Polymer Brushes: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications

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Rigoberto C. Advincula, William J. Brittain, Kenneth C. Caster, Jürgen Rühe
Wiley, Sep 3, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 501 pages
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Materials scientists, polymer chemists, surface physicists and materials engineers will find this book a complete and detailed treatise on the field of polymer brushes, their synthesis, characterization and manifold applications. In a first section, the various synthetic pathways and different surface materials are introduced and explained, followed by a second section covering important aspects of characterization and analysis in both flat surfaces and particles. These specific surface initiated polymerization (SIP) systems such as linear polymers, homopolymers, block copolymers, and hyperbranched polymers are unique compared to previously reported systems by chemisorption or physisorption. They have found their way in both large-scale and miniature applications of polymer brushes, which is covered in the last section. Such 'hairy' surfaces offer fascinating opportunities for addressing numerous problems of both academic and, in particular, industrial interest: high-quality, functional or protective coatings, composite materials, surface engineered particles, metal-organic interfaces, biological applications, micro-patterning, colloids, nanoparticles, functional devices, and many more. It is the desire of the authors that this book will be of benefit to readers who want to "brush-up on polymers".

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Rigoberto C. Advincula is currently Associate Professor atthe Department of Chemistry of the University of Houston. Heobtained his bachelor's degree from the University of thePhilippines in 1987 and his PhD in Chemistry at the University ofFlorida seven years later.
He was Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Max PlanckInstitute for Polymer Research in 1995 and the following year aResearch Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering, StanfordUniversity. In 2003, Dr. Advincula was one of the recipients of theArthur K. Doolittle Award given by the Polymer Materials Scienceand Engineering division of the American Chemical Society. Hiscurrent research interests are in the area of organic and polymermaterials as applied to nanoscale building blocks and phenomena,with applications focusing on electro-optical properties,biofunctional systems, and surface modifiers.

William J. Brittain is currently Professor at theUniversity of Akron, Department of Polymer Science. He obtained hisbachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1977and his PhD in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technologyin 1982.

Kenneth C. Caster is currently Senior Research Scientistwithin the Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and MaterialsSystems at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University. Heobtained his bachelor's degree from Stetson University in 1979 andhis PhD in Chemistry from Duke University in 1983. He was aNational Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universityof Florida from 1983 to 1985, thereafter he spent 18 years inindustrial R&D, first at Union Carbide Corporation in newproduct development and catalysis research, followed by 9 years atLord Corporation, as principle investigator of new materialsresearch in the Lord Materials Division. In 1998, Dr. Caster wasjoint-winner of the Lord Corporation Chemical Products DivisionTechnical Achievement Award for innovation and development ofContact Metathesis Polymerization. He has extensive experience frombasic R&D to process development, and his areas of expertiseinclude ring-opening metathesis polymerization, organophosphoruschemistry, catalysis, ligand design and synthesis, heterocyclicchemistry, and small molecule molecular modeling.

Jürgen Rühe has been Professor forChemistry and Physics of Interfaces at the University of Freiburgsince 1999 and since 2001 he is also director of the Institute forMicrosystems Technology. Prior to this, he was associate professorat the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research. He has beenvisiting scientist at the IBM Almaden Laboratories, at the RIKENInstitute in Tokyo, Japan, the Cavendish Laboratories of Physics,Stanford University and Georgia Institute for Technology. ProfessorRühe has won the prize for Chemistry awarded by theAcademy of Sciences in Göttingen (1999) and the DECHEMAaward 2001. His research interests are directed towards thedevelopment of new methods for the generation of tailor-madesurfaces and the use of polymers in nanosciences and microsystemstechnology.

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