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Featured Application Notes and Briefs

Polymeric films, monolayers and blends

Application Note 101: Achieve a Deeper Understanding of Polymeric Systems

  • nanoIR spectroscopy uniquely and unambiguously identifies the chemical composition of polymeric thin films and multilayer structures
  • Tapping AFM-IR provides <10 nm chemical mapping spatial resolution with simultaneous mechanical property mapping

 

Application Brief: AFM-IR: Technology and applications in nanoscale infrared spectroscopy and chemical imaging

  • AFM-IR provides direct correlation to FTIR techniques enabling nanoscale FTIR
  • AFM-IR provides 10nm spatial resolution for chemical imaging of a wide range of materials

 

Application Brief: Surface adhesion of superoleophic polymer-nanoparticle composite surfaces

  • AFM-IR is used to create re-entrant geometries desirable for superoleophobicity via entrapment of nanoparticles in polycarbonate surfaces.

 

Application Brief: Radiation-induced reduction-polymerization route synthesis of PEDOT conducting polymers

  • Reduction–polymerization route developed for synthesizing conducting polymers
  • Hydrated electrons used to reduce EDOT monomers into PEDOT polymers

 

Application Brief: Nanostructured lipid-based films for substrate-mediated applications in biotechnology

  • Photothermal Induced Resonance IR Spectroscopy was used to analyze self-assembled lipid structures when introduced to drug samples

 

Application Brief: AFM-IR spectroscopy and imaging of polymers, fibers and thin films at the nanoscale

  • AFM-IR captures the correlation between structure, processing, and chain orientation/crystallinity in electrospun nanofibers and thin films
  • Determines how different processing protocols can alter the concentration of the stable alpha and metastable beta crystalline forms

 

Application Brief: Chloroform induces outstanding crystallization of poly(hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) vesicles within bacteria

  • AFM-IR is used to determine the crystallinity degrees of PHB in various environments
  • Using nanoscale IR spectroscopy, it was determined that PHB crystallized extremely well when exposed to chloroform

 

Application Brief: Analysis of nanodomain composition in high-impact polypropylene by atomic force microscopy-infrared

  • Breakthrough AFM-IR technique provides quantification of chemical concentrations of polymer nanodomains

2D materials and nano-photonics

  • The nanoIR system provides nanoscale IR spectra of photovoltaic materials, and correlates to conventional IR spectral databases
  • AFM-IR is able to detect phase separation in organic photovoltaic materials by correlating local chemical analysis with topographical information
  • The relative material stiffness within a defected region of a material can be mapped and analyzed via IR chemical contrast imaging

 

Application Note 151: 2D materials characterization using nanoscale IR spectroscopy and material property mapping

  • Complimentary Tapping AFM-IR and s-SNOM techniques provide 10nm spatial resolution mapping of chemical and complex optical properties for 2D materials.
  • Correlative microscopy is provided with AFM based nanoscale thermal, electrical and mechanical property mapping.

Failure analysis and materials characterization

  • AFM-IR uniquely and unambiguously identifies organic nano-contaminants on wafer, media and slider substrates
  • Simultaneous nanoscale chemical and property mapping information
  • Measurement of nano-contamination as defectivities for semiconductor and data storage companies
  • Nanoscale IR spectroscopy of semiconductors

Life sciences

  • AFM-IR spectroscopy uniquely and unambiguously identifies the chemical composition of cells, tissues, and other biological matter

Application Note 108: Life Sciences

  • Nanoscale IR spectroscopy is used to acquire chemical composition of biological materials with nanoscale spatial resolution
  • nanoIR is able to generate accurate and relevant chemical spectra at nanoscale resolutions far below the diffraction limit

Mechanical property mapping

  • Lorentz Contact Resonance (LCR) reliably compares viscoleastic properties with nanoscale spatial resolution
  • With no moving parts in the piezo drive system, LCR provides clean cantilever resonance spectra with no parasitic peaks

Nanothermal analysis

  • nanoTA has excellent correlation with bulk DSC and TMA
  • nanoTA is able to provide accurate thermal analysis of localized areas on samples or on very small quantities of material