Unraveling the Correlations between Conformation, Lubrication, and Chemical Stability of Bottlebrush Polymers at Interfaces.

In the present study, we monitored the conformation and chemical stability of a hydrophilic bottlebrush (BB) polymer in pure water and buffered saline solutions. We correlated these parameters to lubricating and wear protecting properties. Using the surface forces apparatus (SFA), we show that the BB polymer partially adsorbs on mica surfaces and extends… CONTINUE READING