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  1. Modification of plasma polymer films by ion implantation

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    Santos Deborah Cristina Ribeiro dos

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, thin polymer films were prepared from acetylene and argon radiofrequency (13.56 MHz, 80 W glow discharges. Post-deposition treatment was performed by plasma immersion ion implantation in nitrogen or helium glow discharges (13.56 MHz, 70 W. In these cases, samples were biased with 25 kV negative pulses. Exposure time to the bombardment plasma, t, ranged from 900 to 7200 s. Chemical composition of the film surfaces was investigated by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and the resistance to oxidation by the etching process, in reactive oxygen plasmas. Oxygen and nitrogen were detected in all the samples. While the concentration of the former continuously changed with t, that of N kept practically constant in small proportions. The film is predominantly formed by sp² states, but the proportion of sp³ hybridization slightly increased with t. The etching rate dropped under certain conditions of nitrogen bombardment whereas helium implantation has not significantly improved it. These results are ascribed to the crosslinking degree of the polymeric chains, ruled by the total amount of energy delivered to the film.

  2. Electroluminescence and photoluminescence of conjugated polymer films prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of naphthalene

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    Rajabi, Mojtaaba; Firouzjah, Marzieh Abbasi; Hosseini, Seyed Iman; Shokri, Babak

    2012-01-01

    Polymer light-emitting devices were fabricated utilizing plasma polymerized thin films as emissive layers. These conjugated polymer films were prepared by RF Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) using naphthalene as monomer. The effect of different applied powers on the chemical structure and optical properties of the conjugated polymers was investigated. The fabricated devices with structure of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/ plasma polymerized Naphthalene/Alq3/Al showed broadband Electroluminescence (EL) emission peaks with center at 535-550 nm. Using different structural and optical tests, connection between polymers chemical structure and optical properties under different plasma powers has been studied. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies confirmed that a conjugated polymer film with a 3-D cross-linked network was developed. By increasing the power, products tended to form as highly cross-linked polymer films. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of plasma polymers showed different excimerc ...

  3. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2004-05-25

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  4. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2008-12-30

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  5. A study of the initial film growth of PEG-like plasma polymer films via XPS and NEXAFS

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    Li, Yali [CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton South, VIC 3169 (Australia); Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 (Australia); Muir, Benjamin W., E-mail: ben.muir@csiro.au [CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton South, VIC 3169 (Australia); Easton, Christopher D. [CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton South, VIC 3169 (Australia); Thomsen, Lars [Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, VIC 3168 (Australia); Nisbet, David R. [Research School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The Australian National University, Acton, ACT 0200 (Australia); Forsythe, John S., E-mail: john.forsythe@monash.edu [Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 (Australia)

    2014-01-01

    The chemistry of substrate–film interface (underside) of di(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether plasma polymer (DGpp) films has been studied directly and compared to the top layer of the film (topside). By depositing the plasma polymer films onto indium tin oxide (ITO) glass, the films were easily delaminated from the substrate. The top- and underside of the films were examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. It was found that a rapid increase in pressure during plasma polymerization results in steep chemical gradients in the films, while small pressure changes do not lead to chemical gradient formation. These observations validate the findings of previous neutron reflectometry modeling studies of this class of plasma polymer thin film. In addition, subtle variations in plasma polymer film chemistry were observed between different substrates they were deposited onto. This approach will allow additional studies on the mechanisms of early plasma polymer thin film formation with various monomers.

  6. Influence of plasma discharge on the structure of polytetrafluoroethylene film and step coverage on polymer substrate

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    Grytsenko, K.P. [Institute of Semiconductor Physics, 45 Nauki pr., Kyiv, 03028 (Ukraine); Institute of Photonics, Laser and Plasma Technology, University of Applied Sciences Wildau, F.-Engels-Str. 63, 15745, Wildau (Germany)], E-mail: d_gryts@isp.kiev.ua; Lytvyn, P.M. [Institute of Semiconductor Physics, 45 Nauki pr., Kyiv, 03028 (Ukraine); Friedrich, J.; Schulze, R.D. [Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin (Germany); Schrader, S. [Institute of Photonics, Laser and Plasma Technology, University of Applied Sciences Wildau, F.-Engels-Str. 63, 15745, Wildau (Germany)

    2007-09-15

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) films have been deposited onto polycarbonate (PC) substrates from the products of PTFE evaporation, activated by a cloud of accelerated electrons. A 40.68 MHz glow discharge was used during the deposition process. The polymer films have been characterised by XPS, FTIR and AFM. The use of the low power plasma during film growth led to the formation of PTFE films with modified structure. Films are amorphous and contain more cross-links, but in general, the structure of their macromolecules is still linear. An increase of RF-power leads to the formation of films with large amount of double bonds and enhanced internal stresses. Deposition of PTFE on PC without plasma treatment led to the formation of PTFE clusters up to 50 nm in diameter. The RMS roughness of the films, deposited without plasma, was about 4 nm, while the films deposited with plasma treatment had a roughness of 1.5 nm. The use of plasma has an additional effect if a PTFE coating is deposited on the PC substrate with submicrometer-sized steps. Without plasma the steps retain a rectangular shape. Deposited with the RF-discharge the PTFE layers resemble plasma-polymerised films. Under certain conditions the deposited films can fill trenches in the substrate like a wetting liquid, while under other conditions they avoid trenches and grow in between them.

  7. Plasma surface modification of polymers

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    Hirotsu, T.

    1980-01-01

    Thin plasma polymerization films are discussed from the viewpoint of simplicity in production stages. The application of selective, absorbent films and films used in selective permeability was tested. The types of surface modification of polymers discussed are: (1) plasma etching, (2) surface coating by plasma polymerized thin films, and (3) plasma activation surface graft polymerization.

  8. Ambient low temperature plasma etching of polymer films for secondary ion mass spectrometry molecular depth profiling.

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    Muramoto, Shin; Staymates, Matthew E; Brewer, Tim M; Gillen, Greg

    2012-12-18

    The feasibility of a low temperature plasma (LTP) probe as a way to prepare polymer bevel cross sections for secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) applications was investigated. Poly(lactic acid) and poly(methyl methacrylate) films were etched using He LTP, and the resulting crater walls were depth profiled using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) to examine changes in chemistry over the depth of the film. ToF-SIMS results showed that while exposure to even 1 s of plasma resulted in integration of atmospheric nitrogen and contaminants to the newly exposed surface, the actual chemical modification to the polymer backbone was found to be chemistry-dependent. For PLA, sample modification was confined to the top 15 nm of the PLA surface regardless of plasma exposure dose, while measurable change was not seen for PMMA. The confinement of chemical modification to 15 nm or less of the top surface suggests that LTP can be used as a simple method to prepare cross sections or bevels of polymer thin films for subsequent analysis by surface-sensitive molecular depth profiling techniques such as SIMS, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and other spatially resolved mass spectrometric techniques.

  9. Optical properties of plasma deposited amorphous carbon nitride films on polymer substrates

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    Mohamed, S.H., E-mail: abo_95@yahoo.co [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, 82524 Sohag (Egypt); El-Hossary, F.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, 82524 Sohag (Egypt); Gamal, G.A.; Kahlid, M.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, South Valley University, 83523 Qena (Egypt)

    2010-01-01

    Amorphous carbon nitride thin films were deposited on polymer substrates using radio frequency (rf) plasma in a mixture of nitrogen (N{sub 2}) and acetylene (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) gasses. The samples were prepared at different rf plasma power (350, 400, 450, 500, and 550 W), at constant plasma exposure time of 10 min, and constant N{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratio of 50%. The crystal structure and surface morphology of the prepared samples were examined using X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy analysis, respectively. The absence of the carbon nitride diffraction peaks confirms the amorphous nature of these films. The root mean square roughness of the films increased from 3.77 to 25.22 nm as the power increased from 350 to 550 W. The thickness and the deposition rate were found to increase with increasing plasma power. Over the whole studied wavelength range, from 200 to 2500 nm, the transmittance decreased with increasing plasma power. A shift in the onset of absorption towards higher wavelengths with increasing plasma power, indicating a decrease in the optical band gap, has been observed. The refractive index values were found to decrease while the extinction coefficient increased with increasing plasma power.

  10. Composite materials obtained by the ion-plasma sputtering of metal compound coatings on polymer films

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    Khlebnikov, Nikolai; Polyakov, Evgenii; Borisov, Sergei; Barashev, Nikolai; Biramov, Emir; Maltceva, Anastasia; Vereshchagin, Artem; Khartov, Stas; Voronin, Anton

    2016-01-01

    In this article, the principle and examples composite materials obtained by deposition of metal compound coatings on polymer film substrates by the ion-plasma sputtering method are presented. A synergistic effect is to obtain the materials with structural properties of the polymer substrate and the surface properties of the metal deposited coatings. The technology of sputtering of TiN coatings of various thicknesses on polyethylene terephthalate films is discussed. The obtained composites are characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is shown. The examples of application of this method, such as receiving nanocomposite track membranes and flexible transparent electrodes, are considered.

  11. Nanocomposite metal/plasma polymer films prepared by means of gas aggregation cluster source

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    Polonskyi, O.; Solar, P.; Kylian, O.; Drabik, M.; Artemenko, A.; Kousal, J.; Hanus, J.; Pesicka, J.; Matolinova, I. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Kolibalova, E. [Tescan, Libusina trida 21, 632 00 Brno (Czech Republic); Slavinska, D. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Biederman, H., E-mail: bieder@kmf.troja.mff.cuni.cz [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic)

    2012-04-02

    Nanocomposite metal/plasma polymer films have been prepared by simultaneous plasma polymerization using a mixture of Ar/n-hexane and metal cluster beams. A simple compact cluster gas aggregation source is described and characterized with emphasis on the determination of the amount of charged clusters and their size distribution. It is shown that the fraction of neutral, positively and negatively charged nanoclusters leaving the gas aggregation source is largely influenced by used operational conditions. In addition, it is demonstrated that a large portion of Ag clusters is positively charged, especially when higher currents are used for their production. Deposition of nanocomposite Ag/C:H plasma polymer films is described in detail by means of cluster gas aggregation source. Basic characterization of the films is performed using transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopies. It is shown that the morphology, structure and optical properties of such prepared nanocomposites differ significantly from the ones fabricated by means of magnetron sputtering of Ag target in Ar/n-hexane mixture.

  12. Effect of plasma fluorination variables on the deposition and growth of partially fluorinated polymer over PMMA films

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    Giovana da Silva Padilha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, an investigation was made of the modification of film surface of Poly(methylmethacrylate (PMMA using the plasma polymerization technique. PMMA films 10 µm thick were obtained by Spin-Coating starting from a chloroform solution (15.36% w/w. The films were exposed to the plasma of CHF3 at different gas pressures and exposure times to increase the thickness of fluorinated polymers onto PMMA films. The plasma fluorinated optical films were characterized by gravimetry, FTIR-ATR, contact angle of wetting, SEM and AFM. The surface fluorination of PMMA films can be inferred by the increase in contact angle under all experimental conditions, and confirmed with FTIR-ATR analysis. Gravimetry showed an increase of the fluorinated polymer layer over PMMA films, being 1.55 µm thick at 0.7 torr and 40 minutes of plasma exposure. The SEM analysis showed a well-defined layer of fluorinated polymer, with fluorine being detected in the EDS analysis. The film roughness for the fluorinated polymers was around of 200 Å, quite satisfactory for a 1.55 µm cladding.

  13. Plasma polymers deposited in atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharges: Influence of process parameters on film properties

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    Fricke, Katja, E-mail: k.fricke@inp-greifswald.de [Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP Greifswald), Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Girard-Lauriault, Pierre-Luc [Plasma Processing Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, 3610 rue University, Montreal, QC H3A 0C5 (Canada); Weltmann, Klaus-Dieter [Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP Greifswald), Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Wertheimer, Michael R. [Department of Engineering Physics, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Box 6079, Station Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC H3C 3A7 (Canada)

    2016-03-31

    We present results on the deposition of plasma polymer (PP) films in a dielectric barrier discharge system fed with mixtures of argon or nitrogen carrier gas plus different hydrocarbon precursors, where the latter possess different carbon-to-hydrogen ratios: CH{sub 4} < C{sub 2}H{sub 6} < C{sub 2}H{sub 4} = C{sub 3}H{sub 6} < C{sub 2}H{sub 2}. The influence of precursor gas mixture and flow rate, excitation frequency, and absorbed power on PP film compositions and properties has been investigated. The discharge was characterized by electrical measurements, while the chemical compositions and structures of coatings were analysed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, total combustion, and elastic recoil detection analyses, the latter two for determining carbon-to-hydrogen ratios. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the coatings' morphology, and profilometry for evaluating deposition rates. - Highlights: • Atmospheric pressure DBD is used to deposit organic hydrocarbon films. • High deposition rates can be achieved by varying the power and/or gas mixture ratio. • Process parameters affect the films' surface chemical composition and morphology. • Deposited films are not soluble in aqueous environment. • No delamination of coatings produced from argon plasma.

  14. Atmospheric Pressure non-thermal plasmas for surface treatment of polymer films

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    Huang, Hsiao-Feng; Wen, Chun-Hsiang; Wei, Hsiao-Kuan; Kou, Chwung-Shan

    2006-10-01

    Interest has grown over the past few years in applying atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasmas to surface treatment. In this work, we used an asymmetric glow dielectric-barrier discharge (GDBD), at atmospheric pressure in nitrogen, to improve the surface hydrophilicity of three kinds of polymer films, biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), polyimide (PI), and triacetyl cellulose (TAC). This set-up consists of two asymmetric electrodes covered by dielectrics. And to prevent the filamentary discharge occur, the frequency, gas flow rate and uniformity of gas flow distribution should be carefully controlled. The discharge performance is monitored through an oscilloscope, which is connected to a high voltage probe and a current monitor. The physical and chemical properties of polymer surfaces before and after GDBD treatment were analyzed via water contact angle (CA) measurements, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques.

  15. Enhanced mechanical properties of low-surface energy thin films by simultaneous plasma polymerization of fluorine and epoxy containing polymers

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    Karaman, Mustafa, E-mail: karamanm@selcuk.edu.tr [Department of Chemical Engineering, Selçuk University, Konya, 42075 (Turkey); Advanced Technology Research & Application Center, Selçuk University, Konya, 42075 (Turkey); Uçar, Tuba [Department of Chemical Engineering, Selçuk University, Konya, 42075 (Turkey)

    2016-01-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Thin films of poly(hexafluorobutyl acrylate-glycidyl methacrylate) can be deposited by PECVD. • The coated surfaces are hydrophobic due to the long fluorinated side chains. • The hydrophobicity of the coating is observed to be stable under harsh conditions. • Film durability is attributed to the mechanical strength of the films due to their epoxide functionality. - Abstract: Thin films of poly(2,2,3,4,4,4 hexafluorobutyl acrylate-glycidyl methacrylate) (P(HFBA-GMA) were deposited on different surfaces using an inductively coupled RF plasma reactor. Fluorinated polymer was used to impart hydrophobicity, whereas epoxy polymer was used for improved durability. The deposition at a low plasma power and temperature was suitable for the functionalization of fragile surfaces such as textile fabrics. The coated rough textile surfaces were found to be superhydrophobic with water contact angles greater than 150° due to the high retention of long fluorinated side chains. The hydrophobicity of the surfaces was observed to be stable after many exposures to ultrasonification tests, which is attributed to the mechanical durability of the films due to their epoxide functionality. FTIR and XPS analyses of the deposited films confirmed that the epoxide functionality of the polymers increased with increasing glycidyl methacrylate fraction in the reactor inlet. The modulus and hardness values of the films also increase with increasing epoxide functionality.

  16. The relationship between chemical structure and dielectric properties of plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited polymer thin films

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    Jiang Hao [Materials Sci and Tech Applications, LLC, 409 Maple Springs Drive, Dayton OH 45458 (United States)]. E-mail: hao.jiang@wpafb.af.mil; Hong Lianggou [Materials Sci and Tech Applications, LLC, 409 Maple Springs Drive, Dayton OH 45458 (United States); Venkatasubramanian, N. [Research Institute, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-0168 (United States); Grant, John T. [Research Institute, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-0168 (United States); Eyink, Kurt [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7707 (United States); Wiacek, Kevin [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, 1950 Fifth Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7251 (United States); Fries-Carr, Sandra [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, 1950 Fifth Street, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7251 (United States); Enlow, Jesse [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7707 (United States); Bunning, Timothy J. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials Directorate, 3005 Hobson Way, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7707 (United States)

    2007-02-26

    Polymer dielectric films fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) have unique properties due to their dense crosslinked bulk structure. These spatially uniform films exhibit good adhesion to a variety of substrates, excellent chemical inertness, high thermal resistance, and are formed from an inexpensive, solvent-free, room temperature process. In this work, we studied the dielectric properties of plasma polymerized (PP) carbon-based polymer thin films prepared from two precursors, benzene and octafluorocyclobutane. Two different monomer feed locations, directly in the plasma zone or in the downstream region (DS) and two different pressures, 80 Pa (high pressure) or 6.7 Pa (low pressure), were used. The chemical structure of the PECVD films was examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The dielectric constant ({epsilon} {sub r}) and dielectric loss (tan {delta}) of the films were investigated over a range of frequencies up to 1 MHz and the dielectric strength (breakdown voltage) (F {sub b}) was characterized by the current-voltage method. Spectroscopic ellipsometry was performed to determine the film thickness and refractive index. Good dielectric properties were exhibited, as PP-benzene films formed in the high pressure, DS region showed a F{sub b} of 610 V/{mu}m, an {epsilon} {sub r} of 3.07, and a tan {delta} of 7.0 x 10{sup -3} at 1 kHz. The PECVD processing pressure has a significant effect on final film structure and the film's physical density has a strong impact on dielectric breakdown strength. Also noted was that the residual oxygen content in the PP-benzene films significantly affected the frequency dependences of the dielectric constant and loss.

  17. Low-temperature oxidizing plasma surface modification and composite polymer thin-film fabrication techniques for tailoring the composition and behavior of polymer surfaces

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    Tompkins, Brendan D.

    membrane surfaces was significantly improved by plasma treatment. XPS and SEM analyses revealed increased oxygen incorporation onto the surface of the membranes, without any damage to the surface or pore structure. Contact angle measurements on a membrane treated in a stacked assembly suggest the plasma effectively modified the entire pore cross section. Plasma treatment also increased water flux through the membranes, with results from plasma modified membranes matching those from commercially available hydrophilic membranes (treated with wetting agent). Mechanisms for the observed modification are discussed in terms of OH and O radicals implanting oxygen functionality into the polymers. Oxidizing plasma systems (O2, CO2, H2O vapor, and formic acid vapor) were used to modify track-etched polycarbonate membranes and explore the mechanisms and species responsible for etching polycarbonate during plasma processing. Etch rates were measured using scanning electron microscopy; modified polycarbonate surfaces were further characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and water contact angles. Etch rates and surface characterization results were combined with optical emission spectroscopy data used to identify gas-phase species and their relative densities. Although the oxide functionalities implanted by each plasma system were similar, the H2O vapor and formic acid vapor plasmas yielded the lowest contact angles after treatment. The CO2, H2O vapor, and formic acid vapor plasma-modified surfaces were, however, found to be similarly stable one month after treatment. Overall, etch rate correlated directly to the relative gas-phase density of atomic oxygen and, to a lesser extent, hydroxyl radicals. PECVD of acetic acid vapor (CH3COOH) was used to deposit films on PC-TE and silicon wafer substrates. The CH3COOH films were characterized using XPS, wCA, and SEM. This modification technique resulted in continuous deposition and self-limiting deposition of a-CxO yHz films on Si

  18. Enhanced mechanical properties of low-surface energy thin films by simultaneous plasma polymerization of fluorine and epoxy containing polymers

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    Karaman, Mustafa; Uçar, Tuba

    2016-01-01

    Thin films of poly(2,2,3,4,4,4 hexafluorobutyl acrylate-glycidyl methacrylate) (P(HFBA-GMA) were deposited on different surfaces using an inductively coupled RF plasma reactor. Fluorinated polymer was used to impart hydrophobicity, whereas epoxy polymer was used for improved durability. The deposition at a low plasma power and temperature was suitable for the functionalization of fragile surfaces such as textile fabrics. The coated rough textile surfaces were found to be superhydrophobic with water contact angles greater than 150° due to the high retention of long fluorinated side chains. The hydrophobicity of the surfaces was observed to be stable after many exposures to ultrasonification tests, which is attributed to the mechanical durability of the films due to their epoxide functionality. FTIR and XPS analyses of the deposited films confirmed that the epoxide functionality of the polymers increased with increasing glycidyl methacrylate fraction in the reactor inlet. The modulus and hardness values of the films also increase with increasing epoxide functionality.

  19. Photocatalytic Anatase TiO2 Thin Films on Polymer Optical Fiber Using Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma.

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    Baba, Kamal; Bulou, Simon; Choquet, Patrick; Boscher, Nicolas D

    2017-04-06

    Due to the undeniable industrial advantages of low-temperature atmospheric-pressure plasma processes, such as low cost, low temperature, easy implementation, and in-line process capabilities, they have become the most promising next-generation candidate system for replacing thermal chemical vapor deposition or wet chemical processes for the deposition of functional coatings. In the work detailed in this article, photocatalytic anatase TiO2 thin films were deposited at a low temperature on polymer optical fibers using an atmospheric-pressure plasma process. This method overcomes the challenge of forming crystalline transition metal oxide coatings on polymer substrates by using a dry and up-scalable method. The careful selection of the plasma source and the titanium precursor, i.e., titanium ethoxide with a short alkoxy group, allowed the deposition of well-adherent, dense, and crystalline TiO2 coatings at low substrate temperature. Raman and XRD investigations showed that the addition of oxygen to the precursor's carrier gas resulted in a further increase of the film's crystallinity. Furthermore, the films deposited in the presence of oxygen exhibited a better photocatalytic activity toward methylene blue degradation assumedly due to their higher amount of photoactive {101} facets.

  20. Plasma treatment of polymer dielectric films to improve capacitive energy storage

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    Yializis, A.; Binder, M.; Mammone, R. J.

    1994-01-01

    Demand for compact instrumentation, portable field equipment, and new electromagnetic weapons is creating a need for new dielectric materials with higher energy storage capabilities. Recognizing the need for higher energy storage capacitors, the Army Research Lab at Fort Monmouth, NJ, initiated a program a year ago to investigate potential methods for increasing the dielectric strength of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) film, which is the highest energy density material commercially available today. Treatment of small area PVDF films in a CF4/O2 plasma showed that the dielectric strength of PVDF films can be increased by as much as 20 percent when treated in a 96 percent CF4/4 percent O2 plasma. This 44 percent increase in energy storage of a PVDF capacitor is significant considering that the treatment can be implemented in a conventional metallizing chamber, with minimum capital investment. The data shows that improved breakdown strength may be unique to PVDF film and the particular CF4/O2 gas mixture, because PVDF film treated with 100 percent CF4, 100 percent O2, Ar gas plasma, and electron irradiation shows no improvement in breakdown strength. Other data presented includes dissipation factor, dielectric constant, and surface tension measurements.

  1. Plasma-deposited fluorocarbon polymer films on titanium for preventing cell adhesion: a surface finishing for temporarily used orthopaedic implants

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    Finke, B.; Testrich, H.; Rebl, H.; Walschus, U.; Schlosser, M.; Zietz, C.; Staehlke, S.; Nebe, J. B.; Weltmann, K. D.; Meichsner, J.; Polak, M.

    2016-06-01

    The design of a titanium implant surface should ideally support its later application in clinical use. Temporarily used implants have to fulfil requirements different from permanent implants: they should ensure the mechanical stabilization of the bone stock but in trauma surgery they should not be integrated into the bone because they will be removed after fracture healing. Finishing of the implant surface by a plasma-fluorocarbon-polymer (PFP) coating is a possible approach for preventing cell adhesion of osteoblasts. Two different low pressure gas-discharge plasma processes, microwave (MW 2.45 GHz) and capacitively coupled radio frequency (RF 13.56 MHz) plasma, were applied for the deposition of the PFP film using a mixture of the precursor octafluoropropane (C3F8) and hydrogen (H2). The thin films were characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, and water contact angle measurements. Cell culture experiments show that cell adhesion and spreading of MG-63 osteoblasts were clearly reduced or nonexistent on these surfaces, also after 24 h of storage in the cell culture medium. In vivo data demonstrated that the local inflammatory tissue response for the PFP films deposited in MW and RF plasma were comparable to uncoated controls.

  2. Plasma deposition of organosilicon polymer thin films with embedded nanosilver for prevention of microbial adhesion

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    Saulou, Claire [Universite de Toulouse, INSA, UPS, INPT, LISBP, 135 Av. de Rangueil, F-31077 Toulouse (France); Universite de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, LAPLACE, 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 9 (France); Despax, Bernard; Raynaud, Patrice [Universite de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, LAPLACE, 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 9 (France); Zanna, Sandrine; Marcus, Philippe [LPCS, UMR CNRS/ENSCP 7045, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Mercier-Bonin, Muriel, E-mail: muriel.mercier-bonin@insa-toulouse.fr [Universite de Toulouse, INSA, UPS, INPT, LISBP, 135 Av. de Rangueil, F-31077 Toulouse (France)

    2009-11-15

    Composite thin films ({approx}170 nm) containing silver nanoclusters embedded in an organosilicon matrix were deposited by PE-CVD onto stainless steel in order to prevent microbial adhesion. The process originality relies on a dual strategy combining silver sputtering and simultaneous plasma polymerization in argon-hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) plasma, using an asymmetrical RF glow discharge. The metal content in the film was controlled by varying the HMDSO flow rate. Investigation of the physico-chemical properties of the obtained films was conducted by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission FTIR spectroscopy. Plasma-mediated coatings were composed of C, O, Si and Ag which was predominantly under metallic form, as indicated by XPS analysis. The presence of Si-H, Si-O-Si, Si-(CH){sub n}-Si and C-H groups was established by FTIR. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was selected as the model for eukaryotic microorganisms. The maximal anti-adhesive efficiency was achieved for the organosilicon matrix alone. When nanosilver was incorporated into the organic matrix, the efficiency was reduced, especially for high metal contents. Silver antimicrobial property was assumed to be related to Ag{sup +} progressive release from the embedded nanoparticles into the surrounding medium. This release was confirmed by ICP-MS measurements. Moreover, silver-containing film antifungal activity was observed towards sessile cells.

  3. Enhancement of surface properties on commercial polymer packaging films using various surface treatment processes (fluorination and plasma)

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    Peyroux, Jérémy, E-mail: jeremy.peyroux@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Dubois, Marc, E-mail: marc.dubois@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Tomasella, Eric, E-mail: eric.tomasella@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Petit, Elodie, E-mail: elodie.petit@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Flahaut, Delphine, E-mail: delphine.flahaut@univ-pau.fr [Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, IPREM/ECP (UMR 5254), Hélioparc, 2 av. Pierre Angot, 64053 Pau cedex 9 (France)

    2014-10-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Two different surface treatment processes were investigated in this work. • Both processes drastically change the composition induced on the surfaces. • Direct fluorination is identified as an efficient way to adjust surface properties. • Plasma processes result in a specific enhancement of the surface properties. • The pristine polymer surface has been successfully improved. - Abstract: Before considering their combination on commercial packaging films, two surface treatments processes were investigated. Indeed, direct fluorination and plasma processes are currently recognized as effective processes to improve polymer surface properties. The aim of this first work is to elucidate mechanisms that occur on the treated surface. The modifications of the surface layer were characterized using various complementary spectroscopy techniques such as Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high resolution solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) with {sup 19}F nucleus which are suitable to determine the nature of bonding and specific groups formed during the process. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was also achieved to extract the surface chemical compositions. In addition, surface properties of the treated films were studied by specific measurements of surface energy in order to reveal surface parameters such as rugosity and chemical composition which could be adjusted. All these results underline that the layer induced regardless of the two processes plays a key role in the enhancement of the surface properties.

  4. Role of Cellulose Nanocrystals on the Microstructure of Maleic Anhydride Plasma Polymer Thin Films.

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    Brioude, Michel M; Roucoules, Vincent; Haidara, Hamidou; Vonna, Laurent; Laborie, Marie-Pierre

    2015-07-01

    Recently, it was shown that the microstructure of a maleic anhydride plasma polymer (MAPP) could be tailored ab initio by adjusting the plasma process parameters. In this work, we aim to investigate the ability of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) to induce topographical structuration. Thus, a new approach was designed based on the deposition of MAPP on CNCs model surfaces. The nanocellulosic surfaces were produced by spin-coating the CNC suspension on a silicon wafer substrate and on a hydrophobic silicon wafer substrate patterned with circular hydrophilic microsized domains (diameter of 86.9 ± 4.9 μm), resulting in different degrees of CNC aggregation. By depositing the MAPP over these surfaces, it was possible to observe that the surface fraction of nanostructures increased from 20% to 35%. This observation suggests that CNCs can act as nucleation points resulting in more structures, although a critical density of the CNCs is required.

  5. Polyurethane coating with thin polymer films produced by plasma polymerization of diglyme

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    Ribeiro, M A; Ramos, A S; Manfredini, M I; Alves, H A; Ramos, E C T [UNIVAP, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil); Honda, R Y; Kostov, K G; Lucena, E F; Mota, R P; Algatti, M A; Kayama, M E, E-mail: rmota@feg.unesp.b [FEG-DFQ-UNESP, Av. Ariberto Pereira da Cunha 333, 12516-410 - Guaratingueta, SP (Brazil)

    2009-05-01

    Aqueous-based polyurethane dispersions have been widely utilized as lubricants in textile, shoes, automotive, biomaterial and many other industries because they are less aggressive to surrounding environment. In this work thin films with different thickness were deposited on biocompatible polyurethane by plasma polymerization process using diethylene glycol dimethyl ether (Diglyme) as monomer. Molecular structure of the films was analyzed by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. The spectra exhibited absorption bands of O-H (3500-3200cm{sup -1}), C-H (3000-2900cm{sup -1}), C=O (1730-1650cm{sup -1}), C-O and C-O-C bonds at 1200-1600cm{sup -1}. The samples wettability was evaluated by measurements of contact angle using different liquids such as water, glycerol, poly-ethane and CMC. The polyurethane surface showed hydrophilic behavior after diglyme plasma-deposition with contact angle dropping from 85 deg. to 22 deg. Scanning Electron Microscopy revealed that diglyme films covered uniformly the polyurethane surfaces ensuring to it a biocompatible characteristic.

  6. Tuning of undoped ZnO thin film via plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition and its application for an inverted polymer solar cell

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    Mi-jin Jin

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available We studied the tuning of structural and optical properties of ZnO thin film and its correlation to the efficiency of inverted solar cell using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD. The sequential injection of DEZn and O2 plasma was employed for the plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition of ZnO thin film. As the growth temperature of ZnO film was increased from 100 °C to 300 °C, the crystallinity of ZnO film was improved from amorphous to highly ordered (002 direction ploy-crystal due to self crystallization. Increasing oxygen plasma time in PEALD process also introduces growing of hexagonal wurtzite phase of ZnO nanocrystal. Excess of oxygen plasma time induces enhanced deep level emission band (500 ∼ 700 nm in photoluminescence due to Zn vacancies and other defects. The evolution of structural and optical properties of PEALD ZnO films also involves in change of electrical conductivity by 3 orders of magnitude. The highly tunable PEALD ZnO thin films were employed as the electron conductive layers in inverted polymer solar cells. Our study indicates that both structural and optical properties rather than electrical conductivities of ZnO films play more important role for the effective charge collection in photovoltaic device operation. The ability to tune the materials properties of undoped ZnO films via PEALD should extend their functionality over the wide range of advanced electronic applications.

  7. A ToF-SIMS and XPS study of protein adsorption and cell attachment across PEG-like plasma polymer films with lateral compositional gradients

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    Menzies, Donna J.; Jasieniak, Marek; Griesser, Hans J.; Forsythe, John S.; Johnson, Graham; McFarland, Gail A.; Muir, Benjamin W.

    2012-12-01

    In this work we report a detailed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) study of poly(ethylene glycol) PEG-like chemical gradients deposited via plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) at two different load powers using diethylene glycol dimethyl ether (DG) as a monomer. Principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to the ToF-SIMS data both before and after protein adsorption on the plasma polymer thin films. Results of the PCA loadings indicated a higher content of hydrocarbon fragments across the higher load power gradient, which adsorbed higher amounts of proteins. Gradients deposited at a lower load power retained a higher degree of monomer like functionality as did the central region directly underneath the knife edge electrode. Analysis of the adsorption of serum proteins (human serum albumin and fetal bovine serum) was monitored across the gradient films and increased with decreasing ether (PEG-like) film chemistries. The effect of protein incubation time on the levels adsorbed fetal bovine serum on the plasma polymer films was critical, with significantly more protein adsorbing after 24 hour incubation times on both gradient films. The attachment of HeLa cells on the gradients appeared to be dictated not only by the surface chemistry, but also by the adsorption of serum proteins. XPS analysis revealed that at surface ether concentrations of less than 70% in the gradient films, significant increases in protein and cell attachment were observed.

  8. Characterization of Nanostructured Polymer Films

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    2014-12-23

    AFRL-OSR-VA-TR-2015-0059 Characterization of Nanostructured Polymer Films RODNEY PRIESTLEY TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY Final Report 12/23/2014...Report 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 06/01/2012-08/31/2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Characterization of Nanostructured Polymer Films 5a. CONTRACT...properties is due to the film morphology, i.e., the films are nanostructured . The aim of this proposal was to understand the mechanism of film formation and

  9. Chemical and microstructural characterizations of plasma polymer films by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and principal component analysis

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    Cossement, Damien, E-mail: damien.cossement@materianova.be [Materia Nova Research Center, Parc Initialis, 1, Avenue Nicolas Copernic, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Renaux, Fabian [Materia Nova Research Center, Parc Initialis, 1, Avenue Nicolas Copernic, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Thiry, Damien; Ligot, Sylvie [Chimie des Interactions Plasma-Surface (ChIPS), CIRMAP, Université de Mons, 23 Place du Parc, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Francq, Rémy; Snyders, Rony [Materia Nova Research Center, Parc Initialis, 1, Avenue Nicolas Copernic, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Chimie des Interactions Plasma-Surface (ChIPS), CIRMAP, Université de Mons, 23 Place du Parc, B-7000 Mons (Belgium)

    2015-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Plasma polymer films have a chemical selectivity and a cross-linking degree which are known to vary in opposite trends. • Three plasma polymers families were used as model organic layers for cross-linking evaluation by ToF-SIMS and principal component analysis. • The data were cross-checked with related functional properties that are known to depend on the cross-linking degree (stability in solvent, mechanical properties, …). • The suggested cross-linking evaluation method was validated for different families of plasma polymers demonstrating that it can be seen as a “general” method. - Abstract: It is accepted that the macroscopic properties of functional plasma polymer films (PPF) are defined by their functional density and their crosslinking degree (χ) which are quantities that most of the time behave in opposite trends. If the PPF chemistry is relatively easy to evaluate, it is much more challenging for χ. This paper reviews the recent work developed in our group on the application of principal component analysis (PCA) to time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometric (ToF-SIMS) positive spectra data in order to extract the relative cross-linking degree (χ) of PPF. NH{sub 2}-, COOR- and SH-containing PPF synthesized in our group by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) varying the applied radiofrequency power (P{sub RF}), have been used as model surfaces. For the three plasma polymer families, the scores of the first computed principal component (PC1) highlighted significant differences in the chemical composition supported by X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data. The most important fragments contributing to PC1 (loadings > 90%) were used to compute an average C/H ratio index for samples synthesized at low and high P{sub RF}. This ratio being an evaluation of χ, these data, accordingly to the literature, indicates an increase of χ with P{sub RF} excepted for the SH-PPF. These results have

  10. Polymer LED Encapsulation by means of Plasma-Assisted ALD Al2O3 films

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    Creatore, M.; Keuning, W.; Langereis, E.; Lifka, H.; Van de Weijer, P.; Van de Sanden, M.C.M.; Kessels, W.M.M.

    2011-01-01

    Within a 500h test, ALD encapsulated poly-LEDs show approximately half the black spot density of plasma deposited a-SiNx:H (300 nm thick) encapsulated devices. The black spot density is further reduced ifthe a-SiNx:H layer is coupled with an ALD layer and such decrease is accompanied by a massive re

  11. Effect of various concentrations of Ti in hydrocarbon plasma polymer films on the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of human osteoblast-like MG-63 cells

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    Vandrovcova, Marta, E-mail: marta.vandrovcova@fgu.cas.cz [Department of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Videnska 1083, 142 20 Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Grinevich, Andrey; Drabik, Martin; Kylian, Ondrej; Hanus, Jan [Department of Macromolecular Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, V Holesovickach 2, 182 00 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Stankova, Lubica; Lisa, Vera [Department of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Videnska 1083, 142 20 Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Choukourov, Andrei; Slavinska, Danka; Biederman, Hynek [Department of Macromolecular Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, V Holesovickach 2, 182 00 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Bacakova, Lucie [Department of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Videnska 1083, 142 20 Prague 4 (Czech Republic)

    2015-12-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Hydrocarbon plasma polymer films with Ti in concentration of 0–20 at.% were prepared. • The Ti concentration was positively correlated with the material surface wettability. • The optimum Ti concentrations for the MG-63 cells behavior were identified. • The Ti concentration also influenced the cell immune activation. - Abstract: Hydrocarbon polymer films (ppCH) enriched with various concentrations of titanium were deposited on microscopic glass slides by magnetron sputtering from a Ti target. The maximum concentration of Ti (about 20 at.%) was achieved in a pure argon atmosphere. The concentration of Ti decreased rapidly after n-hexane vapors were introduced into the plasma discharge, and reached zero values at n-hexane flow of 0.66 sccm. The decrease in Ti concentration was associated with decreasing oxygen and titanium carbide concentration in the films, decreasing wettability (the water drop contact angle increased from 20° to 91°) and decreasing root-mean-square roughness (from 3.3 nm to 1.0 nm). The human osteoblast-like MG-63 cells cultured on pure ppCH films and on films with 20 at.% of Ti showed relatively high concentrations of ICAM-1, a marker of cell immune activation. Lower concentrations of Ti (mainly 5 at.%) improved cell adhesion and osteogenic differentiation, as revealed by higher concentrations of talin, vinculin and osteocalcin. Higher Ti concentrations (15 at.%) supported cell growth, as indicated by the highest final cell population densities on day 7 after seeding. Thus, enrichment of ppCH films with appropriate concentrations of Ti makes these films more suitable for potential coatings of bone implants.

  12. Chemical and microstructural characterizations of plasma polymer films by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and principal component analysis

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    Cossement, Damien; Renaux, Fabian; Thiry, Damien; Ligot, Sylvie; Francq, Rémy; Snyders, Rony

    2015-11-01

    It is accepted that the macroscopic properties of functional plasma polymer films (PPF) are defined by their functional density and their crosslinking degree (χ) which are quantities that most of the time behave in opposite trends. If the PPF chemistry is relatively easy to evaluate, it is much more challenging for χ. This paper reviews the recent work developed in our group on the application of principal component analysis (PCA) to time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometric (ToF-SIMS) positive spectra data in order to extract the relative cross-linking degree (χ) of PPF. NH2-, COOR- and SH-containing PPF synthesized in our group by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) varying the applied radiofrequency power (PRF), have been used as model surfaces. For the three plasma polymer families, the scores of the first computed principal component (PC1) highlighted significant differences in the chemical composition supported by X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data. The most important fragments contributing to PC1 (loadings > 90%) were used to compute an average C/H ratio index for samples synthesized at low and high PRF. This ratio being an evaluation of χ, these data, accordingly to the literature, indicates an increase of χ with PRF excepted for the SH-PPF. These results have been cross-checked by the evaluation of functional properties of the plasma polymers namely a linear correlation with the stability of NH2-PPF in ethanol and a correlation with the mechanical properties of the COOR-PPF. For the SH-PPF family, the peculiar evolution of χ is supported by the understanding of the growth mechanism of the PPF from plasma diagnostic. The whole set of data clearly demonstrates the potential of the PCA method for extracting information on the microstructure of plasma polymers from ToF-SIMS measurements.

  13. Nanorheology of confined polymer films

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    Fowler, Paul; Ilton, Mark; McGraw, Joshua D.; Dalnoki-Veress, Kari

    Liquid films with a non-uniform thickness flatten in order minimize surface energy, a process driven by surface tension and mediated by viscosity. For a viscous thin film, the time evolution of the film height profile is accurately described with lubrication theory by the capillary-driven thin film equation. Previous experiments have successfully applied the thin film equation to measure the rheological properties of polymeric liquids. Here we probe confinement effects in thin polymer films. We measure the viscosity by tracking the levelling of surface perturbations with AFM. For films with thicknesses thinner than the end-to-end distance of the molecule we observe deviations from a thin film model with bulk viscosity.

  14. The Plasma Chemistry of Polymer Surfaces

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    Friedrich, Jö

    2012-01-01

    This book illustrates plasma properties, polymer characteristics, surface specifics, and how to purposefully combine plasma and polymer chemistry. In so doing, it covers plasma polymerization, surface functionalization, etching, crosslinking, and deposition of monotype functional-group-bearing plasma polymers. It explains different techniques and plasma types, such as pressure-pulsed, remote, low-wattage plasmas and plasma polymerization in liquids. Finally, among the numerous applications discussed are plasmas for chemical synthesis, industrial processes or the modification of membranes and p

  15. TREATMENT OF METALS, POLYMER FILMS, AND FABRICS WITH A ONE ATMOSPHERE UNIFORM GLOW DISCHARGE PLASMA (OAUGDP) FOR INCREASED SURFACE ENERGY AND DIRECTIONAL ETCHING

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    J. Reece Roth; Z.Y. Chen; Peter P.- Y. Tsai

    2001-01-01

    Direct exposure of samples to the active species of air generated by a One AtmosphereUniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OA UGDP) has been used to etch and to increasethe surface energy of metallic surfaces, photoresist, polymer films, and nonwoven fab-rics. The OAUGDP is a non-thermal plasma with the classical characteristics of aDC normal glow discharge that operates in air (and other gases) at atmospheric pres-sure. Neither a vacuum system nor batch processing is necessary. A wide range ofapplications to metals, photoresist, films, fabrics, and polymeric webs can be accom-modated by direct exposure of the workpiece to the plasma in parallel-plate reactors.This technology is simple, it produces effects that can be obtained in no other way atone atmosphere; it generates minimal pollutants or unwanted by-products; and it issuitable for individual sample or online treatment of metallic surfaces, wafers, films.and fabrics.``Early exposures of solid materials to the OA UGDP required minutes to produce rela-tively small increases of surface energy. These durations appeared too long for com-mercial application to fast-moving webs. Recent improvements in OA UGDP gas com-position, power density, plasma quality, recirculating gas flow, and impedance match-ing of the power supply to the parallel plate plasma reactor have made it possible toraise the surface energy ofa variety of polymeric webs (PP, PET, PE, etc.) to levels of60 to 70 dynes/crn with one second of exposure. In air plasmas, the high surface ener-gies are not durable, and fall to 50 dynes/em after periods of weeks to months. Here.we report the exposure of metallic surfaces, photoresist, polymeric films, and nonwo-ven fabrics made of PP and PET to an impedance matched parallel plate OA UGDPfor durations ranging from one second to several tens of seconds. Data will be re-ported on the surface energy, wettability, wickability, and aging effect of polymericfilms and fabrics as functions of time of exposure, and time

  16. Polymer film composite transducer

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    Owen, Thomas E.

    2005-09-20

    A composite piezoelectric transducer, whose piezoeletric element is a "ribbon wound" film of piezolectric material. As the film is excited, it expands and contracts, which results in expansion and contraction of the diameter of the entire ribbon winding. This is accompanied by expansion and contraction of the thickness of the ribbon winding, such that the sound radiating plate may be placed on the side of the winding.

  17. Thin film calorimetry of polymer films

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    Zhang, Wenhua; Rafailovich, Miriam; Sokolov, Jonathan; Salamon, William

    2000-03-01

    Polystryene and polymethylmethacrylate films for thicknesses ranging from 50nm to 500nm using a direct calorimetric technique (Lai et al, App. Phys. Lett. 67, p9(1995)). Samples were deposited on Ni foils(2-2.5um) and placed in a high vacuum oven. Calibrated heat pulses were input to the polymer films by current pulses to the Ni substrate and temperature changes were determined from the change in Ni resistance. Pulses producing temperature jumps of 3-8K were used and signal averaging over pulses reduced noise levels enough to identify glass transitions down to 50nm. Molecular weight dependence of thick films Tg was used as a temperature calibration.

  18. Ultrathin Polymer Films, Patterned Arrays, and Microwells

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    Yan, Mingdi

    2002-05-01

    The ability to control and tailor the surface and interface properties of materials is important in microelectronics, cell growth control, and lab-on-a-chip devices. Modification of material surfaces with ultrathin polymer films is attractive due to the availability of a variety of polymers either commercially or by synthesis. We have developed two approaches to the attachment of ultrathin polymer films on solid substrates. In the first method, a silane-functionalized perfluorophenyl azide (PFPA-silane) was synthesized and used to covalently immobilize polymer thin films on silicon wafers. Silanization of the wafer surface with the PFPA-silane introduced a monolayer of azido groups which in turn covalently attached the polymer film by way of photochemically initiated insertion reactions. The thickness of the film could be adjusted by the type and the molecular weight of the polymer. The method is versatile due to the general C-H and/or N-H insertion reactions of crosslinker; and therefore, no specific reactive functional groups on the polymers are required. Using this method, a new type of microwell array was fabricated from covalently immobilized polymer thin films on flat substrates. The arrays were characterized with AFM, XPS, and TOF-SIMS. The second method describes the attachment of polymer thin films on solid substrates via UV irradiation. The procedure consisted of spin-coating a polymer film and irradiating the film with UV light. Following solvent extraction, a thin film remained. The thickness of the film, from a few to over a hundred nanometers, was controlled by varying solution concentration and the molecular weight of the polymer.

  19. Functional Films from Silica/Polymer Nanoparticles

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    Tânia Ribeiro

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available High performance functional coatings, based on hybrid organic/inorganic materials, are being developed to combine the polymer flexibility and ease of processing with the mechanical properties and versatility of inorganic materials. By incorporating silica nanoparticles (SiNPs in the polymeric matrices, it is possible to obtain hybrid polymer films with increased tensile strength and impact resistance, without decreasing the flexural properties of the polymer matrix. The SiNPs can further be used as carriers to impart other functionalities (optical, etc. to the hybrid films. By using polymer-coated SiNPs, it is possible to reduce particle aggregation in the films and, thus, achieve more homogeneous distributions of the inorganic components and, therefore, better properties. On the other hand, by coating polymer particles with silica, one can create hierarchically structured materials, for example to obtain superhydrophobic coatings. In this review, we will cover the latest developments in films prepared from hybrid polymer/silica functional systems.

  20. Probing properties of cold radiofrequency plasma with polymer probe

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    Bormashenko, E.; Chaniel, G.; Multanen, V.

    2015-01-01

    The probe intended for the characterization of cold plasma is introduced. The probe allows the estimation of Debye length of cold plasma. The probe is based on the pronounced modification of surface properties (wettability) of polymer films by cold plasmas. The probe was tested with the cold radiofrequency inductive air plasma discharge. The Debye length and the concentration of charge carriers were estimated for various gas pressures. The reported results coincide reasonably with the corresponding values established by other methods. The probe makes possible measurement of characteristics of cold plasmas in closed chambers.

  1. Probing Properties of Cold Radiofrequency Plasma with Polymer Probe

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    Bormashenko, Edward; Multanen, Victor

    2014-01-01

    The probe intended for the characterization of cold plasma is introduced. The probe allows estimation of the Debye length of the cold plasma. The probe is based on the pronounced modification of surface properties (wettability) of polymer films by cold plasmas. The probe was tested with the cold radiofrequency inductive air plasma discharge. The Debye length and the concentration of charge carriers were estimated for various gas pressures. The reported results coincide reasonably with the corresponding values established by other methods. The probe makes possible measurement of characteristics of cold plasmas in closed chambers.

  2. Polymer surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Stamm, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany)

    1996-11-01

    Neutron reflectometry can be used in various ways to investigate surfaces, interfaces and thin films of polymers. Its potential comes mostly from the possibilities offered by selective deuteration, where a particular component can be made visible with respect to its activity at the interface. In addition the depth resolution is much better than with most other direct techniques, and details of the profiles may be resolved. Several examples will be discussed including the segment diffusion at the interface between two polymer films, the determination of the narrow interfaces between incompatible polymer blends and the development of order in thin diblock copolymer films. (author) 10 figs., 2 tabs., 38 refs.

  3. Osteoblast response to oxygen functionalised plasma polymer surfaces

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    Kelly, J M

    2001-01-01

    Thin organic films with oxygen-carbon functionalities were deposited from plasmas containing vapour of the small organic compounds: allyI alcohol, methyl vinyl ketone and acrylic acid with octadiene. Characterisation of the deposits was carried out using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, in conjunction with chemical derivatisation, and this showed that plasma polymers retained high levels of original monomer functionality when the plasmas were sustained at low power for a given monomer vapour flow rate. High levels of attachment of rat osteosarcoma (ROS 17/2.8) cells were observed on surfaces that had high concentrations of hydroxyl and carbonyl functionalities and intermediate concentrations of carboxyl functionality. Cells did not attach to the octadiene plasma polymer. Cell attachment to carboxyl and methyl functionalised self-assembled monolayers increased with increasing concentration of surface carboxyl groups. Adsorption of the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin to acrylic acid/octadiene plasma c...

  4. Oxygen diffusion in bilayer polymer films

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    Poulsen, Lars; Zebger, Ingo; Tofte, Jannik Pentti;

    2004-01-01

    Experiments to quantify oxygen diffusion have been performed on polymer samples in which a film of poly(ethylene-co-norbornene) was cast onto a film of polystyrene which, in turn, was cast onto an oxygen-impermeable substrate. In the technique employed, the time evolution of oxygen transport...... through the film of poly(ethylene-co-norbornene) and into the polystyrene film was monitored using the phosphorescence of singlet oxygen as a spectroscopic probe. To analyze the data, it was necessary to solve Fick's second law of diffusion for both polymer films. Tractable analytical and numerical...... solutions were obtained for the problem. Moreover, the numerical solution is sufficiently general that it can be used to simulate oxygen concentration profiles in films consisting of more than two layers. Data obtained from the bilayer films yield a diffusion coefficient for oxygen in poly...

  5. Photoinduced micropattern in an azobenzene polymer film

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    2003-01-01

    The micropattern observed in the amorphous azobenzene polymer film by degenerated four-wave mixing has been reported. Patterns with well-defined structures are examined with the scanning electron microscopy and the polarizing optical microscopy. It is demonstrated that the control of photoinduced micropattern in the azobenzene polymer film is possible by using appropriate polarized writing beams with total incident power exceeding a certain threshold.

  6. Polymer masks for structured surface and plasma etching

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    Vital, Alexane [Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée (CRMD), 1b rue de la Férollerie, F45071 Orléans Cedex (France); Groupe de Recherches sur l’Énergétique des Milieux Ionisés (GREMI), Polytech’Orléans, 14 rue d’Issoudun, B.P. 6744, F45067 Orléans Cedex 2 (France); Vayer, Marylène, E-mail: marylene.vayer@univ-orleans.fr [Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée (CRMD), 1b rue de la Férollerie, F45071 Orléans Cedex (France); Sinturel, Christophe [Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée (CRMD), 1b rue de la Férollerie, F45071 Orléans Cedex (France); Tillocher, Thomas; Lefaucheux, Philippe; Dussart, Rémi [Groupe de Recherches sur l’Énergétique des Milieux Ionisés (GREMI), Polytech’Orléans, 14 rue d’Issoudun, B.P. 6744, F45067 Orléans Cedex 2 (France)

    2015-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Sub-micrometric silicon structures were prepared by cryogenic plasma etching. • Polymer templates based on phase-separated films of PS/PLA were used. • Silica structured masks were prepared by filling the polymer templates. • Etching of underlying silicon through silica templates gave original structures. - Abstract: Silica and silicon structures have been prepared at the sub-micrometer length-scale, using laterally phase-separated thin films of poly(styrene) (PS) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA) homopolymer blends. The selective removal of one polymer and the filling of the released space by silica precursor solution led, after calcination, to silica structures on silicon such as arrays of bowl-shape features or pillars, layers with through or non-through cylindrical holes, which has not been observed for some of them. The control of the morphology of the initial polymer film was a key point to achieve such type of structures. Particularly relevant was the use of solvent vapor annealing (vs thermal annealing) of the initial spin-coated films that favored and stabilized laterally phase-separated morphologies. Characteristic dimension of the domains were shown to be coupled with the thickness of the film, thinner films giving smaller domain sizes. Despite a relatively high incompatibility of the two polymers, a macro-phase separation was prevented in all the studied conditions. Sub-micrometric domains were formed, and for the thinner films, nanometric domains as small as 74 nm in size can be obtained. The silica structures formed by the infiltration of the polymer templates were used as hard masks for the cryogenic etching of underlying silicon. New structured surfaces, arrays of silicon pillars which can be plain or hollow at the upper part or arrays of cylindrical holes were formed. A selectivity as high as 21 was obtained using this type of mask for 1.5 μm deep holes having a typical diameter of 200 nm.

  7. Intrinsically conductive polymer thin film piezoresistors

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    Lillemose, Michael; Spieser, Martin; Christiansen, N.O.

    2008-01-01

    We report on the piezoresistive effect in the intrinsically conductive polymer, polyaniline. A process recipe for indirect patterning of thin film polyaniline has been developed. Using a specially designed chip, the polyaniline thin films have been characterised with respect to resistivity...

  8. Morphology in electrochemically grown conducting polymer films

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    Rubinstein, Israel; Gottesfeld, Shimshon; Sabatani, Eyal

    1992-01-01

    A conducting polymer film with an improved space filling is formed on a metal electrode surface. A self-assembling monolayer is formed directly on the metal surface where the monolayer has a first functional group that binds to the metal surface and a second chemical group that forms a chemical bonding site for molecules forming the conducting polymer. The conducting polymer is then conventioonally deposited by electrochemical deposition. In one example, a conducting film of polyaniline is formed on a gold electrode surface with an intermediate monolayer of p-aminothiophenol.

  9. Effect of sterilization procedures on properties of plasma polymers relevant to biomedical applications

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    Artemenko, A. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Kylian, O., E-mail: ondrej.kylian@gmail.com [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Choukourov, A.; Gordeev, I.; Petr, M. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Vandrovcova, M. [Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Department of Growth and Differentiation of Cell Populations, Videnska 1083, 142 20, Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Polonskyi, O. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Bacakova, L. [Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Department of Growth and Differentiation of Cell Populations, Videnska 1083, 142 20, Prague 4 (Czech Republic); Slavinska, D.; Biederman, H. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2012-10-01

    This study is focused on the evaluation of resistance of plasma polymers toward common sterilization techniques, i.e. property important for possible use of such materials in biomedical applications. Three kinds of plasma polymers having different bioadhesive natures were studied: plasma polymerized poly(ethylene oxide), fluorocarbon plasma polymers, and nitrogen-rich plasma polymers. These plasma polymers were subjected to dry heat, autoclave and UV radiation treatment. Their physical, chemical and bioresponsive properties were determined by means of different techniques (ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, wettability measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and biological tests with osteoblast-like cells MG63). The results clearly show that properties of thin films of plasma polymers may be significantly altered by a sterilization process. Moreover, observed changes induced by selected sterilization methods were found to depend strongly on the sterilized plasma polymer. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effect of common sterilization methods on three kinds of plasma polymers is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Physical, chemical and bioresponsive properties of plasma polymers are analyzed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Changes induced by sterilization depend strongly on type of the plasma polymer.

  10. Optical properties of thin polymer films

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    Kasarova, Stefka N.; Sultanova, Nina G.; Petrova, Tzveta; Dragostinova, Violeta; Nikolov, Ivan

    2009-10-01

    In this report three types of optical polymer thin films deposited on glass substrates are investigated. Transmission spectra of the polymer samples are obtained in the range from 400 nm to 1500 nm. A laser microrefractometer has been used to measure the refractive indices of the examined materials at 406, 656, 910 and 1320 nm. Dispersion properties of the polymer films are analyzed on the base of the Cauchy-Schott's and Sellmeier`s approximations. Dispersion coefficients are calculated and dispersion charts in the visible and near infrared spectral regions are presented and compared. Abbe numbers of mean and partial dispersion of the polymer films are obtained. Calculation of refractive indices at many laser emission wavelengths in the considered spectral range is accomplished.

  11. Local plasma deposition on polymer components

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    Bolt, P.J.; Theelen, M.J.; Habets, D.; Winands, G.J.J.; Staemmler, L.

    2011-01-01

    For the modification of the surface energy of polymers, organosilicon coatings provide good optical and mechanical properties and are excellent candidates for the modification of the surface energy of polymers. These coatings can be deposited by plasma polymerization of hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO)

  12. Fabrication of polymer nanowires via maskless O2 plasma etching.

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    Du, Ke; Wathuthanthri, Ishan; Liu, Yuyang; Kang, Yong Tae; Choi, Chang-Hwan

    2014-04-25

    In this paper, we introduce a simple fabrication technique which can pattern high-aspect-ratio polymer nanowire structures of photoresist films by using a maskless one-step oxygen plasma etching process. When carbon-based photoresist materials on silicon substrates are etched by oxygen plasma in a metallic etching chamber, nanoparticles such as antimony, aluminum, fluorine, silicon or their compound materials are self-generated and densely occupy the photoresist polymer surface. Such self-masking effects result in the formation of high-aspect-ratio vertical nanowire arrays of the polymer in the reactive ion etching mode without the necessity of any artificial etch mask. Nanowires fabricated by this technique have a diameter of less than 50 nm and an aspect ratio greater than 20. When such nanowires are fabricated on lithographically pre-patterned photoresist films, hierarchical and hybrid nanostructures of polymer are also conveniently attained. This simple and high-throughput fabrication technique for polymer nanostructures should pave the way to a wide range of applications such as in sensors, energy storage, optical devices and microfluidics systems.

  13. Thin liquid films dewetting and polymer flow

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    Blossey, Ralf

    2012-01-01

    This book is a treatise on the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of thin liquid films at solid surfaces and, in particular, their rupture instabilities. For the quantitative study of these phenomena, polymer thin films haven proven to be an invaluable experimental model system.   What is it that makes thin film instabilities special and interesting, warranting a whole book? There are several answers to this. Firstly, thin polymeric films have an important range of applications, and with the increase in the number of technologies available to produce and to study them, this range is likely to expand. An understanding of their instabilities is therefore of practical relevance for the design of such films.   Secondly, thin liquid films are an interdisciplinary research topic. Interdisciplinary research is surely not an end to itself, but in this case it leads to a fairly heterogeneous community of theoretical and experimental physicists, engineers, physical chemists, mathematicians and others working on the...

  14. Antimicrobial polymer films for food packaging

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    Concilio, S.; Piotto, S.; Sessa, L.; Iannelli, P.; Porta, A.; Calabrese, E. C.; Galdi, M. R.; Incarnato, L.

    2012-07-01

    New antimicrobial polymeric systems were realized introducing new antimicrobial azo compounds in PP and LDPE matrices. The polymeric materials containing different percentage of azo compounds were mold-casted and the obtained film were tested in vitro against Gram+ and Gram- bacteria and fungi. These results hold promise for the fabrication of bacteria-resistant polymer films by means of simple melt processing with antimicrobial azo-dyes.

  15. ITO-MgF2 Film Development for PowerSphere Polymer Surface Protection

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    Hambourger, Paul D.; Kerslake, Thomas W.; Waters, Deborah L.

    2004-01-01

    Multi-kilogram class microsatellites with a PowerSphere electric power system are attractive for fulfilling a variety of potential NASA missions. However, PowerSphere polymer surfaces must be coated with a film that has suitable electrical sheet resistivity for electrostatic discharge control, be resistant to atomic oxygen attack, be transparent to ultraviolet light for composite structure curing and resist ultraviolet light induced darkening for efficient photovoltaic cell operation. In addition, the film must be tolerant of polymer layer folding associated with launch stowage of PowerSphere inflatable structures. An excellent film material candidate to meet these requirements is co-sputtered, indium oxide (In2O3) - tin oxide (SnO2), known as 'ITO', and magnesium fluoride (MgF2). While basic ITO-MgF2 film properties have been the subject of research over the last decade, further research is required in the areas of film durability for space-inflatable applications and precise film property control for large scale commercial production. In this paper, the authors present film durability results for a folded polymer substrate and film resistance to vacuum UV darkening. The authors discuss methods and results in the area of film sheet resistivity measurement and active control, particularly dual-channel, plasma emission line measurement of ITO and MgF2 plasma sources. ITO-MgF2 film polymer coupon preparation is described as well as film deposition equipment, procedures and film characterization. Durability testing methods are also described. The pre- and post-test condition of the films is assessed microscopically and electrically. Results show that an approx. 500A ITO-18vol% MgF2 film is a promising candidate to protect PowerSphere polymer surfaces for Earth orbit missions. Preliminary data also indicate that in situ film measurement methods are promising for active film resistivity control in future large scale production. Future film research plans are also

  16. Enhancement of electrical properties of polyimide films by plasma treatment

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    Meddeb, A. Barhoumi; Ounaies, Z.; Lanagan, M.

    2016-04-01

    In this study, the effect of oxygen plasma treatment on the electrical and surface properties of polyimide, Kapton HN, film is investigated. The plasma treatment led to an increase in the oxygen presence on the polyimide surface and a marked surface hydrophilicity. The plasma treatment led to an increase in the dielectric breakdown and Weibull modulus as well as a remarkable reduction in the scatter of all electrical measurements. There is a significant reduction in the high field/high temperature leakage current after plasma treatment. These findings have important implications in the development and improvement of dielectric polymer capacitors.

  17. Thin films of photoactive polymer blends.

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    Ruderer, Matthias A; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Wang, Weinan; Kaune, Gunar; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2009-03-09

    The morphology inside photoactive blended films of two conjugated homopolymers poly [(1-methoxy)-4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene-vinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) is investigated. For both homopolymers a linear dependence of the installed film thickness from the concentration of the polymer solution used in spin coating is probed. This dependence allows preparation of an efficient series of blended films with constant thickness and different blending ratios. Information about the lateral structure inside the films is gained from grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering. At the calculated critical blending ratio the smallest lateral separation between adjacent domains is found representing the highest surface contact between both homopolymers in the films. The presence of wetting layers at both interfaces as detected with X-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy is promising for photovoltaic applications. UV/Vis spectroscopy complements the structural investigation.

