Mechanical Control of Surface Adsorption by Nanoscale Cracking

Zhuang Q., Warren S. C., Baytekin B., Demiroers A. F., Pillai P. P., Kowalczyk B., ...More

ADVANCED MATERIALS, vol.26, no.22, pp.3667-3672, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/adma.201306335
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3667-3672
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


In materials design, cracks are often avoided rather than sought. Here, several design principles are implemented that allow cracks to be formed with high reproducibility and control. We show how strains applied to flexible substrates produce nanoscopic cracks mediating size-, shape- and location-selective deposition of nanomaterials.