Akron Functional Materials Center

Thermal Zone Annealing Setup

Samples are annealed by passing them over heating and cooling zones. This indigenous method features a novel sharp heating zone that generates very sharp (>50 oC /mm) gradient zone. Samples can be annealed in vacuum or inert gas environment. It has been observed that directed morphologies can be obtained with crystalline polymers, block copolymers and polymer blend films with this setup that are inaccessible with other annealing methods.

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