Rapid Fabrication of Three-Dimensional Porous Films with Biomimetic Patterns by Natural Evaporation of Amphiphilic Polyacetylene Solutions under Ambient Conditions
Abstract:A simple process for fast fabrication of thin films with biomimetic morphological structures from a group of linear homopolymers is developed. Natural evaporation of tetrahydrofuran, chloroform, and hexane–dichloromethane solutions of poly(phenylacetylene)s that contain amino acid and ethylene glycol moieties under ambient conditions instantly produces three-dimensional porous films with structural patterns reminiscent of honeycombs and radiolarian shells. Morphological analysis by optical and electronic microscopy suggests that vesicles of the amphiphilic polymers serve as building blocks in the self-organization to the biomimetic structures.
Document Type: Communications
Affiliations: Department of Chemistry, Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Publication date: 2001-06-01
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