Traditional approaches to the patterning process of polymer surfaces (lithography, embossing, imprinting) have been largely explored and covered in this book. Parallel, patterns originated by surface instabilities and, in particular, those forming wrinkled surfaces have been also incorporated. The aim of this book is to cover the above-depicted aspects, describing the different methodologies to fabricate spontaneous wrinkled surfaces by taking advantage of the surface instabilities. These were achieved by separating the book into different sections with a specific thematic. Firstly, generalities about wrinkled pattern formation are reviewed. Secondly, novel approaches to generate pattern formation are mentioned and explained. Then, the third section is related to some of the most common polymeric materials employed to form this patterns. And finally, some of the most recent and innovative applications are mentioned and revised.
KeywordsSurface instability patterns Self-organized surface patterns Wrinkle pattern formation Smart polymers Biological and engineering applications
The authors acknowledge the financial support given by FONDECYT Grant N° 1170209. M.A. Sarabia acknowledges the financial support given by CONICYT through the doctoral program Scholarship Grant. J. Rodriguez-Hernandez acknowledges the financial support from Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO) (Project MAT2016-78437-R, FEDER-EU) and, finally, VRAC Grant Number L216-04 of Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana.