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Polymer Brush/Metal Nanoparticle Hybrids for Optical Sensor Applications: from Self-Assembly to Tailored Functions and Nanoengineering
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Author Christau, S. and Genzer, J. and von Klitzing, R.
Year 2014
DOI 10.1515/zpch-2014-0573
Journal Zeitschrift Phys.Chem.
Abstract This review article summarizes the progress of research in the field of polymer brush/metal nanoparticle hybrid materials. We will discuss the mutual influence of polymer brush matrix and particles. Self-assembly of particles within polymer brushes, and ways to control the loading and location of nanoparticles inside polymer brushes will be described, as well as the possibility to use the brush templates as nanoreactors to generate metal nanoparticles. The combination of stimuli-responsive polymer brushes and nanoparticles exhibiting surface plasmon resonance, such as gold or silver, enables the design of optical sensors based on reversible variations of the brush conformation. Sensing devices are capable of detecting a variety of extrinsic variations in their surrounding enviroments. The progress in the development of such optical sensors using brush/particle hybrids will be discussed in more detail.
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