Observation and manipulation of nanostructures formed by rigid rodlike polymers

Kazuaki Furukawa, Hiroshi Nakashima, Katsuhiro Ajito, Yoshiaki Kashimura, H. U. Wenping, Keiichi Torimitsu

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We report on the formation of nanostructures based on rigid rodlike polymers with σ-conjugated (polysilane) and π-conjugated (poly(p-phenyleneethynylene)) electronic structures. Different types of nanostructures are formed depending on the sample preparation technique, and they are clearly visualized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The nanostructures comprise stretched single molecular structures, nanobundle networks, and needles, all of which are induced by the intrinsic rigid nature of the polymers. We also show our attempts to manipulate these nanostructures using an AFM cantilever tip.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4521-4524
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number7 B
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Conducting polymer
  • Manipulation
  • Nanostructure
  • Rigid polymer
  • Single molecule

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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