  18. Porous Polyolefin Films via Polymer Blends

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    Macosko, Chris

    Porous polymer films have broad application including battery separators, membrane supports and filters. Polyolefins are attractive for these applications because of their solvent resistance, low electrical and thermal conductivity, easy fabrication and cost. We will describe fabrication of porous films using cocontinuous blends of a polyolefin with another polymer which can be readily removed with a solvent. Methods to image and control the cocontinuous morphology will be presented.Bell, J. R., K. Chang, C. R. Lopez-Barron, C. W. Macosko, and D. C. Morse, ''Annealing of cocontinuous polymer blends: effect of block copolymer molecular weight and architecture,'' Macromolecules 43, 5024-5032 (2010).Lopez-Barron, C. R., and C. W. Macosko, ''Direct measurement of interface anisotropy of bicontinuous structures via 3D image analysis,'' Langmuir 26, 14284-14293 (2010).Trifkovic, M., A. T. Hedegaard, K. Huston, M. Sheikhzadeh, and C. W. Macosko, ''Porous films via PE/PEO cocontinuous blends,'' Macromolecules 45, 6036-6044 (2012).Hedegaard, A.T., L.L. Gu and C. W. Macosko, ``Effect of Extensional Viscosity on Cocontinuity of Immiscible Polymer Blends'' J. Rheol. 59, 1397-1417 (2015).

  19. Wettability and Aging of Polymer Substrates after Atmospheric Dielectrical Barrier Discharge Plasma on Demand Treatment

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    R.A.F. Verkuijlen; Dr Jan Bernards; R. Aben; ir Martijn van Dongen

    2013-01-01

    Plasma treatment is a commonly used technology to modify the wetting behavior of polymer films in the production process for, e.g., printed electronics. As the effect of the plasma treatment decreases in time, the so-called "aging effect", it is important to gain knowledge on how this effect impacts

  20. Wettability and Aging of Polymer Substrates after Atmospheric Dielectrical Barrier Discharge Plasma on Demand Treatment

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    Dongen, M.H.A. van; Verkuijlen, R.A.F.; Aben, R.; Bernards, J.P.C.

    2013-01-01

    Plasma treatment is a commonly used technology to modify the wetting behavior of polymer films in the production process for, e.g., printed electronics. As the effect of the plasma treatment decreases in time, the so-called "aging effect", it is important to gain knowledge on how this effect impacts

  1. High-Temperature Capacitor Polymer Films

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    Tan, Daniel; Zhang, Lili; Chen, Qin; Irwin, Patricia

    2014-12-01

    Film capacitor technology has been under development for over half a century to meet various applications such as direct-current link capacitors for transportation, converters/inverters for power electronics, controls for deep well drilling of oil and gas, direct energy weapons for military use, and high-frequency coupling circuitry. The biaxially oriented polypropylene film capacitor remains the state-of-the-art technology; however, it is not able to meet increasing demand for high-temperature (>125°C) applications. A number of dielectric materials capable of operating at high temperatures (>140°C) have attracted investigation, and their modifications are being pursued to achieve higher volumetric efficiency as well. This paper highlights the status of polymer dielectric film development and its feasibility for capacitor applications. High-temperature polymers such as polyetherimide (PEI), polyimide, and polyetheretherketone were the focus of our studies. PEI film was found to be the preferred choice for high-temperature film capacitor development due to its thermal stability, dielectric properties, and scalability.

  2. Hydrophobic coating of solid materials by plasma-polymerized thin film using tetrafluoroethylene

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    Hozumi, K.; Kitamura, K.; Kitade, T.

    1980-01-01

    Glass slides were coated with plasma-polymerized tetrafluoroethylene films of different thickness using the glow discharge technique in a tube-shaped chamber, and the plasma conditions, film growth rates, light permeability of the polymer films, and particle bond strength in the polymer films were studied. Ashed sections of mouse organs and ashed bacillus spores were also coated to give them hydrophobic treatment without damaging their shapes or appearance. The hydrophobic coating of the specimens was successful, and the fine ash patterns were strongly fixed onto the glass slides, making permanent preparations.

  3. Making waves in a photoactive polymer film

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    Gelebart, Anne Helene; Jan Mulder, Dirk; Varga, Michael; Konya, Andrew; Vantomme, Ghislaine; Meijer, E. W.; Selinger, Robin L. B.; Broer, Dirk J.

    2017-06-01

    Oscillating materials that adapt their shapes in response to external stimuli are of interest for emerging applications in medicine and robotics. For example, liquid-crystal networks can be programmed to undergo stimulus-induced deformations in various geometries, including in response to light. Azobenzene molecules are often incorporated into liquid-crystal polymer films to make them photoresponsive; however, in most cases only the bending responses of these films have been studied, and relaxation after photo-isomerization is rather slow. Modifying the core or adding substituents to the azobenzene moiety can lead to marked changes in photophysical and photochemical properties, providing an opportunity to circumvent the use of a complex set-up that involves multiple light sources, lenses or mirrors. Here, by incorporating azobenzene derivatives with fast cis-to-trans thermal relaxation into liquid-crystal networks, we generate photoactive polymer films that exhibit continuous, directional, macroscopic mechanical waves under constant light illumination, with a feedback loop that is driven by self-shadowing. We explain the mechanism of wave generation using a theoretical model and numerical simulations, which show good qualitative agreement with our experiments. We also demonstrate the potential application of our photoactive films in light-driven locomotion and self-cleaning surfaces, and anticipate further applications in fields such as photomechanical energy harvesting and miniaturized transport.

  4. Dynamic control of crystallinity in polymer film casting process

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    Thananchai Leephakpreeda

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents an approach for dynamic control of crystallinity in polymer film casting process. As known, the transients of crystallization dictate the microstructures of semi-crystalline polymer during solidification. In turn, the properties of finished products can be determined by adjustable variables in polymer film casting process such as temperature of chill roll. In this work, an experimental model of the solidification in film casting process is derived by a system identificatio...

  5. Efficiency Improvement of Heterojunction Polymer Photovoltaic Cells through Controlling the Morphology of the Polymer Film

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    2007-01-01

    1 Results Polymer photovoltaic cells, which provide clean and renewable energy sources, have gained more and more attention. Polymer photovoltaic cells have the advantage of low fabrication cost and high mechanical flexibility. Polymers can be processed through a solution process, so that a homogeneous polymer film could be readily prepared in a large area. Recently, the light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of the polymer photovoltaic cells was improved significantly[1-2]. Polymer donor and organi...

  6. Creation of hydrophilic nitric oxide releasing polymers via plasma surface modification.

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    Pegalajar-Jurado, A; Joslin, J M; Hawker, M J; Reynolds, M M; Fisher, E R

    2014-08-13

    Herein, we describe the surface modification of an S-nitrosated polymer derivative via H2O plasma treatment, resulting in polymer coatings that maintained their nitric oxide (NO) releasing capabilities, but exhibited dramatic changes in surface wettability. The poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-based hydrophobic polymer was nitrosated to achieve a material capable of releasing the therapeutic agent NO. The NO-loaded films were subjected to low-temperature H2O plasma treatments, where the treatment power (20-50 W) and time (1-5 min) were varied. The plasma treated polymer films were superhydrophilic (water droplet spread completely in plasma-treated materials; however, they still result in physiologically relevant NO fluxes. XPS, SEM-EDS, and ATR-IR characterization suggests the plasma treatment resulted in polymer rearrangement and implantation of hydroxyl and carbonyl functional groups. Plasma treated samples maintained both hydrophilic surface properties and NO release profiles after storage at -18 °C for at least 10 days, demonstrating the surface modification and NO release capabilities are stable over time. The ability to tune polymer surface properties while maintaining bulk properties and NO release properties, and the stability of those properties under refrigerated conditions, represents a unique approach toward creating enhanced therapeutic biopolymers.

  7. Multiple High Voltage Pulse Stressing of Polymer Thick Film Resistors

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    Busi Rambabu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to study high voltage interactions in polymer thick film resistors, namely, polyvinyl chloride- (PVC- graphite thick film resistors, and their applications in universal trimming of these resistors. High voltages in the form of impulses for various pulse durations and with different amplitudes have been applied to polymer thick film resistors and we observed the variation of resistance of these resistors with high voltages. It has been found that the resistance of polymer thick film resistors decreases in the case of higher resistivity materials and the resistance of polymer thick film resistor increases in the case of lower resistivity materials when high voltage impulses are applied to them. It has been also found that multiple high voltage pulse (MHVP stressing can be used to trim the polymer thick film resistors either upwards or downwards.

  8. Polymer compositions, polymer films and methods and precursors for forming same

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    Klaehn, John R; Peterson, Eric S; Orme, Christopher J

    2013-09-24

    Stable, high performance polymer compositions including polybenzimidazole (PBI) and a melamine-formaldehyde polymer, such as methylated, poly(melamine-co-formaldehyde), for forming structures such as films, fibers and bulky structures. The polymer compositions may be formed by combining polybenzimidazole with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form a precursor. The polybenzimidazole may be reacted and/or intertwined with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form the polymer composition. For example, a stable, free-standing film having a thickness of, for example, between about 5 .mu.m and about 30 .mu.m may be formed from the polymer composition. Such films may be used as gas separation membranes and may be submerged into water for extended periods without crazing and cracking. The polymer composition may also be used as a coating on substrates, such as metal and ceramics, or may be used for spinning fibers. Precursors for forming such polymer compositions are also disclosed.

  9. Resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition of thin biodegradable polymer films

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    Bubb, D.M.; Toftmann, B.; Haglund Jr., R.F.

    2002-01-01

    Thin films of the biodegradable polymer poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) were deposited using resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition (RIR-PLD). The output of a free-electron laser was focused onto a solid target of the polymer, and the films were deposited using 2.90 (resonant with O-H str...

  10. Initial biocompatibility of plasma polymerized hexamethyldisiloxane films with different wettability

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    Krasteva, N A; Toromanov, G; Hristova, K T; Radeva, E I; Pecheva, E V; Dimitrova, R P; Altankov, G P; Pramatarova, L D, E-mail: nataly@bio21.bas.b

    2010-11-01

    Understanding the relationships between material surface properties, behaviour of adsorbed proteins and cellular responses is essential to design optimal material surfaces for tissue engineering. In this study we modify thin layers of plasma polymerized hexamethyldisiloxane (PPHMDS) by ammonia treatment in order to increase surface wettability and the corresponding biological response. The physico-chemical properties of the polymer films were characterized by contact angle (CA) measurements and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis.Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were used as model system for the initial biocompatibility studies following their behavior upon preadsorption of polymer films with three adhesive proteins: fibronectin (FN), fibrinogen (FG) and vitronectin (VN). Adhesive interaction of HUVEC was evaluated after 2 hours by analyzing the overall cell morphology, and the organization of focal adhesion contacts and actin cytoskeleton. We have found similar good cellular response on FN and FG coated polymer films, with better pronounced vinculin expression on FN samples while. Conversely, on VN coated surfaces the wettability influenced significantly initial celular interaction spreading. The results obtained suggested that ammonia plasma treatment can modulate the biological activity of the adsorbed protein s on PPHMDS surfaces and thus to influence the interaction with endothelial cells.

  11. Dynamic control of crystallinity in polymer film casting process

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    Thananchai Leephakpreeda

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an approach for dynamic control of crystallinity in polymer film casting process. As known, the transients of crystallization dictate the microstructures of semi-crystalline polymer during solidification. In turn, the properties of finished products can be determined by adjustable variables in polymer film casting process such as temperature of chill roll. In this work, an experimental model of the solidification in film casting process is derived by a system identification technique. This model is used to design a digital feedback controller including a state estimator. The simulation results show the effectiveness of the proposed control technique on an extruded film.

  12. Measuring the gain dynamics in a conjugated polymer film

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    Van den Berg, S A; Hooft, G W; Eliel, E R

    2004-01-01

    We present a simple method for measuring the gain decay time in a conjugated polymer film by optically exciting the film with two mutually delayed ultrashort pump pulses. When the pump is set at such a power level that amplified spontaneous emission marginally develops along the polymer waveguide, the total output emitted from its edge decays exponentially as a function of the interpulse delay. The corresponding decay time represents the decay time of the gain of the polymer material.

  13. Synthesis of Diamond Films with Pulsed Plasma

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    1992-03-01

    Diamond and Diamond-Like Films, The Electrochemical Society , Los Angeles, California, Volume 89-12, 114, May 1989. M. Aklufi and D. Brock, "Synthesis Of...Diamond Films By Microwave Generated Pulsed Plasmas," Proceedings of The Second International Symposium On Diamond Materials, The Electrochemical Society , Washington, DC, Volume 91-8, ’ 39, May 1991.

  14. Piezoelectric polymer and ceramic ultrafine fibers for piezocomposite films

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    Yördem, Sinan Onur; Yordem, Sinan Onur; Papila, Melih; Menceloğlu, Yusuf Z.; Menceloglu, Yusuf Z.; Öğüt, Erdem; Ogut, Erdem; Gülleroğlu, Mert; Gulleroglu, Mert

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes the process development and characterization of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films and fiber mats and Zinc Oxide (ZnO) fibers as ingredients of a future piezo-composite film. The polymer system PVDF is electroactive and processed here by solution casting and annealing to form active films. Electrospinning of PVDF and Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Zincacetate precursor solutions were also under investigation to produce randomly oriented polymer and ceramic fiber mats, respective...

  15. Surface Modification of Conventional Polymers by Depositing Plasma Polymers of Trimethylsilane and of Trimethylsilane + O2.

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    Weikart; Miyama; Yasuda

    1999-03-01

    The static wetting properties of TMS (trimethylsilane) and TMS + O2 plasma deposited films on eleven low energy conventional polymers were investigated using the sessile droplet method. The static advancing contact angle is an excellent indication of the change in surface state properties from plasma surface modification. However, traditional contact angle measuring techniques possess a methodological limitation, which can leave a water droplet on the substrate surface for up to 3 min before a measurement is obtained. The static "advancing" contact angles of different size water droplets on teflon and nylon surfaces were observed to change significantly in 2 min while equilibrating with the surface and surroundings. A new quick image-capturing device enables static contact angle measurement 2 to 4 s after contact with the substrate. This technique virtually eliminates the time dependent effects of evaporation and surface state change, which are believed to be responsible for the change in static advancing contact angles. Furthermore, static contact angles independent of droplet volume and contact time may be taken as a surface characteristic property, which is denoted as the intrinsic static contact angle, θS. The static "advancing" contact angle, measured in this fashion, indicated that the wetting properties of TMS and TMS + O2 plasma polymer deposition on 10 conventional polymers were modified virtually independent of the underlying substrate. The average advancing contact angles on TMS and TMS + O2 modified polymers are θS = 94 +/- 2.2 (cos θS = -0.0645) and θS = 32 +/- 6.9 (cos θS = 0.8452), respectively. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  16. Efficient barrier for charge injection in polyethylene by silver nanoparticles/plasma polymer stack

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    Milliere, L. [LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d' Energie), Université de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France); Makasheva, K., E-mail: kremena.makasheva@laplace.univ-tlse.fr; Laurent, C.; Despax, B.; Teyssedre, G. [LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d' Energie), Université de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France); CNRS, LAPLACE, F-31062 Toulouse (France)

    2014-09-22

    Charge injection from a metal/insulator contact is a process promoting the formation of space charge in polymeric insulation largely used in thick layers in high voltage equipment. The internal charge perturbs the field distribution and can lead to catastrophic failure either through its electrostatic effects or through energetic processes initiated under charge recombination and/or hot electrons effects. Injection is still ill-described in polymeric insulation due to the complexity of the contact between the polymer chains and the electrodes. Barrier heights derived from the metal work function and the polymer electronic affinity do not provide a good description of the measurements [Taleb et al., IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insul. 20, 311–320 (2013)]. Considering the difficulty to describe the contact properties and the need to prevent charge injection in polymers for high voltage applications, we developed an alternative approach by tailoring the interface properties by the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)/plasma polymer stack, deposited on the polymer film. Due to their small size, the AgNPs, covered by a very thin film of plasma polymer, act as deep traps for the injected charges thereby stabilizing the interface from the point of view of charge injection. After a quick description of the method for elaborating the nanostructured layer near the contact, it is demonstrated how the AgNPs/plasma polymer stack effectively prevents, in a spectacular way, the formation of bulk space charge.

  17. Efficient barrier for charge injection in polyethylene by silver nanoparticles/plasma polymer stack

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    Milliere, L.; Makasheva, K.; Laurent, C.; Despax, B.; Teyssedre, G.

    2014-09-01

    Charge injection from a metal/insulator contact is a process promoting the formation of space charge in polymeric insulation largely used in thick layers in high voltage equipment. The internal charge perturbs the field distribution and can lead to catastrophic failure either through its electrostatic effects or through energetic processes initiated under charge recombination and/or hot electrons effects. Injection is still ill-described in polymeric insulation due to the complexity of the contact between the polymer chains and the electrodes. Barrier heights derived from the metal work function and the polymer electronic affinity do not provide a good description of the measurements [Taleb et al., IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insul. 20, 311-320 (2013)]. Considering the difficulty to describe the contact properties and the need to prevent charge injection in polymers for high voltage applications, we developed an alternative approach by tailoring the interface properties by the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)/plasma polymer stack, deposited on the polymer film. Due to their small size, the AgNPs, covered by a very thin film of plasma polymer, act as deep traps for the injected charges thereby stabilizing the interface from the point of view of charge injection. After a quick description of the method for elaborating the nanostructured layer near the contact, it is demonstrated how the AgNPs/plasma polymer stack effectively prevents, in a spectacular way, the formation of bulk space charge.

  18. Phase Equilibria in Thin Polymer Films

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    Müller, M.; Binder, K.; Albano, E. V.

    Within self-consistent field theory and Monte Carlo simulations the phase behavior of a symmetrical binary AB polymer blend confined into a thin film is studied. The film surfaces interact with the monomers via short ranged potentials. One surface attracts the A component and the corresponding semi-infinite system exhibits a first order wetting transition. The surface interaction of the opposite surface is varied as to study the crossover from capillary condensation for symmetric surface fields to interface localization/delocalization transition for antisymmetric surface fields. In the former case the phase diagram has a single critical point close to the bulk critical point. In the latter case the phase diagram exhibits two critical points which correspond to the prewetting critical points of the semi-infinite system. Only below a triple point there is a single two-phase coexistence region. The crossover between these qualitatively different limiting behaviors occurs gradually, however, the critical temperature and the critical composition exhibit a non-monotonic dependence on the surface field. The dependence of the phase behavior for antisymmetric boundaries is studied as a function of the film thickness and the strength of the surface interactions. Upon reducing the film thickness or decreasing the strength of the surface interactions we can change the order of the interface localization/delocalization transition from first to second. The role of fluctuations is explored via Monte Carlo simulations of a coarse grained lattice model. Close to the (prewetting) critical points we observe 2D Ising critical behavior. Also, there is a rich crossover behavior between Ising critical, tricritical and mean field behavior. At lower temperatures capillary waves of the AB interface lead to a pronounced dependence of the effective interface potential on the lateral system size.

  19. Thermochemical study of amino acid imprinted polymer films.

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    Chai, Ziyi; BelBruno, Joseph J

    2015-11-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers provide an alternative to traditional methods of amino acid analysis. The imprinted polymers are more robust and significantly less expensive than, for example, ELISA analysis. Amino acid imprinted nylon-6 thin films were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. Endothermic peaks were observed for imprinted films at temperatures higher than that for pure nylon, indicating the formation of a more-ordered, hydrogen bonded polymer. Removal of the amino acid from the imprinted film resulted in reversion to the peak observed for pure nylon-6. Additives, β-cyclodextrin and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, were added to the imprinted polymer solutions as a means to increase the porosity of the films. These studies resulted in alternative morphologies and calorimetric results that provide additional functionalities and applications for imprinted polymers.

  20. Molecular dynamics simulation of the viscocapillary leveling of polymer films

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    Tanis, Ioannis; Salez, Thomas; Raphaël, Elie; Maggs, Anthony C; Baschnagel, Jörg

    2016-01-01

    Surface tension-driven flow techniques have recently emerged as an efficient means of shedding light into the rheology of thin polymer films. Motivated by experimental and theoretical approaches in films bearing a varying surface topography, we present results on the viscocapillary relaxation of a square pattern at the free surface of a polymer film, using molecular dynamics simulations of a coarse-grained polymer model. Height profiles are monitored as a function of time after heating the system above its glass-transition temperature. The associated relaxation rates are in agreement with the low-Reynolds-number hydrodynamic model, thus confirming the utility of the simulation method.

  1. Photopatterning of heterostructured polymer Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Li Tiesheng [Department of Chemistry, Key Lab of Biological Chemistry and Organic Chemistry of Henan Province, Zhengzhou University, Daxue road 75, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Key Lab of Advanced Information Nano-materials of Zhengzhou, Daxue road 75, Zhengzhou 450052 (China)], E-mail: lts34@zzu.edu.cn; Mitsuishi, Masaya [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Aobaku, 2-1-1, Katahira, Sendai (Japan); Miyashita, Tokuji [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Aobaku, 2-1-1, Katahira, Sendai (Japan)], E-mail: miya@tagen.tohoku.ac.jp

    2008-02-29

    Heterostructured polymer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film prepared by using poly(N-dodecylacrylamide-co-t-butyl 4-vinylphenyl carbonate) (p(DDA-tBVPC53)) and poly(N-neopentyl methacrylamide-co-9-anthrylmethyl methacrylate) (p(nPMA-AMMA10)) polymer LB films which can act as photogenerator layers were investigated. Patterns with a resolution of 0.75 {mu}m were obtained on heterostructured polymer LB films composed of 4 layers of p(nPMA-AMMA10) LB film (top layers) and 40 layers of p(DDA-tBVPC53) LB film (under layers) on a silicon wafer by deep UV irradiation followed by development with 1% tetramethylammonium hydroxide aqueous solution. The sensitivity of the heterostructured polymer LB films was improved without loss of the resolution compared with p(DDA-tBVPC53) LB film. The etch resistance of the heterostructured polymer LB films was sufficiently good to allow patterning of a copper film suitable for photomask fabrication.

  2. Electrochemical Formation of Polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose Conducting Polymer Composite Films

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    H.N.M. Ekramul Mahmud; Anuar Kassim; Zulkarnain Zainal; Wan Mahmood Mat Yunus

    2005-01-01

    The electrochemical preparation of polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose (PPY-CMC) conducting polymer composite films on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass electrode from an aqueous solution containing pyrrole monomer, ptoluenesulfonate electrolyte and carboxymethylcellulose insulating polymer is reported. The characterization by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) shows that carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been successfully incorporated into polypyrrole structure forming PPY-CMC polymer composite films. The conductivity of the prepared composite films was found to increase with increaseing CMC concentration in pyrrole solution. The optical microscopic results show the influence of CMC concentration in the pyrrole solution over the morphological changes of the prepared films. The dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) on the prepared PPY-CMC film reveals the higher plastic property of the PPY-CMC composite film.

  3. The plasma footprint of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet on a flat polymer substrate and its relation to surface treatment

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    Onyshchenko, Iuliia; Nikiforov, Anton Yu.; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino

    2016-08-01

    The aim of this work is to show the correlation between the plasma propagation in the footprint of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet on a flat polymer surface and the plasma treatment impact on the polymer properties. An argon plasma jet working in open air is used as plasma source, while PET thin films are used a substrates for plasma treatment. Light emission photographs are taken with an ICCD camera to have a close look at the generated structures in the plasma jet footprint on the surface. Water contact angle (WCA) measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis are also performed to obtain information about the impact of the plasma treatment on the PET surface characteristics. A variation in ICCD camera gate duration (1 µs, 100 µs, 50 ms) results in the photographs of the different plasma structures occurring during the plasma propagation on the flat PET surface. Contact angle measurements provide results on improvement of the PET hydrophilic character, while XPS analysis shows the distribution of atomic elements on the treated substrate surface. Light emission images help explaining the obtained WCA and XPS results. Contribution to the topical issue "6th Central European Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (CESPC-6)", edited by Nicolas Gherardi, Ester Marotta and Cristina Paradisi

  4. Characterization of polymer thin films obtained by pulsed laser deposition

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    Palla-Papavlu, A.; Dinca, V.; Ion, V.; Moldovan, A.; Mitu, B.; Luculescu, C.; Dinescu, M.

    2011-04-01

    The development of laser techniques for the deposition of polymer and biomaterial thin films on solid surfaces in a controlled manner has attracted great attention during the last few years. Here we report the deposition of thin polymer films, namely Polyepichlorhydrin by pulsed laser deposition. Polyepichlorhydrin polymer was deposited on flat substrate (i.e. silicon) using an NdYAG laser (266 nm, 5 ns pulse duration and 10 Hz repetition rate). The obtained thin films have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry. It was found that for laser fluences up to 1.5 J/cm 2 the chemical structure of the deposited polyepichlorhydrin polymer thin layers resembles to the native polymer, whilst by increasing the laser fluence above 1.5 J/cm 2 the polyepichlorohydrin films present deviations from the bulk polymer. Morphological investigations (atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy) reveal continuous polyepichlorhydrin thin films for a relatively narrow range of fluences (1-1.5 J/cm 2). The wavelength dependence of the refractive index and extinction coefficient was determined by ellipsometry studies which lead to new insights about the material. The obtained results indicate that pulsed laser deposition method is potentially useful for the fabrication of polymer thin films to be used in applications including electronics, microsensor or bioengineering industries.

  5. Direct covalent coupling of proteins to nanostructured plasma polymers: a route to tunable cell adhesion

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    Melnichuk, Iurii, E-mail: iurii.melnichuk@gmail.com [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, Prague 18000 (Czech Republic); Choukourov, Andrei, E-mail: choukourov@kmf.troja.mff.cuni.cz [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, Prague 18000 (Czech Republic); Bilek, Marcela, E-mail: m.bilek@physics.usyd.edu.au [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, Prague 18000 (Czech Republic); School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Weiss, Anthony, E-mail: tony.weiss@sydney.edu.au [School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Vandrovcová, Marta, E-mail: Marta.Vandrovcova@fgu.cas.cz [Institute of Physiology of Czech Academy of Science, Prague 14220 (Czech Republic); Bačáková, Lucie, E-mail: Lucie.Bacakova@fgu.cas.cz [Institute of Physiology of Czech Academy of Science, Prague 14220 (Czech Republic); Hanuš, Jan, E-mail: jan.hanus@gmail.com [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, Prague 18000 (Czech Republic); Kousal, Jaroslav, E-mail: jarda@kmf.troja.mff.cuni.cz [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, Prague 18000 (Czech Republic); Shelemin, Artem, E-mail: artem.shelemin@gmail.com [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, Prague 18000 (Czech Republic); Solař, Pavel, E-mail: pawell.solar@seznam.cz [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Macromolecular Physics, Prague 18000 (Czech Republic); and others

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • Flat and nanostructured interfaces were overcoated by hydrocarbon plasma polymer. • Linker-free covalent attachment of proteins to resultant surfaces was validated. • Ultra-thin hydrocarbon overcoat (<2 nm) secured prolonged effective binding. • Pre-adsorbed tropoelastin promoted proliferation of osteoblast-like MG-63 cells. • Nanostructured films were multi-affine and impeded cell adhesion. - Abstract: Flat and nanostructured thin films were fabricated by deposition of ultra-thin (<2 nm) layer of hydrocarbon plasma polymer over polished silicon and over a pattern of 8 nm-thick poly(ethylene) islands on silicon. Linker-free radical-based covalent binding of bovine serum albumin and tropoelastin was confirmed for both types of films. The binding capability of albumin was found to be stable over many days of ambient air storage time. Tropoelastin-mediated flat plasma polymers favored adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast-like MG-63 cells. Nanostructured plasma polymers were multi-affine and their hierarchical surface represented an additional barrier for cell attachment.

  6. Comparative study of structural and optical properties of pulsed and RF plasma polymerized aniline films

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    Barman, Tapan; Pal, Arup R., E-mail: arpal@iasst.gov.in; Chutia, Joyanti

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pulse DC and RF plasma is used for synthesis of conducting polymer films. • Conjugated structure retention is better at optimum powers in both the processes. • Conjugated structure retention is better in case of RF plasma prepared films. • Band gap is lower in case of RF plasma prepared films at higher power. • Defect in pulse plasma prepared film is less than RF plasma prepared thin films. - Abstract: Plasma polymerization of aniline is carried out by means of continuous RF and pulsed DC glow discharge plasma in a common reactor at different applied powers. The discharge control variables are optimized for good quality film growth and the role of fragmentation of the molecular structure on the structural, optical, morphological and optophysical properties of the deposited plasma polymerized aniline (PPAni) layers is investigated. Retention of the conjugated structure is found to be prominent at optimum applied power to the plasma in both the continuous RF and pulsed DC polymerization techniques. Improvement in conjugated structure and chain length have been observed in both the continuous RF and pulse DC PPAni thin films with the increase in applied power to the plasma up to a certain limit of applied power when working pressure is fixed at 0.15 mbar. A decrease in optical bandgap with the increase in applied power to the plasma is observed in both the pulsed DC and RF PPAni thin films, but it is more significant in case of RF PPAni films. The plasma polymerized aniline thin films are found to emit photoluminescence due to band to band transition and defects generated in the structure.

  7. Estimation of termostability of metal containing polymer films

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    Sh. Аmerkhanova

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The Derivatographic Analysis of metal containing polymer films based on polyvinyl alcohol was carried out, on these results the kinetic parameters of thermal destruction of the material was been calculated.

  8. Versatile solution for growing thin films of conducting polymers.

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    D'Arcy, Julio M; Tran, Henry D; Tung, Vincent C; Tucker-Schwartz, Alexander K; Wong, Rain P; Yang, Yang; Kaner, Richard B

    2010-11-16

    The method employed for depositing nanostructures of conducting polymers dictates potential uses in a variety of applications such as organic solar cells, light-emitting diodes, electrochromics, and sensors. A simple and scalable film fabrication technique that allows reproducible control of thickness, and morphological homogeneity at the nanoscale, is an attractive option for industrial applications. Here we demonstrate that under the proper conditions of volume, doping, and polymer concentration, films consisting of monolayers of conducting polymer nanofibers such as polyaniline, polythiophene, and poly(3-hexylthiophene) can be produced in a matter of seconds. A thermodynamically driven solution-based process leads to the growth of transparent thin films of interfacially adsorbed nanofibers. High quality transparent thin films are deposited at ambient conditions on virtually any substrate. This inexpensive process uses solutions that are recyclable and affords a new technique in the field of conducting polymers for coating large substrate areas.

  9. Investigation on CuO Dispersed PVA Polymer Films

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    R. Divya

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Addition of inorganic nanoparticles to polymers allows the modification of physical properties of polymers as well as the implementation of new features in polymer matrix. In the present work, we have made an attempt to disperse CuO nanoparticles in the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA and to understand the change in structural, optical and electrical properties of the polymer film. CuO nanoparticles were added in four different concentrations, viz. 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10 wt%. A total of 5 films were prepared (including the pure PVA film, for comparison.The prepared films were subjected to XRD, FESEM, UV-Vis spectral, PL spectral and electrical analyses. The results obtained are reported.

  10. Engineering curvature in graphene ribbons using ultrathin polymer films.

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    Li, Chunyu; Koslowski, Marisol; Strachan, Alejandro

    2014-12-10

    We propose a method to induce curvature in graphene nanoribbons in a controlled manner using an ultrathin thermoset polymer in a bimaterial strip setup and test it via molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Continuum mechanics shows that curvature develops to release the residual stress caused by the chemical and thermal shrinkage of the polymer during processing and that this curvature increases with decreasing film thickness; however, significant deformation is only achieved for ultrathin polymer films. Quite surprisingly, explicit MD simulations of the curing and annealing processes show that the predicted trend not just continues down to film thicknesses of 1-2 nm but that the curvature development is enhanced significantly in such ultrathin films due to surface tension effects. This combination of effects leads to very large curvatures of over 0.14 nm(-1) that can be tuned via film thickness. This provides a new avenue to engineer curvature and, thus, electromagnetic properties of graphene.

  11. In situ polarization of polymer films in microsensors

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    Kranz, M.; Allen, M. G.; Hudson, T.

    2012-04-01

    Electret and polymer piezoelectric films have been previously integrated into Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) acoustic sensors and energy harvesters. Common techniques employed in MEMS polymer integration include corona discharge [1] and backlighted thyratron [2], followed by macro-scale assembly of the polymer into the micro device. In contrast, this paper reports a method for post-fabrication in-situ polarization of polymer films embedded within the MEMS device itself. The method utilizes microplasma discharges with self-aligned charging grids integrated within the device to charge fluoropolymer films in a fashion similar to the common corona discharge technique. This in-situ approach enables the integration of uncharged polymer films into MEMS and subsequent post-fabrication and post-packaging polarization, simultaneously enabling the formation of buried or encapsulated electrets as well as eliminating the need to restrict fabrication and packaging processes that might otherwise discharge pre-charged materials. Using the in situ approach, a microscale charging grid structure is fabricated and suspended a short distance above the polymer film. After fabrication of the charging grid, standard microfabrication steps are performed to build MEMS sensors. After completing the entire fabrication and packaging flow, the polarization process is performed. When energized by a high voltage, the sharp metal edges of the charging grid lead to high dielectric fields that ionize the air in the gap and force electric charge onto the polymer surface. This paper presents modeling and results for this in situ polarization process.

  12. Water-Induced Blister Formation in a Thin Film Polymer

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    Berkelaar, R.P.; Bampoulis, Pantelis; Dietrich, E.; Jansen, H.P.; Zhang, Xuehua; Kooij, Ernst S.; Lohse, Detlef; Zandvliet, Henricus J.W.

    2015-01-01

    A failure mechanism of thin film polymers immersed in water is presented: the formation of blisters. The growth of blisters is counterintuitive as the substrates were noncorroding and the polymer does not swell in water. We identify osmosis as the driving force behind the blister formation. The

  13. Water induced blister formation in a thin film polymer

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    Berkelaar, R.P.; Bampoulis, Pantelis; Dietrich, E.; Jansen, H.P.; Zhang, Xuehua; Kooij, Ernst S.; Lohse, Detlef; Zandvliet, Henricus J.W.

    2015-01-01

    A failure mechanism of thin film polymers immersed in water is presented: the formation of blisters. The growth of blisters is counterintuitive as the substrates were noncorroding and the polymer does not swell in water. We identify osmosis as the driving force behind the blister formation. The

  14. Water-Induced Blister Formation in a Thin Film Polymer

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    Berkelaar, R.P.; Bampoulis, P.; Dietrich, E.; Jansen, H.P.; Zhang, X.; Kooij, E.S.; Lohse, D.; Zandvliet, Harold J.W.

    2015-01-01

    A failure mechanism of thin film polymers immersed in water is presented: the formation of blisters. The growth of blisters is counterintuitive as the substrates were noncorroding and the polymer does not swell in water. We identify osmosis as the driving force behind the blister formation. The dyna

  15. Water induced blister formation in a thin film polymer

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    Berkelaar, R.P.; Bampoulis, P.; Dietrich, E.; Jansen, H.P.; Zhang, Xuehua; Kooij, E.S.; Lohse, D.; Zandvliet, H.J.W.

    2015-01-01

    A failure mechanism of thin film polymers immersed in water is presented: the formation of blisters. The growth of blisters is counterintuitive as the substrates were noncorroding and the polymer does not swell in water. We identify osmosis as the driving force behind the blister formation. The dyna

  16. “Electro-Click” on Conducting Polymer Films

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    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Daugaard, Anders Egede

    for their own functionalization with high spatial resolution. Interdigitated microelectrodes prepared from the azide-containing conducting polymer were selectively functionalized in sequence by two alkyne-modified fluorophores by control of the applied potentials. “Electro-click” on conducting polymer films...

  17. Polymer Wall Formation Using Liquid-Crystal/Polymer Phase Separation Induced on Patterned Polyimide Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2004-12-01

    We could form lattice-shaped polymer walls in a liquid crystal (LC) layer through the thermal phase separation of an LC/polystyrene solution between substrates with polyimide films etched by short-wavelength ultraviolet irradiation using a photomask. The LC wetting difference between the polyimide and substrate surfaces caused the coalescence of growing LC droplets on patterned polyimide films with the progress of phase separation. Consequently, polymer walls were formed on substrate surface areas without polyimide films. The shape of the polymer wall formed became sharp with the use of rubbed polyimide films because the nucleation of growing LC droplets concentrated on the patterned polyimide films. It is thought that the increase in the alignment order of LC molecules in the solution near the rubbed polyimide films promotes the formation of LC molecular aggregation, which becomes the growth nuclei of LC droplets.

  18. Stress effects in prism coupling measurements of thin polymer films

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    Agan, S.; Ay, F.; Kocabas, A.; Aydinli, A.

    2005-02-01

    Due to the increasingly important role of some polymers in optical waveguide technologies, precise measurement of their optical properties has become important. Typically, prism coupling to slab waveguides made of materials of interest is used to measure the relevant optical parameters. However, such measurements are often complicated by the softness of the polymer films when stress is applied to the prism to couple light into the waveguides. In this work, we have investigated the optical properties of three different polymers, polystyrene (PS), polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA), and benzocyclobutane (BCB). For the first time, the dependence of the refractive index, film thickness, and birefringence on applied stress in these thin polymer films was determined by means of the prism coupling technique. Both symmetric trapezoid shaped and right-angle prisms were used to couple the light into the waveguides. It was found that trapezoid shaped prism coupling gives better results in these thin polymer films. The refractive index of PMMA was found to be in the range of 1.4869 up to 1.4876 for both TE and TM polarizations under the applied force, which causes a small decrease in the film thickness of up to 0.06 μm. PMMA waveguide films were found not to be birefringent. In contrast, both BCB and PS films exhibit birefringence albeit of opposing signs.

  19. Application of plasma technology for the modification of polymer and textile materials

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    Radetić Maja M.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Plasma treatment is based on the physico-chemical changes of the material surface and as an ecologically and economically acceptable process it can be an attractive alternative to conventional modifications. The possibilities of plasma technology application to the modification of polymer and textile materials are discussed. Different specific properties of the material can be achieved by plasma cleaning, etching, functionalization or polymerization. The final effects are strongly influenced by the treatment parameters (treatment time, pressure, power, gas flow, the applied gas and nature of the material. The plasma treatment of polymers is predominantly focused on cleaning and activation of the surfaces to increase adhesion, binding, wettability, dye ability and printability. Current studies deal more with plasma polymerization where an ultra thin film of plasma polymer is deposited on the material surface and, depending on the applied monomer, different specific properties can be obtained (i.e. chemical and thermal resistance, abrasion resistance, antireflexion, water repellence, etc.. Plasma application to textiles is mostly oriented toward wool and synthetic fibres, though some studies also consider cotton, hemp, flax and silk. The main goal of plasma treatment is to impart a more hydrophilic fibre surface and accordingly increase wettability, dye ability, printability and particularly, shrink resistance in the case of wool. Recent studies have favored technical textiles, where plasma polymerization can offer a wide range of opportunities.

  20. Fracture and fatigue of ultrathin nanoporous polymer films

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    Kearney, Andrew V.

    Nanoporous polymer layers are being considered for a range of emerging nanoscale applications, from low permittivity materials for interlayer dielectrics in microelectronics and anti-reflective coatings in optical technologies, to biosensors and size-selective membranes for biological applications. Polymer thin films have inherently low elastic modulus, strength and hardness, but exhibit fracture properties that are higher than those reported for glass, ceramic, and even some metal layers. However, constraint of a ductile polymer between two elastic layers is expected to affect the local plasticity ahead of a crack tip and its contribution to the film adhesion with films below a micron in thickness. Additionally, nanoporosity would be expected to have a deleterious effect on mechanical properties, producing materials and layers that are structurally weaker than fully dense versions they replace. Therefore, the integration of these nanoporous polymer layer at nanometer thicknesses would present significantly processing and mechanical reliability challenges. In this dissertation, surprising evidence is presented that nanoporous polymer films exhibit increasing fracture energy with increasing porosity. Such behavior is in stark contrast to a wide range of reported behavior for porous solids. A ductile nano-void growth and coalescence fracture mechanics-based model is presented to rationalize the increase in fracture toughness of the voided polymer film. The model is shown to explain the behavior in terms of a specific scaling of the size of the pores with pore volume fraction. It is demonstrated that the pore size must increase with close to a linear dependence on the volume fraction in order to increase rather than decrease the fracture energy. Independent characterization of the pore size as a function of volume fraction is shown to confirm predictions made by the model. The fracture behavior of these constrained polymer films are also examined with film thickness

  1. Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Processing for Polymer Adhesion: A Review

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    Kusano, Yukihiro

    2014-01-01

    Atmospheric pressure plasma processing has attracted significant interests over decades due to its usefulness and a variety of applications. Adhesion improvement of polymer surfaces is among the most important applications of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment. Reflecting recent significant de...... development of the atmospheric pressure plasma processing, this work presents its fundamental aspects, applications, and characterization techniques relevant to adhesion.......Atmospheric pressure plasma processing has attracted significant interests over decades due to its usefulness and a variety of applications. Adhesion improvement of polymer surfaces is among the most important applications of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment. Reflecting recent significant...

  2. Effect of Oxygen on Surface Properties and Drug Release Behavior of Plasma Polymer of n-Butyl Methacrylate

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    Yuan YUAN; Chang Sheng LIU; Yuan ZHANG; Min YIN; Jie XU

    2005-01-01

    The effects of oxygen on the chemical structure, morphology, hydrophilicity and drug release behavior of radio-frequency plasma poly n- butyl methacrylate (PPBMA) thin film were carried out for the first time. ATR-FTIR and XPS showed that oxygen had little influence on the chemical structure and composition of PPBMAs, which did not agree with the thought that the presence of oxygen gas would increase the oxidized carbon functionalities in the plasma polymer.SEM and static contact angle measurement indicated that in case of deposition with oxygen, the smoothness and hydrophilicity of PPBMA were dramatically improved. The drug release behavior showed that drug release from the PPBMA coating without oxygen was biphasic patterns,while from PPBMA coating with oxygen was Higuchi release. These results were helpful for the design and tailoring of the PPBMA polymer film and other of plasma polymers film, but could provide a new idea for the drug release controlled form.

  3. Influence of polymer structure on plasma-polymer interactions in resist materials

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    Bruce, Robert Lawson

    The controlled patterning of polymer resists by plasma plays an essential role in the fabrication of integrated circuits and nanostructures. As the dimensions of patterned structures continue to decrease, we require an atomistic understanding underlying the morphological changes that occur during plasma-polymer interactions. In this work, we investigated how plasma surface modifications and the initial polymer structure influenced plasma etch behavior and morphological changes in polymer resists. Using a prototypical argon discharge, we observed polymer modification by ions and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation from the plasma. A thin, highly dense modified layer was formed at the polymer surface due to ion bombardment. The thickness and physical properties of this ion-damaged layer was independent of polymer structure for the systems examined here. A relationship was observed that strongly suggests that buckling caused by ion-damaged layer formation on a polymer is the origin of roughness that develops during plasma etching. Our results indicate that with knowledge of the mechanical properties of the ion-damaged layer and the polymer being processed, plasma-induced surface roughness can be predicted and the surface morphology calculated. Examining a wide variety of polymer structures, the polymer poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP) was observed to produce extremely smooth surfaces during high-ion energy plasma etching. Our data suggest that VUV crosslinking of P4VP below the ion-damaged layer may prevent wrinkling. We also studied another form of resists, silicon-containing polymers that form a SiO2 etch barrier layer during O2 plasma processing. In this study, we examined whether assisting SiO2 layer formation by adding Si-O bonds to the polymer structure would improve O2 etch behavior and reduce polymer surface roughness. Our results showed that while adding Si-O bonds decreased etch rates and silicon volatilization during O2 plasma exposure, the surface roughness

  4. Pattern Formation and Quasicrystal Structure in Azobenzene Polymer Film

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    XU Ze-Da; CAI Zhi-Gang; ZHANG Ling-Zhi; LIU Yan-Fa; YANG Jie; SHE Wei-Long; ZHOU Jian-Ying

    2000-01-01

    Pattern formation in azobenzene polymer film by degenerate four-wave mixing is reported. Island arrays with specific patterns are analyzed with scanning electron microscopy and polarizing optical microscopy. It is demonstrated that the control of photo-induced nanostructure sized micropattern in the nonlinear organic film is possible by using properly polarized writing beams with the total incident power exceeding a certain threshold.

  5. Measurement Method of the Thickness Uniformity for Polymer Films

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    2003-01-01

    Several methods for investigating the thickness uniformity of polymer thin films are presented as well as their measurement principles. A comparison of these experimental methods is given.The cylindrical lightwave reflection method is found to can obtain the thickness distribution along a certain direction.It is a simple and suitable method to evaluate the film thickness uniformity.

  6. Phase equilibria in polymer blend thin films: a Hamiltonian approach.

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    Souche, M; Clarke, N

    2009-12-28

    We propose a Hamiltonian formulation of the Flory-Huggins-de Gennes theory describing a polymer blend thin film. We then focus on the case of 50:50 polymer blends confined between antisymmetric walls. The different phases of the system and the transitions between them, including finite-size effects, are systematically studied through their relation with the geometry of the Hamiltonian flow in phase space. This method provides an easy and efficient way, with strong graphical insight, to infer the qualitative physical behavior of polymer blend thin films.

  7. Fracture and Delamination of Chromium Thin Films on Polymer Substrates

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    Cordill, M. J.; Taylor, A.; Schalko, J.; Dehm, G.

    2010-04-01

    New emerging technologies in the field of flexible electronic devices require that metal films adhere well and flex with polymer substrates. Common thin film materials used for these applications include copper (Cu) with an adhesion interlayer of chromium (Cr). Copper can be quite ductile and easily move with the polymer substrate. However, Cr is more brittle and fractures at lower strains than Cu. This study aims to examine the fracture and subsequent buckling and delamination of strained Cr films on polyimide (PI). In-situ scanning electron microscope (SEM) straining is used to systematically study the influence of film thickness on fracture and buckling strains. Film fracture and delamination depend on film thickness, and increases in crack and buckle density with decreasing thickness are explored by a shear lag model.

  8. Localized etching of polymer films using an atmospheric pressure air microplasma jet

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    Guo, Honglei; Liu, Jingquan; Yang, Bin; Chen, Xiang; Yang, Chunsheng

    2015-01-01

    A direct-write process device based on the atmospheric pressure air microplasma jet (AμPJ) has been developed for the localized etching of polymer films. The plasma was generated by the air discharge ejected out through a tip-nozzle (inner diameter of 100 μm), forming the microplasma jet. The AμPJ was capable of reacting with the polymer surface since it contains a high concentration of oxygen reactive species and thus resulted in the selective removal of polymer films. The experimental results demonstrated that the AμPJ could fabricate different microstructures on a parylene-C film without using any masks or causing any heat damage. The etch rate of parylene-C reached 5.1 μm min-1 and microstructures of different depth and width could also be realized by controlling two process parameters, namely, the etching time and the distance between the nozzle and the substrate. In addition, combining XPS analysis and oxygen-induced chemical etching principles, the potential etching mechanism of parylene-C by the AμPJ was investigated. Aside from the etching of parylene-C, micro-holes on the photoresist and polyimide film were successfully created by the AμPJ. In summary, maskless pattern etching of polymer films could be achieved using this AμPJ.

  9. Surface and interface properties of industrially relevant polymers Thin polymer films

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    Maccarini, M

    2002-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the study of some important properties of thin polymer films focusing on two main aspects: the morphologies induced on spin coated polymer films, and swelling and absorption phenomena. Chapter 2 provides an introduction on the theoretical aspects relevant in the field of Polymer Physics: the mixing properties of polymers and solvent, the glass transition temperature, diffusion, surface effects and surface tension, and spin coating. Chapter 3 focuses on the experimental techniques used in this work: Ellipsometry, Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Optical Microscopy and Differential Scanning Calorimetry. Moreover, a description of the material studied is provided. In Chapter 4 a first characterisation of the system investigated is carried out: water absorption and glass transition temperature are measured for bulk material in different moist condition. The refracting indices and the densities of the polymer films are experimentally determined. In Chapter 5 we describe a systematic inves...

  10. Polymer fullerene solution phase behaviour and film formation pathways.

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    Dattani, Rajeev; Cabral, João T

    2015-04-28

    We report the phase behaviour of polymer/fullerene/solvent ternary mixtures and its consequence for the morphology of the resulting composite thin films. We focus particularly on solutions of polystyrene (PS), C60 fullerene and toluene, which are examined by static and dynamic light scattering, and films obtained from various solution ages and thermal annealing conditions, using atomic force and light microscopy. Unexpectedly, the solution phase behaviour below the polymer overlap concentration, c*, is found to be described by a simple excluded volume argument (occupied by the polymer chains) and the neat C60/solvent miscibility. Scaling consistent with full exclusion is found when the miscibility of the fullerene in the solvent is much lower than that of the polymer, giving way to partial exclusion with more soluble fullerenes (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM) and a less asymmetric solvent (chlorobenzene), employed in photovoltaic devices. Spun cast and drop cast films were prepared from PS/C60/toluene solutions across the phase diagram to yield an identical PS/C60 composition and film thickness, resulting in qualitatively different morphologies in agreement with our measured solution phase boundaries. Our findings are relevant to the solution processing of polymer/fullerene composites (including organic photovoltaic devices), which generally require effective solubilisation of fullerene derivatives and polymer pairs in this concentration range, and the design of well-defined thin film morphologies.

  11. “Electro-Click” on Conducting Polymer Films

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    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Daugaard, Anders Egede

    An azide substituted 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene monomer is polymerised to yield a PEDOT like polymer with available azide groups (Figure 1). The azide groups enable post polymerization functionalization of the conducting polymer using a 1,3 dipolar cycloaddition reaction – also denoted “click...... chemistry”. This facilitates the addition of compounds that can otherwise not withstand the polymerization conditions. Several biological active molecules have been attached and tested on the films. Furthermore conducting polymer microelectrodes can electrochemically generate the catalyst required...... for their own functionalization with high spatial resolution. Interdigitated microelectrodes prepared from the azide-containing conducting polymer were selectively functionalized in sequence by two alkyne-modified fluorophores by control of the applied potentials. “Electro-click” on conducting polymer films...

  12. Controlled release of tocopherols from polymer blend films

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    Obinata, Noe

    Controlled release packaging has great potential to increase storage stability of foods by releasing active compounds into foods continuously over time. However, a major limitation in development of this technology is the inability to control the release and provide rates useful for long term storage of foods. Better understanding of the factors affecting active compound release is needed to overcome this limitation. The objective of this research was to investigate the relationship between polymer composition, polymer processing method, polymer morphology, and release properties of active compounds, and to provide proof of principle that compound release is controlled by film morphology. A natural antioxidant, tocopherol was used as a model active compound because it is natural, effective, heat stable, and soluble in most packaging polymers. Polymer blend films were produced from combination of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), or polystyrene (PS) with 3000 ppm mixed tocopherols using conventional blending method and innovative blending method, smart blending with a novel mixer using chaotic advection. Film morphologies were visualized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Release of tocopherols into 95% ethanol as a food simulant was measured by UV/Visible spectrophotometry or HPLC, and diffusivity of tocopherols in the polymers was estimated from this data. Polymer composition (blend proportions) and processing methods have major effects on film morphology. Four different types of morphologies, dispersed, co-continuous, fiber, and multilayer structures were developed by either conventional extrusion or smart blending. With smart blending of fixed polymer compositions, different morphologies were progressively developed with fixed polymer composition as the number of rod rotations increased, providing a way to separate effects of polymer composition and morphology. The different morphologies

  13. Comparative study of structural and electro-optical properties of ZnO:Ga films grown by steered cathodic arc plasma evaporation and sputtering on plastic and their application on polymer-based organic solar cells

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    Liang, Chih-Hao, E-mail: dataman888@hotmail.com [R& D Division, Walsin Technology Corporation, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Hsiao, Yu-Jen [National Nano Device Laboratories, National Applied Research Laboratories, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Hwang, Weng-Sing [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2016-08-01

    Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films with various thicknesses (105–490 nm) were deposited on PET substrates at a low temperature of 90 °C by a steered cathodic arc plasma evaporation (steered CAPE), and a GZO film with a thickness of 400 nm was deposited at 90 °C by a magnetron sputtering (MS) for comparison. The comparative analysis of the microstructure, residual stress, surface morphology, electrical and optical properties, chemical states, and doping efficiency of the films produced by the steered CAPE and MS processes was performed, and the effect of thickness on the CAPE-grown GZO films was investigated in detail. The results showed that the GZO films grown by steered CAPE exhibited higher crystallinity and lower internal stress than those deposited by MS. The transmittance and electrical properties were also enhanced for the steered CAPE-grown films. The figure of merit (Φ = T{sup 10}/R{sub s}, where T is the transmittance and R{sub s} is the sheet resistance in Ω/□). was used to evaluate the performance of the electro-optical properties. The GZO films with a thickness of 400 nm deposited by CAPE had the highest Φ value, 1.94 × 10{sup −2} Ω{sup −1}, a corresponding average visible transmittance of 88.8% and resistivity of 6.29 × 10{sup −4} Ω·cm. In contrast, the Φ value of MS-deposited GZO film with a thickness of 400 nm is only 1.1 × 10{sup −3} Ω{sup −1}. This can be attributed to the increase in crystalline size, [0001] preferred orientation, decrease in stacking faults density and Ar contamination in steered CAPE-grown films, leading to increases in the Hall mobility and carrier density. In addition, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organic solar cells was significantly improved by using the CAPE-grown GZO electrode, and the PCE values were 1.2% and 1.7% for the devices with MS-grown and CAPE-grown GZO electrodes, respectively. - Highlights: • ZnO:Ga (GZO) films were grown on PET by steered cathodic arc plasma evaporation (CAPE

  14. Synthesis by plasma of polymer-metal materials; Sintesis por plasma de materiales polimero-metal

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    Fernandez R, G

    2004-07-01

    The objective of this work is the design of an experimental set-up to synthesize polymer- metal composites by plasma with versatility in the conditions of synthesis. The main components are a vacuum system capable to reach up to 10{sup -2} mbar and valves and accessories to control the pressure in the system. In order to generate the electrical discharges and the plasma, an electrical circuit with an inductive connection at 13.56 MHz of frequency was constructed. The electric field partially ionizes the reactor atmosphere where the polymer-metal composites were synthesized. The reactor has two metallic electrodes, one in front of the other, where the particles electrically charged collide against the electrodes producing ablation on them. The polymer-metal composites were synthesized by means of an inductive connection at 13.56 MHz. Aniline, 3-chlorine-ethylene and electrodes of silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) were used in a cylindrical reactor coupled with an external coil to generate glow discharges. The average pressures were 6.15 X 10{sup -1} and 5.2 X 10{sup -1} mbar for the synthesis of Poly aniline (P An) and Poly chloroethylene (PE-CI), respectively. The synthesis was performed during 60 and 180 minutes for P An and PE-CI, respectively. The polymers were formed, as films, with an average thickness of 6.42 {mu}m for P An and, in the case of PE-CI, with an approximately growing rate of 14 {eta}m/W. The power in the syntheses was 30, 50, 70 and 90 W for P An and 50, 100, 120, 140 170, and 200 W for PE-CI. The characterization of the polymer-metal composites was done by energy dispersive spectroscopy to study the composition and the relation of the elements involved in the synthesis. The morphology of the films was studied by means of scanning electron microscopy. The infrared analysis (IR) was done to study the chemicals bonds and the structure of these polymers. Another important study in these materials was the behavior of the electrical conductivity ({sigma

  15. Characterisation of C–F Polymer Film Formation on the Air-Bearing Surface Etched Sidewall of Fluorine-Based Plasma Interacting with AL2O3–TiC Substrate

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    Alonggot Limcharoen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available C–F polymer redeposition is generated on the etched sidewall of the patterned air-bearing surface (ABS. This C–F polymer is a by-product from fluorine-based plasma using a Surface Technology Systems multiplex-pro air-bearing etch (ABE. The morphology of the re-deposition and the composite element was observed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM. The chemical bonding results were characterised via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflected infrared spectroscopy and visible Raman spectroscopy. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate a modification of AlF3 re-deposition to C–F polymer re-deposition, which is easily stripped out by an isopropyl alcohol-based solution. The benefit of this research is the removal of the re-deposition in the resist strip process without additional cleaning process steps.

  16. Localised plasma deposition of organosilicon layers on polymer substrates

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    Theelen, M.J.; Habets, D.; Staemmler, L.; Winands, H.; Bolt, P.J.

    2012-01-01

    Organosilicon coatings provide good optical and mechanical properties and are excellent candidates for the modification of the surface energy of polymers. These coatings can be deposited by plasma polymerization of hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) under atmospheric pressure and at room temperature. The

  17. Varying stress of SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films deposited by plasma polymerization.

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    Liao, Wei-Bo; Chang, Ya-Chen; Jaing, Cheng-Chung; Cheng, Ching-Long; Lee, Cheng-Chung; Wei, Hung-Sen; Kuo, Chien-Cheng

    2017-02-01

    SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films were deposited by plasma polymerization. The stress of the deposited SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films can be modified by adjusting the beam current, the anode voltage, and the flow rate of hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) gas and oxygen. Reducing the beam current or increasing the flow rate of HMDSO gas increased the linear/cage structure ratio and turned the stress of the SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films from compressive to tensile. The linear/cage structure ratio can be adjusted by changing the composite parameter, W[FM]sub>csub>/[FM]sub>msub>, to control the stress of the deposited plasma polymer films. Multilayers of TiOsub>2sub>/SiOsub>2sub>/TiOsub>2sub> were coated on a SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> plasma polymer film herein, reducing their stress by 70% from 0.06 to 0.018 GPa. The refractive index is 1.55, and the absorption coefficient is less than 10-4 at 550 nm of the SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> films. Superior optical performances of SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films make their use in optical thin films.

  18. Process optimization of ultrasonic spray coating of polymer films

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    Bose, Sanjukta; Keller, Stephan Sylvest; Boisen, Anja

    2013-01-01

    In this work we have performed a detailed study of the influence of various parameters on spray coating of polymer films. Our aim is to produce polymer films of uniform thickness (500 nm to 1 μm) and low roughness compared to the film thickness. The coatings are characterized with respect...... these two regimes, where we obtain a film of desired quality. Both with increasing nozzle-substrate distance and temperature, the deposition moves from a wet state to a dry regime. Similar results are also achieved for solvents with low boiling points. Finally, we study film formation during spray coating...... to thickness, roughness (profilometer), and morphology (optical microscopy). Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is used to do a full factorial design of experiments with selected process parameters such as temperature, distance between spray nozzle and substrate, and speed of the spray nozzle. A mathematical model...

  19. Simulated Space Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Exposure Testing for Polymer Films

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    Dever, Joyce A.; Pietromica, Anthony J.; Stueber, Thomas J.; Sechkar, Edward A.; Messer, Russell K.

    2002-01-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation of wavelengths between 115 and 200 nm produced by the sun in the space environment can cause degradation to polymer films producing changes in optical, mechanical, and chemical properties. These effects are particularly important for thin polymer films being considered for ultra-lightweight space structures, because, for most polymers, VUV radiation is absorbed in a thin surface layer. NASA Glenn Research Center has developed facilities and methods for long-term ground testing of polymer films to evaluate space environmental VUV radiation effects. VUV exposure can also be used as part of sequential simulated space environmental exposures to determine combined damaging effects. This paper will describe the effects of VUV on polymer films and the necessity for ground testing. Testing practices used at Glenn Research Center for VUV exposure testing will be described including characterization of the VUV radiation source used, calibration procedures traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and testing techniques for VUV exposure of polymer surfaces.

  20. Patterning Multicomponent Polymer Thin Films via Dynamic Thermal Processing

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    Singh, Gurpreet

    Bottom-up patterning is gaining increased importance owing to the physical limitations and rising costs of top-down patterning. One example of bottom-up patterning is self-assembling polymer thin films. Although there are several pathways to facilitate polymer thin film self-assembly, this presentation will focus on dynamic thermal field based processes for patterning multicomponent polymer thin films. Dynamic thermal field processing is an attractive roll­to­roll (R2R) amenable directed self­assembly (DSA) method for molecular level organization of multicomponent polymer systems such as block copolymer thin films over large areas without requiring guiding templates. The talk will first outline how parameters such as magnitude of the temperature gradient, velocity of annealing, thermal expansion, and molecular weight of the polymer can be optimized to finely tune the morphology of the block copolymer thin films and also elucidate their associated physical mechanisms. The second part of the talk will outline application of dynamic thermal field processes for fabricating functional nanomaterials and discuss the recent advancements achieved using these processes.

  1. Lattice cluster theory for dense, thin polymer films.

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    Freed, Karl F

    2015-04-07

    While the application of the lattice cluster theory (LCT) to study the miscibility of polymer blends has greatly expanded our understanding of the monomer scale molecular details influencing miscibility, the corresponding theory for inhomogeneous systems has not yet emerged because of considerable technical difficulties and much greater complexity. Here, we present a general formulation enabling the extension of the LCT to describe the thermodynamic properties of dense, thin polymer films using a high dimension, high temperature expansion. Whereas the leading order of the LCT for bulk polymer systems is essentially simple Flory-Huggins theory, the highly non-trivial leading order inhomogeneous LCT (ILCT) for a film with L layers already involves the numerical solution of 3(L - 1) coupled, highly nonlinear equations for the various density profiles in the film. The new theory incorporates the essential "transport" constraints of Helfand and focuses on the strict imposition of excluded volume constraints, appropriate to dense polymer systems, rather than the maintenance of chain connectivity as appropriate for lower densities and as implemented in self-consistent theories of polymer adsorption at interfaces. The ILCT is illustrated by presenting examples of the computed profiles of the density, the parallel and perpendicular bonds, and the chain ends for free standing and supported films as a function of average film density, chain length, temperature, interaction with support, and chain stiffness. The results generally agree with expected general trends.

  2. Influence of substrate and film thickness on polymer LIPSS formation

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    Cui, Jing; Nogales, Aurora; Ezquerra, Tiberio A.; Rebollar, Esther

    2017-02-01

    Here we focus on the influence of both, substrate and film thickness on polymer Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) formation in polymer films. For this aim a morphological description of ripples structures generated on spin-coated polystyrene (PS) films by a linearly polarized laser beam with a wavelength of 266 nm is presented. The influence of different parameters on the quality and characteristics of the formed laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) was investigated. We found that well-ordered LIPSS are formed either on PS films thinner than 200 nm or thicker than 400 nm supported on silicon substrates as well as on thicker free standing films. However less-ordered ripples are formed on silicon supported films with intermediate thicknesses in the range of 200-380 nm. The effect of the thermal and optical properties of the substrate on the quality of LIPSS was analyzed. Differences observed in the fluence and number of pulses needed for the onset of surface morphological modifications is explained considering two main effects which are: (1) The temperature increase on polymer surface induced by the action of cumulative laser irradiation and (2) The differences in thermal conductivity between the polymer and the substrate which strongly affect the heat dissipation generated by irradiation.

