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  1. Aluminium metallisation of argon and oxygen plasma-modified polycarbonate thin film surfaces

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    Rastomjee, C. S.; Keil, M.; Sotobayashi, H.; Bradshaw, A. M.; Lamont, C. L. A.; Gador, D.; Umbach, E.

    1998-12-01

    The influence of plasma treatment on the metallisation of polycarbonate surfaces was studied using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAFS) and core level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thin films of two different molecules were chosen: bis-phenol-A polycarbonate with phenol endgroups (P-PC) prepared ex situ by the spin-coating technique onto MoTe 2{0001}surfaces, and the model compound bis-phenol-A polycarbonate ( n=1) with tert-butyl phenyl endgroups (tBP-PC) evaporated in situ in UHV onto Cu{110}, Ag{100} and Ag{111} surfaces with film thicknesses of up to several monolayers. Surfaces of untreated samples and of samples which were pre-treated with either an inert argon or a reactive oxygen microwave plasma were metallised with Al (evaporated by electron beam heating) at film thicknesses ranging from the sub-monolayer region up to several monolayers. For the untreated surface, XAFS and XPS spectra suggest that the Al reacts with the carbonate groups leading to a breaking of the CO double bonds (and/or a reduction in bond order) as well as formation of Al oxide, Al hydroxide and Al-O-C linkages. A study of the time-dependent oxidation of the evaporated Al leads to the conclusion that Al slowly diffuses to the reactive sites in the first few subsurface layers of the polymer. Argon plasma treatment of samples leads to a reduction in the number of carbonyl groups in the near surface region. After metal deposition a higher ratio of metallic, non-reacted, Al was observed covering the polycarbonate surface and the diffusion rate into the polymer bulk seems to be higher than in the case of the untreated surface. Oxygen plasma treatment leads to the creation of additional CO containing species which also react with the Al in the subsequent metallisation process. Here, the ratio of oxidised Al on the polymer surface is higher than observed for untreated and argon plasma pre-treated polymer surfaces.

  2. Polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2008-12-30

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  3. Polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2004-05-25

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  4. Dewetting of Thin Polymer Films

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    Dixit, P. S.; Sorensen, J. L.; Kent, M.; Jeon, H. S.

    2001-03-01

    DEWETTING OF THIN POLYMER FILMS P. S. Dixit,(1) J. L. Sorensen,(2) M. Kent,(2) H. S. Jeon*(1) (1) Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801, jeon@nmt.edu (2) Department 1832, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Dewetting of thin polymer films is of technological importance for a variety of applications such as protective coatings, dielectric layers, and adhesives. Stable and smooth films are required for the above applications. Above the glass transition temperature (Tg) the instability of polymer thin films on a nonwettable substrate can be occurred. The dewetting mechanism and structure of polypropylene (Tg = -20 ^circC) and polystyrene (Tg = 100 ^circC) thin films is investigated as a function of film thickness (25 Åh < 250 Åand quenching temperature. Contact angle measurements are used in conjunction with optical microscope to check the surface homogeneity of the films. Uniform thin films are prepared by spin casting the polymer solutions onto silicon substrates with different contact angles. We found that the stable and unstable regions of the thin films as a function of the film thickness and quenching temperature, and then constructed a stability diagram for the dewetting of thin polymer films. We also found that the dewetting patterns of the thin films are affected substantially by the changes of film thickness and quenching temperature.

  5. Slow rupture of polymer films

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    Kliakhandler, Igor

    2004-11-01

    Bursting of soap film is a fast and fascinating process. It turns out that certain polymer films rupture in a somewhat similar fashion, but much slower. The slowness of the process allows one to study the rupture of polymer films with details. The rupture process in Hele-Shaw-like fashion shows remarkable properties, and is a very simple system. It turns out that propagation speed of the rupture is a function of the film thickness, and rheologic properties of the polymer. Experimental results will be compared with theory, together with demonstration of the experiment.

  6. Thin film-coated polymer webs

    DOEpatents

    Wenz, Robert P.; Weber, Michael F.; Arudi, Ravindra L.

    1992-02-04

    The present invention relates to thin film-coated polymer webs, and more particularly to thin film electronic devices supported upon a polymer web, wherein the polymer web is treated with a purifying amount of electron beam radiation.

  7. Ultrathin Polymer Films for Microlithography

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-07-13

    exposure the PINAA was developed in a solution made of 3:7 cellosolve : methanol for 13 seconds. Cellosolve was chosen because it is strong enough to...can achieve on thicker resist (> 100 nm) for the same exposure conditions. Recently, we have exposed 14.3 nrm L-B PMMA films on a high resolution...Polymer Films LB PMMA Spin-Cast PNMA Spin-Cast Novolac (10 wafers) (5 wafers) (5 wafers) Film Thickness 14.3 nrm 14 nrm 22 nm Pinhole Density < 10/cm 2

  8. Polymer film composite transducer

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    Owen, Thomas E.

    2005-09-20

    A composite piezoelectric transducer, whose piezoeletric element is a "ribbon wound" film of piezolectric material. As the film is excited, it expands and contracts, which results in expansion and contraction of the diameter of the entire ribbon winding. This is accompanied by expansion and contraction of the thickness of the ribbon winding, such that the sound radiating plate may be placed on the side of the winding.

  9. Preparation of patterned ultrathin polymer films.

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    Yang, Huige; Su, Meng; Li, Kaiyong; Jiang, Lei; Song, Yanlin; Doi, Masao; Wang, Jianjun

    2014-08-12

    Though patterned ultrathin polymer films (<100 nm) are of great importance in the fields of sensors and nanoelectronic devices, the fabrication of patterned ultrathin polymer films remains a great challenge. Herein, patterned ultrathin polymer films are fabricated facilely on hydrophobic substrates with different hydrophilic outline patterns by the pinning of three-phase contact lines of polymer solution on the hydrophilic outlines. This method is universal for most of the water-soluble polymers, and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) has been selected as a model polymer due to its biocompatibility and good film-forming property. The results indicate that the morphologies of ultrathin polymer films can be precisely adjusted by the size of the hydrophilic outline pattern. Specifically, patterned hydrophilic outlines with sizes of 100, 60, and 40 μm lead to the formation of concave-shaped ultrathin PVA films, whereas uniform ultrathin PVA films are formed on 20 and 10 μm patterned substrates. The controllabilities of morphologies can be interpreted through the influences of the slip length and coffee ring effect. Theoretical analysis shows that when the size of the hydrophilic outline patterns is smaller than a critical value, the coffee ring effect disappears and uniform patterned ultrathin polymer films can be formed for all polymer concentrations. These results provide an effective methodology for the fabrication of patterned ultrathin polymer films and enhance the understanding of the coffee ring effect.

  10. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

    DOEpatents

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2014-06-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  11. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

    DOEpatents

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2010-08-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  12. Ultrathin Polymer Films, Patterned Arrays, and Microwells

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    Yan, Mingdi

    2002-05-01

    The ability to control and tailor the surface and interface properties of materials is important in microelectronics, cell growth control, and lab-on-a-chip devices. Modification of material surfaces with ultrathin polymer films is attractive due to the availability of a variety of polymers either commercially or by synthesis. We have developed two approaches to the attachment of ultrathin polymer films on solid substrates. In the first method, a silane-functionalized perfluorophenyl azide (PFPA-silane) was synthesized and used to covalently immobilize polymer thin films on silicon wafers. Silanization of the wafer surface with the PFPA-silane introduced a monolayer of azido groups which in turn covalently attached the polymer film by way of photochemically initiated insertion reactions. The thickness of the film could be adjusted by the type and the molecular weight of the polymer. The method is versatile due to the general C-H and/or N-H insertion reactions of crosslinker; and therefore, no specific reactive functional groups on the polymers are required. Using this method, a new type of microwell array was fabricated from covalently immobilized polymer thin films on flat substrates. The arrays were characterized with AFM, XPS, and TOF-SIMS. The second method describes the attachment of polymer thin films on solid substrates via UV irradiation. The procedure consisted of spin-coating a polymer film and irradiating the film with UV light. Following solvent extraction, a thin film remained. The thickness of the film, from a few to over a hundred nanometers, was controlled by varying solution concentration and the molecular weight of the polymer.

  13. Liquid film/polymer interfaces

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    Allara, David L.

    2003-06-12

    The objectives were: (1) Through experimental studies, advance the fundamental understanding of the principles that govern adsorption and wetting phenomena at polymer and organic surfaces. (2) Establish a firm scientific basis for improving the design of coatings for metal fin cooling surfaces used to control the wetting of water condensate for optimum energy efficiency. Several important findings were: (1) water adsorbed at hydrophobic surfaces has a liquid-like structure, in contrast to the generally held view of an ordered structure; (2) Correlations of large amounts of contact angle wetting data of grafted alkyl chain compounds showed a distinct link between the contact angle and the conformational ordering of the chains; (3) water adsorption at long chain alkysiloxane films showed a strong pH dependence on the film stability, which can be attributed to interfacial chemical effects on the siloxane network.

  14. Functional Films from Silica/Polymer Nanoparticles

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    Ribeiro, Tânia; Baleizão, Carlos; Farinha, José Paulo S.

    2014-01-01

    High performance functional coatings, based on hybrid organic/inorganic materials, are being developed to combine the polymer flexibility and ease of processing with the mechanical properties and versatility of inorganic materials. By incorporating silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) in the polymeric matrices, it is possible to obtain hybrid polymer films with increased tensile strength and impact resistance, without decreasing the flexural properties of the polymer matrix. The SiNPs can further be used as carriers to impart other functionalities (optical, etc.) to the hybrid films. By using polymer-coated SiNPs, it is possible to reduce particle aggregation in the films and, thus, achieve more homogeneous distributions of the inorganic components and, therefore, better properties. On the other hand, by coating polymer particles with silica, one can create hierarchically structured materials, for example to obtain superhydrophobic coatings. In this review, we will cover the latest developments in films prepared from hybrid polymer/silica functional systems. PMID:28788655

  15. High temperature polymer dielectric film insulation

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    Jones, Robert J.

    1994-01-01

    PFPI polymers were invented in the late 1970's. Assessment of emerging requirements has dictated that 300 C performance is the goal for next generation wire insulation. TRW PFPI as superior 300 C polymer candidates is presented. Included is a comparison of promising PFPI film properties with Kapton. Also included are the promising bulk polymer or coating properties.

  16. Spray forming polymer membranes, coatings and films

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    McHugh, Kevin M.; Watson, Lloyd D.; McAtee, Richard E.; Ploger, Scott A.

    1993-01-01

    A method of forming a polymer film having controlled physical and chemical characteristics, wherein a plume of nebulized droplets of a polymer or polymer precursor is directed toward a substrate from a converging/diverging nozzle having a throat at which the polymer or a precursor thereof is introduced and an exit from which the nebulized droplets of the polymer or precursor thereof leave entrained in a carrier gas. Relative movement between the nozzle and the substrate is provided to form a polymer film. Physical and chemical characteristics can be controlled by varying the deposition parameters and the gas and liquid chemistries. Semipermeable membranes of polyphosphazene films are disclosed, as are a variety of other polymer systems, both porous and non-porous.

  17. Spray forming polymer membranes, coatings and films

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    McHugh, K.M.; Watson, L.D.; McAtee, R.E.; Ploger, S.A.

    1993-10-12

    A method is described for forming a polymer film having controlled physical and chemical characteristics, wherein a plume of nebulized droplets of a polymer or polymer precursor is directed toward a substrate from a converging/diverging nozzle having a throat at which the polymer or a precursor thereof is introduced and an exit from which the nebulized droplets of the polymer or precursor thereof leave entrained in a carrier gas. Relative movement between the nozzle and the substrate is provided to form a polymer film. Physical and chemical characteristics can be controlled by varying the deposition parameters and the gas and liquid chemistries. Semipermeable membranes of polyphosphazene films are disclosed, as are a variety of other polymer systems, both porous and non-porous. 4 figures.

  18. Aluminium metallisation for interdigitated back-contact silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Stang, Johann-Christoph; Haschke, Jan; Mews, Mathias; Merkle, Agnes; Peibst, Robby; Rech, Bernd; Korte, Lars

    2017-08-01

    Back-contact silicon heterojunction solar cells with an efficiency of 22% were manufactured, featuring a simple aluminium metallisation directly on the doped amorphous silicon films. Both the open-circuit voltage and the fill factor heavily depend on the parameters of the annealing step after aluminium layer deposition. Using numerical device simulations and in accordance with the literature, we demonstrate that the changes in solar cell parameters with annealing can be explained by the formation of an aluminium silicide layer at temperatures as low as 150 °C, improving the contact resistance and thus enhancing the fill factor. Further annealing at higher temperatures initialises the crystallisation of the amorphous silicon layers, yielding even lower contact resistances, but also introduces more defects, diminishing the open-circuit voltage.

  19. Preparation and characterization of gradient polymer films

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    Smith, S.C.

    1987-01-01

    Gradient polymers are multicomponent polymers whose chemical constitution varies with depth in the sample. Although these polymers may possess unique mechanical, optical, and barrier properties they remain relatively unexplored. This work is a study of the preparation of gradient polymers by sequential exposure of films to a diffusing monomer followed by electron beam irradiation. Initial experiments involved immersion of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films in styrene or n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) for various time periods followed by irradiation with 1 or 10 megarads of accelerated electrons. A significant amount of poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PBMA) formed in PVC/BMA systems, but little polystyrene could be found in the PVC/styrene films. A second set of experiments involved immersion of PVC and polyethylene (PE) films in BMA for 20, 40, 60, and 720 minutes followed by irradiation with 10 megarads of electrons. These films were then characterized using optical microscopy, quantitative transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and a depth profiling procedure based on quantitative attenuated total reflection (ATR) FTIR. It was concluded that the mechanism of PBMA formation in the polyethylene films was a result of events immediately following irradiation. Atmospheric oxygen diffusing into irradiated films trapped free radicals at the film surfaces. This was followed by storage in an evacuated desiccator where unintentional exposure to BMA vapor took place. This BMA reacted with free radicals that remained within the film cores, polymerizing to PBMA.

  20. Morphology in electrochemically grown conducting polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Rubinstein, Israel; Gottesfeld, Shimshon; Sabatani, Eyal

    1992-01-01

    A conducting polymer film with an improved space filling is formed on a metal electrode surface. A self-assembling monolayer is formed directly on the metal surface where the monolayer has a first functional group that binds to the metal surface and a second chemical group that forms a chemical bonding site for molecules forming the conducting polymer. The conducting polymer is then conventioonally deposited by electrochemical deposition. In one example, a conducting film of polyaniline is formed on a gold electrode surface with an intermediate monolayer of p-aminothiophenol.

  1. Morphology in electrochemically grown conducting polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Rubinstein, I.; Gottesfeld, S.; Sabatani, E.

    1992-04-28

    A conducting polymer film with an improved space filling is formed on a metal electrode surface. A self-assembling monolayer is formed directly on the metal surface where the monolayer has a first functional group that binds to the metal surface and a second chemical group that forms a chemical bonding site for molecules forming the conducting polymer. The conducting polymer is then conventionally deposited by electrochemical deposition. In one example, a conducting film of polyaniline is formed on a gold electrode surface with an intermediate monolayer of p-aminothiophenol. 2 figs.

  2. High Dielectric Constant Polymer Film Capacitors (PREPRINT)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-02-01

    film, and the test of our first generation prototype capacitors . High-K Polymeric Dielectrics Commercial polypropylene (PP) capacitor film has a...1994). 2. Maurizio Rabuffi and Guido Picci, “Status Quo and Future Prospects for Metallized Polypropylene Energy Storage Capacitors ”, IEEE Trans...AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2126 HIGH DIELECTRIC CONSTANT POLYMER FILM CAPACITORS (PREPRINT) Shihai Zhang, Brian Zellers, Dean Anderson, Paul

  3. Mesoscale morphologies in polymer thin films.

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    Ramanathan, M.; Darling, S. B.

    2011-06-01

    In the midst of an exciting era of polymer nanoscience, where the development of materials and understanding of properties at the nanoscale remain a major R&D endeavor, there are several exciting phenomena that have been reported at the mesoscale (approximately an order of magnitude larger than the nanoscale). In this review article, we focus on mesoscale morphologies in polymer thin films from the viewpoint of origination of structure formation, structure development and the interaction forces that govern these morphologies. Mesoscale morphologies, including dendrites, holes, spherulites, fractals and honeycomb structures have been observed in thin films of homopolymer, copolymer, blends and composites. Following a largely phenomenological level of description, we review the kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of mesostructure formation outlining some of the key mechanisms at play. We also discuss various strategies to direct, limit, or inhibit the appearance of mesostructures in polymer thin films as well as an outlook toward potential areas of growth in this field of research.

  4. Antimicrobial polymer films for food packaging

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    Concilio, S.; Piotto, S.; Sessa, L.; Iannelli, P.; Porta, A.; Calabrese, E. C.; Galdi, M. R.; Incarnato, L.

    2012-07-01

    New antimicrobial polymeric systems were realized introducing new antimicrobial azo compounds in PP and LDPE matrices. The polymeric materials containing different percentage of azo compounds were mold-casted and the obtained film were tested in vitro against Gram+ and Gram- bacteria and fungi. These results hold promise for the fabrication of bacteria-resistant polymer films by means of simple melt processing with antimicrobial azo-dyes.

  5. Diffusion of small particles in polymer films

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    Polanowski, Piotr; Sikorski, Andrzej

    2017-07-01

    The motion of small probe molecules in a two-dimensional system containing frozen polymer chains was studied by means of Monte Carlo simulations. The model macromolecules were coarse-grained and restricted to vertices of a triangular lattice. The cooperative motion algorithm was used to generate representative configurations of macromolecular systems of different polymer concentrations. The remaining unoccupied lattice sites of the system were filled with small molecules. The structure of the polymer film, especially near the percolation threshold, was determined. The dynamic lattice liquid algorithm was then employed for studies of the dynamics of small objects in the polymer matrix. The influence of chain length and polymer concentration on the mobility and the character of motion of small molecules were studied. Short- and long-time dynamic behaviors of solvent molecules were also described. Conditions of anomalous diffusions' appearance in such systems are discussed. The influence of the structure of the matrix of obstacles on the molecular transport was discussed.

  6. Oriented thin films of perylenetetracarboxylic diimide on frictiontransferred polymer films

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    Tanigaki, Nobutaka; Heck, Claire; Mizokuro, Toshiko

    Perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) is a promising material for application in organic electronics. In this study we report on the preparation of oriented thin films of PTCDI on the surface of oriented polymer substrates, which were prepared by friction transfer method. Two polymers, poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) and poly(p-phenylene) (PPP) were used as the orienting substrate for PTCDI for comparison studies. Characterization by polarized UV-vis absorption shows that the orienting ability of PPP is larger than that of PTFE substrate. Furthermore, polarization-sensitive photoelectric conversion devices were fabricated by using the oriented PTCDI thin film on the PPP substrate.

  7. Characterization of Nanostructured Polymer Films

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-12-23

    MAPLE- deposited polymer nanoglobules within the context of the Zhigilei model of target ablation in the MAPLE process. Molecular dynamics... vapor deposition . Figure 7: (a) Normalized volume of polymer nanodroplets and MAPLE- deposited nanoglobules as a function of temperature for...C.L. Sosa, C.B. Arnold, R.D. Priestley*, Patchy Janus Particles with Tunable Roughness and Composition via Vapor -Assisted Deposition of Macromolecules

  8. Controlling Film Morphology in Conjugated Polymer

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    Park, Lee Y.; Munro, Andrea M.; Ginger, David S.

    2009-01-01

    We study the effects of patterned surface chemistry on the microscale and nanoscale morphology of solution-processed donor/acceptor polymer-blend films. Focusing on combinations of interest in polymer solar cells, we demonstrate that patterned surface chemistry can be used to tailor the film morphology of blends of semiconducting polymers such as poly-[2-(3,7-dimethyloctyloxy)-5-methoxy-p-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV), poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT), poly[(9,9-dioctylflorenyl-2,7-diyl)-co-benzothiadiazole)] (F8BT), and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-bis-N,N’-(4-butylphenyl)-bis-N,N’-phenyl-1,4-phenylendiamine) (PFB) with the fullerene derivative, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). We present a method for generating patterned, fullerene-terminated monolayers on gold surfaces, and use microcontact printing and Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) to pattern alkanethiols with both micro- and nanoscale features. After patterning with fullerenes and other functional groups, we backfill the rest of the surface with a variety of thiols to prepare substrates with periodic variations in surface chemistry. Spin coating polymer:PCBM films onto these substrates, followed by thermal annealing under nitrogen, leads to the formation of structured polymer films. We characterize these films with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy, and fluorescence microscopy. The surface patterns are effective in guiding phase separation in all of the polymer:PCBM systems investigated, and lead to a rich variety of film morphologies that are inaccessible with unpatterned substrates. We demonstrate our ability to guide pattern formation in films thick enough of be of interest for actual device applications (up to 200 nm in thickness) using feature sizes as small as 100 nm. Finally, we show that the surface chemistry can lead to variations in film morphology on length scales significantly smaller than those used in generating the original surface patterns. The variety of

  9. Directed Assembly of Nanofilled Polymer Thin Films

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    Karim, Alamgir

    Facile directed self-assembly (DSA) of multicomponent thin films is important for potential technological applications. This requires a fine control of a complex interplay of processing parameters that need to be properly optimized for different organized structures. This talk will discuss some of our recent success towards realizing tunable DSA of soft matter multicomponent systems involving a dispersion of polymer-grafted nanoparticles in block copolymer or homopolymer matrices. DSA methods for such multicomponent films will be discussed. These include the use of zone-annealing with soft-shear to create highly anisotropic nanoparticle arrays, while direct immersion annealing (DIA) has been used to order nanoparticle filled films by dipping the films into controlled solvent quality solvent mixtures. A recently observed phenomena of confinement driven entropic order and phase segregation of polymer grafted nanoparticles in similar and dissimilar polymer matrices in melt state will be discussed. A high density of nano particles of different types ranging from metallic to inorganic to organic were patterned almost exclusively into channels via topographical soft confinement using entropic forces. Enthalpic interactions between the nanoparticle grafted layer and the polymer matrix could be used as a further handle to tune the directed assembly of the nanoparticles. The phenomena will be discussed in terms of confinement parameters, partition coefficient, free energy gain and entropic versus enthalpic interactions.

  10. Photovoltaic properties of polymer films

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    Reucroft, P. J.; Ullal, H.

    1980-03-01

    The effect of metal electrode and film thickness on the photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency in (1:1) mole ratio films of poly (N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) and 2,4,7-trinitrofluorenone (TNF) has been investigated. Low work function metals increase the Schottky barrier height which leads to increases in the photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency. A ten-fold decrease in film thickness produces a thousand-fold increase in photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency. A theoretical model which assumes that the photovoltaic current is limited by Child's law predicts photovoltaic efficiencies which are in good agreement with the measured efficiencies.

  11. Thin films of photoactive polymer blends.

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    Ruderer, Matthias A; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Wang, Weinan; Kaune, Gunar; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2009-03-09

    The morphology inside photoactive blended films of two conjugated homopolymers poly [(1-methoxy)-4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene-vinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) is investigated. For both homopolymers a linear dependence of the installed film thickness from the concentration of the polymer solution used in spin coating is probed. This dependence allows preparation of an efficient series of blended films with constant thickness and different blending ratios. Information about the lateral structure inside the films is gained from grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering. At the calculated critical blending ratio the smallest lateral separation between adjacent domains is found representing the highest surface contact between both homopolymers in the films. The presence of wetting layers at both interfaces as detected with X-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy is promising for photovoltaic applications. UV/Vis spectroscopy complements the structural investigation.

  12. Electrochemical Analysis of Conducting Polymer Thin Films

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    Vyas, Ritesh N.; Wang, Bin

    2010-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers built via the layer-by-layer (LbL) method has been one of the most promising systems in the field of materials science. Layered structures can be constructed by the adsorption of various polyelectrolyte species onto the surface of a solid or liquid material by means of electrostatic interaction. The thickness of the adsorbed layers can be tuned precisely in the nanometer range. Stable, semiconducting thin films are interesting research subjects. We use a conducting polymer, poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV), in the preparation of a stable thin film via the LbL method. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been used to characterize the ionic conductivity of the PPV multilayer films. The ionic conductivity of the films has been found to be dependent on the polymerization temperature. The film conductivity can be fitted to a modified Randle’s circuit. The circuit equivalent calculations are performed to provide the diffusion coefficient values. PMID:20480052

  13. Inorganic-polymer-derived dielectric films

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    Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Keefer, Keith D.; Lenahan, Patrick M.

    1987-01-01

    A method of coating a substrate with a thin film of a polymer of predetermined porosity comprises depositing the thin film on the substrate from a non-gelled solution comprising at least one hydrolyzable metal alkoxide of a polymeric network forming cation, water, an alcohol compatible with the hydrolysis and the polymerization of the metal alkoxide, and an acid or a base, prior to depositing the film, controlling the structure of the polymer for a given composition of the solution exclusive of the acid or base component and the water component, (a) by adjusting each of the water content, the pH, and the temperature to obtain the desired concentration of alkoxide, and then adjusting the time of standing of the solution prior to lowering the temperature of the solution, and (b) lowering the temperature of the solution after the time of standing to about 15 degrees C. or lower to trap the solution in a state in which, after the depositing step, a coating of the desired porosity will be obtained, and curing the deposited film at a temperature effective for curing whereby there is obtained a thin film of a polymer of a predetermined porosity and corresponding pore size on the substrate.

  14. Benzophenone as a photoprobe of polymer films

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    Levin, Peter P.; Efremkin, Alexei F.; Khudyakov, Igor V.

    2017-09-01

    The review article is devoted to kinetics of fast reactions following photoexcitation of benzophenone in polymer films. We observed three processes by ns laser flash photolysis in elastomers: (i) decay of a triple state of benzophenone with hydrogen abstraction from polymer matrix, (ii) formation and decay of geminate radical pairs, (iii) cross-termination of the formed radicals in the polymer bulk. Application of external magnetic field (MF) of B = 0.2 T essentially affects recombination of geminate (G-) and a bimolecular recombination of free radicals, which escaped polymer cage (F-pairs). Theoretical calculation of MF effects on G- and F-pairs is in agreement with corresponding experimental data. Elongation of elastomer leads to an unexpected observation: recombination in the bulk becomes slower. An explanation of this phenomenon based on elastomer free volume Vf approach was suggested.

  15. Porous Polyolefin Films via Polymer Blends

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    Macosko, Chris

    Porous polymer films have broad application including battery separators, membrane supports and filters. Polyolefins are attractive for these applications because of their solvent resistance, low electrical and thermal conductivity, easy fabrication and cost. We will describe fabrication of porous films using cocontinuous blends of a polyolefin with another polymer which can be readily removed with a solvent. Methods to image and control the cocontinuous morphology will be presented.Bell, J. R., K. Chang, C. R. Lopez-Barron, C. W. Macosko, and D. C. Morse, ''Annealing of cocontinuous polymer blends: effect of block copolymer molecular weight and architecture,'' Macromolecules 43, 5024-5032 (2010).Lopez-Barron, C. R., and C. W. Macosko, ''Direct measurement of interface anisotropy of bicontinuous structures via 3D image analysis,'' Langmuir 26, 14284-14293 (2010).Trifkovic, M., A. T. Hedegaard, K. Huston, M. Sheikhzadeh, and C. W. Macosko, ''Porous films via PE/PEO cocontinuous blends,'' Macromolecules 45, 6036-6044 (2012).Hedegaard, A.T., L.L. Gu and C. W. Macosko, ``Effect of Extensional Viscosity on Cocontinuity of Immiscible Polymer Blends'' J. Rheol. 59, 1397-1417 (2015).

  16. Membranes and Films from Polymers.

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    Blumberg, Avrom A.

    1986-01-01

    Provides background information on polymeric films and membranes including production methods, special industrial and medical applications, laboratory preparation, and an experimental investigation of a porous cellulose acetate membrane. Presents a demonstration to distinguish between high- and low-density polyethylene. (JM)

  17. Membranes and Films from Polymers.

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    Blumberg, Avrom A.

    1986-01-01

    Provides background information on polymeric films and membranes including production methods, special industrial and medical applications, laboratory preparation, and an experimental investigation of a porous cellulose acetate membrane. Presents a demonstration to distinguish between high- and low-density polyethylene. (JM)

  18. Vapor deposition routes to conformal polymer thin films

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    Moni, Priya; Al-Obeidi, Ahmed

    2017-01-01

    Vapor phase syntheses, including parylene chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and initiated CVD, enable the deposition of conformal polymer thin films to benefit a diverse array of applications. This short review for nanotechnologists, including those new to vapor deposition methods, covers the basic theory in designing a conformal polymer film vapor deposition, sample preparation and imaging techniques to assess film conformality, and several applications that have benefited from vapor deposited, conformal polymer thin films. PMID:28487816

  19. MISSE 6 Polymer Film Tensile Experiment

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    Miller, Sharon K. R.; Dever, Joyce A.; Banks, Bruce A.; Waters, Deborah L.; Sechkar, Edward; Kline, Sara

    2010-01-01

    The Polymer Film Tensile Experiment (PFTE) was flown as part of Materials International Space Station Experiment 6 (MISSE 6). The purpose of the experiment was to expose a variety of polymer films to the low Earth orbital environment under both relaxed and tension conditions. The polymers selected are those commonly used for spacecraft thermal control and those under consideration for use in spacecraft applications such as sunshields, solar sails, and inflatable and deployable structures. The dog-bone shaped samples of polymers that were flown were exposed on both the side of the MISSE 6 Passive Experiment Container (PEC) that was facing into the ram direction (receiving atomic oxygen, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, ionizing radiation, and thermal cycling) and the wake facing side (which was supposed to have experienced predominantly the same environmental effects except for atomic oxygen which was present due to reorientation of the International Space Station). A few of the tensile samples were coated with vapor deposited aluminum on the back and wired to determine the point in the flight when the tensile sample broke as recorded by a change in voltage that was stored on battery powered data loggers for post flight retrieval and analysis. The data returned on the data loggers was not usable. However, post retrieval observation and analysis of the samples was performed. This paper describes the preliminary analysis and observations of the polymers exposed on the MISSE 6 PFTE.

  20. Thin Polymer Films Containing Carbon Nanostructures

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    Paszkiewicz, S.; Piesowicz, E.; Irska, I.; Roslaniec, Z.; Szymczyk, A.; Pawelec, I.

    2016-05-01

    Within the framework of the presented paper, the research experiments were conducted on the preparation and characterization of polymer thin films containing carbon nanotubes, graphene derivatives and hybrid systems of both CNTs/graphene derivatives, in which condensation polymers constituted the matrix. The use of in situ synthesis allowed to obtain nanocomposites with a high degree of homogeneity, which is a key issue for further industrial applications, while the analysis of the physical properties of the obtained materials showed effect of the addition of carbon nanotubes and graphene derivatives on their structure, barrier properties and thermal and electrical conductivity.

  1. High-Temperature Capacitor Polymer Films

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    Tan, Daniel; Zhang, Lili; Chen, Qin; Irwin, Patricia

    2014-12-01

    Film capacitor technology has been under development for over half a century to meet various applications such as direct-current link capacitors for transportation, converters/inverters for power electronics, controls for deep well drilling of oil and gas, direct energy weapons for military use, and high-frequency coupling circuitry. The biaxially oriented polypropylene film capacitor remains the state-of-the-art technology; however, it is not able to meet increasing demand for high-temperature (>125°C) applications. A number of dielectric materials capable of operating at high temperatures (>140°C) have attracted investigation, and their modifications are being pursued to achieve higher volumetric efficiency as well. This paper highlights the status of polymer dielectric film development and its feasibility for capacitor applications. High-temperature polymers such as polyetherimide (PEI), polyimide, and polyetheretherketone were the focus of our studies. PEI film was found to be the preferred choice for high-temperature film capacitor development due to its thermal stability, dielectric properties, and scalability.

  2. Germanium films by polymer-assisted deposition

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    Jia, Quanxi; Burrell, Anthony K.; Bauer, Eve; Ronning, Filip; McCleskey, Thomas Mark; Zou, Guifu

    2013-01-15

    Highly ordered Ge films are prepared directly on single crystal Si substrates by applying an aqueous coating solution having Ge-bound polymer onto the substrate and then heating in a hydrogen-containing atmosphere. A coating solution was prepared by mixing water, a germanium compound, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, and polyethyleneimine to form a first aqueous solution and then subjecting the first aqueous solution to ultrafiltration.

  3. Making waves in a photoactive polymer film

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    Gelebart, Anne Helene; Jan Mulder, Dirk; Varga, Michael; Konya, Andrew; Vantomme, Ghislaine; Meijer, E. W.; Selinger, Robin L. B.; Broer, Dirk J.

    2017-06-01

    Oscillating materials that adapt their shapes in response to external stimuli are of interest for emerging applications in medicine and robotics. For example, liquid-crystal networks can be programmed to undergo stimulus-induced deformations in various geometries, including in response to light. Azobenzene molecules are often incorporated into liquid-crystal polymer films to make them photoresponsive; however, in most cases only the bending responses of these films have been studied, and relaxation after photo-isomerization is rather slow. Modifying the core or adding substituents to the azobenzene moiety can lead to marked changes in photophysical and photochemical properties, providing an opportunity to circumvent the use of a complex set-up that involves multiple light sources, lenses or mirrors. Here, by incorporating azobenzene derivatives with fast cis-to-trans thermal relaxation into liquid-crystal networks, we generate photoactive polymer films that exhibit continuous, directional, macroscopic mechanical waves under constant light illumination, with a feedback loop that is driven by self-shadowing. We explain the mechanism of wave generation using a theoretical model and numerical simulations, which show good qualitative agreement with our experiments. We also demonstrate the potential application of our photoactive films in light-driven locomotion and self-cleaning surfaces, and anticipate further applications in fields such as photomechanical energy harvesting and miniaturized transport.

  4. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy analysis of space-exposed polymer films

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    Kalil, Carol R.; Young, Philip R.

    1993-01-01

    The characterization of the surface of selected space-exposed polymer films by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) is reported. Principles of STM, an emerging new technique for materials analysis, are reviewed. The analysis of several films which received up to 5.8 years of low Earth orbital (LEO) exposure onboard the NASA Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) is discussed. Specimens included FEP Teflon thermal blanket material, Kapton film, and several experimental polymer films. Ultraviolet and atomic oxygen-induced crazing and erosion are described. The intent of this paper is to demonstrate how STM is enhancing the understanding of LEO space environmental effects on polymer films.

  5. Nanoscale imaging of nonequilibrium polymer films

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    King, John; Granick, Steve

    2015-03-01

    In recent years there have been exciting advances in sub-diffraction limited imaging based on fluorescence microscopy. While most applications of super-resolution microscopy focus on static biological imaging, we are interested in extending these techniques to the study of polymer dynamics. To this end, we couple stimulated emission depletion (STED) with spectroscopic detection, relying on spectral features of fluorescence emission to serve as the imaging contrast agent. We aim to adapt fluorescent dyes responsive to environmental properties (polarity, mobility, current, temperature, ect.) to STED imaging. Using the fluorescent spectral response as a contrast agent allows for nanoscopic environments to be directly imaged without the need for specific labeling. Rapid acquisition of images allows for slow dynamic processes in nonequilibrium polymer films to be imaged in real time. We demonstrate the power of super-resolution spectroscopic imaging by directly imaging several topical problems in materials science.

  6. Silicon oxide colloidal/polymer nanocomposite films

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    Wang Haifeng; Cao Wenwu; Zhou, Q.F.; Shung, K. Kirk; Huang, Y.H.

    2004-12-13

    The quarter-wavelength ({lambda}/4) acoustic matching layer, a vital component in medical ultrasonic transducer, can bridge the large acoustic impedance mismatch between the piezoelectric material and the human body. Composite materials are widely used as matching materials in order to cover the wide acoustic impedance range that cannot be accomplished by using a single-phase material. At high frequencies (>50 MHz), the {lambda}/4 matching layers become extremely thin so that the fabrication of homogeneous composite material matching layers becomes very challenging. A method is reported in this letter to fabricate sol-gel silicon oxide colloidal/polymer composite film on silicon substrate, in which the particle size of silicon oxide colloidal is between 10 and 40 nm. The acoustic impedance of the nanocomposite films versus aging temperature has been measured at the desired operating frequency.

  7. Silicon oxide colloidal/polymer nanocomposite films

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    Wang, Haifeng; Cao, Wenwu; Zhou, Q. F.; Shung, K. Kirk; Huang, Y. H.

    2004-12-01

    The quarter-wavelength (λ/4) acoustic matching layer, a vital component in medical ultrasonic transducer, can bridge the large acoustic impedance mismatch between the piezoelectric material and the human body. Composite materials are widely used as matching materials in order to cover the wide acoustic impedance range that cannot be accomplished by using a single-phase material. At high frequencies (>50MHz), the λ /4 matching layers become extremely thin so that the fabrication of homogeneous composite material matching layers becomes very challenging. A method is reported in this letter to fabricate sol-gel silicon oxide colloidal/polymer composite film on silicon substrate, in which the particle size of silicon oxide colloidal is between 10 and 40 nm. The acoustic impedance of the nanocomposite films versus aging temperature has been measured at the desired operating frequency.

  8. Polymer compositions, polymer films and methods and precursors for forming same

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    Klaehn, John R; Peterson, Eric S; Orme, Christopher J

    2013-09-24

    Stable, high performance polymer compositions including polybenzimidazole (PBI) and a melamine-formaldehyde polymer, such as methylated, poly(melamine-co-formaldehyde), for forming structures such as films, fibers and bulky structures. The polymer compositions may be formed by combining polybenzimidazole with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form a precursor. The polybenzimidazole may be reacted and/or intertwined with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form the polymer composition. For example, a stable, free-standing film having a thickness of, for example, between about 5 .mu.m and about 30 .mu.m may be formed from the polymer composition. Such films may be used as gas separation membranes and may be submerged into water for extended periods without crazing and cracking. The polymer composition may also be used as a coating on substrates, such as metal and ceramics, or may be used for spinning fibers. Precursors for forming such polymer compositions are also disclosed.

  9. Flexible Polymer/Metal/Polymer and Polymer/Metal/Inorganic Trilayer Transparent Conducting Thin Film Heaters with Highly Hydrophobic Surface.

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    Kang, Tae-Woon; Kim, Sung Hyun; Kim, Cheol Hwan; Lee, Sang-Mok; Kim, Han-Ki; Park, Jae Seong; Lee, Jae Heung; Yang, Yong Suk; Lee, Sang-Jin

    2017-09-27

    Polymer/metal/polymer and polymer/metal/inorganic trilayer-structured transparent electrodes with fluorocarbon plasma polymer thin film heaters have been proposed. The polymer/metal/polymer and polymer/metal/inorganic transparent conducting thin films fabricated on a large-area flexible polymer substrate using a continuous roll-to-roll sputtering process show excellent electrical properties and visible-light transmittance. They also exhibit water-repelling surfaces to prevent wetting and to remove contamination. In addition, the adoption of a fluorocarbon/metal/fluorocarbon film permits an outer bending radius as small as 3 mm. These films have a sheet resistance of less than 5 Ω sq(-1), sufficient to drive light-emitting diode circuits. The thin film heater with the fluorocarbon/Ag/SiNx structure exhibits excellent heating characteristics, with a temperature reaching 180 °C under the driving voltage of 13 V. Therefore, the proposed polymer/metal/polymer and polymer/metal/inorganic transparent conducting electrodes using polymer thin films can be applied in flexible and rollable displays as well as automobile window heaters and other devices.

  10. Hot pen and laser writable photonic polymer films

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    Moirangthem, Monali; Stumpel, Jelle E.; Alp, Baran; Teunissen, Pit; Bastiaansen, Cees W. M.; Schenning, Albertus P. H. J.

    2016-03-01

    An orange-reflecting photonic polymer film has been fabricated based on a hydrogen-bonded cholesteric liquid crystalline (CLC) polymer consisting of non-reactive (R)-(+)-3-methyladipic acid as the chiral dopant. This polymer film can be patterned easily by evaporating the chiral dopant at specific locations with a hot pen or a laser beam. Removal of chiral dopant leads to a decrease in the helical pitch at the heat treated areas leading to a change in color from orange to green revealing a high contrast pattern. The photonic patterns are irreversible and stable at ambient conditions. This makes such a CLC polymer film interesting as writable photonic paper.

  11. Precursors for the polymer-assisted deposition of films

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    McCleskey, Thomas M.; Burrell, Anthony K.; Jia, Quanxi; Lin, Yuan

    2013-09-10

    A polymer assisted deposition process for deposition of metal oxide films is presented. The process includes solutions of one or more metal precursor and soluble polymers having binding properties for the one or more metal precursor. After a coating operation, the resultant coating is heated at high temperatures to yield metal oxide films. Such films can be epitaxial in structure and can be of optical quality. The process can be organic solvent-free.

  12. Structure in Thin and Ultrathin Spin-Cast Polymer Films

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    Frank, C. W.; Rao, V.; Despotopoulou, M. M.; Pease, R. F. W.; Hinsberg, W. D.; Miller, R. D.; Rabolt, J. F.

    1996-08-01

    The molecular organization in ultrathin polymer films (thicknesses less than 1000 angstroms) and thin polymer films (thicknesses between 1000 and 10,000 angstroms) may differ substantially from that of bulk polymers, which can lead to important differences in resulting thermophysical properties. Such constrained geometry films have been fabricated from amorphous poly(3-methyl-4-hydroxy styrene) (PMHS) and semicrystalline poly(di-n-hexyl silane) (PD6S) by means of spin-casting. The residual solvent content is substantially greater in ultrathin PMHS films, which suggests a higher glass transition temperature that results from a stronger hydrogen-bonded network as compared with that in thicker films. Crystallization of PD6S is substantially hindered in ultrathin films, in which a critical thickness of 150 angstroms is needed for crystalline morphology to exist and in which the rate of crystallization is initially slow but increases rapidly as the film approaches 500 angstroms in thickness.

  13. Preparation of redox polymer cathodes for thin film rechargeable batteries

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    Skotheim, Terje A.; Lee, Hung S.; Okamoto, Yoshiyuki

    1994-11-08

    The present invention relates to the manufacture of thin film solid state electrochemical devices using composite cathodes comprising a redox polymer capable of undergoing oxidation and reduction, a polymer solid electrolyte and conducting carbon. The polymeric cathode material is formed as a composite of radiation crosslinked polymer electrolytes and radiation crosslinked redox polymers based on polysiloxane backbones with attached organosulfur side groups capable of forming sulfur-sulfur bonds during electrochemical oxidation.

  14. Preparation of redox polymer cathodes for thin film rechargeable batteries

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    Skotheim, T.A.; Lee, H.S.; Okamoto, Yoshiyuki.

    1994-11-08

    The present invention relates to the manufacture of thin film solid state electrochemical devices using composite cathodes comprising a redox polymer capable of undergoing oxidation and reduction, a polymer solid electrolyte and conducting carbon. The polymeric cathode material is formed as a composite of radiation crosslinked polymer electrolytes and radiation crosslinked redox polymers based on polysiloxane backbones with attached organosulfur side groups capable of forming sulfur-sulfur bonds during electrochemical oxidation.

  15. Preparation of thin polymer films for infrared reaction rate studies

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    Garrard, G. G.; Houston, D. W.

    1970-01-01

    Procedure for preparing thin films for infrared spectrophotometric analysis involves pressing of a neat mixture of reactants between nonreactive thin polymer films with noninterfering absorption bands. Pressing is done under a pressure that gives desirable thickness. Following this process, the film sandwich is cut to accommodate the laboratory instrument.

  16. Phase Equilibria in Thin Polymer Films

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    Müller, M.; Binder, K.; Albano, E. V.

    Within self-consistent field theory and Monte Carlo simulations the phase behavior of a symmetrical binary AB polymer blend confined into a thin film is studied. The film surfaces interact with the monomers via short ranged potentials. One surface attracts the A component and the corresponding semi-infinite system exhibits a first order wetting transition. The surface interaction of the opposite surface is varied as to study the crossover from capillary condensation for symmetric surface fields to interface localization/delocalization transition for antisymmetric surface fields. In the former case the phase diagram has a single critical point close to the bulk critical point. In the latter case the phase diagram exhibits two critical points which correspond to the prewetting critical points of the semi-infinite system. Only below a triple point there is a single two-phase coexistence region. The crossover between these qualitatively different limiting behaviors occurs gradually, however, the critical temperature and the critical composition exhibit a non-monotonic dependence on the surface field. The dependence of the phase behavior for antisymmetric boundaries is studied as a function of the film thickness and the strength of the surface interactions. Upon reducing the film thickness or decreasing the strength of the surface interactions we can change the order of the interface localization/delocalization transition from first to second. The role of fluctuations is explored via Monte Carlo simulations of a coarse grained lattice model. Close to the (prewetting) critical points we observe 2D Ising critical behavior. Also, there is a rich crossover behavior between Ising critical, tricritical and mean field behavior. At lower temperatures capillary waves of the AB interface lead to a pronounced dependence of the effective interface potential on the lateral system size.

  17. Thermochemical study of amino acid imprinted polymer films.

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    Chai, Ziyi; BelBruno, Joseph J

    2015-11-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers provide an alternative to traditional methods of amino acid analysis. The imprinted polymers are more robust and significantly less expensive than, for example, ELISA analysis. Amino acid imprinted nylon-6 thin films were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. Endothermic peaks were observed for imprinted films at temperatures higher than that for pure nylon, indicating the formation of a more-ordered, hydrogen bonded polymer. Removal of the amino acid from the imprinted film resulted in reversion to the peak observed for pure nylon-6. Additives, β-cyclodextrin and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, were added to the imprinted polymer solutions as a means to increase the porosity of the films. These studies resulted in alternative morphologies and calorimetric results that provide additional functionalities and applications for imprinted polymers.

  18. Poled polymer films for nonlinear optics

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    Singer, K.D.; Kuzyk, M.G.; Holland, W.R.; Cahill, P.A.

    1989-01-01

    Second harmonic generation was measured for a thin corona-poled film of a dicyanovinyl azo dye incorporated in the side-chain methacrylate polymer. Measurements were performed at a wavelength of 1.58 ..mu..m as a function of incident angle for both p- and s-polarized incident light. From these measurements the form and magnitude of the second harmonic coefficient tensor were determined. The molecular distribution implied by the data is consistent with a thermodynamic potential containing only the dipolar orienting energy acting during poling. We have also demonstrated anomalous-dispersion phase-matched second harmonic generation for the first time using electric field induced second harmonic generation (EFISH) in a liquid solution of Foron Brilliant Blue S-R (FBB). Results are described. 10 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. Enzyme immobilization on reactive polymer films.

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    Cordeiro, Ana L; Pompe, Tilo; Salchert, Katrin; Werner, Carsten

    2011-01-01

    Immobilized enzymes are currently used in many bioanalytical and biomedical applications. This protocol describes the use of thin films of maleic anhydride copolymers to covalently attach enzymes directly to solid supports at defined concentrations. The concentration and activity of the surface-bound enzymes can be tuned over a wide range by adjusting the concentration of enzyme used for immobilization and the physicochemical properties of the polymer platform, as demonstrated here for the proteolytic enzyme Subtilisin A. The versatile method presented allows for the immobilization of biomolecules containing primary amino groups to a broad variety of solid carriers, ranging from silicon oxide surfaces to standard polystyrene well plates and metallic surfaces. The approach can be used to investigate the effects of immobilized enzymes on cell adhesion, and on the catalysis of specific reactions.

  20. Optical Properties of Silver Particulate Films on Modified Polymer Substrates

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    Gurumurthy, S. C.; Pattabi, Manjunatha; Sanjeeva, Ganesh

    2011-07-01

    Results of the investigations carried out on the optical properties of particulate films deposited on 8 MeV electron beam irradiated polystyrene (PS) and on blends of PS and Poly (4-vinyl pyridine) (P4VP) are reported. It is observed that absorption maxima shift towards higher wavelength for films deposited on irradiated polystyrene and on blends of PS and P4VP. These results indicate that morphology of the particulate films can be changed by tuning the metal polymer interaction in an inert polymer through electron beam irradiation or by blending it with an interacting polymer like P4VP.

  1. Characterization of polymer films for use in bimorph chemical sensors

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    Chatzandroulis, S.; Goustouridis, D.; Raptis, I.

    2005-01-01

    In the present work white light interferometry is applied for the characterization of polymer films commonly used in bimorph chemical sensors. The study focuses on methacrylate polymers with positive tone patterning capabilities. The behavior upon exposure to controlled concentrations volatile organic compound and water vapors of thin poly (hydroxy ethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layers was evaluated. The normalized film expansion for PHEMA, compared to PMMA, is higher in the case of water and methanol vapors, almost equal for ethanol and significantly lower in the case of acetone. This behavior could be attributed to the combination of polarity and hydrogen bonding capability of the analytes. A wide polymer film thickness range was examined and it was revealed that the normalized film expansion in both PHEMA and PMMA is nearly constant for films thicker than 100 nm and increases for thinner films.

  2. New paradigm for stabilization of liquid polymer films on solids

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    Koga, Tad; Jiang, Naisheng; Wang, Jiaxun; di, Xiaoyu; Cheung, Justin; Endoh, Maya

    2015-03-01

    We report that wetting/dewetting behavior of liquid polymer films on solids can be controlled by nanoscale architectures of polymer chains irreversibly adsorbed on the impenetrable surfaces. Monodisperse polystyrene (PS) ultrathin films (20 nm in thickness) with different molecular weights on silicon (Si) substrates with a natural amorphous Si dioxide layer were used as models. The PS thin films were annealed at high temperatures at T>Tg (Tg is the bulk glass transition temperature) for several days, and the surface structures were studied by using optical and atomic force microscopes. At the same time, the annealed PS films were further leached with a good solvent and the residue films (i.e., irreversibly adsorbed layers) were characterized by x-ray reflectivity. The experimental data reveals a strong correlation between the conformations of the adsorbed polymer chains and the stability of the liquid films on top. T. K. acknowledges the partial financial support from NSF Grant No. CMMI-1332499.

  3. Acoustical performance of an electrostrictive polymer film loudspeaker

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    Heydt; Pelrine; Joseph; Eckerle; Kornbluh

    2000-02-01

    A new type of loudspeaker that generates sound by means of the electrostrictive response of a thin polymer film is described. Electrostrictive polymer film (EPF) loudspeakers are constructed with inexpensive, lightweight materials and have a very low profile. The films are typically silicone and are coated with compliant electrodes to allow large film deformations. Acoustical frequency response measurements from 5 x 5 cm (planar dimensions) prototype EPF loudspeakers are presented. Measurements of harmonic distortion are also shown, along with results demonstrating reduced harmonic distortion achieved with square-root wave shaping. Applications of EPF loudspeakers include active noise control and general-purpose flat-panel loudspeakers.

  4. Self-lubricating polymer composites and polymer transfer film lubrication for space applications

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    Fusaro, Robert L.

    1990-01-01

    The use of self-lubricating polymers and polymer composites in space is somewhat limited today. In general, they are only used when other methods are inadequate. There is potential, however, for these materials to make a significant impact on future space missions if properly utilized. Some of the different polymers and fillers used to make self-lubricating composites are surveyed. The mechanisms of composite lubrication and wear, the theory behind transfer film lubricating mechanisms, and some factors which affect polymer composite wear and transfer are examined. In addition, some of the current space tribology application areas for self-lubricating polymer composites and polymer transfer are mentioned.

  5. Elements of adaptive optics based on metallized polymer films

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    Voliak, T. B.; Krasiuk, I. K.; Pashinin, P. P.

    Results of an experimental study of the stability of metallized polymer films exposed to laser radiation at wavelengths of 1.06 and 10.6 microns are reported, and methods for fabricating variable-curvature mirrors from these films are discussed. Formulas are presented for calculating the shape of film mirrors as a function of the pressure acting on the film, mounting contour, and film properties. The performance of film mirrors is investigated experimentally in a pulsed CO2 laser with stable and unstable resonators.

  6. Development of polymer film solar collectors: A status report

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    Wilhelm, W. G.; Andrews, J. W.

    1982-08-01

    Solar energy collector panels using polymer film and laminate technology were developed which demonstrate low cost and high thermal performance for residential and commercial applications. This device uses common water in the absorber/heat exchanger which is constructed with polymer film adhesively laminated to aluminum foil as the outer surfaces. Stressed polymer films are also used for the outer window and back surface of the panel forming a high strength structural composite. Rigid polymer foam complements the design by contributing insulation and structural definition. This design resulted in very low weight (3.5 kg/m(2)), potentially very low manufacturing cost (aprox. $11/m(2)), and high thermal performance. The development of polymer materials for this technology will be a key to early commercial success.

  7. Versatile solution for growing thin films of conducting polymers

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    D’Arcy, Julio M.; Tran, Henry D.; Tung, Vincent C.; Tucker-Schwartz, Alexander K.; Wong, Rain P.; Yang, Yang; Kaner, Richard B.

    2010-01-01

    The method employed for depositing nanostructures of conducting polymers dictates potential uses in a variety of applications such as organic solar cells, light-emitting diodes, electrochromics, and sensors. A simple and scalable film fabrication technique that allows reproducible control of thickness, and morphological homogeneity at the nanoscale, is an attractive option for industrial applications. Here we demonstrate that under the proper conditions of volume, doping, and polymer concentration, films consisting of monolayers of conducting polymer nanofibers such as polyaniline, polythiophene, and poly(3-hexylthiophene) can be produced in a matter of seconds. A thermodynamically driven solution-based process leads to the growth of transparent thin films of interfacially adsorbed nanofibers. High quality transparent thin films are deposited at ambient conditions on virtually any substrate. This inexpensive process uses solutions that are recyclable and affords a new technique in the field of conducting polymers for coating large substrate areas. PMID:21041676

  8. Dispersing nanoparticles in a polymer film via solvent evaporation

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    Cheng, Shengfeng; Grest, Gary S.

    2016-05-19

    Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the dispersion of nanoparticles (NPs) in a polymer film during solvent evaporation. As the solvent evaporates, a dense polymer-rich skin layer forms at the liquid/vapor interface, which is either NP rich or poor depending on the strength of the NP/polymer interaction. When the NPs are strongly wet by the polymer, the NPs accumulate at the interface and form layers. However, when the NPs are only partially wet by the polymer, most NPs are uniformly distributed in the bulk of the polymer film, with the dense skin layer serving as a barrier to prevent the NPs from moving to the interface. Furthermore, our results point to a possible route to employ less favorable NP/polymer interactions and fast solvent evaporation to uniformly disperse NPs in a polymer film, contrary to the common belief that strong NP/polymer attractions are needed to make NPs well dispersed in polymer nanocomposites.

  9. Dispersing nanoparticles in a polymer film via solvent evaporation

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    Cheng, Shengfeng; Grest, Gary S.

    2016-05-19

    Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the dispersion of nanoparticles (NPs) in a polymer film during solvent evaporation. As the solvent evaporates, a dense polymer-rich skin layer forms at the liquid/vapor interface, which is either NP rich or poor depending on the strength of the NP/polymer interaction. When the NPs are strongly wet by the polymer, the NPs accumulate at the interface and form layers. However, when the NPs are only partially wet by the polymer, most NPs are uniformly distributed in the bulk of the polymer film, with the dense skin layer serving as a barrier to prevent the NPs from moving to the interface. Furthermore, our results point to a possible route to employ less favorable NP/polymer interactions and fast solvent evaporation to uniformly disperse NPs in a polymer film, contrary to the common belief that strong NP/polymer attractions are needed to make NPs well dispersed in polymer nanocomposites.

  10. Dispersing nanoparticles in a polymer film via solvent evaporation

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    Cheng, Shengfeng; Grest, Gary S.

    2016-05-19

    Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the dispersion of nanoparticles (NPs) in a polymer film during solvent evaporation. As the solvent evaporates, a dense polymer-rich skin layer forms at the liquid/vapor interface, which is either NP rich or poor depending on the strength of the NP/polymer interaction. When the NPs are strongly wet by the polymer, the NPs accumulate at the interface and form layers. However, when the NPs are only partially wet by the polymer, most NPs are uniformly distributed in the bulk of the polymer film, with the dense skin layer serving as a barrier tomore » prevent the NPs from moving to the interface. Furthermore, our results point to a possible route to employ less favorable NP/polymer interactions and fast solvent evaporation to uniformly disperse NPs in a polymer film, contrary to the common belief that strong NP/polymer attractions are needed to make NPs well dispersed in polymer nanocomposites.« less

  11. Continuous production of functionalized polymer particles employing the phase separation in polymer blend films.

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    Park, ChooJin; Hyun, Dong Choon; Lim, Min-Cheol; Kim, Su-Jeong; Kim, Young-Rok; Paik, Hyun-Jong; Jeong, Unyong

    2011-08-17

    This study reports a continuous prepartion of spherical or hemispherical polymer particles simply utilizing the phase separation in polymer blend films during the coating process. We took an advantage of the strong phase separation between a water-soluble crystalline polymer as a matrix and hydrophobic polymers as minor components. We demonstrated the prepartion of water-soluble polystyrene (PS) particles, nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA)-functionalized PS particles for protein separation, and semiconducting poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) particles. The sizes of the particles could be controlled by adjusting the film thickness and weight fraction of the minor component polymers in the blend film. It provides a simple facile way to prepare polymer particles in a continous process. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Atomic-force microscopy of submicron films of electroactive polymer

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    Karamov, D. D.; Kornilov, V. M.; Lachinov, A. N.; Kraikin, V. A.; Ionova, I. A.

    2016-07-01

    Atomic-force microscopy is used to study the supramolecular structure of submicron films of electroactive thermally stable polymer (polydiphenylenephthalide (PDP)). It has been demonstrated that PDP films produced using centrifuging are solid homogeneous films with thicknesses down to several nanometers, which correspond to two or three monomolecular layers. The film volume is structurized at thicknesses greater than 100 nm. The study of the rheological properties of solutions used for film production yields a crossover point that separates the domains of strongly diluted and semidiluted solutions. A transition from the globular structure to the associate structure is observed in films that are produced using solutions with a boundary concentration. A model of the formation of polymer film that involves the presence of associates in the original solution is discussed.

  13. Confinement enhances dispersion in nanoparticle-polymer blend films.

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    Chandran, Sivasurender; Begam, Nafisa; Padmanabhan, Venkat; Basu, J K

    2014-05-08

    Polymer nanocomposites constitute an important class of materials whose properties depend on the state of dispersion of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix. Here we report the first observations of confinement-induced enhancement of dispersion in nanoparticle-polymer blend films. Systematic variation in the dispersion of nanoparticles with confinement for various compositions and matrix polymer chain dimensions has been observed. For fixed composition, strong reduction in glass transition temperature, Tg, is observed with decreasing blend-film thickness. The enhanced dispersion occurs without altering the polymer-particle interactions and seems to be driven by enhanced matrix-chain orientation propensity and a tendency to minimize the density gradients within the matrix. This implies the existence of two different mechanisms in polymer nanocomposites, which determines their state of dispersion and glass transition.

  14. Engineering curvature in graphene ribbons using ultrathin polymer films.

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    Li, Chunyu; Koslowski, Marisol; Strachan, Alejandro

    2014-12-10

    We propose a method to induce curvature in graphene nanoribbons in a controlled manner using an ultrathin thermoset polymer in a bimaterial strip setup and test it via molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Continuum mechanics shows that curvature develops to release the residual stress caused by the chemical and thermal shrinkage of the polymer during processing and that this curvature increases with decreasing film thickness; however, significant deformation is only achieved for ultrathin polymer films. Quite surprisingly, explicit MD simulations of the curing and annealing processes show that the predicted trend not just continues down to film thicknesses of 1-2 nm but that the curvature development is enhanced significantly in such ultrathin films due to surface tension effects. This combination of effects leads to very large curvatures of over 0.14 nm(-1) that can be tuned via film thickness. This provides a new avenue to engineer curvature and, thus, electromagnetic properties of graphene.

  15. Rapid synthesis of flexible conductive polymer nanocomposite films

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    Blattmann, C. O.; Sotiriou, G. A.; Pratsinis, S. E.

    2015-03-01

    Polymer nanocomposite films with nanoparticle-specific properties are sought out in novel functional materials and miniaturized devices for electronic and biomedical applications. Sensors, capacitors, actuators, displays, circuit boards, solar cells, electromagnetic shields and medical electrodes rely on flexible, electrically conductive layers or films. Scalable synthesis of such nanocomposite films, however, remains a challenge. Here, flame aerosol deposition of metallic nanosliver onto bare or polymer-coated glass substrates followed by polymer spin-coating on them leads to rapid synthesis of flexible, free-standing, electrically conductive nanocomposite films. Their electrical conductivity is determined during their preparation and depends on substrate composition and nanosilver deposition duration. Accordingly, thin (<500 nm) and flexible nanocomposite films are made having conductivity equivalent to metals (e.g. 5 × 104 S cm-1), even during repetitive bending.

  16. Polymer Wall Formation Using Liquid-Crystal/Polymer Phase Separation Induced on Patterned Polyimide Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2004-12-01

    We could form lattice-shaped polymer walls in a liquid crystal (LC) layer through the thermal phase separation of an LC/polystyrene solution between substrates with polyimide films etched by short-wavelength ultraviolet irradiation using a photomask. The LC wetting difference between the polyimide and substrate surfaces caused the coalescence of growing LC droplets on patterned polyimide films with the progress of phase separation. Consequently, polymer walls were formed on substrate surface areas without polyimide films. The shape of the polymer wall formed became sharp with the use of rubbed polyimide films because the nucleation of growing LC droplets concentrated on the patterned polyimide films. It is thought that the increase in the alignment order of LC molecules in the solution near the rubbed polyimide films promotes the formation of LC molecular aggregation, which becomes the growth nuclei of LC droplets.

  17. Stress effects in prism coupling measurements of thin polymer films

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    Agan, S.; Ay, F.; Kocabas, A.; Aydinli, A.

    2005-02-01

    Due to the increasingly important role of some polymers in optical waveguide technologies, precise measurement of their optical properties has become important. Typically, prism coupling to slab waveguides made of materials of interest is used to measure the relevant optical parameters. However, such measurements are often complicated by the softness of the polymer films when stress is applied to the prism to couple light into the waveguides. In this work, we have investigated the optical properties of three different polymers, polystyrene (PS), polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA), and benzocyclobutane (BCB). For the first time, the dependence of the refractive index, film thickness, and birefringence on applied stress in these thin polymer films was determined by means of the prism coupling technique. Both symmetric trapezoid shaped and right-angle prisms were used to couple the light into the waveguides. It was found that trapezoid shaped prism coupling gives better results in these thin polymer films. The refractive index of PMMA was found to be in the range of 1.4869 up to 1.4876 for both TE and TM polarizations under the applied force, which causes a small decrease in the film thickness of up to 0.06 μm. PMMA waveguide films were found not to be birefringent. In contrast, both BCB and PS films exhibit birefringence albeit of opposing signs.

  18. Adhesion of metals to spin-coated fluorocarbon polymer films

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    Kim, Yong-Kil; Chang, Chin-An; Schrott, A. G.

    1990-01-01

    Adhesion between metals and fluorocarbon polymer films has been studied for Cu, Cr, Ti, Al, and Au on polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene copolymer (FEP) films. Polymer films were applied on the Cr/SiO2 /Si substrate by spinning the aqueous dispersions of the polymer resin particles, followed by thermal curing. Strips of different metals were deposited on the polymers, and adhesion was measured at 90° peel test. The peel strengths were invariably higher for the metals on FEP than those of the corresponding metals on PTFE. Among the metals, Ti showed the highest peel strength for both polymers, followed by Cr and Al, with Cu and Au being the lowest. The peel strengths of Ti, Cr, and Cu on FEP are 85, 45, and 12 g/mm, respectively, and the corresponding ones on PTFE are 23, 5, and 2 g/mm, respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis shows that the metal-polymer bonding involves the metal-carbon interactions. The strongest interaction is observed for Ti with the polymers, forming Ti carbidelike bonds. Cr also shows strong interaction with the two polymers, but to a lesser degree compared with Ti. Only a weak bonding is shown for Cu. The difference in peel strengths among the metals shows a correlation with the difference in electronegativities between the metals and carbon. Little contribution to the observed peel strengths is seen from the surface morphological analysis of the untreated polymers.

