Morphology and mechanical properties of polymer surfaces via scanning force microscopy

T. Kajiyama, Keiji Tanaka, S. R. Ge, Atsushi Takahara

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Scanning force microscopy is used in studies of the surface morphology and surface mechanical properties of polymeric solids. Several examples are presented to illustrate that SFM is a powerful and promising tool for investigations, such as, polyethylene single crystal, polymer blend thin films and polymerized organosilane monolayers. The imaging of nano-mechanical properties, such as, lateral force and elastic modulus of phase-separated polymer surfaces by SFM is presented. The application of SFM to the quantitative evaluation of surface viscoelasticity is also summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-52
Number of pages52
JournalProgress in Surface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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