  3. Convective polymer assembly for the deposition of nanostructures and polymer thin films on immobilized particles

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    Richardson, Joseph J.; Björnmalm, Mattias; Gunawan, Sylvia T.; Guo, Junling; LiangPresent Address: Csiro Process Science; Engineering, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia, Kang; Tardy, Blaise; SekiguchiPresent Address: Graduate School Of Chemical Sciences; Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, Shota; Noi, Ka Fung; Cui, Jiwei; EjimaPresent Address: Institute Of Industrial Science, The University Of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Hirotaka; Caruso, Frank

    2014-10-01

    We report the preparation of polymer particles via convective polymer assembly (CPA). Convection is used to move polymer solutions and cargo through an agarose gel that contains immobilized template particles. This method both coats and washes the particles in a process that is amenable to automation, and does not depend on passive diffusion or electrical currents, thus facilitating incorporation of fragile and nanoscale objects, such as liposomes and gold nanoparticles, into the thin polymer films. Template dissolution leads to the formation of stable polymer particles and capsules.We report the preparation of polymer particles via convective polymer assembly (CPA). Convection is used to move polymer solutions and cargo through an agarose gel that contains immobilized template particles. This method both coats and washes the particles in a process that is amenable to automation, and does not depend on passive diffusion or electrical currents, thus facilitating incorporation of fragile and nanoscale objects, such as liposomes and gold nanoparticles, into the thin polymer films. Template dissolution leads to the formation of stable polymer particles and capsules. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed experimental/instrumental information and supporting figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04348k

  4. RUPTURING OF POLYMER FILMS WITH RUBBING-INDUCED SURFACE DEFECTS

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    B.Du; F.C.Xie; Y.J.Wang; O.K.C.Tsui

    2003-01-01

    It has been a long-standing question whether dewetting of polymer film from non-wettable substrate surfaces wherein the bicontinuous morphology never forms in the dewetting film is due to spinodal instability or heterogeneous nucleation. In this experiment, we use a simple method to make the distinction through introduction of topographical defects of the films by rubbing the sample surface with a rayon cloth. Spinodal dewetting is identified for those films that dewet by a characteristic wavevector, q*, independent of the density of rubbing-induced defects. Heterogeneous nucleation, on the other hand, is identified for those with q* increasing with increasing density of defects. Our result shows that PS films on oxide coated silicon with thickness less than ≈ 13 nm are dominated by spinodal dewetting, but the thicker films are dominated by nucleation dewetting. We also confirm that spinodal dewetting does not necessarily lead to a bicontinuous morphology in the dewetting film, contrary to the classic theory of Cahn.

  5. Polymerized rosin: novel film forming polymer for drug delivery.

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    Fulzele, S V; Satturwar, P M; Dorle, A K

    2002-12-05

    Polymerized rosin (PR) a novel film forming polymer is characterized and investigated in the present study for its application in drug delivery. Films were produced by a casting/solvent evaporation method from plasticizer free and plasticizer containing solutions. Films prepared from different formulations were studied for their mechanical (tensile strength, percent elongation and Young's modulus), water vapour transmission and moisture absorption characteristics. Neat PR films were slightly brittle and posed the problem of breaking during handling. Hydrophobic plasticizers, dibutyl sebacate and tributyl citrate, improved the mechanical properties of free films with both the plasticizers showing significant effects on film elongation. Release of diclofenac sodium (model drug) from coated pellets was sustained with high coating levels. Concentration of plasticizer was found to affect the release profile. PR films plasticized with hydrophobic plasticizers could therefore be used in coating processes for the design of oral sustained delivery dosage forms.

  6. Preparation of chitosan-coated polyethylene packaging films by DBD plasma treatment.

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    Theapsak, Siriporn; Watthanaphanit, Anyarat; Rujiravanit, Ratana

    2012-05-01

    Polyethylene (PE) packaging films were coated with chitosan in order to introduce the antibacterial activity to the films. To augment the interaction between the two polymers, we modified the surfaces of the PE films by dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma before chitosan coating. After that the plasma-treated PE films were immersed in chitosan acetate solutions with different concentrations of chitosan. The optimum plasma treatment time was 10 s as determined from contact angle measurement. Effect of the plasma treatment on the surface roughness of the PE films was investigated by atomic force microscope (AFM) while the occurrence of polar functional groups was observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscope (FTIR). It was found that the surface roughness as well as the occurrence of oxygen-containing functional groups (i.e., C═O, C-O, and -OH) of the plasma-treated PE films increased from those of the untreated one, indicating that the DBD plasma enhanced hydrophilicity of the PE films. The amounts of chitosan coated on the PE films were determined after washing the coated films in water for several number of washing cycles prior to detection of the chitosan content by the Kjaldahl method. The amounts of chitosan coated on the PE films were constant after washing for three times and the chitosan-coated PE films exhibited appreciable antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Hence, the obtained chitosan-coated PE films could be a promising candidate for antibacterial food packaging.

  7. Detecting Airborne Mercury by Use of Polymer/Carbon Films

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    Shevade, Abhijit; Ryan, Margaret; Homer, Margie; Kisor, Adam; Jewell, April; Yen, Shiao-Pin; Manatt, Kenneth; Blanco, Mario; Goddard, William

    2009-01-01

    Films made of certain polymer/carbon composites have been found to be potentially useful as sensing films for detecting airborne elemental mercury at concentrations on the order of tens of parts per billion or more. That is to say, when the polymer/carbon composite films are exposed to air containing mercury vapor, their electrical resistances decrease by measurable amounts. Because airborne mercury is a health hazard, it is desirable to detect it with great sensitivity, especially in enclosed environments in which there is a risk of a mercury leak from lamps or other equipment. The present effort to develop polymerbased mercury-vapor sensors complements the work reported in NASA Tech Briefs Detecting Airborne Mercury by Use of Palladium Chloride (NPO- 44955), Vol. 33, No. 7 (July 2009), page 48 and De tecting Airborne Mer cury by Use of Gold Nanowires (NPO-44787), Vol. 33, No. 7 (July 2009), page 49. Like those previously reported efforts, the present effort is motivated partly by a need to enable operation and/or regeneration of sensors under relatively mild conditions more specifically, at temperatures closer to room temperature than to the elevated temperatures (greater than 100 C ) needed for regeneration of sensors based on noble-metal films. The present polymer/carbon films are made from two polymers, denoted EYN1 and EYN2 (see Figure 1), both of which are derivatives of poly-4-vinyl pyridine with amine functional groups. Composites of these polymers with 10 to 15 weight percent of carbon were prepared and solution-deposited onto the JPL ElectronicNose sensor substrates for testing. Preliminary test results showed that the resulting sensor films gave measurable indications of airborne mercury at concentrations on the order of tens of parts per billion (ppb) or more. The operating temperature range for the sensing films was 28 to 40 C and that the sensor films regenerated spontaneously, without heating above operating temperature (see Figure 2).

  8. Electrochemical formation of a composite polymer-aluminum oxide film

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    Runge-Marchese, Jude Mary

    1997-10-01

    The formation of polymer films through electrochemical techniques utilizing electrolytes which include conductive polymer is of great interest to the coatings and electronics industries as a means for creating electrically conductive and corrosion resistant finishes. One of these polymers, polyamino-benzene (polyaniline), has been studied for this purpose for over ten years. This material undergoes an insulator-to-metal transition upon doping with protonic acids in an acid/base type reaction. Review of prior studies dealing with polyaniline and working knowledge of aluminum anodization has led to the development of a unique process whereby composite polymer-aluminum oxide films are formed. The basis for the process is a modification of the anodizing electrolyte which results in the codeposition of polyaniline during aluminum anodization. A second process, which incorporates electrochemical sealing of the anodic layer with polyaniline was also developed. The formation of these composite films is documented through experimental processing, and characterized by way of scientific analysis and engineering tests. Analysis results revealed the formation of unique dual phase anodic films with fine microstructures which exhibited full intrusion of the columnar aluminum oxide structure with polyaniline, indicating the polymer was deposited as the metal oxidation proceeded. An aromatic amine derivative of polyaniline with aluminum sulfate was determined to be the reaction product within the aluminum oxide phase of the codeposited films. Scientific characterization determined the codeposition process yields completely chemically and metallurgically bound composite films. Engineering studies determined the films, obtained through a single step, exhibited superior wear and corrosion resistance to conventionally anodized and sealed films processed through two steps, demonstrating the increased manufacturing process efficiency that can be realized with the modification of the

  9. Molecular Recognition-Mediated Transformation of Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles into Crosslinked Polymer Films.

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    Mahon, Clare S; McGurk, Christopher J; Watson, Scott M D; Fascione, Martin A; Sakonsinsiri, Chadamas; Turnbull, W Bruce; Fulton, David A

    2017-08-14

    We describe single-chain polymer nanoparticles (SCNPs) possessing intramolecular dynamic covalent crosslinks that can transform into polymer films through a molecular recognition-mediated crosslinking process. The SCNPs utilise molecular recognition with surface-immobilised proteins to concentrate upon a substrate, bringing the SCNPs into close spatial proximity with one another and allowing their dynamic covalent crosslinkers to undergo intra- to interpolymer chain crosslinking leading to the formation of polymeric film. SCNPs must possess both the capacity for specific molecular recognition and a dynamic nature to their intramolecular crosslinkers to form polymer films, and an investigation of the initial phase of film formation indicates it proceeds from features which form upon the surface then grow predominantly in the xy directions. This approach to polymer film formation presents a potential method to "wrap" surfaces displaying molecular recognition motifs-which could potentially include viral, cellular and bacterial surfaces or artificial surfaces displaying multivalent recognition motifs-within a layer of polymer film. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  10. Responsive Plasma Polymerized Ultrathin Nanocomposite Films

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    2012-01-01

    al. Soft Matter 2008;4:1796e8. [2] Schmidt S, Motschman H, Hellweg T, von Klitzing R. Polymer 2008;49:749e56. [3] Julthongpiput D, Lin Y-H, Teng J...et al. Nat Mater 2010;9:101e13. [7] Xu W, Yin X, He G, Zhao J, Wang H. Soft Matter 2012;8:3105e11. [8] Luzinov I, Minko S, Tsukruk VV. Prog Polym Sci...Films 2006;515:2618e24. [35] Yagüe JL, Gleason KK. Soft Matter 2012;8:2890e4. [36] Cheng X, Canavan HE, Stein MJ, Hull JR, Kweskin SJ, Wagner MS, et al

  11. Dry-film polymer waveguide for silicon photonics chip packaging.

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    Hsu, Hsiang-Han; Nakagawa, Shigeru

    2014-09-22

    Polymer waveguide made by dry film process is demonstrated for silicon photonics chip packaging. With 8 μm × 11.5 μm core waveguide, little penalty is observed up to 25 Gbps before or after the light propagate through a 10-km long single-mode fiber (SMF). Coupling loss to SMF is 0.24 dB and 1.31 dB at the polymer waveguide input and output ends, respectively. Alignment tolerance for 0.5 dB loss increase is +/- 1.0 μm along both vertical and horizontal directions for the coupling from the polymer waveguide to SMF. The dry-film polymer waveguide demonstrates promising performance for silicon photonics chip packaging used in next generation optical multi-chip module.

  12. Magneto-Photoinduced Absorption in Organic Polymer Films

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    Gautam, Bhoj; Nguyen, Tho; Ehrenfreund, Eitan; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2012-02-01

    In order to elucidate the underlying mechanism of magneto-conductivity (MC) in OLEDs we studied magneto-photoinduced absorption (MPA) response in polymer films. The films were based on the MEH-PPV polymer in three different forms, namely: pristine film; film exposed to prolonged UV illumination; and MEH-PPV/PCBM blend having weight ratio 1:1. In pristine film we show that the MPA at low excitation intensity is due to sublevel spin mixing of triplet excitons; whereas at high excitation intensity the MPA is dominated by the triplet-triplet annihilation process. In UV illuminated MEH-PPV films that support photogenerated polarons we show that the MPA is due to sublevel spin-mixing of polaron-pairs via the hyperfine interaction with the closest hydrogen atoms to the chain. This mechanism also explains the MC response of OLED based on MEH-PPV, since its response is similar to that of MPA. Finally we found that the MPA in MEH-PPV/PCBM blend films is dominated by spin mixing of polaron-pair on the polymer and fullerene molecules, via the δg mechanism. Supported by the NSF DMR-1104495, the NSF MRSEC at the UoU, and the BSF program.

  13. Partial hydrophilic modification of biaxially oriented polypropylene film by an atmospheric pressure plasma jet with the allylamine monomer

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    Chen, W. X.; Yu, J. S.; Hu, W.; Chen, G. L.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, the partial modification of the biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film for potential biological and packaging applications was achieved via hydrophilic modification using atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ). In the APPJ system, the allylamine (ALA) monomer was polymerized on the BOPP surface by either the Ar/O2 or the He/O2 plasma. The results showed that plasmatic modification created many micro/nano sized holes on the BOPP film, which increased the surface roughness dramatically and the increased roughness enhanced the combining intensity between the BOPP film and the ALA polymer. However, such a plasmatic modification increased the water vapor permeability. The FTIR and XPS characterizations showed that the amine groups were grafted onto the BOPP film, and the contact angle of the BOPP film decreases from 98.5° to 8°. Compared with the BOPP films treated by the Ar or He plasma, the barrier property of the modified BOPP film increased significantly when the ALA polymer was incorporated. The bio-affinity/toxicity of ALA polymer was illustrated by the attachment of the cultured SMMC-7721 hepatoma cells on the modified BOPP film. The significant enhancement in the cell density indicated that modified BOPP film was highly bio-compatible and non-toxic, especially treated with the Ar/O2/ALA plasma.

  14. Plasma functionalized surface of commodity polymers for dopamine detection

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    Fabregat, Georgina; Osorio, Joaquin; Castedo, Alejandra; Armelin, Elaine; Buendía, Jorge J.; Llorca, Jordi; Alemán, Carlos

    2017-03-01

    We have fabricated potentially generalizable sensors based on polymeric-modified electrodes for the electrochemical detection of dopamine. Sensitive and selective sensors have been successfully obtained by applying a cold-plasma treatment during 1-2 min not only to conducting polymers but also to electrochemically inert polymers, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinylpyrrolidone, polycaprolactone and polystyrene. The effects of the plasma in the electrode surface activation, which is an essential requirement for the dopamine detection when inert polymers are used, have been investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Results indicate that exposure of polymer-modified electrodes to cold-plasma produces the formation of a large variety of reactive species adsorbed on the electrode surface, which catalyse the dopamine oxidation. With this technology, which is based on the application of a very simple physical functionalization, we have defined a paradox-based paradigm for the fabrication of electrochemical sensors by using inert and cheap plastics.

  15. Nanostructure investigation of polymer solutions, polymer gels, and polymer thin films

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    Lee, Wonjoo

    This thesis discusses two systems. One is structured hydrogels which are hydrogel systems based on crosslinked poly((2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) containing micelles which form nanoscale pores within the PDMAEMA hydrogel. The other is nanoporous block copolymer thin films where solvent selectivity is exploited to create nanopores in PS-b-P4VP thin films. Both of these are multicomponent polymer systems which have nanoscale porous structures. 1. Small angle neutron scattering of micellization of anionic surfactants in water, polymer solutions and hydrogels. Nanoporous materials have been broadly investigated due to the potential for a wide range of applications, including nano-reactors, low-K materials, and membranes. Among those, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP) have attracted a large amount of interest because these materials resemble the "lock and key" paradigm of enzymes. MIPs are created by crosslinking either polymers or monomers in the presence of template molecules, usually in water. Initially, functional groups on the polymer or the monomer are bound either covalently or noncovalently to the template, and crosslinking results in a highly crosslinked hydrogel. The MIPs containing templates are immersed in a solvent (usually water), and the large difference in the osmotic pressure between the hydrogel and solvent removes the template molecules from the MIP, leaving pores in the polymer network containing functionalized groups. A broad range of different templates have been used ranging from molecules to nanoscale structures inclucing stereoisomers, virus, and micelles. When micelles are used as templates, the size and shape before and after crosslinking is an important variable as micelles are thermodynamic objects whose structure depends on the surfactant concentration of the solution, temperature, electrolyte concentration and polymer concentration. In our research, the first goal is to understand the micellization of anionic

  16. Reversible thermochromic polymer film embedded with fluorescent organogel nanofibers.

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    Kim, Hyungwoo; Chang, Ji Young

    2014-11-18

    We report a reversible thermochromic nanocomposite polymer film composed of fluorescent organogel fibers and a highly cross-linked polymer matrix. A series of cyano-substituted oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (CN-OPV) derivatives were synthesized by the reaction of dialdehydes with phenyl or naphthyl acetonitrile under basic conditions. Among the CN-OPV derivatives, NA-DBA having naphtyl moieties and dodecyloxy chains formed a stable organogel in a cross-linkable monomeric solvent (ethylene glycol dimethacrylate). The organogel showed a thermoreversible sol-gel transition, accompanying the emission color change. A nanocomposite polymer film obtained by photopolymerization of the organogel between two quartz plates also exhibited reversible thermochromism. Under 365 nm irradiation, the orange color of the film at 25 °C became yellowish green at 120 °C. The fluorescence spectroscopy, DSC, and microscopy results determined that the thermally reversible self-assembly of NA-DBA occurred in the polymer matrix, resulting in reversible thermochromism. The melted gelator molecules at 120 °C did not diffuse into the polymer matrix probably because of poor interactions of the gelator molecules with the polymer matrix. The NA-DBA molecules dispersed in poly(methyl methacrylate), without forming a supramolecular structure, did not show thermochromism.

  17. The elastic mechanical response of supported thin polymer films.

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    Chung, Peter C; Glynos, Emmanouil; Green, Peter F

    2014-12-23

    Nanoindentation studies of the mechanical properties of sufficiently thin polymer films, supported by stiff substrates, indicate that the mechanical moduli are generally higher than those of the bulk. This enhancement of the effective modulus, in the thickness range of few hundred nanometers, is indicated to be associated with the propagation and impingement of the indentation tip induced stress field with the rigid underlying substrate; this is the so-called "substrate effect". This behavior has been rationalized completely in terms of the moduli and Poisson's ratios of the individual components, for the systems investigated thus far. Here we show that for thin supported polymer films, in general, information regarding the local chain stiffness and local vibrational constants of the polymers provides an appropriate rationalization of the overall mechanical response of polymers of differing chemical structures and polymer-substrate interactions. Our study should provide impetus for atomistic simulations that carefully account for the role of intermolecular interactions on the mechanical response of supported polymer thin films.

  18. Oxygen plasma-treated thermoresponsive polymer surfaces for cell sheet engineering.

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    Shimizu, Kazunori; Fujita, Hideaki; Nagamori, Eiji

    2010-06-01

    Although cell sheet tissue engineering is a potent and promising method for tissue engineering, an increase of mechanical strength of a cell sheet is needed for easy manipulation of it during transplantation or 3D tissue fabrication. Previously, we developed a cell sheet-polymer film complex that had enough mechanical strength that can be manipulated even by tweezers (Fujita et al., 2009. Biotechnol Bioeng 103(2): 370-377). We confirmed the polymer film involving a temperature sensitive polymer and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins could be removed by lowering temperature after transplantation, and its potential use in regenerative medicine was demonstrated. However, the use of ECM proteins conflicted with high stability in long-term storage and low cost. In the present study, to overcome these drawbacks, we employed the oxygen plasma treatment instead of using the ECM proteins. A cast and dried film of thermoresponsive poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAm) was fabricated and treated with high-intensity oxygen plasma. The cells became possible to adhere to the oxygen plasma-treated PNIPAAm surface, whereas could not to the inherent surface of bulk PNIPAAm without treatment. Characterizations of the treated surface revealed the surface had high stability. The surface roughness, wettability, and composition were changed, depending on the plasma intensity. Interestingly, although bulk PNIPAAm layer had thermoresponsiveness and dissolved below lower critical solution temperature (LCST), it was found that the oxygen plasma-treated PNIPAAm surface lost its thermoresponsiveness and remained insoluble in water below LCST as a thin layer. Skeletal muscle C2C12 cells could be cultured on the oxygen plasma-treated PNIPAAm surface, a skeletal muscle cell sheet with the insoluble thin layer could be released in the medium, and thus the possibility of use of the cell sheet for transplantation was demonstrated.

  19. Microwave assisted click chemistry on a conductive polymer film

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    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hansen, Thomas S.; Larsen, Niels Bent

    2011-01-01

    Microwave (MW) irradiation has been used to accelerate the functionalization of an azide functional poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) film by click chemistry. The absorption of MW energy by the conductive polymer has been exploited for localized activation of the reaction on the polymer surface....... The method has been applied for anchoring of the chelating agent nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) on the conductive polymer. The chelating linkage ability of NTA on the surface was investigated through a sandwich ELISA study confirming the selective bonding of a histidine tagged protein....

  20. Femtosecond laser induced index and relief gratings in polymer films

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    Yi Dong; Xiaoqiang Yu; Yuming Sun; Yufei Li; Xueyuan Hou; Xian Zhang

    2007-01-01

    A true single-step process suitable for fabrication of micro-periodic structure in polymer films by two photon initiated photopolymerization and laser ablation is presented. By the right choice of the irradiation energy, the irradiated zone is modified or ablated in the 1.44-μm-thick film. The mechanism of grating generation and the potential application of the gratings in integrated optics are discussed.

  1. Hydrophobic corn starch thermoplastic films produced by plasma treatment.

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    Bastos, Daniele C; Santos, Anastácia E F; da Silva, Monica L V J; Simão, Renata A

    2009-07-01

    Polymer coating technology is currently an important field in science as it can lead to final products with enhanced characteristics characterized by desired bulk and surface properties. Low power plasmas can induce the polymerization of a precursor gas on the substrate surface as well as introduce functional groups under specific plasma conditions. In the present work, we studied the possibility of reducing water sensitivity of corn starch films by sulfur hexafluoride (SF(6)) plasma treatment. Confocal laser microscopy as well as atomic force microscopy was used to observe the main surface modifications and results indicated starch cross-linking. Fluoride was incorporated to the surface and the relationship between fluoride and sulfur incorporation to the surface was very much dependent on plasma power. Results indicate that fluoride could be preferentially incorporated on polymeric surfaces at -100V self-bias and the overall surface morphology determined the measured contact angle. The dynamic behavior of surface contact angle was observed to be very much dependent on the treatment time and force-distance curves were used to further characterize the chemical surface modifications locally. Optimized treatment conditions led to water contact angles up to 130 degrees . Even after being in contact with water for 10min, surfaces remained hydrophobic, presenting contact angles over 100 degrees .

  2. Process optimization of ultrasonic spray coating of polymer films.

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    Bose, Sanjukta; Keller, Stephan S; Alstrøm, Tommy S; Boisen, Anja; Almdal, Kristoffer

    2013-06-11

    In this work we have performed a detailed study of the influence of various parameters on spray coating of polymer films. Our aim is to produce polymer films of uniform thickness (500 nm to 1 μm) and low roughness compared to the film thickness. The coatings are characterized with respect to thickness, roughness (profilometer), and morphology (optical microscopy). Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is used to do a full factorial design of experiments with selected process parameters such as temperature, distance between spray nozzle and substrate, and speed of the spray nozzle. A mathematical model is developed for statistical analysis which identifies the distance between nozzle and substrate as the most significant parameter. Depending on the drying of the sprayed droplets on the substrate, we define two broad regimes, "dry" and "wet". The optimum condition of spraying lies in a narrow window between these two regimes, where we obtain a film of desired quality. Both with increasing nozzle-substrate distance and temperature, the deposition moves from a wet state to a dry regime. Similar results are also achieved for solvents with low boiling points. Finally, we study film formation during spray coating with poly (D,L-lactide) (PDLLA). The results confirm the processing knowledge obtained with PVP and indicate that the observed trends are identical for spraying of other polymer films.

  3. Plasma treatment of polystyrene thin films affects more than the surface.

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    Calchera, Angela R; Curtis, Alexander D; Patterson, James E

    2012-07-25

    Plasma treatment of polymer materials introduces chemical functionalities and modifies the material to make the native hydrophobic surface more hydrophilic. It is generally assumed that this process only affects the surface of the material. We used vibrationally resonant sum-frequency generation spectroscopy to observe changes in the orientation of phenyl groups in polystyrene (PS) thin films on various substrates before and after plasma treatment. VR-SFG selectively probes regions of broken symmetry, such as surfaces, but can also detect the emergence of anisotropy. On dielectric substrates, such as fused silica, the spectroscopic peak corresponding to the symmetric stretching (ν2) mode of the phenyl rings was undetectable after plasma treatment, showing that surface phenyl rings were altered. This peak also diminished on conducting substrates, but the intensity of another peak corresponding to the same mode in a bulklike environment increased significantly, suggesting that plasma treatment induces partial ordering of the bulk polymer. This ordering is seen on conducting substrates even when the polymer is not directly exposed to the plasma. Annealing reverses these effects on the polystyrene bulk; however, the surface phenyl rings do not return to the orientation observed for untreated films. These results call into question the assumption that the effects of plasma treatment are limited to the free surface and opens up other possibilities for material modification with low-temperature plasmas.

  4. CHEMICALLY DEPOSITED SILVER FILM USED AS A SERS-ACTIVE OVER COATING LAYER FOR POLYMER FILM

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    Xiao-ning Liu; Gi Xue; Yun Lu; Jun Zhang; Fen-ting Li; Chen-chen Xue; Stephen Z.D. Cheng

    2001-01-01

    When colloidal silver particles were chemically deposited onto polymer film as an over-coating layer, surfaceenhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra could be collected for the surface analysis. SERS measurements of liquid crystal film were successfully performed without disturbing the surface morphology.

  5. Microwave plasma: its characteristics and applications in thin film technology

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    Musil, J.

    Microwave plasmas differ significantly from other plasmas, exhibit many interesting properties and so offer new possibilities for the plasma processing of thin films. Plasma properties strongly depend on the conditions and methods used to excite the gas. Due to the existence of a direct connection between the properties of plasma-prepared thin films and plasma micro-parameters a perfect knowledge of the plasma generation is a basic requirement for mastering a plasma deposition process. Therefore, different methods of generating microwave isotropic and anisotropic plasmas are discussed. Special attention is devoted to the mechanisms of plasma excitation and to the generation of a dense and homogeneous plasma in thin film technology are also presented.

  6. Thermal Annealing-Induced Self-Stretching: Fabrication of Anisotropic Polymer Particles on Polymer Films.

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    Lo, Yu-Ching; Chiu, Yu-Jing; Tseng, Hsiao-Fan; Chen, Jiun-Tai

    2017-10-06

    Designing anisotropic particles of various shapes draws great attention to scientists nowadays. In this work, we develop a facile and simple method to fabricate anisotropic polymer particles from spherical polymer particles. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films spin-coated with polystyrene (PS) microspheres are confined on both sides using binder clips and are heated above the glass transition temperatures of the polymers. During the thermal annealing process, the PS particles sink into the PVA films and transform to anisotropic particles. Depending on the distances to the bound regions, oblate spheroid PS particles or prolate spheroid particles with different aspect ratios can be obtained. The transformation of the particles is mainly driven by the stretching forces and the squeezing forces. The main advantage of this method is that anisotropic particles with different shapes can be fabricated simultaneously on a single film. We expect this novel method can be helpful to various fields including colloids science, suspension rheology, and drug delivery.

  7. Micro-indentation relaxation measurements in polymer thin films

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    Shinozaki, D. M.; Lu, Y.

    1997-07-01

    A micro-indenter consisting of a piezo-electric driven flat cylindrical punch has been used to measure the dynamic mechanical properties of polystyrene films as thin as 50 μm. The measured viscoelastic response was sensitive to the bonding of the polystyrene to an underlying silicon substrate for films which were thinner than one indenter diameter. The instrument therefore was shown to have practical use in measuring the dynamic mechanical response of polymer films, and the strength of bonding between disparate materials.

  8. Effects of dispersion forces in the instability of polymer films

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    Zhao He-Ping; Ophelia K.C.Tsui; Liu Zheng-You

    2006-01-01

    Spontaneous rupture of some polymer films upon heating is commonplace. The very criterion for this instability is the system free energy possessing a negative curvature. Within the framework of full frequency-dependent theory of dispersion forces, we have derived the excess free energy of a typical system-polystyrene film deposited on the silicon substrate. The excess free energy, wavelengths and growth rates are calculate and a comparison is made between the accurate results and the approximate results. It is found that the stability of the film can be tuned by the variation of the thickness of the coating and the retardation effects can be significant sometimes.

  9. The effect of surface modification by nitrogen plasma on photocatalytic degradation of polyvinyl chloride films

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    Xiao-jing, L.; Guan-jun, Q.; Jie-rong, C.

    2008-08-01

    The solid-phase photocatalytic degradation of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films was investigated under the ambient air in order to assess the feasibility of developing photodegradable polymers. Nitrogen plasma was used to modify PVC films to enhance the photocatalytic degradation of PVC with nano-sized anatase TiO 2. The plasma parameter varied in this study is discharge power from 30 to 120 W for a constant treatment time of 60 s and a constant gas pressure of 10 Pa. The photodegradation of the plasma-treated PVC-TiO 2 films was compared with that of pure PVC films and PVC-TiO 2 films performing weight loss monitoring, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, contact angle measurements, electron spin resonance (ESR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The wettability of the plasma-treated PVC is improved significantly. ESR revealed that the signal of radicals on the surface of the plasma-treated PVC film was enhanced after the treatment. Furthermore, the weight loss indicated that TiO 2 speeds up the photocatalytic degradation of PVC chains. The SEM image of the plasma-treated PVC-TiO 2 film showed a lot of crack on the film surface after irradiation. XPS indicated that the C and Cl atomic concentration reached minimum values on the surface of plasma-treated PVC-TiO 2 under identical photocatalytic condition. The experimental results reveal that plasma treatment can obviously enhance the photocatalytic degradation of PVC.

  10. Double-electrochromic coordination polymer network films.

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    Maier, Anna; Cheng, Kalie; Savych, Julia; Tieke, Bernd

    2011-07-01

    Formation and characteristic properties of organized double-electrochromic films consisting of electrochromic poly(4-(2,2':6,2″-terpyridyl)phenyliminofluorene) (P-1)-zinc ion complexes and electrochromic anions are reported. The anions are 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzo-thiazoline-6-sulfonate) (ABTS) and poly((4-sulfonatophenyl)iminofluorene) (P-2). The films were prepared upon multiple sequential adsorption of P-1 and the zinc salts of ABTS and P-2 on solid supports using coordinative interactions between the Zn ions and the terpyridine (tpy) ligands. The ABTS and P-2 ions are incorporated in the films via electrostatic forces neutralizing the charge of the complexed divalent zinc (Zn(2+)) ions. The optical, electrochemical, and electrochromic properties of the films are described. Films consisting of the Zn ion complex of P-1 and ABTS are yellow in the neutral state and change their color to brownish gray and finally blue, if anodically oxidized at ∼640 mV vs FOC. Films containing the Zn ion complex of P-1, with P-2 as a counterion, are yellow in the neutral state and change color to dark red and finally blue, if anodically oxidized at ∼450 mV vs FOC. Compared with previously reported films of the Zn ion complex of P-1 with nonelectroactive hexafluorophosphate as the counterion, the new films exhibit faster response times, as well as higher contrast, and the colors in the oxidized state are modified. The films are stable under ambient conditions and might be useful as active layers in electrochromic devices.

  11. Interfacial Slip in Soap Films with Hydrosoluble Polymer

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    Adelizzi, E. A.; Berg, S.; Troian, S. M.

    2003-11-01

    The thickness of a Newtonian soap film entrained at small capillary number should scale as Ca^2/3 provided the bounding surfaces are rigid. Previous studies show that soap films containing associating, low concentration, high molecular weight (M_w) polymer exhibit strong deviations from this scaling. We report results by laser interferometry of the entrained film thickness for the associating pair SDS/PEO over a large range in polymer molecular weight. Direct comparison to predictions of hydrodynamic models based on viscoelastic behavior shows poor agreement.Modification of the Frankel analysis to account for mobile films through a Navier slip condition yields good agreement. In addition, the slip length Ls increases as M_w^3/5, consistent with a correlation based on a polymer chain size for freely jointed chains with excluded volume effects. Although developed to explain slip at liquid-solid interfaces, the Tolstoi-Larson prediction that Ls scales as the polymer size agrees favorably with our results. Whether the slip behavior is due to Marangoni effects cannot be ruled out.

  12. Structuring of Thin-Film Polymer Mixtures upon Solvent Evaporation

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    Schaefer, C.; Michels, J. J.; van der Schoot, P.

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically study the impact of solvent evaporation on the dynamics of isothermal phase separation of ternary polymer solutions in thin films. In the early stages we obtain a spinodal length scale that decreases with time under the influence of ongoing evaporation. After that rapid demixing

  13. Polymer thick-film sensors: possibilities for smartcard biometrics

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    Henderson, N.J.; Papakostas, T.V.; White, N.M.; Hartel, P.H.

    2002-01-01

    In this paper the potential of polymer thick-film sensors are assessed for use as biometric sensors on smartcards. Piezoelectric and piezoresistive sensors have been printed on flexible polyester, then bonded to smartcard blanks. The tactile interaction of a person with these sensors has been invest

  14. Effects of rf power on chemical composition and surface roughness of glow discharge polymer films

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    Zhang, Ling; He, Xiaoshan; Chen, Guo; Wang, Tao; Tang, Yongjian; He, Zhibing

    2016-03-01

    The glow discharge polymer (GDP) films for laser fusion targets were successfully fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at different radio frequency (rf) powers. The films were deposited using trans-2-butene (T2B) mixed with hydrogen as gas sources. The composition and state of plasma were diagnosed by quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) and Langmuir probe during the deposition process. The composition, surface morphology and roughness were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and white-light interferometer (WLI), respectively. Based on these observation and analyses, the growth mechanism of defects in GDP films were studied. The results show that, at low rf power, there is a larger probability for secondary polymerization and formation of multi-carbon C-H species in the plasma. In this case, the surface of GDP film turns to be cauliflower-like. With the increase of rf power, the degree of ionization is high, the relative concentration of smaller-mass hydrocarbon species increases, while the relative concentration of larger-mass hydrocarbon species decreases. At higher rf power, the energy of smaller-mass species are high and the etching effects are strong correspondingly. The GDP film's surface roughness shows a trend of decrease firstly and then increase with the increasing rf power. At rf power of 30 W, the surface root-mean-square roughness (Rq) drops to the lowest value of 12.8 nm, and no "void" defect was observed.

  15. Novel polymer coatings based on plasma polymerized 2-methoxyethyl acrylate

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    Wu, Zhenning; Jiang, Juan; Benter, Maike

    2008-01-01

    plasma system[4]. The system named SoftPlasma™ is equipped with unique three-phase pulsed AC voltage. Low energy plasma polymerization has almost no thermal load for sensitive polymer materials[5]. Plasma polymerized coatings are highly cross-linked, pin-hole free and provide hydrophilic or hydrophobic...... properties[4-6]. We have exploited these possibilities and prepared plasma polymerized 2-methoxyethyl acrylate (PPMEA) coatings on various polymer substrates. The PPMEA coatings were optimized using various plasma polymerization conditions and characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy......, Fouriertransform infrared spectroscopy, Atomic force spectroscopy and Water contact-angle measurements. The microstructures ofPPMEA coatings with different thicknesses were also studied. For practical applications in mind, the coating stability was tested in different media (air, water, acetone, phosphate...

  16. Dynamics and structure formation in thin polymer melt films

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    Seemann, Ralf [Max-Planck-Institut for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Bunsenstrasse 10, 37073 Goettingen (Germany); Herminghaus, Stephan [Max-Planck-Institut for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Bunsenstrasse 10, 37073 Goettingen (Germany); Neto, Chiara [Department of Applied Mathematics, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Schlagowski, Stefan [Department of Applied Physics, University of Ulm, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm (Germany); Podzimek, Daniel [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany); Konrad, Renate [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany); Mantz, Hubert [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany); Jacobs, Karin [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2005-03-09

    The stability of thin liquid coatings plays a fundamental role in everyday life. We studied the stability conditions of thin (3 to 300 nm) liquid polymer films on various substrates. The key role is played by the effective interface potential {phi} of the system air/film/substrate, which determines the dewetting scenario in case the film is not stable. We describe in this study how to distinguish a spinodal dewetting scenario from heterogeneous and homogeneous dewetting by analysing the emerging structures of the film surface by e.g. Minkowski measures. We also include line tension studies of tiny droplets, showing that the long-range part of {phi} does affect the drop profile, but only very close to the three phase boundary line. The dynamic properties of the films are characterized via various experimental methods: the form of the dewetting front, for example, was recorded by scanning probe microscopy and gives insight into the boundary condition between the liquid and the substrate. We further report experiments probing the viscosity and the glass transition temperature of nm-thick films using e.g. ellipsometry. Here we find that even short-chained polymer melts exhibit a significant reduction of the glass transition temperature as the film thickness is reduced below 100 nm.

  17. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Wei, Qingshuo; Uehara, Chinatsu; Mukaida, Masakazu; Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Ishida, Takao

    2016-04-01

    Measuring the in-plane thermal conductivity of organic thermoelectric materials is challenging but is critically important. Here, a method to study the in-plane thermal conductivity of free-standing films (via the use of commercial equipment) based on temperature wave analysis is explored in depth. This subject method required a free-standing thin film with a thickness larger than 10 μm and an area larger than 1 cm2, which are not difficult to obtain for most solution-processable organic thermoelectric materials. We evaluated thermal conductivities and anisotropic ratios for various types of samples including insulating polymers, undoped semiconducting polymers, doped conducting polymers, and one-dimensional carbon fiber bulky papers. This approach facilitated a rapid screening of in-plane thermal conductivities for various organic thermoelectric materials.

  18. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Measuring the in-plane thermal conductivity of organic thermoelectric materials is challenging but is critically important. Here, a method to study the in-plane thermal conductivity of free-standing films (via the use of commercial equipment based on temperature wave analysis is explored in depth. This subject method required a free-standing thin film with a thickness larger than 10 μm and an area larger than 1 cm2, which are not difficult to obtain for most solution-processable organic thermoelectric materials. We evaluated thermal conductivities and anisotropic ratios for various types of samples including insulating polymers, undoped semiconducting polymers, doped conducting polymers, and one-dimensional carbon fiber bulky papers. This approach facilitated a rapid screening of in-plane thermal conductivities for various organic thermoelectric materials.

  19. Transparent lithiated polymer films for thermal neutron detection

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    Mabe, Andrew N.; Auxier, John D.; Urffer, Matthew J.; Penumadu, Dayakar; Schweitzer, George K.; Miller, Laurence F.

    2013-09-01

    Novel water-soluble 6Li loaded copolymer scintillation films have been designed and fabricated to detect thermal neutrons. Styrene and maleic anhydride were copolymerized to form an alternating copolymer, then the anhydride functionality was hydrolyzed using 6Li hydroxide. The resulting poly(styrene-co-lithium maleate) was mixed with salicylic acid as a fluor and cast as a thin film from water. The maximum 6Li loading obtained that resulted in a transparent film was 4.36% by mass (6Li to polymer). The optimum fluorescence output was obtained for 11.7% salicylic acid by mass, presumably in the form of lithium salicylate, resulting in an optimum film containing 3.85% by mass of 6Li. A facile and robust synthesis method, film fabrication protocol, photoluminescence results, and scintillation responses are reported herein.

  20. Co-polymer Films for Sensors

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    Ryan, Margaret A. (Inventor); Homer, Margie L. (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Pin S. (Inventor); Kisor, Adam (Inventor); Jewell, April D. (Inventor); Shevade, Abhijit V. (Inventor); Manatt, Kenneth S. (Inventor); Taylor, Charles (Inventor); Blanco, Mario (Inventor); Goddard, William A. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Embodiments include a sensor comprising a co-polymer, the co-polymer comprising a first monomer and a second monomer. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is polystyrene and the second monomer is poly-2-vinyl pyridinium propylamine chloride. For some embodiments, the first monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridine, and the second monomer is poly-4-vinyl pyridinium benzylamine chloride. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

  1. Improvement of hemocompatibility of polycaprolactone film surfaces with zwitterionic polymer brushes.

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    Jiang, H; Wang, X B; Li, C Y; Li, J S; Xu, F J; Mao, C; Yang, W T; Shen, J

    2011-09-20

    Polycaprolactone (PCL) has been widely adopted as a scaffold biomaterial, but further improvement of the hemocompatibility of a PCL film surface is still needed for wide biomedical applications. In this work, the PCL film surface was functionalized with zwitterionic poly(3-dimethyl(methacryloyloxyethyl) ammonium propane sulfonate) (P(DMAPS)) brushes via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for enhancing hemocompatibility. Kinetics study revealed an approximately linear increase in graft yield of the functional P(DMAPS) brushes with polymerization time. The blood compatibilities of the modified PCL film surfaces were studied by platelet adhesion tests of platelet-rich plasma and human whole blood, hemolysis assay, and plasma recalcification time (PRT) assay. The improvement of hemocompatibility is dependent on the coverage of the grafted P(DMAPS) brushes on the PCL film. Lower or no platelet and blood cell adhesion was observed on the P(DMAPS)-grafted film surfaces. The P(DMAPS) grafting can further decrease hemolysis and enhance the PRT of the PCL surface. With the versatility of surface-initiated ATRP and the excellent hemocompatibility of zwitterionic polymer brushes, PCL films with desirable blood properties can be readily tailored to cater to various biomedical applications.

  2. Preparation and characterization of polymer-clay nanocomposite films

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    2009-01-01

    Polymer/clay nanocomposite films were prepared by means of electrodeposition of aqueous suspension including cathodic electrophoretic acrylic resin (CEAR) and Na+-montmorillonite (NMMT). Studies of XRD,SEM and TEM indicated well-dispersed NMMT platelets in the films prepared. The ideal dispersity achieved was thought to be the result of aqueous compatibility between CEAR molecules and NMMT platelets and the result of the water-involved process as well. The modulus and strength of the polymer/clay nanocomposite coatings tested by tensile testing and nano-indentation were effectively improved compared to those of the virgin CEAR film. In addition,the adhesion strength,flexibility and water-resistance represented by Chinese national standard (GB) kept the best grades.

  3. Anti-biofouling properties of amphiphilic phosphorylcholine polymer films.

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    Li, Yan; Liu, Cheng-Mei; Yang, Jin-Ying; Gao, Ya-Hui; Li, Xue-Song; Que, Guo-He; Lu, J R

    2011-07-01

    Surfaces of amphiphilic phosphorylcholine polymer (PC1036) prepared by spin-coating were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry, water contact angle and atomic force microscopy. The antifouling properties of the PC1036 films to marine benthic diatom Nitzschia closterium MMDL533 were also investigated. The results showed that the dry PC1036 film promoted the adhesion of N. closterium MMDL533 because the hydrophobic lauryl groups were present in the film surface. The 2 h-swelled PC1036 films had excellent anti-fouling properties with extremely low attachment densities and retention densities no matter what the annealing temperature was. The thickness of the coated films lower than 147 Å had a profound effect on the film anti-fouling properties. Otherwise, when the film thickness was higher than that value, there was no more improvement of diatom cell reduction observed. The annealing temperature had only a little effect on the film resistant to diatom adhesion, which might be attributed to two factors including the PC group packing densities in the outer PC layer and the equilibrated water volume fraction in the 2 h-swelled PC1036 films.

  4. Thin film conductive polymer for microactuator and micromuscle applications

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    Lee, A.P.; Hong, K.; Trevino, J.; Northrup, M.A.

    1994-04-14

    Conductive polymer/polyimide bimorphic microcantilevers have been actuated vertically (out-of-plane) upon the volumetric changes induced by electrochemical doping of the polymer. The microcantilevers that are 200-500 {mu}m in length and 50-100 {mu}m in width can be fully extended from a circularly-curled geometry, and thus generate more than 100 {mu}m displacement. Dynamically the microcantilevers have been driven as fast as 1.2 Hz and the polymer was stable for over a week stored in air and light. Residual stresses in the polymer film is estimated to be as high as 254 MPa, and actuation stresses are as high as 50 MPa.

  5. Highly stretchable polymer semiconductor films through the nanoconfinement effect.

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    Xu, Jie; Wang, Sihong; Wang, Ging-Ji Nathan; Zhu, Chenxin; Luo, Shaochuan; Jin, Lihua; Gu, Xiaodan; Chen, Shucheng; Feig, Vivian R; To, John W F; Rondeau-Gagné, Simon; Park, Joonsuk; Schroeder, Bob C; Lu, Chien; Oh, Jin Young; Wang, Yanming; Kim, Yun-Hi; Yan, He; Sinclair, Robert; Zhou, Dongshan; Xue, Gi; Murmann, Boris; Linder, Christian; Cai, Wei; Tok, Jeffery B-H; Chung, Jong Won; Bao, Zhenan

    2017-01-06

    Soft and conformable wearable electronics require stretchable semiconductors, but existing ones typically sacrifice charge transport mobility to achieve stretchability. We explore a concept based on the nanoconfinement of polymers to substantially improve the stretchability of polymer semiconductors, without affecting charge transport mobility. The increased polymer chain dynamics under nanoconfinement significantly reduces the modulus of the conjugated polymer and largely delays the onset of crack formation under strain. As a result, our fabricated semiconducting film can be stretched up to 100% strain without affecting mobility, retaining values comparable to that of amorphous silicon. The fully stretchable transistors exhibit high biaxial stretchability with minimal change in on current even when poked with a sharp object. We demonstrate a skinlike finger-wearable driver for a light-emitting diode. Copyright © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  6. On near-free-surface dynamics of thin polymer films

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    Qi, Dongping

    In the present studies of four projects we developed several novel techniques to investigate near-free-surface dynamics of thin polymer films. In the first project, we studied the dynamical properties of the first 2-3 nm region of glassy isotactic poly (methyl methacrylate) (i-PMMA) films by means of the nano surface hole relaxation technique. We found that for the measured surface relaxation times there is a strong substrate property dependence, which can propagate into i-PMMA films for a distance of more than 100nm. An unexpected molecular weight (Mw) dependence of the near surface relaxation time is found for thick i-PMMA films, which, together with the finding that the free surface could be assigned a local surface glass transition temperature of ˜40K below bulk T g, indicates a viscous liquid regime while the rest of the underneath bulk part is in the glassy state. In the second project, the nano gold sphere embedding technique was used to study the nearfree-surface dynamics of polystyrene (PS) films within wide temperature and time windows. Three sections of measurements are conducted in this project. In the first section, we studied the Mw dependence of the near-free-surface dynamics of PS films and found that at temperatures above bulk Tg there exists a Mw dependence which can be explained using the Rouse dynamics for melt polymers. However, at a temperature of 16K below bulk T g no w M dependence is discernible, which is in contrast to that for i-PMMA films where even at a temperature of ˜36K below bulk Tg a Mw dependence of the near free surface dynamics is still observed. In the second section of this work, we studied the nano gold sphere embedding behavior within a wide temperature and time window, and for the first time the depth dependence of the near-free-surface dynamics with the nanometer scale resolution was observed. By an embedding-model-free data analysis the results show that when the measurement temperature is above a temperature of ˜378K

  7. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David; De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter; Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino; De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert

    2016-07-01

    Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  8. Radio frequency plasma polymer coatings for affinity capture MALDI mass spectrometry.

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    Li, Meiling; Timmons, Richard B; Kinsel, Gary R

    2005-01-01

    Surface modification of MALDI probes is an attractive approach for combining bioaffinity isolation of targeted biomolecules with mass spectrometric analysis of the captured species. In this work, we demonstrate that a polymer thin film, produced by pulsed rf plasma polymerization of allylamine and deposited directly on a MALDI probe, can be subsequently biotinylated to develop a bioaffinity capture MALDI probe. The synthesis and characterization of the probe by XPS, FT-IR, and AFM is described, and the selective isolation of avidin from a three-component mixture of avidin, lysozyme, and cytochrome c is presented. These initial results offer encouragement for the further exploration of rf plasma polymer deposition as a novel approach for the development of on-probe affinity capture MALDI probes.

  9. Electrodeposited polymer encapsulated nickel sulphide thin films: frequency switching material

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    Jana, Sumanta, E-mail: sumantajana85@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Botanic Garden, Howrah 711103, WB (India); Mukherjee, Nillohit [Centre of Excellence for Green Energy and Sensor Systems, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah 711103, WB (India); Chakraborty, Biswajit [Department of Chemistry, Vivekananda Mahavidyalay, Burdwan 713103, WB (India); Mitra, Bibhas Chandra [Department of Physics, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Botanic Garden, Howrah 711103, WB (India); Mondal, Anup, E-mail: anupmondal2000@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Botanic Garden, Howrah 711103, WB (India)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: Polyvinylpyrrolidone encapsulated NiS thin films were synthesized electrochemically. The light induced frequency switching study of the synthesized material was carried out and it was observed that the films performed well as a switching device under 1 Sun illumination. This pulse generation within an insulating polymer encapsulated semicondctor matrix (PVP NiS) might be due to surface covering which leads to reduction of recombination process. Highlights: • PVP-NiS thin films were electrochemically synthesized. • Encapsulation of PVP causes surface modification of NiS by reducing surface states. • The synthesized thin films were used as frequency switching material which generates ~ 50 Hz frequency under 1 Sun irradiation. Abstract: Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) encapsulated nickel sulfide (NiS) thin films have been synthesized electrochemically from aqueous solution of hydrated nickel chloride (NiCl₂, 6H₂O), thioacetamide (CH₃C(S) NH₂) (TAA) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Surface modification of nickel sulfide (NiS) thin films was achieved by this polymer encapsulation. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Energy dispersive X-radiation (EDAX) techniques were used for the characterization of thin films. Infrared spectroscopy (IR) confirmed the formation of polymer encapsulated semiconductor. Frequency switching generation study shows that the encapsulated material could be used as a frequency switching device that generates a frequency ~ 50 Hz under 1 Sun illumination. Encapsulation with PVP causes surface modification that reduces the surface states and barrier height. As a result, the width of the depletion region decreases. So the number of electron-hole pairs increases. Consequently, the number of excitons and exciton related emission increases and this leads to reduction of recombination process and shows photo induced

  10. A conducting polymer film stronger than aluminum.

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    Shi, G; Jin, S; Xue, G; Li, C

    1995-02-17

    Polythiophene (Pth) was electrochemically deposited onto stainless steel substrate from freshly distilled boron fluoride-ethyl ether containing 10 millimoles of thiophene per liter. The free-standing Pth film obtained at an applied potential of 1.3 volts (versus Ag/AgCl) had a conductivity of 48.7 siemens per centimeter. Its tensile strength (1200 to 1300 kilograms per square centimeter) was greater than that of aluminium (1000 to 1100 kilograms per square centimeter). This Pth film behaves like a metal sheet and can be easily cut into various structures with a knife or a pair of scissors.

  11. Nanodiamond-polymer nanoparticle composites and their thin films

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    Attia, N. F.; Rao, J. P.; Geckeler, K. E.

    2014-04-01

    Nanodiamonds obtained from detonation processes have received a great deal of attention during the past decades because of their unique properties and applications. The dispersion of nanodiamond particles can be achieved by different methods including the use of polymer nanoparticles. Here, we describe the dispersion of nanodiamonds in conjunction with sonication using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles with a particle size range of 23.3-61.3 nm, providing a good, economic, and efficient method for the dispersion. The average particle size was found to be 37.5 nm, as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The interaction between the nanodiamonds and polymer nanoparticles was characterized by FTIR spectroscopy and the effect of the polymer nanoparticle concentration, sonication time, and frequency on the dispersion process of nanodiamonds is highlighted. In addition, we prepared thin films of nanodiamond-polymer composites with different nanodiamond contents that showed good nanodiamond dispersion. The thin film can act as a UV filter and is transparent in the visible region. The thin films of nanodiamond-poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles were characterized by SEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

  12. Soiling and Cleaning of Polymer Film Solar Reflectors

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    Christopher Sansom

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the accelerated ageing of commercially available silvered polymer film by contact cleaning using brushes and water in the presence of soiling created by dust and sand particles. These conditions represent cleaning regimes in real concentrating solar power (CSP solar fields in arid environments, where contact cleaning using brushes and water is often required to clean the reflecting surfaces. Whilst suitable for glass reflectors, this paper discusses the effects of these established cleaning processes on the optical and visual characteristics of polymer film surfaces, and then describes the development of a more benign but effective contact cleaning process for cleaning polymer reflectors. The effects of a range of cleaning brushes are discussed, with and without the presence of water, in the presence of sand and dust particles from selected representative locations. The experiments were repeated using different experimental equipment at Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA in Spain and Cranfield University in the UK. The results highlight differences that are attributable to the experimental methods used. Reflectance measurements and visual inspection show that a soft cleaning brush with a small amount of water, used in a cleaning head with both linear and rotational motion, can clean polymer film reflecting surfaces without inflicting surface damage or reducing specular reflectance.

  13. Deformation Hysteresis of Electrohydrodynamic Patterning on a Thin Polymer Film.

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    Yang, Qingzhen; Li, Ben Q; Tian, Hongmiao; Li, Xiangming; Shao, Jinyou; Chen, Xiaoliang; Xu, Feng

    2016-07-13

    Electrohydrodynamic patterning is a technique that enables micro/nanostructures via imposing an external voltage on thin polymer films. In this investigation, we studied the electrohydrodynamic patterning theoretically and experimentally, with special interest focused on the equilibrium state. It is found that the equilibrium structure height increases with the voltage. In addition, we have observed, and believe it to be the first time, a hysteresis phenomenon exists in the relationship between the voltage and structure height. With an increase in the voltage, a critical value (the first critical voltage) is noticed, above which the polymer film would increase dramatically until it comes into contact with the template. However, with a decrease in the voltage, a smaller voltage (the second critical voltage) is needed to detach the polymer from the template. The mismatch of the first and second critical voltages distorts the voltage-structure height curve into an "S" shape. Such a phenomenon is verified for three representative templates and also by experiments. Furthermore, the effects of some parameters (e.g., polymer film thickness and dielectric constant) on this hysteresis phenomenon are also discussed.

  14. Film-thickness dependence of structure formation in ultra-thin polymer blend films

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    Gutmann, J S; Stamm, M

    2002-01-01

    We investigated the film-thickness dependence of structure formation in ultra-thin polymer blend films prepared from solution. As a model system we used binary blends of statistical poly(styrene-co-p-bromostyrene) copolymers of different degrees of bromination. Ultra-thin-film samples differing in miscibility and film thickness were prepared via spin coating of common toluene solutions onto silicon (100) substrates. The resulting morphologies were investigated with scanning force microscopy, reflectometry and grazing-incidence scattering techniques using both X-rays and neutrons in order to obtain a picture of the sample structure at and below the sample surface. (orig.)

  15. Precursor polymer approach towards functional conjugated polymer networks and ultrathin film electro-optical applications

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    Taranekar, Prasad

    Conjugated polymers are organic semiconductors which are of interest to a wide variety of optical, electronic, opto-electronic, and sensory applications; including light emitting diodes, thin film transistors, photovoltaic cells, and chemical sensors. While conducting polymers have some similarities to conventional polymeric materials, it is clearly the extensive main chain pi-conjugated structure and its implicit electro-optical properties that make it distinct. The same structure, however, gives it "chain stiffness" that affects its physical behavior. As a direct consequence of this, virtually all unsubstituted conducting polymers are found to be intractable and insoluble. This dissertation details the issue of tailoring the electro-optical properties and processability of conjugated polymers via a novel "precursor polymer approach". In this approach, electroactive side group units of either similar or different kind are tethered to a polymeric backbone. This combination determines the eventual electro-optical and electrochemical properties of these polymers including their ability to form ultrathin films. Thus, the desired macroscopic property is transformed by designing new precursor polymer structures, manipulating polymer-based compositions and blends, and the exploration and exploitation of their electrochemical processing conditions. In Chapters 2, 3, and 4, we have used single or binary electroactive compositions of species such as pyrrole, thiophene, carbazole and terthiophene are tethered to a linear polymeric backbone. Besides, the linear approach, in Chapters 5 and 6, we have also explored the use of generational dendrimers as backbone with carbazole units attached as peripheral electroactive groups. These precursor polymers were then subjected to electrochemical cross-linking to generate high optical quality ultrathin films on a conducting substrate such as indium tin oxide (ITO) or Au surfaces. The reaction of such electroactive species inimically

  16. Effects of rf power on chemical composition and surface roughness of glow discharge polymer films

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    Zhang, Ling; He, Xiaoshan; Chen, Guo; Wang, Tao; Tang, Yongjian; He, Zhibing, E-mail: hezhibing802@163.com

    2016-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The growth mechanism of defects in GDP films was studied upon plasma diagnosis. • Increasing rf power enhanced the etching effects of smaller-mass species. • The “void” defect was caused by high energy hydrocarbons bombardment on the surface. • The surface roughness was only 12.76 nm, and no “void” defect was observed at 30 W. - Abstract: The glow discharge polymer (GDP) films for laser fusion targets were successfully fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at different radio frequency (rf) powers. The films were deposited using trans-2-butene (T{sub 2}B) mixed with hydrogen as gas sources. The composition and state of plasma were diagnosed by quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) and Langmuir probe during the deposition process. The composition, surface morphology and roughness were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and white-light interferometer (WLI), respectively. Based on these observation and analyses, the growth mechanism of defects in GDP films were studied. The results show that, at low rf power, there is a larger probability for secondary polymerization and formation of multi-carbon C-H species in the plasma. In this case, the surface of GDP film turns to be cauliflower-like. With the increase of rf power, the degree of ionization is high, the relative concentration of smaller-mass hydrocarbon species increases, while the relative concentration of larger-mass hydrocarbon species decreases. At higher rf power, the energy of smaller-mass species are high and the etching effects are strong correspondingly. The GDP film's surface roughness shows a trend of decrease firstly and then increase with the increasing rf power. At rf power of 30 W, the surface root-mean-square roughness (Rq) drops to the lowest value of 12.8 nm, and no “void” defect was observed.

  17. Conductive Polymer Porous Film with Tunable Wettability and Adhesion

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    Yuqi Teng

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A conductive polymer porous film with tunable wettability and adhesion was fabricated by the chloroform solution of poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyricacid-methyl-ester (PCBM via the freeze drying method. The porous film could be obtained from the solution of 0.8 wt%, whose pore diameters ranged from 50 nm to 500 nm. The hydrophobic porous surface with a water contact angle (CA of 144.7° could be transferred into a hydrophilic surface with CA of 25° by applying a voltage. The water adhesive force on the porous film increased with the increase of the external voltage. The electro-controllable wettability and adhesion of the porous film have potential application in manipulating liquid collection and transportation.

  18. TWO-LAYER MODEL DESCRIPTION OF POLYMER THIN FILM DYNAMICS

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    Dong-dong Peng; Ran-xing Nancy Li; Chi-hang Lam; Ophelia K.C.Tsui

    2013-01-01

    Experiments in the past two decades have shown that the glass transition temperature of polymer films can become noticeably different from that of the bulk when the film thickness is decreased below ca.100 nm.It is broadly believed that these observations are caused by a nanometer interfacial layer with dynamics faster or slower than that of the bulk.In this paper,we examine how this idea may be realized by using a two-layer model assuming a hydrodynamic coupling between the interfacial layer and the remaining,bulk-like layer in the film.Illustrative examples will be given showing how the two-layer model is applied to the viscosity measurements of polystyrene and polymethylmethacrylate films supported by silicon oxide,where divergent thickness dependences are observed.

  19. Application of atmospheric pressure plasma in polymer and composite adhesion

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    Yu, Hang

    An atmospheric pressure helium and oxygen plasma was used to investigate surface activation and bonding in polymer composites. This device was operated by passing 1.0-3.0 vol% of oxygen in helium through a pair of parallel plate metal electrodes powered by 13.56 or 27.12 MHz radio frequency power. The gases were partially ionized between the capacitors where plasma was generated. The reactive species in the plasma were carried downstream by the gas flow to treat the substrate surface. The temperature of the plasm gas reaching the surface of the substrate did not exceed 150 °C, which makes it suitable for polymer processing. The reactive species in the plasma downstream includes ~ 1016-1017 cm-3 atomic oxygen, ~ 1015 cm-3 ozone molecule, and ~ 10 16 cm-3 metastable oxygen molecule (O2 1Deltag). The substrates were treated at 2-5 mm distance from the exit of the plasma. Surface properties of the substrates were characterized using water contact angle (WCA), atomic force microscopy (AFM), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Subsequently, the plasma treated samples were bonded adhesively or fabricated into composites. The increase in mechanical strength was correlated to changes in the material composition and structure after plasma treatment. The work presented hereafter establishes atmospheric pressure plasma as an effective method to activate and to clean the surfaces of polymers and composites for bonding. This application can be further expanded to the activation of carbon fibers for better fiber-resin interactions during the fabrication of composites. Treating electronic grade FR-4 and polyimide with the He/O2 plasma for a few seconds changed the substrate surface from hydrophobic to hydrophilic, which allowed complete wetting of the surface by epoxy in underfill applications. Characterization of the surface by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows formation of oxygenated functional groups, including hydroxyl, carbonyl, and

  20. Photo-Induced Magnetic Anisotropy of Polymer Film Containing Azobenzene Organic Free Radical Group

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    徐则达; 张勇; 陈小芳; 范星河; 宛新华; 周其凤

    2003-01-01

    The forward degenerate four-wave mixing geometry was employed to induce microstructure in an organic free radical azobenzene polymer film. Before irradiated with Ar+ laser beams (λ = 514.5 nm), the azobenzene organic free radical polymer exhibits magnetic isotropic measured by superconducting quantum interference device. After photo-induced microstructure, the polymer film becomes magnetic anisotropy. When the applied magnetic field H = 50 Gauss, the magnetization along the normal direction of the polymer film is Mz = 5.5 × 10-5 emu/g,which is larger than Mx = 4.1 × 10-5 emu/g in the direction parallel to the polymer film.

  1. Transparent lithiated polymer films for thermal neutron detection

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    Mabe, Andrew N., E-mail: andrew.n.mabe@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Auxier, John D. [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Urffer, Matthew J. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Penumadu, Dayakar [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Schweitzer, George K. [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Miller, Laurence F. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States)

    2013-09-11

    Novel water-soluble {sup 6}Li loaded copolymer scintillation films have been designed and fabricated to detect thermal neutrons. Styrene and maleic anhydride were copolymerized to form an alternating copolymer, then the anhydride functionality was hydrolyzed using {sup 6}Li hydroxide. The resulting poly(styrene-co-lithium maleate) was mixed with salicylic acid as a fluor and cast as a thin film from water. The maximum {sup 6}Li loading obtained that resulted in a transparent film was 4.36% by mass ({sup 6}Li to polymer). The optimum fluorescence output was obtained for 11.7% salicylic acid by mass, presumably in the form of lithium salicylate, resulting in an optimum film containing 3.85% by mass of {sup 6}Li. A facile and robust synthesis method, film fabrication protocol, photoluminescence results, and scintillation responses are reported herein. -- Highlights: • A transparent polymer scintillator containing 3.85 wt% {sup 6}Li has been synthesized. • This class of polymeric thermal neutron scintillation detector is water-soluble. • Salicylic acid, presumably in the form of lithium salicylate, is used as a fluor. • The material emits 373 photons/α ({sup 241}Am) and an average of 139 photons/β ({sup 36}Cl). • The material emits 360 photons per thermal neutron capture event.

