Polymer Nanomanufacturing Strategies for Multifunctional Nanomaterials

J. Mead, C. Barry, M. Wei, A.A. Busnaina
University of Massachusetts Lowell, US

Keywords: nanopatterning, polymer blends, multilayer, coextruson

Summary:

Polymeric materials offer tremendous potential for preparing functional materials using nanoscale fillers and features. For example, the use of nanolayered materials in barrier or optical applications, nanofeatured materials for hydrophobic surfaces, and patterned polymer blends for biological and lithography applications. The utilization of these developments is hampered by the lack of methods to fabricate these structures in a reliable and cost effective manner. High rate, large area fabrication techniques using conventional and novel approaches to facilitate the commercialization of nanotechnology enabled products will be presented. In particular, the directed assembly of nanoelements (conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes) followed by transfer to a polymer to fabricate unique flexible nanopatterned structures for metamaterials, the directed assembly of polymer blends into nonuniform, multi-scale geometries, multi-layer materials by co-extrusion, and nanocomposites.