Polymer Surface Modification: Relevance to Adhesion, Volume 1

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This book embodies the proceedings of the International Symposium on Polymer Surface Modification: Relevance to Adhesion, held in Las Vegas. The articles in this book were previously published in four special issues of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology.
Polymeric materials are used for a legion of applications in a host of technological areas. However, polymers are innately hydrophobic, low surface energy materials and thus do not adhere well to other materials brought in contact. This necessitates their surface modification/treatment to render them adhesionable.
The articles in this volume cover a wide array of surface modification techniques, ranging from simple to sophisticated, wet to dry, vacuum to nonvacuum for a host of polymeric materials. The topics covered include: plasma surface treatment of a number of polymers; laser surface treatment of various polymers; corona, flame, UV, ozone, UV/ozone, photochemical, photografting, chemical grafting, and chemical methods of polymer surface modification; modification of polyamide surfaces by microorganisms; effect of polymer surface modification on metal/polymer adhesion; barrier properties of surface treated polymers; ageing study of surface treated polymers; physico-chemical properties of surface-modified polymers; application of inverse gas chromatography in the characterization of polymers; and surface acoustic wave sensor to study polymer surface treatments.

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The effects of atmospheric pressure plasma treatments on adhesion and mechanical properties of high-performance fibers for composites 3
Modification of electrostatic properties of polymer powders by atmospheric pressure plasma treatment 25
Improved stain-release properties of PET fabric by plasma-surface modifications 39
Surface characterization and properties of keratin fibers treated with low-temperature plasmas 51
Surface modification of PET films by plasma source ion implantation 69
Functionalised plasma polymer coatings for promoting the adhesion of high-performance polymer fibres 83
Photon-based processes for surface modification of synthetic fibers 97
Wettability and surface free energies of polymeric materials exposed to excimer ultraviolet light and particle deposition onto their surfaces in water 125
Adhesion of copper to poly(tetrafluoroethylene) surfaces modified with vacuum UV radiation downstream from He and Ar microwave plasmas 139
KrF excimer laser surface modification of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fibers for improved adhesion to epoxy resins 159
The effects of excimer laser irradiation on the surface morphology and self-adhesion properties of some engineering polymers as evaluated by ultrasonic welding 183
Structural and chemical surface modification of polymers by low-energy ions and influence on nucleation, growth and adhesion of noble metals 243
Surface modification of natural fibers by photo-grafting and photo-curing 263
Surface modification of polypropylene for improved adhesion 285
Surface modification of polymer-based materials to enhance their resistance to highly aggressive oxidative environments 325
Fixation strategies for macrocyclic ligands such as cyclodextrins or cucurbit[6]uril on polymeric surfaces 341
Functionalization of synthetic polymers by supramolecular compounds : immobilization of calix[n]arenes on polyester 353
Quantitative depth profiles from polymer surfaces by angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy 369
Adhesion failure of paints on thermoplastic polyolefin substrates 379
Adhesion between hydroxyl graft-modified polypropylene and polycarbonate films 391
A novel process for formation of polymer release surfaces 407
A novel approach based on scanning probe microscopy for nanolithography in polymer films 417
Controlled grafting of well-defined functional polymers on hydrogen-terminated silicon substrates : relevance to adhesion of electrolessly-deposited copper 435
Gas barrier properties of transparent ceramic thin layers deposited on PET substrate film by reactive sputtering 457
The modification of interphase layer and adhesion : tuning and predictability 477
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