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When Ultimate Adhesive Mechanism Meets Ultimate Anti-Fouling Surfaces—Polydopamine Versus SLIPS: Which One Prevails?

  • Abstract What happens when the extremely adhesive and versatile chemistry of polydopamine (PDA) is in contact with the extremely slippery surfaces known as slippery liquid-infused porous substrates (SLIPS)? Inspired by the pitcher plant, SLIPS possess excellent repellence against a variety of complex liquids and have been proposed as promising antifouling surfaces because of their successful performance even in marine environments. In the counterpart, inspired by the adhesive proteins enabling the strong adhesion of mussels to multiple substrates, PDA has been extensively studied for its ability to adhere on nearly every type of substrate. The interaction between various SLIPS systems and the highly fouling medium from the oxidative polymerization of dopamine is explored here. A PDA coating is observed on all the SLIPS evaluated, modifying their hydrophobicity in most cases. In-depth study of silicone-based SLIPS shows that hydrophobicity of PDA coated SLIPS partially recovers with time due to percolation of the lubricant through the coating. “Strongly” bound PDA species are attributed to the formation of dopamine-polydimethylsiloxane species on the crosslinked matrix, rendering a coating that withstands repeated washing steps in various solvents including water, hexane, and toluene. The results not only satisfy scientific curiosity but also imply a strategy to modify/bond SLIPS.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Lizbeth Ofelia Prieto-LópezORCiD, Petra Herbeck-Engel, Li Yang, Qian Wu, Juntang Li, Jiaxi CuiORCiD
Parent Title (English):Advanced Materials Interfaces
Year of first Publication:2020
Release Date:2022/11/18
Impact:06.147 (2020)
Funding Information:Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (031A360D)
Optical Materials
Open Access:Open Access
Signature:INM 2020/074
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International