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Strong van der Waals Adhesion of a Polymer Film on Rough Substrates

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posted on 10.05.2017, 00:00 by Juliane Klatt, Pablo Barcellona, Robert Bennett, Olga S. Bokareva, Hagen Feth, Andreas Rasch, Patrick Reith, Stefan Yoshi Buhmann
We propose that chemically inert polymeric films can enhance van der Waals (vdW) forces in the same way as nanofabrication of biomimetic adhesive materials. For the vdW adhesion of an ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) film on rough metal and dielectric substrates, we present a model that combines microscopic quantum-chemistry simulations of the polymer response functions and the equilibrium monomer–substrate distance with a macroscopic quantum-electrodynamics calculation of the Casimir force between the polymer film and the substrate. We predict adhesive forces up to 2.22 kN/mm2, where the effect is reduced by substrate roughness and for dielectric surfaces.