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Title: 3D TEM reconstruction and segmentation process of laminar bio-nanocomposites

The microstructure of laminar bio-nanocomposites (Poly (lactic acid)(PLA)/clay) depends on the amount of clay platelet opening after integration with the polymer matrix and determines the final properties of the material. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique is the only one that can provide a direct observation of the layer dispersion and the degree of exfoliation. However, the orientation of the clay platelets, which affects the final properties, is practically immeasurable from a single 2D TEM image. This issue can be overcome using transmission electron tomography (ET), a technique that allows the complete 3D characterization of the structure, including the measurement of the orientation of clay platelets, their morphology and their 3D distribution. ET involves a 3D reconstruction of the study volume and a subsequent segmentation of the study object. Currently, accurate segmentation is performed manually, which is inefficient and tedious. The aim of this work is to propose an objective/automated segmentation methodology process of a 3D TEM tomography reconstruction. In this method the segmentation threshold is optimized by minimizing the variation of the dimensions of the segmented objects and matching the segmented V{sub clay} (%) and the actual one. The method is first validated using a fictitious set of objects, andmore » then applied on a nanocomposite.« less
Authors:
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  1. eMERG, University of the Basque Country, Rafael Moreno Pitxitxi street 2 and 3, 48013, Bilbao (Spain)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22391310
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1653; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: APMAS 2014: 4. International Congress in Advances in Applied Physics and Materials Science, Fethiye (Turkey), 24-27 Apr 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CLAYS; COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY; IMAGES; LACTIC ACID; MATRIX MATERIALS; MICROSTRUCTURE; MORPHOLOGY; NANOCOMPOSITES; ORGANIC POLYMERS; ORIENTATION; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY