Surface investigations of organic materials require the provision of reference specimens for calibrating experimental equipment.
Because of their specific properties (purity, reproducibility, well-known molecular structure and orderly inter-molecular structure, electronic properties associating conductive and insulating behaviour, quality of the film-to-metal bound), polyacrylonitrile films obtained through electro-polymerization on oxidizable metal cathodes (Fe, Ni, Cu) may be used as a first type of reference sample.
Experimental results, obtained by various surface investigation techniques are presented, and their validity evaluated.
Boiziau, C. and Lécayon, G.
"An Organic Reference Specimen: Polyacrylonitrile Film Deposited on Oxidizable Metals by Electro-Polymerization,"
Scanning Electron Microscopy: Vol. 1986
, Article 11.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/electron/vol1986/iss1/11