Hybrid Polymer-Inorganic Nanostructures

U. Wiesner

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In this chapter, progress is reported over a period of 10-15 years in the area of block copolymer-inorganic nanostructured hybrids from research of the Wiesner group at Cornell University. After introducing the current understanding of diblock copolymer self-assembly, their use as structure-directing agents for amorphous and crystalline inorganic sol nanoparticles (NPs) into nanostructured hybrids is discussed. Examples include silica-type materials, transition metal oxides, as well as metals. In each section, understanding of the materials synthesis parameters that govern ordered nanostructure formation is detailed to provide a general understanding as well as guiding principles for other experimental systems. As a potential application for block copolymer-directed nanostructured inorganic materials, the preparation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with co-continuous cubic morphology (double gyroid) is discussed. Finally, future experimental trends and the need for accelerated development of predictive theory are outlined. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780080878621
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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