Navigation Links
Fabrication method can affect the use of block copolymer thin films
Date:5/3/2012

A new study by a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) indicates that thin polymer films can have different properties depending on the method by which they are made. The results* suggest that deeper work is necessary to explore the best way of creating these films, which are used in applications ranging from high-tech mirrors to computer memory devices.

Thin films spread atop a surface have many applications in industry. Inexpensive organic solar cells might be made of such films, to name one potential use. Typically they're made by dissolving the polymer, and then spreading a small amount of the liquid out on a surface, called a substrate. The solution becomes a film as the solvent dries and the remainder solidifies. But as this happens, stresses develop within the film that can affect its structure.

Manufacturers would like to know more about how to control these stresses to ensure the film does what they want. But scientists who study film formation often use a different method of casting films than a manufacturer would. One method used in industry is "flow coating"similar to spreading frosting across a cake. Another method is "spin casting"placing a drop of liquid on a substrate that spins rapidly and spreads the droplet out evenly by centrifugal force. Both methods create smooth films generally, but the team decided to examine whether the two methods create different effects in finished films consisting of a self-assembling block copolymer.

"It's an important question because some proposed applications intend to take advantage of these effects," Douglas says.

The team's comparison led to results that surprised them. Although the rapid spinning of spin casting is very dynamic, suggesting it would convey more stress to the resulting film, it actually led to fewer residual stresses than flow coating did. As previous studies have shown that leftover solvent can lead to stresses in the film, the team's new theory is that because the solvent evaporates from the developing film more slowly in flow coating, this solvent discourages the film solids from arranging themselves into the equilibrium structure.

For one example, the practical benefits of this understanding could help manufacturers who propose making computer memory devices from thin films in which the solids arrange themselves as tiny cylinders in the film. Such devices would require the cylinders to stand on end, not lay down flat.

"We find we can get them to stand up much more easily with one casting method than another," Douglas says. "If we can get better results simply by varying the mode of film casting, we need to explore more deeply what happens when you make films by different methods."


'/>"/>

Contact: Chad Boutin
boutin@nist.gov
301-975-4261
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology technology :

1. Graphene films clear major fabrication hurdle
2. New graphene fabrication method uses silicon carbide templates to create desired growth
3. UCLA team reports scalable fabrication of self-aligned graphene transistors, circuits
4. Heated AFM tip allows direct fabrication of ferroelectric nanostructures on plastic
5. RapidX250 Rapid Prototype Tool for Micro Fabrication of Microfluidics, MEMs and Medical Devices
6. Microfabrication breakthrough could set piezoelectric material applications in motion
7. PerkinElmer Expertise and Solutions Integral to Food Safety Monitoring for the Beijing Games : Methods, Applications Expertise and Instrumentation Deployed in Mobile Laboratory
8. UC Riverside researcher develops novel method to grow human embryonic stem cells
9. SpectraScience Awarded Patent for Its Optical Biopsy System and Methods for Tissue Diagnosis
10. Waters Publishes Rapid and Specific Method of Detection for Melamine in Infant Formula and Liquid Milk, in Support of Chinas Ministry of Science and Technology
11. Stretching silicon: A new method to measure how strain affects semiconductors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fabrication method can affect the use of block copolymer thin films
(Date:5/26/2016)... Jersey and READING, England ... Indegene ( http://www.indegene.com ), a leading global ... life science, pharmaceutical and healthcare organisations and TranScrip ... innovative scientific support throughout the product lifecycle, today ... the launch of IntraScience.      (Logo: ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... FireflySci cuvettes are used in leading laboratories all over the globe. Their cute ... In addition to manufacturing awesome cuvettes, FireflySci makes spectrophotometer calibration standards that never ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) responded ... Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) outlining a measurement approach to interoperability that focuses ... and where it was needed. The organization of health informatics professionals said a ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... and traumatic injuries, will be accelerated by research at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) ... of wound healing and tissue regeneration. , The novel method, developed by WPI ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:3/9/2016)... , March 9, 2016 ... government identified that more than 23,000 public service employees ... had been receiving their salary unlawfully.    --> ... country,s government identified that more than 23,000 public service ... or had been receiving their salary unlawfully.    ...
(Date:3/8/2016)... , March 8, 2016   Valencell , ... today announced it has secured $11M in Series ... Tech, a new venture fund being launched by ... participation from existing investors TDF Ventures and WSJ ... to continue its triple-digit growth and accelerate its ...
(Date:3/3/2016)...  2016FLEX, organized by FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic ... flexible, hybrid and printed electronics. More than 650 ... gathered for short courses, technical session, exhibits, and ... Flex Conference celebrates its 15 th anniversary ... and universities contributing to the adoption of flexible ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):