Controlled nanopores by supramolecular assembly of end-functionalized dendrimer and homopolymer blend

Giyoung Song, Ju Eun Kim, Suk Man Cho, Seong Ik Jeon, Hui Joon Park, June Huh, Cheol Hee Ahn, Cheolmin Park

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Supramolecular assembly of end-functionalized polymers, forming block copolymer-like supramolecules based on ionic interaction, has been utilized as a simple and facile method for generating functionalized nanoporous thin film. Here, the binary blend film of aminated poly(ethylene oxide) dendrimer (APEO-G) and sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) at a stoichiometric composition after benzene/water solvent vapor annealing exhibits spherical domains in multilayers over a large area. By controlling the number of end-functional arms of dendrimer via divergent ring-opening polymerization of ethylene oxide as well as the molecular weights of SPS, the domain sizes can be controlled ranging from mainly 34 to 54 nm, even to 131 nm. Our supramolecular-assembly system provides an alternative approach to fabricating a functional nanotemplate by easily etching domains with selective solvent treatment and leaving functional groups at the pore surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1116
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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