Low-Temperature Sol-Gel Synthesis of Nanostructured Polymer/Titania Hybrid Films based on Custom-Made Poly(3-Alkoxy Thiophene) (pages 597–602)
Martin A. Niedermeier, Monika Rawolle, Dr. Philipp Lellig, Dr. Volker Körstgens, Dr. Eva M. Herzig, Dr. Adeline Buffet, Dr. Stephan V. Roth, Prof. Jochen S. Gutmann, Thomas Fröschl, Prof. Nicola Hüsing and Prof. Peter Müller-Buschbaum
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201200808
Well (em)bedded: A low-temperature route towards the direct fabrication of a nanostructured hybrid polymer/titania film is presented. Customized poly(alkoxy thiophene) is synthesized and employed in a sol-gel process in which it acts as the structure-directing agent. The use of a pH-controlled precursor leads to a crystalline titania network which is embedded in the polymer matrix as probed with grazing incidence wide-angle scattering (see picture) and atomic force microscopy.