Hens, Abhiram and Mondal, Kartick and Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar (2013) Self-organized pathways to nanopatterns exploiting the instabilities of ultrathin confined bilayers. Physical Review E, 87. 022405 (1-15). ISSN 1539-3755

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Self-organized interfacial instabilities of an ultrathin bilayer confined between a pair of rigid surfaces is explored. The bilayers are classified based on themacroscopic dewetting behaviors of the liquid films sandwiched between a pair of confining surfaces having surface energy higher or lower than the liquid films. Linear and nonlinear analyses employing the governing equations originating from the continuum description together with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations unveil the salient spatiotemporal features of the dewetting process. The study uncovers that, under the destabilizing influence of the intermolecular interactions, the interface of a confined bilayer can deform into interesting embedded and encapsulated patterns with nanoscale periodicity. The continuum and MD simulations collectively show the detailed route to dewetting starting from the formation of holes in the early stage, their growth to achieve equilibrium contact angle at the intermediate phase, and then to evolve into the equilibrium morphologies at the later stage. Examples are shown where the length and the time scales of the simulated nanostructures from both the continuum and MD approaches are found to agree with the same obtained from the linear stability analysis. We also highlight the deviations that are observed in the continuum and MD approaches. The study confirms that the reduced stabilizing interfacial tension at the liquid-liquid interface together with enhanced intermolecular interaction because of the thinness of the layers can be an alternative strategy for pattern miniaturization exploiting the instabilities of a thin confined bilayer. Further, the study shows that use of topographical patterns on the bounding surfaces can impose periodic order to the holes, droplets, columns, and channels, which can find important applications in the diverse areas of nanotechnology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Nano-technology
Depositing User: Dr. Sarita Ghosh
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 11:05
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 11:05
URI: http://cmeri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/103

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