Emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization produces highly charged, monodisperse particles for near infrared photonic crystals.

Abstract

We have developed emulsifier-free, emulsion polymerization recipes for the synthesis of highly charged, monodisperse latex particles of diameters between 500 and 1100 nm. These latexes consist of poly[styrene-(co-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)] spherical particles whose surfaces are functionalized with sulfate and carboxylic acid groups. These highly charged, monodisperse particles readily self-assemble into robust, three-dimensionally ordered crystalline colloidal array photonic crystals that Bragg diffract light in the near infrared spectral region. By altering the particle number density, the diffraction wavelength can be tuned from approximately 1000 to approximately 4000 nm.

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@article{Reese2002EmulsifierfreeEP, title={Emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization produces highly charged, monodisperse particles for near infrared photonic crystals.}, author={Chad E. Reese and Sanford A . Asher}, journal={Journal of colloid and interface science}, year={2002}, volume={248 1}, pages={41-6} }