Responsive Polymer Brushes


A polymer brush consists of end-tethered (grafted, anchored) polymer chains stretched away from the substrate due to the volume-excluded effect. In mixed brushes, two or more different polymers grafted to the same substrate constitute the brush. Unlike unmixed brush polymer, different polymers in the mixed brush segregate into nanoscopic phases. The phase segregation is a lateral segregation process in a nonselective solvent in which different polymers form spherical or elongated clusters. Both the polymers are exposed on the top of the brush. In selective solvents, the mixed brush structure may be seen as a combination of lateral and layered segregation mechanisms. In the latter case, one polymer preferentially segregates to the top of the brush, while another polymer forms clusters segregated onto the grafting surface. The most important difference of the mixed brush compared to the homopolymer brush is that not only the height and density profile but also the composition profile depends on the solvent quality. In other words, the surface composition of the brush is switched by a change in its environment.

Video 1. Mixed polymer brush response to the change of environment (e.g. solvent quality).

The major objective for the application of responsive polymer brushes is to regulate, adjust, and switch interaction forces between the brush and its environment constituted of liquid, vapor, solid, another brush, particles, and so forth. The simplest formulation of the problem is switching between attraction and repulsion. For example, the polymer brush-like layer stabilizes colloidal dispersion. However, upon a change of its environment (medium), the colloid coagulates because the repulsive forces of the brush have been "switched off."

This simple effect has numerous important applications in various technologies, and it has not yet been fully explored and engineered. The same simple problem is important if the friction coefficient, adhesion, or wetting could be rapidly changed to switch off and on for capillary flow, cell adhesion, protein adsorption, cell growth, membrane permeability, and drug release.

Video 2. Mixed responsive polymer brush non-adhesive in air and under aqueous medium.

The complexity of the problem, however, substantially increases when the design of complex responsive systems which mimic the functions of life systems are considered. Such artificially created systems will be capable of reporting on toxins, diagnosing cancer cells, monitoring important parameters of organs, and targeting the release of drugs. Currently, research is focused on how the interactions with polymer brushes may be precisely tuned and monitored in a controlled environment. This has potential benefits for biomaterials, sensors, microfluidic technologies, adhesive materials, micro-actuators, and so forth.


Major Directions:

Polymer Brushes

Polymer Brush. Contact Angle
Figure 1. Stimuli responsive polymer brushes.

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Publications on Topic (review titles are marked blue):
  1. Tokarev, I.; Tokareva, I.; Minko, S. Optical Nanosensor Platform Operating in Near-Physiological pH Range via Polymer-Brush-Mediated Plasmon Coupling. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2011, 3(2), 143-146. Details
  2. Hoy, O.; Zdyrko, B.; Lupitskyy, R.; Sheparovych, R.; Aulich, D.; Wang, J.; Bittrich, E.; Eichhorn, K.-J.; Uhlmann, P.; Hinrichs, K.; Müller, M.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Luzinov, I. Synthetic Hydrophilic Materials with Tunable Strength and a Range of Hydrophobic Interactions. Advanced Functional Materials 2010, 20(14), 2240-2247. Details
  3. Tsyalkovsky, V.; Burtovyy, R.; Klep, V.; Lupitskyy, R.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S.; Luzinov, I. Fluorescent Nanoparticles Stabilized by Poly(ethylene glycol) Containing Shell for pH-Triggered Tunable Aggregation in Aqueous Environment. Langmuir 2010, 26(13), 10684-10692. Details
