Gold-Decorated Block Copolymer Microspheres with Controlled Surface Nanostructures

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Gold-decorated block copolymer microspheres (BCP-microspheres) displaying various surface morphologies were prepared by the infiltration of Au precursors into polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) microspheres. The microspheres were fabricated by emulsifying the PS-b-P4VP polymers in chloroform into a surfactant solution In water, followed by the evaporation of chloroform. The selective swelling of the P4VP domains in the microspheres by the Au precursor under acidic conditions resulted in the formation of Au-decorated BCP-microspheres with various surface nanostructures. As evidenced by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements, dotted surface patterns were formed when microspheres smaller than 800 nm were synthesized, whereas fingerprint-like surface patterns were observed with microspheres larger than 800 nm. Au nanoparticles (NPs) were located inside P4VP domains near the surfaces of the prepared microspheres, as confirmed by TEM. The optical properties of the BCP-microspheres were characterized using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime measurements. A maximum absorption peak was observed at approximately 580 nm, indicating that Au NPs are densely packed Into P4VP domains on the microspheres. Our approach for creating Au-NP-hybrid BCP-microspheres can be extended to other NP systems such as Iron-oxide or platinum NPs. These precursors can also be selectively incorporated into P4VP domains and induce the formation of hybrid BCP-microspheres with controlled surface nanostructures.
Publisher
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Issue Date
2012-03
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

MICROPHASE-SEPARATED DOMAINS; MICELLAR THIN-FILMS; DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS; FLUORESCENCE LIFETIME; AU NANOPARTICLES; SIMPLE ROUTE; PARTICLES; FABRICATION; TEMPLATES; SHELL

Citation

ACS NANO, v.6, no.3, pp.2750 - 2757

ISSN
1936-0851
DOI
10.1021/nn300194z
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/103932
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CBE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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