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Soluble Prussian Blue Nanoworms from the Assembly of Metal–Organic Block Ionomers

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  • Xavier Roy,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 (Canada), Fax: (+1) 604-822-2847
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  • Joseph K.-H. Hui,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 (Canada), Fax: (+1) 604-822-2847
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  • Muhammad Rabnawaz,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Queen's University, 90 Bader Lane, Chernoff Hall, Room 411, Kingston, ON, K7 L 3N6 (Canada)
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  • Prof. Guojun Liu,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Queen's University, 90 Bader Lane, Chernoff Hall, Room 411, Kingston, ON, K7 L 3N6 (Canada)
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  • Prof. Mark J. MacLachlan

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    1. Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 (Canada), Fax: (+1) 604-822-2847
    • Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 (Canada), Fax: (+1) 604-822-2847
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  • We thank the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and UBC for funding. X.R. thanks the FQRNT and NSERC for postgraduate scholarships. We also thank the UBC Bioimaging Facility for assistance.

Abstract

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The nanoworm that turned: The self-assembly of a novel charged metal-containing diblock copolymer gives soluble nanoworms, which pack into two-dimensional arrays to form nanopatterned surfaces (see picture; M′,M′′=Fe, Zn, Cu, Co). The propensity of nanostructured metal–organic frameworks to form bulk crystals is thus overcome.

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