A simple approach to micro-patterned surfaces by breath figures with internal structure using thermoresponsive amphiphilic bLock copolymers

Alexandra Nygard, Thomas P. Davis, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Martina H. Stenzel

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Employing amphiphilic block copolymers in a casting process to obtain honeycomb-structured films via breath figures leads to a suborder of these porous films. A thermoresponsive block cop olymer, polystyee- block-poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide), was synthesized and used to test the arrangement of both blocks within the honeycomb-structured films. Contact angle measurements reveal that the surface of these films has a different composition compared to the structure of the pores. The pores were found to be enriched in hydrophilic sequences showing stimuli-responsive behavior, whereas the surface reacts like a typical hydrophobic porous film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-599
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

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