Semirigid biobased polymer brush: Poly(α-methylene-γ- butyrolactone) brushes

Yuji Higaki, Ryosuke Okazaki, Atsushi Takahara

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

38 Citations (Scopus)


High-density poly(α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone) (PMBL) brushes were produced by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization of α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone (MBL), a biomass derived from tulips, on a silicon substrate. The relative elastic modulus was evaluated through force-curve measurements using a scanning force microscopy. The friction coefficient was measured using a macroscopic friction test. The PMBL brushes exhibit larger elastic modulus and better friction resistance than PMMA brushes as a result of the highly stretched conformation and polar interaction between PMBL chains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1124-1127
Number of pages4
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 18 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Semirigid biobased polymer brush: Poly(α-methylene-γ- butyrolactone) brushes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this