Self-assembly of polymer thin film on chemically patterned substrate

L. Zhang*, H. L. Zhang, D. G. Bucknall

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In this work, we have investigated phase separation behavior in PS/PVP polymer blend thin films on gold substrates that have chemical stripes of different periods made by microcontact printing. The influences of pattern period and film thickness have been studied. The experiments have testified that the best result of phase separation, as shown in OM image, was obtained when the period of the chemical pattern is similar to the polymer particle size. Meanwhile, the film thickness plays a significant role on the phase separation. The best pattern replication in the polymer thin films only occurs in a relative narrow thickness range, for example, in this case between 30 and 60 nm. The possible interaction mechanism of the thin polymer film with the underlayed chemical pattern has been discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanoscience and technology
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages4
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)3908451302, 9783908451303
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventChina International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology - Beijing, China
Duration: 9 Jun 200511 Jun 2005

Publication series

NameSolid State Phenomena
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)10120394


ConferenceChina International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology
Abbreviated titleChinaNANO 2005


  • Nano-scale pattern
  • Phase separation
  • Polymer blend
  • Soft-lithogarphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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