Title

Synthesis and Application of Polyelectrolyte Brushes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

The synthesis of tethered polyelectrolyte brushes by the use of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) offers a versatile technique with many advantages over traditional free radical polymerization methods. This group has synthesized both homopolymer and diblock copolymer polyelectrolyte brushes using ATRP. The response of these systems to changes in solvent and salt concentration has been investigated, with the degree of response being dependent upon the brush composition. The use of diblock copolymer polyelectrolyte brushes for synthesis of metallic nanoparticles has also been demonstrated.

Publication Title

ACS Symposium Series

Volume

912

First Page

55

Last Page

67