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Characterisation of PMMA/ATH layers realised by means of atmospheric pressure plasma powder deposition

: Wallenhorst, L.; Dahle, S.; Vovk, M.; Wurlitzer, L.; Loewenthal, L.; Mainusch, N.; Gerhard, C.; Viöl, W.

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Advances in condensed matter physics (2015), Art. 980482, 12 pp.
ISSN: 1687-8124
ISSN: 1687-8108
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IST ()

We report on the characteristics of aluminium trihydrate filled poly(methyl methacrylate) composite (PMMA/ATH) coatings realised by plasma deposition at atmospheric pressure. For this purpose, PMMA/ATH powder was fed to a plasma jet where the process and carrier gas was compressed air. The deposited coatings were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and water contact angle measurements. Further, the raw material was characterised before deposition. It was found that, with respect to the raw material, aluminium was uncovered in the course of the plasma deposition process which can be explained by plasma-induced etching of the PMMA matrix. As a result, the wettability of plasma-deposited PMMA/ATH was significantly increased. Even though a uniform coating film could not be realised as ascertained by confocal laser scanning microscopy, the deposited coatings feature notably enhanced characteristics which could be advantageous for further processing.