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Self-assembly of a binary mixture of particles and diblock copolymers

Lee, JY and Thompson, RB and Jasnow, D and Balazs, AC (2003) Self-assembly of a binary mixture of particles and diblock copolymers. Faraday Discussions, 123. 121 - 131. ISSN 1359-6640

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Abstract

Using theoretical models, we undertake the first investigation into the synergy and rich phase behavior that emerges when binary particle mixtures are blended with microphase-separating copolymers. We isolate an example of spontaneous hierarchical self-assembly in such hybrid materials, where the system exhibits both nanoscopic ordering of the particles and macroscopic phase transformation in the copolymer matrix. Furthermore, the self-assembly is driven by entropic effects involving all the different components. The results reveal that entropy can be exploited to create highly ordered nanocomposites with potentially unique electronic and photonic properties.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lee, JY
Thompson, RB
Jasnow, D
Balazs, ACbalazs@pitt.eduBALAZS
Date: 1 December 2003
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Faraday Discussions
Volume: 123
Page Range: 121 - 131
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1359-6640
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 18:35
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 22:57
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28105

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