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Modification of Polyethylene by RF Plasma in Different/Mixture Gases

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Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713 Doha, Qatar
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QAPCO R&D–Qatar Petrochemical Company, P.O. Box 756 Doha, Qatar
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Coatings 2019, 9(2), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9020145
Received: 21 January 2019 / Revised: 5 February 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 22 February 2019
Herein, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films were treated using radio-frequency plasma discharge in the presence of air, nitrogen, oxygen, argon, and their mixtures to introduce new chemical functionalities. The surface properties of treated LDPE were qualitatively and quantitatively characterized using various analytical and microscopic techniques. It was found that the optimum plasma treatment for LDPE occurs in the presence of air plasma at an exposure time of 120 s and 80 W of nominal power. The plasma formed layer had tendency to increasing thickness with increasing treatment time up to 60 s using air and oxygen and even more with inert gases. An aging study of plasma-treated LDPE samples stored in ambient air or water medium revealed the partial hydrophobic recovery. View Full-Text
Keywords: RF plasma; polyethylene; surface modification RF plasma; polyethylene; surface modification
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E. Abusrafa, A.; Habib, S.; Krupa, I.; Ouederni, M.; Popelka, A. Modification of Polyethylene by RF Plasma in Different/Mixture Gases. Coatings 2019, 9, 145.

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