Adaptive superamphiphilic organohydrogels with reconfigurable surface topography for programming unidirectional liquid transport

Ziguang Zhao, Chuxin Li, Zhichao Dong, Yingchao Yang, Longhao Zhang, Shuyun Zhuo, Xintao Zhou, Yichao Xu, Lei Jiang, Mingjie Liu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

63 Citations (Scopus)


Adaptive materials with reconfigurable surface topography in response to external environments have attracted considerable attention in various fields. Here, adaptive superamphiphilic organohydrogels with reconfigurable surface topography are reported, featuring a high degree of freedom. The organohydrogels can simultaneously adapt to different surrounding mediums and reversibly switch between hydrogel- and organogel-dominated surface reconfigurations to realize adaptive superhydrophilic and superoleophilic transitions. Meanwhile, these adaptive organohydrogels possess a heteronetwork complementary effect to elicit surface self-healing capacity. Importantly, owing to these organohydrogels' reversible wettability transition, excellent surface morphing performance and bioinspired strategy, various geometrically complex biomimetic topographies can be programmed, offering unique unidirectional transport for opposite-featured liquids in multimedia environments. Smart organohydrogel-based microfluidic devices are also developed for on-demand remote programming of liquid transport. Therefore, the organohydrogels suggest a reconfigurable surface topography design strategy, and would act as adaptive programmable materials for smart surface applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1807858
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • gel materials
  • reconfigurable surface topography
  • self-healing
  • unidirectional liquid transport
  • wettability transition

Cite this