Unique Atmospheric Plasma Surface Pre-Treatment Approach For Improving Adhesion

Three dimensional parts comprised of polyolefins such as polypropylene have low levels of polar functional groups on the surface and have poor wettability and adhesion properties, making it difficult to apply other functional layers such as dyes, inks, adhesives and coatings. To enhance surface polarity, surface treatments such as flame, corona or plasma can be applied to improve wettability and adhesion. Plasma can specifically be used as a preparatory treatment for the photografting approach recommended in this paper to achieve high stability in treatment and permanent changes to the surface.