Direct-writing microporous polymer architectures-print, capture and release

Qingxin Zhang, Niamh Willis-Fox, Clare Conboy, Ronan Daly

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In the nature-inspired breath figure method, rafts of condensed water droplets self-organise and imprint into a permanent microporous polymer structure. This could have exciting applications in drug delivery, tissue engineering and sensors but it is extremely difficult to control or functionalise the final structure. Here, we show direct-writing of droplets onto fluid surfaces by inkjet printing as a breakthrough to dial-in a required pattern, structure and function into the polymer film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Horizons
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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