Modification of Polymer Surface Properties by Metal/polymer Intermixing
Original Publication Date: 1985-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
The use of polymer materials is increasing in a wide variety of applications areas. In some of these, the specific properties of the polymer surface (i.e., interface with vacuum or air) is important, such as in the hardening of the polymer surface for improved mechanical properties or in the change in the electrical properties of the polymer surface. A variety of metals can be made to intermix with polymers: these include Cu, Ni, and Cr in contact with polyimide. If a relatively thin layer of metal is deposited on the polymer surface and intermixed into the surface, substantial changes in the properties of the polymer surface can be expected.