An XPS study of different polyvinylalcohol films' surface composition

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  • Thami Chihani,

    1. Department of Polymer Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
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  • Thomas Hjertberg

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    1. Department of Polymer Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Department of Polymer Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Abstract

Differences in surface chemical composition were found when examining poly(vinylacetate-co-vinylalcohol) (PVOH) film surfaces. The content of the acetate groups increased at the outermost surface when dried in air and similar content, when dried against a glass surface, compared to the bulk content. The enrichment varied from 200–1300%, as compared to the bulk content. The enrichment of the acetate groups was studied with X-ray photo electron spectrocopy (XPS or ESCA) at different analyzing angles. The bulk content was measured with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometry (NMR). © 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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