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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013, Article ID 287094, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/287094
Research Article

QDs Supported on Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Polymers and Gemini Surfactant

Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de los Caídos s/n, 37008 Salamanca, Spain

Received 7 May 2013; Revised 18 June 2013; Accepted 19 June 2013

Academic Editor: Amir Kajbafvala

Copyright © 2013 T. Alejo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Different LB films of poly(octadecene-co-maleic anhydride), PMAO, poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) partial 2 butoxy ethyl ester cumene terminated, PS-MA-BEE, and Gemini surfactant ethyl-bis(dimethyl octadecylammonium bromide), 18-2-18, have been used to study the effect of the substrate coating on the surface self-assembly of CdSe quantum dots (QDs). Results show that all the “coating molecules” avoid the 3D aggregation of QDs observed when these nanoparticles are directly deposited on mica. Different morphologies were observed depending on the molecules used as coatings, and this was related to the surface properties, such as wetting ability, and the morphology of the coating LB films.