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Title: Functional polymer-silicon hybrids via surface-initiated living radical polymerizations
Authors: XU FUJIAN
Keywords: Si(100); Si(111); Living radical polymerizations; N-Isopropylacrylamide; Poly(ethylene glycol) monomethacrylate; Glycidyl methacrylate
Issue Date: 2-Apr-2007
Citation: XU FUJIAN (2007-04-02). Functional polymer-silicon hybrids via surface-initiated living radical polymerizations. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) is a versatile tool for surface functionalization and allows the preparation of well-defined polymer brushes with dormant chain ends on various types of substrates. The aims of this work were to develop simple methods for immobilizing ATRP initiators, via Si-C bonding, and to prepare a series of well-defined and patterned functional polymer-silicon hybrids via surface-initiated ATRP. The well-defined polymer-silicon hybrids could be exploited as biomaterials for controlling cell adhesion and for coupling biomacromolecules. In addition, surface-initiated ATRP was combined with nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization, or reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, to prepare micropatterned and binary polymer brushes on a Si(100) surface. With the inherent advantage of the electronic properties of silicon substrates, the well-defined (and patterned) functional polymer brushes, and with the bio-reactivity of the coupled biomacromolecules, the functional polymer-silicon hybrids are potentially useful for the fabrication of silicon-based biomedical devices.
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