Superhydrophobic diffusion barriers for hydrogels via confined interfacial modification

Xi Yao, Lie Chen, Jie Ju, Changhua Li, Ye Tian, Lei Jiang, Mingjie Liu

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A ubiquitous strategy to superhydrophobize the surfaces of synthetic hydrogels is reported, creating heterogeneous wettability across the surface and the inner network. Such wetting disparity shows significant influence on preventing immediate diffusion of substances between the hydrogel and the aqueous environment on different scales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7383-7389
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • confined reactions
  • diffusion barriers
  • hydrogels
  • postmodification
  • superhydrophobic surfaces

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