Liangfang Zhu

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We show that the microstructures of polycrystalline ice can serve as a confining template for one-dimensional assembly of colloidal nanoparticles. Upon simply freezing an aqueous colloid, the nanoparticles are excluded from ice grains and form chains in the ice veins. The nanoparticle chains are transferable and can be strengthened by polymer encapsulation.(More)
We show that embedding of a surface ligand can dramatically affect the metal-metal interfacial energy, making it possible to create nanostructures in defiance of traditional wisdom. Despite matching Au-Ag lattices, Au-Ag hybrid NPs can be continuously tuned from concentric core-shell, eccentric core-shell, acorn, to dimer structures. This method can be(More)
New methods to self-assemble polystyrene-block-poly(acrylic acid) (PSPAA) on silica via electrostatic interaction and to deposit silica on PSPAA shells are developed. The mutual encapsulation of silica and PSPAA allows versatile syntheses of well-controlled nanohybrids.
Growth of polythiophene (PTh) on five-fold twinned Ag nanowires (NWs) is not symmetrical due to preferred etching of their intrinsic defects. This imbalance of polymer formation leads to consistent bending action along the etched NWs, coiling the resulting Ag-PTh nanocomposites into planar spirals. We studied the etching intermediates and also the effects(More)
We demonstrate that the silica shell on nanoparticles formed by a typical Stöber method is inhomogeneous in nature. The outer layer of the shell is chemically more robust than the inner layer, which can be selectively etched by hot water. Methods are developed to "harden" the soft silica shells. These new understandings are exploited to develop versatile(More)
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