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Self-Healing Label Materials Based on Photo-Cross-Linkable Polymeric Films with Dynamic Surface Structures

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posted on 14.08.2018, 00:00 by Xia-Chao Chen, Wei-Pin Huang, Ke-Feng Ren, Jian Ji
Spatially controlling the evolution of surface structures may provide an effective strategy for patterning surface roughness and facilitating the construction of various functional surfaces. In this study, we report a photo-cross-linkable polymeric film with dynamic surface micro/nanostructures. The surface structures of the un-cross-linked regions can be eliminated under saturated humidity, which can be utilized to create patterned roughness on the film. One potential application of this patternable platform is as a “smart” label material for graphical symbols. Various graphical symbols can be programmed onto this film by partially erasing its surface roughness, enabling visibility due to the difference in light scattering between different areas of the film. When a thus-prepared label was blurred by mechanical scratches, it could be healed under saturated humidity, and its original readability could be fully restored. Furthermore, the patterned rough surface created using our approach can also be very useful in many other research fields, such as surface wettability and cell behavior manipulation.