Transient wetting and 2d spinodal decomposition in a binary polymer blend

W. Straub, F. Bruder, R. Brenn, G. Krausch, H. Bielefeldt, A. Kirsch, O. Marti, J. Mlynek, J. F. Marko

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We have used ion beam analysis and scanning near-field optical microscopy to characterize the three-dimensional domain structure of a thin film of a phase-separating polymer mixture. In the initially mixed film, there first occurs coverage of one of its surfaces by an unbroken layer of one phase; between this «wet» surface and the substrate, layers of domains form. Eventually, the layered domain structure becomes unstable, and a transformation occurs to the equilibrium wetting state where both phases are in contact with both surfaces, causing a phase separation to be purely two-dimensional at later times. During this transient wetting» process, lateral and vertical domain sizes grow with time as t1/s independent of the dimensionality of the domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-358
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 10 1995

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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