Polymer Nanoparticle Assemblies: A Versatile Route to Functional Mesostructures

Title

Polymer Nanoparticle Assemblies: A Versatile Route to Functional Mesostructures

Subject

BINARY NANOCRYSTAL SUPERLATTICES; CONTROLLED/LIVING RADICAL POLYMERIZATION; MIYAURA DISPERSION POLYMERIZATION; DONOR-ACCEPTOR HETEROJUNCTIONS; ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; ACTIVE LAYER MORPHOLOGIES; BLOCK-COPOLYMER MICELLES; HARD COLLOIDAL SPHERES; SOLAR-CELLS; MINIEMULSION POLYMERIZATION

Description

Fabricating macromolecular mesoscale assemblies containing disparate components with targeted molecular order for each of the components on the nanoscale and targeted assembly of the components in the mesoscale is a challenge. In this Perspective, we explore the self-assembly of polymer nanoparticles as a viable route to obtain tunable mesostructured materials. We describe the state-of-the-art methods available for and the challenges to obtain spherical and nonspherical polymer nanoparticles. We discuss the predicted ordered assemblies and disordered assemblies of nanoparticles and the challenges to obtain these assemblies in polymer nanoparticles. We also comment on the rich and future opportunities in the burgeoning field of polymer nanoparticle assemblies.

Source

Macromolecules, 201548, 6353-6368. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00375 [Link]

Date

2015

Contributor

Renna, Lawrence A.; Boyle, Connor J.; Gehan, Timothy S.; Venkataraman, D.

Coverage

Polymer Science