Assembly of Nanostructured Films with Hydrophobic Subcompartments via Continuous Assembly of Polymers
Edgar HH Wong, Martin P van Koeverden, Eunhyung Nam, Stefanie N Guntari, Steven Harris Wibowo, Anton Blencowe, Frank Caruso, Greg G Qiao
MACROMOLECULES | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2013
The generation of nanoscale polymer films using complex, hierarchically structured (bio)macromolecular architectures has important implications in the field of materials science. This study details the surface-confined covalent cross-linking of micellar macrocross-linkers derived from the amphiphilic diblock copolymer, polystyrene-b-poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide), via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)-mediated continuous assembly of polymers (CAPATRP), to generate compartmentalized thin films with unique surface morphologies. Using initiator-functionalized silicon wafers, the micellar films were found to be thicker in comparison to thin films prepared from linear macrocros..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council
The authors acknowledge the Australian Research Council under the Australian Laureate Fellowship (FL120100030, F.C.), Future Fellowship (FT110100411, G.G.Q), and Discovery Project (DP1094147 and DP130101846, F.C., G.G.Q) schemes for financial support of this work.