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Influence of argon plasma on the deposition of Al2O3 film onto the PET surfaces by atomic layer deposition

Riyanto Edy12, Xiaojiang Huang13, Ying Guo13, Jing Zhang123 and Jianjun Shi123*

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1 College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai, 201620, People’s Republic of China

2 State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Material Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai, 201620, People’s Republic of China

3 Member of Magnetic Confinement Fusion Research Center, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, Shanghai, 201620, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:79  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-79

Published: 15 February 2013

Abstract

In this paper, polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) films with and without plasma pretreatment were modified by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (PA-ALD). It demonstrates that the Al2O3 films are successfully deposited onto the surface of PET films. The cracks formed on the deposited Al2O3 films in the ALD, plasma pretreated ALD, and PA-ALD were attributed to the energetic ion bombardment in plasmas. The surface wettability in terms of water contact angle shows that the deposited Al2O3 layer can enhance the wetting property of modified PET surface. Further characterizations of the Al2O3 films suggest that the elevated density of hydroxyl -OH group improve the initial growth of ALD deposition. Chemical composition of the Al2O3-coated PET film was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which shows that the content of C 1s reduces with the growing of O 1s in the Al2O3-coated PET films, and the introduction of plasma in the ALD process helps the normal growth of Al2O3 on PET in PA-ALD.

Keywords:
Atomic layer deposition; PET film; Al2O3 coating