Plasma Processes and Polymers

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Online ISSN: 1612-8869

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  1. Synergy Between Plasma-Assisted ALD and Roll-to-Roll Atmospheric Pressure PE-CVD Processing of Moisture Barrier Films on Polymers

    Sergey A. Starostin, Wytze Keuning, Jean-Paul Schalken, Mariadriana Creatore, Wilhelmus M. M. (Erwin) Kessels, Jan B. Bouwstra, Mauritius C. M. (Richard) van de Sanden and Hindrik W. de Vries

    Article first published online: 31 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201500096

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    The article studies synergistic effect in combining industrially compatible roll-to-roll atmospheric pressure PE-CVD and plasma-assisted ALD technologies for moisture barrier fabrication on polyethylene 2,6 naphthalate (PEN) polymer. It is demonstrated that enhancement of polymer substrate with silica-like PE-CVD buffer layer enables ultra-thin Al2O3 barrier films produced already by 10–15 plasma-assisted ALD cycles.

  2. Fabrication of Structurally Simple Index-Matched ITO Films Using Roll-to-Roll Sputtering for Touch Screen Panel Devices

    Cheol Hwan Kim, Woo Jin Choi, Seong Keun Cho, Daiji Goshima, Dong Seok Ham, Kwang-Je Kim, Jongkoo Jeong, Jae Heung Lee and Sang-Jin Lee

    Article first published online: 28 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201500057

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    This report presents the fabrication of structurally simple refractive-index-matched indium tin oxide (IM-ITO) films by using a pilot scale roll-to-roll sputtering system for touch screen panels and outgassing effect of ITO films on polymer substrates. There are noticeable improvements both in reduction of manufacturing process and fabrication of high-quality ITO films on polymer substrates.

  3. Effects of Ar and O2 Plasma Etching on Parylene C: Topography versus Surface Chemistry and the Impact on Cell Viability

    Dimitrios Kontziampasis, Tatiana Trantidou, Anna Regoutz, Eleanor J. Humphrey, Daniela Carta, Cesare M. Terracciano and Themistoklis Prodromakis

    Article first published online: 17 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201500053

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    The effects of O2 and Ar plasma on the nanotopography and surface chemistry of Parylene C are studied. Atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicate that O2 plasma changes the topography more drastically than Ar plasma. Both plasmas introduce O2 to Parylene, but Ar plasma reduces the amount of Cl. These observations are reflected on the viability of cultured cardiomyocytes.

  4. Plasma-Assisted Fabrication of Fe2O3[BOND]Co3O4 Nanomaterials as Anodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

    Giorgio Carraro, Chiara Maccato, Alberto Gasparotto, Kimmo Kaunisto, Cinzia Sada and Davide Barreca

    Article first published online: 11 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201500106

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    Fe2O3[BOND]Co3O4 nanomaterials are fabricated on FTO substrates by means of a two-step strategy, consisting in the plasma enhanced-CVD of Fe2O3 followed by cobalt sputtering. A thorough characterization of the obtained systems as a function of thermal treatment conditions and cobalt loading is presented, followed by functional testing in photoelectrochemical water splitting activated by solar light.