WIAS Preprint No. 2346, (2016)

Liquid-liquid dewetting: Morphologies and rates


  • Bommer, Stefan
  • Seemann, Ralf
  • Jachalski, Sebastian
  • Peschka, Dirk
    ORCID: 0000-0002-3047-1140
  • Wagner, Barbara
    ORCID: 0000-0001-8306-3645

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 68.05.Cf 02.60.Cb


  • Free boundary problems, interface dynamics, experimental methods, numerical simulations




The dependence of the dissipation on the local details of the flow field of a liquid polymer film dewetting from a liquid polymer substrate is shown, solving the free boundary problem for a two-layer liquid system. As a key result we show that the dewetting rates of such a liquid bi-layer system can not be described by a single power law but shows transient behaviour of the rates, changing from increasing to decreasing behaviour. The theoretical predictions on the evolution of morphology and rates of the free surfaces and free interfaces are compared to measurements of the evolution of the polystyrene(PS)-air, the polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)-air and the PS-PMMA interfaces using in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM), and they show excellent agreement.

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