Growth control and long-range self-assembly of poly(methyl methacrylate) nanospheres

Rosaria D'Amato, Iole Venditti, Maria Vittoria Russo, Mauro Falconieri

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A systematic investigation of the reaction time and role of a cosolvent (toluene) in inducing several beneficial effects on nanobead properties was performed to achieve the synthesis of poly(methyl methacrylate) nanospheres. In particular, good dimensional control in the range of 100-400 nm, very low polydispersity, and a spherical shape were consistently obtained. Different parameters affecting the self-assembly mechanism leading to the deposition of hard-sphere photonic crystals were studied, and the features underlying their role were examined. Photonic crystals were produced by the evaporation of nanosphere suspensions at different temperatures, relative humidities, and suspension ionic strengths and with different substrate materials. The proper conditions for obtaining large crystal domains were determined. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4493 - 4499
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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