Characterization of Mechanical Degradation in Perfluoropolyether Film for Its Application to Antifingerprint Coatings

K Min and J Han and B Park and E Cho, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 10, 37498-37506 (2018).

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b13159

Enhancing the mechanical durability of anti fingerprint films is critical for its industrial application on touch-screen devices to withstand friction damage from repeated rubbing in daily usage. Using reactive molecular dynamics simulations, we herein implement adhesion, mechanical, and deposition tests to investigate two durability- determining factors: intrachain and interchain strength, which affect the structural stability of the antifingerprint film (perfluoropolyether) on silica. From the intrachain perspective, it is found that the Si-C bond in the polymer chain is the weakest, and therefore prone to dissociation and potentially forming a C-O bond. This behavior is demonstrated consistently, regardless of the cross-linking density between polymer chains. For the interchain interaction, increasing the chain length enhances the mechanical properties of the film. Furthermore, the chain deposition test, mimicking the experimental coating process, demonstrates that placing shorter chains first to the surface of silica and then depositing longer chains is an ideal way to improve the interchain interaction in the film structure. The current study reveals a clear pathway to optimize the configuration of the polymer chain as well as its film structure to prolong the product life of the coated antifingerprint film.

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