Brief Communication

Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 743-747

First online:

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

  • S. DoughertyAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • , J. LiangAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Email author 

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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.


Heterogeneous Nanofibers Polymers Thin films Wetting Core-shell structure Nanomanufacturing