Molecular and crystalline microstructure of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) ultrathin films on bare and self-assembled monolayer-modified Au substrates

Youn Jung Park, Seok Ju Kang, Cheolmin Park, Bernard Lotz, Annette Thierry, Kap Jin Kim, June Huh

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We investigate the molecular and microdomain structure of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) P(VDF-TrFE) copolymer thin films spin-coated on bare and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)-modified Au substrates. The two types of films display similar crystal morphologies with edge-on needlelike shaped crystalline microdomains. They have, however, a different structure depending on the substrate. When the P(VDF-TrFE) films are deposited on a bare, unmodified Au surface, the P(VDF-TrFE) films preferentially have a (110) contact plane with the substrate but a (100) contact plane when deposited on the Au surface modified by SAMs. The polar b-axis, along which the ferroelectric polarization is oriented, is therefore tilted to the film (and substrate) surface normal at 30 and 90°, respectively. In particular, the orientation of the polar b-axis tilted at some 90° to the normal of the polymer films on a CH3 terminated SAM modified Au surface explains the smaller remanent polarization at low initial electrical bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 8


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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