AFM for Polymer Research

AFM is a powerful tool for polymer research and development. The Application Note below discusses how a wide range of capabilities can be applied to polymers, including:

  • Imaging morphology and structure
  • Measuring force and deformation
  • Mapping nanomechanical properties
  • Measuring thermal properties
  • Monitoring dynamic processes, including solvent and thermal effects
  • Probing electrical and functional behavior

 

Application Note

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Measuring Nanomechanical Properties


	AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode

AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode

Quantitatively maps storage modulus and loss tangent over a wide modulus range (~50 kPa - 300 GPa).


	Contact Resonance Viscoelastic Mapping Mode

Contact Resonance Viscoelastic Mapping Mode

Quantitatively maps storage modulus and loss tangent over a wide modulus range (1 GPa - 300 GPa).


	Bimodal (Dual AC) Imaging

Bimodal (Dual AC) Imaging

Qualitatively maps variations in material properties. Simple to use and more sensitive than phase imaging.


	Nanoindentation Option for MFP-3D AFMs

Nanoindentation Option for MFP-3D AFMs

True ISO 14577 compliant vertical nanoindenter option for MFP-3D AFMs.


	NanoRack Stretch Stage

NanoRack Stretch Stage

Investigate deformation and interfacial adhesion as a function of stress with tensile strain up to 80 N.


	NanomechPro Toolkit

NanomechPro Toolkit

Describes the complete set of complementary tools for investigating nanomechanical properties.

Measuring Thermal Properties


	PolyHeater for MFP-3D AFMs

PolyHeater for MFP-3D AFMs

The MFP-3D PolyHeater heats samples up to 300° (optionally 400°) in a controlled gas environment.


	CoolerHeater for MFP-3D AFMs

CoolerHeater for MFP-3D AFMs

The MFP-3D CoolerHeater operates from -30°C to 120°C in either gas or liquid environments.


	Heater for Cypher ES AFMs

Heater for Cypher ES AFMs

The Cypher ES Heater heats samples up to 250° in a controlled gas environment.


	CoolerHeater for Cypher ES AFMs

CoolerHeater for Cypher ES AFMs

The Cypher CoolerHeater operates from 0°C to 120°C in either gas or liquid environments.


	Ztherm Modulated Thermal Analysis

Ztherm Modulated Thermal Analysis

Ztherm measures thermally induced transitions (e.g. Tm or Tg) in sub-zeptoliter volumes.

Probing Electrical and Functional Behavior


	Overview of Electrical Techniques

Overview of Electrical Techniques

Overview of conductive AFM (CAFM), Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM), electric force microscopy (EFM).


	Conductive AFM (CAFM)

Conductive AFM (CAFM)

Detailed discussion of conductive AFM (CAFM) using Asylum’s exclusive ORCA modules.


	Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM)

Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM)

Detailed discussion of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) techniques, many exclusive to Asylum AFMs.


	Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy (sMIM)

Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy (sMIM)

Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy (sMIM) measures conductivity and permittivity at high resolution.