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Issue 9, 2008
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Polymeric and biomacromolecular brush nanostructures: progress in synthesis, patterning and characterization

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Abstract

A significant scientific and engineering challenge of recent years has been the fabrication of patterned polymeric and biomacromolecular brush nanostructures on surfaces. These structures provide researchers with a rich platform on which to exploit and observe nanoscale phenomena. In this review we present an overview of the field and highlight, through selected examples, recent advances in the nanostructuring of polymer and biomacromolecular brushes. This includes a brief overview of polymer brush synthesis techniques and how these are integrated with nanolithographic and templating approaches. We discuss the characterization of polymeric nanostructures and its associated difficulties, and we provide some perspective of how we see the future direction of the field evolving.

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The article was received on 20 Mar 2008, accepted on 27 May 2008 and first published on 18 Jul 2008


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B804861B
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 1774-1786
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    Polymeric and biomacromolecular brush nanostructures: progress in synthesis, patterning and characterization

    R. Ducker, A. Garcia, J. Zhang, T. Chen and S. Zauscher, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 1774
    DOI: 10.1039/B804861B

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