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Recent Studies from Johannes Gutenberg-University Add New Data to Nanostructures

May 6, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Physics Week -- A new study on Nanostructures is now available. According to news reporting from Mainz, Germany, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Dual functionalization of nanostructures of block copolymers by simultaneous incorporation of two functionalities into the nanostructures is demonstrated. For this purpose, a blending strategy of two block copolymers is employed, which have the same basic chemical structure for each block but differ in small amounts of functional moieties in one of the blocks."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Johannes Gutenberg-University, "Block copolymers containing thiol and fluorophore functionalities are synthesized, utilizing a block copolymer that features a reactive block of activated esters. With thiol-functionalized block copolymers, selective incorporation of quantum dots (QDs) to lamellar nanostructures is first validated by transmission electron microscopy. Fluorophore functionalization of lamellar nanostructures is also confirmed with fluorophore-anchored block copolymers by photoluminescence spectroscopy."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Then, with a blending strategy of two functionalized block copolymers, dual functionalization of lamellar nanostructures of block copolymers is induced by simultaneous incorporation of QDs and organic fluorophores, which exhibit fluorescence resonance energy transfer due to nanoscale confinement.' xlink:href='urn:x-wiley:10221352:media:macp201400007:macp201400007-abs-0001' >image
For more information on this research see: Dual Functionalization of Nanostructures of Block Copolymers with Quantum Dots and Organic Fluorophores. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2014;215(7):654-661. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics can be contacted at: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh, Boschstrasse 12, D-69469 Weinheim, Germany. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Chae, Johannes Gutenberg Univ Mainz, Inst Organ Chem, D-55099 Mainz, Germany. Additional authors for this research include J.H. Kim, P. Theato, R. Zentel and B.H. Sohn.

Keywords for this news article include: Mainz, Europe, Germany, Quantum Dots, Nanostructural, Nanostructures, Nanotechnology, Quantum Physics, Emerging Technologies

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