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Surface modification of poly(e-caprolactone) using a dielectric barrier discharge in atmospheric pressure glow discharge mode

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Little, U, Buchanan, F, Harkin-Jones, E, Graham, B, Fox, B, Boyd, A, Meenan, BJ and Dickson, G (2009) Surface modification of poly(e-caprolactone) using a dielectric barrier discharge in atmospheric pressure glow discharge mode. Acta Biomaterialia, 5 . pp. 2025-2032. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2009.01.042

Abstract

The role of roughening and functionalization processes involved in modifying the wettability of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) after treatment by an atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma is discussed. The change in the ratio of CO/C–O bonds is a significant factor influencing the wettability of PCL. As the contact angle decreases, the level of CO bonds tends to rise. Surface roughness alterations are the driving force for lasting increases in wettability, while the surface functional species are shorter lived. We can approximate from ageing that the increase in wettability for PCL after plasma treatment is 55–60% due to roughening and 40–45% due to surface functionalization for the plasma device investigated.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Ageing; Atmospheric pressure glow discharge; Imaging; Poly(ε-caprolactone); Surface modification
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:9090
Deposited By:Professor Brian Meenan
Deposited On:21 Jan 2010 11:38
Last Modified:07 Apr 2014 12:08

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