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Title: Electrochemical Applications of Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Thin Films

Abstract

In this work, we discuss electrochemical applications of electrode-supported thin films derived from microphase-separated block copolymers (BCPs). In contrast to conventional homopolymers used for electrode modification, BCPs afford periodic nanoscale structures (microdomains) of uniform dimensions (5-100 nm) and predictable morphologies, which can be controlled by adjusting the lengths of individual homopolymer segments. BCPs usable for electrochemical applications consist of two or more segments that form solute-permeable, redox-active or etchable microdomains and a chemically inert matrix. The resulting microdomains afford nanoscale molecular/charge transport pathways toward the underlying electrode, whereas the matrix serves as a scaffold to improve film stability in a solution. In conclusion, these polymeric thin films provide a unique means for fabricating nanowire arrays via template-based electrochemical synthesis, designing electrochemical sensors with unique selectivity, and constructing electrochemically-tunable functional materials.

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  1. Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS (United States). Department of Chemistry
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Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences Division; USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1478305
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1461705
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0002362
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ChemElectroChem
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 20; Journal ID: ISSN 2196-0216
Publisher:
ChemPubSoc Europe
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

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Ito, Takashi, and Ghimire, Govinda. Electrochemical Applications of Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Thin Films. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1002/celc.201800576.
Ito, Takashi, & Ghimire, Govinda. Electrochemical Applications of Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Thin Films. United States. doi:10.1002/celc.201800576.
Ito, Takashi, and Ghimire, Govinda. Mon . "Electrochemical Applications of Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Thin Films". United States. doi:10.1002/celc.201800576. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1478305.
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title = {Electrochemical Applications of Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Thin Films},
author = {Ito, Takashi and Ghimire, Govinda},
abstractNote = {In this work, we discuss electrochemical applications of electrode-supported thin films derived from microphase-separated block copolymers (BCPs). In contrast to conventional homopolymers used for electrode modification, BCPs afford periodic nanoscale structures (microdomains) of uniform dimensions (5-100 nm) and predictable morphologies, which can be controlled by adjusting the lengths of individual homopolymer segments. BCPs usable for electrochemical applications consist of two or more segments that form solute-permeable, redox-active or etchable microdomains and a chemically inert matrix. The resulting microdomains afford nanoscale molecular/charge transport pathways toward the underlying electrode, whereas the matrix serves as a scaffold to improve film stability in a solution. In conclusion, these polymeric thin films provide a unique means for fabricating nanowire arrays via template-based electrochemical synthesis, designing electrochemical sensors with unique selectivity, and constructing electrochemically-tunable functional materials.},
doi = {10.1002/celc.201800576},
journal = {ChemElectroChem},
number = 20,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}

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