Thin-film conducting polymer bearings
The design, and so also the characterization, of surface regions has growing importance in many advanced technological fields. Atypical surface properties become increasingly dominant when devices are miniaturized, increasing their surface area to volume ratio, or when employing thin films. Here we review a topic in which such situations arise, and introduce a relatively new class of material, addressing the question — can conducting polymer films be produced with mechanical properties suitable for bearings and other interfaces in microelectromechanical (MEM) devices? This is currently very much a research issue and so the chapter will be a mixture of a case study and progress report.
KeywordsFriction Coefficient Polymer Film Conducting Polymer Phosphonic Acid Dodecylbenzene Sulfonic Acid
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