Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Neuroscience, Ames Laboratory
Research Focus Area
Advanced and Nanostructured Materials
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Controlled self-assembly of nanoparticles into ordered structures is a major step in fabricating nanotechnology based devices. Here, we report on the self-assembly of high quality superlattices of nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions induced via interpolymer complexation. Using small angle X-ray scattering, we demonstrate that the NPs crystallize into superlattices of FCC symmetry, initially driven by hydrogen bonding and subsequently by van der Waals forces between the complexed coronas of hydrogen-bonded polymers. We show that the lattice constant and crystal quality can be tuned by polymer concentration, suspension pH and the length of polymer chains. Interpolymer complexation to assemble nanoparticles is scalable, inexpensive, versatile and general.
American Chemical Society
Nayak, Srikanth; Horst, Nathan; Zhang, Honghu; Wang, Wenjie; Mallapragada, Surya; Travesset, Alex; and Vaknin, David, "Interpolymer Complexation as a Strategy for Nanoparticle Assembly and Crystallization" (2018). Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications. 353.