Patterning surfaces with functional polymers: a review of the state of the art - Overview
University of Toronto, CA
Keywords: nanopattern, polymers, photolithography, self-assembly, printing techniques, top-down design, bottom-up design
Abstract:The ability to pattern functional polymers at different length scales is important for research fieldsincluding cell biology, tissue engineering and medicinal science and the development of optical andelectronic devices. The interest in polymer patterning have originated from the abundance of functionalities of polymers and a wide range of applications of polymer patterns. This talk reviews recent progress in top-down and bottom-up patterning of polymers using photolithography, printing techniques, self-assembly of block copolymers and instability-induced patterning. Challenges and future directions are discussed from the point of view of both applicability and strategies for the surface patterning of polymers.