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Lubricating with polymer brushes

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Man generally lubricates with oil. Nature lubricates with water and polymers (proteins, polysaccharides). By immobilizing polymers on surfaces in various ways, it is possible to imitate nature and lubricate in an aqueous medium. Furthermore, by anchoring oil-soluble polymers to surfaces, lubricity in an oil medium can be enhanced. Various ways of doing this have been explored in our laboratory over the last decade, involving both the attachment of polymers to surfaces as well as the growth of polymers from surfaces via various controlled-radical-polymerization approaches.

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