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Tailoring the Attraction of Polymers toward Surfaces

Atomic force microscopy measurement of a thin film with 30 wt % oligomeric isobutylene.

Gila Stein’s lab is developing blends of architecturally distinct polymers that spontaneously sort into layers during melt or solution processing. This technology can decouple the mechanical properties and surface functions of polymer-based materials (plastics), which is important for the design of coatings that inhibit fouling of proteins and microorganisms.

This research is published in Macromolecules.