Surface Morphology and Crystallinity of Polyamides Investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy

  • Tamara Elzein
  • Maurice Brogly
  • Sophie Bistac
Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)


The surface composition of a solid substrate is able to strongly the crystallization of a semicrystalline polymer adsorbed on the substrate. Interfacial interaction between polymer and substrate is indeed able to govern adsorbed chains conformation and consequently crystalline organization.The aim of this chapter is to illustrate the role of the substrate surface chemistry on the crystalline structure of polyamides. Different polyamides were adsorbed onto chemically controlled surfaces, such as thiol self-assembled monolayers (terminated by different chemical functions) grafted on gold substrates. The crystalline morphology of polyamide nanofilms adsorbed on grafted gold is analyzed by atomic force microscopy. Results show that the crystalline organization directly depends on the surface chemistry. Explanations based on interactions between the polyamide chains and the chemical groups present on the substrate are proposed.


Atomic Force Microscope Semicrystalline Polymer Atomic Force Microscope Analysis Crystallinity Degree Inert Substrate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamara Elzein
    • 1
  • Maurice Brogly
    • 1
  • Sophie Bistac
    • 1
  1. 1.Equipe Chimie et Physico-Chimie des Polymères – EnscmuUniversité de Haute AlsaceMulhouseFrance

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