Three-dimensional imaging of polymer materials by Scanning Probe Tomography

Alexander Alekseev, Anton Efimov, Joachim Loos, Nadejda Matsko, Julia Syurik

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Scanning Probe Tomography (SPT) is a new method for nanoscale volume imaging of sample morphology and property distribution based on Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM). In this review we describe and discuss recent results obtained with different SPT techniques on polymer samples. The design of the existing SPM based instruments used for tomography in principle allows for volume reconstruction of any kind of mechanical, functional or chemical property distribution, which can be measured by SPM. We describe some recent volume reconstruction results from several types of polymer materials and critically discuss limitations and future prospects of SPM tomography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-165
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Scanning Probe Tomography
  • Three-dimensional reconstruction
  • Tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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