Here we describe the formation of precisely controlled corona-type nanopatterns on electroactive polymer precursor films using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) methods. The binary composition of electroactive groups in the polymer triggers the formation of corona-type nanopatterns at particular voltages and tip writing speeds through the electrooxidation of the polymer precursor film. Various parameters such as tip speed and applied bias were explored in the nanopatterning process, and the formation of a conductive nanopattern was investigated using conducting atomic force microscopy (C-AFM). The formation of the nanopattern was attributed to the flow of electrons from the AFM tip to the polymer film in a controlled electric field distribution. We also report a new method to distinguish the polymer composition and distribution of a polymer blend film by characterizing biasing differences in the patterning of a polymer film.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry