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Keywords:

  • microcontact printing;
  • polymer brushes;
  • hierarchical microstructures;
  • complex patterns
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The image illustrates dynamic printing using a conventional PDMS stamp by moving or jumping the stamp during microcontact printing (μCP). This new strategy, denoted “dynamic μCP”, could be combined with SI-ATRP to fabricate new, complex (hierarchical and gradient) polymer-brush microstructures with a number of feature morphologies that do not exist on the original stamp. The advantage lies in being able to pattern a series of complex polymer-brush microstructures using a single stamp without sophisticated instrumentation. This allows the various printing conditions for the transfer of thiols onto metallic surfaces to be systematically established, and, further, it provides a point of departure to micro/nanofabrication applied not only to pattern polymer brushes, but also to other fields, such as selective wet etching or the deposition of different materials.