-processed low dimensional nanomaterials with self-assembled polymers for flexible photo-electronic devices (Presentation Recording)

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    Park, Cheolmin

    2015-09-01

    Self assembly driven by complicated but systematic hierarchical interactions offers a qualified alternative for fabricating functional micron or nanometer scale pattern structures that have been potentially useful for various organic and nanotechnological devices. Self assembled nanostructures generated from synthetic polymer systems such as controlled polymer blends, semi-crystalline polymers and block copolymers have gained a great attention not only because of the variety of nanostructures they can evolve but also because of the controllability of these structures by external stimuli. In this presentation, various novel photo-electronic materials and devices are introduced based on the solution-processed low dimensional nanomaterials such as networked carbon nanotubes (CNTs), reduced graphene oxides (rGOs) and 2 dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) with self assembled polymers including field effect transistor, electroluminescent device, non-volatile memory and photodetector. For instance, a nanocomposite of networked CNTs and a fluorescent polymer turned out an efficient field induced electroluminescent layer under alternating current (AC) as a potential candidate for next generation displays and lightings. Furthermore, scalable and simple strategies employed for fabricating rGO as well as TMD nanohybrid films allowed for high performance and mechanically flexible non-volatile resistive polymer memory devices and broad band photo-detectors, respectively.

  8. Structural aspects, thermal behavior, and stability of a self-assembled supramolecular polymer derived from flunixin–meglumine supramolecular adducts

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    Highlights: ► The thermal behavior of flunixin–meglumine, a potent NSAID, was investigated. ► This supramolecular adduct self-assembled resulting in a polymer-like material. ► The supramolecular polymer showed a high molecular weight around 290 ± 88 MDa. ► NMR and FT-IR showed that hydrogen bonding can be responsible for the self-assembly. ► The stability of the supramolecular polymer was also studied and presented here. - Abstract: Flunixin–meglumine, a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and a cyclo-oxygenase inhibitor for Veterinary use, is a hydrogen-bonded supramolecular adduct. Two monotropically related crystalline modifications (Forms I and II) were observed for a flunixin–meglumine sample. During the melt of form I, flunixin–meglumine adducts self-assembled by hydrogen bonds involving the hydroxyl groups from meglumine, resulting in an amorphous rigid glassy supramolecular polymer, which showed a high molecular weight around 290 ± 88 MDa and a glass transition around 49.5 °C. Both the adduct and the resulting supramolecular polymer were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and weight-average molecular weight determination by light scattering. The chemical stability and morphological changes of the depolymerization process were also investigated for the supramolecular polymer, by DSC and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively.

  9. Supramolecular Engineering of Hierarchically Self-Assembled, Bioinspired, Cholesteric Nanocomposites Formed by Cellulose Nanocrystals and Polymers.

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    Zhu, Baolei; Merindol, Remi; Benitez, Alejandro J; Wang, Baochun; Walther, Andreas

    2016-05-01

    Natural composites are hierarchically structured by combination of ordered colloidal and molecular length scales. They inspire future, biomimetic, and lightweight nanocomposites, in which extraordinary mechanical properties are in reach by understanding and mastering hierarchical structure formation as tools to engineer multiscale deformation mechanisms. Here we describe a hierarchically self-assembled, cholesteric nanocomposite with well-defined colloid-based helical structure and supramolecular hydrogen bonds engineered on the molecular level in the polymer matrix. We use reversible addition-fragmentation transfer polymerization to synthesize well-defined hydrophilic, nonionic polymers with a varying functionalization density of 4-fold hydrogen-bonding ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) motifs. We show that these copolymers can be coassembled with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), a sustainable, stiff, rod-like reinforcement, to give ordered cholesteric phases with characteristic photonic stop bands. The dimensions of the helical pitch are controlled by the ratio of polymer/CNC, confirming a smooth integration into the colloidal structure. With respect to the effect of the supramolecular motifs, we demonstrate that those regulate the swelling when exposing the biomimetic hybrids to water, and they allow engineering the photonic response. Moreover, the amount of hydrogen bonds and the polymer fraction are decisive in defining the mechanical properties. An Ashby plot comparing previous ordered CNC-based nanocomposites with our new hierarchical ones reveals that molecular engineering allows us to span an unprecedented mechanical property range from highest inelastic deformation (strain up to ∼13%) to highest stiffness (E ∼ 15 GPa) and combinations of both. We envisage that further rational design of the molecular interactions will provide efficient tools for enhancing the multifunctional property profiles of such bioinspired nanocomposites. PMID:27067311

  10. Hierarchical assembly of Ti(iv)/Sn(ii) co-doped SnO2 nanosheets along sacrificial titanate nanowires: synthesis, characterization and electrochemical properties

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    Wang, Hongkang; Xi, Liujiang; Tucek, Jiri; Zhan, Yawen; Hung, Tak Fu; Kershaw, Stephen V.; Zboril, Radek; Chung, C. Y.; Rogach, Andrey L.

    2013-09-01

    Hierarchical assembly of Ti(iv)/Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 nanosheets along titanate nanowires serving as both sacrificial templates and a Ti(iv) source is demonstrated, using SnCl2 as a tin precursor and Sn(ii) dopants and NaF as the morphology controlling agent. Excess fluoride inhibits the hydrolysis of SnCl2, promoting heterogeneous nucleation of Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 on the titanate nanowires due to the insufficient oxidization of Sn(ii) to Sn(iv). Simultaneously, titanate nanowires are dissolved forming Ti4+ species under the etching effect of in situ generated HF resulting in spontaneous Ti4+ ion doping of SnO2 nanosheets formed under hydrothermal conditions. Compositional analysis indicates that Ti4+ ions are incorporated by substitution of Sn sites at a high level (16-18 at.%), with uniform distribution and no phase separation. Mössbauer spectroscopy quantified the relative content of Sn(ii) and Sn(iv) in both Sn(ii)-doped and Ti(iv)/Sn(ii) co-doped SnO2 samples. Electrochemical properties were investigated as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, demonstrating that Ti-doped SnO2 nanosheets show improved cycle performance, which is attributed to the alleviation of inherent volume expansion of the SnO2-based anode materials by substituting part of Sn sites with Ti dopants.Hierarchical assembly of Ti(iv)/Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 nanosheets along titanate nanowires serving as both sacrificial templates and a Ti(iv) source is demonstrated, using SnCl2 as a tin precursor and Sn(ii) dopants and NaF as the morphology controlling agent. Excess fluoride inhibits the hydrolysis of SnCl2, promoting heterogeneous nucleation of Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 on the titanate nanowires due to the insufficient oxidization of Sn(ii) to Sn(iv). Simultaneously, titanate nanowires are dissolved forming Ti4+ species under the etching effect of in situ generated HF resulting in spontaneous Ti4+ ion doping of SnO2 nanosheets formed under hydrothermal conditions. Compositional analysis indicates that Ti4

  11. Polymer Crosslinked 3-D Assemblies of Nanoparticles: Mechanically Strong Lightweight Porous Materials

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    Leventis, Nicholas

    2005-01-01

    In analogy to supramolecular assemblies, which are pursued because of properties above and beyond those of the individual molecules, self-standing monolithic three-dimensional assemblies of nanoparticles also have unique properties attributed to their structure. For example, ultra low-density 3-D assemblies of silica nanoparticles, known as silica aerogels, are characterized by large internal void space, high surface area and very low thermal conductivity. Aerogels, however, are also extremely fragile materials, limiting their application to a few specialized environments, e.g., in nuclear reactors as Cerenkov radiation detectors, in space (refer to NASA's Stardust Program) and aboard certain planetary vehicles (thermal insulators on Mars Rovers in 1997 and 2004). The fragility problem is traced to well-defined weak points in the aerogel skeletal framework, the interparticle necks. Using the surface functionality of the nanoparticle building blocks as a focal point, we have directed attachment of a conformal polymer coating over the entire framework, rendering all necks wider. Thus, although the bulk density may increase only by 3x, the mesoporosity (pores in the range 2-50 nm) remains unchanged, while the strength of the material increases by up to 300... Having addressed the fragility problem, aerogels are now robust materials, and a variety of applications, ranging from thermal/acoustic insulators to catalyst supports, to platform for sensors, and dielectrics are all within reach. Our approach employs molecular science to manipulate nanoscopic matter for achieving useful macroscopic properties, and in our view it resides at the core of what defines nanotechnology. In that spirit, this technology is expandable in three directions. Thus, we have already crosslinked successfully amine-modified silica, and we anticipate that more rich chemistry will be realized by been creative with the nanoparticle surface modifiers. On the other hand, although we do not expect

  12. A novel electrochemical aptasensor for highly sensitive detection of thrombin based on the autonomous assembly of hemin/G-quadruplex horseradish peroxidase-mimicking DNAzyme nanowires

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    Highlights: • This assay is label-free, the signal can be read out by measuring the electrochemical signal of hemin. • The hemin/G-quadruplex HRP-DNAzyme nanowires were formed via EXPAR reaction and HCR. • The prepared aptasensor exhibited low detection limit and wide linear range to TB. - Abstract: In this work, a new signal amplified strategy was constructed based on isothermal exponential amplification reaction (EXPAR) and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) generating the hemin/G-quadruplex horseradish peroxidase-mimicking DNAzyme (HRP-mimicking DNAzyme) nanowires as signal output component for the sensitive detection of thrombin (TB). We employed EXPAR’s ultra-high amplification efficiency to produce a large amount of two hairpin helper DNAs within a minutes. And then the resultant two hairpin helper DNAs could autonomously assemble the hemin/G-quadruplex HRP-mimicking DNAzymes nanowires as the redox-active reporter units on the electrode surface via hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The hemin/G-quadruplex structures simultaneously served as electron transfer medium and electrocatalyst to amplify the signal in the presence of H2O2. Specifically, only when the EXPAR reaction process has occurred, the HCR could be achieved and the hemin/G-quadruplex complexes could be formed on the surface of an electrode to give a detectable signal. The proposed strategy combines the amplification power of the EXPAR, HCR, and the inherent high sensitivity of the electrochemical detection. With such design, the proposed assay showed a good linear relationship within the range of 0.1 pM–50 nM with a detection limit of 33 fM (defined as S/N = 3) for TB

  13. A novel electrochemical aptasensor for highly sensitive detection of thrombin based on the autonomous assembly of hemin/G-quadruplex horseradish peroxidase-mimicking DNAzyme nanowires

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    Xie, Shunbi, E-mail: xieshunbi@163.com; Chai, Yaqin, E-mail: yaqinchai@swu.edu.cn; Yuan, Yali; Bai, Lijuan; Yuan, Ruo, E-mail: yuanruo@swu.edu.cn

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • This assay is label-free, the signal can be read out by measuring the electrochemical signal of hemin. • The hemin/G-quadruplex HRP-DNAzyme nanowires were formed via EXPAR reaction and HCR. • The prepared aptasensor exhibited low detection limit and wide linear range to TB. - Abstract: In this work, a new signal amplified strategy was constructed based on isothermal exponential amplification reaction (EXPAR) and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) generating the hemin/G-quadruplex horseradish peroxidase-mimicking DNAzyme (HRP-mimicking DNAzyme) nanowires as signal output component for the sensitive detection of thrombin (TB). We employed EXPAR’s ultra-high amplification efficiency to produce a large amount of two hairpin helper DNAs within a minutes. And then the resultant two hairpin helper DNAs could autonomously assemble the hemin/G-quadruplex HRP-mimicking DNAzymes nanowires as the redox-active reporter units on the electrode surface via hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The hemin/G-quadruplex structures simultaneously served as electron transfer medium and electrocatalyst to amplify the signal in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. Specifically, only when the EXPAR reaction process has occurred, the HCR could be achieved and the hemin/G-quadruplex complexes could be formed on the surface of an electrode to give a detectable signal. The proposed strategy combines the amplification power of the EXPAR, HCR, and the inherent high sensitivity of the electrochemical detection. With such design, the proposed assay showed a good linear relationship within the range of 0.1 pM–50 nM with a detection limit of 33 fM (defined as S/N = 3) for TB.

  14. Entanglement of conjugated polymer chains influences molecular self-assembly and carrier transport

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    Zhao, Kui

    2013-06-26

    The influence of polymer entanglement on the self-assembly, molecular packing structure, and microstructure of low-Mw (lightly entangled) and high-Mw (highly entangled) poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), and the carrier transport in thin-film transistors, are investigated. The polymer chains are gradually disentangled in a marginal solvent via ultrasonication of the polymer solution, and demonstrate improved diffusivity of precursor species (coils, aggregates, and microcrystallites), enhanced nucleation and crystallization of P3HT in solution, and self-assembly of well-ordered and highly textured fibrils at the solid-liquid interface. In low-Mw P3HT, reducing chain entanglement enhances interchain and intrachain ordering, but reduces the interconnectivity of ordered domains (tie molecules) due to the presence of short chains, thus deteriorating carrier transport even in the face of improving crystallinity. Reducing chain entanglement in high-Mw P3HT solutions increases carrier mobility up to ≈20-fold, by enhancing interchain and intrachain ordering while maintaining a sufficiently large number of tie molecules between ordered domains. These results indicate that charge carrier mobility is strongly governed by the balancing of intrachain and interchain ordering, on the one hand, and interconnectivity of ordered domains, on the other hand. In high-Mw P3HT, intrachain and interchain ordering appear to be the key bottlenecks to charge transport, whereas in low-Mw P3HT, the limited interconnectivity of the ordered domains acts as the primary bottleneck to charge transport. Conjugated polymer chains of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) are gradually disentangled in solution and trends in carrier transport mechanisms in organic thin film transistors for low- and high-molecular weight P3HT are investigated. While intrachain and interchain ordering within ordered domains are the key bottlenecks to charge transport in high-Mw P3HT films, the limited interconnectivity of ordered

  15. Solution-phase self-assembly of complementary halogen bonding polymers.

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    Vanderkooy, Alan; Taylor, Mark S

    2015-04-22

    Noncovalent halogen bonding interactions are explored as a driving force for solution phase macromolecular self-assembly. Conditions for controlled radical polymerization of an iodoperfluoroarene-bearing methacrylate halogen bond donor were identified. An increase in association constant relative to monomeric species was observed for the interaction between halogen bond donor and acceptor polymers in solution. When the polymeric donor was combined with a block copolymer bearing halogen bond-accepting amine groups, higher-order structures were obtained in both organic solvent and in water. Transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic data are consistent with structures having cores composed of the interacting halogen bond donor and acceptor segments. PMID:25867188

  16. Fracton pairing mechanism for unconventional superconductors: Self-assembling organic polymers and copper-oxide compounds

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    Milovanov, A.V.; Juul Rasmussen, J.

    2002-01-01

    Self-assembling organic polymers and copper-oxide compounds are two classes of unconventional superconductors, whose challenging behavior does not comply with the traditional picture of Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) superconductivity in regular crystals. In this paper, we propose a theoretical...... holes) exchange fracton excitations, quantum oscillations of fractal lattices that mimic the complex microscopic organization of the unconventional superconductors. For the copper oxides, the superconducting transition temperature T-c as predicted by the fracton mechanism is of the order of similar to......150 K. We suggest that the marginal ingredient of the high-temperature superconducting phase is provided by fracton coupled holes that condensate in the conducting copper-oxygen planes owing to the intrinsic field-effect-transistor configuration of the cuprate compounds. For the gate...

  17. Surfactant-Templated Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanowires

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    Hongmei Luo; Qianglu Lin; Stacy Baber; Mahesh Naalla

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate two approaches to prepare mesoporous metal oxide nanowires by surfactant assembly and nanoconfinement via sol-gel or electrochemical deposition. For example, mesoporous Ta2O5 and zeolite nanowires are prepared by block copolymer Pluronic 123-templated sol-gel method, and mesoporous ZnO nanowires are prepared by electrodeposition in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant, in porous membranes. The morphologies of porous nanowires are studied by sca...

  18. ZnO nanowire array-templated LbL self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanotube arrays and application for charged drug delivery

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    Vertically oriented and robust polyelectrolyte nanotube arrays with high density, large area and high uniformity were successfully grown on substrates by a ZnO nanowire array-templated layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly approach for the first time, and were further used to deliver charged drugs, showing that they not only possess pH-responsive loading property, but also significantly enhance the loading capacity and sustained release time. This work could be extended to fabricate polyelectrolyte nanotube arrays with different polyelectrolyte combinations, including weak polyelectrolyte/weak polyelectrolyte, weak polyelectrolyte/strong polyelectrolyte and strong polyelectrolyte/strong polyelectrolyte. With the great versatility to use various substrates and building blocks, the polyelectrolyte nanotube arrays may have great potential for broad applications such as biosensor arrays, bioreactor arrays and optoelectronics. (paper)

  19. Polymer Gard: Computer Simulation of Covalent Bond Formation in Reproducing Molecular Assemblies

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    Shenhav, Barak; Bar-Even, Arren; Kafri, Ran; Lancet, Doron

    2005-04-01

    The basic Graded Autocatalysis Replication Domain (GARD) model consists of a repertoire of small molecules, typically amphiphiles, which join and leave a non-covalent micelle-like assembly. Its replication behavior is due to occasional fission, followed by a homeostatic growth process governed by the assembly’ s composition. Limitations of the basic GARD model are its small finite molecular repertoire and the lack of a clear path from a ‘monomer world’ towards polymer-based living entities.We have now devised an extension of the model (polymer GARD or P-GARD), where a monomer-based GARD serves as a ‘scaffold’ for oligomer formation, as a result of internal chemical rules. We tested this concept with computer simulations of a simple case of monovalent monomers, whereby more complex molecules (dimers) are formed internally, in a manner resembling biosynthetic metabolism. We have observed events of dimer ‘take-over’ the formation of compositionally stable, replication-prone quasi stationary states (composomes) that have appreciable dimer content. The appearance of novel metabolism-like networks obeys a time-dependent power law, reminiscent of evolution under punctuated equilibrium. A simulation under constant population conditions shows the dynamics of takeover and extinction of different composomes, leading to the generation of different population distributions. The P-GARD model offers a scenario whereby biopolymer formation may be a result of rather than a prerequisite for early life-like processes.

  20. Novel surface treatment materials for aligning block-co-polymer in directed self-assembly processes

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    Someya, Yasunobu; Wakayama, Hiroyuki; Endo, Takafumi; Sakamoto, Rikimaru

    2014-03-01

    Directed Self-Assembly (DSA) process is one of the attractive processes for creating the very fine pitch pattern. Especially, the contact hole shrink processes with block-co-polymer (BCP) or polymer blend materials were attractive processes for creating very small size hole patterns with better CD uniformity compare to general photo-lithography patterning. In general contact hole shrink process, the pattern of Spin-on Carbon Hardmask (SOC) or the photo Resist pattern created by Negative-Tone Development (NTD) process were selected for guide patterns. Since the alignment property of BCP was affected by the surface of these guide materials, it is important to control the surface condition of guide in order to obtain good shrunk contact hole patterns. In this study, we will report the surface treatment materials to control the surface condition of guide patterns such as SOC or NTD resist to achieve the better contact hole shrink performance. These materials were attached to guide pattern surface and controlled the surface energy.

  1. Polymer-graphene oxide quadlayer thin-film assemblies with improved gas barrier.

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    Tzeng, Ping; Stevens, Bart; Devlaming, Ian; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2015-06-01

    Layer-by-layer assembly was used to create quadlayers (QLs) of chitosan (CH), poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), CH, and graphene oxide (GO). Electron microscopy confirmed GO coverage over the film and a highly ordered nanobrick wall structure. By varying pH deviation between CH and PAA, a thick and interdiffused polymer matrix was created because of the altered chain conformation. A 5 CH (pH 5.5)/PAA (pH 3)/CH (pH 5.5)/GO QL assembly (48 nm) exhibits very low oxygen permeability (3.9 × 10(-20) cm(3) cm cm(-2) Pa(-1) s(-1)) that matches SiOx barrier coatings. In an effort to maintain barrier performance under high humidity, GO was thermally reduced to increase hydrophobicity of the film. This reduction step increased H2/CO2 selectivity of a 5 QL film from 5 to 215, exceeding Robeson's upper bound limit. This unique water-based multilayer nanocoating is very promising for a variety of gas purification and packaging applications. PMID:25970136

  2. Interfacial assembly of protein-polymer nano-conjugates into stimulus-responsive biomimetic protocells.

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    Huang, Xin; Li, Mei; Green, David C; Williams, David S; Patil, Avinash J; Mann, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    The mechanism of spontaneous assembly of microscale compartments is a central question for the origin of life, and has technological repercussions in diverse areas such as materials science, catalysis, biotechnology and biomedicine. Such compartments need to be semi-permeable, structurally robust and capable of housing assemblages of functional components for internalized chemical transformations. In principle, proteins should be ideal building blocks for the construction of membrane-bound compartments but protein vesicles with cell-like properties are extremely rare. Here we present an approach to the interfacial assembly of protein-based micro-compartments (proteinosomes) that are delineated by a semi-permeable, stimulus-responsive, enzymatically active, elastic membrane consisting of a closely packed monolayer of conjugated protein-polymer building blocks. The proteinosomes can be dispersed in oil or water, thermally cycled to temperatures of 70 °C, and partially dried and re-inflated without loss of structural integrity. As a consequence, they exhibit protocellular properties such as guest molecule encapsulation, selective permeability, gene-directed protein synthesis and membrane-gated internalized enzyme catalysis. PMID:23896993

  3. Self-Assembling Nanoparticles of Amphiphilic Polymers for In Vitro and In Vivo FRET Imaging.

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    Garcia-Amorós, Jaume; Tang, Sicheng; Zhang, Yang; Thapaliya, Ek Raj; Raymo, Françisco M

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembling nanoparticles of amphiphilic polymers are viable delivery vehicles for transporting hydrophobic molecules across hydrophilic media. Noncovalent contacts between the hydrophobic domains of their macromolecular components are responsible for their formation and for providing a nonpolar environment for the encapsulated guests. However, such interactions are reversible and, as a result, these supramolecular hosts can dissociate into their constituents amphiphiles to release the encapsulated cargo. Operating principles to probe the integrity of the nanocarriers and the dynamic exchange of their components are, therefore, essential to monitor the fate of these supramolecular assemblies in biological media. The co-encapsulation of complementary chromophores within their nonpolar interior offers the opportunity to assess their stability on the basis of energy transfer and fluorescence measurements. Indeed, the exchange of excitation energy between the entrapped chromophores can only occur if the nanoparticles retain their integrity to maintain donors and acceptors in close proximity. In fact, energy-transfer schemes are becoming invaluable protocols to elucidate the transport properties of these fascinating supramolecular constructs in a diversity of biological preparations and can facilitate the identification of strategies to deliver contrast agents and/or drugs to target locations in living organisms for potential diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. PMID:26589505

  4. Improved performance of nanowire-quantum-dot-polymer solar cells by chemical treatment of the quantum dot with ligand and solvent materials

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    Nadarajah, A.; Smith, T.; Könenkamp, R.

    2012-12-01

    We report a nanowire-quantum-dot-polymer solar cell consisting of a chemically treated CdSe quantum dot film deposited on n-type ZnO nanowires. The electron and hole collecting contacts are a fluorine-doped tin-oxide/zinc oxide layer and a P3HT/Au layer. This device architecture allows for enhanced light absorption and an efficient collection of photogenerated carriers. A detailed analysis of the chemical treatment of the quantum dots, their deposition, and the necessary annealing processes are discussed. We find that the surface treatment of CdSe quantum dots with pyridine, and the use of 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT) ligands, critically improves the device performance. Annealing at 380 °C for 2 h is found to cause a structural conversion of the CdSe from its initial isolated quantum dot arrangement into a polycrystalline film with excellent surface conformality, thereby resulting in a further enhancement of device performance. Moreover, long-term annealing of 24 h leads to additional increases in device efficiency. Our best conversion efficiency reached for this type of cell is 3.4% under 85 mW cm-2 illumination.

  5. Roll-to-Roll Printed Silver Nanowire Semitransparent Electrodes for Fully Ambient Solution-Processed Tandem Polymer Solar Cells

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    Angmo, Dechan; Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Bentzen, Janet Jonna;

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanowires (AgNWs) and zinc oxide (ZnO) are deposited on flexible substrates using fast roll-to-roll (R2R) processing. The AgNW film on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) shows >80% uniform optical transmission in the range of 550-900 nm. This electrode is compared to the previously reported ...

  6. Reply to "Comment on 'Electrical Conductivity and Current-Voltage Characteristics of Individual Conducting Polymer PEDOT Nanowires'"

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    LONG Yun-Ze

    2009-01-01

    @@ Recently we reported electrical properties of an individual PEDOT nanowire.[1] Ohlckers and Pipinys[2]suggested that the temperature-behavior of Ⅰ- Ⅴcurves and resistance can be described in the framework of a phonon-assisted tunneling (PhAT) model.

  7. Nanowire sensors and arrays for chemical/biomolecule detection

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    Yun, Minhee; Lee, Choonsup; Vasquez, Richard P.; Ramanathan, K.; Bangar, M. A.; Chen, W.; Mulchandan, A.; Myung, N. V.

    2005-01-01

    We report electrochemical growth of single nanowire based sensors using e-beam patterned electrolyte channels, potentially enabling the controlled fabrication of individually addressable high density arrays. The electrodeposition technique results in nanowires with controlled dimensions, positions, alignments, and chemical compositions. Using this technique, we have fabricated single palladium nanowires with diameters ranging between 75 nm and 300 nm and conducting polymer nanowires (polypyrrole and polyaniline) with diameters between 100 nm and 200 nm. Using these single nanowires, we have successfully demonstrated gas sensing with Pd nanowires and pH sensing with polypirrole nanowires.

  8. Thermo-reversible morphology and conductivity of a conjugated polymer network embedded in polymeric self-assembly

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    Han, Youngkyu; Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y.; Zhang, Zhe; Li, Yunchao; Hong, Kunlun; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Ohl, Michael; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Smith, Gregory S.; Do, Changwoo

    Self-assembly of block copolymers provides opportunities to create nano hybrid materials, utilizing self-assembled micro-domains with a variety of morphology and periodic architectures as templates for functional nano-fillers. Here we report new progress towards the fabrication of a thermally responsive conducting polymer self-assembly made from a water-soluble poly(thiophene) derivative with short PEO side chains and Pluronic L62 solution in water. The structural and electrical properties of conjugated polymer-embedded nanostructures were investigated by combining SANS, SAXS, CGMD simulations, and impedance spectroscopy. The L62 solution template organizes the conjugated polymers by stably incorporating them into the hydrophilic domains thus inhibiting aggregation. The changing morphology of L62 during the micellar-to-lamellar phase transition defines the embedded conjugated polymer network. The conductivity is strongly coupled to the structural change of the templating L62 phase and exhibits thermally reversible behavior with no signs of quenching of the conductivity at high temperature. The research was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of BES, U.S. DOE and Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program of ORNL, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC.

  9. Simultaneous nano- and micro-scale control of nanofibrous microspheres self-assembled from star-shaped polymers

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    Zhang, Zhanpeng; Marson, Ryan L.; Ge, Zhishen; Glotzer, Sharon C.; Ma, Peter X.

    2015-01-01

    The mechanism underlying the multi-scale self-assembly of star-shaped polymers into non-hollow, hollow, and spongy nanofibrous microspheres is reported. Star-shaped poly(L-lactic acid) polymers with varying arm-numbers and arm-lengths are synthesized, dissolved in tetrahydrofuran, emulsified in glycerol, and thermally-induced to phase separate, resulting in microspheres that are either smooth or fibrous on the nano-scale, and either non-hollow, hollow, or spongy on the micro-scale. Molecular architecture and the hydroxyl density are shown to control assembly and morphology at both nano- and micro-scales. Nanofibers form only when the arm length is sufficiently long, while an increase in hydroxyl density causes the microspheres to change from non-hollow to hollow to spongy. We demonstrate via both experiments of capping or doubling the hydroxyl end groups and dissipative particle dynamics simulations that the affinity of hydroxyl to glycerol is critical to stabilizing the micro-scale structure. A “phase diagram” was constructed for the six types of microspheres in relation to the molecular structures of the star-shaped polymers. The proposed mechanism explains how star-shaped polymers self-assemble into various microspheres, and guides us to simultaneously control both nano- and micro-features of the microspheres. PMID:26009995

  10. Surface-Directed Assembly of Sequence-Defined Synthetic Polymers into Networks of Hexagonally Patterned Nanoribbons with Controlled Functionalities.

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    Chen, Chun-Long; Zuckermann, Ronald N; DeYoreo, James J

    2016-05-24

    The exquisite self-assembly of proteins and peptides in nature into highly ordered functional materials has inspired innovative approaches to the design and synthesis of biomimetic materials. While sequence-defined polymers hold great promise to mimic proteins and peptides for functions, controlled assembly of them on surfaces still remains underdeveloped. Here, we report the assembly of 12-mer peptoids containing alternating acidic and aromatic monomers into networks of hexagonally patterned nanoribbons on mica surfaces. Ca(2+)-carboxylate coordination creates peptoid-peptoid and peptoid-mica interactions that control self-assembly. In situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows that peptoids first assemble into discrete nanoparticles; these particles then transform into hexagonally patterned nanoribbons on mica surfaces. AFM-based dynamic force spectroscopy studies show that peptoid-mica interactions are much stronger than peptoid-peptoid interactions, illuminating the driving forces for mica-directed peptoid assembly. We further demonstrate the display of functional domains at the N-terminus of assembling peptoids to produce extended networks with similar hierarchical structures. This research demonstrates that surface-directed peptoid assembly can be used as a robust platform to develop biomimetic coating materials for applications. PMID:27136277

  11. V(2)O(5) nanowires with an intrinsic iodination activity leading to the formation of self-assembled melanin-like biopolymers

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    F. Natalio; R. André; S.A. Pihan; M. Humanes; R. Wever; W. Tremel

    2011-01-01

    V2O5 nanowires act as biomimetic catalysts resembling vanadium haloperoxidases (V-HPO). The nanowires display iodinating activity as confirmed by a colorimetric assay using thymol blue (TB), UV/Vis spectrophotometry and mass spectrometry (FD-MS). In the presence of dopamine these nanowires catalyze

  12. RF/Microwave properties and applications of directly assembled nanotubes and nanowires: LDRD project 102662 final report.

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    Mayer, Theresa (The Pennyslvania State University, University Park, PA 16802); Vallett, Aaron (The Pennyslvania State University, University Park, PA 16802); Lee, Mark; Shaner, Eric Arthur; Jones, Frank E.; Talin, Albert Alec; Highstrete, Clark

    2006-11-01

    LDRD Project 102662 provided support to pursue experiments aimed at measuring the basic electrodynamic response and possible applications of carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires at radiofrequency to microwave frequencies, approximately 0.01 to 50 GHz. Under this project, a method was developed to integrate these nanomaterials onto high-frequency compatible co-planar waveguides. The complex reflection and transmission coefficients of the nanomaterials was studied as a function of frequency. From these data, the high-frequency loss characteristics of the nanomaterials were deduced. These data are useful to predict frequency dependence and power dissipation characteristics in new rf/microwave devices incorporating new nanomaterials.

  13. High-Efficiency Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Fast Charge Extraction through Self-Assembled 3D Fibrous Network of Crystalline TiO 2 Nanowires

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    Tétreault, Nicolas

    2010-12-28

    Herein, we present a novel morphology for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on the simple and straightforward self-assembly of nanorods into a 3D fibrous network of fused single-crystalline anatase nanowires. This architecture offers a high roughness factor, significant light scattering, and up to several orders of magnitude faster electron transport to reach a near-record-breaking conversion efficiency of 4.9%. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  14. Fabrication of a molecularly imprinted polymer sensor by self-assembling monolayer/mediator system

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    Chen, Po-Yen; Nien, Po-Chin; Wu, Cheng-Tar [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Wu, Tsing-Hua; Lin, Chii-Wann [Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Ho, Kuo-Chuan, E-mail: kcho@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2009-06-08

    Detection of dopamine (DA) by using a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) which fabricated by the self-assembling monolayer (SAM)/mediator system was studied. The SAM was made by attaching thioglycolic acid (TGA) on a gold electrode and quercetin (Q) was selected as an electron transfer mediator in this system. Methyl methacrylate (MMA) was polymerized by photopolymerization with the addition of dopamine to form a MIP electrode. The MIP and non-MIP (NMIP) modified electrodes were identified by FTIR and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) approach curves. DA was detected by an amperometric method at a constant potential of 0.45 V and obtained a sensitivity of 0.445 mA cm{sup -2} M{sup -1}. The imprinting efficiency approaches infinity due to a non-reactive surface of NMIP. In the interference test, ascorbic acid contributed less than 12% of current response in the coexistence solution with DA and the performance is highly related to the concentration of template added during the fabrication process.

  15. Fabrication of a molecularly imprinted polymer sensor by self-assembling monolayer/mediator system

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    Detection of dopamine (DA) by using a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) which fabricated by the self-assembling monolayer (SAM)/mediator system was studied. The SAM was made by attaching thioglycolic acid (TGA) on a gold electrode and quercetin (Q) was selected as an electron transfer mediator in this system. Methyl methacrylate (MMA) was polymerized by photopolymerization with the addition of dopamine to form a MIP electrode. The MIP and non-MIP (NMIP) modified electrodes were identified by FTIR and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) approach curves. DA was detected by an amperometric method at a constant potential of 0.45 V and obtained a sensitivity of 0.445 mA cm-2 M-1. The imprinting efficiency approaches infinity due to a non-reactive surface of NMIP. In the interference test, ascorbic acid contributed less than 12% of current response in the coexistence solution with DA and the performance is highly related to the concentration of template added during the fabrication process.

  16. Covalent layer-by-layer assembly of hyperbranched polymers on alginate microcapsulesto impart stability and permselectivity.

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    Gattás-Asfura, Km; Valdes, M; Celik, E; Stabler, Cl

    2014-12-14

    The microencapsulation of cells has shown promise as a therapeutic vehicle for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. While alginate microcapsules provide an ideal cell encapsulation material, polycations coatings are commonly employed to enhance stability and impart permselectivity. In this study, functionalized hyperbranched alginate and dendrimer polymers were used to generate discreet nanoscale coatings onto alginate microbeads via covalent layer-by-layer assembly. The bioorthogonal Staudinger ligation scheme was used to chemoselectively crosslink azide functionalized hyperbranched alginate (alginate-hN3) to methyl-2-diphenylphosphino-terephthalate (MDT) linked PAMAM dendrimer (PAMAM-MDT). Covalent layer-by-layer deposition of PAMAM-MDT/alginate-hN3 coatings onto alginate microbeads resulted in highly stable coatings, even after the inner alginate gel was liquefied to form microcapsules. The permselectivity of the coated microcapsules could be manipulated via the charge density of the PAMAM, the number of layers deposited, and the length of the functional arms. The cytocompatibility of the resulting PAMAM-MDT/alginate-hN3 coating was evaluated using a beta cell line, with no significant detrimental response observed. The biocompatibility of the coatings in vivo was also found comparable to uncoated alginate beads. The remarkable stability and versatile nature of these coatings provides an appealing option for bioencapsulation and the release of therapeutic agents. PMID:25478165

  17. Nanoparticle/Polymer assembled microcapsules with pH sensing property.

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    Zhang, Pan; Song, Xiaoxue; Tong, Weijun; Gao, Changyou

    2014-10-01

    The dual-labeled microcapsules via nanoparticle/polymer assembly based on polyamine-salt aggregates can be fabricated for the ratiometric intracellular pH sensing. After deposition of SiO2 nanoparticles on the poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/multivalent anionic salt aggregates followed by silicic acid treatment, the generated microcapsules are stable in a wide pH range (3.0 ∼ 8.0). pH sensitive dye and pH insensitive dye are simultaneously labeled on the capsules, which enable the ratiometric pH sensing. Due to the rough and positively charged surface, the microcapsules can be internalized by several kinds of cells naturally. Real-time measurement of intracellular pH in several living cells shows that the capsules are all located in acidic organelles after being taken up. Furthermore, the negatively charged DNA and dyes can be easily encapsulated into the capsules via charge interaction. The microcapsules with combination of localized pH sensing and drug loading abilities have many advantages, such as following the real-time transportation and processing of the carriers in cells. PMID:25081194

  18. Purification and processing of carbon nanotubes using self-assembly and selective interaction with a semiconjugated polymer

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    Fournet, Patrick; McCarthy, Brendan; Dalton, Alan B.; Coleman, Jonathan N.; Murphy, Robert J.; Stephan, Christophe; Lefrant, Serge; Bernier, Patrick; Byrne, Hugh J.; Blau, Werner J.

    2001-12-01

    A new route for nanotube-based applications in molecular electronics was developed. Individual polymer strands were assembled onto single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) by mechanical agitation. The SWNT hybrid systems have been characterized by electron microscopy (TEM, STM), optical absorption and Raman spectroscopy and a fully nondestructive technique, using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), has been developed to estimate the purity of MWNT soot and hybrids. It is demonstrated that solutions of the polymer are capable of suspending nanotubes indefinitely while the majority of the accompanying amorphous graphite precipitates out of solution. Electron microscopy and Raman scattering indicate that through an intercalation process, the ropes of SWNT are destroyed, resulting in individual nanotubes being well dispersed within the polymer matrix. Moreover, Raman and absorption studies suggest that the polymer interacts preferentially with nanotubes of specific diameters or a range of diameters. STM studies showed that the chiral angle of the underlying nanotube is reflected in the polymer coating, demonstrating that the lattice structure of the SWNT templates the ordering in the coating. This could lead to design of specific polymer architectures for selection of desired chiral angles, and hence specific electronic properties.

  19. Assembly Properties of an Alanine-Rich, Lysine-Containing Peptide and the Formation of Peptide/Polymer Hybrid Hydrogels

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    Grieshaber, Sarah E.; Nie, Ting; Yan, Congqi; Zhong, Sheng; Teller, Sean S.; Clifton, Rodney J.; Pochan, Darrin J.; Kiick, Kristi L.; Jia, Xinqiao

    2011-01-01

    We are interested in developing peptide/polymer hybrid hydrogels that are chemically diverse and structurally complex. Towards this end, an alanine-based peptide doped with charged lysines with a sequence of (AKA3KA)2 (AK2) was selected from the crosslinking regions of the natural elastin. Pluronic® F127, known to self-assemble into defined micellar structures, was employed as the synthetic building blocks. Fundamental investigations on the environmental effects on the secondary structure and...

  20. Nanocomposite of ZrO2/Polymer Thin-Film Coatings by The Ionically Self-Assembled Monolayer Technique

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    Rosidian, Aprillya

    1998-01-01

    Nanocomposites of multilayer structures of zirconia/polymer thin-film coatings have been fabricated on quartz and single-crystal silicon substrates by the Ionically Self-Assembled Monolayer (ISAM) technique. Particle size distribution was measured to calculate the grain diameter of the zirconia particles. UV/Vis spectroscopy and ellipsometry were used to characterize the ISAM technique. SEM and AFM were used to observe the microscopic structure of the multilayer structures. Some mechanical pr...

  1. Strong enhancement of optical absorbance from ionic self-assembled multilayer thin films of nanocluster Pt and polymer dye

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    Liu, Y. J.; Claus, Richard O.

    1999-01-01

    The observation of unusually enhanced optical absorbance spectra of ionic self assembled multilayer (ISAM) thin films composed of alternating layers of Pt nanoclusters (< 1 nm dimension) and polymer dye is reported. The first bilayer absorbance is found to be considerably larger than that of several succeeding bilayers even though there is no difference in composition for each bilayer. A layer-by-layer-dependent redshift in maximum wavelength position due to the strong coupling of metals and ...

