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Tribology of surface-grafted polymer brushes

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Surface-grafted polymer brushes are a very attractive class of boundary lubricants. This article presents an overview of the tribological properties of surface-attached synthetic polymers. After a brief review of some mechanistic considerations and a discussion of tribological characterization tools, the lubrication properties of the three main classes of surface-attached polymer brushes, viz. (i) hydrophilic, (ii) hydrophobic and (iii) fluorinated brushes, will be presented. The article concludes with a brief discussion of possible applications of polymer brush-based lubricants.

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The article was received on 27 Dec 2015, accepted on 15 Mar 2016 and first published on 05 Apr 2016

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5ME00010F
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016,1, 141-154

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    Tribology of surface-grafted polymer brushes

    P. Mocny and H. Klok, Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 141
    DOI: 10.1039/C5ME00010F

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