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Reversible activation of diblock copolymer monolayers at the interface by pH modulation, 1: Lateral chain density and conformation
Citation key rehf06a
Author Rehfeldt, F. and Steitz, R. and Armes, S. P. and von Klitzing, R. and Gast, A. P. and Tanaka, M.
Pages 9171–9176
Year 2006
Journal J. Phys. Chem. B
Volume 110
Number 18
Month may
Abstract This study focuses on the design of chemically regulated surfaces that allow for reversible control of the interactions between biological matter ( cells and proteins) and planar substrates. As a tunable interlayer, we use a monolayer of a near-monodisperse poly[2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate-block-methyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA-PMMA) diblock copolymer. Owing to the relatively large fraction (50%) of the hydrophobic PMMA block, this copolymer forms a stable Langmuir monolayer at the air/water interface. Both in situ and ex situ film balance experiments suggest that the hydrophilic PDMAEMA block adsorbs to the air/water interface in its uncharged state ( pH 8.5), but stretches into the subphase in its charged state ( pH 5.5). Optimization of the preparation protocols enables us to fabricate stable, homogeneous diblock copolymer films on hydrophobized substrates via Langmuir-Schaefer transfer at well-defined lateral chain densities. Ellipsometry and X-ray reflectivity studies of the transferred films confirm that the film thickness can be systematically regulated by the lateral chain densities. The transferred copolymer films remain stable in water for about a week, suggesting that they are promising materials for the creation of pH-controlled solid substrates for the support of biological matter such as proteins and cells.
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