Patterning thin polymer films by surface-directed dewetting and pattern transfer

Zexin Zhang, Zhe Wang, Rubo Xing, Yanchun Han*

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The pattern evolution processes of thin polystyrene (PS) film on chemically patterned substrates during dewetting have been investigated experimentally. The substrates have patterns of self-assembly monolayers produced by microcontact printing with octadecyltrichlorosilane. Optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy images reveal that ordered micrometer scale pattern can be created by surface direct dewetting. Various pattern sizes and pattern complexities can be achieved by controlling the experimental parameters. The dewetting pattern has been transferred to form PDMS stamp for soft lithography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3737-3743
Number of pages7
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Dewetting
  • Pattern
  • Polymer film


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