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November 2018

Bringing Polymers into Atomic-Scale Focus

Scientific Achievement

A team of Foundry users and staff have developed a new technique in cryo-electron microscopy to image synthetic polymers with atomic-scale resolution.

Significance and Impact

This is the first time a polymer has been imaged with 2 angstrom resolution. The new technique will inform polymer fabrication methods and lead to new designs for materials and devices that incorporate polymers.

Research Details

X. Jiang, D.R. Greer, J. Kundu, C. Ophus, A.M. Minor, D. Prendergast, R.N. Zuckermann, N. P. Balsara, K.H. Downing. Macromolecules. (2018). 51(19) 7794-7799. DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01508