Rapid growth of polymer brushes from immobilized initiators.


This report describes the remarkably rapid synthesis of polymer brushes under mild conditions (50 degrees C) using surface-initiated polymerization. The highly active atom transfer radical polymerization catalyst Cu(I)-1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane allows synthesis of 100 nm thick poly(tert-butyl acrylate) brushes from initiator-modified Au surfaces in just 5 min. Using the same catalyst, polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate yielded 100 nm thick films in 10 and 60 min, respectively. Such growth rates are an order of magnitude greater than those for traditional free-radical polymerizations initiated from surfaces. These polymerizations also retain some features of controlled radical polymerizations, such as the ability to form block copolymer brushes.

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@article{Bao2006RapidGO, title={Rapid growth of polymer brushes from immobilized initiators.}, author={Zhiyi Bao and Merlin L. Bruening and Gregory L. Baker}, journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society}, year={2006}, volume={128 28}, pages={9056-60} }