Polymer brushes paint a stable picture

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The way in which flexible polymers can modify the structure of a coated surface has been studied by measuring the interactions between polymer-bearing surfaces in liquids. It is observed that interactions induced by polymers attached to surfaces can also lead to striking changes in the effective 'wetting' properties of thin liquid films. A film is said to 'wet' a surface if it tends to spread uniformly on a solid surface. The smoothness and long-term stability of such films depends on how well they wet the surface, and this is essential for the electronic and electro-optical devices, for example, to work properly. If the films are to break up or 'dewet' the surface, the device would be of little use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics World
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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