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Chiara Gualandi, Cong Duan Vo, Maria Letizia Focarete, Mariastella Scandola, Antonino Pollicino, Giuseppe Di Silvestro and Nicola Tirelli Advantages of Surface-Initiated ATRP (SI-ATRP) for the Functionalization of Electrospun Materials Macromolecular Rapid Communications 34

Article first published online: 26 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/marc.201200648

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Surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) is a very convenient complement to electrospinning; it can proceed under mild and mostly aqueous conditions and produce surface layers with a thickness controlled (e.g., through polymerization time, solvent, and monomer mixture) from a few to a few hundreds of nanometers. The effectiveness of this method in modulating the surface properties (charge, wettability) of PLLA fibers is demonstrated.

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