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Towards the Determination of Surface Energy at the Nanoscale: A Further Assessment of the AFM-Based Approach

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Towards the validation of the atomic force microscopy-based approach to the determination of surface energy at the nanometer scale, this paper explores the applicability of the technique by comparing atomic force microscopy-derived surface energy values with those from conventional contact angle measurements from a range of self-assembled organosilane structures ((3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane, (3-glycidoxypropyl)trimethoxysilane, 3-(triethoxysilyl)propylsuccinic anhydride and trimethoxy(propyl)silane) and also from films of an ultra-low-surface-energy polymer, poly(1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl methacrylate). The close agreement between the two sets of data indicates the validity of the AFM method, while unique attributes are indicated by the high resolution (ca. 1000 atoms) that is inherent to the approach and by the capability to study materials that are not compatible with the probing liquids used for goniometric determinations.
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Keywords: ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; GONIOMETRY; ORGANOSILANES; SURFACE ENERGY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 August 2010

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  • Journal of Advanced Microscopy Research (JAMR) provides a forum for rapid dissemination of important developments in high-resolution microscopy techniques to image, characterize and analyze man-made and natural samples; to study physicochemical phenomena such as abrasion, adhesion, corrosion and friction; to perform micro and nanofabrication, lithography, patterning, micro and nanomanipulation; theory and modeling, as well as their applications in all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.
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