Charge-driven self-assembly of nanocomposites of ionic polymers and oxide nanoparticles (2006–2010)
This project aims to synthesize a new class of nanocomposite materials containing ionic conducting polymers and oxide nanoparticles (NPs) by charge-driven self-assembly. The key concept is the spontaneous flocculation self-assembly of ionic polymers and oxide NPs in suspension. The self-aggregation behavior and formation mechanism of nanocomposites will be studied. The relationship between synthesis conditions and aggregate size, shape and proton conducting and catalytic properties will be established. The outcomes will lead to possible breakthrough technologies in energy conversion, catalysis and self-cleaning surfaces.