Spontaneous formation of ordered structures in thin films of metals supported on an elastomeric polymer

@article{Bowden1998SpontaneousFO,
  title={Spontaneous formation of ordered structures in thin films of metals supported on an elastomeric polymer},
  author={Ned Bowden and Scott Brittain and Anthony G. Evans and John W. Hutchinson and George M Whitesides},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1998},
  volume={393},
  pages={146-149}
}
Spontaneous generation of complex order in apparently simple systems is both arresting and potentially useful. Here we describe the appearance of complex, ordered structures induced by the buckling of thin metal films owing to thermal contraction of an underlying substrate. We deposit the films from the vapour phase on a thermally expanded polymer (polydimethylsiloxane, PDMS). Subsequent cooling of the polymer creates compressive stress in the metal film that is relieved by buckling with a… CONTINUE READING
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