Superwettability-based interfacial chemical reactions

Yuchen Wu, Jiangang Feng, Hanfei Gao, Xinjian Feng, Lei Jiang

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Superwetting interfaces arising from the cooperation of surface energy and multiscale micro/nanostructures are extensively studied in biological systems. Fundamental understandings gained from biological interfaces boost the control of wettability under different dimensionalities, such as 2D surfaces, 1D fibers and channels, and 3D architectures, thus permitting manipulation of the transport physics of liquids, gases, and ions, which profoundly impacts chemical reactions and material fabrication. In this context, the progress of new chemistry based on superwetting interfaces is highlighted, beginning with mass transport dynamics, including liquid, gas, and ion transport. In the following sections, the impacts of the superwettability-mediated transport dynamics on chemical reactions and material fabrication is discussed. Superwettability science has greatly enhanced the efficiency of chemical reactions, including photocatalytic, bioelectronic, electrochemical, and organic catalytic reactions, by realizing efficient mass transport. For material fabrication, superwetting interfaces are pivotal in the manipulation of the transport and microfluidic dynamics of liquids on solid surfaces, leading to the spatially regulated growth of low-dimensional single-crystalline arrays and high-quality polymer films. Finally, a perspective on future directions is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800718
Number of pages27
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • biocatalysis
  • electrochemical reactions
  • material fabrication
  • photocatalysis
  • superwettability

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