Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Physics and Astronomy
mode, sample, figure, afm
Polymer crystallization is a complex process which is influenced by a variety of factors. Atomic force microscopy is used to explore the material properties of polymer crystals. Poly(ethylene-oxide) is used in a variety of molecular weights as the sample. In addition, a variety of sample preparation methods and microscopy modes were tested. A relatively new imaging technique was identified for the characterization of polymer crystals: amplitude modulation-frequency modulation viscoelastic mapping. This mode was used to measure material properties such as stiffness and dissipation.
Capaldi, Xavier, "Atomic Force Microscopy of Poly(ethylane-oxide) Crystalization" (2016). Honors Theses. 130.