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Issue 1, 2004

Polymer brushes via surface-initiated polymerizations

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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.

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Submitted
15 Jul 2003
First published
02 Dec 2003

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2004,33, 14-22
Article type
Tutorial Review

Polymer brushes via surface-initiated polymerizations

S. Edmondson, V. L. Osborne and W. T. S. Huck, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2004, 33, 14 DOI: 10.1039/B210143M

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