Langmuir, 2019, Article ASAP
This article summarizes more than 10 years of cooperation with Prof. Helmuth Möhwald. Here we describe how the research moved from light-regulated feedback sustainable systems and control biodevices to the current focus on infochemistry in aqueous solution. An important advanced characteristic of such materials and devices is the pH concentration gradient in aqueous solution. A major part of the article focuses on the use of localized illumination for proton generation as a reliable, minimal-reagent-consuming, stable light-promoted proton pump. The in situ scanning vibration electrode technique (SVET) and scanning ion-selective electrode technique (SIET) are efficient for the spatiotemporal evolution of ions on the surface. pH-sensitive polyelectrolyte (PEs) multilayers with different PE architectures are composed with a feedback loop for bionic devices. We show here that pH-regulated PE multilayers can change their properties—film thickness and stiffness, permeability, hydrophilicity, and/or fluorescence—in response to light or electrochemical or biological processes instead of classical acid/base titration.
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