A multi-step cold plasma process for fine tuning of polymer nanostructuring
In such a process, the local heating of the surface at the starting high discharge power seems to control the lateral migration of deposited species on the surface. Therefore, the objective of the current work is to control the substrate surface heating in order to achieve the morphology of the polymer (polyaniline), namely the dimensions of the nanostructures. This requires studying the high-power step through the value of the power, its duration and the number of steps.
Investigation of the chemical and morphological structure of the plasma-polymer
All these parameters are examined on both the chemical and morphological structure of the plasma-polymer. The power variation is shown to have a double effect. Indeed, high value at the first step is required for increasing the surface temperature and allowing nuclei formation but a too high power induces a degradation of the formed nanodots. Moreover, the sensitivity to ammonia gas of such textured polyaniline films is examined and compared to smooth polymer layers.
The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings Volume 128, March 2019, Pages 112-119.