Simultaneous imaging for surface and internal structure of polymer blend thin films

Hideki Sugihara, Kazuyuki Oya, Hiroki Murase, Keiichi Akabori, Keiji Tanaka, Tisato Kajiyama, Atsushi Takahara

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A novel experimental technique for three-dimensional (3D) visualization of phase-separated structure of polymer blend thin film was proposed. Polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS/PMMA) blend thin films with the thickness of approximately 100 nm were cut at extremely low angle by utilizing surface and interface cutting analysis system (SAICAS), and the cross-section was exposed as gradient surface with the width of approximately 2.5 μm. SFM investigation for the grazing cross-section imaged the detailed internal and surface phase separated structure of the (PS/PMMA) blend thin films on one image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3180-3183
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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