Shape recovery of nanoscale imprints in a thermoset "shape memory" polymer

Brent A. Nelson, William P. King, Ken Gall

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This letter reports temperature-dependent recovery of atomic force microscope tip-formed indentations in a thermoset shape memory polymer. The indentations are made at both room temperature and 69 °C, and then recovered at temperatures between 40 °C and 70 °C. The shape recovery is more complete for higher anneal temperatures, and is relatively independent of time for 102 - 104 s. The experiments show shape memory in the 1-100 nm size scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103108
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 7 2005

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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