  2. Coiled coil peptides and polymer-peptide conjugates: synthesis, self-assembly, characterization and potential in drug delivery systems

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    Pechar, Michal; Pola, Robert; Laga, Richard; Braunová, Alena; Filippov, Sergey K.; Bogomolova, Anna; Bednárová, Lucie; Vaněk, O.; Ulbrich, Karel

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 15, č. 7 (2014), s. 2590-2599. ISSN 1525-7797 R&D Projects: GA ČR GCP207/12/J030 Grant ostatní: AV ČR(CZ) Praemium Academiae Institutional support: RVO:61389013 ; RVO:61388963 Keywords : coiled coil * self-assembly * hydrophilic polymer Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry; FR - Pharmacology ; Medidal Chemistry (UOCHB-X) Impact factor: 5.750, year: 2014

  3. Self-Assembled ROS-Sensitive Polymer-Peptide Therapeutics Incorporating Built-in Reporters for Evaluation of Treatment Efficacy.

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    Qiao, Zeng-Ying; Zhao, Wen-Jing; Cong, Yong; Zhang, Di; Hu, Zhiyuan; Duan, Zhong-Yu; Wang, Hao

    2016-05-01

    One of the major challenges in current cancer therapy is to maximize therapeutic effect and evaluate tumor progression under the scheduled treatment protocol. To address these challenges, we synthesized the cytotoxic peptide (KLAKLAK)2 (named KLAK) conjugated amphiphilic poly(β-thioester)s copolymers (H-P-K) composed of reactive oxygen species (ROS) sensitive backbones and hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) side chains. H-P-K could self-assemble into micelle-like nanoparticles by hydrophobic interaction with copolymer backbones as cores and PEG and KLAK as shells. The assembled polymer-peptide nanoparticles remarkably improved cellular internalization and accumulation of therapeutic KLAK in cells. Compared to free KLAK peptide, the antitumor activity of H-P-K was significantly enhanced up to ∼400 times, suggesting the effectiveness of the nanoscaled polymer-peptide conjugation as biopharmaceuticals. The higher antitumor activity of nanoparticles was attributed to the efficient disruption of mitochondrial membranes and subsequent excessive ROS production in cells. To realize the ROS monitoring and treatment evaluation, we encapsulated squaraine (SQ) dyes as built-in reporters in ROS-sensitive H-P-K micelles. The overgenerated ROS around mitochondria stimulated the swelling of nanoparticles and subsequent release of SQ, which formed H-aggregates and significantly increased the photoacoustic (PA) signal. We believed that this self-assembled polymer-peptide nanotherapeutics incorporating built-in reporters has great potential for high antitumor performance and in situ treatment evaluation. PMID:27023216

  4. Self-assembly of CdTe nanocrystals at the water/oil interface by amphiphilic hyperbranched polymers

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    A general strategy for realizing the self-assembly of aqueous CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) at the water/oil interface by means of an amphiphilic core-shell hyperbranched polymer has been proposed. Aqueous CdTe NCs were firstly transferred into the chloroform phase in the presence of palmityl chloride functionalized hyperbranched poly(amidoamine) (HPAMAM-PC), and then self-assembled at the water/chloroform interface by decreasing the pH value of the aqueous phase or introducing α-CDs to the aqueous phase. The resulting CdTe/HPAMAM-PC self-assembly film was characterized by fluorescence microscopy, UV-vis, PL, TEM, EDS, FT-IR, DSC and TGA.

  5. Fabrication of Covalently Crosslinked and Amine-Reactive Microcapsules by Reactive Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Azlactone-Containing Polymer Multilayers on Sacrificial Microparticle Templates

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    Saurer, Eric M.; Flessner, Ryan M.; Buck, Maren E.; Lynn, David M.

    2011-01-01

    We report on the fabrication of covalently crosslinked and amine-reactive hollow microcapsules using ‘reactive’ layer-by-layer assembly to deposit thin polymer films on sacrificial microparticle templates. Our approach is based on the alternating deposition of layers of a synthetic polyamine and a polymer containing reactive azlactone functionality. Multilayered films composed of...

  6. Structure and Electronic Properties of Polymer Chains and Graphene Nanoribbon Formed by Molecular Self-Assembly on Au(111)

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    Ma, Chuanxu; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Hong, Kunlun; Li, An-Ping; Xiao, Zhongcan; Lu, Wenchang; Bernholc, J.

    Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with bandgaps are promising building blocks for ultra-fast electronics. Bottom-up synthesis of GNRs from aromatic hydrocarbon molecules has been proven to be an effective way to control GNR's width with atomically precise edge structures. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we study the formation of both linear polymer chains and narrow GNRs in the bottom-up self-assembly process with the DBBA molecules as the precursor on Au(111). The linear polymer chains are formed after the deposition of DBBA and 200 °C annealing for 30 min. The polymers can be converted to 7-AGNRs (seven-carbon wide armchair GNRs) after 400 °C annealing. Interestingly, second-layer polymer is seen to survive on the GNRs during the annealing process. This result indicates that the Au(111) substrate plays an important role in the dehydrogenation process and the formation of GNRs, which is confirmed by our DFT calculations. Electronically, the polymers show a bandgap of 3.4 eV, much larger than that of GNRs. After annealing at 500 °C for 30 min, wider GNRs can form: 14-AGNR, 21-AGNR. The 7-AGNR shows a typical edge state at -1.1 eV, while for 14-AGNR it is at -1.35 eV. Moreover, junctions of GNRs with different widths can be formed with pronounced boundary states.

  7. Electrostatic Assembly of Polymers and Nanoparticles at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces

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    Hoagland, David

    The electrostatic attraction between charged solutes on opposite sides of the interface between immiscible liquids offers an efficient route to the self-assembly of two-dimensional films. As implemented by us, a hydrophobic polymer with amine end(s) or block(s) is presented in an oil phase, and a negatively charged nanoparticle is presented in an aqueous phase; both solutes are insoluble in the opposite phase but efficiently driven to the liquid-liquid interface by mutual electrostatically attraction to the solute in the opposite phase. Depending on experimental conditions (salt concentration, pH, solute concentrations, etc.), a continuous, nanoscopically thin composite film builds at the oil-water interface over the timescale of minutes, often accompanied by a dramatic reduction of interfacial tension akin to that observed for a surfactant. Film formation and properties by the new route will be discussed, as principally probed through pendant drop interfacial tensiometry and pendant drop interfacial rheometry. Components of model system are toluene-dissolved amine end-capped polystyrene and water-dispersed acid-treated carbon nanotubes or citrate-treated gold nanospheres. Film structures are complicated, as are crucial electrostatic interactions near the interface. With amine end-capped polystyrene partnered with acid-treated carbon nanotubes, high pH (above 5) and high polystyrene molecular weight (above 5000 g/mol) strongly hinder film formation. These films, which are liquid-like, show two viscoelastic relaxations, a fast relaxation (about 10 s) associated with polystyrene chain rearrangements (slightly impacted by carbon nanotube association) and a slow relaxation (about 20 min) associated with polystyrene adsorption/desorption; at intermediate times (or frequencies), the two-dimensional storage and loss moduli follow approximately the same power law dependences. Support by NSF through the Univ. of Massachusetts MRSEC.

  8. Multifunctional metal-polymer nanoagglomerates from single-pass aerosol self-assembly

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    Byeon, Jeong Hoon

    2016-08-01

    In this study, gold (Au)-iron (Fe) nanoagglomerates were capped by a polymer mixture (PM) consisting of poly(lactide-co-glycolic acid), protamine sulfate, and poly-l-lysine via floating self-assembly in a single-pass aerosol configuration as multibiofunctional nanoplatforms. The Au-Fe nanoagglomerates were directly injected into PM droplets (PM dissolved in dichloromethane) in a collison atomizer and subsequently heat-treated to liberate the solvent from the droplets, resulting in the formation of PM-capped Au-Fe nanoagglomerates. Measured in vitro, the cytotoxicities of the nanoagglomerates (>98.5% cell viability) showed no significant differences compared with PM particles alone (>98.8%), thus implying that the nanoagglomerates are suitable for further testing of biofunctionalities. Measurements of gene delivery performance revealed that the incorporation of the Au-Fe nanoagglomerates enhanced the gene delivery performance (3.2 × 106 RLU mg‑1) of the PM particles alone (2.1 × 106 RLU mg‑1), which may have been caused by the PM structural change from a spherical to a hairy structure (i.e., the change followed the agglomerated backbone). Combining the X-ray-absorbing ability of Au and the magnetic property of Fe led to magnetic resonance (MR)-computed tomography (CT) contrast ability in a phantom; and the signal intensities [which reached 64 s‑1 T2-relaxation in MR and 194 Hounsfield units (HUs) in CT at 6.0 mg mL‑1] depended on particle concentration (0.5–6.0 mg mL‑1).

  9. Biological Sensing and DNA Templated Electronics Using Conjugated Polymers

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    Björk, Per

    2007-01-01

    Conjugated polymers have been found useful in a wide range of applications such as solar cells, sensor elements and printed electronics, due to their optical and electronic properties. Functionalization with charged side chains has enabled water solubility, resulting in an enhanced interaction with biomolecules. This thesis focus on the emerging research fields, where these conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) are combined with biomolecules for biological sensing and DNA nanowire assembling. CP...

  10. Organic Nanowires

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    Balzer, Frank; Schiek, Manuela; Al-Shamery, Katharina;

    Single crystalline nanowires from fluorescing organic molecules like para-phenylenes or thiophenes are supposed to become key elements in future integrated optoelectronic devices [1]. For a sophisticated design of devices based on nanowires the basic principles of the nanowire formation have to be...

  11. Water-soluble, luminescent ZnTe quantum dots: supersaturation-controlled synthesis and self-assembly into nanoballs, nanonecklaces and nanowires.

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    Patra, Sovan Kumar; Bhushan, Bhavya; Priyam, Amiya

    2016-03-01

    A supersaturation-controlled aqueous synthesis route has been developed for ZnTe quantum dots (QDs) with high monodispersity, size tunability, stability, band-edge luminescence (full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) 10-12 nm) and negligibly small Stokes' shift (2-4 nm). The degree of supersaturation of the initial reaction mixture was varied by increasing the reagent concentration, but keeping the molar ratio Zn(2+) : thioglycolic acid : Te(2-) constant at 1 : 2.5 : 0.5. For a 10× increase in supersaturation, the photoluminescence (PL) peak underwent a 50 nm blue shift from 330 to 280 nm at pH 6. The effect was more pronounced at pH 12, where the PL peak blue-shifted by 100 nm from 327 to 227 nm. Concomitantly, the FWHM was also reduced to a low value of 10 nm, indicating high monodispersity. For a 10× change in supersaturation, the particle size decreased by 63% (from 2.2 to 0.8 nm) at pH 12, whereas it changed by 19% (from 2.1 to 1.7 nm) at pH 6. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction data further revealed that the QDs synthesized at higher supersaturation had a better crystallinity. These QDs exhibited the unique property of undergoing isotropic and anisotropic self-assembly, which resulted in a blue shift and a red shift in the absorption and PL spectra, respectively. Isotropic assembly into spherical nanoballs (100 nm diameter, 1 nm inter-QD separation) occurred when the QDs were stored at pH 12 for 3 weeks at room temperature. The nanoballs further self-assembled into a 'pearl necklace' arrangement. On the partial removal of the capping agents, the QDs self-organized anisotropically into nanowires (1.3 μm long and 4.6 nm in diameter). The self-assembled nanostructures showed exciton-exciton coupling and excellent PL properties, which may be useful in enhanced optoelectronics, photovoltaics and biochemical sensing. PMID:26830257

  12. A density functional study of silver clusters on a stepped graphite surface: formation of self-assembled nano-wires.

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    Singh, Akansha; Sen, Prasenjit

    2015-05-21

    Adsorption and diffusion of silver adatoms and clusters containing up to eight atoms on an HOPG substrate with an armchair step are studied using density functional methods. Step edges act as attractive sinks for adatoms and clusters. The diffusion barrier of an Ag adatom along the step edge is much larger than that on a clean terrace. At zero temperature, Ag clusters either distort or dissociate by forming covalent bonds with the edge C atoms. At 600 K, Ag5 and Ag8 clusters diffuse to the step edges, and then break up so as to maximize Ag-C bonds. The Ag atoms try to form a nanowire structure along the step edge. At such high temperatures, diffusion of clusters along the step edge involves diffusion of individual Ag atoms not bonded to the edge C atoms. Assumption of complete immobility of clusters trapped at step edges in the Gates-Robins model is not valid at high temperatures in this particular system. PMID:25903308

  13. Sandwiched assembly of ZnO nanowires between graphene layers for a self-powered and fast responsive ultraviolet photodetector.

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    Boruah, Buddha Deka; Mukherjee, Anwesha; Misra, Abha

    2016-03-01

    A heterostructure of graphene and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) is fabricated by sandwiching an array of ZnO NWs between two graphene layers for an ultraviolet (UV) photodetector. This unique structure allows NWs to be in direct contact with the graphene layers, minimizing the effect of the substrate or metal electrodes. In this device, graphene layers act as highly conducting electrodes with a high mobility of the generated charge carriers. An excellent sensitivity is demonstrated towards UV illumination, with a reversible photoresponse even for a short period of UV illumination. Response and recovery times of a few milliseconds demonstrated a much faster photoresponse than most of the conventional ZnO nanostructure-based photodetectors. It is shown that the generation of a built-in electric field between the interface of graphene and ZnO NWs effectively contributes to the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs for photocurrent generation without applying any external bias. Upon application of external bias voltage, the electric field further increases the drift velocity of photogenerated electrons by reducing the charge recombination rates, and results in an enhancement of the photocurrent. Therefore, the graphene-based heterostructure (G/ZnO NW/G) opens avenues to constructing a novel heterostructure with a combination of two functionally dissimilar materials. PMID:26857833

  14. Sandwiched assembly of ZnO nanowires between graphene layers for a self-powered and fast responsive ultraviolet photodetector

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    Deka Boruah, Buddha; Mukherjee, Anwesha; Misra, Abha

    2016-03-01

    A heterostructure of graphene and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) is fabricated by sandwiching an array of ZnO NWs between two graphene layers for an ultraviolet (UV) photodetector. This unique structure allows NWs to be in direct contact with the graphene layers, minimizing the effect of the substrate or metal electrodes. In this device, graphene layers act as highly conducting electrodes with a high mobility of the generated charge carriers. An excellent sensitivity is demonstrated towards UV illumination, with a reversible photoresponse even for a short period of UV illumination. Response and recovery times of a few milliseconds demonstrated a much faster photoresponse than most of the conventional ZnO nanostructure-based photodetectors. It is shown that the generation of a built-in electric field between the interface of graphene and ZnO NWs effectively contributes to the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs for photocurrent generation without applying any external bias. Upon application of external bias voltage, the electric field further increases the drift velocity of photogenerated electrons by reducing the charge recombination rates, and results in an enhancement of the photocurrent. Therefore, the graphene-based heterostructure (G/ZnO NW/G) opens avenues to constructing a novel heterostructure with a combination of two functionally dissimilar materials.

  15. A supramolecular Janus hyperbranched polymer and its photoresponsive self-assembly of vesicles with narrow size distribution.

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    Liu, Yong; Yu, Chunyang; Jin, Haibao; Jiang, Binbin; Zhu, Xinyuan; Zhou, Yongfeng; Lu, Zhongyuan; Yan, Deyue

    2013-03-27

    Herein, we report a novel Janus particle and supramolecular block copolymer consisting of two chemically distinct hyperbranched polymers, which is coined as Janus hyperbranched polymer. It is constructed by the noncovalent coupling between a hydrophobic hyperbranched poly(3-ethyl-3-oxetanemethanol) with an apex of an azobenzene (AZO) group and a hydrophilic hyperbranched polyglycerol with an apex of a β-cyclodextrin (CD) group through the specific AZO/CD host-guest interactions. Such an amphiphilic supramolecular polymer resembles a tree together with its root very well in the architecture and can further self-assemble into unilamellar bilayer vesicles with narrow size distribution, which disassembles reversibly under the irradiation of UV light due to the trans-to-cis isomerization of the AZO groups. In addition, the obtained vesicles could further aggregate into colloidal crystal-like close-packed arrays under freeze-drying conditions. The dynamics and mechanism for the self-assembly of vesicles as well as the bilayer structure have been disclosed by a dissipative particle dynamics simulation. PMID:23464832

  16. Block copolymer assisted self-assembly of nanoparticles into Langmuir–Blodgett films: Effect of polymer concentration

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    Martín-García, Beatriz; Velázquez, M. Mercedes, E-mail: mvsal@usal.es

    2013-08-15

    We propose to use the self-assembly ability of a block copolymer to obtain CdSe quantum dots (QDs) structures of different morphology. The methodology proposed consist in transferring mixed Langmuir monolayers of QDs and the polymer poly (styrene-co-maleic anhydride) partial 2 buthoxy ethyl ester cumene terminated, PS-MA-BEE onto mica by the Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) methodology. The morphology of the LB films was analyzed by AFM and TEM measurements. Our results show that it is possible to modulate the self-assembly process by modifying the composition of the mixed Langmuir monolayer precursor of the LB film. The different morphologies are interpreted according to two different dewetting mechanisms, growth of holes and spinodal-like dewetting. The growth of holes dewetting process is driven by gravitatory effects and was observed for LB films obtained by transferring Langmuir monolayer of the smallest elasticity values in which the polymer is in brush conformation. The spinodal dewetting mechanism prevailed when the Langmuir monolayer presents the highest elasticity values. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Effect of the surface composition on the LB films architecture. • QDs/polymer LB films morphology interpreted in terms of dewetting mechanism. • The dewetting mechanism depends on the Langmuir monolayer state.

  17. Directed self assembly of polymer/nanoparticle composites controlled by internal and external fields

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    Lewin, Christian

    2016-01-01

    In this thesis the influence of solvent vapor annealing and external electric fields on poly-mer / nanoparticle composites has been investigated. Gold nanoparticle composite films were prepared with an SV block copolymer polymer as well as with PS and PMMA homopolymers and PS:PMMA blends.In the first part of this thesis SV block copolymer polymer / gold nanoparticle composite films were exposed to an external electric field. In situ SAXS measurements were performed to investigate the kinetics...

  18. Heterojunction nanowires having high activity and stability for the reduction of oxygen: Formation by self-assembly of iron phthalocyanine with single walled carbon nanotubes (FePc/SWNTs)

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    Zhu, Jia

    2014-04-01

    A self-assembly approach to preparing iron phthalocyanine/single-walled carbon nanotube (FePc/SWNT) heterojunction nanowires as a new oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) electrocatalyst has been developed by virtue of water-adjusted dispersing in 1-cyclohexyl-pyrrolidone (CHP) of the two components. The FePc/SWNT nanowires have a higher Fermi level compared to pure FePc (d-band center, DFT. =. -0.69. eV versus -0.87. eV, respectively). Consequently, an efficient channel for transferring electron to the FePc surface is readily created, facilitating the interaction between FePc and oxygen, so enhancing the ORR kinetics. This heterojunction-determined activity in ORR illustrates a new stratagem to preparing non-noble ORR electrocatalysts of significant importance in constructing real-world fuel cells. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

  19. Biocompatible polyester macroligands: new subunits for the assembly of star-shaped polymers with luminescent and cleavable metal cores.

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    Corbin, P S; Webb, M P; McAlvin, J E; Fraser, C L

    2001-01-01

    The synthesis of a series of star-shaped, biocompatible polyesters--polylactides (PLAs), polycaprolactones (PCLs), and various copolymer analogues--with either labile iron(II) tris-bipyridyl or luminescent ruthenium(II) tris-bipyridyl cores is described. These polymers were readily assembled by a convergent, metal-template-assisted approach that entailed the synthesis of bipyridine (bpy) ligands incorporating PLA- and PCL-containing arms and subsequent chelation of the "macroligands" to iron(II) or ruthenium(II). Specifically, the polyester macroligands bpyPLA(2) and bpyPCL(2) were prepared by a stannous octoate catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of DL- or L-lactide and epsilon-caprolactone, using bis(hydroxymethyl)-2,2'-bipyridine as the initiator. Copolymers bpy(PCL-PLA)(2) and bpy(PLA-PCL)(2) were generated in an analogous manner using bpyPLA(2) and bpyPCL(2) as macroinitiators. Polymers with narrow molecular weight distributions and with molecular weights close to values expected based upon monomer/initiator loading were produced. The macroligands were subsequently chelated to iron(II) to afford six-armed, iron-core star polymers, which were characterized by UV-vis and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Estimated chelation efficiencies for formation of the star polymers (M(n) calcd: 20-240 kDa) were high, as determined by UV-vis spectral analysis. Within the molecular weight range investigated, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis revealed that the small amounts of metal in the polyester stars and differences in polymer architecture had little effect on the thermal properties of the PLA/PCL materials. However, thin films of the red-violet colored iron-core stars exhibited reversible, thermochromic bleaching. Solutions and films of the polymers also responded (with color loss) to a variety of chemical stimuli (e.g., acid, base, peroxides, ammonia), thus revealing potential for use in diverse sensing applications. Likewise, the polyester

  20. Direct laser fabrication of nanowires on semiconductor surfaces

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    Haghizadeh, Anahita; Yang, Haeyeon

    2016-03-01

    Periodic nanowires are observed from (001) orientation of Si and GaAs when the surfaces are irradiated interferentially by high power laser pulses. These nanowires are self-assembled and can be strain-free while their period is consistent with interference period. The nanowire morphologies are studied by atomic force microscopy. The observed period between nanowires depends on the wavelengths used and interference angle. The nanowire width increases with laser intensity. The narrowest nanowires observed have the width smaller than 20 nm, which is more than 10 times smaller than the interference period.

  1. Role of redox centre in charge transport investigated by novel self-assembled conjugated polymer molecular junctions

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    Wang, Zongrui; Dong, Huanli; Li, Tao; Hviid, Rune; Zou, Ye; Wei, Zhongming; Fu, Xiaolong; Wang, Erjing; Zhen, Yonggang; Nørgaard, Kasper; Laursen, Bo W.; Hu, Wenping

    2015-06-01

    Molecular electronics describes a field that seeks to implement electronic components made of molecular building blocks. To date, few studies have used conjugated polymers in molecular junctions despite the fact that they potentially transport charge more efficiently than the extensively investigated small-molecular systems. Here we report a novel type of molecular tunnelling junction exploring the use of conjugated polymers, which are self-assembled into ultrathin films in a distinguishable `planar' manner from the traditional vertically oriented small-molecule monolayers. Electrical measurements on the junctions reveal molecular-specific characteristics of the polymeric molecules in comparison with less conjugated small molecules. More significantly, we decorate redox-active functionality into polymeric backbones, demonstrating a key role of redox centre in the modulation of charge transport behaviour via energy level engineering and external stimuli, and implying the potential of employing tailor-made polymeric components as alternatives to small molecules for future molecular-scale electronics.

  2. Recent Advances in Gas Barrier Thin Films via Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Polymers and Platelets.

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    Priolo, Morgan A; Holder, Kevin M; Guin, Tyler; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2015-05-01

    Layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly has emerged as the leading non-vacuum technology for the fabrication of transparent, super gas barrier films. The super gas barrier performance of LbL deposited films has been demonstrated in numerous studies, with a variety of polyelectrolytes, to rival that of metal and metal oxide-based barrier films. This Feature Article is a mini-review of LbL-based multilayer thin films with a 'nanobrick wall' microstructure comprising polymeric mortar and nano-platelet bricks that impart high gas barrier to otherwise permeable polymer substrates. These transparent, water-based thin films exhibit oxygen transmission rates below 5 × 10(-3) cm(3) m(-2) day(-1) atm(-1) and lower permeability than any other barrier material reported. In an effort to put this technology in the proper context, incumbent technologies such as metallized plastics, metal oxides, and flake-filled polymers are briefly reviewed. PMID:25800245

  3. Honeycomb-shaped coordination polymers based on the self-assembly of long flexible ligands and alkaline-earth ions

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    Lian, Chen; Liu, Liu; Guo, Xu; Long, Yinshuang; Jia, Shanshan; Li, Huanhuan; Yang, Lirong

    2016-01-01

    Two novel coordination polymers, namely, [Ca(NCP)2]∞ (I) and [Sr(NCP)2]∞ (II) were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions based on 2-(4-carboxyphenyl)imidazo(4,5-f)-(1,10)phenanthroline (HNCP) and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectrometry, X-ray powder diffraction and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Findings indicate that I and II are isomorphous and isostructural, containing the unit of M(NCP-)4 (M=Ca(II) and Sr(II)), based on which to assemble into three-dimensional (3D) porous 4-fold interpenetration honeycomb-shaped neutral coordination polymers (CPs). Between the adjacent lamellar structures in I and II, there exist π-π interactions between the pyridine rings belonging to phenanthroline of NCP- which stabilize the frameworks. Both I and II display stronger fluorescence emissions as well as high thermal stability.

  4. Surfactant-Templated Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanowires

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    Hongmei Luo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate two approaches to prepare mesoporous metal oxide nanowires by surfactant assembly and nanoconfinement via sol-gel or electrochemical deposition. For example, mesoporous Ta2O5 and zeolite nanowires are prepared by block copolymer Pluronic 123-templated sol-gel method, and mesoporous ZnO nanowires are prepared by electrodeposition in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS surfactant, in porous membranes. The morphologies of porous nanowires are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM analyses.

  5. Micro-‘‘factory’’ for self-assembled peptide nanostructures

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    Castillo, Jaime; Rodriguez-Trujíllo, Romén; Gauthier, Sébastian;

    2011-01-01

    This study describes an integrated micro ‘‘factory’’ for the preparation of biological self-assembled peptide nanotubes and nanoparticles on a polymer chip, yielding controlled growth conditions. Self-assembled peptides constitute attractive building blocks for the fabrication of biological...... nanostructures due to the mild conditions of their synthesis process. This biological material can form nanostructures in a rapid way and the synthesis method is less expensive as compared to that of carbon nanotubes or silicon nanowires. The present article thus reports on the on-chip fabrication of self-assembled...

  6. Optimization and Characterization of Self-assembled Triblock Polymer Membranes with Chemically-Tunable Pore Walls for Nanofiltration Applications

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    Sargent, Jessica; Mulvenna, Ryan; Prato, Rafael; Weidman, Jacob; Phillip, William; Boudouris, Bryan

    2015-03-01

    The field of block polymer-based membranes for separation applications has grown considerably in the past several years. However, decreasing the domain sizes of these membranes to below 5 nm has proven to be a challenge in many instances. Here, we demonstrate that a triblock polymer, polyisoprene- b-polystyrene- b-poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) (PI-PS-PtBMA), can be utilized to form nanoporous membranes capable of high flux and high selectivity based on both size and chemical composition. By controlling the synthesis, solution self-assembly, and non-solvent induced phase separation of these polymers, a scalable fabrication process can produce thin-film membranes that feature monodisperse pores approaching 1 nm in diameter, tunable pore-wall chemistry, good mechanical stability, and chlorine degradation resistance. The PtBMA functionality can further be converted to a number of side chain functionalities through simple coupling chemistry to produce membranes with specific chemical and structural characteristics tailored to meet the needs of various applications. In particular, these membranes provide a promising, inexpensive platform for chlorine degradation and fouling-resistant membranes for water purification that can be produced on an industrial scale.

  7. Hierarchical Sol-Gel Transition Induced by Thermosensitive Self-Assembly of an ABC Triblock Polymer in an Ionic Liquid

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    Kitazawa, Yuzo; Ueki, Takeshi; McIntosh, Lucas D.; Tamura, Saki; Niitsuma, Kazuyuki; Imaizumi, Satoru; Lodge, Timothy P.; Watanabe, Masayoshi (U of Tokyo); (UMM); (Yokohama)

    2016-04-29

    Here we investigate a hierarchical morphology change and accompanying sol–gel transition using a doubly thermosensitive ABC-triblock copolymer in an ionic liquid (IL). The triblock copolymer contains two different lower critical solution temperature (LCST) thermosensitive polymers, poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PBnMA) and poly(2-phenylethyl methacrylate) (PPhEtMA), as the end blocks and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as the middle block (PBnMA-b-PMMA-b-PPhEtMA: BMP). BMP undergoes a hierarchical phase transition corresponding to the self-assembly of each of the thermosensitive blocks in the IL, and a sol–gel transition was observed in concentrated, above 10 wt %, polymer solutions. The gelation behavior was affected by polymer concentration, and at 20 wt %, the BMP/IL composite showed a phase transition, with increasing temperature, from solution through a jammed micelle suspension to a physically cross-linked gel. For each phase was formed reversibly and rapidly over the corresponding temperature range. Finally, the jammed micelle and cross-linked gel states were characterized using viscoelastic measurements and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).

  8. Conductive polymer nanocomposites with hierarchical multi-scale structures via self-assembly of carbon-nanotubes on graphene on polymer-microspheres.

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    Tang, Changyu; Long, Gucheng; Hu, Xin; Wong, Ka-wai; Lau, Woon-ming; Fan, Meikun; Mei, Jun; Xu, Tao; Wang, Bin; Hui, David

    2014-07-21

    A novel and highly conductive 3-dimensional (3D) hierarchical multi-scale structure is formed by a new, simple, facile, and water-based method that enables practical production of conductive carbon nanofiller/polymer composites. More specifically, the π-π interaction between CNTs and graphene oxide (GO) is exploited to disperse conductive but non-polar CNTs with amphiphilic GO sheets to form a stable aqueous colloidal solution. Aqueous-dispersible latex-polystyrene microspheres are then added to enable the self-assembly processes of anchoring CNTs on GO and wrapping microspheres with GO-stabilized CNTs for the formation of an intriguing 3D hierarchical multi-scale structure. During this process, GO is reduced to conductive reduced-graphene oxide (RGO). The resultant RGO sheets act as "nano-walls" to prevent CNTs from randomly diffusing into the polymer bulk during thermal pressing of RGO-CNT/microspheres, which results in the formation of a 3D foam-like network of RGO-CNTs with high quality. The resultant composite with such a structure gives an ultra-low percolation threshold (0.03 vol% RGO-CNTs) and a reasonably high conductivity (153 S m(-1) at 4 vol% RGO-CNTs), which could satisfy various applications requiring both transparency and electrical conduction characteristics (e.g. transparent antistatic coatings, capacitive touch-screens, and transparent electronic devices). PMID:24791273

  9. Polymer-facilitated low temperature fusing of spray-coated silver nanowire networks as transparent top and bottom electrodes in small molecule organic photovoltaics (Presentation Recording)

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    Selzer, Franz; Weiß, Nelli; Kneppe, David; Bormann, Ludwig; Sachse, Christoph; Gaponik, Nikolai; Eychmüller, Alexander; Leo, Karl; Müller-Meskamp, Lars

    2015-10-01

    Networks of silver nanowires (AgNWs) are promising candidates for transparent conducting electrodes in organic photovoltaics (OPV), as they achieve similar performance as the commonly used indium tin oxide (ITO) at lower cost and increased flexibility. The initial sheet resistance (Rs) of AgNW electrodes typically needs to be reduced by a post-annealing step (90 min@200 °C), being detrimental for processing on polymeric substrates. We present novel low temperature-based methods to integrate AgNWs in organic small molecule-based photovoltaics, either as transparent and highly conductive bottom-electrode or, for the first time, as spray-coated AgNW top-electrode. The bottom-electrodes are prepared by organic matrix assisted low-temperature fusing. Here, selected polymers are coated below the AgNWs to increase the interaction between NWs and substrate. In comparison to networks without these polymeric sublayers, the Rs is reduced by two orders of magnitude. AgNW top-electrodes are realized by dispersing modified high-quality AgNWs in inert solvents, which do not damage small molecule layers. Accordingly, our AgNW dispersion can be spray-coated onto all kind of OPV devices. Both bottom- and top-electrodes show a Rs of 87 % transparency directly after spray-coating at very low substrate temperatures of <80 °C. We also demonstrate the implementation of our AgNW electrodes in organic solar cells. The corresponding devices show almost identical performance compared to organic solar cells exploiting ITO as bottom or thermally evaporated thin-metal as top-electrode.

  10. Nonlinear Optical Properties and Structural Characteristics of Ionically Self-Assembled Nanoscale Polymer Films Influenced by Ionic Concentration and Incorporation of Monomer Chromophores

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    Neyman, Patrick J.

    2002-01-01

    Ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) films are typically an assemblage of oppositely charged polymers built layer by layer through coulombic attraction utilizing an environmentally friendly process to form ordered structures that are uniform, molecularly smooth, and physically robust. ISAM films have been shown to be capable of the noncentrosymmetric order requisite for a second-order nonlinear optical response. However, films fabricated with a nonlinear optical (NLO) polymer result in...

  11. Self-assembly of silk-elastinlike protein polymers into three-dimensional scaffolds for biomedical applications

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    Zeng, Like

    Production of brand new protein-based materials with precise control over the amino acid sequences at single residue level has been made possible by genetic engineering, through which artificial genes can be developed that encode protein-based materials with desired features. As an example, silk-elastinlike protein polymers (SELPs), composed of tandem repeats of amino acid sequence motifs from Bombyx mori (silkworm) silk and mammalian elastin, have been produced in this approach. SELPs have been studied extensively in the past two decades, however, the fundamental mechanism governing the self-assembly process to date still remains largely unresolved. Further, regardless of the unprecedented success when exploited in areas including drug delivery, gene therapy, and tissue augmentation, SELPs scaffolds as a three-dimensional cell culture model system are complicated by the inability of SELPs to provide the embedded tissue cells with appropriate biochemical stimuli essential for cell survival and function. In this dissertation, it is reported that the self-assembly of silk-elastinlike protein polymers (SELPs) into nanofibers in aqueous solutions can be modulated by tuning the curing temperature, the size of the silk blocks, and the charge of the elastin blocks. A core-sheath model was proposed for nanofiber formation, with the silk blocks in the cores and the hydrated elastin blocks in the sheaths. The folding of the silk blocks into stable cores -- affected by the size of the silk blocks and the charge of the elastin blocks -- plays a critical role in the assembly of silk-elastin nanofibers. The assembled nanofibers further form nanofiber clusters on the microscale, and the nanofiber clusters then coalesce into nanofiber micro-assemblies, interconnection of which eventually leads to the formation of three-dimensional scaffolds with distinct nanoscale and microscale features. SELP-Collagen hybrid scaffolds were also fabricated to enable independent control over the

  12. Fabrication and characterization of Ag/polymer nanocomposite films through layer-by-layer self-assembly technique

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    Multilayer nanocomposite films composed of negative charged Ag nanosized particles and cationic polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH) molecules were fabricated on polymer modified single-crystal silicon and flat glass slides by a layer-by-layer (LBL) molecular self-assembly technique. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the formed Ag particles successfully absorbed onto the positively charged surfaces. The atomic force microscopy image of a two-cycle Ag/PAH bilayer film showed that no surface damage or defects existed on the thin-films surface. The Ag particles were densely and homogeneously distributed on the surface and relatively uniform in size. Goniometry was employed to verify the assembly process and the water contact angles oscillated regularly, depending on the composition of the outermost layer. By using the LBL deposition technique, a molecular-level ordered multilayer film with the thickness up to 40 layers (20 bilayers) was obtained. Results from UV-vis spectroscopy and ellipsometry measurements revealed that the self-assembly of the Ag/PAH multilayer film was well quantitative and reproducible. Thus we can conclude that the consecutive LBL deposition technique is a feasible and effective way to produce multilayer film and control the surface properties

  13. Steric hindrance regulated supramolecular assembly between β-cyclodextrin polymer and pyrene for alkaline phosphatase fluorescent sensing

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    Song, Chunxia; Yang, Xiaohai; Wang, Kemin; Wang, Qing; Liu, Jianbo; Huang, Jin; Zhou, Maogui; Guo, Xiaochen

    2016-03-01

    We herein report a strategy for sensitive alkaline phosphatase (ALP) fluorescent sensing based on steric hindrance regulated supramolecular assembly between β-cyclodextrin polymer (polyβ-CD) and pyrene. The fluorescence of pyrene was enhanced more than 10 times through supramolecular assembly with polyβ-CD. The 5‧-phosphorylated dsDNA probe with pyrene attached on the 3‧-terminal could be cleaved by λ exonuclease (λ exo), yielding pyrene attached on mononucleotides. Pyrene attached on mononucleotides could easily enter the cavity of polyβ-CD, resulting in fluorescence enhancement. When ALP was introduced, it could remove 5‧-phosphate groups from dsDNA and then prevented the cleavage of dsDNA. Pyrene attached on dsDNA was difficult to enter the cavity of polyβ-CD because of steric hindrance, resulting in an inconspicuous fluorescence enhancement. Owing to the excellent fluorescence enhancement during steric hindrance regulated supramolecular assembly, excellent performance of the assay method was achieved for ALP with a detection limit of 0.04 U mL- 1. The detection limit was superior or comparable with the reported methods. Besides, this method was simple in design, avoiding double-labeling of probe.

  14. Synthesis of silver nanowires using hydrothermal technique for flexible transparent electrode application

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    Vijila, C. V. Mary; Rahman, K. K. Arsina; Parvathy, N. S.; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent conducting films are becoming increasingly interesting because of their applications in electronics industry such as their use in solar energy applications. In this work silver nanowires were synthesized using solvothermal method by reducing silver nitrate and adding sodium chloride for assembling silver into nanowires. Absorption spectra of nanowires in the form of a dispersion in deionized water, AFM and SEM images confirm the nanowire formation. Solution of nanowire was coated over PET films to obtain transparent conducting films.

  15. Hairy nanoparticle assemblies as one-component functional polymer nanocomposites: opportunities and challenges

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    Fernandes, Nikhil J.

    2013-03-01

    Over the past three decades, the combination of inorganic-nanoparticles and organic-polymers has led to a wide variety of advanced materials, including polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). Recently, synthetic innovations for attaching polymers to nanoparticles to create hairy nanoparticles (HNPs) has expanded opportunities in this field. In addition to nanoparticle compatibilization for traditional particle-matrix blending, neat-HNPs afford one-component hybrids, both in composition and properties, which avoids issues of mixing that plague traditional PNCs. Continuous improvements in purity, scalability, and theoretical foundations of structure-performance relationships are critical to achieving design control of neat-HNPs necessary for future applications, ranging from optical, energy, and sensor devices to lubricants, green-bodies, and structures. © 2013 Materials Research Society.

  16. Doxorubicin-loaded aromatic imine-contained amphiphilic branched star polymer micelles: synthesis, self-assembly, and drug delivery

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Liang Qiu, Chun-Yan Hong, Cai-Yuan Pan Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Redox- and pH-sensitive branched star polymers (BSPs, BP(DMAEMA-co-MAEBA-co-DTDMA(PMAIGPns, have been successively prepared by two steps of reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT polymerization. The first step is RAFT polymerization of 2-(N,N-dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate (DMAEMA and p-(methacryloxyethoxybenzaldehyde (MAEBA in the presence of divinyl monomer, 2,2'-dithiodiethoxyl dimethacrylate (DTDMA. The resultant branched polymers were used as a macro-RAFT agent in the subsequent RAFT polymerization. After hydrolysis of the BSPs to form BP(DMAEMA-co-MAEBA-co-DTDMA(PMAGPns (BSP-H, the anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX was covalently linked to branched polymer chains by reaction of primary amine of DOX and aldehyde groups in the polymer chains. Their compositions, structures, molecular weights, and molecular weight distributions were respectively characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectra and gel permeation chromatography measurements. The DOX-loaded micelles were fabricated by self-assembly of DOX-containing BSPs in water, which were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. Aromatic imine linkage is stable in neutral water, but is acid-labile; controlled release of DOX from the BSP-H-DOX micelles was realized at pH values of 5 and 6, and at higher acidic solution, fast release of DOX was observed. In vitro cytotoxicity experiment results revealed low cytotoxicity of the BSPs and release of DOX from micelles in HepG2 and HeLa cells. Confocal laser fluorescence microscopy observations showed that DOX-loaded micelles have specific interaction with HepG2 cells. Thus, this type of BSP micelle is an efficient drug delivery system

  17. An anisotropic snowflake-like structural assembly of polymer-capped gold nanoparticles

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    Parab, Harshala; Jung, Cheulhee; Woo, Min-Ah; Park, Hyun Gyu, E-mail: hgpark@kaist.ac.kr [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Korea, Republic of)

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    Snowflake-like structural assembly of isotropic gold nanoparticles (GNPs) is reported. A modified polyamine method has been employed to synthesize positively charged GNPs in presence of a polymeric metaphosphate. This process yields fascinating dendritic self-assembled morphologies. Structural characterization revealed that there was aggregation of crystalline GNPs. The aggregates of GNPs formed in the initial stage of synthesis are assumed to act as the bulging seeds for final growth of complex morphologies at nanometer to micrometer length scale. Self-assembly of GNPs was found to be greatly influenced by the concentration of gold precursor. Diffusion limited aggregation of GNPs is suggested as the plausible mechanism for this nanoparticle self-organization process.

  18. Fiber Optic pH Sensor with Self-Assembled Polymer Multilayer Nanocoatings

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    Hwa-Yaw Tam; Jacques Albert; Ming-Jie Yin; Li-Yang Shao

    2013-01-01

    A fiber-optic pH sensor based on a tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) with electrostatic self-assembly multilayer sensing film is presented. The pH sensitive polymeric film, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was deposited on the circumference of the TFBG with the layer-by-layer (LbL) electrostatic self-assembly technique. The PDDA/PAA film exhibits a reduction in refractive index by swelling in different pH solutions. This effect results in wavelength s...

  19. Self-Assembled Nanocomposite Organic Polymers with Aluminum and Scandium as Heterogeneous Water-Compatible Lewis Acid Catalysts.

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    Miyamura, Hiroyuki; Sonoyama, Arisa; Hayrapetyan, Davit; Kobayashi, Shū

    2015-09-01

    While water-compatible Lewis acids have great potential as accessible and environmentally benign catalysts for various organic transformations, efficient immobilization of such Lewis acids while keeping high activity and without leaching of metals even under aqueous conditions is a challenging task. Self-assembled nanocomposite catalysts of organic polymers, carbon black, aluminum reductants, and scandium salts as heterogeneous water-compatible Lewis acid catalysts are described. These catalysts could be successfully applied to various C-C bond-forming reactions without leaching of metals. Scanning transmission electron microscopy analyses revealed that the nanocomposite structure of Al and Sc was fabricated in these heterogeneous catalysts. It is noted that Al species, which are usually decomposed rapidly in the presence of water, are stabilized under aqueous conditions. PMID:26228075

  20. Block copolymer assembly on nanoscale patterns of polymer brushes formed by electrohydrodynamic jet printing.

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    Onses, M Serdar; Ramírez-Hernández, Abelardo; Hur, Su-Mi; Sutanto, Erick; Williamson, Lance; Alleyne, Andrew G; Nealey, Paul F; de Pablo, Juan J; Rogers, John A

    2014-07-22

    Fundamental understanding of the self-assembly of domains in block copolymers (BCPs) and capabilities in control of these processes are important for their use as nanoscale templates in various applications. This paper focuses on the self-assembly of spin-cast and printed poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) BCPs on patterned surface wetting layers formed by electrohydrodynamic jet printing of random copolymer brushes. Here, end-grafted brushes that present groups of styrene and methyl methacrylate in geometries with nanoscale resolution deterministically define the morphologies of BCP nanostructures. The materials and methods can also be integrated with lithographically defined templates for directed self-assembly of BCPs at multiple length scales. The results provide not only engineering routes to controlled formation of complex patterns but also vehicles for experimental and simulation studies of the effects of chemical transitions on the processes of self-assembly. In particular, we show that the methodology developed here provides the means to explore exotic phenomena displayed by the wetting behavior of BCPs, where 3-D soft confinement, chain elasticity, interfacial energies, and substrate's surface energy cooperate to yield nonclassical wetting behavior. PMID:24882265

  1. Conductive polymer nanocomposites with hierarchical multi-scale structures via self-assembly of carbon-nanotubes on graphene on polymer-microspheres

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    Tang, Changyu; Long, Gucheng; Hu, Xin; Wong, Ka-Wai; Lau, Woon-Ming; Fan, Meikun; Mei, Jun; Xu, Tao; Wang, Bin; Hui, David

    2014-06-01

    A novel and highly conductive 3-dimensional (3D) hierarchical multi-scale structure is formed by a new, simple, facile, and water-based method that enables practical production of conductive carbon nanofiller/polymer composites. More specifically, the π-π interaction between CNTs and graphene oxide (GO) is exploited to disperse conductive but non-polar CNTs with amphiphilic GO sheets to form a stable aqueous colloidal solution. Aqueous-dispersible latex-polystyrene microspheres are then added to enable the self-assembly processes of anchoring CNTs on GO and wrapping microspheres with GO-stabilized CNTs for the formation of an intriguing 3D hierarchical multi-scale structure. During this process, GO is reduced to conductive reduced-graphene oxide (RGO). The resultant RGO sheets act as ``nano-walls'' to prevent CNTs from randomly diffusing into the polymer bulk during thermal pressing of RGO-CNT/microspheres, which results in the formation of a 3D foam-like network of RGO-CNTs with high quality. The resultant composite with such a structure gives an ultra-low percolation threshold (0.03 vol% RGO-CNTs) and a reasonably high conductivity (153 S m-1 at 4 vol% RGO-CNTs), which could satisfy various applications requiring both transparency and electrical conduction characteristics (e.g. transparent antistatic coatings, capacitive touch-screens, and transparent electronic devices).A novel and highly conductive 3-dimensional (3D) hierarchical multi-scale structure is formed by a new, simple, facile, and water-based method that enables practical production of conductive carbon nanofiller/polymer composites. More specifically, the π-π interaction between CNTs and graphene oxide (GO) is exploited to disperse conductive but non-polar CNTs with amphiphilic GO sheets to form a stable aqueous colloidal solution. Aqueous-dispersible latex-polystyrene microspheres are then added to enable the self-assembly processes of anchoring CNTs on GO and wrapping microspheres with GO

  2. Fabrication of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and inorganic micropattern on flexible polymer substrate.

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    Xiang, Junhui; Zhu, Peixin; Masuda, Yoshitake; Koumoto, Kunihito

    2004-04-13

    By grafting (aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) as the buffer layer on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) surface, the SAMs ofoctadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS), phenyltrichlorosilane (PTCS), vinyltrichlorosilane (VTCS), andp-tolyltrichlorosilane (TTCS) were fabricated on the flexible polymer substrate. The properties of SAMs were accurately controlled by adjusting the immersing time of substrates in the solutions and the concentration of the solutions. The SAMs acted as templates, and TiO2 micropattern was successfully deposited on OTS, TTCS, and PTCS SAMs. PMID:15875858

  3. Surface self-assembled hybrid nanocomposites with electroactive nanoparticles and enzymes confined in a polymer matrix for controlled electrocatalysis

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    Zhu, Nan; Ulstrup, Jens; Chi, Qijin

    2015-01-01

    A three-dimensional network of highly branched poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) is designed and synthesized on gold electrode surfaces. A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of dithiobis(succinimidyl propionate) (DTSP) on a gold electrode was first prepared, which is confirmed by the reductive desorption of ...... oxidase (GOD) was used towards this end, in a proof-of-concept study. This enzyme can be co-trapped in the PEI matrix and is interconnected with PBNPs, leading to highly efficient electrocatalyic oxidation and detection of glucose.......-S units. The PEI polymer was then covalently immobilized onto the DTSP layer, leaving free primary amine groups acting as a 3D skeleton for high loading of electroactive enzyme-size Prussian blue nanoparticles (PBNPs, 6 nm) via electrostatic trapping. Atomic force microscopy was used to disclose the...... achieved as reflected by a large electron transfer (ET) rate constant (ks) of 200 s-1, and the possible electron propagation mechanisms in the polymer network are discussed. This surface/interfacial nanocomposite can be further used in the accommodation of enzymes for electrochemical bio-catalysis. Glucose...

  4. Self-assembled hybrid materials based on conjugated polymers and semiconductors nano-crystals for plastic solar cells

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    This work is devoted to the elaboration of self-assembled hybrid materials based on poly(3- hexyl-thiophene) and CdSe nano-crystals for photovoltaic applications. For that, complementary molecular recognition units were introduced as side chain groups on the polymer and at the nano-crystals' surface. Diamino-pyrimidine groups were introduced by post-functionalization of a precursor copolymer, namely poly(3-hexyl-thiophene-co-3- bromo-hexyl-thiophene) whereas thymine groups were introduced at the nano-crystals' surface by a ligand exchange reaction with 1-(6-mercapto-hexyl)thymine. However, due to their different solubility, the mixing of the two components by solution processes is difficult. A 'one-pot' procedure was developed, but this method led to insoluble aggregates without control of the hybrid composition. To overcome the solubility problem, the layer-by-layer method was used to prepare the films. This method allows a precise control of the deposition process. Experimental parameters were tested in order to evaluate their impact on the resulting film. The films morphology was investigated by microscopy and X-Ray diffraction techniques. These analyses reveal an interpenetrated structure of nano-crystals within the polymer matrix rather than a multilayered structure. Electrochemical and spectro electrochemical studies were performed on the hybrid material deposited by the LBL process. Finally the materials were tested in a solar cell configuration and the I=f(V) curves reveals a clear photovoltaic behaviour. (author)

  5. Effect of Small Molecule Osmolytes on the Self-Assembly and Functionality of Globular Protein-Polymer Diblock Copolymers

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    Thomas, Carla S.; Xu, Liza; Olsen, Bradley D. [MIT

    2013-12-05

    Blending the small molecule osmolytes glycerol and trehalose with the model globular protein–polymer block copolymer mCherry-b-poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (mCherry-b-PNIPAM) is demonstrated to improve protein functionality in self-assembled nanostructures. The incorporation of either additive into block copolymers results in functionality retention in the solid state of 80 and 100% for PNIPAM volume fractions of 40 and 55%, respectively. This represents a large improvement over the 50–60% functionality observed in the absence of any additive. Furthermore, glycerol decreases the thermal stability of block copolymer films by 15–20 °C, while trehalose results in an improvement in the thermal stability by 15–20 °C. These results suggest that hydrogen bond replacement is responsible for the retention of protein function but suppression or enhancement of thermal motion based on the glass transition of the osmolyte primarily determines thermal stability. While both osmolytes are observed to have a disordering effect on the nanostructure morphology with increasing concentration, this effect is less pronounced in materials with a larger polymer volume fraction. Glycerol preferentially localizes in the protein domains and swells the nanostructures, inducing disordering or a change in morphology depending on the PNIPAM coil fraction. In contrast, trehalose is observed to macrophase separate from the block copolymer, which results in nanodomains becoming more disordered without changing significantly in size.

  6. Self-assembled tin-doped ZnO nanowire and nanoplate structures grown by thermal treatment of ZnS powder

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    Ortega, Y.; Fernández, P.; Piqueras, J.

    2009-05-01

    Sintering of a ZnS-SnO 2 mixture under argon flow leads to the growth of columnar nanoplate arrays as well as arrays of nanowires, nanorods and nanoplates with six-fold symmetry. The six-fold nanoplate structures correspond to a more advanced stage of growth than the nanowire structures. Cathodoluminescence (CL) in the scanning electron microscope (SEM) shows that the structures contain Sn, but the amount of this element is normally under the detection limit of X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The formation of branches in the hierarchical structures depends on the presence of Sn and on defects in the mixture powder.

  7. Nanowire photonics

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    Peter J. Pauzauskie

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available The development of integrated electronic circuitry ranks among the most disruptive and transformative technologies of the 20th century. Even though integrated circuits are ubiquitous in modern life, both fundamental and technical constraints will eventually test the limits of Moore's law. Nanowire photonic circuitry constructed from myriad one-dimensional building blocks offers numerous opportunities for the development of next-generation optical information processors and spectroscopy. However, several challenges remain before the potential of nanowire building blocks is fully realized. We cover recent advances in nanowire synthesis, characterization, lasing, integration, and the eventual application to relevant technical and scientific questions.

  8. Directed self-assembly of diblock copolymers in cylindrical confinement: effect of underfilling and air-polymer interactions on configurations

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    Carpenter, Corinne L.; Delaney, Kris T.; Laachi, Nabil; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2015-03-01

    Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers has attracted attention for its use as a simple, cost- effective patterning tool for creating vertical interconnect access (VIA) channels in nanoelectronic devices.1, 2 This technique supplements existing lithographic technologies to allow for the creation of high-resolution cylindrical holes whose diameter and placement can be precisely controlled. In this study, we use self-consistent field theory (SCFT) simulations to investigate the equilibrium configurations of under-filled DSA systems with air-polymer interactions. We report on a series of SCFT simulations of our three species (PMMA-b-PS diblock and air) model in cylindrical confinement to explore the role of template diameter, under-fill fraction (i.e. volume fraction of air), air-polymer surface interaction and polymer-side wall/substrate interactions on equilibrium morphologies in an under-filled template with a free top surface. We identify parameters and system configurations where a meniscus appears and explore cases with PMMA-attractive, PS-attractive, and all-neutral walls to understand the effects of wall properties on meniscus geometry and DSA morphology. An important outcome is an understanding of the parameters that control the contact angle of the meniscus with the wall, as it is one of the simplest quantitative measures of the meniscus shape. Ultimately, we seek to identify DSA formulations, templates, and surface treatments with predictable central cylinder diameter and a shallow contact angle, as these factors would facilitate broad process windows and ease of manufacturing.

  9. Morphology control of polymer: Fullerene solar cells by nanoparticle self-assembly

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    Zhang, Wenluan

    During the past two decades, research in the field of polymer based solar cells has attracted great effort due to their simple processing, mechanical flexibility and potential low cost. A standard polymer solar cell is based on the concept of a bulk-heterojunction composed of a conducting polymer as the electron donor and a fullerene derivative as the electron acceptor. Since the exciton lifetime is limited, this places extra emphasis on control of the morphology to obtain improved device performance. In this thesis, detailed characterization and novel morphological design of polymer solar cells was studied, in addition, preliminary efforts to transfer laboratory scale methods to industrialized device fabrication was made. Magnetic contrast neutron reflectivity was used to study the vertical concentration distribution of fullerene nanoparticles within poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2- b]thiophene (pBTTT) thin film. Due to the wide space between the side chains of polymer, these fullerene nanoparticles intercalate between them creating a stable co-crystal structure. Therefore, a high volume fraction of fullerene was needed to obtain optimal device performance as phase separated conductive pathways are required and resulted in a homogeneous fullerene concentration profile through the film. Small angle neutron scattering was used to find there is amorphous fullerene even at lower concentration since it was previously believed that all fullerene formed a co-crystal. These fullerene molecules evolve into approximately 15 nm sized agglomerates at higher concentrations to improve electron transport. Unfortunately, thermal annealing gives these agglomerates mobility to form micrometer sized crystals and reduce the device performance. In standard poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCMBM) solar cells, a higher concentration of PCBM at the cathode interface is desired due to the band alignment structure. This was

  10. Oil-in-Oil Emulsions Stabilized by Asymmetric Polymersomes Formed by AC + BC Block Polymer Co-Assembly.

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    Asano, Itaru; So, Soonyong; Lodge, Timothy P

    2016-04-13

    We demonstrate a facile route to asymmetric polymersomes by blending AC and BC block copolymers in oil-in-oil emulsions containing polystyrene (PS) and polybutadiene (PB) in chloroform (CHCl3). Polymersomes were prepared by mixing polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (SO) and polybutadiene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (BO) in the oil-in-oil emulsion, where the droplets and continuous phase are PS- and PB-rich, respectively. The polymersome structure was directly visualized using dye-labeled SO and BO with confocal fluorescence microscopy; SO and BO with a high O block fraction co-assemble to produce asymmetric polymersomes. As the O block is insoluble in both PS and PB, we infer that the detailed structure of the polymersomes is a bilayer in which the S and B blocks face the PS-inner and PB-outer phases, respectively, while the common O blocks form the core membrane. This structure is only observed for sufficiently long O blocks. It is remarkable that although all the polymers are soluble in CHCl3, such elaborate structures are created by straightforward co-assembly. These asymmetric polymersomes should provide robust bilayer membranes around emulsion droplets, leading to stable nanoscopic dispersions of two fluids. PMID:27046136

  11. Hierarchical self-assembly of telechelic star polymers: from soft patchy particles to gels and diamond crystals

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    Capone, Barbara; Coluzza, Ivan; Blaak, Ronald; Lo Verso, Federica; Likos, Christos N.

    2013-09-01

    The design of self-assembling materials in the nanometer scale focuses on the fabrication of a class of organic and inorganic subcomponents that can be reliably produced on a large scale and tailored according to their vast applications for, e.g. electronics, therapeutic vectors and diagnostic imaging agent carriers, or photonics. In a recent publication (Capone et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 238301), diblock copolymer stars have been shown to be a novel system, which is able to hierarchically self-assemble first into soft patchy particles and thereafter into more complex structures, such as the diamond and cubic crystal. The self-aggregating single star patchy behavior is preserved from extremely low up to high densities. Its main control parameters are related to the architecture of the building blocks, which are the number of arms (functionality) and the fraction of attractive end-monomers. By employing a variety of computational and theoretical tools, ranging from the microscopic to the mesoscopic, coarse-grained level in a systematic fashion, we investigate the crossover between the formation of microstructure versus macroscopic phase separation, as well as the formation of gels and networks in these systems. We finally show that telechelic star polymers can be used as building blocks for the fabrication of open crystal structures, such as the diamond or the simple-cubic lattice, taking advantage of the strong correlation between single-particle patchiness and lattice coordination at finite densities.

  12. Multi-shape memory polymers achieved by the spatio-assembly of 3D printable thermoplastic building blocks.

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    Li, Hongze; Gao, Xiang; Luo, Yingwu

    2016-04-01

    Multi-shape memory polymers were prepared by the macroscale spatio-assembly of building blocks in this work. The building blocks were methyl acrylate-co-styrene (MA-co-St) copolymers, which have the St-block-(St-random-MA)-block-St tri-block chain sequence. This design ensures that their transition temperatures can be adjusted over a wide range by varying the composition of the middle block. The two St blocks at the chain ends can generate a crosslink network in the final device to achieve strong bonding force between building blocks and the shape memory capacity. Due to their thermoplastic properties, 3D printing was employed for the spatio-assembly to build devices. This method is capable of introducing many transition phases into one device and preparing complicated shapes via 3D printing. The device can perform a complex action via a series of shape changes. Besides, this method can avoid the difficult programing of a series of temporary shapes. The control of intermediate temporary shapes was realized via programing the shapes and locations of building blocks in the final device. PMID:26924759

  13. Collagen-like peptides and peptide-polymer conjugates in the design of assembled materials

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    Luo, Tianzhi; Kiick, Kristi L.

    2013-01-01

    Collagen is the most abundant protein in mammals, and there has been long-standing interest in understanding and controlling collagen assembly in the design of new materials. Collagen-like peptides (CLP), also known as collagen-mimetic peptides (CMP) or collagen-related peptides (CRP), have thus been widely used to elucidate collagen triple helix structure as well as to produce higher-order structures that mimic natural collagen fibers. This mini-review provides an overview of recent progress...

  14. Interfacial Assembly of Protein-polymer Nano-conjugates into Stimulus-Responsive Biomimetic Protocells

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    Huang, Xin; Li, Mei; Green, David C.; Williams, David S.; Patil, Avinash J.; Mann, Stephen.

    2013-01-01

    The mechanism of spontaneous assembly of microscale compartments is a central question for the origin of life, and has technological repercussions in diverse areas such as materials science, catalysis, biotechnology and biomedicine. Such compartments need to be semi-permeable, structurally robust and capable of housing assemblages of functional components for internalized chemical transformations. In principle, proteins should be ideal building blocks for the construction of membrane-bound co...

  15. Enhanced performance of polymer solar cells with a monolayer of assembled gold nanoparticle films fabricated by Langmuir-Blodgett technique

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    Chen, Xiaoqiang; Yang, Xi; Fu, Weifei; Xu, Mingsheng [State Key Lab of Silicon Materials, MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, and Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Chen, Hongzheng, E-mail: hzchen@zju.edu.cn [State Key Lab of Silicon Materials, MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, and Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Au NP monolayers are incorporated into ITO/anodic buffer layer by LB method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Au NP monolayers are surface oxidized by UV/O{sub 3} treatment. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effects of packing density and particle size on device performance were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage are improved with Au NP layer. - Abstract: We reported the enhanced performance of polymer solar cells with the blend of poly (2-methoxy-5(2 Prime -ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene-vinylene) (MEH-PPV) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as active layer by incorporation of an assembled gold nanoparticle (Au NP) monolayer. The dense Au NP monolayer has been fabricated by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) assembly and positioned between the transparent electrode ITO and the anode-modification PEDOT:PSS [poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate)] layer, resulting in the device architecture of ITO/Au/PEDOT:PSS/MEH-PPV:PCBM/Al. We attribute the performance improvement to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect of Au NP films, which could lead to the increased absorption of the active layer. The parameters (nanoparticle size and interparticle distance) that govern this SPR effect have been optimized by selecting various sizes of Au NPs and controlling the LB assembly conditions. We observed {approx}10-20% enhancement in power conversion efficiency for all the devices with the Au NP monolayer.

  16. Directed assembly of high density single-walled carbon nanotube patterns on flexible polymer substrates

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    We report an effective technique for the controlled assembly of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and demonstrate organized high density network architectures on soft polymeric substrates. We utilize the surface energy differential between a plasma treated (hydrophilic) parylene-C surface and a photoresist (hydrophobic) surface to create microscale patterns of SWNT networks on a 10 μm thick parylene-C substrate. The large scale fabrication of patterned SWNT structures presented is achieved by performing site-selective fluidic assembly of SWNTs. Electrically continuous nanotube network micro-arrays as small as 4 μm wide that are up to 1500 μm long with controlled separation have been fabricated by dissolving the photoresist after assembly. Electrical and mechanical characterization of nanotube networks on the flexible substrate in both static and dynamic modes indicates that the structure can handle both compressive and tensile deformations with no hysteresis. The technology presented has immediate applications in making thin film transistors, interconnects and sensors on flexible substrates.

  17. Exploiting Fluorescent Polymers To Probe the Self-Assembly of Virus-like Particles

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    Caden-Nava, Ruben D.; Hu, Yufang; Garmann, Rees F.; Ng, Benny; Zelikin, Alexander N.; Knobler, Charles M.; Gelbart, William M.

    2011-01-01

    , for example, poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), forming virus-like particles (VLPs). We have demonstrated recently that the VLPs formed from cowpea chlorotic mottle virus (CCMV) capsid protein increase in size (from T = 2 to T = 3 structures) upon increase in PSS molecular weight (from 400 kDa to 3.4MDa......; increasing the molar ratio of protein to PSS in the reaction mix shifts the VLP distribution from T = 1 to T = 2 structures. By combining fluorescence and gel electrophoresis measurements, it is determined that, on average, there are two polymers in each T = 1 capsid and three in each T = 2, with the PSS...

  18. Nanowire Lasers

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    Couteau, C.; Larrue, A.; Wilhelm, C.; Soci, C.

    2015-05-01

    We review principles and trends in the use of semiconductor nanowires as gain media for stimulated emission and lasing. Semiconductor nanowires have recently been widely studied for use in integrated optoelectronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells, and transistors. Intensive research has also been conducted in the use of nanowires for subwavelength laser systems that take advantage of their quasione- dimensional (1D) nature, flexibility in material choice and combination, and intrinsic optoelectronic properties. First, we provide an overview on using quasi-1D nanowire systems to realize subwavelength lasers with efficient, directional, and low-threshold emission. We then describe the state of the art for nanowire lasers in terms of materials, geometry, andwavelength tunability.Next,we present the basics of lasing in semiconductor nanowires, define the key parameters for stimulated emission, and introduce the properties of nanowires. We then review advanced nanowire laser designs from the literature. Finally, we present interesting perspectives for low-threshold nanoscale light sources and optical interconnects. We intend to illustrate the potential of nanolasers inmany applications, such as nanophotonic devices that integrate electronics and photonics for next-generation optoelectronic devices. For instance, these building blocks for nanoscale photonics can be used for data storage and biomedical applications when coupled to on-chip characterization tools. These nanoscale monochromatic laser light sources promise breakthroughs in nanophotonics, as they can operate at room temperature, can potentially be electrically driven, and can yield a better understanding of intrinsic nanomaterial properties and surface-state effects in lowdimensional semiconductor systems.

  19. Theoretical Researches on the Self-assembly System of Ciprofloxacin Imprinted Polymers

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    SUN Jia-Ni; LIU Jun-Bo; TANG Shan-Shan; JIN Rui-Fa

    2013-01-01

    A molecular modeling approach was used to elucidate template-monomer interaction and the effect of solvent on the recognition of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs).Ciprofloxacin (CIP) was taken as the template molecule.The methacrylic acid (MAA),4-vinyl pyridine (4-Vpy),acrylamide (AAM),and 2-(trifluoromethyl) acrylic acid (TFMAA) were taken as the functional monomers,respectively.Density functional theory (DFT) at the LC-WPBE/6-31g(d,p) level has been adopted to investigate the geometry optimization.The NBO charge and the binding energies of CIP with the monomers were carried out.The molecular imprinting mechanism of CIP and the monomers as well as the influence of solvent was also discussed.Results indicate that CIP and the monomers are matchable in steric structure and chemical groups lead to ordered compounds.The interaction between CIP and TFMAA is the strongest,and when the ratio of CIP-TFMAA is 1∶6,the polymer has the lowest energy in toluene.The computational approach has been applied to provide details of interactions between CIP and the monomers.This research will hopefully shed light on the future study of CIP-MIPs.

  20. Lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition

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    Xiang, Chengxiang

    Lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE) is a new method for fabricating polycrystalline metal nanowires using electrodeposition. In LPNE, a sacrificial metal (M1 = silver or nickel) layer, 5 - 100 nm in thickness, is first vapor deposited onto a glass, oxidized silicon, or Kapton polymer film. A photoresist (PR) layer is then deposited, photopatterned, and the exposed Ag or Ni is removed by wet etching. The etching duration is adjusted to produce an undercut ≈300 nm in width at the edges of the exposed PR. This undercut produces a horizontal trench with a precisely defined height equal to the thickness of theM1 layer. Within this trench, a nanowire of metal M2 is electrodeposited (M2 = gold, platinum, palladium, or bismuth). Finally the PR layer and M1 layer are removed. The nanowire height and width can be independently controlled down to minimum dimensions of 5 nm (h) and 11 nm (w), for example, in the case of platinum. These nanowires can be 1 cm in total length. We measure the temperature-dependent resistance of 100 um sections of Au and Pd wires in order to estimate an electrical grain size for comparison with measurements by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Nanowire arrays can be postpatterned to produce two-dimensional arrays of nanorods. Nanowire patterns can also be overlaid one on top of another by repeating the LPNE process twice in succession to produce, for example, arrays of low-impedance, nanowirenanowire junctions. The resistance, R, of single gold nanowires was measured in situ during electrooxidation in aqueous 0.10 M sulfuric acid. Electrooxidation caused the formation of a gold oxide that is approximately 0.8 monolayers (ML) in thickness at +1.1 V vs saturated mercurous sulfate reference electrode (MSE) based upon coulometry and ex situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis. As the gold nanowires were electrooxidized, R increased by an amount that depended on the wire thickness, ranging from

  1. Electrical conduction mechanism of an individual polypyrrole nanowire at low temperatures

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    Conducting polypyrrole (PPY) nanowires doped with p-toluene sulfonamide (PTSA) were synthesized by a template-free self-assembly method. Electrical transport characteristics, i.e. current–voltage (I–V) behavior, of an individual PPY/PTSA nanowire have been explored in a wide temperature range from 300 down to 40 K. The fitting results of I–V curves indicated that the electrical conduction mechanism can be explained by the space-charge-limited current (SCLC) theory from 300 down to 100 K. In this temperature range, traps play an important role for this non-crystalline system. The corresponding trap energy and trap concentration have also been calculated based on the SCLC theory. Interestingly, there is no trap at 160 K, different from other temperatures. The obtained carrier mobility for the polymer nanowires is 0.964 cm2 V−1 s−1 on the basis of trap free SCLC theory. In the temperature range of 80–40 K, little current can flow through the nanowire especially at lower voltages, however, the current follows the equation I ∞ (V/Vt−1)ζ at higher bias, which could be attributed to Coulomb blockade effect. Additionally, the differential conductance dI/dV curves also show some clear Coulomb oscillations. (paper)

  2. Constructing Novel Si@SnO2 Core-Shell Heterostructures by Facile Self-Assembly of SnO2 Nanowires on Silicon Hollow Nanospheres for Large, Reversible Lithium Storage.

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    Zhou, Zheng-Wei; Liu, Yi-Tao; Xie, Xu-Ming; Ye, Xiong-Ying

    2016-03-23

    Developing an industrially viable silicon anode, featured by the highest theoretical capacity (4200 mA h g(-1)) among common electrode materials, is still a huge challenge because of its large volume expansion during repeated lithiation-delithiation as well as low intrinsic conductivity. Here, we expect to address these inherent deficiencies simultaneously with an interesting hybridization design. A facile self-assembly approach is proposed to decorate silicon hollow nanospheres with SnO2 nanowires. The two building blocks, hand in hand, play a wonderful duet by bridging their appealing functionalities in a complementary way: (1) The silicon hollow nanospheres, in addition to the major role as a superior capacity contributor, also act as a host material (core) to partially accommodate the volume expansion, thus alleviating the capacity fading by providing abundant hollow interiors, void spaces, and surface areas. (2) The SnO2 nanowires serve as a conductive coating (shell) to enable efficient electron transport due to a relatively high conductivity, thereby improving the cyclability of silicon. Compared to other conductive dopants, the SnO2 nanowires with a high theoretical capacity (790 mA h g(-1)) can contribute outstanding electrochemical reaction kinetics, further adding value to the ultimate electrochemical performances. The resulting novel Si@SnO2 core-shell heterostructures exhibit remarkable synergy in large, reversible lithium storage, delivering a reversible capacity as high as 1869 mA h g(-1)@500 mA g(-1) after 100 charging-discharging cycles. PMID:26927734

  3. Solar heating of GaAs nanowire solar cells.

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    Wu, Shao-Hua; Povinelli, Michelle L

    2015-11-30

    We use a coupled thermal-optical approach to model the operating temperature rise in GaAs nanowire solar cells. We find that despite more highly concentrated light absorption and lower thermal conductivity, the overall temperature rise in a nanowire structure is no higher than in a planar structure. Moreover, coating the nanowires with a transparent polymer can increase the radiative cooling power by 2.2 times, lowering the operating temperature by nearly 7 K. PMID:26698787

  4. Assembling one-dimensional coordination polymers into threedimensional architectures via hydrogen bonds

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    Lalit Rajput; Madhushree Sarkar; Kumar Biradha

    2010-09-01

    The reactions of bis(pyridylcarboxamido)alkanes (amides) and bis(3-pyridyl)alkanediamides (reverse amides) with copper(II) and zinc(II) in the presence of various anions resulted in onedimensional polymeric crystalline complexes with or without guest inclusion. The crystal structure analyses of these complexes reveal that the one-dimensional networks observed here are of three types: simple linear chain, chains with wavy nature and chains containing cavities. The self-complementary amide groups of the ligands assembled these coordination networks into higher dimensional architectures via N-H$\\cdots$O hydrogen bonds.

  5. Fiber Optic pH Sensor with Self-Assembled Polymer Multilayer Nanocoatings

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    Shao, Li-Yang; Yin, Ming-Jie; Tam, Hwa-Yaw; Albert, Jacques

    2013-01-01

    A fiber-optic pH sensor based on a tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) with electrostatic self-assembly multilayer sensing film is presented. The pH sensitive polymeric film, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was deposited on the circumference of the TFBG with the layer-by-layer (LbL) electrostatic self-assembly technique. The PDDA/PAA film exhibits a reduction in refractive index by swelling in different pH solutions. This effect results in wavelength shifts and transmission changes in the spectrum of the TFBG. The peak amplitude of the dominant spectral fringes over a certain window of the transmission spectrum, obtained by FFT analysis, has a near-linear pH sensitivity of 117 arbitrary unit (a.u.)/pH unit and an accuracy of ±1 a.u. (in the range of pH 4.66 to pH 6.02). The thickness and surface morphology of the sensing multilayer film were characterized to investigate their effects on the sensor's performance. The dynamic response of the sensor also has been studied (10 s rise time and 18 s fall time for a sensor with six bilayers of PDDA/PAA). PMID:23348031

  6. Enzyme-degradable self-assembled nanostructures from polymer-peptide hybrids.

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    Bacinello, Daniel; Garanger, Elisabeth; Taton, Daniel; Tam, Kam Chiu; Lecommandoux, Sébastien

    2014-05-12

    The peptide PVGLIG, which is known to be selectively cleaved by the tumor-associated enzyme matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), was conjugated to α-alkene poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC) blocks of varying sizes via UV-initiated thiol-ene "click" chemistry. The PTMC precursor was synthesized by metal-free ring-opening polymerization using allyl alcohol as an initiator and an N-heterocyclic carbene as an organic catalyst. The unprecedented PVGLIG-b-PTMC hybrids were self-assembled in aqueous solution and various submicrometer-sized morphologies obtained by a nanoprecipitation process. Characterization of particle morphology was carried out by multiangle dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS) evidencing spherical nanoparticles with different morphologies and narrow size distributions. Microstructure details were also observed on transmission electron micrographs and were in good agreement with light scattering measurements showing the assembly of core-shell, large compound micelles, and vesicle morphologies, the particle morphology varying with the hydrophilic weight fractions (f) of the hybrids. These nanostructures displayed selective degradation in the presence of the cancer-associated enzyme MMP-2, as probed by the morphological change both by TEM and DLS. All these results demonstrated that PVGLIG-b-PTMC hybrids were suitable to target the tumor microenvironment. PMID:24670109

  7. Fiber Optic pH Sensor with Self-Assembled Polymer Multilayer Nanocoatings

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    Hwa-Yaw Tam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A fiber-optic pH sensor based on a tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG with electrostatic self-assembly multilayer sensing film is presented. The pH sensitive polymeric film, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA and poly(acrylic acid (PAA was deposited on the circumference of the TFBG with the layer-by-layer (LbL electrostatic self-assembly technique. The PDDA/PAA film exhibits a reduction in refractive index by swelling in different pH solutions. This effect results in wavelength shifts and transmission changes in the spectrum of the TFBG. The peak amplitude of the dominant spectral fringes over a certain window of the transmission spectrum, obtained by FFT analysis, has a near-linear pH sensitivity of 117 arbitrary unit (a.u./pH unit and an accuracy of ±1 a.u. (in the range of pH 4.66 to pH 6.02. The thickness and surface morphology of the sensing multilayer film were characterized to investigate their effects on the sensor’s performance. The dynamic response of the sensor also has been studied (10 s rise time and 18 s fall time for a sensor with six bilayers of PDDA/PAA.

  8. Comb polymer architecture and particle size effects on the behavior of biphasic nanoparticle inks for direct-write assembly

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    Yoshikawa, Jun

    Biphasic nanoparticle mixtures composed of attractive and repulsive colloidal species enable the direct-write assembly of 3D structures with much finer features than those produced by pure colloidal gels. These mixtures rely on the use of comb polymer dispersants to render one particle population stable, while the other population is attractive. In this thesis, we systematically investigate the effects of comb polymer architecture and particle size ratio on the behavior of biphasic nanoparticle inks with the overarching aim of further advancing the direct-write assembly of 3D colloidal structures. We first investigated the effects of both pure polyelectrolytes, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA), and comb polymer dispersants composed of a PMAA backbone with methoxy-poly(ethylene oxide) (mPEO) teeth of varying molecular weights on the stability of barium titanate (BaTiO 3) suspensions. While each dispersant imparts stability to BaTiO 3 nanoparticles at low ionic strength (nanoparticle suspensions are studied. Shear elastic modulus, shear yield stress, and compressive yield stress are measured for mixtures of varying total volume fraction, attractive-to-repulsive volume fraction, and particle size ratio between attractive and repulsive species. Our observations indicate that the repulsive particles hinder the formation of the attractive gel network. The time required for shear elastic modulus to approach a steady-state value increases with the fraction of repulsive species. Furthermore, this behavior becomes more significant with increasing the repulsive particle size. Additionally, we find that biphasic suspensions composed of both identical and different mean particle sizes exhibit larger φ-scaling exponents for compressive yield stress than shear yield stress, indicating that such systems become more resistant to compression with increasing φ. This observation suggests that the biphasic suspensions flowing through fine nozzles are more

  9. TOPICAL REVIEW: DNA nanowire fabrication

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    Gu, Qun; Cheng, Chuanding; Gonela, Ravikanth; Suryanarayanan, Shivashankar; Anabathula, Sathish; Dai, Kun; Haynie, Donald T.

    2006-01-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has been a key building block in nanotechnology since the earliest work on what is now called DNA-templated self-assembly (Alivisatos et al 1996 Nature 382 609; Mirkin et al 1996 Nature 382 607; Braun et al 1998 Nature 391 775). A range of different nanoparticles and nanoclusters have been assembled on single DNA molecules for a variety of purposes (Braun et al 1998 Nature 391 775; Richter et al 2001 Appl. Phys. Lett. 78 536; Park et al 2002 Science 295 1503; Mirkin 2000 Inorg. Chem. 39 2258; Keren et al 2003 Science 302 1380). Electrically conductive silver (Braun et al 1998 Nature 391 775) and palladium (Richter et al 2001 Appl. Phys. Lett. 78 536) nanowires, for example, have been fabricated by DNA templating for the development of interconnection of nanoelectric elements, and field effect transistors have been built by assembly of a single carbon nanotube and DNA-templated nanowires (Keren et al 2003 Science 302 1380). DNA is well suited for nanowire assembly because of its size, well organized structure, and exquisite molecular-recognition-ability-specific base pairing. This property has been used to detect nucleic acids (Park et al 2002 Science 295 1503) and anthrax (Mirkin 2000 Inorg. Chem. 39 2258) with high sensitivity and specificity. Molecular recognition can also be used to localize nanowires in electronics. Various methods, for example molecular combing, electrophoretic stretching, and hydrodynamic stretching, have been developed to orient DNA molecules on a solid support. This review focuses on methods used to manipulate and metallize DNA in nanowire fabrication. A novel approach based on a single-stranded DNA template and molecular recognition is also discussed.

  10. Phase Change Nanodots Patterning using a Self-Assembled Polymer Lithography and Crystallization Analysis

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    Zhang, Y.; Raoux, S; Krebs, D; Krupp, L; Topuria, T; Caldwell, M; Milliron, D; Kellock, A; Rice, P; et. al.

    2008-01-01

    Crystallization behavior of scalable phase change materials can be studied on nanoscale structures. In this paper, high density ordered phase change nanodot arrays were fabricated using the lift-off technique on a self-assembled diblock copolymer template, polystyrene-poly(methyl-methacrylate). The size of the nanodots was less than 15 nm in diameter with 40 nm spacing. This method is quite flexible regarding the patterned materials and can be used on different substrates. The crystallization behavior of small scale phase change nanodot arrays was studied using time-resolved x-ray diffraction, which showed the phase transition for different materials such as Ge15Sb85, Ge2Sb2Te5, and Ag and In doped Sb2Te. The transition temperatures of these nanodot samples were also compared with their corresponding blanket thin films, and it was found that the nanodots had higher crystallization temperatures and crystallized over a broader temperature range.

