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Editor: Greta Heydenrych; Editorial Board Chairs: Christian Amatore, Michael Grätzel, Michel Orrit

Impact Factor: 3.138

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 8/35 (Physics Atomic Molecular & Chemical); 50/144 (Chemistry Physical)

Online ISSN: 1439-7641

Associated Title(s): Advanced Materials, ChemBioChem, ChemCatChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemPhotoChem, ChemSusChem, Small

8_09/2007Cover Picture: Robust, Biomimetic Polymer Brush Layers Grown Directly from a Planar Mica Surface (ChemPhysChem 9/2007)

The cover picture shows biomimetic, zwitterionic polymer brushes grown in situ using atom-transfer radical polymerization from a macroinitiator attached to planar mica surfaces. The brushes are characterized by several different methods, including X-ray reflectometry and optical interferometry (lower right). Using a surface-force balance (SFB), the brushes were shown to be very robustly attached to the mica. This opens the way to versatile modification of mica surfaces, for application in many areas of research where the molecular smoothness of planar mica sheets is crucial, including studies of surface forces and lubrication using the SFB. Find out more in the Communication by Chen et al. on page 1303.

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