AFM study of excimer laser patterning of block-copolymer: Creation of ordered hierarchical, hybrid, or recessed structures

Jan Švanda, Jakub Siegel, Vaclav Švorčík, Oleksiy Lyutakov

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Abstract

We report fabrication of the varied range of hierarchical structures by combining bottom-up self-assembly of block copolymer poly(styrene-block-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) with top-down excimer laser patterning method. Different procedures were tested, where laser treatment was applied before phase separation and after phase separation or phase separation and surface reconstruction. Laser treatment was performed using either polarized laser light with the aim to create periodical pattern on polymer surface or non-polarized light for preferential removing of polystyrene (PS) part from PS-b-P4VP. Additionally, dye was introduced into one part of block copolymer (P4VP) with the aim to modify its response to laser light. Resulting structures were analyzed by XPS, UV-vis and AFM techniques. Application of polarized laser light leads to creation of structures with hierarchical, recessed or hybrid geometries. Non-polarized laser beam allows pronouncing the block copolymer phase separated structure. Tuning the order of steps or individual step conditions enables the efficient reorientation of block-copolymer domain at large scale, fabrication of hierarchical, hybrid or recessed structures. The obtained structures can find potential applications in nanotechnology, photonics, plasmonics, information storage, optical devices, sensors and smart surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-212
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume371
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Block-copolymer
  • Excimer laser patterning
  • Non-polarized vs. polarized laser beam
  • Phase separation
  • UV-vis and AFM study
  • XPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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