Nanoparticle-Induced Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers into Nanoporous Films at the Air-Water Interface

Seulki Kang, Du Yeol Ryu, Emilie Ringe, Robert J. Hickey, So Jung Park

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Herein, we report the cooperative self-assembly of nanoparticles and block copolymers at the air-water interface, which can generate highly uniform and readily transferable composite films with tunable nanoscale architecture and functionalities. Interestingly, the incorporation of nanoparticles significantly affects the self-assembly of block copolymers at the interface. The nanoparticle-induced morphology change occurs through distinct mechanisms depending on the volume fraction of the hydrophobic block. For block copolymers with a relatively small hydrophobic volume fraction, the morphology transition occurs through the nanoparticle-induced swelling of a selective block. When the hydrophobic volume fraction is large enough, added nanoparticles promote the breath figure assembly, which generates uniform honeycomb-like porous structures with unusual nanoscale periodicity. This approach is generally applicable to various types of nanoparticles, constituting a simple one-step method to porous thin films with various functionalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12203-12209
Number of pages7
JournalACS Nano
Issue number9
StatePublished - 22 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea grant (NRF-2018R1A2B3001049) and the Science Research Center (NRF-2017R1A5A1015365) funded by the Korea government.

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Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society.


  • block copolymer
  • breath figure
  • interface
  • nanoparticle
  • porous
  • self-assembly


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