Systematic and reproducible control over average interparticle spacing of Pt, Ni, and Cu nanoparticles embedded in polyimide thin layers was achieved. The metal-catalyzed decomposition of polyimide matrixes surrounding metal nanoparticles causes a decrease in the composite layer thickness, while maintaining the size of nanoparticles. This ability provides an effective methodology for the preparation of metal/polymer nanocomposites with tailored microstructures and holds great promise toward the fundamental understanding of the physical interactions among metal nanoparticles.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry