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Polymer brush patterning using self-assembled microsphere monolayers as microcontact printing stamps

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Abstract

Self-assembled microsphere monolayers (SMMs) hold significant promise for micro- and nanopatterning. Here we exploit, for the first time, SMMs as stamps for microcontact printing (μCP) and demonstrate this to fabricate patterned initiator templates that can subsequently be amplified into polymer brushes by surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). SMM stamps avoid the need for expensive and sophisticated instrumentation in pattern generation, and provide a broad range of accessible surface chemistries and pitch size control.

Graphical abstract: Polymer brush patterning using self-assembled microsphere monolayers as microcontact printing stamps

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The article was received on 18 Mar 2011, accepted on 04 May 2011 and first published on 18 May 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05474K
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 5532-5535

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    Polymer brush patterning using self-assembled microsphere monolayers as microcontact printing stamps

    T. Chen, R. Jordan and S. Zauscher, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5532
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05474K

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