Photoiniferter surface grafting of poly(methyl acrylate) using xanthates

Gijs Ramakers, Maarten Rubens, Alexander Krivcov, Hildegard Möbius, Vanessa Trouillet, Alexander Welle, Tanja Junkers

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The UV-induced and catalyst-free photoiniferter surface grafting using xanthate RAFT agents is studied. First, a novel silane containing a xanthate RAFT agent moiety is synthesized and successfully grafted onto a silicon wafer as confirmed by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Next, using only methyl acrylate, solvent and UV light (365 nm) polymer brushes are grafted rapidly from the surface with film thicknesses up to 25 nm reached within half an hour. The obtained polymer films are thoroughly analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ToF-SIMS, and AFM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2002-2007
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2019


  • iniferter
  • photoiniferter
  • photopolymerization
  • polymer brushes
  • RAFT
  • surface functionalization
  • surface grafting
  • UV-initiation

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