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Ultrathin films of end‐tethered polymers, generally indicated as polymer brushes, have gained great interest for their ability to modify the surface interaction with the surrounding environment. One of the most common strategies to obtain polymer brushes is based on the reaction of end‐functional polymers with the substrate surface, in a process defined as grafting to. The two advantages of grafting to reactions are i) the functional polymer is prepared before the grafting reaction and therefore can be fully characterized and ii) the reaction has a self‐limiting nature, meaning that the number of grafted chains converges to a plateau value after a sufficiently long reaction time. The limit value of grafted chains is governed by the molecular weight of the employed polymer, thus allowing a fine control of the brush thickness. In this work, the origin of the self‐limiting nature of the grafting to reaction is discussed comparing …
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2022

Riccardo Chiarcos, Michele Perego, Michele Laus

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Pages: 2200400
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics