Formation of nanocrystalline and amorphous carbon by high fluence swift heavy ion irradiation of a plasma polymerized polyterpenol thin film precursor

Grant, Daniel S., Siegele, Rainer, Bazaka, Kateryna, and Jacob, Mohan V. (2018) Formation of nanocrystalline and amorphous carbon by high fluence swift heavy ion irradiation of a plasma polymerized polyterpenol thin film precursor. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 135 (29). 46498.

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Abstract

This study aimed to produce graphitic-polymer nanocomposite thin films via the swift heavy ion irradiation of polyterpenol thin films synthesized from an environmentally sustainable precursor by radio-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy revealed fluence-dependent surface restructuring of the thin films leading to the formation of interconnected island structures, with no discernible delamination from the underlying aluminum substrate. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the development of D and G peaks associated with graphitic materials, whilst Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicated retention of the plasma polymer's chemical functionalities (including hydroxyl groups) within the material after irradiation. Graphitic-polymer nanocomposite films prepared by this dry and solvent-free process have numerous potential applications in biological assay, organic electronics, and membrane technology. (c) 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2018, 135, 46498.

Item ID: 53648
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1097-4628
Keywords: biopolymers and renewable polymers, irradiation, nanostructured polymers
Copyright Information: © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Funders: Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE), Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Projects and Grants: AINSE Award No. ALNGRA15542, ARC DE130101550
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 07:32
FoR Codes: 03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030305 Polymerisation Mechanisms @ 100%
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