The Limited Palette for Photonic Block-Copolymer Materials: A Historical Problem or a Practical Limitation?
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Wang, Z., Chan, c., Parker, R., & Vignolini, S. (2022). The Limited Palette for Photonic Block-Copolymer Materials: A Historical Problem or a Practical Limitation?. Angewandte Chemie International Edition https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202117275
Block copolymer self-assembly has proven to be an effective route for the fabrication of photonic films and, more recently, photonic pigments. However, despite extensive research on this topic over the past two decades, the palette of monomers and polymers employed to produce such structurally colored materials has remained surprisingly limited. In this perspective, we summarize the commonly used block copolymer systems in the literature (considering both linear and brush architectures) and rationalize their use from the point of view of both their historical development and physicochemical constraints. Finally, the current challenges facing the field are discussed and promising new areas of research are highlighted to inspire the community to pursue new directions.
Scientific Perspective, Scientific Perspectives, Block-Copolymers, Mesophases, Nanostructures, Photonic Crystals, Self-Assembly
The European Research Council [ERC-2014-STG H2020 639088; ERC-2017-POC 790518] The Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council [BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship BB/K014617/1; BB/V00364X/1] The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC EP/N016920/1; EP/R511675/1] The Royal Society [IE160420] CSC Cambridge Scholarship Croucher Cambridge International Scholarship.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/K014617/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/R511675/1)
European Research Council (639088)
European Research Council (790518)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/N016920/1)
Royal Society (IE160420)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202117275
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/336327