This Feature Article by Mariela Pavan and Roy Shenhar focuses on patterning using block copolymer templates as a facile mechanism for nanoparticle organization; it describes the factors governing this process and highlights recent advances.
The creation of ordered nanoparticle assemblies is one of the main prerequisites for the utilization of nanoparticles in advanced device applications. However, despite considerable progress, our ability to organise these assemblies into ordered structures by precision synthesis still faces major challenges. The processes described in this feature article provide perhaps the simplest means for creating organized, two-dimensional nanoparticle assemblies.
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Two-dimensional nanoparticle organization using block copolymer thin films as templates
Mariela J. Pavan and Roy Shenhar
J. Mater. Chem., 2011, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02853C, Feature Article