Nadezda B Matsko

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An alternative protocol for freeze-substitution is described. Araldite/Epon embedding medium (20% in acetone) is first used as a stabilizer (as e.g., OsO(4)) and then as embedding medium. The major components of the Araldite/Epon resin formulation react with proteins and lipids and provide for an excellent preservation and reasonable visualisation of the(More)
We present a simple method to extract morphological details from the block face of epoxy embedded biopolymers by AFM. It is shown that topographical contrast and the identification of small structural details critically depend on the procedure of sample preparation before embedding (chemical fixation or high-pressure freezing and freeze-substitution) and on(More)
A new device (NTEGRA Tomo) that is based on the integration of the scanning probe microscope (SPM) (NT-MDT NTEGRA SPM) and the Ultramicrotome (Leica UC6NT) is presented. This integration enables the direct monitoring of a block face surface immediately following each sectioning cycle of ultramicrotome sectioning procedure. Consequently, this device can be(More)
Here we report on the fabrication and characterization of ultra-thin nanocomposite layers used as gate dielectric in low-voltage and high-performance flexible organic thin film transistors (oTFTs). Reactive sputtered zirconia layers were deposited with low thermal exposure of the substrate and the resulting porous oxide films with high leakage currents were(More)
The structural (volume and enthalpy) relaxation of polymers during physical aging has a great relevance in materials science and engineering as it significantly changes the long-term material performance. In this article, we propose a methodological approach of (cryo-)atomic force microscopy (AFM) monitoring of macromolecular rearrangements which accompany(More)
Two photon photopolymerization (2PP) is a new and modern method in solid freeform fabrication. 2PP allows the fabrication of sub-micron structures from a photopolymerizable resin. By the use of near-infrared (NIR) lasers it is possible to produce 3D structures with a spatial feature resolution as good as 200 nm. This technique can be used in polymer-based(More)
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