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Observation of chemically protected polydimethylsiloxane: towards crack-free PDMS

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Abstract

The current modification of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates via oxygen plasma treatment causes surface cracks. Here, we demonstrate a method to prevent crack formation by chemical treatment. Chemical modification renders the surface hydrophilic for several days and is effective in preserving the elasticity of the PDMS surface at the nanoscale level.

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The article was received on 22 Jul 2017, accepted on 07 Sep 2017 and first published on 07 Sep 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01457K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
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    Observation of chemically protected polydimethylsiloxane: towards crack-free PDMS

    N. Y. Adly, H. Hassani, A. Q. Tran, M. Balski, A. Yakushenko, A. Offenhäusser, D. Mayer and B. Wolfrum, Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01457K

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