  19. Fracture and fatigue of ultrathin nanoporous polymer films

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    Kearney, Andrew V.

    Nanoporous polymer layers are being considered for a range of emerging nanoscale applications, from low permittivity materials for interlayer dielectrics in microelectronics and anti-reflective coatings in optical technologies, to biosensors and size-selective membranes for biological applications. Polymer thin films have inherently low elastic modulus, strength and hardness, but exhibit fracture properties that are higher than those reported for glass, ceramic, and even some metal layers. However, constraint of a ductile polymer between two elastic layers is expected to affect the local plasticity ahead of a crack tip and its contribution to the film adhesion with films below a micron in thickness. Additionally, nanoporosity would be expected to have a deleterious effect on mechanical properties, producing materials and layers that are structurally weaker than fully dense versions they replace. Therefore, the integration of these nanoporous polymer layer at nanometer thicknesses would present significantly processing and mechanical reliability challenges. In this dissertation, surprising evidence is presented that nanoporous polymer films exhibit increasing fracture energy with increasing porosity. Such behavior is in stark contrast to a wide range of reported behavior for porous solids. A ductile nano-void growth and coalescence fracture mechanics-based model is presented to rationalize the increase in fracture toughness of the voided polymer film. The model is shown to explain the behavior in terms of a specific scaling of the size of the pores with pore volume fraction. It is demonstrated that the pore size must increase with close to a linear dependence on the volume fraction in order to increase rather than decrease the fracture energy. Independent characterization of the pore size as a function of volume fraction is shown to confirm predictions made by the model. The fracture behavior of these constrained polymer films are also examined with film thickness

  20. Special Polymer/Carbon Composite Films for Detecting SO2

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    Homer, Margie; Ryan, Margaret; Yen, Shiao-Pin; Kisor, Adam; Jewell, April; Shevade, Abhijit; Manatt, Kenneth; Taylor, Charles; Blanco, Mario; Goddard, William

    2008-01-01

    A family of polymer/carbon films has been developed for use as sensory films in electronic noses for detecting SO2 gas at concentrations as low as 1 part per million (ppm). Most previously reported SO2 sensors cannot detect SO2 at concentrations below tens of ppm; only a few can detect SO2 at 1 ppm. Most of the sensory materials used in those sensors (especially inorganic ones that include solid oxide electrolytes, metal oxides, and cadmium sulfide) must be used under relatively harsh conditions that include operation and regeneration at temperatures greater than 100 C. In contrast, the present films can be used to detect 1 ppm of SO2 at typical opening temperatures between 28 and 32 C and can be regenerated at temperatures between 36 and 40 C. The basic concept of making sensing films from polymer/carbon composites is not new. The novelty of the present family of polymer/carbon composites lies in formulating the polymer components of these composites specifically to optimize their properties for detecting SO2. First-principles quantum-mechanical calculations of the energies of binding of SO2 molecules to various polymer functionalities are used as a guide for selecting polymers and understanding the role of polymer functionalities in sensing. The polymer used in the polymer-carbon composite is a copolymer of styrene derivative units with vinyl pyridine or substituted vinyl pyridine derivative units. To make a substituted vinyl pyridine for use in synthesizing such a polymer, poly(2-vinyl pyridine) that has been dissolved in methanol is reacted with 3-chloropropylamine that has been dissolved in a solution of methanol. The methanol is then removed to obtain the copolymer. Later, the copolymer can be dissolved in an appropriate solvent with a suspension of carbon black to obtain a mixture that can be cast and then dried to obtain a sensory film.

  1. Phase separation of polymer thin films and some applications

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    Zhu, Shaoming

    Phase separation of polymer thin film is a common issue in polymer thin film application. The existence of surface and surfactant are understood to play an important role in thin film final topography. In chapter two, the configuration of polymer blend thin film phase separation on cobalt substrate with PMMA phase forming column structure, and PS phase encapsulating the PMMA phase was used as resist mask to transfer the topographical feature to cobalt thin film. Isolated near spherical single and multi domain magnetic islands were obtained. The island made using this method had a broad single domain range from below 1000 to 5000A. In chapter three, when the polymer blend thin film was in bilayer configuration and diblock copolymer was added on the top layer, we found the confinement can increase the mixing of two homopolymers in highly incompatible polymer blends. By affecting the formation of micelles, the copolymers are forced to the interface between the two homopolymer phases where they reduce the interfacial tension to zero and form a microemulsion. Our findings have two important implications: first, they elucidate the role entropy plays in determining the phase behaviour of confined polymer blends and second, they offer a simple pathway to create thin film coatings with precisely controlled properties and surfaces. In chapter four, the kinetics process of microemulsion formation in confinement configuration has been analyzed. The microemulsion formation proceeded at initial stage by capillary wave, then it followed the growth regime t1/3 and lnt, then followed a more slow growth regime (lnt).56 or (lnt).60 till finally reached equilibrium, when the structure was frozen. In chapter five, we study the evolution of the morphologies of polymer blend thin films on silicon, cobalt, and gold substrates. In asymmetrical system, the substrate surface energy determined the wetting degree of the substrate preferring phases. In chapter six, we present a novel method for

  2. Polymer-assisted aqueous deposition of metal oxide films

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    Li, DeQuan [Los Alamos, NM; Jia, Quanxi [Los Alamos, NM

    2003-07-08

    An organic solvent-free process for deposition of metal oxide thin films is presented. The process includes aqueous solutions of necessary metal precursors and an aqueous solution of a water-soluble polymer. After a coating operation, the resultant coating is fired at high temperatures to yield optical quality metal oxide thin films.

  3. The electrocaloric efficiency of ceramic and polymer films.

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    Defay, Emmanuel; Crossley, Sam; Kar-Narayan, Sohini; Moya, Xavier; Mathur, Neil D

    2013-06-25

    Efficiency is defined as η = |Q|/|W| in order to investigate the electrical work |W| associated with electrocaloric heat |Q|. This materials parameter indicates that polymer films are slightly more energy efficient than ceramic films, and therefore both species of material remain candidates for future cooling applications.

  4. Phase equilibria in polymer blend thin films: a Hamiltonian approach.

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    Souche, M; Clarke, N

    2009-12-28

    We propose a Hamiltonian formulation of the Flory-Huggins-de Gennes theory describing a polymer blend thin film. We then focus on the case of 50:50 polymer blends confined between antisymmetric walls. The different phases of the system and the transitions between them, including finite-size effects, are systematically studied through their relation with the geometry of the Hamiltonian flow in phase space. This method provides an easy and efficient way, with strong graphical insight, to infer the qualitative physical behavior of polymer blend thin films.

  5. Amphiphilic Polymer Platforms: Surface Engineering of Films for Marine Antibiofouling.

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    Galli, Giancarlo; Martinelli, Elisa

    2017-04-01

    A range of amphiphilic polymers with diverse macromolecular architectures has been developed and incorporated into films and coatings with potential for marine antibiofouling applications, without resorting to addition of currently used biocidal, toxic agents. Novel "green" chemical technologies employ different building blocks to endow the polymer film with surface activity, functionality, structure, and reconstruction according to the outer environment as a result of a tailored amphiphilic character of the polymer platform. We emphasise how these features can interplay and add synergistically to affect antifouling and fouling-release against common, widespread marine micro- and macro-fouling organisms. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Film formation and mechanical behavior of polymer latexes

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    Gauthier, C.; Sindt, O.; Perez, J.

    1995-12-31

    The purpose of this lecture is to review the present state of the art in the field of film formation in relation with the mechanical behavior of polymer films. After a review of the theoretical approaches concerning film forming process, we show the influence of some experimental parameters (temperature, hygrometry {hor_ellipsis}) in the case of a core-shell latex obtained from polystyrene/Poly (Styrene co. butyl acrylate). Then, the mechanical behavior of polymer films is considered. The improvement of the mechanical strength of latex films during the last stage of film formation (i.e., gradual coalescence) is illustrated. Further analysis of the molecular process yielding mechanical behavior allows us to show how the comparison between prediction and experimental data can provide information on morphological changes, on the stability of this one, or on the formation of an interphase between constituting phases.

  7. Stretchable and Conductive Polymer Films Prepared by Solution Blending.

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    Li, Pengcheng; Sun, Kuan; Ouyang, Jianyong

    2015-08-26

    Stretchable and conductive materials can have important application in many areas, such as wearable electronics and healthcare devices. Conducting polymers have very limited elasticity because of their rigid conjugated backbone. In this work, highly stretchable and conductive polymer films are prepared by coating or casting aqueous solution of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate ( PSS) and a soft polymer, including poly(ethylene glycol), poly(ethylene oxide), or poly(vinyl alcohol). The soft polymers can greatly improve the stretchability and the conductivity of PSS. The elongation at break can be increased from 2% up to 55%. The soft polymers can also enhance the conductivity of PSS from 0.2 up to 75 S cm(-1). The conductivity is further enhanced by adding dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or ethylene glycol (EG) into the aqueous solutions of the polymer blends. Polymer blends with an elongation at break of close to 50% and a conductivity of 172 S cm(-1) are attained.

  8. Polymer fullerene solution phase behaviour and film formation pathways.

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    Dattani, Rajeev; Cabral, João T

    2015-04-28

    We report the phase behaviour of polymer/fullerene/solvent ternary mixtures and its consequence for the morphology of the resulting composite thin films. We focus particularly on solutions of polystyrene (PS), C60 fullerene and toluene, which are examined by static and dynamic light scattering, and films obtained from various solution ages and thermal annealing conditions, using atomic force and light microscopy. Unexpectedly, the solution phase behaviour below the polymer overlap concentration, c*, is found to be described by a simple excluded volume argument (occupied by the polymer chains) and the neat C60/solvent miscibility. Scaling consistent with full exclusion is found when the miscibility of the fullerene in the solvent is much lower than that of the polymer, giving way to partial exclusion with more soluble fullerenes (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM) and a less asymmetric solvent (chlorobenzene), employed in photovoltaic devices. Spun cast and drop cast films were prepared from PS/C60/toluene solutions across the phase diagram to yield an identical PS/C60 composition and film thickness, resulting in qualitatively different morphologies in agreement with our measured solution phase boundaries. Our findings are relevant to the solution processing of polymer/fullerene composites (including organic photovoltaic devices), which generally require effective solubilisation of fullerene derivatives and polymer pairs in this concentration range, and the design of well-defined thin film morphologies.

  9. Functional nanocomposite polymer films with uniform magnetic nanoparticle dispersions

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    Stojak, K.; Pal, S.; Miner, M. J.; Srikanth, H.; Skidmore, S.; Wang, J.; Weller, T.

    2009-03-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles embedded in polymer matrices are good examples of functional nanostructures with excellent potential in applications such as tunable microwave devices, EMI shielding, and flexible electronics. The challenge comes with evenly dispersing the nanoparticles once they are embedded in the polymer matrix. To avoid clustering of particles in the polymer nanocomposites and achieve excellent dispersion, competition between polymer-polymer and polymer-particle interactions must be balanced. In earlier work, we demonstrated the synthesis of 2μm thick, spin-coated nanocomposite PMMA films with Fe3O4 (mean size 15nm) nanoparticles embedded that displayed superparamagnetic behavior. In this work we will report on the successful extension of this strategy to 20 μm thick films that are needed for microwave applications. In addition to Fe3O4, we have also functionalized the films with other ferrite nanoparticles. Magnetic characterization and microstructural studies of the polymer nanocomposites will be presented and discussed. Microwave response of these films using a coplanar waveguide fixture will also be reported.

  10. Organic thin film transistor by using polymer electrolyte to modulate the conductivity of conjugated polymer

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    Lin, Yu-Ju; Li, Yu-Chang; Yeh, Chih-Chieh; Chung, Sheng-Feng; Huang, Li-Ming; Wen, Ten-Chin; Wang, Yeong-Her

    2006-11-01

    This work presents an organic thin film transistor using double polymer layers, polymer electrolyte/conjugated polymer, i.e., poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)/poly(diphenylamine) (PDPA) structure. The single mobile anions (Cl-) pending on the PDDA are stuffed into the conjugated polymer to dope the nitrogen atoms (imine) by applying the gate bias, resulting a higher drain current under the same source-drain voltage. The PDDA/PDPA polymer structure working in the enhancement mode which operates under atmospheric conditions as a typical p-channel transistor is demonstrated.

  11. Microporous polymer films and methods of their production

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    Aubert, James H.

    1995-01-01

    A process for producing thin microporous polymeric films for a variety of uses. The process utilizes a dense gas (liquified gas or supercritical fluid) selected to combine with a solvent-containing polymeric film so that the solvent is dissolved in the dense gas, the polymer is substantially insoluble in the dense gas, and two phases are formed. A microporous film is obtained by removal of a dense gas-solvent phase.

  12. Microporous polymer films and methods of their production

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    Aubert, J.H.

    1995-06-06

    A process is described for producing thin microporous polymeric films for a variety of uses. The process utilizes a dense gas (liquefied gas or supercritical fluid) selected to combine with a solvent-containing polymeric film so that the solvent is dissolved in the dense gas, the polymer is substantially insoluble in the dense gas, and two phases are formed. A microporous film is obtained by removal of a dense gas-solvent phase. 9 figs.

  13. Influence of film thickness on the phase separation mechanism in ultrathin conducting polymer blend films.

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    Meier, Robert; Ruderer, Matthias A; Diethert, Alexander; Kaune, Gunar; Körstgens, Volker; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2011-03-31

    The film morphology of thin polymer blend films based on poly[(1-methoxy)-4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) is probed as a function of film thickness. Blend films are prepared with spin-coating of polymer solutions with different concentrations on top of solid supports. The blending ratio of both conducting polymers is kept constant. The film and surface morphology is probed with grazing incidence ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering (GIUSAXS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). A linear dependence between the film thickness and the averaged phase separation is found. In addition, X-ray reflectivity measurements show an enrichment of PVK at the substrate interface. UV/vis spectroscopy measurements indicate a linearly increasing amount of both homopolymers in the blend films for increasing film thicknesses. The generalized knowledge about the influence of the film thickness on the phase separation behavior in conducting polymer blend films is finally used to describe the phase separation formation during the spin-coating process, and the results are discussed in the framework of an adapted Flory-Huggins theory for rodlike polymers.

  14. Polymer thin films embedded with in situ grown metal nanoparticles.

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    Ramesh, G V; Porel, S; Radhakrishnan, T P

    2009-09-01

    Metal nanoparticle-polymer composites are versatile materials which not only combine the unique characteristics of the components, but also manifest mutualistic effects between the two. Embedding inside polymer thin films facilitates immobilization and organization of the metal nanoparticles and tuning of their electronic and optical responses by the dielectric environment. The embedded metal nanoparticles in turn can impact upon the various material attributes of the polymer matrix. Some of the most convenient and attractive routes to the fabrication of metal nanoparticle-embedded polymer thin films involve in situ generation of the nanoparticles through reduction or decomposition of appropriate precursors inside the solid film. In this tutorial review we present an overview of the different methodologies developed using this general concept and describe the environment-friendly protocol we have optimized for the fabrication of noble metal nanostructures inside polymer thin films, using aqueous media for the synthesis and deploying the polymer itself as the reducing as well as stabilizing agent. A variety of techniques that have been exploited to characterize the precursor to product transformation inside the polymer film are discussed. The unique control provided by the in situ fabrication route on the size, shape and distribution of the nanostructures, and application of the polymer thin films with the in situ generated metal nanoparticles in areas such as nonlinear optics, surface enhanced Raman scattering, e-beam lithography, microwave absorption, non-volatile memory devices and random lasers, illustrate the versatility of these materials. A brief appraisal of the avenues for future developments in this area is presented.

  15. Deviations from liquidlike behavior in molten polymer films at interfaces.

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    Seo, Young-Soo; Koga, T; Sokolov, J; Rafailovich, M H; Tolan, M; Sinha, S

    2005-04-22

    We have performed x-ray specular and diffuse scattering on liquid polymer films and analyzed the spectra as a function of film thickness and molecular weight. The results show that films whose molecular weight is close to the entanglement length behave as simple liquids except that the shortest wavelength is determined by the radius of gyration (R(g)) rather than the monomer-monomer distance. When the molecular weight is higher than the entanglement length, the strong deviations from liquidlike behavior are observed. We find that the long wavelength cutoff vector, q(l,c), scales with film thickness, d as d(-1.1+/-0.1) rather than the usual d(-2) expected for simple liquids. If we assume that these deviations are due to surface pinning of the polymer chains, then our results are consistent with the formalism developed by Fredrickson et al. to explain the capillary wave spectrum that can propagate in a polymer brush.

  16. Directed Morphology of Nanofilled Polymer Films on Flexible Substrates

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    Bandyopadhyay, Diya; Hayirlioglu, Arzu; Kulkarni, Manish; Karim, Alamgir

    2011-03-01

    We demonstrate viable meso-patterning techniques that have relevance to electronics and organic photovoltaic applications via tunable control of polymer thin film instabilities. To this end, we examine the influence of fullerene (C60) nanoparticles on multicomponent polymer thin films on patterned and flexible polydimethylsiloxane substrates and compare these results to morphologies on hard silica xerogel substrates of variable roughness and surface energy. Controlled incorporation of nanoparticles (NPs) can be used to tune polymer thin film instabilities and morphology. At NP concentrations below a threshold value, we observe directed dewetting of blend thin films consisting of uniformly aligned dewet domains that mimic the periodicity of the confining media, consistent with our previous experiments where it was observed that C60 NPs preferentially segregate to a PS/PB blend interface up to a certain saturation concentration.

  17. Interfacial instabilities and the glass transition in polymer thin films

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    Besancon, Brian Matthew

    Lithography, lubrication and active components in organic electronic devices are diverse applications of polymer thin films. Confinement and interfacial interactions have a profound effect on the properties of thin films and are responsible for behavior that is often counterintuitive and difficult to predict. Phenomena ranging from interfacial instabilities to thickness-dependent properties such as the glass transition (Tg) and viscosity are challenges associated with the design, processing, fabrication and performance of polymer thin films. In this dissertation, we examined three basic problems: the first concerns the morphology of interfacial instabilities, the second is the film thickness dependence of the viscosity, and the third is the thickness dependence of the Tg of thin film polymer-polymer mixtures. Thin liquid films in the nanometer thickness range often succumb to interfacial instabilities leading to break-up and droplet formation. While the destabilization process is well understood, the mechanisms by which the instability proceeds are not. One mechanism by which the dewetting process begins is with the formation and subsequent growth of circular holes. We show that fingering instabilities can develop at the periphery of these holes and that the morphology of the instability depends on chain length and the nature of the substrate-polymer interactions. The details of this secondary instability are examined and compared to fingering instabilities observed in macroscopic liquid fronts. A related issue in these systems is that the dynamics can be film thickness dependent. Since the viscosity and capillary forces determine the dynamics of interfacial instabilities, the time dependence of the hole size provides a method to measure the viscosity of the film. We used this approach to examine the influence of carbon nanotubes on the dewetting dynamics and determine the thickness dependence of the viscosity, which was found to depend on the thickness dependent

  18. Controlled release of tocopherols from polymer blend films

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    Obinata, Noe

    Controlled release packaging has great potential to increase storage stability of foods by releasing active compounds into foods continuously over time. However, a major limitation in development of this technology is the inability to control the release and provide rates useful for long term storage of foods. Better understanding of the factors affecting active compound release is needed to overcome this limitation. The objective of this research was to investigate the relationship between polymer composition, polymer processing method, polymer morphology, and release properties of active compounds, and to provide proof of principle that compound release is controlled by film morphology. A natural antioxidant, tocopherol was used as a model active compound because it is natural, effective, heat stable, and soluble in most packaging polymers. Polymer blend films were produced from combination of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), or polystyrene (PS) with 3000 ppm mixed tocopherols using conventional blending method and innovative blending method, smart blending with a novel mixer using chaotic advection. Film morphologies were visualized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Release of tocopherols into 95% ethanol as a food simulant was measured by UV/Visible spectrophotometry or HPLC, and diffusivity of tocopherols in the polymers was estimated from this data. Polymer composition (blend proportions) and processing methods have major effects on film morphology. Four different types of morphologies, dispersed, co-continuous, fiber, and multilayer structures were developed by either conventional extrusion or smart blending. With smart blending of fixed polymer compositions, different morphologies were progressively developed with fixed polymer composition as the number of rod rotations increased, providing a way to separate effects of polymer composition and morphology. The different morphologies

  19. Vacuum deposited polymer/metal films for optical applications

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    Affinito, J. D.; Martin, P. M.; Gross, M. E.; Coronado, C.; Greenwell, E.

    1995-04-01

    Vacuum deposited Polymer/Silver/Polymer reflectors and Tantalum/Polymer/Aluminum Fabry-Perot interference filters were fabricated in a vacuun web coating operation on polyester substrates with a new, high speed deposition process. Reflectivities were measured in the wavelength range from 0.3 to 0.8(mu)m. This new vacuum processing technique has been shown to be capable of deposition line speeds in excess of 500 linear meters/minute. Central to this technique is a new position process for the high rate deposition of polymer films. This polymer process involves the flash evaporation of an acrylic monomer onto a moving substrate. The monomer is subsequently cured by an electron beam or ultraviolet light. This high speed polymer film deposition process has been named the PML process -- for Polymer Multi-Layer. Also, vacuum deposited, index matched, polymer/CaF(sub 2) composites were fabricated from monomer slurries that were subsequently cured with LTV light. This second technique is called the Liquid Multi-Layer (or LML) process. Each of these polymer processes is compatible with each other and with conventional vacuum deposition processes such as sputtering or evaporation.

  20. Numerical solutions of thin-film equations for polymer flows.

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    Salez, Thomas; McGraw, Joshua D; Cormier, Sara L; Bäumchen, Oliver; Dalnoki-Veress, Kari; Raphaël, Elie

    2012-11-01

    We report on the numerical implementation of thin-film equations that describe the capillary-driven evolution of viscous films, in two-dimensional configurations. After recalling the general forms and features of these equations, we focus on two particular cases inspired by experiments: the leveling of a step at the free surface of a polymer film, and the leveling of a polymer droplet over an identical film. In each case, we first discuss the long-term self-similar regime reached by the numerical solution before comparing it to the experimental profile. The agreement between theory and experiment is excellent, thus providing a versatile probe for nanorheology of viscous liquids in thin-film geometries.

  1. Glassy boundary layers vs enhanced mobility in capped polymer films

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    Batistakis, C.; Michels, M. A. J.; Lyulin, A. V.

    2013-07-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations have been carried out for a coarse-grained model of a random AB-copolymer confined between two crystalline substrates. The strength of substrate-polymer interactions, and the distance between the two substrates have been varied in a wide range. For thick films the film-averaged segmental mobility decreases for intermediate adsorption strengths, but start to increase for very high substrate-polymer attraction strength. We saw that this non-monotonic behavior is caused by a very strong heterogeneity of the segmental dynamics above the glass-transition temperature: the segmental mobility slows down drastically close to adsorbing substrates, but strongly increases in the middle part of the film. This effect, and its sensitive dependence on film thickness, are explained by finite-size effects in confinement, in combination with glassy boundary layers. It is demonstrated that film-averaged mobility as often measured cannot be understood without resolving local mobility in space and time.

  2. Simulated Space Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Exposure Testing for Polymer Films

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    Dever, Joyce A.; Pietromica, Anthony J.; Stueber, Thomas J.; Sechkar, Edward A.; Messer, Russell K.

    2002-01-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation of wavelengths between 115 and 200 nm produced by the sun in the space environment can cause degradation to polymer films producing changes in optical, mechanical, and chemical properties. These effects are particularly important for thin polymer films being considered for ultra-lightweight space structures, because, for most polymers, VUV radiation is absorbed in a thin surface layer. NASA Glenn Research Center has developed facilities and methods for long-term ground testing of polymer films to evaluate space environmental VUV radiation effects. VUV exposure can also be used as part of sequential simulated space environmental exposures to determine combined damaging effects. This paper will describe the effects of VUV on polymer films and the necessity for ground testing. Testing practices used at Glenn Research Center for VUV exposure testing will be described including characterization of the VUV radiation source used, calibration procedures traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and testing techniques for VUV exposure of polymer surfaces.

  3. Lattice cluster theory for dense, thin polymer films.

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    Freed, Karl F

    2015-04-07

    While the application of the lattice cluster theory (LCT) to study the miscibility of polymer blends has greatly expanded our understanding of the monomer scale molecular details influencing miscibility, the corresponding theory for inhomogeneous systems has not yet emerged because of considerable technical difficulties and much greater complexity. Here, we present a general formulation enabling the extension of the LCT to describe the thermodynamic properties of dense, thin polymer films using a high dimension, high temperature expansion. Whereas the leading order of the LCT for bulk polymer systems is essentially simple Flory-Huggins theory, the highly non-trivial leading order inhomogeneous LCT (ILCT) for a film with L layers already involves the numerical solution of 3(L - 1) coupled, highly nonlinear equations for the various density profiles in the film. The new theory incorporates the essential "transport" constraints of Helfand and focuses on the strict imposition of excluded volume constraints, appropriate to dense polymer systems, rather than the maintenance of chain connectivity as appropriate for lower densities and as implemented in self-consistent theories of polymer adsorption at interfaces. The ILCT is illustrated by presenting examples of the computed profiles of the density, the parallel and perpendicular bonds, and the chain ends for free standing and supported films as a function of average film density, chain length, temperature, interaction with support, and chain stiffness. The results generally agree with expected general trends.

  4. Lattice cluster theory for dense, thin polymer films

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    Freed, Karl F.

    2015-04-07

    While the application of the lattice cluster theory (LCT) to study the miscibility of polymer blends has greatly expanded our understanding of the monomer scale molecular details influencing miscibility, the corresponding theory for inhomogeneous systems has not yet emerged because of considerable technical difficulties and much greater complexity. Here, we present a general formulation enabling the extension of the LCT to describe the thermodynamic properties of dense, thin polymer films using a high dimension, high temperature expansion. Whereas the leading order of the LCT for bulk polymer systems is essentially simple Flory-Huggins theory, the highly non-trivial leading order inhomogeneous LCT (ILCT) for a film with L layers already involves the numerical solution of 3(L − 1) coupled, highly nonlinear equations for the various density profiles in the film. The new theory incorporates the essential “transport” constraints of Helfand and focuses on the strict imposition of excluded volume constraints, appropriate to dense polymer systems, rather than the maintenance of chain connectivity as appropriate for lower densities and as implemented in self-consistent theories of polymer adsorption at interfaces. The ILCT is illustrated by presenting examples of the computed profiles of the density, the parallel and perpendicular bonds, and the chain ends for free standing and supported films as a function of average film density, chain length, temperature, interaction with support, and chain stiffness. The results generally agree with expected general trends.

  5. Patterning Multicomponent Polymer Thin Films via Dynamic Thermal Processing

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    Singh, Gurpreet

    Bottom-up patterning is gaining increased importance owing to the physical limitations and rising costs of top-down patterning. One example of bottom-up patterning is self-assembling polymer thin films. Although there are several pathways to facilitate polymer thin film self-assembly, this presentation will focus on dynamic thermal field based processes for patterning multicomponent polymer thin films. Dynamic thermal field processing is an attractive roll­to­roll (R2R) amenable directed self­assembly (DSA) method for molecular level organization of multicomponent polymer systems such as block copolymer thin films over large areas without requiring guiding templates. The talk will first outline how parameters such as magnitude of the temperature gradient, velocity of annealing, thermal expansion, and molecular weight of the polymer can be optimized to finely tune the morphology of the block copolymer thin films and also elucidate their associated physical mechanisms. The second part of the talk will outline application of dynamic thermal field processes for fabricating functional nanomaterials and discuss the recent advancements achieved using these processes.

  6. Dielectric breakdown in silica-amorphous polymer nanocomposite films: the role of the polymer matrix.

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    Grabowski, Christopher A; Fillery, Scott P; Westing, Nicholas M; Chi, Changzai; Meth, Jeffrey S; Durstock, Michael F; Vaia, Richard A

    2013-06-26

    The ultimate energy storage performance of an electrostatic capacitor is determined by the dielectric characteristics of the material separating its conductive electrodes. Polymers are commonly employed due to their processability and high breakdown strength; however, demands for higher energy storage have encouraged investigations of ceramic-polymer composites. Maintaining dielectric strength, and thus minimizing flaw size and heterogeneities, has focused development toward nanocomposite (NC) films; but results lack consistency, potentially due to variations in polymer purity, nanoparticle surface treatments, nanoparticle size, and film morphology. To experimentally establish the dominant factors in broad structure-performance relationships, we compare the dielectric properties for four high-purity amorphous polymer films (polymethyl methacrylate, polystyrene, polyimide, and poly-4-vinylpyridine) incorporating uniformly dispersed silica colloids (up to 45% v/v). Factors known to contribute to premature breakdown-field exclusion and agglomeration-have been mitigated in this experiment to focus on what impact the polymer and polymer-nanoparticle interactions have on breakdown. Our findings indicate that adding colloidal silica to higher breakdown strength amorphous polymers (polymethyl methacrylate and polyimide) causes a reduction in dielectric strength as compared to the neat polymer. Alternatively, low breakdown strength amorphous polymers (poly-4-vinylpyridine and especially polystyrene) with comparable silica dispersion show similar or even improved breakdown strength for 7.5-15% v/v silica. At ∼15% v/v or greater silica content, all the polymer NC films exhibit breakdown at similar electric fields, implying that at these loadings failure becomes independent of polymer matrix and is dominated by silica.

  7. Dynamic studies of nano-confined polymer thin films

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    Geng, Kun

    Polymer thin films with the film thickness (h0 ) below 100 nm often exhibit physical properties different from the bulk counterparts. In order to make the best use of polymer thin films in applications, it is important to understand the physical origins of these deviations. In this dissertation, I will investigate how different factors influence dynamic properties of polymer thin films upon nano-confinement, including glass transition temperature (Tg), effective viscosity (etaeff) and self-diffusion coefficient (D ). The first part of this dissertation concerns the impacts of the molecular weight (MW) and tacticity on the Tg's of nano-confined polymer films. Previous experiments showed that the Tg of polymer films could be depressed or increased as h0 decreases. While these observations are usually attributed to the effects of the interfaces, some experiments suggested that MW's and tacticities might also play a role. To understand the effects of these factors, the Tg's of silica-based poly(alpha-methyl styrene) (PalphaMS/SiOx) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA/SiOx) thin films were studied, and the results suggested that MW's and tacticities influence Tg in nontrivial ways. The second part concerns an effort to resolve the long-standing controversy about the correlation between different dynamics of polymer thin films upon nano-confinement. Firstly, I discuss the experimental results of Tg, D and etaeff of poly(isobutyl methacrylate) films supported by silica (PiBMA/SiOx). Both T g and D were found to be independent of h 0, but etaeff decreased with decreasing h 0. Since both D and etaeff describe transport phenomena known to depend on the local friction coefficient or equivalently the local viscosity, it is questionable why D and etaeff displayed seemingly inconsistent h 0 dependencies. We envisage the different h0 dependencies to be caused by Tg, D and etaeff being different functions of the local T g's (Tg,i) or viscosities (eta i). By assuming a three

  8. Pattern formation and evolution in thin polymer films

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    Masson, Jean-Loup Didier

    2001-07-01

    Thin polymer films are important for many technologies. They are used as coatings, adhesives, lubricants and for device technologies, such as polymer based light-emitting diodes. Several concerns arise when processing and using thin polymer films. Properties of thin polymer films (e.g., viscosity, diffusion, glass transition temperature) are different from bulk properties due to finite size effects (e.g., confinement of the chains) and to interfacial interactions (e.g., presence of the free surface and the substrate). Moreover, the stability of the film on the substrate is of concern. Thin polymer films, of thickness h < 100 nm, fabricated on a substrate may rupture under destabilizing forces, such as van der Waals forces. Rupturing exposes the underlying substrate and the exposed regions will grow, provided that the spreading coefficient is negative. This process is known as dewetting. Thus far, two dewetting morphologies have been identified but little is understood about their formation and evolution. The first morphology consists of circular holes throughout the film and the second morphology is reminiscent of patterns associated with spinodal decomposition processes. In this research, we investigated four problems. First, we examined fundamental questions related to the formation and evolution of patterns on the substrate. We documented the existence of different dynamic stages of evolution associated with different driving forces for both "conventional" morphologies (circular holes and "spinodal-like"). Second, we discovered a new morphology that occurs in a thin random copolymer film on a silicon substrate. This morphology results from heterogeneous interactions of the chain segments with the substrate. Third, we examined flow processes in thin polymer films (chain dynamics near surfaces). We show that a fingering instability develop spontaneously at the moving liquid front when the film is below a critical thickness that depends on the length of the chains

  9. Influence of substrate and film thickness on polymer LIPSS formation

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    Cui, Jing; Nogales, Aurora; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.; Rebollar, Esther

    2017-02-01

    Here we focus on the influence of both, substrate and film thickness on polymer Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) formation in polymer films. For this aim a morphological description of ripples structures generated on spin-coated polystyrene (PS) films by a linearly polarized laser beam with a wavelength of 266 nm is presented. The influence of different parameters on the quality and characteristics of the formed laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) was investigated. We found that well-ordered LIPSS are formed either on PS films thinner than 200 nm or thicker than 400 nm supported on silicon substrates as well as on thicker free standing films. However less-ordered ripples are formed on silicon supported films with intermediate thicknesses in the range of 200-380 nm. The effect of the thermal and optical properties of the substrate on the quality of LIPSS was analyzed. Differences observed in the fluence and number of pulses needed for the onset of surface morphological modifications is explained considering two main effects which are: (1) The temperature increase on polymer surface induced by the action of cumulative laser irradiation and (2) The differences in thermal conductivity between the polymer and the substrate which strongly affect the heat dissipation generated by irradiation.

  10. Detecting Airborne Mercury by Use of Polymer/Carbon Films

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    Shevade, Abhijit; Ryan, Margaret; Homer, Margie; Kisor, Adam; Jewell, April; Yen, Shiao-Pin; Manatt, Kenneth; Blanco, Mario; Goddard, William

    2009-01-01

    Films made of certain polymer/carbon composites have been found to be potentially useful as sensing films for detecting airborne elemental mercury at concentrations on the order of tens of parts per billion or more. That is to say, when the polymer/carbon composite films are exposed to air containing mercury vapor, their electrical resistances decrease by measurable amounts. Because airborne mercury is a health hazard, it is desirable to detect it with great sensitivity, especially in enclosed environments in which there is a risk of a mercury leak from lamps or other equipment. The present effort to develop polymerbased mercury-vapor sensors complements the work reported in NASA Tech Briefs Detecting Airborne Mercury by Use of Palladium Chloride (NPO- 44955), Vol. 33, No. 7 (July 2009), page 48 and De tecting Airborne Mer cury by Use of Gold Nanowires (NPO-44787), Vol. 33, No. 7 (July 2009), page 49. Like those previously reported efforts, the present effort is motivated partly by a need to enable operation and/or regeneration of sensors under relatively mild conditions more specifically, at temperatures closer to room temperature than to the elevated temperatures (greater than 100 C ) needed for regeneration of sensors based on noble-metal films. The present polymer/carbon films are made from two polymers, denoted EYN1 and EYN2 (see Figure 1), both of which are derivatives of poly-4-vinyl pyridine with amine functional groups. Composites of these polymers with 10 to 15 weight percent of carbon were prepared and solution-deposited onto the JPL ElectronicNose sensor substrates for testing. Preliminary test results showed that the resulting sensor films gave measurable indications of airborne mercury at concentrations on the order of tens of parts per billion (ppb) or more. The operating temperature range for the sensing films was 28 to 40 C and that the sensor films regenerated spontaneously, without heating above operating temperature (see Figure 2).

  11. Molecular Recognition-Mediated Transformation of Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles into Crosslinked Polymer Films.

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    Mahon, Clare S; McGurk, Christopher J; Watson, Scott M D; Fascione, Martin A; Sakonsinsiri, Chadamas; Turnbull, W Bruce; Fulton, David A

    2017-08-14

    We describe single-chain polymer nanoparticles (SCNPs) possessing intramolecular dynamic covalent crosslinks that can transform into polymer films through a molecular recognition-mediated crosslinking process. The SCNPs utilise molecular recognition with surface-immobilised proteins to concentrate upon a substrate, bringing the SCNPs into close spatial proximity with one another and allowing their dynamic covalent crosslinkers to undergo intra- to interpolymer chain crosslinking leading to the formation of polymeric film. SCNPs must possess both the capacity for specific molecular recognition and a dynamic nature to their intramolecular crosslinkers to form polymer films, and an investigation of the initial phase of film formation indicates it proceeds from features which form upon the surface then grow predominantly in the xy directions. This approach to polymer film formation presents a potential method to "wrap" surfaces displaying molecular recognition motifs-which could potentially include viral, cellular and bacterial surfaces or artificial surfaces displaying multivalent recognition motifs-within a layer of polymer film. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  12. Dry-film polymer waveguide for silicon photonics chip packaging.

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    Hsu, Hsiang-Han; Nakagawa, Shigeru

    2014-09-22

    Polymer waveguide made by dry film process is demonstrated for silicon photonics chip packaging. With 8 μm × 11.5 μm core waveguide, little penalty is observed up to 25 Gbps before or after the light propagate through a 10-km long single-mode fiber (SMF). Coupling loss to SMF is 0.24 dB and 1.31 dB at the polymer waveguide input and output ends, respectively. Alignment tolerance for 0.5 dB loss increase is +/- 1.0 μm along both vertical and horizontal directions for the coupling from the polymer waveguide to SMF. The dry-film polymer waveguide demonstrates promising performance for silicon photonics chip packaging used in next generation optical multi-chip module.

  13. Spinodal Clustering in Thin Films of Nanoparticle-Polymer Mixtures

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    Wong, Him Cheng; Cabral, João T.

    2010-07-01

    Thin supported polystyrene-C60 fullerene mixtures annealed above their glass transition temperature develop spinodal surface undulations which depend on film thickness h(20-500nm), polymer molecular mass Mw, temperature, and time t. The dominant wavelength λ˜1-10μm scales linearly with h and coarsening kinetics follow λ˜tα, with 0<α(h)<1/3; the morphology eventually pins at long times. This spinodal surface excitation contrasts with dewetting suppression and film stability observed in low-Mw polymers and results from the interplay of binary miscibility and fullerene substrate attraction.

  14. Nanostructure investigation of polymer solutions, polymer gels, and polymer thin films

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    Lee, Wonjoo

    This thesis discusses two systems. One is structured hydrogels which are hydrogel systems based on crosslinked poly((2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) containing micelles which form nanoscale pores within the PDMAEMA hydrogel. The other is nanoporous block copolymer thin films where solvent selectivity is exploited to create nanopores in PS-b-P4VP thin films. Both of these are multicomponent polymer systems which have nanoscale porous structures. 1. Small angle neutron scattering of micellization of anionic surfactants in water, polymer solutions and hydrogels. Nanoporous materials have been broadly investigated due to the potential for a wide range of applications, including nano-reactors, low-K materials, and membranes. Among those, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP) have attracted a large amount of interest because these materials resemble the "lock and key" paradigm of enzymes. MIPs are created by crosslinking either polymers or monomers in the presence of template molecules, usually in water. Initially, functional groups on the polymer or the monomer are bound either covalently or noncovalently to the template, and crosslinking results in a highly crosslinked hydrogel. The MIPs containing templates are immersed in a solvent (usually water), and the large difference in the osmotic pressure between the hydrogel and solvent removes the template molecules from the MIP, leaving pores in the polymer network containing functionalized groups. A broad range of different templates have been used ranging from molecules to nanoscale structures inclucing stereoisomers, virus, and micelles. When micelles are used as templates, the size and shape before and after crosslinking is an important variable as micelles are thermodynamic objects whose structure depends on the surfactant concentration of the solution, temperature, electrolyte concentration and polymer concentration. In our research, the first goal is to understand the micellization of anionic

  15. Reversible thermochromic polymer film embedded with fluorescent organogel nanofibers.

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    Kim, Hyungwoo; Chang, Ji Young

    2014-11-18

    We report a reversible thermochromic nanocomposite polymer film composed of fluorescent organogel fibers and a highly cross-linked polymer matrix. A series of cyano-substituted oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (CN-OPV) derivatives were synthesized by the reaction of dialdehydes with phenyl or naphthyl acetonitrile under basic conditions. Among the CN-OPV derivatives, NA-DBA having naphtyl moieties and dodecyloxy chains formed a stable organogel in a cross-linkable monomeric solvent (ethylene glycol dimethacrylate). The organogel showed a thermoreversible sol-gel transition, accompanying the emission color change. A nanocomposite polymer film obtained by photopolymerization of the organogel between two quartz plates also exhibited reversible thermochromism. Under 365 nm irradiation, the orange color of the film at 25 °C became yellowish green at 120 °C. The fluorescence spectroscopy, DSC, and microscopy results determined that the thermally reversible self-assembly of NA-DBA occurred in the polymer matrix, resulting in reversible thermochromism. The melted gelator molecules at 120 °C did not diffuse into the polymer matrix probably because of poor interactions of the gelator molecules with the polymer matrix. The NA-DBA molecules dispersed in poly(methyl methacrylate), without forming a supramolecular structure, did not show thermochromism.

  16. Probing nano-rheology in thin polymer films

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    Dalnoki-Veress, Kari

    2013-03-01

    In this talk I will summarize our recent work on using stepped films to uncover some of the physics relevant to polymer rheology on length scales comparable to the size of polymer molecules. The work presented will focus on the efforts of a larger collaboration (Elie Raphael's theory group in Paris and James Forrest's group in Waterloo). The simple geometry of a polymer film on a substrate with a step at the free surface is unfavourable due to the excess interface induced by the step. Laplace pressure will drive flow within the film which can be studied with optical and atomic force microscopies. Because of the excellent agreement between theory and experiment when we probe ``bulk-like'' properties, these studies provide an opportunity to study how such systems transition from the bulk to confined. Starting with some of the results of levelling experiments on simple stepped films as well as the levelling of polymer droplets on thin films, I will finish with a discussion on our more recent efforts to elucidate confinement effects.

  17. Charge transport across the metal-polymer film boundary

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    Yumaguzin, Yu. M.; Salikhov, T. R.; Shayakhmetov, R. U.; Salikhov, R. B.

    2016-08-01

    Thin polyaniline films were fabricated by thermal vacuum evaporation from a Knudsen effusion cell. The conducting properties of films synthesized under different evaporation conditions were studied. The enhancement of the emission capacity of a wolfram tip coated with a polyaniline film of a nanometer thickness was demonstrated experimentally. A model of the discovered effect was proposed. The obtained Fowler-Nordheim current-voltage characteristics were used to estimate the change in the electronic work function occurring when a thin film is deposited on the tip surface. The effective temperature of electrons emitted from the polyaniline film was determined based on the results of analysis of energy distributions, and the specific features of charge transport in the metal-polyaniline-vacuum system were examined. A model of energy bands of the metal-polymer film contact was also constructed.

  18. Simple push coating of polymer thin-film transistors

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    Ikawa, Mitsuhiro; Yamada, Toshikazu; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Minemawari, Hiromi; Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Horii, Yoshinori; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Azumi, Reiko; Kumai, Reiji; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2012-11-01

    Solution processibility is a unique advantage of organic semiconductors, permitting the low-cost production of flexible electronics under ambient conditions. However, the solution affinity to substrate surfaces remains a serious dilemma; liquid manipulation is more difficult on highly hydrophobic surfaces, but the use of such surfaces is indispensable for improving device characteristics. Here we demonstrate a simple technique, which we call ‘push coating’, to produce uniform large-area semiconducting polymer films over a hydrophobic surface with eliminating material loss. We utilize a poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based trilayer stamp whose conformal contact with the substrate enables capillarity-induced wetting of the surface. Films are formed through solvent sorption and retention in the stamp, allowing the stamp to be peeled perfectly from the film. The planar film formation on hydrophobic surfaces also enables subsequent fine film patterning. The technique improves the crystallinity and field-effect mobility of stamped semiconductor films, constituting a major step towards flexible electronics production.

  19. Vacuum deposited polymer films: Past, present, and future applications

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    Affinito, J.; Martin, P.; Gross, M.; Bennett, W.

    1994-11-01

    Two extremely high rate processes have been developed for the vacuum deposition of polymer thin films. Dubbed the PML (for Polymer Multi-Layer) and LML (for Liquid Multi-Layer) processes, the PML technique was originally developed for the manufacture of polymer/aluminum surface mount capacitors while the LML method arose from a need to fabricate lithium polymer batteries. These processes have since been found to be compatible with most other vacuum deposition techniques in, integrated, in-line coating processes. Battelle has developed an extensive program, and a great deal of hardware, to pursue a wide variety of PML and LML applications which integrate these two process technologies with other, conventional, vacuum deposition methods. The historical development of the technologies is reviewed and the Battelle PML/LML facilities are described. Current Battelle work involving solar thermal control films, PML QWOTs, and polymer/metal high reflectors are also discussed. Battelle PML work that is just starting, involving non-linear optical materials/devices, lithium polymer battery fabrication, electrochromic devices, and polymer/oxide multilayers, is discussed as well.

  20. Conductivity Studies in PVA-PEO-PEG Blended Polymer Films Complexed with Silver Salt

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    Joge, Prajakta; Kanchan, D. K.; Sharma, Poonam; Gondaliya, Nirali

    2011-07-01

    The PVA-PEO blended polymer films complexed with silver nitrate salt and PEG plasticizer were prepared by solution cast technique. The prepared polymer films are characterized by XRD, DSC and impedance spectroscopy. The electrical properties of the blended plasticized polymer films have been discussed.

  1. Measuring the Thickness and Elastic Properties of Electroactive Thin-Film Polymers Using Platewave Dispersion Data

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Lih, Shyh-Shiuh; El-Azab, A.; Mal, Ajit K.

    1996-01-01

    Electroactive thin-film polymers are candidate sensors and actuators materials. They are also finding significant potential in muscle mechanisms and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In these applications, polymer thin films of thickness varying between 20 and 300 micrometers are utilized. The authors are currently studying the potential use of platewave dispersion curve measurements as an effective gauging tool for electroactive thin-film polymers.

  2. Process optimization of ultrasonic spray coating of polymer films.

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    Bose, Sanjukta; Keller, Stephan S; Alstrøm, Tommy S; Boisen, Anja; Almdal, Kristoffer

    2013-06-11

    In this work we have performed a detailed study of the influence of various parameters on spray coating of polymer films. Our aim is to produce polymer films of uniform thickness (500 nm to 1 μm) and low roughness compared to the film thickness. The coatings are characterized with respect to thickness, roughness (profilometer), and morphology (optical microscopy). Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is used to do a full factorial design of experiments with selected process parameters such as temperature, distance between spray nozzle and substrate, and speed of the spray nozzle. A mathematical model is developed for statistical analysis which identifies the distance between nozzle and substrate as the most significant parameter. Depending on the drying of the sprayed droplets on the substrate, we define two broad regimes, "dry" and "wet". The optimum condition of spraying lies in a narrow window between these two regimes, where we obtain a film of desired quality. Both with increasing nozzle-substrate distance and temperature, the deposition moves from a wet state to a dry regime. Similar results are also achieved for solvents with low boiling points. Finally, we study film formation during spray coating with poly (D,L-lactide) (PDLLA). The results confirm the processing knowledge obtained with PVP and indicate that the observed trends are identical for spraying of other polymer films.

  3. Micro/Nanowell Arrays Fabricated from Convalently Immobilized Polymer Thin Films on a Flat Substrate

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    Yan, Mingdi; Bartlett, Michele

    2002-02-06

    This Letter describes a new method to create micro/nanowell arrays from covalently attached polymer thin films on a silicon wafer. The immobilization chemistry utilized a photoactive cross-linker, resulting in polymer thin films of several to a few tens of nanometers. Micro/nanowell arrays were obtained when two polymers were immobilized sequentially and the second was thicker than the first polymer. The well arrays were generated from either different polymers, or the same polymer with different molecular weights.

  4. Thermal Annealing-Induced Self-Stretching: Fabrication of Anisotropic Polymer Particles on Polymer Films.

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    Lo, Yu-Ching; Chiu, Yu-Jing; Tseng, Hsiao-Fan; Chen, Jiun-Tai

    2017-10-06

    Designing anisotropic particles of various shapes draws great attention to scientists nowadays. In this work, we develop a facile and simple method to fabricate anisotropic polymer particles from spherical polymer particles. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films spin-coated with polystyrene (PS) microspheres are confined on both sides using binder clips and are heated above the glass transition temperatures of the polymers. During the thermal annealing process, the PS particles sink into the PVA films and transform to anisotropic particles. Depending on the distances to the bound regions, oblate spheroid PS particles or prolate spheroid particles with different aspect ratios can be obtained. The transformation of the particles is mainly driven by the stretching forces and the squeezing forces. The main advantage of this method is that anisotropic particles with different shapes can be fabricated simultaneously on a single film. We expect this novel method can be helpful to various fields including colloids science, suspension rheology, and drug delivery.

  5. Polymer interdiffusion and mechanical property development during latex film formation

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    Fu, Z.; Boczar, E.M.; Kirk, A.B.

    1995-12-31

    The interdiffusion of polymer chains across the latex boundaries during latex film formation has been studied using the fluorescence technique of direct energy transfer (DET) or small-angle neutron scattering technique (SANS) by several groups. The increase in mechanical strength and the interdiffusion depth determined by SANS has been correlated for several polystyrene latex systems during film formation. In this paper, we will present the correlation between the increase in mechanical strength and the interdiffusion depth for a poly (amyl methacrylate) latex system. Volume fractions of mixing (Fm) as a function of annealing time for two poly (amyl methacrylate) latex blend films were measured.

  6. Micro-indentation relaxation measurements in polymer thin films

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    Shinozaki, D. M.; Lu, Y.

    1997-07-01

    A micro-indenter consisting of a piezo-electric driven flat cylindrical punch has been used to measure the dynamic mechanical properties of polystyrene films as thin as 50 μm. The measured viscoelastic response was sensitive to the bonding of the polystyrene to an underlying silicon substrate for films which were thinner than one indenter diameter. The instrument therefore was shown to have practical use in measuring the dynamic mechanical response of polymer films, and the strength of bonding between disparate materials.

  7. Double-electrochromic coordination polymer network films.

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    Maier, Anna; Cheng, Kalie; Savych, Julia; Tieke, Bernd

    2011-07-01

    Formation and characteristic properties of organized double-electrochromic films consisting of electrochromic poly(4-(2,2':6,2″-terpyridyl)phenyliminofluorene) (P-1)-zinc ion complexes and electrochromic anions are reported. The anions are 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzo-thiazoline-6-sulfonate) (ABTS) and poly((4-sulfonatophenyl)iminofluorene) (P-2). The films were prepared upon multiple sequential adsorption of P-1 and the zinc salts of ABTS and P-2 on solid supports using coordinative interactions between the Zn ions and the terpyridine (tpy) ligands. The ABTS and P-2 ions are incorporated in the films via electrostatic forces neutralizing the charge of the complexed divalent zinc (Zn(2+)) ions. The optical, electrochemical, and electrochromic properties of the films are described. Films consisting of the Zn ion complex of P-1 and ABTS are yellow in the neutral state and change their color to brownish gray and finally blue, if anodically oxidized at ∼640 mV vs FOC. Films containing the Zn ion complex of P-1, with P-2 as a counterion, are yellow in the neutral state and change color to dark red and finally blue, if anodically oxidized at ∼450 mV vs FOC. Compared with previously reported films of the Zn ion complex of P-1 with nonelectroactive hexafluorophosphate as the counterion, the new films exhibit faster response times, as well as higher contrast, and the colors in the oxidized state are modified. The films are stable under ambient conditions and might be useful as active layers in electrochromic devices.

  8. Interfacial Slip in Soap Films with Hydrosoluble Polymer

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    Adelizzi, E. A.; Berg, S.; Troian, S. M.

    2003-11-01

    The thickness of a Newtonian soap film entrained at small capillary number should scale as Ca^2/3 provided the bounding surfaces are rigid. Previous studies show that soap films containing associating, low concentration, high molecular weight (M_w) polymer exhibit strong deviations from this scaling. We report results by laser interferometry of the entrained film thickness for the associating pair SDS/PEO over a large range in polymer molecular weight. Direct comparison to predictions of hydrodynamic models based on viscoelastic behavior shows poor agreement.Modification of the Frankel analysis to account for mobile films through a Navier slip condition yields good agreement. In addition, the slip length Ls increases as M_w^3/5, consistent with a correlation based on a polymer chain size for freely jointed chains with excluded volume effects. Although developed to explain slip at liquid-solid interfaces, the Tolstoi-Larson prediction that Ls scales as the polymer size agrees favorably with our results. Whether the slip behavior is due to Marangoni effects cannot be ruled out.

  9. Nanoscale Confinement Induced Control of Polymer Thin Film Instabilities

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    Bandyopadhyay, Diya; Modi, Arvind; Karim, Alamgir

    2012-02-01

    Control of stability and wettability of polymer thin films is invaluable to a range of functional coatings with applications from electronics to biomedical coatings, yet simple non-chemical modification strategies to accomplish this are generally lacking. We demonstrate a novel route to effectively control instabilities in model polystyrene films on partially wetting and non-wetting solid substrates that would otherwise lead to film dewetting. The method involves top down confining capillary force lithography at various length scales. Systematic experimental studies on silicon and silicon oxide substrates supported by analytical theory shows that for confining pattern wavelengths less than ˜ 10 times film thickness, stabilizing surface tension forces dominate the overall energy balance of the system giving rise to stable films under confinement. Interestingly, thermal annealing at elevated temperatures after removal of confinement does not revert to growth of longer instability modes and stability of PS films is retained. These results pave the way for important new technological applications of otherwise unstable polymer films.

  10. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Wei, Qingshuo; Uehara, Chinatsu; Mukaida, Masakazu; Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Ishida, Takao

    2016-04-01

    Measuring the in-plane thermal conductivity of organic thermoelectric materials is challenging but is critically important. Here, a method to study the in-plane thermal conductivity of free-standing films (via the use of commercial equipment) based on temperature wave analysis is explored in depth. This subject method required a free-standing thin film with a thickness larger than 10 μm and an area larger than 1 cm2, which are not difficult to obtain for most solution-processable organic thermoelectric materials. We evaluated thermal conductivities and anisotropic ratios for various types of samples including insulating polymers, undoped semiconducting polymers, doped conducting polymers, and one-dimensional carbon fiber bulky papers. This approach facilitated a rapid screening of in-plane thermal conductivities for various organic thermoelectric materials.

  11. Transparent lithiated polymer films for thermal neutron detection

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    Mabe, Andrew N.; Auxier, John D.; Urffer, Matthew J.; Penumadu, Dayakar; Schweitzer, George K.; Miller, Laurence F.

    2013-09-01

    Novel water-soluble 6Li loaded copolymer scintillation films have been designed and fabricated to detect thermal neutrons. Styrene and maleic anhydride were copolymerized to form an alternating copolymer, then the anhydride functionality was hydrolyzed using 6Li hydroxide. The resulting poly(styrene-co-lithium maleate) was mixed with salicylic acid as a fluor and cast as a thin film from water. The maximum 6Li loading obtained that resulted in a transparent film was 4.36% by mass (6Li to polymer). The optimum fluorescence output was obtained for 11.7% salicylic acid by mass, presumably in the form of lithium salicylate, resulting in an optimum film containing 3.85% by mass of 6Li. A facile and robust synthesis method, film fabrication protocol, photoluminescence results, and scintillation responses are reported herein.

  12. Conducting polymer-based multilayer films for instructive biomaterial coatings

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    Hardy, John G; Li, Hetian; Chow, Jacqueline K; Geissler, Sydney A; McElroy, Austin B; Nguy, Lindsey; Hernandez, Derek S; Schmidt, Christine E

    2015-01-01

    Aim: To demonstrate the design, fabrication and testing of conformable conducting biomaterials that encourage cell alignment. Materials & methods: Thin conducting composite biomaterials based on multilayer films of poly(3.4-ethylenedioxythiophene) derivatives, chitosan and gelatin were prepared in a layer-by-layer fashion. Fibroblasts were observed with fluorescence microscopy and their alignment (relative to the dipping direction and direction of electrical current passed through the films) was determined using ImageJ. Results: Fibroblasts adhered to and proliferated on the films. Fibroblasts aligned with the dipping direction used during film preparation and this was enhanced by a DC current. Conclusion: We report the preparation of conducting polymer-based films that enhance the alignment of fibroblasts on their surface which is an important feature of a variety of tissues. PMID:28031928

  13. Co-polymer Films for Sensors

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    Ryan, Margaret A. (Inventor); Homer, Margie L. (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Pin S. (Inventor); Kisor, Adam (Inventor); Jewell, April D. (Inventor); Shevade, Abhijit V. (Inventor); Manatt, Kenneth S. (Inventor); Taylor, Charles (Inventor); Blanco, Mario (Inventor); Goddard, William A. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Embodiments include a sensor comprising a co-polymer, the co-polymer comprising a first monomer and a second monomer. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is polystyrene and the second monomer is poly-2-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium benzylamine chloride. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

  14. Co-polymer films for sensors

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    Ryan, Margaret A. (Inventor); Homer, Margie L. (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Pin S. (Inventor); Kisor, Adam (Inventor); Jewell, April D. (Inventor); Shevade, Abhijit V. (Inventor); Manatt, Kenneth S. (Inventor); Taylor, Charles (Inventor); Blanco, Mario (Inventor); Goddard, William A. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    Embodiments include a sensor comprising a co-polymer, the co-polymer comprising a first monomer and a second monomer. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is polystyrene and the second monomer is poly-2-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium benzylamine chloride. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

  15. Direct observation of athermal photofluidisation in azo-polymer films.

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    Hurduc, Nicolae; Donose, Bogdan C; Macovei, Alina; Paius, Cristina; Ibanescu, Constanta; Scutaru, Dan; Hamel, Matthieu; Branza-Nichita, Norica; Rocha, Licinio

    2014-07-14

    The surface relief gratings (SRGs) can be generated when azo-polymer films are exposed to laser beam interference as a result of mass migration. Despite considerable research effort over the past two decades this complex phenomenon remains incompletely understood. Here we show, for the first time, the athermal photofluidisation of azo-polysiloxane films exposed to 488 nm light, directly monitored by optical microscopy. A process of surface relief erasure occurring in parallel with its inscription was also observed during laser irradiation. We therefore propose a new mechanism of SRG formation, based on three different processes: (1) the polymer photo-fluidization in illuminated regions, (2) the mass displacement from illuminated to dark regions and (3) the inverse mass displacement, from dark to illuminated regions. The mechanical properties of the films during UV light irradiation were investigated by classical rheology and, for the first time, by using amplitude modulation-frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (AM-FM AFM).

  16. Drying of polymer films: study of demixing phenomena

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    Fichot, Julie; Heyd, Rodolphe; Saboungi, Marie-Louise; Josserend, Christophe; Combard, Emilie; Tranchant, Jean Francois

    2011-03-01

    Understanding the mechanisms that control the stability of polymeric films is important in beauty care. We have prepared films starting from a water-soluble organic polymer, a preservative and water. We study the drying of these films as a function of several physicochemical parameters that control their interfaces such as temperature, humidity and the nature of the support. The viscoelastic properties of the solutions before spreading out are analyzed with a rheometer in order to adjust the temperature. The topography of the films is observed by optical microscopy and the evolution of the drying is determined with a precision gravimetric balance. The behavior of the films on a nanometric scale is followed by AFM. During the drying process, droplets appear on the surface of the film, made up of water surrounded by a shell of preservative. As the films dries, the water evaporates from the droplets and the preservative spreads on the surface of the film, leading to the formation of craters on the surface of the dried film. The dimensions and numbers of the craters depend strongly on the type and concentration of the preservative employed.

  17. Anti-biofouling properties of amphiphilic phosphorylcholine polymer films.

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    Li, Yan; Liu, Cheng-Mei; Yang, Jin-Ying; Gao, Ya-Hui; Li, Xue-Song; Que, Guo-He; Lu, J R

    2011-07-01

    Surfaces of amphiphilic phosphorylcholine polymer (PC1036) prepared by spin-coating were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry, water contact angle and atomic force microscopy. The antifouling properties of the PC1036 films to marine benthic diatom Nitzschia closterium MMDL533 were also investigated. The results showed that the dry PC1036 film promoted the adhesion of N. closterium MMDL533 because the hydrophobic lauryl groups were present in the film surface. The 2 h-swelled PC1036 films had excellent anti-fouling properties with extremely low attachment densities and retention densities no matter what the annealing temperature was. The thickness of the coated films lower than 147 Å had a profound effect on the film anti-fouling properties. Otherwise, when the film thickness was higher than that value, there was no more improvement of diatom cell reduction observed. The annealing temperature had only a little effect on the film resistant to diatom adhesion, which might be attributed to two factors including the PC group packing densities in the outer PC layer and the equilibrated water volume fraction in the 2 h-swelled PC1036 films.

  18. Synthesis and characteristics of metal-phthalocyanine-polymer composite films

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    Chen, Jianming; Zhang, Jiancheng; Shen, Yue; Liu, Xiuhong

    2000-11-01

    Fe(III)-2,9,16,23-tertracarboxy-phthalocyanine (Fe (III)- taPc) was synthesized, and was bonded to polystyrene (PS) with covalence by Friedel-Crafts reaction to form a new polymer [Fe (111)-taPc-PS] [polymer (II)]. Uv-Vis and Infrared spectra indicated that Fe (III)-taPc was successfully bonded to PS. A photoreceptor device of sandwich structure consisting of alternate layers of polymer (II) and fullerene (C60) was prepared. The experiment results show that the photoconductivity of the photoreceptor is higher than that of the single-layer film of polymer (II) or C60, because of the charge-transfer effect between the layers.

  19. Highly stretchable polymer semiconductor films through the nanoconfinement effect.

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    Xu, Jie; Wang, Sihong; Wang, Ging-Ji Nathan; Zhu, Chenxin; Luo, Shaochuan; Jin, Lihua; Gu, Xiaodan; Chen, Shucheng; Feig, Vivian R; To, John W F; Rondeau-Gagné, Simon; Park, Joonsuk; Schroeder, Bob C; Lu, Chien; Oh, Jin Young; Wang, Yanming; Kim, Yun-Hi; Yan, He; Sinclair, Robert; Zhou, Dongshan; Xue, Gi; Murmann, Boris; Linder, Christian; Cai, Wei; Tok, Jeffery B-H; Chung, Jong Won; Bao, Zhenan

    2017-01-06

    Soft and conformable wearable electronics require stretchable semiconductors, but existing ones typically sacrifice charge transport mobility to achieve stretchability. We explore a concept based on the nanoconfinement of polymers to substantially improve the stretchability of polymer semiconductors, without affecting charge transport mobility. The increased polymer chain dynamics under nanoconfinement significantly reduces the modulus of the conjugated polymer and largely delays the onset of crack formation under strain. As a result, our fabricated semiconducting film can be stretched up to 100% strain without affecting mobility, retaining values comparable to that of amorphous silicon. The fully stretchable transistors exhibit high biaxial stretchability with minimal change in on current even when poked with a sharp object. We demonstrate a skinlike finger-wearable driver for a light-emitting diode. Copyright © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  20. Thin film conductive polymer for microactuator and micromuscle applications

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    Lee, A.P.; Hong, K.; Trevino, J.; Northrup, M.A.

    1994-04-14

    Conductive polymer/polyimide bimorphic microcantilevers have been actuated vertically (out-of-plane) upon the volumetric changes induced by electrochemical doping of the polymer. The microcantilevers that are 200-500 {mu}m in length and 50-100 {mu}m in width can be fully extended from a circularly-curled geometry, and thus generate more than 100 {mu}m displacement. Dynamically the microcantilevers have been driven as fast as 1.2 Hz and the polymer was stable for over a week stored in air and light. Residual stresses in the polymer film is estimated to be as high as 254 MPa, and actuation stresses are as high as 50 MPa.

  1. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David; De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter; Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino; De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert

    2016-07-01

    Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  2. Metallic waveguide mirrors in polymer film waveguides

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    Wolff, S.; Giehl, A. R.; Renno, M.; Fouckhardt, H.

