Organic-inorganic nanohybridization by block copolymer thin films

Dong Ha Kim, Zaicheng Sun, Thomas P. Russell, Wolfgang Knoll, Jochen S. Gutmann

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A simple route for fabricating highly ordered organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures, using polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer (PS-b-PEO) thin films coupled with sol-gel chemistry, is presented. Hexagonally packed arrays of titania nanodomains were generated by one-step spin-coating from solutions containing a titania precursor and PS-b-PEO, where the precursor was selectively incorporated into the PEO domain. The PS-b-PEO template was subsequently removed by UV treatment, leaving behind a highly dense array of hexagonally packed titania dots. The size of the dots, as well as the lattice spacing of the array, could be fine-tuned by simply controlling the relative amount of sol-gel precursor to PS-WPEO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1160-1164
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005


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