Contact and intermittent-contact scanning force microscopy of polyvinyl alcohol films

Greg D. Haugstad, Jon A. Hammerschmidt, Wayne L. Gladfelter

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The ability of dynamic force microscopy to assess variations in dissipative character and disorder on a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) film has been demonstrated. In this paper, this method is used to characterize dissimilar mesoscopic components of an ultrathin PVA film in both non-contact and intermittent-contact regimes. Intermittent-content phase images of film components are interpreted with the aid of friction and stiffness signatures acquired in other imaging modes, cognizant of the ability of PVA to crystallize to a variable degree.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Editors Anon
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Aug 1998
EventProceedings of the 1997 Boston Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Aug 23 1998Aug 27 1998


OtherProceedings of the 1997 Boston Meeting
CityBoston, MA, USA

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