Special Issue "Advances in Polymer Brushes"


A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. William J. Brittain

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
Website: http://brittain.wp.txstate.edu/
Fax: +1 512 245 2374
Interests: surface-immobilized polymers and reactive groups; photoisomerization; organic-inorganic hybrids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is generally recognized that a polymer brush corresponds to an array of macromolecular chains attached to a surface and in sufficient proximity so that the unperturbed solution dimensions (in a good solvent) of the chains are altered. Furthermore, this close proximity causes overlap of adjacent chains and thus significantly alters the conformational dimensions of individual polymer chains. Examples of distinctly different properties include (1) interfacial localization of terminal groups; (2) diffusion control; (3) regulation of steric repulsive forces; (4) control of phase-segregation in response to external stimuli; (5) wetting control; (6) control of protein and cell adsorption; (7) adsorption of molecules; (8) lubrication; and (9) flocculation control.

Polymer brushes were first described in the 1950s. In the last 1–2 decades, there has been a dramatic increase in publications and most macromolecular and/or surface journals now routinely contain articles on polymer brushes. The purpose of this issue is to assess the current state of field, define scope, application and future directions.

Prof. Dr. William J. Brittain
Guest Editor


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p. 1346-1378
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Polymers 2015, 7(7), 1346-1378; doi:10.3390/polym7071346
Received: 12 June 2015 / Revised: 2 July 2015 / Accepted: 10 July 2015 / Published: 20 July 2015
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Polymers 2015, 7(4), 592-609; doi:10.3390/polym7040592
Received: 9 December 2014 / Revised: 6 March 2015 / Accepted: 23 March 2015 / Published: 30 March 2015
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Polymers 2014, 6(8), 2166-2185; doi:10.3390/polym6082166
Received: 16 May 2014 / Revised: 25 June 2014 / Accepted: 15 July 2014 / Published: 13 August 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type: Review
Electroactive Graft Copolymer Brushes: A versatile route to functional surfaces
Lisa T. Strover, Jenny Malmström, Jadranka Travas-Sedjic *
In this review article we discuss recent developments in the design and synthesis of electrochemically-active surfaces produced by grafting polymer brushes from conducting polymers. These materials are readily produced using surface-initiated controlled radical polymerisation methods such as RAFT and ATRP, utilising a conducting polymer backbone that is functionalised with an appropriate chain transfer agent or initiator moiety. Alternatively, conducting polymer-based graft copolymers can be synthesised in solution and subsequently deposited on an appropriate substrate. These techniques are highly adaptable and provide excellent control over composition and architecture of the resulting graft copolymer brush. Wide ranging potential applications include stimuli-responsive surfaces, photovoltaics, sensors, electro-optical materials, semi-conductor devices, micro/nanofluidics and tissue engineering.
Conducting polymer, polymer brush, electroactivity, RAFT, ATRP.


Last update: 22 January 2015

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