Nanomechanical properties of polymer brushes by colloidal AFM probes

E. Kutnyanszky, Gyula J. Vancso

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Nanomechanical properties of end grafted polymer layers were studied by AFM based, colloidal probe compression measurements. Zwitterionic poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA) brush was grafted from planar Si surface and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMAA) brush was grown on colloidal probe by surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. PMAA brush was further modified with adhesion promoting arginyl-glycyl-aspartic acid (RGD) peptide sequences. Force–distance curves were obtained for systems where the polymer brushes were probed on unmodified surfaces or face to each other. For each systems the grafting density of the polymer brush was determined applying a ‘box’ like polymer brush model based on the theory by de Gennes. ‘Average’ grafting density was calculated in cases when two polymer brushes face each other: RGD functionalized PMAA or PMAA against PSBMA. For our systems the values for the grafting density was between 0.04 and 0.11 nm−2. Furthermore the measured approach force–distance curves were fitted according to the Hertz model and the apparent Young’s modulus was determined for all measurements being in a range of around 250 kPa at physiological conditions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean polymer journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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  • IR-84747


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