Chinese Journal of Polymer Science

, Volume 35, Issue 10, pp 1212–1221 | Cite as

Assembly of highly ordered 2D arrays of silver-PNIPAM hybrid microgels



A strategy was developed for the synthesis of highly ordered 2D arrays of Ag-PNIPAM hybrid microgel. The highly ordered 2D arrays of PNIPAM microgel were prepared by dispersing PNIPAM microgel on a charge-reversible substrate. The microgel spheres self-assembled into a 3D colloidal crystal, and the first 111 plane was fixed in situ onto the substrate as a result of spontaneous charge reversal of the substrate, leaving a high-quality 2D array of PNIPAM microgel. Ag nanoparticles were then synthesized in situ inside the microgel spheres by introduction of Ag+ ions into the microgel spheres and reduction with sodium borohydride. The resulting 2D arrays are highly ordered. The inter-particle distance in the array can be tuned. In addition, the method allows the synthesis of large size arrays and the use of nonplanar substrate.


2D colloidal crystal Microgel Charge reversal Self-assembly 


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Assembly of Highly Ordered 2D Arrays of Silver-PNIPAM Hybrid Microgels


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© Chinese Chemical Society, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials and State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology, The Co-Innovation Center of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Tianjin, Institute of Polymer Chemistry, College of ChemistryNankai UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada

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