Skeletonization of mixed arachidic acid/cadmium arachidate LB films: A study using atomic force microscopy


  • S. A. E. thanks Smith & Nephew for financial support and EPSRC for provision of instrumentation during the course of this work.


The microscopic structure of skeletonized films of cadmium arachidate has been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM)—skeletonization is the removal of free acid from a mixed Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) films and the AFM methods used are detailed, AFM images and results from a two-dimensional fast Fourier transform analysis are discussed, and factors affecting the overall cadmium arachidate content of the transferred film are considered.