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Dynamic Perspective on the Function of Thermoresponsive Nanopores from in Situ AFM and ATR-IR Investigations

Popa, Ana Maria
Angeloni, Silvia
Hubbell, Jeffrey A.
Heinzelmann, Harry
Pugin, Raphaël
Published in Langmuir. 2010, vol. 26, no. 19, p. 15356-15365
Abstract This article describes the morphological and chemical characterization of stimuli-responsive functionalized silicon surfaces provided in parallel by atomic force spectroscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) enhanced by the single-beam sample reference attenuated total reflection method (SBSR-ATR). The stimuli-responsive behavior of the surfaces was obtained by grafting-to in melt carboxyl-terminated poly-N-isopropylacryl amides (PNIPAAM) with different degree of polymerization (DP) on epoxide-functionalized silicon substrates. The unprecedented real time and in situ physicochemical insight into the temperature-triggered response of the densely packed superficial brushes allowed for the selection of a PNIPAAM with a specific DP as a suitable polymer for the fabrication of silicon membranes exhibiting switchable nanopores. The fabrication process combines the manufacture of nanoporous silicon surfaces and their subsequent chemical functionalization by the grafting-to in melt of the selected polymer. Then, relevant information was obtained in what concerns the chemical modifications behind the topographical changes that drive the functioning of PNIPAAM-based hybrid nanovalves as well as the timescale on which the opening and closing of the nanopores occur.
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POPA, Ana Maria et al. Dynamic Perspective on the Function of Thermoresponsive Nanopores from in Situ AFM and ATR-IR Investigations. In: Langmuir, 2010, vol. 26, n° 19, p. 15356-15365. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:14783

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