Polymer brushes through adsorption: From early attempts to the ultra-dense and reversible “zipper brush”

Wiebe M. de Vos, J. Mieke Kleijn, Martien A.Cohen Stuart

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Abstract

Polymer brushes have been shown in many investigations to be one of the most powerful systems to control interfacial properties [1–11]. Brushes can be used to coat colloidal particles, thereby strongly enhancing the colloidal stability as the brush prevents particles coming close enough to aggregate [2,3]. Polymer brushes, especially from poly(ethylene oxide) have been shown to protect interfaces from biofouling [4,5] and can be used on medical implants to reduce chances of inflammation [6]. Polymer brushes have been shown to have unique wetting properties [7,8] and can also greatly reduce the friction between two interfaces [9,10]. Especially, polyelectrolyte brushes have the potential to accommodate enzymes without affecting their structure and function [11].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Brushes
Subtitle of host publicationSubstrates, Technologies, and Properties
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages133-161
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781439857953
ISBN (Print)9781439857946
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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    de Vos, W. M., Kleijn, J. M., & Stuart, M. A. C. (2012). Polymer brushes through adsorption: From early attempts to the ultra-dense and reversible “zipper brush”. In Polymer Brushes: Substrates, Technologies, and Properties (pp. 133-161). CRC Press/Balkema. https://doi.org/10.1201/b11824