Structured electrochemical materials fabricated from directed self-assembly of block copolymers and advanced lithography

L. Zhang, C. Cao, A. Yakimov, C. G. Arges

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Nanolithography has propelled faster computer chips and even smaller electronic devices, but this patterning technique has not seen widespread adoption for making structured electrochemical materials. A prominent nanopatteming platform championed by numerous semiconductor manufactures is block copolymer lithography. Block copolymers spontaneously self-assemble at the molecular level and they can be directed into long-range ordered, perfect structures via directed self-assembly. Hence, they are attractive candidates for systematic study relating nanostructure to charge-transfer kinetics and transport phenomena. This report highlights the use of block copolymers to study ionic conductivity in microphase separated polymer electrolyte films and for patterning bulk ion-exchange membranes and glassy carbon substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationECS Transactions
EditorsD. J. Jones, F. Buechi, K. E. Swider-Lyons, P. N. Pintauro, H. Uchida, T. J. Schmidt, B. S. Pivovar, H. A. Gasteiger, A. Z. Weber, P. A. Shirvanian, J. M. Fenton, T. F. Fuller, K. Shinohara, K. A. Perry, P. Strasser, C. Coutanceau, S. Mitsushima, R. A. Mantz, S. Narayan, V. Ramani, K. E. Ayers, Y.-T. Kim, H. Xu
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781623324773
StatePublished - 2017
EventSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 17, PEFC 2017 - 232nd ECS Meeting - National Harbor, United States
Duration: Oct 1 2017Oct 5 2017

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-6737
ISSN (Electronic)1938-5862


ConferenceSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 17, PEFC 2017 - 232nd ECS Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNational Harbor

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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