The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 443–448 | Cite as

Influence of surface cleaning on dewetting of thin polystyrene films

  • P. Müller-Buschbaum


Thin polystyrene (PS) films on top of silicon substrates are a frequently investigated model system in the framework of unstable films. However, with respect to stability the various experiments yielded contradictory results. Focussing on the influence of preparation conditions such as the surface cleaning solves these contradictions. By applying different surface cleans the PS film can be changed from a stable homogeneous one into a completely dewetted one. In addition to the type of clean applied, the time between cleaning the surface and spin-coating the polymeric layer on top turned out to be an important experimental parameter.


Silicon Polystyrene Silicon Substrate Experimental Parameter Contradictory Result 
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  1. 1.Phy.-Dept. E13TU MünchenGarchingGermany

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