  11. Structure-Property Relationships in CO2-philic (Co)polymers: Phase Behavior, Self-Assembly, and Stabilization of Water/CO2 Emulsions.

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    Girard, Etienne; Tassaing, Thierry; Marty, Jean-Daniel; Destarac, Mathias

    2016-04-13

    This Review provides comprehensive guidelines for the design of CO2-philic copolymers through an exhaustive and precise coverage of factors governing the solubility of different classes of polymers. Starting from computational calculations describing the interactions of CO2 with various functionalities, we describe the phase behavior in sc-CO2 of the main families of polymers reported in literature. The self-assembly of amphiphilic copolymers of controlled architecture in supercritical carbon dioxide and their use as stabilizers for water/carbon dioxide emulsions then are covered. The relationships between the structure of such materials and their behavior in solutions and at interfaces are systematically underlined throughout these sections. PMID:27014998

  12. Polymer Vesicles as Robust Scaffolds for the Directed Assembly of Highly Crystalline Nanocrystals †

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    Wang, Mingfeng

    2009-12-15

    We report the incorporation of various inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) (PbS, LaOF, LaF3, and TiO2, each capped by oleic acid, and CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs capped by trioctylphosphine oxide) into vesicles (d = 70-150 nm) formed by a sample of poly(styrene-b-acrylic acid) (PS4o4-b-PAA 62, where the subscripts refer to the degree of polymerization) in mixtures of tetrahydrofuran (THF), dioxane, and water. The block copolymer formed mixtures of crew-cut micelles and vesicles with some enhancement of the vesicle population when the NPs were present. The vesicle fraction could be isolated by selective sedimentation via centrifugation, followed by redispersion in water. The NPs appeared to be incorporated into the PAA layers on the internal and external walls of the vesicles (strongly favoring the former). NPs on the exterior surface of the vesicles could be removed completely by treating the samples with a solution of ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) in water. The triangular nanoplatelets of LaF3 behaved differently. Stacks of these platelets were incorporated into solid colloidal entities, similar in size to the empty vesicles that accompanied them, during the coassembly as water was added to the polymer/LaF3/THF/ dioxane mixture. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  13. Surface functionalisation for the self-assembly of nanoparticle/polymer multilayer films

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    The use of organosilanes as surface functionalising materials has been investigated as a precursor to the adsorption of ligand stabilised gold nanoparticles and the build-up of nanoparticle/polymer multilayer films. The purpose of surface functionalisation here is to produce a uniform surface with the maximum positive charge possible to enable the efficient adsorption of negatively charged gold nanoparticles. It is generally acknowledged that the characteristics of the first layer are important in determining the quality of the subsequent multilayer film and hence careful attention has been paid to its optimisation. Three aminosilanes have been investigated together with various methods for their deposition. The degree of nanoparticle adsorption in the resulting films was characterised using atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The surface potential of the aminosilane films was also measured to provide information regarding the surface charge density. Our results show a strong correlation between the nanoparticle density and the initial surface charge density. Films of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane adsorbed from toluene yielded the highest level of nanoparticle adsorption

  14. Templated Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles through the Self-Assembly of Polymers and Surfactants

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    Vo Thu An Nguyen

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (NPs for various technological applications continues to be an interesting research topic. The successful application of superparamagnetic NPs to each specific area typically depends on the achievement of high magnetization for the nanocrystals obtained, which is determined by their average size and size distribution. The size dispersity of magnetic NPs (MNPs is markedly improved when, during the synthesis, the nucleation and growth steps of the reaction are well-separated. Tuning the nucleation process with the assistance of a hosting medium that encapsulates the precursors (such as self-assembled micelles, dispersing them in discrete compartments, improves control over particle formation. These inorganic-organic hybrids inherit properties from both the organic and the inorganic materials, while the organic component can also bring a specific functionality to the particles or prevent their aggregation in water. The general concept of interest in this review is that the shape and size of the synthesized MNPs can be controlled to some extent by the geometry and the size of the organic templates used, which thus can be considered as molds at the nanometer scale, for both porous continuous matrices and suspensions.

  15. Fabrication of Nanostructures Using Self-Assembled Peptides as Templates

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    Castillo, Jaime

    2015-01-01

    advantages of diphenylalanine are explained step by step offering new alternatives to fabricate nanostructures in a simple and rapid way. The chapter is complemented with techniques to manipulate the self-assembled diphenylalanine nanostructures without changing its properties during the manipulation process.......This chapter evaluates the use of a short-aromatic dipeptide, diphenylalanine, as a template in the fabrication of new nanostructures (nanowires, coaxial nanocables, nanochannels) using materials such as silicon, conducting and non-conducting polymers. Diphenylalanine self-organize into...

  16. Reversible pH Stimulus-Response Material Based on Amphiphilic Block Polymer Self-Assembly and Its Electrochemical Application

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    Tianyi Wang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Stimulus-responsive microporous solid thin films were successfully fabricated by simple molecular self-assembly via an amphiphilic block polymer, polystryene–b–polyacrylic acid (PS–b–PAA. The solid thin films exhibit different surface morphologies in response to external stimuli, such as environments with different pH values in aqueous solutions. The experiments have successfully applied atomic force microscope (AFM technology to observe in-situ surface morphological changes. There is a reversible evolution of the microstructures in buffer solutions over a pH range of 2.4–9.2. These observations have been explained by positing that there is no conventional PAA swelling but that the PAA chains in the micropores stretch and contract with changes in the pH of the solution environment. The hydrophobicity of the solid thin film surface was transformed into super-hydrophilicity, as captured by optical contact angle measurements. The stimulus-responsive dynamics of pore sizes was described by a two-stage mechanism. A promising electrochemical application of this film is suggested via combination with an electrochemical impedance technique. This study is aimed at strategies for the functionalization of stimulus-responsive microporous solid thin films with reversible tunable surface morphologies, and exploring new smart materials with switch-on/switch-off behavior.

  17. Facile Synthesis of Gold-nanoparticles-decorated Polymer Assemblies and Core-Shell Gold Nanoparticles Using Pluronic Block Copolymers

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    SHOU Qing-hui; GUO Chen; GAO Hong-shuai; ZHOU Hua-cong; LIU Chun-zhao; LIU Hui-zhou

    2011-01-01

    Abstract:Synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and Pluronic triblock copolymer composite in aqueous medium was studied.Gold-polymer nanocomposite with different structures was fabricated by tailoring the molar ratio of gold precursors to Pluronic P123 molecules or pH value of the P123 solution.When a lower volume ratio of [AuCl4-]/[P123] (0.05) was employed at pH 11.1,a nanostructure similar to plum pudding was obtained.AuNPs with an average diameter of 13.1 nm were embedded in Pluronic assemblies,and each one held about 21 single gold nanoparticles.When [AuCl4-]/[P123] was increased to 0.1,core-shell structure was obtained if the pH value was in the range of 10.6~11.6,while gold polyhedra were fabricated when pH value was 8.1.Typical core-shell AuNPs had an average diameter of 9.6 nm with a narrow size distribution,while gold polyhedras with a mean diameter of 12.8 nm was obtained.The specific morphologies of the resultant nanocomposite were presumably obtained due to the synergistic interaction among the reactants.

  18. Fabricating Nanoscale DNA Patterns with Gold Nanowires

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    Chen, Yulin; Kung, Sheng-Chin; Taggart, David K.; Halpern, Aaron R.; Penner, Reginald M.; Corn, Robert M.

    2010-01-01

    Surface patterns of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) consisting of nanoscale lines as thin as 40 nm were fabricated on polymer substrates for nanotechnology and bioaffinity sensing applications. Large scale arrays (with areas up to 4 cm2) of ssDNA “nanolines” were created on streptavidin-coated polymer (PDMS) surfaces by transferring biotinylated ssDNA from a master pattern of gold nanowires attached to a glass substrate. The gold nanowires were first formed on the glass substrate by the process o...

  19. Control over the self-assembly and dynamics of metallacarborane nanorotors by the nature of the polymer matrix: a solid-state NMR study

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    Brus, Jiří; Zhigunov, Alexander; Czernek, Jiří; Kobera, Libor; Uchman, M.; Matějíček, P.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 18 (2014), s. 6343-6354. ISSN 0024-9297 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-03636S; GA ČR(CZ) GA14-14608S; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14010 Grant ostatní: European Commission(XE) MPNS COST Action MP1202 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : self-assembly * metallacarboranes * polymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 5.800, year: 2014

  20. Different aliphatic dicarboxylates affected assemble of new coordination polymers constructed from flexible-rigid mixed ligands

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    In this article, seven coordination polymers: [Cd(C5H6O4)(C10H8N2)]n (1), [Zn(C5H6O4)(C10H8N2)]n (2), [Cd(C6H8O4)(C10H8N2)]n (3), {[Mn(C10H8N2)(H2O)4] (C4H4O4).4H2O}n (4), [Mn5(C4H4O4)4(O)]n (5), [Cd(C4H4O4)(C10H8N2)(H2O)]n (6) and [Zn(C6H6O4)(C12H8N2)(H2O)]n (7) were synthesized and characterized by single-crystallographic X-ray diffraction. Compounds 1 and 2 are two-dimensional layers connected by glutarate anions and 4,4'-bpy. Unlike compounds 1 and 2, compound 3 is a two-fold interpenetration network. Compound 4 is a one-dimensional chain-like structure, which is further extended to two-dimensional supramolecular layer structure with hydrogen bond. During the synthesis of compound 4, to our surprise, we got compound 5; compound 5 is an interesting three-dimensional network composed of pentanuclear Mn(II) building units and succinate anions. Compound 6 is also a two-dimensional supramolecular layer structure composed of one-dimensional chain-like structure with hydrogen bonds and Π-Π interactions. Compound 7 is also a one-dimensional chain-like structure, which is further connected with the same kind of interaction to generate two-dimensional supramolecular layer structure. Furthermore, compounds 1 and 2 both exhibit fluorescent property at room temperature. - Graphical abstract: Seven complexes composed by 3D metal ions, aliphatic acid ligand and rigid bidentate nitrogen ligands: 4,4'-bpy, 2,2'-bpy and 1,10'-phen. With the change of the carbon number of the backbone of aliphatic dicarboxylate ligand, we can synthesize different complexes with various structures

  1. Assembling supramolecular networks by halogen bonding in coordination polymers driven by 5-bromonicotinic acid

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    A series of six coordination compounds ([Zn(5-Brnic)2]·1.5H2O)n (1), [Cd(5-Brnic)2]n (2), [Co(5-Brnic)2(H2O)2]n (3), [Zn(5-Brnic)2(H2biim)]n (4), ([Cd(5-Brnic)2(phen)]·H2O)n (5), and [Pb(5-Brnic)2(phen)] (6) have been generated by the hydrothermal method from the metal(II) nitrates, 5-bromonicotinic acid (5-BrnicH), and an optional ancillary 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) or 2,2′-biimidazole (H2biim) ligand. All the products 1–6 have been characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental, thermal, powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Their 5-bromonicotinate-driven structures vary from the 3D metal-organic framework with the seh-3,5-P21/c topology (in 2) and the 2D interdigitated layers with the sql topology (in 1 and 3), to the 1D chains (in 4 and 5) and the 0D discrete monomers (in 6). The 5-bromonicotinate moiety acts as a versatile building block and its tethered bromine atom plays a key role in reinforcing and extending the structures into diverse 3D supramolecular networks via the various halogen bonding Br⋯O, Br⋯Br, and Br⋯π interactions, as well as the N–H⋯O and C–H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The obtained results demonstrate a useful guideline toward engineering the supramolecular architectures in the coordination network assembly under the influence of various halogen bonding interactions. The luminescent (for 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6) and magnetic (for 3) properties have also been studied and discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: Six coordination compounds driven by 5-bromonicotinic acid have been generated and structurally characterized, revealing diverse metal-organic networks that are further reinforced and extended via various halogen bonding interactions. - Highlights: • 5-Bromonicotinic acid is a versatile ligand for Zn, Cd, Co and Pb derivatives. • Careful selection of co-ligands and metals resulted in different network structures. • Halogen and hydrogen bonding interactions lead to various supramolecular networks.

  2. Helical Growth of Ultrathin Gold-Copper Nanowires.

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    Mendoza-Cruz, Rubén; Bazán-Díaz, Lourdes; Velázquez-Salazar, J Jesús; Plascencia-Villa, Germán; Bahena-Uribe, Daniel; Reyes-Gasga, José; Romeu, David; Guisbiers, Grégory; Herrera-Becerra, Raúl; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we report the synthesis and detailed structural characterization of novel helical gold-copper nanowires. The nanowires possess the Boerdijk-Coxeter-Bernal structure, based on the pile up of octahedral, icosahedral, and/or decahedral seeds. They are self-assembled into a coiled manner as individual wires or into a parallel-ordering way as groups of wires. The helical nanowires are ultrathin with a diameter of less than 10 nm and variable length of several micrometers, presenting a high density of twin boundaries and stacking faults. To the best of our knowledge, such gold-copper nanowires have never been reported previously. PMID:26849249

  3. Imaging Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence at Single Gold Nanowire Electrodes.

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    Wilson, Andrew J; Marchuk, Kyle; Willets, Katherine A

    2015-09-01

    We report electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) generated at single gold nanowire electrodes supported on tin-doped indium oxide. Unlike other single nanoparticle electrochemical characterization techniques, ECL provides a massively parallel direct readout of electrochemical activity on individual nanoparticle electrodes without the need for extrinsic illumination or a scanning electrochemical probe. While ECL is not observed from as-purchased nanowires due to the surfactant layer, by removing the layer and coating the nanowires with a polymer blend, ECL from single nanowire electrodes is readily measured. With an increase in polymer thickness, an increase in ECL image quality and reproducibility over multiple redox cycles is observed. The polymer coating also provides a strategy for stabilizing gold nanoparticle electrodes against complete surface oxidation in aqueous environments. PMID:26267267

  4. Electrochemical synthesis of core-shell magnetic nanowires

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    Ovejero, Jesús G.; Bran, Cristina; Vilanova, Enrique; Kosel, Jürgen; Morales, María P.; Vazquez, Manuel

    2015-09-01

    (Fe, Ni, CoFe) @ Au core-shell magnetic nanowires have been synthesized by optimized two-step potentiostatic electrodeposition inside self-assembled nanopores of anodic aluminium templates. The optimal electrochemical parameters (e.g., potential) have been firstly determined for the growth of continuous Au nanotubes at the inner wall of pores. Then, a magnetic core was synthesized inside the Au shells under suitable electrochemical conditions for a wide spectrum of single elements and alloy compositions (e.g., Fe, Ni and CoFe alloy). Novel opportunities offered by such nanowires are discussed particularly, the magnetic behavior of (Fe, Ni, CoFe) @ Au core-shell nanowires was tested and compared with that of bare nanowires. These core-shell nanowires can be released from the template thereby opening novel opportunities for biofunctionalization of individual nanowires.

  5. Electrochemical synthesis of CORE-shell magnetic nanowires

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    Ovejero, Jesús G.

    2015-04-16

    (Fe, Ni, CoFe) @ Au core-shell magnetic nanowires have been synthesized by optimized two-step potentiostatic electrodeposition inside self-assembled nanopores of anodic aluminium templates. The optimal electrochemical parameters (e.g., potential) have been firstly determined for the growth of continuous Au nanotubes at the inner wall of pores. Then, a magnetic core was synthesized inside the Au shells under suitable electrochemical conditions for a wide spectrum of single elements and alloy compositions (e.g., Fe, Ni and CoFe alloys). Novel opportunities offered by such nanowires are discussed particularly the magnetic behavior of (Fe, Ni, CoFe) @ Au core-shell nanowires was tested and compared with that of bare TM nanowires. These core-shell nanowires can be released from the template so, opening novel opportunities for biofunctionalization of individual nanowires.

  6. Going beyond the classical amphiphilicity paradigm: the self-assembly of completely hydrophobic polymers into free-standing sheets and hollow nanostructures in solvents of variable quality.

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    Huang, Huanting; Liao, Yin; Bu, Weifeng; Wang, Wenjie; Sun, Jing Zhi

    2016-06-14

    Self-assembly is well-known to occur in amphiphiles, and the totally hydrophobic ones are never reported to self-assemble. In this work we report for the first time that the latter can self-assemble into free-standing sheets and hollow spheres in toluene/methanol mixed solvents by modulating the solvent quality. The homopolymers studied in this work are polystyrene (PS), polyphenylacetylene (PPA), and poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT), representing polymers with different rigidity. All the three form a homogenous solution in toluene, but self-assembly occurs in the toluene/methanol mixed solvents. Micrometer sized free-standing sheets were formed for PS, PPA, and P3HT at methanol volume fractions being 43%, 50%, and 67%, respectively, and hollow spheres were observed for PPA at higher methanol fractions of 75 and 90%. Under the latter solvent conditions, PS forms solid spheres, yet ill-defined aggregates and free-standing sheets coexist in the case of P3HT. This non-solvent induced self-assembly was explained by a delicate balance of two "opposing forces": van der Waals attractive and entropic repulsive forces generated between the segments of these homopolymers within a single chain, between two chains, and among more chains in the solvents of worsened quality. PMID:27157546

  7. Design of Stable and Powerful Nanobiocatalysts, Based on Enzyme Laccase Immobilized on Self-Assembled 3D Graphene/Polymer Composite Hydrogels.

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    Ormategui, Nerea; Veloso, Antonio; Leal, Gracia Patricia; Rodriguez-Couto, Susana; Tomovska, Radmila

    2015-07-01

    Graphene-based materials appear as a suitable answer to the demand for novel nanostructured materials for effective nanobiocatalytic systems design. In this work, a design of stable and efficient nanobiocatalysts made of enzyme laccase immobilized on composite hydrogels [reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/polymer] is presented. The composite hydrogel supports were synthesized by self-assembly of graphene oxide nanoplatelets in the frame of a polymer latex matrix, where the polymer nanoparticles were adsorbed onto the GO surface, creating hybrid nanoplatelets. These hybrids self-assembled when ascorbic acid was added as a GO reducing agent and formed three-dimensional porous structures, greatly swollen with water, e.g., the composite hydrogels. The hydrogels were used as a support for covalent immobilization of the laccase. The performance of the nanobiocatalysts was tested in the oxidative degradation of the recalcitrant synthetic dye Remazol Brilliant Blue R in aqueous solutions. The biocatalysts showed strong dye discoloration ability and high stability as they preserved their catalytic action in four successive batches of dye degradation. The presented biocatalysts offer possibilities for overcoming the main disadvantages of the enzyme catalysts (fragile nature, high cost, and high loading of the enzyme), which would lead to a step forward toward their industrial application. PMID:26075472

  8. Nanowire photonics

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    Peter J. Pauzauskie; Peidong Yang

    2006-01-01

    The development of integrated electronic circuitry ranks among the most disruptive and transformative technologies of the 20th century. Even though integrated circuits are ubiquitous in modern life, both fundamental and technical constraints will eventually test the limits of Moore's law. Nanowire photonic circuitry constructed from myriad one-dimensional building blocks offers numerous opportunities for the development of next-generation optical information processors and spectroscopy. Howev...

  9. Nanowire Optoelectronics

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    Wang, Zhihuan; Nabet, Bahram

    2015-12-01

    Semiconductor nanowires have been used in a variety of passive and active optoelectronic devices including waveguides, photodetectors, solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, sensors, and optical antennas. We review the optical properties of these nanowires in terms of absorption, guiding, and radiation of light, which may be termed light management. Analysis of the interaction of light with long cylindrical/hexagonal structures with subwavelength diameters identifies radial resonant modes, such as Leaky Mode Resonances, or Whispering Gallery modes. The two-dimensional treatment should incorporate axial variations in "volumetric modes,"which have so far been presented in terms of Fabry-Perot (FP), and helical resonance modes. We report on finite-difference timedomain (FDTD) simulations with the aim of identifying the dependence of these modes on geometry (length, width), tapering, shape (cylindrical, hexagonal), core-shell versus core-only, and dielectric cores with semiconductor shells. This demonstrates how nanowires (NWs) form excellent optical cavities without the need for top and bottommirrors. However, optically equivalent structures such as hexagonal and cylindrical wires can have very different optoelectronic properties meaning that light management alone does not sufficiently describe the observed enhancement in upward (absorption) and downward transitions (emission) of light inNWs; rather, the electronic transition rates should be considered. We discuss this "rate management" scheme showing its strong dimensional dependence, making a case for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) that can take advantage of the confluence of the desirable optical and electronic properties of these nanostructures.

  10. Characterization of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on silicon substrate comparative with polymer substrate for Escherichia coli O157:H7 detection

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    This article presents the characterization of two substrates, silicon and polymer coated with gold, that are functionalized by mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) in order to efficiently immobilize the anti-Escherichia coli O157:H7 polyclonal purified antibody. A biosurface functionalized by SAMs (self-assembled monolayers) technique has been developed. Immobilization of goat anti-E. coli O157:H7 antibody was performed by covalently bonding of thiolate mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) realized on two substrates: polymer coated with gold and silicon coated with gold. The F(ab')2 fragments of the antibodies have been used for eliminating nonspecific bindings between the Fc portions of antibodies and the Fc receptor on cells. The properties of the monolayers and the biofilm formatted with attached antibody molecules were analyzed at each step using infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). In our study the gold-coated silicon substrates approach yielded the best results. These experimental results revealed the necessity to investigate each stage of the immobilization process taking into account in the same time the factors that influence the chemistry of the surface and the further interactions as well and also provide a solid basis for further studies aiming at elaborating sensitive and specific immunosensor or a microarray for the detection of E. coli O157:H7.

  11. Characterization of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on silicon substrate comparative with polymer substrate for Escherichia coli O157:H7 detection

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    Moldovan, Carmen; Mihailescu, Carmen; Stan, Dana; Ruta, Lavinia; Iosub, Rodica; Gavrila, Raluca; Purica, Munizer; Vasilica, Schiopu

    2009-08-01

    This article presents the characterization of two substrates, silicon and polymer coated with gold, that are functionalized by mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) in order to efficiently immobilize the anti- Escherichia coli O157:H7 polyclonal purified antibody. A biosurface functionalized by SAMs (self-assembled monolayers) technique has been developed. Immobilization of goat anti- E. coli O157:H7 antibody was performed by covalently bonding of thiolate mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) realized on two substrates: polymer coated with gold and silicon coated with gold. The F(ab') 2 fragments of the antibodies have been used for eliminating nonspecific bindings between the Fc portions of antibodies and the Fc receptor on cells. The properties of the monolayers and the biofilm formatted with attached antibody molecules were analyzed at each step using infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). In our study the gold-coated silicon substrates approach yielded the best results. These experimental results revealed the necessity to investigate each stage of the immobilization process taking into account in the same time the factors that influence the chemistry of the surface and the further interactions as well and also provide a solid basis for further studies aiming at elaborating sensitive and specific immunosensor or a microarray for the detection of E. coli O157:H7.

  12. Characterization of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on silicon substrate comparative with polymer substrate for Escherichia coli O157:H7 detection

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    Moldovan, Carmen, E-mail: carmen.moldovan@imt.ro [National Institute for R and D in Microtechnologies, IMT-Bucharest, 126A Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania); Mihailescu, Carmen, E-mail: carmen_mihail28@yahoo.com [University of Bucharest, 90-92 Sos Panduri, Bucharest (Romania); Stan, Dana, E-mail: dana_stan2005@yahoo.com [DDS Diagnostic, 1 Segovia Street, Bucharest (Romania); Ruta, Lavinia, E-mail: laviniacoco@yahoo.com [University of Bucharest, 90-92 Sos Panduri, Bucharest (Romania); Iosub, Rodica, E-mail: rodica.iosub@imt.ro [National Institute for R and D in Microtechnologies, IMT-Bucharest, 126A Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania); Gavrila, Raluca, E-mail: raluca.gavrila@imt.ro [National Institute for R and D in Microtechnologies, IMT-Bucharest, 126A Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania); Purica, Munizer, E-mail: munizer.purica@imt.ro [National Institute for R and D in Microtechnologies, IMT-Bucharest, 126A Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania); Vasilica, Schiopu, E-mail: vasilica.schiopu@imt.ro [National Institute for R and D in Microtechnologies, IMT-Bucharest, 126A Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania)

    2009-08-30

    This article presents the characterization of two substrates, silicon and polymer coated with gold, that are functionalized by mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) in order to efficiently immobilize the anti-Escherichia coli O157:H7 polyclonal purified antibody. A biosurface functionalized by SAMs (self-assembled monolayers) technique has been developed. Immobilization of goat anti-E. coli O157:H7 antibody was performed by covalently bonding of thiolate mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) realized on two substrates: polymer coated with gold and silicon coated with gold. The F(ab'){sub 2} fragments of the antibodies have been used for eliminating nonspecific bindings between the Fc portions of antibodies and the Fc receptor on cells. The properties of the monolayers and the biofilm formatted with attached antibody molecules were analyzed at each step using infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). In our study the gold-coated silicon substrates approach yielded the best results. These experimental results revealed the necessity to investigate each stage of the immobilization process taking into account in the same time the factors that influence the chemistry of the surface and the further interactions as well and also provide a solid basis for further studies aiming at elaborating sensitive and specific immunosensor or a microarray for the detection of E. coli O157:H7.

  13. How Copper Nanowires Grow and How To Control Their Properties.

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    Ye, Shengrong; Stewart, Ian E; Chen, Zuofeng; Li, Bo; Rathmell, Aaron R; Wiley, Benjamin J

    2016-03-15

    Scalable, solution-phase nanostructure synthesis has the promise to produce a wide variety of nanomaterials with novel properties at a cost that is low enough for these materials to be used to solve problems. For example, solution-synthesized metal nanowires are now being used to make low cost, flexible transparent electrodes in touch screens, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and solar cells. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of solution-phase syntheses that enable control over the assembly of atoms into nanowires in the last 15 years, but proposed mechanisms for nanowire formation are usually qualitative, and for many syntheses there is little consensus as to how nanowires form. It is often not clear what species is adding to a nanowire growing in solution or what mechanistic step limits its rate of growth. A deeper understanding of nanowire growth is important for efficiently directing the development of nanowire synthesis toward producing a wide variety of nanostructure morphologies for structure-property studies or producing precisely defined nanostructures for a specific application. This Account reviews our progress over the last five years toward understanding how copper nanowires form in solution, how to direct their growth into nanowires with dimensions ideally suited for use in transparent conducting films, and how to use copper nanowires as a template to grow core-shell nanowires. The key advance enabling a better understanding of copper nanowire growth is the first real-time visualization of nanowire growth in solution, enabling the acquisition of nanowire growth kinetics. By measuring the growth rate of individual nanowires as a function of concentration of the reactants and temperature, we show that a growing copper nanowire can be thought of as a microelectrode that is charged with electrons by hydrazine and grows through the diffusion-limited addition of Cu(OH)2(-). This deeper mechanistic understanding, coupled to an

  14. Sub-1 nm Nickel Molybdate Nanowires as Building Blocks of Flexible Paper and Electrochemical Catalyst for Water Oxidation.

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    Liu, Huiling; Li, Haoyi; He, Peilei; Wang, Xun

    2016-02-01

    Sub-1 nm, extremely long nickel molybdate nanowires are synthesized based on a good/poor solvent system. The ultrathin nanowires can be hierarchically assembled into flexible, free-standing films with good mechanical properties. Compared with the large-size counterpart, nickel molybdate ultrathin nanowires display promising oxygen evolution reaction catalytic performance derived from the ultrathin feature. PMID:26724910

  15. Gibbs-Thomson Effect in Planar Nanowires: Orientation and Doping Modulated Growth.

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    Shen, Youde; Chen, Renjie; Yu, Xuechao; Wang, Qijie; Jungjohann, Katherine L; Dayeh, Shadi A; Wu, Tom

    2016-07-13

    Epitaxy-enabled bottom-up synthesis of self-assembled planar nanowires via the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism is an emerging and promising approach toward large-scale direct integration of nanowire-based devices without postgrowth alignment. Here, by examining large assemblies of indium tin oxide nanowires on yttria-stabilized zirconia substrate, we demonstrate for the first time that the growth dynamics of planar nanowires follows a modified version of the Gibbs-Thomson mechanism, which has been known for the past decades to govern the correlations between thermodynamic supersaturation, growth speed, and nanowire morphology. Furthermore, the substrate orientation strongly influences the growth characteristics of epitaxial planar nanowires as opposed to impact at only the initial nucleation stage in the growth of vertical nanowires. The rich nanowire morphology can be described by a surface-energy-dependent growth model within the Gibbs-Thomson framework, which is further modulated by the tin doping concentration. Our experiments also reveal that the cutoff nanowire diameter depends on the substrate orientation and decreases with increasing tin doping concentration. These results enable a deeper understanding and control over the growth of planar nanowires, and the insights will help advance the fabrication of self-assembled nanowire devices. PMID:27254592

  16. Combing non-epitaxially grown nanowires for large-area electronic devices

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    A facile route for aligning randomly oriented nanowires synthesized by a vapor–liquid–solid method for the fabrication of nanoelectronic devices was achieved using a polymer combing technique. By controlling the Young’s modulus of the polymer combs, van der Waals interactions and shearing forces between the combs and nanowires can be manipulated and thus the nanowire density and alignment can be controlled. Using the proposed method, field-effect transistors were directly fabricated on as-grown substrates after aligning the nanowires, thereby demonstrating the feasibility of the scheme for the production of nanoelectronic devices. (paper)

  17. Energy transfer dynamics in metallo-supramolecular polymers formed by self-assembly of oligothiophene-bridged terpyridines

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    Blinova, Iulia; Rais, David; Pfleger, Jiří

    Prague: Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, 2013. L16. ISBN 978-80-85009-76-7. [Workshop "Career in Polymers" /5./. 12.07.2013-13.07.2013, Prague] Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : electrical and optical properties * metallo-supramolecular polymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  18. Unique self-assembly behavior of a triblock copolymer and fabrication of catalytically active gold nanoparticle/polymer thin films at the liquid/liquid interface

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    Gold nanoparticle-doped poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP-b-PS-b-P2VP) thin films were prepared at the planar liquid/liquid interface between the chloroform solution of the polymer and aqueous solution of HAuCl4. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) investigations revealed that foam films composed of microcapsules as well as one-dimensional belts were formed, and numerous Au nanoparticles were incorporated in the walls of the microcapsules and the nanobelts. The walls and the belts have layered structure. The formation mechanism of the foams and the belts was attributed to adsorption of the polymer molecules, combination of the polymer molecules with AuCl4− ions, microphase separation and self-assembly of the composite molecules at the interface. This microstructure is different apparently from those formed in solutions, in casting or spin-coating thin films and at the air/water interface of this triblock copolymer, reflecting unique self-assembly behavior at the liquid/liquid interface. This microstructure is also different from those formed by homo-P2VP and P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP at the liquid/liquid interface, indicating the effects of molecular structures on the self-assembly behaviors of the polymers. After further treatment by UV-light irradiation and KBH4 aqueous solution, the gold species were reduced completely, as indicated by UV–vis spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS). Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the composite films have high thermal stability, and the content of gold was estimated to be about 9.1%. These composite films exhibited high catalytic activity for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by KBH4 in aqueous solutions. - Highlights: • P2VP-b-PS-b-P2VP formed microcapsules and nanobelts at the liquid/liquid interface. • Its self-assembly behavior differs from P4VP-b-PS-b-P4VP at the interface. • This behavior also differs from those in solution, in film and at air/water interface.

  19. Asymmetric AB3 Miktoarm Star Polymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Study of Micelle Stability Using AF4 for Efficient Drug Delivery.

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    Moquin, Alexandre; Sharma, Anjali; Cui, Yiming; Lau, Anthony; Maysinger, Dusica; Kakkar, Ashok

    2015-12-01

    A simple and versatile methodology, which employs a combination of ring-opening polymerization and alkyne-azide click chemistry to synthesize amphiphilic AB3 miktoarm stars, is reported. Their aqueous self-assembly behavior was studied using dynamic light scattering, fluorescence, and asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (AF4). AB3 miktoarm stars form micelles which incorporate curcumin with high efficiency, and significantly reduce the viability of glioblastoma cells in spheroids. We demonstrate that AF4 is an effective technique to determine the size distribution of self-assembled structures exposed to a biological medium. The ease, with which asymmetric AB3 miktoarm polymers are constructed, provides a platform that can be widely employed to deliver a variety of lipophilic drugs. PMID:26259625

  20. Self-Assembly of 1D/2D Hybrid Nanostructures Consisting of a Cd(II Coordination Polymer and NiAl-Layered Double Hydroxides

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    Gonzalo Abellán

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The preparation and characterization of a novel hybrid material based on the combination of a 2D-layered double hydroxide (LDH nanosheets and a 1D-coordination polymer (1D-CP has been achieved through a simple mixture of suspensions of both building blocks via an exfoliation/restacking approach. The hybrid material has been thoroughly characterized demonstrating that the 1D-CP moieties are intercalated as well as adsorbed on the surface of the LDH, giving rise to a layered assembly with the coexistence of the functionalities of their initial constituents. This hybrid represents the first example of the assembly of 1D/2D nanomaterials combining LDH with CP and opens the door for a plethora of different functional hybrid systems.

  1. Direct growth of urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres assembled from nanowires on nickel foam as high-performance electrodes for supercapacitors

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    Graphical abstract: Conductive nickel foam supported urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres composed of ultrafine nanowires with superior supercapacitive performance have been achieved. Display Omitted -- Highlights: • Conductive Ni foam supported urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres have been prepared. • ZnCo2O4 microspheres possess large specific surface area and mesoporous structure. • The ZnCo2O4 microspheres show excellent supercapacitive performance. -- Abstract: Urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres grown on nickel foam have been successfully prepared by a two-step facile strategy involving hydrothermal method and subsequent thermal annealing treatment. The as-obtained nickel foam supported urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres can be directly used as the electrodes for the supercapacitors. The physical characterizations indicate that the hierarchical urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres are composed of numerous nanowires and have a large specific surface area of 84.8 m2 g−1, which are beneficial for the electron and ion transport and the increase of electroactive surface areas. In addition, the electrochemical properties of the urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres as binder-free electrode for supercapacitor are studied by cyclic voltammetry, current charge-discharge, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cycle life measurements in 6 M KOH electrolyte. The urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres electrode exhibits a high capacitance of 1841.8 F g−1 at a current density of 1 A g−1 and keeps the capacitance retention about 78.4% at 10 A g−1. After 3000 cycles, the specific capacitance is about 1390.1 F g−1 at a current density of 10 A g−1, and it also shows the excellent cycling stability (95.8%). All the results demonstrate that the urchin-like ZnCo2O4 microspheres supported on nickel foam have great potential as high-performance electrodes for supercapacitors

  2. Nanowire Optoelectronics

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    Wang Zhihuan

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor nanowires have been used in a variety of passive and active optoelectronic devices including waveguides, photodetectors, solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs, lasers, sensors, and optical antennas. We review the optical properties of these nanowires in terms of absorption, guiding, and radiation of light, which may be termed light management. Analysis of the interaction of light with long cylindrical/hexagonal structures with subwavelength diameters identifies radial resonant modes, such as Leaky Mode Resonances, or Whispering Gallery modes. The two-dimensional treatment should incorporate axial variations in “volumetric modes,”which have so far been presented in terms of Fabry–Perot (FP, and helical resonance modes. We report on finite-difference timedomain (FDTD simulations with the aim of identifying the dependence of these modes on geometry (length, width, tapering, shape (cylindrical, hexagonal, core–shell versus core-only, and dielectric cores with semiconductor shells. This demonstrates how nanowires (NWs form excellent optical cavities without the need for top and bottommirrors. However, optically equivalent structures such as hexagonal and cylindrical wires can have very different optoelectronic properties meaning that light management alone does not sufficiently describe the observed enhancement in upward (absorption and downward transitions (emission of light inNWs; rather, the electronic transition rates should be considered. We discuss this “rate management” scheme showing its strong dimensional dependence, making a case for photonic integrated circuits (PICs that can take advantage of the confluence of the desirable optical and electronic properties of these nanostructures.

  3. Surface-Directed Assembly of Sequence-Defined Synthetic Polymers into Networks of Hexagonally Patterned Nanoribbons with Controlled Functionalities

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    Chen, Chun-Long; Zuckermann, Ronald N.; DeYoreo, James J.

    2016-05-24

    The exquisite self-assembly of proteins and peptides in nature into highly ordered functional materials has inspired innovative approaches to biomimetic materials design and synthesis. Here we report the assembly of peptoids—a class of highly stable sequence-defined synthetic polymers—into biomimetic materials on mica surfaces. The assembling 12-mer peptoid contains alternating acidic and aromatic residues, and the presence of Ca2+ cations creates peptoid-peptoid and peptoid-mica interactions that drive assembly. In situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows that peptoids first assemble into discrete nanoparticles, these particles then transform into hexagonally-patterned nanoribbons on mica surfaces. AFM-based dynamic force spectroscopy (DFS) studies show that peptoid-mica interactions are much stronger than peptoidpeptoid interactions in the presence of Ca2+, illuminating the physical parameters that drive peptoid assembly. We further demonstrate the display of functional groups at the N-terminus of assembling peptoid sequence to produce biomimetic materials with similar hierarchical structures. This research demonstrates that surface-directed peptoid assembly can be used as a robust platform to develop biomimetic coating materials for applications.

  4. Burnout current density of bismuth nanowires

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    Cornelius, T. W.; Picht, O.; Müller, S.; Neumann, R.; Völklein, F.; Karim, S.; Duan, J. L.

    2008-05-01

    Single bismuth nanowires with diameters ranging from 100nmto1μm were electrochemically deposited in ion track-etched single-pore polycarbonate membranes. The maximum current density the wires are able to carry was investigated by ramping up the current until failure occurred. It increases by three to four orders of magnitude for nanowires embedded in the template compared to bulk bismuth and rises with diminishing diameter. Simulations show that the wires are heated up electrically to the melting temperature. Since the surface-to-volume ratio rises with diminishing diameter, thinner wires dissipate the heat more efficiently to the surrounding polymer matrix and, thus, can tolerate larger current densities.

  5. Doxorubicin-loaded aromatic imine-contained amphiphilic branched star polymer micelles: synthesis, self-assembly, and drug delivery

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    Pan, Cai-Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Liang Qiu, Chun-Yan Hong, Cai-Yuan Pan Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Redox- and pH-sensitive branched star polymers (BSPs), BP(DMAEMA-co-MAEBA-co-DTDMA)(PMAIGP)ns, have been successively prepared by two steps of reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The fir...

  6. Doxorubicin-loaded aromatic imine-contained amphiphilic branched star polymer micelles: synthesis, self-assembly, and drug delivery

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    Qiu L; Hong CY; Pan CY

    2015-01-01

    Liang Qiu, Chun-Yan Hong, Cai-Yuan Pan Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Redox- and pH-sensitive branched star polymers (BSPs), BP(DMAEMA-co-MAEBA-co-DTDMA)(PMAIGP)ns, have been successively prepared by two steps of reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The first step ...

  7. Coupling Infusion and Gyration for the Nanoscale Assembly of Functional Polymer Nanofibers Integrated with Genetically Engineered Proteins

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    S. Zhang; Karaca, B. T.; VanOosten, S. K.; Yuca, E.; S. Mahalingam; Edirisinghe, M.; Tamerler, C.

