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Stability of oxygen-rich plasma-polymerized coatings in aqueous environment



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source BIOINTERPHASES
Description In this work, we report on the stability of oxygen-rich plasma-polymerized (pp) films in an aqueous environment. The pp films were deposited via atmospheric-pressure plasma jet treatment of polymerizable organic liquids. The monomers used for the plasma-assisted polymerization were tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate, 1,2,4-trivinylcyclohexane, and mixtures thereof. The pp films were deposited at different plasma input powers ranging from 3 to 7?W. The stability of the obtained pp films was studied upon long-time storage in pure water and in buffer solutions of pHs 4, 7, and 10. After 24?h of storage of the pp films in de-ionized water, all of the studied pp films experienced thickness losses along with the formation of various ringlike structures at their surface, whereas Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) analysis showed no changes in their chemical composition. The pp films stored in pH 10 were completely delaminated from the substrate surface, while the pp films stored for 24?h in pH 4 showed swelling behavior, partial delamination, and the formation of wrinkles at the coatings’ surface. The pp films stored for 24?h in pH 7 experienced minor thickness losses and formation of wrinkles at their surface. FT-IR analysis of the pp films stored in buffer solutions of pH 4 and pH 7 showed a decrease of C=O and an increase of O—H stretching signals in all of the cases. The observed chemical changes corresponded to the hydrolysis of esters presented in the pp films’ structure.

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