Thin films with self-assembled monolayers embedded on their surfaces

P. Singh, M. Hossain, B. Dalal, S. K. Gurupatham, I. S. Fischer

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We have recently shown that the capillarity-based process for self-assembling particle monolayers on fluid-liquid interfaces can be improved by applying an electric field in the direction normal to the interface. In this paper, we present a technique for freezing these monolayers onto the surface of a flexible thin film. The technique involves assembling the monolayer on the interface between a UV-curable resin and a fluid which can be air or another liquid, and then curing the resin by applying UV light. The monolayer becomes embedded on the surface of the solidified resin film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
JournalMechanics Research Communications
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Electric field assisted self-assembly
  • Fluid-liquid interfaces
  • Interfacial tension
  • Monolayers


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