"Grafting-from" polymerization of PMMA from stainless steel surfaces by a RAFT-mediated polymerization process.

Abstract

The synthesis of grafted PMMA homopolymer films is reported using a surface-initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (SI-RAFT) polymerization from a RAFT-agent immobilized on a silanized stainless steel surface. Therefore, stainless steel surfaces were hydroxylated with piranha solution followed by silanization with 3-aminopropylsilane (APS). The pendant primary amino groups of the cross-linked polysiloxane layer were reacted with 4-cyano-4-[(dodecylsulfanylthiocarbonyl)sulfanyl]pentanoic acid N-hydroxysuccinimide ester to produce a surface with covalently immobilized RAFT agents. PMMA homopolymers of different molecular weights between 13 060 and 45 000 g/mol were then prepared by a surface-initiated RAFT polymerization. Molecular weight (MW) and polydispersity index (PDI) were determined from sacrificial polymerization in solution. The different steps of stainless steel surface modification and the ultrathin films were investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM), static, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR), and ellipsometry.

DOI: 10.1021/la402870p

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@article{Zammarelli2013GraftingfromPO, title={"Grafting-from" polymerization of PMMA from stainless steel surfaces by a RAFT-mediated polymerization process.}, author={Nico Zammarelli and Michael Luksin and Hannes Raschke and Roland Hergenr{\"{o}der and Ralf Weberskirch}, journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids}, year={2013}, volume={29 41}, pages={12834-43} }