Ordered droplet formation by thin polymer film dewetting on a stripe-patterned substrate.

Journal of colloid and interface science

PubMedID: 14651908

Luo C, Xing R, Zhang Z, Fu J, Han Y. Ordered droplet formation by thin polymer film dewetting on a stripe-patterned substrate. J Colloid Interface Sci. 2004;269(1):158-63.
The dewetting process of thin polystyrene (PS) film on flat and stripe-patterned substrates is presented. Different dewetting processes were observed when the thin PS films annealed at above the glass transition temperature on these different kinds of substrates. The final dewetting on the flat substrate led to formation of polygonal liquid droplets, while on the stripe-patterned substrate, the droplets were observed to align at the centers of the stripes. A possible explanation for the dewetting process on the stripe-patterned substrate is proposed.