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Multiscale patterning of nanocomposite polyelectrolyte/nanoparticle films using inkjet printing and AFM scratching

Leigh, S. J.; Bowen, J. and Preece, J. A. (2015). Multiscale patterning of nanocomposite polyelectrolyte/nanoparticle films using inkjet printing and AFM scratching. Materials Research Express, 2(6), article no. 065301.

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Abstract

The fabrication of structured polymer/nanoparticle composite films through a combination of additive, subtractive and self-assembly methodologies is investigated. Consumer grade inkjet printing hardware is employed to deposit cationic polyelectrolytes on (i) hydrophilic and (ii) hydrophobised glass substrates. The hydrophobisation process controls the spreading of the droplets and hence the lateral size of printed features. The printed cationic polyelectrolyte regions are used as a template to direct the self-assembly of negatively charged gold nanoparticles onto the surface. Micro-scale features are created in the polyelectrolyte/nanoparticle films using AFM scratching to selectively displace material. The effect of substrate wettability on film morphology is discussed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 2053-1591
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Sixth Framework ProgrammeFP6-NMP-14006Not Set
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 43443
Depositing User: James Bowen
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 09:59
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016 06:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43443
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