Rod-Like Nanoparticles with Striped and Helical Topography

Jani-Markus Malho, Maria Morits, Tina I. Löbling, Nonappa Nonappa, Johanna Majoinen, Felix H. Schacher, Olli Ikkala, André H. Gröschel

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Abstract

The behavior of nanoparticles in solution is largely dominated by their shape and interaction potential. Despite considerable progress in the preparation of patchy and compartmentalized particles, access to nanoparticles with complex surface patterns and topographies remains limited. Here, we show that polyanionic brushes tethered to rod-like cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) spontaneously develop a striped or helical topography through interpolyelectrolyte complexation with polycationic di-block copolySavemers. Using cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and tomography (cryo-ET), we follow the complexation process and analyze the delicate 3D topography on the CNC surface. The described approach is facile and modular and can be extended to other block chemistries, nanoparticles, and surfaces, thereby providing a versatile platform toward surface-patterned particles with complex topographies and spatially arranged functional groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1185-1190
Number of pages6
JournalACS Macro Letters
Volume5
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • MICELLAR INTERPOLYELECTROLYTE COMPLEXES
  • CELLULOSE NANOCRYSTALS
  • MULTICOMPARTMENT MICELLES
  • NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS
  • PATCHY NANOPARTICLES
  • BLOCK-COPOLYMERS
  • PARTICLES
  • SHELL
  • POLYMERS
  • COLLOIDS

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