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Reverse Engineering of polymers using nanoscale IR spectroscopy via AFM-IR – a publication by authors from Kimberley Clark Corporation

A recent publication in Spectroscopy Europe by lead authors from Kimberly Clark Corporation showed the use of AFM based nanoscale IR Spectroscopy for reverse engineering of polymeric multilayer films.

AnasysThe Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is a fairly common nanoscale characterization technique but its main drawback to date was its inability to provide chemical composition information from a sample. By combining the AFM with a tunable Infrared (IR) source, IR spectra with nanoscale spatial resolution can be collected. As film thicknesses in multilayer films continue to shrink, AFM-IR provides an important capability for sample analysis.

According to the lead author, Tom Eby of Kimberly Clark Corporation, "‘Reverse engineering based on IR is an important application in most industrial labs  and the spatial resolution breakthrough of the AFM-IR technique now enables this for a wide range of materials with sub-micron features.''

The paper titled " Reverse engineering of polymeric multilayers using AFM-based nanoscale IR spectroscopy and thermal analysis" was published in the June issue of Spectroscopy Europe. The authors used a combination of AFM-IR and nanoscale thermal analysis to obtain both infrared spectra and transition temperatures of each layer in a cross-sectioned multilayer film. From the combination of the two measurement techniques they were able to identify the six layers which included composite thin films.

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About Anasys Instruments

Anasys Instruments is dedicated to delivering innovative products that measure material properties for samples with spatially varying physical and chemical properties at the nanoscale.  Anasys introduced the nano-TA in 2006 which pioneered the field of nanoscale thermal property measurement. In 2010, Anasys introduced the award-winning breakthrough nanoIRTM Platform which pioneered the field of nanoscale IR measurement. Now in 2012, Anasys is proud to introduce the breakthrough Lorentz Force Contact Resonance, which pioneers the field of wideband nanomechanical spectroscopy.  

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