Block copolymer-templated nanoparticles

Well-defined inorganic or hybrid nanoparticles have a wide range of interesting applications in fields such as optics, drug delivery, electronics and catalysis. Our goal is to use a series of dihydrophilic block copolymers as templates to hydrothermally produce nanoparticles with different shapes, sizes and aspect ratios.

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Block copolymer templates

Nanoparticle synthesis

Copper NPs

Zinc oxide NPs

Wei, J.,# Trout, W.,* Simon, Y., Granados-Focil S., Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of 

Triazole-Bearing Cyclobutenes: Diblock copolymer synthesis and evaluation of the effect of   

side group size on polymerization kinetics. Journal of Polymer Science Part A, Chemistry,

2017, 55 (11) 1929-, doi: 10.1002/pola.28565. Link