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The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 77–81 | Cite as

Controlled polystyrene brushes grown on AFM tip

  • C. Devaux
  • J.-P. Chapel

Abstract:

We report here the first successful growth of Polystyrene brushes directly from the apex of a conventional AFM tip using a Langmuir-Blodgett deposition technique [1, 2] associated with a controlled free radical polymerization. The efficiency of the grafting together with the possibility to form multi-layers are checked through AFM force measurements between a bare or functionalized tip and a silicon wafer in water or xylene.

PACS. 82.35.-x Polymers: properties; reactions; polymerization – 68.37.Ps Atomic force microscopy (AFM) – 68.47.Pe Langmuir-Blodgett films on solids, polymers on surfaces, biological molecules on surfaces 

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© EDP Sciences, Springer-Verlag, Società Italiana di Fisica 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Devaux
    • 1
  • J.-P. Chapel
    • 1
  1. 1.Polymeric Materials and Biomaterials Laboratory, Claude Bernard - Lyon 1 University, ISTIL 43 boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, FranceFR

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