(532c) Adhesion Behavior of Non-Planar Wrinkled Surfaces
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 9:12am to 9:33am
Topological patterns on polymer surfaces can be used to significantly alter the surface properties, such as adhesion and contact angles. Conventional patterning methods, including photo- and imprint lithography, are difficult to apply to non planar surfaces. Surface wrinkling induced by swelling of a soft substrate constrained by a stiff, thin surface layer offers an attractive approach. Using this method, surface patterns of various length scales over a large area on curved geometries were obtained. Controlling the thickness of the stiff layer (silicate) on a soft foundation (polydimethylsiloxane elastomers) and the strain conditions, amplitude and wavelength of the wrinkles were varied. We have successfully transferred these wrinkles on non-planar polydimethylsiloxane elastomer surfaces and quantified the effect of wrinkle morphology on the adhesion.