  4. Stuart, M. A. C.; Huck, W. T. S.; Genzer, J.; Müller, M.; Ober, C.; Stamm, M.; Sukhorukov, G. B.; Szleifer, I.; Tsukruk, V. V.; Urban, M.; Winnik, F.; Zauscher, S.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S. Emerging applications of stimuli-responsive polymer materials. Nature Materials 2010, 9(2), 101-113. Details
  5. Tam, T. K.; Pita, M.; Motornov, M.; Tokarev, I.; Minko, S.; Katz, E. Electrochemical Nanotransistor from Mixed-Polymer Brushes. Advanced Materials 2010, 22(16), 1863-1866. Details
  6. Tam, T. K.; Pita, M.; Trotsenko, O.; Motornov, M.; Tokarev, I.; Halámek, J.; Minko, S.; Katz, E. Reversible "Closing" of an Electrode Interface Functionalized with a Polymer Brush by an Electrochemical Signal. Langmuir 2010, 26(6), 45064513. Details
  7. Motornov, M.; Roiter, Y.; Tokarev, I.; Minko, S. Stimuli-responsive nanoparticles, nanogels and capsules for integrated multifunctional intelligent systems. Progress in Polymer Science 2010, 35(1-2), 174211. Details
  8. Tam, T. K.; Pita, M.; Motornov, M.; Tokarev, I.; Minko, S.; Katz, E. Modified Electrodes with Switchable Selectivity for Cationic and Anionic Redox Species. Electroanalysis 2010, 22(1), 35-40. Details
  9. Motornov, M.; Tam, T. K.; Pita, M.; Tokarev, I.; Katz, E.; Minko, S. Switchable selectivity for gating ion transport with mixed polyelectrolyte brushes: approaching 'smart' drug delivery systems. Nanotechnology 2009, 20(43), article number 434006. Details
  10. Tokarev, I.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S. Molecular-engineered stimuli-responsive thin polymer film: a platform for the development of integrated multifunctional intelligent materials. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2009, 19(38), 6932-6948. Details
  11. Hinrichs, K.; Aulich, D.; Ionov, L.; Esser, N.; Eichhorn, K.-J.; Motornov, M.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S. Chemical and Structural Changes in a pH-Responsive Mixed Polyelectrolyte Brush Studied by Infrared Ellipsometry. Langmuir 2009, 25(18), 10987-10991. Details
  12. Ionov, L.; Houbenov, N.; Sidorenko, A.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S. Stimuli-responsive command polymer surface for generation of protein gradients. Biointerphases 2009, 4(2), FA45-FA49. Details
  13. Pita, M.; Tam, T. K.; Minko, S.; Katz, E. Dual Magnetobiochemical Logic Control of Electrochemical Processes Based on Local Interfacial pH Changes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2009, 1(6), 1166-1168. Details
  14. Minko, S.; Luzinov, I.; Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Lupitskyy, R.; Liu, Y.; Klep, V. Coatings via self-assembly of smart nanoparticles. ACS Symposium Series 2009, 1002 (Smart Coatings II, edited by Provder, Theodore and Baghdachi, Jamil), pp 145-157. Details
  15. Sheparovych, R.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S. Low Adhesive Surfaces that Adapt to Changing Environments. Advanced Materials 2009, 21(18), 1840-1844. Details
  16. Zdyrko, B.; Klep, V.; Li, X.; Kang, Q.; Minko, S.; Wen, X.; Luzinov, I. Polymer brushes as active nanolayers for tunable bacteria adhesion. Materials Science & Engineering, C: Materials for Biological Applications 2009, 29(3), 680-684. Details
  17. Motornov, M.; Zhou, J.; Pita, M.; Tokarev, I.; Gopishetty, V.; Katz, E.; Minko, S. An Integrated Multifunctional Nanosystem from Command Nanoparticles and Enzymes. Small 2009, 5(7), 817-820. Details
  18. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Lupitskyy, R.; Minko, S. Multifunctional nanosystems from stimuli responsive nanoparticles coated with a reversibly switchable shell. PMSE Preprints 2009, 101, 1245-1246.
  19. Tsyalkovsky, V.; Burtovyy, R.; Klep, V.; Lupitskyy, R.; Minko, S.; Luzinov, I. Responsive fluorescent silica nanoparticles via grafting to method. PMSE Preprints 2009, 101, 1680-1681.
