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Polyelectrolyte and Particle Adsorption to Nanopatterned Surfaces



Steven D. Hudson, Thuy Chastek


The adsorption of polyelectrolytes and nanoparticles onto patterned and curved surfaces is investigated (by fluorescence and electron microscopy) and exploited to produce anisotropic patchy particles. Various anisotropic properties are necessary for the self-assembly of complex structures. In this work, particles were bound temporarily to a substrate, so that part of their surfaces is occluded during subsequent surface modification by the adsorption of polyelectrolyte. The substrate surface charge has a significant effect on the adsorption of particles, which provided several advantages in comparison to bare glass substrates. These include much reduced deposition time, a high degree of coverage, and the ability to accommodate both negatively and positively charged particles. Moreover, patch production yield is consistently 99 ± 1 %. Rapid coating methods transferable to roll-to-roll processing were tested, and step-by-step characterization methods to evaluate yield were developed. High-yield site-specific binding of complementary spheres to the lithographic region of patchy particles and surfaces was demonstrated, including binding to positive and negative patches.
Proceedings Title
8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering
Conference Dates
August 23-28, 2009
Conference Location
Montreal, CA


polyelectrolyte adsorption, nanoparticle adsorption, patchy particles, roll-to-roll processing, site-specific binding


Hudson, S. and Chastek, T. (2009), Polyelectrolyte and Particle Adsorption to Nanopatterned Surfaces, 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Montreal, CA, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created August 23, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017