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Self-Assembly and Colloidal Polymerization of Polymer–Nanoparticle Hybrids into Mesoscopic Chains

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  • Prof. Jeffrey Pyun

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    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Arizona, 1308 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721 (USA)
    2. World Class University Program for Chemical Convergence for Energy & Environment, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea)
    • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Arizona, 1308 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721 (USA)
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  • J.P. acknowledges support from the ONR-YIP (N00014-07-1-0796), the NSF CAREER Program (DMR-0645618), and the World Class University program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (R31-10013).

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No, it's not frogspawn! Polymer-coated gold nanoparticles can be assembled into extended mesoscopic chains with precise dimensional control. Here, the conditions can be adjusted to promote the fusion of polymeric ligands into cylindrical micellar aggregates. This type of colloidal polymerization offers a new and versatile route to a variety of mesoscopic assemblies of nanoparticles.

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