Stimuli-Responsive Materials: Stimuli-Responsive Materials with Self-Healing Antifouling Surface via 3D Polymer Grafting (Adv. Funct. Mater. 36/2013)



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A self-healing, long-lasting, antifouling coating is made by S. Minko and co-workers from antifouling polymers grafted to the surface and inside a polymer network film. On page 4593, they show how, if the grafted polymers are detached from the surface in the course of aging, the antifouling effect is spontaneously recovered by the rearrangement of the internally grafted polymers at the interface. 3D-grafted structures demonstrate four-fold longer stability than 2D surface grafted structures. Cover image courtesy of Ella Marushchenko.