Alignment of perpendicularly oriented lamellar block copolymer domains using an AFM tip is demonstrated. The AFM tip orients the domains through local shearing, resulting in domain alignment parallel to tip travel. AFM tips can also deposit block copolymer nanostructures on heated substrates with a variety of experimentally observed domain alignments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2999-3002
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 21 2014


  • block-copolymer lithography
  • shear alignment
  • tip-based nanofabrication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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