Alignment of Ag nanoparticles with graft copolymer bearing thiocarbonyl moieties
Facile networked alignment of AgNPs was attained by employing a graft copolymer bearing C=S moieties prepared via combination of free radical polymerization and polyaddition. The self-assembly induced the formation of the networked structure with cavities leading to translucency. The vertical conductivity depended on contact force, and suggests potential applications for printable devices such as touch screens.
This work was financially supported by Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devices (2012253) and JSPS KAKENHI (20710081). We thank Drs. Katsuaki Suganuma and Masaya Nogi of Osaka University for their kind advices. We also thank Foundation for Promotion of Materials Science and Technology of Japan for the financial support and the HR SEM and STEM measurements.
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