Special Issue "Advances in Polymer Brushes"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015) | Viewed by 40136
It is generally recognized that a polymer brush corresponds to an array of macromolecular chains attached to a surface and in sufficient proximity so that the unperturbed solution dimensions (in a good solvent) of the chains are altered. Furthermore, this close proximity causes overlap of adjacent chains and thus significantly alters the conformational dimensions of individual polymer chains. Examples of distinctly different properties include (1) interfacial localization of terminal groups; (2) diffusion control; (3) regulation of steric repulsive forces; (4) control of phase-segregation in response to external stimuli; (5) wetting control; (6) control of protein and cell adsorption; (7) adsorption of molecules; (8) lubrication; and (9) flocculation control.
Polymer brushes were first described in the 1950s. In the last 1–2 decades, there has been a dramatic increase in publications and most macromolecular and/or surface journals now routinely contain articles on polymer brushes. The purpose of this issue is to assess the current state of field, define scope, application and future directions.
Prof. Dr. William J. Brittain
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