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Grimm, S.; Giesa, R.; Sklarek, K.; Langner, A.; Gösele, U.; Schmidt, H.W.; Steinhart, M.: Nondestructive Replication of Self-Ordered Nanoporous Alumina Membranes via Cross-Linked Polyacrylate Nanofiber Arrays, Nano Letters 8(7), 1954-1959 (2008) -- DOI: 10.1021/nl080842c
Ordered nanofiber arrays are a promising material platform for artificial adhesive structures, tissue engineering, wound dressing, sensor arrays, and self-cleaning surfaces. Their production via self-ordered porous alumina hard templates serving as shape-defining molds is wellestablished. However, their release requires the destruction of the hard templates, the fabrication of which is costly and time-consuming, by wet-chemical etching steps with acids or bases. We report the nondestructive mechanical extraction of arrays of cross-linked polyacrylate nanofibers from thus recyclable self-ordered nanoporous alumina hard templates. Silica replicas of the latter were synthesized using the extricated nanofiber arrays as secondary molds that could be mechanically detached from the molded material. The approach reported here, which can be combined with microstructuring, may pave the way for the high-throughput production of both functional nanofiber arrays and ordered nanoporous membranes consisting of a broad range of material systems.
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