Probing Hidden polymeric interfaces using IR-vis Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy
Understanding the molecular-level processes underlying interfacial phenomena is important in the area of adhesion. We briefly introduce IR–visible sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG) using a total-internal-reflection geometry for the study of polymer–air, polymer–solid, and polymer–polymer interfaces. The following examples, predominantly of work done in our lab, illustrating differences in molecular structure and dynamic properties at interfaces are presented: the air- and solid-interface structure of an amorphous polystyrene (PS) and a semicrystalline polymer with side-chain crystallinity, poly(octadecyl acrylate) (PA- 18); structure of a polymer–polymer interface between thin films of a semicrystalline polymer with side-chain crystallinity, poly(vinyl-N-octadecylcarbamateco-vinyl acetate), and an amorphous PS; thermal order-to-disorder transitions of the air and solid interface of PA-18, and the interface of this polymer with PS; and dynamic surface-relaxation studies of a rubbed PS film.
The Journal of Adhesion
Rangwalla, Hasnain and Dhinojwala, Ali, "Probing Hidden polymeric interfaces using IR-vis Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy" (2004). Polymer Science Faculty Research. 56.