Direct measurements of the mechanical properties of polymerized and unpolymerized langmuir‐blodgett films

K. Halperin*, J. B. Peng, M. Sailor, R. Gadwood, J. B. Ketterson, P. Dutta

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Abstract

Mechanical measurements can be made on Langmuir‐Blodgett (LB) films that have been peeled from their substrates, and are floating on the surface of water, by compressing them between the moving barrier and the Langmuir balance float in a standard monolayer trough. We have used this technique, which utilizes apparatus commonly available where LB films are made, to study multilayers of lead 10,12‐tricosadiynoate (a diacetylene carboxylic acid) that were first polymerized and then peeled from the substrate. For comparison we have performed the same measurements on pieces of mylar, on unpolymerized films, and on films of calcium octadecanoate (a saturated chain fatty acid). We found Young's modulus for films of the saturated chain material, the unpolymerized diynoate, and the polymerized films, to be 6 GPa (900 kpsi), 0.5 GPa, and 6 GPa, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1289-1300
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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