Nanofishing of single polymer chains V

Naoto Ohno, Kenji Watanabe, Ken Nakajima, Toshio Nishi

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    Atomic force microscope (AFM) enables us to stretch a single polymer chain by picking it at its two modified termini. Using this method called "nanofishing," we have studied statistical properties of single polymer chains. A force-extention curve obtained for a polystyrene with thiol termini in a cyclohexane showed a good agreement with a worm-like chain (WLC) model, and thus gave microscopic information about entropic elasticity. In this report, the experiments were performed at wide-range temperatures, resulting in wide-range solvent qualities from poor to good solvent conditions. The temperature dependence of statistical properties of polystyrene was examined. The coil-strand transformation realized in a poor solvent was also investigated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
    Event55th Society of Polymer Science Japan Symposium on Macromolecules - Toyama, Japan
    Duration: 2006 Sep 202006 Sep 22


    Other55th Society of Polymer Science Japan Symposium on Macromolecules


    • Atomic force microscopy
    • Nanofishing
    • Polystyrene
    • Single polymer chain

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)


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