We demonstrate accurate nanoscale mapping of loss and storage modulus on a polystyrene-polypropylene blend with contact resonance force microscopy (CR-FM). The viscoelastic properties are extracted from spatially resolved maps of the contact resonance frequency and quality factor of the AFM cantilever. We consider two methods of data acquisition: pixel-by-pixel point mapping and continuous scanning. With point mapping and low-velocity scanning, the relative loss and storage modulus values are in good agreement with time-temperature superposition of low-frequency dynamic mechanical analysis measurements to the high frequencies probed by CR-FM.
Pub Type: Journals
Atomic Force Microscopy, AFM, Contact Resonance Force Microscopy, Viscoelasticity