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Title: Materials science; Polymer films; Dewetting/Crystallization
Description: Crystallization (left) occurs as polymers harden into thin films, which are used widely in electronics technology. But when dewetting also occurs, as at the grain boundary corners in (right), inhomogeneities in the film can degrade performance. NIST scientists found that temperature determines which process dominates film formation, and that keeping certain angles between crystallization fronts can prevent dewetting.

*MSEL
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Topics/Categories: Materials--Polymers
Type: Photo/Color
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
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NIST
AV Number: 09MSEL001
Date Created: January 2009
Date Entered: 1/13/2009

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