Recent advances in multi-scale tomographic techniques in polymer research

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This review article summarizes recent advances in an emerging three-dimensional (3D) imaging technique, tomography. We will put particular emphasis on (i) transmission electron microtomography (TEMT) for μm-size volume data with the spatial resolution of the order of 10 nm and also on (ii) X-ray tomography with a stretching device for obtaining 3D structural information and mechanical property simultaneously. The former provides new insights into "meso-scale" structural information that has been lost over the past several years. The latter gives important dynamical aspects of materials response upon stretching, which should then be a key knowledge to establishing the "structure-property" relationships in polymeric materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-365
Number of pages8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • High voltage electron microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Three-Dimensional image analysis
  • Transmission electron microtomography (temt)
  • X-ray ct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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