    2015-01-01

    Nanofibers featuring functional nanoassemblies show great promise as enabling constituents for a diverse range of applications in areas such as tissue engineering, sensing, optoelectronics, and nanophotonics due to their controlled organization and architecture. An infusion gyration method is reported that enables the production of nanofibers with inherent biological functions by simply adjusting the flow rate of a polymer solution. Sufficient polymer chain entanglement is obtained at Berry n...

  8. Doxorubicin-induced co-assembling nanomedicines with temperature-sensitive acidic polymer and their in-situ-forming hydrogels for intratumoral administration.

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    Wan, Jiangshan; Geng, Shinan; Zhao, Hao; Peng, Xiaole; Zhou, Qing; Li, Han; He, Ming; Zhao, Yanbing; Yang, Xiangliang; Xu, Huibi

    2016-08-10

    Doxorubicin (DOX)-induced co-assembling nanomedicines (D-PNAx) with temperature-sensitive PNAx triblock polymers have been developed for regional chemotherapy against liver cancer via intratumoral administration in the present work. Owing to the formation of insoluble DOX carboxylate, D-PNAx nanomedicines showed high drug-loading and entrapment efficacy via a simple mixing of doxorubicin hydrochloride and PNAx polymers. The sustained releasing profile of D-PNA100 nanomedicines indicated that only 9.4% of DOX was released within 1day, and 60% was released during 10days. Based on DOX-induced co-assembling behavior and their temperature sensitive in-situ-forming hydrogels, D-PNA100 nanomedicines showed excellent antitumor activity against H22 tumor using intratumoral administration. In contrast to that by free DOX solution (1.13±0.04 times at 9days) and blank PNA100 (2.11±0.34 times), the tumor volume treated by D-PNA100 had been falling to only 0.77±0.13 times of original tumor volume throughout the experimental period. In vivo biodistribution of DOX indicated that D-PNA100 nanomedicines exhibited much stronger DOX retention in tumor tissues than free DOX solution via intratumoral injection. D-PNA100 nanomedicines were hopeful to be developed as new temperature sensitive in-situ-forming hydrogels via i.t. injection for regional chemotherapy. PMID:27282415

  9. Assemblies of gold icosahedra

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    Bilalbegovic, G.

    2004-01-01

    Low-dimensional free-standing aggregates of bare gold clusters are studied by the molecular dynamics simulation. Icosahedra of 55 and 147 atoms are equilibrated at T=300 K. Then, their one- and two-dimensional assemblies are investigated. It is found that icosahedra do not coalescence into large drops, but stable amorphous nanostructures are formed: nanowires for one-dimensional and nanofilms for two-dimensional assemblies. The high-temperature stability of these nanostructures is also invest...

  10. Fabrication of Covalently Crosslinked and Amine-Reactive Microcapsules by Reactive Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Azlactone-Containing Polymer Multilayers on Sacrificial Microparticle Templates.

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    Saurer, Eric M; Flessner, Ryan M; Buck, Maren E; Lynn, David M

    2011-02-14

    We report on the fabrication of covalently crosslinked and amine-reactive hollow microcapsules using 'reactive' layer-by-layer assembly to deposit thin polymer films on sacrificial microparticle templates. Our approach is based on the alternating deposition of layers of a synthetic polyamine and a polymer containing reactive azlactone functionality. Multilayered films composed of branched poly(ethylene imine) (BPEI) and poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) (PVDMA) were fabricated layer-by-layer on the surfaces of calcium carbonate and glass microparticle templates. After fabrication, these films contained residual azlactone functionality that was accessible for reaction with amine-containing molecules. Dissolution of the calcium carbonate or glass cores using aqueous ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) or hydrofluoric acid (HF), respectively, led to the formation of hollow polymer microcapsules. These microcapsules were robust enough to encapsulate and retain a model macromolecule (FITC-dextran) and were stable for at least 22 hours in high ionic strength environments, in low and high pH solutions, and in several common organic solvents. Significant differences in the behaviors of capsules fabricated on CaCO(3) and glass cores were observed and characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Whereas capsules fabricated on CaCO(3) templates collapsed upon drying, capsules fabricated on glass templates remained rigid and spherical. Characterization using EDS suggested that this latter behavior results, at least in part, from the presence of insoluble metal fluoride salts that are trapped or precipitate within the walls of capsules after etching of the glass cores using HF. Our results demonstrate that the assembly of BPEI/PVDMA films on sacrificial templates can be used to fabricate reactive microcapsules of potential use in a wide range of fields, including catalysis, drug and gene delivery, imaging, and

  11. Nanoporous polymer electrolyte

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    Elliott, Brian; Nguyen, Vinh

    2012-04-24

    A nanoporous polymer electrolyte and methods for making the polymer electrolyte are disclosed. The polymer electrolyte comprises a crosslinked self-assembly of a polymerizable salt surfactant, wherein the crosslinked self-assembly includes nanopores and wherein the crosslinked self-assembly has a conductivity of at least 1.0.times.10.sup.-6 S/cm at 25.degree. C. The method of making a polymer electrolyte comprises providing a polymerizable salt surfactant. The method further comprises crosslinking the polymerizable salt surfactant to form a nanoporous polymer electrolyte.

  12. Langmuir-Blodgettry of nanocrystals and nanowires.

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    Tao, Andrea R; Huang, Jiaxing; Yang, Peidong

    2008-12-01

    Although nanocrystals and nanowires have proliferated new scientific avenues in the study of their physics and chemistries, the bottom-up assembly of these small-scale building blocks remains a formidable challenge for device fabrication and processing. An attractive nanoscale assembly strategy should be cheap, fast, defect tolerant, compatible with a variety of materials, and parallel in nature, ideally utilizing the self-assembly to generate the core of a device, such as a memory chip or optical display. Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) assembly is a good candidate for arranging vast numbers of nanostructures on solid surfaces. In the LB technique, uniaxial compression of a nanocrystal or nanowire monolayer floating on an aqueous subphase causes the nanostructures to assemble and pack over a large area. The ordered monolayer can then be transferred to a solid surface en masse and with fidelity. In this Account, we present the Langmuir-Blodgett technique as a low-cost method for the massively parallel, controlled organization of nanostructures. The isothermal compression of fluid-supported nanoparticles or nanowires is unique in its ability to achieve control over nanoscale assembly by tuning a macroscopic property such as surface pressure. Under optimized conditions (e.g., surface pressure, substrate hydrophobicity, and pulling speed), it allows continuous variation of particle density, spacing, and even arrangement. For practical application and device fabrication, LB compression is ideal for forming highly dense assemblies of nanowires and nanocrystals over unprecedented surface areas. In addition, the dewetting properties of LB monolayers can be used to further achieve patterning within the range of micrometers to tens of nanometers without a predefined template. The LB method should allow for easy integration of nanomaterials into current manufacturing schemes, in addition to fast device prototyping and multiplexing capability. PMID:18683954

  13. Vertical nanowire architectures

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    Vlad, A.; Mátéfl-Tempfli, M.; Piraux, L.;

    2010-01-01

    Nanowires and statistics: A statistical process for reading ultradense arrays of nanostructured materials is presented (see image). The experimental realization is achieved through selective nanowire growth using porous alumina templates. The statistical patterning approach is found to provide ri...

  14. Magnetic and superconducting nanowires

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    Piraux, L.; Encinas, A.; Vila, L.;

    2005-01-01

    magnetic and superconducting nanowires. Using different approaches entailing measurements on both single wires and arrays, numerous interesting physical properties have been identified in relation to the nanoscopic dimensions of these materials. Finally, various novel applications of the nanowires are also...

  15. Strip-Pattern-Spheres Self-Assembled from Polypeptide-Based Polymer Mixtures: Structure and Defect Features

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    Zhu, Xingyu; Guan, Zhou; Lin, Jiaping; Cai, Chunhua

    2016-07-01

    We found that poly(γ-benzyl-L-glutamate)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PBLG-b-PEG) rod-coil block copolymers and polystyrene (PS) homopolymers can cooperatively self-assemble into nano-spheres with striped patterns on their surfaces (strip-pattern-spheres) in aqueous solution. With assistance of dissipative particle dynamics simulation, it is discovered that the PS homopolymers form a spherical template core and the PBLG-b-PEG block copolymers assemble into striped patterns on the spherical surface. The hydrophobic PBLG rods are packed orderly in the strips, while the hydrophilic PEG blocks stabilize the strip-pattern-spheres in solution. Defects such as dislocations and disclinations can be observed in the striped patterns. Self-assembling temperature and sphere radius are found to affect defect densities in the striped patterns. A possible mechanism is proposed to illustrate how PBLG-b-PEG and PS cooperatively self-assemble into hierarchical spheres with striped patterns on surfaces.

  16. Self-limited plasmonic welding of silver nanowire junctions

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    Garnett, Erik C.

    2012-02-05

    Nanoscience provides many strategies to construct high-performance materials and devices, including solar cells, thermoelectrics, sensors, transistors, and transparent electrodes. Bottom-up fabrication facilitates large-scale chemical synthesis without the need for patterning and etching processes that waste material and create surface defects. However, assembly and contacting procedures still require further development. Here, we demonstrate a light-induced plasmonic nanowelding technique to assemble metallic nanowires into large interconnected networks. The small gaps that form naturally at nanowire junctions enable effective light concentration and heating at the point where the wires need to be joined together. The extreme sensitivity of the heating efficiency on the junction geometry causes the welding process to self-limit when a physical connection between the wires is made. The localized nature of the heating prevents damage to low-thermal-budget substrates such as plastics and polymer solar cells. This work opens new avenues to control light, heat and mass transport at the nanoscale. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  17. Polymer Physics Prize Lecture: Self-assemblies of Giant Molecular Shape Amphiphiles as a New Platform for Engineering Structures with Sub-Nanometer Feature Sizes

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    Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2013-03-01

    Utilizing nano-building blocks rather than atoms to construct and engineer new structures is a fresh approach to design and develop functional materials for the purpose of transferring and amplifying microscopic functionality to macroscopic materials' property. As one of the important elements of these nano-building blocks, giant molecular shape amphiphiles (GMSAs) provide a latest platform for generating self-assembled ordered structures at nanometer scale, which are stabilized by collective physical bonds (such as collective hydrogen bonding). In this talk, two topics will be focused on. First, composed of functionalized hydrophilic molecular nanoparticles as the heads with rigid shape and fixed volume, and tethered polymer chains as the tails (such as giant molecular surfactants and lipids and other topologies), these GMSAs of various architectures can self-assemble into highly diversified, thermodynamically stable microstructures at sub-10 nm length scale in the bulk, thin film and solution states. Second, GMSAs could also be constructed solely from nanoparticles interconnected via different numbers of the rigid linkages in specific symmetry, simulating the overall shapes of small molecules but with sizes that are one-order of magnitude larger in length and three-order of magnitude larger in volume. Giant crystal structures can then be obtained from this class of ``giant molecules'' via supramolecular crystallization. These findings are not only scientifically intriguing in understanding the physical principles underlying their self-assembly, but also technologically relevant in industrial applications.

  18. Flexible Light-Emitting Diodes Based on Vertical Nitride Nanowires

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    Dai, Xing; Messanvi, Agnes; Zhang, Hezhi; Durand, Christophe; Eymery, Joël; Bougerol, Catherine; Julien, François H.; Tchernycheva, Maria

    2015-01-01

    International audience We demonstrate large area fully flexible blue LEDs based on core/shell InGaN/GaN nanowires grown by MOCVD. The fabrication relies on polymer encapsulation, nanowire lift-off and contacting using silver nanowire transparent electrodes. The LEDs exhibit rectifying behavior with a light-up voltage around 3 V. The devices show no electro-luminescence degradation neither under multiple bending down to 3 mm curvature radius nor in time for more than one month storage in am...

  19. 1D-transport properties of single superconducting lead nanowires

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    Michotte, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Piraux, L.

    2003-01-01

    nanowire is small enough to ensure a 1D superconducting regime in a wide temperature range below T. The non-zero resistance in the superconducting state and its variation caused by fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter were measured versus temperature, magnetic field, and applied DC current......We report on the transport properties of single superconducting lead nanowires grown by an electrodeposition technique, embedded in a nanoporous track-etched polymer membrane. The nanowires are granular, have uniform diameter of ̃40 nm and a very large aspect ratio (̃500). The diameter of the...

  20. Preparation of copper nano-wires by template synthesis method

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    郑国渠; 倪似愚; 郑华钧; 干学宏; 张九渊

    2004-01-01

    Highly ordered and porous anodic aluminum oxide templates were prepared. The ordered copper nanowires arrays were assembled in nano-holes of the template by alternating current electrodeposition at lower voltage.The morphologies of template and copper nano-wires arrays were characterized by means of field emission scanning electron microscope(FESEM) and the crystal structure of copper nano-wires was determined by means of X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that copper nano-wires hold the preferred crystalline orientation along (111), (200),(220) and (331) crystal faces during growth, and the growth of copper nano-wires in the nano-holes of the template is homogenous and continuous.

  1. Super-Joule heating in graphene and silver nanowire network

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    Maize, Kerry; Das, Suprem R.; Sadeque, Sajia; Mohammed, Amr M. S.; Shakouri, Ali; Janes, David B.; Alam, Muhammad A.

    2015-04-01

    Transistors, sensors, and transparent conductors based on randomly assembled nanowire networks rely on multi-component percolation for unique and distinctive applications in flexible electronics, biochemical sensing, and solar cells. While conduction models for 1-D and 1-D/2-D networks have been developed, typically assuming linear electronic transport and self-heating, the model has not been validated by direct high-resolution characterization of coupled electronic pathways and thermal response. In this letter, we show the occurrence of nonlinear "super-Joule" self-heating at the transport bottlenecks in networks of silver nanowires and silver nanowire/single layer graphene hybrid using high resolution thermoreflectance (TR) imaging. TR images at the microscopic self-heating hotspots within nanowire network and nanowire/graphene hybrid network devices with submicron spatial resolution are used to infer electrical current pathways. The results encourage a fundamental reevaluation of transport models for network-based percolating conductors.

  2. Super-Joule heating in graphene and silver nanowire network

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    Transistors, sensors, and transparent conductors based on randomly assembled nanowire networks rely on multi-component percolation for unique and distinctive applications in flexible electronics, biochemical sensing, and solar cells. While conduction models for 1-D and 1-D/2-D networks have been developed, typically assuming linear electronic transport and self-heating, the model has not been validated by direct high-resolution characterization of coupled electronic pathways and thermal response. In this letter, we show the occurrence of nonlinear “super-Joule” self-heating at the transport bottlenecks in networks of silver nanowires and silver nanowire/single layer graphene hybrid using high resolution thermoreflectance (TR) imaging. TR images at the microscopic self-heating hotspots within nanowire network and nanowire/graphene hybrid network devices with submicron spatial resolution are used to infer electrical current pathways. The results encourage a fundamental reevaluation of transport models for network-based percolating conductors

  3. Self-assembly thermodynamics of pH-responsive amino-acid-based polymers with a nonionic surfactant

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    Bogomolova, Anna; Keller, S.; Klingler, J.; Sedlak, M.; Rak, D.; Šturcová, Adriana; Hrubý, Martin; Štěpánek, Petr; Filippov, Sergey K.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 30, č. 38 (2014), s. 11307-11318. ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LH14292 Grant ostatní: AV ČR(CZ) M200501201 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : polymer * surfactant * thermodynamic s Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 4.457, year: 2014

  4. Self-assembly of the hydrogel polymer chain consisting of chitosan and chondroitin sulphate in the presence of theophylline

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    In this work, polyelectronic complex (PEC) consisting of two polysaccharides were developed. One is chitosan (QT), cationic polymer, produced by the chitin deacetylation and the other is chondroitin sulphate (CS), anionic polymer, extracted from bovine or porcine aorta. The PECs were prepared in the presence of theophylline (TEO) for evaluating the influence of this drug in the polymer chains reorganization, as well as, studying the mechanical properties and release of SC and TEO in aqueous solutions on different pH conditions. By the obtained results, it was observed that the 84QT/15SC/TEO (% in weight) hydrogel is pH responsive because the CS releasing is more effective at pH 8, while the release of the TEO is higher at pH 2. The hydrogel showed mechanical properties more resistant to pH 2, 8 and 10 and this was attributed to interactions between the polymer chains. Finally, the X-rays profile showed the presence of peaks associated to reorganization of the chains in the hydrogel is at times larger than the hydrogel in the absence of solute. (author)

  5. Ambient Layer-by-Layer ZnO Assembly for Highly Efficient Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Eita, Mohamed Samir

    2015-02-04

    The use of metal oxide interlayers in polymer solar cells has great potential because metal oxides are abundant, thermally stable, and can be used in fl exible devices. Here, a layer-by-layer (LbL) protocol is reported as a facile, room-temperature, solution-processed method to prepare electron transport layers from commercial ZnO nanoparticles and polyacrylic acid (PAA) with a controlled and tunable porous structure, which provides large interfacial contacts with the active layer. Applying the LbL approach to bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells with an optimized ZnO layer thickness of H25 nm yields solar cell power-conversion effi ciencies (PCEs) of ≈6%, exceeding the effi ciency of amorphous ZnO interlayers formed by conventional sputtering methods. Interestingly, annealing the ZnO/PAA interlayers in nitrogen and air environments in the range of 60-300 ° C reduces the device PCEs by almost 20% to 50%, indicating the importance of conformational changes inherent to the PAA polymer in the LbL-deposited fi lms to solar cell performance. This protocol suggests a new fabrication method for solution-processed polymer solar cell devices that does not require postprocessing thermal annealing treatments and that is applicable to fl exible devices printed on plastic substrates.

  6. Anion-controlled assembly of silver-di(aminophenyl)sulfone coordination polymers: Syntheses, crystal structures, and solid state luminescence

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    Five silver coordination polymers, namely, ([Ag(3,3′-daps)2]·BF4)n (1), ([Ag(3,3′-daps)2]·NO3)n (2), [Ag(3,3′-daps)(CF3SO3)]n (3), ([Ag(4,4′-daps)]·CF3SO3)n (4), and ([Ag(4,4′-daps)]·ClO4)n (5) (3,3′-daps=di(3′-aminodiphenyl)sulfone, and 4,4′-daps=di(4′-aminodiphenyl)sulfone) have been synthesized and structural characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Complex 1 displays a 1D ladder-like chain with four-connected Ag ions and bridged 3,3′-daps. Complex 2 shows other 1D ladder chain modified by tentacles. Complex 3 is a 2D layer structure with both Ag ions and 3,3′-daps are 3-connected nodes. Complex 4 is another 1D ladder chain with three-connected Ag ions and 4,4′-daps. Complex 5 shows a 2D 44-sql net with Ag ions and 4,4′-daps as 4-connected nodes. Moreover, their solid state luminescence and thermal stabilities also have been investigated. - Graphical abstract: Pictogram: Synthetic procedures of the five anion controlled silver coordination polymers. We reported the synthetic procedures, structure, and luminescence property of the five anion controlled silver coordination polymers based on two novel di(aminophenyl)sulfone V-shaped ligands. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Five new silver coordination polymers were synthesized and characterized. • Two novel designed V-shaped di(aminophenyl)sulfone ligands were first introduced to coordination chemistry. • Anions play important roles in determining the five silver coordination polymers. • The structural diversity and photoluminescence property were also discussed

  7. Formation of dendritic metallic nanowires

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    Ranjan, Nitesh; Mertig, Michael [Institute for Materials Science, Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, Dresden University of Technology, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Vinzelberg, Hartmut [IFW Dresden, P.O. Box 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Recently, we reported an electrical-field-controlled growth process for the directed bottom-up assembly of one-dimensional palladium nanowires between micro-fabricated electrodes. The wires, grown from an aqueous palladium salt solution by dielectrophoresis, had a thickness of only 5-10 nm and a length of up to several micrometers. The growth process was found to depend largely on the deposition conditions like the strength and the frequency of the applied AC field and the concentration of the metal salt solution. Here, we report the formation of thin, but straight and dendritic metallic nanowires, obtained in the low-frequency regime. The morphology of the wires was characterized by scanning force microscopy (SFM), scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. SFM investigations revealed that the palladium nanowires grown over the glass and silicon substrates have a typical thickness of about 25 nm. Room temperature I-V measurements show them to be Ohmic in nature with a resistance of about 80 kOhm. Low-temperature measurements show the phenomenon of zero bias anomaly. The investigated growth method is capable of controllable in-place formation of complex circuit patterns for future nanoelectronics.

  8. Size-dependent chemical transformation, structural phase-change, and optical properties of nanowires

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    Piccione, Brian; Agarwal, Rahul; Jung, Yeonwoong; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2013-01-01

    Nanowires offer a unique approach for the bottom up assembly of electronic and photonic devices with the potential of integrating photonics with existing technologies. The anisotropic geometry and mesoscopic length scales of nanowires also make them very interesting systems to study a variety of size-dependent phenomenon where finite size effects become important. We will discuss the intriguing size-dependent properties of nanowire systems with diameters in the 5 – 300 nm range, where finite ...

  9. Fabricating nanoscale DNA patterns with gold nanowires.

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    Chen, Yulin; Kung, Sheng-Chin; Taggart, David K; Halpern, Aaron R; Penner, Reginald M; Corn, Robert M

    2010-04-15

    Surface patterns of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) consisting of nanoscale lines as thin as 40 nm were fabricated on polymer substrates for nanotechnology and bioaffinity sensing applications. Large scale arrays (with areas up to 4 cm(2)) of ssDNA "nanolines" were created on streptavidin-coated polymer (PDMS) surfaces by transferring biotinylated ssDNA from a master pattern of gold nanowires attached to a glass substrate. The gold nano-wires were first formed on the glass substrate by the process of lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE), and then "inked" with biotinylated ssDNA by hybridization adsorption to a thiol-modified ssDNA monolayer attached to the gold nanowires. The transferred ssDNA nanolines were capable of hybridizing with ssDNA from solution to form double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) patterns; a combination of fluorescence and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements were used to characterize the dsDNA nanoline arrays. To demonstrate the utility of these surfaces for biosensing, optical diffraction measurements of the hybridization adsorption of DNA-coated gold nanoparticles onto the ssDNA nanoline arrays were used to detect a specific target sequence of unlabeled ssDNA in solution. PMID:20337428

  10. Stability of Organic Nanowires

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    Balzer, F.; Schiek, M.; Wallmann, I.;

    2011-01-01

    The morphological stability of organic nanowires over time and under thermal load is of major importance for their use in any device. In this study the growth and stability of organic nanowires from a naphthyl end-capped thiophene grown by organic molecular beam deposition is investigated via...... atomic force microscopy (AFM). Aging experiments under ambient conditions already show substantial morphological changes. Nanoscopic organic clusters, which initially coexist with the nanowires, vanish within hours. Thermal annealing of nanowire samples leads to even more pronounced morphology changes......, such as a strong decrease in nanowire number density, a strong increase in nanowire height, and the formation of new types of crystallites. This happens even before sublimation of organic material starts. These experiments also shine new light on the formation process of the nanowires....

  11. Nanowire Growth for Photovoltaics

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    Holm, Jeppe Vilstrup

    Solar cells commercial success is based on an efficiency/cost calculation. Nanowire solar cells is one of the foremost candidates to implement third generation photo voltaics, which are both very efficient and cheap to produce. This thesis is about our progress towards commercial nanowire solar...... cells. Resonance effects between the light and nanowire causes an inherent concentration of the sunlight into the nanowires, and means that a sparse array of nanowires (less than 5% of the area) can absorb all the incoming light. The resonance effects, as well as a graded index of refraction, also traps...... the light. The concentration and light trapping means that single junction nanowire solar cells have a higher theoretical maximum efficiency than equivalent planar solar cells. We have demonstrated the built-in light concentration of nanowires, by growing, contacting and characterizing a solar cell...

  12. High-performance membrane-electrode assembly with an optimal polytetrafluoroethylene content for high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Jeong, Gisu; Kim, MinJoong; Han, Junyoung; Kim, Hyoung-Juhn; Shul, Yong-Gun; Cho, EunAe

    2016-08-01

    Although high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT-PEMFCs) have a high carbon monoxide tolerance and allow for efficient water management, their practical applications are limited due to their lower performance than conventional low-temperature PEMFCs. Herein, we present a high-performance membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) with an optimal polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) content for HT-PEMFCs. Low or excess PTFE content in the electrode leads to an inefficient electrolyte distribution or severe catalyst agglomeration, respectively, which hinder the formation of triple phase boundaries in the electrodes and result in low performance. MEAs with PTFE content of 20 wt% have an optimal pore structure for the efficient formation of electrolyte/catalyst interfaces and gas channels, which leads to high cell performance of approximately 0.5 A cm-2 at 0.6 V.

  13. Self-assembly and charge carrier transport of solution-processed conjugated polymer monolayers on dielectric surfaces with controlled sub-nanometer roughness

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    Li, Mengmeng; Hinkel, Felix; Müllen, Klaus; Pisula, Wojciech

    2016-04-01

    In recent years organic field-effect transistors have received extensive attention, however, it is still a great challenge to fabricate monolayer-based devices of conjugated polymers. In this study, one single layer of poly(2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) is directly dip-coated, and its self-assembly is precisely tuned from nanofibers to granular aggregates by controlling the dielectric roughness on a sub-nanometer scale. The charge carrier transport of the monolayer transistor exhibits a strong dependence on the dielectric roughness, which is attributed to the roughness-induced effects of higher densities of grain boundaries and charge trapping sites as well as surface scattering. These results mark a great advance in the bottom-up fabrication of organic electronics.In recent years organic field-effect transistors have received extensive attention, however, it is still a great challenge to fabricate monolayer-based devices of conjugated polymers. In this study, one single layer of poly(2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) is directly dip-coated, and its self-assembly is precisely tuned from nanofibers to granular aggregates by controlling the dielectric roughness on a sub-nanometer scale. The charge carrier transport of the monolayer transistor exhibits a strong dependence on the dielectric roughness, which is attributed to the roughness-induced effects of higher densities of grain boundaries and charge trapping sites as well as surface scattering. These results mark a great advance in the bottom-up fabrication of organic electronics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01082b

  14. Use of a self-assembling organogel as a reverse template in the preparation of imprinted porous polymer films.

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    Tan, Grace; Singh, Mohit; He, Jibao; John, Vijay T; McPherson, Gary L

    2005-09-27

    The concept of reverse templating of an organogel to form imprinted porous divinylbenzene polymer films with submicrometer channels is demonstrated. The organogel comprising a 1:1 molar ratio of two organogelators, that is, bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate and 4-chlorophenol, was formed in divinylbenzene. The gel was cast as a thin film before UV polymerization of the solvent, and the organogelators were later removed by simple washing with water and isooctane. The integrity of the fiber bundles of the organogel was preserved during polymerization, and an exact hollow replica was obtained after the organogelators were leached away. It is easily possible to imprint gel fiber bundle structures into polymeric films through this technique. The gel can also be formed on macroporous substrates to yield supported thin porous polymeric films. With the incorporation of functional nanoparticles in AOT inverse micelles and hence the organogel, nanoparticle-containing porous polymer films exhibiting luminescence or magnetic properties are envisioned. PMID:16171368

  15. Conducting carbon nanopatterns (nanowire) by energetic ion irradiation

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    This work reports the formation of conducting carbon nanopatterns (nano-wires) in a semi-inorganic polymer by irradiation with energetic ions. The conducting nano-patterns/wires are evidenced by conducting atomic force microscopy. The typical diameter of the conducting wires is observed to be about ∼50-200 nm. The density (spacing), growth direction and length of these carbon nanowires can be changed simply by ion fluence, angle of irradiation and the film thickness, respectively. The formation of conducting nanopatterns in an insulating matrix (polymers/gels) is correlated with the structural transformation of films, investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy

  16. Three luminescent d10 metal coordination polymers assembled from a semirigid V-shaped ligand with high selective detecting of Cu2+ ion and nitrobenzene

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    Three 2D luminescent coordination polymers with helical frameworks, [ZnL2]n (1) and ([ML2]·(H2O))n (M=Zn (2), Cd (3)) (HL=4-((2-methyl-1 H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl)benzoic acid), have been assembled under hydro(solvo)thermal conditions. Complex 1 is in chiral space group and displays a rare 2D→2D 2-fold parallel interpenetrated layer network with two types of chiral double helixes. Interestingly, the single crystal structure analyses indicate the coexistence of enantiomers la and 1b in one pot, while the bulk crystallization of 1 are racemic mixtures based on the CD measurement. 2 and 3 are isostructural, in the structure, there are two kinds of 2D chiral helical-layers which stack in an -ABAB- sequence leading to the overall structure are mesomer and achiral. All compounds display intense luminescence in solid state at room temperature with high chemical and thermal stability. More importantly, 1 has been successfully applied in the detection of Cu2+ ions in aqueous media and nitrobenzene and the probable detecting mechanism was also discussed. - Graphical abstract: Three luminescent d10 metal coordination polymers with helical-layer based on 4-((2-methyl-1H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl)benzoic acid have been obtained. Compound 1 shows high selective detecting for Cu2+ ion in aqueous and nitrobenzene. - Highlights: • Three coordination polymers with chiral helical-layer have been obtained. • 1 Can luminescent detect Cu2+ ion in aqueous media and nitrobenzene. • Racemic mixture or mesomer compounds can be obtained by controlling the reaction conditions

  17. Self-Assembly of Discrete Metallocycles versus Coordination Polymers Based on Cu(I and Ag(I Ions and Flexible Ligands: Structural Diversification and Luminescent Properties

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    Javier Vallejos

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Three new Ag(I and one Cu(I coordination compounds with two different positional isomers, propane-1,3-diyl bis(pyridine-4-carboxylate (L1 and propane-1,3-diyl bis(pyridine-3-carboxylate (L2, of a bis-(pyridyl-carboxylate ligand have been synthesized. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the self-assembly of L1 with AgCF3SO3 and AgClO4 salts leads to the formation of discrete binuclear metallocycles {Ag(L1CF3SO3}2 (1 and {Ag(L1ClO4}2 (2, respectively. However, self-assembly of the other ligand, L2, with AgCF3SO3 and CuCl salts, results in a 1-D zig-zag chain {Ag(L2CF3SO3}∞ (3 and a 1-D double-stranded helical chain {Cu2Cl2(L22}∞ (4 coordination polymers, respectively. Solid emission spectra recorded at room temperature show interesting luminescence properties for all four compounds in the range from 438 to 550 nm, especially for compound 4 that was found to change its emission color when the wavelength of the excitation radiation is switched from 332 to 436 nm.

  18. A Self-Assembled Aggregate Composed of a Fatty Acid Membrane and the Building Blocks of Biological Polymers Provides a First Step in the Emergence of Protocells.

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    Black, Roy A; Blosser, Matthew C

    2016-01-01

    We propose that the first step in the origin of cellular life on Earth was the self-assembly of fatty acids with the building blocks of RNA and protein, resulting in a stable aggregate. This scheme provides explanations for the selection and concentration of the prebiotic components of cells; the stabilization and growth of early membranes; the catalysis of biopolymer synthesis; and the co-localization of membranes, RNA and protein. In this article, we review the evidence and rationale for the formation of the proposed aggregate: (i) the well-established phenomenon of self-assembly of fatty acids to form vesicles; (ii) our published evidence that nucleobases and sugars bind to and stabilize such vesicles; and (iii) the reasons why amino acids likely do so as well. We then explain how the conformational constraints and altered chemical environment due to binding of the components to the membrane could facilitate the formation of nucleosides, oligonucleotides and peptides. We conclude by discussing how the resulting oligomers, even if short and random, could have increased vesicle stability and growth more than their building blocks did, and how competition among these vesicles could have led to longer polymers with complex functions. PMID:27529283

  19. Linear side chains in benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-thieno[3,4-c] pyrrole-4,6-dione polymers direct self-assembly and solar cell performance

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    Cabanetos, Clement

    2013-03-27

    While varying the size and branching of solubilizing side chains in π-conjugated polymers impacts their self-assembling properties in thin-film devices, these structural changes remain difficult to anticipate. This report emphasizes the determining role that linear side-chain substituents play in poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD) polymers for bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell applications. We show that replacing branched side chains by linear ones in the BDT motifs induces a critical change in polymer self-assembly and backbone orientation in thin films that correlates with a dramatic drop in solar cell efficiency. In contrast, we show that for polymers with branched alkyl-substituted BDT motifs, controlling the number of aliphatic carbons in the linear N-alkyl-substituted TPD motifs is a major contributor to improved material performance. With this approach, PBDTTPD polymers were found to reach power conversion efficiencies of 8.5% and open-circuit voltages of 0.97 V in BHJ devices with PC71BM, making PBDTTPD one of the best polymer donors for use in the high-band-gap cell of tandem solar cells. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  20. Sensitivity control of optical fiber biosensors utilizing turnaround point long period gratings with self-assembled polymer coatings

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    Gifford, Erika Lea

    2008-01-01

    Biosensors have a multitude of important applications in basic research, environmental monitoring, biodefense, and medicine. This research aims to show that Ionic Self-Assembled Multilayers (ISAMs) adsorbed on Long Period Gratings (LPGs) can serve as a highly sensitive, robust, inexpensive optical-based biosensor platform. The ISAM technique is a layer-by-layer deposition method that builds nanometer-thick films based on the principle of Coulomb attraction between oppositely charged polyele...

  1. Nonlinear Optically Active Ionically Self-Assembled Monolayer Thin Films of Organic Polymers Intercalated with an Inorganic Hectorite, Laponite RD

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    Shah, Smital S

    2002-01-01

    Detailed studies are presented of thin films containing a polycation, a nonlinear optically (NLO) active chromophore, and a synthetic hectorite that self-assemble into the noncentrosymmetric structure required for second order nonlinear optical responses. UV/Vis spectroscopy and ellipsometry were used as probes to monitor film growth for upto 25 deposition cycles. Exceptionally homogeneous films were obtained with regular film growth for up to the 25 cycles deposited. ISAM films self-ass...

  2. Efficient Capture and Isolation of Tumor-Related Circulating Cell-Free DNA from Cancer Patients Using Electroactive Conducting Polymer Nanowire Platforms

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    Jeon, SeungHyun; Lee, HyungJae; Bae, Kieun; Yoon, Kyong-Ah; Lee, Eun Sook; Cho, Youngnam

    2016-01-01

    Circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is currently recognized as a key non-invasive biomarker for cancer diagnosis and progression and therapeutic efficacy monitoring. Because cfDNA has been detected in patients with diverse types of cancers, the use of efficient strategies to isolate cfDNA not only provides valuable insights into tumour biology, but also offers the potential for developing new cancer-specific targets. However, the challenges associated with conventional cfDNA extraction methods prevent their further clinical applications. Here, we developed a nanostructured conductive polymer platform for the efficient capture and release of circulating cfDNA and demonstrated its potential clinical utility using unprocessed plasma samples from patients with breast and lung cancers. Our results confirmed that the platform's enhanced efficiency allows tumor-specific circulating cfDNA to be recovered at high yield and purity. PMID:27162553

  3. Gas adsorption/separation properties of metal directed self-assembly of two coordination polymers with 5-nitroisophthalate

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    Two new coordination polymers, namely, [Co(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]n (1) and [Zn(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]n (2) (nip: 5-nitroisophthalate, bpe: 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane) were hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermal analysis. Moreover, atomically detailed simulation studies of complex 2 for CO2/CH4 adsorption and separation were performed. Complex 1 consists of two dimensional (2D) (4,4) grid networks with the point symbol of 44.62. Complex 2 exhibits a 3-fold interpenetrating 3D framework with 65.8-dmp topology. Thermal properties of the complexes showed that both complexes were stable over 320 °C. Simulation studies demonstrated that complex 2 can separate CO2 from CH4 at low pressures at 273 K. - Graphical abstract: In this study, two new coordination polymers, namely, [Co(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]n (1) and [Zn(µ-nip)(µ-bpe)]n (2) (nip: 5-nitroisophthalate, bpe: 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane) were hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermal analysis. Moreover, atomically detailed simulation studies of complex 2 for CO2/CH4 adsorption and separation were performed. Complex 1 consists of two dimensional (2D) (4,4) grid networks with the point symbol of 44.62. Complex 2 exhibits a 3-fold interpenetrating 3D framework with 65.8-dmp topology. Simulation studies demonstrated that complex 2 can separate CO2 from CH4 at low pressures at 273 K. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Two new coordination polymers with 5-nitroisophthalate and 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane. • Atomically detailed simulation studies of the complexes. • Complex 2 can be proposed as molecular sieve to separate CO2 from CH4 at low pressures

  4. Nanotubes and nanowires

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    C N R Rao; A Govindaraj

    2001-10-01

    Synthesis and characterization of nanotubes and nanowires constitute an important part of nanoscience since these materials are essential bui lding units for several devices. We have prepared aligned carbon nanotube bundles and Y-junction nanotubes by the pyrolysis of appropriate organic precursors. The aligned bundles are useful for field emission display while the Y-junction nanotubes are likely to be useful as nanochips since they exhibit diode properties at the junction. By making use of carbon nanotubes, nanowires of metals, metal oxides and GaN have be en obt a ined. Both the oxide and GaN nanowires are single crystalline. Gold nanowires exhibit plasmon bands varying markedly with the aspect ratio. GaN nanowires show excellent photoluminescence characteristics. It has been possible to synthesise nanotubes and nanowires of metal chalcogenides by employing different strategies.

  5. Polymer-based photonic crystals

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    Edrington, A.C.; Urbas, A.M.; Fink, Y.; Thomas, E.L. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; DeRege, P. [Firmenich, Inc., Port Newark, NJ (United States); Chen, C.X.; Swager, T.M. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Hadjichristidis, N. [Athens Univ. (Greece). Dept. of Chemistry; Xenidou, M.; Fetters, L.J. [ExxonMobil Research Corp., Annandale, NJ (United States); Joannopoulos, J.D. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Physics

    2001-03-16

    The development of polymers as photonic crystals is highlighted, placing special emphasis on self-assembled block copolymers. 1D self-assembled multilayers as well as 2D and 3D self-assembled structures are examined, then intricate block polymer structures such as that shown in the Figure are discussed as are birefringent multilayer and elastomeric films. (orig.)

  6. Variation in electrical properties of gamma irradiated cadmium selenate nanowires

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    Chauhan, R. P.; Rana, Pallavi; Narula, Chetna; Panchal, Suresh; Choudhary, Ritika

    2016-07-01

    Preparation of low-dimensional materials attracts more and more interest in the last few years, mainly due to the wide field of potential commercial applications ranging from life sciences, medicine and biotechnology to communication and electronics. One-dimensional systems are the smallest dimension structures that can be used for efficient transport of electrons and thus expected to be critical to the function and integration of nanoscale devices. Nanowires with well controlled morphology and extremely high aspect ratio can be obtained by replicating a nanoporous polymer ion-track membrane with cylindrical pores of controlled dimensions. With this technique, materials can be deposited within the pores of the membrane by electrochemical reduction of the desired ion. In the present study, cadmium selenate nanowires were synthesized potentiostatically via template method. These synthesized nanowires were then exposed to gamma rays by using a 60Co source at the Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, India. Structural, morphological, electrical and elemental characterizations were made in order to analyze the effect of gamma irradiation on the synthesized nanowires. I-V measurements of cadmium selenate nanowires, before and after irradiation were made with the help of Keithley 2400 source meter and Ecopia probe station. A significant change in the electrical conductivity of cadmium selenate nanowires was found after gamma irradiation. The crystallography of the synthesized nanowires was also studied using a Rigaku X-ray diffractrometer equipped with Cu-Kα radiation. XRD patterns of irradiated samples showed no variation in the peak positions or phase change.

