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Surface grafted polymer brushes as ideal building blocks for “smart” surfaces

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Abstract

Polymer brushes are assemblies of macromolecules chemically tethered at one end to a substrate. They provide an alternative to self-assembled monolayers because of the intrinsically large size of the building blocks and the ensuing entropic contribution to the film morphology. In this article, an overview of a number of representative polymer brush systems will be presented and their potential application for surfaces with controlled wettability, smart surfaces and nanoactuators will be explored in some detail.

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Submitted
05 May 2006
Accepted
03 Jul 2006
First published
21 Jul 2006

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006,8, 3815-3823
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Invited Article

Surface grafted polymer brushes as ideal building blocks for “smart” surfaces

F. Zhou and W. T. S. Huck, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006, 8, 3815
DOI: 10.1039/B606415A

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