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Xin Jin, Jan Strueben, Lars Heepe, Alexander Kovalev, Yogendra K. Mishra, Rainer Adelung, Stanislav N. Gorb and Anne Staubitz Joining the Un-Joinable: Adhesion Between Low Surface Energy Polymers Using Tetrapodal ZnO Linkers Advanced Materials 24

Version of Record online: 24 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201201780

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Tetrapodal ZnO crystals are used for mechanical interlocking of PTFE and cross-linked PDMS, classically non-adhesive polymers. This novel approach is straightforward and easily applicable and leads to a peel strength that is higher than 200 N m−1 without chemical modification of the surfaces. The shape of these fillers emerged as a crucial aspect of the interlocking mechanism.

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