  7. Optical fibre nanowire devices

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    Xu, Fei

    2008-01-01

    The Optical Fibre Nanowire (OFN) is a potential building block in future micro- and nano-photonic device since it offers a number of unique optical and mechanical properties. In this thesis, the background and fundamental features of nanowires are introduced; the theory, design and demonstration of novel nanowire devices are discussed. At first, a short adiabatic taper tip is manufactured, and it is used as optical tweezers for trapping 1?m microspheres. Then, the most important devic...

  8. Characterization of stable, electroactive protein cage/synthetic polymer multilayer thin films prepared by layer-by-layer assembly

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    We have fabricated electroactive multilayer thin films containing ferritin protein cages. The multilayer thin films were prepared on a solid substrate by the alternate electrostatic adsorption of (apo)ferritin and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-2-carboxyisopropylacrylamide) (NIPAAm-co-CIPAAm) in pH 3.5 acetate buffer solution. The assembly process was monitored using a quartz crystal microbalance. The (apo)ferritin/poly(NIPAAm-co-CIPAAm) multilayer thin films were then cross-linked using a water-soluble carbodiimide, 1-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]-3-ethylcarbodiimide. The cross-linked films were stable under a variety of conditions. The surface morphology and thickness of the multilayer thin films were characterized by atomic force microscopy, and the ferritin iron cores were observed by scanning electron microscopy to confirm the assembly mechanism. Cyclic voltammetry measurements showed different electrochemical properties for the cross-linked ferritin and apoferritin multilayer thin films, and the effect of stability of the multilayer film on its electrochemical properties was also examined. Our method for constructing multilayer films containing protein cages is expected to be useful in building more complex functional inorganic nanostructures.

  9. Influence of carbon support microstructure on the polarization behavior of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies

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    Guha, Abhishek; Schiraldi, David A. [Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Case Advanced Power Institute, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, 2100 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106-7202 (United States); Zawodzinski, Thomas A. Jr. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Case Advanced Power Institute, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 (United States)

    2010-08-15

    The influence of carbon support morphology on the polarization behavior of a PEM fuel cell membrane electrode assembly has been investigated in this communication. Nanometer sized platinum electrocatalyst particles were deposited on lower surface area fibrous (carbon nanofibers) and particulate carbon supports (carbon blacks) by the well-documented ethylene glycol route for supported electrocatalyst synthesis. These supported catalyst systems were subsequently utilized to prepare catalyst inks and membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) in conjunction with a perflurosulfonated ionomeric membrane-Nafion {sup registered}. Level of liquid Nafion binder in the supported catalyst inks was varied and the ramifications of such a variation on polarization behavior of the MEA determined. The trend in polarization performance was found to be independent of the carbon support morphology in the various ink compositions. The two varieties of carbon supports were also mixed together in various weight ratios and platinum was deposited by the glycol method. Key parameters such as the platinum content on carbon and platinum particle size were determined to be independent of the nature of the supports on which the particles had been deposited. The results indicate that lower surface area carbon supports of vastly contrasting morphologies can be interchangeably employed as catalyst support materials in a PEM fuel cell MEA. (author)

  10. Supramolecular block copolymers by kinetically controlled co-self-assembly of planar and core-twisted perylene bisimides

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    Görl, Daniel; Zhang, Xin; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2015-05-01

    New synthetic methodologies for the formation of block copolymers have revolutionized polymer science within the last two decades. However, the formation of supramolecular block copolymers composed of alternating sequences of larger block segments has not been realized yet. Here we show by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), 2D NMR and optical spectroscopy that two different perylene bisimide dyes bearing either a flat (A) or a twisted (B) core self-assemble in water into supramolecular block copolymers with an alternating sequence of (AmBB)n. The highly defined ultralong nanowire structure of these supramolecular copolymers is entirely different from those formed upon self-assembly of the individual counterparts, that is, stiff nanorods (A) and irregular nanoworms (B), respectively. Our studies further reveal that the as-formed supramolecular block copolymer constitutes a kinetic self-assembly product that transforms into thermodynamically more stable self-sorted homopolymers upon heating.

  11. Secondary ligand-directed assembly of Co(II) coordination polymers based on a pyridine carboxylate ligand

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    To investigate the influence of hydrogen bonds and secondary ligands on the structures and properties of the resulting frameworks, five new Co(II) compounds have been synthesized by the reactions of Co(II) salts and 3,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethoxy)benzoic acid (HL) with four rationally selected dicarboxylic acid ligands. Without secondary ligand, we got one compound [CoL2(H2O)2]n·2nH2O (1), which possesses a 1D chain structure. In the presence of ancillary ligands, namely, 1,3-adamantanedicarboxylic acid (H2adbc), terephthalic acid (H2tpa), thiophene-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (H2tdc) and 1,4-benzenedithioacetic acid (H2bdtc), four 3D structures [Co2L2(adbc)]n·nH2O (2), [Co2L2(tpa)]n (3), [Co2L2(tdc)]n (4), [Co2L2(bdtc)(H2O)]n (5) were obtained, respectively. It can be observed from the architectures of 1–5 that hydrogen bonds and secondary ligands both have great effects on the spatial connective fashions, resulting in the formation of various dimensional compounds. The XRPD, TGA data of title polymers and the magnetic properties for 2 and 5 have also been investigated. - Graphical abstract: The structural differences show that the ancillary ligands have great effects on the spatial connective fashions, resulting in the formation of various dimensional compounds. - Highlights: • Five new Co(II) coordination polymers have been synthesized by solvothermal reactions based on 3,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethoxy)benzoic acid (HL). • The long-flexible ligand (HL) is a good candidate to produce interpenetrating architectures. • The secondary dicarboxylic acid ligands play important roles in the spatial connective fashions and the formation of various dimensional compounds. • The magnetism studies show that both 2 and 5 exhibit antiferromagnetic interactions

  12. Stable, polymer-directed and SPION-nucleated magnetic amphiphilic block copolymer nanoprecipitates with readily reversible assembly in magnetic fields

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    Giardiello, Marco; Hatton, Fiona L.; Slater, Rebecca A.; Chambon, Pierre; North, Jocelyn; Peacock, Anita K.; He, Tao; McDonald, Tom O.; Owen, Andrew; Rannard, Steve P.

    2016-03-01

    The formation of inorganic-organic magnetic nanocomposites using reactive chemistry often leads to a loss of super-paramagnetisim when conducted in the presence of iron oxide nanoparticles. We present here a low energy and chemically-mild process of co-nanoprecipitation using SPIONs and homopolymers or amphiphilic block copolymers, of varying architecture and hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance, which efficiently generates near monodisperse SPION-containing polymer nanoparticles with complete retention of magnetism, and highly reversible aggregation and redispersion behaviour. When linear and branched block copolymers with inherent water-solubility are used, a SPION-directed nanoprecipitation mechanism appears to dominate the nanoparticle formation presenting new opportunities for tailoring and scaling highly functional systems for a range of applications.The formation of inorganic-organic magnetic nanocomposites using reactive chemistry often leads to a loss of super-paramagnetisim when conducted in the presence of iron oxide nanoparticles. We present here a low energy and chemically-mild process of co-nanoprecipitation using SPIONs and homopolymers or amphiphilic block copolymers, of varying architecture and hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance, which efficiently generates near monodisperse SPION-containing polymer nanoparticles with complete retention of magnetism, and highly reversible aggregation and redispersion behaviour. When linear and branched block copolymers with inherent water-solubility are used, a SPION-directed nanoprecipitation mechanism appears to dominate the nanoparticle formation presenting new opportunities for tailoring and scaling highly functional systems for a range of applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental details, NMR spectra, GPC chromatograms, kinetics experiments, graphs of nanopreciptate aggregation and cycling studies and SPION characterisation. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00788k

  13. Surface-controlled contact printing for nanowire device fabrication on a large scale

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    Roßkopf, D.; Strehle, S.

    2016-05-01

    Assembly strategies for functional nanowire devices that merge bottom-up and top-down technologies have been debated for over a decade. Although several breakthroughs have been reported, nanowire device fabrication techniques remain generally incompatible with large-scale and high-yield top-down microelectronics manufacturing. Strategies enabling the controlled transfer of nanowires from the growth substrate to pre-defined locations on a target surface would help to address this challenge. Based on the promising concept of mechanical nanowire transfer, we developed the technique of surface-controlled contact printing, which is based purely on dry friction between a nanowire and a target surface. Surface features, so-called catchers, alter the local frictional force or deposition probability and allow the positioning of single nanowires. Surface-controlled contact printing extends the current scope of nanowire alignment strategies with the intention to facilitate efficient nanowire device fabrication. This is demonstrated by the simultaneous assembly of 36 nanowire resistors within a chip area of greater than 2 cm2 aided only by mask-assisted photolithography.

  14. Fabrication of superhydrophobic vanadium pentoxide nanowires surface by chemical modification

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    Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanowires have been synthesized on Au-coated Si substrates by a physical vapor deposition process. The synthesized nanowires are randomly oriented with a diameter around 40-200 nm and length of several micrometers. The crystalline structure of the nanowires analyzed by using X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy corresponds to single crystalline orthorhombic V2O5 phase with [0 0 1] growth orientation. The transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis suggests a possible vapor-solid (VS) growth mechanism for the V2O5 nanowires. A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) was deposited on the V2O5 nanowires to obtain superhydrophobic V2O5 nanowire surfaces with water contact angle (CA) of 157.5°. The superhydrophobic behavior is attributed to the high surface roughness provided by the nanowire surface and low surface energy due to SAM layer deposition. The impact dynamics of water droplets impinging on the superhydrophobic surface is also investigated.

  15. Triconstituent co-assembly to ordered mesostructured polymer-silica and carbon-silica nanocomposites and large-pore mesoporous carbons with high surface areas.

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    Liu, Ruili; Shi, Yifeng; Wan, Ying; Meng, Yan; Zhang, Fuqiang; Gu, Dong; Chen, Zhenxia; Tu, Bo; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2006-09-01

    Highly ordered mesoporous polymer-silica and carbon-silica nanocomposites with interpenetrating networks have been successfully synthesized by the evaporation-induced triconstituent co-assembly method, wherein soluble resol polymer is used as an organic precursor, prehydrolyzed TEOS is used as an inorganic precursor, and triblock copolymer F127 is used as a template. It is proposed for the first time that ordered mesoporous nanocomposites have "reinforced concrete"-structured frameworks. By adjusting the initial mass ratios of TEOS to resol, we determined the obtained nanocomposites possess continuous composition with the ratios ranging from zero to infinity for the two constituents that are "homogeneously" dispersed inside the pore walls. The presence of silicates in nanocomposites dramatically inhibits framework shrinkage during the calcination, resulting in highly ordered large-pore mesoporous carbon-silica nanocomposites. Combustion in air or etching in HF solution can remove carbon or silica from the carbon-silica nanocomposites and yield ordered mesoporous pure silica or carbon frameworks. The process generates plenty of small pores in carbon or/and silica pore walls. Ordered mesoporous carbons can then be obtained with large pore sizes of approximately 6.7 nm, pore volumes of approximately 2.0 cm(3)/g, and high surface areas of approximately 2470 m(2)/g. The pore structures and textures can be controlled by varying the sizes and polymerization degrees of two constituent precursors. Accordingly, by simply tuning the aging time of TEOS, ordered mesoporous carbons with evident bimodal pores at 2.6 and 5.8 nm can be synthesized. PMID:16939291

  16. Assembly, crystal structure, and luminescent properties of three-dimensional (10,3)-a netted rare earth coordination polymers

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    2008-01-01

    Solid complexes [REL(NO3)3]n with novel (10,3)-a type three-dimensional networks structure have been assembled using rare earth nitrates and an amide type semirigid tripodal bridging ligand, 1,3,5-tris {[(2′-benzylaminoformyl)phenoxyl]methyl}benzene (L), as building blocks. The complexes were crys- tallized in the orthorhombic system with chiral space group P212121. The whole structure consists of an infinite array of trigonal RE(III) ions bridged by tridentate ligands, and a novel (10,3)-a net is formed, which is very uncommon in the rare earth complexes. At room temperature, the Sm(III), Eu(III), Tb(III), Dy(III) complexes all exhibited characteristic luminescence emissions of central metal ions under UV light excitation.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of polymer/nanoclay hybrid ultrathin multilayer film by spin self-assembly method

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    We have prepared ultrathin multilayer nanostructural films by a layer-by-layer spin self-assembly method using poly (p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV)/layered silicate and characterized them by contact angle measurement, surface dying technique, UV/Vis spectroscopy, photoluminescent (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray reflectivity (XRR), and model-fitting. The hybrid ultrathin multilayer film was stepwisely deposited using the electrostatic forces between the cationic PPV precursor and the negatively charged surface of layered silicate, and finally thermally converted to (PPV/Laponite RD)n film. The surface coverage of the PPV precursor onto layered silicate and vice versa could be clearly observed using the contact angle measurement and surface dying technique. The continuous increase of UV/Vis absorbance and PL intensity of the films with each bilayer demonstrated the regular and reproducible deposition of this system, and the Kiessig fringes and Bragg peaks in XRR spectra indicated the well-ordered internal structure

  18. Light-triggered self-construction of supramolecular organic nanowires as metallic interconnects

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    Faramarzi, Vina; Niess, Frédéric; Moulin, Emilie; Maaloum, Mounir; Dayen, Jean-François; Beaufrand, Jean-Baptiste; Zanettini, Silvia; Doudin, Bernard; Giuseppone, Nicolas

    2012-06-01

    The construction of soft and processable organic material able to display metallic conduction properties—a large density of freely moving charges—is a major challenge for electronics. Films of doped conjugated polymers are widely used as semiconductor devices, but metallic-type transport in the bulk of such materials remains extremely rare. On the other hand, single-walled carbon nanotubes can exhibit remarkably low contact resistances with related large currents, but are intrinsically very difficult to isolate and process. Here, we describe the self-assembly of supramolecular organic nanowires between two metallic electrodes, from a solution of triarylamine derivative, under the simultaneous action of light and electric field triggers. They exhibit a combination of large conductivity values (>5 × 103 S m-1) and a low interface resistance (<2 × 10-4 Ω m). Moreover, the resistance of nanowires in series with metal interfaces systematically decreases when the temperature is lowered to 1.5 K, revealing an intrinsic metallic behaviour.

  19. Secondary ligand-directed assembly of Co(II) coordination polymers based on a pyridine carboxylate ligand

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    Cao, Ke-Li; Zhang, Yi-Ping; Cai, Yi-Ni; Xu, Xiao-Wei; Feng, Yun-Long, E-mail: sky37@zjnu.cn

    2014-07-01

    To investigate the influence of hydrogen bonds and secondary ligands on the structures and properties of the resulting frameworks, five new Co(II) compounds have been synthesized by the reactions of Co(II) salts and 3,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethoxy)benzoic acid (HL) with four rationally selected dicarboxylic acid ligands. Without secondary ligand, we got one compound [CoL{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n}·2nH{sub 2}O (1), which possesses a 1D chain structure. In the presence of ancillary ligands, namely, 1,3-adamantanedicarboxylic acid (H{sub 2}adbc), terephthalic acid (H{sub 2}tpa), thiophene-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (H{sub 2}tdc) and 1,4-benzenedithioacetic acid (H{sub 2}bdtc), four 3D structures [Co{sub 2}L{sub 2}(adbc)]{sub n}·nH{sub 2}O (2), [Co{sub 2}L{sub 2}(tpa)]{sub n} (3), [Co{sub 2}L{sub 2}(tdc)]{sub n} (4), [Co{sub 2}L{sub 2}(bdtc)(H{sub 2}O)]{sub n} (5) were obtained, respectively. It can be observed from the architectures of 1–5 that hydrogen bonds and secondary ligands both have great effects on the spatial connective fashions, resulting in the formation of various dimensional compounds. The XRPD, TGA data of title polymers and the magnetic properties for 2 and 5 have also been investigated. - Graphical abstract: The structural differences show that the ancillary ligands have great effects on the spatial connective fashions, resulting in the formation of various dimensional compounds. - Highlights: • Five new Co(II) coordination polymers have been synthesized by solvothermal reactions based on 3,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethoxy)benzoic acid (HL). • The long-flexible ligand (HL) is a good candidate to produce interpenetrating architectures. • The secondary dicarboxylic acid ligands play important roles in the spatial connective fashions and the formation of various dimensional compounds. • The magnetism studies show that both 2 and 5 exhibit antiferromagnetic interactions.

  20. Facile and controllable one-step fabrication of molecularly imprinted polymer membrane by magnetic field directed self-assembly for electrochemical sensing of glutathione

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    Based on magnetic field directed self-assembly (MDSA) of the ternary Fe3O4@PANI/rGO nanocomposites, a facile and controllable molecularly imprinted electrochemical sensor (MIES) was fabricated through a one-step approach for detection of glutathione (GSH). The ternary Fe3O4@PANI/rGO nanocomposites were obtained by chemical oxidative polymerization and intercalation of Fe3O4@PANI into the graphene oxide layers via π–π stacking interaction, followed by reduction of graphene oxide in the presence of hydrazine hydrate. In molecular imprinting process, the pre-polymers, including GSH as template molecule, Fe3O4@PANI/rGO nanocomposites as functional monomers and pyrrole as both cross-linker and co-monomer, was assembled through N–H hydrogen bonds and the electrostatic interaction, and then was rapidly oriented onto the surface of MGCE under the magnetic field induction. Subsequently, the electrochemical GSH sensor was formed by electropolymerization. In this work, the ternary Fe3O4@PANI/rGO nanocomposites could not only provide available functionalized sites in the matrix to form hydrogen bond and electrostatic interaction with GSH, but also afford a promoting network for electron transfer. Moreover, the biomimetic sensing membrane could be controlled more conveniently and effectively by adjusting the magnetic field strength. The as-prepared controllable sensor showed good stability and reproducibility for the determination of GSH with the detection limit reaching 3 nmol L−1 (S/N = 3). In addition, the highly sensitive and selective biomimetic sensor has been successfully used for the clinical determination of GSH in biological samples. - Highlights: • The ternary composites exhibited great conductivity and electrocatalytical activity. • By magnetic field induction, the orderly film was fabricated on the surface of MGCE. • The microstructure of the sensing membrane could be controlled more conveniently. • The sensor was applied for rapid and direct

  1. Control of photon transport properties in nanocomposite nanowires

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    Moffa, M.; Fasano, V.; A. Camposeo; Persano, L; D. Pisignano

    2016-01-01

    Active nanowires and nanofibers can be realized by the electric-field induced stretching of polymer solutions with sufficient molecular entanglements. The resulting nanomaterials are attracting an increasing attention in view of their application in a wide variety of fields, including optoelectronics, photonics, energy harvesting, nanoelectronics, and microelectromechanical systems. Realizing nanocomposite nanofibers is especially interesting in this respect. In particular, methods suitable f...

  2. Secondary ligand-directed assembly of Co(II) coordination polymers based on a pyridine carboxylate ligand

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    Cao, Ke-Li; Zhang, Yi-Ping; Cai, Yi-Ni; Xu, Xiao-Wei; Feng, Yun-Long

    2014-07-01

    To investigate the influence of hydrogen bonds and secondary ligands on the structures and properties of the resulting frameworks, five new Co(II) compounds have been synthesized by the reactions of Co(II) salts and 3,5-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethoxy)benzoic acid (HL) with four rationally selected dicarboxylic acid ligands. Without secondary ligand, we got one compound [CoL2(H2O)2]n·2nH2O (1), which possesses a 1D chain structure. In the presence of ancillary ligands, namely, 1,3-adamantanedicarboxylic acid (H2adbc), terephthalic acid (H2tpa), thiophene-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (H2tdc) and 1,4-benzenedithioacetic acid (H2bdtc), four 3D structures [Co2L2(adbc)]n·nH2O (2), [Co2L2(tpa)]n (3), [Co2L2(tdc)]n (4), [Co2L2(bdtc)(H2O)]n (5) were obtained, respectively. It can be observed from the architectures of 1-5 that hydrogen bonds and secondary ligands both have great effects on the spatial connective fashions, resulting in the formation of various dimensional compounds. The XRPD, TGA data of title polymers and the magnetic properties for 2 and 5 have also been investigated.

  3. Formation of fractals by the self-assembly of interpolymer adducts of polymethacrylic acid with complementary polymers in aqueous solution

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    Kandhasamy Durai Murugan; Arlin Jose Amali; Paramasivam Natarajan

    2012-03-01

    Interpolymer adducts of poly(methacrylic acid), (PMAA), with poly(vinylpyrrolidone) in presence of sodium chloride or potassium chloride form highly ordered fractal patterns in films on glass surface on drying at ambient temperature. The structure, morphology and the conditions under which the formation of fractal patterns occurs were investigated by SEM, EDX and confocal microscopic techniques. Self-organization of PMAA with complementary polymers such as poly(vinylpyrrolidone) is well-known and in the presence of sodium chloride formation of the fractals in films of the adducts is a novel observation. Fractal formation occurs due to the aggregation of interpolymer adducts. The composition of the fractals in the film is studied by EDX and confocal microscopic images of the fluorophores covalently bound to PMAA. In presence of salts, sodium chloride or potassium chloride, micellar like entities of 80 nm size were formed which further aggregate to form fractal patterns. It is suggested that the fractals result from the interpolymer adduct by Diffusion Limited Aggregation mechanism.

  4. Assembly of three new POM-based Ag(I) coordination polymers with antibacterial and photocatalytic properties

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    Lu, Xin-Xin; Luo, Yu-Hui; Lu, Chen; Chen, Xin; Zhang, Hong

    2015-12-01

    Three new silver coordination polymers, namely, {Ag3(bpy)6[PW12O40]} (1), {Ag5(H2biim)2(Hbiim-NO2)2[PW12O40]} (2), {Ag7(pytz)4[PW12O40]} (3) (bpy=2,2‧-bipyridine, H2biim=2,2‧-biimidazole, pytz=4-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)pyridine), have been synthesized under hydrothermal condition. Compound 1 shows a 3D supramolecular framework based on 0D moieties. Compound 2 exhibits an attractive 2D biologic screw axis. Compound 3 displays a 3D structure, which consists of Ag(I)···π interactions, π···π stacking and weak Ag···Ag interactions. It is noteworthy that nitration happens to compound 2 during the hydrothermal condition, which is quite rare. Through contrasting the antibacterial activities of gram negative and gram positive bacteria, we find compounds 1-3 have better antibacterial property in gram negative bacteria than gram positive bacteria. In addition, compounds 1-3 also exhibit efficiency of photocatalytic decomposition of organic dyes. Those compounds may be used as potential multifunctional materials in wastewater treatment, because they not only can kill bacteria but also degrade organic pollutants.

  5. An organosilane self-assembled monolayer incorporated into polymer solar cells enabling interfacial coherence to improve charge transport.

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    Li, Zhiqi; Zhang, Xinyuan; Zhang, Zhihui; Li, Shujun; Liu, Chunyu; Shen, Liang; Guo, Wenbin; Ruan, Shengping

    2016-06-21

    The reproducible silylation of titanium oxide (TiO2) with small molecular (dichloromethyl) dimethylchlorosilane (DCS) as the cathode buffer layer was developed to improve electron extraction. Through incorporating the DCS capping layer into polymer solar cells (PSCs), the interfacial coherence of devices could be enhanced, leading to a shift in nanocrystallite size and a smaller internal charge transport resistance. Furthermore, a TiO2/DCS combined interfacial layer could serve as both an exciton dissociation center and a charge transfer channel, which results in a reduction in the energy barrier and electron loss, improving hole-blocking and surface-state passivation in the TiO2 interfacial layer. The Kelvin probe measurements demonstrate that the employment of the DCS nanolayer decreases conduction band energy of TiO2via forming a dipole layer at the interface of TiO2 and the DCS nanolayer, which tunes the work-function of the device and ulteriorly enhances charge carrier transfer between the electrode and the active layer. As a result, the photocurrent and the fill factor of the PSCs are both increased, resulting in an increased power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.959%. PMID:27242077

  6. Assembly and Crystal Structure of a Novel 1-D Coordination Polymer of Copper(Ⅱ) with Thiocyanate and 4-Cyanopyridine

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    LI,Xiu-Yan(李秀艳); WANG,Ping(王平); WANG,Zhe-Ming(王哲明); YAN,Chun-Hua(严纯华); ZHANG,Li-Dan(张丽丹); GUO,Hong-You(郭洪猷)

    2002-01-01

    A novel one-dimensional coordination polymer, Catena-poly [bis(4-cyano-pyridyl) copper(Ⅱ)-di-thiocyanate ], 1∞[CuⅡ-(cypy)2(μN,s-SCN)2] (cypy=4-cyano-pyridyl), was synthe sized in a solution reaction of Cu(NO3)2@3H2O, 4-cyano-pyri dine and KSCN in mole ratio of 1:2:2 at room temperature.Its crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal belongs to monoclinic crystal system,space group P21/c with cell parameters a = 1.0719(2), b =1.8441(4), c =0.9144(2) nm, β= 110.49(3)° and Z=4. Afull-matrix least-squares refinement gave Ri = 0. 0393 and wR2 = 0. 0916 for 1554 reflections having Ⅰ> 2σ (Ⅰ). The crystal is thermally stable up to approximately 170 ℃.

  7. Nanowires for energy generation

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    As a result of their morphology, nanowires bring new properties and the promise of performance for a range of electronic devices. This review looks into the properties of nanowires and the multiple ways in which they have been exploited for energy generation, from photovoltaics to piezoelectric generators. (paper)

  8. Nanowire Photovoltaic Devices

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    Forbes, David

    2015-01-01

    Firefly Technologies, in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, developed synthesis methods for highly strained nanowires. Two synthesis routes resulted in successful nanowire epitaxy: direct nucleation and growth on the substrate and a novel selective-epitaxy route based on nanolithography using diblock copolymers. The indium-arsenide (InAs) nanowires are implemented in situ within the epitaxy environment-a significant innovation relative to conventional semiconductor nanowire generation using ex situ gold nanoparticles. The introduction of these nanoscale features may enable an intermediate band solar cell while simultaneously increasing the effective absorption volume that can otherwise limit short-circuit current generated by thin quantized layers. The use of nanowires for photovoltaics decouples the absorption process from the current extraction process by virtue of the high aspect ratio. While no functional solar cells resulted from this effort, considerable fundamental understanding of the nanowire epitaxy kinetics and nanopatterning process was developed. This approach could, in principle, be an enabling technology for heterointegration of dissimilar materials. The technology also is applicable to virtual substrates. Incorporating nanowires onto a recrystallized germanium/metal foil substrate would potentially solve the problem of grain boundary shunting of generated carriers by restricting the cross-sectional area of the nanowire (tens of nanometers in diameter) to sizes smaller than the recrystallized grains (0.5 to 1 micron(exp 2).

  9. Metallic nanowire networks

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    Song, Yujiang; Shelnutt, John A.

    2012-11-06

    A metallic nanowire network synthesized using chemical reduction of a metal ion source by a reducing agent in the presence of a soft template comprising a tubular inverse micellar network. The network of interconnected polycrystalline nanowires has a very high surface-area/volume ratio, which makes it highly suitable for use in catalytic applications.

  10. Self-assembled nanogaps for molecular electronics

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    Tang, Qingxin; Tong, Yanhong; Jain, Titoo;

    2009-01-01

    A nanogap for molecular devices was realized using solution-based self-assembly. Gold nanorods were assembled to gold nanoparticle-coated conducting SnO2:Sb nanowires via thiol end-capped oligo(phenylenevinylene)s (OPVs). The molecular gap was easily created by the rigid molecule itself during se...

  11. Fabrication of nickel and gold nanowires by controlled electrodeposition on deoxyribonucleic acid molecules

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    Magnetic and electrical nanowires are two important materials in the development of futuristic nanoelectronics, data storage media and nanosensors. Ni and Au nanowires with a diameter of a few tens of nanometres have been fabricated using deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules as a template through nanoparticle-controlled electroless deposition (ELD). Nanowire precursors, 1-3 nm Pt(0)-DNA and 1.4 nm Au(0)-DNA, were assembled using two different methods. Chemical reduction was used to deposit Pt(0) particles on DNA which catalyzed Ni nanowire growth. Positively charged Au nanoparticles were directly assembled on phosphate groups of DNA which were stretched and anchored between micrometre-spaced electrodes. Electrical measurement has shown that Au nanowires, catalyzed by Au(0)-DNA in a subsequent ELD, are highly conductive and show linear I-V characteristics. The major factors for the resistivity of nanowires were discussed in detail. This work involves important aspects in the field of DNA-based self-assembly, such as DNA and surface interaction, DNA nanoparticle assembly and electrical property of fabricated nanowires.

  12. Semiconductor nanowire lasers

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    Eaton, Samuel W.; Fu, Anthony; Wong, Andrew B.; Ning, Cun-Zheng; Yang, Peidong

    2016-06-01

    The discovery and continued development of the laser has revolutionized both science and industry. The advent of miniaturized, semiconductor lasers has made this technology an integral part of everyday life. Exciting research continues with a new focus on nanowire lasers because of their great potential in the field of optoelectronics. In this Review, we explore the latest advancements in the development of nanowire lasers and offer our perspective on future improvements and trends. We discuss fundamental material considerations and the latest, most effective materials for nanowire lasers. A discussion of novel cavity designs and amplification methods is followed by some of the latest work on surface plasmon polariton nanowire lasers. Finally, exciting new reports of electrically pumped nanowire lasers with the potential for integrated optoelectronic applications are described.

  13. Light-controlled drug releasing polymer films combining LbL self-assembly and host-guest interactions

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    J. Li

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available By combining LbL (layer-by-layer self-assembly approach and host-guest interactions, a unique multilayer film was constructed and employed for a light-controlled drug release system. The drug molecules can be loaded and released into the resulting polyelectrolyte multilayers containing azobenzene (Azo function groups by using the irradiation of visible light and UV light alternately. The photo-sensitivity of the multilayer films was studied through UV-vis spectrum, fluorescence spectrum and confocal microscopy. The target molecules could be rapidly released from the multilayers after 300 W UV light irradiation for 20 minutes. Moreover, they could be readsorbed into the multilayers uniformly when illuminated under the 300 W visible light for 10 minutes confirmed by the observation of confocal microscopy, and the readsorption ratio exceeds 100% evidenced from UV–vis spectroscopy. After several cycles of the above-mentioned process, the multilayer films show good fatigue resistance. All these results indicate the photo-sensitivity and high-efficiency of the multilayer films, which have great potential in controlled drug delivery platform and biomedical applications.

  14. Sensitivity control of optical fiber biosensors utilizing turnaround point long period gratings with self-assembled polymer coatings

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    Gifford, Erika; Wang, Z.; Ramachandran, S.; Heflin, J. R.

    2007-09-01

    Ionic self-assembled multilayers (ISAMs) adsorbed on long period fiber gratings (LPGs) can serve as an inexpensive, robust, portable, biosensor platform. The ISAM technique is a layer-by-layer deposition technique that creates thin films on the nanoscale level. The combination of ISAMs with LPGs yields exceptional sensitivity of the optical fiber transmission spectrum. We have shown theoretically that the resonant wavelength shift for a thin-film coated LPG can be caused by the variation of the film's refractive index and/or the variation of the thickness of the film. We have experimentally demonstrated that the deposition of nm-thick ISAM films on LPGs induces shifts in the resonant wavelength of > 1.6 nm per nm of thin film. It has also been shown that the sensitivity of the LPG to the thickness of the ISAM film increases with increased film thickness. We have further demonstrated that ISAM-coated LPGs can function effectively as biosensors by using the biotin-streptavidin system and by using the Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax) antibody- PA (Protective Antigen) system. Experiments have been successfully performed in both air and solution, which illustrates the versatility of the biosensor. The results confirm that ISAM-LPGs yield a reusable, thermally-stable, and robust platform for designing and building efficient optical biosensors.

  15. Three luminescent d10 metal coordination polymers assembled from a semirigid V-shaped ligand with high selective detecting of Cu2+ ion and nitrobenzene

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    Wu, Wei-Ping; Liu, Ping; Liang, Yu-Tong; Cui, Lin; Xi, Zheng-Ping; Wang, Yao-Yu

    2015-08-01

    Three 2D luminescent coordination polymers with helical frameworks, [ZnL2]n (1) and {[ML2]·(H2O)}n (M=Zn (2), Cd (3)) (HL=4-((2-methyl-1 H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl)benzoic acid), have been assembled under hydro(solvo)thermal conditions. Complex 1 is in chiral space group and displays a rare 2D→2D 2-fold parallel interpenetrated layer network with two types of chiral double helixes. Interestingly, the single crystal structure analyses indicate the coexistence of enantiomers la and 1b in one pot, while the bulk crystallization of 1 are racemic mixtures based on the CD measurement. 2 and 3 are isostructural, in the structure, there are two kinds of 2D chiral helical-layers which stack in an -ABAB- sequence leading to the overall structure are mesomer and achiral. All compounds display intense luminescence in solid state at room temperature with high chemical and thermal stability. More importantly, 1 has been successfully applied in the detection of Cu2+ ions in aqueous media and nitrobenzene and the probable detecting mechanism was also discussed.

  16. Preparation and Preliminary Dielectric Characterization of Structured C60-Thiol-Ene Polymer Nanocomposites Assembled Using the Thiol-Ene Click Reaction

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    Hanaa M. Ahmed

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Fullerene-containing materials have the ability to store and release electrical energy. Therefore, fullerenes may ultimately find use in high-voltage equipment devices or as super capacitors for high electric energy storage due to this ease of manipulating their excellent dielectric properties and their high volume resistivity. A series of structured fullerene (C60 polymer nanocomposites were assembled using the thiol-ene click reaction, between alkyl thiols and allyl functionalized C60 derivatives. The resulting high-density C60-urethane-thiol-ene (C60-Thiol-Ene networks possessed excellent mechanical properties. These novel networks were characterized using standard techniques, including infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA, and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA. The dielectric spectra for the prepared samples were determined over a broad frequency range at room temperature using a broadband dielectric spectrometer and a semiconductor characterization system. The changes in thermo-mechanical and electrical properties of these novel fullerene-thiol-ene composite films were measured as a function of the C60 content, and samples characterized by high dielectric permittivity and low dielectric loss were produced. In this process, variations in chemical composition of the networks were correlated to performance characteristics.

  17. Self-assembled structures of 1,3:2,4-di(3,4-dimethylbenzylidene) sorbitol in hydrophobic polymer matrices prepared using different heat treatments

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    Lai, Wei-Chi, E-mail: wclai@mail.tku.edu.tw; Tseng, Shen-Jhen; Huang, Po-Hsun [Tamkang University, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering (China)

    2015-11-15

    We report a method for tuning the nanoarchitectures of 1,3:2,4-di(3,4-dimethylbenzylidene) sorbitol (DMDBS) with poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer matrices. Hydrophobic PVDF facilitated the formation of nanofibrils during heating. The self-assembly behaviors of DMDBS were further tuned by altering the different heat treatments. When the samples were prepared with a rapid heating rate (shorter annealing time), smaller amounts of melted PVDF were excluded due to the shorter time for aggregation of DMDBS, leading to larger complex structures of DMDBS and PVDF. Therefore, longer and thicker nanofibrils (around 100 nm) were observed using scanning electron microscopy. As the samples were prepared with a slow heating rate (longer annealing time), DMDBS had more time to aggregate, and therefore, larger amounts of melted PVDF were excluded. Smaller complex structures of DMDBS and PVDF caused the formation of shorter and thinner nanofibrils (around 40 nm). In addition, small-angle X-ray scattering results indicated that the longer and thicker nanofibrils were mostly excluded outside the PVDF crystalline bundles after cooling because they were too large to be easily incorporated between the PVDF crystalline lamellae. However, a large portion of the smaller and thinner nanofibrils was trapped between the crystalline lamellae after cooling due to their smaller sizes. As expected, the PVDF spherulitic morphologies were affected, but the PVDF crystalline microstructures were not significantly altered by the addition of DMDBS, as shown by the results from polarized optical microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

  18. Self-assembled structures of 1,3:2,4-di(3,4-dimethylbenzylidene) sorbitol in hydrophobic polymer matrices prepared using different heat treatments

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    We report a method for tuning the nanoarchitectures of 1,3:2,4-di(3,4-dimethylbenzylidene) sorbitol (DMDBS) with poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer matrices. Hydrophobic PVDF facilitated the formation of nanofibrils during heating. The self-assembly behaviors of DMDBS were further tuned by altering the different heat treatments. When the samples were prepared with a rapid heating rate (shorter annealing time), smaller amounts of melted PVDF were excluded due to the shorter time for aggregation of DMDBS, leading to larger complex structures of DMDBS and PVDF. Therefore, longer and thicker nanofibrils (around 100 nm) were observed using scanning electron microscopy. As the samples were prepared with a slow heating rate (longer annealing time), DMDBS had more time to aggregate, and therefore, larger amounts of melted PVDF were excluded. Smaller complex structures of DMDBS and PVDF caused the formation of shorter and thinner nanofibrils (around 40 nm). In addition, small-angle X-ray scattering results indicated that the longer and thicker nanofibrils were mostly excluded outside the PVDF crystalline bundles after cooling because they were too large to be easily incorporated between the PVDF crystalline lamellae. However, a large portion of the smaller and thinner nanofibrils was trapped between the crystalline lamellae after cooling due to their smaller sizes. As expected, the PVDF spherulitic morphologies were affected, but the PVDF crystalline microstructures were not significantly altered by the addition of DMDBS, as shown by the results from polarized optical microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

  19. Self-assembly of silver(I) coordination polymers from aminopyrimidyl derivatives and malonate acid: From 1D chain to 2D layer

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    Sun, Di; Zhang, Na; Xu, Qin-Juan; Luo, Geng-Geng; Huang, Rong-Bin; Zheng, Lan-Sun

    2010-04-01

    Two new silver(I) coordination polymers (CPs) of the formula [Ag 2(dmapym) 4(mal)·H 2O] n ( 1) and [Ag 3(apym) 3(mal)NO 3] n ( 2) (dmapym = 2-amino-4,6-dimethylprimidine, apym = 2-aminopyrimidine, H 2mal = malonate) have been synthesized by reactions of AgNO 3 and 2-aminopyrimidyl ligands with malonate under the ammoniacal condition. Both complexes have been characterized by element analysis, IR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The monodentate dmapym and tridentate mal ligands link Ag(I) ions to give complex 1 a one-dimensional (1D) H-shaped chain structure. The complex 2 is a two-dimensional (2D) double sheet structure constructed by (4, 4) single sheet. Additionally, the hydrogen-bonding and C-H⋯π interactions also direct the self-assembly of supramolecular architectures. The photoluminescence properties of the 1 and 2 were investigated in the solid state at room temperature.

