News: Atmospheric plasma activation and thin film deposition

Our research team with Dhia Ben Salem, Daphne Pappas and Magnus Buske had a publication in Plasma Process and Polymers volume 20, issue 4.

Atmospheric pressure plasma treatments of composite and different polymer surfaces integrated into the industry with dedicated robots to control the treatment parameters are presented in this work and evaluated as a reliable and cost-saving production approach for surface preparation before painting or bonding. Moreover, functional thin films deposited using atmospheric plasma processes described also in this study have been identified as a reliable and environmentally friendly solution for the automotive industry.

Results from the characterization of plasma-treated polypropylene using water contact angle goniometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy are presented, showing the functionalization of the surface with chemical groups originating in the plasma phase.