  2. Microstructure Evolution during Solvent Evaporation from Thin Film Polymer Mixtures

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    Clarke, Nigel; Souche, Mireille; Buxton, Gavin

    2009-03-01

    We present simulations of the phase separation dynamics in a thin film polymer blend solution subject to solvent evaporation [1]. If the upper and lower surfaces are neutral with respect to the different components, we find that as the solvent diffuses through the film, and evaporates from the surface, phase separation becomes energetically favourable progressively throughout the film. This produces an ordering front which propagates through the film and leaves an ordered lateral morphology in its wake. In order to understand microstructure evolution if the surface interactions are strong enough that the film initially separates into a two layers, we have perfomed a linear analysis of the Marangoni instability of a deformable interface between two fluid layers of finite depths, submitted to a gradient of solvent concentration induced by the evaporation [2]. Qualitative comparison with experimental observations of spin-coating processes of solution of two immiscible polymers are then performed, yielding satisfactory agreement.[0pt] [1] G. A. Buxton and N.Clarke, Europhysics Letters, 78, 56006, 2007.[0pt] [2] M. Souche and N. Clarke, European Physical Journal E, in press.

  3. Convergence to Self-Similar Regimes in Thin Polymer Films

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    Benzaquen, Michael; Salez, Thomas; Raphaël, Elie; Elie Raphaël Team; Kari Dalnoki-Veress Team

    2013-03-01

    The surface of a thin liquid film with nonconstant curvature is unstable, as the Laplace pressure drives a flow mediated by viscosity. Recent experiments and theory applied to stepped polymer films have shown excellent agreement and provide a technique for the study of polymer confinement, the glass transition, and slip at the fluid substrate interface to name a few. The thin film equation governs the evolution of the free surface profile in the lubrication approximation. Despite many efforts, this equation remains only partially solved. We present an analytical and numerical study of the thin film equation. Linearising this equation enables us to derive the Green's function of the problem and therefore obtain a complete set of solutions. We show that the solutions of the problem with equilibrium boundary conditions uniformly converge in time towards a first kind self-similar universal attractor. A numerical study enables us to extend our results to the nonlinear thin film equation. Laboratoire Physico-Chimie Théorique, UMR CNRS 7083 Gulliver. ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005, Paris, France.

  4. Plasmas and atom beam activation of the surface of polymers

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    Lopez-Santos, C; Yubero, F; Cotrino, J; Barranco, A; Gonzalez-Elipe, A R [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-Univ. Sevilla), Avda Americo Vespucio 49, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: arge@icmse.csic.es

    2008-11-21

    Wetting properties of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and low-density polyethylene polymers have been investigated after treatment with a microwave (MW) plasma discharge at low pressure and a dielectric barrier discharge at atmospheric pressure. Experiments have also been carried out in situ with an atom source installed in an x-ray photoemission spectrometer (XPS). The water contact angle measured on both polymers experienced a significant decrease after activation, but a progressive recovery up to different values after ageing. Standard chemical analysis by XPS showed that the plasma and oxygen beam treatments produced an increase in the concentration of -C(O){sub x} functional groups at the outermost surface layers of the treated polymers. Besides, the oxygen distribution between the topmost surface layer and the bulk has been obtained by non-destructive XPS peak shape analysis. Atomic force microscopy analysis of the surface topography showed that, except for PET treated with the MW plasma and the atom beam, the surface roughness increased after the plasma treatments. Wetting angle variations, oxygen content and distribution, surface roughness and evolution of these properties with time are comparatively discussed by taking into account the basic processes that each type of activation procedure induces in the outmost surface layers of the treated polymers.

  5. Entanglement effects in capillary waves on liquid polymer films.

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    Jiang, Zhang; Mukhopadhyay, Mrinmay K; Song, Sanghoon; Narayanan, Suresh; Lurio, L B; Kim, Hyunjung; Sinha, Sunil K

    2008-12-12

    Overdamped surface capillary wave relaxations on molten polymer films were measured using x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy. We found a transition from a single through a stretched to another single exponential regime as the temperature is decreased from well above to near the bulk glass transition temperature. A universal scaling of the dynamics was discovered over a wide range of film thicknesses, temperatures, and molecular weights (except in the multiple relaxation regime). These observations are justified by hydrodynamic theory and the time-temperature superposition principle by considering an effective viscosity instead of the bulk zero shear viscosity.

  6. Thin Films Formed from Conjugated Polymers with Ionic, Water-Soluble Backbones.

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    Voortman, Thomas P; Chiechi, Ryan C

    2015-12-30

    This paper compares the morphologies of films of conjugated polymers in which the backbone (main chain) and pendant groups are varied between ionic/hydrophilic and aliphatic/hydrophobic. We observe that conjugated polymers in which the pendant groups and backbone are matched, either ionic-ionic or hydrophobic-hydrophobic, form smooth, structured, homogeneous films from water (ionic) or tetrahydrofuran (hydrophobic). Mismatched conjugated polymers, by contrast, form inhomogeneous films with rough topologies. The polymers with ionic backbone chains are conjugated polyions (conjugated polymers with closed-shell charges in the backbone), which are semiconducting materials with tunable bad-gaps, not unlike uncharged conjugated polymers.

  7. Conductive polythiophene-like thin film synthesized using controlled plasma processes

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    Wen, Long [Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Nu-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma Nano Materials, Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Dong-Cheol [Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Chemical and Biological Defense Research Center, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Javid, Amjed [Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Nu-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma Nano Materials, Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sanghoon [Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Jae-Do [Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Changsik [Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Chemical and Biological Defense Research Center, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Han, Jeon Geon, E-mail: hanjg@skku.edu [Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Nu-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma Nano Materials, Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-31

    Transparent conductive polythiophene-like thin films were synthesized by a plasma polymerization technique using a middle range frequency (40 kHz). The effects of the variation of power and pressure on the chemical structure of the deposited film were investigated along with the effect of doping with iodine vapors on the conductivity of the films. Plasma polymerization is a low temperature process, provides deposition of thin polymer films on a wide variety of substrates, and has advantages due to non-involvement of any solvents. The chemical structure of the films was characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The wetting properties of the films were studied using water contact angle measurements. The fragmentation of the thiophene monomer structure increased with increasing discharge power, implying that at low discharge power, the plasma phase was energy-deficient. The lower fragmentation of the monomer led to high retention of the monomer structure in the deposited films. Under various pressure conditions, the retention of the monomer structure was found to be similar as that of the deposited films. After doping with iodine vapor, a large conductivity enhancement, from 3.52 × 10{sup −6} to 2.3 × 10{sup −3} s/cm was observed. The results showed the retention of a monomer structure having conjugated bonds in the films, responsible for the enhanced conductivities. - Highlights: • Fabrication of conductive polythiophene-like films by plasma process • Transmittance more than 80% • 3 order conductivity enhancement with iodine doping • Retention of monomer structure responsible for better conductivities.

  8. GRAFT COPOLYMERIZATION OF ACRYLAMIDE ONTO POLYPROPYLENE FILMS BY PLASMA TECHNIQUE

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    WANG Shicai; YE Mu; LU Lizhen; CHEN Jie

    1988-01-01

    The graft copolymerization of acrylamide onto polypropylene (PP) film was carried out by using a capacitively coupled rf plasma apparatus with external plate electrodes. The relationship between the surface structure of the Ar plasma-treated PP films and the extent of grafting of acrylamide on the films was studied through observing the effects of discharge power and exposure time on the relative content of free-radical on the film surface. Meanwhile, the wettability and surface energy of the PP film were measured.

  9. On the optical and electrical properties of rf and a.c. plasma polymerized aniline thin films

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    U S Sajeev; C Joseph Mathai; S Saravanan; Rajeev R Ashokan; S Venkatachalam; M R Anantharaman

    2006-04-01

    Polyaniline is a widely studied conducting polymer and is a useful material in its bulk and thin film form for many applications, because of its excellent optical and electrical properties. Pristine and iodine doped polyaniline thin films were prepared by a.c. and rf plasma polymerization techniques separately for the comparison of their optical and electrical properties. Doping of iodine was effected in situ. The structural properties of these films were evaluated by FTIR spectroscopy and the optical band gap was estimated from UV-vis-NIR measurements. Comparative studies on the structural, optical and electrical properties of a.c. and rf polymerization are presented here. It has been found that the optical band gap of the polyaniline thin films prepared by rf and a.c. plasma polymerization techniques differ considerably and the band gap is further reduced by in situ doping of iodine. The electrical conductivity measurements on these films show a higher value of electrical conductivity in the case of rf plasma polymerized thin films when compared to the a.c. plasma polymerized films. Also, it is found that the iodine doping enhanced conductivity of the polymer thin films considerably. The results are compared and correlated and have been explained with respect to the different structures adopted under these two preparation techniques.

  10. Elasto-Optical Properties of Thin Polymer Films by Prism Coupling Technique

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    Ay, Feridun; Agan, Sedat; Kocabas, Askin; Aydinli, Atilla

    2004-05-01

    Reliable measurement of stress dependent refractive index of thin polymer films has been achieved. The effect of the applied stress on the refractive index and birefringence of the films was investigated. The out-of-plane elastic moduli of the thin polymer films were deduced by using the same prism coupling setup. Three dimensional finite element method (FEM) analysis was used to obtain the principal stresses for each polymer film and combining them with the stress dependent refractive index measurements, the elasto-optic coefficients of the polymer films were determined, for the first time.

  11. Intricacies of Polymer Dewetting: Nanoscaled Architectures for the Tailored Control of Polystyrene Thin Film Stability

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    Cheung, Justin; Sen, Mani; Chen, Zhizhao; Jiang, Naisheng; Endoh, Maya; Koga, Tadanori; Satija, Sushil

    Recently, structural properties of polymer thin films have garnered attention for their relevance in the fields of organic photovoltaics and biosensors. The dewetting of polymer films poses an obstacle in the face of widespread implementation. For this study, we show that adsorbed polymer chains on a substrate surface play crucial roles in film stability. Polystyrene (PS) thin films (20 nm in thickness) with different molecular weights (Mw) on silicon (Si) substrates were used as a model. The PS films were annealed at high temperatures for several days, and Mw dependence on film stability was evidenced. At the same time, the annealed PS films were leached with a good solvent and the residue films (i.e., irreversibly adsorbed layers) were characterized by x-ray reflectivity (XR). We reveal strong correlation between film stability and two different interfacial structures of the adsorbed polymer chains: their opposing wettability against chemically identical free polymer chains results in a wetting-dewetting transition at the adsorbed polymer-free polymer interface. This is a unique aspect of polymer thin film stability and may be generalizable to other polymer systems regardless of the magnitude of solid-polymer attractive interactions. We acknowledge the financial support of NSF Grant (CMMI-1332499).

  12. RUPTURING OF POLYMER FILMS WITH RUBBING—INDUCED SURFACE DEFECTS

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    B.Du; F.C.Xie; Y.J.Wang; O.K.C.Tsui; O.K.C.Tsui

    2003-01-01

    It has been a long-standing question whether dewetting of polymer film from non-wettable substrate surfaces wherein the bicontinuous morphology never forms in the dewetting film is due to spinodal instability or heterogeneous nucleation.In this experiment,we use a simple method to make the distinction through introduction of topographical defects of the films by rubbing the sample surface with a rayon cloth.Spinodal dewetting is identified for those films that dewet by a characteristic wavevector,q,independent of the density of rubbing-induced defects.Heterogeneous nucleation,on the other hand,is identified for those with q increasing with increasing density of defects.Our result shows that PS films on oxide coated silicon with thickness less than≈13nm are dominated by spinodal dewetting,but the thicker films are dominated by nucleation dewetting.We also confirm that spinodal dewetting does not necessarily lead to a bicontinuous morphology in the dewetting film,contrary to the classic theory of Cahn.

  13. Synthesis of semiconductor polymers by inductive plasma; Sintesis de polimeros semiconductores por plasmas inductivos

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    Fernandez, G.; Cruz, G.; Olayo, M.G. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Morales, J. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    When carrying out the synthesis of semiconductor polymers by plasma it is important to consider the electric arrangement of the discharge since this it influences in the distribution of the energy of the particles in the reactor. The main electric arrangements in those that are developed the brightness discharges of radio frequency are resistive, capacitive and inductive. In the Laboratory of Materials processing by plasma of the ININ its have been worked different synthesis of polymers with resistive arrangements with good results. In this work the results of the synthesis and characterization of poly aniline and chlorate polyethylene by inductive plasma are presented. (Author)

  14. Characteristics of ITO films with oxygen plasma treatment for thin film solar cell applications

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    Park, Yong Seob [Department of Photoelectronics Information, Chosun College of Science and Technology, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eungkwon [Digital Broadcasting Examination, Korean Intellectual Property Office, Daejeon, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Byungyou [School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Cheoncheon-dong, 300, Jangan-gu, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jaehyoeng, E-mail: jaehyeong@skku.edu [School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Cheoncheon-dong, 300, Jangan-gu, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: The effect of O{sub 2} plasma treatment on the surface and the work function of ITO films. - Highlights: • ITO films were prepared on the glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering method. • Effects of O{sub 2} plasma treatment on the properties of ITO films were investigated. • The work function of ITO film was changed from 4.67 to 5.66 eV by plasma treatment. - Abstract: The influence of oxygen plasma treatment on the electro-optical and structural properties of indium-tin-oxide films deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering method were investigated. The films were exposed at different O{sub 2} plasma powers and for various durations by using the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The resistivity of the ITO films was almost constant, regardless of the plasma treatment conditions. Although the optical transmittance of ITO films was little changed by the plasma power, the prolonged treatment slightly increased the transmittance. The work function of ITO film was changed from 4.67 eV to 5.66 eV at the plasma treatment conditions of 300 W and 60 min.

  15. Polymer Substrates For Lightweight, Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Lewis, Carol R.

    1993-01-01

    Substrates survive high deposition temperatures. High-temperature-resistant polymers candidate materials for use as substrates of lightweight, flexible, radiation-resistant solar photovoltaic cells. According to proposal, thin films of copper indium diselenide or cadmium telluride deposited on substrates to serve as active semiconductor layers of cells, parts of photovoltaic power arrays having exceptionally high power-to-weight ratios. Flexibility of cells exploited to make arrays rolled up for storage.

  16. Plasma deposited fluorinated films on porous membranes

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    Gancarz, Irena [Department of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Wrocław University of Technology, 50-370 Wrocław (Poland); Bryjak, Marek, E-mail: marek.bryjak@pwr.edu.pl [Department of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Wrocław University of Technology, 50-370 Wrocław (Poland); Kujawski, Jan; Wolska, Joanna [Department of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Wrocław University of Technology, 50-370 Wrocław (Poland); Kujawa, Joanna; Kujawski, Wojciech [Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Chemistry, 7 Gagarina St., 87-100 Torun (Poland)

    2015-02-01

    75 KHz plasma was used to modify track etched poly(ethylene terephthalate) membranes and deposit on them flouropolymers. Two fluorine bearing monomers were used: perflourohexane and hexafluorobenzene. The modified surfaces were analyzed by means of attenuated total reflection infra-red spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and wettability. It was detected that hexaflourobenxene deposited to the larger extent than perflourohaxane did. The roughness of surfaces decreased when more fluoropolymer was deposited. The hydrophobic character of surface slightly disappeared during 20-days storage of hexaflourobenzene modified membrane. Perfluorohexane modified membrane did not change its character within 120 days after modification. It was expected that this phenomenon resulted from post-reactions of oxygen with radicals in polymer deposits. The obtained membranes could be used for membrane distillation of juices. - Highlights: • Plasma deposited hydrophobic layer of flouropolymers. • Deposition degree affects the surface properties. • Hydrohilization of surface due to reaction of oxygen with entrapped radicals. • Possibility to use modified porous membrane for water distillation and apple juice concentration.

  17. Plasma synthesis of photocatalytic TiO x thin films

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    Sirghi, L.

    2016-06-01

    The development of efficient photocatalytic materials is promising technology for sustainable and green energy production, fabrication of self-cleaning, bactericidal, and super hydrophilic surfaces, CO2 photoreduction, and decomposition of toxic pollutants in air and water. Semiconductors with good photocatalytic activity have been known for four decades and they are regarded as promising candidates for these new technologies. Low-pressure discharge plasma is one of the most versatile technologies being used for the deposition of photocatalytic semiconductor thin films. This article reviews the main results obtained by the author in using low-pressure plasma for synthesis of TiO x thin films with applications in photocatalysis. Titanium dioxide thin films were obtained by radio frequency magnetron sputtering deposition, plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition, and high power impulse magnetron sputtering deposition. The effects of the plasma deposition method, plasma parameters, film thickness and substrate on the film structure, chemical composition and photocatalytic activity are investigated. The photocatalytic activity of plasma synthesised TiO x thin films was estimated by UV light induced hydrophilicity. Measurements of photocurrent decay in TiO x thin films in vacuum and air showed that the photocatalytic activity is closely connected to the production, recombination and availability for surface reactions of photo-generated charge carriers. The photocatalytic activity of TiO x thin films was investigated at nanoscale by atomic force microscopy. Microscopic regions of different hydrophilicity on UV light irradiated films are discriminated by AFM atomic force microscopy measurements of adhesion and friction force.

  18. Thin aligned organic polymer films for liquid crystal devices

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    Foster, K E

    1997-01-01

    This project was designed to investigate the possibility of producing alignment layers for liquid crystal devices by cross-linking thin films containing anisotropic polymer bound chromophores via irradiation with polarised ultraviolet light. Photocross-linkable polymers find use in microelectronics, liquid crystal displays, printing and UV curable lacquers and inks; so there is an increasing incentive for the development of new varieties of photopolymers in general. The synthesis and characterisation of two new photopolymers that are suitable as potential alignment layers for liquid crystal devices are reported in this thesis. The first polymer contains the anthracene chromophore attached via a spacer unit to a methacrylate backbone and the second used a similarly attached aryl azide group. Copolymers of the new monomers with methyl methacrylate were investigated to establish reactivity ratios in order to understand composition drift during polymerisation.

  19. Aging effects of plasma polymerized ethylenediamine (PPEDA) thin films on cell-adhesive implant coatings

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    Testrich, H., E-mail: holger.testrich@uni-greifswald.de [University of Greifswald, Institute of Physics, Felix-Hausdorff Str. 6, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Rebl, H. [University of Rostock, Biomedical Research Center, Department of Cell Biology, Schillingallee 69, 18057 Rostock (Germany); Finke, B.; Hempel, F. [Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Felix-Hausdorff Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Nebe, B. [University of Rostock, Biomedical Research Center, Department of Cell Biology, Schillingallee 69, 18057 Rostock (Germany); Meichsner, J. [University of Greifswald, Institute of Physics, Felix-Hausdorff Str. 6, 17489 Greifswald (Germany)

    2013-10-15

    Thin plasma polymer films from ethylenediamine were deposited on planar substrates placed on the powered electrode of a low pressure capacitively coupled 13.56 MHz discharge. The chemical composition of the plasma polymer films was analyzed by Fourier Transform Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (FT-IRRAS) as well as by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) after derivatization of the primary amino groups. The PPEDA films undergo an alteration during the storage in ambient air, particularly, due to reactions with oxygen. The molecular changes in PPEDA films were studied over a long-time period of 360 days. Simultaneously, the adhesion of human osteoblast-like cells MG-63 (ATCC) was investigated on PPEDA coated corundum blasted titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), which is applied as implant material in orthopedic surgery. The cell adhesion was determined by flow cytometry and the cell shape was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Compared to uncoated reference samples a significantly enhanced cell adhesion and proliferation were measured for PPEDA coated samples, which have been maintained after long-time storage in ambient air and additional sterilization by γ−irradiation. - Highlights: • Development of cell-adhesive nitrogen-rich coatings for biomedical applications. • Plasma polymer films from low pressure 13.56 MHz discharge in argon-ethylenediamine. • Enhanced osteoblast adhesion/proliferation on coated implant material (Ti-6Al-4V). • Despite film aging over 360 days the enhanced cell adhesion of the coating remains. • No influence of additional y-sterilization on the enhanced cell adhesion.

  20. Investigation of the adhesion mechanisms of silicon alloy thin films on polymer substrates by IR ellipsometry. [Si

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    Drevillon, B. (LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique, 91 Palaiseau (France)); Rostaing, J.C. (L' Air Liquide CRCD, 78 Les Loges en Josas (France)); Vallon, S. (LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique, 91 Palaiseau (France))

    1993-12-15

    The adhesion mechanisms of plasma-deposited silicon alloys on polymer substrates (polycarbonate) were studied by a new double-modulated IR ellipsometer. This ellipsometer combines the low frequencies typical of Fourier transform spectroscopy with the high frequency (37 kHz) of the phase modulation provided by a photoelastic device. The film adhesion is characterized by the evolution of the vibrational properties of the polymer surface during the early stages of the film preparation. The influence of preliminary plasma treatments on the polymer surface is emphasized. Successive exposure of polycarbonate to Ar and (NH[sub 3], Ar) plasmas induces a substrate activation characterized by the formation of CN bonds at the surface. Then it is shown that the SiH[sub 4] plasma treatment leads to the formation of a very thin SiO[sub x] layer at the substrate surface. The enhancement of the film adhesion appears to be correlated to the presence of a vibration located at 1030 cm[sup -1]. (orig.)

  1. Nanoparticles of conjugated polymers prepared from phase-separated films of phospholipids and polymers for biomedical applications.

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    Yoon, Jungju; Kwag, Jungheon; Shin, Tae Joo; Park, Joonhyuck; Lee, Yong Man; Lee, Yebin; Park, Jonghyup; Heo, Jung; Joo, Chulmin; Park, Tae Jung; Yoo, Pil J; Kim, Sungjee; Park, Juhyun

    2014-07-09

    Phase separation in films of phospholipids and conjugated polymers results in nanoassemblies because of a difference in the physicochemical properties between the hydrophobic polymers and the polar lipid heads, together with the comparable polymer side-chain lengths to lipid tail lengths, thus producing nanoparticles of conjugated polymers upon disassembly in aqueous media by the penetration of water into polar regions of the lipid heads.

  2. Controlled antiseptic release by alginate polymer films and beads.

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    Liakos, Ioannis; Rizzello, Loris; Bayer, Ilker S; Pompa, Pier Paolo; Cingolani, Roberto; Athanassiou, Athanassia

    2013-01-30

    Biodegradable polymeric materials based on blending aqueous dispersions of natural polymer sodium alginate (NaAlg) and povidone iodine (PVPI) complex, which allow controlled antiseptic release, are presented. The developed materials are either free standing NaAlg films or Ca(2+)-cross-linked alginate beads, which properly combined with PVPI demonstrate antibacterial and antifungal activity, suitable for therapeutic applications, such as wound dressing. Glycerol was used as the plasticizing agent. Film morphology was studied by optical and atomic force microscopy. It was found that PVPI complex forms well dispersed circular micro-domains within the NaAlg matrix. The beads were fabricated by drop-wise immersion of NaAlg/PVPI/glycerol solutions into aqueous calcium chloride solutions to form calcium alginate beads encapsulating PVPI solution (CaAlg/PVPI). Controlled release of PVPI was possible when the composite films and beads were brought into direct contact with water or with moist media. Bactericidal and fungicidal properties of the materials were tested against Escherichia coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungi. The results indicated very efficient antibacterial and antifungal activity within 48 h. Controlled release of PVPI into open wounds is highly desired in clinical applications to avoid toxic doses of iodine absorption by the wound. A wide variety of applications are envisioned such as external and internal wound dressings with controlled antiseptic release, hygienic and protective packaging films for medical devices, and polymer beads as water disinfectants.

  3. Electrochemically polymerized conjugated polymer films: Stability improvement and surface functionalization

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    Wei, Bin

    Conjugated polymers have been widely used in various applications including organic solar cells, electrochromic devices, chemical sensors, and biomedical devices. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and its derivatives have received considerable interest because of their low oxidation potential, relatively high chemical stability, and high conductivity. Electrochemical deposition is a convenient method for precisely fabricating conjugated polymer thin films. Here, we report the stability improvement and surface functionalization of electrochemically polymerized PEDOT films. The long-term performance of PEDOT coatings is limited by their relatively poor stability on various inorganic substrates. Two different methods were used to improve the stability of PEDOT coatings, one involved using carboxylic acid functionalized EDOT (EDOT-acid) as adhesion promoter. EDOT-acid molecules were chemically bonded onto activated metal oxide substrates via chemisorption. PEDOT was then polymerized onto the EDOT-acid modified substrates, forming covalently bonded coatings. An aggressive ultrasonication test confirmed the significantly improved adhesion of the PEDOT films on electrodes with EDOT-acid treatment over those without treatment. The other method was to use an octa-ProDOT-functionalized POSS derivative (POSSProDOT) as cross-linker. PEDOT copolymer films were electrochemically deposited with various concentrations of POSS-ProDOT. The optical, morphological and electrochemical properties of the copolymer films could be systematically tuned with the incorporation of POSS-ProDOT. Significantly enhanced electrochemical and mechanical stability of the copolymers were observed at intermediate levels of POSS-ProDOT content (3.1 wt%) via chronic stimulation tests. Surface functionalization of conducting polymer films provides a potential means for systematically tailoring their chemical and physical properties. We have synthesized, polymerized and characterized a dialkene

  4. Plasma treatment of polymers for modifying haemocompatibility

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    Wilson, D.J

    2000-03-01

    The primary objective of this study was to investigate changes in the thrombogenicity of four materials, PTFE, PDMS, PEU and UHMW-PE induced by plasma treatments. In particular, correlations were sought between the chemical and topographical alterations to the materials surface caused by exposure to plasmas and the observed changes of blood response. Each material was treated in O{sub 2}, Ar, N{sub 2} and NH{sub 3} discharges, the system pressure, treatment times, gas flow rates and plasma power (< 1W) being the same in all cases. Evaluations were also carried out on plasma treated materials after being stored in PBS or air for periods of up to 1 month. The chemistry of surfaces was established using primarily XPS and SIMS, and topography by means of SEM and AFM, but auxiliary techniques such as FTIR, DSC and streaming potential determinations, where also used. It was also found that measurements of the wettability of the materials, using the Wilhelmy plate technique, provided a sensitive method for monitoring surface changes arising due to plasma treatment or storage. The chemical compositions of PTFE, PDMS and UHMW-PE surfaces were found to be closely similar to those of bulk material whereas PEU had a preponderance of soft segments at the solid-vacuum interface and an enhancement in concentration of nitrogen, indicative of the hard segments, towards the bulk. In addition, the topology of these materials was found to be influenced by the manufacturing process and is determined by conditions such as the operating temperature and cooling rate. Plasma treatment resulted in a significant increase in wettability and was attributed to major changes in surface chemistry combined with light etching. The principal chemical change observed was the removal of side groups which was concomitant with the incorporation of new functional groups and to a lesser extent, removal of surface contamination, chains scission and cross-linking. In addition, ageing of plasma treated

  5. Thin Film Polymer Composite Scintillators for Thermal Neutron Detection

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    Andrew N. Mabe

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin film polystyrene composite scintillators containing LiF6 and organic fluors have been fabricated and tested as thermal neutron detectors. Varying fluorescence emission intensities for different compositions are interpreted in terms of the Beer-Lambert law and indicate that the sensitivity of fluorescent sensors can be improved by incorporating transparent particles with refractive index different than that of the polymer matrix. Compositions and thicknesses were varied to optimize the fluorescence and thermal neutron response and to reduce gamma-ray sensitivity. Neutron detection efficiency and neutron/gamma-ray discrimination are reported herein as functions of composition and thickness. Gamma-ray sensitivity is affected largely by changing thickness and unaffected by the amount of LiF6 in the film. The best neutron/gamma-ray discrimination characteristics are obtained for film thicknesses in the range 25–150 μm.

  6. The local segmental dynamics of polymer thin films

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    Roland, C. M.; Casalini, Riccardo; Prevosto, Daniele; Labardi, Massimiliano; Zhu, Lei; Baer, Eric

    The local segmental dynamics of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in multi-layered films with polycarbonate was investigated using dielectric spectroscopy. The segmental relaxation time decreased with layer thickness down to 4 nm. However, two measures of the cooperativity of the dynamics, the breadth of the relaxation dispersion and the dynamic correlation volume, were unaffected by the film thickness. This absence of an effect of geometric confinement on the cooperativity, even when the confinement length scale approaches the correlation length scale, requires an asymmetric correlation volume; i.e., correlating regions having a string-like nature. To further probe the effect of layering on the segmental dynamics, we measured the segmental dynamics of poly(vinylacetate) thin films in contact with variously an aluminum interface, an incompatible polymer, and air (free surface). From local dielectric relaxation measurements using an AFM tip, the dynamics were observed to be faster in all thin film configurations compared to the bulk. However, no differences were observed for the various interfaces; capping the thin films with a rigid material accelerated the segmental motions equivalently to that for an air interface. This insensitivity of the dynamics to the nature of the interface affords a means to engineer thin films while maintaining desired mechanical properties. Work at NRL supported by the Office of Naval Research.

  7. Capillary Instability in Nanoimprinted Polymer Films

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Ding, Yifu; Douglas, Jack F.; Ro, Hyun W.; Okerberg, Brian C.; Karim, Alamgir; Soles, Christopher L.

    2009-07-01

    Capillary forces play an active role in defining the equilibrium structure of nanoscale structures. This effect can be especially pronounced in soft materials such as polymers near or above their glass transition temperature Tg where material flow is possible. In these situations, the effect of surface tension can produce varied and complex capillary instabilities, even in relatively simple geometries such as parallel line-space grating patterns. Here we investigate a novel capillary instability that arises in polystyrene line-space gratings with a residual layer connecting these structures (created by nanoimprint lithography) upon thermal annealing of these patterns. This novel instability is characterized by the development of lateral undulations of the lines that culminates in the local coalescence of adjacent imprinted lines. An exact analytic model of this undulatory instability is not possible, but we introduce a simple physical model for this lateral instability based on the driving force to reduce the surface energy, as in the well-known Rayleigh-Plateau instability which is likewise surface energy driven. Good agreement is obtained between this simplified model and our observations. Our insights into the nature of this instability have implications for controlling the thermal stability of nanoscale patterns made by nanoimprint lithography or other lithography techniques.

  8. Observing phthalate leaching from plasticized polymer films at the molecular level.

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    Zhang, Xiaoxian; Chen, Zhan

    2014-05-06

    Phthalates, the most widely used plasticizers in poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), have been extensively studied. In this paper, a highly sensitive, easy, and effective method was developed to examine short-term phthalate leaching from PVC/phthalate films at the molecular level using sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG). Combining SFG and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), surface and bulk molecular structures of PVC/phthalate films were also comprehensively evaluated during the phthalate leaching process under various environments. The leaching processes of two phthalates, diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), from the PVC/phthalate films with various weight ratios were studied. Oxygen plasma was applied to treat the PVC/phthalate film surfaces to verify its efficacy on preventing/reducing phthalate leaching from PVC. Our results show that DBP is more stable than DEP in PVC/phthalate films. Even so, DBP molecules were still found to very slowly leach to the environment from PVC at 30 °C, at a rate much slower than DEP. Also, the bulk DBP content substantially influences the DBP leaching. Higher DBP bulk concentration yields less stable DBP molecules in the PVC matrix, allowing molecules to leach from the polymer film more easily. Additionally, DBP leaching is very sensitive to temperature changes; higher temperature can strongly enhance the leaching process. For most cases, the oxygen plasma treatment can effectively prevent phthalate leaching from PVC films (e.g., for samples with low bulk concentrations of DBP-5 and 30 wt %). It is also capable of reducing phthalate leaching from high DBP bulk concentration PVC samples (e.g., 70 wt % DBP in PVC/DBP mixture). This research develops a highly sensitive method to detect chemicals at the molecular level as well as provides surface and bulk molecular structural changes. The method developed here is general and can be applied to detect small amounts of chemical

  9. Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet and its application for polymer treatment

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    Sarani, Abdollah

    2010-01-01

    Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet is a suitable source for polymer treatment. The main characteristic of this plasma jet is the remote operation and its scalable dimension, thus, allowing local treatment of 3D surfaces. In this work an atmospheric pressure DBD plasma jet has been constructed and the application of the plasma jet for polymer treatment is investigated.

  10. Plasma polymer-functionalized silica particles for heavy metals removal.

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    Akhavan, Behnam; Jarvis, Karyn; Majewski, Peter

    2015-02-25

    Highly negatively charged particles were fabricated via an innovative plasma-assisted approach for the removal of heavy metal ions. Thiophene plasma polymerization was used to deposit sulfur-rich films onto silica particles followed by the introduction of oxidized sulfur functionalities, such as sulfonate and sulfonic acid, via water-plasma treatments. Surface chemistry analyses were conducted by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Electrokinetic measurements quantified the zeta potentials and isoelectric points (IEPs) of modified particles and indicated significant decreases of zeta potentials and IEPs upon plasma modification of particles. Plasma polymerized thiophene-coated particles treated with water plasma for 10 min exhibited an IEP of less than 3.5. The effectiveness of developed surfaces in the adsorption of heavy metal ions was demonstrated through copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) removal experiments. The removal of metal ions was examined through changing initial pH of solution, removal time, and mass of particles. Increasing the water plasma treatment time to 20 min significantly increased the metal removal efficiency (MRE) of modified particles, whereas further increasing the plasma treatment time reduced the MRE due to the influence of an ablation mechanism. The developed particulate surfaces were capable of removing more than 96.7% of both Cu and Zn ions in 1 h. The combination of plasma polymerization and oxidative plasma treatment is an effective method for the fabrication of new adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals.

  11. Solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane comprising plasma etched porous support

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    Liu, Han; LaConti, Anthony B.

    2010-10-05

    A solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane and method of manufacturing the same. According to one embodiment, the composite membrane comprises a rigid, non-electrically-conducting support, the support preferably being a sheet of polyimide having a thickness of about 7.5 to 15 microns. The support has a plurality of cylindrical pores extending perpendicularly between opposing top and bottom surfaces of the support. The pores, which preferably have a diameter of about 0.1 to 5 microns, are made by plasma etching and preferably are arranged in a defined pattern, for example, with fewer pores located in areas of high membrane stress and more pores located in areas of low membrane stress. The pores are filled with a first solid polymer electrolyte, such as a perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) polymer. A second solid polymer electrolyte, which may be the same as or different than the first solid polymer electrolyte, may be deposited over the top and/or bottom of the first solid polymer electrolyte.

  12. Structure and Morphology Control in Thin Films of Conjugated Polymers for an Improved Charge Transport

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    Haiyang Wang; Yaozhuo Xu; Xinhong Yu; Rubo Xing; Jiangang Liu; Yanchun Han

    2013-01-01

    The morphological and structural features of the conjugated polymer films play an important role in the charge transport and the final performance of organic optoelectronics devices [such as organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) and organic photovoltaic cell (OPV), etc.] in terms of crystallinity, packing of polymer chains and connection between crystal domains. This review will discuss how the conjugated polymer solidify into, for instance, thin-film structures, and how to control the molecula...

  13. Structure and Morphology Control in Thin Films of Conjugated Polymers for an Improved Charge Transport

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    Haiyang Wang; Yaozhuo Xu; Xinhong Yu; Rubo Xing; Jiangang Liu; Yanchun Han

    2013-01-01

    The morphological and structural features of the conjugated polymer films play an important role in the charge transport and the final performance of organic optoelectronics devices [such as organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) and organic photovoltaic cell (OPV), etc.] in terms of crystallinity, packing of polymer chains and connection between crystal domains. This review will discuss how the conjugated polymer solidify into, for instance, thin-film structures, and how to control the molecula...

  14. Wetting, Solubility and Chemical Characteristics of Plasma-Polymerized 1-Isopropyl-4-Methyl-1,4-Cyclohexadiene Thin Films

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    Jakaria Ahmad

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Investigations on the wetting, solubility and chemical composition of plasma polymer thin films provide an insight into the feasibility of implementing these polymeric materials in organic electronics, particularly where wet solution processing is involved. In this study, thin films were prepared from 1-isopropyl-4-methyl-1,4-cyclohexadiene (γ-Terpinene using radio frequency (RF plasma polymerization. FTIR showed the polymers to be structurally dissimilar to the original monomer and highly cross-linked, where the loss of original functional groups and the degree of cross-linking increased with deposition power. The polymer surfaces were hydrocarbon-rich, with oxygen present in the form of O–H and C=O functional groups. The oxygen content decreased with deposition power, with films becoming more hydrophobic and, thus, less wettable. The advancing and receding contact angles were investigated, and the water advancing contact angle was found to increase from 63.14° to 73.53° for thin films prepared with an RF power of 10 W to 75 W. The wetting envelopes for the surfaces were constructed to enable the prediction of the surfaces’ wettability for other solvents. The effect of roughness on the wetting behaviour of the films was insignificant. The polymers were determined to resist solubilization in solvents commonly used in the deposition of organic semiconducting layers, including chloroform and chlorobenzene, with higher stability observed in films fabricated at higher RF power.

  15. Relation Between Glass Transition Temperatures in Polymer Nanocomposites and Polymer Thin Films

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    Kropka, Jamie; Pryamitsyn, Victor; Ganesan, Venkat

    2009-03-01

    Motivated by recent experiments, we examine within a percolation model whether there is a quantitative equivalence in the glass transition temperatures of polymer thin films and polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). Our results indicate that while the qualitative behaviors of these systems are similar, a quantitative equivalence cannot be established in general. However, we propose a phenomenological scaling collapse of our results which suggests a simple framework by which the results of the thin films may be used to quantitatively predict the properties of PNCs. Sandia is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  16. Polarization Raman Microscopic Study of Molecular Alignment Behavior in Liquid Crystal/Polymer Composite Films

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2005-12-01

    We clarified that the molecular alignment of aggregated polymers is partially synchronized with liquid crystal (LC) director reorientation in an LC/polymer composite film. The molecular alignment behavior in composite films with LC- and polymer-rich regions formed by photopolymerization-induced phase separation was investigated using polarization Raman spectral microscopy. Raman scattering intensity induced by aligned side chains of polymers in the LC-rich region changed with LC director reorientation when voltage was applied to the composite film. It was confirmed for the first time that polymers capable of movement are formed in the LC-rich region.

  17. Evolution of non-equilibrium entanglement networks in spincast thin polymer films

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    Dalnoki-Veress, Kari; McGraw, Joshua; Fowler, Paul

    2012-02-01

    Measuring the rheology of non-equilibrium thin polymer films has received significant attention recently. Experiments are typically performed on thin polymer films that inherit their structure from spin coating. While the results of several rheological experiments paint a clear picture, details of molecular configurations in spincast polymer films are still unknown. Here we present the results of crazing measurements which demonstrate that the effective entanglement density of thin polymer films changes as a function of annealing toward a stable equilibrium value. The effective entanglement density plateaus with a time scale on the same order as the bulk reptation time.

  18. The Influence of Polymer Films on an APGD in Helium

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    Della Croce, Damian; Nersisyan, Gagik; Graham, William

    2006-10-01

    Electrical and optical diagnostic techniques have been used to study the influence of various polymers in the gap of a Helium APGD. A gated ICCD was used to record short exposure time images (2μs) through the development of the discharge current pulse. The APGD was generated between two parallel, glass 4mm thick) plates which cover copper mesh electrodes. The gap was 5mm. Typically a 4.4kV (peak to peak) sinusoidal voltage was applied to the powered electrode with a frequency of 30kHz. The other electrode was grounded. The system was housed in an evacuated chamber, previously evacuated to a base pressure of 10-4 Pa, before Helium was introduced to static atmospheric pressure. A spectrometer was used to record the emission spectra from the discharge. To date studies on polypropylene (PP) and polyester (PET) have been conducted and polyamide will follow. Interesting trends are evident when they are compared to those for the He APGD with no polymer present. Electrically the traces for PET are dramatically different to those for PP and no polymer, which are comparable. Imaging shows that PP yields a filamentary discharge. PET on the other hand produces a glow --type discharge. We are currently studying if the different results are intrinsic to the polymer or the anti-cling surface treatments that the polymer suppliers may be applying. DD is supported by EPSRC and Dow Corning Plasma Solutions.

  19. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David, E-mail: David.Schaubroeck@elis.ugent.be [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium); De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium); Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B-9000 Ghent (Belgium); De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium)

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • Laser patterning of thin film PEDOT:PSS on polymer foils is characterized in great detail. • PEDOT:PSS does not need to be fully removed to create electrically insulating patterns. • The underlying polymer foil influences the ablation behavior. - Abstract: Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  20. Selectively Patterning Polymer Opal Films via Microimprint Lithography.

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    Ding, Tao; Zhao, Qibin; Smoukov, Stoyan K; Baumberg, Jeremy J

    2014-11-01

    Large-scale structural color flexible coatings have been hard to create, and patterning color on them is key to many applications, including large-area strain sensors, wall-size displays, security devices, and smart fabrics. To achieve controlled tuning, a micro-imprinting technique is applied here to pattern both the surface morphology and the structural color of the polymer opal films (POFs). These POFs are made of 3D ordered arrays of hard spherical particles embedded inside soft shells. The soft outer shells cause the POFs to deform upon imprinting with a pre-patterned stamp, driving a flow of the soft polymer and a rearrangement of the hard spheres within the films. As a result, a patterned surface morphology is generated within the POFs and the structural colors are selectively modified within different regions. These changes are dependent on the pressure, temperature, and duration of imprinting, as well as the feature sizes in the stamps. Moreover, the pattern geometry and structural colors can then be further tuned by stretching. Micropattern color generation upon imprinting depends on control of colloidal transport in a polymer matrix under shear flow and brings many potential properties including stretchability and tunability, as well as being of fundamental interest.

  1. Polymer Brush Grafted Nanoparticles and Their Impact on the Morphology Evolution of Polymer Blend Films

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    Chung, Hyun-Joong; Ohno, Kohji; Composto, Russell

    2013-03-01

    We present an novel pathway to control the location of nanoparticles (NPs) in phase-separating polymer blend films containing poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(styrene-ran-acrylonitrile) (SAN). Because hydrophobic polymer phases have a small interfacial energy, ~1 mJ/m2, subtle changes in the NP surface functionality can be used to guide NPs to either the interface between immiscible polymers or into one of the phases. Based on this idea, we designed a class of NPs grafted with PMMA brushes. These PMMA brushes were grown from the NP surface by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), which results in chains terminated with chlorine atoms. The chain end can be substituted with protons (H) by dehalogenation. As a result, the NPs are strongly segregated at the interface when grafted PMMA chains are short (Mn =1.8K) and the end group is Cl, whereas NPs partition into PMMA-rich phase when chains are long (Mn =160K) and/or when chains are terminated with hydrogen. The Cl end groups and shorter chain length cause an increase in surface energy for the NPs. The increase in surface energy of short-chained NPs can be attributed to (i) an extended brush conformation (entropic) and/or (ii) a high density of ``unfavorable'' end groups (enthalpic). Finally, the impact of NPs on the morphological evolution of the polymer blend films will be discussed. Ref: H.-J.Chung et al., ACS Macro Lett. 1(1), 252-256 (2012).

  2. Study on hydrophilicity of polymer surfaces improved by plasma treatment

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    Lai, Jiangnan; Sunderland, Bob; Xue, Jianming; Yan, Sha; Zhao, Weijiang; Folkard, Melvyn; Michael, Barry D.; Wang, Yugang

    2006-03-01

    Surface properties of polycarbonate (PC), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) samples treated by microwave-induced argon plasma have been studied with contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanned electron microscopy (SEM). It is found that plasma treatment modified the surfaces both in composition and roughness. Modification of composition makes polymer surfaces tend to be highly hydrophilic, which mainly depended on the increase of ratio of oxygen-containing group as same as other papers reported. And this experiment further revealed that C dbnd O bond is the key factor to the improvement of the hydrophilicity of polymer surfaces. Our SEM observation on PET shown that the roughness of the surface has also been improved in micron scale and it has influence on the surface hydrophilicity.

  3. Study on hydrophilicity of polymer surfaces improved by plasma treatment

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    Lai Jiangnan [Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, MOE, Beijing (China); Sunderland, Bob [Gray Cancer Institute, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex (United Kingdom); Xue Jianming [Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, MOE, Beijing (China); Yan, Sha [Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, MOE, Beijing (China); Zhao Weijiang [Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, MOE, Beijing (China); Folkard, Melvyn [Gray Cancer Institute, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex (United Kingdom); Michael, Barry D. [Gray Cancer Institute, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex (United Kingdom); Wang Yugang [Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, MOE, Beijing (China)]. E-mail: ygwang@pku.edu.cn

    2006-03-15

    Surface properties of polycarbonate (PC), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) samples treated by microwave-induced argon plasma have been studied with contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanned electron microscopy (SEM). It is found that plasma treatment modified the surfaces both in composition and roughness. Modification of composition makes polymer surfaces tend to be highly hydrophilic, which mainly depended on the increase of ratio of oxygen-containing group as same as other papers reported. And this experiment further revealed that C=O bond is Key factor to the improvement of the hydrophilicity of polymer surfaces. Our SEM observation on PET shown that the roughness of the surface has also been improved in micron scale and it has influence on the surface hydrophilicity.

  4. Solution precursor plasma deposition of nanostructured CdS thin films

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    Tummala, Raghavender [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI 48128 (United States); Guduru, Ramesh K., E-mail: rkguduru@umich.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI 48128 (United States); Mohanty, Pravansu S. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI 48128 (United States)

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Inexpensive process with capability to produce large scale nanostructured coatings. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Technique can be employed to spray the coatings on any kind of substrates including polymers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The CdS coatings developed have good electrical conductivity and optical properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Coatings possess large amount of particulate boundaries and nanostructured grains. -- Abstract: Cadmium sulfide (CdS) films are used in solar cells, sensors and microelectronics. A variety of techniques, such as vapor based techniques, wet chemical methods and spray pyrolysis are frequently employed to develop adherent CdS films. In the present study, rapid deposition of CdS thin films via plasma spray route using a solution precursor was investigated, for the first time. Solution precursor comprising cadmium chloride, thiourea and distilled water was fed into a DC plasma jet via an axial atomizer to create ultrafine droplets for instantaneous and accelerated thermal decomposition in the plasma plume. The resulting molten/semi-molten ultrafine/nanoparticles of CdS eventually propel toward the substrate to form continuous CdS films. The chemistry of the solution precursor was found to be critical in plasma pyrolysis to control the stoichiometry and composition of the films. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed hexagonal {alpha}-CdS structure. Surface morphology and microstructures were investigated to compare with other synthesis techniques in terms of process mechanism and structural features. Transmission electron microscopy studies revealed nanostructures in the atomized particulates. Optical measurements indicated a decreasing transmittance in the visible light with increasing the film thickness and band gap was calculated to be {approx}2.5 eV. The electrical resistivity of the films (0.243 {+-} 0.188 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 5} {Omega} cm) was comparable with the literature

  5. Piezoelectric characteristics of PZT thin films on polymer substrate

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    Kang, Min-Gyu; Do, Younh-Ho; Oh, Seung-Min; Rahayu, Rheza; Kim, Yiyein; Kang, Chong-Yun; Nahm, Sahn; Yoon, Seok-Jin

    2012-02-01

    The goal of piezoelectric energy harvesting is to improve the power efficiency of devices. One of the approaches for the improvement of power efficiency is to apply the large strain on the piezoelectric materials and then many scientists approached using thin films or nano-structured piezoelectric materials to obtain flexibility. However, the conventional thin film processes available for the fabrication of piezoelectric materials as PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) are not compatible with flexible electronics because they require high processing temperatures (>700^oC) to obtain piezoelectricity. Excimer laser annealing (ELA) is attractive heat process for the low-temperature crystallization, because of its material selectivity and short heating time. In this study, the amorphous PZT thin films were deposited on polymer substrate by rf-sputtering. To crystallize the amorphous films, the ELA was carried out with various conditions as function of the applied laser energy density, the number of pulse, and the repetition rate. To evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics, piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) and electrometer are used. As a result, we obtained the crystallized PZT thin film on flexible substrate and obtained flexible piezoelectric energy harvester.

  6. Surface temperature: A key parameter to control the propanethiol plasma polymer chemistry

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    Thiry, Damien, E-mail: damien.thiry@umons.ac.be; Aparicio, Francisco J. [Chimie des Interactions Plasma Surface (ChIPS), CIRMAP, Université de Mons, 23 Place du Parc, B-7000 Mons (Belgium); Laha, Priya; Terryn, Herman [Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering (SURF), Department of Materials and Chemistry (MACH), Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel (Belgium); Snyders, Rony [Chimie des Interactions Plasma Surface (ChIPS), CIRMAP, Université de Mons, 23 Place du Parc, B-7000 Mons, Belgium and Materia Nova Research Center, Parc Initialis, B-7000 Mons (Belgium)

    2014-09-01

    In this work, the influence of the substrate temperature (T{sub s}) on the chemical composition of propanethiol plasma polymers was investigated for a given set of plasma conditions. In a first study, a decrease in the atomic sulfur content (at. %S) with the deposition time (t{sub d}) was observed. This behavior is explained by the heating of the growing film during deposition process, limiting the incorporation of stable sulfur-based molecules produced in the plasma. Experiments carried out by controlling the substrate temperature support this hypothesis. On the other hand, an empirical law relating the T{sub s} and the at. %S was established. This allows for the formation of gradient layer presenting a heterogeneous chemical composition along the thickness, as determined by depth profile analysis combining X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and C{sub 60} ion gun sputtering. The experimental data fit with the one predicted from our empiric description. The whole set of our results provide new insights in the relationship between the substrate temperature and the sulfur content in sulfur-based plasma polymers, essential for future developments.

  7. Hydrophobic plasma polymerized hexamethyldisilazane thin films: characterization and uses

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    Alexsander Tressino de Carvalho

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Hexametildisilazane (HMDS plasma polymerized thin films obtained using low frequency power supplies can be used to make adsorbent films and turn surfaces hydrophobic. The aim of this work was to verify the hydrophobicity and adsorption properties of HMDS thin films (with and without the addition of oxygen, resulting in double or single layer films obtained using an inductive reactor powered with a 13.56 MHz power supply. Single and double layer thin films were deposited on silicon for film characterization, polypropylene (PP for ultraviolet (UVA/UVC resistance tests, piezoelectric quartz crystal for adsorption tests. The double layer (intermixing of HMDS plasma polymerized films and HMDS plasma oxidized surfaces showed a non-continuous layer. The films showed good adhesion to all substrates. Infrared analysis showed the presence of CHn, SiCH3, SiNSi and SiCH2Si within the films. Contact angle measurements with water showed hydrophobic surfaces. UVA/UVC exposure of the films resulted in the presence of cross-linking on carbonic radicals and SiCH2Si formation, which resulted in a possible protection of PP against UVA/UVC for a duration of up to two weeks. Adsorption tests showed that all organic reactants were adsorbed but not water. Plasma etching (PE using O2 showed that even after 15 minutes of exposure the films do not change their hydrophobic characteristic but were oxidized. The results point out that HMDS films can be used: for ultraviolet protection of flexible organic substrates, such as PP, for sensor and/or preconcentrator development, due to their adsorption properties, and in spatial applications due to resistance for O2 attack in hostile conditions, such as plasma etching.

  8. Antibacterial Properties of Silver-Loaded Plasma Polymer Coatings

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    Lydie Ploux

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In a previous paper, we proposed new silver nanoparticles (SNPs based antibacterial coatings able to protect eukaryotic cells from SNPs related toxic effects, while preserving antibacterial efficiency. A SNPs containing n-heptylamine (HA polymer matrix was deposited by plasma polymerization and coated by a second HA layer. In this paper, we elucidate the antibacterial action of these new coatings. We demonstrated that SNPs-loaded material can be covered by thin HA polymer layer without losing the antibacterial activity to planktonic bacteria living in the near surroundings of the material. SNPs-containing materials also revealed antibacterial effect on adhered bacteria. Adhered bacteria number was significantly reduced compared to pure HA plasma polymer and the physiology of the bacteria was affected. The number of adhered bacteria directly decreased with thickness of the second HA layer. Surprisingly, the quantity of cultivable bacteria harvested by transfer to nutritive agar decreased not only with the presence of SNPs, but also in relation to the covering HA layer thickness, that is, oppositely to the increase in adhered bacteria number. Two hypotheses are proposed for this surprising result (stronger attachment or weaker vitality, which raises the question of the diverse potential ways of action of SNPs entrapped in a polymer matrix.

  9. Polymer-assisted deposition of metal-oxide films.

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    Jia, Q X; McCleskey, T M; Burrell, A K; Lin, Y; Collis, G E; Wang, H; Li, A D Q; Foltyn, S R

    2004-08-01

    Metal oxides are emerging as important materials for their versatile properties such as high-temperature superconductivity, ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, piezoelectricity and semiconductivity. Metal-oxide films are conventionally grown by physical and chemical vapour deposition. However, the high cost of necessary equipment and restriction of coatings on a relatively small area have limited their potential applications. Chemical-solution depositions such as sol-gel are more cost-effective, but many metal oxides cannot be deposited and the control of stoichiometry is not always possible owing to differences in chemical reactivity among the metals. Here we report a novel process to grow metal-oxide films in large areas at low cost using polymer-assisted deposition (PAD), where the polymer controls the viscosity and binds metal ions, resulting in a homogeneous distribution of metal precursors in the solution and the formation of uniform metal-organic films. The latter feature makes it possible to grow simple and complex crack-free epitaxial metal-oxides.

  10. Deformation in Thin Glassy Polymer Films from Surface towards Interior

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    Chowdhury, Mithun; de Silva, Johann P.; Cross, Graham L. W.

    Polymer thin glassy films occupy an important place in last two decades of condensed matter research, concerning its surprising surface mobility and spatially dependent structural relaxation. However, ranges of cleverly designed indirect measurements on confined polymer glassy films already probed its mechanical properties; it is still a challenging task to directly probe such small confined volume through conventional mechanical testing. We have designed confined layer compression testing with a precisely designed and aligned flat probe during nanoindentation, which was further accompanied with atomic force microscopy. Due to natural confinement from the surrounding material, we show that a state of `uniaxial strain' is created beneath the probe under small axial strains. By this methodology we are able to directly probe uniaxial flows under both anelastic and plastic conditions while doing controlled creep studies at different positions in the film starting from surface towards interior. Depending on the extent of deformation, we found ranges of effects, such as densification, anelastic yield, and plastic yield. Enhanced creep rate upon deformation supports the idea of `deformation induced mobility'. Work performed at Trinity College Dublin.

  11. Dynamics of polymer film formation during spin coating

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    Mouhamad, Y.; Clarke, N.; Jones, R. A. L.; Geoghegan, M., E-mail: geoghegan@sheffield.ac.uk [Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Sheffield, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom); Mokarian-Tabari, P. [Materials Research Group, Department of Chemistry and the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland)

    2014-09-28

    Standard models explaining the spin coating of polymer solutions generally fail to describe the early stages of film formation, when hydrodynamic forces control the solution behavior. Using in situ light scattering alongside theoretical and semi-empirical models, it is shown that inertial forces (which initially cause a vertical gradient in the radial solvent velocity within the film) play a significant role in the rate of thinning of the solution. The development of thickness as a function of time of a solute-free liquid (toluene) and a blend of polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) cast from toluene were fitted to different models as a function of toluene partial pressure. In the case of the formation of the polymer blend film, a concentration-dependent (Huggins) viscosity formula was used to account for changes in viscosity during spin coating. A semi-empirical model is introduced, which permits calculation of the solvent evaporation rate and the temporal evolution of the solute volume fraction and solution viscosity.

  12. Electric conductivity of polymer films filled with magnetic nanoparticles

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    Rumyantsev, B. M.; Bibikov, S. B.; Bychkova, A. V.; Leontiev, V. G.; Berendyaev, V. I.; Sorokina, O. N.; Kovarskii, A. L.

    2016-12-01

    The conductivity of polymer composites with magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) containing magnetite and other MNP (Ni, Cu-Ni) in the layers and planar cells with Al electrodes is studied. For soluble polymers (polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyvinyl alcohol) containing 1-10 wt % of magnetite MNP, a substantial effect of MNP on surface conductivity is detected over a wide range (from 10-10 to 10-3 Ω-1). It is shown that the addition of magnetite MNP not only results in a considerable change in cell conductivity, but also leads to its partially irreversible variation (by an order of magnitude or more) via minor modifications of the experimental conditions (temperature, electric field). For high-resistance samples with low probabilities of conducting chain formation, temperature current peaks are observed upon moderate heating (up to 350 K). These peaks are similar to the maxima observed upon polymer electret thermodischarges when the charges are captured by the deep centers associated with separate MNP or MNP aggregates. The type and position of the maxima are determined by the characteristics of the polymer matrix. For polyvinylpyrrolidone composites, the maxima are observed some time after heating (the echo effect). With composites based on solventborne polymers (polyalkanesterimides, soluble polyimide) and Ni, Cu-Ni MNP, no change in film conductivity measured electrophotographically is observed, due to the formation of a dielectric coating formed by polymer macromolecules adsorbed on the MNP surface. An explanation based on the possible formation of magnetic aggregates of magnetite MNP and conducting chains is proposed. Magnetic aggregation IPM is proposed as one way of controlling cell conductivity.

  13. PHOTOINDUCED HOLOGRAPHIC PHASE GRATINGS BURIED IN AZOBENZENE SIDE-CHAIN POLYMER FILMS WITH A CHIRAL GROUP

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    2003-01-01

    An optically active polymer (PM1) containing azobenzene moieties with a chiral group (s-2-methyl-butyl) was synthesized by homopolymerization of monomer, 4-[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyloxy]-4'-(s-2-methyl-1-butyloxycarbonyl)azobenzene, using the free radical polymerization method. The polymer dissolved in tetrahydrofuran (THF) could be easily processed into high optical quality films. The optical anisotropy of the polymer films was investigated by polarizing optical microscopy (POM). The experimental results showed that irradiation with a circularly polarized beam could align the orientation of the molecules in the polymer films. Moreover, the holographic phase gratings of photo-induced polymer films were detected by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and POM. In comparison with polymer containing no chiral group, it was found from the preliminary measurement of the photo-induced holographic phase gratings that PM1 containing a chiral group could form holographic phase gratings buried in the films.

  14. Structure and Morphology Control in Thin Films of Conjugated Polymers for an Improved Charge Transport

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    Haiyang Wang

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The morphological and structural features of the conjugated polymer films play an important role in the charge transport and the final performance of organic optoelectronics devices [such as organic thin-film transistor (OTFT and organic photovoltaic cell (OPV, etc.] in terms of crystallinity, packing of polymer chains and connection between crystal domains. This review will discuss how the conjugated polymer solidify into, for instance, thin-film structures, and how to control the molecular arrangement of such functional polymer architectures by controlling the polymer chain rigidity, polymer solution aggregation, suitable processing procedures, etc. These basic elements in intrinsic properties and processing strategy described here would be helpful to understand the correlation between morphology and charge transport properties and guide the preparation of efficient functional conjugated polymer films correspondingly.

  15. The scanning probe microscopy study of thin polymer films

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    Harron, H R

    1995-01-01

    spherulites fibrils was influenced by the chemical nature of the solvent Results reported here confirm that the fibril structure and spherulite size was significantly affected by the chemical nature of the plasticizing solvent. Detailed observations of the spherulites are included herein. A tapping mode AFM was used in conjunction with the usual contact mode AFM to image the fine spherulitic lamellae structure. It was found that the AFM operated in the tapping mode was less destructive than when operated in the contact mode and gave higher resolution images of the lamellae structure. The lamellae were found to be structurally very similar to the features observed in the study using STM indicating that under certain circumstances, the STM was less destructive over the 'insulating' polymer than the contact mode AFM. technique. Furthermore, images of the crystalline film contained elongated units that were attributed to the lamellae formations that form the basic building blocks of polymer spherulites. The study...

  16. Ionic Liquid-Based Polymer Electrolytes via Surfactant-Assisted Polymerization at the Plasma-Liquid Interface.

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    Tran, Quoc Chinh; Bui, Van-Tien; Dao, Van-Duong; Lee, Joong-Kee; Choi, Ho-Suk

    2016-06-29

    We first report an innovative method, which we refer to as interfacial liquid plasma polymerization, to chemically cross-link ionic liquids (ILs). By this method, a series of all-solid state, free-standing polymer electrolytes is successfully fabricated where ILs are used as building blocks and ethylene oxide-based surfactants are employed as an assisted-cross-linking agent. The thickness of the films is controlled by the plasma exposure time or the ratio of surfactant to ILs. The chemical structure and properties of the polymer electrolyte are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Importantly, the underlying polymerization mechanism of the cross-linked IL-based polymer electrolyte is studied to show that fluoroborate or halide anions of ILs together with the aid of a small amount of surfactants having ethylene oxide groups are necessary to form cross-linked network structures of the polymer electrolyte. The ionic conductivity of the obtained polymer electrolyte is 2.28 × 10(-3) S·cm(-1), which is a relatively high value for solid polymer electrolytes synthesized at room temperature. This study can serve as a cornerstone for developing all-solid state polymer electrolytes with promising properties for next-generation electrochemical devices.

  17. π-Donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film by their noncovalent interactions with iodine

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    Traven, Valerii F., E-mail: valerii.traven@gmail.com [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Ivan V.; Dolotov, Sergei M. [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Veciana, Jaume Miro; Lebedev, Victor S. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona–CSIC, Campus de la UAB, 08193, Bellaterra (Spain); Shulga, Yurii M.; Khasanov, Salavat S. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Acad. N.N. Semenov Prosp., 1, Chernogolovka, 142432 (Russian Federation); Medvedev, Michael G. [A. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991, Vavilova str., 28 (Russian Federation); Laukhina, Elena E. [The Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, ICMAB-CSIC, Bellaterra, 08193 (Spain)

    2015-06-15

    Noncovalent (charge transfer) interaction between perylene and iodine in polycarbonate film provides formation of microstructured perylene layer on the polymer surface upon exposure of polymer film which contains dissolved perylene to solvent + iodine vapors. The prepared bilayer film possesses a sensing effect to iodine vapors which can be observed by both fluorescence and electrical conductivity changes. Similar bilayer films have been prepared also with anthracene and phenothiazine as π-donors with use of different polymer matrixes. Interaction of iodine with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) has also been studied by the M06-2x DFT calculations for better understanding of phenomenon of π-donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film. - Highlights: • Preparation of bilayer polymer films with π-donors on surface for the first time. • π-Donor phase purity is confirmed by XRD, IR spectroscopy, SEM. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess fluorescence. • Perylene bilayer polymer films loss fluorescence under iodine vapors. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess electrical conductivity when treated by iodine vapors.

  18. Spectroscopic and antimicrobial studies of polystyrene films under air plasma and He-Ne laser treatment

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    S M Pawde; Sanmesh S Parab

    2008-05-01

    Polystyrene (PS) films are used in packaging and biomedical applications because of their transparency and good environmental properties. The present investigation is centered on the antifungal and antibacterial activities involved in the film surface. Subsequently, microbial formations were immobilized on the modified PS films. Living microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast were used. Untreated PS films show very fast rate of growth of bacteria within few hours. The study involves developments of polymer surfaces with bacterial growth and further studies after giving antibacterial treatment such as plasma treatment. Major emphasis has been given to study the effect of various parameters which can affect the performance of the improved material. Films were prepared by two methods: plasma treatment under vacuum and under ongoing He-Ne laser source. The parameters such as (1) surface area by contact angle measurements, (2) quality of material before and after treatment by SEM and FTIR spectra and (3) material characterization by UV-vis spectra were studied. It was observed that plasma treatment of

  19. High temperature polymer dielectric film-wire insulation

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    Nairus, John G.