  20. Polyethylene glycol-directed SnO2nanowires for enhanced gas-sensing properties

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    Yin, Ya-Xia; Jiang, Ling-Yan; Wan, Li-Jun; Li, Cong-Ju; Guo, Yu-Guo

    2011-04-01

    SnO2nanowires with lengths in the tens of micrometres range have been synthesized on a large scale via a facile polyethylene glycol-directed method at ambient temperature followed by a suitable thermal treatment of the precursor nanowires. The morphology of the precursor of the SnO2nanowires is tunable by changing the concentration of either SnCl2 or polyethylene glycol. After calcination, the resulting SnO2nanowires retain a similar shape to the precursor, but with hierarchical architecture, which can be considered as one-dimensional nanowires assembled by interconnected SnO2nanoparticles with a high surface-to-volume ratio. The SnO2nanowires are investigated with XRD, SEM, TEM, and gas sensing tests for detecting CO and H2. It is found that the present SnO2nanowires exhibit a remarkable sensitivity and low detection limit (10 ppm for H2), as well as good reproducibility and short response/recovery times, which benefit from the unique hierarchical structure with a high surface-to-volume ratio and the 3D network formed by the nanowires.SnO2nanowires with lengths in the tens of micrometres range have been synthesized on a large scale via a facile polyethylene glycol-directed method at ambient temperature followed by a suitable thermal treatment of the precursor nanowires. The morphology of the precursor of the SnO2nanowires is tunable by changing the concentration of either SnCl2 or polyethylene glycol. After calcination, the resulting SnO2nanowires retain a similar shape to the precursor, but with hierarchical architecture, which can be considered as one-dimensional nanowires assembled by interconnected SnO2nanoparticles with a high surface-to-volume ratio. The SnO2nanowires are investigated with XRD, SEM, TEM, and gas sensing tests for detecting CO and H2. It is found that the present SnO2nanowires exhibit a remarkable sensitivity and low detection limit (10 ppm for H2), as well as good reproducibility and short response/recovery times, which benefit from the

  1. Multivalent Protein Assembly Using Monovalent Self-Assembling Building Blocks

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    Katja Petkau-Milroy

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Discotic molecules, which self-assemble in water into columnar supramolecular polymers, emerged as an alternative platform for the organization of proteins. Here, a monovalent discotic decorated with one single biotin was synthesized to study the self-assembling multivalency of this system in regard to streptavidin. Next to tetravalent streptavidin, monovalent streptavidin was used to study the protein assembly along the supramolecular polymer in detail without the interference of cross-linking. Upon self-assembly of the monovalent biotinylated discotics, multivalent proteins can be assembled along the supramolecular polymer. The concentration of discotics, which influences the length of the final polymers at the same time dictates the amount of assembled proteins.

  2. Artificially modified magnetic anisotropy in interconnected nanowire networks

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    Araujo, Elsie; Encinas, Armando; Velázquez-Galván, Yenni; Martínez-Huerta, Juan Manuel; Hamoir, Gaël; Ferain, Etienne; Piraux, Luc

    2015-01-01

    Interconnected or crossed magnetic nanowire networks have been fabricated by electrodeposition into a polycarbonate template with crossed cylindrical nanopores oriented +/-30° with respect to the surface normal. Tailor-made nanoporous polymer membranes have been designed by performing a double energetic heavy ion irradiation with fixed incidence angles. The Ni and Ni/NiFe nanowire networks have been characterized by magnetometry as well as ferromagnetic resonance and compared with parallel nanowire arrays of the same diameter and density. The most interesting feature of these nanostructured materials is a significant reduction of the magnetic anisotropy when the external field is applied perpendicular and parallel to the plane of the sample. This effect is attributed to the relative orientation of the nanowire axes with the applied field. Moreover, the microwave transmission spectra of these nanowire networks display an asymmetric linewidth broadening, which may be interesting for the development of low-pass filters. Nanoporous templates made of well-defined nanochannel network constitute an interesting approach to fabricate materials with controlled anisotropy and microwave absorption properties that can be easily modified by adjusting the relative orientation of the nanochannels, pore sizes and material composition along the length of the nanowire.

  3. Modifications in optical and electrical properties of selenium nanowire arrays using ion beam irradiation

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    In the present paper, 80 MeV Si7+ ion beam-induced changes in selenium nanowire arrays, fabricated on copper substrates, have been examined. The nanowire arrays were electrodeposited into polymer membranes using template method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy have been used to study the ion-induced effects in fabricated nanowire arrays. The XRD and FESEM results confirmed the formation of selenium nanowire arrays with trigonal structures. An intensity variation in the XRD peaks is observed for irradiated nanowires at different ion fluences. The band gap energy of the irradiated nanowire arrays was found to reduce compared with the pristine case. The irradiation of semiconducting selenium nanowires enhances the electrical conductivity. The current-voltage characterizations also confirm an enhancement in electrical conductivity of selenium nanowire arrays with an increase in ion fluence. This study is anticipated to greatly facilitate the design and development of nanodevices-based semiconductor nanowires which can be utilized even in the harsh environment. (orig.)

  4. Modifications in optical and electrical properties of selenium nanowire arrays using ion beam irradiation

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    Kumar, Narinder [Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Department of Physics, Sirsa (India); Haryana College of Technology and Management, Department of Physics, Kaithal (India); Kumar, Rajesh [RN College of Engineering and Technology, Department of Physics, Madlauda (India); Kumar, Sushil [Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Department of Physics, Sirsa (India); Chakarvarti, S.K. [Manav Rachana International University, Research and Development, Faridabad (India)

    2015-11-15

    In the present paper, 80 MeV Si{sup 7+} ion beam-induced changes in selenium nanowire arrays, fabricated on copper substrates, have been examined. The nanowire arrays were electrodeposited into polymer membranes using template method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy have been used to study the ion-induced effects in fabricated nanowire arrays. The XRD and FESEM results confirmed the formation of selenium nanowire arrays with trigonal structures. An intensity variation in the XRD peaks is observed for irradiated nanowires at different ion fluences. The band gap energy of the irradiated nanowire arrays was found to reduce compared with the pristine case. The irradiation of semiconducting selenium nanowires enhances the electrical conductivity. The current-voltage characterizations also confirm an enhancement in electrical conductivity of selenium nanowire arrays with an increase in ion fluence. This study is anticipated to greatly facilitate the design and development of nanodevices-based semiconductor nanowires which can be utilized even in the harsh environment. (orig.)

  5. Room temperature negative differential resistance in molecular nanowires

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    Kratochvílová, Irena; Kočiřík, Milan; Zambova, A.; Mbindyo, J.; Mallouk, T. E.; Mayer, T. S.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 12, - (2002), s. 2927-2930. ISSN 0959-9428 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1040101 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Keywords : nanowires * negative differential resistance * electric-field assembly Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.683, year: 2002

  6. Three-dimensional GaN/AlN nanowire heterostructures by separating nucleation and growth processes.

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    Carnevale, Santino D; Yang, Jing; Phillips, Patrick J; Mills, Michael J; Myers, Roberto C

    2011-02-01

    Bottom-up nanostructure assembly has been a central theme of materials synthesis over the past few decades. Semiconductor quantum dots and nanowires provide additional degrees of freedom for charge confinement, strain engineering, and surface sensitivity-properties that are useful to a wide range of solid state optical and electronic technologies. A central challenge is to understand and manipulate nanostructure assembly to reproducibly generate emergent structures with the desired properties. However, progress is hampered due to the interdependence of nucleation and growth phenomena. Here we show that by dynamically adjusting the growth kinetics, it is possible to separate the nucleation and growth processes in spontaneously formed GaN nanowires using a two-step molecular beam epitaxy technique. First, a growth phase diagram for these nanowires is systematically developed, which allows for control of nanowire density over three orders of magnitude. Next, we show that by first nucleating nanowires at a low temperature and then growing them at a higher temperature, height and density can be independently selected while maintaining the target density over long growth times. GaN nanowires prepared using this two-step procedure are overgrown with three-dimensionally layered and topologically complex heterostructures of (GaN/AlN). By adjusting the growth temperature in the second growth step either vertical or coaxial nanowire superlattices can be formed. These results indicate that a two-step method allows access to a variety of kinetics at which nanowire nucleation and adatom mobility are adjustable. PMID:21265558

  7. Self-assembled functional molecular materials for optoelectronic applications

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    Kwok, CC; W. Lu; Che, CM

    2008-01-01

    There has been a growing interest to develop functional organic and organometallic materials in nano-scale by self assembly reactions as these materials could have unique electronic properties and applications. We have found that functionalized organometallic nano-wires which the formations are directed by weak Pt⋯Pt interactions along the dimension of the aggregates can be readily obtained by self-assembly reactions. These platinum(II) nano-wires exhibit interesting photophysical properties,...

  8. Programmability of nanowire networks

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    Bellew, A. T.; Bell, A. P.; McCarthy, E. K.; Fairfield, J. A.; Boland, J. J.

    2014-07-01

    Electrical connectivity in networks of nanoscale junctions must be better understood if nanowire devices are to be scaled up from single wires to functional material systems. We show that the natural connectivity behaviour found in random nanowire networks presents a new paradigm for creating multi-functional, programmable materials. In devices made from networks of Ni/NiO core-shell nanowires at different length scales, we discover the emergence of distinct behavioural regimes when networks are electrically stressed. We show that a small network, with few nanowire-nanowire junctions, acts as a unipolar resistive switch, demonstrating very high ON/OFF current ratios (>105). However, large networks of nanowires distribute an applied bias across a large number of junctions, and thus respond not by switching but instead by evolving connectivity. We demonstrate that these emergent properties lead to fault-tolerant materials whose resistance may be tuned, and which are capable of adaptively reconfiguring under stress. By combining these two behavioural regimes, we demonstrate that the same nanowire network may be programmed to act both as a metallic interconnect, and a resistive switch device with high ON/OFF ratio. These results enable the fabrication of programmable, multi-functional materials from random nanowire networks.Electrical connectivity in networks of nanoscale junctions must be better understood if nanowire devices are to be scaled up from single wires to functional material systems. We show that the natural connectivity behaviour found in random nanowire networks presents a new paradigm for creating multi-functional, programmable materials. In devices made from networks of Ni/NiO core-shell nanowires at different length scales, we discover the emergence of distinct behavioural regimes when networks are electrically stressed. We show that a small network, with few nanowire-nanowire junctions, acts as a unipolar resistive switch, demonstrating very high ON

  9. Facile and controllable one-step fabrication of molecularly imprinted polymer membrane by magnetic field directed self-assembly for electrochemical sensing of glutathione

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    Zhu, Wanying; Jiang, Guoyi; Xu, Lei; Li, Bingzhi; Cai, Qizhi; Jiang, Huijun; Zhou, Xuemin, E-mail: xueminzhou001_001@hotmail.com

    2015-07-30

    Based on magnetic field directed self-assembly (MDSA) of the ternary Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@PANI/rGO nanocomposites, a facile and controllable molecularly imprinted electrochemical sensor (MIES) was fabricated through a one-step approach for detection of glutathione (GSH). The ternary Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@PANI/rGO nanocomposites were obtained by chemical oxidative polymerization and intercalation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@PANI into the graphene oxide layers via π–π stacking interaction, followed by reduction of graphene oxide in the presence of hydrazine hydrate. In molecular imprinting process, the pre-polymers, including GSH as template molecule, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@PANI/rGO nanocomposites as functional monomers and pyrrole as both cross-linker and co-monomer, was assembled through N–H hydrogen bonds and the electrostatic interaction, and then was rapidly oriented onto the surface of MGCE under the magnetic field induction. Subsequently, the electrochemical GSH sensor was formed by electropolymerization. In this work, the ternary Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@PANI/rGO nanocomposites could not only provide available functionalized sites in the matrix to form hydrogen bond and electrostatic interaction with GSH, but also afford a promoting network for electron transfer. Moreover, the biomimetic sensing membrane could be controlled more conveniently and effectively by adjusting the magnetic field strength. The as-prepared controllable sensor showed good stability and reproducibility for the determination of GSH with the detection limit reaching 3 nmol L{sup −1} (S/N = 3). In addition, the highly sensitive and selective biomimetic sensor has been successfully used for the clinical determination of GSH in biological samples. - Highlights: • The ternary composites exhibited great conductivity and electrocatalytical activity. • By magnetic field induction, the orderly film was fabricated on the surface of MGCE. • The microstructure of the sensing membrane could be controlled

  10. Supramolecular polymers in inhomogeneous systems

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    Zweistra, H.J.A.

    2007-01-01

    This thesis describes theoretical results of supramolecular polymers in inhomogeneous systems. Supramolecular polymers are linear assemblies of which the monomers are joined by reversible bonds. Many types of supramolecular polymers have been synthesized in recent years. Moreover, there are numerous compounds in nature which exhibit similar behavior. Simulations of coarse-grained models of supramolecular polymers yielded new insights into the properties of supramolecular polymers in inhomogen...

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of electrodeposited Cobalt nanowire arrays

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    Sharma, S.; Barman, A.; Sharma, M.; Shelford, L. R.; Kruglyak, V. V.; Hicken, R. J.

    2009-10-01

    Ordered magnetic nanowires have tremendous potential in future magnetic storage and high frequency magnetic logic devices. Here, we present the fabrication of ordered arrays of Cobalt nanowires by electrodeposition through porous polycarbonate membranes. Vertically and horizontally aligned nanowires were produced in presence of an external bias field during post deposition etching of the polycarbonate membrane. Structural and compositional analyses have been carried out to establish the material and structural purity. The magneto-optical Kerr effect was employed to measure the magnetic hysteresis loops for the nanowires assembled in the substrate plane. A good magneto-optical signal to noise ratio is observed with clean ferromagnetic hysteresis loops. The loops measured with external magnetic field applied parallel and perpendicular to the axis of the nanowires show a clear difference in the shape and the coercive field, indicating the effect of shape anisotropy in these samples. Micromagnetic simulations were performed to understand the experimental results and to obtain insight to the magnetization reversal mechanism in magnetic nanowires.

  12. Sn-seeded GaAs nanowires grown by MOVPE

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    Sun, Rong; Vainorius, Neimantas; Jacobsson, Daniel; Pistol, Mats-Erik; Lehmann, Sebastian; Dick, Kimberly A.

    2016-05-01

    It has previously been reported that in situ formed Sn nanoparticles can successfully initiate GaAs nanowire growth with a self-assembled radial p–n junction composed of a Sn-doped n-type core and a C-doped p-type shell. In this paper, we investigate the effect of fundamental growth parameters on the morphology and crystal structure of Sn-seeded GaAs nanowires. We show that growth can be achieved in a broad temperature window by changing the TMGa precursor flow simultaneously with decreasing temperature to prevent nanowire kinking at low temperatures. We find that changes in the supply of both AsH3 and TMGa can lead to nanowire kinking and that the formation of twin planes is closely related to a low V/III ratio. From PL results, we observe an increase of the average luminescence energy induced by heavy doping which shifts the Fermi level into the conduction band. Furthermore, the doping level of Sn and C is dependent on both the temperature and the V/III ratio. These results indicate that using Sn as the seed particle for nanowire growth is quite different from traditionally used Au in for example growth conditions and resulting nanowire properties. Thus, it is very interesting to explore alternative metal seed particles with controllable introduction of other impurities.

  13. Production of semiconducting gold-DNA nanowires by application of DC bias

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    Joshi, Rakesh K; Joshi, Nidhi; Alwarappan, Subbiah; Kumar, Ashok [Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Research Center, University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); West, Leigh [Florida Center of Excellence for Biomolecular Identification and Targeted Therapeutics, University of South Florida, 3720 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 324, Tampa, FL 33612 (United States); Kumar, Amrita, E-mail: joshi@usf.edu, E-mail: kumar@usf.edu [Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322 (United States)

    2010-05-07

    There is considerable interest in using DNA nanowires or nanotubes in a wide variety of bioelectronic applications and microcircuitry. Various methods have been developed to construct DNA nanostructures. Here, we report a novel method to construct semiconducting DNA nanowires by applying a suitable DC bias to a gold plating solution containing double-stranded DNA. The self-assembled nanowires fabricated by this method contain attached gold nanoparticles. Further, we report that the dimensions of the nanowires can be easily manipulated by altering the applied DC bias. We also confirmed the semiconducting nature of the DNA nanowires by studying their resistance-temperature behavior from 25 to 65 deg. C in a microelectrode system. These studies describe a simple process by which gold-decorated, semiconducting DNA nanowires could be created and may lead to a breakthrough in the field of self-assembly of nanometer-scale circuits. The self-assembled structures do have some similarity with tube-like structures but in the present work we are using the term 'DNA nanowires' to define the structures.

  14. Production of semiconducting gold-DNA nanowires by application of DC bias

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    There is considerable interest in using DNA nanowires or nanotubes in a wide variety of bioelectronic applications and microcircuitry. Various methods have been developed to construct DNA nanostructures. Here, we report a novel method to construct semiconducting DNA nanowires by applying a suitable DC bias to a gold plating solution containing double-stranded DNA. The self-assembled nanowires fabricated by this method contain attached gold nanoparticles. Further, we report that the dimensions of the nanowires can be easily manipulated by altering the applied DC bias. We also confirmed the semiconducting nature of the DNA nanowires by studying their resistance-temperature behavior from 25 to 65 deg. C in a microelectrode system. These studies describe a simple process by which gold-decorated, semiconducting DNA nanowires could be created and may lead to a breakthrough in the field of self-assembly of nanometer-scale circuits. The self-assembled structures do have some similarity with tube-like structures but in the present work we are using the term 'DNA nanowires' to define the structures.

  15. Synthesis and properties of Si and SiGe/Si nanowires

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    Redwing, Joan M.; Lew, Kok-Keong; Bogart, Timothy E.; Pan, Ling; Dickey, Elizabeth C.; Carim, A. H.; Wang, Yanfeng; Cabassi, Marco A.; Mayer, Theresa S.

    2004-06-01

    The fabrication of semiconductor nanowires, in which composition, size and conductivity can be controlled in both the radial and axial direction of the wire is of interest for fundamental studies of carrier confinement as well as nanoscale device development. In this study, group IV semiconductor nanowires, including Si, Ge and SixGe1-x alloy nanowires were fabricated by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth using gaseous precursors. In the VLS process, gold is used to form a liquid alloy with Si and Ge which, upon supersaturation, precipitates a semiconductor nanowire. Nanoporous alumina membranes were used as templates for the VLS growth process, in order to control the diameter of the nanowires over the range from 45 nm to 200 nm. Intentional p-type and n-type doping was achieved through the addition of either trimethylboron, diborane or phosphine gas during nanowire growth. The electrical properties of undoped and intentionally doped silicon nanowires were characterized using field-assisted assembly to align and position the wires onto pre-patterned test bed structures. The depletion characteristics of back-gated nanowire structures were used to determine conductivity type and qualitatively compare dopant concentration. SiGe and SiGe/Si axial heterostructure nanowires were also prepared through the addition of germane gas during VLS growth. The Ge concentration in the wires was controllable over the range from 12 % to 25% by varying the inlet GeH4/SiH4 ratio.

  16. ZnO nanowire-based CO sensor

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    Ho, Mon-Shu; Chen, Wei-Hao; Chen, Yu-Lin; Chang, Meng-Fan

    This study applied ZnO nanowires to the fabrication of a CO gas sensor operable at room temperature. Following the deposition of a seed layer by spin coating, an aqueous solution method was used to grow ZnO nanowires. This was followed by the self-assembly of an electrode array via dielectrophoresis prior to the fabrication of the CO sensing device. The material characteristics were analyzed using FE-SEM, EDS, GIXRD, FE-TEM, and the measurement of photoluminescence (PL). Our results identified the ZnO nanowires as a single crystalline wurtzite structure. Extending the growth period from 30 min to 360 min led to an increase in the length and diameter of the nanowires. After two hours, the ZnO presented a preferred crystal orientation of [002]. Sensor chips were assembled using 60 pairs of electrodes with gaps of 2 μm, over which were lain nanowires to complete the sensing devices. The average sensing response was 48.37 s and the average recovery time was 65.61 s, with a sensing response magnitude of approximately 6.8% at room temperature.

  17. Polymersomes via Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic β-Cyclodextrin-Centered Triarm Star Polymers for Enhanced Oral Bioavailability of Water-Soluble Chemotherapeutics.

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    Hu, Mengying; Shen, Yurun; Zhang, Lu; Qiu, Liyan

    2016-03-14

    To date, improving oral bioavailability of water-soluble drugs with poor membrane permeability is still challenging. An example of this includes doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX·HCl), a widely used chemotherapeutic. We therefore developed a novel DOX·HCl-loaded polymersome (Ps-DOX·HCl) self-assembled by amphiphilic β-cyclodextrin-centered triarm star polymer (mPEG(2k)-PLA(3k))3-CD with the considerable drug loading capability. Using Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells trans-well models, it was found that the cellular uptake and absorptive transport of DOX·HCl was significantly increased and the efflux was attenuated when delivered through polymersomes than free drugs. This phenomenon was further verified in mechanistic studies, which was attributed to the change in membrane transport pathway from paracellular route (free DOX·HCl) to active transcellular transport (drug-loaded polymersomes). Moreover, in vivo pharmacokinetic studies in mice demonstrated a significant increase in the oral bioavailability of Ps-DOX·HCl compared with free DOX·HCl (7.32-fold), as well as extended half-life (8.22-fold). This resulted in a substantial anticancer efficacy against mouse sarcoma 180 (S180) tumor in vivo. The cardiotoxicity, which is intrinsically induced by DOX·HCl, and toxicity toward gastrointestinal tissues were avoided according to histological studies. These findings indicate that (mPEG(2k)-PLA(3k))3-CD copolymer displays great potential as a vehicle for the effective oral delivery of water-soluble drugs with low permeability. PMID:26840277

  18. Generating electricity from biofluid with a nanowire-based biofuel cell for self-powered nanodevices

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    Pan, Caofeng; Wu, Hui; Ahmad, Mashkoor; Luo, Zhixiang; Xie, Jianbo; Yan, Xinxu; Wu, Lihua; Zhu, Jing [Beijing National Center for Electron Microscopy, Laboratory of Advanced Materials, State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); The National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of China, Beijing 100080 (China); Fang, Ying; Li, Qiang [The National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of China, Beijing 100080 (China); Wang, Zhong Lin [School Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia 30332-0245 (United States)

    2010-12-14

    We report a nanowire-based biofuel cell based on a single proton conductive polymer nanowire for converting chemical energy from biofluids, such as glucose/blood, into electricity, with glucose oxidase and laccase as catalyst. The glucose is supplied from the biofluid, the nanowire serves as the proton conductor, and the whole cell can be realized at the nano/micrometer scale. The biofuel cell composed of a single nanowire generates an output power as high as 0.5-3 {mu}W, and it has been integrated with a set of nanowire-based sensors for performing self-powered sensing. This study shows the feasibility of building self-powered nanodevices for the biological sciences, environmental monitoring, defense technology, and even personal electronics. (Copyright copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Patterned arrays of capped platinum nanowires with quasi-elastic mechanical response to lateral force

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    In this Letter, we describe the electrodeposition of capped, micro-sized Pt nanowire arrays in ion-track etched polymer templates and measure their collective mechanical response to an external force. By using an aperture mask during the irradiation process, it was possible to restrict the creation of pores in the templates to defined areas, allowing the fabrication of small nanowire arrays in different geometries and sizes. The simultaneous and highly reliable formation of many nanowire arrays was achieved using a pulsed electrodeposition technique. After deposition, the polymer matrix was removed using a gentle, dry oxygen plasma treatment, resulting in an excellent preservation of the array nanostructure as confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. A force measuring station was set up to perform mechanical characterization series on free-standing arrays. The nanowire arrays show a high robustness and respond sensitively to the applied force, making them attractive as spring elements in miniaturized inertial sensors, for example

  20. Molecular modeling in design of polyaniline for polymer-based carbon dioxide sensor

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    X. P. Chen

    2013-01-01

    Conducting polymers are attractive chemical sensing materials due to their outstanding characteristics including low cost, room-temperature operations, easy device fabrication, high sensitivity and short response time. The new nanowires architecture, with high surface-to-volume ratio, makes possible the conducting polymers an ultra fast detection of chemical at low concentrations. Polymer-coated nanowires are thus the potential cost effective solution for the new generation gas sensors. As a ...

  1. Biofunctionalized Magnetic Nanowires

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    Kosel, Jurgen

    2013-12-19

    Magnetic nanowires can be used as an alternative method overcoming the limitations of current cancer treatments that lack specificity and are highly cytotoxic. Nanowires are developed so that they selectively attach to cancer cells via antibodies, potentially destroying them when a magnetic field induces their vibration. This will transmit a mechanical force to the targeted cells, which is expected to induce apoptosis on the cancer cells.

  2. Multishelled Gold Nanowires

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    Bilalbegovic, G.

    1999-01-01

    The current miniaturization of electronic devices raises many questions about the properties of various materials at nanometre-scales. Recent molecular dynamics computer simulations have shown that small finite nanowires of gold exist as multishelled structures of lasting stability. These classical simulations are based on a well-tested embedded atom potential. Molecular dynamics simulation studies of metallic nanowires should help in developing methods for their fabrication, such as electron...

  3. PREFACE: IUMRS-ICA 2008 Symposium, Sessions 'X. Applications of Synchrotron Radiation and Neutron Beam to Soft Matter Science' and 'Y. Frontier of Polymeric Nano-Soft-Materials - Precision Polymer Synthesis, Self-assembling and Their Functionalization'

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    Takahara, Atsushi; Kawahara, Seiichi

    2009-09-01

    Tashiro (Toyota Technological Institute) Professor Kazuo Sakurai(Kitakyushu University) Professor Keiji Tanaka (Kyushu University) Dr Sono Sasaki (JASRI/Spring-8) Professor Naoya Torikai (KENS) Professor Moonhor Ree (POSTECH) Professor Kookheon Char (Seoul National University) Professor Charles C Han (CAS) Professor Atsushi Takahara(Kyushu University) Frontier of Polymeric Nano-Soft-Materials, Precision Polymer Synthesis, Self-assembling and Their Functionalization (Symposium Y of IUMRS-ICA2008) Seiichi Kawahara, Rong-Ming Ho, Hiroshi Jinnai, Masami Kamigaito, Takashi Miyata, Hiroshi Morita, Hideyuki Otsuka, Daewon Sohn, Keiji Tanaka It is our great pleasure and honor to publish peer-reviewed papers, presented in Symposium Y 'Frontier of Polymeric Nano-Soft-Materials Precision Polymer Synthesis, Self-assembling and Their Functionalization' at the International Union of Materials Research Societies International Conference in Asia 2008 (IUMRS-ICA2008), which was held on 9-13 December 2008, at Nagoya Congress Center, Nagoya, Japan. 'Polymeric nano-soft-materials' are novel outcomes based on a recent innovative evolution in polymer science, i.e. precision polymer synthesis, self-assembling and functionalization of multi-component systems. The materials are expected to exhibit specific functions and unique properties due to their hierarchic morphologies brought either by naturally-generated ordering or by artificial manipulation of the systems, e.g., crystallization and phase-separation. The emerging precision synthesis has brought out new types of polymers with well-controlled primary structures. Furthermore, the surface and interface of the material are recognized to play an important role in the outstanding mechanical, electrical and optical properties, which are required for medical and engineering applications. In order to understand structure-property relationships in the nano-soft-materials, it is indispensable to develop novel characterization techniques. Symposium Y

  4. Magnetoelectric polymer nanocomposite for flexible electronics

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    Alnassar, M.

    2015-03-06

    This paper reports the fabrication and characterization of a new type of magnetoelectric polymer nanocomposite that exhibits excellent ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity simultaneously at room temperature. The multiferroic nanocomposite consists of high aspect ratio ferromagnetic iron nanowires embedded inside a ferroelectric co-polymer poly(vinylindene fluoride-trifluoroethylene), P(VDF-TrFE). The nanocomposite has been fabricated via a simple low temperature spin coating technique. Structural, ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, and magnetoelectric properties of the developed nanocomposite have been characterized. The nanocomposite films showed isotropic magnetic properties due to the random orientation of the iron nanowires inside the film. In addition, the embedded nanowires did not hinder the ferroelectric phase development of the nanocomposite. The developed nanocomposite showed a high magnetoelectric coupling response of 156 mV/cmOe measured at 3.1 kOe DC bias field. This value is among the highest reported magnetoelectric coupling in two phase particulate polymer nanocomposites.

  5. Nanowire structures and electrical devices

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    Bezryadin, Alexey; Remeika, Mikas

    2010-07-06

    The present invention provides structures and devices comprising conductive segments and conductance constricting segments of a nanowire, such as metallic, superconducting or semiconducting nanowire. The present invention provides structures and devices comprising conductive nanowire segments and conductance constricting nanowire segments having accurately selected phases including crystalline and amorphous states, compositions, morphologies and physical dimensions, including selected cross sectional dimensions, shapes and lengths along the length of a nanowire. Further, the present invention provides methods of processing nanowires capable of patterning a nanowire to form a plurality of conductance constricting segments having selected positions along the length of a nanowire, including conductance constricting segments having reduced cross sectional dimensions and conductance constricting segments comprising one or more insulating materials such as metal oxides.

  6. Chemical Modification of Porous Alumina for Nanowire Templating and NEXAFS Spectroscopy of Aqueous ATP

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    Kelly, Daniel Nicholas

    2010-01-01

    Part One: Chemical Modification of Porous Alumina for Nanowire Templating: A modified sol-gel technique and subsequent polymer coating technique was used to modify the size of nanowires grown via electrodeposition in porous alumina templates. The porous alumina film is initially soaked in a water-containing solution prior to exposure to a different solution of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane in toluene. The amount of water in the aqueous solution correlates with the thickness of silane coating ...

  7. Flexible White Light Emitting Diodes Based on Nitride Nanowires and Nanophosphors

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    Guan, Nan; Dai, Xing; Messanvi, Agnes; Zhang, Hezhi; Yan, Jianchang; Gautier, E.; Bougerol, Catherine; Durand, Christophe; Eymery, Joël; Tchernycheva, Maria

    2016-01-01

    International audience We report the first demonstration of a flexible white phosphor-converted light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on p-n junction core/shell nitride nanowires. GaN nanowires containing 7 radial In 0.2 Ga 0.8 N/GaN quantum wells were grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on a sapphire substrate by a catalyst-free approach. To fabricate the flexible LED, the nanowires are embedded into a phosphor-doped polymer matrix, peeled off from the growth substrate and conta...

  8. Nanostructured polymers for photonics

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    Chantal Paquet; Eugenia Kumacheva

    2008-01-01

    We review recent progress in the development of polymer nanostructured materials with periodic structures and compositions having applications in photonics and optical data storage. This review provides a brief description of the microfabrication and self-assembly methods used for the production of polymer materials with periodic structures, and highlights the properties and applications of photonic materials derived from block copolymers, colloid crystals, and microfabricated polymers. We co...

  9. Investigation of superconducting properties of nanowires prepared by template synthesis

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    Michotte, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, S.; Piraux, L.

    2003-05-01

    We report on the transport properties of single superconducting lead nanowires grown by an electrodeposition technique, embedded in a nanoporous track-etched polymer membrane. The nanowires are granular, have a uniform diameter of ~40 nm and a very large aspect ratio (~500). The diameter of the nanowires is small enough to ensure a one-dimensional superconducting regime in a wide temperature range below Tc. The non-zero resistance in the superconducting state and its variation caused by fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter were measured versus temperature, magnetic field, and applied dc current (or voltage). The current-induced breakdowns in the voltage-current characteristics may be explained by the formation of phase slip centres. Moreover, dc voltage driven measurements reveal the existence of a new S-shape behaviour near the formation of these phase slip centres.

  10. Investigation of superconducting properties of nanowires prepared by template synthesis

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    Michotte, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Piraux, L.

    2003-01-01

    We report on the transport properties of single superconducting lead nanowires grown by an electrodeposition technique, embedded in a nanoporous track-etched polymer membrane. The nanowires are granular, have a uniform diameter of ∼40 nm and a very large aspect ratio (∼500). The diameter of the...... nanowires is small enough to ensure a one-dimensional superconducting regime in a wide temperature range below T. The non-zero resistance in the superconducting state and its variation caused by fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter were measured versus temperature, magnetic field, and applied...... dc current (or voltage). The current-induced breakdowns in the voltage-current characteristics may be explained by the formation of phase slip centres. Moreover, dc voltage driven measurements reveal the existence of a new S-shape behaviour near the formation of these phase slip centres....

  11. Control of photon transport properties in nanocomposite nanowires

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    Moffa, M.; Fasano, V.; Camposeo, A.; Persano, L.; Pisignano, D.

    2016-02-01

    Active nanowires and nanofibers can be realized by the electric-field induced stretching of polymer solutions with sufficient molecular entanglements. The resulting nanomaterials are attracting an increasing attention in view of their application in a wide variety of fields, including optoelectronics, photonics, energy harvesting, nanoelectronics, and microelectromechanical systems. Realizing nanocomposite nanofibers is especially interesting in this respect. In particular, methods suitable for embedding inorganic nanocrystals in electrified jets and then in active fiber systems allow for controlling light-scattering and refractive index properties in the realized fibrous materials. We here report on the design, realization, and morphological and spectroscopic characterization of new species of active, composite nanowires and nanofibers for nanophotonics. We focus on the properties of light-confinement and photon transport along the nanowire longitudinal axis, and on how these depend on nanoparticle incorporation. Optical losses mechanisms and their influence on device design and performances are also presented and discussed.

  12. Structural and electrical characterization of hybrid metal-polypyrrole nanowires

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    Gence, L.; Faniel, S.; Gustin, C.; Melinte, S.; Bayot, V.; Callegari, V.; Reynes, O.; Demoustier-Champagne, S.

    2007-09-01

    We present here the synthesis and structural characterization of hybrid Au-polypyrrole-Au and Pt-polypyrrole-Au nanowires together with a study of their electrical properties from room temperature down to very low temperature. A careful characterization of the metal-polymer interfaces by transmission electron microscopy revealed that the structure and mechanical strength of bottom and upper interfaces are very different. Variable temperature electrical transport measurements were performed on both multiple nanowires—contained within the polycarbonate template—and single nanowires. Our data show that the three-dimensional Mott variable-range-hopping model provides a complete framework for the understanding of transport in polypyrrole nanowires, including nonlinear current-voltage characteristics and magnetotransport at low temperatures.

  13. Encapsulation of Polythiophene by Glycopolymer for Water Soluble Nano-wire

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    T Fukuda; Y Inoue; T Koga; M Matsuoka; Y Miura

    2011-12-31

    A water-soluble polythiophene (PT) was prepared by the self-assembling complex with a glycopolymer. The glycopolymer of poly(N-p-vinylbenzyl-D-lactonamide) (PVLA) formed self-assembling cylindrical structure based on the amphiphilicity even after the complexation with PT. We confirmed the improved optical functionality of PT due to the longer conjugated {pi}-orbital. It suggested that PT behaved like molecular nanowire with the self-assembled structure in the hydrophobic core of PVLA. PVLA-PT also showed specific biorecognition against corresponding lectin. These results suggested that the bioactive nanowire formation of PT with the glycopolymer was developed.

  14. Nanoparticle-mediated nonclassical crystal growth of sodium fluorosilicate nanowires and nanoplates

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    Hongxia Li

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We observed nonclassical crystal growth of the sodium fluorosilicate nanowires, nanoplates, and hierarchical structures through self-assembly and aggregation of primary intermediate nanoparticles. Unlike traditional ion-by-ion crystallization, the primary nanoparticles formed first and their subsequent self-assembly, fusion, and crystallization generated various final crystals. These findings offer direct evidences for the aggregation-based crystallization mechanism.

  15. Fabrication of transition metal-containing nanostructures via polymer templates for a multitude of applications

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    Lu, Jennifer Qing

    Nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes and semiconducting nanowires offer great technological promise due to their remarkable properties. The lack of a rational synthesis method prevents fabricating these nanostructures with desirable and consistent properties at predefined locations for device applications. In this thesis, employing polymer templates, a variety of highly ordered catalytically active transition metal nanostructures, ranging from single metallic nanoparticles of Fe, Co, Ni, Au and bimetallic nanoparticles of Ni/Fe and Co/Mo to Fe-rich silicon oxide nanodomains with uniform and tunable size and spacing have been successfully synthesized. These nanostructures have been demonstrated to be excellent catalyst systems for the synthesis of carbon nanotube and silicon nanowire. High quality, small diameter carbon nanotubes and nanowires with narrow size distribution have been successfully attained. Because these catalytically active nanostructures are uniformly distributed and do not agglomerate at the growth temperatures, uniform, high density and high quality carbon nanotube mats have been obtained. Since this polymer template approach is fully compatible with conventional top-down photolithography, lithographically selective growth of carbon nanotubes on a surface or suspended carbon nanotubes across trenches have been produced by using existing semiconductor processing. We have also shown the feasibility of producing carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires at predefined locations on a wafer format and established a wafer-level carbon nanotube based device fabrication process. The ability of the polymer template approach to control catalyst systems at the nano-, micro- and macro-scales paves a pathway for commercialization of these 1D nanostructure-enabled devices. Beside producing well-defined, highly ordered discrete catalytically active metal-containing nanostructures by the polymer template approach, Au and Ag nanotextured surfaces have also been

  16. The Novel Semiconductor Nanowire Heterostructures

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    J.Q.Hu; Y.Bando; J.H.Zhan; D.Golberg

    2007-01-01

    1 Results If one-dimensional heterostructures with a well-defined compositional profile along the wire radial or axial direction can be realized within semiconductor nanowires, new nano-electronic devices,such as nano-waveguide and nano-capcipator, might be obtained. Here,we report the novel semiconducting nanowire heterostructures:(1) Si/ZnS side-to-side biaxial nanowires and ZnS/Si/ZnS sandwich-like triaxial nanowires[1],(2) Ga-Mg3N2 and Ga-ZnS metal-semiconductor nanowire heterojunctions[2-3]and (3) ...

  17. Hydrogen Bonded Supramolecular Polymers in Both Apolar and Aqueous Media: Self-Assembly and Reversible Conversion of Vesicles and Gels%Hydrogen Bonded Supramolecular Polymers in Both Apolar and Aqueous Media: Self-Assembly and Reversible Conversion of Vesicles and Gels

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    杜平; 孔军; 王贵涛; 赵新; 李光玉; 蒋锡夔; 黎占亭

    2011-01-01

    In a preliminary letter (Tetrahedron Lett. 2010, 51, 188), we reported two new hydrazide-based quadruple hydrogen-bonding motifs, this is, two monopodal (la and lb) and five dipodal (2a, 2b and 3a--3c) aromatic hydrazide derivatives, and the formation of supramolecular polymers and vesicles from the dipodal motifs in hydrocarbons. In this paper, we present a full picture on the properties of these hydrogen-bonding motifs with an emphasis on their self-assembling behaviors in aqueous media. SEM, AFM, TEM and fluorescent micrographs indicate that all the dipodal compounds also form vesicles in polar methanol and water-methanol (up to 50% of water) mixtures. Control experiments show that lb does not form vesicles in same media. Addition of lb to the solution of the dipodal compounds inhibits the latter's capacity of forming vesicles. At high concentrations, 3b and 3c also gelate discrete solvents, including hydrocarbons, esters, methanol, and methanol-water mixture. Concentration-dependent SEM investigations reveal that the vesicles of 3b and 3c fuse to form gels and the gel of 3c can de-aggregate to form the vesicles reversibly.

  18. Measuring the specific contact resistance of contacts to semiconductor nanowires

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    Mohney, S. E.; Wang, Y.; Cabassi, M. A.; Lew, K. K.; Dey, S.; Redwing, J. M.; Mayer, T. S.

    2005-02-01

    Ohmic contacts to semiconductor nanowires are essential components of many new nanoscale electronic devices. Equations for extracting specific contact resistance (or contact resistivity) from several different test structures have been developed by modeling the metal/semiconductor contact as a transmission line, leading to the development of equations analogous to those used for planar contacts. The advantages and disadvantages of various test structures are discussed. To fabricate test structures using a convenient four-point approach, silicon nanowires have been aligned using field-assisted assembly and contacts fabricated. Finally, specific contact resistances near 5 × 10 -4 Ω cm 2 have been measured for Ti/Au contacts to p-type Si nanowires with diameters of 78 and 104 nm.

  19. Creating New VLS Silicon Nanowire Contact Geometries by Controlling Catalyst Migration

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    Alam, Sardar Bilal; Panciera, Federico; Hansen, Ole;

    2015-01-01

    The formation of self-assembled contacts between vapor-liquid-solid grown silicon nanowires and flat silicon surfaces was imaged in situ using electron microscopy. By measuring the structural evolution of the contact formation process, we demonstrate how different contact geometries are created by...... adjusting the balance between silicon deposition and Au migration. We show that electromigration provides an efficient way of controlling the contact. The results point to novel device geometries achieved by direct nanowire growth on devices....

