Publication 177

    1. Sakai, N.; Lista, M.; Kel, O.; Sakurai, S.; Emery, D.; Mareda, J.; Vauthey, E.; Matile, S. “Self-Organizing Surface-Initiated Polymerization:  Facile Access to Complex Functional Systems” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 15224-15227 

Facile access to complex systems is crucial to generate the functional materials of the future. Herein, we report self-organizing surface-initiated polymerization (SOSIP) as user-friendly method to create ordered as well as oriented functional systems on transparent oxide surfaces. In SOSIP, the self-organization of monomers and ring-opening disulfide exchange polymerization are combined to assure the controlled growth of the polymer from the surface. This approach provides rapid access to thick films with smooth, reactivatable surfaces and long-range order with little defects and high precision, including panchromatic photosys-tems with oriented four-component redox gradients. The activity of SOSIP architectures is clearly better than that of disordered controls.

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