Mapping mechanical properties of organic thin films by force-modulation microscopy in aqueous media.

TitleMapping mechanical properties of organic thin films by force-modulation microscopy in aqueous media.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsJ Zhang, Z Parlak, CM Bowers, T Oas, and S Zauscher
JournalBeilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Volume3
Start Page464
Pagination464 - 474
Date Published01/2012
Abstract

The mechanical properties of organic and biomolecular thin films on surfaces play an important role in a broad range of applications. Although force-modulation microscopy (FMM) is used to map the apparent elastic properties of such films with high lateral resolution in air, it has rarely been applied in aqueous media. In this letter we describe the use of FMM to map the apparent elastic properties of self-assembled monolayers and end-tethered protein thin films in aqueous media. Furthermore, we describe a simple analysis of the contact mechanics that enables the selection of FMM imaging parameters and thus yields a reliable interpretation of the FMM image contrast.

DOI10.3762/bjnano.3.53
Short TitleBeilstein Journal of Nanotechnology