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Séminaire Chimie ED459 / Chaire Total

Electroactive materials across multiple length scales: from monolayers to 3D-printed architectures

Dr. Charl F.J. Faul (School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK | Professeur Invité Chaire Total Balard)

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Le Vendredi 13 mars 2015 à 10h
UM Polytech, salle de cours SC-001 (campus Triolet, bâtiment 31 RdC; attention date et lieu inhabituels)

The challenge of construction of functional hierarchical architectures over multiple length scales is a current theme at the frontier of research into colloids and soft matter. We have extensively exploited the use of electrostatic interactions in our ionic self-assembly (ISA) route over the last decade in pursuit of this goal.[1] In order to achieve a combination of functionality and hierarchical order, we have recently turned our attention to and are investigating:
1. the combination of block copolymer (BCP) self-assembly with ISA (using the combination of block co-polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged surfactants),[2] and metal-containing BCPs;[3]
2. design and synthesis[4] of oligo(aniline)s as well-defined functional moieties for novel surfactants, electroactive nanostructured materials,[5] fibres, and porous materials.[6]

Figure 1 (click for full view)

The possibilities to exert control over structure formation using non-covalent interactions, tuning volume fractions and mutual compatibility provides exciting opportunities to develop design principles for construction – from sub-monolayer thin films to 3D-printed architectures.


1. C. F. J. Faul, Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 3428–3438.
2. N. Houbenov, J. S. Haataja, H. Iatrou, N. Hadjichristidis, J. Ruokolainen, C. F. J. Faul, O. Ikkala, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 2516–2520.
3. R. Ahmed, S. K. Patra, I. W. Hamley, I. Manners, C. F. J. Faul, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 2455–2458.
4. Z. C. Shao, P. Rannou, S. Sadki, N. Fey, D. M. Lindsay, C. F. J. Faul, Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 12512–12521.
5. T. G. Dane, P. T. Cresswell, G. A. Pilkington, S. Lilliu, J. E. Macdonald, S. W. Prescott, O. Bikondoa, C. F. J. Faul, W. H. Briscoe, Soft Matter 2013, 9, 10501–10511.
6. Y. Liao, J. Weber, C. F. J. Faul, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 8002–8005.

Contact ICGM : Dr. Sébastien Clément (équipe CMOS)

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