Rational approaches for optimizing chemical functionality of plasma polymers:A case study with ethyl trimethylacetate

Saboohi, S. and Coad, B.R. and Short, R.D. and Michelmore, A. and Griesser, H.J. (2020) Rational approaches for optimizing chemical functionality of plasma polymers:A case study with ethyl trimethylacetate. Plasma Processes and Polymers.

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Abstract

Improved retention of desirable chemical structures during plasma polymerization requires rational tailoring of plasma-phase conditions. Using ethyl trimethylacetate, we studied the effects of pressure and power on the contribution of intact molecular ions to deposition and retention of ester groups. The abundance of protonated molecular ions in plasmas varies with pressure and power, but the functionality of plasma polymers, assessed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, is not correlated. Together with high ion flux, the ion energy distribution was found to be a key parameter and needs to be tailored to enable the soft landing of ions on the surface after traversing the sheath. The compromise between the abundance of ions and their energy distribution is optimal near the transition between the α and γ plasma phases. © 2020 Wiley-VCH GmbH

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Journal Article
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Plasma Processes and Polymers
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151164
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28 Jan 2021 10:35
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