Chapter 119. Selective Surface Deposition of Colloidal Particles

  1. Prof. Dr. Norbert Auner2 and
  2. Prof. Dr. Johann Weis3
  1. Christian Krüger,
  2. Esther Barrena and
  3. Ulrich Jonas

Published Online: 5 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527619924.ch119

Organosilicon Chemistry V: From Molecules to Materials

Organosilicon Chemistry V: From Molecules to Materials

How to Cite

Krüger, C., Barrena, E. and Jonas, U. (2003) Selective Surface Deposition of Colloidal Particles, in Organosilicon Chemistry V: From Molecules to Materials (eds N. Auner and J. Weis), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527619924.ch119

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Frankfurt, Marie-Curie-Straße 11, 60439 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  2. 3

    Consortium of Electrochemical Industry GmbH, Zielstattstraße 20, 81379 Munich, Germany

Author Information

  1. Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 26 SEP 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527306701

Online ISBN: 9783527619924



  • fabrication;
  • silane layer;
  • colloid particle;
  • polymer latex;
  • regioselective adsorption;
  • deposition;
  • particle pattern;
  • self-assembly


The fabrication of complex surface patterns by selective assembly of polymer latex particles onto laterally patterned silane layers on silicon dioxide substrates is described. For this purpose poly(butyl acrylate) (PBA) particles with a narrow size distribution and negative surface charge were synthesized by emulsion polymerization under monomer-starved conditions, which can form well defined colloid crystals. As a second class of colloid materials polystyrene (PS) latex particles with a corrugated surface and low overall surface charge were prepared under soap-free conditions. The laterally structured silane layers for the regioselective adsorption of the colloidal particles were fabricated by deposition of reactive silanes carrying different functionalities in combination with photolithographic patterning techniques. The particle patterns were prepared by colloid assembly from aqueous suspension due to specific interactions between the latex surfaces and the functionalities in the silane layers. The particles, silane surfaces, and assembly structures were characterized by optical microscopy, scanning force microscopy, and low voltage scanning electron microscopy.