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Foolproof Method for Fast and Reversible Switching of Water-Droplet Adhesion by Magnetic Gradients

Foolproof Method for Fast and Reversible Switching of Water-Droplet Adhesion by Magnetic Gradients
Moyuan Cao, Ye Tian, Lei Jiang, Zhongpeng Zhu, Cunming Yu, Shuang Zheng, Guanglei Hou, Dianyu Wang, Weining Miao
Reversible switching of water-droplet adhesion on solid surfaces is of great significance for smart devices, such as microfluidics. In this work, we designed a foolproof method for fast and reversible magnet-controlled switching of water-droplet adhesion surfaces by doping iron powders in soft poly(dimethylsiloxane). The water adhesion is adjusted by magnetic field-induced structure changes, avoiding complex chemical or physical surface design. The regulation process is so convenient that only tens of milliseconds are needed. The on-site responsive mechanism extends its use to unusual curved surfaces. Moreover, the excellent reversibility and stability make the film an ideal candidate for real-time applications.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b07409

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b07409

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