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Organized arrays of anisotropic nanoparticles show electronic and optical properties that originate from the coupling of shape-dependent properties of the individual nanorods. The organization of nanorods in a controllable and predictable way provides a route to the fabrication of new materials and functional devices. So far, significant progress has been(More)
We report a predefined self-organization of gold nanorods (NRs) end-terminated with multiple polymer arms ("pom-poms") in higher-order structures. The assembly of polymer-tethered NRs was controlled by changing the structure of the polymer pom-poms. We show that the variation in the molecular weight of the polymer molecules and their relative location with(More)
Photothermally driven volume transitions in polymer microgels have promising applications for site-specific drug delivery and photodynamic therapy. We studied the temperature-induced volume phase transitions for a series of thermoresponsive microgels of various compositions to find a system with a sharp transition in the physiologically relevant range(More)
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