Development of “Liquid-like” Copolymer Nanocoatings for Reactive Oil-Repellent Surface

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

133 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations

Related Research Unit(s)


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2248-2256
Journal / PublicationACS Nano
Issue number2
Online published13 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2017


Here, we describe a simple method to prepare oil-repellent surfaces with inherent reactivity. Liquid-like copolymers with pendant reactive groups are covalently immobilized onto substrates via a sequential layer-by-layer method. The stable and transparent nanocoatings showed oil repellency to a broad range of organic liquids even in the presence of reactive sites. Functional molecules could be covalently immobilized onto the oil-repellent surfaces. Moreover, the liquid repellency can be maintained or finely tailored after post-chemical modification via synergically tailoring the film thickness, selection of capping molecules, and labeling degree of the capping molecules. Oil-repellent surfaces that are capable of post-functionalization would have technical implications in surface coatings, membrane separation, and biomedical and analytical technologies.

Research Area(s)

  • interface, liquid-like surfaces, nanocoatings, oil repellency, polymer brush, surface chemistry