Synthesis of Polymer Brushes Using Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

Jeffrey Pyun, Tomasz Kowalewski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

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Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) is a robust method for the preparation of (co)polymers. This process has also enabled the preparation of a wide range of polymer brushes where (co)polymers are covalently attached to either curved or flat surfaces. In this review, the general methodology for the synthesis of polymer brushes from flat surfaces, polymers and colloids is summarized focusing on reports using ATRP. Additionally, the morphology of ultrathin films from polymer brushes is discussed using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and other techniques to confirm the formation of nanoscale structure and organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1043-1059
Number of pages17
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number18
StatePublished - Dec 8 2003


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)
  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Interfaces
  • Nanocomposites
  • Polymer brushes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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