Tailoring core - Shell polymer-coated nanoparticles as block copolymer surfactants

Bumjoon J. Kim, Glenn H. Fredrickson, Joona Bang, Craig J. Hawker, Edward J. Kramer

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The effect of core - shell polymer-coated nanoparticles on block copolymer morphology is investigated systematically by controlling particle positioning within a block copolymer template. Our approach of varying the areal chain density (Σ) of short thiol terminated polystyrene (PS-SH) brushes on the particles where the molecular weight (M n) of the PS ligands (2.5 kg/mol) is used to control the fraction of the particles adsorbed to the interface of PS-b-P2VP diblock copolymer domains (M n = 196 kg/mol). The change in Σ from 2.38 to 0.49 chains/nm2 brings systematic control over the fraction of Au particles bound to the PS/P2VP interface (f i)), this fraction ranging from 0 to 95%. Particles with Σ of 2.38 chains/nm 2 (f i ∼ 0) were observed to localize within the PS domains and further produce a macroscopic particle aggregated phase separate from the PS-b-P2VP mesophase. In contrast, decreasing the Σ of PS chains provides for strong binding of Au nanoparticles to the PS/P2VP interfaces as a consequence of preferential wetting of one block of the copolymer (P2VP) to the Au substrate. Interestingly, the addition of low volume fractions (Φ P) of such nanoparticle surfactants (Σ < 1.1 chains/nm 2) to lamellar diblock copolymers initially leads to a decrease in lamellar thickness, a consequence of decreasing interfacial tension, up to a critical value of Φ P beyond which the block copolymer adopts a bicontinuous morphology. The relationship between domain spacing and morphology of block copolymer with the level of nanoparticle surfactants will be discussed based on a strongsegregation model. In addition, the rational design of nanoparticle surfactants based on the nature and density of the grafted chains will be described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6193-6201
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecules
Volume42
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug 25

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Surface-Active Agents
Block copolymers
Polymers
Surface active agents
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Polystyrenes
Brushes
Sulfhydryl Compounds
Surface tension
Wetting
Volume fraction
Copolymers
Molecular weight
Ligands
Substrates
poly(styrene)-block-poly(2-vinylpyrindine) diblock copolymer

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  • Polymers and Plastics
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Kim, B. J., Fredrickson, G. H., Bang, J., Hawker, C. J., & Kramer, E. J. (2009). Tailoring core - Shell polymer-coated nanoparticles as block copolymer surfactants. Macromolecules, 42(16), 6193-6201. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma9009406

Tailoring core - Shell polymer-coated nanoparticles as block copolymer surfactants. / Kim, Bumjoon J.; Fredrickson, Glenn H.; Bang, Joona; Hawker, Craig J.; Kramer, Edward J.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 42, No. 16, 25.08.2009, p. 6193-6201.

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Kim, BJ, Fredrickson, GH, Bang, J, Hawker, CJ & Kramer, EJ 2009, 'Tailoring core - Shell polymer-coated nanoparticles as block copolymer surfactants', Macromolecules, vol. 42, no. 16, pp. 6193-6201. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma9009406
Kim, Bumjoon J. ; Fredrickson, Glenn H. ; Bang, Joona ; Hawker, Craig J. ; Kramer, Edward J. / Tailoring core - Shell polymer-coated nanoparticles as block copolymer surfactants. In: Macromolecules. 2009 ; Vol. 42, No. 16. pp. 6193-6201.
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