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Chirality-Driven Wettability Switching and Mass Transfer

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  • Prof. Dr. Guangyan Qing,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials, Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (P. R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Taolei Sun

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    1. State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials, Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (P. R. China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials, Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (P. R. China)

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  • We thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (91127027, 51173142, 21104061, 21275114) and the Major State Basic Research Development Program of China (973 Program) (2013CB933002) for funding support.

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Enantioselective wetting: Regulating the surface wettability of materials through chiral molecules provides new insight into the design of chiral materials. By taking advantage of a reversible conformational transition, smart polymers present an ideal platform for translating weak chiral signals into macroscopic properties of materials, thus resulting in a distinctive wettability switching driven by chirality (see scheme).

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