Surface-initiated anionic polymerization of styrene by means of self assembled monolayers

Rainer Jordan, Abraham Ulman, Jung F. Kang, Miriam H. Rafailovich, Jonathan Sokolov

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A synthetic concept of preparing dense polymer brushes on planar surfaces is described, in which a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of biphenyllithium moieties on gold substrates is used to initiate anionic polymerization of styrene. The thickness of the resulting dry polystyrene brush, as estimated by ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM), is 18 ± 0.2 nm. These techniques also reveal a smooth, homogeneous polymer surface throughout the entire substrate on the macroscopic, as well as on the microscopic, scale, with a roughness of 0.3-0.5 nm (rms). On the basis of results from in situ swelling experiments, monitored by ellipsometry, a polymerization degree of N = 382 and a grafting density of approximately 7-8 chains/R(g)2, or 3.2-3.6 nm2/chain, were calculated with use of mean-field theory. Polarized external reflection (ER) FTIR spectra of the grafted layer confirm highly stretched preferentially oriented polystyrene chains. Upon annealing, spin-coated polystyrene films dewet immediately the brush surface to give polymer droplets with a contact angle of 3°. All obtained results indicate that the described synthetic approach yields densely grafted polymer brushes whose experimental investigations were till now very limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1016-1022
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume121
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 10 1999

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Styrene
Anionic polymerization
Self assembled monolayers
Brushes
Polymerization
Polystyrenes
Polymers
Ellipsometry
Mean field theory
Atomic Force Microscopy
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
Substrates
Gold
Contact angle
Swelling
Atomic force microscopy
Surface roughness
Annealing
Experiments

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Surface-initiated anionic polymerization of styrene by means of self assembled monolayers. / Jordan, Rainer; Ulman, Abraham; Kang, Jung F.; Rafailovich, Miriam H.; Sokolov, Jonathan.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 121, No. 5, 10.02.1999, p. 1016-1022.

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Jordan, Rainer ; Ulman, Abraham ; Kang, Jung F. ; Rafailovich, Miriam H. ; Sokolov, Jonathan. / Surface-initiated anionic polymerization of styrene by means of self assembled monolayers. In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 1999 ; Vol. 121, No. 5. pp. 1016-1022.
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