CryoSEM investigation of latex coatings dried in walled substrates

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Abstract

Nonuniformities, such as heavy edges or "coffee rings", frequently develop as particulate coatings dry. One idea for avoiding these nonuniformities is to engineer the substrate edges. In this work, monodisperse latex coatings were deposited on substrates with photoresist walls around their edges. Cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (cryoSEM) results show particle accumulation near the walls and at the free surface. The contact line, pinned at the wall, generates lateral transport of water and particles, leading to a nonuniform coating thickness. Still, coatings on substrates with walls were shown to have a higher degree of thickness uniformity after drying than those without walls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10329-10333
Number of pages5
JournalLangmuir
Volume28
Issue number28
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 17 2012

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