Unprecedented plasmon-induced nitroxide-mediated polymerization (PI-NMP): A method for preparation of functional surfaces

Olga Guselnikova, Sylvain R.A. Marque, Evgeny V. Tretyakov, David Mares, Vitezslav Jerabek, Gérard Audran, Jean Patrick Joly, Marina Trusova, Vaclav Svorcik, Oleksiy Lyutakov, Pavel Postnikov

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A plasmon as a stimulus opens up new opportunities for selective and regulated "from-surface" polymerization and functionalization of surfaces. Here, the first example of plasmon-assisted nitroxide-mediated polymerization (NMP) of stimuli-responsive block copolymers poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-4-vinylboronic acid is reported. The growth of a polymer film at room temperature was achieved via plasmon-induced homolysis of alkoxyamines covalently attached to the surface of plasmon-active gold gratings at room temperature. Control of temperature, finite-difference time-domain method simulation of plasmon intensity distribution shift during polymerization, electron paramagnetic resonance experiments and other assays provide strong support for the plasmon-initiated mechanism of NMP. We demonstrated not only the control of the resulting polymer thickness but also the preparation of a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy chip for the detection of glycoproteins as a powerful example of plasmon-assisted NMP potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12414-12419
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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