Mapping Surface Heterogeneity: the AFM-Based Approach

James R. Smith(1*), Thomas G. Nevell(2), John Tsibouklis(3)

(1) Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Group, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT, U.K., United Kingdom
(2) Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Group, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT, U.K., United Kingdom
(3) Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Group, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT, U.K., United Kingdom
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Abstract


In this short review, the use of maps is presented charting the surface distribution of the forces of adhesion, indentation and friction, as obtained with the atomic force microscope for the study of surface homogeneity. Phase-separated polymer blends are chosen as examples to demonstrate the complementarity of the method with the more usual topographical imaging approach. Consequent to recent advances towards the determination of surface energy at the sub-micrometre scale, the mapping of this property is now a realistic possibility
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Atomic Force Microscopy; Force-of-Adhesion Mapping; Indentation Mapping; Friction-Coefficient Mapping; Surface-Energy Mapping

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