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353. Braun, Ch.H.; Richter, Th.V.; Schacher, F.H.; Müller, A.H.E.; Crossland, E.J.W.; Ludwigs, S.: Block Copolymer Micellar Nanoreactors for the Directed Synthesis of ZnO Nanoparticles, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 31(8), 729 (2010) -- DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900798
Key words: diblock copolymers, micelles, nanoparticles, self-assembly, thin films

We report the simple one-pot synthesis of size tunable zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) out of an organometallic ZnO precursor using the self-assembly of solution phase polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) micelles. The resulting hybrid material could be deposited on various substrates in a straightforward manner with the NPs showing size-dependent absorption and photoluminescence due to the quantum-size effect. We compare the results to the assembly of preformed NPs which are selectively incorporated in the poly(2-vinylpyridine) core of the micelles due to the high affinity of ZnO to vinylpyridine.

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