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Thermo/Chemo-Responsive Shape Memory Effect for Micro/Nano Surface Patterning Atop Polymers

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In this paper, we propose several surface patterning methods utilizing the thermo- and chemo-responsive shape memory effect (SME) in polymeric materials. Different micro/nano-scale surface patterns are obtained by utilizing these methods individually or combined. As shown here, both size and shape of resultant patterns can be well controlled. Furthermore, reversible surface pattern and three dimensional (3-D) pattern can be achieved. This work demonstrates some novel, simple and cost-effective approaches to fabricate 2-D and 3-D patterns.
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Keywords: CHEMO-RESPONSIVE; POLYMER; SHAPE MEMORY EFFECT; SURFACE PATTERNING; THERMO-RESPONSIVE

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal consolidating nanoscale research activities in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine into a single and unique reference source. NNL provides the means for scientists, engineers, medical experts and technocrats to publish original short research articles as communications/letters of important new scientific and technological findings, encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of the physical sciences, engineering and medicine.
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