We characterized the transport, i.e., time-of-flight, and nanoscale thermal properties of amorphous polymer nanoglobules fabricated via a laser-deposition technique, Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition (MAPLE). Here, we report the first experimental measurement of the velocity of polymer during MAPLE processing and its connection to nanostructured film formation. A nanoscale dilatometry technique using atomic force microscopy was employed to directly measure the thermal properties of MAPLE-deposited polymer nanoglobules. Similarly to bulk stable polymer glasses deposited by MAPLE, polymer nanoglobules were found to exhibit enhanced thermal stability and low density despite containing only thousands of molecules. By directly connecting the exceptional properties of the nanostructured building blocks to those of bulk stable glasses, we gain insight into the physics of glassy polymeric materials formed via vapor-assisted techniques. (Figure Presented).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry