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Bending of nanoscale filament assemblies by elastocapillary densification

Zhao, Z and Tawfick, SH and Park, SJ and De Volder, M and Hart, AJ and Lu, W (2010) Bending of nanoscale filament assemblies by elastocapillary densification. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 82. ISSN 1539-3755

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We report a mechanism by which nanoscale filaments self-assemble into asymmetric aggregates by elastocapillary action. Specifically, capillary rise of liquid into an asymmetric pattern of vertically aligned filaments causes the filaments to deflect laterally during elastocapillary densification. We quantitatively show that the lateral deflection can be controlled precisely by the pattern shape and the coupling strength among the filaments. We exploit this mechanism to fabricate asymmetric micropillars and multidirectional bridges of densely packed carbon nanotubes. Analogous behavior occurs as biological filaments interact with liquids, and these findings enable scalable fabrication of anisotropic filament assemblies for manipulating surface interactions between solids and liquids. © 2010 The American Physical Society.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:17
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 07:36
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.82.041605