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Special Issue "Plasma Polymerized Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2019

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Guest Editor
Prof. Peter Majewski

School of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Mawson Institute, University of South Australia, Mawson, SA 5095, Australia
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well documented that surfaces exposed to low pressure glow discharges of organic vapors are coated with a solid polymer film. This phenomenon is now known as ‘plasma polymerization’. First used in 1960 for parts of nuclear batteries, plasma polymerization has been employed for a large number of applications, and significant research was conducted in the synthesis, application, and characterization of plasma polymer films. Plasma polymerization is a substrate-independent process by which polymer films can be deposited onto almost all solid materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and even low-cost natural materials. Plasma polymer films only influence the surface of a substrate without altering the bulk properties. Plasma polymerization is also a solvent-free and environmentally friendly process producing virtually no waste. Plasma polymer films are chemically and physically stable, homogeneous, void free, highly cross-linked, and often highly adherent to the substrate. Such unique properties of plasma polymer films have led to recent exciting developments, such as biocompatible, anti-bacterial, adhesive, super-hydrophobic, anti-fouling, and barrier coatings. In this Special Issue “Plasma Polymerized Materials for Water Treatment” the scope will be on novel plasma ploymerized materials and their fabrication processes for potential use in water treatment.

Prof. Peter Majewski
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Plasma Polymerization
  • Polymer
  • Coatings
  • Substrate
  • Water Treatment
  • Desalination
  • Pathogenes
  • Membranes

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Optical Properties of Oxidized Plasma-Polymerized Organosilicones and Their Correlation with Mechanical and Chemical Parameters
Materials 2019, 12(3), 539; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12030539
Received: 16 January 2019 / Revised: 31 January 2019 / Accepted: 6 February 2019 / Published: 12 February 2019
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Pure tetravinylsilane and its oxygen mixture were used to deposit oxidized plasma polymer films at various effective power (0.1–10 W) and various oxygen fractions (0–0.71) using RF pulsed plasma. The optical properties (refractive index, extinction coefficient, band gap) of the deposited films were [...] Read more.
Pure tetravinylsilane and its oxygen mixture were used to deposit oxidized plasma polymer films at various effective power (0.1–10 W) and various oxygen fractions (0–0.71) using RF pulsed plasma. The optical properties (refractive index, extinction coefficient, band gap) of the deposited films were investigated by spectroscopic ellipsometry (230–830 nm) using an optical model and Tauc‒Lorentz parametrization. Analyses of chemical and mechanical properties of films allowed for the interpretation of changes in optical properties with deposition conditions. The refractive index was revealed to increase with enhanced effective power due to the increased crosslinking of the plasma polymer network but decreased when increasing the oxygen fraction due to the decrease of polymer crosslinking as the number of carbon bonds in the plasma polymer network was eliminated. A very strong positive correlation was found between the Young’s modulus and the refractive index for oxidized plasma polymer films. The optical properties of films correlated with their chemical properties for the specific deposition conditions used in this study. The band gap (1.9–2.9 eV) was assumed to be widened due to the increased concentration of vinyl groups in oxidized plasma polymer films. Full article
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Perspective on Plasma Polymers for Applied Biomaterials Nanoengineering and the Recent Rise of Oxazolines
Materials 2019, 12(1), 191; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12010191
Received: 3 December 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 2 January 2019 / Published: 8 January 2019
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Plasma polymers are unconventional organic thin films which only partially share the properties traditionally attributed to polymeric materials. For instance, they do not consist of repeating monomer units but rather present a highly crosslinked structure resembling the chemistry of the precursor used for [...] Read more.
Plasma polymers are unconventional organic thin films which only partially share the properties traditionally attributed to polymeric materials. For instance, they do not consist of repeating monomer units but rather present a highly crosslinked structure resembling the chemistry of the precursor used for deposition. Due to the complex nature of the deposition process, plasma polymers have historically been produced with little control over the chemistry of the plasma phase which is still poorly understood. Yet, plasma polymer research is thriving, in par with the commercialisation of innumerable products using this technology, in fields ranging from biomedical to green energy industries. Here, we briefly summarise the principles at the basis of plasma deposition and highlight recent progress made in understanding the unique chemistry and reactivity of these films. We then demonstrate how carefully designed plasma polymer films can serve the purpose of fundamental research and biomedical applications. We finish the review with a focus on a relatively new class of plasma polymers which are derived from oxazoline-based precursors. This type of coating has attracted significant attention recently due to its unique properties. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Author:Krasimir Vasilev (professor)
Affiliation:University of South Australia

Author: Mohan Jacob (professor)
Affiliation: James Cook University, Australia

Author: Vladimír Čech (professor)
Affiliation: Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

Author:Karyn Jarvis (Research Engineer)
Affiliation: Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

Author:Sally L McArthur (professor)
Affiliation: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

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