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Polymer Nanowires with Highly Precise Internal Morphology and Topography
- Pelras, Théophile, Mahon, Clare S., Nonappa,, Ikkala, Olli, Gröschel, André H., Müllner, Markus
- Journal of the American Chemical Society 2018 v.140 no.40 pp. 12736-12740
- composite polymers, nanowires, polymerization, topography, topology
- The construction of precise soft matter nanostructures in solution presents a challenge. A key focus remains on the rational design of functionalities to achieve the high morphological complexity typically found in biological systems. Advances in controlled polymerizations and self-assembly increasingly allow approaches toward complex hierarchical nanomaterials. By combining tailor-made cylindrical polymer brushes, block copolymers and interpolyelectrolyte complexation-driven self-assembly, we demonstrate a facile construction of uniformly compartmentalized and topographically structured polymeric nanowires in aqueous media. The approach offers a modular avenue in programming the internal morphology of polymer nanowires by varying the block copolymer composition and topology.