Self-Assembly of Mesostructured Conjugated Poly(2,5-thienylene ethynylene)/Silica Nanocomposites


  • The authors thank Dr. J. Tang, Dr. W. Zhou, Windong Chen at University of New Orleans Tulane University for assistance with XRD and TEM. This research was supported by the NSF/EPA joint program under grant NSF-DMR-0124765 and Sandia National Laboratories.


Mesostructured conjugated polymer/silica nanocomposites have been synthesized via surfactant-directed assembly of monomeric materials in silica followed by polymerization. This novel approach provides a general route for the synthesis of mesostructured conjugated polymer/inorganic nanocomposites. The Figure shows transmission electron microscopy images of the nanocomposite cubic mesostructure viewed from the [111] direction.