Polymer Surface Treatment and Coating Technologies

  • Mary GilliamEmail author
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An overview of surface modification and coating techniques for plastics is presented for changing the surface properties to meet the performance requirements in a variety of applications. Surface modification and coatings are utilized for purposes of adhesion, wettability, biocompatibility, scratch and abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, barrier properties, and more. Methods for modification include physical processes, such as surface roughening and abrading; liquid chemical processes, such as acid etching; and reactive gas chemical processes. The reactive gas chemical processes covered include corona, flame, and low-temperature plasma. Surface degradation from reactive gas exposure is presented with respect to the sources, chemical mechanisms, and methods for characterization. Coatings for plastics, including paints, functional coatings, and metallization, are summarized.


Surface Treatment Plasma Treatment Polymer Surface Abrasion Resistance Surface Functional Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringKettering UniversityFlintUSA

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