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Adhesion and mechanics of dendronized polymers at single-molecule level

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Defense Thèse de doctorat : Univ. Genève, 2015 - Sc. 4802 - 2015/06/30
Abstract In this thesis, the physical properties of dendronized polymers (DPs) were investigated by means of surface sensitive techniques, namely atomic force microscopy (AFM) and reflectometry. The adhesion and mechanics of DPs were studied at the single-molecule level by AFM. A novel nano-handling technique based on AFM is presented. This technique was used to study the force response of DPs of different generations. It relies on combination of AFM imaging and force measurements. AFM was further employed to investigate the persistence length of DPs and combined with optical reflectometry to study the adsorption of DPs on planar surfaces.
Keywords Dendronized polymersAtomic force microscopySingle-molecule force spectroscopyPolymer mechanicsAdsorptionReflectometry
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URN: urn:nbn:ch:unige-743694
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GREBIKOVA, Lucie. Adhesion and mechanics of dendronized polymers at single-molecule level. Université de Genève. Thèse, 2015. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:74369

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