The role of polymer spacers in specific adhesion.

  title={The role of polymer spacers in specific adhesion.},
  author={Andr{\'e} G. Moreira and C. Fiolhais F. Nogueira M. Marques},
  journal={The Journal of chemical physics},
  volume={120 13},
We study the role of flexible spacers in specific adhesion from the point of view of polymer reaction--diffusion theory. By assuming that the interactions between complementary adhesion moieties occur on a length scale much smaller than the size of the polymer spacer, we describe in detail binding and rupture between two opposing surfaces. Predictions are given for the physical properties of interest such as the time evolution of bond density and the ranges of attraction and unbinding. We also… CONTINUE READING