Special Issue "Nano-Structures of Block Copolymers"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2010)
Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker (Website)
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung, Lehrstuhl für Polymermaterialien und Polymertechnologie, Universität Potsdam, Geiselbergstraße 69, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 331/ 568 1112
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Interests: guided block copolymer assembly; orientation and phase behavior of block copolymers in electric fields; block copolymer/nanoparticle composites; self-assembly of nanoparticles at interfaces; Pickering-Emulsions; template directed nanoparticle assembly; pattern transfer
Block copolymers, their microphase separation as well as their resulting nanoscopic structures have been studied extensively over the past three decades both experimentally and theoretically. Despite considerable efforts and promising results, so far industrially relevant technologies based on block copolymer nanostructures have not yet been developed or at least did not make it to the final product.
This special issue is intended to give the reader an overview over recent cutting edge research and new developments in the field of block copolymer nanotechnology. Here, we would like to place emphasis on work dealing with ways to control and guide the self-assembly of block copolymer systems, the introduction of functionality, block copolymer-based templates, block copolymer hybrid systems, and novel morphologies arising from these hybrid materials. Finally, this issue should also give examples how block copolymer nanostructures can help to meet future requirements in fields like e.g. electronics, data storage as well as energy storage and conversion.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker
- functional block copolymers
- controlled self-assembly
- external/internal fields
- control of order
- hybrid materials
- block copolymer-based applications