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Nanostructured Organic/Inorganic Films from Poly (D-Lysine Hydrobromide) or Poly(N-Methyl.4-Vinyl Pyridinium Bromide) and Hectorite

  • Elaine R. Kleinfeld (a1) and Gregory S. Ferguson (a1)

Abstract

Establishing the generality of any new preparative method is important for its future usefulness in applications of interest. In this paper, we build on results reported earlier for the formation of nanostructured ultrathin films from macromolecular precursors (a particular cationic polyelectrolyte and inorganic sheet silicate) by demonstrating that the method can readily be adapted to different polymers and more complex adsorption schemes. In particular, we used ellipsometry to monitor the regular growth of films incorporating poly(D-lysine hydrobromide) or poly(N-methyl-4-vinylpyridinium bromide) (PMVP) and hectorite. For the PMVP/ hectorite films, X-ray diffraction confirmed the presence of structural order by revealing a lattice spacing of 1.5 nm.

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21. Poly(D-lysine hydrobromide) was obtained from Sigma; Laponite RD was obtained from Laporte Industries Limited.
22. Poly(N-methyl-4-vinylpyridinium bromide) was obtained from Polysciences.
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24. We have not yet attempted to obtain XRD patterns of the other structures discussed in this paper.

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