BYU Authors: Todd D. Wickard, Emily Nelsen, Nitesh Madaan, Robert C. Davis
, and Matthew R. Linford, published in Langmuir
We report the first attachment of polymers with pendant vinyl groups to hydrogen-terminated silicon(111) (Si(111)-H); 1,2-polybutadiene (M(w) = 3200-3500 g/mol) was attached to Si(111)-H under mild conditions at room temperature with visible light. We also report the partial functionalization, in solution, of 1,2-polybutadiene with various thiols using thiol-ene chemistry and the Subsequent attachments of these compounds to Si(111)-H. The partially functionalized or unfunctionalized polybutadienes allow further functionalization at the surface through their unreacted carbon-carbon double bonds. We present this as a useful strategy for Silicon Surface modification, Surfaces were characterized with contact angle goniometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XIS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM).