INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Directional freezing of liquid crystalline systems: from silver nanowire/PVA aqueous dispersions to highly ordered and electrically conductive macroporous scaffolds
HERNÁN E. ROMEO; CRSITINA E. HOPPE; M. A. LOPEZ QUINTELA; ROBERTO J. J. WILLIAMS; YANINA MINABERRY; MATÍAS JOBBÁGY
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
Lugar: Oxford; Año: 2012 vol. 22 p. 9195 - 9195
Highly ordered hybrid metallic-polymeric assemblies were prepared by simultaneously combining two organization-directing tools: the liquid crystalline behavior of high aspect ratio silver nanowires (Ag-NWs) dispersed in poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) aqueous solutions and a cryogenic technique based on the directional freezing of the liquid crystal-like systems. This combination allowed us to render highly oriented Ag-NWs inside macroporous PVA scaffolds. As a consequence of the compact self-assembly of NWs into the structured composites, electrically conductive metallic-polymeric hybrid materials were obtained.