Nanoscale friction mechanisms at solid-liquid interfaces

Bizan N. Balzer, Markus Gallei, Moritz V. Hauf, Markus Stallhofer, Lorenz Wiegleb, Alexander Holleitner, Matthias Rehahn, Thorsten Hugel

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There's the rub: Friction of single polymers on solid bodies in a liquid environment was investigated. Apart from expected mechanisms, such as slip and stick, a third nanoscale friction mechanism exists that is independent of normal force, velocity, and adsorbed polymer length. A model is proposed for this mechanism that is based on measurements with various polymers on topographically and chemically nanostructured surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6541-6544
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number25
StatePublished - 17 Jun 2013


  • adsorption
  • nanotribology
  • polymers
  • single-molecule force spectroscopy
  • surface patterning


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