    2001-10-01

    A technology for the fabrication of metallic waveguide mirrors is developed. Plane and curved waveguide mirrors, the latter acting in the same way as cylindrical lenses, are realized in benzocyclobutene (BCB) film waveguides. The waveguide mirror structure is dry-etched into the BCB film waveguide. To enhance the reflectivity of the waveguide mirrors, the waveguide edge is metallized. The BCB film waveguide mirrors are characterized with respect to waveguide attenuation and mirror reflectivity. The waveguide attenuation of the processed BCB waveguide is 0.5 dB/cm. Ag-coated BCB waveguide mirrors show a reflectivity of 71%. The efficiency of total internal reflection (TIR, i.e. in the case without metallization) at the dry-etched waveguide edge is 74%. As an application of the BCB waveguide mirrors a hybrid integrated optical module for Fourier-optical transverse mode selection in broad area lasers (BAL) is proposed.

  3. Multilevel conductance switching in polymer films

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    Lauters, M.; McCarthy, B.; Sarid, D.; Jabbour, G. E.

    2006-07-01

    Multilevel conductance switching in poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) films is demonstrated. A thin-film structure, ITO-coated glass/MEH-PPV/Al, has shown the ability to store a continuum of conductance states. These states are nonvolatile and can be switched reproducibly by applying appropriate programing biases above a certain threshold voltage. The electrical conductivity of the highest and lowest states can differ by five orders of magnitude. Furthermore, these devices exhibit good cyclic switching characteristics and retention times of several weeks.

  4. Updated evaluation of polymer films for electrical insulation

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    McCoy, H.E. Jr.

    1990-08-01

    Several types of tests have been run on polymer film materials that could be useful for electrical insulation. The polymers studied were polyethylene terephtalate, polycarbonate, polysulfone, polyetherimide, ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene, polyimide, polybutylene terephthalate, and a laminate of Kraft paper and polypropylene. Thermal aging tests were run to 60,000 h on several of the polymers, and the samples were evaluated by tensile tests, electrical breakdown tests, and immersion density measurements. Because of the wide range of potential service conditions, tensile tests were run on as-received materials over the temperature range of {minus}196 to 200{degree}C. Polyimide is probably the only material suitable for the extremes of this temperature range, but many of the other polymers would be suitable for intermediate temperatures. Creep tests were run in nitrogen and transformer oil at 90{degree}C. It was found that some polymers are weaker and less ductile in oil than in nitrogen and that other polymers have equivalent properties in the two environments. A means of applying mechanical, thermal, and electrical stresses simultaneously to polymer samples was developed. Tests were run at 90{degree}C in transformer oil on polyethylene terephthalate, polyimide, and polyethersulfone. Tests thus far do not indicate that the creep rate is affected by the application of a 5 kV dc potential. 7 refs., 30 figs., 16 tabs.

  5. Experimental studies of crack dynamics in polymer films

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    Simonov, I. V.; Smirnov, I. M.

    2010-06-01

    Using high-speed video recording, we observed fast propagation of cracks across polymer film strips of different rheology and determined several quantitative characteristics of their motion. We discovered and described a series of characteristics of the crack path variation, the dynamical behavior of the adhesion zone ahead of the crack, and its branching before coming out to the free surface. One of the most important mechanical problems is to construct models of fracture of materials and structural elements. The goal of experimental studies of crack propagation is to classify thesemodels. Slow crack growth in thin films has been considered in many papers. For example, in the recent paper [1], subcritical crack growth in polycarbonate films under the action of tensile loads less than limit loads was studied in the case where the adhesion zone length is comparable with the crack length. However, the authors are not acquainted with any studies of fast crack propagation in films. In the present paper, we generalize the results of processing of experimental data in fast processes of fracture of polymer film strips of two types. Examining high-speed video recording frames, we studied the laws of propagation of a crack from the initial cut in a film made of hard polyester and laws of development of the crack tip zone in a film made of soft polypropylene admitting large plastic strains. We determined the rate of defect growth in time. We observed the formation of qualitatively different plastic regions near the crack tips in films of different thickness and rheology and described scenarios of crack coming out to the free surface. We discovered the effect of branching of a narrow and long plastic tip zone as the crack approaches the free boundary leading to putting out a small triangular piece of the film.

  6. Deformation Hysteresis of Electrohydrodynamic Patterning on a Thin Polymer Film.

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    Yang, Qingzhen; Li, Ben Q; Tian, Hongmiao; Li, Xiangming; Shao, Jinyou; Chen, Xiaoliang; Xu, Feng

    2016-07-13

    Electrohydrodynamic patterning is a technique that enables micro/nanostructures via imposing an external voltage on thin polymer films. In this investigation, we studied the electrohydrodynamic patterning theoretically and experimentally, with special interest focused on the equilibrium state. It is found that the equilibrium structure height increases with the voltage. In addition, we have observed, and believe it to be the first time, a hysteresis phenomenon exists in the relationship between the voltage and structure height. With an increase in the voltage, a critical value (the first critical voltage) is noticed, above which the polymer film would increase dramatically until it comes into contact with the template. However, with a decrease in the voltage, a smaller voltage (the second critical voltage) is needed to detach the polymer from the template. The mismatch of the first and second critical voltages distorts the voltage-structure height curve into an "S" shape. Such a phenomenon is verified for three representative templates and also by experiments. Furthermore, the effects of some parameters (e.g., polymer film thickness and dielectric constant) on this hysteresis phenomenon are also discussed.

  7. Nanodiamond-polymer nanoparticle composites and their thin films

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    Attia, N. F.; Rao, J. P.; Geckeler, K. E.

    2014-04-01

    Nanodiamonds obtained from detonation processes have received a great deal of attention during the past decades because of their unique properties and applications. The dispersion of nanodiamond particles can be achieved by different methods including the use of polymer nanoparticles. Here, we describe the dispersion of nanodiamonds in conjunction with sonication using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles with a particle size range of 23.3-61.3 nm, providing a good, economic, and efficient method for the dispersion. The average particle size was found to be 37.5 nm, as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The interaction between the nanodiamonds and polymer nanoparticles was characterized by FTIR spectroscopy and the effect of the polymer nanoparticle concentration, sonication time, and frequency on the dispersion process of nanodiamonds is highlighted. In addition, we prepared thin films of nanodiamond-polymer composites with different nanodiamond contents that showed good nanodiamond dispersion. The thin film can act as a UV filter and is transparent in the visible region. The thin films of nanodiamond-poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles were characterized by SEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

  8. Template-assisted generation of nanocavities within plasma polymer films.

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    Vasilev, Krasimir; Casanal, Ana; Challougui, Hela; Griesser, Hans J

    2009-05-21

    The generation of nanosized cavities within thin film layers is of interest for a number of fundamental and applied reasons. One challenge is to make such systems sufficiently robust mechanically. Plasma polymer (pp) films possess excellent mechanical stability if deposition conditions are selected such as to achieve a sufficient density of cross-linking and resistance to extraction of polymeric material by solvents. In this study, gold nanoparticles of 15 and 70 nm diameter were used as sacrificial templates to generate nanocavities in pp films of various thickness values in the tens of nanometers range. A first pp layer was deposited onto substrates using n-heptylamine (HA) to a thickness of 20 nm. Carboxy-thiolated gold nanoparticles were electrostatically bound onto the surface amine groups of the n-heptylamine plasma polymer (HApp) layer. A second HApp layer was then coated to various thicknesses onto the nanoparticle/HApp surface. The template particles embedded thus in-between the two HApp layers were then dissolved using aqueous KCN solution; monitoring of the plasmon resonance band of the gold nanoparticles enabled verification of template stripping and measurement of the kinetics of stripping. AFM topography images showed little change on extraction of the template nanoparticles, indicating that the plasma polymer layer maintained structural integrity upon template extraction and subsequent drying, and thereby prevented collapse of the empty nanocavities. The concept of template stripping to generate controlled size free volume in thin plasma polymer layers is thus shown to produce robust structures.

  9. Thin film display based on polymer waveguides.

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    Park, Suntak; Park, Bong Je; Yun, Sungryul; Nam, Saekwang; Park, Seung Koo; Kyung, Ki-Uk

    2014-09-22

    This paper reports thin, transparent, and soft displays based on polymer waveguides that are compliant with curvilinear interfaces. In order to prove a feasibility of optical waveguide for a flexible display, we suggest the waveguide fabricated by a multi-step lithography process using two photo-curable pre-polymers with different refractive index. The displays are composed of light sources, polymer waveguides, and scatter patterns. The light signal propagating through the waveguides forms images of the scatter patterns by deflecting the light signals to outer surface. The scatter patterns are configured to a seven-segment. The seven-segment design with a switching methodology of the light sources contributes to selectively representing all decimal numbers from 0 to 9 by combination of activated segments. For a large area display based on the proposed methodology, a single light source interconnected to multi-waveguide section is integrated with a QWERTY key pad design. The display shows high transparency and flexibility without visual distortion.

  10. Inorganic-polymer-derived dielectric films

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    Brinker, C.J.; Keefer, K.D.; Lenahan, P.M.

    1985-02-25

    A method is disclosed for coating a substrate with a thin film of a predetermined porosity. The method comprises: depositing the thin film on the substrate from a non-gelled solution comprising at least one metal alkoxide of a polymeric network forming cation, water, an alcohol compatible with the hydrolysis and the polymerization of the metal alkoxide, and an acid or a base; prior to said depositing step, controlling the porosity and structure of said coating for a given composition of said solution exclusive of the acid or base component and the water component, by adjusting each of the water content, the pH, the temperature and the time of standing of said solution, increasing/descreasing the water content or the pH to increase/decrease the pore size of said coating, and increasing/decreasing the temperature or time of standing of said solution to increase/decrease the pore size of said coating; and curing said deposited film at a temperature effective for curing whereby there is obtained a thin film coating of a predetermined porosity on the substrate.

  11. Biotin selective polymer nano-films

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    2014-01-01

    Background The interaction between biotin and avidin is utilized in a wide range of assay and diagnostic systems. A robust material capable of binding biotin should offer scope in the development of reusable assay materials and biosensor recognition elements. Results Biotin-selective thin (3–5 nm) films have been fabricated on hexadecanethiol self assembled monolayer (SAM) coated Au/quartz resonators. The films were prepared based upon a molecular imprinting strategy where N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide and 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid were copolymerized and grafted to the SAM-coated surface in the presence of biotin methyl ester using photoinitiation with physisorbed benzophenone. The biotinyl moiety selectivity of the resonators efficiently differentiated biotinylated peptidic or carbohydrate structures from their native counterparts. Conclusions Molecularly imprinted ultra thin films can be used for the selective recognition of biotinylated structures in a quartz crystal microbalance sensing platform. These films are stable for periods of at least a month. This strategy should prove of interest for use in other sensing and assay systems. PMID:24655809

  12. Internal Phase Separation Induces Dewetting in Multicomponent Polymer Films

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    Chung, Hyun-Joong; Composto, Russell J.; Ohno, Kohji; Fukuda, Takeshi

    2006-03-01

    Thin liquid films that dewet from their substrate are ubiquitous as demonstrated by the beading of paint on oily surface. Although most coatings contain more than one component, the dewetting mechanisms in multicomponent films are not understood. Using dPMMA:SAN (50:50) films (550 nm) with or without nanoparticles (NP), we demonstrate, for the first time, that the Laplace pressure induced by internal phase-separated structure is the driving force for roughening and rupture in polymer blend films. Three NP were investigated, namely NPA, NPB, and NPC which either partition into dPMMA or weakly and strongly segregate to the dPMMA/SAN interface, respectively. NPB are more effective than NPA at stabilizing the film, whereas NPC are able to prevent film rupture. Upon annealing, roughened films display a periodic, lacey structure, resembling patterns from spinodal dewetting. The fluctuation periodicity scales with roughness evolution as λs Rq^1/4 for neat blends and blends with NPA, whereas the scaling breaks down for blends containing NPB and NPC. These studies show that phase separation is responsible for film roughening.

  13. Effects of a "bound" substrate layer on the dynamics of supported polymer films

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    Zhang, Wengang; Douglas, Jack F.; Starr, Francis W.

    2017-07-01

    It is widely appreciated that an attractive polymer-substrate interaction can slow relaxation in thin supported polymer films and polymer nanocomposites. Recent measurements and simulations on nancomposites have indicated that this slowing of polymer dynamics occurs more strongly near a highly attractive particle surface where a "bound" layer having a much lower mobility can form, strongly influencing the thermodynamics and dynamics of the film. Here we use molecular simulations to show that a bound interfacial layer having a very similar nature arises in thin supported polymer films when the polymer-polymer attraction is stronger than the polymer-polymer interaction strength. This bound polymer layer effectively insulates the remainder of the film from the strong interfacial interactions, and the resulting thermodynamically determined Tg is relatively insensitive to the polymer-substrate interaction strength when it exceeds that of the polymer-polymer interactions. The presence of this layer gives rise to an additional relaxation process in the self-intermediate scattering function that is not observed in the bulk material and leads to a slowing down of the average relaxation time of the film as a whole. On the other hand, the average relaxation time of the film outside the bound layer does not grow in proportion to the strength of the substrate attraction due to the weak coupling of the substrate relaxation to the relaxation in the interior of the film. At large substrate attraction, the bound layer effectively "cloaks" the substrate, reducing the effect of the polymer-surface interaction on Tg.

  14. Dynamic Mechanical Characterization of Thin Film Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Herring, Helen M.; Gates, Thomas S. (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    Many new materials are being produced for aerospace applications with the objective of maximizing certain ideal properties without sacrificing others. Polymer composites in various forms and configurations are being developed in an effort to provide lighter weight construction and better thermal and electrical properties and still maintain adequate strength and stability. To this end, thin film polymer nanocomposites, synthesized for the purpose of influencing electrical conductivity using metal oxide particles as filler without incurring losses in mechanical properties, were examined to determine elastic modulus and degree of dispersion of particles. The effects of various metal oxides on these properties will be discussed.

  15. Manufacturing polymer thin films in a micro-gravity environment

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    Vera, Ivan

    1987-01-01

    This project represents Venezuela's first scientific experiment in space. The apparatus for the automatic casting of two polymer thin films will be contained in NASA's Payload No. G-559 of the Get Away Special program for a future orbital space flight in the U.S. Space Shuttle. Semi-permeable polymer membranes have important applications in a variety of fields, such as medicine, energy, and pharmaceuticals and in general fluid separation processes, such as reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, and electrodialysis. The casting of semi-permeable membranes in space will help to identify the roles of convection in determining the structure of these membranes.

  16. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Gas Transport in Polymer Films

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    Whitley, David; Butler, Simon; Adolf, David

    2010-03-01

    Parallel molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to determine the permeability of O2 and N2 through polyethylene terephthalate, polypropylene and cis(1-4) polybutadiene. The permeability of both mixed and unmixed gas penetrants is studied within films of these well known gas barrier polymers. Results are obtained either through the solubility and diffusion (i.e. P=D*S) or via the permeability directly. Encouraging results are obtained. Additional analysis focuses on ``unmixed/mixed gas'' intracomparisons of the simulated permeability data in addition to corresponding penetrant and host polymer local dynamics.

  17. Langmuir polymer films: recent results and new perspectives.

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    Monroy, F; Arriaga, L R; Langevin, D

    2012-11-14

    Langmuir polymer films (LPFs) are very interesting systems to probe quasi-two dimensional dynamics. Although adsorbed on water, the substrate is fluid enough to avoid irreversible pinning at adsorption sites, as with solid substrates. LPFs in dense states can exhibit a high degree of metastability, however reproducible measurements can be performed on films which have not been previously compressed. The shear rheology is one of the most active fields of research, especially because it allows investigation of flow behaviour in LPFs, thus of possible reptation motion in semidilute films under good solvent conditions. It also allows probing glassy behaviour in dense films under poor solvent conditions. In this perspective article, we review the recent literature and discuss unpublished results on the dynamics of the glass transition, recently observed in these quasi-2D systems at low temperatures. We conclude by listing new problems and open questions emerging from this research area.

  18. Plasma deposition of polymer composite films incorporating nanocellulose whiskers

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    Samyn, P.; Airoudj, A.; Laborie, M.-P.; Mathew, A. P.; Roucoules, V.

    2011-11-01

    In a trend for sustainable engineering and functionalization of surfaces, we explore the possibilities of gas phase processes to deposit nanocomposite films. From an analysis of pulsed plasma polymerization of maleic anhydride in the presence of nanocellulose whiskers, it seems that thin nanocomposite films can be deposited with various patterns. By specifically modifying plasma parameters such as total power, duty cycle, and monomer gas pressure, the nanocellulose whiskers are either incorporated into a buckled polymer film or single nanocellulose whiskers are deposited on top of a polymeric film. The density of the latter can be controlled by modifying the exact positioning of the substrate in the reactor. The resulting morphologies are evaluated by optical microscopy, AFM, contact angle measurements and ellipsometry.

  19. Anomalous sorption of supercritical fluids on polymer thin films.

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    Wang, Xiaochu; Sanchez, Isaac C

    2006-10-24

    Unusual sorption has been reported in thin polymer films exposed to near-critical CO2. When the supercritical fluid approaches the critical point, the film appears to thicken, but it is not clear whether the film swells or there is an adsorption layer on the film surface. A combination of the gradient theory of inhomogeneous systems and the Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state has been used to investigate this phenomenon. It is shown analytically that surface adsorption on an attractive surface is proportional to the compressibility of the fluid. We have also investigated numerically the sorption of supercritical CO2 on poly(dimethylsiloxane) and polyisobutylene, and supercritical 1,1-difluoroethane on polystyrene. By calculating the Gibbs adsorption and adsorption layer thickness of the supercritical fluids, we found in all cases (different substrates, different supercritical fluids) that maximum adsorption occurs when the supercritical fluid is near its compressibility maximum.

  20. Conductive Polymer Porous Film with Tunable Wettability and Adhesion

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    Teng, Yuqi; Zhang, Yuqi; Heng, Liping; Meng, Xiangfu; Yang, Qiaowen; Jiang, Lei

    2015-01-01

    A conductive polymer porous film with tunable wettability and adhesion was fabricated by the chloroform solution of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyricacid-methyl-ester (PCBM) via the freeze drying method. The porous film could be obtained from the solution of 0.8 wt%, whose pore diameters ranged from 50 nm to 500 nm. The hydrophobic porous surface with a water contact angle (CA) of 144.7° could be transferred into a hydrophilic surface with CA of 25° by applying a voltage. The water adhesive force on the porous film increased with the increase of the external voltage. The electro-controllable wettability and adhesion of the porous film have potential application in manipulating liquid collection and transportation. PMID:28788033

  1. Preparing polymer brushes on polytetrafluoroethylene films by free radical polymerization

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    Sun, Wei; Chen, Yiwang; Deng, Qilan; Chen, Lie; Zhou, Lang

    2006-11-01

    Films of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) were exposed to sodium naphthalenide (Na/naphtha) etchant so as to defluorinate the surface for obtaining hydroxyl functionality. Surface-initiators were immobilized on the PTFE films by esterification of 4,4‧-azobis(4-cyanopentanoic acid) (ACP) and the hydroxyl groups covalently linked to the surface. Grafting of polymer brushes on the PTFE films was carried out by the surface-initiated free radical polymerization. Homopolymers brushes of methyl methacrylate (MMA) were prepared by free radical polymerization from the azo-functionalized PTFE surface. The chemical composition and topography of the graft-functionalized PTFE surfaces were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), attenuated total reflectance (ATR) FT-IR spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Water contact angles on PTFE films were reduced by surface grafting of MMA.

  2. High Energy Density Polymer Film Capacitors

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    2006-10-01

    self - healing (failure safe), high current carrying capacitors, Sigma designed an oil printing system to produce segmented ectrode capacitor film...DESIGN AND FABRICATION 4.1 HEAVY EDGE-THIN ELECTRODE DESIGN Self - healing properties of metallized capacitors are enhanced significantly by increasing...are limited to low loss dielectrics such as polypropylene . Lower rep rate applications can beserved with higher loss dielectrics that include

  3. Conductivity behavior of very thin gold films ruptured by mass transport in photosensitive polymer film

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    Linde, Felix; Sekhar Yadavalli, Nataraja; Santer, Svetlana

    2013-12-16

    We report on conductivity behavior of very thin gold layer deposited on a photosensitive polymer film. Under irradiation with light interference pattern, the azobenzene containing photosensitive polymer film undergoes deformation at which topography follows a distribution of intensity, resulting in the formation of a surface relief grating. This process is accompanied by a change in the shape of the polymer surface from flat to sinusoidal together with a corresponding increase in surface area. The gold layer placed above deforms along with the polymer and ruptures at a strain of 4%. The rupturing is spatially well defined, occurring at the topographic maxima and minima resulting in periodic cracks across the whole irradiated area. We have shown that this periodic micro-rupturing of a thin metal film has no significant impact on the electrical conductivity of the films. We suggest a model to explain this phenomenon and support this by additional experiments where the conductivity is measured in a process when a single nanoscopic scratch is formed with an AFM tip. Our results indicate that in flexible electronic materials consisting of a polymer support and an integrated metal circuit, nano- and micro cracks do not alter significantly the behavior of the conductivity unless the metal is disrupted completely.

  4. Conductivity behavior of very thin gold films ruptured by mass transport in photosensitive polymer film

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    Linde, Felix; Sekhar Yadavalli, Nataraja; Santer, Svetlana

    2013-12-01

    We report on conductivity behavior of very thin gold layer deposited on a photosensitive polymer film. Under irradiation with light interference pattern, the azobenzene containing photosensitive polymer film undergoes deformation at which topography follows a distribution of intensity, resulting in the formation of a surface relief grating. This process is accompanied by a change in the shape of the polymer surface from flat to sinusoidal together with a corresponding increase in surface area. The gold layer placed above deforms along with the polymer and ruptures at a strain of 4%. The rupturing is spatially well defined, occurring at the topographic maxima and minima resulting in periodic cracks across the whole irradiated area. We have shown that this periodic micro-rupturing of a thin metal film has no significant impact on the electrical conductivity of the films. We suggest a model to explain this phenomenon and support this by additional experiments where the conductivity is measured in a process when a single nanoscopic scratch is formed with an AFM tip. Our results indicate that in flexible electronic materials consisting of a polymer support and an integrated metal circuit, nano- and micro cracks do not alter significantly the behavior of the conductivity unless the metal is disrupted completely.

  5. Controlling Au Nanorod Dispersion in Thin Film Polymer Blends

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    Hore, Michael J. A.; Composto, Russell J.

    2012-02-01

    Dispersion of Au nanorods (Au NRs) in polymer thin films is studied using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques. Here, we incorporate small volume fractions of polystyrene-functionalized Au NRs (φrod 0.05) into polystyrene (PS) thin films. By controlling the ratio of the brush length (N) to that of the matrix polymers (P), we can selectively obtain dispersed or aggregated Au NR structures in the PS-Au(N):PS(P) films. A dispersion map of these structures allows one to choose N and P to obtain either uniformly dispersed Au NRs or aggregates of closely packed, side-by-side aligned Au NRs. Furthermore, by blending poly(2,6-dimethyl-p-phenylene oxide) (PPO) into the PS films, we demonstrate that the Au nanorod morphology can be further tuned by reducing depletion-attraction forces and promoting miscibility of the Au NRs. These predictable structures ultimately give rise to tunable optical absorption in the films resulting from surface plasmon resonance coupling between the Au NRs. Finally, self-consistent field theoretic (SCFT) calculations for both the PS-Au(N):PS(P) and PS-Au(N):PS(P):PPO systems provide insight into the PS brush structure, and allow us to interpret morphology and optical property results in terms of wet and dry PS brush states.

  6. Microstructure Evolution during Solvent Evaporation from Thin Film Polymer Mixtures

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    Clarke, Nigel; Souche, Mireille; Buxton, Gavin

    2009-03-01

    We present simulations of the phase separation dynamics in a thin film polymer blend solution subject to solvent evaporation [1]. If the upper and lower surfaces are neutral with respect to the different components, we find that as the solvent diffuses through the film, and evaporates from the surface, phase separation becomes energetically favourable progressively throughout the film. This produces an ordering front which propagates through the film and leaves an ordered lateral morphology in its wake. In order to understand microstructure evolution if the surface interactions are strong enough that the film initially separates into a two layers, we have perfomed a linear analysis of the Marangoni instability of a deformable interface between two fluid layers of finite depths, submitted to a gradient of solvent concentration induced by the evaporation [2]. Qualitative comparison with experimental observations of spin-coating processes of solution of two immiscible polymers are then performed, yielding satisfactory agreement.[0pt] [1] G. A. Buxton and N.Clarke, Europhysics Letters, 78, 56006, 2007.[0pt] [2] M. Souche and N. Clarke, European Physical Journal E, in press.

  7. Convergence to Self-Similar Regimes in Thin Polymer Films

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    Benzaquen, Michael; Salez, Thomas; Raphaël, Elie; Elie Raphaël Team; Kari Dalnoki-Veress Team

    2013-03-01

    The surface of a thin liquid film with nonconstant curvature is unstable, as the Laplace pressure drives a flow mediated by viscosity. Recent experiments and theory applied to stepped polymer films have shown excellent agreement and provide a technique for the study of polymer confinement, the glass transition, and slip at the fluid substrate interface to name a few. The thin film equation governs the evolution of the free surface profile in the lubrication approximation. Despite many efforts, this equation remains only partially solved. We present an analytical and numerical study of the thin film equation. Linearising this equation enables us to derive the Green's function of the problem and therefore obtain a complete set of solutions. We show that the solutions of the problem with equilibrium boundary conditions uniformly converge in time towards a first kind self-similar universal attractor. A numerical study enables us to extend our results to the nonlinear thin film equation. Laboratoire Physico-Chimie Théorique, UMR CNRS 7083 Gulliver. ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005, Paris, France.

  8. Anisotropic Liquid Microcapsules from Biomimetic Self-Folding Polymer Films.

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    Zakharchenko, Svetlana; Ionov, Leonid

    2015-06-17

    We demonstrated a novel approach for the fabrication of anisotropic capsules with liquid content using biomimetic self-folding thermoresponsive polymer films. The behavior of self-folding films is very similar to actuation in plants, where nonhomogenous swelling results in complex movements such as twisting, bending, or folding. This approach allows the design of anisotropic liquid capsules with rodlike and dumbbell-like morphologies. We found that these capsules are able to assemble into different complex structures, such as nematic-like one and 3D network depending on their morphology.

  9. Entanglement effects in capillary waves on liquid polymer films.

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    Jiang, Zhang; Mukhopadhyay, Mrinmay K; Song, Sanghoon; Narayanan, Suresh; Lurio, L B; Kim, Hyunjung; Sinha, Sunil K

    2008-12-12

    Overdamped surface capillary wave relaxations on molten polymer films were measured using x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy. We found a transition from a single through a stretched to another single exponential regime as the temperature is decreased from well above to near the bulk glass transition temperature. A universal scaling of the dynamics was discovered over a wide range of film thicknesses, temperatures, and molecular weights (except in the multiple relaxation regime). These observations are justified by hydrodynamic theory and the time-temperature superposition principle by considering an effective viscosity instead of the bulk zero shear viscosity.

  10. Second-harmonic generation in a polymer Langmuir - Blodgett film

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    Ivanova, V N; Kudryavtsev, V V; Lebedeva, G K; Maslyanitsyn, I A; Shigorin, V D; Chudinova, G K

    1998-09-30

    Second-harmonic generation was used to investigate nonlinear optical properties and the structure of multilayer Langmuir - Blodgett films of a copolymer of fluoroalkylmethacrylate with methacrylates containing an azo dye and a cinnamoyl group inside a chain. Quantum-chemical calculations were made of the components of the molecular hyperpolarisability tensor in which the intermolecular interactions were taken into account. The orientation of nonlinear optical fragments of a polymer chain relative to the substrate and components of the quadratic optical susceptibility tensor of the film were determined. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  11. Large and Reversible Plasmon Tuning using Ultrathin Responsive Polymer film

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    Singamaneni, Srikanth; Nergiz, Saide

    2011-03-01

    We demonstrate reversible linear and branched aggregation of gold nanoparticles adsorbed on an ultrathin responsive polymer ((poly(4-vinyl pyridine), P4VP) film. P4VP is a weak cationic polymer, which exhibits a reversible coil to globule transition with change in external pH. Atomic force microscopy revealed that in the coiled state (below the isoelectric point of the polymer) of the polymer chains, gold nanoparticles adsorbed on the polymer layer existed as primarily individual nanoparticles. On the other hand, lowering the pH caused the polymer chains to transition from coil to globule state, resulting in aggregation of the nanoparticles into linear and branched chains. Reversible aggregation of the nanoparticles results in a dramatic change in the optical properties of the metal nanostructures. Apart from the large redistribution of the intensity between the individual (530 nm) and coupled (650 nm) plasmon bands, the coupled plasmon band exhibits a shift of nearly 60 nm with change in external pH. The pH triggered aggregation of the nanoparticles and the dramatic change in the optical properties associated with the same can form an excellent platform for colorimetric sensing. The work reported here is supported by the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

  12. Elasto-Optical Properties of Thin Polymer Films by Prism Coupling Technique

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    Ay, Feridun; Agan, Sedat; Kocabas, Askin; Aydinli, Atilla

    2004-05-01

    Reliable measurement of stress dependent refractive index of thin polymer films has been achieved. The effect of the applied stress on the refractive index and birefringence of the films was investigated. The out-of-plane elastic moduli of the thin polymer films were deduced by using the same prism coupling setup. Three dimensional finite element method (FEM) analysis was used to obtain the principal stresses for each polymer film and combining them with the stress dependent refractive index measurements, the elasto-optic coefficients of the polymer films were determined, for the first time.

  13. Intricacies of Polymer Dewetting: Nanoscaled Architectures for the Tailored Control of Polystyrene Thin Film Stability

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    Cheung, Justin; Sen, Mani; Chen, Zhizhao; Jiang, Naisheng; Endoh, Maya; Koga, Tadanori; Satija, Sushil

    Recently, structural properties of polymer thin films have garnered attention for their relevance in the fields of organic photovoltaics and biosensors. The dewetting of polymer films poses an obstacle in the face of widespread implementation. For this study, we show that adsorbed polymer chains on a substrate surface play crucial roles in film stability. Polystyrene (PS) thin films (20 nm in thickness) with different molecular weights (Mw) on silicon (Si) substrates were used as a model. The PS films were annealed at high temperatures for several days, and Mw dependence on film stability was evidenced. At the same time, the annealed PS films were leached with a good solvent and the residue films (i.e., irreversibly adsorbed layers) were characterized by x-ray reflectivity (XR). We reveal strong correlation between film stability and two different interfacial structures of the adsorbed polymer chains: their opposing wettability against chemically identical free polymer chains results in a wetting-dewetting transition at the adsorbed polymer-free polymer interface. This is a unique aspect of polymer thin film stability and may be generalizable to other polymer systems regardless of the magnitude of solid-polymer attractive interactions. We acknowledge the financial support of NSF Grant (CMMI-1332499).

  14. Irreversible Adsorption Governs the Equilibration of Thin Polymer Films

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    Panagopoulou, Anna; Napolitano, Simone

    2017-09-01

    We demonstrate that the enhanced segmental motion commonly observed in spin cast thin polymer films is a nonequilibrium phenomenon. In the presence of nonrepulsive interfaces, prolonged annealing in the liquid state allows, in fact, recovering bulk segmental mobility. Our measurements prove that, while the fraction of unrelaxed chains increases upon nanoconfinement, the dynamics of equilibration is almost unaffected by the film thickness. We show that the rate of equilibration of nanoconfined chains does not depend on the structural relaxation process but on the feasibility to form an adsorbed layer. We propose that the equilibration of the thin polymer melts is driven by the slow relaxation of interfacial chains upon irreversible adsorption on the confining walls.

  15. Fluorescence lifetime, dipole orientation and bilayer polymer films

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    Ho, Xuan Long; Chen, Po-Jui; Woon, Wei-Yen; White, Jonathon David

    2017-10-01

    Bilayer films consisting of the optically transparent polymers, polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) were spin-cast on glass substrates. The upper 13.5 nm layer (PS) was lightly doped with Rhodamine-6 G (RH6G) or MEH-PPV. While the fluorescence of MEH-PPV was independent of PMMA thickness, the lifetime of RH6G increased 3-fold as the underlying PMMA thickness increased from 0 to 500 nm while the collected flux decreased suggesting a reorientation of the smaller molecule's dipole with respect to the air-polymer interface with PMMA thickness. This suggests lifetime may find application for nondestructive thickness measurements of transparent films with sub-micron lateral resolution and large range.

  16. Localized entrapment of green fluorescent protein within nanostructured polymer films

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    Ankner, John; Kozlovskaya, Veronika; O'Neill, Hugh; Zhang, Qiu; Kharlampieva, Eugenia

    2012-02-01

    Protein entrapment within ultrathin polymer films is of interest for applications in biosensing, drug delivery, and bioconversion, but controlling protein distribution within the films is difficult. We report on nanostructured protein/polyelectrolyte (PE) materials obtained through incorporation of green fluorescent protein (GFP) within poly(styrene sulfonate)/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) multilayer films assembled via the spin-assisted layer-by-layer method. By using deuterated GFP as a marker for neutron scattering contrast we have inferred the architecture of the films in both normal and lateral directions. We find that films assembled with a single GFP layer exhibit a strong localization of the GFP without intermixing into the PE matrix. The GFP volume fraction approaches the monolayer density of close-packed randomly oriented GFP molecules. However, intermixing of the GFP with the PE matrix occurs in multiple-GFP layer films. Our results yield new insight into the organization of immobilized proteins within polyelectrolyte matrices and open opportunities for fabrication of protein-containing films with well-organized structure and controllable function, a crucial requirement for advanced sensing applications.

  17. Polymer Substrates For Lightweight, Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Lewis, Carol R.

    1993-01-01

    Substrates survive high deposition temperatures. High-temperature-resistant polymers candidate materials for use as substrates of lightweight, flexible, radiation-resistant solar photovoltaic cells. According to proposal, thin films of copper indium diselenide or cadmium telluride deposited on substrates to serve as active semiconductor layers of cells, parts of photovoltaic power arrays having exceptionally high power-to-weight ratios. Flexibility of cells exploited to make arrays rolled up for storage.

  18. Effects of mechanical properties of polymer on ceramic-polymer composite thick films fabricated by aerosol deposition.

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    Kwon, Oh-Yun; Na, Hyun-Jun; Kim, Hyung-Jun; Lee, Dong-Won; Nam, Song-Min

    2012-05-22

    Two types of ceramic-polymer composite thick films were deposited on Cu substrates by an aerosol deposition process, and their properties were investigated to fabricate optimized ceramic-based polymer composite thick films for application onto integrated substrates with the advantage of plasticity. When polymers with different mechanical properties, such as polyimide (PI) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), are used as starting powders together with α-Al2O3 powder, two types of composite films are formed with different characteristics - surface morphologies, deposition rates, and crystallite size of α-Al2O3. Through the results of micro-Vickers hardness testing, it was confirmed that the mechanical properties of the polymer itself are associated with the performances of the ceramic-polymer composite films. To support and explain these results, the microstructures of the two types of polymer powders were observed after planetary milling and an additional modeling test was carried out. As a result, we could conclude that the PMMA powder is distorted by the impact of the Al2O3 powder, so that the resulting Al2O3-PMMA composite film had a very small amount of PMMA and a low deposition rate. In contrast, when using PI powder, the Al2O3-PI composite film had a high deposition rate due to the cracking of PI particles. Consequently, it was revealed that the mechanical properties of polymers have a considerable effect on the properties of the resulting ceramic-polymer composite thick films.

  19. Nanoscale porosity in polymer films: fabrication and therapeutic applications

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    Bernards, Daniel A.; Desai, Tejal A.

    2011-01-01

    This review focuses on current developments in the field of nanostructured bulk polymers and their application in bioengineering and therapeutic sciences. In contrast to well-established nanoscale materials, such as nanoparticles and nanofibers, bulk nanostructured polymers combine nanoscale structure in a macroscopic construct, which enables unique application of these materials. Contemporary fabrication and processing techniques capable of producing nanoporous polymer films are reviewed. Focus is placed on techniques capable of sub-100 nm features since this range approaches the size scale of biological components, such as proteins and viruses. The attributes of these techniques are compared, with an emphasis on the characteristic advantages and limitations of each method. Finally, application of these materials to biofiltration, immunoisolation, and drug delivery are reviewed. PMID:22140398

  20. Microwave absorption of free carriers in doped conjugated polymer films

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    Rumbles, Garry

    Flash photolysis time-resolved microwave conductivity (fp-TRMC) is a powerful spectroscopic tool for the detection of mobile charges in organic systems, such as conjugated polymers. We will report on a study of charge carrier generation in a number of polymer systems where the solid-state microstructure (SSM) of the thin films can be controlled using both molecular structure and processing conditions. By incorporating a low concentration of molecular acceptors, such as metallo-phthalocyanines, as well as substituted fullerenes and perylenes, the driving force for photoinduced electron transfer can be controlled through the excited state energy and the reduction potential. Our results indicate the importance of the crystalline phase of the polymer to stabilise and reduce the rate of recombination of the holes with the electrons that remain trapped on the acceptor. In addition, the role that the SSM plays on the stabilization of bound electron-hole pairs, or charge-transfer (CT) states will be examined.

  1. Spontaneous thermally-induced delamination of polymer films

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    Kohli, Punit; Jiao, Kexin; Zhou, Chuanhong; Wynne, Jared; Poude, Anish; Chu, Philip; Chemistry; Biochemistry Collaboration; Mechanical Engineering Collaboration

    In this talk, we will discuss spontaneous thermally-induced biaxial delamination of thin polymer films from flat surfaces. The delamination results in the formation of ultra-high aspect ratio (up to 1000) of micro-ribbons of polydimethylsiloxane. The thickness, width, and length of the micro-ribbons is about 10 μm, 100 μm, and up to many centimeter respectively. We will demonstrate that the formation of polymer micro-ribbons can be experimentally controlled. Specifically, the thickness and mechanical properties of polymer, and geometrical and physical properties of the substrate played crucial roles in defining the delamination process. From the practical viewpoint, we demonstrate the use of the micro-ribbons for imaging and separation applications. NSF, NIH, and SIUC.

  2. Chemical vapor deposition of conformal, functional, and responsive polymer films.

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    Alf, Mahriah E; Asatekin, Ayse; Barr, Miles C; Baxamusa, Salmaan H; Chelawat, Hitesh; Ozaydin-Ince, Gozde; Petruczok, Christy D; Sreenivasan, Ramaswamy; Tenhaeff, Wyatt E; Trujillo, Nathan J; Vaddiraju, Sreeram; Xu, Jingjing; Gleason, Karen K

    2010-05-11

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization utilizes the delivery of vapor-phase monomers to form chemically well-defined polymeric films directly on the surface of a substrate. CVD polymers are desirable as conformal surface modification layers exhibiting strong retention of organic functional groups, and, in some cases, are responsive to external stimuli. Traditional wet-chemical chain- and step-growth mechanisms guide the development of new heterogeneous CVD polymerization techniques. Commonality with inorganic CVD methods facilitates the fabrication of hybrid devices. CVD polymers bridge microfabrication technology with chemical, biological, and nanoparticle systems and assembly. Robust interfaces can be achieved through covalent grafting enabling high-resolution (60 nm) patterning, even on flexible substrates. Utilizing only low-energy input to drive selective chemistry, modest vacuum, and room-temperature substrates, CVD polymerization is compatible with thermally sensitive substrates, such as paper, textiles, and plastics. CVD methods are particularly valuable for insoluble and infusible films, including fluoropolymers, electrically conductive polymers, and controllably crosslinked networks and for the potential to reduce environmental, health, and safety impacts associated with solvents. Quantitative models aid the development of large-area and roll-to-roll CVD polymer reactors. Relevant background, fundamental principles, and selected applications are reviewed.

  3. Molecular modeling of responsive polymer films

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    Tagliazucchi, Mario; Calvo, Ernesto J; Szleifer, Igal

    2010-06-29

    In this perspective, we have shown three different cases of responsive polymers at surfaces where the properties of the surface can be varied in response to cues from the bulk solution or in the presence of an external field. The most important conclusion in all three cases is that the chemical reaction equilibrium, physical interactions and molecular organization are strongly coupled, and it is imperative to consider the global and local changes that occur to the surface structure and properties due to this coupling. In particular acid-base and redox equilibrium are very different in polymer-modified surfaces than in the corresponding bulk solutions. Moreover, the definition of ‘‘apparent redox potentials’’ and ‘‘apparent pKa’’results from the averaging over highly inhomogeneous values,and, therefore, they do not necessarily represent the state of the layer and the local values and their variation are very important for the design of functional surfaces. The very large variation on chemical equilibrium results from the optimization of all the interactions. The picture that emerges is that trying to deduce what the final state of the system is by looking at the individual optimization of each contribution leads to qualitative incorrect assumptions and only the minimization of the complete free energy leads to the proper behavior in these complex systems.In the cases where domain formation is possible in grafted weak polyacid layers charge regulation may lead to regimes of coexistence between aggregates with relatively low fraction of charged polymer segments surrounded by highly stretched chains that have a relatively high fraction of charged groups.Therefore, one can control the state of charge, local electrostatic potential and local pH in all three dimensions with im-portant gradients on length scales of nanometers. For hydrophobic redox polymers we show how the application of an electrode potential can lead to changes in the structure

  4. Recent Advances in the Improvement of Polymer Electret Films

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    Erhard, Dominik P.; Lovera, Deliani; von Salis-Soglio, Cosima; Giesa, Reiner; Altstädt, Volker; Schmidt, Hans-Werner

    Polymer electret materials are electrically charged dielectric polymers capable of quasi-permanently retaining their electric field. However, environmental influences such as temperature and humidity reduce their charge stability and restrict applications. Therefore it is of great importance to provide a broad pool of polymer electret materials and to enhance further the charge storage behavior. In this context we report on concepts, measures, and solutions to improve the electret performance of commodity and high performance thermoplastic polymers, which was carried out at the University of Bayreuth in recent years. It is demonstrated that the commodity polymer polypropylene can be manufactured into excellent electret films when certain trisamide additives are incorporated in very low concentrations. Polypropylene can be employed at temperatures up to its continuous service temperature of 70 ∘C. To achieve higher temperature windows we investigated the commodity blend system of poly(phenylene ether) (PPE) and polystyrene (PS). We demonstrate that especially PPE/PS blend films with a composition of 75/25 exhibit remarkably good charge storage retention during the isothermal surface decay (ITPD) tests at 120 ∘C. In addition, the commercially available high performance thermoplastic polyetherimide (PEI) resin containing special phosphorus(III) additives shows very good electret properties at elevated temperatures. These properties can be further enhanced by physical aging; resulting in a charge retention after 24 h at 120 ∘C as high as 95%. The same beneficial effect of physical aging can be used to advance PPE and PPE/PS blends. Polymer electret materials with such charge storage properties have the potential to be employed in microphones, sensor devices, and electret filters.

  5. Mechanical and physical properties of nanostructured polymer films

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    Fabbroni, Elizabeth Frances

    Methods for studying the adhesive and mechanical nature of polymer films using the JKR (Johnson, Kendall, and Roberts) theory to describe contact mechanics and the Maugis model for interfacial fracture are employed in the study of commercial and model polymer systems. Axissymmetric adhesion tests were performed on both bimodal acrylic latex films and micellar thin films cast on an elastomeric block of poly(dimethyl siloxane) to investigate the fracture properties due to adhesive contact. A characterization of the viscoelastic nature of thin films has been conducted for both systems. The properties of bimodal latex films consisting of a mixture of hard and soft particles have been investigated. The properties of the bimodal film are attributed to soft particles when there is a lower hard volume fraction, a function that is depedant upon the modulus of the constituent materials and varies as a power law. Conversely, it is shown that for high volume fractions of hard materials, the film properties depended strongly upon the nature of the rigid constituent in the bimodal coatings. Diblock copolymer micelles, with a core of poly(methyl methacrylate) and a corona of poly(n-butyl) acrylate were investigated on both the nanoscale and macroscale as a model latex film. The solution properties of the micelles were studied by dynamic light scattering. Dry micellar thin films were studied by atomic force microscopy, and the effects of micellar annealing were observed. Subsequent adhesive and mechanical testing of the micellar thin films were performed by utilizing poly(dimethyl siloxane) as an elastomeric base layer for the films. The effects of surface oxidation of the PDMS were studied. These data were used to investigate the velocity, v*, at which viscoelastic properties become apparent. This value depended upon the micellar layer thickness when values were on the order of 1mum or smaller. Finally, a technique was developed for the study of the AC response of poly

  6. Nanoparticles of conjugated polymers prepared from phase-separated films of phospholipids and polymers for biomedical applications.

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    Yoon, Jungju; Kwag, Jungheon; Shin, Tae Joo; Park, Joonhyuck; Lee, Yong Man; Lee, Yebin; Park, Jonghyup; Heo, Jung; Joo, Chulmin; Park, Tae Jung; Yoo, Pil J; Kim, Sungjee; Park, Juhyun

    2014-07-09

    Phase separation in films of phospholipids and conjugated polymers results in nanoassemblies because of a difference in the physicochemical properties between the hydrophobic polymers and the polar lipid heads, together with the comparable polymer side-chain lengths to lipid tail lengths, thus producing nanoparticles of conjugated polymers upon disassembly in aqueous media by the penetration of water into polar regions of the lipid heads.

  7. Controlled antiseptic release by alginate polymer films and beads.

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    Liakos, Ioannis; Rizzello, Loris; Bayer, Ilker S; Pompa, Pier Paolo; Cingolani, Roberto; Athanassiou, Athanassia

    2013-01-30

    Biodegradable polymeric materials based on blending aqueous dispersions of natural polymer sodium alginate (NaAlg) and povidone iodine (PVPI) complex, which allow controlled antiseptic release, are presented. The developed materials are either free standing NaAlg films or Ca(2+)-cross-linked alginate beads, which properly combined with PVPI demonstrate antibacterial and antifungal activity, suitable for therapeutic applications, such as wound dressing. Glycerol was used as the plasticizing agent. Film morphology was studied by optical and atomic force microscopy. It was found that PVPI complex forms well dispersed circular micro-domains within the NaAlg matrix. The beads were fabricated by drop-wise immersion of NaAlg/PVPI/glycerol solutions into aqueous calcium chloride solutions to form calcium alginate beads encapsulating PVPI solution (CaAlg/PVPI). Controlled release of PVPI was possible when the composite films and beads were brought into direct contact with water or with moist media. Bactericidal and fungicidal properties of the materials were tested against Escherichia coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungi. The results indicated very efficient antibacterial and antifungal activity within 48 h. Controlled release of PVPI into open wounds is highly desired in clinical applications to avoid toxic doses of iodine absorption by the wound. A wide variety of applications are envisioned such as external and internal wound dressings with controlled antiseptic release, hygienic and protective packaging films for medical devices, and polymer beads as water disinfectants.

  8. Confinement of surface patterning in azo-polymer thin films.

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    Yager, Kevin G; Barrett, Christopher J

    2007-03-07

    Azobenzene polymer thin films are known to spontaneously generate surface patterns in response to incident light gradients. This peculiar process is investigated in terms of the dynamics of the various azobenzene photomotions, which occur on different length scales. In particular, the formation and thermal erasure of surface relief gratings are measured as a function of film thickness and by using combinatorial samples with thickness gradients. The thermal erasure of gratings in this system provides a direct measure of the glass-transition temperature, which is found to deviate substantially from the bulk value. Thin azo films exhibit a glass transition up to 50 K higher than the bulk. These dynamical measurements allow the authors to probe the length scale of mass transport, which is found to be approximately 150 nm. Furthermore, surface mass transport is completely arrested in thin films<40 nm. According to these results, mass transport involves the coordinated motion of many polymer chains in the depth of the sample, rather than surface diffusion of individual chains.

  9. Electrochemically polymerized conjugated polymer films: Stability improvement and surface functionalization

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    Wei, Bin

    Conjugated polymers have been widely used in various applications including organic solar cells, electrochromic devices, chemical sensors, and biomedical devices. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and its derivatives have received considerable interest because of their low oxidation potential, relatively high chemical stability, and high conductivity. Electrochemical deposition is a convenient method for precisely fabricating conjugated polymer thin films. Here, we report the stability improvement and surface functionalization of electrochemically polymerized PEDOT films. The long-term performance of PEDOT coatings is limited by their relatively poor stability on various inorganic substrates. Two different methods were used to improve the stability of PEDOT coatings, one involved using carboxylic acid functionalized EDOT (EDOT-acid) as adhesion promoter. EDOT-acid molecules were chemically bonded onto activated metal oxide substrates via chemisorption. PEDOT was then polymerized onto the EDOT-acid modified substrates, forming covalently bonded coatings. An aggressive ultrasonication test confirmed the significantly improved adhesion of the PEDOT films on electrodes with EDOT-acid treatment over those without treatment. The other method was to use an octa-ProDOT-functionalized POSS derivative (POSSProDOT) as cross-linker. PEDOT copolymer films were electrochemically deposited with various concentrations of POSS-ProDOT. The optical, morphological and electrochemical properties of the copolymer films could be systematically tuned with the incorporation of POSS-ProDOT. Significantly enhanced electrochemical and mechanical stability of the copolymers were observed at intermediate levels of POSS-ProDOT content (3.1 wt%) via chronic stimulation tests. Surface functionalization of conducting polymer films provides a potential means for systematically tailoring their chemical and physical properties. We have synthesized, polymerized and characterized a dialkene

  10. Nanoscale domain patterns in ultrathin polymer ferroelectric films.

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    Sharma, P; Reece, T; Wu, D; Fridkin, V M; Ducharme, S; Gruverman, A

    2009-12-02

    High-resolution studies of domain configurations in Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene), P(VDF-TrFE), have been carried out by means of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). Changes in film thickness and morphology cause significant variations in polarization patterns. In continuous films and nanomesas with relatively low thickness/grain aspect ratio (<1/10), the relationship between the average domain size and thickness follows the Kittel law. Nanomesas with high aspect ratio (>1/5) exhibit significant deviations from this law, suggesting additional surface-energy-related mechanisms affecting the domain patterns. Polarization reversal within a single crystallite has been demonstrated and local switching parameters (coercive voltage and remnant piezoresponse) have been measured by monitoring the local hysteresis loops. Reliable control of polarization at the sub-grain level demonstrates a possibility of studying the mechanism of the intrinsic switching behavior down to the molecular scale.

  11. Glass transition dynamics of stacked thin polymer films

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    Fukao, Koji; Terasawa, Takehide; Oda, Yuto; Nakamura, Kenji; Tahara, Daisuke

    2011-10-01

    The glass transition dynamics of stacked thin films of polystyrene and poly(2-chlorostyrene) were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. The glass transition temperature Tg of as-stacked thin polystyrene films has a strong depression from that of the bulk samples. However, after annealing at high temperatures above Tg, the stacked thin films exhibit glass transition at a temperature almost equal to the Tg of the bulk system. The α-process dynamics of stacked thin films of poly(2-chlorostyrene) show a time evolution from single-thin-film-like dynamics to bulk-like dynamics during the isothermal annealing process. The relaxation rate of the α process becomes smaller with increase in the annealing time. The time scale for the evolution of the α dynamics during the annealing process is very long compared with that for the reptation dynamics. At the same time, the temperature dependence of the relaxation time for the α process changes from Arrhenius-like to Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann dependence with increase of the annealing time. The fragility index increases and the distribution of the α-relaxation times becomes smaller with increase in the annealing time for isothermal annealing. The observed change in the α process is discussed with respect to the interfacial interaction between the thin layers of stacked thin polymer films.

  12. The local segmental dynamics of polymer thin films

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    Roland, C. M.; Casalini, Riccardo; Prevosto, Daniele; Labardi, Massimiliano; Zhu, Lei; Baer, Eric

    The local segmental dynamics of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in multi-layered films with polycarbonate was investigated using dielectric spectroscopy. The segmental relaxation time decreased with layer thickness down to 4 nm. However, two measures of the cooperativity of the dynamics, the breadth of the relaxation dispersion and the dynamic correlation volume, were unaffected by the film thickness. This absence of an effect of geometric confinement on the cooperativity, even when the confinement length scale approaches the correlation length scale, requires an asymmetric correlation volume; i.e., correlating regions having a string-like nature. To further probe the effect of layering on the segmental dynamics, we measured the segmental dynamics of poly(vinylacetate) thin films in contact with variously an aluminum interface, an incompatible polymer, and air (free surface). From local dielectric relaxation measurements using an AFM tip, the dynamics were observed to be faster in all thin film configurations compared to the bulk. However, no differences were observed for the various interfaces; capping the thin films with a rigid material accelerated the segmental motions equivalently to that for an air interface. This insensitivity of the dynamics to the nature of the interface affords a means to engineer thin films while maintaining desired mechanical properties. Work at NRL supported by the Office of Naval Research.

  13. Controlling Marangoni-induced instabilities in spin-cast polymer films: How to prepare uniform films.

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    Fowler, Paul D; Ruscher, Céline; McGraw, Joshua D; Forrest, James A; Dalnoki-Veress, Kari

    2016-09-01

    In both research and industrial settings spincoating is extensively used to prepare highly uniform thin polymer films. However, under certain conditions, spincoating results in films with non-uniform surface morphologies. Although the spincoating process has been extensively studied, the origin of these morphologies is not fully understood and the formation of non-uniform spin-cast films remains a practical problem. Here we report on experiments demonstrating that the formation of surface instabilities during spincoating is dependent on temperature. Our results suggest that non-uniform spin-cast films form as a result of the Marangoni effect, which describes flow due to surface tension gradients. We find that both the wavelength and amplitude of the pattern increase with temperature. Finally, and most important from a practical viewpoint, the non-uniformities in the film thickness can be entirely avoided simply by lowering the spin coating temperature.

  14. Polarization Raman Microscopic Study of Molecular Alignment Behavior in Liquid Crystal/Polymer Composite Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2005-12-01

    We clarified that the molecular alignment of aggregated polymers is partially synchronized with liquid crystal (LC) director reorientation in an LC/polymer composite film. The molecular alignment behavior in composite films with LC- and polymer-rich regions formed by photopolymerization-induced phase separation was investigated using polarization Raman spectral microscopy. Raman scattering intensity induced by aligned side chains of polymers in the LC-rich region changed with LC director reorientation when voltage was applied to the composite film. It was confirmed for the first time that polymers capable of movement are formed in the LC-rich region.

  15. Evolution of non-equilibrium entanglement networks in spincast thin polymer films

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    Dalnoki-Veress, Kari; McGraw, Joshua; Fowler, Paul

    2012-02-01

    Measuring the rheology of non-equilibrium thin polymer films has received significant attention recently. Experiments are typically performed on thin polymer films that inherit their structure from spin coating. While the results of several rheological experiments paint a clear picture, details of molecular configurations in spincast polymer films are still unknown. Here we present the results of crazing measurements which demonstrate that the effective entanglement density of thin polymer films changes as a function of annealing toward a stable equilibrium value. The effective entanglement density plateaus with a time scale on the same order as the bulk reptation time.

  16. Characterization of Local Mechanical Properties of Polymer Thin Films and Polymer Nanocomposites via AFM indentations

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    Cheng, Xu

    AFM indentation has become a tool with great potential in the characterization of nano-mechanical properties of materials. Thanks to the nanometer sized probes, AFM indentation is capable of capturing the changes of multiple properties within the range of tens of nanometers, such task would otherwise be difficult by using other experiment instruments. Despite the great potentials of AFM indentation, it operates based on a simple mechanism: driving the delicate AFM probe to indent the sample surface, and recording the force-displacement response. With limited information provided by AFM indentation, efforts are still required for any practice to successfully extract the desired nano-scale properties from specific materials. In this thesis, we focus on the mechanical properties of interphase between polymer and inorganic materials. It is known that in nanocomposites, a region of polymer exist around nanoparticles with altered molecular structures and improved properties, which is named as interphase polymer. The system with polymer thin films and inorganic material substrates is widely used to simulate the interphase effect in nanocomposites. In this thesis, we developed an efficient and reliable method to process film/substrate samples and characterize the changes of local mechanical properties inside the interphase region with ultra-high resolution AFM mechanical mapping technique. Applying this newly developed method, the interphase of several film/substrate pairs were examined and compared. The local mechanical properties on the other side of the polymer thin film, the free surface side, was also investigated using AFM indentation equipped with surface modified probes. In order to extract the full spectrum of local elastic modulus inside the surface region in the range of only tens of nanometers, the different contact mechanics models were studied and compared, and a Finite Element model was also established. Though the film/substrate system has been wide used as

  17. Selectively Patterning Polymer Opal Films via Microimprint Lithography

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    Ding, Tao; Zhao, Qibin; Smoukov, Stoyan K; Baumberg, Jeremy J

    2014-01-01

    Large-scale structural color flexible coatings have been hard to create, and patterning color on them is key to many applications, including large-area strain sensors, wall-size displays, security devices, and smart fabrics. To achieve controlled tuning, a micro-imprinting technique is applied here to pattern both the surface morphology and the structural color of the polymer opal films (POFs). These POFs are made of 3D ordered arrays of hard spherical particles embedded inside soft shells. The soft outer shells cause the POFs to deform upon imprinting with a pre-patterned stamp, driving a flow of the soft polymer and a rearrangement of the hard spheres within the films. As a result, a patterned surface morphology is generated within the POFs and the structural colors are selectively modified within different regions. These changes are dependent on the pressure, temperature, and duration of imprinting, as well as the feature sizes in the stamps. Moreover, the pattern geometry and structural colors can then be further tuned by stretching. Micropattern color generation upon imprinting depends on control of colloidal transport in a polymer matrix under shear flow and brings many potential properties including stretchability and tunability, as well as being of fundamental interest. PMID:26167447

  18. Selectively Patterning Polymer Opal Films via Microimprint Lithography.

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    Ding, Tao; Zhao, Qibin; Smoukov, Stoyan K; Baumberg, Jeremy J

    2014-11-01

    Large-scale structural color flexible coatings have been hard to create, and patterning color on them is key to many applications, including large-area strain sensors, wall-size displays, security devices, and smart fabrics. To achieve controlled tuning, a micro-imprinting technique is applied here to pattern both the surface morphology and the structural color of the polymer opal films (POFs). These POFs are made of 3D ordered arrays of hard spherical particles embedded inside soft shells. The soft outer shells cause the POFs to deform upon imprinting with a pre-patterned stamp, driving a flow of the soft polymer and a rearrangement of the hard spheres within the films. As a result, a patterned surface morphology is generated within the POFs and the structural colors are selectively modified within different regions. These changes are dependent on the pressure, temperature, and duration of imprinting, as well as the feature sizes in the stamps. Moreover, the pattern geometry and structural colors can then be further tuned by stretching. Micropattern color generation upon imprinting depends on control of colloidal transport in a polymer matrix under shear flow and brings many potential properties including stretchability and tunability, as well as being of fundamental interest.

  19. Direct and Indirect Polymer-Polymer Interfacial Slip Measurements in Multilayered Films

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    Lee, Patrick C.; Park, Hee Eon; Macosko, Christopher W.

    2008-07-01

    Significant slip can occur during flow of two immiscible polymers due to reduced entanglements at their interface. The slip is of practical importance because of its effect on morphology and adhesion of these multi-phase materials, such as disordered two-phase blends and multilayer films. In this research, we are investigating the amount of polymer-polymer slip over a range of shear stresses from rheological measurements (i.e., indirect method) and visualization measurements (i.e., direct method) on co-extruded multilayer films. Two types of alternately layered blends were chosen: polypropylene (PP)/polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene (PE)/fluoropolymer (FP) blends. The multilayer samples of both PP/PS and PE/FP blends were prepared in a co-extrusion setup (Zhao and Macosko J. Rheol. 2002) at 200 and 210 °C, respectively, in order to match viscosity and linear viscoelasticity. To study the polymer-polymer interfacial slip over a wide stress range, three types of rheometers were used: an in-line slit-die rheometer, a rotational parallel-disk rheometer, and a sliding-plates rheometer (SPR). It was observed that the viscosity of a multilayer sample is lower than the harmonic average viscosity of two neat polymers for both PP/PS and PE/FP and decreases with the number of layers above a certain critical shear stress. Two visualization techniques, (i) the SPR with a glass top plate and (ii) a high temperature shearing cell, were utilized to prove the slip. The slip velocity (i.e., the amount of macroscopic velocity discontinuity at the interface) with respect to shear stress was calculated from each rheological and visualization methods and compared.

  20. Piezoelectric characteristics of PZT thin films on polymer substrate

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    Kang, Min-Gyu; Do, Younh-Ho; Oh, Seung-Min; Rahayu, Rheza; Kim, Yiyein; Kang, Chong-Yun; Nahm, Sahn; Yoon, Seok-Jin

    2012-02-01

    The goal of piezoelectric energy harvesting is to improve the power efficiency of devices. One of the approaches for the improvement of power efficiency is to apply the large strain on the piezoelectric materials and then many scientists approached using thin films or nano-structured piezoelectric materials to obtain flexibility. However, the conventional thin film processes available for the fabrication of piezoelectric materials as PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) are not compatible with flexible electronics because they require high processing temperatures (>700^oC) to obtain piezoelectricity. Excimer laser annealing (ELA) is attractive heat process for the low-temperature crystallization, because of its material selectivity and short heating time. In this study, the amorphous PZT thin films were deposited on polymer substrate by rf-sputtering. To crystallize the amorphous films, the ELA was carried out with various conditions as function of the applied laser energy density, the number of pulse, and the repetition rate. To evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics, piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) and electrometer are used. As a result, we obtained the crystallized PZT thin film on flexible substrate and obtained flexible piezoelectric energy harvester.

  1. Polymer-assisted deposition of metal-oxide films.

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    Jia, Q X; McCleskey, T M; Burrell, A K; Lin, Y; Collis, G E; Wang, H; Li, A D Q; Foltyn, S R

    2004-08-01

    Metal oxides are emerging as important materials for their versatile properties such as high-temperature superconductivity, ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, piezoelectricity and semiconductivity. Metal-oxide films are conventionally grown by physical and chemical vapour deposition. However, the high cost of necessary equipment and restriction of coatings on a relatively small area have limited their potential applications. Chemical-solution depositions such as sol-gel are more cost-effective, but many metal oxides cannot be deposited and the control of stoichiometry is not always possible owing to differences in chemical reactivity among the metals. Here we report a novel process to grow metal-oxide films in large areas at low cost using polymer-assisted deposition (PAD), where the polymer controls the viscosity and binds metal ions, resulting in a homogeneous distribution of metal precursors in the solution and the formation of uniform metal-organic films. The latter feature makes it possible to grow simple and complex crack-free epitaxial metal-oxides.

  2. Deformation in Thin Glassy Polymer Films from Surface towards Interior

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    Chowdhury, Mithun; de Silva, Johann P.; Cross, Graham L. W.

    Polymer thin glassy films occupy an important place in last two decades of condensed matter research, concerning its surprising surface mobility and spatially dependent structural relaxation. However, ranges of cleverly designed indirect measurements on confined polymer glassy films already probed its mechanical properties; it is still a challenging task to directly probe such small confined volume through conventional mechanical testing. We have designed confined layer compression testing with a precisely designed and aligned flat probe during nanoindentation, which was further accompanied with atomic force microscopy. Due to natural confinement from the surrounding material, we show that a state of `uniaxial strain' is created beneath the probe under small axial strains. By this methodology we are able to directly probe uniaxial flows under both anelastic and plastic conditions while doing controlled creep studies at different positions in the film starting from surface towards interior. Depending on the extent of deformation, we found ranges of effects, such as densification, anelastic yield, and plastic yield. Enhanced creep rate upon deformation supports the idea of `deformation induced mobility'. Work performed at Trinity College Dublin.

  3. Tailoring electrically induced properties by stretching relaxor polymer films

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    Bobnar, V.; Li, X.; Casar, G.; Eršte, A.; Glinšek, S.; Qian, X.; Zhang, Q. M.

    2012-04-01

    Electrically induced behavior was investigated and compared in the non-stretched and uniaxially stretched poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene), P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) terpolymer—a member of the P(VDF-TrFE)-based relaxor polymers family that exhibits fast response speeds, giant electrostriction, high electric energy density, and large electrocaloric effect. Although the temperature dependence of the low-field complex dielectric constant is almost identical in the non-stretched and stretched samples, the dc bias electric field via higher nonlinear contribution more heavily alters the dielectric response of the non-stretched terpolymer. The polarization response and, particularly, the induced electrostrictive strain are, on the other hand, much higher in the more-oriented stretched films. The changes in polar-correlation range induced by film stretching also strongly influence the directly measured electrocaloric response, which shows more pronounced temperature dependence in the stretched terpolymer. These results suggest that electrically induced properties of relaxor polymer films can be tailored by controlling the preparation conditions.

  4. Dynamics of polymer film formation during spin coating

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    Mouhamad, Y.; Clarke, N.; Jones, R. A. L.; Geoghegan, M.; Mokarian-Tabari, P.

    2014-09-28

    Standard models explaining the spin coating of polymer solutions generally fail to describe the early stages of film formation, when hydrodynamic forces control the solution behavior. Using in situ light scattering alongside theoretical and semi-empirical models, it is shown that inertial forces (which initially cause a vertical gradient in the radial solvent velocity within the film) play a significant role in the rate of thinning of the solution. The development of thickness as a function of time of a solute-free liquid (toluene) and a blend of polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) cast from toluene were fitted to different models as a function of toluene partial pressure. In the case of the formation of the polymer blend film, a concentration-dependent (Huggins) viscosity formula was used to account for changes in viscosity during spin coating. A semi-empirical model is introduced, which permits calculation of the solvent evaporation rate and the temporal evolution of the solute volume fraction and solution viscosity.

  5. Electric conductivity of polymer films filled with magnetic nanoparticles

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    Rumyantsev, B. M.; Bibikov, S. B.; Bychkova, A. V.; Leontiev, V. G.; Berendyaev, V. I.; Sorokina, O. N.; Kovarskii, A. L.

    2016-12-01

    The conductivity of polymer composites with magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) containing magnetite and other MNP (Ni, Cu-Ni) in the layers and planar cells with Al electrodes is studied. For soluble polymers (polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyvinyl alcohol) containing 1-10 wt % of magnetite MNP, a substantial effect of MNP on surface conductivity is detected over a wide range (from 10-10 to 10-3 Ω-1). It is shown that the addition of magnetite MNP not only results in a considerable change in cell conductivity, but also leads to its partially irreversible variation (by an order of magnitude or more) via minor modifications of the experimental conditions (temperature, electric field). For high-resistance samples with low probabilities of conducting chain formation, temperature current peaks are observed upon moderate heating (up to 350 K). These peaks are similar to the maxima observed upon polymer electret thermodischarges when the charges are captured by the deep centers associated with separate MNP or MNP aggregates. The type and position of the maxima are determined by the characteristics of the polymer matrix. For polyvinylpyrrolidone composites, the maxima are observed some time after heating (the echo effect). With composites based on solventborne polymers (polyalkanesterimides, soluble polyimide) and Ni, Cu-Ni MNP, no change in film conductivity measured electrophotographically is observed, due to the formation of a dielectric coating formed by polymer macromolecules adsorbed on the MNP surface. An explanation based on the possible formation of magnetic aggregates of magnetite MNP and conducting chains is proposed. Magnetic aggregation IPM is proposed as one way of controlling cell conductivity.

  6. Electroless plating of honeycomb and pincushion polymer films prepared by self-organization.

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    Yabu, Hiroshi; Hirai, Yuji; Shimomura, Masatsugu

    2006-11-07

    This report describes the fabrication and electroless plating of regular porous and pincushion-like polymer structures prepared by self-organization. Honeycomb-patterned films were prepared by simple casting of polymer solution under applied humid air and pincushion structures by peeling off the top layer of the former films. Silver-deposited honeycomb-patterned films and pincushion films were obtained by simple electroless plating of the respective original structures. XPS revealed Ag deposition on the honeycomb-patterned film. After thermal decomposition or solvent elution of the template polymer, unique metal mesoscopic structures were obtained.

  7. Thiophene polymer semiconductors for organic thin-film transistors.

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    Ong, Beng S; Wu, Yiliang; Li, Yuning; Liu, Ping; Pan, Hualong

    2008-01-01

    Printed organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) have received great interests as potentially low-cost alternative to silicon technology for application in large-area, flexible, and ultra-low-cost electronics. One of the critical materials for TFTs is semiconductor, which has a dominant impact on the transistor properties. We review here the structural studies and design of thiophene-based polymer semiconductors with respect to solution processability, ambient stability, molecular self-organization, and field-effect transistor properties for OTFT applications. We show that through judicial monomer design, delicately controlled pi-conjugation, and strategically positioned pendant side-chain distribution, novel solution-processable thiophene polymer semiconductors with excellent self-organization ability to form extended lamellar pi-stacking orders can be developed. OTFTs using semiconductors of this nature processed in ambient conditions have provided excellent field-effect transistor properties.

  8. Detection of Carbon Monoxide Using Polymer-Carbon Composite Films

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    Homer, Margie L.; Ryan, Margaret A.; Lara, Liana M.

    2011-01-01

    A carbon monoxide (CO) sensor was developed that can be incorporated into an existing sensing array architecture. The CO sensor is a low-power chemiresistor that operates at room temperature, and the sensor fabrication techniques are compatible with ceramic substrates. Sensors made from four different polymers were tested: poly (4-vinylpryridine), ethylene-propylene-diene-terpolymer, polyepichlorohydrin, and polyethylene oxide (PEO). The carbon black used for the composite films was Black Pearls 2000, a furnace black made by the Cabot Corporation. Polymers and carbon black were used as received. In fact, only two of these sensors showed a good response to CO. The poly (4-vinylpryridine) sensor is noisy, but it does respond to the CO above 200 ppm. The polyepichlorohydrin sensor is less noisy and shows good response down to 100 ppm.

  9. Biodegradability of regenerated cellulose films coated with polyurethane/natural polymers interpenetrating polymer networks

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    Zhang, L.; Zhou, J.; Huang, J.; Gong, P. Zhou, Q.; Zheng, L.; Du, Y.

    1999-11-01

    Interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) coatings synthesized from castor-oil-based polyurethane (PU) with chitosan, nitrocellulose, or elaeostearin were coated on regenerated cellulose (RC) film for curing at 80--100 C for 2--5 min, providing biodegradable, water-resistant cellulose films coded, respectively, as RCCH, RCNC, and RCEs. The coated films were buried in natural soil for decaying and inoculated with a spore suspension of fungi on the agar medium, respectively, to test biodegradability. The viscosity-average molecular weight, M{sub {eta}}, and the weight of the degraded films decreased sharply with the progress of degradation. The degradation half-lifes, t{sub 1/2}, of the films in soil at 30 C were found to be 19 days for RC, 25 days for RCNC, 32 days for RCCH, and 45 days for the RCEs films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the extent of decay followed in the order RC {gt} RCNC {gt} RCCH {gt} RCEs. SEM, infrared (IR), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and CO{sub 2} evolution results indicated that the microorganisms directly attacked the water-resistant coating layer and then penetrated into the cellulose to speedily metabolize, while accompanying with producing CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, glucose cleaved from cellulose, and small molecules decomposed from the coatings.

  10. Understanding Interfacial Alignment in Solution Coated Conjugated Polymer Thin Films

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    Qu, Ge; Zhao, Xikang; Newbloom, Gregory M.; ...

    2017-08-01

    Domain alignment in conjugated polymer thin films can significantly enhance charge carrier mobility. However, the alignment mechanism during meniscus-guided solution coating remains unclear. Furthermore, interfacial alignment has been rarely studied despite its direct relevance and critical importance to charge transport. In this study, we uncover a significantly higher degree of alignment at the top interface of solution coated thin films, using a donor–acceptor conjugated polymer, poly(diketopyrrolopyrrole-co-thiopheneco- thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-co-thiophene) (DPP2T-TT), as the model system. At the molecular level, we observe in-plane π–π stacking anisotropy of up to 4.8 near the top interface with the polymer backbone aligned parallel to the coating direction.more » The bulk of the film is only weakly aligned with the backbone oriented transverse to coating. At the mesoscale, we observe a well-defined fibril-like morphology at the top interface with the fibril long axis pointing toward the coating direction. Significantly smaller fibrils with poor orientational order are found on the bottom interface, weakly aligned orthogonal to the fibrils on the top interface. The high degree of alignment at the top interface leads to a charge transport anisotropy of up to 5.4 compared to an anisotropy close to 1 on the bottom interface. We attribute the formation of distinct interfacial morphology to the skin-layer formation associated with high Peclet number, which promotes crystallization on the top interface while suppressing it in the bulk. As a result, we further infer that the interfacial fibril alignment is driven by the extensional flow on the top interface arisen from increasing solvent evaporation rate closer to the meniscus front.« less

  11. A study of the initial film growth of PEG-like plasma polymer films via XPS and NEXAFS

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    Li, Yali; Muir, Benjamin W.; Easton, Christopher D.; Thomsen, Lars; Nisbet, David R.; Forsythe, John S.

    2014-01-01

    The chemistry of substrate-film interface (underside) of di(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether plasma polymer (DGpp) films has been studied directly and compared to the top layer of the film (topside). By depositing the plasma polymer films onto indium tin oxide (ITO) glass, the films were easily delaminated from the substrate. The top- and underside of the films were examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. It was found that a rapid increase in pressure during plasma polymerization results in steep chemical gradients in the films, while small pressure changes do not lead to chemical gradient formation. These observations validate the findings of previous neutron reflectometry modeling studies of this class of plasma polymer thin film. In addition, subtle variations in plasma polymer film chemistry were observed between different substrates they were deposited onto. This approach will allow additional studies on the mechanisms of early plasma polymer thin film formation with various monomers.

  12. Fiber-Optic Sensor Would Monitor Growth of Polymer Film

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    Beamesderfer, Michael

    2005-01-01

    A proposed optoelectronic sensor system would measure the increase in thickness of a film of parylene (a thermoplastic polymer made from para-xylene) during growth of the film in a vapor deposition process. By enabling real-time monitoring of film thickness, the system would make it possible to identify process conditions favorable for growth and to tailor the final thickness of the film with greater precision than is now possible. The heart of the sensor would be a pair of fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometers, depicted schematically in the figure. (In principle, a single such interferometer would suffice. The proposal calls for the use of two interferometers for protective redundancy and increased accuracy.) Each interferometer would include a light source, a fiber-optic coupler, and photodetectors in a control box outside the deposition chamber. A single-mode optical fiber for each interferometer would run from inside the control box to a fused-silica faceplate in a sensor head. The sensory tips of the optical fibers would be polished flush with the free surface of the faceplate. In preparation for use, the sensor head would be mounted with a hermetic seal in a feed-through port in the deposition chamber, such that free face of the faceplate and the sensory tips of the optical fibers would be exposed to the deposition environment. During operation, light would travel along each optical fiber from the control box to the sensor head. A small portion of the light would be reflected toward the control box from the end face of each fiber. Once growth of the parylene film started, a small portion of the light would also be reflected toward the control box from the outer surface of the film. In the control box, the two reflected portions of the light beam would interfere in one of the photodetectors. The difference between the phases of the interfering reflected portions of the light beam would vary in proportion to the increasing thickness of the film and the known

  13. High temperature polymer dielectric film-wire insulation

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    Nairus, John G.

    1994-01-01

    The highlights of the program are outlined including two major accomplishments. TRW identified and demonstrated the potential of two aromatic/heterocyclic polymers to have an outstanding and superior combination of electrical, thermal, and chemical resistance properties versus state-of-the-art Kapton for spacecraft and/or aircraft dielectric insulation applications. (Supporting data is provided in tables.) Feasibility was demonstrated for supporting/enabling technologies such as ceramic coatings, continuous film casting, and conductor wire wrapping, which are designed to accelerate qualification and deployment of the new wire insulation materials for USAF systems applications during the mid- to late-1990's.

  14. Probing opto-mechanical stresses within azobenzene-containing photosensitive polymer films by a thin metal film placed above.

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    Yadavalli, Nataraja Sekhar; Korolkov, Denis; Moulin, Jean-François; Krutyeva, Margarita; Santer, Svetlana

    2014-07-23

    Azo-modified photosensitive polymers offer the interesting possibility to reshape bulk polymers and thin films by UV-irradiation while being in the solid glassy state. The polymer undergoes considerable mass transport under irradiation with a light interference pattern resulting in the formation of surface relief grating (SRG). The forces inscribing this SRG pattern into a thin film are hard to assess experimentally directly. In the current study, we are proposing a method to probe opto-mechanical stresses within polymer films by characterizing the mechanical response of thin metal films (10 nm) deposited on the photosensitive polymer. During irradiation, the metal film not only deforms along with the SRG formation but ruptures in a regular and complex manner. The morphology of the cracks differs strongly depending on the electrical field distribution in the interference pattern, even when the magnitude and the kinetics of the strain are kept constant. This implies a complex local distribution of the opto-mechanical stress along the topography grating. In addition, the neutron reflectivity measurements of the metal/polymer interface indicate the penetration of a metal layer within the polymer, resulting in a formation of a bonding layer that confirms the transduction of light-induced stresses in the polymer layer to a metal film.

  15. Photochromism and diffraction grating in cyanoazobenzene polymer films

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    Serwadczak, M.; Wübbenhorst, M.; Kucharski, S.

    2006-08-01

    Two series of photochromic copolymathacrylates containing cyanoazobenzene chromophores as side chains were described. The series with shorter ethylene spacer between mesogen and main polymethacrylate chain was amorphous, whereas the second one with longer ethoxyethylene spacer was liquid crystalline forming smectic C mesophase above Tg. The materials were deposited on glass substrates via spin coating and casting technique to provide thin transparent films. The reversible change of refractive index of the films on illumination with white light was determined by ellipsometry. The difference of real part of the refractive index of the sample was in the range 0.0067-0.0210 depending on the polymer. Formation of diffraction grating was achieved by two beam coupling arrangement using a 532 nm laser diode . The diffraction efficiency for the first order diffraction was in the range of 1.5-2.1% for the homopolymers.

  16. Soap opera : polymer-surfactant interactions on thin film surfaces /

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    Ozer, B. H.; Johal, M. S.; Wang, H. L.; Robinson, J. M.

    2001-01-01

    Surfactants are macromolecules with unique properties. They commonly contain a polar head group with a nonpolar hydrocarbon chain. These properties allow surfactants to solubilize greases and other nonpolar molecules. One particular way that this is accomplished is through the formation of micelles. Micelles are formed at the critical micelle concentration (cmc), which varies depending upon the nature of the surfactant and also the media in which the surfactant resides. These micelles can take a variety of shapes, but are generally characterized by surrounding the grease with the nonpolar hydrocarbon chains, exposing only the polarized head groups to the media, usually water. This property of easy solubilization has made surfactants a very attractive industrial agent, They are used most conventionally as industrial cleaning agents and detergents. However, they also have lesser-known applications in conjunction with polymers and other macromolecular mixtures, often creating a system with novel properties, such as increased solubilization and smoother mixture consistency. A recently developed field has investigated the self-assembly of polymers and polyelectrolytes onto thin film surfaces. There are many reasons for studying this process, such as for second harmonic generation purposes and bioassays. In this study, the interaction between the anionic polyelectrolyte poly[1-[4-(3-carboxy-4-hydroxyphenylazo)benzenesulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) and two surfactants of opposite charge, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS) and Dodecyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide (DTAB), in their assembly onto thin film surfaces was investigated. The kinetics of adsorbance onto the thin films was examined, followed by construction of 10-bilayer films using an alternating layer of the cationic polyelectrolyte poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) to provide the electrostatic means for the PAZO/surfactant combination to assemble onto the thin film. The kinetics of adsorption is being

  17. Hyperbranched polymer films and dendrimers: Their chemistry and applications

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    Zhao, Mingqi

    The research in this dissertation examines the chemistry and applications of dendritic polymers; specifically, hyperbranched polymer thin films and dendrimers. We examined hyperbranched, fluorinated and unfluorinated poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) films on gold substrates, poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer monolayers and dendrimer-alkanethiol mixed monolayers on gold substrates, PAMAM dendrimer/poly(anhydride) and poly(iminopropane-1,3-diyl) (Cascade) dendrimer/poly(anhydride) multilayer films on silicon, gold, and aluminum substrates, PAMAM dendrimer/metal-ion composites, and PAMAM dendrimer-encapsulated metal nanoclusters in solution and on electrode surfaces. Hyperbranched PAA films have pH-dependent blocking abilities: at low pH PAA films effectively passivate Au electrodes while at high pH they are open and permeable. Fluorinated PAA films are far less permeable at any pH. Dendrimers ranging from generation 4 to 8 (G4--G8) can form highly stable and nearly close-packed monolayers and mixed monolayers with hexadecanethiol (C16SH) on surfaces. Moreover, dendrimers embedded within C16SH can act as gates of molecular dimension that control intradendrimer mass transfer of ions. Dendrimer/poly(anhydride) multilayers on surfaces were synthesized and their permeability was investigated. These composite membranes exhibit fully reversible, pH-switchable permselectivity for both cationic and anionic probe molecules because of their pH-dependent electrostatic properties. After heating, such films become highly blocking over the pH range studied due to thermally induced interdendrimer imidization, and other reactions. Finally, we show that PAMAM dendrimers can act first as templates for the preparation of transition-metal nanoclusters, and subsequently as stabilizers. Dendrimers quantitatively complex many transition-metal ions, including Cu 2+, Pt2+, Pd2+, Ru3+, and Ni2+, within their interiors. Chemical reduction of such nanocomposites results in formation of dendrimer

  18. Wrinkling, folding, and snapping instabilities in polymer films

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    Holmes, Douglas Peter

    This work focuses on understanding deformation mechanisms and responsiveness associated with the wrinkling, folding, and snapping of thin polymer films. We demonstrated the use of elastic instabilities in confined regimes, such as the crumpling and snapping of surface attached sheets. We gained fundatmental insight into a thin film's ability to localize strain. By taking advantage of geometric strain localization we were able to develop new strategies for responsive surfaces that will have a broad impact on adhesive, optical, and patterning applications. Using the rapid closure of the Venus flytrap's leaflets as dictated by the onset of a snap instability as motivation, we created surfaces with patterned structures to transition through a snap instability at a prescribed stress state. This mechanism causes surface topography to change over large lateral length scales and very short timescales. Changes in the stress state can be related to triggers such as chemical swelling, light-induced architecture transitions, mechanical pressure, or voltage. The primary advantages of the snap transition are that the magnitude of change, the rate of change, and the sensitivity to change can be dictated by a balance of materials properties and geometry. The patterned structures that exhibit these dynamics are elastomeric shells that geometrically localize strain and can snap between concave and convex curvatures. We have demonstrated the control of the microlens shell geometry and that the transition time follows scaling relationships presented for the Venus flytrap. Furthermore, the microlens arrays have been demonstrated as surfaces that can alter wettability. Using a similar novel processing technique, microarrays of freestanding elastomeric plates were placed in equibiaxial compression to fabricate crumpled morphologies with strain localized regions that are difficult to attain through traditional patterning techniques. The microstructures that form can be initially described

  19. Numerical simulations of electrohydrodynamic evolution of thin polymer films

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    Borglum, Joshua Christopher

    Recently developed needleless electrospinning and electrolithography are two successful techniques that have been utilized extensively for low-cost, scalable, and continuous nano-fabrication. Rational understanding of the electrohydrodynamic principles underneath these nano-manufacturing methods is crucial to fabrication of continuous nanofibers and patterned thin films. This research project is to formulate robust, high-efficiency finite-difference Fourier spectral methods to simulate the electrohydrodynamic evolution of thin polymer films. Two thin-film models were considered and refined. The first was based on reduced lubrication theory; the second further took into account the effect of solvent drying and dewetting of the substrate. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) based spectral method was integrated into the finite-difference algorithms for fast, accurately solving the governing nonlinear partial differential equations. The present methods have been used to examine the dependencies of the evolving surface features of the thin films upon the model parameters. The present study can be used for fast, controllable nanofabrication.

  20. Adhesion between polymers and evaporated gold and nickel films

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    Yamada, Y.; Wheeler, D. R.; Buckley, D. H.

    1984-01-01

    To obtain information on the adhesion between metal films and polymeric solids, the adhesion force was measured by means of a tensile pull test. It was found that the adhesion strengths between polymeric solids and gold films evaporated on polymer substrates were (1.11 + or - 0.53) multiplied by 10(6) N/M(2) on PTFE, about 5.49 multiplied by 10(6) N/m(2) on UHMWPE, and 6.54x10(6) on 6/6 nylon. The adhesion strengths for nickel films evaporated on PTFE, UHMWPE, and 6/6 nylon were found to be a factor of 1.7 higher than those for the gold coated PTFE, UHMWPE, and 6/6 nylon. To confirm quantitatively the effect of electron irradiation on the adhesion strength between a PTFE solid and metal films, a tensile pull test was performed on the irradiated PTFE specimens, which were prepared by evaporating nickel or gold on PTFE surfaces irradiated by 2-keV electrons for various times. After irradiation, the adhesion strength increased to (4.92 + or - 0.92)x10(6) N/m(2) for nickel coated PTFE and (1.82 + or - 0.48)x10(6) N/m(2) for gold coated PTFE. The improvement in adhesion for nickel is higher than that for gold.

  1. Hybrid Thin Films Based Upon Polyoxometalates-Polymer Assembly

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    Qi, Na; Jing, Benxin; Zhu, Yingxi

    2014-03-01

    Block copolymers (BCPs) and polyoxometalates (POMs) have been used individually as building blocks for design and synthesis of novel functional materials. POM nanoclusters, the assemblies of transition metal oxides with well-defined atomic coordination structure, have been recently explored as novel nanomaterials... for catalysis, semiconductors, and even anti-cancer treatment due to their unique chemical, optical and electrical characteristics. We have explored the blending of inorganic POM nanocluster with BCPs into hierarchaically structured inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites. Using polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) thin films as the template, we have observed that the spatial organization of BCP thin films is modified by molybdenum based POM nanocluster to form 2D in-plane hexagonal ordered or 3D ordered network of POM-BCP assemblies, depending on the concentration ratio of POM to PS-b-PEO. The dielectric properties of such hybrid thin films can be enhanced by embedded POMs but show a strong dependence on the supramolecular structures of POM-polymer complexes. The assembly of nanoclusters in BCP-templated thin films could pave a new path to design new hybrid nanocomposites with uniquely combined functionality and material properties.

  2. Solid mesostructured polymer-surfactant films at the air-liquid interface.

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    Pegg, Jonathan C; Eastoe, Julian

    2015-08-01

    Pioneering work by Edler et al. has spawned a new sub-set of mesostructured materials. These are solid, self-supporting films comprising surfactant micelles encased within polymer hydrogel; composite polymer-surfactant films can be grown spontaneously at the air-liquid interface and have defined and controllable mesostructures. Addition of siliconalkoxide to polymer-surfactant mixtures allows for the growth of mesostructured hybrid polymer-surfactant silica films that retain film geometry after calcinations and exhibit superior mechanical properties to typically brittle inorganic films. Growing films at the air-liquid interface provides a rapid and simple means to prepare ordered solid inorganic films, and to date the only method for generating mesostructured films thick enough (up to several hundred microns) to be removed from the interface. Applications of these films could range from catalysis to encapsulation of hydrophobic species and drug delivery. Film properties and mesostructures are sensitive to surfactant structure, polymer properties and polymer-surfactant phase behaviour: herein it will be shown how film mesostructure can be tailored by directing these parameters, and some interesting analogies will be drawn with more familiar mesostructured silica materials.

  3. High Temperature Polymer Film Dielectrics for Aerospace Power Conditioning Capacitor Applications

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    2008-10-01

    AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2128 HIGH TEMPERATURE POLYMER FILM DIELECTRICS FOR AEROSPACE POWER CONDITIONING CAPACITOR APPLICATIONS (Postprint...AND SUBTITLE HIGH TEMPERATURE POLYMER FILM DIELECTRICS FOR AEROSPACE POWER CONDITIONING CAPACITOR APPLICATIONS (Postprint) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER...development of compact capacitors which are thermally robust for operation in a variety of aerospace power conditioning applications. While such applications

  4. The relationship between film formation and anti-corrosive properties of latex polymers

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    Satguru, R.; Padget, J.C.

    1995-12-31

    The emphasis of the paper would be to demonstrate the importance of coherent film formation to derive superior anti-corrosive coatings. The principles of film formation of solvent borne polymer in comparison with waterborne dispersed polymer will be discussed. Two examples of latex polymers will then be presented highlighting the influence of additives such as surfactant and coalescing agent on the film formation process. The examples will include a chloropolymer latex and a styrene-acrylic polymer latex. Results from Electron Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, Moisture Vapour Transmission Measurement, A/C Impedance Measurement, Hot Salt Spray Performance, etc. will be presented.

  5. Laser Ablative Deposition of Polymer Films: A Promise for Sensor Fabrication

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    Blazevska-Gilev, Jadranka; Kupčík, Jaroslav; Šubrt, Jan; Pola, Josef

    There is a continuing interest in the use of polymer films as insulating components of sensors; a number of such films have been prepared by polymer sputtering or vacuum deposition processes involving gas phase pyrolysis/photolysis and by plasma decomposition of monomers. An attractive and rather new technique for the deposition of novel polymer films is IR laser ablation of polymers containing polar groups. We have recently studied this process with poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(vinyl chloride-co-vinyl acetate) P(VC/VAc) to establish its specific features and differences to conventional pyrolysis.

  6. Polymer crystalline texture controlled through film blowing and block copolymerization

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    Lee, Li-Bong Wei

    Polymer properties can be manipulated through processing or chemical modification. Both methods are explored here, by (a) elucidating the origin of directional tear behavior in polyethylene (PE) films processed under different conditions, and (b) synthesizing new block copolymers, whose architectures permit precise control over crystal thickness and melting temperature. Directional tear in films of PE and its copolymers was traced to the orientation imparted during film blowing, quantified through x-ray scattering. The blow-up ratio (BUR) was the most significant process parameter controlling crystal orientation. The Keller-Machin I structure was observed in low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films, which tore preferentially in the transverse direction (TD). Conversely, the Keller-Machin II structure was observed in ethylene-methacrylic acid copolymer films at low BUR, which also tore TD, but the orientation rotated 90° at high BUR, leading to preferred tear in the machine direction (MD). High-density and linear low-density PE films also exhibited the Keller-Machin I structure (as in LDPE) but tore either along MD (HDPE) or isotropically (LLDPE). These differences in tear behavior between chemically similar but architecturally distinct polymers, differing greatly in the type and level of branching, stem from intercrystallite tie molecules. In the second area, crystalline-amorphous diblock copolymers were synthesized through ring-opening metathesis polymerization and subsequent hydrogenation, where the amorphous block was hydrogenated poly(ethylidene norbornene), hPEN, and the crystalline block was either hydrogenated polycyclopentene, hPCP (identical to HDPE) or hydrogenated polynorbornene, hPN. Acyclic metathesis discovered during the PCP synthesis focused the study on block copolymers containing hPN, which is atactic yet highly crystalline. The hPN crystal structure was solved as monoclinic-beta (space group C2/c), with a = 6.936 A, b = 9.596 A, c = 12.420 A, and

  7. Slippage and nanorheology of thin liquid polymer films

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    Bäumchen, Oliver; Fetzer, Renate; Klos, Mischa; Lessel, Matthias; Marquant, Ludovic; Hähl, Hendrik; Jacobs, Karin

    2012-08-01

    Thin liquid films on surfaces are part of our everyday life; they serve, e.g., as coatings or lubricants. The stability of a thin layer is governed by interfacial forces, described by the effective interface potential, and has been subject of many studies in recent decades. In recent years, the dynamics of thin liquid films has come into focus since results on the reduction of the glass transition temperature raised new questions on the behavior of especially polymeric liquids in confined geometries. The new focus was fired by theoretical models that proposed significant implication of the boundary condition at the solid/liquid interface on the dynamics of dewetting and the form of a liquid front. Our study reflects these recent developments and adds new experimental data to corroborate the theoretical models. To probe the solid/liquid boundary condition experimentally, different methods are possible, each bearing advantages and disadvantages, which will be discussed. Studying liquid flow on a variety of different substrates entails a view on the direct implications of the substrate. The experimental focus of this study is the variation of the polymer chain length; the results demonstrate that inter-chain entanglements and in particular their density close to the interface, originating from non-bulk conformations, govern the liquid slip of a polymer.

  8. Impact of polymer film thickness and cavity size on polymer flow during embossing : towards process design rules for nanoimprint lithography.

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    Schunk, Peter Randall; King, William P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Sun, Amy Cha-Tien; Rowland, Harry D.

    2006-08-01

    This paper presents continuum simulations of polymer flow during nanoimprint lithography (NIL). The simulations capture the underlying physics of polymer flow from the nanometer to millimeter length scale and examine geometry and thermophysical process quantities affecting cavity filling. Variations in embossing tool geometry and polymer film thickness during viscous flow distinguish different flow driving mechanisms. Three parameters can predict polymer deformation mode: cavity width to polymer thickness ratio, polymer supply ratio, and Capillary number. The ratio of cavity width to initial polymer film thickness determines vertically or laterally dominant deformation. The ratio of indenter width to residual film thickness measures polymer supply beneath the indenter which determines Stokes or squeeze flow. The local geometry ratios can predict a fill time based on laminar flow between plates, Stokes flow, or squeeze flow. Characteristic NIL capillary number based on geometry-dependent fill time distinguishes between capillary or viscous driven flows. The three parameters predict filling modes observed in published studies of NIL deformation over nanometer to millimeter length scales. The work seeks to establish process design rules for NIL and to provide tools for the rational design of NIL master templates, resist polymers, and process parameters.

  9. Coupled effects of substrate adhesion and intermolecular forces on polymer thin film glass-transition behavior.

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    Xia, Wenjie; Keten, Sinan

    2013-10-15

    Intermolecular noncovalent forces between polymer chains influence the mobility and glass-transition temperature (Tg), where weaker interchain interactions, all else being the same, typically results in lower bulk polymer Tg. Using molecular dynamics simulations, here we show that this relation can become invalid for supported ultrathin films when the substrate-polymer interaction is extremely strong and the polymer-polymer interactions are much weaker. This contrasting trend is found to be due to a more pronounced substrate-induced appreciation of the film Tg for polymers with weaker intermolecular interactions and low bulk Tg. We show that optimizing this coupling between substrate adhesion and bulk Tg maximizes thin film Tg, paving the way for tuning film properties through interface nanoengineering.

  10. Modeling thin-film piezoelectric polymer ultrasonic sensors

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    González, M. G.; Sorichetti, P. A.; Santiago, G. D.

    2014-11-01

    This paper presents a model suitable to design and characterize broadband thin film sensors based on piezoelectric polymers. The aim is to describe adequately the sensor behavior, with a reasonable number of parameters and based on well-known physical equations. The mechanical variables are described by an acoustic transmission line. The electrical behavior is described by the quasi-static approximation, given the large difference between the velocities of propagation of the electrical and mechanical disturbances. The line parameters include the effects of the elastic and electrical properties of the material. The model was validated with measurements of a poly(vinylidene flouride) sensor designed for short-pulse detection. The model variables were calculated from the properties of the polymer at frequencies between 100 Hz and 30 MHz and at temperatures between 283 K and 313 K, a relevant range for applications in biology and medicine. The simulations agree very well with the experimental data, predicting satisfactorily the influence of temperature and the dielectric properties of the polymer on the behavior of the sensor. Conversely, the model allowed the calculation of the material dielectric properties from the measured response of the sensor, with good agreement with the published values.

  11. Modeling thin-film piezoelectric polymer ultrasonic sensors.

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    González, M G; Sorichetti, P A; Santiago, G D

    2014-11-01

    This paper presents a model suitable to design and characterize broadband thin film sensors based on piezoelectric polymers. The aim is to describe adequately the sensor behavior, with a reasonable number of parameters and based on well-known physical equations. The mechanical variables are described by an acoustic transmission line. The electrical behavior is described by the quasi-static approximation, given the large difference between the velocities of propagation of the electrical and mechanical disturbances. The line parameters include the effects of the elastic and electrical properties of the material. The model was validated with measurements of a poly(vinylidene flouride) sensor designed for short-pulse detection. The model variables were calculated from the properties of the polymer at frequencies between 100 Hz and 30 MHz and at temperatures between 283 K and 313 K, a relevant range for applications in biology and medicine. The simulations agree very well with the experimental data, predicting satisfactorily the influence of temperature and the dielectric properties of the polymer on the behavior of the sensor. Conversely, the model allowed the calculation of the material dielectric properties from the measured response of the sensor, with good agreement with the published values.

  12. Simulation of bipolar charge transport in nanocomposite polymer films

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    Lean, Meng H.; Chu, Wei-Ping L.

    2015-03-01

    This paper describes 3D particle-in-cell simulation of bipolar charge injection and transport through nanocomposite film comprised of ferroelectric ceramic nanofillers in an amorphous polymer matrix. The classical electrical double layer (EDL) model for a monopolar core is extended (eEDL) to represent the nanofiller by replacing it with a dipolar core. Charge injection at the electrodes assumes metal-polymer Schottky emission at low to moderate fields and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at high fields. Injected particles migrate via field-dependent Poole-Frenkel mobility and recombine with Monte Carlo selection. The simulation algorithm uses a boundary integral equation method for solution of the Poisson equation coupled with a second-order predictor-corrector scheme for robust time integration of the equations of motion. The stability criterion of the explicit algorithm conforms to the Courant-Friedrichs-Levy limit assuring robust and rapid convergence. The model is capable of simulating a wide dynamic range spanning leakage current to pre-breakdown. Simulation results for BaTiO3 nanofiller in amorphous polymer matrix indicate that charge transport behavior depend on nanoparticle polarization with anti-parallel orientation showing the highest leakage conduction and therefore lowest level of charge trapping in the interaction zone. Charge recombination is also highest, at the cost of reduced leakage conduction charge. The eEDL model predicts the meandering pathways of charge particle trajectories.

  13. IR laser welding of thin polymer films as a fabrication method for polymer MEMS

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    Beck, William A.; Huang, Michelle; Ketterl, Joe; Hughes, Thayer

    2003-09-01

    MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) continue to be something of a solution looking for a problem. Even as the glamour has moved on to the smaller realm of nano technologies and devices, progress continues towards making micro-scale devices more useful and manufacturable. One avenue this work is taking is into the realm of polymer MEMS, shifting from the expensive, complicated methods of semiconductor processing to the much simpler methods of plastics processing. Polymeric materials are rugged, lightweight and low cost, and their use in manufacturing has a long history. While many bulk polymer manufacturing processes such as molding, machining and adhesive bonding are adaptable to the micro realm, their use in MEMS devices often requires development of specialized processing methods. Here we report on development of laser welding as a bonding method for thin polymer films, including automation of the welding process, steps towards standardization of that process, preparation of standardized test samples, and development of specialized test methods used to evaluate the strength of polymer welds. Our initial results show a direct correlation between welding parameters and weld strengths.

  14. Structural Changes in Polymer Films by Fast Ion Implantation

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    Parada, M. A.; Minamisawa, R. A.; Muntele, C.; Muntele, I.; De Almeida, A.; Ila, D.

    2006-11-01

    In applications from food wrapping to solar sails, polymers films can be subjected to intense charged panicle bombardment and implantation. ETFE (ethylenetetrafluoroethylene) with high impact resistance is used for pumps, valves, tie wraps, and electrical components. PFA (tetrafluoroethylene-per-fluoromethoxyethylene) and FEP (tetrafluoroethylene-hexa-fluoropropylene) are sufficiently biocompatible to be used as transcutaneous implants since they resist damage from the ionizing space radiation, they can be used in aerospace engineering applications. PVDC (polyvinyllidene-chloride) is used for food packaging, and combined with others plastics, improves the oxygen barrier responsible for the food preservation. Fluoropolymers are also known for their radiation dosimetry applications, dependent on the type and energy of the radiation, as well as of the beam intensity. In this work ETFE, PFA, FEP and PVDC were irradiated with ions of keV and MeV energies at several fluences and were analyzed through techniques as RGA, OAP, FTIR, ATR and Raman spectrophotometry. CF3 is the main specie emitted from PFA and FEP when irradiated with MeV protons. H and HF are released from ETFE due to the broken C-F and C-H bonds when the polymer is irradiated with keV Nitrogen ions and protons. At high fluence, especially for keV Si and N, damage due to carbonization is observed with the formation of hydroperoxide and polymer dehydroflorination. The main broken bonds in PVDC are C-O and C-Cl, with the release of Cl and the formation of double carbon bonds. The ion fluence that causes damage, which could compromise fluoropolymer film applications, has been determined.

  15. Electrochemical route to fabricate film-like conjugated microporous polymers and application for organic electronics.

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    Gu, Cheng; Chen, Youchun; Zhang, Zhongbo; Xue, Shanfeng; Sun, Shuheng; Zhang, Kai; Zhong, Chengmei; Zhang, Huanhuan; Pan, Yuyu; Lv, Ying; Yang, Yanqin; Li, Fenghong; Zhang, Suobo; Huang, Fei; Ma, Yuguang

    2013-07-05

    Film-like conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) are fabricated by the novel strategy of carbazole-based electropolymerization. The CMP film storing a mass of counterions acting as an anode interlayer provides a significant power-conversion efficiency of 7.56% in polymer solar cells and 20.7 cd A(-1) in polymer light-emitting diodes, demonstrating its universality and potential as an electrode interlayer in organic electronics.

  16. Tracking polymer diffusion in a wet latex film with fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Haley, Jeffrey C; Liu, Yuanqin; Winnik, Mitchell A; Demmer, David; Haslett, Tom; Lau, Willie

    2007-08-01

    We describe an instrument to measure the polymer interdiffusion between donor-labeled and acceptor-labeled latex polymers in a partially wet latex film with fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). It is possible to temporarily arrest the drying process of a wet latex film by sealing the film in an airtight chamber. In our approach, we measure donor fluorescence decays from 0.5 mm diameter spots at various positions across an arrested latex film with time-correlated single photon counting. We interpret the resulting decays with a Monte Carlo simulation of the FRET process and extract information about the extent of polymer diffusion as a function of position on the film. These results enable us to determine the extent of polymer interdiffusion as a function of distance from the wet-dry edge in the latex film. To highlight this device's ability to capture the rapid early stages of latex interdiffusion, we report results from an acrylate copolymer latex.

  17. Formation and performance of polymer dispersed liquid crystal films

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    Chan, Philip Kwok-Kiou

    Polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC's) are novel composite materials consisting of micron-size liquid crystalline droplets dispersed uniformly in a solid polymer matrix. PDLC's are formed by spinodal decomposition induced by thermal quenching or polymerization. These materials have excellent magneto-optical properties, and have great potential in applications that require efficient light scattering. Present commercial applications include switchable windows for privacy control and large-scale billboards. The optical properties depend on the droplet size, shape and positional order, which are determined during the formation stage, and reorientation dynamics of the liquid crystalline molecules confined within the droplets which occurs during product use. In this thesis, new complex mathematical models that describe the formation and performance of PDLC's are successfully developed, implemented, solved and validated. The nonequilibrium thermodynamic formation model takes into account initial thermal fluctuations computed using Monte Carlo simulations and realistic arbitrary boundary conditions. The performance model is based on classical nematic liquid crystalline magneto-viscoelastic theories, and incorporates transient viscoelastic boundary conditions. The simulations are able to reproduce successfully all the experimentally observed significant dynamical and morphological features of film formation as well as all the dynamical stages observed during the use of these thin optical films. In addition, the sensitivity of the phase separating morphology to processing conditions and material parameters is elucidated. Furthermore, a new scaling method is introduced to describe the phase separation phenomena during the early and intermediate stages of spinodal decomposition induced by thermal quenching. The droplet size selection mechanism for the polymerization-induced phase separation method of forming PDLC films is identified and explained for the first time. Lastly

  18. Osteoselection supported by phase separated polymer blend films.

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    Gulsuner, Hilal Unal; Gengec, Nevin Atalay; Kilinc, Murat; Erbil, H Yildirim; Tekinay, Ayse B

    2015-01-01

    The instability of implants after placement inside the body is one of the main obstacles to clinically succeed in periodontal and orthopedic applications. Adherence of fibroblasts instead of osteoblasts to implant surfaces usually results in formation of scar tissue and loss of the implant. Thus, selective bioadhesivity of osteoblasts is a desired characteristic for implant materials. In this study, we developed osteoselective and biofriendly polymeric thin films fabricated with a simple phase separation method using either homopolymers or various blends of homopolymers and copolymers. As adhesive and proliferative features of cells are highly dependent on the physicochemical properties of the surfaces, substrates with distinct chemical heterogeneity, wettability, and surface topography were developed and assessed for their osteoselective characteristics. Surface characterizations of the fabricated polymer thin films were performed with optical microscopy and SEM, their wettabilities were determined by contact angle measurements, and their surface roughness was measured by profilometry. Long-term adhesion behaviors of cells to polymer thin films were determined by F-actin staining of Saos-2 osteoblasts, and human gingival fibroblasts, HGFs, and their morphologies were observed by SEM imaging. The biocompatibility of the surfaces was also examined through cell viability assay. Our results showed that heterogeneous polypropylene polyethylene/polystyrene surfaces can govern Saos-2 and HGF attachment and organization. Selective adhesion of Saos-2 osteoblasts and inhibited adhesion of HGF cells were achieved on micro-structured and hydrophobic surfaces. This work paves the way for better control of cellular behaviors for adjustment of cell material interactions. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Experimental study of the polymer powder film thickness uniformity produced by the corona discharge

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    Fazlyyyakhmatov, Marsel

    2017-01-01

    The results of an experimental study of the polymer powder film thickness uniformity are presented. Polymer powder films are produced by the electrostatic field of corona discharge. Epoxy and epoxy-polyester powder films with thickness in the range of 30-120 microns are studied. Experimentally confirmed possibility of using these coatings as protective matching layer of piezoceramic transducers at frequencies of 0.5-15 MHz.

  20. Controlling the adhesion of conducting polymer films with patterned self-assembled monolayers

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    Rozsnyai, L.F.; Wrighton, M.S.

    1996-02-01

    A photosensitive self-assembled monolayer (SAM) is selectively irradiated to fabricate a pattern on an Au electrode, and a thin film of aniline or 3-methylthiophene is deposited on it by electopolymerization. Adhesion of the polymer films can be controlled by the monolayer terminal group. Applying tape to the sample and peeling it away selectively removes the conducting polymer film to the tape in a near-micron resolution pattern. 14 refs., 1 fig.

  1. Characterization of High Temperature Polymer Thin Films for Power Conditioning Capacitors

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    2009-07-01

    Characterization of High Temperature Polymer Thin Films for Power Conditioning Capacitors by Janet Ho and Richard Jow ARL-TR-4880 July...TR-4880 July 2009 Characterization of High Temperature Polymer Thin Films for Power Conditioning Capacitors Janet Ho and Richard Jow...Films for Power Conditioning Capacitors 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Janet Ho and Richard Jow 5f

  2. Electric Transport Phenomena of Nanocomposite Organic Polymer Thin Films

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    Jira, Nicholas C.; Sabirianov, Ildar; Ilie, Carolina C.

    We discuss herein the nanocomposite organic thin film diodes for the use of plasmonic solar cells. This experimental work follows the theoretical calculations done for plasmonic solar cells using the MNPBEM toolbox for MatLab. These calculations include dispersion curves and amount of light scattering cross sections for different metallic nanoparticles. This study gives us clear ideas on what to expect from different metals, allowing us to make the best choice on what to use to obtain the best results. One specific technique for light trapping in thin films solar cells utilizes metal nanoparticles on the surface of the semiconductor. The characteristics of the metal, semiconductor interface allows for light to be guided in between them causing it to be scattered, allowing for more chances of absorption. The samples were fabricated using organic thin films made from polymers and metallic nanoparticles, more specifically Poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) copolymer and silver or gold nanoparticles. The two fabrication methods applied include spin coating and Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The transport properties are obtained by analyzing the I-V curves. We will also discuss the resistance, resistivity, conductance, density of charge carriers. SUNY Oswego SCAC Grant.

  3. Prism coupling technique investigation of elasto-optical properties of thin polymer films

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    Ay, Feridun; Kocabas, Askin; Kocabas, Coskun; Aydinli, Atilla; Agan, Sedat

    2004-12-01

    The use of thin polymer films in optical planar integrated optical circuits is rapidly increasing. Much interest, therefore, has been devoted to characterizing the optical and mechanical properties of thin polymer films. This study focuses on measuring the elasto-optical properties of three different polymers; polystyrene, polymethyl-methacrylate, and benzocyclobutane. The out-of-plane elastic modulus, refractive index, film thickness, and birefringence of thin polymer films were determined by means of the prism coupling technique. The effect of the applied stress on the refractive index and birefringence of the films was investigated. Three-dimensional finite element method analysis was used so as to obtain the principal stresses for each polymer system, and combining them with the stress dependent refractive index measurements, the elasto-optic coefficients of the polymer films were determined. It was found that the applied stress in the out-of-plane direction of the thin films investigated leads to negative elasto-optic coefficients, as observed for all the three thin polymer films.

  4. ITO-MgF2 Film Development for PowerSphere Polymer Surface Protection

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    Hambourger, Paul D.; Kerslake, Thomas W.; Waters, Deborah L.

    2004-01-01

    Multi-kilogram class microsatellites with a PowerSphere electric power system are attractive for fulfilling a variety of potential NASA missions. However, PowerSphere polymer surfaces must be coated with a film that has suitable electrical sheet resistivity for electrostatic discharge control, be resistant to atomic oxygen attack, be transparent to ultraviolet light for composite structure curing and resist ultraviolet light induced darkening for efficient photovoltaic cell operation. In addition, the film must be tolerant of polymer layer folding associated with launch stowage of PowerSphere inflatable structures. An excellent film material candidate to meet these requirements is co-sputtered, indium oxide (In2O3) - tin oxide (SnO2), known as 'ITO', and magnesium fluoride (MgF2). While basic ITO-MgF2 film properties have been the subject of research over the last decade, further research is required in the areas of film durability for space-inflatable applications and precise film property control for large scale commercial production. In this paper, the authors present film durability results for a folded polymer substrate and film resistance to vacuum UV darkening. The authors discuss methods and results in the area of film sheet resistivity measurement and active control, particularly dual-channel, plasma emission line measurement of ITO and MgF2 plasma sources. ITO-MgF2 film polymer coupon preparation is described as well as film deposition equipment, procedures and film characterization. Durability testing methods are also described. The pre- and post-test condition of the films is assessed microscopically and electrically. Results show that an approx. 500A ITO-18vol% MgF2 film is a promising candidate to protect PowerSphere polymer surfaces for Earth orbit missions. Preliminary data also indicate that in situ film measurement methods are promising for active film resistivity control in future large scale production. Future film research plans are also

  5. Asymmetric Polymer Particles with Anisotropic Curvatures by Annealing Polystyrene Microspheres on Poly(vinyl alcohol) Films.

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    Tseng, Hsiao-Fan; Cheng, Ming-Hsiang; Jeng, Kai-Sheng; Li, Jia-Wei; Chen, Jiun-Tai

    2016-09-09

    Anisotropic polymer particles such as Janus particles have attracted significant attention in recent years because of their unique properties and unusual self-assembly behavior. Most anisotropic polymer particles synthesized so far, however, only have different chemical regions compartmentalized on the particles. It remains a great challenge to fabricate anisotropic polymer particles with different shapes within a single particle. A novel approach is developed to prepare anisotropic polymer particles that contain two hemispheres with different curvatures by annealing polystyrene microspheres on poly(vinyl alcohol) films. During the annealing process, the polymer microspheres gradually sink into the polymer films and transform to asymmetric polymer particles, driven by the surface and interfacial tensions of the polymers. Selective removal techniques are also used to confirm the morphologies of the asymmetric particles. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Buckling instabilities of nanoscale polymer films and colloidal particle layers

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    Gurmessa, Bekele Jemama

    Nanoscale polymer films have numerous potential applications such as protective coatings, flexible electronics, energy harvesting devices, and drug delivery systems. For realization of these potential applications, the mechanical properties of these materials and the underlying physics need to be understood. This dissertation focuses on understanding the responses of nanoscale films to mechanical deformations. In this regard, an elastic instability was exploited to locally bend and impart a local tensile stress in a nanoscale polystyrene film, and directly measure the resulting residual stress caused by the bending. Our results indicate that the onset of permanent deformation for thin polystyrene films is an order of magnitude smaller than what has been reported for the bulk value. In addition, not only is the onset of failure strain found to be small but also it increases with increased confinement. Using similar processing techniques, the yield strain of a more complex material---poly(styrene-b-divinylpyridine)---was studied. Similar to the polystyrene films, failure in polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) is also initiated at extremely low strain and is influenced by thin film confinement effects. In addition, we have demonstrated that internal nanostructure of self-assembled polystyrene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) affects the onset of failure strain. Having introduced an idealized heterogeneity to a sample through ultraviolet/ozone treatment, we have created samples ranging from continuous thin films to sets of isolated plates. We demonstrated that, when subjected to mechanical deformation, the unbounded plates form isotropic undulations that persist even beyond high strain. In contrast, isolated plates undergo non-isotropic undulations in the range of high strains. The non-isotropic undulation shape has been described through a simple numerical modeling subjected to controlled boundary conditions. The agreement between experiment and numerical modeling is

  7. High Seebeck effects from conducting polymer: Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) based thin-film device with hybrid metal/polymer/metal architecture

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    Stanford, Michael G; Wang, Hsin; Ivanov, Ilia N; Hu, Bin

    2012-01-01

    Conductive polymers are of particular interest for thermoelectric applications due to their low thermal conductivity and relatively high electrical conductivity. In this study, commercially available conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) was used in a hybrid metal/polymer/metal thin film design in order to achieve a high Seebeck coefficient with the value of 252lV/k on a relatively low temperature scale. Polymer film thickness was varied in order to investigate its influence on the Seebeck effect. The high Seebeck coefficient indicates that the metal/polymer/metal design can develop a large entropy difference in internal energy of charge carriers between high and low-temperature metal electrodes to develop electrical potential due to charge transport in conducting polymer film through metal/polymer interface. Therefore, the metal/polymer/metal structure presents a new design to combine inorganic metals and organic polymers in thin-film form to develop Seebeck devices

  8. Optimization of VO2 nanowire polymer composite thermochromic films by optical simulation

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    Naoi, Yuki; Amano, Jun

    2016-12-01

    Thermochromic films with high efficiency, transparency, and flexibility are highly desirable for energy-efficient smart window films. Vanadium oxide (VO2)-nanoparticle-embedded flexible polymer composite films are the most promising thermochromic films because of the sharp phase transition of insulating to metallic phases of VO2 at 68 °C with visible transparency and a large change in transmittance at near-infrared wavelengths before and after the metal-insulator phase transition. This paper describes the simulation of high-efficiency thermochromic polymer composite films embedded with VO2 nanoparticles of various sizes to investigate the optimum VO2 nanowire size and length.

  9. Integrated optical components in thin films of polymers

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    Sarkisov, Sergey; Abdeldayem, Hossin; Venkateswarlu, Putcha; Teague, Zedric

    1995-01-01

    The results will be reported on the study of integrated optical components based on nonlinear optical polymeric films. Polymers poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polyimide (PI) doped with organic laser dyes 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6-p dimethylaminostyryl-4H pyran (DCM) and 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 - pentamethyl-2,6 -diethyl-pyrromethene -BF2-complex (Pyrommethene 567, PM-567) were selected as materials for light guiding films. Additionally, UV polymerized polydiacetylene (PDA) on glass substrate was used as a waveguide material. Optical waveguides were fabricated using spin coating of preoxidized silicon wafers (1.5 micrometer silicon oxide layer) with organic dye/polymer solution followed by soft baking. the modes in slab waveguides were studied using prism coupling techniques. Measured values of mode coupling angles in multimode waveguides were used to calculate film thickness and refractive index for different polarizations. Refractive index anisotropy was found in PDA waveguide. The optimal conditions of spin coating for single mode waveguide fabrication were estimated. Propagation losses were measured by collecting the light scattered from the trace of a propagating mode either by scanning photo detector or by CCD camera. Different types of light coupling techniques were used including end-dire coupling, prism and grating coupling. Mechanical printing technique was developed for coupling grating fabrication resulting in gratings with 4% diffraction efficiency. The gratings demonstrated good stability with diffraction efficiency relaxation rate 2.4 dB/hour at a temperature approximately 15-20 C below glass transition point. Dye doped waveguides were transversally pumped with frequency doubled Nd:YAG Q-switched laser producing intensive light emission with apparent 6 kW/sq cm pump threshold and spectrum narrowing near 617 nm peak in the case of DCM doped waveguide. PM-567 doped waveguide pumped with CW Ar(+) laser (514 nm wavelength) far below threshold (0.1 W

  10. Integrated optical components in thin films of polymers

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    Sarkisov, Sergey; Abdeldayem, Hossin; Venkateswarlu, Putcha; Teague, Zedric

    1995-01-01

    The results will be reported on the study of integrated optical components based on nonlinear optical polymeric films. Polymers poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polyimide (PI) doped with organic laser dyes 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6-p dimethylaminostyryl-4H pyran (DCM) and 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 - pentamethyl-2,6 -diethyl-pyrromethene -BF2-complex (Pyrommethene 567, PM-567) were selected as materials for light guiding films. Additionally, UV polymerized polydiacetylene (PDA) on glass substrate was used as a waveguide material. Optical waveguides were fabricated using spin coating of preoxidized silicon wafers (1.5 micrometer silicon oxide layer) with organic dye/polymer solution followed by soft baking. the modes in slab waveguides were studied using prism coupling techniques. Measured values of mode coupling angles in multimode waveguides were used to calculate film thickness and refractive index for different polarizations. Refractive index anisotropy was found in PDA waveguide. The optimal conditions of spin coating for single mode waveguide fabrication were estimated. Propagation losses were measured by collecting the light scattered from the trace of a propagating mode either by scanning photo detector or by CCD camera. Different types of light coupling techniques were used including end-dire coupling, prism and grating coupling. Mechanical printing technique was developed for coupling grating fabrication resulting in gratings with 4% diffraction efficiency. The gratings demonstrated good stability with diffraction efficiency relaxation rate 2.4 dB/hour at a temperature approximately 15-20 C below glass transition point. Dye doped waveguides were transversally pumped with frequency doubled Nd:YAG Q-switched laser producing intensive light emission with apparent 6 kW/sq cm pump threshold and spectrum narrowing near 617 nm peak in the case of DCM doped waveguide. PM-567 doped waveguide pumped with CW Ar(+) laser (514 nm wavelength) far below threshold (0.1 W

  11. Polyamide 66 microspheres metallised with in situ synthesised gold nanoparticles for a catalytic application

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    2012-01-01

    A simple concept is proposed to metallise polyamide 66 (PA66) spherulite structures with in situ synthesised gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) using a wet chemical method. This cost-effective approach, applied to produce a PA66/Au NP hybrid material, offers the advantages of controlling the nanoparticle size, the size distribution and the organic-inorganic interactions. These are the key factors that have to be controlled to construct consistent Au nanostructures which are essential for producing the catalytic activities of interest. The hybrid materials obtained are characterised by means of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectrometry and X-ray diffraction spectrometry. The results show that PA66 microspheres obtained via the crystallisation process are coated with Au NPs of 13 nm in size. It was found that controlling the metal coordination is the key parameter to template the Au NPs on the spherulite surfaces. The preparation processes and the key factors leading to the formation of PA66 spherulites coated with Au NPs are discussed. Moreover, the efficiency of the coated spherulites as a potential catalyst is proved by demonstrating the reduction of methylene blue via UV-visible spectrometry. PMID:22401661

  12. Effect of Polymer Deposition Method on Thermoresponsive Polymer Films and Resulting Cellular Behavior

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    Reed, JA; Love, SA; Lucero, AE; Haynes, CL; Canavan, HE

    2013-01-01

    Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) or pNIPAM is a thermoresponsive polymer that is widely studied for use in bioengineering applications. The interest in this polymer lies in the polymer’s unique capability to undergo a sharp property change near physiological temperatures, which aids in the spontaneous release of biological cells from substrates. Currently, there are many methods to deposit pNIPAM onto substrates, including atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and electron beam ionization. Each method yields pNIPAM coated substrates with different surface characteristics which can influence cell behavior. In this work, we compare two methods of pNIPAM deposition: plasma deposition and co-deposition with a sol gel. The resulting pNIPAM films were analyzed for use as substrates for mammalian cell culture based on surface characterization (XPS, ToF-SIMS, AFM, contact angles), cell attachment/detachment studies, and an analysis of exocytosis function using carbon-fiber microelectrode amperometry (CFMA). We find that, although both methods are useful for the deposition of functional pNIPAM films, plasma deposition is much preferred for cell-sheet engineering applications due to the films’ thermoresponse, minimal change in cell density, and maintenance of supported cell exocytosis function. PMID:21506526

  13. 3D tissue culture substrates produced by microthermoforming of pre-processed polymer films.

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    Giselbrecht, S; Gietzelt, T; Gottwald, E; Trautmann, C; Truckenmüller, R; Weibezahn, K F; Welle, A

    2006-09-01

    We describe a new technology based on thermoforming as a microfabrication process. It significantly enhances the tailoring of polymers for three dimensional tissue engineering purposes since for the first time highly resolved surface and bulk modifications prior to a microstructuring process can be realised. In contrast to typical micro moulding techniques, the melting phase is avoided and thus allows the forming of pre-processed polymer films. The polymer is formed in a thermoelastic state without loss of material coherence. Therefore, previously generated modifications can be preserved. To prove the feasibility of our newly developed technique, so called SMART = Substrate Modification And Replication by Thermoforming, polymer films treated by various polymer modification methods, like UV-based patterned films, and films modified by the bombardment with energetic heavy ions, were post-processed by microthermoforming. The preservation of locally applied specific surface and bulk features was demonstrated e.g. by the selective adhesion of cells to patterned microcavity walls.

  14. Interfacial characteristics of binary polymer blend films spread at the air-water interface.

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    Kawaguchi, Masami

    2017-05-04

    The interfacial characteristics of binary polymer blend films spread at the air-water interface are reviewed, focusing on their surface pressures, interfacial structures, and dilational moduli as a function of the miscibility. Miscible polymer blend films show thermodynamic, structural, and dynamic properties which are a combination of those from both components in the polymer blend present at the air-water interface. No preferential adsorption is observed and the behavior does not depend on the surface concentration regime. In contrast, for immiscible polymer blend films, preferential adsorption of one polymer phase occurs at the air-water interface and the interfacial characteristics in the semi-dilute and concentrated regimes are strongly controlled by one of the components of the adsorbed polymer. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Thermally Induced Charge Reversal of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Single-Component Polymer Films.

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    Richardson, Joseph J; Tardy, Blaise L; Ejima, Hirotaka; Guo, Junling; Cui, Jiwei; Liang, Kang; Choi, Gwan H; Yoo, Pil J; De Geest, Bruno G; Caruso, Frank

    2016-03-23

    Temperature can be harnessed to engineer unique properties for materials useful in various contexts and has been shown to affect the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of polymer thin films and cause physical changes in preassembled polymer thin films. Herein we demonstrate that exposure to relatively low temperatures (≤ 100 °C) can induce physicochemical changes in cationic polymer thin films. The surface charge of polymer films containing primary and secondary amines reverses after heating (from positive to negative), and different characterization techniques are used to show that the change in surface charge is related to oxidation of the polymer that specifically occurs in the thin film state. This charge reversal allows for single-polymer LbL assembly to be performed with poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH) through alternating heat/deposition steps. Furthermore, the negative charge induced by heating reduces the fouling and cell-association of PAH-coated planar and particulate substrates, respectively. This study highlights a unique property of thin films which is relevant to LbL assembly and biofouling and is of interest for the future development of thin polymer films for biomedical systems.

  16. Properties of solid polymer electrolyte fluorocarbon film. [used in hydrogen/oxygen fuel cells

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    Alston, W. B.

    1973-01-01

    The ionic fluorocarbon film used as the solid polymer electrolyte in hydrogen/oxygen fuel cells was found to exhibit delamination failures. Polarized light microscopy of as-received film showed a lined region at the center of the film thickness. It is shown that these lines were not caused by incomplete saponification but probably resulted from the film extrusion process. The film lines could be removed by an annealing process. Chemical, physical, and tensile tests showed that annealing improved or sustained the water contents, spectral properties, thermo-oxidative stability, and tensile properties of the film. The resistivity of the film was significantly decreased by the annealing process.

  17. Bioinspired design and assembly of platelet reinforced polymer films.

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    Bonderer, Lorenz J; Studart, André R; Gauckler, Ludwig J

    2008-02-22

    Although strong and stiff human-made composites have long been developed, the microstructure of today's most advanced composites has yet to achieve the order and sophisticated hierarchy of hybrid materials built up by living organisms in nature. Clay-based nanocomposites with layered structure can reach notable stiffness and strength, but these properties are usually not accompanied by the ductility and flaw tolerance found in the structures generated by natural hybrid materials. By using principles found in natural composites, we showed that layered hybrid films combining high tensile strength and ductile behavior can be obtained through the bottom-up colloidal assembly of strong submicrometer-thick ceramic platelets within a ductile polymer matrix.

  18. Two-dimensional electron beam charging model for polymer films

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    Reeves, R. D.; Balmain, K. G.

    1981-01-01

    A two-dimensional model is developed to describe the charging of strips of thin polymer films above a grounded substrate exposed to a uniform mono-energetic electron beam. The study is motivated by the observed anomalous behavior of geosynchronous satellites, which has been attributed to differential charging of the satellite surfaces exposed to magnetospheric electrons. Surface and bulk electric fields are calcuated at steady state in order to identify regions of high electrical stress, with emphasis on behavior near the material's edge. The model is used to study the effects of some of the experimental parameters, notably beam energy, beam angle of incidence, beam current density, material thickness and material width. Also examined are the consequences of a central gap in the material and a discontinuity in the material thickness.

  19. Photoassisted Holography in Azo Dye Doped Polymer Films.

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    Rahmouni, Anouar; Bougdid, Yahya; Moujdi, Sara; Nesterenko, Dmitry V; Sekkat, Zouheir

    2016-11-03

    Holographic storage is one of the most important applications in the field of optics, especially for recording and retrieving data, and information storage by interference patterns in photosensitive materials are no exception in this regard. In this work, we give evidence that holograms recorded by interference of two coherent laser beams in azo dye doped polymer films can be controlled by a third incoherent assisting laser beam. We show that light diffraction can be increased or decreased by an assisting beam depending on the respective orientation of the polarizations of the recording and the assisting beams. We also found that photomanipulation of polarization holograms, prepared by polarization modulation, does not depend on the polarization of the assisting beam, whereas, photomanipulation of holograms prepared by intensity modulation strongly depends on the polarization of the assisting beam. Photoselection is shown to play a major role in the photoassisted diffraction process.

  20. Conductivity of oriented bis-azo polymer films.

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    Apitz, Dirk; Bertram, Ralph Peter; Benter, Nils; Sommer-Larsen, Peter; Johansen, Per Michael; Buse, Karsten

    2006-02-13

    The conductivity properties of electro-optic, photoaddressable, dense bis-azo chromophore polymer films are investigated by using samples corona poled at various temperatures. A dielectric spectrometer is applied to measure the frequency dependence of the conductivity at different temperatures before and after heating the material to above the glass transition temperature. The results show that the orientation of the chromophores changes the charge-carrier mobility. Ionic conductivity dominates in a more disordered configuration of the material, while the competing process of hole hopping takes over as a transition to a liquid-crystalline phase occurs when the material is heated to much higher than the glass transition temperature. Such microcrystallization strongly enhances the conductivity.

