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Light-induced water splitting causes high-amplitude oscillation of pH-sensitive layer-by-layer Assemblies on TiO2

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Ulasevich,  Sviatlana A.
Katja Skorb (Indep. Res.), Biomaterialien, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Society;

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Brezesinski,  Gerald
Gerald Brezesinski, Kolloidchemie, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Society;

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Möhwald,  Helmuth
Grenzflächen, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Society;

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Fratzl,  Peter
Peter Fratzl, Biomaterialien, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Society;

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Skorb,  Ekaterina. V.
Katja Skorb (Indep. Res.), Biomaterialien, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Society;

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Ulasevich, S. A., Brezesinski, G., Möhwald, H., Fratzl, P., Schacher, F. H., Poznyak, S. K., et al. (2016). Light-induced water splitting causes high-amplitude oscillation of pH-sensitive layer-by-layer Assemblies on TiO2. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55(42), 13001-13004. doi:10.1002/anie.201604359.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-1A12-4
Abstract
We introduce a simple concept of a light induced pH change, followed by high amplitude manipulation of the mechanical properties of an adjacent polymer film. Irradiation of a titania surface is known to cause water splitting, and this can be used to reduce the environmental pH to pH 4. The mechanical modulus of an adjacent pH sensitive polymer film can thus be changed by more than an order of magnitude. The changes can be localized, maintained for hours and repeated without material destruction.