Localized electromechanical interactions in ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanowires investigated by scanning probe microscopy
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Calahorra, Y., Whiter, R., Jing, Q., Narayan, V., & Kar-Narayan, S. (2016). Localized electromechanical interactions in ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanowires investigated by scanning probe microscopy. APL Materials, 4 (11. 116106)https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4967752
We investigate the electromechanical interactions in individual polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene nanowires in response to localized electrical poling via a conducting atomic force microscope tip. Spatially resolved measurements of piezoelectric coefficients and elastic moduli before and after poling reveal a striking dependence on the polarity of the poling field, notably absent in thin films of the same composition. These observations are attributed to the unclamped nature of the nanowires and the inherent asymmetry in their chemical and electrical interactions with the tip and underlying substrate. Our findings provide insights into the mechanism of poling/switching in polymer nanowires critical to ferroelectric device performance.
Is supplemented by: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.6215
S.K.-N. and Y.C. are grateful for financial support from the European Research Council through an ERC Starting Grant (Grant No. ERC-2014-STG-639526, NANOGEN). R.A.W. thanks the EPSRC Cambridge NanoDTC, EP/G037221/1, for studentship funding. Q.J. is grateful for financial support through a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship, H2020-MSCA-IF-2015-702868.
European Commission (639526)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (702868)
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4967752
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/262057
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