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Microstructured poly(2-oxazoline) bottle-brush brushes on nanocrystalline diamond

Hutter, Naima A., Reitinger, Andreas, Zhang, Ning, Steenackers, Marin, Williams, Oliver Aneurin, Garrido, Jose A. and Jordan, Rainer 2010. Microstructured poly(2-oxazoline) bottle-brush brushes on nanocrystalline diamond. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 12 (17) , pp. 4360-4366. 10.1039/b923789p

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We report on the preparation of microstructured poly(2-oxazoline) bottle-brush brushes (BBBs) on nanocrystalline diamond (NCD). Structuring of NCD was performed by photolithography and plasma treatment to result in a patterned NCD surface with oxidized and hydrogenated areas. Self-initiated photografting and photopolymerization (SIPGP) of 2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline (IPOx) resulted in selective grafting of poly(2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline) (PIPOx) polymer brushes only at the oxidized NCD areas. Structured PIPOx brushes were converted by methyl triflate into the polyelectrolyte brush macroinitiator for the living cationic ring-opening polymerization (LCROP) of 2-oxazolines. The LCROP was performed with 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline (EtOx) as well as 2-(carbazolyl)ethyl-2-oxazoline (CarbOx) as monomers, resulting in structured bottle-brush brushes (BBB) with different pendant side chains and functionalities. FT-IR spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and AFM measurements indicated a high side chain grafting density as well as quantitative and selective reactions. Poly(2-oxazoline) BBBs containing hole conducting carbazole moieties on NCD as electrode material may open the way to advanced amperometric biosensing systems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 1463-9076
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:12

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