Nanoparticles as structure-directing agents for controlling the orientation of block copolymer microdomain in thin films

Seyong Kim, Hyun Suk Wang, Se Gyu Jang, Soo Hyung Choi, Bumjoon J. Kim, Joona Bang

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Block copolymer/nanoparticle (BCP/NP) composites have attracted much attention due to their easiness of fabricating nanoscopic hierarchical structures, and significantly enhanced chemical and physical properties of the nanocomposites. Most of the focus in co-assembly of BCPs and NPs has been placed on the controlled alignment of NPs, "passively," in the BCP domain. However, NPs with carefully designed interfacial properties "actively" direct self-assembled structure of BCP in a nonconventional route. Herein, we review recent investigations of the self-assembly of BCP domains in thin films via the addition of structure-directing organic and inorganic NPs. Understanding the phase behavior of BCP/NP co-assembly along with the theoretical description can shed a light on the far-reaching potentials to creating nonconventional nanostructures rarely obtained via traditional fabrication tools.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2015



  • Block copolymer thin film
  • Microdomain orientation
  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Star polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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