Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 743–747

Fabrication of segmented nanofibers by template wetting of multilayered alternating polymer thin films

Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-008-9502-0

Cite this article as:
Dougherty, S. & Liang, J. J Nanopart Res (2009) 11: 743. doi:10.1007/s11051-008-9502-0


Segmented polystyrene (PS) and poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA) nanofibers were fabricated by wetting nanoporous alumina templates with multilayered polymer thin films. The order and thickness of the polymers within the thin films affected the resulting nanofiber morphology, PS and PMMA segment properties, and created unique core-shell structure in the PMMA segments. The core-shell structure suggests a complex wetting phenomenon. Fabrication of polymer nanostructures by wetting of layered thin films opens the arena of multifunctional, one-dimensional, polymer nanostructures with segments having individual and specific functionalities.


HeterogeneousNanofibersPolymersThin filmsWettingCore-shell structureNanomanufacturing

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterUSA