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Tuning surface wettability through supramolecular interactions

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Abstract

A dual-stimuli-responsive surface with tunable wettability, switching between hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity, and responsivity to both temperature (T) and concentration of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD), is reported. Such surfaces are obtained by simply fabricating a poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide-co-adamantanyl acrylamide) P(NIPAAm-co-ADAAm) copolymer thin film on both a flat and an etched silicon substrate. Switching between hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity can be realized over both a temperature range of about 20 °C and over a relatively wide concentration of β-CD range from 0 M to 1 × 10−1 M.

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The article was received on 29 Oct 2010, accepted on 08 Dec 2010 and first published on 06 Jan 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01229G
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 1638-1640
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    Tuning surface wettability through supramolecular interactions

    H. Xia, F. Xia, Y. Tang, W. Guo, X. Hou, L. Chen, Y. Hou, G. Zhang and L. Jiang, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1638
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01229G

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