Wear protection without surface modification using a synergistic mixture of molecular brushes and linear polymers
Article [Accepted Manuscript]
Is part ofACS Nano ; vol. 11, no 2, p.1762-1769
Publisher(s)American Chemical Society
We describe the design of lubricating and wear protecting fluids based on mixtures of bottlebrushes (BB) and linear polymers solutions. To illustrate this concept we used hyaluronic acid (HA) - a naturally occurring linear polyelectrolyte, and a water soluble synthetic BB polymer. Individually, these two polymers exhibit poor wear protecting capabilities compared to saline solutions. Mixture of the two polymers in pure water or in saline allows to drastically increase wear protection of surfaces over a wide range of shearing conditions. We demonstrate that this synergy between the BB and HA polymers emerges from a strong cohesion between the two components forming the boundary film due to entanglements between both polymers. We show that this concept can be applied to other types of linear polymers and surfaces and is independent of the chemical and mechanical properties of the surfaces.
Faivre, J., Shrestha, B. R., Burdynska, J., Xie, G., Moldovan, F., Delair, T., ... & Banquy, X. (2017). Wear protection without surface modification using a synergistic mixture of molecular brushes and linear polymers. ACS nano, 11(2), 1762-1769.