Self-assembly is a process in which a disordered system forms an organized structure without external direction. Examples include the formation of molecular crystals, lipid bilayers, and polymer brushes. This book reviews the fabrication and use of various self-assembled materials. In particular, the author pays special attention to self-assembled structures when in solution and in contact with surfaces, as such interactions can have a pronounced impact on their properties and applications. The text covers bulk solution and surfaces, assembled structures, colloid particles, polymer capsules, carbon nanotubes, as well as layer-by-layer assembly techniques.
Table of Contents
Carbon-Nanotube-Based LbL Assembly: Nanotubes, Films, and Capsules, J. Cui, H. Li, and J Hao
Nanoengineered Polymer Capsules: From Fabrication to Applications, J. Cui and J. Hao
Inorganic Nanoparticles and Nanostructures Formed at the Air/Water Interface, H.-G. Liu and J. Hao
Polyoxometalate-Based Assembly, D. Fan1 and J. Hao1,2,
Polymer Brushes on Surfaces, F. Zhou and B. Yu
Proteins and Amino Acid-Based Assembly Using Layer-by-Layer Technique, Y. Deng and J. Hao
Jingcheng Hao received his Ph. D. from the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Lanzhou, P. R. China in 1995. Subsequently, Dr. Hao had a series of postdoctoral research positions at Lanzhou Institute, Nagoya University (Japan) as a Daiko Foundation Fellow, Bayreuth University (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, and finally at SUNY-Stony Brook (USA) as a Research Specialist.
In December, 2002, he joined Shandong University, Jinan, P. R. China, where he is currently Professor and Director of the Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education. His research focuses on colloid and interfacial sciences, including surfactants in solution and self-assembly at all scales in bulk solutions and at surfaces. He has obtained National Outstanding Youth Funds (2006), the Changjiang Scholars Award (2007), Lectureship Award of Japan Research Institute of Material Technology (2008), a Contribution Award to the Advancement of Asian Society of Colloid and Interface Sciences (2009), the Chinese Chemical Society-BASF Innovation Prize (2009), and other scientific awards.
Dr. Hao has published over 170 articles including original papers, reviews, books, and book chapters.