Solubility and surface interactions of RF plasma polymerized polyterpenol thin films

Bazaka, Kateryna, and Jacob, Mohan V. (2012) Solubility and surface interactions of RF plasma polymerized polyterpenol thin films. Materials Express, 2 (4). pp. 285-293.

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Organic thin films have myriad of applications in biological interfaces, micro-electromechanical systems and organic electronics. Polyterpenol thin films fabricated via RF plasma polymerization have been substantiated as a promising gate insulating and encapsulating layer for organic optoelectronics, sacrificial place-holders for air gap fabrication as well as antibacterial coatings for medical implants. This study aims to understand the wettability and solubility behavior of the nonsynthetic polymer thin film, polyterpenol. Polyterpenol exhibited monopolar behavior, manifesting mostly electron donor properties, and was not water soluble due to the extensive intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen bonds present. Hydrophobicity of polyterpenol surfaces increased for films fabricated at higher RF power attributed to reduction in oxygen containing functional groups and increased cross linking. The studies carried out under various deposition conditions vindicate that we could tailor the properties of the polyterpenol thin film for a given application.

Item ID: 26423
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2158-5857
Keywords: biomaterials, coatings, contact angle, optical coatings, organic semiconductors
Funders: Australian Research Council
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2013 04:57
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics @ 40%
09 ENGINEERING > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials @ 30%
09 ENGINEERING > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090301 Biomaterials @ 30%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering @ 100%
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