Dresden 2014 – scientific program
DS 43: Poster II: Organic thin films; Atomic layer deposition, Thin film characterization: Structure analysis and composition (XRD, TEM, XPS, SIMS, RBS, ...)
DS 43.20: Poster
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 16:00–19:00, P1
Characterization of diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings on industrial polyethylene and polyoxymethylene by SEM, AFM and NEXAFS — •Liz M. Rösken1, Magdalena Rohrbeck1, Alberto Catena1, Stefan Wehner1, Christian B. Fischer1, Matthias Richter2, Matthias Städter2, and Dieter Schmeißer2 — 1Department of Physics, University Koblenz-Landau, 56070 Koblenz, Germany — 2Department of Applied Physics and Sensors, Brandenburg University of Technology, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings are often utilized to change the base properties of raw materials, e. g. to gain robust or chemically inert surfaces. Here the deposition of hard DLC layers on soft polymers is tested. The common industrial polymers polyethylene (PE) and polyoxymethylene (POM) serve as model substrates in the present work. In order to examine the effect of the carbonaceous layers on PE and POM thin diamond-like carbon films were realized via PECVD. The topography of the different coatings was detected by AFM and SEM uncovering the different influence of the substrate material, e. g. interlayer formation for PE. The composition of the surface structures were analyzed in more detail by NEXAFS, showing the hybridization of carbon atoms in chemical different surroundings from the pure polymer to the carbon coating. The comparison of carbon coated PE- and POM-composites enables valuable insights into the interaction between soft substrates and hard coatings. For the chosen settings in PECVD, POM showed incomplete coating, while on PE a very stable and robust composite has formed.