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Superstructures par agr\'egation contr\^ol\'ee de nanocollo\"ides: caract\'erisation structurale par diffusion de neutrons aux petits angles et simulation num\'erique

By Jean-Francois Berret and Julian Oberdisse


The complexation of micelles or charged nanoparticles with neutral-charged block copolymers in aqueous solutions leads to the formation of colloidal superstructures also termed 'colloidal complexes'. Their primary interest relies in their monodispersity in size, and in their increased domain of stability. In this review, the structural characterization by dynamic light scattering, cryo-TEM, and small angle neutron scattering is presented. Small angle neutron scattering results have been analyzed using numerical simulations - Monte Carlo or reverse Monte Carlo (RMC). Such simulations are useful to show the compatibility between different models of colloidal superstructures, and experiment. Our results have allowed us to propose a generic structure of complex colloids, made of a dense core of interacting colloids, bridged by polyelectrolyte blocks, and a hydrated corona. We have shown that such superstructures are formed systematically in these systems, with either micelles or nanoparticles, for different copolymers, and different charges. The text is in French

Topics: Condensed Matter - Soft Condensed Matter
Publisher: 'EDP Sciences'
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1051/sfn/201011012
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