Polymeric Nanostructures for Prospective Tribological Application in Miniaturized Devices: A Review

Author(s): Jayalakshmi Subramanian, Arvind S. Ramachandra*, Ankush Raina, Mir Irfan Ul Haq, Sanjay M. Sharma, Xizhang Chen

Journal Name: Current Nanomaterials

Volume 6 , Issue 2 , 2021

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Background: Tribological issues severely confound the smooth operation of moving elements in actuators-based miniaturized devices, e.g., micro-electro-mechanical systems. At micro/- nano scales, surface forces, namely adhesion and friction, manifest strongly and oppose the relative mechanical motion of actuator elements. Topographical modification of surfaces via surface patterning has emerged as a potential route to mitigate surface forces at small-scales.

Methods: Capillary force lithography is a simple yet robust technique to fabricate polymer nanostructures with varying shapes/sizes. This paper presents a brief review of the capillary force lithography technique, its salient features and tribological performance of nanostructures fabricated by the technique.

Conclusion: Capillary force lithography has several attractive salient features, in particular the ability of the technique to create polymer nanopatterns of varying shapes/sizes without the need for molds with different shapes/sizes. Polymer nanostructures fabricated by the technique effectively reduce surface forces at micro/nano-scales, and are of interest for tribological application in small-scale devices.

Keywords: Micro/nano devices, capillary force lithography, polymer, nanopatterns, adhesion, friction.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 08 December, 2020
Page: [85 - 89]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/2405461505999201208213019
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