In this chapter, progress is reported over a period of 10-15 years in the area of block copolymer-inorganic nanostructured hybrids from research of the Wiesner group at Cornell University. After introducing the current understanding of diblock copolymer self-assembly, their use as structure-directing agents for amorphous and crystalline inorganic sol nanoparticles (NPs) into nanostructured hybrids is discussed. Examples include silica-type materials, transition metal oxides, as well as metals. In each section, understanding of the materials synthesis parameters that govern ordered nanostructure formation is detailed to provide a general understanding as well as guiding principles for other experimental systems. As a potential application for block copolymer-directed nanostructured inorganic materials, the preparation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with co-continuous cubic morphology (double gyroid) is discussed. Finally, future experimental trends and the need for accelerated development of predictive theory are outlined. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - 2012|