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Formation of self-organized anisotropic polymer structures by confined dynamic instability

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Kwon, S.Joon ; Materials Science and Technology Division, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cheongryang, P.O. Box 131, Seoul 130-650, Korea

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We report on the formation of self-organized anisotropic structures of the polymer thin films induced by the wave interaction-driven dynamic instability confined by corrugated elastomeric molds. In the initial stage of the morphological instability, self-organized anisotropic structures such as a regularly undulated surface wave pattern formed on the ridge followed by the formation of a highly ordered array of droplets on the wall and a surface wave on the groove. The self-organization in the initial stage is dominated by the formation of the surface wave on the ridge accompanying a period of half the first harmonic wavelength of the mold corrugation. In the final stage of the instability, undulated polymer structure on the ridge is transformed into a periodic array of droplets with the first harmonic wavelength of the mold corrugation, while the undulation in the polymer layer on the groove is nearly sustained. The self-organized anisotropic polymer structures can provide simpler methods of fabricating complicated three-dimensional polymeric structures.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:99 ,  Issue: 6 )