Buckling Instabilities in Polymer Brush Surfaces via Postpolymerization Modification
Polymers and High Performance Materials
We report a simple route to engineer ultrathin polymer brush surfaces with wrinkled morphologies using postpolymerization modification (PPM), where the length scale of the buckled features can be tuned from hundreds of nanometers to one micrometer using PPM reaction time. We show that partial cross-linking of the outer layer of the polymer brush under poor solvent conditions is critical to obtain wrinkled morphologies upon swelling. Characterization of the PPM kinetics and swelling behavior via ellipsometry and the through thickness composition profile via time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS) provided key insight into parameters influencing the buckling behavior.
Reese, C. M.,
Logan, P. K.,
Thompson, B. J.,
Stafford, C. M.,
Ievlev, A. V.,
Lokitz, B. S.,
Ovchinnikova, O. S.,
Patton, D. L.
(2017). Buckling Instabilities in Polymer Brush Surfaces via Postpolymerization Modification. Macromolecules, 50(21), 8670-8677.
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