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Tuning structural forces between silica surfaces by temperature-induced micellization of responsive block copolymers

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to demonstrate a method to control interactions between two surfaces by the use of a responsive solution. This was done by performing AFM-based force measurements between two silica surfaces immersed in an aqueous solution of thermo-responsive Pluronics P85 block copolymers. For this system we demonstrate that one can switch between a situation where no long-range forces are acting between the surfaces to a situation where a long-range structural force, oscillating between attractive and repulsive force regimes, is controlling the surface interaction. This shift in behavior is caused by a long-range order introduced by temperature-induced micellization of the block copolymers and is thus simply achieved by changing the temperature from below to above the micellization temperature. We propose that the use of micelle-forming responsive block copolymers is a general method for reversibly controlling surface interactions by a temperature switch. Since the force control is achieved by changes occurring in bulk solution, the nature of the surfaces is expected to play only a relative minor role.

Graphical abstract: Tuning structural forces between silica surfaces by temperature-induced micellization of responsive block copolymers

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Submitted
17 Mar 2010
Accepted
20 May 2010
First published
12 Jul 2010

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 10730-10735
Article type
Paper

Tuning structural forces between silica surfaces by temperature-induced micellization of responsive block copolymers

E. Thormann, P. M. Claesson and O. G. Mouritsen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 10730 DOI: 10.1039/C004413J

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