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Self-organized patterns of microparticles in polymer films


Bauer, C; Gartmann, N; Dieu, L Q; Zuber, N; Dolamic, I; Ramm, J H; Brühwiler, D (2011). Self-organized patterns of microparticles in polymer films. Thin Solid Films, 519(11):3674-3678.

Abstract

A simple method to create self-organized patterns of microparticles in polymer films is demonstrated. Dye-loaded zeolite crystals are used as model microparticles, allowing convenient imaging of the patterns by fluorescence microscopy. The pattern formation can be interpreted within the general framework of the model of local self-activation and lateral inhibition. Two starting parameters, namely the polymer concentration and the wet film thickness, control the size and shape of the particle aggregates in the patterns, as well as their spacing. The size of the aggregates ranges from 50 to 340 µm.

Abstract

A simple method to create self-organized patterns of microparticles in polymer films is demonstrated. Dye-loaded zeolite crystals are used as model microparticles, allowing convenient imaging of the patterns by fluorescence microscopy. The pattern formation can be interpreted within the general framework of the model of local self-activation and lateral inhibition. Two starting parameters, namely the polymer concentration and the wet film thickness, control the size and shape of the particle aggregates in the patterns, as well as their spacing. The size of the aggregates ranges from 50 to 340 µm.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:13 Apr 2011 13:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:54
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0040-6090
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2011.01.253

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