SURFACE TREATMENT OF POLYPROPYLENE USING A CAPACITIVELY COUPLED PLASMA SYSTEM

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2022-2-11
Mecit, Giray
Gaseous plasmas are suitable for various applications in material science, including but not limited to thin film productions and coatings, tailoring the surface properties of polymers. This study aims to characterize a capacitively coupled plasma system utilized in material processing applications. The system utilizes a 13.56 MHz radio frequency source to produce gaseous plasmas. The correlation between the produced plasmas and the surface physical and surface chemical properties of polypropylene treated by such plasmas are in the interest of many novel research applications. The treatments are done using Argon and Nitrogen plasmas separately, while the flow rates of all gasses are controlled using a multi-gas controller. Investigations of changes on PP surface are done employing FTIR-ATR, XRD, SEM analyses. Results of this study, the crystallinity of PP surface is improved, and newly formed chemical and physical structures are observed.

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G. Mecit, “SURFACE TREATMENT OF POLYPROPYLENE USING A CAPACITIVELY COUPLED PLASMA SYSTEM,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.