(755e) Orthogonally Spin-Coated Bilayer Films for Photochemical Immobilization and Patterning of Polymer Monolayers
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 4:15pm to 4:30pm
Versatile and spatiotemporally controlled methods for decorating surfaces with monolayers of attached polymers are broadly impactful to many technological applications. However, current materials are usually designed for very specific polymer/surface chemistries and/or do not rapidly respond to high-resolution stimuli such as light. We describe here the use of a polymeric adhesion layer, poly(styrene sulfonyl azide-alt-maleic anhydride) (PSSMA), that is capable of immobilizing a 1-7 nm thick monolayer of preformed, inert polymers via photochemical grafting reactions. Solubility of PSSMA in very polar solvents enables processing alongside hydrophobic polymers or solutions and by extension orthogonal spin-coating deposition strategies. Sequential brush grafting steps using photomasks were used to pattern different regions of surface energy on the same substrate. These patterns spatially controlled the self-assembled domain orientation of a block copolymer, combining top-down and bottom-up nanopatterning approaches.