Phase separation of ultrathin polymer-blend films on patterned substrates

A. Karim, J. F. Douglas, B. P. Lee, S. C. Glotzer, J. A. Rogers, R. J. Jackman, E. J. Amis, G. M. Whitesides

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The phase separation of ultrathin polymer-blend films of polystyrene and polybutadiene on microcontact printed alkanethiol patterns with hydrophobic and hydrophilic end groups [formula presented] and -COOH) is investigated by atomic force microscopy. Simulations suggest that the phase-separation morphology can be controlled through patterns that modulate the polymer-surface interaction, and this concept is verified experimentally. Length scale pattern control is found to be limited to a scale on the order of a few micrometers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R6273-R6276
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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