Polymer Brushes as a platform for soft nanotechnology

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 in Event, Polymer seminars| Share this article

by Professor Wilhelm Huck of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge

The natural world uses macromolecules to store and exchange information, provide structural integrity, convert chemical to mechanical energy and efficiently catalyze chemical transformations. To bridge the gap between biology and nanofabrication, we focus on surfaces that achieve properties through complex structures delicately crafted at the nanometre scale and use of responsive macromolecules that adapt to external stimuli. The past decade has witnessed an explosion of techniques to control structure and properties of polymer thin films on the nanometre scale. These developments pave the way to functional responsive surfaces of controlled lateral and vertical composition, for applications in optoelectronics, memory storage devices and displays, and bio-responsive materials.

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