  1. Influence of temperature on the drainage of thermoresponsive polymer thin film

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    Bussonniere, Adrien; Jackman, Matthew; Leung, Hin Long; Liu, Bo; Liu, Qingxia; Tsai, Peichun Amy

    2016-11-01

    Due to their switchable stability under external excitation, responsive aqueous foams have recently raised interests in various applications, such as washing, cleaning and mineral recovery, where stable foam and controlled destabilization are required. In this work, we investigate the influence of the temperature and polymer concentration on gravitational thin film drainage using a thermoresponsive polymer. The dynamics of film thinning was recorded on the thin film using a thickness measurement method. We successively illuminate the film with three LEDs of different wavelengths. The absolute thickness was accurately deduced using the three interference patterns. The results show an increase of drainage rates with increasing temperature but insignificant influence of polymer concentration (in the range between 50 and 300 mg/L). The thinning process was twice faster above the LCST (lower critical solution temperature) than that at room temperature. Our results of the temperate-dependent drainage show that the thermoresponsive solubility of polymer plays a key role in thin film stability.

  2. Comparative surface dynamics of amorphous and semicrystalline polymer films

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    Becker, James S.; Brown, Ryan D.; Killelea, Daniel R.; Yuan, Hanqiu; Sibener, S. J.

    2011-01-01

    The surface dynamics of amorphous and semicrystalline polymer films have been measured using helium atom scattering. Time-of-flight data were collected to resolve the elastic and inelastic scattering components in the diffuse scattering of neutral helium atoms from the surface of a thin poly(ethylene terephthalate) film. Debye–Waller attenuation was observed for both the amorphous and semicrystalline phases of the polymer by recording the decay of elastically scattered helium atoms with increasing surface temperature. Thermal attenuation measurements in the specular scattering geometry yielded perpendicular mean-square displacements of 2.7•10-4 Å2 K-1 and 3.1•10-4 Å2 K-1 for the amorphous and semicrystalline surfaces, respectively. The semicrystalline surface was consistently ∼15% softer than the amorphous across a variety of perpendicular momentum transfers. The Debye–Waller factors were also measured at off-specular angles to characterize the parallel mean-square displacements, which were found to increase by an order of magnitude over the perpendicular mean-square displacements for both surfaces. In contrast to the perpendicular motion, the semicrystalline state was ∼25% stiffer than the amorphous phase in the surface plane. These results were uniquely accessed through low-energy neutral helium atom scattering due to the highly surface-sensitive and nonperturbative nature of these interactions. The goal of tailoring the chemical and physical properties of complex advanced materials requires an improved understanding of interfacial dynamics, information that is obtainable through atomic beam scattering methods. PMID:20713734

  3. Structure-processing-property correlations in thin films of conjugated polymer nanocomposites and blends

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    Sreeram, Arvind

    Conjugated polymers have found several applications in recent years, in energy conversion and storage devices such as organic light emitting diodes, solar cells, batteries, and super capacitors. Thin films of polymers used for these applications need to be mechanically and thermally stable to withstand the harsh operating conditions. Although there is significant information on the optoelectronic properties of many of these polymers, there are only few studies on their mechanical properties. There is little information in the literature on how processing of these films influence mechanical properties. In the first part of this study, poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) films were prepared by thermolytic conversion of poly[p -phenylene (tetrahydrothiophenium)ethylene chloride] precursor films, at different temperatures and the kinetics of reaction was investigated using thermogravimetry and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The mechanical properties of the films, studied using nanoindentation, showed a dependence on the extent of conversion and chemical composition of the films. The presence of chemical defects (e.g., carbonyl groups, detected using FTIR spectroscopy), was also found to have a noticeable effect on the modulus and hardness of the films. The storage modulus, E', and plasticity decreased with an increase in conversion, whereas the loss modulus, E", showed the opposite trend. Both the precursor and the fully-converted PPV films were found to have significantly lower E" than E', consistent with the glassy nature of the polymers at room temperature. In the second part of the study, polyacetylene films were synthesized by acid-catalyzed dehydration reaction of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) precursor films. The kinetics of this reaction was monitored by thermogravimetry. The chemical structure of the conjugated polymer films was characterized by Raman and IR spectroscopy. Polyacetylene films incorporated with 1-propyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquid

  4. Absorption modulation enhancement of Azo-polymer film induced by plasmonic field

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    Wang, Xiangxian; Zhang, Douguo; Fu, Qiang; Ming, Hai; Wu, Wenxuan; Zhang, Qijin

    2012-11-01

    A thin photochromic film on top of the resist layer can be used as a virtual mask to fabricate super-resolution lithography patterns. In this letter, based on the azobenzene polymer, the absorption intensity of the 365nm LED is effectively modulated by 532nm laser, the modulation degree reaches to 87%.When the silver nanocubes are dropped onto the surface of the polymer film, the modulation degree is significantly higher than that without the nanoparticles in the same intensity of 532nm laser due to the field enhancement of excitation of surface plasmons. The absorption modulation features of the polymer film are favorable for the further smaller line width nanolithography.

  5. Mechanism and Model of Laser-Driven Mass Transport in Thin Films of Azo Polymers

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    2007-11-02

    and Model of Laser-Driven Mass Transport in Thin Films of Azo Polymers by C. J. Barrett, A. Natansohn, and P. Rochon Submitted for publication in...DATE June 23, 1998 Tprhnjr.fil P^nnr I’: 4. TITLE AHO SU3TITLE Mechanism and Model of Laser-Driven Mass Transport in Thin Films of Azo Polymers...TRANSPORT IN THIN FILMS OF AZO POLYMERS Christopher J. Barrett’, Almeria L. Natansohn1, and Paul L. Rochon2. ’Dept. of Chemistry. Queen’s

  6. Dispersion and phase separation of carbon nanotubes in ultrathin polymer films.

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    Foster, Jeffrey; Singamaneni, Srikanth; Kattumenu, Ramesh; Bliznyuk, Valery

    2005-07-01

    The inner structure and nanoscale distribution of the stiffness was studied for polymer-single-wall carbon nanotube composites. Dispersion of nanotubes in a polystyrene and polyurethane polymer matrix was achieved by a proper choice of the organic solvent (NMP) and sonification of polymer/SWNT solutions. Ultrathin nanocomposite films were prepared through a dip-coating procedure and possessed a noticeable degree of nanotube orientation in the direction of the applied shear force. Peculiarities of the phase separation in the films were studied by atomic force microscopy (with application of force modulation mode to map the nanotube distribution within the polymer matrix) and Raman spectroscopy.

  7. Cellulose nanofibril based graft conjugated polymer films act as a chemosensor for nitroaromatic.

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    Niu, Qingyuan; Gao, Kezheng; Wu, Wenhui

    2014-09-22

    A cellulose nanofibril film is modified by chemical assembly of boronate-terminated conjugated polymer chains at its specific sites, C-6 carboxyl groups. The modified cellulose nanofibril film is used as a fluorescent sensor for nitroaromatic vapor. Thanks to the specific reactive sites, numerous loose cavities or pathways located in the film sensor's out-layer have been formed, and the fraction of easily accessible cavities of the novel fluorescent film sensor is up to 0.97, which could benefit the penetration and diffusion of analyte vapor. Therefore, the novel fluorescent film sensor exhibits high sensitivity toward nitroaromatic vapor with a fast response. The fluorescence quenching efficiency of the chemical-assembly film sensor is about 3 times larger than that of the spin-cast film sensor using the same conjugated polymer for 600 s exposure to DNT vapor. In addition, the novel fluorescent film sensor shows good reversibility.

  8. Nanostructured thin film polymer devices for constant-rate protein delivery.

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    Bernards, Daniel A; Lance, Kevin D; Ciaccio, Natalie A; Desai, Tejal A

    2012-10-10

    Herein long-term delivery of proteins from biodegradable thin film devices is demonstrated, where a nanostructured polymer membrane controls release. Protein was sealed between two poly(caprolactone) films, which generated the thin film devices. Protein release for 210 days was shown in vitro, and stable activity was established through 70 days with a model protein. These thin film devices present a promising delivery platform for biologic therapeutics, particularly for application in constrained spaces.

  9. Nanostructured Thin Film Polymer Devices for Constant-Rate Protein Delivery

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    Bernards, Daniel A.; Lance, Kevin D.; Ciaccio, Natalie A.; Desai, Tejal A.

    2012-01-01

    Herein long-term delivery of proteins from biodegradable thin film devices is demonstrated, where a nanostructured polymer membrane controls release. Protein was sealed between two poly(caprolactone) films, which generated the thin film devices. Protein release for 210 days was shown in vitro, and stable activity was established through 70 days with a model protein. These thin film devices present a promising delivery platform for biologic therapeutics, particularly for application in constrained spaces. PMID:22985294

  10. Microscopy of thin polymer blend films of polystyrene and poly-n-butyl-methacrylate

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    Schmitt, T.; Guttmann, P.; Schmidt, O.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.; Stamm, M.; Schönhense, G.; Schmahl, G.

    2000-05-01

    The structure of thin polymer blend films of polystyrene (PS) and poly-n-butyl-methacrylate (PnBMA) was examined with Transmission X-ray Microscopy (TXM), Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM), X-Ray Photoemission Electron Microscopy (X-PEEM) and Optical Microscopy (OM). Thin films were prepared by spin casting of a toluene solution of the polymer mixture onto silicon wafers retaining the native oxide. Depending on blend composition and annealing conditions smooth films with and without holes or films with well pronounced surface features (ribbons or islands) were produced. By TXM measurements a high lateral resolution study of the as cast and the annealed polymer blend samples was performed. The contrast in TXM is due to different absorption of x-radiation of the used polymers and due to variation in thickness. With X-PEEM the lateral distribution of the two polymers near the surface was mapped by employing the characteristic Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectra of the polymers. The TXM technique is a microscopic method integrating over the total film thickness, whereas the X-PEEM technique is a highly surface sensitive method. TXM and X-PEEM are therefore complementary methods which provide important information on the structure of thin polymer blend films additional to the standard techniques SFM and OM.

  11. Polymer-metal nanocomposite thin films: In situ fabrication and applications

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    Radhakrishnan, T. P.

    2012-06-01

    Polymer - metal nanocomposites are versatile materials which combine the unique characteristics of the components as well as manifest mutualistic effects. In situ generation of the nanoparticles inside a solid polymer film is a convenient and attractive route to the fabrication of metal nanoparticle - embedded polymer thin films. This presentation will provide an overview of the methodology involved in a simple protocol that we have developed for the fabrication of noble metal nanostructures inside polymer thin films, using aqueous medium for the synthesis and deploying the polymer itself as the reducing as well as stabilizing agent. The in situ growth of metal nanoparticles inside polymer films provides a unique opportunity to generate novel nanomaterials as well as to monitor the growth process in real time. A variety of techniques that have been exploited to characterize the precursor to product transformation inside the polymer film will be reviewed. The control provided by the in situ fabrication route on the size, shape and distribution of the nanostructures, and application of the nanocomposite thin films in a wide range of areas including nonlinear optics, catalysis, sensing and biology, illustrate the versatility of these materials.

  12. Side-group size effects on interfaces and glass formation in supported polymer thin films

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    Xia, Wenjie; Song, Jake; Hsu, David D.; Keten, Sinan

    2017-05-01

    Recent studies on glass-forming polymers near interfaces have emphasized the importance of molecular features such as chain stiffness, side-groups, molecular packing, and associated changes in fragility as key factors that govern the magnitude of Tg changes with respect to the bulk in polymer thin films. However, how such molecular features are coupled with substrate and free surface effects on Tg in thin films remains to be fully understood. Here, we employ a chemically specific coarse-grained polymer model for methacrylates to investigate the role of side-group volume on glass formation in bulk polymers and supported thin films. Our results show that bulkier side-groups lead to higher bulk Tg and fragility and are associated with a pronounced free surface effect on overall Tg depression. By probing local Tg within the films, however, we find that the polymers with bulkier side-groups experience a reduced confinement-induced increase in local Tg near a strongly interacting substrate. Further analyses indicate that this is due to the packing frustration of chains near the substrate interface, which lowers the attractive interactions with the substrate and thus lessens the surface-induced reduction in segmental mobility. Our results reveal that the size of the polymer side-group may be a design element that controls the confinement effects induced by the free surface and substrates in supported polymer thin films. Our analyses provide new insights into the factors governing polymer dynamics in bulk and confined environments.

  13. Inexpensive, rapid fabrication of polymer-film microfluidic autoregulatory valve for disposable microfluidics.

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    Zhang, Xinjie; Zhu, Zhixian; Ni, Zhonghua; Xiang, Nan; Yi, Hong

    2017-06-01

    This work presents the fabrication of a microfluidic autoregulatory valve which is composed of several layers of thin polymer films (i.e., polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) double-sided tape, and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)). Briefly, pulsed UV laser is employed to cut the microstructures of through grooves or holes in the thermoplastic polymer films, and then the polymer-film valves are precisely assembled through laminating the PDMS membranes to the thermoplastic polymer films through the roll-lamination method. The effective bonding between the PVC film and the PDMS membrane is realized using the planar seal method, and the valve is sandwiched and compressed by a home-made housing to achieve the good seal effect. Then, the flow performances of the prototype valve are examined, and constant flow autoregulation is realized under the static or dynamic test pressures. The long-term response of the valve is also studied and minimum flow-rate decrements are found over a long actuation time. The fabrication method proposed in this work is successful for the low-cost and fast prototyping of the polymer-film valve. We believe our method will also be broadly applicable for fabrication of other low-cost and disposable polymer-film microfluidic devices.

  14. Polymer dielectric materials for organic thin-film transistors: Interfacial control and development for printable electronics

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    Kim, Choongik

    Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) have been extensively studied for organic electronics. In these devices, organic semiconductor-dielectric interface characteristics play a critical role in influencing OTFT operation and performance. This study begins with exploring how the physicochemical characteristics of the polymer gate dielectric affects the thin-film growth mode, microstructure, and OTFT performance parameters of pentacene films deposited on bilayer polymer (top)-SiO2 (bottom) dielectrics. Pentacene growth mode varies considerably with dielectric substrate, and correlations are established between pentacene film deposition temperature, the thin-film to bulk microstructural phase transition, and OTFT device performance. Furthermore, the primary influence of the polymer dielectric layer glass transition temperature on pentacene film microstructure and OTFT response is shown for the first time. Following the first study, the influence of the polymer gate dielectric viscoelastic properties on overlying organic semiconductor film growth, film microstructure, and TFT response are investigated in detail. From the knowledge that nanoscopically-confined thin polymer films exhibit glass transition temperatures that deviate substantially from those of the corresponding bulk materials, pentacene (p-channel) and cyanoperylene (n-channel) films grown on polymer gate dielectrics at temperatures well-below their bulk glass transition temperatures (Tg(b)) have been shown to exhibit morphological/microstructural transitions and dramatic OTFT performance discontinuities at well-defined temperatures (defined as the polymer "surface glass transition temperature," or Tg(s)). These transitions are characteristic of the particular polymer architecture and independent of film thickness or overall film cooperative chain dynamics. Furthermore, by analyzing the pentacene films grown on UV-curable polymer dielectrics with different curing times (hence, different degrees of

  15. Effect of Au nanoparticle spatial distribution on the stability of thin polymer films.

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    Amarandei, George; O'Dwyer, Colm; Arshak, Arousian; Thiele, Uwe; Steiner, Ullrich; Corcoran, David

    2013-06-04

    The stability of thin poly(methyl-methacrylate) (PMMA) films of low molecular weight on a solid substrate is controlled by the areal coverage of gold nanoparticles (NPs) present at the air-polymer interface. As the polymer becomes liquid the Au NPs are free to diffuse, coalesce, and aggregate while the polymer film can change its morphology through viscous flow. These processes lead at the same time to the formation of a fractal network of Au NPs and to the development of spinodal instabilities of the free surface of the polymer films. For thinner films a single wavelength is observed, while for thicker films two wavelengths compete. With continued heating the aggregation process results in a decrease in coverage, the networks evolve into disordered particle assemblies, while the polymer films flatten again. The disordering occurs first on the smallest scales and coincides (in thicker films) with the disappearance of the smaller wavelength. The subsequent disordering on larger scales causes the films to flatten.

  16. Anchoring Strength of Thin Aligned-Polymer Films Formed by Liquid Crystalline Monomer

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2003-04-01

    We have evaluated the polar anchoring strength of a thin molecule-aligned polymer film formed by a liquid crystalline monomer. The polymer film was obtained by photopolymerization of the monomer oriented by a rubbed polyimide alignment layer in a chamber filled with N2 gas. We fabricated a nematic liquid crystal cell using the thin aligned-polymer films as alignment layers, and then evaluated the anchoring strength of the polymer by measuring the optical retardation curve of the cell driven by voltages. The experimental result showed that the anchoring strength was one order of magnitude lower than that of a conventional rubbed polyimide alignment layer, and decreased with increasing the cure temperature of the monomer film.

  17. Thin polymer film collectors as a contribution to the solar industry

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    Wilhelm, W.G.

    1984-06-01

    Achievements made in research on thin polymer film solar flat-plate collectors using monocoque construction techniques are briefly discussed. The significance of these achievements for cost reduction of flat-plate collectors without compromising performance is briefly discussed.

  18. Characteristics and Mechanisms in Ion-Conducting Polymer Films as Chemical Sensors

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    HUGHES,ROBERT C.; YELTON,WILLIAM G.; PFEIFER,KENT B.; PATEL,SANJAY V.

    2000-07-12

    Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPE) are widely used in batteries and fuel cells because of the high ionic conductivity that can be achieved at room temperature. The ions are usually Li or protons, although other ions can be shown to conduct in these polymer films. There has been very little published work on SPE films used as chemical sensors. The authors have found that thin films of polymers like polyethylene oxide (PEO) are very sensitive to low concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as common solvents. Evidence of a new sensing mechanism involving the percolation of ions through narrow channels of amorphous polymer is presented. They present impedance spectroscopy of PEO films in the frequency range 0.0001 Hz to 1 MHz for different concentrations of VOCs and relative humidity. They find that the measurement frequency is important for distinguishing ionic conductivity from the double layer capacitance and the parasitic capacitance.

  19. Measuring the Thickness and Elastic Properties of Electroactive Thin-film Polymers Using Platewave Dispersion Data

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    El-Azab, A.; Mal, A. K.; Bar-Cohen, Y.; Lih, S.

    1996-01-01

    Electroactive thin-film polymers are candidate sensors and actuators materials [1,2]. They are also finding a significant potential for applications in muscle mechanisms and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

  20. Molecular depth profiling of multilayer polymer films using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry.

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    Wagner, M S

    2005-02-01

    The low penetration depth and high sputter rates obtained using polyatomic primary ions have facilitated their use for the molecular depth profiling of some spin-cast polymer films by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). In this study, dual-beam time-of-flight (TOF) SIMS (sputter ion, 5 keV SF(5)(+); analysis ion, 10 keV Ar(+)) was used to depth profile spin-cast multilayers of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA), and trifluoroacetic anhydride-derivatized poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (TFAA-PHEMA) on silicon substrates. Characteristic positive and negative secondary ions were monitored as a function of depth using SF(5)(+) primary ion doses necessary to sputter through the polymer layer and uncover the silicon substrate (>5 x10(14) ions/cm(2)). The sputter rates of the polymers in the multilayers were typically less than for corresponding single-layer films, and the order of the polymers in the multilayer affected the sputter rates of the polymers. Multilayer samples with PHEMA as the outermost layer resulted in lowered sputter rates for the underlying polymer layer due to increased ion-induced damage accumulation rates in PHEMA. Additionally, the presence of a PMMA or PHEMA overlayer significantly decreased the sputter rate of TFAA-PHEMA underlayers due to ion-induced damage accumulation in the overlayer. Typical interface widths between adjacent polymer layers were 10-15 nm for bilayer films and increased with depth to approximately 35 nm for the trilayer films. The increase in interface width and observations using optical microscopy showed the formation of sputter-induced surface roughness during the depth profiles of the trilayer polymer films. This study shows that polyatomic primary ions can be used for the molecular depth profiling of some multilayer polymer films and presents new opportunities for the analysis of thin organic films using TOF-SIMS.

  1. Auger analysis of films formed on metals in sliding contact with halogenated polymers

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    Pepper, S. V.

    1974-01-01

    The use of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) to search for transferred polymer must contend with the fact that there has been no published work on Auger analysis of polymers. Since this is a new area for AES, the Auger spectra of polymers and of halogenated polymers in particular is discussed. It is shown that the Auger spectra of halogenated polymers have certain characteristics that permit an assessment of whether a polymeric transfer film has been established by sliding contact. The discussion is general and the concepts should be useful in considering the Auger analysis of any polymer. The polymers chosen for this study are the halogenated polymers polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polychlorotrifluorethylene (PCTFE).

  2. Plasmonic extinction in gold nanoparticle-polymer films as film thickness and nanoparticle separation decrease below resonant wavelength

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    Dunklin, Jeremy R.; Bodinger, Carter; Forcherio, Gregory T.; Keith Roper, D.

    2017-01-01

    Plasmonic nanoparticles embedded in polymer films enhance optoelectronic properties of photovoltaics, sensors, and interconnects. This work examined optical extinction of polymer films containing randomly dispersed gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with negligible Rayleigh scattering cross-sections at particle separations and film thicknesses less than (sub-) to greater than (super-) the localized surface plasmon resonant (LSPR) wavelength, λLSPR. Optical extinction followed opposite trends in sub- and superwavelength films on a per nanoparticle basis. In ˜70-nm-thick polyvinylpyrrolidone films containing 16 nm AuNP, measured resonant extinction per particle decreased as particle separation decreased from ˜130 to 76 nm, consistent with trends from Maxwell Garnett effective medium theory and coupled dipole approximation. In ˜1-mm-thick polydimethylsiloxane films containing 16-nm AuNP, resonant extinction per particle plateaued at particle separations ≥λLSPR, then increased as particle separation radius decreased from ˜514 to 408 nm. Contributions from isolated particles, interparticle interactions and heterogeneities in sub- and super-λLSPR films containing AuNP at sub-λLSPR separations were examined. Characterizing optoplasmonics of thin polymer films embedded with plasmonic NP supports rational development of optoelectronic, biomedical, and catalytic activity using these nanocomposites.

  3. Polymer Nanocomposite Films: Dispersion of Polymer Grafted Nanorods and Optical Properties

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    Composto, Russell

    2013-03-01

    The thermodynamic factors that affect the dispersion of polymer-brush grafted gold nanorods (NR) in polymer matrix films have been studied by experiment and theory. When brush and matrix have a favorable interaction, such as poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-NR/ poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS)-NR / poly(2,6-dimethyl-p-phenylene oxide) (PPO), nanorods are uniformly dispersed. For PEO-NRs in PMMA, the NRs are regularly spaced and well dispersed, independent of the ratio of the degree of polymerization of the matrix (P) to that of the brush (N), namely P/N. As the NR volume fraction increases, the local orientation of the nanorods increases, whereas the macroscopic orientation remains isotropic. When the brush and matrix are similar (i.e., PS-NR / PS and PEO-NR / PEO), the nanorods randomly disperse for P/N < 2 (i.e., wet brush), but align side-by-side in aggregates for P/N > 2. UV-visible spectroscopy and discrete dipole approximation (DDA) calculations demonstrate that surface plasmon coupling leads to a blue shift in the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) as P/N increases. For P/N > 2, self-consistent field theory (SCFT) calculations and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations indicate that nanorod aggregation is caused by depletion-attraction forces. Starting with a dry brush system, namely, a PS matrix where P/N = 30, these attractive forces can be mediated by adding a compatibilizing agent (e.g., PPO) that drives the NRs to disperse. Finally, dry and wet brush behavior is observed for NR aspect ratios varying from 2.5 to 7. However, compared at the same volume fraction, long rods for the dry case exhibit much better local order than lower aspect ratio nanorods, suggesting that long rods may exhibit nematic-like ordering at higher loadings. NSF Polymer and CEMRI Programs.

  4. Measurement of desorbed products during organic polymer thin film etching by plasma beam irradiation

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    Kurihara, Kazuaki; Karahashi, Kazuhiro; Egami, Akihiro; Nakamura, Moritaka

    2006-11-15

    The authors investigated the etching characteristics of three kinds of methacrylate polymer films, which have the same main chain but with different side chains, using a plasma beam irradiation apparatus. The polymers are polytbutylmethacrylate, polybenzylmethacrylate, and polycyclohexylmethacrylate. The major desorbed products during nitrogen plasma beam etching were found to be HCN and C{sub 2}N{sub 2} for all methacrylate polymer films. The desorbed products originating from the polymer structure, namely, the main chain and the side chain, were hardly observed. The energy distributions of desorbed products were mainly composed of Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution with a small component of collision cascade distribution for all three polymers and were slightly dependent on the ion energy. It is concluded that chemical sputtering, which can be defined as the production of weakly bound species by ion bombardment, followed by thermal desorption, is the significant ion induced mechanism of organic polymer etching.

  5. Alignment mechanism of liquid crystal in a stretched porous polymer film

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Kuboki, Masashi; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro

    2003-09-01

    This article discusses the mechanism of nematic liquid crystal alignment in stretched porous polymer films. The polymer films were formed by extreme stretching of an isotropic porous polyolefin, such that the draw ratio was 12:1. A 6-μm-thick porous film with a high porosity coefficient of 92% revealed fine string-shaped areas that exhibited optical anisotropy due to their possessing a high degree of molecular alignment. The porous film was filled with nematic liquid crystal and then the composite film was sandwiched between transparent electrodes coated onto glass substrates, without the use of conventional alignment layers. From polarizing microscopy observations it was found that the string-like polymer areas induce liquid crystal molecular alignment. The liquid crystal cells can exhibit an electrically controlled birefringence effect. This alignment technique enables us to realize three-dimensional control of liquid crystal alignment.

  6. Chain conformation near the substrate interface in nanoparticle stabilized polymer thin films

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    Barkley, Deborah; Sen, Mani; Jiang, Naisheng; Endoh, Maya; Koga, Tadanori; Yuan, Guangcui; Satija, Sushil; Zhang, Yugang; Gang, Oleg; Karim, Alamgir

    When nanoparticles (NPs) are added to polymer thin films, they often migrate to the film-substrate interface and form a ``diffused immobile interfacial layer'', which serves to screen the polymer-substrate interaction and suppress dewetting. The fundamental, but unsolved question is how the conformations of the polymer chains in the layer are affected by the NPs and how that impacts the enhancement of film stability. To address the question, we used dodecane thiol-functionalized gold NPs (2.4 nm diameter) and polystyrene (PS, Mw =30kDa). We found that the critical concentration of the Au NPs to induce complete dewetting suppression of 20 nm-thick PS/Au thin films on cleaned Si substrates is 5 wt% (wt of particle/wt of polymer). To investigate the interfacial structures at the polymer-solid interface, we rinsed the annealed PS/Au thin films with toluene and characterized the residual interfacial layers by using various x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. The results indicate that the conformation of the polymer chains closer to the substrate becomes less flattened with the addition of gold NPs, allowing chains at the substrate to entangle more effectively with free chains comprising the bulk film. The detailed mechanism will be discussed. T.K. acknowledges funding from NSF Grant (CMMI-1332499).

  7. Modeling the mechanics of graphene-based polymer composite film measured by the bulge test

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    Zhang, Jian-Jun; Sun, You-yi; Li, Dian-sen; Cao, Yang; Wang, Zuo; Ma, Jing; Zhao, Gui-Zhe

    2015-10-01

    Graphene-based polymer composite films have wide-ranging potential applications, such as in sensors, electromagnetic shielding, absorbing materials, corrosion resistance and so on. In addition, the practical applications of graphene-based polymer composite films are closely related to their mechanical properties. However, the mechanical properties of graphene-based polymer composite films are difficult to characterize with tensile tests. In this paper, the bugle test was used to investigate the mechanical properties of graphene-based polymer composite films. The experimental results show that the Young’s modulus of polymer composite films increases non-linearly with an increase in the doping content of graphene, and viscoelastic deformation is induced under cyclic loading conditions. Moreover, in order to describe their mechanical behavior, an ‘Arruda-Boyce’ finite-strain constitutive model (modified BPA model), based on the strain amplification hypothesis, and a traditional ‘Arruda-Boyce’ model was proposed, which incorporated many of the features of previous theories. The numerical treatment of the modified BPA model associated with finite element analysis is also discussed. This new model is shown to be able to predict the experimentally observed mechanical behavior of graphene based polymer composite films measured by the bugle test effectively.

  8. Polymer-grafted gold nanorods in polymer thin films: Dispersion and plasmonic coupling

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    Hore, Michael-Jon Ainsley

    This dissertation describes complementary experimental and theoretical studies to deter- mine the thermodynamic factors that affect the dispersion of polymer-grafted Au nanorods within polymer thin films. Au nanorods exhibit a uniform dispersion with a regular spacing for favorable brush / matrix interactions, such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-Au / poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS)-Au / poly(2,6-dimethyl-p-phenylene oxide) (PPO). For PEG-Au / PMMA, the nanorods are locally oriented and their dispersion is independent of the ratio of the degree of polymerization of the matrix (P) to that of the brush (N), α = P/N, whereas for chemically similar brush / matrix combinations, such as PS-Au / PS and PEG-Au / poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), nanorods are randomly dispersed for α 2. For aggregated systems (α > 2), nanorods are found primarily within aggregates containing side-by-side aligned nanorods with a spacing that scales with N. UV-visible spectroscopy and discrete dipole approximation (DDA) calculations demonstrate that coupling between surface plasmons within the aggregates leads to a blue shift in the optical absorption as α increases, indicating the sensitivity of spectroscopy for determining nanorod dispersion in polymer nanocomposite films. Self-consistent field theory (SCFT) calculations and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations show that the aggregation of nanorods for α > 2 can be attributed to depletion-attraction forces caused by autophobic dewetting of the brush and matrix. Finally, miscible blends of PS and PPO are investigated as a route to control depletion-attraction interactions between PS-Au nanorods. Initially, nanorods aggregate in matrices having 50 vol. % PPO and then gradually disperse as PPO becomes the majority component. The brush and matrix density profiles, determined by SCFT, show that PPO segregates into the PS brush, and acts as a compatibilizer, which improves dispersion. As dispersion improves, coupling between surface

  9. Layer-by-layer assembly of clay-filled polymer nanocomposite thin films

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    Jang, Woo-Sik

    2008-10-01

    A variety of functional thin films can be produced using the layer-by-layer assembly technique. In this work, assemblies of anionic clay and cationic polymer were studied with regard to film growth and gas barrier properties. A simple, yet flexible robotic dipping system, for the preparation of these thin films, was built. The robot alternately dips a substrate into aqueous mixtures with rinsing and drying in between. Thin films of sodium montmorillonite clay and cationic polymer were grown and studied on poly(ethylene terephthalate) film or a silicon wafer. After 30 clay polymer bilayers were deposited, the resulting transparent film had an oxygen transmission rate (OTR) below 0.005 cm3/m2/day/atm. This low OTR, which is unprecedented for a clay-filled polymer composite, is believed to be due to a "brick wall" nanostructure comprised of completely exfoliated clay bricks in polymeric "mortar". The growth of polymer and clay assemblies is then shown to be controlled by altering the pH of polyethylenimine (PEI). Growth, oxygen permeability, and mechanical behavior of clay-PEI assemblies were studied as a function of pH in an effort to tailor the behavior of these thin films. Thicker deposition at high pH resulted in reduced oxygen permeability and lower modulus, which highlights the tailorability of this system.

  10. A novel mucoadhesive polymer film composed of carbopol, poloxamer and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose.

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    Kim, Tae Hee; Ahn, Jae Soon; Choi, Hoo Kyun; Choi, Yun Jaie; Cho, Chong Su

    2007-03-01

    Using the casting method novel mucoadhesive polymer blend film consisting of Carbopol, poloxamer, and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) was prepared and characterized. Triamcinolone acetonide (TAA) was loaded into Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC polymer blend film. Carbonyl band of Carbopol in Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC shifted to longer wavenumber than that of Carbopol in Carbopol/poloxamer due to the hydrogen bonding among Carbopol, poloxamer, and HPMC. Tan delta peak assigned to glass transition temperature (Tg) of HPMC shifted to low temperature due to increased flexibility caused by increased poloxamer content in polymer blend films. Swelling ratio of Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC films was lowest in Carbopoll poloxamer/HPMC at mixing ratio of 35/30/35 (wt/wt/wt). Adhesive force of Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC films increased with increasing HPMC content in Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC polymer blend film and increasing hydroxypropyl group content in HPMC due to hydrophobic property of HPMC although bioadhesive force was highest at mixing ratio of 35/30/35 (wt/wt/ wt). Release of TAA from TAA-loaded Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC polymer blend film in vitro increased with increasing loading content of drug.

  11. Nanoporous thin-film membranes from block-polymers : using self-consistent field theory calculations to guide polymer synthesis.

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    Cordaro, Joseph Gabriel

    2010-12-01

    The controlled self-assembly of polymer thin-films into ordered domains has attracted significant academic and industrial interest. Most work has focused on controlling domain size and morphology through modification of the polymer block-lengths, n, and the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, {chi}. Models, such as Self-Consistent Field Theory (SCFT), have been successful in describing the experimentally observed morphology of phase-separated polymers. We have developed a computational method which uses SCFT calculations as a predictive tool in order to guide our polymer synthesis. Armed with this capability, we have the ability to select {chi} and then search for an ideal value of n such that a desired morphology is the most thermodynamically favorable. This approach enables us to synthesize new block-polymers with the exactly segment lengths that will undergo self-assembly to the desired morphology. As proof-of-principle we have used our model to predict the gyroidal domain for various block lengths using a fixed {chi} value. To validate our computational model, we have synthesized a series of block-copolymers in which only the total molecular length changes. All of these materials have a predicted thermodynamically favorable gyroidal morphology based on the results of our SCFT calculations. Thin-films of these polymers are cast and annealed in order to equilibrate the structure. Final characterization of the polymer thin-film morphology has been performed. The accuracy of our calculations compared to experimental results is discussed. Extension of this predictive ability to tri-block polymer systems and the implications to making functionalizable nanoporous membranes will be discussed.

  12. High-mobility and air-stable organic thin-film transistors with highly ordered semiconducting polymer films

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    Umeda, Tokiyoshi; Tokito, Shizuo; Kumaki, Daisuke

    2007-03-01

    We report on high crystalline thin films of liquid-crystalline polythiophene derivative, poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecylthiophene-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) (PB16TTT) that exhibit terrace structures and molecular steps of its polymer chains by annealing in its liquid-crystalline phase. The crystallinity of the PB16TTT polymer films formed on SiO2 gate insulating layers with smooth self-assembled monolayer was improved by changing the octyltrichlorosilane treatment time for the SiO2, which led to reproducible high field-effect mobilities of the polymer thin-film transistors up to 0.44cm2/Vs. High stability of the transistor for repeated stressing in ambient air was also demonstrated.

  13. Stretchability of freestanding and polymer-supported serpentine thin films

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    Lu, Nanshu; Yang, Shixuan

    2015-03-01

    High-performance stretchable electronics integrate high-quality inorganic electronic materials such as metal, semiconductor and oxide with deformable polymer substrates. To minimize strains in inorganic materials under large deformation, metal and ceramic thin films can both be patterned into meandering serpentine ribbons which can rotate and twist to accommodate the applied strain. We have systematically investigated the effects of geometry and substrate stiffness on the stretchability of serpentines through both theoretically and experimental means. For freestanding serpentines, closed-form analytical results are obtained and validated by experiments. To investigate the effect of substrates, indium tin oxide (ITO) serpentines are patterned on both polyimide and elastomeric substrates with systematically changing geometries. While stiff substrates such as polyimide almost completely prevents the rotation or twist of the serpentines, soft substrates can provide serpentines with reasonable freedom of rotation and twisting, which yields stretchability of ITO ribbons beyond 100%. But new failure mechanisms have been found on soft substrates. This work is supported by the NSF NERC - NASCENT under Grant No. 1160494.

  14. Equilibrium and Dynamical Behavior of Slip in Polymer Films

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    Priezjev, Nikolai; Troian, Sandra

    2003-11-01

    Slip behavior in small fluidic devices can strongly modify predictions of the flow rates. In an effort to understand the fundamental basis for slip, we have conducted MD simulations of liquid films modeled as N-mer polymer chains (1≤N≤16) in steady Couette flow. The results are consistent with a slip length response of the form L_s=L^os lF(dotγ), where L^os denotes the asymptotic value of the slip length as dotγarrow 0 and lF(dotγ) is a function describing the dynamic response. We discuss the dependence of the slip length on molecular weight and show that the results for L^os agree extremely well with predictions based on a Green-Kubo analysis of the friction imposed by the wall on the first fluid layer [1]. The dynamic response lF(dotγ) is well represented by (1-dotγ/dotγ_c)-0.50 ± 0.05 even for the longest chains [2]. These findings offer an encouraging start for understanding which mechanisms contribute to large slip lengths. [1] J.L. Barrat and L. Bocquet, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4671 (1999) [2] P. A. Thompson and S. M. Troian, Nature, 389, 360 (1997).

  15. Influence of film structure on the dewetting kinetics of thin polymer films in the solvent annealing process.

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    Zhang, Huanhuan; Xu, Lin; Lai, Yuqing; Shi, Tongfei

    2016-06-28

    On a non-wetting solid substrate, the solvent annealing process of a thin polymer film includes the swelling process and the dewetting process. Owing to difficulties in the in situ analysis of the two processes simultaneously, a quantitative study on the solvent annealing process of thin polymer films on the non-wetting solid substrate is extremely rare. In this paper, we design an experimental method by combining spectroscopic ellipsometry with optical microscopy to achieve the simultaneous in situ study. Using this method, we investigate the influence of the structure of swollen film on its dewetting kinetics during the solvent annealing process. The results show that for a thin PS film with low Mw (Mw = 4.1 kg mol(-1)), acetone molecules can form an ultrathin enriched layer between the PS film and the solid substrate during the swelling process. The presence of the acetone enriched layer accounts for the exponential kinetic behavior in the case of a thin PS film with low Mw. However, the acetone enriched layer is not observed in the case of a thin PS film with high Mw (Mw = 400 kg mol(-1)) and the slippage effect of polymer chains is valid during the dewetting process.

  16. Water soluble polymer films for intravascular drug delivery of antithrombotic biomolecules.

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    Scott, Rebecca A; Park, Kinam; Panitch, Alyssa

    2013-05-01

    Over the past 10 years, the number of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures performed in the United States has increased by 33%; however, restenosis, which inhibits complete functional recovery of the vessel wall, remains a complication of this procedure. To traverse the complications associated with PCI, the investigation of therapeutic delivery has become an integral topic in modern research. One such therapeutic, a mimic of the proteoglycan decorin, termed DS-SILY, can mask exposed collagen and thereby effectively decrease platelet activation, has recently been developed by our lab. Drawing inspiration from coating technologies developed by the pharmaceutical industry, a fast-dissolving polymer film has been developed to deliver active therapeutic agents from a balloon catheter during PCI. This research investigates the release of DS-SILY from fast-dissolving polymer films composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). Thin, uniform polymer films were produced via spin coating technique. The dissolution speed of the polymer films was found to be dependent on the concentration of polymer solution, where at least 65% of the films were shown to dissolve into nanometer sized polymer fragments within 2 min. DS-SILY, up to 6.26 μg/cm(2), was loaded into the films and functional release of the mimic was demonstrated by its successful binding to collagen upon release. Furthermore, DS-SILY released from films resulted in increased platelet inhibition. These results indicate that use of fast-dissolving polymer films allow for the successful release of biomolecules and further investigation of their use for localized drug delivery during PCI procedures is warranted.

  17. Water Soluble Polymer Films for Intravascular Drug Delivery of Antithrombotic Biomolecules

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    Scott, Rebecca A.; Park, Kinam; Panitch, Alyssa

    2012-01-01

    Over the past 10 years, the number of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures performed in the United States has increased by 33%; however, restenosis, which inhibits complete functional recovery of the vessel wall, remains a complication of this procedure. To traverse the complications associated with PCI, the investigation of therapeutic delivery has become an integral topic in modern research. One such therapeutic, a mimic of the proteoglycan decorin, termed DS-SILY, can mask exposed collagen and thereby effectively decrease platelet activation, has recently been developed by our lab. Drawing inspiration from coating technologies developed by the pharmaceutical industry, a fast-dissolving polymer film has been developed to deliver active therapeutic agents from a balloon catheter during PCI. This research investigates the release of DS-SILY from fast-dissolving polymer films composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). Thin, uniform polymer films were produced via spin coating technique. The dissolution speed of the polymer films was found to be dependent on the concentration of polymer solution, where at least 65% of the films were shown to dissolve into nanometer sized polymer fragments within two minutes. DS-SILY, up to 6.26 μg/cm2, was loaded into the films and functional release of the mimic was demonstrated by its successful binding to collagen upon release. Furthermore, DS-SILY released from films resulted in increased platelet inhibition. These results indicate that use of fast-dissolving polymer films allow for the successful release of biomolecules and further investigation of their use for localized drug delivery during PCI procedures is warranted. PMID:23262161

  18. Characteristics and cytocompatibility of biodegradable polymer film on magnesium by spin coating.

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    Xu, Liping; Yamamoto, Akiko

    2012-05-01

    In recent years, magnesium and its alloys have been investigated as biodegradable metallic materials in cardiovascular stents and bone implants. However, rapid corrosion rate in the early stage of the degradation process greatly influences the cytocompatibility and hinters their application. In this research, biodegradable polymer films are prepared under same coating condition by spin coating in order to improve the early corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility of Mg. The results present that uniform, nonporous, amorphous PLLA and semi-crystalline PCL films are coated on Mg. PLLA film shows better adhesion strength to Mg substrate than that of PCL film. For both PLLA and PCL, low molecular weight (LMW) film is thinner and exhibits better adhesion strength than high molecular weight (HMW) one. SaOS-2 cells show significantly good attachment and high growth on the polymer-coated Mg, demonstrating that all the polymer films can significantly improve the cytocompatibility in the 7-day incubation. The pH measurement of the immersion medium and the quantification of released Mg(2+) during the cell culture clearly indicate that the corrosion resistance of Mg substrate is improved by the polymer films to different extents. It can be concluded that both PLLA and PCL films are promising protective coatings for improving the initial corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility.

  19. Characterization of Homopolymer and Polymer Blend Films by Phase Sensitive Acoustic Microscopy

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    Ngwa, Wilfred; Wannemacher, Reinhold; Grill, Wolfgang

    2003-03-01

    CHARACTERIZATION OF HOMOPOLYMER AND POLYMER BLEND FILMS BY PHASE SENSITIVE ACOUSTIC MICROSCOPY W Ngwa, R Wannemacher, W Grill Institute of Experimental Physics II, University of Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany Abstract We have used phase sensitive acoustic microscopy (PSAM) to study homopolymer thin films of polystyrene (PS) and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), as well as PS/PMMA blend films. We show from our results that PSAM can be used as a complementary and highly valuable technique for elucidating the three-dimensional (3D) morphology and micromechanical properties of thin films. Three-dimensional image acquisition with vector contrast provides the basis for: complex V(z) analysis (per image pixel), 3D image processing, height profiling, and subsurface image analysis of the polymer films. Results show good agreement with previous studies. In addition, important new information on the three dimensional structure and properties of polymer films is obtained. Homopolymer film structure analysis reveals (pseudo-) dewetting by retraction of droplets, resulting in a morphology that can serve as a starting point for the analysis of polymer blend thin films. The outcome of confocal laser scanning microscopy studies, performed on the same samples are correlated with the obtained results. Advantages and limitations of PSAM are discussed.

  20. A self-assembled ultrathin crystalline polymer film for high performance phototransistors.

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    Li, Hui; Wu, Yishi; Wang, Xuedong; Kong, Qinghua; Fu, Hongbing

    2014-09-28

    The π-conjugated polymer, PQBOC8, can be easily assembled into a large-area crystalline ultrathin film at the CHCl3/water interface. A phototransistor based on this ultrathin film showed a large photoresponsivity of 970 A W(-1), and a photocurrent/dark current ratio of 1.36 × 10(4) under a very low white light irradiation.

  1. Extraordinary elevation of the glass transition temperature of thin polymer films grafted to silicon oxide substrates

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    Tate, Ranjeet S.; Fryer, David S.; Pasqualini, Silvia; Montague, Martha F.; de Pablo, Juan J.; Nealey, Paul F.

    2001-12-01

    We used local thermal analysis and ellipsometry to measure the glass transition temperatures (Tg) of supported thin films of poly(4-hydroxystyrene) (PHS) and hydroxy terminated polystyrene (PS-OH). The films were spuncast from solution onto silicon oxide substrates and annealed under vacuum at elevated temperatures to graft the polymer to the substrate. Grafting was verified and characterized in terms of the thickness of and the advancing contact angle of water on the residual layer after solvent extraction. For PHS, each segment of the polymer chain was capable of grafting to the substrate. The thickness of the residual layer increased with increasing annealing temperature. For this polymer the critical thickness below which the Tg of the film deviated from the bulk value was nearly 200 nm after annealing at the highest temperature (190 °C); the Tg of films 100 nm thick or less were elevated by more than 50 °C above the bulk value. For PS-OH films the polymer was only capable of grafting at one chain end, forming a brush layer at the substrate interface. The critical thicknesses for PS-OH films and the Tg elevations were substantially higher than for ungrafted PS films, but were not as large as for PHS. The film thickness dependence of Tg for PHS and PS-OH were well described as piecewise linear, consistent with a "dual-mechanism" model.

  2. Chain relaxation in thin polymer films: turning a dielectric type-B polymer into a type-A' one.

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    Solar, Mathieu; Paul, Wolfgang

    2017-02-22

    A molecular dynamics simulation study of chain relaxation in a thin polymer film is presented, studying the dielectric response of a random copolymer of cis and trans 1,4-polybutadiene, a type B polymer without net chain dipole moment, confined between graphite walls. We stress the orientational effect of the attractive walls, inducing polarization in the vicinity of the walls, while the center of the film stays bulk-like. This polarization leads to a net dipole moment of the adsorbed chains, which is perpendicular to their end-to-end vector, which we termed as type A' behavior. In this situation, the dipole moment relaxes only upon desorption of the chains from the wall, a dynamic process which occurs on timescales much longer than the bulk relaxation time of the polymer.

  3. Durability of ITO-MgF2 Films for Space-Inflatable Polymer Structures

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    Kerslake, Thomas W.; Waters, Deborah L.; Schieman, David A.; Hambourger, Paul D.

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents results from ITO-MgF2 film durability evaluations that included tape peel, fold, thermal cycle, and AO exposure testing. Polymer coupon preparation is described as well as ITO-MgF2 film deposition equipment, procedures and film characterization. Durability testing methods are also described. The pre- and post-test condition of the films is assessed visually, microscopically, and electrically. Results show that at 500 ITO - 9 vol% MgF2 film is suitable to protect polymer surfaces, such as those used in space-inflatable structures of the PowerSphere microsatellite concept, during a 1-year Earth orbiting mission. Future plans for ground-based and orbital testing of this film are also discussed.

  4. Growth and characterization of CdS thin films on polymer substrates for photovoltaic applications.

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    Park, Yongseob; Kim, Eung Kwon; Lee, Suho; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2014-05-01

    In this work, cadmium sulfide (CdS) films were deposited on flexible polymer substrates such as polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The r.f. magnetron sputtering, which is cost-effective scalable technique, was used for the film deposition. The structural and optical properties of the films grown at different sputtering pressures were investigated. When the CdS film was deposited at lower pressure, the crystallinity and the preferred orientation toward c-axis in hexagonal phase was improved. However, the optical transmittance was reduced as the sputtering pressure was decreased. Compared with the glass substrate, CdS films grown on polymer substrates were exhibited some wore structural and optical characteristics. CdTe thin film solar cell applied to sputtered CdS as a window layer showed a maximum efficiency of 11.6%.

  5. Selective scattering polymer dispersed liquid crystal film for light enhancement of organic light emitting diode.

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    Jiang, Jinghua; McGraw, Greg; Ma, Ruiqing; Brown, Julie; Yang, Deng-Ke

    2017-02-20

    We developed a novel light enhancing film for an organic light emitting diode (OLED) based on polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC). In the film, the liquid crystal droplets are unidirectionally aligned along the film normal direction and exhibit selective scattering. The film scatters light emitted only in directions with large incident angles but not light emitted in directions with small incident angles. When the light is scattered, it changes propagation direction and exits the OLED. The PDLC film reduces the total internal reflection and thus can significantly increase the light efficiency of the OLED.

  6. Radiation tolerant polymeric films through the incorporation of small molecule dopants in the polymer matrix

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    Lenhart, Joseph L.; Cole, Phillip J.; Cole, Shannon M.; Schroeder, John L.; Belcher, Michael E.

    2008-01-15

    Radiation induced conductivity (RIC) in semicrystalline polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films can be reduced by incorporating small molecule electron traps into the polymer. The electron traps contained an aromatic core with strong electron withdrawing functionality pendant to the core and were incorporated into the PET film by immersing the polymer in a solution of dopant and solvent at elevated temperatures. The chemical functionality of the electron trapping molecule and the number of pendant functional groups had a strong impact on the equilibrium doping level and the most effective doping solvent. In addition, all of the electron traps exhibited effectiveness at reducing the RIC. The technique of incorporating small molecule dopants into the polymer matrix in order to reduce the RIC can potentially be exploited with other polymers films and coatings utilized in electronics devices such as encapsulants, conformal coatings, and polymeric underfills.

  7. In-situ fabrication of polymer/metal nanocomposite films using a mid-infrared laser

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    Nakajima, Takashi

    2017-09-01

    We demonstrate a very rapid in-situ fabrication of polymer/metal nanocomposite films. Using a CO2 laser at 10.6 μm, Ag-PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) nanocomposite films are successfully fabricated on a glass substrate within 10 seconds, which is the most rapid method among any known fabrication methods. The fabricated films are characterized using the optical absorption, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction measurements.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Thin Film Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Polymer Electrolytes

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    Maranchi, Jeffrey P.; Kumta, Prashant N.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Raffaelle, Ryne P.

    2002-01-01

    The present paper describes the integration of thin film electrodes with polymer electrolytes to form a complete thin film lithium-ion battery. Thin film batteries of the type, LiCoO2 [PAN, EC, PC, LiN(CF3SO2)2] SnO2 have been fabricated. The results of the synthesis and characterization studies will be presented and discussed.

  9. Surface-mounted MOF templated fabrication of homochiral polymer thin film for enantioselective adsorption of drugs.

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    Gu, Zhi-Gang; Fu, Wen-Qiang; Liu, Min; Zhang, Jian

    2017-01-26

    A self-polymerized chiral monomer 3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine (l-DOPA) has been introduced into the pores of an achiral surface-mounted metal organic framework (SURMOF), and then the homochiral poly(l-DOPA) thin film has been successfully formed after UV light irradiation and etching of the SURMOF. Remarkably, such a poly(l-DOPA) thin film exhibited enantioselective adsorption of naproxen. This study opened a SURMOF-templated approach for preparing porous polymer thin films.

  10. Nanoparticle free polymer blends for light scattering films in liquid crystal displays

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    Takei, Satoshi; Mochiduki, Kazuhide; Kubo, Naoya; Yokoyama, Yoshiyuki

    2012-06-01

    This paper reports an approach using nanoparticle free polymer blends for light scattering films in liquid crystal displays. The ability to create the regularly structured circle of approximately 200 nm diameter in the light scattering film by blending two specified polymers with carboxylic acid groups and epoxy groups was demonstrated. The developed light scattering film based on thermosetting system indicated regularly structured nanomorphology, high light scattering rates of more than 3.9% at 300-600 nm of wavelength, and fast thermal cross-linking reaction at 150 °C and 60 s in thermosetting conditions for high productivity.

  11. Characterization of HPMC/PVP polymer blend films using WAXS technique

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    Prakash, Y.; Somashekarappa, H.; Parameswara, P.; Demappa, T.; Somashekar, R.

    2012-06-01

    Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) and Poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blend films were prepared and investigated using X-ray line profile analysis method. Here an attempt has been made to study the changes in the crystallite size and lattice strain in HPMC with the increase in concentration of PVP. Decrease in these microcrystalline parameters implies increase in the amorphous nature of the film giving more flexibility, degradability and good miscibility. Micro structural parameters reveals that the blend films have more amorphous nature than virgin HPMC. This further justified by SEM images which indicate better miscibility of the two polymers in the blend matrix.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of nanoscale polymer films grafted to metal surfaces

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    Galabura, Yuriy

    Anchoring thin polymer films to metal surfaces allows us to alter, tune, and control their biocompatibility, lubrication, friction, wettability, and adhesion, while the unique properties of the underlying metallic substrates, such as magnetism and electrical conductivity, remain unaltered. This polymer/metal synergy creates significant opportunities to develop new hybrid platforms for a number of devices, actuators, and sensors. This present work focused on the synthesis and characterization of polymer layers grafted to the surface of metal objects. We report the development of a novel method for surface functionalization of arrays of high aspect ratio nickel nanowires/micronails. The polymer "grafting to" technique offers the possibility to functionalize different segments of the nickel nanowires/micronails with polymer layers that possess antagonistic (hydrophobic/hydrophilic) properties. This method results in the synthesis of arrays of Ni nanowires and micronails, where the tips modified with hydrophobic layer (polystyrene) and the bottom portions with a hydrophilic layer (polyacrylic acid). The developed modification platform will enable the fabrication of switchable field-controlled devices (actuators). Specifically, the application of an external magnetic field and the bending deformation of the nickel nanowires and micronails will make initially hydrophobic surface more hydrophilic by exposing different segments of the bent nanowires/micronails. We also investigate the grafting of thin polymer films to gold objects. The developed grafting technique is employed for the surface modification of Si/SiO2/Au microprinted electrodes. When electronic devices are scaled down to submicron sizes, it becomes critical to obtain uniform and robust insulating nanoscale polymer films. Therefore, we address the electrical properties of polymer layers of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA), polyacrylic acid (PAA), poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP), and polystyrene (PS) grafted to

  13. Structural, Thermal, Electrical and Magnetic Properties of PVA: Mn2+ and PVA: Ni2+ Polymer Films

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    Reddy, M. Obula; Buddhudu, S.

    2011-11-01

    Polymer films of PVA:Mn2+ and PVA: Ni2+ have been synthesized by a solution casting method in order to study their structural, thermal, dielectric, electrical and magnetic properties. The semi-crystalline nature of the polymer films has been confirmed from XRD analysis. The FTIR analysis confirms the complex formation of the polymer with the metal ions. Thermal stability of these films has been investigated based on the measurement of TG-DTA profiles. Dielectric studies of these films have also been carried out at various set temperatures in the frequency from 100 Hz to 1 MHz for carrying out impedance spectroscopy analysis to evaluate the electrical conductivity which arises due to a single conduction mechanism and thus and thus to have a single semicircle pattern from these polymer films. The direct current (dc) electrical conductivity increases with an increase in the temperature and it could be due to high mobility of free charges (polarons and free-ions) at higher temperatures. The conductivity trend follows the Arrhenius equation and the activation energy for PVA: Mn2+ has been found to be at 0.83 eV and 2.193eV and for PVA: Ni2+ has been found to be 0.71 eV. Both the polymer films that are investigated here have revealed paramagnetic nature based on the trends noticed in the magnetic characteristic profiles.

  14. Influence of macromolecular architecture on necking in polymer extrusion film casting process

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    Pol, Harshawardhan; Banik, Sourya; Azad, Lal Busher; Doshi, Pankaj; Lele, Ashish; Thete, Sumeet

    2015-05-22

    Extrusion film casting (EFC) is an important polymer processing technique that is used to produce several thousand tons of polymer films/coatings on an industrial scale. In this research, we are interested in understanding quantitatively how macromolecular chain architecture (for example long chain branching (LCB) or molecular weight distribution (MWD or PDI)) influences the necking and thickness distribution of extrusion cast films. We have used different polymer resins of linear and branched molecular architecture to produce extrusion cast films under controlled experimental conditions. The necking profiles of the films were imaged and the velocity profiles during EFC were monitored using particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) technique. Additionally, the temperature profiles were captured using an IR thermography and thickness profiles were calculated. The experimental results are compared with predictions of one-dimensional flow model of Silagy et al{sup 1} wherein the polymer resin rheology is modeled using molecular constitutive equations such as the Rolie-Poly (RP) and extended Pom Pom (XPP). We demonstrate that the 1-D flow model containing the molecular constitutive equations provides new insights into the role of macromolecular chain architecture on film necking.{sup 1}D. Silagy, Y. Demay, and J-F. Agassant, Polym. Eng. Sci., 36, 2614 (1996)

  15. Water Vapor Permeation of Metal Oxide/Polymer Coated Plastic Films

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    Numata, Yukihiro; Oya, Toshiyuki; Kuwahara, Mitsuru; Ito, Katsuya

    Barrier performance to water vapor permeation of ceramic coated layers deposited on flexible polymer films is of great interest to food packaging, medical device packaging and flat panel display industries. In this study, a new type film in which a ceramic layer is deposited on a polymer coated film was proposed for lower water vapor permeation. It is important how to control interfacial properties between each layer and film for good barrier performance. Several kinds of polymer coated materials were prepared for changing surface free energy of the films before and after depositing the ceramic layer. The ceramic layer, which is composed of mixed material of SiO2 and Al2O3, was adopted under the same conditions. The following results were obtained; 1) Water vapor permeation is not related to the surface energy of polymer coated films, 2) After depositing the ceramic layer, however, a strong correlation is observed between the water vapor permeation and surface free energy. 3) The phenomenon is considered that the polarity of the polymer layers plays a key role in changing the structure of ceramic coated layers.

  16. Influence of macromolecular architecture on necking in polymer extrusion film casting process

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    Pol, Harshawardhan; Banik, Sourya; Azad, Lal Busher; Thete, Sumeet; Doshi, Pankaj; Lele, Ashish

    2015-05-01

    Extrusion film casting (EFC) is an important polymer processing technique that is used to produce several thousand tons of polymer films/coatings on an industrial scale. In this research, we are interested in understanding quantitatively how macromolecular chain architecture (for example long chain branching (LCB) or molecular weight distribution (MWD or PDI)) influences the necking and thickness distribution of extrusion cast films. We have used different polymer resins of linear and branched molecular architecture to produce extrusion cast films under controlled experimental conditions. The necking profiles of the films were imaged and the velocity profiles during EFC were monitored using particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) technique. Additionally, the temperature profiles were captured using an IR thermography and thickness profiles were calculated. The experimental results are compared with predictions of one-dimensional flow model of Silagy et al1 wherein the polymer resin rheology is modeled using molecular constitutive equations such as the Rolie-Poly (RP) and extended Pom Pom (XPP). We demonstrate that the 1-D flow model containing the molecular constitutive equations provides new insights into the role of macromolecular chain architecture on film necking.1D. Silagy, Y. Demay, and J-F. Agassant, Polym. Eng. Sci., 36, 2614 (1996).

  17. Spin-Casting Polymer Brush Films for Stimuli-Responsive and Anti-Fouling Surfaces.

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    Xu, Binbin; Feng, Chun; Hu, Jianhua; Shi, Ping; Gu, Guangxin; Wang, Lei; Huang, Xiaoyu

    2016-03-01

    Surfaces modified with amphiphilic polymers can dynamically alter their physicochemical properties in response to changes of their environmental conditions; meanwhile, amphiphilic polymer coatings with molecular hydrophilic and hydrophobic patches, which can mitigate biofouling effectively, are being actively explored as advanced coatings for antifouling materials. Herein, a series of well-defined amphiphilic asymmetric polymer brushes containing hetero side chains, hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), was employed to prepare uniform thin films by spin-casting. The properties of these films were investigated by water contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). AFM showed smooth surfaces for all films with the roughness less than 2 nm. The changes in water contact angle and C/O ratio (XPS) evidenced the enrichment of PEG or PS chains at film surface after exposed to selective solvents, indicative of stimuli- responsiveness. The adsorption of proteins on PEG functionalized surface was quantified by QCM and the results verified that amphiphilic polymer brush films bearing PEG chains could lower or eliminate protein-material interactions and resist to protein adsorption. Cell adhesion experiments were performed by using HaCaT cells and it was found that polymer brush films possess good antifouling ability.

  18. Viewing angle compensation of various LCD modes by using a liquid crystalline polymer film

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    Matsumoto, Takuya; Nishimura, Suzushi

    2013-09-01

    The authors have developed liquid crystalline retardation films to improve certain aspects of LCD image quality such as viewing angle performance and coloration. We have successfully created several types of optical retardation films using a rod-like liquid crystalline polymer. The resulting liquid crystalline polymer films have several advantages over conventional uni- or biaxially stretched retardation films. Precisely controlled structures such as twisted nematic, homogeneous nematic, hybrid nematic and homeotropic structures can provide ideal compensation of various LCD types, such as STN, TN, ECB, VA and IPS-LCDs. Twisted nematic film effectively prevents coloration of STN-LCDs, which is a critical flaw affecting color representation. Short pitch cholesteric film, which utilizes said rod-like liquid crystalline polymer and is the optical equivalent of a negative C-plate, can expand the viewing angle of VA-LCDs. Hybrid nematic film is quite unique in that the film functions not only as a wave plate but also as a viewing angle compensator for TN and ECB-LCDs. Homeotropic film, which acts as a positive-C plate, greatly improves the viewing angle performance of IPS and CPVA-LCDs. Our homeotropically aligned liquid crystalline film, called "NV film", is the world's thinnest retardation film. The thickness of the liquid crystalline layer is a mere 1 micrometer. Homeotropic film can be used to expand the viewing angle not only of LCDs but also OLED displays. And NV film, when used in in combination with a quarter wavelength plate, can expand the viewing angles of the circular polarizers used to prevent reflection in OLED displays.

  19. Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Luminescent Rare Earth/Polymer complex Films.

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    Wang, Zefeng; Ye, Weiwei; Luo, Xinran; Wang, Zhonggang

    2016-04-18

    The motivation of this work is to create luminescent rare earth/polymer films with outstanding water-resistance and superhydrophobicity. Specifically, the emulsion polymerization of styrene leads to core particles. Then core-shell-structured polymer nanoparticles are synthesized by copolymerization of styrene and acrylic acid on the core surface. The coordination reaction between carboxylic groups and rare earth ions (Eu(3+) and Tb(3+)) generates uniform spherical rare earth/polymer nanoparticles, which are subsequently complexed with PTFE microparticles to obtain micro-/nano-scaled PTFE/rare earth films with hierarchical rough morphology. The films exhibit large water contact angle up to 161° and sliding angle of about 6°, and can emit strong red and green fluorescence under UV excitation. More surprisingly, it is found that the films maintain high fluorescence intensity after submersed in water and even in aqueous salt solution for two days because of the excellent water repellent ability of surfaces.

  20. Laser welding of thin polymer films to container substrates for aseptic packaging

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    Brown, N.; Kerr, D.; Jackson, M. R.; Parkin, R. M.

    2000-03-01

    Keyhole laser welding of polymers is a subject well covered and researched, but relatively little information exists regarding the welding of thin polymer films, particularly to a heavier substrate. This paper presents the design of a suitable test apparatus for laser welding thin film to a heavier substrate, and shows the results of an investigation into the feasibility of laser welding multi-layer polymer film lids to tubs for the manufacture of aseptic food containers. A consistent weld, free from defects, is the key to process success. Typical welding defects have been synthesised in order to investigate, and consequently remove, their cause. The result is a reliable welding method based on even film clamping. With careful attention to machine design, a seal of high mechanical strength and chemical integrity is possible.

