By combining the results from atomic force microscopy (AFM) and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), herein we investigate properties of photochemical lignin model compounds. We provide evidence that photochemical lignin forms random, probably non-functional structures. The topography of such structures is explored using ESEM. Non-functionality of such structures is proved by AFM and atomic force spectroscopy experiments wherein the photochemical lignin functionalized tip is approached to the substrate covered with photochemical lignin. There was no evidence of existence of any kind of host-guest interaction during the approach/retraction experiments. These results provide evidence for our previously stated hypothesis that photochemical lignin polymerization may be one of the degrading effects of UV radiation to the plant cell.
- Atomic force microscopy
- Environmental scanning electron microscopy
- Intermolecular forces
- Lignin model compounds
- Supramolecular chemistry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry