In this paper we present three novel routes for the preparation of surface-attached polymer networks. In one system the network is formed in situ at the surface by thermal polymerization in solution and from the surface. Another synthetic route starts with a surface that carries photoreactive groups. Onto this surface a polymer is deposited that also carries photoreactive groups and both the crosslinks of the network and the covalent bond to the surface are formed by UV illumination. The third approach start with the in situ formation of surface-attached copolymers that again carry photoreactive groups that are subsequently linked together by UV light. We present evidence for the successful synthesis of these networks and their superior adhesion on glass surfaces.
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Prucker, O., Müller, K. & Rühe, J. Surface-attached Polymer Networks. MRS Online Proceedings Library 629, 98 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-629-FF9.8