Polymer brush growth from surface-textured thin urushiol films

Hirohmi Watanabe, Aya Fujimoto, Rika Yamamoto, Jin Nishida, Yuji Higaki, Atsushi Takahara

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We have demonstrated the growth of polymer brushes from a surface-textured thin urushiol film. Thermal imprinting was done on an initiator-immobilized thin urushiol film, and surface-initiated atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride (MTAC) was conducted from it. The obtained surface showed superhydrophilicity because of the nature of polyelectrolyte polymer brushes on the textured surface. Since thin urushiol film can form on a variety of substrates, the concept shown here could be a universal approach for surface modifications of substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1776-1778
Number of pages3
JournalChemistry Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)


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