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Spontaneous dewetting of a perfluoropolyetherEight different production lots of a commercial perfluoropolyether (PFPE) based on hexafluoropropene oxide (HFPO) were applied to polished metal surfaces by spinning. One of the lots repeatedly dewetted from a clean 440C steel surface, forming droplets on the surface, whereas the other seven did not dewet. This dewetting phenomenon also repeatedly occurred on 2024 aluminum and 1018 steel, but not on copper or gold. Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy (mu-FTIR) was used to determine thickness and uniformity of the PFPE films. The dewetting lot was found to dewet from 440C steel at a film thickness greater than 520 A. A portion of the dewetting lot was heated at 316 C for 12 days in the presence of oxygen and M-50 steel. This fluid did not dewet. Sequentially, samples of the dewetting lot were filtered either with an alumina or a silica cartridge which can remove polar impurities. Neither of the filtered samples dewetted from 440C steel. It was concluded that an unknown impurity, both thermally labile and polar, present at very low concentration and undetected by our analytical techniques (FTIR, proton NMR, or F-19 NMR), was responsible for the dewetting phenomenon.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Shogrin, Bradley (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Jones, William R., Jr. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Herrera-Fierro, Pilar (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1995
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:106964
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 616-00-00
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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