atomic force microscopy

various material analysis – surface analysis of plastics via atomic force microscopy

atomic force microscopy

surface analysis of plastics via atomic force microscopy

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is the most powerful microscopic technique, which offer three dimensional images of the scanned material with exceptional detail and resolutions. Unlike the other microscopy techniques AFM is does not use light or electrons to see the surface, it “feels” it instead with a very fine and sharp cantilever and a mounted tip. The tip is scanning the surface in two directions and gives the profile of the scanned surface in sub-nanometer detail.

In the plastics industry, AFM is often used to investigate the phase separation between the polymer blends within the material, the dispersion of additives, particles, the crystallization rate, the friction properties, the surface roughness etc.

At impact we collaborate with Prof. Vasileios Koutsos group at the University of Edinburgh in order to use this technique for several internal and external polymer development projects.

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Impact Solutions is an independent materials testing and innovative problem-solving provider. Our dynamic team is flexible and adaptable in using their diverse range of knowledge and skills to offer bespoke solutions. Members of impact’s team have over 30 years of polymer experience and are internationally regarded as product and material experts. We can often identify potential sources of weakness in products without even undertaking testing. We will work with you and believe in developing commercially focused and sustainable results for our customers.

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