Superspreading on immersed gel surfaces for the confined synthesis of thin polymer films

Pengchao Zhang, Feilong Zhang, Chuangqi Zhao, Shutao Wang, Mingjie Liu, Lei Jiang

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Liquid spreading is of significant interest in science and technology. Although surface topography engineering and liquid surface-tension regulating can facilitate spreading, the spreading layers in these strategies are inevitably inhomogeneous or contaminated with surfactants. Herein, we show a general strategy to realize the superspreading of liquids on mutually soluble gel surfaces. The cooperation of the hydraulic pressure under liquid phase and liquid-like property of gel surfaces can dramatically eliminate the local pinning effect and enhance the advancement of three-phase contact line, thus forming stable and homogeneous superspreading liquid layers. Such liquid layers can be converted into various functional thin polymer films with controlled thicknesses (nm- to μm-scale) through one-step polymerization of the reactants. Our strategy offers opportunities for large-scale synthesis of versatile functional
thin films for various applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3615-3619
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrogels
  • Organogels
  • Superspreading
  • Thin polymer films
  • Under-liquid

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