Nanoscopic studies on polymer molecules

Toshio Nishi, Ken Nakajima, Takayuki Ikehara

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    A new field of study in the polymer science and engineering is being opened with the use of scanning tunneling microscope (STM), atomic force microscope (AFM), and scanning probe microscope (SPM). In this short review article several examples are given with comments. They are direct observation of poly(macromonomer), structure of a cross-linking domain of a gel, and observation of topochemically photopolymerizable conjugated aromatic compound. Moreover, nanorheological properties of polymer blends are shown as an example of the application of AFM force curve measurements. There are many possibilities of application of SPM to nanoscopic studies on polymer molecules.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-89
    Number of pages7
    JournalScience Reports of the Rerearch Institutes Tohoku University Series A-Physics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1


    • AFM
    • Conjugated aromatic compound
    • Electronic structure
    • Gel
    • Poly(macromonomer)
    • STM

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Metals and Alloys


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