Characterization of Plasma Altered Polymer Surfaces

Polymer materials are ubiquitous in medical devices, automobiles, electronics, food packaging and in a wide range of other industrial and consumer products.

In this presentation, we will discuss how the surface properties of polymers are altered by plasma treatment, and how XPS, FTIR, and other surface characterization techniques can be used to explore the effects of fluorine and oxygen plasmas on the surface properties of several polymers.

This webinar will provide information on several techniques that can be utilized for surface cleaning and chemistry alteration on polymer materials. These techniques are particularly relevant for understanding the changes that occur to polymer surfaces and for zeroing in on the effect of each treatment parameter on the outcome. These studies can also be applied to the natural weathering effect such as exposure to UV light on sample surfaces.

Plasma Treatment (O2)

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About the Presenters:


Daniel Sullivan, Ph.D., Account Executive

Dr. Daniel Sullivan has the responsibility to ensure EAG has the tools and techniques to keep up with the advances in semiconductors and electronic packaging. He has worked in and managed labs doing Failure Analysis, Reliability and Materials Analysis to help solve problems for over 34 years.


YSchneider photoYanika Schneider, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Project Manager

Yanika Schneider has over a decade of experience in polymer science and materials characterization. She received her PhD in materials chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, which was followed by a postdoctoral appointment at UC Berkeley with a focus on polymer characterization. Before joining EAG in 2013, Dr. Schneider briefly worked at an energy startup helping a nine-person team develop nanoporous carbon supercapacitors. At her current position at EAG, she specializes in the characterization of a variety of materials using infrared and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopies. She is also a project manager who oversees complex multi-technique experiments including failure analysis investigations, deformulations and quality control assessment.

In this webinar we will cover:

  • Sample description and processes used to create the samples

  • Results from analysis by XPS, FTIR, and dynamic contact angle measurements

  • Discussion of addition techniques that can be applied to surface characterization of such surface altered polymers.