|426. Yuan, J.; Müller, A.H.E.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Sheiko, S.S.: Molecular Brushes in: Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference, Vol. 6, A.H.E. Müller, K.L. Wooley, Eds., Elsevier, Oxford, 199-264 (2012) -- DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53349-4.00164-3|
|Key words: Amphiphilic polymers, Atom transfer radical polymerization, Coreshell structure, Cylindrical polymer brushes, Hybrid nanomaterials, Molecular bottlebrushes, Molecular brushes, Polyelectrolytes, Stimuli-responsive polymers, Synthesis, Worm-like structure|
This chapter summarizes the latest research activities on the synthesis, solution and bulk properties, and applications of molecular or cylindrical brushes. These soft materials typically show a worm-like or rod-like conformation in solution and on surfaces as a result of intramolecular excluded-volume interactions between the densely grafted side chains. We focus on important applications, in particular as unimolecular templates for one-dimensional hybrid or inorganic nanostructures, for stimuli-responsive nanoparticles, and for other advanced materials.