Surface induced self-organization of comb-like macromolecules

Konstantin I. Popov, Vladimir V. Palyulin, Martin Möller, Alexei R. Khokhlov, Igor I. Potemkin

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We present a review of the theoretical and experimental evidence for the peculiar properties of comb copolymers, demonstrating the uniqueness of these materials among other polymer architectures. These special properties include an increase in stiffness upon increasing side-chain length, the spontaneous curvature of adsorbed combs, rod-globule transition, and specific intramolecular selfassembly. We also propose a theory of chemically heterogeneous surface nanopattern formation in ultrathin films of comblike macromolecules containing two different types (A and B) of incompatible side chains (so-called binary combs). Side chains of the binary combs are strongly adsorbed on a surface and segregated with respect to the backbone. The thickness of surface domains formed by the B side chains is controlled by the interaction with the substrate. We predict the stability of direct and inverse disc-, torus- and stripelike nanostructures. Phase diagrams of the film are constructed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-584
Number of pages16
JournalBeilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Comb copolymers
  • Macromolecules
  • Self-organization


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