Synthesis of highly charged, monodisperse polystyrene colloidal particles for the fabrication of photonic crystals

Chad E. Reese, Carol D. Guerrero, Jesse M. Weissman, Kangtaek Lee, Sanford A. Asher

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We have developed a series of emulsion polymerization recipes for the synthesis of highly charged, monodisperse polystyrene colloids of diameters between 100-400 nm. These spherical colloidal particles were crosslinked with divinyl benzene and functionalized with 1-allyloxy-2-hydroxypropane sulfonate. These highly charged, monodisperse colloidal particles readily self-assemble into robust three-dimensionally ordered crystalline colloidal arrays (CCAs). These CCAs operate as photonic crystals that Bragg diffract light in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared regions of the spectrum. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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