Polymer-induced wetting transitions in liquid films

Marcelo Carignano, Rachel Yerushalmi-Rozen, Nily Dan

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Using the single chain mean field (SCMF) theory we investigate the effect of soluble polymer chains on the surface tension between a solid surface and liquid films. We find that end-grafted chains (brush) strongly reduce the surface tension between a liquid and an incompatible solid. This reduction is insensitive to the type and strength of monomer-solid interactions. Free chains reduce the surface tension between the liquid and the solid only if the monomer-solid interaction is attractive. Combining free and densely end-grafted chains is found to inhibit wetting, due to an inherent incompatibility between the grafted polymer brush and the free chain solution. Combining free and moderately end-grafted chains is found to enhance wetting if the monomer-surface interactions are attractive. These predictions are in good agreement with the experiments of Yerushalmi-Rozen et al.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3453-3460
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2 May 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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