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The effect of dielectric barrier discharge configuration on the surface modificationof aromatic polymers

Upadhyay, DJ, Cui, N-Y, Meenan, BJ and Brown, NMD (2005) The effect of dielectric barrier discharge configuration on the surface modificationof aromatic polymers. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 38 (6). pp. 922-929. [Journal article]


URL: http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/0022-3727/38/6/022/d5_6_022.pdf?request-id=a8970d95-010d-4298-9d91-2adee452383e

DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/38/6/022


Here, we report on the oxygenation and roughness features of polystyrene and polyethylene terephthalate films, induced by air dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) processing using different electrode–platen configurations. The combinations of triple electrode–platen used were stainless steel wire electrodes–rubber platen (WE–RP), ceramic electrodes–aluminium platen (CE–AP) and quartz electrodes–aluminium platen (QE–AP). The degree of oxygenation of polymer surfaces achieved by processing in the QE–AP combination was comparatively higher (as observed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) than that for the other discharge configurations used. The surface roughness following DBD processing with the CE–AP set was found to be critically higher (by atomic force microscopy) than with the WE–RP and QE–AP combinations. We conclude that the localized physical damage of the polymer surface caused by the microfilaments present in the discharge can be avoided by suitably optimizing the experimental conditions, i.e. the appropriate use of electrode–platen system, the speed of processing (or residence time) and the operating power.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:7077
Deposited By: Professor Brian Meenan
Deposited On:20 Jan 2010 09:38
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 15:41

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