Measuring Mechanoelectrochemical Properties of Polymer Films by Surface-tracked Shear Force Imaging

Mechanoelectrochemistry, with main focus of solving the electrochemical, mechanical and thermal failures in energy conversion and storage devices, is emerging as a new discipline based on the principles of electrochemistry and mechanics of materials.  Pioneering research has demonstrated that SECM and SICM with Shear-force Sensing technique were highly effective metrics and methods to precisely quantify nanostructured morphology-dependent charge storage function and coupled volumetric mechanical strain simultaneously in situ for polymer membranes that were fabricated using phospholipid vesicles as soft-templates.  Such a Surface-tracked SECM imaging and sensing techniques provide a unique breakthrough in the formation of profound rules to design nanostructured polymer-based actuators, energy storage devices and biological sensors.

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