Polymer Surface Modification using Aminopropyltriethoxysilane by
John Howarter and Jeffrey P. Youngblood
Amine-functionalized silanes are capable of modifying polymer surfaces provided there are available polar groups exposed. This creates a silica (glass-like) surface, which can be used as a platform for subsequent functionalizations while maintaining a flexible substrate. By carefully controlling the reaction conditions, a variety of surface morphologies can be created, both ordered and disordered.