Epitaxial Polymerization of Polyester as Studied by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Masahito Sano, Darryl Y. Sasaki, Toyoki Kunitake

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£-Caprolactone was epitaxially polymerized on the basal plane of graphite by the conventional ring-opening reaction. An ultra-thin polymer film remained upon washing the bulk polymer away as confirmed by Infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Direct observation by scanning tunneling microscopy revealed the chain packing of poly(e-caprolactone) as well as its epitaxial orientation in atomic detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-89
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Japan Academy Series B: Physical and Biological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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