Monodisperse conjugated polymer particles by Suzuki-Miyaura dispersion polymerization

A.J.C. Kuehne, M.C. Gather, J.H.B. Sprakel

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The self-assembly of colloidal building blocks into complex and hierarchical structures offers a versatile and powerful toolbox for the creation of new photonic and optoelectronic materials. However, well-defined and monodisperse colloids of semiconducting polymers, which would form excellent building blocks for such self-assembled materials, are not readily available. Here we report the first demonstration of a Suzuki–Miyaura dispersion polymerization; this method produces highly monodisperse submicrometer particles of a variety of semiconducting polymers. Moreover, we show that these monodisperse particles readily self-assemble into photonic crystals that exhibit a pronounced photonic stopgap.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1088
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • aqueous-media
  • nanoparticles
  • laser
  • microparticles
  • films
  • gain
  • dots


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