Grafting of polymers from electrodeposited macro-RAFT initiators on conducting surfaces

Carlos D. Grande, Maria Celeste Tria, Guoqian Jiang, Ramakrishna Ponnapati, Yushin Park, Fabio Zuluaga, Rigoberto Advincula

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A novel route for grafting polymers via electropolymerization of a macro-reversible addition fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) agent onto a conducting surface is reported. The electro-deposition of the chain transfer agent (CTA) on the conducting surface was done using cyclic voltammetry (CV). The statistically exposed dithiobenzoate moieties served as a CTA for the polymerization of styrene on a matrix of an electrodeposited conjugated polymer. The polystyrene (PS)-modified substrate was then used as the macro-CTA for the synthesis of the second block of poly-tert-butyl acrylate (PTBA) on the surface. The polymerization from the surface was characterized by surface analytical methods including AFM, XPS, and contact angle measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)938-942
Number of pages5
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep
Externally publishedYes



  • Electropolymerization
  • Grafting
  • Macro-CTA
  • Polymer brushes
  • RAFT
  • Thiophene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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Grande, C. D., Tria, M. C., Jiang, G., Ponnapati, R., Park, Y., Zuluaga, F., & Advincula, R. (2011). Grafting of polymers from electrodeposited macro-RAFT initiators on conducting surfaces. Reactive and Functional Polymers, 71(9), 938-942.