Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 54, Issue 7, pp 5852–5864 | Cite as

Fabrication and characterization of controllable wrinkled-surface polymer microparticles

  • Jin Liu
  • Yibin Liu
  • Ying Xue
  • Yafeng Ren
  • Xinlong Fan
  • Rumin Wang
  • Hepeng Zhang
  • Baoliang Zhang
  • Qiuyu ZhangEmail author


Polymer particles with sophisticated wrinkle patterns for addressing specific functional demands have found increasing applications in many fields. Here, we describe a novel strategy to prepare controllable wrinkled-surface polymer microspheres by soap-free emulsion polymerization method via using amphiphilic 1,1-diphenylethylene-capped hydrolyzed poly (glycidyl methacrylate) (D-PGMA) as emulsifier and initiator, which simplified the emulsion system to only three components, water, monomer and D-PGMA. It was found that both cross-linked polymer network and swelling were essential to wrinkle morphology formation of polymers by carefully monitoring the structural evolution during polymerization process. Furthermore, we investigated that wrinkle wavelength and amplitude could be controlled easily not only by varying mass ratios of D-PGMA and monomer, but also by introducing different types and dosages of solvents. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize wrinkle phenomenological features. Besides, by combining with mercury porosimetry, the possible internal groove structures were deduced. At last, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was applied to further explore the relationship between chemical components and wrinkle morphology.



The authors are grateful for the financial support provided by the State Key Program of National Natural Science of China (Grant No. 51433008), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21704084), the International Cooperation and Exchanges NSFC (Grant No. 51711530233) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities G2017KY0003.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Applied Physics and Chemistry in Space of Ministry of Education, School of ScienceNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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