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Keywords:

  • Hydrophilic surfaces;
  • Functionalization;
  • Nanomaterials;
  • Functional materials;
  • Self-assembled monolayers;
  • Super-hydrophobicity
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A functionally cooperating device has been fabricated by combining a pH-responsive surface with hydrogen peroxide-responsive platinum, which displays a diving–surfacing cycle towards mimicking a submarine. This smart device may open a new avenue to the research of nanoscience and bridge the gap between active nanomaterials and three-dimensional nanosystems or systems of systems.