Pulling single chains out of a collapsed polymer monolayer in bad-solvent conditions

V Koutsos, H Haschke, MJ Miles, F Madani

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Abstract

It has been theoretically predicted that a polymer chain in poor solvent conditions undergoes a phase transition from a collapsed globule to a stretched coil. In this paper, we present force-distance curves, obtained by atomic force microscopy (A-FM), showing the characteristic force-plateau associated with this transition. We show that the magnitude of the force depends on the environment (interfacial energy) that the stretched coil experiences when it is pulled-out as it is predicted by the theory.
Translated title of the contributionPulling single chains out of a collapsed polymer monolayer in bad-solvent conditions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49 - 53
Number of pages5
JournalMaterial Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Volume734
Issue numberSymposia A/B
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Publisher: Materials Research Society

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