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Arjunanvasantha Vivek

Chemistry and Physics Interface
Postdoc with Junior Fellow Svetlana Santer



Dr. A. V. Vivek studied organic chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and received his Master of Science degree in chemistry in 2002. He received his PhD, working on the graft copolymers via ambient temperature ATRP- synthesis and characterization of new materials at Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. R. Dhamodharan.  He has been worked on many projects in synthesis and characterization of new graft copolymers and its application like stimuli, conducting polymer, template for nanomaterials, lithography and self assembled microporous materials. In 2008, he became a postdoctoral fellow in the School for Soft Matter Research at FRIAS in AFM group PD. Dr. Svetlana Santer. His current research focuses on controlled polymerization onto the nano-particulates and planar substrates.


FRIAS Project

The importance of this project is to study the domain memory effect of diblock-copolymer brushes comprehensively. The block copolymer brushes are responsive of switching their morphology in response to various external stimuli, such as changes in electrical potential, temperature, and pH or the presence of a specific chemical substance via different phase-segregation mechanisms.  The physical and chemical properties of the brush layer may be precisely tuned through the monomer chemistry, polymer architecture, grafting density and molecular weight distribution, which in turn may be controlled with through polymerization chemistry.  The important aspect of this project is that the nanoparticles could be used as carriers for polymer brushes.


Selected Publications


  1. Vivek, A. V. and Dhamodharan, R. (2007): Grafting of methacrylates and styrene on to polystyrene backbone via a “grafting from” ATRP process at ambient temperature.  Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 45, 3818.
  2. Vivek, A. V. and Dhamodharan, R. (2008): Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using graft copolymer by the “polymer brush effect”. Macromolecular Rapid Communication, 29, 737.
  3. Vivek, A. V. and Dhamodharan, R. (2008): Amphiphilic polystyrene-g-poly(N,N-dimethylamino-2-ethyl methacrylate) hydrogel synthesized via room temperature ATRP: studies on swelling behavior and dye sorption. Reactive and Functional polymers 86 (5), 967.
  4. Vivek, A. V., Babu. K and Dhamodharan, R. (2009): Arborescent graft copolymer via ambient temperature ATRP: towards microstructured template. Macromolecules, (ASAP, available online).