Cross-link-induced autophobicity in polymer melts: A re-entrant wetting transition

T. Kerle, R. Yerushalmi-Rozen, J. Klein

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We have investigated the wetting behaviour of a polymer melt on top of a cross-linked network of itself. For substrate films that were not cross-linked at all (or at very low cross-link densities) the melt completely wets the underlying layer. At intermediate cross-linking densities we observe dewetting, which we suggest is due to the brush-like surface of the network. At higher cross-linking densities the melt again completely wets the network, due, we believe, to increased roughening of the surface of the cross-linked substrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 20 Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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