    1994-01-01

    The highlights of the program are outlined including two major accomplishments. TRW identified and demonstrated the potential of two aromatic/heterocyclic polymers to have an outstanding and superior combination of electrical, thermal, and chemical resistance properties versus state-of-the-art Kapton for spacecraft and/or aircraft dielectric insulation applications. (Supporting data is provided in tables.) Feasibility was demonstrated for supporting/enabling technologies such as ceramic coatings, continuous film casting, and conductor wire wrapping, which are designed to accelerate qualification and deployment of the new wire insulation materials for USAF systems applications during the mid- to late-1990's.

  20. Thermal cycling characteristics of plasma synthesized mullite films

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    Monteiro, O.R.; Hou, P.Y.; Brown, I.G. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)

    1997-12-01

    The authors have developed a plasma-based technique for the synthesis of mullite and mullite-like films on silicon carbide substrate material. The method, which they refer to as MePIIID (for Metal Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation and Deposition), uses two vacuum arc plasma sources and simultaneous pulse biasing of the substrate in a low pressure oxygen atmosphere. The Al:Si ratio can be controlled via the separate plasma guns, and the film adhesion, structure and morphology can be controlled via the ion energy which in turn is controlled by the pulse bias voltage. The films are amorphous as-deposited, and crystalline mullite is formed by subsequent annealing at 1000 C for 2 hours in air. Adhesion between the aluminum-silicon oxide film and the substrate increases after this first annealing. They have tested the behavior of films when subjected to repetitive thermal cycling between room temperature and 1100 C, and found that the films retain their adhesion and quality. Here they review the plasma synthesis technique and the characteristics of the mullite films prepared in this way, and summarize the status of the thermal cycling experiments.

  1. Optical properties of hydroxyethyl cellulose film treated with nitrogen plasma

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    Mahmoud, K. H.

    2016-03-01

    Hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) film has been prepared by casting technique. The prepared sample has been treated with nitrogen plasma at different exposure times. The optical absorption was recorded at room temperature in the wavelength range of 200-800 nm. Absorbance fitting procedure curves revealed a direct allowed transition with optical band gap, Eopt, of 4.9 eV for pristine film, and this value decreases to 4.30 eV for 20 min plasma treatment time. The band tail values (Ee) were found to be increased under plasma time treatment from 1.74 eV in case of the pristine film to 2.20 eV for 20 min. The dispersion of refractive index and complex dielectric constants under plasma treatment was also studied. Variation of color parameters under effect of the plasma treatment is analyzed in the framework of CIE L*U*V* color space.

  2. Enhanced biocompatibility of PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane) polymer films by ion irradiation

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    Ionescu, M., E-mail: Mihail.Ionescu@ansto.gov.au [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Sydney (Australia); Winton, B.; Wexler, D. [Faculty of Engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong (Australia); Siegele, R.; Deslantes, A.; Stelcer, E.; Atanacio, A.; Cohen, D.D. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Sydney (Australia)

    2012-02-15

    PDMS films several microns thick deposited on polished Si wafers were irradiated with Mg, Ta, and Fe in the low energy range of 40 keV to 200 keV, and for doses of 10{sup 16}-10{sup 18} ions/cm{sup 2}. After irradiation the films surface is self-organised into 3D coherent and semi-coherent domains. As a consequence of the surface irradiation conditions and the surface boundary conditions, some domains are highly ordered in the form of parallel waves of approximately 1 {mu}m in height, or the result can be semi-ordered regions or disordered regions. In addition, the surface energy of the irradiated polymer is increasing, as reflected in the decrease in its surface hydrophobicity, which is beneficial for cell adhesion. The irradiated samples were tested in vivo, and the results show an increase in viable cell count of up to 650%.

  3. Photochromism and diffraction grating in cyanoazobenzene polymer films

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    Serwadczak, M.; Wübbenhorst, M.; Kucharski, S.

    2006-08-01

    Two series of photochromic copolymathacrylates containing cyanoazobenzene chromophores as side chains were described. The series with shorter ethylene spacer between mesogen and main polymethacrylate chain was amorphous, whereas the second one with longer ethoxyethylene spacer was liquid crystalline forming smectic C mesophase above Tg. The materials were deposited on glass substrates via spin coating and casting technique to provide thin transparent films. The reversible change of refractive index of the films on illumination with white light was determined by ellipsometry. The difference of real part of the refractive index of the sample was in the range 0.0067-0.0210 depending on the polymer. Formation of diffraction grating was achieved by two beam coupling arrangement using a 532 nm laser diode . The diffraction efficiency for the first order diffraction was in the range of 1.5-2.1% for the homopolymers.

  4. Soap opera : polymer-surfactant interactions on thin film surfaces /

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    Ozer, B. H. (Byram H.); Johal, M. S. (Malkiat S.); Wang, H. L. (Hsing-Lin); Robinson, J. M. (Jeanne M.)

    2001-01-01

    Surfactants are macromolecules with unique properties. They commonly contain a polar head group with a nonpolar hydrocarbon chain. These properties allow surfactants to solubilize greases and other nonpolar molecules. One particular way that this is accomplished is through the formation of micelles. Micelles are formed at the critical micelle concentration (cmc), which varies depending upon the nature of the surfactant and also the media in which the surfactant resides. These micelles can take a variety of shapes, but are generally characterized by surrounding the grease with the nonpolar hydrocarbon chains, exposing only the polarized head groups to the media, usually water. This property of easy solubilization has made surfactants a very attractive industrial agent, They are used most conventionally as industrial cleaning agents and detergents. However, they also have lesser-known applications in conjunction with polymers and other macromolecular mixtures, often creating a system with novel properties, such as increased solubilization and smoother mixture consistency. A recently developed field has investigated the self-assembly of polymers and polyelectrolytes onto thin film surfaces. There are many reasons for studying this process, such as for second harmonic generation purposes and bioassays. In this study, the interaction between the anionic polyelectrolyte poly[1-[4-(3-carboxy-4-hydroxyphenylazo)benzenesulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) and two surfactants of opposite charge, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS) and Dodecyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide (DTAB), in their assembly onto thin film surfaces was investigated. The kinetics of adsorbance onto the thin films was examined, followed by construction of 10-bilayer films using an alternating layer of the cationic polyelectrolyte poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) to provide the electrostatic means for the PAZO/surfactant combination to assemble onto the thin film. The kinetics of adsorption is being

  5. Characterization of Plasma Polymerized Hexamethyldisiloxane Films Prepared by Arc Discharge

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    Lazauskas, A.; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Grigaliunas, V.; Jucius, D; Guobiene, A.; Prosycevas, I.; Narmontas, P.

    2014-01-01

    Herein, we present a simple method for fabricating plasma polymerized hexamethyldisiloxane films (pp-HMDSO) possessing superhydrophobic characteristics via arc discharge. The pp-HMDSO films were deposited on a soda–lime–silica float glass using HMDSO monomer vapor as a precursor. A detailed surface

  6. Plasma-deposited a-C(N) H films

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    Franceschini, D E

    2000-01-01

    The growth behaviour, film structure and mechanical properties of plasma-deposited amorphous hydrogenated carbon-nitrogen films are shortly reviewed. The effect of nitrogen-containing gas addition to the deposition to the hydrocarbon atmospheres used is discussed, considering the modifications observed in the chemical composition growth kinetics, carbon atom hybridisation and chemical bonding arrangements of a-C(N):H films. The overall structure behaviour is correlated to the variation of the mechanical properties.

  7. Wrinkling, folding, and snapping instabilities in polymer films

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    Holmes, Douglas Peter

    This work focuses on understanding deformation mechanisms and responsiveness associated with the wrinkling, folding, and snapping of thin polymer films. We demonstrated the use of elastic instabilities in confined regimes, such as the crumpling and snapping of surface attached sheets. We gained fundatmental insight into a thin film's ability to localize strain. By taking advantage of geometric strain localization we were able to develop new strategies for responsive surfaces that will have a broad impact on adhesive, optical, and patterning applications. Using the rapid closure of the Venus flytrap's leaflets as dictated by the onset of a snap instability as motivation, we created surfaces with patterned structures to transition through a snap instability at a prescribed stress state. This mechanism causes surface topography to change over large lateral length scales and very short timescales. Changes in the stress state can be related to triggers such as chemical swelling, light-induced architecture transitions, mechanical pressure, or voltage. The primary advantages of the snap transition are that the magnitude of change, the rate of change, and the sensitivity to change can be dictated by a balance of materials properties and geometry. The patterned structures that exhibit these dynamics are elastomeric shells that geometrically localize strain and can snap between concave and convex curvatures. We have demonstrated the control of the microlens shell geometry and that the transition time follows scaling relationships presented for the Venus flytrap. Furthermore, the microlens arrays have been demonstrated as surfaces that can alter wettability. Using a similar novel processing technique, microarrays of freestanding elastomeric plates were placed in equibiaxial compression to fabricate crumpled morphologies with strain localized regions that are difficult to attain through traditional patterning techniques. The microstructures that form can be initially described

  8. Silicon nanowires in polymer nanocomposites for photovoltaic hybrid thin films

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    Ben Dkhil, S., E-mail: sadok.bendekhil@gmail.com [Laboratoire Physique des Materiaux, Structures et Proprietes Groupe Physique des Composants et Dispositifs Nanometriques, 7021 Jarzouna, Bizerte (Tunisia); Ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, IMP, UMR CNRS 5223, Universite Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, 15, boulevard Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Bourguiga, R. [Laboratoire Physique des Materiaux, Structures et Proprietes Groupe Physique des Composants et Dispositifs Nanometriques, 7021 Jarzouna, Bizerte (Tunisia); Davenas, J. [Ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, IMP, UMR CNRS 5223, Universite Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, 15, boulevard Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Cornu, D. [Institut Europeen des Membranes, UMR CNRS 5635, Ecole Nationale superieure de Chimie, Universite de Montpellier, 1919 route de Mende, F34000 Montpellier (France)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hybrid solar cells based on blends of poly(N-vinylcarbazole) and silicon nanowires have been fabricated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have investigated the charge transfer between PVK and SiNWs by the way of the quenching of the PVK photoluminescence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relation between the morphology of the composite thin films and the charge transfer between SiNWs and PVK has been examined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have investigated the effects of SiNWs concentration on the photovoltaic characteristics leading to the optimization of a critical SiNWs concentration. - Abstract: Hybrid thin films combining the high optical absorption of a semiconducting polymer film and the electronic properties of silicon fillers have been investigated in the perspective of the development of low cost solar cells. Bulk heterojunction photovoltaic materials based on blends of a semiconductor polymer poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) as electron donor and silicon nanowires (SiNWs) as electron acceptor have been studied. Composite PVK/SiNWs films were cast from a common solvent mixture. UV-visible spectrometry and photoluminescence of the composites have been studied as a function of the SiNWs concentration. Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) shows the existence of a critical SiNWs concentration of about 10 wt % for PL quenching corresponding to the most efficient charge pair separation. The photovoltaic (PV) effect has been studied under illumination. The optimum open-circuit voltage V{sub oc} and short-circuit current density J{sub sc} are obtained for 10 wt % SiNWs whereas a degradation of these parameters is observed at higher SiNWs concentrations. These results are correlated to the formation of aggregates in the composite leading to recombination of the photogenerated charge pairs competing with the dissociation mechanism.

  9. Hybrid Thin Films Based Upon Polyoxometalates-Polymer Assembly

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    Qi, Na; Jing, Benxin; Zhu, Yingxi

    2014-03-01

    Block copolymers (BCPs) and polyoxometalates (POMs) have been used individually as building blocks for design and synthesis of novel functional materials. POM nanoclusters, the assemblies of transition metal oxides with well-defined atomic coordination structure, have been recently explored as novel nanomaterials... for catalysis, semiconductors, and even anti-cancer treatment due to their unique chemical, optical and electrical characteristics. We have explored the blending of inorganic POM nanocluster with BCPs into hierarchaically structured inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites. Using polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) thin films as the template, we have observed that the spatial organization of BCP thin films is modified by molybdenum based POM nanocluster to form 2D in-plane hexagonal ordered or 3D ordered network of POM-BCP assemblies, depending on the concentration ratio of POM to PS-b-PEO. The dielectric properties of such hybrid thin films can be enhanced by embedded POMs but show a strong dependence on the supramolecular structures of POM-polymer complexes. The assembly of nanoclusters in BCP-templated thin films could pave a new path to design new hybrid nanocomposites with uniquely combined functionality and material properties.

  10. Numerical simulations of electrohydrodynamic evolution of thin polymer films

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    Borglum, Joshua Christopher

    Recently developed needleless electrospinning and electrolithography are two successful techniques that have been utilized extensively for low-cost, scalable, and continuous nano-fabrication. Rational understanding of the electrohydrodynamic principles underneath these nano-manufacturing methods is crucial to fabrication of continuous nanofibers and patterned thin films. This research project is to formulate robust, high-efficiency finite-difference Fourier spectral methods to simulate the electrohydrodynamic evolution of thin polymer films. Two thin-film models were considered and refined. The first was based on reduced lubrication theory; the second further took into account the effect of solvent drying and dewetting of the substrate. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) based spectral method was integrated into the finite-difference algorithms for fast, accurately solving the governing nonlinear partial differential equations. The present methods have been used to examine the dependencies of the evolving surface features of the thin films upon the model parameters. The present study can be used for fast, controllable nanofabrication.

  11. Liquid crystal film development for plasma mirrors and waveplates

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    Cochran, G. E.; Poole, P. L.; Willis, C.; Hanna, R. J.; Pytel, K.; Sullivan, K. S.; Andereck, C. D.; Schumacher, D. W.

    2015-11-01

    Many laser-plasma phenomena currently under study depend critically on the quality of the pulse contrast. Costly sacrificial plasma mirrors are now commonly used to improve the temporal laser contrast before target interaction, especially for ion acceleration where high contrast is necessary to achieve interesting new mechanisms. Liquid crystal films were originally developed as variable thickness thin-film targets, and were demonstrated for this purpose in. Varying film formation parameters such as volume, temperature, and draw speed allows thickness control between 10 nm and several 10s of microns, in-situ and under vacuum. Development since that initial work has allowed large area films to be formed, several cm2 in extent, with the same thickness range. The molecular flatness of a freely suspended film renders these films excellent low-cost plasma mirrors, given appropriate formation control. Additionally, the birefringence of the liquid crystal used here permits these films to be used as large area zero-order waveplates at the appropriate thickness. Details on the current state of liquid crystal film application development, including a >1 Hz small area film formation device, will be presented. This work was performed with support from the DARPA PULSE program through a grant from AMRDEC and by the NNSA under contract DE-NA0001976.

  12. Solid mesostructured polymer-surfactant films at the air-liquid interface.

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    Pegg, Jonathan C; Eastoe, Julian

    2015-08-01

    Pioneering work by Edler et al. has spawned a new sub-set of mesostructured materials. These are solid, self-supporting films comprising surfactant micelles encased within polymer hydrogel; composite polymer-surfactant films can be grown spontaneously at the air-liquid interface and have defined and controllable mesostructures. Addition of siliconalkoxide to polymer-surfactant mixtures allows for the growth of mesostructured hybrid polymer-surfactant silica films that retain film geometry after calcinations and exhibit superior mechanical properties to typically brittle inorganic films. Growing films at the air-liquid interface provides a rapid and simple means to prepare ordered solid inorganic films, and to date the only method for generating mesostructured films thick enough (up to several hundred microns) to be removed from the interface. Applications of these films could range from catalysis to encapsulation of hydrophobic species and drug delivery. Film properties and mesostructures are sensitive to surfactant structure, polymer properties and polymer-surfactant phase behaviour: herein it will be shown how film mesostructure can be tailored by directing these parameters, and some interesting analogies will be drawn with more familiar mesostructured silica materials.

  13. Photostability of plasma polymerized γ-terpinene thin films for encapsulation of OPV

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    Bazaka, Kateryna; Ahmad, Jakaria; Oelgemöller, Michael; Uddin, Ashraf; Jacob, Mohan V.

    2017-03-01

    Optically transparent, smooth, defect-free, chemically inert and with good adhesion to a variety of substrates, plasma polymers from plant-derived secondary metabolites have been identified as promising encapsulating materials for organic electronics and photovoltaics. Here, we demonstrate that an encapsulating layer of plasma polymerized γ-terpinene reduces degradation-related loss in conversion efficiency in PCPDTBT:PC70BM solar cells under ambient operating conditions. The stability of γ-terpinene films was then investigated under extreme UV irradiation conditions as a function of deposition power. When exposed to ambient air, prolonged exposure to UV-A and UV-B light led to notable ageing of the polymer. Photooxidation was identified as the main mechanism of degradation, confirmed by significantly slower ageing when oxygen was restricted through the use of a quartz cover. Under unnatural high-energy UV-C irradiation, significant photochemical degradation and oxidation occurred even in an oxygen-poor environment.

  14. Photostability of plasma polymerized γ-terpinene thin films for encapsulation of OPV

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    Bazaka, Kateryna; Ahmad, Jakaria; Oelgemöller, Michael; Uddin, Ashraf; Jacob, Mohan V.

    2017-01-01

    Optically transparent, smooth, defect-free, chemically inert and with good adhesion to a variety of substrates, plasma polymers from plant-derived secondary metabolites have been identified as promising encapsulating materials for organic electronics and photovoltaics. Here, we demonstrate that an encapsulating layer of plasma polymerized γ-terpinene reduces degradation-related loss in conversion efficiency in PCPDTBT:PC70BM solar cells under ambient operating conditions. The stability of γ-terpinene films was then investigated under extreme UV irradiation conditions as a function of deposition power. When exposed to ambient air, prolonged exposure to UV–A and UV–B light led to notable ageing of the polymer. Photooxidation was identified as the main mechanism of degradation, confirmed by significantly slower ageing when oxygen was restricted through the use of a quartz cover. Under unnatural high-energy UV–C irradiation, significant photochemical degradation and oxidation occurred even in an oxygen-poor environment. PMID:28358138

  15. Prism coupling technique investigation of elasto-optical properties of thin polymer films

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    Ay, Feridun; Kocabas, Askin; Kocabas, Coskun; Aydinli, Atilla; Agan, Sedat

    2004-01-01

    The use of thin polymer films in optical planar integrated optical circuits is rapidly increasing. Much interest, therefore, has been devoted to characterizing the optical and mechanical properties of thin polymer films. This study focuses on measuring the elasto-optical properties of three differen

  16. Charge trapping in plasma-polymerized thin films

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    Klemberg-Sapieha, J. E.; Sapieha, S.; Wertheimer, M. R.; Yelon, A.

    1980-07-01

    The surface potential of freshly plasma-polymerized films of hexamethyldisiloxane was measured for film thicknesses ranging from about 0.1 to 1 micron. The films are found to be in an electret state under certain fabrication conditions. Experimental evidence is given which indicates that charge trapped during plasma polymerization is uniformly distributed across the sample thickness. It has been found that other electret properties such as the polarity of trapped charge, and the charge retention characteristics can also be controlled by an appropriate choice of polymerization conditions.

  17. Plasma polymer coatings to aid retinal pigment epithelial growth for transplantation in the treatment of age related macular degeneration.

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    Kearns, Victoria; Mistry, Anita; Mason, Sharon; Krishna, Yamini; Sheridan, Carl; Short, Robert; Williams, Rachel L

    2012-08-01

    Subretinal transplantation of functioning retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells grown on a synthetic substrate is a potential treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of irreversible vision loss in developed countries. Plasma polymers give the opportunity to tailor the surface chemistry of the artificial substrate whilst maintaining the bulk properties. In this study, plasma polymers with different functionalities were investigated in terms of their effect on RPE attachment and growth. Plasma polymers of acrylic acid (AC), allyl amine (AM) and allyl alcohol (AL) were fabricated and characterised using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurements. Octadiene (OD) hydrocarbon films and tissue culture polystyrene were used as controls. Wettability varied from hydrophobic OD to relatively hydrophilic AC. XPS demonstrated four very different surfaces with the expected functionalities. Attachment, proliferation and morphological examination of an RPE cell line and primary RPE cells were investigated. Both cell types grew on all surfaces, with the exception of OD, although the proliferation rate of primary cells was low. Good epithelial morphology was also demonstrated. Plasma polymerised films show potential as cell carrier surfaces for RPE cells in the treatment of AMD.

  18. Quantitative measurement of VUV radiation related to polymer pre-treatment in a microwave driven low pressure plasma

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    Mitschker, Felix; Iglesias, Enrique; Fiebrandt, Marcel; Bibinov, Nikita; Awakowicz, Peter; InstituteElectrical Engineering; Plasma Technology Team

    2016-09-01

    Plasma pre-treatment of polymers is used for a wide range of applications, e.g. prior to deposition of thin SiOx barrier films. At this, plasma generated particles and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation can reach the polymer surface. Both have a severe impact on the polymer interface, resulting in the production of e.g. dangling bonds. These modifications govern subsequent thin film growth. For understanding of pre-treatment processes, VUV radiation has to be quantified. Absolute VUV photon fluences are determined in situ, at the substrate holder, applying sodium salicylate (NaSal) as a scintillator. Therefore, VUV photons are quantified from 50 nm to 325 nm, due to constant quantum efficiency of NaSal, as integrals over defined wavelength ranges (50-110, 110-170, 170-200 and 200-325 nm). The set up allows for measurement with three scintillators. Each is equipped with optical filters. Observation of the fluorescence band is performed by means of optical fibers and a photomultiplier. Quantification is achieved by simultaneous measurement with an absolutely calibrated echelle spectrometer in the spectral range from 200 nm to 325 nm, taking into account observed plasma volumes. VUV photons are quantified for argon and oxygen plasmas as well as mixtures of both. Support by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the SFB TRR 87/1 is acknowledged.

  19. Preparation of Composite Films of a Conjugated Polymer and C60NWs and Their Photovoltaic Application

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    Takatsugu Wakahara; Kun’ichi Miyazawa; Osamu Ito; Nobutaka Tanigaki

    2016-01-01

    Composite films of conjugated polymers, such as poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV) and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), with C60 nanowhiskers (C60NWs) were prepared. The photoluminescence originating from the conjugated MDMO-PPV polymers was effectively quenched in the composite film, indicating a strong interaction between the conjugated polymer and C60NWs. The photovoltaic devices were fabricated using C60NW (conjugated polymer) composite films, result...

  20. Preparation of Composite Films of a Conjugated Polymer and C60NWs and Their Photovoltaic Application

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    Takatsugu Wakahara; Kun’ichi Miyazawa; Osamu Ito; Nobutaka Tanigaki

    2016-01-01

    Composite films of conjugated polymers, such as poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV) and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), with C60 nanowhiskers (C60NWs) were prepared. The photoluminescence originating from the conjugated MDMO-PPV polymers was effectively quenched in the composite film, indicating a strong interaction between the conjugated polymer and C60NWs. The photovoltaic devices were fabricated using C60NW (conjugated polymer) composite films, result...

  1. Structural and optical properties of chlorinated plasma polymers

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    Turri, Rafael [Laboratorio de Plasmas Tecnologicos, Campus Experimental de Sorocaba, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Avenida Tres de Marco 511, Alto de Boa Vista, 18087-180, Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Davanzo, Celso U. [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Schreiner, Wido [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Parana, PR (Brazil); Dias da Silva, Jose Humberto [Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Bauru, SP (Brazil); Appolinario, Marcelo Borgatto [Laboratorio de Plasmas Tecnologicos, Campus Experimental de Sorocaba, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Avenida Tres de Marco 511, Alto de Boa Vista, 18087-180, Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Durrant, Steven F., E-mail: steve@sorocaba.unesp.br [Laboratorio de Plasmas Tecnologicos, Campus Experimental de Sorocaba, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Avenida Tres de Marco 511, Alto de Boa Vista, 18087-180, Sorocaba, SP (Brazil)

    2011-12-30

    Amorphous hydrogenated chlorinated carbon (a-C:H:Cl) films were produced by the plasma polymerization of chloroform-acetylene-argon mixtures in a radiofrequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system. The main parameter of interest was the proportion of chloroform in the feed, R{sub C}, which was varied from 0 to 80%. Deposition rates of 80 nm min{sup -1} were typical for the chlorinated films. Infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy revealed the presence of C-Cl groups in all the films produced with chloroform in the feed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed this finding, and revealed a saturation of the chlorine content at {approx} 47 at.% for R{sub C} {>=} 40%. The refractive index and optical gap, E{sub 04}, of the films were roughly in the 1.6 to 1.7, and the 2.8 to 3.7 eV range. These values were calculated from transmission ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectra. Chlorination leads to an increase in the water surface contact angle from {approx} 40 Degree-Sign to {approx} 77 Degree-Sign .

  2. Impact of polymer film thickness and cavity size on polymer flow during embossing : towards process design rules for nanoimprint lithography.

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    Schunk, Peter Randall; King, William P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Sun, Amy Cha-Tien; Rowland, Harry D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA)

    2006-08-01

    This paper presents continuum simulations of polymer flow during nanoimprint lithography (NIL). The simulations capture the underlying physics of polymer flow from the nanometer to millimeter length scale and examine geometry and thermophysical process quantities affecting cavity filling. Variations in embossing tool geometry and polymer film thickness during viscous flow distinguish different flow driving mechanisms. Three parameters can predict polymer deformation mode: cavity width to polymer thickness ratio, polymer supply ratio, and Capillary number. The ratio of cavity width to initial polymer film thickness determines vertically or laterally dominant deformation. The ratio of indenter width to residual film thickness measures polymer supply beneath the indenter which determines Stokes or squeeze flow. The local geometry ratios can predict a fill time based on laminar flow between plates, Stokes flow, or squeeze flow. Characteristic NIL capillary number based on geometry-dependent fill time distinguishes between capillary or viscous driven flows. The three parameters predict filling modes observed in published studies of NIL deformation over nanometer to millimeter length scales. The work seeks to establish process design rules for NIL and to provide tools for the rational design of NIL master templates, resist polymers, and process parameters.

  3. Coupled effects of substrate adhesion and intermolecular forces on polymer thin film glass-transition behavior.

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    Xia, Wenjie; Keten, Sinan

    2013-10-15

    Intermolecular noncovalent forces between polymer chains influence the mobility and glass-transition temperature (Tg), where weaker interchain interactions, all else being the same, typically results in lower bulk polymer Tg. Using molecular dynamics simulations, here we show that this relation can become invalid for supported ultrathin films when the substrate-polymer interaction is extremely strong and the polymer-polymer interactions are much weaker. This contrasting trend is found to be due to a more pronounced substrate-induced appreciation of the film Tg for polymers with weaker intermolecular interactions and low bulk Tg. We show that optimizing this coupling between substrate adhesion and bulk Tg maximizes thin film Tg, paving the way for tuning film properties through interface nanoengineering.

  4. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Wei, Qingshuo; Uehara, Chinatsu; Mukaida, Masakazu; Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Ishida, Takao

    2016-01-01

    .... We evaluated thermal conductivities and anisotropic ratios for various types of samples including insulating polymers, undoped semiconducting polymers, doped conducting polymers, and one-dimensional...

  5. Modeling thin-film piezoelectric polymer ultrasonic sensors

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    González, M. G.; Sorichetti, P. A.; Santiago, G. D.

    2014-11-01

    This paper presents a model suitable to design and characterize broadband thin film sensors based on piezoelectric polymers. The aim is to describe adequately the sensor behavior, with a reasonable number of parameters and based on well-known physical equations. The mechanical variables are described by an acoustic transmission line. The electrical behavior is described by the quasi-static approximation, given the large difference between the velocities of propagation of the electrical and mechanical disturbances. The line parameters include the effects of the elastic and electrical properties of the material. The model was validated with measurements of a poly(vinylidene flouride) sensor designed for short-pulse detection. The model variables were calculated from the properties of the polymer at frequencies between 100 Hz and 30 MHz and at temperatures between 283 K and 313 K, a relevant range for applications in biology and medicine. The simulations agree very well with the experimental data, predicting satisfactorily the influence of temperature and the dielectric properties of the polymer on the behavior of the sensor. Conversely, the model allowed the calculation of the material dielectric properties from the measured response of the sensor, with good agreement with the published values.

  6. Simulation of bipolar charge transport in nanocomposite polymer films

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    Lean, Meng H.; Chu, Wei-Ping L.

    2015-03-01

    This paper describes 3D particle-in-cell simulation of bipolar charge injection and transport through nanocomposite film comprised of ferroelectric ceramic nanofillers in an amorphous polymer matrix. The classical electrical double layer (EDL) model for a monopolar core is extended (eEDL) to represent the nanofiller by replacing it with a dipolar core. Charge injection at the electrodes assumes metal-polymer Schottky emission at low to moderate fields and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at high fields. Injected particles migrate via field-dependent Poole-Frenkel mobility and recombine with Monte Carlo selection. The simulation algorithm uses a boundary integral equation method for solution of the Poisson equation coupled with a second-order predictor-corrector scheme for robust time integration of the equations of motion. The stability criterion of the explicit algorithm conforms to the Courant-Friedrichs-Levy limit assuring robust and rapid convergence. The model is capable of simulating a wide dynamic range spanning leakage current to pre-breakdown. Simulation results for BaTiO3 nanofiller in amorphous polymer matrix indicate that charge transport behavior depend on nanoparticle polarization with anti-parallel orientation showing the highest leakage conduction and therefore lowest level of charge trapping in the interaction zone. Charge recombination is also highest, at the cost of reduced leakage conduction charge. The eEDL model predicts the meandering pathways of charge particle trajectories.

  7. Electrochemical route to fabricate film-like conjugated microporous polymers and application for organic electronics.

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    Gu, Cheng; Chen, Youchun; Zhang, Zhongbo; Xue, Shanfeng; Sun, Shuheng; Zhang, Kai; Zhong, Chengmei; Zhang, Huanhuan; Pan, Yuyu; Lv, Ying; Yang, Yanqin; Li, Fenghong; Zhang, Suobo; Huang, Fei; Ma, Yuguang

    2013-07-05

    Film-like conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) are fabricated by the novel strategy of carbazole-based electropolymerization. The CMP film storing a mass of counterions acting as an anode interlayer provides a significant power-conversion efficiency of 7.56% in polymer solar cells and 20.7 cd A(-1) in polymer light-emitting diodes, demonstrating its universality and potential as an electrode interlayer in organic electronics.

  8. Experimental Study on Plasma Surface Treatment of Capacitors Film

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    Ling, Dai; Ting, Yin; Fuchang, Lin; Fei, Yan

    Plasma surface treatment is an optional way to change the electrical performance of the film capacitors used widely in pulse power application. This paper presents the experimental study of glow discharge plasma treatment to polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) film. By using infrared spectra and scanning electron microscope (SEM), the chemical component and microstructure of material surface has detected to be changed with different treatment strength and various discharge gas. After treatment, the film surface tends to be rougher and some sorts of polar radicals or groups found to be introduced. But there is no obvious change of the electrical strength of the film. At last, theoretical analysis has been carried out with polypropylene film experimental treatment results in author's former work.

  9. Plasma Processes and Polymers: 16th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry Taormina, Italy June 22-27, 2003

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    D'Agostino, Riccardo; Favia, Pietro; Oehr, Christian; Wertheimer, Michael R.

    2005-04-01

    This volume compiles essential contributions to the most innovative fields of Plasma Processes and Polymers. High-quality contributions cover the fields of plasma deposition, plasma treatment of polymers and other organic compounds, plasma processes under partial vacuum and at atmospheric pressure, biomedical, textile, automotive, and optical applications as well as surface treatment of bulk materials, clusters, particles and powders. This unique collection of refereed papers is based on the best contributions presented at the 16th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry in Taormina, Italy (ISPC-16, June 2003). A high class reference of relevance to a large audience in plasma community as well as in the area of its industrial applications.

  10. In Situ Nanocalorimetric Investigations of Plasma Assisted Deposited Poly(ethylene oxide)-like Films by Specific Heat Spectroscopy.

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    Madkou, Sherif; Melnichu, Iurii; Choukourov, Andrei; Krakovsky, Ivan; Biederman, Hynek; Schönhals, Andreas

    2016-04-28

    In recent years, highly cross-linked plasma polymers have started to unveil their potential in numerous biomedical applications in thin-film form. However, conventional diagnostic methods often fail due to their diverse molecular dynamics conformations. Here, glassy dynamics and the melting transition of thin PEO-like plasma assisted deposited (ppPEO) films (thickness 100 nm) were in situ studied by a combination of specific heat spectroscopy, utilizing a pJ/K sensitive ac-calorimeter chip, and composition analytical techniques. Different cross-linking densities were obtained by different plasma powers during the deposition of the films. Glassy dynamics were observed for all values of the plasma power. It was found that the glassy dynamics slows down with increasing the plasma power. Moreover, the underlying relaxation time spectra broaden indicating that the molecular motions become more heterogeneous with increasing plasma power. In a second set of the experiment, the melting behavior of the ppPEO films was studied. The melting temperature of ppPEO was found to decrease with increasing plasma power. This was explained by a decrease of the order in the crystals due to formation of chemical defects during the plasma process.

  11. Singlet Exciton Lifetimes in Conjugated Polymer Films for Organic Solar Cells

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    Dimitrov, Stoichko

    2016-01-13

    The lifetime of singlet excitons in conjugated polymer films is a key factor taken into account during organic solar cell device optimization. It determines the singlet exciton diffusion lengths in polymer films and has a direct impact on the photocurrent generation by organic solar cell devices. However, very little is known about the material properties controlling the lifetimes of singlet excitons, with most of our knowledge originating from studies of small organic molecules. Herein, we provide a brief summary of the nature of the excited states in conjugated polymer films and then present an analysis of the singlet exciton lifetimes of 16 semiconducting polymers. The exciton lifetimes of seven of the studied polymers were measured using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and compared to the lifetimes of seven of the most common photoactive polymers found in the literature. A plot of the logarithm of the rate of exciton decay vs. the polymer optical bandgap reveals a medium correlation between lifetime and bandgap, thus suggesting that the Energy Gap Law may be valid for these systems. This therefore suggests that small bandgap polymers can suffer from short exciton lifetimes, which may limit their performance in organic solar cell devices. In addition, the impact of film crystallinity on the exciton lifetime was assessed for a small bandgap diketopyrrolopyrrole co-polymer. It is observed that the increase of polymer film crystallinity leads to reduction in exciton lifetime and optical bandgap again in agreement with the Energy Gap Law.

  12. Singlet Exciton Lifetimes in Conjugated Polymer Films for Organic Solar Cells

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    Stoichko D. Dimitrov

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The lifetime of singlet excitons in conjugated polymer films is a key factor taken into account during organic solar cell device optimization. It determines the singlet exciton diffusion lengths in polymer films and has a direct impact on the photocurrent generation by organic solar cell devices. However, very little is known about the material properties controlling the lifetimes of singlet excitons, with most of our knowledge originating from studies of small organic molecules. Herein, we provide a brief summary of the nature of the excited states in conjugated polymer films and then present an analysis of the singlet exciton lifetimes of 16 semiconducting polymers. The exciton lifetimes of seven of the studied polymers were measured using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and compared to the lifetimes of seven of the most common photoactive polymers found in the literature. A plot of the logarithm of the rate of exciton decay vs. the polymer optical bandgap reveals a medium correlation between lifetime and bandgap, thus suggesting that the Energy Gap Law may be valid for these systems. This therefore suggests that small bandgap polymers can suffer from short exciton lifetimes, which may limit their performance in organic solar cell devices. In addition, the impact of film crystallinity on the exciton lifetime was assessed for a small bandgap diketopyrrolopyrrole co-polymer. It is observed that the increase of polymer film crystallinity leads to reduction in exciton lifetime and optical bandgap again in agreement with the Energy Gap Law.

  13. Electric Transport Phenomena of Nanocomposite Organic Polymer Thin Films

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    Jira, Nicholas C.; Sabirianov, Ildar; Ilie, Carolina C.

    We discuss herein the nanocomposite organic thin film diodes for the use of plasmonic solar cells. This experimental work follows the theoretical calculations done for plasmonic solar cells using the MNPBEM toolbox for MatLab. These calculations include dispersion curves and amount of light scattering cross sections for different metallic nanoparticles. This study gives us clear ideas on what to expect from different metals, allowing us to make the best choice on what to use to obtain the best results. One specific technique for light trapping in thin films solar cells utilizes metal nanoparticles on the surface of the semiconductor. The characteristics of the metal, semiconductor interface allows for light to be guided in between them causing it to be scattered, allowing for more chances of absorption. The samples were fabricated using organic thin films made from polymers and metallic nanoparticles, more specifically Poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) copolymer and silver or gold nanoparticles. The two fabrication methods applied include spin coating and Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The transport properties are obtained by analyzing the I-V curves. We will also discuss the resistance, resistivity, conductance, density of charge carriers. SUNY Oswego SCAC Grant.

  14. Prism coupling technique investigation of elasto-optical properties of thin polymer films

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    Ay, Feridun; Kocabas, Askin; Kocabas, Coskun; Aydinli, Atilla; Agan, Sedat

    2004-12-01

    The use of thin polymer films in optical planar integrated optical circuits is rapidly increasing. Much interest, therefore, has been devoted to characterizing the optical and mechanical properties of thin polymer films. This study focuses on measuring the elasto-optical properties of three different polymers; polystyrene, polymethyl-methacrylate, and benzocyclobutane. The out-of-plane elastic modulus, refractive index, film thickness, and birefringence of thin polymer films were determined by means of the prism coupling technique. The effect of the applied stress on the refractive index and birefringence of the films was investigated. Three-dimensional finite element method analysis was used so as to obtain the principal stresses for each polymer system, and combining them with the stress dependent refractive index measurements, the elasto-optic coefficients of the polymer films were determined. It was found that the applied stress in the out-of-plane direction of the thin films investigated leads to negative elasto-optic coefficients, as observed for all the three thin polymer films.

  15. High speed cine film studies of plasma behaviour and plasma surface interactions in tokamaks

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    Goodall, D.H.J. (Euratom/UKAEA Fusion Association, Abingdon (UK). Culham Lab.)

    High speed cine photography is a useful diagnostic aid for studying plasma behaviour and plasma surface interactions. Several workers have filmed discharges in tokamaks including ASDEX, DITE, DIVA, ISX, JFT2, TFR and PLT. These films are discussed and examples given of the observed phenomena which include plasma limiter interactions, diverted discharges, disruptions, magnetic islands and moving glowing objects often known as 'UFOs'. Examples of plasma structures in ASDEX and DITE not previously published are also given. The paper also reports experiments in DITE to determine the origin of UFOs.

  16. High Seebeck effects from conducting polymer: Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) based thin-film device with hybrid metal/polymer/metal architecture

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    Stanford, Michael G [ORNL; Wang, Hsin [ORNL; Ivanov, Ilia N [ORNL; Hu, Bin [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)

    2012-01-01

    Conductive polymers are of particular interest for thermoelectric applications due to their low thermal conductivity and relatively high electrical conductivity. In this study, commercially available conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) was used in a hybrid metal/polymer/metal thin film design in order to achieve a high Seebeck coefficient with the value of 252lV/k on a relatively low temperature scale. Polymer film thickness was varied in order to investigate its influence on the Seebeck effect. The high Seebeck coefficient indicates that the metal/polymer/metal design can develop a large entropy difference in internal energy of charge carriers between high and low-temperature metal electrodes to develop electrical potential due to charge transport in conducting polymer film through metal/polymer interface. Therefore, the metal/polymer/metal structure presents a new design to combine inorganic metals and organic polymers in thin-film form to develop Seebeck devices

  17. Plasma-modified and polyethylene glycol-grafted polymers for potential tissue engineering applications.

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    Svorcík, V; Makajová, Z; Kasálková-Slepicková, N; Kolská, Z; Bacáková, L

    2012-08-01

    Modified and grafted polymers may serve as building blocks for creating artificial bioinspired nanostructured surfaces for tissue engineering. Polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS) were modified by Ar plasma and the surface of the plasma activated polymers was grafted with polyethylene glycol (PEG). The changes in the surface wettability (contact angle) of the modified polymers were examined by goniometry. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) was used to determine the surface roughness and morphology and electrokinetical analysis (Zeta potential) characterized surface chemistry of the modified polymers. Plasma treatment and subsequent PEG grafting lead to dramatic changes in the polymer surface morphology, roughness and wettability. The plasma treated and PEG grafted polymers were seeded with rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and their adhesion and proliferation were studied. Biological tests, performed in vitro, show increased adhesion and proliferation of cells on modified polymers. Grafting with PEG increases cell proliferation, especially on PS. The cell proliferation was shown to be an increasing function of PEG molecular weight.

  18. Nanoparticle formation and thin film deposition in aniline containing plasmas

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    Pattyn, Cedric; Dias, Ana; Hussain, Shahzad; Strunskus, Thomas; Stefanovic, Ilija; Boulmer-Leborgne, Chantal; Lecas, Thomas; Kovacevic, Eva; Berndt, Johannes

    2016-09-01

    This contribution deals with plasma based polymerization processes in mixtures of argon and aniline. The investigations are performed in a capacitively coupled RF discharge (in pulsed and continuous mode) and concern both the observed formation of nanoparticles in the plasma volume and the deposition of films. The latter process was used for the deposition of ultra-thin layers on different kind of nanocarbon materials (nanotubes and free standing graphene). The analysis of the plasma and the plasma chemistry (by means of mass spectroscopy and in-situ FTIR spectroscopy) is accompanied by several ex-situ diagnostics of the obtained materials which include NEXAFS and XPS measurements as well as Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The decisive point of the investigations concern the preservation of the original monomer structure during the plasma polymerization processes and the stability of the thin films on the different substrates.

  19. Modifications in SnS thin films by plasma treatments

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    Martinez, H., E-mail: hm@fis.unam.mx [Instituto de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 48-3, 62210 Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Avellaneda, D. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico)

    2012-02-01

    The present study shows the modifications of structural, optical and electrical characteristics that occur in tin sulfide (SnS) thin films treated in air and in nitrogen plasma at different pressure conditions. The films were obtained by the chemical bath deposition method, which results in SnS thin films with an orthorhombic crystalline structure, band gap (E{sub g}) of 1.1-1.2 eV, and electrical conductivities ({sigma}) in the order of 10{sup -6} {Omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1}. The films treated with air plasma at pressures between 1 and 4 Torr, showed the presence of SnS{sub 2}, Sn{sub 2}S{sub 3}, and SnO{sub 2} phases, within the band gap values ranging from 0.9 to 1.5 eV. On the other hand, the films treated with nitrogen plasma presented the same phases, but showed a significant modification in the electrical conductivity, increasing from 10{sup -6} {Omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1} (as-deposited) up to 10{sup -2}-10{sup -3} {Omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1} (plasma treated). This result is a suitable range of conductivity for the improvement of the solar cells with SnS as an absorber material. Also, emission spectroscopy measurements were carried out in both air and nitrogen plasma treatments.

  20. Nanoscale mechanical and tribological properties of fluorocarbon films grafted onto plasma-treated low-density polyethylene surfaces

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    Cheng, Q.; Komvopoulos, K.

    2012-03-01

    Fluorocarbon (FC) films were grafted onto Ar plasma-treated low-density polyethylene (LDPE) surfaces by plasma polymerization and deposition. The evolution of the surface morphology of the grafted FC films was investigated at different scales with an atomic force microscope. Nanoscale sliding experiments performed with a surface force microscope provided insight into the nanotribological properties of Ar plasma-treated LDPE, with and without grafted FC films, in terms of applied normal load and number of sliding cycles. The observed trends are explained in the context of microstructure models accounting for morphological and structure changes at the LDPE surface due to the effects of plasma treatment (e.g., selective etching of amorphous phase, chain crosslinking and FC film grafting) and surface sliding (e.g., crystalline lamellae alignment along the sliding direction). Nanoindentation experiments elucidated the effect of plasma treatment on surface viscoelasticity and global contact stiffness. The results of this study demonstrate that plasma-assisted grafting of FC films is an effective surface modification method for tuning the nanomechanical/tribological properties of polymers.

  1. Control of polymer-packing orientation in thin films through synthetic tailoring of backbone coplanarity

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    Chen, Mark S.

    2013-10-22

    Controlling solid-state order of π-conjugated polymers through macromolecular design is essential for achieving high electronic device performance; yet, it remains a challenge, especially with respect to polymer-packing orientation. Our work investigates the influence of backbone coplanarity on a polymer\\'s preference to pack face-on or edge-on relative to the substrate. Isoindigo-based polymers were synthesized with increasing planarity by systematically substituting thiophenes for phenyl rings in the acceptor comonomer. This increasing backbone coplanarity, supported by density functional theory (DFT) calculations of representative trimers, leads to the narrowing of polymer band gaps as characterized by ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Among the polymers studied, regiosymmetric II and TII polymers exhibited the highest hole mobilities in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs), while in organic photovoltaics (OPVs), TBII polymers that display intermediate levels of planarity provided the highest power conversion efficiencies. Upon thin-film analysis by atomic force microscropy (AFM) and grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD), we discovered that polymer-packing orientation could be controlled by tuning polymer planarity and solubility. Highly soluble, planar polymers favor face-on orientation in thin films while the less soluble, nonplanar polymers favor an edge-on orientation. This study advances our fundamental understanding of how polymer structure influences nanostructural order and reveals a new synthetic strategy for the design of semiconducting materials with rationally engineered solid-state properties. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  2. Use of Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma Jet for Polymer Surface Modification: An Overview

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    Kuettner, Lindsey A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-03-16

    Atmospheric-pressure plasma jets (APPJs) are playing an increasingly important role in materials processing procedures. Plasma treatment is a useful tool to modify surface properties of materials, especially polymers. Plasma reacts with polymer surfaces in numerous ways thus the type of process gas and plasma conditions must be explored for chosen substrates and materials to maximize desired properties. This report discusses plasma treatments and looks further into atmospheric-pressure plasma jets and the effects of gases and plasma conditions. Following the short literature review, a general overview of the future work and research at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is discussed.

  3. Thermally Induced Charge Reversal of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Single-Component Polymer Films.

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    Richardson, Joseph J; Tardy, Blaise L; Ejima, Hirotaka; Guo, Junling; Cui, Jiwei; Liang, Kang; Choi, Gwan H; Yoo, Pil J; De Geest, Bruno G; Caruso, Frank

    2016-03-23

    Temperature can be harnessed to engineer unique properties for materials useful in various contexts and has been shown to affect the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of polymer thin films and cause physical changes in preassembled polymer thin films. Herein we demonstrate that exposure to relatively low temperatures (≤ 100 °C) can induce physicochemical changes in cationic polymer thin films. The surface charge of polymer films containing primary and secondary amines reverses after heating (from positive to negative), and different characterization techniques are used to show that the change in surface charge is related to oxidation of the polymer that specifically occurs in the thin film state. This charge reversal allows for single-polymer LbL assembly to be performed with poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH) through alternating heat/deposition steps. Furthermore, the negative charge induced by heating reduces the fouling and cell-association of PAH-coated planar and particulate substrates, respectively. This study highlights a unique property of thin films which is relevant to LbL assembly and biofouling and is of interest for the future development of thin polymer films for biomedical systems.

  4. Properties of solid polymer electrolyte fluorocarbon film. [used in hydrogen/oxygen fuel cells

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    Alston, W. B.

    1973-01-01

    The ionic fluorocarbon film used as the solid polymer electrolyte in hydrogen/oxygen fuel cells was found to exhibit delamination failures. Polarized light microscopy of as-received film showed a lined region at the center of the film thickness. It is shown that these lines were not caused by incomplete saponification but probably resulted from the film extrusion process. The film lines could be removed by an annealing process. Chemical, physical, and tensile tests showed that annealing improved or sustained the water contents, spectral properties, thermo-oxidative stability, and tensile properties of the film. The resistivity of the film was significantly decreased by the annealing process.

  5. Temperature Controlled Lateral Pattern Formation in Confined Polymer Thin Films

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    ZHANG Hao-li; David G. Bucknall

    2004-01-01

    The thermal induced topography change in a model system consisting of a polymer film on a Si substrate capped by a thin metal layer has been studied by using AFM. Regular lateral patterns over large areas were observed on the surface when the system was heated to a sufficiently high temperature. 2D-FFT analysis to the AFM images indicates that the patterns are isotropic and have well defined periodicities. The periodicities of the characteristic patterns are found to depend strongly on the annealing temperature. The study of the kinetics of the formation reveals that such a topography forms almost instantaneously once the critical temperature is reached. It is suggested that this wave-like surface morphology is driven by the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch of the different layers. This method for generating regular wave-like patterns could be used as a general method for patterning various organic materials into micro/nanostructures.

  6. Gain properties of dye-doped polymer thin films

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    Gozhyk, I; Rabbani, H; Djellali, N; Forget, S; Chenais, S; Ulysse, C; Brosseau, A; Gauvin, S; Zyss, J; Lebental, M

    2014-01-01

    The demonstration of an electrically pumped organic laser remains a major issue of organic optoelectronics for several decades. Nowadays, hybrid pumping seems a promising compromise where the organic material is optically pumped by an electrically pumped inorganic device on chip. This technical solution requires therefore an optimization of the organic gain medium under optical pumping. Here, we report a detailed study of gain features of dye-doped polymer thin films, in particular we introduce the gain efficiency $K$, in order to facilitate comparison between material and experimental conditions. First, we measure the bulk gain by the means of a pump-probe setup, and then present in details several factors which modify the actual gain of the layer, namely the confinement factor, the pump polarization, the molecular anisotropy, and the re-absorption. The usual model to evaluate the gain leads to an overestimation by more than one order of magnitude, which stresses the importance to design the devices accordin...

  7. Conductivity of oriented bis-azo polymer films

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    Apitz, D.; Bertram, R.P.; Benter, N.;

    2006-01-01

    The conductivity properties of electro-optic photoaddressable, dense bis-ozo chromophore polymer films are investigated by using samples corona poled at various temperatures. A dielectric spectrometer is applied to measure the frequency dependence of the conductivity at different temperatures...... before and after heating the material to above the glass transition temperature. The results show that the orientation of the chromophores changes the charge-carrier mobility. Ionic conductivity dominates in a more disordered configuration of the material, while the competing process of hole hopping...... takes over as a transition to a liquid-crystalline phase occurs when the material is heated to much higher than the gloss transition temperature. Such micro-crystallization strongly enhances the conductivity....

  8. Band Bending in Conjugated Polymer Films: Role of Morphology and Implications for Bulk Charge Transport Characteristics

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    Green, Peter [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Wenderott, J. K. [University of Michigan; Dong, Ban Xuan [University of Michigan

    2017-08-14

    The performance of power conversion devices is impacted by the energy level alignment at the interface between the conjugated polymer and conductive substrate. While band bending has been known to vary between conjugated polymers, we show that the degree of band bending within the same polymer can be just as significant with morphology change. Specifically, a significant band bending effect, studied via Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM), was exhibited by poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films fabricated using matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) in contrast to the conventional spin-cast P3HT films. This finding is associated with a broadening of the density of states (DOS) in the MAPLE-deposited P3HT films, originating from the more disordered structure of the film. These findings, to the best of our knowledge, illustrate for the first time a strong connection between morphology, energy level alignment, and bulk transport in conjugated polymer films.

  9. Decohesion Kinetics of PEDOT:PSS Conducting Polymer Films

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    Dupont, Stephanie R.

    2013-10-17

    The highly conductive polymer PEDOT:PSS is a widely used hole transport layer and transparent electrode in organic electronic devices. To date, the mechanical and fracture properties of this conductive polymer layer are not well understood. Notably, the decohesion rate of the PEDOT:PSS layer and its sensitivity to moist environments has not been reported, which is central in determining the lifetimes of organic electronic devices. Here, it is demonstrated that the decohesion rate is highly sensitive to the ambient moisture content, temperature, and mechanical stress. The kinetic mechanisms are elucidated using atomistic bond rupture models and the decohesion process is shown to be facilitated by a chemical reaction between water molecules from the environment and strained hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bonds are the predominant bonding mechanism between individual PEDOT:PSS grains within the layer and cause a significant loss in cohesion when they are broken. Understanding the decohesion kinetics and mechanisms in these films is essential for the mechanical integrity of devices containing PEDOT:PSS layers and yields general guidelines for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices. Decohesion rate in PEDOT:PSS conducting films is studied under varied environmental conditions. The moisture content in the environment is the most important factor accelerating the decohesion in the PEDOT:PSS layer, which is detrimental for device reliability. The findings on the decohesion rate and mechanisms, elucidated by atomic kinetic models, are essential for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices containting PEDOT:PSS layers. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Initial damage processes for diamond film exposure to hydrogen plasma

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    Deslandes, A., E-mail: acd@ansto.gov.au [Institute for Environmental Research, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney (Australia); Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney (Australia); Guenette, M.C. [Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney (Australia); Samuell, C.M. [Plasma Research Laboratory, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200 (Australia); Karatchevtseva, I. [Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney (Australia); Ionescu, M.; Cohen, D.D. [Institute for Environmental Research, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney (Australia); Blackwell, B. [Plasma Research Laboratory, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200 (Australia); Corr, C., E-mail: cormac.corr@anu.edu.au [Plasma Research Laboratory, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200 (Australia); Riley, D.P., E-mail: dry@ansto.gov.au [Institute of Materials Engineering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney (Australia)

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: • Exposing chemical vapour deposited (CVD) diamond films in a recently constructed device, MAGPIE, specially commissioned to simulate fusion plasma conditions. • Non-diamond material is etched from the diamond. • There is no hydrogen retention observed, which suggests diamond is an excellent candidate for plasma facing materials. • Final structure of the surface is dependent on synergistic effects of etching and ion-induced structural change. -- Abstract: Diamond is considered to be a possible alternative to other carbon based materials as a plasma facing material in nuclear fusion devices due to its high thermal conductivity and resistance to chemical erosion. In this work CVD diamond films were exposed to hydrogen plasma in the MAGnetized Plasma Interaction Experiment (MAGPIE): a linear plasma device at the Australian National University which simulates plasma conditions relevant to nuclear fusion. Various negative sample stage biases of magnitude less than 500 V were applied to control the energies of impinging ions. Characterisation results from SEM, Raman spectroscopy and ERDA are presented. No measureable quantity of hydrogen retention was observed, this is either due to no incorporation of hydrogen into the diamond structure or due to initial incorporation as a hydrocarbon followed by subsequent etching back into the plasma. A model is presented for the initial stages of diamond erosion in fusion relevant hydrogen plasma that involves chemical erosion of non-diamond material from the surface by hydrogen radicals and damage to the subsurface region from energetic hydrogen ions. These results show that the initial damage processes in this plasma regime are comparable to previous studies of the fundamental processes as reported for less extreme plasma such as in the development of diamond films.

  11. Structure-processing-property correlations in thin films of conjugated polymer nanocomposites and blends

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    Sreeram, Arvind

    Conjugated polymers have found several applications in recent years, in energy conversion and storage devices such as organic light emitting diodes, solar cells, batteries, and super capacitors. Thin films of polymers used for these applications need to be mechanically and thermally stable to withstand the harsh operating conditions. Although there is significant information on the optoelectronic properties of many of these polymers, there are only few studies on their mechanical properties. There is little information in the literature on how processing of these films influence mechanical properties. In the first part of this study, poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) films were prepared by thermolytic conversion of poly[p -phenylene (tetrahydrothiophenium)ethylene chloride] precursor films, at different temperatures and the kinetics of reaction was investigated using thermogravimetry and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The mechanical properties of the films, studied using nanoindentation, showed a dependence on the extent of conversion and chemical composition of the films. The presence of chemical defects (e.g., carbonyl groups, detected using FTIR spectroscopy), was also found to have a noticeable effect on the modulus and hardness of the films. The storage modulus, E', and plasticity decreased with an increase in conversion, whereas the loss modulus, E", showed the opposite trend. Both the precursor and the fully-converted PPV films were found to have significantly lower E" than E', consistent with the glassy nature of the polymers at room temperature. In the second part of the study, polyacetylene films were synthesized by acid-catalyzed dehydration reaction of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) precursor films. The kinetics of this reaction was monitored by thermogravimetry. The chemical structure of the conjugated polymer films was characterized by Raman and IR spectroscopy. Polyacetylene films incorporated with 1-propyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquid

  12. Aluminium metallisation of argon and oxygen plasma-modified polycarbonate thin film surfaces

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    Rastomjee, C. S.; Keil, M.; Sotobayashi, H.; Bradshaw, A. M.; Lamont, C. L. A.; Gador, D.; Umbach, E.

    1998-12-01

    The influence of plasma treatment on the metallisation of polycarbonate surfaces was studied using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAFS) and core level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thin films of two different molecules were chosen: bis-phenol-A polycarbonate with phenol endgroups (P-PC) prepared ex situ by the spin-coating technique onto MoTe 2{0001}surfaces, and the model compound bis-phenol-A polycarbonate ( n=1) with tert-butyl phenyl endgroups (tBP-PC) evaporated in situ in UHV onto Cu{110}, Ag{100} and Ag{111} surfaces with film thicknesses of up to several monolayers. Surfaces of untreated samples and of samples which were pre-treated with either an inert argon or a reactive oxygen microwave plasma were metallised with Al (evaporated by electron beam heating) at film thicknesses ranging from the sub-monolayer region up to several monolayers. For the untreated surface, XAFS and XPS spectra suggest that the Al reacts with the carbonate groups leading to a breaking of the CO double bonds (and/or a reduction in bond order) as well as formation of Al oxide, Al hydroxide and Al-O-C linkages. A study of the time-dependent oxidation of the evaporated Al leads to the conclusion that Al slowly diffuses to the reactive sites in the first few subsurface layers of the polymer. Argon plasma treatment of samples leads to a reduction in the number of carbonyl groups in the near surface region. After metal deposition a higher ratio of metallic, non-reacted, Al was observed covering the polycarbonate surface and the diffusion rate into the polymer bulk seems to be higher than in the case of the untreated surface. Oxygen plasma treatment leads to the creation of additional CO containing species which also react with the Al in the subsequent metallisation process. Here, the ratio of oxidised Al on the polymer surface is higher than observed for untreated and argon plasma pre-treated polymer surfaces.

  13. Surface modification of PE film by DBD plasma in air

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    Ren, C.-S. [State Key Laboratory of Material Modification by Electron, Ion and Laser Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023 (China)], E-mail: rchsh@dlut.edu.cn; Wang, K.; Nie, Q.-Y.; Wang, D.-Z.; Guo, S.-H. [State Key Laboratory of Material Modification by Electron, Ion and Laser Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023 (China)

    2008-12-30

    In this paper, surface modification of polyethylene (PE) films is studied by dielectric barrier discharge plasma treatment in air. The treated samples were examined by water contact angle measurement, calculation of surface free energy, Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflection spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The water contact angle changes from the original value of 93.2{sup o} to the minimum value of 53.3{sup o} and surface free energy increases from 27.3 to 51.89 J/m{sup 2} after treatment time of 50 s. Both ATR and XPS show some oxidized species are introduced into the sample surface by the plasma treatment and that the change tendencies of the water contact angle and surface free energy with the treatment time are the same as that of the oxygen concentration on the treated sample surface. Cu films were deposited on the treated and untreated PE surfaces. The peel adhesive strength between the Cu film and the treated sample is 1.5 MPa, whereas the value is only 0.8 MPa between the Cu film and the untreated PE. SEM pictures show that the Cu film deposited on the plasma treated PE surface is smooth and the crystal grain is smaller, contrarily the Cu film on the untreated PE surface is rough and the crystal grain is larger.

  14. Plasma deposition of antimicrobial coating on organic polymer

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    Rżanek-Boroch, Zenobia; Dziadczyk, Paulina; Czajkowska, Danuta; Krawczyk, Krzysztof; Fabianowski, Wojciech

    2013-02-01

    Organic materials used for packing food products prevent the access of microorganisms or gases, like oxygen or water vapor. To prolong the stability of products, preservatives such as sulfur dioxide, sulfites, benzoates, nitrites and many other chemical compounds are used. To eliminate or limit the amount of preservatives added to food, so-called active packaging is sought for, which would limit the development of microorganisms. Such packaging can be achieved, among others, by plasma modification of a material to deposit on its surface substances inhibiting the growth of bacteria. In this work plasma modification was carried out in barrier discharge under atmospheric pressure. Sulfur dioxide or/and sodium oxide were used as the coating precursors. As a result of bacteriological studies it was found that sulfur containing coatings show a 16% inhibition of Salmonella bacteria growth and 8% inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria growth. Sodium containing coatings show worse (by 10%) inhibiting properties. Moreover, films with plasma deposited coatings show good sealing properties against water vapor. Contribution to the Topical Issue "13th International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry (Hakone XIII)", Edited by Nicolas Gherardi, Henryca Danuta Stryczewska and Yvan Ségui.

  15. Optimum condition of anisotropic plasma etching for improving bending properties of ionic polymer-metal composites.

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    Choi, N J; Lee, H K; Jung, S; Park, K H

    2010-05-01

    We presented an anisotropic plasma etching technique by reactive ion etcher (RIE) as a new pretreatment method of fabrication of ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC). We already found that the new technique provided large displacement to the fabricated IPMC in the presence of low applied voltage. However, we did not examine the optimum condition for the anisotropic plasma etching. In this research, we tried to figure out optimum treatment condition of film in etcher. Nafion (by DuPont) films were etched using various etching time and shadow masks with various slit and space sizes. The etched samples were plated with Pt at top and bottom side by Oguro's reduction method. The surface morphology of fabricated IPMCs was characterized by SEM. And, we've measured surface resistance, bending displacement, and driving force in order to check the IPMC properties out. Here, we found that optimum condition for pre-treatment of Nafion was 1 min for etching time under shadow mask with 200 microm slit and 100 microm space.

  16. Coaxial carbon plasma gun deposition of amorphous carbon films

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    Sater, D. M.; Gulino, D. A.; Rutledge, S. K.

    1984-01-01

    A unique plasma gun employing coaxial carbon electrodes was used in an attempt to deposit thin films of amorphous diamond-like carbon. A number of different structural, compositional, and electrical characterization techniques were used to characterize these films. These included scanning electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, X ray diffraction and absorption, spectrographic analysis, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and selected area electron diffraction. Optical absorption and electrical resistivity measurements were also performed. The films were determined to be primarily amorphous, with poor adhesion to fused silica substrates. Many inclusions of particulates were found to be present as well. Analysis of these particulates revealed the presence of trace impurities, such as Fe and Cu, which were also found in the graphite electrode material. The electrodes were the source of these impurities. No evidence of diamond-like crystallite structure was found in any of the film samples. Details of the apparatus, experimental procedure, and film characteristics are presented.

  17. Nanostructured thin film polymer devices for constant-rate protein delivery.

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    Bernards, Daniel A; Lance, Kevin D; Ciaccio, Natalie A; Desai, Tejal A

    2012-10-10

    Herein long-term delivery of proteins from biodegradable thin film devices is demonstrated, where a nanostructured polymer membrane controls release. Protein was sealed between two poly(caprolactone) films, which generated the thin film devices. Protein release for 210 days was shown in vitro, and stable activity was established through 70 days with a model protein. These thin film devices present a promising delivery platform for biologic therapeutics, particularly for application in constrained spaces.

  18. Synthesis by plasma of furan particulate polymers; Sintesis por plasma de polimeros particulados de furano

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    Zuniga L, R.

