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March 2016

Modular Design of Ordered Polymer-Nanoparticle Composites


Scientific Achievement

Molecular Foundry staff and users create a diverse array of self-assembled binary superlattices using polymer-grafted nanocrystals as the colloidal building blocks.

Significance and Impact

This study should open up new and exciting opportunities for the bottom-up design of functional inorganic -organic hybrid materials with controlled nanoscale interfaces and mesoscale ordering.

Research Details


Ye, X., Zhu, C., Ercius, P., Raja, S.N., He, B., Jones, M.R., Hauwiller, M.R., Liu, Y., Xu, T., Alivisatos, A.P., “Structural diversity in binary superlattices self-assembled from polymer-grafted nanocrystals”, Nat. Commun. 6:10052 (2015) doi: 10.1038/ncomms10052