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|Hong Yee Low|
|Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Material Sci Eng|
|Highly uniform, sub-micrometer surface patterns have been actively investigated as non-chemical means of surface engineering. Surface functionalities such as wetting, friction and optical effects can be engineered through a variety of micrometer and nanometer surface patterns; such functionalities are greatly influenced by geometries and length scales of the surface patterns. Changes to the geometry and the sizes of the surface pattern can result in changes in the associated surface functionalities or have implications on the durability of the surface functions. In this study, a systematic quantification of the mechanical deformation and the recovery of nanoimprinted sub-micrometer polymers have been conducted. Shape memory polymers Nafion and polyurethane acrylate (PUA) were programmed with permanent shape memories of the surface patterns via high temperature nano-imprinting. Surface patterns ranging from 2 micrometer to 200 nm were investigated under uniaxial tension and compression. The geometrical deformation and recovery of the surface patterns were quantified using atomic force microscopy (AFM). A schematic methodology employed in this study is shown in figure-1. Geometrical deformation and recovery were found to be dependent on the pattern size, aspect ratio and geometries (isotropic versus anisotropic, protrusion versus recess structures). A transition in deformation mechanism was also found to be dependent on the size and aspect ratio of the structures. Understanding the mechanical deformations of these surface patterns is important towards achieving durable surface patterns, their functions and opens new opportunity for engineering active surface patterns.|
Hong Yee Low received her education in the field of Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA. In the past 15 years, her research interests and activities have been in nanofabrication of polymeric structures and in the studying the surface properties of micro- and nanoscale surface patterns. In her research, nano-imprint process has been the primary fabrication technique used for creating a variety of complex, quasi 3-dimensional micro- and nanoscale surface patterns. Biomimicry is also an approach she has adopted in developing novel surface structures and functionalities. The surfaces developed by her research group have been applied in applications ranging from electronics, biomedical and optical devices.
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