Preliminary observation of the heat softening of self-assembled polystyrene latex arrays on the submicron scale using atomic force microscopy is reported. Samples of latex self-assembled arrays have been studied in the temperature range from the room temperature up to 120°C. It has been shown that the submicron scale structure remains stable up to the softening point of polystyrene. The experimental set-up used is described and the results obtained are discussed.
Nevernov, Igor and Nicolini, Claudio
"Thermal Stability of Polystyrene Latex Self-Assembled Arrays Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy,"
Scanning Microscopy: Vol. 9
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/microscopy/vol9/iss3/7