Absorption and desorption properties of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) have seen to greatly vary depending on the molecular weight of the polymer, suggesting a dependence of the wetting phenomena on its molecular weight. Here, two sets of polymeric submicron films (140 and 190 nm) were fabricated by free radical polymerization using Phenylbis (2, 4,
6-trimethylbenzoyl) phosphine oxide as the photoinitiator, and PEGDA (Mn 250 or 575). The films were spin coated on glass substrates to study their wetting phenomena by dynamic contact angle analysis. All films were characterized in terms of their thickness and transmittance. PEGDA Mn 250 films (Film-250) decreased the sliding time of water drops when compared to a clean glass substrate because of a decrement in the liquid-solid interface area. Nonetheless, when using PEGDA Mn
575 films (Film-575), an improvement in the adhesion forces between the coating and the drop of water was observed, avoiding the drop to slide down the substrate and leading to its later evaporation. In addition, Film-575 drastically
changed their morphology after water exposure, while Film-250 remained the same. These characteristics are of special interest in environments where a response towards small amounts of water is desired, or where water evaporation is craved. Copyright © 2018 VBRI Press.