Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids

Surface photografting of acrylic acid on poly(dimethylsiloxane). Experimental and dissipative particle dynamics studies.

PMID 25558765


This work includes both experimental and theoretical studies of the wetting property changes of water on a surface of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) modified with different amounts of acrylic acid (AA). The default surface properties of PDMS were changed from hydrophobic to hydrophilic behavior which was characterized with contact angle measurements by two approaches: (i) experimental tests of samples subjected to a photografting polymerization procedure to obtain a functionalized surface and (ii) DPD (dissipative particle dynamics) simulations which also involve the calculation of sets of repulsive parameters determined following two methods: the use of the "Blends" module in the Materials Studio software and the calculation of cohesive energy density with molecular simulations. Changes of contact angle values observed from both experimental and numerical simulation results provide qualitative and quantitative information on the wetting behavior of photografted surfaces.