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BioNanoScience

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 654–660 | Cite as

Micro-Patterned Polystyrene Sheets as Templates for Interlinked 3D Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Microstructures

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Abstract

Polystyrene (PS) is currently mainly used as a sacrificial template during pattern release upon microcontact printing or for self-assembled flat free-standing films. We hereby present a method for creating 3D microstructured free-standing self-assembled polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) thin films. The approach presented utilizes a sacrificial microstructured PS template which can be coated with PEM thin films, whereby dissolution of the PS facilitates a free-standing 3D microstructured PEM film. The PS templating approach allows for omitting hot embossing on silicon masters, since PS templates can be prepared by drop casting on silicon masters. The prepared PEM film offers, if gold nanoparticles are incorporated, stimuli-responsive properties like light-induced chamber opening.

Keywords

Polystyrene Sacrificial template Patterned template Self-assembly Polyelectrolyte multilayer 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge financial support by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21503058), the start-up grand of HIT China Scholarship Council No. 201406120038, Queen Mary University of London.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Micro/Nano Technology Research CentreHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  2. 2.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Experimental PhysicsNational Research Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityTomskRussia

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