Nanopressing: Toward tailored polymer microstructures and nanostructures

Yi Huei Kao, Mu Huan Chi, Chia Chan Tsai, Jiun-Tai Chen*

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Abstract

A simple and versatile method is developed for preparing anisotropic polymer particles by pressing polymer microspheres at elevated temperatures. Polystyrene (PS) microspheres are used to demonstrate this approach. Depending on the mechanical deformation and wetting of the polymers on the substrates, polymer structures with special shapes such as barrel-like or dumbbell-like shapes can be prepared. The morphology of polymer structures can be controlled by the experimental parameters such as the pressing pressure, the pressing temperature, and the pressing time. The wetting of the polymers on the substrates dominates when the samples are annealing at higher temperatures for longer times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • annealing
  • microspheres
  • polystyrene
  • pressing
  • wetting

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