Development of "liquid-like" copolymer nanocoatings for reactive oil-repellent surface

Peng Liu, Hengdi Zhang, Wenqing He, Hualin Li, Jieke Jiang, Meijin Liu, Hongyan Sun, Mingliang He, Jiaxi Cui, Lei Jiang, Xi Yao

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Here, we describe a simple method to prepare oil-repellent surfaces with inherent reactivity. Liquid-like copolymers with pendant reactive groups are covalently immobilized onto substrates via a sequential layer-by-layer method. The stable and transparent nanocoatings showed oil repellency to a broad range of organic liquids even in the presence of reactive sites. Functional molecules could be covalently immobilized onto the oil-repellent surfaces. Moreover, the liquid repellency can be maintained or finely tailored after post-chemical modification via synergically tailoring the film thickness, selection of capping molecules, and labeling degree of the capping molecules. Oil-repellent surfaces that are capable of post-functionalization would have technical implications in surface coatings, membrane separation, and biomedical and analytical technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2248-2256
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • interface
  • liquid-like surfaces
  • nanocoatings
  • oil repellency
  • polymer brush
  • surface chemistry

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