Self-assembly of non-linear polymers at the air/water interface: The effect of molecular architecture

Lei Zhao, Zhiqun Lin

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Abstract

In comparison with conventional linear polymers, due to the presence of joints, branches, end groups, etc, non-linear polymers possess more variables that allow for the tailoring of steric constraints, stacking interactions, and hydrogen bonding of these polymers at the air/water interface to precisely control the self-assembly process to yield functional Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films for various applications. This Review summarizes recent developments in the field of self-assembly of non-linear polymers at the air/water interface, focusing on the influence of molecular architecture. Four classes of non-linear systems (polymer brushes, star-like polymers, dendritic polymers, and linear-dendritic polymers) with representative examples are highlighted to elaborate their interfacial behaviors originating from different molecular architectures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10520-10535
Number of pages16
JournalSoft Matter
Volume7
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Nov 2011

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