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Island brushes to control adhesion of water in oil droplets on planar surfaces

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Abstract

By using molecular self-assembly and polymer brush chemistry, adhesion of water droplets at solid/oil interfaces could be achieved and modulated by external triggers. Silicon wafers were hydrophobically modified with binary mixed self-assembled layers consisting of fluorinated silanes and atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) initiator silanes, and subsequently grafted with responsive polymersvia surface-initiated ATRP. Temperature- and pH-responsive adhesion of water in oil droplets occurred on surfaces coated with phase-separated self-assembled layers and grafted with short polymer chains.

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The article was received on 16 Dec 2010, accepted on 03 May 2011 and first published on 11 Jun 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01501F
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 7013-7020

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    Island brushes to control adhesion of water in oil droplets on planar surfaces

    K. Y. Tan, J. E. Gautrot and W. T. S. Huck, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 7013
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01501F

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