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Nano-hardness and elastic modulus of anodic aluminium oxide based Poly (2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) composite membranes

1 Murdoch Applied Nanotechnology Research Group, Department of Physics, Energy Studies and Nanotechnology, School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia;
2 School of Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia

Special Issues: Multifunctional Oxide Materials

In this study we determine the elastic and hardness properties of electrochemically engineered porous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) membranes and AAO membranes infiltrated with Poly (2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) to form a unique biologically compatible AAO/polymer composite. The electrochemically-synthesised membranes have a nanometre scale porous oxide structure with a mean pore diameter of 100 nm. The membranes were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy before and after polymer infiltration. The polymer treated and untreated membranes were then examined using the nano-indentation technique to measure the hardness and subsequently determine the membrane elasticity.
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