PS-b-PEO block copolymer thin films as structured reservoirs for nanoscale precipitation reactions


  • Special Issue in honor of Prof. Manfred Stamm of The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany on the occasion of his 60th birthday.


Thin films of PS-b-PEO block copolymers were utilized as structured reservoirs for localized nanoscale precipitation reactions. By consecutively immersing the film into solutions of thioacetamide and cadmium chloride, we were able to obtain a monolayer of cadmium sulfide nanostructures on top of the block copolymer film. AFM and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering revealed spherical nanostructures (d = 15 nm) corresponding to the dimensions given by the block copolymer film. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 48: 1569–1573, 2010