Macromolecular Rapid Communications

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29_08/2008Macromol. Rapid Commun. 8/2008

Cover: During the past ten years, a number of researchers have described multistep methods for preparing thin polymer films on hydrogen-terminated silicon. To the best of our knowledge we now show the first one-step method (shown on the cover) for polymer thin film growth on this important substrate. This procedure involves the thermal decomposition of a radical initiator, which is believed to abstract hydrogen from the silicon surface. The resulting silicon radicals then appear to react with monomers in solution. Thicker polymer films are obtained by addition of a bifunctional monomer. Further details can be found in the article by R. B. Blake, L. Pei, L. Yang, M. V. Lee, H. J. Conley, R. C. Davis, N. Shirahata, and M. R. Linford* on page 638.

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