We report an approach to the post-fabrication placement of chemical functionality on microphase-separated thin films of a reactive block copolymer. Our approach makes use of an azlactone-containing block copolymer that microphase separates into domains of perpendicularly-oriented lamellae. These thin films present nanoscale patterns of amine-reactive groups (reactive stripes) that serve as handles for the immobilization of primary amine-containing functionality. We demonstrate that arbitrary chemical functionality can be installed by treatment with aqueous solutions under mild conditions that do not perturb underlying microphase-separated patterns dictated by the structure of the reactive block copolymer. This post-fabrication approach provides a basis for the development of modular approaches to the design of microphase-separated block copolymer thin films and access to coatings with patterned chemical domains and surface properties that would be difficult to prepare by the self-assembly and processing of functionally complex block copolymers.
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