3D-patterned polymer brush surfaces

Xuechang Zhou, Xuqing Liu, Zhuang Xie, Zijian Zheng

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Polymer brush-based three-dimensional (3D) structures are emerging as a powerful platform to engineer a surface by providing abundant spatially distributed chemical and physical properties. In this feature article, we aim to give a summary of the recent progress on the fabrication of 3D structures with polymer brushes, with a particular focus on the micro- and nanoscale. We start with a brief introduction on polymer brushes and the challenges to prepare their 3D structures. Then, we highlight the recent advances of the fabrication approaches on the basis of traditional polymerization time and grafting density strategies, and a recently developed feature density strategy. Finally, we provide some perspective outlooks on the future directions of engineering the 3D structures with polymer brushes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4929-4939
Number of pages11
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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