Home List of Titles Architecture of macromolecular network of soft functional materials: from structure to function
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- Architecture of macromolecular network of soft functional materials: from structure to function
- Xiong, Jun-Ying; Liu, Xiang-Yang; Li, Jing-Liang; Vallon, Martin Wilhelm
- An enhanced macromolecular nanofiber network and its implications have been developed by employing the understanding of its formation with an emphasis on its topological aspect. Using agarose aqueous solution as a typical example, the macromolecular nanofiber network of soft functional materials has been clearly visualized for the first time using the developed technique of field emission scanning electronic microscopy coupled with flash-freeze-drying. Both the systematic kinetic study and the image evidence indicates that the nanofiber network in soft functional materials such as agarose turns out to form through a self-expitaxial nucleation-controlled process. This new understanding enables us to engineer ultra functions of soft materials via nanofiber network architecture, which in turn opens up a new direction in nano fabrication.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 111, no. 20 (May 2007), pp. 5558-5563
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- FOR Code(s)
- 0306 Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural); 0904 Chemical Engineering
- Agarose turns; Drying; Fibre networks; Field emission; Macromolecular nanofibre networks; Nanofibres; Scanning electron microscopy; Soft functional materials; Topology
- American Chemical Society
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- Copyright © 2007 American Chemical Society.
- Peer reviewed