Polymer brush patterning using self-assembled microsphere monolayers as microcontact printing stamps

TitlePolymer brush patterning using self-assembled microsphere monolayers as microcontact printing stamps
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsT Chen, R Jordan, and S Zauscher
JournalSoft Matter
Volume7
Issue12
Start Page5532
Pagination5532 - 5535
Date Published06/2011
Abstract

Self-assembled microsphere monolayers (SMMs) hold significant promise for micro- and nanopatterning. Here we exploit, for the first time, SMMs as stamps for microcontact printing (μCP) and demonstrate this to fabricate patterned initiator templates that can subsequently be amplified into polymer brushes by surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). SMM stamps avoid the need for expensive and sophisticated instrumentation in pattern generation, and provide a broad range of accessible surface chemistries and pitch size control. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

DOI10.1039/c1sm05474k
Short TitleSoft Matter