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Poly(di-1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluoroalkylitaconate) films: surface organisation phenomena, surface energy determinations and force of adhesion measurements

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  • Eugen Barbu
  • Roger A. Pullin
  • Paul Graham
  • Peter Eaton
  • Richard J. Ewen
  • John D. Smart
  • Thomas G. Nevell
  • Dr John Tsibouklis
The significance of the Liftshitz/van der Waals, Lewis-acid, and Lewis-base contributors to the total surface energy of an homologous series of poly(di-1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluoroalkylitaconate)s is discussed in terms of the molecular design features and surface organisation phenomena characterising these, comb-like, polymers. Comparison of the characteristics specific to films prepared from this class of materials with those of the previously-studied homologous series of poly(perfluoroalkylacrylate)s, poly(perfluoroalkylmethacrylate)s and poly(methylpropenoxyalkyl siloxane)s suggests that, of the molecular design requirements for low-surface-energy polymers, an increase in the packing density of pendent side-chains has little effect on the contributors to surface energy but an adverse effect on the roughness of the film.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1727-1734
JournalPolymer Testing
Issue number6
Early online date7 Dec 2001
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2002

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