Laser-Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) on Polymer Surfaces

  • Esther Rebollar
  • Tiberio A. Ezquerra
  • Aurora NogalesEmail author


Wrinkled surfaces can be obtained through the control of surface instabilities produced by repeated irradiation of polymer surfaces by pulsed lasers. By the combination of the electric field associated with the laser beam and the heating of the polymer surface during a short period of time, which typically is in the range of nanosecond, when the irradiating with nanosecond laser pulses of are used, periodic dissipative structures appear. The periodic rippled topography is directly related to the wavelength of the laser. In this chapter, we discuss the role of actors like the substrate, the absorption of polymer, and the thermal conductivity and diffusivity on tuning the obtaining periodic structures.

In this chapter, a description of the experimental setup required for obtaining LIPSS is presented. Afterward, the necessary conditions to obtain LIPSS in polymer surfaces are discussed, and finally, LIPSS in different polymers are reviewed.


Laser-induced periodic surface structures Pulsed laser Thermal properties Nanostructure Templates 



This work has been supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the projects MAT2014-59187-R, MAT2015-66443-C02-1-R, and CTQ2016-75880-P. E.R. thanks MINECO for the tenure of a Ramón y Cajal contract (No. RYC-2011-08069).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esther Rebollar
    • 1
  • Tiberio A. Ezquerra
    • 2
  • Aurora Nogales
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Instituto de Química Física RocasolanoMadridSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Estructura de la MateriaMadridSpain

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