  20. Sheparovych, R.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S. Adapting Low-Adhesive Thin Films from Mixed Polymer Brushes. Langmuir 2008, 24(24), 13828-13832. Details
  21. Motornov, M.; Zhou, J.; Pita, M.; Gopishetty, V.; Tokarev, I.; Katz, E.; Minko, S. "Chemical Transformers" from Nanoparticle Ensembles Operated with Logic. Nano Letters 2008,
    8(9), 2993-2997. Details
  22. Tam, T. K.; Zhou, J.; Pita, M.; Ornatska, M.; Minko, S.; Katz, E. Biochemically Controlled Bioelectrocatalytic Interface. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130(33), 10888-10889. Details
  23. Lupitskyy, R.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S. Single Nanoparticle Plasmonic Devices by the "Grafting to" Method. Langmuir 2008, 24(16), 8976-8980. Details
  24. Tam, T. K.; Ornatska, M.; Pita, M.; Minko, S.; Katz, E. Polymer Brush-Modified Electrode with Switchable and Tunable Redox Activity for Bioelectronic Applications. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2008, 112(22), 8438-8445. Details
  25. Luzinov, I.; Minko, S.; Tsukruk, V. V. Responsive brush layers: from tailored gradients to reversibly assembled nanoparticles. Soft Matter 2008, 4(4), 714-725. Details
  26. Minko, S. Grafting on solid surfaces: "Grafting to" and "grafting from" methods In Polymer surfaces and interfaces; Stamm, M., Ed.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008; Ch. 11, pp 215-234. Details
  27. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Katz, E.; Minko, S. Chemical Gating with Nanostructured Responsive Polymer Brushes: Mixed Brush versus Homopolymer Brush. ACS Nano 2008,
    2(1), 41-52. Details
  28. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Lupitskyy, R.; MacWilliams, E.; Minko, S. Superhydrophobic Surfaces Generated from Water-Borne Dispersions of Hierarchically Assembled Nanoparticles Coated with a Reversibly Switchable Shell. Advanced Materials 2008, 20(1), 200-205. Details
  29. Roodenko, K.; Mikhaylova, Y.; Ionov, L.; Gensch, M.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Schade, U.; Eichhorn, K. J.; Esser, N.; Hinrichs, K. Ultrathin responsive polyelectrolyte brushes studied by infrared synchrotron mapping ellipsometry. Applied Physics Letters 2008, 92(10), article number 103102. Details
  30. Sheparovych, R.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S. Rapidly adapting non-adhesive polymer brushes. PMSE Preprints 2008, 99, 555.
  31. Ornatska, M.; Kin, T. T.; Pita, M.; Katz, E.; Minko, S. pH-gating of electrodes functionalized with switchable polymer brush. PMSE Preprints 2008, 99, 528.
  32. Hoy, O.; Zdyrko, B.; Burtovyy, R.; Lupitskyy, R.; Minko, S.; Aulich, D.; Hinrichs, K.; Esser, N.; Luzinov, I. Responsive mixed polymer brush containing protein adsorbing and protein repelling components. PMSE Preprints 2008, 99, 114-115.
  33. Salloum, D.; Minko, S.; Motornov, M.; Lupitskyy, R.; Sheparovych, R.; Sherman, F.; Gartstein, V. Responsive coating design on substrates/particles. PMSE Preprints 2008, 99, 66.
  34. Hinrichs, K.; Aulich, D.; Esser, N.; Minko, S.; Hoy, O.; Luzinov, I.; Eichhorn, K.-J.; Stamm, M. In-situ infrared ellipsometry for the analysis of stimuli-responsive polymer brushes. PMSE Preprints 2008, 99, 23.
  35. Usov, D.; Gruzdev, V.; Nitschke, M.; Stamm, M.; Hoy, O.; Luzinov, I.; Tokarev, I.; Minko, S. Three-Dimensional Analysis of Switching Mechanism of Mixed Polymer Brushes. Macromolecules 2007, 40(24), 8774-8783. Details
  36. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Lupitskyy, R.; MacWilliams, E.; Hoy, O.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S. Stimuli-Responsive Colloidal Systems from Mixed Brush-Coated Nanoparticles. Advanced Functional Materials 2007, 17(14), 2307-2314. Details
  37. Brittain, W. J.; Minko, S. A Structural Definition of Polymer Brushes. Journal of Polymer Science: Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2007, 45(16), 3505-3512. Details (Highlight article)
  38. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Lupitskyy, R.; MacWilliams, E.; Minko, S. Responsive colloidal systems: Reversible aggregation and fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2007, 310(2), 481-488. Details
  39. Minko, S. Smart responsive coatings from mixed polymer brushes. ACS Symposium Series 2007, 957 (Smart Coatings, edited by Provder, Theodore and Baghdachi, Jamil), 79-93. Details
  40. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Tokarev, I.; Roiter, Y.; Minko, S. Nonwettable Thin Films from Hybrid Polymer Brushes Can Be Hydrophilic (Invited paper). Langmuir 2007, 23(1), 13-19. (Switching brushes) Details
  41. Mikhaylova, Y.; Ionov, L.; Rappich, J.; Gensch, M.; Esser, N.; Minko, S.; Eichhorn, K.-J.; Stamm, M.; Hinrichs, K. In Situ Infrared Ellipsometric Study of Stimuli-Responsive Mixed Polyelectrolyte Brushes. Analytical Chemistry 2007, 79(20), 7676-7682. Details
  42. Nitschke, M.; König, U.; Lappan, U.; Minko, S.; Simon, F.; Zschoche, S.; Werner, C. Low pressure plasma-based approaches to fluorocarbon polymer surface modification. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2007, 103(1), 100-109. Details
  43. Uhlmann, P.; Houbenov, N.; Ionov, L.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Oberflächen passen sich an - bürstenartige Polymermoleküle an Oberflächen mit schaltbaren Eigenschaften (Adaptable surfaces - brush-like polymer molecules at surfaces with switchable properties). Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Technischen Universität Dresden 2007, 56(1-2), 47-52 (In German). Details . PDF-version
  44. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Tokarev, I.; Roiter, Y.; Minko, S. Liquid hybrid polymer brushes with rapid reversible switching behavior. Polymer Preprints 2007, 48(1), 719-720.
  45. Motornov, M.; Sheparovych, R.; Lupitskyy, R.; MacWilliams, E.; Hoy, O.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S. Control of interfacial properties of silica nanoparticles with grafted mixed polymer shell. Polymer Preprints 2007, 48(1), 377-378.
  46. Minko, S. Responsive Polymer Brushes. Polymer Reviews 2006, 46(4), 397-420. Details (Invited review)
  47. Ionov, L.; Houbenov, N.; Sidorenko, A.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S. Smart microfluidic channels. Advanced Functional Materials 2006, 16(9), 1153-1160. Details
  48. Nitschke, M.; Konig, U.; Lappan, U.; Minko, S.; Simon, F.; Zschoche, S.; Werner, C. Low pressure plasma-based approaches to fluorocarbon polymer surface modification. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2006, 103(1), 100-109. Details
  49. Uhlmann, P.; Ionov, L.; Houbenov, N.; Nitschke, M.; Grundke, K.; Motornov, M.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Surface functionalization by smart coatings: Stimuli-responsive binary polymer brushes. Progress in Organic Coatings 2006, 55(2), 168-174. Details
  50. Usov, D.; Minko, S.; Nitschke, M.; Stamm, M. Mechanism of Phase Segregation in Binary Polymer Brushes: 3D Experimental Analysis of Inner Structure In Responsive Polymer Materials: Designs and Applications; Minko, S., Ed.; Wiley-Blackwell: Ames, 2006; Ch. 7, pp 115-135. Details
  51. Minko, S.; Tokareva, I.; Fendler, J. H.; Hutter, E. Nanosensors based on responsive polymer brushes. PMSE Preprints 2006, 94, 846.
  52. Zdyrko, B.; Hoy, O.; Curry, J.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S.; Varshney, S. K. Mixed hydrophilic grafted layers with imbedded hydrophobic fragments. PMSE Preprints 2006, 94, 631.
  53. Ionov, L.; Sidorenko, A.; Eichhorn, K.-J.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Hinrichs, K. Stimuli-Responsive Mixed Grafted Polymer Films with Gradually Changing Properties: Direct Determination of Chemical Composition. Langmuir 2005, 21(19), 8711-8716. Details
  54. Hoffmann, F.; Wolff, T.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M., Photochemical structuring and fixing of structures in binary polymer brush layers via 2pi+2pi photodimerization. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2005, 282(2), 349-358. Details
  55. Uhlmann, P.; Houbenov, N.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Surface functionalization by smart binary polymer brushes to tune physico-chemical characteristics at biointerfaces. e-Polymers 2005, 075, 10 p. Details
  56. Minko, S.; Ionov, L.; Sydorenko, A.; Houbenov, N.; Stamm, M.; Zdyrko, B.; Klep, V.; Luzinov, I. Gradient Stimuli Responsive Polymer Grafted Layers in Stimuli-responsive polymeric films and coatings. ACS Symposium Series 2005, 912(Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Films and Coatings, edited by Urban, Marek W.), 68-83. Details
  57. Motornov, M.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S. Responsive nanoparticles with hydrophobic/hydrophilic behavior. Polymer Preprints 2005, 46(2), 78-79.
  58. Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Stamm, M. Mechanism of phase segregation in mixed polymer brushes. Polymer Preprints 2005, 46(2), 39-40.
  59. Lupitskyy, R.; Minko, S.; Tsitsilianis, C. Hierarchical mixed polymer brushes. Polymer Preprints 2005, 46(2), 25-26.
  60. Houbenov, N.; Ionov, L.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Control of protein adsorption on responsive polymer surfaces. Polymer Preprints 2005, 46(2), 1229-1230.
  61. Zdyrko, B.; Hoy, O.; Luzinov, I.; Tokarev, I.; Minko, S.; Varshney, S. K. Gradient polymer brushes for combinatorial surface modification studies. PMSE Preprints 2005, 93, 902-903.
  62. Minko, S., Responsive nanostructured polymer materials for lithography. PMSE Preprints 2005, 92, 143.
  63. Hoffmann, F.; Wolff, T.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M., Photochemical structuring and fixing of structures in binary polymer brush layers via 2pi+2pi photodimerization. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2005, 282(2), 349-358. Details
  64. Tokareva, I.; Minko, S.; Fendler, J. H.; Hutter, E. Nanosensors Based on Responsive Polymer Brushes and Gold Nanoparticle Enhanced Transmission Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2004, 126(49), 15950-15951. Details
  65. Ionov, L.; Houbenov, N.; Sidorenko, A.; Stamm, M.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S. Inverse and Reversible Switching Gradient Surfaces from Mixed Polyelectrolyte Brushes. Langmuir 2004, 20(23), 9916-9919. Details
  66. LeMieux, M. C.; Usov, D.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M.; Tsukruk, V. Local chain organization of switchable binary polymer brushes in selective solvents In Polymer Brushes; Advincula, R. C.; Brittain, W. J.; Caster, K. C.; Rühe, J., Eds.; Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2004; pp 427-440. Details
  67. Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Tokarev, I.; Fahmi, A.; Usov, D. Nanostructures and functionalities in polymer thin films. Macromolecular Symposia 2004, 214, 73-83. Details
  68. Ionov, L.; Sidorenko, A.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Zdyrko, B.; Klep, V.; Luzinov, I. Gradient Mixed Brushes: "Grafting To" Approach. Macromolecules 2004, 37(19), 7421-7423. Details
  69. Minko, S.; Müller, M.; Luchnikov, V.; Motornov, M.; Usov, D.; Ionov, L.; Stamm, M. Mixed polymer brushes: Switching of surface behavior and chemical patterning at the nanoscale In Polymer Brushes; Advincula, R. C.; Brittain, W. J.; Caster, K. C.; Rühe, J., Eds.; Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2004; pp 403-425. Details