  1. Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Luminescent Rare Earth/Polymer complex Films

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    Wang, Zefeng; Ye, Weiwei; Luo, Xinran; Wang, Zhonggang

    2016-01-01

    The motivation of this work is to create luminescent rare earth/polymer films with outstanding water-resistance and superhydrophobicity. Specifically, the emulsion polymerization of styrene leads to core particles. Then core-shell-structured polymer nanoparticles are synthesized by copolymerization of styrene and acrylic acid on the core surface. The coordination reaction between carboxylic groups and rare earth ions (Eu3+ and Tb3+) generates uniform spherical rare earth/polymer nanoparticles, which are subsequently complexed with PTFE microparticles to obtain micro-/nano-scaled PTFE/rare earth films with hierarchical rough morphology. The films exhibit large water contact angle up to 161° and sliding angle of about 6°, and can emit strong red and green fluorescence under UV excitation. More surprisingly, it is found that the films maintain high fluorescence intensity after submersed in water and even in aqueous salt solution for two days because of the excellent water repellent ability of surfaces. PMID:27086735

  2. Fabrication of Superhydrophobic and Luminescent Rare Earth/Polymer complex Films

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    Wang, Zefeng; Ye, Weiwei; Luo, Xinran; Wang, Zhonggang

    2016-04-01

    The motivation of this work is to create luminescent rare earth/polymer films with outstanding water-resistance and superhydrophobicity. Specifically, the emulsion polymerization of styrene leads to core particles. Then core-shell-structured polymer nanoparticles are synthesized by copolymerization of styrene and acrylic acid on the core surface. The coordination reaction between carboxylic groups and rare earth ions (Eu3+ and Tb3+) generates uniform spherical rare earth/polymer nanoparticles, which are subsequently complexed with PTFE microparticles to obtain micro-/nano-scaled PTFE/rare earth films with hierarchical rough morphology. The films exhibit large water contact angle up to 161° and sliding angle of about 6°, and can emit strong red and green fluorescence under UV excitation. More surprisingly, it is found that the films maintain high fluorescence intensity after submersed in water and even in aqueous salt solution for two days because of the excellent water repellent ability of surfaces.

  3. Engineering the Crystalline Morphology of Polymer Thin Films via Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Jeong, Hyuncheol; Arnold, Craig; Priestley, Rodney

    Thin-film growth via physical vapor deposition (PVD) has been successfully exploited for the delicate control of film structure for molecular and atomic systems. The application of such a high-energetic process to polymeric film growth has been challenged by chemical degradation. However, recent development of Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) technique opened up a way to deposit a variety of macromolecules in a PVD manner. Here, employing MAPLE technique to the growth of semicrystalline polymer thin films, we show the engineering of crystalline film morphology can be achieved via manipulation of substrate temperature. This is accomplished by exploiting temperature effect on crystallization kinetics of polymers. During the slow film growth crystallization can either be permitted or suppressed, and crystal thickness can be tuned via temperature modulation. In addition, we report that the crystallinity of polymer thin films may be significantly altered with deposition temperature in MAPLE processing. We expect that this ability to manipulate crystallization kinetics during polymeric film growth will open the possibility to engineer structure in thin film polymeric-based devices in ways that are difficult by other means.

  4. Thin metal film-polymer composite for efficient optoacoustic generation (Conference Presentation)

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    Lee, Taehwa; Guo, L. Jay

    2016-03-01

    Photoacoustic (PA) conversion of metal film absorbers is known to be inefficient because of their low thermal expansion and high light reflectance, as compared to polymeric materials containing light absorbing fillers. Specifically, the PA signal for metal films is typically an order of magnitude lower than those for PDMS-based composites consisting of carbon materials such as carbon blacks, carbon nanotubes, and carbon fibers. However, the carbon-PDMS composites have several disadvantages, e.g., difficulty in controlling film thickness, aggregation of the carbon fillers, and poor patternablility. To overcome these issues and achieve comparable PA amplitudes, a polymer-metal film composite was developed consisting of a thin metal absorber and adjacent transparent polymer layers. The proposed structure shows efficient PA conversion. The measured PA amplitude of the metal film composite is an order of magnitude higher than that of metal-only samples, and comparable to those of the carbon-PDMS composites. The enhanced PA conversion is accomplished by using metal film of a few tens of nanometers, which greatly facilitates heat transfer from the metal film to the surrounding polymers. Moreover, integrating the metal film composite with a photonic cavity can compensate light absorption loss of the thinner metal film. Theoretical and experimental analysis is conducted for understanding the mechanism behind such improvement. This strategy could be implemented for spatial PA signal patterns, especially for deep tissue PA imaging of implants or image-guiding tools. Furthermore, this approach also provides a guideline for designing photoacoustic transmitters and contrast agents.

  5. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N.; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi; Ahmed, Nasser M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10-5 (Ω.cm)-1, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  6. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N. Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi Ahmed, Nasser M.

    2016-07-06

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10{sup −5} (Ω.cm){sup −1}, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  7. Surface plasmon resonance image sensor module of spin-coated silver film with polymer layer.

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    Son, Jung-Han; Lee, Dong Hun; Cho, Yong-Jin; Lee, Myung-Hyun

    2013-11-01

    Prism modules of 20 nm-, 40 nm-, and 60 nm-thick spin-coated silver films both without and with an upper 100 nm-thick spin-coated polymer layer were fabricated for surface plasmon resonance (SPR) image sensor applications. The prism modules were applied to an SPR image sensor system. The coefficients of determination (R2s) for the 20 nm-, 40 nm- and 60 nm-thick silver films without the polymer layer were 0.9231, 0.9901, and 0.9889, respectively, and with the polymer layer 0.9228, 0.9951, and 0.9880, respectively when standard ethanol solutions with 0.1% intervals in the range of 20.0% to 20.5% were applied. The upper polymer layer has no effect on the R2. The prism modules of the 40-nm-thick spin-coated silver films had the highest R2 value of approximately 0.99. The durability of the 40 nm-thick spin-coated silver film with the 100 nm-thick polymer layer is much better than that without the upper low-loss polymer layer. The developed SPR image sensor module of the 40 nm-thick spin-coated silver film with the upper 100 nm-thick low-loss polymer film is expected to be a very cost-effective and robust solution because the films are formed at low temperatures in a short period of time without requiring a vacuum system and are very durable.

  8. Electron-beam-deposited thin polymer films - Electrical properties vs bombarding current.

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    Babcock, L. E.; Christy, R. W.

    1972-01-01

    Polymer films about 150 A thick, deposited on glass substrates by electron bombardment of tetramethyltetraphenyltrisiloxane, were studied, after being sandwiched between evaporated aluminum electrodes, the top one semitransparent. The capacitance, conductance, and photoconductance of the sandwiches were measured at room temperature as a function of the electron bombarding current which formed the polymer. The polymer thickness was obtained independently from Christy's (1960) empirical formula for the rate of formation. The obtained results indicate that, with increasing bombarding current, the polymer undergoes an increase in both crosslinking bonds and dangling bonds. Exposure to air drastically reduces the density of dangling bonds, but does not affect the crosslinking.

  9. Measuring Exciton Diffusion in Conjugated Polymer Films with Super-resolution Microscopy

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    Penwell, Samuel; Ginsberg, Lucas; Noriega Manez, Rodrigo; Ginsberg, Naomi

    2015-03-01

    Conjugated polymers are highly tunable organic semiconductors, which can be solution processed to form thin films, making them prime candidates for organic photovoltaic devices. One of the most important parameters in a conjugated polymer solar cell is the exciton diffusion length, which depends on intermolecular couplings, and is typically on the order of 10 nm. This mean exciton migration can vary dramatically between films and within a single film due to heterogeneities in morphology on length scales of 10's to 100's nm. To study the variability of exciton diffusion and morphology within individual conjugated polymer films, we are adapting stimulated emission depletion microscopy. STED is typically used in biology with well-engineered fluorescent labels or on NV-centers in diamond. I will, however, describe how we have demonstrated STED in conjugated polymer films of MEH-PPV and CN-PPV by taking care to first understand the film's photophysical properties. This new approach provides a way to study exciton diffusion by utilizing subdiffraction optical excitation volumes. In this way, we will obtain a spatiotemporal map of exciton distributions that will help to correlate the energetic landscape to film morphology at the nanoscale. This research is supported in part by the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE SCGF), made possible in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, administered by ORISE-ORAU under Contract No. DE-AC05-06.

  10. Deposition of Tungsten Thin Films on Flexible Polymer Substrates by Direct-Current Magnetron Sputtering

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    Zhang, Rui; Huo, Zhenxuan; Jiao, Xiangquan; Zhong, Hui; Shi, Yu

    2015-11-01

    We have investigated thin tungsten films deposited on polymer substrates by direct-current magnetron sputtering under different conditions. Unlike tungsten films deposited on rigid substrates, films on polymer substrates grew at appropriate sputtering power, low sputtering pressure, and low substrate temperature. High sputtering power results in tungsten films with good crystal orientation, compact microstructure, and low electrical resistivity. However, high-power sputtering damages the polymer substrates. Enhancing sputtering pressure substantially degrades tungsten orientation and increases electrical resistivity. Furthermore, a slight increase in substrate temperature results in tungsten films with good crystal orientation, a dense microstructure, and low electrical resistivity. Nonetheless, a high substrate temperature results in soft and deformed polymer substrates; this degrades tungsten crystal orientation and substantially roughens tungsten films. On the basis of this study, compact and flat tungsten films with low electrical resistivity can be obtained at a sputtering power of 69 W, a sputtering pressure of 1 Pa, a substrate temperature of 100°C, and a distance between target and substrate of 60 mm.

  11. Simultaneous retardation compensation during bending of plastic film coated with a polymer layer of opposite birefringence.

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    Jeong, Jinyoung; Park, Dabin; Lee, Ji-Hoon

    2016-11-01

    We proposed a method of eliminating the bending-induced retardation of a plastic film by coating it with a polymer layer with an opposite birefringence. We coated a polystyrene (PS) or a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layer on a polycarbonate (PC) plastic film. The bare PC film is composed of main-chain-type polymers and showed an increase in retardation with bending. The main-chains of the PC polymer are reoriented along the circular arc direction during bending, resulting in a positive birefringence. In contrast, the 11 wt. % PS-coated and the 19 wt. % PMMA-coated PC films showed minimal change in the retardation regardless of the radius of curvature. The PS and the PMMA polymers are of the side-chain-type, and the side-chains were aligned perpendicular to the circular arc direction during bending, resulting in a negative birefringence. Consequently, the bending-induced retardation of the PC film can be compensated by the PS or the PMMA layer during bending of the film. This method of compensating for the bending-induced retardation of the plastic film can be useful for flexible display applications.

  12. Heat transport in polymer thin films for micro/nano-manufacturing

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    Hung, Ming-Tsung

    The rapid growth in micro/nanotechnology has opened a great opportunity for polymer thin films and polymer nanocomposites. Thermal management or thermal effects in those applications need to be carefully examined. For example, the local heating in electron-beam lithography, emersion lithography, and scanning near field optical lithography may cause the degradation of photoresists and reduce the resolution. The development of many organic electronics, polymer micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) devices, and polymer nanocomposites may require the knowledge of heat transport in micro/nano-sized polymers. Thermolithography, a novel lithography, uses controlled localized heating to transfer patterns and requires the thermal conductivity data to control. It is of considerable scientific and technological interests for study heat transport in polymer thin films. Unlike bulk polymers that can be measured using commercially available instruments, polymer thin films are difficult to measure. In this manuscript, we develop the measurement techniques suitable for measuring thermal conductivity of polymer thin films and polymer nanocomposites. Using a microfabricated membrane-based device, we study the heat conduction in photoresists at difference process stages. This data is used in our thermolithography study, where we use microheater to study the kinetic of crosslinking reaction of photoresist. The feasibility of thermolithography and potential three dimensional micro/nano-fabrication is presented. The uniqueness of thermolithography is also demonstrated by patterning amorphous fluoropolymers. A modified hot-wire technique is used to measure the thermal conductivity of graphite nanoplatelet (GNP) reinforced nanocomposites, one of the promising candidates for multifunctional materials. Thermal interface resistance in GNP nanocomposites is investigated, which shows a strong effect on energy transport in the nanocomposites and can be diminished through surface treatment.

  13. Fabrication of Dye-Dispersed Optical-Quality Polymer Films by Coprecipitation of Cyanine Dye with Polymers

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    Hiraga, Takashi; Takarada, Shigeru; Tanaka, Norio; Hayamizu, Kikuko; Moriya, Tetsuo

    1994-09-01

    3,3'-Diethyloxadicarbocyanine iodide (DODCI)-dissolved polymer powders were formed by coprecipitation of DODCI with polymers [poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PHPMA), etc.]. An acetone solution of DODCI in which a purified polymer was also dissolved was injected into a large amount of n-hexane. The precipitated powder in n-hexane was filtered and then dried under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), and formed into a thin film by a hot-press method [Hiraga et al.: Chem. Lett. (1990) 2255]. Another method for preparing a powder by coprecipitation has successfully been developed using a vacuum process. The acetone solution of DODCI and polymer was directly injected into UHV from the liquid phase through a modified needle valve. Deposits were formed on a heat-controlled substrate through quick evaporation of a carrier solvent and they were hot-pressed to produce a thin transparent film. Condensed states of DODCI associates in these films have been analyzed by optical absorption and emission, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and NMR spectroscopy. A new technique to control the arrangement of dye associates in three-dimensional space has been proposed.

  14. Controlling the Location of Bare Nanoparticles in Polymer-Nanoparticle Blend Films by Adding Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles.

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    Sriramoju, Kishore Kumar; Padmanabhan, Venkat

    2015-06-26

    We present molecular dynamics simulations of polymer-nanoparticle blends in films containing both grafted and ungrafted nanoparticles where the particle cores are identical and grafted chains are similar to a matrix polymer. Our results indicate that it is possible to control the location of bare nanoparticles in the film by adding small amounts of polymer-grafted nanoparticles. In the presence of a substrate, bare particles are entropically pushed to the surface. We observed that the introduction of grafted particles to the blend prevents the migration of bare particles to the surface. This unusual behavior is caused by the formation of binary aspherical clusters due to the presence of grafted particles. Hence, parameters including grafting density and the length of the grafted polymer play a significant role in dictating the spatial arrangement of bare particles in the blend film. At higher values of these parameters, the grafted particle core is shielded from depletion attractions causing the density of bare particles to increase back near the surface.

  15. Polarized absorption spectra of aromatic radicals in stretched polymer film. 3. Radical ions of acridine and phenazine

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    Sekigucki, K.; Hiratsuka, H.; Tanizaki, Y.; Hatano, Y.

    1980-02-21

    Radical anions and cations of acridine and phenazine have been prepared in polymer film by ..gamma..-ray irradiation at 77 K. For the preparation of radical anions the sample was incorporated into polyethylene film by sec-butylamine, while for radical cations poly(vinyl chloride) film and sec-butyl chloride were used. Polarized absorption spectra of these radical ions have been measured in stretched polymer film and analyzed qualitatively in terms of molecular orbital calculations.

  16. Interfacial structure and electrical properties of transparent conducting ZnO thin films on polymer substrates.

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    Lim, Young Soo; Kim, Dae Wook; Kang, Jong-Ho; Seo, Seul Gi; Kim, Bo Bae; Choi, Hyoung-Seuk; Seo, Won-Seon; Cho, Yong Soo; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2013-08-01

    The effects of polymer substrates on the interfacial structure and the thermal stability of Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) thin films were investigated. The GZO thin films were deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering at room temperature, and thermal stability tests of the GZO thin films on the polymer substrates were performed at 150°C up to 8 h in air. Electrical and structural characterizations of the GZO thin films on the PET and the PEN substrates were carried out, and the origins of the stable interfacial structure and the improved thermal stability of the GZO thin film on the PEN substrate were discussed.

  17. Anomalous Drag Reduction and Hydrodynamic Interactions of Nanoparticles in Polymer Nanocomposite Thin Films

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    Basu, Jaydeep; Begam, Nafisa; Chandran, Sivasurender; Sprung, Michael

    2015-03-01

    One of the central dogma of fluid physics is the no-slip boundary condition whose validity has come under intense scrutiny, especially in the fields of micro and nanofluidics. Although various studies show the violation of the no-slip condition its effect on flow of colloidal particles in viscous media has been rarely explored. Here we report unusually large reduction of effective drag experienced by polymer grafted nanoparticles moving through a highly viscous film of polymer, well above its glass transition temperature. The extent of drag reduction increases with decreasing temperature and polymer film thickness. We also observe apparent divergence of the wave vector dependent hydrodynamic interaction function of these nanoparticles with an anomalous power law exponent of ~ 2 at the lowest temperatures and film thickness. Such strong hydrodynamic interactions are not expected in polymer melts where these interactions are known to be screened to molecular dimensions. We provide evidence for the presence of large hydrodynamic slip at the nanoparticle-polymer interface and demonstrate its tunability with temperature and confinement. Our study suggests novel physics emerging in dynamics nanoparticles due to confinement and interface wettability in thin films of polymer nanocomposites.

  18. Specular and Diffuse Reflectance of Phase-Separated Polymer Blend Films.

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    Nallapaneni, Asritha; Shawkey, Matthew D; Karim, Alamgir

    2017-06-01

    Diffuse reflectors have various applications in devices ranging from liquid crystal displays to light emitting diodes, to coatings. Herein, specular and diffuse reflectance from controlled phase separation of polymer blend films, a well-known self-organization process, are studied. Temperature-induced spinodal phase separation of polymer blend films in which one of the components is selectively extracted is shown to exhibit enhanced surface roughness as compared to unextracted films, leading to a notable increase of diffuse reflectance. Diffuse reflectance of UV-visible light from such selectively leached phase-separated blend films is determined by a synergy of varying lateral scale of phase separation (≈200 nm to 1 μm) and blend film surface roughness (0-40 nm). These critical parameters are controlled by tuning annealing time (0.5-3 h) and temperature (140, 150, 160 °C) of phase separation. Angle-resolved diffuse reflection studies show that the surface-roughened polymer films exhibit diffuse reflectance up to 40° from normal incident light in contrast to optically uniform as-cast films that exhibit largely specular reflectance. Furthermore, the intensity of the diffusively reflected light can be enhanced (300-700 nm) or reduced (220-300 nm) significantly by coating the leached phase-separated films with a thin silver over layer. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Modulation of surface stiffness and cell patterning on polymer films using micropatterns.

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    Sunami, Hiroshi; Shimizu, Yusuke; Denda, Junko; Yokota, Ikuko; Yoshizawa, Tomokazu; Uechi, Yukiko; Nakasone, Hitoshi; Igarashi, Yasuyuki; Kishimoto, Hidehiro; Matsushita, Masayuki

    2017-05-05

    Here, a new technology was developed to selectively produce areas of high and low surface Young's modulus on biomedical polymer films using micropatterns. First, an elastic polymer film was adhered to a striped micropattern to fabricate a micropattern-supported film. Next, the topography and Young's modulus of the film surface were mapped using atomic force microscopy. Contrasts between the concave and convex locations of the stripe pattern were obvious in the Young's modulus map, although the topographical map of the film surface appeared almost flat. The concave and convex locations of a polymer film supported by a different micropattern also contrasted clearly. The resulting Young's modulus map showed that the Young's modulus was higher at convex locations than at concave locations. Hence, regions of high and low stiffness can be locally generated based on the shape of the micropattern supporting the film. When cells were cultured on the micropattern-supported films, NIH3T3 fibroblasts preferentially accumulated in convex regions with high Young's moduli. These findings demonstrate that this new technology can regulate regions of high and low surface Young's modulus on a cellular scaffold with high planar resolution, as well as providing a method for directing cellular patterning. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. A laminated polymer film formulation for enteric delivery of live vaccine and probiotic bacteria.

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    de Barros, João M S; Scherer, Timothy; Charalampopoulos, Dimitrios; Khutoryanskiy, Vitaliy V; Edwards, Alexander D

    2014-07-01

    Live bacterial cells (LBCs) are administered orally as attenuated vaccines to deliver biopharmaceutical agents and as probiotics to improve gastrointestinal (GI) health. However, LBCs present unique formulation challenges and must survive GI antimicrobial defenses including gastric acid after administration. We present a simple new formulation concept, termed polymer film laminate (PFL). LBCs are ambient dried onto cast acid-resistant enteric polymer films that are then laminated together to produce a solid oral dosage form. LBC of a model live bacterial vaccine and a probiotic were dried directly onto a cast film of enteric polymer. The effectiveness at protecting dried cells in a simulated gastric fluid (SGF, pH 2.0) depended on the composition of enteric polymer film used, with a blend of ethylcellulose plus Eudragit L100 55 providing greater protection from acid than Eudragit alone. However, although PFL made from blended polymer films completely released low-molecular-weight dye into intestinal conditions (pH 7.0), they failed to release LBCs. In contrast, PFL made from Eudragit alone successfully protected dried probiotic or vaccine LBC from SGF for 2 h, and subsequently released all viable cells within 60 min of transfer into simulated intestinal fluid. Release kinetics could be controlled by modifying the lamination method.

  1. Fragility Nanoconfinement Effect in Thin Polymer Films: Novel Characterization by Ellipsometry

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    Lan, Tian; Torkelson, John

    2015-03-01

    A novel ellipsometry-based method was introduced to determine kinetic fragility in polymer films and to investigate the effect of nanoscale confinement on polymer fragility. Three systems were studied: polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), and PS doped with small molecule diluents of 1,10-bis-(1-pyrene)decane (BPD). In bulk-like films, fragility index measured by ellipsometry agreed very well with that by differential scanning calorimetry. With confinement, a dramatic decrease in fragility was observed in highly fragile PS and PC. The fragility decreased by 58% from 166 to 69 in PS and by 65% from 214 to 75 in PC as film thickness decreased from bulk to 27-28 nm; a substantially muted response was observed in the strongest of the three: PS + 2 wt% BPD, where the fragility decreased only 21% from 134 to 106 from a bulk film to a 27-nm-thick film. The larger fragility-confinement effect in more fragile polymers strongly correlates with a previous discovery of the Tg-confinement effect: the strength of the Tg-confinement effect increases with increasing fragility of bulk polymers. It indicates that bulk fragility is associated with the susceptibility of polymers to effects of nanoscale confinement.

  2. Experimental evidence of ultrathin polymer film stratification by AFM force spectroscopy.

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    Delorme, Nicolas; Chebil, Mohamed Souheib; Vignaud, Guillaume; Le Houerou, Vincent; Bardeau, Jean-François; Busselez, Rémi; Gibaud, Alain; Grohens, Yves

    2015-06-01

    By performing Atomic Force Microscopy measurements of pull-off force as a function of the temperature, we were able to probe the dynamic of supported thin polystyrene (PS) films. Thermal transitions induce modifications in the surface energy, roughness and surface modulus that are clearly detected by AFM and related to PS chain relaxation mechanisms. We demonstrated the existence of three transition temperatures that can be associated to the relaxation of polymer chains located at different depth regions within the polymer film. Independently of the film thickness, we have confirmed the presence of a region of high mobility for the polymer chains at the free interface. The thickness of this region is estimated to be above 7nm. The detection of a transition only present for film thicker than the gyration radius Rg is linked to the dynamics of polymer chains in a bulk conformation (i.e. not in contact with the free interface). We claim here that our results demonstrate, in agreement with other techniques, the stratification of thin polymer film depth profile in terms of relaxation behavior.

  3. Engineering polymer-fullerene thin films and solar cells with external fields

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    Cabral, Joao

    2014-03-01

    Trace amounts of nanoparticles, including fullerenes, can impart stability to thin polymer films against dewetting by the combined effects of pinning the contact lines of dewetting holes and by effectively altering the polymer-substrate interaction. Polymer nanocomposite (meta)stable thin films can yield well-defined morphologies from uniform to spinodal-like, via spontaneous polymer-nanoparticle phase separation and crystallization. Confinement breaks the structural isotropy and generally causes (partial) segregation of components orthogonally to the film surface. Surface energy patterning can thus modulate composition and morphology, both in plane and normal to the surface. Further, UV-visible, and even background, light exposure, in both solutions and melts, is shown to tune the solution stucture and morphology of dewetting and phase separating polymer-fullerene thin films. Neutron reflectivity allows us to locate the various constituents within the film. We find a coupling of fullerene photo-sensitivity and both self-assembly processes which results in controlled pattern formation, and we illustrate the potential with a model polymer-fullerene circuit pattern. We then translate this approach into the directed assembly of energy harvesting bulk heterojunctions thin films. Indeed, a key challenge to the commercialization of organic solar cells remains the achievement of morphological stability, particularly under thermal stress conditions. The directed assembly a blend polymer:PC60BM solar cells via a simple light processing step results in a 10-100 fold increase in device thermal stability and, under certain conditions, enhanced device performance. The enhanced stability is linked to the light-induced oligomerisation of PC60BM that effectively hinders diffusion and crystallization in blends. This effect appears to be general and promises to be an effective and cost-effective strategy to optimize fullerene-based solar cell performance.

  4. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Processing of Barium Titanate Nanoparticles Embedded in Polymer Films.

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    Toomey, Michael D; Gao, Kai; Mendis, Gamini P; Slamovich, Elliott B; Howarter, John A

    2015-12-30

    Barium titanate nanoparticles embedded in flexible polymer films were synthesized using hydrothermal processing methods. The resulting films were characterized with respect to material composition, size distribution of nanoparticles, and spatial location of particles within the polymer film. Synthesis conditions were varied based on the mechanical properties of the polymer films, ratio of polymer to barium titanate precursors, and length of aging time between initial formulations of the solution to final processing of nanoparticles. Block copolymers of poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (SMAh) were used to spatially separate titanium precursors based on specific chemical interactions with the maleic anhydride moiety. However, the glassy nature of this copolymer restricted mobility of the titanium precursors during hydrothermal processing. The addition of rubbery butadiene moieties, through mixing of the SMAh with poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene) (SBS) copolymer, increased the nanoparticle dispersion as a result of greater diffusivity of the titanium precursor via higher mobility of the polymer matrix. Additionally, an aminosilane was used as a means to retard cross-linking in polymer-metalorganic solutions, as the titanium precursor molecules were shown to react and form networks prior to hydrothermal processing. By adding small amounts of competing aminosilane, excessive cross-linking was prevented without significantly impacting the quality and composition of the final barium titanate nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to verify nanoparticle compositions. Particle sizes within the polymer films were measured to be 108 ± 5 nm, 100 ± 6 nm, and 60 ± 5 nm under different synthetic conditions using electron microscopy. Flexibility of the films was assessed through measurement of the glass transition temperature using dynamic mechanical analysis. Dielectric permittivity was measured using an impedance analyzer.

  5. Formation of hybrid films from perylenediimide-labeled core-shell silica-polymer nanoparticles.

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    Ribeiro, Tânia; Fedorov, Aleksander; Baleizão, Carlos; Farinha, José Paulo S

    2013-07-01

    We prepared water-dispersible core-shell nanoparticles with a perylenediimide-labeled silica core and a poly(butyl methacrylate) shell, for application in photoactive high performance coatings. Films cast from water dispersions of the core-shell nanoparticles are flexible and transparent, featuring homogeneously dispersed silica nanoparticles, and exhibiting fluorescence under appropriate excitation. We characterized the film formation process using nanoparticles where the polymer shell has been labeled with either a non-fluorescent N-benzophenone derivative (NBen) or a fluorescent phenanthrene derivative (PheBMA). We used Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from PheBMA to NBen to follow the interparticle interdiffusion of the polymer anchored to the silica surface that occurs after the dried dispersions are annealing above the glass transition temperature of the polymer. By calculating the evolution of the FRET quantum efficiency with annealing time, we could estimate the approximate fraction of mixing (fm) between polymer from neighbor particles, and from this, the apparent diffusion coefficients (Dapp) for this process. For long annealing times, the limiting values of fm are slightly lower than for films of pure PBMA particles at similar temperatures (go up to 80% of total possible mixing). The corresponding diffusion coefficients are also very similar to those reported for films of pure PBMA, indicating that the fact that the polymer chains are anchored to the silica particles does not significantly hinder the diffusion process during the initial part of the mixing process. From the temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficients, we found an effective activation energy for diffusion of Ea=38 kcal/mol, very similar to the value obtained for particles of the same polymer without the silica core. With these results, we show that, although the polymer is grafted to the silica surface, polymer interdiffusion during film formation is not significantly

  6. Synthesis of novel electrically conducting polymers: Potential conducting Langmuir-Blodgett films and conducting polymers on defined surfaces

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    Zimmer, Hans

    1993-01-01

    Based on previous results involving thiophene derived electrically conducting polymers in which it was shown that thiophene, 3-substituted thiophenes, furans, and certain oligomers of these compounds showed electrical conductivity after polymerization. The conductivity was in the order of up to 500 S/cm. In addition, these polymers showed conductivity without being doped and most of all they were practically inert toward ambient conditions. They even could be used in aqueous media. With these findings as a guide, a number of 3-long-chain-substituted thiophenes and 1-substituted-3-long-chain substituted pyrrols were synthesized as monomers for potential polymeric electrically conducting Langmuir-Blodgett films.

  7. Directed self-assembly of block copolymers for high breakdown strength polymer film capacitors

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    Samant, Saumil P.; Grabowski, Christopher A.; Kisslinger, Kim; Yager, Kevin G.; Yuan, Guangcui; Satija, Sushil K.; Durstock, Michael F.; Raghavan, Dharmaraj; Karim, Alamgir

    2016-03-04

    Emerging needs for fast charge/discharge yet high-power, lightweight, and flexible electronics requires the use of polymer-film-based solid-state capacitors with high energy densities. Fast charge/discharge rates of film capacitors on the order of microseconds are not achievable with slower charging conventional batteries, supercapacitors and related hybrid technologies. However, the current energy densities of polymer film capacitors fall short of rising demand, and could be significantly enhanced by increasing the breakdown strength (EBD) and dielectric permittivity (εr) of the polymer films. Co-extruded two-homopolymer component multilayered films have demonstrated much promise in this regard showing higher EBD over that of component polymers. Multilayered films can also help incorporate functional features besides energy storage, such as enhanced optical, mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In this work, we report accomplishing multilayer, multicomponent block copolymer dielectric films (BCDF) with soft-shear driven highly oriented self-assembled lamellar diblock copolymers (BCP) as a novel application of this important class of self-assembling materials. Results of a model PS-b-PMMA system show ~50% enhancement in EBD of self-assembled multilayer lamellar BCP films compared to unordered as-cast films, indicating that the breakdown is highly sensitive to the nanostructure of the BCP. The enhancement in EBD is attributed to the “barrier effect”, where the multiple interfaces between the lamellae block components act as barriers to the dielectric breakdown through the film. The increase in EBD corresponds to more than doubling the energy storage capacity using a straightforward directed self-assembly strategy. Lastly, this approach opens a new nanomaterial paradigm for designing high energy density dielectric materials.

  8. Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers for High Breakdown Strength Polymer Film Capacitors

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    Samant, Saumil P.; Grabowski, Christopher A.; Kisslinger, Kim; Yager, Kevin G.; Yuan, Guangcui; Satija, Sushil K.; Durstock, Michael F.; Raghavan, Dharmaraj; Karim, Alamgir

    2016-03-04

    Emerging needs for fast charge/discharge yet high-power, lightweight, and flexible electronics requires the use of polymer-film-based solid-state capacitors with high energy densities. Fast charge/discharge rates of film capacitors on the order of microseconds are not achievable with slower charging conventional batteries, supercapacitors and related hybrid technologies. However, the current energy densities of polymer film capacitors fall short of rising demand, and could be significantly enhanced by increasing the breakdown strength (EBD) and dielectric permittivity (εr) of the polymer films. Co-extruded two-homopolymer component multilayered films have demonstrated much promise in this regard showing higher EBD over that of component polymers. Multilayered films can also help incorporate functional features besides energy storage, such as enhanced optical, mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In this work, we report accomplishing multilayer, multicomponent block copolymer dielectric films (BCDF) with soft-shear driven highly oriented self-assembled lamellar diblock copolymers (BCP) as a novel application of this important class of self-assembling materials. Results of a model PS-b-PMMA system show ~50% enhancement in EBD of self-assembled multilayer lamellar BCP films compared to unordered as-cast films, indicating that the breakdown is highly sensitive to the nanostructure of the BCP. The enhancement in EBD is attributed to the “barrier effect”, where the multiple interfaces between the lamellae block components act as barriers to the dielectric breakdown through the film. The increase in EBD corresponds to more than doubling the energy storage capacity using a straightforward directed self-assembly strategy. This approach opens a new nanomaterial paradigm for designing high energy density dielectric materials.

  9. Directed self-assembly of block copolymers for high breakdown strength polymer film capacitors

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    2016-03-04

    Emerging needs for fast charge/discharge yet high-power, lightweight, and flexible electronics requires the use of polymer-film-based solid-state capacitors with high energy densities. Fast charge/discharge rates of film capacitors on the order of microseconds are not achievable with slower charging conventional batteries, supercapacitors and related hybrid technologies. However, the current energy densities of polymer film capacitors fall short of rising demand, and could be significantly enhanced by increasing the breakdown strength (EBD) and dielectric permittivity (εr) of the polymer films. Co-extruded two-homopolymer component multilayered films have demonstrated much promise in this regard showing higher EBD over that of component polymers. Multilayeredmore » films can also help incorporate functional features besides energy storage, such as enhanced optical, mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In this work, we report accomplishing multilayer, multicomponent block copolymer dielectric films (BCDF) with soft-shear driven highly oriented self-assembled lamellar diblock copolymers (BCP) as a novel application of this important class of self-assembling materials. Results of a model PS-b-PMMA system show ~50% enhancement in EBD of self-assembled multilayer lamellar BCP films compared to unordered as-cast films, indicating that the breakdown is highly sensitive to the nanostructure of the BCP. The enhancement in EBD is attributed to the “barrier effect”, where the multiple interfaces between the lamellae block components act as barriers to the dielectric breakdown through the film. The increase in EBD corresponds to more than doubling the energy storage capacity using a straightforward directed self-assembly strategy. Lastly, this approach opens a new nanomaterial paradigm for designing high energy density dielectric materials.« less

  10. Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers for High Breakdown Strength Polymer Film Capacitors.

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    Samant, Saumil P; Grabowski, Christopher A; Kisslinger, Kim; Yager, Kevin G; Yuan, Guangcui; Satija, Sushil K; Durstock, Michael F; Raghavan, Dharmaraj; Karim, Alamgir

    2016-03-01

    Emerging needs for fast charge/discharge yet high-power, lightweight, and flexible electronics requires the use of polymer-film-based solid-state capacitors with high energy densities. Fast charge/discharge rates of film capacitors on the order of microseconds are not achievable with slower charging conventional batteries, supercapacitors and related hybrid technologies. However, the current energy densities of polymer film capacitors fall short of rising demand, and could be significantly enhanced by increasing the breakdown strength (EBD) and dielectric permittivity (εr) of the polymer films. Co-extruded two-homopolymer component multilayered films have demonstrated much promise in this regard showing higher EBD over that of component polymers. Multilayered films can also help incorporate functional features besides energy storage, such as enhanced optical, mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In this work, we report accomplishing multilayer, multicomponent block copolymer dielectric films (BCDF) with soft-shear driven highly oriented self-assembled lamellar diblock copolymers (BCP) as a novel application of this important class of self-assembling materials. Results of a model PS-b-PMMA system show ∼50% enhancement in EBD of self-assembled multilayer lamellar BCP films compared to unordered as-cast films, indicating that the breakdown is highly sensitive to the nanostructure of the BCP. The enhancement in EBD is attributed to the "barrier effect", where the multiple interfaces between the lamellae block components act as barriers to the dielectric breakdown through the film. The increase in EBD corresponds to more than doubling the energy storage capacity using a straightforward directed self-assembly strategy. This approach opens a new nanomaterial paradigm for designing high energy density dielectric materials.

  11. Quantitative Assessment of Coumarin-Containing Polymer Film's Capability for Photoalignment of Liquid Crystals

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    Kim, C.; Wallace, J.U.; Trajkovska, A.; Ou, J.J.; Chen, S.H.

    2007-12-12

    The photoalignment of a nematic fluid, E-7, and a glassy-nematic oligofluorene, F(MB)5, was investigated on films of Polymers 1 and 2 in the parallel regime. Polarized absorption spectroscopy and computational chemistry were employed to characterize coumarin monomer's and dimer's molar extinction coefficients and to locate absorption dipoles as parallel to their long molecular axes. Moreover, their orientational order parameters, S_m and S_d, were experimentally determined as functions of the extent of dimerization. Higher S_d and Y_d, coumarin dimer's mole fraction, were achieved in films of Polymer 1 than in Polymer 2 because of the greater coumarin mobility of the former. The ability of a coumarin-containing photoalignment film to orient a spin-cast F(MB)5 film was found to improve with increasing Y_d S_d to an extent comparable to that of a rubbed polyimide film. Because of the relatively short lengths of its constituent molecules, E-7 was oriented equally well on both polymer films regardless of the Y_d S_d values.

  12. Porous structures of polymer films prepared by spin coating with mixed solvents under humid condition.

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    Park, Min Soo; Joo, Wonchul; Kim, Jin Kon

    2006-05-09

    We investigate the effects of interfacial energy between water and solvent as well as polymer concentration on the formation of porous structures of polymer films prepared by spin coating of cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) in mixed solvent of tetrahydrofuran (THF) and chloroform under humid condition. The interfacial energy between water and the solvent was gradually changed by the addition of chloroform to the solvent. At a high polymer concentration (0.15 g/cm3 in THF), porous structures were limited only at the top surfaces of CAB films, regardless of interfacial energies, due to the high viscosity of the solution. At a medium concentration (approximately 0.08 g/cm3 in THF), CAB film had relatively uniform pores at the top surface and very small pores inside the film because of the mixing of the water droplets with THF solution. When chloroform was added to THF, pores at the inner CAB film had a comparable size with those at the top surface because of the reduced degree of the mixing between the water droplets and the mixed solvent. A further decrease in polymer concentration (0.05 g/cm3 in THF) caused the final films to have a two-layer porous structure, and the size of pores at each layer was almost the same.

  13. Graphene Oxide-Polymer Composite Langmuir Films Constructed by Interfacial Thiol-Ene Photopolymerization.

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    Luo, Xiaona; Ma, Kai; Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Ruirui; Zhang, Lexin; Zhou, Jingxin; Li, Bingbing

    2017-12-01

    The effective synthesis and self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites are of key importance for a broad range of nanomaterial applications. In this work, a one-step chemical strategy is presented to synthesize stable GO-polymer Langmuir composite films by interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization at room temperature, without use of any crosslinking agents and stabilizing agents. It is discovered that photopolymerization reaction between thiol groups modified GO sheets and ene in polymer molecules is critically responsible for the formation of the composite Langmuir films. The film formed by Langmuir assembly of such GO-polymer composite films shows potential to improve the mechanical and chemical properties and promotes the design of various GO-based nanocomposites. Thus, the GO-polymer composite Langmuir films synthesized by interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization with such a straightforward and clean manner, provide new alternatives for developing chemically modified GO-based hybrid self-assembled films and nanomaterials towards a range of soft matter and graphene applications.

  14. Graphene Oxide-Polymer Composite Langmuir Films Constructed by Interfacial Thiol-Ene Photopolymerization

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    Luo, Xiaona; Ma, Kai; Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Ruirui; Zhang, Lexin; Zhou, Jingxin; Li, Bingbing

    2017-02-01

    The effective synthesis and self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites are of key importance for a broad range of nanomaterial applications. In this work, a one-step chemical strategy is presented to synthesize stable GO-polymer Langmuir composite films by interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization at room temperature, without use of any crosslinking agents and stabilizing agents. It is discovered that photopolymerization reaction between thiol groups modified GO sheets and ene in polymer molecules is critically responsible for the formation of the composite Langmuir films. The film formed by Langmuir assembly of such GO-polymer composite films shows potential to improve the mechanical and chemical properties and promotes the design of various GO-based nanocomposites. Thus, the GO-polymer composite Langmuir films synthesized by interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization with such a straightforward and clean manner, provide new alternatives for developing chemically modified GO-based hybrid self-assembled films and nanomaterials towards a range of soft matter and graphene applications.

  15. Photo-Induced Bending Behavior of Post-Crosslinked Liquid Crystalline Polymer/Polyurethane Blend Films.

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    Pang, Xinlei; Xu, Bo; Qing, Xin; Wei, Jia; Yu, Yanlei

    2017-06-30

    Photoresponsive blend films with post-crosslinked liquid crystalline polymer (CLCP) as a photosensitive component and flexible polyurethane (PU) as the matrix are successfully fabricated. After being uniaxially stretched, even at low concentration, the azobenzene-containing CLCP effectively transfers its photoresponsiveness to the photoinert PU matrix, resulting in the fast photo-induced bending behavior of whole blend film thanks to the effective dispersion of CLCP. Specifically, the blend film shows photo-induced deformations upon exposure to unpolarized UV light at ambient temperature. The film unbends after thermal treatment, and the randomly orientated mesogens in the film can be realigned by the mechanical stretching, which endows the film with a reversible deformation behavior. The photosensitive blend film possesses favorable mechanical property and good processability at low cost, and it is a promising candidate for a new generation of actuators. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Optical field-induced surface relief formation on chalcogenide and azo-benzene polymer films

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    Teteris, J.; Gertners, U.

    2012-08-01

    The dependence of the surface relief formation in amorphous As2S3 and Disperse Red 1dye grafted polyurethane polymer films on the polarization state of recording light was studied. It is shown that the direction of mass transport on the film surface is determined by the direction of light electric vector and photoinduced anisotropy in the film. We propose a photoinduced dielectropfhoretic model to explain the photoinduced mass transport in amorphous films. Model is based on the photoinduced softening of the matrix, formation of defects with enhanced or decreased polarizability, and their drift under the electrical field gradient of light.

  17. Deviations of the glass transition temperature in amorphous conjugated polymer thin films

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    Liu, Dan; Osuna Orozco, Rodrigo; Wang, Tao

    2013-08-01

    The deviations of the glass transition temperature (Tg) in thin films of an amorphous conjugated polymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N-(4-butylphenyl)diphenylamine) (TFB) are reported. Monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations are observed in TFB thin films supported on Si-SiOx and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), respectively. A three-layer model is developed to fit both monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations in these films. A 5-nm PEDOT:PSS capping layer was not found to be effective to remove the free-surface effect in Si-SiOx supported TFB films.

  18. A new generation of electrochemical supercapacitors based on layer-by-layer polymer films

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    Christinelli, Wania Ap.; Gonçalves, Roger; Pereira, Ernesto C.

    2016-01-01

    Here we report supercapacitors fabricated with the layer-by-layer (LBL) technique using two polymers, namely poly(o-methoxyaniline) (POMA) and poly(3-thiophene acetic acid) (PTAA). The electrochemical performances of POMA/PTAA supercapacitors were characterized by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results were compared with POMA casting film. The specific capacitance of LBL films increases almost linearly with a number of bilayers which were not observed for POMA casting films. The results of this investigation demonstrate that the self-doping effect between POMA and PTAA can change the properties on films and can be successfully used as a supercapacitor technology.

  19. Acoustic properties of alumina colloidal/polymer nano-composite film on silicon.

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    Zhang, Rui; Cao, Wenwu; Zhou, Qifa; Cha, Jung Hyui; Shung, K Kirk; Huang, Yuhong

    2007-03-01

    Alumina colloidal/polymer composite films on silicon substrates have been successfully fabricated using the sol-gel method, in which the crystallite sizes of alumina are between 20 and 50 nm. The density and ultrasonic phase velocities in these films with different alumina ratios from 14% to 32% were measured at the desired operating frequency. We have proved that the density, acoustic phase velocities, and hence the acoustic impedance of the nano-composite films increase with the alumina content, which gives us another option of tailoring the acoustic impedance of the nano-composite film for making the matching layer of high-frequency medical ultrasonic transducers.

  20. Polymer thin films containing Eu(III) complex as lanthanide lasing medium

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    Hasegawa, Yasuchika; Wada, Yuji; Yanagida, Shozo; Kawai, Hideki; Yasuda, Naoki; Nagamura, Toshihiko

    2003-10-01

    Direct evidence of lanthanide(III) lasing using Eu(III) complex in polymer thin films (threshold level <0.05 mJ) is reported. The thin film consists of polystyrene containing Eu(III) complexes based on two criteria: (1) Higher emission quantum yield of Eu(III) complexes, which increases the rs (energy density), and (2) faster radiation rate at large B (Einstein coefficient). The microcavity was constructed by coating a glass substrate with a film having a high refractive index. The film thickness was found to be 1.71 mm. The threshold level for laser transmission was found to be <0.05 mJ.

  1. Structure-property relation in HPMC polymer films plasticized with Sorbitol

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    Prakash, Y.; Somashekarappa, H.; Mahadevaiah, Somashekar, R.

    2013-06-01

    A correlation study on physical and mechanical properties of Hydroxy propyl-methylcellulose (HPMC) polymer films plasticized with different weight ratio of Sorbitol, prepared using solution casting method, was carried out using wide angle X-ray technique and universal testing machine. It is found that the crystallanity decreases as the concentration of Sorbitol increases up to a certain concentration and there afterwards increases. Measured Physical Properties like tensile strength decreases and elongation (%) increases indicating increase in the flexibility of the films. These observations confirm the correlation between microstructal parameters and mechanical properties of films. These films are suitable for packaging food products.

  2. Preparation of [100] oriented SrTiO3 thin films on flexible polymer sheets

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    Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Morita, Yusuke; Kusunoki, Masanobu; Hontsu, Shigeki; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Endo, Tamio

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we prepared a uniaxially oriented oxide on a flexible polymer substrate. We first grew [100] oriented SrTiO3 (STO) on a MgO(100) substrate. After bonding the STO film to a poly(ethylene naphthalete) (PEN) sheet with a photoresist, we etched the MgO substrate with a phosphoric acid solution to transfer the oxide film to the PEN sheet. The thin (300 nm) STO films did not crack after release, even after bending the sheet around a rod with a 1 cm radius, while the thicker (800 nm) films did. Ultimately, this process could be adapted to prepare a flexible epitaxial oxide.

  3. Controlling self-assembly and ordering of block polymer nanostructures in thin films

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    Luo, Ming

    Block polymers have garnered significant attention in the past few decades due to their ability to self-assemble into a boundless array of structures such as spheres, cylinders, gyroid, and lamellae. The sizes of the periodical structures typically are 5 - 100 nm, making them ideal for emerging nanotechnologies, such as nanolithography, nanotemplating, nanoporous membranes, and photonics devices. Many of these applications require thin film geometries, in which the block polymers form well-ordered nanostructures and precisely controlled domain orientations. Understanding the factors that affect thin film phase behavior and being able to control the nanostructures, domain orientation, and domain ordering in thin film is essential to realizing the full potential of these unique materials. In this dissertation, I describe significant efforts to manipulate the block polymer thin film structures, direct the nanostructure ordering, and understand the connection between the macromolecular molecular structures and the block polymer properties. First, substrate surface modification with chlorosilane was employed to manipulate the nanostructure of poly(styrene- b-isoprene-b-styrene) (SIS) thin films. A morphological transformation from parallel cylinders to hexagonally perforated lamellae (HPL) was identified, in a high-throughput fashion, using gradient methods. The gradient methods are highly adaptable for the possible universal manipulation of thin film nanostructures. Second, rastering solvent vapor annealing - soft shear method was developed and demonstrated as a simple, yet highly effective method to achieve macroscopic alignment of SIS cylinders. This method substantially improves on previous approaches by using simple instrumentation to unlock an array of alignment patterns with a variety of self-assembling polymers and provides feasibility and flexibility for practical industrial production. Next, the interfacial mixing characteristics of tapered block polymer were

  4. Critical Material Attributes of Strip Films Loaded With Poorly Water-Soluble Drug Nanoparticles: II. Impact of Polymer Molecular Weight.

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    Krull, Scott M; Ammirata, Jennifer; Bawa, Sonia; Li, Meng; Bilgili, Ecevit; Davé, Rajesh N

    2017-02-01

    Recent work established polymer strip films as a robust platform for delivery of poorly water-soluble drug particles. However, a simple means of manipulating rate of drug release from films with minimal impact on film mechanical properties has yet to be demonstrated. This study explores the impact of film-forming polymer molecular weight (MW) and concentration on properties of polymer films loaded with poorly water-soluble drug nanoparticles. Nanoparticles of griseofulvin, a model Biopharmaceutics Classification System class II drug, were prepared in aqueous suspension via wet stirred media milling. Aqueous solutions of 3 viscosity grades of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (14, 21, and 88 kDa) at 3 viscosity levels (∼9500, ∼12,000, and ∼22,000 cP) were mixed with drug suspension, cast, and dried to produce films containing griseofulvin nanoparticles. Few differences in film tensile strength or elongation at break were observed between films within each viscosity level regardless of polymer MW despite requiring up to double the time to achieve 100% drug release. This suggests film-forming polymer MW can be used to manipulate drug release with little impact on film mechanical properties by matching polymer solution viscosity. In addition, changing polymer MW and concentration had no negative impact on drug content uniformity or nanoparticle redispersibility. Copyright © 2017 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Styrene-Butadiene Co-Polymer Based Highly Conducting and Flexible Polymer Composite Film with Low Percolation Threshold

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    Mathew, Anisha Mary; Neena, P.

    2011-10-01

    Conducting polymer composites are finding novel applications in various fields especially in device technology. In this work an effort has been made to synthesize polyaniline-synthetic rubber (Styrene-butadiene rubber) composite via ex-situ technique and its electrochemical properties are investigated. Highly conducting emeraldine form of polyaniline (20 S/cm) is prepared by the oxidative polymerization of aniline in aqueous acidic (CSA) media using ammonium peroxydisulfate as oxidizing agent. These composite films are characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy to investigate their optical properties. The dc conductivity studies indicate that these composite films show extremely low percolation threshold.

  6. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy Of High Performance Polymer Films Under CO{sub 2} Pressure

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    Quarles, C. A.; Klaehn, John R.; Peterson, Eric S.; Urban-Klaehn, Jagoda M.

    2011-06-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements are reported for six polymer films as a function of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) absolute pressure ranging from 0 to 45 psi. Since the polymer films were thin and did not absorb all positrons, corrections were made in the lifetime analysis for the absorption of positrons in the positron source and sample holder using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. The studied polymers are found to behave differently from each other. Some polymers form positronium and others, such as the polyimide structures, do not. For those polymers that form positronium an interpretation in terms of free volume is possible; for those that don't form positronium, further work is needed to determine how best to describe the behavior in terms of the bulk positron annihilation parameters. A few of the studied polymers exhibit changes in positron lifetime and intensity under CO{sub 2} pressure which may be described by the Henry or Langmuir sorption models, while the positron response of other polymers is rather insensitive to the CO{sub 2} pressure. The results demonstrate the usefulness of positron annihilation spectroscopy in investigating the sorption of CO{sub 2} into various polymers at pressures up to about 3 atm (45psi).

  7. Photochemical Immobilization of Polymers on a Surface: Controlling Film Thickness and Wettability.

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    Carroll, Gregory T; Turro, Nicholas J; Mammana, Angela; Koberstein, Jeffrey T

    2017-10-01

    In this manuscript, we demonstrate the control of film thickness and surface wettability in the photochemical immobilization of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) to a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) containing a phthalimide chromophore. Surface attachment is characterized by ellipsometry and contact angle measurements. The wettability of the resulting films is shown to depend on the chemical composition of the polymer. The film thickness is shown to depend on the irradiation time and molecular weight of the polymer. Using a photomask, micropatterns of polymers can be grafted to the SAM. The photopatterned surface can be "developed" by coating with a thin layer of a mixture containing poly (styrene) (PS) and triphenylsulfonium triflate. © 2017 The American Society of Photobiology.

  8. Ultrafast all-fibre laser mode-locked by polymer-free carbon nanotube film.

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    Kobtsev, Sergey; Ivanenko, Aleksey; Gladush, Yury G; Nyushkov, Boris; Kokhanovskiy, Alexey; Anisimov, Anton S; Nasibulin, Albert G

    2016-12-12

    This work for the first time reports the results on study of a polymer-free carbon nanotube (CNT) films used as a saturable absorber in an all-fibre laser. It is demonstrated that free-standing single-walled CNT films fabricated by an aerosol method are able to ensure generation of transform-limited pulses in an Er all-fibre ring laser with duration of several picoseconds and high quality of mode locking. The optimal average output power levels are identified, amounting to 0.4-0.5 mW depending on the linear transmission of the studied samples (60% or 80%). Application of polymer-free CNT films solves problems related to degradation of conventional polymer matrices of CNT-based saturable absorbers and paves the way to longer-lasting and more reliable saturable absorbers compatible with all-fibre laser configurations.

  9. Time-dependent charge distributions in polymer films under electron beam irradiation

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    Yasuda, Masaaki; Kainuma, Yasuaki; Kawata, Hiroaki; Hirai, Yoshihiko; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Watanabe, Rikio; Kotera, Masatoshi

    2008-12-15

    The time-dependent charge distribution in polymer film under electron beam irradiation is studied by both experiment and numerical simulation. In the experiment, the distribution is measured with the piezoinduced pressure wave propagation method. In the simulation, the initial charge distribution is obtained by the Monte Carlo method of electron scattering, and the charge drift in the specimen is simulated by taking into account the Poisson equation, the charge continuity equation, Ohm's law, and the radiation-induced conductivity. The results obtained show that the negative charge deposited in the polymer film, whose top and bottom surfaces are grounded, drifts toward both grounded electrodes and that twin peaks appear in the charge distribution. The radiation-induced conductivity plays an important role in determining the charge distribution in the polymer films under electron beam irradiation.

  10. Highly Flexible and Planar Supercapacitors Using Graphite Flakes/Polypyrrole in Polymer Lapping Film.

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    Raj, C Justin; Kim, Byung Chul; Cho, Won-Je; Lee, Won-gil; Jung, Sang-Don; Kim, Yong Hee; Park, Sang Yeop; Yu, Kook Hyun

    2015-06-24

    Flexible supercapacitor electrodes have been fabricated by simple fabrication technique using graphite nanoflakes on polymer lapping films as flexible substrate. An additional thin layer of conducting polymer polypyrrole over the electrode improved the surface conductivity and exhibited excellent electrochemical performances. Such capacitor films showed better energy density and power density with a maximum capacitance value of 37 mF cm(-2) in a half cell configuration using 1 M H2SO4 electrolyte, 23 mF cm(-2) in full cell, and 6 mF cm(-2) as planar cell configuration using poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/phosphoric acid (H3PO4) solid state electrolyte. Moreover, the graphite nanoflakes/polypyrrole over polymer lapping film demonstrated good flexibility and cyclic stability.

  11. Ferroelectric polymer thin films for solid-state non-volatile random access memory applications

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    Kaza, Swaroop

    Electronic polymers offer significant advantages towards ubiquitous computing due to their low-cost, flexibility and benign fabrication conditions. In this research, ferroelectric polymers were investigated for usage in non-volatile memory applications. The work is focused on the fabrication and ferroelectricity of Polyvinylidene-trifluoroethylene and Polyamide-11 (Nylon-11) thin films. Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and its copolymers were the first class of ferroelectric polymers discovered. Although the processes and properties of PVDF and copolymers have been extensively studied, most of the reports have been on polymers in the bulk form. This work focuses on thin films of PVDF-TrFE (75:25) copolymer fabricated by solution spin-casting. Remnant polarization, Pr, of the thin films was measured to be 6 muC/cm 2 with a coercive field, Ec, of 60 MV/m. The thin film properties are highly dependent on the temperature of crystallization and is attributed to the amount of all-trans beta-phase and crystallinity. Fatigue, defined as polarization loss with repeated switching, was studied and a model based on space charge formation was proposed as the fatigue mechanism. Space charge formation was proposed to be caused by electrochemical reaction of ions (F-) at electrodes and accumulations of detrapped ions at grain boundaries. Incorporating a F- scavenger and forming small crystallites was both observed to decrease fatigue. Nylon-11 and other odd-nylons are the only other class of polymers that have been reported to exhibit ferroelectric D-E hysteresis. The published work has almost exclusively been reported on melt-quenched and cold-drawn bulk polymers and consequently there is no literature on ferroelectricity in thin film odd-nylons. The present work developed a process for the fabrication of ferroelectric thin films of nylon-11 by spin-casting. Among the solvents tested, only a solution with m-cresol was observed to result in ferroelectricity in spun films and could

  12. Suppression of quantum dot blinking in DTT-doped polymer films

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    Antelman, Josh; Ebenstein, Yuval; Dertinger, Thomas; Michalet, Xavier; Weiss, Shimon

    2009-01-01

    In this report we evaluate the emission properties of single quantum dots embedded in a thin, thiol containing polymer film. We report the suppression of quantum dot blinking leading to a continuous photon flux from both organic and water soluble quantum dots and demonstrate their application as robust fluorescent point sources for ultrahigh resolution localization. In addition, we apply the polymer coating to cell samples immunostained with antibody conjugated QDs and show that fluorescence intensity from the polymer embedded cells shows no sign of degradation after 67 hours of continuous excitation. The reported thin polymer film coating may prove advantageous for immuno-cyto/histo-chemistry as well as for the fabrication of quantum dot containing devices requiring a reliable and stable photon source (including a single photon source) or stable charge characteristics while maintaining intimate contact between the quantum dot and the surrounding matrix. PMID:20161096

  13. Porous polymer films templated by marangoni flow-induced water droplet arrays.

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    Cai, Yangjun; Zhang Newby, Bi-min

    2009-07-07

    In this article, we report the development of a novel, simple, and cost-effective method for fabricating porous polymer films with controllable interpore distances, pore sizes, and arrangements using water droplets induced by Marangoni flow as templates. First, a spread-thin ethanol film on a partially water-wettable substrate is exposed to a humid airflow, facilitating the evaporation and recession of the ethanol film. Meanwhile, water in the airflow condenses on the ethanol film and accumulates near the receding contact line, which induces the formation of water fingers at the receding contact line and, finally, ordered arrays of water droplets after detachment. The formation of the hexagonal and square arrays of water droplets is due to the pinning and sliding of the water fingers on the silicone oxide (SiOx) and silicon (Si) substrates, respectively. By varying the thickness of the ethanol film spread on the Si substrate, the sliding velocity of water fingers can be tuned, subsequently leading to the fabrication of other arrangements. The interdroplet distance and droplet size can be dependently controlled by tuning the humidity of the airflow. The ordered arrays of water droplets on the substrate are then utilized to fabricate porous polymer films by dip-coating the substrate with a polystyrene solution. Films with hexagonal and square (and other arrangements) arrays of pores are fabricated on the silicon oxide (SiOx) and silicon (Si) substrates, respectively. The pore size can also be independently tuned by further condensation or evaporation of formed water droplets, leading to porous polymer films with both close- and non-close-packed arrays of pores. The ordered porous polymer films can be further used as templates for fabricating metal post patterns.

  14. Stability of self-assembled polymer films investigated by optical laser reflectometry.

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    Dejeu, Jérôme; Diziain, Séverine; Dange, Catherine; Membrey, François; Charraut, Daniel; Foissy, Alain

    2008-04-01

    We studied the influence of post-treatment rinsing after the formation of self-assembled polyelectrolyte films made with the weak base poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and the strong acid poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS). The stability of the film was studied using optical fixed-angle laser reflectometry to measure the release of polymeric material and AFM experiments to reveal the change of morphology and thickness. We found that the polymer films were stable upon rinsing when the pH was the same in the solution as that used in the buildup (pH 9). The films released most of the polymeric material when rinsed at higher pH values, but a layer remained that corresponded to a PAH monolayer directly bound with the silica surface. Films containing at least four bilayers were stable upon rinsing at lower pH values, but the stability of thinner films depended on the type of the last polymer deposited. They were stable in the case of PSS as an outermost deposit, but they released a large part of their material in the case of PAH. The stability results were determined using a simple model of the step-by-step assembly of the polymer film described formerly.

  15. Improvement of the homogeneity of protein-imprinted polymer films by orientated immobilization of the template.

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    Liu, Lijian; Zheng, Jingjing; Fang, Guijie; Xie, Weihong

    2012-05-13

    A method for preparing homogeneous protein-imprinted polymer films with orientated immobilization of template is described. The template methyl parathion hydrolase (MPH) was modified with a peptide linker (Gly-Ser)(5)-Cys and was immobilized on a cover glass with a fixed orientation via the linker. The activity of the fusion enzyme (MPH-L) was evaluated by determining the product's absorbance at 405 nm (A(405)). Both the free and the immobilized MPH-L showed higher retention of the bioactivity than the wide type enzyme (MPH-W) as revealed by the A(405) values for MPH-L(free)/MPH-W(free) (1.159/1.111) and for MPH-L(immobilized)/MPH-W(immobilized) (0.348/0.118). The immobilized MPH-L also formed a more homogeneous template stamp compared to the immobilized MPH-W. The molecularly imprinted polymer films prepared with the immobilized MPH-L exhibited high homogeneity with low Std. Deviations of 80 and 200 from the CL intensity mean volumes which were observed for batch-prepared films and an individual film, respectively. MPH-L-imprinted polymer film also had a larger template binding capacity indicated by higher CL intensity mean volume of 3900 INT over 2500 INT for MPH-W-imprinted films. The imprinted film prepared with the orientated immobilization of template showed an imprinting factor of 1.7, while the controls did not show an imprinting effect. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Impacts of Post-metallisation Processes on the Electrical and Photovoltaic Properties of Si Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    2010-01-01

    As an important step towards the realisation of silicon-based tandem solar cells using silicon quantum dots embedded in a silicon dioxide (SiO2) matrix, single-junction silicon quantum dot (Si QD) solar cells on quartz substrates have been fabricated. The total thickness of the solar cell material is 420 nm. The cells contain 4 nm diameter Si quantum dots. The impacts of post-metallisation treatments such as phosphoric acid (H3PO4) etching, nitrogen (N2) gas anneal and forming gas (Ar: H2) anneal on the cells’ electrical and photovoltaic properties are investigated. The Si QD solar cells studied in this work have achieved an open circuit voltage of 410 mV after various processes. Parameters extracted from dark I–V, light I–V and circular transfer length measurement (CTLM) suggest limiting mechanism in the Si QD solar cell operation and possible approaches for further improvement. PMID:21124642

  17. Impacts of Post-metallisation Processes on the Electrical and Photovoltaic Properties of Si Quantum Dot Solar Cells.

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    Di, Dawei; Perez-Wurfl, Ivan; Gentle, Angus; Kim, Dong-Ho; Hao, Xiaojing; Shi, Lei; Conibeer, Gavin; Green, Martin A

    2010-08-01

    As an important step towards the realisation of silicon-based tandem solar cells using silicon quantum dots embedded in a silicon dioxide (SiO(2)) matrix, single-junction silicon quantum dot (Si QD) solar cells on quartz substrates have been fabricated. The total thickness of the solar cell material is 420 nm. The cells contain 4 nm diameter Si quantum dots. The impacts of post-metallisation treatments such as phosphoric acid (H(3)PO(4)) etching, nitrogen (N(2)) gas anneal and forming gas (Ar: H(2)) anneal on the cells' electrical and photovoltaic properties are investigated. The Si QD solar cells studied in this work have achieved an open circuit voltage of 410 mV after various processes. Parameters extracted from dark I-V, light I-V and circular transfer length measurement (CTLM) suggest limiting mechanism in the Si QD solar cell operation and possible approaches for further improvement.

  18. Protein immobilization on epoxy-activated thin polymer films: effect of surface wettability and enzyme loading.

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    Chen, Bo; Pernodet, Nadine; Rafailovich, Miriam H; Bakhtina, Asya; Gross, Richard A

    2008-12-02

    A series of epoxy-activated polymer films composed of poly(glycidyl methacrylate/butyl methacrylate/hydroxyethyl methacrylate) were prepared. Variation in comonomer composition allowed exploration of relationships between surface wettability and Candida antartica lipase B (CALB) binding to surfaces. By changing solvents and polymer concentrations, suitable conditions were developed for preparation by spin-coating of uniform thin films. Film roughness determined by AFM after incubation in PBS buffer for 2 days was less than 1 nm. The occurrence of single CALB molecules and CALB aggregates at surfaces was determined by AFM imaging and measurements of volume. Absolute numbers of protein monomers and multimers at surfaces were used to determine values of CALB specific activity. Increased film wettability, as the water contact angle of films increased from 420 to 550, resulted in a decreased total number of immobilized CALB molecules. With further increases in the water contact angle of films from 55 degrees to 63 degrees, there was an increased tendency of CALB molecules to form aggregates on surfaces. On all flat surfaces, two height populations, differing by more than 30%, were observed from height distribution curves. They are attributed to changes in protein conformation and/or orientation caused by protein-surface and protein-protein interactions. The fraction of molecules in these populations changed as a function of film water contact angle. The enzyme activity of immobilized films was determined by measuring CALB-catalyzed hydrolysis of p-nitrophenyl butyrate. Total enzyme specific activity decreased by decreasing film hydrophobicity.

