Plasma Polymerization

Plasma Polymerization

An educational site for all things plasma polymerization. Suitable for new PhD students (with introductory tutorials) and the experienced researchers. Covers plasma polymerization from fundaments to applied technology.

Plasma polymerization is a technologically important surface engineering process capable of depositing ultra-thin functionalized films for a variety of purposes.

Plasma polymerization has many advantages over other surface engineering processes, including that it is completely dry, can be used for complex geometries, and the physico-chemical properties of the film can be tailored through judicious choice of processing conditions. Despite this, the mechanisms of film growth are largely unknown, and current models are based on purely chemical arguments. (Further information)

Consideration of some basic plasma physics shows that some species can arrive at surfaces with energies greater than 1000 kJ mol−1 (>10 eV), and thus open a range of surface reactions that have not been considered previously.


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プラズマ偏光 のすべてを学ぶ場です。新しい博士課程の学生(入門説明会あり)や、経験豊富な研究者の方にも適したトピックです。このトピックはプラズマ偏光の基本から応用技術までを網羅しています。

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Eine Lernwebsite rund um Plasmapolymerisation. Geeignet für alle PhD-Studenten (mit Einführungstutorien) und erfahrenden Wissenschaftlern. Umfasst Plasmapolymerisation von ihren Grundlagen bis zur Anwendungstechnik.

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Research Focus

Plasma research is multi-faceted and includes focusses on the fundamental aspects of weakly ionized plasmas, particularly with relevance to functionalized plasma polymer deposition.  Both low pressure (~1-10Pa) and atmospheric plasmas are studied, which are used for thin film coatings.

Research tries to bridge the gap between plasma chemistry and plasma physics, and to show that a complete understanding of plasmas involves both fields of research.

Fundamental understanding of plasmas is then transferred to new technological applications such as wound care and management, cell screening, smart sensors and automotive applications.


Plasma polymers are useful materials with a variety of applications.  Applications include functionalized polymeric surfaces, organic / inorganic hybrid coatings and metallic coatings. 


Plasma polymers are usually characterized using  surface analysis techniques including X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, (further information) Atomic Force Microscopy, InfraRed Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction and Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. (further information on Time-of-Flight and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry)

Contributors to this page

Professor Rob Short  - Google Scholar Profile
Dr Andy Michelmore
Dr Jason Whittle
David A. Steele
James W. Bradley
Professor Morgan Alexander FRSC
Professor James Bradley 

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Tutorials - Plasma Polymerization Deposition of Funtionalized Films 

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Plasma Polymerization Tutorials

View or download a tutorials on Plasma Polymerization. Suitable for new PhD students (with introductory tutorials) and the experienced researchers.

Plasma Polymerization Tutorials

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