  70. Ionov, L.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Hoffmann, F.; Wolff, T. Switching and structuring of binary reactive polymer brush layers. Macromolecular Symposia 2004, 210, 229-235. Details
  71. Luzinov, I.; Minko, S.; Tsukruk, V. Adaptive and responsive surfaces through controlled reorganization of interfacial polymer layers. Progress in Polymer Science 2004, 29(7), 635-698. Details
  72. Draper, J.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S.; Tokarev, I.; Stamm, M. Mixed Polymer Brushes by Sequential Polymer Addition: Anchoring Layer Effect. Langmuir 2004, 20(10), 4064-4075. Details
  73. Usov, D.; Sheparovych, R.; Scholl, A.; Doran, A.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S. Study of switching of top layer composition of mixed polymer brushes with X-ray Photoemission Electron Microscopy. PMSE Preprints 2004, 90, 626-627. pdf version
  74. LeMieux, M. C.; Shulha, H.; Kovalev, A.; Minko, S.; Tsukruk, V. V. Nanoscale forces in complex systems of multi-layered polymer brushes and compliant individual molecules. PMSE Preprints 2004, 90, 207. pdf version
  75. Usov, D.; Nitschke, M.; Chitry, V.; Ulbrich, K.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Mixed polymer brushes with thermal response amplified by roughness. PMSE Preprints 2004, 90, 622-623. pdf version
  76. LeMieux, M. C.; Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Shulha, H.; Stamm, M.; Tsukruk, V. V. Manipulating polymer interfaces: adaptive morphology of mixed brushes in a selective and non-selective surrounding. PMSE Preprints 2004, 90, 372-373. pdf version
  77. Luzinov, I.; Klep, V.; Minko, S.; Iyer, K. S.; Draper, J.; Zdyrko, B. Synthesis of responsive polymer brushes via macromolecular anchoring layer. PMSE Preprints 2004, 90, 224-225. pdf version
  78. Hoffmann, F.; Wolff, T.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Photochemical structuring of binary polymer brush layers via photodimerization. PMSE Preprints 2004, 90, 374-375. pdf version
  79. Ionov, L.; Houbenov, N.; Sidorenko, A.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Gradient mixed polyelectrolyte brushes. PMSE Preprints 2004, 90, 104. pdf version
  80. Ionov, L.; Zdyrko, B.; Sidorenko, A.; Minko, S.; Klep, V.; Luzinov, I.; Stamm, M. Gradient Polymer Layers by "Grafting To" Approach. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2004, 25(1), 360-365. Details
  81. Rühe, J.; Ballauff, M.; Biesalski, M.; Dziezok, P.; Gröhn, F.; Johannsmann, D.; Houbenov, N.; Hugenberg, N.; Konradi, R.; Minko, S.; Motornov, M.; Netz, R. R.; Schmidt, M.; Seidel, C.; Stamm, M.; Stephan, T.; Usov, D.; Zhang, H. Polyelectrolyte brushes In
    Polyelectrolytes with Defined Molecular Architecture I; Schmidt, M., Ed.; Advances in Polymer Science; Springer: New-York, 2004; Vol. 165, pp 79-150. Details
  82. LeMieux, M. C.; Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Stamm, M.; Tsukruk, V. V. Tunable microstructure and nanomechanical properties in a binary polymer brush. PMSE Preprints 2003, 89, 274-275. pdf version
  83. Klep, V.; Minko, S.; Luzinov, I. Mixed polymer layers by "grafting to"/"grafting from" combination. PMSE Preprints 2003, 89, 248-249. pdf version
  84. Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Motornov, M.; Ionov, L.; Stamm, M. Smart responsive interface. PMSE Preprints 2003, 89, 156. pdf version
  85. Minko, S.; Luzinov, I.; Luchnikov, V.; Müller, M.; Patil, S.; Stamm, M. Bidisperse Mixed Brushes: Synthesis and Study of Segregation in Selective Solvent. Macromolecules 2003, 36(19), 7268-7279. Details
  86. LeMieux, M.; Usov, D.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M.; Shulha, H.; Tsukruk, V. V. Reorganization of Binary Polymer Brushes: Reversible Switching of Surface Microstructures and Nanomechanical Properties. Macromolecules 2003, 36(19), 7244-7255. Details
  87. Houbenov, N.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Mixed Polyelectrolyte Brush from Oppositely Charged Polymers for Switching of Surface Charge and Composition in Aqueous Environment. Macromolecules 2003, 36(16), 5897-5901. Details
