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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Surface Properties of Glassy Materials​

James Forrest
Polymer Physics Group, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo

Thurs., Jan. 9, 2014
10:30 AM @ Stirling 401

Abstract:

In this talk I will present a number of different approaches we have used to study the surface properties of glassy materials. Atomic force microscopy is used to measure the evolution of the surface of glassy materials (both polymeric and non-polymeric) after it is exposed to different perturbations. One such perturbation is the introduction of metallic nanoparticles onto the surface, and we can observe and differentiate both surface and bulk processes. We also describe two surfaces we create with excess surface area which then evolve at temperatures far below the bulk glass transition temperature. Analysis of these surfaces shows qualitative and quantitative measures of surface mobility at temperatures as much as 100K below the bulk glass transition.