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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 853154, 8 pages
Research Article

Patterned Honeycomb Structural Films with Fluorescent and Hydrophobic Properties

1School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
2Department of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience, Institute of Molecular Functional Materials, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Received 19 August 2013; Revised 13 September 2013; Accepted 13 September 2013

Academic Editor: Amir Kajbafvala

Copyright © 2013 Liping Heng 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.


We have fabricated the patterned porous honeycomb-like film with the aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property successfully by breath figure method. Characterization of contact angles (CA) indicated that the patterned porous honeycomb structure can improve the hydrophobicity of the film, while smooth films do not have this function. Characterization of the fluorescence property indicates that the patterned honeycomb structure films are highly emissive. This work could not only be promising for controlling molecular group reorientation and suitable for the application of manipulating surface composition of the film but also make the tetraphenylethene derivatives with AIE properties have a promising application future in special wettability surface. The present findings should open a way for the new application of honeycomb structure materials, which will be useful in many areas, such as sensors, tissue engineering, clinical medicine, and biomaterials.