Many technological fields require the understanding and processing of the molecular structure of surfaces. Static SIMS is the ideal analytical technique because it detects both large, complex molecular ions and fragment ions with ultimate sensitivity to provide detailed structural information.
The excellent transmission of the TOF.SIMS 5 analyser, the high mass range and advanced cluster ion sources make the TOF.SIMS 5 the perfect tool for organic materials such as polymers, biomaterials and pharmaceuticals.
Spectrum of a high-tech lubricant (fluorinated polyether) showing the oligomer distribution in the high mass range.
Discolourations on polymers are often caused by phase separation of the material's components. This blooming can be caused by incompatibilities of the used additives with the polymer or other ingredients.
The example shows secondary ion images of crystalline blooming on polypropylene (PP).