Surface modification of poly(e-caprolactone) using a dielectric barrier discharge in atmospheric pressure glow discharge mode

U Little, F Buchanan, E Harkin-Jones, B Graham, B Fox, A Boyd, BJ Meenan, G Dickson

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Abstract

The role of roughening and functionalization processes involved in modifying the wettability of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) after treatment by an atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma is discussed. The change in the ratio of CO/C–O bonds is a significant factor influencing the wettability of PCL. As the contact angle decreases, the level of CO bonds tends to rise. Surface roughness alterations are the driving force for lasting increases in wettability, while the surface functional species are shorter lived. We can approximate from ageing that the increase in wettability for PCL after plasma treatment is 55–60% due to roughening and 40–45% due to surface functionalization for the plasma device investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2025-2032
JournalActa Biomaterialia
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Atmospheric pressure glow discharge
  • Imaging
  • Poly(ε-caprolactone)
  • Surface modification

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