Potential-induced wetting and dewetting in hydrophobic nanochannels for mass transport control
- Baek, Seol; Kwon, Seung-Ryong; Bohn, Paul W.
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- Electrowetting; Hydrophobicity; Mass transport; Nanochannel; Wettability
- CURRENT OPINION IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY, v.34
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- CURRENT OPINION IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY
- Wetting and dewetting transitions play a central role in controlling the hydrophobicity of the lining of biological channels in order to regulate aqueous solution permeation. Understanding of the operational characteristics of biological nanochannels led to experimental efforts to mimic their behavior and to achieve potential-induced, repeatedlyswitchable wettability transitions in synthetic nanochannels in the early 2010s. Since then, research has identified conditions needed to produce reversible wettability transitions using a number of different environmental stimuli-such as light, pH, and electrostatic charge-in addition to potential. Furthermore, nascent understanding of the underlying phenomena in synthetic nanochannels was rapidly followed by practical applications, including oil-water separations, drug release, and electroactive flow control based on switchable wettability. More practical applications are being developed continuously, as the physical and chemical principles that govern hydrophobic gating at the nanoscale are further elucidated, making it possible to exploit wettability as a design element in nanofluidic systems.
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