  19. The structure and charge-storage capacitance of carbonized films based on silicon-polymer nanocomposites

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    Zavyalov, S. A.; Kulova, T. L.; Kupriyanov, L. Yu.; Roginskaya, Yu. E.; Skundin, A. M.

    2008-12-01

    New film materials for electrodes of lithium batteries were synthesized and studied. Thin-film silicon-polymer composites were prepared by vacuum cocondensation of silicon and the monomer onto a substrate cooled with liquid nitrogen; the polymerization and formation of the nanostructured composite were performed at room temperature. The films were carbonized by vacuum annealing. The film composition and microstructure were studied by AFM, SEM, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray spectral microanalysis. It was shown that the polymer matrix became almost fully carbonized because of pyrolysis. The silicon concentration in the films varied from 2 to 5 at %. The concentration of silicon nanoparticles on carbonized film surfaces was ˜106 cm-2. Electrochemical experiments with lithium insertion into the composite films were performed in standard three-electrode cells under galvanostatic conditions. The specific capacitance of the films was measured. It was shown that the samples were capable of long-term cycling; the capacitance decreased by only 6% during the first 200 cycles; after 250 cycles, the capacitance still exceeded 80% of its initial value. The mechanism of lithium insertion into the films was discussed. It was concluded that long-term stability during cycling was caused by the presence of silicon both as nanoparticles and in the atomically dispersed form.

  20. Metal-loaded polymer films for chemical sensing of ES&H-related pollutants

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    Martin, S.J.; Frye, G.C.

    1997-03-01

    This report summarizes the results of a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) effort to study and model surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices for environmental applications. The response of polymer-coated SAW devices to temperature changes and polymer vapor absorption is examined. A perturbational approach is used to relate velocity and attenuation responses to film translational and strain modes generated by the SAW. Two distinct regimes of film behavior arise, causing different SAW responses. For glassy films, displacement is nearly uniform across the film thickness, varying only in the direction of propagation. A model developed to predict velocity and attenuation in this regime, reduces to the familiar Tiersten (Wohltjen) equation for purely elastic films. For elastomeric (rubbery) films, inertial effects cause a phase lag to occur across the film for shear displacements. A model to account for these cross-film displacement gradients predicts a characteristic resonant response when the film phase shift reaches np/2, where n is an odd integer. These model predictions are compared with measured responses from polyisobutylene-coated SAW devices as temperature is varied and during exposure to high vapor concentrations.

  1. Radiation damage in polymer films from grazing-incidence X-ray scattering measurements

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    Vaselabadi, Saeed Ahmadi; Shakarisaz, David; Ruchhoeft, Paul; ...

    2016-02-16

    Grazing-incidence X-ray scattering (GIXS) is widely used to analyze the crystallinity and nanoscale structure in thin polymer films. However, ionizing radiation will generate free radicals that initiate cross-linking and/or chain scission, and structural damage will impact the ordering kinetics, thermodynamics, and crystallinity in many polymers. We report a simple methodology to screen for beam damage that is based on lithographic principles: films are exposed to patterns of x-ray radiation, and changes in polymer structure are revealed by immersing the film in a solvent that dissolves the shortest chains. The experiments are implemented with high throughput using the standard beam linemore » instrumentation and a typical GIXS configuration. The extent of damage (at a fixed radiation dose) depends on a range of intrinsic material properties and experimental variables, including the polymer chemistry and molecular weight, exposure environment, film thickness, and angle of incidence. The solubility switch for common polymers is detected within 10-60 sec at ambient temperature, and we verified that this first indication of damage corresponds with the onset of network formation in glassy polystyrene and a loss of crystallinity in polyalkylthiophenes. Therefore, grazing-incidence x-ray patterning offers an efficient approach to determine the appropriate data acquisition times for any GIXS experiment.« less

  2. An optical reflected device using a molecularly imprinted polymer film sensor.

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    Wu, Nan; Feng, Liang; Tan, Yiyong; Hu, Jiming

    2009-10-19

    A novel and highly selective optical sensor with molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) film was fabricated and investigated. The optical sensor head employing a medium finesse molecularly imprinted polymer film has been fabricated and characterised. A blank polymer and formaldehyde imprinted polymer were using methacrylic acid as the functional monomer and the ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a crosslinker. The transduction mechanism is discussed based on the changes of optical intensity of molecularly imprinted polymer film acting as an optical reflected sensor. Template molecules, which diffused into MIP, could cause film density, and refractive index change, and then induce measurable optical reflective intensity shifts. Based on the reflective intensity shifts, an optical reflection detection of formaldehyde was achieved by illuminating MIP with a laser beam. For the same MIP, the reflective intensity shift was proportional to the amount of template molecule. This optical sensor, based on an artificial recognition system, demonstrates long-time stability and resistance to harsh chemical environments. As the research moves forward gradually, we establish the possibilities of quantitative analysis primly, setting the groundwork to the synthesis of the molecular imprinted optical fiber sensor. The techniques show good reproducibility and sensitivity and will be of significant interest to the MIP community.

  3. Radiation damage in polymer films from grazing-incidence X-ray scattering measurements

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    Vaselabadi, Saeed Ahmadi; Shakarisaz, David; Ruchhoeft, Paul; Strzalka, Joseph; Stein, Gila E.

    2016-02-16

    Grazing-incidence X-ray scattering (GIXS) is widely used to analyze the crystallinity and nanoscale structure in thin polymer films. However, ionizing radiation will generate free radicals that initiate cross-linking and/or chain scission, and structural damage will impact the ordering kinetics, thermodynamics, and crystallinity in many polymers. We report a simple methodology to screen for beam damage that is based on lithographic principles: films are exposed to patterns of x-ray radiation, and changes in polymer structure are revealed by immersing the film in a solvent that dissolves the shortest chains. The experiments are implemented with high throughput using the standard beam line instrumentation and a typical GIXS configuration. The extent of damage (at a fixed radiation dose) depends on a range of intrinsic material properties and experimental variables, including the polymer chemistry and molecular weight, exposure environment, film thickness, and angle of incidence. The solubility switch for common polymers is detected within 10-60 sec at ambient temperature, and we verified that this first indication of damage corresponds with the onset of network formation in glassy polystyrene and a loss of crystallinity in polyalkylthiophenes. Therefore, grazing-incidence x-ray patterning offers an efficient approach to determine the appropriate data acquisition times for any GIXS experiment.

  4. Ultraviolet and infrared femtosecond laser induced periodic surface structures on thin polymer films

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    Rebollar, Esther; Castillejo, Marta; Vazquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Moreno, Pablo

    2012-01-23

    This work demonstrates the formation of femtosecond laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) by multipulse irradiation with the fundamental and 3rd harmonic of a linearly polarized Ti:sapphire laser (795 and 265 nm) on thin films of the polymers poly (ethylene terephthalate), poly (trimethylene terephthalate), and poly (carbonate bisphenol A) prepared by spin-coating. LIPSS, inspected by atomic force microscopy, are formed upon multiple pulse UV and IR irradiation with wavelength-sized period in a narrow range of fluences below the ablation threshold. Control and tunability of the size and morphology of the periodic structures become thus possible ensuring photochemical integrity of polymer films.

  5. Preface: Special Topic on Dynamics of Polymer Materials in Thin Films and Related Geometries

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    Ediger, M. D.; Schweizer, Kenneth S.

    2017-05-01

    The last twenty years have seen a substantial effort to understand relaxation, mechanics, diffusion, and the glass transition in thin polymer films and related geometries. Recent progress in this field is highlighted in this special issue of The Journal of Chemical Physics on "Dynamics of Polymer Materials in Thin Films and Related Geometries." With the goal of providing an entry point to these 35 papers for those not working in this field, we provide some background and perspective in this introduction to the special topic section.

  6. Preface: Special Topic on Dynamics of Polymer Materials in Thin Films and Related Geometries.

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    Ediger, M D; Schweizer, Kenneth S

    2017-05-28

    The last twenty years have seen a substantial effort to understand relaxation, mechanics, diffusion, and the glass transition in thin polymer films and related geometries. Recent progress in this field is highlighted in this special issue of The Journal of Chemical Physics on "Dynamics of Polymer Materials in Thin Films and Related Geometries." With the goal of providing an entry point to these 35 papers for those not working in this field, we provide some background and perspective in this introduction to the special topic section.

  7. Photoreversible optical data recording in films of amorphous azo dye-containing polymers

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    Simonov, A N; Uraev, D V; Shibaev, Valerii P; Kostromin, S G

    2002-02-28

    The photoreversible properties of films of amorphous azo-containing polymers (AAPs) are studied theoretically and experimentally. The control of the sign of a photoinduced addition {Delta}n{sup ind} to the refractive index of the polymer by changing polarisation of the incident light is demonstrated. A theoretical model of photoinduced processes in AAP films is proposed, which takes into account the orientation diffusion of trans-isomers of azo dyes, and simplified analytic approaches describing the photoorientation dynamics in AAPs are considered. The theoretical results are in good agreement with our experimental data. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  8. Transient self-interaction of light in a liquid-crystal polymer film containing azodye molecules

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    Simonov, A N

    1999-07-31

    Transient self-interaction of low-power He - Ne laser radiation (1 < 50 mW cm{sup -2} ) in a liquid-crystal polymer film containing chemically bound azodye molecules was observed experimentally. The self-interaction occurred in the region of a temperature-induced phase transition in the polymer film and was accompanied by the formation of quasi-periodic ring-shaped structures in the distribution of the transmitted light intensity. (this issue is dedicated to the memory of s a akhmanov)

  9. Spontaneous photoinduced patterning of azo-dye polymer films: the facts

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    Hubert, Christophe

    2007-08-15

    We describe the spontaneous photoinduced patterning of azo-dye polymer films. We have observed that the illumination of an azo-dye polymer film by a uniform single laser beam with normal incidence leads to a self-structurization process that results in the formation of well-ordered submicrometer-sized structures whose organization depends on the light polarization direction. A modulation depth as high as 100 nm can be achieved. The influence of several experimental parameters on the structure formation is studied. Results are discussed and confronted to different models and phenomena already investigated in the literature. A physical origin to this peculiar photopatterning process is proposed.

  10. Luminescent guest-host composite films based on an azomethine dye in different matrix polymers

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    Marin, Luminita; Zabulica, Andrei; Moleavin, Ioana-Andreea

    2014-12-01

    New hybrid guest/host composite films obtained by dispersing a light-emitting azomethine dimer into three different matrix polymers have been studied. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), UDEL polysulfone (PSU) and chitosan were chosen as host matrix. Differential scanning calorimetry, polarized light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements revealed the composite morphology and their thermal properties. UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy indicated the influence of polymer matrix on the azomethine dye optical properties. The composite films exhibited strong photoluminescence emission when excited with maximum absorption wavelength. It was concluded that polysulfone is a good candidate in guest/host composite obtaining.

  11. Ultrafast formation of air-processable and high-quality polymer films on an aqueous substrate

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    Noh, Jonghyeon; Jeong, Seonju; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-08-01

    Polymer solar cells are attracting attention as next-generation energy sources. Scalable deposition techniques of high-quality organic films should be guaranteed to realize highly efficient polymer solar cells in large areas for commercial viability. Herein, we introduce an ultrafast, scalable, and versatile process for forming high-quality organic films on an aqueous substrate by utilizing the spontaneous spreading phenomenon. This approach provides easy control over the thickness of the films by tuning the spreading conditions, and the films can be transferred to a variety of secondary substrates. Moreover, the controlled Marangoni flow and ultrafast removal of solvent during the process cause the films to have a uniform, high-quality nanomorphology with finely separated phase domains. Polymer solar cells were fabricated from a mixture of polymer and fullerene derivatives on an aqueous substrate by using the proposed technique, and the device exhibited an excellent power conversion efficiency of 8.44 %. Furthermore, a roll-to-roll production system was proposed as an air-processable and scalable commercial process for fabricating organic devices.

  12. A flexible tactile-feedback touch screen using transparent ferroelectric polymer film vibrators

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    Ju, Woo-Eon; Moon, Yong-Ju; Park, Cheon-Ho; Choi, Seung Tae

    2014-07-01

    To provide tactile feedback on flexible touch screens, transparent relaxor ferroelectric polymer film vibrators were designed and fabricated in this study. The film vibrator can be integrated underneath a transparent cover film or glass, and can also produce acoustic waves that cause a tactile sensation on human fingertips. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE)] polymer was used as the relaxor ferroelectric polymer because it produces a large strain under applied electric fields, shows a fast response, and has excellent optical transparency. The natural frequency of this tactile-feedback touch screen was designed to be around 200-240 Hz, at which the haptic perception of human fingertips is the most sensitive; therefore, the resonance of the touch screen at its natural frequency provides maximum haptic sensation. A multilayered relaxor ferroelectric polymer film vibrator was also demonstrated to provide the same vibration power at reduced voltage. The flexible P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE) film vibrators developed in this study are expected to provide tactile sensation not only in large-area flat panel displays, but also in flexible displays and touch screens.

  13. Ultrafast formation of air-processable and high-quality polymer films on an aqueous substrate

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    Noh, Jonghyeon; Jeong, Seonju; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-01-01

    Polymer solar cells are attracting attention as next-generation energy sources. Scalable deposition techniques of high-quality organic films should be guaranteed to realize highly efficient polymer solar cells in large areas for commercial viability. Herein, we introduce an ultrafast, scalable, and versatile process for forming high-quality organic films on an aqueous substrate by utilizing the spontaneous spreading phenomenon. This approach provides easy control over the thickness of the films by tuning the spreading conditions, and the films can be transferred to a variety of secondary substrates. Moreover, the controlled Marangoni flow and ultrafast removal of solvent during the process cause the films to have a uniform, high-quality nanomorphology with finely separated phase domains. Polymer solar cells were fabricated from a mixture of polymer and fullerene derivatives on an aqueous substrate by using the proposed technique, and the device exhibited an excellent power conversion efficiency of 8.44 %. Furthermore, a roll-to-roll production system was proposed as an air-processable and scalable commercial process for fabricating organic devices. PMID:27507624

  14. The theory and design of piezoelectric/pyroelectric polymer film sensors for biomedical engineering applications.

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    Brown, L F

    1989-01-01

    The unique properties of piezoelectric/pyroelectric polymers offer many new opportunities for biomedical engineering sensor applications. Since their discovery nearly 20 years ago, the polymer films have been used for many novel switching and sensor applications. Despite the prodigious exposure from many recent publications describing piezo film applications, methods of sensor fabrication and circuit interfacing still elude most engineers. This paper is presented as a tutorial guide to applying piezo polymers to biomedical engineering applications. A review of the fundamentals of piezoelectricity/pyroelectricity in piezo polymers is first presented. Their material properties are contrasted with piezoelectric ceramic materials. Some advantages and disadvantages of the films for biomedical sensors are discussed. Specific details on the fabrication of piezo film sensors are presented. Methods are described for forming, cutting, and mounting film sensors, and making lead connections. A brief discussion of equivalent circuit models for the design and simulation of piezoelectric/pyroelectric sensors is included, as well as common circuit interface techniques. Finally, several sources are recommended for further information on a variety of biomedical sensor applications.

  15. Design of Highly Photofunctional Porous Polymer Films with Controlled Thickness and Prominent Microporosity

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    Gu, Cheng; Huang, Ning; Wu, Yang; Xu, Hong; Jiang, Donglin

    2015-01-01

    Porous organic polymers allow the integration of various π-units into robust porous π-networks, but they are usually synthesized as unprocessable solids with poor light-emitting performance as a result of aggregation-related excitation dissipation. Herein, we report a general strategy for the synthesis of highly emissive photofunctional porous polymer films on the basis of a complementary scheme for the structural design of aggregation-induced-emissive π-systems. We developed a high-throughput and facile method for the direct synthesis of large-area porous thin films at the liquid–electrode interface. The approach enables the preparation of microporous films within only a few seconds or minutes and allows precise control over their thickness with sub-nanometer precision. By virtue of rapid photoinduced electron transfer, the thin films can detect explosives with enhanced sensitivity to low parts-per-million levels in a selective manner. PMID:26234636

  16. Amphiphilic Fluorinated Polymer Nanoparticle Film Formation and Dissolved Oxygen Sensing Application

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    Gao, Yu; Zhu, Huie; Yamamoto, Shunsuke; Miyashita, Tokuji; Mitsuishi, Masaya

    2016-04-01

    Fluorinated polymer nanoparticle films were prepared by dissolving amphiphilic fluorinated polymer, poly (N-1H, 1H-pentadecafluorooctylmethacrylamide) (pC7F15MAA) in two miscible solvents (AK-225 and acetic acid). A superhydrophobic and porous film was obtained by dropcasting the solution on substrates. With higher ratios of AK-225 to acetic acid, pC7F15MAA was densified around acetic acid droplets, leading to the formation of pC7F15MAA nanoparticles. The condition of the nanoparticle film preparation was investigated by varying the mixing ratio or total concentration. A highly sensitive dissolved oxygen sensor system was successfully prepared utilizing a smart surface of superhydrophobic and porous pC7F15MAA nanoparticle film. The sensitivity showed I0/I40 = 126 in the range of dissolved oxygen concentration of 0 ~ 40 mg L-1. The oxygen sensitivity was compared with that of previous reports.

  17. Assembly of poly(dopamine) films mixed with a nonionic polymer.

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    Zhang, Yan; Thingholm, Bo; Goldie, Kenneth N; Ogaki, Ryosuke; Städler, Brigitte

    2012-12-21

    Poly(dopamine) (PDA) coatings have recently attracted considerable interest for a variety of applications. Here, we investigate the film deposition of dopamine mixed with a nonionic polymer (i.e., poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP)) onto silica substrates using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and quartz crystal microbalance. Furthermore, we assess the possibility of coating silica colloids to yield polymer capsules and liposomes with these mixtures. We found that mixed PDA/PEG and PDA/PVA films are deposited without the need for a covalent linker such as an amine or thiol. We also discovered the first material, namely, PVP, that can suppress PDA film assembly. These fundamental findings give further insight into PDA film properties and contribute to establish PDA as a widely applicable coating.

  18. Tuneable light-emitting carbon-dot/polymer flexible films prepared through one-pot synthesis.

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    Bhunia, Susanta Kumar; Nandi, Sukhendu; Shikler, Rafi; Jelinek, Raz

    2016-02-14

    Development of efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly light emitters, particularly devices that produce white light, have drawn intense interest due to diverse applications in the lighting industry, photonics, solar energy, and others. We present a simple strategy for the fabrication of flexible transparent films exhibiting tuneable light emission through one-pot synthesis of polymer matrixes with embedded carbon dots assembled in situ. Importantly, different luminescence colours were produced simply by preparing C-dot/polymer films using carbon precursors that yielded C-dots exhibiting distinct fluorescence emission profiles. Furthermore, mixtures of C-dot precursors could be also employed for fabricating films exhibiting different colours. In particular, we successfully produced films emitting white light with attractive properties (i.e."warm" white light with a high colour rendering index) - a highly sought after goal in optical technologies.

  19. Study of poly (3-hexylthiophene) conducting polymer thin film micro-sensor for hydrazine vapor detection

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    Yang, Hong

    This dissertation discussed the construction and investigation of a poly (3-hexylthiophene) conducting polymer based thin film micro-sensor for a real-time detection of hydrazine vapor at ambient pressure. A type of low cost, small size, passive poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film micro-sensor was designed and fabricated. The micro-sensor platform consisted of a rectangular shaped inert substrate and gold interdigited electrode pairs. A layer of poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film was coated onto the sensor platform using a spin coating method, and nitrosonium hexafluorophosphate (NOPF6) was used to dope the poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film to increase its electrical conductivity and form the finished sensor. The basic responses of the sensor to hydrazine vapor were experimentally investigated. The primary results showed that the sensor responded to hydrazine vapor in less than a few seconds; attained orders of magnitude change in normalized resistance during hydrazine exposure, and was not easily saturated. The interaction between the hydrazine gas molecules and doped poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film was studied. The plausible mechanism was determined as: Charge carriers inside the doped poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film were depleted during the oxidation-reduction chemical reaction between the hydrazine vapor and polymer film, resulting a reduction in the polymer film's electrical conductivity. Experiments were also conducted to find out the effects of hydrazine concentration, poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film thickness, sensor storage time, environment temperature, and environment humidity on the sensor's performance. The response rate of the sensor under different sensing conditions was calculated and discussed. A diffusion-reaction model was applied to simulate the interaction between hydrazine molecules and doped poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film. The profiles of hydrazine gas diffusion and positive charge carrier neutralization in the polymer film were

  20. Characterization of electrophoretic suspension for thin polymer film deposition

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    Mladenova, D.; Weiter, M.; Stepanek, P.; Ouzzane, I.; Vala, M.; Sinigersky, V.; Zhivkov, I.

    2012-03-01

    The optical absorption and fluorescence spectra of poly [2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] toluene solutions and 50:50% toluene/acetonitrile suspensions show clearly distinguishable differences (e.g., peak broadening and shifting), which could be used for characterization of suspensions with different acetonitrile content. The dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurement of the suspensions prepared showed a particle size of 90 nm. Thin films with thicknesses of about 400 nm were prepared by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) and spin coating. As the films are very soft, a contactless optical profilometry techique based on chromatic aberration was used to measure their thickness. AFM imaging of spin coated and EPD films revealed film roughness of 20÷40 nm and 40÷80 nm, respectively. The EPD film roughness seems to be less than the suspension particle size obtained by DLS, probably due to the partial film dissolving by the toluene present in the suspension.

  1. Hydrophobic but hygroscopic polymer films--identifying interfacial species and understanding water ingress behavior.

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    Hsiao, Erik; Barnette, Anna L; Bradley, Laura C; Kim, Seong H

    2011-11-01

    The hydrophobic but hygroscopic nature of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with quaternary ammonium cationic side chains adsorbed on a SiO(2) surface was investigated with sum frequency generation vibration spectroscopy (SFG) and attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR). PDMS with cationic side chains, named cationic polymer lubricant (CPL), forms a self-healing boundary lubrication film on SiO(2). It is interesting that CPL films are externally hydrophobic but internally hydrophilic. The comparison of SFG and ATR-IR data revealed that the methyl groups of the PDMS backbone are exposed at the film/air interface and the cationic side groups and counterions are embedded within the film. The hydrophobicity must originate from the surface CH(3) groups, while the ionic groups inside the film must be responsible for water uptake. The surface hydrophobicity can alleviate the capillary adhesion while the hygroscopic property enhances the mobility and self-healing capability of the CPL boundary lubrication film.

  2. Preparation of copper thin film mask by sputtering technique assisted by polymer mask photolithography

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    Pakpum, C.

    2017-06-01

    This research aims to build cheaply homemade DC magnetron sputtering system for deposit metal thin films on substrate by assist of polymer mask photolithography. The metal thin film is able to use as a hard mask for patterning transfer via chemical wet etching or plasma dry etching process and it also can be used as a metal electrode in micrometre scale. Prepared copper thin films will be measured thickness by scanning electron microscope. Crystalline structure of the thin films will be examined by x-ray diffractometer. Elemental analysis contained in the films will be determined by energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer and morphology of the films will be revealed by scanning electron microscope.

  3. Structural and morphological modifications of polymer thin film in the presence of nonsolvent

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    Talukdar, Hrishikesh Kundu, Sarathi

    2016-05-23

    Thin films of sodium poly(acrylic acid) salt (Na-PAA) have been investigated to obtain the modification of the out-of-plane structure and surface morphology in the presence of toluene which is considered as nonsolvent for Na-PAA. X-ray reflectivity analysis show that the out-of-plane thickness of the Na-PAA film increases if the film is kept for longer time inside the toluene. For the thicker film the effect of toluene is more pronounced than the thinner one. Surface morphology obtained from the atomic force microscopy shows that the top surface becomes relatively rough after the dipping of the Na-PAA film inside toluene. Although toluene is nonsolvent for Na-PAA molecules, however, the effect of restructuring of the nanometer-thick polymer film cannot be ignored. The reason for such structural modification has been proposed.

  4. Self Assembled Spin Coated and Bulk Films of a Novel Polydiacetylene as Second Order NLO Polymers

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    1994-05-31

    NLO Polymers 6. AUTHOm(m) R&T Code: 4132016 W.H. Kim, B. Bihari, R. Moody, N. B. Kodali , J.Kumar,S.K. Dr. JoAnn MilUiken Tripathy. 7. PERFORMING...Polymers by W.H. Kim, B. Bihari, R. Moody, N. B. Kodali , J.Kumar,S.K. Tripathy. Submitted to Macromolecules University of Massachusetts Lowell Department...FILMS OF A NOVEL POLYDIACETYLENE AS SECOND ORDER NLO POLYMERS W. H. Kim, B. Bihari+, R. Moody+, N. B. Kodali , J. Kumar+, and S. K. Tripathy, University

  5. Effect of Polymer Film Permeability on Retarding or Preventing Corrosion

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    2010-02-01

    AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) 10 . SPONSOR/MONITOR’S ACRONYM(S) 11. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S REPORT NUMBER(S) 12. DISTRIBUTION/AVAILABILITY STATEMENT Approved...Test: Experimental set up 2/19/2010 10 Experimental: test films Resin WVTR, g-25um/m2day PE (control): 20 Med. Perm film 1300 High perm film 4300...films 2/19/2010 18 Results: Effect of WVTR on Corrosion Corroded area vs WVTR y = -1.0694Ln(x) + 8.9058 R 2 = 0.98280 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 10 100 1000 10000

  6. Tuneable light-emitting carbon-dot/polymer flexible films prepared through one-pot synthesis

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    Bhunia, Susanta Kumar; Nandi, Sukhendu; Shikler, Rafi; Jelinek, Raz

    2016-02-01

    Development of efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly light emitters, particularly devices that produce white light, have drawn intense interest due to diverse applications in the lighting industry, photonics, solar energy, and others. We present a simple strategy for the fabrication of flexible transparent films exhibiting tuneable light emission through one-pot synthesis of polymer matrixes with embedded carbon dots assembled in situ. Importantly, different luminescence colours were produced simply by preparing C-dot/polymer films using carbon precursors that yielded C-dots exhibiting distinct fluorescence emission profiles. Furthermore, mixtures of C-dot precursors could be also employed for fabricating films exhibiting different colours. In particular, we successfully produced films emitting white light with attractive properties (i.e. ``warm'' white light with a high colour rendering index) - a highly sought after goal in optical technologies.Development of efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly light emitters, particularly devices that produce white light, have drawn intense interest due to diverse applications in the lighting industry, photonics, solar energy, and others. We present a simple strategy for the fabrication of flexible transparent films exhibiting tuneable light emission through one-pot synthesis of polymer matrixes with embedded carbon dots assembled in situ. Importantly, different luminescence colours were produced simply by preparing C-dot/polymer films using carbon precursors that yielded C-dots exhibiting distinct fluorescence emission profiles. Furthermore, mixtures of C-dot precursors could be also employed for fabricating films exhibiting different colours. In particular, we successfully produced films emitting white light with attractive properties (i.e. ``warm'' white light with a high colour rendering index) - a highly sought after goal in optical technologies. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  7. Employment of the Rheological Characteristics of Polymer Solutions in Modeling Film Production

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    Al Joda, H. N. A.; Pyshnograi, G. V.; Shipovskaya, A. B.; Tregubova, Yu. B.; Zinovich, S. A.

    2016-11-01

    A mathematical model of the process of film formation from a polymer solution is proposed. The rheological parameters of the model were determined by comparing theoretical curves and experimental data for chitosan solutions measured in their simple shear flow. Dimensionless similarity criteria were found for the rheological characteristics of the process. The effect of these criteria on the velocity, concentration, and width of the film in relation to the distance from the die exit is estimated.

  8. Densification of functional plasma polymers by momentum transfer during film growth

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    Hegemann, Dirk; Koerner, Enrico; Blanchard, Noemi; Drabik, Martin; Guimond, Sebastien

    2012-11-19

    Functional plasma polymers were deposited from pure ethylene discharges and with the addition of carbon dioxide or ammonia. The incorporation of oxygen and nitrogen-containing functional groups depends on the fragmentation in the gas phase as well as on the densification during film growth. While a minimum energy per deposited carbon atom is required for cross-linking, the densification and accompanying reduction of functional group incorporation was found to scale linearly with momentum transfer through ion bombardment during film growth.

  9. Surface characteristics of a self-polymerized dopamine coating deposited on hydrophobic polymer films.

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    Jiang, Jinhong; Zhu, Liping; Zhu, Lijing; Zhu, Baoku; Xu, Youyi

    2011-12-06

    This study aims to explore the fundamental surface characteristics of polydopamine (pDA)-coated hydrophobic polymer films. A poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) film was surface modified by dip coating in an aqueous solution of dopamine on the basis of its self-polymerization and strong adhesion feature. The self-polymerization and deposition rates of dopamine on film surfaces increased with increasing temperature as evaluated by both spectroscopic ellipsometry and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). Changes in the surface morphologies of pDA-coated films as well as the size and shape of pDA particles in the solution were also investigated by SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The surface roughness and surface free energy of pDA-modified films were mainly affected by the reaction temperature and showed only a slight dependence on the reaction time and concentration of the dopamine solution. Additionally, three other typical hydrophobic polymer films of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), and polyimide (PI) were also modified by the same procedure. The lyophilicity (liquid affinity) and surface free energy of these polymer films were enhanced significantly after being coated with pDA, as were those of PVDF films. It is indicated that the deposition behavior of pDA is not strongly dependent on the nature of the substrates. This information provides us with not only a better understanding of biologically inspired surface chemistry for pDA coatings but also effective strategies for exploiting the properties of dopamine to create novel functional polymer materials.

  10. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of High Performance Polymer Films under CO2 Pressure

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    C.A. Quarles; John R. Klaehn; Eric S. Peterson; Jagoda M. Urban-Klaehn

    2010-08-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements are reported for six polymer films as a function of carbon dioxide absolute pressure ranging from 0 to 45 psi. Since the polymer films were thin and did not absorb all positrons, corrections were made in the lifetime analysis for the absorption of positrons in the positron source and sample holder using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. Different polymers are found to behave differently. Some polymers studied form positronium and some, such as the polyimide structures, do not. For those samples that form positronium an interpretation in terms of free volume is possible; for those that don’t form positronium, further work is needed to determine how best to describe the behavior in terms of the bulk positron annihilation parameters. Some polymers exhibit changes in positron lifetime and intensity under CO2 pressure which may be described by the Henry or Langmuir sorption models, while the positron response of other polymers is rather insensitive to the CO2 pressure. The results demonstrate the usefulness of positron annihilation spectroscopy in investigating the sorption of CO2 into various polymers at pressures up to about 3 atm.

  11. Flexible fluidic microchips based on thermoformed and locally modified thin polymer films.

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    Truckenmüller, R; Giselbrecht, S; van Blitterswijk, C; Dambrowsky, N; Gottwald, E; Mappes, T; Rolletschek, A; Saile, V; Trautmann, C; Weibezahn, K-F; Welle, A

    2008-09-01

    This paper presents a fundamentally new approach for the manufacturing and the possible applications of lab on a chip devices, mainly in the form of disposable fluidic microchips for life sciences applications. The new technology approach is based on a novel microscale thermoforming of thin polymer films as core process. The flexibility not only of the semi-finished but partly also of the finished products in the form of film chips could enable future reel to reel processes in production but also in application. The central so-called 'microthermoforming' process can be surrounded by pairs of associated pre- and postprocesses for micro- and nanopatterned surface and bulk modification or functionalisation of the formed films. This new approach of microscale thermoforming of thin polymer film substrates overlaid with a split local modification of the films is called 'SMART', which stands for 'substrate modification and replication by thermoforming'. In the process, still on the unformed, plane film, the material modifications of the preprocess define the locations where later, then on the spatially formed film, the postprocess generates the final local modifications. So, one can obtain highly resolved modification patterns also on hardly accessible side walls and even behind undercuts. As a first application of the new technology, we present a flexible chip-sized scaffold for three dimensional cell cultivation in the form of a microcontainer array. The spatially warped container walls have been provided with micropores, cell adhesion micropatterns and thin film microelectrodes.

  12. Bending and Fracture in Thin Polymer Films during Capillary Origami Assembly

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    Twohig, Timothy; Croll, Andrew

    Capillary origami uses liquid tension to bend thin films into useful shapes and structures. The ability to scale this process to the microscopic range has led to growing interest in capillary origami and many potential applications. Clearly, the creation of three dimensional structures from flat sheets depends deeply on a combination of properties: fluid tensions, film thickness, film modulus and importantly the film's fracture properties. Fractures in a film are a critical component of macroscopic origami but macroscopic methods for creating these fractures are not possible at the microscopic scale. We present an experimental investigation of the interplay of capillary forces and material properties in the creation of controlled fractures in thin polymer films. Specifically, we use capillary forces to lift and bend a thin polymer film to the point of fracture using a variety of film thicknesses and material properties and attempt to model the basic underlying physics. We observe the creation of delaminations and fractures at pre-determined sites that can be tailored to specific shapes to be utilized in capillary origami.

  13. Measuring electro-mechanical properties of thin films on polymer substrates.

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    Cordill, Megan J; Glushko, O; Kreith, J; Marx, V M; Kirchlechner, C

    2015-04-02

    In order to advance flexible electronic technologies it is important to study the electrical properties of thin metal films on polymer substrates under mechanical load. At the same time, the observation of film deformation and fracture as well as the stresses that are present in the films during straining are also crucial to investigate. To address both the electromechanical and deformation behavior of metal films supported by polymer substrates, in-situ 4 point probe resistance measurements were performed with in-situ atomic force microscopy imaging of the film surface during straining. The 4 point probe resistance measurements allow for the examination of the changes in resistance with strain, while the surface imaging permits the visualization of localized thinning and crack formation. Furthermore, in-situ synchrotron tensile tests provide information about the stresses in the film and show the yield stress where the deformation initiates and the relaxation of the film during imaging. A thin 200 nm Cu film on 23 μm thick PET substrate will be used to illustrate the combined techniques. The combination of electrical measurements, surface imaging, and stress measurements allow for a better understanding of electromechanical behavior needed for the improvement and future success of flexible electronic devices.

  14. Measuring electro-mechanical properties of thin films on polymer substrates

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    Cordill, Megan J.; Glushko, O.; Kreith, J.; Marx, V.M.; Kirchlechner, C.

    2015-01-01

    In order to advance flexible electronic technologies it is important to study the electrical properties of thin metal films on polymer substrates under mechanical load. At the same time, the observation of film deformation and fracture as well as the stresses that are present in the films during straining are also crucial to investigate. To address both the electromechanical and deformation behavior of metal films supported by polymer substrates, in-situ 4 point probe resistance measurements were performed with in-situ atomic force microscopy imaging of the film surface during straining. The 4 point probe resistance measurements allow for the examination of the changes in resistance with strain, while the surface imaging permits the visualization of localized thinning and crack formation. Furthermore, in-situ synchrotron tensile tests provide information about the stresses in the film and show the yield stress where the deformation initiates and the relaxation of the film during imaging. A thin 200 nm Cu film on 23 μm thick PET substrate will be used to illustrate the combined techniques. The combination of electrical measurements, surface imaging, and stress measurements allow for a better understanding of electromechanical behavior needed for the improvement and future success of flexible electronic devices. PMID:26082564

  15. Interaction of Nano-Sized Materials With Polymer Chains in Polymer-Nanocomposite Thin Films-An AFM Perspective

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    Verma, Gaurav; Kaushik, Anupama; Ghosh, Anup K.

    2011-12-01

    Nanocomposite thin films were prepared with polyurethane as a matrix and organically modified clay as a filler. The interfacial interaction between the exfoliated clay nanoplatelets and the polymeric chains has been investigated by using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The nanoclay platelets show a preferential association with the hard domains of polyurethane matrix on the surface of the thin films. The pendant hydroxyl group on the nanoplatelets attract the isocyanate of the polyisocyanate and a urethane group is formed. This leads to the `clouding' and `entwining' of the nanoplatelets by the hard segmental chains. This is the first visual evidence of nanomaterial filler and polymer matrix interaction and it could open up a spectrum of novel property achievements in nanocomposite thin films. Also the understanding of this interaction can lead to more controlled architecture of nanocomposites.

  16. Langmuir Films of Flexible Polymers Transferred to Aqueous/Liquid Crystal Interfaces Induce Uniform Azimuthal Alignment of the Liquid Crystal

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    Kinsinger, Michael I.; Buck, Maren E.; Meli, Maria-Victoria; Abbott, Nicholas L.; Lynn, David M.

    2009-01-01

    We reported recently that amphiphilic polymers can be assembled at interfaces created between aqueous phases and thermotropic liquid crystals (LCs) in ways that (i) couple the organization of the polymer to the order of the LC and (ii) respond to changes in the properties of aqueous phases that can be characterized as changes in the optical appearance of the LC. This investigation sought to characterize the behavior of aqueous-LC interfaces decorated with uniaxially compressed thin films of polymers transferred by Langmuir-Schaefer (LS) transfer. Here, we report physicochemical characterization of interfaces created between aqueous phases and the thermotropic LC 4-cyano-4’-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) decorated with Langmuir films of a novel amphiphilic polymer (polymer 1), synthesized by the addition of hydrophobic and hydrophilic side chains to poly(2-vinyl-4,4’-dimethylazlactone). Initial characterization of this system resulted in the unexpected observation of uniform azimuthal alignment of 5CB after LS transfer of the polymer films to aqueous-5CB interfaces. This paper describes characterization of Langmuir films of polymer 1 hosted at aqueous-5CB interfaces as well as the results of our investigations into the origins of the uniform ordering of the LC observed upon LS transfer. Our results, when combined, support the conclusion that uniform azimuthal alignment of 5CB is the result of long-range ordering of polymer chains in the Langmuir films (in a preferred direction orthogonal to the direction of compression) that is generated during uniaxial compression of the films prior to LS transfer. Although past studies of Langmuir films of polymers at aqueous-air interfaces have demonstrated that in-plane alignment of polymer backbones can be induced by uniaxial compression, these past reports have generally made use of polymers with rigid backbones. One important outcome of this current study is thus the observation of anisotropy and long-range order in Langmuir films

  17. Enhanced dielectric performance in polymer composite films with carbon nanotube-reduced graphene oxide hybrid filler.

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    Kim, Jin-Young; Kim, TaeYoung; Suk, Ji Won; Chou, Harry; Jang, Ji-Hoon; Lee, Jong Ho; Kholmanov, Iskandar N; Akinwande, Deji; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2014-08-27

    The electrical conductivity and the specific surface area of conductive fillers in conductor-insulator composite films can drastically improve the dielectric performance of those films through changing their polarization density by interfacial polarization. We have made a polymer composite film with a hybrid conductive filler material made of carbon nanotubes grown onto reduced graphene oxide platelets (rG-O/CNT). We report the effect of the rG-O/CNT hybrid filler on the dielectric performance of the composite film. The composite film had a dielectric constant of 32 with a dielectric loss of 0.051 at 0.062 wt% rG-O/CNT filler and 100 Hz, while the neat polymer film gave a dielectric constant of 15 with a dielectric loss of 0.036. This is attributed to the increased electrical conductivity and specific surface area of the rG-O/CNT hybrid filler, which results in an increase in interfacial polarization density between the hybrid filler and the polymer.

  18. Fabrication of a three-dimensional nanoporous polymer film as a diffuser for microcavity OLEDs

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    Pyo, Beom; Cho, Ye Ram; Suh, Min Chul

    2015-09-01

    We used a nanoporous polymer film prepared by cellulose acetate butyrate with ~40% of optical haze value as a diffuser. It was fabricated by a simple spin-coating process during continuous water mist supply by a humidifier. The pores were created by the elastic bouncing mechanism (rather than the thermocapillary convection mechanism) of the supplied water droplets. The shapes and sizes of the caves formed near the polymer surface are randomly distributed, with a relatively narrow pore size distribution (300-500 nm). Specifically, we focused on controlling the surface morphology to give a three-dimensional (3D) multi-stacked nanocave structure because we had already learnt that two-dimensional nanoporous structures showed serious loss of luminance in the forward direction. Using this approach, we found that the 3D nanoporous polymer film can effectively reduce the viewing angle dependency of strong microcavity OLEDs without any considerable decrease in the total intensity of the out-coupled light. We applied this nanoporous polymer film to microcavity OLEDs to investigate the possibility of using it as a diffuser layer. The resulting nanoporous polymer film effectively reduced the viewing angle dependency of the microcavity OLEDs, although a pixel blurring phenomenon occurred. Despite its negative effects, such as the drop in efficiency in the forward direction and the pixel blurring, the introduction of a nanoporous polymer film as a scattering medium on the back side of the glass substrate eliminated the viewing angle dependency. Thus, this approach is a promising method to overcome the serious drawbacks of microcavity OLEDs.

  19. Photoinduced bending behavior of cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone.

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    Lv, Jiu-an; Wang, Weiru; Xu, Jixiang; Ikeda, Tomiki; Yu, Yanlei

    2014-07-01

    Cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone are synthesized by photoinitiated cationic copolymerization. Azobenzene moieties in the film surface toward the light source are simultaneously photoaligned during photopolymerization with unpolarized 436 nm light and thus form a splayed alignment in the whole film. The prepared films show reversible photoinduced bending behavior with opposite bending directions when different surfaces of one film face to ultraviolet light irradiation.

  20. Clay platelet partition within polymer blend nanocomposite films by EFTEM.

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    Linares, Elisângela M; Rippel, Márcia M; Galembeck, Fernando

    2010-12-01

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is the main technique used to investigate the spatial distribution of clay platelets in polymer nanocomposites, but it has not often been successfully used in polymer blend nanocomposites because the high contrast between polymer phases impairs the observation of clay platelets. This work shows that electron spectral imaging in energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM) in the low-energy-loss spectral crossover region allows the observation of platelets on a clear background. Separate polymer domains are discerned by imaging at different energy losses, above and below the crossover energy, revealing the material morphology. Three blends (natural rubber [NR]/poly(styrene-butyl acrylate) [P(S-BA)], P(S-BA)/poly(vinyl chloride) [PVC], and NR/starch) were studied in this work, showing low contrast between the polymer phases in the 40-60 eV range. In the NR/P(S-BA) and P(S-BA)/PVC blend nanocomposites, the clay platelets accumulate in the P(S-BA) phase, while in the P(S-BA)/PVC nanocomposites, clay is also found at the interfaces. In the NR/starch blend, clay concentrates at the interface, but it also penetrates the two polymer phases. These observations reveal that nanostructured soft materials can display complex morphochemical patterns that are discerned thanks to the ability of EFTEM to produce many contrast patterns for the same sample.

  1. Effect of low-molecular-weight beta-cyclodextrin polymer on release of drugs from mucoadhesive buccal film dosage forms.

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    Arakawa, Yotaro; Kawakami, Shigeru; Yamashita, Fumiyoshi; Hashida, Mitsuru

    2005-09-01

    We investigated the effect of low-molecular-weight beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CyD) polymer on in vitro release of two drugs with different lipophilicities (i.e., lidocaine and ketoprofen) from mucoadhesive buccal film dosage forms. When beta-CyD polymer was added to hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) or polyvinylalcohol (PVA) film dosage forms, the release of lidocaine into artificial saliva (pH 5.7) was reduced by 40% of the control. In contrast, the release of ketoprofen from the polymer film was enhanced by addition of beta-CyD polymer to the vehicle. When lidocaine and ketoprofen was incubated with beta-CyD polymer in the artificial saliva, concentration of free lidocaine molecules decreased in a beta-CyD polymer concentration-dependent manner. The association constant with beta-CyD polymer was 6.9+/-0.6 and 520+/-90 M(-1) for lidocaine and ketoprofen, respectively. Retarded release of the hydrophilic lidocaine by beta-CyD polymer might be due to the decrease in thermodynamic activity by inclusion complex formation, whereas enhanced release of the lipophilic ketoprofen by the beta-CyD polymer might be due to prevention of recrystallization occurring after contacting the film with aqueous solution. Thus, effects of low-molecular-weight beta-CyD polymer to the drug release rate from film dosage forms would vary according to the strength of interaction with and the solubility of active ingredient.

  2. Effect of Polymer Confinement on the Film Drainage Behavior- An RICM Study

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    Borkar, Suraj; Ramchandran, Arun

    2015-11-01

    We consider the dynamic effects of confinement of macromolecular liquids on the film drainage process between a drop and a flat surface. Under confinement of the order of few molecular length scales, layering and adsorption of long chains of polymers can cause entropic repulsion due to a reduced configurational freedom. This repulsive force can prevent film rupture and lead to the formation of an equilibrium film. In the current work, experiments were conducted with deformable droplets settling under gravity in a suspending liquid for Bond numbers of O(10-4) . The film drainage was studied using a microinterferometric technique namely, Reflection Interference Contrast Microscopy (RICM) for two different systems: a) silicone oil drops in paraffin oil, b) glycerol drops in silicone oil. The RICM analysis for obtaining the film drainage profiles, was done using a combination of simple cosine theory and ray tracing algorithm. For the silicone oil-paraffin oil system, the film drainage behavior observed was as expected from simulations based on thin film drainage equations. On the other hand, glycerol drops of radii smaller than 130 μm, resulted in the formation of an equilibrium film of silicone oil with an approximate thickness of 10 nm. The origin of this repulsive force is attributed to the presence of an immobilized layer of adsorbed polymer chains. Film drainage observed in glycerol drops of radii larger than 130 μm, was found to destabilize in a non-axisymmetric mode. The rapid growth of this asymmetric instability can lead to stresses (O(100 Pa)) higher than the yield stress of the adsorbed polymer layer.

  3. A novel nano-bubble inflation method for determining the viscoelastic properties of ultrathin polymer films.

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    O'Connell, P A; McKenna, G B

    2008-01-01

    We describe a novel experimental technique for measuring the absolute creep compliance of ultrathin polymer films. The method is based on the classical bubble inflation technique for measuring the biaxial creep compliance of films, reduced in size to measure films with thicknesses down to at least 11.3 nm. The method uses the imaging capabilities of the atomic force microscope (AFM) to determine the time evolution of the geometry of nano-bubbles and thus avoids the problems with data interpretation that can arise due to "contact mechanics" issues when the AFM is used as a direct mechanical testing device.

  4. Low temperature spectral dynamics of single molecules in ultrathin polymer films

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    Sobolev, Yaroslav I.; Naumov, Andrei V.; Vainer, Yuri G.; Kador, Lothar

    2014-05-28

    We studied the spectral dynamics of single fluorescent dye molecules embedded in ultrathin films (5 – 100 nm) of the amorphous polymer polyisobutylene at cryogenic temperatures and its variation with film thickness. Noticeable portion of molecules in the ensemble shows a behavior which is inconsistent with the standard tunneling model: Their spectral lines are subject to irreversible spectral jumps, continuous shifting, and abrupt chaotic changes of the linewidth or jumping rate. In films thinner than 100 nm, the occurrence of “non-standard” spectral behavior increases with decreasing sample thickness at fixed excitation intensity. In addition, it also increases with laser intensity.

  5. Tellurite glass thin films on silica and polymer using UV (193 nm) pulsed laser ablation

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    Zhao, Zhanxiang; Jose, Gin; Steenson, Paul; Bamiedakis, Nikos; Penty, Richard V.; White, Ian H.; Jha, Animesh

    2011-03-01

    Erbium-doped tellurite glass thin films were deposited using excimer (193 nm) laser ablation onto two different types of substrates: silica and polymer-coated silica for engineering optical integrated active-passive devices. The deposition conditions were optimized for both substrates in order to produce high-quality rare-earth (Er3+) ion-doped glass thin films with low propagation loss. The optical and spectroscopic properties of the deposited films, namely transmittance, fluorescence, lifetime as well as refractive indices at 633 nm were measured and analysed in detail.

  6. Preparation of a Thermally Light-Transmittance-Controllable Film from a Coexistent System of Polymer-Dispersed and Polymer-Stabilized Liquid Crystals.

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    Guo, Shu-Meng; Liang, Xiao; Zhang, Cui-Hong; Chen, Mei; Shen, Chen; Zhang, Lan-Ying; Yuan, Xiao; He, Bao-Feng; Yang, Huai

    2017-01-25

    Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) and polymer-stabilized liquid crystal (PSLC) systems are the two primary distinct systems in the field of liquid crystal (LC) technology, and they are differentiated by their unique microstructures. Here, we present a novel coexistent system of polymer-dispersed and polymer-stabilized liquid crystals (PD&SLCs), which forms a homeotropically aligned polymer network (HAPN) within the LC droplets after a microphase separation between the LC and polymer matrix and combines the advantages of both the PDLC and PSLC systems. Then, we prepare a novel thermally light-transmittance-controllable (TLTC) film from the PD&SLC system, where the transmittance can be reversibly changed through thermal control from a transparent to a light-scattering state. The film also combines the advantageous features of flexibility and a potential for large-scale manufacturing, and it shows significant promise in future applications from smart windows to temperature sensors.

  7. Research on the electronic and optical properties of polymer and other organic molecular thin films

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    1997-02-01

    The main goal of the work is to find materials and methods of optimization of organic layered electroluminescent cells and to study such properties of polymers and other organic materials that can be used in various opto-electronic devices. The summary of results obtained during the first year of work is presented. They are: (1) the possibility to produce electroluminescent cells using a vacuum deposition photoresist technology for commercial photoresists has been demonstrated; (2) the idea to replace the polyaryl polymers by other polymers with weaker hole conductivity for optimization of electroluminescent cells with ITO-Al electrodes has been suggested. The goal is to obtain amorphous processable thin films of radiative recombination layers in electroluminescent devices; (3) procedures of preparation of high-quality vacuum-deposited poly (p-phenylene) (PPP) films on various substrates have been developed; (4) it was found for the first time that the fluorescence intensity of PPP films depends on the degree of polymerization; (5) the role of interfaces between organic compounds, on one side, and metals or semiconductors, on the other side, has been studied and quenching of the fluorescence caused by semiconductor layer in thin sandwiches has been observed; (6) studies of the dynamics of photoexcitations revealed the exciton self-trapping in quasi-one-dimensional aggregates; and (7) conditions for preparation of highly crystalline fullerene C{sub 60} films by vacuum deposition have been found. Composites of C{sub 60} with conjugated polymers have been prepared.

  8. Thermal and mechanical properties of glycerol-based polymer films infused with plant cell wall polysaccharides

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    Poly(glutaric acid-co-glycerol) films were produced by first synthesizing polymer gels from uncatalyzed polyesterification of glutaric acid to glycerol in toluene. Residual amounts of starting materials in the gel matrices were determined by gas chromatography (GC) to contain 15 percent glycerol and...

  9. Robust Polymer Films: Nanoscale Stiffening as a Route to Strong Materials

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-10-20

    Thermodynamique et Mécanique," Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, FR, May 2, 2011. **G.B. McKenna, "Rheological Response of Ultrathin Polymer Films...India, Jan. 4-20, 2010. **G.B. McKenna, "Comportement des Matériaux à l’Echelle Nanométrique: Mesures Thermodynamiques et Mécaniques," Michelin

  10. Porous polymer film calcium ion chemical sensor and method of using the same

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    Porter, M.D.; Chau, L.K.

    1991-02-12

    A method of measuring calcium ions is disclosed wherein a calcium sensitive reagent, calcichrome, is immobilized on a porous polymer film. The reaction of the calcium sensitive reagent to the Ca(II) is then measured and concentration determined as a function of the reaction. 1 figure.

  11. A study on the microstructural parameters of 550 keV electron irradiated Lexan polymer films

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    Hareesh, K.; Pramod, R.; Petwal, V. C.; Dwivedi, Jishnu; Sangappa; Sanjeev, Ganesh

    2012-06-05

    Lexan polymer films irradiated with 550 keV Electron Beam (EB) were characterized using Wide Angle Xray Scattering (WAXS) data to study the microstructural parameters. The crystal imperfection parameters like crystal size , lattice strain (g in %) and enthalpy ({alpha}) have been determined by Line Profile Analysis (LPA) using Fourier method of Warren.

  12. Complex Nanoscale-Ordered Liquid Crystal Polymer Film for High Transmittance Holographic Polarizer.

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    Du, Tao; Fan, Fan; Tam, Alwin Ming Wai; Sun, Jiatong; Chigrinov, Vladimir G; Sing Kwok, Hoi

    2015-11-25

    A special design of a complex-ordered liquid crystal polymer film is developed into a holographic polarizer. The holographic polarizer shows over 90% transmittance, which provides a simple solution to make LEDs polarized. Furthermore, the holographic polarizer exhibits intensity and polarization maintenance properties, which could be further developed for photonics applications.

  13. Development and Testing of Abrasion Resistant Hard Coats For Polymer Film Reflectors: Preprint

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    Jorgensen, G.; Gee, R.; DiGrazia, M.

    2010-10-01

    Reflective polymer film technology can significantly reduce the cost of solar reflectors and installed Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants by both reduced material cost and lower weight. One challenge of polymer reflectors in the CSP environment pertains to contact cleaning methods typically used with glass mirrors. Such contact cleaning methods can scratch the surface of polymer reflectors and thereby reduce specular reflectance. ReflecTech, Inc. (a subsidiary of SkyFuel, Inc.) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiated a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to devise and develop an abrasion resistant coating (ARC) suitable for deposition onto polymer based mirror film. A number of candidate ARC products were identified as candidate formulations. Industrial collaborators prepared samples having their ARCs deposited onto ReflecTech Mirror Film pre-laminated to aluminum sheet substrates. Samples were provided for evaluation and subjected to baseline (unweathered) and accelerated exposure conditions and subsequently characterized for abrasion resistance and adhesion. An advanced ARC product has been identified that exhibits outstanding initial abrasion resistance and adhesion to ReflecTech Mirror Film. These properties were also retained after exposure to the various accelerated stress conditions. This material has been successfully manufactured as a 1.5 m wide roll-to-roll construction in a production environment.

  14. Extremely high rate deposition of polymer multilayer optical thin film materials

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    Affinito, J.D.

    1993-01-01

    This paper highlights a new technique for extremely high rate deposition of optical dielectric films (vacuum deposition of polymer multilayer thin films). This is a way to produce multilayer optical filters comprised of thousands of layers of either linear or nonlinear optical materials. The technique involves the flash evaporation of an acrylic monomer onto a moving substrate; the monomer is then cured. Acrylic polymers deposited to date are very clear for wavelengths between 0.35 and 2.5 [mu]m; they have extinction coefficients of k[approx]10[sup [minus]7]. Application of electric field during cross linking can polarize (''pole'') the film to greatly enhance the nonlinear optical properties. ''Poling'' films with the polymer multilayer technique offers advantages over conventional approaches, in that the polarization should not decay over time. Battelle's Pacific Northwest Laboratory is well suited for bringing linear and nonlinear polymer multilayer optical filter technology to manufacturing production status for batch and wide area web applications. 10 figs.

  15. Extremely high rate deposition of polymer multilayer optical thin film materials

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    Affinito, J.D.

    1993-03-01

    This paper highlights a new technique for extremely high rate deposition of optical dielectric films (vacuum deposition of polymer multilayer thin films). This is a way to produce multilayer optical filters comprised of thousands of layers of either linear or nonlinear optical materials. The technique involves the flash evaporation of an acrylic monomer onto a moving substrate; the monomer is then cured. Acrylic polymers deposited to date are very clear for wavelengths between 0.35 and 2.5 {mu}m; they have extinction coefficients of k{approx}10{sup {minus}7}. Application of electric field during cross linking can polarize (``pole``) the film to greatly enhance the nonlinear optical properties. ``Poling`` films with the polymer multilayer technique offers advantages over conventional approaches, in that the polarization should not decay over time. Battelle`s Pacific Northwest Laboratory is well suited for bringing linear and nonlinear polymer multilayer optical filter technology to manufacturing production status for batch and wide area web applications. 10 figs.

  16. Porous polymer film calcium ion chemical sensor and method of using the same

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    Porter, Marc D.; Chau, Lai-Kwan

    1991-02-12

    A method of measuring calcium ions is disclosed wherein a calcium sensitive reagent, calcichrome, is immobilized on a porour polymer film. The reaction of the calcium sensitive reagent to the Ca(II) is then measured and concentration determined as a function of the reaction.

  17. Influence of an acrylic polymer blend on the physical stability of film-coated theophylline pellets.

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    Kucera, Shawn; Shah, Navnit H; Malick, A Waseem; Infeld, Martin H; McGinity, James W

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the physical stability of a coating system consisting of a blend of two sustained release acrylic polymers and its influence on the drug release rate of theophylline from coated pellets. The properties of both free films and theophylline pellets coated with the polymer blend were investigated, and the miscibility was determined via differential scanning calorimetry. Eudragit RS 30 D was plasticized by the addition of Eudragit NE 30 D, and the predicted glass transition temperature (T(g)) of the blend was similar to the experimental values. Sprayed films composed of a blend of Eudragit NE 30 D/Eudragit RS 30 D (1:1) showed a water vapor permeability six times greater than films containing only Eudragit NE 30 D. The presence of quaternary ammonium functional groups from the RS 30 D polymer increased the swellability of the films. The films prepared from the blend exhibited stable permeability values when stored for 1 month at both 25 degrees C and 40 degrees C, while the films which were composed of only Eudragit NE 30 D showed a statistically significant decrease in this parameter when stored under the same conditions. Eudragit NE 30 D/Eudragit RS 30 D (1:1)-sprayed films decreased in elongation from 180% to 40% after storage at 40 degrees C for 1 month, while those stored at 25 degrees C showed no change in elongation. In coated pellets, the addition of Eudragit RS 30 D to the Eudragit NE 30 D increased the theophylline release rate, and the pellets were stable when stored at 25 degrees C for a period of up to 3 months due to maintenance of the physico-mechanical properties of the film. Pellets stored at 40 degrees C exhibited a decrease in drug release rate over time as a result of changes in film physico-mechanical properties which were attributed to further coalescence and densification of the polymer. When the storage temperature was above the T(g) of the composite, instabilities in both drug release rate and

  18. Electrodeposition of nickel oxyhydroxide films through polymer masks

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    Yang, M.C.; Lin, C.K.; Su, C.L.

    1995-04-01

    Electrochromic materials have attracted much attention for devices including ``smart windows`` and displays. Nickel oxyhydroxide films were electrodeposited through gelatin masks, whose thicknesses may control the optical transmittances of the deposited electrochromic films. The difference of transmittance, {Delta}T{sub 540}, between bleaching and coloration states at wavelength of 540 nm has a linear relationship with the gelatin mask thickness. {Delta}T{sub 540} increased if nickel oxyhydroxide was prepared in agitated electrolyte. The electrodeposited films, prepared with gelatin masks, may have higher stability. These results showed the feasibility of fabricating an electrochromic device with a controlled image whose contrast and brightness are adjustable with potential or current.

  19. Undulatory delamination of thin polymer films on gold surfaces.

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    Chah, Soonwoo; Noolandi, Jaan; Zare, Richard N

    2005-10-20

    Using two-dimensional surface plasmon resonance measurements, we have observed the formation of traveling waves in the delamination of thin films of polydimethylsilane (PDMS) exposed to methanol. Films were spin-coated on a gold surface and the methanol was added to the top surface. The stress-induced instability caused by the swelling of the PDMS thin film when its edge is pinned to the gold surface leads to wrinkle formation and propagation at the interface. The periodic pattern is thought to be the result of an Asaro-Tiller-Grinfeld (ATG) instability.

  20. The Influence of Polymer Films on an APGD in Helium

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    Della Croce, Damian; Nersisyan, Gagik; Graham, William

    2006-10-01

    Electrical and optical diagnostic techniques have been used to study the influence of various polymers in the gap of a Helium APGD. A gated ICCD was used to record short exposure time images (2μs) through the development of the discharge current pulse. The APGD was generated between two parallel, glass 4mm thick) plates which cover copper mesh electrodes. The gap was 5mm. Typically a 4.4kV (peak to peak) sinusoidal voltage was applied to the powered electrode with a frequency of 30kHz. The other electrode was grounded. The system was housed in an evacuated chamber, previously evacuated to a base pressure of 10-4 Pa, before Helium was introduced to static atmospheric pressure. A spectrometer was used to record the emission spectra from the discharge. To date studies on polypropylene (PP) and polyester (PET) have been conducted and polyamide will follow. Interesting trends are evident when they are compared to those for the He APGD with no polymer present. Electrically the traces for PET are dramatically different to those for PP and no polymer, which are comparable. Imaging shows that PP yields a filamentary discharge. PET on the other hand produces a glow --type discharge. We are currently studying if the different results are intrinsic to the polymer or the anti-cling surface treatments that the polymer suppliers may be applying. DD is supported by EPSRC and Dow Corning Plasma Solutions.

  1. Growth and characterization of polymer thin films grown using molecular layer deposition with heterobifunctional precursors

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    Gibbs, Zachary Michael Conway

    In this work, growth of thin polymer films using molecular layer deposition with heterobifunctional precursors is investigated. Several growth phenomena are observed including: loss or gain of reactive sites as a result of precursor reactivity or vapor pressure; precursor diffusion and reaction within the porous polymer film; and crosslinking. Reactions were investigated using quartz crystal microbalance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and various ex situ techniques. Reactions involving 4-azidophenylisothiocyanate and 4-aminobenzonitrile were shown to stop growth after only a few cycles which is attributed to a loss in reactive sites which was modeled by an exponentially decaying growth rate. Growth of 4-carboxyphenylisothiocyanate with TMA and water was investigated as well. Active site multiplication as a result of the trifunctionality of the TMA molecule was proposed to explain the significantly higher growth rate for TMA/CI films. TMA/H2O/CI films showed the ability to crosslink through aluminum hydroxyl condensation reactions. Upon increasing the reaction temperature, reactant diffusion was observed in the form of mass removal upon TMA exposure. This same phenomena is thought to be occurring in films grown using Diels-Alder reactions in the third section of this thesis. These films showed a strong growth rate dependence upon reactant purge time and growth temperature. FTIR seems to weakly support Diels-Alder reaction, but it appears that the primary film growth mechanism is through CVD-like diffusion and condensation reactions.

  2. The role of polymer films on the oxidation of magnetite nanoparticles

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    Letti, C. J.; Paterno, L. G.; Pereira-da-Silva, M. A.; Morais, P. C.; Soler, M. A. G.

    2017-02-01

    A detailed investigation about the role of polymer films on the oxidation process of magnetite nanoparticles (∼7 nm diameter), under laser irradiation is performed employing micro Raman spectroscopy. To support this investigation, Fe3O4-np are synthesized by the co-precipitation method and assembled layer-by-layer with sodium sulfonated polystyrene (PSS). Polymer films (Fe3O4-np/PSS)n with n=2,3,5,7,10 and 25 bilayers are employed as a model system to study the oxidation process under laser irradiation. Raman data are further processed by principal component analysis. Our findings suggest that PSS protects Fe3O4-np from oxidation when compared to powder samples, even for the sample with the greater number of bilayers. Further, the oxidation of magnetite to maghemite occurs preferably for thinner films up to 7 bilayers, while the onset for the formation of the hematite phase depends on the laser intensity for thicker films. Water takes part on the oxidation processes of magnetite, the oxidation/phase transformation of Fe3O4-np is intensified in films with more bilayers, since more water is included in those films. Encapsulation of Fe3O4-np by PSS in layer-by-layer films showed to be very efficient to avoid the oxidation process in nanosized magnetite.

  3. Critical Role of Surface Energy in Guiding Crystallization of Solution Coated Conjugated Polymer Thin Films.

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    Zhang, Fengjiao; Mohammadi, Erfan; Luo, Xuyi; Strzalka, Joseph; Mei, Jianguo; Diao, Ying

    2017-10-02

    It is well-known that substrate surface properties have a profound impact on morphology of thin films solution coated atop and the resulting solid-state properties. However, design rules for guiding the substrate selection have not yet been established. Such design rules are particularly important for solution coated semiconducting polymers, as the substrate-directed thin film morphology can impact charge transport properties by orders of magnitude. We hypothesize that substrate surface energies dictate the thin film morphology by modulating the free energy barrier to heterogeneous nucleation. To test this hypothesis, we systematically vary the substrate surface energy via surface functionalization techniques. We perform in-depth morphology and device characterizations to establish the relationship between substrate surface energy, thin film morphology and charge transport properties, employing a donor-accepter (D-A) conjugated polymer. We find that decreasing the substrate surface energy progressively increases thin film crystallinity, degree of molecular ordering and extent of domain alignment. Notably, the enhanced morphology on the lowest surface energy substrate lead to a 10-fold increase in the charge carrier mobility. We further develop a free energy model relating the substrate surface energy to the penalty of heterogeneous nucleation from solution in the thin film geometry. The model correctly predicts the experimental trend, thereby validating our hypothesis. This work is a significant step towards establishing design rules and understanding the critical role of substrates in determining morphology of solution coated thin films.

