MAPLE deposition of macromolecules

Kimberly B. Shepard, Rodney D. Priestley

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Abstract

Macromolecules are poised to feature prominently as components in organic electronics, medical implants, drug delivery systems, and sensors. A common theme for the role polymers will play in all of these is as a thin film. In all applications, it is paramount to have precise control over film thickness, structure, morphology, surfaces roughness, etc. Here, matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) is reviewed as a route to processing polymer and other soft matter thin films with control over the above-mentioned parameters. After briefly discussing the experimental setup and current proposed mechanism of film formation via MAPLE, the use of MAPLE to process thin films is highlighted for use in various technologies and applications. Future directions and challenges for MAPLE processing of thin films are also discussed. Matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) is used to deposit thin films of a vast range of macromolecules, including polymers, proteins, and composite materials. The numerous advantages of MAPLE are discussed, and recent reports of MAPLE-deposited films for electronic and medical applications are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-872
Number of pages11
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Volume214
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 25 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

Keywords

  • MAPLE
  • PLD
  • laser ablation
  • polymer processing
  • thin films

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