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Issue 34, 2006
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Functional polymers: scanning force microscopy insights

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Scanning force microscopy (SFM) and related techniques make it possible to visualize polymer systems with a molecular resolution. Beyond imaging, they also enable the unveiling of a variety of (dynamic) physico-chemical properties of both isolated polymer chains and their supramolecular architectures, including structural, mechanical and electronic properties. This article reviews recent progress in the use of SFM on polymers, with a particular emphasis on the mechanical properties of copolymers and single polymer chains, as well as on the bottom-up fabrication of supramolecular polymeric (helical) nanostructures in particular based upon π-conjugated macromolecules as building blocks for nanoelectronics. Through a detailed understanding of the polymer behavior, we propose solutions for the generation of organic functional (nano)systems.

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30 May 2006
04 Jul 2006
First published
17 Jul 2006

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006,8, 3927-3938
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Invited Article

Functional polymers: scanning force microscopy insights

P. Samorì, M. Surin, V. Palermo, R. Lazzaroni and P. Leclère, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006, 8, 3927
DOI: 10.1039/B607502A

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