Photothermal Atomic Force Microscopy Coupled with Infrared Spectroscopy (AFM-IR) Analysis of High Extinction Coefficient Materials: A Case Study with Silica and Silicate Glasses

Yen Ting Lin, Hongtu He, Huseyin Kaya, Hongshen Liu, Dien Ngo, Nicholas J. Smith, Joy Banerjee, Ali Borhan, Seong H. Kim

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Abstract

Photothermal atomic force microscopy coupled with infrared spectroscopy (AFM-IR) brings significant value as a spatially resolved surface analysis technique for disordered oxide materials such as glasses, but additional development and fundamental understanding of governing principles is needed to interpret AFM-IR spectra, since the existing theory described for organic materials does not work for materials with high extinction coefficients for infrared (IR) absorption. This paper describes theoretical calculation of a transient temperature profile inside the IR-absorbing material considering IR refraction at the interface as well as IR adsorption and heat transfer inside the sample. This calculation explains the differences in peak positions and amplitudes of AFM-IR spectra from those of specular reflectance and extinction coefficient spectra. It also addresses the information depth of the AFM-IR characterization of bulk materials. AFM-IR applied to silica and silicate glass surfaces has demonstrated novel capability of characterizing subsurface structural changes and surface heterogeneity due to mechanical stresses from physical contacts, as well as chemical alterations manifested in surface layers through aqueous corrosion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5231-5239
Number of pages9
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Volume94
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 5 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry

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