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      Polyethersulphone; Ar plasma; surface energy; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; atomic force microscopy; microhardness.

    • Abstract


      Polyethersulphone (PES) was modified to improve the hydrophilicity of its surface, which in turn helps in improving its adhesive property. The modified PES surface was characterized by contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Vicker’s microhardness measurement. The contact angles of the modified PES reduces from $49^{\circ}$ to $10^{\circ}$ for water. The surface free energy (SFE) calculated from measured contact angles increases from 66.3 to 79.5 mJ/m2 with the increase in plasma treatment time. The increase in SFE after plasma treatment is attributed to the functionalization of the polymer surface with hydrophilic groups. The XPS analysis shows that the ratio of O/C increases from 0.177 to 0.277 for modified PES polymer. AFM shows that the average surface roughness increases from 6.9 nm to 23.7 nm due to the increase in plasma treatment time. The microhardness of the film also increases with plasma treatment.

    • Author Affiliations


      N L Singh1 S M Pelagade1 R S Rane2 S Mukherjee2 U P Deshpande3 V Ganeshan3 T Shripathi3

      1. Department of Physics, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara 390 002, India
      2. FCIPT, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar 382 044, India
      3. UGC-DAE-CSR, University Campus, Khandawa Road, Indore 452 017, India
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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