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Chem Soc Rev. 2004 Jan 10;33(1):14-22. Epub 2003 Dec 2.

Polymer brushes via surface-initiated polymerizations.

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Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, UKCB2 1EW.

Abstract

Polymer brushes produced by controlled surface-initiated polymerization provide a route to surfaces coated with well-defined thin polymer films that are covalently bound to the substrate. All of the major controlled polymerization techniques have been applied to the synthesis of polymer brushes and examples of each are presented here. Many examples of brush synthesis in the literature have used the living atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) system, and in this tutorial review a particular focus is given to examples of this technique.

PMID:
14737505
DOI:
10.1039/b210143m
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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