This work was supported by the DG Scientific Research of the French Community of Belgium (Actions de Recherches Concertées 00/05-261 ‘NANORG'), by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (IAP network ‘Supramolecular Chemistry and Supramolecular Catalysis'), and by the Fonds pour la Recherche Fondamentale et Collective (FRFC). The authors acknowledge technical help from B. Parvais, G. Baralia, and B. De Meersman, SEC of PSS by K. Glinel (University of Rouen), discussions with A.-S. Duwez, J.-L. Habib-Jiwan, and A. Laschewsky (FIPF-Potsdam), and access to experimental facilities provided by P. Rouxhet, V. Bayot, and J.-P. Raskin. Details about the AFM image treatment and analysis are available as Supporting Information online at Wiley InterScience or from the author.
Nanoconfined Polyelectrolyte Multilayers†
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2006
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Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 481–486, February, 2006
How to Cite
Pallandre, A., Moussa, A., Nysten, B. and Jonas, A. M. (2006), Nanoconfined Polyelectrolyte Multilayers. Adv. Mater., 18: 481–486. doi: 10.1002/adma.200501218
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Received: 14 JUN 2005
- Layer-by-layer assembly;
Lateral nanometer-scale control over the growth of polyelectrolyte (layer-by-layer) multilayers is demonstrated down to 40 nm, which is well below the natural size of the macromolecules in solution. Because of confinement upon adsorption, the molecules change conformation as compared with the usual, macroscopic case (see Figure). This work opens direct opportunities for transferring polyelectrolyte multilayer systems to nanotechnology.