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[[Image:nanofibril111.jpg|500px|thumb|right| The production of a the nanofibril stuctures beginning with a silicon master.  As shown, the area of surface of the nanofibril that is bombarded with electrons effects the overall final structure of either stooped fibrils and crispated fibrils.]]
 
[[Image:nanofibril111.jpg|500px|thumb|right| The production of a the nanofibril stuctures beginning with a silicon master.  As shown, the area of surface of the nanofibril that is bombarded with electrons effects the overall final structure of either stooped fibrils and crispated fibrils.]]
  
 
[[Image:nanofibril22.jpg|500px|thumb|right| The top two photos show the silicon template used to create the PUA nanofibrils.  Below that is finished PUA nanofibrils.  Below that show the two shape tuned nanofibrils, the left is the stooped fibril structure, while the right is the crispated fibril structure.]]
 
[[Image:nanofibril22.jpg|500px|thumb|right| The top two photos show the silicon template used to create the PUA nanofibrils.  Below that is finished PUA nanofibrils.  Below that show the two shape tuned nanofibrils, the left is the stooped fibril structure, while the right is the crispated fibril structure.]]
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There have been a few attempts carried out in the last few years to tunably shape polymeric nanofibril structures - including here at Harvard.  In fact, Aizenberg has used hydrogels to control microscale features.  The researchers on this project attempt to control nanoscale features by bombarding the polymer with electrons from a standard E-beam.

Revision as of 18:05, 21 September 2009

Original entry: William Bonificio, AP 225, Fall 2009

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Shape-Tunable Polymer Nanofibrillar Structures by Oblique Electron Beam Irradiation Tae-il Kim, Changhyun Pang, Kahp Y. Suh Langmuir 2009 25 (16), 8879-8882


Soft matter keywords

Shape tuning, nanofibrils, adhesion strength, nanovelcro

Summary

The researchers in this experiment were able to tune the shape of polymer nanofibrils using a very accessible and easy method. First they produced a polyurethane acrylate (PUA) nanofibril structure. Then, by bombarding the polymer with electrons at a shallow angle, the nanofibril structure begane bending over forming small hooks. The researchers forsee applications for adhesion as the stuctures resemble gecko setae, or 'nanovelcro'.

Soft matter discussion

The production of a the nanofibril stuctures beginning with a silicon master. As shown, the area of surface of the nanofibril that is bombarded with electrons effects the overall final structure of either stooped fibrils and crispated fibrils.
The top two photos show the silicon template used to create the PUA nanofibrils. Below that is finished PUA nanofibrils. Below that show the two shape tuned nanofibrils, the left is the stooped fibril structure, while the right is the crispated fibril structure.


There have been a few attempts carried out in the last few years to tunably shape polymeric nanofibril structures - including here at Harvard. In fact, Aizenberg has used hydrogels to control microscale features. The researchers on this project attempt to control nanoscale features by bombarding the polymer with electrons from a standard E-beam.