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Issue 37, 2017
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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.

Graphical abstract: Observation of chemically protected polydimethylsiloxane: towards crack-free PDMS

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Submitted
22 Jul 2017
Accepted
07 Sep 2017
First published
07 Sep 2017

Soft Matter, 2017,13, 6297-6303
Article type
Communication

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, 13, 6297
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01457K

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