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Keywords:

  • adhesion;
  • adhesives;
  • biomaterials;
  • hydrogels;
  • stimuli-sensitive polymers;
  • surfaces;
  • swelling

Abstract

Surface wrinkles are interesting since they form spontaneously into well-defined patterns. The mechanism of formation is well-studied and is associated with the development of a critical compressive stress that induces the elastic instability. In this work, we demonstrate surface wrinkles that dynamically change in response to a stimulus can improve interfacial adhesion with a hydrogel surface through the dynamic evolution of the wrinkle morphology. We observe that this control is related to the local pinning of the crack separation pathway facilitated by the surface wrinkles during debonding, which is dependent on the contact time with the hydrogel. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, 2010