    2014-07-01

    This work presents the synthesis of particles derived from furan using low energy plasmas. It is based in the hypothesis that the intense crosslinking of heterocyclic monomers may produce curved surfaces depending on the applied energy in the synthesis. There have been few works related with the synthesis of poly furan as films, but none with morphology of particles within nano or meso dimensions. The syntheses were carried out in a cylindrical reactor at low pressure in gas phase with resistive glow discharges between two electrodes with energy varying from 20 to 120 W. The characterization of the particles was carried out with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (Sem), Transmission Electron Microscopy (Tem) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XP S). The morphological studies of the particles were carried out with Sem and Tem showing that the poly furan particles are spherical with a smooth surface and with internal homogeneous composition. They were formed in agglomerates and/or individually with diameters between 214 and 745 nm. The average diameter and the variation of size were reduced by increasing of the applied energy to the synthesis. The structural analysis made by IR and XP S indicates that the poly furan particles have a low content of C-H groups, probably from the monomer, and new multiple bonds such as C=O and C≡C, which suggests dehydrogenation and fragmentation of some furan rings during the synthesis to form crosslinked polymers in combination with other fragments. The energy distribution of C1s orbitals in the particles were adjusted to 5 chemical states at low synthesis energy, 20-60 W, and at higher energy, 80-120 W, another chemical state appeared related to triple bonds, product of a higher oxidation. The hydrogenation in the particles was calculated between 35% and 50%. The energy distribution of O1s orbitals was adjusted to 3 curves, belonging to C-O-H, C-O-C and C=O chemical

  19. Side-group size effects on interfaces and glass formation in supported polymer thin films

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    Xia, Wenjie; Song, Jake; Hsu, David D.; Keten, Sinan

    2017-05-01

    Recent studies on glass-forming polymers near interfaces have emphasized the importance of molecular features such as chain stiffness, side-groups, molecular packing, and associated changes in fragility as key factors that govern the magnitude of Tg changes with respect to the bulk in polymer thin films. However, how such molecular features are coupled with substrate and free surface effects on Tg in thin films remains to be fully understood. Here, we employ a chemically specific coarse-grained polymer model for methacrylates to investigate the role of side-group volume on glass formation in bulk polymers and supported thin films. Our results show that bulkier side-groups lead to higher bulk Tg and fragility and are associated with a pronounced free surface effect on overall Tg depression. By probing local Tg within the films, however, we find that the polymers with bulkier side-groups experience a reduced confinement-induced increase in local Tg near a strongly interacting substrate. Further analyses indicate that this is due to the packing frustration of chains near the substrate interface, which lowers the attractive interactions with the substrate and thus lessens the surface-induced reduction in segmental mobility. Our results reveal that the size of the polymer side-group may be a design element that controls the confinement effects induced by the free surface and substrates in supported polymer thin films. Our analyses provide new insights into the factors governing polymer dynamics in bulk and confined environments.

  20. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation on dielectrics properties of polymer composite films

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    Singh, N.L. [Physics Department, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara 390002 (India)]. E-mail: singhnl_msu@yahoo.com; Qureshi, Anjum [Physics Department, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara 390002 (India)]. E-mail: anjumqur@gmail.com; Singh, F. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Avasthi, D.K. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India)

    2007-02-25

    Ferric oxalate was used as organometallics fillers in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to form polymer matrix composite films at different concentration of filler. These films were irradiated with 80 MeV O{sup 6+} ions at the fluences of 1 x 10{sup 11} and 1 x 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. The radiation induced modifications in dielectric properties, microhardness, surface morphology and surface roughness of polymer composite films have been investigated at different concentration (i.e. 5%, 10% and 15%) of filler. It was observed that hardness and electrical conductivity of the films increase with the concentration of the dispersed ferric oxalate and also with the fluence. From the analysis of frequency, f, dependence of dielectric constant, {epsilon}, it has been found that the dielectric response in both pristine and irradiated samples obey the Universal law given by {epsilon} {proportional_to} f {sup n-1}. The dielectric constant/loss is observed to change significantly due to the irradiation. This suggests that ion beam irradiation promotes (i) the metal to polymer bonding and (ii) convert the polymeric structure into hydrogen depleted carbon network. Thus irradiation makes the polymer harder and more conductive. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows that average roughness (R {sub a}) of the irradiated films is lower than that of unirradiated films. Surface morphology of irradiated polymer composite films is observed to change. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results show that partial agglomeration of fillers in the polymer matrix.

  1. Polymer dielectric materials for organic thin-film transistors: Interfacial control and development for printable electronics

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    Kim, Choongik

    Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) have been extensively studied for organic electronics. In these devices, organic semiconductor-dielectric interface characteristics play a critical role in influencing OTFT operation and performance. This study begins with exploring how the physicochemical characteristics of the polymer gate dielectric affects the thin-film growth mode, microstructure, and OTFT performance parameters of pentacene films deposited on bilayer polymer (top)-SiO2 (bottom) dielectrics. Pentacene growth mode varies considerably with dielectric substrate, and correlations are established between pentacene film deposition temperature, the thin-film to bulk microstructural phase transition, and OTFT device performance. Furthermore, the primary influence of the polymer dielectric layer glass transition temperature on pentacene film microstructure and OTFT response is shown for the first time. Following the first study, the influence of the polymer gate dielectric viscoelastic properties on overlying organic semiconductor film growth, film microstructure, and TFT response are investigated in detail. From the knowledge that nanoscopically-confined thin polymer films exhibit glass transition temperatures that deviate substantially from those of the corresponding bulk materials, pentacene (p-channel) and cyanoperylene (n-channel) films grown on polymer gate dielectrics at temperatures well-below their bulk glass transition temperatures (Tg(b)) have been shown to exhibit morphological/microstructural transitions and dramatic OTFT performance discontinuities at well-defined temperatures (defined as the polymer "surface glass transition temperature," or Tg(s)). These transitions are characteristic of the particular polymer architecture and independent of film thickness or overall film cooperative chain dynamics. Furthermore, by analyzing the pentacene films grown on UV-curable polymer dielectrics with different curing times (hence, different degrees of

  2. CHARACTERIZATION AND LUMINESCENCE PROPERTIES OF THE DYE-DOPED POLYMER LANGMUIR-BLODGETT FILMS

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    Hai-peng Zheng; Rui-feng Zhang; Jin-man Huang; Ying Wu; Yu-guang Ma; Tie-jin Li; Jia-cong Shen

    1999-01-01

    1,1,4,4-Tetraphenyl-1,3-butadiene (TPB) was successfully introduced into the polymer multilayer films by means of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. Results of UV-VIS spectra and X-ray diffraction showed that the uniform films had a layer structure similar to the superlattice of organic multiple quantum wells. The electroluminescence (EL) devices fabricated from the doped polymer LB films emitted blue light.Compared with the casting films, the photoluminescence (PL) and EL spectra showed that the exciton energy shifts to higher and the half-width of the emission peak becomes narrower due to exciton confinement effect.

  3. Development of environmentally friendly piezoelectric polymer film actuator having multilayer structure

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    Tajitsu, Yoshiro

    2016-04-01

    We designed a new soft piezoelectric polymer actuator with a multilayer structure using the environmentally friendly polymer poly(lactic acid) (PLA). PLA is a chiral polymer having two isomers. One is poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) and the other is poly(d-lactide) (PDLA). PLLA and PDLA exhibit piezoelectric constants with opposite signs owing to their chirality. On the basis of their piezoelectric characteristics, we were able to realize a PDLA and PLLA multilayer film (PDLA/PLLA multilayer) with a simple structure. The PDLA/PLLA multilayer film of centimeter-order size exhibited a large piezoelectric resonance and its piezoelectric performance was equivalent to that of a practical piezoelectric ceramic. In this paper, as a first step toward realizing a new film actuator using the PDLA/PLLA multilayer film, we introduce the piezoelectric characteristics of a PLLA film and the concept of an actuation system using a PLLA film. Next, the fabrication process of the PDLA/PLLA multilayer film and its piezoelectric characteristics are summarized. Finally, typical examples of developed piezoelectric polymer actuation systems using a PDLA/PLLA multilayer film are described to demonstrate the potential application of piezoelectric polymer actuation systems.

  4. XPS depth profiling of derivatized amine and anhydride plasma polymers: Evidence of limitations of the derivatization approach

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    Manakhov, Anton; Michlíček, Miroslav; Felten, Alexandre; Pireaux, Jean-Jacques; Nečas, David; Zajíčková, Lenka

    2017-02-01

    The quantitative analysis of the chemistry at the surface of functional plasma polymers is highly important for the optimization of their deposition conditions and, therefore, for their subsequent applications. The chemical derivatization of amine and carboxyl-anhydride layers is a well-known technique already applied by many researchers, notwithstanding the known drawback of the derivatization procedures like side or uncomplete reactions that could lead to "unreliable" results. In this work, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) combined with depth profiling with argon clusters is applied for the first time to study derivatized amine and carboxyl-anhydride plasma polymer layers. It revealed an additional important parameter affecting the derivatization reliability, namely the permeation of the derivatizing molecule through the target analysed layer, i.e. the composite effect of the probe molecule size and the layer porosity. Amine-rich films prepared by RF low pressure plasma polymerization of cyclopropylamine were derivatized with trifluoromethyl benzaldehide (TFBA) and it was observed by that the XPS-determined NH2 concentration depth profile is rapidly decreasing over top ten nanometers of the layer. The anhydride-rich films prepared by atmospheric plasma co-polymerization of maleic anhydride and C2H2 have been reacted with, parafluoroaniline and trifluoroethyl amine. The decrease of the F signal in top surface layer of the anhydride films derivatized by the "large" parafluoroaniline was observed similarly as for the amine films but the derivatization with the smaller trifluoroethylamine (TFEA) led to a more homogenous depth profile. The data analysis suggests that the size of the derivatizing molecule is the main factor, showing that the very limited permeation of the TFBA molecule can lead to underestimated densities of primary amines if the XPS analysis is solely carried out at a low take-off angle. In contrast, TFEA is found to be an efficient

  5. Preparation of Composite Films of a Conjugated Polymer and C60NWs and Their Photovoltaic Application

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    Takatsugu Wakahara

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Composite films of conjugated polymers, such as poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV and poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT, with C60 nanowhiskers (C60NWs were prepared. The photoluminescence originating from the conjugated MDMO-PPV polymers was effectively quenched in the composite film, indicating a strong interaction between the conjugated polymer and C60NWs. The photovoltaic devices were fabricated using C60NW (conjugated polymer composite films, resulting in a power conversion efficiency of ~0.01% for P3HT with short length thin C60NWs, which is higher than that previously reported for thick C60 nanorods. The present study gives new guidance on the selection of the type of C60NWs and the appropriate polymer for new photovoltaic devices.

  6. Synthesis and evaluation of rosin-based polymers as film coating materials.

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    Satturwar, P M; Mandaogade, P M; Fulzele, S V; Darwhekar, G N; Joshi, S B; Dorle, A K

    2002-04-01

    Rosin-based polymers (R-1 and R-2) were synthesized and characterized for physicochemical properties, molecular weight (Mw), polydispersity (Mw/Mn), glass transition temperature (Tg), and thermogravimetry (TGA). Films of the polymers were cast on a mercury substrate by solvent evaporation technique. Free films were characterized for surface topography by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), tensile strength, percentage elongation, and modulus of elasticity. The polymers were further evaluated as film coating materials by evaluating drug release from coated pellets with diclofenac sodium as a model drug. Drug was loaded on non-pareil seeds by a solution-layering technique and coated with varying concentrations of polymer solutions. Sustained release of the drug was observed from coated pellets. The newly synthesized rosin-based polymers promise considerable utility for pharmaceutical coating.

  7. Anchoring Strength of Thin Aligned-Polymer Films Formed by Liquid Crystalline Monomer

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    Murashige, Takeshi; Fujikake, Hideo; Ikehata, Seiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2003-04-01

    We have evaluated the polar anchoring strength of a thin molecule-aligned polymer film formed by a liquid crystalline monomer. The polymer film was obtained by photopolymerization of the monomer oriented by a rubbed polyimide alignment layer in a chamber filled with N2 gas. We fabricated a nematic liquid crystal cell using the thin aligned-polymer films as alignment layers, and then evaluated the anchoring strength of the polymer by measuring the optical retardation curve of the cell driven by voltages. The experimental result showed that the anchoring strength was one order of magnitude lower than that of a conventional rubbed polyimide alignment layer, and decreased with increasing the cure temperature of the monomer film.

  8. Femtosecond Laser Desorption of Thin Polymer Films from a Dielectric Surface

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    Mercadier L.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available We desorb polymer films from fused silica with a femtosecond laser and characterize the results by atomic force microscopy. Our study as a function of beam geometry and energy reveals two ways of achieving spatially controlled nanodesorption.

  9. Flexible Surface Acoustic Wave Device with AlN Film on Polymer Substrate

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    Jian Zhou

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Surface acoustic wave device with c-axis-oriented aluminum nitride (AlN piezoelectric thin films on polymer substrates can be potentially used for development of flexible sensors, flexible microfluidic applications, microsystems, and lab-on-chip systems. In this work, the AlN films have been successfully deposited on polymer substrates using the DC reactive magnetron-sputtering method at room temperature, and the XRD, SEM, and AFM methods reveal that low deposition pressure is beneficial to the highly c-axis-oriented AlN film on polymer substrates. Studies toward the development of AlN thin film-based flexible surface acoustic wave devices on the polymer substrates are initiated and the experimental and simulated results demonstrate the devices showing the acoustic wave velocity of 9000–10000 m/s, which indicate the AlN lamb wave.

  10. Characteristics and Mechanisms in Ion-Conducting Polymer Films as Chemical Sensors

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    HUGHES,ROBERT C.; YELTON,WILLIAM G.; PFEIFER,KENT B.; PATEL,SANJAY V.

    2000-07-12

    Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPE) are widely used in batteries and fuel cells because of the high ionic conductivity that can be achieved at room temperature. The ions are usually Li or protons, although other ions can be shown to conduct in these polymer films. There has been very little published work on SPE films used as chemical sensors. The authors have found that thin films of polymers like polyethylene oxide (PEO) are very sensitive to low concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as common solvents. Evidence of a new sensing mechanism involving the percolation of ions through narrow channels of amorphous polymer is presented. They present impedance spectroscopy of PEO films in the frequency range 0.0001 Hz to 1 MHz for different concentrations of VOCs and relative humidity. They find that the measurement frequency is important for distinguishing ionic conductivity from the double layer capacitance and the parasitic capacitance.

  11. Ellipsometry based imaging techniques for nanoscale characterization of heterogeneous polymer films

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    Cumurcu, Aysegul

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, hybrid methods for nanoscale characterization of heterogeneous thin polymer films were discussed. Essentially two ellipsometry based hybrid methods were established or further developed, respectively, namely electrochemical imaging ellipsometry (EC-IE) and scanning near field ellipso

  12. Experimental beam system studies of plasma-polymer interactions

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    Nest, Dustin George

    Since the invention of the integrated circuit, the semiconductor industry has relied on the shrinking of device dimensions to increase device performance and decrease manufacturing costs. However, the high degree of roughening observed during plasma etching of current generation photoresist (PR) polymers can result in poor pattern transfer and ultimately decreased device performance or failure. Plasma-surface interactions are inherently difficult to study due to the highly coupled nature of the plasma enviroment. To better understand these interactions, a beam system approach is employed where polymers are exposed to beams of ions and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photons. Through the use of the beam system approach, simultaneous VUV radiation, ion bombardment, and moderate substrate heating have been identified as key elements, acting synergistically, as being responsible for roughening of current generation 193 nm PR during plasma processing. Sequential exposure is not adequate for the development of surface roughness, as observed through AFM and SEM. Ion bombardment results in the formation of a graphitized near-surface region with a depth of a few nanometers, the expected ion penetration depth of 150 eV argon ions. In contrast, VUV radiation results in the loss of carbon-oxygen bonds in the bulk PR as observed through Transmission FTIR. Based on the differing penetration depth of either ions or photons, their resulting chemical modifications, and the temperature dependence of the observed roughening, a mechanism is proposed based on stress relaxation resulting in surface buckling. The surface roughness of poly(4-methyl styrene) (P4MS) and poly(alpha-methyl styrene) (PalphaMS) have also been investigated under exposure to ions and VUV photons. PaMS degrades during VUV radiation above its ceiling temperature of ˜60°C. Despite having the same chemical composition as PalphaMS, P4MS does not degrade during VUV exposure at 70°C due to its relatively high ceiling

  13. Application of plasma-polymerized films for isoelectric focusing of proteins in a capillary electrophoresis chip.

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    Tsai, Shuo-Wen; Loughran, Michael; Hiratsuka, Atsunori; Yano, Kazuyoshi; Karube, Isao

    2003-03-01

    The first use of plasma polymerization technique to modify the surface of a glass chip for capillary isoelectric focusing (cIEF) of different proteins is reported. The electrophoresis separation channel was machined in Tempax glass chips with length 70 mm, 300 microm width and 100 microm depth. Acetonitrile and hexamethyldisiloxane monomers were used for plasma polymerization. In each case 100 nm plasma polymer films were coated onto the chip surface to reduce protein wall adsorption and minimize the electroosmotic flow. Applied voltages of 1000 V, 2000 V and 3000 V were used to separate mixtures of cytochrome c (pI 9.6), hemoglobin (pI 7.0) and phycocyanin (pI 4.65). Reproducible isoelectric focusing of each pI marker protein was observed in different coated capillaries at increasing concentration 2.22-5 microg microL(-1). Modification of the glass capillary with hydrophobic HMDS plasma polymerized films enabled rapid cIEF within 3 min. The separation efficiency of cytochrome c and phycocyanin in both acrylamide and HMDS coated capillaries corresponded to a plate number of 19600 which compares favourably with capillary electrophoresis of neurotransmitters with amperometric detection.

  14. Enhanced transduction of photonic crystal dye lasers for gas sensing via swelling polymer film

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    Smith, Cameron; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner;

    2011-01-01

    We present the enhanced transduction of a photonic crystal dye laser for gas sensing via deposition of an additional swelling polymer film. Device operation involves swelling of the polymer film during exposure to specific gases, leading to a change in total effective refractive index. Experimental...... in its application to other intracavity-based detection schemes to enable gas sensing. © 2011 Optical Society of America....

  15. Plasmonic extinction in gold nanoparticle-polymer films as film thickness and nanoparticle separation decrease below resonant wavelength

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    Dunklin, Jeremy R.; Bodinger, Carter; Forcherio, Gregory T.; Keith Roper, D.

    2017-01-01

    Plasmonic nanoparticles embedded in polymer films enhance optoelectronic properties of photovoltaics, sensors, and interconnects. This work examined optical extinction of polymer films containing randomly dispersed gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with negligible Rayleigh scattering cross-sections at particle separations and film thicknesses less than (sub-) to greater than (super-) the localized surface plasmon resonant (LSPR) wavelength, λLSPR. Optical extinction followed opposite trends in sub- and superwavelength films on a per nanoparticle basis. In ˜70-nm-thick polyvinylpyrrolidone films containing 16 nm AuNP, measured resonant extinction per particle decreased as particle separation decreased from ˜130 to 76 nm, consistent with trends from Maxwell Garnett effective medium theory and coupled dipole approximation. In ˜1-mm-thick polydimethylsiloxane films containing 16-nm AuNP, resonant extinction per particle plateaued at particle separations ≥λLSPR, then increased as particle separation radius decreased from ˜514 to 408 nm. Contributions from isolated particles, interparticle interactions and heterogeneities in sub- and super-λLSPR films containing AuNP at sub-λLSPR separations were examined. Characterizing optoplasmonics of thin polymer films embedded with plasmonic NP supports rational development of optoelectronic, biomedical, and catalytic activity using these nanocomposites.

  16. Soft matter beats hard matter: rupturing of thin metallic films induced by mass transport in photosensitive polymer films.

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    Yadavalli, Nataraja Sekhar; Linde, Felix; Kopyshev, Alexey; Santer, Svetlana

    2013-08-28

    The interface between thin films of metal and polymer materials play a significant role in modern flexible microelectronics viz., metal contacts on polymer substrates, printed electronics and prosthetic devices. The major emphasis in metal-polymer interface is on studying how the externally applied stress in the polymer substrate leads to the deformation and cracks in metal film and vice versa. Usually, the deformation process involves strains varying over large lateral dimensions because of excessive stress at local imperfections. Here we show that the seemingly random phenomena at macroscopic scales can be rendered rather controllable at submicrometer length scales. Recently, we have created a metal-polymer interface system with strains varying over periods of several hundred nanometers. This was achieved by exploiting the formation of surface relief grating (SRG) within the azobenzene containing photosensitive polymer film upon irradiation with light interference pattern. Up to a thickness of 60 nm, the adsorbed metal film adapts neatly to the forming relief, until it ultimately ruptures into an array of stripes by formation of highly regular and uniform cracks along the maxima and minima of the polymer topography. This surprising phenomenon has far-reaching implications. This is the first time a direct probe is available to estimate the forces emerging in SRG formation in glassy polymers. Furthermore, crack formation in thin metal films can be studied literally in slow motion, which could lead to substantial improvements in the design process of flexible electronics. Finally, cracks are produced uniformly and at high density, contrary to common sense. This could offer new strategies for precise nanofabrication procedures mechanical in character.

  17. Determination of the effective refractive index of porous silicon/polymer composite films

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    Zhenhong Jia

    2005-01-01

    The equation for calculating the effective refractive index of porous silicon inserted polymer was obtained by three-component Bruggeman effective medium model. The dependence of the effective refractive index of porous silicon/polymer composite films on the polymer fraction with various initial porosity was given theorically and experimentally respectively. The porous silicon and polymer polymethylmetacrylate based dispersive red one (PMMA/DR1) composite films were fabricated in our experiments. It is found that the measured effective refractive index of porous silicon inserted polymer was slightly lower than the calculated result because of the oxidization of porous silicon. The effective refractive index of oxidized porous silicon inserted polymer also was analyzed by four-component medium system.

  18. Alignment mechanism of liquid crystal in a stretched porous polymer film

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Kuboki, Masashi; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro

    2003-09-01

    This article discusses the mechanism of nematic liquid crystal alignment in stretched porous polymer films. The polymer films were formed by extreme stretching of an isotropic porous polyolefin, such that the draw ratio was 12:1. A 6-μm-thick porous film with a high porosity coefficient of 92% revealed fine string-shaped areas that exhibited optical anisotropy due to their possessing a high degree of molecular alignment. The porous film was filled with nematic liquid crystal and then the composite film was sandwiched between transparent electrodes coated onto glass substrates, without the use of conventional alignment layers. From polarizing microscopy observations it was found that the string-like polymer areas induce liquid crystal molecular alignment. The liquid crystal cells can exhibit an electrically controlled birefringence effect. This alignment technique enables us to realize three-dimensional control of liquid crystal alignment.

  19. Relaxation and Flow of Polymer Thin Films in Isothermal Temperature Jump Measurements

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    Beaucage, G.; Banach, M. J.; Vaia, R. A.

    2000-03-01

    The dynamic behavior of thin polymer films is of interest in fabrication of microelectronics, optoelectronics and for the coatings industry. It is known that polymer relaxation is effected by film thickness and by the particular substrate/polymer pair. Recently, we have used a spectroscopic ellipsometer to investigate the glass transition in thin films. In addition to information on modification of thermal transitions, the spectroscopic ellipsometer allows for direct observation of the isothermal dimensions of a thin polymer film as a function of time following a rapid temperature change. Recent results will be presented on the observation of time dependence in film-normal thickness and normalized, in-plane, lateral dimension (explained in talk) as well as simple fits to this relaxation behavior in terms of a normalized viscosity and relaxation time. Initial results support a highly asymmetric initial thermal expansion followed by close to isotropic relaxation and anisotropic flow. These features may elucidate models for chain orientation in thin polymer films. Beaucage, G.; Composto, R.; Stein, R.S. (1993). J. Poly. Sci., Polym. Phys. Ed., 31 319. Kovacs, A. J.; Hutchinson, J. M.; Aklonis, J. J. (1977) in "The Structure of Non-Crystalline Materials", Ed. P. H. Gaskell, Taylor and Francis, London. Banach, M. J.; Clarson, S. J.; Beaucage, G.; Kramer, E. J.; Benkoski, J.; Vaia, R. Submitted Macromolecules (1999). Beaucage, G.; Banach, M. J.; Vaia, R. A. Submitted Macromolecules (1999).

  20. PHOTORESPONSIVE BEHAVIOR OF AZOBENZENE-BASED (METH)ACRYLIC (CO)POLYMERS IN THIN-FILMS

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    HAITJEMA, HJ; VONMORGEN, GL; TAN, YY; CHALLA, G

    1994-01-01

    The reversible photoisomerization and the thermal isomerization of azobenzene-based (Az.b.) groups covalently bound to (meth)acrylic (co)polymers were investigated in thin films. For the amorphous polymers it was found that a broad range of the thermal cis --> trans isomerization rates could be obta

  1. Thin Films Formed from Conjugated Polymers with Ionic, Water-Soluble Backbones

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    Voortman, Thomas P; Chiechi, Ryan C

    2015-01-01

    This paper compares the morphologies of films of conjugated polymers in which the backbone (main chain) and pendant groups are varied between ionic/hydrophilic and aliphatic/hydrophobic. We observe that conjugated polymers in which the pendant groups and backbone are matched, either ionic-ionic or h

  2. A novel mucoadhesive polymer film composed of carbopol, poloxamer and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose.

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    Kim, Tae Hee; Ahn, Jae Soon; Choi, Hoo Kyun; Choi, Yun Jaie; Cho, Chong Su

    2007-03-01

    Using the casting method novel mucoadhesive polymer blend film consisting of Carbopol, poloxamer, and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) was prepared and characterized. Triamcinolone acetonide (TAA) was loaded into Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC polymer blend film. Carbonyl band of Carbopol in Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC shifted to longer wavenumber than that of Carbopol in Carbopol/poloxamer due to the hydrogen bonding among Carbopol, poloxamer, and HPMC. Tan delta peak assigned to glass transition temperature (Tg) of HPMC shifted to low temperature due to increased flexibility caused by increased poloxamer content in polymer blend films. Swelling ratio of Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC films was lowest in Carbopoll poloxamer/HPMC at mixing ratio of 35/30/35 (wt/wt/wt). Adhesive force of Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC films increased with increasing HPMC content in Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC polymer blend film and increasing hydroxypropyl group content in HPMC due to hydrophobic property of HPMC although bioadhesive force was highest at mixing ratio of 35/30/35 (wt/wt/ wt). Release of TAA from TAA-loaded Carbopol/poloxamer/HPMC polymer blend film in vitro increased with increasing loading content of drug.

  3. a-C:H/a-C:H(N) thin film deposition using 2.45 GHz expanding surface wave sustained plasmas

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    Hong, Suk-Ho; Douai, David; Berndt, Johannes; Winter, Jörg

    2005-08-01

    Thin film properties such as homogeneity (radial profiles), optical constants, carbon density in the film, and the surface structures are strongly dependent on deposition conditions. We have investigated a-C:H/a-C:H(N) thin film deposition by expanding Ar-CH4 and Ar/N2-CH4 surface wave sustained plasmas at a frequency of 2.45 GHz. The influence of the plasma parameters such as pressure, input power, gas mixture rate, and an external bias voltage on the change of the film properties is systematically studied. An external bias applied to the substrate leads to more dense and harder a-C:H films, i.e. change from soft polymer-like to hard diamond-like. Rutherford backscattering and atomic force microscope surface topology confirm the densification of the films.

  4. Study of photoconductor polymers synthesized by plasma; Estudio de polimeros fotoconductores sintetizados por plasma

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    Enriquez P, M.A

    2007-07-01

    In this work the photoconductivity in poly thiophene (PTh), poly pyrrole (PPy) and doped poly pyrrole with iodine (PPy/I) is studied, whose structures depend of the intensity of the electric field applied during the synthesis by plasma. The conjugated organic polymers possess double alternated bonds in its chemical structure that its allow the one movement of {pi} electrons through the polymeric chains. The plasma is produced by means of splendor discharges to 13.5 MHz, resistive coupling, at one pressure that oscillates in the interval from 2 to 3x10{sup -1} mbar, 180 min and powers of 10, 24, 40, {sup 60}, 80 and 100 W. Its were used heteroaromatic polymers like PTh and PPy/I, due to their potential applications in optoelectronics. The influence of the iodine is evaluated as dopant in PPy and it is compared with their similar one without doping in the light absorption/emission processes. The polymers synthesized by plasma can ramify or to intersect due to the energy applied during the synthesis. However, if the polymer intersects, the aromaticity can continue through the polymeric chains. The absorptions obtained by infrared spectroscopy, suggest that the polymer conserves the aromatic structure of the monomer fundamentally with substitutions that indicate inter crossing and partial fragmentation. The structure of most of the polymers spreads to be amorphous because they don't possess any classification. However, the PPy/I and PTh synthesized by this technique present crystalline segments whose intensity diminishes with the power of the discharge. In PTh, the average crystallinity diminishes from 19.8% to 9.9%, and in PPy/I of 15.9% to 13.3% in the interval of 10 to 100 W of power. In this work, however, its were crystalline arrangements in all the studied powers. The classification of the polymeric structure favors the formation of trajectories of transfer of electric loads among the chains, that which influences in the global electric conductivity of the

  5. Conductive Polymer Synthesis with Single-Crystallinity via a Novel Plasma Polymerization Technique for Gas Sensor Applications

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    Choon-Sang Park

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This study proposes a new nanostructured conductive polymer synthesis method that can grow the single-crystalline high-density plasma-polymerized nanoparticle structures by enhancing the sufficient nucleation and fragmentation of the pyrrole monomer using a novel atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ technique. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM results show that the plasma-polymerized pyrrole (pPPy nanoparticles have a fast deposition rate of 0.93 µm·min−1 under a room-temperature process and have single-crystalline characteristics with porous properties. In addition, the single-crystalline high-density pPPy nanoparticle structures were successfully synthesized on the glass, plastic, and interdigitated gas sensor electrode substrates using a novel plasma polymerization technique at room temperature. To check the suitability of the active layer for the fabrication of electrochemical toxic gas sensors, the resistance variations of the pPPy nanoparticles grown on the interdigitated gas sensor electrodes were examined by doping with iodine. As a result, the proposed APPJ device could obtain the high-density and ultra-fast single-crystalline pPPy thin films for various gas sensor applications. This work will contribute to the design of highly sensitive gas sensors adopting the novel plasma-polymerized conductive polymer as new active layer.

  6. Multi-Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Materials: Particles, Films, and Bulk Gels.

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    Cao, Zi-Quan; Wang, Guo-Jie

    2016-06-01

    Stimuli-responsive polymers have received tremendous attention from scientists and engineers for several decades due to the wide applications of these smart materials in biotechnology and nanotechnology. Driven by the complex functions of living systems, multi-stimuli-responsive polymer materials have been designed and developed in recent years. Compared with conventional single- or dual-stimuli-based polymer materials, multi-stimuli-responsive polymer materials would be more intriguing since more functions and finer modulations can be achieved through more parameters. This critical review highlights the recent advances in this area and focuses on three types of multi-stimuli-responsive polymer materials, namely, multi-stimuli-responsive particles (micelles, micro/nanogels, vesicles, and hybrid particles), multi-stimuli-responsive films (polymer brushes, layer-by-layer polymer films, and porous membranes), and multi-stimuli-responsive bulk gels (hydrogels, organogels, and metallogels) from recent publications. Various stimuli, such as light, temperature, pH, reduction/oxidation, enzymes, ions, glucose, ultrasound, magnetic fields, mechanical stress, solvent, voltage, and electrochemistry, have been combined to switch the functions of polymers. The polymer design, preparation, and function of multi-stimuli-responsive particles, films, and bulk gels are comprehensively discussed here.

  7. Preparation of ion-exchange thin film using plasma processes. Plasma process wo mochiita ion kokansei usumaku no sakusei

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    Ogumi, Z.; Uchimoto, Y. (Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)

    1992-10-31

    The present report describes a study which aims at preparation of a new functional film by plasma polymerization. For this purpose, 4-vinylpyridine monomer is plasma-polymerized to obtain a thin film, which is quaternarized with 1-bromopropane to produce an anion exchange thin film, which is laminated on the surface of a cation-exchange film to make a mono-valent cation perm-selective film. In plasma-polymerization, the relations of polymerizing pressure, as parameter, to the deposition rate of the polymerizerd film and the characteristics of compound were clarified. In preparing the anion-exchange thin film, the preparation of uniform ultrathin films with no pinhole was attempted. For this purpose, the transference number of Cl[sup -] was measured so as to confirm that Cl[sup -] is uniformly distributed and fixed cation groups are distributed uniformly in the film. The perm-selective film exhibited a high mono-valent cation perm-selectivity while its film resistance was increased. This increase is found to be broken down to the resistance of the plasma-polymerization film layer and the resistance of the film interface. The latter arises from the implantation of nitrogen-cointaining species in the plasma onto the surface of the cation exchange film. 26 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Production of selective membranes using plasma deposited nanochanneled thin films

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    Rodrigo Amorim Motta Carvalho

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The hydrolization of thin films obtained by tetraethoxysilane plasma polymerization results in the formation of a nanochanneled silicone like structure that could be useful for the production of selective membranes. Therefore, the aim of this work is to test the permeation properties of hydrolyzed thin films. The films were tested for: 1 permeation of polar organic compounds and/or water in gaseous phase and 2 permeation of salt in liquid phase. The efficiency of permeation was tested using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM technique in gas phase and conductimetric analysis (CA in liquid phase. The substrates used were: silicon for characterization of the deposited films, piezoelectric quartz crystals for tests of selective membranes and cellophane paper for tests of permeation. QCM analysis showed that the nanochannels allow the adsorption and/or permeation of polar organic compounds, such as acetone and 2-propanol, and water. CA showed that the films allow salt permeation after an inhibition time needed for hydrolysis of the organic radicals within the film. Due to their characteristics, the films can be used for grains protection against microorganism proliferation during storage without preventing germination.

  9. Gelatin/hydroxypropyl methylcellulose matrices - Polymer interactions approach for oral disintegrating films.

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    Tedesco, Marcela P; Monaco-Lourenço, Carla A; Carvalho, Rosemary A

    2016-12-01

    Oral disintegrating film represents an optimal alternative for delivery system of active compounds. The choice of film-forming polymer is the first step in the development of oral disintegrating films and the knowledge of molecular interactions in this matrix is fundamental to advance in this area. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize gelatin and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films and their blends as matrices of oral disintegrating films. The films were produced by casting technique and were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, mechanical properties, contact angle, time disintegration and bioadhesive strength. Differential scanning calorimetry showed that enthalpy of fusion and melting temperatures of the blends films were lower than those of the gelatin film, which may be associated with the lack of intra-chain interactions also observed in the Fourier transform infrared spectra. In blends, a less compact cross-section structure was observed in scanning electron microscopy images compared with isolated polymer films. The addition of HPMC increased the elongation, hydrophilicity and in vitro bioadhesive force and decreased in vitro disintegration time, important properties in the development of oral disintegrating films. Although the mixture of the polymers showed no synergistic behavior, this study may contribute to the development of new applications for polymeric matrices in the pharmaceutical industry.

  10. Novel thin film polymer foaming technique for low and ultra low-k dielectrics

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    Krause, B.; Koops, G.H.; Vegt, van der N.F.A.; Wessling, M.; Wubbenhorst, M.; Turnhout, van J.

    2001-01-01

    The results presented show a novel route for the preparation of thin ultra-low-k polymer films based on commercial and "non-exotic" (non-expensive) polyimide by a foaming technique. Dependent on the glass transition temperature of the polyimide mechanically and thermally stable (> 300 °C) films havi

  11. Quantifying residual stress in nanoscale thin polymer films via surface wrinkling.

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    Chung, Jun Young; Chastek, Thomas Q; Fasolka, Michael J; Ro, Hyun Wook; Stafford, Christopher M

    2009-04-28

    Residual stress, a pervasive consequence of solid materials processing, is stress that remains in a material after external forces have been removed. In polymeric materials, residual stress results from processes, such as film formation, that force and then trap polymer chains into nonequilibrium stressed conformations. In solvent-cast films, which are central to a wide range of technologies, residual stress can cause detrimental effects, including microscopic defect formation and macroscopic dimensional changes. Since residual stress is difficult to measure accurately, particularly in nanoscale thin polymer films, it remains a challenge to understand and control. We present here a quantitative method of assessing residual stress in polymer thin films by monitoring the onset of strain-induced wrinkling instabilities. Using this approach, we show that thin (>100 nm) polystyrene films prepared via spin-coating possess residual stresses of approximately 30 MPa, close to the crazing and yield stress. In contrast to conventional stress measurement techniques such as wafer curvature, our technique has the resolution to measure residual stress in films as thin as 25 nm. Furthermore, we measure the dissipation of residual stress through two relaxation mechanisms: thermal annealing and plasticizer addition. In quantifying the amount of residual stress in these films, we find that the residual stress gradually decreases with increasing annealing time and plasticizer amounts. Our robust and simple route to measure residual stress adds a key component to the understanding of polymer thin film behavior and will enable identification of more effective processing routes that mitigate the detrimental effects of residual stress.

  12. Characteristics and cytocompatibility of biodegradable polymer film on magnesium by spin coating.

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    Xu, Liping; Yamamoto, Akiko

    2012-05-01

    In recent years, magnesium and its alloys have been investigated as biodegradable metallic materials in cardiovascular stents and bone implants. However, rapid corrosion rate in the early stage of the degradation process greatly influences the cytocompatibility and hinters their application. In this research, biodegradable polymer films are prepared under same coating condition by spin coating in order to improve the early corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility of Mg. The results present that uniform, nonporous, amorphous PLLA and semi-crystalline PCL films are coated on Mg. PLLA film shows better adhesion strength to Mg substrate than that of PCL film. For both PLLA and PCL, low molecular weight (LMW) film is thinner and exhibits better adhesion strength than high molecular weight (HMW) one. SaOS-2 cells show significantly good attachment and high growth on the polymer-coated Mg, demonstrating that all the polymer films can significantly improve the cytocompatibility in the 7-day incubation. The pH measurement of the immersion medium and the quantification of released Mg(2+) during the cell culture clearly indicate that the corrosion resistance of Mg substrate is improved by the polymer films to different extents. It can be concluded that both PLLA and PCL films are promising protective coatings for improving the initial corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility.

  13. Photoconductivity of Polymer Composite Films Containing an Mn(III)/Cu(II) Complex

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    Davidenko, N. A.; Kokozay, V. N.; Petrusenko, S. R.; Stetsyuk, O. N.; Studzinsky, S. L.; Davidenko, I. I.

    2013-11-01

    We have studied the optical, photoelectric and dielectric properties of polymer composite films based on polyvinyl butyral with additives of a mixed-metal Mn(III)/Cu(II) complex. We observed high photoconductivity of the films obtained in the region of absorption by the complex. The slow photocurrent rise and relaxation kinetics are connected with the low mobility of the photogenerated charge carriers.

  14. Measurement of interfacial toughness of metal film wire and polymer membrane through electricity induced buckling method.

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    Wang, Qinghua; Xie, Huimin; Lu, Jian; Chen, Pengwan; Zhang, Qingming

    2011-06-15

    Measurement of interfacial toughness of a metal film wire and a flexible substrate is a challenging issue for evaluating the interfacial bonding capacity of the film-wire/substrate systems. In this paper, an electricity induced buckling method is proposed to measure the interfacial toughness between a metal film wire and a polymer membrane, which does not use a pre-existing weak interface. This method relies on causing a buckling driven delamination of the metal film wire from the polymer membrane, by inducing a compressive stress due to electrification of the film wire. For a sort of structure formed by a constantan film wire and a polymer membrane, the current density range under which the buckling of the film wire will emerge is obtained from experiments. The average interfacial toughness of one typical sample is measured to be 31.6 J/m(2). According to the buckling topographies under different current densities, the interfacial toughness of the constantan film wire and the polymer substrate is found to vary from 10 J/m(2) to 60 J/m(2).

  15. Zinc-Based Semiconductors/Polymer Thin Films Junction for Photovoltaic Application

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    Souad Al-bat’hi; K. A. Buhari; Latiff, M. I.

    2012-01-01

    Thin films of ZnO and ZnTe semiconductors were deposited on ITO conducting glass substrates by sputtering and electrodeposition techniques, respectively. On the other hand, thin films of ion conducting solid polymer electrolyte were prepared by solution cast technique. The polymer is a blend of 50 wt% polyethylene oxide and 50 wt% chitosan. To provide redox couple (I−/I3−), the polymer was complexed with ammonium iodide NH4I with addition of few crystals of iodine I2. Ammonium iodide NH4I was...

  16. Zinc-Based Semiconductors/Polymer Thin Films Junction for Photovoltaic Application

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    Souad Al-bat’hi; K. A. Buhari; M. I. Latiff

    2012-01-01

    Thin films of ZnO and ZnTe semiconductors were deposited on ITO conducting glass substrates by sputtering and electrodeposition techniques, respectively. On the other hand, thin films of ion conducting solid polymer electrolyte were prepared by solution cast technique. The polymer is a blend of 50 wt% polyethylene oxide and 50 wt% chitosan. To provide redox couple (I−/I3−), the polymer was complexed with ammonium iodide NH4I with addition of few crystals of iodine I2. Ammonium iodide NH4I was...

  17. Electro-optical properties of polymer stabilized cholesteric liquid crystal film

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    Ma Ji; Zheng Zhi-Gang; Liu Yong-Gang; Xuan Li

    2011-01-01

    Liquid crystals (LCs) and polymers are extensively used in various electro-optical applications. In this paper, normal mode polymer stabilized cholesteric LC film is prepared and studied. The effects of chiral dopant and monomer concentrations on the electro-optical properties, such as contrast ratio, driving voltage, hysteresis width and response time, are investigated. The reasons of electro-optical properties influenced by the concentrations of the materials are discussed. Through the proper material recipe, the electro-optical properties of polymer stabilized cholesteric LC film can be optimized.

  18. Chain relaxation in thin polymer films: turning a dielectric type-B polymer into a type-A' one.

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    Solar, Mathieu; Paul, Wolfgang

    2017-02-22

    A molecular dynamics simulation study of chain relaxation in a thin polymer film is presented, studying the dielectric response of a random copolymer of cis and trans 1,4-polybutadiene, a type B polymer without net chain dipole moment, confined between graphite walls. We stress the orientational effect of the attractive walls, inducing polarization in the vicinity of the walls, while the center of the film stays bulk-like. This polarization leads to a net dipole moment of the adsorbed chains, which is perpendicular to their end-to-end vector, which we termed as type A' behavior. In this situation, the dipole moment relaxes only upon desorption of the chains from the wall, a dynamic process which occurs on timescales much longer than the bulk relaxation time of the polymer.

  19. Plasma-polymerized thiophene films for enhanced rubber steel bonding

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    Delattre, James L.; d'Agostino, Riccardo; Fracassi, Francesco

    2006-03-01

    Thin films of plasma-polymerized thiophene (PPTh) were deposited on cold-rolled steel substrates to improve adhesion to rubber compounds. PPTh films were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and atomic force microscopy. The ratio of carbon-to-sulfur found in PPTh films is 4:1, suggesting the monomer structure is generally intact, which was supported by FT-IR absorptions characteristic of polymerized thiophene rings. However, some fragmentation did occur to give acetylenic and aliphatic groups. Steel-rubber adhesion measurements, performed in accordance with the ASTM 429-B peel test, strongly depended on cleaning and pretreatment methods as well as film thickness. Best results were obtained on polished steel samples that were cleaned with acid, pretreated with a hydrogen/argon plasma, then coated with 50 Å of PPTh film. These samples exhibited a peel force of 14.3 N/mm, which is comparable to that of polished brass control samples. Depth-profiling XPS analysis of the rubber-steel interface showed the existence of an iron sulfide layer which is likely responsible for the strong adhesion.

  20. Growth and characterization of CdS thin films on polymer substrates for photovoltaic applications.

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    Park, Yongseob; Kim, Eung Kwon; Lee, Suho; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2014-05-01

    In this work, cadmium sulfide (CdS) films were deposited on flexible polymer substrates such as polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The r.f. magnetron sputtering, which is cost-effective scalable technique, was used for the film deposition. The structural and optical properties of the films grown at different sputtering pressures were investigated. When the CdS film was deposited at lower pressure, the crystallinity and the preferred orientation toward c-axis in hexagonal phase was improved. However, the optical transmittance was reduced as the sputtering pressure was decreased. Compared with the glass substrate, CdS films grown on polymer substrates were exhibited some wore structural and optical characteristics. CdTe thin film solar cell applied to sputtered CdS as a window layer showed a maximum efficiency of 11.6%.

  1. Temperature- and thickness-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films.

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    Ao, Zhimin; Li, Sean

    2011-03-22

    The mechanical properties of polymer ultrathin films are usually different from those of their counterparts in bulk. Understanding the effect of thickness on the mechanical properties of these films is crucial for their applications. However, it is a great challenge to measure their elastic modulus experimentally with in situ heating. In this study, a thermodynamic model for temperature- (T) and thickness (h)-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films Ef(T,h) is developed with verification by the reported experimental data on polystyrene (PS) thin films. For the PS thin films on a passivated substrate, Ef(T,h) decreases with the decreasing film thickness, when h is less than 60 nm at ambient temperature. However, the onset thickness (h*), at which thickness Ef(T,h) deviates from the bulk value, can be modulated by T. h* becomes larger at higher T because of the depression of the quenching depth, which determines the thickness of the surface layer δ.

  2. Physical and Degradable Properties of Mulching Films Prepared from Natural Fibers and Biodegradable Polymers

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    Zhijian Tan

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The use of plastic film in agriculture has the serious drawback of producing vast quantities of waste. In this work, films were prepared from natural fibers and biodegradable polymers as potential substitutes for the conventional non-biodegradable plastic film used as mulching material in agricultural production. The physical properties (e.g., mechanical properties, heat preservation, water permeability, and photopermeability and degradation characteristics (evaluated by micro-organic culture testing and soil burial testing of the films were studied in both laboratory and field tests. The experimental results indicated that these fiber/polymer films exhibited favorable physical properties that were sufficient for use in mulching film applications. Moreover, the degradation degree of the three tested films decreased in the following order: fiber/starch (ST film > fiber/poly(vinyl alcohol (PVA film > fiber/polyacrylate (PA film. The fiber/starch and fiber/PVA films were made from completely biodegradable materials and demonstrated the potential to substitute non-biodegradable films.

  3. Selective scattering polymer dispersed liquid crystal film for light enhancement of organic light emitting diode.

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    Jiang, Jinghua; McGraw, Greg; Ma, Ruiqing; Brown, Julie; Yang, Deng-Ke

    2017-02-20

    We developed a novel light enhancing film for an organic light emitting diode (OLED) based on polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC). In the film, the liquid crystal droplets are unidirectionally aligned along the film normal direction and exhibit selective scattering. The film scatters light emitted only in directions with large incident angles but not light emitted in directions with small incident angles. When the light is scattered, it changes propagation direction and exits the OLED. The PDLC film reduces the total internal reflection and thus can significantly increase the light efficiency of the OLED.

  4. Present status of thin oxide films creation in a microwave plasma

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    Loncar, G. (Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke, Prague (Czechoslovakia). Fakulta Jaderna a Fysikalne Inzenyrska); Musil, J.; Bardos, L. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Prague. Ustav Fyziky Plazmatu)

    1980-01-01

    The paper summarizes present knowledge of the creation of thin films in both isotropic and magnetoactive plasmas. It analyses conditions under which films in the microwave plasma can be created and shows how the growth rates and properties of films depend on microparameters of the plasma. On the basis of plasma floating potential measurements it is shown why the creation of thin films in microwave discharges takes place at high electron plasma densities (N > or approximately 10/sup 12/ cm/sup -3/) only. Besides, it describes properties of formed films, underlines the negative role of fast electrons in forming good quality films and gives recommendation of how to avoid their generation. Considerable attention is devoted also to a comparison of film creation in pulsed and continuous plasmas. The possibility of film creation at low temperatures by the deposition technique utilizing microwave excitation of molecular gases is given.

  5. SU-8 photolithography on reactive plasma thin-films: coated microwells for peptide display.

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    Marchesan, Silvia; Easton, Christopher D; Styan, Katie E; Leech, Patrick; Gengenbach, Thomas R; Forsythe, John S; Hartley, Patrick G

    2013-08-01

    We have developed a technique to create 50μm-deep microwells coated with a reactive and robust thin film, which withstands photolithographic processing, and allows for subsequent chemical functionalisation with biological cues (i.e. peptides). First, plasma polymerisation of 1-bromopropane was used to generate a bromine-functionalised thin film (BrPP) on a substrate of silicon wafer. Second, an epoxy functionalised polymer UV photoresist, SU-8, was deposited and developed to create 50μm-deep patterned microwells that display the BrPP coating at their base. Third, amino acids or peptides were selectively attached to the bottom of the microwells through bromine displacement by an amine or thiol nucleophile. Each surface functionalisation step was monitored by XPS, AFM, and contact angle measurements. These functionalities were then used as linkers to immobilise enzymes (e.g. HRP), which retain activity at the end of the process as shown by a biochemical activity assay. Peptide promoters of cell attachment were also immobilised and their functionality was evaluated using an L929 fibroblast adhesion assay. In conclusion, this work describes an innovative combination of plasma thin film deposition and photolithography to create 50μm-deep functionalised microwells for peptide display in biological applications.

  6. Surface-mounted MOF templated fabrication of homochiral polymer thin film for enantioselective adsorption of drugs.

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    Gu, Zhi-Gang; Fu, Wen-Qiang; Liu, Min; Zhang, Jian

    2017-01-26

    A self-polymerized chiral monomer 3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine (l-DOPA) has been introduced into the pores of an achiral surface-mounted metal organic framework (SURMOF), and then the homochiral poly(l-DOPA) thin film has been successfully formed after UV light irradiation and etching of the SURMOF. Remarkably, such a poly(l-DOPA) thin film exhibited enantioselective adsorption of naproxen. This study opened a SURMOF-templated approach for preparing porous polymer thin films.

  7. Study of Different Technologies for Film Coating of Drug Layered Pellets Using Ethylcellulose as Functional Polymer

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    Melegari, Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    The research project focused on the study of different technologies for film coating of pellets using ethylcellulose as barrier-membrane coating polymer. In particular, two different approaches were investigated: the conventional aqueous film coating and the dry powder coating methods. The research carried out during the first part of the PhD provided a comprehensive study of the conventional aqueous film coating process of guaifenesin-loaded pellets in order to understand the variables af...

  8. Physical and Degradable Properties of Mulching Films Prepared from Natural Fibers and Biodegradable Polymers

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    Zhijian Tan; Yongjian Yi; Hongying Wang; Wanlai Zhou; Yuanru Yang; Chaoyun Wang

    2016-01-01

    The use of plastic film in agriculture has the serious drawback of producing vast quantities of waste. In this work, films were prepared from natural fibers and biodegradable polymers as potential substitutes for the conventional non-biodegradable plastic film used as mulching material in agricultural production. The physical properties (e.g., mechanical properties, heat preservation, water permeability, and photopermeability) and degradation characteristics (evaluated by micro-organic cultur...

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of Thin Film Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Polymer Electrolytes

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    Maranchi, Jeffrey P.; Kumta, Prashant N.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Raffaelle, Ryne P.

    2002-01-01

    The present paper describes the integration of thin film electrodes with polymer electrolytes to form a complete thin film lithium-ion battery. Thin film batteries of the type, LiCoO2 [PAN, EC, PC, LiN(CF3SO2)2] SnO2 have been fabricated. The results of the synthesis and characterization studies will be presented and discussed.

  10. The role of energetic ions from plasma in the creation of nanostructured materials and stable polymer surface treatments

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    Bilek, M.M.M. [Department of Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)]. E-mail: mmmb@physics.usyd.edu.au; Newton-McGee, K. [Department of Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); McKenzie, D.R. [Department of Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); McCulloch, D.G. [Department of Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)

    2006-01-15

    Plasma processes for the synthesis of new materials as thin films have enabled the production of a wide variety of new materials. These include meta-stable phases, which are not readily found in nature, and more recently, materials with structure on the nanoscale. Study of plasma synthesis processes at the fundamental level has revealed that ion energy, depositing flux and growth surface temperature are the critical parameters affecting the microstructure and the properties of the thin film materials formed. In this paper, we focus on the role of ion flux and impact energy in the creation of thin films with nanoscale structure in the form of multilayers. We describe three synthesis strategies, based on the extraction of ions from plasma sources and involving modulation of ion flux and ion energy. The microstructure, intrinsic stress and physical properties of the multilayered samples synthesized are studied and related back to the conditions at the growth surface during deposition. When energetic ions of a non-condensing species are used, it is possible to place active groups on the surfaces of materials such as polymers. These active groups can then be used as bonding sites in subsequent chemical attachment of proteins or other macromolecules. If the energy of the non-condensing ions is increased to a few keV then modified layers buried under the surface can be produced. Here we describe a method by which the aging effect, which is often observed in plasma surface modifications on polymers, can be reduced and even eliminated using high energy ion bombardment.

  11. Water Vapor Permeation of Metal Oxide/Polymer Coated Plastic Films

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    Numata, Yukihiro; Oya, Toshiyuki; Kuwahara, Mitsuru; Ito, Katsuya

    Barrier performance to water vapor permeation of ceramic coated layers deposited on flexible polymer films is of great interest to food packaging, medical device packaging and flat panel display industries. In this study, a new type film in which a ceramic layer is deposited on a polymer coated film was proposed for lower water vapor permeation. It is important how to control interfacial properties between each layer and film for good barrier performance. Several kinds of polymer coated materials were prepared for changing surface free energy of the films before and after depositing the ceramic layer. The ceramic layer, which is composed of mixed material of SiO2 and Al2O3, was adopted under the same conditions. The following results were obtained; 1) Water vapor permeation is not related to the surface energy of polymer coated films, 2) After depositing the ceramic layer, however, a strong correlation is observed between the water vapor permeation and surface free energy. 3) The phenomenon is considered that the polarity of the polymer layers plays a key role in changing the structure of ceramic coated layers.

  12. Influence of macromolecular architecture on necking in polymer extrusion film casting process

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    Pol, Harshawardhan; Banik, Sourya; Azad, Lal Busher; Doshi, Pankaj; Lele, Ashish [CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Maharashtra (India); Thete, Sumeet [Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (United States)

    2015-05-22

    Extrusion film casting (EFC) is an important polymer processing technique that is used to produce several thousand tons of polymer films/coatings on an industrial scale. In this research, we are interested in understanding quantitatively how macromolecular chain architecture (for example long chain branching (LCB) or molecular weight distribution (MWD or PDI)) influences the necking and thickness distribution of extrusion cast films. We have used different polymer resins of linear and branched molecular architecture to produce extrusion cast films under controlled experimental conditions. The necking profiles of the films were imaged and the velocity profiles during EFC were monitored using particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) technique. Additionally, the temperature profiles were captured using an IR thermography and thickness profiles were calculated. The experimental results are compared with predictions of one-dimensional flow model of Silagy et al{sup 1} wherein the polymer resin rheology is modeled using molecular constitutive equations such as the Rolie-Poly (RP) and extended Pom Pom (XPP). We demonstrate that the 1-D flow model containing the molecular constitutive equations provides new insights into the role of macromolecular chain architecture on film necking.{sup 1}D. Silagy, Y. Demay, and J-F. Agassant, Polym. Eng. Sci., 36, 2614 (1996)

  13. Spin-Casting Polymer Brush Films for Stimuli-Responsive and Anti-Fouling Surfaces.

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    Xu, Binbin; Feng, Chun; Hu, Jianhua; Shi, Ping; Gu, Guangxin; Wang, Lei; Huang, Xiaoyu

    2016-03-01

    Surfaces modified with amphiphilic polymers can dynamically alter their physicochemical properties in response to changes of their environmental conditions; meanwhile, amphiphilic polymer coatings with molecular hydrophilic and hydrophobic patches, which can mitigate biofouling effectively, are being actively explored as advanced coatings for antifouling materials. Herein, a series of well-defined amphiphilic asymmetric polymer brushes containing hetero side chains, hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), was employed to prepare uniform thin films by spin-casting. The properties of these films were investigated by water contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). AFM showed smooth surfaces for all films with the roughness less than 2 nm. The changes in water contact angle and C/O ratio (XPS) evidenced the enrichment of PEG or PS chains at film surface after exposed to selective solvents, indicative of stimuli- responsiveness. The adsorption of proteins on PEG functionalized surface was quantified by QCM and the results verified that amphiphilic polymer brush films bearing PEG chains could lower or eliminate protein-material interactions and resist to protein adsorption. Cell adhesion experiments were performed by using HaCaT cells and it was found that polymer brush films possess good antifouling ability.

  14. Downstream oxygen etching of low dielectric polymers using a microwave plasma

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    Callahan, Russell Rosaire Austin

    As dictated by the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, there is an immediate need to develop low dielectric materials for use in metalization schemes in integrated circuits. Low dielectric materials are needed in order to reduce resistance-capacitance time delays, cross-talk and power. This dissertation is focused on studying the etching characteristics of a family of low dielectric polymers, the parylenes. Three types of parylene are studied: parylene-N, parylene-C, and AF4. Parylene films on silicon substrates were etched in a downstream microwave oxygen plasma system. The goal was to characterize the chemical reactions that occurred on the parylene in an oxygen radical atmosphere. First, the effects of pressure and temperature on the etch characteristics of parylene-N were studied. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and infrared spectroscopy analyses were performed on the parylene films pre- and post-etch. It was determined that hydrogen abstraction and carbonyl formation are key steps during the etch process. Next, a model was generated to describe the reactive species concentrations throughout the reactor volume, including the generation of oxygen radicals in the plasma cavity, their transport to the parylene surface, and their reaction with the parylene. The predicted results were compared to experimental etch data. Good agreement between the model and experimental data was achieved when a model consisting of data from Bell, the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics and cross-sections published by Cosby and an overall reaction order of 0.5 is compared. Other models included cross-sections published by Phelps and Lieberman. In order to further understand the etching process, the two other parylenes, parylene-C and AF-4, were etched and analyzed. The etching characteristics as a function of temperature are reported. X-ray photoelectron and infrared spectroscopic analysis of these films is also reported. The apparent activation energy

  15. Nonwettable Thin Films from Hybrid Polymer Brushes can be Hydrophilic

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    2007-03-30

    2006 Hybrid brushes composed of two liquid polymers, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and a highly branched ethoxylated polyethylenimine (EPEI), were...liquid polymers, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and a highly branched ethoxylated polyethylenimine (EPEI; Figure 1). We demonstrate here that hybrid... ethoxylated (highly branched, symmetrical polymer; about 80% of the primary and secondary amines are ethoxylated ), 37% solution in water (EPEI Mw

  16. Thin metal film-polymer composite for efficient optoacoustic generation (Conference Presentation)

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    Lee, Taehwa; Guo, L. Jay

    2016-03-01

    Photoacoustic (PA) conversion of metal film absorbers is known to be inefficient because of their low thermal expansion and high light reflectance, as compared to polymeric materials containing light absorbing fillers. Specifically, the PA signal for metal films is typically an order of magnitude lower than those for PDMS-based composites consisting of carbon materials such as carbon blacks, carbon nanotubes, and carbon fibers. However, the carbon-PDMS composites have several disadvantages, e.g., difficulty in controlling film thickness, aggregation of the carbon fillers, and poor patternablility. To overcome these issues and achieve comparable PA amplitudes, a polymer-metal film composite was developed consisting of a thin metal absorber and adjacent transparent polymer layers. The proposed structure shows efficient PA conversion. The measured PA amplitude of the metal film composite is an order of magnitude higher than that of metal-only samples, and comparable to those of the carbon-PDMS composites. The enhanced PA conversion is accomplished by using metal film of a few tens of nanometers, which greatly facilitates heat transfer from the metal film to the surrounding polymers. Moreover, integrating the metal film composite with a photonic cavity can compensate light absorption loss of the thinner metal film. Theoretical and experimental analysis is conducted for understanding the mechanism behind such improvement. This strategy could be implemented for spatial PA signal patterns, especially for deep tissue PA imaging of implants or image-guiding tools. Furthermore, this approach also provides a guideline for designing photoacoustic transmitters and contrast agents.

  17. Engineering the Crystalline Morphology of Polymer Thin Films via Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Jeong, Hyuncheol; Arnold, Craig; Priestley, Rodney

    Thin-film growth via physical vapor deposition (PVD) has been successfully exploited for the delicate control of film structure for molecular and atomic systems. The application of such a high-energetic process to polymeric film growth has been challenged by chemical degradation. However, recent development of Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) technique opened up a way to deposit a variety of macromolecules in a PVD manner. Here, employing MAPLE technique to the growth of semicrystalline polymer thin films, we show the engineering of crystalline film morphology can be achieved via manipulation of substrate temperature. This is accomplished by exploiting temperature effect on crystallization kinetics of polymers. During the slow film growth crystallization can either be permitted or suppressed, and crystal thickness can be tuned via temperature modulation. In addition, we report that the crystallinity of polymer thin films may be significantly altered with deposition temperature in MAPLE processing. We expect that this ability to manipulate crystallization kinetics during polymeric film growth will open the possibility to engineer structure in thin film polymeric-based devices in ways that are difficult by other means.

  18. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N.; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi; Ahmed, Nasser M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10-5 (Ω.cm)-1, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  19. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N., E-mail: amer78malay@yahoo.com.my; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi, E-mail: kamarul@usm.my; Ahmed, Nasser M., E-mail: nas-tiji@yahoo.com [Nano-optoelectronic Research and Technology Laboratory School of physics, University of Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang (Malaysia)

    2016-07-06

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10{sup −5} (Ω.cm){sup −1}, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  20. Measuring Exciton Diffusion in Conjugated Polymer Films with Super-resolution Microscopy

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    Penwell, Samuel; Ginsberg, Lucas; Noriega Manez, Rodrigo; Ginsberg, Naomi

    2015-03-01

    Conjugated polymers are highly tunable organic semiconductors, which can be solution processed to form thin films, making them prime candidates for organic photovoltaic devices. One of the most important parameters in a conjugated polymer solar cell is the exciton diffusion length, which depends on intermolecular couplings, and is typically on the order of 10 nm. This mean exciton migration can vary dramatically between films and within a single film due to heterogeneities in morphology on length scales of 10's to 100's nm. To study the variability of exciton diffusion and morphology within individual conjugated polymer films, we are adapting stimulated emission depletion microscopy. STED is typically used in biology with well-engineered fluorescent labels or on NV-centers in diamond. I will, however, describe how we have demonstrated STED in conjugated polymer films of MEH-PPV and CN-PPV by taking care to first understand the film's photophysical properties. This new approach provides a way to study exciton diffusion by utilizing subdiffraction optical excitation volumes. In this way, we will obtain a spatiotemporal map of exciton distributions that will help to correlate the energetic landscape to film morphology at the nanoscale. This research is supported in part by the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program (DOE SCGF), made possible in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, administered by ORISE-ORAU under Contract No. DE-AC05-06.

