Synthesis and Characterization of Surface-Initiated Helical Polyisocyanopeptide Brushes

E. Lim, G. Tu, E. Schwartz, Jeroen Johannes Lambertus Maria Cornelissen, A.E. Rowan, Roeland Nolte, W.T.S. Huck

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This article describes the first surface-initiated polymerization of isocyanide monomers onto various surfaces in a controlled manner. Brushes up to 200 nm could be easily obtained within 3 h of polymerization, and the polymer growth was studied as a function of reaction time, monomer concentration, and growth conditions, using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ellipsometry. The monomers used in this study contain dipeptide (l,l-Ala−Ala) side groups; circular dichroism (CD) measurements, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and AFM confirmed that the well-defined helical conformation was retained in the polyisocyanide brushes with hydrogen bonds along the polymer chains.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1945-1951
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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