Structure and wetting properties of metal polymer nanocomposites
by Z.J. Han, B.K. Tay, P.C.T. Ha, M. Shakerzadeh, G.F. You
International Journal of Nanotechnology (IJNT), Vol. 6, No. 7/8, 2009

Abstract: Polystyrene thin films of thickness 180-200 nm are modified by plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PIII&D) technique together with titanium filtered cathodic vacuum arc. The surface structure of modified films turns into a metal polymer nanocomposite where Ti nanoclusters of spatial size 10-20 nm are embedded in polystyrene matrices. Such structural formation is discussed with the theory of ion-polymer interactions. Furthermore, the wetting properties of this nanocomposite, such as contact angle ageing effect and hysteresis are investigated and compared with Ti deposited polystyrene films.

Online publication date: Mon, 18-May-2009

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