  1. Heat transport in polymer thin films for micro/nano-manufacturing

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    Hung, Ming-Tsung

    The rapid growth in micro/nanotechnology has opened a great opportunity for polymer thin films and polymer nanocomposites. Thermal management or thermal effects in those applications need to be carefully examined. For example, the local heating in electron-beam lithography, emersion lithography, and scanning near field optical lithography may cause the degradation of photoresists and reduce the resolution. The development of many organic electronics, polymer micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) devices, and polymer nanocomposites may require the knowledge of heat transport in micro/nano-sized polymers. Thermolithography, a novel lithography, uses controlled localized heating to transfer patterns and requires the thermal conductivity data to control. It is of considerable scientific and technological interests for study heat transport in polymer thin films. Unlike bulk polymers that can be measured using commercially available instruments, polymer thin films are difficult to measure. In this manuscript, we develop the measurement techniques suitable for measuring thermal conductivity of polymer thin films and polymer nanocomposites. Using a microfabricated membrane-based device, we study the heat conduction in photoresists at difference process stages. This data is used in our thermolithography study, where we use microheater to study the kinetic of crosslinking reaction of photoresist. The feasibility of thermolithography and potential three dimensional micro/nano-fabrication is presented. The uniqueness of thermolithography is also demonstrated by patterning amorphous fluoropolymers. A modified hot-wire technique is used to measure the thermal conductivity of graphite nanoplatelet (GNP) reinforced nanocomposites, one of the promising candidates for multifunctional materials. Thermal interface resistance in GNP nanocomposites is investigated, which shows a strong effect on energy transport in the nanocomposites and can be diminished through surface treatment.

  2. Argon plasma immersion ion implantation of polystyrene films

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    Kondyurin, A. [Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics (A28), University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia)], E-mail: kond@mailcity.com; Gan, B.K.; Bilek, M.M.M.; McKenzie, D.R.; Mizuno, K. [Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics (A28), University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia); Wuhrer, R. [Microstructural Analysis Unit, University of Technology Sydney, P.O. Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007 (Australia)

    2008-04-15

    Plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII), using bias voltages of 5, 10, 15 and 20 kV in an argon plasma and fluences in the range of 2 x 10{sup 14}-2 x 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}, was applied to 100 nm polystyrene films coated on silicon wafer substrates. The etching kinetics and structural changes induced in the polystyrene films were investigated with ellipsometry, Raman and FTIR spectroscopies, optical and scanning electron microscopies, atomic force microscopy and contact angle measurements. Effects such as carbonisation, oxidation and cross-linking were observed and their dependence on the applied bias voltage is reported. Variations in the etching rate during the PIII process and its relationship to carbonisation of the modified surface layer are explored.

  3. ESR STUDY OF PLASMA-TREATED POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE FILMS

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    ZHOU Maotang; WANG Shicai; LIU Guizhen; CHEN Jie

    1990-01-01

    The plasma treatment of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) films was carried out in a capacitively coupled reactor with external electrodes. The free radicals generated in the process of treatment were detected by ESR techniques. The ESR spectra tended to indicate that the free radicals of the plasma-treated PTFE film sample were turned into peroxy radicals on exposure to air. The extrema separation (W) of the ESR spectrum of the peroxy radical increased with the lowering temperature and underwent a sudden change within the temperature range of 170 to 190K. The ESR spectrum observed at 77K was quite different from that observed at room temperature. Finally, the effects of treatment time, input power and system pressure on radical concentration of the treated samples were studied. The attenuation of the peroxy radical at room temperature was also investigated.

  4. Investigating the crystal growth behavior of biodegradable polymer blend thin films using in situ atomic force microscopy

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    Malwela, T

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This article reports the crystal growth behavior of biodegradable polylactide (PLA)/poly[(butylene succinate)-co-adipate] (PBSA) blend thin films using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Currently, polymer thin films have received increased research...

  5. Reverse-osmosis membranes by plasma polymerization

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    Hollahan, J. R.; Wydeven, T.

    1972-01-01

    Thin allyl amine polymer films were developed using plasma polymerization. Resulting dry composite membranes effectively reject sodium chloride during reverse osmosis. Films are 98% sodium chloride rejective, and 46% urea rejective.

  6. Plasma-enhanced Deposition of Nano-Structured Carbon Films

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    Yang Qiaoqin (杨巧勤); Xiao Chijin (肖持进); A. Hirose

    2005-01-01

    By pre-treating substrate with different methods and patterning the catalyst, selective and patterned growth of diamond and graphitic nano-structured carbon films have been realized through DC Plasma-Enhanced Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-HFCVD).Through two-step processing in an HFCVD reactor, novel nano-structured composite diamond films containing a nanocrystalline diamond layer on the top of a nanocone diamond layer have been synthesized. Well-aligned carbon nanotubes, diamond and graphitic carbon nanocones with controllable alignment orientations have been synthesized by using PE-HFCVD. The orientation of the nanostructures can be controlled by adjusting the working pressure. In a Microwave Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (MW-PECVD) reactor, high-quality diamond films have been synthesized at low temperatures (310 ℃~550 ℃) without adding oxygen or halogen gas in a newly developed processing technique. In this process, carbon source originates from graphite etching, instead of hydrocarbon. The lowest growth temperature for the growth of nanocrystalline diamond films with a reasonable growth rate without addition of oxygen or halogen is 260 ℃.

  7. Anisotropic resistivity in plasma-sprayed silicon thick films

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    Kharas, Boris Dave; Sampath, Sanjay; Gambino, Richard J.

    2005-05-01

    Silicon thick films deposited by thermal plasma spray are of interest as inexpensive electronic materials for conformal meso-scale electronics applications. In addition they also serve as a model system for the investigation of electrical properties of coatings with layered anisotropy. In this study impedance spectroscopy was used to measure the complex resistivity of free-standing 64μm-thick polycrystalline silicon films deposited by thermal plasma spraying in an atmospheric ambient. Impedance spectroscopy measurements were taken in the through-thickness (across-splat) and edge-to-edge (in-splat) directions and revealed a resistivity difference of approximately 7.5±0.23 between the two directions. The complex resistivity results are explained on the basis of a brick-layer type model, associated with the layered splat microstructure obtained from cross-sectional transmission electron microscope imaging of the films. In addition a circuit-based model made up of parallel, resistor-capacitor elements in series, and Cole-Cole and Davidson-Cole impedance functions were used to fit the impedance data to extract material parameters and contributions from the grains and splat boundaries. Furthermore, thermal processing and phosphorus doping is shown to lead to higher and lower resistivity, respectively, in the films.

  8. Active screen plasma nitriding enhances cell attachment to polymer surfaces

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    Kaklamani, Georgia, E-mail: g.kaklamani@bham.ac.uk [University of Birmingham, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Metallurgy and Materials, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Bowen, James; Mehrban, Nazia [University of Birmingham, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Chemical Engineering, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Dong, Hanshan [University of Birmingham, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Metallurgy and Materials, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Grover, Liam M. [University of Birmingham, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Chemical Engineering, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Stamboulis, Artemis [University of Birmingham, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Metallurgy and Materials, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom)

    2013-05-15

    Active screen plasma nitriding (ASPN) is a well-established technique used for the surface modification of materials, the result of which is often a product with enhanced functional performance. Here we report the modification of the chemical and mechanical properties of ultra-high molecular weight poly(ethylene) (UHMWPE) using 80:20 (v/v) N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} ASPN, followed by growth of 3T3 fibroblasts on the treated and untreated polymer surfaces. ASPN-treated UHMWPE showed extensive fibroblast attachment within 3 h of seeding, whereas fibroblasts did not successfully attach to untreated UHMWPE. Fibroblast-coated surfaces were maintained for up to 28 days, monitoring their metabolic activity and morphology throughout. The chemical properties of the ASPN-treated UHMWPE surface were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, revealing the presence of C-N, C=N, and C≡N chemical bonds. The elastic modulus, surface topography, and adhesion properties of the ASPN-treated UHMWPE surface were studied over 28 days during sample storage under ambient conditions and during immersion in two commonly used cell culture media.

  9. Surface characterization of plasma treated polymers for applications as biocompatible carriers

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    L. Bacakova

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to determine surface properties of polymer surfaces after plasma treatment with the aim of further cytocompatibility tests. Examined polymers were poly(ethyleneterephthalate (PET, high-density polyethylene (HDPE, poly(tetrafluoro-ethylene (PTFE and poly(L-lactic acid (PLLA. Goniometry has shown that the plasma treatment was immediately followed by a sharp decrease of contact angle of the surface. In the course of ageing the contact angle increased due to the reorientation of polar groups into the surface layer of polymer. Ablation of polymer surfaces was observed during the degradation. Decrease of weight of polymer samples was measured by gravimetry. Surface morphology and roughness was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM. The PLLA samples exhibited saturation of wettability (aged surface after approximately 100 hours, while the PET and PTFE achieved constant values of contact angle after 336 hours. Irradiation by plasma leads to polymer ablation, the highest mass loss being observed for PLLA. The changes in the surface roughness and morphology were observed, a lamellar structure being induced on PTFE. Selected polymer samples were seeded with VSMC (vascular smooth muscle cells and the adhesion and proliferation of cells was studied. It was proved that certain combination of input treatment parameters led to improvement of polymer cytocompatibility. The plasma exposure was confirmed to significantly improve the PTFE biocompatibility.

  10. Conductivity and Activation Energy in Polymers Synthesized by Plasmas of Thiophene

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    Ma. Guadalupe Olayo; Cruz, Guillermo J.; Salvador López; Juan Morales; Roberto Olayo

    2010-01-01

    The electric conductivity, activation energy and morphology of polythiophene synthesized by radiofrequency resistive plasmas are studied in this work. The continuous collisions of particles in the plasma induce the polymerization of thiophene but also break some of the monomer molecules producing complex polymers with thiophene rings and aliphatic hydrocarbon segments. These multidirectional chemical reactions are more marked at longer reaction times in which the morphology of the polymers ev...

  11. Elucidation of charge storage characteristics of conducting polymer film using redox reaction

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    Contractor, Asfiya Q

    2013-01-01

    A general technique to investigate charge storage characteristics of conducting polymer films has been developed. A redox reaction is conducted on a polymer film on a rotating disk electrode under potentiostatic condition so that the rate of charging of the film equals the rate of removal of the charge by the reaction. In an experiment on polyaniline film deposited on platinum substrate, using Fe2+/Fe3+ in HCl as the redox system, the voltammogram shows five distinct linear segments (bands) with discontinuity in the slope at specific transition potentials. These bands are the same as those indicated by ESR/Raman spectroscopy with comparable transition potentials. From the dependence of the slopes of the bands on concentration of ferrous and ferric ions, it was possible to estimate the energies of the charge carrier in different bands. It is shown that the charge storage in the film is capacitive.

  12. Ion-beam modifications of the surface morphology and conductivity in some polymer thin films

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    M Ramakrishna Murthy; E Venkateshwar Rao

    2002-10-01

    Studies on the surface micromorphology and surface conductivity in thin polymer films of poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly ethylene oxide (PEO) in both as-grown and ion-implanted polymer films have been carried out to reveal certain specific features of the ordered state in these materials. Optical microscopic investigations revealed the existence and enhanced formation in number of spherulites and dendrites in ionimplanted films relative to the as-grown films. The number and rate of formation of spherulites indicated an increase in the degree of crystallinity in these films. Measurements of surface conductivity of as-grown and ion-implanted polymer films, employing four-point probe method, indicated a decrease in electrical conductivity on ion-implantation. Photomicrographic analysis of the PVA and PEO thin film surfaces, has enabled to propose a temperature–stress induced mechanism of crystallization in conjunction with the surface conductivity measurements. The decrease in surface conductivity on ion-implantation in both PVA and PEO thin films, is attributed to a decrease in mobility of macromolecular charged species due to an increase in degree of crystallinity as has been observed by optical microscopy.

  13. Relating Film Structure/Microstructure on Device Function/Microproperties in Conjugated Polymers and Polymer/Small Molecule Blends

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    Cochran, Justin Enir

    Over the last twenty years conjugated organic materials, polymers and small molecules, have attracted broad interest due to their potential applications in the field of solution processed low cost electronics. Due to their semi/polycrystalline nature the spatial arrangement of crystallites and disordered regions in the film have a significant influence over charge transport properties. Structure-Function relationships are universal; consequently, the focus of my research thesis is to relate the film structure/microstructure to device performance and micro-properties, specifically in thin film transistors and bulk conductivity measurements. My initial research focus was on how modification of a semiconducting polymers backbone alters the packing structure and in turn impacts device performance. We then focused on how modification of TFT interface microstructures by altering between dielectric surfaces changes the orientaional correlation length in the semiconductors crystalline domains which in turn directly impacts the field effect mobility. The final two projects focused on doping conjugated polymers with small molecular acceptors. The purpose was to understand how bulk packing dominates conductivity in order to better understand what appears to be a universal transport behavior in these blends. These insights into the structural changes provide a platform under which to analyze the electrical measurements where significant changes in conductivity were observed at high acceptor concentrations but results showed dependence upon pre and post processing conditions. As expected, increases in film conductivity scaled with acceptor concentration but of special interest is how the conductivity showed temperature stability upon annealing, even increasing under certain conditions, near the polymer liquid crystal transition temperature and then decreasing below the as cast baseline at higher annealing temperatures. The electrical study combined with the structural analysis

  14. Formation of hybrid films from perylenediimide-labeled core-shell silica-polymer nanoparticles.

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    Ribeiro, Tânia; Fedorov, Aleksander; Baleizão, Carlos; Farinha, José Paulo S

    2013-07-01

    We prepared water-dispersible core-shell nanoparticles with a perylenediimide-labeled silica core and a poly(butyl methacrylate) shell, for application in photoactive high performance coatings. Films cast from water dispersions of the core-shell nanoparticles are flexible and transparent, featuring homogeneously dispersed silica nanoparticles, and exhibiting fluorescence under appropriate excitation. We characterized the film formation process using nanoparticles where the polymer shell has been labeled with either a non-fluorescent N-benzophenone derivative (NBen) or a fluorescent phenanthrene derivative (PheBMA). We used Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from PheBMA to NBen to follow the interparticle interdiffusion of the polymer anchored to the silica surface that occurs after the dried dispersions are annealing above the glass transition temperature of the polymer. By calculating the evolution of the FRET quantum efficiency with annealing time, we could estimate the approximate fraction of mixing (fm) between polymer from neighbor particles, and from this, the apparent diffusion coefficients (Dapp) for this process. For long annealing times, the limiting values of fm are slightly lower than for films of pure PBMA particles at similar temperatures (go up to 80% of total possible mixing). The corresponding diffusion coefficients are also very similar to those reported for films of pure PBMA, indicating that the fact that the polymer chains are anchored to the silica particles does not significantly hinder the diffusion process during the initial part of the mixing process. From the temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficients, we found an effective activation energy for diffusion of Ea=38 kcal/mol, very similar to the value obtained for particles of the same polymer without the silica core. With these results, we show that, although the polymer is grafted to the silica surface, polymer interdiffusion during film formation is not significantly

  15. Synthesis of novel electrically conducting polymers: Potential conducting Langmuir-Blodgett films and conducting polymers on defined surfaces

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    Zimmer, Hans

    1993-01-01

    Based on previous results involving thiophene derived electrically conducting polymers in which it was shown that thiophene, 3-substituted thiophenes, furans, and certain oligomers of these compounds showed electrical conductivity after polymerization. The conductivity was in the order of up to 500 S/cm. In addition, these polymers showed conductivity without being doped and most of all they were practically inert toward ambient conditions. They even could be used in aqueous media. With these findings as a guide, a number of 3-long-chain-substituted thiophenes and 1-substituted-3-long-chain substituted pyrrols were synthesized as monomers for potential polymeric electrically conducting Langmuir-Blodgett films.

  16. Surface modification of polyurethane films by plasma and ultraviolet light to improve haemocompatibility for artificial heart valves.

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    Alves, P; Cardoso, R; Correia, T R; Antunes, B P; Correia, I J; Ferreira, P

    2014-01-01

    Prosthetic cardiac valves implantation is a common procedure used to treat heart valve diseases. Although there are different prostheses already available in the market (either mechanical or bioprosthetic), their use presents several problems, specifically concerning thrombogenicity and structural failure. Recently, some progresses have been achieved in developing heart valves based on synthetic materials with special emphasis in polymers. Among them, polyurethanes are one of the most commonly used for the production of these devices. Herein, Elastollan(®)1180A50, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), was used to formulate films whose surfaces were modified by grafting 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) either by ultra-violet (UV) or by plasma treatment. All films were analyzed before and after grafting. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were used to evaluate TPU surfaces functionalization. HEMA grafting was confirmed by the increase of the hydroxyl (OH) groups' concentration at the surface of the films. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis was done to evaluate the surface topography of the biomaterials. Results showed that the roughness of the surface decreased when HEMA was grafted, especially for plasma treated samples. After grafting the films' hydrophilicity was improved, as well as the polar component of the surface energy, by 15-30%. Hydrophobic recovery studies using milli Q water or PBS were also performed to characterize the stability of the modified surface, showing that the films maintained their surface properties along time. Furthermore, blood-contact tests were performed to evaluate haemolytic and thrombogenic potential. The results obtained for HEMA grafted surfaces, using plasma treatment, confirmed biomaterials biocompatibility and low thrombogenicity. Finally, the cytotoxicity and antibacterial activity of the materials was assessed through in vitro assays for both modified films. The obtained results showed enhanced

  17. Plasma environment during hot cathode direct current discharge plasma chemical vapor deposition of diamond films

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    朱晓东; 詹如娟; 周海洋; 胡敏; 温晓辉; 周贵恩; 李凡庆

    1999-01-01

    The plasma characteristics have been investigated in situ by using optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and the Langmuir probe during hot cathode direct current discharge plasma chemical vapor deposition of diamond films. The changes of atomic H and CH radical in the ground state have been calculated quantitatively according to the results of OES and the Langmuir probe measurement as discharge current density varied. It is shown that atomic H and CH radicals both in the ground state and in the excited state increase with the enhancement of the discharge current density in the plasma. The electron density and CH emission intensity increase linearly with the enhancement of discharge current densities. The generation of different carbon-containing radicals is related to the elevation of electron temperature. Combining the growth process of diamond films and the diagnostic results, it is shown that atomic H in the excited state may improve the diamond growth efficiently, and the increase of electron temperat

  18. Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers for High Breakdown Strength Polymer Film Capacitors

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    Samant, Saumil P.; Grabowski, Christopher A.; Kisslinger, Kim; Yager, Kevin G.; Yuan, Guangcui; Satija, Sushil K.; Durstock, Michael F.; Raghavan, Dharmaraj; Karim, Alamgir

    2016-03-04

    Emerging needs for fast charge/discharge yet high-power, lightweight, and flexible electronics requires the use of polymer-film-based solid-state capacitors with high energy densities. Fast charge/discharge rates of film capacitors on the order of microseconds are not achievable with slower charging conventional batteries, supercapacitors and related hybrid technologies. However, the current energy densities of polymer film capacitors fall short of rising demand, and could be significantly enhanced by increasing the breakdown strength (EBD) and dielectric permittivity (εr) of the polymer films. Co-extruded two-homopolymer component multilayered films have demonstrated much promise in this regard showing higher EBD over that of component polymers. Multilayered films can also help incorporate functional features besides energy storage, such as enhanced optical, mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In this work, we report accomplishing multilayer, multicomponent block copolymer dielectric films (BCDF) with soft-shear driven highly oriented self-assembled lamellar diblock copolymers (BCP) as a novel application of this important class of self-assembling materials. Results of a model PS-b-PMMA system show ~50% enhancement in EBD of self-assembled multilayer lamellar BCP films compared to unordered as-cast films, indicating that the breakdown is highly sensitive to the nanostructure of the BCP. The enhancement in EBD is attributed to the “barrier effect”, where the multiple interfaces between the lamellae block components act as barriers to the dielectric breakdown through the film. The increase in EBD corresponds to more than doubling the energy storage capacity using a straightforward directed self-assembly strategy. This approach opens a new nanomaterial paradigm for designing high energy density dielectric materials.

  19. Ion irradiation as a tool for modifying the surface and optical properties of plasma polymerised thin films

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    Grant, Daniel S.; Bazaka, Kateryna; Siegele, Rainer; Holt, Stephen A.; Jacob, Mohan V.

    2015-10-01

    Radio frequency (R.F.) glow discharge polyterpenol thin films were prepared on silicon wafers and irradiated with I10+ ions to fluences of 1 × 1010 and 1 × 1012 ions/cm2. Post-irradiation characterisation of these films indicated the development of well-defined nano-scale ion entry tracks, highlighting prospective applications for ion irradiated polyterpenol thin films in a variety of membrane and nanotube-fabrication functions. Optical characterisation showed the films to be optically transparent within the visible spectrum and revealed an ability to selectively control the thin film refractive index as a function of fluence. This indicates that ion irradiation processing may be employed to produce plasma-polymer waveguides to accommodate a variety of wavelengths. XRR probing of the substrate-thin film interface revealed interfacial roughness values comparable to those obtained for the uncoated substrate's surface (i.e., both on the order of 5 Å), indicating minimal substrate etching during the plasma deposition process.

  20. Synthesis and analysis of Fe3+, Co2+ and Ni2+ : PEO + PVP blended polymer composite films for multifunctional polymer applications

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    K Naveen Kumar; M Vasudeva Reddy; L Vijayalakshmi; Y C Ratnakaram

    2015-08-01

    Blended polymer films of polyethylene oxide + polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PEO + PVP) containing transition metal (TM) ions like Fe3+, Co2+ and Ni2+ have been synthesized by a solution casting method. For these films, structural, thermal, magnetic and optical properties have been studied. X-ray diffraction results reveal the semi-crystalline nature of the polymer films. Thermal stability of the host (undoped) polymer film has been investigated from its thermogravimetric–differential thermal analysis profiles. Raman spectral profiles indicate a complex formation trend owing to the addition of TM ions into the host matrix. Co2+, Fe3+ and Ni2+ ions doped polymer films have revealed ferromagnetism based on their vibrating sample magnetometre profiles. However, the host polymer film has exhibited a paramagnetic nature. Further, ionic conductivities have been calculated using an impedance analyser at different temperatures for all the samples. Among these films, a maximum ionic conductivity ( = 7.5 × 10−6 S cm−1) has been noticed from PEO + PVP : Ni2+ polymer film at 373 K. Emission analysis of Co2+ : PEO + PVP polymer film has exhibited a strong red emission under an UV source and from both PEO + PVP : Fe3+; PEO + PVP: Ni2+, green emissions have commonly been noticed under an UV source. Thus, based on these results, it could be suggested that these TM ions doped PEO + PVP polymer films are found to be potential multifunctional materials for magneto-electric, magneto-optic fields with encouraging electrical, dielectric and optical properties as well as displaying with ferromagnetic nature from the doped films.

  1. Graphene Oxide-Polymer Composite Langmuir Films Constructed by Interfacial Thiol-Ene Photopolymerization

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    Luo, Xiaona; Ma, Kai; Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Ruirui; Zhang, Lexin; Zhou, Jingxin; Li, Bingbing

    2017-02-01

    The effective synthesis and self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites are of key importance for a broad range of nanomaterial applications. In this work, a one-step chemical strategy is presented to synthesize stable GO-polymer Langmuir composite films by interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization at room temperature, without use of any crosslinking agents and stabilizing agents. It is discovered that photopolymerization reaction between thiol groups modified GO sheets and ene in polymer molecules is critically responsible for the formation of the composite Langmuir films. The film formed by Langmuir assembly of such GO-polymer composite films shows potential to improve the mechanical and chemical properties and promotes the design of various GO-based nanocomposites. Thus, the GO-polymer composite Langmuir films synthesized by interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization with such a straightforward and clean manner, provide new alternatives for developing chemically modified GO-based hybrid self-assembled films and nanomaterials towards a range of soft matter and graphene applications.

  2. Photo-Induced Bending Behavior of Post-Crosslinked Liquid Crystalline Polymer/Polyurethane Blend Films.

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    Pang, Xinlei; Xu, Bo; Qing, Xin; Wei, Jia; Yu, Yanlei

    2017-06-30

    Photoresponsive blend films with post-crosslinked liquid crystalline polymer (CLCP) as a photosensitive component and flexible polyurethane (PU) as the matrix are successfully fabricated. After being uniaxially stretched, even at low concentration, the azobenzene-containing CLCP effectively transfers its photoresponsiveness to the photoinert PU matrix, resulting in the fast photo-induced bending behavior of whole blend film thanks to the effective dispersion of CLCP. Specifically, the blend film shows photo-induced deformations upon exposure to unpolarized UV light at ambient temperature. The film unbends after thermal treatment, and the randomly orientated mesogens in the film can be realigned by the mechanical stretching, which endows the film with a reversible deformation behavior. The photosensitive blend film possesses favorable mechanical property and good processability at low cost, and it is a promising candidate for a new generation of actuators. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Optical field-induced surface relief formation on chalcogenide and azo-benzene polymer films

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    Teteris, J.; Gertners, U.

    2012-08-01

    The dependence of the surface relief formation in amorphous As2S3 and Disperse Red 1dye grafted polyurethane polymer films on the polarization state of recording light was studied. It is shown that the direction of mass transport on the film surface is determined by the direction of light electric vector and photoinduced anisotropy in the film. We propose a photoinduced dielectropfhoretic model to explain the photoinduced mass transport in amorphous films. Model is based on the photoinduced softening of the matrix, formation of defects with enhanced or decreased polarizability, and their drift under the electrical field gradient of light.

  4. Field Emission Characteristics of Conducting Polymer Films Conditioned by Electric Discharge

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    Guohong LAI; Zhenglin LI; Lan CHENG; Junbiao PENG

    2006-01-01

    A pure conducting polymer(PANI-CSA)film conditioned by an electric discharge was tentatively utilized as an cathode for emitting electrons under electric fields. The emission of electrons was observed using a phosphor(ZnO:Zn)screen excited by electrons from the conditioned film. The film morphology was investigated using a scanning electron microscope and it was found that undulate whisker-like sites formed on the surface. The emission was presumably due to the undulate whisker-like sites. The field enhancement factor was estimated to be as high as 1150. The electron emitting process of the PANI-CSA film conditioned by electric discharge was also discussed.

  5. Structure-property relation in HPMC polymer films plasticized with Sorbitol

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    Prakash, Y.; Somashekarappa, H.; Mahadevaiah, Somashekar, R.

    2013-06-01

    A correlation study on physical and mechanical properties of Hydroxy propyl-methylcellulose (HPMC) polymer films plasticized with different weight ratio of Sorbitol, prepared using solution casting method, was carried out using wide angle X-ray technique and universal testing machine. It is found that the crystallanity decreases as the concentration of Sorbitol increases up to a certain concentration and there afterwards increases. Measured Physical Properties like tensile strength decreases and elongation (%) increases indicating increase in the flexibility of the films. These observations confirm the correlation between microstructal parameters and mechanical properties of films. These films are suitable for packaging food products.

  6. Critical Material Attributes of Strip Films Loaded With Poorly Water-Soluble Drug Nanoparticles: II. Impact of Polymer Molecular Weight.

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    Krull, Scott M; Ammirata, Jennifer; Bawa, Sonia; Li, Meng; Bilgili, Ecevit; Davé, Rajesh N

    2017-02-01

    Recent work established polymer strip films as a robust platform for delivery of poorly water-soluble drug particles. However, a simple means of manipulating rate of drug release from films with minimal impact on film mechanical properties has yet to be demonstrated. This study explores the impact of film-forming polymer molecular weight (MW) and concentration on properties of polymer films loaded with poorly water-soluble drug nanoparticles. Nanoparticles of griseofulvin, a model Biopharmaceutics Classification System class II drug, were prepared in aqueous suspension via wet stirred media milling. Aqueous solutions of 3 viscosity grades of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (14, 21, and 88 kDa) at 3 viscosity levels (∼9500, ∼12,000, and ∼22,000 cP) were mixed with drug suspension, cast, and dried to produce films containing griseofulvin nanoparticles. Few differences in film tensile strength or elongation at break were observed between films within each viscosity level regardless of polymer MW despite requiring up to double the time to achieve 100% drug release. This suggests film-forming polymer MW can be used to manipulate drug release with little impact on film mechanical properties by matching polymer solution viscosity. In addition, changing polymer MW and concentration had no negative impact on drug content uniformity or nanoparticle redispersibility.

  7. MHD Effect of Liquid Metal Film Flows as Plasma-Facing Components

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    ZHANG Xiujie; XU Zengyu; PAN Chuanjie

    2008-01-01

    Stability of liquid metal film flow under gradient magnetic field is investigated. Three dimensional numerical simulations on magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) effect of free surface film flow were carried out, with emphasis on the film thickness variation and its surface stability. Three different MHD phenomena of film flow were observed in the experiment, namely, retardant, rivulet and flat film flow. From our experiment and numerical simulation it can be concluded that flat film flow is a good choice for plasma-facing components (PFCs)

  8. Photonic effects in microstructured conjugated polymer films and light emitting diodes

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    Matterson, B J

    2002-01-01

    metal layers that are used as electrodes in the LED does not adversely affect the electrical properties of the LED. It is demonstrated that grating in the LED is able to substantially increase the light emission without using extra electrical power. The emission spectra from LEDs are observed to vary with angle, and exhibit considerable polarization. This thesis reports an investigation into the photonic effects caused by wavelength scale microstructure patterned onto films of conjugated polymers. The efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs) made from conjugated polymers is limited in part by the trapping of light into waveguide modes caused by the high refractive index of these materials. Waveguide modes in films of poly(p,-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) and poly(2-methoxy, 5-(2'ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene) (MEH-PPV) are analysed and the refractive index of these materials is calculated. The photoluminescence of conjugated polymer films that have been spun onto textured substrates is analysed. It is fou...

  9. Azaisoindigo conjugated polymers for high performance n-type and ambipolar thin film transistor applications

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    Yue, Wan

    2016-09-28

    Two new alternating copolymers, PAIIDBT and PAIIDSe have been prepared by incorporating a highly electron deficient azaisoindigo core. The molecular structure and packing of the monomer is determined from the single crystal X-ray diffraction. Both polymers exhibit high EAs and highly planar polymer backbones. When polymers are used as the semiconducting channel for solution-processed thin film transistor application, good properties are observed. A–A type PAIIDBT exhibits unipolar electron mobility as high as 1.0 cm2 V−1 s−1, D–A type PAIIDSe exhibits ambipolar charge transport behavior with predominately electron mobility up to 0.5 cm2 V−1 s−1 and hole mobility to 0.2 cm2 V−1 s−1. The robustness of the extracted mobility values are also commented on in detail. Molecular orientation, thin film morphology and energetic disorder of both polymers are systematically investigated.

  10. Colour electroluminescence with end light-emitting from ZnO nanowire/polymer film

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    He Ying; Wang Junan [Institute of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Zhang Wenfei; Chen Xiaoban; Huang Zonghao; Gu Qiuwen [Department of Polymer Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, 149 Yanchang Road, Shanghai 200072 (China)], E-mail: yinghe@staff.shu.edu.cn

    2009-03-01

    The ZnO nanowires with polymer film were self-assembly grown on n-type (111) plane of the silicon substrate using polymer assisted complexing soft-template process through a simple polymer complexation and low-temperature oxidizing-sintering, which have smooth top and fine hexagonal columnar structure with average length of about 6 {mu}m and the diameter of about 40 nm. These columnar structured ZnO nanowires had strong near-band ultraviolet emission at {approx}383 nm and blue electrically driven emission at {approx} 400 nm with a relatively low turn-on voltage, as well as a typical diode characteristic property at room temperature. In particular, these structures, being of high aspect ratio and small tip radius of curvature, may possess a good amplified stimulated emission and lasing property. These results suggested a potential application of ZnO nanowire/polymer film as electroluminescence flat panel displays or illuminations in the future.

  11. Comparison of glow argon plasma-induced surface changes of thermoplastic polymers

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    Řezníčková, A.; Kolská, Z.; Hnatowicz, V.; Stopka, P.; Švorčík, V.

    2011-01-01

    Modification of high-density polyethylene (PE), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polystyrene (PS), polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP) by Ar plasma was studied. The amount of the ablated material was determined by gravimetry. Wettability of polymers after the plasma treatment was determined from the contact angle measurement. The changes in the surface morphology of polymers were observed using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Chemical structure of modified polymers was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Surface changes were also studied by the determination of electrokinetic potential ( ζ-potential). It was found that under the plasma treatment the polymers are ablated and their surface morphology and roughness are changed dramatically. XPS measurements indicate an oxidation of the polymer surface. The plasma treatment results in a dramatic increase of the ζ-potential. EPR data show different radical amount present on the treated surface of all polymers. Most significant changes due to the degradation of polymer chains are observed on PTFE.

  12. Zinc-Based Semiconductors/Polymer Thin Films Junction for Photovoltaic Application

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    Souad Al-bat’hi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of ZnO and ZnTe semiconductors were deposited on ITO conducting glass substrates by sputtering and electrodeposition techniques, respectively. On the other hand, thin films of ion conducting solid polymer electrolyte were prepared by solution cast technique. The polymer is a blend of 50 wt% polyethylene oxide and 50 wt% chitosan. To provide redox couple (I−/I3−, the polymer was complexed with ammonium iodide NH4I with addition of few crystals of iodine I2. Ammonium iodide NH4I was added to the solution in different amounts (wt% weight ratios to supply the charge carriers for the polymer electrolytes. The highest ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte was 1.18×10−5 S cm−1 at room temperature. Structural and optical properties of the semiconductor thin films were characterized by X-ray diffractometer and UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The XRD shows crystalline structures for both ZnO and ZnTe thin films. The UV-Vis shows direct energy gaps EZnO of 3.1 eV and EZnTe of 2.2 eV. The polymer film was sandwiched between the ZnO and ZnTe semiconductors to form ITO/ZnO/polymer/ZnTe/ITO double-junction photovoltaic cell, and the photovoltaic properties were studied. The highest open-circuit voltage oc, short-circuit current density sc, and fill factor FF of the fabricated cells are 0.5 V, 55 μA cm−2, and 27%, respectively.

  13. Thin films of metal-organic compounds and metal nanoparticle-embedded polymers for nonlinear optical applications

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    S Philip Anthony; Shatabdi Porel; D Narayana Rao; T P Radhakrishnan

    2005-11-01

    Thin films based on two very different metal-organic systems are developed and some nonlinear optical applications are explored. A family of zinc complexes which form perfectly polar assemblies in their crystalline state are found to organize as uniaxially oriented crystallites in vapor deposited thin films on glass substrate. Optical second harmonic generation from these films is investigated. A simple protocol is developed for the in-situ fabrication of highly monodisperse silver nanoparticles in a polymer film matrix. The methodology can be used to produce free-standing films. Optical limiting capability of the nanoparticle-embedded polymer film is demonstrated.

  14. Characterization of Thin Films for Polymer Solar Cells

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    Tromholt, Thomas

    The field of polymer solar cells has undergone an extensive development in recent years after the invention of semiconducting polymers in 1991. Efficiencies have gradually increased to above 10 %, and high throughput processing methods such as roll-to-roll coating allow for production of thousands...... of solar cells with low embedded time, material, and energy consumption as compared to silicon solar cells. Consequently, different demonstration products of small mobile gadgets based on polymer solar cells have been produced, which are fully competitive with conventional energy technologies, illustrating...... process where oxygen and water diffusion from the atmosphere, morphology evolution, and photo-bleaching of the polymer are some of the dominant processes. Encapsulation by foils consisting of multi-layer polymer stacks is a conventional way to reduce the diffusion into the solar cell, by which the life...

  15. Geometry Control of Photo-induced Microstructures in an Azobenzene Polymer Film

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    Xu Ze-Da; LI Zhen; LIANG Li-Zhen; PENG Zhuo-Lun; CAI Zhi-Gang; ZHOU Jian-Ying; NINULESCU Valerica; ZHANG Ling-Zhi

    2001-01-01

    The mechanisms of photo-induced microstructures in an azobenzene polymer film are presented. They are based on the spatial periodic modulation of optical intensity and the photoisomerization of azobenzene molecules with the movement of main chains. Experiment and theory jointly point out the possibility of photo-inducing desired spatial microstructures in an azobenzene organic polymer via adequate optical lattices and adequately polarized ‘writing' beams.

  16. PREPARATION OF PHOTOFUNCTIONAL POLYMER THIN FILMS BY LANGMUIR-BLODGETT TECHNIQUE

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    Tokuji Miyashita; Tatsuo Taniguchi; Yoshihito Fukasawa

    1999-01-01

    Polymer LB films containing photofuntional groups were prepared by the copolymerization of N-dodecylacrylamide (DDA), which has an excellent property to form a stable monolayer and LB multilayers with photofunctional monomers. Tris(2, 2'-bipyridine) ruthenium complex, Ru(bpy)32+, one of the most wellknown redox-active sensitizer, was incorporated into the DDA copolymer. The photogalvanic effect based on the photoinduced electron transfer using the ruthenium complex in the polymer LB monolayer was discussed.

  17. Physico Chemical Characteristics of High Performance Polymer Modified by Low and Atmospheric Pressure Plasma1

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    Bhatnagar, N.; Jha, S.; Bhowmik, S.; Gupta, G.; Moon, J.B.; Kim, C.G.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, the effect of low pressure plasma and atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment on surface properties and adhesion characteristics of high performance polymer, Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) are investigated in terms of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron

  18. A TEMPERATURE AND pH DOUBLE SENSITIVE CHOLESTERIC POLYMER FILM FROM A PHOTOPOLYMERIZABLE CHIRAL HYDROGEN-BONDED ASSEMBLY

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    Feng-jin Chen; Jin-bao Guo; Ou-yu Jin; Jie Wei

    2013-01-01

    In this study,a novel H-bonded cholesteric polymer film responding to temperature and pH by changing the reflection color was fabricated.The H-bonded cholesteric polymer film was achieved by UV-photopolymerizing a cholesteric liquid crystal (Ch-LC) monomers mixture containing a photopolymerizable chiral H-bonded assembly (PCHA).The cholesteric polymer film based on PCHA can be thermally switched to reflect red color from the initial green/yellow color as temperature is increased,which is due to a change in helical pitch induced by the weakening of H-bonded interaction in the polymer film.Additionally,the selective reflection band (SRB) of the cholesteric polymer film in solution with pH > 7showed an obvious red shift with increasing pH values.While the SRB of the cholesteric polymer film in solutions with pH =7 and pH < 7 hardly changed.This pH sensitivity in solutions with pH > 7 could be explained by the breakage of H-bonds in the cholesteric polymer film and the structure changes induced by-OFF and-K+ ions in the alkaline solution.In contrast,it couldn't happen in the neutral and acidic solutions.The cholesteric polymer film in this study can be used as optical/photonic papers,optical sensors and LCs displays,etc.

  19. An optical reflected device using a molecularly imprinted polymer film sensor

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    Wu Nan; Feng Liang; Tan Yiyong [College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Hu Jiming, E-mail: jmhu@whu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)

    2009-10-19

    A novel and highly selective optical sensor with molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) film was fabricated and investigated. The optical sensor head employing a medium finesse molecularly imprinted polymer film has been fabricated and characterised. A blank polymer and formaldehyde imprinted polymer were using methacrylic acid as the functional monomer and the ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a crosslinker. The transduction mechanism is discussed based on the changes of optical intensity of molecularly imprinted polymer film acting as an optical reflected sensor. Template molecules, which diffused into MIP, could cause film density, and refractive index change, and then induce measurable optical reflective intensity shifts. Based on the reflective intensity shifts, an optical reflection detection of formaldehyde was achieved by illuminating MIP with a laser beam. For the same MIP, the reflective intensity shift was proportional to the amount of template molecule. This optical sensor, based on an artificial recognition system, demonstrates long-time stability and resistance to harsh chemical environments. As the research moves forward gradually, we establish the possibilities of quantitative analysis primly, setting the groundwork to the synthesis of the molecular imprinted optical fiber sensor. The techniques show good reproducibility and sensitivity and will be of significant interest to the MIPcommunity.

  20. Reversible electric field induced spectral hole filling in a doped polymer film

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    Gu, Wei; Hanson, David M.

    1988-09-01

    The effect of a dc electric field on persistent spectral holes in the absorption spectra of perylene doped polyvinyl butyral films has been measured. This effect is not like a typical Stark effect that is obtained with polymer films doped with polar dye molecules. Instead, a new phenomenon of reversible spectral hole filling is observed. This phenomenon is attributed to the elastic deformation of the interaction potentials of the dopant and the polymer associated with reversible field-induced tunneling in the intrinsic two-level systems. A quantitative theory of the phenomenon is proposed.

  1. Ultraviolet and infrared femtosecond laser induced periodic surface structures on thin polymer films

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    Rebollar, Esther; Castillejo, Marta [Instituto de Quimica Fisica Rocasolano, CSIC, Serrano 119, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Vazquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Moreno, Pablo [Grupo de Investigacion en Microprocesado de Materiales con Laser, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de la Merced s/n, 37008 Salamanca (Spain); Perez-Hernandez, Jose A. [Centro de Laseres Pulsados Ultracortos Ultraintensos, CLPU, Plaza de la Merced s/n, 37008 Salamanca (Spain); Ezquerra, Tiberio A. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, IEM-CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-01-23

    This work demonstrates the formation of femtosecond laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) by multipulse irradiation with the fundamental and 3rd harmonic of a linearly polarized Ti:sapphire laser (795 and 265 nm) on thin films of the polymers poly (ethylene terephthalate), poly (trimethylene terephthalate), and poly (carbonate bisphenol A) prepared by spin-coating. LIPSS, inspected by atomic force microscopy, are formed upon multiple pulse UV and IR irradiation with wavelength-sized period in a narrow range of fluences below the ablation threshold. Control and tunability of the size and morphology of the periodic structures become thus possible ensuring photochemical integrity of polymer films.

  2. Surface Treatment of Polypropylene Films Using Homogeneous DBD Plasma at Atmospheric Pressure in Air%Surface Treatment of Polypropylene Films Using Homogeneous DBD Plasma at Atmospheric Pressure in Air

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    FANG Zhi; CAI Ling-ling; LEI Xiao; QIU Yu-chang; Kuffel Edmund

    2011-01-01

    The homogeneous dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in atmospheric air is most favorable for polymer sur- face modification due to the low cost of operation and the ability of ambient on-line continuous uniform processing. In this paper, polypropylene (PP) films are treated using a homogeneous DBD plasma in atmospheric air. The surface properties of PP films are studied using contact angle and surface energy measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier trailsformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and the aging effect after treatment when the treated materials are exposed to open air is also studied, with the modification mechanism being discussed. It is demonstrated that non thermal plasmas generated by homogeneous DBD in atmospheric air is an effective way to enhance the surface properties of PP films. After the pIasma treatment, the surface of PP film is etched, and oxygen-containing polar groups are introduced into the surface. These two processes can induce a remarkable decrease in water contact angle and a remarkable increase in surface energy, and the surface properties of PP films are improved accordingly.

  3. Surface modification by plasma polymerization: film deposition, tailoring of surface properties and biocompatibility

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    Os, van, J.

    2000-01-01

    The work described in this thesis concerns the surface modification of materials by thin film deposition in a plasma reactor. In particular, thin polymeric films bearing amine functionalities were synthesized by plasma polymerization of amino group containing monomers. In addition to the synthesis, attention was directed towards the characterization of these films, and the tailoring of their surface properties on a molecular level. Finally, the amino groups introduced by plasma polymerization...

  4. Ultrafast formation of air-processable and high-quality polymer films on an aqueous substrate

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    Noh, Jonghyeon; Jeong, Seonju; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-08-01

    Polymer solar cells are attracting attention as next-generation energy sources. Scalable deposition techniques of high-quality organic films should be guaranteed to realize highly efficient polymer solar cells in large areas for commercial viability. Herein, we introduce an ultrafast, scalable, and versatile process for forming high-quality organic films on an aqueous substrate by utilizing the spontaneous spreading phenomenon. This approach provides easy control over the thickness of the films by tuning the spreading conditions, and the films can be transferred to a variety of secondary substrates. Moreover, the controlled Marangoni flow and ultrafast removal of solvent during the process cause the films to have a uniform, high-quality nanomorphology with finely separated phase domains. Polymer solar cells were fabricated from a mixture of polymer and fullerene derivatives on an aqueous substrate by using the proposed technique, and the device exhibited an excellent power conversion efficiency of 8.44 %. Furthermore, a roll-to-roll production system was proposed as an air-processable and scalable commercial process for fabricating organic devices.

  5. Assembly of poly(dopamine) films mixed with a nonionic polymer.

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    Zhang, Yan; Thingholm, Bo; Goldie, Kenneth N; Ogaki, Ryosuke; Städler, Brigitte

    2012-12-21

    Poly(dopamine) (PDA) coatings have recently attracted considerable interest for a variety of applications. Here, we investigate the film deposition of dopamine mixed with a nonionic polymer (i.e., poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP)) onto silica substrates using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and quartz crystal microbalance. Furthermore, we assess the possibility of coating silica colloids to yield polymer capsules and liposomes with these mixtures. We found that mixed PDA/PEG and PDA/PVA films are deposited without the need for a covalent linker such as an amine or thiol. We also discovered the first material, namely, PVP, that can suppress PDA film assembly. These fundamental findings give further insight into PDA film properties and contribute to establish PDA as a widely applicable coating.

  6. Self-destruction and dewetting of thin polymer films the role of interfacial tensions

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    Reiter, G; Sharma, A

    2003-01-01

    We present real-time optical microscopy observations of the pattern evolution in self-destruction and subsequent dewetting of thin polymer films based on experiments with polydimethylsiloxane films sandwiched between silicon wafers and aqueous surfactant solutions. A clear scenario consisting of four distinct stages has been identified: amplification of surface fluctuations, break-up of the film and formation of holes, growth and coalescence of holes, and droplet formation and ripening. Besides a linear dependence on film viscosity and surface tension, the time tau for film rupture varied significantly with film thickness h (tau approx h sup 5), as expected from theory. While the role of long-range forces is dominant only in the first stage, the later stages are controlled by the combination of interfacial tensions resulting in the contact angle characterizing the three-phase contact line. During the first stage, the characteristic distance of the pattern remains constant, represented by a time-independent wa...

  7. Surface characteristics of a self-polymerized dopamine coating deposited on hydrophobic polymer films.

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    Jiang, Jinhong; Zhu, Liping; Zhu, Lijing; Zhu, Baoku; Xu, Youyi

    2011-12-06

    This study aims to explore the fundamental surface characteristics of polydopamine (pDA)-coated hydrophobic polymer films. A poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) film was surface modified by dip coating in an aqueous solution of dopamine on the basis of its self-polymerization and strong adhesion feature. The self-polymerization and deposition rates of dopamine on film surfaces increased with increasing temperature as evaluated by both spectroscopic ellipsometry and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). Changes in the surface morphologies of pDA-coated films as well as the size and shape of pDA particles in the solution were also investigated by SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The surface roughness and surface free energy of pDA-modified films were mainly affected by the reaction temperature and showed only a slight dependence on the reaction time and concentration of the dopamine solution. Additionally, three other typical hydrophobic polymer films of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), and polyimide (PI) were also modified by the same procedure. The lyophilicity (liquid affinity) and surface free energy of these polymer films were enhanced significantly after being coated with pDA, as were those of PVDF films. It is indicated that the deposition behavior of pDA is not strongly dependent on the nature of the substrates. This information provides us with not only a better understanding of biologically inspired surface chemistry for pDA coatings but also effective strategies for exploiting the properties of dopamine to create novel functional polymer materials.

  8. X-ray scattering from freestanding polymer films with geometrically curved surfaces

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    D.J. Lee; K. Shin; Seeck, O; Kim, H.; Seo, Y.-S.; Tolan, M.; Rafailovich, M. H.; Sokolov, J.; Sinha, S.K.

    2003-01-01

    We show that the x-ray surface scattering from a freestanding polymer film exhibits features that cannot be explained by the usual stochastic formalism for surfaces with random height fluctuations. Instead, a geometric description of the film morphology assuming two curved surfaces characterized by a radius of curvature and a lateral cutoff length successfully accounts for the phase difference between the Kiessig fringes of the nominal "specular" and "off-specular" components of the scatterin...

  9. Different strategies to improve the functionality of biodegradable films based on starch and other polymers

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    2016-01-01

    [EN] In the present Doctoral Thesis, different strategies to improve functional properties of starch films for food packaging applications were analysed: study of the effect of amylose:amylopectin ratio, blend with other polymers poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and incorporation of different fillers (rice bran and cellulose nanocrystals-CNCs) and antimicrobial agents (neem oil-N, oregano essential oil-O and silver nanoparticles-AgNPs). Likewise, a biodegradation study of the films as affected by a...

  10. Application of plasma technology for the modification of polymer and textile materials

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    Radetić Maja M.; Petrović Zoran Lj.

    2004-01-01

    Plasma treatment is based on the physico-chemical changes of the material surface and as an ecologically and economically acceptable process it can be an attractive alternative to conventional modifications. The possibilities of plasma technology application to the modification of polymer and textile materials are discussed. Different specific properties of the material can be achieved by plasma cleaning, etching, functionalization or polymerization. The final effects are strongly influenced ...

  11. Physico Chemical Characteristics of High Performance Polymer Modified by Low and Atmospheric Pressure Plasma1

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    N Bhatnagar; Jha, S.; Bhowmik, S.; Gupta, G.; Moon, J.B.; Kim, C.G.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, the effect of low pressure plasma and atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment on surface properties and adhesion characteristics of high performance polymer, Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) are investigated in terms of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The experimental results show that the PEEK surface treated by atmospheric pressure plasma lead to an increase in the polar component of the surf...

  12. Physico-chemical characteristics of high performance polymer modified by low and atmospheric pressure plasma

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    Nitu, Bhatnagar; Sangeeta, Jha; Shantanu, Bhowmik; Govind, Gupta; Moon, J.; Kim, C

    2012-01-01

    In this work, the effect of low pressure plasma and atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment on surface properties and adhesion characteristics of high performance polymer, Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) are investigated in terms of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The experimental results show that the PEEK surface treated by atmospheric pressure plasma lead to an increase in the polar component of the surf...

  13. Transparent and conductive polymer layers by gas plasma techniques

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    Groenewoud, Lucas Marinus Hendrikus

    2000-01-01

    Polymers are widely used in a great number of applications because of their general properties such as low density, low cost, and processability. If these properties could be combined with electrical conductivity, this would open up the way to desirable applications such as flexible LCD’s and polyme

  14. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of High Performance Polymer Films under CO2 Pressure

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    C.A. Quarles; John R. Klaehn; Eric S. Peterson; Jagoda M. Urban-Klaehn

    2010-08-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements are reported for six polymer films as a function of carbon dioxide absolute pressure ranging from 0 to 45 psi. Since the polymer films were thin and did not absorb all positrons, corrections were made in the lifetime analysis for the absorption of positrons in the positron source and sample holder using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. Different polymers are found to behave differently. Some polymers studied form positronium and some, such as the polyimide structures, do not. For those samples that form positronium an interpretation in terms of free volume is possible; for those that don’t form positronium, further work is needed to determine how best to describe the behavior in terms of the bulk positron annihilation parameters. Some polymers exhibit changes in positron lifetime and intensity under CO2 pressure which may be described by the Henry or Langmuir sorption models, while the positron response of other polymers is rather insensitive to the CO2 pressure. The results demonstrate the usefulness of positron annihilation spectroscopy in investigating the sorption of CO2 into various polymers at pressures up to about 3 atm.

  15. Effect of interface on surface morphology and proton conduction of polymer electrolyte thin films.

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    Ohira, Akihiro; Kuroda, Seiichi; Mohamed, Hamdy F M; Tavernier, Bruno

    2013-07-21

    To understand the relationship between surface morphology and proton conduction of polymer electrolyte thin films, perfluorinated ionomer Nafion® thin films were prepared on different substrates such as glassy carbon (GC), hydrophilic-GC (H-GC), and platinum (Pt) as models for the ionomer film within a catalyst layer. Atomic force microscopy coupled with an electrochemical (e-AFM) technique revealed that proton conduction decreased with film thickness; an abrupt decrease in proton conductance was observed when the film thickness was less than ca. 10 nm on GC substrates in addition to a significant change in surface morphology. Furthermore, thin films prepared on H-GC substrates with UV-ozone treatment exhibited higher proton conduction than those on untreated GC substrates. However, Pt substrates exhibited proton conduction comparable to that of GCs for films thicker than 20 nm; a decrease in proton conduction was observed at ∼5 nm thick film but was still much higher than for carbon substrates. These results indicate that the number of active proton-conductive pathways and/or the connectivity of the proton path network changed with film thickness. The surface morphology of thinner films was significantly affected by the film/substrate interface and was fundamentally different from that of the bulk thick membrane.

  16. Flexible fluidic microchips based on thermoformed and locally modified thin polymer films.

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    Truckenmüller, R; Giselbrecht, S; van Blitterswijk, C; Dambrowsky, N; Gottwald, E; Mappes, T; Rolletschek, A; Saile, V; Trautmann, C; Weibezahn, K-F; Welle, A

    2008-09-01

    This paper presents a fundamentally new approach for the manufacturing and the possible applications of lab on a chip devices, mainly in the form of disposable fluidic microchips for life sciences applications. The new technology approach is based on a novel microscale thermoforming of thin polymer films as core process. The flexibility not only of the semi-finished but partly also of the finished products in the form of film chips could enable future reel to reel processes in production but also in application. The central so-called 'microthermoforming' process can be surrounded by pairs of associated pre- and postprocesses for micro- and nanopatterned surface and bulk modification or functionalisation of the formed films. This new approach of microscale thermoforming of thin polymer film substrates overlaid with a split local modification of the films is called 'SMART', which stands for 'substrate modification and replication by thermoforming'. In the process, still on the unformed, plane film, the material modifications of the preprocess define the locations where later, then on the spatially formed film, the postprocess generates the final local modifications. So, one can obtain highly resolved modification patterns also on hardly accessible side walls and even behind undercuts. As a first application of the new technology, we present a flexible chip-sized scaffold for three dimensional cell cultivation in the form of a microcontainer array. The spatially warped container walls have been provided with micropores, cell adhesion micropatterns and thin film microelectrodes.

  17. Bending and Fracture in Thin Polymer Films during Capillary Origami Assembly

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    Twohig, Timothy; Croll, Andrew

    Capillary origami uses liquid tension to bend thin films into useful shapes and structures. The ability to scale this process to the microscopic range has led to growing interest in capillary origami and many potential applications. Clearly, the creation of three dimensional structures from flat sheets depends deeply on a combination of properties: fluid tensions, film thickness, film modulus and importantly the film's fracture properties. Fractures in a film are a critical component of macroscopic origami but macroscopic methods for creating these fractures are not possible at the microscopic scale. We present an experimental investigation of the interplay of capillary forces and material properties in the creation of controlled fractures in thin polymer films. Specifically, we use capillary forces to lift and bend a thin polymer film to the point of fracture using a variety of film thicknesses and material properties and attempt to model the basic underlying physics. We observe the creation of delaminations and fractures at pre-determined sites that can be tailored to specific shapes to be utilized in capillary origami.

  18. Synthesis of biocompatible polymers by plasma; Sintesis de polimeros biocompatibles por plasma

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    Colin O, E

    2007-07-01

    In this work biocompatible polymers were synthesized by plasma based on pyrrole, ethyleneglycol and allylamine. These monomers are biologically important because they contain oxygen and nitrogen in their structure and they form bonding like; N-H, C-N, C-O and O-H that are also in the human system. The polymers were synthesized with splendor electric discharges to 13.5 MHz, among 10 and 100 W, resistive coupling, pressure of 10{sup -1} mbar and 180 minutes of reaction. The interaction of the biological systems with biomaterials depends in many cases of the properties that present the surfaces, because the rough and/or porous surfaces favor the adherence of cells. The results indicate that the ruggedness of the polymers can be controlled with the synthesis energy, since when modifying it flat and/or rough surfaces they are obtained. The compatibility of water with other solutions that it is a form of increasing the adhesion of cells with biopolymers. The affinity with water and solutions is evaluated calculating the contact angle of the polymers surface with drops of concentration solutions and similar composition to the extracellular liquid of the spinal marrow of the human body. The solutions that were proven were based on NaCl, NaCl-MgSO{sub 4}, and a mixture Krebs-Ringer that has chemical composition and similar concentration to that of the fluids of the spinal marrow. In the Poly pyrrole (PPy)/Polyethyleneglycol (PEG) copolymer, the biggest angles corresponded to the Krebs-Ringer solution, in the interval of 18 to 14 degrees and those lowest to the NaCl solution, of 14.5 at 11 degrees. The Poly allylamine had the more high values with water in the interval of 16.5 to 12.5 degrees and those lowest with the NaCl solution, of 13 at 9.5 degrees. On the other hand, in the derived polymers of pyrrole the more high values corresponded to the treatment with water, until 37, and those lowest to the NaCl-MgSO{sub 4} solution, up to 10. The solutions where participated Na

  19. Synthesis of biocompatible polymers by plasma; Sintesis de polimeros biocompatibles por plasma

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    Colin O, E

    2007-07-01

    In this work biocompatible polymers were synthesized by plasma based on pyrrole, ethyleneglycol and allylamine. These monomers are biologically important because they contain oxygen and nitrogen in their structure and they form bonding like; N-H, C-N, C-O and O-H that are also in the human system. The polymers were synthesized with splendor electric discharges to 13.5 MHz, among 10 and 100 W, resistive coupling, pressure of 10{sup -1} mbar and 180 minutes of reaction. The interaction of the biological systems with biomaterials depends in many cases of the properties that present the surfaces, because the rough and/or porous surfaces favor the adherence of cells. The results indicate that the ruggedness of the polymers can be controlled with the synthesis energy, since when modifying it flat and/or rough surfaces they are obtained. The compatibility of water with other solutions that it is a form of increasing the adhesion of cells with biopolymers. The affinity with water and solutions is evaluated calculating the contact angle of the polymers surface with drops of concentration solutions and similar composition to the extracellular liquid of the spinal marrow of the human body. The solutions that were proven were based on NaCl, NaCl-MgSO{sub 4}, and a mixture Krebs-Ringer that has chemical composition and similar concentration to that of the fluids of the spinal marrow. In the Poly pyrrole (PPy)/Polyethyleneglycol (PEG) copolymer, the biggest angles corresponded to the Krebs-Ringer solution, in the interval of 18 to 14 degrees and those lowest to the NaCl solution, of 14.5 at 11 degrees. The Poly allylamine had the more high values with water in the interval of 16.5 to 12.5 degrees and those lowest with the NaCl solution, of 13 at 9.5 degrees. On the other hand, in the derived polymers of pyrrole the more high values corresponded to the treatment with water, until 37, and those lowest to the NaCl-MgSO{sub 4} solution, up to 10. The solutions where participated Na

  20. Enhanced dielectric performance in polymer composite films with carbon nanotube-reduced graphene oxide hybrid filler.

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    Kim, Jin-Young; Kim, TaeYoung; Suk, Ji Won; Chou, Harry; Jang, Ji-Hoon; Lee, Jong Ho; Kholmanov, Iskandar N; Akinwande, Deji; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2014-08-27

    The electrical conductivity and the specific surface area of conductive fillers in conductor-insulator composite films can drastically improve the dielectric performance of those films through changing their polarization density by interfacial polarization. We have made a polymer composite film with a hybrid conductive filler material made of carbon nanotubes grown onto reduced graphene oxide platelets (rG-O/CNT). We report the effect of the rG-O/CNT hybrid filler on the dielectric performance of the composite film. The composite film had a dielectric constant of 32 with a dielectric loss of 0.051 at 0.062 wt% rG-O/CNT filler and 100 Hz, while the neat polymer film gave a dielectric constant of 15 with a dielectric loss of 0.036. This is attributed to the increased electrical conductivity and specific surface area of the rG-O/CNT hybrid filler, which results in an increase in interfacial polarization density between the hybrid filler and the polymer.

  1. Clay platelet partition within polymer blend nanocomposite films by EFTEM.

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    Linares, Elisângela M; Rippel, Márcia M; Galembeck, Fernando

    2010-12-01

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is the main technique used to investigate the spatial distribution of clay platelets in polymer nanocomposites, but it has not often been successfully used in polymer blend nanocomposites because the high contrast between polymer phases impairs the observation of clay platelets. This work shows that electron spectral imaging in energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM) in the low-energy-loss spectral crossover region allows the observation of platelets on a clear background. Separate polymer domains are discerned by imaging at different energy losses, above and below the crossover energy, revealing the material morphology. Three blends (natural rubber [NR]/poly(styrene-butyl acrylate) [P(S-BA)], P(S-BA)/poly(vinyl chloride) [PVC], and NR/starch) were studied in this work, showing low contrast between the polymer phases in the 40-60 eV range. In the NR/P(S-BA) and P(S-BA)/PVC blend nanocomposites, the clay platelets accumulate in the P(S-BA) phase, while in the P(S-BA)/PVC nanocomposites, clay is also found at the interfaces. In the NR/starch blend, clay concentrates at the interface, but it also penetrates the two polymer phases. These observations reveal that nanostructured soft materials can display complex morphochemical patterns that are discerned thanks to the ability of EFTEM to produce many contrast patterns for the same sample.

  2. Selective etching of semicrystalline polymers CF4 gas plasma treatment of poly(ethylene)

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    Olde riekerink, M.B.; Terlingen, J.G.A.; Terlingen, J.G.A.; Engbers, G.H.M.; Feijen, Jan

    1999-01-01

    A series of poly(ethylene) (PE) films with different degrees of crystallinity was treated with a radio-frequency tetrafluoromethane (CF4) gas plasma (48-49 W, 0.06-0.07 mbar, and continuous vs pulsed treatment). The etching behavior and surface chemical and structural changes of the PE films were

  3. Selective Etching of Semicrystalline Polymers: CF4 Gas Plasma Treatment of Poly(ethylene)

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    Olde Riekerink, M.B.; Terlingen, J.G.A.; Engbers, G.H.M.; Feijen, J.

    1999-01-01

    A series of poly(ethylene) (PE) films with different degrees of crystallinity was treated with a radio-frequency tetrafluoromethane (CF4) gas plasma (48-49 W, 0.06-0.07 mbar, and continuous vs pulsed treatment). The etching behavior and surface chemical and structural changes of the PE films were st

  4. Mechanisms behind surface modification of polypropylene film using an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet

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    Shaw, David; West, Andrew; Bredin, Jerome; Wagenaars, Erik

    2016-12-01

    Plasma treatments are common for increasing the surface energy of plastics, such as polypropylene (PP), to create improved adhesive properties. Despite the significant differences in plasma sources and plasma properties used, similar effects on the plastic film can be achieved, suggesting a common dominant plasma constituent and underpinning mechanism. However, many details of this process are still unknown. Here we present a study into the mechanisms underpinning surface energy increase of PP using atmospheric-pressure plasmas. For this we use the effluent of an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) since, unlike most plasma sources used for these treatments, there is no direct contact between the plasma and the PP surface; the APPJ provides a neutral, radical-rich environment without charged particles and electric fields impinging on the PP surface. The APPJ is a RF-driven plasma operating in helium gas with small admixtures of O2 (0-1%), where the effluent propagates through open air towards the PP surface. Despite the lack of charged particles and electric fields on the PP surface, measurements of contact angle show a decrease from 93.9° to 70.1° in 1.4 s and to 35° in 120 s, corresponding to a rapid increase in surface energy from 36.4 mN m-1 to 66.5 mN m-1 in the short time of 1.4 s. These treatment effects are very similar to what is found in other devices, highlighting the importance of neutral radicals produced by the plasma. Furthermore, we find an optimum percentage of oxygen of 0.5% within the helium input gas, and a decrease of the treatment effect with distance between the APPJ and the PP surface. These observed effects are linked to two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TALIF) measurements of atomic oxygen density within the APPJ effluent which show similar trends, implying the importance of this radical in the surface treatment of PP. Analysis of the surface reveals a two stage mechanism for the production of polar

  5. Preparation and Performance of Plasma/Polymer Composite Coatings on Magnesium Alloy

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Hamzah, E.; Bagheriyan, S.; Daroonparvar, M.; Kasiri-Asgarani, M.; Shah, A. M.; Medraj, M.

