Wednesday, 11 May, 2011
Electric Glue: Electrically Controlled Polymer-Surface Adhesion
A. R. Fornof, M. Erdmann, R. David, and H. E. Gaub -
Nano Lett., Vol. 11 (5), pp. 1993-1996 (2011)
Polymer-surface interactions provide a basis for nanoscale design and for understanding the fundamental chemistry and physics at these length scales. Controlling these interactions will provide the foundation for further manipulation, control, and measurement of single molecule processes. It is this direction of control over nanoscale polymer-surface interactions that we explore with electric glue. The adhesion between surfaces and single molecules is manipulated based on an externally controlled potential in electric glue.