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Inorganic Nanoarchitectures by Organic Self-Assembly

Series: Springer Theses

Guldin, Stefan

2013, XVII, 165 p. 66 illus., 50 illus. in color.

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  • Nominated by the University of Cambridge as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis
  • Novel and unique methods of employing soft matter self-assembly for photonic and optoelectronic devices
  • Extended tutorials on soft matter self-assembly and on optical aspects of thin films and interfaces
Macromolecular self-assembly - driven by weak, non-covalent, intermolecular forces - is a common principle of structure formation in natural and synthetic organic materials. The variability in material arrangement on the nanometre length scale makes this an ideal way of matching  the structure-function demands of photonic and optoelectronic devices. However, suitable soft matter systems typically lack the appropriate photoactivity, conductivity or chemically stability. This thesis explores the implementation of soft matter design principles for inorganic thin film nanoarchitectures. Sacrificial block copolymers and colloids are employed as structure-directing agents for the co-assembly of solution-based inorganic materials, such as TiO_2 and SiO_2.  Novel fabrication and characterization methods allow unprecedented control of material formation on the 10 – 500 nm length scale, allowing the design of material architectures with interesting photonic and optoelectronic properties.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Designed Nanoscale Structures - Inorganic Thin Film Nanoarchitectures - Macromolecular Self-assembly - Soft Matter Self-assembly - Tailored Optoelectronic Properties - Tailored Photonic Properties - Thin-film Nanoarchitectures

Related subjects » Condensed Matter Physics - Materials - Optical & Electronic Materials - Optics & Lasers

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