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Issue 24, 2011
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Local chemical composition of nanophase-separated polymer brushes

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Using scattering scanning nearfield infrared microscopy (s-SNIM), we have imaged the nanoscale phase separation of mixed polystyrene–poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS–PMMA) brushes and investigated changes in the top layer as a function of solvent exposure. We deduce that the top-layer of the mixed brushes is composed primarily of PMMA after exposure to acetone, while after exposure to toluene this changes to PS. Access to simultaneously measured topographic and chemical information allows direct correlation of the chemical morphology of the sample with topographic information. Our results demonstrate the potential of s-SNIM for chemical mapping based on distinct infrared absorption properties of polymers with a high spatial resolution of 80 nm × 80 nm.

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02 Dec 2010
15 Apr 2011
First published
18 May 2011

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 11620-11626
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Local chemical composition of nanophase-separated polymer brushes

M. Filimon, I. Kopf, D. A. Schmidt, E. Bründermann, J. Rühe, S. Santer and M. Havenith, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 11620
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02756A

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