Polymer processing by a low energy ion accelerator

A. Lorusso*, L. Velardi, V. Nassisi, F. Paladini, A. M. Visco, N. Campo, L. Torrisi, D. Margarone, L. Giuffrida, A. Rainò

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Ion implantation is a process in which ions are accelerated toward a substrate at energies high enough to bury them just below the surface substrate in order to modify the surface characteristics. Laser-produced plasma is a very suitable and low cost technique in the production of ion sources. In this work, a laser ion source is developed by a UV pulsed laser of about 108 W/cm2 power density, employing a C target and a post ion acceleration of 40 kV to increase the ion energy. In this work, we implanted C ions on ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). We present the preliminary results of surface property modifications for both samples. In particular, we have studied the modifications of the surface micro-hardness of the polymers by applying the "scratch test" method as well as the hydrophilicity modifications by the contact angle measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2490-2493
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Hydrophilicity
  • Ion implantation
  • Laser-produced plasma
  • Low-density polyethylene
  • Micro-hardness
  • Ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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