Energy dispersive spectroscopy study of surface modified PEEK

Nitu Bhatnagar1*, Sangeeta Jha1, Shantanu Bhowmik2

1Department of Chemistry, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Majhitar, Rangpo, East Sikkim 737136, India

2Associated Faculty, Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2012, 2 (1), pp 52-57

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2010.12188

Publication Date (Web): Apr 08, 2012

E-mail: niturbhatnagar@gmail.com

Abstract


PEEK (polyether etherketone) polymer, is increasingly used in many industrial applications as a replacement for metal components. In this investigation, attention is given to understand the chemical changes that have been introduced on the surface of PEEK, when surface of the PEEK is modified by low pressure plasma under RF (radio frequency) glow discharge. The contact angle measurements show that the contact angle decreases after the plasma treatment which results in the increase in surface energy. This paper also discusses the common surface characterisation technique like Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) analysis to determine the chemical changes that have been introduced on the surface.

Keywords

PEEK, surface modification, RF glow discharge, EDS analysis.

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