Surface-grafted polymers from electropolymerized polythiophene RAFT agent

Carlos D. Grande, Maria Celeste Tria, Guoqian Jiang, Ramakrishna Ponnapati, Rigoberto Advincula

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Abstract

The synthesis of grafted homopolymer and block copolymer films is reported using a surface-initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (SI-RAFT) polymerization from electropolymerized polythiophene on indium tin oxide (ITO) and Au electrode surfaces. The polythiophene macro-RAFT agent was electrodeposited by cyclic voltammetry (CV) from thiobenzoate-functionalized terthiophene monomers. The ultrathin films on Au surfaces were investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM), static contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and ellipsometry. On the other hand, the RAFT agent-modified ITO substrate was monitored by UV-vis to track the electropolymerization of the RAFT agent and formation of π-conjugated polymer. Molecular weight (MW) and polydispersity index (PDI) were determined from sacrificial polymerization in solution. AFM imaging revealed typical polymer layer morphology for the films. Investigation of film thicknesses by ellipsometry and AFM profilometry gave comparable results. XPS showed atomic percentages close to expected values, accounting for variations based on component thickness and XPS sensitivity. Diblock copolymer brush formation revealed capabilities of a conventional SI-RAFT procedure using a polythiophene macroinitiator film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)966-975
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecules
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 22
Externally publishedYes

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Polymers
Atomic force microscopy
X ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Ellipsometry
Tin oxides
Indium
Block copolymers
Polymerization
Profilometry
Electropolymerization
Ultrathin films
Conjugated polymers
Polydispersity
Brushes
Homopolymerization
Cyclic voltammetry
Contact angle
Macros
Film thickness
Monomers

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  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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Grande, C. D., Tria, M. C., Jiang, G., Ponnapati, R., & Advincula, R. (2011). Surface-grafted polymers from electropolymerized polythiophene RAFT agent. Macromolecules, 44(4), 966-975. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma102065u

Surface-grafted polymers from electropolymerized polythiophene RAFT agent. / Grande, Carlos D.; Tria, Maria Celeste; Jiang, Guoqian; Ponnapati, Ramakrishna; Advincula, Rigoberto.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 44, No. 4, 22.02.2011, p. 966-975.

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Grande, CD, Tria, MC, Jiang, G, Ponnapati, R & Advincula, R 2011, 'Surface-grafted polymers from electropolymerized polythiophene RAFT agent', Macromolecules, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 966-975. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma102065u
Grande CD, Tria MC, Jiang G, Ponnapati R, Advincula R. Surface-grafted polymers from electropolymerized polythiophene RAFT agent. Macromolecules. 2011 Feb 22;44(4):966-975. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma102065u
Grande, Carlos D. ; Tria, Maria Celeste ; Jiang, Guoqian ; Ponnapati, Ramakrishna ; Advincula, Rigoberto. / Surface-grafted polymers from electropolymerized polythiophene RAFT agent. In: Macromolecules. 2011 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 966-975.
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