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Monitoring kinetics of surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation


This article reports that the kinetics of surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization can be quantified by the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) technique. The kinetics of in situ growth of poly(oligoethylene glycol methylmethacrylate) monitored on a gold-coated QCM-D sensor chip revealed that changes in the experimentally observed frequency (ΔF) and dissipation (ΔD) as a function of polymerization time were a function of the initiator density, and that the experimental response could be predicted from a continuum model.


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Ma, H., Textor, M., Clark, R.L. et al. Monitoring kinetics of surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation. Biointerphases 1, 35–39 (2006).

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