  88. LeMieux, M.; Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Stamm, M.; Tsukruk, V. V. Direct Measurement of Thermoelastic Properties of Glassy and Rubbery Polymer Brush Nanolayers Grown by "Grafting-from" Approach. Langmuir 2003, 19(15), 6126-6134. Details
  89. Ionov, L.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M.; Gohy, J.-F.; Jérôme, R.; Scholl, A. Reversible Chemical Patterning on Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Film: Environment-Responsive Lithography. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2003, 125(27), 8302-8306. Details
  90. Minko, S.; Müller, M.; Motornov, M.; Nitschke, M.; Grundke, K.; Stamm, M. Two-Level Structured Self-Adaptive Surfaces with Reversibly Tunable Properties. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2003, 125(13), 3896-3900. Details
  91. Grundke, K.; Nitschke, M.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M.; Froeck, C.; Simon, F.; Uhlmann, S.; Pöschel, K.; Motornov, M. Merging two concepts: ultra-hydrophobic polymer surfaces and switchable wettability In Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion; Mittal, K. L., Ed.; VSP: Utrecht, Boston, 2003; Vol. 3, pp 267-291. Details
  92. Zdyrko, B.; Klep, V.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S.; Sydorenko, A.; Ionov, L.; Stamm, M. Gradient polymer brushes. Polymer Preprints 2003, 44(1), 522-523. pdf version
  93. LeMieux, M. C.; Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Stamm, M.; Tsukruk, V. V. Nanomechanical properties of switchable binary polymer brush films. Polymer Preprints 2003, 44(1), 490-491. pdf version
  94. Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Luchnikov, V.; Müller, M.; Ionov, L.; Scholl, A.; Pfütze, G.; Stamm, M. Responsive mixed polymer brushes for patterning of surfaces. Polymer Preprints 2003,
    44(1), 478-479. pdf version
  95. Draper, J.; Luzinov, I.; Ionov, L.; Minko, S.; Varshney, S. K.; Stamm, M. Wettability and morphology of a mixed polymer brush prepared by simultaneous polymer addition.
    Polymer Preprints 2003, 44(1), 570-571. pdf version
  96. Motornov, M.; Minko, S.; Nitschke, M.; Grundke, K.; Stamm, M. Hierarchically structured self-adaptive surfaces. Polymer Preprints 2002, 43(2), 379-380. pdf version
  97. Draper, J.; Luzinov, I.; Tokarev, I.; Minko, S.; Stamm, M. Morphology and wettability of hybrid polymer brushes. PMSE Preprints 2002, 87, 187-188. pdf version
  98. Usov, D.; Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Froeck, C.; Scholl, A.; Müller, M. Nanostructured polymer brushes with reversibly changing properties. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 2002, 727, 17-22.
  99. Minko, S.; Müller, M.; Usov, D.; Scholl, A.; Froeck, C.; Stamm, M. Lateral versus Perpendicular Segregation in Mixed Polymer Brushes. Physical Review Letters 2002, 88(3), article number 035502. Details
  100. Minko, S.; Patil, S.; Datsyuk, V.; Simon, F.; Eichhorn, K.-J.; Motornov, M.; Usov, D.; Tokarev, I.; Stamm, M. Synthesis of Adaptive Polymer Brushes via "Grafting To" Approach from Melt. Langmuir 2002, 18(1), 289-296. Details
  101. Minko, S.; Luzinov, I.; Patil, S.; Datsyuk, V.; Stamm, M. Tuning morphology and surface properties of smart polymer coatings from mixed polymer brushes. PMSE Preprints 2001, 85, 314-315. pdf version
  102. Minko, S.; Patil, S.; Pionteck, J.; Stamm, M. Synthesis of binary polymer brushes via "grafting to" approach. PMSE Preprints 2001, 84, 877-878. pdf version
  103. Minko, S.; Usov, D.; Goreshnik, E.; Stamm, M. Environment-adopting surfaces with reversibly switchable morphology. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2001, 22(3), 206-211.
  104. Stamm, M.; Minko, S.; Goreshnik, E.; Usov, D.; Sidorenko, A. Switching of surface properties with polymer brushes In Interfaces, Adhesion and Processing in Polymer Systems; Anastasiadis, S. H.; Karim, A.; Ferguson, G. S., Eds.; Proceedings MRS, 2000; p 629.
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