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Switchable Micropatterned Surface Topographies Mediated by Reversible Shape Memory

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posted on 2014-06-11, 00:00 authored by Sara A. Turner, Jing Zhou, Sergei S. Sheiko, Valerie Sheares Ashby
Reversibly switching topography on micrometer length scales greatly expands the functionality of stimuli-responsive substrates. Here we report the first usage of reversible shape memory for the actuation of two-way transitions between microscopically patterned substrates, resulting in corresponding modulations of the wetting properties. Reversible switching of the surface topography is achieved through partial melting and recrystallization of a semi-crystalline polyester embossed with microscopic features. This behavior is monitored with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and contact angle measurements. We demonstrate that the magnitude of the contact angle variations depends on the embossment pattern.