Strong and tuneable wet adhesion with rationally designed layer-by-layer assembled triblock copolymer films.

@article{Trger2016StrongAT,
  title={Strong and tuneable wet adhesion with rationally designed layer-by-layer assembled triblock copolymer films.},
  author={Andrea Tr{\"a}ger and Samuel Allen Pendergraph and Torbj{\"o}rn Pettersson and Tobias J Halthur and Tommy Nylander and Anna Carlmark and Lars W{\aa}gberg},
  journal={Nanoscale},
  year={2016},
  volume={8 42},
  pages={
          18204-18211
        }
}
In this study the wet adhesion between Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembled films of triblock copolymer micelles was investigated. Through the LbL assembly of triblock copolymer micelles with hydrophobic, low glass transition temperature (Tg) middle blocks and ionic outer blocks, a network of energy dissipating polymer chains with electrostatic interactions serving as crosslinks can be built. Four triblock copolymers were synthesized through Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). One pair had a… CONTINUE READING