  4. Fabrication of Large-area Free-standing Ultrathin Polymer Films

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    Stadermann, Michael; Baxamusa, Salmaan H.; Aracne-Ruddle, Chantel; Chea, Maverick; Li, Shuaili; Youngblood, Kelly; Suratwala, Tayyab

    2015-01-01

    This procedure describes a method for the fabrication of large-area and ultrathin free-standing polymer films. Typically, ultrathin films are prepared using either sacrificial layers, which may damage the film or affect its mechanical properties, or they are made on freshly cleaved mica, a substrate that is difficult to scale. Further, the size of ultrathin film is typically limited to a few square millimeters. In this method, we modify a surface with a polyelectrolyte that alters the strength of adhesion between polymer and deposition substrate. The polyelectrolyte can be shown to remain on the wafer using spectroscopy, and a treated wafer can be used to produce multiple films, indicating that at best minimal amounts of the polyelectrolyte are added to the film. The process has thus far been shown to be limited in scalability only by the size of the coating equipment, and is expected to be readily scalable to industrial processes. In this study, the protocol for making the solutions, preparing the deposition surface, and producing the films is described. PMID:26066738

  5. Morphology Control in Films of Isoindigo Polymers by Side-Chain and Molecular Weight Effects.

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    Grand, Caroline; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Deb, Nabankur; Lo, Chi Kin; Hernandez, Jeff L; Bucknall, David G; Müllen, Klaus; Pisula, Wojciech; Reynolds, John R

    2017-04-19

    The performance of devices relying on organic electronic materials, such as organic field-effect transistors (OFET) and organic photovoltaics (OPV), is strongly correlated to the morphology of the conjugated material in thin films. For instance, several factors such as polymer solubility, weak intermolecular forces between polymers and fullerene derivatives, and film drying time impact phase separation in the active layer of a bulk heterojunction OPV device. In an effort to probe the influence of polymer assembly on morphology of polymer thin films and phase separation with fullerene derivatives, five terthiophene-alt-isoindigo copolymers were synthesized with alkyl side-chains of varying lengths and branching on the terthiophene unit. These P[T3(R)-iI] polymers were designed to have similar optoelectronic properties but different solubilities in o-dichlorobenzene and were predicted to have different tendencies for crystallization. All polymers with linear alkyl chains exhibit similar thin film morphologies as investigated by grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The main differences in electronic and morphological properties arise when P[T3(R)-iI] is substituted with branched 2-ethylhexyl (2EH) side-chains. The bulky 2EH substituents lead to a blue-shifted absorption, a lower ionization potential, and reduced ordering in polymer thin films. The five P[T3-iI] derivatives span hole mobilities from 1.5 × 10(-3) to 2.8 × 10(-2) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) in OFET devices. In OPV devices, the 2EH-substituted polymers yield open-circuit voltages of 0.88 V in BHJ devices yet low short-circuit currents of 0.8 mA cm(-2), which is explained by the large phase separation observed by AFM in blends of P[T3(2EH)-iI] with PC71BM. In these P[T3(R)-iI] systems, the propensity for the polymers to self-assemble prior to aggregation of PC71BM molecules was key to achieving fine phase separation and increased short-circuit currents

  6. Combinatorial Synthesis of and high-throughput protein release from polymer film and nanoparticle libraries.

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    Petersen, Latrisha K; Chavez-Santoscoy, Ana V; Narasimhan, Balaji

    2012-09-06

    Polyanhydrides are a class of biomaterials with excellent biocompatibility and drug delivery capabilities. While they have been studied extensively with conventional one-sample-at-a-time synthesis techniques, a more recent high-throughput approach has been developed enabling the synthesis and testing of large libraries of polyanhydrides(1). This will facilitate more efficient optimization and design process of these biomaterials for drug and vaccine delivery applications. The method in this work describes the combinatorial synthesis of biodegradable polyanhydride film and nanoparticle libraries and the high-throughput detection of protein release from these libraries. In this robotically operated method (Figure 1), linear actuators and syringe pumps are controlled by LabVIEW, which enables a hands-free automated protocol, eliminating user error. Furthermore, this method enables the rapid fabrication of micro-scale polymer libraries, reducing the batch size while resulting in the creation of multivariant polymer systems. This combinatorial approach to polymer synthesis facilitates the synthesis of up to 15 different polymers in an equivalent amount of time it would take to synthesize one polymer conventionally. In addition, the combinatorial polymer library can be fabricated into blank or protein-loaded geometries including films or nanoparticles upon dissolution of the polymer library in a solvent and precipitation into a non-solvent (for nanoparticles) or by vacuum drying (for films). Upon loading a fluorochrome-conjugated protein into the polymer libraries, protein release kinetics can be assessed at high-throughput using a fluorescence-based detection method (Figures 2 and 3) as described previously(1). This combinatorial platform has been validated with conventional methods(2) and the polyanhydride film and nanoparticle libraries have been characterized with (1)H NMR and FTIR. The libraries have been screened for protein release kinetics, stability and

  7. Making Glasses Conduct: Electrochemical Doping of Redox-Active Polymer Thin Films

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    Boudouris, Bryan

    Optoelectronically-active macromolecules have been established as promising materials in myriad organic electronic applications (e.g., organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices). To date, however, the majority of the work surrounding these materials has focused on materials with a great deal of conjugation along their macromolecular backbones and with varying degrees of crystalline structure. Here, we describe an emerging class of macromolecular charge conductors, radical polymers, that: (1) do not contain conjugation and (2) are completely amorphous glasses. Radical polymers contain non-conjugated macromolecular backbones and stable radical sites along the side chains of the electronically-active materials. In contrast to conjugated polymer systems, these materials conduct charge in the solid state through oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions along these pendant groups. Specifically, we demonstrate that controlling the chemical functionality of the pendant groups and the molecular mobility of the macromolecular backbones significantly impacts the charge transport ability of the pristine (i.e., not doped) radical polymers species. Through proper control of these crucial parameters, we show that radical polymers can have electrical conductivity and charge mobility values on par with commonly-used conjugated polymers. Importantly, we also highlight the ability to dope radical polymers with redox-active small molecule species. This doping, in turn, increases the electrical conductivity of the glassy radical polymer thin films in a manner akin to what is observed in traditional conjugated polymer systems. In this way, we establish a means by which to fabricate optically-transparent and colorless thin film glasses capable of conducting charge in a rather rapid manner. We anticipate that these fundamental insights will prove crucial in developing new transparent conducting layers for future electronic applications.

  8. Characterization of coplanar poled electro optic polymer films for Si-photonic devices with multiphoton microscopy

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    Himmelhuber, R. Mehravar, S. S.; Herrera, O. D.; Demir, V.; Kieu, K.; Norwood, R. A.; Peyghambarian, N.; Luo, J.; Jen, A. K.-Y.

    2014-04-21

    We imaged coplanar poled electro optic (EO) polymer films on transparent substrates with a multiple-photon microscope in reflection and correlated the second-harmonic light intensity with the results of Pockels coefficient (r{sub 33}) measurements. This allowed us to make quantitative measurements of poled polymer films on non-transparent substrates like silicon, which are not accessible with traditional Pockels coefficient measurement techniques. Phase modulators consisting of silicon waveguide devices with EO polymer claddings with a known Pockels coefficient (from V{sub π} measurements) were used to validate the correlation between the second-harmonic signal and r{sub 33}. This also allowed us to locally map the r{sub 33} coefficient in the poled area.

  9. Dynamics of photoinduced processes in liquid-crystal polymer films containing azo compounds

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    Simonov, A N; Larichev, A V

    1999-07-31

    The photoinduced processes in azo-compound-containing side-chain polymer films with liquid-crystal properties are examined theoretically. A model is proposed whereby it is possible to consider the dynamics of the optical response of a medium taking into account the anisotropic saturation in the angular distribution of the azo-dye isomers as well as the intermolecular interaction. The influence of the liquid-crystal ordering in the polymer is taken into account by introducing a phenomenological mean-field factor. Analytical solutions describing changes in the optical properties of a polymer film during the initial illumination stages are in good agreement with experimental data. (this issue is dedicated to the memory of s a akhmanov)

  10. Synthetic Reference Materials Based on Polymer Films for the Control of Welding Fumes Composition

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    Kuznetsova, O. V.; Kuznetsova, A. N.; Begunova, L. A.

    2017-04-01

    Analysis of the current hygienic situation in the welding production showed that the intensification of welding processes involves the deterioration of air quality, which negatively affects the welders health. Welders are exposed to a variety of metal fumes, including manganese that may elevate the risk for neurological diseases. The control of metals concentration in the air of the working area is difficult due to the lack of reference materials. The creation of reference materials of welding fumes composition is a challenge due to chemical characteristics of their physical properties. Synthetic samples in a form of the polymer film containing powder particles of welding fumes were create. Studies on the selection of the polymer were done. Experiments proved that the qualitative materials of synthetic welding fumes are obtained by using polyvinyl alcohol. The metals concentration in the samples was determined by X-ray fluorescence analysis. The obtained data demonstrates indirectly the uniform distribution of welding fumes powder particles on the polymer film.

  11. Three-dimensionally ordered array of air bubbles in a polymer film

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    Srinivasarao, M.; Collings, D.; Philips, A.; Patel, S.; Brown, C. S. (Principal Investigator)

    2001-01-01

    We report the formation of a three-dimensionally ordered array of air bubbles of monodisperse pore size in a polymer film through a templating mechanism based on thermocapillary convection. Dilute solutions of a simple, coil-like polymer in a volatile solvent are cast on a glass slide in the presence of moist air flowing across the surface. Evaporative cooling and the generation of an ordered array of breath figures leads to the formation of multilayers of hexagonally packed water droplets that are preserved in the final, solid polymer film as spherical air bubbles. The dimensions of these bubbles can be controlled simply by changing the velocity of the airflow across the surface. When these three-dimensionally ordered macroporous materials have pore dimensions comparable to the wavelength of visible light, they are of interest as photonic band gaps and optical stop-bands.

  12. Impact of systematic chain architecture changes on the glass transition and modulus of thin polymer films

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    Vogt, Bryan; Torres, Jessica; Stafford, Christopher; Register, Richard; Uhrig, David

    2012-02-01

    We will discuss two systems that significantly impact the thin film behavior with minor changes in chemistry and chain architecture. First, two polymers based on 5-(2-phenylethylnorbornene) are examined. Depending on the polymerization route chosen, the resulting polymer backbone is comprised of either bicyclic (norbornyl) units, which leads to a relatively rigid polymer with a high bulk Tg, or monocyclic (cyclopentyl) units, which leads to a more flexible structure with a lower bulk Tg. The modulus and Tg of the rigid bicyclic polymer is thickness independent down to <10 nm, whereas the modulus of the more flexible monocyclic polymer decreases with decreasing thickness. By hydrogenation of the pendant phenyl ring to the cyclohexyl counterpart, we illustrate that minor changes in the relative flexibility of the side chain do not impact the observed thin film behavior. Second, a series of polystyrene with controlled branching including linear, comb, 6-arm star and centipede. Based upon the molecular mass of the arms, the comb polymer has a significantly larger persistence length and interestingly exhibits only a modest decrease in Tg (9 K) at 5 nm, while the moduli is thickness independent.

  13. Topography-guided buckling of swollen polymer bilayer films into three-dimensional structures.

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    Jeong, Joonwoo; Cho, Yigil; Lee, Su Yeon; Gong, Xingting; Kamien, Randall D; Yang, Shu; Yodh, A G

    2017-02-07

    Thin films that exhibit spatially heterogeneous swelling often buckle into the third dimension to minimize stress. These effects, in turn, offer a promising strategy to fabricate complex three-dimensional structures from two-dimensional sheets. Here we employ surface topography as a new means to guide buckling of swollen polymer bilayer films and thereby control the morphology of resulting three-dimensional objects. Topographic patterns are created on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) films selectively coated with a thin layer of non-swelling parylene on different sides of the patterned films. After swelling in an organic solvent, various structures are formed, including half-pipes, helical tubules, and ribbons. We demonstrate these effects and introduce a simple geometric model that qualitatively captures the relationship between surface topography and the resulting swollen film morphologies. The model's limitations are also examined.

  14. Microstructural and electrical properties of PVA/PVP polymer blend films doped with cupric sulphate

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    Hemalatha, K.; Mahadevaiah, Gowtham, G. K.; Urs, G. Thejas; Somashekarappa, H.; Somashekar, R.

    2016-05-01

    A series of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blends added with different concentrations of cupric sulphate (CuSO4) were prepared by solution casting method and were subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Ac conductance measurements. An attempt has been made to study the changes in crystal imperfection parameters in PVA/PVP blend films with the increase in concentration of CuSO4. Results show that decrease in micro crystalline parameter values is accompanied with increase in the amorphous content in the film which is the reason for film to have more flexibility, biodegradability and good ionic conductivity. AC conductance measurements in these films show that the conductivity increases as the concentration of CuSO4 increases. These films were suitable for electro chemical applications.

  15. The role of interdiffusion in the film formation of polymer latices

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    Zosel, A.; Ley, G.

    1995-12-31

    The mechanical strength of films from polymer lattices develops by the interdiffusion of chain segments and the formation of entanglements across particle boundaries during film formation. Measurements of the fracture energy of poly-n-butylmethacrylate films, tempered above the glass transition temperature for different times, show a transition from brittle to tough (yielding) behaviour with a strong increase of the fracture energy at short temper times, which is followed by an increase of the fracture energy proportional to the square root of the temper time until a constant fracture energy is reached after long times. The film strength is correlated to the interdiffusion length determined by small angle neutron scattering of deuterated films. The formation of interparticular entanglements is hindered in lattices with crosslinked particles, as has been studied with a series of lattices, crosslinked with various amounts of a bifunctional monomer.

  16. Multi-length scale porous polymer films from hypercrosslinked breath figure arrays.

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    Ding, Lei; Zhang, Aijuan; Li, Wenqing; Bai, Hua; Li, Lei

    2016-01-01

    Multi-length scale porous polymer (MLSPP) films were fabricated using commercially available polystyrene (PS) via static breath figure (BF) process and sequent hypercrosslinking reaction. One level of ordered pores in microscale were introduced using static BF process, and the other level in nanoscale were produced by the sequent Friedel-Crafts hypercrosslinking reaction. The chemical structure of the PS MLSPP film was investigated by Fourier transformation infrared spectrometry and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, and the morphology of the film was observed with electron microscopes. The MLSPP films showed large specific surface areas and excellent chemical and thermal stabilities, owing to the micropores and the crosslinked chemical structure produced by the Friedel-Crafts reaction. The methodology reported in this paper is a template-free, low cost and general strategy for the preparation of MLSPP films, which has potential applications in the areas of environment and energy. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Measuring the degradation level of polymer films subjected to partial discharges

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    Bozzo, R.; Gemme, C.; Guastavino, F.; Tiemblo, P.

    1996-12-31

    Polymer films have been subjected to partial discharge (PD) aging. It is shown that statistical quantities derived from partial discharges patterns can be related to test conditions, film characteristics and degradation level. PDs have been measured by means of a digital system. Several resulting PD patterns have been elaborated and about 50 derived and statistical quantities have been obtained for each pattern. The effects of the test conditions on the derived quantities has been studied with relevance to the following items: To recognize the kind of film under test; to correlate the value of quantities with the degradation level of the film (i.e., to focus at the quantities which change with time); to find a link between the quantities values and the test ambient conditions (i.e., relative humidity); to determine the influence of the film thickness; and to evidence the effect of the voltage level.

  18. Microstructural and electrical properties of PVA/PVP polymer blend films doped with cupric sulphate

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    Hemalatha, K.; Gowtham, G. K.; Somashekarappa, H.; Mahadevaiah,; Urs, G. Thejas; Somashekar, R.

    2016-05-23

    A series of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blends added with different concentrations of cupric sulphate (CuSO{sub 4}) were prepared by solution casting method and were subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Ac conductance measurements. An attempt has been made to study the changes in crystal imperfection parameters in PVA/PVP blend films with the increase in concentration of CuSO{sub 4}. Results show that decrease in micro crystalline parameter values is accompanied with increase in the amorphous content in the film which is the reason for film to have more flexibility, biodegradability and good ionic conductivity. AC conductance measurements in these films show that the conductivity increases as the concentration of CuSO{sub 4} increases. These films were suitable for electro chemical applications.

  19. Layer-by-layer assembly of ferrocene-modified linear polyethylenimine redox polymer films.

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    DeLuca, Jared L; Hickey, David P; Bamper, Daniel A; Glatzhofer, Daniel T; Johnson, Matthew B; Schmidtke, David W

    2013-07-22

    Herein, both electrostatic and covalent layer-by-layer assembly were used for the construction of multicomposite thin films using a ferrocene-modified linear poly(ethylenimine) redox polymer (Fc-C6-LPEI) as the cationic polyelectrolye, and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), poly(glutamic acid) (PGA), or glucose oxidase (GOX) as the negative polyelectrolyte. The assembly of the multilayer films was characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV/Vis spectroscopy, and ellipsometry with the enzymatic response of the films containing GOX being characterized via constant potential amperometry. CV measurements suggested that the successful buildup of multilayer films was dependent upon the nature of the anionic polyelectrolyte used. Electrostatic assembly of films composed of Fc-C6-LPEI and either PAA or PGA produced large oxidation peak current densities of 630 and 670 μA cm(-2), respectively, during cyclic voltammetry. Increased measured absorbance by UV/Vis spectroscopy and increased measured film thicknesses (400-600 nm) by ellipsometry provided additional evidence of successful film formation. In contrast, the films incorporating GOX that were electrostatically assembled surprisingly produced significantly lower electrochemical responses (12 μA cm(-2)), low absorbance values, and reduced film thicknesses (~15 nm), and glucose electro-oxidation current densities less than 1 μA cm(-2), which all suggested unstable or minimal film formation. Subsequently, we developed a covalent layer-by-layer approach to fabricate films of Fc-C6-LPEI/GOX by covalently linking the amine groups of Fc-C6-LPEI to the aldehyde groups of periodate-oxidized glucose oxidase. Covalent assembly of the Fc-C6-LPEI/GOX films produced oxidation peak current densities during cyclic voltammetry of 40 μA cm(-2) and glucose electro-oxidation current densities of 220 μA cm(-2). These films also showed an increase in their thicknesses (~140 nm) relative to the electrostatic GOX films. For the films containing

  20. Exploring the existence of two Tgs in thin, supported polymer films

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    Chen, Eric; Glor, Ethan; Angrand, Gabriel; Fakhraai, Zahra; Fakhraai Group Team

    Ellipsometry has commonly been used to characterize the glass transition temperature (Tg) and other properties of nanoscale thin films. In some ultra-thin films the glass transition broadens and even becomes two distinct transitions, as previously observed in free-standing polystyrene, thin films. However, for most polymers, the second, lower Tg is located below the condensation temperature of water, generating large errors in determining the lower Tg, which is associated with the layer close to the free interface. Here we designed a vacuum stage with a base pressure of <1E-4 torr, equipped with a Linkam temperature stage with a temperature range of 153 K-873 K to study the properties of thin polymer films, supported on a substrate, in a broad temperature range and explore the existence of two Tgs in these systems. The stage was machined from aluminum and used infrasil quartz windows to allow the transmission of polarized light without distortion. The vacuum allows for accurate ellipsometry measurements of the properties of thin polymer films, such as expansion coefficient and Tg, at temperatures well below room temperature, without artifacts due to water condensation. Mrsec (NSF-DMR-11- 20901).

  1. Roll-to-roll embossing of optical linear Fresnel lens polymer film for solar concentration.

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    Zhang, XinQuan; Liu, Kui; Shan, Xuechuan; Liu, Yuchan

    2014-12-15

    Roll-to-roll manufacturing has been proven to be a high-throughput and low-cost technology for continuous fabrication of functional optical polymer films. In this paper, we have firstly studied a complete manufacturing cycle of linear Fresnel lens polymer film for solar concentration in the aspects of ultra-precision diamond machining of metal roller mold, roll-to-roll embossing, and measurement on film profile and functionality. A metal roller mold patterned with linear Fresnel lenses is obtained using single point diamond turning technique. The roller mold is installed onto a self-developed roll-to-roll UV embossing system to realize continuous manufacturing of linear Fresnel lens film. Profile measurement of the machined roller mold and the embossed polymer film, which is conducted using a stylus profilometer, shows good agreement between measured facet angles with designed ones. Functionality test is conducted on a solar simulation system with a reference solar cell, and results show that strong light concentration is realized.

  2. Polymer Thin Films and Surface Modification by Chemical Vapor Deposition: Recent Progress.

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    Chen, Nan; Kim, Do Han; Kovacik, Peter; Sojoudi, Hossein; Wang, Minghui; Gleason, Karen K

    2016-06-07

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization uses vapor phase monomeric reactants to synthesize organic thin films directly on substrates. These thin films are desirable as conformal surface engineering materials and functional layers. The facile tunability of the films and their surface properties allow successful integration of CVD thin films into prototypes for applications in surface modification, device fabrication, and protective films. CVD polymers also bridge microfabrication technology with chemical and biological systems. Robust coatings can be achieved via CVD methods as antifouling, anti-icing, and antihydrate surfaces, as well as stimuli-responsive or biocompatible polymers and novel nanostructures. Use of low-energy input, modest vacuum, and room-temperature substrates renders CVD polymerization compatible with thermally sensitive substrates and devices. Compared with solution-based methods, CVD is particularly useful for insoluble materials, such as electrically conductive polymers and controllably crosslinked networks, and has the potential to reduce environmental, health, and safety impacts associated with solvents. This review discusses the relevant background and selected applications of recent advances by two methods that display and use the high retention of the organic functional groups from their respective monomers, initiated CVD (iCVD) and oxidative CVD (oCVD) polymerization.

  3. Gate-voltage-dependent charge transport in multi-dispersed polymer thin films

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    Zhou, Ling; Bu, Laju; Li, Dongfan; Lu, Guanghao

    2017-02-01

    In semiconductor polymers, charge transport usually occurs via hopping between localized states, which are generally multi-dispersed due to multi-dispersed chemical structures, crystallinities, and phase segregations. We report a combined modeling and experimental study to investigate gate-voltage-dependent charge transport in field-effect transistors based on multi-dispersed polymers including semiconductor:semiconductor and semiconductor:insulator blends. Film-depth-dependent charge accumulation and transport are correlated with vertical composition profiles and film-depth-dependent energetic distribution of localized states. Even low gate-voltage could accumulate charges in any depth of the films, greatly increasing charge density in some (sub-) components for effective charge transport. Therefore, neither overall high crystallinity nor molecular ordering near the semiconductor-dielectric interface is necessarily required for high field-effect mobility (μFET). This study not only proposes a model for high effective μFET recently reported in some nearly amorphous polymer films and the "bislope feature" in their transfer characteristics but also helps improve transistor performances and exploit transistor operations via manipulating charge distribution in multi-dispersed films.

  4. Resonant Infrared Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition of Polymers: Improving the Morphology of As-Deposited Films

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    Bubb, Daniel; Papantonakis, Michael; Collins, Brian; Brookes, Elijah; Wood, Joshua; Gurudas, Ullas

    2008-03-01

    Resonant infrared matrix assisted pulsed laser deposition has been used to deposit thin films of PMMA, a widely used industrial polymer. This technique is similar to conventional pulsed laser deposition, except that the polymer to be deposited is dissolved in a solvent and the solution is frozen before ablation in a vacuum chamber. The laser wavelength is absorbed by a vibrational band in the frozen matrix. The polymer lands on the substrate to form a film, while the solvent is pumped away. Our preliminary results show that the surface roughness of the as-deposited films depends strongly on the differential solubility radius, as defined by Hansen solubility parameters of the solvent and the solubility radius of the polymer. Our results will be compared with computational and experimental studies of the same polymer using a KrF (248 nm) laser. The ejection mechanism will be discussed as well as the implications of these results for the deposition of smooth high quality films.

  5. An Examination of Radiation Induced Tensile Failure of Stressed and Unstressed Polymer Films Flown on MISSE-6

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    Miller, Sharon K.; Sechkar, Edward A.

    2012-01-01

    Thin film polymers are used in many spacecraft applications for thermal control (multilayer insulation and sunshields), as lightweight structural members (solar array blankets, inflatable/deployable structures) and have been proposed for propulsion (solar sails). Polymers in these applications are often under a tensile load and are directly exposed to the space environment, therefore it is important to understand the effect of stress in combination with the environment on the durability of these polymer films. The purpose of the Polymer Film Tensile Experiment, flown as part of Materials International Space Station Experiment 6 (MISSE 6), was to expose a variety of polymer films to the low Earth orbital environment under both relaxed and tension conditions. This paper describes the results of post flight tensile testing of these samples.

  6. Electrochemical co-deposition of conductive polymer-silica hybrid thin films.

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    Raveh, Moran; Liu, Liang; Mandler, Daniel

    2013-07-14

    Conductive polymers, such as polypyrrole (ppy), have been the subject of numerous studies due to their promising applications in organic solar cells, flexible electronics, electrochromic devices, super capacitors, etc. Yet, their application is still limited as a result of poor processability. Silica has been reported to improve the mechanical strength and adhesion of conductive polymer films. In this work, we propose a controllable electrochemical approach for preparing ppy-silica hybrid thin films from a solution containing both pyrrole and silane monomers. It is known that pyrrole can be electropolymerised using anodic potentials, while silica can be electrodeposited under cathodic potentials. Thus, we studied the formation of ppy-silica hybrid thin films on a stainless steel surface by applying alternating potentials, i.e. cathodic followed by anodic pulses (denoted C + A) or anodic followed by cathodic pulses (denoted A + C). We show that by controlling the deposition potential and time for the cathodic and anodic pulses, the film thickness and composition can be manipulated well as analysed using profilometry and EDX. The element depth profile of the films was characterized using secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). In essence, for the C + A process, pyrrole diffuses through the cathodically electrodeposited wet silica gel layer and undergoes anodic polymerisation on the substrate, while for the A + C process, silane can be electrodeposited both on top of the anodically electrodeposited conductive ppy films as well as on the stainless steel through the pinholes in the ppy film. This offers a simple approach for tuning the structure of conductive polymer-sol-gel composite films.

  7. Highly efficient Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells grown on flexible polymer films.

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    Chirilă, Adrian; Buecheler, Stephan; Pianezzi, Fabian; Bloesch, Patrick; Gretener, Christina; Uhl, Alexander R; Fella, Carolin; Kranz, Lukas; Perrenoud, Julian; Seyrling, Sieghard; Verma, Rajneesh; Nishiwaki, Shiro; Romanyuk, Yaroslav E; Bilger, Gerhard; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2011-09-18

    Solar cells based on polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) absorber layers have yielded the highest conversion efficiency among all thin-film technologies, and the use of flexible polymer films as substrates offers several advantages in lowering manufacturing costs. However, given that conversion efficiency is crucial for cost-competitiveness, it is necessary to develop devices on flexible substrates that perform as well as those obtained on rigid substrates. Such comparable performance has not previously been achieved, primarily because polymer films require much lower substrate temperatures during absorber deposition, generally resulting in much lower efficiencies. Here we identify a strong composition gradient in the absorber layer as the main reason for inferior performance and show that, by adjusting it appropriately, very high efficiencies can be obtained. This implies that future manufacturing of highly efficient flexible solar cells could lower the cost of solar electricity and thus become a significant branch of the photovoltaic industry.

  8. Closed-form Maker fringe formulas for poled polymer thin films in multilayer structures.

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    Park, Dong Hun; Herman, Warren N

    2012-01-02

    We report new closed-form expressions for Maker fringes of anisotropic and absorbing poled polymer thin films in multilayer structures that include back reflections of both fundamental and second-harmonic waves. The expressions, based on boundary conditions at each interface, can be applied to multilayer structures containing a buffer and a transparent conducting oxide layer, which might enhance multiple reflections of fundamental and second-harmonic waves inside a nonlinear thin film layer. This formulation facilitates Maker fringe analysis for a sample containing additional multilayer structures on either side of a poled polymer thin film. Experimental data and numerical simulations are given to indicate the importance of inclusion of such a reflective layer in analyses for reliable characterization of second-harmonic tensor elements.

  9. Current-dependent anisotropic conductivity of locally assembled silver nanoparticles in hybrid polymer films.

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    Goel, Pooja; Vinokur, Rostislav; Weichold, Oliver

    2010-12-15

    The electrical behaviour of hybrid poly(ethylene terephthalate) films containing localised, percolating networks of silver nanoparticles separated by pure polymer is studied. The films resemble an array of parallel wires in the submicron range and, thus, exhibit anisotropic conductivity. In the high-conductivity direction at low amplitudes, the films show Ohmic behaviour, while at moderate voltage, non-linearity and a decreasing resistance is observed. The samples were found to heat up during the measurements and the deviation from Ohm's law coincides with the Tg of the polymer. Microstructural analysis of the samples revealed an irreversible agglomeration of the particles at moderate voltages leading to the formation of filaments with higher metallic character than the random particle network.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte thin films by spin-coating method

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    Chapi, Sharanappa; Niranjana, M.; Devendrappa, H.

    2016-05-23

    Solid Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) complexed with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs; Synthesized by Co-precipitation method) thin films have prepared at a different weight percent using the spin-coating method. The complexation of the NPs with the polymer blend was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The variation in film morphology was examined by polarized optical micrographs (POMs). The thermal behavior of blends was investigated under non-isothermal conditions by differential thermal analyses (DTA). A single glass transition temperature for each blend was observed, which supports the existence of compatibility of such system. The obtained results represent that the ternary based thin films are prominent materials for battery and optoelectronic device applications.

  11. Implantable polymer/metal thin film structures for the localized treatment of cancer by Joule heating

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    Kan-Dapaah, Kwabena; Rahbar, Nima; Theriault, Christian; Soboyejo, Wole

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents an implantable polymer/metal alloy thin film structure for localized post-operative treatment of breast cancer. A combination of experiments and models is used to study the temperature changes due to Joule heating by patterned metallic thin films embedded in poly-dimethylsiloxane. The heat conduction within the device and the surrounding normal/cancerous breast tissue is modeled with three-dimensional finite element method (FEM). The FEM simulations are used to explore the potential effects of device geometry and Joule heating on the temperature distribution and lesion (thermal dose). The FEM model is validated using a gel model that mimics biological media. The predictions are also compared to prior results from in vitro studies and relevant in vivo studies in the literature. The implications of the results are discussed for the potential application of polymer/metal thin film structures in hyperthermic treatment of cancer.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte thin films by spin-coating method

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    Chapi, Sharanappa; Niranjana, M.; Devendrappa, H.

    2016-05-01

    Solid Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) complexed with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs; Synthesized by Co-precipitation method) thin films have prepared at a different weight percent using the spin-coating method. The complexation of the NPs with the polymer blend was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The variation in film morphology was examined by polarized optical micrographs (POMs). The thermal behavior of blends was investigated under non-isothermal conditions by differential thermal analyses (DTA). A single glass transition temperature for each blend was observed, which supports the existence of compatibility of such system. The obtained results represent that the ternary based thin films are prominent materials for battery and optoelectronic device applications.

  13. Exciton diffusion and relaxation in methyl-substituted polyparaphenylene polymer films.

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    Gulbinas, V; Mineviciūte, I; Hertel, D; Wellander, R; Yartsev, A; Sundström, V

    2007-10-14

    Exciton diffusion in ladder-type methyl-substituted polyparaphenylene film and solution was investigated by means of femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy using a combined approach, analyzing exciton-exciton annihilation, and transient absorption depolarization properties. We show that the different views on the exciton dynamics offered by anisotropy decay and annihilation are required in order to obtain a correct picture of the energy transfer dynamics. Comparison of the exciton diffusion coefficient and exciton diffusion radius obtained for polymer film with the two techniques reveals that there is substantial short-range order in the film. Also in isolated chains there is considerable amount of order, as revealed from only partial anisotropy decay, which shows that only a small fraction of the excitons move to differently oriented polymer segments. It is further concluded that interchain energy transfer is faster than intrachain transfer, mainly as a result of shorter interchain distances between chromophoric units.

  14. Measuring Exciton Migration in Conjugated Polymer Films with Ultrafast Time Resolved Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy

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    Penwell, Samuel

    Conjugated polymers are highly tunable organic semiconductors, which can be solution processed to form thin films, making them prime candidates for organic photovoltaic devices. One of the most important parameters in a conjugated polymer solar cell is the exciton diffusion length, which depends on intermolecular couplings, and is typically on the order of 10 nm. This mean exciton migration can vary dramatically between films and within a single film due to heterogeneities in morphology on length scales of 10's to 100's nm. To study the variability of exciton diffusion and morphology within individual conjugated polymer films, we are adapting stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. STED is typically used in biology with sparse well-engineered fluorescent labels or on NV-centers in diamond. I will, however, describe how we have demonstrated the extension of STED to conjugated polymer films and nanoparticles of MEH-PPV and CN-PPV, despite the presence of two photon absorption, by taking care to first understand the material's photophysical properties. We then further adapt this approach, by introducing a second ultrafast STED pulse at a variable delay. Excitons that migrate away from the initial subdiffraction excitation volume during the ps-ns time delay, are preferentially quenched by the second STED pulse, while those that remain in the initial volume survive. The resulting effect of the second STED pulse is modulated by the degree of migration over the ultrafast time delay, thus providing a new method to study exciton migration. Since this technique utilizes subdiffraction optical excitation and detection volumes with ultrafast time resolution, it provides a means of spatially and temporally resolving measurements of exciton migration on the native length and time scales. In this way, we will obtain a spatiotemporal map of exciton distributions and migration that will help to correlate the energetic landscape to film morphology at the nanoscale.

  15. Spectral studies of Donepezil release from streched PVA polymer films

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    Nechifor, Cristina-Delia; Zelinschi, Carmen-Beatrice; Stoica, Iuliana; Closca, Valentina; Dorohoi, Dana-Ortansa

    2013-07-01

    The focus of this research is to obtain poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) polymer foils containing Donepezil in different concentration, in order to be used in controlled drug release as a palliative treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. The influence of polymeric foil stretching degree on drug release was analyzed using spectral measurements.

  16. Spectroelectrochemical Sensors: New Polymer Films for Improved Sensitivity

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    Morris, Laura K.; Seliskar, Carl J.; Bryan, Samuel A.; Heineman, William R.

    2014-10-31

    The selectivity of an optical sensor can be improved by combining optical detection with electrochemical oxidation or reduction of the target analyte to change its spectral properties. The changing signal can distinguish the analyte from interferences with similar spectral properties that would otherwise interfere. The analyte is detected by measuring the intensity of the electrochemically modulated signal. In one form this spectroelectrochemical sensor consists of an optically transparent electrode (OTE) coated with a film that preconcentrates the target analyte. The OTE functions as an optical waveguide for attenuated total reflectance (ATR) spectroscopy, which detects the analyte by absorption. Sensitivity relies in part on a large change in molar absorptivity between the two oxidation states used for electrochemical modulation of the optical signal. A critical part of the sensor is the ion selective film. It should preconcentrate the analyte and exclude some interferences. At the same time the film must not interfere with the electrochemistry or the optical detection. Therefore, since the debut of the sensor’s concept one major focus of our group has been developing appropriate films for different analytes. Here we report the development of a series of quaternized poly(vinylpyridine)-co-styrene (QPVP-co-S) anion exchange films for use in spectroelectrochemical sensors to enable sensitive detection of target anionic analytes in complex samples. The films were either 10% or 20% styrene and were prepared with varying degrees of quaternized pyridine groups, up to 70%. Films were characterized with respect to thickness with spectroscopic ellipsometry, degree of quaternization with FTIR, and electrochemically and spectroelectrochemically using the anions ferrocyanide and pertechnetate.

  17. Self-Supported Crack-Free Conducting Polymer Films with Stabilized Wrinkling Patterns and Their Applications

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    Xie, Jixun; Han, Xue; Ji, Haipeng; Wang, Juanjuan; Zhao, Jingxin; Lu, Conghua

    2016-01-01

    Self-supported conducting polymer films with controlled microarchitectures are highly attractive from fundamental and applied points of view. Here a versatile strategy is demonstrated to fabricate thin free-standing crack-free polyaniline (PANI)-based films with stable wrinkling patterns. It is based on oxidization polymerization of pyrrole inside a pre-wrinkled PANI film, in which the wrinkled PANI film is used both as a template and oxidizing agent for the first time. The subsequently grown polypyrrole (PPy) and the formation of interpenetrated PANI/PPy networks play a decisive role in enhancing the film integrity and the stability of wrinkles. This enhancing effect is attributed to the modification of internal stresses by the interpenetrated PANI/PPy microstructures. Consequently, a crack-free film with stable controlled wrinkles such as the wavelength, orientation and spatial location has been achieved. Moreover, the wrinkling PANI/PPy film can be removed from the initially deposited substrate to become free-standing. It can be further transferred onto target substrates to fabricate hierarchical patterns and functional devices such as flexible electrodes, gas sensors, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates. This simple universal enhancing strategy has been extended to fabrication of other PANI-based composite systems with crack-free film integrity and stabilized surface patterns, irrespective of pattern types and film geometries. PMID:27827459

  18. Self-Supported Crack-Free Conducting Polymer Films with Stabilized Wrinkling Patterns and Their Applications

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    Xie, Jixun; Han, Xue; Ji, Haipeng; Wang, Juanjuan; Zhao, Jingxin; Lu, Conghua

    2016-11-01

    Self-supported conducting polymer films with controlled microarchitectures are highly attractive from fundamental and applied points of view. Here a versatile strategy is demonstrated to fabricate thin free-standing crack-free polyaniline (PANI)-based films with stable wrinkling patterns. It is based on oxidization polymerization of pyrrole inside a pre-wrinkled PANI film, in which the wrinkled PANI film is used both as a template and oxidizing agent for the first time. The subsequently grown polypyrrole (PPy) and the formation of interpenetrated PANI/PPy networks play a decisive role in enhancing the film integrity and the stability of wrinkles. This enhancing effect is attributed to the modification of internal stresses by the interpenetrated PANI/PPy microstructures. Consequently, a crack-free film with stable controlled wrinkles such as the wavelength, orientation and spatial location has been achieved. Moreover, the wrinkling PANI/PPy film can be removed from the initially deposited substrate to become free-standing. It can be further transferred onto target substrates to fabricate hierarchical patterns and functional devices such as flexible electrodes, gas sensors, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates. This simple universal enhancing strategy has been extended to fabrication of other PANI-based composite systems with crack-free film integrity and stabilized surface patterns, irrespective of pattern types and film geometries.

  19. Elastic properties of protein functionalized nanoporous polymer films

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    Charles T. Black; Wang, Haoyu; Akcora, Pinar

    2015-12-16

    Retaining the conformational structure and bioactivity of immobilized proteins is important for biosensor designs and drug delivery systems. Confined environments often lead to changes in conformation and functions of proteins. In this study, lysozyme is chemically tethered into nanopores of polystyrene thin films, and submicron pores in poly(methyl methacrylate) films are functionalized with streptavidin. Nanoindentation experiments show that stiffness of streptavidin increases with decreasing submicron pore sizes. Lysozymes in polystyrene nanopores are found to behave stiffer than the submicron pore sizes and still retain their specific bioactivity relative to the proteins on flat surfaces. Lastly, our results show that protein functionalized ordered nanoporous polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) films present heterogeneous elasticity and can be used to study interactions between free proteins and designed surfaces.

  20. Epitaxies of chain compounds on monocrystalline polymer films

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    Kawaguchi, A.

    1993-12-31

    Various kinds of compounds with normal long hydrocarbon chain(s) were crystallized on the polyethylene (PE) substrate, whose surface was crystallographically well-defined. Their crystals grew in such an oriented way that the crystallographic plane of their subcells, which corresponded to that of the PE substrate surface, was in contact with the substrate surface. When isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and linear low density PE melt films were coupled and solidified from the side of iPP by cooling, a transparent PE-laminated iPP film was produced. When polyvinylcyclohexane was blended on the molecular level in iPP, it acted as a nucleating agent to give rise to a highly transparent iPP film. These textures are related to the epitaxy between the substrate and crystals grown on it. This paper will discuss their overgrowth mechanisms.

  1. Elastic properties of protein functionalized nanoporous polymer films

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    Charles T. Black; Wang, Haoyu; Akcora, Pinar

    2015-12-16

    Retaining the conformational structure and bioactivity of immobilized proteins is important for biosensor designs and drug delivery systems. Confined environments often lead to changes in conformation and functions of proteins. In this study, lysozyme is chemically tethered into nanopores of polystyrene thin films, and submicron pores in poly(methyl methacrylate) films are functionalized with streptavidin. Nanoindentation experiments show that stiffness of streptavidin increases with decreasing submicron pore sizes. Lysozymes in polystyrene nanopores are found to behave stiffer than the submicron pore sizes and still retain their specific bioactivity relative to the proteins on flat surfaces. Lastly, our results show that proteinmore » functionalized ordered nanoporous polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) films present heterogeneous elasticity and can be used to study interactions between free proteins and designed surfaces.« less

  2. Molecular interactions between proteins and synthetic membrane polymer films

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    Pincet, F.; Perez, E.; Belfort, G.

    1995-04-01

    To help understand the effects of protein adsorption on membrane filtration performance, we have measured the molecular interactions between cellulose acetate films and two proteins with different properties (ribonuclease A and human serum albumin) with a surface force apparatus. Comparison of forces between two protein layers with those between a protein layer and a cellulose acetate (CA) film shows that, at high pH, both proteins retained their native conformation on interacting with the CA film while at the isoelectric point (pI) or below the tertiary structure of proteins was disturbed. These measurements provide the first molecular evidence that disruption of protein tertiary structure could be responsible for the reduced permeation flows observed during membrane filtration of protein solutions and suggest that operating at high pH values away from the pI of proteins will reduce such fouling. 60 refs., 9 figs., 5 tabs.

  3. Temperature- and thickness-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films

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    2011-01-01

    The mechanical properties of polymer ultrathin films are usually different from those of their counterparts in bulk. Understanding the effect of thickness on the mechanical properties of these films is crucial for their applications. However, it is a great challenge to measure their elastic modulus experimentally with in situ heating. In this study, a thermodynamic model for temperature- (T) and thickness (h)-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films Ef(T,h) is developed with verification by the reported experimental data on polystyrene (PS) thin films. For the PS thin films on a passivated substrate, Ef(T,h) decreases with the decreasing film thickness, when h is less than 60 nm at ambient temperature. However, the onset thickness (h*), at which thickness Ef(T,h) deviates from the bulk value, can be modulated by T. h* becomes larger at higher T because of the depression of the quenching depth, which determines the thickness of the surface layer δ. PMID:21711747

  4. Annihilation characteristics of positrons in free-standing thin metal and polymer films

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    Uedono, A.; Ito, K.; Nakamori, H.; Ata, S.; Ougizawa, T.; Ito, K.; Kobayashi, Y.; Cao, X.; Kurihara, T.; Oshima, N.; Ohdaira, T.; Suzuki, R.; Akahane, T.; Doyama, M.; Matsuya, K.; Jinno, S.; Fujinami, M.

    2008-03-01

    Annihilation characteristics of positrons and positronium (Ps) in thin metal and polymer films were studied. Monoenergetic positrons were implanted into free-standing thin W and Au films and the annihilation γ-rays of positron-electron pairs were measured as a function of the incident energy of positrons. At the front-side surfaces of the films, an emission of Ps into vacuum and a resultant self-annihilation of ortho-Ps (o-Ps) were observed. At the backside surfaces, the Ps emission was found to be enhanced by an increase in the numbers of epithermal positrons and/or secondary electrons introduced by the impact of energetic positrons. For thin polymer films (polyester and polystyrene), the emission rate of o-Ps from the backside surfaces was higher than that from the metal films, which was attributed to the out-diffusion of o-Ps formed in the films. Those results suggested that the emission rate of Ps into vacuum was sensitive to the Ps formation process in the bulk and at the surface.

  5. Humidity versus photo-stability of metal halide perovskite films in a polymer matrix.

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    Manshor, Nurul Ain; Wali, Qamar; Wong, Ka Kan; Muzakir, Saifful Kamaluddin; Fakharuddin, Azhar; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas; Jose, Rajan

    2016-08-21

    Despite the high efficiency of over 21% reported for emerging thin film perovskite solar cells, one of the key issues prior to their commercial deployment is to attain their long term stability under ambient and outdoor conditions. The instability in perovskite is widely conceived to be humidity induced due to the water solubility of its initial precursors, which leads to decomposition of the perovskite crystal structure; however, we note that humidity alone is not the major degradation factor and it is rather the photon dose in combination with humidity exposure that triggers the instability. In our experiment, which is designed to decouple the effect of humidity and light on perovskite degradation, we investigate the shelf-lifetime of CH3NH3PbI3 films in the dark and under illumination under high humidity conditions (Rel. H. > 70%). We note minor degradation in perovskite films stored in a humid dark environment whereas upon exposure to light, the films undergo drastic degradation, primarily owing to the reactive TiO2/perovskite interface and also the surface defects of TiO2. To enhance its air-stability, we incorporate CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite in a polymer (poly-vinylpyrrolidone, PVP) matrix which retained its optical and structural characteristics in the dark for ∼2000 h and ∼800 h in room light soaking, significantly higher than a pristine perovskite film, which degraded completely in 600 h in the dark and in less than 100 h when exposed to light. We attribute the superior stability of PVP incorporated perovskite films to the improved structural stability of CH3NH3PbI3 and also to the improved TiO2/perovskite interface upon incorporating a polymer matrix. Charge injection from the polymer embedded perovskite films has also been confirmed by fabricating solar cells using them, thereby providing a promising future research pathway for stable and efficient perovskite solar cells.

  6. Vapor-phase-synthesized fluoroacrylate polymer thin films: thermal stability and structural properties.

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    Christian, Paul; Coclite, Anna Maria

    2017-01-01

    In this study, the thermal, chemical and structural stability of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl acrylate polymers (p-PFDA) synthetized by initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) were investigated. PFDA polymers are known for their interesting crystalline aggregation into a lamellar structure that induces super-hydrophobicity and oleophobicity. Nevertheless, when considering applications which involve chemical, mechanical and thermal stresses, it is important to know the limits under which the crystalline aggregation and the resulting polymer properties are stable. For this, chemical, morphological and structural properties upon multiple heating/cooling cycles were investigated both for linear PFDA polymers and for differently strong cross-linked alterations thereof. Heat treatment leaves the chemical composition of the linear PFDA polymers largely unchanged, while a more ordered crystalline structure with smoother morphology is observed. At the same time, the hydrophobicity and the integrity of the polymer deteriorate upon heating. The integrity and hydrophobicity of cross-linked p-PFDA films was preserved likely because of the lack of internal strain due to the coexistence of both crystalline and amorphous phases. The possibility to finely tune the degree of cross-linking can therefore expand the application portfolio in which PFDA polymers can be utilized.

  7. Polymer Stress-Gradient Induced Migration in Thin Film Flow Over Topography

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    Tsouka, Sophia; Dimakopoulos, Yiannis; Tsamopoulos, John

    2014-11-01

    We consider the 2D, steady film flow of a dilute polymer solution over a periodic topography. We examine how the distribution of polymer in the planarization of topographical features is affected by flow intensity and physical properties. The thermodynamically acceptable, Mavrantzas-Beris two-fluid Hamiltonian model is used for polymer migration. The resulting system of differential equations is solved via the mixed FE method combined with an elliptic grid generation scheme. We present numerical results for polymer concentration, stress, velocity and flux of components as a function of the non-dimensional parameters of the problem (Deborah, Peclet, Reynolds and Capillary numbers, ratio of solvent viscosity to total liquid viscosity and geometric features of the topography). Polymer migration to the free surface is enhanced when the cavity gets steeper and deeper. This increases the spatial extent of the polymer depletion layer and induces strong banding in the stresses away from the substrate wall, especially in low polymer concentration. Macromolecules with longer relaxation times are predicted to migrate towards the free surface more easily, while high surface tension combined with a certain range of Reynolds numbers affects the free surface deformations. Work supported by the General Secretariat of Research & Technology of Greece through the program ``Excellence'' (Grant No. 1918) in the framework ``Education and Lifelong Learning'' co-funded by the ESF.

  8. Electrically Conducting Polymer-Copper Sulphide Composite Films, Preparation by Treatment of Polymer-Copper (2) Acetate Composites with Hydrogen Sulfide

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    Yamamoto, Takakazu; Kamigaki, Takahira; Kubota, Etsuo

    1988-01-01

    Polymer copper sulfide composite films were prepared by treatment of polymer poly(vinyl chloride), poly(acrylonitrile), copolymer of vinyl chloride and vinyl acetate (90:10), and ABS resin copper (2) acetate composites with hydrogen sulfide. The films showed electrical conductivity higher than 0.015 S/cm when they contained more than 20 wt percent of copper sulfide. A poly(acrylonitrile)-copper sulfide composite film containing 40 to 50 wt percent of copper sulfide showed electrical conductivity of 10 to 150.0 S/cm and had relatively high mechanical strength to be used in practical purposes.

  9. Reactive thin polymer films as platforms for the immobilization of biomolecules.

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    Feng, Chuan Liang; Zhang, Zhihong; Förch, Renate; Knoll, Wolfgang; Vancso, G Julius; Schönherr, Holger

    2005-01-01

    Spin-coated thin films of poly(N-hydroxysuccinimidyl methacrylate) (PNHSMA) on oxidized silicon and gold surfaces were investigated as reactive layers for obtaining platforms for biomolecule immobilization with high molecular loading. The surface reactivity of PNHSMA films in coupling reactions with various primary amines, including amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-NH2) and fluoresceinamine, was determined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), fluorescence microscopy, and ellipsometry measurements, respectively. The rate constants of PEG-NH2 attachment on the PNHSMA films were found to be significantly increased compared to the coupling on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of 11,11'-dithiobis(N-hydroxysuccinimidylundecanoate) (NHS-C10) on gold under the same conditions. More significantly, the PEG loading observed was about 3 times higher for the polymer thin films. These data indicate that the coupling reactions are not limited to the very surface of the polymer films, but proceed into the near-surface regions of the films. PNHSMA films were shown to be stable in contact with aqueous buffer; the swelling analysis, as performed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), indicated a film thickness independent swelling of approximately 2 nm. An increased loading was also observed by surface plasmon resonance for the covalent immobilization of amino-functionalized probe DNA. Hybridization of fluorescently labeled target DNA was successfully detected by fluorescence microscopy and surface plasmon resonance enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy (SPFS), thereby demonstrating that thin films of PNHSMA comprise an attractive and simple platform for the immobilization of biomolecules with high densities.

  10. Hybrid polymer-lipid films as platforms for directed membrane protein insertion.

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    Kowal, Justyna; Wu, Dalin; Mikhalevich, Viktoria; Palivan, Cornelia G; Meier, Wolfgang

    2015-05-05

    Hybrids composed of amphiphilic block copolymers and lipids constitute a new generation of biological membrane-inspired materials. Hybrid membranes resulting from self-assembly of lipids and polymers represent adjustable models for interactions between artificial and natural membranes, which are of key importance, e.g., when developing systems for drug delivery. By combining poly(dimethylsiloxane)-block-poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline) amphiphilic copolymers (PDMS-b-PMOXA) with various phospholipids, we obtained hybrid films with modulated properties and topology, based on phase separation, and the formation of distinct domains. By understanding the factors driving the phase separation in these hybrid lipid-polymer films, we were able to use them as platforms for directed insertion of membrane proteins. Tuning the composition of the polymer-lipids mixtures favored successful insertion of membrane proteins with desired topological distributions (in polymer or/and lipid regions). Controlled insertion and location of membrane proteins in hybrid films make these hybrids ideal candidates for numerous applications where specific spatial functionality is required.

  11. Polymer nanocomposite films with extremely high nanoparticle loadings via capillary rise infiltration (CaRI)

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    Huang, Yun-Ru; Jiang, Yijie; Hor, Jyo Lyn; Gupta, Rohini; Zhang, Lei; Stebe, Kathleen J.; Feng, Gang; Turner, Kevin T.; Lee, Daeyeon

    2014-12-01

    Polymer nanocomposite films (PNCFs) with extremely high concentrations of nanoparticles are important components in energy storage and conversion devices and also find use as protective coatings in various applications. PNCFs with high loadings of nanoparticles, however, are difficult to prepare because of the poor processability of polymer-nanoparticle mixtures with high concentrations of nanoparticles even at an elevated temperature. This problem is exacerbated when anisotropic nanoparticles are the desired filler materials. Here we report a straightforward method for generating PNCFs with extremely high loadings of nanoparticles. Our method is based on what we call capillary rise infiltration (CaRI) of polymer into a dense packing of nanoparticles. CaRI consists of two simple steps: (1) the preparation of a two-layer film, consisting of a porous layer of nanoparticles and a layer of polymer and (2) annealing of the bilayer structure above the temperature that imparts mobility to the polymer (e.g., glass transition of the polymer). The second step leads to polymer infiltration into the interstices of the nanoparticle layer, reminiscent of the capillary rise of simple fluid into a narrow capillary or a packing of granules. We use in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and a three-layer Cauchy model to follow the capillary rise of polystyrene into the random network of nanoparticles. The infiltration of polystyrene into a densely packed TiO2 nanoparticle layer is shown to follow the classical Lucas-Washburn type of behaviour. We also demonstrate that PNCFs with densely packed anisotropic TiO2 nanoparticles can be readily generated by spin coating anisotropic TiO2 nanoparticles atop a polystyrene film and subsequently thermally annealing the bilayer film. We show that CaRI leads to PNCFs with modulus, hardness and scratch resistance that are far superior to the properties of films of the component materials. In addition, CaRI fills in cracks that may exist in the

  12. An electrodeposited redox polymer-laccase composite film for highly efficient four-electron oxygen reduction

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    Shen, Wei; Deng, Huimin; Teo, Alan Kay Liang; Gao, Zhiqiang

    2013-03-01

    In this report, it is shown that novel thin films of Os(dcbpy)2 (dcbpy = 4,4‧-dicarboxylic acid-2,2‧-bipyridine)-based redox polymer-laccase composite can be electrodeposited onto carbon electrodes under mild conditions. In a nutshell, the exchange of the inner-sphere Cl- of the Os(dcbpy)2Cl+/2+ complex tethered to partially quaternized poly (4-vinylpyridine) (PVP) by a pyridine ligand of a second PVP chain leads to cross-linking and deposition of the redox polymer. Laccase, which has coordinatively linkable functions of amines and histidines, is readily incorporated in the electrodeposited redox polymer. Because the reaction centers of the co-deposited laccase are electrically connected to the electrode through the deposited redox polymer, the electrodeposited film can catalyze the electroreduction of O2 at 0.58 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) - the least reducing potential for highly efficient four-electron reduction of O2 in pH 5.5 0.10 M phosphate buffer solution. Furthermore, the electroreduction of O2 is found to be O2 transport-limited when the reduction potential is poised at ≥120 mV more reducing than that of the reversible O2/H2O couple. This composite film could be an excellent candidate for uses as cathode in enzymatic biofuel cells.

  13. In situ prepared polymer films as alignment layers for nematic liquid crystals

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    Pires, David; Galerne, Yves

    2006-12-15

    By means of UV-visible irradiations and convenient photoinitiators, we realize the cross-linked polymerization of a triacrylate monomer in solution in a nematic liquid crystal (p-pentyl-p{sup '}-cyanobiphenyl) at low concentrations (a few wt %), i.e., under conditions opposite to the synthesis of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals. As atomic force microscope measurements show, when operating close to, but below, the percolation transition, a thin polymer layer is synthesized in situ, directly covering and coating all the substrate. These observations therefore confirm that the properties of anchoring and of alignment memory previously observed in such nematic cells effectively originate from the synthesized polymer film. According to the photoinitiator used, bulk or surface polymerizations dominate and respectively produce continuous or discontinuous films (i.e., with separate clusters). In the former case, polymer aggregates are first synthesized. They then diffuse in the volume until they meet a surface, where they definitely stick if they are large enough. An estimate of the entropy and interaction energy differences between the two states, stuck or free, shows that the aggregates stick on the substrates if their size exceeds the length of about three monomers, i.e., if they contain more than 20-30 monomers. Interestingly, these films may be used to replicate nonuniform alignment patterns that are difficult to realize otherwise. The method may be considered as an imprinting method.

  14. Electrochemical synthesis of Sm2O3 nanoparticles: Application in conductive polymer composite films for supercapacitors.

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    Mohammad Shiri, Hamid; Ehsani, Ali; Jalali Khales, Mina

    2017-11-01

    A novel electrosynthetic method was introduced to synthesize of Sm2O3 nanoparticles and furthermore, for improving the electrochemical performance of conductive polymer, hybrid POAP/Sm2O3 films have then been fabricated by POAP electropolymerization in the presence of Sm2O3 nanoparticles as active electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors. The structure, morphology, chemical composition of Sm2O3 nanoparticles was examined. Surface and electrochemical analyses have been used for characterization of Sm2O3 and POAP/Sm2O3 composite films. Different electrochemical methods including galvanostatic charge discharge experiments, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been applied to study the system performance. The supercapacity behavior of the composite film was attributed to the (i) high active surface area of the composite, (ii) charge transfer along the polymer chain due to the conjugation form of the polymer and finally (iii) synergism effect between conductive polymer and Sm2O3 nanoparticles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Polymer-assisted conformal coating of TiO2 thin films

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    Gillman, E. S.; Costello, D.; Moreno, M.; Raspopin, A.; Kasica, R.; Chen, L.

    2010-08-01

    Conformal coating of nanofabricated structures with a high-index dielectric material is a common problem for a diverse set of integrated photonic and plasmonic devices such as planar waveguides, on-chip spectrometers, gratings, flat panel displays, optical sensors, and integrated optical devices. In this paper we were recently able to demonstrate an alternate method for conformally coating photonic nanostructures using a low cost, polymer-assisted deposition (PAD) process for the metal-oxide TiO2. In a PAD process a thermally curable, hybrid high refractive index polymer solution is spin-coated onto a substrate. The polymer controls the viscosity and binds the metal ions, resulting in a homogeneous distribution of the precursor in solution. When cured at elevated temperature, the hybrid polymer coating decomposes to form a metal oxide-rich film that has a high refractive index that conformally fills the voids in nanofabricated structures. The resulting films have refractive indices higher than 1.83 in the visible region and film thicknesses between 250-500 nm depending on the level of metal-oxide loading, cure temperature, and number of coatings.

  16. Nanoscale probing of a polymer-blend thin film with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

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    Yeo, Boon-Siang; Amstad, Esther; Schmid, Thomas; Stadler, Johannes; Zenobi, Renato

    2009-04-01

    Fundamental advances have been made in the spatially resolved chemical analysis of polymer thin films. Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) is used to investigate the surface composition of a mixed polyisoprene (PI) and polystyrene (PS) thin film. High-quality TER spectra are collected from these nonresonant Raman-active polymers. A wealth of structural information is obtained, some of which cannot be acquired with conventional analytical techniques. PI and PS are identified at the surface and subsurface, respectively. Differences in the band intensities suggest strongly that the polymer layers are not uniformly thick, and that nanopores are present under the film surface. The continuous PS subsurface layer and subsurface nanopores have hitherto not been identified. These data are obtained with nanometer spatial resolution. Confocal far-field Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are employed to corroborate some of the results. With routine production of highly enhancing TERS tips expected in the near future, it is predicted that TERS will be of great use for the rigorous chemical analysis of polymer and other composite systems with nanometer spatial resolution.

  17. Vitrification of thin polymer films: from linear chain to soft-colloid like behavior

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    Glynos, Emmanouil; Frieberg, Bradley; Sakellariou, Georgios; Chremos, Alexandros; Green, Peter

    2015-03-01

    The glass transition temperature Tg of sufficiently thin, supported, polymer films is dependent on the film thickness. Based on the nature of the polymer substrate interactions Tg may increase, ΔTg >0, or decrease, ΔTg <0, in relation to the bulk. We show that for star-shaped macromolecules the value of ΔTg depends on the functionality f of the molecule, for polymer films supported by the same substrate. Specifically in the case of polystyrene (PS) macromolecules, with arms of molecular weight Marm<10 kg./mol., supported by silicon oxide substrates, ΔTg <0, when f<4. For much higher functionalities, f >= 32, where the polymer exhibits soft-colloid like behavior ΔTg ~ 0. For values of 40. The transition from the linear-chain to the soft-colloid behavior is gradual and occurs with increasing f and/or decreasing Marm. With the help of molecular dynamics simulations we rationalize this behavior in terms of competing entropic effects, associated with changes in f and Marm, which drives the ability of these molecules to efficiently pack at interfaces.

  18. Reagentless biosensors based on co-entrapment of a soluble redox polymer and an enzyme within an electrochemically deposited polymer film.

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    Vilkanauskyte, Aiste; Erichsen, Thomas; Marcinkeviciene, Liucija; Laurinavicius, Valdas; Schuhmann, Wolfgang

    2002-12-01

    A novel biosensor architecture, which is based on the combination of a manual and a non-manual deposition technique for sensor components on the electrode surface is reported. A water-soluble Os-poly(vinyl-imidazole) redox hydrogel is deposited on a graphite electrode by drop-coating (i.e. manually) followed by the electrochemically-induced deposition of an enzyme-containing non-conducting polymer film. The local polymer deposition is initiated by electrochemical generation of H(3)O(+) exclusively at the electrode surface causing a pH-shift to be established in the diffusion zone around the electrode (i.e. non-manually). This pH-shift leads to the protonation of a dissolved polyanionic polymer which in consequence changes significantly its solubility and is hence precipitating on the electrode surface. In the presence of a suitable enzyme, such as quinohemoprotein alcohol dehydrogenase (QH-ADH), the polymer precipitation leads to an entrapment of the redox enzyme within the polymer film. Simultaneously, the water-soluble Os-poly(vinyl-imidazole) redox hydrogel, which is slowly dissolving from the electrode surface after addition of the electrolyte, is co-entrapped within the precipitating polymer layer. This provides the pre-requisite for an efficient electron-transfer pathway from the redox enzyme via the polymer-bound redox centres to the electrode surface. The sensor preparation protocol has been optimised aiming on a high mediator concentration in the polymer film and an effective electron transfer.

  19. Micropatterning of metal films coated on polymer surfaces with epoxy mold and its application to organic field effect transistor fabrication

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    Wang, Zhe; Xing, Rubo; Zhang, Jian; Yuan, Jianfeng; Yu, Xinhong; Han, Yanchun

    2004-08-01

    In this letter, a simple and versatile approach to micropatterning a metal film, which is evaporated on a Si substrate coated with polymer, is demonstrated by the use of a prepatterned epoxy mold. The polymer interlayer between the metal and the Si substrate is found important for the high quality pattern. When the metal-polymer-Si sandwich structure is heated with the temperature below Tm but above Tg of the polymer, the plastic deformation of the polymer film occurs under sufficiently high pressure applied. It causes the metal to crack locally or weaken along the pattern edges. Further heating while applying a lower pressure results in the formation of an intimate junction between the epoxy stamp and the metal film. Under these conditions the epoxy cures further, ensuring adhesion between the stamp and the film. The lift-off process works because the adhesion between the epoxy and the metal film is stronger than that between the metal film and the polymer. A polymer field effect transistor is fabricated in order to demonstrate potential applications of this micropatterning approach.

  20. Intrinsic bond strength of metal films on polymer substrates

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    Wheeler, Donald R.; Osaki, Hiroyuki

    1990-01-01

    A semiquantitative method for the measurement of the intrinsic bond strength between elastic substrates and elastic films that fail by brittle fracture is described. Measurements on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-Ni couple were used to verify the essential features of the analysis. It was found that the interfacial shear strength of Ni on PET doubled after ion etching.