Ordering in Polymer Micelle-Directed Assemblies of Colloidal Nanocrystals.

by Ong GK, Williams TE, Singh A, Schaible E, Helms BA, Milliron DJ

Nano Letters, 2015 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Assembly of presynthesized nanocrystals by block copolymer micelles can be rationalized by the incorporation of nanocrystals into micellar coronas of constant width. As determined by quantitative analysis using small-angle X-ray scattering, high loading of small nanocrystals yields composites exhibiting order on two length scales, whereas intermediate loading of nanocrystals larger than the coronal width produces single nanocrystal networks. The resulting structures obey expectations of thermodynamically driven assembly on the nanocrystal length scale, whereas kinetically frozen packing principles dictate order on the polymer micelle length scale.

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