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[Journal of Polymer Science] Patterning of spontaneous rolling thin polymer films for versatile micr


We investigate the spontaneous rolling of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) thin films and demonstrate the fabrication of capillaries with topographical and chemical patterns on the inner wall. Thin films of PDMS are either coated by a layer of hard material or have their surface hardened by plasma oxidation. They are then driven out of equilibrium by selective solvent swelling in vapor phase resulting in a tubular rolled-up system. The inner diameter of those is measured as a function of layer thickness for different solvents and capping types. Those results are shown to be in good agreement with Timoshenko theory. Before rolling, the future inner surface can be characterized and functionalized. We demonstrate topographical and chemical patterning, respectively by embossing and microcontact printing. These methods are very simple and can easily produce cylindrical capillaries with inner diameter between 20 and some hundreds of microns with fully functionalized inner surface, overcoming many difficulties encountered in conventional soft lithography techniques.

DOI: 10.1002/polb.24322

© 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 2017

Rémy Brossard, Valériy Luchnikov, Patrick Guenoun, Florent Malloggi
Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/polb.24322/full

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