Measurement of the elastic modulus of polymeric films using an AFM with a steel micro-spherical probe tip

Li Yu Lin, Dae Eun Kim

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Abstract

The elastic moduli of polystyrene (PS), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films were evaluated using an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) with a steel micro-spherical probe tip. The elastic moduli of the polymeric films were determined with respect to indentation depth using the Hertz and Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR) models. The measured elastic moduli of PS, PMMA and PDMS were determined to be 2.6 GPa, 0.74 GPa, and 4 MPa at indentation depths of 1.7 nm, 4 nm, and 120 nm, respectively. These results confirm the validity of the proposed method for effectively measuring the elastic properties of polymeric thin films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)926-930
Number of pages5
JournalPolymer Testing
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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