Surface grafted polymer brushes : potential applications in textile engineering

B. Yu, Zijian Zheng, Y. Li, F. Zhou

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Polymer brushes are assemblies of macromolecules that are tethered by one end to a surface or interface. The advantage of polymer brushes over other surface modification methods (e.g. selfassembled monolayers) is their mechanical and chemical robustness, coupled with a high degree of synthetic flexibility towards the introduction of a variety of functional groups. In this paper, an overview of the representative synthesis method of polymer brushes is presented and their potential applications on smart surfaces, wettability and biocompatible surfaces are explored. Their potential applications in textile engineering are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-260
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Polymer brush
  • Surface-initiated polymerization
  • Bio-compatible surface
  • Patterned brush
  • Smart surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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