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PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e58392. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058392. Epub 2013 Mar 13.

Polymer brushes under high load.

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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California Davis, Davis, California, USA.

Abstract

Polymer coatings are frequently used to provide repulsive forces between surfaces in solution. After 25 years of design and study, a quantitative model to explain and predict repulsion under strong compression is still lacking. Here, we combine experiments, simulations, and theory to study polymer coatings under high loads and demonstrate a validated model for the repulsive forces, proposing that this universal behavior can be predicted from the polymer solution properties.

PMID:
23516470
PMCID:
PMC3596396
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0058392
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