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Programming nanostructures of polymer brushes by dip-pen nanodisplacement lithography (DNL)

Liu, Xuqing and Li, Yi and Zheng, Zijian (2010) Programming nanostructures of polymer brushes by dip-pen nanodisplacement lithography (DNL). Nanoscale .

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Abstract

We report a facile and versatile scanning probe based approach—dip-pen nanodisplacement lithography (DNL)—for manipulating nanostructures of polymer brushes. Nanostructured polymer brushes with sizes as small as 25 nm are made by DNL patterning of the initiator molecules and subsequent surface-initiated polymerization. Nanoconfinement effects including chain collapsing and spreading are observed in the nanopatterned polymer brushes. In addition to chemical structure, size, topography and shape, our approach can also readily program the grafting density, chain configuration, hierarchical structure and multiplexing of the polymer brushes, which allows for the realization of complex chemical surfaces.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:9966
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:28 Nov 2010 15:09
Last Modified:28 Nov 2010 15:09

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