    2016-09-01

    A triplex plasma (NiCoCrAlHfYSi/Al2O3·13%TiO2)/polycaprolactone composite coating was successfully deposited on a Mg-1.2Ca alloy by a combination of atmospheric plasma spraying and dip-coating techniques. The NiCoCrAlHfYSi (MCrAlHYS) coating, as the first layer, contained a large number of voids, globular porosities, and micro-cracks with a thickness of 40-50 μm, while the Al2O3·13%TiO2 coating, as the second layer, presented a unique bimodal microstructure with a thickness of 70-80 μm. The top layer was a hydrophobic polymer, which effectively sealed the porosities of plasma layers. The results of micro-hardness and bonding strength tests showed that the plasma coating presented excellent hardness (870 HV) and good bonding strength (14.8 MPa). However, the plasma/polymer coatings interface exhibited low bonding strength (8.6 MPa). The polymer coating formed thick layer (100-110 μm) that homogeneously covered the surface of the plasma layers. Contact angle measurement showed that polymer coating over plasma layers significantly decreased surface wettability. The corrosion current density ( i corr) of an uncoated sample (262.7 µA/cm2) decreased to 76.9 µA/cm2 after plasma coatings were applied. However, it was found that the i corr decreased significantly to 0.002 µA/cm2 after polymer sealing of the porous plasma layers.

  6. Plasma-Etching of Spray-Coated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Films for Biointerfaces

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    Kim, Joon Hyub; Lee, Jun-Yong; Min, Nam Ki

    2012-08-01

    We present an effective method for the batch fabrication of miniaturized single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film electrodes using oxygen plasma etching. We adopted the approach of spray-coating for good adhesion of the SWCNT film onto a pre-patterned Pt support and used O2 plasma patterning of the coated films to realize efficient biointerfaces between SWCNT surfaces and biomolecules. By these approaches, the SWCNT film can be easily integrated into miniaturized electrode systems. To demonstrate the effectiveness of plasma-etched SWCNT film electrodes as biointerfaces, Legionella antibody was selected as analysis model owing to its considerable importance to electrochemical biosensors and was detected using plasma-etched SWCNT film electrodes and a 3,3',5,5'-tetramethyl-benzidine dihydrochloride/horseradish peroxidase (TMB/HRP) catalytic system. The response currents increased with increasing concentration of Legionella antibody. This result indicates that antibodies were effectively immobilized on plasma-etched and activated SWCNT surfaces.

  7. Site-Specific Zwitterionic Polymer Conjugates of a Protein Have Long Plasma Circulation.

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    Bhattacharjee, Somnath; Liu, Wenge; Wang, Wei-Han; Weitzhandler, Isaac; Li, Xinghai; Qi, Yizhi; Liu, Jinyao; Pang, Yan; Hunt, Donald F; Chilkoti, Ashutosh

    2015-11-01

    Many proteins suffer from suboptimal pharmacokinetics (PK) that limit their utility as drugs. The efficient synthesis of polymer conjugates of protein drugs with tunable PK to optimize their in vivo efficacy is hence critical. We report here the first study of the in vivo behavior of a site-specific conjugate of a zwitterionic polymer and a protein. To synthesize the conjugate, we first installed an initiator for atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) at the N terminus of myoglobin (Mb-N-Br). Subsequently, in situ ATRP was carried out in aqueous buffer to grow an amine-functionalized polymer from Mb-N-Br. The cationic polymer was further derivatized to two zwitterionic polymers by treating the amine groups of the cationic polymer with iodoacetic acid to obtain poly(carboxybetaine methacrylate) with a one-carbon spacer (PCBMA; C1 ), and sequentially with 3-iodopropionic acid and iodoacetic acid to obtain PCBMA(mix) with a mixture of C1 and C2 spacers. The Mb-N-PCBMA polymer conjugates had a longer in vivo plasma half-life than a PEG-like comb polymer conjugate of similar molecular weights (MW). The structure of the zwitterion plays a role in controlling the in vivo behavior of the conjugate, as the PCBMA conjugate with a C1 spacer had significantly longer plasma circulation than the conjugate with a mixture of C1 and C2 spacers.

  8. Improving electrical properties of sol-gel derived zinc oxide thin films by plasma treatment

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    Talukder, Al-Ahsan; Pokharel, Jyotshna; Shrestha, Maheshwar; Fan, Qi H.

    2016-10-01

    Being a direct and wide bandgap semiconductor, zinc oxide is a suitable material for various optoelectronic applications. These applications require tuning and controlling over the electrical and optical properties of zinc oxide films. In this work, zinc oxide thin films were prepared by a solution method that led to oriented crystal growth along (002) plane. The zinc oxide thin films were treated with oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen plasmas. The films were characterized to reveal the effects of plasma treatments on transmittance, crystallinity, carrier density, carrier mobility, and electrical resistivity. Oxygen plasma treatment improved the crystallinity of the zinc oxide thin film without affecting the film's transmittance. Hydrogen plasma treatments were found very effective in improving the electrical conductivity sacrificing the film's transmittance. Nitrogen plasma treatment led to improved electrical conductivity without compromising the crystallinity and optical transmittance. Sequential oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen plasma treatments significantly reduced the resistivity of zinc oxide thin films by over two orders and maintained the transmittance close to the as-deposited films of ˜80% in visible wavelength range. This is the first work on the improvement of conductivity of solution-based zinc oxide films using the plasma treatment.

  9. Three dimensional phase field study on the thickness effect of ferroelectric polymer thin film

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    2011-01-01

    The electromechanical behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene)[P(VDF -TrFE)]ferroelectric thin film was investigated using the three dimensional(3D) phase-field method. Various energetic contributions,including elastic,electrostatic,and domain wall energy were taken into account in the variational functional of the phase field model.Evolution of the microscopic domain structures of P(VDF-TrFE) polymer film was simulated.Effects of the in-plane residual stress,the film thickness and externa...

  10. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for irradiation coumarin doped polystyrene polymer films by alpha ray

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    Mahasin F. Hadi Al-Kadhemy

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available FTIR spectroscopy has been in use broadly to study microscopic areas in polymers for the last years. The FTIR transmission spectra of coumarin laser dye, polystyrene and coumarin doped polystyrene films with different doping ratio of coumarin solution have been studied. These spectra measured and explained for all films before and after Alpha irradiation with different irradiation times. All samples prepared by casting method. FTIR corroborate chemical bonds of coumarin dye molecules and polystyrene films by producing an IR absorption spectrum when increasing doping ratio of coumarin solution and when irradiation by Alpha source. There are some bonds disappeared after irradiation.

  11. Solvation Dependent Redox-Gated Fluorescence Emission in a Diarylethene-Based Sexithiophene Polymer Film

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    Kortekaas, Luuk; Browne, Wesley R.

    2016-01-01

    Bringing the functionality of molecular systems to interfaces while avoiding cross-talk and loss of function is essential to realize their full potential. The photochromic and -physical properties in polymer films formed from a terthiophene-diarylethene bifunctional monomer are lost due to aggregati

  12. Research on the electronic and optical properties of polymer and other organic molecular thin films

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    1997-02-01

    The main goal of the work is to find materials and methods of optimization of organic layered electroluminescent cells and to study such properties of polymers and other organic materials that can be used in various opto-electronic devices. The summary of results obtained during the first year of work is presented. They are: (1) the possibility to produce electroluminescent cells using a vacuum deposition photoresist technology for commercial photoresists has been demonstrated; (2) the idea to replace the polyaryl polymers by other polymers with weaker hole conductivity for optimization of electroluminescent cells with ITO-Al electrodes has been suggested. The goal is to obtain amorphous processable thin films of radiative recombination layers in electroluminescent devices; (3) procedures of preparation of high-quality vacuum-deposited poly (p-phenylene) (PPP) films on various substrates have been developed; (4) it was found for the first time that the fluorescence intensity of PPP films depends on the degree of polymerization; (5) the role of interfaces between organic compounds, on one side, and metals or semiconductors, on the other side, has been studied and quenching of the fluorescence caused by semiconductor layer in thin sandwiches has been observed; (6) studies of the dynamics of photoexcitations revealed the exciton self-trapping in quasi-one-dimensional aggregates; and (7) conditions for preparation of highly crystalline fullerene C{sub 60} films by vacuum deposition have been found. Composites of C{sub 60} with conjugated polymers have been prepared.

  13. A simple two-step method to fabricate highly transparent ITO/polymer nanocomposite films

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    Liu, Haitao [State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Zeng, Xiaofei, E-mail: zengxf@mail.buct.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Kong, Xiangrong [State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Bian, Shuguang [The High Technology Research and Development Center, The Ministry of Science and Technology, Beijing 100044 (China); Chen, Jianfeng [Research Center of the Ministry of Education for High Gravity Engineering and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2012-09-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A simple two-step method without further surface modification step was employed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ITO nanoparticles were easily to be uniformly dispersed in polymer matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ITO/polymer nanocomposite film had high transparency and UV/IR blocking properties. - Abstract: Transparent functional indium tin oxide (ITO)/polymer nanocomposite films were fabricated via a simple approach with two steps. Firstly, the functional monodisperse ITO nanoparticles were synthesized via a facile nonaqueous solvothermal method using bifunctional chemical agent (N-methyl-pyrrolidone, NMP) as the reaction solvent and surface modifier. Secondly, the ITO/acrylics polyurethane (PUA) nanocomposite films were fabricated by a simple sol-solution mixing method without any further surface modification step as often employed traditionally. Flower-like ITO nanoclusters with about 45 nm in diameter were mono-dispersed in ethyl acetate and each nanocluster was assembled by nearly spherical nanoparticles with primary size of 7-9 nm in diameter. The ITO nanoclusters exhibited an excellent dispersibility in polymer matrix of PUA, remaining their original size without any further agglomeration. When the loading content of ITO nanoclusters reached to 5 wt%, the transparent functional nanocomposite film featured a high transparency more than 85% in the visible light region (at 550 nm), meanwhile cutting off near-infrared radiation about 50% at 1500 nm and blocking UV ray about 45% at 350 nm. It could be potential for transparent functional coating materials applications.

  14. Static and kinetic friction of strongly confined polymer films under shear

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    Hirz, S; Subbotin, A; Frank, C; Hadziioannou, G

    1996-01-01

    In the present work, we investigate the dependence of relaxational processes in strongly confined polymer liquids as a function of the molecular mass and of the confining film thickness, both theoretically and experimentally. A qualitative agreement is observed between the theoretical predictions an

  15. Gas Permeation Related to the Moisture Sorption in Films of Glassy Hydrophilic Polymers

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    Laksmana, F. L.; Kok, P. J. A. Hartman; Frijlink, H. W.; Vromans, H.; Maarschalk, K. Van Der Voort

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to elucidate the effect of integral sorption of moisture on gas permeation in glassy hydrophilic polymers. The oxygen and the simultaneous moisture sorption into various hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films were measured under a wide range of relative humidities

  16. Substructure formation during pattern transposition from substrate into polymer blend film

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    Cyganik, P; Budkowski, A; Steiner, U; Rysz, J; Bernasik, A; Walheim, S; Postawa, Z; Raczkowska, J

    2003-01-01

    A chemical pattern on a substrate is transposed into thin films of a ternary polymer blend during spin-casting from a common solvent. One of the blend components intercalates at interfaces between the other two phases to reduce their interfacial energy. As a result, an extensive substructure is form

  17. Development and Testing of Abrasion Resistant Hard Coats For Polymer Film Reflectors: Preprint

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    Jorgensen, G.; Gee, R.; DiGrazia, M.

    2010-10-01

    Reflective polymer film technology can significantly reduce the cost of solar reflectors and installed Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants by both reduced material cost and lower weight. One challenge of polymer reflectors in the CSP environment pertains to contact cleaning methods typically used with glass mirrors. Such contact cleaning methods can scratch the surface of polymer reflectors and thereby reduce specular reflectance. ReflecTech, Inc. (a subsidiary of SkyFuel, Inc.) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiated a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to devise and develop an abrasion resistant coating (ARC) suitable for deposition onto polymer based mirror film. A number of candidate ARC products were identified as candidate formulations. Industrial collaborators prepared samples having their ARCs deposited onto ReflecTech Mirror Film pre-laminated to aluminum sheet substrates. Samples were provided for evaluation and subjected to baseline (unweathered) and accelerated exposure conditions and subsequently characterized for abrasion resistance and adhesion. An advanced ARC product has been identified that exhibits outstanding initial abrasion resistance and adhesion to ReflecTech Mirror Film. These properties were also retained after exposure to the various accelerated stress conditions. This material has been successfully manufactured as a 1.5 m wide roll-to-roll construction in a production environment.

  18. Sub-nanometer expansions of redox responsive polymer films monitored by imaging ellipsometry

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    Cumurcu, Aysegul; Feng, X.; Dos Ramos, L.; Hempenius, M.A.; Schon, P.M.; Vancso, G.J.

    2014-01-01

    We describe a novel approach to quantitatively visualize sub nm height changes occurring in thin films of redox active polymers upon reversible electrochemical oxidation/reduction in situ and in real-time with electrochemical imaging ellipsometry (EC-IE). Our approach is based on the utilization of

  19. Gas Permeation Related to the Moisture Sorption in Films of Glassy Hydrophilic Polymers

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    Laksmana, F. L.; Kok, P. J. A. Hartman; Frijlink, H. W.; Vromans, H.; Maarschalk, K. Van Der Voort

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to elucidate the effect of integral sorption of moisture on gas permeation in glassy hydrophilic polymers. The oxygen and the simultaneous moisture sorption into various hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films were measured under a wide range of relative humidities

  20. Substructure formation during pattern transposition from substrate into polymer blend film

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    Cyganik, P; Budkowski, A; Steiner, U; Rysz, J; Bernasik, A; Walheim, S; Postawa, Z; Raczkowska, J

    2003-01-01

    A chemical pattern on a substrate is transposed into thin films of a ternary polymer blend during spin-casting from a common solvent. One of the blend components intercalates at interfaces between the other two phases to reduce their interfacial energy. As a result, an extensive substructure is form

  1. Alternating deposition films of a polymer and dendrimers bearing diphenylanthracene

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    SUN Jing; WANG Liyan; GAO Jian; YU Xi; WANG Zhiqiang

    2005-01-01

    Two generations of carboxyl-terminated poly (aryl ether) dendrimers bearing 9,10-diphenylanthracene cores are designed and synthesized. Alternating deposition of two dendrimers and poly(4-vinylpyridine) is studied with UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Experimental results indicate that this method to introduce chromophore into multilayer film can effectively prevent desorption of dye molecule. Moreover, it is found that dendrimer can inhibit the aggregation of fluorophore in film using fluorescence spectroscopy. Increase of dendrimer's generation can enhance fluorescence intensity of each fluorophore. This provides a new approach to design luminescent thin film.

  2. Undulatory delamination of thin polymer films on gold surfaces.

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    Chah, Soonwoo; Noolandi, Jaan; Zare, Richard N

    2005-10-20

    Using two-dimensional surface plasmon resonance measurements, we have observed the formation of traveling waves in the delamination of thin films of polydimethylsilane (PDMS) exposed to methanol. Films were spin-coated on a gold surface and the methanol was added to the top surface. The stress-induced instability caused by the swelling of the PDMS thin film when its edge is pinned to the gold surface leads to wrinkle formation and propagation at the interface. The periodic pattern is thought to be the result of an Asaro-Tiller-Grinfeld (ATG) instability.

  3. The role of polymer films on the oxidation of magnetite nanoparticles

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    Letti, C. J.; Paterno, L. G.; Pereira-da-Silva, M. A.; Morais, P. C.; Soler, M. A. G.

    2017-02-01

    A detailed investigation about the role of polymer films on the oxidation process of magnetite nanoparticles (∼7 nm diameter), under laser irradiation is performed employing micro Raman spectroscopy. To support this investigation, Fe3O4-np are synthesized by the co-precipitation method and assembled layer-by-layer with sodium sulfonated polystyrene (PSS). Polymer films (Fe3O4-np/PSS)n with n=2,3,5,7,10 and 25 bilayers are employed as a model system to study the oxidation process under laser irradiation. Raman data are further processed by principal component analysis. Our findings suggest that PSS protects Fe3O4-np from oxidation when compared to powder samples, even for the sample with the greater number of bilayers. Further, the oxidation of magnetite to maghemite occurs preferably for thinner films up to 7 bilayers, while the onset for the formation of the hematite phase depends on the laser intensity for thicker films. Water takes part on the oxidation processes of magnetite, the oxidation/phase transformation of Fe3O4-np is intensified in films with more bilayers, since more water is included in those films. Encapsulation of Fe3O4-np by PSS in layer-by-layer films showed to be very efficient to avoid the oxidation process in nanosized magnetite.

  4. Relaxation of non-equilibrium entanglement networks in thin polymer films

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    Fowler, Paul; McGraw, Joshua; Ferrari, Melissa; Dalnoki-Veress, Kari

    2013-03-01

    It is well established that polymer films, prepared by spincoating, inherit non-equilibrium chain conformations which can affect macroscopic film properties. Here we present the results of crazing measurements that elucidate the non-equilibirum chain configurations in spin-cast films. Furthermore, we find that the entanglement network equilibrates on a time scale comparable to one reptation time. In a second set of experiments, we confine polymers to films with thickness comparable to the molecular size. By stacking two such films at room temperature, a glassy bilayer film with a buried entropic interface is created. According to Silberberg's reflection principle, such an interface has an entropic cost associated with the restricted configurations of molecules that cannot cross the mid-plane of the bilayer. In the melt, the interface heals as chains from the two layers mix and entangle with one another. Crazing measurements reveal that it takes less than one bulk reptation time for a bilayer to become indistinguishable from a single film.

  5. Hydrodynamic surface fluctuations of polymer films by coherent X-ray scattering

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    Kim, Hyunjung [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: hkim@sogang.ac.kr; Jiang, Zhang [Department of Physics, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 United States (United States); Lee, Heeju [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Joo [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); Jiao, Xuesong; Li, Chunhua [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794 United States (United States); Lurio, Laurence [Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL 60115 United States (United States); Rafailovich, Miriam [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794 United States (United States); Sinha, S.K. [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); LANSCE, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 United States (United States)

    2007-05-23

    We have applied X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) to measure the surface dynamics of polymer films of thicknesses down to a few times of the polymer radius of gyration. XPCS is currently the only technique to measure selectively dynamics of surface and/or interfacial fluctuations of the films thanks to high brilliance and coherence of the third generation synchrotron source. The results show the behavior of the capillary waves expected in viscous liquid when the film thickness is thicker than four times of the radius of gyration. However, thinner films show a deviation indicating the need to account for viscoelasticity. We present also the theory for surface dynamics of the thermally excited fluctuations on homogenous single-layer film with arbitrary depth is generalized to describe surface and interfacial dynamics of polymeric liquid bilayer films in terms of susceptibilities, power spectra and characteristic relaxation time constants. The effects on surface dynamics originating from viscosity inhomogeneities close to surface region are investigated by the bilayer theory and compared with the surface dynamics from homogeneous single-layer films under non-slip and slip boundary conditions.

  6. Combinatorial Synthesis of and high-throughput protein release from polymer film and nanoparticle libraries.

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    Petersen, Latrisha K; Chavez-Santoscoy, Ana V; Narasimhan, Balaji

    2012-09-06

    Polyanhydrides are a class of biomaterials with excellent biocompatibility and drug delivery capabilities. While they have been studied extensively with conventional one-sample-at-a-time synthesis techniques, a more recent high-throughput approach has been developed enabling the synthesis and testing of large libraries of polyanhydrides(1). This will facilitate more efficient optimization and design process of these biomaterials for drug and vaccine delivery applications. The method in this work describes the combinatorial synthesis of biodegradable polyanhydride film and nanoparticle libraries and the high-throughput detection of protein release from these libraries. In this robotically operated method (Figure 1), linear actuators and syringe pumps are controlled by LabVIEW, which enables a hands-free automated protocol, eliminating user error. Furthermore, this method enables the rapid fabrication of micro-scale polymer libraries, reducing the batch size while resulting in the creation of multivariant polymer systems. This combinatorial approach to polymer synthesis facilitates the synthesis of up to 15 different polymers in an equivalent amount of time it would take to synthesize one polymer conventionally. In addition, the combinatorial polymer library can be fabricated into blank or protein-loaded geometries including films or nanoparticles upon dissolution of the polymer library in a solvent and precipitation into a non-solvent (for nanoparticles) or by vacuum drying (for films). Upon loading a fluorochrome-conjugated protein into the polymer libraries, protein release kinetics can be assessed at high-throughput using a fluorescence-based detection method (Figures 2 and 3) as described previously(1). This combinatorial platform has been validated with conventional methods(2) and the polyanhydride film and nanoparticle libraries have been characterized with (1)H NMR and FTIR. The libraries have been screened for protein release kinetics, stability and

  7. Making Glasses Conduct: Electrochemical Doping of Redox-Active Polymer Thin Films

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    Boudouris, Bryan

    Optoelectronically-active macromolecules have been established as promising materials in myriad organic electronic applications (e.g., organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices). To date, however, the majority of the work surrounding these materials has focused on materials with a great deal of conjugation along their macromolecular backbones and with varying degrees of crystalline structure. Here, we describe an emerging class of macromolecular charge conductors, radical polymers, that: (1) do not contain conjugation and (2) are completely amorphous glasses. Radical polymers contain non-conjugated macromolecular backbones and stable radical sites along the side chains of the electronically-active materials. In contrast to conjugated polymer systems, these materials conduct charge in the solid state through oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions along these pendant groups. Specifically, we demonstrate that controlling the chemical functionality of the pendant groups and the molecular mobility of the macromolecular backbones significantly impacts the charge transport ability of the pristine (i.e., not doped) radical polymers species. Through proper control of these crucial parameters, we show that radical polymers can have electrical conductivity and charge mobility values on par with commonly-used conjugated polymers. Importantly, we also highlight the ability to dope radical polymers with redox-active small molecule species. This doping, in turn, increases the electrical conductivity of the glassy radical polymer thin films in a manner akin to what is observed in traditional conjugated polymer systems. In this way, we establish a means by which to fabricate optically-transparent and colorless thin film glasses capable of conducting charge in a rather rapid manner. We anticipate that these fundamental insights will prove crucial in developing new transparent conducting layers for future electronic applications.

  8. Synthetic Reference Materials Based on Polymer Films for the Control of Welding Fumes Composition

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    Kuznetsova, O. V.; Kuznetsova, A. N.; Begunova, L. A.

    2017-04-01

    Analysis of the current hygienic situation in the welding production showed that the intensification of welding processes involves the deterioration of air quality, which negatively affects the welders health. Welders are exposed to a variety of metal fumes, including manganese that may elevate the risk for neurological diseases. The control of metals concentration in the air of the working area is difficult due to the lack of reference materials. The creation of reference materials of welding fumes composition is a challenge due to chemical characteristics of their physical properties. Synthetic samples in a form of the polymer film containing powder particles of welding fumes were create. Studies on the selection of the polymer were done. Experiments proved that the qualitative materials of synthetic welding fumes are obtained by using polyvinyl alcohol. The metals concentration in the samples was determined by X-ray fluorescence analysis. The obtained data demonstrates indirectly the uniform distribution of welding fumes powder particles on the polymer film.

  9. Phase Separation of Silicon-Containing Polymer/Polystyrene Blends in Spin-Coated Films.

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    Li, Yang; Hu, Kai; Han, Xiao; Yang, Qinyu; Xiong, Yifeng; Bai, Yuhang; Guo, Xu; Cui, Yushuang; Yuan, Changsheng; Ge, Haixiong; Chen, Yanfeng

    2016-04-19

    In this Article, two readily available polymers that contain silicon and have different surface tensions, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and polyphenylsilsequioxane (PPSQ), were used to produce polymer blends with polystyrene (PS). Spin-coated thin films of the polymer blends were treated by O2 reactive-ion etching (RIE). The PS constituent was selectively removed by O2 RIE, whereas the silicon-containing phase remained because of the high etching resistance of silicon. This selective removal of PS substantially enhanced the contrast of the phase separation morphologies for better scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements. We investigated the effects of the silicon-containing constituents, polymer blend composition, concentration of the polymer blend solution, surface tension of the substrate, and the spin-coating speed on the ultimate morphologies of phase separation. The average domain size, ranging from 100 nm to 10 μm, was tuned through an interplay of these factors. In addition, the polymer blend film was formed on a pure organic layer, through which the aspect ratio of the phase separation morphologies was further amplified by a selective etching process. The formed nanostructures are compatible with existing nanofabrication techniques for pattern transfer onto substrates.

  10. Roll-to-roll embossing of optical linear Fresnel lens polymer film for solar concentration.

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    Zhang, XinQuan; Liu, Kui; Shan, Xuechuan; Liu, Yuchan

    2014-12-15

    Roll-to-roll manufacturing has been proven to be a high-throughput and low-cost technology for continuous fabrication of functional optical polymer films. In this paper, we have firstly studied a complete manufacturing cycle of linear Fresnel lens polymer film for solar concentration in the aspects of ultra-precision diamond machining of metal roller mold, roll-to-roll embossing, and measurement on film profile and functionality. A metal roller mold patterned with linear Fresnel lenses is obtained using single point diamond turning technique. The roller mold is installed onto a self-developed roll-to-roll UV embossing system to realize continuous manufacturing of linear Fresnel lens film. Profile measurement of the machined roller mold and the embossed polymer film, which is conducted using a stylus profilometer, shows good agreement between measured facet angles with designed ones. Functionality test is conducted on a solar simulation system with a reference solar cell, and results show that strong light concentration is realized.

  11. Resonant Infrared Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition of Polymers: Improving the Morphology of As-Deposited Films

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    Bubb, Daniel; Papantonakis, Michael; Collins, Brian; Brookes, Elijah; Wood, Joshua; Gurudas, Ullas

    2008-03-01

    Resonant infrared matrix assisted pulsed laser deposition has been used to deposit thin films of PMMA, a widely used industrial polymer. This technique is similar to conventional pulsed laser deposition, except that the polymer to be deposited is dissolved in a solvent and the solution is frozen before ablation in a vacuum chamber. The laser wavelength is absorbed by a vibrational band in the frozen matrix. The polymer lands on the substrate to form a film, while the solvent is pumped away. Our preliminary results show that the surface roughness of the as-deposited films depends strongly on the differential solubility radius, as defined by Hansen solubility parameters of the solvent and the solubility radius of the polymer. Our results will be compared with computational and experimental studies of the same polymer using a KrF (248 nm) laser. The ejection mechanism will be discussed as well as the implications of these results for the deposition of smooth high quality films.

  12. Styromal based polymer films modified with copper microparticles

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    Viktor F. Vargalyuk

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A method for the synthesis of polymeric film based on a copolymer of styrene and maleic anhydride (stiromal and oligodiol was suggested. Block copolymer of ethylene glycol and propylene glycol was used as oligodiol. It was shown that synthesized materials have moderate water swelling capacity in and ion-exchange properties. Static exchange capacity in 0.1 mol/L NaOH aqueous solution is within the interval of 1.44–1.76 mmol/g. At air-dry state films have a tensile strength of 4–6.6 MPa and an elongation at break tensile 38–61 %. The effect of stiromal molecular weight and oligodiol type, and conditions of film formation on ion-exchange and physical-mechanical properties of the films was studied. The synthesized material appeared to be able to sorb Cu2+-ions from neutral and acidic solutions. The distribution coefficient in case of sorption from slightly acidic solution with Cu2+ concentration of 50 mg/L was 48–50. Composite material with a metal submicroparticles uniformly distributed in the polymeric matrix was obtained by chemical reduction of copper ions sorbed. It was found that the film acquires electric conductivity, as a result of filling of metal particles, which allows copper electrodeposition on the film surface.

  13. Electrochemical co-deposition of conductive polymer-silica hybrid thin films.

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    Raveh, Moran; Liu, Liang; Mandler, Daniel

    2013-07-14

    Conductive polymers, such as polypyrrole (ppy), have been the subject of numerous studies due to their promising applications in organic solar cells, flexible electronics, electrochromic devices, super capacitors, etc. Yet, their application is still limited as a result of poor processability. Silica has been reported to improve the mechanical strength and adhesion of conductive polymer films. In this work, we propose a controllable electrochemical approach for preparing ppy-silica hybrid thin films from a solution containing both pyrrole and silane monomers. It is known that pyrrole can be electropolymerised using anodic potentials, while silica can be electrodeposited under cathodic potentials. Thus, we studied the formation of ppy-silica hybrid thin films on a stainless steel surface by applying alternating potentials, i.e. cathodic followed by anodic pulses (denoted C + A) or anodic followed by cathodic pulses (denoted A + C). We show that by controlling the deposition potential and time for the cathodic and anodic pulses, the film thickness and composition can be manipulated well as analysed using profilometry and EDX. The element depth profile of the films was characterized using secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). In essence, for the C + A process, pyrrole diffuses through the cathodically electrodeposited wet silica gel layer and undergoes anodic polymerisation on the substrate, while for the A + C process, silane can be electrodeposited both on top of the anodically electrodeposited conductive ppy films as well as on the stainless steel through the pinholes in the ppy film. This offers a simple approach for tuning the structure of conductive polymer-sol-gel composite films.

  14. Characterization of Plasma-Polymerized Fused Polycyclic Compounds for Binding Conducting Polymers

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    Winther-Jensen, Bjørn; Norrman, Kion; Kingshott, Peter

    2005-01-01

    An investigation is made of the plasma polymerization of fused polycyclic monomers containing a dioxy-ring that is fused to an aromatic ring. These molecules provide the basis for very efficient polymerization mechanisms in which only the dioxy-ring undergoes ring opening during the polymerization...... with the remaining part of the monomer remaining intact. XPS, ToF-SIMS, and IR are used to investigate the chemistry of the films produced by plasma polymerization of EDT, which contains a high content of the aromatic group. We find that the plasma-polymerized films of EDT contain intact thiophene groups...

  15. New developments in surface functionalization of polymers using controlled plasma treatments

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    Vesel, Alenka; Mozetic, Miran

    2017-07-01

    We are presenting recent advances in surface functionalization of materials such as functional polymers using gaseous plasma treatments. Functionalization is a result of chemical interaction between solid materials and reactive plasma species including charged particles, neutral radicals, excited species and UV radiation. The degree of surface functionalization depends on the type of polymers and fluxes of reactive plasma species. An appropriate choice of plasma parameters thus enables almost arbitrary tailoring of the surface wettability. This review paper gives a brief introduction to the formation of reactive gaseous species upon plasma conditions in different discharge configurations and describes plasma-surface interaction with an emphasis on the differences between different reactive plasma species. Analysis of the relevant literature is given and correlations between treatment parameters and surface finish are drawn. Numerous authors have used plasma treatment for modification of the surface functionalities, however, the obtained surface properties often differ even for the same materials. The reason for such diverse results is the application of various gaseous discharges for plasma generation. Apart from the type and amount of functional groups induced by plasma treatment, the surface functionality depends also on the surface morphology on the sub-micron scale; therefore, this effect is stressed as well. Finally, some future guidelines are given.

  16. Highly efficient Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells grown on flexible polymer films.

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    Chirilă, Adrian; Buecheler, Stephan; Pianezzi, Fabian; Bloesch, Patrick; Gretener, Christina; Uhl, Alexander R; Fella, Carolin; Kranz, Lukas; Perrenoud, Julian; Seyrling, Sieghard; Verma, Rajneesh; Nishiwaki, Shiro; Romanyuk, Yaroslav E; Bilger, Gerhard; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2011-09-18

    Solar cells based on polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) absorber layers have yielded the highest conversion efficiency among all thin-film technologies, and the use of flexible polymer films as substrates offers several advantages in lowering manufacturing costs. However, given that conversion efficiency is crucial for cost-competitiveness, it is necessary to develop devices on flexible substrates that perform as well as those obtained on rigid substrates. Such comparable performance has not previously been achieved, primarily because polymer films require much lower substrate temperatures during absorber deposition, generally resulting in much lower efficiencies. Here we identify a strong composition gradient in the absorber layer as the main reason for inferior performance and show that, by adjusting it appropriately, very high efficiencies can be obtained. This implies that future manufacturing of highly efficient flexible solar cells could lower the cost of solar electricity and thus become a significant branch of the photovoltaic industry.

  17. Near-field lithography on the azobenzene polymer liquid crystal films

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    Douguo Zhang; Jian Liu; Zebo Zhang; Li Cao; Anlian Pan; Pei Wang; Yonghua Lu; Ming Bai; Jun Yang; Lin Tang; Jiangying Zhang; Hai Ming; Qijin Zhang

    2005-01-01

    @@ In this article, we reported near-field research on azobenzene polymer liquid crystal films using scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). Optical writing and subsequently topographic reading of the patterns with subwavelength resolution were carried out in our experiments. Nanometer scale dots and lines were successfully fabricated on the films and the smallest dot diameter is about 120 nm. The width of the line fabricated is about 250 nm. This method is also a choice for nanolithography. The mechanism of the surface deformation on the polymer films was briefly analyzed from the viewpoint of gradient force in the optical near field. The intensity distribution of the electric field near the tip aperture was numerically simulated using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method and the numerical simulation results were consistent with the experimental results.

  18. Physical and thermal properties of 8 MeV electron beam irradiated HPMC polymer films

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    Sangappa [Department of Studies in Physics, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri 574 199 (India)], E-mail: sangappa@mangaloreuniversity.ac.in; Demappa, T.; Mahadevaiah [Department of Polymer Science, Sir M V, P G Center, University of Mysore, Mandya 575 007 (India); Ganesha, S. [Microtron Center, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri 574 199 (India); Divakara, S. [Department of Physics, East Point College of Engineering and Technology, Bangalore 560049 (India); Pattabi, Manjunath [Department of Material Science, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri 574 199 (India); Somashekar, R. [Department of Studies in Physics, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore 570 006 (India)

    2008-09-15

    Microstructural modification in hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) polymer films induced by electron irradiation is studied. Irradiation was performed in air at room temperature using a 8 MeV electron accelerator at doses of 25, 50, 75 and 100 kGy. Irradiation can be used to crosslink or degrade the desired component or to fix the polymer morphology. Changes in microstructural parameters, crystallinity and thermal properties in virgin and irradiated HPMC films have been studied using wide angle X-ray scattering data and differential scanning calorimetry. The heat of fusion and the degree of crystallinity are found to be highest for unirradiated HPMC and the crystallite size is larger in virgin HPMC films.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte thin films by spin-coating method

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    Chapi, Sharanappa; Niranjana, M.; Devendrappa, H.

    2016-05-01

    Solid Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) complexed with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs; Synthesized by Co-precipitation method) thin films have prepared at a different weight percent using the spin-coating method. The complexation of the NPs with the polymer blend was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The variation in film morphology was examined by polarized optical micrographs (POMs). The thermal behavior of blends was investigated under non-isothermal conditions by differential thermal analyses (DTA). A single glass transition temperature for each blend was observed, which supports the existence of compatibility of such system. The obtained results represent that the ternary based thin films are prominent materials for battery and optoelectronic device applications.

  20. Refractometric discrimination of void-space filling and swelling during vapour sorption in polymer films.

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    Cross, G H; Ren, Y; Swann, M J

    2000-12-01

    Thin polymeric films have been deposited as upper cladding layers on a new integrated optical interferometer fabricated from layers of silicon oxynitride on a silicon wafer. The evanescent field of the probing waveguide mode transduces refractive index changes in the polymer layer into the measured phase changes in the device. Real-time measurement of index change and its sign is obtained. Upon exposure to humid air, we record water sorption by films of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) by a rapid positive index change for void-space filling followed by a slow negative index change for swelling. Sorption of water vapor into a thin film of the viscous liquid polymer polyethylenimine shows only swelling mode behaviour and a simple constitutive model can be applied to give the fractional water occupied volume.

  1. Imaging the Effect of Electrical Breakdown in Multilayer Polymer Capacitor Films

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    Wolak, Mason

    2013-03-01

    Multilayer polymer films show great promise as the dielectric material in high energy density capacitors. Such films show enhancement in both dielectric strength (EB) and energy density (Ud) relative to monolithic films of either source polymer. Composites are typically comprised of alternating layers of a high EB polymer and a high permittivity polymer. Here, we discuss a multilayer system based on polycarbonate (PC) interleaved with polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP). The dielectric properties of the PC/PVDF-HFP films are influenced by both composition and individual layer thickness. Optimized films show EB = 750 kV/mm and Ud = 13 J/cm3. Further enhancements in EB and Ud are expected through optimization of the component polymers, composition, and layer structure. To guide next generation design, it is important to understand the breakdown mechanism, as it directly influences EB. To elucidate the role of the layer structure during electrical breakdown, we use a tandem focused ion beam (FIB) / scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging technique. The technique allows us to image the internal layer structure of both `as fabricated' control films, and those subjected to high electric fields. It is therefore a powerful tool to assess film quality and analyze failure mechanisms. Specifically, the FIB is used to mill site-specific holes in a film and the resulting cross-sections are imaged via SEM. Individual layers are easily resolved down to 50 nm. For films subjected to electrical breakdown, the location and propagation of damage is tracked with sequential FIB milling and SEM imaging. Spatially resolved FIB/SEM imaging allows preparation of quasi-3D maps displaying the evolution of internal voids in areas adjacent to the breakdown location (pinhole of d = 30-80 microns). A majority of the voids are localized at the interfaces between layers and may propagate as far as 30-50 microns from the pinhole. The data suggest that the enhancement in

  2. Surface modification by plasma polymerization: film deposition, tailoring of surface properties and biocompatibility

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    Os, van Menno Thomas

    2000-01-01

    The work described in this thesis concerns the surface modification of materials by thin film deposition in a plasma reactor. In particular, thin polymeric films bearing amine functionalities were synthesized by plasma polymerization of amino group containing monomers. In addition to the synthesis,

  3. Measuring Exciton Migration in Conjugated Polymer Films with Ultrafast Time Resolved Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy

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    Penwell, Samuel

    Conjugated polymers are highly tunable organic semiconductors, which can be solution processed to form thin films, making them prime candidates for organic photovoltaic devices. One of the most important parameters in a conjugated polymer solar cell is the exciton diffusion length, which depends on intermolecular couplings, and is typically on the order of 10 nm. This mean exciton migration can vary dramatically between films and within a single film due to heterogeneities in morphology on length scales of 10's to 100's nm. To study the variability of exciton diffusion and morphology within individual conjugated polymer films, we are adapting stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. STED is typically used in biology with sparse well-engineered fluorescent labels or on NV-centers in diamond. I will, however, describe how we have demonstrated the extension of STED to conjugated polymer films and nanoparticles of MEH-PPV and CN-PPV, despite the presence of two photon absorption, by taking care to first understand the material's photophysical properties. We then further adapt this approach, by introducing a second ultrafast STED pulse at a variable delay. Excitons that migrate away from the initial subdiffraction excitation volume during the ps-ns time delay, are preferentially quenched by the second STED pulse, while those that remain in the initial volume survive. The resulting effect of the second STED pulse is modulated by the degree of migration over the ultrafast time delay, thus providing a new method to study exciton migration. Since this technique utilizes subdiffraction optical excitation and detection volumes with ultrafast time resolution, it provides a means of spatially and temporally resolving measurements of exciton migration on the native length and time scales. In this way, we will obtain a spatiotemporal map of exciton distributions and migration that will help to correlate the energetic landscape to film morphology at the nanoscale.

  4. Polymer Films with Ion-Synthesized Cobalt and Iron Nanoparticles

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    Popok, Vladimir

    2014-01-01

    The current paper presents an overview and analysis of data obtained on a few sets of polymer samples implanted by iron and cobalt. The low-energy (40 keV) implantations were carried out into polyimide and polyethyleneterephthalate with fluences between 2.5x10e16-1.5x10e17 cm-2. The samples were...

  5. Physics and technology of optical storage in polymer thin films

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    Ramanujam, P.S.; Hvilsted, Søren; Ujhelyi, F.

    2001-01-01

    system based on polarization holography is described. A storage density of greater than 10MB/cm2 has been achieved so far, with a potential increase to 100MB/cm(2) using multiplexing techniques and software correction. Finally the role of surface relief in azobenzene polymers on irradiation...

  6. Chlorine-rich plasma polymer coating for the prevention of attachment of pathogenic fungal cells onto materials surfaces

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    Lamont-Friedrich, Stephanie J.; Michl, Thomas D.; Giles, Carla; Griesser, Hans J.; Coad, Bryan R.

    2016-07-01

    The attachment of pathogenic fungal cells onto materials surfaces, which is often followed by biofilm formation, causes adverse consequences in a wide range of areas. Here we have investigated the ability of thin film coatings from chlorinated molecules to deter fungal colonization of solid materials by contact killing of fungal cells reaching the surface of the coating. Coatings were deposited onto various substrate materials via plasma polymerization, which is a substrate-independent process widely used for industrial coating applications, using 1,1,2-trichloroethane as the process vapour. XPS surface analysis showed that the coatings were characterized by a highly chlorinated hydrocarbon polymer nature, with only a very small amount of oxygen incorporated. The activity of these coatings against human fungal pathogens was quantified using a recently developed, modified yeast assay and excellent antifungal activity was observed against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata. Plasma polymer surface coatings derived from chlorinated hydrocarbon molecules may therefore offer a promising solution to preventing yeast and mould biofilm formation on materials surfaces, for applications such as air conditioners, biomedical devices, food processing equipment, and others.

  7. Self-Supported Crack-Free Conducting Polymer Films with Stabilized Wrinkling Patterns and Their Applications

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    Xie, Jixun; Han, Xue; Ji, Haipeng; Wang, Juanjuan; Zhao, Jingxin; Lu, Conghua

    2016-11-01

    Self-supported conducting polymer films with controlled microarchitectures are highly attractive from fundamental and applied points of view. Here a versatile strategy is demonstrated to fabricate thin free-standing crack-free polyaniline (PANI)-based films with stable wrinkling patterns. It is based on oxidization polymerization of pyrrole inside a pre-wrinkled PANI film, in which the wrinkled PANI film is used both as a template and oxidizing agent for the first time. The subsequently grown polypyrrole (PPy) and the formation of interpenetrated PANI/PPy networks play a decisive role in enhancing the film integrity and the stability of wrinkles. This enhancing effect is attributed to the modification of internal stresses by the interpenetrated PANI/PPy microstructures. Consequently, a crack-free film with stable controlled wrinkles such as the wavelength, orientation and spatial location has been achieved. Moreover, the wrinkling PANI/PPy film can be removed from the initially deposited substrate to become free-standing. It can be further transferred onto target substrates to fabricate hierarchical patterns and functional devices such as flexible electrodes, gas sensors, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates. This simple universal enhancing strategy has been extended to fabrication of other PANI-based composite systems with crack-free film integrity and stabilized surface patterns, irrespective of pattern types and film geometries.

  8. Photoluminescence of amorphous carbon films fabricated by layer-by-layer hydrogen plasma chemical annealing method

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    徐骏; 黄晓辉; 李伟; 王立; 陈坤基

    2002-01-01

    A method in which nanometre-thick film deposition was alternated with hydrogen plasma annealing (layer-by-layermethod) was applied to fabricate hydrogenated amorphous carbon films in a conventional plasma-enhanced chemicalvapour deposition system. It was found that the hydrogen plasma treatment could decrease the hydrogen concentrationin the films and change the sp2/sp3 ratio to some extent by chemical etching. Blue photoluminescence was observed atroom temperature, as a result of the reduction of sp2 clusters in the films.

  9. Graft polymerization and plasma treatment of polymer membranes for fouling reduction: a review.

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    Kochkodan, Victor M; Sharma, Virender K

    2012-01-01

    This article presents a review of recent developments in surface modification of polymer membranes via graft polymerization and plasma treatment for reduction of fouling with organic compounds and microorganisms in pressure driven membrane processes. The factors affecting membrane fouling, such as membrane hydrophilicity, charge and surface roughness are discussed. The recent studies in which the reduction of organic fouling and biofouling by the modification of the membrane surface via ultraviolet/redox initiated surface grafting of hydrophilic polymers and low temperature plasma treatment are reviewed.

  10. Influence of processing and intrinsic polymer parameters on photochemical stability of polythiophene thin films

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    Vesterager Madsen, Morten; Tromholt, Thomas; Böttiger, Arvid P.L.

    2012-01-01

    Intrinsic polymer parameters such as regio-regularity, molecular weight, and crystallinity play an important role when studying polymer stability. 18 different batches of poly-3-hexyl-thiophene (P3HT) were degraded in a solar simulator (AM1.5G, 1000 W/m2) and the degradation kinetics were monitored......-to-tail connected thiophene units. Annealing was found to relax the P3HT films and increase conjugation length and, in turn, increase stability observed as a delayed spectral blueshift caused by photochemical degradation. Crystallinity was found to play a minor role in terms of stability. Oxygen diffusion and light...... shielding effects were shown to have a negligible effect on the photochemical degradation rate. The results obtained in this work advance the understanding of polymer stability and will help improve the design of materials used for polymer solar cells resulting in longer lifetimes, which will push...

  11. Influence of bias on properties of carbon films deposited by MCECR plasma sputtering method

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    CAI Chang-long; DIAO Dong-feng; S.Miyake; T.Matsumoto

    2004-01-01

    The mirror-confinement-type electron cyclotron resonance(MCECR) plasma source has high plasma density and high electron temperature. It is quite useful in many plasma processing, and has been used for etching and thin-film deposition. The carbon films with 40 nm thickness were deposited by MCECR plasma sputtering method on Si, and the influence of substrate bias on the properties of carbon films was studied. The bonding structure of the film was analyzed by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS), the tribological properties were measured by the pin-on-disk(POD) tribometer, the nanohardness of the films was measured by the nanoindenter, and the deposition speed and the refractive index were measured by the ellipse meter. The better substrate bias was obtained, and the better properties of carbon films were obtained.

  12. Polymer assisted solution processing of Ti-doped indium oxide transparent conducting thin films for organic solar cells

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    Vishwanath, Sujaya Kumar [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Cheonan, Chungchungnam-do 331-717 (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Won-Yong [The Graduate School of Flexible and Printable Electronics, Polymer BIN Fusion Research Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Jae-Wook, E-mail: jwkang@jbnu.ac.kr [The Graduate School of Flexible and Printable Electronics, Polymer BIN Fusion Research Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jihoon, E-mail: jihoon.kim@kongju.ac.kr [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Cheonan, Chungchungnam-do 331-717 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Polymer assisted solution process. • Ti-doped indium oxide (TIO) transparent conducting films. • Replacement of sputtered ITO with polymer-assisted-solution-coated TIO films. • High mobility transparent conducting films. • Application of polymer-assisted-solution-coated TIO films to organic solar cells. - Abstract: We report the preparation and evaluation of Ti-doped indium oxide (TIO) transparent conducting films by a polymer-assisted solution (PAS) process, as well as the evaluation of this type of film as a transparent cathode in an inverted organic solar cell (IOCS). Both Ti- and In-PASs have been synthesized by coordinating Ti- and In-anionic complexes with polyethyleneimine. The final TIO–PAS was formed by mixing Ti-PAS into In-PAS with a Ti concentration between 1 at.% and 7 at.%. The TIO–PAS was spin-coated onto glass substrates to form uniform thin films of Ti-doped indium oxide, which were then annealed at high temperature. The optimum Ti concentration to achieve the best electrical and optical properties of PAS–TIO films was found to be 3 at.%. With the film thickness of 650 nm, PAS–TIO films had a sheet resistance of 65 Ω/sq and an optical transmittance greater than 85%. The feasibility of PAS-coated TIO thin film as a transparent electrode was evaluated by applying it to the fabrication of IOSCs, which showed the energy conversion efficiency of 4.60%.

  13. Liposomes as drug deposits in multilayered polymer films.

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    Lynge, Martin E; Laursen, Marie Baekgaard; Hosta-Rigau, Leticia; Jensen, Bettina E B; Ogaki, Ryosuke; Smith, Anton A A; Zelikin, Alexander N; Städler, Brigitte

    2013-04-24

    The ex vivo growth of implantable hepatic or cardiac tissue remains a challenge and novel approaches are highly sought after. We report an approach to use liposomes embedded within multilayered films as drug deposits to deliver active cargo to adherent cells. We verify and characterize the assembly of poly(l-lysine) (PLL)/alginate, PLL/poly(l-glutamic acid), PLL/poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA), and PLL/cholesterol-modified PMA (PMAc) films, and assess the myoblast and hepatocyte adhesion to these coatings using different numbers of polyelectrolyte layers. The assembly of liposome-containing multilayered coatings is monitored by QCM-D, and the films are visualized using microscopy. The myoblast and hepatocyte adhesion to these films using PLL/PMAc or poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS)/poly(allyl amine hydrochloride) (PAH) as capping layers is evaluated. Finally, the uptake of fluorescent lipids from the surface by these cells is demonstrated and compared. The activity of this liposome-containing coating is confirmed for both cell lines by trapping the small cytotoxic compound thiocoraline within the liposomes. It is shown that the biological response depends on the number of capping layers, and is different for the two cell lines when the compound is delivered from the surface, while it is similar when administered from solution. Taken together, we demonstrate the potential of liposomes as drug deposits in multilayered films for surface-mediated drug delivery.

  14. Surface functionalization of an osteoconductive filler by plasma polymerization of poly(ε-caprolactone) and poly(acrylic acid) films

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    Petisco-Ferrero, S.; Sánchez-Ilárduya, M. B.; Díez, A.; Martín, L.; Meaurio Arrate, E.; Sarasua, J. R.

    2016-11-01

    One of the major limitations found in the use of nanocomposites based on synthetic hydroxyapatite and polymeric matrix for bone-tissue regeneration lies in the poor interfacial adhesion between the inorganic filler and the polymer matrix. The integrity of the nanocomposite is severely compromised since, on the one hand, high surface fillers tend to form aggregates and on the other, there is no chemical bonding between these two different categories of materials. Thus, customized surface functionalization stands as an effective route to improve the interfacial behaviour between particles and polymeric matrices. Amongst the current state of development of coating technologies, the high film-chemistry controllability offered by plasma polymerization technology enhances the synthesis of polymeric films from virtually any starting organic monomer. In this sense, the work presented here provides strong evidences of surface functionalization achieved by plasma polymerization starting respectively from ε-caprolactone and acrylic acid monomers. The chemistry of the deposited films has been descriptively analysed by XPS demonstrating outstanding retention of monomer functionalities and FTIR spectra of the deposited films revealed a high resemblance to those obtained by conventional synthesis. Results provided thereof are expected to significantly contribute to improve the interfacial behaviour in terms of matrix-reinforcement compatibilization, of crucial importance for bone-tissue engineering applications.

  15. UHV plasma jet system for deposition of magnetic nitride nanocomposite films with GHz applications

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    Fendrych, F; Lancok, A [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Na Slovance 2, CZ-18221 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Repa, P; Peksa, L; Gronych, T; Vejpravova, J P [Faculty of Math and Physics, Charles University in Prague, V Holesovickach 2, CZ-18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Hedbavny, P [VAKUUM PRAHA, V Holesovickach 2, CZ-18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Schaefer, R [Leibniz Institute IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Seemann, K M [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Eggenstein, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)], E-mail: fendrych@fzu.cz

    2008-03-15

    A method of preparation of extremely pure magnetic thin films, especially magnetic nitride nanocomposites for GHz aplications was searched. The plasma-jet method was chosen for its advantages at magnetic materials deposition. Sources of impurities deteriorating the quality of the films were analysed. Based on the assumption that the achievable purity is limited mainly by the conditions at the deposition, an experimental UHV apparatus with the plasma-jet was designed. A number of magnetic thin films from various materials including nitride nanocomposite films was prepared already in this apparatus at UHV conditions. Their magnetic properties are far better than those of the films prepared in a high vacuum apparatus.

  16. Plasma properties during magnetron sputtering of lithium phosphorous oxynitride thin films

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    Christiansen, Ane Sælland; Stamate, Eugen; Thydén, Karl Tor Sune

    2015-01-01

    properties and microstructure of the films. Low pressure and moderate power are associated with lower plasma density, higher electron temperature, higher plasma potential and larger diffusion length for sputtered particles. This combination of parameters favors the presence of more atomic nitrogen, a fact...... that correlates with a higher ionic conductivity. Despite of lower plasma density the film grows faster at lower pressure where the higher plasma potential, translated into higher energy for impinging ions on the substrate, resulted in a compact and smooth film structure. Higher pressures showed much less...

  17. Fluorescent molecularly imprinted polymer film binds glucose with a concomitant changes in fluorescence.

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    Manju, S; Hari, P R; Sreenivasan, K

    2010-10-15

    A fluorescent molecularly imprinted polymeric formulation capable of picking up glucose from aqueous media is reported. The fluorescence intensity of the polymer film was found to reduce proportionally with the concentration of glucose facilitating its use as a glucose sensing element. We used commercially available tear fluid to demonstrate the ability of the film to recognize glucose among other sugar molecules. Fluorescence was measured after equilibrating the film in tear fluid in the presence of a mixture of different sugars. We observed a reduction in fluorescence intensity due to the nonspecific binding of the sugars. The intensity remains the same even if we added additional quantities of the sugars. Interestingly, the fluorescence intensity of the film was found to decrease proportionally when varied concentrations of glucose was added indicating the ability of the film to recognize and bind glucose from a mixture of other sugars. Detectable changes in fluorescence intensity were observed with a concentration of 10 μg/mL of glucose. The results show that the polymer film could be used for detecting glucose in aqueous fluids such as tear. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Temperature- and thickness-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films

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    Ao Zhimin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The mechanical properties of polymer ultrathin films are usually different from those of their counterparts in bulk. Understanding the effect of thickness on the mechanical properties of these films is crucial for their applications. However, it is a great challenge to measure their elastic modulus experimentally with in situ heating. In this study, a thermodynamic model for temperature- (T and thickness (h-dependent elastic moduli of polymer thin films Ef(T,h is developed with verification by the reported experimental data on polystyrene (PS thin films. For the PS thin films on a passivated substrate, Ef(T,h decreases with the decreasing film thickness, when h is less than 60 nm at ambient temperature. However, the onset thickness (h*, at which thickness Ef(T,h deviates from the bulk value, can be modulated by T. h* becomes larger at higher T because of the depression of the quenching depth, which determines the thickness of the surface layer δ.

  19. Preparation and photochromic behavior of crosslinked polymer thin films containing polyoxometalates

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    Chen Jie; Liu Yan; Xiong Deqi [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China); Feng Wei [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China)], E-mail: weifeng@newmail.dlmu.edu.cn; Cai Weimin [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China)

    2008-03-31

    A series of reversible photochromic nanocomposite films were prepared by entrapping phosphotungstic acid (PWA) and molybdenumphsophoric acid (PMoA) into P(VP-BVA), which was a crosslinked polymer based on N-vinylpyrrolidone (VP) and bisvinyl-A (BVA). The microstructure, photochromic behavior and mechanism of the films were studied with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectra (UV-vis) and electron resonance spectra (ESR). The TEM image showed that the polyoxometalates particles had regular microstructure with narrow size distribution (average diameter of 30 nm) in hybrid films. FT-IR results showed that the Keggin geometry of polyoxometalates (POM) was still preserved inside the composites and strong coulombic interaction between POM and crosslinked polymer matrix was built. Irradiated with ultraviolet light, the transparent films changed from colorless to blue and showed reversible photochromism. Oxygen plays an important role during the bleaching process. PMoA/P(VP-BVA) film had higher photochromic efficiency and slower bleaching reaction than PWA/P(VP-BVA) film. The characteristic signals of W (V) or Mo (V) in ESR spectra indicated that electron transfer occurred between the organic substrates and heteropolyanions under UV irradiation, which induced heteropolyanions to heteropolybules with simultaneous oxidation of the organic substrates.

  20. Electron beam and gamma ray irradiated polymer electrolyte films: Dielectric properties

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    S. Raghu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, polymer electrolyte films were irradiated with electron beam (EB and Gamma ray (GR at 50 and 150 kGy. The induced chemical changes in films due to irradiations have been confirmed from the Fourier Transform Infra red (FT-IR spectra. The X-ray Diffractometry (XRD results show that crystallinity decreases by ∼20% in EB and ∼10% in GR irradiated films respectively compared to non-irradiated film. The micro structural arrangement was investigated by Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM and the images reveal that there is a substantial improvement in the surface morphology in irradiated films. The real (ε′ and imaginary (ε″ dielectric constant and AC conductivity are found to increase with increase in irradiation dose. Improved dielectric properties and conductivity (1.74 x 10−4 & 1.15 x 10−4 S/cm, respectively, for EB and GR irradiated films at room temperature after irradiation and it confirm that EB and GR irradiation can be simple and effective route to obtaining highly conductive polymer electrolytes. From this study it is confirm that EB is more effectiveness than GR irradiation.

  1. Humidity versus photo-stability of metal halide perovskite films in a polymer matrix.

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    Manshor, Nurul Ain; Wali, Qamar; Wong, Ka Kan; Muzakir, Saifful Kamaluddin; Fakharuddin, Azhar; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas; Jose, Rajan

    2016-08-21

    Despite the high efficiency of over 21% reported for emerging thin film perovskite solar cells, one of the key issues prior to their commercial deployment is to attain their long term stability under ambient and outdoor conditions. The instability in perovskite is widely conceived to be humidity induced due to the water solubility of its initial precursors, which leads to decomposition of the perovskite crystal structure; however, we note that humidity alone is not the major degradation factor and it is rather the photon dose in combination with humidity exposure that triggers the instability. In our experiment, which is designed to decouple the effect of humidity and light on perovskite degradation, we investigate the shelf-lifetime of CH3NH3PbI3 films in the dark and under illumination under high humidity conditions (Rel. H. > 70%). We note minor degradation in perovskite films stored in a humid dark environment whereas upon exposure to light, the films undergo drastic degradation, primarily owing to the reactive TiO2/perovskite interface and also the surface defects of TiO2. To enhance its air-stability, we incorporate CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite in a polymer (poly-vinylpyrrolidone, PVP) matrix which retained its optical and structural characteristics in the dark for ∼2000 h and ∼800 h in room light soaking, significantly higher than a pristine perovskite film, which degraded completely in 600 h in the dark and in less than 100 h when exposed to light. We attribute the superior stability of PVP incorporated perovskite films to the improved structural stability of CH3NH3PbI3 and also to the improved TiO2/perovskite interface upon incorporating a polymer matrix. Charge injection from the polymer embedded perovskite films has also been confirmed by fabricating solar cells using them, thereby providing a promising future research pathway for stable and efficient perovskite solar cells.

  2. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Qingshuo Wei; Chinatsu Uehara; Masakazu Mukaida; Kazuhiro Kirihara; Takao Ishida

    2016-01-01

    Measuring the in-plane thermal conductivity of organic thermoelectric materials is challenging but is critically important. Here, a method to study the in-plane thermal conductivity of free-standing films (via the use of commercial equipment) based on temperature wave analysis is explored in depth. This subject method required a free-standing thin film with a thickness larger than 10 μm and an area larger than 1 cm2, which are not difficult to obtain for most solution-processable organic ther...

  3. Polymer Stress-Gradient Induced Migration in Thin Film Flow Over Topography

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    Tsouka, Sophia; Dimakopoulos, Yiannis; Tsamopoulos, John

    2014-11-01

    We consider the 2D, steady film flow of a dilute polymer solution over a periodic topography. We examine how the distribution of polymer in the planarization of topographical features is affected by flow intensity and physical properties. The thermodynamically acceptable, Mavrantzas-Beris two-fluid Hamiltonian model is used for polymer migration. The resulting system of differential equations is solved via the mixed FE method combined with an elliptic grid generation scheme. We present numerical results for polymer concentration, stress, velocity and flux of components as a function of the non-dimensional parameters of the problem (Deborah, Peclet, Reynolds and Capillary numbers, ratio of solvent viscosity to total liquid viscosity and geometric features of the topography). Polymer migration to the free surface is enhanced when the cavity gets steeper and deeper. This increases the spatial extent of the polymer depletion layer and induces strong banding in the stresses away from the substrate wall, especially in low polymer concentration. Macromolecules with longer relaxation times are predicted to migrate towards the free surface more easily, while high surface tension combined with a certain range of Reynolds numbers affects the free surface deformations. Work supported by the General Secretariat of Research & Technology of Greece through the program ``Excellence'' (Grant No. 1918) in the framework ``Education and Lifelong Learning'' co-funded by the ESF.

  4. Electrically Conducting Polymer-Copper Sulphide Composite Films, Preparation by Treatment of Polymer-Copper (2) Acetate Composites with Hydrogen Sulfide

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    Yamamoto, Takakazu; Kamigaki, Takahira; Kubota, Etsuo

    1988-01-01

    Polymer copper sulfide composite films were prepared by treatment of polymer poly(vinyl chloride), poly(acrylonitrile), copolymer of vinyl chloride and vinyl acetate (90:10), and ABS resin copper (2) acetate composites with hydrogen sulfide. The films showed electrical conductivity higher than 0.015 S/cm when they contained more than 20 wt percent of copper sulfide. A poly(acrylonitrile)-copper sulfide composite film containing 40 to 50 wt percent of copper sulfide showed electrical conductivity of 10 to 150.0 S/cm and had relatively high mechanical strength to be used in practical purposes.

  5. Enhanced conductivity of aluminum doped ZnO films by hydrogen plasma treatment

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    Chang, H.P. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Optoelectronic Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China); Wang, F.H., E-mail: fansen@dragon.nchu.edu.t [Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Optoelectronic Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China); Wu, J.Y.; Kung, C.Y.; Liu, H.W. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Optoelectronic Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China)

    2010-10-01

    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films prepared by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at various RF power were treated by hydrogen plasma to enhance the characteristics for transparent electrode applications. The hydrogen plasma treatment was carried out at 300 {sup o}C in a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that all AZO films have a (002) preferred orientation and film crystallinity seems no significant change after plasma treatment. The plasma treatment not only significantly decreases film resistivity but enhances electrical stability as aging in air ambient. The improved electrical properties are due to desorption of weakly bonded oxygen species, formation of Zn-H type species and passivation of deep-level defects during plasma treatment.

  6. Transparent and conductive polymer layers by gas plasma techniques

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    Groenewoud, L.M.H.

    2000-01-01

    Polymers are widely used in a great number of applications because of their general properties such as low density, low cost, and processability. If these properties could be combined with electrical conductivity, this would open up the way to desirable applications such as flexible LCD’s and