Corona-induced graft polymerization of ethyl acrylate onto cellulose film



Ethyl acrylate was readily grafted from an aqueous solution onto cellophane film previously treated in a corona discharge at atmospheric pressure. The effect was found when the corona treatment was carried out not only in air but also in pure nitrogen. The observed grafting was not promoted but depressed by the presence of ferrous ion, which indicated that peroxide radicals were not initiating the graft. A high grafting efficiency was obtained, and the grafted surface was covered with a smooth uniform layer of polymer.