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Electrochemically Induced Surface-Initiated Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization

Authors

  • Bin Li,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)
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  • Dr. Bo Yu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)
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  • Prof. Wilhelm T. S. Huck,

    1. Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
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  • Prof. Feng Zhou,

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)
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  • Prof. Weimin Liu

    1. State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)
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  • Financial support from the NSFC (grant numbers 21125316 and 51171202) and the CAS (grant number KJZD-EW-M01).

Abstract

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Polymer brushes: Electrically induced atom-transfer radical polymerization allows polymer brushes to grow in air (see picture). The thickness of the brushes is controlled through the ratio of initiator and applied potential. The monomer solution can be reused, which renders this process promising for the polymerization of specialty monomers and for biocompatible polymer brushes grown on complex substrates.

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