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Hierarchical Self-Organization of Nanomaterials into Two-Dimensional Arrays Using Functional Polymer Scaffold

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  • Muhammad Hanafiah Nurmawati,

    1. Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore)
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  • Parayil Kumaran Ajikumar,

    1. Singapore-MIT Alliance, National University of Singapore 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117546 (Singapore)
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  • Ravindranath Renu,

    1. Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore)
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  • Suresh Valiyaveettil

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore)
    • Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore).
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  • The authors thank the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and National University of Singapore for research scholarship and funding. We express our gratitude to Dr. S. Sindhu for atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.

Abstract

Fabrication of two and three-dimensional nanostructures requires the development of new methodologies for the assembly of molecular/macromolecular objects on substrates in predetermined arrangements. Templated self-assembly approach is a powerful strategy for the creation of materials from assembly of molecular components or nanoparticles. The present study describes the development of a facile, template directed self-assembly of (metal/organic) nanomaterials into periodic micro- and nanostructures. The positioning and the organization of nanomaterials into spatially well-defined arrays were achieved using an amphiphilic conjugated polymer-aided, self-organization process. Arrays of honeycomb patterns formed from conjugated C12PPPOH film with homogenous distribution of metal/organic nanomaterials. Our approach offers a straightforward and inexpensive method of preparation for hybrid thin films without environmentally controlled chambers or sophisticated instruments as compared to multistep micro-fabrication techniques.

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