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Complex polymer brush gradients based on nanolithography and surface-initiated polymerization

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Abstract

Confined surface gradients consisting of polymer brushes have great potential in various applications such as microfluidic devices, sensors, and biophysical research. Among the available fabrication approaches, nanolithographies combined with self-assembled monolayers and surface-initiated polymerization have became powerful tools to engineer confined gradients or predefined complex gradients on the nanometre size. In this tutorial review, we mainly highlight the research progress of the fabrication of confined polymer brush gradients by using electron beam, laser, and probe-based nanolithographies and the physical base for these approaches. The application of these polymer brush gradients in biomedical research is also addressed.

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The article was received on 25 Nov 2011 and first published on 16 Mar 2012


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15316E
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 3584-3593
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    Complex polymer brush gradients based on nanolithography and surface-initiated polymerization

    X. Lin, Q. He and J. Li, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 3584
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15316E

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