1st Edition

Polymer Brushes
Substrates, Technologies, and Properties

Edited By

Vikas Mittal

ISBN 9781439857946
Published March 27, 2012 by CRC Press
340 Pages 164 B/W Illustrations

USD $290.00

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Book Description

Polymer Brushes: Substrates, Technologies, and Properties covers various aspects of polymer brush technology, including synthesis, properties, performance, and applications. It presents both experimental details and theoretical insights to enable a better understanding of the brush system.

After an overview of polymer brush systems, the book discusses methods for grafting organic brushes from the surface of clay platelets and for the covalent grafting of PNIPAm brushes. It then describes ferrocene polymer brushes, nonfouling brushes on poly(ethylene terephthalate) film surfaces, brushes formed on the inner surface of cylindrical pores, and the "zipper brush" approach. The authors examine the use of scanning electrochemical microscopy for analyzing brushes and compare surface-controlled atom transfer radical polymerization and surface-controlled single-electron transfer living radical polymerization. They also explore the application of polymer brushes in the chromatographic separations of viruses and proteins and the suppression of proteins and cell adhesions. The text concludes with a look at how polymer brushes are synthesized by surface-initiated iniferter-mediated polymerization.

This book provides a one-stop reference on the various substrates and technologies used to synthesize polymer brushes. The hands-on information in the text will help readers choose the proper synthesis methods and materials for their system.

Table of Contents

Polymer Brushes: An Overview, Vikas Mittal

Grafting of Organic Brushes on the Surface of Clay Platelets, Vikas Mittal

Collapse, Compression, and Adhesion of Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Brushes, Lionel Bureau and Muriel Vayssade

Ferrocene-Functionalized Polymer Brushes: Synthesis and Applications, Xu Li Qun, Kang En-Tang, and Fu Guo Dong

Preparation and Characterization of Nonfouling Polymer Brushes on Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) Film Surfaces, Hong Tan, Jiehua Li, and Qiang Fu

Formation of Polymer Brushes inside Cylindrical Pores, Alexandros G. Koutsioubas

Polymer Brushes through Adsorption: From Early Attempts to the Ultra-Dense and Reversible "Zipper Brush", Wiebe M. de Vos, J. Mieke Kleijn, and Martien A. Cohen Stuart

Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy: Principles and Applications for the Manipulation of Polymer Brushes, Frédéric Kanoufi

Comparison of Surface-Confined ATRP and SET-LRP Syntheses of Polymer Brushes, Keisha B. Walters and Shijie Ding

Stimulus-Responsive Polymer Brushes on Polymer Particles’ Surfaces and Applications, Vikas Mittal

Well-Defined Concentrated Polymer Brushes of Hydrophilic Polymers: Suppression of Protein and Cell Adhesions, Chiaki Yoshikawa and Hisatoshi Kobayashi

Polymer Brushes by Surface-Initiated Iniferter-Mediated Polymerization, Santosh B. Rahane and S. Michael Kilbey II

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Dr. Vikas Mittal is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. He has previously worked at BASF Polymer Research in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and the Sun Chemical Group Europe in London. Dr. Mittal’s research interests include organic-inorganic nanocomposites, novel filler surface modifications, thermal stability enhancements, and polymer latexes with functionalized surfaces.


The main theme of this book is the surface modification with polymer brushes. The book is addressed to experimentalists. It contains a detailed description of methods of preparation and properties of brushes formed by polymers of different chemical structures. This is the main strength of the book.
—Tatiana Birshtein, Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences