Our research focuses on growing functional polymers from surfaces using different surface initiated polymerization techniques.
Much of our research is focused around growing functional polymers from surfaces in a “grafting from” method using different surface initiated polymerization techniques. Surface-bound initiators are tethered to a substrate (such as glass, metal, or plastic) and the polymer is grown directly from the initiator, resulting in the covalent attachment of polymer chains to the surface. In a densely packed environment, the polymer chains adopt an upright conformation, forming what are called polymer brushes. Irreversibly immobilized polymer chains have excellent long-term stability, even adverse environments, which make them attractive for a wide variety of applications. Currently, we are using ring-opening polymerization (ROP), Kumada catalyst-transfer polycondensation (KCTP), Stille catalyst-transfer polycondensation (SCTP), atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and conventional free radical polymerization to develop functional coatings for the following applications: stimuli responsive surfaces, photo-induced mechanical motion, sensors for biological arrays, antimicrobial coatings and enzymatic biofuel cells. Visit research in the Locklin Lab
- Biodegradable Polymers
- Biodegradable Implants
- Surface Initiated Polymerization
- Postpolymerization Functionalization
- Conjugated Polymer Brushes
- Antimicrobial Polymers
- Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels
- Block Copolymers
- Surface-Initiated Ring Open Polymerization
- Mechanoresponsive Polymers
- Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy
- Publications by Dr. Locklin may be found at PubMed.