Complex and Segmented Nanostructures from the Self-Assembly of Polyferrocenylsilane-Containing Block Copolymers

12 March 2015, 4.00 PM - 12 March 2015, 5.00 PM

Dr George R Whittell from School of Chemistry at University of Bristol

NSQI Seminar Room

Polyferrocenylsilanes (PFSs) form a class of metallopolymer that contain iron centres in the main-chain structure. These materials are amenable to common macromolecular processing routes, and have found application as charge dissipation coatings, redox-active gels, precursors to magnetic ceramics, and as components in controlled-release capsules.1 Semi-crystalline examples, incorporated into block copolymers, have been shown to self-assemble in solution to form micelles with spherical, fibre-like2 and platelet3 structures, depending on the size of the PFS segment to that of the coblock. The formation of anisotropic objects (i.e. fibres and platelets) has been attributed to the presence of a crystalline core. This feature has also enabled the preparation of complex micelles with segmented core and corona structures, by the epitaxial crystallization of further block copolymers at the micelle periphery.4,5 In addition, the final dimensions of these structures are linearly related to the amount of copolymer added, thus permitting exquisite control over both size and composition. By judicially varying these parameters, it has been possible to realize colour-tuneable fluorescent micelles6 and induce the formation of supra-micelles,7 under appropriate conditions. A review of these nano- and micro-structures, and more recent results regarding the preparation of segmented platelets will be presented.


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  2. Jason A. Massey, Karen Temple, Lan Cao, Yahya Rharbi, Jose Raez, Mitchell A. Winnik and Ian Manners. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 11577.
  3. Lan Cao, Ian Manners and Mitchell A. Winnik. Macromolecules 2002, 35, 8258.
  4. Xiaosong Wang, Gerald Guerin, Hai Wang, Yishan Wang, Ian Manners and Mitchell A. Winnik. Science 2007, 317, 644.
  5. Zachary M. Hudson, Charlotte E. Boott, Matthew E. Robinson, Paul A. Rupar, Mitchell A. Winnik and Ian Manners. Nat. Chem. 2013, 5, 817.
  6. Zachary M. Hudson, David J. Lunn, Mitchell A. Winnik and Ian Manners. Nat. Commun. 2014, 5, 4372.
  7. Paul A. Rupar, Laurent Chabanne, Mitchell A. Winnik and Ian Manners. Science 2012, 337, 559.

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