Controlling volume shrinkage in soft lithography through heat-induced cross-linking of patterned nanofibers

Yasunao Miyamura, Chiyoung Park, Kazushi Kinbara, Frank A. Leibfarth, Craig J. Hawker, Takuzo Aida

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When poly(isopropylidene diallylmalonate) rich in threo-disyndiotactic sequences (strich-2) was utilized as a cross-linkable ink for microcontact printing, the resultant submicrometer-scale patterns featuring 700 and 300 nm wide stripes were successfully insolubilized while maintaining their high dimensional integrity by heat-induced cross-linking with elimination of CO2 and acetone. In sharp contrast, although the thermal properties and reactivities of a polymer rich in threo-diisotactic sequences (it rich-2) and a polymer having low stereoregularity (2low) are little different from those of strich-2, the patterns printed with these reference polymers collapsed considerably upon heating as a result of a volume shrinkage effect. The striking difference between strich-2 and the other two polymers most likely arises from the nanofiber-forming character of strich-2, where the printed stripes are porous and much less affected by the volume shrinkage of individual nanofibers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2840-2843
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 9
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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