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November 6th, 2003

Switchable surfaces sweep ahead with polymer brushes

Researchers from Iowa State University, US, have created nanoscale switchable surfaces using Y-shaped polymer brushes. The surfaces assembled into different nanoscale clusters according to whether they were exposed to water or an organic solvent. “For the first time, we have created switchable-surface nanostructures with a characteristic dimension on a truly molecular scale, about 10 nm,” Vladimir Tsukruk told “That is well below any spatial dimensions achieved before.”


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