Molecular and crystalline microstructure of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) ultrathin films on bare and self-assembled monolayer-modified Au substrates

Youn Jung Park, Seok Ju Kang, Cheolmin Park, Bernard Lotz, Annette Thierry, Kap Jin Kim, June Huh

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We investigate the molecular and microdomain structure of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) P(VDF-TrFE) copolymer thin films spin-coated on bare and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)-modified Au substrates. The two types of films display similar crystal morphologies with edge-on needlelike shaped crystalline microdomains. They have, however, a different structure depending on the substrate. When the P(VDF-TrFE) films are deposited on a bare, unmodified Au surface, the P(VDF-TrFE) films preferentially have a (110) contact plane with the substrate but a (100) contact plane when deposited on the Au surface modified by SAMs. The polar b-axis, along which the ferroelectric polarization is oriented, is therefore tilted to the film (and substrate) surface normal at 30 and 90°, respectively. In particular, the orientation of the polar b-axis tilted at some 90° to the normal of the polymer films on a CH3 terminated SAM modified Au surface explains the smaller remanent polarization at low initial electrical bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalMacromolecules
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 8
Externally publishedYes

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Ultrathin films
Self assembled monolayers
Ferroelectric materials
Crystalline materials
Microstructure
Substrates
Remanence
Polymer films
Copolymers
Polarization
Thin films
Crystals
polyvinylidene fluoride
trifluoroethene
1,1-difluoroethylene

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Molecular and crystalline microstructure of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) ultrathin films on bare and self-assembled monolayer-modified Au substrates. / Park, Youn Jung; Kang, Seok Ju; Park, Cheolmin; Lotz, Bernard; Thierry, Annette; Kim, Kap Jin; Huh, June.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 41, No. 1, 08.01.2008, p. 109-119.

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Park, Youn Jung ; Kang, Seok Ju ; Park, Cheolmin ; Lotz, Bernard ; Thierry, Annette ; Kim, Kap Jin ; Huh, June. / Molecular and crystalline microstructure of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) ultrathin films on bare and self-assembled monolayer-modified Au substrates. In: Macromolecules. 2008 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 109-119.
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