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Investigation of Wetting Characteristics of Polymer Surfaces according to Electron Beam Irradiation
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Investigation of Wetting Characteristics of Polymer Surfaces according to Electron Beam Irradiation
Lee, Hyun Joong; Park, Keun; Kim, Byung Nam;
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The present study uses an electron beam (e-beam) to modify the wetting characteristics of thermoplastic polymer surfaces. A high energy e-beam irradiated various polymer surfaces (PET, PMMA, and PC), with variations in irradiation time and applied current. The water contact angles were measured on the e-beam irradiated surfaces in order to investigate the changes in the surface energy and the relevant wettability. Furthermore, XPS analyses were performed to investigate the chemical composition change in the e-beam irradiated surfaces; the results showed that the hydrophilic groups (C-O) increased after the electron beam irradiation. Also, water collection tests were performed for various polymer samples in order to investigate the effect of the surface energy on the ability of water collection, from which it can be seen that the irradiated surfaces revealed better water-collecting capability than pure polymer surfaces.
Thermoplastic polymer;Electron beam;Hydrophilic surface;Contact angle;Water collection;
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