|Kluge, D.; Abraham, F.; Schmidt, S.; Schmidt, H.-W.; Fery, A.: Nanomechanical Properties of Supramolecular Self-Assembled Whiskers Determined by AFM Force Mapping, Langmuir 26(5), 3020-3023 (2010) -- DOI: 10.1021/la904780c|
In this Letter, we investigate the nanomechanical properties of self-assembled 1,3,5-benzenetrisamide whiskers with atomic force microscopy (AFM) bending experiments. We use force mapping to acquire spatially resolved force measurements over the full length of a whisker segment spanning a channel of a structured glass substrate. This allows validation of the experimental boundary conditions directly from the AFM data and a reliable determination of Youngs modulus. The presented technique can be generalized for the mechanical characterization of other one-dimensional materials.