  20. Thermal property of transparent silver nanowire films

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    Through a comparison with transparent polymer composite films, we investigate the thermal property of transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) films that may be employed for heat sink in transparent electronic devices. To fabricate transparent polymer composite films and enhance their thermal property, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) solution featuring high transparency (∼90%) and thermal emissivity (0.9) is mixed with thermal conductive fillers such as aluminum nitride (AlN) and silicon carbide (SiC). It is observed that the thermal emissivity of the AgNW films is decreased as the sheet resistance is reduced. However, we have found that the AgNW film shows the most excellent heat dissipation property (53.7 °C) while maintaining relatively higher transparency (77.1% at 520 nm), followed by the PMMA:SiC and then PMMA:AlN films. (paper)

  1. Single-nanowire photoelectrochemistry

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    Su, Yude; Liu, Chong; Brittman, Sarah; Tang, Jinyao; Fu, Anthony; Kornienko, Nikolay; Kong, Qiao; Yang, Peidong

    2016-07-01

    Photoelectrochemistry is one of several promising approaches for the realization of efficient solar-to-fuel conversion. Recent work has shown that photoelectrodes made of semiconductor nano-/microwire arrays can have better photoelectrochemical performance than their planar counterparts because of their unique properties, such as high surface area. Although considerable research effort has focused on studying wire arrays, the inhomogeneity in the geometry, doping, defects and catalyst loading present in such arrays can obscure the link between these properties and the photoelectrochemical performance of the wires, and correlating performance with the specific properties of individual wires is difficult because of ensemble averaging. Here, we show that a single-nanowire-based photoelectrode platform can be used to reliably probe the current–voltage (I–V) characteristics of individual nanowires. We find that the photovoltage output of ensemble array samples can be limited by poorly performing individual wires, which highlights the importance of improving nanowire homogeneity within an array. Furthermore, the platform allows the flux of photogenerated electrons to be quantified as a function of the lengths and diameters of individual nanowires, and we find that the flux over the entire nanowire surface (7–30 electrons nm–2 s–1) is significantly reduced as compared with that of a planar analogue (∼1,200 electrons nm–2 s–1). Such characterization of the photogenerated carrier flux at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface is essential for designing nanowire photoelectrodes that match the activity of their loaded electrocatalysts.

  2. Electrodeposition of Cobalt Nanowires

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    Ahn, Sungbok; Hong, Kimin [Chungnam National Univ., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-03-15

    We developed an electroplating process of cobalt nanowires of which line-widths were between 70 and 200 nm. The plating electrolyte was made of CoSO{sub 4} and an organic additive, dimethyldithiocarbamic acid ester sodium salt (DAESA). DAESA in plating electrolytes had an accelerating effect and reduced the surface roughness of plated cobalt thin films. We obtained void-free cobalt nanowires when the plating current density was 6.25 mA/cm{sup 2} and DAESA concentration was 1 mL/L.

  3. Spatially controlled synthesis of silver nanoparticles and nanowires by photosensitized reduction

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    Jradi, S; Zeng, X H; Plain, J; Royer, P; Bachelot, R; Akil, S [Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, ICD CNRS FRE 2848, Universite de Technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes (France); Balan, L; Lougnot, D J; Soppera, O; Vidal, L, E-mail: lavinia.balan@uha.fr [Institut de Science des Materiaux de Mulhouse CNRS LRC 7228, 15 rue Jean Starcky, 68057 Mulhouse (France)

    2010-03-05

    The present paper reports on the spatially controlled synthesis of silver nanoparticles (NPs) and silver nanowires by photosensitized reduction. In a first approach, direct photogeneration of silver NPs at the end of an optical fiber was carried out. Control of both size and density of silver NPs was possible by changing the photonic conditions. In a further development, a photochemically assisted procedure allowing silver to be deposited at the surface of a polymer microtip was implemented. Finally, polymer tips terminated by silver nanowires were fabricated by simultaneous photopolymerization and silver photoreduction. The silver NPs were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

  4. Nanostructured polymers for photonics

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    Chantal Paquet

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available We review recent progress in the development of polymer nanostructured materials with periodic structures and compositions having applications in photonics and optical data storage. This review provides a brief description of the microfabrication and self-assembly methods used for the production of polymer materials with periodic structures, and highlights the properties and applications of photonic materials derived from block copolymers, colloid crystals, and microfabricated polymers. We conclude with a summary of current and future research efforts and opportunities in the development of polymer materials for photonic applications.

  5. Structural and electrical characterization of hybrid metal-polypyrrole nanowires

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    Gence, L.; Faniel, S.; Gustin, C.; S. Melinte; Bayot, V.; Callegari, V.; Reynes, O.; Demoustier-Champagne, S.

    2011-01-01

    We present here the synthesis and structural characterization of hybrid Au-polypyrrole-Au and Pt- polypyrrole-Au nanowires together with a study of their electrical properties from room-temperature down to very low temperature. A careful characterization of the metal-polymer interfaces by trans- mission electron microscopy revealed that the structure and mechanical strength of bottom and upper interfaces are very different. Variable temperature electrical transport measurements were performed...

  6. Anion-directed assembly and crystal transformation of Ag(I) coordination polymers with a versatile tripyridyltriazole ligand 3,4-bis(2-pyridyl)-5-(4-pyridyl)-1,2,4-triazole

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    Li, Cheng-Peng; Chen, Jing; Guo, Wei; Du, Miao

    2015-03-01

    A series of distinct Ag(I) coordination polymers, namely {[Ag2(L224)(H2O)3](SiF6)(H2O)4}n (1), {[Ag2(L224)2(NO3)](NO3)(H2O)}n (3), {[Ag2(L224)(OOCC6H5)(H2O)](NO3)(H2O)2}n (4), and {[Ag(L224)2](CF3SO3)(H2O)0.25}n (5) have been synthesized by assembling a versatile ligand 3,4-bis(2-pyridyl)-5-(4-pyridyl)-1,2,4-triazole (L224) with different Ag(I) salts. Their diverse 1D and 2D coordination arrays indicate the critical role of counterions in structural assemblies. Interestingly, single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SC-SC) transformation from 1 to {[Ag2(L224)(CF3COO)2(H2O)](H2O)}n (2) will occur in the water solution of Ag(CF3COO). Structural comparison and mechanism of SC-SC transformation are discussed. These Ag(I) coordination polymers show enhanced ligand-based solid-state fluorescent emissions.

  7. Polymer complexes.. XXXX. Supramolecular assembly on coordination models of mixed-valence-ligand poly[1-acrylamido-2-(2-pyridyl)ethane] complexes

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    El-Sonbati, A. Z.; El-Bindary, A. A.; Diab, M. A.

    2003-02-01

    The build-up of polymer metallic supramolecules based on homopolymer (1-acrylamido-2-(2-pyridyl)ethane (AEPH)) and ruthenium, rhodium, palladium as well as platinum complexes has been pursued with great interest. The homopolymer shows three types of coordination behaviour. In the mixed valence paramagnetic trinuclear polymer complexes [( 11)+( 12)] in the paper and in mononuclear polymer complexes ( 1)-( 5) it acts as a neutral bidentate ligand coordinating through the N-pyridine and NH-imino atoms, while in the mixed ligand diamagnetic poly-chelates, which are obtained from the reaction of AEPH with PdX 2 and KPtCl 4 in the presence of N-heterocyclic base consisting of polymer complexes ( 9)+( 10), and in monouclear compounds ( 6)-( 8), it behaves as a monobasic bidentate ligand coordinating through the same donor atoms. In mononuclear compounds ( 13)+( 14) it acts as a monobasic and neutral bidentate ligand coordinating only through the same donor atoms. Monomeric distorted octahedral or trimeric chlorine-bridged, approximately octahedral structures are proposed for these polymer complexes. The poly-chelates are of 1:1, 1:2 and 3:2 (metal-homopolymer) stoichiometry and exhibit six coordination. The values of ligand field parameters were calculated. The homopolymer and their polymer complexes have been characterized physicochemically.

  8. Epitaxy-enabled vapor-liquid-solid growth of tin-doped indium oxide nanowires with controlled orientations

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    Shen, Youde

    2014-08-13

    Controlling the morphology of nanowires in bottom-up synthesis and assembling them on planar substrates is of tremendous importance for device applications in electronics, photonics, sensing and energy conversion. To date, however, there remain challenges in reliably achieving these goals of orientation-controlled nanowire synthesis and assembly. Here we report that growth of planar, vertical and randomly oriented tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanowires can be realized on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates via the epitaxy-assisted vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism, by simply regulating the growth conditions, in particular the growth temperature. This robust control on nanowire orientation is facilitated by the small lattice mismatch of 1.6% between ITO and YSZ. Further control of the orientation, symmetry and shape of the nanowires can be achieved by using YSZ substrates with (110) and (111), in addition to (100) surfaces. Based on these insights, we succeed in growing regular arrays of planar ITO nanowires from patterned catalyst nanoparticles. Overall, our discovery of unprecedented orientation control in ITO nanowires advances the general VLS synthesis, providing a robust epitaxy-based approach toward rational synthesis of nanowires. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  9. Compositional disorder and its effect on the thermoelectric performance of Zn₃P₂ nanowire-copper nanoparticle composites.

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    Brockway, Lance; Vasiraju, Venkata; Vaddiraju, Sreeram

    2014-03-28

    Recent studies indicated that nanowire format of materials is ideal for enhancing the thermoelectric performance of materials. Most of these studies were performed using individual nanowires as the test elements. It is not currently clear whether bulk assemblies of nanowires replicate this enhanced thermoelectric performance of individual nanowires. Therefore, it is imperative to understand whether enhanced thermoelectric performance exhibited by individual nanowires can be extended to bulk assemblies of nanowires. It is also imperative to know whether the addition of metal nanoparticle to semiconductor nanowires can be employed for enhancing their thermoelectric performance further. Specifically, it is important to understand the effect of microstructure and composition on the thermoelectric performance on bulk compound semiconductor nanowire-metal nanoparticle composites. In this study, bulk composites composed of mixtures of copper nanoparticles with either unfunctionalized or 1,4-benzenedithiol (BDT) functionalized Zn₃P₂ nanowires were fabricated and analyzed for their thermoelectric performance. The results indicated that use of BDT functionalized nanowires for the fabrication of composites leads to interface-engineered composites that have uniform composition all across their cross-section. The interface engineering allows for increasing their Seebeck coefficients and electrical conductivities, relative to the Zn₃P₂ nanowire pellets. In contrast, the use of unfunctionalized Zn₃P₂ nanowires for the fabrication of composite leads to the formation of composites that are non-uniform in composition across their cross-section. Ultimately, the composites were found to have Zn₃P₂ nanowires interspersed with metal alloy nanoparticles. Such non-uniform composites exhibited very high electrical conductivities, but slightly lower Seebeck coefficients, relative to Zn₃P₂ nanowire pellets. These composites were found to show a very high zT of 0.23 at 770

  10. Laser Zone Annealing - Accelerated Route to Self-Assembled Nanostructures

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    Majewski, Pawel; Yager, Kevin; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles

    We present Laser Zone Annealing - a novel technique of accelerated self-assembly of block copolymer thin films utilizing laser light. In our approach, the laser beam, focused to a narrow line, is rastered across the polymer film coated on the light-absorbing substrate, inducing rapid and highly localized temperature transients in the film. By coupling our method with soft-shear, we demonstrate monolithic alignment of various cylinder-forming block copolymers over extremely short timescales. We utilize the aligned block copolymer films as templates for inorganic nanomaterials pattering. After delivery of inorganic precursors via aqueous or gaseous route, the polymer matrix is ashed leading to extremely well-ordered arrays of inorganic, metallic or semiconducting nanowires. Subsequently, we demonstrate how more complex nanostructures can be created with LZA including multilayered nanomeshes with symmetries beyond the conventional motifs accessible by native block copolymers. We investigate a perspective use of the inorganic arrays as transparent conductors or chemical sensors and characterize their anisotropic electro-optical properties. Research carried out in part at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanowires and their integration into dye-sensitized solar cells

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    ZnO nanowires, grown on transparent conducting oxide substrates from aqueous solutions of methenamine and Zn(NO3)2, were integrated as the wide band gap semiconductor into dye-sensitized solar cells. ZnO nanowires and their growth mechanisms were studied using electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and photoluminescence measurements. The solution growth method forms dense arrays of long nanowires oriented normal to the substrate surface because nanowires growing at off-normal angles are prevented from growing further when they run into neighbouring wires. Dye-sensitized solar cells with ZnO nanowires were assembled and characterized using optical and electrical measurements. Short circuit current densities of 1.3 mA cm-2, and overall power conversion efficiencies of 0.3% were achieved with 8 μm long nanowires. Photocurrent and efficiency increase with increasing nanowire length and improved light harvesting. Low surface area and a shunt that appears under light illumination limit the solar cell performance. Internal quantum efficiencies were similar for nanowires of all lengths, indicating that electron transport is not limited by the nanowire dimensions for aspect ratios less than 70

  12. From 1D to 3D - macroscopic nanowire aerogel monoliths

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    Cheng, Wei; Rechberger, Felix; Niederberger, Markus

    2016-07-01

    Here we present a strategy to assemble one-dimensional nanostructures into a three-dimensional architecture with macroscopic size. With the assistance of centrifugation, we successfully gel ultrathin W18O49 nanowires with diameters of 1 to 2 nm and aspect ratios larger than 100 into 3D networks, which are transformed into monolithic aerogels by supercritical drying.Here we present a strategy to assemble one-dimensional nanostructures into a three-dimensional architecture with macroscopic size. With the assistance of centrifugation, we successfully gel ultrathin W18O49 nanowires with diameters of 1 to 2 nm and aspect ratios larger than 100 into 3D networks, which are transformed into monolithic aerogels by supercritical drying. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, SEM and TEM images, and digital photographs. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr04429h

  13. Photoenhanced Patterning of Metal Nanowire Networks for Fabrication of Ultraflexible Transparent Devices.

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    Song, Chang-Hyun; Han, Chul Jong; Ju, Byeong-Kwon; Kim, Jong-Woong

    2016-01-13

    Network structures of metal nanowires are a promising candidate for producing a wide range of flexible electronic devices, but only if they can be suitably patterned and retained on various materials. Here we present a new approach to the patterning of metal nanowires by employing intense-pulsed-light (IPL) irradiation to reduce the process to just two steps: irradiation and the subsequent removal of nonirradiated nanowires. This ultrasimple method eliminates the need to employ chemical reagents for etching or improving the adhesion of nanowires, and is compatible with Ag nanowires (AgNWs), Cu nanowires (CuNWs), and most transparent polymers. Furthermore, it is not reliant on additional processes, such as coating, heating, developing, and etching to make a patterned nanowire structure. Using this simple method, ultraflexible and transparent devices such as touch sensor, heater and light emitting diode with an exceptionally high mechanical stability have been successfully fabricated. This new method is expected to be directly applicable to the fabrication of a wide range of high-performance, low-cost, biocompatible, and wearable devices. PMID:26690092

  14. Four 1-D metal-organic polymers self-assembled from semi-flexible benzimidazole-based ligand: Syntheses, structures and fluorescent properties

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    Zhou, Chun-lin; Wang, Shi-min; Liu, Sai-nan; Yu, Tian-tian; Li, Rui-ying; Xu, Hong; Liu, Zhong-yi; Sun, Huan; Cheng, Jia-jia; Li, Jin-peng; Hou, Hong-wei; Chang, Jun-biao

    2016-08-01

    Four one-dimensional (1-D) metal-organic polymers based on methylene-bis(1,1‧-benzimidazole)(mbbz), namely, {[Hg(mbbz)(SCN)2]·1/3H2O}n (1), [Co(mbbz)(Cl)2]n (2), {[Co(mbbz)(SO4)]·CH3OH}n (3) and {[Zn(mbbz)(SO4)]·CH3OH}n (4) have been successfully synthesized and structurally characterized. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that polymers 1 and 2 exhibit interesting 1-D double helical chain structures, while polymers 3 and 4 are 1-D double chain structures due to the bridging effect of mbbz ligands and sulfate anions. These polymers containing the mbbz-based ligand have a high degree of dependence on the corresponding counter anions. Furthermore, the fluorescence properties of the four polymers were also investigated in the solid state, showing the fluorescence signal changes in comparing with that of free ligand mbbz.

  15. POLYMER ELECTROLYTE MEMBRANE FUEL CELLS

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    2001-01-01

    A method for preparing polybenzimidazole or polybenzimidazole blend membranes and fabricating gas diffusion electrodes and membrane-electrode assemblies is provided for a high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell. Blend polymer electrolyte membranes based on PBI and various...... thermoplastic polymers for high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells have also been developed. Miscible blends are used for solution casting of polymer membranes (solid electrolytes). High conductivity and enhanced mechanical strength were obtained for the blend polymer solid electrolytes. With the...... thermally resistant polymer, e.g., polybenzimidazole or a mixture of polybenzimidazole and other thermoplastics as binder, the carbon-supported noble metal catalyst is tape-cast onto a hydrophobic supporting substrate. When doped with an acid mixture, electrodes are assembled with an acid doped solid...

  16. Electric Conductivity of Phosphorus Nanowires

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    ZHANG Jing-Xiang; LI Hui; ZHANG Xue-Qing; LIEW Kim-Meow

    2009-01-01

    We present the structures and electrical transport properties of nanowires made from different strands of phosphorus chains encapsulated in carbon nanotubes. Optimized by density function theory, our results indicate that the conductance spectra reveal an oscillation dependence on the size of wires. It can be seen from the density of states and current-voltage curves that the structure of nanowires affects their properties greatly. Among them,the DNA-like double-helical phosphorus nanowire exhibits the distinct characteristic of an approximately linear I - V relationship and has a higher conductance than others. The transport properties of phosphorus nanowires are highly correlated with their microstructures.

  17. Synthesis of Palladium Conductive DNA-based Nanowires

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    Nguyen, Khoa; Streiff, Stéphane; Lyonnais, Sébastien; Goux-Capes, Laurence; Filoramo, Arianna; Goffman, Marcelo; Bourgoin, Jean Philippe

    2006-09-01

    We present here a simple method to metallize DNA by Electroless Plating of palladium, a trusty metal for contacting SWNT devices. Indeed, DNA is a promising scaffolding candidate for molecular electronic bottom-up self-assembly approaches of SWNT devices. We report in this work the synthesis and characterization of individual Pd nanowires as thin as 30 nm showing ohmic behavior at room temperature.

  18. Infrared photodetectors in heterostructure nanowires.

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    Pettersson, H; Trägårdh, J; Persson, A I; Landin, L; Hessman, D; Samuelson, L

    2006-02-01

    We report on spectrally resolved photocurrent measurements on single self-assembled nanowire heterostructures. The wires, typically 3 microm long with an average diameter of 85 nm, consist of InAs with a 1 microm central part of InAsP. Two different sets of wires were prepared with phosphorus contents of 15+/-3% and 35+/-3%, respectively, as determined by energy-dispersive spectroscopy measurements made in transmission electron microscopy. Ohmic contacts are fabricated to the InAs ends of the wire using e-beam lithography. The conduction band offset between the InAs and InAsP regions virtually removes the dark current through the wires at low temperature. In the optical experiments, interband excitation in the phosphorus-rich part of the wires results in a photocurrent with threshold energies of about 0.65 and 0.82 eV, respectively, in qualitative agreement with the expected band gap of the two compositions. Furthermore, a strong polarization dependence is observed with an order of magnitude larger photocurrent for light polarized parallel to the wire than for light polarized perpendicular to the wire. We believe that these wires form promising candidates as nanoscale infrared polarization-sensitive photodetectors. PMID:16464040

  19. Carbon-supported SnO2 nanowire arrays with enhanced lithium storage properties

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    Graphical abstract: Carbon-supported SnO2 nanowire arrays were synthesized facilely using self-assembled mesoporous carbon as template followed by partial removal of the carbon. The obtained materials exhibit improved lithium storage capabilities with high capacity retention due to the presence of the carbon buffering layer. - Highlights: • Carbon-supported SnO2 nanowire arrays were synthesized. • No extra carbon coating step is needed. • The materials exhibit enhanced lithium storage capacity. - Abstract: Carbon-supported SnO2 nanowire arrays were synthesized by a facile strategy using self-assembled mesoporous carbon as template followed by partial removal of the carbon. The as-obtained materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and nitrogen adsorption. The resulting products possess a large specific surface area due to the free interspaces between the nanowires. When evaluated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the carbon-supported SnO2 nanowires can deliver large reversible capabilities with excellent cycling performance on account of the mesoporous carbon matrix, which can be served as a buffering layer to relax the stress, reduce the volume variation, and protect the SnO2 nanowires from severe structural degradation during the insertion-deinsertion process of lithium ions

  20. Formation of nanowires via single particle-triggered linear polymerization of solid-state aromatic molecules.

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    Horio, Akifumi; Sakurai, Tsuneaki; Lakshmi, G B V S; Kumar Avasthi, Devesh; Sugimoto, Masaki; Yamaki, Tetsuya; Seki, Shu

    2016-08-11

    Nanowires occupy a prestigious place in nanoelectronics, nanomechanics, and biomimetics. Although there are notable methods to grow nanowires via self-assembly, there is a key drawback in the need to find out the specific conditions appropriate for each system. In this sense, universal techniques to fabricate such nanowires from various organic materials have been sought for the continued progress of the related research field. Here we report one of the promising and facile methodologies to quantitatively produce nanowires with controlled geometrical parameters. In this method, referred to as "Single Particle-Triggered Linear Polymerization (STLiP)", organic thin films on a supporting substrate were irradiated with high-energy charged particles, accelerated by particle accelerators. Each particle penetrates from the top of the films to the substrate while gradually releasing kinetic energy along its trajectory (ion track), generating reactive intermediates such as radical species that eventually induce propagation reactions. The resulting polymerized products were integrated into nanowires with uniform diameter and length that can be isolated via development with appropriate organic solvents. Considering the widely applicable nature of STLiP to organic materials, the present technique opens a new door for access to a number of functional nanowires and their assembly. PMID:27355341

  1. Synthesis, assembly and device of 1-dimentional nanostructures

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    2002-01-01

    Synthesis and assembly of 1-dimentional (1-D) nanostructures and measurement of their electrical and optical properties are very important in fabrication of nanodevices. Recent developments in this field are summarized in this review. The assembling methods can be divided into two classes: assembly using macroscopic field forces and microfluidic-assisted-template-integration. The former can assemble nanowires by controlling direction and intensity of electric or magnetic field, while the latter represents a general assembly strategy for any kind of 1-D nanostructures. The assembly of 1-D nanostructures will make it possible to fabricate nanosensors, nanolasers and nanoscale logic gate circuits for computation.

  2. Electrical characteristics and optoelectronic properties of metal-semiconductor-metal structure with zinc oxide nanowires across Au electrodes

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    Wang Ding-Qu; Zhou Zhao-Ying; Zhu Rong; Ye Xiong-Ying

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports on a method of assembling semiconducting ZnO nanowires onto a pair of Au electrodes to construct a metal-semiconductor-metal(MSM)structure by dielectrophoresis and studying on its electrical characteristics by using current-voltage(Ⅰ-Ⅴ)measurements.An electronic model with two back to back Schottky diodes in series with a semiconductor of nanowires was established to study the electrical transport of the MSM structures.By fitting the measured Ⅰ-Ⅴ characteristics using the proposed model,the parameters of the Schottky contacts and the resistance of nanowires could be acquired.The photoelectric properties of the MSM structures were also investigated by analysing the measurements of the electrical transports under various light intensities.The deduced results demonstrate that ZnO nanowires and their Schottky contacts with Au electrodes both contribute to photosensitivity and the MSM structures with ZnO nanowires are potentially applicable for photonic devices.

  3. Preparation and characterization of highly ordered NiO nanowire arrays by sol-gel template method

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    2006-01-01

    Highly ordered nickel monoxide (NiO) nanowire arrays were fabricated by sol-gel synthesis within the pores of anodic alumina membrane (AAM).Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the topography and crystalloid structure of NiO nanowire arrays.The length and diameter of the NiO nanowires depended on the thickness of the AAM and the diameter of the pores.The results indicated that the NiO nanowires were uniformly assembled into the ordered nanopores of the AAM and paralleled to each other.Nickel monoxide nanotubes were also fabricated with the same method by changing the immersing time.This new method to prepare NiO nanowire arrays may be important from gas sensors to various engineering materials.

  4. High-performance membrane-electrode assembly with an optimal polytetrafluoroethylene content for high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Jeong, Gisu; Kim, MinJoong; Han, Junyoung;

    2016-01-01

    Although high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT-PEMFCs) have a high carbon monoxide tolerance and allow for efficient water management, their practical applications are limited due to their lower performance than conventional low-temperature PEMFCs. Herein, we present a high...

  5. Self-aligned multi-channel silicon nanowire field-effect transistors

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    Zhu, Hao; Li, Qiliang; Yuan, Hui; Baumgart, Helmut; Ioannou, Dimitris E.; Richter, Curt A.

    2012-12-01

    Si nanowire field effect transistors (SiNW FETs) with multiple nanowire channels and different gate lengths have been fabricated by using a directed assembly approach combined with a standard photolithographic process. The electrical characteristics of SiNW FETs containing different numbers of nanowire channels were measured and compared. The multi-channel SiNW FETs show excellent performance: small subthreshold slope (≈75 mV/dec), large ON/OFF ratio (≈108), good break-down voltage (>30 V) and good carrier mobility (μp ≈ 100 cm2 V-1s-1). These excellent device properties were achieved by using a clean self-alignment process and an improved device structure with Schottky barriers at the source and drain contacts. Such high-performance multi-nanowire FETs are attractive for logic, memory, and sensor applications.

  6. Heteronanostructure of Ag particle on titanate nanowire membrane with enhanced photocatalytic properties and bactericidal activities

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    A novel seed induced method has been developed for syntheses of Ag particles on titanate nanowires, and then the heteronanostructured Ag/titanate nanowires were assembled into porous, flexible membranes. These titanate nanowires were about several hundreds micrometers in length and about 80 nm in diameter. The size of the Ag particle can be tuned within 300-700 nm. The pore size and thickness of the heteronanostructured membrane were easily controlled. An Ag/titanate nanowire membrane reactor has been developed to study the photocatalytic degradation of methamidophos in aqueous solution, and 87.0% of the methamidophos can be degraded in a concurrent filtration and photocatalytic oxidation process. The antibacterial activity was also investigated on the heteronanostructured membrane with UVA light (365 nm) irradiation, and a 99.99% satisfactory antibacterial effect on Escherichia coli was achieved.

  7. Silicon nanowire transistors

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    Bindal, Ahmet

    2016-01-01

    This book describes the n and p-channel Silicon Nanowire Transistor (SNT) designs with single and dual-work functions, emphasizing low static and dynamic power consumption. The authors describe a process flow for fabrication and generate SPICE models for building various digital and analog circuits. These include an SRAM, a baseband spread spectrum transmitter, a neuron cell and a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) platform in the digital domain, as well as high bandwidth single-stage and operational amplifiers, RF communication circuits in the analog domain, in order to show this technology’s true potential for the next generation VLSI. Describes Silicon Nanowire (SNW) Transistors, as vertically constructed MOS n and p-channel transistors, with low static and dynamic power consumption and small layout footprint; Targets System-on-Chip (SoC) design, supporting very high transistor count (ULSI), minimal power consumption requiring inexpensive substrates for packaging; Enables fabrication of different types...

  8. Nanowire liquid pumps

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    Huang, Jian Yu; Lo, Yu-Chieh; Niu, Jun Jie; Kushima, Akihiro; Qian, Xiaofeng; Zhong, Li; Mao, Scott X.; Li, Ju

    2013-04-01

    The ability to form tiny droplets of liquids and control their movements is important in printing or patterning, chemical reactions and biological assays. So far, such nanofluidic capabilities have principally used components such as channels, nozzles or tubes, where a solid encloses the transported liquid. Here, we show that liquids can flow along the outer surface of solid nanowires at a scale of attolitres per second and the process can be directly imaged with in situ transmission electron microscopy. Microscopy videos show that an ionic liquid can be pumped along tin dioxide, silicon or zinc oxide nanowires as a thin precursor film or as beads riding on the precursor film. Theoretical analysis suggests there is a critical film thickness of ~10 nm below which the liquid flows as a flat film and above which it flows as discrete beads. This critical thickness is the result of intermolecular forces between solid and liquid, which compete with liquid surface energy and Rayleigh-Plateau instability.

  9. Polymer semiconductor crystals

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    Jung Ah Lim; Feng Liu; Sunzida Ferdous; Murugappan Muthukumar; Briseno, Alejandro L.

    2010-01-01

    One of the long-standing challenges in the field of polymer semiconductors is to figure out how long interpenetrating and entangled polymer chains self-assemble into single crystals from the solution phase or melt. The ability to produce these crystalline solids has fascinated scientists from a broad range of backgrounds including physicists, chemists, and engineers. Scientists are still on the hunt for determining the mechanism of crystallization in these information-rich materials. Understa...

  10. An Ultralong, Highly Oriented Nickel-Nanowire-Array Electrode Scaffold for High-Performance Compressible Pseudocapacitors.

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    Xu, Chao; Li, Ziheng; Yang, Cheng; Zou, Peichao; Xie, Binghe; Lin, Ziyin; Zhang, Zhexu; Li, Baohua; Kang, Feiyu; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2016-06-01

    Ultralong, highly oriented Ni nanowire arrays are used as the electrode scaffold to support metal-oxide- and conductive-polymer-based electrode materials with a high mass loading; the as-obtained asymmetric supercapacitor can be compressed by fourfold and exhibits superior energy and power densities with ultrahigh cycle stability. PMID:27062285

  11. Periodic fluorescent silver clusters assembled by rolling circle amplification and their sensor application.

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    Ye, Tai; Chen, Jinyang; Liu, Yufei; Ji, Xinghu; Zhou, Guohua; He, Zhike

    2014-09-24

    A simple method for preparing DNA-stabilized Ag nanoclusters (NCs) nanowires is presented. To fabricate the Ag NCs nanowires, we use just two unmodified component strands and a long enzymatically produced scaffold. These nanowires form at room temperature and have periodic sequence units that are available for fluorescence Ag NCs assembled which formed three-way junction (TWJ) structure. These Ag NCs nanowires can be clearly visualized by confocal microscopy. Furthermore, due to the high efficiency of rolling circle amplification reaction in signal amplification, the nanowires exhibit high sensitivity for the specific DNA detection with a wide linear range from 6 to 300 pM and a low detection limit of 0.84 pM, which shows good performance in the complex serum samples. Therefore, these Ag NCs nanowires might have great potential in clinical and imaging applications in the future. PMID:25116051

  12. Quantum transport in semiconductor nanowires

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    Van Dam, J.

    2006-01-01

    This thesis describes a series of experiments aimed at understanding the low-temperature electrical transport properties of semiconductor nanowires. The semiconductor nanowires (1-100 nm in diameter) are grown from nanoscale gold particles via a chemical process called vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growt

  13. Frequency dependence and assembly characteristics of silver nanomaterials trapped by dielectrophoresis

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    Kataoka, R.; Tokita, H.; Uchida, S.; Sano, R.; Nishikawa, H.

    2015-10-01

    For rapid and accurate fabrication of industrial products, the development of effective technique to manipulate and assemble nanomaterials is essential. In the present work, we investigated the dielectrophoretic behavior of silver nanoparticles and nanowires at various driving frequencies and voltage amplitudes, and examined three-dimensional assembly of the nanomaterials using dielectrophoretic devices with microstructures. The collectable range in frequency for nanoparticles and nanowires was from 10 kHz to 1 MHz. In particular, the aggregation shape of nanowires was changed against driving frequency. The bunch of nanowires was bridged between pillars of dielectrophoretic device. When the applied voltage was turned off, the trapped nanowires were entirely released. In pit type device, trapping of nanoparticles was observed in outermost pits of array. The aggregates of nanoparticles were directly fixed to the bottom electrode.

  14. High Efficient Photochromic WO3 polymer/1,10 DAD Self assembly Films Modified by Organic Molecules%高效率变色WO3多聚体/1,10-DAD自组装薄膜的制备

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    陈朝晖; 马颖; 姚建年

    2000-01-01

    A novel high efficient photochromic self assembly multilayered film has been fabricat ed from WO3 and 1,10 DAD solution using molecular deposition technique.The dependence of photochromic behavior on aggregation of WO3 in the WO3 polymer/1,10 DAD self assembly film was discussed in comparison with WO3/ 4,4'-BAMBp system.The results clearly show that organic molecules determine the charge density of the substrate,then affect the assembled structure of inorganic precursor and the stablility of the photo induced charge transfer complexes,and thus manipulate the structure and the photochromic properties of the films.

  15. Controlled size, structure, and morphology of nanowires produced by single particle nano-fabrication technique (SPNT)

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    Cross-linking reaction of the polymers was firstly promoted by charged particle irradiation to the thin films in the present study. Non-homogeneous cross-linking reaction in the polymers gives clear nanowires whose size, length, and number density are fairly controlled by selecting particles, molecular weights, etc. Electronic conductive nanowires were produced by the present technique, as well as achieving the formation of SiC ceramic nanowires by the combined processes of SPNT and subsequent sintering at ultra-high temperature. It is also demonstrated that the morphology of the final nanostructure is customized by appropriate selection of the ion fluence, combination of polymers, and the solvent employed for development. Octopus-like nanostructures consisting of a tangled hydrophilic polymer core and splayed hydrophobic polymer segments are successfully produced as an example of the process. The present technique provides universal feasibility for the formation of nanostructures based on 'any' polymer materials in which radiations induce crosslinking reactions. (author)

  16. Synthesis of a fullerene-based one-dimensional nanopolymer through topochemical transformation of the parent nanowire

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    Geng, Junfeng; Reid, David G; Skelton, Paul; Wheatley, Andrew E H; Solov'yov, Andrey V; Johnson, Brian F G

    2009-01-01

    Large-scale practical applications of fullerene (C60) in nanodevices could be significantly facilitated if the commercially-available micrometer-scale raw C60 powder were further processed into a one-dimensional (1D) nanowire-related polymer displaying covalent bonding as molecular interlinks and resembling traditional important conjugated polymers. However, there has been little study thus far in this area despite the abundant literature on fullerene. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of such a C60-based nanowire polymer, (-C60TMB-)n, where TMB=1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, which displays a well-defined crystalline structure, exceptionally large length-to-width ratio and excellent thermal stability. The material is prepared by first growing the corresponding nanowire through a solution phase of C60 followed by a topochemical polymerization reaction in the solid state. Gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance evidence is provided for the nature of the covalent bonding...

  17. Fabricating Electrochromic Thin Films Based on Metallo-Polymers Using Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly: An Attractive Laboratory Experiment

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    Schott, Marco; Beck, Matthias; Winkler, Franziska; Lorrmann, Henning; Kurth, Dirk G.

    2015-01-01

    Metallo-supramolecular polyelectrolytes (MEPE) based on iron(II)-acetate and 1,4-bis(2,2':6',2?-terpyridin-4'-yl)benzene are assembled by layer-by-layer deposition on transparent electrode surfaces. When a potential is applied, the color of the film can be switched from blue to transparent. Due to the strong absorption and the fast switching…

  18. Supramolecular Organic Nanowires as Plasmonic Interconnects.

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    Armao, Joseph J; Domoto, Yuya; Umehara, Teruhiko; Maaloum, Mounir; Contal, Christophe; Fuks, Gad; Moulin, Emilie; Decher, Gero; Javahiraly, Nicolas; Giuseppone, Nicolas

    2016-02-23

    Metallic nanostructures are able to interact with an incident electromagnetic field at subwavelength scales by plasmon resonance which involves the collective oscillation of conduction electrons localized at their surfaces. Among several possible applications of this phenomenon, the theoretical prediction is that optical circuits connecting multiple plasmonic elements will surpass classical electronic circuits at nanoscale because of their much faster light-based information processing. However, the placement and coupling of metallic elements smaller than optical wavelengths currently remain a formidable challenge by top-down manipulations. Here, we show that organic supramolecular triarylamine nanowires of ≈1 nm in diameter are able to act as plasmonic waveguides. Their self-assembly into plasmonic interconnects between arrays of gold nanoparticles leads to the bottom-up construction of basic optical nanocircuits. When the resonance modes of these metallic nanoparticles are coupled through the organic nanowires, the optical conductivity of the plasmonic layer dramatically increases from 259 to 4271 Ω(-1)·cm(-1). We explain this effect by the coupling of a hot electron/hole pair in the nanoparticle antenna with the half-filled polaronic band of the organic nanowire. We also demonstrate that the whole hybrid system can be described by using the abstraction of the lumped circuit theory, with a far field optical response which depends on the number of interconnects. Overall, our supramolecular bottom-up approach opens the possibility to implement processable, soft, and low cost organic plasmonic interconnects into a large number of applications going from sensing to metamaterials and information technologies. PMID:26814600

  19. Titanium-assisted growth of silica nanowires: from surface-matched to free-standing morphologies

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    We report on an oxide-assisted growth technique for silica nanowires which allows tuning the growth from surface-matched nanowires to free-standing morphologies based on growth control by Ti in the role of a catalyst and surfactant. Using an adjustable Ti concentration, we grew silica nanowires with lengths ranging from 100 nm up to several millimetres whose defect chemistry was analysed by electron microscopy tools, monochromatic cathodoluminescence imaging and time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. The knowledge of the luminescence properties and the related defect occurrence along with their spatial distribution is pivotal for advancing silica nanowire growth in order to realize successful device designs based on self-assembled Si/SiOx nanostructures. We demonstrate a core-shell structure of the grown nanowires with a highly luminescent 150 nm thick shell and outstandingly fast decaying dynamics (∼1 ns) for glass-like materials. The conjunction of the observed efficient and stable luminescences with their attributed decaying behaviours suggests applications for silica nanowires such as active and passive optical interconnectors and white light phosphors. The identification of a time domain difference for the spectral regime from 2.3 to 3.3 eV, within the confined spatial dimensions of a single nanowire, is very promising for future, e.g. data transmission applications, employing silica nanowires which exhibit achievable compatibility with commonly applied silicon-based electronics. A qualitative growth model based on silica particle diffusion and Ti-assisted seed formation is developed for the various types of segregated silica nanowires which extends commonly assumed oxide-assisted growth mechanisms.

  20. Water-soluble light-emitting nanoparticles prepared by non-covalent bond self-assembly of a hydroxyl group functionalized oligo(p-phenyleneethynylene) with different water-soluble polymers

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    2010-01-01

    Water-soluble light-emitting nanoparticles were prepared from hydroxyl group functionalized oligos(p-phenyleneethynylene) (OHOPEL) and water-soluble polymers(PEG,PAA,and PG) by non-covalent bond self-assembly.Their structure and optoelectronic properties were investigated through dynamic light scattering(DLS) ,UV and PL spectroscopy.The optical properties of OHOPEL-based water-soluble nanoparticles exhibited the same properties as that found in OHOPEL films,indicating the existence of interchain-aggregation of OHOPELs in the nanoparticles.OHOPEL-based nanoparticles prepared from conjugated oligomers show smaller size and lower dispersity than nanoparticles from conjugated polymers,which means that the structures of water-soluble nanoparticles are linked to the conjugated length.Furthermore,the OHOPEL/PG and OHOPEL/PAA systems produced smaller particles and lower polydispersity than the OHOPEL/PEG system,indicating that there may exist influence of the strength of non-covalent bonds on the size and degree of dispersity of the nanoparticles.