Micro- and nano-thermal analysis applied to multi-layered biaxially-oriented polypropylene films

Nicolaas-Alexander Gotzen, Guy Van Assche, A. Ghanem, Yves Van Ingelgem, Annick Hubin, Bruno Van Mele

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In this paper we compare Wollaston and silicon probes for localized thermal analysis measurements (LTA) on biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films. Up till now, no real comparison was reported in literature between the different transition temperatures measured using Wollaston and silicon probes. Using different types of probes for studying the same material proves to be very interesting. Using the Wollaston probe, the thermal properties and thickness of a 1 micrometer thick skin layer can be determined by through-thickness local thermal analysis measurements. The improved resolution of the silicon probes, enables the measurement of thermal properties of individual layers in a cross-sectioned film, even for layers of only 1 micrometer thickness. Based on the results, the silicon probes seem to be more sensitive toward the start of the melting process, since the silicon probe already penetrates at lower temperature, as compared to the Wollaston probes. This sensitivity can be exploited for studying the effect of variations in thermal history between or within samples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-213
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • multi-layered polymer films
  • micro-thermal analysis
  • nano-thermal analysis
  • atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • millipede (IBM)
  • local thermal analysis


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