Nanostructuring polymeric materials by templating strategies

Wolfgang Knoll, Anne Marie Caminade, Kookheon Char, Hatice Duran, Chuan Liang Feng, Antonis Gitsas, Dong Ha Kim, Aaron Lau, Thomas D. Lazzara, Jean Pierre Majoral, Martin Steinhart, Basit Yameen, X. H. Zhong

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This contribution summarizes efforts in designing, assembling/synthesizing, and structurally and functionally characterizing nanostructured materials using anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) as a thin-film template. Optical waveguide spectroscopy, using a nanoporous template as the guiding structure, is a particularly powerful analytical tool. The layer-by-layer approach for the fabrication of multilayer assemblies is shown to allow the fabrication of nanotube arrays. In addition to using dendrimers as building blocks, semiconducting nanomaterial (e.g., quantum dot) hybrid architectures with very interesting photophysical properties can be assembled. These can be employed, for example, in biosensing applications. Other strategies for using the AAO layers as templates include the growth of polymeric nanorod arrays from different functional monomers, which, after the dissolution of the template, are still able to guide light. This opens up novel concepts for integrated optics platforms with nanostructured materials. Some of our efforts in designing, assembling/synthesizing, and characterizing nanostructured materials based on nanoporous alumina templating are summarized. Not only are interesting polymeric and organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures generated, but functionality is also derived from using the templated nanocomposite architectures for all kinds of applications in sensing technologies based on integrated optics principles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1384-1391
Number of pages8
Issue number10
StatePublished - 23 May 2011


  • anodized aluminum oxide
  • layer-by-layer deposition
  • nanotechnology
  • templating
  • waveguides


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