A method to initiate Kumada catalyst-transfer polycondensation from surface-bound Ni initiators was developed. The first generation of externally addable Ni initiators was supported by monodentate phosphorous ligands. Conjugated polymer brushes of regioregular head-to-tail poly(3-alkylthiophenes) (P3AT) were grown via surface initiated polycondensation of 2-bromo-5-chloromagnesio-3-alkylthiophene from photo-cross-linked poly-4-bromostyrene films. Exposure of the initiator layers to the monomer solution leads to selective chain growth polycondensation of the monomer from the surface, resulting into P3AT brushes in a very economical way.


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