Solubility and Surface Interactions of RF Plasma Polymerized Polyterpenol Thin Films
Organic thin films have myriad of applications in biological interfaces, micro-electromechanical systems and organic electronics. Polyterpenol thin films fabricated via RF plasma polymerization have been substantiated as a promising gate insulating and encapsulating layer for organic optoelectronics, sacrificial place-holders for air gap fabrication as well as antibacterial coatings for medical implants. This study aims to understand the wettability and solubility behavior of the nonsynthetic polymer thin film, polyterpenol. Polyterpenol exhibited monopolar behavior, manifesting mostly electron donor properties, and was not water soluble due to the extensive intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen bonds present. Hydrophobicity of polyterpenol surfaces increased for films fabricated at higher RF power attributed to reduction in oxygen containing functional groups and increased cross linking. The studies carried out under various deposition conditions vindicate that we could tailor the properties of the polyterpenol thin film for a given application.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2012
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