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Niko Aarne, Prof. Janne Laine, Dr. Tuomas Hänninen, Ville Rantanen, Dr. Jani Seitsonen, Prof. Janne Ruokolainen and Dr. Eero Kontturi Controlled Hydrophobic Functionalization of Natural Fibers through Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymer Micelles ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300218

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Rough and ready: A platform technology for the hydrophobization of natural fibers in water through amphiphilic block copolymer micelle adsorption onto fibers and subsequent heating. The natural roughening of the fibers upon drying facilitates hydrophobization, and heating reveals the hydrophobic core, which allows further hydrophobizing of the surface. Heat treatment tunes the effect of changes to the advancing water contact angles of 120° to 150°.

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