First experimental hatch (hatch for thin-film structure analysis)

The first experimental hutch (EH1) was designed to characterize the hierarchical surface structure and dynamic structure formation process of soft material surface and thin films.

Elucidation of dynamic structural properties of organic/polymer thin film and surface/interface

In the first experimental hatch (EH1), the following measurements method can be used to investigate the crystallinity of crystalline polymer thin film, surface region, crystal disorder, the long-period structure of a crystal, microphase separation structure of block copolymer thin film, and molecular aggregation structure of the thin film of the supramolecular aggregate:

  • small-angle incidence wide-angle X-ray diffraction (GIWAXD) measurement
  • small-angle incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) measurement
  • time-resolved measurement and simultaneous measurement
  • X-ray reflectivity measurement

In this way, the EH1 is an experimental hatch specializing in the surface analysis of polymer materials.

EH1 provides an extremely effective method for elucidating the dynamic hierarchical structure of organic / polymer films and thin films under the heat treatment process and crystallization process. EH1 has made significant contributions to improving the performance of a wide range of soft matter such as electronic devices fields (organic EL, organic FET, organic memory materials) and surface functional fields (adhesion/painting, printing, biomaterials).



Second experimental hatch (hatch for simultaneous high-precision small-angle and wide-angle scattering measurement)

The second hutch of BL03XU is designed for structure characterization of in-situ dynamic structure formation processes, such as crystallization, drawing, and annealing.

Investigation of correlation between dynamic structure and physical properties of polymer materials

The purpose is to reveal by performing simultaneous time-resolved measurement of small-angle X-ray scattering and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXS/WAXD) and various physical quantities.

Investigation of structural properties in the minimum and local regions of polymer materials

The purpose is to reveal the static and dynamic structural characteristics in micro and local regions by SAXS/WAXD simultaneous measurement using micro-beam.

Investigation of deformation mechanism of polymer molded products

The purpose is to reveal the deformation and fracture mechanisms of polymer molded products in the process of applying tensile stress, compressive stress and shear stress at the nano to sub-micron scale by time-resolved SAXS/WAXD simultaneous measurement.

Investigation of the structural properties of polymer materials in the molding process

To developing new products and responding to complaints on existing products, we reproduced part of production lines and prototype lines with experimental hatches, and aimed to elucidate the molecular orientation mechanism and hierarchical structure formation mechanism of the polymer during the molding process.