Soft Matter for Biomedical Applications
Chapter 11: Recent Advances in the Design of Surface-initiated Polymer Brushes for Biomedical Applications
Published:07 Jun 2021
F. Qu, A. M. Raynold, J. E. Gautrot, 2021. "Recent Advances in the Design of Surface-initiated Polymer Brushes for Biomedical Applications", Soft Matter for Biomedical Applications, Helena S Azevedo, João F Mano, João Borges
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The control and design of surface chemistry, including the development of polymer coatings, play an important role in the performance of materials for a wide range of applications, including in the biomedical field. Polymer brushes are a class of polymer coatings that are based on polymer chains tethered by one end to underlying solid substrates. The development of surface-initiated controlled radical polymerisations for the synthesis of polymer brushes1–3 has enabled the generation of interfaces and nanomaterials with a unique degree of control of chemistry, architecture and physico-chemical properties. These materials also display tuneable responsive properties, such as solvent, temperature,...