Chemical seeding via propanol plasma pretreatment for improving adhesion and properties of PECVD siloxane coatings on polymers

Jonathon F.S. Markanday, Eric Charrault, Drew Evans, Kamil Zuber, Colin Hall

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Abstract

Siloxane coatings, in particular those deposited by plasma processes, find use as mechanical and environmental barriers for plastic substrates. This study highlights that a propanol-based plasma pretreatment is not limited to only promoting greater adhesion of the siloxane to plastic. The optical and mechanical properties of graded siloxane coatings deposited onto plasma pretreated substrates are noticeably different to those deposited onto a pristine substrate, with the property change dependent on treatment time. Nanomechanical experiments have shown two distinct regions within the coating for the pretreated samples implying the pretreatment alters the seeding of the coating. It is proposed that the propanol plasma yields a substrate/chamber that is rich in hydroxyl groups which are subsequently incorporated into the growing siloxane coating.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1600106
JournalPlasma Processes and Polymers
Volume14
Issue number8
Early online date8 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • adhesion
  • mechanical properties
  • plasma treatment
  • plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD)
  • seeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics

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