Instrumentation for Enhanced Thin Polymer Film Preparation and Characterization as Photonic Systems
Final rept. 15 Apr 1997-30 Sep 1998
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV CLEVELAND OHDEPT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
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The instruments purchased or built include 1. a KSV automated Alternating Layer System, which allows the efficient deposition of alternating Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers from monolayers at the gas-water interface. 2. a KSV spectroscopy trough, which was substantially enhanced to allow laser light scattering spectroscopy at the gas-water interface, observation of morphology at the gas-water interface by Brewster angle microscopy and second harmonic generation measurements of orientation at the gas-water interface. 3. a NanoFilm corporation thin film maker for industrially efficient formation of ultrathin films was built. 4. A Houston Image Force Microscope was purchased and is being used to study the topography and structure of these layers as well as intermolecular forces between the probe and the surface.
- Polymer Chemistry