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Poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (PFO) polymer films were deposited by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) technique. The polymer was diluted (0.5 wt%) in tetrahydrofuran and, once cooled to liquid nitrogen temperature, it was irradiated with a KrF excimer laser. 10,000 laser pulses were used to deposit PFO films on Si substrates at different temperatures (−16, 30, 50 and 70 °C). One PFO film was deposited with 16,000 laser pulses at a substrate temperature of 50 °C. The morphology, optical and structural properties of the films were investigated by SEM, AFM, PL and FTIR spectroscopy. SEM inspection showed different characteristic features on the film surface, like deflated balloons, droplets and entangled polymer filaments. The roughness of the films was, at least partially, controlled by substrate heating, which however had the effect to reduce the deposition rate. The increase of the laser pulse …
Publication date: 
30 Sep 2009

AP Caricato, M Anni, MG Manera, M Martino, R Rella, F Romano, T Tunno, D Valerini

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Volume: 255 Issue: 24 Pages: 9659-9664
Applied surface science