AFM observation of elongation-induced structures in slide-ring gels

Yasuhiro Sakai, Yasushi Okumura, Kohzo Ito

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The slide-ring gel has topological crosslinks ("figure-of-eight crosslinks") freely movable in polymer network. Inside the slide-ring gel, the structural and stress nonuniformity on the swelling or volume change is homogenized due to the "pulley effect" of the crosslinks. However, in poor solvent, nanoscale structural heterogeneity is induced by elongation; the pulley effect is disabled because of the aggregation of cyclodextrin molecules that constitute the figure-of-eight crosslinks. We visualized such structural heterogeneity in real space by AFM-based force mapping method. The obtained 2D stiffness map has characteristics consistent with the results of small angle X-ray scattering experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005 - Polymer Preprints, Japan
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: May 25 2005May 27 2005


Other54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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