WEBINAR | PinPointing Polymers: Nanomechanical Characterization of Functional Polymer Blends

WEBINAR | PinPointing Polymers: Nanomechanical Characterization of Functional Polymer Blends

Groot-Ammers | February 10th, 2021

Join ST Instruments and Park Systems, on Thursday, February 11th 2021, for another interesting webinar explaining why Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is ideal to investigate the main characteristics of polymer blends like the miscibility, phase behavior and adhesion.

📆 Thursday, February 11th, 2021

🕔 11:00 – 12:30 (CET)

Polymer based blends and composites are a key area of materials research activity. For example, blends of polymers are used in optoelectronic devices for charge extraction, and biopolymers which change their mechanical character upon environmental influences. Like bio-molecules, a hierarchy of structure exist in synthetic polymers as well. Synthetic polymers allow control of bulk properties from bottom upwards in hierarchical manner. For example, composition of the macromolecular chain, chain conformation in an ensemble, and its blend/composite with other materials are all parameters for enhancing their performance.

Tuning of bulk properties by adjusting structure at these widely varying scales is at the core of study and development of polymers. Therefore, visualizing structure at nanometers to hundreds of micrometers provides insight for both fundamental and applied research. Moreover, for functional polymers correlating their electrical, piezoelectrical, and nanomechanical properties with macromolecular structure is a significant task. Atomic force microscopy-based techniques are ideal for investigations of functional characteristics simultaneously with structure in a wide range of environmental conditions.

In this webinar, we will describe and demonstrate polymer characterization using PinPointTM mapping on Park System’s NX10 atomic force microscope. Additionally, we will demonstrate example measurements where electrical property maps are acquired simultaneously with topography and nanomechanical maps.

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