Surface-independent reversible transition of oil adhesion under water induced by Lewis acid-base interactions

Muchen Li, Bin Wang, Liping Heng, Lei Jiang

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Reversible surface adhesion transitions are induced by controlling polar interactions at liquid-liquid interfaces and assessed using contact angle hysteresis (Δθ). The switchable oil adhesion is attributed to the decrease in the liquid-liquid interfacial tension from Lewis acid-base interactions at the oil-water interface. Thus, the polar interactions changed the contact state. This study provides a novel strategy for adhesion control, and may inspire scientists working on liquid transport involving oil/water/solid triphase systems and bioadhesion regulation under water.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1400298
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • lewis acid-base interaction
  • micro/nanostructure
  • superoleophobicity
  • switchable oil adhesion

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