Smart surfaces


We design switchable surfaces by immobilization of stimuli-responsive polymers on surfaces, which form so called polymer brush layers. The polymer brushes were used for control of adsorption and activity of proteins, separation of liquids, etc. We also designed switchable surfaces using colloidal particles mixed with fusible solids. We also use polymers in combinaton with colloidal particles to design superhydrophobic, anti-icing, anti-fouling and self-healing properties.

Selected publications 

Puretskiy, N.; Chanda, J.; Stoychev, G.; Synytska. A.*; Ionov, L.* Anti-icing superhydrophobic surfaces based on core-shell fossil particles Advanced Materials Interfaces 2015, 2, 1500124. DOI: 10.1002/admi.201500124  

Ionov, L.*; Minko S. Mixed Polymer Brushes with Locking Switching ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2012, 4 (1), 483–489. DOI: 10.1021/am201736t

Ionov, L.*; Synytska, A.; Kaul, E.; Diez S. Protein-resistant polymer coatings based on surface-adsorbed poly(aminoethyl methacrylate)/poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers Biomacromolecules 2010, 11 (1), 233–237. DOI: 10.1021/bm901082y