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Fluorination of polymethylmethaacrylate with tetrafluoroethane using DC glow discharge plasma

Guruvenket, S and Iyer, Ganjigunte RS and Shestakova, Larisa and Morgen, Per and Larsen, NB and Rao, Mohan G (2008) Fluorination of polymethylmethaacrylate with tetrafluoroethane using DC glow discharge plasma. In: Applied Surface Science, 254 (18). pp. 5722-5726.

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Fluorination of polymer surfaces has technological applications in various fields such as microelectronics, biomaterials, textile, packing, etc. In this study PMMA surfaces were fluorinated using DC glow discharge plasma. Tetrafluoroethane was used as the fluorinating agent. On the fluorinated PMMA surface, static water contact angle,surface energy, optical transmittance (UV–vis), XPS and AFM analyses were carried out. After the fluorination PMMA surface becomes hydrophobic with water contact angle of $107^o$ without losing optical transparency. Surface energy of fluorine plasma-treated PMMA decreased from 35 $mJ/cm^2$ to 21.2 $mJ/cm^2$. RMS roughness of the fluorinated surface was 4.01 nm and XPS studies revealed the formation of C–$CF_x$ and $CF_3$ groups on the PMMA surface.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Applied Surface Science
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Plasma polymerization;PMMA;Fluorocarbon coatings.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:47
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/15096

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