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Biotemplated synthesis of stimuli-responsive nanopatterned polymer brushes on microtubules

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Abstract

We report the synthesis of nanostructured stimuli-responsive polymer brushes using atom transfer radical polymerisation initiated on protein filaments of the cytoskeleton. In particular, we used microtubules and prepared thermoresponsive poly-(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes with incorporated fluorescent groups. The use of microtubules as templates for fabrication of “soft” polymeric nanostructures on surfaces opens new possibilities for the design of functional materials.

Graphical abstract: Biotemplated synthesis of stimuli-responsive nanopatterned polymer brushes on microtubules

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The article was received on 31 Jul 2008, accepted on 08 Sep 2008 and first published on 23 Sep 2008


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B813295J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 67-71
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    Biotemplated synthesis of stimuli-responsive nanopatterned polymer brushes on microtubules

    L. Ionov, V. Bocharova and S. Diez, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 67
    DOI: 10.1039/B813295J

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