Nanotribology on polymer blend surface by atomic force microscopy

Motonori Komura, Zhaobin Qiu, Takayuki Ikehara, Ken Nakajima, Toshio Nishi

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    Nanotribological properties of polystyrene/poly(vinyl methyl ether) blend surface mainly at its melt state were investigated using frictional loop (FL) measurement by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The energy dissipation estimated from the area inside the FL showed each peak against both temperature and scan rate. Indentation depth profile against scan rate was simultaneously detected. The indentation was largely restricted above the scan rate where the dissipation energy curve had a peak. We could succeed in drawing both master curves for the energy dissipation and the indentation depth using the same shift factor a-T. It was concluded that AFM is a powerful tool for evaluating the nanotribological properties of polymer melt.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-36
    Number of pages6
    JournalPolymer Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar 7


    • Atomic Force Microscopy
    • Energy Dissipation
    • Indentation
    • Master Curve
    • Nanotribology
    • Polymer Blend

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Polymers and Plastics
    • Materials Chemistry

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    Komura, M., Qiu, Z., Ikehara, T., Nakajima, K., & Nishi, T. (2006). Nanotribology on polymer blend surface by atomic force microscopy. Polymer Journal, 38(1), 31-36.